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I went to 189 gigs in 2023 , which brings my gig total to 7561 since Sept 1973.
These three that I gave a 10, and their were plenty of other great shows.
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ELTON JOHN at The 02 Arena - 17 April
DOG DAY AFTERNOON at Crystal Palace Park - 01July
IGGY POP + BLONDIE + GENERATION SEX + STIFF LITTLE FINGERS + BUZZCOCKS + LAMBRINI GIRLS.
KISS at The 02 Arena - 05 July
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GABRIELLE CHANEL - FASHION MANIFESTO opens at The V & A Museum, London SW7.
Premiered in Paris in 2020, ‘Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto’ is now heading to London. Based on the exhibition created by the Palais Galliera, Fashion Museum of the City of Paris, this exhibition is the first retrospective in the United Kingdom entirely devoted to the work of Gabrielle Chanel.
The exhibition is presented by the V&A South Kensington in partnership with the Palais Galliera, Fashion Museum of the City of Paris, and with the support of CHANEL.
It is on from Sat 16 Sept 2023 to 25 Feb 2024...it is a paid ticket.
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From 11 Jan to 03 March - ALEGRIA - live Royal Albert Hall.
Get into the world of Cirque du Soleil and discover extraordinary shows all over the world. More than just a circus, Cirque du Soleil artists will amaze you with breathtaking performances. Since the 1980s, Cirque du Soleil has been staging shows that have revolutionised the world of circus arts. Between magic and thrill, come and discover an unforgettable show!
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Fri 23 Feb - CHASE & STATUS play Drumsheds.
I saw them headline The 02 Arena in 2013.
Go on YouTube and check out videos of their mega dance anthem ' Blind Faith' ..the official video and Live at Glastonbury and Live at The 02 Arena 2013.
A pioneering duo with a number of best-selling albums and record-breaking tracks, legendary DNB producers Chase and Status are set to take on one of their most exciting projects to date, inviting a number of very special guests to join them at their new live show concept at DRUMSHEDS.
As one of the catalysts in bringing underground drum and bass to the masses with recent releases entering the UK top 40 charts, this C&S LIVE show will demonstrate elements of their new sound, as well as some of their iconic tracks from the last decade.
This 15,000 capacity show in this huge all standing warehouse is sold out.
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Sat 24 Feb - BOWLING FOR SOUP play Hammersmith Apollo.
This show sold out a month in advance..
They are an American rock band with hints of punk and ska.
They are celebrating 30 years since their debut album release.
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JUST FOR ONE DAY....The Old Vic, London SE1.
Live Aid Wembley Stadium July 1985 - I was there.
A musical about the greatest gig of all time....i always tell folks , this was my number one gig .
26 Jan–30 Mar 2024
Relive the day music brought the world together.
Featuring the songs of Bob Dylan, David Bowie, The Who, U2, Queen, The Police, Elton John, Paul McCartney, The Pretenders, The Cars, Status Quo, Paul Weller, Sade, The Boomtown Rats, Bryan Adams, Diana Ross, Ultravox and more, this is the story of Live Aid and the people united by it.
Political unrest, social revolution, boom and bust. In a decade of neon and noise, one moment made the world stand still and brought 1.5 billion people together – and they all have a story to tell about ‘the day rock ‘n’ roll changed the world’.
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Wed 28 Feb - FIZZ play Shepherds Bush Empire.
American act Fizz , not to be confused with Bucks Fizz.
Fri 01 March - RENEE RAPP plays Hammersmith Apollo.
Reneé Rapp ( age 24 ) is an American singer, songwriter and actress. Rapp gained recognition for starring as Regina George in the Broadway musical Mean Girls (2019–2020).
She released her debut album ' Snow Angel' in 2023.
It reached number 7 in the UK album charts.
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From 06 March - MJ THE MUSICAL at The Prince Edward Theatre.
Get ready to moonwalk your way to the Prince Edward Theatre for MJ the Musical! MJ the Musical tickets are available on London Theatre now.
This smash hit musical based on the thrilling story of legendary pop star Michael Jackson comes straight from Broadway, featuring Myles Frost in his West End debut. Frost made his Broadway debut and won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for transforming into the late King of Pop, making him the youngest solo recipient of the award in history.
MJ the Musical centres around rehearsals for Michael Jackson’s 1992 Dangerous World Tour. When an MTV camera crew arrives to interview Jackson for a documentary, the singer gradually opens up about his turbulent backstory and career. His memories come to life with some of his most famous songs, including “Billie Jean,” “Beat It,” “Thriller,” and “Smooth Criminal,” and a book by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage.
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Sunday 17 March - ROBERT PLANT & SAVING GRACE play The Palladium .
Led Zep legend is playing a full UK tour
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An excellent triple bill of classic rock bands are touring the UK.
​Judas Priest/Saxon/Uriah Heep UK Tour 2024
Monday 11th March - UK, Glasgow - OVO Hydro
Wednesday 13th March - UK, Leeds - First Direct Arena
Friday 15th March - IRELAND, Dublin - 3 Arena
Sunday 17th March - UK, Bournemouth - BIC
Tuesday 19th March - UK, Birmingham - RWA
Thursday 21st March - UK, London - Arena Wembley
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Sat 16 March + Sun 17 March + Mon 18 March.
THE PIXIES play The Forum.
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Teenage Cancer Trust is back! The Royal Albert Hall has been hosting concerts in aid of the charity since 2000, with the biggest names in music and comedy coming together each year to raise money to help young people face the chaos of cancer.
I have been to at least one show , every year since the start.
Mon 18 March - THE WHO with orchestra + Squeeze
Tues 19 March - comedy evening with half a dozen acts
Wed 20 March - THE WHO with orchestra + Squeeze
Thurs 21 March - NOEL GALLAGHER and THFB + Blossoms
Fri 22 March - YOUNG FATHERS
Sat 23 March - THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS
Sun 24 March - ROGER DALTREY and friends
‘Ovation’ - A Celebration of 24 Years of Gigs For Teenage Cancer Trust' with Roger Daltrey, Kelly Jones, Robert Plant with Saving Grace, Pete Townshend, Eddie Vedder, Paul Weller.
The Who's Roger Daltrey has announced he will step down as curator of the annual Teenage Cancer Trust gigs, after this year's set of concerts.
The shows have been running at the Royal Albert Hall since 2000, raising more than £32m from ticket sales.
The series will end with a celebration of the series of shows.
Titled Ovation, the concert will feature Daltrey himself, accompanied by artists who helped establish the gigs as a fixture of the music calendar.
From 2025, the concerts will be overseen by a series of guest curators. Daltrey will continue as a Teenage Cancer Trust Honorary Patron
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Mon 25 March - 10cc play The Royal Albert Hall.
Their run of mid-70s hits were bona fide, pop-literate, soft-prog gold.
They are touring to promote a massive 145-track, 14-disc, all the albums, plus single edits, B-sides and alternatives box set.
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Tues 26 March - STRANGLERS play The Royal Albert Hall.
Thurs 04 April and Fri 05 April - JOE BONAMASSA plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Celebrated and award-winning blues rock guitarist and singer songwriter, Joe Bonamassa will be performing two UK exclusive concerts at the Hall.
Backed by a stellar band of legendary musicians, the setlist for this show will feature new songs alongside career-spanning favourite’s.
Tues 09 April and Wed 10 April - JAMES BLUNT plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Thurs 11 April - ELLIE GOULDING plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Wed 24 April and Thurs 25 April - DAVE MATTHEWS BAND plays The Royal Albert hall.
Tues 30 April - TRAIN play The Royal Albert Hall.
Mon 13 May + Tues 14 May +15 May - BRYAN ADAMS.
BRYAN ADAMS returns to the Hall, performing one of his classic albums in full each night, alongside his most loved hits.
Mon 20 May + Tues 21 May + Thurs 23 May Friday 24th. ERIC CLAPTON plays four shows at The Royal Albert Hall.
Eric has performed on the RAH stage over 150 times during his career.
Wed 22 May - RICHARD MARX plays The Royal Albert Hall.
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Fri 12 April - VIVE LE ROCK AWARDS at The Islington Academy.
Feat SHAM 69 + RUTS DC + TOYAH + REPUBLICA + CHRIS SPEDDING and many more.
Fri 12 April -JOHNNY MARR plays Hammersmith Apollo.
Sat 13 April - THE HIVES play Hammersmith Apollo.
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Tues 02 April - PAUL WELLER plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
Paul Weller plays a special warm up show , prior to his UK tour.
I was lucky to see Paul fronting The Jam a few times.
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Sun 14 April - THE PROFESSSiONALS plat The 100 Club.
They feature Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook.
This is the last of four dates to celebrate the release of both their albums on double vinyl.
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Wed 17 April - ERIC CANTONA plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
Football legend plays London as part of his singing UK tour.
Éric Cantona has announced the release of his first ever live album, ‘Cantona Sings Éric – First Tour Ever’, to be released on March 29.
The football icon made his debut tour in 2023, and this live album will draw 17 tracks from multiple dates of the run of shows, and will feature many of the songs from his debut EP, as well as ‘I Love You So Much’, his love letter to Manchester United fans.
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Wed 17 April - LULU plays The Palladium.
Lulu plays the last night of her UK tour.
Lulu is celebrating 60 years in music.
Lulu still looks amazing for her 75 years.
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Salon Privé London: the ultimate luxury car event at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.
For three days only from 18th to 20th April 2024, immerse yourself in the world of luxury cars – both classic and modern – and enjoy an unforgettable experience surrounded by automotive excellence.
At the heart of the event is the ‘Concours de Vente’ – a carefully curated selection of 75 rare historic automobiles, which are all for sale. From Aston Martins to rare and coveted Jaguars, this year’s Concours de Vente is a treasure trove of motoring marques.
The venue is just a short walk from Sloane Square tube station.
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08 May + 09 May + 10 May + 11 May .
MITSKI - Singer and songwriter Mitski will be performing live at Hammersmith Apollo for four nights in May 2024, plus special guest Miya Folick.
All four shows out by Feb.
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Mon 13 May , Tues 14 May , Sun 02 June. TEDDY SWIMS plays three sold out shows at Shepherds Bush Empire.
American singer -songwriter started off doing cover versions on YouTube but in 2023 brought out an album of his own material.
His single ' Lose Control' has gone Top 10 in the UK and USA.
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Wed 15 May - BLACK CROWES play Hammersmith Apollo.
American blues rockers are playing a UK tour.
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Mon 27 May and Wed 29 May - JANE'S ADDICTION play The Roundhouse.
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Tues 04 June - YES play The Royal Albert Hall.
THE CLASSIC TALES OF YES - UK TOUR 2024
Hot on the heels of their hugely successful ‘Classic Tales Of Yes’ American Tour, Progressive Rock legends, YES, are poised to hit the road in the UK once more on a 9-date trek across the country starting on 23rd May at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and ending in London on 4th June at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall, a fitting end for such a majestic band.
‘The Classic Tales Of Yes Tour’ will see YES mining their rich catalogue to deliver a career spanning set of classics, rarely played vintage cuts and new songs from 1970’s ‘Time and a Word’ right up to ‘Mirror To The Sky’, their 23rd album released last year, together with a special section celebrating the 50th anniversary of their momentous ‘Tales From The Topographic Oceans’ opus.
Every show will feature a Roger Dean gallery in the venue’s foyer area. Dean’s masterful artwork of striking other-worldly landscapes has graced classic album covers and posters. He has sold more than one hundred million copies worldwide. His artwork appears on the cover of the current
YES album Mirror To The Sky. Roger is planning to be at each show on the tour, to meet with fans.
Steve Howe, whose association with Yes began in 1970, along with Geoff Downes, a member of the 1980 ‘Drama’ era line-up are joined by Jon Davison, lead vocalist in Yes for well over a decade
now; Billy Sherwood on bass, hand-picked by original bassist Chris Squire and Jay Schellen, who worked closely with Alan White, on drums completing the line-up.
Thursday 23 May Manchester Bridgewater Hall*
Friday 24 May Glasgow Royal Concert Hall*
Sunday 26 May Liverpool Philharmonic Hall*
Tuesday 28 May York Barbican*
Wednesday 29 May Southend Cliffs Pavilion*
Friday 31May Bristol Beacon
Saturday 1 June Birmingham Symphony Hall*
Sunday 2 June Gateshead The Glasshouse (formerly The Sage*)
Tuesday 4 June London Royal Albert Hall
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Due to phenomenal demand, the final two shows have been added to the Long Goodbye Tour. THE EAGLES – Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit, with Vince Gill, and Deacon Frey, announce a UK residency at the new Co-op Live ..arena in Manchester as part of their acclaimed 'Long Goodbye' tour. Performing at the largest indoor Arena in the UK, The Eagles' long-time contemporaries and fellow Hall of Famers, STEELY DAN, will join these historic shows and commemorate their own 50+ year career.
THE LONG GOODBYE TOUR
Friday 31 May, Manchester, UK, Co-Op Live
Saturday 1 June, Manchester, UK, Co-Op Live
Tuesday 4 June, Manchester, UK, Co-Op Live
Friday 7 June, Manchester, UK, Co-Op Live
Saturday 8 June, Manchester, UK, Co-Op Live
No London shows confirmed as yet.
Maybe no London shows this time as they played a big Hyde Park , London show in 2022.
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Thurs 06 June - THE WILDHEARTS play Shepherds Bush Empire.
The Wildhearts have started the next phase of their career with a new line-up and a ‘world exclusive’ concert this summer.
Joining frontman Ginger Wildheart in the new incarnation of The Wildhearts is former bassist Jon Poole together with new members, drummer Pontus Snibb and guitarist Ben Marsden.
The band will play a one-off show at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Thursday 6th June 2024 where they will be accompanied by special guests Ladyhawke and ASOMVEL.
Ginger Wildheart says: “Join me, Jon Poole, Ben Marsden and Pontus Snibb for a world exclusive show, for which I promise you the biggest production the Wildhearts have ever put on".
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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND return to Europe in 2024 for a massive tour of stadiums, which opens and ends in the UK.
Principality Stadium, Cardiff, UK, 5th May
Boucher Road, Belfast, UK, 9th May
Nowlan Park, Kilkenny, Ireland, 12th May
Páirc uí Chaoimh, Cork, Ireland, 16th May
Croke Park, Dublin, Ireland, 19th May
Stadium of Light, Sunderland, UK, 22nd May
Orange Vélodrome, Marseille, France, 25th May
Airport Letnany, Czech Republic, Prague, 28th May
San Siro Stadium, Milan, Italy, 1st June
San Siro Stadium, Milan, Italy, 3rd June
Cívitas Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain, 12th June
Cívitas Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain, 14th June
Estadi Olímpic, Barcelona, Spain, 20th June
Goffertpark, Netherlands, Nijmegen, 27th June
Werchter Park, Belgium, Werchter, 2nd July
Heinz von Heiden Arena, Hannover, Germany, th July
Dyrskuepladsen, Odense, Denmark, 9th July
Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland, 12th July
Friends Arena, Stockholm, Sweden, 15th July
Friends Arena, Stockholm, Sweden, 18th July
Dokken, Bergen, Norway, 21st July
Wembley Stadium, London, UK, 25th July
Wembley Stadium, London, UK, 27th July
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Sat 08 June - SCORPIONS + EXTREME play Wembley Arena.
A great pairing of Classic Rock bands.
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Sat 29 June - NICK MASONS SAUCERFUL OF SECRETS play The Royal Albert Hall.
Pink Floyd drumming legend Nick Mason and his band will be playing early Pink Floyd material.
This is the last night on their UK tour.
Sat 29 June - PEARL JAM + RICHARD ASHCROFT play Tottenham Football Ground.
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TAYLOR SWIFT has added two extra London shows to her record-breaking Eras tour, after the first six nights sold out.
The new dates, on 19 and 20 August, mean she will now play a total of EIGHT nights at Wembley Stadium in 2024.
That equals a record set by Take That (when they reformed with Robbie Williams)who played the venue for eight dates on their 2011 Progress tour.
London now surpasses Los Angeles and Singapore as the city hosting the most shows on Swift's Eras tour.
US rock band PARAMORE, ,will support Swift at all eight of her Wembley Stadium shows.
Taylor Swift brings the first billion dollar in ticket sales tour to Wembley.
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HEART + SQUEEZE play a six date UK arena tour.
It will be Hearts first visit to the UK for 8 years...including.
Mon 01 July - The 02 Arena , London.
Wed 03 July - Utilita Arena, Birmingham.
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AC/DC play their first European tour for around eight years, including...
Wed 03 July - Wembley Stadium
Sun 07 July - Wembley Stadium
I have seen AC/DC many times with Bon Scott and Brian Johnson on vocals , and just the once with Axl Rose.
AC/DC played the UK for the first time in 1976, and I saw them TEN times that year.
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BST Hyde Park shows confirmed for 2024.....so far..
Fri 05 July - ANDREA BOCELLI
Sat 06 July - ROBBIE WILLIAMS
Sun 07 July - SHANIA TWAIN ,+ THE CORRS
Sat 13 July - KYLIE MINOGUE
Sun 14 July - STRAY KIDS ( K Pop act)
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Sun 14 July - GRETA VON FLEET play The Royal Albert Hall.
Greta Van Fleet have announced a huge one-off show for this summer in London, which they are billing as “A Special Evening with Greta Van Fleet”.
They released their third album ‘Starcatcher’ last July, including the singles ‘Meeting The Master’, ‘Sacred The Thread’ and ‘Farewell for Now’.
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From 04 July...
THE KILLERS play the first of six nights at The 02 Arena.
In December 2023 they had their eighth number one album in the UK.
The news comes ahead of the announcement that ‘Mr Brightside’ is Spotify UK’s most streamed song in the history of the platform. According to the Swedish streaming platform, ‘Mr Brightside’ (released September 29, 2003) has over 1.8 billion streams globally as of October 9, 2023.
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ALICE COOPER with support act GLEN MATLOCK.
Sunday 20 Oct and Monday 21 Oct - Hammersmith Apollo.
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MOULIN ROUGE - THE MUSICAL is at The Piccadilly Theare, London W1.
Moulin Rouge! The Musical is a jukebox musical with a book by John Logan. The musical is based on the 2001 film Moulin Rouge! directed by Baz Luhrmann and written by Luhrmann anod Craig the studio as a possible singer for the tour, but nothing came of it.
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From 27 May 2022 - ABBA VOYAGE show starts at The Abba Arena, Stratford, East London.
First there was the comeback album, and now are the live shows...sort of.
The show will feature four avatars of the band along with a live 10-piece band.
The ‘immersive theatre’ is the purpose-built 3,000-capacity ABBA Arena where audiences will be able to watch a special concert that mixes a live ten-piece band with an ultra-high-tech pre-recorded motion-capture performance from the four members of ABBA: that’s Benny, Björn, Agnetha and Anni-Frid.
The show is the first music offering from George Lucas’s Industrial Light & Magic special effects company.
It is now on until Nov 2024...floor standing or reserved seating available.
Despite the expensive tickets, on Mon 17 April 2023, they sold their millionth ticket....it has been a huge success.
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Friday 23 February 2024.

