News and Reviews: August 02, 2015

Buy your CDs,DVDs and much more from HMV and Amazon.
www.hmv.comVisit the HMV website here.
www.amazon.co.ukVisit the Amazon website here.
F & F Clothing at Tesco has it's new range in the stores now.
Menswear and Womenswear are inspired by 1970s styling.
F & F collections are available in over 850 stores in the UK and online.
They have a 50% off sale price on some items.
www.f-f.comVisit the F & F website here
For previous months REVIEWS please click on the earlier reviews link above left.
For my latest REVIEWS please scroll down this page.
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Some gig and other highlights coming up in the next month or so...
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Amy---Amy Winehouse docu is in cinemas from 03 July onwards.
It has got great reviews even though her dad Mitch is not that keen on the end result.
Love & Mercy---Brian Wilson docu is in cinemas from 10 July onwards.
It has got some good reviews.
The Ecstasy Of Wilko Johnson---docu is in cinemas from July 17 onwards.
It is directed by Julien Temple.
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Thurs 06 Aug---Queensryche play The Electric Ballroom.
I saw them play shows in the 1980s but their original singer Geoff Tate left the band in 2012.
Thurs 06 Aug---The Avengers play The Garage.
They were one of the support bands for The Sex Pistols legendary Winterland,San Fransisco show in 1978.
Fri 07 Aug---The Tubes play The Grand,Clapham as part of a 40th anniversary UK tour.
The current five-man line-up of The Tubes features four original members - Fee Waybill (lead vocals), Roger Steen (guitar), Rick Anderson (bass) and Prairie Prince (drums), and David Medd (keyboards), the latter who’s played with the band since 2006. The Tubes will perform their classics including What Do You Want From Life?, Mondo Bondage, Sushi Girl, Talk To Ya Later, She’s A Beauty and their mega anthem White Punks On Dope.
They never sold many records in the UK but were always very popular live.
I have seen them a dozen times with the first being at Hammersmith Odeon in 1977.
watch the video hereThe Tubes 'White Punks On Dope' from The Old Grey Whistle Test.
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Sat 08 Aug---Ascot Horse Racing and Concert.
Six races in the afternoon and five acts after the racing.
Lulu + Rick Astley + Razorlight + Blue + Hayseed Dixie.
www.ascot.co.ukVisit the Ascot website here to buy tickets from £25 each.
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Wed 12 Aug---Ben Folds plays The Royal Opera House.
Tues 11 Aug to Sat 15 Aug---The Great British Beer Festival is held at Olympia.
They have live entertainment each day as well as beer from over 350 British breweries.
Thurs 13 Aug---Jim Cregan & Co---Rod Stewarts band mate from the 1970s.
Jim Cregan, Rod Stewart‘s longtime collaborator, had to cancel a month-long tour of England with his band
Cregan & Co. at the start of the year due to the revelation that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Fri 14 Aug---Neville Staple Band---ex Specials.
Expect lots of Specials gems in the setlist.
www.gbbt.co.ukVisit their website for more info and to buy tickets.
Sat 15 Aug---Slim Jim Phantom + Glen Matlock play The Jazz Cafe,Camden.
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Sat 22 Aug---Anna Calvi plays The Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Sat 22 Aug and Sun 23 Aug---The Rewind Festival South is held at Henley-On-Thames.
A dozen acts from the 1980s play on each day.
Sun 23 Aug---The Manfreds play The Theatre Royal,Windsor.
Original Manfred Mann members Paul Jones, Mike Hugg and Tom McGuinness are joined by Rob Townsend, Marcus Cliffe and Simon Currie as the exciting new line-up of The Manfreds. Featuring all their greatest hits including Pretty Flamingo, Do Wah Diddy, 5-4-3-2-1, The Mighty Quinn and many more, the band perform many of their hits, along with a mix of Jazz and Blues songs, and music from their individual catalogues.
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Fri 28 Aug to Sun 30 August is the Rock en Seine Festival on the outskirts of Paris.
You get much better value here than The Reading Festival and a nicer location too.
Fri 28 Aug---Kasabian + Offspring + FFS plus many more.
Sat 29 Aug---Libertines + Interpol + Stereophonics plus many more.
Sun 30 Aug---Chemical Brothers + Alt-J + Tame Impala plus many more.
www.rockenseine.comVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
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Fri 28 Aug to Sun 30 August is The Reading Festival.
Another massive line-up with over 100 bands on multi-stages.
Headliners on the main stage are...
Fri 28 Aug---Mumford & Sons + Alt-J + Bastille
Sat 29 Aug---Metallica + Bring Me The Horizon + Royal Blood
Sun 30 Aug---The Libertines + Kendrick Lamar + Jamie T + The Gaslight Anthem + The Cribs
www.readingfestival.comFor full info of bands playing and to buy tickets click here.
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Sat 29 Aug---The Gaslight Anthem play Shepherds Bush Empire.
New Jersey rockers play a London show between Leeds and Reading Festivals.
The band said they will go on hiatus after August to do solo albums and other projects.
The US band's fifth album 'Get Hurt' was released in August 2014, reaching Number Four in the UK Albums Chart.
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Wed 02 Sept---Nazareth play The Brooklyn Bowl at The 02 Arena.
Their first London show with their new singer.
Thurs 03 Sept---Martha Reeves & The Vandellas play The Brooklyn Bowl at The 02 Arena complex.
Fri 04 Sept---The Monkees play Hammersmith Apollo.
Sat 05 Sept---ROD STEWART & THE FACES to reform for a one off show.



