News and Reviews: February 08, 2016

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Never Mind The Sex Pistols---Snap are delighted to present a collection of post-Pistols-pre-PIL-period
photographs taken in London by Paris-based photographer Pierre Benain.
From the early age of seventeen, Pierre Benain had been writing and photographing for French music magazine Rock & Folk. On his frequent visits to London he discovered Malcom McLaren and Vivienne Westwood's shop Too Fast to Live too young to die, which later became SEX. Soon after, as a contributor to Rock News, Benain was introduced to Malcolm McLaren.
33 photos on display which despite the exhibition title mainly feature John Lydon and Sid Vicious as
there are none with other Pistols members Steve Jones,Glen Matlock or Paul Cook.
An original poster from the first Sex Pistols gig in Paris from Sept 1976 is featured in the exhibition.
Dates: 19 January 2016 to 05 March 2016 at Snap Galleries ,Piccadilly Arcade,London W1.
www.snapgalleries.comVisit the Snap Gallery website for more info.
Wed 10 Feb---Jimi Hendrix flat in 23 Brook Street,Mayfair opens to the public...tickets required.
This new exhibition recreates in painstaking detail the flat that Hendrix shared with his girlfriend Kathy Etchingham in Brook Street, Mayfair, between July 1968 and March 1969, formerly served as Handel’s attic. It brings the presence of the mesmeric guitarist-vocalist’s illustrious neighbour into sharp focus.
The flat has undergone a £2.4m restoration with the help of money from the Heritage Lottery Fund and private donors.
Thurs 11 Feb---Roy Chubby Brown plays The Beck Theatre,Hayes.
Thurs 11 Feb---The classic film Quadrophenia is shown at Hammersmith Apollo.
Significantly for this event, the venue is actually featured in the original artwork for the 1973 Quadrophenia album release, with a photograph of The Who standing in front of the building, then known as the Hammersmith Odeon. It is also mentioned in the sleeve notes, in which Jimmy recalls seeing Who posters being pasted outside the building after he sleeps rough in Hammersmith.
Fri 12 Feb to Sun 14 Feb---BBC Radio 6 Music weekend is held at various venues in Bristol.
A celebration of live music, conversation, comedy and spoken word.
Highlights will be on BBC IPlayer.
Fri 12 Feb---Another great rockumentary on BBC4...AC/DC and the Story of Aussie Rock...
Features Aussie rock in the 1960s and 1970s including Bon Scott era AC/DC.
Fri 12 Feb---Suede play The Forum....First set is the new album...Second set is hits & treats...
Sat 13 Feb---QPR play Fulham...West London Derby...live on SKY tv from 12.30...
Sat 13 Feb---The Who play Wembley Arena.
One off show by The Who in Europe before their American tour.
Sat 13 Feb---The Godfathers play The Garage.
I have seen The Godfathers around 30 times since 1987.
Sat 13 Feb---Joe Jackson plays The Palladium.
I have seen Joe Jackson around 15 times since 1979.
On my first visit to New York in 1979 Joe Jackson was on the same plane as me.
Sat 13 Feb---one of those nights with great bands clashing at different venues in London.
Sun 14 Feb---The BAFTAS are held at The Royal Opera House.
Mon 15 Feb---Dream Themes + The Priscilla's play The Lexington,96 Pentonville Road,London N1.
Get there early to see all girl band The Priscilla's.
Mon 15 Feb and Tues 16 Feb--- 25 Years of Reeves & Mortimer at Hammersmith Apollo.
Tues 16 Feb---Foals + Everything Everything play Wembley Arena.
Tues 16 Feb---Little Simz plays Islington Academy...female rapper with a great debut album out now...
Tues 16 Feb---Eagles Of Death Metal play The Olympia Theatre,Paris.
EODM return to Paris after the terrorist attack at their gig in Nov when 89 where killed.
A statement on the band's website read: "Fans who were at the Bataclan show on November 13th
will be entitled to a free ticket for the rescheduled Paris date at the Olympia Theatre on February 16th".
Wed 17 Feb---NME Awards are held at Brixton Academy.
Coldplay are to get the main award---The Godlike Genius Award.
Bring Me The Horizon are to get The Innovation Award.
Yoko Ono is to get The Inspiration Award...Yoko celebrates her 83rd birthday the day after the awards...
Thurs 18 Feb---Wendy James ex Transvision Vamp plays The Brooklyn Bowl at The 02 Arena complex.
Wendy has been quiet for a bit but is now back with a new album titled 'The Price Of The Ticket'.
Thurs 18 Feb---James play The Scala...a small gig for them to launch their new album...
Thurs 18 Feb and Fri 19 Feb---Dream Theater play The Palladium.
Thurs 18 Feb and Fri 19 Feb---Frankie Boyle plays Hammersmith Apollo.
Friday 19 Feb to Tues 23 Feb---London Fashion Week AW16 is held over five days.
Sat 20 Feb---Thunder + Terrorvision + King King play Wembley Arena.
Tues 23 Feb---Richard Hawley plays Hammersmith Apollo.
Wed 24 Feb---The BRIT Awards are held at The 02 Arena.
There will be a special tribute to David Bowie at The BRIT Awards.
It’s been announced that this year’s BRIT Awards winners will all receive an exclusive trophy
designed by Scots-born fashion designer Pam Hogg.
Acts confirmed to play a song on the night include Adele,Coldplay,Justin Bieber,Jess Glynne,
Rihanna,James Bay,The Weeknd and Little Mix.
Thurs 25 Feb---Kirk Brandon (acoustic show) + Folk Grinder play The Water Rats,Kings Road.
Fri 26 Feb---Chas and Dave play The Theatre Royal,Windsor.
Sat 27 Feb---The Cult play Brixton Academy.
Fri 04 March---Stiff Little Fingers play The Forum.
Sun 06 March---Peter Hook & The Light play Sub 89, Reading.
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Muhammad Ali to visit London exhibition
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali is set to visit Britain for an exhibition to mark his life and career. The three time world heavyweight champion is said to be 'determined' not to let his Parkinson's disease stop him from attending the event and hopes to fly over with wife Lonnie in early March for the I Am The Greatest exhibition at one of the spaces at The O2.
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Sun 06 March---CIRQUE DU SOLEIL --- AMALUNA --- last night of their six week run at
The Royal Albert Hall.
www.cirquedusoleil.comClick here for more info and to buy.
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Following the closure of Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Friday 4 December 2015 and further inspections, structural engineers have advised that works to the roof structure will extend into March 2016. As a result most shows for Jan to March
will now be happening at The Forum Kentish Town. Tickets bought for the original venue will still be valid.
UPDATE---Shepherds Bush Empire will be closed until 31 March 2016.
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The Sex Pistols may not be playing this year but how about this for a one-off double header special featuring
Sex Pistols members at Shepherds Bush Empire on Thurs 19 May 2015 with tix on sale from 05 Feb 2016.
The Rich Kids featuring Glen Matlock and The Professionals featuring Paul Cook.
Two post-Pistols bands from the late 1970s.





