News and Reviews: May 24, 2019

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I went to an incredible 148 live music events & gigs in 2018.
This makes the grand total of 6880 gigs seen by me since 1973.
Check out my upcoming news page for my stand out Top dozen gigs of 2018 and previous years.
My interview with TIME OUT magazine in April 2018 is now online.
It features me talking about being the UKs number one gig over 6700 gigs seen...
Includes a mention of the 2000 plus shows i have been to at Hammersmith Odeon/Apollo since 1973,
along with a photo of me outside the venue.
Mentions some Sex Pistols stories and other bits and pieces.
Search for it on google under Ray Morrissey Time Out.
Visit the coolest menswear store outside of Central London.
Heroes of Richmond - an independent menswear store - 9 Golden Court,Richmond , Surrey.
Footwear, jackets and accessories from top brands unavailable outside Central London. their website here for more info.
Sun 24 March---Stiff Little Fingers + Eddie And The Hot Rods play The Forum.
SLF are playing their annual March UK tour.
I have seen both bands many times over the past 40 odd years.
Eddie & The Hot Rods are saying 2019 will be their final year of performing live.
Barrie Masters is still on vocals for classics including " Do Anything You Wanna Do".
In the long hot summer of 1976 i saw many shows at The Marquee Club by Eddie & The Hot Rods and AC/DC who were vying for who could break the house attendance records at the famous Marquee Club in London.
First band on will be The Vapors who had a big hit "Turning Japanese" in 1980.
A tale of drunken debauchery, drug-fueled parties, and groupies. It can only be another biopic about an insane rock band. Arguably the most notorious of them all, Motley Crue’s biopic "The Dirt" is finally arriving on Netflix.
The band turned down many film big studios but Netflix were the only ones to say " do it just like the book".
Teenage Cancer Trust Gigs at The Royal Albert Hall in March.
Monday 25 – Rudimental, Ghetts
Tuesday 26 - comedy evening with host Kevin Bridges and fellow British comedy heavyweights: John Bishop,
Kerry Godliman, Romesh Ranganathan and Tommy Tiernan.
Wednesday 27 - Tom Grennan
Thursday 28 – Take That (a small gig for them as they usually play arenas and stadiums)
A warm up show for their massive UK arena tour.
Friday 29 – Doves (their first gig in nine years)
Saturday 30 – The Script
Sunday 31 – Levellers with special guests Dreadzone, family folk trio Wildwood Kin, and a DJ-set from film-maker, ,broadcaster and founding member of Big Audio Dynamite Don Letts.
I go to two or three RAH TCT shows every year.
Wed 27 March---Slim Chance play The Water Rats, Kings Cross...Ronnie Lane's old band...
Fri 29 March---1960s package tour at The Beck Theatre, Hayes.
Six legendary names take to the stage and deliver to you a night you won’t forget. Starring Mike Pender (Original voice of The Searchers) Chris Farlowe, Herman’s Hermits,The Swinging Blue Jeans, New Amen Corner and The Fourmost.
Thurs 28 March to Sun 31 March---London Coffee Festival is at Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, E.1.
Major event for the vibrant coffee and food service sector, and connect with 300+ exhibitors.
You can pop into Rough Trade East at the same time as it is just yards away.
Fri 29 March---Keith Flint funeral in Braintree, Essex.
The iconic rave outfit Prodigy have now posted details of the late musician’s funeral, while inviting their fans “to pay their final respects” to Flint in Essex next Friday (March 29).
Posting on their official Twitter page, the band said: “Fans are invited to line the procession route, starting at 3pm in Braintree, Essex on Fri 29th March, to pay their final respects & ‘raise the roof’ for Keef!
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has officially announced 2019 inductees: Radiohead, Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks, Def Leppard, The Cure, Roxy Music and the Zombies will all join the class of 2019. The induction ceremony will be held at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on March 29th.
- Brian May will induct Def Leppard
- Harry Styles will induct Stevie Nicks
- Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor will induct The Cure
- David Byrne will induct Radiohead
- Duran Duran’s John Taylor and Simon Le Bon will induct Roxy Music
- The Bangles' Susanna Hoffs will induct The Zombies
- Janelle Monáe will induct Janet Jackson
Sat 30 March---Spurs Legends play Inter Milan Legends...test game at Spurs new stadium...
