News and Reviews: May 26, 2018

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I went to an incredible 178 live music events & gigs in 2017.
This makes the grand total of 6731 gigs seen by me since 1973.
Best gig of 2017 for me was...
I am a bit biased but KISS at The 02 Arena on 31 May 2017 was the perfect live music day.
First i was one of just 100 guests at 5pm to see the band play a 30 mins semi-acoustic set without make-up
in the backstage area of The 02 Arena and later on it was the full bells & whistles of their superb stage show.
See upcoming news page link above for my Top 20 gigs of 2017.
My early 1980s band Gun Control have set up on Twitter in advance of our summer re-union gigs.
See a photo and read an interview from back then on @guncontrol78
In 1978 we talked about forming a band, in 1979 we did some practice and in 1980 we played our first gigs.
On this website type in Gun Control in the band search for the list of all the gigs we played.
My interview with TIME OUT magazine in April 2018 is now online.
It features me talking about being the UKs number one gig over 6700 gigs seen...
Includes a mention of the 2000 plus shows i have been to at Hammersmith Odeon/Apollo since 1973,
along with a photo of me outside the venue.
Mentions some Sex Pistols stories and other bits and pieces. for it here..or google Time Out Ray Morrissey.
On Wednesday 04 April i did an interview and photos for THE SUN Newspaper about my gig going.
Hopefully the article will be published within the next week.
The Sun is the UK's biggest selling daily newspaper with 1.5 million copies every day.
THE ROLLING STONES UK tour of stadiums continues...
I have seen The Rolling Stones over 20 times since 1976 when i saw four of their six shows at
Earls Court Arena.
Hard to believe that Mick Jagger will be 75 in July.
Check YouTube for some clips from the shows already played on the tour.
Tues 29 May - Southampton St Mary's is The Vaccines.
Sat 02 June - Coventry Ricoh Arena ( a stadium where Coventry F.C play ) is The Specials.
Tues 05 June - Manchester Old Trafford is Richard Ashcroft.
Sat 09 June - Edinburgh Murrayfield is Richard Ashcroft.
Fri 15 June - Cardiff Principality is Elbow.
Tues 19 June - Twickenham is James Bay.
James Bay sold over a million copies of his 2015 debut album ' Chaos And The Calm'.
James Bay has announced his second album, 'Electric Light', will be released on May 18.
There are also some Rolling Stones mainland Europe shows after the UK dates.
Ticket prices for The Stones have always been high and these shows are no exception.
Rock enthusiasts will have the chance to buy Rolling Stones memorabilia while viewing Mick Jagger’s
iconic stage outfits at a new pop-up shop.
The temporary boutique at Selfridges will sell new merchandise for the band’s upcoming No Filter tour
and will feature a display of items worn by Mick Jagger.
The Oxford Street store’s Corner Shop installation, which will take over four front windows, will also let fans take a look at the Stones’ first ever vinyl box set as well as a chance to re-live the historic Havana Moon concert in Cuba, which will be played on screens and via in-store headphones.
Mat Vlasic, head of Bravado, the merchandise company which helped design the shop, said: “Both the Stones and Selfridges are synonymous with shaping British culture and it has been an honour for Bravado to curate this unique and innovative immersive experience for their fans.
On from 14 May to 03 June.
Sat 26 May---Championship Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium at 5pm.
Fulham v Aston Villa......Aston Villa team includes ex Chelsea and England legend John Terry.
Sat 26 May---Champions League Final - Liverpool v Real Madrid.
Sat 26 May---GOLD tv are repeating the classic Young Ones comedy shows each night and on Saturday
is a two hour documentary - How The Young Ones Changed Comedy.
Lots of BBC tv coverage as there is no Glastonbury Festival this year.
BBC Music’s The Biggest Weekend is taking place on the late May bank holiday weekend (25-28 May) over four sites in four nations across four days with over 175,000 tickets available to the public and will be the BBC’s biggest ever celebration of music across TV, radio, online and mobile.
There will be performances from the biggest and best-loved names in music celebrating the incredible breadth and diversity of live music on the BBC. Those confirmed for the line-up are:
Taylor Swift
Ed Sheeran
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
Liam Gallagher
Franz Ferdinand
Snow Patrol
Billy Ocean
Manic Street Preachers
Courtney Barnett
Nigel Kennedy
and many more.
Sun 27 May---Formula 1 Grand Prix held in Monaco.
Monaco - The boss of the Monaco Grand Prix is planning to reverse Formula One’s recent modernisation of some traditions by retaining 'grid girls' at the glamorous Mediterranean race weekend in May.
Sun 27 May---The Christians + Hue & Cry play U.L.U., London WC1.
A nice double bill of acts who had big success in the late 1980s / early 1990s.
The Christians are on a 30th anniversary UK tour.
I first saw The Christians in 1988 when they headlined Hammersmith Odeon.
Hue & Cry are promoting their great new album 'Pocketful Of Stones'.
I first saw Hue & Cry in 1987 when they supported Madonna at Wembley Stadium.
Sun 27 May---Bjork + Beck plus many others play Victoria Park, Hackney.
Mon 28 May and Tues 29 May---Joan Baez plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Joan Baez (now aged 77) is an American folk singer, songwriter, musician, and activist whose contemporary folk music often includes songs of protest or social justice,Baez has performed publicly for over 60 years, releasing over 30 albums. Fluent in Spanish and English, she has also recorded songs in at least six other languages. She is regarded as a folk singer, although her music has diversified since the counterculture days of the 1960s and now encompasses everything from folk rock and pop to country and gospel music.
In 2017,Joan Baez was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Queen of Folk was presented the honour by her friend and collaborator Jackson Browne.
For a couple of years in the mid 60s Joan Baez was in a relationship with Bob Dylan.
Bryan Adams is playing a full UK & European Tour which includes two London shows.
Wed 30 May---Wembley Arena and Thurs 31 May---02 Arena
Canadian singer Bryan Adams tours in support of his SIXTH compilation album, titled 'Ultimate'.
Thurs 31 May---Art Garfunkel plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Thurs 31 May---Monkish play The New Cross Inn.
Thurs 31 May---Kashena Sampson @ The Slaughtered Lamb , Clerkenwell, London EC1.
New album 'Wild Heart' is out amazing story on how she ended up in Nashville.
Thurs 31 May---Drummer Kenney Jones will release his new autobiography, Let the Good Times Roll: My Life In the Small Faces, the Faces and The Who, on May 31 via Blink Publishing.
