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23 September 2019 was gig number 7000 for me since 1973. MAMMA MIA! THE PARTY - press review - Building 6 at The 02 Arena complex, London. See my review dated 23 September 2019. The evening features over 30 Abba songs and show, a four course Greek dinner, drinks and Abba disco.
Check out my upcoming news page for my stand out Top 20 gigs of 2019. MY BEST GIGS OF 2019 LIST. I went to an incredible 172 live music events & gigs in 2019. This makes the grand total of 7054 gigs seen by me since 1973. Works out to around 3 gigs a week seen by me for the last 45 years. Loads of great gigs not on this list but here are my stand out Top 20 gigs of 2019... There are are various reasons why a show can be great , it's just my personal choice. Gun Control - The Rocket Pub, Acton - Gun Control with me on drums played two great gigs in 2019. People dancing and enjoying our original songs is always pretty special...see YouTube... Gold Medal... Best live band of the year 2019 - KISS - Birmingham Arena 09 July and 02 Arena 11 July.
My interview with TIME OUT magazine in April 2018 is now online. It features me talking about being the UKs number one gig goer...now over 7000 gigs seen... Includes a mention of the 2000 plus shows i have been to at Hammersmith Odeon/Apollo since 1973, along with a photo of me outside the venue Mentions some Sex Pistols stories and other bits and pieces. Search for it on google under Ray Morrissey Time Out. Also interviews Ray Morrissey BBC and Ray Morrissey Roundhouse
BEWARE - some venues are still selling tickets for shows that will certainly be postponed or cancelled. Concerts starting up again is still going to be a long way off. Going out to gigs?, going to the pub?, going out shopping?...will it ever be the same again? Fans says they will return to live music in sanitised venues - but will the communal gig experience survive the new rules, including social distancing? Looks like all socially distanced seated shows with restricted numbers will be the first step. Live music needs a vaccine for COVID-19 and governments to allow public gatherings again.
Should be interesting to see how many socially distanced gigs/events are on between 03 Dec and 24 Dec.
The Forum in Kentish Town has had some socially distanced comedy shows.
Before lockdown they hosted Ricky Gervais and Eddie Izzard and more to come in December.
With a maximum capacity of 478 attendees at any one performance (reduced from 2300), the venue layout was carefully placed in line with government guidelines and staff were on hand to help customers to their dedicated seats.
Boris update from 23 Nov -
Sports fans will be allowed back into stadia with limits on capacity once lockdown ends in England on December 2.
The new restrictions will only allow a return to sports venues in Tiers 1 and 2.
In Tier 1, the crowd size at outdoor venues must be restricted to 50% of capacity or to 4,000 spectators, whichever is smaller.
In Tier 2 it will be 50% of outdoor venues or 2,000 spectators, whichever is smaller.
Crowds at indoor sport venues will be restricted to a maximum of 1,000 spectators in both tiers - the same rule will apply at theatres and concert halls.
In Tier 3 sports fans will still be banned from attending venues.
It is Christmas Party time at the huge 850 capacity PERGOLA , PADDINGTON.
With London moving to Tier 2 on 02 Dec, we need a little miracle to save the festive season… Fortunately, Miracle on Kingdom Street, a rooftop winter wonderland in Paddington, is set to launch soon with boozy cheese fondue, hot toddies and heaters!
Pergola Paddington, one of summer’s most popular alfresco rooftop destinations, is set for a seasonal transformation featuring a winter wonderland forest with 200 real Christmas trees and alpine lodge with log fires.
Set across two floors, the upper deck – which is outdoors, but covered – will take the shape of a winter forest against backdrop of snow-covered hills, while the lower level will become a Bavarian-style hall with eight cosy Moët & Chandon winter lodges with a private bar and cosy blankets.
A new heating system will keep the cold at bay, as will the drinks menu full of warming tipples like mulled wine, hot toddies, spiced cider and naughty hot chocolates.
Visit their website here for more info.
BOLLYWOOD THEMED DINNER at Kanishka, Maddox Street, Mayfair, London W1.
Dinner. Eat and drink the night away with Bollywood music.
Sunday's in December...only £30 per person...6pm to 10pm...2 to 6 persons allowed as Tier 2.
Six sharing plates and a Bollywood Bellini or Bhangra Sour on arrival.
Arrival: 6pm - you will be greeted with Bollywood Bellinis or Bhangra Sours on your table. Your food will begin to be served from 6:30pm onwards. You will enjoy Bollywood music with a hint of Bhangra all evening. You will listen to a variety of favourites everything from; Bollywood 90's to Emraan Hashmi Classics and even...Badshah, Diljit Dosanjh, Sidhu Moosewala, Daler Mehndi, Amrti Mann to name a few...New to Bollywood & Bhangra or an avid fan.. you will enjoy this evening.
Any questions and to book - please give us a call on 0203 978 0978
Sex Pistol Glen Matlock is playing three solo acoustic shows.
Hopefully any restrictions after lockdown will not affect these shows.
Fri 04 Dec - The Cobblestones, Bridgewater, Somerset.
Sat 05 Dec - The Dick Whittington, Gloucester, Gloucs.
Sun 06 Dec - Hassocks Hotel, Hassocks, (near Brighton)
From Thurs 03 Dec - panto in Windsor, Berkshire.
Theatre Royal Windsor is delighted to announce that their traditional annual pantomime WILL be going ahead.... Debbie McGee will star as Cinderella’s magical Fairy Godmother!
Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
THE MAYFAIR TOWNHOUSE is opening soon at 27-41 Half Moon Street, Mayfair, London W1.
Be one of the first to experience The Mayfair Townhouse.
The townhouse is the perfect urban retreat while you shop till you drop. Just a stone's throw away from all of your favourite shops. Marvel at all the extraordinary festive displays that line Old Bond Street or pop into Harrods for the ultimate Christmas experience....have a cocktail or two in their Dandy Bar.
Visit their website here for more info.
Les Miserables will return to the stage for a special Christmas run, after closing nearly seven months ago amid the coronavirus pandemic. Theatre owner and producer Sir Cameron Mackintosh announced the news during the Britain's Got Talent final on ITV. The show will run at the Sondheim Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue for six weeks from December 5, with both Michael Ball and Matt Lucas starring.
CRUDO opens soon at 120-122 Spitalfields, Brick Lane, London E1.
Crudo, on Brick Lane and features a fishmonger and restaurant on the ground floor. On the menu there'll be a selection of shellfish and tempura along with small and large plates. There's also an enticing sounding Sea Bun section features options like:
Fried octopus with crispy black cabbage, black olives and mayo
Tuna tartare with burrata, caper mayo and spicy tomatoes
Iced prawn with fior di latte, crunchy bacon and basil mayo
Salmon and ricotta - with garlic oil, courgetti, iceberg and dried tomatoes
Downstairs there'll be a speakeasy cocktail bar - accessible through a side door on Hanbury Street. Expect an intimate space with a moody vibe.
Visit their website here for more info.
From Friday 11 Dec at The Karma Sanctum Soho Hotel, London W1.
This perennial adult panto returns for the social-distancing era
This adult panto long-runner would probably survive a nuclear winter and certainly hasn’t let the events of 2020 stop it from returning for another Christmas of rude flirty fun and frolics. This drag panto is definitely suitable for adults only, featuring characters with names like Fag Hag and Prince Donkey Dick. They'll star in a bawdy romp that includes panto traditions alongside camptastic covers of pop songs like 'Hot Stuff' and 'YMCA'. Stars Simon Gross as, ah, Queen Genetalia, Vicki Vivacious as Snow White, and Alex Reid as Prince Donkey Dick.
Tickets are £45 and include a main meal and glass of prosecco.
Pantoland at The Palladium - From 12 December Playing to a socially distanced audience for three weeks only. If you love pantomime, Pantoland at The Palladium is the place to be this Christmas!...includes daily matinee shows... Starring Ashley Banjo & Diversity, Paul Zerdin, Nigel Havers, Gary Wilmot Charlie Stemp, Julian Clary and Special Guest Beverley Knight
Fri 18 Dec - The final farewell show from the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band is at Shepherd's Bush Empire.
Fri 18 Dec - The Darkness play Indigo at The 02 Arena complex.
Some public are allowed in for a socially distanced show that is streamed live over the Internet.
Sat 19 Dec - Culture Club play Wembley Arena....This show was originally going to be a online streamed gig only but now they have confirmed that a 1000 capacity socially distanced show can be held.
Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
Sat 19 Dec - The Satellites play The George & Dragon Pub, Acton, London W3....West London punks.
Sat 19 Dec - The Loveless feat Marc Almond play Islington Assembly Hall.
Thur 31 Dec - KISS are to play a special one off NYE live-stream show in Dubai.....with an audience
A giant live-streamed New Year’s Eve show taking place in Dubai (Atlantis Hotel) that will involve a live audience, more than 50 cameras, “numerous world record attempts for largest ever pyro display.” and a 400-person crew, half of whom are being flown in specifically for the event.
A rep for the event tells Variety that producer Dan Catullo anticipates approximately 2,000-3,000 attendees for the live concert, with the exact number to be determined by rooming capacity of the hotel: due to safety protocol the event is limited to people staying at the hotel. Details on travel packages will be announced in the coming days.
It is 39.99 dollars ( around £30) to watch the live-stream and only KISS could have a VIP big bucks
package to watch a live-stream which includes a bundle of swag.
About the hotel....
Atlantis is right at the tip of the world-famous Palm island, its iconic archway visible throughout the city.

