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24 March 2024....this was gig number 7600 for me since 1973.
Roger Daltrey + Robert Plant with Saving Grace + Eddie Vedder + Kelly Jones + Paul Weller at The Royal Albert Hall.
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I went to 189 gigs in 2023 , which brings my gig total to 7561 since Sept 1973.
These three that I gave a 10, and their were plenty of other great shows.
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ELTON JOHN at The 02 Arena - 17 April
DOG DAY AFTERNOON at Crystal Palace Park - 01July
IGGY POP + BLONDIE + GENERATION SEX + STIFF LITTLE FINGERS + BUZZCOCKS + LAMBRINI GIRLS.
KISS at The 02 Arena - 05 July
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My most recent new restaurant openings reviewed..
SHANGHAI NOIR - Indo-Chinese
Old Westminster Fire Station , 4 Greycoat Place , Victoria, London SE1.
Scroll down to 04 April to see my four star review.
www.shanghainoir.com - Visit their website here.
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UBA at The Hart Hotel - Pan-Asian
61-67 Great Eastern Street , Shoreditch, London EC2.
Scroll down to 04 May to see my five star review.
www.ubarestaurant.com - Visit their website here.
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RIVERSIDE EAST - 5 Thornton Street ,Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford , London E20.
This huge venue is right in front of The London Stadium , and The Orbit slide , so will be very popular when the stadium is used for football and concert events.
It has a 300 capacity, both outdoors and indoors.
There is a restaurant , cafe, food trucks and bar .
Scroll down to 16 May to see my five star review.
www.riverside-east.co.uk - Visit their website here.
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Friday 14 June - EUROS 2024 football starts today .
Opening game Germany v Scotland....live on TV.
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Saturday 15 June 2024.
FLEETWOOD BAC (Fleetwood Mac) + DESPERADO (Eagles) live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
A nice double bill of tribute bands.
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Saturday 15 June 2024.
JAMES live at The 02 Arena.
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The Euros 2024 will be shown live on BBC and ITV.
Sun 16 June 8pm England Serbia
Thurs 20 June 5pm England Denmark
Tues 25 June 8pm England Slovenia
Tues 09 July Ist semi-final
Wed 10 July 2nd semi-final
Sun 14 July - Euros 2024 Final
Sun 14 July - Wimbledon Mens Tennis Final.
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Open to the public from 22 June to April 2025.
Massive event featuring NAOMI CAMPBELL..
NAOMI: In Fashion will take visitors on a journey from the supermodel's south London beginnings through her 40-year career in fashion.
More than 100 outfits will be displayed including a Thierry Mugler car-inspired corset, a pink Valentino Met Gala outfit and some Vivienne Westwood platforms.
Campbell said she was "honoured" to share "my life in clothes".
The museum said the "first-of-its-kind exhibition" had been developed with the model's creative input and oversight.
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Thurs 20 June and Sat 22 June - FOO FIGHTERS play London Stadium, East London.
The Foos are playing a UK stadium tour.
I have seen them several times.
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THE BOODLES TENNIS is confirmed at Stoke Park for 2024. 25th - 29th June 2024
Many big names will be playing , as it is a prime warm up event for Wimbledon.
General tickets and hospitality tickets are available.
If you need to get there by public transport , just get to Slough on The Elizabeth line and then a bus shuttle.
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Wed 26 June - CYNDI LAUPER plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Cyndi Lauper has announced her first UK solo headline show in eight years.
Lauper will play London’s legendary Royal Albert Hall on June 26, 2024, her first concert there since 1995.
Fans will get to hear timeless classics including ‘Time After Time’, ‘True Colors’, and ‘Girls Just Want To Have Fun’.
The same month, Cyndi will play the Pyramid Stage at the world-famous Glastonbury festival.
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Wed 26 June 2024.
ANNE PIGALLE live at St Moritz, Wardour Street , London W1.
The Last Chanteuse brings Pigalle , Paris to London.
French performance artist now based on London.
Glen Matlock played on her album.
Chris Musto also played on the album and he has played with Glen Matlock and Johnny Thunders and will be playing drums for her at this gig.
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Wed 26 June and Thurs 27 June - GIRLS ALOUD play The 02 Arena....a UK arena tour in memory of band member Sarah Harding .R.I.P.
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Friday 28th June – THE FIZZ live at Indigo at The 02.
Cheryl Baker, Mike Nolan and Jay Aston – three names that are iconic in Eurovision history – once members of the 1981 Eurovision-winning group, Bucks Fizz, now known as The Fizz.
With a string of over 20 hits under their belts, including their No. 1 Hits, “Land of Make Believe”, “My Camera Never Lies” and, of course, “Making Your Mind Up”.
With support from The Ultimate Earth , Wind and Fire.
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Sat 29 June - NICK MASONS SAUCERFUL OF SECRETS play The Royal Albert Hall.
Pink Floyd drumming legend Nick Mason and his band will be playing early Pink Floyd material.
This is the last night on their UK tour.
Sat 29 June - PEARL JAM + RICHARD ASHCROFT play Tottenham Football Ground.
Sat 29 June - GREEN DAY play Wembley Stadium.
Sat 29 June - JOHN LYDON Q & A in Islington.
Last day of his massive UK tour.
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Fri 28 June and Sat 29 June and Sun 30 June .
Another underwhelming line-up for The Glastonbury Festival.
I went three times in the 1990s , but never again .
Save yourself £360 and watch the highlights on BBC TV.
Dua Lipa makes her Pyramid Stage debut as Friday night headliner, on a Friday bill also featuring Glastonbury veterans LCD Soundsystem and PJ Harvey.
Coldplay will make their first Pyramid Stage appearance since 2016 on the Saturday night, with the only European festival appearance of their record-breaking current world tour, in the process beating their previous joint headliner record (with The Cure) and becoming the first act to headline Glastonbury five times. Little Simz comes back to Glastonbury to play her biggest slot yet immediately before Coldplay.
Sunday night headliner is SZA, the multiple Grammy and Brits winner – and quite possibly the hottest hip hop / R&B act on the planet – who will make her Glastonbury debut following Sunday sets from Afrobeats megastar Burna Boy and Janelle Monáe.
This year’s Sunday teatime legend will be Shania Twain, who makes her first trip to Worthy Farm.
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TAYLOR SWIFT has added two extra London shows to her record-breaking Eras tour, after the first six nights sold out.
The new dates, on 19 and 20 August, mean she will now play a total of EIGHT nights at Wembley Stadium in 2024.
That equals a record set by Take That (when they reformed with Robbie Williams)who played the venue for eight dates on their 2011 Progress tour.
London now surpasses Los Angeles and Singapore as the city hosting the most shows on Swift's Eras tour.
US rock band PARAMORE, ,will support Swift at all eight of her Wembley Stadium shows.
Taylor Swift brings the first billion dollar in ticket sales tour to Wembley.
The Eras Tour is coming to Wembley Stadium on 21, 22 & 23 June and 15, 16, 17, 19 & 20 August 2024.
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Sunday 30 June 2024.
BODY COUNT feat ICE T play The Forum.
Rapper brings his metal band back to the UK.
I have seen them before.
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Mon 01 July 2024.
THE INTERRUPTERS play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Ska-punk band, The Interrupters have enjoyed numerous festival appearances and slots with punk-rock royalty including Rancid, Green Day and more.
Their debut album came out in 2014.
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Tuesday 02 July 2024.
GIRLS ALOUD play The Shepherds Bush Empire.
Girls Aloud have just performed a massive UK arena tour in June including two nights at The 02 Arena, but
on Tuesday July 2, Girls Aloud will be performing an exclusive gig at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, performing a setlist of their biggest hits to a more personal audience – for free.
700 pairs of tickets to be won via a ballot on the Priority app on 02 and Virgin Media
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AC/DC play their first European tour for around eight years, including...
Wed 03 July - Wembley Stadium
Sun 07 July - Wembley Stadium
I have seen AC/DC many times with Bon Scott and Brian Johnson on vocals , and just the once with Axl Rose.
Angus Young is still there on guitar.
The 69-year-old, who is based in Sydney, is well known for his schtick of dressing up as a schoolboy on stage.
He still dons the green velvet cap and uniform that are his trademark.
AC/DC played the UK for the first time in 1976, and I saw them TEN times that year.
Opening proceedings for AC/DC at all 24 European dates this summer are New York City rockers The Pretty Reckless.
The Answer supported AC/DC on their last tour several years ago , but seem to have stayed at a low level.
AC/DC will have a pop-up merch and bar for a week.
July 2 - July 8: The Vanguard, First Floor Horse Hospital Unit 641 & 642 Stables Market, Camden,
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Thursday 04 July and Friday 05 July.
ARCADE FIRE live at Brixton Academy.
These are their only shows in England on their short
European Tour....both shows sold out very quickly .
I have seen them a few times before.
I saw them play Paris in 2018.
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BST Hyde Park shows confirmed for 2024.....so far.
Sat 29 June - SZA - The alt R&B star will be joined by special guests Sampha and Snoh Aalegra.
Sun 30 June -KINGS OF LEON with special guests Paulo Nutini and The Vaccines.
Thurs 04 July - MORGAN WALLEN ( massive country music artist who is a huge name back in America)
Fri 05 July - ANDREA BOCELLI
Sat 06 July - ROBBIE WILLIAMS
Sun 07 July - SHANIA TWAIN ,+ THE CORRS
Sat 13 July - KYLIE MINOGUE
Sun 14 July - STRAY KIDS ( K Pop act)
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Sun 14 July - GRETA VON FLEET play The Royal Albert Hall.
Greta Van Fleet have announced a huge one-off show for this summer in London, which they are billing as “A Special Evening with Greta Van Fleet”.
They released their third album ‘Starcatcher’ last July, including the singles ‘Meeting The Master’, ‘Sacred The Thread’ and ‘Farewell for Now’.
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From 04 July...
THE KILLERS play the first of six nights at The 02 Arena.
In December 2023 they had their eighth number one album in the UK.
The news comes ahead of the announcement that ‘Mr Brightside’ is Spotify UK’s most streamed song in the history of the platform. According to the Swedish streaming platform, ‘Mr Brightside’ (released September 29, 2003) has over 1.8 billion streams globally as of October 9, 2023.
The ultimate indie-pop crowd-pleaser. The climax to any night out and wedding party. Ed Sheeran even heralds it the UK’s ‘national anthem.’
20 years ago , The Killers’ Mr Brightside came out of its cage, and it’s officially been doing just fine ever since. Official Charts have confirmed Mr Brightside to be the UK’s official biggest single of all time yet to reach Number 1.
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Tues 23 July to Sat 27 July.
PET SHOP BOYS play The Royal Opera house
Pet Shop Boys, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, return to the Main Stage for five nights with their Dreamworld: The Greatest Hits Live production
All five shows sold out very quickly .
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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND.
Wembley Stadium, London, UK, 25th July
Wembley Stadium, London, UK, 27th July
Bruce plays the last shows on his three month European Tour of stadiums.
I have seen Bruce many times since 1975, when as a 16 year old, I saw both his debut UK shows at Hammersmith Odeon.
It is also the 40th anniversary of his 'Born In The USA' '
album ,which catapulted Bruce to stadium level.
I saw him play Wembley Stadium in 1985.
One of the greatest live performer's the rock era has ever witnessed, Springsteen will turn 75 this year, and is coming back from a health scare that forced him to postpone this second leg of his world tour.
Expect a nice long set as usual.
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Sunday 28 July 2024.
MADNESS play Blackheath Common.
with The Zutons, Lightning Seeds, David Rodigan.
The venue is a few mins from Blackheath station.
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THE REBELLION FESTIVAL is held in Blackpool.
The biggest and best punk related event in the UK.
Over 200 bands over the multi-stages.
Thursday 01 Aug - Sham 69 + Tom Robinson Band + UK Subs + The Godfathers and many more.
Friday 02 Aug - Stranglers + Gogol Bordello + Toyah + The Men Who Couldn't Hand and many more.
Sat 03 Aug - Cocksparrer + Dead Boys + Death of Guitar Pop + Ruts DC and many more.
Sun 04 Aug - Stiff Little Fingers + Cockney Rejects + The Sweet + The Alarm and many more.
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THE SEX PISTOLS are playing live shows.
Punk legends the Sex Pistols are reuniting - without John Lydon - for three very special concerts this summer to raise vital funds for historic West London venue, Bush Hall.
Sex Pistols' Paul Cook, Glen Matlock and Steve Jones will join forces with livewire punk vocalist Frank Carter for the London Bush Hall concerts on
Tuesday 13th August
Wednesday 14th August
Thursday 15th August
All shows sold out pronto as expected
400-capacity shows will see Frank Carter and Sex Pistols perform the band’s only studio album ‘Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols’ in its glorious, spitting entirety.
The concerts will mark the first time Sex Pistols have performed together since the reunion Combine Harvester Tour concluded in Spain in September 2008.
I was at the last three Sex Pistols shows with John Lydon on that tour
Electric Picnic Festival - Ireland
Hammersmith Apollo - London
Azkena Festival - Spain
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Radio 2 in the Park weekend.
Moor Park , Preston.
Saturday 7th September
Sting
Sugababes
Snow Patrol
Craig David
Kim Wilde
Pixie Lott
Shaznay Lewis
Travis
Sunday 8th September
Pet Shop Boys
Manic Street Preachers
Sister Sledge feat. Kathy Sledge
Paul Heaton
Gabrielle
Shed Seven
Delta Goodrem
Haircut 100
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Sat 14 Sept - DEATH OF GUITAR POP play Shepherds Bush Empire.
This show sold out in May.
2 Tone revivalists Death of Guitar Pop are back for their biggest headline show yet.
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09 10 11 12 14 15 October
DAVID GILMOUR plays six nights at The Royal Albert Hall to promote his new album ' Luck and Strange'.
Due to his dispute with Pink Floyd band member Roger Waters , dont expect any RW Pink Floyd songs in the set.
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Sat 28 Sept and Sun 29 Sept.
JANET JACKSON live at The 02 Arena.
Janet Jackson has announced a second London date for her Together Again Tour due to overwhelming demand.
Five-time Grammy Award winner Jackson is currently in the middle of a sold-out North American tour celebrating her glittering 50-year career in the music industry.
Janet is playing UK arenas as part of her European Tour.
I have seen her live a couple of times before.
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ALICE COOPER with support act GLEN MATLOCK.
Sunday 20 Oct and Monday 21 Oct - Hammersmith Apollo.
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BIFFY CLYRO play Shepherds Bush Empire.
They will play a different album each night.
Sun 20 Oct (Blackened Sky)
Mon 21 Oct (Vertigo Of Bliss)
Tues 22 Oct (Infinity Land)0
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MOULIN ROUGE - THE MUSICAL is at The Piccadilly Theare, London W1.
Moulin Rouge! The Musical is a jukebox musical with a book by John Logan. The musical is based on the 2001 film Moulin Rouge! directed by Baz Luhrmann and written by Luhrmann anod Craig the studio as a possible singer for the tour, but nothing came of it.
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ABBA VOYAGE show at The Abba Arena, Stratford, East London.
Due to huge demand ,it is extended to 05 Jan 2025.
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.
Floor standing or reserved seating available.
On Mon 17 April 2023, they sold their millionth ticket....it has been a huge success.
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From 06 March - MJ THE MUSICAL at The Prince Edward Theatre.
Get ready to moonwalk your way to the Prince Edward Theatre for MJ the Musical! MJ the Musical tickets are available on London Theatre now.
This smash hit musical based on the thrilling story of legendary pop star Michael Jackson comes straight from Broadway, featuring Myles Frost in his West End debut. Frost made his Broadway debut and won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for transforming into the late King of Pop, making him the youngest solo recipien

Thursday 13 June 2024.

Thursday 13 June 2024.
CROWDED HOUSE live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
This show sold out very quickly, which is no real surprise as their UK tour a couple of years ago featured four sold out shows at The Roundhouse.
They are playing several big outdoor shows around the UK in June, including Blenheim Palace.
I have seen them live a couple of times before.
Crowded House have sold over 15 million albums worldwide.They will be promoting their 8th studio album 'Gravity Stairs' .
Their leader Neil Finn is also a member of the current Fleetwood Mac line-up.
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The venue is rammed solid with middle aged folks.


LIAM FINN arrived on stage at 7.55pm for 30 mins.