The new ground will be the first entirely cashless stadium in the world.
All the bars have taps that fill pints automatically from underneath.
Sat 30 March---David Sinclair Four play Mau Mau Bar, Notting Hill, London W11.
Sun 31 March---Checkatrade Cup Final at Wembley Stadium...2.30pm kick-off.
Well supported Portsmouth and Sunderland will bring their legions of fans to Wembley.
Mon 01 April---Mike + The Mechanics play The Royal Albert Hall...part of a massive UK tour...
Looks like the setlist will include three Genesis gems and the great Roachford hit "Cuddly Toy".
Tues 02 April and Wed 03 April---Rumours of Fleetwood Mac play The Cadogan Hall, Chelsea.
Rumours of Fleetwood Mac, the world’s finest tribute to Fleetwood Mac, returns to the stage in 2019 with its ‘Anniversary Tour’, a brand new show celebrating 50 years of the very best of Fleetwood Mac, including a very special blues set paying tribute to Fleetwood Mac’s legendary Peter Green era.
Tues 02 April---Gabrielle plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
Tues 02 April---Georgio Moroder plays Hammersmith Apollo - A Celebration of the 80s European Tour.
Giorgio Moroder ,know aged 78, is an Italian singer, songwriter, DJ and record producer. Moroder is frequently credited with pioneering electronic dance music,and is dubbed the "Father of Disco".
Wed 03 April---David Sinclair Four play Molesey East & West Conservative Club @ Molesey.
Singer Phil Moog will be playing his final UK tour with the band UFO after 50 years.
Because of this they are now playing two London dates at the end of their 'Last Orders' tour.
Both London shows sold out by Dec 2018.
A classic example of how bands can sell more tickets when they say it's their last ever shows.
Thurs 04 April---Shepherds Bush Empire
Fri 05 April---The Forum
Fri 05 April---Free punk gig at The George & Dragon Pub, Acton High Street, London W3.
Shake Some Acton presents RAGE DC and ELECTRICS...Punk Rock and Dirty Rock n Roll!....And it's FREE!
It is a good time to see musicals and plays as special offer tickets are on at some theatres...
School of Rock has been extended to 20 October 2019.
Mamma Mia! The Musical is still packing them in.
From 21 Dec 2017 - Hamilton - this musical has finally opened to great reviews.
It is the hottest theatre ticket in town this year.
It is on at The Victoria Palace Theatre which has had a massive refurbishment.
I saw gigs here between 1975 to 1977 when it was called The New Victoria Theatre.
Bands i saw included Alex Harvey Band, Thin Lizzy, ELO, Lou Reed and others.
08 April 2018 - Hamilton won seven awards including Best New Musical at The Olivier Awards.
04 March 2019 update for Only Fools & Horses - The Musical at The Haymarket Theatre.
As expected it has been a huge success and the run has been extended to August 2019.
It has taken over £8 million at the box office and sold over 150,000 tickets so far.
Sat 06 April---FA CUP first semi-final at Wembley Stadium.
Sat 06 April---Todd Rundgren plays Hammersmith Apollo.
Todd celebrates 50 years as a musician with a show that includes readings from his autobiography.
Rundgren has also celebrated an illustrious production career, working on seminal albums Bat Out Of Hell by Meat Loaf, and the self-titled debut by New York Dolls.
Sun 07 April---FA CUP second semi-final at Wembley Stadium.
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS SMOKIE in Newcastle, Nottingham, London, Birmingham, Liverpool & Bournemouth
SHOWADDYWADDY in Manchester, Leeds, Cardiff & Brighton
THURS 4th - MANCHESTER O2 Apollo 08444 777 677
FRI 5th - LEEDS First Direct Arena 0844 248 1585
SAT 6th - CARDIFF Motorpoint Arena 029 2022 4488
SUN 7th - BRIGHTON Centre 0844 847 1515
TUES 9th - NEWCASTLE Metro Radio Arena 0844 493 6666
WED 10th - NOTTINGHAM Motorpoint Arena 0843 373 3000
THURS 11th - LONDON The SSE Arena, Wembley 0844 815 0815
FRI 12th - BIRMINGHAM Genting Arena 0844 33 88222
SAT 13th - LIVERPOOL Echo Arena 0344 8000 400
SUN 14th - BOURNEMOUTH BIC 0844 576 3000
www.legendslive.orgVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
To me as a 14 year old in 1973 Suzi Quatro certainly had the wow factor when you saw her on TOTP.
