Paul Weller's US hit wish

Paul Weller hopes he can one day have a hit in the US, one of the few countries where success has always eluded him

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Paul Weller

Paul Weller's US hit wish

Paul Weller wants to have a hit single in the US.

Despite his huge success in Europe, the singer and guitarist -affectionately known as The Modfather in his native UK, where he spearheaded the Mod revival movement of the 70s and 80s - is yet to score a big hit stateside.

Paul, 51, told Spin magazine: "I've been waiting 30 years. When I first went out to the US in 1977, the record company said, 'you won't make it in America unless you tour there for a year.' But there was no way I could leave my home for that long.

"You get from America what you put into it and I just didn't want it badly enough."

The 'Wake Up The Nation' singer has said although he wasn't prepared to take the time to break the US, he has always put everything he has into his career, and sacrificed personal relationships for the sake of his career.

He said: "Right from the start with music, I was like, I'm just going to do this and I don't care about anything else.

"There are certain things you have to give up, even at 13, 14: your Friday and Saturday nights, having a regular girl, lots of things like that."

Paul Weller

The Modfather performs material from his 40-year career, including his latest album A Kind Revolution.

Bournemouth International Centre

Sun 18 Feb 2018

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 576 3000

Brighton Centre

Sat 17 Feb 2018

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 847 1515

First Direct Arena, Leeds

Fri 23 Feb 2018

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 248 1585

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