CROWDED HOUSE arrived on stage at 8.55pm for 1 hour 50 mins.
A very nice surprise to see MICK FLEETWOOD introduce the band.

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Wednesday 12 June 2024.
7pm to 10pm.
THE 256th ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS SUMMER EXHIBITION PREVIEW PARTY , Piccadilly, London W1.
This is one of the ' Big Three' summer social soirees in Central London, that happen every June.
Later this month , will be the V & A summer party and The Serpentine Gallery summer party.
A massive crowd as around 1000 guests are here.
Several well known faces are here , including.....
Luke Morley from Thunder is the only rocker here.
I saw him here a few years ago.
Sir Grayson Perry, Sir Oswald Boateng, Dame Kristin Scott Thomas, Jennifer Saunders, Daniel Lismore, Tom Odell, Nenah Cherry , Claudia Winkleman , Mabel, Clara Amfo, Joy Crookes , Cora Corre, Jackie St Clair, Miquita Oliver , Ben Cobb , Nick Grimshaw, Basia Briggs , Annie Mac , Fat Tony, Pixie Geldof,Amanda Wakeley, David Renfry, David Downton, Ron Arad.
Lots of glamorous women wearing stunning outfits .
See Getty Images for 200 nice photos of the guests .
Female and male djs spinning tracks.
SEKOU and his band performed in the courtyard later in the evening.In 2023, he performed on the BBC Two television show Later… with Jools Holland and Sekou was nominated for the Brit Award for Rising Star at the 2024 BRIT Awards. His five song 20 mins set included his singles ' Forgiving Myself' , 'Crying' and 'Better Man'.
Lots of lovely complimentary drinks and food as the main sponsors are Fortnum & Mason , so Fortnum & Mason champers , three different cocktails, different bowl food, canapes , oysters, desserts etc.
It is open to the public until 18 August 2024.
See my Facebook page for some videos and photos.

Tuesday 11 June 2024.

Tuesday 11 June 2024.
NOFX live at Brixton Academy.
This was their first of two shows at this venue ,which
are the last shows on their European Tour.
It is also their only UK shows on the tour.
A farewell tour to celebrate their 40 year career.
The dates will see the band play three different albums each night. On Tuesday (June 11), they’ll perform ‘Punk In Drublic’, ‘Wolves in Wolves’ Clothing’ and ‘Pump Up’, and on Wednesday (June 12), they’ll play ‘So Long & Thanks’, ‘White Trash’ and ‘The Decline'.
They will have different supports bands for both days.
Pretty much a mini punk festival , as five bands playing each night , along with a DJ..Doors open 5pm.
I have seen NOFX twice before
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Tonight is pretty full , but not sold out upstairs
Maybe 4000 out of 5000 tickets sold.
Maybe the £75 ticket , was too steep for a punk gig.
LAST HOUNDS on at 5.30pm for 30 mins.
Singer is shirtless from the start of their good set.
BARSTOOL PREACHERS on at 6.15pm for 30 mins.
They had keyboards ,so a bit of a punk ska sound.
CODEFENDANTS on at 7pm for 30 mins
All the band in suits with white shirts , with some ska and reggae in their lively set.
DESCENDANTS on at 7.50pm for 40 mins.
They have a lot of their own fans here
I saw them play Shepherds Bush Empire Aug 2019.
The crowd started full on moshing for them.
NOFX oddly had a 10 minute ' piss break' so they actually played two sets of 65 mins and 30 mins.
Looking down from the circle balcony was fun as the full scale moshing for the first 20 or 30 rows in the stalls standing was mental to watch and the security in the pit were kept busy with non-stop crowd surfing.
A nice touch was they had around 100 guests behind them on stage watching the show behind barriers.
Lots of catchy pop punk , with a bit of ska thrown in.
All the band are wearing shorts.
Too much juvenile banter between songs for my liking. Many songs were cut short. In fact at one stage the singer said "we are going to play 10 songs in 7 minutes".
A good show and event overall.
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Monday 10 June 2024.
6.30pm to 11.30pm.
NATIONAL RESTAURANT AWARDS 2024 at Magazine, North Greenwich London SE.
The Ledbury in Notting Hill has been named the UK’s best restaurant at the prestigious National Restaurant Awards, marking the fourth time it has won the award.
Much talked-about new venue Mountain received second place in what was a standout night for the capital – 53 out of the top 100 are London-based. Interestingly Kol, which was named as the UK’s best restaurant in the World Restaurant Awards, only placed 49th.
Last year’s winner Ynyshir dropped to fifth while Moor Hall, placing in third, was the top entry outside London. Other highlights include a lifetime achievement award for Michel Roux, chef of the year award for Chishuru’s Adejoké Bakare and the ‘chef to watch’ honour going to Akoko‘s Ayo Adeyemi.
Visit their website for the Top 100 restaurants list.
Around 500 guests here in the their new venue.
I went several times when it was held at The Hurlingham Club, Fulham.
Lots of complimentary drinks and food for all.
Piper Heidsieck Champagne, different cocktails, wines, beers , ciders and four different food trucks.
The venue has outdoor space and views by the water .
Plenty of seating indoors and outdoors
We were seated indoors for the awards at 8.45pm for an hour.

Sunday 09 June 2024.

Sunday 09 June 2024.
GARY NUMAN live at The Roundhouse.
This is the last of his three shows at this venue, and the last date on his current UK tour.
I have seen Gary Numan around 25 times since Hammersmith Odeon in 1980. He would play multi-nights there on his 1980s tours.
I last saw him in August 2022 when he performed at The Rebellion Festival , Blackpool.
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Gary's loyal fans have turned out for another tour.
Black clothing is the colour of choice for his fans.
Chants of ' Numan , Numan ,Numan' ring out .
GARY NUMAN arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played for 1 hour 45 mins.
The band arrive on stage wearing black and it's all very dark and moody.
Tall , bald headed guitarist and bassist are straight out of The Adams Family ,but compliment Gary well.
Very nice stage production with lots of lights.
Gary still does his arty little dance movements.
The overall sound of the band was great.
The first three songs were excellent , then it ticked along nicely, and great to hear a few of his old hits.
The encore of older hit classics ' Cars' and 'Are Friends Electric?' was fantastic.... great show.
Amazing to see DAVE GROHL dancing enthusiastically side of stage for the encore.
The Foo Fighters UK stadium tour starts on Thursday 13 June in Manchester.
Full GARY NUMAN setlist played tonight...
Replicas
M.E.
Me! I Disconnect From You
Films
We Have a Technical
Do You Need the Service?
Engineers
Observer
Praying to the Aliens
Track
Conversation
It Must Have Been Years
You Are in My Vision
Airlane
Complex
Down in the Park
The Machman
Metal
Only a Downstat
We Are So Fragile
Encore:
Cars
Are 'Friends' Electric?
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Saturday 08 June 2024.
SCORPIONS + EXTREME live at Wembley Arena.
A great pairing of Classic Rock bands.
This is a must see gig for any rock fan as Scorpions have not played London for several years.
German rock legends Scorpions have announced their first UK concert in five years, which was not in London.
Rudolf Schenker, Klaus Meine, Matthias Jabs, Pawel Maciwoda and Mikkey Dee will perform their only UK concert of 2024.
The show is part of the Love at First Sting World Tour, celebrating the 40th anniversary of Scorpions’ ninth studio album ‘Love at First Sting’, which featured the huge singles ‘Rock You Like a Hurricane’ and ‘Big City Nights.’
Alongside songs from ‘Love at First Sting’, Scorpions will be performing hits from their distinguished six-decade back catalogue.
Scorpions’ very special guests at London OVO Arena Wembley will be their fellow rock icons Extreme, who in Dec 2023 , wrapped up their rapturously received headline UK tour...i saw both Forum London shows.
I have seen Scorpions around 15 times since when they headlined Hammersmith Odeon in 1979.
I have seen Extreme around a dozen times since 1991 when I saw all five of their Hammersmith Odeon shows when their classic album 'Pornograffiti' and all it's hits kicked off worldwide.
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Needless to say I was really looking forward to this.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder for Scorpions fans , as tonight is sold out despite £100 tickets down the front.
The merch queues were enormous.
First of all a mention of legendary live music booking agent ROD MacSWEEN who is agent to both bands tonight and it is his 75th birthday today....he looks much younger....in Dec 2023 when i met Extreme at their Forum aftershow party, i mentioned to the band it was Rods birthday on the day of this gig, and they get the crowd to sing Happy Birthday to him tonight.
EXTREME are on at 7.45pm for their 65 mins set.
I have a great close view seat in guest list block S6.
Extreme play a great set including their mega hits 'More Than Words' and ' Get The Funk Out'.
Singer Gary Cherone bends and twists his body all around the stage, as Nuno plays brilliant guitar riffs.
Full EXTREME setlist played tonight...
It ('s a Monster)
Decadence Dance
#REBEL
Am I Ever Gonna Change
We Will Rock You (Queen cover) (Snippet)
Play With Me
Hole Hearted
Midnight Express
More Than Words
Cupid (Sam Cooke cover) (Snippet)
Cupid's Dead
What's the Buzz (From Jesus Christ Superstar - Snippet)
Happy Birthday to You ( Mildred J. Hill & Patty Hill cover) (for Rod MacSween (ITB))
Flight of the Wounded Bumblebee
Get the Funk Out
RISE
SCORPIONS are on at 9.20pm for their 95 mins set.
Scorpions have a stunning stage production.
A massive screen at the back showing stunning digital images , and two side screens showing live footage......along with a stage extension.
Loads of lights too....it really looked stunning.
The band are fully rehearsed to perfection.
The band give out drum sticks and guitar picks
throughout the show.
They played their most well known tracks in the second half of the set , which brought the house down.
Mikkey Dee performed a fantastic drum solo with the strobe lights blasting away.
As full standing ovation for them at the end , as they took their bows...a fantastic show.
Full SCORPIONS setlist played tonight....
Coming Home
Gas in the Tank
Make It Real
The Zoo
Coast to Coast
I'm Leaving You
Crossfire
Bad Boys Running Wild
Delicate Dance (Electric)
Send Me an Angel
Wind of Change
Tease Me Please Me
The Same Thrill
New Vision (Drum solo)
Blackout
Big City Nights
Encore:
Still Loving You
Rock You Like a Hurricane

Friday 07 June 2024.

Friday 07 June 2024.
THE ZOMBIES live at The Barbican.
The Zombies have a very special gig happening on June 7th at London's Barbican to celebrate 60 years since they made their first tape recordings. Fans of the band such as Paul Weller, Irwin Sparkes (Hoosiers) and Sarah Brown (Simple Minds) will be joining Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent (both now aged 78) on stage to perform their favourite Zombies songs.
Paul Weller has said “The Zombies made one of the all-time greatest records in ' Odyssey and Oracle' .
1968 album Odessey and Oracle' was ranked number 100 on Rolling Stone's 2012 list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time,and number 243 on Rolling Stone's 2020 list.The Zombies were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019.
The Zombies are currently touring the UK with tour support from The Wandering Hearts and will be on the main stage at Latitude Festival this Summer (Sunday 28th July) .
I have seen The Zombies a couple of times before.
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A mainly older crowd here, but all ages are present.
Their merch stand is selling their latest vinyl album which is signed by all the band for a bargain £25.
Their t-shirts were also a reasonable £20 each.
The venue looks pretty much sold out.
THE ZOMBIES were on stage for 1 hour 50 mins over two sets of 45 mins and 65 mins.
They were introduced by a dapper Paul Weller.
Five main musicians , and a percussionist on some.
Colin and Rod are looking great for their 78 years.
Colin's vocals are nice and clear , and the overall sound is perfect.
They started the set by playing songs from their first ever studio sessions for Decca back in 1964.
They played a few tracks from their 2023 album ' Different Game' , which made the UK Top 10 and the USA Top 50 charts.
Lots of very nifty keyboards and guitar playing.
Not surprisingly , Paul Weller got the biggest cheers of the special guests, and maybe a few have come just for him.
The second set had tracks from their classic album ' Odyssey and Oracle' which got big applause.
'Time Of The Season', 'Hold Your Head Up' and 'She's Not There' all got standing ovations . Rod Argent told an Interesting story that I didn't know. I thought the chorus was ' Hold Your Head Up Woah' but it's actually 'Hold Your Head Up Woman'....a great show.
Full setlist played by THE ZOMBIES tonight...
Set 1: Introduced by Paul Weller
It's Alright With Me
I Want You Back Again
Sticks and Stones (Titus Turner cover)
I Love You
Different Game
You Could Be My Love
Tell Her No
You've Really Got a Hold on Me / Bring It On Home to Me
Summertime (George Gershwin cover) (with Sarah Brown)
Dropped Reeling & Stupid
Set 2:
Care of Cell 44 (with Irwin Sparkes)
This Will Be Our Year
Beechwood Park (with Paul Weller)
Butcher's Tale (Western Front 1914) ( with Chris White)
A Rose for Emily
Time of the Season
Merry-Go-Round
Hold Your Head Up (Argent cover)
She's Not There
The Way I Feel Inside ( just Colin and Rod)
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Thursday 06 June 2024.
I went to two events today.
6.30pm to 815pm.
SWAINE - summer party - 126/127 New Bond Street, London W1.
Swaine, one of the UK’s oldest luxury goods brands, founded in 1750 and formerly known as Swaine Adeney Brigg, last year opened a new 7,000 sq ft flagship store at 126-127 New Bond Street “as the centrepiece of its most radical rebrand in 273 years”.
The new retail space, which complements the brand’s existing Burlington Arcade boutique, is the largest store in the brand’s history and will showcase its growing product offering in an environment that mirrors its new creative direction.
Housed in a handsome 19th Century building, the flagship consists of a ground floor and mezzanine level displaying Swaine’s full complement of men’s and women’s leather goods and luggage alongside Herbert Johnson hats and Brigg umbrellas – both brands of the Swaine family.
Tonight their amazing basement work room is open to view , where they craft their top quality products.
There are demonstrations here.
Over 100 guests are here over the three levels.
Man about town ALISTAIR GUY is here.
A female duo are performing cover songs.
Complimentary Bollinger champers and carton trays
of Hams ,Cheeses and fruits from the same company that supplied the theatre party last night .
then
8.30pm to 9.15pm...private view -
W1 Curates present Fabian Aerts 'Odyssey'.
at Flannels , 161-167 Oxford Street , London W1.
Their monthly party here is the same as usual.
More a nightclub vibe than your normal gallery.
Loud DJ sounds as the fantastic digital art is spread around three walls of the venue, with dimmed lights
Complimentary spirits n mixers , wines and beers.

Wednesday 05 June 2024.

