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News and Reviews: October 28, 2016
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Friday 15 July 2016 to Sunday 1 January 2017 - The Bodyguard - theatre production
Beverley Knight stars in the musical version of film made famous by Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner.
Book by playwright Alex Dinelarius, several Whitney Houston classics are included in the score.
Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1.
Also check out Kinky Boots,Motown The Musical,Sunny Afternoon,Beautiful,Jersey Boys and others.
Fri 28 Oct---Lots of great gigs on in London tonight including a big clash between two major gigs.
Fri 28 Oct---Brian Wilson plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Brian Wilson back in London only a few months after i saw him play a great show at The Palladium.
Brian Wilson is on a massive world tour to celebrate 50 years of his classic 'Pet Sounds' album.
I have seen Brian Wilson over 20 times over the past decade since he returned to playing live shows again.
Fri 28 Oct---Bill Wyman 80th Birthday Gala celebration at Indigo @ The 02 Arena complex.
Bill's Rhythm Kings with guest vocalists including Robert Plant ,Bob Geldof and Mick Hucknell.
This gig sold out a month ago even though it was steep ticket prices from £65 to £250.
Sat 29 Oct---Bad Company + Richie Sambora play The 02 Arena.
Bad Co play the final date on their UK arena tour.
They currently feature three original members including vocalist Paul Rodgers.
Bad Co were formed in 1973 by two former Free band members—singer Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke—as well as Mott the Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs and King Crimson bassist Boz Burrell.
Peter Grant, who managed the rock band Led Zeppelin, also managed Bad Company until 1982.
I have seen them a few times including three times in their 1970s heyday and a secret gig for
press at The Hard Rock Cafe in London in 2009 which was to announce and promote their 2010 tour.
Sat 29 Oct---Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul play Indigo @ The 02 Arena complex.
Little Steven plays a one-off European show as part of BluesFest.
Little Steven is not playing any American shows so quite a coup for BluesFest.
American musician, record producer and actor Steven Van Zandt, AKA Little Steven, and guitar player in
Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band plays first London headline show since 1990.
I saw him with this band four times in the 1980s.
Sat 29 Oct---Level 42 play Hammersmith Apollo.
Sun 30 Oct---Heaven 17 and BEF play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Heaven 17 celebrate the 35th anniversary of their seminal debut album, Penthouse and Pavement, by performing a brand new electronic version of the album in full. In the second half of the evening, Heaven 17 magically transforms into British Electric Foundation, presenting a very special set featuring brand new arrangements of unexpected and familiar songs as they tour for the first time.
British Electric Foundation also invite special guest artists to perform their hits including Glen Matlock (The Sex Pistols), Mari Wilson, Peter Hooton (The Farm), and, of course, Glenn Gregory.
Glen performs two tracks 'Pretty Vacant' and a cover of 'Happy'.
Sun 30 Oct---Van Morrison + Jeff Beck play The 02 Arena.
After receiving a knighthood, Van The Man is playing The 02 ,turning 71 years old and the
Northern Irishman has released his 36th studio album called, ‘Keep Me Singing’. Not a bad year...
Sun 30 Oct---The Strypes play Brooklyn Bowl @ The 02 Arena complex.
Mon 31 Oct---Erin Rae and The Meanwhiles play The Green Note, in Camden.
One of the best singer songwriters to come out of Nashville in years - definitely suggest you check out her album
'Soon Enough' .Rolling Stone have already tipped her for big things in America.
In October The Roundhouse celebrates it's 50th anniversary.
They will launch a special website to celebrate their history.
I did an audio interview with them in September talking mainly around the 20 plus gigs I saw there
from 1976 to 1978 before it closed down for over 15 years.
These gigs included the first UK shows by Patti Smith and The Ramones in 1976.
Also meeting Sid Vicious at a Ramones gig who told me about The Pistols Jubilee Boat gig in June 1977.
There is a photo of my diary covering 5/6/7 June 1977.
Enter Roundhouse in my venues search menu to get the full list.
UPDATE on 18 Oct 2016.
The 23 mins interview is now up on their website within the 'Birth of Punk' section...6500 gigs and counting,..
Also drill down in the biography to see my recent picture taken with Lionel Richie.
www.roundhouse.org.ukVisit The Roundhouse website here.
The full exhibition of over 350 works will be open to the public in London 1–10 November, Sotheby’s London,
34–35 New Bond Street W1....with the auctions on Nov 10 and Nov 11.
This will include three days of talks and events (4–6 November) with speakers exploring Bowie’s passion for
collecting and his influence on fashion, art and design.
