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News and Reviews: April 29, 2016
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London celebrity photographer is showing a collection of his photos to celebrate 40 years of punk.
Richard Young has been taking photos of the famous for over 40 years.
He was there for The Sex Pistols signing in 1977 of their contract with A&M outside Buckingham Palace.
He was also at the band’s 1976 gig at The Notre Dame Hall just of Leicester Square.
Anarchy in the UK is on display until 31st May 2016...free admission...
Prices for the works on offer start at a most reasonable sum of just £60.
Richard Young Gallery, 4 Holland Street, London, W8 4LT. Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7937 8911.
It is located just off Kensington High Street.
Glen Matlock attended the opening private view.
Rockarchive founder and world renowned music photographer, Jill Furmanovsky, opens her archive to share her mainly unseen collection of anarchic Punk images. Featuring The Buzzocks, The Clash, The Sex Pistols and many more,
A Chunk of Punk is on display at The Barbican...It is on until 25 May 2016...free admission...
Thursday 31 March 2016 to Saturday 30 April 2016...now extended to 21 May 2016...
ALL OR NOTHING --- theatre production
Carol Harrison, soap actress writes musical telling the story behind legendary British band The Small Faces.
Tony McHale directs. ..The Vaults, Leake Street, Waterloo, London, SE1
www.allornothingthemusical.comVisit their website for more info and to buy tickets.
From 22 April --- Biopic ' Miles Ahead ' is in the cinemas this week.
It features Don Cheadle as jazz trumpeter legend Miles Davis.
I saw Miles Davis perform live twice at Hammersmith Odeon in 1990.
Fri 29 April---PRINCE is expected to dominate the UK singles & album charts announced today.
Five of his albums are expected to be in the Top 10.
The Very Best of Prince
The Hits/The B-Sides
Sign O’ the Times
His albums are also expected to appear in the Top 10 of the American charts.
There does seem something odd about the circumstances of his sad and sudden death.
Latest rumours are Prince 'died from AIDS and was relying on his religion to cure him', according to claims in the US. A music industry source said the singer was 'suffering from the disease and was in bad shape' but, because of his Jehovah's Witness faith, refused treatment, instead telling friends 'God can and will cure me'.
Was it a pills overdose?...
Authorities have been granted a warrant to search the Paisley Park studios where Prince died last week.
Fri 29 April---Roger Hodgson plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Ex singer-songwriter of Supertramp is on a UK and European Tour.
Only two shows in the UK and both in London...Royal Albert Hall tonight and last night at The Palladium.
He left Supertramp over 30 years ago.
I first saw Supertramp a couple of times back in 1975 when they headlined Hammersmith Odeon.
I saw Roger Hodgson at his last London show which was The Royal Albert Hall in 2013.
Hodgson composed and sang the majority of the band's hits, including "Dreamer", "Give a Little Bit",
"Breakfast in America", "Take the Long Way Home", "The Logical Song" and "It's Raining Again".
Sun 01 May---It is one of the most amazing football stories ever.
Last year they just avoided relegation and this they have beaten off all the usual top clubs.
Leicester City will win the Premier League if they beat Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.
The game is live on SKY tv at 2.05pm.
Bookies had offered 5000 to 1 against Leicester winning the league when the season started.
Sun 01 May and Mon 02 May---The Portobello Live Festival.
Tues 03 May to Thurs 05 May---The London Wine Fair is at Olympia.
Tues 03 May---Chris Cornell plays The Royal Albert Hall.
I went to see his band Soundgarden in 1994 when they were the first band to play Shepherds Bush Empire
at an invite only event when the BBC sold the building off and it became the full gig venue it is today.
Fri 06 May---40 years ago today in 1976 I saw David Bowie play for the first time at Wembley Arena.
A few years ago Uncut magazine gave it as 5th greatest gig of all time.
Fri 06 May---Donovan plays The Palladium.
Donovan plays a special show to celebrate his 70th birthday which is on 10 May.
Donovan has been performing for over 50 years with his heyday being in the late 1960s.
Donovan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.
Sat 07 May--Bryan Adams plays The 02 Arena.
Sat 07 May---James play Brixton Academy.
Their new album 'Girl At The End Of The World', was pipped by Adele to the number one spot in March...
Mon 09 May---OMD play The Royal Albert Hall...sold out...
performing their albums 'Architecture and Morality' and 'Dazzle Ships'.
I first saw OMD in 1979 supporting Joy Division at The Nashville Pub,West Kensington.
Tues 10 May---Led Zeppelin v Spirit court case begins in Los Angeles.
Lawyers for Spirit have claimed that the opening intro for their track 'Taurus' was stolen by Led Zeppelin
for the famous intro to 'Stairway To Heaven'....They do sound very samey.
Needless to say there is lots of backdated royalties cash at stake.
A Sex Pistols phrase comes to mind..."the only notes that count are the ones that come in wads".
Tues 10 May---Yes play The Royal Albert Hall.
performing their albums 'Fragile' (1971) and 'Drama' (1980) followed by other Yes tracks from their career.
Trevor Horn has confirmed he will delight fans with a rare guest appearance during the band’s London show at Royal Albert Hall on 10th May. Trevor will also join YES on stage in Oxford on the 9th; this will be the first opportunity to see YES live with Trevor since the original Drama tour 36 years ago.
This will be the first UK tour since their death of founder member bass player Chris Squire.
Thurs 12 May---Ralph McTell plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Fans can choose the setlist for Ralph's show by voting via his website.
Fri 13 May---Iggy Pop plays The Royal Albert Hall...sold out...
I have seen Iggy Pop play around 20 times since 1977.
That 1977 show at The Rainbow featured David Bowie on keyboards.
Only two Iggy UK shows as part of his European tour..the RAH and The Isle Of Wight Festival.
Iggy Pop is expected to attend The Cannes Film Festival to attend the premiere of his documentary.
