News and Reviews: September 10, 2017

Sunday 10 September 2017.
On this day in KISSTORY - September 10, 1975, KISS released their legendary 'Alive! 'album. This double live album, recorded largely in Detroit's Cobo Arena (with some material from Iowa, New Jersey and Ohio), marked the pivotal giant step towards achieving world domination in the 70's.
I would see KISS play Hammersmith Odeon the following year on their debut UK tour when they
were promoting their classic album from 1976 titled 'Destroyer'.





Saturday 09 September 2017.
PSYCHEDELIC FURS + LENE LOVICH BAND live at The Forum,London.
This show was sold out in advance...Part of their first UK tour for several years...
The Psychedelic Furs forthcoming tour will see the British art-rockers focusing on the 22 singles
they’ve released during their 40-year career.
They had eight Top 75 hits in the UK but only two made it into the Top 40.
They released seven albums on Columbia Records between 1980 and 1992 then split for a bit.
They ticked over quite well in the UK and had good success in America in the 1980's.
The band went on extended hiatus in the early 1990s, with Richard and Tim Butler going on to found
Love Spit Love with Richard Fortus and Frank Ferrer (both of whom would later join Guns N' Roses).
I have seen them around a dozen times since 1979 when they were a support band to The Only Ones.
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LENE LOVICH BAND were on from 8pm and played for around 45 mins.
Lene has been pretty quiet the past 30 odd years.
Hard to believe she is now aged 68 but looks and sounds as kooky as ever.
I saw her a couple of times over 35 years ago when she had some success.
Lene played her big number three hit from 1979 'Lucky Number' which was great.
PSYCHEDELIC FURS arrived on stage just after 9.15pm and played for 95 mins.
They still include original members Richard Butler on vocals and his brother Tim on bass guitar.
Singer Richard Butler is now 61 but still looks the part of a proper rock star.
Richard still waves his arms around with some vaudeville hand twirls which were
mixed in some mime like the old days.
Richard was mates with Bowie back in the day and def has some Bowie mannerisms.
They played gems including 'Pretty In Pink' ,'Heaven' ,Heartbeat' and 'President Gas'.
But they also blow the dust off some 45s that have rarely had a live runout.
You forget how many of their songs feature great sax playing.
A great show.
Full setlist played tonight...
Dumb Waiters
We Love You
Mr. Jones
Pretty in Pink
Danger
Love My Way
Run and Run
Until She Comes
The Ghost in You
Heartbeat
Angels Don't Cry
All That Money Wants
Heartbreak Beat
Don't Be a Girl
House
Heaven
Encore:
Sister Europe
President Gas
Encore 2:
India





Saturday 09 September 2017.
This day 38 years ago on 09 Sept 1979 i saw The Bee Gees at Madison Square Garden,New York.
This was on my first trip to New York and the only time I have been to this legendary venue.




Friday 08 September 2017.
DAVE STEWART & FRIENDS live at The Shepherds Bush Empire,London.
A special and rare live show by Dave to celebrate his 65th birthday...which is on 09 Sept...
Dave is an award winning singer-songwriter and producer celebrating his 40 year career in music.
Dave is best known as founder member of Eurythmics with Annie Lennox who
sold an estimated 75 million records worldwide.
Dave also plays a hometown birthday show on 10 Sept at Sunderland Empire.
I saw Dave in The Tourists in 1979 when they supported Roxy Music at Hammersmith Odeon.
I saw Eurythmics a few times in their 1980s heyday.
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Support act tonight are THE LONDON COMMUNITY GOSPEL CHOIR who performed for 35 mins.
There are 21 members on stage when you add the choir and band members together.
Great vocals and uplifting vibes on covers including 'Reach Out and Touch' and 'Love Train'.
I first saw them live in 1988 at The Jazz Cafe in Camden.
I have a perfect view in Level 1 seat front left of stage for Dave & Co.
DAVE STEWART & FRIENDS arrived on stage at 8.50pm and played for a nice long 2 hours 15 mins.
They were introduced by legendary BBC Radio dj Bob Harris (original OGWT presenter).
Dave looks great in one of his old stage suits that he said "is pinching a bit as it's been 20 years plus
since it was last worn".
A full band that included three female backing singers and LCG Choir on some songs.
Various guest artists came on for two or three songs each.
Pretty incredible the amount of great songs Dave has recorded or wrote for someone else.
He still can play some nifty guitar when required.
Various females including Diane Birch , the backing vocals and LCG Choir did fantastic work.
At the end of the night all the crowd sang 'Happy Birthday' to Dave.
A great show.
The show was all filmed for use in the future.
Full setlist played tonight...
So Long Ago
Beast Called Fame
Magic in the Blues
Here Comes the Rain Again (Eurythmics song)
Lily Was Here
Soul Years (with Martin Chambers as second drummer
This Little Town (with Martin Chambers as second drummer)
Jealousy
Heart of Stone
All Messed Up
There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart) (Eurythmics song)
This Is The World Calling (with Bob Geldof)
Don't Come Around Here No More (with Bob Geldof) (song was co-written by Dave and Tom Petty )
Starlight (with Jon Stevens)
Missionary Man (Eurythmics song) (with Jon Stevens and Clem Burke as second drummer)
Thorn in My Side (Eurythmics song) (with Clem Burke as second drummer)
When the Day Goes Down
Stay (Shakespears Sister cover) (Dave co-wrote this big hit)
Encore:
Would I Lie to You? (Eurythmics song) (all three drummers playing on all three drum kits)
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) (Eurythmics song) (all guests on stage except Bob Geldof)
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11.15pm to 1am...
There was an afterparty in the Level 1 bar which was really good.
Much better than most of the parties held here which are a bit tame and average.
Around 100 guests here and very buzzy and lively.
All the guests from the concert were here including Bob Geldof , Clem Burke, Martin Chambers,
Jon Stevens and Dave Stewart arrived with a big cake and the choir singing 'Happy Birthday' to him.
Top celebrity photographer Richard Young was here (I spoke to him the evening before at The
Dylan Jones book launch) for all the evening taking photos.
Other guests included rugby legend Lawrence Dallaglio.
The Appleton sisters from All Saints.(One of whom was married to Liam Gallagher).
Also Razorlight singer Johnny Borrell.
It was a pay bar but there was lots of Chinese food on trays being handed out.
A great party.






