News and Reviews: January 30, 2015

Buy your books,cds,dvds etc from HMV and Amazon.
www.hmv.comVisit the HMV website here. the Amazon website here.
For previous months reviews please click on the earlier reviews link above left.
Some good gigs and events coming up worth going to...
Still on this week Paul Simonon: Wot No Bike - exhibition - Institute of Contemporary Arts,
The Mall, London, SW1.
The ex Clash bass player and Triumph motorbike owner exhibits his paintings here until 06 Feb 2015.
Free admission.
In these oils on canvas, Simonon depicts his own personal effects that include biker paraphernalia such as jackets, boots, helmets and gloves, alongside his packets of cigarettes and books.
I did not get along to the private view on Tues 20 Jan as it clashed with the Rubens private view.
Those joining Paul Simonon on the night included Kate Moss,Bob Geldof, Mick Jones, Mary McCartney,
Adam Clayton,Janet Street-Porter ,Tony James,Spizz, Damon Albarn,Jarvis Cocker, Rhys Ifans, Don Letts,
Bernard Rhodes,Neil Tennant,Ben Elton and Harry Enfield.
Fri 30 Jan---Jefferson Airship play Brooklyn Bowl at The 02 Arena complex...tix £25 in advance...
Jefferson Starship (formerly Jefferson Airplane) were one of the premiere psychedelic rocks bands of the San Francisco scene in the 1960s along with their contemporaries The Grateful Dead, Santana, Janis Joplin and Hot Tuna. They were the first San Francisco band signed to a major label and headlined the iconic Woodstock festival in 1969. The band will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary as a pioneering rock n roll influence with this intimate show at the Brooklyn Bowl London.
Sat 31 Jan---Olympia Music Fair which is a great place to buy bootlegs and rarities.
Admission is £10 before 10am and £5 for 10am to on the door...
Sat 31 Jan---TNA Wrestling-Maximum Impact is at Wembley Arena.
Sat 31 Jan---The Faces Experience play The 100 Club.
Sun 01 Feb---The Super Bowl live from America on Channel 4 from 11pm.
Mon 02 Feb---All the major art galleries host big auctions this coming week.
Christies announced sales of £5.1 billion last year---the highest for any auctioneer in history.
Tues 03 Feb---The Waterboys play The Roundhouse.
The new Waterboys album 'Modern Blues' is released on 19 Jan 2015.
Thurs 05 Feb---10cc play The Hexagon in Reading on the opening night of their UK tour.
Thurs 05 Feb---Film-composer Ennio Morricone plays The 02 Arena as part of a European Tour.
He will be backed by a full orchestra and choir.
Fri 06 Feb and Sat 07 Feb---Interpol play The Roundhouse...also Tues 17 Feb at The Forum...
Fri 06 Feb---Gaz Coombes plays a sold out show at The Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Fri 06 Feb---Showaddywaddy play The Beck Theatre,Hayes,Middlesex.
Fri 06 Feb---Saxon play Oxford Academy.
Sat 07 Feb---Saxon play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Sat 07 Feb---Bonnie Tyler plays Indigo at The 02 Arena complex.
Tues 10 Feb---Little Big Town + The Shires play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Tues 10 Feb,Wed 11 Feb,Thurs 12 Feb---Elbow play three shows at Hammersmith Apollo.
Thurs 12 Feb---The Cribs play a sold out show at The Electric Ballroom.
Fri 13 Feb--- Kaiser Chiefs play The O2 Arena with support from Public Service Broadcasting and Teleman.
Sat 14 Feb---The Godfathers play The Borderline.
Sat 14 Feb---Macy Gray plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
Tues 17 Feb---Steelye Span play The Beck Theatre,Hayes,Middlesex.
Wed 18 Feb---The NME Awards take place at Brixton Academy.
Bands playing one or two songs each include The Vaccines, Royal Blood and Run The Jewels.
Tues 24 Feb---Queen + Adam Lambert play Wembley Arena.
Queen return to London on their UK and European Tour that takes place in Jan and Feb.
See my review of their New Years Eve show at the 2000 capacity Central Hall,Westminster.
Wed 25 Feb---The BRIT Awards take place at The 02 Arena.
Acts performing a track each include Take That,Taylor Swift,Ed Sheeran,Sam Smith,
Royal Blood, Paloma Faith and George Ezra.
Fri 27 Feb---Ryan Adams plays Hammersmith Apollo.
Sat 28 Feb---Australian Pink Floyd play Hammersmith Apollo.
Sat 28 Feb---Sex Pistols Experience + Lizzie & The Banshees play The 100 Club.
Wed 01 April---AWOLNATION play The Electric Ballroom.
AWOLNATION have a new single out titled 'Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)' and the
new album 'Run' is out on 16th March.
Another great week of acts confirmed for Teenage Cancer Trust shows at The Royal Albert Hall.
Mon 23 March---Stereophonics
Tues 24 March---Scottish comedian Kevin Bridges
Wed 25 March---Van Morrison plus special guests
Thurs 26 March---The Who plus Wilko Johnson
Fri 27 March---Paul Weller plus Johnny Marr
Sat 28 March---Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds plus Future Islands
Tickets for the shows start at £25 and will go on sale 9am Friday 30 January.
Memphis --- The Musical has got loads of great five star and four star reviews.
Sunny Afternoon --- The musical based on the story of The Kinks is on on The Harold Pinter Theatre
Filled with classic hits including Waterloo Sunset, You Really Got Me, Dedicated Follower Of Fashion and Lola.
Andrew Lloyd Webber's revival of Cats has opened at The Palladium.
Nicole Scherzinger has got rave reviews from the opening press night on Thursday 11 Dec.
Kerry Ellis will replace Nicole Scherzinger in the West End production of Cats, which has extended its run by two months.
The musical was originally booking until February 28, and will now run at the London Palladium until April 25,
with Ellis taking over the role of Grizabella from February 9.
Elvis At The O2: The Exhibition Of His Life (12 December 2014 to 31 August 2015)
Over 300 Elvis Presley items including costumes and a virtual tour around Gracelands.
Jeff Beck was one of the guests at the private view launch party on Mon 15 Dec.

