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News and Reviews: September 03, 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.
Some gig and other highlights coming up in the next month or so...
Straight Outta Compton---N.W.A. docu is in cinemas from Aug 28 onwards.
Some say that NWA were a black Sex Pistols. Anti-establishment, honest and angry.
Their name like The Sex Pistols certainly ruffled feathers...Niggaz With Attitude.
It is currently a No.1 smash hit in America.
New club DRAMA opens this month in Mayfair.
New restaurant SHOTGUNBBQ opens this month at 26 Kingly Street,Soho,London W1.
New restaurant BERNARDIS opens this month at 62 Seymour Street,London W1.
Thurs 03 Sept---Happy Birthday to Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones who is 60 today...yes 60...
Thurs 03 Sept---Martha Reeves & The Vandellas play The Brooklyn Bowl at The 02 Arena complex.
Martha Reeves returns to the same venue where i saw her last year.
Thurs 03 Sept---Polyphonic Spree play The Electric Ballroom.
The Polyphonic Spree are on a UK and European Tour.
Thurs 03 Sept---Scott Weiland plays The Garage...only show in Europe....
Thurs 03 Sept---The Prog Awards are held in London...Hosted by Matthew Wright...
Fri 04 Sept---IRON MAIDEN release their new studio album 'The Book of Souls',their first for 5 years.
They will soon announce a massive world tour for 2016 with UK and European shows in the summer.
Tesco will become the first UK supermarket to revive the sale of vinyl records.
They mark the venture with the release of Iron Maiden's new album 'The Book of Souls',
which will be available to buy in 55 of Tesco's largest stores from Friday (September 4).
Fri 04 Sept---The Monkees play Hammersmith Apollo.
The Monkees rose to fame when they formed to star in a television show with the same name,
which ran from 1966 until 1968.
Original Monkees singer Davy Jones sadly died in 2012.
I saw their last London show with Davy Jones at The Royal Albert Hall in 2011.
Original members Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork are still there.
An evening of music and multi-media splendor, including rare films and images from their series. Their new show features all of the Monkees hits, plus an intimate acoustic set and selections from their cult classic, HEAD.
THIS WEEKEND AND NEXT WEEKEND on Sat and Sun have some big gig clashes over those four days.
Sat 05 Sept---Towers Of London play Nambucca....first show anywhere for five years...
Sat 05 Sept---David Gilmour tour preview show at The Brighton Centre.
Sat 05 Sept---ROD STEWART & THE FACES to reform for a one off show...sold out...
After a few years of rumours and false starts a gig has been fully confirmed at last.
Rod Stewart,Ronnie Wood and Kenney Jones to play their first proper show together for nearly 40 years.
Venue---Hurtwood Park Polo Club,Ewhurst,Surrey.
Hurtwood Park Polo Club is owned by Kenney Jones.
A charity gig for Prostate Cancer UK with advance tickets priced at £75.
I reckon The Faces will play for 20 or 30 mins rather than an hour plus.
The band, who split in 1975, lost fellow founder members Ronnie Lane in 1997 and Ian ‘Mac’ McLagan last December. Mick Hucknall took Stewart’s place in the line-up for charity shows in 2009, after which the band toured over the following two years with Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock added to the line-up.
I went to a couple of those shows.
watch the video hereThe Faces 'Stay With Me' from their final show in London from 1974...▶ 5:47
Sat 05 Sept---Culture Club play Hammersmith Apollo.
One-off UK show for Culture Club after their North American tour.
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.
Rock n roll legend plays a sold out show as part of his 80th birthday farewell tour...he is 80 on 29 Sept 2015...
I saw him play Hammersmith Odeon in 1989 and The Royal Festival Hall in 2004.
He looks a bit frail these days with a walking stick and playing short sets in America.
Mon 07 Sept---Jasper Carrot plays The Beck Theatre,Hayes,Middlesex.
Jasper now aged 70 on his first UK tour for a decade.
He was one of the most popular comedians on tv in the 1970s.
Plus support from The Bev Bevan Band....Bev played drums with The Move and ELO.
Mon 7th Sept---7pm to 8pm---Chrissie Hynde at Waterstones,Piccadilly,London W1.
Chrissie Hynde will perform a short exclusive set and be in conversation with Matt Everitt from 6 Music to celebrate the release of her eagerly awaited memoir Reckless.
Tickets £30 including a signed copy of Reckless (RRP £20), to be collected at the event...plus £3 booking fee..
Copies of Reckless will be pre-signed, due to time constraints.
Please note that photography will be strictly prohibited during the event.
The book signing by Chrissie is held on her 64th birthday.
Tues 08 Sept---FFS play The Forum.
Wed 09 Sept---John Lydon new album signing at Rough Trade East...7pm...
Wed 09 Sept---Official England Rugby 2015 Send Off at The 02 Arena.
Features an hour long set from Take That playing with a 48 piece orchestra.
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.
Thurs 10 Sept---The Libertines play The Electric Ballroom.
Fri 11 Sept---Ronnie Wood 'In Conversation' at Waterstones,Piccadilly.
To celebrate the September 8th 2015 release of How Can it Be? A Rock & Roll Diary, Ronnie Wood will be appearing at Waterstones, Piccadilly, London on Friday 11th September at 6.30pm.
Admission is £27 which includes a copy of the book with a facsimile signature and commemorative bookplate.
PLEASE NOTE---Ronnie will NOT be signing copies.
