News and Reviews: January 26, 2020

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23 September 2019 was gig number 7000 for me since 1973.
MAMMA MIA! THE PARTY - press review - Building 6 at The 02 Arena complex, London.
See my review dated 23 September 2019....it is on until May 2020.
The evening features over 30 Abba songs and show, a four course Greek dinner , drinks and Abba disco.
www.mammamiatheparty.comVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
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Check out my upcoming news page for my stand out Top 20 gigs of 2019.
MY BEST GIGS OF 2019 LIST.
I went to an incredible 172 live music events & gigs in 2019.
This makes the grand total of 7054 gigs seen by me since 1973.
Loads of great gigs not on this list but here are my stand out Top 20 gigs of 2019...
There are are various reasons why a show can be great , it's just my personal choice.
Gun Control - The Rocket Pub, Acton - Gun Control with me on drums played two great gigs in 2019.
People dancing and enjoying our original songs is always pretty special.
Gold Medal...
Best live band of the year - KISS - Birmingham Arena 09 July and 02 Arena 11 July.
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My interview with TIME OUT magazine in April 2018 is now online.
It features me talking about being the UKs number one gig goer...now over 7000 gigs seen...
Includes a mention of the 2000 plus shows i have been to at Hammersmith Odeon/Apollo since 1973,
along with a photo of me outside the venue
Mentions some Sex Pistols stories and other bits and pieces.
Search for it on google under Ray Morrissey Time Out.
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Visit the coolest menswear store outside of Central London.
Heroes of Richmond - an independent menswear store - 9 Golden Court,Richmond , Surrey.
Footwear, jackets and accessories from top brands unavailable outside Central London.
www.heroesofrichmond.co.ukVisit their website here for more info.
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Sun 26 Jan---my band Gun Control have our first rehearsal of the year.
Sun 26 Jan---Aerosmith and Run-DMC are set to reunite at this year’s Grammy Awards.
Both bands will be performing a medley of their collaborative greatest hits, according to Variety, including their most famous team up ‘Walk This Way’ at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles on January 26.
Aerosmith's drummer, Joey Kramer, is suing his bandmates (but lost the case) because they won't let him play as the band feel he is not fully recovered from his recent ankle injury.
Alice Cooper and The Foo Fighters are also due to perform.
Thurs 30 Jan--Louie Vega & The Elements of Life live at The Royal Festival Hall.
House music legend and Studio 54 resident Louie Vega and his live band dish up a hearty serving of funk, soul and jazz.
Thurs 30 Jan---Girlschool play The Underworld.
I saw them many times in the 1980s supporting the likes of Motörhead and Saxon.
Fri 31 Jan---Five Finger Death Punch + Megadeth + Bad Wolves play Wembley Arena.
FFDP have been one of the biggest selling metal bands worldwide over the past decade.
Two of their albums have gone Top 10 in the UK and they have sold millions back home in North America.
I have seen Megadeth around 10 times since 1987 when they headlined Hammersmith Odeon when they were touring second album "Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?.
Sometimes they play a cover of the classic Sex Pistols track "Anarchy in the UK".
Sat 01 Feb---The Wildheart's play The Forum.
The Wildhearts will head on a UK tour with Backyard Babies and The Bones towards the end of January in support of their recent album "Renaissance Men", which was recently named the best album of 2019 by Classic Rock staff and writers.
I saw them play a rockin' show in 2019 at Sub 89, Reading when they were supported by The Professionals.
Sat 01 Feb---Kaiser Chiefs + Razorlight plays The O2 Arena.
Sat 01 Feb---Spizz plays a 40th anniversary show at The Garage.
Sat 01 Feb---Rose McDowall ex Strawberry Switchblade plays a rare show at London’s Electrowerkz , EC1 venue where with her band, she will play a career spanning set featuring her best known songs from her entire back catalogue!
with support from cool all-girl band The Priscillas.
Sat 01 Feb---The Satellites + The Gloria's play The George & The Dragon, High Street, Acton, London W3.
Sun 02 Feb---Roger Chapman plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
Roger Chapman (now aged 77), is best known as a member of the progressive rock band Family, which he joined along with Charlie Whitney, in 1966 and also the rock, R&B band Streetwalkers formed in 1974. His idiosyncratic brand of showmanship when performing and vocal vibrato led him to become a cult figure on the British rock scene.
I saw Roger with Streetwalkers in 1975 and with The Family reunion show at this venue a few years ago.
Sun 02 Feb---The BAFTA's will be held at the Royal Albert Hall with an exclusive performance from Cirque du Soleil.
The 2020 shortlist includes Joker, whose 11 nominations make it the British Academy’s most widely cherished film of the past 12 months. And there is also a lot of good news for Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, which have mustered 10 each, and Sam Mendes’s long-take First World War thriller 1917, with nine.
Sun 02 Feb---Super Bowl LIV, the 54th Super Bowl and the 50th modern-era National Football League championship game will decide the league champion for the league's 2019 and 100th season.
Location: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida, United States.
Live on UK tv 11.30pm to 3.30am...Kansas City Chiefs play San Francisco 49ers.
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MADONNA plays FOURTEEN shows at The London Palladium - Wed 29 January to Sun 16 February.
For this tour Madonna is playing smaller more intimate theatres rather than the usual arenas.
The capacity of The London Palladium is around 2300.
