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News and Reviews: October 01, 2014
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Some good gigs and events coming up worth checking out.....
Wed 01 Oct---Kate Bush plays the last of her 22 sold out shows at Hammersmith Apollo.
See my review for the 20 September 2014 show by going to that date.
Thurs 02 Oct---The Vulz play The Dublin Castle,Camden...garage rockers..tix £6.
Fri 03 Oct---Michael Jackson tribute show 'This Is It' plays The Beck Theatre,Hayes,Middlesex.
Sat 04 Oct---Ian Hunter And The Rant Band play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Sat 04 Oct---999 play The Pipeline,Middlesex Street,London E1.
Sat 04 Oct---Jim Jones Revue play The Forum.
Sun 05 Oct---British Horse Racing fans descend on Paris this weekend for The Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
Every October, up to 50,000 spectators descend on the banks of the Seine, to witness Europe's most extravagant horse race. As one understating slogan puts it: "Ce n'est pas une course, c'est un monument" – "Not so much a race as a monument".
This year has a massive 5 million euro purse.
Sun 05 Oct---Joe Brown plays The Beck Theatre,Hayes,Middlesex.
Mon 6th Oct ---Johnny Marr plays a special show as part of 6 Music Live at Maida Vale.
Tues 07 Oct and Wed 08 Oct---James Taylor plays The Royal Albert Hall.
These are the last shows on his UK tour for this singer-songwriter who was massive in the 1970s.
Wed 08 Oct---Kobra & The Lotus play The Camden Barfly.
Sat 11 Oct---Buzzcocks play The Forum.
John Lydon is doing a week of signings and talks about his new book which is his second autobiography.
It is released on 09 Oct 2014 and is called 'Anger Is An Energy: My Life Uncensored'.
Sun12 Oct---John Lydon book signing at HMV Reading at 2pm.
Thurs 16 Oct---John Lydon QnA and talk at The Old Truman Brewery,East London.
Fri 17 Oct---John Lydon book signing HMV Oxford Street at 1pm.
The musical 'Memphis' opens at The Shaftesbury Theatre in October.
Beverley Knight stars in this Tony Award winning 1950s musical telling the story of a white radio disc jockey who falls in love with a black singer. Christopher Ashley directs. Book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro, music and lyrics by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan.
Miel de Botton releases her debut single 'Bad Men' on Mon 22 Sept 2014.
watch the video hereAlso Miel has a one off gig coming up.
Thurs 13 Nov---Join singer-songwriter Miel de Botton for an evening of live music at Pizza Express, The Pheasantry,152 Kings Road,Chelsea,London SW3 4QT.
Miel breathes new life into beloved French chansons (Jacques Brel, Edith Piaf et al) with innovative arrangements and also performs her own sensitive and stunning material in both English and French.
www.pizzaexpresslive.co.ukTickets are £20 and available from this website link.
Tuesday 30 September 2014...I went to two events tonight...
6.45pm to 9pm.
DISARONNO and Versace - party at One Mayfair, 13 North Audley Street, London, W1.
David Sinclair Four live at The Half Moon,Putney,London.
Formed 9 years ago, the rock/blues, lyric-led DS4 have shared stages with many, including Wilko Johnson, Marcus Bonfanti, Buddy Whittington and Willie Nile. They have played several festivals and played twice on the bandstand at the Olympic Park during the 2012 London Olympics. They have released 3 albums, the 4th at present being recorded and mixed.
DS4 were on stage for around an hour and support act Jesse Terry sung a couple of good songs with them.
Check back soon for full reviews.
Tuesday 30 September 2014---30 years ago today I went to see KISS play The Brighton Centre
The support band was Bon Jovi who were yet to take off as 'Slippery When Wet' was their next release.
I would see them again at the end of the tour at Wembley Arena on 14/15 Oct 1984.
Monday 29 September 2014.
Kylie Minogue live at The 02 Arena,London.
Kylie Minogue plays the first of three shows at The 02 Arena on her 'Kiss Me Once' European Tour.
This is her first tour under her new management of Jay Z's Roc Nation.
I saw three of her arena shows for her previous 'Aphrodite' tour of 2011 which were totally mega
so I am really looking forward to seeing Kylie tonight as she always puts on a great show.
As usual there are lots of gay men and women in the crowd.
I saw her original producer Pete Waterman in the crowd.
Kylie arrived on stage at 8.40pm and played a fantastic show for 1 hour 55 mins.