Sat 12 Sept---The Jacksons + Russell Watson plus others play Hyde Park.
Sat 12 Sept---Kip Winger plays The Borderline Club.
Sat 12 Sept---- SMALL FAKERS + THE FACES EXPERIENCE + READY STEADY WHO play
The George, 20 High Street, Burnham, Bucks.
Only £5 entry to see three great tribute bands...doors 2pm and bands 4pm to 9pm.
Held outside in their large car park area.
Burnham is 3 miles from Slough and easy to get to via the M4 and train from Paddington and Ealing.
Sun 13 Sept---Rod Stewart + Bryan Adams + The Corrs + The Shires plus others play Hyde Park for BBC Radio 2.
I would imagine Ronnie Wood and maybe Kenney Jones to join Rod for one or two songs.
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.
I saw them play The Royal Albert Hall on their last UK tour in 2013.
They will arrive in the UK after a trip across The Atlantic on the QE2.
Cunard is proud to announce that Crosby, Stills & Nash will perform a series of exclusive concerts on board
the company’s Flagship, Queen Mary 2 , during her 4-11 September Transatlantic Crossing.
Mon 14 Sept---Kevin Bridges plays the first of six shows at Hammersmith Apollo.
Scottish comedian on a massive UK tour.
Tues 15 Sept---New series of Later With Jools Holland on BBC2 starts today.
KINKY BOOTS the award winning musical opens at The Adelphi Theatre...previews on now...
Music and lyrics are by Cyndi Lauper.
Thurs 17 Sept---Walter Lure + The Bermondsey Joyriders play The Jazz Cafe.
Fri 18 Sept---The Vulz play The Islington.
Fri 18 Sept---LONDON FASHION WEEK starts today and lasts for five days.
Sun 20 Sept---Richard Thompson plays The Royal Festival Hall.
The last show on his UK tour before Richard heads to mainland Europe.
Sun 20 Sept---An Evening With Liza Minnelli at The London Palladium.
It will feature a 90 mins interview followed by a Q n A and a few songs.
Sun 20 Sept and Mon 21 Sept---Morrissey plays Hammersmith Apollo.
Although I have seen Morrissey play solo a dozen times I never got round to seeing The Smiths.
I think it was due to me being busy working shows at Hammersmith Odeon in the 1980s.
Mon 21 Sept---Art Garfunkel plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Sept 23,24,25 and Oct 2,3---David Gilmour plays five sold shows at The Royal Albert Hall.
Fri 25 Sept---Zac Brown Band play Wembley Arena...they are massive in America...
This is their only show in Europe in the middle of a huge American tour.
Thurs 01 Oct---The Wombats play Alexandra Palace.
Fri 02 Oct---Public Image Limited play Shepherds Bush Empire.
PIL on a UK and European Tour to promote their new album 'What The World Needs Now'.
watch the video herePublic Image Limited single 'Double Trouble' released Friday 21 Aug 2015...▶ 4:07
Sat 03 Oct---Ronnie Wood will be at The Cheltenham Book Festival...tix £16...
In How Can It Be? the legendary guitarist revisits his lost diary from 1965. Sharing memories of the Birds, the Jeff Beck Group, the Faces and the Rolling Stones, he charts his journey to superstardom. Chaired by Mark Ellen.
Wed 07 Oct---'The Who: Live in Hyde Park’, will arrive in cinemas around the world from October 7th for a limited time only.
I was at this great show this summer in front of a 65,000 sold out crowd.
Tues 13 Oct---The Professionals play The Fleece,Bristol.
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.
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.
Wednesday 02 September 2015...I went to two events today...
6.30pm to 8pm.
Holi launch,92 Piccadilly,London W1.
Around 100 folks here at this space a few yards from Green Park tube station.
In the main room the clothes are hanging from the ceiling which was a great touch.
Complimentary Veuve Clicquot champers for all guests.
LONDON, UK, 2 September 2015 – HOLI, a new brand producing modern, versatile and truly warm women’s outerwear, is pleased to announce the launch of its debut autumn/winter 2015 (“AW15”) collection, available to purchase from today at www.holi.org.uk and, for a limited period, in a “pop-up” showroom in Mayfair.
With its distinctive style and versatility, HOLI’s AW15 collection is a contemporary, no-fuss must-have for the upcoming season – ideal to be thrown on with a pair of jeans on the way out the door, while also making for the perfect addition to a work wardrobe or evening outfit.
Designed to offer true warmth to the wearer, all of HOLI’s products are made from 100% natural fibres: cashmere and llama wools, and 100% silk linings. Combining style and practicality, HOLI’s products are an ideal addition to Christmas gift lists.
All of HOLI’s products are individually hand-produced at HOLI Studios, HOLI’s in-house training and production centre in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Founded by Leah Rodrigues in February 2014, HOLI Studios prides itself on its technical ability to produce products of the highest quality whilst offering long-term training and a safe and stable working environment for its locally employed team.
www.holi.org.ukVisit the Holi website here.
Nazareth live at The Brooklyn Bowl at The 02 Arena complex,London.
Nazareth are on a massive UK and European Tour that takes them up to Christmas.
Their first London show with their new singer Carl Sentance (Don Airey (Deep Purple) & Friends, Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), Krokus, Tokyo Blade and Persian Risk) , standing proudly alongside founder member Pete Agnew (bass) and long time band members Jimmy Murrison (guitars) and Lee Agnew (drums).
