News and Reviews: October 17, 2017

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It is a good time to see musicals and plays as special offer tickets are on at some theatres...
An American In Paris,School of Rock ,Dream Girls, 42nd Street and others.
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Tues 17 Oct---St Vincent plays Brixton Academy.
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Ricky Gervais has his stand up comedy stint at Hammersmith Apollo.
October 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 17th, 18th & 19th.
As part of his massive UK tour.
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Wed 18 Oct---The Q Awards are held at The Roundhouse.
Stormzy, Ed Sheeran and Liam Gallagher lead this year’s 2017 Q Awards nominations with three nods each.
All three are up for Best Solo Act, while Liam and Ed will go up against each other in the Best Track category, while Stormzy will face Liam, along with The Killers, Lorde, and Radiohead for Best Live Act.
Kiwi pop queen Lorde, punk-hop heroes Sleaford Mods and rap phenomenon Kendrick Lamar are also up for two awards each, and this year’s ceremony will be Kendrick’s first year nominated.
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Thurs 19 Oct---Bananarama and other 80s acts play Wembley Arena.
Thurs 19 Oct---The Corrs play The Royal Albert Hall.
Fri 20 Oct---Suzi Quatro + David Essex + The Osmonds play Wembley Arena.
Fri 20 Oct---Inglorious play The Electric Ballroom.
Sat 21 Oct---The Waterboys play The Palladium...sold out...extra London show added for 27 April 2018.
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Thurs 19 Oct , Sun 22 Oct , Wed 25 Oct --- The Rolling Stones play three shows at U Arena, Paris.
This new stadium will have 40,000 capacity per show.
These shows are at the end of their European Tour.....No UK shows this year.
Early rumours for UK shows are them playing Knebworth rather than back again to Hyde Park.
Cage The Elephant support The Stones at all the Paris shows.
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Metallica play five UK shows as part of their European Tour....all UK shows sold out...
Sun Oct 22, - The O2 Arena, London
Tues Oct 24, - The O2 Arena, London
Thurs Oct 26, - SSE Hydro, Glasgow
Sat Oct 28, - Manchester Arena, Manchester
Mon Oct 30, - Genting Arena, Birmingham
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Mon 23 Oct and Tues 24 Oct---Placebo play Brixton Academy...with support from Husky Loops.
Final shows on their UK 20th anniversary tour.
Tues 24 Oct,Wed 25 Oct,Thurs 26 Oct ---Tom Robinson plays The 100 Club.
Tom plays his first full UK tour with a band for many years.
Tom's 4-piece band will be performing the entire Power In The Darkness album live on tour to mark
the 40th Anniversary of his debut single 2-4-6-8 Motorway.
I have seen him live around 20 times including several times in his heyday period of success
in 1977/1978 when he had a few hit singles.
Thurs 26 Oct---Bruce Dickenson at Waterstones,Piccadilly, London.
At 6pm the Iron Maiden singer will be signing copies of his autobiography.
Thurs 26 Oct---Starsailor play Koko,Camden.
Their anthemic new single 'Listen To Your Heart' is available now and bodes well for their upcoming new album 'All This Life' due September 1st via Cooking Vinyl. This will be the first album of new material from the band in nearly a decade (2009 to be exact). To support the album the band will be touring the UK in October.
Fri 27 Oct---WASP play The Forum.
Fri 27 Oct---Willie Nile plays The Borderline.
Fri 27 Oct---Big Country play Under The Bridge @ Chelsea F.C.
Big Country are promoting their 'Best of Big Country Live ' album.
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27 Oct to 16 Nov 2017 - My Name Is Prince: The Official Exhibition at The 02 Arena Complex.
It is on for 21 days which was the amount of shows Prince played at The 02 Arena in 2007.
I was at six of those shows and two of his after party gigs next door at Indigo.
