News and Reviews: January 21, 2019

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MY BEST GIGS OF 2018 LIST.
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.
Here are the stand out Top 10 gigs of 2018 for me...
Gun Control - The Rocket Pub, Acton - 10 Nov 2018.
Gun Control with me on drums played our first gig in 36 years.
Rolling Stones - London Stadium - 22/25 May 2018.
The four main members have a combined age of nearly 300 years but are still fantastic live.
U2 - 02 Arena - 23 Oct 2018...a totally mega stage production from these Irish legends.
Paul McCartney - 02 Arena - 16 Dec 2018...a stunning three hour show from this Beatles legend...
Foo Fighters - London Stadium - 22 June 2018...The Foo's played a perfect stadium show.
Def Leppard + Cheap Trick - 02 Arena 06 Dec 2018 and Wembley Arena 18 Dec 2018.
This pairing of classic rock bands was the best double bill of the year.
Steven Tyler - Forum - 07 Aug 2018...debut UK solo show that was a short but very sweet 80 mins.
Queen with Adam Lambert - 02 Arena - 02 July 2018...Queen are still amazing even without Freddie.
Iron Maiden - 02 Arena - 10 Aug 2018...British Rock Legends still on top form.
Kylie Minogue -02 Arena - 27 Sept 2018 - a dazzling show by this Aussie pop Princess.
Nile Rodgers & Chic - Serpentine Gallery Summer Party - 19 June 2019 - front row dance party.
Roger Waters - Hyde Park - 06 July 2018 - Pink Floyd legend with a visual treat.
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My interview with TIME OUT magazine in April 2018 is now online.
It features me talking about being the UKs number one gig goer...now 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.
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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.
www.heroesofrichmond.co.ukVisit their website here for more info.
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Until 03 March 2019 at Somerset House...tickets are £14...
GOOD GRIEF, CHARLIE BROWN! brings together Charles M. Schulz original Peanuts cartoons with work from a wide range of acclaimed contemporary artists and designers who have been inspired by this highly influential and much-loved cartoon. Unique in its enduring appeal, this exhibition explores Peanuts’ renewed agency in contemporary culture and society.
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From Friday 11 Jan---' Stan & Ollie' is in cinemas nationwide...
Cinema's greatest double-act: find out more...
Nominated for 3 BAFTA Film Awards including Outstanding British Film & Leading Actor.
'Stan & Ollie' tells the story of how Laurel and Hardy, with their golden age long behind them, embark upon a tour of the music halls of Britain and Ireland.
Despite the stresses of the tour, past resentments coming back to light, and Hardy's failing health, the show must go on: in the end, their love of performing - and of each other - ensures that they secure their place in the hearts of the public.
Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly are 'Stan & Ollie' in the true story of Hollywood's greatest comedy double act.
I really loved watching Laurel & Hardy when growing up in the 1970s.
Update - Stan & Ollie opened at number one in the UK this weekend (Jan 11th to Sun 13th), grossing £2.41m from 653 sites for an average of £3,675. The film’s overall opening is £2.6m, including preview screenings totalling £162,061.
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From 12 Jan---Cirque du Soleil: TOTEM live at The Royal Albert Hall.
The world famous Cirque du Soleil start their annual five week stint at this iconic venue.
TOTEM takes you on a stunning journey into the Evolution of Mankind – from our original amphibian state to our ultimate quest for flight. Alternating between primitive and modern myths, and peppered with aboriginal stories of creation, TOTEM explores the evolutionary process of species, our ongoing search for balance, and the curiosity that propels us ever further, faster, and higher…
Featuring Cirque du Soleil’s mind-blowing signature acts, and returning to London after record-breaking previous seasons, TOTEM is an unforgettable spectacle for all ages.
www.royalalberthall.comVisit the venue website here for more info and to buy tickets.
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THE NATIONAL FISH & CHIP AWARDS 31st anniversary ceremony is held in Jan 2019.
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French musical Notre Dame de Paris is to be revived for a series of performances.
Notre Dame de Paris will run at the London Coliseum from January 23 to 27.
Please note this is the original French production, sung in French, and will be performed with English subtitles.
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Thurs 24 Jan---Dan and Shay play Shepherds Bush Empire....sold out.
Delivering a bright, polished country-pop sound, Dan + Shay have earned themselves countless award nominations for their music and they return to the UK in January for their biggest headline shows.
All three of their albums have sold over 100,000 copies back home in America.
In Feb 2019 they play at The Grammy Awards and have been nominated in two categories.
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Until 26 Jan---The Catherine Tate Show Live is on at Wyndham's Theatre...next to Leicester Square tube...
All her great tv characters brought to life on stage.
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Fri 25 Jan---Live tv coverage on BBC1 from 7.30pm
The latest round of the world's oldest football competition gets underway with coverage from Arsenal v Manchester United in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
Fri 25 Jan---Patti Smith plays The Roundhouse.
I have seen Patti Smith over a dozen times since May 1976 which was her debut London show.
Sat 26 Jan---FA Cup 4th around - Portsmouth play QPR.
Sat 26th Jan----LONDON VICTORIA---Horticultural Halls, 80 Vincent Square, Victoria, SW1P 2PB.
The biggest and busiest Record Fair in the UK.
Meet buyers and sellers from around the world.
Admission 12 noon £5. Early entry £10 at 10am. Doors close 4pm.
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Sat 26 Jan---Hammersmith Apollo.
American white soul sensations Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats make their live return to the UK in January 2019, including their biggest headline show to date.The shows are the first the Night Sweats have played in the UK since their three-night residency at Shepherd’s Bush Empire back in April 2018.
The tour follows the release of their critically acclaimed sophomore album ‘Tearing At The Seams’, a deeply personal record, produced by Richard Swift and documenting the pressures of spending three years continuously on the road.
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Sat 26 Jan---Skid Row + Backyard Babies play The Forum.
Skid Row have had a few differerent singers since Sebastian Bach departed.
Sat 26 Jan---Shake Some Acton II Presents The Satellites, Kult 45s, Electrics.
West London's The Satellites are celebrating 40 years of punk rockin'.
The George & Dragon , 183 Acton High Street, London W3....FREE ENTRY...
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GUN CONTROL - My band from the early 80s played a successful comeback gig on 10 Nov 2018.
Our second gig will hopefully be around mid Feb time.
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...