"Can the Can” and “Devil Gate Drive” – reached #1 in the U.K.
Suzi Quatro has a new album titled "No Control" out on 29 March 2019.
Sat 13 April---Record Store Day 2019.
More than 550 exclusive /special edition records will hit the shelves of independent stores around the UK,
including Aretha Franklin, Robyn, Pink Floyd , Prince , U2, Thin Lizzy, John Lennon, Ronnie Lane and Idles.
West London punk artist MAL-ONE releases another RSD 7 inch single 'Punk Times' on Jamaican Recordings.
Sat 13 April---Elvana plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
Elvis Presley impersonator sings Nirvana.
Tues 16 April---ABC with orchestra play The Royal Albert Hall.
Performing their classic album ‘The Lexicon Of Love’ in its entirety.
Tues 16 April, Wed 17 April, Thurs 18 April---John Mayall plays Ronnie Scotts.
Blues legend is playing two shows a night at the grand old age of 85....yes 85.
Wed 17 April---Joe Jackson plays The Palladium as part of a massive European Tour.
Wed 17 April---Alfie Boe plays The Palladium.
Thurs 18 April---Gipsy Kings play The Royal Albert Hall.
Fri 19 April and Sat 20 April---London Calling play The Clash at The 100 Club.
Fri 19 April and Sat 20 April---Manowar are in Birmingham for their only UK shows on their European Tour.
Sat 20 April---The Clone Roses, Oasish, The Smiths Ltd play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Sun 21 April---Rufus Wainwright plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Wed 24 April + Thurs 25 April + Fri 26 April---Joe Bonamassa plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Joe Bonamassa is an American blues rock guitarist, singer and songwriter. When he was 12 years old, Bonamassa opened for B.B. King. In the last 13 years Bonamassa has put out 15 solo albums through his independent record label J&R Adventures, of which 11 have reached number 1 on the Billboard Blues charts.
GUN CONTROL - My band from the early 80s played a successful comeback gig on 10 Nov 2018.
Our second gig will hopefully be in April.
GUN CONTROL with me on drums are now up on YouTube.
Check out some footage from our little shindig on 10 Nov 2018
Go to google and type in - YouTube Gun Control At The Rocket 10/11/18
Type in exactly as above as there are many Gun Control related videos up.
It's done on a phone so not perfect quality but it gives you an idea how it was.
Two videos - one of 23 mins and one of 3 mins...
Thurs 25 April---Julie Felix live at Uxbridge Folk Club, Hillingdon.
Folk singer from the 1960s and 1970s still touring at the age of 80.
Fri 26 April---Hall & Oates play Wembley Arena.
I have seen them several times since 1980 when they headlined Hammersmith Odeon.
Fri 26 April and Sat 27 April---Mott The Hoople play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Mott The Hoople '74
Glam rock icons, Mott The Hoople are regrouping once more, for a performance focused on the 1974 albums, The Hoople and Live, plus the non-album greatest hits.
I first saw Mott The Hoople in Dec 1973 at Hammersmith Odeon...where the support band were Queen.
They were the first of over 2000 shows I have seen at that legendary venue.
Mott The Hoople still feature three original members including vocalist Ian Hunter (he will be 80 in June).
Fri 26 April---Sex Pistols Experience play The Half Moon, Putney.
Fri 26 April---Idlewild play The Forum.
Sun 28 April---“Teenage Werewolves”, (Cramps tribute) play The Underworld, Camden.
Kelsey Grammer is one of my fave tv actors and returns to The West End.
Kelsey Grammer and Danielle de Niese to star in Man of La Mancha at London Coliseum from April 26 to June 8.
Also stars Nicholas Lyndhurst.
Featuring the iconic song 'Dream the Impossible Dream'.
Glen Matlock & The Philistines...
Thurs 02 May---The Haunt in Brighton.
Fri 03 May---229 Great Portland Street, London W1.
Sat 04 May---Chinnerys in Southend.
Thurs 02 May---10cc play The Royal Albert Hall.
Fri 03 May and Sat 04 May---Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets play The Roundhouse.
Nick formed the band to play Pink Floyd's early material.