Thursday 07 September 2017...6.45pm to 8.45pm...
DYLAN JONES 'David Bowie : A Life' - book launch party at Hotel Cafe Royal, 68 Regent Street,London W1.
Dylan Jones OBE (now aged 57 ) is a British journalist and author who has served as editor of the
UK version of men's fashion and lifestyle magazine GQ since 1999.
He is also a massive lifelong David Bowie fan.
Around 200 guests here including several of his celebrity friends.
Piers Morgan ,Claudia Winkleman and Richard E Grant.
Gary Kemp (Spandau Ballet)
Alan Edwards (pr for David Bowie, Spandau Ballet ,Blondie and many more)
Harvey Goldsmith (legendary live music promoter)
David Hepworth (music journalist and co-presenter on Live Aid in 1985 and OGWT presenter in the 1980s)
Tony Parsons (NME journo from their 1970s heyday and author)
Paul McGuinness ( until recently was U2s manager for 35 years)
Gary Farrow (until recently was Elton Johns pr for 35 years)
Christopher Bailey (Burberry CEO)
Ewan Venters (Fortnum & Mason CEO)
Also Andy Coulson,Jim Chapman, Peter York and Brix Smith-Start.
At 7.25pm Dylan gave a speech which included "the reason I chose to have this party at this venue
was it was the same venue used for the party after the final David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust show at
Hammersmith Odeon in July 1973".
Complimentary Moët champers,Belvedere Vodka Cocktails and canapés for all guests.
The Macaroons all had a Ziggy Stardust type lightning bolt on them which was a nice touch.
A great party.
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About the book....
"Capturing the kaleidoscopic range of David Bowie's life and work seems like an impossible task. But through more than 150 interviews spanning the entirety of Bowie's extraordinary time on Earth, Dylan Jones thoroughly and seamlessly conveys the creativity, curiosity, and velocity of a visionary who transformed the very possibilities of pop music."
--Alan Light, author of The Holy and the Broken and Let's Go Crazy
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40 years ago today David Bowie was a guest on Marc Bolan tv show...it's on YouTube..
This was filmed on September 7th 1977 and aired on September 28th.





Thursday 07 September 2017.
Happy Birthday to Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde who is 66 today.




Wednesday 06 September 2017.
7pm to 9pm
FENDI ' new bag collection launch' - Fendi, Harrods,Knightsbridge,London SW1.
Upmarket Italian fashion brand are launching some new bags in this world famous store.
They look great and with a price to match - between £1000 and £5000 each...
The females here are all looking very glam with many wearing Fendi items.
Guests here Included Laura Whitmore and up and coming singer Raye.
The dj tonight was Zara Martin.
Complimentary Ruinart champers,two different cocktails and tasty canapés.
All the waiters looked like male models.
A very nice event.
www.fendi.comVisit the Fendi website here for more info.
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This time of year Mayfair & Knightsbridge is full of wealthy young Arabs escaping the heat.
The Harrods area is swarming with them and their incredible cars are parked everywhere.
If you like supercar spotting you can see Lamborghini's, Ferrari's, Bentley's, Porsche etc.
The September sights and sounds of Knightsbridge are fast becoming a home away from home for millionaire Arab playboys.
In scenes formerly reserved for luxurious Dubai, top of the range supercars adorn the streets of the London district as foreign playboys descend to flaunt their wealth.
Owners fly their expensive and often highly customised vehicles over to the UK for a holiday.
Rich owners will happily pay a small fortune - in excess of £20,000 for a return journey - for their metal marvels to be flown around 3,000 miles, and often leave them parked in some of the capital's most desirable spots.