Sunday 29 November 2020...news for this week...

Sunday 29 November 2020.
BBC Radio 2 3pm to 5pm - The Johnnie Walker 70s Show.
The only radio show I listen to these days...a great mix of classic rock, punk, soul, disco etc.
GEORGE HARRISON sadly passed away 19 years ago today - 29 November 2001.
Monday 30 November 2020.
Happy Birthday to BILLY IDOL who is 65 today.
I have seen him on stage many times, both with Generation X and solo.
Happy Birthday to Deep Purple's ROGER GLOVER who is 75 today.
I have Deep Purple around 15 times since 1975.
SKY ARTS 2am - Frank Sinatra live at The Royal Festival Hall 1970.
I saw Frank live just the once, Royal Albert Hall 1980.
Tuesday 01 December 2020.
Happy Birthday to BETTE MIDLER who is 75 today.
I saw her headline The 02 Arena in July 2015.
Happy Birthday to GILBERT O'SULLIVAN who is 74 today.
Gilbert has not toured that often since his 1970s heyday , but I have seen him live twice.
Happy Birthday to Blue Oyster Cult's ERIC BLOOM who is 76 today.
I have seen Blue Oyster Cult live around 20 times since 1975.
Wednesday 02 December 2020.
SKY ARTS 10.30pm - Liam Gallagher live at Barrowlands, Glasgow.
I have seen Oasis live several times and Liam G solo just the once.
SKY ARTS 11.30pm - Paul Weller documentary.
I saw Paul with The Jam several times back in the day, and have seen him several times solo.
Thursday 03 December 2020.
Happy Birthday to rock legend OZZY OSBOURNE who is 72 today.
Let's hope his health gets better for his planned 2022 European Tour.
I have seen Ozzy many times on stage with Black Sabbath and solo since 1974.
After nearly 9 months the first premier league club to have a crowd allowed in to watch them.
Europa Cup - Arsenal play Rapid Vienna...2000 tickets will be made available.
Friday 04 December 2020.
SKY ARTS 8pm - Def Leppard classic album.
I have seen Def Leppard around 20 times since 1979 (when they supported AC/DC)
SKY ARTS 9pm - Brian Johnson meets Joe Elliot.
SKY ARTS 10pm - rock photographers - episode five.

Wednesday 25 November 2020......news for this week...

