News and Reviews: July 16, 2020

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23 September 2019 was gig number 7000 for me since 1973.
MAMMA MIA! THE PARTY - press review - Building 6 at The 02 Arena complex, London.
See my review dated 23 September 2019.
The evening features over 30 Abba songs and show, a four course Greek dinner , drinks and Abba disco.
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Check out my upcoming news page for my stand out Top 20 gigs of 2019.
MY BEST GIGS OF 2019 LIST.
I went to an incredible 172 live music events & gigs in 2019.
This makes the grand total of 7054 gigs seen by me since 1973.
Works out to around 3 gigs a week seen by me for the last 45 years.
Loads of great gigs not on this list but here are my stand out Top 20 gigs of 2019...
There are are various reasons why a show can be great , it's just my personal choice.
Gun Control - The Rocket Pub, Acton - Gun Control with me on drums played two great gigs in 2019.
People dancing and enjoying our original songs is always pretty special...see YouTube...
Gold Medal...
Best live band of the year 2019 - KISS - Birmingham Arena 09 July and 02 Arena 11 July.
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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 7000 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.
Also interviews Ray Morrissey BBC and Ray Morrissey Roundhouse
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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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This book is a must buy - released 10 April 2020.
Worlds End : Sex Pistols / McLaren / Westwood - A Chronology 1971 to 1978
by Mal-One and The Punk Collective.
Retails for £14.99 and is available from Rough Trade stores and online.
www.roughtrade.comVisit their website here to buy it mail order.
It is also available via Ebay and Amazon.
This is a historical document set in Day by Day format with incredible attention to detail over its 344 pages.
There are a few punk-art collages by Mal-One but no band photos as we all know what they look like.
The Year Zero is the early 1970s at McLaren/Westwood store at 430 Kings Road ,Chelsea where
music, film, art ,fashion, youth culture evolved from here to change the music scene forever.
As expected , most of the book centres on the two incredible years of 1976 and 1977.
One thing you do notice throughout the book is the amount of gigs The Sex Pistols had cancelled.
It got even worse after the Bill Grundy incident as they became the most talked about new band
in the country,and everybody wanted to see them play live but nobody could see them as the
GLC, other local councils, promoters and everybody else just pulled the plug on them.
Certainly not easy for Malcolm McLaren to manage them , with all the various problems.
Hard to believe that before their re-union tour in 1996 the biggest crowd in the UK they had played to
in 1976/1977 was around 1000 people, and they were all low key secret gigs.
It was criminal that they could have filled multi-nights at the bigger London venues but were just not allowed.
I would compare it to something like 1994 when Oasis were the hottest new band in the UK.
They had swagger and attitude and swore a bit but imagine nobody was allowed to see them play
classic tracks from their debut album like "Rock 'n' Roll Star", "Live Forever" , "Supersonic"
and "Cigarettes & Alcohol".
Nice to see that i get a mention in the book on page 225 which is related to the "Pretty Vacant " poster
"Dance To The Sex Pistols" which i am in. The stills were taken from Sex Pistols Notre Dame 1976 gig.
A smaller version of the poster is on page 162.
The Sex Pistols are my fave band ever,so i know most of their history and was there for bits of it , but this
book still surprises me with many never before known happenings in their career.
It really is a great five star read.
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BEWARE - some venues are still selling tickets for shows that will certainly be postponed or cancelled.
Some gigs booked in for the summer have been postponed already , with some leaving it to the last minute.
Concerts starting up again is still going to be a long way off.
Going out to gigs?, going to the pub?, going out shopping?...will it ever be the same again?
Fans says they will return to live music in sanitised venues - but will the communal gig experience survive
the new rules, including social distancing?
Live music needs a vaccine for COVID-19 and governments to allow public gatherings again.
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29 August - If you live in or near Preston...
Free Entry - Sex Pistols Tribute Pistol Whipped - Ticket Required
FREE EVENT - Riva Showbar. Ticket required to gain entry due to social distancing and numbers.
Limited Tickets first come first served for free tickets, via their Facebook page.
Pistol Whipped the UK’s the country’s leading Sex pistols Tribute act is coming to Riva.
Playing on the biggest stage in Preston.
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THE LONDON CONCOURS, presented by Montres Breguet, is a luxurious automotive garden party hosted right in the heart of the City of London from Wednesday 19th – Thursday 20th August. This hugely exciting automobile extravaganza will see 80 of the world’s most precious cars gather in the gardens of the historic and beautiful Honourable Artillery Company Headquarters and will include a ferocious collection of horsepower.
www.londonconcours.co.ukVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
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The 2020 CONCOURS OF ELEGANCE will take place from Friday 4 to Sunday 6 September at Hampton Court Palace. The Concours of Elegance began at Windsor Castle in 2012, before moving to St James’s Palace in 2013, Hampton Court Palace in 2014 at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh (Her Majesty The Queen’s official residence in Scotland) in 2015 before returning to Windsor Castle in 2016 and Hampton Court Palace in 2017.
The Concours of Elegance will once again bring together a selection of 60 of the rarest cars from around the world – many of which will never have been seen before in the UK. Many of the Concours cars will also take part in a 2 day driving tour in the days running up to the main Concours event. Uniquely, the Concours of Elegance winner isn’t selected by a panel of judges but by the Owners of the cars themselves. Each participant is asked to vote on the other models on display to decide which car is considered to be the ‘Best of Show’.
www.concoursofelegance.co.ukVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
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Fri 04 Sept and Sat 05 Sept---The Quireboys Orchestral play The Forum.
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Wed 23 Sept---Van Morrison plays the first of six sold out shows at The Palladium.
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SALON PRIVE CONCOURS 2020 is held at the stunning Blenheim Palace....Sept 23,24,25,26....
​It is a luxurious hospitality-only event appealing to discerning guests, collectors, buyers, owners and enthusiasts who prefer a more intimate experience. It is a presentation of the very finest automotive and luxury brands as well as the rarest and most valuable of classic cars and motorcycles.​​
Blenheim Palace is a World Heritage Site with over 300 years of History and home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough.
www.salonpriveconcours.comVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
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October---Boomtown Rats are playing a UK tour, including...
Tues 06 Oct---Palladium
The Boomtown Rats will release their first album since 1984 in 2020 titled ‘Citizens of Boomtown’.
The Boomtown Rats still feature four original members including Bob Geldof.
I saw them live seven times from 1977 before seeing them at that incredible Live Aid all-dayer in 1985.
Sir Bob and Midge Ure organised Live Aid in July 1985.
I saw them five times at Hammersmith Odeon and twice at The Rainbow.
I have also seen them a couple of times since they reformed.
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Mon 12 Oct and Tues 13 Oct---Black Crowes play Brixton Academy.
October---Nick Masons Saucerful of Secrets are playing a UK Tour, including...
Tues 20 Oct---Royal Albert Hall
Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets have revealed they’ll release the album Live At The Roundhouse.
The package will launch on 2LP, 2CD/DVD and Blu-ray on April 17 through Sony Records, with the concert recorded at the iconic London venue in May 2019 ( I was at both his Roundhouse concerts in May 2019).
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Wed 21 Oct---Sparks play The Roundhouse.
I have seen Sparks over a dozen times since their 1970s heyday.
In July 2020 their new album " A STEADY DRIP DRIP DRIP " entered the UK charts at number 7.
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Wed 28 Oct---Ozzy Osbourne + Judas Priest play The 02 Arena.
A very nice pair of classic rock legends are playing a UK tour.
I have seen both these bands many times over the past 45 years.
Ozzy Osbourne revealed he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s – which is a brain disorder that leads to shaking, stiffness, and difficulty with walking, balance, and coordination.
Fri 23 Oct - Newcastle, Utilita Arena, UK
Sun 25 Oct - Glasgow, SSE Hydro, UK
Wed 28 Oct - London, The O2, UK
Sat 31 Oct - Birmingham, Resorts World Arena, UK
Mon 02 Nov - Manchester, Manchester Arena, UK
Thurs 05 Nov - Dublin, 3Arena, Ireland
Sun 08 Nov - Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena, UK
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Thurs 29 Oct---Liam Gallagher + Primal Scream play The 02 Arena.
This is a free gig for NHS staff , and all tickets went pronto.
Fri 30 Oct---The Coronas play Shepherds Bush Empire.
The band with the unfortunate name are massive back home in Ireland.
They are touring to promote their sixth album.
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Mon 02 Nov and Tues 03 Nov---Patti Smith and her band play The Royal Albert Hall.
Patti Smith is playing a 50th anniversary tour - 1970 to 2020 - Poetry & Music.
I first saw Patti Smith in 1976 at The Roundhouse which was on her debut UK tour.
Wed 11 Nov---Deacon Blue play The Royal Albert Hall.
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The Stranglers play the final dates on their "Final UK Tour".
Fri 20 Nov and Sat 21 Nov---Brixton Academy
JJ Burnel on bass is now the only original member still playing live with them.
Keyboard player Dave Greenfield sadly passed away on 03 May 2020.
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Sat 21 Nov---Thunder play Wembley Arena.
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Genesis play their first UK shows for 13 years including...
Sun 29 Nov and Mon 30 Nov----02 Arena, London.
Sat 05 Dec and Sun 06 Dec---Utilita Arena, Birmingham.
At his solo shows a couple of years ago, Phil had to sit on a bar stool due to his health problems.
Phil Collin's teenage son Nic (he is pretty amazing) played drums at those shows
and will take the place of Genesis regular tour drummer Chester Thompson on drums at these shows.
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Fri 04 Dec---The Alarm play The Electric Ballroom.
Mike Peters - Welsh music legend still fronting his great live band.
I have seen The Alarm over 20 times since 1985.
Check out their great YouTube series of "The Big Night In" that was recorded weekly during the lockdown.
Both his wife Jules, and Mike himself , have had struggles with cancer in the past.
Mike Peters was awarded a MBE in the 2019 New Year Honours for services to cancer care.
How in their 39th year, The Alarm have sold over 6 million albums.
Sat 05 Dec---Status Quo play Hammersmith Apollo.
I have seen Status Quo around 50 times since 1974.
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Slade featuring Dave Hill are playing their annual Christmas tour.
It was a big shock that original Slade drummer Don Powell has recently left the band.
Fri 04 Dec---Assembly Hall, Islington.
Sun 06 Dec---Sub 89, Reading.
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Glam rock legends The Sweet are playing a 50th anniversary UK tour in December.
Guitarist Andy Scott is the only original member as the other three members have sadly all passed away.
The Sweet had 10 x Top 10 hit singles in the UK including a number one with "Blockbuster" in 1973.
Sun 06 Dec--- Assembly Hall, Islington.
Support comes from Thin Lizzy tribute band Limehouse Lizzy.
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Tues 15 Dec---Michael Schenker Fest + Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons play Shepherds Bush Empire
Fri 18 Dec---The final farewell show from the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band is at Shepherd's Bush Empire.



