News and Reviews: September 21, 2019

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MY BEST GIGS OF 2018 LIST.
I went to an incredible 148 live music events & gigs in 2018.
This makes the grand total of 6880 gigs seen by me since 1973.
Check out my upcoming news page for my stand out Top dozen gigs of 2018 and previous years.
GIG NUMBER 7000 for me will be in September...who will it be?
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My interview with TIME OUT magazine in April 2018 is now online.
It features me talking about being the UKs number one gig goer...now over 6700 gigs seen...
Includes a mention of the 2000 plus shows i have been to at Hammersmith Odeon/Apollo since 1973,
along with a photo of me outside the venue
Mentions some Sex Pistols stories and other bits and pieces.
Search for it on google under Ray Morrissey Time Out.
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Visit the coolest menswear store outside of Central London.
Heroes of Richmond - an independent menswear store - 9 Golden Court,Richmond , Surrey.
Footwear, jackets and accessories from top brands unavailable outside Central London.
www.heroesofrichmond.co.ukVisit their website here for more info.
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Visit the coolest top notch barbers in Soho - CUT AND GRIND, 25 D'Arblay Street, Soho, London W1.
www.cutandgrindbarbers.comVisit the Cut and Grind website here for more info.
See my review dated 09 August 2019.
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Another good film is coming out in August...
Blinded by the Light is a 2019 British comedy-drama film directed by Gurinder Chadha, inspired by the life of journalist Sarfraz Manzoor and his love of songs by Bruce Springsteen.
It is based on Manzoor's acclaimed memoir Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion and Rock N' Roll. Set in the town of Luton in 1987 Thatcherite Britain, the film tells the coming-of-age story of Javed, a British-Pakistani Muslim teenager whose life is changed after he discovers the music of Springsteen.
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Mon 16 Sept will be anniversary of Marc Bolan's sad death and 30 Sept would have been his 72nd birthday.
I saw his last ever London show at The Rainbow in 1977 just a few months before his death.
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Sat 21 Sept---SISTERS OF MERCY + AMENRA play the second of two shows at The Roundhouse.
Sisters of Mercy have had 7 x Top 40 hit singles in the UK , including 2 x Top 10s.
They are now just a touring band as the last of their three albums was released back in 1990.
I have seen them a few times since 1998 when they played The Forum.
Support comes from Amenra who hail from Belgium and have released six studio albums.
Tues 24 Sept and Wed 25 Sept---George Ezra plays The Royal Albert Hall...both shows sold out...
George Ezra will cap off his ‘Staying at Tamara’s’ tour with two shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall, with all the proceeds going to mental health awareness charity Mind.
Fri 27 September 2019---Ashley McBryde plays Shepherds Bush Empire...sold out...
GRAMMY-nominated country artist, Ashley McBryde, will perform her biggest solo headline shows this side of the atlantic at the end of summer, in support of her highly-acclaimed debut album, Girl Going Nowhere.
Sat 28 Sept---Wilco play Hammersmith Apollo.
"Ode to Joy " is the eleventh studio album from American indie rock band Wilco, set to be released on October 4, 2019.
Sat 28 Sept----The George & Dragon , Acton, London W3....tickets £5.
THE SATELLITES,RAGE DC,SEEDS OF 77 and MORGELLONS. D.J spinning Punk,Trash,Garage,Glam,Ska etc.
Sat 28 Sept and Sun 29 Sept---Keane play The Royal Albert Hall.
Keane on tour to coincide with the release their fifth studio album "Cause and Effect" in Sept 2019.
Keane have sold over 10 million albums worldwide.
They’ve won 2 Brit Awards, 4 Q Awards and an Ivor Novello.
I saw Keane earlier this month when they played The Hard Cafe Piccadilly opening party.
Sun 29 Sept---Les McKeown's Bay City Rollers play The Swan Theatre, High Wycombe.
On October 25th 70s pop sensations the Bay City Rollers will release a career defining 3CD set as part of Crimson Records’ successful Gold series.
Mon 30 Sept---Richard Thompson plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Sun 06 Oct---The Wildhearts + The Professionals + Janus Stark play Sub 89, Reading.
A nice three band package.
The Professionals feature The Sex Pistols Paul Cook on drums.
I first saw The Wildhearts in 1996 when they were one of the support bands for Sex Pistols in Finsbury Park.
I saw Janus Stark in 2000 when they supported Dee Dee Ramone at The Garage.
www.sub89.comVisit the Sub 89 website here for info and tickets.
Mon 07 Oct---Kano plays The Royal Albert Hall.
The London-born rapper celebrates the release of his new album with his first Royal Albert Hall headline show.
Wed 09 Oct--Lulu plays The Swan Theatre, High Wycombe.
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There are always special offers on for West End theatre shows so keep an eye out for them...
School of Rock has been extended to 20 October 2019.
Mamma Mia! The Musical is still packing them in.
The Book of Mormon got rave reviews when it first opened.
