News and Reviews: September 30, 2016

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From 01 June 2016.
PUNK LONDON: The Museum of London's calling as it celebrates 40 years of punk with a display of all things anarchy in the Show Space. Discover customised clothes, accessories, photos, material from punk gigs (including flyers, patches and posters) from the 1970s onwards. Free, just turn up, 10am-6pm
Nearest tube station is Barbican.
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.
David Gilmour returns to The Royal Albert Hall to play another five shows.
David is spoiling us in London as his 2015/2016 world tour for his 'Rattle That Lock' album
now means he will be playing 11 shows at this legendary venue in total.
These shows are the last dates on his world tour.
I went to four of the previous six shows including one with an amazing front row centre view.
Remaining shows...
Friday 30 September
Fri 30 Sept---Oasis In Their Own Words documentary is available on BBC iPlayer from Friday.
Fri 30 Sept---The Sharks play The Borderline.
Chris Spedding and his early 1970’s band Sharks reform for their first UK tour in 40 years.
Sharks still feature three members from the 1970s in their line-up.
Their new album ‘Killers of the Deep’ is due to be released early in 2017.
They have only reformed once or twice for re-union shows in the last 40 years.
The single ‘One Last Thrill’ will be released today.
Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook will be drumming for them on this tour.
Sat 01 Oct---The Vulz play St Moritz Club,159 Wardour Street,London W1...tix £6.
Sat 01 Oct---Gary Numan plays Bush Hall...Gary plays the first of two London small club shows...
Sun 02 Oct---Gary Numan plays The Electric,Brixton.
Sun 02 Oct---The Animals play The Theatre Royal,Windsor.
Only original member is drummer John Steel who is now aged 75.
with support from another 1960s act Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers.
They were the first London band to be signed by The Beatles manager, Brian Epstein.
Sun 02 Oct---The Lindisfarne Story live at Maidenhead Norden Farm Arts Centre, Maidenhead... £18
Acoustic show featuring an original member playing acoustic songs along with old video footage.
6 Music Live will be:
At the BBC’s Maida Vale studios w/c on Monday 3 October – with Placebo,
Michael Kiwanuka, The Pretenders,Super Furry Animals, and Wild Beasts.
Will be live on the radio and highlights on BBC iPlayer.
Carlos Acosta: 'Ballet has left me in constant pain'.
Cuban ballet dancer Carlos Acosta has revealed he depends on painkillers to cope with the damage to his body after 'a lifetime of leaps and spins'. The 42 year old - who will bow out of classical ballet this week at the Royal Albert Hall -
admitted he has tendinitis 'everywhere' and has to deal with pain 'all the time'.
Wed 05 Oct---Dave Evans (first vocalist of AC/DC - pre-Bon Scott) and Band play The Underworld,Camden.
+ Porn Queen + Kane'd + 7th Circle.
Dave Evans was a member of the band for less than ten months before officially being replaced by Bon Scott in October 1974. During his time with AC/DC, Evans recorded one single, a Young/Young composition ("Can I Sit Next To You, Girl"/ "Rocking in the Parlour") which was released in Australia and New Zealand. A low-budget promotional video for the demo was also shot.The video can be seen on YouTube.
Thurs 06 Oct---Fans of Prince will be able to wander around his Paisley Park compound from today,
when the late music icon’s home is opened to the public.
Fri 07 Oct---Petula Clark plays The Swan Theatre,High Wycombe.
Petula now aged 83 on a UK tour to promote her new album 'From Now On' released on 16 Sept 2016.
Fri 07 Oct---The Tubes play Under The Bridge @ Chelsea Football Club.
Opening show of their UK tour.
The Tubes still feature four original members including Fee Waybill (lead vocals).
The Tubes still put on a very theatrical show.
I have seen them a few times including Hammersmith Odeon in 1977,1979 and 1981.
Fri 07 Oct---Jean-Michel Jarre plays The 02 Arena.
Fri 07 Oct---The Kills play The Roundhouse.
Mon 10 Oct---Brit Floyd play The Royal Albert Hall.
Tues 11 Oct---Suzanne Vega plays The Cadogan Hall.
Tues 11 Oct---Al Murray The Pub Landlord plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Tues 11 Oct---Rod Stewart to receive his knighthood in person.
Rod Stewart's wife Penny Lancaster revealed live on TV that The Queen is going to make her husband a knight next month on October 11. Lancaster said 'It's going to be so lovely. We can't wait for the big day and we're going to take our two little boys with us. Prince Charles gave Rod his CBE, which is wonderful, and he's our favourite'.
Thurs 13 Oct---The Counterfeit Stones play The Richmond Theatre,Surrey.
Fri 14 Oct---Goo Goo Dolls play Hammersmith Apollo.
Fri 14 Oct---Seasick Steve plays Wembley Arena.
Sat 15 Oct---Steel Panther play Wembley Arena.
Mon 17 Oct---Nickelback play Wembley Arena.
Mon 17 Oct---Tony Hadley plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Wed 19 Oct to 27 Nov---Bill Wyman photo exhibition - 'Around The World In 80 Years' - Proud Gallery ,Chelsea.
Thurs 20 Oct---Nickelback play The 02 Arena.
Fri 21 Oct---The Buzzcocks play The Roundhouse...Punk legends on a 40th anniversary UK tour.
Sun 23 Oct---10cc play The Hexagon, London date on this leg of the tour...
Sun 23 Oct---Petula Clark plays The Drury Lane Theatre.
Tues 25 Oct---ABC play The Royal Festival Hall.
Tues 25 Oct---Jack Bruce tribute show at Shepherds Bush Empire.
The concert on Tuesday 25 October, a date that marks the two year anniversary since the passing of the hugely influential Cream bassist. All proceeds raised will be donated to Nordoff Robbins and Jack’s favourite local charity East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice.
Fri 28 Oct---Bill Wyman 80th Birthday Gala celebration at Indigo @ The 02 Arena complex.
Fri 28 Oct---Spring King play Koko.
Sat 29 Oct---Bad Company + Richie Sambora play The 02 Arena.
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...
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.
Enter Roundhouse in my venues search menu to get the full list.
I will put the link up when the interview is put online.
November 6 at 2 PM - Punk Rock Auction - Fiddler's Elbow - Camden ,London.