Monday 23 November 2020.
PIERS MORGAN and co-host Susanna Reid today celebrate 5 years on "Good Morning Britain" breakfast tv.
Love him or loathe him, he is certainly always very entertaining.
Go to my Facebook page to see a picture of Piers and myself.
John Lennon signed album is being sold at auction for mega bucks.
A signed copy of John Lennon’s ‘Double Fantasy’, signed by Lennon for murderer Mark Chapman just hours before Chapman killed Lennon, is up for auction.
Lennon signed the record hours before being murdered by Chapman outside The Dakota apartment building in New York City in December 1980.
The historic copy of ‘Double Fantasy’, his collaboration album with Yoko Ono, was actually submitted as evidence in the New York Police Department’s investigation into Lennon’s murder.
And according to Goldin Auctions, the police markings from the investigation still appear on the record.
The auction house has confirmed that bidding on the record will open on Monday (23.11.20), with bids set to begin at $400,000.
Tuesday 24 November 2020.
Happy Birthday to Blondie drummer CLEM BURKE who is 66 today.
Happy Birthday to cricket legend IAN BOTHAM who is 65 today.
Wednesday 25 November 2020.
Football legend GEORGE BEST sadly passed away 15 years ago today.
Sad news that Argentinian football legend DIEGO MARADONA has passed away age 60.
The same day as George Best , but exactly 15 years apart.
Maradona was best known to British audiences for his handball goal, which he dubbed the “Hand of God”, against England at the 1986 World Cup....Argentina won that World Cup.
Having said that,the second goal he scored against England in that game was incredible.
He battled a series of health problems and earlier this month needed surgery for a blood clot on his brain.
Maradona was then sent straight to a rehabilitation centre to be treated for alcohol dependency.
His life after football mirrored the troubles that George Best also had.
Diego had also dabbled with cocaine in the past.
BBC Red Button all this week - Kylie Minogue live at The BBC Theatre, London.
SKY ARTS 10am - the making of 80s American Hair Metal videos.
SKY ARTS 10.30am - the making of Blondie videos.
SKY ARTS 4.30pm - the making of R.E.M. videos.
SKY ARTS 11pm - Queen live at The Rainbow.
Thursday 26 November 2020.
Happy Birthday to TINA TURNER who is 81 today.
I have seen Tina several times , with the first time back in 1974 when she was with Ike Turner.
SKY ARTS 4.30pm - the making of Guns N Roses videos.
SKY ARTS 12pm - Brian Johnson meets Nick Mason (repeat from Friday)
Friday 27 November 2020.
SKY ARTS 4.30pm - the making of Metallica videos.
SKY ARTS 9pm - Brian Johnson meets Sting.
SKY ARTS 10pm - rock photographers - episode 4 - magazine covers
Saturday 28 November 2020.
Happy Birthday to Motown Records founder BERRY GORDY who is 91 today.
SKY ARTS 5.15pm - Joe Cocker "Mad Dog With Soul " documentary.
I saw Joe Cocker live half a dozen times , with the first being in 1982.
SKY ARTS 7pm - Dire Straits " Live July 1983".
Filmed during their two-night gig at the Hammersmith Odeon. The climax of their Love Over Gold tour. I was at both these shows...I saw Dire Straits fourteen times into total.
The first time I saw them was an early gig in 1978, when they supported Talking Heads.
Phillips launched a brand new product invention here....it was called the CD player and compact disc.
SKY ARTS 9pm - Eric Clapton " Crossroads Guitar Festival 2019".
I have seen Eric Clapton around 30 times since 1976, with most of them at The Royal Albert Hall.
SKY ARTS 11.15pm - Ronnie Wood "Somebody Up There Likes Me" documentary.
SKY ARTS 12.30pm - Carl Perkins & Friends - live in London 1985.
Great tv special featuring Carl and friends including George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton,
Rosanne Cash, Dave Edmunds, Slim Jim Phantom, Earl Slick, Lee Rocker and others.

Tuesday 17 November 2020...Music news this week.

Tuesday 17 November 2020
Sad news that colourful music pr and football agent ERIC HALL has passed away aged 73.
Eric Hall was a show business and football agent famous for his flamboyant public persona, outlandish fashion sense and catchphrase "Monster, monster ..."
After an early career as a singer (he sang backing vocals for Tiny Tim) and actor, he became a publicist for EMI Records in the 1970s. Where he met Freddie Mercury, even claiming Killer Queen was written about him. He arranged the SEX PISTOLS ' notorious, expletive-filled appearance on the Today show in 1976 presented by Bill Grundy (after fellow EMI act Queen pulled out). He also worked with Cockney Rebel to have some hits.
Hall grew up in Bethnal Green in the East End of London and was a friend of MARC BOLAN(also on EMI) , He had been with him on the night of Bolan's death in 1977.
In 1986, a chance meeting with Steve Perryman led to him becoming a football agent, and he built up a roster of clients, which included Leon Cort, Robbie Savage, Tim Sherwood, John Scales, Neil Ruddock, Terry Venables, Paul Walsh and Dennis Wise.
MORRISSEY confirms he has been dropped from BMG and is now in search of a new record deal.
Wednesday 18 November 2020.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND....it was 45 years ago this week that I saw both their
legendary debut London shows at Hammersmith Odeon on 18 Nov 1975 and 24 Nov 1975.
I have seen Bruce on stage around 20 times...He is one of the best live performers out there...
Happy Birthday to singer-songwriter GRAHAM PARKER who is 70 today.
I have seen him a dozen times live , including 1976 supporting Thin Lizzy at Hammersmith Odeon and
five shows at Hammersmith Odeon in 1991 when he supported Bob Dylan.
Been looking back recently on all the great shows at Hammersmith when I got paid to watch bands.
I was front stage security all through the 1980s until 1992, when it became Hammersmith Apollo.
BBC4 10pm film " Sex and Drugs and Rock n Roll" biopic.....Andy Serkis is great as Ian Dury.
I saw Ian Dury & The Blockheads 13 times including three shows at Hammersmith Odeon in 1979.
That year they were massive as they played several shows at Hammersmith Odeon.
Thurs 19 November 2020.
SKY ARTS 10pm - I am Johnny Cash - documentary (repeated on Saturday)
Friday 20 November 2020.
As expected AC/DC new album "Power Up" went straight in at number one in today's charts.
SKY ARTS 9pm - Brian Johnson meets Nick Mason
SKY ARTS 10pm - rock photographers - episode 3 - album covers
SKY ARTS 11.15pm - Bob Dylan "No Direction Home"
Happy Birthday to JOE WALSH who is 73 today.
I have seen him on stage several times with The Eagles including last year at Wembley Stadium.
Saturday 21 November 2020.
21 Nov 1995 - 25 years ago legendary music manager PETER GRANT passed away.
Peter Grant (5 April 1935 – 21 November 1995) was the manager of Led Zeppelin from their creation in 1968 to their break up in 1980.With his intimidating size (6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) and 300 lb (140 kg))(at his peak weight) and confrontational manner, combined with his knowledge and experience, he drove strong deals for his band, and is widely credited with improving pay and conditions for all musicians in dealings with concert promoters.Grant has been described as "one of the shrewdest and most ruthless managers in rock history".
SKY ARTS 5pm - Cyndi Lauper live in Austin, Texas, USA.
SKY ARTS 8pm - Pink Floyd "Delicate Sound Of Thunder" live 1988 USA in 4K vision/sound.
SKY ARTS 10pm - NICK MASON and the Saucerful of Secrets live at The Roundhouse May 2019.
I was at both those shows at The Roundhouse on that tour.
Sunday 22 November 2020
SKY ARTS 9pm - Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert at Wembley Stadium.
Happy Birthday to STEVEN VAN ZANDT who is 70 today.
I have seen him solo a few times as well as many times with Bruce Springsteen.