BIG The Musical is on at The Dominion Theatre until 02 Nov 2019.
From 21 Dec 2017 - Hamilton - this musical has finally opened to great reviews.
It is the hottest theatre ticket in town this year.
It is on at The Victoria Palace Theatre which has had a massive refurbishment.
I saw gigs here between 1975 to 1977 when it was called The New Victoria Theatre.
Bands i saw included Alex Harvey Band, Thin Lizzy, ELO, Lou Reed and others.
08 April 2018 - Hamilton won seven awards including Best New Musical at The Olivier Awards.
04 March 2019 update for Only Fools & Horses - The Musical at The Haymarket Theatre.
As expected it has been a huge success and the run has been extended to Feb 2020.
It has taken over £8 million at the box office and sold over 150,000 tickets so far.
April 2019 update - the pure quality of Michael Jackson songs will always live on.
The Michael Jackson musical Thriller Live is extending its West End run for another year.
Now in its 11th year and one of the longest-running in West End history. The show is based on Jackson’s solo hits and songs recorded as part of the Jackson Five.
I have seen it three times, it is excellent.
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Sat 05 Oct and Sun 06 Oct---Horse Racing - Paris, France.
One of the greatest sporting events in the world, held at the truly spectacular ParisLongchamp Racecourse: an opportunity to experience a race with an intensity all of its own and witness the crowning of a legend.
Share in the thrill, excitement and sheer adrenaline of an outstanding day of horse racing that brings the world’s best thoroughbreds and finest jockeys together in an electric atmosphere.
Wonder horse ENABLE will be there.
Gates opening at 12pm Saturday & 11am Sunday
Special presale rate: from €10 rather than €20 at the racecourse !
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Fri 04 Oct---Sex Pistols Experience play 229 Great Portland Street, London W1.
Alice Cooper + The Stranglers + MC50...UK Arena Tour...
Alice Cooper all-new show is called Ol’ Black Eyes Is Back and will feature Alice’s trademark, gloriously macabre theatrics alongside his phenomenal music.
I have seen him at least once on every UK tour of his since 1975.
Fri 4 October 2019 – Manchester Arena
Sat 5 October 2019 – Event Complex, Aberdeen
Mon 7 October 2019 – First Direct Arena, Leeds
Tues 8 October 2019 – Brighton Centre
Thurs 10 October 2019 – The O2, London
Fri 11 October 2019 – Resorts World Arena, Birmingham
Sat 12 October 2019 – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
2019 marks the 50th year since the release of Alice Cooper's first album.
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Sat 12 Oct---Psychedelic Furs + Wendy James Band play The Roundhouse.
The Furs return to the UK for another tour.
Tues 15 Oct---Biffy Clyro play The Roundhouse....special gig for Q Music Mag.
Wed 16 Oct---Q Awards at The Roundhouse...many big names will attend...
Wed 16 Oct---The Struts play The Forum.
Thurs 17 Oct---The Bootleg Beatles with orchestra play The Royal Albert Hall, London.
Their UK tour marks 50 years since the release of these final two albums - Abbey Road (released 26 September 1969) and Let It Be (released 8 May 1970), and will explore the journey to the end of The Beatles - celebrating the music of this era and the legacy that endures to this day.
Thurs 17 Oct---Divine Comedy play Hammersmith Apollo.
Sat 19 Oct---Saxon play Hammersmith Apollo.
For the first time since the 1980’s Saxon return to headlining London’s legendary Hammersmith “Odeon” (Apollo).
I have seen Saxon play live around 25 times since 1979 when they supported Motörhead at Hammersmith Odeon.
With support from Krokus + Girlschool + Diamond Head.
Sun 20 Oct---Saxon and above bands play Manchester Apollo.
Swiss rock legends Krokus play their final UK shows before their retirement.
Sun 20 Oct and Mon 21 Oct---Cher plays The 02 Arena....support comes from Paul Young.
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Sat 26 Oct and Sun 27 Oct---Musicmania is moving from Olympia to.....Harrow.
Musicmania is on 26th & 27th October, Byron Hall, Harrow. It's the only 2
day UK record fair and one of the world's biggest collectors' fairs....11am to 4pm is £5 adm.
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Sun 27 Oct---The Cult play Hammersmith Apollo.
Mon 28 Oct---The Damned play The Palladium.
Times have changed. A couple of years ago The Damned played The Royal Albert Hall
and now they are playing another posh venue....22 July update - show is sold out.
I have seen punk legends The Damned over 40 times since the punk heyday of the 1970s.
I saw then 10 times alone in 1977 including when they supported T.Rex at The Rainbow.
Tues 29 Oct---Squeeze + Heaven 17 play The Royal Albert Hall.
Tues 29 Oct---Funeral For a Friend play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Welsh post-hardcore band, Funeral For A Friend, are reforming to play a London show - one of two very special performances only - in honour of a terminally ill fan and friend
Wed 30 Oct---Ronnie Scott's 60th anniversary show at The Royal Albert Hall.
