... for the first time in three years. All the dates, plus details of the Modfather's John Lennon tribute...

Paul Weller is set to kick off his first US tour in three years, nme.com can reveal.

The seven-stop jaunt will call at: Boston Avalon Ballroom (October 6) New York Roseland Ballroom (7) Toronto Massey Hall (10) Chicago Vic Theatre (11) Pontiac Clutch Cargo (12) Los Angeles Wiltern Theatre (15) San Francisco Fillmore (17)

Weller’s current album ‘Heliocentric’ is only available in the States on import. His last effort released in the US was 1998’s ‘Modern Classics: The Greatest Hits’.

Meanwhile, Weller has recorded a version of John Lennon‘s ‘Instant Karma’ for inclusion in a Channel 4 programme, ‘Shine On’, in honour of what would have been the Beatle‘s 60th birthday.

Performances on the show, hosted by Jo Whiley and Jools Holland, also include Noel Gallagher doing ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’, and ‘I’m Only Sleeping’ with the Stereophonics, and Beth Orton‘s version of ‘Julia’. The programme will screen as part of Channel 4‘s John Lennon Night on September 30, from 9PM.

In other Paul Weller news, according to his website www.paul-weller.co m, the Modfather is considering putting out an album of unplugged material through the site in response to fan queries.