Sat 05 Sept---Culture Club play Hammersmith Apollo.
Sat 05 Sept and Sun 06 Sept---Foo Fighters + Iggy Pop play Milton Keynes Bowl.
I have seen Foo Fighters around 20 times since 1998 including a secret gig at the tiny Camden Underworld in 2006.
I have seen Iggy Pop around 20 times with the first at The Rainbow in 1977 when David Bowie was on keyboards.
Check out this amazing video from 1000 Italian Foo Fighters fans wanting the band to play their local venue.
Hundreds of drummers,guitarists,bassists and vocalists play The Foos classic 'Learn To Fly'.
www.rockin1000.comWatch the video here.
Sun 06 Sept---Jerry Lee Lewis plays The Palladium.
Tues 08 Sept---FFS play The Forum.
Thurs 10 Sept---Warner E Hodges(Nashville guitar gunslinger) plays The Borderline Club
with support from The David Sinclair Four...adv tix £12 plus booking fee.
Sat 12 Sept---The Jacksons + Russell Watson plus others play Hyde Park.
Sun 13 Sept---Rod Stewart + Bryan Adams + The Corrs plus others play Hyde Park.
Sat 12 Sept and Sun 13 Sept is The On Blackheath Festival featuring headliners
Elbow,Manic Street Preachers and Madness.
www.onblackheath.comVisit their website for full list of bands playing and to buy tickets.
Sat 12 Sept and Sun 13 Sept---Crosby,Stills & Nash play Hammersmith Apollo.
Sun 20 Sept and Mon 21 Sept---Morrissey plays Hammersmith Apollo.
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Fri 16 Oct---The Professionals play The 100 Club.
To coincide with the release of "The Complete Professionals" (a 3CD set being released by Universal in October) original members Paul Cook, Ray McVeigh and Paul Myers are teaming up with Tom Spencer, for an intimate night at the 100 Club, celebrating the music of the band.
Steve Jones is based in Los Angeles so will not be part of it.
For Cook, McVeigh & Myers this will be the first time in over 30 years since they were last on stage together!
The Professionals were the band that Steve Jones and Paul Cook formed when The Sex Pistols
split up and were together from 1979 to 1982 and recorded two albums.
Erratic band member behaviour and messy management meant that they played more shows in America than
the UK and never actually got round to playing London back in the day.
Special guests for the evening will be Ed Tudor Pole.





Monday 03 August 2015.
Rod Stewart and The Faces to reform for a one off show on Sat 05 Sept 2015.
See the full info in above listings.





Sunday 02 August 2015...7pm show...
The Commitments musical live at The Palace Theatre,London W1.
A couple of websites are offering a special offer on tickets for a mere £10 each.
If you are flexible on dates you can get great seats...mine are Row J in the stalls...
I bought four for a family evening out so it was great to finally see this musical.
It finishes it's West End run on 01 Nov 2015 after a two year run at this 1400 capacity venue.
It got mixed reviews from the critics when it first came out.
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The Commitments is a musical written by Roddy Doyle. Based on the novel of the same name, also written by Roddy Doyle, the musical made its West End and world premiere in 2013 at London's Palace Theatre. The show features soul music classics.
The show was on for around two hours over two sets of an hour.
It is based in Dublin so plenty of Irish type lingo during the show.
Pretty much the ups and downs of getting a band together until they get a bit of success.
Relationships between band members and the three female backing singers.
Lots of well known soul songs with the all the crowd up and dancing for the last five tracks.
An enjoyable show.
The musical features nineteen main songs(see list below) with a further nineteen short sound bite's
of soul and motown numbers.
"You Keep Me Hangin' On"
"Knock On Wood"
"In The Midnight Hour"
"What Becomes of the Brokenhearted"
"I Heard It Through the Grapevine"
"Reach Out I'll Be There"
"I Can't Turn You Loose"
"Think"
"Thin Line Between Love and Hate"
"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
"Papa Was a Rollin' Stone"
"Night Train"
"Mr. Pitiful"
"Uptight (Everything's Alright)"
"Mustang Sally"
"River Deep Mountain High"
"Land of a Thousand Dances"
"Treat Her Right"
"Try a Little Tenderness"





Sunday 02 August 2015...another sad death to report...
Singer ,tv and showbiz legend Cilla Black has died aged 72 at her holiday home in Spain.
For the last couple of years she had talked about not wanting to get old.
In the 1960s Cilla got a part-time job as a cloakroom attendant at Liverpool's Cavern Club.
Cilla was an English singer, actress, entertainer and media personality. Championed by The Beatles, she began her career as a singer in 1963, and her singles "Anyone Who Had a Heart" (1964) and "You're My World" (1964) both reached number one. Black had eleven Top Ten hits on the British charts between 1964 and 1971. In May 2010 new research published by BBC Radio 2 showed that her version of "Anyone Who Had a Heart" was the UK's biggest selling single by a female artist in the 1960s.
Cilla was given her own BBC TV show in 1968. Close pal Paul McCartney provided the signature tune 'Step Inside Love'.
In the 1980s she was one of the biggest names on UK tv with shows like 'Blind Date' and 'Surprise Surprise'.
Both the shows were on prime time tv for over 15 years.
Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney have paid tribute to her and
Burt Bacharach, who worked with Cilla on the hit song ‘Alfie’ said, “It will always be a most special memory for me of recording her on Alfie in Abbey Road Studios in 1965.”.
watch the video hereCilla Black & Marc Bolan singing the great Bolan track 'Life's A Gas' in 1973...▶ 2:01
watch the video hereCilla Black on The Jonathan Ross tv show from 2013...▶ 10:29
Cilla celebrating 50 years in showbiz with a great quote where she said
"I was working at The Cavern Club when Pete Best departed The Beatles and all the other girls were
still shouting for Pete Best as Cilla and her friend were the only ones shouting for Ringo'".





