News and Reviews: July 07, 2015

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Some gig and other highlights coming up in the next month or so...
Tues 07 July---Happy Birthday to Ringo Starr who is 75 today.
Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr will celebrate his 75th birthday by returning to the Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood, where the group recorded some sessions. Starr will 'stage his own special moment' outside the venue on July 7.
Fri 10 July---BBC4 tv is showing a Chuck Berry classic gig from 1972.
The legendary rock 'n' roll singer performs at the BBC Television Theatre in 1972, featuring hits Johnny B Goode, Nadine and Roll Over Beethoven, as well as an innuendo-laden rendition of My Ding-a-Ling.
The venue is now The Shepherds Bush Empire after the BBC sold it off.
The annual Henley Festival is on for five days from Wed 08 July to Sun 12 July. their website here for full info and to buy tickets.
Thurs 09 July---Lionel Richie plays The Henley Festival.
Lionel Richie returns to the UK after his six week European Tour in Feb/March.
This leg included a show at Glastonbury Festival which drew the biggest crowd of the weekend.
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.
I saw him in 1978 with The Commodores and he then left them in 1982 to become a massive solo star.
I have seen him a few times as a solo act.
The Sunday before this show Lionel Richie reached Number One in the Official UK Albums Chart
following his successful Glastonbury performance.
Greatest hits album 'The Definitive Collection' by Lionel Richie & The Commodores was released in 2003 and previously reached Number 10 on the Official Chart upon its release. This week marks its first Top 40 re-entry in six years.
Sun 12 July---Spandau Ballet play The Henley Festival.
Spandau like Lionel toured the UK earlier in the year and are back for some summer shows.
I saw them play a really good show at The 02 Arena in March.
Ed Sheeran headlines three massive shows at Wembley Stadium.
Fri July 10, Wembley Stadium: with support from Foy Vance / One Republic
Sat July 11, Wembley Stadium: with support from Example / Rudimental
Sun July 12, Wembley Stadium: with support from Passenger / One Republic
Both his albums have sold over a million copies each in the UK.
Ed Sheeran has become the first artist to have the same song last an entire year in the
UK Singles Chart Top 40.
As confirmed by the BPI (British Phonographic Industry), the British singer's track 'Thinking Out Loud' has
lasted a full 52 weeks in the charts countdown since its release in June 2014.
Kew Gardens has it's annual week of 'Kew The Music' concerts.
www.kew.orgCheck their website for more info about the gigs and visiting the gardens.
Tues 07 July---Paloma Faith + Liam Bailey play Kew Gardens.
watch the video hereChase & Status 'Blind Faith' feat Liam Bailey from The 02 Arena Nov 2013...▶ 4:41
Fri 10 July---Jools Holland + The Selector play Kew Gardens.
Sun 12 July---The Specials play Kew Gardens.
Mon 13 July---Roxette play The 02 Arena.
Tues 14 July---Neil Diamond plays the first of three shows at The 02 Arena.
Thurs 16 July---The Buzzcocks play The Garage.
Sat 18 July and Sun 19 July---Bette Midler plays The 02 Arena.
As part of her first UK shows for 35 years.
Her American tour includes two nights at Madison Square Garden.
From mid July--- AMERICAN IDIOT --- The Musical is on at The Arts Theatre in London.
American Idiot is a sung-through stage adaptation of punk rock band Green Day's rock opera album
' American Idiot'.
Fri 24 July---Peter Perrett plays The Garage.
Sat 25 July and Sun 26 July---The Ramblin' Man Fair is being held for the first time.
Headliners Gregg Allman and Scorpions will play UK festival exclusive sets.
They’ll be joined by fellow headliners Camel and Marillion – both UK exclusives – at Mote Park, Maidstone, Kent.
The aim of the festival is to satisfy the Ramblin’ Man and Woman in us all by offering “great music, fine beer, great food and the best of times.” The Classic Rock and Prog Stages will be accompanied with Country and Blues platforms, gourmet food, beer festival, spoken-word stage and music cinema plus luxury accommodation and camping.
Sat 25 July---Scorpions + Dream Theater + Saxon + Blue Oyster Cult + FM + Camel plus more.
Sun 26 July---Gregg Allman + Seasick Steve + Rival Sons + Temperance Movement + Marillion plus more.
www.ramblinmanfair.comVisit their website for more info and to buy tickets.
MELODY GARDOT announces exclusive two-date August residency at PizzaExpress Jazz Club Soho.
Performances: Monday 3 August 2015 & Tuesday 4 August are £65.
Thurs 06 Aug to Sun 09 Aug is the Rebellion Festival in Blackpool.
The Boomtown Rats,The Damned,The Buzzcocks,Sham 69,The Boys and The Gang Of Four
are headliners among the 100 plus bands playing the UKs biggest punk related festival.
The Boys are also playing on the acoustic stage as is Peter Perrett,TV Smith and Honest John Plain.
999 are the only band to have played every one of the 19 years it has occurred.
See the link on the right for more info and to buy tickets.
Fri 28 Aug to Sun 30 Aug is The Reading Festival.
Another massive line-up with over 100 bands on multi-stages.
Headliners on the main stage are...
Fri 28 Aug---Mumford & Sons + Alt-J + Bastille
Sat 29 Aug---Metallica + Bring Me The Horizon + Royal Blood
Sun 30 Aug---The Libertines + Kendrick Lamar + Jamie T
www.readingfestival.comFor full info of bands playing and to buy tickets.