Sat 14 May---The Sessions - The Beatles at Abbey Road Studios plays Wembley Arena (also 02 Arena 15th May).
See my review from The Royal Albert Hall show on 01 April 2016.
Sun 15 May---Kylie Minogue headlines a special show at Windsor Castle...live on ITV...
Pop princess Kylie Minogue will perform for the Queen at a star-studded show to celebrate her 90th birthday.
The Australian star, 47, will be joined at the televised event by tenor Andrea Bocelli, opera singer Katherine Jenkins and pop star Jess Glynne as the nation celebrates the milestone of its longest-lived monarch.
Ant and Dec will host the concert which will also include an appearance from Dame Helen Mirren, who won an Oscar for her portrayal of Elizabeth II in 2006 film The Queen.
Mon 16 May and Tues 17 May---Manic Street Preachers + Editors play The Royal Albert Hall.
I have seen The Manic around 20 times since 1991 when they were a hotly tipped new band.
This was a year before their debut album would come out in 1992.
Tues 17 May---Shepherds Bush Empire is due to re-open after roof renovation.
Thurs 18 May and Fri 19 May---Pete Doherty plays The Hackney Empire.
Fri 20 May---The Damned play The Royal Albert Hall...sold out...
I have seen these punk legends around 40 times since 1977.
In the punk heyday year of 1977 i saw them 10 times.
Sat 21 May---Brian Wilson plays the second of three shows at The Palladium.
Sat 21 May---The Dandy Warhols play The Electric Ballroom...sold out...
Wed 25 May---KISS ROCKS VEGAS is in cinemas in the UK and around the world for one night only.
Back in November 2014, the helicopter descended upon the infamous Hard Rock Hotel as KISS invaded Las Vegas for an historic nine-show run. Now, for one night only on May 25, fans will be able to experience this spectacular night for themselves as "Kiss Rocks Vegas" hits cinemas across the globe. From this blistering live show, fans can expect sky high flames, ear-bursting volume and a few drops of blood! Includes exclusive interviews with band and footage you will only see in the cinema.
www.kissmycinema.comCheck here for more info on where the film is showing and to buy tickets.
Fri 27 May---ABC release the album The Lexicon of Love 2 today on VIRGIN Records.
Fri 27 May---The Monkees will release their first new album in twenty years on May 27
with the Adam Schlesinger produced Good Times.
On the album is a song co-written by Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller (Birth Of An Accidental Hipster).
The Sex Pistols may not be playing this year but how about this for a one-off double header special featuring
Sex Pistols members at Shepherds Bush Empire on Thurs 19 May 2015 with tix on sale from 05 Feb 2016.
The Rich Kids featuring Glen Matlock and The Professionals featuring Paul Cook.
Two post-Pistols bands from the late 1970s.
For the first time since the Steve New Testimonial in 2010, which was The Rich Kids first show for over
30 years,Midge, Glen and Rusty will take to the stage again to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the birth of Punk.
I attended the Steve New funeral in North London as we shared hotel rooms a couple of nights
when I toured with Glen Matlock & The Philistines when Steve New was playing guitar in the band.
The Professionals played their first London gig for over 30 years in 2015 at The 100 Club.
I was at both the above shows.
GLEN MATLOCK and PAUL COOK on London Live tv.
www.sex-pistols.netWatch the full interview here.
Luke the interviewer i know as i did reviews for him for a couple of years when he was with The London Paper.
He should have a word with his caption researcher who mistakenly said Paul Cook (Rich Kids)...doh!...
Fri 03 June---Deftones play Wembley Arena.
Fri 03 June to Sun 05 June - POLO IN THE PARK London returns to Hurlingham Park,Fulham,London.
www.polointheparklondon.comVisit their website for more info and to buy tickets.
Sat 04 June---Camden Rocks Festival featuring Glen Matlock + The Godfathers.
Sat 04 June---Public Image Limited play Indigo.
I bumped into Breno who is a mate of John Lydon's from North London who has his own Madness related art.
Check out and like his FaceBook page Breno PF Smyth
Includes original 1979 M Logo with blue beat hat and Nutinc. Logo aka “nutty dancer” designed by Breno PF Smyth
M logo RE-design with crown by Mark Bedford...
Breno was a regular at all the early Madness and ska gigs in the late 1970s.
Sat 04 June---AC/DC play The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Axl Rose will be on vocals for the AC/DC European Tour before he starts the Guns & Roses American Tour.
Needless to say for Axl this is a moment for him to play with his heroes so should be interesting to see.
AC/DC have treated Brian Johnson pretty shabbily regards the way he has been cast aside.
I can’t believe after 36 years AC/DC would say goodbye to their singer in such a way.
MANY bands have issues and other problems and find a way to make it work in rock.
Brian has confirmed that his hearing problems were the reason he cannot continue with singing live.
Did Def Leppard sack their drummer when he lost an arm in a car crash?.
No they didn't and over 30 years later he is still playing regular tours with them.
Brian has hinted he will be ok to go to record material so a studio album could be on the cards.
Supporting AC/DC will be Texan blues rockers Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown.
Sun 05 June---Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band play Wembley Stadium.
The Boss and The E Street Band will be playing 'The River' double album from 1980 in full.
Tues 21 June---Are you in or are you out?
This is your chance to be part of history. On Tuesday 21 June the BBC will host a live, televised debate at London's iconic The SSE Arena, Wembley on the issue of Britain's membership of the European Union. The debate will feature senior politicians and other key figures on both sides of the argument.
The programme starts at 8pm and will be broadcast live on BBC One. Tickets are free via the BBC website.
Jeff Lynne's ELO return to the UK after their 14 date UK Arena tour in April...170,000 tickets sold.
I saw them play a few months ago at the 500 capacity Porchester Hall,Queensway to launch
the new album 'Alone In The Universe'.
I saw ELO in 1976 and 1978 during their heyday period.
