New Wave icon will kick off late-July shows in Harlem at The Apollo Theater ... Says he's "storing up ideas" for next album
Paul Weller says he's coming across the pond in July because "I just fancied playing a few American shows." With an emphasis on the "few."
Weller's tour will last all of six shows, starting July 25 at the Apollo in Harlem and also including New York's Webster Hall, and concerts in Brooklyn, Boston and Washington, D.C. before wrapping up July 31 in Philadelphia. It's a quick trip, but that's not because Weller wouldn't like to spend more time in North America.
"It's just sort of a financial thing, really, for me," the former Jam and Style Council frontman tells Billboard. "It's difficult to go to play to 400 people in Texas. I have to make it pay; band and equipment and all that is expensive, so it never gets any more extensive than major cities on the east and west coasts. But I really enjoy playing America. I like the audiences there. It's the home of a lot of music I grew up with. I'm not expecting American chart domination or to be No. 1, and just want to come and play and still go home with my shirt on my back."