Tuesday 05 September 2017...I went to three events tonight...
6.45pm to 7.30pm
SOTHEBY'S 2 - Yuko Nasaka private view - 31 St George Street, London W1.
Born in Osaka in 1938, Yuko Nasaka was one of the first and few women to be invited by leader Jiro Yoshihara to join the Gutai art group in 1963. Though she has exhibited widely in Japan since then, her work is rarely seen in exhibitions outside her home country. This is her first ever presentation in Britain at S│2 London, with all the works dating from her sixties period.
It is on until 02 Oct 2017.
Complimentary champers and Lychee & Vodka Martini's for all guests.
www.sothebys.comVisit the Sotheby's website here for more info.
then
7.45pm to 9.30pm
GIEVES & HAWKES - rubgy event - 1 Saville Row, London W1.
Around 150 guests in this stunning bespoke tailors that dates back to 1771.
For around 30 mins we have an enjoyable interview and Q & A with three members
of The Bath Rugby Club...afterwards i got a team photo signed by all three of them...
Complimentary Gusbourne English sparking wines, Negroni's, Gin Cocktails and canapés.
All guests got a goodie bag on departure.
www.gievesandhawkes.comVisit the Gieves & Hawkes website here for more info.
then
9.45pm to 11.45pm
VICTORIA & ABDUL - film premiere party - Aqua , Argyll Street, London W1.
The film was shown earlier in Leicester Square.
The film is based on the book of same name by Shrabani Basu, and on the real-life relationship between
Queen Victoria and her Indian servant Abdul Karim.
Over 300 guests here at this lavish party.
Judi Dench and Eddie Izzard were here as they star in the film.
The films director Stephen Frears was here along with other cast members.
Complimentary Veuve Clicquot Champers , three different cocktails,wines,beers and
lots of different bowl food and canapés.
A really good lively party that was due to finish at 1am.





Monday 04 September 2017... I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 8pm
TV CHOICE AWARDS at The Dorchester Hotel.Park Lane, London W1.
We went along for the red carpet drinks reception at this famous five star hotel.
Around 400 guests here with lots of celebs from popular tv programmes.
I got a nice photo with Penny Lancaster (Rod Stewart's wife).
It was a black tie event so most of the females were in glam outfits.
Coronation Street star Kym Marsh joined a host of famous faces from the small screen including Eamonn Holmes, Adam Hills, Catherine Tyldesly, Christine Lampard, Dave Myers, Jake Canuso, Larry Lamb, George Lamb, Helen George, Leigh Francis and Nick Knowles at the annual TV Choice Awards. ITV's Emmerdale was the big winner at the evening, collecting the coveted Best Soap prize as well as Best Soap Actor and Actress awards for stars Charlotte Bellamy and Ryan Hawley and Best Newcomer for Sally Dexter. Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly won two awards, but were notably absent from the proceedings, while TV baker Mary Berry was on hand to accept her Outstanding Contribution To Television gong at The Dorchester. Elsewhere Coleen Nolan arrived helping her sister, Linda, who's recovering from cancer treatment, walk down the red carpet in crutches, before joining Loose Women stars Andrea McLean,Linda Robson, Saira Khan, Janet Street-Porter and Stacey Solomon, as well as a host of reality stars including Vicky Pattison, Megan McKenna, Amber Davies, Chloe Sims, Georgia Kousoulou, Jessica Wright and Olivia Buckland.
Also here were Frank Lampard, Ronan Keating and his wife Storm, David Tennant ,Lizzie Cundy and a few others.
Complimentary champers and nibbles for all guests.
then
8.15pm to 9.30pm
FISKENS - showcase - 14 Queens Gate Place Mews , South Kensington, London SW7.
Around around 150 guests at this car showroom that deals in historic racing cars.
There are two stunning cars inside the venue and and another six are outside the venue.
Complimentary champers,wines,beers,burgers and canapés for all guests.
All guests got a small goodie bag.
www.fiskens.comVisit the FISKENS website for more info.
then
10pm to 12pm
TV CHOICE AWARDS at The Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London W1.
Went back to this event after guests had finished their three course dinner.
The awards were halfway through and went on to around 11pm....17 awards given out...
The host tonight was Richard Osman.
Rylan Clark presented the main award for Best Soap to Emmerdale.
Rylan was totally drunk and slurring his words...and had to call in sick for his lunchtime show today (Tue).
Pretty amazing how three quarters of the celebs left pronto at 11pm.
Respect to Leigh Francis who was still there when i left (it was due to finish at 2am).
Host Richard Osman and Paul O'Grady hung around for a bit after the awards.
Some complimentary drinks still flowing.






