by John Curley—Paul Weller provided the performance for the debut of BBC Radio 2’s In Concert series, a program which will air live music on Thursdays. It airs from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. BST (3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern in the United States). The program is hosted by BBC DJ Jo Whiley. The first hour consists of Whiley playing tracks, talking about gig news, and interviewing the artist whose performance will be featured. The second hour features the live performance.
Weller’s performance was recorded at the BBC Radio Theatre in London and featured contributions from special guests Rox, Lauren Pritchard, and Richard Hawley. To hear the program, go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00rxk68#clips and click the “Listen now” link. There are five days left from today (Saturday, April 17th) to hear the program before it is removed from the Web site.
If you just want to hear the concert, click the “Listen now” link in the Web page above and scroll forward to 1:00.24 into the program when the BBCi Player opens. Whiley did an interview with Weller that starts at 0:08.34 into the program and lasts for approximately eight minutes.
Weller is promoting his new album, Wake Up The Nation, which will come out on Monday, April 19th in the UK. (The album is being released on May 4th in the United States.) In his BBC Radio 2 concert, Weller mixed new material with older solo tunes as well as songs from his days with The Jam and The Style Council.
The set list for the performance was:
Wild Wood (with Rox)
You Do Something To Me (with Rox)
Wake Up The Nation
How Sweet It Is (with Lauren Pritchard)
Pieces Of A Dream
Shout To The Top
No Tears To Cry (with Richard Hawley)
Andromeda (with Richard Hawley)
From The Floorboards Up