Saturday 14 November 2020...Music news this week...

Thursday 12 November 2020.
Happy Birthday to NEIL YOUNG who is 75 today.
I have seen him on stage around ten times with the first time being two shows in 1976,
Neil Young & Crazy Horse at Hammersmith Odeon.
Friday 13 November 2020.
AC/DC release their new album " Power Up" today.
I have seen AC/DC live many times with all three vocalists they have had.
BBC Radio interview this afternoon included...
Matt Everitt asked " These are strange times but - you will go out on tour again? As soon as you can and it’s safe you’re going to go out aren’t you - obviously?
Brian Johnson: Yes we’re going to do some shows. I hate to use the word tour now because it sounds like two years and I think we’ve all got a little tired of that. But doing gigs - if we can just start doing gigs and cherry picking them - that’s fun. As they come along - booking them just two or three months ahead and not committing yourself.
SKY ARTS 8pm - Meat Loaf "Bat Out Of Hell" album documentary.
This superb album has sold over 40 million copies.
It was released in 1977 and I saw his debut London show at Hammersmith Odeon in 1978.
I have seen Meat Loaf live over 15 times and seen the musical twice, including the
opening night and party in 2017.
SKY ARTS 9pm - Brian Johnson meets Lars Ulrich
I have seen Metallica around 15 times since 1986.
SKY ARTS 10pm - Rock photographers - episode 2 (features the first 3 songs rule)
The photographers on the programme have many crazy stories about how artists behave regards this.
One told me about a Download Festival when Korn played.
They were only allowed to photograph the first 60 seconds of the first three songs and for
the rest of the three songs they had to face the audience and put their cameras down.
SKY ARTS 11.15pm Laurel Canyon documentary - episode 1 of 2 (part 2 Saturday night)
feat The Doors, The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Frank Zappa, Alice Cooper, The Monkess, Love ,
The Mamas & Papas, The Turtles, Joni Mitchell , CSNY....music managers Elliot Roberts and David Geffen.
SKY ARTS 1am - Alice Cooper "Super Duper " documentary.
I have seen Alice Cooper live over 15 times with the first time back in 1975 at Wembley Arena.
Those interviewed for the documentary include John Lydon and Iggy Pop.
Saturday 14 November 2020.
After a full week of tv and radio promo appearances KYLIE MINOGUE new album "Disco",
has gone straight in at number one.
She joins Bruce Springsteen as the only artist to have had a number one album
in the UK in each of the past five decades.
SKY ARTS 5.30pm - The Bee Gees live in Melbourne in Nov 1989
I saw The Bee Gees at Madison Square Garden in 1979 on my first visit to America.
SKY ARTS 9pm - David Crosby "Remember My Name" documentary.
In 2015 I saw Crosby and Nash join David Gilmour for three songs at The Royal Albert Hall.
In 2005 I saw Crosby and Nash play The Royal Festival Hall.
Sunday 15 November 2020
15 Nov 1976 - it was 44 years ago that I attended this legendary SEX PISTOLS show.
Notre Dame Hall, Leicester Square , London.
It's the one where Janet Street Porter introduced punk on tv for The London Weekend Show.
Clips of it are shown regularly on tv, with me jumping around down the front.
I am in stills that were used for the "Dance to The Sex Pistols - Pretty Vacant" single poster.
One of the stills , with me in it , was the front cover of " Pretty Vacant" in New Zealand.
Happy Birthday to PETULA CLARK who is 88 today.
I have seen her a couple of times in concert.
SKY ARTS 9pm - The Who perform "Tommy" at The Royal Albert Hall, April 2017 ( I was there)
SKY ARTS 10.30pm - U2 live in Berlin Nov 2018 (I was at The 02 Arena show on this tour)
Sad news that singer, comedian and tv presenter DES O'CONNOR has passed away , at age 88.
He had a 60 year career ,singing in the 1960s and always on the tv in the 1970s and 1980s.
He recorded 36 albums and had four top-ten singles, including a number-one hit with "I Pretend",
with global sales of more than sixteen million records.
He had his fifth child to his fourth wife at the age of 72...yes 72!
Sad news that legendary goalkeeper RAY CLEMENCE has passed away , aged 72.
Former Liverpool, Tottenham and England goalkeeper Ray Clemence has died, aged 72. Clemence made 61 appearances for the Three Lions between 1972 and 1983. At club level, he won many trophies.

Monday 09 November 2020....Music news this week...

Monday 09 November 2020.
These amazing figures confirm how popular boy band New Direction were back in the day,
as their loyal fans still support the solo careers of the five members.
Ticketed livestream concert provider Driift said fans from 151 countries purchased more than 125,000 tickets to Niall Horan’s performance at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday, 7 November.
The world's number one concert promoter Live Nation are a bit happier today as shares have soared over 22% today following the news that a COVID-19 vaccine candidate developed by pharma firms Pfizer and BioNTech has been found to be more than 90% effective.
Live Nation have said 90% of punters worldwide have kept their tickets for their rescheduled shows.
Tuesday 10 November 2020.
It was two years ago today on 10 Nov 2018.
GUN CONTROL - My band from the early 1980s played their first gig for over 35 years at
The George & Dragon Pub, Acton, London W3.
It was a great night as I drummed along to our original songs and a couple of cover versions.
We ended up playing every six months (3 times) and hopefully there's another one after Covid fucks off.
Did you know that DJ and music producer Mark Ronson is the stepson of Mick Jones from Foreigner?
Mark Daniel Ronson was born 4 September 1975 in Notting Hill, London,to Laurence Ronson, a real-estate speculator and music manager, and writer/socialite Ann Dexter-Jones.His Jewish ancestors emigrated from Austria, Lithuania, and Russia. He was brought up in a Conservative Jewish household and celebrated his Bar Mitzvah.
The Ronsons had been one of Britain's wealthiest families in the 1980s, but they lost $1 billion of their wealth in the property crash of the early 1990s.He is the nephew of businessman Gerald Ronson. Through his mother, he is also related to British Conservative politicians Sir Malcolm Rifkind and the late Leon Brittan,and Odeon Cinemas founder Oscar Deutsch.
He is not related to the late English guitarist Mick Ronson.
After his parents' divorce, his mother married Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones,who contributed to a childhood surrounded by music.