Sat 04 May---Lee Fields & The Expressions play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Sat 04 May---Richard Ashcroft plays Olympia....I saw his show at The Forum in Dec 2018.
Sat 04 May---Jack & Sally, White Canvas, The Vulz, Swords of Thought at Fiddlers Elbow, Camden £5.
02 / 03/ 04/ 05 / 07 / 08 / 09 / 10 May - Take That play eight shows at The 02 Arena on their massive UK tour.
Sat 04 May and Sun 05 May---Dead Can Dance play Hammersmith Apollo.
Sun 05 May---David Sinclair Four play Gunnersbury Triangle Club, Acton, London W3.
Thurs 09 May---The Horrors play The Royal Albert Hall.
The Horrors are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their 'Primary Colours' album.
Thurs 09 May---Noel Gallagher & The High Flying Birds + Gaz Coombes play The Palladium.
Fri 10 May---Francis Rossi live at The Beck Theatre, Hayes.
Legendary Status Quo lead singer Francis Rossi will share the extraordinary secrets from more than fifty years in rock’n’roll when he takes to the stage for an intimate evening of chat.
Sat 11 May---The Gloria's play The George & Dragon, Acton High Street, London entry...
Sun 12 May---Peter Doherty plays The Roundhouse....last date on his UK tour...
Sun 12 May---The Best of Rock Musicals live at Hammersmith Apollo.
Mon 13 May , Wed 15 May , Thurs 16 May - Eric Clapton plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Eric Clapton announces his return to the Royal Albert Hall for a series of concerts in May 2019.
The three shows will be his only UK performances for 2019. Eric will be accompanied by his band members Chris Stainton, Nathan East, Doyle Bramhall and Sonny Emory.
All three shows sold out by Dec 2018.
Having first performed at the Royal Albert Hall with The Yardbirds in 1964, Eric Clapton has played at the venue more than 200 times including farewell and reunion gigs with Cream and numerous residencies.
I have seen Eric solo over 25 times since 1976 plus all four Cream re-union concerts at The Royal Albert Hall in 2005.
Tues 14 May---An evening with Harry Redknapp at The Royal Albert Hall.
The Specials are playing a full UK tour including three London shows
Thurs 16 May and Fri 17 May---Brixton Academy
Sat 18 May---The Forum
Feb 2019 update - The Specials who have scored their first Number 1 album with Encore, 39 years to the week that their song ' Too Much Too Young ' topped the Official Singles Chart!
Fri 17 May and Sat 18 May---Manic Street Preachers play Shepherds Bush Empire....both sold out...
Sat 18 May---FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium.
Sun 19 May---Sting & Shaggy play The Roundhouse.
Following this year's GRAMMY’s, where Sting & Shaggy were awarded Best Reggae Album for their collaborative UK Top Ten hit record 44/876, the pair have announced their return to the UK with The 44/876 Tour.
The setlist will mix tracks from their album as well as from their own classic hits.
The world famous RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW returns for its annual stint - May 21 to May 25.
Tues 21 May and Wed 22 May---Mark Knopfler plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Mark has sold over 120 million albums across his Dire Straits and solo career.
Wed 22 May---Jess Glynne plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
A smallish show for Jess as she headlined The 02 Arena in 2018.
Jess has had several number one hit singles in the UK - on her own and with other artists.
Jess Glynne supports The Spice Girls on their UK stadium shows in the summer.
Reports saying Jess Glynne is getting £100k per show for supporting them.
Thurs 23 May and Fri 24 May---Roger Hodgson plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Sat 25 May, Sun 26 May, Mon 27 May---Mariah Carey plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Thurs 30 May---Tower of Power play The Royal Albert Hall.
Thurs 30 May---James Walsh plays Bush Hall.
Starsailor frontman James Walsh has a new album, 'Tiger On The Bridge' out on May 31st, and he headlines Bush Hall for a very special headline show on the eve of its release.
STIFF LITTLE FINGERS | IDLEWILD | THE ORB and many more over the weekend. their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
Sat 01 June and Sun 02 June--BTS play two massive gigs at Wembley Stadium.
They are pretty much the Asian One Direction as they are playing huge stadiums worldwide.
BTS, an acronym of Bangtan Sonyeondan or “Beyond the Scene”, is a South Korean boyband that is capturing the hearts of millions of fans globally.
