ONE of the most influential musicians of the last 40 years has announced a 12th solo album – backed by a UK tour including a date on Tyneside.
Paul Weller has been one of the most consistent artists around since he rode the new wave to fame with The Jam in 1977.
They were one of the biggest bands in Britain when he split them at the height of their fame in 1982 to form soul-jazz combo The Style Council.
He went solo in 1989, and has released a string of successful albums, with every one making the Top 10, the last four reaching the coveted No 1 slot in the UK charts.
His next album, Saturns Patterns, will be released on May 11 on his new record label, Parlophone.
Musicians on the album feature some of Weller’s touring band faithful: Steve Cradock, Andy Crofts, Ben Gordelier and Steve Pilgrim, plus an illustrious roll-call of guest musicians.
They include The Strypes’ Josh McClorey and Paul’s old mate from Woking Steve Brookes, who was guitarist in the original line-up of The Jam.
Paul also brought in members of his favourite new band, Syd Arthur, to add to the proceedings.
Following a sold-out UK tour of less-often-visited venues next month, Weller will play at the Royal Albert Hall in London as part of the Teenage Cancer Trust run of gigs on March 27, then he joins The Who as special guest at Hyde Park on June 26.
He has also announced 10 winter arena dates ,including one at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on Wednesday, November 25.
Support will come from Scottish trio Young Fathers who won the 2014 Mercury Music Prize for their debut album,Dead, and wowed the 6 Music Festival at the weekend.
Tickets for the Newcastle date, priced from £38, are on sale now from (08444) 936666.