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25th September 2020

Friday 25 September 2020...11.30am to 5.30pm...
We are on the outskirts of the lovely Oxfordshire countryside at this very famous Palace.
Before we enter there is temperature checks and track and tracing info is taken.
Indoor live music gigs and theatre have suffered during this strange time, but this was the third major
outdoor car event i have been to in as many months.
There are at least 100 stunning cars here from all the legendary super-car Marques including
Bugatti
McLaren
Ferrari
Jaguar
Lamborghini
Maserati
Porsche
Audi
Aston Martin
BMW
Lotus
Rolls-Royce
Bentley
and many more....
From 2.15pm to 3.45pm there was the parade and competition as the two best cars from each decade
were chosen from the visions of beauty on display.
The host did a great job of telling the history behind each car and previous owners included
The Sultan of Brunei, Rowan Atkinson and Boney M founder Frank Farian.
The main trophy winners were presented by The Duke of Marlborough.
There were helicopters on display and several took off and landed during the afternoon.
Throughout the day there is complimentary Pommery champers, Gin & Tonics, Vodka Cocktails,
wines, beers, coffees, teas and lunchtime hampers of seafood, meat and veggie.
Also afternoon tea hampers of scones, jam, clotted cream and pastries.
Pencil in the dates for next year in your diary - Sept 1 to 4 2021.
A great day out.




Friday 25 September 2020.
Tonight on BBC4 tv.
9pm - Australian Acts on the BBC including INXS, AC/DC, Kylie Minogue, Nick Cave.
10pm - Mystify (Michael Hutchence documentary)
11.40pm - INXS live at Wembley Stadium 1991 ( I was at that show)

24th September 2020

A reminder that SKY ARTS is now free to view on daily tv from 01 September.
They are showing many great music documentaries and gigs.
This Saturday features an evening dedicated to Pink Floyd.
6.30pm - Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii 1972
7.45pm - Pink Floyd PULSE live at Earls Court Arena 1994 (I was at one of the Earls Court shows )
9pm - Roger Waters Us + Them live in Amsterdam on his 2017/2018 European Tour
11.30pm - Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here classic album documentary

23rd September 2020

Happy Birthday to music legend BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN who is 71 today.
I have seen Bruce live over 20 times including both his legendary debut London shows at
Hammersmith Odeon in Nov 1975.

6th September 2020

Thurs 10 Sept---Glen Matlock Band play The Electric Ballroom.
This will be a socially distanced event where all socially distanced Heath & Safety procedures will be in place according to Govt guidelines and where the audience will be seated at separate tables.
Glen’s band for this one off show will be Chris Musto on Drums, Jim Lowe on Bass and on guitar will be special guest for the evening, Neal X ( Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Adam Ant, Marc Almond ) Tickets are £30....with support from The Priscillas.
I would have gone to this show but I am in mainland Europe from Mon 07 Sept to Tues 22 Sept. September is usually a good month for gigs and events but not much on due to the coronavirus. Will be going to see an old friend and hopefully the plane both ways is half empty as it's not a beach resort. I will have use of the sauna , outdoor pool in the huge garden and an e-bike so should be good fun. Daily news on raysgigs will be taking a break for a fortnight.


This book is a must buy - released 10 April 2020.
Worlds End : Sex Pistols / McLaren / Westwood - A Chronology 1971 to 1978 by Mal-One and The Punk Collective.
Retails for £14.99 and is available from Rough Trade stores and online.
Visit their website here to buy it mail order.
It is also available via Ebay and Amazon.


This is a historical document set in Day by Day format with incredible attention to detail over its 344 pages.
There are a few punk-art collages by Mal-One but no band photos as we all know what they look like.
The Year Zero is the early 1970s at McLaren/Westwood store at 430 Kings Road ,Chelsea where music, film, art ,fashion, youth culture evolved from here to change the music scene forever.
As expected , most of the book centres on the two incredible years of 1976 and 1977. One thing you do notice throughout the book is the amount of gigs The Sex Pistols had cancelled. It got even worse after the Bill Grundy incident as they became the most talked about new band in the country,and everybody wanted to see them play live but nobody could see them as the GLC, other local councils, promoters and everybody else just pulled the plug on them.
Certainly not easy for Malcolm McLaren to manage them , with all the various problems. Hard to believe that before their re-union tour in 1996 the biggest crowd in the UK they had played to in 1976/1977 was around 1000 people, and they were all low key secret gigs.
It was criminal that they could have filled multi-nights at the bigger London venues but were just not allowed. I would compare it to something like 1994 when Oasis were the hottest new band in the UK. They had swagger and attitude and swore a bit but imagine nobody was allowed to see them play classic tracks from their debut album like "Rock 'n' Roll Star", "Live Forever" , "Supersonic" and "Cigarettes & Alcohol".
Nice to see that i get a mention in the book on page 225 which is related to the "Pretty Vacant " poster "Dance To The Sex Pistols" which i am in.
The stills were taken from Sex Pistols Notre Dame 1976 gig. A smaller version of the poster is on page 162.
The Sex Pistols are my fave band ever,so i know most of their history and was there for bits of it , but this book still surprises me with many never before known happenings in their career.
It really is a great five star read.

4th September 2020

The 2020 CONCOURS OF ELEGANCE will take place from Friday 4 to Sunday 6 September at Hampton Court Palace. The Concours of Elegance began at Windsor Castle in 2012, before moving to St James’s Palace in 2013, Hampton Court Palace in 2014 at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh (Her Majesty The Queen’s official residence in Scotland) in 2015 before returning to Windsor Castle in 2016 and Hampton Court Palace in 2017.


The Concours of Elegance will once again bring together a selection of 100 of the rarest cars from around the world – many of which will never have been seen before in the UK. Many of the Concours cars will also take part in a 2 day driving tour in the days running up to the main Concours event. Uniquely, the Concours of Elegance winner isn’t selected by a panel of judges but by the Owners of the cars themselves. Each participant is asked to vote on the other models on display to decide which car is considered to be the ‘Best of Show’.


Concours of Elegance will gather a line-up of the McLaren F1 GTRs that finished 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 13th at Le Mans 24 Hours in 1995 in celebration of the 25th anniversary of McLaren’s unique motorsport achievement. The cars will take centrestage in front of the Palace for the entirety of the event. There will also be a selection of vary rare and historic cars from Ferrari and Porsche. Also a unique Bugatti Type 57 with coachwork by Gangloff, and the only Jaguar XK150 by Bertone known to still exist.


15 stunning cars will be on view on Fri/Sat for the auction on the Saturday at 5pm.
The minimum estimate of any car is £300k and several are expected to sell for a couple of million.
Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.


We were there 2.30pm to 6pm on the Friday.
Great to back at this stunning historic palace.
The palace was bought by the English monarchy in 1528. This was when Thomas Wolsey gave it to Henry VIII. It stayed a royal palace for the next 220 years. In its lifetime, it saw twelve monarchs on the throne, until George III stopped living in it after the death of his wife. There was a fire at Hampton Court in 1986. It is currently owned by Historic Royal Palaces, which also owns places like the Tower of London. It is open to the public. It has many gardens, and also has a maze.
All the cars are nicely spaced out at the rear, and they all look superb.
They sound fantastic when many are started up for the parade.
As it was VIP/ press day we had complimentary poached salmon, thyme and sage chicken, finger sandwiches, pastries, wines and coffees in the hospitality tent.
Guests here included PRINCE MICHAEL OF KENT and JODIE KIDD.
You can still buy tickets for Saturday and Sunday.


Happy Birthday to Pretenders drummer MARTIN CHAMBERS who is 69 today.
I have seen The Pretenders live around 15 times with the first being at the legendary Nashville Pub in 1979.

3rd September 2020

Happy Birthday to Sex Pistols "Guitar Hero" STEVE JONES who 65 today.
I have seen THE SEX PISTOLS live around 20 times since 1976.
It was 12 years ago in 2008 that The Sex Pistols played their last tour.
As it stands, I have been to the last three Sex Pistols shows played.
31 AUG 2008 ELECTRIC PICNIC FESTIVAL, STRADBALLY ESTATE COUNTY LAOIS, IRELAND
2 SEPT 2008 HAMMERSMITH APOLLO, LONDON, UK
5 SEPT 2008 AZKENA ROCK FESTIVAL, VITORIA-GASTEIZ, BASQUE COUNTRY, SPAIN
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I saw Steve Jones play with his great all-star band - The Neurotic Outsiders in 1996.

2nd September 2020

Sept 1975 - it was 45 years ago this month i was going to these great shows as a 16 year old.
Alice Cooper + Heavy Metal Kids Wembley Arena , London 11.09.1975 fantastic rock package
Great rock songs with a great stage show .
Alice Cooper + Heavy Metal Kids Wembley Arena , London 12.09.1975 "Welcome To My Nightmare "
is the current album .He played all his 4 Top 10 hit singles and it was just brilliant .
Wings Hammersmith Odeon, London 17.09.1975
Kraftwerk,AJ Webber Hammersmith Odeon, London 20.09.1975
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Sad news that IAN MITCHELL has passed away.
Ian Mitchell, a one-time member of Bay City Rollers, has died at age 62. Mitchell had an extremely short innings with Bay City Rollers (less than 12 months in 1976) . After original member Alan Longmuir left the band ,Mitchell was brought in. Ian, an Irishman, became the first non-Scottish member of Bay City Rollers.

1st September 2020

Happy Birthday to BARRY GIBB who is 74 today.
I was lucky to have seen The Bee Gees play live at Madison Square Garden , New York in Sept 1979.
They were flying high after the big hits from the "Saturday Night Fever " film soundtrack album.
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Wanna buy a flat in a legendary recording studio?
If these walls had ears, they’d probaby still be ringing —for this loft-style penthouse flat once shook to the sounds of rock’s biggest names.
Now on the market for £850,000, the 1,068sq ft two-bedroom apartment in Highbury comes with polished wood floors, exposed brick walls and a pivotal place in music history.
The unassuming church hall, had been home to the 'Rank Charm School', where future British film stars including Diana Dors and Christopher Lee were tutored in the late Forties.
It was bought by Sir George Martin in 1965. He transformed it into Wessex Sound Studios, installing facilities to rival those he used to record The Beatles at Abbey Road.
For almost four decades, punks and pop stars from the Rolling Stones and David Bowie to Madonna and Prince beat a path to its doors.
It was where the SEX PISTOL'S recorded Never Mind The Bollocks in 1977 and the Clash taped seminal album London Calling two years later.

31st August 2020

Happy Birthday to VAN MORRISON who is 75 today.
Van is playing two birthday shows at The Electric Ballroom this coming weekend.
They will be the first socially distanced gigs in London by a major artist since lockdown.
I have seen Van live over a dozen times with Hammersmith Odeon in 1979 being the first time.

29th August 2020

The Reading Festival and Notting Hill Carnival are not on this August Bank Holiday but this event
looks a real corker.
THE RUN - SUMMER GARDEN PARTY (held near to Ascot train station)
More Then just a Rally
The Run Summer Party is one of the most exclusive party events this year.
Hosted by Rico RiRi with support from Chelsea Singh another 'Surprise Guest DJ' (Jeremy Healy).
What you will get with us:
Champagne Reception
BBQ
Rolls Royce transfers from Ascot Station
Cigar Bar
Supercar Display
Casino Tables
Exclusive access into the Court Estate
Access into the run enclosure
Open Bar serving Premium Wine & Beers
Good vibes & music all day/night
Surrounded by Luxury Meadows & Lake side access
Luxury Toilets & Changing rooms
Use of the Swimming Pool & Hot Tubs
Concierge Desk
Live DJ’s, dancers, electric violinist & saxophone
Due to the open/free bar please drink responsibly
This is a premium event so tickets are £200 plus £9 booking fee.
Just google the event name for the ticket link and more info.
www.runtour.co.uk Also via their website here.
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We were there from 3.30pm to 9pm.
Several guests used the free White Rolls Royce transfer from the train station to the venue a few mins away,
although most came here by car.
We are are greeted by a dozen sports super cars at the entrance to this massive house.
Around 300 guests are here in this stunning garden, including lots of scantily clad females.
Nice to see DAVE COURTNEY here who is an English self-proclaimed former gangster who has become both an author and celebrity, along with being the " go to person" for London gangster documentaries on tv.
As you can imagine Ascot is one of those areas with many huge houses with gardens to match.
The entire event was held outside as nobody was allowed inside the main house itself.
The garden here was simply jaw dropping, so plenty of space for social distancing.
Complimentary Moët champers reception until 5pm then it was complimentary wines, beers, coffees.
At 5pm the food is brought to the 20 tables on the lawn, a very nice cheeseburger and BBQ chicken.
We have the outdoor pool but only a couple of brave souls ventured in due to the dodgy weather.
The hot tub is covered over, as it did drizzle a bit with rain off and on.
There were various djs and a couple of singers performed three tracks each in the huge marquee.
Also a female duo of electric violin and sax performed a few songs.
At the rear there is a mini lake along with a tennis court and non-alcoholic cocktails from Lyre's.
So many large trees here that it felt more like a park or woods rather than a back garden.
At 9pm it got a bit chilly and the rainy drizzle came down again so we left a bit before the end.
Despite the weather, it was very enjoyable so keep an eye out on their website for future events.



Very sad news that Black Panther actor CHADWICK BOSEMAN has passed way, aged only 43.
Chadwick Boseman was an American actor and producer. He has portrayed several real-life historical figures, such as Jackie Robinson in 42 (2013), James Brown in Get on Up (2014), and Thurgood Marshall in Marshall (2017). He has also played the superhero Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, including Black Panther (2018), for which he won a NAACP Image Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award, Captain America: Civil War (2016), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and Avengers: Endgame (2019).
Boseman's other film roles included 21 Bridges (2019) and Da 5 Bloods (2020). He died at age 43,
after a battle with colon cancer.

28th August 2020

Today would have been the first of the three days of Reading Festival.
It has been cancelled this year due to the coronavirus.
BBC iPlayer is playing highlights of previous festivals over the weekend.
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I have been to over a dozen Reading Festivals...some for one or two days, some for all three.
Many of them with me old mucker Bill Gaynor.
Not much attending there over the past decade due to the declining bands of any interest to me.
These were my first three Reading Festivals i went to...
Rory Gallagher,Phil Manzanera Band Reading Festival 27.08.1976
Thin Lizzy,Graham Parker,Aerosmith,John Miles,Ultravox Reading Festival 27.08.1977
It would be 12 years until Aerosmith next UK gig
Patti Smith,Foreigner,Tom Robinson Band,Gillan,Squeeze Reading Festival 27.08.1978

27th August 2020

Happy Birthday to GLEN MATLOCK who is 64 today.
I first saw Glen on stage in 1976 with The Sex Pistols and then many other times after with The Pistols ,
and have seen him with The Rich Kids, The Faces and loads of times with many different bands
and as a solo artist....Glen is a proper musician...
See my Facebook page for a nice photo of me with Glen , Steve and Paul.

26th Aguust 2020

It was 50 years ago today that the legendary ELECTRIC LADYLAND recording studio
officially opened in New York.
On August 26, 1970, Jimi Hendrix hosted the opening party for such stars as Steve Winwood, Eric Clapton and Ron Wood.
The list of many renowned artists that have tracked and/or mixed albums there is topped by the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Wonder, Clapton, the Clash, Sheryl Crow and a host of others. In recent years it has found favor with top hip-hop acts. Although many of New York City’s independent rock recording studios have closed in recent years due in part to the digital recording revolution, Electric Lady has survived.
Jimi Hendrix spent only ten weeks recording in Electric Lady, most of which took place while the final phases of construction were still going on. An opening party was held on August 26, 1970. The following day Hendrix created his last studio recording: a cool and tranquil instrumental known only as "Slow Blues". He then boarded an Air India flight for London to perform at the Isle of Wight Festival, and died less than three weeks later.

25th August 2020

Happy Birthday to GENE SIMMONS who is 71 today.
I have seen KISS live over 30 times since their debut London shows in 1976 at Hammersmith Odeon.
Also includes all four shows on their second UK tour in 1980.
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Happy Birthday to ELVIS COSTELLO who is 66 today.
I have seen Elvis Costello live over 20 times since 1978.
The last time was March 2020 at Hammersmith Apollo, just before lockdown kicked in.
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Happy Birthday to actor SEAN CONNERY who hits the grand old age of 90 today.
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25 August 1975
It was 45 years ago today that BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN released his classic album "Born To Run".
I was at both his legendary debut UK shows at Hammersmith Odeon later that year.

21st August 2020

7.30pm to 10.30pm...Restaurant & bar press launch...
JOLIE , 459 Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW10.
We are in the Worlds End part of Chelsea, near to the legendary punk store at 430 Kings Road
where The Sex Pistols all first met up with Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood.
From the outside this venue still looks like the Worlds End pub but is it now three different venues
over the three levels , under the name of The Chelsea Funhouse.
JOLIE on the ground floor - French restaurant & bar
THE BLECHLEY in the basement - World War II themed bar and team building events space
CHELSEA BLACK on the first floor - espresso martini bar
Jolie - Is it a restaurant? Is it a cocktail bar? Non, c'est un salon…
Jolie is an all-new venture launching in London this August. Inspired by the flavours of France, this experience invites its guests to immerse themselves in the essence of the country through bold food, drink and entertainment.
The story? It’s one of jazz music, smoke-filled drinking dens and exquisite cuisine. Free from any snobbery, the salon will invite guests to sink hours into French sharing plates, with its pièce de résistance being a bottomless cheese fondue. Other key menu items include the sharing plate of signature smoked cote du boeuf, foie gras served on a home-made toasted brioche, and honey glazed chorizo and beef shin ragu.
As for drinks, the cocktail menu inspired by the smells and scents of different regions in France, with the Versailles being a real standout for its opulent combination of Champagne, caramel peach cognac and vanilla gold spray.
No doubt they will be attracting the same Chelsea crowd that frequents Bluebird just up the road.
The tables were a bit low for eating off, but we had a great evening of food and drinks here.
www.joliechelsea.com Visit their website here for more info.

19th August 2020

THE LONDON CONCOURS, presented by Montres Breguet, is a luxurious automotive garden party hosted right in the heart of the City of London from Wednesday 19th – Thursday 20th August. This hugely exciting automobile extravaganza will see over 100 of the world’s most precious cars gather in the gardens of the historic and beautiful Honourable Artillery Company Headquarters and will include a ferocious collection of horsepower.
They will be bringing together a display of the most significant Lamborghinis ever built, bookended by one of the first Lamborghinis – the elegant 400 GT – and one of the last, the Aventador SVJ Roadster.
Getting there. Closest tube stations: Moorgate (walk north up City Road) or Old Street (exit is signposted Armoury House – walk south down City Road) Both tube stations are a 3-4 minute walk to the Honourable Artillery Company.
www.londonconcours.co.uk Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
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Wednesday - 3pm to 8pm
Over 1000 guests in these nice grounds hidden away behind the office blocks.
Just a week ago we were having that scorching hot weather but today it was pretty much non-stop rain.
Today we had to keep our umbrellas up...sunshine was forecast for the following day for this event.
All the cars (old and new) are in gleaming immaculate condition.
The owners are furiously wiping the rain off them constantly.
Many of the cars are started up and sound fantastic , and we had a parade at 6pm.
From 5.30pm to 8pm there was a very nice drinks reception undercover.
Complimentary Veuve Clicquot champers, four different cocktails, wines and canapés.
Despite the rain, it was a very enjoyable event.
The organisers have another event coming up soon at Hampton Court Palace - Sept 4/5/6.
www.concoursofelegance.co.uk Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.

18th August 2020

This day 58 years ago in 1962.
Only two days after Pete Best was fired, the Beatles performed their first official gig with new drummer RINGO STARR. The concert took place at Hulme Hall in Birkenhead – a ferry 'cross the Mersey away from Liverpool – on Aug. 18, 1962.
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This day 10 years ago in 2010.
French beauty brand Etat Libre D'Orange announced that they have teamed up with legendary bad boy rockers THE SEX PISTOLS to bottle the scent of the Punk era by launching the band's first fragrance. Company executives said "To wear this scent, you must resist tradition, fight conformity and disregard aromatic conventions."
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Major promoters at a music industry forum have said they expect consumer confidence in live music to be so low they will have to cut ticket prices, which will mean lower artist fees and thus either fewer crew or lower crew wages; crew members expect the return of live music to be accompanied by freelancers desperate for work undercutting each others’ rates.
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Sex Pistol GLEN MATLOCK has a full page interview in today's Daily Mirror - page 29.
Glen talks candidly about the back problem that he has had for many years, including times when he has
had to use a walking stick and other times where the pain was so bad he had to crawl on his
hands and knees to visit the toilet.

17th August 2020

SNIFFIN' GLUE - This month in 1977 they published their final issue..number 12.
It was only around for a year or so.
A monthly fanzine called Sniffin' Glue, which chronicled the early days of British Punk Rock.
Although initial issues only sold about 50 copies, circulation soon increased to 15,000. Fearing absorption into the mainstream music press, publisher Mark Perry would cease operations.
In 2000, Mark Perry published Sniffin' Glue: The Essential Punk Accessory, which is a compilation of all the issues of the fanzine with some new material written by him.

16th August 2020

Happy Birthday to MADONNA who is 62 today.
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Saturday 15 August 2020.
10 years ago this week, THE FACES reformed with Mick Hucknall on vocals and Glen Matlock on bass.
On guitar was Ronnie Wood, who went on to play for The Rolling Stones when Faces split up in 1975.
He was joined by two fellow original Faces members - drummer Kenney Jones and keyboard player Ian McLagan.
Former Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock completes the line-up for the reunion tour, and for this show, Wood's son Jesse joined them on stage to play guitar.
I went to two of the shows on their short tour.
11 Aug 2010 - BME Soundstage Bubble at The 02 Arena (an intimate warm up gig for just 400)
13 Aug 2010 - The Vintage Festival at Goodwood, West Sussex.
with support from Sandie Shaw, The Buzzcocks and The Wilko Johnson Band.
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ELVIS PRESLEY died on this day 43 years ago - 16 August 1977.
He was aged just 42.

12th August 2020

WINGMANS - press night - 8pm to 11.30pm.
Chicken concept Wingmans is to launch its largest site to date in Soho this week.
They are at 29-31 Old Compton Street, Soho, London W1.
Wingmans is a Multi UK & EU Award winning street food concept specialising in freshly dipped gourmet chicken wings tossed in a homemade signature sauce of your choice, accompanied by homemade American style sides.
You may have seen them at a festival.
The first thing you notice before get to the restaurant is how totally buzzing the vibe is in Old Compton Street,
as the road is closed to all traffic due to the coronavirus but all the restaurants have seating
in the middle of the road.
Wingmans is a great success story as they grew from their garage to open their first venue in Kilburn and now
they are here in Soho.
The Kilburn branch did a roaring home delivery trade during the lockdown period.
Some of the tasty dishes we shared...
Wings - 8 Buffalo with blue cheese and celery
Wings - 8 Sweet n sour smokey BBQ
2 aptly named massive Straight Outta Old Compton (chicken burger with bacon and grilled cheese)
Mac n cheese.
5 King Prawns
Spicy Korean Cucumbers
Fries
A dessert each.
They have their own bar so we had four different cocktails with The Old Fashioned being our fave.
The small army of staff were great.

News and Reviews: 30th March 2020

Monday 30 March 2020.

This documentary is well worth a watch on BBC iPlayer....AVICII : TRUE STORIES...

On the face of it , AVICII had the perfect life as a top dj as he played to huge crowds worldwide,

flew around in private jets and stayed in five star hotels & villas.

Avicii: True Stories is a 2017 documentary, directed by Levan Tsikurishvili, about the Swedish DJ and record producer Avicii, with special appearances by David Guetta, Wyclef Jean, Nile Rodgers, Tiësto and Chris Martin. Avicii: True Stories premiered on October 26, 2017 in selected cinemas worldwide and was released on Netflix in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia on 28 December 2018.

Avicii: True Stories is Tim Bergling's own story, told from the inside and made from his extensive personal and family archive and behind-the-scenes footage. The director, Levan Tsikurishvili, followed Bergling for over four years while capturing footage of his experiences and thinking.

In the film you can feel the pressure of non-stop gigs & travel just burning him out and getting ill & depressed.

AVICII committed suicide soon after the film came out.

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Sad news that ALAN MERRILL has passed away aged 69.

He died in New York due to the coronavirus.

Alan Merrill was an American vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, actor and model. In the early 1970s Merrill was the first westerner to achieve pop star status in Japan.He is the lead singer of the first ever released version and author of the song "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" by the Arrows in 1975, which was later a massive worldwide hit for Joan Jett.

The Arrows had their own tv show series in the UK in the mid 1970s.

I saw his last ever London show in Dec 2017 when he played a few songs at Islington Academy as part

of a glam rock evening.

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Happy Birthday to rock legend ERIC CLAPTON who is 75 today.

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Folk singer John Prine is in ‘critical’ condition after contracting coronavirus. Prine has been hospitalised since Thursday 26 March after suffering symptoms of Covid-19.









Sunday 29 March 2020.

Will we ever see SAMMY HAGAR on a UK stage again?

Not many can say they saw him back in the early 1980s.

I saw him play four times where he mixed solo material and classic Montrose tracks.

Sammy Hagar,Riot Hammersmith Odeon, London 19.04.1980

Sammy Hagar,Riot Hammersmith Odeon, London 20.04.1980

Sammy Hagar,Grand Prix Hammersmith Odeon , London 09.02.1982. Fantastic all red stage.

Sammy Hagar,Grand Prix Hammersmith Odeon , London 10.02.1982

Check out one of my fave tracks of his on YouTube.

Sammy Hagar - I've done everything for you 1980

I saw Sammy play with Chickenfoot in 2009 and 2012.

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RIOT supported Sammy Hagar in 1980 and another band member died this week.

Original RIOT guitarist Lou "L.A." Kouvaris has passed away. He was 66 years old.

No cause of death has been revealed, but RIOT's manager Giles Lavery said Lou developed symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, over a week ago.









Saturday 28 March 2020.

Grab yourself a drink and settle down to watch this excellent two hours plus of my fave show of 2019.

KISS live at The 02 Arena, London on 11 July 2019.

They also mention how they first came to London in 1976 to play Hammersmith Odeon ( I was there ).

Type this in google / youtube search...

KISS London 2019 Multicam -Full Show- 07/11/2019 End Of The Road Tour

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As of Saturday afternoon, over 1000 people have died in the UK due to coronavirus.









Friday 27 March 2020.

MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST UK tour in April (including Shepherds Bush Empire) is not happening.

Shepherds Bush Empire today said all shows booked in for April have been postponed or cancelled.

Oddly the venue website and MS website are still showing tickets are still for sale.

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Outdoor music festivals and events are being cancelled all over the UK for May & June.

Guns N Roses are playing outdoors in London at the end of May - will it survive?

Their European Tour starts 20 May so it could easily be postponed or cancelled.







Thursday 26 March 2020.

Organisers of the UK’s Download festival have today confirmed that this year’s event has been cancelled.

It was due to take place at Castle Donington on June 12-14 with Iron Maiden, Kiss and System Of A Down set to headline.

But with the music world in turmoil due to the coronavirus pandemic, Live Nation have taken the decision to cancel the 2020 event.

The Isle of Wight Festival on the same weekend in June has also been cancelled due to the coronavirus.

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Happy Birthday to rock legend STEVEN TYLER who is 72 today.

I have seen Aerosmith over a dozen times since 1976 when they played their debut London show at

Hammersmith Odeon.

Happy Birthday to soul legend DIANA ROSS who is 76 today.

I have her seen her perform a couple of times.









Wednesday 25 March 2020.

Happy Birthday to ELTON JOHN who is 73 today.

One of those artists who i have seen perform live around 35 times since 1974.

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Tuesday 24 March 2020.

Sad news that JULIE FELIX has died at the age of 81 after a short illness, her agent has confirmed.

The American-born folk singer passed away in her sleep on Sunday night.

Her agent said in a statement: "It is with great sadness that we announce that folk legend, Julie Felix, died peacefully in her sleep on Sunday evening 22nd March after a short illness.

She had a couple of hit singles in the UK back in 1970.

She hosted her own shows for the BBC from 1967 to 1970, including the series Once More With Felix (the first episode was transmitted on 9 December 1967). Among those featured on her show were The Kinks, Fleetwood Mac, Leonard Cohen and Led Zeppelin's lead guitarist, Jimmy Page, who played the "White Summer" and "Black Mountain Side" guitar solo pieces.

She performed at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1969.









Monday 23 March 2020.

A nice mix of genre gigs i was going to 45 years ago this month in 1975.

Pretty good good considering it was a couple of months before my 16th birthday.

Chuck Berry Hammersmith Odeon, London 06.03.1975 Chuck is a true rock n roll legend .His novelty hit " My Ding A Ling " was a massive success 15 months ago .

Heatwave Hammersmith Odeon, London 08.03.1975 Heatwave were a very popular funk band a good couple of years before they started having hit singles .

Supertramp + Gallagher And Lyle + Chris De Burgh Hammersmith Odeon, London 09.03.1975 Supertramp had been voted Melody Makers " Band Of The Year " . This was a 3 band package from A+M records .

10cc + Fancy Hammersmith Odeon, London 20.03.1975 10cc are massive in the UK .current album is "Original Soundtrack" current single is " Life Is A Minestrone"

Neil Sedaka Hammersmith Odeon, London 21.03.1975 Neil Sedaka had a few hit singles in the UK in the early 1970s including last years " Laughter In The Rain " .

Lou Reed + String Driven Thing Hammersmith Odeon, London 25.03.1975 part of the world tour to promote Lou's " Rock n Roll Animal " album .

Hunter Ronson Band + Jet Hammersmith Odeon, London 31.03.1975 both bands were great .Mott The Hoople split a few months ago and Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson put together a band to promote both their solo albums Micks "Play Don’t Worry" and Ian Hunters self named debut .

Cockney Rebel + Sailor Hammersmith Odeon, London 12.04.1975 current single "Come Up And See Me Make Me Smile " is a massive No 1 hit











Sunday 22 March 2020.

A campaign has been launched for people to take part in show their gratitude to NHS employees working tirelessly during the Coronavirus outbreak.

The Clap For Our Carers, or #clapforourcarers, campaign will see people across the country applaud the NHS workers from their homes.

This is to show appreciation for doctors, nurses, GPs and every other NHS worker.

This will take place on Thursday March 26 at 8pm.

People joining in should applaud from their front doors, gardens, balconys and windows, keeping a safe distance from other people.

This has already been done in countries such as Spain, France , Italy and the Netherlands.









Saturday 21 March 2020.

Smaller live music venues including The 100 Club and Nell's were hosting odd shows in

March and April but the new ruling means they cannot open.

Bigger bands are postponing shows that are planned for May due to the uncertainty.

Some tours are postponed to after summer, and some tours are postponed to next year.

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ALAN DAVIDSON - sad news that yet another showbiz photographer i knew has passed away , age 70.

One of his first assignments was The Rolling Stones live in Hyde Park in 1969.

The Alan Davidson archive, which includes approximately 500,000 images focused on British celebrities, news and society from the past 50 years. He was a society and event photographer who worked quite heavily with the Daily Mail.

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Sad news that country music legend KENNY ROGERS has passed away , age 81.







Friday 20 March 2020.

Looking for something good to watch now you are spending more time at home?

Check out this superb SEX PISTOLS 24 mins video film of their classic tracks on YouTube.

Sex Pistols - Phoenix Festival, 21st July 1996. From MTV's Live and Direct. (HQ Remastered Audio)

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This was one of the five shows i saw on their mega "Filthy Lucre" reunion tour in 1996.

1.Sex Pistols + Iggy Pop + Wildhearts + Buzzcocks Finsbury Park , London 23.06.1996

Pistols first UK show since Dec 1977 .This was part of the Filthy Lucre world tour spread over the next 6 months.

2.Sex Pistols + The Sultans Le Zenith , Paris , France 04.07.1996 a great venue similar to Brixton Academy.

3.Sex Pistols + Slayer + Bad Religion Aquatica , Milan , Italy 11.07.1996 open air festival and it was very hot .venue held about 15,000 and was a mix of musical styles with even Massive Attack doing a midnight set.

4.Sex Pistols + A Shepherds Bush Empire ,London 17.07.1996 Alan McGee took out a full page ad in NME after seeing this saying it was the greatest rock show he had ever seen .The perfect venue of 2,000 in the back yard of where Steve ,Paul and Glen grew up and went to school .They were fully rehearsed , the sound was perfect .John teased the crowd and it is easily up there in my all time top 5 gigs of all time .Fantastic .

5.Sex Pistols + Terrorvision + Echobelly Phoenix Festival, Stratford Upon Avon 21.07.1996

It was a four day festival as Glastonbury Festival was not on that year.

Easier to get down the front compared to Finsbury Park.Superb.

MTV were here to film it.

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The Cannes Film Festival has become the latest event to be postponed as the ongoing coronavirus crisis continues.

It is usually held in May, but they are hoping to put in on in July.

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(Prince) Harry's beloved Invictus Games have been called off for May 2020 in light of the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Boris Johnson says " he hopes to send the coronavirus packing in 12 weeks".

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Friday 5pm update from Boris Johnson.

The UK's bars, restaurants, gyms, theatres and cinemas will all be ORDERED to close down tonight following a surge of coronavirus cases across Britain.

Many Brits had ignored official government advice to avoid socialising and stay at home leading Prime Minister Boris Johnson to order the restrictions.

"We need to push down further on this curve," Prime Minister Boris Johnson told a press conference on Friday afternoon.









Thursday 19 March 2020.

This coronavirus is a nightmare situation for bands who were unluckily on tour when things went crazy.

I saw Aussie band THE CAT EMPIRE at Shepherds Bush Empire a week before their shows were cancelled.

The Cat Empire were recently forced to cancel their sold-out European tour. Their spots on the Bluesfest and Groovin’ The Moo festival lineups were also axed after both festivals announced their cancellations. This amassed a total of 17 shows cancelled in just two days for the Melbourne rock band, who will incur over $750,000 in lost income.

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The coronavirus death toll in the UK has risen to 144.

The people who died were between 47 and 96-years-old, and all of the fatalities had underlying health problems.

Over 3400 have died in Italy , which is now more than China.









Wednesday 18 March 2020.

The CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW has been cancelled due to the coronavirus.

This is the first time the RHS Chelsea Flower Show has been cancelled since the Second World War.

June's GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL has been cancelled due to coronavirus.

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As expected THE ROLLING STONES have had to cancel their North American Tour.

The Rolling Stones has cancelled their 'No Filter' summer tour due to the global coronavirus pandemic. The group, made up of - Mick Jagger, 76, Keith Richards, 76, Charlie Watts, 78, and Ronnie Wood, 72, were due to kick off their North America tour in San Diego on 8 May and finish in Atlanta on 9 July.

The Stones and other rock legends all fall into the highest age risk group of over 70s who have been asked to stay indoors.

Will the coronavirus also postpone the European Tours by KISS and Aerosmith ?

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Selfridges is to close up shop tonight for an indefinite period, joining the likes of Apple and Nike stores.

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Now that most of us have extra down time indoors...

A good time to catch up on playing music, watching DVDs/YouTube and reading autobiographies.

Bruce Springsteen has put his 2009 Hyde Park show up on YouTube (I was at that show)

Practice social distancing & stream ‘London Calling: Live In Hyde Park’ from the comfort of your own home, now on YouTube & Apple Music in its entirety for the 1st time! Bruce & The E Street Band’s 2009 concert is worth a watch.

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The Eurovision Song Contest has been cancelled due to coronavirus.

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18 March 1977---It was 43 years ago today that i went to T.Rex last ever London show as

six months later Marc Bolan was killed in a car crash.

T.Rex + The Damned @ The Rainbow Theatre, London - a mega gig of glam rock & punk rock.









Tuesday 17 March 2020.

After Mondays Government announcement it looks like most gigs in March will get postponed / cancelled.

Venues including Hammersmith Apollo , The Royal Albert Hall, The Royal Festival Hall and The Palladium

have suspended all shows until early April....and that could easily be extended.

55 have died to date in the UK due to coronavirus.

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Football has taken another major hit...

Euro 2020 has been postponed by a year to the summer of 2021 after coronavirus has brought the football world to a standstill. The tournament had been due to be played between June 12 and July 12 this summer, in 12 cities across Europe with Wembley Stadium hosting the semi-finals and final.







Monday 16 March 2020.

Very sad news that tv personality and comedian ROY HUDD has died aged 83.

Another one of those great entertainers i remember from my childhood.

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Today, Boris Johnson has said...

"we should avoid mass gatherings including concerts, theatres, restaurants, bars, travel, cinemas etc".

However, he has NOT actually banned concerts, so some gigs should still go ahead.

He added: “The Government has the power to force closures”. However, he said he does not think it will be necessary to use those powers.

London has got more confirmed cases of coronavirus than any other part of the country,

Any event you are going to, you must check with the venue website , the artist website or call the venue etc.

I went to a few shows the past week but some acts who played have come in for criticism.

Lewis Capaldi and Stereophonics have responded to criticism that their arena shows went ahead over the weekend despite health scares around the spread of coronavirus.

While the spread of coronavirus has led to the cancellation of many gigs and festivals scheduled in the coming weeks, Lewis Capaldi played an arena gig to 11,000 people in Aberdeen, while Stereophonics went ahead with the final three shows of their Kind tour in Cardiff.

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Some good news...

BILLY DUFFY from The Cult has got engaged.

The stunning Real Housewives Of Cheshire star Leilani Dowding is engaged to her lover of three years Billy Duffy.

The former Miss Great Britain and Page 3 girl, 40, took to Instagram on Monday to share the news, uploading a snap of her holding hands with The Cult rocker Billy, 58, showing off her engagement ring.

She drew an arrow on her hand and labelled it 'I said yes' - with the arrow pointing at the ring.









Sunday 15 March 2020.

Happy Birthday to DEE SNIDER (Twisted Sister) who is 65 today.

Happy Birthday to HOWARD DEVOTO (Buzzcocks/Magazine) who is 68 today.









Saturday 14 March 2020.

JiM DAVIDSON live at The Beck Theatre, Hayes, Middlesex.

Five times married Jim Davidson plays the second of two nights at this cosy 600 capacity theatre.

The masterful, outrageous and hysterically funny comedy legend ‘General’ Jim Davidson OBE embarks on his comedy campaign around the UK in 2020, following the acclaimed sell-out The People Fight Back Tour.

Who will he upset this time? Which battles will he win, which will he lose? One thing’s for certain, Jim never retreats!

Jim Davidson , now aged 67 was one of the UK's most popular comedians in the 1970's,1980's and 1990's.

Davidson has attracted controversy for his frequent jokes about women, ethnic minorities, homosexuals and disabled people, although he denies accusations that he is prejudiced against these groups.

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Around 500 folks here out of the 600 capacity.

Jim Davidson arrives on stage looking very casually dressed.

Jim performed for 1 hour 50 mins over two sets of 55 mins.

He has the barest stage ever, just him and a microphone.

No backdrop or anything or like he says , "he can get a quick getaway in his car after the show".

Needless to say it is mainly an older white crowd here , with plenty of women too.

A good dose of comedy is what we need to blank the coronavirus blues out for a couple of hours.

Needless to say there was lots of swearing and crude jokes about everything and everyone.

He starts off by saying "he has parked his car around the corner, in Baghdad High Street".

But then mentions how it is all the gap toothed white trash folks swilling strong lager in the streets.

His likes include Piers Morgan interviewing snowflakes, Charlton F.C.

His dislikes include Labour politicians , Guardian readers, Scousers,

Political Correctness Gone Mad is a fave topic that he returns to a lot.

He even starts asking the crowd very personal questions about their bedroom antics

including "do any of you girls take it up Trap 2?".

Also Women and their HRT , and even his own lack of sex drive as he gets older.

Foreign Aid

He mentioned his huge support for the troops and his many visits to The Falkland Islands since the 1980's.

He has performed at many fundraising events for them and also mentioned the crazy humour soldiers have.

"Our troops have fought a succession of battles over the last 50 years. Some veterans are still fighting those battles. We hope to get them feeling better, and ready to continue with their lives."

Care after Combat CEO, Jim Davidson OBE

It was a very enjoyable evening, with many laugh out loud moments.

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Happy Birthday to acting legend MICHAEL CAINE who is 87 today.







Friday 13 March 2020.

ELVIS COSTELLO & THE IMPOSTER'S live at Hammersmith Apollo, London.

The show sold out in Feb...as part of his UK tour...

I have seen Elvis Costello over 20 times since 1978.

His band feature some musicians who have played with him off & on for over 40 years.

This superlative ensemble - Steve Nieve on keyboards, Pete Thomas on

drums, and bassist and vocalist, Davey Faragher - are once again

augmented by singers Kitten Kuroi and Briana Lee, all of whom were

heard on the acclaimed Elvis Costello 2018 Concord Records release, "Look Now".

Liverpudlian Ian Prowse is the support for the entire tour.

The John Peel-endorsed cult singer, also fronted Pele and Amsterdam.

Prowse’s most recent album" Here I Lie" was released in 2019, was critically acclaimed and included the singles ‘The Ballad Of North Street‘ and ‘Something’s Changed.’

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The venue is stalls seated tonight, and it is totally sold out.

IAN PROWSE arrived on stage at 7.25pm and played for 40 mins.

His band included electric fiddle and flute and his songs ticked along nicely.

He finished with his greatest song ‘Does This Train Stop On Merseyside?.’ He dedicates this to those who refuse to buy The Sun newspaper, like a true Liverpudlian.

I saw actor & tv presenter ROSS KEMP here during the interval.

ELVIS COSTELLO & THE IMPOSTER'S arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played for two hours.

A mainly older crowd here who have grown up with the 65 year old Elvis Costello.

This was his first UK tour since his recovery from cancer, and there was plenty of love in the house for him.

A nice stage production with great lighting and three big screens showing pre-recorded images.

Elvis is a top notch singer-songwriter who has worked with Paul McCartney and Burt Bacharach.

Costello's lyrics employ a wide vocabulary and frequent wordplay. His music has drawn on many diverse genres; one critic described him as a "pop encyclopaedia", able to "reinvent the past in his own image".

Lots of entertaining stage banter between songs from Elvis.

Lots of his classic tunes played including a mega extended version of "Watching the Detectives".

For the encore Elvis was sporting a sparkly gold jacket.

A great show.

Full Elvis Costello setlist played tonight...

Strict Time (Elvis Costello & The Attractions cover)

Clubland (Elvis Costello & The Attractions cover)

Green Shirt (Elvis Costello & The Attractions cover)

Accidents Will Happen (Elvis Costello & The Attractions cover)

Watch Your Step (Elvis Costello & The Attractions cover)

(I Don't Want to Go to) Chelsea (Elvis Costello & The Attractions cover)

Photographs Can Lie

Less Than Zero (Elvis Costello song)

Flutter & Wow

Watching the Detectives (Elvis Costello song)

A Good Year for the Roses (George Jones cover)

A Face in the Crowd (Elvis Costello song)

Blood & Hot Sauce (Elvis Costello song)

Burnt Sugar Is So Bitter (Elvis Costello & Steve Nieve cover)

High Fidelity (Elvis Costello & The Attractions cover)

From a Whisper to a Scream (Elvis Costello & The Attractions cover)

Alison (Elvis Costello song)

Every Day I Write the Book

Pump It Up (Elvis Costello song)

Encore:

Hurry Down Doomsday (The Bugs Are Taking Over) (Elvis Costello song)

Oliver's Army (Elvis Costello & The Attractions cover)

(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding (Elvis Costello & The Attractions cover)

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Happy Birthday to NEIL SEDAKA who is 81 today.

Happy Birthday to U2 bass player ADAM CLAYTON who is 60 today.







Thursday 12 March 2020.

THE CAT EMPIRE play the first of two shows at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

The Cat Empire are an Australian band who are popular back home and have released several albums.

"Stolen Diamonds" their latest album, was released globally on February 15, 2019.

On their last UK tour they sold out two shows at The Roundhouse.

The Cat Empire's sound is a fusion of rock, jazz, ska, funk, indie with heavy Latin influences.

A few of their videos have had over a million views on YouTube.

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Level 3 is pretty empty , but there must be at least 1500 folks here.

Pretty good for a band you never hear on the radio or see on tv.

Lots of Aussies who live in London are out in force to support one of their own.

LUCY LU arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 40 mins.

Lucy Lu - aka Luke Bower - and his brass (trombone and trumpet) led band played some jazz-flecked tracks.

THE CAT EMPIRE arrived on stage at 9.10pm and played for 1 hour 40 mins.

You have to admire any band that makes their own sound regardless of current music fads.

The Cat Empire have no guitarist and feature percussion, brass, keyboards and even a turntable scratcher.

Big cheers each time their main singer gets stuck into the three bongos , front of stage.

Many of the songs have a ska tinged dance feel to them which has the crowd jumping around a lot

and nobody seems to be worried by coronavirus as they all bounce around closely together down the front.

It was great watching the crowd enjoy themselves so much as they sang along loudly to many songs.

A couple of Australians i spoke to couldn't believe how their band from Australia was so popular in London.

A good show.

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THE WHO have postponed their UK tour due to the coronavirus.

Live Nation promote The Who and are the biggest concert promoter worldwide.

Billboard reports shares of Live Nation fell 16.6 percent on Wednesday, representing a single-day loss of more than $1.8 billion in stock market valuation.