Sunday 7 February 2016.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band confirm return to Ireland in 2016.
The River Tour - Friday 27 May 2016 at Croke Park, Dublin.
On their last visit to Ireland, they played sell out shows around the country in Limerick, Cork and Belfast
before wrapping up their European Tour with 2 nights in Kilkenny.
Now Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band have confirmed a return to Dublin -
last appearing in the city in 2012 - to play for the first time ever at Croke Park.
Tickets for Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band at Croke park on sale Thursday 11 February at 9am.
Ticket prices:
Seated: E65.45 / E116 / E131
General Admission: E98.50
Rumours in Ireland say second and third dates have been reserved for more Dublin shows.
I saw U2 at Croke Park in June 2005 which is a huge outdoor stadium venue.
No news on UK shows but i presume Wembley Stadium is where he is headed.
I have a hunch the London show will be on Saturday 04 June which means a mega clash with
AC/DC who are playing The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park ,Stratford,East London on the same day.






Saturday 06 February 2016.
Saturday i watched a great documentary on Annabel's club in Berkeley Square which was shown on BBC4.
Annabel's has long been the playground for the rich and famous, and now its story comes to life in this 50-year history of the most celebrated nightclub in the world. Renowned for its discretion, and as a haunt of some of our greatest celebrities, the film offers a hitherto unseen glimpse into the rarefied worlds behind the doors of 44 Berkeley Square.
As London's very first members-only nightclub, Annabel's remains the only nightclub visited by the Queen, and once courted infamy for refusing entry to the Beatles. The documentary provides a cultural biopsy of London since the Second World War, and the club's history from inception through to the present day.
I have been there half a dozen times as they have the odd private event where non members are allowed.
Annabel's capacity is 200 at most but a few acts have played there including Bryan Ferry,Grace Jones and
Lady Gaga twice in 2011 and 2013...I saw her there in 2011 which was a mega party for Belvedere Vodka.
Kate Moss and all her gang were at the gig.
Lady Gaga footage from that gig was shown in the documentary.
You can check it out on BBC iPlayer.