Mon 02 April onwards---Winner of Best Musical at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2017 and nominated for 8 WhatsOnStage awards in 2018, Jim Steinman’s smash-hit musical Bat Out of Hell returns to
London at the iconic Dominion Theatre!
I saw this great show in 2017 when it was at The Coliseum.
www.batoutofhellmusical.comVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
From 28 March until 02 June 2018 at The Ambassadors Theatre, London.
ALL OR NOTHING– THE MOD MUSICAL follows the rise and demise of Small Faces, the band who encapsulated all that was mod: a unique blend of taste and testosterone, clothes-obsessed and street-wise but, most of all, a dedication to rhythm ‘n’ blues.
This stunning new home-grown musical celebrates the unique mod sound including an arsenal of brilliant hits like Whatcha Gonna Do About It, All Or Nothing, Tin Soldier, Lazy Sunday, Here Comes the Nice and Itchycoo Park.
It is a good time to see musicals and plays as special offer tickets are on at some theatres...
School of Rock ,Dream Girls, 42nd Street and others.
In 42nd Street , Lulu takes over from Sheena Easton on 19 March 2018 for four months.
Lulu will have nine costume changes...she still looks amazing for age 69.
42nd Street has around 50 actors and dancers in the cast...see my review of it from 11 April 2018.
Also Young Frankenstein at The Garrick Theatre.
From 21 Dec 2017 - Hamilton - this musical has finally opened to great reviews.
It is the hottest theatre ticket in town this year.
It is on at The Victoria Palace Theatre which has had a massive refurbishment.
I saw gigs here between 1975 to 1977 when it was called The New Victoria Theatre.
Bands i saw included Alex Harvey Band, Thin Lizzy, ELO, Lou Reed and others.
08 April 2018 - Hamilton won seven awards including Best New Musical at The Olivier Awards.
TINA - THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL opens at London's Aldwych Theatre is on until Feb 2019.
The hotly anticipated musical based on the life & songs of music legend Tina Turner.
Opening press night on 17 April got loads of great four and five star reviews.
Tina Turner and Rod Stewart turned up on the opening night.
www.tinathemusical.comVisit the website here for more info and to buy tickets.
Fri 01 June---Vocalist Roger Daltrey of The Who fame will issue a new solo album entitled As Long As I Have You on June 1. The 11-track LP was produced by Dave Eringa (Manic Street Preachers/Daltrey & Johnson) and features Daltrey’s Who band mate Pete Townshend contributing guitar to seven of songs.
Roger Daltrey is bring out his autobiography in October.
Fri 01 June---Echo And The Bunnymen play The Royal Albert Hall.
Sat 02 June---Maximo Park + Public Image Limited + The Professionals plus others play Camden Rocks.
Public Image Limited are playing a massive UK tour this summer.
Sat 02 June---From The Jam (acoustic) + Glen Matlock (acoustic) play Under The Bridge @ Chelsea FC.
This means three members of The Sex Pistols playing in London on the same day.
JUNE is shaping up to be mega as usual with many top notch indoor and outdoor shows including a
stellar batch of gigs for Robert Smith's Meltdown Festival at The Royal Festival Hall.......
plus there will be a month of World Cup Football.
Fri 15 June---Psychedelic Furs play The Royal Festival Hall.
Sat 16 June---Placebo play The Royal Festival Hall.
Sun 17 June---Libertines play The Royal Festival Hall.
Tues 19 June---Manic Street Preachers play The Royal Festival Hall.
'Resistance Is Futile', The Manics 13th studio album, is due for release April 2018 on Columbia/Sony (the album is the band’s 13th consecutive release for the label). Their first new album in four years.
They have been signed with Columbia/Sony since 1991...27 years ago...
The album went straight in at number two in the charts.
I saw them in 1991 when they first got signed and have seen them around 20 times since.
The last time was just six months ago at The Roundhouse.
Fri 22 June---Nine Inch Nails play The Royal Festival Hall.
A documentary about John Lydon, the frontman of Public Image Ltd. and former Sex Pistols frontman, will be getting a wide release in the summer. The Public Image Is Rotten tells how the singer picked himself up after the dissolution of the Pistols and formed the post-punk band he refers to now as PiL. First-time director Tabbert Fiiller helmed the film featuring commentary by Flea, Ad-Rock, Ginger Baker and Thurston Moore, among others, alongside interviews with Lydon and archival footage.
Sun 03 June---A big outdoor show in Victoria Park, Hackney....sold out...
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds,Patti Smith & Her Band,Psychedelic Furs and others.
Wed 06 June---The The play The Royal Albert Hall.
Thurs 07 June---The Skids play Sub 89, Reading...also 30 June Shepherds Bush Empire.
Thankfully The Skids are playing another UK tour this year after reforming last year.
I missed them last year as their London show clashed with Guns N Roses at London Stadium.
The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition celebrates 250 years in June.
Are you going to Belgium his summer?
This website has a great 100 Best Things To Do in Belgium article as well as other good stuff.
www.jenreviews.comVisit Jens website here for more info.
Tues 05 June, Wed 06 June, Sat 09 June---Lionel Richie plays Hampton Court Palace
Sun 10 June---David Sinclair Four play The Notting Hill Arts Club.
Download Festival Weekend.
Fri 08 June---Avenged Sevenfold + Bullet For My Valentine plus others.
Sat 09 June---Guns N Roses (only UK show this year) + Black Stone Cherry plus others.
Sun 10 June---Ozzy Osbourne (only UK show this year) + Marilyn Manson plus others.
The UIM F1H2O World Championship is the 'flagship' international series of single-seater inshore circuit Formula 1 Powerboat Racing.
The UK leg of the 2018 UIM F1H2O World Championship – the UIM F1H2O World Championship Grand Prix of London – will be held at East London’s historic Royal Victoria Dock on 15-17 June 2018.
This will be the fourth time that UIM Formula 1 World Championship powerboating has been staged in London, and the first time since 1985.
Mon 11 June---Shakira plays The 02 Arena.
Shakira plays the only UK show on her European Tour.
Tues 12 June---Joe Bonamassa plays Hampton Court Palace.
Tues 12 June and Wed 13 June---Travis play The Royal Festival is Turin Brakes.
Scottish indie rock band Travis will play their album 'The Man Who' live in full for two limited runs this
June and December as part of a UK tour. The album was released 19 years ago.
Thurs 14 June---Kaiser Chiefs play The Royal Hospital, comes from The Cribs.
www.liveatchelsea.comCheck the website here for more ticket info on the four Chelsea concerts this week.
Kaiser Chiefs / Jeff Beck / James Blunt / Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Thurs 14 June and Fri 15 June---Katy Perry plays The 02 Arena.