Got told about this Wednesday event a bit too late.
It was on the radar,but you can't be everywhere.
Legendary music pr Alan Edwards had his book launch in London and guests included three members of The Sex Pistols STEVE JONES, PAUL COOK, GLEN MATLOCK along with TONY JAMES and BILLY DUFFY.
Wednesday 05 June 2024.
I went to two events tonight
6.45pm to 9pm
SERPENTINE PAVILLION - launch party - Serpentine Gallery , Kensington Gardens, London.
The five-pointed star structure is designed by South Korean architect MINSUK CHO.
Comprised of five ‘islands’, each structure of the Pavilion is unique in size, form, name and purpose, providing a multifaceted platform for Serpentine’s live programme from June to October.
A big crowd of around 300 guests from the art world .
SIR NORMAN FOSTER is here.
n 1990, Norman Foster was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his service to British architecture.
Also here was original 1970s punk rocker and 1980s blitz kid PHILIP SALLON.
There were speeches at 7.45pm.
Complimentary Ruinart champers, wines , three different cocktails and beers for all the guests.
then
9.30pm to 11.30pm
KATHY & STELLA SOLVE A MURDER !
Press night opening party next to the Ambassadors Theatre, London .
This comedy musical had a odd opening night.
The show halted its performance after act one due to a “major water leak”, with patrons left wondering who committed the titular murder – and forced to find out another day.
The murder-mystery musical comedy is penned by Matthew Floyd Jones and Jon Brittain and co-directed by Brittain and Fabian Aloise (who also serves as choreographer for the production). It follows two true crime podcasters who find themselves in the midst of an actual whodunnit, when their favourite author is killed.
They still had the party for over 200 guests.
The actors were here , but no big name guests.
There was a fun photo booth.
A DJ is playing tunes in the overflow room.
Complimentary prosecco , gin cocktails, wines , pints of Guinness , pints of lager and a grazing buffet table with different hams , cheeses , fruits etc.
It is on here until 14 Sept 2024.
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Tuesday 04 June 2024.
I went to two events tonight.
6.30pm to 9.30pm.
THE BRITISH SOCIETY OF MAGAZINE EDITORS TALENT AWARDS 2024 at 100 Wardour , Wardour Street , Soho , London W1.
Always nice to be at this historic building.
The famous Marquee Club at 90 Wardour Street did not have an alcohol licence until 1970,hence, Simon White (manager of the Marquee Studio) and music agent Kenny Bell came up with the idea of opening a private bar called La Chasse Club at 100 Wardour Street, which Jack Barrie managed. La Chasse became the watering hole of many musicians and operated until 1973.
Over 200 guests here , in their basement area .
From 7.30pm to 8.30pm were the 24 awards.
The presenter was Apple DJ KENNEDY TAYLOR.
Winners and shortlisted were a nice mix of mainly the big titles , but also online and podcast .
Complimentary Gusbourne sparkling wines and beers, along with different bowl foods , cheeseburgers and canapes
All guests got a goodie bag on departure.
then
9.45pm to 11.45pm.
A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE -
press/VIP opening night -
Theatre Royal Haymarket , London SW1.
DOMINIC WEST leads an all-star cast in this hotly anticipated production, as he is joined by Olivier and Tony Award nominee Kate Fleetwood (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Macbeth, London Road) and BAFTA Cymru award winner Callum Scott Howells, star of Channel 4’s It’s A Sin and West End phenomenon Cabaret.
The after-party was at the swimming pool
In The Haymarket Hotel near the theatre.
Over 200 guests here , including cast and some well known faces , including.....
DOMINIC WEST
KATE FLEETWOOD
CALLUM SCOTT HOWELLS
DAMIAN LEWIS
ALISON MOSSHART
DAVINA McCALL
MICHAEL SHEEN
FELICITY KENDALL
ANAIS GALLAGHER
It is on here until 03 August 2024.
Complimentary prosecco , wines , beers , cheeseburgers , cartons of fish n chips and canapes.
See my Facebook page for some good photos.

Tuesday 04 June 2024.

Monday 03 June 2024.....6.30pm to 9pm
DEVI JEWELLERY - showcase - Saatchi Yates Gallery ,
14 Bury Street , St James's, London SW1.
Devi are showcasing their luxury fine jewellery.
Around 100 upmarket folks who can afford them.
Guests included Mark-Francis Vandelli who is an English television personality. He is best known for his role on the E4 series Made in Chelsea.
Many of the women are wearing nice jewellery.
Complimentary vodka cocktails , gin n tonics, sparkling wines and canapes.
All guests got a goodie bag on departure.
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Sunday 02 June 2024.
TEDDY SWIMS live at Shepherds Bush Empire
Teddy is back to play the last of his three sold out shows at this venue.
American singer -songwriter started off doing cover versions on YouTube but in 2023 brought out an album of his own material.
His single ' Lose Control' has been a worldwide hit in 2024 and went Top 10 in many countries around the world , and got to number 2 in the UK and number 1 in the USA.
By very popular demand he comes back to the UK at the end of this year to play bigger venues including
Hammersmith Apollo.
See my 13 May review of the first SBE show.
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VICTOR RAY was on stage at 8pm for 30 mins.
He has recently signed to Decca Records.
He has a guitarist and backing tapes
He has a lovely soul voice, and his set included a couple of cover versions, and later on he joined Teddy Swims for a duet.
The venue is rammed solid sold out for Teddy.
TEDDY SWIMS on stage at 9pm for his 95 mins set.
His has a five piece band backing him with three of them on platforms behind him
A massive light show and stage production that was more suited to Hammersmith Apollo or Brixton Academy (he will be playing Hammersmith Apollo on his next UK tour).
Teddy has a lovely white boy soulful voice , and a stage presence that goes down well with the crowd.
He played some good tracks from his album and s Shania Twain classic cover 'You're Still The One'.
As the concert came to a close, Teddy left the stage to thunderous applause.Chanting his name, they demanded an encore, and Teddy happily obliged, returning for three songs and the two final songs were his mega hit singles ' Lose Control' and ' The Door' .
It was a very good show, and he will certainly be playing bigger venues each time he visits the UK.

Saturday 01 June 2024.

Saturday 01 June 2024...Champions League Final .
Real Madrid v B Dortmund....Wembley Stadium.
Up to 30,000 people will be able to enjoy “bands and live entertainment” on Victoria Embankment and MOD gardens before large screens show the match at 8pm.
There is no live screening or proper highlights on BBC or ITV.
Another 20,000 will be able to gather in Trafalgar Square for drinks and food but there will be no screening of the football there over fears of disorder.
Wembley Arena will also be screening the match live.
More than 2500 stewards and security will be on duty at Wembley Stadium after the disorder at the Euro 2020 Final, when around 2000 got in without tickets.
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Fan Meeting Point at Victoria Embankment.
We were there 6pm to 10.30pm.
It is a much bigger event than expected as roads are closed, barriers everywhere , hundreds of security and police everywhere , inc drug sniffer dogs.
The set up is like the New Years Fireworks.
Lots of people and a lively atmosphere and we are with The Real Madrid fans watching the game.
Must be at least 15,000 fans here.
Pre- game entertainment was Spanish themed.
There are three big screens showing the game.
The German fans were well away in Hyde Park.
Thankfully we had decent weather , and no rain.
Real Madrid 2 B Dortmund 0 .
The game came to life in the second half.
A very nice event , and very unusual for the organisers to put on big screens and such a big event , when the English National team or an English team are not involved.
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Thursday 30 May 2024.
I went to two events tonight.
6.45pm to 8.15pm.
BEYOND FASHION - private view - Saatchi Gallery , Duke of Yorks Square , Kings Road, Chelsea , SW3.
Beyond Fashion showcases the work of acclaimed fashion photographers from around the world. The works demonstrate how fashion photography has moved past the simple presentation of product lines to reflect on the reality of our lives, to explore our aspirations and to push at the boundaries of creativity....tickets from £6.
Over 200 fashion folks at this huge gallery.
Complimentary Belmont champers , gin n tonics and beers.
then
AIR live at The Royal Albert Hall.
This was the first of their two sold out shows here.
The iconic French duo, AIR will play their widely celebrated album ' Moon Safari' in its entirety for the first time across a European Tour.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary last year, the release of 'Moon Safari' catapulted Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel to the uppermost rung of electronic music’s ladder and left an indelible imprint on pop culture at the end of the 20th Century. The album birthed hit singles in ‘Kelly Watch The Stars’, ‘All I Need’ and ‘Sexy Boy’, sold millions of copies around the world, and pushed Air into headline status at major festivals. 25 years on, it’s not hard to reason why Moon Safari has stood the test of time.
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The venue is rammed solid sold out.
AIR arrived on stage at 9.05pm for their 1 hour 40 mins set.
The duo and a drummer appear on stage.
Lovely stage as they play within a disco portacabin .
The Parisian duo, Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel, were dressed in immaculate white and performed from inside a bright, glowing rectangular box of video screens and lights – the command post for the show. In fact, at one point, the screens actually did transform into the deck of a spaceship as planets flew by, and they took us on a journey through their space-age lounge music.
Like the audience , they are coolness personified .
Not sure if it was a good idea to play the 'Moon Safari' album first , as that meant the big hits were Inc
' Sexy Boy ' and ' Kelly Watch The Stars' were played very early in the show.
The second set was full of their dreamy Best Of.
A very enjoyable show.
Full AIR setlist played tonight ...
MOON SAFARI album set.
La femme d'argent
Sexy Boy
All I Needv(Reworked version)
Kelly Watch the Stars
Talisman
Remember
You Make It Easy
Ce matin‐là
New Star in the Sky (Chanson pour Solal)
Le voyage de Pénélope
BEST OF set.
Radian
Venus
Cherry Blossom Girl
Run
Highschool Lover
Surfing on a Rocket
Don't Be Light
Encore:
Alone in Kyoto
Electronic Performers

Wednesday 29 May 2024.

Wednesday 29 May 2024.
I went to four events tonight...
6pm to 6.45pm.
THE WHOLE WORLD SMILES WITH YOU - private view - Opera Gallery, 65/66 New bond Street ,London W1.
‘The Whole World Smiles with You’ interrogates various modes of figuration by contemporary Black artists. ...Over 100 guests here....on until 26 June.
Complimentary Pommery champers and beers.
then
7pm to 7.25pm.
THE SOHO CONNECTION by ANNE PIGALLE - private view - Farsight Gallery, 4 Flitcroft Street ,London WC2.
French painter and performance artist , who lives in London , who used to go out with Henry Paul R.I.P.
He was a guitarist from Paris, France, who played alongside Johnny Thunders, Stiv Bators, and Mink DeVille. ....It is on here until 11 June.
Looks like her cool clothing and stage wear from her entire life is hanging up, around the walls of the venue.
Complimentary wines and beers.
then
7.30pm to 8.30pm.
Private view - Dover Street Market, 18-22 Haymarket , London SW1.
Around 150 cool fashion folks are here.
Christiane Kubrick and Katharina Kubrick are here.
Also here were Russell Tovey, Dexter Fletcher and Keeley Hawes.
Complimentary Krone champers and beers.
Christiane Kubrick x Jonathan Anderson for Men’s AW and Women’s PF 2024 has arrived with a special installation at Dover Street Market.
To coincide with the launch, the short film "Who is the Painter?” directed by J E Hobbs and supported by Mubi, will be available to view online on Thursday 30th May.
In a unique collaboration, Jonathan Anderson and Christiane Kubrick have intricately woven together their creative visions.
A domestic fantasy, triggered by seeing the interiors in Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut: the curtains, the reds, the paintings hanging on the walls, which were created by Christiane Kubrick, the director’s wife, who often collaborated with her husband.
then
JANE'S ADDICTION live at The Roundhouse.
They play the second of two sold out shows here.
Both Roundhouse shows sold out a month before.
JANE'S ADDICTION Announce Their First UK And European Headline Tour In Eight Years.
Formed back in 1985, JANE'S ADDICTION are a world renowned, much loved, hugely ahead of their time classic American rock band from Los Angeles, consisting of vocalist Perry Farrell, guitarist Dave Navarro, drummer Stephen Perkins and bassist Eric Avery. Founded by Farrell and Avery, following the disintegration of Farrell's previous band PSi Com, Jane's Addiction's first release was the stunning, self-titled live album 'Janes Addiction' (1987).
I have seen them twice before.
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The Guardian and NME both gave their Monday show five stars , even though it was just 75 mins on stage.
My security chums telling me how COURTNEY LOVE was causing havoc in the photo pit on Monday.
Looking forward to seeing this show in the same way i was looking forward to The Black Crowes recently.
JANES ADDICTION play two more songs tonight compared to Monday , so it was 87 mins on stage.
Perry Farrell and Dave Navarro look like proper rock stars . Perry Farrell is swigging wine from a bottle between many songs ,but there is too much waffling chat from him on stage Good to hear some songs, but others were pretty average.
Fan-favourites including ‘Mountain Song’, ‘Ain’t No Right’ and ‘Been Caught Stealing’ were very good , and they seem to have a new lease of life. Dave Navarro take every chance he gets to showcase a dizzying number of electrifying licks,
Like Monday , there was no encore.
Overall it was a good show, but I expected better.
Full JANES ADDICTION setlist played tonight...
Kettle Whistle
Whores
Pigs in Zen
Been Caught Stealing
Ain't No Right
Summertime Rolls
Imminent Redemption
Ted, Just Admit It...
Jane Says
Up the Beach
Ocean Size
True Love
Stop!
Mountain Song
Three Days
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Tuesday 28 May 2024...6.30pm to 10pm..
BACK IN THE DAZED by RANKIN - private view -
180 Strand , London WC2.
Must be around 300 guests at this huge space.
Downstairs are all the photos and magazines
Kate Moss and David Bowie are featured in many.
Ground floor is the bar , food and female djs.
PRINCESS JULIA is one of the djs .
RANKIN was here to greet everyone
Also here was PHIL DAVIS, TIM BURGESS,JODIE KIDD,
MATT GOSS , DANIEL LISMORE, JOHN RICHMOND,
LILA MOSS, STEPHEN WEBSTER, DEXTER FLETCHER,
JEFFERSON HACK and KAREN MILLEN.
Complimentary gin cocktails, prosecco, wines, beers and a huge table with a cold buffet and doughnuts.
It is on until 23 June...£10 admission.
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A new exhibition from photographer Rankin, Back in the Dazed highlights one photographer and one magazine, across one memorable decade.
From cult celebrities, to musical icons and the world’s top Supermodels, Rankin was at the forefront of Cool Britannia and the 90’s style which is still popular today. Co-founder and Dazed & Confused’s first Photographic Editor, Rankin’s visual style helped launch the magazine and defined the aesthetics of multiple generations of British youth.
Across 10 years Rankin photographed over 200 iconic editorial shoots for the magazine, and his work from this period forms a manifesto about how to view the world, a political statement communicated not with words but with a camera lens.

Saturday 25 May 2024.

Saturday 25 May 2024.
UK SUBS live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Punk legends play their biggest ever London show for many years , to celebrate frontman Charlie Harper's 80th birthday....yes 80!.
I have seen UK Subs around a dozen times since 1978.
With support from Anti Nowhere League and The Ramonas....I have seen both a couple of times before.
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Level 2 and 3 are closed , but still over 1000 here.
A very nice three band punk rock package.
Nice to see several punk rockin' chums here.
THE RAMONAS were on at 7.30pm for 30 mins.
All girl Ramones tribute whizzed through their set.
I think it was six Ramones gems including ' Sheena Is A Punk Rocker' and ' Rockaway Beach' and three of their own....really good to those Ramones classics .
ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE on at 8.20pm for 45 mins
They have toured with UK Subs a few times over the years and play a good set of their best material.
ANL full setlist played tonight....
Pig Iron
At the End of the Day
Let's Break the Law
Streets of London ( Ralph McTell cover)
I Hate... People
So What
Woman
Uncle Charlie (Tribute to Punk Icon, Charlie Harper, who momentarily joined ANWL to acknowledge the Legend, himself)
God Bless Alcohol
We Are the League
Lots of pogoing / moshing for them and The Subs.
UK SUBS arrived on stage at 9.35pm for 70 mins.
Big cheers for Charlie as he arrives on stage.
Looking great for someone who tours so much.
Maybe his nice Japanese wife keeps him in check.
They whizzed through their set , including highlights ''Warhead' , ' Stranglehold', 'C.I.D' and ' I Live In A Car '....a really good set.
PUNK ROCK WILL NEVER DIE.
Full UK SUBS setlist played tonight....
Rockers
Kicks
Police State
Emotional Blackmail
Telephone Numbers
Fragile
Time and Matter
Down on the Farm
Kill Me
Scum of the Earth
Limo Life
Barbie's Dead
Tomorrow's Girls
Warhead
Riot
Stranglehold
Disease
Encore:
C.I.D.
I Live in a Car
I Couldn't Be You
Party in Paris
Encore 2:
Cake and balloons arrived on stage for Charlie.
Rockaway Beach
New York State Police
Keep on Running (Til You Burn)
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Friday 24 May 2024.
BRUCE DICKINSON live at The Forum.
Bruce is promoting his new solo album....sold out...
Iron Maiden legend is playing a six date UK solo tour ,
which are his first UK solo dates for 25 years.
I have seen Iron Maiden over 30 times since 1980, when they supported Judas Priest at Hammersmith Odeon. They would play multi-nights there on all their tours during the 1980s.
I saw Bruce solo at The Marquee Club in 1994.
Looks like no Iron Maiden songs are in the setlist..
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The venue is totally rammed sold out.
Iron Maiden t-shirts are everywhere.
BLACK SMOKE TRIGGER on at 8pm for their 30 mins.
Black Smoke Trigger is a hard rock/alternative rock band from Napier, New Zealand, founded in 2018.
They played a good solid set of rock tunes.
BRUCE DICKINSON on at 9.05pm for 1 hour 50 mins.
Bruce is clearly loved by all the Maiden fans here .
Bruce is joined by five other musicians on stage.
A big screen that shows a nice mix of live footage and pre-recorded images...Lots of lights and strobes.
Bruce Dickinson, as is well known, is a qualified pilot – and there is something of the captain preparing for take-off in his interactions with the crowd. “In a moment,” he instructs , “we will commence furious jumping.” Then, as the riff to 'Dark Side of Aquarius' kicks in: “Furious jumping commence!”
His ability to hype a room has been honed over decades of what he calls the “day job” – being frontman with Iron Maiden. Next year will be the band’s 50th anniversary, and no doubt there will be much hoopla, so this solo tour is Dickinson’s chance for some me-time. He even mentioned hopefully playing Brixton Academy on his next solo tour.
That means no Maiden songs, which is understandable, even admirable, but the downside is a lack of Iron Maiden level bangers.
Not that keen on the drum solo and keytar solos, but Bruce charisma and energy made it a really good show....despite no Iron Maiden tunes .
Maiden members watching but none came on stage.
Full BRUCE DICKINSON setlist played tonight...
Accident of Birth
Abduction
Laughing in the Hiding Bush
Afterglow of Ragnarok
Chemical Wedding
Many Doors to Hell
Jerusalem
Resurrection Men
Rain on the Graves
Frankenstein (The Edgar Winter Group cover)
The Alchemist
Tears of the Dragon
Darkside of Aquarius
Encore:
Navigate the Seas of the Sun
Book of Thel
The Tower
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11pm to 12pm...
Iron Maiden always make an effort for aftershow parties , and tonight there is a good one for Bruce.
Around 50 or 60 guests in the balcony bar and adjacent room where they is a free bar and full buffet laid out ..Guests here included STEVE HARRIS, ADRIAN SMIITH, ROD SMALLWOOD, FRANK SKINNER ,MARK FULLER and NICKI CHAPMAN.

