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Paul Weller played 2 nights at Best Buy Theater (pics, setlist)

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

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The concert really kicked into high gear when Weller and his band returned to the stage after the short break following the Sonik Kicks’ performance for their acoustic set. They were joined again by the string section for some of the acoustic selections. In a nod to the informality of the acoustic set, Weller changed out of the suit that he’d been wearing during the Sonik Kicks portion of the show and returned to the stage in a T-shirt. The acoustic set started off with a spellbinding take on The Jam’s “The Butterfly Collector.” It received a big reaction from the crowd when it ended. The acoustic takes on “All I Wanna Do (Is Be With You)” and “You Do Something To Me” also got big cheers from the packed house. The acoustic set was the best-sounding part of the show because, for some reason, there was a lot of distortion in the sound during the electric performances.

The main set closed out with the electric set. “From The Floorbaords Up,” “Wake Up The Nation,” “Foot Of The Mountain,” and “Echoes Round The Sun” all got a stellar live treatment by Weller and the band. But they were saving the best for last. The closing song of the main set, “Whirlpool’s End,” received an absolutely blistering take by Weller and crew that left the crowd, many of them already hoarse from singing along during much of the show, roaring with approval. [Goldmine]

After an invite-only show at the John Varvatos store on Thursday, Paul Weller played two nights at the Best Buy Theater in Times Sq on Friday (5/18) and Saturday (5/19) with openers Desert Sharks. Weller performed three sets — Sonik Kicks in full, an acoustic set backed by a string section, and then an electric set of career-spanning favorites. Weller plays Toronto tonight. The Goldmine review above is from Saturday night’s show, but our pictures are from Friday night.

More pictures of Paul Weller’s show (and openers Desert Sharks), and Weller’s setlists for both nights, are below.


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Paul Weller – Best Buy Theater 5/18/2012 Setlist
Sonik Kicks Set
Green
The Attic
Kling I Klang
Sleep of the Serene
By the Waters
That Dangerous Age
Study in Blue
Dragonfly
When Your Garden’s Overgrown
Around The Lake
Twilight
Drifters
Paperchase
Be Happy Children

Acoustic Set
English Rose
Out Of The Sinking
Aim High
No Tears To Cry
All I Wanna Do (Is Be With You)
You Do Something To Me

Electric Set
Moonshine
From The Floorboards Up
22 Dreams
Stanley Road
Foot of the Mountain
Wake Up The Nation
Fast Car/Slow Traffic
Echoes Round The Sun
Whirlpool’s End

Encore:
Pieces Of A Dream
Andromeda
A Town Called Malice
In the City
Art School

Paul Weller – Best Buy Theater 5/19/2012 Setlist
Sonik Kicks set:
Green
The Attic
Kling I Klang
Sleep Of The Serene
By The Waters
That Dangerous Age
Study In Blue
Dragonfly
When Your Garden’s Overgrown
Around The Lake
Twilight
Drifters
Paperchase
Be Happy Children

Acoustic set:
The Butterfly Collector
Out Of The Sinking
Aim High
No Tears To Cry
All I Wanna Do (Is Be With You)
You Do Something To Me
Devotion

Electric set:
Moonshine
From The Floorboards Up
22 Dreams
Stanley Road
Foot Of The Mountain
Wake Up The Nation
Fast Car/Slow Traffic
Echoes Round The Sun
Whirlpool’s End
Encore:
Pieces Of A Dream
Into Tomorrow
The Changingman
Town Called Malice

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