News and Reviews: January 15, 2018

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MY BEST GIGS OF 2017 LIST.
I went to an incredible 178 live music events & gigs in 2017.
This makes the grand total of 6731 gigs seen by me since 1973.
Best gig of 2017 for me was...
I am a bit biased but KISS at The 02 Arena on 31 May 2017 was the perfect live music day.
First i was one of just 100 guests at 5pm to see the band play a 30 mins semi-acoustic set without make-up
in the backstage area of The 02 Arena and later on it was the full bells & whistles of their superb stage show.
Loads of other great bands and gigs seen but these were the other mega stand out gigs of 2017 for me...
Black Sabbath - 02 Arena - 29 Jan 2017.
The Who - Royal Albert Hall - 30 March and 01 April 2017.
Sting - Hammersmith Apollo - 09 April 2017.
Guns N Roses - London Stadium - 16 June 2017.
U2 - Twickenham Stadium - 08 July 2017.
Metallica - 02 Arena - 22 Oct and 24 Oct 2017.
U2 - Trafalgar Square - 11 November 2017.
And following close behind , these great shows made up my Top 20 gigs of 2017.
Stiff Little Fingers - The Forum - 10 March 2017.
The Alarm - Electric Ballroom - 20 May 2017.
Phil Collins - Royal Albert Hall - 04/05 June and 26/27 November 2017.
Green Day - Hyde Park - 01 July 2017.
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Hyde Park - 09 July (Tom's last ever show in Europe)
Robert Plant & The Sensational Shape Shifters - BBC Maida Vale Studios - 06 October 2017.
Prophets of Rage - The Forum - 13 November 2017.
Alice Cooper / The Tubes - Wembley Arena - 16 Nov 2017.(Alice band members from 70s joined him)
Deep Purple / Europe - 02 Arena - 23 November 2017.
Kasabian - 02 Arena - 02 December 2017.
Queen + Adam Lambert - 02 Arena - 12 December 2017.
Prodigy - Brixton Academy - 21 December 2017.
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Sun 07 Jan to Sun 04 March - Cirque du Soleil brings OVO to London's Royal Albert Hall for
an eight-week run continuing the RAH's longstanding relationship with Cirque du Soleil.
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Hotly tipped bands to look out for in 2018.
Starcrawler debut album is out January 19th 2018 on Rough Trade Records worldwide.
They are playing UK club shows around the release date.
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WALPOLE Best New Brands Awards are held in Central London.
COSTA Book of The Year Award is held in Central London.
THE NATIONAL FISH & CHIP AWARDS are held in Central London.
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Steel Panther play two London shows as part of their UK tour.
Mon 22 Jan---Steel Panther play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Fri 26 Jan---Steel Panther play Hammersmith Apollo.
With support from Inglorious who released their second album in 2017.
Fri 26 Jan and Sat 27 - London Calling (The Clash tribute ) play The 100 Club.
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Wed 24 Jan onwards for around ten nights - This Is Elvis live at The Theatre Royal , Windsor.
This musical celebrates the 50th anniversary of ‘Elvis - The �68 Comeback Special�.
THIS IS ELVIS recreates all the drama leading up to the comeback as well as staging the monumental concert itself, and features Elvis’s greatest ever hits including Heartbreak Hotel, Blue Suede Shoes, Hounddog, Love Me Tender, All Shook Up, Jailhouse Rock, One Night, It’s Now or Never, Are you Lonesome Tonight?, Can’t Help Falling in Love, In The Ghetto, Suspicious Minds, American Trilogy, Just Can’t Help Believing and many more.
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Sun 28 Jan---The Grammy Awards ceremony will take place at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Confirmed acts to appear include Lady Gaga and Pink.
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Lady Gaga arrives in the UK to play shows straight from her Grammy Awards performance.
Wed January 31 2018 � BIRMINGHAM Arena Birmingham
Thurs February 01 2018 � BIRMINGHAM Genting Arena
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Thurs 01 Feb---DEAD! play an album launch party gig at The 100 Club.
DEAD! release their debut album' The Golden Age Of Not Even Trying' via Infectious BMG on 26th Jan.
DEAD! feature both of Sex Pistol Glen Matlock's sons.
Sun 04 Feb and Thurs 08 Feb---Lady Gaga plays the 02 Arena as part of her European Tour.
Lady Gaga has confirmed a massive multi million deal to play a stint in Las Vegas.
Tues 06 Feb---Anvil play The Underworld, Camden.
Thurs 08 Feb---The Dead Boys play The Islington Academy.
The Dead Boys together again to celebrate 40 years of their debut album 'Young, Loud & Snotty'.
Original snger Stiv Bators died in mid-1990 after being struck by a taxi in Paris.
The Dead Boys now feature two original members.
I saw them twice in 1977 supporting The Damned at The Roundhouse.
Ironically both bands are touring the UK in Feb.
Thurs 08 Feb---Accept play Koko.
Wed 14 Feb---The NME Awards are held at Brixton Academy.
Liam Gallagher is to be honoured with The Godlike Genius award and will play a short set.
Wed 14 Feb---Hollie Cook plays The Jazz Cafe.
Hollie will be promoting her new album "Vessel of Love" (her third album and debut for Merge Records).
The new album was produced by Martin “Youth� Glover, founding member and bassist of Killing Joke.
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Fri 16 Feb - The Damned play Koko.
Sat 17 Feb - The Damned play The Forum.
The Damned are on a UK tour to promote their new album which is produced by Tony Visconti.
For this tour Paul Gray will be back on bass guitar duties.
I saw The Damned at The 100 Club on 20 September 1976 , at The 100 Club Punk Festival when they
supported The Sex Pistols and The Clash...I also saw The Damned 10 times in 1977.
Support for the tour will be The Slim Jim Phantom Trio, which will include members of The Pretenders.
Slim Jim is the original stand-up drummer for The Stray Cats and he brought out a biography in 2016.
The Stray Cats are reforming to play Las Vegas in April so will be interesting if they play any UK shows.
Sat 17 Feb---The Godfathers play The 100 Club.
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From 15 Feb to 10 March----JUBILEE is on The Lyric Theatre, King Street, Hammersmith.
Faith in the establishment collapsing everywhere. The far-right on the march. Culture wars and random violence � all decked out in red, white and blue. But a spirit of anarchy hangs in the air, the desire to burn it all down and start over�
THIS CAN ONLY BE 1977� RIGHT?
Derek Jarman’s iconic film captured punk at its giddy height: a riot of music, DIY fashion, and every kind of sex � with a little pyromania thrown in. Now, forty years on, this new stage adaptation of Jubilee remixes it for the social and political turmoil of 2017. Centred around a marauding girl gang on a killing spree and a time-travelling Queen Elizabeth I, it’s a story of what happens when creativity and nihilism collide.
Featuring a soundtrack to die (horribly) for, and with a cast led by one of the film’s original cast members, legendary punk warrior Toyah Willcox, Jubilee is a free-spirited, gloriously rude, take-no-prisoners blast of a show, for young punks, old punks, and anyone who’s ever wanted to set the world on fire.
I saw the film when it first was released in 1978 - forty years ago.
www.lyric.co.ukVisit the Lyric website here for more info and to buy tickets.
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Wed 21 Feb---The BRIT Awards are held at The 02 Arena.
