News and Reviews: August 29, 2016

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Punk 1976-78
Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the birth of punk music, The British Library showcases exhibition exploring the genre and sub culture's early days and how its influence spread across music, fashion, print and graphic styles nationwide. Runs until October 2.
The exhibition includes the Glen Matlock resignation letter to leave The Sex Pistols.
Also The Sex Pistols signed termination of their recording contract with EMI.
The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1.
Punk 1976-78 - exhibition (13 May 2016 to 2 October 2016)
The exhibition is free entry.
The British LibraryCheck out their website for full info.
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From 01 June 2016.
PUNK LONDON: The Museum of London's calling as it celebrates 40 years of punk with a display of all things anarchy in the Show Space. Discover customised clothes, accessories, photos, material from punk gigs (including flyers, patches and posters) from the 1970s onwards. Free, just turn up, 10am-6pm
Nearest tube station is Barbican.
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Friday 15 July 2016 to Sunday 1 January 2017 - The Bodyguard - theatre production
Beverley Knight stars in the musical version of film made famous by Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner.
Book by playwright Alex Dinelarius, several Whitney Houston classics are included in the score.
Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1.
August is a quiet time for gigs and other other events so it's a good time to visit the theatre to check out
Kinky Boots,Motown The Musical,Sunny Afternoon,Beautiful,Jersey Boys and others.
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Fri 19 Aug---David Brent Movie: Life on the Road - In cinemas nationwide from today.
David Brent's big screen outing, following him after he's made redundant from Wernham Hogg.
David is now a 55 year old sales rep for Lavichem ,a toilet products company based in Slough who decides to
cash in his pension and take a couple of weeks off work as unpaid leave to live out his dreams of making it as
a rock star and pays for a band ,hotel rooms and tour bus to go on tour with hilarious scenes.
Film shot in a similar mockumentary style to the hit BBC series 'The Office'.
His band David Brent & Foregone Conclusion feature in the film with some tuneful ditties.
Ricky Gervais is David Brent.
There will be plenty of 'The Office' and 'Spinal Tap' style humour in the film.
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ROLLING STONES Exhibitionism at The Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea.
I went to the great launch party back in April for this event where all the band turned up.
Lots to see here so you can easily spend a couple of hours mooching about.
Over 500 items of memorabilia over many different rooms.
Due to phenomenal demand, from 4 August every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the opening hours for
Exhibitionism will be extended to 9pm. The critically-acclaimed event finishes its UK run on 4 September.
Tickets are £20 Monday to Thursday
Tickets are £22 Friday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday.
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Mon 29 Aug---Today is the main day for The Notting Hill Carnival.
Mon 29 Aug---Madness and guests play House of Common @ Clapham Common.
Support acts include Toots And The Maytals + Lee Scratch Perry + Spring King and many more.
I have seen Madness over 20 times with the first being in 1979 when the ska two-tone boom kicked off.
www.houseofcommon.co.ukVisit the website for more info and to buy tickets.
Fri 02 Sept---Bobby Davro plays The Beck Theatre,Hayes,Middlesex.
Fri 02 Sept---BBC4 tv --- Janis Joplin: Little Girl Blue
Film bringing to life the paradox of the insecure yet brazen rock star Janis Joplin.
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With the gracious permission of Her Majesty The Queen the 2016 Concours of Elegance will take place from
2-4 September at Windsor Castle.
The Concours of Elegance began at Windsor Castle in 2012, before moving to St James’s Palace in 2013, Hampton Court Palace in 2014 and last year the Concours took place at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh (Her Majesty The Queen’s official residence in Scotland).
The Concours of Elegance will once again bring together a selection of 60 of the rarest cars from around the world – many of which will never have been seen before in the UK. Many of the Concours cars will also take part in a 2 day driving tour ‘The Great West Tour’ in the days running up to the main Concours event.
www.concoursofelegance.co.ukVisit their info for more info and to buy tickets.
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Sat 03 Sept---Happy Birthday to Sex Pistols guitar hero Steve Jones who is 61 today.
Looks like Steve will be in London for a long overdue visit in November when his autobiography
'Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol' comes out.
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Sun 04 Sept---Free Festival noon to 6pm at Blondin Park,Brentford.
Featuring David Sinclair Four at 2pm.
www.brentfordfestival.org.ukVisit their website for more info.
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Tues 06 Sept---Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds play The Brixton Academy.
Wed 07 Sept---The Libertines play Brixton Academy.