With appearances by Kurt Elling, Courtney Pine, Madeline Bell, Imelda May sings the Blues, Nigel Kennedy plays Jimi Hendrix, Guy Barker, Liane Carroll, Ian Shaw, Natalie Williams, Judi Jackson, and the last ever performance of Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames, with guests Van Morrison & Pee Wee Ellis.
Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra led by Pete Long.
Wed 30 Oct---Michael Monroe plays The Islington Academy.
Rock'n'roll legend and former Hanoi Rocks mainman Michael Monroe has announced details of his upcoming album. One Man Gang, the follow-up to 2015's Blackout States, will be released on October 18.
Sun 03 Nov---Bruce Hornsby plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
American singer-songwriter & pianist who is best known for his 1986 hit "The Way It Is".
Bruce was a member of the Grateful Dead from September 1990 to March 1992, playing over 100 shows during that period.
Thurs 07 Nov---The Lightning Seeds play The Palladium.
Fri 08 Nov---The Stylistics play The Swan Theatre, High Wycombe.
Their album "The Best of The Stylistics" was the best selling album of 1975 by any act.
Sat 09 Nov---Live Forever (A Britpop Tribute Festival) is held at The Forum.
There will be tributes to Oasis, Blur, Pulp, The Stone Roses, The Seahorses & Richard Ashcroft.
Performed by the best tributes in the country i.e Definitely Oasis, Blur2, Pulpd, Lucky Man & The John Squire Experience.
Sat 09 Nov---John Mayall plays The Cadogan Hall, Chelsea.
Blues legend John Mayall will bring his 85th Anniversary Tour to the UK this autumn.
Sun 10 Nov---Mika plays Shepherds Bush Empire...sold out pronto in July...
Mika released his first full-length studio album, Life in Cartoon Motion, on Island Records in 2007, which sold more than 5 million copies worldwide and helped Mika win a Brit Award—winning Best British Breakthrough act.
Mon 11 Nov---Sarah Brightman plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Mon 18 Nov and Tues 19 Nov---Marillion with orchestra play The Royal Albert Hall.
Wed 20 Nov---Mystery Jets play Sheoherds Bush Emoire.
Wed 20 Nov and Thurs 05 Dec---Snow Patrol play The Royal Albert Hall.
Thurs 21 Nov---Ronnie Wood plays a one off show at Shepherds Bush Empire...show sold out pronto...
The Rolling Stones guitarist will release Ronnie Wood With His Wild Five – Mad Lad: A Live Tribute To Chuck Berry on November 15 through BMG.
It was recorded at Wimborne’s Tivoli Theatre in 2018 – a night that saw guest appearances from singer Imelda May and pianist Ben Waters.
Fri 22 Nov---Ghost play Wembley Arena.
Sun 24 Nov---Chrissie Hynde plays The Royal Festival Hall.
Mon 25 Nov---Australian Pink Floyd play The Royal Albert Hall.
Tues 26 Nov---Hawkwind play The Royal Albert Hall...Final show on their 50th anniversary tour.
Hawkwind have announced they will release a new album, their 32nd, on October 25 through Cherry Red. All Aboard The Skylark sees the band return to their space rock sound of Top 40 albums The Machine Stops Here (2016) and Into The Woods (2017) after the orchestrated Road To Utopia (2018).
Tues 26 Nov---tribute show to Mark Hollis (Talk Talk) at The Royal Festival Hall.
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Liam Gallagher is playing a UK Arena tour to promote his new album.
Liam will play a mix of solo material and Oasis classics.
November 11 – Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
November 12 – Birmingham, Birmingham Arena
November 14 – Aberdeen, P&J Live
November 15 – Glasgow, The SSE Hydro
November 17 – Newcastle, Utilita Arena
November 18 – Sheffield, FlyDSA Arena
November 20 – Manchester, Manchester Arena
November 21 – Liverpool, M&S Bank Arena
November 24 – Dublin, 3Arena
November 26 – Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena
November 28 – London, The O2 Arena
November 29 – London, The O2 Arena
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Fri 29 Nov and Sat 30 Nov---Primal Scream play The Forum...both shows sold out by mid Sept.
In May 2019 Primal Scream released a retrospective singles compilation 'Maximum Rock'n'Roll'.
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Gig date---Sun 09 June 2019---My band GUN CONTROL with me on drums played our most recent gig.
A video from our gig in Acton is now up on YouTube.com ---"Do I Need You?"
Search - Gun Control The Rocket Acton reunion 9/6/2019 Do I Need You
Our next show has been pencilled in for November 2019.
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Fri 06 Dec---Emma Bunton plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Emma Bunton performs festive favourites, solo songs and some Spice Girls classics.
Sat 07 Dec---A Celebration of Prince play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Thurs 12 Dec---Adam Ant plays Brixton Academy.
Sat 14 Dec---Fying Colors play Shepherds Bush Empire.
American supergroup, Flying Colors, made up of members from Dream Theater, Dixie Dreggs and more, come to London in support of their third album, Third Degree.