Wed 21 Feb---Bon Iver play the first of EIGHT shows at Hammersmith Apollo.
Indie Folk Band from America are more popular than you would think.
Wed 28 Feb and Thurs 01 March---Imagine Dragons play The 02 Arena.
They played in Taipei , Taiwan when i was in the country.
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Fri 02 March and Sat 03 March---Stereophonics play Wembley Arena.
Stereophonics will be touring the UK in support of their recent album ‘Scream Above The Sounds�.
Sat 03 March---Paul Weller + The Strypes play The 02 Arena.
Paul Weller's 13th solo studio album 'A Kind Revolution' was released in 2017.
Sun 04 March---Mayday play The 02 Arena.
Mayday from Taiwan are one of the biggest boy bands in Asia.
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Morrissey is more popular than ever as he has added a FOURTH London show to his UK tour.
Thurs 01 March---Brixton Academy (extra show )
Wed 07 March---Royal Albert Hall
Fri 09 March---Alexandra Palace
Sat 10 March---Palladium
Morrissey says....“Well � I don’t perform. I’m occasionally on a stage, but I don’t ever perform.�
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Mon 02 April onwards---Winner of Best Musical at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2017 and nominated for 8 WhatsOnStage awards in 2018, Jim Steinman’s smash-hit musical Bat Out of Hell returns to
London at the iconic Dominion Theatre!
I saw this great show in 2017 when it was at The Coliseum.
www.batoutofhellmusical.comVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
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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 ,Dream Girls, 42nd Street and others.
Also Young Frankenstein at The Garrick Theatre.
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 , Judas Priest and others.
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Monday 08 January 2018.
Press trip to TAIWAN for me departing on Mon 08 Jan for around 12 days/ 11 nights.
CHINA AIRLINES will start the first direct flight from London to Taiwan from 01 Dec 2017.
They have kindly given me a Premium Economy return ticket worth around �1000 plus airport taxes
but i pay the �175 airport taxes.
The Taipei-London route CI069/CI070 will depart every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. It will be flown by the latest A350-900 XWB aircraft equipped with 32 Premium Business Class, 31 Premium Economy Class and 243 Economy Class seats. London flights leave from Gatwick.
TAIWAN TOURISM BUREAU have arranged the following for me...
Return Premium Economy Flights with China Airlines.
A night each at three different hotels.
One five star and two four star hotels.
Two excursions in Taipei.
Two lunch /dinner vouchers in Hualien.
...and i pay for everything else...
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Arrived ok after a 12 hour flight to Taipei.
The new Airbus plane was fantastic and so smooth and quiet.
My mate Malcolm is here with me for a couple of days before he heads off to Bangkok
to see Imagine Dragons and Liam Gallagher play gigs there.
Imagine Dragons are playing here { Taipai} on Monday but i will probably be down south of Taiwan by then.
Very handy for him to have British Airways staff standby fares to go as you please at short notice.
Foodies would love it here as there are restaurants, small cafes and street food stands everywhere selling very tasty food.
Street venders selling a good portion of fried chicken with garlic and rice for only a quid etc.
Not really a drinking culture here so not many bars.
Very safe late at night here for men and for women.
It is very densely populated in Taipei.
Scooters are EVERYWHERE out here....but not many motorbikes.
So easy to get around on a scooter and no parking charges.
I would say one out of twenty people are wearing a mask due to the scooters
pollution along catching germs or Asian flu or whatever.
A great metro and bus system here.
Everyone stands in marked tramlines to enter each coach...nobody pushes in or tries to dodge the fare...
The fare is only 50p to 70p a journey which is much cheaper than London.
Everyone is so nice and friendly out here and keen to practise their English.
There are plenty of English signs everywhere but not any other languages.
Tues 09 Jan / Wed 10 Jan...visited night markets,temples and other mooching about stuff.
Plenty of big name designer brands here including Cartier, Dior, Bulgari,
Louis Vuitton,Apple Store etc.
Always interesting to see which UK names are out here.
I spotted a Jo Malone store and a Body Shop store.
POSHPACKER HOTEL was a handy three star modern hotel for my stay near Taipai Main Station.
Thurs 11 Jan..in the afternoon i had a couple of hours up Taipei 101.
When built it was the tallest building in the world...now it is eighth tallest.
88th to 91st floors are the stunning views over all of Taipei.
Fri 12 Jan...Taiwan Tourism arranged a three hour sightseeing tour
of Taipai for me.
They picked me up from the hotel by mini bus and dropped me off there.
Our route was , a visit to a popular temple, changing of the guard at CKS Memorial Hall,tea tasting and ceremony at a showroom, visit to National Memorial Palace,visit to National Palace Museum and then back.
in the evening i went to one of the big electronics malls.
Six floors of stuff but not as cheap as i expected.
Then to a big night market at Roahe Street for some nice food and dessert.
I will be on the move soon..
Sat 13 Jan...train from Tainan to Haulien on the mid East Coast...
i took the Express train that took 2 hours 10 mins.
Taiwan Tourism gave me a voucher for Doing Good! in Haulien.
It is a Spanish restaurant in the posh part of town where nice hotels are.
i had a three course meal with Beef Risotto as the mains...very nice.
Nice scenery of mountains on one side and The Pacific coast on the other.
I found a nice three star hotel named Synco for 900 T Dollars (23 quid)...
Only saw a couple of other white faces here in Haulien...
Like Taipei it livened up in the evening when all the lights got switched
on and folks came out to eat and shop and eat again.
Sun 14 Jan...Sunday morning i went to the local Sunday market.
You cannot get much further away from West London than this.
Mainly fruit n veg and fish and a few selling new and secondhand stuff.
At lunchtime i went back to Doing Good! restaurant for the same lunch.
At 3pm i am picked up by the hotel shuttle bus at the train station.
We have a 30 mins drive through the countryside.
Taiwan Tourism have arranged a one night stay at the five star Promised Land Resort and Lagoon..." The Venice of Taiwan" they call it.
It has a 2.2 kilometres lagoon with seven bridges that winds through the
complex with statues and gardens are around it.
It looks amazing but sadly only one night here.
Rooms there start from 200 quid a night.
We are met at the hotel for a 20 mins Spanish singing and dancing show.
I have a stunning massive room with a balcony at ground level.
A few mins later i would go on the twelve minute gondola ride along
the 2.21 kilometres of the lagoon and its seven bridges.
later that night was a 40 mins dancing and singing stage show in the marquee.
Mon 15 Jan...train from Hualien in the mid East to Tainan in the South which will take several hours as it has to go around the mountains in Central Taiwan.
Tue 16 Jan...Taiwan Tourism have arranged a night for me at the four star Wei Yat Grand Hotel in Tainan.
Wed 17 Jan...Taiwan Tourism have arranged a night for me at the four star Golden Tulip Glory Fine Hotel in Tainan.
The weather will be a bit warmer down south.
Will try and update daily.