Ivo Van Hove, Michael C Hall, Michael Esper, Sophia Anne Caruso, Jamie Muscato, Richard Hansell, Amy Lennox, directs (Van Hove) and star in London transfer of David Bowie and Walsh's musical inspired by Walter Tevis's 1963 novel The Man Who Fell to Earth. Premiered in New York last year. Runs until January 22.
King's Cross Theatre, Corner of King's Boulevard and Goods Way, London, N1.
GLEN MATLOCK plays a UK acoustic tour in November.
His set will include solo material and classic tracks from his other bands.
01/11 - MANCHESTER // Gorilla
04/11 - GLOUCESTER // Gloucester Guildhall
06/11 - RAMSGATE // Ramsgate Music Hall
07/11 - BRIGHTON // Komedia Brighton
10/11 - WOLVERHAMPTON // Newhampton Arts Centre
11/11 - LEEDS // Brudenell Social Club
12/11 - NEWCASTLE // THINK TANK
13/11 - GLASGOW // Broadcast
17/11 - DERBY // The Hairy Dog
18/11 - NANTWICH // The Crown Hotel
22/11 - BRISTOL // Colston Hall 2
23/11 - FALMOUTH // Pavilions
Tues 01 Nov---Take That + Ellie Goulding + Gregory Porter plus others play The Royal Albert Hall.
Fri 04 Nov---Killing Joke play Brixton Academy.
Sat 05 Nov---Saxon play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Sun 06 Nov at 2 PM - Punk Rock Auction - Fiddler's Elbow - Camden ,London...2pm to 11pm..
Tickets available at £5 each, no guest list and all ticket takings going directly to The National Autistic Society.
e mail email@example.com for ticket application.
Please only apply if you wanna spend some wedge coz this is a fund raising event...says John...
Spizz Energi will be one of the auctioneers.
John has put a lot of work and time into this so donate if you can.
Mon 07 Nov and Tues 08 Nov---Paul Simon plays The Royal Albert Hall...both shows sold out pronto...
Paul Simon now aged 75 is saying this could be his final world tour.
These concerts will see Simon play a two-hour set featuring classic songs spanning his illustrious career,
as well as a selection of tracks from his recent album 'Stranger to Stranger'.
Fri 11 Nov---Ian Hunter & The Rant Band play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Ian Hunter still rockin' at the gran old age of 77.
He is promoting his new album 'Fingers Crossed' which includes the great single 'Dandy'
which dedicated to David Bowie who of course wrote 'All The Young Dudes'.
As a fourteen year old I saw his band Mott The Hoople in Dec 1973 at Hammersmith Odeon (now Apollo)
with a support band called Queen...yes that Queen.
This was the first of over 2000 shows i have seen at this legendary venue.
Sat 12 Nov---Jim Davidson plays the second of two shows at The Beck Theatre,Hayes,Middlesex.
Sun 13 Nov---Ratt play The Islington Academy.
On 13 November 2015 tragedy forced the Paris venue Le Bataclan to close its doors. The venue was a target of a series of organised terrorist attacks which took place across the French capital and resulted in the deaths of 130 people.
When the venue re-opens on 16 November it will be just three days after the first anniversary of the attacks.
The club’s re-opening nights will see Pete Doherty play two consecutive shows on 16 + 17 November.
Tues 15 Nov and Wed 16 Nov---The Specials play The Troxy,East London.
Guest drummer for their UK tour will be Gary Powell.
Tues 15 Nov---Happy Birthday to Petula Clark who is 84 today.
Wed 16 Nov---The Damned + The Members play G Live,Guildford.
THE DESIGN MUSEUM re-opens at its new location in Kensington High Street in what was the
old Commonwealth Institute building.
In June 2011 Sir Terence Conran donated £17.5 million to enable the Museum to move in 2016 from the warehouse to a larger site which formerly housed the Commonwealth Institute in west London. This landmark from the 1960s, a Grade II* listed building that had stood vacant for over a decade, will be developed by a design team led by John Pawson who will make the building fit for a 21st century museum, whilst at the same time retaining its special qualities.
Fri 18 Nov---Stray play The Borderline....original line-up to reform for a few songs...
Fri 18 Nov---UK country sensations The Shires open their UK tour at The Oxford Academy.
The Shires have done it again. Last year they made chart history by becoming the first ever UK Country
band to enter the Top 10 of the UK Album Chart with their debut, and their brand new album 'My Universe',
stormed the charts, landing at No.3 in October 2016.
Update from 28 Oct 2016… Big Machine Label Group president Scott Borchetta (the man who discovered Taylor Swift)
has signed the Shires in the USA! First UK country act to sign to a high profile USA based country record label.
Sun 20 Nov---Glenn Hughes play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Sun 20 Nov---David Essex plays The Theatre Royal,Drury Lane.