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Happy Birthday to PETER DOHERTY who is 41 today.

Happy Birthday to Iron Maiden's STEVE HARRIS who is 64 today.







Wednesday 11 March 2020.

BRYAN FERRY live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Bryan Ferry plays the first of two shows at The Royal Albert Hall.

I have seen Bryan Ferry solo and Roxy Music several times each over the past 45 years.

Expect a show featuring the best of his solo material, Roxy Music classics and a couple of Dylan covers.

Bryan Ferry is now aged 74, and he has toured the UK every year for the last eight years.

I saw him play a great show at this venue in June 2019.

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BRYAN FERRY & band arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played for 1 hour 40 mins.

A large band as 11 musicians backing him including Chris Spedding and three female backing vocals.

The spotlight keeps landing on the saxophonist Jorja Chalmers, who gets big applause from the fans.

Bryan Ferry is now aged 74 and suited, but looks totally cool ,suave, relaxed & incredible for his age.

Bryan also played some nice harmonica on a few songs.

Guitar legend Chris Spedding is now aged 75, and he played some nifty guitar solos.

Amazingly when i first saw Bryan Ferry solo in 1977 at this same venue, Chris Spedding was on guitar.

A nice stage production with a raised platform at the back displaying neon striped lighting.

Some lesser known tracks played in the first half, then loads of classics in the second half.

23 songs played would normally be a near two hour set but as usual Bryan does not say much between

songs apart from the odd mention when a musician does a solo.

Plenty of superb Roxy Music gems played includes the always mega "Virginia Plain".

Sadly he has dropped two of my fave tracks "Oh Yeah" and "Do The Strand", but it was a great show.

Full Bryan Ferry setlist played tonight...

The Thrill of It All (Roxy Music song)

You Can Dance

Pyjamarama (Roxy Music song)

Out of the Blue (Roxy Music song)

The Bogus Man (Roxy Music song)

Casanova (Roxy Music song)

Limbo

Just Like You (Roxy Music song)

Same Old Scene (Roxy Music song)

Hiroshima

Your Painted Smile

Like a Hurricane (Neil Young cover)

Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (Bob Dylan cover)

Make You Feel My Love (Bob Dylan cover)

Dance Away (Roxy Music song)

Avalon (Roxy Music song)

Love Is the Drug (Roxy Music song) (the crowd rush to the front from this song)

Street Life (Roxy Music song)

A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall (Bob Dylan cover)

Virginia Plain (Roxy Music song)

Encore:

The 'In' Crowd (Dobie Gray cover)

Let's Stick Together (Wilbert Harrison cover)

Editions of You (Roxy Music song)











Tuesday 10 March 2020...7pm to 9.45pm...

ANDY WARHOL - private view - Tate Modern Gallery , London SE1.

This major retrospective is the first Warhol exhibition at Tate Modern for almost 20 years. As well as his iconic pop images of Marilyn Monroe, Coca-Cola and Campbell’s soup cans, it includes works never seen before in the UK. Twenty-five works from his Ladies and Gentlemen series – portraits of black and Latinx drag queens and trans women – are shown for the first time in 30 years. Visitors can also play with his floating Silver Clouds and experience the psychedelic multimedia environment of the Exploding Plastic Inevitable.

Popularly radical and radically popular, Warhol was an artist who reimagined what art could be in an age of immense social, political and technological change.​

First time i have seen the stunning Kara Walker 13-metre-tall fountain, a play on the Queen Victoria Memorial outside Buckingham Palace, in The Turbine Hall here.

We spend around 30 mins walking around the exhibition itself.

It is a big exhibition as it has around a dozen different rooms.

First room features his five hour video of his then lover John Giorno sleeping titled "Sleep".

There is a classic portrait of Blondie singer Debbie Harry.

The Blondie singer remembers Warhol telling her that "if he could have anyone else’s face, it would be mine."

A couple of pictures of Andy Warhol with Lou Reed.

Some very interesting items including three of his wigs/toupees, along with instructions on how to care for them.

You forget that he was shot and nearly died in 1968 by feminist Valerie Solanas.

Around 500 guests are here in this massive gallery space.

A few well known faces here including Daniel Lismore and Pandemonia in their usual amazing attire.

Also Pam Hogg, Andrew Logan and Dougie Fields.

Lots of folks dancing by the dj from 9pm as he spun Bowie, Madonna , Disco etc.

Complimentary vodka cocktails, wines, beers and nibbles ( cheese sticks & peanuts) for all guests.

www.tate.org.uk

It is on until 06 Sept so visit their website here for more info and to buy the £22 tickets.









Monday 09 March 2020.

OH WONDER live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

This show sold out in Feb.

"No One Else Can Wear Your Crown" is the third studio album by London-based alt-pop duo Oh Wonder, released through Island Records on 7 February 2020.It was preceded by the release of the singles "Hallelujah", "Better Now", "I Wish I Never Met You" and "Happy".The duo will embark on a world tour in support of the album in March and April 2020.

On 14 Feb 2020 the album went straight in at number 8 in the UK chart.

Their second album "Ultralife" from 2017 also got to number 8 in the UK chart.

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The venue is rammed solid sold out tonight.

The venue has put in hand sanitisers to help keep the coronavirus at bay.

DIZZY arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 30 mins.

Canadian indie-pop band are promoting their debut album "Baby Teeth".

They played some dreamy chilled out indie-pop tracks , that featured female vocals.

Last year they won Alternative Album of the Year for "Baby Teeth" at the Junos (think Canadian Grammys).

OH WONDER arrived on stage at 9.05pm and played for 85 mins.

The stage is reset during the interval, and suddenly you can see why Oh Wonder need that Fly By Night truck that is parked near the venue.A custom-made lighting rig, dominated by a giant O and W constructed from neon tubes, is flanked by barrages of halogens, spots and strobes. A pair of keyboards stand front of stage. Behind, on a slightly raised platform is a drum kit and another keyboard.

Their female vocalist interacted well with the fans throughout the show.

She said "it is so amazing for me to be playing this incredible venue for the first time as I went to many gigs

here over the years including Adele and Jessie J".

A decent enough set of catchy indie-pop.

Full Oh Wonder setlist played tonight...

Better Now

Drive

I Wish I Never Met You

Lifetimes

Happy

Heavy

How It Goes

Body Gold / White Blood / Plans

In and Out of Love

Overgrown

Livewire

Technicolour Beat

Ultralife

Dust

Landslide

Lose It

Encore:

All We Do

Without You

Hallelujah (ticker-tape cannons used for this song)

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Sad news that Legendary American record produce KEITH OLSEN has passed away.

Keith Olsen (died March 2020) was an American record producer and sound engineer, who worked with Rick Springfield, Fleetwood Mac, Ozzy Osbourne, the Grateful Dead, Whitesnake, Pat Benatar, Heart, Santana, Saga, Foreigner, Magnum, Scorpions, Journey, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Joe Walsh, as well as Eric Burdon & the Animals, among others.

Olsen was the producer on over 100 complete albums. His production work has earned him more than 39 Gold, 24 Platinum, and 14 Multi-Platinum album certifications.

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THE SEX PISTOLS --- it was 43 years ago today --- 10 March 1977.

The Sex Pistols re-sign the contract with A&M in front of Buckingham Palace for the press and British television. This can be seen in "The Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle". They lasted around week with A&M...then they eventually signed to Virgin.







Saturday 07 March 2020.

GLEN MATLOCK BAND feat Earl Slick live at The 100 Club, London.

Sex Pistols legend GLEN MATLOCK is playing a UK tour.

Glen's band feature Earl Slick (guitar legend ,who has played with David Bowie and John Lennon),

Chris Musto (drums ,who has played with Johnny Thunders) ) and

Jim Lowe (bass, who has produced a few Stereophonics albums).

I saw them play a great gig in Leytonstone a week ago.

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It may be cold outside but in this iconic venue it is hot n sweaty inside due to the full house.

As it is a Sex Pistols related event , it was great to see so many friends here.

Musicians in the crowd included John Perry (Only Ones), Spizz , Marco Pirroni and Neal X.

GOLDBORNS arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played for 30 mins.

West London boys play a good set of their ska & reggae tinged indie tunes.

They play in front of a "For Grenfell" poster.

Their EP was co-produced by Mick Jones of The Clash who was on the guest list tonight but did not show.

GLEN MATLOCK BAND arrived on stage at 9.20pm and played for 95 mins.

Last week i was front left of stage near Jim Lowe but tonight i am front right of stage,

just a few feet from guitar legend Earl Slick.

Earl looks proper rock star with a Ronnie Wood/ Jeff Beck look and his guitar playing is just sublimely superb.

Glen works the crowd well and introduces "On Something" with a mention of QPRs 3-1 away win today.

The setlist features great tracks from Glens last album "Good to Go".

We get one extra track compared to last weeks show.

Another excellent show from Glen's rockin' band.

Full Glen Matlock setlist played tonight...

Won't Put The Brakes on Me

Wanderlust

Consequences Coming

Sexy Beast

Hook In You

Montague Terrace (in Blue) (Scott Walker cover)

Magic Carpet Ride

Couldn't Give A Damn

Hot Water

On Something (Glen Matlock & the Philistines song)

Can't Be Myself

Blank Generation (Richard Hell & The Voidoids cover)

Born Running (Glen Matlock & the Philistines song)

Who's Side Are You On ?

Keep On Pushing

Encore:

Electricity (extra song in the setlist that was not played last week at Leytonstone)

Pretty Vacant (Sex Pistols song) (with Neal X on guitar)

All or Nothing (Small Faces cover) (with Neal X on guitar)

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GLEN MATLOCK narrates the history of punk rock over two lots of 60 mins.

It is up on YouTube....it is well worth a listen...

Lots of classic tracks and quotes from all the best acts including The Clash, Damned and Buzzcocks.

Search for - Glen Matlock - Anarchy in the UK - BBC 6 Music Episode 1 and Episode 2.

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The ALANIS MORISSETTE acoustic show i went to on Wednesday got many great reviews in the press.

Check out this mega acoustic version on YouTube

Alanis Morissette “You Oughta Know” on the Howard Stern Show









Friday 06 March 2020.

HOOSIERS live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Hoosiers have had 4 x Top 40 hits in the UK and are promoting their "Greatest Hits" album.

Their 2007 album "THE TRICK TO LIFE" went to number one in the UK.

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Levels 2 and 3 are closed but stalls and Level 1 are full so over 1000 folks are here.

OLD DIRTY BRASSTARDS arrived on stage at 8.30pm for their 35 mins set.

They have ten musicians on stage including EIGHT playing brass instruments.

You can see why they played Glastonbury Festival last year.

They played a lively set of brass based instrumental covers that went down well with the crowd including

Last Nite (The Strokes)

Mr.Brightside (The Killers)

Everywhere (Fleetwood Mac)

HOOSIERS arrived on stage at 9.30pm for their 90 mins set.

The band have a two man brass section joining them for several songs.

The band had a bit of success in the 2000s but they kind of bypassed me to be honest.

The answer to the question, 'name a Hoosier song', is something most people would struggle with and

where a couple of responses would still be 'Goodbye Mr A' or 'Cops and Robbers', but ultimately

they had quite a lot of pretty average songs.

The first and last songs of the night featured ticker-tape cannons over the front stalls.

A quirky Billy Joel cover during the encore was good.

Full Hoosiers setlist played tonight...

The Trick to Life

Worried About Ray

Somewhere in the Distance (With Teardrops snippet)

A Sadness Runs Through Him

Choices

Make or Break

Worst Case Scenario

Who Said Anything (About Falling in Love)?

Cops and Robbers

Clinging on for Life

??

So High

Everything Goes Dark

Up to No Good

Unlikely Hero

Encore:

Money to be Made

We Didn't Start the Fire (Billy Joel cover)

Goodbye Mr A









Thursday 05 March 2020.

THE GLOBAL AWARDS 2020 live at Hammersmith Apollo, London.

On one huge night, The Global Awards will bring together all Global’s radio stations – including Capital, Capital XTRA, Heart, Classic FM, Smooth, Radio X, Gold and LBC – to celebrate the biggest and best loved stars of music, news and entertainment.

Global superstar Camila Cabello, legendary band Stereophonics, Ellie Goulding, Tones and I, rising star Aitch and classical music singer and tenor Aled Jones and Russell Watson are among the acts confirmed to perform at The Global Awards 2020 with Very.co.uk.

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This was a big event, pretty much like a smaller version of The BRIT Awards...with a full Red Carpet.

From 5pm to 7pm was the drinks reception and dinner for 500 VIP guests/artists in the floor stalls area.

For those that don't know, this venue can now put in a levelled floor for dinner tables.

I was at the event from 7pm to 11pm...the show itself was on 7.35pm to 10.15pm...

The paying public are upstairs only and 100 music school students are put in the pit area at the front.

Five acts performed two songs each and Stereophonics performed five songs at the end.

The stage production is superb , with five big screens and lavish sets and loads of lights.

Many of the presenters were the celebrity djs they use on their shows including

Amanda Holden, Jamie Theakston, Myleene Klass, Mark Wright, Kate Garraway, Laura Whitmore and others.

Nicely paced where you had a live act then two or three awards were presented.

CAMILA CABELLO is a Cuban-American singer who looks stunning.

Her two songs with dancers included her massive hit "Señorita".

ALED JONES & RUSSELL WATSON performed two classical songs with an orchestra.

ELLIE GOULDING performed two songs with dancers including her hit "Love Me Like You Do".

TONES & I performed two tracks including her massive worldwide hit "Dance Monkey"

"Dance Monkey" topped the official singles charts in over 30 countries including the UK.

AITCH is a 20 year old white rapper from Manchester who is certainly a rising star.

He performed two tracks...and dedicated one to hip-hop dj legend Tim Westwood who was in the crowd.

STEREOPHONICS performed a really good five song set and were the highlight for me.

C'est la vie

Bust This Town

Have a Nice Day

Maybe Tomorrow

Dakota

An enjoyable evening overall.

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Full winners list tonight...

STORMZY WINS HIP HOP OR R&B AWARD ( sent a video message)

AITCH WINS RISING STAR AWARD

LEWIS CAPALDI WINS BOTH MASS APPEAL AND MOST PLAYED SONG 2019 (sent a video message)

HARRY STYLES’ ‘LIGHTS UP’ IS VOTED BEST SONG OF 2019 WITH METRO (sent a video message)

STEREOPHONICS VOTED BEST INDIE AND HONOURED WITH GLOBAL SPECIAL AWARD

TONES AND I TAKES HOME BEST POP

PC STUART OUTTEN HONOURED WITH THE LBC AWARD

CHRIS & ROSIE RAMSEY’S SH**GED, MARRIED, ANNOYED VOTED BEST PODCAST

SHEKU KANNEH-MASON VOTED BEST CLASSICAL ARTIST

REGENERATE CHARITY CO-FOUNDER ANDY SMITH WINS THE VERY AWARD

DUA LIPA WINS BEST BRITISH ACT

JONAS BROTHERS ARE CROWNED BEST GROUP (sent a video message)

CAMILA CABELLO IS CROWNED BEST FEMALE

ED SHEERAN IS NAMED BEST MALE (sent a video message)

STEREOPHONICS VOTED BEST INDIE AND HONOURED WITH GLOBAL SPECIAL AWARD







Wednesday 04 March 2020.

ALANIS MORISSETTE live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

This show sold out pronto despite the high ticket prices.

Alanis plays one of three acoustic shows in Europe (also Amsterdam and Munich) to celebrate the

25th anniversary of her mega selling album "Jagged Little Pill".

Alanis returns later in the year with her band to play European arenas.

Tour poster says the album has sold 60 million copies, even though other places saying 33 million copies.

"Jagged Little Pill" topped the charts in thirteen countries; it is one of the best-selling albums of all time and made Morissette the first Canadian to achieve double diamond sales.Jagged Little Pill was nominated for nine Grammy Awards, winning five, including Album of the Year.

The track "You Oughta Know" is my fave classic from that album.

The album was something the public hadn't really heard before: a woman displaying raw anger and a frank portrayal of female sexuality.

Jagged's first single, the fantastically acidic tale of a scorned woman, You Oughta Know, entered the Official Singles Chart at 76 before slowly rising to Number 22.

I have seen Alanis play live several times including her debut London show at Subterania in 1995 where

Taylor Hawkins was her drummer then and shortly after he joined The Foo Fighters.

Taylor Hawkins is also playing on the official video for "You Oughta Know".

The six singles from the album were....

"You Oughta Know" - Released: July 6, 1995

"Hand in My Pocket" - Released: October 31, 1995

"Ironic" - Released: February 27, 1996

"You Learn" - Released: July 9, 1996

"Head over Feet" - Released: September 16, 1996

"All I Really Want" - Released: December 1, 1996

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It is a reduced capacity tonight as it is stalls seated due to the intimate acoustic nature.

The first five stalls rows have coughed up a whopping £250 to be there and get a goodie bag of swag.

Level 1 seats are £100 each.

ALANIS MORISSETTE arrived on stage at 8.25pm and played for 95 mins.

I have got a great view in Level 1 , near to well known tv showbiz reporter Dan Wootton.

Alanis is wearing a checked grey suit and is flanked by two acoustic guitarists.

All three sit on stools throughout the entire show.

Her voice still sounds fantastic and you can hear every word.

The last time i saw her live in 2018, she had shortish hair but it is back to being long again.

It is pretty much a superb Greatest Hits set, including all the classics from "Jagged Little Pill".

Alanis sounded absolutely incredible, never missing a beat and letting her humour shine through between songs.

The females in the crowd are singing along loudly to most of the songs.

Before the last two songs were played , Alanis said "normally this would be the encore but I can't

be bothered to walk off the stage and come back again in these high heels".

At the end of the show , one of the roadies threw out loads of guitar plectrums and amazingly

he got a couple up to Level 1 and luckily i got one of them, which had a nice Alanis design on them.

An excellent show.

Full Alanis Morissette setlist played tonight....

Your House

Right Through You

You Learn

All I Really Want

Hands Clean (extra track played in London that was not played in Munich/Amsterdam)

Not the Doctor

Reasons I Drink

Mary Jane

Forgiven

Perfect

Head Over Feet

Smiling

Hand in My Pocket

Ironic

You Oughta Know

Wake Up

Uninvited

Thank U







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News and Reviews: 4th March 2020

Tuesday 03 March 2020...7.10pm to 11.10pm...

THE AUCTION at Christies, King Street, St James's, London SW1.

Around 500 guests at this event that i have been too several times before - it is always a great event.

Most of the guests have paid £150 to attend.

As usual around 75% of those here are gay men.

A few celebrity faces including Tracey Emin, Wayne Sleep, Lorraine Chase.

From 8.10pm to 9.10pm we are all seated for the auction lots.

One lot included dinner with Tracey Emin and Beverley Knight, that went for £4,000.

Nice works of art here.

After the auction we had a live band playing some dance covers that got some folks dancing.

Complimentary Nicolas Courtin champers, vodka cocktails, gin cocktails and wines all through the evening.

Lots of very nice canapés during the evening and pastries for the final hour.

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The Auction is hosted by The Terrence Higgins Trust.

Last year the online and live auctions combined raised over £210,000. Over its history the event has raised over £4.7 million to make a difference to the lives of people living with and affected by HIV.

www.tht.org.uk

Visit their website here for more info on the good work they do.









Tuesday 03 March 2020.

THE FIRST MAJOR CANCELLATION in the UK due to Coronavirus.

It looks only a matter of time before some concerts and football in the UK are cancelled i reckon.

London Book Fair cancelled. Reed Exhibitions has announced that The London Book Fair 2020, scheduled to take place at Olympia, London, from 10 to 12 March will be cancelled following the escalation of COVID-19 Coronavirus in Europe.









Monday 02 March 2020.

LENNON STELLA live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Lennon Stella plays the first of two sold out shows at this venue.

20 year old female singer who is best known for the musical drama tv series Nashville (2012–18).

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A mainly 75% female crowd here tonight.

JP SAXE arrived on stage at 8pm for his 30 mins set.

Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter JP Saxe is a soulful performer who makes yearning, R&B-influenced pop. A native of Toronto, Canada.He performed a good set that featured a great track called " 3 Minutes".

LENNON STELLA arrived on stage at 9pm for her 70 mins set.

She played with a band at the start and the end parts of the set and in the middle she was solo

with her piano or guitar.

A big screen showed pre-recorded images for some songs.

Lennon has pretty much changed her style from country music to catchy R & B - influenced pop songs.

Lennon played a couple of good covers and had some nice songs including "Kissing Other People".

Sony Music were here filming the show for future use on tv and DVD.

An enjoyable show.

Full Lennon Stella setlist played tonight...

Black Light

Bad

Feelings

Pretty Boy

Breakaway

Umbrella (Rihanna cover)

Die Average

Paperweight

Takeaway

Girls Just Want to Have Fun (Cyndi Lauper cover)

Like Everybody Else

Kissing Other People

Fear of Being Alone

Golf on TV (performed with JP Saxe)

Fortress

Huey Lewis

BITCH (takes one to know one)

La Di Da

Goodnight









Monday 02 March 2020.

02 March 2010---It was 10 years ago i attended this mega gig.

KISS played a club show (in full make-up ) for 800 at The Islington Academy.

Full setlist played...

Modern Day Delilah

Cold Gin

Let Me Go, Rock 'N' Roll

Say Yeah

Calling Dr. Love

Got to Choose

I Love It Loud

100,000 Years

Love Gun

Black Diamond

Rock and Roll All Nite

Encore:

Detroit Rock City

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Happy Birthday to JON BON JOVI who is 58 today.











Sunday 01 March 2020.

The Carabao Cup final marks the first major domestic silverware opportunity of the season

in English football and the final took place at Wembley Stadium.

The kick-off time was 4.30pm.

Aston Villa 1 Man City 2

Man City win this cup for the fourth time in five years which is pretty amazing.

A massive crowd of over 82,000 here for this very enjoyable game.

There are three types of freebie Man City flags in their seats at their end of the stadium.

We are up in Level 5 with the Man City fans who were singing this fan song non-stop...

We're going up,

We're going down,

We're going up,

We're going down,

City's going down with a billion in the bank,

A billion in the bank, a billion in the bank,

City's going down with a billion in the bank,

A billion in the bank, a billion in the bank...

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Happy Birthday to rock legend ROGER DALTREY who is 76 today.







Saturday 29 February 2020.

CAVETOWN live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Robin Daniel Skinner [age 22 ) known professionally as Cavetown, is an English singer-songwriter and YouTuber based in Cambridge. His style blends elements of indie rock, indie pop and bedroom pop with mellow, gentle ukulele ballads.

He has had multi-million views on all streaming channels.

Skinner released his third studio album, Lemon Boy, in July 2018.

His first album on a major label is released on Sire Records in March 2020.

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Tonight has been sold out my ages.

My chums on security said there were over 200 here in the afternoon queuing despite the freezing weather.

A young crowd that was pretty much 75% females aged 14 to 24.

The merch queues were huge throughout the evening and after the show.

FOR ALL THEEE ACTS we have an incredible female sign-language interpreter, to the left of stage.

CHLOE MORIONDO arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played for 30 mins.

Chloe is a 17 year old from North America who has been produced by tonight's headliner.

She had a bit of a Billie Eilish vibe about her, and the crowd knew her material.

HUNNY arrived on stage at 8.15pm and played for 30 mins.

Los Angeles based Alt-indie rock band HUNNY signed to Epitaph Records in 2018.

Some good catchy tunes played that reminded me of 1990s Brit-Pop.

CAVETOWN arrived on stage at 9.15pm and played for 85 mins.

My first thoughts were , he sounds like Ed Sheeran and looks like Harry Potter.

He has an armchair and a table and lamp, and halfway through sings a couple of tunes in the chair.

The crowd singalong to pretty much every song even though he has had no hit singles but has

got that huge presence on the internet.

He played a nice Randy Newman cover of " You've Got a Friend in Me" for all the mums and dads

who have been dragged out by their kids tonight.

A pleasant enough show.









Friday 28 February 2020.

GLEN MATLOCK BAND + THE GOLDBORNS live at The Red Lion Ballroom, Leytonstone, London E11.

Sex Pistols legend Glen Matlock is playing a UK tour.

This recently refurbished venue has a 250 capacity and is a new addition to the areas live music scene.

Glen's band feature Earl Slick (guitar legend ,who has played with David Bowie and John Lennon),

Chris Musto (drums ,who has played with Johnny Thunders) ) and

Jim Lowe (bass, who has produced a few Stereophonics albums).

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Sometimes for the sake of seeing some quality rock n roll you have to make the odd trek.

23 stops on the Central Line for me tonight , from Ealing Broadway to Leytonstone.

This pub is massive , with the pub itself on the ground floor and the ballroom on the second floor.

It looks great with drapes everywhere and sofas around the sides.

I caught 20 mins of THE GOLDBORNS support act set.

Their debut EP was produced by Mick Jones of The Clash.

GLEN MATLOCK BAND arrived on stage at 9.25pm and played for 95 mins.

The band sound nice and loud and are firing on all cylinders from the start.

Earl Slick stills looks full monty rock star cool under a sweep of jet-black spiky hair and sunglasses.

The crowd are close to the stage to see a rare sight of these rock legends in this part of East London.

A couple of new songs feature Glens very anti-Brexit thoughts.

Glen works the crowd well with his onstage banter.

Glens solo material has been constantly really good throughout the years and the encore

featured two classics that had the fans singing loudly along and sent them home very happy.

A great show.

Glen Matlock setlist played tonight...

Won't Put The Brakes on Me

Wanderlust

Consequences Coming

Sexy Beast (with a guest on stage playing some nifty mouth organ)

Hook In You

Montague Terrace (in Blue) (Scott Walker cover)

Magic Carpet Ride

Couldn't Give A Damn

Hot Water

Blank Generation (Richard Hell & The Voidoids cover)

On Something (Glen Matlock & the Philistines song)

Can't Be Myself

Born Running (Glen Matlock & the Philistines song)

Who's Side Are You On ?

Keep On Pushing

Encore:

Pretty Vacant (Sex Pistols song)

All or Nothing (Small Faces cover)

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Glen meets the fans and signs stuff a few minutes after the end of each show.







Thursday 27 February 2020...I went to three events tonight...

6pm to 7pm

PENSEE - new collection launch party - Christian Louboutin, 17 Mount Street, Mayfair, London W1.

Christian Louboutin is a French fashion designer whose high-end stiletto footwear incorporates shiny, red-lacquered soles that have become his signature. Initially a freelance designer for fashion houses, he started his own shoe salon in Paris, with his shoes finding favor with celebrity clientele.

Minimalist and elegant, the Pensée pouch takes inspiration from the world of Pop Art made famous by Andy Warhol and much admired by Mr Christian Louboutin. Its bright colour and playful shape give it a bold style. - two-tone, in black suede and banana yellow - three-petal flower with black edge and centre....it comes with a hefty price tag...

Not surprisingly it is 90 % females here with many wearing those very sexy Louboutin high heels.

Complimentary Ruinart champers and canapes for all guests.

then

7.05pm to 7.55pm

GEORGIE HOPTON / GARY HUME - private view - Lyndsey Ingram, 20 Bourdon Street, Mayfair, London W1.

My first time at this gallery around the rear of Phillips Gallery in Berkeley Square.

A cool arty crowd here and very nice to see JARVIS COCKER who arrived just after us.

Complimentary prosecco and Moscow Mule cocktails for all guests.

www.lindsayingram.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then

8pm to 9.30pm

AMEX - party - Hackett, 193-197 Regent Street, London W1.

Around 100 guests here in this smart store.

Home of the ‘Essential British Kit’ Hackett on Regent Street is the largest in the world. A crisp and sophisticated collection of menswear ensures no modern man will want to leave empty handed. Absorb the essence of British culture with understated tones of refinement in the suave Regent Street store.

Complimentary Louis Roederer champers, whiskey sour cocktails, gin & tonics and canapés for all guests.

www.hackett.com

Visit the Hackett website here for more info.









Wednesday 26 February 2020....I went to three events today...

3.30pm to 6pm

BUSINESS TRAVEL SHOW at Olympia, West Kensington, London.

Very busy here as there must be a few thousand folks here.

The big players are here showcasing including travel companies, hotels, hire car companies,airlines etc.

Live entertainment included a breakdancing & body popping team dance routine next to the Addison Lee

stand every 30 minutes.

Many of the stands have complimentary booze drinks, coffees, canapés and doughnuts.

then

6.05pm to 8pm

TTIHUB - party - The Albion , West Kensington, London.

Just a short walk to this pub near Olympia.

TTIHUB have taken over the pub for the evening.

TTIhubs are about networking; bringing travel and technology people together to chat and drink in a convivial atmosphere.

Held to coincide with Business Travel Show/Travel Technology Europe.

Complimentary drinks including JD n cokes and Guinness along with fresh pizza.

then

8.15pm to 10.30pm

EGENCIA - party - The Prince, 14 Lillie Road, Earls Court, London SW5.

A big crowd of around 300 guests at this massive pub near to West Brompton tube station.

A Rio Carnival themed party to celebrate the opening of Business Travel Show.

There are girls dressed in Rio Carnival type dress and there are drummers playing Latin rythyms.

The Latin dj beats got a dozen folks on the dance floor.

Compimentary drinks here included Espresso Martinis, Pornstar Martinins, Guinness, etc.

All guests got a £10 food voucher to use in one of the four food stations here.

I got a nice cheeseburger with fries mixed with sardines from Patty & Bun.

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Will coronavirus hit the UK badly in the coming weeks?

UK schools could be shut and football matches, music concerts and church services cancelled if the killer coronavirus becomes a pandemic, top doctors warn.

Northern Italy is suffering badly at the moment.







Tuesday 25 February 2020.

Mick Fleetwood special show to celebrate the music of Peter Green and the early years of Fleetwood Mac.

The concert will take place on February 25 at the London Palladium and will see Fleetwood joined onstage by a raft of musicians including former Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, Johnny Lang, Andy Fairweather Low, John Mayall, Zak Starkey, Bill Wyman and his Fleetwood Mac bandmate Christine McVie.

The house band will feature Mick Fleetwood on drums and Andy Fairweather Low on guitar.

On the day before the show Mick Fleetwood said that Noel Gallagher and Neil Finn will perform.

Peter Green co-founded Fleetwood Mac in 1967 and departed the band in 1969.

Needless to say the show sold out very quickly.

The show will be in cinemas on 02 June and 07 June and will be also coming out on DVD box set.

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This show sold out pronto before i could even find out what the ticket prices were.

I found out later that they ranged from £75 up to £250....so not cheap.

They could have sold twice as many tickets if they had booked the show in for Hammersmith Apollo.

I was up the venue from 7pm to 8.30pm and sadly did not get in.

Just three touts here as the others were all at Chelsea v Bayern Munich.

I know all the touts and they said they only got three tickets between them the whole night.

Around 20 or 30 punters looking for tickets so the three tickets were easily sold for over face value.

It was just one of those shows where pretty much nobody turned up with spare tickets.

A friend told me there were lots of half price tickets for the Ginger Baker tribute show last week.

I saw Olivia Harrison, Ian Broudie and Sir Bob Geldof going in to see the show.

Hopefully a few decent clips will turn up on YouTube.







Monday 24 February 2020.

ON YOUR FEET! live at The New Wimbledon Theatre, London SW19.

The musical is touring the UK after it's successful West End run.

ON YOUR FEET! features many of the original West End cast, this ‘exhilarating extravaganza’ (Whatsonstage) is the inspiring true love story of Emilio and Gloria and charts their journey from its origins in Cuba, onto the streets of Miami and finally to international superstardom. Featuring all of their smash hits including ‘Rhythm Is Gonna Get You’, ‘Conga’, ‘Get On Your Feet’, ‘Don’t Want To Lose You Now’ ‘Dr.Beat’ and ‘1-2-3’.

Starring Philippa Stefani (RENT, In the Heights, Grease), as Gloria Estefan, George Ioannides (Annie, Mamma Mia!, An Officer and a Gentleman) as Emilio Estefan, Madalena Alberto (Evita, Cats, Les Misérables) as Gloria Fajardo and Karen Mann (Sister Act, Fiddler on the Roof, Sweeney Todd) as Consuelo.

Gloria Estefan has sold over 120 million records worldwide.

Gloria was massive in North America & South America and even in the UK she had 27 x Top 40 hits.

www.agttickets.com/wimbledon

Click here for more info and to buy tickets.

It is in Wimbledon from Mon 24 Feb to Sat 29 Feb.

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This was the opening press night for the show which is in Wimbledon all this week.

The show is on for around 2 hours 15 mins over two sets of 75 mins and 60 mins.

A nice mix of dialogue and song & dance numbers throughout the show.

The first half included the humble beginnings of Gloria & Emilio and the clashes with their record company.

The second half had proper stage costumes as the band became more successful.

The live band did a great job with their catchy percussive dance hits.

The second half included her serious injury due to a tour bus crash.

In March 1990, Gloria Estefan had a severe accident in her tour bus. She made her comeback in March 1991 with a new world tour and album called " Into the Light".

All the crowd were up and dancing for the medley of hits finale.

A very enjoyable show and remember the ticket prices here are much cheaper than when it was in the

West End , as here the tickets start from a mere £13.









Sunday 23 February 2020.

BABYMETAL + CREEPER live at Hammersmith Apollo, London.

I saw Babymetal headline Wembley Arena in 2016, which has come out as a live DVD.

That show was the first ever headline show at that venue by a Japanese act.

They are promoting their third album "Metal Galaxy" with a world tour.

Babymetal are fronted by three Japanese girls in colourful costumes who are backed by a male metal band.

Lots of quirky dance routines too.

Support comes from Southampton based punk rockers Creeper who are showcasing their second album

"Sex, Death & the Infinite Void".

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It is pretty full tonight , with maybe 4500 out of a 5000 capacity.

CREEPER arrived on stage at 8pm for their 35 mins set.

Their singer is dressed all in black and the other five members are all dressed in white outfits.

A decent set of punky emo tunes played.

The Babymetal combination of J-pop and heavy metal has cast a wide net in terms of a following. Fans entering the venue range from young women and kids emulating the band’s fashion style to 40-year-old metalheads who would fit right in at a Slayer concert.

BABYMETAL arrived on stage at 9.05pm and played for a mere 60 mins.

Each song had an energetic dance routine , which would explain the short set.

A massive screen took up the area at the back and mixed pre-recorded images and live footage.

Lots of lights and flames and visually the show was great to look at.

The band are at the back, playing relentless metal and are all wearing menacing masks.

The crowd are creating very lively moshing circles in the stalls and many are crowd surfing.

Some songs were a bit "Riverdance" in dance moves and "Pinky & Perky" in the vocals.

The band seemed to have outlived their novelty status that they had in the early days.

The only tune of theirs i knew was "Gimme Chocolate!!" which was good.

A very enjoyable show to watch.

Full Babymetal setlist played tonight...

tape intro - FUTURE METAL

DA DA DANCE

Gimme Chocolate!!

Shanti Shanti Shanti

BxMxC

Kagerou (with Kami Band intro.)

Oh! MAJINAI

Megitsune

PA PA YA!!

Distortion

KARATE

Headbangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!

Encore:

Road of Resistance

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Check out their live official video for "Gimme Chocolate!!" on YouTube.

Now with over 100 million views.









Saturday 22 February 2020...3.30pm to 5.30pm...

THE LONDON CLASSIC CAR SHOW - Olympia, West Kensington, London.

For the first time, the London Classic Car Show takes place at Olympia London, with what claims to be one of the UK's widest collections of classic cars on show. Over 500 motors are there for the ogling, plus there's a special Car Stories stage hosted by motoring expert Max Girardo.

www.thelondonclassiccarshow.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info and buy tickets from £25.

It is on from Thurs 20 Feb to Sun 23 Feb.

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Loads of stunning cars from the big names here including Aston Martin, Jaguar, Ferrari, Porsche,

Rolls Royce,Bentley, Maserati, Lotus, McLaren , Lamborghini etc which are all in immaculate condition.

I love looking at the restoration projects where they have before and after photos on display.

It is clear some car owners really love their cars like i love live music.

There was a rusty old 1968 Mini Cooper for sale as a project for £8,000.

It was found rotting away in a shed and still had the last tax disc on its windscreen dated 1979.

There was a nice talk on Aston Martin cars used in James Bond films.

Aston Martin are to bring out 25 special edition Janes Bond cars complete with guns in indicators,

revolving number plates, smoke machine in the rear...but sadly no injector seat.

There are classic cars whose engines have been converted to electric.

Upstairs was a full range of car accessories including vintage car posters and Corgi Model Cars.

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The belt returns to the UK.

"The Gypsy King" TYSON FURY is Heavyweight Champion of the World.

An incredible boxing display from the 6 ft 9 inches giant.

The fight was live on pay per view but there are good highlights now up on YouTube.









Friday 21 February 2020.

PALAYE ROYALE live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Fashion Art Rock band from North America will play tracks from their two albums.

Palaye Royale has opened for Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson all over North America

on the Twins of Evil Tour during the summer of 2019.

In 2019 they got good reviews from UK shows at Download /Reading / Leeds Festivals.

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It is a near sell out tonight, maybe 1800 tickets out of 2000 sold.

The crowd is on the mainly young side , who probably read Kerrang.

There is a large amount of goth/ emo/ indie girls screaming for all three bands.

CHARMING LIARS arrived on stage at 7.30pm for their 30 mins set.

They played a decent set of rock tunes.

COUNTERFEIT arrived on stage at 8.30pm for their 30 mins set.

They played a good set of rock tunes, with a singer full of angst and passion.

The crowd seem to know a few of their songs and the stalls standing fans bounce along to them.

PALAYE ROYALE arrived on stage at 9.30pm and played for 70 mins.

The band arrive on stage and all look like proper rock stars, with the guitarists in 1970s retro attire.

You can even forgive the singer for looking like Julian Clary , with his studded dog collar around his neck.

There must be at least 15 photographers in the photo pit.

The music is non-stop uptempo rock that was really good.

The band members do not keep still as the energy is 100% full tilt.

Every rock pose cliche is used as the band make use of the two podiums either side of the microphone.

The crowd are bouncing throughout the show.

The singer jumps into the crowd during the main set , then went up to Level 1 during the final encore.

The band have to stop the show a couple of times as girls are fainting.

For the encore the singer is just wearing a tartan skirt.

A great live band who will surely be at Brixton Academy or Hammersmith Apollo next time.

Full setlist played by Palaye Royale tonight...

Fucking With My Head

You'll Be Fine

Death Dance

Don't Feel Quite Right

Teenage Heartbreak Queen

Dying in a Hot Tub

Hang On To Yourself

Massacre, the New American Dream

Warhol

Ma Chérie

How Do You Do? (with ticket- tape cannons)

Encore:

Mr. Doctor Man

Get Higher ( the singer goes up to Level 1 to sing in the crowd)







Thursday 20 February 2020.

Happy Birthday to football legend JIMMY GREAVES who is 80 today.

Football legend Jimmy Greaves has been told by doctors he will never walk again.

The former England and Spurs icon is coming to terms with spending the rest of his life in a wheelchair – after a stroke nearly killed him.

Doctors gave the star the heartbreaking prognosis after hundreds of bouts of ­intensive private rehab treatment left him still unable to move his legs.







Wednesday 19 February 2020.

MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE - press/vip night - The Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, Holborn, London WC2.

Choreography by Kate Prince, based on the songs of Sting.

Combining hip hop and contemporary dance with breath-taking athleticism from 3 time Olivier nominated choreographer Kate Prince, Message In A Bottle is set to the iconic hits of 17-time Grammy Award-winning artist Sting, including Every Breath You Take, Roxanne, Walking On The Moon, Fields Of Gold, Englishman In New York and Shape Of My Heart.

Once upon a time in another land there was a family – a father, a mother and their three teenage children. War breaks out and they are faced with an impossible choice: stay and try to survive or leave their country in search of safety.

Message In A Bottle is a story of loss, resilience, unexpected possibilities and hope.

The show features new vocals from Sting with new arrangements by Alex Lacamoire (Hamilton, The Greatest Showman), with guest vocals from Beverly Knight MBE and Lynval Golding (The Specials).

www.sadlerswells.com

Visit the website for more info and to buy tickets.

6 Feb - 21 Mar 2020...Tickets from £14...ticket office 020 7863 8222

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The show is on for around 90 mins over two sets.

Most of the time there are around 15 dancers on stage combining hip hop and contemporary dance moves.

Sting and hip hop dance in the same show may seem an odd pairing at first but it's a perfect partnership.

The lyrics of Sting ( including solo and The Police) have been re-worked and the sound system here is fantastic.

A very enjoyable show to watch and listen too.

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9.45pm to 11.15pm - after-party at Sway Bar, 61-65 Great Queen Street, London WC2.

Around 250 guests at this venue just five minutes from where the theatre show was.

All the cast were here along with...

Stings wife Trudie Styler

Robert Lindsay (actor)

Sarah Hadland (actress best known for playing Stevie in tv show Miranda)

Lynval Golding (The Specials )

A few celebs including Bananarama and members of The Pussycats Dolls attended the show but not the party.

At 11pm there were a couple of speeches.

Sting was not here as he is currently on tour overseas.

Complimentary prosecco, wines, beers along with hot & cold canapés.

I stuck to soft drinks as my stomach was still feeling delicate from the Brits Party.











Tuesday 18 February 2020....11.30pm to 4am...

WARNER MUSIC BRITS AFTER-PARTY - The Chiltern Firehouse, Marylebone , London.

Around 300 guests here at one of Londons coolest venues.

Guests here included Stormzy (with a huge personal security guy) ,Lizzo, Eve, Mahalia, Naomi Campbell,

Winnie Harlow, Adwoa Aboah, Courtney Love, Jack Whitehall, Laura Whitmore and Charli XCX.

Noel Gallagher arrived late as he popped into the Sony Music party first.

A full complimentary bar all night including Ruinart champers , different cocktails and anything you wanted.

Also fresh pizza throughout the night.

Djs playing dance tunes in different rooms.

An excellent party.







Tuesday 18 February 2020.

Happy Birthday to YOKO ONO who is 87 today.

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Sad news that DJ and producer Andrew Weatherall has died aged 56 after a pulmonary embolism.

The famed producer - responsible for Primal Scream's iconic Screamadelica - was being treated in Whipps Cross Hospital, London, but then tragically died when the blood clot reached his heart.







Monday 17 February 2020.

ERIC CLAPTON & FRIENDS : 'A Tribute to Ginger Baker’ live at Hammersmith Apollo, London.

The setlist for the concert will look to honour Baker’s lifetime in music and will, of course, include Clapton and Baker’s work together in Cream and Blind Faith.

The show sold out in a couple of hours.

I have seen Eric Clapton play live around 25 times since 1976.

I saw all four Cream reunion shows - Royal Albert Hall London May 2-3-5-6, 2005.

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The venue is totally rammed solid sold out , both upstairs and stalls standing.

Balcony standing at the sides and back packed just like the old days at this venue.

ERIC CLAPTON & FRIENDS arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 1 hour 45 mins.

Some of the crowd were a bit bemused that the show was all over by 10pm.

They should know Eric Clapton never plays long shows.

Lots of equipment on stage including FOUR drum kits.

For some songs there were two or three drummers playing at the same time and for the encore,

all FOUR drummers were playing together.

A nice big screen showing live footage that worked best when Kofi Baker superb drumming

was mixed in with videos of his dad playing the same in sync.

Eric is on stage throughout and the guests including Ronnie Wood, Roger Waters , Nile Rodgers,

Steve Winwood, Kofi Baker, Paul Carrack, Kenney Jones and others come and go.

Two female backing singers were used.

A great evening.

Full setlist played tonight...

Intro - video highlights on the big screen of Ginger Baker playing with Cream

Sunshine of Your Love (Cream song) (with Roger Waters)

Strange Brew (Cream song) (with Roger Waters)

White Room (Cream song) (with Roger Waters) (also with Ronnie Wood and Kenney Jones )

I Feel Free (Cream song) (with Nile Rodgers) (also with Paul Carrack on organ & vocals)

Tales of Brave Ulysses (Cream song) (with Nile Rodgers)

Sweet Wine (Cream song) (with Paul Carrack on organ & vocals, & Will Johns on guitar)

Blue Condition (Cream song)

Badge (Cream song) (with Ron Wood) (also with Henry Spinetti on 3rd drumkit)

Pressed Rat and Wart Hog (Cream song) (with Kofi Baker on drums & vocals)

Had to Cry Today (Blind Faith song) (with Steve Winwood) (also with Nile Rodgers on guitar & Kofi Baker on drums)

Presence of The Lord (Blind Faith song) (with Nile Rodgers) (also with Steve Winwood on organ & vocals, & Kofi Baker on drums)

Can't Find My Way Home (Blind Faith song) (with Kofi Baker) (also with Steve Winwood on organ & vocals, & Nile Rodgers on guitar)

Well All Right (Buddy Holly cover) (with Nile Rodgers) (also with Steve Winwood on guitar & vocals)

Do What You Like / Toad (Blind Faith song) (with Steve Winwood) (also with Ronnie Wood, Nile Rodgers, & including drum solo by Kofi Baker)

Encore:

Cross Road Blues (Robert Johnson cover) (With everyone on stage and Roger Waters on cowbell for the last half)

All four drum kits used for the above song.

Nile Rodgers instrumental jam outro on his own

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Aftershow in the balcony bar...

Around 200 guests and it is a pay bar.