06/22/2016 MANCHESTER, UK MANCHESTER ARENA
06/24/2016 BIRMINGHAM, UK BARCLAYCARD ARENA
06/26/2016 SOMERSET, UK GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL
Sat 25 June---Richie Blackmores Rainbow play Birmingham Genting Arena...sold out...
Only three shows planned...two in Germany and Birmingham...nothing in London.
I saw Rainbow at The Rainbow in 1977 and Hammersmith Odeon in 1981.
Richie goes out as Rainbow for the first time in over 25 years.
Sat 02 July---Lionel Richie plays the first of three shows at The 02 Arena.
Lionel is back in the UK after the massive success of his Glastonbury Festival show last year.
Lionel Richie is set to receive the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s most prestigious honour in June. Richie will follow in the footsteps of songwriters including Carole King, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder and Stephen Sondheim when he receives the Johnny Mercer Award, the Hall of Fame’s highest honour, reserved for artists whose work “upholds the gold standard".
HENLEY FESTIVAL returns in July 2016.
The black tie event Henley Festival billed as 'The UK's Most Magical Summer Party' returns to Henley On Thames bringing music, visual arts, fashion, street theatre, comedy and fine dining for 5,000.
The 34th festival by the Thames takes place from Wednesday 6th until Sunday 10th July 2016, culminating in a firework spectacular.
Henley is around an hour from West London and pick up the train at Paddington or Ealing Broadway tube stations.
HEADLINERS play on a floating stage.
Wednesday 6th July 2016...Elton John and his band.
Thursday 7th July 2016...Elvis Costello & The Imposters.
Friday 8th July 2016.... Welsh Opera singer Bryn Terfel performing with the Welsh National Opera Orchestra.
Saturday 09 July 2016...Dame Shirley Bassey and Blake.
Sunday 10 July 2016...Will Young will bring Henley Festival to a close on the Sunday night of Family Day, where kids can enjoy festival site and interact with children’s entertainers, musicians, comedians and street entertainers.
www.henley-festival.co.ukVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets from £35.
Thurs 04 Aug to Sun 07 Aug 2016---The Rebellion Festival is held in Blackpool.
The UKs number one punk and alternative festival celebrates it's 20th anniversary.
Over 100 bands on multi-stages over the weekend and all of it indoors.
DESCENDENTS---COCK SPARRER---STIFF LITTLE FINGERS---THE DAMNED---UK SUBS---
JELLO BIAFRA AND THE GUANTANAMO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE---BUZZCOCKS---999---
PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT---SLAUGHTER AND THE DOGS (original line-up) and many more.
www.rebellionfestivals.comVisit The Rebellion Festival website for more info and to buy tickets
Thursday 28 April 2016...I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 7.15pm
XTB x Mads Mikkelsen - showcase - at Hotel Café Royal, 68 Regent Street, London, W1.
XTB (X-Trade Brokers) is a European brokerage house offering trading in financial derivatives. Founded in 2002, the company is now established in more than 15 countries in Europe, South America and Asia.
It provides an environment for trading and investing.
It's London headquarters are in Canary Wharf.
Their ambassador Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen who began his career as an actor in 1996 is here.
Their staff are here explaining how easy it is to get online and play the stock markets.
They are offering a training course and guidance to teach you the basics so check their website for that or
Complimentary wines,beers and canapés for all guests.
www.xtb.comVisit the XTB website here for more info.
7.20pm to 10pm
In Conversation with RONNIE WOOD at The Ham Yard Hotel, Denman Street, London, W1.
Around 200 guests here in the basement area where their cosy private cinema is.
Most of them have paid £75 to be here which is to raise funds for wildlife charity TUSK.
Mainly supporters of TUSK and just a handful of Rolling Stones fans.
Pop opera singer Katherine Jenkins and her husband are here.
Complimentary champers,wines and canapés reception before the event and
champers and wines after the event.
Sadly Ronnie did not mingle with the crowd at all during the evening and stayed backstage.
8.05pm-We all took our seats in the cinema and had a 5 mins video presentation from TUSK.
8.10pm to 8.50pm-Ronnie Wood takes to the stage for a chat with the guy from TUSK.
Ronnie has been a supporter of TUSK for over 20 years and has been to Kenya with them.
The conversation was a mix of Ronnie's love for animals and wildlife along with talking
about drawing and painting for over 40 years and a few bits relating to his music career.
We had some photos and video clips on the big screen.
8.50pm to 9pm-There was a short audience Q & A but all the questions were TUSK related on
to how to protect and care for the animals better and putting more security on to stop poachers.
9pm to 9.20pm-Rugby player Martin Bayfield did an entertaining job for the auction as
Ronnie and his wife Sally sat in the front row.
Just a few Ronnie related items but the total selling price was £61,000.
I picked up a few of the 12 page booklets for the event which were dated.
I have been asked by the pr to mention both tonight's sponsor's who were
Lyceum Capital and Justerini & Brooks who supplied the drinks.
www.tusk.orgVisit the TUSK website for more info.
Wednesday 27 April 2016...I went to FOUR events today...
TESCO F & F Autumn/Winter 2016 press day preview,London SW1.
4.30pm to 5.45pm
F & F is the clothing arm of TESCO and we have a showcase today of men's,women's and children's wear.
There is a huge TESCO near me so i buy F & F clothing quite a lot.
I can easy mix designer wear with F & F and today in tribute i am wearing a suit,shirt and shoes
that are all from F & F.
You can buy a suit for around £50,nice shoes from £18 to £25 and a Harrington Style Bomber Jacket for £25.
Complimentary presecco,coffees,teas,juices and canapés for all guests.
All guests got a goodie bag on leaving.
www.clothingattesco.comVisit the F & F & TESCO website here for more info.
6.15pm to 7.15pm
Alistair Guy: Strong Women - private view - at Smythson, 40 New Bond Street, London, W1.