Will be impossible to replace the great voice of original singer Dan McCafferty but lets give the new singer a chance.
I have seen Nazareth around a dozen times since the 1970s with the first times being
Hammersmith Odeon in 1976 and The Rainbow in 1977.
Nazareth had seven Top 40 hit singles in the UK in the 1970s.
www.brooklynbowl.com/London/Visit here for more info about events at Brooklyn Bowl and to buy tickets.
Brooklyn Bowl is a great place to watch a band.
The stage is at a perfect height and the large floor space in front of the stage is ideal.
Nazareth arrive on stage at 9.20pm and play for 1 hour 40 mins.
I have a perfect view,front row right of stage in front of sole original member Pete Agnew.
There is no doubt that folks are keen to see how new singer Carl Sentance performs.
He does a great job as he has a very strong rock voice as well as friendly stage banter.
Pete Agnew is smiling throughout so good he is still enjoying it as he must have played thousands
of gigs over the past 40 odd years with Nazareth.
Really great to hear some of those 1970s classics again live and Nazareth are still rockin'.
Full Nazareth setlist played tonight...
Silver Dollar Forger
This Flight Tonight (Joni Mitchell cover)
One Set of Bones
Turn On Your Receiver
Bad Bad Boy
Beggars Day (Crazy Horse cover)
Hair of the Dog
Expect No Mercy
Morning Dew (Bonnie Dobson cover)
Love Hurts (The Everly Brothers cover)
Broken Down Angel
Tuesday 01 September 2015....6.45pm to 10pm...
Conde Nast Traveller 18th Annual Readers Travel Awards at Ham Yard Hotel,London W1.
Around 200 folks here at this luxury hotel.
From 7.15pm to 7.45pm in the seated cinema room the awards were given out.
Around 20 awards but thankfully no speeches by anyone apart from the Conde Nast Editor at the start.
They covered luxury hotels,spas,airlines and cruises which all looked amazing on the big screen images.
The winners included...
Best Hotel in Europe =Le Bristol,Paris.
Best Country To Visit =1.Italy...2.France.
Best City To Visit Outside The UK =1.Paris...2.New York.
Best City To Visit In The UK =1.London...2.Edinburgh.
Best UK Hotel =Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park.
Best UK Hotel Spa =Bulgari Hotel Knightsbridge.
Best UK Holiday Hotel =The Pig,Hampshire.
Best Short-haul airline =British Airways.
Best Long-haul airline =British Airways.
Best Business airline =Qatar Airways.
Complimentary Louis Roederer champers,gin cocktails,lamb cutlets,burgers and canapés.
This is usually a two hour event but this year they have an afterparty from 8.45pm to 10pm
for mainly winners,staff and press which was on the very nice 4th floor roof terrace.
Same drinks and food flowing here as the main event earlier.
All guests got a goodie bag which included a latest copy of the magazine which has full articles
on all the winners.
www.cntraveller.co.ukVisit their website here.
Tuesday 01st September 2015.
David Beckham was honoured with the Legend of Football Award at the 20th Anniversary HMV
Football Extravaganza at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
Celebrating its 20th year, the HMV Football Extravaganza raises funds for music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins, having raised nearly £7 million for the charity to date, enabling them to provide over 200,000 music therapy sessions for some of the UK’s most isolated and vulnerable people.
David Beckham said: “I’m incredibly honoured to have received this Award. When you look at the list of the previous recipients, I feel very fortunate to join them. More importantly the night has been about recognising the fantastic work that Nordoff Robbins does and raising funds for their vital work.
“I have seen over the years the positivity that sport can bring to children with special needs, so to come to Nordoff Robbins to learn a little more about how music can do that for people, it’s something that is so touching when you see it".
“Thank you to everyone at Nordoff Robbins, what they are doing is so incredible, changing the lives of children with difficulties who are in situations which most of us will never have to face. Congratulations on your work, it really is incredible”
David Beckham received the award from former Manchester United team-mate Ryan Giggs, who was last year’s recipient of the award. David was joined on the night by his mum, dad and sister as well as Nicky Butt, Sol Campbell, Alex McLeish, Graeme Souness and Brendan Rodgers, amongst other footballing stars.
Tues 01 Sept---Steve Wright show on BBC Radio 2 2pm to 5pm features Ronnie Wood and Tony Banks.
The Monkees are in London doing tv and radio promo for their Hammersmith show on Friday.
Includes Tuesday BBC1 Breakfast show and Wednesday ITV1 Loose Women at lunchtime and
ITV Thames News at 6pm.
Monday 31 August 2015.
Ronnie Wood is to make a personal appearance a few days after The Faces re-union live show.
To celebrate the September 8th 2015 release of How Can it Be? A Rock & Roll Diary, Ronnie Wood will be appearing at Waterstones, Piccadilly, London on Friday 11th September at 18:30. Ronnie’s adventures on the road to superstardom were handwritten in his private diary of 1965.
Featuring fascinating recollections of legends such as Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Rod Stewart and Pete Townshend, with his entertaining new commentary, hand-drawn illustrations, and rare photos and memorabilia.
Tickets are £27 which includes a special copy of How Can it Be? A Rock & Roll Diary to be collected at the event. (A booking fee will apply)
The copy will be a first edition and includes a special commemorative bookplate with facsimile signature and self-portrait.
This evening of conversation will NOT include a book signing by Ronnie.
