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News and Reviews: July 29, 2016
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Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the birth of punk music, The British Library showcases exhibition exploring the genre and sub culture's early days and how its influence spread across music, fashion, print and graphic styles nationwide. Runs until October 2.
The exhibition includes the Glen Matlock resignation letter to leave The Sex Pistols.
Also The Sex Pistols signed termination of their recording contract with EMI.
The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1.
Punk 1976-78 - exhibition (13 May 2016 to 2 October 2016)
The exhibition is free entry.
The British LibraryCheck out their website for full info.
From 01 June 2016.
PUNK LONDON: The Museum of London's calling as it celebrates 40 years of punk with a display of all things anarchy in the Show Space. Discover customised clothes, accessories, photos, material from punk gigs (including flyers, patches and posters) from the 1970s onwards. Free, just turn up, 10am-6pm
Nearest tube station is Barbican.
Friday 15 July 2016 to Sunday 1 January 2017 - The Bodyguard - theatre production
Beverley Knight stars in the musical version of film made famous by Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner.
Book by playwright Alex Dinelarius, several Whitney Houston classics are included in the score.
Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1.
Fri 29 July---11pm---Artsnight featuring John Lydon..on BBC2 tv.
Fri 29 July---11.35pm....repeat of KEITH RICHARDS on BBC2 tv.
The Rolling Stones rocker will star in the film Keith Richards – The Origin of the Species, directed by Julien Temple, which will be a centrepiece of the BBC’s My Generation season about the history of pop music.
Fri 29 July---The Orb play The Electric,Brixton.
Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook will guest on some tracks.
Fri 29 July---Blue Oyster Cult play The Forum...sold out...
Their only English show on a short European Tour .
They are celebrating the 40th anniversary of their 1976 album 'Agents of Fortune' by playing the album in full.
I have seen them around 20 times since 1975 when Motörhead were the support act.
I saw them last year supporting The Scorpions at The Ramblin' Man Festival,Maidstone.
This special night at the Kentish Town Forum which is BÖC's first gig in London since 2008, will feature the band's original core members Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser (guitar, vocals) and Eric Bloom (guitar, keyboards, vocals), with a very special guest appearance from co-founding member Albert Bouchard (percussion, guitar, vocals) who was instrumental in writing the early material.
I did not see their last London show at The Forum on 11 June 2008 as it was the same night i went to see
The Sex Pistols play a small warm up show at The Birmingham Academy.
A sad death this week related to Blue Oyster Cult.
Producer and manager Sandy Pearlman, who worked with artists like Blue Oyster Cult, the Clash and the Dictators, has died in the aftermath of a cerebral hemorrhage that he suffered in December. He was 72. His friend, Robert Duncan, wrote on Facebook: Sandy Pearlman, poet, writer, songwriter, producer, manager, professor, polymath, visionary, passed peacefully.
Sat 30 July---The Vulz play The Dublin Castle,Camden.
Tues 02 Aug---THE GLEN MATLOCK BAND live at The 100 Club.
£11 advance including booking fee or £15 on the door.
After the success of their Brooklyn Bowl show in July they return to play another London gig.
Original Sex Pistol Glen Matlock brings his all-star lineup to this legendary venue to celebrate 40 years of punk.
Glen Matlock - acoustic guitar and lead vocals
Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats) - stand-up drums
Chris Spedding - lead guitar ( Chris Spedding produced the early Sex Pistols demos )
James Halligan - stand-up double bass
With support from Rotten Hill Gang who include Hollie Cook in their line-up.
Thurs 04 Aug to Sun 07 Aug 2016---The Rebellion Festival is held in Blackpool.
The UKs number one punk and alternative festival celebrates it's 20th anniversary.
Over 100 bands on multi-stages over the weekend and all of it indoors...around 5000 capacity...
DESCENDENTS---COCK SPARRER---STIFF LITTLE FINGERS---THE DAMNED---UK SUBS---
JELLO BIAFRA AND THE GUANTANAMO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE---BUZZCOCKS---999---
PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT---SLAUGHTER AND THE DOGS (original line-up) and many more.
www.rebellionfestivals.comVisit The Rebellion Festival website for more info and tickets.
Thurs 18 Aug---The Damned play Sub 89,Reading.
Punk legends on their 40th anniversary tour.
The first Night Tube services will launch on the Central and Victoria lines on Friday 19 August, with services on the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines following in autumn. The Night Tube will offer a 24-hour service on Fridays and Saturdays.
ROLLING STONES Exhibitionism at The Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea.
I went to the great launch party for this event where all the band turned up.
Lots to see here so you can easily spend a couple of hours mooching about.
Over 500 items of memorabilia over many different rooms.
Due to phenomenal demand, from 4 August every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the opening hours for
Exhibitionism will be extended to 9pm. The critically-acclaimed event finishes its UK run on 4 September.
Tickets are £20 Monday to Thursday
Tickets are £22 Friday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday's
Reading Festival Weekend with over 100 acts over multi-stages.
Friday 26 Aug---Foals + Disclosure + Chvches + many more.