Celebrity photographer Alistair Guy is showcasing a new collection of photos of 'Strong Women'.
Over 100 guests at this upmarket store.
Prime Minister David Cameron's wife Samantha Cameron is here.
Samantha has been the creative director of Smythson for over 10 years.
Smythson of Bond Street is a British manufacturer of luxury stationery, leather goods, diaries, and fashion products based in London, England. Smythson opened his first shop on 29 September 1887 at 133, New Bond Street, London. The current flagship store is located at 40 New Bond Street, London. Clients have included the current Royal Family, Queen Victoria and many other now deceased royals.
Complimentary Veuve Clicquot champers and canapés for all guests.
www.alistairguy.comVisit the Alistair Guy website here for more info.
www.smythson.comVisit the Smythson website here for more info.
7.30pm to 8pm
Boux Avenue x Theo Paphitis - SS16 Summer Pool Party - at Haymarket Hotel,1 Suffolk Place,London SW1.
Around 200 folks around the pool area of this luxury hotel with 75% being female.
Boux Avenue owner and Dragons Den tv personality Theo Paphitis is here.
Boux Avenue is the lingerie, swimwear and nightwear destination online, on mobile and 25 stores nationwide
plus rapid international expansion across 10 countries.
There was a fun photo beach theme area in the corner and a dj is playing tunes.
It was a 6pm start but complimentary wines,beers and canapés are still flowing.
All guests got a goodie bag.
www.bouxavenue.comVisit the Boux Avenue website here for more info.
This Bank Holiday Weekend they have 20% off special offer for all the three days.
D-A-D live at The Academy,Islington,London.
D-A-D are a melodic heavy rock four piece from Denmark.
They were originally named "Disneyland After Dark", but had to be renamed after
The Walt Disney Company threatened a lawsuit.
Celebrating their 25th anniversary with a European tour, the band play Islington for their only UK date.
This is an exclusive presentation of two of their classic albums ("Riskin' It All (1991) and then
"No Fuel Left For The Pilgrims" (1989) that were both released on Warner Music.
The venue is full tonight and judging by the accents there are a few Danish folks in the crowd.
D-A-D are on stage for around two hours over two sets of 60 mins each.
The singer says "we are gonna play one album from top to bottom then take a break
then play the other album from bottom to top".
The band all still look like rock stars and the bass player is quite a character as he is wearing
various wacky head wear and using different bass guitars including an amazing one that was
rocket shaped as he climbed all over the amps and drum kit throughout the show.
The overall sound is great and the band play loads of brilliant uptempo catchy rock tunes.
Highlights from the first set included 'Rock n Rock Radar' and 'I Won't Cut My Hair'.
Highlights from the second set included ''Rim Of Hell','Girl Nation' and a stunning extended version
of their best track 'Sleeping My Day Away' to end the main set.
A really good show.
Wednesday 27 April 2016.
Europe ticketing agency SeeTicket is offering refunds for AC/DC fans who do not want to witness
Axl Rose fronting the band.
Initially there was no announcement about refunds but AC/DC have finally bowed under pressure from a
barrage of fans unhappy with the choice of new singer and the way the replacement was announced.
“You have the opportunity to request a refund of your ticket. Refunds will be available from now until 5pm on
Friday, May 6,” SeeTicket wrote in an email to ticketholders.
AC/DC will commence the European leg of the Rock Or Bust tour in Lisbon on May 7.
Tuesday 26 April 2016...6.30pm to 9.15pm..
GQ Magazine Food & Drink Awards 2016 at 100 Wardour St, 100 Wardour Street, London, W1.
This new Soho spot is the third incarnation of D&D venue here, having previously been home to
Floridita and Carom.
And before that? The famous Marquee Club, in its Wardour Street pomp was next door at No 90.
I saw over 50 shows at The Marquee Club in the 1970s and 1980s including five by the Bon Scott AC/DC.
The two floors have been given what looks like an expensive new makeover, with the ground floor now an all-day restaurant, lounge and cocktail bar and downstairs devoted to food in the evening, with live music and DJs.
There's a great looking 'playroom' too, with a pool table that converts into a dining table for private events.
A big crowd of around 300 folks in their basement area - 250 standing and 50 cosy seats at the front.
Guests included Kate Winslett,Gizzi Erskine,Claudia Winkleman and Lizzie Cundy.
At around 7.15pm the 11 awards are given out.
Best Restaurant Award went to Kitty Fisher's in Mayfair.
www.gq-magazine.co.ukVisit their website for the full list of winners.
Complimentary Veuve Clicquot champers,different Belvedere vodka cocktails,bowl food and yummy canapés.
All guests got a complimentary copy of the May issue of GQ Magazine when leaving.
Tuesday 26 April 2016.
40 years ago today i saw AC/DC play for the first time at The Nashville Pub,West Kensington.
This was one of their first shows ever in the UK.
I would end up seeing them 10 times in 1976 alone and 19 times overall with Bon Scott until his death in 1980.
Monday 25 April 2016.
First rock bands lent their name to beers & spirits and now it's the record companies turn.
Island Records Session IPA - a laid-back, session-strength IPA bursting with juicy hop aromas and flavours of citrus and tropical fruits, developed by Soundwaves and brewed by Two Tribes.
The very limited edition Island Records Jamaica Porter (made with spiced rum, coconut and vanilla).
Monday 25 April 2016...another sad death...
Grammy Award-winning American soul singer Billy Paul died from pancreatic cancer at his home in
New Jersey on Sunday 24 April. He was 81.
Paul gained his greatest success when he released his 1972 single Me and Mrs Jones, the song for which he would later receive his Grammy. It reached number one in the US and number 12 in the UK.
I saw him live a couple of times in the past decade as part of David Gest Philly Soul shows.
David Gest also passed away a couple of weeks ago.
Sunday 24 April 2016.