Sunday 03 September 2017.
CREGAN & CO live at The Theatre Royal,Windsor,Berkshire.
Cregan & Co play the songs of Rod Stewart.
Starring Jim Cregan - one of the most influential guitarists in Rod Stewart’s career.
Cregan has received thirteen multi-platinum awards for his work with Stewart
and together they have thirty recorded songs.
Jim co-wrote, co-produced, and musically directed for Rod for almost two decades!
I saw him playing with Rod many times back in the day.
Also in the band is Ben Mills on vocals who shot to fame after coming third on series three of the X Factor
in 2006 and on drums is Harry James ( long time drummer with Thunder).
Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Rods eighth album 'Foot Loose & Fancy Free ' which was
released in November 1977 on Riva Records in the UK and Warner Bros in the US.
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I have a perfect seat just six rows from the stage at this lovely old cosy theatre.
Rod Stewart Fan Club members are here in force all across the venue
Down the front half a dozen of them put on paper masks of The Royal Family and posed
behind a full size Rod Stewart FC flag...well we were in Windsor...funny though.
A nice surprise here in the crowd was Rod Stewart's sister Mary.
Jim and the band played for around two hours over two sets of 45 mins and 75 mins.
Jim played some nifty guitar on those classic Rod related tunes.
Singer Ben Mills has a powerful voice with a hint of Rod which suits the songs perfectly.
Lots of light hearted banter from all band members.
A very enjoyable show.
Full setlist played tonight...
FIRST SET
Baby Jane
Forever Young
Hot Legs
First Cut is the Deepest
Tonight's the Night
The Wild Side of Life
You're in my Heart
Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me) (Jim was in Cockney Rebel before he joined Rod Stewart)
SECOND SET
Handbags and Gladrags
I Was Only Joking
Downtown Train
Passion
I Don't Want To Talk About It
Young Turks
Maggie May
Stay with Me
Encore :
Twistin' The Night Away (Jim was joined by his 21 year old son on stage)
Sweet Little Rock N Roller
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
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Straight after the show all the band were in the foyer chatting to fans and signing
CDs and flyers etc...I got Jim's autograph...






Sunday 03 September 2017.
Happy Birthday to Sex Pistols guitar hero STEVE JONES who is 62 today.
Like Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook he went to the same school as me - Christopher Wren -
in White City, Shepherds Bush, West London.
They were a few years older than me but the fact they were in a band from my school was
enough for me to see them very early on in their career.





Friday 01 September 2017.
PROM 65 - STAX RECORDS 60th Anniversary live at The Royal Albert Hall,London...sold out...
Featuring Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra ,Booker T. Jones, Sam Moore, Sir Tom Jones,
Beverley Knight, James Morrison, Ruby Turner, William Bell, Eddie Floyd, Steve Cropper and others.
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The house band tonight were Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra and for the entire show
had Jools along with 20 other musicians including Steve Cropper on guitar and Booker T Jones on keyboards.
There was 17 songs performed in the 75 mins set with each singer performing two or three songs.
Loads of classic Stax songs played by their original American legends and all the British singers
held their own on a great evening.
BBC4 tv recorded it so there are plenty of clips on BBC iPlayer and YouTube.
1.Tom Jones + Beverley Knight + James Morrison... 'Sweet Soul Music'.
2.Tom Jones...'Hard To Handle'.
3.Tom Jones + Sam Moore...'I Cant Stand Up For Falling Down'.
4.Sam Moore...'Soul Man'....I saw Sam & Dave supporting The Clash in Boston, America in 1979.
5.Beverley Knight...'B-A-B-Y'.
6.William Bell...?????
7.William Bell + Beverley Knight...'Private Number'.
8.Eddie Floyd...'Knock On Wood'.
9.James Morrison...'Tennessee Waltz'.
10.Booker T Jones + Steve Cropper featured on 'Green Onions'.
11.Ruby Turner...'I'll Take You There'.
12.Tom Jones...'Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay'.
13.Booker T Jones...?????
14.Young Duo M/F???....?????
15.Sam Moore + Beverley Knight...'Hold On I'm Coming'.
16.Eddie Floyd + James Morrison....'634-5789'.
17.All artists on stage for finale reprise of 'Sweet Soul Music'.