Thursday 23 May 2024.

Thursday 23 May 2024.
I went to three events tonight.
6pm to 7pm.
CONCOURS ON SAVILE ROW, Mayfair , London W1.
This was Day 2 of this two day annual event.
Launched in 2022, the Concours on Savile Row is now established as a key date in both the automotive and bespoke-tailoring calendar.
Savile Row is closed to traffic over the two-day event, thanks to the cooperation of Westminster City Council. Visitors are able to browse the spectacular cars and the fascinating tailors’ displays, as well as enjoy the talks and live jazz music on the stage.
Around 40 stunning cars and 10 classic motorbikes are on display on a full red carpet.
One of the cars is an exact replica of John Lennon's Psychedelic Rolls Royce , which is suitably parked outside 3 Savile Row , which was where The Beatles played on the roof of Apple HQ on 30 Jan 1969.
We pop into a couple of the stores giving our complimentary drinks...Dege & Skinner then Cad & The Dandy.
then
7.15pm to 9.45pm.
DEAR DARLING - launch party - 91 Jermyn Street , St
James's, London SW1.
This venue has had many different names since the 1960s when it was a hangout in the same area where other top clubs Tramp and Scotch of St James were.
Around a decade ago it was called Abracadabra .
Abracadabra was owned by Dave West, who made his millions in cash-and-carry booze at Calais. Big bloke. Pink suit. A few years ago his son stabbed him to death, and was sentenced to 13 years in jail.
Dear Darling now calls itself a nightclub , cocktail bar and private members club.
There are are a few showgirls lounging around.
At 8.15pm in the basement , is a 15 mins burlesque show from a showgirl in a cage.
A DJ is playing club tunes.
Lots of complimentary food and drinks including Moet champers, prosecco, spirits n mixers, wines, beers , cheeseburgers , canapes and desserts.
then
10.15pm to 12.15pm.
ROMEO & JULIET - press night opening party -
Soho House , 180 Strand , London WC2.
My first time at this newish venue.
The main event was at Duke of Yorks Theatre.
Set in a Brutalist building near Somerset House, the club has an outdoor terrace, a rooftop pool and two bars featuring 1970s-inspired interiors. There is stunning views of the city from the 8th and 9th floors .
TOM HOLLAND is the star of the show , and i managed to get a photo of him with my friend, after negotiations with his two burly personal security.
A dj is playing loud club tunes , and folks are dancing.
Lots of lovely complimentary food and drinks here .
Roast chicken n chips , cheeseburgers , bacon rolls , fish n chips, pizza slices canapes and desserts along with prosecco , wines and beers.
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Wednesday 22 May 2024.
GEORGE GROVES BOXING CLUB live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Boxer GGBC brings his podcast to the live stage.
George Groves and Carl Froch reunite in London to relive their iconic rivalry, ten years after their fight at Wembley Stadium which promises to be a night to remember for boxing fans.
Carl Froch vs. George Groves II, billed as Unfinished Business and The Rematch, was a professional boxing match contested on 31 May 2014 at Wembley Stadium in London. It was a rematch of the first fight between Carl Froch and George Groves in 2013, with Froch's unified WBA (Regular) and IBF super-middleweight titles at stake as before.
Froch won the fight by knockout in the eighth round, which was named the Knockout of the Year by The Ring magazine.The event drew a then-record attendance figure of 80,000, and grossed over £22 million,and was named the Event of the Year by The Ring Magazine.
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It is stalls seated tonight, but only 400 tix out of 1000 sold, as Levels 2 and 3 are closed and Level 1 is half empty.
The show is on for two hours over two sets of 55 mins and 65 mins.
There are cosy sofas and chairs on the stage.
An electronic punch bag is side of stage for use later, for an audience competition.
The two boxers are joined by interviewer Declan Taylor and Adam Smith from Sky Sports.
The first few mins they talk about that mega fight in Saudi Arabia at the weekend just gone.
There is a big screen that shows great clips of that big night a decade ago at Wembley Stadium , as George Groves entered the stadium on a Red London Bus, and Carl Froch entered via a dazzling laser display.
They really hated each other back then ,but now tolerate each other as they do TV work together.
Carl Froch has very entertaining banter.
The end of the first set had a tug of war with Carl Froch's team winning.
During the interval , an acoustic duo played some cover versions, and the crowd were told the merch included a signed boxing glove by both boxers £125.
In the second half, several boxers in the crowd are name-checked including DAVID HAYE.
The final section had a Q and A session from the crowd, regards both the boxers careers.
At the end , the boxers posed for selfies at the front of the stage with fans......a very enjoyable event.

Tuesday 21 May 2024

Tuesday 21 May 2024.
ERIC CLAPTON + ANDY FAIRWEATHER LOW live at The Royal Albert hall.
I am back to see the second of E.C. four shows here.
Again it is totally rammed sold out.
AFW and band played exactly the same set.
AFW and band had a blast from the past in their line-up, as 72 year old NICK PENTELOW was on sax.
He was in the band that was my first ever gig .
WIZZARD at Hammersmith Palais in Sept 1973.
Again ,one of ERIC CLAPTON'S Fender guitars is adorned in the colours of the Palestinian flag.
Again , he avoided some of his biggest hits Ike
' Wonderful Tonight', 'Layla' 'I Shot The Sheriff '.
or 'Sunshine Of Your Love:' and plays what he likes.
I have seen him play those songs many times here .
Some of those songs are being played outside of London where he doesn't play as often.
Again, an extended version of ' Cocaine' was a fantastic muso workout from all the great band .
A 90 mins set tonight, so 5 mins shorter than the opening night, as a couple of songs changed and one song less played.
Eric's guitar playing was totally sublime as always.
Full ERIC CLAPTON setlist played tonight....
ELECTRIC SET
Blue Dust
Key to the Highway ( Charles Segar cover)
I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man ( Willie Dixon cover)
Badge ( Cream song)
Prayer of a Child
ACOUSTIC DET
Back Home
Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
(Jimmy Cox cover)
Golden Ring
Tears in Heaven
ELECTRIC SET
Got to Get Better in a Little While (Derek and the Dominos song)
You Were There
Cross Road Blues ( Robert Johnson cover)
Little Queen of Spades ( Robert Johnson cover)
Cocaine ( J.J. Cale cover)
Encore:
Before You Accuse Me (Bo Diddley cover) (with Andy Fairweather‐Low)
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Monday 20 May 2024.
ERIC CLAPTON plays the first of four sold out shows at The Royal Albert Hall....Eric is now aged 79.
Guitar legend Eric has performed on the RAH stage over 200 times during his career,including a 24 night stint in 1991.
Once a member of such seminal bands as the Yardbirds(he joined them in 1963) , Blind Faith and Cream.
Eric Clapton will be joined by special guest ANDY FAIRWEATHER LOW and the Low Riders.
I have seen Eric Clapton over 30 times since July 1976 at The Crystal Palace Bowl (earlier that same month i saw The Ramones and The Sex Pistols for the first time) along with all four Cream shows when they
reformed in 2005 at The Royal Albert Hall.
EC is playing a full UK tour , as part of his world tour.
This same time last year I was this venue for two tribute shows to JEFF BECK R.I.P.
The show featured Eric Clapton , Rod Stewart and many more.
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Being a proper A-list rock legend , Eric Clapton always sells out quickly here, even though seats are £100 to £200, and hospitality tickets are £459....even gallery standing up in the gods is £70 ....plus booking fees.
The venue is rammed solid.
ANDY FAIRWEATHER LOW and THE LOW RIDERS on stage at 7.30pm for their 40 mins set.
Andrew Fairweather Low (now aged 75) , is a Welsh guitarist and singer. He was a founding member and lead singer of 1960s pop band Amen Corner, and in recent years has toured extensively with Roger Waters, Eric Clapton and Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings.
His good set started with The Amen Corner hit from 1969 'If Paradise is Half As Nice' and ended with his solo hit from 1975' Wide Eyed and Legless'.
Not sure why there was a long 50 mins gap until Eric.
ERIC CLAPTON on stage at 9pm for his 95 mins set.
Eric is backed by seven others on stage, including two female backing singers. His band are fantastic , as they all have solo bits , including the two superb keyboard players .
Eric has his huge rug as usual , to stand on.
The tone on Eric's guitar is superb as usual .
A nice mix of solo material, his previous bands and
blues covers.
Sadly 'Wonderful Tonight' and 'Layla' are not being played on this tour , but Eric has been changing the setlist, by a couple of songs each night.
Eric has 60 years worth of material so could easily play a two hour set, but it is the standard 95 mins.
Overall though , a great show.
Full ERIC CLAPTON setlist played tonight....
ELECTRIC SET
Blue Dust
Key to the Highway ( Charles Segar cover)
I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man ( Willie Dixon cover)
Badge ( Cream song)
Prayer of a Child
ACOUSTIC SET
Happy Birthday to You (Mildred J. Hill & Patty Hill cover) (Dedicated to Eric's Auntie Sylvia in the audience, on her 91st birthday.)
Driftin' Blues ( Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers cover)
Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
(Jimmy Cox cover)
Back Home
Tears in Heaven
ELECTRIC SET
Got to Get Better in a Little While ( Derek and the Dominos song)
Presence of the Lord (Blind Faith song)
Cross Road Blues ( Robert Johnson cover)
Little Queen of Spades (Robert Johnson cover)
Cocaine (J.J. Cale cover)
Encore:
Before You Accuse Me (Bo Diddley cover)

Friday 17 May 2024

Friday 17 May 2024.
ZAYN MALIK live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Zayn Malik has announced his first ever solo gig.
Malik, who left One Direction in 2015 and will release his fourth solo album ‘Room Under The Stairs’ on May 17 – has unveiled plans for a special “global exclusive live event” to celebrate his upcoming LP.
On the same night as the album drops, Zayn will take to the stage at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London.
This show sold out pronto , although most know he said he would be singing just a six song 30 mins set after a short film based on his comeback.
At £60 a ticket....that's £10 for each song...yikes!
Zayn must be a bit envious of the success that Harry Styles has got, since leaving One Direction.
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One Direction members are as popular ever, as my security chums told me hundreds of mainly females were in the queue for this show by mid afternoon.
A lot is riding on the Zayn comeback , as the record company and promoter are hoping he can get some of the success that Harry Styles has got since leaving One Direction, and there are lots of press here
First there is a female DJ playing some dance tunes.
Then there are big screams as someone takes their Level 1 VIP seat....turns out that it's Zayns mum.
At 9.10pm we have his 10 mins docu ' Road Back To The Mic'. It shows Zayn in rehearsals for this gig , as he talks about this comeback gig, as he chain smokes and shows off his tattoos.
ZAYN MALIK was on stage at 9.20pm for 30 mins.
There is a nice big curtain behind him, showing countryside images, and he is backed by a seven piece band, including two female backing singers .
Some songs have the lyrics on the big screen.
There are film cameras all over the venue recording .
Zayn plays the six songs 30 mins set as promised that the crowd love....but the songs are all pretty much laid back average stuff.
After the six songs are played , Zayn leaves the stage and two more of his songs are played over the pa
This is actually a decoy to keep the crowd in the venue as Zayn departs the venue pronto with his own personal security , and even avoids his own aftershow party.
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Thursday 16 May 2024....I went to two events tonight.
6pm to 7pm.
MAKE-A-WISH BALL - drinks reception - at The Savoy Hotel, Strand, London WC2.
This black tie event raises funds for taking children with serious health problems away for special treats .
Around 250 folks here , mainly company tables as it's £1000 and £800 a ticket.
The main reason we are here is that Steven Tyler has attended and performed at a couple of their events in USA , and he is in town , so would he be here?
Sadly not , as the only one we see is actress MAUREEN LIPMAN .
Complimentary Nyetimber English Sparking Wines and canapes....we leave before the sit down dinner .
then
8pm to 11.30pm.
RIVERSIDE EAST - launch party - 5 Thornton Street , Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park,Stratford , London E20.
This huge venue is right in front of The London Stadium , and The Orbit slide , so will be very popular when the stadium is used for football and concert events.
It has a 300 capacity, both outdoors and indoors.
There is a DJ playing classic disco tunes in the background.
At 10pm they brought out a huge four tier cream cake, with sparklers to celebrate the opening
Lots of complimentary drinks and food here.
Piaff champers, different cocktails any spirit n mixer, wines and beers along with food trucks inc Truffle Burgers and Truffle Fries, New York Hotdogs , Pizza and various bowl foods....a really good event.
Amazingly it was on to 12pm , but we left at 11.30pm.
What the venue website says....
What’s on the menu? Grab a cup of freshly brewed coffee from by Allpress Espresso, specialty coffee roasters, alongside delicious grab-and-go options. Breakfast pots, toasties and artisan pastries from The Snapery Bakery are available in daily.
Enjoy sandwiches, salads and flatbreads lovingly prepared by our team for lunch. And for dinner? We’ll be serving up hearty flavour-packed dishes, alongside charcuterie & cheese boards, pizza cooked in our Gozney ovens and street food our indendent traders in the our yard. Those looking for a sweet treat can enjoy Happy Endings ice cream sandwiches and Hackney Gelato.
The bar will be serving up local craft beers, wine & cocktails.

Wednesday 15 May 2024.