Tuesday 03 November 2020....THE PRINCE OF WALES TOWNHOUSE

This press visit happened over a week ago but my tekky guy advised me to not to put it up while he was tweaking my website.
The Prince Of Wales Townhouse....press showcase...7pm to 9.30pm...
73 Dalling Road, Hammersmith , London W6.
Esher-based brewery operating a small chain of pubs in the south-east. The pub has been renamed from Rook's Nest to Prince of Wales Townhouse.
The venue has up to seven cask ales available plus 20+ keg beers and 3 ciders. Their other Big Smoke sites have a good CAMRA reputation so it is hoped in the course of time that this venue will also succeed.
The pub has an open kitchen, open brickwork, white tiling, and wood panelling painted green.
This used to be a pretty basic working class pub , but the new owners have given it a very nice facelift.
The previous customers would mainly be from the nearby Flora Gardens council estate so i presume the
new owners would like to keep them and attract a few more of the affluent local flat/house owners.
It is by the Ravenscourt Park end of King Street, just two mins from that main drag.
Hammersmith Apollo is maybe several minutes walk away and Shepherds Bush Empire is twice that.
They also have bed & breakfast accommodation upstairs.
We had a very nice three course meal each....this was mine.
Starters - Chilli & Garlic King Prawns
Mains - House Smoked Baby-Back Pork Ribs with fries & coleslaw
Dessert - Sticky Toffee Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream
We had wines and cocktails including espresso martinis and negronis.
Well worth a visit if you are in the area.
Visit their website here for more info.

Thursday 05 November 2020...Music news this week...

Thursday 05 November 2020.
Ken Hensley, ex-Uriah Heep, dead at 75. Ken Hensley, best known as Uriah Heep's keyboard player from 1970 to 1980, has died. He was 75. The sad news was delivered today by his brother.
I saw Ken with Uriah Heep seven times in the 1970s.
Happy Birthday to BRYAN ADAMS who is 61 today.
I have seen Bryan Adams live over 20 times.
I will be seeing him again at The Royal Albert Hall in 2021.
Happy Birthday to ART GARFUNKEL who is 79 today.
Friday 06 November 2020
06 Nov 1975 - It was 45 years ago today that The Sex Pistols played their debut show.
St Martin's College of Art, London
On 06 Nov 2005 I went to a 30th anniversary celebration at the same venue where Glen Matlock
unveiled the blue plague and The Paddingtons played a live set where Glen Matlock
joined them for "Pretty Vacant" , and 500 guests enjoyed free booze.
It was 50 years ago today - 06 Nov 1970
AEROSMITH played their debut show in Boston, Mass, USA.
SKY Arts 9pm - Brian Johnson meets Roger Daltrey
SKY Arts 10pm - Music Through The Lens (Rock Photographers ) - part 1 of 6
Just some of the photographers interviewed alongside Gered Mankowitz about their work in music include: Jill Furmanovsky, Kevin Westenberg, Terry O’Neill, Kevin Cummins, Bob Gruen, Rachel Wright, Deborah Feingold, Baron Wolman (sadly passed away this week), Neal Preston, Roger Sargent, Dean Chalkley, Tom Sheehan, Pooneh Ghana, Michael Zagaris, Mick Rock, Danny Clinch, Christie Goodwin, Albert Watson, Lynn Goldsmith and Rankin to name but a few. Sharing eye-opening insights from a musician’s viewpoint are Alice Cooper, Craig David, Nick Mason (Pink Floyd), Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols), Ziggy Marley, Lars Ulrich, (Metallica), Zara Larsson, Stefflon Don, Julian Lennon and Dizzee Rascal and many others.
BBC4 9pm to 11pm - Punk & New Wave Anthems
Saturday 07 November 2020.
SKY Arts 7.30pm to 9pm - The Who live in Kilburn, London 1977
I have seen The Who live around 30 times including three times with Keith Moon in 1975/1976
LEONARD COHEN sadly died four years ago today....07 Nov 2016...
I saw him in 1985 at Hammersmith Odeon then a few of his stunning comeback
shows in the decade before he passed away.
Lots of great clips up on YouTube from his official DVD that was recorded at The 02 Arena.
Happy Birthday to JONI MITCHELL who is 77 today
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductions are held in America tonight.
Pretty great that T.Rex are one of the the inductees.
Hopefully some YouTube clips of the evening will appear over the next few days.
Sunday 08 November 2020
SKY Arts 9pm - The Rolling Stones live in Hyde Park, London 2013 ( I went to both their Hyde Park shows)
SKY Arts 10.15pm - David Bowie "Serious Moonlight " 1983 tour , Vancouver, Canada
I did not go to the Milton Keynes Bowl show on this tour but I did go to a special charity show at
Hammersmith Odeon on the same tour....the first and only time he came back there after his famous
Ziggy Stardust show at that venue in 1973.
Happy Birthday to ROY WOOD who is 74 today.
Roy was a member of The Move and then eventually formed Wizzard.
Wizzard at Hammersmith Palais in Sept 1973 was my first ever proper live gig.
08 Nov 2007...13 years ago today...
THE SEX PISTOLS played their first of five shows at Brixton Academy...I was at all five shows.

Sunday 18 October 2020

Channel 5 tv at 9pm - QUEEN documentary
Channel 5 tv at 11pm - QUEEN live at Hammersmith Odeon 24 Dec 1975.

Queen played five shows at this venue for their winter UK tour, I went to the four shows before this one but on 24 Dec 1975 I went to see The Sensational Alex Harvey Bank at The New Victoria Theatre, London.

Saturday 17 October 2020

THE STRUTS released their third album "Strange Days " yesterday.
Derby glam-rock revivalists The Struts seem to be suffering from the kind of love them / hate them that The Darkness suffered around 20 years ago.
Dave Grohl says "they were the best live band ever to have supported The Foo Fighters" to the mainstream press saying "do we really need a glam-metal album in 2020?".
Their singer Luke certainly is full of Freddie Mercury type charisma.
The album includes a cover of the KISS classic "Do You Love Me".
Looking forward to seeing them live next year.

Friday 16 October 2020

THE SEX PISTOLS are on SKY ARTS just after midnight tonight.
THE SEX PISTOLS "They'll Always Be An England".
Their great live DVD from their five shows at Brixton Academy in 2007....I was at all five shows.

Tonight - BBC4 tv are having an evening of programmes dedicated to Cliff Richard for his 80th birthday.
It starts with his film "Summer Holiday"....Steve Jones of The Sex Pistols said this was one of his fave films.

It is the USA presidential campaign at the moment across the pond.
A great time to play this 1970s classic by Alice Cooper on YouTube.
There is also a new lyric video out for it this month.