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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.
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TINA - THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL at London's Aldwych Theatre is on until 21 Dec 2019.
The musical is based on the life & songs of music legend Tina Turner.
Opening press night on 17 April 2018 got loads of great four and five star reviews.
Tina Turner and Rod Stewart turned up on the opening night.
www.tinathemusical.comVisit the website here for more info and to buy tickets
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Looks like from mid Jan to early March Harry Kane will be out with injury.
Wed 30 Jan---Spurs play Watford...at Wembley Stadium...
Sat 02 Feb---Spurs play Newcastle....at Wembley Stadium...
Sun 10 Feb---Spurs play Leicester...at Wembley Stadium...
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A very nice double bill of classic rock legends.
Ozzy Osbourne and Judas Priest UK tour dates...
FEBRUARY 2019
Nottingham Motorpoint Arena – Fri 1st
Manchester Arena – Sun 3rd
Newcastle Metro Radio Arena – Tue 5th
Glasgow The SSE Hydro – Thu 7th
Birmingham Genting Arena – Sat 9th
London The O2 – Mon 11th
Voted Best Album of 2018 by Classic Rock Magazine....1. Judas Priest: Firepower
Classic Rock said: "Firepower, for all its merits, for all its better-than-it-has-any-right-to-bes, will never, ever be as fondly regarded as, say, past masterworks such as Sad Wings Of Destiny and Sin After Sin. But if nothing else the album proves that there’s life in this battle-scarred British bulldog yet. What’s more, this mangy old metal mutt is far from toothless.
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Fri 01 Feb---Inglorious play Shepherds Bush Empire.
London based rock band are on a UK tour to promote third album 'Ride to Nowhere'.
Singer Nathan James feels most heavily influenced by Whitesnake singer David Coverdale.
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Sat 02 Feb---Snow Patrol play Wembley Arena.
Second of two London shows on their UK arena tour.
Snow Patrol are promoting their seventh studio album 'Wildness'.
Snow Patrol have sold over 10 million albums worldwide.
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Sun 03 Feb---The Super Bowl is held in Atlanta , USA...start time is around 11.30pm UK time...
Maroon 5 will provide the coveted half time entertainment.
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ICE London is the only gaming event that truly brings together the international online and offline gaming sectors. The next ICE London will be on 5-7 February 2019 at ExCeL London.
A massive event as some 600 exhibitors from 60 countries will be showcasing.
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Wed 06 Feb---Kaiser Chiefs + Novacub + Hollie Cook play The Hexagon, Reading.
Fri 08 Feb---Kaiser Chiefs + Novacub + Hollie Cook play Brixton Academy.
Fri 08 Feb---Buckcherry + Hoobastank play Shepherds Bush Empire.
I first saw Buckcherry in 1999 supporting KISS at Wembley Arena and Paris Bercy Arena.
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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced that the EE British Academy Film Awards will be hosted by Joanna Lumley for the second time and held at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall, taking place on Sunday 10 February 2019 and broadcast on BBC One and BBC One HD.
BAFTA has also announced that, for the third year, the EE British Academy Film Awards will feature entertainment company Cirque de Soleil, which will be in residence at the Royal Albert Hall at the time of the Awards with its latest show to tour the UK, Totem. Cirque de Soleil will perform a piece especially created for the ceremony.
Olivia Colman's film The Favourite leads the race for this year's Bafta Awards, with 12 nominations.
The announcement comes after Colman won a Golden Globe for playing Queen Anne in the period comedy-drama.
It's some way ahead of its nearest Bafta rivals Bohemian Rhapsody, A Star Is Born, First Man and Roma, which have seven nominations each.
Steve Coogan, Christian Bale, Claire Foy, Rachel Weisz and Richard E Grant are the other British acting nominees.
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Sun 10 Feb---Monkish + The Gloria's play The Dublin Castle, Camden.
Sun 10 Feb---Steel Panther play The Roundhouse.
Mon 11 Feb---KISS play a special club show at LA's famed Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. The exclusive performance will air on KISS' exclusive SiriusXM channel, KISS Army Radio.
Wed 13 Feb and Thurs 14 Feb---The Revolution play Shepherds Bush Empire.
The Revolution have become the most celebrated and iconic group of musicians known for backing Prince over his 40-year career. Now, thirty years since they last toured in Europe, they’re returning for very special shows.
The Revolution feature Wendy & Lisa who appeared on 1980s period Prince albums including "Purple Rain".
They also appeared in the classic video for "Raspberry Beret" amongst others.
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From 09 Feb---Only Fools and Horses - The Musical - opens at Theatre Royal, Haymarket, London SW1.
Paul Whitehouse takes centre stage as Grandad, uniting with Tom Bennett (Del Boy) and Ryan Hutton (Rodney) in this unique showstopper. Featuring cherished material from the TV series, the laughs, dodgy dealings and unforgettable moments to boot, join us as we take a trip back to 1989, get reacquainted with Britain’s most loveable rogues and experience the classic comedy brought to life once again through an ingenious and hilarious original score; an idea so inexplicably pukka it surely proves the old adage that he who dares wins!
With musical contributions from Chas n Dave, the beloved theme tunes as you’ve never heard them before and an array of comic songs full of character and cockney charm, you’re guaranteed to have a right knees-up! Only Fools and Horses the Musical is a feel-good, family celebration of traditional, working class London life and the aspirations we all share.
Written by Paul Whitehouse and Jim Sullivan, fully endorsed by the Sullivan estate
Sound CUSHTY? Then book your tickets today – Only a forty-two carat PLONKER would miss it!
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Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ movie will be on DVD and Blu-Ray on 04 March 2019 and the disc will include the complete recreation of the Live Aid performance, only seen in part in the movie.
Queen movie Bohemian Rhapsody was the surprise winner of two major prizes at Jan 2019 Golden Globe Awards.
The Freddie Mercury biopic took home the trophies for best film drama and best drama actor for its star Rami Malek, who played the late frontman.
The film has been a huge success around the world.
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On the evening of 15th February, 7pm at Weston Hall, University of West London, in association with Ealing Classic Cinema Club there will be a screening of iconic 1979 film Quadrophenia from Pete Townshend and Franc Roddam starring Sting, Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash and Toyah Willcox, with music by The Who (certificate 18).
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Fri 15 Feb to Tues 19 Feb---LONDON FASHION WEEK - five days of woman's presentations and events.
Sat 16 Feb---The Godfathers play The 100 Club.