Kofi Baker, Henry Spinetti and Paul Carrack turned up but that was it from those that were on stage.

Henry Spinetti is a Welsh session drummer whose playing has featured on many prominent rock and pop albums.

Oddly i was front balcony and did not see any well known musicians watching the show from the guest area.











Monday 17 February 2020.

It was 40 years ago this week that I attended these very nice gigs...

Madness,Modettes Hammersmith Odeon, London 16.02.1980 11am start Saturday morning special

Clash,Joe Ely Electric Ballroom, London 16.02.1980 the clash played 3 venues in 3 days

Clash,Joe Ely Lyceum Theatre, London 17.02.1980

Clash,Joe Ely Lewisham Odeon, London 18.02.1980 all 3 nights were incredible

Athletico Spizz Marquee Club, London 19.02.1980

Joy Division,Killing Joke,Certain Ratio Town Hall , High Wycombe 20.02.1980 well worth the drive up the A40/M40

Ramones,Boys,Ten Pole Tudor Electric Ballroom, London 22.02.1980

Only Ones,Simple Minds,Martha And The Muffins Lyceum Theatre, London 24.02.1980









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News and Reviews: 17th February 2020

Monday 18 February 2020.

It was 40 years ago this week that I attended these very nice gigs...

Madness,Modettes Hammersmith Odeon, London 16.02.1980 11am start Saturday morning special

Clash,Joe Ely Electric Ballroom, London 16.02.1980 the clash played 3 venues in 3 days

Clash,Joe Ely Lyceum Theatre, London 17.02.1980

Clash,Joe Ely Lewisham Odeon, London 18.02.1980 all 3 nights were incredible

Athletico Spizz Marquee Club, London 19.02.1980

Joy Division,Killing Joke,Certain Ratio Town Hall , High Wycombe 20.02.1980 well worth the drive up the A40/M40

Ramones,Boys,Ten Pole Tudor Electric Ballroom, London 22.02.1980

Only Ones,Simple Minds,Martha And The Muffins Lyceum Theatre, London 24.02.1980









Sunday 16 February 2020.

Comedy night at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

The Comedy Warehouse presents seven comedians...

SLIM

WILL E ROBO did not appear and who was replaced by SHABBA

KANE BROWN

AXEL

QUINCY

GLENDA JAXON

KEVIN J

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As it is a comedy show it is stalls seated but there must 800 or 900 here over all levels.

A long show of 2 hours 45 mins over two sets of 1 hour 40 mins and 1 hour 5 mins.

Seven acts perform great routines of around 20 mins each.

KANE BROWN starts off with his set them he does a bit between each as he acts as the host.

Six black acts ( 5 male and 1 female)

One white guy

The crowd were a nice mix of 50/50 black & white.

Lots of topics covered and lots of audience interaction.

Tonight was the best comedy night i have been to for ages...loads of hilarious LOL moments from all the acts.

It was like watching Richard Pryor in the current day.

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Their next promotion is at The Broadway Theatre, Catford on 22 March 2020.

Several comedians will be there including Richard Blackwood.









Saturday 15 February 2020.

This was very sad news to hear.

Love Island presenter CAROLINE FLACK has died after taking her own life.

The presenter, 40, previously spoke of her struggles with mental health, writing online: "Be nice to people. You never know what’s going on".

Caroline took her own life at her London flat three weeks before she was due in court for what her management called a "show trial" for an alleged assault on her boyfriend.

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BOB DYLAN Bourbon/Whiskey is now for sale in the UK.

Dylan launched the Heaven’s Door brand in April 2018 in collaboration with Angel’s Envy Bourbon founder Marc Bushala.

The Heaven’s Door range includes Tennessee Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Double Barrel Whiskey and Straight Rye Whiskey.

The trio of whiskeys will be available in the UK and Ireland through Drinksology Group’s distribution and marketing arm, When We Are Giants.

“This is an exciting milestone for us as we bring Heaven’s Door to the UK where Bob Dylan kicked off his first ever European tour more than 55 years ago,” said Bushala, CEO of Heaven’s Door Spirits.









Friday 14 February 2020.

Sex Pistols guitar hero STEVE JONES is the interviewee.

A 35 mins interview from a few days ago.

Steve talks about...

growing up in Shepherds Bush

nicking equipment from bands who played Hammersmith Odeon

The Bill Grundy interview

The Professionals

Moving to LA and recording solo albums

his drug abuse

Neurotic Outsiders

The Fabulous Stains film

Phil Lynott

and more...

Type the following into Google search...

Jonesy Says Sex Pistols Fell Apart After Becoming an Overnight Success | Jonesy's Jukebox

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THE FACES are to reform.

There will be more than just young pop stars on the stage at Tuesday’s Brit Awards – one act will be older than all of the eight other performers combined.

The Faces will reunite at London’s O2 Arena, with drummer Kenney Jones and Ronnie Wood joining Rod Stewart to be part of his set, which will close the ceremony.

I would imagine The Faces will play just one or two songs.









Thursday 13 February 2020.

STARSET + SICK JOY live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Starset are promoting their third album "Divisions" that came out in Sept 2019.

All three of their albums have made the Top 50 album charts back home in America.

Their critics in America call them " the American Muse" and "cinematic rock".

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Levels 2 and 3 are closed tonight but stalls standing and Level 1 are full.

SICK JOY arrived on stage at 7.30pm for their 30 mins set.

They played a decent set of Nirvana type tunes.

I enjoyed watching the drummer as he had his cymbals set high and his hair covered his face

as he bashed away like Dave Grohl did in Nirvana.

STARSET arrived on at stage at 8.30pm for their 90 mins set.

There are six musicians on stage including two females playing violin & cello.

They are all wearing the same cloth attire with hoods.

There is a huge screen mixing pre-recorded images and live footage.

Those mini-cameras dotted around the stage are pretty amazing.

The show kicks off with A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE FUTURE, which sets the scene of a dystopian future divided by technology and the war for human consciousness. It plays like a radio transmission that has

been interrupted by singer Dustin Bates speaking his vocals.

‘MANIFEST’ is next and it hits you like a punch in the guts around the 20 second mark with their crunching Linkin Park sound.

Like the band, some of the crowd look like space/astrology geeks.

They play a very nice pair of cover versions.

After an hour there is a costume change where the guitar, bass and drums don space suits and helmets.

For the final song the singer walked through the stalls standing area to the delight of fans.

A very enjoyable rock show.

Full Starset setlist played tonight...

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE FUTURE

MANIFEST

Monster

ECHO

WHERE THE SKIES END

Ricochet

It Has Begun

Kashmir (Led Zeppelin cover)

TELEKINETIC

PERFECT MACHINE

TRIALS

Thunderstruck (AC/DC cover) (with extra drums on stage)

Carnivore

Bringing It Down

OTHER WORLDS THAN THESE

Unbecoming

My Demons (Dustin sings final chorus in the crowd)

Outro Song (Africa - Toto : sung by all the crowd)

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A few minutes after the show the band were signing stuff by the merch stand.

I have seen various merch over the years but this is a new one on me.

Of course it is related to the bands fascination with space.

For £80 you could buy a TELESCOPE with the bands logo and signed by the band.









Wednesday 12 February 2020.

ASGEIR + ZELAH live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Levels 2 and 3 are closed tonight but stalls standing and Level 1 are pretty full.

ZELAH arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 25 mins.

A female fronted London band who had some decent tunes.

They cannot believe they are playing this big venue, compared to their usual tiny venues.

ASGEIR arrived on stage at 9pm for their 85 mins set.

Icelandic folk singer, Ásgeir, is back with new single, ‘Youth’ from his fourth album,"Bury The Moon".

All the band are playing within a nicely lit up triangle , that looked like a giant pool/snooker triangle.

Asgeir is front middle , sitting behind his keyboards.

The songs were pleasant enough to listen too, but not enough visual excitement.

A few tracks were sung in Icelandic, that got big cheers from the crowd.

A decent enough show.

Straight after the show, Asgeir met fans at the merch stand in the foyer.









Tuesday 11 February 2020.

KIM PETRAS + DJ ALEX CHAPMAN live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

German pop singer-songwriter Kim Petras who is based in Los Angeles has raked in millions of Spotify plays on her songs, along with garnering the undivided attention of a predominantly LGBTQ fan base.

Part of the reason she has gained so much attention from the community is due to her transgender identity. Petras underwent gender confirmation surgery at the age of 16, making her one of the youngest people to undergo the process.

This is the last show on her European Tour in support of her first studio album from 2019, "Clarity".

This show was sold out in advance.

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The venue is totally rammed sold out and it has a nice buzzy atmosphere.

DJ ALEX CHAPMAN arrived on stage at 8pm for his 55 mins set.

The dj played just the right retro tunes including The Spice Girls and S Club 7 to warm the crowd up.

KIM PETRAS arrived on stage at 9pm for her 85 mins set.

You can see why there is a dj support as the show is a big production and there is no space for another band.

There are loads of lights and platforms and mini-staircases.

Petras appeared under full lights looking mega in a monochrome Barbie doll, tutu-style number. The 27 year old, German singer looked and sounded every bit the pop princess. Her hair was part blonde, part black in a sleek ponytail and she looked a combination of naughty but nice.

Kim Petras is a pop artist who also makes electronic dance music (EDM), dance-pop and electro-pop.

The only real downside was that all the music came from backing tapes as there was no band.

The crowd know the words to every song even though the album or singles never made the UK Top 40 chart.

There were four or five nice costume changes that all involved thigh high platform boots.

Lots of energetic dance routines too.

The uptempo poptastic tunes reminded me of Charli XCX.

There was a great cover of The Killers "Human".

A very enjoyable show.

There was a film crew filming all the show.

Kim Petras will be supporting Camila Cabello on her 2020 European Tour.

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Promoters Live Nation have taken out another full page advert in The Standard paper for Madonna shows

in the hope of flogging a few extra ( very expensive) tickets for Feb 12, 13, 15, 16,.

Many of the shows did not sell out.









Monday 10 February 2020.

MARC ALMOND with CHRIS BRAIDE live at The Royal Festival Hall, London.

The inimitable singer performs a selection of hits and new material on the release of a collaborative album with songwriter and producer Chris Braide.

In their first performance together, the pair premiere material from Chaos and a Dancing Star, due for release in February 2020, alongside selected works from Almond’s celebrated career.

Marc Almond has released over 20 solo albums.

Marc Almond has sold over 30 million records (albums and singles) over the past 40 years.

I have seen Marc several times before - with Soft Cell and solo.

Chris Braide is a British songwriter, record producer and singer based in Malibu, Los Angeles. Braide is known for being a pianist.

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I bumped into Sex Pistols legend GLEN MATLOCK and drummer CHRIS MUSTO here at this one-off show.

A nice long show of 2 hours 40 mins over two sets of 80 mins each.

A good sounding band featuring Neal X (ex SS Sputnik) on guitar and four backing singers (2 m , 2 f).

A big screen showed pre-recorded images.

Both sets featured mainly tracks from the new album along with a couple of Soft Cell classics.

Jethro Tull's IAN ANDERSON joined Marc for five songs for some nice flute playing.

FIRST SET HIGHLIGHTS...

"Hollywood Forever" was a ballad recalling faded stardom, and whose title is the name of a famous Los Angeles cemetery that Marc recommends to us as a place to visit.

Ian Anderson joins him for three songs including "Witches Promise" and a mega "Bedsitter".

"Slow Burn Love" the most pop-heavy track on the new album, which is also released as a single, is great.

SECOND SET HIGHLIGHTS...

"Torch" is another pukka Soft Cell gem.

A bunch of several songs with just Marc singing along to Chris Braide superb piano playing.

Marc forgets the lyrics a couple of times but it is the first time he has sung many of these songs live.

"Dandy in the Underworld" (T.Rex cover)

"Children of The Revolution " (T.Rex cover)

Ian Anderson back on stage to play flute along to two Soft Cell classics.

"Tainted Love" and "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye"

A great show.









Sunday 09 February 2020...9.15pm to 4.30am...

BAFTA OSCARS VIEWING PARTY , Annabel's , Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London W1.

The 92nd Academy Awards will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. Despite more than a decade of the Oscars being given out towards the end of February, this year's ceremony has been moved forward.

The nominations for this year's Academy Awards have been announced, with Joker leading the pack with 11 nods.

The comic book villain origin story is up for best picture, best director and best actor for Joaquin Phoenix, plus eight other awards.

The Irishman, 1917 and Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood follow with 10 nominations each.

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I was at Ham Yard Hotel for this event the last few years and they have now moved it to another venue.

The new venue is one of London's most exclusive members clubs....Annabels.

Around 200 guests at this luxurious venue.

Complimentary Piper-Heidsieck champers for the first hour.

Then it was a sit down dinner in their fabulous restaurant area, with wines.

Buffet style including salmon, beef, chicken curry, lamb etc and various desserts.

The staff are amazing here and fussing over all the guests.

At 11.30pm we go upstairs to the viewing area to watch the red carpet arrivals and awards on the big screen.

Here we had complimentary Espresso Martinis , Vodka Martinis , Bloody Mary's and later, bacon rolls and doughnuts.

Chris Rock and Steve Martin opened up Sunday night's Oscars by taking jabs at the biggest stars in the building at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, Calif. The 92nd Academy Awards marks the second year in a row the show had no host.

After an awards season marked by its predictability, the Oscars delivered a spectacular final-reel twist on Sunday evening, naming capitalist satire PARASITE best picture.

Bong Joon-ho’s comedy-drama about an impoverished family who infiltrate the household of a wealthier one is the first film not in the English language to take the top prize. It also took best director, best original screenplay and best international film.

Great to see Brad Pitt win Best Supporting Actor.

A few top notch music acts performed including Janelle Monae, Eminem, Billie Eilish, Randy Newman and

Elton John ( Elton won the Oscar for Best Original Song).

An excellent evening.









Saturday 08 February 2020...7pm to 1am...

GUN CONTROL live at The GAA Sports & Social Club, South Ruislip.

Gun Control , with me on drums play a 60th birthday party for our bass player (Pep) in Ruislip.

This means that all four original members on stage in the band are now 60 years young.

Our original singer is down in Southend and couldn't make it.

7pm to 7.30pm - we had a band soundcheck (the equipment was all set up already).

Around 80 or 90 guests are here tonight for the complimentary wines & beers bar.

Many of whom i have known for 40 years or more.

Guests quickly made use of the fun photo booth.

Pictures on the big screen of Pep included old photos of Gun Control from the early 1980s.

At 8.30pm - guests and band were all seated for the huge buffet.

At 9.30pm - we had a 30 mins set from THE BROTHERS.

The Brothers were a UK-based band that scored a top ten hit on the British chart with the song, "Sing Me." The sprightly, reggae-inflected song reached number 8 on the UK Singles Chart in the Spring of 1977. The band consisted of 5 real brothers...3 will be here tonight...check out their TOTP appearance on YouTube...

They played their hit single and a few catchy pop reggae classics to a backing tape to warm the crowd up.

At 10.30pm - we had a 30 mins set of Italian traditional folk music as Pep's family are Italian.

GUN CONTROL arrived on stage at 11.30pm for our ten song 40 mins set.

A friend of the band helped out as second vocalist and banged his tambourine.

The band with twin guitars were nice and loud.

As usual the start or finish to a couple of sings were slightly messed up but overall it went superb

as folks were dancing and clapping down the front.

Bearing in mind too that we only had the one rehearsal a couple of weeks ago.

I don't really wanna blow my own trumpet , but we rocked.

Full Gun Control setlist played tonight...

Teenage Kicks (cover version)

Cheap Publicity

No Mercy

Wasted Youth

No Tomorrow

Yoy Mean Nothing to Me

On Parole

Do I Need You?

Steppin' Stone (cover version)

Open Your Heart

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After we finished our set the dj played a few more dance tunes.

It was an excellent evening.









Friday 07 February 2020.

BRETT ELDREDGE + LAUREN JENKINS live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Country artist Brett Eldredge is playing his first ever headline UK tour, following on from his 2019 set at C2C: Country to Country.Brett (age 34) has had hit albums and singles back home in North America.

He is signed to Atlantic Records and released his debut single, "Raymond" on September 27, 2010.

Support comes from Lauren Jenkins.

Big Machine recording artist Lauren Jenkins has been a touring musician since she was 15 years old. The Texas born, Carolina-raised singer-songwriter chose a life that would fit perfectly in the songs she writes: across countless smoky bars, fake IDs, and endless miles on the road, music has been her one constant companion.

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Level 3 is half empty but there must be 1700/1800 here out of 2000 capacity.

Tonight is the last night of the European Tour for both these acts.

LAUREN JENKINS arrived on stage at 8pm for her 30 mins set.

Lauren Jenkins played tracks from her debut album and covers by Bruce Springsteen and Oasis.

BRETT ELDREDGE arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 1 hour 40 mins.

There are a quite a few female fans down the front swooning at Brett.

While his looks are undeniable, so are his wide-ranging country and classic crooner voice, showmanship and goofiness, and emotional and personal storytelling.

Brett and his band are very polished and don't make a wrong move all night as they played their catchy

radio friendly "new country pop rock" with lyrics where you heard every word being sung.

Eldredge talked about growing up in the small town of Paris, Illinois, and penning his touching acoustic song “Raymond,” about his grandmother’s battle with Alzheimer’s. He followed up “Raymond” with a sweet and sentimental rendition of “The Long Way.”

Brett seems very pleased to be playing his biggest ever London show.

A very enjoyable show.

Full Brett Eldredge setlist played tonight...

Good Day

Somethin' I'm Good At

Don't Ya

Love Someone

Crowd My Mind

Drunk On Your Love

Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Queen cover)

Raymond (solo Acoustic)

The Long Way (solo Acoustic)

When the party's over (Billie Eilish cover)

Lose My Mind

Magnolia

The Reason (with snippet The Temptations - My Girl)

Mean to Me

Fire

Wanna Be That Song

Encore:

One Mississippi

Beat of the Music









Thursday 06 February 2020.

A nice run of gigs i went to 40 years ago this week.

UFO,Girl Hammersmith Odeon, London 04.02.1980

UFO,Girl Hammersmith Odeon, London 05.02.1980

McGuinn , Hillman, Clark Hammersmith Odeon, London 06.02.1980

UFO,Girl Hammersmith Odeon, London 07.02.1980 last of 4 UFO ham odeon shows

Robin Trower,Samson Hammersmith Odeon, London 08.02.1980









Wednesday 05 February 2020....2pm to 10.15pm...

ICE LONDON is held at Excel, East London.

Today was Day 2 of this massive 3 day event.

10,000 folks are expected to attend each day.

Over 200 gaming related stands here from many different countries.

Slot machines with great graphics, roulette wheels, gaming technology, neon everywhere etc.

Lots of promo girls in various outfits.

It looks like a giant Las Vegas casino in here.

Usain Bolt was here at 11am on one of the stands, but we missed him.

Big names here include Clarion Gaming, Novomatic, Aristocrat, Synergy, Fantasy Sports Interactive,

Playtech, BetConstruct, EGT, Comtrade Gaming, Stakelogic, Amatic, Realistic Games and many more.

Pretty soon after arriving i come across a stand playing Twisted Sister , nice and loud.

The stand is PlaynGo and there have a bar with four different complimentary cocktails.

A very nice random surprise to see rock legend DEE SNIDER from TWISTED SISTER was actually here.

Dee is here as there will be a Twisted Sister game being developed with PlaynGo.

At first i go up to the VIp/press area upstairs then Dee comes downstairs to greet the public.

I have a lovely chat to him about seeing Twisted Sister at Hammersmith Odeon and we talked

about the sadness of Motörhead members and Ronnie James Dio not being around anymore.

Dee forthcoming projects include producing a film.

Dee said he was in London just for a couple days then flying back to America.

A massive plus here was the swag that they were giving away so i managed to get...

Twisted Sister "Stay Hungry" album from 1984 and that has been licensed by Music On Vinyl...signed by Dee.

Dee Snider photo from the 1980s and a more recent photo of Dee...both signed to me.

A Dee Snider t-shirt and of course i got a photo with him...Dee was so nice and friendly.

www.playngo.com

Visit the PlaynGo website here for more info.

5pm - CasinoBeats drinks party

6pm - Spintec drinks party

7pm - Alfastreet drinks party

8pm to 10.15pm - Optimax drinks party (at a venue just outside Excel)

Throughout the day on every hour a couple of the stands are giving out complimentary drinks & food.

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Very sad news that screen legend KIRK DOUGLAS has passed away at the incredible age of 103.







Tuesday 04 February 2020.

DEVENDRA BANHART live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Venezuelan-American lo-fi hipster folk singer-songwriter plays a sold out one-off UK show, as part of his

European Tour in support of new album (his 10th ) " Ma".

His fifth album "Cripple Crow" from 2005 on XL Recordings, is pretty good.

The cover is reminiscent of the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover.

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VETIVER arrived on stage at 7.45pm for their 45 mins set.

Vetiver is an American folk band headed by songwriter Andy Cabic.

They are promoting their seventh album - "Up on High" (Mama Bird / Loose Music, 2019).

A very laid back set that went down well with the crowd.

DEVENDRA BANHART arrived on stage at 8.50pm for his 1 hour 40 mins set.

Devendra is here with a full band and he looks very much like a Shoreditch hipster.

Banhart did a great job of carrying mellow vibes throughout the show, but the audience’s excitement seemed to peak during the more upbeat songs of the evening.

He seems comfortable throwing out jokes as he delivered softly-spoken, dreamy heartfelt torch songs.

After an hour we had a full drum solo - but played with the drummer's bare hands.

Highlights included "Daniel", "Seahorse" and "Carmensita".

A pleasant show.

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Happy Birthday to rock legend ALICE COOPER who is 72 today.







Monday 03 February 2020.

6.45pm to 8.45pm

CHRISTIE'S - private view - King Street, St James's, London SW1.

Tonight was for Impressionist and Modern Art with the Evening Sale on 05 Feb.

Over 100 works of art here with prices ranging from £10k to over a million pounds.

Around 300 guests at this famous gallery auction house.

Complimentary Taittinger champers, gin cocktails, red wines and a huge buffet of hot & cold food.

www.christies.com

Visit the Christies website here for more info.









Sunday 02 February 2020.

ROGER CHAPMAN + PAPA GEORGE live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Roger Chapman (now aged 77), is best known as a member of the progressive rock band Family, which he joined along with Charlie Whitney, in 1966 and also the rock, R&B band Streetwalkers formed in 1974. His idiosyncratic brand of showmanship when performing and vocal vibrato led him to become a cult figure on the British rock scene.

I saw Roger with Streetwalkers in 1975 and with The Family reunion show at this venue a few years ago.

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It is stalls seated tonight as it is mainly an older crowd.

Level 3 is closed off so maybe 600/700 are here in total.

PAPA GEORGE arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 40 mins.

On his own with his steel guitar for some blues based songs including covers from the likes

of Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters.

ROGER CHAPMAN arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 95 mins.

A minimal stage production with all their equipment at the front half of the stage.

Roger is tall in stature and his great Joe Cocker like voice still sounds top notch.

Roger has a lyric book on a stand and gives it glances every now and then to prompt him.

A nice seven piece band that featured some nifty guitar playing from Geoff Whitehorn.

I am not that familiar with his material but it was a good mix of solo material and Family tunes.

Highlights included...

Who Pulled The Night Down

My Friend The Sun

Sweet Desiree

Habits of a Lifetime

Top Of The Hill

Shadow On The Wall

Shortlist

Encore :

Weavers Answer

Let's Spend The Night Together ( The Rolling Stones cover)

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SID VICIOUS died 41 years ago today.

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On the day of Super Bowl , check out this amazing video on YouTube from 2007.

Prince Performs “Purple Rain” During Downpour | Super Bowl XLI Halftime Show | NFL

Paul McCartney was at The Super Bowl.

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1917, which tells the story of two young soldiers sent on a perilous, near-impossible mission to prevent an otherwise certain massacre, won seven Baftas including best film and outstanding British film, best director for Mendes, sound, production design, special visual effects and, for Roger Deakins, best cinematography – his fifth Bafta.

I was at all five HARVEY WEINSTEIN BAFTA parties in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.

They were mega , but obviously not happening anymore.











Saturday 01 February 2020.

THE WILDHEARTS + BACKYARD BABIES + CKY live at The Forum, London.

The Wildhearts will head on a UK tour with Backyard Babies towards the end of January in support of their recent album "Renaissance Men", which was recently named the best album of 2019 by Classic Rock staff and writers.

I have seen The Wildhearts a few times including in 1996 when they were one of the support bands

for The Sex Pistols mega gig in Finsbury Park on their Filthy Lucre tour.

I saw them play a rockin' show in 2019 at Sub 89, Reading when they were supported by The Professionals.

I saw Backyard Babies three times around 20 years ago in 1998,1999 and 2001.

The 2001 show was when they supported Motörhead at this same venue.

A nice three band rock package tonight as all three have had a decent amount of success.

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Downstairs is full tonight but the rear corners of the balcony are closed off as unsold.

CKY arrived on stage at 7pm and played for 40 mins.

They have released five albums but their early success in America has dwindled.

They have a few of their own fans down the front and played a decent set.

Tonight was not really billed as a co-headline show but both the main acts played 70 mins.

BACKYARD BABIES arrived on stage at 8.05pm.

A nice surprise was that their walk-on track was a Sex Pistols tune.

These sleaze rockers have released several albums that have charted back home in Sweden.

Really good uptempo rock n roll tunes that went down well with me and all the crowd.

Full Backyard Babies setlist played tonight...

Tape intro walk-on song - Friggin in the Rigging(The Sex Pistols)

Good Morning Midnight

Th1rte3n or Nothing

Shovin' Rocks

Nomadic

Heaven 2.9

Highlights

Painkiller

Roads

Yes to All No

Star War

Abandon

Encore:

Look at You

Dysfunctional Professional

Minus Celsius

Brand New Hate

People Like People Like People Like Us

THE WILDHEARTS arrived on stage at 9.45pm.

The Wildhearts have been dedicated to hard rock and punk metal for almost 30 years. There have been ups and plenty of downs, break-ups, line-up changes, drink, drugs and almost hits.

Ginger on vocals still has his full length dreadlocks swinging as he headbangs away.

Ginger has rock n roll in his veins and was pretty much the Lemmy of the 1990s.

Their loyal fans lapped up the frantic uptempo pace of the tracks played in the setlist.

Plenty of crowd surfing as 20 or 30 fans ended up in the pit as front stage pit security earned their money.

This is still plenty of life in The Wildhearts.

Full Wildhearts setlist played tonight...

Intro Tape - Don't Worry 'bout Me

Everlone

Diagnosis

Vanilla Radio

Caffeine Bomb

Let 'Em Go

The Revolution Will Be Televised

TV Tan

Top of the World

Dislocated

Sick of Drugs

My Kinda Movie

I Wanna Go Where the People Go

Encore:

Intro Tape - Don't Worry 'bout Me

My Baby Is a Headfuck

Love U 'til I Don't

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Very sad news that ANDY GILL has passed away.

Andy Gill, guitarist and founding member of legendary post-punk band Gang of Four, has died today following a short respiratory illness...he was 64...

I saw Gang of Four play a few times during their heyday period of the late 1970s/ early 1980s.





Friday 31 January 2020.

Happy Birthday to Punk Icon JOHN LYDON who is 64 today.

A good time to play some classic Sex Pistols and Public Image Limited.







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News and Reviews: 2nd February 2020

Sunday 02 February 2020.

SID VICIOUS died 41 years ago today.

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On the day of Super Bowl , check out this amazing video on YouTube from 2007.

Prince Performs “Purple Rain” During Downpour | Super Bowl XLI Halftime Show | NFL

I was at all five Harvey Weinstein BAFTA parties in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.

They were mega , but obviously not happening anymore.









Saturday 01 February 2020.

THE WILDHEARTS + BACKYARD BABIES + CKY live at The Forum, London.

The Wildhearts will head on a UK tour with Backyard Babies towards the end of January in support of their recent album "Renaissance Men", which was recently named the best album of 2019 by Classic Rock staff and writers.

I have seen The Wildhearts a few times including in 1996 when they were one of the support bands

for The Sex Pistols mega gig in Finsbury Park on their Filthy Lucre tour.

I saw them play a rockin' show in 2019 at Sub 89, Reading when they were supported by The Professionals.

I saw Backyard Babies three times around 20 years ago in 1998,1999 and 2001.

The 2001 show was when they supported Motörhead at this same venue.

A nice three band rock package tonight as all three have had a decent amount of success.

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Downstairs is full tonight but the rear corners of the balcony are closed off as unsold.

CKY arrived on stage at 7pm and played for 40 mins.

They have released five albums but their early success in America has dwindled.

They have a few of their own fans down the front and played a decent set.

Tonight was not really billed as a co-headline show but both the main acts played 70 mins.

BACKYARD BABIES arrived on stage at 8.05pm.

A nice surprise was that their walk-on track was a Sex Pistols tune.

These sleaze rockers have released several albums that have charted back home in Sweden.

Really good uptempo rock n roll tunes that went down well with me and all the crowd.

Full Backyard Babies setlist played tonight...

Tape intro walk-on song - Friggin in the Rigging(The Sex Pistols)

Good Morning Midnight

Th1rte3n or Nothing

Shovin' Rocks

Nomadic

Heaven 2.9

Highlights

Painkiller

Roads

Yes to All No

Star War

Abandon

Encore:

Look at You

Dysfunctional Professional

Minus Celsius

Brand New Hate

People Like People Like People Like Us

THE WILDHEARTS arrived on stage at 9.45pm.

The Wildhearts have been dedicated to hard rock and punk metal for almost 30 years. There have been ups and plenty of downs, break-ups, line-up changes, drink, drugs and almost hits.

Ginger on vocals still has his full length dreadlocks swinging as he headbangs away.

Ginger has rock n roll in his veins and was pretty much the Lemmy of the 1990s.

Their loyal fans lapped up the frantic uptempo pace of the tracks played in the setlist.

Plenty of crowd surfing as 20 or 30 fans ended up in the pit as front stage pit security earned their money.

This is still plenty of life in The Wildhearts.

Full Wildhearts setlist played tonight...

Intro Tape - Don't Worry 'bout Me

Everlone

Diagnosis

Vanilla Radio

Caffeine Bomb

Let 'Em Go

The Revolution Will Be Televised

TV Tan

Top of the World

Dislocated

Sick of Drugs

My Kinda Movie

I Wanna Go Where the People Go

Encore:

Intro Tape - Don't Worry 'bout Me

My Baby Is a Headfuck

Love U 'til I Don't

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Very sad news that ANDY GILL has passed away.

Andy Gill, guitarist and founding member of legendary post-punk band Gang of Four, has died today following a short respiratory illness...he was 64...

I saw Gang of Four play a few times during their heyday period of the late 1970s/ early 1980s.





Friday 31 January 2020.

Happy Birthday to Punk Icon JOHN LYDON who is 64 today.

A good time to play some classic Sex Pistols and Public Image Limited.





Sunday 02 February 2020.

SID VICIOUS died 41 years ago today.

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On the day of Super Bowl , check out this amazing video on YouTube from 2007.

Prince Performs “Purple Rain” During Downpour | Super Bowl XLI Halftime Show | NFL

I was at all five Harvey Weinstein BAFTA parties in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.

They were mega , but obviously not happening anymore.









Saturday 01 February 2020.

THE WILDHEARTS + BACKYARD BABIES + CKY live at The Forum, London.

The Wildhearts will head on a UK tour with Backyard Babies towards the end of January in support of their recent album "Renaissance Men", which was recently named the best album of 2019 by Classic Rock staff and writers.

I have seen The Wildhearts a few times including in 1996 when they were one of the support bands

for The Sex Pistols mega gig in Finsbury Park on their Filthy Lucre tour.

I saw them play a rockin' show in 2019 at Sub 89, Reading when they were supported by The Professionals.

I saw Backyard Babies three times around 20 years ago in 1998,1999 and 2001.

The 2001 show was when they supported Motörhead at this same venue.

A nice three band rock package tonight as all three have had a decent amount of success.

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Downstairs is full tonight but the rear corners of the balcony are closed off as unsold.

CKY arrived on stage at 7pm and played for 40 mins.

They have released five albums but their early success in America has dwindled.

They have a few of their own fans down the front and played a decent set.

Tonight was not really billed as a co-headline show but both the main acts played 70 mins.

BACKYARD BABIES arrived on stage at 8.05pm.

A nice surprise was that their walk-on track was a Sex Pistols tune.

These sleaze rockers have released several albums that have charted back home in Sweden.

Really good uptempo rock n roll tunes that went down well with me and all the crowd.

Full Backyard Babies setlist played tonight...

Tape intro walk-on song - Friggin in the Rigging(The Sex Pistols)

Good Morning Midnight

Th1rte3n or Nothing

Shovin' Rocks

Nomadic

Heaven 2.9

Highlights

Painkiller

Roads

Yes to All No

Star War

Abandon

Encore:

Look at You

Dysfunctional Professional

Minus Celsius

Brand New Hate

People Like People Like People Like Us

THE WILDHEARTS arrived on stage at 9.45pm.

The Wildhearts have been dedicated to hard rock and punk metal for almost 30 years. There have been ups and plenty of downs, break-ups, line-up changes, drink, drugs and almost hits.

Ginger on vocals still has his full length dreadlocks swinging as he headbangs away.

Ginger has rock n roll in his veins and was pretty much the Lemmy of the 1990s.

Their loyal fans lapped up the frantic uptempo pace of the tracks played in the setlist.

Plenty of crowd surfing as 20 or 30 fans ended up in the pit as front stage pit security earned their money.

This is still plenty of life in The Wildhearts.

Full Wildhearts setlist played tonight...

Intro Tape - Don't Worry 'bout Me

Everlone

Diagnosis

Vanilla Radio

Caffeine Bomb

Let 'Em Go

The Revolution Will Be Televised

TV Tan

Top of the World

Dislocated

Sick of Drugs

My Kinda Movie

I Wanna Go Where the People Go

Encore:

Intro Tape - Don't Worry 'bout Me

My Baby Is a Headfuck

Love U 'til I Don't

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Very sad news that ANDY GILL has passed away.

Andy Gill, guitarist and founding member of legendary post-punk band Gang of Four, has died today following a short respiratory illness...he was 64...

I saw Gang of Four play a few times during their heyday period of the late 1970s/ early 1980s.





Friday 31 January 2020.

Happy Birthday to Punk Icon JOHN LYDON who is 64 today.

A good time to play some classic Sex Pistols and Public Image Limited.







Thursday 30 January 2020....I went to two events tonight...

6.30pm to 8pm

DAFYDD JONES - The Vanity Fair Years - private view - Leica Store, Duke Street, Mayfair, London W1.

Around 70 or 80 guests including Basia Briggs here in Leicas new store.

Leica is an Iconic name in cameras and some retail for over £10,000.

Dafydd has been a regular photographer at major social events in London , New York and Miami for

over the past 30 years.

Lots of great photos of Mick Jagger, Madonna, Elizabeth Taylor, Bryan Ferry, Tony Curtis etc are here.

Complimentary Nicolas Courtin champers, gin & tonics and wines for all guests.

then

8.15pm to 10pm

ASTON MARTIN - car launch party - Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1.

Over 100 guests at this prestigious showroom of this Iconic brand.

The new car is on display and it looks stunning.

The Aston Martin DBX SUV will go on sale in the UK from £158,000.

The car, which is Aston's first high-riding model and will arrive with the same 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 as the DB11 supercar. Orders from overseas will face a $189,900 asking price in the USA and €193,500 in Germany.

Complimentary vodka cocktails, wines, beers, different bowl food and sushi for all guests.

www.astonmartin.com

Visit their website here for more info.

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Happy Birthday to PHIL COLLINS who is 69 today.

Happy Birthday to PETER CROUCH who is 39 today.







Wednesday 29 January 2020...I went to two events tonight...

7pm to 9.30pm

GP-MANAGEMENT - 2020 events showcase - The Court, Kingly Street, Soho, London W1.

Around 150 guests at this plush basement private members club.

GP Management are launching their "Adventures & Experiences" calendar of events for 2020.

This includes Yacht hospitailty at The Monaco Grand Prix, Fighter jet experience, various bespoke car days,

private plane trip to Antartica, ,experience Iceland in a 4x4, various bespoke skiing trips etc.

Complimentary Ruinart champers, vodka & orange, gin & tonic drinks for all guests.

www.gp-management.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then

9.45pm to 11.15pm

Theatre after-party at South Africa House, Trafalgar Square, London SW1.

Around 200 guests here along with the cast after the opening press night.

John Kani’s highly acclaimed play Kunene and the King marks the 25th anniversary of the end of apartheid in South Africa with a strictly limited London run at the Ambassadors Theatre following on from its premiere in Stratford-upon-Avon and the sold-out run in Cape Town.

Jack Morris is a celebrated classical actor who has just been given both a career-defining role and a life-changing diagnosis. Besides his age, Jack has very little in common with his at-home nurse, Lunga Kunene, however, the two men discover their shared passion for Shakespeare, which ignites this ‘rich, raw and shattering head-to-head’ (The Times).

A very appropriate venue as the play is based around apartheid in South Africa.

We had a couple of speeches from the stage.

Complimentary wines, beers and a huge hot buffet including roast chicken ,roast cod, cottage pie, veg, rice

along with desserts.

www.theambassadorstheatre.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.

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This is good news for The 100 Club.

Westminster Council has today acted to secure the long-term future of London’s legendary 100 Club with an announcement that the venue will be offered 100% Business Rate Relief from 1 April 2020. The decision reduces the overhead costs at one of the world’s oldest and most famous venues by over £70,000 per year. It follows a long-term campaign to attempt to keep the venue at the heart of London’s nightlife on Oxford Street stretching back over a decade and which included a concert by Sir Paul McCartney (I was there - 10 Dec 2010) aimed at raising funds.









Tuesday 28 January 2020...6.45pm to 9.15pm...

COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD , Quaglino's , Bury Street, St James's, London SW1.

Around 250 guests at this restaurant & bar that has been here since 1929.

Pennie Smith was the host and a few well known faces were here including

ex BBC newsreader Michael Buerk and comedian Helen Lederer.

I have been to this award ceremony several times and Pink Floyd legend DAVID GILMOUR has turned up

a couple of times to support his wife Polly who is an author.They are both here tonight.

I have a nice chat with him for a few mins while Polly is talking to someone else.

I told him" i saw him three times (including one show in the front row) at The Royal Albert Hall on his last tour".

He said how much he loved The Royal Albert Hall and mentioned some great venues in France and Italy.

I told him i went to see his guitar collection at Christies last year that he donated to charity.

(The David Gilmour Collection, the largest and most comprehensive sale of guitars ever offered at auction, sold for $21,490,750 at Christie's in New York).

I said " by selling most of his guitars does that mean he is retiring a bit?".

David said "Not really ,as i am still writing and recording and hopefully there will be an album and tour".

"The problem is writing and recording an album can easily take two or three years".

I asked him if he would tour without a new album to play tracks from?...David said "No".

Jack Fairweather won the £30,000 prize.

The former war reporter Jack Fairweather has won the Costa book of the year award for The Volunteer, his biography of a Polish resistance fighter who voluntarily entered Auschwitz in order to reveal its horrors to the world.

Fairweather’s life of Witold Pilecki, a member of the Warsaw resistance who infiltrated the concentration camp and encouraged rebellion, was hailed as “a book that needs to be read” by the chair of judges, Sian Williams.

Complimentary champers, wines, whiskey & cokes, mini-cheeseburgers and canapés for all guests.

All guests got a goodie bag with a shortlisted book inside along with a few Costa items.

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Very sad news that tv and radio legend NICOLAS PARSONS has passed away.

Broadcaster Nicholas Parsons has died at the age of 96 after a short illness, his agent has confirmed.

Parsons had hosted Radio 4's Just A Minute since its inception in 1967.

"Nicholas passed away in the early hours of the 28th of January," said a statement issued on behalf of his family by his agent Jean Diamond.







Monday 27 January 2020.

Happy Birthday to rock legend NICK MASON who is 76 today.

I am hoping to see his band again in May when they play another UK tour.

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THE STRANGLERS are to play a "Final Full UK Tour" in Oct/Nov.

They intend to take a step back from extensive tours with a full production in the UK and have released the details of a ‘Final Full UK Tour’ which will consist of a mammoth 21 date itinerary spanning from late October through to late November.

Special guests on the tour will be Ruts DC.

I have seen The Stranglers play around 20 times since 1976 which was with their original line-up.

www.thestranglers.co.uk

Visit their website here for a full list of their tour dates.









Sunday 26 January 2020....6pm to 9pm...

My band GUN CONTROL, with me on drums had a rehearsal tonight.

We went though our setlist a couple of times.

A bit rusty as expected but great fun.

We have our next gig in a couple of weeks.

The set will be a couple of songs shorter as we are sharing the bill with a covers band.

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Happy Birthday to guitar legend EDDIE VAN HALEN who is 65 today.

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Very sad news about the death of an American basketball legend...

NBA legend KOBE BRYANT and his oldest daughter, Gianna, were killed in a helicopter crash in California.

The 41-year-old and his daughter were on their way to the Mamba Academy for a basketball practice when the private helicopter went down.

Type this sentence in Google search to see this 5 mins docu and see what a huge name he was in America.

Kobe Bryant - "KOBE" (Short Film 2017)

In the past week LeBron James surpassed Kobe Bryant to become the NBA's third-highest scorer of all time.

James, 35, scored 29 points to move to 33,655 career points, 12 more than former Laker's star Bryant.

Kobe Bryant retired in 2016 after winning five NBA championships.

KISS frontman Paul Stanley, Five Finger Death Punch's Chris Kael, Whitesnake's David Coverdale are among the rock stars who have reacted to the death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant who died on Sunday at the age of 41.









Saturday 25 January 2020.

A BOWIE CELEBRATION live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

A slightly different line-up to the one i saw this time last year.

Long time Bowie keyboard player Mike Garson is still there, and most of the band have had links with Bowie.

Band members include Mike Garson, Gerry Leonard, Carmine Rojas, Kevin Armstrong, Alan Childs plus

vocalists Corey Glover (Living Color), Sass Jordan and Mr Hudson.

I was lucky enough to have seen the real David Bowie around 20 times since Wembley Arena in 1976

and i was at both his last ever London shows at Wembley Arena in Nov 2003.

I also got his 'Heathen' album signed by him at HMV London in Sept 2002 when it came out.

In 1997 i reviewed David Bowie at Shepherds Bush Empire for the local paper.

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It is a near sell out tonight (around 1800 out of 2000 tickets sold) as all levels are pretty full.

A BOWIE CELEBRATION arrived on at 8.05pm and played for around 2 hours 20 mins.

The first half had several lesser known tracks and the second half had most of the Bowie classics.

Four different vocalists where used throughout the evening.

The vocalists did a good job but none had the pure rock n roll charisma of a big name vocalist.

It was great to hear so many Bowie gems played tonight.

Bowie tunes , like Prince tunes will live on forever, such is the quality of them.

A very enjoyable show.

Full setlist played by A Bowie Celebration tonight....

Future Legend

Diamond Dogs

Sweet Thing

Candidate

Sweet Thing (Reprise)

Rebel Rebel

Rock 'n' Roll With Me

We Are the Dead

1984

Big Brother

Chant of the Ever Circling Skeletal Family

Space Oddity

Moonage Daydream

Young Americans

Five Years

Let's Dance

Starman

Lady Grinning Soul

Time

Life on Mars?

Ziggy Stardust

Suffragette City

All the Young Dudes (David Bowie wrote this classic for Mott The Hoople)

Encore :

Loving the Alien / Andy Warhol

Rock 'n' Roll Suicide

Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?)

"Heroes"







Friday 24 January 2020.

DAVID SINCLAIR FOUR live at The Old Station House , 2 Grove Park Road, Chiswick, London W4.

It is FREE ENTRY for all tonight as this pub in leafy Chiswick has free entry gigs on most Fridays.

Around 70 or 80 folks here , with most sitting in the pubs comfy chairs & sofas.

DS4 are on stage for around 90 mins over two sets of 45 mins each.

DS4 played a set featuring tracks from all their five albums.

They are joined on several tracks by a superb harmonica player.

Plenty of great lyrics and nifty guitar playing.

David is very comfortable on stage talking to the crowd as he has interviewed many big name musicians

as one of the main music critics of The Times for many years.

We get a couple of anecdotes from a couple of the many legends he has met.

A superb cover of "Sweet Jane" went down well with the crowd.

A really good show.

The David Sinclair Four setlist tonight included...

Give me a Rose

Life Gone Cold

Sweet Jane (Lou Reed cover)

World Turns Around

Hip-Hopping

Go Johnny Go (Johnny B Good) (Chuck Berry cover)

My Blue Suede Shoes

Little Rock & Roll

Stevie Ray Vaughn cover with some nice guitar

Eight Rounds Later

Perfect in Every Way

Coming off The Rails

Bye Bye Johnny (Chuck Berry cover)

www.davidsinclairfour.com

Visit their website here for more info.

All 51 of their tracks are up on Spotify and many are up on YouTube.

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Fact of the day...

Some of you older rock fans may be remember a band called TEN YEARS AFTER.

They played the original Woodstock Festival in 1969 and toured relentless around that time.

Nevertheless, the relentless schedule continued – successfully, too. The 28 US tours (yes an incredible 28 US tours in 7 years) they notched up between ’68 and ’74 was unequalled by any other British band.