David Gilmour live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
This was Day 6 of The Teenage Cancer Trust shows at this venue.
They always say 'save the best until last'.
I last saw David Gilmour three times when he last played The Royal Albert Hall in Sept 2015.
His recent fourth solo album 'Rattle That Lock' hit the number one spot in the UK and ten other countries
and was Top 10 in America and many other countries.
An amazing result tonight as i end up FRONT ROW CENTRE on the floor for the entire show...Just mega...
Direct in front of me is bassist Guy Pratt and a bit to the right is David Gilmour.
It reminded me of the front row view I had when working at Hammersmith Odeon through the 1980s.
The show was on for around 2 hours 35 mins over two sets of 70 mins and 85 mins.
It is the same production and pretty much the same setlist as the shows in Sept 2015.
There were a couple of changes though as solo track 'On An Island ' was dropped and
Pink Floyd tracks 'What Do You Want From Me ' and 'Coming Back To Life' were added.
I was watching Guy Pratt quite a bit as i could hear all the bass lines through his bass monitors as i
was so close to them.He seemed to be smiling the most although David Gilmour looked relaxed.
David Gilmour guitar playing was stunning as usual and the overall sound was perfect.
Being so close to the circular screen was hypnotic at times when the lights fully kicked in.
There was one extra very special moment that was added tonight at the end.
For the encore the crowd rush the front of stage and i claim my place leaning up against the stage.
In the middle of a stunning 'Comfortably Numb' the stage lights go purple and David Gilmour
plays the guitar solo to 'Purple Rain' and the backing singers sing the bit near the end of the track
'whooo oooh ooh ooh,whooo oooh ooh ooh,whooo oooh ooh ooh,whooo oooh ooh ooh,whooo oooh ooh ooh'.
Watching this special moment so close up was just incredible.
A mega gig with a mega view for me that has to go down as best gig of the year so far for me.
Full setlist played tonight...
Rattle That Lock
Faces of Stone
Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd song)
What Do You Want from Me (Pink Floyd song)
A Boat Lies Waiting
Money(Pink Floyd song)
Us and Them (Pink Floyd song)
In Any Tongue
High Hopes (Pink Floyd song)
Astronomy Domine (Pink Floyd song)
Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V) (Pink Floyd song)
Fat Old Sun (Pink Floyd song)
Coming Back to Life (Pink Floyd song)
The Girl in the Yellow Dress
Sorrow (Pink Floyd song)
Run Like Hell (Pink Floyd song)
Time (Pink Floyd song)
Breathe (Reprise) (Pink Floyd song)
Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd song) ("Purple Rain" snippet)
Sunday 24 April 2016.
Some acts put out a tweet or something when a fellow artist dies but others do it the proper way
and play a song in their show as a tribute.
Last night in New York, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band played a stunning version of
'Purple Rain' with a blistering guitar solo from Nils Lofgren.
Watch the video on YouTube now.
Saturday 23 April 2016.
New Order + Roisin Murphy live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
Tonight was Day 5 of The Teenage Cancer Trust shows at this venue
I last saw New Order in Nov 2015 when they headlined Brixton Academy.
New Order have just come back from an American tour.
I have seen both Joy Division and New Order a few times each over the years.
Roisin Murphy first became known in the 1990s as one half of the electronic music duo Moloko with her then-boyfriend Mark Brydon. After the two ended their romantic relationship, Murphy embarked on a solo career, releasing her debut solo album, Ruby Blue, written and produced with Matthew Herbert, to critical praise in 2005. Her second solo album, Overpowered, was released in 2007. After an eight-year hiatus (which nonetheless included several singles, vocal features, and side projects), her third album Hairless Toys was released in 2015; it was subsequently nominated for the Mercury Music Prize.
Roisin headlined Hammersmith Apollo in 2015.
I saw Moloko at Subterania in 1996.
Roisin Murphy was down to play for 45 mins and i caught the final 30 mins.
Visually she is very much in the Grace Jones/Bjork camp as she likes wearing wacky outfits on stage.
Roisin is wearing what could be antlers, but turns out to be a headpiece with stalks shooting out of the crown. It’s the first of half a dozen hats and as many costume changes, some of them impenetrably arty, such as the voluminous duvet/coat with origami-like folds.
One of them she seemed to get a bit tangled up in.
Some of the tracks were a bit Goldfrapp like,but the bombardment by beats, bass and house did nothing for me.
The bars at this sold out gig are doing a roaring trade on this lively Saturday night.
New Order arrived on stage at 9pm and played a full two hour show like the Brixton gig i went to.
Again we have a fantastic barrage of lights,a glitter ball and big screens showing pre-recorded images.
The first hour ticks along nicely and the second hour the venue becomes a huge dance party as
their big hits come out and everyone is on their feet dancing.
Singer Bernard Sumner still looks a bit awkward with his 'dodgy dad dancing'.
Peter ''Hooky' Hook may not be on bass anymore but the current bass player does a good job
as he sounds great and pulls a few cool rock star poses.
A great show.
Full New Order setlist played tonight...
5 8 6
Your Silent Face
People on the High Line
Bizarre Love Triangle
Waiting for the Sirens' Call
The Perfect Kiss
Love Will Tear Us Apart (Joy Division cover)(picture of Ian Curtis on the big screen)
Folks i spotted in the crowd were rugby player Lawrence Dallagio and comedian David Baddiel.
Saturday 23 April 2016.
To celebrate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, there is an amazing range of
shows, events and attractions, all linking back to the Bard himself.
BBC 2 at 9pm is showing a Shakespeare live special from the RSC in Stratford with many big names.
President Obama is visiting Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London today.
Friday 22 April 2016.
Bryan Ferry live at The Palladium,London.
Bryan Ferry plays the second of two sold out shows at The Palladium.
These two shows were a replacement for the show last year at The Royal Albert Hall
that Bryan cancelled due to a throat infection at 7.20pm on the night of the show.