Thursday 29 January 2015...I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 8.30pm.
James MacManus: Sleep In Peace Tonight - book launch party at The Groucho Club, 45 Dean Street, London, W1.
Around 100 folks here in one of the rooms at this trendy private members club in Soho.
“Harry Hopkins was President Roosevelt’s special envoy to London who arrived at the height of the Blitz on a fiery night in January 1941. The President had just sacked the US ambassador Jo Kennedy for his defeatist pro Nazi views and wanted to know what was really happening in Britain. When Prime Minister Winston Churchill heard that Hopkins was coming he simply said “Who?” No one in London had ever heard of a man who was the president’s adviser, confidante and actually lived in the White House. Hopkins’ job was to find out whether Britain was in any shape to survive an expected German invasion that spring. The Nazi armies had swept through Europe and their invasion barges were in every port along the English Channel waiting for the weather to improve. Churchill knew Britain would not survive without American help. He set out to woo and win a man who was widely disliked in Washington as an unelected crony of the President and a man with very left wing views. Sleep in Peace Tonight tells the story of Hopkins’ mission to Britain and Churchill’s clandestine efforts to find out what he was reporting back to the White House. Based very much on historical records it tells the story of high diplomacy, low intrigue and a heartbreaking love affair in wartime London.”
We had a speech by the author and guests enjoyed complimentary wines and canapés.
9.30pm to 1am.
West Thirty Six - restaurant launch party at West Thirty Six, 36 Golborne Road, London, W10.
Around 150 people here in the different rooms over three or four floors.
Golborne Road is located just off Ladbroke Grove at the Northern end of Portobello Road market.
One of those roads with million pound houses on one side and dodgy council housing blocks on the other.
The grill house and cocktail lounge is totally buzzing tonight in a very Chiltern Firehouse kind of way.
A few celebs are here including Nancy Dell'Olio,Jack Whitehall,Jo Wood,Diana Vickers and Brix Smith-Start.
Nancy Dell'Olio cosied up to Tory London Mayor candidate Ivan Massow as Robert Newmark, owner of Beach Blanket Babylon, marked the opening of West Thirty Six, his second Notting Hill restaurant.
DJ tunes spun by Chelsea Leyland.
All guests enjoyed complimentary cocktails,Nyetimber English sparkling wines,beers and canapés.
A great party. the West Thirty Six website here.

Wednesday 28 January 2015.
In this day and age it's hard to keep things secret but Roman Abramovich has done it.
Abramovich has secretly married his girlfriend.
The owner of Chelsea FC Roman Abramovich secretly married his third wife, Dasha Zhukova, around SIX YEARS AGO.
Zhukova, a 33 year old art collector, made the revelation about her marriage to the 48 year old billionaire
during a magazine interview.
Roman Abramovich has not done any interviews since taking over at Chelsea F.C.

Wednesday 28 January 2015.
The Ruling Class - gala night & afterparty.
Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, London, SW1...7:30pm.
James McAvoy returns to Trafalgar Transformed for the production of The Ruling Class.
This is the first ever revival of Peter Barnes’ anarchic cult comedy, which takes a satirical look at the establishment and will, therefore, feel more politically resonant than ever in the run up to the general election in May.
McAvoy plays Jack, the 14th Earl of Gurney, who, believing he is the New Testament God, is immediately classified as mad. “How do you know you are God?” he is asked. “Simple,” he replies. “When I pray to Him, I find I am talking to myself.”
Plots by the family to strip Jack of his title are, however, foiled by an enthusiastic therapist who restores him to what passes for sanity. Once Jack joins the ranks of the hangers and floggers, espouses Old Testament values and announces “there is no love without fear”, he is ready to take his place in the House of Lords.
James McAvoy is a great actor and does another great job tonight.
The production will run until 11 April 2015.
10pm to 11.30pm was the afterparty on the other side of The River Thames.
Bankside Vaults, 1 Invicta Plaza, Blackfriars Bridge,London, SE1.
Around 300 folks here at this building under the railway arches.
All the cast including James McAvoy are here.
Other celebs here include Matthew Horne,Hardeep Singh Kobli,Nigel Harman,Daniel Mays,
David Morrissey,Rupert Evans,Gerald Kyd,Ron Cook and a few others.
Half a dozen photographers are here including The Standard and three camera crews.
There is a dj area with full a light show and glitter balls.
All guests enjoyed gin cocktails,Nyetimber English sparkling wines and canapés.
I departed at 11.30pm even though it was on to 1am.