Sunday 14 January 2018.
You lose touch of whats going on in music when you are far away in Taiwan.
Pretty much no western music over here as they have their own stars.
They have a very popular boy band called Mayday.
They are playing a massive London show at The 02 Arena on 04 March.
Sad news that Fast Eddie Clark the original guitarist with Motorhead
has passed away aged 67.He was the last surviving member of the classic lineup.
I saw the original three man lineup several times before Eddie left in 1982.
Happy Birthday to Jimmy Page who was 74 on 09 Jan.
Happy Birthday to Rod Stewart who was 73 on 10 Jan.





Saturday 06 January 2018.
THE BOYS + HEAVY DRAPES + THE VULZ live at The 100 Club, London.
The Resolution Punk Festival returns to The 100 Club for its annual stint in January.
The Boys are an English punk rock/power pop band formed in London in 1976.
Members of the band had previously played in other groups, including London SS and Hollywood Brats. After recording four studio albums and eight singles, as well as recording Christmas themed music under the name The Yobs, they disbanded in the summer of 1982. The band reformed in 1999, and released a new album 'Punk Rock Menopause' in 2014.
I saw them several times in their heyday as well as recent shows including The 100 Club in Jan 2017.
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What better way to dust off those January blues than by heading down to the legendary 100 Club
for a night with three punk rock/power pop bands.
We have a full house tonight and there are lots of punk rock chums here i know.
Gaye Advert and Jordan were also in the crowd tonight.
Dj Jeff Monday played loads of classic punk tunes throughout the evening.
THE VULZ arrived on stage at 8pm and played for around 40 mins.
Some fine rock n roll from this West London band who played tracks off their two albums.
HEAVY DRAPES arrived on stage at 8.55pm and played for around 35 mins.
They hail from Scotland and are one of most highly rated new punk bands playing the circuit.
The four band members have all adopted appropriate punk rock names; hence we have De Liberate on vocals, Rikki Stiv on guitar, Jerry Dangerous handling bass duties and Billy Chaos on the traps. Fortunately, Heavy Drapes can back up their image with seriously good catchy uptempo tunes with great guitar riffs and
proper harmonies from the guitarist and drummer to ram home the chorus of each track.
They have a four track EP out.
THE BOYS are on stage for around 60 mins.
They still feature three original members from the 1970s but guitarist Honest John Plain had to sit out
a few songs near the end tonight as he is still recovering from a serious fall down some stairs.
They had an extra guitarist tonight to help him out throughout.
Most of The Boys songs are less than 3 mins long so loads of older gems played tonight along
with a few tracks from their most recent album.
Great to see so many younger fans here singing along to their catchy lyrics.
A great club gig.
Full setlist played by The Boys tonight...
T.C.P.
See Ya Later
Terminal Love
1976
Weekend
USI
I'm a believer
Cop Cars
You Can't Hurt a Memory
Punk Rock Girl
Soda Pressing
Tumble With Me (Hollywood Brats cover)
Do the Contract Hustle
Global Warming
I Don't Care
Brickfield Nights
First Time
(They pretended to leave the stage) Encore:
Living in the City
Sick On You
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The Resolution Punk Festival continues with these gigs....
Sun 7th ANTI-PASTI + The Varukers + Knock Off
Tue 9th THE MEMBERS + Chron Gen + Ambition Demolition
Wed 10th SUBHUMANS + Criminal Mind + Desperate Measures
Thur 11th VICE SQUAD + Menace + Nick Cash (999 solo set)
Fri 12th GBH + Steve Ignorant's Slice of Life
Sat 13th DISCHARGE + Loaded 44
Sun 14th UK SUBS + The Ramonas “Original� + Red Light Rebels
+ DJ Jeffrey Munday will be on the decks Fri 12th, Sat 13th and Sun 14th.
The club will be open till midnight on those dates.
www.the100club.co.ukVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.






Friday 05 January 2018.
Channel 4 tv 9pm to 11pm are showing The Beatles film 'Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years'.
Ron Howard's documentary from 2016 with recent contributions from Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr.
The film focuses on The Beatles' career during their touring years from 1962 to 1966, from their
performances at the Cavern Club in Liverpool to their final ticketed concert in San Francisco in 1966.
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Always great to see footage of The Beatles from the 1960s.
Pretty amazing the amount of non-stop touring ,writing and recording that they squeezed in.
Lots of remastered film & sound to give it a nice clear quality.
Beatlemania got the better of them as exhaustion, security concerns and inadequate
sound quality at gigs took its toll.
Following Candlestick Park in 1966, the band released ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band� in 1967,
and went on to release a further five albums including ‘Abbey Road� and ‘Let It Be�.
The film ends with footage of their impromptu rooftop gig at Apple HQ in Saville Row in 1969.





Thursday 04 January 2018.
BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION live at Hammersmith Apollo, London.
(Also Wolverhampton a couple of days before on 02 Jan 2018).
Black Country Communion will play only two shows in Europe to promote their fourth album BCCIV.
The lineup of vocalist and bassist Glenn Hughes, drummer Jason Bonham, keyboardist Derek Sherinian
and guitarist and vocalist Joe Bonamassa will reunite after time spent playing in their respective solo careers.
Classic Rock magazine & website made their new album No 2 Best Album Of The Year after QOTSA.
I have seen BCC before as headliner and support act.
I have seen Glenn Hughes solo a couple of times as well as with Deep Purple back in 1974 with
the classic line-up that also included David Coverdale and Richie Blackmore.
I saw Jason Bonham when he took over his dad's role in the mega Led Zeppelin re-union gig of 2007.
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It is not a sell out as there is space downstairs and unsold blocks of seats upstairs.
Not really surprising when ticket prices were a hefty �75 plus booking fees for stalls standing and
�90 plus booking fees for circle seats but 3500/4000 sold out of 5000 capacity is still pretty good.
BCC arrived on stage at 8pm and played a nice long set of 2 hours 10 mins.
All four members are well known in the rock world but the show is clearly dominated by
Glenn Hughes and Joe Bonamassa.
Glenn Hughes is now aged 66 but still has his amazing voice and still looks like a proper rock star.
Joe Bonamassa is playing some very nifty guitar.
Later in the show Joe would say "nice to be back at Hammersmith Odeon" even though he was too
young to play the venue when it was called that...the venue became The Apollo in 1992.
He clearly knows the rock history of the venue from the 1970s and 1980s.
Loads of good solid rock BCC tunes played and a Deep Purple cover at the end.
An enjoyable show.
The show was filmed by some mini cameras so that could come out in the future.
Full setlist played tonight...
Sway
One Last Soul
Save Me
Wanderlust
Song of Yesterday
The Outsider
This Is Your Time
Cold
The Battle for Hadrian's Wall
The Crow
Over My Head
The Last Song for My Resting Place (with Gerry O'Connor from The Dubliners)
Drum solo
Man In the Middle
Black Country
Encore:
Collide
Faithless
Mistreated (Deep Purple cover)
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After-party in the balcony bar of the venue.
I was there from 10.15pm to 11.30pm but the event was due to finish at midnight.
Around 100 guests are here with a nice buzzy atmosphere...it's a pay bar...
All the band turned up,with Joe Bonamassa the first to arrive and Glenn Hughes the last to arrive.
Joe was a lot more chattier and friendlier than i expected.
Glenn was the one that posed for the most photos here.
Also here was Gerry O'Connor from The Dubliners who had joined them on stage earlier.
Had a chat with me old mucker Gary from top KISS tribute band Dressed to Kill.
I saw them play many great shows...he has just left the hand after 27 years...
Also here were Dante from Spinefarm Records and BCC pr Peter Noble.
Also the usual suspects from Classic Rock and Metal Talk.
All four band members were still here when i departed.
When i left the venue there was still 20 fans outside waiting for autographs etc.
A good party.