Mon 21 Nov---Ellie Goulding plays a one off charity show at The Royal Albert Hall.
Tues 22 Nov ,Fri 25 Nov ,Sat 26 Nov---Rod Stewart plays The 02 Arena.
Sir Roderick back for a full UK arena tour.
Fri. 25 Nov---Simply Red play Wembley Arena...Simply Red return for another UK arena tour...
Sat 26 Nov---Burn Punk London - live burning
Joseph Corré, founder of British lingerie retailer Agent Provocateur and son of punk icons Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood plans to burn his £5m collection of punk memorabilia.
Marks the 40th anniversary of the Sex Pistols debut single 'Anarchy in the U.K'.
Secret London location...venue & time to be confirmed...
Sat 26 Nov---The Stylistics play Indigo @ The 02 Arena complex.
Sat 26 Nov---The Damned play Brixton Academy.
Punk legends are a playing a 40th anniversary UK tour.
On the upcoming UK tour, The Damned will perform their debut album 'Damned Damned Damned' in full,
plus a career-spanning retrospective set with support from Penetration.
The Damned debut single 'New Rose' was released 40 years ago on 22 Oct 1976.
Sun 27 Nov---Simply Red play The 02 Arena.
Tues 29 Nov---Richie Ramone plays The Underworld,Camden.
Ex Ramones drummer from 1983 to 1987 plays a UK tour.
Richie, the only Ramones drummer to be credited as the sole composer and writer of six Ramones songs, on drums and lead vocals is joined by guitarist Ronnie Simmons and bassist Clare Misstake, the latter previously of UK punk band Anti-Product.
Thurs 01 Dec,Fri 02 Dec,Sat 03 Dec---The Cure play Wembley Arena.
The Cure play the last dates on their two month long European Tour.
Fri 02 Dec---The Rolling Stones release their new album 'Blue & Lonesome' today.
The Rolling Stones release their first studio LP in over a decade, via Polydor.
According to a press release, the 12-track album was recorded in just three days at British Grove Studios
and sees the band return to "their roots and the passion for blues music".
The British Grove Studios is in Chiswick,West London and is owned by Mark Knopfler.
Mon 05 Dec,Tues 06 Dec and Sun 18 Dec---Red Hot Chili Peppers play The 02 Arena.
RHCP are on a massive four month European Tour that started at Reading/Leeds Festivals.
Tues 06 Dec---Pete Doherty plays The Forum.
Fri 09 Dec---Richard Ashcroft plays The 02 Arena...with an orchestra.
Fri 09 Dec and Sat 10 Dec---Kylie Minogue plays The Royal Albert Hall.
I saw Kylie play here last year at her one off UK Christmas show.
Sat 10 Dec---Madness play The 02 Arena.
I have seen Madness over 20 times since the ska heyday of 1979...including twice this summer...
Sat 10 Dec---Bob Dylan is due to pick up his Nobel Prize Award tonight in Stockholm...will he turn up to collect it?
Sun 11 Dec---Status Quo + Reo Speedwagon play The 02 Arena.
Due to his recent heart attack guitarist Rick Parfitt will be sitting out the upcoming
Last Night Of The Electrics tour, which would see the band hanging up their electric guitars after
their final performance in Liverpool's Echo Arena on Friday 23rd December.
Rick Parfitt has stated at he won't go to any of the electric shows and that he has no interest in being a
part of any future acoustic gigs as he is not keen on 'that acoustic malarkey'.
Sun 11 Dec---The Shires play Shepherds Bush Empire....last date of their UK tour...
Tues 13 Dec---Blossoms play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Wed 14 Dec---Culture Club play The 02 Arena.
Wed 14 Dec---Bay City Rollers + Sweet play Hammersmith Apollo.
BCR return to this venue after the success of their 2015 Christmas show here that i attended.
A rare London show by Sweet who are on a farewell tour.
I saw Sweet play The Rainbow in 1974 when 'Teenage Rampage' was their new single.
Over 55 million records sold worldwide.
"Without The Sweet there would not have been a KISS" - Gene Simmons.
"We wanted to be The Sweet" - Nikki Sixx - Mötley Crüe.
"This is the band I wish I had been in" - Joe Elliot - Def Leppard.
Thurs 15 Dec---Primal Scream play Brixton Academy.
Thurs 15 Dec---Placebo play Wembley Arena---20th anniversary tour....
Placebo play the last date on their two month long European Tour.
Fri 16 Dec---Korn & Limp Bizkit co-headline at Wembley Arena.
Fri 16 Dec---Sham 69 feat Jimmy Pursey play The Forum...with support from UK Subs.
Sat 17 Dec---Fat Boy Slim plays The 02 Arena.
