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News and Reviews: July 23, 2014
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Some good gigs and events coming up worth checking out.....
Wed 23 July---Prom 8 at The Royal Albert Hall.
The Pet Shop Boys make their Proms debut in this Late Night Prom, joining the BBC Singers and BBC Concert Orchestra for the world premiere of 'A Man from the Future', a new piece for electronics, orchestra, choir and narrator.
With vocals from Chrissie Hynde.
Wed 23 July and Sat 26 July---Burt Bacharach plays The Royal Festival Hall.
Thurs 24 July---34 years ago today on 24 July 1980 my band Gun Control played their debut gig.
See the website band search for the list of the gigs we played from 1980 to 1982.
Fri 25 July at 7pm--BBC Local Radio will mark the 50th anniversary of Tony Blackburn’s first radio broadcast - to the day - with a one-off, star-studded programme across all local BBC stations.
Sat 26 July---Happy Birthday to Mick Jagger who is 71 today.
Sun 27 July---Television play Shepherds Bush Empire.
They will play their classic 1977 album 'Marquee Moon'.
I saw Television play Hammersmith Odeon in 1977 when this album came out and Blondie were the support act.
Thurs 31 July---Glen Matlock plays the first of seven shows at The Edinburgh Festival.
The original bass player of The Sex Pistols reads from his autobiography and performs some
of the songs made famous by the group as well as his solo material.
It could only be six shows as Glen said he is flying back on August 6.
Tues 12 Aug---Sinead O'Connor plays The Roundhouse.
This show is to launch her brand new single ‘Take Me To Church’ as the first single to be lifted from
her new album ‘I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss’.
The single and the album will be released via Nettwerk Records on August 11th 2014.
Tues 26 Aug---Kate Bush plays the first of 22 sold out shows at Hammersmith Apollo.
Her first shows for over 30 years will be one of the most anticipated events of the year.
I saw Kate Bush at this venue in 1979 on her only UK tour.
The V Festival shows in Hylands Park(Chelmsford) and Weston Park(Staffs)are now on sale.
Taking place on the weekend of Sat 16 Aug and Sun 17 Aug 2014.
Over 100 acts over multi stages including Justin Timberlake,Ed Sheeran,Kaiser Chiefs,
The Killers,Paulo Nutini,Lily Allen,Chic feat Nile Rodgers,Elbow,Blondie,
Manic Street Preachers,Janelle Monae,The Strypes and many more.
www.vfestival.comClick here for full info and to buy tickets.
The Reading and Leeds Festivals take place over the weekend of
Fri 22 Aug/Sat 23 Aug/Sun 24 Aug with 100 plus acts over multi stages including
Queens Of The Stone Age,Paramore,Arctic Monkeys,Jake Bugg,Blink 182 and many more.
www.readingfestival.comReading Festival tickets all sold out.
www.leedsfestival.comCheck here for full info and to buy tickets for Leeds Festival.
Tuesday 22 July 2014.
Rock legends Motörhead are to play three UK shows as part of a European Tour.
Lemmy and co will play the following dates:
November 4: Manchester O2 Apollo
November 6: Birmingham NIA
November 8: London SSE Wembley Arena
The show at Wembley is the band's biggest headline show in over a decade.
Punk royalty The Damned will support the band on all three dates.
Reports said that Lemmy looked very frail after his illness when Motörhead supported Black Sabbath
in Hyde Park earlier this month so fingers crossed Lemmy will be fighting fit for these shows.
Monday 21 July 2014...6.30pm to 9pm...
Forge press preview at Forge, 24 Cornhill, Bank,London EC3.
Another massive restaurant and bar opens in The City.
Last week we went to their bar launch and tonight is their restaurant launch.
Forge is there for those who like to work hard and play harder. Situated on Cornhill just moments from Bank, this is a bold venue that's here to shake the City's social scene off its hinges.
A striking restaurant and cocktail bar located on the site of the former Abacus Bar, Forge comes kitted out with stripped back brickwork and luxuriant leather booths to help put minds at ease from the get go. Once comfy, guests survey a bespoke menu comprising of mouth-watering cuts of meat from 'the pit' and delicately seasoned offerings from 'the spit'. Keep your eye out for the coca-cola glazed pork ribs, which slot in nicely in the company of steaks, spit roast chicken and burgers aplenty.
The unique and innovative cocktails fly the flag for the drinks cabinet, with ice cold craft beers there if you're looking for a few chilled ones at the end of a long day. All tipples are hand-picked and are perfectly matched to the catalogue of meaty options that compete for air-time on the menu. A sleek and contemporary space in the very heart of the City, Forge suits a quick lunch, after-work refreshment or a meat-feast at dinner time.
The staff were nice and friendly and suggested wines to go with our starter and mains.
A very enjoyable dining experience here at Forge.
Tempura Soft Shell Crab.
Grilled Fillet Steak with seasoned chips and mushrooms.
Strawberries and Cream sundae.
www.forgedinlondon.comCheck their website for more info including their menu.
Opening offers include...
Mondays---BOGOF---two people eat for the price of one.
Tuesdays---all cocktails are Ł5 each.