06 July 2015...7.30pm to 10pm...
Memphis The Musical---cast change--- live at The Shaftesbury Theatre,London WC2.
Memphis is a musical by Bon Jovi drummer David Bryan (music and lyrics) and Joe DiPietro (lyrics and book). It is loosely based on Memphis disc jockey Dewey Phillips,one of the first white DJs to play black music in the 1950s. It played on Broadway from October 19, 2009 to August 5, 2012. This production won four 2010 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The London version opened Oct 2014 in this 1400 capacity theatre but this was the first time I had seen it.
It got loads of four star reviews and a couple of five stars reviews from its opening night.
The show is on for 2 hours 5 mins with two sets of 70 mins and 55 mins.
MEMPHIS is a big brassy tune-full dance-full showstopper-full Broadway musical and a thorough delight.
It delivers the proverbial 'Good Night Out' loads of great tunes including 'Underground',
'The Music Of My Soul', 'Someday','Memphis Lives In Me ' and 'Steal Your Rock n Roll'.
It's pretty much a 1950s rock n roll movie brought to life – nerdy white guy discovers the joys of black rhythm-and-blues, wangles himself a job as a radio DJ and plays the stuff to the delight of white teenagers, and rock'n'roll is born. Of course, this being Tennessee in the 1950s, those white kids' parents aren't pleased, and the DJ's romance with a black singer doesn't have much of a future.
The dj is intent on shaking up the airwaves of Fifties Memphis with the best so-called “race music”. That term, much bandied about, helps set the story in the fraught context of Segregation-era America, and the show deftly evokes the turbulent cross-over period when the white mainstream caught up with black subculture – and popular music, society too, was never the same again.
A fictionalised composite of various radio pioneers of the day, Huey is a carefree, authority-baiting clown who also runs the high-risk gauntlet between black suspicion and white prejudice (including his mother’s).
There’s the further complication that when the white kids answer the call to pelvic-thrusting disobedience and flock to buy the new sounds, boosting Huey’s career, the cynical money-men move in.
Tonight is the first show from X Factor 2010 winner MATT CARDLE who takes over the main male role of Huey.
He does a really great job.
He joins the main female role which is played by UK soul singer BEVERLEY KNIGHT.
Beverley has made some great records and i have have seen her headline The Royal Albert Hall.
Tonight her vocals are incredible from start to finish.
There are around a dozen dancers who put on dazzling displays.
Overall it was a fantastic show that I will end up going to see it again.
www.memphisthemusical.comVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.