Saturday 01 August 2015.
Some YouTube videos from The Ramblin' Man Festival i attended last weekend in Kent.
watch the video hereThe Scorpions 'Rock You Like A Hurricane'....▶ 6:53
watch the video hereBlue Oyster Cult 'Don't Fear The Reaper' which they dedicated to Amy Winehouse....▶ 7:59
watch the video hereSaxon 'Motorcycle Man' ...▶ 3:37






Saturday 01 August 2015.
Thanks to Debenhams Flowers who sent me a lovely bouquet of flowers through the post
that arrived this morning after i visited their 'Christmas In July ' event earlier this week.
They have given me a code for visitors to this site to use for a £5 discount on their bouquets.
It is valid for all of August.
Just enter the website and enter the code DFNEW5
www.debenhamsflowers.comVisit the Debenhams Flowers website here.





Friday 31 July 2015.
Check out this amazing video of 1000 Italian Foo Fighters fans wanting the band to play their local venue.
Hundreds of drummers,bassists,guitarists and vocalists playing The Foos classic 'Learn To Fly'.
www.rockin1000.comWatch the video here.





Thursday 30 July 2015...7pm to 10pm...
Storeys press launch party at The Multi Storey Car Park next to the ex BBC Television Centre,
Wood Lane,London W12.
We are outdoors on the roof of this car park next to the ex BBC Television Centre.
Thankfully it is a decent evening weather wise.
I arranged for Sex Pistols members Glen Matlock and Paul Cook to be added to the guest list so it was
great that both of them turned up here for an hour or so...both live fairly near to the venue.
Lots of folks here I know.
Storeys have made great use of the huge space here and there are plenty of tables and chairs.
We have a couple of young artists painting murals on the walls.
Lots of very nice complimentary drinks and yummy food for all guests.
Jack Daniels was in the house and the rum cocktails were great.
Not all the vendors that will be here on a normal night are here tonight.
The Bloody Mary bar is not here and there are only three food outlets.
Also the generator cut out so there was no power to cook the food from 8.30pm onwards
so luckily I was there on time at 7pm so i tasted all the food.
The venue is opposite Wood Lane tube and 200 yards from White City tube.
Worth popping in here and it's also very near to...
Westfield Shopping Centre --- 2 mins walk away
Shepherds Bush Empire --- 5 mins walk away
QPR Football Ground --- 5 mins walk away
www.storeys.londonVisit the Storeys website here.
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Official press release says...
Launching on 31 July, Storeys will take place on top of the Multi Storey Car Park at Television Centre in White City, which was home to the BBC for sixty years up until 2013. Storeys will be a summer terrace hotspot, featuring striking artwork, some of the UK’s best street food traders and killer cocktails in a vibrant, urban setting. Set over two levels and spanning an impressive 24,000 square feet, Storeys will offer sweeping panoramic views of West London from nine storeys high.
Food lovers can choose from a series of dynamic street food traders; including a French American brunch menu from Le Bun, Crabbieshack’s soft shell crab burgers, finger-licking wings from Randy’s Wing Bar, succulent skewers from En Brochette, Asian-Carribean fusion from Yum Jungle, fresh Peruvian ceviche and anticuchos from Aji Ceviche, spicy jerk chicken from White Men Can’t Jerk, handmade gourmet ice lollies from Lickalix and more yet to be announced.
On Saturday and Sunday mornings, sleepyheads can wake themselves up with some quality espresso-based coffee or if it’s hair of the dog you’re after, head to the Bloody Mary bar, open for guests to help themselves while they kick back and relax on double day beds. Mixologists will also be serving expertly-crafted rum cocktails from the Rum Shack, while tropical fruit sharers, ice cold beer and more will be available from the TV Bar.
The interior will be bold and contemporary, with striking graphic elements and colourful wall murals. Working with charitable organisation somewhere_to, Storeys will showcase a series of murals from young artists aged from 16-24, as well as talented London street artists. A true creative hub, other design features will include art installations, wall plants and reclaimed material used throughout."
When - Fri/Sat/Sun from 31 July 2015. End date TBC but will probably be early Sept.
Opening times:
Fridays: 5pm – 11pm
Saturdays: 11am – 11pm
Sundays: 11am – 8pm