Wednesday 15 July 2020.
LIANNE LA HAVAS is headlining a special concert at The Roundhouse to launch her new album.
She'll perform a multi-camera live stream to fans across the globe on July 15 in support of her
upcoming album.
The self-titled LP is due for release on Friday July 17 and marks her third album overall.
It features singles 'Bittersweet', 'Can't Fight' and 'Paper Thin' and sees her reunite with long time collaborator Matt Hales.
As well as new material, the singer-songwriter will also perform tracks from her first two albums.
This includes her Mercury Prize nominated 'Is Your Love Big Enough?' and Grammy nominated 'Blood', which feature singles 'Forget', 'Lost & Found' and 'What You Don't Do'.
Tickets for the show are priced at £12 or fans can purchase a ticket alongside the album for £22-£29.
All of Lianne's proceeds from the show will go to Black Lives Matter.
It will be a behind closed doors show with no fans there, but there will be some press folks attending.
Lianne will also be promoting the album on Channel 4 tv Sunday Brunch on Sunday 19 July.
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Needless to say this was a very interesting show to attend considering the current situation.
I would guess at 40 production staff here along with 20 guests /press / staff.
Pretty much everyone is wearing face coverings.
It was an "in the round" show on the floor of The Roundhouse.
Oddly the usual Roundhouse stage is not here at all (maybe it was because it was an in the round show).
It was good to see the 24 inside columns of the venue fully exposed.
There are black curtains all around the circle and the rear of the stalls.
LIANNE LA HAVAS ran through most of her songs from 6.15pm to 7.15pm and there was a bit of stop
and start as she communicated with the production team during the rehearsal.
There are 200 fairy lights above Lianne and musicians to give it a nice intimate feel.
The main event started at 8pm and LIANNE LA HAVAS performed for 60 mins.
Lianne has a great voice and the gentle guitar based songs are very quietly played.
There was no clapping at the end of each song , but folks clapped at the very end when cameras off.
The show ticked along nicely.
I would imagine that it will come out on DVD for Christmas.
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Promoters LIVE NATION have cancelled their "Drive-in" shows on the outskirts of
12 UK major cities during mid July to mid September, due to local lockdown fears.





