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18 SEPTEMBER 2023...ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN live at The Royal Albert Hall.
This show was gig number 7500 seen by me since 1973.
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 search interviews Ray Morrissey BBC and Ray Morrissey Roundhouse.
FAZENDA - 100 Bishopsgate Tower , near Liverpool Street, London EC1.
This massive 170 cover South American restaurant & bar has a ' Rodizio' theme of 12 different meats.
The bar is on the ground floor, and the tables &'seats are upstairs.
Scroll down this page to 13 Sept 2023, for my full review of Fazenda.
LUCKY VOICE - 1 The Avenue, Devonshire Square, London EC2.
Lucky Voice has welcomed a brand spanking new venue just a 3 minute walk from Liverpool Street station.
From nights out with friends to work dos, Lucky Voice is the perfect place to visit if you’re after something a little bit different. With 9 pods in total, each private karaoke room fits between 6-20 singers and provides touch screen technology, access to the ever growing catalogue of an impressive 11,000 songs (which include 11 languages), and of course the famous Lucky Voice “Thirsty” button for food and drink service.
Scroll down a bit for my review from when it opened.
LUCI - 136 Long Acre, Covent Garden, London WC2.
Luci is a lovely new Italian restaurant restaurant, bakery and bar.
Check out my review from 13 August 2023.
BANANA TREE open at a new location in Windsor.
This large Pan-Asian restaurant is very near the Windsor & Eton train station.
Check out my review from 10 Sept 2023.
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.
From Thurs 07 Dec to Mon 11 Dec - The Royal Festival Hall.
Gather your family and friends and at the Royal Festival Hall this December for the ultimate Christmas variety show. Curated by Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Notting Hill, Four Weddings and a Funeral) in partnership with Comic Relief, Christmas Actually will capture all the heart, humour and high spirits of the festive season with a starry line up performing live music, Christmas stories, poetry and comedy.
Tues 12 Dec - LEONA LEWIS plays Hammersmith Apollo.
Expect a set of solo hits and Christmas classics.
Leona is now aged 38.
Her debut studio album, Spirit (2007), which was certified 10× platinum in the UK and became the fourth best-selling album of the 2000s and one of the best-selling albums in UK chart history. According to the Official Charts Company, Spirit is the best-selling debut album by a female artist in the 21st century. The lead single, "Bleeding Love", spent seven weeks at number one in the UK and was the best-selling single of 2007. In the US, it was the best-selling single of 2008 and Lewis was proclaimed Best New Artist by Billboard the same year. In 2009, she released her second studio album, Echo, and recorded the theme song, "I See You", for the film Avatar.
Wed 13 Dec - GREGORY PORTER plays 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.
Thurs 14 Dec -NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS play Wembley Arena.
Support comes from TOM MEIGHAN ex Kasabian singer .
Thurs 14 Dec- GOGOL BORDELLO play The Forum.
Wed 13 Dec and Thurs 14 Dec - DONNY OSMOND plays Hammersmith Apollo.
1970s heartthrob Donny brings his 'Las Vegas Show' to the UK for the first tIime.
I saw The Osmonds in 1979 when Osmondmania was in full force.
The shows celebrate 50 years since the first Osmonds performance in the UK.
Fri 15 Dec - WARGASM play Shepherds Bush Empire.
The 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.
Fri 15 Dec - HOZIER + THE LAST DINNER PARTY play Wembley Arena.
HOZIER headlined Madison Square Garden , New York , a couple of months before this gig.
All-girl support band are tipped for big things in 2024.
In June 2023, The Standard paper gave them a full page interview calling them
"The Hottest Band in Britain".
Hozier returns to London in the summer of 2024 to headline a massive outdoor show in Finsbury Park.
Fri 15 Dec - MADNESS + LIGHTNING SEEDS play The 02 Arena.
Fri 15 Dec + Sat 16 Dec + Sun 17 Dec - SUEDE play Brixton Electric.
Sat 16 Dec - LEFTFIELD play The Forum.
Sat 16 Dec - SLEEP TOKEN play Wembley Arena.
Sleep Token quietly getting more and more popular.
I have seen them headline Shepherds Bush Empire and Hammersmith Apollo and now it's a massive headline show at Wembley Arena.
Sat 16 Dec and Fri 22 Dec.
GLEN MATLOCK plays Pizza Express, Holborn.
Tues 19 Dec - EXTREME + LIVING COLOUR play The Forum
A nice pair of funk rock bands arrive back in London.
See my review from their great 04 Dec 2023 Forum show.
This is the last night on their ' Thicker Than Blood' world tour .
Thurs 21 Dec - SWEET play Islington Assembly Halls.
Legendary glam rockers play their annual Xmas tour.
Andy Scott is the only original member.
Sweet were the first band I saw at The Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park ....Dec 1973.
Fri 22 Dec - THE DARKNESS play The Roundhouse.
The Darkness return to this venue for their second show.
The Darkness are playing a UK tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their classic debut album 'Permission To Land' which was, in the words of Justin Hawkins, a “megasmash”.
0n the back of an irresistible single, “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” — “a massive, monumental, rock-tassic superhit” (Justin again) — the LP went to number one, sold 1.4m copies, won three Brit awards, including best group and best album and, briefly, made the brothers and their bandmates (bassist Frankie Poullain and original drummer Ed Graham, the first of four) world-famous. Everything had gone “horribly right” (Justin again)....I have seen them live a few times before.
FREE ENTRY gigs at The Cavern , Raynes Park , SW London.
Sat 23 Dec - Deep Purple and Rainbow tribute bands.
Fri 29 Dec - Heavy Metal Kids ( who still feature two original members)
I saw Heavy Metal Kids in the 1970s supporting Alice Cooper
at Wembley Arena.
Sat 30 Dec - SHAKE SOME ACTON End Of Year Party .
The Water Rats, Kings Cross.
THE BLUE CARPET BAND
THE DEATH CAPS
Will be interesting to see how QPR get on this season 2023/2024....not doing that good at the moment.
Here are their Championship games for Dec and Jan.
Wed 13 19:45 Plymouth Home
Sat 16 15:00 Sheff Wed Away
Sat 23 15:00 Southampton Home
Tue 26 13:00 Millwall Away
Fri 29 19:45 Ipswich Away
Mon 01 15:00 Cardiff Home
Sat 13 15:00 Watford Home
Sat 20 15:00 Millwall Home
Sat 27 15:00 Huddersfield Home
BRIXTON ACADEMY will be closed for all of 2023 after the tragic events that happened there in Dec 2022.
It will open in 2024 with some test events , then normal gigs.
THE RESOLUTION PUNK FESTIVAL returns to The 100 Club.
Thursday 4th January
Alvin Gibbs & The Disobedient Servants
Friday 5th January
Saturday 6th January
Sunday 7th January
The Backstreet Abortions
Wednesday 10th January
Thursday 11th January
Friday 12th January
Anti Nowhere League
Red Light Rebels
Saturday 13th January
Sunday 14th January
MOULIN ROUGE - THE MUSICAL opens 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.
JERSEY BOYS is at The Trafalgar Theatre, London.
The Jersey Boys musical featuring Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons classic songs has been seen around the world and now is your chance to catch the Tony, Olivier and Grammy Award-winning musical that "hits all the high notes" (The Guardian) as it is back in London.
Featuring the hit songs "December 1963 (Oh What A Night)", "Sherry", "Walk Like A Man" and many more, make sure not to miss this musical biography sensation.
I have seen this great musical many years ago back in March 2008 ,when I attended the opening
press/VIP night and the huge party after, and have seen the real Frankie Valli live in concert a few times.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Updated 9th December 2023 Permalink
Thursday 07 December 2033.
Thursday 07 December 2023.
AUSTRALIAN PINK FLOYD live at Hammersmith Apollo.
I have seen this top notch Pink Floyd tribute several times.
First time was back in 1993 at Subterania, West London.
This big London show is part of their annual UK tour.
They have already announced their Winter 2024 UK tour.
Pretty amazing that it's only a tribute show , but it is sold out in advance , as Floyd fans know how good a show they put on.
I must admit , i like a good tribute band , but selling 3500 tickets for this Hammersmith show is staggering.
No wonder many call them " the best tribute act in the world".
The venue is rammed solid sold out, stalls seats and circle seats all sold , and rear stalls and circle standing all sold.
An older crowd as expected with 75 per cent males.
There is full merch just like the other bands that play here.
The band arrived on stage at 8.10pm and played for 2 hours 20 mins over two sets of 60 mins and 80 mins.
From the start it is a pure visual and aural treat.
Stunning lasers , lots of lights and strobes.
A huge circular screen showing images just like the real Pink Floyd, along with Pink Floyd perfect sound quality.
They even had three female backing singers and a sax player for some songs.
It maybe " just a tribute show" but the entire audience and myself were just transfixed at how good it was.
Speak to Me (Pink Floyd cover)
Breathe (In the Air) (Pink Floyd cover)
On the Run ( Pink Floyd cover)
Time (Pink Floyd cover)
Breathe (Reprise) ( Pink Floyd cover)
The Great Gig in the Sky ( Pink Floyd cover)
Money ( Pink Floyd cover)
Us and Them (Pink Floyd cover)
Any Colour You Like (Pink Floyd cover)
Brain Damage ( Pink Floyd cover)
Eclipse (Pink Floyd cover)
On the Turning Away (Pink Floyd cover)
The Happiest Days of Our Lives (Pink Floyd cover)
Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2 (Pink Floyd cover)
In the Flesh? (Pink Floyd cover)
See Emily Play (Pink Floyd cover)
Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V) (Pink Floyd cover)
Welcome to the Machine ( Pink Floyd cover)
Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd cover)
High Hopes (Pink Floyd cover)
Pigs (Three Different Ones) (Pink Floyd cover)
One of These Days (Pink Floyd cover)
Run Like Hell (Pink Floyd cover)
Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd cover)
Wednesday 06 December 2023.
ILIZA SHLESINGER live at Hammersmith Apollo.
This was the first of her two nights at this venue.
Award-winning U.S. comedian, actor, writer, producer, and author Iliza Shlesinger returns to London following her sold-out, critically acclaimed world tour with a brand-new stand-up show at Hammersmith Apollo for two nights.
This is her fifth visit to London and she has headlined Hammersmith Apollo in the past.
She is another American comedian who has picked up many UK fans due to her specials on Netflix.
In America she has held female only shows.
Not sold out tonight, as circle is maybe three quarters full .
It is pretty much 75 % females in the audience.
CHLOE PETTS arrived on stage at 8pm for her 20 mins.
She did a good set, that went down well with the crowd.
ILIZA SHLESINGER arrived on stage at 8.50pm for her 75 mins set.
ILIZA is now aged 40, and showing off her baby bump...her second, so we had a few funny routines about babies and being a mum and relationships and sex.
There was a lot of feminism and girl power and general jokes where men were the butt of them.
ILIZA is Jewish , so she had hints of a younger Joan Rivers , but wisely stayed away from any political jokes.
The last routine was a great rant on woke millennials.
Plenty of funny routines overall, in an enjoyable show.
Updated 7th December 2023 Permalink
Tuesday 05 December 2023.
Tuesday 05 December 2023.
SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR live at Hammersmith Apollo.
Sophie brings her Kitchen Disco on tour.
It became very popular online during the COVID lockdown.
Expect a nice mix of solo hits, cover versions and Christmas classics.
It does not say sold out on the front, but the venue looks full.
It is stalls seating , so everyone can dance by their seats.
A very Christmassy vibe as folks are wearing festive outfits.
HOLIDAY SIDEWINDER arrived on stage at 7.30pm for her 30 mins.
Holiday Sidewinder Carmen-Sparks is an Australian-born indie pop singer-songwriter, musician and record producer.
The 32 year old played decent tracks from her two albums.
A blonde stunner who looked great in a short mermaid type outfit.
SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR arrived on stage at 8.30pm for her 1 hour 40 mins set.
The curtain comes down to reveal Sophie on top of a white wooden horse, which was an excellent stunt.
All her band are wearing festive outfits.
Hard to believe that Sophie is a mum of FIVE , as she still has a model like figure , with long legs and wears two skimpy glittery outfits tonight as she dances non-stop throughout the show.
Lots of songs that the crowd can sing along to.
Her big hit ' Murder on the Dancefloor' was at the end of the main set.
For the encores we had some kids on stage and the guy from The Feeling helped her with The Pogues cover.
A nice touch was the final song of the night which had Sophie at the front of the circle , singing with just acoustic guitar backing.
A very enjoyable show.
Full SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR setlist played tonight.
Sleigh Ride (Leroy Anderson & His Pops Orchestra cover)
Music Gets the Best of Me
Catch You (Wheel spin song)
A Thousand Orchids
Lost in the Sunshine
Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree ( Brenda Lee cover)
Last Christmas (Wham! cover)
All Night Long (Lionel Richie cover)
Get Over You
Merry Christmas Everyone (Shakin’ Stevens cover)
Groovejet (If This Ain't Love) (Spiller cover)
Christmas Wrapping (The Waitresses cover)
Crying at the Discoteque (Alcazar cover)
Like a Prayer (Madonna cover)
Heartbreak (Make Me a Dancer) ( Freemasons cover)
Murder on the Dancefloor
Fairytale of New York ( The Pogues/Kirsty MaColl cover - with Dan Gillespie-Sells from The Feeling)
All I Want for Christmas Is You ( Mariah Carey cover)
Have yourself a merry little Christmas (Sophie sung this song from the front of the circle)
Monday 04 December 2023.
EXTREME + LIVING COLOUR live at The Forum.
A nice pairing of funk rock bands are playing a UK tour.
This show sold out quickly , so extra Forum show added for 19 Dec.
I have seen Extreme around 10 times , including all five of their Hammersmith Odeon shows on front stage security in the early 1990s , when their classic second album ' Extreme ll - Pornograffiti' sold millions , and they had hit singles from it.
Extreme II sold very well, peaking at No. 10 on the Billboard 200, and was certified double platinum in the U.S. by the RIAA. It is the band's best selling album. Two singles from Pornograffiti, "More Than Words" and "Hole Hearted", reached No. 1 and 4 respectively on the Billboard Hot 100. Two other tracks, "Decadence Dance" and "Get the Funk Out", became popular on MTV's Headbangers Ball
It reached number 12 in the UK album charts.
I have seen Living Colour before as well
Needless to say i was really forward to seeing this show.
Legendary live music booking agent ROD MacSWEEN is here .
He has just come back from the two KISS shows in New York.
He said it was ok to mention that SCORPIONS and EXTREME play Wembley Arena on Sat 08 June 2024.
LIVING COLOUR arrived on stage at 7.50 pm and played for 40 mins that was loud and heavy and funky.
Most folks are in early to catch them.
The singer now has dreads down to his bum.
They finished with 'Cult of Personality'.
Full LIVING COLOUR setlist played tonight
Rock and Roll ( Led Zeppelin cover)
Ignorance is Bliss
Open Letter (To a Landlord)
White Lines (Don't Don't Do It) / Apache / The Message
Love Rears Its Ugly Head
Cult of Personality
EXTREME arrived on stage at 9.05pm and played for two hours.