Thursday 15 October 2020

Happy Birthday to TITO JACKSON who is 67 today.
Check my Facebook page to see a photo of us together.

Wednesday 14 October 2020.

Check this very nice (and very rare) interview with EDDIE VAN HALEN on YouTube - 55 mins.
Interview with Eddie Van Halen: Is Rock 'n' Roll All About Reinvention?
It has been viewed over 6 million times.

Tuesday 13th October 2020

Some of England’s best-known grassroots music venues, including the 100 Club (cap, 350), Bush Hall (425)
in London and Liverpool’s The Cavern Club (250), together with an array of independent festivals,
will benefit from a share of the £257 million Cultural Recovery Fund announced on Monday.
Happy Birthday to American singer-songwriter rocker SAMMY HAGAR who is 73 today.
Wednesday 14 October 2020.
Happy Birthday to CLIFF RICHARD who is 80 today.

Tuesday 13 October 2020...THE WHITE HORSE, WEMBLEY.

7pm to 10pm...
THE WHITE HORSE - launch event.
The White Horse, 4 Wembley Park Boulevard, Wembley, Middlesex, HA9 0HP
Fullers have opened a new pub and the location is pretty incredible for live music and sports fans.
It is next to the steps that lead up to Wembley Stadium and DIRECTLY OPPOSITE WEMBLEY ARENA.
My first of hundreds of shows at Wembley Arena was Alice Copper + Heavy Metal Kids in 1975.
My first of many visits to Wembley Stadium was The Who,Stranglers,AC/DC,Nils Lofgren in 1979.
I can remember the old days of Wembley when all it had was a Sunday market and a couple of dodgy pubs.
Now it has a proper shopping centre , and is a full on food & drinks destination with everything catered for.
Influenced by Wembley Park’s legendary past, the name The White Horse derives from the first-ever FA Cup Final match to be played in the stadium in 1923 when vast crowds surged onto the pitch. Mounted policemen were brought in to clear the crowds and allow the final to take place, including one on a light-coloured horse, which became the defining image of the day.
Situated in the heart of Wembley Park, The White Horse is both contemporary and homely in its design, with elegant interior, comfortable lounge furniture, plenty of plants and two central square-shaped bars on two levels. The new space caters to all tastes, from the traditional pub-goer to the millennial remote worker, making it an attractive destination for local residents, as well as nearby workers and visitors from further afield.
We had a lovely three course meal with drinks which included Guinness.
My starters was a very nice Crispy King Prawns & Squid and the mains was a yummy 8oz Rib-Eye Steak
with Triple-Cooked Chips & Mushrooms.
Our Waitress Tyler was great.
No doubt they will be very busy on event days in Wembley.
The entrance is just 50 yards from the front doors of Wembley Arena , so perfect for a meal and drinks before a gig.
Meanwhile while we wait for events to come back on, the locals should take full advantage.
www.whitehorsewembley.co.ukVisit their website here for more info.
Tel: 020 8237 8037 to reserve your table.

12th October 2020

Happy Birthday to THE DAMNED singer Dave Vanian who is 64 today.
A bit mad to think that all the original young UK punk rockers are now in their 60s.

October 11th

I watched the great TEDDY PENDERGRASS documentary on BBCiPlayer this morning.
He certainly seems to have been under appreciated over the years.
I saw him three times at Hammersmith Odeon in Feb 1982, just a month before his serious car crash.
His comeback appearance was in a wheelchair for Live Aid Philadelphia in 1985.
Amazingly when he left Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes his solo career was managed by
Alice Coopers long term manager Shep Gordon.
Teddy Pendergrass (March 26, 1950 – January 13, 2010) was an American singer. Born in Philadelphia, PA at Thomas Jefferson Hospital. Pendergrass was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He initially rose to musical fame as the lead singer of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes. After leaving the group over monetary disputes in 1976, Pendergrass launched a successful solo career under the Philadelphia International label, releasing five consecutive platinum albums, a record at the time for an African-American R&B artist. Pendergrass's career was suspended after a March 1982 car crash that left him paralyzed from the shoulders down. Pendergrass continued his successful solo career until announcing his retirement in 2007. Pendergrass died from respiratory failure in January 2010.
After the sad death of Eddie Van Halen, i have been playing Van Halen's stunning debut album again.
Back then in 1978 , nobody played guitar like Eddie Van Halen and looked like David Lee Roth.
No wonder they totally upstaged the mighty Black Sabbath on that UK tour.
The full album is up on YouTube, so give it a listen.
This website will be having a bit of an overhaul in the coming week.
Mainly to make it easier to read on mobile devices etc.
SKY ARTS 10.45pm tonight - Queen Rock Monteal 1981.

Birthdays and Charts: 10th October 2020

10 Oct 2005 - It was 15 years ago that I went to this intimate gig by rock legends DEEP PURPLE.
It was at The Hard Rock Cafe ,London for just 150 people.
Happy Birthday to DAVID LEE ROTH who is 66 today.
Happy Birthday to MIDGE URE who is 67 today.
Happy Birthday to MURRAY WALKER who hits the grand old age of 97 today.
Murray Walker, OBE is an English semi-retired motorsport commentator and journalist. He provided television commentary of live Formula 1 coverage for the BBC between 1976 and 1996, and for ITV between 1997 and 2001.
Some good artists in this weeks album charts.
5 2020 - BON JOVI

9th October

JOHN LENNON would have been 80 today.
Lots of special programmes on tv and radio in tribute to him this weekend.
Representatives of the late George Michael’s estate have loaned the piano John Lennon used to compose Imagine on to the Strawberry Field exhibition in Liverpool, England.
George Michael bought the piano for £1.45 million in 2000.
Happy Birthday to SEAN LENNON who is 45 today,
Yes, his birthday is on the same day as his dad.

RIP Bunny "Striker" Lee

Sad news that a reggae legend has passed away.
Bunny “Striker” Lee, the influential reggae and dub producer, has died, Trojan Records confirms. The official cause of death has not been revealed, but Jamaican broadcaster Clinton Lindsay said that Lee was “battling kidney problems for the past few months.” Bunny Lee was 79 years old.
I met him a few years ago at the premiere of his documentary film.

News and Reviews: 7th October 2020

Very sad news that rock guitar legend EDDIE VAN HALEN has died aged 65.

Eddie Van Halen -- the legendary guitarist and co-founder of Van Halen -- has died after a long battle with throat cancer.

He died at St. Johns Hospital in Santa Monica Tuesday. His wife, Janie was by his side.