The Times and NME gave her New York show in 2019 five stars.
Madonna's 14th studio album, "Madame X," was released in June 2019.
Having sold more than 300 million records worldwide, Madonna is noted as the best-selling female recording artist of all time by Guinness World Records.
Madonna has said her shows will be strictly " phone free".
Tickets still available on the day due to the ridiculous prices that include front stalls seats for over £400 each.
It promises to be a visually mega show with stunning costume changes and dancers.
Remember only a few of her classic hits will be played as it is not a greatest hits show.
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From 12 Jan to 01 March---LUZIA at The Royal Albert Hall.
Cirque du Soleil return to London’s Royal Albert Hall in 2020, bringing their dazzling luminous spectacle, LUZIA to Europe for the first time.
The downside to this is no live music shows at this venue until March.
LUZIA takes you to an imaginary Mexico, like in a waking dream, where light (“luz” in Spanish) quenches the spirit and rain (“lluvia”) soothes the soul.
With a surrealistic series of grand visual surprises and breathtaking acrobatic performances, LUZIA cleverly brings to the stage multiple places, faces and sounds of Mexico taken from both tradition and modernity.
www.cirquedusoleil.comVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
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Thu 13 Feb 2020 - 2 Sat Jan 2021 - Pretty Woman : The Musical - Live at Piccadilly Theatre
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There are always special offers on for West End theatre shows so keep an eye out for them...
Legend of screen and stage DAVID HASSELHOFF joins the London cast of Dolly Parton’s smash-hit 9 to 5 The Musical from 2 December 2019 until 8 February 2020.
Mamma Mia! The Musical is still packing them in.
Mary Poppins is on until May 2020.
The Book of Mormon got rave reviews when it first opened.
From 21 Dec 2017 - Hamilton - this musical has finally opened to great reviews.
It is the hottest theatre ticket in town this year.
It is on at The Victoria Palace Theatre which has had a massive refurbishment.
I saw gigs here between 1975 to 1977 when it was called The New Victoria Theatre.
Bands i saw included Alex Harvey Band, Thin Lizzy, ELO, Lou Reed and others.
08 April 2018 - Hamilton won seven awards including Best New Musical at The Olivier Awards.
Only Fools & Horses - The Musical at The Theatre Royal Haymarket Theatre.
As expected it has been a huge success and the run has been extended to April 2020.
Paul Whitehouse is returning to the show in his Grandpa role from 06 Jan 2020.
The pure quality of Michael Jackson songs will always live on.
The Michael Jackson musical Thriller Live is extending its West End run for another year.
Now in its 11th year and one of the longest-running in West End history. The show is based on Jackson’s solo hits and songs recorded as part of the Jackson Five.
I have seen it three times, it is excellent.
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La traviata at The Royal Opera House...17 December 2019–23 March 2020.
The performance lasts around 3 hours 20 minutes, including two intervals....tickets priced £11–£225.
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The Professionals featuring Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook release three EPs in 2020.
The trio of EPs are called 1, 2, 3 and are available in cd and vinyl form - out Jan , Feb, March
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The Clash - London Calling 40th Anniversary - exhibition at The Museum of London, Barbican.
Free Entry - The exhibition runs until 19 April 2020
I went to it in 2019 and will pop back sometime again before it closes.
The museum’s pulled together over 100 items from the band’s archive relating to the ‘London Calling’ album, including the bass Paul Simonon is smashing on the cover and Joe Strummer’s personal typewriter.
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Steel Panther are playing another UK tour, including....
Wed 05 Feb---Bristol Academy
Fri 07 Feb---Brixton Academy
I have seen this very entertaining glam metal band several times.
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Fri 07 Feb---Brett Eldredge plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
Country artist Brett Eldredge is playing his first ever headline UK tour, following on from his 2019 set at C2C: Country to Country.Brett has had hit albums and singles back home in North America.
He is signed to Atlantic Records and released his debut single, "Raymond" on September 27, 2010.
Sat 08 Feb---My band GUN CONTROL play a private birthday party.
Sat 08 Feb---Catfish and the Bottlemen play at Exhibition London, a new 2000 capacity
venue located in the heart of White City’s Westfield.
Sun 09 Feb--- The 92nd Academy Awards will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. Despite more than a decade of the Oscars being given out towards the end of February, this year's ceremony has been moved forward, and takes place on Sunday 9 February.
The nominations for this year's Academy Awards have been announced, with Joker leading the pack with 11 nods.
The comic book villain origin story is up for best picture, best director and best actor for Joaquin Phoenix, plus eight other awards.
The Irishman, 1917 and Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood follow with 10 nominations each.
Sun 09 Feb---Melanie plays The Aldwych Theatre.
Melanie plays a one-off UK show to celebrate her 73rd birthday.
Melanie is an American singer-songwriter who remains best known for the 1971/72 global hit "Brand New Key", her cover of "Ruby Tuesday", her composition "What Have They Done to My Song Ma", and her 1970 international breakthrough hit "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)", inspired by her experience of performing at the 1969 Woodstock music festival.
Tues 11 Feb---Kim Petras play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Pop singer-songwriter Kim Petras has raked in millions of Spotify plays on her songs, along with garnering the undivided attention of a predominantly LGBTQ fan base.
Part of the reason she has gained so much attention from the community is due to her transgender identity. Petras underwent gender confirmation surgery at the age of 16, making her one of the youngest people to undergo the process.