Wednesday 15 May 2024.
BLACK CROWES live at Hammersmith Apollo.
I have seen them over a dozen times before, with the first two times at Hammersmith Odeon ( this same venue) in 1991.
Also various club shows including The Mean Fiddler ,
The Garage , The Scala and at the famous Pantages Theatre , Los Angeles in 1995.
Also supporting The Rolling Stones at Wembley Stadium in 1995...and supporting Aerosmith at Wembley Stadium in 1999.
American blues rockers Black Crowes are touring the UK as part of their world tour to promote the first new album in 15 years titled 'Happiness Bastard's'.
The support act is JIM JONES ALL STARS.
Amazingly, Jim Jones was in Thee Hypnotics who I saw supporting Black Crowes at this venue in 1991.
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Not sold out tonight , but maybe 4000 out of 5000.
Quireboys singer SPIKE was near me upstairs .
JIMMY PAGE was watching from side of stage.
JIM JONES ALL STARS on stage at 8pm for 30 mins.
Nine of them on stage , including a three man brass/horn section playing a really good set of uptempo rock n roll.
BLACK CROWES on stage at 9pm for 1 hour 40 mins.
Eight musicians on stage , including drums , keyboards and two female backing singers/dancers , on raised platforms behind all their vintage amps.
While the Robinson brothers have demonstrated they still have what it takes to produce great records, tonight they leave us in no doubt that they also remember how to put on a great show. The 57-year-old singer Chris Robinson sashays about the stage, cavorting and preening like a man half his age, Jagger, Stewart and Johansen rolled into one. The set looks magnificent, a Moulin Rouge type rock ‘n’ roll circus complete with a giant dressing room mirror, stacks of vintage amps, velvet curtains , carnival lights and a large cut-out of Chuck Berry, lest we forget where the Crowes came from. Chris is the great showman at the centre of it all, resplendent in a bright red suit.
They look and sound like the proper rock stars they always were.
The final encore of the night was a massive surprise.
Chris Robinson dedicates Aerosmith song ' Mama Kin' to Steven Tyler, and 30 seconds into the song , Steven Tyler surprised everyone by coming on stage to help.
A great show.
Full BLACK CROWES setlist played tonight...
Intro tape - t's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll) (AC/DC song)
Bedside Manners
Rats and Clowns
Twice as Hard
Go Faster
My Morning Song
Cross Your Fingers
Bad Luck Blue Eyes Goodbye
White Light/White Heat ( The Velvet Underground cover)
Thorn in My Pride
Wanting and Waiting
Hard to Handle ( Otis Redding cover)
She Talks to Angels
Flesh Wound
I Ain't Hiding
Jealous Again
Remedy
Encore:
Carol ( Chuck Berry cover)
Mama Kin ( Aerosmith cover) (with Steven Tyler)
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Tuesday 14 May 2024.
BRYAN ADAMS live at The Royal Albert Hall.
BRYAN ADAMS returns to the Hall, performing one of his classic albums in full each night, followed by a set of his greatest hits.
Mon 13th - 18 'Til I Die - - released 1996.
Tues 14th - Reckless - released 1984.
Wed 15th - So Happy It Hurts - released 2022.
I have seen Bryan Adams over 20 times since 1985, which includes two Wembley Stadium headline shows on different tours.
His last UK tour in May 2022 also included three shows at RAH....I went to one of them.
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Totally rammed sold out tonight.
A great atmosphere as it is floor standing , and they have sold choir seats AND orchestra seats behind the stage, as the show is being filmed.
BRYAN ADAMS and band were on stage for 2 hours 20 mins over two sets of 60 mins and 80 mins.
There is a mini stage extension at the front.
Three microphones are spread across the stage.
Bryan and the band are all dressed in black.
The first set was the multi-million selling Reckless album, but not in track order , so we have all the singles from it , ending with a superb 'Summer Of 69'.
So many great hit singalong hits in the set although there were a few that felt like average album fillers.
The ten strong London Community Gospel Choir arrived on stage , dressed all in white, for two songs.
For 'So Happy It Hurts' there was an inflatable car, coming down from the ceiling to hover over the crowd.
For the first encore of Straight From The Heart' was dedicated to his 96 year old mum.
Needless to say a really great show.
FIRST SET - Reckless album .
One Night Love Affair
Somebody
Reckless
Run to You
Heaven ("upbeat" arrangement)
Kids Wanna Rock
Let Me Down Easy (Roger Daltrey cover) (Acoustic; first performance since 2015)
She's Only Happy When She's Dancin'
It's Only Love
Long Gone (first performance since 2019)
Ain't Gonna Cry (first performance since 2015)
Summer of '69
SECOND SET
Kick Ass
Can't Stop This Thing We Started
On the Road
Please Forgive Me
Shine a Light
Go Down Rockin'
You Belong to Me
I've Been Looking for You
Never Gonna Rain (with London Community Gospel Choir)
You Lift Me Up ( with London Community Gospel Choir) (first full band performance)
When You're Gone ( Acoustic)
(Everything I Do) I Do It for You
Always Have, Always Will
The Only Thing That Looks Good on Me Is You
So Happy It Hurts
Cuts Like a Knife
Encore:
Straight From the Heart (Acoustic)
These Are the Moments That Make Up My Life
(Acoustic)

Monday 13 May 2024.

Monday 13 May 2024.
TEDDY SWIMS live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Teddy plays the first of his three sold out shows at this venue , on his UK leg of his world tour.
American singer -songwriter started off doing cover versions on YouTube but in 2023 brought out an album of his own material.
His single ' Lose Control' has been a worldwide hit in 2024 and went Top 10 in many countries around the world , and got to number 2 in the UK and number 1 in the USA.
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The venue is rammed solid sold out tonight.
PAUL RUSSELL arrived on stage at 8pm for 30 mins.
No band , just backing tapes.
Paul Russell (aged 26 ) is an American rapper, singer, and business consultant based in Los Angeles.He is best known for his 2023 single "Lil Boo Thang", which peaked at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100. After the song gained viraly on TikTok, he signed to Arista Records to release it as a single. He sung his hit single and a couple of crowd-pleasing covers 'My Girl' and 'Sweet Caroline' .
TEDDY SWIMS on stage at 9pm for his 95 mins set.
His has a five piece band backing him with three of them on platforms behind him
A massive light show and stage production that was more suited to Hammersmith Apollo or Brixton Academy ( no doubt he will be playing one of these venues on his next UK tour).
Teddy has a lovely white boy soulful voice , and a stage presence that goes down well with the crowd.
He played some good tracks from his album and s Shania Twain classic cover 'You're Still The One'.
As the concert came to a close, Teddy left the stage to thunderous applause.Chanting his name, they demanded an encore, and Teddy happily obliged, returning for three songs and the two final songs were his mega hit singles ' Lose Control' and ' The Door' .
It was a very good show, and he will certainly be playing bigger venues on his next UK visit.
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Sunday 12 May 2024.
Thank You For The Music - The Ultimate Tribute To ABBA at The Theatre Royal, Windsor.
This international smash-hit tribute show brings all ABBA’s number one hits to the stage in a production like no other. The hugely popular show, now in its 21st year, with a brand-new show for 2024, combines the unmistakable harmonies, colourful costumes, and dazzling performances by our all-star cast.
Celebrating 50 years since Abba won Eurovision.
Not many can say they saw the real ABBA , but I saw them at The Royal Albert Hall in Feb 1977.
I have seen ABBA tribute Bjorn Again a few times.
Hard to believe Abba split up over 40 years ago, as they are still very popular, and there are two stage shows to Abba running in London now.
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A glorious sunny day so spent the afternoon and evening in Windsor, walking over the bridge to wander around Eton and a few drinks down by the river.
This cosy all seated venue holds 633, and the venue is pretty much two thirds full. I have seen several shows here before including Chas n Dave, Bucks Fizz, The Manfreds and others.
The show was on for 1 hour 55 mins, over two sets of 55 mins and 60 mins.
A nice stage production with lots of lights and a digital screen showing pre-recorded images.
They have a drummer , but the bass is all on tape.
You get what it says on the tin, and as tributes go this is a persuasive one. Steve Nelson (also musical director) switches between piano plonking, keyboard guitar, accordion, and flinging his platform boot across the stage, almost braining poor Frida. He drives the comedy and has clearly studied Benny’s stage presence. Kellie Vallance is our dark-haired beauty, Frida. She’s by far the strongest vocalist, belting, twirling, and flirting/bickering with her ex-husband Benny. Emma Parker is the blonde powerhouse, Agnetha. She astounds in her solos such as ‘Thank You for the Music’ and ‘The Winner Takes It All’, nailing the range and mannerisms of the star. The closest to her character, this makes up for some slight hesitance with the demanding choreography. Dave Miles is Bjorn, a gifted guitar player bumbling along with the classic dad jokes and improvisation that all the cast fling themselves into. Are they the best Swedish accents? No, but they are certainly not the worst.
The girls had four costume changes
Over 20 perfect pop classics played – ‘Honey Honey’, ‘I Do I Do’, ‘Chiquitita’, ‘Super Trouper’, and finally (and jubilantly) the encores of 'Waterloo' and ‘Dancing Queen’. Torches are lit up on phones for ‘Fernando’, and tears are shed by pensioners. Many almost pop their hip out in a rather ill-advised line dancing lesson, and we bellow ourselves hoarse on the ‘ahas’ of ‘Voulez-Vous’. It’s good old-fashioned fun.
Just a tribute show, but it was great.

Saturday 11 May 2024.

Saturday 11 May 2024.
THE USELESS HOTLINE live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
TikTok stars Max and George Clarke take their Spotify chart-topping podcast, The Useless Hotline out on the road.
In their new career at a hotline service, they help callers by providing advice for their ridiculous queries. No topics are off limits and together, no matter how bizarre the situation, the boys will try to point you in the right-ish direction (or not in some cases).
The Useless Hotline is a place to send your queries and dilemmas no matter how big, small, weird, or embarrassing. They can't guarantee good advice or that you will leave a changed person, but they can guarantee that this is a useless hotline.
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Stalls seating tonight, and Level 3 is half empty so maybe a crowd of 700 or 800 here, and it's a 90 % excitable female crowd .
Pretty good when you think their podcast only started 18 months ago, and they are on a nine date UK tour which includes a second show at this venue 18 May.
A 90 mins show , over two sets of 45 mins each.
The male duo - one straight and one very camp.
The production is an office set-up with two desks with phones and computers, and a wall of filing cabinets.
The first half included a bingo game and a shots drinking game with questions on their previous episodes.
The second set had full audience participation .
Two females faced ten questions based on the podcast, and then a few folks came on with their relationship issues.
We had a couple of tracks of singing at the end.
Mildly entertaining overall.
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Friday 10 May 2024.
DANIEL O'REILLY live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Daniel O’Reilly is still boasting one of the largest, strongest, most loyal and fastest growing social media followings in the UK that his fans has grown up with him through the years.
From losing it all, battling addiction and becoming a father he’s been on some rollercoaster, he has had many characters, but for this live show he's going ‘Out Of Character’ to stand up as he brings the laughs and looks back on the mischief, the mistakes and the madness of his career so far.
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It is stalls seating and 1000 folks sold out tonight.
Pretty amazing for someone never on mainstream TV.
Pretty much a rowdy , football fan type crowd who are drinking lots...75% male and 25% female.
You have to be pretty open-minded to be here.
Though he only resumed live shows relatively recently after his controversy in 2014 and subsequent substance addiction, he has since re-built his enormous social media following and is back with more energy than ever.
His manager Kevin does a 15 mins routine then Daniel does two sets of 40 mins and 60 mins.
O’Reilly’s manager Kevin is first to step on stage – he explains in humorous anecdotes the nightmare it is to manage Dan, with the latter’s tendency to tilt towards the edgier sides of comedy – a habit he still retains to this day. He appeals to front row audience members frequently with comments and asides, joshing with them and producing some big laughs which sweep across the venues’s different levels.Kevin cue’s Dan’s entrance.
O’Reilly carries himself with confidence and warmth as he tells us he’s ecstatic to be back on the comedy circuit again. We can’t help but absorb his infectious enthusiasm. His act begins with a sense of self-awareness and a knowingness of his history of controversy. To the side of the stage behind decks stands Carlos, Dan’s music man, whom he says will fill the silence of distaste should he tell a joke that, God forbid, goes too far. He uses his cancellation in 2014 to his advantage – the elephant in the room is entirely addressed in many moments of self-deprecation. While admitting his own instances of idiocy, he also pokes fun at ITV for replacing his ‘sexist and objectifying’ series with Naked Attraction.
Dan’s personal life has been far from a smooth ride. He leans heavily into stories from his drug addicted self, arousing massive torrents of laughter from everyone, but also being careful not to advertise the lifestyle.
At this sequence, we begin to see O’Reilly’s fantastic use of body and movement, helped by his boxing training, which, in tandem with his myriad impressions of his wife, produce funny tales of less than sober ‘interactions’ he has had with her.
It's his domestic life that provides most of the content for his show, his kids and again, his famously ‘northern wife’, with the odd tangent into cocaine charged come downs and subsequent rehabilitation. A phrase he hates but now lives by - he is ‘high on life.’ (No, he is not now an ice bath fanatic, nor a dreaded cyclist).
O’Reilly never lost the attention of the audience throughout his set. Answering almost every time to excitable front row fans, he even invited people sitting up in the upper levels to fill seats nearer to the stage.
He is brilliantly quick off the cuff when confronted with the often bizarre comments offered by some audience members. Unafraid to ‘work off script’ at these moments, Dan tells his manager off stage to close his ears. Later, he makes it clear in his own words that he doesn’t subscribe to ‘snowflake’ comedy – an act of censorship that he says supresses the best of standup.
Dan ends his set with a heartfelt thank you, not only to his audience, but for his luck. He’s eighteen months sober, just had his third child, and back on stage.
The venue gives him a full standing ovation.
Someone said he is a bit like a Roy 'Chubby' Brown for a younger generation, which is in the right vein.
A very enjoyable show.

Thursday 09 May 2024.

Thursday 09 May 2024...I went to two events tonight..
6pm to 7pm..
TOUILS - private view - Maddox Gallery, 12 Berkeley Street , Mayfair , London W1.
Around 100 smart art folks at this cool gallery.
Touils: I arrived in France from Morocco aged 11 or 12. It was a hard time for me, and I was searching for ways to escape my reality. This is when I first began painting, and it grew from there. When I paint, I think about my family and my culture, which I miss very much. When I was young, I received so much love, and that was taken away from me very suddenly. Today, I paint what I seek: love, positive energy and light. I want the audience to be transported when they look at my paintings, the same way I am when I am creating them.
Complimentary Nyetimber English sparking wines.
then...
7.15pm to 9pm
THE BEACH BOYS book and photo exhibition launch party at Iconic Images Gallery, 16 Waterloo Place, St James's, London SW1.
The Beach Boys have a book out via Genesis Publishing called ' The Beach Boys by The Beach Boys'....and images from the book are on the walls .
Includes three images of ten limited edition from 1965 and 1966 that are signed by the four main members( Mike Love , Al Jardine, Brian Wilson ,Bruce Johnson) ....£9600 each to buy.
Beach Boys members MIKE LOVE and BRUCE JOHNSON are here , and interviewed by DYLAN JONES.
A nice surprise to see BILL WYMAN here , who at age 87 looks a bit frail with a walking stick.He joined in by talking about when The Stones toured with The Beach Boys etc....
It is free entry , so well worth popping in here.
Complimentary wines and beers for guests.
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Wednesday 09 May 2024
Launch party - 6.45pm to 9.15pm...
WI CURATES at Flannels, 161-167 Oxford Street , London W1.
This venue holds events every month.
Their next artist is residency is none other than Vollut
W1 Curates Presents: ' Safe Distance' by Vollut .
’Safe Distance’ is all about capturing the world’s beauty when travelling.
Around 150 guests for this buzzy event.
The colourful digital images on the three main walls look totally stunning.
It feels more like a nightclub than a gallery space, as the DJ plays loud beats in the darkened room.
As usual, the complimentary drinks were spirits n mixers , so i had a few JD n cokes, along with wines and beers.

Tuesday 07 May 2024.