I saw Van Halen at least once on all of their UK tours including their debut in 1978 supporting

Black Sabbath at Hammersmith Odeon when their stunning debut album came out.

Black Sabbath,Van Halen Hammersmith Odeon, London 01.06.1978 van halen debut uk tour

Black Sabbath,Van Halen Hammersmith Odeon, London 10.06.1978 van halen again blow Sabbath away

Van Halen,Battleaxe Rainbow Theatre, London 22.10.1978

Van Halen,St Paradise Rainbow Theatre, London 29.06.1979

Van Halen,Lucifers Friend Rainbow Theatre , London 24.06.1980

AC/DC,Van Halen,Ozzy Osbourne,Gary Moore,Motley Crue Monsters Of Rock , Donnington 17.08.1984 What a great day .What a great line up .

Van Halen + Little Angels Wembley Arena , London 29.04.1993 great 2 hours 10 mins rock show .Sammy Hagar now on vocals .

Bon Jovi + Van Halen + Thunder + Ugly Kid Joe Wembley Stadium , London 23.06.1995 ugly kid joe did a fun filled 30 mins set thunder did a 50 mins set but should have stuck to a greatest hits set

Bon Jovi + Van Halen + Thunder + Ugly Kid Joe Wembley Stadium , London 25.06.1995 Van Halen did a great 75 mins set .Did some early material as well .Bon Jovi did a 2 hours 30 mins set to confirm they are one of the biggest and best live rock bands on the planet.


Sad news that JOHNNY NASH has passed away.

Johnny Nash, best known for his 1972 hit "I Can See Clearly Now," died Tuesday morning, his son, John Nash, told CNN. He was 80 years old. The American reggae and pop music singer-songwriter passed away from natural causes at his home in Houston, his son said.


Teenage Cancer Trust Unseen

We're launching an incredible archive of never-before-seen 20 to 30 min "mini gigs" exclusively curated by each artist from their Royal Albert Hall show for Teenage Cancer Trust.

"Teenage Cancer Trust Unseen" is to raise vital funds to help us support young people facing cancer across the UK.  This content will be free to enjoy, but we are urging fans to donate to fill the gap in fundraising that provides a lifeline for teenagers with cancer.

Driven by our Honorary Patron and The Who icon, Roger Daltrey, a who’s who of world-class musical talent have performed at our legendary fundraising gigs at the Royal Albert Hall over the last 20 years. All so young people with cancer get the support they deserve.

The complete lineup is:

Thurs 8th at 8pm - Ed Sheeran

Fri 9th at 8pm - Muse

Sat 10th at 8pm - The Who

Sun 11th at 8pm - Paul McCartney

Mon 12th at 8pm - Paul Weller

Tues 13th at 8pm - Stereophonics

Wed 14th at 8pm - Pulp

Thurs 15th at 8pm - Noel Gallagher

Fri 16th at 10pm - Them Crooked Vultures - Full Show

Sat 17th at 8pm - Rudimental

Sun 18th at 8pm - The Cure

Sat 31st at 8pm - The Cure – Full Show

(I was at most of the above shows including The Who and Paul McCartney).

News and Reviews: 6th October 2020

PEARL JAM will play two nights at American Express presents BST Hyde Park 2021, with the central London live concert series aiming to return to action next year following its cancellation in 2020 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Having been part of the original 2020 line-up, Pearl Jam have confirmed that they have been rebooked for BST Hyde Park 2021. The band will play on Friday July 9 and Saturday July 10, 2021 in what is being billed as a UK exclusive.

For a band who you rarely hear on the radio, or see on tv, that's two lots of 65,000 loyal fans each night.

I have seen them a few times including a show in Paris.


Folks are now starting to get the jitters for shows planned for NEXT YEAR.

Simple Minds UK tour was postponed to Feb 2021 and they have now postponed again to Aug 2021.

News and Reviews: 5th October 2020

Happy Birthday to BRIAN JOHNSON who is 73 today.

I have seen AC/DC with Bon Scott 19 times.

I have seen AC/DC with Brian Johnson over 20 times.

I have seen AC/DC with Axl Rose just the once.

AC/DC with Brian on vocals will have a new album out in a couple of months.


Happy Birthday to STEVE MILLER who is 77 today.

Steve does not play the UK that often but I saw all three shows at Hamersmith Odeon in 1982,

and his next London show which was 28 years later at The Royal Albert Hall in 2010.


BRIAN CONNOLLY - THE SWEET would have been 75 today....He sadly died in 1997.

My friend was their tour manager so he invited me to Brian's funeral, as well as the funeral for

Sweet drummer Mick Tucker.

The Sweet were the first band i ever saw at The Rainbow - December 1973


Happy Birthday to SIR BOB GELDOF who is 69 today.

I first saw The Boomtown Rats in 1977, and saw them nine times in total, including Live Aid.

News and Reviews: 3rd October 2020

Happy Birthday to Motley Crue drummer TOMMY LEE who is 58 today.


JOHN LENNON would have been 80 on 09 October.

Lots of special programmes this weekend on BBC tv and radio to celebrate his life & music.


Sunday 04 October 2020.

Megaclash in Paris between Enable and Stradivarius.

The Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe is a hugely important horse race that brings together the top

middle-distance performers from Europe and beyond.

It is run at Longchamp racecourse over a mile and a half and is open to colts and fillies aged three and over,

with this year's contest due off at 3.05pm (BST) on Sunday, October 4.


The London Marathon is held for Elite Runners only - behind closed doors but live on BBC tv.


Fact of the day.

Did you know Phil Spector was involved in producing John Lennon's "Imagine"?

Lennon and Ono co-produced the song with Phil Spector. Recording began at Lennon's home studio at Tittenhurst Park, England, in May 1971, with final overdubs taking place at the Record Plant, in New York City, during July.

News and Reviews: 2nd October 2020

BBC2 tv at 10pm - Later With Jools Holland features ROBERT PLANT for the entire programme.

Robert Plant is promoting his new album, which comes out today.

Robert Plant's new career-spanning solo compilation titled Digging Deep is released on October 2, which features three previously unreleased tracks.


TOM PETTY sadly died three years ago today.

I saw him in London on every UK tour he did since his support debut at Hammersmith Odeon in 1977.

Then his own headline show at Hammersmith Odeon in 1980.

Also Wembley Arena, Shepherds Bush Empire, Royal Albert Hall and his final London show at Hyde Park.


This weeks UK albums charts....

IDLES new album goes straight in at number one.

SLADE new hits album goes straight in at number eight.