Tuesday 27 January 2015...I went to three events tonight...
6pm to 7pm.
FOUNDED 1793 --- Contemporary Art & Design---auction private view at
Bonhams,New Bond Street,London W1.
Over 200 folks here over the two rooms with a dj playing in the background.
Raising funds for Peace One Day the items include a dozen rifles designed and pimped up
by celebs including Kate Moss and there are some interesting paintings on the wall.
Damien Hirst,Grayson Perry and Banksy have items here.
Complimentary Pol Roger champers and canapés for all guests.
7.15pm to 10pm.
Costa Book Of The Year Award 2014 at Quaglino's,16 Bury Street,St James's,London SW1.
Popular coffee chain sponsor these awards as "folks love to read books at their coffee outlets".
Around 300 guests in this very nice restaurant.
The host tonight was tv presenter Penny Smith for the awards from 8pm to 8.30pm.
Other guests here included Dame Esther Rantzen,Dame Diana Rigg, Samantha Bond,Andrew Neil,
Michael Buerk, Helen Lederer, Neil Pearson,Robert Peston, Jane Asher,Ian Hislop,Anneka Rice,
Katie Derham and a few others.
We had a fantastic chat with David Gilmour from Pink Floyd who is a regular at these awards.
We were lucky as he was one of the last to leave and we caught him just right for around 10 mins chat.
It started by me asking him...
Me--How is the new solo album coming along?
David---It will be out before the end of the year.
Me---Any influences or direction on the album?
David---This one will have dance elements to it.
Me---Is that for real or you joking about?
David---No, I kinda like what Mark Ronson is doing so thought why not.
He then started talking about recording on his houseboat.
Me---I mentioned the 2007 Live Earth show in Hyde Park where the original Floyd reunited for four songs
and the rehearsal the night before where they had to wait patiently for Madonna to finish her
rehearsals before Floyd went up and did the four songs that they did the following night.
We were standing next to Floyd members on the night of the rehearsals.
David---I enjoyed the rehearsal more than the main event as we played better.
A friend (a bit drunk) said Pink Floyd is such a silly name,how did you choose it?
David---Surely you know how we came across the name?
Us---None of us shamefully could give him a proper answer so David explained it to us.
David Gilmour was just soooo nice and friendly tonight.
His wife Polly Samson was also here.
Helen Macdonald's 'haunting' book H is for Hawk, describing her struggle to come to terms with her father's death with the help of a hawk, won the Costa Book of the Year Award. Literary judges last night praised the work as a
'unique and beautiful book'.
Complimentary Veuve Clicquot champers,cocktails,wines,beers,burgers and canapés for all guests.
All guests got a goodie bag with a couple of the short listed books and £20 of Costa vouchers.
A really good event. the Costa website her the full list of winners.
10.15pm to 11.45pm.
Radio Times Covers Party at Claridge's Hotel,49 Brook Street,London W1.
Always nice to be in the ballroom at this famous five star hotel.
Nice to see the BBC splashing the cash but they make sure no press are allowed in here.
They do not want the press talking about BBC wasting tv license money on free booze events.
There are huge blown up Radio Times covers from 2014 hanging all around the room.
A few celebs were here earlier including host Graham Norton but most have departed as it was a 7pm start.
Alex Zane was still here.
Radio Times cover stars from the last year including David Tennant, Alex Jones, Andrew Sachs, Mark Wright, Paul Hollywood and Stephen Mangan gathered to toast the long-running publication. They joined celebrities including Gaby Roslin, Jodie Whittaker, Peter Serafinowicz, Rachel Riley and Susanna Reid at Claridge's as the magazine celebrated the year by showcasing each of its covers as framed prints which hung from the walls. Kellie Bright, Lesley Nicol, Louisa Brealey, Steve Backshall and Susie Dent admired the portraits at the party and were later able to walk away with a framed version of their own covers.
Complimentary Laithwaite champers,wines,beers,burgers and canapés for all
I got a huge goodie bag here that included around 20 items including Bose headphones,
some BBC titles including Top Gear DVD,Bake Off Book,Live Lounge cd,also a bottle of champagne
and other items and of course of copy of next weeks Radio Times.