A nice entrance as she rose up through a trapdoor sprawled on a giant pair of shiny red lips.
The production has been trimmed back a bit compared to previous tours.
Kylie is now aged 46 but somehow has not aged over the past 25 years and looks stunning as
she parades in a half a dozen different revealing stage outfits all showing off her legs,bum and high heels.
The band are hidden away in the two corners as the show is focused on Kylie and her eight dancers
along with one of the best big centre screens showing amazing images all through the evening.
The two side screens focus on live footage of the show.
Loads of great lasers and lights through the show.
Kylie strutted along the catwalk and matched her dancers on some of the dance routines.
There is a very lively dance pop atmosphere as she mixed new album tracks with older hits.
There was also a INXS hit in tribute to her tragic ex Michael Hutchence.
Kylie and her perfect smile and likeable personality shone out through the evening.
Kylie live in concert is always such a brilliant dazzling fun night out.
Kate Bush was a great show but for me Kylie was better.
FIRST KISS SECTION
In My Arms
SECRET KISS SECTION
Bauhau Disco (Interlude)
Step Back in Time
Your Disco Needs You
On a Night Like This
DIZZY KISS SECTION
Enjoy Yourself (Interlude)
Hand on Your Heart / Never Too Late / Got to Be Certain / I Should Be So Lucky
LICK KISS SECTION
Need You Tonight (INXS cover)
Can't Get You Out of My Head
Kids (Robbie Williams cover)
Kiss Me Once
AUSSIE KISS SECTION
Get Outta My Way
Love at First Sight
Especially for You (Jason Donovan cover)
Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi
In Your Eyes
Confide in Me
All the Lovers
Into the Blue
Check the IconicPix link on the right for photos of this show and recent shows by
Lenny Kravitz and The Libertines.
Sunday 28 September 2014.
Lenny Kravitz live at Koko,London.
This was a private/secret gig by Lenny a couple of days after his show at The Roundhouse
for the iTunes Festival.
This was a benefit show for AUTISM ROCKS.
Downstairs on the floor were tables for folks having dinner and drinks.
The only celeb face I spotted was impressionist Jon Culshaw.
I am in the vip area on the the right hand side of the balcony.
This is perfect as it's a complimentary bar here for 50 people and we have our own waiters.
Complimentary Mercier champers,Jack Daniels n cokes and burgers and steak sandwiches.
Upper balcony is more folks with general admission tickets.
There was a dj playing popular dance tunes and there was a silent auction for memorabilia.
AUTISM ROCKS is a UK charity established in 2014 by Sanjay Shah, founder of Solo Capital.
He said a few words before Lenny came on saying all the money raised tonight would go straight to
the charity as he was bankrolling the entire production costs for the event.
Lenny is in London for a few days to promote his new album and single called 'Strut'.
Lenny and his full band including three backing singers came on stage at 9.20pm for an 85 mins set.
Gail Ann Dorsey is still on bass and the female drummer is still there.
Lenny looks totally rock star cool as usual and his many female admirers are swooning.
Loads of great funk rock tunes mixing newer tracks with older gems.
A brilliant show.
Full setlist played was pretty much what was played at The Roundhouse minus two tracks.
Dirty White Boots
American Woman (The Guess Who cover)
It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over
Dancin' Til Dawn
Always on the Run
New York City
Let Love Rule
Are You Gonna Go My Way
Lenny Kravitz comes back to Europe for a six week arena tour from late Oct to early Dec.
A one off UK show is at Wembley Arena on 06 Dec 2014.
www.autismrocks.comVisit the Autism Rocks website for more info.
Saturday 27 September 2014.
The Libertines live at Alexandra Palace,London N22.
The Libertines play the second of three shows at Alexander Palace.
Their first London shows since that massive show in Hyde Park that I saw in July.
Alexandra Palace has to be worst venue in London for me travel wise to get to from outer West London.
Plus going there I run into the hordes from the Arsenal v Spurs game at Finsbury Park.Deep joy...not.
Loads of police and security here tonight inside and outside the venue.
I get there late at 8.45pm but there are hundreds still going in as Libertines fans like to get pissed up
outside the venue before the show and inside the venue the atmosphere is really buzzing.
The Libertines go on stage a mere 5 mins late at 9.20pm and play for 95 mins which was the same length
as their Hyde Park show.
One big screen and lots of lighting.