Prince run of 21 shows is still the record for nights played by one act on the same tour at The 02 Arena.
Admission will be £25 for adults.
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Sat 28 Oct---The Professionals feat Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook play The Garage.
A special show to launch their first album for over 35 years.
Also a warm up show the night before at The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton.
The album is titled 'What In The World'...it is released the day before on Friday 27 Oct 2017.
It was recorded at Zak Starkeys studio...which I think is in Henley.
Paul Cook has roped his mates in. Steve Jones appears on three tracks, and there are guest appearances from from Def Leppard's Phil Collen and Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan. The Clash's Mick Jones is on board. So is The Cult's Billy Duffy. Marco Pirroni from Adam And The Ants has signed up. It's quite a line up.
The album got a great 8/10 review in Classic Rock mag.
Full Track Listing:
Good Man Down
Let Go
Going Going Gone
Extremadura
Rewind
Hats Off
New Generation
Take Me Now
Bad Baby
Monkeys
Also today is the 40th anniversary of my fave album of all time which is the classic that is
Sex Pistols 'Never Mind The Bollocks'.
Also released to coincide--- 1977: The Bollocks Diaries, it’s being released via Cassell Illustrated to mark the 40th anniversary of the Pistols landmark album Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols.
The book documents the recording and release of the record and focuses on “the year the Sex Pistols changed everything.”
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BluesFest is held at The 02 Arena this weekend...
Fri 27 Oct---Chic feat Nile Rodgers + Chaka Khan.
Sat 28 Oct---Hall & Oates + Chris Isaak.
Sun 29 Oct---Steely Dan + Doobie Brothers...sold out...
03 Sept update---Ahead of a headline gig at Bluesfest next month, it has been announced that Steely Dan co-founder, guitarist and backing vocalist Walter Becker has died.
He passed away today (03 Sept) aged 67 following reports that he had been "very ill"
and that he had underwent surgery last month.
Steely Dan are one of those American bands that rarely play overseas.
When I first saw Steely Dan in 1996 at Wembley Arena, that was their first London show for 20 years.
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Sat 28 Oct---Weezer + Ash + Orwells play Wembley Arena.
Sun 29 Oct---Stylistics play The Swan Theatre,High Wycombe...as part of their lengthy UK tour.
Their Philadelphia Soul sound of the early 1970s was very popular in the UK.
'The Best of The Stylistics' is a compilation album that was the Best Selling Album of 1975 in the UK.
They still feature two original members.
Sun 29 Oct---The Strawbs play Under The Bridge @ Chelsea F.C.
The Strawbs are playing a UK tour to promote their new release 'Electric : Live in the UK'.
Wed 01 Nov---Hue & Cry play Assembly Hall, Islington.
Wed 01 Nov---Chase & Status play Brixton Academy.
Thurs 02 Nov and Fri 03 Nov---John Mayall plays The Cadogan Hall, Chelsea.
Thurs 02 Nov---Sam Outlaw plays Dingwall's.
Country’s fastest rising star Sam Outlaw is back in the UK for a tour.
Sat 04 Nov--ABC play The Palladium with support from Kid Creole & The Coconuts.
Sat 04 Nov---Peter Perrett plays The Electric Ballroom.
Sat 04 Nov---Little Steven plays The Roundhouse.
I saw Little Steven play Indigo last year as part of BluesFest.
Sun 05 Nov---Alison Moyet plays The Hexagon, Reading.
Sun 05 Nov---Willie Nile plays The Tropic, Ruislip.
Sun 05 Nov---Faith - The George Michael 'Legacy' plays The Swan Theatre, High Wycombe.
I saw this top notch tribute act play a great show earlier this year.
The show features international George Michael tribute artist Wayne Dilks together with
his incredible 7 piece band and backing singers.
Mon 06 Nov---Squeeze + Nine Below Zero play The Royal Albert Hall.
I have seen Squeeze play live around 20 times since 1978 when they were first starting.
Thurs 09 Nov---T.Rextasy play The Swan Theatre, High Wycombe.
Fri 10 Nov---Andrew WK plays The Forum.