Thursday 04 January 2018.
Kensington Roof Gardens, one of London's best-known party venues, is to close after its owner of more than 35 years, Virgin, said 'an ever-changing London market' meant it was 'a challenge to remain profitable'. A total of 85 staff will lose their jobs as a result of the closure, but Virgin insisted it was working closely with staff to find alternate employment opportunities within the group and hospitality industry.
Richard Branson took over the venue lease in 1981 after he was turned away at the door
by the previous owners of the venue (Regine's) for being 'too scruffy'.
When i worked at Hammersmith Odeon in the 1980s i attended several big after-show parties held
there at the venue by the bands after they had come offstage at Hammersmith.
The best would have to be The Cult in March 1987 to celebrate their three sold out shows.





Wednesday 03 January 2018.
I stumbled across a random rare sighting on tv last night of TONY JAMES.
Christmas Celebrity University Challenge 2017 featured Brunel against Reading.
On the Brunel University team was TONY JAMES who studied there in the 1970s.
Tony James (now aged 64 ) was born in Shepherds Bush, London is an English musician and producer,
who was the bassist for the 1970's-1980's bands Generation X and Sigue Sigue Sputnik.
After that he was in Carbon / Silicon with his old mate Mick Jones (ex The Clash).
His hair is a bit longer these days....Brunel lost...Carl Barat from The Libertines also studied there...
The Sex Pistols played their last London area (it's just outside West London) gig at Brunel in Dec 1977.
It was a secret gig that I found out about but did not go as it was my work Christmas Party...true..
It was one of those..."I would go and see them next time they play London"...
Little did i know that a couple of months later they would split up and didn't play again until 1996.
Here are the shows I saw at Brunel....they don't have bands play there anymore...
Motorhead Brunel University , Uxbridge 13.01.1978
Lurkers Brunel University, Uxbridge 01.11.1978
Penetration Brunel University, Uxbridge 10.11.1978
Magazine,Prag Vec Brunel University, Uxbridge 02.03.1979
Penetration Brunel University, Uxbridge 04.05.1979
Pretenders,UB40 Brunel University , Uxbridge 27.02.1980 pretenders debut LP charted at No 1
Cuddly Toys,Mad Shadows Brunel University , Uxbridge 13.11.1981





Tuesday 02 January 2018.
Plenty of great gigs confirmed for 2018 already...with loads more to be announced.
There are a few big names who are due some UK dates.
The Rolling Stones...played shows in Europe in 2017 and have promised UK shows for 2018.
Paul McCartney...played shows in other parts of the world in 2017 but not the UK.
KISS have announced shows in Spain in July...maybe a UK show even though they played the UK in 2017.
Jimmy Page....has been talking about putting a live band together since the Led Zeppelin reunion gig in 2007.
Bruce Springsteen....has never been back at Hammersmith Odeon since I saw him there in 1975.
He brings his recent New York acoustic show back there for a multi night stint...(just me dreaming).
I was at both Bruce Springsteen solo shows at The Royal Albert Hall in 2005.






Monday 01 January 2018.
It looks like ED SHEERAN will easily be the biggest live music act in UK & Ireland this year as he is
playing 27 stadium shows including four sold out shows at Wembley Stadium.
Ed returns to Wembley Stadium in June , three years after his last appearance under the arch.
The singer-songwriter has announced FOUR nights on Thursday 14, Friday 15, Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 June 2018.
Ed has already enjoyed a phenomenal 2017 with his third studio album � reigning as 2017’s biggest-selling album of the year.
These gigs will be his first return to Wembley since his record-breaking stint in 2015, when he became the first-ever artist to play the stadium solo [with just his loop pedal and guitar] over three consecutive, sold out nights.
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As part of his world tour Sheeran will play to over 950,000 people in Australia and New Zealand in March and April 2018, making it the biggest concert tour in Australasian music history, overtaking the previous record set by Dire Straits in 1986.






Monday 01 January 2018.
HAPPY NEW YEAR greetings to all visitors to this website.




Sunday. 31 December 2017.
Work has begun on the world’s largest guitar shaped building. Hard Rock is building the guitar shaped tower in Florida.
The building is on the current Hard Rock Hotel and Casino site in Seminole, Florida. The design has been created to be an exact replica of a guitar complete with the curving of the guitar body and guitar neck. The tower will resemble strings with the floors across each room looking like frets.
The 137-metre guitar shaped hotel will feature 638 rooms.
The new extension for the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino will open during 2019.





Saturday 30 December 2017.
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS live at The Dominion Theatre , London W1.
I went to the press / vip opening night & party for this show on 21 March 2017
and decided to go back and see it again as it closes at the end of this week.
It got loads of great five and four star reviews when it first opened.
Pretty amazing that Queens musical played this massive theatre for a staggering 12 years.
On 11 March 2014 it was announced that 'We Will Rock You' would close on 31 May 2014,
shortly after its 12th Anniversary, and after 4600 performances at the Dominion Theatre.
'We Will Rock You' is the 10th longest running stage production in West End history.
The show tonight is on for 2 hours 20 mins over two sets of 70 mins.
The show is directed and choreographed by British choreographer Christopher Wheeldon and is inspired by the 1951 film starring Gene Kelly. It features the songs of George and Ira Gershwin such as "I Got Rhythm", "‘S Wonderful" , "I'll Build a Stairway To Paradise" and " They Can't Take That Away From Me".
The musical follows an American GI in Paris as he discovers the city and falls in love with a young dancer. The current cast includes Ashley Day as Jerry Mulligan, Leanne Cope as Lise Dassin and Haydn Oakley as Henri Baurel.
Loads of great songs and dance routines are the main highlights of the show which again was very enjoyable.
Jane Asher plays the role of Madame Baurel in this production.
Jane Asher still looks and dances great for age 71.
Jane Asher was engaged to Paul McCartney in the 1960s.
Jane Asher has been married to illustrator Gerald Scarfe for over 30 years.
In 2010, Scarfe's book The Making of Pink Floyd: The Wall was published, detailing the artist's work with
Pink Floyd and Roger Waters from 1974-2010.
must end 06 Jan 2018Visit The Dominion Theatre website here for more info and to buy tickets.