Watching the band in front of me is Rough Trade Records supremo Geoff Travis who signed the band.
He watched them on his own and left on his own when I departed even though there was an afterparty
to 1am each night so not sure what kind of relationship he has with them at the moment.
The feeling remains that things could,at any moment,go disastrously wrong.But they didn't.
The Libertines sound great and there is not much fiddling about between songs.
The Libertines still inspire religious-like devotion from their fans which is great to witness.
The band play glorious versions of 'Time For Heroes','What A Waster' , 'Can't Stand Me Now'
'Don't Look Back Into The Sun' and 'What Became Of The Likely Lads'.
At the heart of The Libertines appeal is the bromance between Pete Doherty and Carl Barat.
They share the mic,swop knowing smiles,read out each other's letters from fans and hug
each other which sends a nice tingle down your spine after all what they've been through.
At the end Pete Doherty wrapped himself in a Q.P.R. scarf.
The Libertines were great tonight and it will be interesting what the future holds for them after this tour.
The setlist was a couple of songs different from the first night here the day before.
Campaign of Hate
Time for Heroes
The Ha Ha Wall
Music When the Lights Go Out
What Katie Did
The Boy Looked at Johnny
Boys in the Band
Can't Stand Me Now
Last Post on the Bugle
Don't Look Back Into the Sun
Death on the Stairs
Tell the King
You're My Waterloo (Pete acoustic, Carl electric)
Fuck Forever (Babyshambles cover) (tease)
What Became of the Likely Lads
Up the Bracket
What a Waster
I Get Along
Friday 26 September 2014...i went to two events tonight...
7pm to 9.15pm.
Gigi's - restaurant launch party at Gigi's, 22 Woodstock Street,Mayfair, London, W1.
This Italian restaurant is off Bond Street hidden in the corner of this cobbled street.
One of those events that started quietly then got busier and busier.
A nice mixed age crowd.
There was a card magician who did great tricks right in front of you.
The dj sounds in the corner got louder and louder and some folks started dancing.
Lots of complimentary Devaux champers and canapés for all guests.
Italian food with plenty of modern twists, most of them coming from the direction of French cuisine. That combined orientation means that alongside a classic starter of vitello tonnato (cold sliced veal with tuna sauce) you might find both steak tartare and a signature dish of sea bass tartare and langoustine, served with honey and lemon caramel. Among the fish dishes, a traditional fritto misto sits next to an equally traditional (but French) Dover sole meunière. Meat dishes include osso buco with saffron risotto, one of Italy’s most famous dishes, but also innovative creations such as a ‘Trilogy’ of lamb (rack, loin and a braised roll), served with celeriac purée. The dessert list is also a mix of Italian and French.
www.gigismayfair.comCheck the Gigi's website here for more info.
9.30pm to 11.30pm.
Press night afterparty for 'Great Britain' at Mint Leaf Restaurant & Bar,Haymarket,London SW1.
A massive party for over 500 folks after the play was held earlier at Theatre Royal,Haymarket,London SW1.
Richard Bean’s fast and furious new play is an anarchic and foul-mouthed satire about the press, the police
and the political establishment.
Lucy Punch plays Paige Britain, the ambitious young news editor of The Free Press, a tabloid newspaper
locked in a never-ending battle for more readers.
Lucy told me "I'm enjoying it but it was absolutely nerve-racking".
Guests here included all the members of the cast plus Sir Michael Grade,Andrew Neil,David Baddiel,
Nigel Planer,'Embarrassing Bodies’ tv presenter – Doctor Christian Jessen,Jenny Eclair, Helen Lederer
and no doubt a few more I missed.
The play has 150 seats at only £15 for every performance.
It is on until 10 Jan 2015.
Complimentary Nyetimber sparkling wine,ordinary wines,lagers and lots of bowl food and canapés.
It was until 1am but we departed at 11.30pm.
www.greatbritainonstage..comCheck here for more info and to buy tickets.
www.mintleafrestaurant.comCheck the Mint Leaf website here for more info.
Thursday 25 September 2014...I went to two events tonight...
6.45pm to 8.15pm
Sony Xperia Z3 - launch party at Aqua Nueva, 30 Argyll Street, London, W1.
Only six months after the launch of the Xperia Z2 comes its successor, the Xperia Z3. Sony hopes this will help it gain traction in the notoriously fickle Android superphone market, and knows that there are customers who will only buy the latest and greatest model at any given point of time, for whom money is no object.
