Weller in the woods

PUBLISHED: 10:06 28 November 2012

Paul Weller

Paul Weller

Forestry Commission

THE word ‘legend’ can be bandied too much when it comes to musicians, but the epithet truly stands for an iconic musician who will perform in the South West next year.

The Modfather himself, Paul Weller, will perform at Westonbirt Arboretum next year and tickets are on sale now.

One of the most recognisable and influential figures in British rock and punk music over the past 35 years, Weller has an awesome back catalogue of material to draw upon at the gig in South Gloucestershire, which will take place on July 20.

He has six albums with punk heroes The Jam, five with The Style Council and 11 solo records to draw on, including his most recent, number one release Sonik Kicks.

The Jam, who consisted of Weller, bassist Bruce Foxton and drummer Rick Buckler, blazed a trail in the British punk scene at the end of the 1970s and became one of the country’s most enduringly popular bands.

They had 18 consecutive top 40 hits, many of which the audience will hope Weller will play at the concert.

After they split in 1982 Weller formed The Style Council, who had success with their new-wave and more politically overt material.

They split in 1989 and Weller has released 11 solo albums since, including the Mercury Music Prize-nominated Wake Up The Nation and his most recent, Sonik Kicks.

Tickets, priced £39, are available by calling the Forestry Commission box office on 03000 680400 or online at www.forestry.gov.uk/music

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