Thursday 22 February 2024....6.30pm to 10.30pm...
LONDON GIBSON GARAGE - opening launch party -
61-62 Eastcastle Street , London W1.
Gibson Brands, the world’s most iconic guitar brand, has shaped the sounds of generations of musicians and music lovers across genres for more than 100 years. Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Nashville, TN, Gibson Brands has a legacy of world-class craftsmanship, legendary music partnerships, and progressive product evolution that is unrivaled among musical instrument companies. The Gibson Brands portfolio includes Gibson, the number one guitar brand, as well as many of the most beloved and recognizable music brands, including Epiphone, Kramer, Steinberger, MESA/Boogie, and the Gibson Pro Audio division, KRK Systems. Gibson Brands is dedicated to quality, innovation, and sound excellence so that music lovers for generations to come will continue to experience music shaped by Gibson Brands.
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Over 100 guests here for Gibson's first store outside of America,
A visual treat here , as there are over 300 Gibson electric and acoustic guitars on display over the two levels.
Works by rock n roll photographer by Gered Mankowitz are
everywhere around the 4500 sq ft store.
Lots of Gibson merch available including t-shirts and caps etc.
There is a performance space downstairs
There are five acts playing short sets tonight.
We watch the two that I have heard of, as the comfy sofas upstairs were great to rest on between acts.
THE AMAZONS arrived on stage at 7.30pm for their 20 mins set
A really good set of uptempo indie-rock tunes.
KID KAPICHI arrived on stage at 9.15pm for their 30 mins set.
They are a great lively rock band from Hastings.
They are signed to Spinefarm Records and nice to see Dante here , who runs Spinefarm Records.
'Lets Get to Work' and ' Smash the Gaff' were just two of their crackin' tracks.
Complimentary spirits n mixers, prosecco , wines , beers and canapes for all the guests here.
Guests got a Gibson tote bag on departure with a few items inside , including a tin of 50 Gibson guitar picks and a Gibson umbrella.
See my Facebook page for some photos and videos I took .
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A lunchtime event had some guitar legends turn up earlier.
Celebrating the launch were Jimmy Page, Brian May, Tony Iommi, and James Bay, who’ve arrived to mark the official opening of the new London store....Jimmy Page cut the ribbon.
The opening day for the public is Saturday 24 Feb 2024, when
20 Noel Gallagher signed '78' Gibson Les Paul guitars will go on sale....with profits going to Teenage Cancer Trust.

Wednesday 21 February 2024.

Wednesday 21 February 2024.
AITCH live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
This was a pre BRITS gig week for War Child charity.
AITCH is a 24 year old white rapper from Manchester.
His 2022 debut album went to number two in the UK charts.
"Taste (Make It Shake)" and "Baby", which both peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart...and he has had collaboration hits with other artists.
The name "Aitch" derives from the pronunciation of the letter 'h', which is the first letter of his given name.
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Level 3 is closed, and other levels have space , so maybe 1000 folks here...perhaps the £50 plus £10 booking fee was too much for this act that mainly appeals to the under 30's females.
A1 and J1 arrived on stage at 8pm for their 40 mins set.
The first 20 mins they played DJ tracks that the crowd knew and sang along to, then they sung some of their own tracks.
Near the end of their set, the music stopped as there was a scuffle down front of stage , where a couple of girls had barged their way to the front , upsetting others , and pushing and shoving occured , and security ejected the pair.
AITCH and band arrived on stage at 9.15pm for his 75 mins set.
He arrived on stage in all white attire , as the females screamed.
The same nice lighting and strobes as the night before , as it was the same promoter , relating to AEG/War Child.
Aitch brought on a few rappers to guest with him , including tonight's support act.
The show ticked along ok, and the crowd loved it .
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Tuesday 20 February 2024.
Pre- BRIT AWARDS gigs this week...for War Child charity.
KEANE live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Keane celebrate 20 years of their million selling debut album Hopes and Fears, and are pleased to announce the anniversary collection, including a limited edition box set, 2LP, 1LP and 3CD.
They had mainstream international success with the release of their debut album Hopes and Fears in 2004. Topping the UK chart, the album won the 2005 Brit Award for Best British Album and was the UK's second best-selling album of 2004. It is one of the best-selling albums in UK chart history.Their second album, Under the Iron Sea, released in 2006, topped the UK Albums Chart and debuted at number four on the US Billboard 200.....they have released five studio albums.
They have had several Top 20 hit singles
This is an intimate gig for them , as their UK arena tour coming up features two huge shows at The 02 Arena on May 10 and May 11.
I have seen Keane a few times before, with the first time back on 2004.
Including the launch party opening for The Hard Cafe at Piccadilly Circus in Sept 2019.
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The show is sold out, even with a steep ticket price of £75 plus £10 booking fee , although all proceeds go to War Child charity .
As expected the show is pretty much full of polite folks in their 40's.
OSCAR LANG and three musicians arrived on stage at 8pm for their 30 mins set.
He played a decent set of keyboard based tracks from his debut album ' Chew The Scenery'
KEANE arrived on stage at 9pm for their 95 mins set.
Singer Tom Chaplin is now aged 44, but still has those boyish looks.
Hard to imagine he had a serious drug addiction around a decade ago.
Lots of good catchy keyboard based, radio friendly hits played in their set.
Never really a band liked by critics , but they write top notch songs.
A very good show.
Full KEANE setlist played tonight...
Can't Stop Now
Bend and Break
Silenced by the Night
We Might as Well Be Strangers
Spiralling
The Way I Feel
Your Eyes Open (first time live since 2013)
Disconnected
Is It Any Wonder?
Nothing in My Way
Bedshaped
This Is the Last Time
A Bad Dream
Everybody's Changing
Somewhere Only We Know
Encore:
The Night Sky (first time live since 2007; acoustic; Tom and Tim only)
Neon River
Crystal Ball
Sovereign Light Café

Monday 19 February 2024.

Tuesday 19 February 2024.
ALICE COOPER plays a six date UK tour in October. To
The support act for the two London shows at Hammersmith Apollo on
Oct 20 and Oct 21.......is surprise surprise Glen Matlock.
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Sunday 18 February 2024....11pm to 3.30am..
SEARCHLIGHT - BAFTA after-party - Soho House , Greek Street , London W1.
This was one of the several lavish parties after the main event.
Must be around 300 very smartly dressed guests here.
Searchlight celebrate its 19 nominations including for Poor Things, All of Us Strangers and Rye Lane. This is a combo get-together as it has grown in recent years, meaning a host of studios, streamers and indie distributors will populate the multi-tiered property. Along with Searchlight, they include Disney, Paramount, Sony, Lionsgate, Amazon, Studiocanal, Sky, Mubi and Dogwoof. Among the nominated films from that group are Elemental, Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, Anatomy of a Fall, Saltburn, Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget, Ferrari, How to Have Sex and 20 Days in Mariupol.
The building has many rooms over the different levels.
Quieter in the downstairs levels with nice sofas and chairs.
The main party was on the rooftop bar , with the DJ playing and folks dancing.
SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR wad here along with husband RICHARD JONES ( The Feeling).
Sophie is flavour of the month, as her old hit has been featured in Saltburn.
She also attended the parties at Chiltern Firehouse and Annabel's on the same night.
I saw a couple of actors holding their BAFTA trophies, but couldn't put a name to them.
Lots of complimentary drinks and food all night , including Ruinart champers, Espresso Martinis , any cocktail or drink you like , along with canapes , full size pizza, brownies etc.
An excellent event.
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In years gone by, disgraced Hollywood film producer HARVEY WEINSTEIN held five top notch BAFTA parties
at The Rosewood Hotel, Holborn from 2014 to 2018, which always got plenty of big names .
I was at all five of them.

Saturday 17 February 2024.