Sunday 05 July 2015.
Pete Townshends Classic Quadrophenia live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
The new "symphonised" version of Quadrophenia, an album originally released by The Who in 1973, was orchestrated by Rachel Fuller, a professional composer, orchestrator and singer-songwriter. It was released by the Deutsche Grammophon.
It will be performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and London Oriana Choir, conducted by Robert Ziegler, and starring Pete Townshend and Alfie Boe, who sings the parts originally sung by Roger Daltrey.
Alfie Boe has a tenor voice and is best known for his stint in Les Miserables.
He has veered into singing rock covers with some of his more recent solo albums.
Other guest vocalists on the album include Billy Idol and Phil Daniels.
Of the many times I have seen The Who they included when they played Quadrophenia in 1996
where Billy Idol was guest vocalist and just a couple of years ago in 2013 when they played it again.
Tonight is totally sold out including the choir and gallery standing.
There is around 200 people on stage---100 in the orchestra and 100 in the choir.
The show is on for 95 mins with two sets of 45 mins and 50 mins.
One of those early start early finish gigs so all over before 10pm.
No big screens but it was being filmed for tv or DVD.
The orchestra and choir sounded great when at full tilt.
Alfie Boe has a very powerful voice and takes most of the vocal duties.
For two or three songs each he is joined on different tracks by Pete Townshend,Billy Idol and Phil Daniels.
Highlights for me included 'The Real Me','5.15','Bell Boy' and 'Love Reign O'er Me'.
Alfie Boe and Billy Idol co-vocals on 'Bell Boy' was an odd combo to see on stage but really great.
For the encore we had a reprise of 'The Real Me' with all the cast on stage sharing vocals.
The conductor came on stage for the encore wearing a mod parka coat.
A full standing ovation at the end from the crowd.
An enjoyable show.
Classic Quadrophenia track listing...
1. I Am The Sea
2. The Real Me
3. Quadrophenia
4. Cut My Hair
5. The Punk And The Godfather
6. I'm One
7. The Dirty Jobs
8. Helpless Dancer
9. Is It In My Head?
10. I've Had Enough
11. 5:15
12. Sea And Sand
13. Drowned
14. Bell Boy
15. Doctor Jimmy
16. The Rock
17. Love Reign O'er Me

Saturday 04 July 2015.
AC/DC live at Wembley Stadium,London.
AC/DC play a massive sold out show at Wembley Stadium with support from Vintage Trouble.
Vintage Trouble are managed by Doc McGhee who looks after KISS,Ted Nugent and others.
They have landed a great gig supporting AC/DC around Europe and North America.
This is the only AC/DC English show as part of their 'Rock or Bust' World Tour.
There is no golden circle pit area for this show...72,500 tickets all sold out pronto...
I attended the AC/DC video shot in West London on 04 Oct 2014 for their 'Rock or Bust' video.
AC/DC have sold over 200 million albums worldwide and this summer sees the 35th anniversary of their classic album 'Back In Black' that was released on 25 July 1980.
I have seen AC/DC over 40 times since 1976 including 18 shows with original vocalist Bon Scott.
I saw them 10 times in 1976 alone which was their first time outside of Australia and included
their second ever UK gig at The Nashville Pub,West Kensington on 26 April 1976.
Classic Rock mag in the stores from 18 June has a 12 page special on Bon Scott.
I have actually seen AC/DC at Wembley Stadium as a support act to The Who in 1979.
I also saw them headline here in 2009.
They are still massive even though original members are dropping like flies in recent months.
I have seen some good Vintage Trouble clips on Jools Holland and the internet but their
London gigs have always clashed with something else and they have eluded me.
Tonight we end up in The Booby Moore Room hospitality area from 6.45pm to 8.15pm and miss them again.
The room over two floors hosts around 1000 folks with comfy chairs and sofas.
It has full air-con along with a dj playing rock classics including AC/DC tunes.
Also there is complimentary chicken curry buffet stations and lovely ice cold lagers.
Also ice-creams here and a sweet station.
AC/DC take to the stage around 8.30pm and play for just under two hours.
As stadium shows become ever more elaborate theatrical extravaganzas, AC/DC return to the old ways – just a wall of Marshall amps, some fireworks, a couple of comedy props and a load of classic rock songs you know they are going to play.
There was the usual big screens of course.
Every song seems to be followed by a 30 second gap for changing guitars etc.
Halfway through,darkness falls and thousands of Angus red horns light up the stadium.
A giant bell descends onstage for 'Hells Bells' and Whole Lotta Rosie' is adorned by an improbably voluptuous inflatable namesake, and 'Let There Be Rock' climaxes with confetti showers.
They encored with their usual two anthems 'Highway to Hell' and 'For Those About To Rock(We Salute You)'
where a dozen cannons sent out the band in a blaze of cannon fire and pyrotechnics.
In the 1970s I would watch Angus Young in school uniform getting on singer Bon Scott's shoulders and walk
in amongst the crowd to play a guitar solo.Angus is still in school uniform at the age of 60.
By the third song Angus is sweating buckets and by the end of the show he has given 100% and is totally drained.
Brian Johnson's vocals could have been a bit louder in the mix.
The band have so many colossal riffs in their set but Angus Young's guitar solo went on a bit too long I thought.
Needless to say a great rock show.
Full AC/DC setlist played tonight...
Rock or Bust
Shoot to Thrill
Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be
Back in Black
Play Ball
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
High Voltage
Rock 'n' Roll Train
Hells Bells
Baptism by Fire
You Shook Me All Night Long
Sin City
Shot Down in Flames
Have a Drink on Me
Whole Lotta Rosie
Let There Be Rock (with Angus Young guitar solo on a raised platform in the crowd)
Highway to Hell (with Angus Young guitar solo in intro)
For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)

Friday 03 July 2015.
Morrissey plays a pair of shows at Hammersmith Apollo on September 20 and 21.
Morrissey returns to this venue for the first time since 1991 when i was on front stage security.
There is some good footage of that gig up on YouTube.