Sun 15 Dec, Mon 16 Dec, Tues 17 Dec---Madness play three Christmas party shows at The Roundhouse.
These are smaller venue shows for them as they usually play The 02 Arena every December.
These shows are to celebrate their 40th anniversary.
I have seen Madness around 25 times since 1979 when the ska revival kicked off in the UK.
Tues 17 Dec + Thurs 19 Dec + Fri 20 Dec---Rod Stewart plays The 02 Arena.
Rod plays the final shows on a massive year of touring which included UK stadium shows in the summer,
shows in mainland Europe and North America and Nov/Dec is a full UK arena tour.
His promoters Live Nation are calling it "His Biggest Ever UK Tour Rocks On".
Wed 18 Dec and Thurs 19 Dec---The Libertines play Brixton Academy.
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Thurs 19 Dec---Ronnie Spector plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
The iconic singer and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Ronnie Spector, will return to the UK this Christmas with her band, The Ronettes, for the ultimate holiday extravaganza! Their acclaimed, multi-media show will deliver a raucous, rocking and intoxicating blend of Ronnie’s Christmas classics, as well as cult gems from her back catalogue.
Ronnie got divorced from legendary record producer Phil Spector in 1974.
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Fri 20 Dec---Slade play ULU,Malet Street, London, WC1.
Glam rock legends still touring with two original members.
I have seen Slade around 15 times including all three Hammersmith Odeon shows in 1974 during their heyday.
Fri 20 Dec---The Darkness play The Roundhouse.
I have seen The Darkness a few times since their million selling debut album came out in 2003.
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Released June 2019.
Madonna's 14th studio album, "Madame X," is her latest full-length album since 2015's "Rebel Heart."
Madonna plays FIFTEEN shows at The London Palladium - Sun 26 January 2020 to Sat 15 February 2020.
Madonna has said her shows will be " phone free".
“Use of cellphones, smart watches, smart accessories, cameras or recording devices will not be permitted in the performance space,” an email to fans read.
Phones are placed in lockable ‘Yondr’ cases which can only be opened in designated areas at the venue with the mobiles staying in the owners possession at all times. Anyone found in breach of the rule will have their device confiscated.



Friday 20 September 2019.
40 years ago this month i visited New York and The East Coast for the first time as a 20 year old.
We were there a month and i managed to squeeze in a few great gigs.
Johnny Thunders Heartbreakers,Voodoo Shoes Maxs Kansas City ,New York 07.09.1979 JT on home turf
Bee Gees,Sweet Inspirations Madison Square Garden ,New York 09.09.1979
Buzzcocks,Monochrome Set Diplomat Hotel, New York 15.09.1979 we were staying at this hotel
Clash,Sam And Dave,Undertones Orpheum Theatre, Boston 19.09.1979 3 great bands in a great venue
KISS,Judas Priest Amphitheatre, Chicago 22.09.1979 KISS full american stage show - superb




Thursday 19 September 2019...7pm to 11.30pm...
THE WELLINGTON CLUB - restaurant launch party - 91 Jermyn Street, St James's ,London SW1.
This event was much better than expected.
The restaurant and club are the creation of Nic Brooks and Jake Panayiotou. Nic is a former city professional, while Jake was the main force behind and owner of the original Wellington Club Knightsbridge.
The venue showcases a carefully curated Modern European menu, created by its Executive Chef Brett Duarte, formerly Executive Chef of Gaucho Group. Duarte explores unique flavours, using only the finest fresh seasonal ingredients, in a selection of seafood, steak and vegetarian dishes.
Split across the ground and basement floors, The Wellington is a stylish setting with a series of private dining rooms and a total cover space of 130. Its interiors are inspired by the worlds of rock ‘n roll and modern art, while strongly referenced against the backdrop of a traditional St James’s private members’ club.
The restaurant’s walls are adorned with hand-painted original graffiti by Damien Hirst, which sit alongside one of the artist’s rare large-scale print of ‘The Hours’. The everlasting love affair between rock ‘n roll and neon is on display throughout the venue by a number of neon works by the incredible Chris Bracey.
Around 200 guests over the two levels of this nightclub and it is busy and buzzy as the dj played tunes.
The Wellington Club has been open a few months but tonight was to launch their new restaurant.
The food here was top notch fare.
They really splashed the cash here as there was loads of complimentary drinks & food including
four different cocktails, different sprits , prosecco, wines and beers.
Even though it was a nighclub setting the food came out as starters, mains and desserts.
Four different starters including steak tartare, rock oysters and pan fried scallops.
Four different mains Scotch Black Angus Steak strips , grilled chicken and Pan fried halibut.
Two different desserts including a superb Tiramisu choux , espresso truffle and mascarpone cream.
The food was pretty amazing.
Also the stunning vintage toilets here must get a mention too.
The drinks were still coming out when we left at 11.30pm after 4 and a half hours here.