Tuesday 14 July 2020.
All good things must come to an end...
The Premier League is to end the bonanza of live televised matches for the 2020-21 season.
Since the restart, free to view live games have been available to watch on BBC tv and Pick tv
to make up for fans being banned from the stadiums.
The Premier League will 'revert back to normal' next season with only select matches broadcast live.
But despite there being no set date for allowing fans back into grounds, broadcasters are set to revert back to broadcasting select games, say The Athletic.
The report states Sky and BT subscription channels will carry on as they have for years, broadcasting select games.
The BBC will be revert back to just showing highlights in the evening.
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Tonight BBC 2 at 11.30pm - Live Aid documentary part 2 of 2.
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14 July 1980 - On this day 40 years ago , Ruts lead singer MALCOLM OWEN sadly passed away.
I was lucky to have seen these West London punk rockers with him three times.
Adam And The Ants, Satellites,Ruts Acton White Hart, London W.3 30.08.1978
Pete Townshend Band,Misty,Ruts Rainbow Theatre, London 13.07.1979
Skids,Ruts DC,Books Hammersmith Odeon, London 21.10.1980
I have also seen them a couple of times since they reformed as Ruts DC.




Monday 13 July 2020.
13 July 1985 - It was 35 years ago today that i went to this mega gig.
LIVE AID at Wembley Stadium.
I have seen over 7000 gigs since 1973 which has included many great bands but this was the greatest day of live music.
Lots of top notch acts playing short sets over 11 hours ,along with an incredible crowd atmosphere.
It was one of the largest-scale satellite link-ups and television broadcasts of all time; an estimated audience of 1.9 billion, across 150 nations, watched the live broadcast,nearly 40% of the world population.
In a triumph of technology and good will, the event raised more than £100 million in famine relief for Africa.
Richard Skinner famous introduction - "It's twelve noon in London, seven AM in Philadelphia, and around the world it's time for Live Aid".
We were pitch standing around 20 yards from the stage and not eating or drinking much to limit toilet visits.
Paul McCartney,Queen,U2,The Who,David Bowie,Status Quo,Boomtown Rats,Style Council,Adam Ant,Bryan Ferry,Spandau Ballet,Howard Jones,Phil Collins,Sting,Elton John,Kiki Dee,Wham,Dire Straits,Paul Young,Alison Moyet,Ultravox,Elvis Costello,Nik Kershaw,Sade, George Michael.
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Tonight BBC2 at 11.30pm - Live Aid documentary part 1 of 2.




Sunday 12 July 2020.
Happy Birthday to FLEETWOOD MAC singer-songwriter Christine McVie who is 77 today.
Check out my FaceBook page to see a nice photo of us together.
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Happy Birthday to WILKO JOHNSON who is 73 today.
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I am looking to go to Slovenia in September and came across this nice YouTube footage.
Type in - Interview with Steve Jones (Sex Pistols) in Ljubljana (Slovenia) before the concert, 09.07.1996
14 mins long including gig footage and Steve Jones interview.




Saturday 11 July 2020.
Very sad news that football legend JACK CHARLTON has passed away.
England World Cup winner and Leeds legend dies, aged 85. World Cup 1966 winning England defender and former Republic of Ireland manager Jack Charlton has died, aged 85. Charlton had been diagnosed with lymphoma in the last year and was also battling dementia.
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Congratulations to PAUL WELLER, whose new album On Sunset lands straight in at Number 1 on this week’s Official Albums Chart and claims a rarely seen chart feat.
Celebrating the news, Weller told OfficialCharts.com: "I’m very proud of On Sunset so to have it go in at Number 1 is brilliant. Massive thanks to the team at Polydor for all their hard work."
The entry earns the musician his fifth chart-topper as a soloist and seventh overall when including his Number 1 records with The Jam and The Style Council.
It means Weller claims the impressive feat of reaching Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart across five consecutive decades. They are:
1982: The Gift – The Jam
1985: Our Favourite Shop – The Style Council
1995: Stanley Road – Paul Weller
2002: Illumination – Paul Weller
2008: 22 Dreams – Paul Weller
2012: Sonik Kicks – Paul Weller
2020: On Sunset – Paul Weller
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Top selling vinyl albums in the UK in the first six months of 2020.
The three classic albums in the Top 10 actually lead the year's overall biggest sellers so far. Staple records in any collection, Fleetwood Mac's Rumours is the best seller of 2020 so far, trailed by Amy Winehouse's Back To Black and Nirvana's Nevermind in the Top 3.
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JC CARROLL from The Members plays another "pub gig from home" at 10pm via his FaceBook page.
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Some good news...
In what Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden called “an important milestone for performing artists”, he said live outdoor music and theatre events will be allowed to take place from 11 July.
No details were given regarding the timeline for the reopening of indoor music venues but Dowden revealed that the Government is working with public health experts to “carefully pilot a number of indoor performances”.




Friday 10 July 2020.
Check out this nice 53 mins interview where Joe Bonamassa meets KISS legend PAUL STANLEY.
You can view it via the www.kissonline.com link on the right of this page.
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First we had Drive-In Cinema, then Drive-In Comedy, then Drive-In Gigs and now we have....
Drive-In Football.




Thursday 09 July 2020.
Happy Birthday to MARC ALMOND who is 63 today.
I have seen Marc over a dozen times live with Soft Cell and solo.
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Happy Birthday to JIM KERR who is 61 today.
I have seen Simple Minds over a dozen times since 1980.
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Happy Birthday to JACK WHITE who is 45 today.
I have seen The White Stripes a few times over the past 20 years.
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Three years ago today in 2017 i saw TOM PETTY & The Heartbreakers play Hyde Park.
It was to be his last show in Europe before his sudden death.