Saturday 30 December 2017.
Arsène Wenger, OBE, passes Sir Alex Ferguson for games in charge.
Arsène Wenger has been at Arsenal for an incredible 21 years.
Frenchman Arsène Wenger equalled Sir Alex Ferguson's record of having taken charge of 810 Premier League games in Arsenal's 3-2 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Thursday.
He will go on to break the record when the Gunners visit West Bromwich Albion on New Year's Eve.
Arsène Wenger has won 3 Premier League titles but Sir Alex won 13 Premier League titles.





Saturday 30 December 2017.
Happy Birthday to Jeff Lynne who is 70 today.
Happy Birthday to Patti Smith who is 71 today.





Saturday 30 December 2017.
Others joining Sir Ringo Starr in the New Year Honours List include...
Bee Gee Barry Gibb is now a Sir for services to music & charity.
Singer Marc Almond gets can OBE.
Tv presenter Eamonn Holmes gets an OBE for 38 years service to broadcasting.




Friday 29 December 2017.
Vive Le Rock Magazine - Best Albums of 2017.
Two acts who have released great comeback albums have topped their Best Albums Of The Year List.
1. The Professionals 'What In The World'.
2. Peter Perrett 'How The West Was Won'.




Thursday 28 December 2017.
Here are Pollstar’s 20 highest-grossing tours of 2017, with earnings in millions:
U2 and Guns N Roses sold a similar amount of tickets but U2 tickets were more expensive.
Guns N Roses played more shows than U2 but U2 crowds were bigger.
1. U2 � $316m
2. Guns N� Roses � $292.5m
3. Coldplay � $238m
4. Bruno Mars � $200.1m
5. Metallica � $152.8m
6. Depeche Mode � $141.1m
7. Paul McCartney � $132m
8. Ed Sheeran � $124.1m
9. The Rolling Stones � $120m
10. Garth Brooks � $101.4m
11. Celine Dion � $101.2m
12. Justin Bieber � $93.7m
13. Roger Waters � $92.1m
14. Bruce Springsteen � $87.8m
15. Lady Gaga � $85.7m
16. Billy Joel � $82.3m
17. The Weeknd � $80m
18. Tim McGraw/Faith Hill � $79.3m
19. Red Hot Chili Peppers � $73.5m
20. Ariana Grande � $66.5m
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Bruce Springsteen played in the smallest venue but had the most expensive tickets.
Bruce Springsteen’s Broadway show is raking it in, with $87. 8 million grossed, an impressive figure when you factor in that the show stages in Walter Kerr Theatre, with a 945-capacity, much smaller than the arenas and stadiums he normally fills. Bruce appears at the No. 14 position on this year’s chart, which is still impressive, though it might seem like a downgrade from the No. 1 position he occupied last year after his massive tour with The E Street Band.
Expensive tickets helped him get into the Top 20.





Wednesday 27 December 2017.
Music legend RINGO STARR is set to be knighted in the New Year's Honours.
The Beatles drummer, 77, will be recognised for services to music and charity.
Liverpudlian Ringo is said to be 'made up' at the news having been told last week.
The star, real name Richard Starkey, got his first drum kit for Christmas aged 17.
Sir Paul McCartney received his knighthood 20 years ago in 1997.
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Fact of the day...Bono was given a honorary knighthood a decade ago.
The rock star and campaigner, is not entitled to be called "Sir" because he is not a British citizen.





Sunday 24 December 2017.
Christmas the past couple of years was a bad time for music legends to go to that gig up in the sky.
Dec 24 2016 - Rick Parfitt (Status Quo) passed away last year.
Dec 25 2016 - George Michael passed away last year.
Dec 28 2015 - Lemmy (Motörhead) passed away two years ago.




Sunday 24 December 2017.
HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL VISITORS TO THIS WEBSITE.
Another amazing year for me for going to gigs and other events.
Again over 150 gigs seen by me this year.




Saturday 23 December 2017.
RUTS DC + Department S + London Sewage Company live at The 100 Club, London.
The Ruts first gigs were in 1977 so they are celebrating 40 years although they split up for a long period.
The Ruts / Ruts DC are an English reggae-influenced punk rock band, notable for the 1979 UK Top 10 hit "Babylon's Burning", and an earlier single "In a Rut", which was not a hit but was highly regarded and regularly played by BBC Radio 1 disc jockey John Peel.
Original singer Malcolm Owen was found dead in the bathroom of his parents' house in Hayes, Middlesex
from a heroin overdose on 14 July 1980 at the age of 26.
I saw them three times in the late 1970s with Malcolm Owen and a couple of times since they have reformed.
Support from Department S whose original singer Vaughn Toulouse sadly died in 1991.
I saw them play The Fulham Greyhound in 1981 which was their main year for success.
They had a couple of hit singles.
Released 1981 "Is Vic There?" No. 22 Chart Hit on Demon Records B-side; "Solid Gold Easy Action"
Released 1981 "Going Left Right" No. 55 Chart Hit on Stiff Records B-side; "She's Expecting You"
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I had to drag myself out of the house tonight as I am soooo tired.
Seven nights of gigs on the trot have taken their toll...plus all seven gigs were standing up.
I can take it easy for a few days over the Christmas period when it goes quiet for gigs.
LONDON SEWAGE COMPANY were the first band on and i caught 20 mins of their set.
They had some good tunes including ' Thunderbirds (International Rescue) ' and '12 Bar Night'.
DEPARTMENT S arrived on stage at 8.35pm and played for around 45 mins..
They played a surprise version of The Dead Boys classic 'Sonic Reducer' which was really good.
Great to hear their hits again 'Going Left Right' and 'Is Vic There?''.
The singer said to the crowd "we are a band who are about moving forward so we play the two old hits
but the rest of the material is all from when we reformed in 2006".
RUTS DC arrived on stage at 9.45pm and played for around 75 mins.
They still feature two original members , bass player John "Segs" Jennings and drummer Dave Ruffy.
Great to hear hear their reggae influenced punk tunes and the topics they sung about 40 years ago
are still pretty relevant today.
Mega versions of 'In a Rut' and 'Babylon's Burning' were highlights.
A very enjoyable show.
Setlist played included....
SUS
Mighty Soldier
Backbiter
Music Must Destroy
Staring At The Rude Boys
Jah War
In a Rut
Babylon's Burning
Encore :
Love In Vain
Something That I Said