Friday 01 September 2017.
First day of this three day event - Fri 01 Sept, Sat 02 Sept, Sun 03 Sept.
The Concours of Elegance returns to the stunning grounds of Hampton Court Palace.
The Concours of Elegance will once again bring together a selection of over 100 of the rarest cars from around the world – many of which will never have been seen before in the UK. Many of the Concours cars will also take part in a 2 day driving tour in the days running up to the main Concours event.
On Friday at noon Concours welcome the arrival of five iconic Jaguar D-type racing cars and their drivers,
marking 60 years since the legendary 1-2-3-4-6 finish at Le Mans in 1957.
● For the first time in 60 years, Jaguar’s 1957 D-type Le Mans 1-2-3 finishers are brought together
● Also reunited for first time in more than 50 years are two members of the legendary Jaguar works teams of the 1950s – Chief Test Driver, Norman Dewis OBE, and team mechanic, Ron Gaudion flown to the UK from Australia.
This was the excellent event i went to in 2016 where Olivia Harrison turned up as
George Harrison's 1966 Radford Mini de Ville GT Mini in Psychedelic colours was on display.
www.concoursofelegance.co.ukVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
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Concours was at Windsor Castle last year and this year it is at another stunning location at Hampton Court
which dates back to 500 years ago and Henry VIII.
They have a week of concerts here every summer that form a spectacular live setting.
I did not go to any this past July but have been to many in previous years.
Got here a bit later than expected at 1pm instead of noon so i missed the Taittinger champers reception.
The cars are in the Garden area at the back of The Palace.
The first cars you see are the five Jaguar cars from Le Mans in 1957 with their drivers near them.
It is a perfect sunny day for looking at the 100 plus stunning cars here.
From classic cars dating back 100 years to current Aston Martins etc.
I loved looking at 'project cars' where someone has found a classic car hidden away in a garage etc for
30 or 40 years and has become a rust bucket and the new owners have taken pictures of its
restoration step by step which is displayed by the car.
At 3pm Prince Michael of Kent gave awards to three incredible rare cars in top notch condition.
After that for an hour i wandered into Hampton Court itself to see the stunning art collection etc.
From 4.30pm to 6pm i was in the hospitality tent where there was complimentary afternnoon tea which
included various finger sandwiches,pastries ,cakes,coffees,teas and Negronis.
All guests in here got a nice complimentary hardback book of all the cars on display that they were selling
for £20 in the general area.
This event is a must see for anyone that likes cars.
then
7.30pm to 8pm
PRINCESS DIANA memorial flowers display at Kensington Palace, London W8.
As it was near to The Royal Albert Hall gig later i thought i would have a peak.
Pretty amazing there are so many flowers,photos,messages for someone who died 20 years ago.
Nothing of course compared to the flowers when she died which must have spread out 100 yards or more.
Kensington Palace has been home to Britain's young Royals for 300 years.





Friday 01 September 2017.
HUE AND CRY brand new studio album, 'Pocketful of Stones'...out today...
The twelve-track album will showcase the duo's first new material for five years.
Scroll down for my review from the album launch party gig on 03 August 2017





Thursday 31 August 2017.
FAITH - GEORGE MICHAEL LEGACY live at The Beck Theatre, Hayes,Middlesex.
A musical journey of 35 years of hit records, from Wham to his solo career, the show uses
actual video footage from The George Michael 25 live tour and is a 2 hour plus spectacle.
The UK's number one tribute show to George Michael, with over 16 years performing as George Michael.
As part of his current massive UK tour.
I saw Wham five times in the 1980s including Live Aid and saw George several times as a solo artist.
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A near full house crowd here as must be 550 out of 600 tickets sold...three quarters of the crowd are female.
A nice long show of around 2 hours 25 mins over two sets of 70 mins and 75 mins.
An impressive stage production with a big screen showing computer images and old George Michael footage.
Wayne Dilks certainly has the voice,looks and stage mannerisms of George Michael.
He was backed by a seven piece band that included two female backing singers.
A perfect mix of Wham and George Michael tracks mixing hits with a few lesser known tracks.
The crowd really got into it with plenty of singing along and standing up and dancing for half the songs.
Near the end of the first set we had an actual marriage proposal...with the help of George.
It started off with George inviting a male guest on stage to sing a song on stage with him.
He got out a piece of paper that I presumed were lyrics to the song in question but to the
crowds surprise it was a marriage proposal....and she said yes...cue the flowers and balloons.
A very enjoyable show.
Tracks in the first set included...
Fastlove
I'm Your Man
Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
Father Figure
Everything She Wants
A Different Corner
Amazing
Tracks in the second set included...
Outside
Faith
Jesus To A Child
Club Tropicana
Freedom
Wake Me Up Before You Go Go
Encore :
Careless Whisper
Freedom 90






Thursday 31 August 2017.
Pink Floyd V&A exhibition 'rocks on' and is set to beat Bowie.
The V&A's Pink Floyd exhibition, Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains, is on course to become the museum's most visited show, beating its 2013 David Bowie 'blockbuster'. The gallery announced that ticket demand was so great it would extend the show by two weeks yesterday, and fully expects it to exceed the figures for David Bowie Is, which attracted 311,000 visitors.
Exhibition now on until Sunday, 15 October 2017





Thursday 31 August 2017.
The Rolling Stones have been in Park Royal, West London the last several days at a
rehearsal studio compound in preparation for their mainland Europe Tour.
Been told they are departing there Friday 01 Sept.
It is just a mile from Black Island Rehearsal Studios where i attended two AC/DC video recordings.