We have half a dozen phones on display for folks to play about with.
Around 200 guests here including Mollie King,Millie MacKintosh,Donna Air and Vanessa White.
Nice and lively with dj sounds in the background.
Guests enjoyed complimentary vodka cocktails,gin cocktails,cava,wines,beers and food including bowls of
beef n chunky chips and canapés.
8.30pm to 9.30pm
Scarlett Raven: Eleventh Hour - private view at Castle Fine Art, 24 Bruton Street, London, W1.
At just 28 years old, Scarlett Raven is a rising star on the contemporary art scene and has already gained the support of celebrity fans such as Orlando Bloom, Take That and Lord Jonathan Marland, who are all avid collectors of her work.
Raven’s newly unveiled collection, entitled ‘The Eleventh Hour’, will be on display at Castle Fine Art, Mayfair this month and celebrates the meaning of flowers, in particular the humble poppy.
Complimentary presecco for all guests.
www.scarlettraven.comCheck out her website for more info and pictures.
Wednesday 24 September 2014...I went to three events tonight...
6.15pm to 7.30pm
Thomas Lyte ---press showcase--- at 12-13 Burlington Arcade,Piccadilly,London W1.
An upmarket crowd here for this store in the very posh Burlington Arcade.
Lots of high quality leather and silver accessories on display.
We have a replica of the F.A.Cup in the corner as they make the original.
I also make use of the complimentary shoeshine and back massage.
All guests enjoyed complimentary presecco and canapés.
A nice event for a smallish store.
About Thomas Lyte...
Thomas Lyte is a modern English luxury lifestyle brand specialising in exquisitely fashioned leather and silver accessories, all with a contemporary twist.
CEO Kevin Baker established Thomas Lyte on a strong set of founding values: Craftsmanship, Englishness, Luxury and Modernity.
An ardent supporter of the resurgence of British artisanship and craftsmanship, Kevin understands that discerning buyers are increasingly seeking provenance, craft and individuality. Thomas Lyte’s objective is to fuse traditional values and craftwork with beautiful, contemporary designs that are excitingly relevant to today’s customer.
The Thomas Lyte silver workshop, one of the largest in Britain, is presided over by master silversmith Kevin Williams, a Freeman of the Goldsmiths’ Company which received its first Royal Charter in 1327.The expert team of silversmiths are responsible for the creation of the brand’s contemporary silver accessories and homewares as well as the care and restoration of some of sport’s most iconic trophies; these, include football’s FA Cup, golf’s Ryder Cup and the Webb Ellis Rugby World Cup. Thomas Lyte’s silver team are also responsible for creating silver commissions, from medals to bespoke objects.
www.thomaslyte.comCheck the Thomas Lyte website here for more info.
7.45pm to 9.45pm
Quattro Passi London launch party at 34 Dover Street,Mayfair,London W1.
Another quality restaurant joins the London restaurant scene.
Quattro Passi brings the fresh flavours of Campania in Southern Italy to the heart of Mayfair. The seasonally inspired menu is prepared with the finest ingredients that can be obtained, and shipped daily to the UK from Chef Antonio Mellino’s native Italy.
Chef/Patron Antonio Mellino has earned two Michelin stars at his landmark restaurant in Campania, and he has moved his family to the Capital with the sole mission of introducing Londoners to real Italian fine dining.
Quattro Passi is on two levels,with the main dining room on the ground floor and a sleek,sophisticated bar on
the ground below.
The Italian staff here were fantastic as they really fussed over you.
Lots of complimentary cocktails,presecco,wines and yummy food including plates of food,canapés and lots
superb Italian pastries with cappuccinos.
www.quattropassi.co.ukCheck the Quattro Passi here for more info.
10pm to 12.30pm
Raindance Film Festival: 'I, Origins' --- afterparty at Café de Paris, 3-4 Coventry Street, London, W1.
Around 500 folks here for the afterparty for the film that was shown earlier.
Guests here included Sadie Frost and Andy Bell ex Oasis and now Beady Eye.
'I Origins' is a 2014 American science fiction drama film written, directed, and produced by Mike Cahill.
All guests enjoyed complimentary cocktails,wines and beers.
We have Roland Gift playing live here who played a really good 75 mins set with a pukka band
and two female backing vocalists.
Roland Gift was the singer of Fine Young Canniballs who had a few hits in the 1980s.