Lots of lights in their stage production , and the overall sound is great , and singer Gary Cherone still has plenty of energy and Nuno on guitar is a proper guitar wizard, and sounds very like Eddie Van Halen , and you can see why he has been playing with big names when Extreme have been resting.
The pace slowed down a bit in the middle with a guitar solo and three acoustic tracks , but otherwise a totally rockin' show with all their big hits played and the main set ended with a mega version of ' Get The Funk Out'.
A great show
Full EXTREME setlist played tonight...
Tape intro - Sacrifice - Hail to the King ( John Barry song)
It ('s a Monster)
Rest in Peace
Teacher's Pet / Flesh 'n' Blood / Wind Me Up / Kid Ego
Play With Me (with Queen's "We Will Rock You" intro)
OTHER SIDE OF THE RAINBOW
Cupid's Dead (with Sam Cooke's "Cupid" intro)
Am I Ever Gonna Change / Guitar Solo
THICKER THAN BLOOD
More Than Words
BANSHEE (with Queen's "Fat Bottomed Girls" intro)
Take Us Alive / That's All Right
Flight of the Wounded Bumblebee
Get the Funk Out
SMALL TOWN BEAUTIFUL / Song for Love
Updated 5th December 2023 Permalink
Saturday 02 December 2023.
Saturday 02 December 2023.
ROACHFORD live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Roachford presents ' A Soul Christmas Evening'.
I have seen Roachford several times on stage, both as a solo artist and with Mike & The Mechanics.
He has been singing with them the past decade or so.
His hit single from the late 1980s ' Cuddly Toy' is totally mega.
A very cold Winters day in London tonight.
Levels 2 and 3 are closed and there is space on the floor and Level 1 so maybe only 500 or 600 here, which is a shame.
Support act is ACANTHA LANG who arrived on stage at 8pm for her really good 30 mins set.
She is backed by a guitarist and keyboard player.
She is Louisiana born , but is now based in London.
Acantha’s debut ‘Beautiful Dreams’ effortlessly blends Stax-inspired funk with Southern blues, as she tells highly personal tales atop spirited, shimmering grooves. Her storytelling style harkens to age-old blues traditions while grounding itself in contemporary themes. Armed with passion, a unique perspective, and a voice that stops people in their tracks, Acantha Lang’s full-length debut ‘Beautiful Dream’ is destined to propel her from an undiscovered gem into the pantheon of modern soul greats.
ROACHFORD and band arrived on stage at 9pm.
They played a great 1 hour 40 mins.
ROACHFORD arrives on stage wearing a glittery jacket.
ROACHFORD takes up his usual position, behind his keyboard.
Clearly happy in his own skin, Roachford relishes performing on stage, aiming humorous banter towards his musicians, his audience and himself, which all adds to the homely aura he exudes.
His set was a balanced mix of cuts and hits from his past,
along with a couple of Christmas songs and cover versions.
The last 30 mins included his 1988 hit ' Family Man' then
a nice surprise saw MIKE RUTHERFORD come on stage for two
classics from Mike And The Mechanics. ' Another Cup of Coffee' and ' Over My Shoulder' .
While his 1989 smash 'Cuddly Toy' came with a hugely uplifting
extended version...and final track was ' Only To Be With You'.
ROACHFORD pop soul voice was top notch , a great show.
Friday 01 December 2023.
PARADISE LOST live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
They are on a European Tour to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their fourth studio album 'Icon' released in 1993. It marked a departure from the death-doom sound of their early work.
They have re-recorded the album , and released it on vinyl.
I saw Paradise Lost supporting Metallica in 1999.
Support comes from MY DYING BRIDE.
Both bands are from Yorkshire.
Anathema ,Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride were a forerunner of the death doom metal and gothic metal genres during the early 1990s. These bands comprise "The Peaceville Three" as all were signed to Peaceville Records at the time.
The venue is totally rammed sold out
Lots of folks from mainland Europe here , especially Polish.
Most of the crowd are in early for the support act, as they have also been around for over 30 years , with many albums out.
MY DYING BRIDE arrived on stage at 8pm for their 55 mins.
Both bands have huge curtains behind them with their logos on.
The band played revered tracks like 'She Is The Dark' and 'The Cry Of Mankind' in a good set.
PARADISE LOST arrived on stage at 9.30pm for their 85 mins.
Crunching heavy guitar riff's and deep goth metal vocals in a nice setlist that mixed well known ICON tracks , rarely played tracks and newer tracks.
An enjoyable pairing of bands.
Full PARADISE LOST setlist played tonight...
INTRO Tape - Deus Misereatur
Remembrance (First time live since 2017)
Forging Sympathy ( First time live since 1994)
Joys of the Emptiness ( First time live since 2014)
Dying Freedom (First time live since 1998)
Colossal Rains (First time live since 2008)
Weeping Words (Live debut)
Poison (Live debut)
Shallow Seasons (First time live since 1994)
Christendom ( Live debut)
Sweetness ( First time live since 2011)
Pity the Sadness
No Hope in Sight
Updated 2nd December 2023 Permalink
Thursday 30 November 2023.
Thursday 30 November 2023....I went to two events today..
1pm to 4.30pm.
35th WILLIAM HILL Sports Book of The Year, BAFTA,
195 Piccadilly , London W1.
Maybe 100 guests max at this afternoon event.
At 1.30pm we go into the seated theatre for the presentation.
Retired US distance runner’s autobiography Good for a Girl wins the main prize
LAUREN FLESHMAN'S book Good for a Girl: My Life Running in a Man’s World has earned great reviews this year and it was named William Hill sports book of the year.
The prestigious award comes with a £30,000 prize and it is the first book about women in sport, authored by a woman, to win in the 35-year history of the award.
It is also the first outright book about athletics or running to win the accolade. In 2002 the prize went to In Black and White: The Untold Story of Joe Louis and Jesse Owens whereas in 2020 the winner was The Rodchenkov Affair: How I Brought Down Russia’s Secret Doping Empire, but Fleshman’s book is the first book that is 100% about the No.1 Olympic sport to take the prize.
Fleshman, 42, finished seventh in the 2011 world 5000m final, won two national titles at 5000m and has a best of 14:58.58. The book is part memoir, part manifesto and is reviewed among a selection of other books in the December issue of AW magazine, which is out next week.
The judges for the William Hill award praised Good for a Girl for its “heartfelt narrative” and “compelling writing”, as well as its crucial advocacy for reform in sports for young women.
Lauren Fleshman (Getty)
Fleshman said: “Having a woman being elevated for telling her own story is rare, and we need a lot more of that. That’s why awards like this are so important. I came here optimistic, but then convinced myself I had no chance when I looked at the shortlist.
“I am delighted to be the winner of this prestigious award. I hope it makes sport better for the future of women and girls.”
“Good for a Girl is not only a must-read book on the challenges that women face in sport but a moving and informative memoir that will grip those who are not athletics fans. Lauren Fleshman exposes and shatters myths with disarming honesty and exceptional writing – it is a wonderful read and thoroughly deserving of the title William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2023.”
Fleshman’s rivals in the contest included books on tennis, snooker and rugby.
The five authors on the shortlist, alongside Lauren Fleshman, receive £3,000 and a leather-bound copy of their book. They are:
Althea: The Life of Tennis Champion Althea Gibson by Sally H. Jacobs
Concussed: Sport’s Uncomfortable Truth by Sam Peters
Kick The Latch by Kathryn Scanlan
Unbreakable by Ronnie O’Sullivan
Unfair Play: The Battle for Women’s Sport by Sharron Davies with Craig Lord
Complimentary prosecco , wines , beers, canapes and mini-doughnuts for all the guests.
MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
68 year old German guitar legend is celebrating his 50th anniversary in music.
Expect several classic rock UFO tracks from when he was in the band in the 1970s in the setlist.
I have seen him on stage around a dozen times over the years.
Needless to say , I was really looking forward to this show.
Level 3 is closed tonight , but other the levels look full.
Glam rock legend DON POWELL from Slade is here.
NIGHT DEMON arrived on stage at 7.30pm for their 45 mins set.
The Californian power metal trio played some decent tracks from their albums.
MSG arrived on stage at 8.50pm and played 1 hour 40 mins.
Michael Schenker is still playing some nifty guitar with his trademark Flying V guitars.
Several UFO classics got the crowd singing loudly along.
A great show.
Full MSG setlist played tonight....
Into the Arena
Cry for the Nations
Doctor Doctor (UFO cover)
Looking for Love
Lights Out ( UFO cover)
Shoot Shoot ( UFO cover)
On and On
Let It Roll ( UFO cover)
Attack of the Mad Axeman
Natural Thing (UFO cover)
Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
Armed and Ready
Rock Bottom ( UFO cover) ( including MS extended guitar solo)
Too Hot to Handle ( UFO cover)
Only You Can Rock Me ( UFO cover)
After the show a few of us went to next door to The Dorsett Hotel for a chat with DON POWELL.
Wednesday 29 November 2023.
SAM TOMPKINS live at Hammersmith Apollo.
Fast rising British singer- songwriter , who has had a Top 10 EP.
So far 2023 has seen Sam Tompkins release the first two singles from his upcoming album ‘Lose It All’ and recent release ‘See Me’, with both releases receiving an outpouring of support from fans, accumulating over 20M views, and growing his social following to surpass 2M.
From busking in Brighton, to be spotted by Justin Bieber on the internet , and Justin covering one of his songs , which has helped Sam get some success in North America.
This European Tour starts tonight after five shows by Sam in North America.
Sam sold out The Forum Kentish Town on his last UK tour.
It is stalls standing tonight, and an impressive 3500 tickets sold out of the 5000 capacity sold.
There is over 100 on the guest list , and Sam must be a big Arsenal footie fan as the tour laminate pass has the Arsenal logo on the back of it.
ARTHUR HILL arrived on stage at 8pm for his 30 mins set.
He was backed by two musicians , for some decent songs but a cover of 'Jolene' seemed an odd choice.
SAM TOMPKINS arrived on stage at 9.05pm for his 65 mins set.
Sam is backed by three musicians behind him on a platform.
He has a nice voice , and a couple of tracks were uptempo but most were gentle mellow easy going, a bit like Ed Sheeran.
Sam got very emotional about his dad who took his own life just a fortnight ago.
He said "To my lovely dad. i am so sorry i couldn’t have been your friend growing up. i’m sorry we couldn’t go for a walk or a pint and i couldn’t turn to you and really ask you if everything is okay. let you know it’s alright to chat to me. Tell you all the brilliant things that you are and will become. and just how much you meant to the people who knew you".
The final track of the night was his big hit ' Lose It All' with all the crowd standing up and singing loudly along.
Overall the show ticked along nicely.
Updated 30th November 2023 Permalink
Tuesday 28 November 2023.
See my Facebook page for some old photos
Four of me in Oct 1977 age 18 in my Sex Pistols punk attire.
Three photos i took at a special gig at The Electric Ballroom where Sid Vicious and Glen Matlock played together.
Tuesday 28 November 2023.
VAN MORRISON live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Van plays the second of two shows at this venue.
Again not sold out , as there is space in the stalls and level 3 .
RUSTY EGAN was here tonight.
Again VAN and band arrived on stage at 7.55pm for 95 mins.
The show and setlist was pretty much the same , although track order was changed a bit and I think ' Blueberry Hill' was replaced by another track on the second night.
Again all the band members sounded fantastic.
Every now and then Van would wave his hand to speed up or slow down the band.
The outro song was good again for the encore as each member played a solo....Van left the stage after the vocals halfway through and no doubt was out of the venue and halfway home.
Again no solo hits but it was still a great show.
Monday 27 November 2023.
VAN MORRISON live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Sir Van has announced two exclusive album launch shows in London. The Northern Irish blues legend will celebrate his 45th studio album, 'Accentuate The Positive', which was released 03 Nov 2023....which is a covers album.
This is his second album release this year.
Van is still rockin' at the age of 78, and after 60 years of singing with that amazing voice.
I have seen Van over 15 times since 1979 when he headlined Hammersmith Odeon.
Surprisingly tonight is not sold out although it looks pretty full.
A mainly older crowd here as expected.
The merch stand is selling Van signed vinyl albums for £40 , along with special t-shirts with the two London dates on them.
Van is down for his usual early start early finish , with no support band. He was down for 8pm and 90 mins but actually came on a bit early at 7.55pm and played for 95 mins.
Van comes on wearing his Fedora hat and sunglasses.
Van plays some sax , harmonica and acoustic guitar during the show...and the roadie gives him lyric sheets for each song.
Van did say in advance that these shows would focus on his recent covers album if tracks he used to sing in Belfast bars in the 1960s , and that's pretty much how it was.
We had loads of covers songs from the last album and a few from his album of skiffle covers that was the one before.
Sadly he did not sing any of his classic hits tonight.
Interaction with the audience was lacking and wouldn’t everyone have loved to hear 'Brown Eyed Girl' or similar but it was 100% Van the Man and I can’t complain at that. The work ethic was fantastic, Vans voice was great and his versions of the covers were great , not a pause and a band second to none including a fantastic backing singer (Elle) made it a great night out.
Full VAN MORRISON setlist played tonight...
Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive (Johnny Mercer cover)
I Want a Roof Over My Head (Steve Gibson & The Red Caps cover)
Problems (The Everly Brothers cover)
You Are My Sunshine (Jimmie Davis cover)
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (Hank Williams cover)
When Will I Be Loved (The Everly Brothers cover)
Red Sails in the Sunset (Jimmy Kennedy cover)
A Shot of Rhythm and Blues (Arthur Alexander cover)
Bonaparte's Retreat ([traditional] cover)
Sea of Heartbreak (Don Gibson cover)
Shakin' All Over ( Johnny Kidd and the Pirates cover)
Lonesome Train (On a Lonesome Track) (Johnny Burnette & The Rock ’n’ Roll Trio cover)
Two Hound Dogs (Bill Haley and His Comets cover)
Lucille ( Little Richard cover)
Bye Bye Johnny (Chuck Berry cover)
Blueberry Hill (Sammy Kaye and His Orchestra cover)
The Shape I'm In (Kenny Lee Martin cover)
Shake, Rattle and Roll ( Big Joe Turner & His Blues Kings cover)
Cold, Cold Heart (Hank Williams cover)
Green Rocky Road ([traditional] cover) (plus excerpt from Northern Muse (Solid Ground))
Flip Flop and Fly (Big Joe Turner & His Blues Kings cover) (extended outro with band instrumentals on their own )
Updated 28th November 2023 Permalink
Sunday 26 November 2023.
Sunday 26 November 2023
CIGARETTES AFTER SEX live at Hammersmith Apollo.
This is the last of their THREE sold out shows at this venue.
I saw them play a good show at Shepherds Bush Empire on their previous UK tour in Nov 2019.
Pretty amazing how popular they are as a live act, as their two albums only scraped into the UK Top 40 chart.
Both the albums scraped into the USA Billboard Top 200.
The music of Cigarettes After Sex invokes not only the powerful feelings of euphoria inherent in the band’s name itself, but somehow manages to recreate emotions found only in the most romantic of movies; immersive, achingly nostalgic, thoroughly transporting, and intensely visual. It’s these powerful and unique qualities which have enabled the love songs of Cigarettes After Sex to reverberate across countless countries and excite the most devoted kind of following.