Thursday 02 July 2015...3.30pm to 11pm...
The House Festival at Marble Hill Park,Richmond.
This is always a great day out as around 5000 folks have paid £220 each to see a dozen bands
with ALL the food and drinks included in the price and it sold out pronto weeks ago.
There was also a funfair with complimentary rides.
Around 20 sponsors have reserved areas for their guests including AOL,BBC Worldwide,
YouTube,SKY,Yahoo,UKTV,TalkTalk and others.
A lovely sunny day and thankfully not as scorching hot as the day before.
Complimentary Collet champers,prosecco,different cocktails,wines and beers for all.
Complimentary Lobster,oysters,burgers,pizza,grilled chicken,meat balls and more for all.
A few celebrity faces were dotted around the venue including Ant n Dec,John Bishop,Dara 0 Briain,
Al Murray,Claudia Winkleman,Jeremy Vine and actor John Hannah.
Half the folks here are happy just chatting and having the live music in the background.
Just five minute gaps between each band coming on as there are two stages near each other.
All the bands are playing short sets between 30 to 50 mins each.
Bands i saw were in the order I saw them...
Chaka Khan takes to the stage at 4.20pm for her 35 mins set with her full band.
A good set including her hits 'I Feel For You','I'm Every Woman' and 'Ain't Nobody'.
James Bay also plays for 35 mins and has had much success over the past six months since winning
The Critics Choice Brit Award at the start of the year.
Bay has everything going for him: chiselled looks, a gristly delivery honed through years of open mic nights, and a gamut of songs from the rootsy and rousing to the soulfully racked. There is no denying the catchiness of 'Hold Back the River'.
Slaves are on for 30 mins and are very lively indeed as their tattooed and shirtless bodies are dripping
in sweat as they jump into the crowd a couple of times for some moshing.
Their music is primitive, belligerent two-piece punk that opts for the bare necessities of the duo format –
guitar, drums and voice – over any fancy trappings.
'White Knuckle Ride’s' opening riff ignites a swarming moshpit almost immediately; bodies are bouncing down the front.
It’s a simple yet brutal recipe. Songs such as 'Where’s Your Car Debbie?',about walking a girl back to her car are great.
A really good set and easily the rockiest band playing today.
Vaccines arrive on stage at 6.45pm for their 40 mins set.
They play the best tracks from their two albums but the gems from their debut still go down the best.
Set included 'Wreckin Bar(Ra Ra Ra),'Teenage Icon','If You Wanna' and 'Norgaard'.
Rudimental go down well with the younger members of the crowd but not my cup of tea.
Years & Years headline the second stage and play for 35 mins.
Their 80s style electro pop went down well with tracks like 'Desire' and their number one hit
from earlier in the year 'King'.
Pet Shop Boys arrive on stage at 9.30pm for their 50 mins set.
They play when it gets darker so their lasers are very impressive.
They are using a big screen for pre-recorded images and they have a couple of dancers wearing
bizarre head dress.
They play lots of their great catchy synth pop hits including 'Surburbia','West End Girls','Rent','It's A Sin',
'Domino Dancing','Always On My Mind' and encore of 'Go West'.
If only all festivals were as good as this one.

Thursday 02 July 2015...another sad death report..
Val Doonican has died aged 88.
Anyone my age would know how popular Val Doonican was in the 1970s with his
Saturday night BBC tv show.
The legendary singer and TV entertainer, who was known for his novelty songs, fetching Aran jumpers and rocking chairs, from which he often performed, passed away peacefully last night.
The star regularly performed on his own BBC show, aptly named The Val Doonican Show, which ran from 1965 to 1986 and also featured guest artists.
Val, who once knocked Sgt Peppers off the top of the charts, achieved notable success in the 60s when five of his albums went into the top 10 of the UK albums chart.