Monday 26 January 2015.
The Three Degrees + Jojo Desmond live at The Beck Theatre,Hayes,Middlesex.
The Three Degrees formed in 1963 in Philadelphia and has remained a trio with two original members since Sheila Ferguson’s departure many moons ago. A firm favourite with Prince Charles, they are well-known for their soulful voices and beautiful gowns.Their songwriters were Gamble and Huff and they had a few hits in the late 70s/early 80s.
I saw them headline Hammersmith Odeon back in 1975.
Most people saw them as a 1970s version of The Supremes.
Up first we have female support act Jojo Desmond who does a decent 25 mins of pop soul.
Her set started with three original tracks from her EP then a couple of soul covers.
The Three Degrees arrive on stage at 8.45pm for their 70 mins on stage.
All three are in sparkling blue gowns split to the thigh and the dance and hand routines are still there.
The three girls share lead vocal duties and are backed by a five piece band.
Some friendly stage banter to get the crowd to wave their arms and get them up n dancing for the encore.
An enjoyable bit of nostalgia.
Highlights of their setlist included...
Year of Decision---reached number 13 in the UK charts in 1974
Giving Up Giving In---reached number 12 in the UK charts in 1978
Take Good Care Of Yourself---reached number 9 in the UK charts in 1975
Dirty Old Man---not a hit in the UK but was a big hit in other countries
Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now---cover
Ain't No Mountain High Enough---cover
When Will I See You Again---reached number 1 in the UK charts in 1974
Boogie Wonderland---cover
This current tour is on until 14 Feb 2015 then they come back for another tour in June/July.
www.thethreedegrees.comVisit The Three Degrees website for info and live dates.

Sunday 25 January 2015.
Sam Smith is paying Tom Petty songwriting royalties for his single 'Stay With Me' after listeners noted a similarity between the song and Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers' 1989 classic 'I Won't Back Down'.
Though details of the case have just come to light, The Sun reports that Smith and Petty settled out of court in October – an arrangement that included a 12.5 per cent writing credit to both Petty and singer-composer Jeff Lynne.
The song’s credit on ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) now lists Smith, Petty, Lynne, and Jimmy Napes as the chief songwriters.
A source close to the case said: "When Sam’s track was originally released, it was clear to a lot of musicians that there were notable similarities between the tracks. After it was pointed out to Sam’s camp, they didn’t try to fight it and amicably dished out royalties. It wasn’t a deliberate thing, musicians are just inspired by other artists and Sam and his team were quick to hold up their hand when it was officially flagged."
'Stay With Me' has sold nearly four million copies worldwide and is up for both Best Pop Performance and Record Of The Year at the 2015 Grammy Awards. Sam Smith was the only artist to sell one million albums in the UK and US in 2014 with his debut record, 'In The Lonely Hour'.
Parts of the chorus sound a bit the same when you listen closely.

Saturday 24 January 2015.
Video from the Friday show I attended.
Korn joined by Slipknot at Wembley Arena for a cover of Beastie Boys 'Sabotage'.
watch the video here▶ 3:00▶ 3:00

Friday 23 January 2015.
Slipknot + Korn live at Wembley Arena,London.
Slipknot play a sold out show at Wembley Arena as part of their UK arena tour to promote their fifth
studio album '5 : The Gray Chapter'.
I have seen Slipknot a few times and Korn a couple of times.
I even went down to The Brighton Centre to see Slipknot play back in 2002 on the back of the success
of their second album 'Iowa'.
Slipknot are a great live band visually but the music played is not so great so let's see how they are tonight.
For some reason there are loads of police and extra security at the front of the venue.
The floor standing area was very lively for both bands with moshing and circle pits.
Korn arrive on stage at 7.50pm and play for around 50 mins.
They are much better than what I had expected or perhaps I got them mixed up with one of those faceless
American bands that are massive over there.
Korn have sold over 50 million albums over the past 20 years or so.
They have a nice stage production with loads of lights and a raised stage of stripped lighting beneath them.
Singer Jonathan Davis does a great job giving 100% and he played the bagpipes on one track.
Their brand of nu metal went down well with the Slipknot crowd.
They were joined by Slipknot members in masks for a manic cover of Beastie Boys 'Sabotage'.
A great show.
Full Korn setlist played...
Here to Stay
Right Now
Love & Meth
Falling Away from Me
Good God
Shoots and Ladders (with a snippet of Metallica)
Got the Life
Freak on a Leash
Sabotage (Beastie Boys cover) (with Slipknot)
During the interval a black curtain is front of stage but the sides are exposed so we can see the
mammoth Slipknot production coming together piece by piece and it really is impressive.
Slipknot arrive on stage at 9.20pm and play a 95 mins set.
Their stage production is fantastic and looks like what they would use at a big outdoor festival.
Nine of them on stage wearing horror masks playing brutal aggressive industrial metal.
With new recruits including, of all people, Springsteen drummer Max Weinberg’s young son Jay
- in regulation scary mask.
Oddly enough there are no big screens.
The two revolving percussionists at the front and the two keyboard players at the back are on hydraulic podiums.
Slipknot are well known for its attention-grabbing image and energetic and chaotic live shows
From the comfort of my guest list seat right of stage the sight of all the Slipknot fans going crazy and
bouncing around on the stage floor looks incredible and by the end of the show there are dozens of
sweaty male fans bare chested so hopefully they got reunited with their shirts on this freezing evening.
The use of fire columns is pretty much on display for every song.
The vocals are drowned out a lot by the loud band sound but the crowd sing all the lyrics.
“Make some noise!” yells the gravel-voiced Taylor, whose occasional slightly sweeter big choruses suggest a more able vocalist than he lets on. The 41-year old’s party piece of getting the entire audience to sit down then leap up in unison has been in the set for years, but it still makes quite a spectacle. Everything is watched over by a giant grinning goat-devil.
The band rest a bit after most songs by going to their tents behind the amps.The slightly chubby percussionist
looks drained as he sits in his chair as his assistant tends to him.
A stunning show visually even though the music was a bit harsh on the ear sometimes.
Full Slipknot setlist played tonight...
The Heretic Anthem
My Plague
The Devil in I
The Negative One
Three Nil
Before I Forget
Wait and Bleed
Spit It Out
People = Shit
Slipknot return to the UK to headline The Download Festival on Friday 12 June 2015 with
Judas Priest as the main support.
This will be the third time that Slipknot have headlined Download.
watch some Slipknot here▶ 4:12▶ 4:12
SLIPKNOT : " Duality " Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield 16-1-15 'Prepare For Hell' Tour.