Alvin Lee left the band in the 1970s to focus on his solo career.

I saw him play solo shows in 1978 and 1988 at Hammersmith Odeon.

I saw Ten Years After (with Alvin Lee) reunions in 1983 and 1990.

I saw Ten Years After with new singer Marcus Bonfanti a few years ago.











Thursday 23 January 2020.

THE TESKEY BROTHERS + WILSN live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Australian blues-rock group, The Teskey Brothers, are embarking on a world tour in support

of their second album," Run Home Slow"....which went to number 2 in Australia and number 77 in the UK...

The show sold out in advance, with the help of cheapish £20 tickets.

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WILSN arrived on stage at 8pm for her 30 mins set.

Soulful white female Aussie singer who was backed by piano and drums.

"Do This" and "Home" showed off her powerful loud voice during a good set.

THE TESKEY BROTHERS arrived on stage at 9.05pm for their 95 mins set.

There are seven musicians on stage including keyboards, trumpet, trombone.

Recent London shows were at The Jazz Cafe and Union Chapel so this is their biggest London show to date.

I did not know any material by The Teskey Brothers in advance of this show.

For some reason i was expecting more uptempo blues rock rather than their slow-paced Americana songs.

The brass duo did a good job of lifting the songs to loftier heights.

The singer has a lovely white soulful voice.

Final encore of "Hold Me" was the best song for me as the crowd sang loudly along.

The setlist was a bit samey and not very lively but it was an enjoyable show.

Full Teskey Brothers setlist played tonight...

Man of the Universe

Let Me Let You Down

Carry You

Say You'll Do

I Get Up

Rain

San Francisco

Sunshine Baby

So Caught Up

Paint My Heart (included a long guitar solo)

Louisa (included a drum solo)

Right for Me (included two brass solos)

Encore:

Pain and Misery

Hold Me (extended version with all the crowd singing along loudly)

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In the current edition of Vive Le Rock mag i came across this little known fact.

NODDY HOLDER the ex singer from Slade has again said he was asked to join AC/DC before Brian Johnson.









Wednesday 22 January 2020...I went to two events today...

1pm to 3pm

LONGINES WORLD'S BEST RACEHORSE AWARD at The Landmark Hotel, Marylebone, London NW1.

Around 200 guests at this plush five star hotel, including some big sporting names.

Frankie Dettori (probably the worlds top jockey)

John Gosden ( British racehorse trainer. He has trained over 3,000 winners worldwide, including winners of the Breeders' Cup Classic, the Derby, the Arc, the King George,the Eclipse, and over 600 winners in the United States).

Victoria Pendleton ( British jockey and former track cyclist)

Andre Fabe (French thoroughbred horse racing trainer).

Rosie Tapner (Model and ambassador for the British Equestrian Federation).

Three horses have jointly earned the title of Longines World’s Best Racehorse for 2019, a first since the award was created in 2013. Equally rated at 128, Crystal Ocean, Enable, and Waldgeist share the 2019 title after a year of compelling competition.

The trio of European runners competed against each other throughout the year, trading victories as they did so. Crystal Ocean won the Group 1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes, while Waldgeist was third; Enable beat Crystal Ocean by a neck in the Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes with Waldgeist in third; and Waldgeist turned the tables on Enable when he defeated her in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (which won The Worlds Best Horserace).

Frankie Dettori and John Gosden hope to get Enable running again at Royal Ascot.

Complimentary champers, wines and canapés for all guests.

All guests got a goodie bag on departure.

then

6pm to 8pm

SONY MUSIC SHOWCASE , The Arts Club, Dover Street, London W1.

Around 100 guests here at this cool private members club.

Sony have flown in a few of their staff from around Europe so they must have high hopes for him.

At 7.15pm SAM FISCHER & his band performed four songs.

Australian-born singer/songwriter who relocated to L.A. to pursue a solo career with his R&B tracks.

This was his first time on a UK stage but Sam and the band sound really good and showing no sign of any nerves.

He finished the set with "This City" which the audio version has had over a million listens on YouTube.

He had a bit of a Sam Smith vibe about him and could easily have big success in the future.

Complimentary Moscow Mule cocktails, wines, beers and canapés for all guests.

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Very sad news that TERRY JONES has passed away.

The death of a close friend is not traditionally the occasion for a joke. But when that friend is a fellow Python, it seems entirely appropriate.

It was announced on Wednesday that Terry Jones, founder member of Monty Python, had died at 77. He was diagnosed with a rare form of dementia in 2016.

John Cleese’s response? A statement that ended: “Two down, four to go,” referring to the deaths of Jones and Graham Chapman, and the remaining members of the troupe.









Tuesday 21 January 2020.

STEREOPHONIC'S + ASH live at The Forum, London.

Absolute Radio host a special warm up sold out show for the Stereophonics UK & European Tour.

I have seen Stereophonic's a dozen times since 1999 when they supported Aerosmith at Wembley Stadium.

Stereophonic's have had 11 x Top 10 hits in the UK including a number one with "Dakota"

Their 11th studio album "Kind" was released Oct 2019 and was another number one album for them.

I have seen Ash several times since 1996.

Ash have had 4 x Top 10 hits in the UK.

Check out this YouTube clip where U2 represented Southern Ireland and Ash represented Northern Ireland.

UTV Live Ash U2 Northern Ireland Good Friday Agreement Referendum Live Press Conference

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Tv presenter Charley Boorman was in the VIP seated at table area in the balcony.

I have seen Ronnie Wood join Stereophonic's on stage a few times, but he is not here tonight.

ASH arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played for 45 mins.

The trio from Northern Ireland played a good set full of their best tracks.

Singer Tim Wheeler is still playing his trademark Flying V guitar.

Full Ash setlist played tonight...

A Life Less Ordinary

Kung Fu

Oh Yeah

Darkest Hour Of The Night (Live debut)

Goldfinger

Shining Light

Orpheus

Buzzkill

Girl From Mars

Burn Baby Burn

STEREOPHONIC'S arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 1 hour 55 mins.

A nice stage production with loads of lights.

Singer Kelly Jones is now aged 45 but somehow looks the same as he did 20 years ago.

Loads of their catchy singalong radio friendly hits played in their set.

Kelly gave a thanks to Absolute Radio (was previously Virgin Radio) who always play their songs.

They finished off with a mega version of "Dakota".

A great show.

Full Stereophonic's setlist played tonight...

Catacomb

Superman

I Wanna Get Lost With You

Geronimo

Maybe Tomorrow

Bust This Town

Fly Like an Eagle

Mr and Mrs Smith (superb drumming for the last 60 seconds of this track)

Sunny

Boy on a Bike

Just Looking

Don't Let the Devil Take Another Day

Have a Nice Day

Indian Summer

Make Friends With the Morning

Mr Writer

Hungover for You

Local Boy in the Photograph

This Life Ain't Easy (But It's the One That We All Got)

The Bartender and the Thief

Encore:

C'est La Vie

Dakota









Monday 20 January 2020.

Happy Birthday to rock legend PAUL STANLEY from KISS who is 68 today.

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40 years ago this week i visited Amsterdam for the first time.

On 23 Jan 1980 I popped along to a famous live music venue to see popular Dutch band called The Scene.

The singer sadly died of cancer in 2015.

The Paradiso Club is still going strong.







Sunday 19 January 2020.

DRAG SHOW BATTLE at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

It’s the US vs the UK as queens from both sides of the Atlantic deliver a night of non-stop entertainment, hosted by the sensational Danny Beard and Victoria Secret.

Adore Delano, Miz Cracker, Meatball, Yuhua Hamasaki,Joe Black, Juno Birch, Vinegar Strokes, Lydia L'scabies, Chiyo Gomes, Ginny Lemon will also be performing.

Many of the acts will be at Olympia this weekend for RuPaul's DragCon.

Daily Mail reported this the following day after Saturday at Olympia...

Furious fans have branded drag icon Ru Paul's DragCon UK convention a 'shambles' after being forced to queue for hours outside the venue amid reports the event has been overbooked.

Those attending the event being held at Olympia London have taken to social media to share their anger after waiting to enter convention for up to four hours.

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For whatever reason the ticket sales for this show were a disaster as only 400 tickets sold in total

for stalls and Level 1 out of the 2000 capacity.

The show was on for 2 hours 40 mins over two sets of 85 mins and 75 mins.

The two hosts did most of the on stage bitchy banter and introduced the acts.

All the acts mimed a couple of songs each in their outrageous costumes & routines.

One track in each set so they could do a full change of costume.

One girl did a great routine based around a Spice Girls medley.

One girl did a great Amy Winehouse impersonation.

She finished her routine by taking her shoes off and doing a full crowd-surf over the front rows.

Plenty of entertaining bits and plenty of pretty average bits throughout the evening.











Saturday 18 January 2020.

CHASE RICE live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Level 3 is closed tonight so maybe 1200 are here.

OWEN DAVIES arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played for 30 mins.

Owen is a young male country singer-songwriter from the UK who sung some decent tunes.

He told an amazing story where he was busking in Liverpool and Chase Rice walked past him,

liked what he heard and asked him " would you like to support me at Shepherds Bush Empire".

MADISON KOZAK arrived on stage at 8.20pm and played for 30 mins.

Canadian female country singer-songwriter played a decent set.

She said she has been living in the Nashville the last few years.

Songs like “Little Bit Of You”, which neatly segues into “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” are about her own life experiences. The unreleased “Loud House” discusses growing up in a large family, “Phases” is about the boy that broke her heart (“this one’s for you Kyle”, she says, still smiling) but best of all is “First Last Name” the one she dedicates to her dad. Truly heartfelt, to the man who started her off on this path, and and a nice cover of “Take Me Home, Country Roads” gets all

the crowd singing along loudly.

CHASE RICE arrived on stage at 9.20pm and played for 1 hour 40 mins.

Chase Rice is an American country music singer-songwriter who has had success back home.

Chase arrives on stage wearing a baseball cap, and is the spitting image of Prince Harry.

He has a great band who all hail from South America , and were much more rockier than expected.

Chase has nice clear catchy vocals and he has two songs with Jack Daniels in the title which is great by me.

He gets a girl on stage for some flirting during the song "Ride".

He sung his big country hit "Eyes on You" that had all the crowd singing along.

He also sung "Cruise" which was the big country hit he wrote for Florida Georgia Line.

After the first mega hit of his career “Ready Set Roll” from back in 2013, he’s done. But not before he goes down to meet his people, sign autographs, shake hands and have selfies with most of the front rows. All the while the band plays a metal riff, as if they are finally glad to. The band finish the song and join him in the pit to sign stuff and pose for selfies.

He played Bush Hall last time and it is pretty clear Chase Rice will be getting bigger success in the future.

A really good gig that ticked all the right boxes.

Full Chase Rice setlist played tonight...

Lions

Jack Daniel's Showed Up

Take It to the City

Beautiful Blur

Gonna Wanna Tonight

On Tonight

Unforgettable

Lonely If You Are

Three Chords & the Truth

Ride

Carolina Can

Best Night Ever

Jack Daniel's & Jesus

Eyes on You

Cruise (Florida Georgia Line cover) (Chase wrote this song that was a massive hit in America)

Band introductions and covers medley - All the Small Things / Sweet Home Alabama / Sweet Caroline

Ready Set Roll









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News and Reviews: 19th January 2020

Saturday 18 January 2020.

CHASE RICE live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Level 3 is closed tonight so maybe 1200 are here.

OWEN DAVIES arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played for 30 mins.

Owen is a young male country singer-songwriter from the UK who sung some decent tunes.

He told an amazing story where he was busking in Liverpool and Chase Rice walked past him,

liked what he heard and asked him " would you like to support me at Shepherds Bush Empire".

MADISON KOZAK arrived on stage at 8.20pm and played for 30 mins.

Canadian female country singer-songwriter played a decent set.

She said she has been living in the Nashville the last few years.

Songs like “Little Bit Of You”, which neatly segues into “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” are about her own life experiences. The unreleased “Loud House” discusses growing up in a large family, “Phases” is about the boy that broke her heart (“this one’s for you Kyle”, she says, still smiling) but best of all is “First Last Name” the one she dedicates to her dad. Truly heartfelt, to the man who started her off on this path, and and a nice cover of “Take Me Home, Country Roads” gets all

the crowd singing along loudly.

CHASE RICE arrived on stage at 9.20pm and played for 1 hour 40 mins.

Chase Rice is an American country music singer-songwriter who has had success back home.

Chase arrives on stage wearing a baseball cap, and is the spitting image of Prince Harry.

He has a great band who all hail from South America , and were much more rockier than expected.

Chase has nice clear catchy vocals and he has two songs with Jack Daniels in the title which is great by me.

He gets a girl on stage for some flirting during the song "Ride".

He sung his big country hit "Eyes on You" that had all the crowd singing along.

He also sung "Cruise" which was the big country hit he wrote for Florida Georgia Line.

After the first mega hit of his career “Ready Set Roll” from back in 2013, he’s done. But not before he goes down to meet his people, sign autographs, shake hands and have selfies with most of the front rows. All the while the band plays a metal riff, as if they are finally glad to. The band finish the song and join him in the pit to sign stuff and pose for selfies.

He played Bush Hall last time and it is pretty clear Chase Rice will be getting bigger success in the future.

A really good gig that ticked all the right boxes.

Full Chase Rice setlist played tonight...

Lions

Jack Daniel's Showed Up

Take It to the City

Beautiful Blur

Gonna Wanna Tonight

On Tonight

Unforgettable

Lonely If You Are

Three Chords & the Truth

Ride

Carolina Can

Best Night Ever

Jack Daniel's & Jesus

Eyes on You

Cruise (Florida Georgia Line cover) (Chase wrote this song that was a massive hit in America)

Band introductions and covers medley - All the Small Things / Sweet Home Alabama / Sweet Caroline

Ready Set Roll









Friday 17 January 2020.

SIDHU MOOSE WALA plus support djs live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

30 year old Indian (Punjabi) male rapper & actor plays a sold out London show.

It is a Live Nation promotion along with BBC Asian Network.

As it is quiet for major acts in January i always end up going to two or three shows that

i would never bother with if they were on at any other time of year when there is more to choose from.

The venue is totally rammed solid and the atmosphere is just incredible.

As expected the crowd is over 90% Asian.

First of all we get a couple of djs who hype the crowd up perfectly.

We get a dance competition - female from West London v male from East London...she won.

SIDHU MOOSE WALA eventually arrived on stage at 9.50pm for his 70 mins set.

He must think he is an Indian version of Axl Rose or Peter Doherty as he was due on at 9pm (50 mins late).

Sidhu is wearing an orange turban and the crowd are going wild.

He has a dozen of his mates and a couple of personal security standing on stage by the dj console.

Like the support acts , he sings along to the dj console backing tracks.

His Bhangra type music went down well with the very lively dance crowd.

A decent enough show in its own way.

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"In the 1970s , we supported all the major rock bands".

"We supported Aerosmith 40 times and they never ever gave us a soundcheck".

" I hated flying so i drove my motorcycle from city to city".

A nice rare interview by NEIL PEART (Rush) from several years ago when his book came out.

Type this sentence into Google search...

Neil Peart Full Interview On The Hour

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Happy Birthday to PAUL YOUNG who is 64 today.









Thursday 16 January 2020.

Type this into Google for your viewing pleasure.....9 minutes long video clip...

Foo Fighters - Monkey Wrench - Kiss Guy - Austin, TX. 4-18-18 (Yayo Sanchez) Multi-Cameras

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The chorus of Green Day's new single has a Gary Glitter/Joan Jett sample.

‘Oh Yeah’ is the third song released from the upcoming Green Day album ‘Father of all Motherfuckers’, due 7 February. The two previous tracks ‘Father of all Motherfuckers’ and ‘Fire, Ready, Aim’ were released late 2019.

In 1977, The Sex Pistols "Never Mind The Bollocks " album title caused a big fuss that ended up

in a court case.Professor James Kinsley,Head of the School of English at the University of Nottingham, who argued that the word "bollocks" was not obscene, and was actually a legitimate Old English term formerly used to refer to a priest,and which, in the context of the title, meant "nonsense".

The Sex Pistols / Virgin Records won the court case.

Now a band brings out an album titled "Father of all Motherfuckers" and nobody blinks an eyelid.

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Happy Birthday to my lovely mum who is 86 today.









Wednesday 15 January 2020...I went to two events tonight...

6pm to 7pm

Business Book Awards 2020 Shortlist Reveal Party - Millennium Hotel, Gloucester Road, London SW7.

Around 200 guests here in their very nice upstairs space called The Conservatory.

The Business Book Awards celebrate the work of authors who have shared their industry or market knowledge, experience and expertise in published book form.

The main awards dinner evening will be held on 23 March.

Complimentary wines along with fish burgers and hot canapés for all guests.

www.businessbookawards.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info.

then

7.30pm to 8.45pm

Masayoshi Nojo 'Under the Moonlight' - Private View - JD Malat Gallery, 30 Davies Street,

Mayfair, London W1.

Around 100 guests at this French owned gallery.

This is Masayoshi Nojo first solo show outside of Japan.

This exploration of time and memory is achieved using an innovative variety of mixed media and techniques, with each stage meticulously executed. Firstly, Nojo prepares the foundation of his canvas with a marbled layer of acrylic paint, reminiscent of the river in Kōrin’s seminal work Red and White Plum Blossoms. Nojo then photographs, selects, and carefully adjusts each image before transferring the image to the canvas via silk screening – allowing the marbled layer beneath to shine through and to create an abstracted, contemporary twist on the work. Finally, layers of aluminium and silver foil are applied to the canvas, highly symbolic and recreating a sense of intangible distant memories.

Complimentary Pommery champers for all guests.

www.jdmalat.com

Visit their website here for more info.







Tuesday 14 January 2020.

6pm to 8.15pm.

MARIANNITA LUZZATI x CARINA CISCATO - private view - The Brazilian Embassy,

14-16 Cockspur Street, London SW1.

The Embassy building is just over 100 yards from Trafalgar Square.

Around 100 guests are here.

The show presents 9 large Brazilian native landscape paintings by Mariannita Luzzati in a dialogue

with pottery pieces by Carina Ciscato.

Both are Brazilian artists who are based in London.

Complimentary prosecco and Brazilian canapés for all guests.

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Mum & Dad said they are "very proud".

Sam Springsteen, the 25-year old son of Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa, is a Jersey City, New Jersey, firefighter.

Sam was one of 15 new firefighters sworn in Jan. 14 during a ceremony at City Hall.

“It was a long road, and he was very dedicated,” said proud parents Bruce and Patti at the ceremony,

according to the Hudson County View. “We’re just excited for him today.”

Did someone say Fireman Sam?









Tuesday 14 January 2020.

Happy Birthday to DAVE GROHL (Foo Fighters /ex Nirvana) who is 51 today.

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Monday 13 January 2020.

Happy Birthday to SUGGS from Madness who is 59 today.







Resolution Festival at The 100 Club continues...

Resolution, a ten-day festival of all things punk, is returning yet again to it’s spiritual home, the 100 Club, for the 6th year running in January 2020. Resolution Festival celebrates the bands and musicians who kick started the punk movement and those who continue to breathe new life into it today.

Tickets for the whole festival available at £85.

For the first time the festival will be 14+, anyone under 18 needs to come along with an adult.

www.the100club.co.uk

Visit The 100 Club website here for more info and to buy tickets for all 100 Club shows.

They have replaced their iconic sign over the entrance with a nice new one.

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Sunday 12 January 2020.

THE UK SUBS + Red Light Rebels live at The 100 Club, London.

The Subs are still fronted by punk rock legend Charlie Harper who is aged 75...yes 75.

The Subs are playing a few UK shows before yet another full European Tour.

I saw them a few times in the late 1970s including when they supported Iggy Pop in 1979.

UK Subs had 6 x Top 40 hits in the UK during their heyday period - 1979 to 1981.

Every year the band are playing over 100 shows all over the world.

Tonight is the last night of this years Resolution Festival at this venue.

It is always special to be at a punk gig at this home of punk.

My friends always get me to look at the Steve Jones photo on the wall opposite the stage

where I am in it front of stage from The Sex Pistols legendary gig here in Sept 1976.

Gaye Black ex The Adverts was here.

RED LIGHT REBELS arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played for 40 mins.

The band from Cheltenham played a good uptempo set that featured tracks from their

EP "Rewind Erase" and their album and they fnished their set with a great track called "Joyride".

UK SUBS arrived on stage at 9.40pm and played for 65 mins.

Charlie Harper arrives on the stage to big cheers and looks more like a 50 year old rather than 75.

It soon gets live lively down the front as fans are jumping around and a few are getting on stage

for a dance and to sing along with Charlie.

The 23 song setlist whizzed along as no song lasted more than three minutes.

Highlights included great versions of "Warhead" and "Teenage".

They dedicated one song to Lemmy.

Charlie is holding lyrics in his hand for a couple of rarely played songs but they get thrown

in the air halfway through.

Good to see The UK Subs still keeping punk alive.

UK Subs setlist played tonight included...

You Can't Take It Anymore

Brand New Age

Public Servant

Warhead

Barbie's Dead

Organized Crime

Rat Race

Emotional Blackmail

Kicks

Teenage

Dirty Girls

500cc

Bomb Factory

You Don't Belong

Keep On Running

Rockers

Tomorrow's Girls

New York State Police

Encore:

Party in Paris

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This is well worth checking out on YouTube.

This week ,Patti Smith gave a very nice and rare interview to promote her book on The Jimmy Fallon Show

in America.

But the real draw is her performance. Smith, backed only by her bandmate Tony Shanahan on electric piano,

sang a stunning version of Neil Young’s searching, devastating 1970 classic “After The Gold Rush.”

I saw Patti Smith play her first two London shows...

Patti Smith,Stranglers Roundhouse, London 17.05.1976 (This was the first major punk gig in London )

Patti Smith,Stranglers Hammersmith Odeon, London 23.10.1976









Saturday 11 January 2020.

THEO VON live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Theo Von is an American stand-up comedian, podcaster, television personality, host, and actor.

In December 2018, Theo Von and comedian Brendan Schaub started a new podcast called The King and The Sting. At the podcast's release, The King and The Sting debuted #1 on the iTunes Podcast charts in the United States and also reached the top charts in the United Kingdom, Canada, Spain and Australia.

He was born in Covington, Louisiana, USA.

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As it is a comedy evening, it is stalls seating tonight.

Theo is not a mainstream name in the UK but this was the last of THREE sold out shows at this venue.

We had two support acts.

An English guy from Thornton Heath who had some funny bits in his 20 mins set.

An American guy who is his tour support, did a good, but crude in places 20 mins set.

THEO VON was on stage for around 60 mins.

Theo arrives on stage and has a jaw dropping stage production...just a stool.

He starts off with a good routine about his trademark "gender neutral mullet" hairstyle.

How he was quite happy with folks taking one look at his hair and not trusting him with any responsibility.

Theo has a full Southern drawl and does self-identify as "white trash", which forms the material in his set.

Theo says "I wear that name as a badge of honour. I wouldn’t have any of the stories I have today if it

wasn’t for growing up in Covington".

He says "dude" and "shit" a lot and routines on family, friends, school and Mexicans are pretty good.

A heckler down the front put him off his stride a bit but recovered from that ok.

It was a decent show and the crowd loved it.

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More full page ads in some newspapers as Live Nation are desperately trying to flog MADONNA tickets.

The shows start in two weeks time at The Palladium and are nowhere near a sell-out.

Hardly surprising ,with the mental ticket prices of over £450 down the front and hospitality much more.









Saturday 11 January 2020.

Very sad news that NEIL PEART has passed away.

Neil Peart, the drummer of iconic Canadian band Rush, has died at age 67.

The influential musician and lyricist died Tuesday in Santa Monica, California, after having been diagnosed

with brain cancer.

I saw Rush over a dozen times since Hammersmith Odeon in 1977 which was on their debut UK tour.

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Will rock legend TED NUGENT ever play the UK again?

It has been over a decade since he last appeared on these shores.

Maybe his outspoken love of guns and hunting has put promoters off booking him.

I saw him at least once on every one of his UK tours.

Ted Nugent,Dirty Tricks Hammersmith Odeon, London 12.09.1976 motor city madman

Ted Nugent,Steve Gibbons Band Hammersmith Odeon, London 05.03.1977

Ted Nugent,Steve Gibbons Band Hammersmith Odeon, London 06.03.1977

Ted Nugent , Hammersmith Odeon, London 16.08.1977

Ted Nugent,Girlschool Hammersmith Odeon, London 09.05.1979 we went to 9pm show

Ted Nugent,More Hammersmith Odeon , London 01.06.1981

Ted Nugent ,Hammersmith Odeon , London 29.02.1984

Ted Nugent,Krokus Hammersmith Odeon , London 20.03.1988 great double bill

Ted Nugent , Astoria , London 06.06.2002 His first UK show for 14 years.

Ted Nugent, Quireboys , Indigo, London 14.07.2008 great double bill











Friday 10 January 2020.

Happy Birthday to ROD STEWART who is 75 today.

Not the best past fortnight for Rod as this week he was planning to go into hospital for knee

replacement surgery and he is due in court next month after a New Years Eve scuffle in Palm Beach.

The scuffle happened after Rod was told by security "I'm afraid you are not on the guest list".

Police reviewed security camera footage and took two signed sworn witness statements confirming that Sean Stewart had pushed security guard Mr Dixon and alleging that they saw Sir Rod punch him.

The video footage showed that Sean and Rod were "the primary aggressors", according to the report.

Mr Dixon wishes to go forward with prosecuting both Stewarts for battery.

Police said in the report that there is enough evidence to charge Rod with one count of simple battery.

It is unclear if Sean will also face charges, although the arrest documentation lists him as a co-defendant.

Sir Rod was issued with a notice to appear at the Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Complex on Feb 5.









Thursday 09 January 2020.

Happy Birthday to guitar legend JIMMY PAGE who is 76 today.

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Wednesday 08 January 2020.

Happy Birthday to ROBBY KRIEGER ex The Doors who is 74 today

Robby is an American guitarist and singer-songwriter best known as the guitarist of the rock band The Doors; as such he has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Krieger wrote or co-wrote many of the Doors' songs, including the hits "Light My Fire", "Love Me Two Times", "Touch Me", and "Love Her Madly".

Robby was the guest on Steve Jones LA Radio Show last week where he talked about the upcoming

docu film "Break On Thru" which is in selected UK cinemas on 12 Feb 2020.

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David Bowie would have been 73 today.

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Happy Birthday to DAVID JOHANSEN who is 70 today.

Thinking back to their great reunion period when i saw New York Dolls play Morrissey's Meltdown Festival

at The Royal Festival Hall in 2004 which was followed by three great albums and they pretty much came

back every year until 2011 so i could see them a few more times.









Tuesday 07 January 2020...I went to two events today...

3pm to 4.30pm

TUTANKHAMUN at Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea, London.

In residence at the Saatchi Gallery from Saturday 2 November 2019 - Sunday 3 May 2020, the exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb, and is the final chance to see these glittering world heritage artefacts before they return to Egypt forever.

Explore the life of King Tutankhamun, and the storied discovery that captivated the world, through more than 150 authentic pieces from the tomb - three times the quantity that has travelled in previous exhibitions - more than 60 of which are travelling outside of Egypt for the first time.

The third of 10 cities to host TUTANKHAMUN: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh the London showing follows record-breaking stops in Los Angeles and Paris. In Los Angeles the exhibition was among the most successful in the history of the California Science Centre, while in Paris it became France's most attended exhibition of all time with over 1.4 million visitors.

My parents visited the exhibition in London in the 1970s when it drew over a million visitors.

It was at The Saatchi Gallery in April 2016 when i was at the opening night party for THE ROLLING STONES

"Exhibitionism" exhibition , which was a mega event where all the band members turned up along

with many other celebrity guests.

www.saatchigallery.com

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.

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Your ticket is timed entry so that the queues are evened out.

The tickets are on the expensive side as it is £28 to visit during the week and a bit more at weekends.

TUTANKHAMUN is the biggest and most popular "must see" exhibition currently showing in London.

Like The Stones exhibition there is a lot to see in the dozen rooms over the two floors.

The stunning artefacts include many marked as " first time out of Egypt".

There are videos showing the original discovery.

Arguably one of the most famous – and spectacular – archaeological discoveries of all time, Howard Carter’s excavation at the Valley of the Kings in 1922 propelled a short-lived and perhaps rather politically unimportant pharaoh into the history books. Tutankhamun may have died while still in his teens but his tomb had been packed with beautiful objects befitting his royal status – and, unusually, had escaped detection by robbers. Howard Carter had discovered a treasure trove of ‘wonderful things’.

I was lucky to visit Egypt a decade ago and went to a few different areas which included where they

found Tutankhamun. On that day there was a random sighting as a convoy of half a dozen limos pulled up.

I looked over to see who it was and one of them was TONY BLAIR who was The Middle East Envoy.

Really great to see al these famous artefacts again.

At the end of the exhibition was the massive merch store where you can buy a mug for £12.

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then

6pm to 8pm

THE LANDMARK HOTEL - press showcase - 222 Marylebone Road, London NW1.

This five star luxury hotel is situated on The Marylebone Road which is one of Londons busiest and

most polluted three lanes each side road, but that is forgotten when you head inside this stunning hotel.

In the heart of London’s fashionable Marylebone, this deluxe hotel has a stunning glass-roofed 8-story atrium with towering palm trees, an award-winning restaurant & bar, luxurious bedrooms and an indoor pool and spa.

We are shown around the ground floor level and then head to one of their bars.

Five different complimentary cocktails and nibbles here with my fave cocktail being Marylebone Twist.

Cocktails normally are £15 each, so not for those on a budget.

Lots of great staff fussing over us.

www.landmarklondon.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info.

The opening picture on their website shows you their stunning atrium.











Tuesday 07 January 2020.

KOKO - CAMDEN

A famous north London music venue has been engulfed in a blaze.

Smoke and flames could be seen billowing from the scaffolding in the roof of Koko, in Camden, which is currently under refurbishment.

London Fire Brigade sent about 60 firefighters and eight fire engines to the venue on Camden High Street after they were called just before 21:00 GMT...(Monday evening)

The brigade said 30% of the roof was alight and it was "working hard" to save the rest of the building.

Oliver Cooper, a Conservative councillor who witnessed the fire, said the blaze was "under control and now being pushed back".

He added on Twitter: "Devastated by the potential loss of such a huge part of Camden's culture."

Koko was previously known as the Camden Palace and has been one of the most iconic of London's live music venues for decades.

It is currently closed , and was set to reopen in spring.

I have been there many times when it was called Koko, Camden Palace and The Music Machine.

Check on my venue search on www.raysgigs.com to see the list of the 23 shows i saw here 1977 to 1980

when it was called The Music Machine...includes Motörhead and The Clash...







Monday 06 January 2020.

A nice 27 mins DIY video tour of Shepherds Bush including the music & tv history of the area.

Type this into Google search for the YouTube video.

Shepherd's Bush History - home of UK Entertainment







Sunday 05 January 2020.

One of my fave tracks from The Clash (features Mick Jones on vocals).

Type the following in Google search to see the black & white video.

The Clash - Stay Free - 3/8/1980 - Capitol Theatre (Official)

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The BRIT Awards have been very good at spotting new talent over the past decade.

The BRITs have announced the shortlisted acts for their Rising Star 2020 award.

The prestigious accolade - which was formerly known as the BRITs Critics' Choice award - has nominated Beabadoobee, Celeste and Joy Crookes for the prize, which recognises fresh and promising talent for the forthcoming year.

I saw Joy Crookes perform a 30 mins set at the star-studded V & A Museum summer party in 2019.

The winner will perform at The BRIT Awards in Feb.

Previous winners...

2008 - Adele

2009 - Florence + The Machine

2010 - Ellie Goulding

2011 - Jessie J

2012 - Emeli Sandé

2013 - Tom Odell

2014 - Sam Smith

2015 - James Bay

2016 - Jack Garratt

2017 - Rag ’n’ Bone Man

2018 - Jorja Smith

2019 - Sam Fender









Saturday 04 January 2020.

Happy Birthday to ex REM singer MICHAEL STIPE who is 60 today.

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This video on YouTube is good...two songs with choir...

Type the following in Google search.

Lenny Kravitz Tribute to Prince - 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony







Friday 03 January 2020.

Happy Birthday to ex Led Zeppelin bass player John Paul Jones, who is 74 today

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The Official Top 40 biggest selling albums of 2019 in the UK.

1 DIVINELY UNINSPIRED TO A HELLISH EXTENT LEWIS CAPALDI

2 NO 6 COLLABORATIONS PROJECT ED SHEERAN

3 THE GREATEST SHOWMAN MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING

4 WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP WHERE DO WE GO BILLIE EILISH

5 STAYING AT TAMARA'S GEORGE EZRA

6 BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY - OST QUEEN

7 THANK U NEXT ARIANA GRANDE

8 WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE TOM WALKER

9 A STAR IS BORN MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING

10 YOU'RE IN MY HEART ROD STEWART

11 DIVIDE ED SHEERAN

12 THE CHRISTMAS PRESENT ROBBIE WILLIAMS

13 50 YEARS - DON'T STOP FLEETWOOD MAC

14 EVERYDAY LIFE COLDPLAY

15 DIAMONDS ELTON JOHN

16 ALWAYS IN BETWEEN JESS GLYNNE

17 THE PLATINUM COLLECTION QUEEN

18 DON'T SMILE AT ME BILLIE EILISH

19 DUA LIPA DUA LIPA

20 HOLLYWOOD'S BLEEDING POST MALONE







Thursday 02 January 2020.

Happy Birthday to legendary photographer DAVID BAILEY who is 82 today.

Along with Terence Donovan and Brian Duffy, Bailey captured and helped create the 'Swinging London' of the 1960s: a culture of fashion and celebrity chic. The three photographers socialised with actors, musicians and royalty, and found themselves elevated to celebrity status. Together, they were the first real celebrity photographers, named by Norman Parkinson "the Black Trinity".











Wednesday 01 January 2020.

A rewind to the 70s and 80s has continued a comeback, with sales of music cassettes hitting a 15-year high.

They may have been clunky, a pain to skip between songs, and often dodgy quality, but tapes are seemingly trendy again.

Music industry body the BPI said UK cassette sales reached 80,404 last year (2019), the highest annual figure since the just over 100,000 figure in 2004.

Experts put the revival down to a combination of people who bought them in their youth, and a novelty for younger music fans.









Tuesday 31 December 2019.

NYE Fireworks display party at Embankment area down by The London Eye.

Dance tunes will be playing before and after the 10/12 minutes of fireworks at midnight.

It is a £10 paid ticket for the best viewing positions, all 100,000 tickets have now been sold.

I went to it last year for the first time since it was a paid event and it was much more fun than expected.

Free travel on the tube and buses from 11.45pm on New Year's Eve, through till 4.30am on New Year's Day.

It will be shown live on BBC1 , ITV and SKY.

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We were up there from 10pm to 1am.

A bit colder than last year, but not too bad.

We are in the Red Zone which is to the left of the fireworks display area.

Half the crowd seem to be overseas tourists, with loads of Japanese here.

Although there is security body searches and bag searches here , you can actually

bring in your own cans of booze.

A nice friendly atmosphere and the fireworks at midnight were great.

After the fireworks it was nice to see the 100 or so Thames party boats of different sizes

depart back to their moorings as all the buildings along the Thames were lit up.









Monday 30 December 2019.

MY BEST GIGS OF 2019 LIST.

I went to an incredible 172 live music events & gigs in 2019.

This makes the grand total of 7054 gigs seen by me since 1973.

Loads of great gigs not on this list but here are my stand out Top 20 gigs of 2019...

There are are various reasons why a show can be great , it's just my personal choice.

Gun Control - The Rocket Pub, Acton - Gun Control with me on drums played two great gigs in 2019.

People dancing and enjoying our original songs is always pretty special.

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Gold Medal...

Best live band of the year - KISS - Birmingham Arena 09 July and 02 Arena 11 July.

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Silver Medal runners-up were...

Stranglers + Rich Kids + Suzi Quatro + Barrie Masters + Glen Matlock --- Islington Academy, 27 March.

Sting with Shaggy --- Roundhouse, 19 May.

Lenny Kravitz --- Wembley Arena , 10 June.

Metallica + Ghost --- Twickenham Stadium , 20 June.

The Who + Eddie Vedder + Kaiser Chiefs --- Wembley Stadium, 06 July.

Alice Cooper + Stranglers --- 02 Arena , 10 October.

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Bronze Medal...

Tina Turner - The Musical --- Aldwych Theatre, 04 Feb.

Mott The Hoople --- Shepherds Bush Empire, 26/27 April.

Liam Gallagher --- Round Chapel, Hackney, 05 June.

Fleetwood Mac + Pretenders --- Wembley Stadium, 16 June.

Bon Jovi + Manic Street Preachers --- Wembley Stadium , 21 June.

Eagles + Sheryl Crow --- Wembley Stadium , 23 June.

Pink --- Wembley Stadium ,29/30 June. (Pink flying around Wembley Stadium on a zip-wire was the best visual of the year)

Nile Rodgers & Chic --- Royal Festival Hall, 04 August.

Prophets Of Rage --- Shepherds Bush Empire , 11 August.

Psychedelic Furs --- Roundhouse, 12 October.

The Damned --- Palladium , 28 October.

Suede + Pretenders --- Shepherds Bush Empire, 20 Nov.

Ronnie Wood Band --- Shepherds Bush Empire , 21 Nov.

Madness --- Roundhouse, 15 Dec/17 Dec.









Monday 30 December 2019.

Happy Birthday to JEFF LYNNE who is 72 today.

Happy Birthday to PATTI SMITH who is 73 today.







Sunday 29 December 2019.

For those of you that remember when Top Of The Pops had female dancers.

This is a good one...type in Google the following...

Sex Pistols - Silly Thing (Legs and Co dance, Top Of The Pops 1979)

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Happy Birthday to MARIANNE FAITHFUL who is 73 today.









Saturday 28 December 2019.

Rock legend LEMMY sadly passed away four years ago today.

On 28 December 2015, four days after his 70th birthday, Lemmy died at his apartment from prostate cancer, cardiac arrhythmia and congestive heart failure.

Lemmy continued to record and tour regularly with Motörhead until his death in December 2015 in Los Angeles, California, where he had lived since 1990. Aside from his musical activities, he was well known for his hard-living lifestyle, which included chain-smoking and regular consumption of alcohol and amphetamines. He died on 28 December 2015.

I saw Motörhead play live around 35 times since 1975.

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Friday 27 December 2019.

George Michael‘s sister, Melanie Panayiotou, was found dead on Christmas Day – on the exact third anniversary of the singer’s death.

Panayiotou, 55, was discovered at her home in Hampstead, London, on Wednesday night (December 25).

A Metropolitan Police statement said: “Police were called by London Ambulance Service at approximately 19:35hrs on Wednesday, 25 December to reports of the sudden death of a woman, aged in her 50s, at an address in Oak Hill Park, NW3.

The news comes exactly three years after George Michael was found dead at his home in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, on Christmas Day in 2016. He “passed away peacefully at home” at the age of 53 of natural causes.

Ms. Panayiotou, a hairdresser, was close with her brother, travelling with him around the world at the height of his fame with Wham! in the 1980s and 1990s, and was heavily involved in helping manage his estate.









Friday 27 December 2019.

40 years ago this week i attended all four of the Charity Concerts for Kampuchea at Hammersmith Odeon.

The Beat ,Windsor Castle Pub, London W9 21.12.1979

Police,Squeeze Lewisham Odeon, London 22.12.1979

Leo Sayer,Mainland Hammersmith Odeon, London 24.12.1979 last of 5 shows at ham odeon by Leo

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Queen , Hammersmith Odeon, London 26.12.1979 Charity Concert For Kampuchea

Ian Dury And The Blockheads,Clash,Mutumbi Hammersmith Odeon, London 27.12.1979 Charity Concert For Kampuchea

The Who,Specials,Pretenders Hammersmith Odeon, London 28.12.1979 Charity Concert For Kampuchea

Wings,Elvis Costello,Rockpile Hammersmith Odeon, London 29.12.1979 Charity Concert For Kampuchea

The newspapers were full of rumours that John Lennon and George Harrison would join Macca on stage

which resulted in over 200 outside looking for tickets and the touts were selling for big money....John and George did not show.

This would be the last ever Wings show.





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News and Reviews: 27th December 2019

Sunday 22 December 2019.

JOE STRUMMER (The Clash) sadly died this day in 2002 at the age of just 50.

Strummer died suddenly on 22 December 2002 in his home at Broomfield in Somerset, the victim of an undiagnosed congenital heart defect.









Saturday 21 December 2019.

BEN ELTON comedy night at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Comedy writer Ben Elton hosts and headlines an evening of laughs to raise money for disability charity Scope. Comedians Jo Coffey, Kae Kurd, Chris McCausland, Shazia Mirza and Tim Renkow are also on the programme.

Ben Elton (now aged 60) is a British comedian, author, playwright, actor and director. He was a part of London's alternative comedy movement of the 1980s and became a writer on series such as The Young Ones and Blackadder, as well as continuing as a stand-up comedian on stage and television. His style in the 1980s was left-wing political satire. Since then he has published 15 novels and written the musicals We Will Rock You (2002) and Love Never Dies (2010), the sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. His novels cover the dystopian, comedy, and crime genres.

His latest book is called "Identity Crisis".

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It is stalls seated tonight and Level 3 unsold so maybe 600 or 700 here.

The first set was the five support acts performing for 10/12 mins each.

Ben Elton introduced each act.

Shazia Mirza was the only name i know but they all did decent routines with funny bits.

Three of the four other acts have disabilities.

There are a couple of females all evening at the side of stage "signing" for any deaf people in the audience.

For the second set BEN ELTON arrived on stage at 9.15pm and performed for around 70 mins.

Ben has a raspy voice as he is at the end of a massive UK tour of 70 or 80 shows.

Ben has always been a life-long Labour supporter.

In the 1980s Ben was a Tory bashing comedian so there is no doubt the current political situation

has encouraged him to go on tour again as Boris Johnson gets a fair amount of stick tonight.

Ben is talking away very fast as usual on subjects close to his heart including...

His hatred of the internet & mobile phones

His relationships with his wife & children including musical tastes

Channel 4 in the 1980s and Channel 4 now

The BBC

Getting older

Loads of funny routines and a very enjoyable evening.

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MARTIN PETERS has died aged 76.

Sad news that one of my fave football players from the late 1960s has passed away.

Martin Peters scored in England's 1966 World Cup final victory over West Germany and also played for West Ham, Tottenham, Norwich and Sheffield United.

With his transfer from West Ham United to Tottenham Hotspur in 1970, he became Britain's first £200,000 footballer.









Friday 20 December 2019.

THE DARKNESS + REWS live at The Roundhouse, London.

I have seen The Darkness a few times since their million selling debut album came out in 2003.

During their heyday period over a decade ago , the band had five x Top 10 hit singles in the UK.

The Darkness are touring the UK to promote their recent album " Easter Is Cancelled ".

On drums will be Rufus Taylor (son of Queen drummer Roger Taylor).

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Tonight is the last night of The Darkness 18 date UK tour.

REWS arrive on stage at 7.45pm and play for 30 mins.

REWS is an alt-rock/pop band lead by N. Irish musician and songwriter, Shauna Tohill.

They played some decent tracks from their debut album.

THE DARKNESS were on stage for 1 hour 50 mins over two sets of 45 mins and 65 mins.

The first set was the new album and the second set was greatest hits.

The band were all dressed in white for the first set and wore rock n roll stage wear for the second set.

Justin is wearing a trademark catsuit with all his chest exposed.

They had a big screen showing pre-recorded images.

There was plenty of pyros and the ticker-tape cannons were used three times.

The Darkness have had their fair amount of stick from critics over the years but surely they have been one

of the most entertaining rock bands from the past 15 years.

Melodic songwriting, with hard riffing rock and Justin Hawkins falsetto vocals are a great combination.

Justin says "the bands new 10 track album is conceptual, and should be played in full".

The new album rocks along nicely, but Justin knows the fans are here for the big hits of yesterday.

Justin is very comfortable with talking to the fans and joking around with them.

At one point he gets fed up with 100 smartphones taking photos and asks for them to all put their

phones away for one song and he picks one designated photographer

who was on a friends shoulders to video it and put it up on his instagram account.

Their big hits are some of the best rock tunes to hit the charts in the past 15 years.

For their Christmas song encore the white (snow like) ticker-tape fell on the crowd.

A great show.

Full setlist played by The Darkness tonight...

FIRST SET - Easter Is Cancelled album played in full

Rock and Roll Deserves to Die (with extended Outro)

How Can I Lose Your Love

Live 'Til I Die

Heart Explodes

Deck Chair (Dan on bass, Frankie on acoustic, Rufus on keyboard)

Easter Is Cancelled

Heavy Metal Lover

In Another Life

Choke on It

We Are the Guitar Men (Justin solo acoustic)

SECOND SET - greatest hits

One Way Ticket

Barbarian

Growing on Me

Japanese Prisoner of Love

Love Is Only a Feeling

Solid Gold

Givin' Up

Street Spirit (Fade Out) (Radiohead cover) (With "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" snippet by ‪The Beatles‬)

Get Your Hands Off My Woman

I Believe in a Thing Called Love

Encore:

Christmas Time (Don't Let the Bells End)

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More news on Steve Jones heart attack....