Thurs 14 June to Sun 17 June---Ed Sheeran plays Wembley Stadium.
2017 really was the year of Ed Sheeran, with ÷ finishing as the UK's best-selling album.
Ed’s third studio record finished 2017 with combined sales of 2.7 million.
1.7 million physical copies of the LP were picked up on CD and vinyl, while over 428,000 of you downloaded it. The album accumulated 595,000 album equivalent streams across the year, and secured the most first-week streams ever recorded.
Fri 15 June---Jeff Beck plays The Royal Hospital, comes from Imelda May.
Guitar legend Jeff Beck is playing a UK & European Tour.
Fri 15 June and Sat 16 June---The Beach Boys play Hampton Court Palace.
Fri 15 June and Sat 16 June---Beyonce and Jay-Z play The London Stadium, Stratford, East London.
Sat 16 June---Day 1 of The Stone Free Festival at The 02 Arena.
Scorpions + Megadeth play exclusive UK shows on their European support bands
Sun 17 June---Day 2 of The Stone Free Festival at The 02 Arena.
Yes feat Anderson-Rabin-Wakeman + Roger Hodgson plus support bands.
Second stage has bands playing at Indigo and there is a Record Fair as well by The 02 entrance.
www.stonefreefestival.comVisit the STONE FREE website here for more info and to buy tickets.
Mon 18 June and Tues 19 June---Pearl Jam play The 02 Arena.
Pearl Jam have sold over 60 million albums worldwide and in 2017 they were
inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Tues 19 June---The Struts play Koko.
Tues 19 June and Wed 20 June---David Byrne plays Hammersmith Apollo.
I saw The Talking Heads half a dozen times in the late 1970s before they split up including in 1980
when U2 were the support act.
Wed 20 June---Bob Hewerdine plays Water Rats, Kings album 'Swimming in Mercury'.
I was looking forward to seeing Hollywood Vampires and now this gig has come up...decisions...
Wed 20 June---Public Image Limited play The 100 Club...sold out pronto...
This will be John Lydon's first time back playing live at this legendary venue since i saw him play
there with The Sex Pistols in Sept 1976.
He did appear there in 1996 with the other Pistols for the 'Filthy Lucre' reunion tour press launch.
A massive PIL box set is to be released to coincide with their UK tour on 20 July.
5-CD/2-DVD box set will feature The PiL Singles Collection (1978-2015), B-sides, Rarities and Radio Sessions, 12" Mixes & Dance Tracks, and Unreleased Mixes and Tracks.
Wed 20 June---Hollywood Vampires play Wembley Arena.
The band feature Alice Cooper , Joe Perry and Johnny Depp.
Expect a couple of songs each from Alice Cooper and Aerosmith along with covers from the likes of
The Who, Led Zeppelin and T.Rex.
With support from The Darkness and The Damned.
The Darkness are releasing 'Live at Hammersmith Apollo Dec 2017' to coincide with the tour.
I was at that gig.
Sex Pistol Glen Matlock to perform at Peace Train Music Festival (June 21-24) in the Demilitarised Zone
on the border of North & South Korea
Fri 22 June and Sat 23 June---Foo Fighters play The London Stadium, Stratford, East London.
Fri 22 June and Sat 23 June---Taylor Swift plays Wembley Stadium.
Sat 23 June---Billy Idol plays Brixton sold out in April...
With support from The Professionals who include Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook.
ROYAL ASCOT - To be held from Tuesday 19th to Saturday 23rd June 2018, the Royal Meeting promises
five days of world-class horse racing, high fashion, pageantry and Fine Dining.
ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL has another great line-up this year.
Thurs 21 June---Wombats + Trextasy.
Trextasy open the festival as a tribute to Marc Bolan who played there 50 years ago in 1968.
Fri 22 June - Kasabian + The Script + Nile Rodgers with Chic + Rita Ora + Feeder plus others.
Sat 23 June - Depeche Mode + Liam Gallagher + James Bay + Blossoms plus others.
Sun 24 June - Killers + Manic Street Preachers + Van Morrison + Skids + Professionals plus others.
www.isleofwightfestival.comVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
Wed 27 June---Quincy Jones 85th Birthday Celebration at The 02 Arena.
June 26, 27, 28---Jack White plays Hammersmith Apollo.
Jack White is playing a European Tour for his new album 'Boarding House Reach'.
In April the album went to Number One in the American Billboard 200 chart.
The former White Stripes man last released a solo record in 2014 with 'Lazaretto'.
A few words from the venue and the promoter...
PLEASE NOTE: this is a PHONE-FREE show. No photos, video or audio recording devices allowed. We think you’ll enjoy looking up from your gadgets for a little while and experience music and our shared love of it IN PERSON. Upon arrival at the venue, all phones and other photo or video-capturing gizmos will be secured in a Yondr pouch that will be unlocked at the end of the show. You keep your pouch-secured phone on you during the show and, if needed, can unlock your phone at any time in a designated Yondr Phone Zone located in the lobby or concourse.
Fri 29 June---Liam Gallagher plays Finsbury Park...with support from Wolf Alice and The Sherlocks.
Sat 30 June---Queens of The Stone Age play Finsbury Park....with support from Iggy Pop and The Hives.
Sat 30 June---John Rossall's Glitter Band + The Priscilla's play The Dublin Castle, Camden.
Queen + Adam Lambeth are playing more UK shows just six months after their previous UK tour.
Sun Jul 01: London Wembley Arena
Mon Jul 02: London O2 Arena
Thur Jul 04: London O2 Arena
Sat 07 July---KISS play the first of five shows in Spain & Portugal.
Fri 06 July---Roger Waters plays Hyde Park...with support from Richard Ashcroft.
As part of his lengthy world tour...this massive show sold out in April.
Sat 07 July---The Cure play Hyde Park...with support from Interpol.
The Cure play a one off show to celebrate their 40th anniversary...this massive show sold out in April.
Sat 08 July---Eric Clapton plays Hyde Park...with support from Santana and Steve Winwood.
Rumours that it may be Eric's last ever UK show has resulted in the massive show selling out in April.
Fri 13 July---The Human League play Kew Gardens.
Sat 14 July and Sun 15 July---Eminem plays Twickenham Stadium.
Sun 15 July---Paul Simon plays Hyde Park...with support from James Taylor.
This show is being billed as Paul Simon's last ever UK appearance.
Fri 27 July---Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul play Shepherds Bush Empire.
They release Soulfire Live!, a 24-track collection recorded last year in North America and Europe
during the legendary rock 'n' roller's first tour in nearly two decades.
Mon 30 July to Fri 03 Aug---Glen Matlock plays Boisdale, Canary Wharf, East London.
Sex Pistols legend plays five intimate shows.
Tickets are £30 general admission or extra to include a three course dinner before the show.
Fri 10 Aug and Sat 11 Aug---Iron Maiden play The 02 Arena.