Friday 28 Aug to Sunday 30 August is The Reading Festival...90,000 capacity each day...
I have been to over 15 Reading Festivals since the 1970s but standing up all day in a massive field
at my age worrying where the nearest toilet is don't appeal that much these days as I like seeing my bands
indoors if possible.
In 1977 i saw Aerosmith support Thin Lizzy at Reading Festival and it would be another 12 years before
Aerosmith would return to the UK.
BBC4 tv is showing two hours of highlights every evening.
Looks like it will focus on headline sets so a good way to see Metallica and The Libertines without
having to put up with any dodgy weather and a very underwhelming overall line up.
BBC Red Button will show highlights of the support bands each night.
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
I have seen Metallica over a dozen times since Hammersmith Odeon shows in the 1980s
and also including their first headline show at Reading Festival in 1997.
Sun 30 Aug---The Libertines + Kendrick Lamar + Jamie T + The Gaslight Anthem + The Cribs
I saw The Libertines as a support band in 2002 along with recent headline shows at Hyde Park
and Alexandra Palace.
I also saw them in 2010 at Reading Festival when they blew Arcade Fire off the stage.
The week before the event their website is saying weekend and day tickets all SOLD OUT.
The BBC4 tv coverage of Metallica was excellent.
The full 2 hour 10 mins show with an hour or so time delay.
Lots of big screens and loads of lights.
Black balloons with their logo were dropped on the crowd at the end during 'Enter Sandman'.
Metallica had their fans on stage as usual behind them on stage.
Full setlist played...
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Ride the Lightning
The Day That Never Comes
The Memory Remains
Sad But True
Turn the Page (Bob Seger cover)
Wherever I May Roam
Master of Puppets
Fade to Black
Seek & Destroy
Whiskey in the Jar (cover)
Nothing Else Matters
On the Sunday BBC4 tv showed all of The Libertines 90 mins headlining set.
Again the time delay was around an hour after they took to the stage at Reading.
Saturday 29 August 2015.
Japanese female metal trio Babymetal announce a huge headline Wembley Arena show for 02 April 2016.
They take to the main stages of Reading and Leeds Festivals this weekend
On top of that, Babymetal have also confirmed details of two new live DVD releases – Live At Budokan: Red Night & Black Night and Live In London – both set to drop through earMUSIC on October 30.
watch the video hereBabymetal 'Gimme Chocolate'....over 32 million views....▶ 4:04
Friday 28 August 2015.
A classic video of Sex Pistols first time on tv... 'So It Goes' from August 1976.
watch the video here.Sex Pistols 'Anarchy In The UK'...▶ 3:35
Thursday 27 August 2015...I went to two events tonight...
7pm to 10pm.
One Nation Under A Groove celebrates 'Punk'.
Love Bar at Festival Village underneath Queen Elizabeth Hall,Southbank Centre,London SE1.
Around 200 folks here over the two rooms.
Lots of folks i know and other familiar faces.
The artists are all mingling with the attendees.
Djs include Jeffrey Munday playing some great punk tunes in the overflow room.
Gary Loveridge displaying around 50 rare punk promo posters from his collection in the main room.
On the big screen we have non-stop classic and rare punk video clips.
Gaye Advert,Charlie Harper and Spizz Energi were here displaying their art.
Each artist played three or four acoustic songs over 15 mins sets.
Sarah Pink played a couple of covers and a couple of original tracks.
The Lone Groover did the same with a superb version of The Clash 'Stay Free'.
Gary Lammin from Bermondsey Joyriders played a good short set.
Spizz Energi played a short set including his mega track 'Where's Captain Kirk?'.
I had to leave before Charlie Harper from UK Subs short acoustic set...Charlie is now aged 71...
This was a really good punk related event.
Happy Birthday to Sex Pistol Glen Matlock who was 59 today.
I met up with Glen and some of his closest friends in Little Venice near Warwick Road tube station.
They included Slim Jim Phantom ex Stray Cats who is currently touring the UK.
Wednesday 26 August 2015...7.45pm to 10pm...
Paloma Faith live at The Savoy Hotel,The Strand,London.
This was a Mastercard Priceless Surprises gig for 400 comp winners and guests of Mastercard.
Tom Jones and Mick Hucknall watched the show from the mixing desk area.
Like the one i saw last month with The Kaiser Chiefs they have chosen another great venue where
a big name act plays an intimate gig.
Like The Kaiser Chiefs ,Paloma has headlined The 02 Arena.
Paloma received a BRIT Award earlier in the year for British Female Solo Artist.
Her third studio album "A Perfect Contradiction" became the sixth best selling album of 2014,
and the best selling album for a female artist in the UK.
Not many bands get to play this five star hotel but oddly enough i have seen Paloma Faith play here
earlier this year performing two songs as part of the Tesco F+ F fashion showcase.
Complimentary beers,wines,burgers,fish n chips and other food for all guests.
Paloma played V Festival the past weekend as part of her summer festival shows.
It's a full stage production that looks great under the chandeliers of the venues ballroom.
Paloma arrived on stage at 8.30pm for a 70 mins 12 song set.
Paloma had her full band along with her three female backing singers.
Paloma has a great voice and is wearing a fab dress.
Loads of fun chat between songs and she even gave a pair of Rugby World Cup tickets away
on stage courtesy of Mastercard to a fan who could sing back some lyrics to a rare song of hers.
Paloma really has entertaining stage banter with the audience.