Check out their great tracks on YouTube with ' I Want Everything' and 'Birth, School, Work, Death'.
Sat 16 Feb---Amine plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
American rapper plays the first of two shows at this venue.
Mon 18 Feb---Jess Glynne plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
Special show for BRIT Awards Week...£5 charty War Child donation to be entered into a raffle to win tickets.
A smallish show for Jess as she headlined The 02 Arena in 2018.
Wed 20 Feb---BRIT Awards held at The 02 Arena.
Wed 20 Feb---Slash takes time off from Gun N Roses to play Hammersmith Apollo.
SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS
The European tour will support the release of Slash’s fourth solo album LIVING THE DREAM.
Wed 20 Feb---Escape the Fate play The Electric Ballroom.
They have the title of hardest working touring artists of 2018: Rock, Indie, Folk, Alternative
1. Escape the Fate: 131 shows - 81,539 miles travelled.
Rock band Shinedown played more gigs but travelled less miles.
They played 136 shows in 2018 and travelled 47,470 miles in the process.
Wed 20 Feb---Holy Holy play The Palladium.
Holy Holy are Bowie’s drummer and Spider Man from Mars – Woody Woodmansey and producer Tony Visconti, who worked on many of Bowie’s albums and played bass on the Man Who Sold The World. Accompanied by an all star band that includes glorious Bowie-esque vocals from Heaven 17’s Glenn Gregory.
Fri 22 Feb---Blue Oyster Cult play Hammersmith Apollo.
I have seen Blue Oyster Cult around 20 times since i attended their debut London show in 1975.
Blue Oyster Cult + Motorhead at Hammersmith Odeon, London 19.10.1975
This was an early Motörhead show as they had formed only a few months earlier.
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The 91st Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will honor the best films of 2018 and will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. The ceremony will be held on February 24, 2019.
It will start around midnight UK time on the Sunday evening.
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Mon 25 Feb---Steely Dan + Steve Winwood play Wembley Arena.
Tues 26 Feb---The Struts play Shepherds Bush Empire.
One of the best new bands out there are playing a UK tour to promote their second album.
In a 2018 interview Dave Grohl said they were his favourite support band to open for The Foos.
Their glam singer Luke Spiller is the main reason as he has garnered comparisons to everyone from Tim Curry to the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury (to whom he bears an almost eerie resemblance.)
Despite Biffy Clyro, Wolf Alice, The Kills and Death Cab For Cutie playing second fiddle to the Foos over the years, it’s The Struts who have won Dave’s ultimate backing.
Wed 27 Feb---Bryan Adams plays Wembley Arena.
Wed 27 Feb---The Lemon Twigs play The Roundhouse.
The D’Addario brothers, also known as The Lemon Twigs are making waves for their glam rock-esque musical theatre and energetic live shows.
As the sons of working musicians and having performed on Broadway as children, it’s no surprise the Long Island brothers are channeling the flamboyantly theatrical energy they grew up with, alongside 60s and 70s Baroque pop artists such as Harry Nilsson, Wings and the Zombies.
They are promoting their second album, 'Go to School'.
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Ruts DC + The Professionals (featuring Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook) are on a UK tour in Feb.
Thurs 28 Feb---Shepherds Bush Empire
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Sat 09 March---James play The Royal Albert Hall.
Sat 09 March---999 + The Satellites play The Dublin Castle, Camden.
Tues 12 March and Wed 13 March---Dave Matthews Band play Hammersmith Apollo.
American band who can headline arenas and stadiums back home.
They sold sold out two nights at Madison Square Garden in November 2018.
These Hammersmith shows are the only UK gigs on their European Tour.
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Sun 24 March---Stiff Little Fingers + Eddie And The Hot Rods play The Forum.
SLF are playing their annual UK tour.
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The hugely popular The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience has today announced that in Spring 2019 it will be launching the largest maze yet in the heart of London and home of British entertainment, the West End. The new venue will be at
22-32 Shaftesbury Avenue ( nearest tube is Piccadilly Circus).
www.the-crystal-maze.comVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
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Teenage Cancer Trust Gigs at The Royal Albert Hall in March.
Monday 25 – Rudimental, Ghetts
Wednesday 27 - Tom Grennan
Thursday 28 – Take That (a small gig for them as they usually play arenas and stadiums)
Friday 29 – Doves (their first gig in nine years)
Saturday 30 – The Script
Sunday 31 – Levellers “A Beautiful Night Out”
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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.
Mon 01 April---Mike + The Mechanics play The Royal Albert Hall...part of a massive UK tour...
Tues 16 April---ABC with orchestra play The Royal Albert Hall.
Performing their classic album ‘The Lexicon Of Love’ in its entirety.
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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
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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.
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Fri 26 April---Hall & Oates play Wembley Arena.
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.
Mott The Hoople still feature three original members including vocalist Ian Hunter.
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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.
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The world famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show returns for its annual stint - May 21 to May 25.
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BEARDED THEORY’S SPRING GATHERING 2019 - Derbyshire.
THURSDAY 23rd – SUNDAY 26TH MAY 2019
THE CULT | SUEDE | DOVES | LITTLE STEVEN & THE DISCIPLES OF SOUL
EDITORS | OH SEES | STEEL PULSE | HOLLIE COOK
STIFF LITTLE FINGERS | IDLEWILD | THE ORB and many more over the weekend.
www.beardedtheory.co.ukVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
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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.
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Tues 11 June---Lenny Kravitz + Corinne Bailey Rae play The 02 Arena.
Thurs 13 June + Fri 14 June + Sat 15 June---The Spice Girls play Wembley Stadium.
Sun 16 June + Tues 18 June---Fleetwood Mac + The Pretenders play Wembley Stadium.
Thurs 20 June---Metallica play Twickenham Stadium.
Fri 21 June---Bon Jovi + Manic Street Preachers play Wembley Stadium.
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.
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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
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Fri 12 July---Bob Dylan and Neil Young will appear as co-headliners British Summer Time Hyde Park.
Fri 12 July---ZZ Top + Jimmy Barnes play Wembley Arena.
It is months away but already gig clashes are occurring.