Wednesday 08 July 2020
Showtime Documentary Films today announced a new feature documentary from Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese that profiles DAVID JOHANSEN , the celebrated frontman of the NEW YORK DOLLS. Emmy nominee David Tedeschi will co-direct with Scorsese, and Scorsese and Sikelia Productions will executive produce with Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Imagine Documentaries. The announcement was made by Vinnie Malhotra, executive vice president, nonfiction programming, Showtime Networks Inc.
"I've known David Johansen for decades, and his music has been a touchstone ever since I listened to the DOLLS when I was making 'Mean Streets'," said Scorsese. "Then and now, David's music captures the energy and excitement of New York City. I often see him perform, and over the years I've gotten to know the depth of his musical inspirations. After seeing his show last year at the Café Carlyle, I knew I had to film it because it was so extraordinary to see the evolution of his life and his musical talent in such an intimate setting. For me, the show captured the true emotional potential of a live musical experience."
The film will reveal the many faces of Johansen in an extraordinarily intimate feature documentary. Growing up on Staten Island, Johansen landed in New York's East Village in the late 1960s; a 16-year-old dropped into the epicenter of the counter-cultural revolution in music, theatre, fashion, art, writing, and social change — a seismic moment that still reverberates today. Johansen's musical career started in the 1970s as lead singer for the punk/glam pioneers the NEW YORK DOLLS, continued as he helped to usher in the swing revival as Buster Poindexter in the 1980s and dug deep into the blues with the HARRY SMITHS in the 1990s.
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I have seen David Johansen play solo shows in the 1980s and Harry Smiths shows in the 1990s and several
New York Dolls shows when they reformed.
David has never brought his Buster Poindexter show to the UK.
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ELTON JOHN is the latest act to postpone his 2020 World Tour to 2021.
This includes his massive run of dates in the UK that was booked in for Nov and Dec.




Tuesday 07 July 2020.
Happy Birthday to RINGO STARR who is 80 today.
Ringo Starr will celebrate his 80th birthday with a special show that will air on his YouTube channel. The legend will be joined, most prominently, by Paul McCartney. Others announced for the July 7 event include Starr’s brother-in-law Joe Walsh, plus Sheryl Crow, Gary Clark, Jr., Sheila E and Ben Harper. The news was announced on June 30.
The virtual event, dubbed “Ringo’s Big Birthday Show,”.
Fans are encouraged to make a donation to various causes (shown in the graphic on this page).
While Starr won’t be gathering with family, friends and fans at Capitol Records this year, he continues his “Peace and Love” initiative by encouraging his fans to “think, say or post #PeaceAndLove” at Noon that day, wherever they are.
Fact of the day...
How many of you knew that Ringo Starr was older than Cliff Richard?
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Surprise news that Kasabian vocalist TOM MEIGHAN is leaving the band.
“Tom Meighan is stepping down from Kasabian by mutual consent,” the statement read.




Monday 06 July 2020.
I was going to see some great gigs this week 44 years ago, when i was aged 17.
Flamin' Groovies,Ramones,Stranglers Roundhouse, London 04.07.1976 first ever uk show by The Ramones
AC/DC Lyceum Theatre, London 07.07.1976 everytime I saw them they were great
Eddie And The Hot Rods Marquee Club, London 09.07.1976 Rods and AC/DC loved the Marquee in 1976
Sex Pistols ( venue was later called Astoria 2) Sundown Club, London 10.07.1976 first time I saw the Sex Pistols
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Sad news that ENNIO MORRICONE has died.
Italian composer Ennio Morricone has passed away in Rome. He was 91. The Oscar-winning musician is reported to have died due to complications from a fall.
He composed the scores for more than 500 movies and television programs. He is well known for composing the scores to Western movies, particularly Spaghetti Westerns. In 2007 he received the Honorary Academy Award for his many great movie scores. In his career, the composer sold over 50 million records worldwide.




Sunday 05 July 2020.
It was 23 years ago today that I went to this great event - 05 July 1997.
KISS + Rage Against The Machine + Skunk Anansie + Thunder live at Finsbury Park, London.
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BBC2 at 10pm - Rhys Thomas interviews Gary and Martin Kemp about their lives and careers following Spandau Ballet’s 40th anniversary celebrations in this spoof documentary.
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A very nice new HD version of this show I went to is now up on YouTube.
PINK FLOYD at Hyde Park in July 2005.
Type in search - Pink Floyd - Hyde Park, London, ENG 02.07.05 (Concert) (HD)



Saturday 04 July 2020.
Today we are allowed out of the cave and into the light for the first time, Britons will be returning to pubs, restaurants, hotels, hairdressers, churches and cinemas....still no guidelines about indoor gigs or theatre.
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It was eight years ago today that i went to a special one-off show by KISS.
KISS live at The Forum, London 04 July 2012...just 2000 folks there and very hot inside the venue...
I went to the aftershow party at The Playboy Club, Mayfair for some free drinks.
Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons did not attend buy the other two band members did.
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The Derby Horse Race is held this afternoon behind closed doors but live on ITV.
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Youtube/Website - The Alarm / Mike Peters "Big Night In "....the final episode of series 1.




Friday 03 July 2020.
THE MOUSETRAP — will be the first play to reopen in the West End. ... 'We will open on October 23,' say the
producers....
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ELTON JOHN has announced details of his classic concert series which will be broadcast exclusively on his YouTube channel over the course of the next six weeks.
Elton has picked live footage from his archives, with the first episode set to go live this coming Friday (July 3) at 5pm BST, when Live At The Playhouse Theatre will be shown – a set from the Edinburgh venue from 1976.
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Featuring over a dozen acts "at home" from the 1980s - 80sLockdownFest2 - on their Facebook page.
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BBC4 11pm - Marc Bolan documentary "Cosmic Dancer".




Thursday 02 July 2020.
Fashion legend PIERRE CARDIN reaches the grand old age of 98 today.
Pierre Cardin is an Italian-born naturalised-French fashion designer.
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BERNIE ECCLESTONE has become a father for the fourth time at age 89, yes 89.
His wife Fabiana Flosi, 44, has given birth to a baby boy named Ace.
The former Formula One boss confirmed the news to Blick, saying: "We have a son named Ace. I am so proud."
The Brazilian beauty is Bernie's third wife, with them tying the knot in 2012.
Bernie is already dad to Deborah, 65, Tamara, 36, and Petra, 31.
That means a 65 year gap between his oldest and youngest child.