Thursday 22 January 2015...I went to three events tonight...
6pm to 6.45pm.
Pier Paolo Calzolari --- private view at Ronchini Gallery,22 Dering Street,London W1.
Curated by Art Historian David Anfam, Ronchini Gallery presents an exhibition by Pier Paolo Calzolari.
This is the first solo gallery presentation of this seminal artist in London and the first significant exhibition of Calzolari’s practice in the U.K. since his inclusion in the historic exhibition Zero to Infinity: Arte Povera 1962-1972 at Tate Modern, London in 2001.
The exhibition will focus on drawings, studies and projects that will span the course of Calzolari’s career from the early 1960s to the present and give an overview of many of Calzolari’s signature concepts, offering insight into the artist’s ongoing interest in light, matter and time.
Complimentary Peroni lagers for all guests.
www.ronchinigallery.comVisit the Ronchini Gallery here.
7pm to 8.30pm.
Jinjuu - restaurant launch party at Jinjuu, 16 Kingly Street, Soho, London, W1.
Celebrity chef Judy Joo is opening her first London restaurant in Soho. The menu at Jinjuu
will feature her interpretation on Korean street food. She has previously worked with Gordon Ramsay
and ran the restaurant at the Playboy Club.
It is quite a small restaurant with an anju bar upstairs with high stools and high tables and downstairs
is the main area with an open kitchen.
We have a few celebs here including footballers Willian(Chelsea),Ramirez(Chelsea),Paulinho(Tottenham),
Donell Henry(West Ham) also Amber Le Bon,Amber Atherton,Arizona Muse and Brix Smith-Start.
Complimentary Drappier champers and canapés for all guests.
The KFC(Korean Fried Chicken) was very tasty.
www.jinjuu.comVisit the Jinjuu website here.
8.45pm to 11pm.
House of Ho - 1st birthday party at House of Ho, 57-59 Old Compton Street, Soho,London, W1.
The taste of Vietnam with a modern twist, in the heart of London’s Soho.
Lively and buzzing here as it actually felt more like a bar/club party than a restaurant event.
Complimentary presecco,wines,beers and canapés for all the guests.
A couple of celebs here including Jeremy Edwards.
Head Ho Bobby Chin will be on Channel 4 tv Sunday Brunch at 9.30am on Sun 25 Jan 2015. the House Of Ho website here.

Wednesday 21 January 2015...I went to two events tonight...
6pm to 7.30pm.
Icetank Studios --- Party in a Tank showcase --- 5-7 Grape Street,London WC2.
This event space in Covent Garden opened around an year ago.
It has two floors which includes a downstairs area.
Light and airy, the open plan space is located just off Shaftesbury Avenue and near Denmark Street
on a quiet street in Covent Garden WC2. The 2500 sq feet of space is perfect for:
press launches - conference meetings - private dining events - reception and private parties
film screenings - tv food shows and demonstrations - photography and film studio hire.
All guests enjoyed complimentary cocktails,wines and canapés.
www.icetank.comVisit the Icetank website here.
7.45pm to 9.30pm.
Jeep Outfitter - launch party at Royal Opera Arcade, La Galleria, 5b Pall Mall, London, SW1.
Passion, freedom, and adventure are the powerful values at the very heart of the Jeep® brand. Since 1941, the Jeep® name has been globally renowned for rugged outdoor adventure without comparison or compromise. Just as your dreams know no barriers, living the lifestyle of the Jeep® brand is about overcoming life's challenges to experience the grandest of adventures. Jeep® apparel embodies the values of superior quality, authentic style and durability. Ready to adapt to life's many adventures, the collection is a perfect unison of versatile products and materials, able to rise to the demands of everyday life in the city or the rugged outdoors.
Some of the Jeep Outfitter collection is on display here tonight.
All guests enjoyed complimentary JD and cokes,wines,beers and canapés. the Jeep Outfitter website here for more info.