He is also an actor having done film and tv work.
He still has an effortless great voice that is nice and clear.
We are front row left just a few feet from him and the band.
The set was a mix of solo material and some old FYC hits.
Ever Fallen In Love (Buzzcocks cover)---FYC number 9 hit in 1987
Johnny Come Home---FYC number 8 hit in 1985
It's Only Money
Good Thing---FYC number 7 hit in 1989
Suspicious Minds (Elvis Presley cover)---FYC number 8 hit in 1985
She Drives Me Crazy---FYC number 5 hit in 1985
I'm Not The Man I Used To Be---FYC number 20 hit in 1989
www.raindance.orgCheck the Raindance website for more info.
Tuesday 23 September 2014...I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 8pm.
The LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair's Private View at Berkeley Square, London, W1.
Builders have spent the past week building this huge marquee on this famous square.
A massive event with most of the 1000 upmarket guests paying £65 for their tickets.
Over 100 exhibitors here.
Lots of of amazing items in perfect condition including paintings,furniture,books,carpets,
clocks,watches,coins,medals,glass,jewellery,pottery,sculpture and much more.
Total value of items on display easily in the multi-millions.
Lots of complimentary Lanson champers for all the guests here.
It is on until Sunday 28 Sept with tickets costing £15.
www.lapadalondon.comVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
Placebo live at The Roundhouse,London.
THIS GIG WAS THE 6200th SEEN BY ME SINCE 1973.
The was a gig for competition winners as part of the month long iTunes Festival at The Roundhouse.
The good thing about this festival is they put on gigs by big names from all music genres for free.
The bad thing thing is they make you queue for ages as there are ID checks and like tv shows
they send out more tickets than the venue holds to ensure capacity.
Last night I got there at 8.30pm and the queue was still massive.
Luckily I bypassed all this with a guest list place.
I looked out again at 8.45pm and still there was a massive queue.
Basically you need to arrive at the venue at 7pm to get in at 8pm.
If you stroll up at after 8pm for the headliner you will come unstuck as the queue will still be there and at best
you will miss the opening songs and at worst you will not get in as the venue has reached capacity.
Placebo arrive on stage dead on 9pm and play a great 75 mins set.
A bit short but most bands play a shorter set when they play this festival.
The sound is fantastic and the iTunes stage production is big.
Placebo are known as a trio but there are six musicians on stage tonight.
Placebo have been doing their own thing the past 20 years regardless of current trends.
They released their seventh album last year.
Lots of really good rockin' tunes and a superb Kate Bush cover during the encore.
A great show.
Full Placebo setlist played...
For What It's Worth
Loud Like Love
Every You Every Me
Scene of the Crime
A Million Little Pieces
Too Many Friends
One of a Kind
Song to Say Goodbye
The Bitter End
Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God) (Kate Bush cover)
Check aftershow page for this show.
Monday 22 September 2014...I went to two events tonight...
6.45pm to 9.30pm.
National Reality TV Awards at Porchester Hall, Porchester Road, London, W2.
Around 250 folks here at this venue over by Queensway.
I went a few years ago and it was a bit third rate...and it is still a bit third rate.
Everything is fine until 8pm with complimentary presecco,wines,ciders,organic energy drinks from
Little Miracles and canapés.
Then it's a sit down at tables with drinks---no dinner.
The awards ceremony starts and the sound is so muffled you cannot understand what is being said
in the video clips being shown and the live presenters are not that clear either.
Plus half the award winners do not turn up to collect their awards.
Pretty amazing how many reality shows these days on all the tv channels.
Guests here included Louie Spence, Amy Willerton,Jahmene Douglas,Bianca Gasgoine,Calum Best,
Lauren Goodger,Rylan Clark,Rough Copy,Hugo Taylor,Damage,folks from Gogglebox,
Luisa Zissman,Frankie Cocozza and a few others.
All guests got a goodie bag.
10pm to 12pm.
Evita - press night - afterparty at The Dominion Theatre,Tottenham Court Road,London W1.
A massive party for well over 500 folks in the venue itself.
Marti Pellow from Wet Wet Wet is here as he has one of the main parts in the show.
Also here is Madalena Alberto who plays Evita.
Other faces here included Lord Lloyd Webber,Sir Tim Rice,Bill Kenwright,Tony Blackburn,
England Footie Manager Roy Hodgson,Elaine Paige,Barbara Windsor,Jenny Seagrove,
Anika Rice,Jeffrey Archer,songwriting legend Don Black,Melanie C and no doubt a few more.