Friday 5 February 2016...6.45pm to 9.45pm...
Zoom F1 - charity auction - at The Intercontinental Hotel,Park Lane,London W1.
A big crowd of around 500 smartly dressed folks in the ballroom.
This event was to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity.
Zoom is the official charity for Formula 1 Racing.
It is a great event for Formula 1 fans as a few drivers and back room staff are here.
All are friendly and posing for photos and signing stuff.
The host tonight was BBC1 F1 presenter Suzi Perry.
Guests here included Spice Girl Geri Halliwell who is with her new hubby Red Bull F1 boss Christian Horner.
Also here were Charley Boorman,Anthony Hamilton, James Allen, Jennie Gow, Nick Knowles,
Dominic Littlewood, Adrian Newey,Alexander Rossi,Jolyon Palmer,Maximillian Gunther and Charlie Webster.
Also a couple of music folks.....Danny Bowes who sings with Thunder and dj David Jensen.
Around 50 photographs in the auction that lasted over an hour.
Each year, the drivers and team principals of every F1 team are asked to take a photograph of their chosen subject. Images range from Fernando Alonso’s podium shot of the Monza crowd to Nico Rosberg at the wheel of a 1938 W154 and Bernie Ecclestone’s view from his window in Switzerland.
All the photographs were signed.
Most prices were around £1000 to £3000 but a few went for under £500.
Lots of complimentary champers and beers along with burgers,fish n chips,hot Chinese food and canapés
A very nice event.
www.zoom-auction.comVisit their website here.







Thursday 4 February 2016.
6.30pm to 8.15pm
Neuroblastoma UK - auction - at 6 Queen Square,Bloomsbury,London WC1.
Neuroblastoma is a form of cancer that affects children.
Very nice to be at this historic venue that is owned by The Art Workers Guild.
6 Queen Square is a Georgian house in a quiet square built between 1716 and 1725.
The room is full of old portraits by the artists on the walls.
Camp Channel 4 tv host Alan Carr was the auctioneer tonight and was very entertaining.
Guests included Dame Jacqueline Wilson( children's author).
There were 31 items auctioned with 6 live and 25 in the silent auction.
Complimentary presecco and canapés for all guests.
www.neuroblastoma.org.ukVisit their website here.
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8.50pm to 10pm
I was on BBC Radio today...The Mark Forrest Show 7pm to 10pm...recorded at BBC Maida Vale.
There were a couple of new acts in the studio and i was on 9.25pm to 9.40pm talking about gig going.
I was nicely introduced as "the country's most prolific gig-goer" by Mark.
I was told in advance it would be around 15 mins of chat.
It goes so quickly when i could have easily chatted for 30 mins or more.
Items covered included my number one gig ever which was Live Aid in 1985.
The amount of gigs I have been to...now 6408 since 1973...
We chatted about my first gigs and my love of glam rock as a 14 year old in 1973.
We chatted about Sex Pistols gigs and KISS gigs and meeting the bands.
The website got mentioned just the once.
It was over far too quickly but good fun.
The programme was broadcast on all 39 BBC local radio stations in England and the Channel Islands.
The show will be on BBC IPlayer Radio for a period after.






Thursday 04 February 2016...another sad music death...
Maurice White, founder of funk band Earth, Wind & Fire, has died aged 74 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. White, who died at his home in Los Angeles, was diagnosed with the disease in 1992. His brother and band mate Verdine White, 64, said 'While the world has lost another great musician and legend, our family asks that our privacy is respected'.
I first saw Earth,Wind & Fire in 1975 when they supported Santana at Hammersmith Odeon.




Thursday 04 February 2016.
Veteran singer Sir Van Morrison was dubbed a knight by The Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace. After the ceremony, the 70 year old reflected on his 53 years in the music business - 'That's not bad for a blue-eyed soul singer from east Belfast', and adding 'It's amazing, it's very exhilarating, the whole thing'.







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