Tuesday 20 January 2015....6.30pm to 9.15pm...
Rubens and his Legacy: Van Dyck to Cézanne --- private view --- The Royal Academy,Piccadilly,London W1.
A big crowd of over 500 smartly dressed art folks here at this much anticipated exhibition.
Guests included the ex owner of Reading Football Club Sir John Madejski is who a massive art collector and
art benefactor.
Also Grayson Perry was fully dressed up in one of his wacky outfits.
Complimentary wines and canapés for all guests.
This huge show is a survey of Rubens’s great influence on other artists from across the centuries, from his native Flanders to Spain, France and England and from his pupil Van Dyck to Cézanne via lots of painters of far less distinction.
This show goes a little way to redressing the balance, in that of more than 30 works by Rubens, only a handful depict the sensual, bouncy fleshiness you might expect. But note the relatively low number of Rubenses — only around a fifth of the total on show, and half of them drawings — this isn’t one of those once-in-a-lifetime surveys of a master, like the National Gallery’s recent Rembrandt exhibition.
Pretty amazing that Rubens work is 400 years old.
It is on until 10 April 2015 and is a paid ticket event...£15...concessions available... The Royal Academy website here for more info and to buy tickets.
The Standard gave it four stars and the full review is up on their website.
The Telegraph gave it four stars and the full review is up on their website.

Monday 19 January 2015....6.45pm to 9.30pm...
Walpole Brands of Tomorrow - launch party at The Savoy Hotel,Strand, London, WC2.
Always nice to be at this stunning five star hotel.
We are in The River Room that is at the rear of the hotel looking out to The River Thames.
Around 200 folks here with a bit of a corporate feel as name badges are used for all guests.
Lots of nice flowers everywhere around the room supplied by----The Real Flower Company.
Walpole has revealed the 12 up-and-coming luxury brands selected for the 2015 Brands of Tomorrow programme, in association with Mishcon de Reya.Now in its eighth year, the programme provides a year-long series of workshops and one-on-one mentorship from some of the UK’s most experienced luxury leaders and entrepreneurs.
This year, a record 75 brands submitted entries and, due to such high demand, and the quality of the entrants, Walpole increased the number of participants from eight to 12 for 2015.
Complimentary Nyetimber English sparkling wines and canapés for all guests.
All guests got a goodie bag. the 12 selected brands chosen on The Walpole website here.

Monday 19 January 2015.
One of the most popular tv stars in the UK has sadly passed away.
Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride, who played the character Deirdre Barlow in the long-running
television soap, has died aged 60 after a short illness.
ITV said the actress, who was in the show for 42 years, passed away peacefully in a Manchester hospital.
In the 1980s one of the soap's most famous storylines hinged on whether she would stay with Ken Barlow.
She was married four times in the programme, twice to Ken.
The popularity of her character was demonstrated when a real-life campaign was launched to free Deirdre when a storyline saw the character jailed in 1998 after being duped into a mortgage fraud by fiance Jon Lindsay. The campaign was even backed by Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Filming for Coronation Street was cancelled on Tuesday 20 January 2015 as a mark of respect.

Saturday 17 January 2015.
Central Saint Martins has announced Sir Mick Jagger is donating a three year scholarship programme in memory of L'Wren Scott, for students of the MA Fashion course at the university. The package covers course fees, and includes a contribution to living expenses for one student each year in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Course Director of MA Fashion, Fabio Piras, said 'I am very grateful to receive this extremely generous scholarship package, gifted by Mick Jagger in L'Wren Scott's name. Our students sacrifice much to take up this course and work extremely hard while they are here'.

Friday 16 January 2015...6.45pm to 10pm...
Zoom F1 - reception and charity auction at InterContinental Hotel,Park Lane,London W1.
Around 500 mainly suited folks standing at this event for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity.
On display are around 50 images taken and signed by drivers,team principals and other F1 related folks.
Prices ended up being fairly reasonable with Suzi Perry going for £500 and Geri Halliwell for £800.
Nice to see some rockers here from bands that I have seen live loads of times over the years.
Adrian Smith---Iron Maiden
Danny Bowes---Thunder
Scott Gorham---Black Star Riders/Thin Lizzy
Scott was very friendly and chatty and when I told him I saw Thin Lizzy many times from the mid 70s onwards
and that I worked at Hammersmith Odeon he said "he knew everyone's name backstage at
Hammersmith Odeon in the old days" and i know the guys he was talking about as they always did the backstage door.
Scott said "he was looking forward to their co-headline tour with Europe which starts in March".
The pairing play Shepherds Bush Empire on March 20 and 21 which are must see gigs.
I said hello to legendary pr Alan Edwards from Outside Org pr who look after many major music acts.
I do not think any F1 drivers were here but other guests included some behind the scenes folks like
Bernie Ecclestone, Suzi Perry, Anthony Hamilton,Christian Horner and Adrian Newey.
Also here was Geri Halliwell ( now engaged to Christian Horner) and actress Stefanie Powers.
Complimentary Jacques Picard champers and canapés until 7.45pm when the auction started then some nice
6% Neuschwansteiner German premium beer which comes in a bottle that looks like a champagne one.
A nice event.
www.zoom-auction.comVisit the Zoom Auction website here.