The band's catalog has sold over 2.5 million records to date, amassing 3 billion Spotify streams, over 17 million monthly listeners, and 800 million+ YouTube streams. The band’s list of on-the-record fans include everyone from Taylor Swift, Kylie Jenner, David Lynch, Lana Del Rey, Françoise Hardy, Lily Allen, Busy Philipps, and more. They’ve been featured in Vice Noisey, V Magazine, Interview, NPR’s Tiny Desk, and their music has appeared in The Handmaid’s Tale, Killing Eve, and Ralph Lauren ads.
The official video for their track ' Apocalypse ' has had more than 194 million views on Youtube.
A gloomy rainy evening in London town tonight.
On their last tour , the band had a film as support ,but tonight there is nothing. No film, no support band, no DJ. Just some chilled out tracks being playing over the pa.
CIGARETTES AFTER SEX arrived on stage at 8.45pm for their 80 mins set.
Lots of screams and cheers at the start and end of every song , from the many females here under the age of 30.
Like last time the band are dressed all in black, with only white lighting bring used for the entire show.
The images on the big screen are also only black n white.
We had a distinct display of dreamy guitar led minimalism.
The music was kind of hypnotic , but it seemed very samey.
Their big track ' Apocalypse' was played at the end of the main set.
A good show that ticked along ok.
Saturday 25 November 2023,
THE CLONE ROSES + OASISH + THE SMITHS LTD
live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Three top notch ' Madchester ' tribute bands.
I have seen this nice three band package at this venue before.
Lots of great classic tracks performed by all three bands.
I saw the real OASIS at this same venue in 2001, when I reviewed the show for The Shepherds Bush Gazette.
Needless to say that was a very hot ticket indeed
Levels 2 and 3 are closed tonight , but the stalls standing and Level 1 are rammed full , so must be 1200 folks here
A proper loud rowdy Saturday night drinking crowd , created a fantastic gig atmosphere.
I have never seen so many of those two pint drinks at a show.
All the bands play a greatest hits set of classics.
So many big songs that the crowd sing along to.
You could argue that an Oasis tribute should headline , as folks sing the loudest for their anthems.
It may have been just tribute bands tonight, but it was great
THE SMITHS LTD arrived on stage at 7pm for their 50 mins set
OASISH arrived in stage at 8.10pm for their 60 mins set.
CLONE ROSES arrived on stage at 9.35pm for their 85 mins set.
Updated 26th November 2023 Permalink
Friday 24 November 2023.
Friday 24 November 2023.
ASAF AVIDAN live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Five years since his last solo performance, Asaf Avidan (now aged 43) will be returning to the stage alone for the ‘Ichnology Solo’ Tour.Fans can look forward to an unforgettable evening where he will once again prove that he is truly a unique artist of his time. Navigating seamlessly between his intimate serenades, his charismatic storytelling, and his energetic multi-instrumental wizardry, Avidan alone on the stage is a force to behold.
ASAF is from Israel so could be an interesting atmosphere considering how the Israel / Hamas conflict is right now.
Support act is SHELLY ARCHER who was also born in Israel.
The venue is ready for any unwelcome visitors , as there are more barriers outside the venue, along with more security wanding outside the venue, rather than at the door.
Thankfully no trouble whatsoever during the show.
Shelly Archer was on stage at 7.45pm for her 25 mins.
She is a singer-songwriter with keyboard based tracks.
ASAF AVIDON arrived on stage at 8.45pm for his 2 hours.
It is stalls seated tonight , as a pretty laid back show.
Level 3 is pretty empty , so maybe 800 tickets sold.
The stage is nice and cosy, with a couple of lampshades, a comfy chair, a couple of carpets and a table of drinks.
Asaf has a pretty unique high pitched voice.
Asaf sings and chats in English , throughout the evening.
Asaf is solo and switches between piano and acoustic guitar.
He has a floor full of pedals like Ed Sheeran for looping sounds.
Also a bit of harmonica too, and some drum pads.
Lots of chat between tracks...a bit too much sometimes.
The highlight of the show came near the end of the main set , when he sung his big track ' Reckoning Song' that had a DJ remix version that went to number 30 in the UK, and was number one in a a few European countries.
The crowd gave him a full standing ovation at the end.
An interesting show , that ticked along nicely.
Thursday 23 November 2023...I went to two events tonight.
6.45pm to 8.45pm.
CLARIDGES Christmas Tree Unveiling Party.
Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1.
I have been to this event several times before, as always good.
Around 150 glammed up guests at this famous five star luxury hotel, including Dame Joan Collins and husband Percy , Daisy Lowe , Lady Victoria Hervey, Nick Grimshaw , Tanya Burr , Emma Weymouth , Ben Cobb , Erin O'Connor , David Downton and Mary Charteris.
A six piece string section are playing nice cover versions, including The Verve ' Bittersweet Symphony'
LOUIS VUITTON designed the Christmas Tree in the hotel foyer.
Complimentary Ruinart champers, rum cocktails, canapes and desserts. A very nice event.
9pm to 10.45pm.
Corporate Traveller Showcase - Edwardian Hampshire Hotel, Leicester Square , London WC2.
We head up to the Penthouse Suite on the 8th floor with nice views of The London Eye etc.
A band were playing some lively well known cover versions.
There was a fun photo booth.
At 10pm there were three prizes in the lucky draw.
The main prize was return flights to USA....sadly no win for me.
Complimentary prosecco, wines beers , canapes and desserts .
All guests got a goodie bag on departure.
Updated 24th November 2023 Permalink
Wednesday 22 November 2023.
Wednesday 22 November 2023.
HOT MILK live at The Forum.
Hotly tipped for success Manchester band are touring their debut album, ' A Call to the Void' which went to number 40 in the UK charts.
The album was released via Music For Nations/Sony.
A few months ago , one of the agents from their booking agency told me that I would really like this band.
They got nice reviews from their Download Festival 2023 set.
The upstairs looks less than half full, so maybe 1200 tix sold.
I chatted to legendary live music booking agent ROD
MACSWEEN who told me he will be going to New York to see KISS final shows on 01 Dec and 02 Dec , but will be back for EXTREME at The Forum on 04 Dec.
Rod represents both these great live bands.
Rod also told me some great news about THE SCORPIONS.
MODERN ERROR on stage at 7.30pm for their 25 mins set.
A four piece all dressed in black who played some really good crunchin' rock tracks from their debut album.
Nifty guitar riffs mixed with some electronica.
WITCH FEVER on stage at 8.20pm for their 40 mins set.
They have a edgy female singer who went into the stalls crowd and a female bass player who went into the photo pit.
A good set of tracks from their debut album.
HOT MILK on stage at 9.35pm for their 75 mins set.
They have a nice stage production , with some lighting poles and strobe lights.
There are a few film cameras capturing the show.
Pretty amazing how well they have gone from small venues to be here putting on a full on proper rock show.
The female singer is giving it 100% and the guitarist helps out on some vocals. They have three platforms at the front that they use non stop.
Lots of lively moshing and crowd surfing throughout the show.
After 45 mins a male fan was invited on stage to sing a song.
In a touching moment the guitarist dedicated ' Forget Me Not' to his Grandad who recently died of dementia, and who had bought him a Trivium cd for a Christmas past.
Encore of ' Glass Spiders ' was really good.
A nice evening of three good new UK rock acts , and HOT MILK will surely be playing bigger venues in the future.
Tuesday 21 November 2023.
SKY ARTS 12pm - Angel Headed Hipster - documentary film -
The songs of Marc Bolan & T.Rex.
Very sad news that Psychedelic Furs sax player MARS WILLIAMS has died of cancer aged 68.
The Damned will play a UK tour in Dec 2024 with original drummer RAT SCABIES.
THE ROLLING STONES play a North American tour in 2024.
Looks like AC/DC will be touring Europe in the summer of 2024 as a date in Germany has already been leaked.
Monday 20 November 2023.
Louis Theroux meets PETE DOHERTY
Nice interview with Pete on many parts of his life and career.
Drugs , booze, England, France, Carl Barat, arrests , the death at his party , his health....and more.
Pete says on his current health situation...
" The heroin and the crack… I surrendered to that, and then it was cocaine and the smoking and the alcohol, and now it’s cheese and the saucisson, and the sugar in the tea.”
“It’s all gotta go. They told me a little while ago if you don’t change your diet then you’re gonna have diabetes and cholesterol problems,” he continued. “Death’s lurking, you know what I mean? That’s why I carry that stick.”
It is available to view afterwards on the BBC iPlayer.
Updated 20th November 2023 Permalink
Sunday 19 November 2023.
Sunday 19 November 2023.
ED SHEERAN live at The Royal Albert Hall.
Probably the biggest live solo male act in the world right now.
Worldwide stadium act Ed Sheeran plays the second of two intimate RAH shows to launch his new album 'Autumn Variations'.
Ed has said these two times are the only times he will play the album in full.
Ed will be backed by a live band and string section and a few backing singers.
I have seen Ed a few times live before.
The venue is totally rammed solid sold out tonight, even though best seats are £200 each.
All the boxes are full of hospitality.
WAYNE ROONEY and wife COLEEN were sitting near us.
We end up missing the support act, as stayed in the bar.
ED SHEERAN is on stage for 2 hours 10 mins.
First 65 mins was new album in full with his band,
string section and a few backing singers.
Next 65 mins was a hits set with just Ed and and guitar and loop machine.
The stage floor and behind him is full of artwork slogans related to the album.
Ed has nice friendly stage banter between all the songs.
Eds vocals are nice and clear , as is the overall sound.
The crowd sat down for all the new album tracks , but stood up for all the hits in the latter half.
The new album tracks were all a bit average , but the hits section was really good.
Full ED SHEERAN setlist played (Full band with string section and backing vocalists)
That's On Me
When Will I Be Alright
The Day I Was Born
Head > Heels
HITS SET (Ed solo)
Castle on the Hill (Acoustic/Slow)
Don't / In Da Club / No Diggity / Smoke Weed Everyday
Give Me Love
Thinking Out Loud
Shape of You
The Parting Glass ([traditional] cover) (Unplugged)
Afterglow (Unplugged Ed and voice with no microphone )
Saturday 18 November 2023.
A nice three band psychedelic - prog - space rock package.
GONG and OZRIC TENTACLES co-headline with support from THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN.
I saw GONG headline Hammersmith Odeon in 1976.
The current GONG do not feature any original members from their heyday period in the 1970s.
OZRIC TENTACLES have released around 30 albums over the past 35 years and have sold over a million albums without any major record company help.
I saw them play Shepherds Bush Empire in 2021.
I saw THE CRAZY WORLD OF CRAZY BROWN play a really good show supporting HAWKWIND earlier this year at The Royal Albert Hall.
He is best known for his big hit 'Fire' which was released 1968.
The single became a transatlantic hit, reaching number one in the UK and Canada and number two in the United States, while hitting the top 10 in markets across Europe.
The track was produced by Pete Townshend.
Arthur Brown is now aged 81.
Not sold out tonight as spare space downstairs and upstairs.
75 per cent of the crowd is guys over the age of 50.
All three acts used Psychedelic images on the big screen.
THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN arrived on
stage at 6.45pm and played for 60 mins.
Arthur and his band are all wearing fancy headwear.
There are half a dozen shop dummies on stage.
Arthur is a total showman , and like The Royal Albert Hall we get several stunning costume changes.
Again ' Fire' was played early on, and other gems included 'Walk With Angels' and 'Time Captives' .
For me he was the highlight of the three acts tonight.
OZRIC TENTACLES arrived of stage at 8pm and played for 85 mins.
Their setlist was all instrumentals.
Loads of nifty guitar and keyboards working up a noise.
The crowd knew many of their tracks.
A female flutist joins them for a few tracks.
Lots of strobes used in their enjoyable set.
GONG arrived in stage at 9.45pm and played for 75 mins.
Gong look like a proper cool band rather than crusty old hippies.
They have a sax player on several songs.
A female dancer joins them after 45 mins.
The singer rightly said " it is amazing that in 2023, we still have three great acts playing The Astoria " .He quickly changed it to The Forum.
An enjoyable evening but for me Arthur Brown stole the show.
Updated 19th November 2023 Permalink
Friday 17 November 2023.
Friday 17 November 2023.
ELIZA live at The Forum.
A new name and direction for Eliza Doolittle.
She took a few years off after her second album , and is currently touring to promote her fourth studio album.
Not sold tonight, but maybe1500 tix sold out of 2000 capacity.
One of those gigs with over 100 on the guest list , including TV presenter MIQUITA OLIVER.
LAURA GROVES arrives on stage at 8pm for her 30 mins set.
Just her and keyboards singing some dreamy tunes.
ELIZA arrives on stage at 9pm for her 80 mins set.
Eight on stage including two female backing singers.
Eliza is showing off her baby bump tummy in a hippy type 70s
crop top and trousers.
Eliza has a nice sultry r n b voice, and she gets involved with the dance routines with the two backing singers.
An enjoyable show
During the last song Eliza told the crowd she would be signing her CDs and vinyls after the show at the merch stall.
Thursday 16 November 2023...West End events...
5.15pm to 5.45pm.
Christmas Tree Lights Switch On - Mount Street , Mayfair, London W1.
Upmarket street that is full of designer stores , with some handing out complimentary mulled wines hot chocolates and festive bites including mince pies etc.
Weather was a bit drizzly , so not the best night to be outside.
5.45pm to 7.45pm.
MATCHES FASHION - 5 Carlos Place, Mayfair , London W1.
5 Carlos Place is their London townhouse situated in the heart of Mayfair. Each month, discover new installations that celebrate the worlds of art and fashion.
Lots of folks here I know as they have a big crowd over all the different floors.....Comedienne KATHERINE RYAN was here.
Complimentary drinks were two different whiskey cocktails.
All guests got a large designer RAEY bauble in the goodie bag.
8pm to 9.45pm.
DRAKES - 9 Savile Row, Mayfair , London W1.
Drake's is a purveyor of classic British elegance. A maker and haberdasher, Drake's handcrafts some of the world's finest shirts, ties and accessories...with expensive prices.
A cool younger fashion crowd here.
There is a DJ playing great funk and soul from his vinyl albums.
Complimentary whiskey cocktails, gin cocktails , wines, beers.
Updated 17th November 2023 Permalink
Wednesday 15 November 2023.
Wednesday 15 November 2023....Three events tonight for me.
5.30pm to 6.10pm.
TOM FAULKNER - drinks reception - 28 Pimlico Road, Pimlico, London SW1.
It's that time of year when the main shopping areas have street parties to celebrate their Christmas lights switch on.
Pimlico Road is well known for top notch interior design.
Celebrated British furniture designer, Tom Faulkner, designs and makes exquisite and distinctive furniture and accessories.
Tom’s show-stopping pieces are loved worldwide – by private clients and professional interior designers alike, and his furniture is equally at home in either modern or traditional settings...Tom also has a store in New York.
Complimentary English sparkling wines, mulled wine, nibbles and mince pies for around 100 guests
6.20pm to 7pm.
LONE DESIGN CLUB - drinks reception - 6 Motcomb Street, Belgravia London SE1.