Sun 18 Dec---The Darkness play Indigo @ The 02 Arena complex.
Fri 23 Dec---Chic featuring Nile Rodgers play Hammersmith Apollo.
Musicians bringing out autobiographies in time for Christmas...
Bruce Springsteen’s 'Born to Run' has sprinted to the top of the UK’s book charts in its first week on sale in Oct.
Phil Collins 'Not Dead Yet'...released 20 Oct 2016...
Steve Jones (Sex Pistols) 'Lonely Boy'...released 17 Nov 2016...
Thursday 27 October 2016...I went to three events tonight...
6.30pm to 7.15pm
MIKIMOTO - The Pearl Necklace - book launch party - Maison Assouline,196 Piccadilly,London W1.
Mikimoto Kōkichi (10 March 1858 – 21 September 1954) was a Japanese entrepreneur who is credited with creating the first cultured pearl and subsequently starting the pearl industry with the establishment of his luxury pearl company Mikimoto.
Around 100 folks here in this upmarket book store.
There are lots of stunning pearl necklaces on display with lots of security guys keeping an eye on them.
Complimentary Rose champers and canapés for all guests.
Guests got a copy of the big book on the way out.
www.mikimoto.co.ukVisit their website here for more info.
7.30pm to 8.45pm
DEBENHAMS HALLOWEEN PARTY - Sanctum Soho Hotel - London W1.
This was an event for 'digital influencers'.
There were four stations here from brands who have concessions at Debenhams including
Urban Decay and OPI Nails and the girls here can get full Halloween facial makeovers.
There is a video screen showing 'scary' videos including Michael Jackson 'Thriller'.
I missed the cocktails but the presecco and wines were still going.
Also bowls of fish & chips, hot dogs & burgers.
Guests got a goodie bag when leaving.
www.debenhams.comVisit their website for more info.
9pm to 9.30pm
#POPSUGARLIFE PARTY - 93 Mortimer Street, London W1.
Popular lifestyle website are hosting a party for around 200 folks.
Mollie King from The Saturdays is the guest dj here.
Other folks here included Bip Ling.
93 Mortimer Street is a stunning new unique event space.The venue has a striking blend of impressive period and modern architecture features including triple height in places and stunning circular rococo/baroque skylights.
Complimentary drinks included great whiskey sours....also burgers and canapés.
Guests got a goodie bag when leaving.
www.popsugar.co.ukVisit their website for more info.
Wednesday 26 October 2016...I went to three events tonight.
6.15pm to 7.30pm
GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI - flagship store opening party - Giuseppe Zanotti, 46 Conduit Street, Mayfair, London, W1.
Around 200 cool looking fashion folks at this Italian male & female footwear brand.
Some great looking shoes here with mental prices to match...some nice suede loafers i looked at were £565.
Set over three floors and over 2000 square feet it is their biggest store in the world.
The djs tonight are Lady Mary Charteris and musician hubby Robbie Furze (The Big Pink).
Back from filming Britain's Next Top Model in Cape Verde, Abbey Clancy put on Giuseppe Zanotti pumps to attend the opening of the Italian designer's flagship store. The 30 year old model joined singers and fellow fans of the brand Ella Eyre and Fleur East at the Mayfair store, where guests including Millie Mackintosh, Winnie Harlow and Neelam Gill were served with Moët champagne,whiskey sours,bellini cocktails and canapés.
Lots of glammed females including Betty Bachz, Rosanna Falconer ,Amber Le Bon, Lilah Parsons,
Camilla Kerslake, Sinead Harnett, Tess Ward and Portia Freeman.
Quite a few folks here i know including my old mucker Philip Sallon.
A nice buzzing store party.
www.giuseppezanottidesign.comVisit their website for more info.
7.35pm to 8.45pm
MARTINA COLE : Betrayal - book launch party - Aqua Nueva, 30 Argyll Street, London, W1.
Over 200 guests at this nice venue across the road from The London Palladium.
Martina Cole releases her latest book 'Betrayal'.
The book RRP is £19.99 but you can get it cheaper on my Amazon link above.
Guests got a complimentary copy of the book.
Complimentary wines,beers,bowl food and canapés for all guests.
As of 2015 she has released twenty two novels about crime, most of which examine London's gangster underworld. Four of her novels, Dangerous Lady, The Jump, The Take and The Runaway have been adapted into high-rating television dramas. She has achieved sales of over fourteen million in the UK alone and her tenth novel, The Know, spent seven weeks on The Sunday Times's hardback best-sellers list.
9pm to 10.15pm
DISARONNO WEARS ETRO - launch - Etro, 14 Old Bond Street, London, W1.
Around 200 folks at this upmarket Italian designer store.
