Paul Weller heading to Norwich on 2020 tour
PUBLISHED: 11:23 28 October 2019 | UPDATED: 14:05 28 October 2019
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He’s hot on the heels of a sell-out set to thousands at Thetford Forest - but now the Modfather to return to Norfolk for a much smaller concert.
Paul Weller, who found fame in punk rock band The Jam, will perform at the UEA LCR on Saturday, May 2.
He already has a legion of fans across Norfolk and played at High Lodge in Thetford Forest in June as part of their summer concert series.
Weller's career began in 1977 with The Jam's debut single In The City and they went on to release five albums with the band including chart-topping The Gift in 1982.
He experienced further recognition with The Style Council who performed at the iconic Live Aid concert at Wembley Stadium in 1985.
In the nineties, he also had success as a solo artist and had several chart hits, including Wild Wood, Wake Up The Nation and Sonik Kicks.
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Ahead of the tour he has been in the studio writing and recording new songs and he will performing this new material.
Weller is widely celebrated as a cultural icon and is often referred to as 'The Modfather' as he prompted the mod revival in the 70s and 80s.
He was born in 1958 in Woking, Surrey, and his love of music began with The Beatles, The Who and Small Faces and he formed the first incarnation of The Jam whilst at secondary school in 1972.
The band consisted of his best friends Steve Brookes on lead guitar and Dave Waller on rhythm guitar and his father became their manager who got them bookings in local working men's clubs.
They were later joined by Rick Buckler on drums, with Bruce Foxton soon replacing Waller, and Brookes then left the band in 1976.
They came to prominence in the late 70s after joining The Clash as the support act on their 1977 White Riot tour and the rest is history.
Elsewhere in the region, Paul Weller will also be performing at the Cambridge Corn Exchange on Friday, May 1.
Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday, November 1 at ueaticketbookings.co.uk