Saturday 17 February 2024.
REND COLLECTIVE live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Christian folk rock band from Northern Ireland.
They have released several albums.
They have also had success in the USA Christian charts.
This show is the last night of their tour.
I didn't go to their show at this venue in 2018.
In 1987 i saw Christian hair metal band STRYPER headline Hammersmith Odeon. They threw out bibles with their yellow and black logo on the cover. I still have one .
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The venue is totally rammed sold out.
A very polite Christian crowd here , lots of families.
I see a couple of JESUS IS KING t-shirts.
REND COLLECTIVE are on stage for 1 hour 40 mins over two sets of 50 mins.
Five members on stage ,with the drummer having a few huge tom toms on the side of his kit.
A dozen vertical lighting poles are dotted around the stage.
Their sound is very in the mould of Mumford & Sons.
A mix of quiet and louder rousing songs, with the crowd singing the Christian lyrics at the top of their voices..
Sometimes the songs veered into a type of Irish jig.
There were two or three prayers between songs.
The front man had jokey clean moments.
Confetti cannons used during the encore.
An enjoyable show.
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Friday 16 February 2024....I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 7.20pm.
KRISPY KREME - new store press launch - 27 Oxford Street, London W1.
Very popular donut brand opens another store.
As it is a small space, this was the second of two days launch.
There are balloons all around the entrance to the store.
They even have two security, as they expect to be busy.
We have a couple of complimentary glazed donuts heated up ,
along with vodka cocktails and beers.
There is also a DJ playing tunes.
Goody bag to take away was a big box of any 12 donuts.
The nearest tube station is Tottenham Court Road.
Opposite Primark on Oxford Street (ex Virgin Megastore).
then
7.30pm to 10.30pm.
NOK NOK -presentation - at Chateau Denmark,
Denmark Street, London WC2.
My first time at this newish cool boutique hotel.
Today was the first day of London Fashion Week .
Inspired by the neighbourhood’s architectural and cultural heritage, Chateau Denmark’s hotel rooms and apartments are set across 16 buildings, along London’s one hundred yard Denmark Street. Our award winning bar – Thirteen, brings a baroque and gothic charm to the Soho neighbourhood.
Their 55 rooms and apartments are set along a street where the Sex Pistols once lived, the Rolling Stones recorded and where Bowie and Hendrix hung out - if the walls here could speak, you'd be hooked.
NOK NOK are presenting their Never Ending Sin A/W 24 Collection.
The presentation is one of their stunning hotel suites.
Their motto is Peace, Love , Rock n Roll.
The collection is a great mix of 70's classic rock and punk ,
that would suit any rock star on stage.
Musicians who wear his clothes include Marky Ramone.
The hotel suite upstairs (again with a huge four poster bed ) ,
was where the bar was as as 70 or 80 folks enjoyed complimentary Deacon Whisky cocktails and Tequila cocktails.
We managed to find a huge sofa to sit on , most of the evening.
At 9pm a guy and his electric guitar played a couple of Jimi Hendrix covers.
The DJ was playing classic rock tunes all night.
Never thought I would be at a London Fashion Week event and gear Ratt and Warrant being played.
All guests got a tote bag with a few items inside including Riot Connex vapes and tins of Gin cocktails.
A really good event , much better than expected.

Thursday 15 February 2024.

Thursday 15 February 2024.
NOTHING MORE play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Nothing More is an American rock band from San Antonio, Texas. Formed in 2003.
They released their sixth album 'Spirits' in 2022.
They are playing a full UK & European Tour.
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Level 3 is closed and Level 2 is half empty, so maybe 1200 tix sold.
It is mainly the under 40s rock crowd tonight.
Three bands from different countries on stage.
SIAMESE arrived on stage at 7.30pm for their 30 mins set.
They come from Denmark and played some nice crunching rock tunes.
They had an electric violin player in the band .
A dozen photographers are in the pit for the bands tonight.
SIM arrived on stage at 8.20pm for their 45 mins set.
SIM are from Japan.
The singer is tiny , so stands on a raised platform front of stage all the show.
A rock band , with hints of ska and reggae in some of the tunes.
They dedicated a song to Madness and The Specials.
The crowd knew the songs , and there was plenty of moshing.
I would say they were my fave band of the night.
NOTHING MORE arrived on stage at 9.40pm for their 80 mins set.
The singer arrives on stage topless, and has warpaint over his six pack chest.
He looks an exact ringer for TV fitness celebrity Joe Wicks.
They got the crowd moshing, but the songs felt pretty samey to me.
Nice finale of the singer banging Tom Tom drums with the front stalls fans.
A pretty average evening overall.
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Wednesday 14 February 2024.
THE DEAD BOYS + DESPERATE MEASURES play The Underworld, Camden.
Opening bands are DEAF DEVILS and MONKISH.
New York punk rock legends The Dead Boys play a five date UK tour, at the start of their European Tour.
I saw them twice in Nov 1977 with original singer Stiv Bators R.I.P.. when they supported The Damned at The Roundhouse.
Original guitarist Cheetah Chrome is still in the band.
The original Dead Boys released two studio albums, Young Loud and Snotty, and We Have Come for Your Children....and their best known track is the single Sonic Reducer.
Support comes from original NZ punk rockers Desperate Measures who feature Eugene from Vive Le Rock magazine on vocals.
Buy tickets for this gig at £30 plus £5 booking fee here.
www.theunderworldcamden.co.uk - Visit their website here for a list of upcoming shows at The Underworld.
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Great to be back at this proper rock music venue.
Seen so many gigs here over the years.
Hard to believe the first time here was back in 1993 with The Quireboys.
I was at that mega Foo Fighters secret gig here in 2006.
Last year Motley Crue played here before their Wembley Stadium show.
Nice to see several of my punk rockin' chums in the crowd tonight.
MONKISH arrived on stage at 7.30pm for their 30 mins.
They have three guitarists , and sound good.
Brad on vocals is entertaining us with his between song banter.
A good set featuring tracks ' Hobosexual' and 'OCDC'.
DEAF DEVILS arrived on stage at 8.15pm for their 30 mins set.
Deaf Devils come from Valencia , Spain and they were pretty amazing.
All arriving on stage wearing braces, including their female singer.
Playing uptempo garage rock , that really had the wow factor as band members jumped into the crowd.
For the last two songs, three members of the band , including the drummer with his drum kit on the floor of the venue between the fans , ending with a storming ' Kick Out The Jams'.
See my Facebook page for a video of this.
DESPERATE MEASURES arrived on stage at 9pm for their 30 mins set.
Another band playing a really good set.
The vocals are much clearer than the chaos of The Deaf Devils.
Great tunes like 'Lost Angels' and ' Seven Sisters' went down a treat.
THE DEAD BOYS arrived on stage at 9.45pm for their 75 mins set.
The Dead Boys arrive on stage , and we are transported back to punks heyday .
Members of The Deaf Devils join all the folks jumping around front of stage.
They open with their best known track ' Sonic Reducer' which is fantastic.
Jake Hout is a great front man , as he jumps in the crowd or gets pulled into the crowd.
Other gems followed including 'All This and More', ' What Love Is' , ' Not Anymore' ,
' I Wont Look Back' , 'Ain't Nothin' To Do' , ' Down In Flames' and encores including
'Aint It Fun'..... we get shout outs to Stiv Bators and Sylvain Sylvain.
A great set, to finish off a fab four band evening at The Underworld.

Wednesday 14 February 2024.

Tuesday 13 February 2024....I was at two very nice events in SE1 tonight...
Several well known faces at both of them.
Both events had a massive crowd of around 500 guests.
6.30pm to 8.45pm.
YOKO ONO - MUSIC OF THE MIND- private view - Tate Modern , London SE1.
Over 200 items are on display at this paid ticket exhibition.
The exhibition will look at the significance of Yoko's career before and after her famed relationship with John Lennon....which includes her artwork and films.
YOKO ONO is not here as she is too frail to travel at her age of nearly 91.
YUXI WANG was here.
Guests here included BOBBY GILLESPIE, TRACEY EMIN, GRAYSON PERRY, PRINCESS JULIA,
DANIEL LISMORE, PAM HOGG , NINA MYSKOW.
I could not resist to write www.raysgigs.com on the graffiti wall.
Long time celebrity photographer RICHARD YOUNG was here snapping away.
Complimentary wines ,beers and nibbles for all the guests.
then
10pm to 12.30pm
Press Night Party for JUST FOR ONE DAY - THE LIVE AID MUSICAL at Sea Containers London SE1.
I had a ticket for the show but will have to see it another time as I was at the Yoko Ono event earlier.
I was at Live Aid in 1985 , and I always tell folks it was the best gig of the 7000 plus gigs I have seen.
The show itself was at The Old Vic Theatre, and runs until 30 March.
We have stunning views from this lovely venue of The River Thames at night
Guests here included BOB GELDOF , MIDGE URE PETE TOWNSHEND, LENNY HENRY , ALAN YENTOB,
BEVERLEY KNIGHT, ROACHFORD TREVOR HORN, BARRY McGUIGAN, TOM FLETCHER (McFly).
I had nice chats with BOB GELDOF and ROACHFORD
There is a DJ and several folks are dancing.
Lots of complimentary drinks and food including Taittinger champers , two different Gin cocktails , wines ,beers, juices, bowl food , cartons of fish n chips , canapes and desserts.
See my Facebook page for some photos and videos of both events.

Tuesday 13 February 2024.

Monday 12 February 2024.
PRETTY WOMAN - THE MUSICAL - Wimbledon opening night - New Wimbledon Theatre, London SW19.
Once upon a time in the late ’80s, Vivian met Edward and her life changed forever. Be swept up in their romance in this dazzlingly theatrical take on a love story for the ages – and get to know these iconic characters in a whole new way – in a sensational show that took London’s West End by storm, guaranteed to lift your spirits and light up your heart.
Introducing Amber Davies as Vivian, Ore Oduba as Happy Man/Mr Thompson and Oliver Savile as Edward – who’ll be starring alongside original SIX: the Musical queen Natalie Paris as Kit de Luca in the cast. (Disclaimer: Cast and performance schedule subject to change without prior notice.)
With a blazing rock score from Grammy® winners Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance (Summer of ’69, Heaven), direction and choreography by Tony Award® winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Hairspray) and a book by the original movie’s director Garry Marshall & screenwriter J.F. Lawton, a powerhouse creative team representing the best of music, Hollywood and Broadway ensures you’ll have a pretty magical time at Pretty Woman: The Musical.
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I did not see this musical show when it was in The West End.
It got pretty average reviews from it's run on Broadway and The West End.
It is now on a full UK tour of weekly stints at various theatres.
As expected it is pretty much a 75% female crowd here tonight.
The show is on for around 2 hours....two sets of 65 mins and 55 mins.
The show has many of the highlights from the 1990 film.
Basically the storyline is .....
Edward hires Vivian for six days on the grounds that he needs a dinner date, and a live-in hooker is less hassle than a girlfriend; eventually they fall in love and he decides corporate raiding is bad because… she’s nice?
The songs are simple, basic and catchy .
Lots of dance routines and plenty of rom-com moments.
It is a feel good evening , that ticked along nicely.

Sunday 11 February 2024.

Sunday 11 February 2024.
COMEDY WAREHOUSE presents Love & Comedy Valentine's Show live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Several black comedians and a white guy perform at this annual event.
I have been to this really good entertaining show a couple of times before.
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The stalls is seated tonight , and the venue looks full, so maybe around 1200 folks here.
Pretty much a 75% black crowd.
The show was on for two hours 40 mins over two sets.
First set was 8pm to 9.25pm....85 mins.
KANE BROWN was the host , and introduced all the acts...he is so funny as he interacts with the crowd so well.
Black male comedian ???
Black male comedian ???
WHITE YARDIE is a white guy with a full on Jamaican accent , who went down really well.
Second set was 9.40pm to 10.55pm...75 mins.
KANE BROWN
CHRISTOPHER SAVAGE
RICHARD BLACKWOOD arrived stage on at 10.25pm for his 30 mins headline set.
A very enjoysble evening with lots of laughter from all the acts.
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Saturday 10 February 2024.
Popped into Westfield , Shepherds Bush just before the gig nearby.
Westfield seems to be always busy, despite the cost of living crisis.
5pm to 5.15pm.
I watched the Chinese New Year Dragon Dance on the ground floor.
then
5.15pm to 6pm.
KARL LAGERFELD store launch at Westfield.
It is only a small store, so just a small soft launch opening.
Great to see some of the items here , many have his image on.
BBB iPlayer currently has that great documentary on him , that feature footage of his Paris Fashion Shows
that looked incredible.
There is a DJ playing tunes , and there is complimentary juices with vitamins in his branded bottles.
then
OLIVER ANTHONY live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Virginia native Oliver Anthony is a country-folk poet of the people, who became an overnight sensation with the meteoric rise of his debut single, “Rich Men North of Richmond”.
His passionate voice features a unique and emotional rasp shaped by his personal battles.
In August 2023, he released the single "Rich Men North of Richmond" independently, which debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, making Anthony the first artist to debut atop the chart without any prior charting history in any form.
This show sold out a month in advance.
This show is part of an eight date UK & European Tour.
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It is a rowdy Saturday night drinking crowd.
Not many Americans here for this sold out show.
We have two support acts , who play 20 mins each.
Later on I see that they are both the other members in the Oliver Anthony band.
They second one did a neat cover version of. ' Valerie'.
OLIVER ANTHONY arrived on stage at 9.05pm for his 95 mins set.
He is backed by two musicians and there is no drum kit.
The crowd participation for this show was a bit strange for a London gig , as every two or three songs the band would get the crowd to loudly sing " Joe Bidens a Peado" to the Seven Nation Army riff.
Oliver lives off-grid in Virginia, has scant experience of playing live, and after reading a Bible verse from his phone mid-set, declares that “all the songs you hear on Spotify were recorded on this”. His songs are rootsy and muscular, with the live addition of double bass and acoustic guitar warming up the twang of his resonator guitar. Vocally he’s the real deal, his clear tone lending conviction to ' Cobwebs and Cocaine ' , ' Ain't Gotta Dollar' and drinking song 'I've Got to Get Sober' .
Too much tuning up between songs was a pain, and Oliver had the lyrics to each song in front of him on a paper, and at the end of the song he would give it to the double bass player , who would make a paper aeroplane out of it , and direct it into the crowd.
A couple of good covers were played....' Rocket Man' and ' Freebird'.
We had two superb versions of his mega hit ' Rich Men , North of Richmond' , with the crowd singing loudly.
For the final song , the guitarist was on his own playing as Oliver Anthony went to the front of stalls pit ,
to pose for selfies and to sign stuff.
Overall a good show...but very weird hearing those Joe Biden chants.

