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News and Reviews: March 01, 2015
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Sun 01 March---Lionel Richie plays The 02 Arena...also 31 March....as part of his European Tour.
Lionel has sold over 100 million records and has got loads of great solo tunes and Commodores hits.
Lionel is on a massive UK and mainland Europe arena tour.
Thurs 05 March---The Trevor Horn Band play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Expected guests on stage include Seal.
Fri 06 March---BBC4 tv documentary 9pm---‘Boy George and Culture Club: Karma to Calamity’ .
Fri 06 March---Underworld play Hammersmith Apollo.
Fri 06 March---The Stranglers play a sold out show at The Roundhouse with support from The Rezillos.
The Country to Country Festival returns to The 02 Arena for two nights.
Saturday 7th March
Doors 4pm / Brandy Clark 4.45pm / Lee Ann Womack 6pm / Florida Georgia Line 7.30pm / Luke Bryan 9.15pm
Luke Bryan's fourth album 'Crash My Party' reached number one in America and sold over 2 million copies.
Sunday 8th March
Doors 3.30pm / Kip Moore 4.15pm / Brantley Gilbert 5.30pm / Jason Aldean 7pm / Lady Antebellum 8.45pm.
Sat 07 March---Funeral to be held in Chiswick 11am.
Like me if you have lived in West London you may have seen or heard about this local legend.
A former top pianist who spent 26 years living in a car wreck from the 1950s died after being hit by a lorry in the middle of the night.
Anne Naysmith, 78, was evicted from her home in Chiswick in 1977 after suffering money problems
when a man 'broke her heart'.
Ms Naysmith became a local celebrity after sleeping rough then living in a car and a piece of land next to a
railway station for over 30 years.
But her body was found on Tuesday night in mid February after being hit by a lorry.
Tributes poured in for the local celebrity and those who knew her say she retained her "dignity to the end."
Ms Naysmith was a talented pianist who was an alumnus of the Royal Academy of Music. She reportedly ran into financial difficulties in the late '70s and was evicted from her home.
She continued to live outside her old lodgings, in a Ford Consul, until that was removed in 2002 when she then began sleeping on the street near Stamford Brook tube station, creating a shelter and a small garden which she lovingly tended.
Hundreds of people are expected to pay their respects to the homeless former pianist at St Michael & All Angels Church, in Bath Road, Chiswick, where she was a regular.
The ceremony will take place at 11am and will be followed by a service at Chiswick New Cemetery, in Staveley Road, Chiswick, at 12.30pm.
Sat 07 March---Hawkwind + Focus play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Tv presenter Matthew Wright is a big fan and has appeared on stage with the band and presented them
with awards at music events.
Tues 10 March---Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds play The 02 Arena.
Noel on a massive world tour to promote his second solo album.
Tues 10 March---Glass Animals play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Indie rockers from Oxford play a sold out show at SBE.
Tues 10th to Fri 13th March---The 2015 Cheltenham Festival will take place over four days at
Prestbury Park in Gloucestershire...a huge event for horse racing fans...
Thurs 12 March---Night Ranger play The Islington Academy.
American rockers who were massive in their homeland in the 1980s.
Thurs 12 March---Starz play The Underworld,Camden...American rockers from the 1970s.
I saw them play London in Dec 2013 which was their FIRST EVER UK show...see youtube clips of the show...
From mid March...Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at The Victoria & Albert Museum.
The life and works of the iconic British fashion designer are explored in exhibition which has previously taken place at New York's Metropolitan Museum. Featuring over 100 pieces, from his postgraduate collection to his final catwalk show.
Mon 16 March---The Charlatans play The Roundhouse.
The Charlatans on a UK tour to promote their 12th studio album 'Modern Nature' that got good reviews.
Tues 17 March---Patti LaBelle & special guest James Ingram play Wembley Arena.
Tues 17 March and Wed 18 March---Spandau Ballet play The 02 Arena with dj Rusty Egan as support.
Spandau Ballet still have all five original members in their line-up.
Spandau Ballet are on their Soul Boys Of The Western World---World Tour.
Tues 17 March,Thurs 19 March,Fri 20 March,Sat 21 March---Joe Bonamassa plays Hammersmith Apollo.
Fri 20 March---Gary Numan plays The Royal Festival Hall.