Tuesday 07 May 2024.
BLACK KEYS live at Brixton Academy.
Black Keys play the first of three shows at Brixton, on their European Tour to promote their 12th album.
' Ohio Players ' is the twelfth studio album by American rock duo the Black Keys. It was released on April 5, 2024, by Easy Eye Sound and Nonesuch Records.It was preceded by lead single "Beautiful People (Stay High)" on January 12, 2024, and the second single "I Forgot to Be Your Lover", a cover of William Bell's 1968 song of the same title.
I have seen Black Keys just the once before in 2012, when they headlined The 02 Arena.
They also played The 02 Arena in June 2023.
Support comes from Liverpudlian indie-rockers CIRCA WAVES, whose five albums have all gone Top 20 in the UK.
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This was my first proper gig back at Brixton ,after it's reopening with the restricted capacity tribute bands test show , a couple of weeks ago, that i attended.
Much more livelier and hotter as it looks sold out.
CIRCA WAVES came on at 7.45pm for 40 mins.
They play a solid set of their indie-rock tunes.
Pretty much an ideal support act for Black Keys.
BLACK KEYS came on at 8.55pm for 1 hour 40 mins.
The main duo have some musicians helping them out.
They have a stunning arena sized production.
Loads of lights and they have a backdrop of a dozen big screens , that mix between live footage and pre-recorded images. The big screens go between showing twelve different live images and one big one.
Their best songs are the ones with dirty blues guitar riffs, mixed in with heavy drums.
There was a classic cover song performed.
Nice to see NOEL GALLAGHER come on stage for the first two songs of the encore, before the final song which was their biggie ' Lonely Boy'.
A really good show.
Full BLACK KEYS setlist played tonight...
I Got Mine
Gold on the Ceiling
Your Touch
Tighten Up
Have Love Will Travel (Richard Berry & The Pharaohs cover)
Everlasting Light
Next Girl
Lo/Hi
This Is Nowhere
Heavy Soul
Weight of Love
Howlin' for You
Beautiful People (Stay High)
Fever
Wild Child
I Heard It Through the Grapevine (Gladys Knight & the Pips cover)
She's Long Gone
Little Black Submarines
Encore:
Only Love Matters (with Noel Gallagher)
On the Game ( with Noel Gallagher)
Lonely Boy
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Monday 06 May 2024.
BETTYE LAVETTE + CONNOR SELBY live at The Cadogan Hall , Chelsea , London SW1.
Bettye LaVette is playing a short European Tour .
Bettye LaVette (now aged 78) , is an American soul singer who made her first record at sixteen, but achieved only intermittent fame until 2005, when her album I've Got My Own Hell to Raise was released to widespread critical acclaim, and was named on many critics' "Best of 2005" lists. Her next album, The Scene of the Crime, debuted at number one on Billboard's Top Blues Albums chart and was nominated for Best Contemporary Blues Album at the 2008 Grammy Awards. She received the Legacy of Americana Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2023 Americana Music Honors & Awards.
Bettye is a cult hero in soul circles.
Bettye has been signed to many record labels over the past 60 odd years , including Atlantic and Motown.
She seems to prefer recording other people's tracks, and has released a whole album of Bob Dylan songs.
Bettye is one of the acts that The Rolling Stones have chosen for their current American Tour ,where she supports them in Chicago on 27 June.
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This cosy all seated 953 capacity is only half full.
A nice older crowd as expected.
Maybe the tickets at £60 and £45 were a bit too expensive compared to the usual shows here.
CONNOR SELBY was on at 7.35pm for his 30 mins.
Just him and his electric guitar playing nifty blues.
One of the brightest talents on the UK blues scene. He has been voted “Young Artist of the Year” at the UK Blues Awards for the last three consecutive years (2020, 2021, 2022) and he already has an impressive venue checklist, including Wembley Stadium, where he opened for The Who in July 2019 ( i was there)..
BETTYE LAVETTE on at 8.30pm for her 90 mins .
Bettye was backed by a four piece band. Oddly the drummer played the first three songs with three drumsticks , two in his right hand.
Bettye arrived on stage in her designer heels.
She had a lectern with the lyric sheets on.
She said she would never wear glasses on stage ,but that changed when she was diagnosed with CRS---
Can't Remember Shit.
Bettye still has a great voice as she sung cover versions and originals from her 60 year career.
She performed a few tracks from her new album 'Lavette'.
At the end of the main set, she kicked off her shoes to perform a great little dance shuffle, and for the encore she went for a wander into the stalls seats.
A very enjoyable show.

Sunday 05 May 2024.

Sunday 05 May 2024.
PINK MARTINI live at The Royal Albert Hall.
Pink Martini is an American band founded in 1994 by pianist Thomas Lauderdale in Portland, Oregon. Group members call it a little orchestra that crosses several styles, such as classical, latin, traditional pop, and jazz.
They have released over a dozen albums since 1997.
Pink Martini has sold over 3 million albums worldwide on their own independent label Heinz Records.
Music fashions come and go, but Pink Martini tick along nicely just doing their own thing.
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The venue is an impressive 95% sold tonight.
As expected , it was a smartly dressed older crowd.
They perform a long show of 2 hours 15 mins, over two sets of 60 mins and 75 mins.
Around a dozen musicians on stage tonight.
The Pink Martini show was truly all about Pink Martini, with founder and versatile and charismatic bandleader and pianist Thomas Lauderdale, the band’s first lead singer China Forbes and longtime guest vocalists Storm Large, Ari Shapiro, Edna Vasquez and Jimmie Herrod sensually sashaying and romping through some of their best known and most colorful tunes, sung infectiously and emotionally in an exotic kaleidoscope of multiple languages.
Their repertoire is wildly diverse. At one moment, you feel like you're in the middle of a samba parade in Rio de Janeiro, and in the next moment, you're in a French music hall of the 1930s or in a Palazzo in Napoli. It's a bit like an urban musical travelogue.
The crowd got up to dance for a few songs,that included a full on conga , for the last song.
At the start of the second set , a couple of male fans were invited on stage for some hilarious audience participation .
Their big track from 2007 ' Hey Eugene!' was performed near the end of this enjoyable show.
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Saturday 04 May 2024....7pm to 10.30pm...
UBA at The Hart Hotel - press visit -
61-67 Great Eastern Street , London EC2.
The team behind Soho’s Sucre and the recently opened CLAP London, is bringing a new Pan-Asian dining concept to Shoreditch.
The 275 sqm space is located on Great Eastern Street and forms part of the Hart Shoreditch Hotel. It features a 105-cover restaurant plus a private dining room seating 12. Interiors by architecture and interior studio, Verhaal, take inspiration from the culture and mythology of Asia with a palette featuring the traditionally auspicious colours of red and gold. A statement marble bar, offering counter dining for up to 14, takes centre stage. Furniture includes red velvet banquettes and lava stone tabletops with antique mirrors, decorative lighting, illustrative artwork and Asian ceramics completing the vibrant picture.
At UBA, they embark on a sensory journey through the vibrant streets of Asia, seamlessly blending East London’s dynamic spirit with the exotic allure of Pan-Asian flavours.
Immerse yourself in an experience where plush interiors, innovative cocktails, and Pan-Asian street food creates a playground for the senses. Inspired by the rich heritage of Shoreditch, UBA is a celebration of authentic culture, where every dish and design detail tells a captivating story of craft.
With their playful yet sophisticated ambiance and a commitment to inclusive luxury, UBA invites you to belong— to indulge, to connect, and to discover the art of contemporary Asian dining.
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The DJ is spinning tracks in the foyer of this cool hotel.....we are given a perfect window table.
We are shown around their private dining spaces.
STARTERS
The starters were six small sharing plates , including
Korean Crispy Fried Chicken
Rock Shrimp Style Tempura
Angus Beef Cyoza
MAINS were also shared...
Yakinuku Beef Ribeye
Imperial Miso Black Cod
Ramen - Sea Bass
Taco - Artichoke and Avocado
DESSERT
Matcha Tiramisu
DRINKS
We had a bottle of sparking water and three cocktails each ....
Toki Whisky and Ginger Ale
Mango Infused Haku Vodka
Tarry Lapsang Souchong Infused Tequila
The service and presentation was top notch.
An excellent five star evening.
www.ubarrstaurant.com - Visit their website here.
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Friday 03 May 2024.

Friday 03 May 2024.
THE MEMBERS live at The 100 Club.
The Members play a special show to launch their new studio album ( their 8th) ' Greetings From Nowhere'....which features legendary bass player Guy Pratt on a couple of tracks......I have seen The Members around 20 times since 1978, when they supported Devo twice at Hammersmith Odeon.
Special guests are LOS SANTOS.
Los Santos feature members of the Ruts DC, The Saints, Members, Dangerous Measures..cadiz music Houseband, Richard England, Michael Bayliss, Lee Hegarty, James Sherry.
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Nice to see so many punk rockin' chums here.
Spizz Energi is here ...reminder that a couple of days later on Sunday 05 May ,he headlines The Punk Pile-Up Festival at The Purple Turtle in Reading which is FREE ENTRY.
LOS SANTOS on stage at 8.30pm for their 30 mins.
They played some good tracks, including 'On The Strip '(Vegas Baby) ' from their cd , and a great version of The Saints Top 40 hit from 1977 ' This Perfect Day ',
that they dedicated to Chris Bailey R.I.P.
THE MEMBERS on stage at 9.30pm for their 70 mins.
The Members played a nice mix of tracks from their 45 plus years career. They still have that reggae slant on a few songs which was great to hear.
We get the first ever live performance of their current single ' The Boy From Nowhere' early in the set , and later on we get plenty of older gems including ' Offshore Banking Business', ' Solitary Confinement,,'
' Working Girl',' their anthem ' Sound of The Suburbs',
' Muzak Machine', a nifty cover of John Holts ' Police In Helicopter' , ' Chelsea Nightclub' and encore of ' One Law'...a great show as always from The Members.
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Thursday 02 May 2024....5pm to 10.15pm ....
THE PELLIGON - launch party-
43 Bank Street , Canary Wharf, London E14.
Excellent evening to launch this new event space.
Over 300 guests here tonight.
The venue’s crowning feature is its twenty-seven-metre-high glass vaulted Main Hall. With a capacity of up to 750 guests, the uninterrupted space can be adapted to suit a number of occasions and configurations, including gigs , parties, weddings etc.
The Mezzanine level can host an extra 250 guests.
There was a stage , where we had a DJ , percussionist , sax player , electric violinist who all did short solo sets...then from 8.30pm for 60 mins , they csme together and were joined by male and female vocals for non-stop party hits that got folks dancing.
We made use of the fun photo booth .
Lots of complimentary drinks and food, including five different cocktails, wines, beers , bowl food , canapes and desserts.
Upstairs were two chefs tables of ten ,where they cook in front of you, so we had a 6.30pm 30 mins session for a delicious Vadouvan turbot , curry leaf potatoes and saffron...with a paired red wine.
See my Facebook page for photos and videos .
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Thursday 02 May 2024.
Sad news that guitar legend DUANE EDDY has died aged 86....i saw him supporting The Everly Brothers at Hammersmith Odeon in the 1980s, and headlining The Royal Festival Hall in 2010 and The Queen Elizabeth Hall in 2012.

Wednesday 01 May 2024.

Wednesday 01 May 2024.
I went to two events tonight.
6.15pm to 7pm.
JD MALAT GALLERY - private view - 30 Davies Street ,
Mayfair, London W1.
Around 100 folks at this cool gallery space.
'Above the Surface' is an exhibition by Australia based painter Michael Muir....on until 01 June.
Complimentary wines and beers for the guests .
then
7.30pm to 10pm.
LUCKY VOICE - launch party - The Sidings, Waterloo Station, London SE1.
Lucky Voice open another of their karaoke bars.
I went to the launch party for the Liverpool Street one last year....a 75 % female crowd here.
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 several pods , each private karaoke room fits between 6-20 singers and provides touch screen technology, access to the ever growing catalogue of an impressive 10,000 plus songs (which include several different languages).
I had a go at two of my fave to sing along to which were ' Livin' On A Prayer' and ' Mr Brightside'.
Complimentary vodka cocktails, wines , beers and canapes for all the guests .
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Wednesday 01 May 2024.
ITV 1pm Loose Women
Punk rock icon JOHN LYDON is today's guest as he promotes his spoken word UK tour which starts today.
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Tuesday 30 April 2024.
TRAIN live at The Royal Albert Hall.
San Francisco pop-rock band are massive back home in America.
They have sold over 10 million albums worldwide.
Their 11 studio albums include one entirely based on Led Zeppelin covers.
Their big tracks include 'Hey ,Soul Sister', ' Drive By' and 'Drops of Jupiter'.
They are on a 30th anniversary world tour.
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The venue is fully sold out tonight.
Lots of middle aged folks.
Ilsey was on at 7.45pm for 30 mins , but missed her , as we opted to stay in the bar.
TRAIN arrived on stage at 8.45pm for their 1 hour 40 mins set. The floor seats were up from the start.
A nice light show , as it was being filmed,and the vocals and band sounded clear and fantastic .
The singer knows how to work the crowd perfectly.
He three several t-shirts into the crowd, and took photos of himself for fans at the front , and threw several beach balls out.
He said how he had walked past this venue over 200 times, and now finally they are playing here .
Catchy pop rock tunes had everybody singing along.
The big hits were played near the end , and one of the cover versions was a stunning note perfect version of 'Hotel California' with all the guitars soloing away.
A really good show...much better than expected
Full TRAIN setlist played tonight...
AM Gold
Calling All Angels
Get to Me
Save Me, San Francisco
Meet Virginia / The Joker ( Steve Miller Band snippet )
If It's Love
Bruises (with Ilsey)
Marry Me
When I Look to the Sky
Lose Control ( Teddy Swims cover)
Angel in Blue Jeans
Parachute
Play That Song
Long Yellow Dress
50 Ways to Say Goodbye
Hey, Soul Sister / Come and Get Your Love
Drive By / Hey Jude ( The Beatles snippet)
We Were Made for This
Hotel California ( Eagles cover)
Drops of Jupiter
Note: This show was recorded for a DVD
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Monday 29 April 2024...6.15pm to 9.30pm...
In The Spotlight: Conversation with MJ the Musical Star MYLES FROST at Kingsley Napley , 20 Bonhill Street , London EC2.
Social 4M and law firm Kingsley Napley are hosting.
Around 60 folks are here , and we are seated for the interview .
At 7.30pm the interview and Q & A with Myles Frost started and lasted for around an hour.
The 24 year old American was a good talker.
A full run through his life story , from as a young child doing Michael Jackson routines , along with other good and bad experiences in music and theatre.
There were video clips of him performing MJ routines, and he sung a few MJ snippets .
His mother was a big part of his life and career.
Myles is the winner of the 2022 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his performance in MJ. He made history, becoming the youngest solo actor to ever win the award. He is a nominee for the 65th Annual Grammy Awards Best Musical Theater Album as principal vocalist for MJ’s cast album.
After the interview , he chatted to guests and posed for selfies
I was lucky to have seen Michael Jackson perform four times, and will soon get along to this musical.
MJ The Musical is on now at The Prince Edward Theatre.
Complimentary wines, beers , canapes and desserts.
P.S....Nothing was said about MJ private life.
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Sunday 28 April 2024.
This month the UK’s largest indoor arena will eventually open in Manchester. Called the Co-op Live, it apparently cost a whopping £365 million and has space for 23,500 gig-goers – vastly dwarfing London’s O2 Arena, which has a max capacity of 20,000
If you’re a Londoner looking enviously over at the swish new venue , well, we may have some exciting news. American entrepreneur Tim Leiweke – the guy behind the Co-op Live and owner of Oak View Group – has revealed that he wants to build ‘the greatest arena in the world’ in London....and the location he has is eye is.....Hammersmith..
Should be interesting to see how that progresses.

Saturday 27 April 2024

Saturday 27 April 2024.
THE MEN THEY COULDN'T HANG live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
TMTCH play a special 40th anniversary show n tour.
Founded in 1984, TMTCH gained a passionate national following with their uproarious and engaging style, coupled with keenly contemporary songs. Their 40-year career has been filled with much-loved music, a dedicated fan community and high-octane performances.
Their first ever show was supporting The Pogues.
I have seen them twice before , which were both at The Mean Fiddler , Harlesden in 1995 and 1998.
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Levels 2 and 3 are closed tonight ...so maybe 1200 here....but the stalls standing and Level 1 are packed.
Over 100 are on the guest list tonight.
An evening for folks who like The Pogues/The Levellers , so a lively Saturday night drinking crowd of middle aged folks.
SKINNY LISTER on stage at 7.45pm for 45 mins.
An ideal support act , as many know the lyrics to their songs, as they have their own fans down the front.
They have shared male and female vocals.
By the time Skinny Lister crash into 'Trouble on Oxford Street' there is complete delirium. The perfect mix of punk and folk, huge singalong chorus and accordion-driven joy.
They headline The Scala, Kings Cross in Dec 2024.
TMTCH arrived on stage at 9pm for their 90 mins.
If you know the band , then you will almost certainly be aware that Stefan Cush, heartbeat of The Men They Couldn’t Hang, was sadly taken from us in January 2021, plunging the band and their family of fans into mourning, but the band have opted to carry on in his memory , and are playing weekend gigs , all through 2024.
Their upbeat folk rock shanty sound soon got folks dancing lots down the front of the stalls.
Good to see TOM SPENCER on stage with them.
He replaced Steve Jones in The Professionals , which also featured Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook.
They announced they had called it a day a couple of weeks ago, without giving any reason.
Maybe one of the reasons is that Tom will be very busy playing shows with TMTCH all this year.
Highlights included 'Salutations' , 'Islands In The Rain', ' Ghosts Of Cable Street ' and 'The Colours'.
For the final encore track , they were joined by the support band and other friends.
Outro tape song over the pa was The Pogues ' Dirty Old Town'.... A very enjoyable show.
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Friday 26 April 2024.
JON PARDI live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
American country music singer Jon Pardi is heading out on his ‘Mr. Saturday Night Tour’, sharing his album of the same name, the follow up to 2019’s Heartache Medication.
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Pretty amazing how popular country music is these days in the UK, as tonight is another sell-out.
The cowboy hats and attire are everywhere tonight.
DILLON CARMICHAEL on stage at 8pm for 25 mins.
American country music singer-songwriter played some decent tracks from his two albums.
JON PARDI on stage at 9.05pm for 1 hour 45 mins.
Seven musicians on stage , including electric fiddle and pedal steel guitar, and all of them except the drummer are wearing cowboy hats .
He has his own personal security in the pit.
It is proper wholesome all ages country music.
Highlights included ' Mr Saturday Night', ' Dirt On My Boots ', ' Heartache Medication' , ' Heartache On The Dance Floor', ' Night Shift' and a couple of cover versions , ' Hot Legs' and ' You've Lost That Loving Feeling'...An enjoyable show.