Sat 27 Aug---Red Hot Chili Peppers + Imagine Dragons + Courteeners + many more.
Sun 28 Aug---Biffy Clyro + Fall Out Boy + Vaccines + Wombats + many more.
www.readingfestival.comVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
Sat 10 Sept---Billy Joel plays a massive show at Wembley Stadium.
Only two shows in Europe---this one at Wembley and the week before in Frankfurt,Germany.
He has a current contract to play one show a month for three years at Madison Square Garden....36 shows...
He has sold over 150 million records.
He has not produced any new music for over 20 years.
The full line-up for BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park on Sunday 11 September has now been announced. Elton John, Madness, Status Quo (Aquostic set), Gregory Porter, LeAnn Rimes, Jamie Lawson, Andreya Triana and Travis will all perform live on BBC Radio 2 and in vision via BBC Red Button, BBC iPlayer and the Radio 2 website.
Sat 10 Sept---Primal Scream + Hot Chip headline Day One of On Blackheath Festival
Sun 11 Sept---Belle & Sebastian + James headline Day Two of On Blackheath Festival
www.onblackheath.comVisit their website for more info and to buy tickets
Thursday 28 July 2016...I went to FIVE events today...
5pm to 5.30pm
CRABTREE & EVELYN - Christmas in July showcase - The Ritz Hotel,Piccadilly,London W1.
Always to be at this famous luxury hotel.
We walk past the folks having their traditional afternoon tea experience.
Founded over 40 years ago by Cyrus Harvey, Crabtree & Evelyn has evolved since 1972 from a small, family-run business specialising in fine soaps from around the world, to an international company with over 500 stores worldwide.
Today the brand is renowned and respected for its original fragrances, fine foods and gorgeous gifts, all beautifully packaged to transform the ordinary rituals of daily life into extraordinary pleasurable experiences.
Long before the natural and wellness movement became popular, Crabtree & Evelyn was wholeheartedly embracing the riches of the natural world, introducing product ranges made with fruit, flower and plant essences.
They are showcasing their Christmas gift box sets for men and women as well as tins of biscuits and jams.
Check out their special 3 for 2 offer.
I had a complimentary glass of red wine and some very nice canapés.
All guests got a goodie bag.
wwwcrabtree-evelyn.co.uk.Visit their website here for more info.
5.40pm to 6.30pm
GUINEVERE pop up shop launch party - Weiss Gallery,59 Jermyn Street,St James's,London SW1.
Established on the King’s Road in 1963, Guinevere is opening a pop-up showroom at The Weiss Gallery from 26th July to 10th September 2016. Owners Marc and Kevin Weaver and their team are masters in the art of creating magical and inspiring displays with their unique antique furniture, textiles and decorative accessories. Introducing some of their recent finds to our Central London location, there will be 67 square metres to explore and discover in this exclusive gallery space.
Complimentary Pol Roger champers,Tom Collins cocktails and canapés for all guests.
www.weissgallery.comVisit the Weiss Gallery here for more info.
6.45pm to 7.15pm
PRINGLE OF SCOTLAND x ROLLING STONES launch party - Pringle of Scotland, 94 Mount Street, Mayfair, London, W1.
Around 100 guests at this store in this very upmarket street full of expensive designer stores.
Guests here included Zara Martin and Laura Hayden.
Guests celebrated the unveiling of Pringle of Scotland's new window display in collaboration with The Rolling Stones.
The brand's cashmere and merino sweaters featuring the iconic Rolling Stones logo are on display here
as well as in the merch store at The Rolling Stones exhibition at The Saatchi Gallery.
The price tags said £450 and £295.
Complimentary Nyetimber English Sparkling Wine and canapés for all guests.
7.30pm to 10.10pm
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S - Theatre Royal,Haymarket,London SW1.
Such is the demand from the media that this was the last of THREE press nights for this production.
I pick up my press envelope that included two tickets in Stalls Row J and two drinks vouchers for the interval
as well as a complimentary programme of the production.
Pixie Lott is in the lead role that was played by Audrey Hepburn in the classic film.
Pixie Lott is an English singer, songwriter and actress. Her debut single, "Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Oh)",
was released in 2009 and went straight to number one in the UK Singles Chart.
Her second single, "Boys and Girls", also topped the UK chart in September 2009.
Lott's debut album, Turn It Up, was released in September 2009. It reached number six on the UK Albums Chart, spawned five consecutive top twenty singles, and sold over 1.5 million copies.
Pixie Lott, Matt Barber, Victor McGuire, Charlie De Melo, Richard Greenberg, are cast as Mama Do singer (Lott) makes her acting debut as Holly Golightly in Truman Capote's classic, adapted by Greenberg. Co-production with the Curve Theatre. Nikolai Foster directs.
The show runs for two sets of 75 mins and 60 mins.
Always nice to be at this stunning theatre which is one of the oldest in The West End.
Pixie Lott does a really good job in the lead role.
I lost count of the amount of costume changes Pixie went through ,not to mention her being naked in the bath.
There is a fluffy white cat in a few scenes that is uncannily well behaved.