Monday 21 July 2014.
Detroit rock legend Ted Nugent has hit a major milestone in his touring career.
At 65, he has played his 6,500th live show. Nugent hit the mark on Saturday night at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI just outside of his hometown of Detroit.
Monday 21 July 2014---Get On Up - NY film premiere
The Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street, New York.
Tate Taylor, Sir Mick Jagger, Craig Robinson, Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman, Jill Scott, Tika Sumpter, director (Taylor), producer (Jagger) and cast attend premiere of their biopic about James Brown, and his rise from humble beginnings to becoming the Godfather of Soul (via drug addiction, women and financial ruin). Released September 26.
No news yet about a UK premiere.
Friday 18 July 2014...6.30pm to 12pm...
Mandela Remembered - gala dinner & concert at The Roundhouse,London.
Today would have been Nelson Mandela 96th birthday.
From 6.30pm there was an hour of complimentary sparkling wines.
Guests here included Kenney Jones,Rick Wills and Paul Young who would be on stage later.
From 7.30pm to 9.30pm 300 guests have a nice three course dinner upstairs in the balcony
where we had Sea Bass mains along with wines and water at the table.
I was on a friendly table and had a chat with Jimmy who brings singers and celebs to places
Including Russia and Gambia for charity football matches.
www.uk3lions.comCheck the website here for more info.
Around 300 more folks are downstairs for the concert only but it looks pretty empty.
Did not see any advertising for this event so that was no doubt the reason.
For the live acts I go downstairs for a closer view.
Heather Small from M People sings three great tracks.
Search For The Hero(M People cover)
Moving On Up(M People cover)
We have some big screen clips of Nelson Mandela all through the evening.
Kenney Jones & Friends play a full set of 13 songs in 65 mins.
Kenney Jones on drums has played with The Small Faces,The Faces,The Who and others.
Rick Wills on bass has played with Foriegner,Bad Company and others.
The other guys are not big names but they have a great young rock singer with a big voice and big hair.
The songs are covers from the bands they have been involved with so lots of rock gems played.
Can't Get Enough
Feel Like Making Love
Every Little Bit Hurts(Mollie Marriott on vocals for this Small Faces track)
All Or Nothing
I Can't Explain
Behind Blue Eyes
In The Midnight Hour( Paul Young on vocals)
Come Back And Stay(Paul Young on vocals for his own hit)
Afterglow(Of Your Love)
Stay With Me
Won't Get Fooled Again
Thursday 17 July 2014...I went to two events tonight...
6.15pm to 8pm.
Forge - bar launch party at Forge, 24 Cornhill, London, EC3.
Yet another massive bar opens in The City.
This one is a few yards from Bank tube station.
As part of their Ł20 million venue refresh programme, Novus Leisure has closed and renovated its
Abacas bar and after the refit it will be known as Forge.
Over two floors with a huge basement area with a dance floor and a nice contemporary feel to it.
We enjoyed four different complimentary cocktails and some canapés.
8.30pm to 12.30am.
Warner Music Group and British GQ Magazine - summer party at Shoreditch House, Ebor Street, London, E1.
Shoreditch House has to be one of the coolest venues in London along with the likes of Chiltern Firehouse.
Must be a couple of years since I was last here.
This members club has a stunning open air swimming pool on the 6th floor and this is where the party is held.
It really has the wow factor for sure and a couple of the members are swimming.
There are some 100 sun loungers by the pool and by the other open area.
Really nice to be lying down on a lounger sipping drinks and looking across the skyline of The City.
A very lively vibe as around 300 club members are here and another 300 guests have wristbands for
The Warner Music party area.
One Direction's Harry Styles joined pop stars Nicola Roberts, Marina Diamandis, Bo Bruce and Conor Maynard as record label Warner Music and men's magazine GQ celebrated the summer with a party at Shoreditch House. Gilles Peterson and Seb Chew took to the decks on the rooftop of the members' club as VIPs, including Amber Le Bon, Clara Paget, Charlie Casely-Hayford, Jack Whitehall, Gemma Chan, Lilah Parsons, Melissa Steel and Noomi Rapace partied on.
The djs were playing lively urban dance tracks.
All guests enjoyed loads of complimentary drinks and food all night.
A choice of three cocktails(Parlophone Punch,Atlantic Breeze and Warner Spritz),wines,beers and grub
Including full size gourmet burgers,bowl food and canapés.
An excellent event.
Thursday 17 July 2014...yet another sad death...
American blues guitar player Johnny Winter has died aged 70.
Wed 16 July 2014.
Franz Ferdinand live at Somerset House,London.
The band played a great 95 mins set with lots of angular guitar riffs and pukka indie disco tunes.
Really nice to see a band play in this stunning outdoor courtyard.
Full Franz Ferdinand setlist played...
No You Girls
The Dark of the Matinée
Do You Want To?
Tell Her Tonight
Stand on the Horizon
Can't Stop Feeling
Take Me Out
Goodbye Lovers & Friends (with Touch The Leather by Fat White Family outro)
My reviews from Mon 14 July and Tues 15 July have somehow vanished....sorry....
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