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Music and style icon Paul Weller, who needs no introduction to Pretty Green (PG) News readers, will be working with the Pretty Green label on some designs in the near future. 
The former Jam and Style Council front man also wore the first ever Pretty Green suit, bespoke to the Modfathers own specifications, for his triumphant five-night run at the Royal Albert Hall this week.
PG News was extremely grateful to be granted an audience before Paul took to the stage on the opening evening of his concerts at the gig hotspot of the British Empire.
From a watercolour of Queen Victoria laying the first foundation stone, through a promo poster for Mohammad Ali's 1971 exhibition fight, the route from the Albert Hall's stage door to dressing room area is lined with frames picturing the venue's golden times. At the end of this passage through 20th century cultural history is the star's dressing room: where even in his pre-performance loungewear, greeting well-wishers with a firm handshake, Paul looked immaculate.
"I actually only bought these today," he said of the spectacular pair of tasselled black monk-strap loafers he's sporting, A super-fine white towelling button-neck 'granddad' T-shirt, luxurious black flares, and a lit cig despite the omnipresent 'No Smoking' signs, completed his ensemble. But during the concert itself Mr Weller was adorned in an even stronger look - his one-off bespoke suit especially made for these gigs by Pretty Green.
"Nick, Pretty Green's creative director measured me up and it turned out top," Paul enthused. "It's double-breasted, grey with a chalk stripe. Almost like a gangster suit, but with a little kick to the trousers." A bold style, certainly, but don't think that the rock icon remains anything other than a practical man. "What shirt will I be wearing with it? Well, I don't know yet. It depends how hot it is out there."
He could even strip to the waist, Iggy Pop-style - thanks to a recently-acquired wiry 'Brad Pitt in Fight Club' frame. "Have I got abs? Not yet. I think the trend for men looking after themselves more is a good thing, of course people getting healthier is. Plus, when you get older," and on the eve of his 52nd birthday he struck that trademark subtle grin, "...you have to."
Being preposterously well-turned-out is nothing new to Paul Weller, naturally. "I come from a time when everyone dressed up. Every kid on my estate dressed to the nines every day. People today though dress for comfort, which doesn't always look the best. Trackies, jeans and trainers... I grew up with a different set of values and outlook. I've always loved clothes. I've loved the clothes as much as the music of the time. They've always gone hand in hand to me - if I loved a band I loved the way they looked too."
And Weller's band themselves took to the stage bedecked in Pretty Green too. Former Ocean Colour Scene guitarist, and archetypal blunt but golden-hearted Brummie, Steve Craddock was in his dressing room getting briefed by the sound crew on his new array of guitar FX units.
"I thought what with [My Bloody Valentine's] Kevin Shields playing on the new album too, I'd better not play it at all safe this week!" he says. Steve's teamed his grey PG granddad tee a PG white jacquard-weave silk scarf and a very natty pair of tortoise shell Clubman shades. "Three quid these were from some seafront shop! I like PG because it's contemporary but classic. All the Mods with their Weller wigs dress like their dads. Or probably their grandads. You don't want that. Although I must say I like the Pretty Green grandad shirts! And the Monkey jackets."
But soon Steve will be able to wear Pretty Green designs by his own notably sartorial front man.
"I've got designs for suits, jackets, shoes - I've been talking to Liam about them," revealed Paul exclusively to PG News. "It's the same principle as what he's doing, really - stuff I'd wear myself."
Paul Weller's designs will compliment the Pretty Green range perfectly. "I certainly admire Northern style; I've got a fantastic white Parka from Pretty Green. Mind you, up there they have to wear big coats, being so cold!"
The Pretty Green Collaboration with Weller will be formally announced later this year.
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Beady Eye gigography and next tour dates

2000

30 May - Forum, Milan, Italy (the first "Noeless" gig since 1991 when he didn't join Oasis yet)

summer tour without Noel

2003

16 November - Andy Bell unplugged - Debaser, Stockholm, Sweden (bootleg)

2011


3rd & 4th March - Barrowland, Glasgow, Scotland +here and here + bootleg
6th & 7th March - O2 Apollo, Manchester +bootleg 1 +bootleg 2
9th & 10th March - Troxy, London +bootleg 1
13 March - Casino de Paris, Paris, france
14 March - E-Werk, Koln, Germany
16 March - Alcatraz, Milan, Italy +dvd bootleg
18 March - La Riviera, Madrid, Spain +bootleg
19 March - Bikini, Toulouse, france
21 March - Paradiso, Amsterdam, Holland (bootleg)
22 March - Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium (bootleg)
14 & 15 April - The Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland here a bootleg image
17 April - Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
20 April - O2 Academy, Newcastle (a photo here)
23 April - Centre, Newport (photo and bootleg)
30 May - Grosse Freiheit 36, Hamburg, Germany
+a photo here + win tickets here
8 June - Saschall, Firenze, Italy +my story here +bootleg here +win tickets here
11th June - Papillons de Nuit Festival, Saint Lo, france
12 June - Isle of Wight festival +story here and here +interview here +videos here +interview and bootleg here
25th June - Theater of Living Art, Philadelphia, U.S.A.
30 June - Rock Werchter, Belgium (bootleg)
1 July - Main Square Festival, Arras, france +a photo here
7 July - BBK Live Festival, Bilbao, Spain
9 July - Oxegen Festival, Naas, Ireland
26 August - Reading Festival (win tickets) +videos here +review&video here +bootleg here
3 September - AX Hall, Seoul, South Korea
14 September - Twinkle Rock Festival, Taipei, Taiwan
7 October - Atlantico, Rome, Italy +main bootleg here +another bootleg here
+win the concert here
11 October - Volkshaus, Zurich, Switzerland (postponed)
13 October - Gasometer, Vienna, Austria (postponed)
31 October - Theater Caupolican, Santiago, Chile
2 November - Teatro de Verano Ramon Collazo, Montevideo, Uruguay
3 November - Teatro Colegiales, Buenos Aires, Argentina
4 November - Personal Festival, Buenos Aires, Argentina
5 November - Planeta Terra festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil
12 November - O2 Academy, Sheffield
14 November - O2 Academy, Birmingham
17 November - O2 Academy Brixton, London
2 December - The Warfield, San Francisco, U.S.A.
3 December - Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, U.S.A. +another complete review here +win tickets here and here
5 December - First Avenue, Minneapolis, U.S.A.
6 December - The Rave Ballroon, Milwaukee, U.S.A.
9 December - Terminal 5, New York, U.S.A.
10 December - House of Blues, Boston, U.S.A.

2012

new tour

2013

3 June - Abbey Road, London (acoustic) +bootleg here
7 June - McClusky's, Kingston (album launch acoustic gig)



8 November - Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland

2014

Noel Gallagher solo gigography, and Low Lying Turds tour dates

(although his blinded fans say he's a "new solo artist", it's 20 years he's around and already played "solo" gigs previously (the first one in 1994), with the help of other people of course, as the Unplugged 1996, the gig for Tibet, the tour in 2006-2007, London, Milan, Manchester, Moscow, Los Angeles, Toronto, Paris, Australia, etc.)

2010


25 March - Royal Albert Hall - London

2011


28 November - Alcatraz - Milan, Italy + review here +video bootleg here +audio and video bootleg here

2012


lost interest... even Noel got bored of himself

10 April - Auditorio Banamex - Monterrey, Mexico (cancelled)

END OF THE HIGH FLYING BIRDS

2013

fans leave the gig again and ask for Liam again
..... € 10 = £ 8
 

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