An excellent event.
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The club was put up for sale a couple of years ago due to the tragic murder of the previous owner.
The club used to be called Hey Jo and the Abracadabra restaurant was within it.
They were owned by a colourful chap called Dave West.
Dave West built a family tobacco business in Belgium with his wife and children. In 1980 he founded a wholesale business on a double decker bus in Calais selling cheap alcohol and cigarettes on the back of a lorry. His business moved to permanent premises and was named EastEnders, which is now a part of the largest British owned cash and carry group in Europe.
Following a drunken argument with his son (David West Jr), he died from a single knife wound to the heart on 12 December 2014, though his jugular vein had also been cut. His son was arrested and subsequently charged with his murder.Nearby resident Stephen Fry said that he heard "horrifying screams" coming from the house and later saw West's body being carried out. The emergency services laid his body on the street where they tried unsuccessfully to revive him. A close friend also said that he was in shock as West and his son had been very close.
David West Jr was sentenced to 13-and-a-half years on 9 November 2015 for his father's manslaughter.




Thursday 19 September 2019.
Sad news that LARRY WALLIS has passed away aged 70.
Larry Wallis was an English guitarist, songwriter and producer. He was best known as a member of the Pink Fairies and an early member of Motörhead.



Wednesday 18 September 2019...I went to two events tonight...
6.45pm to 8.45pm
THE ART OF WISHES - private view - Phillips Gallery , 30 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London W1.
This was a Charity Art Auction preview for Make-A-Wish who bring joy into the lives of seriously ill
children by arranging holidays and special events, at a time when they need it most.
Around 200 smartly dressed guests here including Stephen Webster (rock & roll jeweller )
and Rosie Tapner (model).
At 7.20pm we had a speech.
An electric violinist is playing in the background.
Complimentary champers, wines and tasty canapés for guests.
www.make-a-wish.org.ukVisit their website here for more info.
then a handy five mins short walk to...
BONNIE TYLER live at The Palladium, London.
Celebrating her 50th year of live performance, Bonnie Tyler will be performing her first major headline show in London for over four years. The show features classics from throughout her career and tracks from her forthcoming 17th studio album "Between The Earth And The Stars".
Bonnie Tyler does not really seem to play London that often but i did see her headline Hammersmith Odeon in 1988.
Her fifth album "Faster Than the Speed of Night " from 1983 was produced by Jim Steinman and he wrote its most successful single "Total Eclipse of the Heart" which was number one in the UK.
The musicians used on the album included two members of Bruce Springsteen's band ,
Max Weinberg (drums) and Roy Bittan (piano/keyboards).
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The show is not sold out but it looks like 90% of tickets were taken.
I have a great seat , 10 rows from the stage ,dead centre next to many of Bonnie's family & friends.
BONNIE TYLER and her band arrived on stage at 9pm and played for around 95 mins.
Bonnie is now aged 68 but still looks the same as she did in the 1980s.
Bonnie is a Welsh singer known for her distinctive husky voice, which still sounds fantastic.
Several average tracks were played from the new album along with her big hits.
Bonnie's Welsh accent and excitable on stage chatterbox personality is really infectious.
Bonnie said she had supported Gene Pitney at this same venue in 1976.
Tonight was a big celebratory gig for her and she admitted to "bricking it" beforehand.
A very enjoyable show overall.
Full Bonnie Tyler setlist played tonight....
Flat on the Floor (Carrie Underwood cover)
Hold On
Have You Ever Seen the Rain? (Creedence Clearwater Revival cover)
Move
Seven Waves Away
Lost in France ( a number nine hit in the UK for Bonnie in 1976)
It's A Heartache ( a number four hit in the UK for Bonnie in 1977)
This Is Gonna Hurt
Let's Go Crazy Tonight
Bad for Loving You
Total Eclipse of the Heart (a number one hit in the UK for Bonnie in 1983)
Between the Earth and the Stars
Faster Than the Speed of Night
Encore:
Turtle Blues (Big Brother & The Holding Company cover)
Slow Walk
The Best (only got to 95 in the UK charts for Bonnie then Tina Turner had a big hit with it).
Holding Out For A Hero ( a number two hit in the UK for Bonnie in 1985)
Encore 2:
Older





Tuesday 17 September 2019...I went to two events tonight...
6.45pm to 9pm
ANTONY GORMLEY - private view - Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London W1.
A big crowd of around 500 guests here including Sir Antony Gormley himself and The Earl of Snowden.
Sir Antony Gormley, (now aged 69), is a British sculptor.His works include the Angel of the North, a public sculpture in Gateshead in the North of England, commissioned in 1994 and erected in February 1998, Another Place on Crosby Beach near Liverpool, and Event Horizon, a multi-part site installation which premiered in London in 2007, around Madison Square in New York City, in 2010, in São Paulo, Brazil, in 2012, and in Hong Kong in 2015–16.