Friday 09 February 2024.

Friday 09 February 2024...6.45pm to 8.45pm...
UNIT GALLERY - private view - 3 Hanover Square , Mayfair , London W1.
This gallery always invites lots of guests so must be easily over 100 folks here.
A woman here who had the most cutest little dog I have seen in years.
Complimentary Vodka Tropical Cocktails for all guests.
Both exhibitions on until 10 March 2024
Lower Ground - ZIPING WANG 'Small Talk'.
Ziping Wang’s second exhibition with Unit demonstrates a significant shift towards abstraction, while continuing to explore everyday themes and day-to-day social situations, reflecting the exhibition’s title, 'Small Talk'.
Ground Floor - ZACHARY LIEBERMAN ' Circles, Blobs, Ripples' .
Zachary Lieberman's first solo exhibition with Unit explores the unexpected effects of geometries crafted with code, revealing how a systematic approach to image-making can transform shapes into mesmerising visual experiences.
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Thursday 08 February 2024....6pm to 9pm...
FALCON APARTMENTS - showcase - 3rd Floor, Cairo Studios , 4 Nile Street, Shoreditch , London N1.
North Property Group are showcasing their new apartment block at Red Bank , Victoria North, Manchester .
189 apartments that are due for completion in 2027.
One bed flats start at £268,500.
Six storey clubhouse of residents amenities
A ground breaking development of one, two and three bedroom homes in the heart of the Victoria North Regeneration.
Falcon is the first ground breaking development in the highly anticipated Red Bank neighbourhood one of seven new neighbourhoods in the Victoria North regeneration, the largest regeneration of its kind in the North's history.
The development will offer a selection of contemporary one, two and three bedroom apartments benefiting from floor to ceiling windows that will allow for natural light and open aspects. The spacious open plan layouts will feature high quality appliances and modern finishes in a neutral palette so residents are free to make their spaces their own.
As well as 24 hour concierge services residents will also benefit from The Club House, a six storey residents only amenities building which will cater for every wellness, working and social need including a fitness suite, bar & restaurant, private dining spaces and co working lounge along with more amenities yet to be released.
Falcon is perfectly placed for those seeking for a blend of open space and city living, set in prime position where the thriving city meets the calming waterfront of the River Irk and awaited 113 acre City River Park. Adjacent to Falcon the City River Park will be Manchester's most extensive natural asset, set over 46 hectares.
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Around 50 or 60 folks here in their space away from all the office furniture.
There is a model of the building , and we have a chat with the sales rep.
They have got a female DJ, a bar and a chef.
Complimentary choice of three different cocktails , spirits n mixers , prosecco , wines , bottles of beers , cans of Guinness and canapes.

Wednesday 07 February 2024.

Tuesday 06 February 2024.
2.15pm to 7pm.
ICE GAMING at Excel, London E16.
The place the world of gaming goes to do business will welcome the entire industry on 6-8 February at ExCeL London, where 45,000+ trailblazers will gather to network with leading international decision makers, regulators, operators and innovators across all gaming sectors and verticals, over three days of expansive business opportunities.
ICE is the biggest global showcase of the very latest and innovative technologies and opportunity providers, home to 600+ global brands providing FIRST access to products and services designed to enhance your growth potential in 2024.
After many years in London, it moves to Barcelona from next year
Over 10,000 visitors each day , and as usual it is a 90 % male crowd.
Portuguese football legend LUIS FIGO is here as Ambassador for DIGITAIN.
UFC champion ALEX PEREIRA is posing with his belts on the AVIATOR stand.
This is the event where a few years ago i met DEE SNIDER from Twisted Sister on one of the stands.
Lots of colourful digital screens and neon everywhere.
Plenty of nice looking promo girls at different stands.
You can have a go on all the various slot machines, casino related etc.
Many of the stands are giving out complimentary coffees , cocktails, spirits n mixers, wines ,
prosecco , champers, beers and snacks.
then
7.30pm to 12pm.
ICE GAMING OPENING PARTY at Magazine , London SE10.
Around 3000 guests at this massive venue.
There are dancers in carnival type costumes, acrobats, burlesque and djs.
Lovely surprise to see punk rock band THE DUEL here..
On at 9.10pm for just 15 mins, but they went down well with the crowd.
GREG BANNIS had many years as singer with Hot Chocolate...replacing Errol Brown (R.I.P.)
He was on at 10pm for his 20 mins of singing Hot Chocolate hits to a backing tape.
SOUL II SOUL arrived on stage at 11.05pm for their 45 mins set
A massive band as must be 15 members on stage including three female brass , two female violinists and three female backing singers.
They played their great hits from 1989 ' Keep On Moving' and 'Back to Life'.
Our wristbands were valid for complimentary drinks and food all night,
that included champers in the VIP lounge area and elsewhere was spirits n mixers, wines, beers , prosecco and
the food trucks in the VIP lounge area.

Monday 05 February 2024.

Monday 05 February 2024.
Looks like AC/DC are to announce their first world tour for 8 years.
Tottenham Hotspur Football Ground has been booked concerts for July 8, 9, 10.
The act has not been confirmed yet...is that AC/DC ?
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Sunday 04 February 2024.
Happy Birthday to ALICE COOPER who is 76 today.
I have seen Alice Cooper around a dozen times since 1975 , when I saw both his shows at Wembley Arena.
Alice always puts on a top notch live show.
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Saturday 03 February 2024.
JAZZU live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
I have seen acts from Poland, Russia, Italy, Columbia and others playing to their own communities in London, and this time it is the turn of Lithuania.
Around 1200 mainly Lithuanian folks here , which is pretty good going.
Around 75 % of the crowd are female....so many great looking women at this gig.
JAZZU is a big name in Lithuania , and is an X Factor judge over there.
JAZZU arrived on stage at 8.15pm and played for 1 hour 45 mins.
Nine musicians on stage , including four backing vocals ...2m/2f.
All are dressed in cool all black attire.
The songs are pretty much dreamy electro pop , although it did get livelier in the second half.
Lyrics were all in English , apart from a couple of tracks in English, and a couple of snippets from hit covers.
Hints of Goldfrapp in some of the tracks played, and it was a good show.

Friday 02 February 2024.

Friday 02 February 2024.
PEYTON PARRISH live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Popular TikTok star from America.
Peyton Parrish laid the foundations for his career in 2020 with a cover of “My Mother Told Me”, made famous by the series, ‘Vikings’.
He’s since released his debut album with original songs and covers, to versions of Disney classics, and his latest release, ‘Skalds Of Metal’, includes a collaboration with German medieval rock giants,
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The sign outside the venue says the show is sold out.
DOMINUM arrived on stage at 8pm for their 40 mins set.
German Heavy Metal band played a decent set of tracks from their album.
They have a bald headed singer , and the other three musicians are wearing gruesome masks.
They did a good cover of Dead Or Alive ' You Spin Me Round' .
They signed stuff at the merch stand after their set
PEYTON PARRISH arrived on stage at 9.15pm for his 85 mins set.
You wouldn't think a heavy metal band would have a singer named Peyton.
Plenty of crunching heavy metal tracks played , with lots of lighting.
A superb cover of Cranberries ' Zombie' was a highlight.
The big track ' My Mother Told Me' was performed near the end.
A good show, that the crowd loved.
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Thursday 01 February 2024.
SHEN YUN live at Hammersmith Apollo.
Historical Chinese theatre and music show returns to this venue...I saw it at this venue in 2023.
Extensive daily advertising on TV all through January must have cost them a fortune, so maybe that's why the tickets are so expensive at £75 to £160.
It is on at this venue from 26 Jan to 04 Feb.
This stint in London is part of a UK tour.
They have eight productions touring the world.
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The stalls seats look sold out , even with the high priced tickets.
As expected, it is an older respectable crowd.
The two hour show was over two sets of 60 mins.
The stage presentation is lovely.
A huge digital screen showing colourful images.
Around 30 performers in total on stage.
A full live orchestra of 30 musicians in black tie, that sounded fantastic.
Each piece had an introduction from a m/f couple.
Only two pieces had singing , with a piano backing.
The rest was classical Chinese dance routines with stunning costumes.
An enjoyable show.

Wednesday 31 January 2024.

Wednesday 31 January 2024....6.45pm to 9pm....
BARBARA KRUGER....private view...
THINKING OF YOU. I MEAN ME. I MEAN YOU.
Serpentine Gallery , Kensington Gardens, London.
The site-specific exhibition will feature Kruger’s iconic pieces reconfigured in recent years as video works, including Untitled (I shop therefore I am) (1987/2019) and Untitled (Your body is a battleground) (1989/2019)
Serpentine is honoured to present a solo exhibition of recent works by American artist Barbara Kruger (b. 1945, Newark, New Jersey, USA). The exhibition will be presented at Serpentine South from 1st February to 17th March 2024 and in the public realm with Outernet Arts.
Titled Thinking of You. I Mean Me. I Mean You. the exhibition will feature a unique selection of installations, moving image works, and multiple soundscapes installed across the Serpentine building, bookshop, and outside banners, as well as on large-scale, immersive wraparound screens at Outernet Arts.
It will be the artist’s first solo institutional show in London in over 20 years and a return to Serpentine. Kruger previously exhibited at Serpentine in 1994 as part of the group exhibition Wall to Wall.
Around 150 cool art folks here, including BBC arts editor WILL GOMPERTZ.
Complimentary Ruinart champers for all guests
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Wednesday 31 January 2024.
Happy Birthday to JOHN LYDON who is 68 today.
See my Facebook page for a photo of the two of us together.
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Tuesday 30 January 2024.
EVERGLOW live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Six girl K-Pop act are promoting their fourth album 'All My Girls'.
Six major European cities on this tour....
Barcelona, Paris, Amsterdam, London, Warsaw , Berlin.
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Two days ago i was at this venue for all boy K -Pop and today it is the same promoter's ,
but tonight it is the turn of the girls....more a 50/50 male / female crowd split.
The tickets are an eye watering £100 in the stalls and £90 and £80 for the upstairs seats.
No wonder the stalls standing is half empty , but seats look pretty full.
Maybe 1000 out of the 2000 tickets have been sold.
It is the same format as Sunday , where the band come on early and finish early , so they can do a meet and greet for 200 fans after.
The glow sticks are out in force again tonight.
EVERGLOW arrived on stage at 7.30pm and perform for 1 hour 55 mins.
Every track has an incredible dance routine , as they dance to backing tracks.
They perform their track ' Slay MV' which has had over 25 million views on YouTube.
They also perform a couple of covers in the middle of the set.
Plenty of chat between songs , the girls cannot speak full English so they have an interpreter side of stage.
The girls give out mini hand waves, heart signs and thumbs up etc to the fans.
From my point of view , it is great to watch six fit girls dancing.
Surprisingly they stick to the same black stage outfits for the entire show.
K-Pop really seems to have a cult like hypnotic attraction to their fans.
Visually really good to watch , even though the music was basic dance pop.

Monday 29 January 2024.

Monday 29 January 2024.
I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY : THE SAW MUSICAL - London Opening Night - live at
The New Wimbledon Theatre, London SW19.
I Should Be So Lucky is a brand new jukebox musical featuring the music from songwriting trio Mike Stock, Matt Aitken, and Pete Walkman. The trio had huge success in the 80s and 90s, writing 13 UK number-one hit singles for artists like Kylie Minogue, Rick Astley and Bananarama. Their music was devised into the show by Debbie Isitt, the brains behind the Navity! movies.
SAW is considered one of the most successful songwriting and producing partnerships of all time, scoring more than 100 UK top-40 hits, selling over 150 million records.
The show is playing weekly stints all over the UK.
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The show is on for two hours over two sets of 60 mins.
The show centres on Ella (Lucie-Mae Summer), a bride left at the alter, whose friends and family decide to accompany her on her honeymoon to a Turkish resort, then the groom who jilted her goes to Turkey to win her back.
It's a heartwarming comedy , along with the SAW tracks woven into the script.
Kylie and Bananarama have the most songs in the production, and there's some Jason Donovan ,
Rick Astley ,Sinitta , Mel and Kim , Dead or Alive etc.
Lots of good dance routines, and Kylie appears on the big digital screen several times.
After-party...
There was complimentary prosecco, wines, beers, ciders for guests and press.
Pre show and during the interval was held in the upper circle bar, then the bigger dress circle bar , for when the cast turned up , along with PETE WATERMAN and NATHAN MOORE from Brother Beyond.
Not sure if the other two from SAW were here, as forgot what they looked like.
We were there 10pm to 11.15pm, and it was still lively when we departed.
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Sunday 28 January 2024.
XIKERS play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Xikers is a South Korean boy band formed by KQ Entertainment. The group consists of ten male members: Minjae, Junmin, Sumin, Jinsik, Hyunwoo, Junghoon, Seeun, Yujun, Hunter and Yechan.
Their world tour is called 'Tricky House - First Encounter'.
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The crowd is pretty much 90 % very excitable females under the age of 30.
Not sure how they can afford the steep ticket prices of £90 , £80 and £70.
Plus there are over 200 that have paid for a meet and greet after the show, hence the early start early finish.
There is some serious money floating about in K.Pop.
Some space up in Level 3 and rear stalls so maybe 1300 folks here.
XiTERS arrived on stage on 7.35pm and played for 1 hour 40 mins.
Oddly they are nine members on stage , rather than ten mentioned on wikipedia.
Lots of fantastic dance routines, and after each track they would take a breather by chatting some basic English or by playing a video on the big screen.
As usual with K-Pop acts there is no live band , and it's all backing tapes.
Lots of lights and strobes are used throughout the shows.
It is all very visual ,but the music is basic dance pop.
Lots of screaming girls and many are holding various glow sticks.
I think there were three costume changes.
Overall a visually good show , but the music was a bit tame.