Wed 12 Feb---NME Awards at Brixton Academy.
Thurs 13 Feb---Starset play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Starset are promoting their third album "Divisions" that came out in Sept 2019.
All three of their albums have made the Top 50 album charts back home in America.
Their singer and critics call them " the American Muse".
Fri 14 Feb to Tues 18 Feb---London Fashion Week Spring / Summer 2020
Fri 14 Feb---The Godfathers play Dingwalls.
Sat 15 Feb---The Godfathers play Suburbs at The Holroyd, Guildford.
Mon 17 Feb---Foals play a BRIT Awards Week show at Shepherds Bush Empire.
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Mon 17 Feb---‘Eric Clapton & Friends: A Tribute to Ginger Baker’ at Hammersmith Apollo.
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Tues 18 Feb---BRIT Awards at The 02 Arena.
Those with nominations include Lewis Capaldi, Stormzy, Dave , Sam Fender, Harry Styles.
Bruce Springsteen is one of the five shortlisted artists for Best International Solo Artist.
Usually eight acts perform a big track each on the night.
This years acts include Billie Eilish, Harry Styles, Lewis Capaldi, Stormzy, and Mabel.
From 01 Jan 2020 ALL AREAS within the arena will be cashless.
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David Mitchell is to make his West End debut in a stage adaptation of BBC sitcom Upstart Crow.
Mitchell will star as William Shakespeare, who he also plays in Ben Elton’s TV series.
Game of Thrones actor Gemma Whelan also stars in the production, which is directed by Sean Foley. Further casting is to be announced.
The adaptation, which is written by Elton, will run at the Gielgud Theatre from February 7, 2020 to April 25.
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Message In A Bottle
Choreography by Kate Prince, based on the songs of Sting
6 Feb - 21 Mar 2020...Tickets from £14
The Peacock, Portugal Street, Holborn, WC2A 2HT, London...Ticket office: 020 7863 8222
Combining hip hop and contemporary dance with breath-taking athleticism from 3 time Olivier nominated choreographer Kate Prince, Message In A Bottle is set to the iconic hits of 17-time Grammy Award-winning artist Sting, including Every Breath You Take, Roxanne, Walking On The Moon, Fields Of Gold, Englishman In New York and Shape Of My Heart.
Once upon a time in another land there was a family – a father, a mother and their three teenage children. War breaks out and they are faced with an impossible choice: stay and try to survive or leave their country in search of safety.
Message In A Bottle is a story of loss, resilience, unexpected possibilities and hope.
The show features new vocals from Sting with new arrangements by Alex Lacamoire (Hamilton, The Greatest Showman), with guest vocals from Beverly Knight MBE and Lynval Golding (The Specials).
www.sadlerswells.comVisit the website for more info and to buy tickets.
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Fri 21 Feb and Sat 22 Feb---The 1975 play 02 Arena.
Fri 21 Feb---Palaye Royale play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Sat 22 Feb---Dream Theater play the second of two shows at Hammersmith Apollo.
Sat 22 Feb---The Rezillos play 229 Great Portland Street, London W1.
Sun 23 Feb---Babymetal play Hammersmith Apollo.
I saw Babymetal headline Wembley Arena in 2016, which has come out as a live a DVD.
Babymetal are fronted by three Japanese girls in costumes who are backed by a male metal band.
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Mick Fleetwood has announced a special show to celebrate the music of Peter Green and the early years of Fleetwood Mac.
The concert will take place on February 25 at the London Palladium and will see Fleetwood joined onstage by a raft of musicians including former Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, Johnny Lang, Andy Fairweather Low, John Mayall, Zak Starkey, Bill Wyman and his Fleetwood Mac bandmate Christine McVie.
The house band will feature Mick Fleetwood on drums and Andy Fairweather Low on guitar.
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Sex Pistols legend Glen Matlock is playing a UK tour including....
Fri 28 Feb---Glen Matlock Band feat Earl Slick play The Red Lion Ballroom, Leytonstone.
Glen & his band play a London warm-up show for The Minehead Punk & Alternative Festival.
This recently refurbished venue has a 250 capacity and is a welcome addition to East London live music scene.
Sun 01 March---Glen Matlock Band feat Earl Slick play The Purple Turtle, Reading.
Sat 07 March---Glen Matlock Band feat Earl Slick play The 100 Club.
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Mon 02 March and Tues 03 March---Lennon Stella plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
20 year old female singer who is best known for the musical drama tv series Nashville (2012–18).
Tues 03 March---charity concert for Royal Marsden Cancer Charity at The 02 Arena.
Performing will be a formidable line-up including Eric Clapton, the legendary Tom Jones, Gary Brooker of Procol Harum plus Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall, John Illsley from Dire Straits, Paul Jones, Mike Rutherford, Rick Wakeman, Yusuf/Cat Stevens and Paul Carrack and Nick Mason and Bonnie Tyler. Paul Young and Zucchero will perform the smash hit duet Senza una Donna. More artists will be announced at a later date.
Gary Brooker, of Procol Harum, is Musical Director of the show and has worked tirelessly to bring together the line-up of the greats playing their hits live onstage, as well as the all-star house band. The house band will include Paul ‘Wix’ Wickens (keyboards), Andy Fairweather Low and Robbie McIntosh (guitars).