Another Place (1997) where 100 cast iron figures face out to sea on Crosby Beach, near Liverpool
In 2008 The Daily Telegraph ranked Gormley number 4 in their list of the "100 most powerful people in British culture".
Works are here in several rooms from his 45 year career.
At 7.15pm there were speeches.
My fave room was where his cast iron males are hanging from the ceiling and side walls.
Complimentary Fortnum's & Mason champers, prosecco and beers but oddly no food whatsoever.
It is on until 03 Dec 2019.
www.royalacademy.org.ukVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
then
10pm to 11.45pm
BIG THE MUSICAL - gala/press night opening party - 100 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1.
Another big crowd of around 500 guests at this restaurant & bar that is built on the site
of the legendary Marquee Club where i saw many great gigs in the 1970s and 1980s.
The show was at The Dominion Theatre earlier, starring Jay McGuiness, Wendi Peters, Kimberley Walsh and Matthew Kelly. All the cast were here.it is the musical adaptation of the hit 1980s film starring Tom Hanks, about a 12 year old who transforms into an adult.
Some celebrity faces saw the musical but didn't bother with the party but I did see comedian Jim Davidson
and New York actress Didi Conn who played Frenchie in Grease at the party.
There was a dj playing all 80s tunes to match the decade the musical was set in.
Lots of complimentary drinks and food here including prosecco, wines, beers, burgers, fish & chips,
different bowl food and yummy spicy king prawns...I left before the desserts came out.
It was still very lively when i left as it was due to finish at 1am.
www.bigthemusical.co.ukVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.



Monday 16 September 2019...I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 8pm
THE PRINCE AKATOKI LONDON - launch party - 50 Great Cumberland Place, London W1.
Japanese luxury hotel opens in Marble Arch.
Following a £3m makeover this Marble Arch Hotel is being transformed into a luxury property where the restaurant and bar offer a full Japanese experience.
The Arch London has been bought out by luxury hotel group Prince Hotels.
The group's first European hotel will give guests a luxury Japanese experience. That means they'll be "encouraging them to slow down, be in the moment and practice the art of living".
On the food front there'll be a destination dining restaurant called Tokii which will be open all day.
Around 150 guests are here in this plush hotel with loads of staff fussing over us.
At 7.15pm we have speeches from the owner and the Japanese Ambassador.
Complimentary Thienot champers, whiskey cocktails, gin cocktails, wines, beers and yummy
hot and cold food including tempura and different sushi.
All guests got a goodie bag on departure.
www.theprinceakatoki.comVisit their website here for more info.
then
8.15pm to 10pm
NINA NAUSTDAL AW19/20 - catwalk show - Buddha Bar, 145 Knightsbridge, London SW1.
London Fashion Week - Day 4 of 5
Very busy as over 200 guests are here, but that creates a proper buzzy atmosphere.
The venue is totally rammed with every seat and bit of space taken.
Soul singer Kym Mazelle was here and Made in Chelsea's Mark Francis Vandelli.
Nina Naustdal designer dresses are total works of art as they focus on handcrafted embroiderey.
We had a female singer (Ruth Brown from The Voice) walking in front of the models and the stunning outfits.
Around a dozen models used and Nina also has her kids modelling the children's range.
Complimentary prosecco, vodka and tonics, wines, beers, canapés and desserts for all guests.
All guests got a bulky goodie bag with several cosmetic items inside.
www.nina-naustdal.comVisit their website here for more info.
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A SEX PISTOLS original gig poster has sold for a staggering £7100 at auction.
It is from Dundee Caird Hall - 1976 - The Anarchy Tour.



Monday 16 September 2019.
A sad death of a musician whose albums I have.
Ric Ocasek, frontman of the popular late 1970s and 1980s band the Cars, was found dead in his New York home on Sunday. He was 75.
The Cars only ever played two shows in the UK, which was when their debut album came out in 1978.
They just stayed in North America for tours after that.
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Happy Birthday to drummer KENNEY JONES who is 71 today.
Kenny is best known for his work in the groups Small Faces, Faces, and the Who. Jones was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 as a member of Small Faces/Faces.
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Monday morning ITV 8am featured a rare interview with Sinead O'Connor.
She also sung a stunning version of "Nothing Compares 2 U".




Sunday 15 September 2019...1pm to 9.30pm...
BBC Radio 2 Festival in a Day at Hyde Park, London.
Eight acts play short sets of 30 to 65 mins including Pet Shop Boys + Simply Red + Status Quo + others.
Remember to get there at lunchtime as they only confirm the headliner as last on and it is always
a big name first on and they never give stage times or running order out in advance.
Last year i saw Lenny Kravitz here as the first band on stage.
A huge crowd of around 50,000 will be there.
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It may be mid September but the weather today is scorching hot.
All acts have use of the three big screen - two for live footage and one for pre-recorded images.
SIMPLY RED arrived on stage at 1.15pm for their 30 mins set.
They were a nice warm act with some of their white soul hits.
Mick said a full tour for 2020 will be announced soon.