Thursday 15 January 2015...7pm to 10.30pm...
Wallpaper* Design Awards at Bonhams, 101 New Bond Street, London, W1.
Wallpaper (trademarked Wallpaper* with an asterisk) is a well respected magazine focusing on
architecture,travel, design, entertainment, fashion, and media.
A large standing crowd of 400 or 500 folks here including ex England footballer Sol Campbell.
Also here were Henry Holland and Tom Dixon.
On display are some of the winners which included a BMWi8 car along with varied items like
Best designed male grooming kit,Best designed chair,Best designed lamp etc.
All guests enjoyed complimentary Laurent-Perrier champers,different cocktails,beers and some nice food.
There was a dj in the overflow room.
All guests got a goodie bag.
A really good event.
The list of winners is in the current issue in stores now which retails for £4.99 and their website should
have a list of winners at some stage.
www.wallpaper.comVisit the Wallpaper* website here.

Thursday 15 January 2015.
Kim Fowley, one of Hollywood’s most colourful characters, has died at age 75 after a battle with bladder cancer.
Fowley released novelty records in the 60s.
Fowley featured on Frank Zappa’s first album ‘Freak Out’ and co-wrote ‘Wanted Dead Or Alive’ on
Warren Zevon’s first album.
He wrote two KISS classic tunes 'King Of The Night Time World' and 'Do You Love Me'.
In 1975 he met a 15-year old girl outside LA’s Rainbow Bar named Sandy West. He put her together with Lita Ford, Cherie Currie and Jackie Fox and created The Runaways.

Wednesday 14 January 2015.
Tommy Emmanuel live at The Royal Festival Hall,London.
Tommy Emmanuel age 59 is an Australian virtuoso guitarist and occasional singer and songwriter, best known for his complex fingerstyle technique, energetic performances and the use of percussive effects on the guitar. Although originally a session player in many bands, Emmanuel has carved out his own style as a solo artist in recent years, releasing award winning albums and singles. In the May 2008 and 2010 issues of Guitar Player Magazine, he was named "Best Acoustic Guitarist" in their readers' poll.In June 2010 Emmanuel was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia.
Tommy is on a UK tour as part of a world tour to support his recent album 'The Guitar Mastery Of Tommy Emmanuel'.
Tommy arrived on stage at 8.25pm and played a two hour set that featured some incredible acoustic guitar.
He takes to the stage on his own with his acoustic guitars around him.
A mix of instrumentals and songs with vocals.
A mix of his own material and a few cover versions.
Tommy can make amazing sounds with the guitar as he introduces us "to the band" by making his guitar
play rhythm guitar,then lead guitar,then bass then percussion/drums.
When he does all four at the same time he says "take it away boys" to his imaginary band.
He played a few Beatles gems as he is a big fan and a great cover of 'Hurt'.
Some friendly and relaxed stage banter.
He slaps and hits his guitar to get the percussion sounds which is similar to what Ed Sheeran does.
Tommy got a full standing ovation at the end.
A good show.
Watch Tommy Emmanuel playing some pukka acoustic guitar blues.
watch Tommy playing acoustic guitar blues here► 6:29► 6:29
This Tommy Emmanuel clip gets better and better.
watch Tommy Emmanuel here► 4:56► 4:56
Watch a great acoustic version of Bon Jovi 'Livin' On A Prayer'.
watch Richie Sambora and Tommy Emmanuel here► 6:46► 6:46

Wednesday 14 January 2015.
Singer Robbie Williams is embroiled in a planning dispute with Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page
over the re-development of his £17.5 million London mansion.
The former Take That star’s 46-room house in Holland Park was previously owned by the late film director Michael Winner.
Williams, 40, wants to turn the Grade II* listed Victorian property into a “functional family home” for his wife Ayda Field, 35, and their two children.
The massive project is expected to take a few months.
Jimmy Page has written a letter to the local council to object to the building work.
Jimmy Page owns the Grade 1 turreted property on the right of Robbie Williams so they are next door neighbours.
He has owned it since 1972.
He also thinks a new window Rob plans to install will overlook his mansion and have a "significant impact on the amenity" of his property, which was built in the 60s by William Burgess.
Jimmy objects to plans to allow access to a planned car park and is worried that work on Rob's underground swimming pool could result in "vibrations and possible structural" damage to his own property.
Jimmy, 71, has lived in his incredible home for more than four decades, having bought it in the early 70s,
after it was saved from demolition following a campaign.
David and Victoria Beckham live in the same road after paying £40m for their mansion fairly recently.
They spent a further £5m on renovations after the council gave them the green light to go ahead.