Wednesday 01 July 2020.
SEX PISTOLS classic third single "Pretty Vacant " was released this day in 1977.
My face is in the poster "Dance To The Sex Pistols" which promoted the single at the time.
It was taken from a still from their Notre Dame Hall, London show in Nov 1976.
It was also used for the cover to "Pretty Vacant" for the New Zealand release.
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Happy Birthday to DEBBIE HARRY who is 75 today.
I have seen Blondie live around a dozen times since 1977 when they were a support act.
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It was 15 years ago today in 2005 that i was in Hyde Park for these two great days.
01 July 2005...5pm to 10pm...
LIVE 8 rehearsals and soundcheck at Hyde Park, London.
Just 300 guests and staff are here to watch this.
Paul McCartney - 45 mins (Honey Hush + Coming Out + Drive My Car with George Michael +
The Long and Winding Road.
Sting - 30 mins
Madonna - 90 mins (just three songs played but rehearsed three or four times each).
Final act to rehearse - Pink Floyd - 30 mins (exactly the same songs and order as the following night)
Funny sight seeing Pink Floyd members behind us tutting away and patiently waiting for Madonna to
finish her allotted time as she overrun , as she not 100% happy with her band and massive choir.
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02 July 2005.
LIVE 8 at Hyde Park, London...2pm to 12pm...
Paul McCartney + Pink Floyd + The Who + Robbie Williams + Mariah Carey + Sting +
Velvet Revolver + Scissor Sisters + Joss Stone + The Killers + Snow Patrol + Madonna +
Razorlight + Boomtown Rats + Snoop Dogg + UB4O + Annie Lennox + Travis + Keane +
Ms Dynamite + REM + Stereophonics + Dido + Elton John + Coldplay + U2.
Each act played up to four or five songs each.
A few of the main acts came on early as they had their own headline gigs later that evening.
U2 played Vienna, Coldplay played Glasgow, Elton John played Dublin.




Tuesday 30 June 2020.
Happy Birthday to The Sweets ANDY SCOTT who is 71 today.
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40 years ago this week in 1980 i was going to these gigs.
Styx,Saga Hammersmith Odeon, London 21.06.1980 2nd of 3 shows here by Styx.
Whitesnake,Gary Moores G Force Hammersmith Odeon, London 23.06.1980
Van Halen,Lucifers Friend Rainbow Theatre , London 24.06.1980
X Nashville Pub, London 26.06.1980
Cuddly Toys Music Machine , London 30.06.1980
David Essex Dominion Theatre , London 05.07.1980 david played a week of shows here
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6 years ago this week i was in Clapham Common for a couple of good gigs.
28 June 2014 - Aerosmith
29 June 2014 - Stevie Wonder
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The coronavirus has really hit theatre giants CIRQUE DU SOLEIL.
In an announcement Monday, the Montreal-based company blamed its bankruptcy on the "immense disruption and forced show closures as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic" and is aiming to restructure its debt with assistance from the Canadian government and private equity firms.
The filing comes three months after it temporarily suspended production of its shows, including six in Las Vegas. It also has about 10 shows on tour across the world, including "O," "Michael Jackson One," and "The Beatles LOVE."





Monday 29 June 2020.
Next year's BRIT Awards have been moved back three months to 11th May following the coronavirus pandemic.
The 2021 BRIT Awards will take place three months later than usual on 11th May 2021 at The O2 London.
Organisers have moved the awards back due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which has affected music releases.
Many acts have delayed the release of new music this year and the move is set to "give a fairer opportunity to all artists."
A statement from The BRITs read: "Next year's BRIT Awards will be taking place on Tuesday 11 May instead of its usual date in February and will be broadcast live on ITV."



Sunday 28 June 2020.
It was 10 years ago today that BILL AUCION passed away.
Credited with discovering Kiss, Aucoin managed the group for nearly a decade. He was fired in 1982 due to a dispute about the band's appearance plus his drug abuse,but later worked with the band on various projects.
Bill Aucoin, who, as Kiss’s manager, helped four scruffy New York City kids with big, weird dreams formulate their flamboyant act; got them their first record contract; and ferociously marketed their merchandise, including a Kiss comic book, a Kiss pinball machine and, of course, Kiss makeup.
He even got their outlandishly painted faces copyrighted.
Mr. Aucoin (pronounced oh-COIN) died in Florida at age 66.
The cause was complications of prostate cancer.
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Sunday BBC2 9.30pm to 11.30pm
The BBC said that they are expecting the DAVID BOWIE show from 2000 to get the highest viewing
figures of all the Glastonbury shows they are showing over this weekend.
I was there , check out who else i saw that day....25.06.2000
David Bowie + Muse + Dandy Warhols + Willie Nelson + David Gray + Jools Holland ---- Glastonbury Festival.




Friday 26 June 2020.
Happy Birthday to punk rock legend MICK JONES who is 65 today.
See my Facebook page to see a photo of us together at a Bond Street designer store drinks party from 2019.
Mick is best known as the lead guitarist, co-lead vocalist, co-founder and songwriter for The Clash until 1983. In 1984, he formed Big Audio Dynamite with Don Letts. Jones has played with the group Carbon/Silicon along with Tony James since 2002 and was part of the Gorillaz live band for a world tour in 2010-2011.
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They have a combined age of 153 years but for this week two older rock legends are topping the UK albums chart.
Position 1 - BOB DYLAN "Rough And Rowdy Ways".
Position 2 - NEIL YOUNG "Homegrown".
Bob Dylan has become the oldest artist to reach number one in the UK charts with an album of new material.
The singer-songwriter's 39th album, Rough And Rowdy Ways, made its debut at the top with 34,000 chart sales, including 29,000 purchased on CD.
At the age of 79, Dylan surpasses Paul Simon, who was 74 when his album Stranger To Stranger went to number one in 2016
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Lots of free to view live football on BBC tv and Pick tv each night this weekend.
Sat 27 June - Mike Peters The Big Night In with special guest Billy Duffy....via Facebook...
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Fri 26th, Sat 27th, Sun 28th June - GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL 2020 is not on this year but
highlights of previous years festivals are being played on BBC tv over the same four days.
Thursday 25 June BBC4 at 10pm will feature the Julien Temple Glastonbury Festival documentary film.
The Glastonbury Experience will mark what would have been the festival’s 50th anniversary with programming including full length performances on BBC Two, BBC Four and BBC iPlayer from Adele, Beyoncé, Coldplay, Jay Z and more.
Also David Bowie from 2000 --- I was at that show.
Also Oasis set from 1994 , Kylie Minogue set from 2019 and Arthur Lee and Love set from 2003.
Also Metallica set from 2014.
I have been to three Glastonbury Festival Weekends - 1994, 1997 and 2000.



Thursday 25 June 2020.
Happy Birthday to CARLY SIMON who is 75 today.
Thurs 25 June - Marc Almond 2nd show from Dean Street Studios, London W1.
Via his website/facebook at 7pm and like others it can be seen later on catch up.
Thurs 25 June - Depeche Mode Live Spirits Tour 2018....via YouTube 8pm......




Wednesday 24 June 2020.
Happy Birthday to MICK FLEETWOOD who is 73 today.
See my Facebook page of a photo of us together.
I have seen Fleetwood Mac a few times over the past 20 years including both their
Wembley Stadium shows last year when they were supported by The Pretenders.