Saturday 27 January 2024.

Saturday 27 January 2024
Happy Birthday to NICK MASON who is 80 today.
See my Facebook page for a photo of us together.
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Friday 26 January 2024...I went to three events today...
See some photos from the events on my Facebook page.
2pm to 6pm
KENSINGTON MARKET REUNION , The Design Museum Kensington High Street ,London W8.
2pm to 2.45pm - i had at a peek around REBEL : NEWGEN exhibition which features 30 years of London fashion designers.
I went to the launch party for it in Sept 2023..
2.45pm to 3.30pm. - I had a peek around SKATEBOARD - celebrating 70 years of the skateboard.
Featuring 100 plus skateboards and related items from 1953 onwards.
3.30pm to 4pm - I had a peek around The Design Museum exhibition itself.
4pm to 6pm - Complimentary wines, beers and snacks upstairs for the 60 or so guests.
Stall holders, friends and customers are gathered in the upstairs bar here.
Good to see a few people i know here.
Kensington Market was a very popular place to go for cool clothes through the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s.
It was located pretty much opposite The Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington High Street.
In the 1960s and 1970s, it catered to hippie and bohemian culture. From the 1980s to the end of the 1990s, it catered to punks, new romantics, metal heads, ravers, and goths, as well as other sub-cultures of contemporary music, fashion, hair stylists, body arts, and crafts and accessories.
In 1969, before the band Queen had formed, Roger Taylor ran a stall at the market, also enlisting Freddie Mercury to work on it.In a 2006 interview, Lemmy, the founder of Motörhead, stated he sold dope at the market during the 1960's.
American and UK bands used to get stage wear there.
Probably the most popular store was Johnson's, whose owner and staff are here tonight.
I went to Johnson's New Year's Eve party on 31 Dec 1980 that featured The Stray Cats live.
then
6.30pm to 7.30pm
Sprovieri Gallery - private view - 23 Heddon Street , London W1.
The contemporary art on display was not my cup of tea.
Complimentary sparkling wines for all the guests
This building has a famous history.
It's over 50 years since David Bowie donned a loud turquoise Freddi Burretti jumpsuit, and posed — guitar slung over shoulder — in the lamplit doorway of 23 Heddon Street, for the photoshoot of his album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.
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BLACK SABBITCH live at The Camden Assembly.
Top notch all female Sabbath tribute band arrive in the UK from Los Angeles.
For over a decade, Black Sabbitch has been selling out shows and wowing even the most difficult to please Sabbath worshipers, gaining a rabid fan base and the respect of critics, fans and musicians alike. They have become festival favorites, consistently performing with some of the world’s biggest acts, in a world seldom played by your typical “tribute” band. Black Sabbitch were hand-picked by Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne to open the inaugural Ozzfiesta and by Dave Grohl to play Cal Jam with Foo Fighters and Iggy Pop, after which the Foo Fighters shared photos of Black Sabbitch saying "we were spellbound.”
Tickets are £20 including booking fee.
Also Sunday 28 Jan at Sub 89 in Reading.
I have seen the real Black Sabbath many times since the 1970s.
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The 200 capacity upstairs room at this venue is packed solid.
The band are selling their wares themselves at their merch stand.
The band for around 1 hour 45 mins over two sets.
Ever since I saw The Runaways debut London shows at the nearby Roundhouse in 1976, I have had a soft spot for all girl rock bands.
Great to hear all those Sabbath classics played, in a really good set.
Nice to see the drummer doing most of the stage chat between songs.
Setlist included...
Into The Void
N.I.B.
Fairies Wear Boots
Paranoid
Black Sabbath
War Pigs
Wicked World
Snowblind
Children Of The Grave
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Thursday 25 January 2024.
ROD STEWART tribute show at The Theatre Royal , Windsor.
Top notch Rod tribute show ' Some Guys Have All The Luck '.
I have seen this show three times before.
I have seen the real Rod Stewart live around 25 times with the first times at those legendary shows at The Olympia, Kensington in the late 1970s.....1976 x 2 , 1977 x 1 , 1978 x 3.
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A mainly older crowd tonight in this cosy all seated theatre.
A good turnout for a tribute act as around 500 tix sold out of the 633 capacity.
The show was on for 1 hour 55 mins over two sets of 50 mins and 65 mins.
Rod tonight is backed by a four piece band.
Lots of folks here my age, and nice to see some folks who are clearly in their 70s. Each song had some spoken Rod history to it , and there were Rod images on the big screen. The singer looks like Rod and has that great raspy voice that the real Rod has and friendly typical Rod like stage banter. A few costume changes by him too, mainly just a different jacket. Lots of dancing by the punters in the second half, and you cannot go wrong with so many Rod gems......a really good show...
20 songs played tonight, including....
You Wear It Well
Stay With Me
Cindy Incidentally
First Cut is The Deepest
This Old Heart Of Mine
I Don't Wanna Talk About It
Do You Think I'm Sexy
Some Guys Have All The Luck
You're in My Heart
Baby Jane
Sailing
Encore :
Maggie May

Thursday 25 January 2024.

Wednesday 24 January 2024....5.15pm to 8pm...
The MARK KNOPFLER Guitar Collection , Christie's , King Street , St James's , London SW1.
Christie’s is honoured to bring to auction guitars from the collection of music legend Mark Knopfler, the celebrated singer-songwriter, guitar hero and frontman of the iconic British rock band, Dire Straits.
Comprising more than 120 guitars and amps, the collection spans the 50-year career of one of the world’s most influential musicians and chronicles the diverse array of guitars Knopfler has used to write, record and perform an extensive catalogue of compositions for Dire Straits, as well as numerous successful solo albums and film soundtracks. Renowned for his distinct and virtuoso finger-picking style, Mark chose each instrument for its individual sound and tone, assembling a wide-ranging archive that includes iconic and world-famous names such as Gibson, Fender and Martin alongside custom-built models by Rudy Pensa and John Suhr, and bespoke examples crafted by luthiers from across the globe.
Twenty-five percent of the total hammer price will be divided equally and donated to The British Red Cross, Tusk and Brave Hearts of the North East.
The live auction will be on the Christie's website 31 Jan at 1pm.
There Is a 26 mins video of Mark Knopfler being interviewed about the guitars on YouTube.
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A big crowd of over 300 folks here.
The stunning range of guitars are hanging on the walls, with several on the main stage.
It is a public view guest list , rather than a private view guest list so it is a pay bar , rather than the usual complimentary bar.
There are videos of Dire Straits on the big screens, and the sound is perfect as it is via Dolby Atmos.
6pm -Paul Crockford Mark Knopfler' s current manager , gives a talk about the crafting of the Local Heroes Gin , a collaboration with Mark Knopfler....which is on sale at the bar tonight..
7pm - John Illsley , founding member and bass guitarist of Dire Straits was in conversation with Paul Sexton about the band's rise from London pubs to global stardom.
Mark Knopfler has sold sold over 100 million albums with Dire Straits and solo.
I have seen Dire Straits 14 times and Mark Knopfler solo 4 times.
The first time I saw Dire Straits was when they were support at this new wave /punk show.
Talking Heads + Slaughter and The Dogs + Dire Straits - Roundhouse 29 Jan 1978 .
Also two shows at Hammersmith Odeon in 1983 that were sponsored by Phillips who were launching their new electronic device - The CD player.....also Live Aid in 1985.
See my Facebook page for a video and some photos

Sunday 21 January 2024.

Sunday 21 January 2024.
Big family lunch party to celebrate my mum's 90th birthday.
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Saturday 20 January 2024.
RYAN LONG live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
New York comedian with multi - millions of views on YouTube plays the last night of his UK tour , and his third London show on his tour.
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Levels 2 and 3 are closed tonight and maybe 500 seated folks here in the stalls and Level 1.
We have three support acts tonight.
ERIC FETTY on at 8pm for 12 mins.
DANNY POLISHCHUK on at 8.12pm for 20 mins.
FRANCIS ???? On at 8.50pm for 10 mins.
RYAN LONG arrived on stage at 9pm for his 65 mins set.
Plenty of anti-woke and non-pc routines were good to hear.
Subjects included lots of dick and pussy rants, along with religion , LGBT , fat people, politics , racism ,etc.
At the end of his set, Ryan said he would be meeting fans at the back of the stalls for a free chat and photo.
All the acts had some very funny routines, and some average routines.
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Thursday 18 January 2024....5.15pm to 10.15pm...
Launch Party - 26 Leake Street, Waterloo, London SE1.
Events management company Camm & Hooper has acquired the venue 26 Leake Street, which resides in three renovated railway arches in London's Waterloo.
It comes after Camm & Hooper revealed it is amid a period of "ongoing growth", having secured Platform, a 35,000 sq ft space in Glasgow, last November.
26 Leake Street is an 11,000 sq ft space that has previously held drinks receptions, music events, corporate functions and fashion shows for brands such as Smirnoff, Amazon, Fendi and Adidas.
The venue can host up to 1,200 standing guests or 450 seated banquet diners.
The event company has a portfolio of seven sites, which includes Tanner Warehouse in London's Bermondsey, Jeru Mayfair and Platform Glasgow, and has committed to acquiring additional venues in Scotland, Manchester and Leeds.
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A big crowd of around 400 or 500 guests here tonight.
Lots of things going on including an acoustic guitarist playing a few tunes, magician , djs, street performers,
a fun photo booth and a graffiti wall with markers and spray cans and stencils.
I sprayed a tote bag with the words Sex Pistols on it..
See my Facebook page for a photo of it.
At 7pm we had a welcome speech by the CEO of Camm & Hooper.
An army of staff coming around with food and drinks all night along with the many bars and dessert stations.
Complimentary drinks and food included a dozen different cocktails , prosecco , wines , beers , bowl foods, canapes, up desserts and a sweets and pick n mix counter.
An excellent event.
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Wednesday 17 January 2024...I went to two events tonight...
6.15pm to 6.45pm.
OMOROVICZA - showcase - 60 South Audley Street, Mayfair ,London W1.
They opened this London Flagship in Nov 2023.
Having opened in Budapest three years ago, the founders now bring their cult luxury products and skin therapy treatments to London’s Mayfair, with a newly opened store on South Audley Street. The space has been designed by Tina Vaia, and Ed Milton of EJM Studio, and features two treatment rooms, a cocooning relaxation area, a courtyard, and a boutique.
Complimentary Waitrose champers and white wines for all the guests
then
6.50pm to 9.15pm.
ANDY WARHOL - BEYOND THE BRAND - private view -Halcyon Gallery , Mayfair , London W1.
Can it be possible that there’s a Warhol we haven’t seen? Yes, apparently, quite a few, and ten of them will be on view to the public on the UK for the first time from this week.
Andy Warhol’s rarely seen original Ads paintings were created in 1985, as a set of ten painted canvases and a portfolio of prints. Each depicts Warhol’s hand-made, vividly coloured take on a different famous advertisement, from Apple Computers to Chanel No.5, Volkswagen cars to Lifesavers (a sweet a bit like fruit polos, since you ask).
Other Andy Warhol's on show here included ..
1972 Marilyn
1972 Mao
1986 Cowboys and Indians
A female DJ was playing tunes in the background.
Complimentary Taittinger champers and canapes for the 100 plus guests.
See my Facebook page for a few photos from the event.

Tuesday 16 January 2024.