Thursday 31 August 2017.
20 years ago today Princess Diana died in a car crash in Paris.
Most would remember where they were when it happened as the news came through on a Sunday morning.
I remember taking my kids to Kensington Gardens to see the massive sea of flowers and tributes.
For the funeral i was outside The Royal Albert Hall as it went passed.
That week from death to burial was a pretty surreal time as the country mourned.
There will be many tv documentary specials on it.
"Candle in the Wind 1997" is a song by Elton John, a re-written and re-recorded version of his 1973 song
"Candle in the Wind".
Elton John only sung this version once which was at Princess Diana's funeral.
It was released on 13 September 1997 as a tribute to Diana and went on to sell over
33 million (yes 33 million) copies worldwide and go to number one in over 20 countries.
It is the biggest selling single of the last 50 years and has only been surpassed by
Bing Crosby "White Christmas".
It was recorded at The Townhouse Studios,Shepherds Bush,West London...(houses are there now)





Wednesday 30 August 2017.
Sex Pistols fact of the day.
The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle is a 1980 British mockumentary film directed by Julien Temple
It centres on the British punk legends The Sex Pistols.
After his 1980 suicide, the film was shown at the wake of Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis.
This was put on by Factory Records.





Tuesday 29 August 2017.
Iggy Pop second solo album 'Lust For Life' was released 40 years ago today in 1977.
It featured David Bowie on keyboards and included the title track and 'Passenger'
I saw Iggy Pop at The Rainbow in 1977 when he was promoting the album and
David Bowie also joined him on the tour.




Tuesday 29 August 2017.
This day in Sex Pistols history.
The Sex Pistols played the first of two legendary gigs at Screen On The Green cinema in Islington.
I was not as the first gig but i was at the second one.
August 29th 1976....(Glen Matlock on bass)
April 03rd 1977....(Sid Vicious on bass)




Tuesday 29 August 2017.
Almost a year after the shock news that Bake Off would be leaving the BBC for Channel 4,
the new series will start today Tuesday August 29 at 8pm.
Will be great to see Noel Fielding as one of the new presenters.




Sunday 27 August 2017.
The Notting Hill Carnival, West London...1pm to 8pm...
West London will be transformed into party central, with a host of amazing reggae, garage, grime, soca, dancehall, bashment and dub offered up via the historic sound systems which line the streets of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Organisers of London’s world-famous Notting Hill Carnival have shut down calls to move the
event elsewhere in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
The team which runs the popular August street party pledged this year’s carnival “will show respect”
for victims and offer solidarity to the devastated community.
The Grenfell Tower is on the outskirts of the Carnival route area.
London Live tv are showing live coverage on both days 4pm to 6pm.
Notting Hill Carnival is the second biggest in the world...after The Rio Festival.
Notting Hill Carnival attracts two million people over the two days.
Notting Hill Carnival is 11 times the size of The Glastonbury Festival.
There are around 40 static soundsystems, ten steel pan bands and 70 performing stages.
Beware of crowded bottlenecks and a lack of porta-loos to cope with the huge numbers which
usually leads to some enterprising locals charging for entrance to their home's,
taking advantage of those who've had one too many cans of Red Stripe.
Also keep an eye out for that elusive Notting Hill Carnival classic moment. Police dancing terribly to reggae.
Needless to say i have been many times over the past 40 years.
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Today was the first day of The Notting Hill Carnival.
A perfect sunny day....I was at the Carnival from 1pm to 8pm.
Even on the Central Line tube, it was buzzing as the folks got stuck into their booze and blew their whistles.
From Notting Hill Gate I walked down Portobello Road and Ladbroke Grove and saw some amazing floats
with their dancers in amazing colourful costumes.
Sound systems on every corner blasting out sounds.
Noise everywhere as the amazing party vibe was really great.
The many stalls selling West Indian food etc.
Headed up towards the iconic Trellick Tower building which was next to the RBMA event.
I was at RED BULL MUSIC ACADEMY event at Emslie Horniman's Pleasance Park from 2.30pm to 7.15pm.
After a two-year hiatus, Red Bull Music Academy returns to Notting Hill Carnival.
In previous years i have seen Rita Ora and Sean Paul perform for them.
Around 3000 in the park watching the live acts and I have a guest wristband for the VIP area right of stage.
Over 200 folks in here with various complimentary cocktails including vodka, Duppy Share Jamaican Rum,
etc that all are mixed with Red Bull in them.
Also Red Stripe lagers and lots of jerk chicken wraps.
Also you can see the stage from the VIP area and they have the all important nice loos with no queues.
It's also the best part of the park with pretty flower displays and plenty of benches.
Guests here included model Jourdan Dunn and singer Ella Eyre.
Dunn is a part of a small elite group of modern day models considered to be this generation's supermodels.
At 3pm there was a minutes silence for Grenfell in the park which was respected but you could still
hear the steel bands and sound systems in the distance so not everyone stopped playing to pay respect.
Various acts performed on the Red Bull stage but the two main headliners were...
At 4.30pm SPICE performed a 30 mins set with dancers.
Spice is a Jamaican dancehall recording artist, singer and songwriter.
She is very popular in Jamaica with hits including 'So Mi Like It'.
At 5.10pm WIZKID performed a 30 mins set with dancers.
WizKid is a very popular Nigerian singer and songwriter.
In 2016, WizKid achieved international recognition following his collaboration with Drake on the global hit, "One Dance", which reached number one in 15 countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.
WizKid has just signed a multi-album deal with RCA.
He was ranked 5th on Forbes and Channel O's 2013 list of the Top 10 Richest/Bankable African Artists.
In February 2014, WizKid became the first ever Nigerian musician to have over 1 million followers on Twitter.
Like Spice, Wizkid also used flames in his stage production.
The crowd loved him.
A great day at Carnival.
All the police and stewards did a good job throughout the day.