Tuesday 23 June 2020.
This week 24 years ago in 1996 I attended a great pair of gigs..
SEX PISTOLS + Iggy Pop + Wildhearts + Buzzcocks Finsbury Park , London 23.06.1996 "Pistols first UK show since Dec 1977 .This is part of the Filthy Lucre world tour spread over the next 6 months .The return of the greatest band of all time .Could they cut it ? Opening track ""Bodies "" confirmed they were back to claim their crown .A superb 75 mins set that included some of the greatest songs ever written. Iggy was superb as well with a 70 mins greatest hits set .
There were other great bands here but today it was all about The Sex Pistols ."
AC/DC Wembley Arena , London 22.06.1996 5 years since Donington headliner .stage set is a gothic castle.
Totally fantastic 2 hour set with one rock classic after another.
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YOKO ONO Meltdown Festival was at The Royal Festival Hall this week in 2013.
I went to three of the shows.
Siouxsie live at The Royal Festival Hall on 17 June 2013.
Iggy Pop & The Stooges live at The Royal Festival Hall on 20 June 2013.
Yoko Ono presents Double Fantasy live at The Royal Festival Hall on 23 June 2013.
Very rare Yoko Ono live appearance which included guests spots by Boy George , Siouxsie,
Peaches, Lene Lovich and others.




Monday 22 June 2020.
It was 10 years ago today that I had my photo taken with rock legends KISS.
In March 2010 i went to their 800 capacity club show at The Islington Academy.
In May 2010 i went to seven of their nine arena shows in the UK.
Then i got a very kind offer from their UK booking agent for a guest list place on a full meet n greet,
for a show in mainland Europe so i ended up choosing Madrid, Spain.
This usually costs 1000 Euros and includes around an hour with the band before the show.
Some 30 or so KISS fans were there and everyone got a bag of swag and anything you wanted signed.
Their photographer was there to take a good quality photo.
See the photo on the photo link on the bottom of this page or my Facebook page.
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Live music promoters LIVE NATION are making some major financial changes....
Global promoter Live Nation is reducing fees paid to artists by 20%, as it aims to renegotiate the terms for thousands of shows postponed to 2021.
A memo released by the company to talent agencies said: “We are in unprecedented times and must adequately account for the shift in market demand. In order for us to move forward, we must make certain changes to our agreements with the artists.” That includes across the board pay cuts “adjusted downward 20% from 2020 levels.”
The memo announced other changes to the promoter-artist relationship. If a festival is cancelled due to low ticket sales, the artist will now only receive 25% of the guarantee, as opposed to 100%.
If an artist cancels their appearance at a festival and is found to be in breach of the agreement, the artist will pay the promoter two times the artist’s fee.
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This very nice MOTT THE HOOPLE item came out a few months ago.
I was at this legendary show in Dec 1973.
Double 180 gm vinyl LP pressing in a gatefold jacket with printed inner bags and 1973 UK Tour replica poster. Live at Hammersmith 1973 is probably the best live recording in Mott the Hoople's archive. The group was riding on the crest of a wave at the time, parading their hit singles "All the Young Dudes" and "Roll Away the Stone", and promoting their critically acclaimed Top 10 album, Mott. Mott the Hoople played two shows at the Hammersmith Odeon on 14th December 1973 and the second set became famous in rock folklore when theatre staff and stewards grappled with invading fans, while Mott played on and sought to defy the venue's "curfew."
Amazon are currently selling it for £29.24.
There is now a nice 50 second promo clip for the album up on YouTube.
Search - Mott the Hoople - Live at Hammersmith 1973 (2LP)
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29 August - If you live in or near Preston...
Free Entry - Sex Pistols Tribute "Pistol Whipped" - Ticket Required
FREE EVENT - Riva Showbar. Ticket required to gain entry due to social distancing and numbers.
Limited Tickets first come first served for free tickets, via their Facebook page.
Playing on the biggest stage in Preston at Riva Showbar.




Sunday 21 June 2029.
Happy Birthday to RAY DAVIES who is 76 today.
I first saw The Kinks play live in 1978 and have seen him perform solo several times.
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QUEEN with ADAM LAMBERT have announced they’ll hold a YouTube Watch Party tonight.
The band should have been wrapping up the UK leg of their Rhapsody tour on Sunday at The O2 in London, but they were forced to move the tour to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
But Queen and Adam Lambert insist the show must go on, with Sunday’s stream featuring a selection of highlights from previous tours going live at 8pm BST....it will be available for only 24 hours...
A statement reads: “This never before seen hour-long show will feature standout live band performances of many of the best-known and loved songs from the Queen catalogue – plus rarities such as Love Kills and I Was Born To Love You – performed together at the Rock In Rio festivals in Lisbon and Rio de Janeiro.”
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CLIFF RICHARD is playing a gig "from home " today 4pm via The Royal Albert Hall website.
This session will be broadcast for free on RAH page at 16:00 BST on Sunday 21 June 2020.
The legendary Cliff Richard will deliver an exclusive session of music and stories from his home in Barbados as part of the Royal Albert Home sessions.
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This is an odd one.
Australian Pink Floyd tribute band "JUST FLOYD" are playing a gig via Facebook.
The odd thing is that they are charging for it.
They are saying it will be a full production, but why would you pay to see a tribute band when there is great
YouTube footage of the real Pink Floyd at Earls Court up on the internet for free.
Having said that , it is good to support bands during this difficult time for them to earn money.





Saturday 20 June 2020.
Happy Birthday to LIONEL RICHIE who is 71 today.
I saw Lionel sing with The Commodores in 1978 and have seen him solo several times.
Visit my Facebook page to see a photo of me with Lionel from a couple of years ago.
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DAVID SINCLAIR FOUR are playing online...
DS4 will be featuring online at Chester Live's Online & Live event tomorrow, Saturday 20 June at noon.
You can find the festival on Facebook at Chester Live or www.chesterlive.co.uk
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QPR play their first game after lockdown , against Barnsley...behind closed doors.
Live on BBC1 at 7.45pm - Bournemouth play Crystal Palace....behind closed doors...
This will be the first free to view Premier League football game to be shown on the BBC.
Mike Peters of The Alarm plays another Saturday "Big Night In " gig via Facebook.
Guests will include Slim Jim Phantom ( The Stray Cats) and Captain Sensible ( The Damned).