From 01 Jan 2020 ALL AREAS within the arena will be cashless.
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Thurs 05 March---Sound of Springsteen play The Beck Theatre, Hayes.
Fri 06 March---Rory Gallagher 2CD / 3LP live album out today.
Chess/UMC are proud to be releasing ‘Check Shirt Wizard- Live In ‘77’.
This 20-song, previously unreleased, set is culled from four shows (London, Brighton, Sheffield and Newcastle) during an early 1977 tour across the UK in support of Rory’s then latest album 'Calling Card'. Featuring fantastic live versions of tracks from that album as well as songs from the 1975 'Against The Grain' album and other live favourites.
I was at The Hammersmith Odeon show in Jan 1977 that is featured on this live recording.
Fri 06 March and Sat 07 March---Supergrass + Coral play Alexandra Palace.
Wed 11 March and Fri 13 March---Bryan Ferry plays The Royal Albert Hall.
I have seen Bryan Ferry solo and Roxy Music several times each over the past 45 years.
Fri 13 March---Elvis Costello and The Imposter's play Hammersmith Apollo.
I have seen Elvis Costello over 20 times since 1978.
Fri 13 March and Sat 14 March---Jim Davidson plays The Beck Theatre, Hayes.
Sat 14 March---Morrissey plays Wembley Arena.
Morrissey will be promoting his forthcoming new album ‘I Am Not A Dog On A Chain’.
Sat 14 March and Sun 15 March---Steve Martin & Martin Short play The Royal Albert Hall.
Sun 15 March---Lulu plays The Palladium.
Mon 16 March---William Shatner is on stage at Hammersmith Apollo.
Audiences will enjoy a screening of the classic film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan on the big screen, followed by a live conversation with the one and only “Captain James T. Kirk.”
Thurs 26 March---Louise Redknapp plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
Fri 27 March---Ash play The Roundhouse.
Fri 27 March--The Three Lions' UEFA EURO 2020 preparations are in sight with England set to host Italy at Wembley Stadium on 27 March (kick-off 8pm).
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Teenage Cancer Trust 20th anniversary shows at The Royal Albert Hall.
The charity itself is celebrating 30 years this year.
Monday 23rd March - to be confirmed
Tuesday 24th March - to be confirmed (usually Tuesday is the comedy evening)
Wednesday 25th March - Stereophonics plus very special guest Paul Weller (Acoustic)
Thursday 26th March - Groove Armada plus special guests
Friday 27th March - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds plus special guests
Saturday 28th March - Special guests to be announced (The Who have a few days break on their UK tour)
Sunday 29th March - Nile Rodgers & Chic
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Legendary singer-songwriter Van Morrison plays six nights at The Palladium - March 20, 21, 22, 24 ,25, 26.
Sat 28 March---SAXON play Hammersmith Apollo with support from
+ Krokus + Girlschool + Diamond Head...a very nice four band package bill.
Vocalist Biff Byford and his Saxon bandmates will play three UK shows which were postponed
from 2019 due to the singer’s heart surgery.
Sat 28 March---STIFF LITTLE FINGERS play The Roundhouse with support from
+ The Professionals + TV Smith + Neville Staple Band...a very nice four act package bill...
It is months away but a major gig clash already for me.....damn.
I may have to see SLF earlier in the tour as i cannot miss Saxon and Krokus.
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The Who with orchestra are touring the UK to promote their 2019 album release.
MARCH 2020
MON 16 Manchester Arena
WED 18 Dublin 3 Arena
SAT 21 Newcastle Utilita Arena
MON 23 Glasgow SSE Hydro Arena
WED 25 Leeds First Direct Arena
MON 30 Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
APRIL 2020
WED 1 Birmingham Resorts World Arena
FRI 3 Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
MON 6 Liverpool M&S Bank Arena
WED 8 London SSE Wembley Arena
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Wed 01 April---Vive Le Rock Awards live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
The Vive Le Rock Awards are back and this year’s event sees 1980s goth-punk legends, Lords Of The New Church, reform for one night only!
Tues 07 April---James Blunt plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Wed 08 April---The Bootleg Beatles play The Royal Albert Hall.
Sat 11 April---Barenaked Ladies + KT Tunstall play The Royal Albert Hall.
Sun 12 April---Hollie Cook plays Islington Academy.
Mon 13 April---Rick Astley plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Sun 19 April---Michael Schenker + Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons play Shepherds Bush Empire.
April 20, 21, 23, 24, 25---Dita Von Teese plays five shows at The Palladium.
Sat 25 April and Sun 26 April---Craig David plays The 02 Arena.
Mon 27 April, Tues 28 April, Wed 29 April---Elbow play Hammersmith Apollo.
Wed 29 April---Celeste plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
In early Jan 2020 , soul singer Celeste won The BBC Sound of 2020.
Winning this award means Celeste performs at The BRIT Awards in Feb 2020.
The singer will play her biggest headline show to date when she arrives at Shepherd’s Bush Empire.
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Fri 01 May---Boomtown Rats play The Palladium.
The Boomtown Rats will release their first album since 1984 in March 2020 titled ‘Citizens of Boomtown’.
The Boomtown Rats still feature four original members including Bob Geldof.
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Sat 02 May---The 2020 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony will be held at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland.
The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame announced that this year’s inductees would be Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, T-Rex, The Doobie Brothers, The Notorious B.I.G. and Whitney Houston....also producer Jon Landau to get a special award..