Friday 25 May 2018.
THE ROLLING STONES + Florence & The Machine live at The London Stadium, East London.
I was chatting to my Russian chum Iggy outside the stadium before the show so i only caught the
last three songs by support act Florence & The Machine.
Florence & The Machine make a powerful return with the excellent new single 'Hunger'.
Ahead of new album 'High As Hope' which is set to be released on June 29.
THE ROLLING STONES arrived on stage at 8.20pm and were on stage for two hours.
Check back in the morning for full review.

Friday 25 May 2018.
Happy Birthday to PAUL WELLER who is 60 today.

Thursday 24 May 2018...I went to FIVE events tonight...
5.30pm to 6.30pm
FIFTY9 - press view - 59 Berkeley Square, London W1.
This bar has a great location on Berkeley Square with Sexy Fish a few yards away on one side
and Annabel's on the other side.
It is always busy with suits after work and has an outside space where you can watch the world go by.
We each had a couple of complimentary Pornstar Martinis here which were very nice.
They have a happy hour daily from 5pm to 7pm. the FIFTY9 website here for more info.
6.45pm to 7.30pm
MISTER LASAGNA - 2nd Birthday Party - 53 Rupert Street, Soho, London W1.
A nice buzzy atmosphere here for some Italian hospitality.
They have 21 , yes 21 different types of lasagne here.
We tried a few different small plates of lasagne which were very nice and washed down with prosecco. the Mister Lasagne website here for more info.
7.40pm to 8.45pm
HUNTSMAN by Pierre Lagrange - private view - Sotheby's, 34 New Bond Street, London W1.
Huntsman are top quality mens tailors who have a store at 11 Savile Row.
They are auctioning some bespoke items including motorbikes and cycles and clothing etc.
Around 200 guests here including many smartly dressed guys.
Complimentary Coates & Seely English Sparkling Wines, Negronis and canapés for all guests. their website for more info on the auction.
8.50pm to 9.50pm
ART NIGHT PARTY - Phillips Gallery, 30 Berkeley Square, London W1.
Around 300 guests here at this lively party.
The party was hosted by Home & Urban Landscape along with Lombard Odier.
There is a dj playing tunes at the far end.
Complimentary Elephant Gin Cocktails, wines, beers, bowl food and canapés for all guests.
10pm to 11.15pm
ARTS FOR INDIA - gala charity evening - BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London W1.
This was the party after the auction and awards earlier in the evening.
They are raising money to help young artists back in India.
Lots of stunning Indian women here in great traditional dresses.
Dj playing a mix of dance tunes and Bollywood tunes as folks danced on the floor.
Complimentary prosecco, wines , beers and Indian canapés for all guests.
www.artsforindia.orgVisit their website here for more info.

Thursday 24 May 2018.
Happy Birthday to BOB DYLAN who is 77 today.