The store features a curation of over 30 innovative and up-and-coming brands, “handpicked to align with the theme, target demographic, and values shared by Lone Design Club and Grosvenor”.
These include British designer brand Emily Carter, Australian brand Kina and Tam, and independent sustainable fashion brand How Pabissi.
Complimentary drinks included three different cocktails in tins, so i sneaked in a couple at The Palladium gig after...and mulled wine....a DJ was playing tunes...
SUZI QUATRO live at The Palladium.
Suzi is playing a five date UK tour.
Suzi celebrates 50 years of her debut worldwide hit from 1973 'Can The Can'.
Suzi will be showcasing her new album with KT Tunstall.
I have seen Suzi live several times before.
I saw Suzi play a great show at The Royal Albert Hall in April 2022.
Suzi has sold over 50 million records (albums and singles) worldwide. In the summer of 1973, Suzi was one of the first musicians I ever saw live in person at a promo day at Brands Hatch. Suzi was quite a sight on Top Of The Pops to this 14 year old when she had her first big hits in 1973. Suzi recently released an eight album box set.
I have a great stalls seat, just nine rows from the stage .
BOY GEORGE is in the VIP box to my left.
SUZI QUATRO and band were on stage for a nice long 2 hours 10 mins over two sets of 60 mins and 70 mins.
Suzi is looking great for her 73 years and is holding her bass guitar which is nearly as tall as she is.
Nine musicians on stage , including a three man brass section and two female backing singers.
There is a big screen showing images of Suzi.
Suzi has plenty of nice stage banter , and tells us the last time she played this venue was in 1999 when Michael Aspel surprised her with the 'This Is Your Life' red book.
On how Mickie Most took her to London back in 1971.
Suzi said she had put out six books, and mentioned her acting career and that great Suzi Q documentary.
Great to see BOY GEORGE and GLEN MATLOCK join Suzi for a pukka version of 'Stumblin' In'
In the second half Suzi changed into her trademark leather jump jump siti, and wiggled her bum to the crowd.
The setlist was a perfect mix of her 1970s classic hits , more recent material and some great cover versions
An excellent gig.
See my Facebook page for photos and video.
The Wild One
I May Be Too Young
Tear Me Apart
Shine a Light
Stumblin' In ( with Boy George and Glen Matlock)
No Soul/No Control
The Devil In Me
Slow Down ( Larry Williams cover)
Rockin' in the Free World ( Neil Young cover)
Can I Be Your Girl?
Motor City Riders
I Sold My Soul Today
Bad Moon Rising (Creedence Clearwater Revival cover)
She's in Love With You
Glycerine Queen / Bass Solo / Bass Solo
Can the Can
Devil Gate Drive
If You Can't Give Me Love
Sweet Little Rock & Roller ( Chuck Berry cover)
Desperado Eagles cover)
10.30pm to 11.30pm was the after-party in the circle bar.
A small gathering of around 30 people.
SUZI QUATRO turned up , but no sign of BOY GEORGE or GLEN
MATLOCK who both came on stage for a song with Suzi earlier.
A complimentary bar including spirits n mixers prosecco, wines and beers.
Tuesday 14 November 2023.
HEAVEN 17 live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Heaven 17 head out on a very special celebratory tour to perform their acclaimed 1983 album The Luxury Gap. Hailing from Sheffield, Heaven 17 are one of the most important British post-punk bands. Their second album, The Luxury Gap, became an pop masterpiece that reached Number 4 in the charts and cemented Heaven 17 as one of the most important bands around.
I have seen them live a few times before.
Special guest for the tour will be club legend RUSTY EGAN (The Rich Kids ,Visage and others , and was at the forefront of the New Romantic Blitz Kids scene in the early 80s).
Level 3 is pretty empty but the other levels look full.
As expected most of the folks are in their 50s and 60s.
RUSTY EGAN played some cool tunes to warm the crowd up , including OMD, Human League , Soft Cell, Joy Division, The Cure,Spandau Ballet Visage, David Bowie and Gary Numan.
Rusty had a vinyl album on sale at the merch desk.
HEAVEN 17 arrived on stage at 8.30pm for their 1 hour 55 mins.
They had five on stage including two lots of synth keyboards and two female backing singers.
Singer Glen Gregory is an excellent frontman who is constantly moving and engaging with the crowd, he seemed to be having a great time and that energy and enthusiasm really bridged the gap between the stage and the crowd.
Glen gave a shout out to a loyal fan in the front row who has seen the band 229 times.
Lots of great electro pop tunes played , with highlights including
' We Don't Need This Fascist Groove Thang ', ' Temptation' and the covers went down well with 'Dont You Want Me', ' Party Fears Two' and ' Let's Dance'.
A really good show.
Full HEAVEN 17 setlist played tonight...
Introducing (The Human League cover)
Crushed by the Wheels of Industry
Key to the World
Who'll Stop the Rain
Come Live With Me
Lady Ice and Mr Hex
We Live So Fast
The Best Kept Secret
Let Me Go
(We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang
I'm Your Money
And That's No Lie
Play to Win
The Power of Love (Frankie Goes to Hollywood cover) (Glen solo acoustic)
Don't You Want Me ( The Human League cover) (Glen solo acoustic)
Penthouse and Pavement
Party Fears Two (The Associates cover)
Let's Dance ( David Bowie cover)
Being Boiled ( The Human League cover)
Updated 15th November 2023 Permalink
Sunday 12 November 2023.
Sunday 12 November 2023.
CLIFF RICHARD live at Hammersmith Apollo.
I am back to see Cliff for the second time.
Pretty much the same show as the night before.
An incredible 14 number one UK hits in the 21 songs played.
The chat on stage in both halves was a bit different.
Cliff is wearing a different sparkly outfit.
Despite being 83 , he does plenty of dancing around the stage.
Many fans have come to see Cliff multi-nights , even though front block tickets are £100 each
Again there was a very positive feel good vibe here tonight.
So many hit songs in another great show.
Saturday 11 November 2023.
CLIFF RICHARD plays the fifth of six nights at Hammersmith Apollo.
Before The Beatles,there was Cliff Richard , who had the biggest selling single in the year 1959, with his fifth single release 'Living Doll'.
Cliff will be aged 83 when he plays these shows.
The shows will be filmed and shown in UK cinemas on Nov 25 and 26.
Across his illustrious and unrivalled 8-decade career spanning stage and screen, Sir Cliff Richard has become a British icon and cultural treasure, amassing many gold and platinum records, well over 250 million records sales worldwide, 14 number-one singles, a colossal 96 Top 20 hits, 7 number-one albums and a string of Brit and Ivor Novello awards to his name.
First night reviews say that he is playing all fourteen of his UK
number one hit singles.
I have seen Cliff on stage over 15 times since 1979 , when he headlined a charity show at The Royal Albert Hall, where he did three songs and KATE BUSH did three songs.
I also saw the reunion tour with The Shadows at The 02 Arena.
In 1958, 'Move It ' was Cliff Richard's debut single, and was widely credited as one of the first authentic rock 'n' roll singles made outside the United States. He went on to record countless commercial releases at Abbey Road studio, either with The Shadows, or as solo releases.
It is stalls seated tonight, as lots of older folks here with
75% being loyal females who attend multi-nights.
Many are wearing tinsel and fairy lights
CLIFF RICHARD and band play for around two hours over two sets of 60 mins each.Pretty much a nice greatest hits set, with his 50s and 60s hits in the first half, and his 70s hits onwards in the second half.
Cliff is looking as youthful as ever , and despite being aged 83, he is wearing sparkly jacket, sparkly shirt, sparkly tie , sparkly shoes and the black trousers look leather.
A friend who went to the opening night said Cliff is 100% miming the entire show. On my inspection the vocals are too perfect for an 83 year old , so I would think there is some vocal production trickery going on. This crowd don't care though.
Most songs had an introduction on how they came about , and Cliff was interviewed on stage for around 10 mins in the middle of both sets.
The show certainly could have been a bit louder
The crowd rushed to the front for the last few songs.
It was a full on greatest hits show, with hit after hit.
So many gems from the last 65 years...a great show.
Full CLIFF RICHARD setlist played tonight ..
The Young Ones (Cliff Richard & The Shadows cover)
Please Don't Tease ( Cliff Richard & The Shadows cover)
Summer Holiday ( Cliff Richard & The Shadows cover)
Bachelor Boy ( Cliff Richard & The Shadows cover)
Chat - Cliff Richard with Iain Dale (10 mins)
I Love You ( Cliff Richard & The Shadows cover)
Travellin' Light (Cliff Richard & The Shadows cover)
The Millennium Prayer
The Minute You're Gone ( Sonny James cover)
Mistletoe & Wine
Miss You Nights
Chat - Cliff Richard with Iain Dale (10 mins)
Wired for Sound
The Next Time (Cliff Richard & The Shadows cover)
We Don't Talk Anymore
Band and crew introductions
My Kinda Life
Friday 10 November 2023.
CREEPER live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
UK goth emo band are touring their third studio album.
This is the last night of their five night UK tour.
I have seen Creeper before in 2020 when they supported Baby Metal at Wembley Arena.
Level 3 is half empty, but otherwise the venue is pretty full.
THE NIGHTMARES came on stage at 7.25pm for their 30 mins.
They are from Wales and play a good 30 mins set of tracks from their album.
SAVE FACE on stage at 8.15pm for their 30 mins set.
Save Face are a New Jersey native rock band.
Emerging in all red jumpsuits, the band had good tracks including ' Glitter' . With the set containing elements of a gothic vibe, it’s easy to see why the band have been compared to the likes of My Chemical Romance. The frantic and chaotic nature that lead singer Tyler brings to the table. Throughout the set there’s barely a moment where he stands still whether that is him jumping up and down on stage.
A really good set , with tracks from their two albums.
CREEPER on stage at 9.20pm for their 90 mins set.
The band have a nice stage production , with loads of lights and dry ice plumes and confetti in the encore.
Three raised platforms at the front of the stage.
Most of the songs are really good uptempo tracks , which result in loads of moshing , and 60 or 70 bodies crowd surf into the pit, to keep the security busy.
It was a full on proper gig atmosphere in the front stalls.
The band are super tight and singer Will Gould is a great front man, as the fans gang on his every word.
The band remind me of other great live bands at this level like Palaye Royale and The Struts . .a really good set.
Updated 11th November 2023 Permalink
Thursday 09 November 2023.
Thursday 09 November 2023.
THEE SACRED SOULS live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
This show is the last date on their European Tour.
In May 2023 they were on Jools Holland BBC tv show.
Thee Sacred Souls have been building audiences all over the world with their self-titled 2022 debut, and a sound that mixes the easy-going grace of sweet 60s soul with the grit and groove of early 70s R&B. Their performances are utterly intoxicating. Hints of Chicano, Philly, Chicago, Memphis, and even Panama soul turn up.
The show tonight is fully sold out.
A nice cool soul lovin' crowd as black and white folks mixed , and the 20 something's packed the stalls standing, and the
older folks stuck to the seats upstairs.
DJ DADDY BONES was the support act tonight.
He played obscure 70s soul vinyl singles to warm the crowd up.
THEE SACRED SOULS arrived at 9pm for their 80 mins set.
For half the songs in the set, there are 10 musicians on stage, including a three man brass section and two female backing vocals.
Singer Josh Lane has a great look, with his loose dreads.
Lots of the songs were based around love , and he went into the stalls crowd to sing a couple of songs, which went down well, and a couple of times he was in the pit area.
The best songs seemed to be nearer the end.
Thee Sacred Souls deliver ‘Weak For Your Love’, a crowd favourite and their biggest hit that has everyone singing along and hollering in appreciation as Josh hits the high notes with ease. They thank us and then leave the stage, prompting the crowd burst into a raucous ‘one more song!’ chant. There’s a deafening chorus of cheers, shrill whistles cut the air, and thundering feet stomp the ground like a drumroll.
For the start of their encore, Thee Sacred Souls play ‘Future Lover' then ‘It’s Our Love’ and their viral track ‘Can I Call You Rose?’. For the former, Josh walks deep into the crowd, his weightless soul vocals serenading the lucky people around him. During ‘Rose’, we see Josh bow his thanks to someone who hands him a fake red rose. He clutches it fervently as he sings, his eyes shut tight as he stretches out his arms.
An enjoyable show.
Wednesday 08 November 2023.
LAIBACH live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Laibach play a one off UK show on their European Tour.
Laibach is a Slovenian avant-garde music group associated with the electro- industrial genre.
They formed in the mid 1980s.
I spent a fortnight in North East Slovenia a few years ago , near the Austrian border.
Levels 2 and 3 are closed tonight, so maybe 700 or 800 tix sold.
LAIBACH were on stage for 1 hour 55 mins over two sets of 40 mins and 75 mins.
The stage production is top notch , as we have a massive digital screen showing images along with loads of lights and strobes , that compliment the music perfectly.
The band feature two keyboard/synth players.
LAIBACH belongs to the experimental bands that combine classical music and electro-industrial sounds with the unique deep voice of Milan Fras.
At the beginning, the band played a few bars alone until the enchanting singer Marina Martensson with her curly red hair and an acoustic guitar entered the stage and sang the song ‘Love Is Still Alive (Moon, Euphoria)’. While the music video for the song played on the big wall in the background, singer Milan Fras entered the stage in a glittering silver suit and Stetson Western hat. After this song, both left the stage again and until a break, the band played very ambient electronic sounding industrial music.
The first set was variations of one track ' Love is Still Alive'.
The whole show was very moody, with no smiling on stage.
The overall sound was perfect.
The crowd nodded along to the synth dominated sounds.
For the second encore LAIBACH played their neat cover version of the ROLLING STONES song ‘Sympathy For The Devil’.
A very enjoyable audio-visual show.
Updated 9th November 2023 Permalink
Tuesday 07 November 2023.
Tuesday 07 November 2023.
CLOWN CORE live at The Forum.
American masked duo perform electro- jazz metal tunes from their four albums.
This was their only English show on their European Tour.
I was hoping for some weirdness , and i certainly got it.
The show is not sold out as the balcony is half empty, but still impressive that they can sell 1200 tickets when nobody apart from their hardcore fans know their name.
Several fans are wearing face masks or face paint .
DJ DRIVER arrived on stage at 8.30pm for his 40 mins set.
Kicking off the show was a DJ set from Clown Core associate DJ Driver. Unlike a majority of DJ sets, DJ Driver mainly sat in his chair, and pushed play on the laptop on the other chair, and stared blankly at the crowd .The music played during the set wasn't dancey or filled with familiar tunes; ambient music flowed throughout the venue, as concert attendees tried to get Driver's attention by waving and throwing up the heart symbol like they were attending a rave. A fan even gave Driver a £10 note which he gladly accepted.
The crowd simply cheered every time Driver did something.
After 40 minutes, Driver abruptly unplugged his device and walked off the stage ending his peculiar set. While a few fans got a handshake on his way out.
CLOWN CORE arrived on stage at 9.30pm and played for a mere 50 mins.
They have a nice big screen behind them mixing digital images with live footage.