Thurs 08 Sept and Fri 09 Sept---David Brent & Foregone Conclusion play Hammersmith Apollo.
Ricky Gervais brings to alter-ego to Hammersmith for a couple of big shows.
The band include ex Razorlight drummer Andy Burrows.
Their debut album and film 'Life On The Road' is released just before these shows.
Both shows sold out pronto.
Thurs 08 Sept---The Members play The 100 Club.
The Members play a special show to celebrate 39 years since they first played this famous venue.
Sat 10 Sept---Billy Joel plays a massive show at Wembley Stadium.
Only two shows in Europe---this one at Wembley and the week before in Frankfurt,Germany.
He has a current contract to play one show a month for three years at Madison Square Garden....36 shows...
He has sold over 150 million records.
He has not produced any new music for over 20 years.
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Items and objects relating to Pink Floyd are to feature in an upcoming exhibition titled
You Say You Want A Revolution: Records And Rebels 1966-70.
It'll get underway at the Victoria And Albert museum, London, on September 10, and along with
Floyd memorabilia, the exhibit will also feature a range of other items from the era.
This major exhibition will explore the era-defining significance and impact of the late 1960s, expressed through some of the greatest music and performances of the 20th century alongside fashion, film, design and political activism.
Tickets are £16.
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The full line-up for BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park on Sunday 11 September has now been announced. Elton John, Madness, Status Quo (Aquostic set), Gregory Porter, LeAnn Rimes, Jamie Lawson, Andreya Triana and Travis will all perform live on BBC Radio 2 and in vision via BBC Red Button, BBC iPlayer and the Radio 2 website.
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Sat 10 Sept---Primal Scream + Hot Chip + Roisin Murphy headline Day One of On Blackheath Festival
Sun 11 Sept---Belle & Sebastian + James + Squeeze + Edwyn Collins headline Day Two of On Blackheath Festival
www.onblackheath.comVisit their website for more info and to buy tickets.
Mon 12 Sept---Roy Harper plays The Royal Festival Hall.
Tues 13 Sept---L7 play The Forum.
All girl band from the 1990s reform for a tour.
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Thurs 15 Sept---The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years - in cinemas for one night only.
The Fab Fours journey from the early days of the Cavern Club in Liverpool and engagements in Hamburg
to their last public concert in Candlestick Park, San Francisco in 1966.
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Sat 17 Sept---The Monochrome Set play The Ivy House, Nunhead,London SE15.
I first saw them supporting The Buzzcocks in Sept 1979 at The Diplomat Hotel in New York.
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Apple Music Festival 10 shows will be at London Roundhouse in September:
Tickets are free via a ballot on their website.
They always get some big names to play.
Elton John (September 18)
The 1975 (19)
Alicia Keys (20)
OneRepublic (21)
Calvin Harris (23)
Robbie Williams (25)
Bastille (26)
Britney Spears (27) (first UK show in 5 years)
Michael Buble (28)
Chance The Rapper (30)
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Wed 21 Sept---Bjork plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Thurs 22 Sept and Fri 23 Sept---Ricky Martin plays Hammersmith Apollo.
Fri 23 Sept---The Vulz play Stereo92 ,92 Stoke Newington High Street,London N16...FREE ENTRY...
Old school punked up rock n roll from London.
Sat 24 Sept---Bjork plays Hammersmith Apollo...extra show added as The Royal Albert Hall sold out pronto.
50 years ago on Sept 24th 1966, Jimi Hendrix arrived in London for the first time.
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Thurs 22 Sept---Dirty Strangers live at The Hope And Anchor - Islington.
Shepherds Bush rockers have just released their fourth album 'Crime And A Woman'.
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Tues 27 Sept---Bruce Springsteen’s 500-page autobiography, ‘Born to Run,’ will be released internationally.
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David Gilmour returns to The Royal Albert Hall to play another five shows.
David is spoiling us in London as his 2015/2016 world tour for his 'Rattle That Lock' album
now means he will be playing 11 shows at this legendary venue in total.
These shows are the last dates on his world tour.
I went to four of the previous six shows including one with an amazing front row centre view.
Friday 23 September
Sunday 25 September
Wednesday 28 September
Thursday 29 September
Friday 30 September
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Fri 30 Sept---The Sharks play The Borderline.
Chris Spedding and his early 1970’s band Sharks reform for a UK tour and the release of ‘Killers of the Deep’,
their first album of new material in forty-two years.
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Thurs 06 Oct---Fans of Prince will be able to wander around his Paisley Park compound from today,
when the late music icon’s home is opened to the public.
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Fri 07 Oct---Petula Clark plays The Swan Theatre,High Wycombe.
Petula now aged 83 on a UK tour to promote her new album 'From Now On' released on 16 Sept 2016.
Fri 07 Oct---The Tubes play Under The Bridge @ Chelsea Football Club.