I remember a previous show where she dedicated a song "to any girl whose boyfriend has asked to
borrow £5 to top up their Oyster card and promised to pay her back,but never did".
Tonight we get "I'm not that good with credit cards" and "if you want to see me play shows this size get an
Easyjet flight to mainland Europe as they are not that interested in me that much".
Highlights included great versions of 'Can't Rely On You' and 'Only Love Can Hurt Like This'.
She said "there will be a few of my fave cover versions as i always wanted to front a wedding band".
A great show.
Etta James (cover)---forgot to write the title down
Nothing Compares 2 U (cover)
Trouble With My Baby
Can't Rely On You
Only Love Can Hurt Like This
River Deep Mountain High (cover)
Changing --- Sigma track feat Paloma Faith on vocals.
watch the video hereSigma ft Paloma Faith - Changing (Official Video) - Over 28 million views
Tuesday 25 August 2015...6.15pm to 9.45pm...
Carousel Restaurant and Event Space 1st Birthday Party at 17 Blandford Street,Marylebone,London W1.
Roll up, roll up to Carousel: three floors of pop up happenings, foodie events and guest chef residencies in a restaurant that'll be reinventing itself every few weeks from now until the end of time.
Brought to you by the band of brothers cousins responsible for the immersive, Pan Am-style, ‘Mile High’ dining experiences, it’s located bang in the middle of Bond Street and Baker Street tube stations and contains a handsome ground floor restaurant where guest chefs are hosted each month; an expansive basement for shindigs, banquets and epicurean adventures; a third floor space for film screenings and intimate gatherings; and an outside terrace.
Around 200 folks here tonight on the guest list who end up being spread out over the three levels here.
Just after 7pm most people go upstairs to hear a couple of speeches on how their spaces can be used.
Weddings,dinner events,product launches,cookery classes,art exhibitions,live music etc.
Also it is available for Christmas Parties from 23 November.
Later on in the basement we get two up and coming bands play 30 mins sets each.
First up were Halfpenny Pass who mixed pop with hip-hop and beat boxing.
Second up were Little Brother Eli who were more rock n blues.
Complimentary Snow Queen Vodka Cocktails,a choice of two different Hendricks Gin Cocktails along
with beers and some tasty canapés for all guests.
All guests got a goodie bag when leaving the event.
www.carousel-london.comVisit the website here.
www.carouselspaces.comVisit the website here.
Tuesday 25 August 2015.
The Beach Boys have clocked up an incredible legacy with shows every year since they began in 1961.
Unlike every other band of their era, The Beach Boys are the only act to perform continuously every single year for over 50 years.
While there were only three gigs that first year the group performed 73 shows in 1962 and 125 in 1963. Things did slow down slightly n the mid 70s. In 1977 they played just 51 shows. For 2015 they are just about to pass the 100 shows mark for this year.
Tues 25 Aug---Happy Birthday to Gene Simmons from KISS who is 66 today.
Tues 25 Aug---Happy Birthday to Elvis Costello who is 61 today.
Tues 25 Aug---On this day in 1970 Elton John played his first ever show in America.
Tues 25 Aug---Ronnie Wood was at The BBC Studios today.
Sunday 23 August 2015.
A £32,000 stuffed wolf has been returned to police after it was stolen from a flat owned by the granddaughter of Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts.
The 6ft tall wolf, complete with yellow glass eyes, was taken after Charlotte Watts - the daughter of the rocker's only child, Seraphina - invited three partygoers back to her central London home following a night out in Soho.
The three men, all thought to be in their early 20s, left at around 5am on August 3 but it in the morning that Charlotte noticed her wolf, which she affectionately dubbed Frostbite, was missing.
Following a police appeal, the animal was returned, undamaged, to a West London police station.
Saturday 22 August 2015.
Sweet Charity at The Cadogan Hall,Chelsea,London SW3.
As usual for August in London the weather is totally unpredictable.
Days of sunshine then days of gloomy weather then back to some sunshine.
Today was a very sunny day so we spent the afternoon walking the entire length of The Kings Road
admiring the sights and stopping off at three drinking establishments before ending up having a couple
at The Botanist bar in Sloane Square which is always buzzing and 2 mins from tonight's venue.
This was the last of the six shows here over four days of this well known musical from 1966.
This musical stars familiar faces from tv,music and theatre including Denise Van Outen (various tv and radio,Legally Blonde, Tell Me On A Sunday), Michael Xavier (The Pajama Game, Love Story), Kerry Ellis (Brian Mays singer when he does his solo By Candlelight show,Cats, Wicked) and Kimberley Walsh (Girls Aloud, Shrek the Musical).
There are around 20 musicians on stage when you add band and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
There are around 20 male and female dancers too.
The show is on for around 1 hour 55 mins over two sets of 60 mins and 55 mins.
Denise Van Outen looks and sounds great in the main role.
SWEET CHARITY is a comical but tender look at the adventures and misadventures in the ways of love encountered by New York dance hall hostess Charity Hope Valentine. Dreaming of old-fashioned romance, Charity is always falling for the wrong man and gives her heart to one undeserving man after another.
Denise Van Outen stars as Charity – singing, dancing, laughing and crying her way through this all-time classic musical comedy, alongside a host of other wonderful characters including her cynical girlfriends at the dance hall (Kerry Ellis and Kimberley Walsh), claustrophobic tax accountant suitor Oscar (Michael Xavier) and the phony evangelist Big Daddy (Rodney Earl Clarke). Through trials and tribulations, sweet Charity continues searching for love, ever hopeful.