Wednesday 29 July 2015.
I went to FIVE events today ending up with a Kaiser Chiefs gig.
3.15pm to 4pm.
Debenhams 'Christmas in July' showcase,London W1.
Major department store hold their Christmas preview.
Featuring male and female clothing from the likes of Jasper Conran,John Rocha,
Jeff Banks,Julien Macdonald,Ted Baker and others.
Also toys,gifts,hampers,novelty Christmas jumpers etc.
A very impressive flower display from their flower department.
www.debenhamsflowers.comVisit the Debenhams Flowers website here.
My fave item was the Dunkit Biscuit Tin which was in the shape of a dozen black vinyl
albums piled on top of each other.
Debenhams have an up to 70% sale on now.
Complimentary teas,coffees,juices and canapés.
All attendees got a goodie bag.
www.debenhams.comVisit the Debenhams website here.
then
4.15pm to 4.45pm.
Tissot showcase at London Edition Hotel,Berners Street,London W1.
Swiss watch brand showcase their new collection alongside some of their older classics.
Complementary teas,coffees,juices and canapés.
All attendees got a goodie bag.
www.tissot.chVisit the Tissot website here
then
5pm to 5.30pm.
www.very.co.uk 'Christmas in July' showcase,London W1.
Very popular online shopping site are showcasing Christmas items.
Home Furnishings,clothing,toys,Christmas trees,hampers etc.
My fave item was the Jack Daniels Whiskey Fudge in a black tin that looked
just like a Jack Daniels bottle.
Complimentary juices and pastries here.
All attendees got a goodie bag.
www.very.co.ukCheck their website here.
then
6.30pm to 7.30pm.
Ghost new fragrance launch at The Hoxton Hotel,Holborn,London WC1.
British fragrance brand launches it's latest fragrance 'Ghost Girl'.
It is in the shops from 20 Aug 2015.
Around 100 folks here and maybe 75 of them are females.
Complimentary presecco and three different girlie type cocktails.
Also mini burgers,fish n chips and chicken wings.
Also a fun photo booth and a candy floss stall.
All guests got a goodie bag.
www.ghostgirl.co.ukVisit their website here.
then
8pm to 10pm.
Kaiser Chiefs live at One Mayfair,North Audley Street,Mayfair,London W1.
This was an invite only gig hosted by Mastercard with around 400 folks from
comp winners and guests of Mastercard in this converted church.
I met up with Sex Pistol Glen Matlock for this gig.
Complimentary wines,beers and three types of bowl food before the band and
wines and beers after the band had played.
A great venue to see bands as I have seen invite only gigs by Tom Jones and Robert Plant here.
Kaiser Chiefs are on stage from 8.30pm for a very lively 65 mins set.
Singer Ricky Wilson is full of energy and knows how to get the crowd involved.
The band have got lots of really good uptempo gems in their set that the crowd sing and dance too.
A brilliant show.
Full setlist played tonight...
The Angry Mob
Everything Is Average Nowadays
Ruffians on Parade
Everyday I Love You Less and Less
Falling Awake
Modern Way
Never Miss a Beat
Cannons
Ruby
I Predict a Riot
Pinball Wizard (The Who cover)
Coming Home
Misery Company
Oh My God





Wednesday 29 July 2015.
A very sad day as the last paid for issue of NME is out today priced £3.50.
A bumper edition featuring 50 of their greatest covers and highlights of its 60 plus years since 1952.
Due to dwindling sales it will take a break then it will be a free magazine of some sort in September.
Expect it to be similar to the one that Time Out give out at tube stations etc.
I first got it in the mid 1970s and for the last decade have been a subscriber in a bid to help its sales decline.
NME sold over 200,000 copies a week in its 1970s heyday and this year it's down to a mere 15,000 copies a week.
It was only a matter of time that the internet would eventually kill it off.





Monday 27 July 2015.
I suppose it was only a matter of time before this would happen.
Legendary Irish band The Pogues have launched their own whiskey in collaboration with West Cork Distillers in the UK.
Called The Pogues Irish Whiskey, it is a blend of grain and 50% single malt whiskey, making it Ireland’s highest malt-containing blended Irish whiskey.
It is smooth, with malty notes to the fore and slight warm spice plus dark chocolate on the finish. It has an aroma of malt, cracked nuts, almond and a slight sweetness.
The recommended retail price is £30.





Monday 27 July 2015.
Some more information and videos regards the very impressive Anki OVERDRIVE car racing game.
Trust me you will hear a lot more from this when it launches in the UK on 20 Sept 2015.
The Anki OVERDRIVE Starter Kit is your first step into the world of real robot battle racing. Open the Starter Kit, download the Anki OVERDRIVE app, build your battlefield and unleash two unique robotic Supercars in a quest to be crowned champion of the Anki OVERDRIVE Tournament. Each player must have an iOS or Android device to play.
watch the video here▶ 7:18...Unboxing of the new Anki OVERDRIVE Starter Kit.
watch the video here▶ 9:09...Demo from Hanns for the Anki OVERDRIVE.