Fri 20 March and Sat 21 March---Chic feat Nile Rodgers play The Roundhouse.
Fri 20 March and Sat 21 March---Europe and Black Star Riders play Shepherds Bush Empire.
For the Saturday show they will be supported by hotly tipped all female rock band The Amorettes.
Sun 22 March and Mon 23 March---The Who play The 02 Arena.
Tues 24 March and Wed 25 March---Placebo play Hammersmith Apollo.
Placebo had a major lineup change on Monday 02 Feb with drummer Steve Forrest departing the band.
Steve Forrest, who joined Placebo in 2008 and has toured with them over the last two album campaigns
Battle For The Sun and Loud Like Love, has decided to leave the band.
Wed 01 April---AWOLNATION play The Electric Ballroom.
AWOLNATION have a new single out titled 'Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)' and the
new album 'Run' is out on 16th March.
Sat 04 April---German rocker U.D.O. (ex Accept singer) plays The Academy,Islington.
Thurs 14 May---The David Sinclair Four play The Borderline Club...tix £9 plus any booking fees...
The DS4 gig will launch the new album 4 at the Borderline on May 14.
The band will be playing the album in full with special guests.... Support is Morrissey & Marshall.
Another great week of acts confirmed for Teenage Cancer Trust shows at The Royal Albert Hall.
Mon 23 March---Stereophonics...this will be their first show anywhere for over a year...
Tues 24 March---Scottish comedian Kevin Bridges headlines the comedy evening.
Wed 25 March---Van Morrison plus special guests
Thurs 26 March---The Who plus Wilko Johnson
Fri 27 March---Paul Weller plus Johnny Marr
Sat 28 March---Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds plus Future Islands
Sun 29 March---Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls
Tickets for the shows start at £25 and are on sale now.
Memphis --- The Musical has got loads of great five star and four star reviews.
Sunny Afternoon --- The musical based on the story of The Kinks is on on The Harold Pinter Theatre
Filled with classic hits including Waterloo Sunset, You Really Got Me, Dedicated Follower Of Fashion and Lola.
Opening at the end of Feb at The Aldwych Theatre---Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is a jukebox musical with a book by Douglas McGrath that tells the story of the early life and career of Carole King, using songs that she wrote, often together with Gerry Goffin, and other contemporary songs by Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Phil Spector and others.
The press night reviews got four stars from The Standard,Daily Mail and Independent and
three stars from The Telegraph and The Guardian.
Friday 27 February 2015
Sham 69 live at The 100 Club,London.
Not surprising this show sold out in advance as Sham 69 do not play that often.
A special show to celebrate singer Jimmy Purseys 60th birthday which was on 09 Feb.
Line up still features three original members...
Watch this great video of Jarvis Cocker covering the Sham 69 classic 'If The Kids Are United'.
watch the video here------I saw Sham 69 live 11 times in their late 1970s heyday.
They had four Top 10 hits in the late 1970s.
watch Sham 69 hereSham 69 - Hurry Up Harry (Original Promo Video) (1978)
I saw Sham 69 at The Rainbow both as a support band to The Clash and as a headline band.
Sham 69 gigs had plenty of violence at their gigs as they attracted the skinheads and National Front.
There were more fights at their gigs than The Sex Pistols and The Clash combined
Jimmy Pursey would always have to stop the show to try and calm it all down at least a couple of times.
The band have had many ups and downs over the past 35 years which even includes a tribute band
with the same name still playing gigs and it's all very messy and confusing.
Tonight we have two support bands who both play a decent 30 mins set of uptempo tunes.
First up were Dirt Royal from Brighton then Knock Off from Watford.
They both played tracks from their debut albums.
The dj is playing some classic punk and ska tunes between the bands.
Sham 69 still attract lots of older skinheads with bald heads and their trademark attire.
Sham 69 play a fantastic 60 mins lively set that really gets the crowd jumping about.
Just like the old days you get the "anything can happen" feeling when Sham 69 play.
It's a mess of sweaty heaving bodies from the start down the front.
So many great catchy pop punk tunes played tonight.
There were a couple of "Happy Birthday" singalongs for Jimmy on his 60th.
Halfway through the set folks start getting on stage to sing with the band just the old days
and it's just fantastic to witness.
For the last two songs there are 30 people on stage at this legendary venue.