As the duo kicked off their set with "Three" inside a tent posing as a porta-potty, a bevy of phones were aimed at the stage in anticipation of the band's arrival. When the front of the tent came down, everyone erupted at the sight of the musical duo, who donned white outfits for the occasion.
One plays drums and the other plays keyboards and sax.
Seeing Clown Core live for many was like finally meeting that one internet friend you've connected with for years. The act went from a chaotic grindcore assault one minute to a jazzy section fit for a Kenny G record the next minute, and the crowd simply embraced the madness.
The all instrumental tracks were short in length.
Plenty of moshing in the front stalls standing.
At the end of the encore , these words came up on the screen.
PLEASE LEAVE - THANK YOU FOR YOUR MONEY.
It certainly was a bonkers evening.
Monday 06 November 2023.
Mon 06 Nov and Tues 07 Nov and Wed 08 Nov - WORLD TRAVEL MARKET is held at Excel, East London.
World Travel Market is a one-stop-shop for all things tourism, hospitality and travel. Hosted at its traditional venue ExCeL London, WTM 2023 will gather renowned tourism professionals globally from 6th to 8th November 2023. The trade show is a perfect opportunity for tourism businesses and travel providers to showcase the full range of tourism attractions, the latest travel technology and airlines.
WTM 2023 attracts the biggest names in the industry and all related sectors. As the busiest trade fair in the travel area.
I was there on the opening day -
Monday 06 Nov from 1pm to 10.45pm.
This is a truly massive event as 10,000 folks are due every day.
North Wing is UK and Europe.
South Wing is Rest of the World.
Many of the countries have staff in national dress, and some are performing traditional dance showcases.
Lots of big colourful digital screens all over all the venue.
Certainly makes you want to book a holiday.
Not just countries showcasing , but many hotels worldwide and UK excursions including Premier League stadium tours, Harry Potter, Disney and Mamma Mia! The Party at The 02 Complex.
Lots of walking around and checking out different stands.
Every hour many have complimentary drinks receptions.
2pm - Cuba - Cuban cocktails.
3pm - Chile - Chilean wines and Chilean food.
4pm - Taiwan - Taiwanese whiskey cocktails and sandwiches.
They had a business card draw for a dozen prizes . I didn't win.
They also gave out a goodie bag with a few items inside.
5pm - Guyana - rum cocktails and traditional bites.
6pm - Cendyn (hotel technologies) party at The Fox Pub - outside Excel...whiskey cocktails, prosecco, wines, beers and buffet including a huge plate of beer battered onion rings.
7.30pm - Hyatt Hotels next door for wines and beers.
This was on its last legs so we didn't stay long.
8.15pm to 10.45pm - KOREA TOURISM WTM PARTY at
HAWKSMOOR STEAKHOUSE, Wood Wharf, Canary Wharf.
My first time on this lovely floating pavillion restaurant and bar.
Complimentary Bekseju Korean cocktails, prosecco, wines, beers and at 10pm everyone was given a glass of champers to toast Korea....a DJ is playing tunes in the background.
Different bowl foods including their Rib-Eye Steak Strips with triple-cooked chips. All guests got a goodie bag with a box of 50 Korean Ginseng Tea Bags.
Updated 7th November 2023 Permalink
Saturday 04 November 2023.
Saturday 04 November 2023.
LEVEL 42 + THE CHRISTIANS live at Hammersmith Apollo.
This is the last show on their UK tour.
Both bands had hits in the 1980s and 1990s.
Just to give you an idea of how popular the jazz- funk of Level 42 was back in the day.
In 1990 they played 15 , yes 15 shows at this same venue...I worked front stage security for 12 of them.
They always played Hammersmith Odeon on their UK tours, so I have seen them over 25 times.
Level 42 last studio album release was in 2006.
I have seen The Christians a few times before.
There is no sold out sign, but the venue looks full.
Lots of middle aged folks as expected.
THE CHRISTIANS arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played for 40 mins.
Warmly received first were The Christians who entertained in fine style with their wonderful vocals and harmonies being as smooth as ever on the likes of ' Ideal World' and 'Forgotten Town'.
With front man Gary Christian’s voice taking centre stage before their short set was brought to a close with ' Hooverville' and the hit song cover of The Isley Brothers 'Harvest For The World'.
LEVEL 42 arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 1 hour 40 mins.
All the band members are wearing colourful shirts.
The band were joined by a three man brass section
The band are all top notch musicians , and create a really nice jazz-funk sound.
Mark King still has his amazing thumb-slap bass guitar technique.
The massive drum kit looks incredible , and would put many a rock band to shame.
They play all their hits as usual.
A great show.
Full LEVEL 42 setlist played tonight...
To Be With You Again
Running in the Family
The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up)
Love Meeting Love
Kansas City Milkman
Something About You
Lessons in Love
Heaven in My Hands
The Chinese Way
Friday 03 November 2023.
I went to three events today.
4.30pm to 7.30pm.
RM AUCTIONS - preview party - Marlborough House, Pall Mall , St James's, London SW1.
Over 50 stunning classic cars are on display in the huge marquee in advance of the auction the following day.
Around 20 of them are Ferraris.
Many have an estimate of a million quid plus.
A highlight for me was seeing a navy Bentley Continental Convertible which has been owned by Jay Kay ( Jamiroquai) for the past 23 years and has featured in a couple of the bands videos.
Around 300 guests are here.
There is a DJ playing tunes in the background.
Commentary Havana Rum cocktails, prosecco, wines, beers and canapes.
7.45pm to 9pm.
VISITBRASIL.COM - Trafalgar Square, London SW1.
The Brazilian Embassy are hosting a pre-party in advance of next week's World Travel Market.
They are showcasing six different regions.
We miss the dance display and the food but have complimentary Cachaca (Brazilian Rum) cocktails, wines and beers.
All guests got a nice goodie bag on departure.
9.15pm to 11pm...after-party in the upstairs bar at The Coliseum for the press/ VIP evening for
ENO’s production of 7 Deaths of Maria Callas will be at the London Coliseum from 3 – 11 November 2023.
A packed bar of maybe 150 guests here including several well known faces including American Actor WILLIAM DEFOE, MARIA ABRAMOVIC, NICK RHODES,
IMELDA MAY, DANIEL LISMORE, LORRAINE CHASE,
PHILIP SALLON, FIONA SHAW ( actress in Killing Eve etc) and no doubt a couple I missed.
Complimentary prosecco, wines and beers.
Updated 4th November 2023 Permalink
Thursday 02 November 2023.
Thursday 02 November 2023.
6.30pm to 11pm.
DOMUS SHOWROOM OPENING PARTY -
23 Great Sutton Street, Clerkenwell , London EC1.
A stunningly designed huge contemporary space of over 2300 sq ft, which is spread out over two levels and different areas.
Must be over 200 guests here tonight.
There is a four piece semi-acoustic band playing some cover versions and we have a DJ too.
The event was due to finish at 9pm but it's an Italian time vibe so it actually finished at 11pm.
Lots of complimentary drinks and food including Negronis, Gin & Tonics , Prosecco, Lambrusco ( Italian Sparkling Red Wine), Wines, Beers, Italian bowl food including lasagne and pasta dishes and desserts.
A great party.
What they say about their showroom...
Blending inspiration and ideas via a carefully considered, curated approach, our new home in London’s creative heart has been designed to offer architects and designers a stimulating and unique Domus showroom experience. Incorporating new design concept features within a dynamic and collaborative environment, the space is intended to serve as a warm and welcoming creative and social hub, with dedicated zones for client meetings and hot-desking, a restful bar and lounge plus two serene outdoor areas.
Housing over 3,000 individual products, a material reference library takes centre stage within the new showroom design concept, providing clients with instantly accessible reference pieces from Domus’ extensive tile, wood and engineered flooring ranges. Inspired by the style of old dispensaries and containing over 250 ranges in all colour and finish options, the reference library has been designed to help make choosing and selecting surface materials an effortless, intuitive part of the specification process – acting as a convenient and comprehensive design source for interior designers, architects and specifiers.
Wednesday 01 November 2023.
I went to three events tonight.
5.15pm to 6.30pm
THE ART OF MOTORING - private view - Iconic Images Gallery , 16 Waterloo Place, St James's, London SW1.
Around 100 guests here, most are older males.
Lots of great photos and paintings of racing cars.
They are on display all this week...free entry.
Complimentary Piper Heidsieck champers and canapes for all guests here.
7pm to 9.30pm
SOCIAL 4M - Kettners, Champagne Bar, 29 Romily Street , London W1.
First time back at Kettners for a few years.
Social 4M (Meet Merge Motivate Maximise) are hosting a talk to around 50 music biz folks regards streaming and publishing and percentages etc.
Lots of complimentary drinks and food including three different cocktails, wines, beers , different bowl foods, cheese and ham toasties and canapes.
10pm to 12pm
THE TIME TRAVELLERS WIFE - press night party -
Sophie's, 42 - 44 Great Windmill Street , London W1.
The show was held earlier at the nearby Apollo Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue.
The reviews have not been great.
This is the two star review from The Standard.
It’s frankly astonishing that the combined talents of former Eurythmic Dave Stewart, soul artist Joss Stone, and America's "most produced living playwright" Lauren Gunderson should come up with a musical as bland as this.
The grand romance of Audrey Niffenegger’s 2003 bestseller, which asked smart questions about how you’d cope if your partner was repeatedly, involuntarily transported through time, is here played for gloopy sentiment and goofy laughs.
The party was a massive event with some 300 guests. Dave Stewart and Joss Stone are here.
Lots of complimentary drinks and food including spirits with mixers, prosecco, wines, beers , different bowl foods , cheeseburgers and canapes.
Updated 2nd November 2023 Permalink
Tuesday 31 October 2023.
Tuesday 31 October 2023.
I went to two events tonight.
6.45pm to 9pm.
BURMA TO MYNAMAR - private view - British Museum, London WC2.
Over 200 guests here in their stunning reception area.
A casually dressed GRAYSON PERRY is here.
From influential superpower to repressive regime, Myanmar – also known as Burma – has seen dramatic fluctuations in fortune over the past 1,500 years.
Experiencing decades of civil war and now ruled again by a military dictatorship, Myanmar is an isolated figure on the world stage today, and its story is relatively little known in the West. However, the extraordinary artistic output of its peoples, over more than a millennium of cultural and political change, attests to its pivotal role at the crossroads of Asia.
Complimentary wines and canapes for all guests.
At 7.20pm we had a speech and a poetry reading.
It is on until 11 Feb 2024...general tickets are £16.
9.15pm to 11.30pm.
KING LEAR - press night / VIP after-party - Browns, St Martin's Lane, London WC2.
Over 200 guests here at this venue, including SIR DEREK JACOBI and later on KENNETH BRANAGH.
Branagh sets his Lear in the pre modern era, the stage dominated by a rugged stone circle that nods to Stonehenge, the cast, swathed in furs and sackcloth and clutching sticks, dressed out like extras from Game of Thrones. A slowly moving planet bears down from above like some malign cosmic harbinger, yet this remains a firmly earthbound Lear, its energy muscular, rugged and decidedly testosterone-fuelled, the territorial blood-lusting at its core (there’s a lot of roaring and fighting with sticks) uncannily suited to the primordial factionalism of our age.
It is on until 09 Dec 2023 at The Wyndham's Theatre.
Lots of complimentary drinks and food including Moet champers, prosecco, wines, beers and trays of cheeseburgers with fries, pork belly, smoked salmon and cream cheese and other canapes.
Monday 30 October 2023.
JAMES live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
James play an intimate show for the 15th birthday of Absolute Radio.
I have seen James around a dozen times since 1994 , when they supported Peter Gabriel at Glastonbury.
They have played this venue a couple of times in the past.
James have sold over 25 million albums worldwide.
Just a few months ago in the summer they headlined to 20,000 in Crystal Palace Park.
Support comes from Scottish indie-rockers...SNUTS.
They have had two albums out and the first reached number one and the second got to number four.
A totally sold out show tonight.
Around 150 guest list folks up on Level 1 and Level 2 including legendary live music booking agent
JOHN GIDDINGS who looks after James, isle of Wight Festival, Iggy Pop, Blondie , Generation Sex and more.
There are several cameras filming the event , including a boom camera swinging out from Level 1.
Most of the crowd are aged 40 to 65.
Lots of equipment and horizontal lights on stage.
THE SNUTS arrived on stage at 7.45pm for 30 mins.
They played a good set of indie-rock guitar tunes.
Absolute Radio love playing these type of bands.
JAMES arrived on stage at 8.50pm for their 95 mins.
James had nine band members on stage tonight,
Including three guitars, percussion, sax and violin .
Their joyous and enterprising 95 mins performance dips into almost every part of their long career, including little-known tracks early on as well as big hitters later, showing how the band like to stretch themselves, by changing the setlist around nightly.
Singer Tim Booth is doing his great stage dance movements and walks through the stalls crowd during a superb ' Come Home'.
Their biggest hit ' Sit Down ' is as great as ever.
Lots of other hits played....a top notch show.
Full JAMES setlist played ...,.
Ring the Bells
Walk Like Yolu
Tomorrow (restarted as in wrong key)
She's a Star (Acoustic)
Johnny Yen (audience request)
All Good Boys
Getting Away With It (All Messed Up)
Sometimes (Lester Piggott)
Updated 31st October 2023 Permalink
Monday 30 October 2023.
Sunday 29 October 2023.
REGENESIS live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
ReGenesis are proud to present “The Last Supper”, a show featuring the very best of Early Genesis, with one or two genuine surprises thrown in for good measure. The unique set list will feature music from all the Genesis albums from Genesis to Revelation to A Trick of The Tail.
Stalls is seated tonight , and Levels 2 and 3 are closed, so maybe 500 folks here. Mainly older men but there are some older females enjoying it.
Support act DB-INFUSION played a 30 mins set.
They were a jazz fusion trio playing instrumentals with some nifty finger pickin' guitar playing and we even got a nice drum solo.
REGENESIS arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played a long set of 2 hours 25 mins.
I was too young for early Genesis listening in the early 1970s as I was into glam rock and totp.
Five musicians on stage tonight.
The singer does not look like Peter Gabriel but the band faithfully reproduce the tricky prog rock tunes from the Peter Gabriel era . The singer did bring out out three types of headwear that Peter Gabriel also used to do.
The guitarist was really good, and moved around much more than Steve Hackett.
I know some song titles but not many.
Many of the songs seem to be 10 mins long.
Highlights included ' The Musical Box', ' The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway', ' Suppers Ready' and encore of ' The Knife'.
Obviously it was a bit muso heavy in parts and you could see why punk rock had to come along in the mid 1970s to shake things up.
Saturday 28 October 2023.
THE MISSION live at The Roundhouse.
Goth Rock legends are playing another UK tour.
I have seen them several times since 1993, including last year at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Special guests on the tour are THEATRE OF HATE.
I have seen them a few times since they supported Ian Dury at Hammersmith Odeon in 1981.
Kirk Brandon still fronts them, and I saw him fronting his band The Pack before Theatre Of Hate in 1979 and 1980.
The loyal black clad goth rock fans have come out in force for this sold out show.
Up first at 7.15pm we have IST IST for a 30 mins set.