Saturday 25 July and Sunday 26 July 2015.
The Ramblin' Man Fair live at Mote Park,Maidstone,Kent.
This was the first Ramblin' Man Fair which is held in Maidstone just over an hour from South London.
Headliners Gregg Allman and Scorpions play UK festival exclusive sets.
Sat 25 July---Scorpions + Dream Theater + Saxon + Blue Oyster Cult + FM.
I have seen Scorpions over 15 times since 1979 but they have not played the UK for a few years.
Dream Theater playing the only UK show on their European Tour.
I have seen Saxon over 20 times since 1979.
Blue Oyster Cult are playing their only show in Europe between American dates.
I first saw them in 1975 when Motörhead were the support band.
Sun 26 July---Gregg Allman + Seasick Steve + Rival Sons + Temperance Movement + Quireboys +
Ian Anderson and others.
A very rare UK show from Gregg Allman.
I saw The Allman Brothers play Hammersmith Odeon in 1991.
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SATURDAY
The weather folks got it dead right so thankfully i was well prepared.
Lots of rain in London the Friday before the opening day but Saturday was nice and sunny in Maidstone.
Sunday it drizzled all afternoon but nothing too heavy and it was dry in the evening.
The venue is 20 or 25,000 capacity but there is loads of space.
I was told 15,000 tix sold on Saturday and 12,000 tix sold on Sunday.
That meant it was perfect to get close to the stages and no mad queues for anything.
As the live music focused on Classic Rock,Blues and Prog it was mainly an older crowd.
I much prefer festivals this size as Glastonbury,Reading and Download are way too big.
The main stage had two big screens and the headliners had a third behind them.
FM were on for 40 mins and played a really good set of catchy rock tunes.
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BLUE OYSTER CULT took the stage at 4.20pm for a good 45 mins set.
I was expecting something special but perhaps they were on too early for anything like that.
Still great to hear some of their 1970s gems though.
Full setlist played...
The Red & the Black
Burnin' for You
Harvester of Eyes
ME 262
Buck's Boogie
Godzilla
(Don't Fear) The Reaper
Cities on Flame With Rock and Roll
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SAXON were on for 55 mins and much better than BOC.
For Saxon,Dream Theater and Scorpions I am front row on the left in front of the speakers.
They play a perfect setlist and the band rocked and Biff sounded better than ever.
They were the best support band today I thought.
Check their Facebook page for their usual video clip of their crowd.
Full setlist played...
Motorcycle Man
Sacrifice
Power and the Glory
Strong Arm of the Law
Heavy Metal Thunder
And the Bands Played On
747 (Strangers in the Night)
Princess of the Night
Wheels of Steel
Denim and Leather
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DREAM THEATER were on stage for 60 mins.
They are top notch musicians but it all became muso twaddle.
I spent all their set wishing Saxon could come back and play a few more songs.
The only good thing is Dream Theater drummers always have a truly massive drum kit.
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SCORPIONS arrive on stage late so there is an hour gap since Dream Theater left the stage.
Perhaps they are waiting for darkness to fall as their big screens look fantastic behind them.
They arrive on stage at 9.05pm and play for 1 hour 40 mins.
The setlist is a great mix of well known gems and lesser known and rarely played material.
Lots of great guitar riffs and it was really good to them again after a few years away from the UK.
The drum kit was elevated during the drum solo.
The singer must have thrown 20 or 30 drumsticks out to the front rows but I missed out.
Full setlist played...
Going Out with a Bang
Make It Real
The Zoo
Coast to Coast
Top of the Bill / Steamrock Fever / Speedy's Coming / Catch Your Train
We Built This House
Delicate Dance
Always Somewhere / Eye of the Storm / Send Me an Angel
Wind of Change
Rock 'n' Roll Band
Dynamite
In the Line of Fire
Kottak Attack
Crazy World
Blackout
Big City Nights
Encore:
Still Loving You
Rock You Like a Hurricane
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SUNDAY
The bill was not as impressive as Saturday so less people here today.
I am quite happy as that means loads of space and easy to get near the stage.
BLUES PILLS from Sweden are on at 1pm for a good 35 mins set.
They have a foxy female singer in tight black jeans shaking her waist length hair and a great voice as well.
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SOLSTAFIR are from Iceland but were pretty average.
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THE QUIREBOYS play a 40 mins set and are fantastic.....I watched them from front row left.
I have seen them a dozen times as they really are a great good time rock n roll band in the mould
of The Faces with a singer who has plenty of Rod type moves and voice.
I saw them support Guns n Roses and Aerosmith at Hammersmith Odeon in the late 1980s
and when they headlined Hammersmith Odeon in 1990.
Spike their singer still has that brilliant rasping voice along with some fun stage banter.
Highlights included 'There She Goes Again','Hey You' and '7 O'Clock'.
They ended up being my fave band of the day.
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THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT are a British blues rock band formed in 2011 by Glasgow-born vocalist
Phil Campbell and guitarists Luke Potashnick and Paul Sayer.
They play a good 50 mins set with some great vocals from Paul..and some odd stage moves.
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RIVAL SONS from California are introduced by comedian Vic Reeves.
They have had a good last year as they are playing bigger and bigger venues in the UK.
The look the part and play some neat blues rock with a funky edge in their 55 mins set.
They support Deep Purple at The 02 Arena on 03 Dec 2015.
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SEASICK STEVE is on for 60 mins with just him and a drummer.
He is playing lots of different battered guitars...a couple only had one string.
He was the only artist this weekend that I saw go into the pit and shake hands with the crowd.
He picked out a girl to bring her on stage and sing a song to her.
He is always grateful to the UK crowd who gave him such a great job late on life.
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IAN ANDERSON was on the Prog stage so I caught the last 20 mins of his set.
He played the Jethro Tull track 'Aqualung' which was good...lots of flute playing as expected.
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GREGG ALLMAN was an odd headline choice i must say but I suppose he plays The Blues
and has not played the UK for many years so perhaps that's enough.
He is on stage from 8.40pm for around 1 hour 45 mins with a nice big screen behind showing neat images.
He has a slick band with nine musicians on stage including a three piece brass section.
There were lots of blues covers in the set.
There was no real excitement going on and the applause was quite and polite and not what you
normally would get from a headline act at a festival.
The Allman Brothers were never that massive over here so perhaps that was partly the reason.
It was decent enough but nothing really special to be honest...maybe just not my cup of tea
as bands like The Allman Brothers and Grateful Dead i was never into.
Full setlist played...
Statesboro Blues (Blind Willie McTell cover)
I'm No Angel (The Gregg Allman Band song)
Come and Go Blues (The Allman Brothers Band song)
Ain't Wastin' Time No More (The Allman Brothers Band song)
Done Somebody Wrong
Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just as Bad) (T‐Bone Walker cover)
Trouble No More (Muddy Waters cover)
Stand Back (The Allman Brothers Band song)
Soulshine (The Allman Brothers Band song)
Cradle of Civilization
Don't Want You No More
It's Not My Cross to Bear
Melissa (The Allman Brothers Band song)
Midnight Rider (The Allman Brothers Band song)
Love Like Kerosene (The Gregg Allman Band song)
Whipping Post (The Allman Brothers Band song)
Encore:
One Way Out (Elmore James cover)
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Overall Ramblin' Man Festival was great so hopefully it will come back next year.