I first saw Bryan Ferry solo in 1977.
I first saw Roxy Music in 1979.
Bryan Ferry and his band arrive on stage at 8.30pm for play for 1 hour 45 mins.
Ten musicians on stage including Bryan and two backing singers.
Bowie’s glam-rock contemporary Bryan Ferry shows no sign thankfully of popping off just yet. Indeed, his tall,
slim silhouette and thick mop of hair are remarkably unchanged.
A sense of style is almost de rigueur for an evening of Ferry’s designer cocktail grooves and old Roxy hits. For his part, the old smoothie, looking fit and a touch greyer at 70, took to the stage in sober black suit and black open-neck shirt.
Ferry and the crowd got much livelier in the second half.
Almost whispering at the beginning of the night as he started with the title track from his last solo album, 'Avonmore', it deepened and stretched into that Geordie-vowelled croon as Ferry wound his way through his back catalogue, goaded on by a lively seven-piece backing band. While he has produced nearly twice as many solo albums as Roxy Music records, he tilted the set generously for his fans towards the latter, now sensitively interpreting their songs just as he has always mined the beloved jazz works of his youth and his more recent clever covers of Bob Dylan.
A great show.
Full setlist played tonight...
Slave to Love
Beauty Queen (Roxy Music song)
Ladytron (Roxy Music song)
Bob Dylan's Dream (Bob Dylan cover)
Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (Bob Dylan cover)
Oh Yeah (Roxy Music song)
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (Jerome Kern cover)
Stronger Through the Years (Roxy Music song)
Tara (Roxy Music song)
Take a Chance with Me (Roxy Music song)
Out of the Blue (Roxy Music song)
One Night Stand
While My Heart Is Still Beating (Roxy Music song)
If There Is Something (Roxy Music song)
More Than This (Roxy Music song)
Avalon (Roxy Music song)
Love Is the Drug (Roxy Music song)
Virginia Plain (Roxy Music song)
Do the Strand (Roxy Music song)
Let's Stick Together (Wilbert Harrison cover)
Jealous Guy (John Lennon cover)
Editions of You (Roxy Music song)
Fri 22 April---Happy Birthday to Peter Frampton who is 66 today.
Fri 22 April---Happy Birthday to Glen Campbell who is 80 today.
Fri 22 April---Happy Birthday to Jack Nicholson who is 79 today.
Thursday 21 April 2016.
Hard to believe i am writing this but.....PRINCE IS DEAD.
I got the shock news by texts and calls from 6pm onwards Thursday while i was out.
Some sort of flu illness and dead at 57.
A creative genius and one of the greatest live music performers ever has passed away.
I saw Prince play around 40 times since 1986 which included at least one show on every UK visit.
In 2007 i was at 6 of his 21 show stint at The 02 Arena.
After Prince played his last show at the main 02 Arena I saw him play a staggering 2 hours 45 mins set over the road at the smaller Indigo venue that started with Amy Winehouse singing a song and finished at 4.15am.
Just last year I saw him at Koko and the year before I saw him at Shepherds Bush Empire,Birmingham Arena
the highlight gig of that year which was two shows on the same night at The Roundhouse.
Thousands have gathered outside his home in America to celebrate his life.
Prince has bumped The Queen's 90th birthday photos from her Windsor walkabout off the front pages
of most of the Friday daily newspapers.
This weekend play Prince music in tribute to one of the greatest musical talents ever.
With so many musicians dying recently the ironic thing is Keith Richards is outliving everybody.
This is was what NME said...
On the same day the British isles got the bunting out to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday, 4000 miles away, in a sleepy suburb of Minneapolis, the music world bade farewell to true royalty. Prince may have been a famously-diminuitive physical specimen, but in every sense of the word that matters, he was a giant - no, a titan - of modern music, an artist who operated beyond the confines of genre, a superstar who wasn't afraid to take on the might of the industry, and a cultural icon who smashed through racial boundaries. His list of achievements is staggering; his loss - at the tragically young age of 57 - is almost too much to bear.
Thursday 21 April 2016...I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 8pm
THE NOMAD CINEMA - 5th birthday party & summer season launch - The LookOut, Hyde Park, London W2.
I am a regular to Hyde Park but i have never been to this venue down by the boating lake.
The LookOut is an enclosed and flexible event space set within an acre of beautiful gardens in the heart of Hyde Park.
Wooden terraces, natural sculptures, ecological ponds and nature all work in perfect harmony to create an exclusive event experience. Whether you’re hosting a corporate or private event, The LookOut provides the perfect setting for summer parties, press launches, conferences, wedding receptions and more.
Over 200 folks here with most outside and a few indoors watching classic film clips on the big screen.
We have some log fires burning too.
We are here for NOMAD CINEMA who host summer pop-up summer film screening events at
special locations that include Grosvenor Square,Brompton Cemetery and Paddington Street Gardens.
Complimentary Cava,wines,beers and lots of bowl food and canapés for all guests.
All guests got a goodie bag.
www.whereisthenomad.comVisit their website here.
www.grosvenorlondon.comVisit their website here.
then a short few mins walk through Hyde Park to...
Simply Red live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
This was Day 3 of Teenage Cancer Trust shows at this venue.
I have seen Simply Red around 20 times since 1985.
The shows in 1985 where when they supported James Brown at Hammersmith Odeon.
Simply Red have sold over 50 million albums.
The band's career peaked in late 1991 with the release of 'Stars', which became the best-selling album
for two years running in Europe and the UK . The album spun off five top 40 singles in the UK.
Simply Red are on a massive 2015/2016 World Tour which has already played UK arenas before
Christmas and they will return to the UK for more big shows in the summer.
Like last night we get the TCT short film and 20 TCT patients on stage before the headliners.
Tonight Simply Red play a shortish 90 mins set when they usually play for 1 hour 45 mins.