Friday 22 December 2017.
MORGELLONS + Holy Faction live at The George & Dragon, 183 High Street, Acton, London W3.
ThIs was a FREE ENTRY for all pub gig.
Acton band Morgellons play a Christmas Party gig in their backyard.
Their first album ‘The Memory Of Echoes� on Flicknife Records received extremely positive reviews,
including a 9/10 rating in Vive Le Rock magazine.
Their second album has just been released.
Plus a dj on the night playing Punk,Glam,Rock through to Ska and Rockabilly.
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Great to meet up here with so many old friends from the Acton and Shepherds Bush area.
Many who i have known for over 30 years.
Also here were Gaye Advert ( The Adverts ) and Del (The Satellites).
Billy my oldest friend was here - we met at Christopher Wren School in White City aged 11.
Sex Pistols members Steve Jones and Paul Cook went to the same school - three years older.
That's how we knew about the band early on and saw The Pistols in 1976.
Also here was Mario who was the guitarist in my band Gun Control in the early 1980s.
We played loads of gigs in the Acton area back then...type in band search for gig list...
He owns a very cool menswear store in Richmond called Heroes...check it out...
www.heroesofrichmond.co.ukVisit Heroes website here for more info and images.
HOLY FACTION played a decent support set.
They are a West London post punk band with hints of Magazine.
They played their debut single 'Temperature Rise'.
MORGELLONS arrive on stage at 10.25pm and play for around 50 mins.
A good set that included tracks from both their albums.
They have a nice post punk sound with hints of Joy Division.
www.morgellonsband.comVisit their website here for more info.




Friday 22 December 2017.
JOE STRUMMER passed away 15 years ago today aged just 50.
Fifteen years ago, the angry young man of punk and legendary frontman of the Clash, Joe Strummer,
died suddenly from an undiagnosed heart defect.
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Acton Town Hall, London W3.
Just a month before on 15 Nov 2002 i saw Joe Strummers last ever London gig.
Many of the 600 here were firemen and the rest were hardcore Strummer fans .Andy Gilchrist the firemens union leader made a rousing speech .Joe Strummer And The Mescaleros did a really great 75 mins set but the 3 song encore was unreal as Mick Jones came on stage to play with Joe on stage for the first time in over 15 years for Clash anthems Bankrobber +White Riot + Londons Burning.





Thursday 21 December 2017.
PRODIGY + dj support live at Brixton Academy, London.
Prodigy play the first of three sold out pronto shows at Brixton.
I have seen Prodigy around a dozen times since 1997...they are always a very lively show...
I last saw Prodigy at Wembley Arena in Dec 2015 when the support act was Public Enemy.
'The Godfathers of Rave" remain one of the most successful electronic rock acts of all time.
They have sold an estimated 30 million records worldwide,and won numerous music awards.
Many of their albums have hit the top spot in the UK charts.
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All the pubs near the venue have extra security on them...yep that means Prodigy dans are in town.
Inside the venue the crowd are all dancing to the dj sounds which include Run DMC and Public Enemy.
PRODIGY arrive on stage at 9.20pm and play for around 90 mins.
As usual they have a full monty stage production that is more suited to The 02 Arena.
Probably the same production as they used for their headlining outdoor summer shows around Europe.
A barrage of lights and strobes that would visually pulverise us throughout their set.
“Where are my people?� said MC and dancer Maxim Reality, coming through the dry ice on stage in a fur coat. “Where are my Prodigy people?� (Later he would have all 5,000 of his Prodigy people crouch and jump at his command, or open and close circles in the crowd to make room for mosh-pits.)
Co-singer Keith Flint still has the famous hair � two dyed rows of spikes on either side of his skull.
Band leader Liam Howlett is barely visible while manning his command centre of laptops and black boxes.
Maxim and Keith prowl and dance around the stage with energy throughout the show.
The front stalls standing area is a heaving mess of sweaty bodies slamming against each other.
Loads of aggressive crunching electro rock dance anthems that keep the BPM at relentless high levels.
Highlights included their anthems 'Firestarter' , 'Breathe' , 'Smack My Bitch Up' and 'Their Law'.
A superb show.
Full Prodigy setlist played tonight...
Omen
Resonate
Nasty
Wild Frontier
Everybody in the Place
Firestarter
The Day Is My Enemy
The Day Is My Enemy (Bad Company UK Remix)
Roadblox
Voodoo People
Get Your Fight On
Need Some 1
Breathe
Run With the Wolves
Invaders Must Die
Poison
Smack My Bitch Up
Encore:
No Good (Start the Dance)
Their Law
Take Me to the Hospital





Wednesday 20 December 2017.
EXTREME + DAN REED NETWORK live at Brixton Academy, London.
A very nice double bill of ' funk rock bands' who were very popular in the early 1990s.
I saw Extreme live many times on the back of the success of their mega album ' Extreme II: Pornograffitti '
album which was released in 1990....I also saw them headline Ramblin' Man Festival this summer.
I saw Dan Reed Network supporting Bon Jovi at Wembley Arena in 1990.
I saw Dan Reed Network supporting The Rolling Stones at Wembley Stadium 25 Aug 1990.
This was the last show of their World Tour and the final show that Bill Wyman played with The Stones.
The band toured Europe and the UK in the winter of 1989/1990 to support Bon Jovi. The success of this tour led to the Rolling Stones selecting the band as their main support for their first tour in almost 10 years. The Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle Tour of Europe and the UK.
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DAN REED NETWORK arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played for 45 mins.
Most of the crowd arrived early to see these special guests.
A perfect funk rock blend on stage as the band feature black and white members.
Great to hear gems including 'Rainbow Child', 'Ritual' and 'Get to You'.
Really good to see them playing live again.
Full setlist played tonight...
Cruise Together
Under My Skin
Forgot to Make Her Mine
Baby Now I (With "Enter Sandman" snippet by Metallica)
Rainbow Child
Champion
Make it Easy
Ritual
Get to You
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EXTREME arrived on stage at 9pm and played a full two hour show.
Extreme have a very nice stage production featuring a staircase and four light towers.
Singer Gary Cherone was full of energy as he pulled some moves that Mick Jagger would be jealous of.
Guitarist Nuno Bettencourt is aged 51 but looks exactly the same as back in 1990.
Loads of women half his age are drooling when he tightens up his belt.
Nuno’s solos were incredible as always, as he took centre stage on more than one occasion with his blistering fretwork.
Third track in is the mega 'Get the Funk Out' and other highlights included 'Hole Hearted' ,'Decadence Dance'
and the first encore 'More Than Words' with all the crowd singing along.
A cover of 'We Are The Champions' went down well as they finished off the set in style.
A great show.
Full Extreme setlist played tonight..
It ('s a Monster)
Li'l Jack Horny
Get the Funk Out
Rest in Peace
Hip Today
Kid Ego
Play with Me
Tragic Comic
Hole Hearted
Midnight Express
Cupid's Dead (Preceded by snippet of "Cupid" by Sam Cooke )
Am I Ever Gonna Change
Take Us Alive (With snippet of "That's All Right, Mama" by Elvis Presley)
Stop the World
Flight of the Wounded Bumblebee
He-Man Woman Hater
Decadence Dance
Encore:
More Than Words (Preceded by snippet of "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin)
Peacemaker Die
We Are the Champions (Queen cover)
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11pm to 11.45pm.
Aftershow party in the backstage bar.
A fairly tame event for around 50 guests...it's a pay bar...
The band did not show up as they stayed in the dressing room area.