Never heard their name before, yet they have had three studio albums and eight live albums out.
IST IST are a post-punk band based in Greater Manchester.They had nifty guitar sounds and a Peter Hook type bass style which sounded really good.
THEATRE OF HATE on stage at 8pm for 45 mins.
The have a nice sound feat nice bass and sax.
Great to hear 'Westworld' again which was produced by Mick Jones of The Clash back in 1983.
THE MISSION on stage at 9.10pm for 1 hour 45 mins.
Singer Wayne Hussey has a mop of grey hair.
Lots of moshing down front and the usual goth tradition as several stand on others shoulders.
Amazingly Wayne said this was their first time playing here at this iconic venue.
Highlights included ' Severin ', 'Deliverance' , 'Wasteland' and final encore ' Tower of Strength'.
A realky good show.
Full MISSION setlist played tonight...
TAPE INTRO The Dam Busters Theme
Beyond the Pale
The Crystal Ocean
Butterfly on a Wheel
Garden of Delight
Stay With Me
Like a Child Again
Wake (RSV) (Wayne solo)
You'll Never Walk Alone (Rodgers & Hammerstein cover)
Tower of Strength
I got a Mission setlist and drumstick from the show.
Friday 27 October 2023.
MAC AYRES live at Shepherds Bush Empire
R&B artist Mac Ayres is hitting the road is support of his latest album release, 'Comfortable Enough' . The self-taught singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist is from Long Island, NY, USA.
The venue is not sold out, but is very full.
A great equal mix of asian, black and white folks.
with maybe 75% females under the age of 30.
MAYA DELILAH arrived on stage at 8.15pm for her 30 mins set. She is a 23 year old English singer-songwriter and guitarist who played tracks from her two EPs.
Her style has been described as a "unique blend of jazz, soul, and pop"....a decent enough set.
MAC AYRES arrived on stage at 9.15pm for 85 mins.
His cool band included keyboards and sax.
The crowd are soon singing along loudly , and nodding and swaying along to the tracks played.
Mac Ayres’ raw emotions reflect on his lyrical tracks, which makes the music so beautiful and uniquely connected to all his fans. His breezy, soulful, and dynamic jazz fusion songs tick along nicely, although they do sound a bit samey in places.
Tracks ' Easy' and ' Get To You Again' were highlights, and he got a bit emotional with wiping away the tears at the great reception he got here tonight.
An enjoyable show.
Updated 28th October 2023 Permalink
Thursday 26 October 2023.
Thursday 26 October 2023.
I went to two events tonight...gallery then EUROPE gig
See my Facebook page for photos and videos.
6.30pm to 8.45pm.
MADDOX GALLERY - new gallery launch party -
12 Berkeley Street , Mayfair, London W1
Over 200 guests at their huge new space , that's over three levels and over 3000 square feet.
Guests include RONAN KEATING and his wife.
Also ex page 3 model JACKIE ST CLAIR and husband.
Also Ronnie Woods son TYRONE WOOD.
Huge photographs including one of BILL NIGHY who visited the gallery in the afternoon.
Also a great one of Man City striker ERLING HAALAND.
Complimentary Gusbourne English Sparkling Wines and some very yummy Whisky Sour cocktails.
In his ‘Storytelling’ exhibition, David Yarrow's photography transcends mere images. He intricately crafts narratives in London-themed works like London Town, Oliver, and By Order of the Peaky Blinders. From reimagining classics to capturing wildlife, Yarrow's storytelling mastery shines.
At 7.45pm David Yarrow gave a speech.
EUROPE live at The Palladium.
Europe play the second of two shows at this venue as part of their UK & European Tour.
I have seen them several times from when 'The Final Countdown' was a big hit for them.
The band, with millions of album sales under their belt and a No1 smash in 1986 across 25 countries with the legendary The Final Countdown received an award from YouTube in 2022 for the first Swedish band ever to receive a BILLION views for any one song.
The Time Capsule tour will take in 18 concerts across Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Norway, Sweden, France, The Netherlands and the UK, including two nights at the famous The London Palladium. These anniversary shows will consist of a career retrospective "evening with" performance featuring all the hits together with deep cuts and fan favourites from all of their 11 studio albums.
Joey Tempest "Thanks to you guys out there – we are honoured to still be here today, making records and touring the world. 40 years ago we had that dream and here we are 11 albums later. We look forward to seeing you all in September and October for this very special tour!"
Europe played two sets tonight , but I missed the first set that included ' Rock The Night' and 'Carrie' as I was at the gallery event earlier.
The band played around 80 mins in the second set.
Singer Joey Tempest still has the women swooning.
Plenty of good songs played , and final track of the night was a mega ' Final Countdown:
SECOND SET by EUROPE played tonight..
Always the Pretenders
Prisoners in Paradise
Sign of the Times
Space Oddity (David Bowie cover) (Acoustic)
Last Look at Eden
Open Your Heart
Memories John Leven (bass solo)
More Than Meets the Eye
Drum Solo;(William Tell Overature with Ian Haugland introduction)
Ready or Not
Superstitious ( With Here I Go Again Whitesnake cover in the middle)
The Final Countdown
Wednesday 25 October 2023.
I went to two events tonight.
6pm to 8pm.
MALEVO - press preview - Embassy of Argentina, 49 Belgrave Square, Belgravia, London SE1.
Over 100 guests are here including The Ambassador.
Pounding drums, puffed chests, thundering feet – this is scintillating Argentine dance as you’ve never seen it before
In a blistering and exhilarating take on the traditional Argentine Malambo, Malevo brings its blazing raw talent to the UK for the very first time.
This dynamic all-male troupe has created a performance that not only pushes the Malambo style beyond its limits but gives audiences an extraordinary visual and sensory experience unlike any other.
The South American sensation Malevo was created by director, choreographer, and dancer, Matías Jaime. The company has reimagined the Argentine dance of Malambo; taking what is a traditional Argentinian folkloric dance and elevating it to a fiery and modern heights. They infuse the dance with elements of flamenco and pulsating drumming live onstage.
The choreography combines the use of boleadoras – a leather and stone hunting tool used by Gauchos – with pounding movements, energetic stomping (zapateados) and lightning footwork (cepillados).
Malevo has worked with the likes of Latin pop star Ricky Martin, reached the semi-final on America’s Got Talent, and has performed all across the world, from New York to Osaka. Now these bad-ass men in their leathers are turning up the heat in London.
At 6.40pm we had a 10 mins preview of the show, with around 20 performers.
Pretty amazing to see it up nice and close.
Complimentary Argentine wines, canapes and pastries.
It is on at The Peacock Theatre next week from 31 Oct to 04 Nov.
Tickets are from £18 via www.sadlerswells.com
8.30pm to 11.15pm.
RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL - OPENING GALA PARTY Waldorf Hotel, Aldwych, London WC2.
Over 300 guests in the ballroom area of this very nice hotel.
Canadian film producer ELLIOT GROVE is the host.
Actor TIMOTHY SPALL presents the Icon Award to
Director DAVID YATES , who is best known for directing the last four films in the ‘Harry Potter’ franchise all the way from ‘Order of the Phoenix’ to ‘The Deathly Hallows Part 2’, is set receive the Raindance Icon Award for his work in the film franchise as well as his contributions to cinema
Since 1992 Raindance reaches out and supports the new generation of creative and innovative filmmakers both in the UK and around the world. The Raindance Film Festival runs in Central London allowing international filmmakers to enjoy a West-End premiere with a truly London experience.
The festival welcomes 16,000+ visitors each year including buyers, distributors, festival programmers, financiers, producers, press, and film lovers in general.
There is a 1920s swing band playing and a DJ too.
We have complimenary prosecco, wines, beers, canapes and desserts.
Some photos and a video of the event is now up on my Facebook page.
Updated 26th October 2023 Permalink
Tuesday 24 October 2023.
Tuesday 24 October 2023.
ROYAL BLOOD live at Hammersmith Apollo.
A sold out show to promote their fourth studio album.
All four of their albums have made number 1 in the UK charts.
Royal Blood are an English rock duo formed in Worthing in 2011. The current lineup consists of Mike Kerr (vocals, bass, piano) and Ben Thatcher (drums). Their signature sound is built around Kerr's bass playing style, which sees him using various effects pedals and amps to make his bass guitar sound like an electric guitar and bass guitar at the same time. The duo were signed by Warner Chappell Music in 2013 and have since released four studio albums: Royal Blood (2014), How Did We Get So Dark? (2017), Typhoons (2021), and Back to the Water Below (2023).
I have seen Royal Blood before and have even seen a Royal Blood (Royal Monster) tribute band who supported a Foo Fighters tribute band last year.
Royal Blood headlined The 02 Arena last year.
A fully sold out show tonight.
Lots of parents here with their teenage children.
HOTWAX arrived on stage at 8pm for their 30 mins.
They are an all-girl trio from Hastings.
A nice mix of rock, grunge, punk in their sound.
ROYAL BLOOD arrived on stage at 9pm for their 90 mins set.
A mesmerising stage production as must be over 100
lights and strobes hitting our eyes from behind them.
Lots of moshing all through the evening , and a few crowd surfers into the pit.
Must be a dozen photographers in the pit.
The band have a great crunching rock sound, with heavy riff's and great to see the drum kit front of stage.
Near the end, both members are in the pit , and the drummer goes into the stalls standing area.
A really good show.
Full ROYAL BLOOD setlist played tonight...
The Ecstasy of Gold
Mountains at Midnight
Come on Over
Shiner in the Dark
Hook, Line & Sinker
Pull Me Through
Little Monster (Followed by Drum Solo)
How Did We Get So Dark?
Tell Me When It's Too Late
Out of the Black (Ben in the crowd)
Ten Tonne Skeleton
Figure It Out
Monday 23 October 2023...6.45pm to 10pm...
TRAVEL MEDIA AWARDS 2023 at The Savoy Hotel, Strand , London WC2.
Around 300 guests are standing in the lovely ballroom of this famous five star luxury hotel.
The headline sponsor was the Moroccan National Tourist Office; and consumer media partner was easyjet holidays.
I had a nice chat with Jane from www.visitsomerset.co.uk...so check out their website.
Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers, wines, beers,different bowl foods,canapes and desserts.
The awards were held from 7.15pm to 8.15pm
THE WINNERS IN FULL:
National Broadsheet Newsprint Section
The Sunday Times Travel
National Tabloid Newsprint Section
Consumer Publication of the Year – Print
Condé Nast Traveller UK
Consumer Publication of the Year – Online
National Consumer Feature of the Year
Adrian Phillips for ‘Into the Deep’ in National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Consumer Magazine Section of the Year
Trade Publication of the Year – Print
The Business Travel Magazine
Trade Publication of the Year – Online
Trade Writer of the Year
Sophie Griffiths, TTG
Sustainability Travel Feature of the Year
Sam Haddad for ‘“It’s still as beautiful as ever”: the changing face of the French Alps’ in The Guardian
Phoebe Smith for ‘Thailand cove made famous in The Beach reopens to visitors after four-year closure’ in The Guardian
Sustainability Travel Writer of the Year
Blogger/Vlogger of the Year
Alex Hunter, Attaché
Guide of the Year – Book, Online, App
111 Places in County Durham That You Shouldn’t Miss, Elizabeth Atkin
Breaking Travel News – Print, Broadcast and Online
Ben Clatworthy, The Times
Regional Publication Feature of the Year
Ben Lerwill for ‘The joy of the search’ in Hidden Scotland Magazine
Mark Parren Taylor
Much Better Adventures Magazine
Young Travel Writer of the Year
Specialist Travel Writer of the Year
Jamie Lafferty, South America
Broadcast Programme of the Year – TV, Radio, Online and Podcast
BBC 100 Women – The Last of Albania’s ‘Sworn Virgins’, BBC World Service and BBC Reel
Consumer Writer of the Year
Special Contribution Award
Monday 23 October 2023.
Sad to report two deaths over the weekend.
MR UDO has passed away at the age of 92.
Legendary music promoter in Japan with UDO Concerts who since 1967 who has brought over all the Western music legends , with over 10,000 concerts promoted.
DAVE COURTNEY has passed away at the age of 64.
He was an East End celebrity gangster who i saw a few times at West End events.
He had connections with The Krays.
Reports say he shot himself.
"The physical pain of living the lifestyle he chose, especially due to the pain of both cancer and arthritis in his later years, became too much," his family added.
Updated 23rd October 2023 Permalink
Saturday 21 October 2023.
Saturday 21 October 2023.
TOYAH & ROBERT'S SUNDAY LUNCH live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Toyah Willcox and Robert Fripp bring their Sunday lunchtime fun YouTube music video clips of well known rock and pop cover versions to the stage.
They will also play a few Toyah solo hits.
Robert Fripp was in prog rock legends King Crimson.
Toyah is now aged 65 and Robert is now aged 77.
They got married in 1986.
They are playing a full UK tour.
It is stalls seated tonight, as it's an older crowd.
Around 700 folks here including legendary booking agent NEIL WARNOCK.
The show was on for 1 hour 55 mins , over two sets of 50 mins and 65 mins.
Robert is sitting on a bar stool throughout the show, and the band also consists of two other guitarists.
Toyah is full of dancing energy, and many songs had a little story attached to them.
Toyah clearly still adores her husband Robert.
The drummer is using an electronic drum kit and it does not sound as good as proper drums.
Highlights included ' Kashmir' and 'Heroes'.
A very enjoyable show.
Full TOYAH & ROBERT setlist played tonight...
Thunder in the Mountains
Heart of Glass (Blondie cover)
Are You Gonna Go My Way (Lenny Kravitz cover)
Echo Beach ( Martha and the Muffins cover)
It's a Mystery
Paranoid ( Black Sabbath cover)
Sunshine of Your Love (Cream cover)
Tainted Love (Gloria Jones cover)
Kashmir ( Led Zeppelin cover)
Enter Sandman (Metallica cover)
School's Out ( Alice Cooper cover)
Sweet Child o' Mine ( Guns N’ Roses cover)
Fashion (David Bowie cover)
Sharp Dressed Man ( ZZ Top cover)
Rockin' in the Free World (Neil Young cover)
Relax ( Frankie Goes to Hollywood cover)
Rebel Yell ( Billy Idol cover)
I Want to Be Free
"Heroes" ( David Bowie cover)
I Love Rock 'n' Roll (The Arrows cover)
Friday 20 October 2023.
SHED SEVEN live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
I have seen Shed Seven a few times since 1994.
They were part of The BritPop boom in the 1990s.
At the height of their popularity between 1994 and 1999 they had fifteen Top 40 singles and four Top 20 albums in the UK.The band officially broke up in 2003, but reformed for a greatest hits tour in July 2007.
A fantastic atmosphere at this gig, as it's a rowdy Friday night sold out drinking crowd.
SLOW READERS CLUB are on at 8pm for 30 mins.
Manchester indie-rockers have released six studio albums with the 3rd (2018) and 4th (2020) both making the UK Top 20.. ...a good set.
SHED SEVEN are on stage at 9pm for 1 hour 45 mins.
A nice stage production , with lots of spotlights and huge vertical lighting poles.
They were joined by a brass section in the second half.
The crowd are well lubricated and singing loudly.