Sunday 20 January 2019.
AVATAR + THE MAHONES live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
AVATAR are a Swedish Heavy Metal Band who have just released their seventh album.
AVATAR are on a UK & European Tour to promote their 2018 album 'Avatar Country'.
On June 12, 2017, Avatar were awarded the Breakthrough Band Award at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods.
The Mahones are a Canadian celtic punk band, formed on St. Patrick's Day in 1990.
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Levels 2 and 3 were closed tonight as unsold but the stalls standing and Level 1
seating area are both totally rammed so there must be around 1200 fans here tonight.
THE MAHONES arrived on stage at 8.05pm and played for 40 mins.
As their name suggests, the band are very influenced by the sound of The Pogues.
Uptempo lively songs with accordion and lyrics about drinking etc.
Credit to Avatar for putting support bands from a different genre on tour with them.
Full setlist played by The MAHONES tonight...
A Great Night on the Lash
Paint the Town Red
Shakespeare Road
The Hunger & the Fight
Give It All Ya Got (or Forget About It)
Heroes (David Bowie cover)
Never Let You Down
Is This Bar Open 'Til Tomorrow
Punk Rock Saved My Life
Drunken Lazy Bastard
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AVATAR arrived on stage at 9.15pm and played for 1 hour 50 mins.
The band are all wearing cavalry outfits and boots and the roadies are wearing white shirts with waistcoats.
A very nice stage production with stairs at each side leading to a raised platform behind the drum kit.
Lots of lights throughout the show and a few pyros.
They opened their set with “A Statue of the King” and “Legend Of The King”, off of the new album, which also included the king, guitarist Jonas Jarlsby, seated on his throne above the drum riser. Fans were treated to a selection of previous favourites as well, including “Let it Burn”, “The Eagle Has Landed”, “Smells Like A Freakshow”, and closing with “Hail The Apocalypse”.
The singer has a Marilyn Manson/Alice Cooper/The Joker stage persona going on.
Plenty of head banging from the musicians and the crowd along with lots of crowd moshing.
Some songs were a bit too thrashy for me but a good show overall.
Full setlist played by AVATAR played tonight...
A Statue of the King
Legend of the King
Paint Me Red
King's Harvest
Bloody Angel
For the Swarm
Get in Line
Tsar Bomba
Tower
The Eagle Has Landed
Let It Burn
King After King
Reload
Smells Like a Freakshow
Torn Apart
The King Welcomes You to Avatar Country
Encore :
Hail the Apocalypse