Fri 10 Nov---Goldfrapp play Brixton Academy.
Sat 11 Nov---The Members play The 100 Club.
Sun 12 Nov---Van Morrison plays Hammersmith Apollo.
Mon 13 Nov---Prophets Of Rage play The Forum...sold out...
I saw them play Brixton Academy a few months ago.
In September their debut album went in the charts at number six.
Tues 14 Nov and Wed 15 Nov---Alison Moyet plays The Palladium.
Tues 14 Nov---William The Conqueror play The Moth Club, Hackney.
Thurs 16 Nov and Fri 17 Nov---Blondie play Brixton Academy.
I have seen Blondie three times this year already...along with many times since the late 1970s.
Sat 18 Nov and Sun 19 Nov---Musicmania Record Fair at Olympia.
Sat 18 Nov---Alexander O'Neal plays The Swan Theatre, High Wycombe.
Sun 19 Nov---Mr Big + The Answer + Faster Pussycat play Shepherds Bush Empire.
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Alice Cooper plays a UK arena tour in November with support from The Mission and The Tubes.
Sat 11th November: Leeds - First Direct Arena
Sun 12th November: Glasgow - The SSE Hydro
Tues 14th November: Birmingham - Barclaycard Arena
Wed 15th November: Manchester - Manchester Arena
Thurs 16th November: London – The SSE Arena, Wembley
I have seen Alice Cooper over 20 times with the first being at this very same venue back in 1975.
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Queens of The Stone Age play a UK tour in November which includes two big London shows.
Sat 18 Nov---Wembley Arena,London.
Tues 21 Nov---02 Arena,London.
03 Sept update---QOTSA soared to the top of the album charts in Sept for the first time
with their seventh studio LP ‘Villains’, clocking up 32,000 sales in its first week.
Mon 20 Nov, Tues 21 Nov , Wed 22 Nov---Royal Blood + At The Drive In play Alexandra Palace.
Wed 22 Nov---Imelda May plays The Roundhouse.
Wed 22 Nov---Depeche Mode play The 02 Arena.
Depeche Mode massive world tour arrives back in the UK.
Thurs 23 Nov---Deep Purple play The 02 Arena.
Sun 26 Nov and Mon 27 Nov---Phil Collins plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Mon 27 Nov and Tues 28 Nov---The Killers play The 02 Arena.
Their recent album 'Wonderful Wonderful' got plenty of great four star reviews in September.
It went straight in at number one in the UK album charts.
By making it to the top of the charts once more, the group have become the first ever international act
to achieve five Number One albums in a row.
It is also their first number one album back home in America.
‘Wonderful Wonderful’ sold 118,000 album equivalent units in its first week in the US, with 111,000 coming as traditional album sales. It knocked Foo Fighters‘ ‘Concrete And Gold’ from the top spot.
Wed 29 Nov---Divine Comedy play Hammersmith Apollo.
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Universal has announced that the out-of-print deluxe edition of the ' Never Mind The Bollocks' album,
which was originally released in 2012, will now be rereleased on 01 Dec 2017.
The deluxe NMTB will include 3 CDs, a live DVD and a 48 page book.
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Fri 01 Dec and Sat 02 Dec---Kasabian play The 02 Arena.
Thurs 07 Dec---Liam Gallagher plays Alexander Palace...sold out two months before the gig...
Fri 08 Dec---Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters play The Royal Albert Hall...sold out pronto...
Robert on a UK tour to promote his recent album 'Carry Fire' that was released Fri 13 Oct 2017.
Sat 09 Dec---Carla Bruni plays The Union Chapel, Islington.
Former French first lady, original '90s supermodel and singer-songwriter Carla Bruni has announced
her first ever UK concert in London to promote her latest album 'French Touch'.
In the past Carla has had relationships with Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger.
The covers album features a jazz version of AC/DC 'Highway to Hell' and a samba version of
'Miss You' by The Rolling Stones.
Thurs 20 Dec---Extreme play Brixton Academy.
Fri 21 Dec to Sun 23 Dec---Prodigy play Brixton Academy...all shows sold out...




