He's a right rebel, that Paul Weller.
Paul Weller could be hit with a fine after he flouted the smoking ban twice during one gig.
Weller was performing at London’s Astoria when he told fans whilst lighting his cigarette that, “This is the best drug known to man!"
Under the new regulations in the United Kingdom, if prosecuted, he could be hit with a £200 fine for breaking the law.
Yeah, Solidarity Brother. Sock it to 'em.
Rocker Paul Weller has faced the second complaint in a week for smoking on stage after he lit up in front of thousands of fans.
Weller and his crew ignored requests not to smoke during two gigs held last week at the borough council-owned K2 Crawley venue in Crawley, West Sussex.
Top work Mr W, you're really sticking it to the bansturbators, and no mistake ...
... or maybe not.
Cancer Research UK has announced today that the UK's legendary modfather, Paul Weller, will appear at their annual heritage music event, Sound & Vision, taking place at the iconic Abbey Road Studios on 26th February 2009.
Paul Weller commented, "I'm proud to be associated with this event and to be supporting Cancer Research UK's amazing work."
That'll be the same Cancer Research UK whose 'amazing work' includes, along with their mendacious chums at the Government Department of ASH, being part of the SmokeFree Coalition which forced through the blanket smoking ban, to which I had believed Weller was giving the finger. They needed money to do so of course, and CRUK provided it in spades, as was boasted in this document.
Objective: To examine how a government committed to a voluntary approach was forced by an effective advocacy coalition to introduce comprehensive smoke-free legislation.
The work of ASH in lobbying for smoke-free legislation was funded by the British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK, both of which are also key members of the Smokefree Action Coalition.
I believe this is known as "Feeding the hand that bites you". What a sell-out.