Really great to see that Marc Bolan & T-Rex will be inducted.
Peter Frampton's acclaimed 1976 live album 'Frampton Comes Alive!' and the Allman Brothers Band’s 1972 record 'Eat A Peach' have both been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame this year.
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Nick Masons Saucerful of Secrets are playing a UK & European Tour.
Thurs 07 May---The Royal Albert Hall.
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Fri 15 May---Peter Hook & The Light play Joy Division at Brixton Academy.
Tues 19 May---Gregory Porter plays the first of four shows at The Royal Albert Hall.
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Guns N Roses play their only English shows on their European Tour.
Friday, 29th May and Saturday 30th May - Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London.
These will be the first ever concerts held at Spurs new football stadium.
Reminder that the stadium is a cashless stadium - card only is needed to pay for everything.
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Sun 31 May---Peter Frampton plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Legendary guitarist Peter Frampton has confirmed UK dates on the Peter Frampton Finale - The Farewell Tour.
Peter has been around since the 1960s and was a massive worldwide act in the 1970s.
I saw him headline Wembley Arena in 1976 when his double live album sold millions.
Frampton, has recently been diagnosed with a degenerative muscle disease called inclusion body myositis, also known as I.B.M. The condition causes muscles to weaken over time but usually does not affect life expectancy.
Another big gig decision for me as it clashes with Whitesnake at The 02 Arena.
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WHITESNAKE, FOREIGNER & EUROPE 2020 UK TOUR
A great rock package as i have seen all three bands many times over the past 40 years.
Sunday 31 May – London, The O2 Arena.
Monday 01 June – Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena.
Wednesday 03 June – Birmingham, Arena Birmingham.
Thursday 04 June – Glasgow, SSE Hydro.
Saturday 06 June – Newcastle, Utilita Arena.
Monday 08 June – Manchester, Manchester Arena.
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Queen + Adam Lambert at The O2 Arena - five shows - 2 Jun - 3 Jun, 5 Jun - 6 Jun, 9 Jun 2020.
Now TEN shows as five extra dates added: 8, 17, 18, 20 and 21 June for The 02 Arena.
They will head up north for shows at Manchester Arena on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th June 2020.
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Download Festival 2020 headliners have been confirmed...
Fri 12 June---KISS + Deftones
This looks like being KISS only UK show on their European Tour.
Before this show, KISS play indoors at Accor Hotels Arena, Paris on Tues 09 June.
David Lee Roth is supporting KISS throughout their North American so it is a shame that
he is not on the bill at Download as he has not played the UK for over a decade.
Sat 13 June---Iron Maiden + Gojira
Sun 14 June---System of a Down + Korn
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Isle of Wight Festival headliners have been confirmed...
Fri 12 June---Lionel Richie + Lewis Capaldi
Sat 13 June---Snow Patrol + Chemical Brothers
Sun 14 June---Duran Duran + Supergrass + Dido
See the link on the right for more and to buy tickets.
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Sat 27 June---Paul McCartney headlines Saturday night at Glastonbury Festival.
Glastonbury celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2020.
Aerosmith playing Glasto on the same day...a very nice pairing...
I went to Glasto three times in the 1990s.
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Fri 03 July and Sat 04 July---BTS play massive shows at Twickenham Stadium.
BTS are a seven-member South Korean boy band formed in Seoul in 2013.
I saw them play Wembley Stadium in the summer of 2019.
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The six Hyde Park shows this summer are gradually being confirmed.
Sat 04 July---Little Mix + Rita Ora plus others.
Sun 05 July---Kendrick Lamar + James Blake plus others.
Fri 10 July---Pearl Jam + Pixies plus others...(Jan 2020 update...65,000 tickets sold out)
Sat 11 July---Taylor Swift plus others.
See the link on the right for more info and to buy tickets.
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Sun 12 July---Euro 2020 Football Final at Wembley Stadium.
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Aerosmith are playing the UK as part of their shows in Europe....
Wed 15 July---02 Arena, London...with support from Rival Sons.
Sat 18 July---Manchester Arena
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Organisers of the UK’s Ramblin’ Man Fair have confirmed that Lynyrd Skynyrd will headline next year’s event.
Another band coming back again even though 2019 shows were advertised as their last ever UK shows.
The festival of rock, prog, country and blues will take place at Mote Park, Maidstone, Kent, on July 17, 18 and 19, 2020, with artists including Clutch, Hawkwind, Big Big Train, Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons and Monster Truck among the bands previously confirmed.
Lynyrd Skynyrd will top the Planet Rock Stage on the Saturday – the band’s only UK show of 2020.
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Sat 29 Aug and Sun 30 Aug---The Eagles play Wembley Stadium.
In what’ll be their only European shows of 2020, the rock icons will play their seminal 1976 album ‘Hotel California’ in full before following it with a greatest hits set....they will be joined by an orchestra...
I saw them play Wembley Stadium in June 2019.
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John Lydon will be all over the UK in Sept/Oct/Nov 2020 for a massive 54-date spoken word tour.
John Lydon will talk about Sex Pistols and Public Image Limited, his art, life story and more during 2020 run.
www.johnlydon.comVisit the John Lydon website here for a full list of the tour dates.
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Nov/Dec---Elton John brings his Farewell Tour to arenas around the UK.