A meteoric rise to stardom as they were playing free gigs back home for 200 fans just 5 years ago.
Muse play three massive UK shows in the UK in the summer.
London Stadium – Sat 1st June 2019
Bristol Ashton Gate Stadium - Wed 5th June 2019
Manchester Etihad Stadium – Sat 8th June 2019
17 Nov 2018 update - Muse new album' Simulation Theory' straight in at Number 1 on the UK Albums Chart.
Six of Muse’s eight studio albums have now reached the top spot in the UK.
Muse have confirmed that legendary guitarist Tom Morello will support the band on their upcoming UK tour. Morello is best known for his work as co-founder and guitarist of Rage Against The Machine.
Tues 04 June---Styx play The Palladium.
Fri 07 June---Rod Stewart plays Portman Road Stadium, Ipswich.
Sat 08 June---Take That live from Cardiff is beamed into 600 UK cinemas.
Sat 08 June---Chaka Khan and Bananarama play Brockwell Park.
Sat 08 June---Steve Hillage Band play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Tues 11 June---Lenny Kravitz + Corinne Bailey Rae play The 02 Arena.
Wed 12 June and Thurs 13 June---Stereolab play Shepherds Bush Empire.
10 years on from their hiatus and avant-pop band, Stereolab are returning to the stage to coincide with their seven-album reissue campaign.
Thurs 13 June---Toto play The Royal Hospital, Chelsea.
Toto have announced that they’ll release a new live package this year.
It’s titled 40 Tours Around The Sun and will arrive on DVD, Blu-ray, DVD/2CD, Blu-ray/2CD, 3LP, 2CD and on digital and streaming platforms on March 22 via Eagle Rock.
The performance was captured in front of 18,000 Toto fans at Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome in March 2018 as the band toured in celebration of their 40th anniversary.
Thurs 13 June to Sun 16 June---Isle of Wight Festival weekend.
Thurs 13 June + Fri 14 June + Sat 15 June---The Spice Girls + Jess Glynne play Wembley Stadium.
Sat 15 June---The Dune Rats play Twyford Avenue Sports Club, Acton, London W3.
West London’s premier antipodean mixer, a day of friendly(ish) sporting competition, live music, gourmet food, local and international drinks and all the snacks you’ve missed from home. Don’t let the sporting part fool you, this day starts early, but finishes late and is all about the good times.
www.stoketravel.comVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets for this and their other festivals in Europe.
The Download Festival Weekend will feature many bands over many stages.
Fri 14 June---Def Leppard + Slash + Whitesnake + Tesla
Sat 15 June---Slipknot + Trivium
Sun 16 June---Tool + Smashing Pumpkins
Sun 16 June + Tues 18 June---Fleetwood Mac + The Pretenders play Wembley Stadium.
Lindsey Buckingham has been replaced by with two new members: Mike Campbell, longtime lead guitarist for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and Crowded House frontman Neil Finn.
Mon 17 June---Bryan Ferry plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Chris Spedding is on guitar for Bryan's tour.
Thurs 20 June---Nick Lowe plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
Nick Lowe’s Quality Rock & Roll Revue sees the producer, musician and songwriter perform tracks from his fourth EP, Tokyo Bay, as well as inviting instrumental act, Los Straitjackets along for a unique live show.
Thurs 20 June---Metallica play Twickenham Stadium with support from Ghost.
Metallica are on a massive European tour of stadiums.
I have seen Metallica over a dozen times since 1986 when they headlined Hammersmith Odeon.
Fri 21 June---Bon Jovi + Manic Street Preachers play Wembley Stadium.
Fri 21 June---A tribute evening to Pete Shelley at The Royal Albert Hall.
Buzzcocks with guest vocalists + Skids + Penetration.
Sat 22 June---Billy Joel plays Wembley Stadium.
I saw him play Wembley Stadium in 2016.
Despite not recording any new material for over 20 years , Billy Joel has been a very popular live act over just the past decade, he’s grossed nearly $500 million and sold more than 4.2 million tickets, thanks mainly
to stadium shows back home in North America.
Sun 23 June---The Eagles + Sheryl Crow play Wembley Stadium.
Mon 24 June and Tues 25 June---The Beach Boys play The Royal Albert Hall.
Wed 26 June and Thurs 27 June---THE STRAY CATS play Hammersmith Apollo.