Monday 16 October 2017...I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 7.30pm
Book launch - Christie's
A lot of big name interior designers here including David Linley (2nd Earl of Snowdon ) and Nicky Haslam.
then
7.45pm to 10pm
Hotel press launch
Complimentary Taittinger champers, a choice of three cocktails, wines, beers , bowl food and canapés.
Check back soon for full reviews.




Monday 16 October 2017.
Very sad and shock news that comedian Sean Hughes has passed away at age just 51.
Comedian Sean Hughes has died at the age of 51, his management has confirmed.
It is believed the London-born Irish writer and stand-up died after being rushed to the
Whittington Hospital on Sunday night.
He was reportedly taken in with liver cirrhosis and his death was confirmed on Monday,
one week after his final tweet saying he was in hospital.




Monday 16 October 2017.
The Beatles' firm still earns £67k a day.
The Beatles still earn £67k a day from a company they formed before they split nearly 50 years ago. Apple Corps, set up in 1968 to manage the band's affairs, declared a turnover of £24.2m for last year. The company, which doesn't own the band's back catalogue, is owned by surviving members Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as the widows of George Harrison and John Lennon.





Sunday 15 October 2017.
Nearly a fortnight ago we got the shock news of Tom Petty's death.
Go on YouTube and check out the following 12 mins plus video of magic.
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers halftime show at Super Bowl XLII in Glendale, Arizona in 2008.





Saturday 14 October 2017.
THE WEDDING PRESENT + CINERAMA + THE MEMBRANES live at Cadogan Hall, Chelsea,London.
Vocalist and guitarist David Gedge hosted this evening.
He performed with both his bands.....The Wedding Present and Cinerama.
The Wedding Present performs its latest, ninth studio release,' Going, Going…'
I have seen them three or four times with the first time in 1996.
They are best known for their debut album 'George Best ' from 1987 and for releasing twelve 7" singles
for each month in 1992.
Each single had a limited pressing of 10,000 copies which all reached the Top 30 in the U.K. chart, equalling
Elvis Presley's record for the most U.K. Top 30 hits in one year.
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As it was a special evening all three bands played with a 12 piece choir and the two headliners
also had a five member string choir and each had films on the big screen throughout their set.
They all sounded great when choir and string section were at full tilt.
THE MEMBRANES played for 50 mins.
They are a post punk band formed by punk rock journo John Robb who has his trademark Mohawk hair.
They split up in 1990 but reformed a few years ago.
A good set that featured their highlight track 'Spike Milligan's Tape Recorder'.
CINERAMA played for 30 mins.
Cinerama originally formed in 1998 while David Gedge was on a break from The Wedding Present.
A good set played including the tracks 'Get Up and Go' and 'Health & Efficiency' .
THE WEDDING PRESENT played for 95 mins.
They play all 20 tracks off their new album 'Going, Going...' and finished with two older tracks.
The new album lyrics and the big screen images came from a road trip across North America.
I preferred the louder songs to the more laid back ones.
It was all filmed for future use.
The band signed CD's in the foyer straight after the show.
A good show
Full setlist played tonight...
Kittery
Greenland
Marblehead
Sprague
Two Bridges
Little Silver
Bear
Secretary
Birdsnest
Kill Devil Hills
Bells
Fifty-Six
Fordland
Emporia
Broken Bow
Lead
Ten Sleep
Wales
Rachel
Santa Monica
Perfect Blue
Bewitched