I have seen Elton John play live around 35 times since 1974.
On 01 Jan 2020 , Sir Elton John received the highest acknowledgement in a new year honours list.
The singer and songwriter was awarded the Companion of Honour for a remarkable career spanning more than five decades, in which he has sold more than 300m records worldwide, and used his fame to promote the work of 23 charities, including his own Aids foundation. He becomes one of only 64 people apart from the monarch who can hold the honour at any one time.
Elton has had 31 x Top 10 hits in the UK including 7 x Number ones.
His classic debut hit single "Your Song" was released 50 years ago in 1970.



Sunday 26 January 2020.
Happy Birthday to guitar legend EDDIE VAN HALEN who is 65 today.



Saturday 25 January 2020.
A BOWIE CELEBRATION live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
A slightly different line-up to the one i saw this time last year.
Long time Bowie keyboard player Mike Garson is still there, and most of the band have had stints with Bowie.
Band members include Mike Garson, Gerry Leonard, Carmine Rojas, Kevin Armstrong, Alan Childs plus
vocalists Corey Glover (Living Color), Sass Jordan and Mr Hudson.
I was lucky enough to have seen the real David Bowie around 20 times since Wembley Arena in 1976
and i was at both his last ever London shows at Wembley Arena in Nov 2003.
I also got his 'Heathen' album signed by him at HMV London in Sept 2002 when it came out.
In 1997 i reviewed David Bowie at Shepherds Bush Empire for the local paper.
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It is a near sell out tonight (around 1800 out of 2000 tickets sold) as all levels are being used.
A BOWIE CELEBRATION arrived on at 8.05pm and played for around 2 hours 20 mins.
The first half had several lesser known tracks and the second half had most of the Bowie classics.
Four different vocalists where used throughout the evening.
The vocalists did a good job but none had the pure rock n roll charisma of a big name vocalist.
It was great to hear so many Bowie gems played tonight.
Bowie tunes , like Prince tunes will live on forever, such is the quality of them.
A very enjoyable show.
Full setlist played by A Bowie Celebration tonight....
Future Legend
Diamond Dogs
Sweet Thing
Candidate
Sweet Thing (Reprise)
Rebel Rebel
Rock 'n' Roll With Me
We Are the Dead
1984
Big Brother
Chant of the Ever Circling Skeletal Family
Space Oddity
Moonage Daydream
Young Americans
Five Years
Let's Dance
Starman
Lady Grinning Soul
Time
Life on Mars?
Ziggy Stardust
Suffragette City
All the Young Dudes (David Bowie wrote this classic for Mott The Hoople)
Encore :
Loving the Alien / Andy Warhol
Rock 'n' Roll Suicide
Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?)
"Heroes"



Friday 24 January 2020.
DAVID SINCLAIR FOUR live at The Old Station House , 2 Grove Park Road, Chiswick, London W4.
It is FREE ENTRY for all tonight as this pub in leafy Chiswick has free entry gigs on most Fridays.
Around 70 or 80 folks here , with most sitting in the pubs comfy chairs & sofas.
DS4 are on stage for around 90 mins over two sets of 45 mins each.
DS4 played a set featuring tracks from all their five albums.
They are joined on several tracks by a superb harmonica player.
Plenty of great lyrics and nifty guitar playing.
David is very comfortable on stage talking to the crowd as he has interviewed many big name musicians
as one of the main music critics of The Times for many years.
We get a couple of anecdotes from a couple of the many legends he has met.
A superb cover of "Sweet Jane" went down well with the crowd.
A really good show.
The David Sinclair Four setlist tonight included...
Give me a Rose
Life Gone Cold
Sweet Jane (Lou Reed cover)
World Turns Around
Hip-Hopping
Go Johnny Go (Johnny B Good) (Chuck Berry cover)
My Blue Suede Shoes
Little Rock & Roll
Stevie Ray Vaughn cover with some nice guitar
Eight Rounds Later
Perfect in Every Way
Coming off The Rails
Bye Bye Johnny (Chuck Berry cover)
www.davidsinclairfour.comVisit their website here for more info.
All 51 of their tracks are up on Spotify and many are up on YouTube.
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Fact of the day...
Some of you older rock fans may be remember a band called TEN YEARS AFTER.
They played the original Woodstock Festival in 1969 and toured relentless around that time.
Nevertheless, the relentless schedule continued – successfully, too. The 28 US tours (yes an incredible 28 US tours in 7 years) they notched up between ’68 and ’74 was unequalled by any other British band.
Alvin Lee left the band in the 1970s to focus on his solo career.
I saw him play solo shows in 1978 and 1988 at Hammersmith Odeon.
I saw Ten Years After (with Alvin Lee) reunions in 1983 and 1990.
I saw Ten Years After with new singer Marcus Bonfanti a few years ago.





Thursday 23 January 2020.
THE TESKEY BROTHERS + WILSN live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
Australian blues-rock group, The Teskey Brothers, are embarking on a world tour in support
of their second album," Run Home Slow"....which went to number 2 in Australia and number 77 in the UK...
The show sold out in advance, with the help of cheapish £20 tickets.
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WILSN arrived on stage at 8pm for her 30 mins set.
Soulful white female Aussie singer who was backed by piano and drums.
"Do This" and "Home" showed off her powerful loud voice during a good set.