Tuesday 22 May 2018.
THE ROLLING STONES + LIAM GALLAGHER live at The London Stadium, Stratford, East London.
THE ROLLING STONES are playing their first UK & Irish shows for five years.
I have seen The Rolling Stones over 20 times since 1976 when i saw four of their six shows at
Earls Court Arena.
Despite the high ticket prices there are only a couple of unsold blocks at the back.
For Liam G i am in the press/vip block seats right of stage.I spotted Ronnie Woods snooker mate
Jimmy White and fashion designer Pam Hogg...also the guys from Classic Rock and Metal Talk.
For The Stones i am in the gold circle dead centre, just a few feet from the stage walkway extension.
Only The Stones could get a few thousand fans to pay £250 for gold circle tickets.
LIAM GALLAGHER arrived on stage at 7.10pm for his 35 mins set.
I saw Oasis live loads of times but this is my first time seeing Liam solo.
Liam is full of rock n roll attitude on stage as usual.
He is given two sections of the big screens.
He made the wise move of playing a few Oasis classics that the crowd loved and sang along to.
His solo material is decent enough but not nowhere as good as those mega Oasis tunes.
He was joined by Oasis guitarist Bonehead for a couple of songs.
Liam was a perfect support act for The Stones tonight.
Full Liam Gallagher setlist played tonight...
Rock 'n' Roll Star (Oasis song)
Morning Glory (Oasis song)
Greedy Soul
Wall of Glass
You Better Run
Some Might Say (Oasis song) (with Bonehead)
Cigarettes & Alcohol (Oasis song) (with Bonehead)
Live Forever (Oasis song) (dedicated to the city of Manchester)
THE ROLLING STONES arrived on stage around 8.25pm and played for 2 hours 5 mins.
A very nice and new stage production which featured four gigantic longways big screens.
When they were lit up in the second half they looked like massive mobile phones.
The setlist was a staggering collection of mainly classic hits along with a couple of lesser known tracks.
Mick Jagger danced away in that voice that was unweakened by age, hitting a sweet falsetto during a rare outing for the 1976 ballad ' Fool to Cry'. Keith Richards’ two lead vocals were less memorable, but he led the charge with raw guitar work on a drawn-out 'Midnight Rambler'.
Hard to believe that Mick Jagger will be 75 in July as he struts his stuff around the stage.
The Dublin show oddly opened with 'Sympathy With The Devil' but thankfully tonight it is back in the
second half of the set with the full red lighting which worked a treat in the darkness.
Two or three intros to the songs sounded a bit too loose so to speak.
The bottom line is that their catalog of songs is so incredible.
They really put on a stunning show tonight.
I have seen over 50 shows this year including many big names but this was the best gig so far of 2018.
Full Rolling Stones setlist played tonight...
Street Fighting Man
It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It)
Tumbling Dice
Paint It Black
Ride 'Em on Down (Jimmy Reed cover)
Under My Thumb
Fool to Cry (first time played since 17 March 1999)
You Can't Always Get What You Want
Honky Tonk Women (followed by band introductions)
Before They Make Me Run (Keith on vocals)
Slipping Away. (Keith on vocals )
Sympathy for the Devil
Miss You
Midnight Rambler
Start Me Up
Jumpin' Jack Flash
Brown Sugar
Gimme Shelter
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction

Tuesday 22 May 2018.
One year anniversary of the Manchester Arena terrorist bombing where 22 innocent victims
were killed at the end of a Ariana Grande concert.
Happy Birthday to MORRISSEY who is 59 today.
He is five days older than me.

Monday 21 May 2018...I went to two events today.
3.45pm to 6.15pm
LONDON WINE FAIR 2018 at Olympia, West London.
This was day one of this massive three day event.
Some 14,000+ wines from 40 countries on the main floor and upstairs with 5000 guests expected daily.
Whether you're looking for old world classics from the Rothschild Collection to the Rhône, new world stars from Australia to Napa, or emerging wine regions from Romania to Uzbekistan.
Some of my faves were here including TAITTINGER champers and NYETIMBER English Sparkling Wines.
Can you taste the difference between bottles of wine that cost £50 or £25 or less than £10?
We had a bit if fun doing this...and got it wrong quite a lot...good fun though.
www.londonwinefair.comVisit their website here for more info.
MAGIC RADIO AT THE MUSICALS live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
For one night only leading cast members from London’s best loved shows will perform at Magic at the Musicals with Cadbury Dairy Milk in the beautiful surroundings of the Royal Albert Hall, complete with 60 piece orchestra.
Hosts Ruthie Henshall and John Owen Jones will be joined by leading cast members from shows including Phantom of the Opera, Cilla The Musical, School of Rock, Motown The Musical, Wicked, Bat Out of Hell, the stunning King and I, Little Shop of Horrors and a special performance of This Is Me from the smash hit movie musical The Greatest Showman.
Magic Radio has also announced that Company, Dreamgirls, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, MAMMA MIA! The Musical, Chicago , Disney’s The Lion King & Disney’s Aladdin will all take part, as well as performances from West End giants Louise Dearman & Laura Tebutt.
Get ready to sing-a-long to songs from The Wizard and I (Wicked), Bring Him Home (Les Misérables), Little Shop of Horrors, You’re All I Need to Get By (Motown The Musical) and Being Alive (Company) and many more.
Most of the theatres in the West End are dark (closed) on a Monday evening so that explains
why there are so many big name musicals here tonight.
The show was on for around 2 hours 30 mins over two sets.
I must admit i much prefer musicals to plays when it comes to West End theatre.
I have seen a few of the musicals on show tonight but still have to visit some of them.
Tonight was pretty much one or two songs from each of the musicals listed above.
Songs like 'Bring Him Home' from Les Mis are always mega.
An enjoyable evening.