Sunday 20 January 2019.
Happy Birthday to rock legend PAUL STANLEY from KISS who is 67 today.




Saturday 19 January 2019.
BOOTLEG BLONDIE featuring CLEM BURKE live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
Original Blondie drummer Clem Burke plays with tribute band while the real Blondie take a few weeks rest.
They are in a UK tour to celebrate 40 years of the classic Blondie album 'Parallel Lines ' - 1978 to 2018.
Parallel Lines is the third studio album by Blondie. It was released on September 23, 1978, by Chrysalis Records to international commercial success. The album reached No. 1 in the United Kingdom in February 1979 and proved to be the band's commercial breakthrough in the United States, where it reached No. 6 in April 1979.
The album had sold over 20 million copies worldwide and has spawned several successful singles including
"Hanging on the Telephone", "One Way or Another" , "Picture This" , "Sunday Girl" and "Heart of Glass".
I have seen the real Blondie over 20 times since 1977 which was their first UK visit when they
supported Television at Hammersmith Odeon.
The real Debbie Harry is age 73 but the tribute singer will be the younger version with outfit changes.
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Levels 2 and 3 are closed as unsold but there is still a decent sized crowd here.
BOOTLEG BLONDIE featuring CLEM BURKE arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played for
1 hour 55 mins over two sets of 50 mins and 65 mins.
All the band came on stage wearing Beatles type suits and ties.
The first set was all of the 'Parallel Lines' classic album.
Loads of classic Blondie tracks played along with a few lesser known tracks.
Debbie Harris as Debbie Harry did a good job and had five different outfit changes.
Remember those sultry outfits Debbie Harry wore back in the late 70s/early 1980s?
Clem Burke on drums was visually amazing to watch as usual.
During the encore Debbie put on a black plastic bag with slogan (like the real Debbie did last year).
Tonight it read 'Debbie Does Shepherds Bush' which relates to the famous porn film 'Debbie Does Dallas'.
An enjoyable evening.
Most of the setlist played tonight...
FIRST SET : Parallel Lines in full.
Hanging On The Telephone
One Way Or Another
Picture This
Fade Away and Radiate
Pretty Baby
I Know but I Don't Know
11:59
Will Anything Happen?
Sunday Girl
Heart of Glass
I'm Gonna Love You Too
Just Go Away
SECOND SET : highlights
(I'm Always Touched by Your) Presence, Dear
Union City Blue
Rip Her to Shreds
Dreaming
X Offender
Denis
In the Flesh
Maria
Encore:
Atomic
Call Me
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In the Level 1 VIP seats at the side was GARY VALENTINE.
Gary Valentine joined Blondie in spring 1975 after original bassist Fred Smith left to join Television (following Richard Hell's departure). He wrote the music to the band's first single, "X-Offender",and popularised the band's sixties-retro look. In 1977 he left the group to form his own band and was replaced by Nigel Harrison, just as Blondie were starting to gain recognition. His song "(I'm Always Touched by Your) Presence, Dear" was a UK top ten hit in 1978,and was subsequently recorded by Tracey Ullman and Annie Lennox.



Thursday 17 January 2019....I went to two events tonight...
6pm to 7pm
RICHARD POUSETTE-DART WORKS 1940-1992 - private view - Pace Gallery, 6 Burlington Gardens, London W1.
Richard Pousette-Dart (June 8, 1916 – October 25, 1992) was an American artist most recognised as a founder of the New York School of painting. His artistic output also includes drawing, sculpture, and fine-art photography.
Normally there would be one or two security guards keeping an eye on the paintings but for some reason
there are a dozen of them here tonight.
The exhibition of paintings is on until 20 Feb 2019.
Complimentary Piper-Heidsieck champers for all guests.
www.pacegallery.comVisit their website here for more info.
then
7.15pm to 12pm
FARZI CAFE - launch party - 8 Haymarket, London SW1.
Originating in New Delhi in 2014, the Farzi Cafe chain from the House of Massive Restaurants now has many branches across India and in Dubai. The London opening serves up traditional Indian dishes in a contemporary style.
The restaurant is located next door to Theatre Royal Haymarket.
Around 200 guests are here over the two levels and 4400sq ft of this stylish venue.
Celebrity guests here included Nicola Roberts, Ashley James and Sascha Bailey.
A nice buzzy atmosphere with dj sounds in the background.
It was still lively when we left at midnight as it was a 1am finish tonight.
Complimentary Moët champers, various spirits with mixers, wines, beers and very tasty Indian small bites.
www.farzilondon.comVisit the FARZI CAFE website here for more info on the menu etc.
With a vision of bringing Indian Cuisine back “in-Vogue”, Farzi Cafe endeavours to showcase a unique, modernist approach to Indian food, where guests not only enjoy culinary innovations as part of it’s tapas style menu but also offers a high energy space, perfect for a relaxing dining experience. The cuisine served at Farzi Café speak for itself, as it surprises the palate as never before.
The owners say "Our total investment so far is just under £4m, so it had better work":