Friday 19 June 2020.
LIAM GALLAGHER'S MTV Unplugged album enters straight in at Number 1 on this week’s
Official Albums Chart, earning the Britpop legend his third solo chart-topping record.
The album debuts at the top with 21,000 chart sales, 10,000 of which were on vinyl, making it the fastest-selling vinyl album of 2020 so far.
Recorded live at Hully City Hall in August 2019, MTV Unplugged marks the first live album to reach the UK top spot in six years, since George Michael’s Symphonica in March 2014.
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ARCTIC MONKEYS' official visual for Do I Wanna Know? has become the latest music video to surpass one billion views on YouTube.
Released to YouTube exactly seven year ago today on June 19, 2013, the Sheffield rock group joins over 200 music videos to reach the streaming landmark.
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News just in - there is live music happening in the UK from this week.
Now the clothes stores are open, the street buskers have been allowed to play on their official sites.
Still a funny sight to see a busker with a contactless machine, but it seems some folks don't carry cash.
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On a follow up to Dame Vera Lynn sad death yesterday...
Check out the Vera Lynn intro then The Sex Pistols launch into "Pretty Vacant".
YouTube - There'll Always be an England(Sex Pistols Live at Brixton Academy 2007).
The great crowd scenes include a couple of sightings of me in the great audience clips.
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15 years ago this week i went to these two gigs.
18 June 2005 - U2 at Twickenham Stadium.
19 June 2005 - Motley Crue at Wembley Arena Pavilion (they had a temporary big tent up for a bit).
I also saw both bands the previous weekend in Manchester.
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How much would you pay if your fave artists charged for YouTube/Facebook gigs?
The UK is a bit behind in its reopening plans, so the only opportunity to see LAURA MARLING perform live at Union Chapel London was to buy a ticket for the June 6 YouTube live stream.
Marling's team told Pollstar that ticket sales were 4,500 for the UK show, which could also be seen in continental Europe. Another close to 2,000 tickets were sold for a second live stream that was broadcast to the U.S. exclusively.
Union Chapel's capacity is 900. Tickets were priced at £12 for the UK and $12 for the U.S. grossing £45,000 ($57,000) and $24,000, respectively.





Thursday 18 June 2020.
Happy Birthday to music legend PAUL McCARTNEY who is 78 today.
I saw Wings three times in the 1970s and Macca solo a dozen times since Live Aid in 1985.
Check out this YouTube video from the last time i saw him...
Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr & Ronnie Wood - Get Back [Live at O2 Arena, London - 16-12-2018]
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Worldwide stadium filling boy band BTS have raked in a staggering amount for a streamed gig.
They must be very happy as they took in a record $18m for their event on Sunday.
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Very sad news that DAME VERA LYNN has died at the age of 103.
The singer and actress, dubbed the Forces’ Sweetheart, rose to fame during World War Two.
She is best known for hits such as We’ll Meet Again, her rendition of which was hugely popular during the war.
Lynn celebrated her 103rd birthday back in March, marking the occasion by releasing a new video for We’ll Meet Again, including a new voiceover aimed at bolstering the British public during the coronavirus pandemic.
THE SEX PISTOLS intro song for their 2007/2008 World Tour was Vera Lynn "They'll Always Be An England".
There'll Always Be an England DVD was directed by Julien Temple, who directed the band's previous documentaries The Great Rock and Roll Swindle and The Filth and the Fury. It is a live concert film of the Sex Pistols' November 2007 Brixton Academy shows celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols.
I went to all five Sex Pistols shows at Brixton where each night 5000 punk rockers sang loudly to Vera Lynn.




Wednesday 17 June 2020.
Happy Birthday to rocker MICHAEL MONROE who is 58 today.
He really is one of those great live artists that always gives you 100% rock n roll.
Happy Birthday to guitarist CHRIS SPEDDING who is 76 today...still playing with Bryan Ferry.
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The Premier League is set to restart tonight.
Aston Villa v Sheffield United and Manchester City v Arsenal.
They will also be behind closed doors , without a crowd.
These two opening games are live on SKY tv.
A full round of fixtures would then be played on the weekend of 19-21 June.




Tuesday 16 June 2020.
See my Facebook page for a photo of THE CLASH signed to me by Joe Strummer.
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40 years ago this week i saw THE CLASH play two shows at Hammersmith Palais.
I was lucky to have seen these punk legends many times over their career.
Sex Pistols, Clash, Siouxsie and The Banshees, 100 Club, London 20.09.1976 punk rock festival day 1
Clash,Jam,Buzzcocks Rainbow Theatre, London 09.05.1977 all the seats at the front got smashed
Clash,Buzzcocks,Slits St Albans City Hall 21.05.1977
Clash,Sham 69 Rainbow Theatre, London 13.12.1977
Clash,Sham 69 Rainbow Theatre, London 14.12.1977
Tom Robinson Band,Steel Pulse,Clash,X Ray Spex Victoria Park, London 30.04.1978
Clash,Specials Camden Music Machine, London 24.07.1978 first of 4 sold out shows here.
Clash,Specials Camden Music Machine, London 25.07.1978
Clash Roxy Theatre, Harlesden,London 26.10.1978
Clash,Slits Lyceum Theatre, London 03.01.1979 What a great way to start the year .All for £2 . 50 p a ticket .
Clash,Aswad,Members Rainbow Theatre, London 14.07.1979
Clash,Sam And Dave,Undertones Orpheum Theatre, Boston,USA 19.09.1979 3 great bands in a great venue
Ian Dury And The Blockheads,Clash,Mutumbi Hammersmith Odeon, London 27.12.1979 Charity Concert For Kampuchea
Clash,Joe Ely Electric Ballroom, London 16.02.1980 9.75 clash played 3 London venues in 3 days
Clash,Joe Ely Lyceum Theatre, London 17.02.1980 9.75 the clash loved to play live
Clash,Joe Ely Lewisham Odeon, London 18.02.1980 9.75 all 3 nights were incredible
Clash,Whirlwind Hammersmith Palais , London 16.06.1980
Clash,Whirlwind Hammersmith Palais , London 17.06.1980
Clash,Meteors Lyceum Theatre , London 19.10.1981 2nd of a 5 night stand
Clash Brixton Academy , London 16.03.1984 mick jones gone ,now a five piece .





Monday 15 June 2020.
Memorial service for STEVE PRIEST (The Sweet) is held in Los Angeles today.
It will be on The Sweet Facebook page at 11pm UK time.
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Happy Birthday to ex Slade singer NODDY HOLDER who is 74 today.
I was lucky to see Slade three times at Hammersmith Odeon in 1974 during their heyday.
The shows were just a fortnight before my 15th birthday.
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Royal Ascot Horse Racing is held this week, behind closed doors , without a crowd.
It is live on ITV each afternoon Tuesday 16 June to Saturday 20 June.