Tuesday 16 January 2024.
Family celebrations today as my dear mum is 90 today.
Her dementia is getting worse , but she is hanging in there.
See my Facebook page for some photos.
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Sunday 14 January 2024.
999 live at The 100 Club.
with support from THE SATELLITES .
I have seen punk legends 999 around 25 times since 1977.
Here are the times I saw them in 1977, 1978, 1979 which
Includes shows at the legendary Nashville Pub.
999,Swords Nashville Pub, London 18.07.1977
Vibrators,999 Roundhouse. London 16.10.1977
Runaways,999 Hammersmith Odeon, London 13.11.1977
999 Hope And Anchor Pub, London 29.11.1977
999 ,Red Cow Pub, London 23.12.1977
999,Black Slate Roundhouse, London 19.03.1978
999 ,Camden Music Machine, London 30.05.1978
999 ,Nashville Pub, London 28.07.1978
999,Donkeys Marquee Club, London 05.10.1979
999 Nashville Pub, London 15.12.1979
Between 1978 and 2007, 999 released fourteen singles and twelve studio albums. Five of the singles released by 999 between 1978 and 1981 charted within the Top 75 in the UK Singles Chart, with one further single released by 999 in 1978, "Homicide", charting within the Top 40. In addition, as a result of extensive touring in the United States in the early 1980s, the band's third and fourth studio albums, The Biggest Prize in Sport and Concrete, each charted on the U.S. Billboard 200.
Despite having formed in 1976, 999 have only experienced two permanent changes to their original line-up.
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Nice to see so many of my punk rock chums here.
THE SATELLITES arrived on stage at 8.15pm for their 40 mins set.
I saw these original punk rockers from Acton three times back in the day.
Adam And The Ants, Satellites,Ruts Acton White Hart, London W.3 30.08.1978
Satellites,Scabbies Flatterlites The Kensington Pub,London W14 23.09.1980 lotsa nudity and chaos
Lurkers,Satellites Moonlight Club , London NW 02.07.1982
I have seen them more recently too.
Del is still on vocals, and the band are sounding good.
999 arrived on stage at 9.10pm and played for 75 mins.
Nick Cash is still doing a great job on vocals as usual , and its not long before he starts his usual rant " they said punk rock would last only 6 months , but here we are still here 48 years later".
Lots of short catchy gems played, with highlights including 'Emergency ', ' Nasty Nasty ' , ' Homicide" and final encore " I'm Alive" .....a great show by 999 as usual.
Full 999 setlist played tonight....
Biggest Prize in Sport
My Street Stinks
Hit Me
Feeling Alright With The Crew
Shoot
Boys in the Gang
Titanic (My Over) Reaction
Don’t Wanna Know
Black Flowers for the Bride
I Really Really Really Really Like You
Inside Out
My Dad Trashed My Submarine
Last Breath
Lie Lie Lie
Don't You Know I Need You
No Pity
Emergency
Nasty Nasty
Homicide
Encore:
Little Red Riding Hood
Let's Face It
I'm Alive
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Saturday 13 January 2024.
THE SMYTHS + BILLY BLAGG live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
A nice pair of tribute acts to The Smiths and Billy Bragg.
I have seen Morrissey a dozen times, but never saw The Smiths as they never played Hammersmith Odeon in their short career, when I worked front stage security.
I have seen the real Billy Bragg around a dozen times , with the first times being three shows supporting David Gilmour at Hammersmith Odeon in 1984, and I have seen The Smyth's at Sub 89 in Reading a couple of years ago.
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Level 3 is closed , and Level 2 is half empty but must be 1300 folks here, which pretty good for " just a tribute band" .
Mainly a crowd in their 50s, but lots of younger folks here who were not even born when the The Smiths split up in 1987.
BILLY BLAGG arrived on stage at 8pm for his 35 mins.
Never did I ever think that someone would bother to do a Billy Bragg tribute act, but the guy looks and talks like him , and even got a bit political, just like Billy Bragg.
Lots of Billy Bragg classics played , including...
To Have and To Have Not
Sexuality
The Milkman of Human Kindness
The Battle of Barking
There is Power in a Union
Between The Wars
A New England
THE SMYTHS arrived on stage at 8.45pm and played for 1 hour 55 mins over two sets of 50 mins and 65 mins.
They were introduced by BBC presenter Jeremy Vine.
The crowd are all singing and dancing along to those great lyrics, with highlights including...
William It Was Really Nothing
The Last of the International Playboy's
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out (dedicated to Andy Rourke)
Shoplifters of The World Tonight
Panic
The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
Girlfriend In A Coma
Stop Me
Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
What Difference Does It Make
This Charming Man
Bigmouth Strikes Again
How Soon Is Now

Saturday 13 January 2024.

Friday 12 January 2024.
ANNIE NIGHTINGALE R.I.P.
Veteran BBC Radio 1 presenter Annie Nightingale has died, aged 83.
The radio star, who was the station’s first-ever female presenter, died on Thursday (11 January) following a short illness, according to her family, who said in a statement: “Annie was a pioneer, trailblazer and an inspiration to many. Her impulse to share that enthusiasm with audiences remained undimmed after six decades of broadcasting on BBC TV and radio globally.”
Annie joined the BBC in 1970, and was still there over 50 years later.She also presented The O.G.W.T. in the 1970s when Bob Harris departed.
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Thursday 11 January 2024....I went to FOUR events tonight...
5pm to 6.30pm....private view ..
The Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair , London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, London W1.
Around 40 exhibitors are showcasing.
Lovely period furniture, jewellery , watches , paintings etc.
Complimentary sparkling wines , along with red & white wines.
It is on all this weekend...Fri, Sat and Sun.
then
6.35pm to 7.35pm....private view....
Phillips Gallery , 30 Berkeley Square , Mayfair ,London W1.
Phillips: Editions - 17 & 18 January, London
Bid Now! Only 6 days left to register in our editions auction. Browse works by David Hockney, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, among others.
Complimentary Lallier champers, Margherita cocktails and white wines.
then
7.45pm to 9.15pm...launch party...
W1 CURATES present "Alienated" by CEM HASIMI.
Basement of Flannels, 161- 167 Oxford Street , London W1.
This digital Art space is more night club rather than your typical gallery. Very nice images on all the walls.
A bit like what you would see at the Outernet display.
Free admission over the next couple of weeks.
Complimentary spirits Inc JD n cokes along with prosecco, wines and beers.
then
THE RAMONAS live at The 100 Club.
I have seen this all girl Ramones tribute act twice before.
Then they mixed Ramones songs with their own songs.
The band started off just playing Ramones songs , but recently have released albums with their own material.
Tonight was billed as an ' originals set' .
They arrived in stage at 9.40pm for their 60 mins set.
It was all their own material tonight , with no Ramones songs.
Their own material was Ramones sounding and pretty good.
Would have been nice to hear a few Ramones classics though.

Thursday 11 January 2024.

Wednesday 10 January 2024.
Happy Birthday to ROD STEWART who is 79 today.
Raysgigs was the first place that mentioned Rod reuniting with The Faces...although it took several years to actually happen.
I did around 20 media interviews relating to it.
This is what NME.COM said in Nov 2008.
Frontman Rod Stewart told Raysgigs.com that all the original members aside from late bassist Ronnie Lane, who died in 1997, were set to reconvene on Monday (November 17) to run through their old hits.
The singer, who spoke at the Claridges Bar 10th Anniversary Party said the band, which includes current Rolling Stones‘ guitarist Ronnie Wood, will use Stewart‘s touring bassist to fill in for Lane.
The actual tour with The Faces did not actually happen , and Ronnie got fed up waiting for Rod to commit , so a couple of years later, i saw Mick Hucknall take over vocal duties for The Faces reunion , which also included Glen Matlock on bass.
The Faces with Rod and Ronnie would eventually only do the one show in 2015 at Hurtwood Park , Surrey ...i was there.
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Tuesday 09 January 2024.
ALADDIN panto at Theatre Royal , Windsor.
Catch the 'sensational' Aladdin panto before it flies out of Windsor!
Returning for his 10th Windsor Pantomime, everyone’s favourite fox Basil Brush is back alongside Windsor favourites Steven Blakeley, Kevin Cruise And Anita Harris. Plus, joining them this year is star of The Real Marigold Hotel Patti Boulaye, and TV trickster Paul Zenon!
Featuring Theatre Royal Windsor’s traditional pantomime comedy capers, dazzling dancers, colourful costumes, and a sprinkling of magic, you won’t want to miss this ‘Genie’-ous show.
This is the 85th season of panto at this venue.
It is on until 14 January.
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This cosy 633 capacity theatre looks half empty tonight.
The show is on for around 1 hour 50 mins over two sets.
It is more a family panto compared to the excellent
Palladium adult panto last week.
Although there were a few Carry On type innuendos like
" Let me rub this lamp , and see what happens".
Some familiar faces from the 1970s /1980s on stage inc
Anita Harris who is now aged 81.
Patti Boulaye who is now aged 69.
Basil Brush was around when it was black & white TV.
Lots of silliness and lots of cover songs performed.
A few topical jokes about politicians and nearby areas.
There was a full on Barbie tribute with outfits and that very catchy song , and they threw out a dozen beach balls.
Aladdin flew over the front stalls on his flying carpet.
A full on slapstick version of 12 Days of Christmas was very entertaining , as was the four little girls on stage for some cure audience participation ...ages 5, 9, 3, 3 .
An enjoyable show.

Tuesday 09 January 2024.

Tuesday 09 January 2024.
Happy Birthday to JIMMY PAGE who is 80 today.
Happy Birthday to DAVID JOHANSEN who is 74 today.
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Monday 08 January 2024.
Teenage Cancer Trust is back! The Royal Albert Hall has been hosting concerts in aid of the charity since 2000, with the biggest names in music and comedy coming together each year to raise money to help young people face the chaos of cancer.
I have been to at least one show , every year since the start.
Mon 18 March - THE WHO with orchestra + Squeeze
Tues 19 March - comedy evening with half a dozen acts
Wed 20 March - THE WHO with orchestra + Squeeze
Thurs 21 March - NOEL GALLAGHER and THFB + Blossoms
Fri 22 March - YOUNG FATHERS
Sat 23 March - THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS
Sun 24 March - ROGER DALTREY and friends
Tickets go on sale soon.
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Saturday 06:January 2024.
THE BOYS live at The 100 Club.
With support from THE DIRTY STRANGERS + THE VULZ.
I have seen The Boys over a dozen times since 1977 when they supported The Damned at The Roxy Club Jan 1977 , and then summer 1977 with The Jam + The Saints + The Boys at Hammersmith Odeon, then a headline gig at The Marquee Club.
I have seen The Dirty Strangers three times. Singer Alan Clayton got Keef and Ronnie to play on some of their tracks , and in July 2013 I saw them play The Borderline Club when Stones sax player Bobby Keys played eight songs with them.
I have seen The Vulz a couple of times before.
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This was my first gig of 2024.
This was the third show of The Resolution Punk Festival at this venue. Nice to see so many friends here.
THE VULZ arrived on stage at 8.10pm for their 35 mins set.
They played some good catchy tunes from their albums.
The Vulz lend out their gleaming drum kit to the other two bands and other stage bits like guitars and amps.
THE DIRTY STRANGERS arrived on stage at 8.55pm for their 40 mins set. They have a nice sound with hints of The Stones / The Faces. Their set included gems like 'Pirates Don't Get Pensions ' and 'Gold Cortina' but no time tonight to play ' 'Shepherds Bush City Limits'.
THE BOYS arrived on stage at 9.50pm for their 65 mins set.
The Boys still feature two original members.
Lots of short and catchy tracks played in their great set.
Most of them date back to their 1970s punk heyday.
Setlist played tonight...
T.C.P.
See Ya Later
Terminal Love
Punk Rock Menopause
Weekend
U.S.I.
I'm a Believer
Cop Cars
You Can't Hurt a Memory
No Money
Soda Pressing
Tumble With Me (Hollywood Brats cover)
Do the Contract Hustle
Global Warming
I Don't Care
First Time
Brickfield Nights
Living in the City
Sick on You

Friday 05 January 2024.

Wednesday 03 January 2024.
BBC1 10.45pm - RAYE live at The Royal Albert Hall 2023.
I was at this really good sold out show , where Raye was backed by a full orchestra.
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Tuesday 02 January 2024.
PETER PAN is at The London Palladium.
The country's biggest and best panto returns to this venue.
I have been to it a few times in the past.
The London Palladium pantomime is set to return for an eighth year, with a brand new production of Peter Pan starring Jennifer Saunders and Julian Clary.
Saunders, who will be making her Palladium panto debut in Peter Pan playing Captain Hook, said: “I could not be more delighted to be doing my first panto ever at the Palladium. I am a huge fan of panto and The Palladium always delivers. I wouldn’t want to be in Peter Pan’s tiny soft shoes let me tell you, because I am going to give Hook my all!”
Returning Palladium panto favourites Paul Zerdin, Nigel Havers, Gary Wilmot, and Rob Madge will also join Saunders and Clary in the cast. The production will once again be directed by Michael Harrison, who has produced and directed all eight London Palladium pantomimes.
Peter Pan will run from Saturday 9 the December 2023 to Sunday 14 January 2024.
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This iconic venue looks very full tonight.
I have a superb seat just three rows from the stage.
The show was on for two hours over 70 mins and 50 mins.
Last Christmas it was Dawn French who brought celebrity star power to the Palladium panto Jack and The Beanstalk. This year it is French's comedy partner Jennifer Saunders playing villainous Captain Hook in Peter Pan. Apart from that this is business as usual for the ensemble – in other words a riotous mix of camp, slapstick, smut and occasional acting. And, as always, glorious fun.
I'm not sure JM Barrie envisaged Julian Clary dressed as a giant prawn, or Peter Pan's crotch catching fire after some limbo dancing. This is a version that just about pays lip service to the origin story. No wonder a song in the second half, sung by scene-stealing imp Rob Madge as fairy Tink, asks "whatever happened to the plot?"
Instead the cast concentrates on enjoying themselves and entertaining the audience. Saunders is superb as Hook and cannot resist breaking into crowdpleasing Abfab impressions. Louis Gaunt is a more muscular Pan than you might expect. The boy who never grew up, but clearly spent a lot of hours in the gym. Clary as Seaman Smee brings Act One to a close on a literal high as he glides into the rafters.
Elsewhere familiar set-pieces are given a new spin. Gary Wilmot's Dame delivers a trademark rapid-fire wordplay number. Professional duffer Nigel Havers and slick ventriloquist Paul Zerdin join Clary and Wilmot for a singalong which involves Havers being repeatedly whacked.
Julian Clary had a dozen incredible costumes , and had the majority of the smutty jokes.
Nigel Havers was the butt of many jokey routines related to his age.
The ventriloquist Paul Zerdin and his puppet were excellent, and in the second half he got three young children on stage , which was very entertaining audience participation.
There is satire with swipes at Farage Sunak and Starmer.
So much laughter in this top notch spectacle which was a great start to 2024.