Featuring a fabulous score, including the classic songs Big Spender, There’s Gotta Be Something Better Than This, Rhythm Of Life, If My Friends Could See Me Now, I’m A Brass Band, Baby, Dream Your Dream.
An enjoyable show.
Friday 21 August 2015.
watch the video hereJames Stevenson revisits the London punk clubs of the late 1970s....▶ 15:01
Nice memories from the places i used to frequent back then...most are sadly now gone...
James Stevenson is an English punk/alternative rock guitarist, at one time appearing with The Alarm,
Gene Loves Jezebel, Gen X, The Cult, Glen Matlock,Chelsea and others.
Thursday 20 August 2015...6.45pm to 8.45pm...
Led Zeppelin – From The Beginning 1963 – 1975 Photo Exhibition---private view
at The Proud Gallery,161 Kings Road,Chelsea,London SW3.
Good timing for tonight's event as it is Robert Plants 67th birthday.
We were hoping there was a slim chance that Jimmy Page may turn up but none of Led Zep appeared.
Around 200 folks turned up here and it was lively and buzzy at Proud Chelsea which is smaller than
Proud Camden so a good idea that folks can stand outside on the pavement in the cool air.
Television presenters John Stapleton and his wife Lynn are here.
On the ground floor is a room full of great Led Zep photos from onstage and offstage.
There were quite a lot from their American tour in 1975.
I saw Led Zep at Earls Court Arena in 1975.
Led Zep tracks are being played over the pa.
In the basement are photos of other rock legends including David Bowie and The Rolling Stones.
It is a must see collection of photos for any music fan.
All guests enjoyed complimentary prosecco along with Jack Daniels n coke and Jack Daniels Honey n coke.
It is on from 21 August to 04 October 2015 and admission is free.
www.proud.co.ukVisit The Proud Gallery website for more info.
Proud Chelsea is thrilled to present Led Zeppelin from the Beginning, an exhibition which traces a truly experimental and innovative moment in rock ‘n’ roll history; from the initial formation of The Yardbirds, through their various reincarnations and music experimentations, to the musical venture led by Jimmy Page which rose out of their ashes. Initially predicted ‘to go down like a lead balloon’, Led Zeppelin, the most enduring and prolific rock band of all time, was born.
Often considered the training ground of three of rocks greatest guitarists; Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck, The Yardbirds were pioneering in their fusion of R&B, blues, pop, rock and experimental psychedelic music. Chris Dreja, a former Yardbird, turned down the position of bassist in Led Zeppelin to pursue his passion for photography and went on to capture his former band-mates as they gained international critical and commercial success. Dreja’s portraits of Jimmy Page and Peter Grant during the final leg of the Yardbirds’ tour viewed alongside Led Zeppelin’s early promo shoots provide a stunning visual history between the bands and trace burgeoning rock ‘n’ roll movement of the late 60s and early 70s.
Week commencing Friday 07 August 2015 saw Led Zep back in the UK album charts.
Led Zeppelin storms back onto the charts for the fourth and final time with their last three albums in deluxe editions.
Coda came out on top in this wave, coming it at number 9 while Presence starts at 10 and In Through the Out Door is at 12. Presence and Out Door went to number 1 when they were first released in 1976 and 1979, respectively, while Coda peaked at 4 in 1982.
Thursday 20 August 2015.
Today was the funeral of Cilla Black in Liverpool...a big crowd turned up along the route...
Mourners of the late Cilla Black lined the two mile route along the streets of Liverpool as the veteran TV host
was laid to rest. The cortege travelled slowly along Woolton Road, before it reached the church.
Sky News tv covered the event live...
From Noon---camera in a helicopter followed the cortège along the two mile route.
From 1pm---St Mary's Catholic Church in Woolton Village for the service.
Cliff Richard said a few words and sang his poignant hit 'Faithful One'.
Christopher Biggins gave a reading.
Jimmy Tarbuck said a few words.
Paul O'Grady said a few words.
The Cilla hit 'Anyone Who Had A Heart ' was played.
Cilla's coffin departed the church to The Beatles 'The Long and Winding Road'.
Other showbiz friends attending included Tom Jones,Les Dennis and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr did not attend as they are both in America.
Paul McCartneys younger brother Mike did attend.
This week Cilla 'The Very Best Of' is battling with Bullet For My Valentine for the number one album spot.
watch the video hereCilla Black recording 'Alfie' at Abbey Road Studios in 1965 with Burt Bacharach and George Martin.
Video includes the song and interviews...▶ 5:45
Thursday 20 August 2015.
Bono on holiday now U2 American tour has finished and before European tour that starts in September.
Bono and wife Ali Hewson are currently holidaying in the south of France with well-known names including Noel and Sara Gallagher, and Sacha Baron Cohen and his wife Isla Fisher. The stars spent yesterday on Bono's yacht which is moored near his holiday home in Eze.
Wednesday 19 August 2015...6.30pm to 9.30pm...
Sure Deodorant 'MotionSense' launch party at Century Club,Shaftesbury Avenue,London W1.
Around 150 folks here at this private members club.
Sure are launching their new product which has a neat gimmick.
Once applied, Motionsense™ microcapsules sit on the surface of the skin. As you move, underarm friction causes the capsules to burst, releasing immediate freshness.
"the more you move,the more it protects" is the main slogan.