We have a live band playing Argentinian tunes.
Complimentary wines,beers,bowl food and canapés for all the guests.
Saturday 20 September 2014.
Kate Bush live at Hammersmith Apollo,London.
This was show number 16 of the 22 Kate Bush sold out shows at this venue and my first time seeing it.
All sold out pronto despite steep ticket prices of £135,£95,£75,£59,£49 plus booking fees.
Respect is due to Kate Bush for playing here rather than half a dozen shows at The 02 Arena.
Her first shows for around 35 years is one of the most anticipated events of the year.
I saw Kate Bush at this venue in 1979 on her only UK tour.
As expected it is a long theatrical show of around 2 hours 30 mins on stage plus an interval.
And just like a West End theatre show everyone is in the venue for the start of the show.
There was much respect here for the artist and folks stayed seated for each song then lots of
clapping and standing ovations after each song ended.
Her voice still sounds great and her band were really good.
Her son Bertie aged just 16 was a revelation as Kate credits him as "creative advisor".
Plenty of stunning visuals with amazing stage sets and the attention to detail was perfect.
A collage of music,film,theatre and puppets.
A conventional show for the first half hour with a few hits then the stage became a sunken shipwreck.
Kate sung in a flotation tank and flew across the stage in a crow costume.
The show featured two elaborate storytelling song cycles that were a bit hit and miss for me.
The first was 'The Ninth Wave' which features the last seven songs from her 1985 'Hounds Of Love' album.
The second was 'A Sky Of Honey' which features songs from her 2005 'Aerial' album.
It was an amazing show of the highest quality but I like some of the folks from the previous shows
was a bit disappointed that she did not play a lot of her big hits including
'Wuthering Heights','The Man With The Child In His Eyes','Wow','Babooshka' and 'Don't Give Up'.
Kate Bush is one of the those artists that will not pander to the expected.
Lily (Extended Intro)
Hounds of Love
Top of the City
Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)
King of the Mountain (Extended)
Video: Phoning the Coastguards
THE NINTH WAVE section of the show
And Dream of Sheep
Waking the Witch
Watching You Without Me
Little Light (performed by backing vocals)
Jig of Life (Extended)
Hello Earth (Extended)
The Morning Fog (Extended)
A SKY OF HONEY section of the show
An Architect's Dream (Proceeded by an actor's monologue)
The Painter's Link
Somewhere in Between (Extended)
Tawny Moon (New song; sung by Kate's son Bertie)
Among Angels (Kate solo at piano)
Some Kate Bush career info and news from the opening shows.
Kate has amassed a multi million fortune and lives a very secretive low key life in Devon.
Before she got signed three tracks in total were recorded and paid for by David Gilmour.The tape was produced by Gilmour's friend Andrew Powell and was sent to EMI executive Terry Slater who was impressed by the tape and signed her.
In 1978, at the age of 19, Bush topped the UK Singles Chart for four weeks with her debut single "Wuthering Heights", becoming the first woman to have a UK number one with a self-written song.She has since released ten albums, three of which topped the UK Albums Chart. She has had 25 UK Top 40 hit singles, including half a dozen Top 10 hits.
Kate Bush is now aged 56.
Kate Bush has a request for fans who are coming to the gigs: "We have purposefully chosen an intimate theatre setting rather than a large venue or stadium. It would mean a great deal to me if you would please refrain from taking photos or filming during the shows. I very much want to have contact with you as an audience, not with iphones, ipads or cameras. I know it's a lot to ask but it would allow us to all share in the experience together."
As well as banning public photography she also banned the usual press photographers as she
used just her own official photographer for Kate and her team to ok the few pictures that were released.
A Kate Bush picture from the opening night made the front page of most of the daily papers the day after.
All the reviews appear to be five stars with the odd one giving it four stars.
Even the NME gave it a very rare 10/10.
Even before these shows the critics have seen Kate as Britains most significant female artist.
Eight of her albums went back in the Top 40 charts after the first weeks reviews came out.
Some celebs who were there on the first night included David Gilmour,Lily Allen,Marc Almond,Holly Johnson,
Frank Skinner,Derren Brown,Lauren Laverne,Michael Ball,Rufus Wainwright and Warpaint.
Celebs on the second night included Chris Rea and David Walliams.
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