Wednesday 16 January 2019....6.30pm to 11pm...
SOHO RESIDENCE - launch party - 83-85 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1.
A big buzzy crowd here of around 300 guests over three floors.
Soho club legend Philip Sallon was here. He is particularly known for being a prominent member of the Punk sub-cultural and New Romantic pop cultural movements during the 1970s and 1980s.
A perfect Soho location near to Old Compton Street and 100 yards from where The Marquee Club was.
Soho’s iconic Roundhouse has undergone a full and fantastic £1m restoration and will reopen as Soho Residence, the premier bar, club and lounge space in London’s West End.
Erected in 1892, the Roundhouse building itself has previously existed as blues and skiffle clubs, welcoming celebrated performers from around the world. Its latest and greatest incarnation as Soho Residence will continue this rich tradition by offering the ultimate night out experience in a venue of unrivalled elegance and grace.
The venue will be open until 3am every night except on Sundays.
Complimentary prosecco, several different cocktails , wines, beers and canapés for all guests.
We had a great time here and it will be surely be a popular addition to Soho's nightlife.
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First Floor Gin Parlour
The First Floor has high ceilings, tall windows which direct your gaze down to the bustling streets of Soho below as well as snug sofas and sumptuous fabrics, all in a cosmopolitan and carefully curated space designed to make you feel like a million dollars. This floor is also available for private hire.
Ground Floor Botanical Bar
The ritzy Ground Floor of Soho Residence boasts a hint of art deco style with enormous crittal inspired windows allowing light to flood in, a fresh botanical feel, hanging plants and banquette seating, plump cushions and a plush Soho vibe, all complemented by professional service and contemporary cocktails that dazzle with their fun, flair and flavour.
Festival Club
The Basement Club is a place to be mischievous with festoon lighting, and a selection of craft beers and cocktails that will welcome the capital’s glitterati for nights of grown-up fun and late night partying.
The cocktail menu is sublime, boasting a selection of both classics and dazzling new concoctions guaranteed to please the most discerning palates.
Djs play every night, keeping the party vibe going throughout the evening.
Soho Residence is the perfect venue for corporate and private hire, product launches and events. Both the first floor and the basement nightclub are available for private hire and the whole venue can also be hired for amazing functions and events.
www.sohoresidence.co.ukVisit their website here for more info.




Tuesday 15 January 2019.
WEMBLEY ARENA has lost most of the major arena gigs in London to The 02 Arena over the past decade
but they have reported record visitors for 2018.
The 12,500 capacity arena right next to Wembley Stadium reported that it welcomed
one million visitors in 2018, which is more than any year in the past decade.
157 performances took place at London’s most intimate arena in 2018, including the world premiere of the Golden Globe winning film Bohemian Rhapsody, three sold out ‘in the round’ nights for Arcade Fire, the televised final of The X Factor, the biggest independent pro wrestling event in England for 30 years in the form of PROGRESS’ ‘Hello Wembley’, the first ever all-nighter from drum’n’bass legend Andy C, the biggest ever Bollywood event held at the arena from Arijit Singh, an exclusive Smashing Pumpkins show, George Ezra’s biggest headline concert to date and a sold out show for Slayer as part of their historic final world tour.
Obviously there were also lots of crap events too in that figure of 157 performances.




Monday 14 January 2019...I went to two events tonight...
4pm to 6.15pm
THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO ITALIAN WINE 2019 - book launch and wine tasting -
Le Meridian Hotel, Piccadilly, London W1.
Around 200 guests in the main room of this nice five star hotel.
There are 24 suppliers/stands here and each has different wines to taste.
Red Wines, White Wines, Rose Wines, Prosecco.
My faves were from Tenuta Carretta and Nicola Bergalio.
Also Italian meats and bread to go with the wines.
All guests got an e-copy of the book.
www.doctorwine.itMore info on the book and wines are here on their website.
then
6.45pm to 10.30pm
THE WRITERS GUILD AWARDS at The Royal College of Physicians,
11 St Andrews Avenue, Regents Park, London NW1.
Around 300 guests here at this impressive venue.
Several well known faces are here including Russell T Davies, MacKenzie Crook, Josie Lawrence,
Armando Iannucci, Helen Lederer, Stephen McGann, Lee Ridley (Lost Voice Guy who won Britains Got Talent).
We went into the theatre seating for the awards from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.
Hosted by writer and actor Joanna Scanlan (Getting On, No Offence), the prestigious event honoured the cream of British UK writing talent in front of an audience from a broad range of creative industries.
Seventeen awards given out and some very entertaining speeches.
It was a big night for celebrating female writers, who won in 9 of the 16 awards across theatre, TV, radio, comedy, books and video games categories and the Outstanding Contribution to Writing also went to a woman.
Complimentary prosecco, wines, beers, canapés before and after the awards.
www.writersguild.org.ukVisit their website here for a list of the winners and presenters.