Saturday 25 July 2015.
A Shepherds Bush landmark served its last meal on Saturday.
I went there a few times.
A Cooke’s have been knocking out bowls of pie, mash, liquor and jellied eels for over a century. The shop on Goldhawk Road – which you’ll recognise if you’ve ever seen Phil Daniels and Ray Winstone casually being racist over a cup of tea in Quadrophenia – has been run by the same family since 1899. The shop's current owner, Mike Boughton, is the great-grandson of founder AH Cooke and through its four generations it has become an iconic West London destination. But that’s where the romanticising stops.
For nearly three years now, A Cooke’s had been operating under the threat of a compulsory purchase order from property company Orion Land and Leisure, who want to rebuild Shepherd's Bush Market and its surrounding shops and replace it all, of course, with a block of 200 luxury flats with silly prices no doubt.
Steve Jones and Paul Cook from The Sex Pistols were regulars in the 1970s and Paul Cook is still a regular
as he still lives in Shepherds Bush.
Paul Cook was there on the last day along with a bunch of mods and their scooters as a long queue
formed as folks wanted to pay their last respects.






Friday 24 July 2015.
35 years ago my band Gun Control played their first ever gig on 24 July 1980
at The Swan Pub on Hammersmith Broadway which is still there.
I was the drummer.
Iron Maiden played early gigs at this pub with original singer Paul Di'Anno in 1979.
Check the website band search for the full gig list of where Gun Control played.






Thursday 23 July 2015...I went to two events tonight...
6.10pm to 7.10pm
Harrods 'Christmas in July' at 35a Cornwall Road,Waterloo,London SE1.
Harrods have taken over this private house and decked it out room by room
with items they hope that will be popular sellers in the run up to Christmas.
Ground floor was gifts and home entertainment and furnishings.
First floor was the mens room and children's room.
In the children's room we had a great demo from the Anki OVERDRIVE guys who showed us
their car racing circuit that takes things to another level.
The Anki OVERDRIVE Starter Kit is your first step into the world of real robot battle racing. Open the Starter Kit, download the Anki OVERDRIVE app, build your battlefield and unleash two unique robotic Supercars in a quest to be crowned champion of the Anki OVERDRIVE Tournament. Each player must have an iOS or Android device to play.
Cars race each other using your phone as the steering wheel ,they can shoot each other to slow them down,
you can change lanes and it's all very easy to set up...retail I think was £149.99.
It has been a huge success in America and no doubt will fly off the shelves in the UK this Christmas.
Second floor was the woman's room featuring fragrances and Urban Retreat.
Make it a luxury Christmas this season with gifts galore, party
dresses, stocking fillers, Champagne and of course, the Harrods
Christmas hampers.
All attendees enjoyed complimentary Harrods champers and Harrods canapés.
All attendees got a nice goodie bag on the way out.
www.harrods.comVisit Harrods website here for more info.
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7.30pm to 9.30pm.
Pennethorne's Cafe Bar showcase at Somerset House.Strand,London WC2.
The massive Somerset House now has five or six bars,cafés and restaurants.
Pennethorne's is a stylish contemporary cafe bar.
Our barman Paulo was fantastic as he explained each of their infused cocktails.
We enjoyed complimentary cocktails,sparkling wines and a board of cheese's and ham's.
If you are coming to see The Jam exhibition or outdoor film screenings at Somerset House
it is well worth popping in here for a couple of drinks.
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Located in the newly refurbished New Wing of Somerset House and taking its name from Sir James Pennethorne, the 19th century English architect who designed the New Wing, Pennethorne's Cafe Bar is now open.
Pennethorne’s Cafe Bar emerges onto the London bar scene with an impressive array of wonderful, exotic and mouth wateringly delicious cocktails. Pennethorne’s have reinvented post work drinks in their central, Somerset House location by also serving delicious food pairings which beautifully compliment the exciting new bar offering. Pennethorne’s offers stunning interiors for evening drinks and outside seating to while away the long summer nights in style.
Pennethorne’s Cafe Bar is open Monday to Saturday for breakfast through to dinner in addition to a take-away coffee and bakery service.
www.pennethornescafe.co.ukVisit their website here for more info.






