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19 August 2010 @ 01:10 am
Paolo mania sweeps Paisley as he returns to town hall  
Celeste and I are home. Very tired, but oh, what a night it was! We will be back tomorrow with a full report!



Paisley Daily Express

SINGING star Paolo Nutini made an emotional return to Paisley last night for a homecoming gig and declared:
“I’ve been looking forward to this for ages.”

Paisley was gripped by Paolo-mania as the talented singer-songwriter was mobbed by his adoring fans.

Hundreds of music lovers made their way to Paisley Town Hall to watch the 23-year-old chart-topper in action.

And, as he prepared to take to the stage, Paolo revealed that being asked to entertain his fellow Buddies in such an historic setting was a dream come true.

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He told the Paisley Daily Express: “It is an honour to play my home town in front of friends, fans and family alike.
“I’ve been looking forward to it for ages.”

Scores of fans had already gathered outside Paisley Town Hall at 11am yesterday as Paolo arrived for a look round the venue.

He was then accompanied by a crew from BBC Radio 2, who organised last night’s gig, as he enjoyed a tour of his favourite Paisley haunts.

That tour included a trip to the Apollo Records store, in Causeyside Street, where he officially launched his debut single Last Request back in 2006.

The record shop had been packed with young fans that midweek evening four years ago – but it was nothing compared to the outpouring of affection witnessed at the town hall last night, where people of all ages jostled for position to get the best views of Paolo.

The town hall also holds fond memories for Paolo after he met his manager Brendan Moon there in 2003.
Paolo, who was aged 15 at the time, had gone to the town hall to enjoy a homecoming gig by another Paisley chart star, Fame Academy winner David Sneddon.

When David’s arrival was delayed, St Andrew’s Academy pupil Paolo hopped on stage to sing a song he’d written for his Higher music class.His star potential was spotted by Brendan and the rest, as they say, is history.

Last night, Paolo’s proud dad Alfredo – who runs the Castelvecchi chip shop in New Street, Paisley – admitted he has been amazed by the response to his boy’s homecoming concert.

Alfredo told the Express: “It makes me so proud to see Paolo back in Paisley and playing a venue like the town hall.

“Paisley has been buzzing ever since plans for the concert were announced and it’s great to see him get such amazing support from Buddies.
“We’ve had loads of people coming into the chippy to wish him well for the show."
“I don’t think Hampden would have been big enough to hold all of the people who wanted to go to this gig, never mind the town hall.”

Paolo, pictured here in action at the town hall, has become a worldwide superstar since breaking into the music business.

He has shared a stage with icons such as Rod Stewart and Mick Jagger, while his debut album These Streets shifted 2.3 million copies.
Paolo’s next album Sunny Side Up has topped the UK charts three times and was also honoured by his peers from the music industry as it collected the prestigious Ivor Novello Award for Best Album 2010.

According to dad Alfredo, it’s all a long way from the day Paolo took to the town hall stage while still wearing his school tie.
“I wasn’t there that day when he sang at the town hall but he came home and told me he had met Brendan,” said Alfredo. “I wished him luck but, if I’m honest, I never thought for a minute he’d make it this far.

“Listen, he’s my son and I thought everything he did was great but I never imagined he would get to this level."

“Now he has and he deserves it because he has worked so hard. He’s done it all himself. He fought for it by moving down to London and putting himself out there.”

Make sure you get tomorrow’s Paisley Daily Express for a picture special on Paolo’s homecoming gig. You can also hear the gig by tuning into Radio 2 In Concert tomorrow at 8pm.
 
 
Mood: jubilantjubilant
 
 
 
(Anonymous) on August 19th, 2010 10:41 am (UTC)
so did you both win the tickets?
seegrimseegrim on August 19th, 2010 09:42 pm (UTC)
We both went, yes. :)
softestmachinesoftestmachine on August 19th, 2010 11:06 am (UTC)
US - London - Italy - Paisley...
you follow the amazing Paolo path very nicely! Ohhh, I am so jealous! Can't wait for the details. Did he do any new songs or other special things? He looked just so great and happy from what I've seen so far...must have been a real, real, real pleasure!
federicap on August 19th, 2010 08:31 pm (UTC)
oh i'm so jealous, but happy for you!!
softestmachinesoftestmachine on August 19th, 2010 08:32 pm (UTC)
Oh my!
...just listening to the bbc broadcast - shivers running up and down my spine! Paolo himself, his family, his attitude ... it is just the best thing ever - have not seen anything more exquisite than him in my lifetime! And his "Dirty old town" - OMG!

PS: They mentioned fans from North(?) Carolina and Utah!!!!!!!!!!! :-))))!!!!!!!!! Yes you've been there, done that! What a joy!
seegrimseegrim on August 19th, 2010 09:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Oh my!
Glad you enjoyed the broadcast. And yep, Mary Anna's North Carolina and I'm Utah. :D
(Anonymous) on August 19th, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Oh my!
And I've just seen you two up there on the balcony right in the middle at the front - couldn't really get much better! Janon
seegrimseegrim on August 19th, 2010 10:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Oh my!
LOL, yeah. I was just thinking the same thing. :)