Monday 14 January 2019.
Happy Birthday to Foo Fighters frontman DAVE GROHL who is 50 today.
The Foos are without doubt one of the greatest live bands.
They headline Reading & Leeds Festivals in August.



Sunday 13 January 2019.
SPURS play MAN UTD at Wembley Stadium...4.30pm kick off...
Mega footie clash.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s dream start after taking over from Jose M continued with a fifth victory in five games against Reading in The FA Cup but the first stern test of his interim reign is next: the trip to Tottenham on Sunday. The run equals Sir Matt Busby’s non-wartime club record, but how United fare against a team 10 points and three places better off will be a real test of progress.
How will they deal with Harry Kane and the awesome Spurs attack?
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We are up in Level 5 for this game between these two top notch teams.
A fantastic atmosphere as it's a near sell-out crowd of around 80,000.
David de Gea produced a string of superb saves as Manchester United held on to beat Tottenham 1-0 and secure a sixth win in a row for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Marcus Rashford scored the winner late in the first half but Solskjaer was indebted to De Gea, who made no more than 11 saves to withstand a second-half Spurs barrage to seal the historic victory for the United interim manager.
Only the one goal, but a great game.
The sixth straight win victory sees Solskjaer confirm the best start of any manager in Manchester United's history, and sees him equal Sir Matt Busby's five wins in his first five league games.





Saturday 12 January 2019.
A BOWIE CELEBRATION live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
A BOWIE CELEBRATION will celebrate David Bowie's Glastonbury 2000 performance with a European Tour.
Mike Garson, the longest-standing member of David Bowie’s bands, is bringing together an unforgettable line-up of Bowie alumni and special guest vocalists for A Bowie Celebration. This critically acclaimed show will see the cast perform an ever-rotating mix of hits and deep cuts from Bowie’s much-loved catalogue of albums.
The band includes Mike Garson on piano/keyboards,Earl Slick on guitar and Bernard Fowler on vocals.
Earl Slick has also played with David Bowie before and Bernard Fowler is long time backing vocals for
The Rolling Stones.
Also on vocals will be Joe Sumner (Stings son).
I missed the show last year at this same venue as it clashed with my two week trip to Taiwan.
I was lucky enough to have seen the real David Bowie over 20 times since Wembley Arena in 1976 and i was
at both his last ever London shows at Wembley Arena in Nov 2003.
I also got his 'Heathen' album signed by him at HMV London in Sept 2002 when it came out.
I saw Earl Slick playing with The Glen Matlock Band three times in Aug 2018.
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A few empty seats in Level 3 but around 1800 folks here out of a 2000 capacity.
A BOWIE CELEBRATION arrived on stage at 8.05pm and played for 2 hours 10 mins.
For different songs there were 7,8,9 and even 10 musicians on stage through the evening.
There were four different vocalists including Bernard Fowler and Joe Sumner.
Bernard Fowler sang the first few tracks then the vocalists rotated.
The vocalists did a good job but none had the pure rock n roll charisma of guitarist Earl Slick.
Loads of Bowie classics played along with a couple of lesser known tracks but gems not played tonight
included "The Jean Genie", "Let's Dance", "Modern Love" and "The Man Who Sold The World".
Bowie tunes , like Prince tunes will live on forever, such is the quality of them , so there will be tribute
and no doubt hologram shows galore in the future.
A very nice first gig of 2019 for me.
Full setlist played tonight....
Greensleeves ([traditional] cover)
Bring Me The Disco King
Rebel Rebel
Moonage Daydream
Fame
Young Americans
Starman
Space Oddity
Five Years
Changes
Lady Grinning Soul
Rock 'n' Roll Suicide
Ashes To Ashes
Aladdin Sane
Win
Ziggy Stardust
Suffragette City
All The Young Dudes (David Bowie wrote this classic for Mott The Hoople)
Under Pressure (Queen cover that originally featured vocals by Freddie Mercury & David Bowie)
Encore:
Andy Warhol
Life on Mars?
Heroes
Modern Love (outro song played over the pa)





Friday 11 January 2019.
QUEEN are everywhere these days.
After they stole the show at Live Aid in 1985 they announced several stadium shows for the
following year which included two nights at Wembley Stadium and a huge show at Knebworth.
I was at one of those amazing Wembley shows which had great support acts...
Queen,Status Quo,Alarm,INXS ---- Wembley Stadium , London 11.07.1986.
It was the final tour with Freddie Mercury.