Saturday 27 August 2016...4pm to 10pm.
THE HUMAN LEAGUE live at Windsor Racecourse.
The Human League have had four Top 10 albums and eight Top 10 singles in the UK as well as two US Number 1 singles.
The Human League have sold more than 20 million records worldwide.
I have seen them live around 15 times since 1979.
Apart from the usual music festivals at the weekends more and more venues including racecourses,
forest's and country house estates are being used in the summer for live music events.
A lovely sunny day brings out a big crowd of around 10,000 folks.
It's Ladies Day so lots of girls are dressed up in their nice summer outfits.
I would say half the crowd stay behind to watch the concert.
A great atmosphere as you can wander around and check out the horses close up
in the Parade Ring and Winners Enclosure.
From 4pm to 8pm we get several races...Frankie Dettori is riding today...
Big screens along the course so everyone can see all of each race.
Victoria Pendleton presented the trophy to one of the winners.
The two-time Olympic cycling champion recently demonstrated her capability as a jockey.
The Human League are on stage from 8.15pm to 9.35pm for an 80 mins set.
Their stage production is the same one they have been using the last few years.
Phil Oakey and the two female singers have been together now for over 35 years.
As expected it is pretty much a greatest hits set of their catchy electro pop gems.
They played a track 'Night People' from their most recent album 'Credo' which is the ninth studio album.
It was released in 2011 on Wall of Sound.
There were some costume changes too.
The biggest cheer was of course for 'Don't You Want Me' at the end of the main set.
A great day out.
Full setlist played tonight....
Mirror Man
Heart Like a Wheel
The Sound of the Crowd
Love Action (I Believe in Love)
Night People
Seconds
The Lebanon
Life on Your Own
Louise
All I Ever Wanted
The Things That Dreams Are Made Of
Open Your Heart
Tell Me When
(Keep Feeling) Fascination
Don't You Want Me
Encore:
Being Boiled
Together in Electric Dreams (Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder cover)
www.windsor-racecourse.co.ukVisit their website here for more info on forthcoming events here.







Saturday 27 August 2016.
Rod Stewart's main fan club SMILER has put up my Kenney Jones review on their
front page along with some photos from the night.
www.rodstewartfanclub.comClick here to see how it looks.





Saturday 27 August 2016.
Happy Birthday to Sex Pistol Glen Matlock who is 60 today.
Glen is the last of The Sex Pistols to reach his 60th.







Friday 26 August 2016.
KENNEY JONES & THE JONES GANG live at Under The Bridge @ Chelsea F.C.,London.
Legendary British drummer, who's played in the bands Small Faces, Rod Stewart's Faces and The Who.
His band for tonight are Mark Read, Johnson Jay, Robert Hart, Pat Davey and Nick Cook.
Singer Robert Hart was Bad Company's vocalist from 1992 to 1999.
A rare London show as they only seem to play a couple of gigs a year and most seem to be at
private events at Kenney Jones polo club in Surrey.
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Always nice to be at this stunning 500 capacity venue with seats and standing and a great house sound,
house lights and house big screen used behind all the bands.
Also all the rock photo memorabilia on the walls of the venue is also worth a look at.
Kenney Jones & The Jones Gang arrived on stage just after 9pm and played for 80 mins.
Kenney Jones is looking and sounding good for the age of 67.
He is the only member of The Small Faces still alive.
A great setlist that included tracks related to the band members which included gems from The Who,
The Small Faces,The Faces,Bad Company and a couple of tracks from their own album.
Robert Hart is displaying some fantastic old school rock singer vocals.
For a couple of songs they were joined by Dave "Bucket" Colwell on guitar who played with
Robert Hart in Bad Company.
A great show.
Full setlist played tonight...
1.Cant Get Enough (Bad Company cover)
2.The Time Of Your Life (The Jones Gang)
3.Maggie May (Rod Stewart cover)
4.Substitute (The Who cover)
5.Feel Like Making Love (Bad Company) (with Dave "Bucket" Colwell on guitar)
6.All or Nothing (The Small Faces cover)
7.Tin Soldier (The Small Faces cover)
8.????? track by The Jones Gang or Bad Company????
9.Angel (The Jones Gang)
10.Itchycoo Park (The Small Faces cover)
11.Stay With Me (The Faces cover)
12.Won't Get Fooled Again (The Who cover)
Encore
13.All Right Now (Free cover) ( with Dave "Bucket" Colwell on guitar)








