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Edition No. 108

Date:- 19 July 2003

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Weller Heats up Pops
Review and Photographs by Dominic Bonner
ATTENDANCE at the Summer Pops refused to wilt during the burdensome recent heat wave in which Liverpool played host to Paul Weller on July 15 where the 4,500 strong crowds basked in enigmatic rock.

A pragmatic entrance by Weller was received by an over enthusiastic crowd as he opened with old favourites such as 'Wild wood' sending the crowd into frenzy. But it was the feature rock anthems from his previous album release 'Illumination' that dominated the set as powerful songs like 'Leafy Mysteries' and 'Going places' which set the audience into indulgent adulation as Weller delivered a mighty performance.

Pauses from the former Jam frontman were few but on one occasion it seemed that the acknowledgement to be in the future city of culture was almost apologetic as he seemed almost humbled by the reception the Liverpool crowd gave him in an almost football fanatic manner.

If there was ever justification for Liverpool to attain a stadium on any occasion it was on the night. Weller's proviso of hard rock with the purest essence of what makes the silly season so great, it was hardly surprising that fans were left broken hearted by the lack of tickets.
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