Sunday 20 May 2018...5pm to 7pm...
It is another sunny day so I get into Windsor a couple of hours early for a mooch about.
It's the day after The Royal Wedding where over 100,000 gathered in Windsor.
The tv coverage was superb and they had a perfect day.
There are still a few tv cameras and media folks floating around here.
The 1000 year old castle dominates the town.
Windsor is a very pretty and historic place to visit and the tourists are out in force today.
The River Thames and it's swans are big attractions.
The boat trips are very popular.
You walk across the bridge into Eton.
Windsor is a wealthy area but it has a big homeless problem.
It even has a Wetherspoons Pub in The High Street.
THE BOB DYLAN STORY live at The Theatre Royal, Windsor.
A two hour show featuring mainly his best songs from the heyday era in the 1960s.
Bob Dylan is played by Bill Lennon who for ten years was Keith Richards in the Counterfeit Stones.
There will be a back projection of Dylan photos and news clips from when the songs were written.
I have seen the real Bob Dylan around 25 times since 1978 when he played Earls Court Arena.
This cosy all seated venue holds around 600 but maybe only half are sold.
Still 300 tickets sold is 'still pretty good for just for a tribute act'.
I have a nice view half a dozen rows from the stage.
The show was on for two hours over two sets of 60 mins.
The songs were split pretty much 50/50 with Bob solo acoustic and Bob with the young band.
Not a good start as Bob arrives on stage and he has a terrible wig that looks like a mop.
He says " Bob has written over 350 songs and we will do our best to play all your faves".
Recent Bob Dylan shows only have a couple of songs from his 1960s period so tonight we get
many of his classics that the real Bob Dylan has not played on stage for years.
Between songs we get the story of Bob's life and thoughts behind the songs.
Highlights included mega versions of 'Positively 4th Street' and a more recent track
'Make You Feel My Love' from 1997 which was a big hit by Adele a few years ago.
The show finished with the classic 'Like a Rolling Stone'.
Some nice harmonica on a few songs.
An enjoyable show.
First Set included...
The Times They Are a Changing
Blowin' In The Wind
All Along The Watchtower
She Belongs To Me
Tangled Up In Blue
A Hard Rains A-Gonna Fall
Mr Tambourine Man
I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
Lay Lady Lay
Story of The Hurricane
Knocking On Heavens Door
Second Set included...
Subterranean Homesick Blues
Positively 4th Street
Highway 61 Revisited
I Want You
The Mighty Quinn
Make You Feel My Love
Song to Woody
Just Like a Woman
Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat
Everyone Must Get Stoned
Forever Young
Encore :
Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
Like A Rolling Stone
www.thebobdylanstory.comVisit the website here for list of tour dates and to buy tickets.
On the way home I was thinking imagine if Bob Dylan announced his farewell tour and
confirmed he would only be playing songs from his 1960s period....that would be a hot ticket.

Sunday 20 May 2018.
Happy Birthday to CHER who is 72 today.

Saturday 19 May 2018.
GLORIA ESTEFAN musical On Your Feet! has announced a London run, playing the Coliseum in June 2019.
The musical will also have a week at Curve in Leicester prior to its West End run, with the venue co-producing
the show alongside Jamie Wilson Productions and Gavin Kalin.
On Your Feet! – the story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan will run at Curve from June 3 to June 8, 2019,
before playing at the Coliseum from June 14 to August 31.
Wilson said he had seen On Your Feet! on Broadway three years ago and “immediately knew we wanted
to bring the show to the UK”.
Gloria Estefan has sold multi millions of records over her career.
While touring in support of Cuts Both Ways on March 20, 1990, near Scranton, Pennsylvania, Estefan was critically injured, suffering a fractured spine when a semi-truck crashed into the tour bus she was in during a snowstorm.

Friday 18 May 2018.
ARCTIC MONKEYS have scored their sixth UK number one album with ' Tranquillity Base Hotel and Casino '.

Friday 18 May 2018.
CHRIS CORNELL sadly passed away one year ago today.

Thursday 17 May 2018...7pm to 10pm...
THE SHOP AT BLUEBIRD - launch party - Floral Street, Covent Garden, London WC2.
The Shop at Bluebird, the premium concept store owned by the Jigsaw Group, has opened its
new Covent Garden flagship at grade-II listed building Carriage Hall on London’s Floral Street.
The 15,000 sq ft unit is home to a mix of contemporary labels including Rixo London, Ganni and Isa Arfen,
as well as luxury names such as Alexander McQueen, Chloé, Galvin and Peter Pilotto.
The shop designed by architect Dalziel & Pow, has a “playground of wonder” concept.
It features a triple-height atrium, hidden courtyard and a large restaurant.
The Shop at Bluebird closed its flagship on Chelsea’s King’s Road in March.
A massive store so there must be around 300 guests over the three levels.
A mainly younger fashion crowd but i noticed a group of four older couples upstairs in the corner
and amazingly they included NICK MASON (Pink Floyd) and MIKE RUTHERFORD (Genesis and
Mike and The Mechanics). A bit tricky to butt in when they are all chatting but Mike Rutherford
was more talkative than Nick Mason. I asked Mike about the Foreigner show the night before
and he said "great songs are great songs whoever is singing" and he also mentioned a massive
Mike + The Mechanics UK tour planned for 2019.
To Nick Mason i said "shouldn't you be rehearsing for your gigs at the weekend?"
and he said "not tonight".
Other guests included Amber Le Bon, Richard E Grant, Rosanna Falconer, Reggie Yates , George Lineker ,
Alice Taylor-Leyland, Martha Ward, Alexis Knox, Doina Ciobanu and Victoria Clay.
There were some circus acts and an opera singing act performing.
Also a dj playing some cool tracks.
Complimentary Ciroc vodka cocktails, Negroni's, Rose wine, beers and lots of yummy food including
cheeseburgers, canapés and oysters.
www.theshopatbluebird.comVisit their website here for more info.