His Doctor, who joined Jonesy on his show , goes onto say that Steve suffered from a very severe heart attack that easily could have killed him and he is lucky to be alive, however, Steve has suffered long term damage to his heart muscles. “In your case, they averted a larger heart attack by getting to your heart and opening you up”. “I think I had a heart attack a week beforehand and didn’t know it” Jonesy casually says. “I went walking once and my heart and chest started hurting.”









Thursday 19 December 2019.

RONNIE SPECTOR & THE RONETTES live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

The iconic singer and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Ronnie Spector, will return to the UK this Christmas with her band, The Ronettes, for the ultimate holiday extravaganza! Their acclaimed, multi-media show will deliver a raucous, rocking and intoxicating blend of Ronnie’s Christmas classics, as well as cult gems from her back catalogue.

Ronnie & The Ronettes had a few hit singles in the mid 1960s.

When The Ronettes first toured in England in 1964, The Rolling Stones were their support act.

The group broke up in early 1967, following a European concert tour.

They did not reunite until their 2007 induction (by Keith Richards) into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Ronnie Spector was famously married to the record producer Phil Spector, who was responsible for The Ronettes' greatest hits, including Be My Baby and Walking in the Rain. But after their wedding in 1968, Ronnie said Phil deprived her of the limelight and virtually imprisoned her in his Los Angeles mansion.

Ronnie Spector got divorced from legendary record producer Phil Spector in 1974.

Ronnie Spector is now aged 76.

I did not see her last show at The Roundhouse , but i did see her perform at The Barbican in 2015.

I also saw her at The Queen Elizabeth Hall in 2014.

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A mainly older crowd here so the stalls is all seated tonight.

A few of the women in the crowd are wearing Santa outfits.

RONNIE SPECTOR was on stage for 80 mins over two sets of 30 mins and 50 mins.

11 musicians on stage including a three man brass section and two younger Ronettes on backing vocals.

There is a big screen showing vintage Ronettes video clips from the 1960s.

Ronnie still has the big hair she had back in the 1960s.

Ronnie told a few stories from the 1960s between songs.

As expected there were lots of Christmas songs in the set.

The crowd all got up and rushed down the front at the end of the main set when she played "Be My Baby".

For the encore Ronnie came on stage wearing a Santa outfit.

Great to see this legend is still rockin'.

Full Ronnie Spector setlist played tonight...

FIRST SET

Tape Intro (Spanish Harle)

Frosty the Snow Man (Gene Autry cover)

Because (The Dave Clark Five cover)

Do I Love You (The Ronettes song)

It's Christmas Once Again (Frankie Lymon cover)

Baby, I Love You (The Ronettes song)

Under the Mistletoe

What'd I Say (Ray Charles cover)

SECOND SET

Sleigh Ride (Leroy Anderson cover)

I'm So Young (The Students cover)

Best Christmas Ever

Walking In the Rain (The Ronettes song)

(The Best Part of) Breakin' Up (The Ronettes song)

How Can You Mend a Broken Heart? (Bee Gees cover)

Happy Holidays

Back to Black (Amy Winehouse cover)

Be My Baby (Ellie Greenwich cover)

Encore:

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (Jimmy Boyd cover)

Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band cover)

I Can Hear Music (The Ronettes song)

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Shock news that the reason SEX PISTOLS guitar hero STEVE JONES suddenly stopped

presenting his radio show was that he has had a heart attack.

SEX PISTOLS guitarist Steve Jones has returned to radio , three months after undergoing a heart operation.

Jones broke the news of his ailment during his show, "Jonesy's Jukebox", on the 95.5 KLOS station in Los Angeles.

The Sex Pistols guitarist awoke in the middle of the night with a pain in his chest. He drove himself to a Los Angeles area hospital, where he underwent emergency heart surgery. “So, I had a heart attack,” Jones admitted, “and I kept hearing 90% blockage.”

Despite now being strong enough to return to his radio gig, Jones said his recovery has been “a bit of a nightmare. I'm on eight [or] nine medications,” he noted. “And I'm getting real weird reactions, dizzy and just out of my mind."

Wishing you a full recovery JONESY.







Wednesday 18 December 2019.

Happy Birthday to guitar legend KEITH RICHARDS who is 76 today.

Despite their rock n roll lifestyles back in the day ,it may look like Keith and Iggy Pop will outlive everyone.

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Sad news that entertainer Kenny Lynch has died aged 81.

He hit the Top 10 with 'Up on the Roof' and toured with The Beatles.

Lenny was a trailblazer for black entertainers.

The singer and actor passed away in the early hours of this morning, after making his mark in variety shows in the 60s.

Lenny was on the front cover of The Wings 1973 album cover for "Band on the Run".

The cover depicts McCartney, Linda and Laine plus six other well-known people dressed as convicts caught in the spotlight of a prison searchlight. They are Michael Parkinson, Kenny Lynch, James Coburn, Clement Freud, Christopher Lee and John Conteh.

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IGGY POP is doing another tv advert to keep the dollars coming in.

This time it is for popular holiday company www.onthebeach.co.uk

The pr agency says...

"One killer shot, with Iggy’s beautiful gravel voice over the top, will stand out a mile in the clutter of Christmas. This campaign is all about creating the space to tell some properly naughty stories. Sometimes, words just win. You can do in a spoken story what you could never do in picture.”







Tuesday 17 December 2019.

MADNESS + dj live at The Roundhouse, London.

I am back to see Madness again after their great show on Sunday.

The show was pretty much the same with the same setlist and the same stage banter.

One extra thing Suggs said when talking about going to The Roundhouse in the 1970s.

He mentioned a famous long haired skinny gig-goer called Jesus who i saw a lot back then as he would be

front side of stage with his tambourine or maracas.

Soooo many great hits played by Madness tonight and even their recent material sounds really good.

See my Sunday review for their full setlist played.

Another really great show.

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Around 15 years ago i won a competition on Virgin Radio.

It was a three course dinner with drinks in Soho for four people with Suggs.

We had a great evening as Suggs was good company and posed for photos etc.

I brought along an old Chelsea football programme for him as he supports them.









Tuesday 17 December 2019.

40 years ago today , original AC/DC singer BON SCOTT played his last ever London show.

It was Hammersmith Odeon on 17 Dec 1979 and i was there.

It was the 19th time...yes 19th time i had seen him with them since 1976.

Just a couple of months later he was found dead.

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A box at The Royal Albert Hall is for sale at the same price as a castle.

Harrods Estates seek £3 million ($4 million, €3.5 million) for Grand Tier Box 25 at the Royal Albert Hall.

Agents Urban Base seek the same sum for The Castle.

Alternatively and without spending a penny more or a penny less, a buyer could snag themselves the Grade II* listed ‘The Castle’ at Castle Eden, near Durham. The mansion, built circa 1700, stands in 14 acres and includes 11 bedrooms, an orangery and a cupola dome.









Monday 16 December 2019.

SINEAD O'CONNOR live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Following an intimate Irish tour and a few shows in mainland Europe, Sinead O’Connor returns to the UK stage for the first time in four years, for a very special one-off London show.

I have seen Sinead around a dozen times since 1987 when she supported INXS at Hammersmith Odeon.

This is her first London show since her recent conversion to Islam, AKA Shuhada Sadaqat.

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SINEAD O'CONNOR & her band arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played for around 85 mins.

Sinead O’Connor’s comeback gigs follows hot on the heels of an appearance on The Late Late Show in September this year, where the Irish icon propelled herself back into the limelight with a beautiful and memorable performance of Nothing Compares 2 U.

O’Connor walked onto the stage barefoot, all in black Muslim attire, a small figure supported by her band – an electric guitar and bass, acoustic guitar, drums, and keys. She began with three powerful songs, all marked by the humour and rage that characterise much of her output. Her voice is still pretty incredible, and you cannot take your eyes of Sinead.

"I sold your granny’s rosary for 50p" is a particularly memorable line in "Reason With Me".

Superb versions of "The Emperor's New Clothes" and "Nothing Compare 2 U".

For the encore , into the powerful "Three Babies", before she began her last, "Milestones’ (her newest, a teaser for her next album, No Mud No Lotus), without the microphone, then ended with just the keyboard for accompaniment. A haunting end to a brilliant show.

Guests in the crowd included live music venue owning legend Vince (Mean Fiddler) Power who

currently owns Nells in West Kensington and Subterania in Ladbroke Grove.

Also here was Jenny Drag from cool all-girl band The Priscilla's.

Full Sinead O'Connor setlist played tonight...

Queen of Denmark (John Grant cover)

Take Me to Church

4th and Vine

Reason with Me

The Wolf Is Getting Married

Jealous

I Am Stretched on Your Grave

In This Heart

Black Boys on Mopeds

’Til I Whisper U Something

Harbour

Thank You for Hearing Me

The Last Day of Our Acquaintance

The Emperor's New Clothes

Nothing Compares 2 U (Prince cover)

Hold Back the Night

Encore:

Three Babies

Milestones

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Happy Birthday to ZZ Tops Billy Gibbons who is 70 today.







Sunday 15 December 2019.

MADNESS + dj live at The Roundhouse, London.

Madness play the first of three Christmas party shows at The Roundhouse.

These are smaller venue shows for them as they usually play The 02 Arena every December.

These sold out shows are to celebrate their 40th anniversary.

I have seen Madness around 25 times since 1979 when the ska revival kicked off in the UK.

They have had a staggering 17 x Top 10 UK hit singles including a number one with "House of Fun".

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Quite a few fans are wearing Madness related clothing, fez, shades, two tone clothes etc.

There is a fully dressed up Pearly King & Queen collecting charity donations in the foyer.

The dj plays a nice warm-up set of classic ska, reggae, soul etc.

MADNESS play for around 1 hour 50 mins over two sets of 30 mins and 80 mins.

Madness are actually supporting themselves tonight.

For the first set they are at the front part of the stage as they recreate The Dublin Castle

in 1979 for their first ever gig and play a few songs that they played at that gig.

They even wore the same type of clothes they were wearing then.

For the second set , they were all in smart suits for the full production with big screen live footage/ images.

It is pretty compulsive to dance away to their bouncy songs and great lyrics.

Singer Suggs commands the ship as usual , with his wry humour.

So many of their superb hits played in a great show.

Full Madness setlist played tonight....

FIRST SET - Dublin Castle 1979 production

Nutty Theme

Stepping Into Line

Mistakes

Swan Lake (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky cover)

Land of Hope and Glory

The Young and the Old

Bed and Breakfast Man

The Prince

SECOND SET - full show production

One Step Beyond (Prince Buster cover)

Embarrassment

NW5

My Girl

Uncle Sam

Bullingdon Boys

Drip Fed Fred

Shut Up

Before We Was We

(Waiting For) The Ghost Train

Forever Young

Wings of a Dove

In My Street

House of Fun

Baggy Trousers

Our House

It Must Be Love (Labi Siffre cover)

Encore :

Madness (Prince Buster cover)

Night Boat to Cairo (a female fan was brought on stage for a dance)

Tape outro song - Always Look on the Bright Side of Life (Monty Python song)

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Happy Birthday to bass player for the Clash, Paul Simonon who is 64 today.









Saturday 14 December 2019.

FLYING COLORS + DILEMMA live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Flying Colors is an American supergroup composed of Mike Portnoy, Dave LaRue, Casey McPherson, Neal Morse and Steve Morse. The band's mission, chartered by executive producer Bill Evans, is to combine complex music with accessible songwriting.

They are playing a one-off sold out UK show on their four date European Tour.

They come to London in support of their third album, Third Degree.

Steve Morse is the current guitarist in Deep Purple.

Mike Portnoy is the incredible drummer who co- founded Dream Theater.

Support comes from Prog rock band Dilemma.

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It is stalls seats tonight so sold out at 1200 rather than the usual 2000 punters.

DILEMMA arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played for 45 mins.

They are a Dutch Prog band who played some decent songs with a vocalist with a high range.

They are given a small space at the front as Flying Colors drums and keyboards take up huge spaces.

They said "it has always been a dream of ours to play this famous venue".

Mike Portnoy's drums are uncovered a couple of minutes before he takes the stage.

A massive gleaming kit that has around a dozen cymbals.

FLYING COLORS arrived on stage and played for two hours.

They have a big screen showing pre-recorded images.

Thankfully not as proggy as expected , as they played nice melodic rock.

Steve Morse guitar playing was superb all night.

For some reason he plays guitar with a fingerless glove.

Mike Portnoy is one of those drummers that i love to watch.

All the band are top notch musicians and the band vocal harmonies were good.

A couple of songs were a bit Muse like.

For the first song of the encore the singer walked through the stalls seated area and for

the final two songs the crowd got up as the songs got very lively.

A very enjoyable show.

Full Flying Colors setlist played tonight...

Blue Ocean

A Place in Your World

The Loss Inside

More

Kayla

Geronimo

You Are Not Alone

Forever in a Daze

Love Letter

Peaceful Harbor

Crawl

Infinite Fire

Encore:

Cosmic Symphony

The Storm

Mask Machine

Note: Filmed and recorded for a forthcoming live release

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The Who's first album in 13 years is expected to go in the charts near the top this weekend.

Update - It went in at number three...Rod Stewart hits with orchestra album is number one.

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14 December 1973.

It was 46 years ago that i saw my first of over 2000 shows at Hammersmith Odeon (now The Apollo)

Mott The Hoople + Queen

I was 14 and seen Mott The Hoople on Top Of The Pops a few times.

It was the second of two shows they played on the same night...8.30pm start...tickets were £1.

I always wondered whatever happened to the support act!

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Released in the UK in 14 December 1979, London Calling album by The Clash is forty years old today.









Friday 13 December 2019.

THE WONDER STUFF + JIM BOB live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

They had 13 x Top 40 hits in the UK including 4 x Top 10s during their heyday period from1988 to 1994.

This year not only sees The Wonder Stuff release their ninth album, Better Being Lucky, but it also marks 30 years since the release of the band’s classic second album, HUP. To celebrate the new record and the landmark anniversary, The Wonder Stuff will be touring the UK playing HUP in its entirety and showcasing tracks from the upcoming album Better Being Lucky. That’s not it, though, as the band will also be throwing in a full performance of their seminal debut album, The Eight Legged Groove Machine!

Support comes from Jim Bob - ex Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine.

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Tonight is not sold out , but pretty full with all levels open.

JIM BOB arrived on stage at 7.30pm and performed a 45 mins acoustic set.

Jim Bob comes from the same era as The Wonder Stuff so the crowd know his songs.

Great to hear "The Only Living Boy in New Cross " and "Sheriff Fatman".

A good set.

Full Jim Bob setlist played tonight...

Is Wrestling Fixed? (Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine song)

Billy's Smart Circus (Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine song)

Mrs Fucking MacMurphy

Anytime Anyplace Anywhere (Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine song)

A Perfect Day to Drop the Bomb (Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine song) (Vocal only)

Midnight on the Murder Mile (Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine song)

Victim

Shoppers' Paradise (Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine song)

The Only Living Boy in New Cross (Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine song)

Lean on Me I Won't Fall Over (Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine song)

Sheriff Fatman (Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine song)

THE WONDER STUFF were on stage for 1 hour 55 mins over two sets of 25 mins and 90 mins.

The short set at the start was five songs from their most recent album.

The second set was much more livelier with older material that the crowd knew.

They had a female violinist / backing vocals who was really good.

The crowd are jumping around down the front to their many uptempo tracks.

A very enjoyable show.

Full setlist played tonight by The Wonder Stuff...

FIRST SET

BETTER BEING LUCKY album tracks.

Feet to the Flames

Lay Down Your Cards

No Thieves Among Us

Don't Anyone Dare Give a Damn

When All of This Is Over

(followed by 15 min break)

SECOND SET

HUP album

30 Years in the Bathroom

Radio Ass Kiss

Them, Big Oak Trees

Golden Green

Cartoon Boyfriend

Unfaithful

Piece of Sky

Let's Be Other People

Don't Let Me Down, Gently

Can't Shape Up

Room 410

THE EIGHT LEGGED GROOVE MACHINE album

Red Berry Joy Town

No, for the 13th Time

It's Yer Money I'm After, Baby

Rue the Day

Give, Give, Give Me More, More, More

Like a Merry Go Round

The Animals and Me

A Wish Away

Grin

Mother and I

Some Sad Someone

Ruby Horse

Unbearable

Poison

Encore:

Good Night Though

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The summer of 2020 is looking even better for rock legends playing UK shows.

GUNS N ROSES play their only English show on their European Tour.

Friday, 29th May, 2020 London, UK Tottenham Hotspur Stadium









Thursday 12 December 2019.

DEVIN TOWNSEND + HAKEN live at The Roundhouse, London.

Check out his epic track on YouTube - DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT - Kingdom (OFFICIAL LIVE VIDEO)

This video was recorded at a Royal Albert Hall show of his i attended a few years ago.

Devin & band are on a full UK & Euro Tour in Nov/Dec to promote his album " Empath".

METAL HAMMER made "Empath" their 4th Best Album of 2019, describing it as "brutal, beautiful and bonkers".

Support comes from English Prog metal band Haken who have released five studio albums.

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HAKEN arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played for 45 mins.

A good set featuring tracks from their five albums that went down well with the crowd.

I preferred their Metal sounds compared to their Prog sounds.

DEVIN TOWNSEND & band arrived on stage at 9pm and played for two hours.

There is a big screen showing pre-recorded images.

Devin & the band & female backing singers arrive on stage in colourful Hawaii shirts beach wear and tell us

"we are going to take you on two hour vacation away from all the political bullshit that's going on right now".

Devin is great frontman who is full of great stage banter & charisma.

His vocal range – from lung-ripping aggression through demure melody to enormous operatic outstretches – is astounding.

Some elements were a bit too Prog metal for me but tracks like "Deadhead" were great.

The encore was superb as we had a version of the disco classic "Disco Inferno" and then he saves the

best to last as he plays his mega track "Kingdom" which was metal of the highest quality.

A really good show.

Full Devin Townsend setlist played tonight...

Borderlands

Evermore

War

Sprite

Coast

Gato

Heaven Send

Ain't Never Gonna Win

Deadhead

Why?

Lucky Animals

Genesis

Spirits Will Collide (Acoustic)

Encore:

Disco Inferno (The Trammps cover)

Kingdom

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Note: Filmed for a live DVD with several cameras around the venue











Wednesday 11 December 2019.

DAN REED NETWORK + FM + GUN live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

A nice three band rock package plays London as part of their ten date UK tour.

Three bands, three albums and 30 years of music, this is the ultimate night for rock fans ready to revisit a golden era of music. Dan Reed Network, GUN and FM come together for an incredible tour, which will see them perform their seminal albums, Taking On The World, Tough It Out and Slam in their entirety.

I saw all three bands during their late 1980s/ early1990s heyday...

Dan Reed Network supported Bon Jovi at Wembley Arena in 1990.

Gun supported Def Leppard at Earls Court Arena in 1992.

I saw FM support Reo Speedwagon, Gary Moore and Bon Jovi at Hammersmith Odeon.

I also saw them headline Hammersmith Odeon in 1989.

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A bit odd that Levels 2 and 3 are unsold so maybe 1000 here out of the 2000 capacity.

It is a full three band co-headline show as all three bands play 65 mins each and i was

told they are rotating who comes on last each night.

Each band play their featured album along with their best known tracks.

GUN arrived on stage at 7pm.

They played a good set that included a couple of nice cover versions.

Full Gun setlist played tonight...

Better Days

The Feeling Within

Something to Believe In

Can't Get Any Lower

Girls in Love

Word Up! (Cameo cover) (number 8 UK hit in 1994 for Gun)

Taking on the World

I Will Be Waiting

Money (Everybody Loves Her)

Inside Out

Steal Your Fire

Shame on You

(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!) (Beastie Boys cover)

Note: Set comprised all tracks from "Taking On The World", plus extra songs 6, 11 & 13

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FM arrived on stage at 8.25pm.

FM have lots of good radio friendly rock songs but oddly despite a lot of touring back in the day they never

had a Top 40 UK hit single.

A good set.

Full FM setlist played tonight...

Tough It Out

Don't Stop

Bad Luck

Someday (You'll Come Running)

Everytime I Think of You (Eric Martin cover)

Burning My Heart Down

The Dream That Died

Obsession

Can You Hear Me Calling?

Does It Feel Like Love

Feels So Good

I Belong to the Night

Killed by Love

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DAN REED NETWORK arrived on stage at 9.50pm

They played a good set of their funky rock.

A great version of their only UK Top 40 hit " Rainbow Child".

Full DRN setlist played tonight...

All My Lovin' (A cappella version of the penultimate track on the 'Slam' album)

Make it Easy

Slam

Tiger in a Dress

Rainbow Child

Doin' the Love Thing

Stronger Than Steel

Cruise Together

Under My Skin

Lover

I'm Lonely, Please Stay

Come Back Baby

Seven Sisters Road

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Five minutes after the show Dan Reed was in the foyer signing stuff at the merch stand.









Tuesday 10 December 2019.

SKILLET + DEVOUR THE DAY live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

A one off sold out UK show by Skillet on their Nov/Dec European Tour.

Skillet is an American Christian rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1996. The band currently consists of husband John (lead vocals, bass) and wife Korey Cooper (rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals) along with Jen Ledger (drums, vocals) and Seth Morrison (lead guitar).

They are on tour to promote their 10th studio album "Victorious".

This track of theirs has had over 280 million views on YouTube - Monster.

A few of their tracks have had over 100 million streams on Spotify.

In 1987 i saw Christian rock band Stryper play Hammersmith Odeon.

I still have a couple of their black & yellow striped bibles that they threw out to the crowd.

Support act Devour The Day are also from Tennessee.

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The merch stands are doing a roaring trade all night.

Both the bands are much heavier than expected , as they both rocked out.

DEVOUR THE DAY arrived on stage at 7.50pm and played for around 40 mins.

A rock trio who played a good bunch of rockin' tunes from their three albums including a

great cover of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit".

SKILLET arrived on stage at 9pm and played for around 95 mins.

The band are full of energy from the start and the crowd are singly loudly along to every song.

Their crunching rock sound has elements of American rock bands like

Linkin Park, Shinedown , Nickelback and Evanescence.

They also dedicated a song to Linkin Parks singer Chester Bennington...R.I.P.

Not much preaching between songs and definitely no on stage swearing.

Their chatty singer John Cooper shared tonight that one of their biggest hits " Hero" was written as a tribute to the person who has given him the greatest hope throughout his life, Jesus Christ.

Smoke flumes were used a lot including one song where they were attached to his arms for good effect.

A really good show.

Full Skillet setlist played tonight...

Feel Invincible

Not Gonna Die

You Ain't Ready

Whispers in the Dark

Legendary

Lions

Awake and Alive

Back From the Dead

Save Me (Preceded by Jen Ledger's drum solo)

Hero

Anchor

Undefeated

Victorious

Stars

Comatose

Monster

Rebirthing

Encore:

The Resistance









Monday 09 December 2019.

December is a great month for quality gigs every night until just before Christmas.

I will be going to several between now and 21 December.

Make the most of the choice , as gigs will go very quiet for the first three weeks of January.

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Sad news of a musicians death...

Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson has died aged 61, her manager has confirmed.

The Swedish star achieved global success in the 1990s with hits including The Look, Joyride and It Must Have Been Love.

A statement said the singer had died "following a 17-year long battle with cancer".









Sunday 08 December 2019.

TEMPLES live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Psychedelic rockers Temples are a youngish band from Northamptonshire.

This show is the last night of their European Tour.

They are touring their third studio album, which has not equalled the success of their debut album.

Sun Structures (5 February 2014) reached UK No. 7

Volcano (3 March 2017) reached UK No. 23

Hot Motion (27 September 2019) reached UK No. 51

Temples - Shelter Song official video has had over 4 million views on YouTube.

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Levels 2 and 3 are closed tonight, so maybe 1000 tickets sold out of the 2000 capacity.

UNEXPECTED GAINS arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played for 30 mins.

A loud rock trio who played a really good set of songs that included politically charged lyrics.

ANNI B SWEET & her band arrived on stage at 8.30pm for their 30 mins set.

Anni is from Spain and she played a good set with her band.

TEMPLES arrived on stage at 9.30pm and played for 90 mins.

The band all look super cool as they all have hair and clothes that could have been around

50 years ago at the height of psychedelic rock....a few in the crowd are wearing the vintage clothes too.

The main set ticked along nicely but the last two songs of the night were the highlights as the crowd

got livelier and the encore was great as the band got stuck into psychedelic noise overdrive.

A good show.

Full setlist played by Temples tonight...

The Howl

Certainty

A Question Isn't Answered

You're Either on Something

Colours to Life

Holy Horses

The Golden Throne

Oh the Saviour

Hot Motion

The Beam

Context

Keep in the Dark

Atomise

Shelter Song

Encore:

Mesmerise (extended version with both support bands on stage dancing)









Saturday 07 December 2019.

NEW POWER GENERATION (NPG) - A Celebration of Prince live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

The reunion of former members of the New Power Generation (NPG) - including a number of those in the original configuration from 1990 - was born out of the official Prince Tribute concert in October, 2016.

I was lucky enough to have seen the real Prince perform around 25 times since 1986.

He was one of the greatest live concert performers for sure that i have seen.

On his last UK visit in 2014 i saw him play Shepherds Bush Empire and The Roundhouse.

The Roundhouse was amazing as he played two shows on the same night...I was at both.

Prince was a total genius who is very sadly missed.

Will be great to hear Prince classics like "Purple Rain" , "1999 " , "Cream" , "Let's Go Crazy" etc.

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6pm to 7pm was the soundcheck and meet & greet with the band.

Around 30 people are here in the front stalls for this.

The band play a funky instrumental jam then play two great versions of "Nothing Compares 2 U"

and one of my fave Prince tracks " Gold"...neither were played in the main set later.

The band then came into the stalls for the meet & greet and chatted and did photos and autographs.

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Level 3 is closed as unsold but must be 1500 out of 2000 tickets sold.

The dj support played some nice funky tunes.

NEW POWER GENERATION arrived on stage at 8.40pm and played for 2 hours 5 mins.

The band have two vocalists sharing the singing duties. One is a Prince/Lenny Kravitz lookalike

and the other is Martin Kember who had a stint in 1990s RnB act Color Me Badd.

The setlist was a nice mix of lesser known tracks and Prince classics.

Most of the big tunes were played in the second half of the show.

Prince has so many great tracks so a few gems were not played including "Little Red Corvette",

"Raspberry Berry", "Take Me With U" "I Would Die 4 U" and "Kiss".

I would have preferred to hear a more greatest hits set but it was very enjoyable overall.

Full NPG setlist played tonight...

Live 4 Love (Prince cover)

17 Days (Prince cover)

Girls & Boys (Prince cover)

Pop Life (Prince cover)

Deuce & a Quarter

Call the Law

7 (Prince cover)

Call My Name (Prince cover)

Sexy M.F. (Prince cover)

Lady Cab Driver (Prince cover)

Black Sweat (Prince cover)

U Got The Look (Prince cover)

Cream (Prince cover)

When Doves Cry (Prince cover)

Days of Wild (Prince cover)

The Beautiful Ones (Prince cover)

I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man (Prince cover)

Alphabet St. (Prince cover)

Gett Off (Prince cover)

1999 (Prince cover)

Let's Go Crazy (Prince cover)

Encore:

D.M.S.R. (Prince cover) (with a dozen female fans on stage for a dance)

Controversy (Prince cover)

Purple Rain (Prince cover)







Friday 06 December 2019.

EMMA BUNTON'S CHRISTMAS PARTY live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Emma Bunton performs festive favourites, solo songs and some Spice Girls classics in this one-off show.

Guests joining her will include Will Young , Matt Goss and her real life partner Jade Jones.

I attended two of the three Spice Girls shows at Wembley Stadium this summer in July 2019.

Just under 700,000 tickets were sold to see their thirteen UK stadium shows in the summer.

Emma had 7 x Top 10 hit singles in the UK including a number 1 in 2001 with "What Took You So Long".

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A pretty full house tonight, although circle blocks in the corners are unsold.

Like The Spice Girls shows, there were loads of gay men here.

Emma said there were lots of friends & family & celebrity friends here.

I spotted Spice Girl Geri waving to the crowd below from her box set.

Also seen here were Myleene Klass, Vanessa Feltz, Tallia Storm , Christine Lampard,

Kelly Brook, Tasmin Outhwaite, and Holly Willoughby.

The show was on for 1 hour 50 mins over two sets of 45 mins and 65 mins.

Emma has eight male dancers with her and three female backing vocalists.

Emma wore a sparkling outfit for each set.

There were a couple of large Christmas trees with lights dotted around at the back but i think

they are being used for all the shows at this venue in December.

The first part of the show was full of Christmas classics and solo material and in the second half

Emma played a few Spice Girls gems, which of course went down a treat with the crowd.

Emma is now aged 43 but quite happy to keep the girlie Baby Spice image.

Emma is not the greatest singer but she has a nice friendly persona on stage.

A very enjoyable show.

Full Emma Bunton setlist played tonight...

FIRST SET

Maybe

Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree (Brenda Lee cover)

Jingle Bell Rock (Bobby Helms cover)

Baby, It's Cold Outside (Frank Loesser cover) (with Jade Jones)

Here Comes the Sun (The Beatles cover)

I Only Want to Be With You (Dusty Springfield cover) (with Will Young)

Winter Wonderland (Richard Himber & His Orchestra cover)

Santa Baby (Eartha Kitt cover)

Take My Breath Away

Free Me

Don't Call Me Baby (Madison Avenue cover)

SECOND SET

Baby Please Don't Stop

Too Many Teardrops

You're All I Need to Get By (Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell cover) (with Jade Jones)

Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town (Carpenters cover)

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (Vaughn Monroe cover)

Spice Up Your Life (Spice Girls song) (Snippet) (with four Spice Girls mini-me's)

Say You'll Be There (Spice Girls song) (Cabaret Version)

Viva Forever (Spice Girls song)

Mama (Spice Girls song) (with Chicken Shed)

2 Become 1 (Spice Girls song)

What Took You So Long? (Cabaret Version)

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Judy Garland cover)

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (Andy Williams cover) (with Matt Goss)

Coming Home For Christmas ( Emma's Christmas Single)

Rockin' Robin (The Jackson 5 cover)

I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday (Roy Wood & Wizzard cover)

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One year ago today we heard the shock news that punk rock legend Pete Shelley had passed away.









Thursday 05 December 2019...I went to three events today...

12.45pm to 3.45pm

WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2019 - Royal Horseguards Hotel, London SW1.

Around 150 guests at this very nice five star hotel.

From 1.15pm to 2.15pm we are seated for the award in the adjacent room.

There were 151 entries and the 6 shortlisted authors are interviewed on stage by Mark Lawson.

Tom Watt is here , who played Lofty in Eastenders in the 1980s...he is a co-author for a book here.

1.The Rise of the Ultra Runners - (Adharanand Finn) - running in the desert of Oman

2. The Great Romantic : Cricket and the Golden Age of Neville Cardus (Duncan Hamilton) - cricket

3. How Boxing Brought Hope in the Troubles (Donald McRae) - boxing in Northern Ireland

4. Riding the World's Wildest Horse Race ( Lara Prior - Palmer) - Mongol Derby 1000km race on wild horses

5. Commander in Cheat : How Golf Explains Trump (Rick Kelly ) - Donald Trump golfing deceptions

6. Position of Trust : A Football Dream Portrayed (Andy Woodward with Tom Watt) - child sex abuse in football

THE WINNER - Duncan Hamilton’s The Great Romantic: Cricket and the Golden Age of Neville Cardus

“The judges were bowled over by the quality of the writing and the way in which Hamilton brings to life the characters that defined cricket between the two world wars. The author explains that Neville Cardus was unknowable but this book does a very fine job indeed of guiding us through his career and motivations.”

Complimentary Moët champers, wines, beers, hot & cold canapés and macaroons for all guests.

then

4.30pm to 5.30pm

THE CLASH : London Calling at The Museum of London,150 London Wall, Barbican, London EC2.

40th anniversary exhibition of the bands classic third album that was released in 1979.

I finally get along to see this exhibition.

A few friends had told me it was smaller than expected.

That would explain why it is free entry rather than a paid ticket.

The display features the London Calling album and their two American tours in 1979.

I saw The Clash live in Sept 1979 in Boston, USA on their "Take the 5th " tour.

I saw The Clash live 20 times from 1976 to 1984 - they were a superb live band.

Tour diaries, stage clothes, guitars including Paul's broken Fender bass from their 1979 New York show.

Lots of hand written notes and other bits n pieces.

The Clash songs are playing in the background.

I did notice an error though.

They said The Clash gig for Kampuchea in Dec 1979 was at Hammersmith Palais, it was Hammersmith Odeon.

The exhibition is well worth a visit.

15 November 2019 – 19 April 2020 - FREE ENTRY

www.museumoflondon.org.uk

Visit their website here for more info.

then

SNOW PATROL live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Snow Patrol play the second of two sold out shows at The Royal Albert Hall.

I have seen them play live a few times before.

Their major-label debut album, "Final Straw", eventually sold over 3 million copies worldwide. Their next studio album," Eyes Open " (2006), and its hit single, "Chasing Cars" – the most widely played song of the 21st century on UK radio – propelled the band to greater international fame. The album topped the UK Albums Chart and was the best-selling British album of the year, selling over 6 million copies worldwide. The band's third compilation album, "Reworked," was released in November 2019 and features reworked versions of old songs and three new tracks.

"Chasing Cars" by Snow Patrol has been named the most-played song on British radio this century.

The epic ballad was released in 2006 and only reached a high of No 6 in the UK charts, but went on to spend a total of 166 weeks in the Top 100.

Music licensing body PPL calculated that it received the most plays, ahead of I Gotta Feeling by the Black Eyed Peas, and Happy by Pharrell.

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The venue is totally rammed sold out.

The band are on stage for two hours over two sets of 45 mins and 75 mins.

Around a dozen musicians on stage including strings, brass and percussion.

Some stripped lighting.

The first set was mainly down tempo and the second set was much more livelier.

They played all of their hits but I think I preferred the original versions to the reworked versions.

Great crowd singalong for big tracks like "Run" and "Chasing Cars".

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News and Reviews: 6th December 2019

Thursday 05 December 2019...I went to three events today...

12.45pm to 3.45pm

WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2019 - Royal Horseguards Hotel, London SW1.

Around 150 guests at this very nice five star hotel.

From 1.15pm to 2.15pm we are seated for the award in the adjacent room.

There were 151 entries and the 6 shortlisted authors are interviewed on stage by Mark Lawson.

Tom Watt is here , who played Lofty in Eastenders in the 1980s...he is a co-author for a book here.

1.The Rise of the Ultra Runners - (Adharanand Finn) - running in the desert of Oman

2. The Great Romantic : Cricket and the Golden Age of Neville Cardus (Duncan Hamilton) - cricket

3. How Boxing Brought Hope in the Troubles (Donald McRae) - boxing in Northern Ireland

4. Riding the World's Wildest Horse Race ( Lara Prior - Palmer) - Mongol Derby 1000km race on wild horses

5. Commander in Cheat : How Golf Explains Trump (Rick Kelly ) - Donald Trump golfing deceptions

6. Position of Trust : A Football Dream Portrayed (Andy Woodward with Tom Watt) - child sex abuse in football

THE WINNER - Duncan Hamilton’s The Great Romantic: Cricket and the Golden Age of Neville Cardus

“The judges were bowled over by the quality of the writing and the way in which Hamilton brings to life the characters that defined cricket between the two world wars. The author explains that Neville Cardus was unknowable but this book does a very fine job indeed of guiding us through his career and motivations.”

Complimentary Moët champers, wines, beers, hot & cold canapés and macaroons for all guests.

then

4.30pm to 5.30pm

THE CLASH : London Calling at The Museum of London,150 London Wall, Barbican, London EC2.

40th anniversary exhibition of the bands classic third album that was released in 1979.

I finally get along to see this exhibition.

A few friends had told me it was smaller than expected.

That would explain why it is free entry rather than a paid ticket.

The display features the London Calling album and their two American tours in 1979.

I saw The Clash live in Sept 1979 in Boston, USA on their "Take the 5th " tour.

I saw The Clash live 20 times from 1976 to 1984 - they were a superb live band.

Tour diaries, stage clothes, guitars including Paul's broken Fender bass from their 1979 New York show.

Lots of hand written notes and other bits n pieces.

The Clash songs are playing in the background.

I did notice an error though.

They said The Clash gig for Kampuchea in Dec 1979 was at Hammersmith Palais, it was Hammersmith Odeon.

The exhibition is well worth a visit.

15 November 2019 – 19 April 2020 - FREE ENTRY

www.museumoflondon.org.uk

Visit their website here for more info.

then

SNOW PATROL live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Snow Patrol play the second of two sold out shows at The Royal Albert Hall.

I have seen them play live a few times before.

Their major-label debut album, "Final Straw", eventually sold over 3 million copies worldwide. Their next studio album," Eyes Open " (2006), and its hit single, "Chasing Cars" – the most widely played song of the 21st century on UK radio – propelled the band to greater international fame. The album topped the UK Albums Chart and was the best-selling British album of the year, selling over 6 million copies worldwide. The band's third compilation album, "Reworked," was released in November 2019 and features reworked versions of old songs and three new tracks.

"Chasing Cars" by Snow Patrol has been named the most-played song on British radio this century.

The epic ballad was released in 2006 and only reached a high of No 6 in the UK charts, but went on to spend a total of 166 weeks in the Top 100.

Music licensing body PPL calculated that it received the most plays, ahead of I Gotta Feeling by the Black Eyed Peas, and Happy by Pharrell.

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The venue is totally rammed sold out.

The band are on stage for two hours over two sets of 45 mins and 75 mins.

Around a dozen musicians on stage including strings, brass and percussion.

Some stripped lighting.

The first set was mainly down tempo and the second set was much more livelier.

They played all of their hits but I think I preferred the original versions to the reworked versions.

Great crowd singalong for big tracks like "Run" and "Chasing Cars".

Plenty of fun stage banter by singer Gary Lightbody.

Gary said tonight was the 5th time they had played this venue in their 25 year career.

Actress Minnie Driver joined them for one song.

A very enjoyable show.

Full Snow Patrol setlist played tonight...

FIRST SET

You're All I Have

New York

Warmer Climate

I Think of Home

Crack the Shutters

Lifening

Made of Something Different Now (First time played live)

Take Back the City

SECOND SET

Spitting Games

Chocolate

A Dark Switch

Run

Heal Me

Set the Fire to the Third Bar (with Minnie Driver)

Empress

Called Out in the Dark

Shut Your Eyes

Chasing Cars

Open Your Eyes

Encore:

What If This Is All the Love You Ever Get?

Just Say Yes









Wednesday 04 December 2019...8pm to 11.30pm...

Christmas Reunion Drinks in Wimbledon.

Meeting up with the folks i worked with throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

Around 15 of us are here.

A couple of them i see at gigs , but most i only see at this annual meet up.

Great to catch up with everyone.

We are all now aged 55 to 70, so more of us are up the doctors and hospitals more often.

Some nostalgic chat about the good old days.

Always a very nice evening.









Tuesday 03 December 2019.

MUNA live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Female trio from America who supported Harry Styles on tour last year.

All three members identify as queer.Initially wary of being pigeonholed as a "queer girl band", they later came to embrace the opportunity to use their musical notoriety to help inspire younger people to be comfortable with their identities.

They will be promoting their second album "Saves The Day" which is out on on RCA.

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Around 1200 are here out of the 2000 capacity.

FAKE LAUGH arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played for 30 mins.

They played some decent indie-pop tunes.

L DEVINE arrived on stage at 8.15pm and played for 30 mins.

L Devine songs are full of Charli XCX’s exuberance as she bounces around the stage.

MUNA arrived on stage at 9.20pm and played for 85 mins.

The three girls are joined by a male drummer & male bass player.

Early on, one of the girls says " I honestly believe we are the greatest fucking band in the world".

Their indie-pop tunes all had nice melodies and ticked along nicely.

A couple of songs had " rockin' out " moments in them.

The euphoria of fan favourite I Know a Place, the penultimate song, seems gargantuan and unstoppable as it swells around a crowd that is packed with women and LGBTQ people, sharing in a space that’s been carved out for them.

A good show and you can see them playing bigger venues this time next year.

Full Muna setlist played tonight....

Number One Fan

Stayaway

Crying On The Bathroom Floor

Around U

Never

Navy Blue

Everything

Winterbreak

Pink Light

Who

Hands Off

Good News (Ya-Ya Song)

Loudspeaker

I Know A Place

It's Gonna Be Okay, Baby

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Happy Birthday to rock legend OZZY OSBOURNE who is 71 today.







Monday 02 December 2019...I went to FOUR events tonight...

6.30pm to 7.30pm

ST GERMAIN WINTER BLOOM - launch party - Heddon Street Kitchen, Heddon Street, London W1.

As the festive season starts, French elderflower liqueur company St Germain will bring back its spectacular Winter Bloom Experience. The venue at Heddon Street Kitchen will be transformed into a floral winter wonderland.

The experience will finish on the 31st January 2020.

The venue is just off Regent Street so handy to pop in when shopping or visiting the Christmas lights.

In March 2012 a plaque was unveiled at 23 Heddon Street in London on the site where David Bowie was photographed for his 1972 Ziggy Stardust album cover.

There are four different St German based cocktails for guests...My fave was the Cidre Chaud.

Delicious canapés including fried calamari as it is a Gordon Ramsay restaurant.

www.gordonramsayrestaurants.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then

7.45pm to 8.45pm

CHRISTIES - London Art Week Party - King Street, St James's, London SW1.

A big crowd as around 500 guests are at this well known gallery that was founded back in 1766.

Lots of nice paintings on display and for sale.

Complimentary Taittinger champers , wines and canapés for all guests.

www.christies.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then

8.50pm to 9.50pm

BAD SEX IN FICTION AWARD - 4 St James's Square, St James's, London W1.

The In & Out, Naval and Military Club, is a private members club in an historic, elegant building in St James's Square.

Two writers have won the 2019 Literary Review Bad Sex In Fiction Award, after the judges struggled to pick just one winner from the less than sizzling passages. French author Didier Decoin and John Harvey, a life fellow at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, were announced as winners of the tongue-in-cheek prize.

Around 200 guests here including style guru Peter York.

Complimentary champers, Gin & Tonics, wines, beers and Indian food for all guests.

All guests got a goodie on departure with a few items inside.

then

10pm to 11.30pm

COLNAGHI GALLERY - London Art Week Party - 26 Bury Street, St James's, London SW1.

Another historic gallery that was founded back in 1760.

Around 150 guests here and it is nice and buzzy.

Lots of nice paintings here on display that are also for sale.

Complimentary Prosecco, Gin & Tonics, wines, beers and cheeses.

www.colnaghi.com

Visit their website here for more info.











Sunday 01 December 2019.

ELVIS PRESLEY In Concert - Live on Screen at The 02 Arena, London.

With the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and the Legendary TCB Band plus Priscilla Presley & Jerry Schilling - The Greatest Hits Tour.

One of the most unique concert experiences of recent years is set to return for 2019 having won the hearts of critics and fans a-like, as Elvis is set once again to be back!

The show will see the King once again up close on screen alongside the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra live on stage, with this year being extra special as they will also be joined by The TCB Band – Elvis’ original and long time backing band. This is the only chance to experience the man who changed the course of popular music, selling an unparalleled 1 billion records worldwide.

Marking 50 years since Elvis’ triumphant return to live performing - as he took up his infamous Las Vegas residency in 1969 - the 2019 tour will feature very special personal appearances from Priscilla Presley and long term Elvis associate Jerry Schilling, who will be sharing intimate stories, personal photos plus rare home movies.

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We have a perfect view in the guest list block 112 right of stage.

BRIAN MAY from Queen is sitting within the mixing desk area.

I spotted a few Elvis lookalikes and many are dressed in rock n roll clothing.

Half of Level 4 has black curtains up as unsold but still an impressive 10,000 folks are here.

Pretty amazing when you think that Elvis Presley died 42 years ago in 1977.

The show started at 7.40pm and was on for 2 hours 10 mins over two sets of 65 mins.

Priscilla Presley introduced the the evening with a few words about Elvis and told us that

Elvis always wanted to play with an orchestra in London...but famously never came to the UK to perform.

She may have had plastic surgery but hard to believe that Priscilla Presley is aged 74 as she looks stunning.

She was married to Elvis Presley from 1967 to 1973, and is chairwoman of Elvis Presley Enterprises (EPE), the company that turned Graceland, Elvis' mansion, into one of the top tourist attractions in the United States.

There are around 30 musicians on stage including band, orchestra and three backing vocalists.

For half of each set they were joined by three members of the TCB band (Glen Hardin on piano, James Burton on lead guitar, and Ron Tutt on drums) although Ron Tutt just did basic drumming as the other drummer did the proper stuff.

All three were interviewed on stage by Priscilla Presley and Jerry Schilling.

Two side screens showed what was going on live on stage and the big middle screen featured Elvis.

The songs on the big screen featured Elvis from his 1969 shows in Las Vegas.

The second set included stunning versions of "Suspicious Minds" and "The Wonder of You".

The sound quality was excellent.

The second set included home videos on the big screen that included Elvis, Priscilla and Jerry Schilling.

Many of the crowd were up and dancing for the last 30 mins.