We are all given a tekky wristband which is a bit like the one Colplay used on their last world tour.
Tonight the more we clap and wave our arms the more the lights on the wristband come on.
We have a live act who is the hotly tipped for success female singer Ella Eyre.
Ella is an English singer and songwriter signed to Virgin EMI Records. She is best known for her collaborations with Rudimental on their UK number-one single "Waiting All Night" (2013), which won the 2014 Brit Award for British Single of the Year, and with DJ Fresh on his single "Gravity" (2015). Her debut EP, Deeper, was released in 2013 and her
debut solo single, "If I Go", was released in 2014.
Ella Eyre and band arrive on stage at 8.25pm for a nine song 40 mins set.
Aged just 21 with a mane of curly hair and a fantastic voice and personality means Ella has all the right boxes ticked.
The attitude,image,tunes and talent will get her major success over the next year for 'sure'.
A really good show.
Waiting All Night---(her big hit with Rudimental)
Good Times---(new single)
If I Go
Together---(ticker tape fell from the ceiling to cover the crowd)
Her debut album is out 28 August 2015 and is certain to be a big seller.
All guests enjoyed complimentary presecco,a choice of two different cocktails,wines,beers,
mini burgers and canapés.
All guests got a goodie bag.
Wednesday 19 August 2015.
Fact of the day.
Kenney Jones of The Faces was the drummer on The Rolling Stones classic
‘It’s Only Rock and Roll (But I Like It)’, not Charlie Watts.
Kenney says that he got a call from his Faces bandmate Ronnie Wood late one night when Charlie was away on holiday. “I don’t know where Charlie was. I think he might have been in the south of France,” Kenney said.
The Faces band members all lived close to each other. “Ronnie Wood, myself and Ian McLagan lived around Richmond Park. I lived on one of the gates called Robin Hood gate, Ronnie Wood lived on Richmond Gate and Ian McLagan lived on Sheen Gate,” he said.
Tuesday 18 August 2015.
The Apple Music Festival has announced the first confirmed acts for its September takeover.
Held at The Roundhouse with all tickets free via various ballots and competitions.
It always has a great mix of big names from all genres.
This year it will be over 10 shows rather than the usual 30 shows.
Sept 22---One Direction
Sept 26---Pharrell Williams
Sept 28---Florence + The Machine.
Tuesday 18 August 2015.
Professor to eat, dress and live like Bowie for 12 months.
A cultural studies professor at Kingston University is living his life as David Bowie for one year in an effort to 'truly understand the pop icon'. Professor Will Brooker has adopted Bowie's hair, clothing and even his diet as part of his research and has dressed up as Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane and The Thin White Duke.
He was in Melbourne,Australia as Aladdin Sane for The David Bowie exhibition there.
He will eventually bring out a book.
Sunday 16 August 2015.
Uncut Magazine have a special edition dedicated to The Sex Pistols in the shops...priced £7.99.
All aspects covered in a massive celebration of this legendary band.
If you go to page 6 there is a picture of the band playing the famous
100 Club Punk Festival in Sept 1976...can you spot me in the crowd?
There is another picture of me from the gig hanging at The 100 Club now.
Sunday 16 August 2015.
Happy Birthday to Madonna who is 57 today.
Madonna always puts on a great live show.
Her tour stops off at The 02 Arena on Dec 01 and Dec 02.
Saturday 15 August 2015...a music biz legend passes away...
Jazz Summers, who managed bands such as Wham!, The Verve and Snow Patrol, has died of lung cancer.
The 71-year-old co-founded Big Life Management 29 years ago and helped shape the careers of many artists.
His stable included Lisa Stansfield, Soul II Soul, Badly Drawn Boy, Klaxons, La Roux, Scissor Sisters,
London Grammar and Yazz, his ex-wife.
In Sept 2013 i attended the launch party for his autobiography 'Big Life' at The Groucho Club.
Friday 14 August 2015.
A fave video and track of mine from the 1980s.
watch the video hereDavid Lee Roth - Just Like Paradise - with Steve Vai on guitar from Jan 1988.
In 1988 alone i saw David Lee Roth with Steve Vai play four mega shows.
I saw Van Halen with David Lee Roth six times before he left the band in the mid 1980s.
Thursday 13 August 2015...6.15pm to 9.30pm...
Meat & Shake press preview ,17a The Green,Ealing,London W5.
I know the location well but if you don't know it is 2 or 3 mins walk off the Ealing part of
Uxbridge Road where most of the main shops are.
We have a blues trio playing tonight but normally it will be piped music.
They have around a dozen milkshakes on the menu so we had a couple each of them.
They have the usual shakes plus a few interesting combinations---all in stainless steel shake cups.
I had coconut & mango and pistachio & marshmallow which were both great.
We decided the pair of us should share the three starters to get a taste of each---all very nice.
Crab On Toast
For mains we each had a 10oz Fillet Steak which was cooked perfectly.
For sides we shared breaded onion rings,dirty fries and mac n cheese.
The mac n cheese was the only slightly disappointing dish tonight or maybe we were just too full up.
For desserts i had a very nice cherry and apple crumble with ice cream.
The staff did a great job tonight even though it was a full house and very busy.
Well worth a visit when you are out Ealing way.
The 2,300 sq ft Ealing restaurant which is the second for the business, having opened its first in Tooting, London, in late 2013. It will be based at 17a The Green in what was formerly a Café Rouge and will cater for 100 covers.
