“The Modfather” brings his brief North American tour to the House of Blues in Chicago. 

Fellow Brit, Lucy Rose, gingerly took to the stage, apologizing for being a folk band rather than a rock band. However, with a voice like that, there is no need to apologize for anything. Letting the music do the talking, her angelic tone and emotive songs soon endeared her to the audience.

Lucy released her third album, Something’s Changing, in July which she took the majority of her setlist from. If you like beautiful harmonic voices and a stripped back sound, this is certainly an album you should check out. Keep an eye out for Lucy Rose if she comes to town so you too can experience her captivating performance.

 After having an impressive 40 years in the business, Paul Weller has had a few guises over the years, including The Jam, The Style Council, and his solo work. Tonight the House of Blues experienced smatterings of each of the stages of his lengthy career.

Throughout the night, Weller showcased his guitar prowess. “Long Time” was one of the rockier songs which allowed him to break loose with the heavier, grittier riffs. 

There was a strong British contingent in the house supporting their legendary fellow countryman. Making the most of the rare opportunity of getting to catch him live in concert, some fans had also traveled from out of State to see him.

Weller’s latest album, A Kind Revolution, was released back in May of this year and is impressively his thirteenth solo album. With such an expansive back catalog it must be difficult to fit everything into one set. So far on the tour, he appears to be mixing things up each night. Whilst the Chicago crowd missed out of the iconic “A Town Called Malice”, they were treated to “Broken Stones” and “The Changingman” to round out the night.

The night, however, tended to concentrate on his more recent material, whilst fondly remembering some of the hits of yesteryear. “Woo Sé Mama” from the newest album is an upbeat number which had the audience dancing, clearly enjoying the night and showing an appreciation for the new songs.  

“You Do Something To Me” saw Weller put down the guitar and take to the keyboard for the Stanley Road classic, which had the whole of the Music Hall singing along.  

Fans of his older works were treated to The Style Council’s “Shout To The Top!” and “Have You Ever Had It Blue”, along with “Start!” from his days with The Jam. There was something for everyone, pleasing fans of every era of his career. 

Showing that he is adaptable across the decades without losing his own sound, Weller still draws the crowds to see him.

The tour is now heading to the West Coast where it will come to an end for 2017.  Check here for tickets, you will not be disappointed. 

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Event Date: 12-OCT-2017

About The Author

Kirstine moved from the UK to Chicago in 2011, and has fallen in love with the city and its music scene. She enjoys combining her two biggest passions – music and photography. If there is a band with a guitar playing, chances are she’ll be there…camera in hand. Kirstine went to her first live concert at 7 years old, and hasn’t looked back since!

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