A personal story about photographing Paul Weller one of my music idols – by photographer Wes Simpson.

Paul Weller live concert photography and behind the scenes from his Dellemere Forrest concert in Cheshire.


Vision Boards and Paul Weller by Celebrity photographer Wes Simpson


One of my all-time favourite records is Paul Weller Stanley Road album. As a teenager, I even had the iconic pop art album cover by Peter Blake printed full length on my bedroom wall! So, as you can imagine, it was a huge privilege for me to meet and photograph the music legend “the mod father” himself Mr Paul Weller.

Whilst Paul was in Liverpool I was invited to photograph him at his Delamere Forest concert, this included behind the scenes photography and the concert itself.

It was a huge honour and privilege to meet both Paul Weller and Steve Cradock of “Ocean colour scene” who is a member of the Paul Weller band.

What a career Paul Weller has had, from The Jam, The Style Council to an impressive solo career. His discography continues to inspire and evolve. Some of my favourite albums include; Wild Wood, Heavey Sole, Studio 150, together with modern classics such as Saturns Pattern, Wake Up The Nation and A Kind Revolution.

On the day of the concert, it was humbling to witness that even idols have idols when Paul stopped off at Aunt Mimi’s house, the childhood home of John Lennon in Liverpool on the morning of the concert for an impromptu photo and a little sightseeing.


Paul Weller at John Lennons house


Behind the scenes and concert photography

Paul Weller Live

Celebrity music and concert photographer


Later that evening Paul Weller would have impressed his idol John Lennon when he rocked Delamere Forest in Cheshire…

Click the video to see my exclusive side of the stage footage of Paul Weller performing Jam classic ‘Town Called Malice.”


For up to date, Paul Weller information, news, music and tours, visit the Paul Weller website or follow his social media pages.

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