Thursday 25 August 2016...I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 7.30pm.
SCALPERS - store launch party - Scalpers, 45 Carnaby Street, London, W1.
A small tie-maker’s shop is the origin of this Spanish menswear brand based in Seville.
Founded by the current Duke of Feria, Rafael Medina, a 21st-century aristocrat and dandy. This company offers the best in ready-to-wear fashion and an impeccable tailoring service using the best fabrics they can get their hands on.
Particularly known for its Black Label slippers, made from linen for summer and velvet for winter and evening wear. These are made in collaboration with Stubbs & Wootton.
We had a few songs from up and coming singer-songwriter/male model Ashley Radford.
He has that shaggy haired Taylor Hawkins look about him.
Complimentary Spanish beers and popcorn for all guests.
then
8pm to 10pm.
THE BRITISH COLLECTIVE - album launch party - The Library, 112 St. Martin's Lane, London, WC2.
This intimate members club is buzzing as the 150 capacity venue is rammed.
A nice mixed crowd of older black and white soul music fans who no doubt remember those great soul shows
at Hammersmith Odeon in the 1980s when i was working front stage security.
The British Collective bring together five of the United Kingdom’s finest ever male R&B artists, Junior Giscombe, Leee John, Omar, Don-E and Noel McKoy. Having sold millions of records worldwide over a period spanning 3 decades as artists, songwriters and musicians, there coming together as ‘The British Collective’ will raise the bar of british R&B to new levels and set the trend for a new era of quality soulful music on a global scale.
At 9.15pm three of the five members appear on stage.
Two are absent as they are on holiday ,but the three here are...
Leee John - lead singer of Imagination.
Junior Giscombe - had a big hit with the classic 'Mama Used To Say' in 1982.
Noel McCoy - he fronted the James Taylor Quartet in the early 1990s.
I was expecting a few live songs but instead we get 30 mins of chat as they discuss the tracks on the album,
how the band came about,their influences and memories of the 1980s British Soul heyday.
After that they sing the one song 'Love Me Tonight' to a backing track.
It's time for a British Soul Renaissance.
The album is released on Fri 02 Sept.








Wednesday 24 August 2016.
John Lydon's Public Image Limited have announced yet more UK shows even though
they played an extensive UK tour in May / June of this year.
First dates confirmed are...
Fri 18 Nov---Birmingham Institute
Sat 19 Nov---Leicester Academy
More dates to be confirmed soon.






Tuesday 23 August 2016...I went two events tonight...
5.30pm to 6.45pm.
Press view - The Real Greek, 54 St Martin's Lane,London WC2.
This popular Greek restaurant has branches in Covent Garden,Soho and a few other places.
We have been invited to check out their 3 dishes set dinner menu that they charge £10.95 for.
That is of course a bargain price for this very central area.
Our choice of main dish was a very nice grilled chicken on a bed of crushed new potatoes.
The other two dishes were more side plates of flatbread,crudités (veggie strips) and various Greek dips.
It is perfect for a pre-theatre visit as there are many theatres in the area.
www.therealgreek.comVisit their website for more info.
then a few yards up the same street to...
6.50pm to 9.30pm.
CELIA x Library - launch party - Library Club, 112 St Martin's Lane, London, WC2.
Launch party for this Premium Czech Lager.
Traditionally batch brewed in the heart of the world's most famous hop region. The local noble saaz hops create clean, spicy aroma. Ideal to accompany quality food. CELIA has a truly light feel thanks to the benefit of being gluten free and naturally carbonated.
Organic, Hand-crafted, Gluten-free, Suitable for coeliacs and vegans.
It is available in Waitrose,Whole Foods,Ocado,Oddbins and other selected stores.
There was a dj playing dance tunes by the bar.
A few folks we knew here so an enjoyable evening.
All guests enjoyed complimentary CELIA dark lagers (5.7% vol) and light lagers (4.5% vol).
www.celialager.co.ukVisit their website for more info.