Sunday 14 June 2020.
Random fact of the day....
Celebrity Italian chef Gino D'Acampo has been a naughty boy in the past.
In 1998 D'Acampo was convicted of burgling singer Paul Young's London home, and served two years in prison. D'Acampo has apologised to Young, who accepted and suggested that D'Acampo could invite him to dinner in his restaurant.
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One of the craziest Donington events i went to was in 2004 for METALLICA ,when Lars Ulrich had some
kind of breakdown on the day of the gig and they played a reduced set of 75 mins with replacement drummers.
Amazingly ,somehow the replacement drummers did a fantastic job at such short notice.
Full setlist played on that day...
Battery (with Dave Lombardo)
The Four Horsemen (with Dave Lombardo)
For Whom the Bell Tolls (with Joey Jordison)
Creeping Death (with Joey Jordison)
Seek & Destroy (with Joey Jordison)
Fade to Black (with Flemming Larsen (Lars' Drum Tech))
Wherever I May Roam (with Joey Jordison)
Last Caress (Misfits cover) (with Joey Jordison)
Sad but True (with Joey Jordison) (followed by guitar solo)
Nothing Else Matters (with Joey Jordison)
Enter Sandman (with Joey Jordison)
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Happy Birthday to ex Slade bass player JIM LEA who is 71 today.
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Happy Birthday to singer-songwriter ROD ARGENT who is 75 today.




Saturday 13 June 2020.
Sunday 14 June 2020 is the 25th anniversary of the death of guitarist RORY GALLAGHER.
Various shows of his are being shown via Facebook/YouTube.
I saw Rory play live four times - 1976, 1977, 1978 and 1987.
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Here is an interesting addition to the "at home shows" that are on during lockdown.
Barrie Knight is the personal security for Pink Floyd and it's solo members, Eric Clapton,
and many more and was backstage at Live Aid for 1985 as one of his first working jobs.
His friendly manner and relationships with artists has kept him in artist security work for the last 35 years.
Like musicians he is not working during lockdown , so has his own "show from home".
Two hours every week where he mixes chatting with old school friends and artists he has worked with.
On Facebook - Big Night In Live Stream - I think it is now on Episode 8.
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JC from The Members is doing another Facebook gig tonight at 10pm via his FB page.
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Download TV was a bit of a letdown last night as they only showed KISS playing four songs along with
a short interview.This was despite the programme being on for a far too lengthy 4 hours 45 mins.
The show had way too many interviews and songs with third rate bands.




Friday 12 June 2020.
As it is Download Festival and Isle of Wight Festival weekend , it reminds me of a mad few days
where I saw The Sex Pistols play to around 2000 then saw KISS at Download Festival on the Friday and
drove through the night to see THE SEX PISTOLS down South at The Isle of Wight Festival.
Wed 11 June 2008 - Sex Pistols at Birmingham Academy (warm up show for their European Tour)
Fri 13 June 2008 - KISS + Judas Priest + Motörhead at Download Festival
Sat 14 June 2008 - Sex Pistols + Ian Brown + Iggy Pop & The Stooges at Isle of Wight Festival.
Sun 15 June 2008 - The Police + Kooks + James at Isle of Wight Festival.
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Fri 12th, Sat 13th, Sun 14 June - DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL 2020 is not on this year but....
Back in March, organisers of the UK’s Download festival announced that this year’s event on June 12-14 would be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
However, as a way of keeping fans entertained, festival bosses later revealed they would be launching Download TV over the same weekend – three days of previously unseen performances, interviews, interactive content and more.
Now Download UK have revealed what fans can expect next month – and it's shaping up to be a jam-packed weekend for rock and metal fans, with 2020 headliners Kiss, Iron Maiden and System Of A Down well represented.
Download TV will be broadcast on the festival’s YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, with each day split into day and evening sessions.
On the Friday night, Kiss will take centre stage, with a replay of the best moments from their 2015 headline set, while on Saturday, Iron Maiden will provide nostalgic performances, Legacy Of The Beast snippets, and something special just for Download TV, and Sunday will show System Of A Down previous Download Festival shows highlights....
THE ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL 2020 is also not on this weekend but SKY Arts tv and Absolute Radio
are playing highlights of previous years festivals including The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Foo Fighters ,
Fleetwood Mac and many more, over Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
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Thursday 11 June 2020.
I did a BBC Adrian Chiles radio show with this chap a few years ago...talking about gig-going etc.
One of Bristol’s most recognisable gig-goers has responded after a petition was launched to re-name the city’s Colston Hall venue after him.
Jeffrey Johns, aka Big Jeff, is widely known as Bristol’s most frequent gig-goer. He often attended live shows every night of the week at venues across the city before the UK lockdown was implemented back in March.
A new campaign is now aiming for Jeff to be immortalised in the Bristol venue’s name when it re-opens after a major redevelopment.
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GLEN MATLOCK & EARL SLICK play their final "lockdown at home gig" tonight.
Thursday 8.15pm via Glens Facebook page.
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Magazine publisher Bauer Media plans to close, merge or sell ten of its print titles it says will not be sustainable once the Covid-19 crisis is over.This will include music magazines Q and Planet Rock.




Wednesday 10 June 2020.
These are the shows i was going to, this time 30 years ago in 1990.
Dio + Trouble Hammersmith Odeon , London 29.05.1990
Santana Hammersmith Odeon , London 30.05.1990 First of 3 ham odeon shows .
Santana Hammersmith Odeon , London 01.06.1990 No support . 3 hour show .
Robert Plant + Alannah Myles Hammersmith Odeon , London 04.06.1990. 1 hour 45 mins set .
We blagged the aftershow at Sticky Fingers.
Robert Plant + Alannah Myles Hammersmith Odeon , London 05.06.1990 Good support act .
Death Angel + Forbidden + Vicious Rumours Hammersmith Odeon , London 09.06.1990
Hothouse Flowers + River City People Hammersmith Odeon , London 13.06.1990 Really good sold out show
Prince + Mavis Staples Wembley Arena , London 22.06.1990 3rd show of an amazing 16 Wembley Prince shows in June, July, August
Prince + Mavis Staples Wembley Arena , London 23.06.1990 fantastic but not as good as Lovesexy tour.
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Sad news that guitarist PAUL CHAPMAN has passed away.
Paul Chapman, the Welsh rock guitarist best known for his work in UFO and WAYSTED, has died at the age of 66. His passing was actually on the day of his 66th birthday.
I saw him play live several times with UFO and Waysted in the 1980s.





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