Wednesday 14 January 2015.
The first edition of Charlie Hebdo since the massacre at its Paris offices has not shied away from controversy, featuring cartoons of a crying Prophet Mohamed, masturbating nun and the Pope dressed as a mafia boss.
It had sold out of most French shops within minutes of opening this morning, driving publishers to increase its print run from 3 million to 5 million to cope with the overwhelming demand.
Its usual circulation is around 60,000.
It will be in six different languages.
Around 2,000 copies are expected to reach the UK on Friday.
WH Smith have said they will not be selling it as they never sold it before the attack.

Tuesday 13 January 2015.
The Foo Fighters were joined by many guests for Dave Grohl's 46th birthday party a couple
of days ago in Los Angeles and you can find most of the footage on youtube.
Paul Stanley opened the show with the Foos, performing Kiss‘ ‘Detroit Rock City’ and ‘Do You Love Me,’ before Slash and Tenacious D joined Dave Grohl and company for ‘Tie Your Mother Down’ and ‘Immigrant Song.’ Alice Cooper was there for ‘School’s Out’ and “I’m 18.’ Zakk Wylde collaborated on ‘N.I.B.’ and ‘Fairies Wear Boots,’ both Black Sabbath classics from his old boss Ozzy Osbourne.
Perry Ferrell sang ‘Miss You’ and ‘Mountain Song.’ Toward the end of the set, David Lee Roth leaped on stage — sporting a new shaved look — for renditions of Van Halen‘s ‘Panama’ and ‘Ain’t Talking ‘Bout Love.’ Lemmy from Motorhead then closed things out with the Foos, performing Chuck Berry‘s ‘Let It Rock.’
Looked like my kind of show.
Here is The Foo Fighters with Paul Stanley of KISS playing two KISS classics
'Detroit Rock City' and 'Do You Love Me'.
watch the video here► 10:25► 10:25

Monday 12 January 2015...I went to three events for London Collections : Men...
6pm to 7.30pm.
LCM a/w 2015 : The Woolmark Company x The English Gentleman at Apsley House, Number One London.
Bespoke tailors of Savile Row, The Woolmark Company, and the select Shirt makers, Shoe makers and Hatters associated with ‘The English Gentleman’ present their autumn/winter collection.
Addresses don’t come much grander than 'Number One London', the popular name for Apsley House, one of the most interesting visitor attractions in London. Home to the Duke of Wellington after his victory over Napoleon at Waterloo, the interior of the house has changed very little since the days of the Iron Duke. It boasts one of the finest art collections in London, with paintings by Velazquez and Rubens as well as a wonderful collection of silver and porcelain. Pride of place goes to a massive nude statue of Napoleon.
Around 300 folks here spread over the many rooms here.
Around 20 or 30 male models wearing very smart outfits including morning suits and military.
This stunning building really has the wow factor with its high ceilings and amazing paintings and statues.
All guests enjoyed complimentary Perrier Jouet champers,Chivas Deluxe Blended Scotch Whisky Cocktails
and canapés.
A really nice event.
8pm to 10pm.
LCM a/w 2015: Sir Tom Baker - showcase at The 100 Club, 100 Oxford Street, London, W1.
This modern bespoke tailor is based in Soho at 4 D'Arblay Street.
Over 200 folks at this legendary club with mainly rows of seating and a few standing.
Sir Tom Baker has designed suits and clothing for many rock stars.
Tonight in the crowd is Sex Pistol Glen Matlock,Ed Tudor Pole and milliner Stephen Jones.
The catwalk show starts at 8.15pm and last for around 20 minutes.
The outfits are very rock n roll looking including some trademark shiny jackets and shiny boots.
A couple of the models looked very like a young Scott Gorham (Thin LIzzy) with his long straight hair.
The music played during the show is great as the opening song is Sex Pistols 'Pretty Vacant' at full blast
followed by the likes of Motörhead,AC/DC,Roxy Music,Ramones,Jimi Hendrix etc.
Afterwards we had a dj playing some tunes as most of the seats were cleared away.
At 9.15pm we had a live band called Pink Cigar who played a decent 45 mins of high energy rock.
www.tombakerlondon.comVisit the Sir Tom Baker website here.
10.30pm to 2.30am.
LCM a/w 2015: Tom Ford - 'Noir-Extreme' fragrance launch party at The Chiltern Firehouse,
Yet again The Chiltern Firehouse hosts a mega party.
Over 200 folks from the fashion and entertainment world are here.
Tom Ford's mens fragrance launch party was the hottest ticket in town on the final night of LCM, as the designer celebrated with his London pals at the Chiltern Firehouse. Ford spent the night flanked by the likes of Alexa Chung, Leigh Lezark, Lily Allen and Paloma Faith, while Fran Cutler and Samantha Morton took selfies in the background. Fresh from a whole weekend of LCM festivities, David Gandy was this time joined by girlfriend Mollie King, with fellow fashion faces Robert Konjic, Patrick Grant and Paul Sculfor also in attendance alongside Dermot O'Leary, Graham Norton and Otis Ferry.
A full complimentary bar so any drink you want including Ruinart champers.
Lots of their yummy food too.
In the room with the dj the folks are dancing.
All guests got a nice goodie bag.
An excellent event.
www.tomford.comVisit the Tom Ford website here.