DISARONNO is a very popular Italian liqueur brand.
Many of the crowd from the earlier party at Giuseppe Zanotti have turned up here.
A dj is playing tunes in the background.
We have a choice of three DISARONNO based drinks with my fave being DISARONNO on the rocks.
Also lots of Italian pizza ,canapés and pastries.
www.disaronno.comVisit the DISARONNO website here.
Tuesday 25 October 2016...6.45pm to 9.15pm...
THE MAYFAIR AWARDS 2016 at The Ritz Hotel,Piccadilly,London SW1.
The Mayfair Magazine are hosting their annual awards at this famous luxury hotel.
Around 200 folks here from top notch establishments based in Mayfair.
It is held in three or four rooms away from the well known afternoon tea area.
There is a string quartet playing covers in the background.
I was there just a few mins when a young woman approached me for an illustration sitting.
She did a great drawing of me that took around 10 mins.
She told me she lived in Paris and the organisers had paid for her Eurostar return trip
and an overnight hotel stay so she must be doing ok over there.
Ayumi Togashi is based at 14 Rue Myrha,75018,Paris
www.ayumitogashi.comVisit her website here.
At 7.30pm actor Nigel Havers presented the 15 or so awards.
Complimentary Billiecart-Salmon champers,MaCallan whisky drinks,wines and yummy canapés.
All guests got a decent goodie bag with several items inside.
A very nice event.
www.themayfairawards.co.ukThe winners will eventually be listed on their website.
You can see the winners there from previous years.
Monday 24 October 2016...6.30pm to 8.45pm...
LORD MICHAEL HESELTINE and ANNE HESELTINE - Thenford - book launch party -
Grosvenor House Hotel , 86-90 Park Lane, London, W1.
A big crowd of around 300 smartly dressed folks in the smaller of the two ballrooms at this plush hotel.
Lots of suits here and a couple of politicians but I could not place their names.
Lord Michael Heseltine was the deputy Prime Minister to Maggie Thatcher in the 1980s.
At 7.15pm Lord Michael Heseltine and his wife Anne both gave nice speeches.
Anne talked about having to kill 350 squirrels - "awful things" she said.
The pictures in the book of their amazing country house and 1400 acres estate look stunning.
Today, there are about 13,000 varieties of plant catalogued , among them 3,000 trees and shrubs
in the arboretum, 400 different roses, 370 oaks and 342 snowdrops and many more.
Complimentary Lanson champers,wines,beers and canapés for all guests.
This book is the story of one garden and one family, over a 40-year time period. In their own words, Michael and Anne Heseltine describe the ups and downs of how they set about transforming and expanding a wild, overgrown and often dilapidated woodland into the magnificent garden they have today.
Today, the garden at Thenford has an arboretum which contains more than 3,500 different species of trees and shrubs, including rare plants which were wild-collected by well known plantsmen including Roy Lancaster OBE, Allen Coombes, Keith Rushforth and Chris Chadwell. It is also well-known for its sculpture garden, which has an eclectic collection of work ranging from a white marble Tazza fountain to an enormous statue of Lenin.
Beautifully illustrated with both professional photographs and private family images, this personal story of the creation of an extraordinary garden will delight horticultural experts and novices alike.
About the authors.
MIchael Heseltine is a former Deputy Prime Minister for the United Kingdom. He has been married to Anne Heseltine since 1969. Their joint passion has been working on the garden at Thenford, their family home since 1977.
The book RRP is £40 but you can get it cheaper on Amazon etc.
Monday 24 October 2016...6.30pm to 8.30pm...
Bill Wyman: Around The World In 80 Years - private view -
Proud Gallery Chelsea, 161 King's Road, London, SW3.
Bill Wyman hosted the private view and party to celebrate his 80th birthday for 60 or so friends & family.
Guests included Kenney Jones ,Steven Van Zandt and Twiggy.
No members of The Roling Stones here as they were still on tour in America.
Bill chose this small gallery as it is just a few minutes from where he lives.
I DID NOT GO.
The photos have all been taken by Bill Wyman and feature rare Rolling Stones photos.
The exhibition is on until 27 Nov 2016...free admission...
Monday 24 October 2016.
Very sad news that Pete Burns has passed away aged 57.
The 'You Spin Me Round' hitmaker's death was confirmed by his manager.In a statement released via social media on Monday, he said: "It is with the greatest sadness that we have to break the tragic news that our beloved Pete Burns of (Dead Or Alive), died suddenly yesterday of a massive cardiac arrest. All of his family and friends are devastated by the loss of our special star.
I saw Dead or Alive live twice in 1984 and 1985 in their heyday.
Pete had spent the last years having numerous operations for plastic surgery.
I would imagine this contributed to his death.