THE TESKEY BROTHERS arrived on stage at 9.05pm for their 95 mins set.
There are seven musicians on stage including keyboards, trumpet, trombone.
Recent London shows were at The Jazz Cafe and Union Chapel so this is their biggest London show to date.
I did not know any material by The Teskey Brothers in advance of this show.
For some reason i was expecting more uptempo blues rock rather than their slow-paced Americana songs.
The brass duo did a good job of lifting the songs to loftier heights.
The singer has a lovely white soulful voice.
Final encore of "Hold Me" was the best song for me as the crowd sang loudly along.
The setlist was a bit samey and not very lively but it was an enjoyable show.
Full Teskey Brothers setlist played tonight...
Man of the Universe
Let Me Let You Down
Carry You
Say You'll Do
I Get Up
Rain
San Francisco
Sunshine Baby
So Caught Up
Paint My Heart (included a long guitar solo)
Louisa (included a drum solo)
Right for Me (included two brass solos)
Encore:
Pain and Misery
Hold Me (extended version with all the crowd singing along loudly)
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In the current edition of Vive Le Rock mag i came across this little known fact.
NODDY HOLDER the ex singer from Slade has again said he was asked to join AC/DC before Brian Johnson.




Wednesday 22 January 2020...I went to two events today...
1pm to 3pm
LONGINES WORLD'S BEST RACEHORSE AWARD at The Landmark Hotel, Marylebone, London NW1.
Around 200 guests at this plush five star hotel, including some big sporting names.
Frankie Dettori (probably the worlds top jockey)
John Gosden ( British racehorse trainer. He has trained over 3,000 winners worldwide, including winners of the Breeders' Cup Classic, the Derby, the Arc, the King George,the Eclipse, and over 600 winners in the United States).
Victoria Pendleton ( British jockey and former track cyclist)
Andre Fabe (French thoroughbred horse racing trainer).
Rosie Tapner (Model and ambassador for the British Equestrian Federation).
Three horses have jointly earned the title of Longines World’s Best Racehorse for 2019, a first since the award was created in 2013. Equally rated at 128, Crystal Ocean, Enable, and Waldgeist share the 2019 title after a year of compelling competition.
The trio of European runners competed against each other throughout the year, trading victories as they did so. Crystal Ocean won the Group 1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes, while Waldgeist was third; Enable beat Crystal Ocean by a neck in the Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes with Waldgeist in third; and Waldgeist turned the tables on Enable when he defeated her in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (which won The Worlds Best Horserace).
Frankie Dettori and John Gosden hope to get Enable running again at Royal Ascot.
Complimentary champers, wines and canapés for all guests.
All guests got a goodie bag on departure.
then
6pm to 8pm
SONY MUSIC SHOWCASE , The Arts Club, Dover Street, London W1.
Around 100 guests here at this cool private members club.
Sony have flown in a few of their staff from around Europe so they must have high hopes for him.
At 7.15pm SAM FISCHER & his band performed four songs.
Australian-born singer/songwriter who relocated to L.A. to pursue a solo career with his R&B tracks.
This was his first time on a UK stage but Sam and the band sound really good and showing no sign of any nerves.
He finished the set with "This City" which the audio version has had over a million listens on YouTube.
He had a bit of a Sam Smith vibe about him and could easily have big success in the future.
Complimentary Moscow Mule cocktails, wines, beers and canapés for all guests.
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Very sad news that TERRY JONES has passed away.
The death of a close friend is not traditionally the occasion for a joke. But when that friend is a fellow Python, it seems entirely appropriate.
It was announced on Wednesday that Terry Jones, founder member of Monty Python, had died at 77. He was diagnosed with a rare form of dementia in 2016.
John Cleese’s response? A statement that ended: “Two down, four to go,” referring to the deaths of Jones and Graham Chapman, and the remaining members of the troupe.




Tuesday 21 January 2020.
STEREOPHONIC'S + ASH live at The Forum, London.
Absolute Radio host a special warm up sold out show for the Stereophonics UK & European Tour.
I have seen Stereophonic's a dozen times since 1999 when they supported Aerosmith at Wembley Stadium.
Stereophonic's have had 11 x Top 10 hits in the UK including a number one with "Dakota"
Their 11th studio album "Kind" was released Oct 2019 and was another number one album for them.
I have seen Ash several times since 1996.
Ash have had 4 x Top 10 hits in the UK.
Check out this YouTube clip where U2 represented Southern Ireland and Ash represented Northern Ireland.
UTV Live Ash U2 Northern Ireland Good Friday Agreement Referendum Live Press Conference
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Tv presenter Charley Boorman was in the VIP seated at table area in the balcony.
I have seen Ronnie Wood join Stereophonic's on stage a few times, but he is not here tonight.
ASH arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played for 45 mins.
The trio from Northern Ireland played a good set full of their best tracks.
Singer Tim Wheeler is still playing his trademark Flying V guitar.
Full Ash setlist played tonight...
A Life Less Ordinary
Kung Fu
Oh Yeah
Darkest Hour Of The Night (Live debut)
Goldfinger
Shining Light
Orpheus
Buzzkill
Girl From Mars
Burn Baby Burn
STEREOPHONIC'S arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 1 hour 55 mins.
A nice stage production with loads of lights.
Singer Kelly Jones is now aged 45 but somehow looks the same as he did 20 years ago.