Somehow with bodies, microphones and leads all over the place the sound does not cut out.
Jimmy Pursey on top form and a totally mega gig.
On the way out everyone got a free copy of their recent album 'The Evolution Of Punk' which
includes studio tracks and live tracks from Blackpool Rebellion Festival 2013.
Full Sham 69 setlist played tonight...
What Have We Got
I Don't Wanna
Tell Us The Truth
George Davis Is Innocent
Angels With Dirty Faces
Questions and Answers
White Riot (The Clash cover)
If The Kids Are United
Hurry Up Harry
Friday 27 February 2015.
Fallen 1970s glam rock star Gary Glitter has been jailed for 16 years for fiddling about with youngsters.
Friday 27 February 2015.
Led Zeppelin guitar legend Jimmy Page has said he hopes to be playing live shows before the end of the year.
He has hinted that his band may include Chris Cornell from Soundgarden.
Friday 27 February 2015...this news item to be filed under the WTF? category...
K.K. Downing isn’t playing with Judas Priest anymore, but he still has metal on his mind.
Metal for Men, that is.
That’s the name of Downing’s new fragrance, which the guitarist recently debuted and, as he told Planet Rock, was inspired by the sudden realization that the perfume market was completely missing something that smelled like rock ‘n’ roll.
Thursday 26 February 2015...I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 8pm
Sanctum Soho Hotel --- fragrance and travel bag collection launch ---
at Sanctum Soho Hotel,20 Warwick Street,London W1.
The Rock n Roll Sanctum Hotel has three owners.
Mark Fuller along with Iron Maiden co-managers Rod Smallwood and Andy Taylor.
All three are here tonight.
The Sanctum Hotel Soho is a 30 bedroom boutique hotel.
The hotel is moving into retail to launch its own fragrance and travel bag collection
inspired by Dan Gold,a top tattoo artist whose designs are on the travel bags.
Complimentary Perrier Jouet champers,cocktails,wines,beers and canapés.
Male guests got a goodie bag with the Biker Skull Essential Travel Bag that retails for £14.
At first the items will be available only at the hotel and online.
www.sanctumsoho.comVisit The Sanctum Soho Hotel website here for more info.
8.15pm to 10pm
Cahoots London - launch party at Cahoots, 13 Kingly Court, London, W1.
Back again at this basement bar.
Last night was a press view and tonight is the launch party.
The Standard paper today featured a great article on the venue which is great publicity.
More of an upmarket crowd tonight with a few celebs including Denise van Outen,
Natalie Pinkham,Holly Branson,Linzi Stoppard and Lizzie Cundy.
Complimentary cocktails,wines,beers and canapés like last night.
Again it was buzzing down here and I think it will be popular.
www.cahoots-London.comVisit The Cahoots website here.
10.30pm I was told earlier in the evening about a Madonna party at Annabel's so popped along
but without an advance guest list it was impossible to get in.
Madonna turned up and guests included Noel Gallagher,Kanye West,Kim Kardashian,
Rita Ora,Nick Grimshaw,Mark Ronson and Lindsay Lohan.
The party was held after her tv recording of an hour long special for The Jonathan Ross Show
that will on the telly sometime in March.
Wednesday 25 February 2015...I went to two events tonight...
7pm to 10pm
Cahoots London - press view - Cahoots, 13 Kingly Court, London, W1.
A great theme for this new basement bar that is located off Carnaby Street.
Londoners will be able to drink on the Tube for the first time since the booze ban after an underground venue used as an air raid shelter was turned into a 1940s-themed bar.
Cahoots is the latest concept by club bosses Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling, owners of the Bunga Bunga bar and the Margaret Thatcher-inspired Maggie’s nightclub.
The site, in the Kingly Court redevelopment off Carnaby Street, was formerly the pair’s Disco club, but is now a post-World War Two ‘Tube station’ complete with carriages, bunk beds and sandbags leftover from the Blitz.
They say "Our concept is: it’s 1946, London is being rebuilt after the Blitz. A group of scoundrels stumble across a disused Tube station used as an air raid shelter and start organising underground parties to try and rebuild the spirit of London.”
The staff are all dressed in 1940s attire and are making a fuss of all the guests.
Tonight there is a choice of four complimentary cocktails along with wines,beers and 1940s inspired food.