There is plenty of moshing in the front stalls.
Highlights included 'Going for Gold' , 'Getting Better' and stunning encores of'Disco Down' and 'Chasing Rainbows' with the crowd singing by themselves
A really good show.
Full SHED SEVEN setlist played tonight...
Room in My House
She Left Me on Friday
Long Time Dead
Where Have You Been Tonight?
Going for Gold / Suspicious Minds
F. K. H.
Ocean Pie/On an Island with You
Updated 21st October 2023 Permalink
Thursday 19 October 2023.
Thursday 19 October 2023
THE ROCK ORCHESTRA BY MOONLIGHT live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Eleven classical musicians, breathing beautifully dark energy into legendary Rock & Metal tracks. Bathed in a sea of candles, skeletal players with rhinestone masks effortlessly switch between sublime melodies & powerful walls of sound. Crooked lurching towers, floating lanterns & giant headbanging puppets set the stage for an otherworldly musical experience.
This UK tour is followed by a North American tour.
Classic rock tracks from these artists will be played...
Metallica, Rage Against The Machine, Black Sabbath,System of A Down, Led Zeppelin, Evanescence, Guns N Roses, Muse, Queens of The Stone Age, Foo Fighters, Rammstein,AC/DC & Motorhead.
Not sold out tonight, but maybe 1200 tickets sold.
THE ROCK ORCHESTRA were on stage for 90 mins, which was over two sets of 50 mins and 40 mins.
Visually the stage looks fantastic.
The orchestra, clad in skeletal clothing and masks and performing on a candlelit stage, entertained the crowd with classical twists on tracks.
Violin riffs took the place of Slash’s immortal opening to ' Sweet Child O' Mine ' and the iconic lick that kick’s off AC/DC’s ' Thunderstruck'.
18 songs performed in total, 12 were instrumental and 6 had vocals.
Some tracks were more suited than others to this style, but the overall sound was perfect, and the string section sounded fantastic.
A very enjoyable show.
Full ROCK ORCHESTRA setlist played tonight...
Thunderstruck (AC/DC cover)
Seven Nation Army ( The White Stripes cover)
Paranoid (Black Sabbath cover)
White Wedding ( Billy Idol cover)
Sweet Child o' Mine ( Guns N’ Roses cover)
No One Knows (Queens of the Stone Age cover)
Stairway to Heaven (Led Zeppelin cover)
Uprising (Muse cover)
Zombie ( The Cranberries cover)
Bring Me to Life (Evanescence cover)
Nothing Else Matters (Metallica cover)
Tainted Love (Gloria Jones cover)
Ace of Spades (Motörhead cover)
Chop Suey! (System of a Down cover)
The Pretender (Foo Fighters cover)
Killing in the Name ( Rage Against the Machine cover)
Du Hast ( Rammstein cover)
Enter Sandman (Metallica cover)
Wednesday 18 October 2023.
GAVIN DeGRAW plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
Gavin DeGraw (aged 46 ) is an American country-pop singer-songwriter.
He is on a World Tour to promote his seventh studio album 'Face the River'.
He has sold multi-millions of albums back home in America as four of his seven studio albums
have gone Top 20 over there.
There is no sold out sign, but the venue looks full.
This country music crowd arrive early to catch the support act LISA McHUGH who performed a 30 mins set featuring some songs from her album , with a acoustic guitarist.
She is Glasgow born, but now lives in Ireland.
GAVIN DeGRAW and hand arrived on stage at 9pm for their 95 mins set.
Lots of stage chat from Gavin during the show.
Tracks like ' Chariot' and '' I Don't Wanna Be' were highlights.
A couple of cover versions were good but seemed an odd choice for a country music act.
The first three songs of the encore were just Gavin and his keyboards.
A good show
Full GAVIN DeGRAW setlist played tonight.
Greatest Of All Time
Freedom (Johnny's Song)
You Make My Heart Sing Louder
Jealous Guy (John Lennon cover)
Where You Are
In Love With a Girl
Not Over You
More Than Anyone
We Are the Champions (Queen cover)
I Don't Wanna Be
Updated 19th October 2023 Permalink
Tuesday 17 October 2023.
Tuesday 17 October 2023.
I went to two events at famous London five star hotels.
6.30pm to 8pm.
PRIVATE VIEW - Like Paradise - Claridge's Hotel ArtSpace, Mayfair, London W1.
Around 150 guests here , including the fully dressed up DANIEL LISMORE and
6' 6" Blonde in Latex Performance Artist PANDEMONIA.
Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers and nibbles for all guests.
Claridge’s ArtSpace in Brook’s Mews Mayfair is proud to be opening Like Paradise, a dynamic group exhibition curated by the renowned Ekow Eshun, bringing together artists of colour exploring natural landscapes.
Like Paradise focuses on figures of colour within scenes of nature - a bold retort to the clichéd urban environment. Historically, people of colour have been excluded from narratives about the countryside, yet these artists conjure the natural world as a site of hope, renewal, and liberation. A place of freedom.
The exhibition includes multidisciplinary work from painting and mixed media to photography, film, and ceramics (with pieces created specifically for this exhibition).
It is on until 05 Dec 2023.
8.15pm to 11pm.
HILTON HOTEL PARK LANE - 60th anniversary party - Mayfair, London W1.
Around 300 guests here in their very nice ballroom.
Including MICHAEL BUERK (British journalist , tv presenter and newsreader) and his wife.
We have a good covers band , playing classics from the 1960s and 1970s.
The band also organised a dance competition where the winner won an overnight stay at the hotel.
We have some lookalikes including Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe , Elvis Presley and Austin Powers.
There were film clips and photos of celebrities and royalty who have stayed at or visited the hotel.
There is an ice sculpture of the hotel at the back.
A couple of female acrobats are performing.
There was a fun photo booth.
Complimentary bar , except champers, so four different cocktails, all spirits including JD n cokes,
prosecco, wines, beers.
Half a dozen food stations including meats, seafood inc oysters, veggie, desserts and canapes.
A great party.
Sunday 15 October 2023.
DIANA ROSS live at The Royal Albert Hall.
The second of two RAH shows for Diana Ross.
Motown legend returns to the UK, even though she said that her 2022 dates over here were
her farewell UK tour....very handy for me as I didn't get along to her 02 Arena shows back then.
I have seen her a few times on stage before.
Expect lots of classics from her time in The Supremes and from her solo career.
Also a couple of tracks from the films she has been in.
Diana Ross is now aged 79.
In the 1980s Diana Ross went out with Gene Simmons from Kiss for a couple of years.
Only five shows in Europe this time...and these two RAH shows are the only ones in the UK.
The venue is nearly full despite the eye-watering ticket prices, where seats on the floor and the stalls swivel seats were £200 to £300 plus booking fees.
Maybe they need that money to pay for the 20 musicians on stage , including a string section, brass section and four backing singers.
Diana arrives on stage to a standing ovation , and folks stay standing for most of the show.
Diana looks and sounds great , with the big hair, big smile and a few very glamourous sparkly gowns.
Diana was on stage for 1 hour 55 mins over two sets of 35 mins and 80 mins.
The first set was mainly Supremes hits, and the second set was her career after The Supremes
We have a big screen showing videos and photos from Diana's career.
The camera panning the crowd went down well, as Amy Winehouse dad Mitch was in the second row and Abi Clancy and her female chums were a few rows behind.
Good to meet up with punk artist MAL-ONE and his wife Faith in the very nice downstairs bar.
Diana said " on my next birthday I will be 80", which got big cheers.
A nice video of Diana playing this same venue back in 1973, where Diana brought her young daughter on stage , and tonight the same daughter sings a song with Diana in stage.
A top notch excellent show by this music legend.
Sadly she did not perform two of my faves 'Chain Reaction' or ' I'm Still Waiting'.
Full DIANA ROSS setlist played tonight..
I'm Coming Out
More Today Than Yesterday (Spiral Starecase cover)
My World Is Empty Without You (The Supremes song)
Baby Love (The Supremes song)
Stop! In the Name of Love (The Supremes song)
Come See About Me (The Supremes song)
Reflections (Diana Ross & The Supremes cover)
You Can't Hurry Love (The Supremes song)
Love Child (Diana Ross & The Supremes cover)
Endless Love (Diana Ross & Lionel Richie cover)
If We Hold on Together
Touch Me in the Morning
Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)
Love Hangover / Take Me Higher
Ease on Down the Road (Diana Ross and Michael Jackson cover)
Fine and Mellow (Billie Holiday cover)
Don't Explain (Billie Holiday cover)
Home (Stephanie Mills cover)
I Still Believe
Count on Me (with Rhonda Ross Kendrick)
If the World Just Danced (Shortened)
Why Do Fools Fall in Love (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers cover)
Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)
Ain't No Mountain High Enough (Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell cover)
I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor cover) (Stopped and restarted to tell off security)
Updated 16th October 2023 Permalink
Saturday 14 October 2023.
Saturday 14 October 2023.
PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT love at Hammersmith Apollo.
Bass playing legend from Joy Division and New Order and his band are set for their biggest ever London live date performing both Joy Division’s & New Order’s “Substance” album for their thirty-fifth anniversaries.
I saw Joy Division five times in 1979 and 1980.
I have seen New Order a few times.
I have seen Peter Hook and band solo a few times.
There is space on the floor and upstairs so maybe 3000 out of 5000 tickets sold tonight.
PETER HOOK & TL always play for over two hours.
Tonight they are on stage for 2 hours 35 mins.
First Set ..90 mins of New Order tracks.
then a 5 mins break
Second Set....65 mins of Joy Division tracks.
Lots of lights on stage , including strobes.
There are two bass players, as Peter Hooks son helps out when Peter has got his right hand in the air or on the microphone. His son looks just like his dad.
Both have that great low slung bass style.
Plenty of great New Order and Joy Division tracks played , and Damon Albarn joined them for a track.
For ' Blue Monday ' , it was all blue lighting.
Highlights for me were the Joy Division gems at the end of the night....a great show...
Full PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT setlist played tonight..
FIRST SET - NEW ORDER TRACKS
Touched by the Hand of God
Everything's Gone Green
Thieves Like Us
The Perfect Kiss
State of the Nation
Bizarre Love Triangle
Aries (Gorillaz cover) (with Damon Albarn) (First time played with an audience)
SECOND SET - JOY DIVISION TRACKS
No Love Lost
From Safety to Where...?
Leaders of Men
She's Lost Control
Love Will Tear Us Apart
Friday 13 October 2023.
THE REYTONS live at The Forum.
The Reytons are an English indie-rock band from Rotherham.Band members include frontman Jonny Yerrell, lead guitarist Joe O'Brien, bass player Lee Holland and drummer Jamie Todd. They formed in 2017.They released their debut album, 'Kids Off the Estate' , on 12 November 2021. It debuted at number eleven on the UK Albums Chart.The second album, 'What's Rock and Roll?' , was released on 20 January 2023, and went straight in at number one in the UK Albums Chart.
A very lively sold out atmosphere for these two indie rock bands tonight.
THE K's arrived on stage at 8.15pm for their 30 mins set.They are signed to leading booking agents SOLO who look after Madonna, Genesis, Iggy Pop, Generation Sex and more. They have plenty of fans here wearing their t-shirts.They play some good tracks from their debut album.
THE REYTONS arrived on stage at 9.15pm for their 85 mins set.
It is a proper rowdy atmosphere for the headliners as there is moshing galore and beers in the air from this Kasabian /Oasis loving crowd.
They have a big screen showing some filmed images.
A decent light show and dry ice bursts.
Achieving a number one album, and a recent sold-out homecoming show to 13,000 at The Sheffield Arena, The Reytons have proved you do not need record company backing to enjoy success if your music resonates with people in such a way that you can be propelled to the top through word-of-mouth.
Their songs have hints of The Arctic Monkeys/The Enemy in them.
Highlights came at the end of the show with mega versions of their anthems 'Broke Boys Cartel' and 'Kids Off The Estate'.. a great show ....
Updated 14th October 2023 Permalink
Thursday 12 October 2023
Thursday 12 October 2023.
KKs PRIEST live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Ex Judas Priest guitar legend KK Downing will play a set of Judas Priest classics along with solo material.
KK Downing is now aged 71, and departed from Judas Priest 12 years ago in 2011.
On vocals will be TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS who had a stint in Judas Priest when Rob Halford went solo.
They are touring the UK to promote their second album, before heading into mainland Europe.
'Sinner Rides Again' is the second studio album by English band KK's Priest, formed by former Judas Priest guitarist K. K. Downing. It was released on 29 September 2023 through Napalm Records. Four singles preceded the album, including the lead single "One More Shot at Glory".
Special guests on all dates will be former IRON MAIDEN vocalist Paul Di'Anno who will be performing a full set of classics straight from the first two MAIDEN records
First band on will be all female Swiss metal band BURNING WITCHES.
I have seen Judas Priest live around 20 times since 1977.
I have seen Iron Maiden live around 30 times since 1980, and that show was the only time i saw then with
I was really looking forward to this very nice three band rock / metal package.
Levels 2 and 3 are closed as unsold, and there is space on the floor and Level 1 so maybe only 700 or 800 folks here out of the 2000 capacity.
BURNING WITCHES arrived on stage at 7.30pm for their 30 mins set.
Always good to see all girl rock bands rockin' out.
Nine photographers for the headliners but seven of them are here early in the pit for Burning Witches.
Lots of loud and fast tunes, as the long blonde haired singer did her stuff.
They went down well with the crowd.
PAUL DI'ANNO arrived on stage at 8.15pm for his 45 mins set.
Due to his ill-health Paul performs all his set from sitting in his wheelchair.
It was good to see him sing some early Iron Maiden gems.
His bass player looks and plays just like Steve Harris.
Full PAUL DI'ANNO setlist played tonight...
Wrathchild (Iron Maiden song)
Sanctuary (Iron Maiden song)
Purgatory (Iron Maiden song)
Remember Tomorrow (Iron Maiden song)
Murders in the Rue Morgue (Iron Maiden song)
Killers (Iron Maiden song)
Transylvania (Iron Maiden song)
Running Free (Iron Maiden song)
Phantom of the Opera (Iron Maiden song)
KK's PRIEST arrived on stage at 9.30pm for their 90 mins set.
A great stage production as we have several screens showing digital images, along with lots of lights, pyros,
dry ice bursts, a platform on each side of the stage for band members for standing on.
A nice setlist mixing Judas Priest gems and solo material.
KK Downing plays his trademark Flying V guitar , and the other guitar player is also played a Flying V.
Vocalist Tim 'Ripper' Owens has a great rock /metal voice.
Quite a bit of moshing happening on the floor.
A great night ,with three rock bands all playing their part.
Full KK's PRIEST setlist played tonight...
One More Shot at Glory
The Ripper (Judas Priest cover)
Reap the Whirlwind
Night Crawler (Judas Priest cover)
Sermons of the Sinner
Burn in Hell (Judas Priest cover)
Beyond the Realms of Death (Judas Priest cover)
Hell Patrol (Judas Priest cover)
Brothers of the Road
Metal Meltdown (Judas Priest cover)
The Green Manalishi (With the Two Prong Crown) (Fleetwood Mac cover)
Breaking the Law (Judas Priest cover)
Victim of Change (Judas Priest cover)
Raise Your Fists
Strike of the Viper
Wednesday 11 October 2023.