Wednesday 22 July 2015.
AMERICAN IDIOT press night at The Arts Theatre ,Great Newport Street,London WC2.
American Idiot is a sung-through stage adaptation of punk rock band Green Day's rock opera album
' American Idiot'.
I saw this musical at Hammersmith Apollo three years ago.
This time around it is at a much smaller theatre but with a longer run.
Hammersmith Apollo seats 4000 when it's stalls seated and this theatre holds a mere 350.
It may be a smaller venue but it's still a full red carpet event with lots of security and gawping tourists
behind the barriers wondering what's going on.
Tonight the show started at 7.10pm for the 7pm start and lasted around 1 hour 40 mins.
The Tony and Grammy award-winning show opened at the Arts Theatre in London this evening,
with former X-Factor finalist Amelia Lily making her West End debut.
Around a dozen male/female performers on stage along with a four piece band up on a platform at the back.
The musical follows the story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9/11 world.
It features lots of pop-punk gems by Green Day, including 'Boulevard Of Broken Dreams', '21 Guns',' Wake Me Up When September Ends' and 'American Idiot', the title track from the band's 2004 hit album.
The show was pretty much 90% Green Day tunes and 10% narrative.
A very enjoyable and lively show that whizzed along.
A few faces in the crowd including Big Brother presenter Emma Willis and husband Matt ,
alongside former X-Factor contestants Diana Vickers and Joe McElderry, who won the sixth series of the show.
Also Gareth Gates was here.
American Idiot is at the theatre until September 27.
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9.15pm to 11.30pm was the afterparty at The Haymarket Hotel,London SW1.
Around 300 folks here by the swimming pool area of this four star hotel.
All the cast and the celebs from earlier all came along to this.
Nobody fell in the pool which was a shame.
Complimentary wines,beers,burgers,fish n chips and canapés for all guests.






Tuesday 21 July 2015...6pm to 8.45pm...
John Meyer 'Lost in the Dust' private view and auction at Bonhams,101 New Bond Street,London W1.
Bonhams and Investec are hosting the UK premiere of leading South African artist John Meyer
and his landmark collection ‘Lost in the Dust’.
Around 15 large paintings are here.
John Meyer has donated this work which will be auctioned in London tonight, the 21 July 2015 at 19:15. This wonderful new painting depicts the Waterberg region in South Africa and all proceeds will go to the Tusk as part of their 25th Anniversary celebrations, raising funds for the charity’s key conservation projects, including efforts to save the Waterberg Rhino.
‘Lost in the Dust’ is open to the public and free of charge
Dates 22 July to 24 July and 27 July to 30 July
(Monday to Friday only)
Time 09.00-16.30
Then it moves to Bonhams Edinburgh from 11th August to 21st August.
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Over 200 smartly dressed folks from bankers Investec and their guests are here.
Investec sponsor many sporting events.
Lots of folks here I know.
We have complimentary Pol Roger champers,gin cocktails,wines and some very nice canapés.
Also some South African dishes too.





Tuesday 21 July 2015.
The men’s fashion brand and high-street chain founded by Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher has turned a profit
for the first time, six years after its launch.
Pretty Green, which has stores in the UK and Japan, hit sales of £15.1 million, up 38%, with pre-tax profits of £43,000 in 2014, compared with a £2 million loss a year earlier, according to results filed at Companies House. The strong numbers will help chief executive Richard Ralph make the case to potential investors as the company recently revealed plans to go on a fundraising drive.
The results show that growth came from both its store sales and its wholesale business, which sells through various department stores and outlets across the country.





Monday 20 July 2015.
Press/vip opening night for Sinatra: The Man & His Music live at The London Palladium.
The iconic music of Frank Sinatra is brought to life at one of the capital's most iconic venues.
‘Sinatra’ The Man & His Music will play at the London Palladium this summer, 65 years since Frank Sinatra’s first ever European concert took place at the London Palladium in July 1950.
In the centenary year of the legendary entertainer’s birth, this extraordinary new multi-media show –the only UK production with the endorsement and support of the Sinatra family and produced in association with Frank Sinatra Enterprises - features ultra-rare and original master recordings of Frank Sinatra. Using cutting edge technology and never-before-seen performance footage, the show takes us on a journey through Sinatra’s life, told by the man himself alongside personal family photographs and film.
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I saw Frank Sinatra play The Royal Albert Hall in 1980.
This famous venue was totally full tonight.
This lavish show was on for around two hours over two sets.
Frank is on the big screen singing his classics and rarer songs too in 3D.
Pretty amazing how easy he made it look.
The 24 piece orchestra is raised up at the back so you could see them.
We have 20 male and female dancers who did a great job.
The second half featured some Rat Pack clips and gems including 'New York,New York'
'Fly Me To The Moon' and 'My Way'.
Overall it is a very entertaining multi-media show from start to finish that is well worth seeing.
At the end Nancy Sinatra said a few emotional words about her dad to the audience from front of stage.
www.sinatraonstage.comVisit the website for more info and to buy tickets...it is on until 10 Oct.
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For Sinatra I went with Sex Pistol Glen Matlock.
Glen knows Nancy Sinatra a bit as we went to her show at The Royal Festival Hall
a few years ago when Glens mate Clem Burke from Blondie was her tour drummer.
We had comp interval drinks in a room that maybe held 50 people.
We had a few words with Nancy then a few words with Steven Van Zandt from Bruce Springsteens band.I mumbled seeing him at Hammersmith Odeon in the mid 70s on their first UK shows and he seemed impressed when I asked him about his
Underground Garage radio station which he says gets 3 million listeners in America.
We also had a chat with Dave Clark from Dave Clark Five.
Also in the room was Phil Manzanera and actress Lesley Joseph.
From 10pm to 12.30pm was the big afterparty for around 500 folks at The Savoy
Hotel where all the above guests turned up.
Complimentary Jack Daniels,wines,beers and canapés for all guests.
A nice touch that Jack Daniels was here as Frank drank it back in the day
and certainly increased sales from then onwards.