A highlight is Pixie alone with an acoustic guitar performing the classic "Moon River".
The production could have done with a couple more songs to be honest.
An enjoyable night at the theatre.
Here from July 01 until September 17, 2016.
Breakfast at Tiffany's was received positively at the time in 1961 when the film was released , and won two
Academy Awards: Best Original Score and Best Original Song for "Moon River".
www.trh.co.ukVisit their website for more info and to buy tickets.
10.30pm to 11.45pm
EXPOSURE THE MUSICAL - Life Through a Lens - press night afterparty - St James Theatre, London, SW1.
The afterparty for this opening night was held in the venue bar.
Around 200 folks here for this new musical that has got good reviews in the previews.
The cast are here and they include Michael Greco ex Eastenders.
My friend met someone here she had not seen for 20 years so that was good fun as they caught up.
Complimentary wines,beers and canapes for all.
Wednesday 27 July 2016...I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 7.45pm
BARON WOLMAN : Woodstock - private view - Proud Camden, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1.
Around 100 folks here at this gallery.
A few folks here I know including Gary Lammin ex Cock Sparrer and now with The Bermondsey Joyriders.
Baron Wolman is still alive at age 79 but has opted to stay in America for the opening.
Complimentary prosecco and Corona beers for all guests
Wolman was at the inception of Rolling Stone magazine, capturing icons of the 60s and 70s, including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and The Rolling Stones. His candid and evocative photographs of Woodstock offer a rare insight into this illustrious event, capturing the true essence of the celebrated rock ‘n’ roll festival. He would venture to the outskirts of the festival, taking photographs of the audiences and their leisure activities away from the music, explaining that “I ended up spending most of my time out in the wild with the crowd because what was happening out there was just too interesting not to explore.” Wolman gives us a vivid and honest view, documenting not only the music and performances but also the cultural and political aspects of people protesting against the war, animal killings and government.
The exhibition is on until 11 Sept 2016.
www.proudonline.co.ukVisit the Proud Galleries website here for more info.
8.15pm to 10.15pm
ORANGINA : Shake La Vie - launch party - Jewel, 4-6 Glasshouse Street, London, W1.
A young buzzing crowd of around 150 folks here.
Guests included Hugo Taylor,Oliver Proudlock,Jessica Wright and all girl act Stooshe.
Orangina is quintessentially French and was first produced in 1936.
Orangina's popularity derives both from its unique flavor and from the design of its 25 cl (8 oz) bottle made in the shape of a pear with a pebbly texture meant to recall the peel of an orange or other citrus fruit.
Larger bottles also include the pebbly texture but use a more regular bottle shape rather than maintaining
the proportions of the smaller bottles.
Downstairs we have a dj playing in the background and there is a magician and contortionists performing.
Upstairs there was a bongo player and a sax player.
We have a choice of six complimentary cocktails with all featuring Orangina in them.
My fave was the one mixing Aperol/Martell Cognac/Orangina which went down a treat.
Also some hot and cold canapés.
www.orangina.co.ukVisit the Orangina website here.
Tuesday 26 July 2016...I went to two events tonight...
6.45pm to 9pm
BERRY BROS - summer party & showcase - 3 St James's Street,St James's,London SW1.
Berry Bros. & Rudd is one of Britain's oldest wine and spirit merchants: in 1698 it opened its doors for the first time at 3 St. James's Street, London, United Kingdom, and today it continues to trade from the same premises. The company also has a discounted store in Basingstoke, Hampshire and offices in Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Around 150 folks here in their courtyard space at the rear of the store.
They are also showcasing their cellar and private dining rooms.
Complimentary Berry Bros champers and canapes for all guests.
10.15pm to 11.45pm
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S - press night & afterparty - The Haymarket Hotel, 1 Suffolk Place, London, SW1.
This was the afterparty for the press night that was held earlier at The Theatre Royal Haymarket.
Around 300 folks in the basement area by the swimming pool of this plush hotel.
Singer Pixie Lott has the lead role in this production.
Alesha Dixon, Laura Whitmore, Kimberley Walsh and Melanie Sykes were on hand to watch as Pixie Lott took to the stage at the press night of director Nikolai Foster's Breakfast at Tiffany's. The Mama Do singer was supported by her model boyfriend Oliver Cheshire, who joined the likes of Denise Van Outen, Clara Amfo, Jenni Falconer and Jessica Wright at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Rachel Stevens, Hannah Spearritt, Nicola Hughes and Emily Atack were also in the audience to applaud Lott's turn as Holly Golightly in the stage adaptation of Truman Capote's classic.
Football Association Chairman Greg Dyke was here.
Other guests here included well known celebrity agent Jonathan Shalit who is always nice & friendly.
Sir Tom Jones was pictured with Pixie Lott at a preview show on Monday 25 July.
Lots of complimentary booze and food for all guests including a choice of three different cocktails with
names related to the stage show (Moon River,Brazillian Millionaire and Go Lightly),wines,beers and
tasty food including burgers,fish & chips,king prawn tempura and canapés.
It was still lively when i departed as it was on until 1am.
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