Monday 22 August 2016.
BURBERRY - My Burberry Black - fragrance campaign unveiling & launch party -
Thomas's at Burberry Regent Street, 5 Vigo Street, London, W1.
It is big deal outside the venue as lots of Burberry staff & pr girls and security guys along with photographers
snapping away and around 50 gawping tourists wondering what is going on inside.
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Luxury fashion house Burberry has unveiled its new campaign for the launch of the My Burberry Black fragrance for women, featuring British actress Lily James. The campaign, shot by photographer Mario Testino, includes the track I Put a Spell on You performed by British singer/songwriter Duffy. The TV campaign will go live across multiple platforms globally, including Clear Channel's One Piccadilly and Coventry House screens in Piccadilly, London.
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Around 150 folks here in the Burberry entertaining space.
Both floors have been decorated amazingly with flowers everywhere that make up the fragrance.
Downstairs guests walk through a complete tunnel of flowers and all the way up the stairs and
all over the walls of the main first floor area there were flowers covering every available space.
It looked incredible and must have cost a small fortune.
I was told it was put up during the day and would all come down the following day.
Actress Lily James turned heads as she arrived on the arm of her actor boyfriend Matt Smith (a former Dr Who) to celebrate becoming the new face of My Burberry fragrances. The couple were surrounded by friends including Douglas Booth, Freddie Fox and Ellie Bamber, along with Smith's former Doctor Who colleagues Jenna Coleman and Arthur Darvill. Members of the Downton Abbey cast also came to support James, with Laura Carmichael and Michael Fox making their first joint public appearance together as a couple, and Elizabeth McGovern was spotted mingling with Burberry creative director Christopher Bailey. Party regulars Clara Paget, Cressida Bonas, Lady Alice Manners and Toby Huntington-Whiteley also descended upon Thomas's at Burberry Regent Street to catch a first look at the new ad campaign.
All guests enjoyed a couple of hours of complimentary cocktails,Nyetimber English Sparkling Wines and canapés.
All guests got a very nice goodie bag with a 90ml bottle of the fragrance that retails for £92.
UK.Burberry.comVisit the BURBERRY website here for more info.






Sunday 21 August 2016.
The Rio Olympics Closing Ceremony Tonight.
It was great watching Team GB having a fantastic Olympics by winning so many medals.
They came second after America in the gold medal table.






Saturday 20 August 2016.
A photographer friend who i see often at West End events has revamped his website.
You can hire him out for events and weddings etc.
www.andybarnesphotographer.co.ukVisit Andy's website here.





Friday 19 August 2016...I went to two events tonight...
5pm to 7pm.
Press view - The BLOOM Gin Terrace at OXO Tower x Harvey Nichols ,London SE1.
I went to the opening of The BLOOM Gin Terrace a few months ago.
We have been invited back to celebrate its summer success.
Again it is buzzing here as it's a Friday night.
Drinks are brought to your table by the waiters and waitresses.
Stunning views along The River Thames from the 8th floor here.
We had four cocktails each here with my faves being the BLOOM Gin Day Dreamer
and The BLOOM Gin Honey Pot.
It is on here until Sunday 21st August.
A choice of six BLOOM Gin cocktails are £13 each.
There are many other drinks available along with food.
www.harveynichols.comVisit the website for more info and to reserve a table.
then
7.30pm to 9pm.
Casa Havana pop-up - Night Tube Party - 15 Bateman Street,Soho,London W1.
Havana Club Cuban Rum are hosting a party to celebrate the Night Tube.
Soho is totally buzzing with after work drinkers and tourists spilling out of every bar and pub.
The Night Tube will certainly benefit the venues in Soho.
Two different complimentary cocktails for all guests through the evening - Minty Mojito & Cuba Libre.
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The first Night Tube services will launch on the Central and Victoria lines on Friday 19 August, with services on the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines following in autumn. The Night Tube will offer a 24-hour service on Fridays and Saturdays.
Up to 100,000 folks are expected to use the Night Tube over the weekend.





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