Wednesday 20 December 2017.
Happy Birthday to ex KISS drummer Peter Criss who is 72 today.




Tuesday 19 December 2017...I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 7.30pm
EMMANUELLE GAUTHIER - private view - Gallery 54 , 54 Shepherd Market, Mayfair, London W1.
My French friend Emmanuelle is showing several of her paintings.
It is a group showcase along with four other artists.
It is a pop-up that is on all this week until Friday.
Complimentary JELLEY'S vodka cocktails, prosecco and mince pies for all guests.
There is another private view on Thurs 21 Dec 6pm to 8pm.
Pop along for a drink, look at some art...maybe buy some art..no guest list...just turn up.
www.emmanuellegauthier.comVisit her website here for images and more info.
then
DIO RETURNS live at The Islington Academy, London N1.
The Ronnie James Dio hologram with a live band play their only UK show on their European Tour.
The show is fully authorised by Ronnie James Dio widow Wendy.
The 'Dio Returns' tour will feature Dio's actual live vocals, with the Dio Band playing live, featuring Craig Goldy on guitar, Simon Wright on drums, Scott Warren on keyboards and Bjorn Englen on bass. Tim 'Ripper' Owens will also perform, with singer Oni Logan also joining on select dates.
The Ronnie James Dio hologram will be treating fans to an alternating setlist that will feature songs such as "The Mob Rules"," Rainbow In The Dark", "King Of Rock And Roll", "Man On The Silver Mountain", "Heaven And Hell", "Holy Diver" ,"The Last In Line" , "Stargazer" and many more.
I have seen Ronnie James Dio over 20 times on stage including when he was in Elf when they supported
Deep Purple at Hammersmith Odeon in 1974, some ten shows by Dio in his 80s heyday when i worked
front stage security at Hammersmith Odeon and when he took over vocal duties with Black Sabbath for a bit.
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I arrived inside the venue and it is packed...they will need a bigger venue in London next time.
Anticipation is high as fans do not really know exactly how it will be played out tonight on stage.
When Ronnie James Dio died in May 2010, the world of rock and metal lost a genius, a gentleman
and and one of its greatest voices.
Some Dio fans have dissed the idea of a Dio hologram show but you can listen to records and watch
videos any time you like and Dio hardcore fans want something a bit more.
DIO RETURNS arrive on stage at 8.30pm and are on stage for around 85 mins.
The Dio hologram is in the middle and either side is a screen showing Dio images and album covers.
The vocals are split between the Dio hologram and one or sometimes two live vocalists.
The sound quality from the stage is perfect.
Ronnie James Dio was always one of the clearest sounding rock singers and tonight the
hologram does his voice and image justice.
Big cheers each time the Dio hologram is used.
Chants of "Dio, Dio, Dio" ring out from the crowd throughout the evening.
The Dio hologram got most of the main songs with 'King of Rock and Roll', 'The Last In Line',
'Holy Diver' , 'Man on The Silver Mountain' and mega versions of 'Heaven and Hell' and
the encore of 'Rainbow in The Dark'.
The band took their bows at the end to a big roar of approval from the crowd.
A really good show.
Full setlist played tonight...
Tape intro - Perfect Strangers (Deep Purple song)
King of Rock and Roll (Dio cover) (with Ronnie James Dio hologram)
E5150 (Black Sabbath cover)
The Mob Rules (Black Sabbath cover) (with Tim “Ripper� Owens)
Straight Through the Heart (Dio cover) (with Tim “Ripper� Owens)
I (Black Sabbath cover) (with Oni Logan)
The Last in Line / Holy Diver (Dio cover) (with Ronnie James Dio hologram)
Egypt (The Chains Are On) (Dio cover) (with Oni Logan)
Tarot Woman (Rainbow cover) (with Tim “Ripper� Owens) (with Oni Logan)
Guitar Solo (Craig Goldy, with Bjorn Englen)
Catch the Rainbow (Rainbow cover) (with Oni Logan) (with Tim "Ripper" Owens)
Stargazer (Rainbow cover) (with Tim “Ripper� Owens) (with Oni Logan)
Keyboard Solo
Mystery (Dio cover) (with Tim “Ripper� Owens) (with Oni Logan)
Heaven and Hell (Black Sabbath cover) (with Ronnie James Dio hologram)
Man on the Silver Mountain (Rainbow cover) (with Ronnie James Dio hologram)
Drum solo (with snippet of "1812 Overture" by Tchaikovsky)
Heaven and Hell (reprise) (Black Sabbath cover) (with Ronnie James Dio hologram)
Encore:
Rainbow in the Dark (Dio cover) (with Ronnie James Dio hologram)
Tape outro - This Is Your Life (Dio song)






Monday 18 December 2017.....sold out...
PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT live at The Roundhouse, London.
Legendary bass player with Joy Division and New Order is on another UK tour.
I saw Joy Division five times in 1979/1980...and have seen New Order several times.
I have seen Peter Hook & The Light three times in the past.
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Rusty Egan was the dj playing songs before the band and during the short breaks.
PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT play a lengthy show, just like last years show at The Forum.
Tonight they play for 2 hours 35 mins which is spread over THREE sets.
Incredibly THREE albums are played in full.
First it was New Order's 'Movement ' album then loads of Joy Division gems from
their classic two albums...then some classic singles not on those albums...
Joy Division were formed by Bernard Sumner and Peter Hook after the two attended a
Sex Pistols gig in 1976.
Peter Hook proudly takes to the stage wearing a SALFORD LAD t-shirt.
His bass slung below his knees is always great to see.
Most songs there are two bassists as Peter uses his for brilliant 'lead guitar like bass runs'.
He messes up the lyrics to a couple of songs by saying 'as a Manc playing London i always get bad nerves'.
I remember getting the Joy Division debut album on its week of release and it still sounds amazing.
Highlights tonight included mega versions of 'She's Lost Control' , 'Shadowplay', 'Transmission',
'Ceremony' and of course 'Love Will Tear Us Apart'
Mark Lanegan sung vocals on two songs during the encore.
A great show.
FIRST SET NEW ORDER - MOVEMENT album
Dreams Never End (New Order cover)
Truth (New Order cover)
Senses (New Order cover)
Chosen Time (New Order cover)
ICB (New Order cover)
The Him (New Order cover)
Doubts Even Here (New Order cover)
Denial (New Order cover)
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SECOND SET Joy Division - Part 1
No Love Lost (Joy Division cover)
then JOY DIVISION CLOSER album
Atrocity Exhibition (Joy Division cover)
Isolation (Joy Division cover)
Passover (Joy Division cover)
Colony (Joy Division cover)
A Means to an End (Joy Division cover)
Heart and Soul (Joy Division cover)
Twenty Four Hours (Joy Division cover)
The Eternal (Joy Division cover)
Decades (Joy Division cover)
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THIRD SET Joy Division - Part 2
Digital (Joy Division cover)
then JOY DIVISION UNKOWN PLEASURES album
Disorder (Joy Division cover)
Day of the Lords (Joy Division cover)
Candidate (Joy Division cover)
Insight (Joy Division cover)
New Dawn Fades (Joy Division cover)
She's Lost Control (Joy Division cover)
Shadowplay (Joy Division cover)
Wilderness (Joy Division cover)
Interzone (Joy Division cover)
I Remember Nothing (Joy Division cover)
Encore
Atmosphere (Joy Division cover) (with Mark Lanegan)
Dead Souls (Joy Division cover) (with Mark Lanegan)
Transmission (Joy Division cover)
Ceremony (New Order cover)
Love Will Tear Us Apart (Joy Division cover)