Thursday 10 January 2019...I went to two gallery private views tonight.
6pm to 7pm
Bernard Jacobson Gallery, 28 Duke Street, St James's ,London SW1.
Around 70 or 80 guests at this gallery by Fortnum & Mason.
BBC tv political commentator and television presenter ANDREW MARR was here.
The first in a two-part exhibition of prints from Bernard Jacobson’s remarkable collection. Prints I wish I had published includes work by more than 30 artists, including some of the most important names in art from the past 600 years. An exhibition of Jacobson’s favourite prints which he wishes he had published during his 50 years in the business.
Including works by Thomas Hart Benton, William Blake, Marc Chagall, John Constable, Robyn Denny, Albrecht Durer, Sam Francis, Paul Gauguin, Goya, Stanley William Hayter, Hiroshige, David Hockney, John Martin, Henri Matisse, Bruce McLean, Robert Motherwell, Samuel Palmer, Pablo Picasso, Arnulf Rainer, Robert Rauschenberg, Rembrandt, Ed Ruscha, William Tillyer, J.M.W Turner, Andy Warhol, Grant Wood and others.
There was a great collage of 20 original press cuttings of THE ROLLING STONES from 1967/1968.
Complimentary wines & nibbles for all guests.
www.jacobsongallery.comVisit their website here for more info.
then
7.15pm to 8.30pm
Unit Gallery , 3 Hanover Square, Soho, London W1.
A big crowd of 200 guests at this gallery as they always invites loads of people.
Peter Gronquist is a multidisciplinary artist based in Portland, Oregan. Gronquist’s practice incorporates painting, sculpture and installation, utilising mediums such as aluminium, ceramic, and mirrors as well as the environment itself. Gronquist has a profound interest in the emotional potency of colour and temporality of our world, from the objects we produce to the transience of humanity, addressing themes of impermanence, excess and escapism.
Complimentary prosecco for all guests.
www.theunitldn.comVisit their website here for more info.




Thursday 10 January 2019.
Happy Birthday to ROD STEWART who is 74 today.
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Wednesday 09 January 2019.
Happy Birthday to guitar legend JIMMY PAGE who is 75 today.



Wednesday 09 January 2019.
Olivia Colman's film The Favourite leads the race for this year's Bafta Awards, with 12 nominations.
The announcement comes days after Colman won a Golden Globe for playing Queen Anne in the period comedy-drama.
It's some way ahead of its nearest Bafta rivals Bohemian Rhapsody, A Star Is Born, First Man and Roma, which have seven nominations each.
Steve Coogan, Christian Bale, Claire Foy, Rachel Weisz and Richard E Grant are the other British acting nominees.




Tuesday 08 January 2019.
Physical sales of CDs are tumbling in the USA as well as the UK.
‘The Greatest Showman’ was the only album to sell over one million copies in the USA during 2018. ‘A Star Is Born’, at number two, didn’t even come close.
‘The Greatest Showman’ sold 1,274,021 physical sales. Considering the climate, that was impressive but just four years ago in 2014 every album in the Top 10 sold over 1m and no. 1 sold over 3m.
‘A Star Is Born’ was the year’s second biggest selling with 525,736 copies sold. Justin Timberlake’s ‘Kamikaze’ was the third biggest album by physical sales in the USA in 2018. It sold 376,936.
Its remarkable isn’t it. Over the past five years the music industry has managed to turn its main revenue stream from a collectible physical product to a disposable digital one. By mixing apples with oranges the combination of physical sales with the streaming chart has muddied the waters making it now impossible to compare a hit from today with one from five or ten years ago.




Monday 07 January 2019.
QUEEN movie Bohemian Rhapsody was the surprise winner of two major prizes at Sunday's Golden Globe Awards.
The Freddie Mercury biopic took home the trophies for best film drama and best drama actor for its star Rami Malek, who played the late frontman.
Despite being heavily tipped and nominated for five prizes, A Star Is Born took home just one award - best original song for Shallow.
Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor were there along with Rami Malek to pick up the awards.




Sunday 06 January 2019.
This gig took place 49 years ago today.......on 06 Jan 1970.
The debut London show by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
Paul McCartney was in the crowd to watch them.




Saturday 05 January 2019.
The Official Top 40 biggest selling albums of 2018 in the UK.
Pretty amazing that Rod Stewarts album has crept in there at 15.
POS TITLE ARTIST
1 THE GREATEST SHOWMAN MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING
2 STAYING AT TAMARA'S GEORGE EZRA
3 DIVIDE ED SHEERAN
4 MAMMA MIA - HERE WE GO AGAIN MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING
5 SCORPION DRAKE
6 BEERBONGS & BENTLEYS POST MALONE
7 A STAR IS BORN MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING
8 LOVE MICHAEL BUBLE
9 DUA LIPA DUA LIPA
10 KAMIKAZE EMINEM
11 ODYSSEY TAKE THAT
12 SI ANDREA BOCELLI
13 BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY - OST QUEEN
14 ALWAYS IN BETWEEN JESS GLYNNE
15 BLOOD RED ROSES ROD STEWART
16 SWEETENER ARIANA GRANDE
17 THE ARCHITECT PALOMA FAITH
18 TRANQUILITY BASE HOTEL & CASINO ARCTIC MONKEYS
19 HUMAN RAG'N'BONE MAN
20 GOLD - GREATEST HITS ABBA
21 THE THRILL OF IT ALL SAM SMITH




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