Monday 01 January 2024.

Monday 01 January 2024.
HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone.
Here are my Top 20 gigs of the year which was full of great shows.
I went to 189 gigs in 2023 , which brings my gig total to 7561 since Sept 1973.
The first three that I gave a 10, and the rest were all pretty close, date order.
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ELTON JOHN at The 02 Arena - 17 April
DOG DAY AFTERNOON at Crystal Palace Park - 01July
IGGY POP + BLONDIE + GENERATION SEX + STIFF LITTLE FINGERS + BUZZCOCKS + LAMBRINI GIRLS.
KISS at The 02 Arena - 05 July
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FLAMING LIPS at Hammersmith Apollo - 28 April
DURAN DURAN at The 02 Arena - 01 May
STEEL PANTHER + WINGER live at The Forum - 20 May
Tribute to JEFF BECK at The Royal Albert Hall - 22 May and 23 May
Feat ERIC CLAPTON + ROD STEWART + RONNIE WOOD + BILLY GIBBONS+ JOSS STONE + JOHNNY DEPP plus others.
SPARKS at The Royal Albert Hall - 29 May and 30 May
BEYONCE at Tottenham Hotspur Football Ground - 04 June
THE HIVES at The Garage -13 June
BLUR +SELF ESTEEM + SLEAFORD MODS at Wembley Stadium - 08 July
HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES at The 02 Arena - 09 July
THE WHO at The 02 Arena - 12 July
PULP live at Hammersmith Apollo - 29 July
REBELLION PUNK FESTIVAL at Blackpool + 03 Aug to 06 Aug - over 30 bands seen.
MARC BOLAN ANNIVERSARY CONCERT at Shepherds Bush Empire - 15 Sept
Feat TREXTASY + MARC ALMOND + HOLLY JOHNSON plus others.
kYLIE MINOGUE at Shepherds Bush Empire - 27 Sept
DIANA ROSS at The Royal Albert Hall -15 Oct
SUZI QUATRO live at The Palladium - 15 Nov
EXTREME + LIVING COLOUR at The Forum - 04 Dec and 19 Dec
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Sunday 31 December 2023.
New Year Fireworks - The London Eye.
100, 000 have paid £20 each and many more have found places to see it free from a distance.
We had a few drinks in the area, very busy with lots of tourists.
We are in Red Zone 5 ticketed area for the main event 10pm to 12.30pm.
A DJ played tunes before and after the fireworks display.
The top notch fireworks display was on for around 10 mins.
Lots of those disco party boats on the river looked a good place to watch the fireworks display from.
Thankfully it was rain free night , and good fun.

Friday 29 December 2023

Friday 29 December 2023.
FREE ENTRY gig at The Cavern , Raynes Park , London SW20.
HEAVY METAL KIDS (who still feature two original members on drums and guitar) .
I saw Heavy Metal Kids in the 1970s when Gary Holton (RIP) was on vocals.
They were playing 1972–1985 (until when Gary Holton died) and reformed 2002–present.
Uriah Heep + Heavy Metal Kids Hammersmith Odeon, London 22.06.1974 ...this tour was to promote new album " Wonderworld" . support group had the great Gary Holton as lead singer who later starred on TV in Auf Weidersen Pet but who sadly died .
Alice Cooper + Heavy Metal Kids Wembley Arena , London 11.09.1975... fantastic rock package This is more like it . Great rock songs with a great stage show .
Alice Cooper + Heavy Metal Kids Wembley Arena , London 12.09.1975..."Welcome To My Nightmare " is the current album He played all his 4 Top 10 hit singles and it was just brilliant .
Heavy Metal Kids,Stray,Dirty Tricks Roundhouse, London 11.07.1976.
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Oddly this was the first time I have been to this old school rock music pub.
Well worth keeping an eye on their gig list, as 75 % of their shows are free entry.
It has music memorabilia adorning all the walls.
My friend MARK TAYLOR from Record Collector is here , and he warned me it was a late start late finish venue, which is ok for the locals, but not ideal for those like me who have made a proper trek.
THE EDLINERS arrived on stage at 9.05pm and played for around 50 mins.
Blues rock trio started off with a couple of their own tracks , then it was all cover versions , including The Rolling Stones, BTO, David Bowie and Led Zeppelin.
The guitarist played some stunning riff's and solos on his Gibson Les Paul.
THE HEAVY METAL KIDS arrived on stage at 10.10pm and played for around 75 mins.
This meant they came off stage at the mental time of 11.25pm.
Really great to be up close to the stage.
The guitarist is one of those that does not use any effects pedals.
Their current singer is younger and has a nice tall , slim, front man vibe.
Early songs in the set included ' Chelsea Kids', 'Blow It All Away ', ' Hit The Right Button' , and the best tunes were in the second half of the set ,so we had 'Squallidy Inn' , ' Houseparty' , 'She's No Angel ' and 'Delirious '.
Really good to see The Heavy Metal kids are still playing.
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Thursday 28 December 2023.
2023 was the best year for vinyl album sales in the UK since 1990.
Top 10 best-selling vinyl albums 2023, with Taylor Swift and The Rolling Stones taking the top two positions.
Taylor Swift - 1989 (Taylor's Version)
The Rolling Stones - Hackney Diamonds
Lana Del Rey - Did You Know There's a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd
Taylor Swift - Speak Now (Taylor's Version)
Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
Blur - The Ballad of Darren
Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon
Taylor Swift - Midnights
Olivia Rodrigo - Guts
Lewis Capaldi - Broken by Desire to be Heaven Sent
The BPI said cassette sales were also picking up again after dying out in early 1990s, while the decline in CD sales had begun to slowdown, "plateauing" at most 11 million units in 2023.
Take That's This Life is the year's top selling CD, while Olivia Rodrigo's Guts was the best performing cassette.
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Wednesday 27 December 2023.
Happy Birthday to JANET STREET PORTER who is 77 today.
Janet was the presenter of the LWT TV show in 1976 that featured The Sex Pistols at The Notre Dame Hall in Leicester Square.
You can see me in the TV footage jumping around front of stage.
Stills of the footage with me in them were used in The Sex Pistols 'Pretty Vacant ' poster ' Dance to The Sex Pistols' and the picture cover for Sex Pistols ' Pretty Vacant' in New Zealand.

Sunday 24 December 2023.

MERRY CHRISTMAS GREETINGS to all visitors to this website.
Saturday 23 December 2023.
The West End is buzzing with locals and tourists.
6pm.... Getting out at Tottenham Court Road station is enjoyable these days , as you can browse the stunning Now Building.
The Now Building, which is home to what is said to be 'the world's largest LED canvas' by pixel density, has attracted 6.25 million visitors in its first year. Outernet London has become the capital city's most-visited attraction. Helps that it is free to watch.
Their live music venue which replaced The Astoria and the small club which replaced The Borderline at this building don't seem to be attracting many big names.
6.30pm....Good to see FOPP RECORDS Covent Garden was nice and busy...I still have not been to the re-opening of the HMV store in Oxford Street.
then
7.30pm....CRAZY FOR YOU at The Gillian Lynne Theatre, Drury Lane , London WC2.
This musical closes on 31 Dec 2023.
I went to the opening press/VIP party on 04 July 2023 for it , but have not actually seen the show itself until now.
The venue is pretty much 90% full.
I end up with a great view in the stalls, five rows from the stage.
The show was on for around 2 hours 25 mins over two sets.
The show got lots of great five star reviews.
‘CRAZY FOR YOU BRINGS THE AUDIENCE TO ITS FEET. THE WHOLE EVENING IS FULL OF JOY. PURE, IRRESISTIBLE FUN!’
The biggest and most joyful musical comedy is lighting up the West End, ‘banishing the cares of the world with sublime songs and dynamic tap routines’ (Evening Standard).
This large-scale production boasts 16 orchestra members and an incredible 34 strong cast, led by the ‘electrifying’ Charlie Stemp (The Times), alongside the ‘magnetic’ Carly Anderson (Broadway World) and ‘outrageously comic’ Tom Edden (Evening Standard). This show overflows with glorious Gershwin melodies, including Someone to Watch Over Me, I Got Rhythm and They Can’t Take That Away from Me.
A celebration of musical theatre at its finest, ‘Susan Stroman’s choreography blows the roof off and wins standing ovations’ (Daily Mail), which ‘sends you out on a high from the joy of music and dance’ (Financial Times).
With a riotously entertaining book by Ken Ludwig, this spectacular production has transferred from a sell-out season at the Chichester Festival Theatre and is now in its final week at London’s Gillian Lynne Theatre.
This show was totally excellent.
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Friday 22 December 2023.
Amazing news.
THE ROLLING STONES claim 2023’s Official Christmas Number 1 album in the UK with ' Hackney Diamonds' .
Helped by the re-issue with some live tracks.
With guitarist Keith Richards having turned 80 years old this week, he and bandmates Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood see their latest album return to the summit once again. ' Hackney Diamonds' topped the Official Albums Chart upon its release in October.
WHAM ' Last Christmas ' is the number one single for Christmas, for the first time at Christmas since it was released 39 years ago in 1984.
The Band Aid single kept it off the top spot in 1984.
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BBC4 TV 9.10pm - GEORGE MICHAEL live at Earls Court Arena.
George Michaels last ever shows were three nights at this venue in Oct 2012....This recording features the last two shows........I saw this show at The Royal Albert Hall and The Royal Opera House, earlier on in the tour...It was fantastic.
George Michael is no longer with us, and Earls Court Arena has been bulldozed.
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JOE STRUMMER sadly died 21 years ago today....22 Dec 2002.
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Thursday 21 December 2023.
21 Dec 1973.
It was 50 years ago that i saw my first ever gig at The Rainbow.
It was glam rock legends THE SWEET in their heyday.
The legendary Finsbury Park venue is now a Brazilian church.

Wednesday 20 December 2023.

Wednesday 20 December 2023....I went to two events tonight....
6.15pm to 8.30pm.
Guess Who's Sleighing It For Christmas - private view -
Flannels, 161- 167 Oxford Street ,London W1.
Ground floor level is a nice clothing store , and below they hold digital art exhibitions every two or three months.
Similar to what you see at Outernet , up the road.
Maybe 150 guests here and a lot of folks that I know.
A DJ is playing tracks in the background.
Complimentary prosecco , spirits, wines and beers for guests so I had a few JD n cokes.
then
8.40pm to 11pm.
Work Christmas Party at Montagu Pyke , Charing Cross Road London WC2.
This huge and always busy Wetherspoon's pub used to be The Marquee Club when it moved from Wardour Street.
Around 15 of us here with complementary drinks , different pizza slices and chicken bits.
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Tuesday 19 December 2023.
EXTREME + LIVING COLOUR live at The Forum
A nice pair of funk rock bands arrive back in London.
We are spoilt in London , as some bands play two or three or more London shows on their tour.
See my review from their great 04 Dec 2023 Forum show.
This is the last night on their ' Thicker Than Blood' world tour.
Reminder ...this is a great pairing of classic rock bands...
SCORPIONS + EXTREME play Wembley Arena on 08 June 2024.
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The venue is totally rammed again , like last time.
The first show , i was rear stalls standing , but tonight is 3rd row
from the front of the balcony centre.
Legendary live music booking agent ROD MacSWEEN is here.
Legendary rock photographer ROSS HALFIN is here.
LIVING COLOUR arrived on stage at 7.50pm for their 40 mins.
Living COLOUR arrive on stage , as if they are the headliners.
Pretty much the same setlist as last time.
They played a great funk rock set, that was loud , funky , heavy and featured amazing guitar playing from Vernon Reid.
EXTREME arrived on stage at 9.05pm and played for two hours.
It is pretty much the same set as a fortnight ago.
Super slim singer Gary Cherone is a non-stop bundle of energy , and Nuno Bettencourt is stunning on his various guitars.
The overall sound is excellent , and they had loads of lights.
'Get The Funk Out' is a highlight for me...see my Facebook page for the video i took tonight.
At the end of the show all the band go in the pit to shake hands with fans, and give out dozens of guitar plectrums.
Not many bands are as good as they were in their heyday , but Extreme have managed it....a fantastic show.
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11.30pm to 12.15am.
A fair amount of folks on the guest list , but not many have after-show passes, that's because it was held backstage ,rather than the usual balcony bar.
We wait a bit for the tour manager to say it is ok to go into one of the bands dressing rooms.Maybe 20 or 25 folks here max,
including all the band members and a couple of young kids.
Had a chat with three of the band , who offered me wine and beers from the fridge, but I had a full drink anyway.
I got a photo with Nuno which is up on my Facebook page.,
and he gave me a couple of guitar plectrums.
My parting words were " see you back at Hammersmith one day".

Monday 18 December 2023.