Loads of their catchy singalong radio friendly hits played in their set.
Kelly gave a thanks to Absolute Radio (was previously Virgin Radio) who always play their songs.
They finished off with a mega version of "Dakota".
A great show.
Full Stereophonic's setlist played tonight...
Catacomb
Superman
I Wanna Get Lost With You
Geronimo
Maybe Tomorrow
Bust This Town
Fly Like an Eagle
Mr and Mrs Smith (superb drumming for the last 60 seconds of this track)
Sunny
Boy on a Bike
Just Looking
Don't Let the Devil Take Another Day
Have a Nice Day
Indian Summer
Make Friends With the Morning
Mr Writer
Hungover for You
Local Boy in the Photograph
This Life Ain't Easy (But It's the One That We All Got)
The Bartender and the Thief
Encore:
C'est La Vie
Dakota




Monday 20 January 2020.
Happy Birthday to rock legend PAUL STANLEY from KISS who is 68 today.
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40 years ago this week i visited Amsterdam for the first time.
On 23 Jan 1980 I popped along to a famous live music venue to see popular Dutch band called The Scene.
The singer sadly died of cancer in 2015.
The Paradiso Club is still going strong.



Sunday 19 January 2020.
DRAG SHOW BATTLE at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
It’s the US vs the UK as queens from both sides of the Atlantic deliver a night of non-stop entertainment, hosted by the sensational Danny Beard and Victoria Secret.
Adore Delano, Miz Cracker, Meatball, Yuhua Hamasaki,Joe Black, Juno Birch, Vinegar Strokes, Lydia L'scabies, Chiyo Gomes, Ginny Lemon will also be performing.
Many of the acts will be at Olympia this weekend for RuPaul's DragCon.
Daily Mail reported this the following day after Saturday at Olympia...
Furious fans have branded drag icon Ru Paul's DragCon UK convention a 'shambles' after being forced to queue for hours outside the venue amid reports the event has been overbooked.
Those attending the event being held at Olympia London have taken to social media to share their anger after waiting to enter convention for up to four hours.
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For whatever reason the ticket sales for this show were a disaster as only 400 tickets sold in total
for stalls and Level 1 out of the 2000 capacity.
The show was on for 2 hours 40 mins over two sets of 85 mins and 75 mins.
The two hosts did most of the on stage bitchy banter and introduced the acts.
All the acts mimed a couple of songs each in their outrageous costumes & routines.
One track in each set so they could do a full change of costume.
One girl did a great routine based around a Spice Girls medley.
One girl did a great Amy Winehouse impersonation.
She finished her routine by taking her shoes off and doing a full crowd-surf over the front rows.
Plenty of entertaining bits and plenty of pretty average bits throughout the evening.





Saturday 18 January 2020.
CHASE RICE live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
Level 3 is closed tonight so maybe 1200 are here.
OWEN DAVIES arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played for 30 mins.
Owen is a young male country singer-songwriter from the UK who sung some decent tunes.
He told an amazing story where he was busking in Liverpool and Chase Rice walked past him,
liked what he heard and asked him " would you like to support me at Shepherds Bush Empire".
MADISON KOZAK arrived on stage at 8.20pm and played for 30 mins.
Canadian female country singer-songwriter played a decent set.
She said she has been living in the Nashville the last few years.
Songs like “Little Bit Of You”, which neatly segues into “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” are about her own life experiences. The unreleased “Loud House” discusses growing up in a large family, “Phases” is about the boy that broke her heart (“this one’s for you Kyle”, she says, still smiling) but best of all is “First Last Name” the one she dedicates to her dad. Truly heartfelt, to the man who started her off on this path, and and a nice cover of “Take Me Home, Country Roads” gets all
the crowd singing along loudly.
CHASE RICE arrived on stage at 9.20pm and played for 1 hour 40 mins.
Chase Rice is an American country music singer-songwriter who has had success back home.
Chase arrives on stage wearing a baseball cap, and is the spitting image of Prince Harry.
He has a great band who all hail from South America , and were much more rockier than expected.
Chase has nice clear catchy vocals and he has two songs with Jack Daniels in the title which is great by me.
He gets a girl on stage for some flirting during the song "Ride".
He sung his big country hit "Eyes on You" that had all the crowd singing along.
He also sung "Cruise" which was the big country hit he wrote for Florida Georgia Line.
After the first mega hit of his career “Ready Set Roll” from back in 2013, he’s done. But not before he goes down to meet his people, sign autographs, shake hands and have selfies with most of the front rows. All the while the band plays a metal riff, as if they are finally glad to. The band finish the song and join him in the pit to sign stuff and pose for selfies.
He played Bush Hall last time and it is pretty clear Chase Rice will be getting bigger success in the future.
A really good gig that ticked all the right boxes.
Full Chase Rice setlist played tonight...
Lions
Jack Daniel's Showed Up
Take It to the City
Beautiful Blur
Gonna Wanna Tonight
On Tonight
Unforgettable
Lonely If You Are
Three Chords & the Truth
Ride
Carolina Can
Best Night Ever
Jack Daniel's & Jesus
Eyes on You
Cruise (Florida Georgia Line cover) (Chase wrote this song that was a massive hit in America)
Band introductions and covers medley - All the Small Things / Sweet Home Alabama / Sweet Caroline
Ready Set Roll




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