Monday 18 December 2017.
Happy Birthday to Rolling Stones guitar legend Keith Richards who is 74 today.
No doubt Keef will outlive all the other rockers.





Sunday 17 December 2017...6.30pm to 11pm...
THE GLITTER BAND featuring John Rossall live at The Islington Academy, London N1.
with support from Hello feat Bob Bradbury + The Arrows feat Alan Merrill + Too Rex +
Bootleg Counterfeit Sweet + Scott Fitzgerald.
The Glitter Band had six Top 10 hits in the 1970s on their own...as well as backing Gary Glitter.
Hello had two Top 10 hits in the 1970s.
KISS guitar legend said Hello's hit 'New York Groove' was one of his fave records of the 1970s
so recorded a version of it that's on his debut solo album.
'New York Groove' is a song written by English singer/songwriter Russ Ballard, which was a hit for
two different artists: the band Hello in 1975, and Ace Frehley in 1978.
Hello had major success in countries like Germany and Japan
The Arrows had a Top 10 hit and a Top 40 hit in the 1970s.
Also one of their b-sides from 1975 would become a worldwide rock classic.
In 1982, Joan Jett released a cover of the Arrows song, "I Love Rock 'N Roll"
(composed by The Arrows members Alan Merrill and Jake Hooker).
It went to number one in the US Billboard charts for 7 weeks.
Alan Merrill lives in New York so this a rare London gig for him.
Scott Fitzgerald began his career on the GTO label, releasing the singles "Judy Played The Jukebox" in 1974 and the title track to glam rock movie "Never Too Young To Rock" in 1975, where he featured alongside glam rock acts Mud, The Glitter Band and The Rubettes.
Fitzgerald's greatest success was with "If I Had Words", which reached number 3 in the UK Singles Chart in 1978,and later went on to be a hit in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Belgium, the Netherlands and Scandinavia.
In 1988, he was the first ever artist chosen by telephone vote to sing the UK's entry in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Go". Fitzgerald came second in the contest, by one point, to Switzerland's entry performed by Celine Dion. "Go" reached number 52 in the UK Singles Chart in April 1988.
The evening was dedicated to the memory of Harvey Ellison (sax player in The Glitter Band ) who sadly
passed away earlier this year.
www.macmillan.org.ukAll proceeds tonight went to Macmillan Cancer Charity.
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Over to a very wet Islington for a full evening of classic Glam Rock tunes from the 1970s.
Nice to see many folks here that i know who have braved the dismal weather.
All the support acts played for around 40 mins and The Glitter Band played for 60 mins.
Changeovers were only 10 mins each so loads of great songs played during the evening.
BOOTLEG COUNTERFEIT SWEET were first on at an early start of 6.30pm.
A nice surprise as Bob Bradbury from Hello is on vocal duties for them tonight.
Always great to hear those classic Sweet songs including 'Blockbuster' , 'Wig Wam Bam',
'Co-Co', 'Little Willy' , 'Fox On The Run' and 'Ballroom Blitz'.
TOO REX arrive on stage at 7.20pm for their 40 mins set.
Top tribute act Trextasy i have seen many times but this the first time I am seeing Too Rex.
They are much better than expected as the Marc Bolan looks and sounds like Marc and
they have a bongo player like Mickey Finn.
A perfect set of Bolan gems with 'Jeepster','Telegram Sam','I Love To Boogie','Ride A White Swan',
'Get It On', 'Hot Love' and '20th Century Boy'.
THE ARROWS feat original member Alan Merrill arrived on stage at 8.10pm.
Although i saw Sweet at the a Rainbow in Dec 1973 , my next visit to the Rainbow was in 1977 so
i missed The Arrows and Hello when they both played there in 1975 and have never seen them.
Alan Merrill has a nice New York twang as he chats between songs.
They finished their set with three biggies , 'A Touch Too Much' (number 8 hit in 1974 ) ,
'My Last Night With You' ( number 25 hit in 1975) and of course a rowdy ' I Love Rock N Roll'.
HELLO feat original member Bob Bradbury arrive on stage at 9pm for their 40 mins set.
Vocalist Bob Bradbury looks ridiculously young for his age.
I can still see his face from when i was glued to Top Of The Pops every week in the mid 1970s.
The start of the set features three great tracks that were hits in Germany 'Games Up', 'Love Stealer'
'Star Studded Sham' and then it's mega versions of their two UK hits , 'Tell Him' ( number 6 in 1974 ) and
'New York Groove' ( number 9 hit in 1975) which had all the crowd singing along loudly.
They have a great four cd box set out that you can get from Cherry Red for �17.99.
THE GLITTER BAND feat original member John Rossall arrive on stage at 9.55pm and play for 60 mins.
All the band are wearing glitter jackets and they have their iconic two drummer set-up.
They also have the silver star shaped guitar that was used by them on TOTP in the 1970s.
They play an excellent set mixing Glitter Band and Gary Glitter classic hits.
Gary Glitter is blacklisted by tv and radio these days but it's great to hear those songs again.
1.Rock n Roll Part 1
2.Lets Get Together Again
3.Rock On
4.I Didn't Know I Loved You ( till I saw you rock n roll )
5.Just For You
6.Hello! Hello! I'm Back Again
7.Angel Face
8.Oh Yes! You're Beautiful
9.Another Rock N Roll Christmas
10.Rock N Roll Part 2
Encore :
11.I Love You Love Me Love
12.I'm The Leader Of The Gang (I Am)
13.Never Too Young To Rock - sung by Scott Fitzgerald with The Glitter Band and members of support bands.
Title track from the 1975 glam rock film.
They said first time ever performed live by Scott Fitzgerald and The Glitter Band together.
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A great night of classic glam rock tunes from the mid 1970s.




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