Full setlist played by Simply Red today...
Stars
Sunrise
Fairground
Something Got Me Started
Thinking of You (Live debut)
Ain't That A Lot Of Love
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KELSEA BALLERINI arrived on stage at 2.10pm and played for 30 mins.
American singer played some decent country / pop tunes from her two albums.
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EMELI SANDE cancelled at short notice on the day so was replaced by an extended dj set.
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BANANARAMA arrived on stage at 3.55pm and played for 35 mins.
They were massive in the 1980s and both the girls look fantastic.
Lots of catchy singalong hits played and a couple of new album tracks.
Full Bananarama setlist played today....
Stuff Like That
I Heard a Rumour
He Was Really Sayin' Somethin' (The Velvelettes cover) (their hit with Fun Boy Three)
Cruel Summer
Looking For Someone
Robert De Niro's Waiting
Love In The First Degree
Venus (Shocking Blue cover)
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CLEAN BANDIT arrived on stage at 4.55pm for their 30 mins set.
They have a nice mix of pop/ classical/ dance in their many hit singles.
Setlist included their catchy number ones "RockABye" and "Rather Be".
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STATUS QUO arrived on stage at 5.50pm and played for 50 mins.
I have seen Status Quo play live around FIFTY times since 1974.
Loads of their classic rock gems played and a couple of tracks from the new album.
They still sound great even though Rick Parfitt is RIP and Francis never mentions his name tonight.
Full Status Quo setlist played tonight...
Caroline
Something 'bout You Baby I Like (Richard Supa cover)
Rain (Rhino on lead vocals)
What You're Proposing / Down the Dustpipe / Wild Side of Life / Railroad / Again and Again
Mystery Song (Richie on lead vocals)
Liberty Lane
In the Army Now (Bolland & Bolland cover)
Roll Over Lay Down
Down Down
Whatever You Want (Andy on lead vocals)
Rockin' All Over the World (John Fogerty cover)
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WESTLIFE arrived on stage at 7.10pm and played for 35 mins.
Boy bands like Westlife and Boyzone are not my cup of tea at all.
They headline a massive show at Wembley Stadium in Aug 2020.
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PET SHOP BOYS arrived on stage at 8.20pm and played for 65 mins.
Pet Shop Boys are headliners as they have the most interesting arty live show on the bill.
They have the advantage of playing in the dark so the lasers look good.
Lots of costume changes by Neil and dancers in various wacky attire.
Visually they always put on a fantastic show.
The show highlights tonight were taken from their longer full shows I have seen over the past
few years at The Royal Albert Hall (2014) and The Royal Opera House (2016 and 2018).
Full Pet Shop Boys setlist played tonight...
Suburbia
Burn
Se a vida é (That's the Way Life Is)
West End Girls
Dreamland (with Olly Alexander)
Vocal
Heart
It's a Sin
Left to My Own Devices
Go West (Village People cover) (Opportunities / Rent Intro)
Encore:
Domino Dancing
What Have I Done to Deserve This? (with Beverley Knight)
You Were Always on My Mind (Gwen McCrae cover)
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AADNEVIK sent me an invite to their LFW catwalk show and drinks but i sadly could not
make it as it clashed with Pet Shop Boys gig.
Aadnevik designs stunning dresses for the upmarket woman.
Aadnevik established his own label in 2004 and he presented his first collection the same year at London Fashion Week.Apart from his own label he has collaborated and designed collections for several international brands including Charles Jourdan Paris for Japan,Harrods International as well as held a position as a senior designer at Roberto Cavalli.
www.aadnevik.comVisit the website here for more info and photos.



Saturday 14 September 2019.
The SAS Band + Fabba live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
Spike( Edney's) All-Star Band play a 25th anniversary show.
Every year the musicians change around a bit.
QUEEN’s keyboardist Spike Edney, Justin Hawkins of The Darkness, Hotei, Graham Gouldman of 10cc, Toyah, Madeline Bell, Kip Winger of Winger and Patti Russo (Meat Loaf) + no doubt a couple of other guests on the night.
All proceeds to The Freddie Mercury Phoenix Trust so expect a few Queen classics to be played.
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Level 3 is closed and lots of space on the floor so maybe 1000 out of the 2000 capacity here.
At 8.05pm we get the Fabba tribute girls perform three Abba classics.
They would later be backing vocalists for The SAS Band.
The SAS Band arrived on stage at 8.25pm and played a nice long set of 2 hours 30 mins.
There is a house band and the various guest singers perform two or three songs each.
Plenty of mentions between songs for the raffle and silent auction.
Great to see so many great singers perform a short stint.
Japanese guitar player Hotei was a revelation.
Big name surprise guest promised was Queen drummer ROGER TAYLOR who sung three songs.
Also NEIL MURRAY (ex Whitesnake and others ) joined Kip Winger and the band for two songs.
A great show.
Full SAS Band setlist played tonight...