I went to two events tonight.
6pm to 6.45pm.
JACK BARCLAY - showcase - 18 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London W1.
Jack Barclay Bentley - HR Owen is the oldest Bentley dealer in the world, opening its doors in 1927.
They have a few stunning luxury Bentley's on display.
A few years ago , they put in a nice central bar.
Complimentary champers for all guests.
7pm to 10.15pm.
CHRISTIES x ELLE - Contemporary Art Party - Christie's , King Street , St James's, London SW1.
Around 500 folks here related to Frieze Art Week.
A few well known faces here including actor BILL NIGHY.
Lots of cool art on display including two large canvas paintings from STIK with a auction guide price of £50k.
All the rooms were used and a DJ was playing tunes in one room and a photographer was taking photos for the photo booth for us to take home.
Complimentary Perrier Jouet champers in different areas and we have three staff from the famous American Bar at The Savoy Hotel giving out three different complimentary cocktails on their bar.
Also Peroni beers and canapes.
On the way out we got a tote bag of the event with a copy of Elle inside...a great event.
Updated 12th October 2023 Permalink
Tuesday 10 October 3023.
Tuesday 10 October 2023.
BLACK COUNTRY NEW ROAD live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Black Country, New Road (commonly abbreviated to BCNR or BC,NR) are an English art rock and post-rock band formed in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire in 2018.
Tonight was the first of two sold out shows at this venue, as part of their UK & European Tour.
Both their albums have made the Top 5 in the UK charts.
Their debut album was also nominated for The Mercury Album Prize.
Earlier this year they released ' Live at Bush Hall' on DVD and album.
The promoters tonight are Bird On The Wire and the band are signed to Ninja Tune so you know
the crowd are gonna be full of cool music fans....the type you would see at Arcade Fire etc.
MAY arrived on stage at 8pm for her 30 mins set.
May is actually May Kershaw, the piano player in BCNR.
She is joined by a female duo of violin and clarinet for some instrumental tracks.
BCNR arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 75 mins.
A basic stage production , with just their equipment on stage .
Six musicians on stage ( 3 X male and 3 X female ) including piano and violin.
They have a pretty unique sound as they mix indie-rock with orchestral.
A highlight was ' Turbines/Pigs' and it’s clear to see why it’s a fan favourite from Live at Bush Hall. The near-10-minute track is goosebump-inducing, gorgeously crafted and sung, and feels wise beyond their years. As the lights on the stage focused solely on May Kershaw for the solo-piano opening, and slowly, as the song progresses, reveal the rest as they come in, with some manic drumming , it was true magic.
The crowd listened respectfully during the tracks, then big applause.
At the end of the show, the band got a full standing ovation.
A good show.
Full BCNR setlist played tonight....
Tape intro Song - Money For Nothing (Dire Straits song)
24/7 365 British Summer Time
I Won't Always Love You
Across the Pond Friend
Nancy Tries to Take the Night
Up Song (Reprise)
Monday 09 October 2023....I went to two events tonight.
Lots of drinks parties this week Mon to Thurs for London Frieze Art Week.
6.15pm to 8pm.
LUCA GIOVAGNOLI - private view - Sartoria, 20 Savile Row, Mayfair, London W1.
A nice touch is we have an Italian artist showcasing his paintings at this nice Italian restaurant.
Around 70 or 80 folks in their private space which is separate from the paying punters.
Complimentary prosecco and Italian canapes.
It is on until 09 November...free admission.
8.30pm to 10pm.
FRiEZE FILM PROGRAMME - launch party - ICA, London SW1.
The ten artists films will be playing each day until 15 October.
Complimentary wines and beers.
Updated 10th October 2023 Permalink
Saturday 07 October 2023.
Saturday 07 October 2023.
THEN JERICO live at Islington Academy.
They had two Top 20 hits in 1987 with ' The Motive' and ' The Big Area'.
I have seen them live around a dozen times since 1987 when they supported Iggy Pop twice at Hammersmith Odeon.
Singer Mark Shaw is still fronting the band.
Hard to believe i saw KISS play at this 800 capacity venue in 2010, with their full stage production.
The venue is only half full tonight, so maybe 400 tickets sold.
Maybe the £40 ticket price or £47.50 on the door was too high for a gig at this venue.
Tonight is early start early finish as there is a club night after the gig.
LOVE PARADE arrived on stage at 7pm for their 45 mins set.
Love Parade are a Devon band who were around in the 1980s without much success.
They split in 1988 , and reformed in 2019 , when they all met up at the bass players wedding.
They some good tunes, and a singer had a nice easy going stage persona.
Their original drummer played drums on the last song.
THEN JERICO arrived on stage at 8.20pm for their 95 mins set.
Singer Mark Shaw still has those rock star good looks , that the females here are swooning over.
It may be a small club venue, but Mark always performs as if it's a much bigger venue.
It was great seeing the songs delivered with such an energetic fervour and passion by such a consummate performer. Mark worked the entire audience for the whole show, there was no way he would be satisfied standing centre stage at a mic stand singing the songs. He’s all about getting involved, moving from stage left to stage right, focussing his attention on people throughout the venue, smiling and making eye contact, reaching out into the crowd for handshakes.
The highlights included 'Sugar Box', 'The Motive' and 'The Big Area'.
I was expecting a a good show, but i got a great show.
Full THEN JERICO setlist played tonight...
Let Her Fall
You Ought To Know
What Does It Take?
Song for the Brokenhearted
Prairie Rose (Roxy Music cover)
Friday 06 October 2023.
PIGS x 7 live at The Forum.
Of all of the band names they could have chosen , they decided on this strange one.
Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, usually shortened to Pigs x7, are a British stoner metal band formed in Newcastle upon Tyne in 2012. Their debut album, 'Feed the Rats', was released on UK label Rocket Recordings in 2017.The Guardian listed the band as one of their "top 40 newcomers" for 2018,and in 2018 their second album 'King of Cowards ' was released, described by The Quietus as an "epic and sprawling record".They are touring to promote their fourth studio album 'Land Of Sleeper'.
The balcony is half empty tonight, but stalls is full, so maybe 1500 folks here.
BONNACONS OF DOOM on stage at 7.30pm for their 30 mins set.
The female singer acts like a demented Mama Cass on stage.
Her band are all wearing helmets with mirrors on the front, and play some doom metal sounds.
LAMBRINI GIRLS on stage at 8.20pm for their 40 mins set.
This is my third time this year seeing Brighton female trio Lambrini Girls as a support act.
And again, they put on a full throttle lively set of mouthy uptempo garage punk rock.
And again, the singer spends half the set in the stalls standing area with the fans.
For second song 'Help Me, I'm Gay' , she sings it on top of a fans shoulders.
At the end of the show is moshing with the fans during 'Boys in the Band'.
They are a very entertaining live act.
They certainly won over some more fans tonight.
PIGS X 7 arrive on stage at 9.20pm for their 75 mins set.
The singer is barefoot in shorts and vest , and with his moustache, looks a bit like Freddie Mercury.
Their brand of stoner, psych doom metal saw them play many rock festivals over the summer.
The singer says "we first played London 12 years ago to a small crowd at The Windmill Pub, Brixton,
and now the music business is finally starting to take us seriously".
Lots of moshing and crowd surfing.
The heavy doom riffs are good , but the vocals could have been clearer.
The band's name works great for chanting as we get "Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs etc" often.
For the last song, the singer crowd surfs over the front stalls crowd.
A good show.
Updated 7th October 2023 Permalink
Thursday 05 October 2023.
Thursday 05 October 2023.
NIK KERSHAW live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Nik Kershaw was very popular in the the mid 1980s.
I worked all SIX shows front stage security for his six Hammersmith Odeon shows in 1984, yes SIX shows all in 1984 , over two tours....I also saw him at Live Aid in 1985.
Nik Kershaw had 5 x Top 10 hit singles and wrote the number one hit ' The One and Only' for Chesney Hawkes in 1991.
Level 3 is closed tonight, but other levels all look full.
Another show full of folks in their 50s and 60s.
Support act SEB WESSON did an ok 30 mins acoustic set, playing tracks from his album.
NIK KERSHAW and band on at 8.45pm and played for 1 hour 45 mins.
The bass player is standing on a three inch high platform for some reason...looked very odd.
Some songs plodded a bit but it was great to hear all his hits again, and a nice version of ' The One and Only' ended a good show.
Full NIK KERSHAW setlist played tonight...
Come On Down
Somebody Loves You
The Chosen Ones
Can't Get Arrested
The Wind Will Blow
Cowboys and Indians
When a Heart Beats
Roundabouts and Swings
Wouldn't It Be Good
The Sky's the Limit
I Won't Let the Sun Go Down on Me
The One and Only (Chesney Hawkes cover)
Nik Kershaw wrote this number one hit from 1991.
Wednesday 04 October 2023.
I went to two events tonight.
6.15pm to 7.15pm.
GEORG BASELITZ - private view - Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London.
Around 200 cool art folks here at the start of Frieze Art Week.
We had a speech at 7pm.
A photo in The Standard the following day of
TRACEY EMIN turning up here after i had left.
Complimentary Ruinart champers and wines for guests.
Bringing Georg Baselitz’s sculptural works to the fore, this solo exhibition offers an intimate glimpse into the creative process of a ground-breaking artist.
With a career spanning over six decades, Georg Baselitz (b. 1938, Saxony, Germany) first came to prominence in post-war Germany as a painter. From 1969 onwards, he has been known for inverting – or turning upside down – human forms and other motifs within expressionistic paintings which attempt to move away from content and narrative.
then a short walk to....
MIDGE URE live at The Royal Albert Hall.
Midge Ure plays a special one-off show to celebrate his 70th birthday, which is a few days after.
I have seen Midge with Rich Kids, Ultravox and solo many times over the years.
I have seen Ultravox around 20 times from 1977 onwards when John Foxx was their singer.
They played many shows at Hammersmith Odeon when I worked front stage security.
In the 1970s Midge was in Scottish boy hand Slik, and also auditioned for The Sex Pistols and played with Thin Lizzy on a North American Tour.
The venue is around 90% sold.
Older crowd of folks in their 50s and 60s again.
The first set had Midge playing an acoustic guitar.
First set was 7.30pm for 45 mins.
Second set was 8.45pm for 1 hour 55 mins.
The second set Midge got out his electric guitar and it was full on Ultravox hits galore, plus a great ' Fade to Grey' but sadly not one gem by The Rich Kids.
The light show was really good.
Midge didn't say much on stage but he did say " not sure why Ultravox never played The Royal Albert Hall".
Most of the crowd stood up from 'All Stood Still' onwards , and 'Vienna' was of course mega.
A great show.
Full MIDGE URE setlist played tonight..
Lament (Ultravox song)
Guns and Arrows
Midge leaves the stage and his backing band play four of their own songs
Yellow Pearl (Phil Lynott cover)
If I Was
Reap the Wild Wind (Ultravox song)
Glorious (Rusty Egan cover)
The Thin Wall (Ultravox song)
Rage in Eden (Ultravox song)
No Regrets (Tom Rush cover)
Astradyne (Ultravox song)
New Europeans (Ultravox song)
Private Lives (Ultravox song)
Passing Strangers (Ultravox song)
Sleepwalk (Ultravox song)
Mr. X (Ultravox song)
Western Promise (Ultravox song)
Vienna (Ultravox song)
All Stood Still ( Ultravox song)
I Remember (Death in the Afternoon) (Ultravox song)
Fade to Grey (Visage song)
Dancing With Tears in My Eyes (Ultravox song)
Serenade (Ultravox song)
The Voice (Ultravox song)
Hymn (Ultravox song)
Note: Midge played an acoustic set, then India Electric Co did their spot, then there was a full electric/electronic set
Updated 5th October 2023 Permalink
Tuesday 03 October 2023.
Tuesday 03 October 2023.
GRACIE ABRAMS live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Popular American singer- songwriter plays the first of two sold out shows at this venue , to support her debut album 'Good Riddance'.
The 24 year old released two EPs before that.
The album went to number 3 in the UK, and number 52 in the USA Billboard 200.
Gracie has been supporting Taylor Swift on her 2023 summer tour of North America.
Gracie is playing UK shows before heading into mainland Europe.
Pretty much 90% females under 25 here tonight.
Support duo SEAROWS were a bit too laid back and quiet for my liking in their 30 mins set.
During the interval the crowd get wildly excited as American singers MADISON BEER and CAMILA CABELLO arrive in the Level 1 VIP seats.
GRACIE ABRAMS and band on at 9pm for 85 mins.
It is quite a sight to see all these young females in the crowd sing really loudly along to every song.
Gracie has a great voice as she sings about love, lost and self-discovery. She has a real connection with her fans who hang on to her every word.
For some songs Gracie played the keyboards.
She played her first song she ever written, which she said was at age just 14.
An enjoyable show.
Leaving the venue we noticed four burly security guys making sure nobody was selling bootleg merch.
Monday 02 October 2023.
6pm to 7.15pm...arrivals and drinks reception...
BMI LONDON AWARDS at The Savoy Hotel, London.
Major event for songwriter's, composer's and music publisher's. I have been to it several times in the past, including in 2013 when JOHN LYDON got the Icon.
Tonight's Icon Award went to GARY KEMP who wrote all of the Spandau Ballet hits including ' True' which has had 5 million airplays on North American radio.
The Police ' Every Breathe You Take' has now gone past 18 million radio plays in North America.
Garys brother MARTIN KEMP was here with his wife , but needless to say no other Spandau members here.
Spandau manager STEVE DAGGER was here, along with their legendary press guy ALAN EDWARDS.
I saw Spandau several times since their early days.
Others here included DON BLACK, PETE WATERMAN,
CLEAN BANDIT, GRAHAM GOULDMAN, NAUGHTY BOY, DWINA GIBB , DAVID STARK from SongLink.
See my Facebook page for some photos.
A full complimentary bar inc Laurent Perrier champers.
then 8pm to 10pm.
THIERRY NOIR - private view - Christie's - King Street, St James's, London SW1.
Thierry Noir (born 1958) is a French artist and muralist based in Berlin. He is considered the first artist to paint the Berlin Wall in the 1980s. He created brightly-colored paintings across large spans of the Berlin Wall and some of these original paintings can still be seen on surviving segments of the Wall in art collections and on the East Side Gallery. Noir's work and style are now considered iconic, and Noir is also regarded as one of the forerunners of the street art movement as a whole. He continues to create murals worldwide in cities including London, Los Angeles, and Sydney.
A cool crowd with a DJ playing moody club tunes.
THIERRY NOIR is here posing for photos.
Nice surprise to see the artist STIK here.
Complimentary Perrier Jouet champers and EIGHT different German beers due to him being based in Berlin.
10.15pm to 11.45pm
Then back to BMI at The Savoy Hotel.
I catch the 10 mins video highlights of Gary Kemp career and he sings ' True' backed by a keyboard player.
The full complimentary bar is still going.
Some have left but GARY KEMP and his manager STEVE DAGGER are still here.