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- Posted on May 28th 2010 6:30AM by Julian Marszalek
Singer-guitarist Jones played two songs with Weller on an evening that saw the veteran performer drawing deeply from the well of his considerable four-decade career. Having torn through a particularly frenetic 'Eton Rifles,' Jones donned an acoustic guitar for a heartfelt reading of the Jam's 'That's Entertainment.'
Elsewhere during the gig, long-time fans of the "Modfather" were also treated to rare live outings of 'Strange Town' and 'The Butterfly Collector,' while Weller's post-Jam band, the Style Council, were given a look-in with a string-laden 'Shout to the Top.'
But the evening belonged to Weller's latest album, 'Wake Up the Nation.' Much as his fans were keen on the past, Weller was equally focused on his current musical explorations. The title track and 'Moonshine' were propelled by a palpable sense of urgency and the experimental 'Trees' displayed an artist willing to test himself as much as his audience.
At 52, Weller remains that rarest of artists -- one whose back catalogue satisfies both the most dedicated of fans and the casual observer, while picking up new admirers with his latest musical excursions.