Wednesday 01 July 2015....7pm to 10pm...
The Fire Station restaurant & bar refurbishment press launch,150 Waterloo Road,Waterloo,London SE1.
Great location next door to one of the entrances to Waterloo station.
This grade II listed Fire Station at Waterloo has finally re-opened after an extensive refurbishment.
The building has been lovingly restored and the front elevation looks fantastic.
The internal space has been opened up to reveal more of the original Fire Station aesthetic.
The menu is based around quality burgers and wood-fired pizzas.
One of Waterloo's most recognisable bars has been undergoing a big revamp over the past few months. For those of us who have lived in London for a while, most have been to The Fire Station at some point (it's one of the most obvious meeting points close to Waterloo Station). And now The Fire Station is open again.
The contemporary industrial look has touches of steam punk - vintage fire extinguisher, ceiling lights made with fire engine hose pipes, coat hooks from piping – and a repro wall panel showing the 1666 Great Fire of London.
There's a new menu on offer with a mix of burgers and wood-fired pizzas. The pizzas include
Parma ham, chorizo iberico, beef ragu, salami, pepperoni
Marinated buffalo mozzarella & basil
Smoked mackerel, king prawns, mascarpone, soft boiled egg.
The burgers, meanwhile, include a Black & Gold burger (black pudding & double cheese) as well as a glazed short-rib burger and a crispy portobello mushroom burger with red onion and blue cheese.
And it's an all-day venue too, with breakfast and brunch options too, including
Short rib bubble & squeak with fried eggs.
Smashed avocado roll, sautéed mushrooms, roasted vine tomatoes, poached eggs on sourdough toast.
Portobello mushroom, potato rosti, cheese, fried egg in a seeded roll.
As for drinks, new cocktails have been added, as well as coffee from Caravan. Those cocktails include:
Old Fashioned with housemade cinnamon syrup and smoked with oak chips.
Pear Fizz with Absolut Pear Vodka, pear purée and prosecco.
Vanilla & Fig Sour made with fig-infused Maker’s Mark bourbon.
There will be a soft launch from 2-4 July with 50% off food.
We had a full size pizza for starters.
My pizza was great---Smoked mackerel, king prawns, mascarpone, soft boiled egg.
I had a nice big juicy double cheese with black pudding burger with mixed fries & coleslaw.
I had caramel and strawberry ice-cream dessert.
The venue had air-con which was great on what was the hottest day of the year.
We each had half a dozen different cocktails that went down a treat.
My fave was the Smokey Cherry Manhattan.
Our main waitress was great but all the staff were great.
There was some rock music playing in the background but not too loud.
Really enjoyable evening here.
www.thefirestationwaterloo.comCheck out The Fire Station website here.

Tuesday 30 June 2015...7pm to 9pm...
The Art Gala at Masterpiece London in aid of the NSPCC at The Royal Hospital,Chelsea,London.
Masterpiece is a huge art, antiques and design fair with over 100 stands in this huge marquee.
Tonight is a glittering event which will raise vital funds for the NSPCC’s post-abuse therapeutic ‘play therapy’ services, supporting children across the UK affected by sexual abuse.
This event marks the third in a series of NSPCC fundraisers – each themed around a different genre of art – which have raised £3.7 million to date. It is organised by a committee of dedicated volunteers, well-respected in the fashion and art world.
Most of the 800 guests have paid £100 for their ticket and 250 of them have paid £1000 each for the
black tie dinner at 9.30pm with a host of celebrity names who watched a short set by Emeli Sande.
Lots of stunning women here wearing their best outfits like it was a West End film premiere.
Guests included
Princess Beatrice
Elizabeth Hurley (looked fantastic for age 50 in a pink gown)
Sir Michael Caine and his wife
David Furnish(Elton Johns husband)
Noamie Harris(actress who is in the new James Bond film Spectre)
Lindsay Lohan
Claudia Winkleman
Charlotte Tilbury(make-up queen)
Patrick Cox(fashion designer who always turns up with Elizabeth Hurley)
Andrew Neil(BBC tv political presenter)
Chris Wright(former owner of QPR and Chrysalis Records)
Dylan Jones(GQ Editor)
Stephen Webster(jeweller)
Giles Deacon
There was a classical music trio that had a ballet dancer performing to their music.
Complimentary Ruinart champers,cocktails,wines and canapés for all guests.
A really good event,just a shame it was only on for two hours when they should have made it three.
At the end we all got in a golf buggy for a lift back to Sloane Square tube which was a nice touch.
Tuesday 30 June 2015.
Launch of the Unofficial Biography of Mick Jones(The Clash)-- Stayin' in Tune by Mick O'Shea.
Sadly I could not get to the launch event near Goodge Street as it was the same time as The Art Gala.
The book is for sale on the Amazon link at the top for £12.50.
Special Offer valid until this Sunday---book at £10 inc. p&p on website