Thursday 25 April 3024.

Thursday 25 April 2024
I went to two events tonight.
6pm to 7pm.
N.DASH - private view- Levy Gorvy Dayan Gallery,
35 Dover Street, Mayfair , London W1.
Lévy Gorvy Dayan has announced the relocation of their London space to 35 Dover Street in Mayfair, opening April 25th, 2024. The inaugural show will be a solo exhibition of new paintings by New York-based artist N. Dash, her first UK solo show.
Around 70 or 80 guests at this cool space on the first floor of this stunning building.
Complimentary wines and beers for all the guests.
then
7.05pm to 10.30pm.
DIGITAL ART WEEK - closing party - 1 Hotel Mayfair,
3 Berkeley Street, Mayfair , London W1.
My first time at this luxury hotel that opened last year,
where rooms cost £500 plus a night.
Around 100 guests in their nice bar area, which has comfy sofas and chairs.
A DJ is playing tracks in the background .
Complimentary food and drinks included four different cocktails (including old fashioned), wines , beers and canapes.
1 Hotel Mayfair, just steps from London’s iconic Green Park, was built and refurbished from two existing buildings and reimagined to reduce CO2 emissions and accelerate sustainable practices throughout our operations. In addition to our live green walls, 1 Hotel Mayfair features 1,300 individual plants, shrubs and trees throughout its verdant grounds.
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Wednesday 24 April 2024.
GHOST FILES live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Experience the excitement of ghost hunting with the ghoul boys at this special screening of one of Ryan and Shane’s favourite episodes of Ghost Files, followed by a never-before-seen sneak peek of Season 3, and an exclusive Q & A session with the hosts themselves, Ryan Bergara and Shane Madej.
Prepare to have your burning questions answered as the hosts take the stage to share behind-the-scenes stories, discuss their most memorable investigations, and maybe even talk to a ghost or two.
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Stalls seated tonight, and it is 1000 tix sold out.
Pretty much looks like a 75 % female crowd.
First set was 8pm for 45 mins.
They showed on the big screen, one of their fave previous YouTube /Podcast videos.
The show follows the standard ghost hunter show format, travelling to numerous haunted locations bringing along the standard recording equipment and spector finding gadgets, with more a means of light entertainment. This show has plenty of nerdy humour ,because of the hosts personalities.
Second set was 9.05pm for 1 hour 40 mins.
The two hosts and their producer have a chat about ghost hunting on stage.
We then have some ghost stories from the audience who had sent them in via the duos social media.
We then have a 30 mins Q & A with the audience.
The final 20 mins was a preview of Season 3.
An enjoyable enough evening.
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Wednesday 24 April 2024.
Happy Birthday to CAPTAIN SENSiBLE who is 70 today.Hard to believe this punk legend is now 70..
Do yourself a favour and play the videos of their two debut singles ' New Rose' and ' Neat Neat Neat'.
Happy Birthday to TONY VISCONTI who is 80 today.
Legendary music producer who has recorded David Bowie , Marc Bolan and many more.

Tuesday 23 April 2024.

Tuesday 23 April 2024.
LAINEY WILSON live at The Forum.
31 year old American female country music singer-songwriter plays the first of two sold out shows at this London venue on her UK tour.
Wilson has received seven Country Music Association Awards, including winning their top honour Entertainer of the Year in 2023. She has also received a Grammy Award and six Academy of Country Music Awards.
She will play tracks from her four studio albums.
Lainey played a staggering 162 shows in 2023.
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They say you’ve truly made it when your audience starts dressing like you. There was a sea of cowboy boots, stetsons, denim, fringe and, of course, flares as far as the eye could see. Hillbilly hippies were everywhere, such is the influence of Lainey Wilson, country music’s rising superstar.
What was also noticeable was the wide range of her audience: with a good gender balance, plus families with kids and younger couples alongside the usual diehard country music fans. The vibe felt celebratory and fun.
Sitting near me is Will Hodgkinson who is a journalist and author and the chief rock and pop critic for The Times newspaper and contributes to Mojo magazine.He has written for The Guardian,The Independent and Vogue.Hodgkinson presents the Sky Arts TV show Songbook, in which he interviews contemporary songwriters.
I missed the 30 mins support act - HARPER O'NEILL .
LAINEY WILSON and her all-male band arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 1 hour 40 mins.
A nice stage production with lots of lights.
She is a big name in America , so she can afford two personal security ...one in the pit and one side of stage.....to keep a close eye on her.
Lainey is a full on good ole wholesome long haired country girl, as she transports us to Southern America of rodeos, trucks and gasoline ,with her very distinctive country voice.
After 45 mins she sat by the edge of the stage and signed posters and album covers for the fans
Near the end of the main set Lainey did a neat cover of ' What's Up' by 4 Non Blondes , which went down well, and other highlights included ' Watermelon Sunshine', ' Wait In The Truck', ' Things A Man Oughta
Know ' and 'Heart Like A Truck '.
An enjoyable country music show.
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Monday 22 April 2024.
Blimey.....pure robbery.
£8.95 for a pint at the new venue in Manchester.
I hope there is a Wetherspoons nearby.
Punters awaiting the opening of Manchester's new £365million Co-op live arena this week have been left outraged and disgusted by a leaked bar menu that suggests the cost of a pint in the venue will be £8.95.
The arena, which was set to officially open with a Peter Kay gig, (both his shows there postponed by several days due to power issues), will have the largest maximum capacity of any UK venue indoors, capable of holding 23,500 people at a time.
That's slightly more than The 02 Arena in London.
This weekend at an official test event featuring Rick Astley, some fans were incensed after the venue cut 4000 tickets from the show at the last minute, leaving revelers stranded.
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Sunday 21 April 2024.
Top 10 Best Selling Albums in USA in 1981.
10) Back in Black – AC/DC (Atlantic)
9) Crimes of Passion – Pat Benatar (Chrysalis)
8) Moving Pictures – Rush (Mercury)
7) Escape – Journey (Columbia)
6) 4 – Foreigner (Atlantic)
5) The Jazz Singer (Orig. Soundtrack) – Neil Diamond (Capitol)
4) Double Fantasy – John Lennon / Yoko Ono (Geffen)
3) Kenny Rogers’ Greatest Hits (Liberty)
2) Paradise Theater – Styx (A&M)
1) Hi Infidelity – REO Speedwagon (Epic)

Saturday 20 April 2024.

Saturday 20 April 2024.
CYMANDE live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Cymande are a British funk group that was originally active in the early 1970s. The band name derives from a calypso word for "dove", which symbolises peace and love;"Dove" is also the title of one of their best-known songs. With a membership deriving from several Caribbean nations, Cymande were noted for an eclectic mix of funk, soul, reggae, rock, African music, calypso, and jazz that they called "nyah-rock". The band formed in 1971 and released three albums before disbanding in 1974. After gaining newfound popularity when their music was sampled by many notable rap artists, Cymande reformed in the 2010s.
They released their fifth album in 2015.
This show sold out a month in advance.
A five city tour of Europe...Berlin , Paris , Brussels ,
London and Amsterdam.
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A DJ playing jazz funk classics warmed the crowd up .
Nice to see him playing all vinyl.
The band are selling their albums here on vinyl.
The venue is rammed solid by the time the band arrived on stage.
CYMANDE arrived on stage at 9.10pm for 85 mins.
The nine piece band include keyboards, percussion and three man brass.
A mainly older middle aged white crowd here enjoying the smooth jazz funk with some head nodding and a bit of dancing.
The show grooved along nicely , and was enjoyable.
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WELCOME BACK BRIXTON ACADEMY.
Friday 19 April 2024.
Brixton Academy to host gigs again for the first time in over 16 months , since two were killed there in a crush in Dec 2022.
Nirvana UK on stage at 8pm for 70 mins .
The Smyths on stage at 9.40pm for 75 mins.
This is the first of two restricted capacity test events , with tribute bands...1700 here tonight.
Both bands played a good set of all the classics.
Both had a good light show , and plenty of moshing.
The venue looks stunning
They have spent £1.2 million on maintenance and improvements , including a new carpet on the stalls standing , brand new numbered reserved seats in the circle , plenty of painting etc.
Brixton Academy opened as a gig venue in 1983.
My first gig there was New Order in 1983.
I have seen over 200 great shows at this venue , including a five man Clash and U2 in 1984 , PiL in 1986, Wham in 1986, , Gary Glitter , Beastie Boys , Run DMC, ZZ Top, Black Crowes, Placebo , Soft Cell , Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros, Manic Street Preachers, Libertines, Morrissey , Iggy Pop , Neil Young, Big Audio Dynamite , The Alarm, The Godfathers, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Pulp , The Cult ,
David Bowie and Tin Machine, INXS, Green Day, Rammstein, Stiff Little Fingers, The Ramones , The Damned, The Rolling Stones in 1995 , 3 x Iron Maiden in 2002 and all five SEX PISTOLS shows there in 2007.

Thursday 18 April 2024.

Thursday 18 April 2024....I went to two events today...
EXPERIENCE SALON PRIVÉ LONDON
www.salonprivelondon.com - Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets
Salon Privé London: the ultimate luxury car event at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.
For three days only from 18th to 20th April 2024, immerse yourself in the world of luxury cars – both classic and modern – and enjoy an unforgettable experience surrounded by automotive excellence.
At the heart of the event is the ‘Concours de Vente’ – a carefully curated selection of 75 rare historic automobiles, which are all for sale. From Aston Martins to rare and coveted Jaguars, this year’s Concours de Vente is a treasure trove of motoring marques.
Thursday...
11.15am Porsche 911 Turbo Cavalcade
11.45am Supercar and Manufacturers Parade
12.15pm Racing Heroes, A Future in Motorsport with Jodie Kidd
15.00pm Concours de Vente Parade
17.45pm Porsche 911 Turbo Grand Depart
This year, each day of Salon Privé London presents its own unique celebration with a gathering of Porsche 911s to kickstart the event on the first day. Next, it's the turn of McLaren to add further glamour & style to Ladies' Day by Boodles, PLUS the World's largest gathering of Aston Martin Valkyries. On Saturday, we welcome one of the UK's leading private members' club, Drivers Union. With each one presenting a display of 30 cars, it's another reason not to miss this fabulous event.
The venue is just 10 mins walk from Sloane Square tube station.
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The sunshine is out for the opening day today.
It is pretty much the opening day of The London Outdoor Summer Season of events .
Over 4000 guests are here , at this stunning location.
SHARLENE SPITERI from TEXAS was here
The classic cars and supercars are gleaming.
The cars sounded fantastic when started up.
Luxury brands are showcasing their wares.
A really enjoyable day out.
See my Facebook page for some videos and photos.
Press folks had some complimentary Pommery champers , wines , Pimm's and beers.
then
ANGELS OF THE NORTH at Shepherds Bush Empire.
The Angels of the North on a UK tour? Oh, uh-huh. Join Geordie drag superstars Ginger Johnson, Michael Marouli and Tomara Thomas for a heavenly brand-new live show.
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I can remember when drag shows were in the back room of dodgy pubs for 30 people , but these days it is big business , as this trio are playing 11 theatre shows in the UK , then 5 theatre shows in Australia .
There are over 1500 excitable folks here tonight
The show was on for 1 hour 45 mins over two sets of 60 mins and 45 mins.
A nice touch was they had a chap signing in the corner, and they are selling loads of merch.
As well as being pure entertainment from start to finish, there was a clear structure to proceedings, with the premise being that our three heroines are Alan's Angels, with the trio tasked by Alan Carr on the big screen , to find out the culprits behind the disappearances of Cheryl, Denise Welch and Charlotte Crosby and things unfolding in camp and captivating fashion as both the group numbers and solo routines fired on all cylinders.
Everything from Michael Jackson to Celine Dion and Catherine Tate's Bernie the nurse to Barbara Cartland were used as inspiration , while the group numbers included a nun themed Sisters are Doin' It for Themselves, a powerful take on Chicago's Cell Block Tango, including a change of lyrics to mention Geordie institution Greggs and the highlight, the queens' high energy star turn in Drag Race girl group banger Don't Ick My Yum.
Angels of the North was a show that ticks all the boxes. It has unreal costumes, local references aplenty, brilliant songs, fantastic staging and most importantly, an incredible cast, who, as well as oozing star quality, charm and personality, were clearly blown away by the wealth of support for them.
The evening evening with some line dancing , and the trio beating up their two male dancers who were were wearing Ant and Dec masks, while Let's Get Ready To Rumble eas played in the background , as Ant and Dec handed over the crown of Best Known Geordies to the trio.
A very enjoyable show.
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Wednesday 17 April 2024...6pm to 9pm..
BRIXTON ACADEMY - venue showcase.
Nice to be back on the buzzy Brixton area again.
Around 100 press folks here for this preview.
Brixton Academy has been closed for 16 months after two people died at a concert there in Dec 2022.
They have spent over a million pounds on giving it an
upgrade while it has been closed.
We got a full tour of the entire venue by the venue stage manager and an AMG chap.
It became a gig venue in 1983.
I saw New Order there in 1983.
I have been to over 100 shows there since then.
The entire circle has nice new individual seats.
There is a new carpet in the stalls standing area.
There is lots of extra CCTV.
There will be a full welfare team and more medics than before, and twice as many security.
The front area entry will be all cordoned off with barriers, and ticket goers will be told to walk around the venue , to join the queue at the back of the venue.
Lots of painting has been done, but overall the venue structure looks the same , including the backstage areas.
We went backstage , where one of the dressing rooms is named after KEITH FLINT from The Prodigy (R.I.P.)
We walked on the stage , and walked through the load in /load out doors at the rear middle of the stage, that The Sex Pistols used for their own stage entrance , when I saw all of their five shows there in 2007.
We get complimentary bottles of water, but no complimentary booze , even though the 13 venue bars are fully stocked and ready to go.
Brixton Academy first proper show , with a couple of tribute bands , with restricted numbers entry , after it's enforced break will be this Friday 19 April.
I will be there .

Tuesday 16 April 2024.

Tuesday 16 April 2024.
HOLLOW COVES live at The Forum.
Aussie indie folk group built around the talents of singer and songwriters Ryan Henderson and Matt Carins, Hollow Coves employ a rich amalgam of reflective lyrics, dynamic harmonies and earthy melodies.
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The show is not sold out, but it is very full.
GARRET KATO arrived on stage at 8pm for his 35 mins set. Born in Vancouver , Canada but now living in Byron Bay , Australia .( I was there for a few days around 20 years ago).
Known for his reflective musings on love, life and vices, singer-songwriter and platinum-award winning producer Garrett Kato’s unique style of folk-pop is catching fire around the globe. A string of powerful releases, has seen him get over 100 million worldwide streams.
His humour helped him go down well with the crowd.
HOLLOW COVES arrived on stage at 9.05pm for their 85 mins set.
Their amps are hidden by the pa , rather than the rear.
Four of them on stage, with two sharing the vocals.
Lots of nice , dreamy head-nodding songs performed.
The electric guitar came out near the end.
Tracks like ' On The Way', 'Coastline' and 'Milk & Honey' were highlights in a good show.
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Monday 15 April 2024...7pm to 10.30pm...
THE AUCTION at Christies, King Street, St James's, London SW1.
Celebrating over 40 years of Terrence Higgins Trust (AIDS Charity) as they showcase world-class auction lots by various artists .You'll also have the opportunity to bid on some amazing holidays and celebrity experiences. Terrence Higgins was the first named person to die of AIDS in the UK in 1982.
Terrence Higgins Trust is a British charity that campaigns about and provides services relating to HIV and sexual health. In particular, the charity aims to end the transmission of HIV in the UK; to support and empower people living with HIV, to eradicate stigma and discrimination around HIV, and to promote good sexual health (including safe sex).
I have been to this very nice event several times over the past decade. Most of the 400 guests (90 % gay men) have paid £100 to be here. A couple of celebrity faces are here , including LEEE JOHN from 1980s band Imagination, MARK-FRANCIS VANDELLI (Made In Chelsea TV) who have both been here before .
I asked Leee John about his upcoming gigs and he feels UK promoters don't promote Black British Acts as much as Black American Acts...a fair point.
Celebrity snapper DAVE BENETT was also here , telling us stories of Cannes and Monaco.
A female violinist was playing covers before and after the auction.
Complimentary prosecco and canapes until 8.30pm then there was a Spanish buffet after the auction , which was 8.15pm to 9.15pm.
Used to be champers and cocktails before COVID so sadly not as good as before , but still good.