Sunday 23 October 2016.
PETULA CLARK live at The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London.
This was the final night of Petula Clark's UK tour.
I have already reviewed the High Wycombe show earlier in the tour on 07 Oct 2016.
Petula now aged 83 on a UK tour to promote her new album 'From Now On' released on 16 Sept 2016.
The album is available on vinyl as well as cd.
Petula has been on stage since the 1940s and she appeared at The Royal Albert Hall in 1944 age 12.
She would later mix acting with singing and sell millions of records in multi-languages.
Petula had 12 Top 10 hits in the UK in the 1950s and 1960s with the first way back in 1954.
She was the subject of This Is Your Life in February 1964, and twice more, in April 1975 and March 1996,
becoming the only person to receive the television tribute three times.
Petula said this historic theatre was her fave venue in London and that she always loves playing here.
It was the same setlist as High Wycombe and the same chat between songs as she talked about
folks she had worked with over her career including Fred Astaire and Charlie Chaplin.
Petula lived and recorded many songs in France so we have a full song sung in French and a couple
were split between English and French lyrics.
Petula and her five piece band are on stage for 1 hour 50 mins over two sets.
The band include a piano player and Petula played a couple of songs on it.
Petula was standing up the rest of the time...pretty good going for an 83 year old...
Not many can say they have been around for several decades.
A nice mix of classic oldies,covers and newer material.
Great to hear brilliant gems including 'Don't Sleep In The Subway', 'Colour My World',
'I Couldn't Live Without Your Love' and of course 'Downtown'.
Another really good show.
Full setlist played tonight...
You and I / Meant To Be
Don't Sleep in the Subway
While You See A Chance (Steve Winwood cover)
Who Am I / Colour My World
Miracle To Me
Crazy (Gnarls Barkley cover)
Pour Etre Aimee De Toi
Sacrifice My Heart (new single)
I Know a Place / Sign of the Times
This is My Song (Charlie Chaplin cover)
You're the One (Petula mentioned that Jimmy Page played on this track as a session musician in 1965)
Blackbird (The Beatles cover)
Fever (Peggy Lee cover)
With One Look (Andrew Lloyd Webber cover)
Look To The Rainbow / Gloccamora
60's Medley (dedicated to her regular hit songwriter in the 1960s Tony Hatch)
Living For Today
Kiss My Goodbye / Sailor
From Now On
I Couldn't Live Without Your Love
Here for You
Saturday 22 October 2016.
Released 40 years ago today.
"New Rose" the classic first single by British punk rock group The Damned was released on
22 October 1976 on Stiff Records. It was the first single by a British punk group.
Friday 21 October. 2016.
The Buzzcocks + The Members live at The Roundhouse,London.
Mancunian Punk legends The Buzzcocks are on a 40th anniversary UK tour.
I have seen The Buzzcocks around 30 times since 1977.
I have seen The Members around 20 times since 1978.
The Members are special guests at the London show only.
As expected quite a few old punks here i know who still have the energy to go out.
DJ Gary Crowley was here as was Outside Org music pr CEO Alan Edwards who used to look after
press for The Buzzcocks in their early days.
Great to meet up with Mario and Pepe who were my band members back in the early 80s when we had a
band called Gun Control.....Type Gun Control in the search menu to see where we played.
THE MEMBERS arrive on stage at 8.15pm and play for around 40 mins.
I saw The Members at The 100 Club just a couple of months ago.
Their original singer Nicky Tesco has not been with them for their re-union but it's great
to see them play some of their gems from the late 1970s.
Full Members setlist played tonight...
Handling the Big Jets
Offshore Banking Business
New English Blues
I Ain't Gonna Be Your Bitch No More
Sound of the Suburbs
THE BUZZCOCKS arrive on stage at 9.15pm and play for around 75 mins.
The Buzzcocks as usual started with a few older gems then slipped in some
new tracks in the middle then finished with a flurry of their biggest pop punk classics.
They whizzed through the songs with the minimum of chat apart from when
guitarist Steve Diggle mumbled a few words.
Steve Diggle still has his lively stage manner compared to singer Pete Shelley.
The crowd seemed a bit quiet overall and i did feel that their club show I saw at
The Garage a year ago had a much better audience vibe to it.
They have so great songs in their set.
Full Buzzcocks setlist played tonight...
Totally From the Heart
I Don't Mind
People Are Strange Machines
What Ever Happened To?
Why She's a Girl From the Chainstore
Moving Away From the Pulsebeat
Sick City Sometimes
It's Not You
Love You More
You Say You Don't Love Me
What Do I Get?
Ever Fallen In Love
Harmony In My Head
Thursday 20 October 2016...6.45pm to 11.45pm...
