By John Curley
Paul Weller, still one of rock’s best interview subjects, gave a great interview to XFM Manchester’s Clint Boon last week. Weller discussed a myriad of subjects, including his continuing passion for music, his lack of enthusiasm for Mercury Prize winners The xx and his failure to congratulate them after their album beat out his for the prize, his feelings about fatherhood and politics, and how he hopes to shake the current music scene out of its doldrums with his latest album Wake Up The Nation.
To listen to the interview, go to http://www.xfm.co.uk/onair/shows/clint-boon-meets-paul-weller and then click the “Listen to the interview here” audio link.
To watch a 30-second promo video for Weller’s Wake Up The Nation album, click below:
Weller will be touring Australia and New Zealand in October and then heads to the United States for shows in Los Angeles on November 3rd and New York City on November 7th. The fact that Weller is only playing two dates in America is disappointing, particularly for his fans that are not on the West or East Coasts. Weller’s live show is a great one, so it’s too bad that he’s not playing more shows Stateside. But he doesn’t get radio airplay here, and that’s a big reason why he doesn’t play live here more often. And that’s a shame, because on a good night, Weller can blow a band three decades his junior off the stage.