A very enjoyable evening.









Saturday 30 November 2019.

GUN CONTROL with me on drums return to The Rocket Pub, Churchfield Road, Acton, London W3.

60th birthday party gig for both our guitarists (Bill and Mario) who reached the big 60 in November.

We will be on at 9pm to 10pm and there will be dj tunes before and after...free entry to all.

Remember the more you spend at the bar, the more we get paid...LOL!

The pub is 200 yards from Acton Central on the North London Overground Line and around

15 mins from Acton Town on The Piccadilly Line.

This will be our third gig since reforming this time last year.

Gig date---Sun 09 June 2019---My band GUN CONTROL with me on drums played our most recent gig.

A video from our gig in Acton is now up on YouTube.com ---"Do I Need You?"

Search - Gun Control The Rocket Acton reunion 9/6/2019 Do I Need You.

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The pub is full with maybe 70 or 80 folks here.

GUN CONTROL arrived on stage at 9.20pm and we played for around 55 mins.

We had a great DIY banner made for us last time and now we have another more official one.

6 ft 6 inches square hanging behind me with our band logo that matches my bass drum band logo

and the 200 band logo badges we have had done.

We have all our own equipment including pa, mixing desk, instruments, microphones etc.

Again my hi-hit slipped away from me during each song so will have to sort that proper next time.

We made a couple of mistakes but it was nice and loud and it was great to see the girls dancing

down the front and big cheers and clapping at the end of each song.

The band and the crowd wished our guitarist Mario a Happy Birthday.

We had a request to play a certain song again for a second time so we did that in the encore.

Overall a superb night and it looks like the next gig will be in Feb 2020.

Full Gun Control setlist played tonight...

Teenage Kicks (cover )

Cheap Publicity

No Mercy

Wasted Youth

No Tomorrow

You Mean Nothing To Me

On Parole

Victim

Do I Need You?

Open Your Heart

Steppin' Stone ( cover)

Encore :

You Mean Nothing To Me (reprise)

Teenage Kicks (cover ) (reprise)

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Happy Birthday to BILLY IDOL who is 64 today.







Friday 29 November 2019.

PRIMAL SCREAM + WILD DAUGHTER live at The Forum, London.

Primal Scream play the first of two sold out shows at this venue on their tour that ends in Glasgow.

I have them seen them play live several times since 1997.

In May 2019 Primal Scream released a retrospective singles compilation 'Maximum Rock'n'Roll'.

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WILD DAUGHTER arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 30 mins.

Wild Daughter are purveyors of their own brand of 'garage rock kink'.

The male singer is 6 ft 6 inches in high heels, bare chested and wearing leather chaps.

He bends over and rolls around the stage exposing his bum cheeks to the crowd.

He looks like a cross between Marilyn Manson and Joey Ramone.

PRIMAL SCREAM arrived on stage at 9.10pm and played for 1 hour 45 mins.

Primal Scream are still one of the coolest dance rock bands.

Singer Bobby Gillespie, still rake thin in a bright pink suit , is accompanied by riff-master Andrew Innes on guitar, wearing a pork pie hat.

There is a big screen showing great pre-recorded images.

Visually, this is Gillespie’s show and he very much leads from the front. Clapping, dancing and shaking his maracas for all he’s worth, Gillespie is as much as a cheerleader as a singer, leading the crowd into regular sing along sections and leaning his microphone into the throng in front of him.

They have not had a Top 40 hit for over a decade but they play plenty of gems from their Creation Records heyday.

The last half a dozen songs tonight get the crowd fully revved up.

A great show.

Full Primal Scream setlist played tonight...

INTRO TAPE London Calling (The Clash)

Don't Fight It, Feel It

Swastika Eyes

Miss Lucifer

Can't Go Back

Accelerator

Kill All Hippies

(I'm Gonna) Cry Myself Blind

I'm Losing More Than I'll Ever Have

Velocity Girl

Dolls (Sweet Rock and Roll)

Burning Wheel

100% or Nothing

Loaded

Movin' On Up

Country Girl

Encore:

Come Together

Jailbird

Rocks

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Sad news that Terry de Havilland has passed away.

Terry de Havilland, the shoe designer behind The Rocky Horror Picture Show, has died aged 81.

Nicknamed “the rock’n’roll cobbler” for his spirited, outré designs and down-to-earth charm, it is also a reference to his long list of celebrity clientele, which included David Bowie, Cher and Kate Moss.

He opened a shop on Kings Road, London in 1972 called Cobblers To The World. Regularly visited by London scenesters such as Angie Bowie, Rudolph Nureyev and members of Led Zeppelin, he told the Independent of the time American socialite Lee Radziwill stopped by: “One day this woman came in to buy a pair of leather thigh boots lined in red satin with saucy drawstrings for her sister…it turned out to be Lee Radziwill,” he said, “her sister was Jackie Onassis.”











Thursday 28 November 2019.

CIGARETTES AFTER SEX + FILM live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

This show is sold out so an extra show for London at Hammersmith Apollo in 2020 has been added.

They sold out Brixton Academy last year and sold out The Roundhouse in 2017.

Cigarettes After Sex is an American ambient pop band formed in El Paso, Texas, in 2008, founded by Greg Gonzalez. The band is known for their ethereal, limerent and often dream-like musical style, lyrics often based on the themes of romance and love, as well as Gonzalez's voice, described as "androgynous".While marketed as an ambient pop band, Cigarettes After Sex are also considered to be shoegaze, dream pop and slowcore.

They are on a a Euro & UK tour to promote their second album "Cry".

Both their albums have got into the UK Top 40.

Are we set for a Reo Speedwagon revival???...as

Cigarettes After Sex do a great version of "Keep On Loving You" (over 30 million views on YouTube) and

The John Lewis' 2019 Christmas advert song is Reo Speedwagon's " Can't Fight This Feeling".

In 2017 their " Hi Infidelity" album received the Diamond Award for official U.S. sales of over 10 million copies.

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The band with the very odd name play London, but in a way it is a memorable name i suppose.

The thing that sticks out about tonight is the BLACK & WHITE theme that is everywhere.

All the bands different merch t-shirts were black with a light white image.

All the bands videos are in black & white.

At 8.30pm we get a 30 mins black & white film that was just rain falling on the sea with some slogans.

CIGARETTES AFTER SEX arrive on stage at 9pm and play a shortish set of only 75 mins.

The band are all dressed in black and play against a black background, and only white lighting is used.

They have a big screen showing black & white images.

It is minimal equipment on stage that includes a drummer with no tom toms on his tiny kit.

The slow paced dreamy songs were hypnotic at times but at times sound very samey.

Their stripped down version of REO Speedwagon's "Keep On Loving You" was great.

A good show.

Full Cigarettes After Sex setlist played tonight...

Opera House

Crush

John Wayne

Don't Let Me Go

Sweet

Falling in Love

Affection

Touch

Nothing's Gonna Hurt You Baby

Sunsetz

K.

Keep On Loving You (REO Speedwagon cover)

Apocalypse

Encore:

Heavenly

Dreaming of You









Wednesday 27 November 2019.

Very sad news that tv presenter & journalist CLIVE JAMES has died aged 80.

His often coarse, dead-pan style peaked in popularity in the 80s with the show "Clive James on Television".

He would lampoon clips of absurd international television shows, in particular a Japanese contest called "Endurance".

James, who was known for his dry wit, went on to write a newspaper column titled "Reports of My Death" after being diagnosed with leukaemia in 2010. In 2016 he said his longevity after announcing his illness was "embarrassing".







Tuesday 26 November 2019.

HAWKWIND live at he Royal Albert Hall, London.

Final show on their 50th anniversary tour.

I have seen Hawkwind over 15 times since 1976.

Hawkwind have announced they will release a new album, their 32nd, on October 25 through Cherry Red. All Aboard The Skylark sees the band return to their space rock sound of Top 40 albums The Machine Stops Here (2016) and Into The Woods (2017) after the orchestrated Road To Utopia (2018).

Support comes from The Blackheart Orchestra who are promoting the release of their new studio album. The two-piece group features Chrissy Mostyn and Rick Pilkington and they are well known for creating music that is as emotionally deep as it is memorable. Their music paints emotional landscapes by fusing electronica and classical instrumentation, haunting vocals and multi-layered harmonies.

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The corner blocks of the circle are unsold but still pretty full tonight.

There is floor standing tonight in front of stage.

Lots of older blokes in their 50s and 60s here tonight.

Left on each seat is a Hawkwind 50th anniversary flag as a souvenir.

On the big screen between before the bands The Hawks have teamed up with the DogLost website to screen images of lost and stolen dogs from each area reached on this extensive 50th anniversary tour. They’re also supporting the campaign to have dog theft taken more seriously. The band are also keen supporters of Extinction Rebellion.

THE BLACKHEART ORCHESTRA arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played for 30 mins.

They played a decent enough set and thanked Hawkwind for letting them play on the tour.

HAWKWIND arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played for 1 hour 55 mins.

A totally stunning laser show that was used the entire set for EVERY song played.

Also great pre-recorded images on the big screen.

ERIC CLAPTON joined them for a few songs the night before in Guildford and tonight they are joined by

PHIL CAMPBELL (ex Motörhead) for a few songs.

Hawkwind, the legendary pioneers of space rock, have always done things their own way.

Highlights included mega versions of "Silver Machine" and "Master of the Universe".

Original member Dave Brock is getting fab weird sounds from his hand wand machine.

A great show.

Full Hawkwind setlist played tonight...

Motorway City

Flesh Fondue

Last Man on Earth

The Song of the Gremlin (Robert Calvert song)

Born to Go / You Shoudn't Do That / Born to Go

65 Million Years Ago

In The Beginning

Spirit of the Age

The Fantasy of Faldum

The Watcher (with Phil Campbell)

Silver Machine (with Phil Campbell)

Assault and Battery

The Golden Void

Right to Decide

Hurry on Sundown

Master of the Universe (with Phil Campbell)

Welcome to the Future (with Phil Campbell)

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Happy Birthday to TINA TURNER who is 80 today.

THE SEX PISTOLS classic debut single "Anarchy In The UK " was released today in 1976.

I bought it on the first day of release.

I was aged 17 and six months....at that age i was totally ready for all things punk rock.







Monday 25 November 2019.

RACE CHASER LIVE! live at The Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

RACE CHASER is the current hit podcast devoted to the discussion and dissection of every episode of RuPaul's Drag Race starting from the very beginning.

Hosted by two of the most iconic American queens to ever compete on the show: Alaska (Season 5, All-Stars 2) and Willam (Season 4, Drag U), Race Chaser is an insider's look at the worldwide phenomena that is RuPaul's Drag Race. Expect Drag Race analysis and dishy behind-the-scene stories!

With help from support acts Victoria Secret and Courtney Act.

Over the past couple of years Drag Acts are playing bigger venues including Shepherds Bush Empire, Troxy,

Hammersmith Apollo and even Wembley Arena (RuPaul himself performs there on 11 May 2020).

Around 600 here tonight, all seated in the stalls and Level 1.

There is a big screen showing video clips and images throughout the evening.

At 7.55pm Victoria Secret (from Dublin) performs a 15 mins set.

Some OTT singing along to backing tapes.

At 8.25pm Alaska and William are on stage for two hours over two sets.

They are seated on two thrones as they show videos of RuPauls Drag Race and discuss it with the crowd.

Some audience participation where they get three audience members to design an outfit of only duct tape.

For the second set they are joined by Courtney Act (from Australia , now living in Hackney).

Some of the show was funny with hilarious drag banter...and some of it very smutty as expected.

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This looks good...tickets go on sale Friday 29 Nov 2019.

‘ERIC CLAPTON & FRIENDS : A Tribute to Ginger Baker’ will take place on 17 February 2020 at London’s Hammersmith Apollo. The full line-up is yet to be announced.









Sunday 24 November 2019...6pm to 9pm...

GUN CONTROL with me on drums had a rehearsal today in North Acton for our gig in Acton on Sat 30 Nov.

Our bass player has just bought a limited ORANGE bass (made by the same people that make the amps).

We went through all of our songs two or three times.

Pretty good how it all comes together even though we haven't played together for six months.

It won't be perfect on the night, but should be good fun.

Reminder - Gun Control play The Rocket Pub in Acton on Sat 30 Nov....FREE ADMISSION.

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It was 28 years ago today on 24 Nov 1991 that both these musicians passed away.

Freddie Mercury and KISS drummer Eric Carr.









Saturday 23 November 2019.

THE SELECTER + RHODA DAKAR live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

2-Tone icons, The Selecter play the final show on their 40th anniversary UK tour.

I have seen them around a dozen times since 1979 when they supported on the original 2-Tone tour.

Support comes from Rhoda Dakar, best known as the lead singer of The Bodysnatchers, who were also

signed to the 2 Tone record label back in the day.

The Selecter are celebrating 40 years since starting off but don't mention that 1981 to 1991 they were inactive.

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Not sold out tonight as Level 2 and 3 are closed as unsold but must 1200 here out of 2000 capacity.

Lots of older ska fans here between the ages of 40 to 60 and a few younger ones too.

Lynval Golding from The Specials was in the Level 1 area.

RHODA DAKAR does not actually have her own band but she is the dj before the band comes on

and she joins The Selecter for a few songs at the end of their set.

Rhoda plays some cool ska and soul classics on the turntable.

THE SELECTER arrive on stage at 9pm and play for 1 hour 45 mins.

The band still feature originals Pauline Black and Gaps on shared vocals, both are wearing silver jackets.

The band feature keyboards and sax.

There is a big screen showing old band photos and other pictures of other ska legends and also

Boris Johnson with an extended nose and Ranking Roger RIP.

Also a picture of the first original 2-Tone package tour members from 1979 - I was there.

(Specials,Madness,Selecter,Modettes Electric Ballroom, London 21.07.1979)

The great ska sound makes it compulsive to move your body for a little dance.

Chants of "Rude Girl, Rude Girl" and "Rude Boy, Rude Boy" ring out from the crowd during the show.

Pauline mentioned how they visited Shepherds Bush back in the day for several TOTP appearances.

A really good show.

Full setlist played by The Selecter tonight...

The Avengers Theme (Laurie Johnson Orchestra cover)

Three Minute Hero (number 16 hit in 1980)

Out on the Streets

Time Hard (Everyday) (George Dekker cover)

Frontline

Breakdown

Celebrate the Bullet

Murder

Danger

(Who Likes) Facing Situations

Missing Words (number 23 hit in 1980)

Remember Me

The Whisper (number 36 hit in 1980)

See Them A Come

Train to Skaville (The Ethiopians cover)

James Bond Theme (Monty Norman cover)

Carry Go Bring Come (Justin Hinds & The Dominoes cover)

On My Radio (number 8 hit in 1979)

Ruder Than You (The Bodysnatchers cover) (Rhoda Dakar on vocals, no Pauline or Gaps) (number 22 hit in 1980)

Let's Do Rock Steady (The Bodysnatchers cover) (Rhoda Dakar on vocals , no Pauline or Gaps)

Too Much Pressure / Pressure Drop / Too Much Pressure (with Rhoda Dakar)

Madness (Prince Buster cover) (with Rhoda Dakar)

Can't Get Used to Losing You (Andy Williams cover) (with Rhoda Dakar) (dedicated to Ranking Roger RIP)









Friday 22 November 2019.

FEEDER + ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION live at The Roundhouse, London.

Feeder play the first of two shows at this venue on their UK tour.

I have seen Feeder several times with the first times being at Reading Festivals 1999 and 2001.

Feeder are ready to come full circle. More than two decades after their first show the band are reinvigorated, tapping into the essential, primal energy that first inspired them, with their new 10th studio album "Tallulah".

Feeder have had three Top 10 UK hits including the mega "Buck Rogers" in 2001.

Support band ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION is a Japanese alternative rock band formed in Yokohama, Japan, in 1996. For its entire career, the band has consisted of the same four original members.Asian Kung-Fu Generation has been cited as one of the best, most balanced modern rock bands to emerge from Japan in the 2000s.

They have released several albums.

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ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION arrived on stage at 7.35pm and played for 40 mins.

They played a decent set of their slightly quirky indie rock.

FEEDER arrived on stage at 8.45pm and played for two hours.

They have a nice stage production with loads of lights and strobes and a big screen showing images.

Lots of well known catchy rock songs played as they have had 20 x Top 40 hit singles in the UK.

The new album tracks sound pretty good.

The mosh pit gets very lively down the front.

Singer Grant Nicholas is like the nice bloke you met at the pub who really likes music. ... Yet the singer-songwriter is clearly just someone who's really passionate about what he does.

At the end of the main set we get Feeder’s biggest hit single “Buck Rogers,” which opens with the quirky lyrics: “He’s got a brand new car, looks like a Jaguar, it’s got leather seats, it’s got a CD player.”.The entire venue is bouncing.

A great show.

Full setlist played by Feeder tonight....

‪Youth‬

Lost & Found

Feeling a Moment

Shapes and Sounds

Daily Habit

Figure You Out

Fear of Flying

Just the Way I'm Feeling

‪Kyoto‬

‪Eskimo‬

‪Kite‬

Tallulah (with streamers over the crowd)

Comfort in Sound

Come Back Around

Universe of Life

Insomnia

Guillotine

‪High

‪Turn‬

Yesterday Went Too Soon

Seven Days in the Sun

Rock medley instrumental feat Nirvana, Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Van Halen etc.

Buck Rogers

Encore:

Blue Sky Blue

Just a Day ( with ticket-tape over the crowd)









Thursday 21 November 2019.

RONNIE WOOD + JACK BROADBENT live at The Shepherds Bush Empire,London.

This show sold out pronto when tickets went on sale.

The Rolling Stones guitarist will release Ronnie Wood With His Wild Five – Mad Lad: A Live Tribute To Chuck Berry on November 15 through BMG.

It was recorded at Wimborne’s Tivoli Theatre in 2018 – a night that saw guest appearances from singer Imelda May and pianist Ben Waters.

It looks like Ronnie Wood & Imelda May will share vocals tonight.

I saw Ronnie Wood play this venue in 2001 when Glen Matlock was the support and Slash joined Ronnie for 30 mins.

Other Ronnie Wood shows i have seen include...

2005 - Theatre Royal , Drury Lane

2010 - Ambassadors Theatre

2012 - Hammersmith Apollo

2013 - Royal Albert Hall

I have seen Imelda May play The Royal Albert Hall and Ronnie Scott's.

I saw Chuck Berry several times with the first being at Hammersmith Odeon in 1975 and the last time

was 2008 at The 100 Club.

Tonight was one of the most annoying gig clashes of the year as across London at The Barbican,

IGGY POP was playing a one-off show.As i saw Iggy a couple of years ago at The Royal Albert Hall,

Ronnie Wood got my vote tonight.

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4.30pm to 5.15pm - Ronnie Wood soundcheck for the soundcheck.

Around 100 fans are here for the soundcheck.

First we are held in a holding bay but can hear the band playing through the doors.

Ben Waters plays some piano including Boomtown Rats then Ronnie does a few songs to

sort out his vocals with the band, then Imelda May does the same.

5.15pm to 5.35pm - Ronnie Wood & band play a 20 mins soundcheck.

The 100 fans are then let into the front stalls to watch Ronnie & the band.

Tracks played included "Run Rudolph Run", "Rock and Roll Music", "Mad Lad", "Memphis Tennessee".

The crowd were due to leave after Ronnie's soundcheck but after a few mins discussion they were

allowed to stay inside and keep their prized standing space...maybe because it was freezing outside.

6.10pm to 6.25pm - Jack Broadbent 15 mins soundcheck in front of the 100 fans already here.

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JACK BROADBENT arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 40 mins.

Jack played some nice slide guitar, mixing cover versions and original songs.

He was joined by his dad on bass & vocals for a couple of songs.

RONNIE WOOD WITH HIS WILD FIVE arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 1 hour 45 mins.

A dozen guests are watching side of stage including his wife Sally Wood.

The band play a couple of warm up songs then Ronnie appears on stage, looking great for age 72.

For the first song only he uses a hands free radio microphone on his face.

He was joined by Imelda May and Lulu on a few songs , who both have great vocals.

Ronnie himself is not so great on vocals but his rock star charisma shines brightly.

Ben Waters on boogie woogie piano was superb.

His band included two female backing singers and a two man brass section.

Ronnie clearly has always loved Chuck Berry and is on a mission to keep his music alive.

Chuck Berry pretty much invented the classic blues rock n roll guitar riff.

A great show.

Full Ronnie Wood setlist played tonight...

Ben Waters & band without Ronnie play a couple of boogie woogie tracks

No Particular Place to Go (Chuck Berry cover)

Roll Over Beethoven (Chuck Berry cover)

Sweet Little Sixteen (Chuck Berry cover)

Little Queenie (Chuck Berry cover)

I'm Talking About You (Chuck Berry cover)

Don't Lie To Me

Blue Feeling (Chuck Berry cover)

Wee Wee Hours (with Imelda May) (Chuck Berry cover)

Sweet Little Rock & Roller (with Imelda May)(Chuck Berry cover)

Tribute to Chuck Berry

Mad Lad (Chuck Berry cover)

Hideaway

Back In The USA

Memphis, Tennessee (Chuck Berry cover)

Run Rudolph Run (with Lulu) (Chuck Berry cover)

Betty Jean

No Money Down

Let It Rock/Train kept a rollin

Rock and Roll Music (with Imelda May) (Chuck Berry cover)

Bye Bye Johnny (with Lulu and Imelda May)(Chuck Berry cover)

Carol (with Imelda May) (Chuck Berry cover)

Johnny B. Goode (with Lulu and Imelda May)(Chuck Berry cover)

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Ronnie said on stage that a couple of Rod Stewarts backing band were here tonight

but no sign of Rod Stewart , Mick Jagger or any other well known names watching.









Wednesday 20 November 2019.

SUEDE + THE PRETENDERS + Danny & The Champions of The World

play Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

SUEDE + THE PRETENDERS play a co-headline show at Shepherds Bush Empire.

The bands will join forces to raise money for their beloved long-standing crew member, John Brandham, who suffered a stroke. The Pretenders and Suede also share the same management and press team.

I have seen both the headline bands many times.

Really looking forward to this great double bill.

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The venue is totally rammed sold out tonight.

Guests here included Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cooks wife (Jeni) and their daughter (Hollie).

Jeni told me that Paul was recording an EP with The Professionals in the countryside.

Danny & The Champions of The World arrive on stage at 7.15pm and played for 25 mins.

Some nice pedal steel guitar in their Americana type songs played.

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THE PRETENDERS arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 70 mins.

Chrissie Hynde is now aged 68, and stills looks and moves like a proper rock chick,

with her slim frame and black boots and tight jeans.

A great set with loads of their classic hits played.

Full setlist played by The Pretenders tonight...

Alone

Gotta Wait

Message of Love

Kid

Down the Wrong Way (Chrissie Hynde song)

Talk of the Town

I Go to Sleep (The Kinks cover)

Back on the Chain Gang

Private Life

Stop Your Sobbing (The Kinks cover)

Night in My Veins

Don't Get Me Wrong

Cuban Slide

Brass in Pocket

Mystery Achievement

Encore:

Middle of the Road

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SUEDE arrived on stage at 9.30pm and played for 80 mins.

Brett Anderson on vocals is on top form as usual tonight as he gives it 100%.

His slim tall frame prowls the stage and many times he is in the front pit , up close with the fans.

Most of the hardcore fans down the front appear to be Suede fans rather than Pretenders fans.

With their lyrics, Suede are a grand articulation of the alienated, the disenfranchised, the outsider.

During the encore Brett sings the praises of the local area...

Thank You Shepherds Bush Empire

Thank You Shepherds Bush Green

Thank You Shepherds Bush Roundabout

Thank You Uxbridge Road

Loads of their classic tracks played and it was another great set.

Full setlist played by Suede tonight...

As One

Outsiders

We Are the Pigs

So Young

Metal Mickey

Killing of a Flashboy

Pantomime Horse

Pale Snow

The Drowners

It Starts and Ends With You

Filmstar

Brass in Pocket (The Pretenders cover)

Trash

Animal Nitrate

The Wild Ones (Brett solo acoustic unplugged)

Beautiful Ones

Encore:

Life Is Golden

New Generation









Tuesday 19 November 2019.

7.30pm to 9.30pm

PHILLIPS GALLERY - private view - 30 Berkeley Square , Mayfair , London W1.

Phillips is pleased to announce Trinity: B.A.T. 5-7-9, an exhibition showcasing three of Alfa Romeo's iconic 1950s concept cars. B.A.T. 5, B.A.T. 7 and B.A.T. 9 will go on view to the public at 30 Berkeley Square, from 20 to 23 November. Icons of 20th century design and automotive history, they represent three of the most daring, visionary and futuristic concept cars ever built. The product of the collaborative efforts of coachbuilder Bertone and designer Franco Scaglione, these cars showcase the fascinating avant-garde creativity and artistic craftsmanship developed by independent Italian design studios in the 1950s.Trinity: B.A.T. 5-7-9 presents a rare opportunity to see all three cars displayed together in Europe.

The three concept cars look stunning and are in immaculate condition.

Around 200 guests here, including many Italians.

Complimentary gin & tonics, white wines and very nice canapés from Last Supper.

The free exhibition is on this weekend only - Nov 20 to Nov 23.

www.phillips.com

Visa their website here for more info.

then

10pm to 1am

DEAR EVAN HANSEN - opening night press party - Banqueting House, Whitehall, London SW1.

A massive party for over 500 guests at this prestigious venue.

It was very lavish , with loads of different food stations, bowl food, desserts etc.

Also prosecco, a sky blue gin cocktail, different sprints including JD n cokes, wines, beers.

A dj was playing dance tracks.

Lily James, David Tennant, Graham Norton and Andrew Lloyd Webber were among a host of VIP guests who arrived on a blue carpet for the opening night of Broadway hit Dear Evan Hansen. Newcomer Sam Tutty plays the leading role alongside Lauren Ward and Rupert Young as the play comes to the West End's Noel Coward Theatre for the first time. The show's award winning songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul attended along with Kevin McHale, Beverley Knight, Barbara Broccoli, Arlene Phillips , Ella Henderson, Michael Grade and Jonathan Shalit.

www.noelcowardtheatre.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.









Monday 18 November 2019...I went to two events tonight...

6.15pm to 7.45pm

THE CREATIVE DIMENSION TRUST - launch party - Bonham's , New Bond Street, London W1.

The Creative Dimension Trust (TCDT) offers fine craft skills courses to 14-18 year olds with exceptional talent and potential. The courses are taught by Craft Specialists who are acknowledged leaders in their professions.

This includes model making, stone carving, sign writing on skateboards, glass blowing, puppet making etc.

Around 150 guests here including style guru PETER YORK.

There were a couple of speeches at 7pm.

Complimentary Fortnum & Mason champers and cheese sticks for all guests.

www.thecreativedimension.org

Visit their website here for a list of 2020 courses and dates.

then

MARILLION with mini-orchestra live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Marillion play the first of two sold out shows at this venue.

I have seen Marillion many times with original singer Fish in the 1980s as well as their current singer.

I saw them on their last tour at this venue in 2017.

This year Marillion frontman Steve Hogarth, celebrates 30 years since joining the band.

As well as his long-standing bandmates – bassist Pete Trewavas, guitarist Steve Rothery, keyboardist Mark Kelly and drummer Ian Mosley – Hogarth is backed by a string quartet, French horn and flute.

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MARILLION with mini-orchestra arrived on stage at 8.30 pm and they played for 2 hours 5 mins.

A great stage production with loads of lights and some lasers and a big screen showing pre-recorded images.

I must admit i prefer the Fish era songs that were more commercial but the loyal Marillion fans seem

very happy with how Steve Hogarth has moved the band forward to a more prog-lite sound.

After a turbulent time in the 1990s, the band consciously uncoupled from the

standard music business model in 2000, and became one of the first bands to get their fans to pay in advance

for the band to record an album, embracing crowdfunding long before Kickstarter became cool.

You have to admire the way they do things their own way due to their very loyal fans.

Steve Hogarth enters the stage via the stalls seating area.

The swooping, self-dramatising singer strives to elevate every song into an epic – which reminded me of how Michael Hutchence performed on stage – while also providing some appealingly frazzled between-song repartee and nipping off stage to change into a series of dystopian sci-fi jackets.

The band have a nice big sound and the mini-string section sound great when at full tilt.

Several songs are around 10 minutes long and are a bit proggy for me.

The New Kings, a 2016 four-song suite roasting Russian oligarchs, is greeted enthusiastically, but bemused me.

At the end Steve Hogath asks the crowd "who's coming to tomorrow?" and half the crowd shout back.

For the encores the crowd got up.

An enjoyable show.









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News and Reviews: 19th November 2019

Monday 18 November 2019...I went to two events tonight...

6.15pm to 7.45pm

THE CREATIVE DIMENSION TRUST - launch party - Bonham's , New Bond Street, London W1.

The Creative Dimension Trust (TCDT) offers fine craft skills courses to 14-18 year olds with exceptional talent and potential. The courses are taught by Craft Specialists who are acknowledged leaders in their professions.

This includes model making, stone carving, sign writing on skateboards, glass blowing, puppet making etc.

Around 150 guests here including style guru PETER YORK.

There were a couple of speeches at 7pm.

Complimentary Fortnum & Mason champers and cheese sticks for all guests.

www.thecreativedimension.org

Visit their website here for a list of 2020 courses and dates.

then

MARILLION with mini-orchestra live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Marillion play the first of two sold out shows at this venue.

I have seen Marillion many times with original singer Fish in the 1980s as well as their current singer.

I saw them on their last tour at this venue in 2017.

This year Marillion frontman Steve Hogarth, celebrates 30 years since joining the band.

As well as his long-standing bandmates – bassist Pete Trewavas, guitarist Steve Rothery, keyboardist Mark Kelly and drummer Ian Mosley – Hogarth is backed by a string quartet, French horn and flute.

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MARILLION with mini-orchestra arrived on stage at 8.30 pm and they played for 2 hours 5 mins.

A great stage production with loads of lights and some lasers and a big screen showing pre-recorded images.

I must admit i prefer the Fish era songs that were more commercial but the loyal Marillion fans seem

very happy with how Steve Hogarth has moved the band forward to a more prog-lite sound.

After a turbulent time in the 1990s, the band consciously uncoupled from the

standard music business model in 2000, and became one of the first bands to get their fans to pay in advance

for the band to record an album, embracing crowdfunding long before Kickstarter became cool.

You have to admire the way they do things their own way due to their very loyal fans.

Steve Hogarth enters the stage via the stalls seating area.

The swooping, self-dramatising singer strives to elevate every song into an epic – which reminded me of how Michael Hutchence performed on stage – while also providing some appealingly frazzled between-song repartee and nipping off stage to change into a series of dystopian sci-fi jackets.

The band have a nice big sound and the mini-string section sound great when at full tilt.

Several songs are around 10 minutes long and are a bit proggy for me.

The New Kings, a 2016 four-song suite roasting Russian oligarchs, is greeted enthusiastically, but bemused me.

At the end Steve Hogath asks the crowd "who's coming to tomorrow?" and half the crowd shout back.

For the encores the crowd got up.

An enjoyable show.

Full Marillion setlist played tonight...

Gaza

Power (dedicated to Michael Hunter)

Beyond You

Seasons End

Estonia

A Collection

The New Kings: I. Fuck Everyone and Run

The New Kings: II. Russia's Locked Doors

The New Kings: III. A Scary Sky

The New Kings: IV. Why Is Nothing Ever True?

Man of a Thousand Faces

The Space...

Encore:

Separated Out (with string section snippet from Kashmir)

Encore 2:

This Strange Engine









Sunday 17 November 2019.

TEGAN and SARA live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Twin sister duo, Tegan and Sara, present the Hey, I’m Just Like You Tour, a multi-dimensional live experience unlike anything they’ve ever done before. Reading and reliving stories from their new memoir, High School, performing songs from their new album, Hey, I’m Just Like You, along with Tegan and Sara classics, and combing through archive video footage from their teenage years – this show promises a transcendent night that will both entertain and inspire.

Their ninth album, Hey, I'm Just Like You, was released on September 27, 2019.

Their memoir, High School, was released on September 24, 2019.

I have seen them play live a couple of times before...

2012 - supporting The Killers at The 02 Arena.

2013 - album launch party and gig in Bloomsbury.

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It is sold out tonight but it's floor seating so 1500 capacity instead of 2000.

Lots of female couples here as expected.

Canadians Tegan and Sara have always been supportive of the LGBT community.

Scottish singer-songwriter KT TUNSTALL was here watching.

TEGAN and SARA arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played for 2 hours 5 mins.

Just the two of them on stage with a guitar and piano.

The girls tell us "due to the nature of the show ,can you be quiet during songs and take no photos

until the final track, when you can then take all your phones out".

The crowd respect this and it is dead quiet while they are performing.

They are now aged 39 , and the show focused on their teenage angst years in the 1990s.

The sisters took turns reading sections of High School, sometimes with the other on stage, sometimes ping-ponging back and forth. Other times, they’d drop the book altogether and recount stories directly, which were the best parts of the show.

When the twins weren’t talking, of course, they played songs. This is billed as an acoustic tour, but they did bring out their electric guitars for some moments, though with very little added fluff. They’d take turns playing guitar, singing, playing piano, sometimes together and sometimes alone. Unsurprisingly the setlist was largely focused on Hey, I’m Just Like You, an album partially made up of re-recorded songs the two wrote as clumsy teens. It was fascinating to see some of their home videos of

the pair from the 1990s as they discussed LGBT topics well before how it is widely accepted today.

Lots of friendly humourous stage banter between songs that went down well and it was an enjoyable show.









Saturday 16 November 2019.

BAJM + WOT live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

After a few years’ break, Polish rock band, Bajm, fronted by female singer-songwriter Beata Kozidrak,

are coming back to London for a special show celebrating their 40 years in music.

Beata , now aged 59 has a four-octave vocal range.

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It is Polish night at Bush Empire and it is totally sold out with a 95% Polish crowd.

The bars are seling loads of booze.

Before the support band come on we have a dj playing Polish dance hits to warm up the crowd.

WOT arrived on stage at 7.45pm for their 45 mins set.

They played a rock based set mixing Polish and English lyrics.

The singer remained me of the singer from The Scorpions.

They had a big screen showing some of their videos as they played.

BAJM arrived on stage at 9.05pm and played for a full two hours.

Beata looks great for a 59 year old with her mane of hair and short black skirt.

A big band including keyboards, percussion and three female backing singers.

All the lyrics were in Polish and the bands sound was soft rock.

By the audience reaction the biggest songs were near the end of the set including

" Ta sama chwila" ( over 15 million views on YouTube).

The Polish community were loving it as they swayed along to her songs.

A decent enough show.

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TERRY O'NEILL - Sad news about the passing of a well known music photographer.

Terry O’Neill, the photographer who worked closely with The Beatles and the Rolling Stones to document the high points of 1960s culture, has died aged 81.

O’Neill had previously been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Last month he received a CBE for services to photography, presented to him at Buckingham Palace by Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge.











Friday 15 November 2019.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

The Mountain Goats are an American indie-folk-rock band who have released over a dozen albums.

Their 2019 album "In League with Dragons" got a very nice four star review in The Guardian newspaper.

The extraordinary career of singer-songwriter John Darnielle – not just an astoundingly prolific musician, but also a podcaster, a novelist and a metal fan so devoted he wrote the 33⅓ book about Black Sabbath’s Master of Reality – continues with the 17th Mountain Goats album. It began life as a concept disc about “a besieged seaside community called Riversend, ruled by a benevolent wizard”, but – thankfully, perhaps – evolved into something rather different.

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Pretty amazing that tonight is nearly sold out , just 200 or 300 tickets unsold out of 2000.

The promoters are Eat Your Own Ears so you know it is an act with a cult following.

The merch stands are doing a roaring trade.

Both acts had minimal equipment on the big stage.

Support act Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards arrive on stage at 8pm for their 40 mins set.

They might best be described as a blend of folk/Americana and pop with touches of Cajun, bluegrass and old time.

Three females on stage - vocals , cello and fiddle.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS arrive on stage at 9pm and play for 1 hour 50 mins.

John Darnielle hits the stage looking like a younger Bill Gates.

This tour features a stripped-down Goats lineup of just Darnielle and keyboard-pounding, bass-playing multi-instrumentalist Matt Douglas – a man not averse to a flute solo – and for a few songs were joined by the support act on strings.

Darnielle is a confessional songwriter, unafraid to bare his past issues with drugs and abuse in his music. There is something inclusive about the Mountain Goats and Darnielle’s music. So many people in the crowd seem to know all the words to all of Darnielle’s songs, even the obscure ones, and have no problem singing along with abandon, cocooning the room in a communal vibe, even though you never hear their songs on the radio.

John dedicated a song to John Peel and talked about recording a session for him at BBC Maida Vale

just before the legendary dj died of a heart attack.

A nicely paced set that featured biggest tracks including the classic "No Children" at the end of the set.

An enjoyable show.

Full setlist played tonight...

Estate Sale Sign

No More Tears

Hebrews 11:40

Heretic Pride

Younger

Goblin Wizard in the Crawlspace of my Heart

Transcendental Youth

We Shall All Be Healed

JOHN SOLO SET

Dance Music

Waco

Matthew 25:21

MATT RETURNS

Wear Black

Waylon Jennings Live!

Magpie

LAURA CORTESE & THE DANCE CARDS join them on strings for a few songs.

Tianchi Lake

Doc Gooden

Cadaver Sniffing Dog

Up the Wolves

Encore:

Possum by Night

You or Your Memory

No Children

This Year

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Happy Birthday to PETULA CLARK who is 87 today...yes 87.

Amazingly she is still performing, in the current Mary Poppins musical in London.









Thursday 14 November 2019.

ENGLAND 7 MONTENEGRO 0 Wembley Stadium at 7.45pm.

Montenegro will be the visitors as Gareth Southgate’s men continue on the road to next summer's UEFA EUR0 2020.

Raheem Sterling has been dropped for this game by Gareth Southgate.

Raheem Sterling attempted to provoke a physical reaction from Joe Gomez when confronting the Liverpool defender at St George’s Park, has prompted the decision.

Raheem Sterling warned Joe Gomez 'don't f**k with me' during the heated exchange

England's first game at Wembley Stadium was in 1924, this will be their 1000th game at Wembley Stadium.

Past England legends including David Seaman and Wayne Rooney will be paraded at half-time on the pitch.

England book their spot at next summer’s European Championships with a thumping 7-0 win over Montenegro in front of a 77,277 strong crowd at Wembley Stadium.

Harry Kane scored a first-half hat-trick.

Some England fans spoilt the vibe when Gomez came on with 20 minutes to play and the unmistakable

disapproving drone of parts of a Wembley crowd calling it wrong again.

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THE CLASH : London Calling at The Museum of London,150 London Wall, Barbican, London EC2.

15 November 2019 – 19 April 2020 - FREE ENTRY

When The Clash’s third album ‘London Calling’ was released in the winter of 1979 it was clear that the band had made an instant classic, an era-defining masterpiece which still stands as one of rock’s all-time greatest albums.

To celebrate this truly London work, the Museum of London will showcase a collection of items from The Clash’s personal archive including notes, clothing, images and music, many previously unseen, in The Clash: London Calling, a free exhibit opening on 15th November.

The Clash private view was on tonight but i was committed to being at the England game.

My mate Frank gave me an update on how the private view went & who attended.

Complimentary drinks for 250 guests including a few punk rock legends....

Mick Jones

Paul Simonon

Topper Headon (not there as he has injured his back)

Glen Matlock

John Cooper Clarke

Don Letts

I will go and see the exhibition sometime over the next week.









Wednesday 13 November 2019...I went to three events tonight...

5.30pm to 6.15pm

Marylebone Village - Christmas Lights Switch On - Marylebone, London W1.

Last year I saw ROGER DALTREY switch on the lights here.

This year Ricky Wilson got a phone call from "Roger The Who" asking him do do the honours.

I saw Kaiser Chiefs supporting The Who at Wembley Stadium in July this year.

RICKY WILSON, lead singer of renowned British indie band, Kaiser Chiefs, switched on the festive Christmas lights on Devonshire Street at 6pm to his hit "I Predict As Riot" and with a fireworks display. There were festive shopping stalls, food and drink, a Santa’s Grotto, fairground rides, live music, one-off discounts and in store activity throughout Marylebone Village’s stores and restaurants. The event supports Teenage Cancer Trust, of which Ricky is a regular supporter (you can also text the word NURSE to 70500 to make a £5 donation).

then

6.45pm to 8pm

BANHOEK CHILLI OIL - launch party - Hammer & Tongs, 171 Farringdon Road, London EC1.

Around 50 guests in the basement bar area of this South African restaurant & bar.

There are three members of Northampton Saints Rugby Club here helping to promote the product.

The idea for Banhoek Chilli Oil stemmed from a fear of average-tasting chilli oils. When chillies are mixed with olive oil, the taste of the olives gets in the way of the pure chilli flavour. That is why they use high quality rapeseed oil – it does not get in the way of the chilli taste.

Complimentary prosecco, wines, beers and bowls of chicken wings and popcorn that had the chilli oil used in them.

All guests got a goodie bag that included a 250ml bottle of the chilli oil.

www.banhoekchillioil.co.za

Visit their website here for more info.

then

8.30pm to 11pm

SWATCH - new collection launch party - Toy Room London – 8-9 Argyll Street, London W1.

Around 150 guests are here at this basement club next to The London Palladium.

It is a younger crowd who are dancing to the dj and the live percussion & sax player.

A security girl is standing next to the new collection of watches opposite the bar.

Complimentary prosecco, different spirits including JD & cokes , wines, beers and lots of different

bowl food and brownies for dessert.

www.swatch.com

Visit the Swatch website here for more info.













Tuesday 12 November 2019...6.30pm to 9.15pm...

SKATE AT SOMERSET HOUSE - launch party - Somerset House, Strand, London WC2.

Over 500 guests here to launch the Christmas Ice Skating rink at this iconic venue.

Rolling Stones rocker RONNIE WOOD was here alongside wife Sally and twin daughters Gracie Jane and Alice Rose.

A nice surprise to see COURTNEY LOVE here.

Also here were Emilia Fox, Christopher Kane, Kano, Henry Conway, Kathy Lette , Vanessa Felz, Melissa Hemsley, Mathew Horne, Victoria Pendleton, Tom Parker Bowles, Alistair Guy, Lethal Bizzle ,

Stephen Webster, Roisin Conaty, Nick Ferrari and Fortnum & Mason CEO Ewan Ventners.

We did not go ice skating but many folks did.

The event is sponsored by Fortnum & Mason so there is lots of very nice complimentary food and drinks.

Fortnum & Mason champers, Gin Fizz cocktails, espresso & cream coffees, different bowl food & small plates,

canapés and mince pies.

All guests got a Fortnum & Mason goodie bag with four items inside - 250g tin of ground coffee,

200g tin of Christmas biscuits, strawberry preserve and chocolate.

www.somersethouse.org.uk

Visit their website here to but tickets.

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Happy Birthday to NEIL YOUNG who is 74 today.









Monday 11 November 2019.

SARAH BRIGHTMAN live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

The world’s most successful and best-selling soprano, Sarah Brightman, returns to London for the first time in fifteen years. Her new world tour, HYMN: Sarah Brightman In Concert will come to the Royal Albert Hall for one night only.

Often credited as the creator of the “classical crossover” genre, the English soprano and original Christine in The Phantom of the Opera last headlined the Royal Albert Hall over 20 years ago, in 1997. She returns in 2019 for a very special night, accompanied by her band, a full orchestra, choir and special guests.

Sarah has worldwide sales of more than 35 million albums and two million DVDs, and like Mika, she is more popular overseas than back home and plays arenas in The Far East, mainland Europe, North America etc.

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It is a full venue tonight , mainly made up with an older crowd of theatre goers.

It is the last show on her HYMN world tour.

I see that programmes tonight are being sold for a whopping £25.

The show was on for 2 hours 15 mins over two sets of 65 mins and 70 mins.

We have a bagpipe intro tribute to our fallen heroes as it was 11 November...it was a nice touch...

SARAH BRIGHTMAN looked stunning in several different glamourous gowns & jewelled headwear.

Around 60 on stage when you add band, orchestra and choir together.

There were 100 electronic candles dotted around the stage.

Constant use of dry ice cascaded down from behind Sarah as she sang.

Sarah is now aged 59 and her soprano voice still sounds pretty incredible.

It was safe to say , she makes Mariah Carey sound as flat as pancake.

Maybe it was a bit too perfect as my mate said he thought some of it was lip sync.

Sarah was joined by a couple of male singers for a few tracks.

A nice mix of proper opera tracks and pop opera tracks.

Highlights included "Time to Say Goodbye" and "The Phantom of the Opera" which had an incredible finale as

Sarah's soprano voice got higher and higher and higher...or was it lip sync?

Final song of the night had a disco beat to it so all the crowd were up and dancing.

An enjoyable show.

Full Sarah Brightman setlist played tonight...

