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Nearly 40 years in, Paul Weller sounds as vital as ever

Paul Weller is one of the last men standing from the major players of British punk’s Class of ’77. And unlike many of his peers, Weller never really took a break, moving from the Jam directly to the Style Council and then to a solo career that not only hasn’t flagged after two decades, but actually became revitalized starting with 2008’s “22 Dreams.” In the process, he’s outlasted not only punk but the Britpop wave that the Jam’s influence helped spawn a generation later.

The short six-date tour that brings the man nicknamed the Modfather to Royale on Sunday speaks to his cult status in the United States, in contrast with his British stardom, but that’s fine with him. “I don’t have to conquer the world,” says Weller over the phone. “I just have to conquer myself, you know?”

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