We get 18 songs when most of the shows on their tour get 20 songs.
Some bands do play shorter sets than normal when they play Teenage Cancer Trust shows.
After the third song Mick Hucknall said "this morning i woke up thinking what a lovely day as the band are
playing this great venue for a worthy cause and The Queens 90th birthday is all over the tv
and then later on it was all spoilt by the dreadful news that Prince had died".
Love him or loathe him,Mick Hucknall has a fantastic white soul voice.
The final song,a cover of 'If You Don't Know Me By Now' was as usual just totally stunning.
It was pretty much a greatest hits set that went down well with their fans.
A really good show.
Full Simply Red setlist played tonight...
Intro(The Simply Red Story Video)
Look at You Now
Come to My Aid
A New Flame
You Make Me Feel Brand New(The Stylistics cover)
For Your Babies
Holding Back the Years
It's Only Love(Barry White cover)
The Right Thing
Money's Too Tight (To Mention)(The Valentine Brothers cover)
Ain't That a Lot of Love(Homer Banks cover)
Something Got Me Started
If You Don't Know Me By Now(Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes cover)
Note: after the third song Mick mentioned the sad news of Prince death that day
At the end I spotted a rare sighting of popular 70s singer Gilbert O'Sullivan.
Thurs 21 April---Happy Birthday to The Queen who is 90 today.
Thurs 21 April---Happy Birthday to Iggy Pop who is 69 today.
Wednesday 20 April 2016...I went to two events tonight...
6.45pm to 8.30pm.
WARHOL ICONS - private view - Halcyon Gallery, 144-146 New Bond Street, London, W1.
A big crowd of over 250 smartly dressed folks at this gallery over two levels.
Most of the staff have their hair and make-up in Warhol era style.
The girls serving the drinks have different shades of bright and pastel lipsticks.
Complimentary Perrier-Jouet champers and different cocktails for all the guests.
A nice touch was one of the cocktails was served in an iconic Campbell's soup tin.
On 18 April 2016, Halcyon Gallery will present its very first exhibition devoted entirely to the works of Andy Warhol. With over one hundred pieces on display, including graphics, portfolios and original works on paper and canvas, WARHOL ICONS will be an exploration of the legendary Pop Art icon’s artistic ingenuity and importance.
The exhibition spans Warhol’s iconic career from his early illustrative works of the 1950s, through Pop Art’s 1960s heyday, until his untimely death in 1987 - addressing the artist’s exploration of every facet of modern life, from consumerism and commissions to Communist politics.
Amongst portraits of iconic figures and celebrity friends such as screen siren Ingrid Bergman and champion heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali, WARHOL ICONS includes an original self-portrait - Self Portrait in Fright Wig, a striking collage work on paper which celebrates the artist’s enduring legacy and mastery of his brand.
Displayed according to Warhol’s original 1962 brief as to simulate cans stacked along supermarket shelves, the instantly-recognisable packaging present in the Campbell’s Soup I portfolio exemplifies Warhol’s fascination with commercial culture, the mainstream and mass production. In the same room, an original Campbell’s Soup Box: Chicken Soup is an interesting development – commissioned following the success of the former portfolio, the soup boxes further demonstrate a revolutionary period in art and culture where the status of everyday consumer items was elevated.
It's on until 15 May 2016...Free admission...
www.halcyongallery.comVisit the Halcyon Gallery website for more info.
The Vaccines live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
This was Day 2 of The Teenage Cancer Trust shows at this venue.
I last saw The Vaccines in Nov 2015 when they headlined Brixton Academy.
As usual just before the headliners go on around 20 teenagers with cancer get big cheers on stage.
Having cancer as a teenager does not bear thinking about.
The Vaccines were on stage for around 85 mins.
A great atmosphere as it is floor standing tonight.
We have a big screen mixing live footage and pre-recorded images.
The Vaccines have loads of great short sharp lively guitar based songs.
A really good show.
Full setlist played tonight...
A Lack Of Understanding
Post Break Up Sex
All Afternoon In Love
Give Me A Sign
Wreckin' Bar (Ra Ra Ra)
I Always Knew
If You Wanna
All In White
No Hope (Justin acoustic)
Blow It Up
Wednesday 20 April 2016.
Yet another shock death from cancer.
Comedian, singer and writer Victoria Wood has died after "a short but brave" battle with cancer aged 62.
Her publicist said the star "died peacefully at her north London home with family" on Wednesday.
Wood's long-time comedy partner Julie Walters said she was "too heart sore to comment - the loss of her is incalculable".
Wood found fame in the 1980s and was best known for her BBC sketch Acorn Antiques and comedy Dinner Ladies.
Tuesday 19 April 2016...I went to two events tonight...
6.15pm to 7.30pm.
BENET BRANDRETH : The Spy of Venice - book launch party at Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, London, W1.
Always nice to be at this well known historic store.
We are in the smaller of the two rooms on the 4th floor so maybe just 70 or 80 folks here.
Benet Brandeth is the son of writer and broadcaster Gyles Brandreth who is also here.
Benet gave an entertaining speech here that got a few laughs.
Joanna Lumley was here looking 'Absolutely Fabulous' for age 69.
Nice surprise to see singer-songwriter and producer Nick Lowe here who is looking great for age 67.
I had a nice chat with him.
Nick said he has just come back from an American tour with Mavis Staples.
Nick mentioned his first single releases were on Parlophone in the late 60s when he was just a teenager.
I have seen Nick play live around 10 times in concert.
www.nicklowe.comVisit Nicks website for more info and upcoming gigs list.
Complimentary Fortnum & Mason prosecco along with some tasty canapés and oysters for all guests.
About the book...
No one, of course, can ever truly solve the mystery of the seven-year gap in the records of Shakespeare’s life
but maybe, just maybe, England’s greatest playwright was… a swashbuckling spy!