Brian Setzer (guitar, vocals), Lee Rocker (bass, vocals) and Slim Jim Phantom (drums, vocals)--original founding members of the iconic and acclaimed American rock and roll trio--are celebrating
their 40th anniversary in 2019 with a new album and a European Tour featuring four UK shows.
I was at their last London show which was in 2008 at The Brixton Academy.
I saw them four times in 1980/1981 when their classic debut album came out.
I saw them play Hammersmith Odeon in 1989 when Lemmy and Robert Plant came on for the encore.
The STRAY CATS have titled the album 40. Marking their first new album in 26 years, it will be released May 24 via Surfdog Records and distributed by Mascot Label Group in Europe and the UK. The song titles alone — including “Cat Fight (Over A Dog Like Me),” “Rock It Off,” “Mean Pickin’ Mama,” and “Devil Train” — are typical Stray Cats.
The Living End will perform in London as special guests of Stray Cats in June.
Sat 29 June and Sun 30 June---Pink plays Wembley Stadium.
Sat 29 June---Lynyrd Skynyrd + Status Quo play Wembley Arena.
Earlier this year Southern Rock icons, Lynyrd Skynyrd, announced that, after a career that has spanned more than 40 years and includes a catalogue of more than 60 albums with more than 30 million units sold, they would embark on their Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour.
Other UK shows are....
June 26 – Glasgow, UK - SSE Hydro Arena (w/Status Quo)
June 27 – Manchester, UK - Manchester Arena(w/Status Quo)
June 30 – Birmingham. UK - Resorts World Arena (w/Status Quo)
Mon 01 July---Average White Band play The Royal Albert Hall.
Sat 06 July---The Who play Wembley Stadium with special guests Eddie Vedder,Kaiser Chiefs, Imelda May.
The Who will be joined by a symphonic orchestra.
This is their only show in Europe between their two North American tour legs.
Roger Daltrey was 75 on 01 March 2019.
Sat 06 July---Rammstein play Milton Keynes Stadium...only UK show on their European Tour.
Sun 07 July---Barbra Streisand plays Hyde Park.
KISS 'End of the Road' final World Tour hits Europe in the summer.
KISS start their farewell European Tour in Germany on 27 May and arrive in the UK in July.
KISS vocalist and guitarist Paul Stanley said: “This is going to be our last tour. It will be the most explosive,
biggest show we have ever put on".
09 Jul 2019 Birmingham Birmingham Arena
11 Jul 2019 London O2 Arena
12 Jul 2019 Manchester Manchester Arena
14 Jul 2019 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
16 Jul 2019 Glasgow SSE Hydro Arena
This very nice KISS item is released as a multi-coloured double vinyl album on 29 March 2019.
KISSWORLD brings together 20 of their best-loved tracks together on one album. Iconic fan faves such as “I Was Made For Lovin’ You”, “Rock And Roll All Nite” and “God Gave Rock ‘N’ Roll To You II” alongside top 10 U.S. chart hits “Beth” and “Detroit Rock City” on one huge collection.
Fri 12 July---Bob Dylan and Neil Young will appear as co-headliners British Summer Time Hyde Park.
11 March 2019 update - this unique pairing of legends is now sold out...65,000 tickets sold...
I have seen Bob Dylan over 20 times since i saw him headline Earls Court Arena in 1978.
I have seen Neil Young over a dozen times since i saw him headline Hammersmith Odeon in 1976.
Fri 12 July---ZZ Top + Jimmy Barnes play Wembley Arena...last night of ZZ Top European Tour...
It is months away but already gig clashes are occurring.
Sun 21 July---Slade + Sweet plus many more play Garon Park, Southend.

Saturday 23 March 2019.
JIM BOB (ex Carter USM) live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
Four of Carter USM studio albums made the UK Top Ten in the 1990s and they had several Top 40 hits.
Support comes from The Frank and Walters who are an alternative pop band from Cork city in Ireland. The band was founded in 1989 and named in honour of two eccentric Cork characters.
They have released several albums over the past 30 years.
They supported Carter USM in the 1990s.
Level 3 is closed tonight but there must be at least 1500 tickets sold.
THE FRANK AND WALTERS arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played for 45 mins.
Tonight they were an acoustic duo so they lost the bigger impact of being a band like they once were.