Friday 13 October 2017.
MARILLION live at The Royal Albert Hall, London....this show sold out months ago...
Marillion play the Royal Albert Hall for the first time, following the release of their 18th studio album.
I saw Marilion many times in the 1980s at Hammersmith Odeon when Fish was their great vocalist.
Fish was the singer with progressive rock band Marillion from 1981 until 1988 then he went solo.
He was replaced by Steve Hogarth who I have seen perform a couple of times with them before
and who still fronts them.
Extra London show added at The Palladium - Tuesday 7th November...and UK tour in 2018.
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The venue is totally rammed sold out tonight and there are flags from many different countries.
A major gig by Marillion and the fans know it.
MARILLION are on stage for around a nice long 2 hours 40 mins over two sets of 75 mins and 85 mins.
There is a big screen showing great pre-recorded images and the light show is really good.
There are several film cameras here covering the show and the crowd cheers the intro to every song
and many give a standing ovation to each song at the end.
The first set was their recent album 'F.E.A.R.' and the second set was older material.
Singer Steve Hogarth is engaging with the crowd well.
The guitarist definitely has been influenced by David Gilmore's style of playing.
The crowd were given LED finger lights to use for a couple of songs in the second set.
Not quite as mega when Coldplay did it , but still very impressive visually.
A ticker-tape finale ended a very enjoyable show.
The DVD will look great when it comes out.
FIRST SET
All 17 tracks from their recent album 'F.E.A.R.' played.
SECOND SET with six classical musicians on stage with them.
The Space...
Afraid of Sunlight
The Great Escape
Easter
Go!
Man of a Thousand Faces
Encore:
Waiting to Happen
Neverland
The Leavers: V. One Tonight






Friday 13 October 2917.
As expected LIAM GALLAGHER has topped the Official Album Charts with his debut album, As You Were.
The former Oasis front man rose the the top spot with ease, outselling the rest of the Top 10 combined,
and gaining the biggest one-week vinyl sales in over 20 years.
An extensive pr campaign in the build up to its release with Liam seemingly everywhere.
Tv , radio, newspapers , magazines , online, twitter etc.




Friday 13 October 2017.
Happy Birthday to Paul Simon who is 76 today.




Thursday 12 October 2017...I went to two events today...
4.30pm to 6pm
ESQUIRE TOWNHOUSE with DIOR - 10 - 11 Carlton Park Terrace, London SW1.
With striking period features, Carlton House Terrace was designed by architect John Nash.
Once the former residence of Prime Minister William Gladstone and overlooking St James’s Park, Whitehall and the Mall.
Esquire, the luxury men’s magazine brand, announces the return of Esquire Townhouse, with Dior confirmed as headline sponsor for the second consecutive year.
Taking place from 12-15 October, the four-day luxury brand experience will once again take over London’s 10-11 Carlton Terrace with a curation of live talks, interviews and masterclasses showcasing the very best in the world of style, sport, TV, technology, travel, food and film.
Activity planned for the event includes a talk with Russell Brand, an audience with Sir Geoff Hurst, an evening with Steven Knight and Cillian Murphy, an interview with Paul Smith, a ‘What I’ve Learned’ session with Mark Cavendish and a ‘My Life in Books’ talk with Alan Hollinghurst. The Townhouse will also host a series of wine tastings, supper clubs and fitness classes with leading trainers from Equinox, Third Space, Barry’s Bootcamp, F45, BXR and Triyoga. In addition to offering ticketed events, the Townhouse will be the ultimate pop-up members club for the Esquire audience.
LEXUS are showcasing half a dozen luxury cars outside the venue.
DOIR SAUVAGE have a stand showing their fragrances.
LEON are handing out complimentary coffees and chocs.
The highlight for me was RUFFIANS top notch barbers who are here offering a quality complimentary trim cut.
They are highly rated by Esquire and you can see why.
TOMMY did a great trim on me and offered friendly and knowledgable advice.
They have five branches in prime locations...
Shoreditch - 46/48 Rivington Street, London EC2.
Marylebone - 63 Wigmore Street, London W1.
Covent Garden - 27 Maiden Lane, London WC2.
Liberty Store - London W1.
Edinburgh - 23 Queensferry Street , Edinburgh.
www.ruffians.co.ukVisit the Ruffians website here for more info.
www.esquire.co.ukVisit the Esquire website here for more and to get tickets.
then
6.30pm to 12pm
THE BOTANIST - re-opening party - 7 Sloane Square , Chelsea, London SW1.
Very popular bar near Sloane Square tube station re-opens after a 10 week refurbishment by owners ETM.
Russell Sage Studio, the designers behind ETM’s Aviary, Greenwood and Botanist Broadgate Circle, as well as the Zetter Townhouse, Savoy Grill and Social Eating House, will create a new design featuring a focal 45-seater bar with an expansive brass overhead display.
A colour palette of navy, green and rose has been introduced, while the site’s heritage is acknowledged through prints and bespoke botanical tiles inspired by physician, naturalist and collector Sir Hans Sloane, whose collection providing the foundation for the British Museum.
Tom Martin, director at ETM Group, said: “The Botanist was one of our first ETM venues and is a much-loved piece of the Sloane Square landscape. As we enter our 10th year of trading, we feel it is a great time to revitalise one of our most successful venues, ensuring it continues to thrive by providing our loyal customers with a current and engaging offer.”
Around 150 guests here who I presume are regulars including a couple of Made In Chelsea girls.
There were stilt-walkers outside the bar as you came in and a dj was playing tunes.
We got here on time and like yesterday grabbed a nice table for four as friends came and went.
It was very lively and buzzy with a full complimentary bar of anything you wanted.
There was champers , four of their own cocktails, Jack Daniels n coke, whiskey sours, espresso cocktails etc
and lots of tasty food with my fave being the fried chicken.
Just two minutes from The Cadogan Hall so perfect to pop in here before or after a show there.
We left at midnight and it was still going strong as it was a 1am finish.
A great party.
www.thebotonist.uk.comVisit The Botanist website here for full info.