Wednesday 16 May 2018.
Foreigner + Joanne Shaw Taylor + John Parr live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
I have seen Foreigner several times since 1978 when I saw them at the legendary Rainbow Theatre.
Original Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones is still there as the only original member.
They have sold multi-millions of albums and singles over the past 40 years.
Joanne Shaw Taylor is a British blues rock guitarist and singer who was discovered by Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics at the age of 16. The British music publication Blues Matters! called Taylor "the new face of the blues".
John Parr had a big hit with 'St Elmo's Fire' in 1985.
A nice three act package from promoters Live Nation and the show is sold out.
Mike Rutherford was in the crowd and told my friend that a concert featuring himself and Nick Mason
would be announced soon to benefit Diabetes UK.
JOHN PARR arrived on stage at 7.30pm for his 25 mins acoustic set.
Nice to see John Parr on stage as he does not play live that much over here.
Just four songs in his set which included lots of chat and a guitar solo.
Naughty Naughty
The Best a Man Can Get (John wrote this track that was used for a tv ad by Gillette)
Oh Well (Fleetwood Mac cover)
St Elmo's Fire
JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR & band arrived on stage at 8.10pm and played for 30 mins.
Joanne has released a few blues rock albums in the past decade.
She is a nifty guitarist and played some nice solos in her good set.
FOREIGNER arrived on stage at 9.10pm and were on stage for 1 hour 40 mins.
Foreigner played a great set full of their catchy radio friendly singalong pop rock songs.
The drums and keyboards are on a raised platform and we have lots of lights and lasers.
The first 30 mins of the show is pretty much a glorified tribute act as due to his health issues
solo original member Mick Jones now aged 73 only joins the band from track number seven.
This was the same as the last time as when i saw them in London.
And while the rest of the band aren’t original Foreigner members, they’ve all been there for a long time at this point. Lead singer Kelly Hansen joined when Jones resurrected the band in 2005 and has been there ever since. The other current members, Jeff Pilson (bass), Bruce Watson (guitar), Michael Bluestein (keyboards), Chris Frazier (drums) and Thom Gimbel (sax/guitar), have all been in the band for many years, some for decades. So while this is not the original Foreigner, they sure do sound like Foreigner.
Singer Kelly Hansen is a front man who seems to possess unlimited energy. He never stopped moving, dancing and working the crowd as he hit all of the notes perfectly on demanding songs such as “Waiting for a Girl Like You” and “Feels Like the First Time.” Does he sound like original lead singer Lou Gramm? Absolutely so. The crowd didn’t seem to mind the absence of the original voice one bit. Why? Because it sounded so good and so close to the originals.
With his slim Jagger/Tyler frame and look he really is a gem of a rock singer.
Mick Jones got a bit emotional during the encore as he said ' I have always wanted to play this venue
and after 40 years it has finally happened'.
An excellent show.
Full Foreigner setlist played tonight...
Double Vision
Head Games
Cold as Ice
Waiting for a Girl Like You
That Was Yesterday
Dirty White Boy
Feels Like the First Time (Mick Jones joined them from this track onwards)
Keyboard Solo
Drum Solo
Juke Box Hero
Long, Long Way From Home
I Want to Know What Love Is (with children's choir from Notting Hill)
Hot Blooded

Wednesday 16 May 2018.
Legendary rock singer Ronnie James Dio sadly passed away this day in 2010.
He fronted and/or founded numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio, and Heaven & Hell.

Tuesday 15 May 2018... I went to three events tonight...
5pm to 5.30pm
Signet Contemporary Art - private view - 378 Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW3.
AURA PURE OF CELEBRITIES : New exhibition focused on capturing the Aura Pure of Celebrities includes paintings of Kate Middleton, Prince William, Kim Kardashian, David Beckham, Kate Moss and Britney Spears amongst many others. First exhibition, by aura pure painter and founder of The Aetheric Movement.
It is on until 21 May 2018.
Complimentary drinks for all guests.
www.signetcontemporaryart.comVisit their website here for more info.
6pm to 8pm
NEVER MIND THE PUNK 45 - private view - Herrick Gallery, 93 Piccadilly, London W1.
This punk art exhibition comes from up and coming West London artist Mal-One.
Cutting back from the original 7” artworks to show snippets of related material from the bands back story. The use of press cuttings, promo badges, tickets etc, add to the group’s media information. Bands included in the show are Adam & The Ants, Buzzcocks, The Clash, The Damned, Ian Dury, Generation X, The Jam, Ramones, Sex Pistols, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Stranglers and X Ray Spex.
It is on until 20 May 2018...nearest tube station is Green Park.
A nice buzzy atmosphere here and great to see so many of my punk mates.
Paul Wellers sister Nicky is here...she has a coffee table book out called 'Growing Up with The Jam'.
Folks are spilling out on to the pavement outside as it's nice and sunny.
The punk art collages are fantastic to look at and nice bargain prices from just £250 each.
Complimentary prosecco , gin cocktails and beers for all guests
www.herrickgallery.comVisit the Herrick Gallery here for more info.
8.05pm to 10.15pm
THE NEW ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS - opening party - Burlington Gardens, London W1.
This was a massive party as there must be at least 1000 guests here tonight.
Guests included Alan Yentob, Jon Snow, Emily Maitlis and Basia Briggs.
The Burlington Gardens end of this building has been closed since 2015 for the major
refurbishment costing over £50 million to coincide with its 250th anniversary.
There is a new raw cool grey-white concrete bridge and corridor that links both ends of the building.
The Royal Academy is now 70 per cent larger so it's now a massive two acre site.
Oddly under the name of art there is a complete bathroom suite outside on one of the balconies.
The new space features the exhibition by Tacita Dean : Landscape.
At 8.25pm TOM ODELL with his piano played three tracks in one of the lecture rooms.
His short set included 'Jealousy' and 'Another Love'.
There was a dj on both sides of the building playing tunes.
Complimentary Louis Roederer champers, a choice of three different cocktails, wines, beers
and canapés and a seafood station including oysters for all guests. their website here for more info and to buy tickets.