Friday 30 September 2016.
Network changes have meant no mobile tel for me Wed to Sat this week.
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Thursday 29 September 2016.
DAVID GILMOUR live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
David Gilmour returns to The Royal Albert Hall to play another five shows.
David is spoiling us in London as his 2015/2016 world tour for his 'Rattle That Lock' album
now means he will be playing 11 shows at this legendary venue in total.
These shows are the last dates on his world tour.
I went to four of the previous six shows including one with an amazing front row centre view.
I am back to see David Gilmour for the second time this week as part of his stint here.
That means i have seen him three times last year and three times this year on this tour.
Again it is totally sold out and there are foreign accents all over the place.
In front of me in the guest list queue is singer Marc Almond.
Also floating around here was tonight's keyboard player Kevin McAlea.
A fan asked him to sign his David Gilmour tour programme but he surprisingly declined.
David Gilmour is not keen on signing autographs so perhaps he has told the band not to sign anything.
Kevin played keyboards for Kate Bush at Hammersmith Apollo for her stint there in 2014.
I pick up my yellow wristband with a nice view in a Level 1 box complete with complimentary drinks
and snacks all night and access to more comp drinks in the hospitality bar downstairs during the interval.
Also everyone in the box gets a complimentary tour programme.
It is another mega night with a totally stunning show.
Again it is 2 hours 50 mins on stage over two sets but the interval is 30 mins and not 20 mins like on
Sunday so the show finished later at 11.10pm rather than 11pm.
David says "Welcome to this nice room,home from home".
The Pink Floyd tracks get the biggest cheers and there are loads of classics played as usual.
The second half of the show is pretty breathtaking from start to finish.
Fantastic guitar playing from David Gilmour all night against the backdrop of superb visuals.
I have seen around 100 live music events this year and this show was right up there amongst the best.
Maybe Bruce Springsteen at Wembley was tops so far but this is a close second.
I even bought a decent bootleg t-shirt outside with all this weeks tour dates on for a mere £5.
An odd thing happened tonight by the mixing desk area.
A slightly worse for wear punter with pint of lager was pestering one of the guys by the mixing desks.
The mixing desk guy warned him three times "don't hold your lager over the mixing desk".
The mixing guy then suddenly slapped the lager out of his hand which went over half a dozen punters.
This mixing guy was a foot shorter than the punter and a lot older but of course security was nearby.
Security took the guy out so not sure what happened to him.
During the show I watched the guy at the mixing desk as he was making arm gestures and
waving as if he was some sort of light show conductor.He looked a bit of a plonker.
Keep an eye on him if you are going on Friday.
Full setlist played...
Set 1:
5 A.M.
Rattle That Lock
Faces of Stone
What Do You Want From Me (Pink Floyd song)
The Blue
The Great Gig in the Sky (Pink Floyd song)
A Boat Lies Waiting
Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd song)
Money (Pink Floyd song)
In Any Tongue
High Hopes (Pink Floyd song)
Set 2:
One of These Days (Pink Floyd song)
Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V) (Pink Floyd song)
Fat Old Sun (Pink Floyd song)
Coming Back to Life (Pink Floyd song)
On an Island (followed by band introductions)
Us and Them (Pink Floyd song)
Sorrow (Pink Floyd song)
Run Like Hell (Pink Floyd song)
Time (Pink Floyd song)
Breathe (Reprise) (Pink Floyd song)
Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd song)

Thursday 28 September 2016.
Happy Birthday to Jerry Lee Lewis who is 81 today.

Thursday 28 September 2016.
Kate Bush is to release a new live album, taken from the singer's 22-show run at London's Hammersmith Apollo in 2014.
Billed as The KT Fellowship rather than as a solo Bush release, 'Before The Dawn' is out on November 25.
It is available as a 3CD or 4LP set.

Thursday 28 September 2016.
Another musician sadly passes away.
Mike 'Taffy' Taylor, the former vocalist for Quartz, sadly passed away on September 27th 2016.
Quartz were a rock band that played many shows in the late 1970s.
I saw them play three times in 1979/1980.
They supported Black Sabbath on one tour.

Wednesday 27 September 2016.
Rolling Stones historic concert in Cuba earlier this year is to be released.
Fans will get the chance to own the package when Havana Moon is released on on DVD, Blu-ray, DVD/2CD, DVD/3LP, Digital Video, Digital Audio plus special Deluxe Edition on November 11.
For some reason it is five songs short of the actual show.
Dropped from the show for the DVD are ‘Tumbling Dice’, ‘All Down The Line’, ‘Before They Make You Run’,
'Miss You’ and ‘Start Me Up’.

Wednesday 27 September. 2016.
Stone Roses play a massive show at Wembley Stadium on Sat 17 June 2017.