Sunday 27 August 2017.
Happy Birthday to Sex Pistols bass player GLEN MATLOCK who is 61 today.
Glen has a new solo album out soon so look out for that.
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Sunday evening at Reading Festival
Muse were joined by ex AC/DC singer Brian Jackson on vocals singing 'Back in Black'.





Saturday 26 August 2017.
THE TEARAWAYS + HEADLINE MANIAC live at The 100 Club,London...£15 adv or £20 on the door.
The Tearaways were part of the New York power pop scene of the early 1980s.
The Tearaways featuring Clem Burke, John Finseth, John Ferriter, Greg Brallier & Dave Hekhouse
The Tearaways released this debut single “Sounds like…” in 1981. After a hiatus the band started again in the 1990’s releasing a series of CD’s and released “The Early Mankey Sessions” in 2014.
Influenced by 1960's counterculture, The Tearaways combine the rock music subgenre of the British Invasion, lead most notably by the Beatles with the sunshine pop and surf music of the likes of the Beach Boys.
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Watching Kasabian at Reading Festival on tv the night before and the massive crowds i realised
you could fit The 100 Club in the security/photographers pit in front of the main stage at Reading Festival.
You certainly do not need any big screens in this iconic intimate venue.
The support band HEADLINE MANIAC were a powerful rock trio with a nifty guitarist.
They played some good original tunes from their debut album.
UK Subs singer Charlie Harper and legendary original punk Jordan were both in the crowd.
THE TEARAWAYS arrive on stage at 9.10pm and play for around 95 mins.
They play a mix of their own material along with a couple of Blondie covers and a couple of other covers.
Lots of catchy melodic tunes with some great harmonies.
They have played at The Beatles Week convention which is held annually in Liverpool but this is their debut London show.
Blondie drummer Clem Burke has been playing them a couple of years and is with them tonight.
Pretty amazing the amount of bands Clem has drummed with over the years besides Blondie.
I saw him with The Plimsouls who are another American power pop band when I was on holiday
in Barcelona in May 1997.
Clem looks cool as he starts with his bomber jacket zipped up to the neck but after a couple of songs
the jacket if off as Clem soon starts sweating buckets with his enthusiastic and visual drumming style.
An enjoyable show.
Setlist tonight included...
Do You Remember Rock & Roll Radio (Ramones cover)
I Don't Know and I Don't Care
We're All Gonna Drink Tonight
John Wayne
Rodney's Got A GTO ll
Name That Tune
Call Me ( Blondie cover)
Ballroom Blitz (Sweet cover) (with girl fan on stage dancing)
Encores :
One Way or Another (Blondie cover)
Naughty Dog






Saturday night/Sunday morning...-mega fight shown live on SKY tv.
Imelda May will perform the Irish National Anthem ahead of the historic boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor tonight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The Irish singer and songwriter will sing her national anthem – ‘Amhrán na bhFiann’ – for fellow Dubliner McGregor.






Saturday 26 August 2017.
Tickets went on sale yesterday (Friday) for Robert Plant live at The Royal Albert Hall on 08 Dec 2017.
All tickets sold out on the first day.
No chance of a second show being added at that venue as all available dates have been taken.
That also means no Kylie Minogue Christmas shows at the RAH this December.





Saturday 26 August 2017.
Kasabian were joined by Noel Fielding for 'Vlad the Impaler" track on Friday night at Reading Festival.
The original promo video for "Vlad the Impaler" starred Noel Fielding.




Friday 26 August 2017.
When you watch those BBC4 tv music shows and notice how many band members have now passed away.
The Ramones must have had the worst luck.
They split up in 1996 but now all four original members have passed away.
First Joey passed in 2001, then Dee Dee went in 2002, followed by Johnny in 2004 and
finally founding drummer Tommy in 2014.






Friday 25 August 2017.
Kicking off a newly minted partnership with Republic Records, Sir Rod Stewart, will join forces with multi-platinum selling group DNCE for the release of a strikingly re-imagined version of one of the most iconic dance tracks of all time, Stewart’s “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy.” Stewart and DNCE will serve up “Sexy” for a new generation on Friday, August 25, 2017.
To celebrate the single’s release, Stewart and DNCE will perform “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy” for the
first time ever at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards on August 27th (Sunday).