Set 1

Gothica / Fleurs du mal

Stranger in Paradise (George Forrest & Robert Wright cover)

Carpe diem (with Vincent Niclo)

Ameno (with Vincent Niclo)

Anytime, Anywhere

Hijo de la Luna (Mecano cover)

Follow Me

Misere Mei

Figlio Perduto

Who Wants to Live Forever (Queen cover)

Tu Che M'Hai Preso Il Cuor

Miracle (sung by Yoshiki)

Set 2

Hymn Overture

Hymn (Barclay James Harvest cover)

Sogni (with Vincent Niclo)

Better Is One Day (Matt Redman cover)

Canto Per Noi

Pie Jesu (Andrew Lloyd Webber cover) (with Narcis Ianau)

Caruso (performed solo by Narcis Ianau)

Fly to Paradise

Time to Say Goodbye (Andrea Bocelli cover) (Intimate English version)

Masquerade / The Phantom of the Opera (with Vincent Niclo)

Running

Encore :

Deliver Me (The Beloved cover)

Ave Maria (Franz Schubert cover)

A Question of Honour

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Sarah Brightman HYMN IN CONCERT film (full theatrical version) will be released on DVD, Blu Ray, Deluxe Special Edition CD/DVD and CD/BR and digital November 15th!

It was recorded in Germany this year.











Sunday 10 November 2019.

MIKA + dj support live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

This gig sold out pronto in July as it is the only UK show (and the opening show) on his European Tour.

Mika released his first full-length studio album, Life in Cartoon Motion, on Island Records in 2007, which sold more than 7 million copies worldwide and helped Mika win a Brit Award—winning Best British Breakthrough act.

The album was number one in the UK and 11 other countries.

Mika has been very quiet the past few years after his initial major success.

Mika has had five x Top 10 hit singles in the UK including a number one with "Grace Kelly" in 2007.

Mika is promoting his 5th studio album which was released on 04 Oct 2019.

The new album only reached number 57 in the UK charts.

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The dj and his console arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played a nice 60 mins set of disco & dance tunes.

The venue is rammed solid sold out by the time Mika arrives on stage.

The crowd is 75% females under the age of 30.

Many of the females have French and Italian accents as Mika is very popular over there.

Between albums Mika has been a judge on The X Factor Italy and The Voice France.

MIKA & band arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 90 mins.

First thing you notice is that he is much taller than most pop stars.

Here is an indication of the loyalty of his fans who have stood rigid to their space down front since 7pm.

After the first song 300 or 400 pieces of A4 paper were held up saying "We've Missed You!".

A nicely paced show with mainly newer songs in the first half and the biggies in the second half.

Mika's energy level went up accordingly as later on he was dancing madly with

hand gestures around the stage, as he gave his performance 100%.

Mika is very strong vocally, his classics "Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)", "Lollipop " ,

"Love Today" , "Happy Ending" and encore "Grace Kelly" are performed with the ease of songs

which have been performed hundreds of times.

Mika walked through the stalls standing area to mingle with the fans during one song.

For a few songs he said "I am wearing my grandmothers flowery blouse".

His fans clearly love him , even though his star is waning a bit in the UK.

Mika was a great performer to watch and it was very enjoyable.









Saturday 09 November 2019...5.30pm kick-off...

Womens Football Friendly - ENGLAND 1 GERMANY 2 at Wembley Stadium.

One of those miserable days of cold, rainy weather.

Not a 85,000 capacity crowd here tonight but there is still a massive crowd of over 77,000 here.

Mainly due to the cheap tickets...Most Level 5 tickets were only £10 and school groups only £1 each.

Germany struck late to put a dampener on a historic day for England as a boisterous, record-breaking crowd for a Lionesses home international of 77,768 saw the hosts beaten.

Playing at the home of English football for the first time since a 3-0 defeat by the Germans in 2014 - attended by their previous home record crowd of 45,619 - the Lionesses were roared on magnificently throughout.

England had a penalty kick saved.

But Klara Bühl's low clinical finish past Mary Earps in the 90th minute inflicted a fifth loss in seven matches on Phil Neville's side.

At half- time there was a parade of females who have played football for England over the past 50 years.

Pretty amazing how women's football has got so popular over the past few years.









Friday 08 November 2019.

SQUEEZE + HEAVEN 17 live at Indigo @ The 02 Arena complex, London.

Squeeze have added a second London show to their month long UK tour.

Their show several days before this at The Royal Albert Hall may have been more prestigious but as the boys

are from South London, this gig at Indigo is their big hometown show.

I have seen Squeeze around 15 times since 1978 when they were a support band.

Squeeze have had 12 x Top 40 hit singles in the UK.

The vast majority of their material is composed of lyrics by Chris Difford and music by Glenn Tilbrook who are guitarists and vocalists in the band. The duo were hailed as "the heirs to Lennon and McCartney's throne" during their peak of popularity in the late 1970s.

I saw support act Heaven 17 headline Shepherds Bush Empire this time last year.

Heaven 17 have had 7 x Top 40 hit singles in the UK.

The tour will be in support of The Trussell Trust. At all venues on the tour there will be multiple food drop points and collection boxes, where people can donate non-perishable food and goods or money. A list of items in a typical food parcel are: cereal, soup, pasta, rice, tinned tomatoes/pasta sauce, lentils, beans and pulses, tinned meat, tinned vegetables, tea/coffee, tinned fruit, biscuits, UHT milk and fruit juice. If possible audience members are asked to check with local foodbanks to see what supplies are currently needed.

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I have a few 250g tins of Fortnum & Mason loose tea that were unwanted presents so it was a good idea

to bring them along here to put in the baskets for The Trussell Trust foodbanks.

The venue is full tonight to create a nice buzzy Friday night atmosphere.

HEAVEN 17 arrive on stage and play for around 45 mins.

It is great we have a well known support act tonight deserving of the "special guests" tag.

Heaven 17 are an English new wave and synth-pop band that formed in Sheffield in 1980.

Their main success of hit albums and singles came during their 1980s heyday.

They focus on a greatest hits set tonight that went down a treat and was an ideal warm up for Squeeze.

Full Heaven 17 setlist played tonight...

(We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang

Play to Win

Come Live With Me

You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' (The Righteous Brothers cover)

Let Me Go

Penthouse and Pavement

Temptation

SQUEEZE arrive on stage and play for around 1 hour 45 mins.

Seven musicians on stage and clever use of images on the big screen.

This lengthy Squeeze UK tour is billed as 'The Difford and Tilbrook Songbook Tour 2019'.

For a songbook celebrating 45 years the set choice was a clever blend, mixing older hits with newer material.

The stunning lyrics from their older hits (and there was loads of them played) still sound as fresh as ever.

Mid set we get a few rarely played songs like ‘King George Street’, plus the title track from 2015’s album ‘Cradle to the Grave’. Good to see their last album, the rather good ‘The Knowledge’, represented by ‘Please Be Upstanding’, a song about erectile dysfunction, which despite its delicate subject matter for some, features another blissful pop chorus.

Their songs always demonstrated a sharp eye for storytelling and sharp ear for melody.

The lyrics for "Cool for Cats " still sound as mega as they did back in 1979 when it was released.

For an encore we had ‘Take Me I’m Yours’ and an extended ‘Black Coffee in Bed’ which allowed Glenn Tilbrook to introduce the band and allow each band member a little solo spot.

A great show.

Full Squeeze setlist played tonight...

Tape Intro - (Theme from The Magnificent Seven)

Footprints

Big Beng

Hourglass

Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)

Up the Junction

King George Street

Mumbo Jumbo

Cradle to the Grave

The Day I Get Home

Someone Else's Heart

Is That Love

Third Rail

Please Be Upstanding

In Quintessence (Difford & Tilbrook only)

Slap and Tickle

Labelled With Love

Love's Crashing Waves (Difford & Tilbrook cover)

Tempted

Cool for Cats

Another Nail in My Heart

Goodbye Girl

Annie Get Your Gun

Encore:

Take Me I'm Yours

Black Coffee in Bed (extended outro with band solos)

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Squeeze UK tour in November continues...

Sat 09 Nottingham Royal Concert Hall

Mon 11 Bournemouth Pavilion

Tue 12 Cambridge Corn Exchange

Wed 13 Cardiff St David’s Hall

Fri 15 Llandudno Venue Cymru

Sat 16 Harrogate Convention Centre

Sun 17 Reading Hexagon

Tue 19 Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall

Wed 20 Ipswich Regent







Thursday 07 November 2019...6.30pm to 10.15pm...

THE PAUL RAYMOND AWARDS 2019 at Cafe de Paris, 3 Coventry Street, London W1.

Paul Raymond Publications is a British pornography publisher of monthly softcore pornographic magazine titles: Escort, Club International, Mayfair, Men Only, Men's World, Razzle, Swing Mag, Club DVD and Escort DVD. It also publishes an adult website at www.paulraymond.xxx which features both softcore and hardcore content.Their magazines are generally available in most newsagents, although some larger retailers require a modesty bag in order to protect minors from seeing gratuitous flesh on display on the cover. As from 2013, their magazines are also available in digital format exclusively on the Paul Raymond digital newsstand.

In the 1970s/1980s/1990s the magazines had massive sales figures but the internet has reduced that.

Around 400 guests are here including many scantily clad females flashing the flesh.

Guests included Dave Courtney (now aged 60) who is an English self-proclaimed former gangster,

who has become both an author and actor on tv hard-men documentaries.

However, Courtney is probably best known for organising the security at gangster Ronnie Kray's funeral in 1995.

Courtney has claimed to be the inspiration for Vinnie Jones's debt-collecting hard man in the movie Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

From 7pm to 9pm we had a lot of various entertainment on the stage.

Several different male & female singers singing one of two tracks, some burlesque and pole-dancing,

beat-boxing, break-dancing , fire-breathing and The Chocolate Men erotic dance troupe.

A dj was playing dance tunes between acts to keep the clubby vibe going.

The awards were on from 9pm to 10pm.

The girls are here to pick up their awards.

The big video screens are showing the girls in action.

The awards given out were...

Mayfair Girl of the Year

Club International Girl of the Year

Men Only Girl of the Year

Escort Girl of the Year

Razzle Girl of the Year

Newcomer of the Year

MILF of the Year

Adult Film of the Year

Girl Duo of the Year

Paul Raymond Online Fan Favourite of the Year

Male Performer of the Year

Female Performer of the Year

Paul Raymond Girl of the Year (winner was Linsey Dawn McKenzie)

Complimentary prosecco, different spirits including JD & cokes, wines and beers for all guests.











Wednesday 06 November 2019...6.30pm to 10pm...

WORLD TRAVEL MARKET - Destination Showcase - Le Méridien Piccadilly, 21 Piccadilly, London W1.

We are at this five star hotel opposite Waterstone's, Piccadilly.

Around 200 guests are here.

13 countries/cities are showcasing their country/city as a tourist destination.

Four of them have a 15 mins presentation in the seated area.

VISIT SHARJAH - Sharjah is the third largest city in the United Arab Emirates after Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

A CORUNA TOURIST BOARD

VISIT FINLAND

TOURISM AUSTRALIA

Each stand donated a prize to the business card raffle at the end, some were better than expected.

A weekend break with flights and accom to Tallinn, Finland.

A weekend break with flights and accom to A Coruna, Spain.

A weekend break with flights and accom to Porto, Portugal.

A pair of business class Eurostar tickets....sadly we did not win any of them.

Complimentary wines and beers throughout the evening and a nice full buffet and desserts at 8pm.









Wednesday 06 November 2019.

This afternoon BBC 6 Music had a nice feature on drummers featuring Taylor Hawkins.

One of the records played was something i remember well , but try telling kids today that

a three and half minute drum solo was a big hit single.

"Dance with the Devil" is a solo drum instrumental by COZY POWELL. It was recorded as Cozy Powell's session work for RAK was taking off.The bass player on the track is Suzi Quatro as she was also signed to RAK.

The single reached No. 3 in the UK Singles Chart in January 1974.

I saw him playing with many bands as he made his name with many major rock bands and artists like The Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow, Gary Moore, Robert Plant, Brian May, Whitesnake, Emerson, Lake & Powell, and Black Sabbath.

I have one of his drumsticks from a gig at Hammersmith Odeon at home somewhere.

Cozy sadly died in a car crash in 1998.











Tuesday 05 November 2019....6.30pm to 8.45pm...

ASIAN ART in LONDON - Gala Party - Bonham's, 101 New Bond Street, London W1.

Asian Art in London, founded in 1998, is an annual event held over ten days in early November, which takes place within participating galleries and auction houses. It has a global reputation uniting leading Asian art dealers, auction houses, museums and societies in a series of gallery selling exhibitions, auctions, receptions and lectures. Together they celebrate the expertise and excellence of Asian art on view in London each November, with a wide range of Asian art from the antique to contemporary and in a price range designed to suit all pockets. Participant events are complemented by exhibitions and seminars at satellite events around London and at leading London academic institutions.

Around 200 guests are here.

Some very nice sculptures, porcelain, statues and paintings are here to look at.

At 8pm there was a couple of speeches and a business card raffle to win a return flight to Hong Kong

with three nights accomodation...sadly I did not win it.

Complimentary Pol Roger champers and canapés for all the guests here.

All guests got a small goodie bag that included a copy of Apollo Art Magazine.

www.asianartinlondon.com

Visit their website here for more info.

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Happy Birthday to BRYAN ADAMS who is 60 today.

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Very sad news that Irish broadcasting legend GAY BYRNE has passed away aged 85 after illness.

Viewers can watch live coverage of his funeral.

RTE say coverage of Gay Byrne's funeral will be streamed live on Friday at 11.30am on RTE tv and

on the RTE Player and on RTE.ie and be available to audiences worldwide.









Monday 04 November 2019...2pm to 7.15pm...

WORLD TRAVEL MARKET - DAY ONE - Excel, Royal Victoria Dock, Royal Docks, London E16.

A huge three day event for the travel industry.

Over 150 countries are showcasing their country as a holiday destination.

Many of the countries have staff dressed in colourful national dress and bands playing homeland tunes.

Over 10,000 visitors per day.

Every hour a few of the stands are having drinks and food receptions.

Legendary cricketer Sir Viv Richards was on the Antigua and Barbuda stand.

Cricket legends Sir Gary Sobers and Desmond Haynes were on the Barbados stand.

Lord Sebastian Coe was walking about.

We had an hour at each of the following...

GREECE presentation with Greek wines and Greek food.

All guests got a goodie bag with four Greek food items inside including 500ml Virgin Olive Oil.

TAIWAN presentation with prosecco, beers and canapés.

There was a business card raffle with a dozen prizes.

I won one of the runners-up prizes of a large pineapple cake(popular in Taiwan) and a picture frame.

Sadly i did not win one of the two main prizes - Taiwan return flights and accommodation.

PHILIPPINES presentation with rum cocktails and canapés.

IRELAND presentation with easily the biggest crowd as around 200 are here.

Complimentary pints of Guinness and Gin & Tonics for all guests.

www.galway2020.ie

Visit the Galway website here for more info

THE SHARD showcase with complimentary Moët champers.

then

8pm to 11.15pm

ITALIAN National Tourist Board - WTM Party - Sky Garden , 20 Fenchurch St, London EC3.

Known as the walkie talkie due to its unique shape, this skyscraper features a top-floor restaurant & bar.

We are up on the 35th and 36th floors in this amazing space with stunning views of London at night.

A massive party for around 400 who were mainly Italian guests.

Guests included Nancy Dell'Olio and Rocco Forte.

At around 9.20pm we get a five track 25 mins set by the current version of BLACK BOX.

Black Box is an Italian house music group popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

The members of the group included a club DJ and a black female singer on vocals.

In 2015, Celestine Walcott-Gordon began performing live as the new lead vocalist of Black Box.

She sang their hits tonight including "Everybody Everybody", "Strike It Up" , "Fantasy" and finished with their

classic number one from 1989 "Ride On Time".

This Italian crowd were all dancing to the live act and the dj sounds and it was a full on party vibe.

We even had this crowd all singing loudly along to Oasis "Wonderwall".

We left at 11.15pm and it was due to finish at 12pm.

Complimentary prosecco, different spirits, wines, beers, lots of different bowl food, canapés and desserts.

www.italia.it

Visit their website here for more info.









Sunday 03 November 2019.

NFL live at Wembley Stadium - Houston Texans v Jacksonville Jaguars - kick-off 2.30pm.

Another sold out capacity crowd of 85,000 at Wembley Stadium for NFL.

This is the last of the four NFL games this year in London(two at Spurs ground and two at Wembley).

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Back in the 1970s and 1980s the area around Wembley Stadium/Wembley Arena was a ghost town

with nothing on offer and now there are loads of restaurants & bars & stores in the shopping centre.

Over 20 blocks of flats are being built as part of a re-generation programme.

Most of the crowd are here a couple of hours before the game as NFL are hosting various fan events

outside the venue and NFL staff are giving out small merch items & treats to all the fans.

Half the crowd seem to be wearing their NFL shirts.

The game was a bit one-sided as Houston Texans crushed the Jacksonville Jaguars 26-3 at Wembley.

As usual the game lasted just over 3 hours , start to finish.

Dermot O'Leary and Alexandra Burke were both interviewed on the big screen by pitch side.

Cheerleaders from both sides and a drumming band from both sides performed.

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These are the first three gigs i saw at Wembley Stadium (the original one).

Who,Stranglers,AC/DC,Nils Lofgren --- 18.08.1979

Rolling Stones,J Geils Band --- 26.06.1982

Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band --- 04.07.1985









Saturday 02 November 2019.

THE MACC LADS + DUNCAN REID AND THE BIG HEADS live at The Forum, London.

The Macc Lads are back! Filthier, Fatter and a lot more Flatulent!

The Macc Lads are a rock band from Macclesfield, Cheshire, England. Self-proclaimed the "rudest, crudest, lewdest, drunkest band in Christendom", the Macc Lads used irreverent, foul-mouthed and politically incorrect lyrics; common lyrical themes were binge drinking, sex and fighting.Active from 1981 to 1995 and reforming in 2018.

Expect to hear "Fat Bastard" which has reworked lyrics to Sweets "Blockbuster" and "No sheep til Buxton".

Special guests are Duncan Reid and The Big Heads.

Duncan Reid was an original member of punk/new wave band The Boys in the late 1970s.

Duncan has released three albums with his current band.

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Upstairs is closed tonight and downstairs is not full so maybe around 700 are here.

DUNCAN REID AND THE BIG HEADS arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played for around 45 mins.

Duncan is wearing a red suit and his band feature females on guitar & drums.

Not an easy task being a support band for The Macc Lads but lots of catchy pop rock tunes were played.

The set was mainly his solo material but ended with great versions of two classics by The Boys.

A really good set.

Full setlist played by Duncan Reid and the Big Heads tonight...

Can't Stop

C'est la Vie

Soda Pressing (The Boys cover)

Baby Doll

Let's Skip to the Good Bit

Thinking

Just Because You're Paranoid

Rolling On

Bombs Away

Kelly's Gone Insane

C'mon Josephine

Brickfield Nights (The Boys cover)

First Time (The Boys cover)

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I am looking forward to seeing the headliners as i have never seen them live before.

They sold out The Islington Academy last year but were banned from many places first time around.

THE MACC LADS arrived on stage at 9pm and played for around 85 mins.

The band come on to chants of "you fat bastard", "you fat bastard" , "you fat bastard".

A bit ironic when there are so many big beer bellies in the crowd.

It is not long before folks are jumping around and the beer is flying through the air at the band.

You see throwing beer at the band here is a term of endearment.

The lyrics are a proper rude & crude, very similar to Northern comedian Roy Chubby Brown.

Some songs are better than others and sometimes the lyrics are hilarious.

Obviously you will never hear them on the radio with lyrics like "sit on my face and guess me weight".

Many of the lyrics are derogatory to women but there are a few here even though it's 90% blokes.

The singer tells the crowd "why don't you throw beer at the other members of the band?" which cues

up a bloke to throw a full pint over the bass player on the left.

They must be doing something right as i saw many folks doubling up with laughter.

A very enjoyable show.

Full setlist played by The Macc Lads tonight...

Alton Towers

God's Gift to Women

Guess Me Weight

Miss Macclesfield

Doctor Doctor

Dead Cat

Gordon's Revenge

Maid of Ale

Fat Bastard

Torremolinos

Nagasaki Sauce

Fellatio Nelson

No Sheep 'til Buxton

My Pub

Baggy Anne

Saturday Night

Fluffy Pup

Dirty Glass

Buenos Aires

Failure With Girls

Twenty Pints

Charlotte

Bloik!

Julie the Schooly

Blackpool

Encore:

Barrel's Round

Sweaty Betty









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News and Reviews: 2nd November 2019

Friday 01 November 2019.

Do you remember the legendary SEX PISTOLS tv interview with Bill Grundy in 1976?

Check out this great comedy version of it on YouTube to cheer you up.

Type in Google search - YouTube IT'S KEVIN Amish Sex Pistols.

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Will BOB SEGER ever come back to play live in the UK?

This week, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band played the final show of their farewell tour, at the 20,000-capacity Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. Support came from local band Ghost Hounds.

Seger announced his final tour in September 2018, after returning to the road after back surgery, and after 63 arena shows this year – performing to more than one million fans – the curtain has finally fallen on the singer's live career.

Seger's future plans are unclear, and while he has hinted that it's only the North American part of the tour that's over, he hasn't played outside the continent for nearly four decades. His last UK show was at Wembley Arena in November 1980.

I saw Bob Seger play Hammersmith Odeon in 1977.









Thursday 31 October 2019.

LISA STANSFIELD + JAZZ MORLEY live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

English singer songwriter Lisa Stansfield returns to the Royal Albert Hall to celebrate the 30th Anniversary

of her iconic debut album "Affection".

The multi-platinum album was released in 1989 and sold over 5 million copies worldwide, winning three BRIT Awards, two Ivor Novello Awards and a Billboard Music Award overseas, as well as two Grammy nominations.

I have seen Lisa play live a couple of times including Ronnie Scott's in 1990.

Lisa had several hit singles in the 1980s and 1990s.

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Not sold out tonight but a decent 90% tickets are sold.

JAZZ MORLEY arrived on stage at 7.35pm and played for around 30 mins.

Jazz Morley is a 30 year old singer-songwriter from Bournemouth.

Great voice & lyrics on tracks from her two albums, with a gentle piano backing that went down well.

She gave thanks to her booking agent who has got her from playing to 100 in a pub 18 months ago

to this major support tour( her booking agent is music biz legend Neil Warnock , who also looks after Lisa).

LISA STANSFIELD arrived on stage at 8.35pm and played for around 90 mins.

Lisa is now aged 53 and has a tiny demure slim frame and between songs came her really strong Lancashire accent.

A nicely paced show where the first half ticked along nicely then everyone got up for a dance from massive hit

"All Around the World" onwards, and Lisa herself moved around the stage more.

Lisa had a great 9-piece backing band that included percussion, keyboards, two brass and two female B/Vs.

An enjoyable show.

Full Lisa Stansfield setlist played tonight...

Affection

Mighty Love

Sincerity

The Way You Want It

This Is the Right Time

The Love in Me

Unknown

When Are You Coming Back?

Poison

Wake Up Baby

You Can't Deny It

My Apple Heart

All Around the World

The Real Thing

What Did I Do to You?

Never Ever

People Hold On

Encore:

Live Together

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If you are a regular at The Royal Albert Hall you will see in the corridors the great photos of

the legends that have played here over the years.

One was to celebrate Sting playing ten nights here in 2000.

I think to myself , i went to one or two of those shows.

Looking at my gig history when i got home, I actually went to FIVE of the ten shows.







Wednesday 30 October 2019.

A NIGHT AT RONNIE SCOTT'S : 60th anniversary Gala show live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

With appearances by Van Morrison, Roy Ayers, Curtis Stigers, Kurt Elling, Courtney Pine, Madeline Bell, Imelda May , Nigel Kennedy , Guy Barker, Liane Carroll, Ian Shaw, Natalie Williams, Judi Jackson,

The Blue Flames, China Moses,Ian Shaw, Pee Wee Ellis and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra led by Pete Long.

Jimi Hendrix last ever stage appearance was at Ronnie Scott's in Soho.

On September 16, 1970 legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix took the stage with old friend Eric Burdon and California funk act War for the end of their set at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London. While Hendrix tore it up, his performance is most notable as his last time playing in public since Jimi tragically died just two days later.

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The venue is totally sold out tonight.

On the floor are over 30 round tables of 10, hosting fans who have bought drinks packages.

Loads of hospitailty packages in the boxes as well.

It was a long show of 3 hours 10 mins over two sets of 90 mins and 100 mins.

The show finished well past the 11pm curfew at 11.15pm.

Pretty much everyone singing one or two songs.

The first set was mainly lesser known singers and the second set had the big names.

Clarke Peters hosted the show and would come on every three of four songs and tell us the history of

Ronnie Scott's along to videos and pictures on the big screen from those that had attended and performed there.

There are around 20 musicians on stage including a dozen man brass section.

FIRST SET HIGHLIGHTS...

China Moses sung a song.

Ian Shaw sung a song.

Natalie Williams sung a song.

Curtis Stigers sung a song

Liane Carroll sung a song.

Judi Jackson sung a song.

All the above on stage singing "Rehab" as a tribute to Amy Winehouse.

NIGEL KENNEDY performed two songs , one quiet and gentle and the other nice and loud.

SECOND SET HIGHLIGHTS...

Courtney Pine performed a song.

Kurt Elling sung two songs with The Blue Flames (Georgie Fame pulled out due to illness)

VAN MORRISON sung two songs.

IMELDA MAY sung two songs including a stunning "Black Tears".

ROY AYERS performed his great track "Everybody Loves The Sunshine".

MADELINE BELL sung two songs.

Most of the artists on stage to sing "Let The Good Times Roll".

Finale was a fitting tribute to Ronnie Scott who was a sax player back in the day.

There were 60 sax players on stage and they all walked conga style around the entire stalls seats.

It was a riotous end to the show.

An enjoyable evening.

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I did not get along to Ronnie Scott's until 1990 when Lisa Stansfield played.

By coincidence Lisa Stansfield plays The Royal Albert Hall the following night.









Tuesday 29 October 2019....I went to two events tonight...

7pm to 8pm

MARCO ANTONIO x RANKIN book launch party, 37/41 Mortimer House, London W1.

Rankin Launches New Beauty Book with Make-up Artist Marco Antonio. Marco Antonio x Rankin mixes Marco's pop colour pallets with Rankin's signature sense of photography humour.

Around 150 guests in the fifth floor bar of this private members club.

Marco Antonio and Rankin are both here signing copies of the book.

The book retails for £40 but you can get it cheaper via my Amazon link above.

A dj is playing tunes in the background.

Complimentary Aperol Spritz cocktails, wines and beers for all guests.

then

8.15pm to 11pm

YOUNG CHEF YOUNG WAITER AWARDS - Quaglino's, 16 Bury Street, St James's, London SW1.

Promoting Hospitality as a career of choice, a profession and a vocation. Young Chef Young Waiter is a national competition open to all young professional waiters and chefs from any background.

This renowned competition turns 40 this year and has been revamped with a new, dynamic format, fully endorsed by UK Hospitality and the Restaurant Association.

Around 300 guests are here.

20 young chefs battled it out during the day for the judges and the three winners were announced here.

20 young waiters battled it out during the day for the judges and the three winners were announced here.

Judges here included celebrity chefs JOHN TORODE and THEO RANDALL.

Complimentary English sparkling wine, two different cocktails, wines, beers and lots of hot n tasty

different bowl food along with canapés and Magnum ice-creams for dessert.











Monday 28 October 2019.

THE DAMNED + THE CIRCUS OF HORRORS live at The London Palladium.

"A Night of A Thousand Vampires"

The Damned are coming to The London for a special immersive theatrical experience.

Melding the band’s love of horror with a classic rock show, The Damned will be teaming up with legendary film production company Hammer House Of Horror, in a night that promises shock, awe and gore! The Circus of Horrors will open the night.

Times have changed. I saw them a couple of years ago when The Damned played The Royal Albert Hall

and now they are playing another posh venue....22 July update - show is sold out.

I have seen punk legends The Damned over 40 times since the punk heyday of 1976 onwards.

I saw then 10 times alone in 1977 including when they supported T.Rex at The Rainbow.

I saw them last year at Shepherds Bush Empire.

Rock legend Nick Mason produced the second Damned album "Music for Pleasure" in 1977.

On November 1, BMG plans a representative 2CD collection set entitled Black Is The Night: The Definitive Anthology. This release will feature songs from the entire time spectrum of The Damned that stretches from the band’s beginnings in 1977 through their 2018 set, Evil Spirits. All old, there will be 39 familiar songs including the band’s 1976 single, “New Rose”. All of their five Top 40 UK singles are here as well. Black Is The Night: The Definitive Anthology was fully curated by the band.

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As expected it was very nice to see so many older punk rockin' chums here i know.

Kevin S was here...he has seen The Damned over 500 times....yes over 500 times.

Mainly due to singer Dave Vanian's Dracula like stage look , The Damned gets loads of fans dressed up as vampires and tonight there are more than ever as The Guinness Book of Records are here and fans can get

their picture taken and they may appear in the DVD of the gig that will come out at sometime in the future.

THE CIRCUS OF HORRORS arrive on stage at 7.45pm for their 30 mins set.

I have seen them a couple of times before and always make for good live entertainment.

The Circus of Horrors is a British "Family of Freaks" circus created by John Haze, Gerry Cottle and Pierrot Bidon.First seen performing at the Glastonbury Festival in 1995.Combining horror, comedy and rock and roll with circus acts, the circus uses goth and steampunk imagery, and references victorian freak shows and burlesque. They were finalist’s on the ITV show Britain's Got Talent in 2011. The circus currently holds 20 Guinness World Records.

THE DAMNED arrived on stage at 8.15pm and play for two hours over two sets of 75 mins and 45 mins.

Rock legend JIMMY PAGE was in a box at the side and looked to be really enjoying the show.

They have a very nice stage production that looked like a haunted house with the drums 15 ft up in the air.

Also horror movie clips are being played on a big screen.

The first set was mainly lesser known material and the second set was a very lively bunch of Damned gems.

Dave Vanian wanders into the crowd a couple of times.

The Circus of Horrors team also come off and on and help with the visuals.

The overall sound from the band in this famous venue is really good.

Captain Sensible asks the crowd "who was at The Roxy Club in the 1970s?" (I was).

He then makes some jokey references to Palladium stars Bruce Forsyth and Tommy Cooper.

The classics in the second half were superb and as fresh sounding as ever as we had "Neat, Neat, Neat",

"New Rose" , "Love Song" and "Smash It Up".

A great show.

Full Damned setlist played tonight...

FIRST SET

Wait for the Blackout

Plan 9 Channel 7

Grimly Fiendish

Standing on the Edge of Tomorrow

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

I Just Can't Be Happy Today

Under the Floor Again

Absinthe

Shadow of Love

13th Floor Vendetta

Nasty

Eloise (Paul Ryan cover)

Curtain Call

SECOND SET

Tightrope Walk

The Dog

Neat Neat Neat / Bela Lugosi's Dead (Bauhaus cover)

New Rose

Love Song

People Are Strange (The Doors cover)

Smash It Up (Part 1 & 2)

Black Is The Night









Sunday 27 October 2019.

THE CULT live at Hammersmith Apollo, London.

Ian Astbury, Billy Duffy and co are touring the UK to mark the 30th anniversary of their Sonic Temple album.

I have seen The Cult around 15 times since 1985.

I saw them in 1982 when they were called Southern Death Cult.

With support bands Yonaka (from Brighton) and The Last Internationale (from New York).

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It is totally sold out so around 5000 fans are here and a great atmosphere as stalls standing tonight.

Quite a few folks here that i know

James Stevenson was here...he has played with many bands including The Cult as

a second guitarist on a few tours and The Alarm.

THE LAST INTERNATIONALE arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played for 30 mins.

They are promoting their third album "Soul on Fire".

The group have socially-conscious lyrics and strong vocals from their female singer.

YONAKA arrived on stage at 8.15pm and played for 30 mins.

Another support band here with a female singer and a decent set of tunes.

To date they have released one album, three EPs and several singles. Following a European tour opening for Bring Me the Horizon in early 2019, their debut album Don't Wait 'till Tomorrow was released on 31 May 2019. The album reached 38 on the UK Albums Chart and 10 on the UK Vinyl Albums Chart.

THE CULT arrived on stage at 9.20 pm and played for 95 mins.

Ian Astbury is a proper rock star singer and Billy Duffy plays plenty of superb guitar riffs all night.

He has that great stance that looks a bit borrowed from his hero Steve Jones from The Sex Pistols.

When i saw six Sex Pistols shows in America in Sept 2003, Billy Duffy went to three of them.

The band use a small string section for a couple of songs.

They played a setlist culled from their 10 studio albums, with the centerpiece being a super set that's focused on the core songs from "Sonic Temple"; some of these songs had not been performed since the album (their fourth) was originally released in 1989.

A great show.

Full setlist played by The Cult tonight...

Sun King

Wild Flower

Automatic Blues

American Horse

Sweet Soul Sister

New York City

Edie (Ciao Baby) (With The Leos String Quartet)

Soul Asylum (With The Leos String Quartet)

Rain

Spiritwalker

The Phoenix

Rise

American Gothic

Fire Woman

Love Removal Machine

Encore:

Lil' Devil

She Sells Sanctuary









Saturday 26 October 2019.

HRH PROG 8 - DAY 1 - all-dayer at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

HRH are promoting a dozen bands over two days at this venue...six each day.

They are alternating with Sheffield - a bit like Reading Festival/Leeds Festival.

I saw headliner The Pineapple Thief headline this venue last year.

Pineapple Thief have released a dozen albums since 1999.

HRH are doing a good job of promoting all-dayers every few months under the titles including

Prog, Metal, AOR and even Punk.

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Prog was very popular in the early 1970s with the likes of ELP and Yes but the kids on the street hated

the long muso keyboard twaddle and so...punk rock came along in 1976 and kicked it into touch for a few

years but Prog fans are pretty loyal and they even have their own magazine these days.

4th LABYRINTH arrived on stage at 2.40pm and played for 45 mins.

The band are from Cambridge and play some decent tracks from their new album "Better".

PEARL HANDLED REVOLVER arrived on stage at 3.45pm and played for 60 mins.

Pearl Handled Revolver are a four piece original Blues Rock band hailing from Bedfordshire.

Some nice vocals and tracks from their new album "Fantasy Reigns"

KRANKSCHAFT arrived on stage at 5.05pm and played for 60 mins.

They played a really good set of psychedelic rock tunes.

The guitarist had a great Hawkwind type sonic guitar sound.

As of 2019 the group have recorded three official studio albums, one special album (composed of music made to poems submitted online by fans) and two live albums.

SOFT MACHINE arrived on stage at 6.25pm and played for 60 mins.

Soft Machine have going since the late 1960s but i have never seen them before live as their type

of jazz rock just does not appeal to me as just too proggy and muso for my liking.

CARAVAN arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played for 75 mins.

Caravan are another band who started off in the late 1960s that I have not seen before.

They played an enjoyable set that was more melodic and closer to folk music and frequently displaying a sense of humour.

PINEAPPLE THIEF arrived on stage at 9.30pm and played for 90 mins.

Pineapple Thief play a good set but some folks start leaving early after such a long day.

A decent enough day of live music.









Thursday 24 October 2019.

GARY NUMAN + KANGA live at The Roundhouse, London.

Gary plays the first of two London shows at the end of his month long UK tour.

Gary is playing a 40th anniversary tour - celebrating his 1979 career start.

Tubeway Army had released ‘Replicas’ in April that year, the album shifting 100,000 upon release and the single ‘Are Friends Electric?’ took Numan to both No. 1 in the UK charts, and into the nations living rooms courtesy of multiple Top of The Pops performances.

Some 4 months later ‘The Pleasure Principal’ was released under the Gary Numan name, the album taking the No.1 position as did the single ‘Cars’, a feat repeated in several countries, so I guess Gary has fond memories of 1979.

I have seen Gary Numan live around 25 times since 1980.

He was a regular at Hammersmith Odeon throughout the 1980s and played multi-shows there on most tours.

I saw him last year at The Royal Albert Hall.

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I have a very nice view , front left looking at the stage.

The very loyal hardcore Gary Numan fans down the front always see multi-shows on each tour.

KANGA arrived on at stage at 8pm and played for 40 mins.

Kanga is a solo project of a Los Angeles based composer, artist, and music programmer who has worked on films that include Nightmare, The Devils Carnival II, Insidious III, and The Conjuring II.

Just her singing and dancing to pre-programmed synth beats.

Chants from his fans of "Nu-man" Nu-man, Nu-man" ring out throughout the evening.

GARY NUMAN arrived on stage at 9.05pm and played for 1 hour 40 mins.

A nice stage production with a big screen showing pre-recorded images.

A nice loud and huge wall of sound from on stage.

Now aged 61, Numan himself was in jeans and a long loose-fitting black top, as ever that huge mop of blackened hair threatening to cascade down his face as he launched into a cavernous ‘My Name Is Ruin’, immediately Numan is traversing the stage, he stoops, explodes upwards, huge dramatic postures perfectly choreographed to the song as the stage is lit by a wall to wall backdrop.

For many years now Gary is making a harder industrial noise compared to his early synth-pop hits.

I must admit the more recent material is good but the heavier versions of old hits are really great including

"Down in the Park", "Cars", "I Die : You Die" and " Are Friends Electric?".

Gary seems to be enjoying playing live more than ever and it was a great show.

Full Gary Numan setlist played tonight...

My Name Is Ruin

Remind Me to Smile

That's Too Bad

Me! I Disconnect From You

Stories

Metal

Absolution

Dead Sun Rising (Remix)

Films

Down in the Park

The Promise

Cars

Here in the Black

I Die: You Die

The Fall

A Prayer for the Unborn

Are 'Friends' Electric?

Encore:

My Shadow in Vain

Halo

Intruder

Jo the Waiter

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Happy Birthday to BILL WYMAN who is 83 today.









Wednesday 23 October 2019.

7pm to 10pm

LOUIS VUITTON MAISON - store re-launch party - 17/20 New Bond Street, London W1.

A massive store launch party for 500 guests over the three floors of their stunning store.

It is a big deal as they have closed the road outside off to traffic.

They have been working on this store for months now, and the hoardings have finally come down.

Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa posed in front of Louis Vuitton New Bond Street’s redesigned and colourful exterior before joining Mark Ronson, Kylie Minogue, Vogue Editor Edward Enninful, Doutzen Kroes, Noel Gallagher, Gal Gadot , Yasmin & Amber Le Bon to celebrate the luxury brand’s relaunched London flagship store. Other celebrity guests included Erin O’Connor, Nick Grimshaw, Alexa Chung, Maisie Williams, Mary Charteris, Poppy Delevingne and Lottie Moss.

Complimentary Ruinart champers,three different cocktails, wines and canapés for all guests.

then

10.15pm to 12pm

EAST 17 live at Tramp, 38 Jermyn Street, St Janes's, London SW1.

In the 1970s and 1980s , Tramp was one of the main celebrity hangouts in London.

Tonight they are hosting a '1990s' theme party.

All the tunes played are from the 1990s and we have a band playing from the 1990s.

East 17 is currently made up of original member Terry Coldwell and newest additions to the line-up Robbie Craig and Terry Bull. In the past, Brian Harvey and Tony Mortimer were also a core part of the group that had many hits in the nineties. Back then they achieved 18 Top 20 singles and had four of their albums make the Top 10 of the charts. One of the most popular bands of their generation, they were often in the tabloids and had a naughtier image than that of peers like Take That. Mixing up hip hop, r&b and pop into their own style, the group had huge hits such as ‘House of Love’ and ‘Let It Rain' and their massive Christmas 1994 number one hit 'Stay Another Day'.

'Stay Another Day' is also the 31st biggest seller of the 90s decade.

Ex band member Tony Mortimer recently said the song still brings in £75,000 royalties every year.

EAST 17 took to the stage at 10.40pm and played for 55 mins.

The trio are on stage singing along to a backing track, and all three are wearing baseball caps.

A nice party atmosphere as folks are on the dance floor.

Even i was swaying along to a pukka version of 'Stay Another Day'.

East 17 setlist tonight included...

House of Love

Let It Rain

Steam

If You Ever

Around The World

Stay Another Day

It's Alright

The band were very friendly after the show and posed for photos with their female fans.

Complimentary champers and canapés for all guests.

www.tramp.co.uk

Visit the Tramp website here for info.

then

00.15am to 3am

LOUIS VUITTON MAISON after-party at Annabel's,Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London W1.

The 500 guests from earlier have taken over all floors of Annabel's (the most famous members club in London).

We missed the four song Kylie Minogue set singing to a backing track as we were at Tramp.

It was a full party vibe here as i have not danced this much for ages.

Mark Ronson was one of the djs for an hour stint.

I bump into NOEL GALLAGHER and his wife again and he is very friendly and full respect

to them for staying until the end.Noel was dancing in the corner table by the dj.

Noel & his band are soon to support U2 on their Australian , New Zealand & The Far East tour.

Alexa Chung and Poppy Delevingne were also doing a lot of dancing.

So many rooms on different floors so not sure how many of the celebs at the store went to the party.

A full complimentary bar including Ruinart champers and different cocktails along with canapés.

A superb evening.











Tuesday 22 October 2019.

The O2 Arena has now sold 25 million tickets since it opened in 2007.

The O2 Arena has hosted over 2,000 individual performances since opening in 2007 and now averages over 200 events a year which cover music, sport, comedy, family entertainment and e-Sports.

Said Bownes: "To reach the 25 million ticket milestone is a huge achievement and we’re so grateful to have hosted so many artists for the first time this year. London has the best fans in the world, and we’d like to thank promoters, agents, managers and our partners for continuing to work with us to help bring the very best performers from the worlds of music, comedy, sport and entertainment to The O2."

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Fact of the day...

On 13 April 1963 The Beatles recorded their first ever BBC broadcast at Lime Grove Studios in Shepherd's Bush. The group returned in 1964 for a further recording. Lime Grove Studios was demolished in 1994 to make way for residential accommodation.









Monday 21 October 2019.

7pm to 8.15pm

The BMI Awards at The Savoy Hotel, Strand, London WC2.

The BMI Awards are annual award ceremonies for various genres and honouring songwriters and publishers,

that have had major success on American radio.

I have been to this awards show several times over the past decade which included some big names getting

the "President's Award", including John Lydon, Sting, Jay Kay and Yoko Ono.

We are here with 300 other guests for the red carpet arrivals drinks reception at this famous hotel.

NOEL GALLAGHER is here to collect the main "President's Award" tonight.

Noel is with his wife and daughter and i get a nice photo with him.

RAYE recieved the "Impact Award" for co-writing many big chart hits.

A dozen others are here to collect their BMI medals for songwriting.

Anne-Marie --- wrote big hits for her band Clean Bandit.

Don Black --- legendary songwriter including three James Bond film theme songs.

Graham Lyle --- Scottish songwriter from Gallagher & Lyle who I saw live in the 1970s.

He wrote many songs including Tina Turner "Whats Love Got To Do With It".

Michael D'Abo ---- wrote "Handbags & Gladrags" and "Build Me Up Buttercup".

Niall Horan --- ex One Direction member for writing songs on his big selling solo album.

Nick Van Eede --- wrote Cutting Crews "I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight" which has just

passed 4 million plays on American radio.

Oh Wonder --- alt-pop duo who released a single a month for a year.

Complimentary Louis Roederer champers for all guests.

then

8.45pm to 10.15pm

TRAVEL MEDIA AWARDS, The Landmark Hotel, 222 Marylebone Road, London NW1.

Around 300 guests in this very nice hotel.

21 awards given out to travel writers, broadcasters and photographers.

Complimentary prosecco, wines, beers, bowl food , canapés and desserts for all guests.

All guests got a goodie bag on departure.

www.travelmediaawards.com

Visit their website here for a list of the winners.

then

10.45pm to 00.45am

...back to The BMI Awards , The Savoy Hotel, Strand, London WC2.

The dinner had finished but the main awards were still being given out.

7 million plays in America - Higher Love by Steve Winwood (picked up by publisher)

7 million plays in America - Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me by Elton John (picked up by publisher)

7 million plays in America - Whats Love Got To Do With It by Graham Lyle

10 million plays in America - Layla by Eric Clapton (picked up by publisher)

15 million plays in America - Every Breathe You Take by Sting (Sting sent a video message)

This song is the most popular in BMIs catalog of thousands of songs.

Serious money comes in when your songs get played millions of times.

At 11pm - The BMI Chairman gave a nice speech about Noel Gallagher's career and introduced a 10 mins

video montage of Oasis and Noel solo highlights...Liam was not seen in any of the Oasis footage.

For the after-party it was a full complimentary bar including Louis Roederer champers.











Sunday 20 October 2019.

JAY PARK live at Olympia, London.

Jay Park brings his "Sexy4Eva" world tour to London.

Jay Park is a Korean American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, choreographer, actor,

A bit crazy how all these acts from Korea, Japan, Taiwan etc can play big venues like this in London.

I saw BTS headline Wembley Stadium in the summer.

Last year, Jay Park sold out The Troxy in East London.

A couple of his videos have had over 30 million views on YouTube.

In 2017, he became the first Asian American to sign with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation.

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Olympia is still having a few gigs every year.

I saw some great gigs here in 1976/1977/1978 including Status Quo, Thin Lizzy , Bad Company

and six Rod Stewart shows when they were all proper live acts in their heyday.

There is plenty of space at the sides and back tonight as it is a reduced sold out capacity of 5000

instead of the usual 7,000 to 10,000 due to health & safety as 90% of the crowd are very excitable females

under the age of 30.

You can see he has worldwide appeal as all colours and religions are here tonight.