Nice to hear their Top 20 hit single "After All" from the 1990s again.
It is a Saturday night and folks are drinking lots and getting into a party atmosphere.
Just before Jim Bob comes on stage the dj plays "Sit Down" and "Sweet Caroline"
with the crowd singing them both loudly.
JIM BOB arrives on stage at 9pm and plays for 1 hour 55 mins.
A long set of around 30 songs played that started with his band, then solo, then with the band again.
Lots of great lyrics in his songs – ‘A Prince In A Paupers Grave’, ‘Glam Rock Cops’, ‘The Only Living Boy in New Cross’, ‘Shoppers Paradise’, ‘Bloodsport For All’; performed with singalong urgency and a self depreciating wink. Between song banter becomes a hilarious exercise in rambling audience bonding, as Jim Bob unloads with a truckload of piss-funny anecdotes .Other highlights were ‘After The Watershed’ and ‘Sherriff Fatman’.
It got lively down the front with a couple of dozen stage surfers.
His ex Carter band mate Fruitbat joined him for the second encore as bubbles were blown across the stage.
An enjoyable show.

Saturday 23 March 2019.
Happy Birthday to RIC OCASEK (The Cars) who is 70 today.
Happy Birthday to DAMON ALBARN who is 51 today.

Friday 22 March 2019 at Wembley Stadium...kick-off at 7.45pm....
A massive crowd of over 82,000 here for this Euro 2020 Qualifier and it is noisy and buzzing.
Around 5000 away fans are here,
Wembley leave free flags on the seats for all the England fans.
Giant Three Lions flags are on the pitch at the start for the National Anthems.
England made it look easy as the opposition were not that good.
Raheem Sterling netting a hat-trick at Wembley. England raced to their joint-biggest win under Gareth Southgate with an all-star performance in their opening European Qualifier, and Sterling at the heart of their good play.
England were on top form tonight.

Thursday 21 March 2019.
Stand Up For Shelter-Comedian's live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
A full house tonight with the stalls being all seated.
Jon Richardson is your host tonight.
Jo Brand and James Acaster performed.
Simon Amstell, Josh Widdicombe, Paul Chowdhry , Desiree Burch all performed.
I know six of the comedian's but Desiree Burch is unknown to me.
The show was on for two hours over two sets of 60 mins.
First set...
Jon Richardson was host and did a few mins between the other acts.
Josh Widdicombe
Desiree Burch
James Acaster
Second set...
Jon Richardson was host and did a few mins between the other acts.
Paul Chowdhry
Simon Amstell
Jo Brand
All the seven acts performed between 15 to 20 mins each.
All told funny bits but my fave tonight was Paul Chowdhry.
An enjoyable evening.

Wednesday 20 March 2019...I went to three events today...
1.30pm to 4.15pm
Final day of IFE at Excel, East London.
The International Food & Drink Event (IFE) is a celebration of 1,350 innovative, global and
cutting-edge food & drink manufacturers.
A massive event as over 5000 visitors a day.
Showcasing are food brands, snack brands, cakes n pastries brands, Choc brands, soft drinks brands,
alcoholic drinks brands,ice-cream brands, along with kitchen equipment and related manufacturers.
Lots of samples are given out for us to try and you end up taking home a bag of food n drinks.
5pm to 8pm
VISIT SCOTLAND - showcase at Boisdale, Canary Wharf, London E14.
Around 100 guests here at this nice venue.
Thirteen stands from top hotels in Scotland are showcasing including Trump Turnberry.
Stunning four star and five star hotels set in stunning locations in the cities and the countryside.
Certainly feels like i should plan another visit to Scotland...maybe a gig like KISS in July...
Three raffle prizes of a one night hotel stay in one of the hotels with travel included but none of
my group won anything this time.
Complimentary wines and canapés for all guests.
9pm to 11.30pm
HIPAY PARTY at Namco Funscape County Hall , London SE1.
HiPay is an independent global payment service provider based in France.
Around 200 guests here at this venue where tonight you can have free use of 200 arcade machines,
14 bowling lanes, table tennis, pool tables, bumper cars etc.
A dj is playing tunes from the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s.
Complimentary guinness, lagers, ciders, fish n chips, burgers, giant sausages and canapés.
A fun event.
www.hipay.comVisit their website here for more info.