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News and Reviews: September 23, 2014
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Some good gigs and events coming up worth checking out.....
September at The Roundhouse has a month of gigs for the iTunes Festival.
I will be reaching my 6200th gig sometime this week.
Fri 26 Sept---Roger McQuinn plays The Cadogan Hall.
Fri 26 Sept---The Libertines play the first of three shows at Alexandra Palace.
Fri 26 Sept---The Fall + Ye Nuns(all girls playing The Monks covers---60s garage band) play The Brixton Electric.
Sat 27 Sept---Peter Hook & The Light play Shepherds Bush Empire.
They play New Order’s “Low Life (1985)” & “Brotherhood” (1986) and an opening set of Joy Division tracks.
Mon 29 Sept---Kylie Minogue plays the first of three shows at The 02 Arena.
Tues 30 Sept---David Sinclair Four + Jesse Terry play The Half Moon,Putney.
Formed 9 years ago, the rock/blues, lyric-led DS4 have shared stages with many, including Wilko Johnson, Marcus Bonfanti, Buddy Whittington and Willie Nile. They have played several festivals and played twice on the bandstand at the Olympic Park during the 2012 London Olympics. They have released 3 albums, the 4th at present being recorded and mixed.
Wed 01 Oct---Kate Bush plays the last of her 22 sold out shows at Hammersmith Apollo.
See my review for the 20 September 2014 show by going to that date.
Sat 04 Oct---Ian Hunter And The Rant Band play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Sat 04 Oct---999 play The Pipeline,Middlesex Street,London E1.
Tues 07 Oct and Wed 08 Oct---James Taylor plays The Royal Albert Hall.
These are the last shows on his UK tour for this singer-songwriter who was massive in the 1970s.
Sat 11 Oct---Buzzcocks play The Forum.
Thurs 16 Oct---John Lydon is at The Old Truman Brewery,East London.
This is the last date in a week of shows to talk about his new book which is his second autobiography.
It is released on 09 Oct 2014 and is called 'Anger Is An Energy: My Life Uncensored'.
Miel de Botton releases her debut single 'Bad Men' on Mon 22 Sept 2014.
watch the video hereAlso Miel has a one off gig coming up.
Thurs 13 Nov---Join singer-songwriter Miel de Botton for an evening of live music at Pizza Express, The Pheasantry,152 Kings Road,Chelsea,London SW3 4QT.
Miel breathes new life into beloved French chansons (Jacques Brel, Edith Piaf et al) with innovative arrangements and also performs her own sensitive and stunning material in both English and French.
www.pizzaexpresslive.co.ukTickets are £20 and available from this website link.
Monday 22 September 2014..I went to two events tonight...
6.45pm to 9.30pm.
National Reality TV Awards at Porchester Hall, Porchester Road, London, W2.
Around 250 folks here at this venue over by Queensway.
I went a few years ago and it was a bit third rate...and it is still a bit third rate.
Guests included Amy Willerton,Jahmene Douglas,Bianca Gasgoine,Calum Best,Lauren Goodger,
Rylan Clark,Rough Copy,
10pm to 12pm.
Evita - press night - afterparty at The Dominion Theatre,Tottenham Court Road,London W1.
A massive party for well over 500 folks in the venue itself.
Marti Pellow from Wet Wet Wet is here as he has one of the main parts in the show.
We have a live band playing Argentinian tunes.
Complimentary wines,beers,bowl food and canapés for all the guests.
Check back soon for full reviews.
Saturday 20 September 2014.
Kate Bush live at Hammersmith Apollo,London.
This was show number 16 of the 22 Kate Bush sold out shows at this venue and my first time seeing it.
All sold out pronto despite steep ticket prices of £135,£95,£75,£59,£49 plus booking fees.
Respect is due to Kate Bush for playing here rather than half a dozen shows at The 02 Arena.
Her first shows for around 35 years is one of the most anticipated events of the year.
I saw Kate Bush at this venue in 1979 on her only UK tour.
As expected it is a long theatrical show of around 2 hours 30 mins on stage plus an interval.
And just like a West End theatre show everyone is in the venue for the start of the show.
There was much respect here for the artist and folks stayed seated for each song then lots of
clapping and standing ovations after each song ended.
Her voice still sounds great and her band were really good.
Her son Bertie aged just 16 was a revelation as Kate credits him as "creative advisor".
Plenty of stunning visuals with amazing stage sets and the attention to detail was perfect.
A collage of music,film,theatre and puppets.
A conventional show for the first half hour with a few hits then the stage became a sunken shipwreck.
Kate sung in a flotation tank and flew across the stage in a crow costume.
The show featured two elaborate storytelling song cycles that were a bit hit and miss for me.
The first was 'The Ninth Wave' which features the last seven songs from her 1985 'Hounds Of Love' album.
The second was 'A Sky Of Honey' which features songs from her 2005 'Aerial' album.
It was an amazing show of the highest quality but I like some of the folks from the previous shows
was a bit disappointed that she did not play a lot of her big hits including
'Wuthering Heights','The Man With The Child In His Eyes','Wow','Babooshka' and 'Don't Give Up'.
Kate Bush is one of the those artists that will not pander to the expected.
Lily (Extended Intro)
Hounds of Love
Top of the City
Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)
King of the Mountain (Extended)
Video: Phoning the Coastguards
THE NINTH WAVE section of the show
And Dream of Sheep
Waking the Witch
Watching You Without Me
Little Light (performed by backing vocals)
Jig of Life (Extended)
Hello Earth (Extended)
The Morning Fog (Extended)
A SKY OF HONEY section of the show
An Architect's Dream (Proceeded by an actor's monologue)
The Painter's Link
Somewhere in Between (Extended)
Tawny Moon (New song; sung by Kate's son Bertie)
Among Angels (Kate solo at piano)
Some Kate Bush career info and news from the opening shows.
Kate has amassed a multi million fortune and lives a very secretive low key life in Devon.
Before she got signed three tracks in total were recorded and paid for by David Gilmour.The tape was produced by Gilmour's friend Andrew Powell and was sent to EMI executive Terry Slater who was impressed by the tape and signed her.
In 1978, at the age of 19, Bush topped the UK Singles Chart for four weeks with her debut single "Wuthering Heights", becoming the first woman to have a UK number one with a self-written song.She has since released ten albums, three of which topped the UK Albums Chart. She has had 25 UK Top 40 hit singles, including half a dozen Top 10 hits.
Kate Bush is now aged 56.
Kate Bush has a request for fans who are coming to the gigs: "We have purposefully chosen an intimate theatre setting rather than a large venue or stadium. It would mean a great deal to me if you would please refrain from taking photos or filming during the shows. I very much want to have contact with you as an audience, not with iphones, ipads or cameras. I know it's a lot to ask but it would allow us to all share in the experience together."
As well as banning public photography she also banned the usual press photographers as she
used just her own official photographer for Kate and her team to ok the few pictures that were released.
A Kate Bush picture from the opening night made the front page of most of the daily papers the day after.
All the reviews appear to be five stars with the odd one giving it four stars.
Even the NME gave it a very rare 10/10.
Even before these shows the critics have seen Kate as Britains most significant female artist.
Eight of her albums went back in the Top 40 charts after the first weeks reviews came out.
Some celebs who were there on the first night included David Gilmour,Lily Allen,Marc Almond,Holly Johnson,
Frank Skinner,Derren Brown,Lauren Laverne,Michael Ball,Rufus Wainwright and Warpaint.
Celebs on the second night included Chris Rea and David Walliams.
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