Monday 20 July 2015.
Phil Rudd not helping his bad situation...
Former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was arrested on Saturday night for getting a ‘whole lotta Rosie’ after
having a party in his house while on home detention with prostitutes.
Rudd was released on bail this morning for the charges relating to violating his home detention.
He was sentenced to home detention just two weeks ago for threatening to kill and drug possession.
Rudd could face jail time if caught breaching the terms of his detention.
The 61-year old drummer was arrested at his home in Tauranga. Prostitutes were said to be at the house
but how this relates to the terms of Rudd’s current home detention sentence is uncertain.






Sunday 19 July 2015.
Live Aid in 1985 was the greatest gig of all time but July sees the anniversary of another mega gig.
Live8 in Hyde Park was 10 years ago in July 2005 and featured Pink Floyd,Madonna,Robbie Wiiliams,
Coldplay,U2,Paul McCartney and others.
The classic line-up of Pink Floyd (Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Richard Wright and Nick Mason) played together on stage for the first time in 24 years. The band performed the songs "Breathe / Breathe (Reprise)", "Money", "Wish You Were Here" and "Comfortably Numb".
I also went to the rehearsals the night before in Hyde Park where Pink Floyd went through the same songs
and Madonna went through her set in front of just 300 people.





Saturday 18 July 2015.
Bette Midler live at The 02 Arena,London.
First of two shows at this venue by Bette on her 'Divine Intervention' UK arena tour.
As part of her first UK shows for 35 years.
Her American tour includes two nights at Madison Square Garden.
As expected a mainly older crowd with lots of gay folks.
One of those gigs with silly high prices of £110,£90,£75,£55 plus booking fees.
We have a nice slick stage production with big screens along with scenery changes and costume changes.
Bette and her 12 piece band and three female dancers/bvs are on stage for 1 hour 55 mins.
The setlist included lots of girlie covers from her 'It's The Girls!' album that was released last year.
Bette turns 70 later this year, but she still came onstage in a bright pink mini dress.
There was lots of very funny well scripted stage banter between songs mainly related to old age and sex.
Sometimes it felt more like a Joan Rivers type comedy show rather than a musical event.
The comic interludes were seamless. An extended routine on celebrity culture and social media (“remember the days when people feared being followed?”) featured merciless mocked up photos of Midler in compromising positions with Vladimir Putin, Jeremy Clarkson, Jamie Oliver, Margaret Thatcher and Nigel Farage – “he really knows how to ruin a bar mitzvah,” she jibed.
Her finger was on the London pulse as she joked about riding Boris bikes and the new runway planned for Heathrow.
Miss M has tried her hand at big-band swing, pop and rock over the years, and this gig reiterated her versatility. Jazz standard 'Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most' was beautifully sung, while
The Rolling Stones 'Beast Of Burden' alluded to her brief stint as a rock ’n’ roller in the Eighties.
Midler appeared in full Hocus Pocus costume for 'I Put A Spell On You' counting the ways in which she would torment us – although pledging to eliminate football from England actually won some approval from the audience – and donned a fabulous feathered creation for an uproarious tribute to 
singer/comedian Sophie Tucker which gleefully combined Vegas glitz and 
pure filth.
Other highlights included great versions of 'The Rose','Stay With Me' and 'Wind Beneath My Wings'
A great show that was very entertaining from start to finish but I did feel it would have been more suited
to a smaller venue like Hammersmith Apollo rather than this big venue.
Full setlist played tonight...
Divine Intervention
I Look Good
I've Still Got My Health
Do You Wanna Dance? (Bobby Freeman cover)
Throw it Away
Tell Him (The Exciters cover)
Bei Mir Bist Du Schön (The Andrews Sisters cover)
Waterfalls (TLC cover)
Everybody Knows (Leonard Cohen cover)
I Think It's Going to Rain Today (Randy Newman cover)
I Put a Spell on You (Screamin’ Jay Hawkins cover)
Yakety Sax
Bird In the Hand
A Visit from Soph
RIP Delores
Beast of Burden (The Rolling Stones cover)
Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most (Ella Fitzgerald cover)
The Rose
From a Distance (Julie Gold cover)
Stay With Me (Lorraine Ellison cover)
Encore:
Wind Beneath My Wings (Roger Whittaker cover)
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (The Andrews Sisters cover)
Encore 2:
Friends
watch the video hereBette Midler 'Beast of Burden' official video from 1984 featuring Mick Jagger...▶ 4:57




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