Meat & Shake’s new menu has been developed by executive chef Jasper Aykroyd, who draws from his experience in the curing and flavouring of meats. Dishes will include par-cured beef ribs, crab claws and prawns, and smoked chicken.
Alongside shakes such as peanut butter, brownie and banana, and salted caramel, there will also be a selection of mocktails, including a watermelon mojito and ginger peach fizz.
Meat & Shake is expected to launch a third branch in Watford in September.
OPENING WEEKEND FREE BURGERS.
From noon on Saturday 15 Aug and Sunday 16 Aug Meat & Shake Ealing will give out 500 free burgers
each day on a first come first served basis.
www.meatandshake.comVisit the Milk & Shake website here.
Thursday 13 August 2015...another sad death to report...
R.I.P. Stephen Lewis, Blakey From 'On The Buses', 1926-2015.
Stephen Lewis, the actor who played grumpy bus depot foreman Cyril ‘Blakey’ Blake, has died at the age of 88.
Lewis was Inspector Blake in the loved British comedy from 1969 to 1973. The character for spin-off series ‘Don’t Drink The Water’ in 1974 to 1975 with Blakey now retired and living in Spain. ‘On The Buses’ also generated three films ‘On The Buses’ (1971), Mutiny On The Buses’ (1972) and ‘Holiday On The Buses’ (1973).
Stephen Lewis appeared in over a dozen other movies including ‘Staircase’ in 1969 and ‘The Krays’ in 1990 with Gary and Martin Kemp from Spandau Ballet.
At age 78 Anna Karen (Olive Rudge) is now the last surviving member of the ‘On The Buses’ cast.
Reg Varney (Stan Butler)died in 2008, Bob Grant (Jack) in 2003, Doris Hare (mum), 2000,
and Michael Robbins (Arthur Rudge) in 1992.
'On The Buses' was a must watch tv show for me as a youngster in the early 70s.
They still show regular repeats of it on tv.
Wednesday 12 August 2015.
On August 10, 1973, KISS auditions for their soon to be manager Bill Aucoin at the Crystal Ball Room of the Hotel Diplomat in New York City. Bill Aucoin: "When I first saw KISS at the Hotel Diplomat in 1973 they didn't have much of a show. They had the red beacons, a couple of amps. They were wearing black jeans. No one could afford leather. The show was just a regular rock 'n' roll show except they had spontaneity. They wanted to do something different and they wanted it very badly. That kind of devotion is worth more than anything. It's so special and you start picking up on it. I saw that magic in them".
When I went to New York for the first time in 1979 i made sure i stayed at The Hotel Diplomat as
i had read about it's history with KISS and other New York bands.
While I was there I saw The Buzzcocks in The Crystal Ball Room at The Diplomat Hotel.
The Diplomat Hotel has since been demolished.
Tuesday 11 August 2015.
Police have renewed their appeal for information over the disappearance of Bristol legend, DJ Derek.
The last confirmed sighting of the 73-year-old was a month ago at the Criterion Pub in Ashley Road, Bristol,
at 11.38pm on July 10.
His bank accounts have not been touched and Derek's family are becoming increasingly concerned about his whereabouts.
To mark the one month anniversary since he was last seen in Bristol, Detective Inspector Clare Hargreaves, renewed her appeal.
DJ Derek (real name Derek Serpell-Morris, born 1941) is a Bristol-based DJ who played a blend of 60s rocksteady, reggae, ska, dancehall and soul music. Derek was a washboard player in a skiffle group in the 1950s, spent 10–18 years working as an accountant at Cadburys before becoming a reggae DJ in the St Pauls area of Bristol.
For over 40 years DJ Derek was well known on Bristol's clubbing scene, the city's elected mayor, George Ferguson has said "DJ Derek is a legend".Derek has played popular sets at many major festivals, including Glastonbury and The Big Chill. He MCs in Jamaican Patois while DJing.In 2012 he received the Bristol Lord Mayor's medal for an "outstanding" contribution to music in the city.He appeared in Dizzee Rascal's video for Dirtee Disco.In 2013 he played his final set before retiring at Notting Hill Arts Club in London on New Year's Eve.
As a white guy playing reggae in black clubs in the 70s he would often play behind a curtain until
he felt the crowd were liking the music played enough and then the curtain would drop and the
crowd would cheer and keep him there.
watch the video hereDizzee Rascal - Dirtee Disco (Official Video) - featuring DJ Derek
watch the video hereDJ Derek ---One Of His Last Shows And Interview--- ....▶ 4:52
Monday 10 August 2015.
Motörhead have added a second Hammersmith show to their Jan 2016 UK tour.
They will be supported by Saxon and Girlschool.
I first saw all three bands in the late 1970s.
SATURDAY 23 NEWCASTLE CITY HALL*
SUNDAY 24 GLASGOW CLYDE AUDITORIUM
TUESDAY 26 O2 APOLLO MANCHESTER
WEDNESDAY 27 SWINDON OASIS
FRIDAY 29 LONDON HAMMERSMITH APOLLO
SATURDAY 30 LONDON HAMMERSMITH APOLLO
*SAXON WILL NOT APPEAR IN NEWCASTLE
Friday 07 August to Mon 10 August 2015.
I was down the seaside in Sussex for four days and three nights.
First three days was perfect weather in the Rye and Winchelsea area then
a gloomy Monday in Hastings and Eastbourne.
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