Monday 18 December 2023.
GEDDY LEE - MY EFFIN' LIFE - IN CONVERSATION at
The Barbican , London.
This is part a five-date UK tour where Geddy Lee the singer/bassist of legendary prog-rockers Rush is being interviewed by a different guest each night, ostensibly plugging his new autobiography My Effin’ Life. Previous UK shows have had Nicky Wire of Manic Street Preachers, Melissa Auf Der Maur of Hole/Smashing Pumpkins and comedian Phil Jupitus , and the show before London at Portsmouth Guildhall had a surprise appearance by Rush’s guitarist Alex Lifeson.
Surely Alex will turn up in London?
I have seen Rush around a dozen times including their first four UK tours in 1977, 1978, 1979,1980 at Hammersmith Odeon and then i would see them at the bigger arenas on later tours.
Rush,Stray Hammersmith Odeon, London 04.06.1977
Rush,Tyla Gang Hammersmith Odeon, London 19.02.1978
Rush,Tyla Gang Hammersmith Odeon, London 20.02.1978
Rush,Max Webster Hammersmith Odeon, London 05.05.1979
Rush,Max Webster Hammersmith Odeon, London 06.05.1979
Rush Hammersmith Odeon, London 05.06.1980
second of five sold out shows by Rush here on this tour.
Hammersmith Odeon, London 06.06.1980
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The Geddy Lee merch stand is doing plenty of business.
As we enter the hall ,we all get an exclusive complimentary 20 page colour tour programme which features unpublished stories, photographs and more!
The venue is 90 % full which is pretty good considering the high price tickets for just a bit of talking...£100, £80 , £60 plus booking fees ..although that does include a hardcopy of the book.
As expected it is mainly an older male audience tonight.
Before the talk , we have images on the big screen from the book, including the poster from their 1977 Hammersmith Odeon gig.
The talk is on for 2 hours 10 mins , over two sets of 60 mins and 70 mins.
GEDDY arrives on stage to a full standing ovation.
The first 30 mins or so is Jewish comedian David Baddiel and his brother talking to Geddy about him and his parents Jewish history....before going to on to Rush early beginnings and Geddy
reads from his book for 10 mins.
For the second half we do get Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson joining Geddy, and he also gets a full standing ovation.
They had over 500 emails for this Q n A session and maybe answered around a dozen or so.
Fave band to have fun with on the road = UFO.
Fave bands growing up = Yes and Cream.
Fave current bands = QOTS Age and Tool.
Recording their ' A Farewell To Kings ' album at Rockfield Studios in the UK straight after their 1977 UK tour.
Geddy getting kicked out of the band, in the early days .
A very enjoyable evening.
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Monday 18 December 2023
Happy Birthday to rock legend KEITH RICHARDS who reaches the grand old age of 80 today.
If you watch some of The Stones interviews from the 1970s, you would say no way would Keef reach 80, but he somehow has.
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Happy Birthday to BRAD PITT who is 60 today.
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Sunday 17 December 2023.
17 December 1979 - 44 years ago today BON SCOTT played his last London show with AC/DC before his tragic death, a couple of months after.
I was there at Hammersmith Odeon.
It was the 19th time I saw him with them.
I remember reading an article in Sounds magazine at the start of 1976 , about bands to look out for , including an Australian band with a guitarist who played in his school uniform and would get carried through the crowd on the singers shoulders during a guitar solo. That was enough to get me interested , so I saw early pub gigs and Marquee Club gigs in 1976, and the rave reviews meant that a mere 6 months after they played their first pub gigs, they were headlining Hammersmith Odeon.
Search AC/DC for the full list of gigs on www.raysgigs.com
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Saturday 16 December 2023.
These two programmes on SKY ARTS are a must watch.
11:00 PM
The Rolling Stones: Grrr Live!
A 2012 concert by the band at the Prudential Centre in Newark, New Jersey, featuring guest appearances by Lady Gaga, John Mayer, the Black Keys , Mick Taylor and Bruce Springsteen.
2:00 AM
Iggy Pop: Post Pop Depression - Live at the Royal Albert Hall
A 2016 concert by the veteran rock singer and his band, which featured Joshua Homme and Dean Fertita of Queens of the Stone Age and Matt Helders from the Arctic Monkeys.
I was at this excellent show.
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Friday 15 December 2023.
WARGASM live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
This duo feature Sex Pistol GLEN MATLOCKS son.
What NME said in a four star review of their debut album ' Venom' , which came out in October.
This debut album has been nearly five years in the making, but it cements Wargasm’s position as one of UK heavy music’s leading forces. The London-based duo – singer-instrumentalists Milkie Way and Sam Matlock – turned heads as soon as they debuted in 2018 with their ear-catching blend of electronic and industrial sounds. Having supported Limp Bizkit, Corey Taylor and Neck Deep in the past 18 months, ‘Venom’ arrives on a significant wave of hype.
At the same time, it’s been a long and winding journey to this point. Before they came together, Matlock – the son of original Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock – was working in bars after the promise of his former band Dead! faded away, while Way was juggling modelling and sporadic session work after moving to London from Northern Ireland.
It turns out they needed each other as much as heavy music needed them. From their monstrous 2020 breakout single ‘Spit’ to this year’s rap-metal masterclass ‘Do It So Good’ – a highlight on this album – they’ve proved why, arguably, they’re this generation’s answer to The Prodigy. Following an impactful appearance at 2021’s Download Pilot, Wargasm have garnered a vocal and passionate fanbase, who revere the band for both their charisma and genre-splicing approach to their music.
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Level 2 and 3 are closed but the floor is rammed solid as this crowd are up for some serious moshing and crowd surfing.
Around 1200 folks here , which is pretty impressive.
Glen Matlock ex wife is here , as her son is on stage.
Glen is not here , as he has his own gig outside of London.
HARPY arrived on stage at 7.25pm for their 25 mins set.
They have a female singer who is dressed in a foxy tight black catsuit , and they had some good crunching nu-metal sounds.
Oddly they had a male and female stood stationary on each side of the stage in a black head to toe satin catsuit.
DROPOUT KINGS arrived on stage at 8.20pm for their 35 mins.
These rap nu-nu metal band from Phoenix ,USA were great.
A very lively pair of rappers at the front, and a great band.
They were promoting their second album ' Riot Music'.
Lots of moshing and crowd surfing.
WARGASM arrived on stage at 9.20pm for their 65 mins set.
The words " ANGRY SONGS FOR SAD PEOPLE " are on the curtain underneath their band logo.
Male and female at the front sharing vocals , with both playing guitar, and the band at the back playing crunching nu-metal tunes...the female is a proper Courtney Love type rock chick.
A great atmosphere with moshing and crowd surfing non stop.
Lots of lights and strobes used in the very lively show.
For the last encore we had some pyros on the stage.
A very enjoyable evening of three nu-metal bands.
Full WARGASM setlist played tonight...
Venom
Rage All Over
Minigun
Fukstar
S.A.D.
Pyro Pyro
Modern Love
Sonic Dog Tag
Bang Ya Head
Feral
Outrage
Do It So Good
Encore:
D.R.I.L.D.O
Spit.

Thursday 14 December 2023.

Thursday 14 December 2023....3pm to 6pm....
IMMEDIATE MEDIA AWARDS live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Around 500 guests here seated in the stalls and Level 1.
Staff are here from all their offices around the country.
Immediate is the special interest content and platform company. The fast-growing, multi-platform media business is home to over 1,000 people across eight divisions.
IMMEDIATE MEDIA own and operate some of the best-loved brands in the UK. And only focus on special interest markets, engaging over 75 million global passionate consumers each month, offering them world-class content and innovative new products and services.
They publish some big selling titles , including The Radio Times , Match of The Day, Good Food, Countryfile ,Pokémon and Gardeners World.
At 3pm we have complimentary drinks at the bar for an hour.
The dozen strong staff choir sing three songs including ' 12 Days of Christmas' as everyone joined in with it
At 4pm the host comedian SOPHIE DUKER takes the stage.
She does a 15 mins routine.
She won Taskmaster in 2022.
Then there were 25 awards quickly given out.
An enjoyable afternoon.
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Wednesday 13 December 2023.
GREGORY PORTER live at The Royal Albert Hall.
Following his trio of sold out shows this June, Gregory will return to the Hall for one more show in December.
Over the past decade, Porter has taken the world by storm by bringing contemporary jazz to the masses. Not only has the singer collected Grammy Awards for albums Liquid Spirit and Take Me To The Alley, he also made chart history with all five albums breaking into the Top 10 of the mainstream charts – three of those within the Top 5.
Gregory has just released a Christmas album titled
'Christmas Wish' which features three brand new original tracks.
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The venue is totally rammed sold out tonight.
Lots of hospitality in the boxes , as it is Christmas time.
The two RAH Christmas trees are as usual up by the organ.
GREGORY PORTER arrived on stage at 7.35pm and played for 2 hours 5 mins over two sets of 65 mins and 60 mins.
A nice mix of his own material and Christmas related songs.
Gregory arrived on stage wearing his trademark headwear.
He was joined on stage by around 50 musicians , when you add his great band, three backing vocalists and full orchestra.
For the last song of the first set he was joined by a 14 strong boy choir.
Gregory has such a smooth and amazing effortless voice.
A really good show.
FIRST SET
Little Drummer Boy
Liquid Spirit (lyrics changed to Christmas Spirit)
Christmas Waltz
Everything’s Not Lost
If Love Is Overrated
Hey Laura
A Cradle in Bethlehem
Silent Night (Joseph Mohr & Franz Gruber cover)
Make Believe (with Billie Fraser and children’s choir)
SECOND SET
Revival Song
Modern Day Apprentice
Do You Hear What I Hear?
No Love Dying
Take Me to the Alley
Holding On ( Disclosure cover)
Christmas Wish
Heart for Christmas ( with band introductions)
Encore:
The Christmas Song (Mel Tormé cover)
Note: For this show Gregory Porter was backed by
The Kingdom Orchestra conducted by Troy Miller.

Wednesday 13 December 2023.

Wednesday 13 December 2023.
Another sad death to report.
JEFFREY FOSKETT has died of thyroid cancer , age 67 .
He was a big part of The Brian Wilson Band and The Beach Boys over recent years, as he helped with the high notes etc.
Saw many great shows at The Royal Festival Hall when Brian Wilson resumed touring, and Jeffrey was part of that great band....also when he was with The Beach Boys at The Royal Albert Hall.
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Monday 11 December 2023.
Shock news that JOHN ' RAMBO' STEVENS has passed away.
Looks like he has a heart attack.
He was John Lydons manager , personal security and closest friend.
He had unwavering loyalty to John, that was above and beyond.
You would see him side of stage at Sex Pistols and PiL gigs ,
keeping an eye on things , or indeed anywhere that John went.
John Lydon will be gutted , as he recently lost his wife Nora.
See my Facebook page for a photo I took of the three of them at The BMI Awards around a decade ago , when John Lydon got the Icon Award.

Saturday 09 December 2023.

Saturday 09 December
THE WONDER STUFF live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
The band scored one UK number 1 single, their release of "Dizzy" with comedian Vic Reeves, four x Top 10 single hits, and three top-10 albums in the UK.
I have seen them live a couple of times live, including at this same venue in Dec 2019.
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The show is not sold out but all levels look pretty full.
A middle aged crowd here of folks in their 40s and 50s.
NIGEL CLARK ( singer with Dodgy) is tonight's support act from
7.45pm to 8.30pm....just him and his guitar.
Dodgy are an English rock band formed in Hounslow in 1990. The band rose to prominence during the Britpop era of the 1990s. They are best known for their hits "Staying Out for the Summer", "If You're Thinking of Me", and "Good Enough".Good Enough was their biggest hit, reaching No. 4 on the UK Singles Chart in 1996.
His set included good versions of the three hits above.
WONDER STUFF arrived on stage at 7.50pm for their 1 hour 50 mins show over two sets of 60 mins and 50 mins.
Wonder Stuff have a nice big sound that feature twin guitars and a female violin player.
The Wonder Stuff have been around for a while. Apart from a little break between 1994 and 2000, they’ve been a mainstay of the British music scene for almost forty years. They’ve had to endure two deaths and frequent line-up changes, with seventeen musicians at one point or another being able to claim to have played for the Stourbridge outfit. Miles Hunt is the only person who has been a continuous presence in the band over the years.
Fans of their album ' Construction for the Modern Idiot ' are in for a treat as The Wonder Stuff hit the road to gig across the country in 2023 to transport fans back to 1993 as they play the album in its entirety. Then they played a second set of hits, classics and rarities from their extensive 37-year catalogue.
The second half was louder and livelier , with a great atmosphere amongst this Saturday night drinking crowd.
Their number one hit cover ' Dizzy' was played during the encore of this really good show.
SECOND SET - THE HITS
Ooh She Said
No, for the 13th Time
Mission Drive
Caught in My Shadow
The Size of a Cow
Golden Green
Don't Let Me Down, Gently
Here Comes Everyone
A Wish Away
Give, Give, Give Me More, More, More
Encore :
Dizzy (cover )
Unbearable
Ten Trenches Deep
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Friday 08 December 2023.
ALiCE PHOEBE LOU live at The Forum.
Berlin-based, South African singer-songwriter, Alice Phoebe Lou, brings her ethereal indie-folk to UK shores. Expect tracks from her five studio records, two live records and two EPs.
Tonight is the last night of her European Tour before she heads to South Africa.
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The circle is half empty , but must be 1500 out of 2000 tix sold.
Three quarters of the crowd are females.
LOVING arrived on stage at 8.05pm for their 40 mins set.
Five geeky looking chaps played some mellow tunes.
All or some of them , also double up as the headliners backing band
ALICE PHOEBE LOU arrived on stage at 9.10pm for her 1 hour 50 mins set.
A long show as Alice had plenty of stage chat between songs
A laid back mellow and dreamy indie - folk sound.
Halfway through Alice sings a few songs on her own.
This is when her fans want to give her notes and letters etc.
One girl gets on stage ...she talks to Alice then asks her girlfriend to marry her...her partner refused to come up on stage ..so we don't know if it was a yes or no.
Alice said that was the second marriage proposal on this tour.
Alice kicked of her shoes for the last few songs and danced more as the songs were louder and livelier.
The two song encore got folks dancing in the circle.
A good show.