Instrumental Jam
Don't Stop Me Now (Queen cover) (Patti Russo on vocals)
Unchain My Heat (Ray Charles cover) (Patti Russo on vocals)
Battle Without Honour or Humanity (Hotei)
??? (Hotei)
Since You Been Gone (Russ Ballard cover) (Kip Winger on vocals , Neil Murray on bass)
I'm in Love With My Car (Queen cover) (Kip Winger on vocals, Neil Murray on bass)
Suffragette City (David Bowie cover) (Toyah on vocals)
Sweet Child O' Mine (Guns N’ Roses cover) (with Justin Hawkins and Toyah)
I Believe in a Thing Called Love (The Darkness cover) (with Justin Hawkins) (Rufus Taylor on drums)
I Want It All (Queen cover) (with Justin Hawkins) (Rufus Taylor on drums)
For Your Love (The Yardbirds cover) (Graham Gouldman on vocals - he wrote it)
Dreadlock Holiday (10cc cover) (Graham Gouldman on vocals - he wrote it)
The Power of Love (Jennifer Rush cover) (Madeline Bell on vocals)
(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman (Carole King cover) (Madeline Bell on vocals)
Melting Pot (Madeline Bell on vocals as she sung on this Blue Mink hit from 1969)
"Heroes"(David Bowie cover) (Roger Taylor on vocals)
Under Pressure (Queen cover) (with Justin Hawkins) (Roger Taylor on vocals)
Rock and Roll (Led Zeppelin cover) (Roger Taylor on vocals )
29 Riff The History of Rock n Roll Overture (feat Hotei on guitar)
While My Guitar Gently Weeps (The Beatles cover) (all artists on stage except Roger Taylor)
With a Little Help From My Friends (The Beatles cover) (all artists on stage except Roger Taylor)
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11pm to 12pm
Aftershow party in the Level 1 bar for around 100 guests...it is a pay bar...
Most of the artists from the show are here except Roger Taylor and Toyah.
Leee John from Imagination is here as a guest of Madeline Bell.
I have a nice chat with Neil Murray and the Hammersmith Odeon days in the 1980s.
Neil also had a full 12 year stint with the 'We Will Rock You ' musical at The Dominion.
He told me he is doing a full nine month UK tour with them which starts next week.




Friday 13 September 2019....I went to two events tonight...
Day 1 of 5 - London Fashion Week
Daytime and evening presentations, catwalk shows and parties every day.
6.45pm to 8.15pm
TED BAKER presents Ted's Friends in High Places - Ted Baker - 9/10 Floral Street, London WC2.
These two sporting greats are launching their T For Tall Clothing range for Ted Baker.
Ideal for gents with a head for heights, from suits and shirts to polo’s and chinos, Ted’s ensured looking dapper needn’t be a tall order.
PETER CROUCH is 6 ft 7 inches tall.
He is certainly one of my fave footballers from the past 20 years.
MARK FOSTER is 6 ft 6 inches tall.
He was a top level swimmer.
Around 100 guests here and both men are very chatty and friendly and posing for selfies.
From 7pm to 7.45pm they sat for a full interview and Q n A which was really enjoyable.
Peter talked about being a father of four and his popular Podcast.
Peter said his fave footballer growing up was Paul Gasgoine.
Toughest defender he played against was Tony Adams.
I asked a question "can you come back to QPR to help us out?".
Peter said "QPR holds a special place in his heart as he grew up in Ealing and many of his friends
were and still are QPR season ticket holders".
"Scoring those goals at QPR when i first started my career still gives me goosebumps when thinking about it?".
I watched him for a year at QPR in 2000/2001 before he moved on to bigger clubs.
A dj was playing tunes in the background and a fun photo booth at the rear.
Complimentary prosecco, beers ,hot dogs, pasties and pork pies for all guests.
Peter Crouch (now aged 38 and retired this summer ) is an English former professional footballer who played as a striker. He was capped 42 times by the England national team between 2005 and 2010, scoring 22 goals for his country in that time, and appearing at two World Cups.Crouch is one of 28 players to have scored 100 or more Premier League goals, holding the record for the most headed goals in Premier League history.
Mark Foster (now aged 49) is an English former competitive swimmer who represented Great Britain in the Olympics and world championships, and swam for England in the Commonwealth Games. He now covers swim events for BBC.
All guests got a goodie bag on departure.
www.tedbaker.comVisit the Ted Baker website here for more info.
then
8.30pm to 10pm
CATCHES APP LFW PARTY - Soho House, 76 Dean Street,Soho, London W1.
Always nice to be at this cool members club.
CATCHES APP is the first authentic and transparent data driven platform that has merged the success
of social commerce with consumer personalisation to create a quick, fun and easy way to shop fashion online.
Around 100 guests here with lots of glammed up females.
A dj is playing cool sounds in the background.
Complimentary Moscow Mule cocktails, wines and beers for all guests.
All guests got a goodie bag on departure.
It was still lively when we departed but tiredness was kicking in from the previous late night.





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