Thursday 12 October 2017.
Happy Birthday to Dave Vanium from The Damned who is 61 today.




Wednesday 11 October 2017...6.30pm to 11.30pm...
CANTINA LAREDO - re-opening launch party - at 10 Upper St Martins Lane, London WC2.
Mexican restaurant and bar near Stringfellow's opens after a refurbishment.
Traditional Mexican dishes with a modern twist, with signature choice of eight different guacamoles.
Along with a variety of Tequila cocktails.
We got there as it opened so grabbed a table opposite the dj corner.
Around 200 folks here and it was pretty amazing how it stayed a full on buzzy party vibe all night.
Guests here included Cleo Rocos (from The Kenny Everett show who fronts her own Tequila brand),
Jo Wood, Nicola Roberts (Girls Aloud), Una Healy (The Saturdays), Lottie Moss and Tallia Storm.
Also Professor Green, Jamie Winstone , Alistair Guy and model Winnie Harlow were here.
Daisy Lowe turned up at 10pm...probably after attending another event.
Folks chatting loudly over the four djs playing an hour set each of tunes.
At 9.15pm fashion designer Pam Hogg took over the dj duties for an hour.
She played a few Blondie tracks as she is good mates with Debbie Harry.
Lots of complimentary drinks and food as a choice of six tequila cocktails, wines,
Mexican beers and a full range of Mexican food.
A great party.
www.cantinalaredo.co.ukVisit their website here for more info.





Wednesday 11 October 2017.
Happy Birthday to football legend Sir Bobby Charlton who is 80 today.
Happy Birthday to QPR football legend Rodney Marsh who is 73 today.
Happy Birthday to actress Dawn French who is 60 today.





