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Saw Paul Weller last night...

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by peledog, Nov 4, 2010.


  1. peledog

    peledog

    Jul 9, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    What an amazing band.

    Tight. Tight. Tight, with the ability to freestyle and jam (no pun intended).

    It looked like the bassist (Andy Lewis) was using a P bass with no pickguard. Beefy tone. For a couple of songs he used a Ric - and it was much brighter. Paul did about 5 songs from The Jam, one from the Style Council and the rest from his solo stuff with a couple covers thrown in.

    I have some crappy iPhone pics, so you can't really see the bass.
     
  2. corinpills

    corinpills

    Nov 19, 2000
    Boston, MA
    The first time I saw Weller, I was quite surprised at what a strong lead player he is. I always thought of hm as more of a thrasher from his days in the jam, but he was getting some lush sounds from an SG and an old Casino and played great solos all night long. He signed my Ric 12 string after the show, too.
     
  3. Gasman

    Gasman Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2007
    South Carolina
    Never saw him, but I love Paul Weller and the Jam!
     
  4. peledog

    peledog

    Jul 9, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    I stand corrected. I watched Jimmy Kimmel, Paul Weller was on and Andy Lewis was playing a sunburst Ric with no pickguard. What a great, great tone!!!
     
  5. if it's the same one he was playing when they were on Jools Holland a while back, it's a 4004. Stunning bass.
     
  6. TRichardsbass

    TRichardsbass Banned Commercial User

    Jun 3, 2009
    Between Muscle Shoals and Nashville
    Bassgearu, Music Industry Consulting and Sales. Tech 21, NBE Corp, Sonosphere.
    I'm beginning to soften on Paul. This past spring he actually had Bruce Foxton come up and do a few songs with him in England. I was pretty sure I'd never see that.

    He is in so many ways a prima donna diva. While I can appreciate that you don't want to go back to the well a lot, every major band from that era has in fact at least done one or two reunited tours. Heck, if the Police can do it and make it through a 1.5 year tour (yes, they were sick of each other again at the end for the same reasons) then the freakin' Jam could as well. Weller would have been a music hero/god had he done one.

    Hell, he could even have written some new stuff.



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  7. robkphoto

    robkphoto

    Jan 28, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    I saw Paul Weller on the tour for his eponymous "Paul Weller" album in like 1991 and he and his backing band were AMAZING!!! Definitely one of my top 10 concerts.
     
  8. peledog

    peledog

    Jul 9, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    I bet he had Steve White as his drummer then.

    I've never seen a Ric 4004 - that thing is gorgeous.
     
  9. peledog

    peledog

    Jul 9, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    It looked something like this:

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    He was all over the neck too - the upper registers still backed the low end - the mix was good.

    Oooh, I think I found a pick of Andy:

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  10. The Lurker

    The Lurker

    Aug 16, 2002
    Ankh-Morpork
    Heck, look how much time Foxton spent in Stiff Little Fingers....
     
  11. corinpills

    corinpills

    Nov 19, 2000
    Boston, MA
    Huge fan, but I can't imagine a Jam reunion being anything but a disappointment. There's no way those three guys would be able to deliver that kind of energy 30 years older after a lifetime of smoking and drinking. They don't have the knees and ankles for it anymore. A 50 year old Bruce Foxton trying to jump sky high with his Rick would be sad.
     
  12. TRichardsbass

    TRichardsbass Banned Commercial User

    Jun 3, 2009
    Between Muscle Shoals and Nashville
    Bassgearu, Music Industry Consulting and Sales. Tech 21, NBE Corp, Sonosphere.

    Actually saw him in his band "From the Jam". He can still take off and you know, it wasn't sad at all. He and Buckler really still had it and Russel Hastings was as near to a Weller clone as I've seen.

    I wouldn't expect them to be like they were then, but would love to see that musical chemistry again. Doesn't matter what age, once you are in a band like that you never lose that chemisry. My guitar bud Dan and I found our groove in 1988 and we lasted as a band with two other mates till 1992. In those four years we had chemistry that no others in our area had.

    Dan and I still do some shows together. We played a short set of our old stuff last summer for a new release of mine and we both heard screams from the back of the crowd. "Oh my God its the Baby sEal Club!" The locals still remember our sound and there is no one who sounds like Dan and I together.

    Well, I wandered, but darn, give me a Jam reunion short tour. NYC to Asbury Park. I'll be at every show.
     

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