The bar when open to the public next week will have over 40 different cocktails on the menu.
A buzzing fun atmosphere and a venue well worth a visit.
www.cahoots-London.comVisit The Cahoots website here.
10.45pm to 2.30am
The BRIT Awards 2015 (BRITs) - Warner Music Group party at The Freemasons Hall,
60 Great Queen Street, London, WC2.
A massive crowd of 700 or 800 people here over two floors.
Like us half the crowd were not even at the main awards itself.
We attended last years Warner Music BRITs party which was mega with Nile Rodgers
playing an hour long set and Kylie joined him for a couple of songs.
Again Warner have got a better turn out of celebs than rival parties from Sony and Universal.
Warner have spent two days tarting the venue up with carpets,velvet curtains,furniture and bars etc.
Guests here included Ed Sheeran,Royal Blood,Damon Albarn,Graham Norton,Jonathan Ross,
Dermot O'Leary,Ant and Dec(BRITs presenters),Tracey Emin(designed the BRITs statues),Arthur Baker,
Rita Ora,Miles Kane,Holly Willoughby,Robert Pattinson,FKA Twigs,Mark Ronson,Janelle Monae,
Stephen Webster,Millie Macintosh,Daisy Lowe,Nicola Roberts and Nicholas Hoult.
We missed a couple of others including Jimmy Page,Stereophonics and Orlando Bloom who may have
headed straight to the vip room.
So many people here spread out all over the place so easy to miss folks.
We had djs including Pete Tong playing hour stints each and we had a couple of live acts.
Jess Glynne played two songs including the Clean Bandit hit 'Rather Be' that she sung vocals on.
Charli XCX played three songs.
Complimentary choice of four different CIROC vodka cocktails,Nyetimber sparkling wines and beers.
A totally excellent party.
Tuesday 25 February 2015.
Queen + Adam Lambert live at Wembley Arena,London.
Queen return to London on their UK and European Tour that took place in Jan and Feb.
They have already played two shows at The 02 Arena in January.
I went to their New Years Eve show at the 2000 capacity Central Hall,Westminster.
They are one of the biggest selling album acts of all time.
I have seen them loads of times since 1973 when they were a support band.
I have a great floor standing view around 20 yards in front of Brian May.
A rockin' sold out atmosphere tonight.
Queen + Adam Lambert arrive on stage at 8.20pm for a nice long 2 hours 30 mins set.
It's a full monty arena production with big screens,a stage extension,mini walkways and lights and lasers.
This was the fourth time I had seen them with Adam Lambert and he just gets better and better.
He really is a perfect choice for Queen songs and engages with the crowd much better than
their previous singer Paul Rodgers.
Cocky,camp and swaggering Lambert was both a Mercury clone and his own man.
The set was pretty much in three parts with the first third lots of great uptempo mega tunes then the
second third with acoustic songs and bass,drums and guitar solos and the final third with another bunch of classics.
Roger Taylor even brought a second drum kit to the end of the stage extension for a couple of songs.
Freddie Mercury appeared on the big screen a couple of times to big cheers.
Brian May and his guitar sounded fantastic and he got a bit emotional when speaking to the crowd.
Adam Lambert had four costume changes.
So many great songs and a fantastic show overall.
The full setlist played...
Stone Cold Crazy
Another One Bites the Dust
Fat Bottomed Girls
In the Lap of the Gods... Revisited
Seven Seas of Rhye
I Want to Break Free
Don't Stop Me Now
Somebody to Love
Love of My Life (Short version)(Brian May on vocals)
'39 (Brian May on vocals)
A Kind of Magic (Roger Taylor on vocals)
Who Wants to Live Forever
Tie Your Mother Down
I Want It All
Radio Ga Ga
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
The Show Must Go On
We Will Rock You
We Are the Champions ( ticker tape falls from the ceiling)
Monday 23 February 2015.
As I get older the thought of standing up all day at outdoor music festivals gets
less appealing as I would rather see my bands indoors to be honest but this bill looks like a must see.
Download Festival Sunday 14 June 2015.
KISS---currently their only UK show confirmed for 2015
Mötley Crüe---currently their only UK show confirmed for 2015
Slash feat Myles Kennedy---currently their only UK show confirmed for 2015
Billy Idol---no London show confirmed for 2015.
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