In a gloriously escapist debut novel, published to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death, Shakespeare expert Benet Brandreth stages a thrilling drama that would surely have tickled the ribs of the great man himself.
Rhetoric coach to the Royal Shakespeare Company and a leading barrister, Brandreth’s Venetian adventure is packed with all those essential Shakespearean ingredients – romance, tragedy, history, comedy – .
UDO + Anvil live at The Academy ,Islington,London.
German Rock legend UDO is on a massive two month long European Tour.
Udo Dirkschneider and his merry men of metal form one of the hardest working bands out there,
seemingly forever recording and then hitting the road.
Don’t miss Udo Dirkschneider and his band performing a one-off, two hour show of only Accept songs.
I saw UDO singing with German rockers Accept five times in the early 1980s before he went solo.
After this tour, he said will never sing any Accept songs for the rest of his career, not even one song.
I get to the venue and it is totally full.
Anvil are the special guests on this tour.
I first saw them in 1983 supporting Motörhead at Hammersmith Odeon.
I catch the last four songs of their eight song set.
They finished with a good 'Metal on Metal'.
I saw UDO this time last year at this venue where he played solo material in the main set
and the encore was four classic Accept oldies.
Tonight UDO and his excellent band play a nice long show lasting 2 hours 10 mins.
As promised he is playing all Accept songs from the 1980s.
All the Accept classics are played.
UDO is wearing his trademark camouflage stage wear and a some of the crowd are wearing it too.
There is a full light show that could easily suit a bigger venue.
The sound is totally rocktastic as it is loud but nice and clear.
UDO has a brilliant rock voice style that could easy fill AC/DC duties if required.
The young band are dishing out catchy twin guitar riffs all night.
Chants of 'UDO,UDO,UDO' from the crowd ring out all through the evening.
For the encores the front of stage becomes a very lively moshing pit.
At the end the band take their bows after a great show.
Full setlist played tonight...
INTRO TAPE Just a Gigolo(Louis Prima song)
Starlight (Accept song)
Living for Tonite (Accept song)
Flash Rockin' Man (Accept song)
London Leatherboys (Accept song)
Midnight Mover (Accept song)
Breaker (Accept song)
Head Over Heels (Accept song)
Neon Nights (Accept song)
Princess of the Dawn (Accept song)
Winterdreams (Accept song)
Restless and Wild (Accept song)
Son of a Bitch (Accept song)
Up to the Limit (Accept song)
Wrong Is Right (Accept song)
Midnight Highway (Accept song)
Screaming for a Love-Bite (Accept song)
Monsterman (Accept song)
T.V. War (Accept song)
Losers and Winners (Accept song)
Metal Heart (Accept song)
I'm a Rebel (Accept song)
Fast as a Shark (Accept song)
Balls to the Wall (Accept song)
Burning (Accept song)
OUTRO TAPE My Way(Frank Sinatra song)
Monday 18 April 2016...6.45pm to 9pm...
NAOMI CAMPBELL - book launch party - at Thomas's at Burberry Regent Street, 5 Vigo Street, London W1.
Around 200 folks here at the massive Burberry store.
This is the private entrance area at the side of Burberry that has its own bars on both levels.
A glitzy event as a dozen photographers are outside the venue and a few more are inside.
NAOMI CAMPBELL is now aged 45 and still looking great.
Naomi is an English model. Recruited at the age of 15, she established herself among the top three most recognizable and in-demand models of the late 1980s and the 1990s,and was one of six models of her
generation declared "supermodels" by the fashion industry.
Lots of Naomi's celebrity friends are here and she is making sure all the photographers get photos
of her with all her mates as she stays at the event the entire evening.
Boy George is here with his 80s chum Marilyn.
Singer Tinie Tempah is here after headlining Brixton Academy a couple of days before.
Other guests included Eva Herzigova, Erin O'Connor, Christopher Bailey and Manolo Blahnik who joined forces as Naomi Campbell celebrated the launch of her new eponymously named coffee table book. The iconic model, who arrived with her mother Valerie Campbell, was spotted embracing friends including make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury, Mary Greenwell, Bernie Ecclestone and legendary photographer Mario Testino - whose shots are featured in the book. Inside the party at Thomas's at Burberry, Charlotte and Alice Dellal, Kara Rose Marshall, Giancarlo Giammetti and German publisher Benedikt Taschen took turns to pose with the book, packaged in a bust of Campbell's likeness by sculptor Allen Jones. High street mogul Sir Philip Green, fashion designer Ozwald Boateng and acclaimed photographers Marcus Piggott and Mert Alas were also in attendance at the star-studded event.
Also here was Anthony Hamilton (father of F1 driver Lewis Hamilton),Heather Kerzner,David Tang and Harold Tillman.
Also here was Michelle Gayle who was a fellow student at the same stage school that Naomi attended.
A dj upstairs is playing great tunes from the 1980s including hip-hop anthems.
Complimentary Nyetimber English sparkling wines,two different cocktails and canapés.
Her pair of books are on display for folks to browse.
One is a large coffee table sized book of glossy photos and the other has text about the photos and is smaller.
Each one also comes with a full size bust of Naomi which is also here.
The whole collection is limited to 1000 numbered and signed copies with a very hefty price tag of £1250.
A great event.
“The book is a culmination of my life’s work. It includes all that I’ve done in the fashion business for the past 29½ years. The book is a timeline of my career, and has allowed me to remember and give credit to all the wonderful people I’ve had the pleasure of working with over the years. Because of this, it’s very special to me. It took quite a few years to put this book together, because we didn’t want to rush it. It was important both to Benedikt Taschen and I to find all of my pictures and compile them into two really beautiful books…Working with Benedikt was a great experience – I love and respect him, and I wouldn’t have wanted to create a book like this with anyone else. For me, it was a dream come true.”
— Naomi Campbell speaking in GARAGE Magazine, London
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