Tuesday 15 May 2018.
This week 42 years ago i saw KISS debut London shows at Hammersmith Odeon.
15 May 1976
16 May 1976

Monday 14 May 2018...I went to two events tonight...
6pm to 8.30pm
PJ's Bar & Grill, 52 Fulham Road, London SW3.
Around 250 guests here with many coming from various polo clubs outside of London.
I have been to this great event several times in the past when Bill Wyman and Kenney Jones have
both turned up but sadly neither are here tonight.
At 8pm we had a speech from Brian Stein who owns PJ's and other restaurants.
He was followed by a 10 mins polo themed drag act from the Cafe de Paris.
Polo is a fun outdoor social day out in the summer if you have never been.
Most are on the outskirts of London including Hurtwood Park which Kenney Jones owns.
Cowdray Park in Midhurst, West Sussex is another one set in stunning countryside.
Polo in the Park, Hurlingham Park , Fulham on June 7 , 8 , 9 has gone to great lengths to make polo a
more accessible sport to a wider audience and generation in London.
Complimentary Taittinger champers, strawberry & cranberry vodka cocktails, gin & tonics, wines, beers
and lots of tasty food including mini-lobster rolls, mini-burgers, tempura, canapés and desserts. the PJ's website here for future info.
DAVID SINCLAIR FOUR - album launch show - The Social, 5 Little Portland Street, London W1.
Joining the DS4 on stage will be harmonica man Laurie Garman and vocalists Gemma Vaughan and Eleanor Hawley.
The new DS4 album ' Sweet Georgina ' is released on May 11.
Check out the video for the lead track from the album - 'Little Rock & Roll' - on YouTube.
David says "After three years of blood, sweat and tears, we're proud to say our fifth album, Sweet Georgina, is finally out in the universe. It's available to buy digitally and physically on Amazon and iTunes and to stream on Spotity and Deezer. We really hope you enjoy it.
Our singles Sweet Georgina, Little Rock & Roll and The Rolling People have been available for some time. If you have enjoyed them please go out and buy our new album. It will not disappoint".
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www.davidsinclairfour.comCheck out their website here for more info and to listen to the new album title track.
My first time at this club venue that is full tonight.
DAVID SINCLAIR FOUR were on stage for around 75 mins.
Songwriter, singer and guitarist David Sinclair has led his own band since 2005. With one foot in the blues and the other striding through the modern musical metropolis with a hint of Dire Straits in their sound.
Great lyrics in the well crafted songs that all tell a story with plenty of deft guitar licks throughout.
A nice mix of new album tracks and some older material.
Laurie Garman played some cool harmonica on a few songs.
Setlist included 'Life Gone Cold', 'Sweet Georgina','I'm Clean', 'Little Rock & Roll', 'World Turns Round',
'My Blue Suede Shoes', 'Eight Rounds Later', 'Loneliness Won't Leave Me Alone',
'Coming Off The Rails' and 'Crude Emotion'.
A great band who deserve more attention so go and check out their new album.

Sunday 13 May 2018.
BBC Radio 2 4pm to 5pm - Johnnie Walker Show with guest NILS LOFGREN.
A great interview with Nils with a mix of songs and stories including a great one on how
his guitars got stolen over Easter and how he got them back.
He starts a full UK tour tomorrow and promises to sign stuff after every show.
Check out the list below of the first four times i saw Nils live.
Nils Lofgren,Unicorn... New Victoria Theatre, London 09.05.1976
Nils Lofgren,Unicorn... New Victoria Theatre, London 10.05.1976
Nils Lofgren,Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers...Hammersmith Odeon, London 15.05.1977
Who,Stranglers,AC/DC,Nils Lofgren... Wembley Stadium, London 18.08.1979

Sunday 13 May 2018.
Happy Birthday to Stevie Wonder who is 68 today.

Saturday 12 May 2018.
Happy Birthday to KISS drummer Eric Singer who is 60 today.

Friday 11 May 2018.
NICKELBACK live at The 02 Arena, London.
Nickelback have said they will be playing tracks from all nine of their studio albums.
Nickelback are on a UK & European Tour to promote their 9th album 'Feed The Machine' from 2017.
Nickelback are one of the most commercially successful Canadian groups of all time
and their song "How You Remind Me" was a massive best-selling rock song all over the world.
They are one of those bands that are continually slagged off by critics and rock fans,
but doubt that worries them when they have sold over 50 million albums worldwide.
The video of 'How You Remind Me ' has been viewed over 350 million times on YouTube.
I have seen Nickelback a few times since 2002 when they headlined Shepherds Bush Empire
on the back of the success of 'How You Remind Me' when it became a mega hit.
There are half a dozen unsold blocks upstairs in Level 4 but their loyal fans are here in force
even though their heyday period was a decade ago.
NICKELBACK arrive on stage at 8.50pm and play for two hours 10 mins.
I am floor standing half way back in front of the mixing desk.
They have a great stage production with three big screens and a barrage of lights.
The pyros and confetti have been left at home this time.
It was a perfect visual treat to look at when the lights were at full tilt.
Plenty of females here swooning over lead singer Chad who stills chats too much between songs with
some banal banter about getting drunk on Jägerbomb's as the stage hand gave him cups of it throughout the show.
Some songs plodded a bit but there were plenty of great rockin' tunes.
Twice they got fans on stage for some audience participation which was very entertaining.
For 'Rockstar' it was a male and female to sing the great lyrics to this excellent song.
The guy got himself noticed in the crowd by wearing a naff lime green t-shirt.
He actually looked like one of The Inbetweeners but did a good job.
Loads of big songs for the crowd to sing loudly along to.
Their anthem 'How You Remind Me' at the end of the main set was mega.
A really good show.
Full Nickelback setlist played tonight...
Feed the Machine
Woke Up This Morning
Far Away
Something in Your Mouth
Figured You Out
Leader of Men
Million Miles an Hour
Rockstar (with two fans onstage helping out on vocals)
When We Stand Together
Side of a Bullet
Animals (with a male fan playing guitar)
Hero (Chad Kroeger song) (from the 2002 Spiderman film)
If Today Was Your Last Day
How You Remind Me
Gotta Be Somebody
Burn It to the Ground

Friday 11 May 2018.
A new Rolling Stones tv advert is being shown on ITV to promote their upcoming tour.
It features the names of the big support acts they have recently announced.
There were also full page adverts in The Standard and Metro newspapers today.
They need to shift some more tickets as it starts within a couple of weeks.