SHERATON GRAND London Park Lane - re-launch party -
The Ballroom, Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Hotel, Piccadilly, London, W1.
This 90 year old five star hotel re-launches after a multi-million pound refurbishment.
A massive full monty lavish party as 650 folks are on the guest list.
Guests here included Jack Whitehall and singer Ella Eyre.
Also here were Olivia Grant,Sai Bennett and Doina Ciobanu.
Lots of entertainment going on in the different rooms.
We had a blonde burlesque girl doing her thing, there was a covers band,
a covers duo, a Rat Pack covers trio,stilt walkers,circus acts and much more.
At 10pm the main party started closing down and the 60 of 70 folks with wristbands
moved to the after party in their Smith & Whistle bar where there was a dj and bongo player.
I spotted Elle Eyre here but no sign of Jack Whitehall.
Complimentary Moët champers all night along with a choice of three different cocktails,wines,beers
and lots of different food stations with tasty bowl food,small plates ,canapés and desserts.
A great party.
www.sheratonparklane.comVisit their website here for more info.
Wednesday 19 October 2016....I went to two restaurant launches today...
1pm to 4pm
PISQU - press review - 23 Rathbone Place,London W1.
This cosy Peruvian restaurant is located two minutes from Oxford Street between
Oxford Circus and Tottenham Court Road tube station on the Northern side.
PISQU brings to London a Peruvian gastronomic experience showcasing mouth-watering flavours of modern day Lima.
Located at a corner position of a charming period building in Fitzrovia and steps from Theatreland and Soho.
Huge glass windows are good for people watching as workers walk past.
Pisqu is a Peruvian restaurant dishing up cuisine native to its capital city, Lima.
Boasting Japanese, Spanish and Chinese influences, Pisqu’s menu is a tribute to natural ingredients indigenous to the Andes and Amazon. There’ll be aji peppers, yuca, Peruvian potatoes and a whole host of South American herbs we’ve barely even heard of - camu and cedron, or maca and achiote anyone?
Signature dishes at Pisqu will include its chicharron - confit pork belly with sweet potato and rocoto pepper sauce, or lomo a la parilla steak served with corn grain cake. Nab one of the counter seats and watch your chef plate up their warm ceviche in spicy yellow aji. Pisco sour in hand, naturally.
Some really tasty food here with our faves being...
Hot Ceviche mixto...sea bass,cod,mussels,prawns,yuyu seaweed,yellow aji tiger's milk...£12
Seafood Chicharron...crispy battered seafood with grilled cassava,aji carretillero sauce...£11
Confit pork belly with sweet potato ,rococo sauce...£9
Lomo Saltado...Peruvian beer stir fry with rice & chips...£9
For desserts we each had PISQU chocolate mousse with Matcha ice cream...£7
Needless to say we had to have a couple of their very yummy PISQU Sour Clasico and
Chicha PISQU cocktails.
We had a lovely relaxed time here and our waitress Alexandria was excellent.
A nice classic rock soundtrack was played in the background.
They have a lower ground opening space opening soon.
Well worth a visit when you up The West End.
OPENING LUNCHTIME OFFER - set menu 2 courses for £9 and 3 courses for £12.
www.PisquLondon.comVisit the PISQU London website for more info.
7pm to 11pm
MANITOBA TIGELLA - launch party - 82 New Oxford Street,London WC1.
Italian kitchen & bar opens just two minutes from Tottenham Court Road tube station.
Manitoba Tigella brings about a brand new culinary experience.
The first Tigella Kitchen Bar in London is individualised by a welcoming environment with a unique identity where Italian tradition and innovation blend perfectly to present you with an extraordinary gastronomic experience.
“Tigella”, which is undoubtedly the main attraction of our kitchen, is a traditional stuffed bread from the regional countryside, whose exact origin has been lost in time, which is to be enjoyed, today just as it was long ago, with the best cheese and salami from its place of birth: Emilia Romagna. Fully prepared in accordance with rural customs, but also with reviewed with a modern light with the creation of a gourmet line thanks to the suggestions of chef Lionello Cera. The offer is complete with imaginative and innovative dishes that are, at the same time, simple and traditional.
TIgella is the size of a wagon wheel and served as a kind of small toastie.
We had a female singer and dj who took it in turns to play some tunes.
Complimentary drinks and food here including different Tigella and other tasty Italian canapés.
Also presecco,wines and beers.
After the speeches at 7.45pm we could have any of the 20 plus cocktails they serve so some
smokey whiskey sours and espresso martinis went down a treat.
Some very generous Italian hospitality ended up with an event that was due to finish at 9pm
continuing with us being part of the last ones to leave at 11pm.
A very nice event.
