Paul Weller completes residency
Paul Weller capped off five nights performing at London's Royal Albert Hall with a 31-song career-spanning set on Friday (28.05.10)
This article is from 2010.
Paul Weller has completed his five-night London residency.
The veteran rocker marked the end of his stint at the city's Royal Albert Hall on Friday (28.05.10) with an epic 31-song set, which included tracks by his former bands The Jam and Style Council and saw him and his band return to the stage for three encores.
Walking on stage for the second encore, the musician laughed: "We could play all night if they'd let us."
Paul seemed genuinely delighted by the positive response of the crowd, thanking them regularly, and speaking of his enthusiasm for the five consecutive nights he had performed - and appearing unhappy his time at the venue was about to come to an end, perhaps resulting in the extra-long set.
Even when it finally seemed he was ready to stop, the 52-year-old singer made a triumphant exit with a rousing rendition of The Jam's 'Town Called Malice'.
The 'Changingman' hitmaker performed several tracks from his latest LP 'Wake Up The Nation', and though they were received well, the crowd's enthusiasm notably lifted for his earlier material, including 'Art School', 'Pretty Green' and 'Shout To The Top'.
The first encore was comprised of a four-song acoustic section, proving that without the backing of a full band and string section, the singer - who was wearing a suit custom-made for him by Liam Gallagher's Pretty Green label - still has a stunningly powerful voice, 30 years after first enjoying success.