Sunday 14 April 2024.

Sunday 14 April 2024.
P1 with MATT AND TOMMY live at
Shepherds Bush Empire.
Matt and Tommy are two diehard F1 fans, here to bring you all the latest news, reaction, predictions and opinions from the best sport in the world. From every strategy blunder, to spicy off-track controversies, they'll be keeping you up to speed.
Wonder what they will say about Christian Horner ?
I have been to the British F1 Grand Prix a few times , and also went to Monaco F1 Grand Prix over a decade ago.
I always watch the highlights on TV these days.
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Levels 2 and 3 are closed tonight, and it is stalls seated , so maybe 400 or 500 folks here.
Pretty good ticket sales when you think it's just a Podcast by two unknowns talking about Formula 1.
The 90 mins show was two sets of 45 mins each.
Surprising the high amount of young females here.
The girls seemed to like their geeky humour.
Many of the crowd are wearing F1 team colours
There is a big screen that is used off and on.
Two comfy chairs for the hosts to sit on.
They talked about the races this season ,and how the drivers were performing .
Some audience participation on stage.
An 11 year old called Oscar stole the show with his great knowledge of F1 and the drivers etc.
The second part of the second half consisted of audience questions to the pair.
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Saturday 13 April 2024.
THE HIVES live at Hammersmith Apollo.
This show sold out over a month ago.
The Hives have announced a UK and Ireland tour in spring 2024, culminating with a date at London’s Hammersmith Apollo on April 13th. The band will also release their highly anticipated new album The Death Of Randy Fitzsimmons August 11th 2023 via FUGA.
It is twenty-five years since The Hives exploded around the world, with they stunning singles 'Main Offender ' and 'Hate To Say I Told You So'.
I have seen them several times including a low key club show at The Garage , North London in 2023 to promote the new album.
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The venue is rammed solid , sold out tonight.
Over 100 folks on the guest list , as after-party in the circle bar at 10.30pm...i popped in for 20 mins but no faces there , and the band were yet to turn up.
I ended up missing the 30 mins set by the support act - Bad Nerves.
THE HIVES arrived on stage at 9.05pm for their 85 mins set.
Appropriately, they strode out to the menacing horns of Chopin’s ‘Funeral March 3rd Movement’ in matching black-and-white, lightning bolt suits. Two roadies stood on either side of the stage and ceremoniously handed the guitarists their instruments. Instead of facing their adoring fans, however, they turned their backs and looked to the drummer, who launched into Bogus Operandi as neon lights flashed: HIVES. This is the opening track from new album, and while the album is considerably more varied than many of their previous efforts, the song is classic Hives – simple and ferocious. The crowd chanted the infectious pre-chorus ‘Like I said, Like I said, Like I said!’ as their enigmatic frontman – Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist – grabbed the microphone and told ‘anyone who considers themselves a part of everyone’ to scream. They launched straight into their classic early single 'Main Offender,' without taking a breath. It is just the second song but singer Pete is already in the pit , close up to the fans.
He pretty much does this every other song, and his non-stop stage banter is very entertaining.
" We have brought the sunshine from Sweden to London - You're Welcome"....he says.
Lots of moshing down the front stalls and over a dozen crowd- surfers .
Another highlight was early single ' Hate To Say I Told You So'.
The band certainly put a smile on everyone's faces.
It was a great show.
The show was filmed, so look out for that.
Full set list played by THE HIVES tonight...
Bogus Operandi
Main Offender
Take Back the Toys
Two Kinds of Trouble
Rigor Mortis Radio
Walk Idiot Walk
Good Samaritan
Go Right Ahead
Stick Up
Hate to Say I Told You So
Trapdoor Solution
I'm Alive
Bigger Hole to Fill
Try It Again
Countdown to Shutdown
Encore:
Come On!
Smoke & Mirrors
Tick Tick Boom (with band introductions)
Taped outro song - Nobody Does It Better - (Carly Simon song)

Friday 12 April 2024.

Friday 12 April 2024....6.50pm to 11.20pm...
VIVE LE ROCK AWARDS at The Islington Academy.
Feat SHAM 69 + RUTS DC + THEATRE OF HATE + TOYAH WILLCOX + JIM JONES + SAFFRON from REPUBLICA + CHRIS SPEDDING + CASINO STEEL + host BEKI BONDAGE and many more.
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I always look forward to this great music awards event.
Nice to see so many gig-going chums here.
There was a lot going on , as the bands played between the awards , so here goes.
THE VIVE LE ROCKERS house band did a fantastic job , as they backed different singers throughout .
They start with ALAN CLAYTON guesting ,then a couple of Pogues tracks , in tribute to Shane.
CASINO STEEL joined them for a couple, ' Thank God This Bar Is Closing' and The Boys classic ' Brickfield Nights'.
CHARLIE HARPER joined them for The UK Subs classic ' C.I.D', and Charlie was presented with a cake for his 80th birthday , which is next month .
A few awards were then given out...
NEAL X to CHRIS SPEDDING for Guitar Legend.
EUGENE VLR to GRADE 2 for Best New Band.
SPIKE to THE DAMNED for Album Of The Year.
Monty accepted it , but Dave and Captain not here .
RUTS DC to KIRK BRANDON for Voice of a Generation.
SAFFRON to TOYAH WILLCOX for The Icon Award .
Again BEKI BONDAGE, did a grand job of hosting .
THE VIVE LE ROCKERS came back for a few more songs...and it was superb to see CHRIS SPEDDING
play 'Silver Bullet' and his classic 'Motorbikin'.
SAFFRON performed a nifty ' Ready To Go'.
TOYAH performed her classic ' I Want To Be Free'.
EUGENE VLR joined them for the AC/DC classic 'Whole Lotta Rosie'. With his sleeveless jean jacket and hairstyle and voice , Eugene was Bon Scott.
BEKI BONDAGE sang a great ' Nutbush City Limits'.
JIM JONES sang a very lively' Kick Out The Jams'.
At 9.05pm THEATRE OF HATE played a six song 30 mins set inc neat versions of 'Do You Believe In The West World' and 'The Hop'.
At 9.55pm RUTS DC were on stage for 30 mins.
First they received Best Live Band Award from BARRY CAIN....they then performed a great five song set,
including ' Kill The Pain' ,'Jah War' and a nice surprise to see them joined by current The Who drummer ZAK STARKEY on guitar for stunning versions of ' In A Rut' and 'Babylons Burning' .
I saw bass playing legend NORMAN WATT-ROY here.
At 10.50pm SHAM 69 whizzed through a superb nine song 30 mins set....Jimmy Pursey on top form...
So many great songs that had the crowd singing loudly along to.
What Have We Got?
Tear Gas Eyes
I Don't Wanna
Borstal Breakout
That's Life
Angels With Dirty Faces
If The Kids Are United
Hersham Boys
Hurry Up Harry
Overall , another fantastic Vive Le Rock Awards.
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Thursday 11 April 2024....6.15pm to 8.30pm.....
GILBERT and GEORGE CENTRE - private view -
5a Heneage Street , London E1.
Celebrating a year since opening, we are thrilled to announce the second exhibition to take place at The Gilbert & George Centre will be Gilbert & George’s ‘LONDON PICTURES’ – opening 12 April 2024.
“London is the most important part of our inspiration. It is all that surrounds us. And so we have been able to include all this remarkable surface of thoughts and feeling that we find in these posters…” – Gilbert & George
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This was my first time to this gallery which is off Brick Lane.The area is buzzing , and The Jack The Ripper tours for the tourists are all over the place.
Decent weather, means we can stay outside in the courtyard of the gallery.
Over 100 guests here including GILBERT and GEORGE.
Also TRACEY EMIN, celebrity chef ANGELA HARTNETT who lives around the corner, PHILIP SALLON and performance artist PANDEMONIA who is 6' 6" in head to toe in black latex and heels.
Complimentary Jean - Noel Haton champers, gin & tonics and beers for all the guests

Wednesday 10 April 2024.

Wednesday 10 April 2024.
I went to two events tonight.
6.15pm to 8pm .
THE HOUSE OF FINE ART - private view - 11 Bruton Street , Mayfair, London W1.
HOFA Gallery and Fellowship AI platform daily.xyz announce the launch of "New Beginnings", a pioneering London exhibition that documents the evolution of AI artistry, weaving together the realities of AI, art and the human experience. In partnership with AI art curation and research experts, Crysalis, the exhibition will run from 11 - 30 April 2024...free entry...
This ground-breaking showcase will present 14 globally renowned AI artists, including Niceaunties, Sougwen Chung, Emily Xie and Elman Mansimov, who explore the profound implications of AI on art and human interaction. As well as other artists Kevin Abosch, Ivona Tau, Agoria, Gordon Cheung, Roope Rainisto, Crosslucid, Jennifer & Kevin McCoy, Legio X, Sheldrick and Noper. Elio D’Anna, Co-founder of HOFA Gallery, elaborates, “With the emergence of new AI models and techniques, a profound technological evolution occurred in 2023.
"New Beginnings" captures the first major works conceived and produced in the post-transition period, juxtaposing them with early era AI creations of immense significance. It effectively narrates the evolution of AI-generated artistry while simultaneously redefining contemporary perceptions of art in the digital age.”
Over 100 guests here and a nice buzzy atmosphere.
Complimentary Charles de Fere champers for all.
then
JAMES BLUNT live at The Royal Albert Hall.
James plays the second of two sold out Royal Albert Hall shows on his UK tour.
He has released seven albums since 2004 and has sold over 20 million records worldwide.
A couple of years ago he bought a pub in Chelsea.
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The venue is totally rammed sold out.
A mixture , mainly of females and couples.
JAMES BLUNT and band arrived on stage at 9.10pm for their 95 mins set.
A nice stage production with big screens , mixing live footage and pre-recorded images, along with several huge lampshades.All the other shows on this tour are bigger arenas.
This was never meant to happen to James Blunt. The butt of music industry jokes following the release of his winsomely mushy and inescapable ballad You’re Beautiful in 2005, Blunt was destined to have – at best – a three-album career. But here he is, two decades and seven albums in, playing two long-sold out shows at London’s flagship Royal Albert Hall as part of the biggest-selling tour of his career, a tour that has taken in 15,000-capacity arenas across the UK and will visit similar-sized venues until it wraps in Australia in November.
James certainly knows how to work the crowd , as he thanks them after every song , and even ran through the crowd to the back of the venue and also got them to do a Mexico wave all through one of his songs.
The upbeat songs got the crowd dancing, and the ballads got them to sit down.
Plenty of radio friendly singalong tracks and hits.
A nice surprise to see him play a Slade cover .
A good show.
Full JAMES BLUNT setlist played tonight...
Beside You
Saving a Life
Wisemen
Carry You Home
All the Love That I Ever Needed
Dark Thought
Goodbye My Lover
The Girl That Never Was
High
Love Under Pressure
Postcards
I Won't Die With You
Coz I Luv You ( Slade cover)
You're Beautiful
Same Mistake
Stay the Night
OK (Robin Schulz cover)
Encore:
Monsters
Bonfire Heart
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Tuesday 09 April 2024.
ENRICO BRIGNANO live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Enrico Brignano (now aged 57) is an Italian actor, playwright, comedian, presenter and writer.
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It is stalls seated tonight ,so 1200 capacity sold out.
It is all the Italian community here .
ENRICO BRIGNANO was on stage for an incredible 2 hours 45 mins set ...8.35pm to 11.20pm.
There is an 11pm curfew at this venue , but he must playing to the midnight curfew time in Italy.
There is a nice light production and piano , but the piano was only used a couple of times, as it was all comedy in Italian.
A couple of Italian girls i spoke to said " he was like a milder version of Ricky Gervais".
Enrico was talking and joking away non-stop.
The crowd loved it , but i was hoping for more musical numbers in the show.

Monday 08 April 2024.

Monday 08 April 2024....6.30pm to 9.30pm...
SHANGHAI NOIR - showcase - Old Westminster Fire Station, 4 Greycoat Place , Victoria, London SW1.
What happens when you inject a little piece of Chinatown into an old fire station in the rarely-visited territory between Westminster and Victoria? Shanghai Noir, that’s what.
A brand new opening, Shanghai Noir, with its deep teal walls and oriental iconography, transports you back to the achingly glamorous 1920s. An Indo-Chinese brasserie, your senses will spin around Asia as soon as you arrive. Not least because to get to Shanghai Noir on the lower floor, you first have to walk through Indian restaurant, Yaatra. Being led through a different restaurant into a subterranean secret makes Shanghai Noir feel tantalisingly 007.
We had a mix of soup , then shared plates , then mains with sides, then desserts and washed down by a bottle of red wine and a bottle of sparking water.
For anyone not familiar with Indo-Chinese dining – a food concept that is apparently taking the US by storm – it fuses Indian and Chinese (via Thailand, if our green papaya and mango salad was anything to go by), with a bent towards the traditional comfort food of Indian migrants. This translates as Chinese classics with an Indian twist: five-spiced beef with wild mushroom bao; paneer garlic cream with mushroom, and spatchcock chicken in a Glenmorangie fire sauce featuring the world’s hottest chilli, Bhot Jolakhiya.
Palettes readied, we savoured crackers with prawn pickle (it works!) before going in on black bean scallops, which were firm and juicy but in a sauce that was perhaps just five percent too sweet for yours truly. Luckily, the papaya salad, with its zingy lime freshness, was the perfect antidote. And the chilli paneer was dangerously addictive.
Next up, we were graced with short rib beef that disintegrated at the gentlest prod of a chopstick. My steamed sea bream was equally as tender and flavourful, thanks to a delicate filling of ginger and spring onion. Dots of crispy chilli oil created a wonderful texture contrast. A side dish of garlicky charred pak choi wedges made the perfect accompaniment.
We rounded off with lychee pannacotta, which rivalled the smoking dragon for dramatic presentation, and a surprisingly refreshing mango pudding, rich with sunshine and Asian sweetness. What a whistle stop tour of China to India, and everything in between.
Needless to say we had a fantastic three hours here.
Old Westminster Fire Station, 4 Greycoat Place, Westminster, London, SW1P 1SB
www.shanghainoir.com
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Saturday 06 April 2024.
COCK SPARRER live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Cock Sparrer are a band that have had their career in reverse, more popular now than at the height of punk.
They were part of the Oi Skinhead movement.
I have seen them a few times, including their last London show at The Roundhouse in Sept 2022.
Cock Sparrer have released several albums , and this is a special show for the release of their new album ' Hand On Heart'.
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Level 3 is closed , and Level 2 is half empty, but stalls and Level 1 are full. Maybe 1300 out of 2000 tix sold.
As expected the crowd is 90 per cent older males.
A very lively atmosphere as the bars are very busy.
COCK SPARRER are on stage for 1 hour 55 mins over two sets of 45 mins and 70 mins.
The band are all dressed head to toe in black.
The played a few tracks from the new album , and many of their classics which were in the second set
Lots of moshing and crowd surfing.
The footie type crowd are singing loudly along.
Great to see them play their anthem ' England Belongs To Me'.....a great show.
COCK SPARRER setlist highlights included....
Riot Squad
What's It Like To Be Old
Running Riot (debut single from 1977)
Because You're Young
Take 'em All
Where Are They Now?
England Belongs to Me
We're Coming Back