Tuesday 10 October 2017...I went to three events tonight...
6.45pm to 9pm
THE FRAGRANCE FOUNDATION - 25th anniversary party - RSM, 1 Wimpole Street, London W1.
We are at The Royal Society of Medicine building.
The Fragrance Foundation UK is a non-profit making educational organisation setting standards of
excellence for the fragrance industry in the UK.
Their Mission: To expand the appreciation, enjoyment, use and sale of fragrances amongst all people.
Around 200 folks here with maybe 75% females as expected.
Complimentary Harrods champers,wines, beers and canapés before and after the speeches and videos.
All guests got a small goodie bag.
www.fragrancefoundation.org.ukVisit the Fragrance Foundation website here for more info.
then
9.45pm to 11pm
YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN - opening night party - The Crypt, Trafalgar Square, London WC2.
The main event was held earlier at The Garrick Theatre.
Young Frankenstein is a 1974 American comedy horror film directed by Mel Brooks and starring Gene Wilder as the title character, a descendant of the infamous Dr. Victor Frankenstein.
It is now on stage in The West End and the legend that is MEL BROOKS age 91...yes 91
is here on the opening night as he has been overseeing rehearsals.
Over 300 guests here in this basement venue.
Leslie Joseph (looking great for 71) and Ross Noble are here as they star in this stage version.
Both Leslie Joseph's 'Birds Of A Feather' pals are here - Linda Robson and Pauline Quirke.
As expected there are lots of celebrity faces here including Dame Joan Collins ,Elaine Paige, Tim Michin,
Paul Merton,Katherine Ryan,Debbie McGee,Don Black, Sir Cameron Mackintosh, Alan Yentob,
Maureen Lipman,Christopher Biggins, Anita Dobson, Kate Garraway and a few others.
Complimentary prosecco, wines,beers and canapés for all guests.
then
11.10pm to 12.10pm
SPECSAVERS SPECTACLE WEARER OF THE YEAR AWARDS - after party -
8 Northumberland Avenue , London WC2.
Around 200 guests are here at the after party downstairs but all the celeb faces have departed.
The celebs want their photos taken by the many photographers waiting outside the venue.
Celebs including host Rylan Clark-Neal and Spencer Matthews were leaving as we were arriving.
Others that were here earlier at the dinner included Twiggy, Vogue Williams, Joel Dommett, Lisa Snowdon, Nadine Coyle, Prue Leith, Martin Kemp and his son Roman. The event was not without drama as Rylan Clarke-Neal and Chris Hughes fell out after Hughes's girlfriend and Love Island co-star Olivia Attwood called the presenter 'Katie Price's lap dog'.
There was a dj and it was lively as guests were dancing.
A complimentary bar so I had a couple of rum and cokes...also desserts and ice-cream were here.
A nice goodie bag with half a dozen items including a seven pack set of socks from designer JEFF BANKS.






Tuesday 10 October 2017.
Happy Birthday to Midge Ure who is 64 today.
He is currently on a massive month long UK tour.




Monday 09 October 2017...7.15pm to 12pm...
BMI LONDON AWARDS live at The Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London W1.
BMI LONDON AWARDS: Annual London ceremony which recognises European songwriters and publishers of top songs played on US radio and TV in the past year. Legendary songwriter and lead singer of Jamiroquai, Jay Kay will receive the President’s Award in recognition of his profound influence on songwriting within the music industry.
I have been to this awards event a few times with past President's Award winners including
John Lydon, Yoko Ono and last year was Sting.
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Arrived at 7.15pm for an hour of complimentary Laurent Perrier champers reception at this five star hotel.
TITO JACKSON was here as he is in the UK to promote his new solo album and he picked up an award later.
I had a nice chat with him and got a photo with him.
FOALS are here as they picked up an award later.
JAY KAY arrived late with two personal security guys staying close all through the night.
Not sure why security stayed so close when it was an invite only private music industry event.
I got my photo taken with him.
From 8.15pm to 10pm was the three course dinner for the 300 guests.
We were part of the 20 or 30 press folks standing at the back and just outside the main room with champers.
At 10pm some 30 awards are handed out quickly to songwriters and publishers.
Ed Sheeran won two but sent a video message from Nashville.
At 10.40pm there was a 10 mins video highlights of Jamiroquai's career.
Jamiroquai have sold 27 million albums worldwide.
Jay Kay then gave a thank you speech.
At 10.50pm Jamiroquai played a two song semi-acoustic set with the full band.
'Love Foolosophy' and 'Space Cowboy'.
From 11pm was the post show party with full complimentary bar including Jack Daniels and Baileys.
An excellent event.





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