Happy Birthday to singer-songwriter DON McLEAN who is 75 today.

News and Reviews: 1st October 2020

Happy Birthday to guitarist EARL SLICK who is 68 today.


Go on the TONY VISCONTI wiki page to see the staggering list of albums he has produced

over the past 50 plus years, including T.Rex, David Bowie, Thin Lizzy, Boomtown Rats and more.


Friday 02 October 2020.

BBC2 tv at 10pm - Later With Jools Holland features ROBERT PLANT for the entire programme.

Robert Plant is promoting his new album , which comes out today.

Robert Plant's new career-spanning solo compilation titled Digging Deep is released on October 2,

which features three previously unreleased tracks.


TOM PETTY sadly died three years ago today.

I saw him in London on every UK tour he did since his support debut at Hammersmith Odeon in 1977.

Then his own headline show at Hammersmith Odeon in 1980.

Also Wembley Arena, Shepherds Bush Empire, Royal Albert Hall and his final London show at Hyde Park.


This weeks UK albums charts....

IDLES new album goes straight in at number one.

SLADE new hits album goes straight in at number eight.

News and Reviews: Wednesday 30th September 2020

News from one of the UK's top live music promoters saying normal gigs are still a long way off.
Kilimanjaro Live boss Stuart Galbraith has told Music Week of his hopes that full-capacity shows in the UK will get the go-ahead to resume NEXT SPRING.
Speaking in this week's magazine, the Concert Promoters Association vice-chair revealed he had earmarked April 8 as the target restart date.
"We've got some big asks still of government and we really need to focus upon those," he said. "Number one is a date, when can we get going? And I think that we should be pushing for a date that is April 8. The reason I say that is a) it's immediately after Easter and b) I think government will be able to find that acceptable - I think it will fit in with political and society agendas. It's midweek, so it's not going to be a date you're going to see people go crazy on, like a Saturday, and we could ease into it."
MARC BOLAN would have been 73 today.
I saw his last ever London show at The Rainbow in March 1977...six months before his death.
Tonight Marc Almond is playing a tribute show to Marc Bolan via his website, with many guests involved.
On 04 Sept BMG released a tribute album which features Marc's fab songs covered by many great names.
Angelheaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan & T. Rex

News and Reviews: 29th September 2020

Happy Birthday to ALAN McGEE are who is 60 today.
One of the books i read while on holiday was his great drug fuelled autobiography.
Creation Stories: Riots, Raves and Running a Label. Alan McGee's role in shaping British musical culture over the past thirty years is hard to overstate.
He co-founded the independent Creation Records label, running it from 1983 until its closure in 1999. He subsequently founded the Poptones label, running it from 1999 to 2007. He has managed or brought out records by acts such as The Jesus and Mary Chain, Primal Scream, My Bloody Valentine, Oasis, and The Libertines.

28th September 2020

I did a short interview for Greatest Hits Radio (South Wales version)
It will be broadcast this Wednesday from 7pm.
It is about Welsh live music history.
I will be talking about going to see...
KISS @ Deeside Leisure Centre in 1980.
U2 + The Pretenders + The Alarm @ Cardiff Arms Park Stadium in 1987.

27th September 2020

Happy Birthday to RANDY BACHMAN who is 77 today.
I was lucky to have seen two very rare UK shows by BTO.
Bachman Turner Overdrive + Thin Lizzy Hammersmith Odeon, London 03.05.1975
fantastic double bill. Brian Robertson and Scott Gorham had joined Thin Lizzy last year and with Lynott you knew they would be huge .
Bachman Turner Overdrive + Thin Lizzy Hammersmith Odeon, London 04.05.1975
BTO were massive in the UK at this time with the brilliant " Not Fragile " album and the big hit single " You Aint Seen Nothing Yet" .Fantastic evening .
Happy Birthday to MEAT LOAF who is 73 today.
I have seen him perform live around 15 times with the first time in 1978 at Hammersmith Odeon
on his debut UK tour for the "Bat Out Of Hell" album.

26th September 2020

26 Sept 2001 - I was at this great event 19 years ago today.
THE CLASH - photos by Bob Gruen - private view at Proud Gallery, Camden.
Joe Strummer and Mick Jones turned up as well as many others from The Clash family.
See my invite for the event on my Facebook page.

Happy Birthday to BRYAN FERRY who is 75 today.

The Pink Floyd legend Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets’ Live At The Roundhouse has entered the charts at number 5.
The 76-year-old’s live album is a recording of the band’s sold-out shows at the famous London venue back in May 2019.
I was at both those Roundhouse shows.


SALON PRIVE CONCOURS 2020 is held at the stunning Blenheim Palace....Sept 23,24,25,26....
Blenheim Palace sits at the edge of the picturesque town of Woodstock in Oxfordshire.
​It is a luxurious ticket with full hospitality event appealing to discerning guests, collectors, buyers, owners and enthusiasts who prefer a more intimate experience. It is a presentation of the very finest automotive and luxury brands as well as the rarest and most valuable of classic cars and motorcycles.​​
Blenheim Palace is a World Heritage Site with over 300 years of History and home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough.
Now in its 15th year, ‘Salon Privé Week’ is a must-attend series of events for any car enthusiast or aficionado. A Partner Concours to the Peninsula Classics’ Best of the Best’ Award, Salon Privé is now recognised as one of the top events in the world alongside Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. Held annually within the grounds of Blenheim Palace, Salon Privé is firmly established as the UK’s most exclusive Motor Show.
More than 70 years of Ferrari history will be showing at Blenheim Palace.
The Concours of Elegance, presented by A. Lange & Söhne will also be paying homage to the 70th anniversary of the first Grand Prix Championship race, held at Silverstone in 1950. Included in this year's line-up of cars are three of the line-up of the most innovative and beautiful Formula One cars ever raced, including Damon Hill's Williams FW15C, Sir Stirling Moss' Lotus 18 and the Ferrari 312/67 driven by the likes of Jacky Ickx and Derek Bell.
Salon Privé Week 2020
Wed 23rd September - Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance
Thurs 24th September - Salon Privé Ladies’ Day by Boodles
Fri 25th September - Salon Privé Masters by Pirelli and Lockton
Sat 26th September - Salon Privé Classic & Supercar featuring The Salon Privé Club Trophy
There is a 100% full prompt refund if the event is cancelled to to the coronavirus. It is a premium event as all food and drinks, including Pommery champagne are included for Wed, Thurs, Friday in the £295 ticket price.
Sat 26 Sept is the only day where general admission tickets only are for sale at £36. Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.