OPENING OFFER - Two Tigella's and a cocktail for only £8.50...Tuesday's only...
www.manitobatigella.comVisit the MANITOBA TIGELLA website for more info.
Tuesday 18 October 2016...6.45pm to 9.15pm...
TOM PARKER BOWLES The Cook Book - launch party - Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, London, W1.
A bigger event than usual for Fortnum's as they have laid out the red carpet at the front of the store.
That is because Duchess Camilla Parker Bowles (Prince Charles wife ) is arriving to support her son.
Also here was her ex husband Andrew Parker Bowles.
Tom Parker Bowles has put the book together and is signing copies of it later in the evening.
The book features 300 years of the store's most delicious recipes and secrets.
Around 200 folks are here in the 4th floor restaurant & tea room.
Other guests included Dylan Jones,Hugh Bonneville,Nick Ferrari,Claudia Winkleman,
Tess Daly,Lisa Snowdon and model Amanda Cronin.
Top chefs here included Pierre Hoffmann and Fergus Henderson.
At 7.45pm we had speeches from Fortnum's CEO Ewan Venters then by Tom Parker Bowles.
Then we had a five piece band mingling up close with the guests who were good fun.
Complimentary Fortnum & Masons champers,a choice of three different cocktails,wine,beer
and lots of delicious bowls of food and canapés and desserts from Fortnum's kitchen.
All guests got a nice goodie with Fortnum's food items and a Fortnum's tea towel.
A funny sight was Camilla making sure she got a goodie bag on her departure.
The book retails for £30 but you can get it cheaper on Amazon etc.
A very nice event.
Tuesday 18 October 2016.
Happy Birthday to Chuck Berry who reaches the grand old age of 90 today.
Monday 17 October 2016.
TONY HADLEY + DAMIAN WILSON live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
Spandau Ballet singer mixes solo material,cover versions and Spandau hits.
He will be backed by his band and The Southbank Sinfonia Orchestra.
I saw him here three years ago with the orchestra and it was really good.
DAMIAN WILSON is an English musician, songwriter and vocalist that has appeared on over 70 separate album releases. Damian is mostly known in the progressive metal genre, as the lead singer of Threshold, Headspace and (formerly) Landmarq. He also sang and toured with bands and projects such as for Star One, Ayreon, Praying Mantis and with Rick Wakeman's English Rock Ensemble. As a solo artist he has released 4 solo albums and a live DVD.
Doubt if anyone in the crowd knew the background of this long haired Prog rock vocalist.
Damien was on stage for 30 mins and his powerful voice won the crowd over.
He even went for a walkabout for one song on the floor arena as he was singing and shaking hands.
I have a close-up view left of stage in this venues great swivel seats in the tiered stalls.
TONY HADLEY played a nice long 2 hours 25 mins on stage over two sets of 65 mins and 80 mins.
The first set was solo material and some cover versions.
The second set was all Spandau gems apart from the final song.
Lots of middle aged folks here with the females still swooning over Tony who still looks good for age 56.
Tony still has a strong powerful voice and a 'your mate down the pub' personality.
Between songs he sips his Jack Daniels like a Rat Pack member.
Around 40 musicians on stage with the lush orchestra sounding great.
20 violins playing on many songs sounded incredible.
FIRST SET included a few cover versions...
Life On Mars---David Bowie
Somebody Told Me---The Killers
Time In A Bottle---Jim Croce
New York Minute---Don Henley
Do It For Love (with Shane Richie) (first time performance of their upcoming Children In Need single)
Bridge Over Troubled Water---Simon & Garfunkel
To Cut A Long Story Short
Only When You Leave
Round and Round
I'll Fly For You
Through The Barricades
Chant No 1 (I Don't Need This Pressure On)
Fight for Ourselves
My Way (Frank Sinatra cover)
Tony told a nice story how he met his hero Frank Sinatra at this venue in the early 1980s and told
Frank that he was a singer and one day he hoped to play The Royal Albert Hall which eventually
happened a few years later when 'True' went to number one.
He also mentioned that when 'True' went to number one drummer John Keeble went from driving a MK 2
Cortina to driving a Lotus.
A great show.
Sunday 16 October 2016.
The Live Music Business Awards were held earlier this week in London.
Congratulations to John Giddings who accepted awards for
Outstanding Contribution to Live Music
(Agent for Iggy Pop,U2,Madonna,Blondie,Genesis,Celine Dion and many more)
Best Large Festival 40,000 plus capacity - Isle Of Wight Festival (John is the promoter)
Congratulations to Steve Zapp from ITB who received Agent Of The Year.
(Biffy Clyro,Editors, Courteeners and others)
www.livemusicawards.co.ukCheck their website for the full list of winners.
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