Paul Weller: “I’m always thinking, when would be a good time to retire?”

The Modfather takes Uncut along on his US tour in the new issue

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Paul Weller takes Uncut out on his American tour in the new issue, dated January 2016 and out now.

As he tours Saturns Pattern, the singer, songwriter and guitarist discusses his past, his relationship with America, his drinking and drugging, and the future.

“I think about that all the time,” he tells us, “when would be a good time to retire? But I love it so much, I don’t know what else I’d do. I’m not really after anything more than finding a way to prolong this, to keep playing and making music.


“I’m in control of this, and I like that. If I had to do a two- or three-month tour of the States – that’s hard work, especially at my age. I don’t know if I have the stamina. As it is, I can continue to express myself with something I love doing. I get freedom now, which isn’t something I ever really had before. The label ask me to press and TV, that’s fine, but they don’t tell me what to write or release. If you’re successful, you get left alone.”

Paul Weller plays London’s Eventim Apollo tonight and tomorrow (December 4, 5).

The January 2016 issue of Uncut is now on sale in the UK – featuring Paul Weller on the cover, plus David Bowie, Best Of 2015, Roger Waters, Father John Misty, Pere Ubu, Robert Forster, Natalie Prass, James Brown, Bruce Springsteen, Sunn O))), Jonny Greenwood, Arthur Lee & Love, Neil Young, Janis Joplin and more.

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