Friday 25 August 2917.
Happy Birthday to KISS bass player Gene Simmons who is 68 today.




Thursday 24 August 2017.
MOTOWN : THE MUSICAL live at The Shaftesbury Theatre,London WC2.
Motown: The Musical is a jukebox musical that premiered on Broadway in April 2013. The musical is based on Berry Gordy's autobiography To Be Loved: The Music, the Magic, the Memories of Motown (1994), and on the history of his founding and running of the Motown record label, and his personal and professional relationships with Motown artists such as Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, and Michael Jackson. The production's music and lyrics are taken from selections from the Motown catalog.it received four nominations at the 67th Tony Awards.
It opened at The Shaftesbury Theatre on February 11, 2016.The show is currently booking through January 5, 2019. The West End production is directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, who also directed this musical on Broadway and its US tour. The cast stars Cedric Neal (as Berry Gordy), Lucy St. Louis (as Diana Ross), Sifiso Mazibuko (as Marvin Gaye), and Obioma Ugoala (as Smokey Robinson).
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The show is on for 2 hours 20 mins over two sets of 80 mins and 60 mins.
It starts with the origins of Motown in 1958 ,it's first release in 1959 and ends with the famous
25th anniversary concert in 1983 where Michael Jackson at the height of his solo success
joined up with his brothers The Jacksons and at the end performed his solo hit Billie Jean.
Needless to say the show has loads of great songs from the likes of The Temptations,The Four Tops,
Diana Ross, Supremes,Marvin Gaye,Smokey Robinson,Stevie Wonder, The Jacksons,The Commodores etc.
I have seen all of the original Motown artists listed above live in concert in their own right in the past.
I even saw The Supremes with Mary Wilson in 1975 at Hammersmith Odeon after Diana Ross had departed.
Lots of great stage costumes and dance routines tonight as well from all the acts.
Berry Gordy ruled everything at Motown which caused some friction with the other artists and some
left Motown as they got better deals from other record companies.
Motown original songwriters Holland Dozier Holland also left because of royalty disputes.
By the end of 1966 Motown had hired over 450 employees and had a gross income of $20 million.
A very enjoyable show.
www.motownthemusical.co.ukVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.





Thursday 24 August 2017.
Ex AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has 18 cars.
There is no guessing how Phil Rudd’s AC/DC fortune was spent. Just look in his garage.
The former AC/DC drummer’s car collection is enough to make any motorhead envious.
Rudd’s collection includes a rare 1991 Ferrari F40 and a brand new Ferrari 599,as well as two Lamborghinis, a 2010 Rolls Royce Ghost, 2011 Bentley Mulsanne and Bentley super sport, Audi R8 V10, a 2011 Aston Martin DBS and 2010 Mercedes SLS AMG.
Rudd houses the cars in his helicopter hangar, yes … with his helicopter.






Wednesday 23 August 2017.
In the stores from today....Vive Le Rock magazine...
IT'S A SWINDLE!!!!!! 4 cover Sex Pistols Collectors issue in stores now-John, Paul, Glen and Steve!
Full story of the Sex Pistols live in Finsbury Park - 23 June 1996 - Reunion show.
What a mega gig that was...their first UK show since Dec 1977.
With support from Iggy Pop + Wildhearts + Buzzcocks.





Wednesday 23 August 2017.
Mark Wahlberg tops list of best paid in Hollywood.
Mark Wahlberg has been named the highest-paid male actor in Hollywood, earning an estimated $68m (£53m) in the past 12 months. The annual Forbes list places him top after earnings for Transformers: The Last Knight and the forthcoming comedy sequel Daddy's Home 2. Last year's top-ranked star, Dwayne Johnson, comes in second place with $65m after leading the big-screen adaptation of Baywatch.





Tuesday 22 August 2017.
The Reading Festival is upon us this weekend.
I have been to around 20 of them over the past 40 years.
Here is the first three line-ups that I went to...
1976 - Rory Gallagher,Phil Manzanera Band feat Eno Reading Festival 27.08.1976
1977 - Thin Lizzy,Graham Parker,Aerosmith,John Miles,Ultravox Reading Festival 27.08.1977
It would be another 12 years until Aerosmith next UK gig
1978 - Patti Smith,Foreigner,Tom Robinson Band,Gillan,Squeeze Reading Festival 27.08.1978






Monday 21 August 2017.
This day 41 years ago I attended this mega gig as a 17 year old.
Rolling Stones,10 CC,Lynyrd Skynyrd,Todd Rundgren,
Knebworth Music Festival 21.08.1976 massive outdoor show.
This was fifth time seeing The Stones as i was at four of their Earls Court Arena shows earlier that year.




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