We had a dj playing some tunes as a support to warm the crowd up.

JAY PARK arrived on stage at 8.45pm and was on for 1 hour 45 mins.

There is a huge gold circle that must be holding over 1000 fans.

A great stage production as he had five huge video screens showing live footage and the three

behind the stage would sometimes merge into one massive one.

I cannot see a backing band as he is using backing tapes via a dj console.

Two female dancers and two male dancers help the visuals along with a load of lights.

It is a very slick well rehearsed show where Jay seamlessly mixes pop, RnB and hip hop

For the last 10 mins of the main set Jay Park took his shirt off and perform his track, “Mommae”. Needless to say, the crowd went berserk. His chiseled chest (and abs!) and heavily tattooed body went down a treat with the girls.After performing his last song, “Sexy 4 Eva”, the rapper came back with a short “Nothin’ On You” – which swept all the ladies off their feet.

The music was not really the type i would buy or listen to but Jay Park put on a decent show.









Saturday 19 October 2019...8pm to 11pm...

THE SEX PISTOLS vs THE CLASH

An interesting punk related event in Maidenhead - tickets are £8.00

Norden Farm Centre for The Arts, Altwood Road , Maidenhead

Join host Jeff Lloyd for an evening of trivia, chat and fun!The Sex Pistols vs The Clash – the true heavyweights of Punk Rock go head to head with their respective debut LPs.The audience will vote for their favourite before they are played and then we see who has changed their mind after both have been spun.Hear music in its finest form – on vinyl and in fabulous hi-fi!

They will also be showing some Sex Pistols and Clash video footage.

Will be great to hear both these classic albums played nice and loud.

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These two albums were released over 40 years ago so who would have thought we would be sitting in

this room discussing the albums in the ex prime minister Theresa May’s constituency.Her home turf is full of ancient woodlands, fields of wheat and pretty villages (May lives in one of the most charming examples, Sonning).

The studio is pretty full so maybe 60 are here in four seated rows of 15.

At 8pm we get a few classic punk rock tracks played then at 8.20pm for 30 mins our host Jeff Lloyd does

a great job of telling us the history of both bands along with some band photos on the big screen.

Nice to see an early photo of Steve Jones, Paul Cook and Wally Nightingale being used.

In a hand count before we started, The Clash album just came out in front as the fave here.

We then get side A of The Sex Pistols "Never Mind The Bollocks" along with band video clips and photos,

We then get side A of The Clash debut album along with band videos and photos.

Everyone listens quietly then claps politely as each side finishes.

9.35pm to 10pm was the interval

We then get side B of The Sex Pistols album along with band videos and photos.

We then get side B of The Clash album along with band videos and photos.

Jeff then asked "did anyone see The Sex Pistols in 1976/1977?".I was the only one that put their hand up so I

told the crowd how Steve Jones and Paul Cook went to my school and were three years older than me so

that's mainly how i saw early gigs including The 100 Club Punk Festival in Sept 1976.

Jeff then introduced me as the UKs number one gig goer with over 7000 gigs seen.

Then there was a raffle ticket draw to win the actual two albums being played and i had the honour

of picking the winning two tickets.

We then had another show of hands to see if anyone had changed their minds and it had swung

over to The Sex Pistols as the power of songs like "Anarchy In The UK" , "God Save The Queen"

and "Pretty Vacant" had convinced a few to change their minds.

A very enjoyable unique evening.

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This venue holds this type of event each month so well worth checking out.







Friday 18 October 2019.

Another music documentary is in selected cinemas this week.

MYSTIFY : MICHAEL HUTCHENCE

A look at the troubled heart and soul of Michael Hutchence, lead singer and songwriter of INXS. Deftly woven from an archive of rich imagery, Michael's private home movies and those of his lovers, friends, and family.

Michael sadly died in 1997 in a Sydney hotel room.

The documentary will be shown in the future on BBC2.

Check out this mega video of when Wembley Stadium was bouncing to INXS...I was down the front...

INXS New Sensation (official live video) live from Wembley Stadium 1991 Live Baby Live

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I saw INXS several times with Michael Hutchence...they were a great live band...

INXS,Strangers And Brothers Hammersmith Odeon , London 02.02.1986 First major UK INXS GIG.

Queen,Status Quo,Alarm,INXS Wembley Stadium , London 11.07.1986 all bands did great sets esp Queen .

INXS,Sinead O'Connor Hammersmith Odeon , London 13.12.1987 Michael always looked so cool.

INXS,Sinead O'Connor Hammersmith Odeon , London 14.12.1987 Sineads band inc 2 ex Smiths

INXS + Hothouse Flowers Wembley Stadium , London 13.07. 1991 INXS had a fantastic stage and lights .

INXS Brixton Academy , London 29.07.1993 totally sold out packed 90 mins low key smallish gig .

INXS Brixton Academy , London 28.10.1994 One off UK show sold out in 1 day .Lovely stage set full of antique looking stage props . Excellent 85 mins set .

INXS Wembley Arena , London 18.06.1997 really good 1 hour 45 mins set .Micheal is still the perfect looking rock star but the vocals could have been clearer....Michaels last ever London show...

Blondie + INXS Wembley Arena , London 18.12.2002 For INXS it is their first UK tour since the sad death of Micheal Hutchence .The new singer does a decent job as the band go through a 75 mins hits set but it was nice to hear 2 new songs .Blondie do a great set but they are simply not an arena band and should stick to Brixton or Bush Empire as there are a lot of empty seats tonight .Blondie still have 4 original members with Debbie looking great for age 58 and Clem Burke just stunning on drums .They do a really good 80 mins set .Aftershow party was really good as well .









Thursday 17 October 2019.

THE BOOTLEG BEATLES with orchestra + NEIL INNES live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Their UK tour marks 50 years since the release of these final two albums - Abbey Road (released 26 September 1969) and Let It Be (released 8 May 1970), and will explore the journey to the end of The Beatles - celebrating the music of this era and the legacy that endures to this day.

The Bootleg Beatles, the nation’s premier Beatles group, join forces with the award-winning Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra once again to perform beautifully arranged symphonic versions of those timeless classics.

Hosted by writer, comedian and musician Neil Innes, (Monty Python, Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, The Rutles) this unique live staging will be an unmissable event for Beatles fans.

I have seen The Bootleg Beatles three or four times before at this venue as they are playing here

pretty much every year.

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Tonight the venue is totally rammed full sold out , including gallery standing and choir seats.

The show was for around two hours over two sets of 60 mins each.

NEIL INNES was on for 10 mins at the start of the first set and 10 mins halfway through the second set.

His set included "I'm the Urban Spaceman" which was the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band's most successful single, released in 1968. It reached #5 in the UK charts. The song was written by Neil Innes - who won an Ivor Novello Award in 1968 for the song - and produced by Paul McCartney and Gus Dudgeon under the pseudonym "Apollo C. Vermouth".

Neil & his band were recording at Abbey Road at the same time as The Beatles.

THE BOOTLEG BEATLES were on stage for around 1 hour 40 mins over the two sets.

Nice attention to detail as the band have the long hair and the clothes from their late 60s period.

When you add band & orchestra together there is 70 or 80 musicians on stage.

The orchestra sounded fab when the strings and brass kicked in.

They also had a Billy Preston lookalike on keyboards for the second set.

There is a big screen mixing live footage and pre-recorded images.

It was good to hear some of the lesser known album tracks being played live.

An epic version of "Hey Jude" had everyone singing along.

A very enjoyable show.

Tonight's full setlist played...

FIRST SET

NEIL INNES performed his tracks for 10 mins.

ABBEY ROAD album

Come Together

Something

Maxwell's Silver Hammer

Oh! Darling

Octopus's Garden

I Want You (She's So Heavy)

Here Comes the Sun

Because

You Never Give Me Your Money

Sun King

Mean Mr. Mustard

Polythene Pam

She Came in Through the Bathroom Window

Golden Slumbers

Carry That Weight

The End

Her Majesty

INTERVAL then Rooftop Gig tribute

SECOND SET

I've Got a Feeling

Don't Let Me Down

Get Back

NEIL INNES second set for 10 mins

LET IT BE album

The Long and Winding Road

I Me Mine (followed by John's a cappella snippet of Dig It)

Across the Universe

Dig a Pony

Let It Be

Encore:

Hey Jude (with Neil Innes) (singing a snippet of Shangri- La by the Rutles)

The End











Thursday 17 October 2019.

Some very sad news to report on someone i chatted to at many West End drinks party events.

Celebrity photographer JOE ALVAREZ passed away on Tuesday 15th October 2019

after a year and a half battle with cancer...he was aged just 46.

Joe had an online website called IKON LONDON MAGAZINE.

www.ikonlondonmagazine.com









Wednesday 16 October 2019...4pm to 7pm...

Q AWARDS live at The Roundhouse , London.

I have been to this prestigious music awards several times over the past decade.

Around 500 guests are stalls table seated, along with 50 rear stalls standing and 200 seated upstairs.

A few people here i know and plenty of music biz folks from the record companies, booking agents,press etc.

It moved to The Roundhouse three years from The Grosvenor House Hotel.

It definitely does not have that "room of legends" vibe that it had at the old venue but

i presume Q Magazine feel the need to keep up with the new and current artists.

Probably explains why there are 20 or 30 girls outside waiting for a K-Pop star who is attending.

Guests here today included...

Madness, Biffy Clyro, Bobby Gillespie, Jarvis Cocker, Tricky, The 1975, Stormzy, Ella Eyre,

Lewis Capaldi, Christine & The Queens, Kevin Rowland, Pale Waves , Dizzie Rascal, Kano, Foals,

Richard Hawley, Anna Calvi, Anne-Marie , Jimmy Eat World, Little Simz, Michael Kiwanuka, Edwyn Collins,

Kim Gordon, Tim Burgess, Baxter Dury,actress Rose McGowan and Absolute Radio dj Dave Berry and

probably a few others i missed.

Lots of complimentary drinks including spirits n mixers, wines and beers.

Q Awards winners 2019: Full list of winners...

Best Breakthrough Act – Pale Waves

Best Track – Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved

Best Album – Foals – Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost (Part 1)

Best Live Act Performance – Michael Kiwanuka – End Of The Road Festival

Best Solo Act – Stormzy

Best Act In The World Today – The 1975

Best Festival/Event– All Points East

Innovation In Sound – Dizzie Rascal

Classic Album – Tricky – Maxinquaye

Maverick – Edwyn Collins

Fender Play Award – Anna Calvi

Outstanding Contribution To Music – Kano

Classic Songwriter – Kevin Rowland

Inspiration – Madness

Icon – Christine And The Queens

Hero – Kim Gordon

Song Of The Decade – Lana Del Rey – Video Games

Best Vocal Performance – Little Simz







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News and Reviews: 16th October 2019

Wednesday 16 October 2019...4pm to 7pm...

Q AWARDS live at The Roundhouse , London.

I have been to this prestigious music awards several times over the past decade.

Around 500 guests are stalls table seated, along with 50 rear stalls standing and 200 seated upstairs.

A few people here i know and plenty of music biz folks from the record companies, booking agents,press etc.

It moved to The Roundhouse three years from The Grosvenor House Hotel.

It definitely does not have that "room of legends" vibe that it had at the old venue but

i presume Q Magazine feel the need to keep up with the new and current artists.

Probably explains why there are 20 or 30 girls outside waiting for a K-Pop star who is attending.

Guests here today included...

Madness, Biffy Clyro, Bobby Gillespie, Jarvis Cocker, Tricky, The 1975, Stormzy, Ella Eyre,

Lewis Capaldi, Christine & The Queens, Kevin Rowland, Pale Waves , Dizzie Rascal, Kano, Foals,

Richard Hawley, Anna Calvi, Anne-Marie , Jimmy Eat World, Little Simz, Michael Kiwanuka, Edwyn Collins.

Also acress Rose McGowan and Absolute Radio dj Dave Berry and probably a couple more i missed.

Lots of complimentary drinks including spirits n mixers, wines and beers.

Q Awards winners 2019: Full list of winners...

Best Breakthrough Act – Pale Waves

Best Track – Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved

Best Album – Foals – Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost (Part 1)

Best Live Act Performance – Michael Kiwanuka – End Of The Road Festival

Best Solo Act – Stormzy

Best Act In The World Today – The 1975

Best Festival/Event– All Points East

Innovation In Sound – Dizzie Rascal

Classic Album – Tricky – Maxinquaye

Maverick – Edwyn Collins

Fender Play Award – Anna Calvi

Outstanding Contribution To Music – Kano

Classic Songwriter – Kevin Rowland

Inspiration – Madness

Icon – Christine And The Queens

Hero – Kim Gordon

Song Of The Decade – Lana Del Rey – Video Games

Best Vocal Performance – Little Simz











Tuesday 15 October 2019.

St Mungo's comedy evening live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Some of the biggest names in comedy, including Stewart Lee, Doc Brown and 2019’s winner of Edinburgh Festival Fringe Joke of the Year, Olaf Falafel, are coming together for a one-off event to raise money for the hugely important St Mungo’s, a charity dedicated to ending homelessness and rebuilding lives.

The line-up includes one of the most influential people in UK Comedy Stewart Lee, finalist in ‘So You Think You’re Funny’ Doc Brown, TV favourite Shappi Khorsandi, Guilty Feminist’s hilarious Jessica Fostekew, 2019’s winner of Edinburgh Festival Fringe Joke of the Year Olaf Falafel, and hosted by Mock the Week and TV regular Hal Cruttenden.

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This show was not promoted that well so only 500 seats sold tonight.

There is doom and gloom all over the tv and newspapers so a bit of comedy always cheers folks up.

The show was on for 2 hours 15 mins over two sets of 80 mins and 55 mins.

There were six comedians with most doing 20 mins and Hal Cruttenden who did 35 mins as he had a stint

in both sets and introduced the other acts.

All had their funny bits in their set but Hal Cruttenden was the best for me tonight.

An enjoyable evening of comedy.









Monday 14 October 2019.

Pictures in the press of Mick Jagger with Ronnie Wood from Saturday evening.

Rocker Sir Mick Jagger attended the penultimate day of the London Film Festival to support bandmate Ronnie Wood at the screening of his documentary, Somebody Up There Likes Me. The Stones legends were joined by Wood's wife Sally, children Leah and Tyrone, and guests Imelda May and Gary Kemp at BFI Southbank.

Will Mick turn up for Ronnie Woods gig at Shepherds Bush Empire on 21 Nov 2019?

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This perfect live music video has now gone past 50 million views on YouTube.

Check it out when you have a spare 9 mins.

Google search --- David Gilmour - Comfortably Numb Live in Pompeii 2016

and also this one is a classic worth seeing again...now with 40 million views...

Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run (Official Music Video)









Sunday 13 October 2019...birthdays...

12 Oct---Happy Birthday to Dave Vanian (The Damned) who is 63.

13 Oct---Happy Birthday to rocker Sammy Hagar who is 72.

14 Oct---Happy Birthday to Cliff Richard who is 79.







Saturday 12 October 2019.

PSYCHEDELIC FURS + WENDY JAMES BAND live at The Roundhouse, London.

The Furs return to the UK for another tour.

In 2017 i saw them play The Forum.

In 2018 i saw play The Royal Festival Hall.

They had some great singles & albums out during their 1980s heyday.

I have seen them live around a dozen times since 1979 when they were a support act.

Original members Richard Butler (vocals) and Tim Butler (bass) are still there.

The band took a long break in the early 1990s, with Richard and Tim Butler going on to found Love Spit Love with Richard Fortus and Frank Ferrer (both of whom would later join Guns N' Roses).

The Foo Fighters have just released an EP that includes a cover of The Furs "Sister Europe".

Support act Wendy James was the foxy blonde who fronted Transvision Vamp who had a number three

hit in 1989 with a great catchy pop/punk single "Baby I Don't Care".

That single came from their second album "Velveteen" which made number one in the UK.

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I have a great view looking at the stage from the front left.

Quite a few people here i knew at this show including punk rocker Spizz and a nice surprise to bump into

Ray McVeigh who played with Steve Jones & Paul Cook in The Professionals in the early 1980s.

WENDY JAMES BAND arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 45 mins.

Good to see Wendy James again as she started a comeback a couple of years ago after having

a very quiet several years.

Her solo material ticked along ok but the old Transvision Vamp hits were the best including

a great set closer "Baby I Don't Care".

Full Wendy James Band setlist played tonight...

Tell That Girl to Shut Up (Transvision Vamp song)

You’re So Great

You're a Good Man, Sister (Racine song)

I Want Your Love (Transvision Vamp song)

I'm Freaking Out (Racine song)

Bitter Funny (Racine song)

If Looks Could Kill (Transvision Vamp song)

Bad Valentine (Transvision Vamp song)

Perilous Beauty

The Impression of Normalcy

Chicken Street

Baby I Don't Care (Transvision Vamp song)

PSYCHEDELIC FURS arrived on stage at 9.15pm and played for 85 mins.

Let's get straight to the point...I think Psychedelic Furs are a superb band.

The Furs sax led arty sound with great lyrics really hits the spot.

Singer Richard Butler (now aged 63) looks and acts like a mixture of Rotten, Bowie and Jagger on-stage

with his hand & mime gestures and rock star persona as he prowls and squats around the stage.

The set is a glorious run through their greatest tracks with one new song from an album out next year.

They were joined by the trumpet player from James for one song.

The set seemed a bit short but they never play more than 90 mins these days.

However, it was total quality and an excellent show.

Full Psychedelic Furs setlist played tonight...

Dumb Waiters

Mr. Jones

Love My Way

There's a World Outside

The Ghost in You

Like a Stranger

Sister Europe

Heaven

All That Money Wants

Into You Like a Train

The Boy That Invented Rock & Roll (new track from upcoming album)

Pretty in Pink

President Gas

Sleep Comes Down

Heartbreak Beat

Encore:

India











Friday 11 October 2019.

Chris de Burgh live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Chris de Burgh plays two of his albums in their entirety.

Between them, Into The Light and Moonfleet & Other Stories encompass 36 tracks, including Chris’ undeniable evergreen classic Lady In Red, which Chris will perform in concert with full band.

"Lady in Red" was a big number one hit in 1986 in the UK and hit number 3 in the American charts.

I saw Chris de Burgh supporting Supertramp at Hammersmith Odeon in 1975.

Chris de Burghs daughter Rosanna was crowned Miss World in 2003.

He must have made a few quid in his 1980s heyday as in the summer he

put his County Wicklow, Eire country estate up for sale for a tidy 12.5m Euros / 11 million quid.

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The corner blocks upstairs are unsold but pretty much at least 90% tickets are sold.

You notice that at least 100 female fans are in bright red dresses in tribute to "that song".

Even a couple of brave blokes are wearing bright red jumpers.

Ex MP David Mellor is in one of the hospitality boxes.

CDB & band played a long show of 2 hours 25 mins set over two sets of 45 mins and 100 mins.

At the back of the stage there are a dozen tv screens showing pre-recorded images.

The 70-year-old may have struggled to maintain a chart presence in the UK, but he has gained a much higher status and popularity in Europe (Holland, Belgium, Germany)and South America.

He may look more like a school teacher than rock star but he has a real flair for connecting with such an eclectic mass audience.

The first set ticked along ok and the second set was a bit more livelier.

The vocals were nice and clear and there was a great overall sound.

He milked "Lady in Red" by going for walkies around the stalls and accepting hugs & kisses from his loyal fans.

A nice cover of Toto's "Africa" was the cue for everyone to stand up and the females ran down the front.

Chris may be one of the most uncool musicians out there but he put on a good show.

Full Chris de Burgh setlist played tonight...

The Moonfleet Overture

The Village of Moonfleet... (Narration)

The Light on the Bay

Have a Care

For two days and nights... (Narration)

Go Where Your Heart Believes

The Escape

And so it was... (Narration)

The Days of Our Age

The Secret of the Locket

With a heavy heart (Narration)

My Heart's Surrender

Treasure and Betrayal

Moonfleet Bay

The Storm

Greater Love

In the years that followed... (Narration)

The Moonfleet Finale

INTERVAL

Last Night

Fire on the Water

The Ballroom of Romance

One Word (Straight to the Heart)

The Lady in Red

Say Goodbye to It All

The Spirit of Man

Fatal Hesitation

For Rosanna

The Leader

The Vision

What About Me?

Spanish Train (Solo)

Africa (Toto cover) (the crowd rushed to the front from this song onwards)

Don't Pay the Ferryman

High on Emotion

Encore:

The Snows of New York

Patricia the Stripper

Go Where Your Heart Believes: Reprise









Thursday 10 October 2019...I went to two events tonight...

7pm to 7.45pm

V-HR presents SURVIVING FORMULA ONE - 4 Hamilton Place, Mayfair, London W1.

Around 100 guests here on the first floor of this building which is situated just off Park Lane.

Racing driver Martin Donnelly is talking about how he survived a 170mph crash and what motivated him

to focus on getting well and getting on the race track again, which he did for many years after.

He raced in Formula One in 1989 and 1990, until a serious crash during qualifying at the Jerez circuit ended his Formula One career.

He sustained multiple injuries in the crash, including brain and lung contusions as well as severe leg fractures, the latter of which almost necessitated the amputation of his right leg.

Complimentary wines, beers and canapés for all guests.

www.v-hr.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then

ALICE COOPER + THE STRANGLERS + MC50 (missed them) live at The 02 Arena, London.

A very nice three band package tour.

Alice Cooper all-new show is called Ol’ Black Eyes Is Back and will feature Alice’s trademark, gloriously macabre theatrics alongside his phenomenal music.

I have seen him at least once on every UK tour of his since 1975.

I have seen The Stranglers many times over the past 40 years.

I saw MC50 headline Shepherds Bush Empire in Nov 2018.

2019 marks the 50th year since the release of Alice Cooper's first album.

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Alice Cooper can sell out Hammersmith Apollo but only sells 75% of tickets when he plays Wembley Arena

so a bit ambitious playing this huge venue and the result is level 4 is closed off as unsold.

No big screens tonight so if you are sitting at back of the venue , you are looking at little dots on stage.

It is floor seated tonight and folks are all in early as there are good support acts.

MC50 were due on at 7pm for a 40 mins set but missed them as I was at the previous event.

No worries as i saw their full 90 mins headline show last year.

THE STRANGLERS arrived on stage at 8pm for 50 mins and i catch the last 30 mins of their set.

The men in black play a nice set mixing older classics with more recent material.

JJ Burnel loud & aggressive rumbling bass guitar sounds great.

Full setlist played by The Stranglers tonight...

Toiler on the Sea

(Get a) Grip (on Yourself)

Nice 'n' Sleazy

5 Minutes

Golden Brown

Peaches

Freedom Is Insane

Walk On By (Dionne Warwick cover)

Relentless

Hanging Around

No More Heroes

ALICE COOPER arrived on stage at 9.25pm and played for 90 mins.

The photo pit is a frenzy as there must be at least 20 photographers down there for the first three songs.

Alice Cooper is now aged 71 and still looks fit and in great shape.

There is a platform at the front for Alice to stand on and a staircase behind the drum kit.

He has a great band behind him that included an incredible drummer.

We have the usual great shock rock visual treats in his show including the guillotine, monster puppets,

a giant inflatable baby, bloodied brides , strait jacket , throwing out Alice Cooper bank notes and more.

Alice has loads of great rock tunes including "No More Mr Nice Guy", "I'm Eighteen ", "Billion Dollar Babies",

"Poison","Under My Wheels" and of course his anthem "Schools Out".

A fantastic show as usual by Alice Cooper.

Full Alice Cooper setlist played tonight...

Feed My Frankenstein

No More Mr. Nice Guy

Bed of Nails

Raped and Freezin'

Fallen in Love

Muscle of Love

He's Back (The Man Behind the Mask)

I'm Eighteen

Billion Dollar Babies

Poison

Guitar Solo

Roses on White Lace

My Stars

Devil's Food / The Black Widow (band only jam with 'Black Juju' drum solo)

Steven

Dead Babies / I Love The Dead

Escape

Teenage Frankenstein

Encore:

Under My Wheels

School's Out (with original Alice Cooper band member Dennis Dunaway)(balloons, bubbles and streamers)

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ES Magazine Flashbulb! page 8 featured their three best celebrity parties in London from last week.

I was at all three of them.

Sotheby's 275th anniversary party which featured Victoria & David Beckham, Eva Longoria and others.

Dior Sessions book launch party which featured Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Mick Jones and others.

Evening Standards Progress 1000 party which featured many politicians from The Rebel Alliance.







Wednesday 09 October 2019...6.45pm to 10.15pm...

BOCCONCINO - 5th anniversary party , 19 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, London W1.

Around 100 guests are here in the basement area of Bocconcino which has a superb location

just a few yards away from the likes of Sexy Fish and Annabel's.

This chic Italian restaurant in Mayfair comes from Russian restaurateur Mikhail Gokhner. It specialises in authentic wood-fired pizzas, with options ranging from a margherita and a Napoletana to a quattro formaggi, a diavola, a calzone con prosciutto and a pizza bocconcino - topped with the mozzarella balls from which the venue takes its name.

It's not all about the pizzas, though. Antipasti such as raw Sicilian red prawns and boards of cured Tuscan meats lead into wild boar ragu tagliatelle, black ink fish ravioli and orecchiette with aubergine, tomatoes and salted ricotta. Much of the seafood and meat is cooked over an open fire.

A dj was playing tunes in the background.

Lots of delicious food here including carpaccio of beef with mustard dressing, deep fried calamari with

tartare sauce, plates of pasta, various canapés and lots of different freshly made wood-fired pizza and

mini choc-ices along with prosecco, red wines, white wines and pints of Peroni lager.

The staff were great as they made guests at home and brought food & drinks to them.

At 8.45pm they brought out a huge birthday cake and gave everyone a slice of it.

A great evening.

www.bocconcinorestaurant.co.uk

Visit the BOCCONCINO website here for more info.









Tuesday 08 October 2019.

BEVERLEY KNIGHT sings the songs of Stevie Wonder live at The London Palladium.

A totally full house tonight for this show which is being recorded by BBC Radio 2.

Amazingly for the first time ever for me , it is stalls standing for all on the floor at this venue.

Speaking to one of the managers at the venue and he has said in October they are

trialing stalls standing at some of the shows to see it how it goes.

They have put in a nice new platform for wheelchair users as well at the back of the stalls.

They have seen how well stalls standing works at other venues including The Royal Albert Hall.

No doubt they have lost some bookings by not having stalls standing in the past.

Beverley and her large band play for two hours over two sets of 60 mins.

There are 21 musicians on stage including four brass , three strings and four backing vocals.

Beverley is pretty much the UK Queen of Soul and sounds great & looks slender as always.

She is celebrating 25 years as a recording artist this year.

The main set is pretty much all Stevie Wonder classics and the six song encore feat some of her hits.

You forget how many great songs Stevie Wonder recorded in the 1960s and 1970s.

A great show.

Highlights included...

Superstition

Living For The City

He's Misstra Know It All

Lately

Always

I Wish

Don't You Worry About A Thing

For Once In My Life

Signed, Sealed, Delivered , I'm Yours

Isn't She Lovely

Master Blaster (Jammin')

Sir Duke

Uptight (Everything's Alright)

Encore...

Made It Back

Shoulda Woulda Coulda

I'm Every Woman (Chaka Khan cover)

then

10.50pm to 12pm

SPECSAVERS - Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards party - 8 Northumberland Avenue,London WC2.

The sit down dinner and awards were on from 7.30pm to 10.30pm.

One of those events that invites guests to the after-party only as all the celebrities avoid the party

so they can get snapped by the dozen photographers outside on the pavement.

Around 150 guests are still here in the basement area along with a dj.

Those attending earlier included Dame Joan Collins, Gary Barlow, Maura Higgins, Curtis Pritchard,

Louis Walsh, Sue Perkins , Oti Mabuse , Tulisa Contostavlos, Spencer Matthews, Vogue Williams and Oliver Proudlock.

Complimentary bar with different spirits n mixers, wines, beers, desserts & ice-cream.

All guests got a bulky goodie bag with several nice items inside.

www.specsavers.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info.

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Extinction Rebellion were out in force tonight.

It was a bit bizarre to see all their tents set up on all the roads surrounding Trafalgar Square.









Monday 07 October 2019.

6.30pm to 7.30pm

LEGENDS OF FOOTBALL AWARD at The Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London W1.

Around 1000 guests are here to pay tribute to the football legend that is ARSENE WENGER.

Arsène Wenger OBE is a French football manager and former player. He was the manager of Arsenal from 1996 to 2018, where he was the longest-serving and most successful in the club's history. His contribution to English football through changes to scouting, players' training and diet regimens revitalised Arsenal and aided the globalisation of the sport in the 21st century.

Arsene won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups with Arsenal.

Many football managers and players are here to pay tribute to him including...

George Graham

Bob Wilson

Sam Allardyce

Sean Dyche

Chris Hughton

Alan Curbishley

Alex Scott

David Moyes

David Seaman

Sol Campbell

Robert van Persie

Jack Wilshire

Lee Dixon

Martin Keown

Ray Parlour

Robert Pirez

Alan Smith

Alan Pardew

Jamie Carragher

Sammy Lee

David Dein (ex co-owner of Arsenal)

Graham Gouldman (10cc)

Actor Adrian Dunbar ( who played Ted Hastings in BBC tv series Line of Duty)

Tony McCoy (top level horse racing jockey )

Ainsley Harriott (tv celebrity chef)

I got my photo taken with The Premier League Trophy.

We are here for the Laurent Perrier champers drinks reception and red carpet arrivals.

We left for the book launch while the guests here had their starters and mains meals.

then

7.45pm to 9pm

PAUL KARSLAKE - Bank Robbery - private view, The Groucho Club, 45 Dean Street, London W1.

Around 100 guests here in the first floor room at this cool members club.

Paul Karslake is a painter who is the younger brother of JO WOOD ( ex wife of Ronnie Wood).

Jo Wood is here giving support but sadly no major rock stars arrived here.

A dj in the corner played tracks in the background.

Complimentary gin cocktails, vodka cocktails, wines, beers, bowls of sausage & mash and

cartons of fish & fries.

then

9.15pm to 12pm

Back to The Grosvenor House Hotel for the main event.

We got back for complimentary chocolate mousse dessert, coffees, petit fours, wines & beers.

Last year we had a rare show by The Roger Daltrey Band for six songs but this year at 9.35pm

we have dance act RUDIMENTAL for three songs and for the final song they were joined by Tom Walker.

We had speeches from those that have been helped by Nordoff Robbins music charity.

At 10.30pm there were eight mega auction items that went for between £10k and 50k.

Check out some of these amazing items...

Six night luxury stay with flights at Chris Blackwell's exclusive Caribbean retreat.

A tour of Abbey Road and record a track there with Nile Rodgers.

Dinner with Roger Daltrey and vip tickets for The Who 2020 tour.

Dinner with Arsene Wenger at Coutts private dining room.

From 11.15pm to 11.55pm was the main event as Lee Dixon and Robert van Persie paid tribute

to Arsene Wenger and they showed a great collection of Arsene video highlights.

Arsene made a lovely speech and talked about the special moments he had at the club

and the financial burden their new stadium put on buying and selling players.

www.lofootball.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info.









Sunday 06 October 2019.

The Wildhearts + The Professionals + Janus Stark live at Sub 89, Reading.

A very nice three band package.

The Professionals feature The Sex Pistols Paul Cook on drums.

I have seen them a few times since they reformed.

I first saw The Wildhearts in 1996 when they were one of the support bands for Sex Pistols in Finsbury Park.

I saw Janus Stark in 2000 when they supported Dee Dee Ramone at The Garage.

The Wildhearts on tour this October in support of both their critically acclaimed 2019 album, 'The Renaissance Men', their first full-length studio album in 10 years, AND their upcoming mini-album, 'Diagnosis'!

Sub 89 is a great 600 capacity all standing venue just a few mins from Reading train station.

Easy to there by train from Paddington, Slough, Ealing Broadway etc and trains run late for return.

www.sub89.com

Visit the Sub 89 website here for info and tickets.

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I have been to this perfectly laid out venue a few times over the years.

JANUS STARK arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played for 30 mins.

The band split up in 2002 and singer Gizz Butt reformed the band in 2018.

Gizz Butt introduces every song with an enthusiastic rant.

A good set of uptempo punky rock tunes played.

Their drummer had the honour of playing Paul Cooks drum kit as there is no space for three

drum kits and this helped with the quick 15 mins changeover.

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THE PROFESSIONALS arrived on stage at 8.15pm and played for 45 mins.

The band whizzed through their superb set by playing 12 tracks.

Always great to see a Sex Pistols legend playing in the flesh.

A great mix of their classic rock tunes, old and more recent.

An incredible version of "Rewind" is the highlight track of the evening for me.

The band are playing a new song on this tour from their upcoming EP.

They dedicate a song to Sex Pistols Steve Jones who is back home in Los Angeles.

An excellent set.

Full setlist played by The Professionals tonight...

Join the Professionals

Going Going Gone

Good Man Down

Silly Thing (Sex Pistols cover)

Kingdom Come (new track from upcoming EP)

Just Another Dream

Rewind

Lonely Boy (dedicated to Steve Jones)

Monkeys

Kick Down the Doors

Let Go

1-2-3

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THE WILDHEARTS arrived on stage at 9.30pm and played for 90 mins.

By the time The Wildhearts take the stage, the venue is rammed full.

The Wildhearts have been dedicated to hard rock and punk metal for almost 30 years. There have been ups and plenty of downs, break-ups, line-up changes, drink, drugs and almost hits.

Ginger on vocals still has his full length dreadlocks swinging as he headbangs away.

Ginger has rock n roll in his veins and was pretty much the Lemmy of the 1990s.

Their loyal fans lapped up the frantic uptempo pace of the tracks played in the setlist.

There is plenty of life still in The Wildhearts for sure.

Full setlist played by The Wildhearts tonight...

Diagnosis

Let 'Em Go

I Wanna Go Where the People Go

Sick of Drugs

The Revolution Will Be Televised

My Kinda Movie

Mindslide

Caffeine Bomb

Dislocated

The Jackson Whites

Red Light - Green Light

Vanilla Radio

Fine Art of Deception

Action Panzer

Encore:

Greetings From Shitsville

Mazel Tov Cocktail

Beautiful Thing You

Love U 'til I Don't











Sunday 06 October 2019.

Sad news that legendary rock drummer GINGER BAKER has died age 80.

Ginger Baker was an English drummer and a founder of the rock band Cream. His work in the 1960s earned him the reputation of "rock's first superstar drummer", while his individual style melds a jazz background with African rhythms. He is credited as a pioneer of drumming in genres like jazz fusion and world music.

I saw all four of the Cream re-union shows at The Royal Albert Hall in 2005.

I also saw him play with Baker Gurvitz Army in 1975.

I also saw him perform a couple of tracks at the Jack Bruce tribute show a few years ago.

Ginger also recorded with Public Image Limited in the mid 1980s.









Saturday 05 October 2019.

A no- deal Brexit could effect smaller British bands and their crew playing under 500 capacity shows in Europe.

Hopefully this will not turn out as bad as it could well do.

Music industry figures have said a no-deal Brexit would make touring “simply unviable for many artists”, after new government guidelines for cultural, heritage and sporting professionals touring Europe signalled a difficult future for DIY organisations.

The document from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport indicates touring parties would face extra issues with documentation, travel and the transport and sale of goods as they take their work to individual EU member states.









Friday 04 October 2019...7.30pm to 11pm...

BENTLEY - 100th anniversary party and launch of their Flying Spur model -

100 Hamilton Terrace, St Johns Wood, London NW8.

Around 200 guests at this stunning recently modernised mansion in St Johns Wood.

Guests here included Calum Best, Elle Eyre, Zara Martin and Laura Whitmore is with her

other half Iain Sterling who is the voice on Love Island tv series.

Bentley have hired it out between owners while it is on the market.

It is for sale via one estate agent for £37m...yes 37 million quid.

Paul McCartney lives 5 mins walk away but i doubt his is as luxurious and high spec as this stunner.

You can google the address and see the rooms and layout on the internet...over 45,000 views on YouTube.

The event is actually held on the three lower floors - ground, lower ground and basement.

We don't even see any of the floors at the top of the house.

There is a bar and food station on each floor.

In the basement under the garden is a heated indoor swimming pool where the female dj is playing.

Later on a female electric violin duo would play a few tunes by the pool.

At 8.15pm we have a speech and video presentation of the Bentley car by the garden.

The new Flying Spur fuses exquisite design, exhilarating performance and the very latest in in-car technology.

Bentley says it “is innovating beyond the existing boundaries of performance, refinement and luxury with the introduction of an all-new four-door grand tourer”.It will have a 6.0 litre W12 engine.

The stunning car is unveiled in the front garden where it has been hidden under a black canopy.

We get inside later on for some pictures and you smell the leather and admire the craftsmanship.

There are Bentley factory staff here from their HQ in Crewe where they are hand stitching leather on to

steering wheels and seats.

There are jewellery and watches on display from G. Collins & Sons from Tunbridge Wells.

There is an army of staff here and the event must have cost Bentley a small fortune.

There were half a dozen Bentleys parked outside by their owners who were inside the event.

Complimentary champers, different cocktails, wines, beers, bowl food, canapés and desserts for all guests.

All guests got a goodie bag on departure.

An excellent party.

www.bentleymotors.com

Visit the Bentley website here for more info.









Thursday 03 October 2019...7.15pm to 10.30pm...

EVENING STANDARD PROGRESS 1000 - The Design Museum, Kensington High Street, London W8.

London's free evening newspaper announce their annual list of London's Most Influential People 2019.

A massive guest list of 700 or 800 over the three levels of this stunning building.

The 1000 list come from politics, music, art, theatre, sports , fashion and other areas.

Guests here included...

Alan Edwards (music biz pr legend for over 40 years

Ewan Venters (Chief Executive Officer of Fortnum & Mason)

Rachel Johnson (journalist and sister of Boris)

Jodie Harsh (drag queen dj)

Lucy Alexander (BBC One property show Homes Under the Hammer)

Jonathan Shalit (leading showbiz agent)

At 8pm we had a speech from editor and ex politician George Osbourne, who then gave out two awards.

No 1 on the list and here to collect were The Rebel Alliance (MPs blocking a no-deal Brexit)

A Hero Award went to a policeman who was attacked with a machete in the line of duty.

Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers, vodka cocktails, gin cocktails, tequila cocktails,

wines, beers, bowl food, canapés and desserts for all guests.

www.thestandard.co.uk/the1000

Visit the full list here.







Wednesday 02 October 2019...I went to two events tonight...

6.15pm to 8.15pm

Book launch party - DOLCE & GABBANA, 6-8 Old Bond Street, Mayfair, London W1.

Over 200 guests here over the different floors of this stunning designer store.

Its floors are swathed in black and white marble.

Lots of glamourous women here dressed up in their very expensive D & G outfits.

DOMENICO DOLCE is here signing copies of the book and posing for photos.

Other guests here included Lady Alice Manners and Lady Kitty Spencer.

Complimentary Ruinart champers and canapés served by waiters in red military jackets.

About the book....

Queens: Alta Moda di Dolce & Gabbana, the design duo's recently published hardcover fashion book via Assouline.

The Dior book yesterday retails for £140 and the D & G tomb tonight costs £300.

The 216-page book is filled with 100 colour images and ten black and white portraits of the brand's biggest muses and friends, who were photographed by Dolce over two years. His subjects include, but not limited to Anastasia Belyak, Lori Harvey, and Azteca Henry, who are clad in ultra luxe and sophisticated pieces from Dolce&Gabbana Alta Moda and Alta Gioielleria.

Snapped in the bright Baroque interiors with textured walls, gold-trimmed plush couches, and chairs, and printed carpets, each style muse wears a distinct and feminine outfit that personifies the modern-yet-classic Dolce & Gabbana woman. For example, Coco Brandolini d'Adda looks stunning posing against a burgundy chair while sporting in a black gown with tulle overlay and vibrant pink floral appliques. She's dripping in gold-tone jewelry with multicolor flares of color.

The fashion book also includes 40 paintings of princesses, empresses, and noblewomen from renowned masters.

www.dolceandgabbana.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then

8.30pm to 10.15pm

CHRISTIE'S x VANITY FAIR - Frieze Party - Christie's, 8 King Street, St James's, London SW1.

A big crowd here as there must be 700 or 800 on the guest list.

Every room is open tonight to cope with the art crowd attending.

Guests here included Mark-Francis Vandelli from tv series Made in Chelsea and always good to see

Pandemonia who is a seven foot tall full latex pop art creation.

A dj is playing tunes in the background.

Complimentary Taittinger champers and canapés for all guests.

All guests got a copy of Vanity Fair magazine on departure.

www.christies.com

Visit their website here for more info.









Tuesday 01 October 2019.

Very sad news that BARRIE MASTERS has passed away at the age of 63.

He had been suffering with ill health the past couple of years.

He was the singer of Eddie & The Hods who i saw several times at The Marquee and The Rainbow

in their late 1970s heyday,

During a residency at The Marquee club in the summer of 1976 they duelled for alternate weeks with AC/DC, to see who could cram more bodies into the Marquee during one of the hottest summers on record.

I saw both bands play many gigs at The Marquee in 1976.

I saw them them play just a few months ago.

They had one of the greatest singles of the 1970s - "Do Anything You Wanna Do".

A friend who went to Rebellion Festival Blackpool in August said the bassist sung vocals that show.









Tuesday 01 October 2019...I went to two events tonight...

6.30pm to 8.15pm

DIOR - book launch party - Dior , 169 New Bond Street, Mayfair, London W1.

Another great party in London Town.

Book launch party for 'The Dior Sessions: Dior Men by Kim Jones'.

Exclusive celebrity portraits by photographer Nikolai von Bismarck capture the new course of Dior menswear under the direction of contemporary fashion innovator Kim Jones.

Around 200 cool looking guests here in this well known designer store and it is nice and buzzy.

A great turnout here that included KATE MOSS along with NAOMI CAMPBELL.

Some royalty with Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice.

Punk rock legend MICK JONES of The Clash is here.

We always end up talking about QPR...I get a nice photo with him.

Another rocker here was Primal Scream singer BOBBY GILLESPIE.

Other guests included Jade Jagger, Sol Campbell, Daisy Lowe, Sarah Ferguson, Stephen Jones,

Daniel Lismore, Dougie Fields, James Brown (celeb hairdresser including Kate Moss) and Fat Tony.

A dj was playing tunes in the background.

Complimentary Ruinart champers and canapés for all guests.

www.dior.com

Visit the Dior website here for more info.

then

8.30pm to 10.15pm

DAVID BOWIE - unseen photos private view - Tramp, 40 Jermyn Street, St James's, London SW1.

Markus Klinko is showcasing his David Bowie photos from the 2001/2002 period.

This included his cover for the "Heathen" album.

Markus Klinko is an award-winning,international fashion/celebrity photographer and director,who has worked with many of today's most iconic stars of film, music, and fashion.

Klinko has photographed the likes of Beyoncé, Lady Gaga,David Bowie,Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Kanye West, Anne Hathaway, Kate Winslet, Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Kim Kardashian, Naomi Campbell, Daphne Guinness and Iman.

Zebra One Gallery (Hampstead) are hosting a private view at this famous club that was one of the

cool clubs in London in the 1960s and 1970s...David Bowie came here in the 1970s.

Around 100 guests here.

The brochure/book for the event was superb as it was all glossy A4 sized Bowie photos that were

on display on nice quality Fujifilm Original Photo Paper.

Complimentary choice of three different cocktails tonight for all guests.

www.zebraonegallery.com

Visit their website here for more info.







Monday 30 September 2019....I went to two events tonight...

6.30pm to 8.50pm

SOTHEBY'S - 275th anniversary party - 34 New Bond Street, Mayfair, London W1.

Around 500 smartly dressed folks from the art world are here as it's Frieze art week in London.

VICTORIA BECKHAM arrived here at 8pm for 30 mins as she was hosting the afterparty.

Victoria was with best friend Eva Longoria Bastón.

Other guests included...

Erin O'Connor (model)

Gyles Brandreth (English writer, broadcaster)

Stephen Webster (rock n roll jeweller)

Dj was Mary Charteris who played good tracks including Prince, Rolling Stones, Primal Scream etc.

An army of waiters & waitresses are serving us the drinks and canapés.

Complimentary Ruinart champers, three different cocktails and canapés for all guests.

www.sothebys.com

Visit the Sothebys website here for more info.

then

9pm to 11pm

SOTHEBY'S - afterparty - Victoria Beckham store , 36 Dover Street, Mayfair, London W1.

Around 250 guests at this party and it is nice and buzzy.

My first time at Victoria Beckham's stunningly designed store which is over two levels.

This store has an exhibition of Andy Warhol paintings and images this week for Frieze.

Guests included VICTORIA BECKHAM , DAVID BECKHAM, BROOKLYN BECKHAM.

I got my photo taken with David Beckham who was friendly to all although his security guy

and pr girl were keeping a close eye on things.

Other guests included Tamara Ecclestone , Fran Cutler, Alison Jackson and actor Russell Tovey.

Also Victoria's best friend Eva Longoria Bastón came with her from Sotheby's.

Fat Tony was the dj.

Complimentary drinks included three different Tequila cocktails along with

Haig (David Beckham is their ambassador ) whiskey n cokes and canapés for all guests.

www.victoriabeckham.com

Visit the Victoria Beckham website here.





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