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News and Reviews: 14th September 2019

Friday 13 September 2019....I went to two events tonight...

Day 1 of 5 - London Fashion Week

Daytime and evening presentations, catwalk shows and parties every day.

6.45pm to 8.15pm

TED BAKER presents Ted's Friends in High Places - Ted Baker - 9/10 Floral Street, London WC2.

These two sporting greats are launching their T For Tall Clothing range for Ted Baker.

Ideal for gents with a head for heights, from suits and shirts to polo’s and chinos, Ted’s ensured looking dapper needn’t be a tall order.

PETER CROUCH is 6 ft 7 inches tall.

He is certainly one of my fave footballers from the past 20 years.

MARK FOSTER is 6 ft 6 inches tall.

He was a top level swimmer.

Around 100 guests here and both men are very chatty and friendly and posing for selfies.

From 7pm to 7.45pm they sat for a full interview and Q n A which was really enjoyable.

Peter talked about being a father of four and his popular Podcast.

Peter said his fave footballer growing up was Paul Gasgoine.

Toughest defender he played against was Tony Adams.

I asked a question "can you come back to QPR to help us out?".

Peter said "QPR holds a special place in his heart as he grew up in Ealing and many of his friends

were and still are QPR season ticket holders".

"Scoring those goals at QPR when i first started my career still gives me goosebumps when thinking about it?".

I watched him for a year at QPR in 2000/2001 before he moved on to bigger clubs.

A dj was playing tunes in the background and a fun photo booth at the rear.

Complimentary prosecco, beers ,hot dogs, pasties and pork pies for all guests.

Peter Crouch (now aged 38 and retired this summer ) is an English former professional footballer who played as a striker. He was capped 42 times by the England national team between 2005 and 2010, scoring 22 goals for his country in that time, and appearing at two World Cups.Crouch is one of 28 players to have scored 100 or more Premier League goals, holding the record for the most headed goals in Premier League history.

Mark Foster (now aged 49) is an English former competitive swimmer who represented Great Britain in the Olympics and world championships, and swam for England in the Commonwealth Games. He now covers swim events for BBC.

All guests got a goodie bag on departure.

www.tedbaker.com

Visit the Ted Baker website here for more info.

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8.30pm to 10pm

CATCHES APP LFW PARTY - Soho House, 76 Dean Street,Soho, London W1.

Always nice to be at this cool members club.

CATCHES APP is the first authentic and transparent data driven platform that has merged the success

of social commerce with consumer personalisation to create a quick, fun and easy way to shop fashion online.

Around 100 guests here with lots of glammed up females.

A dj is playing cool sounds in the background.

Complimentary Moscow Mule cocktails, wines and beers for all guests.

All guests got a goodie bag on departure.

It was still lively when we departed but tiredness was kicking in from the previous late night.







Thursday 12 September 2019....7pm to 1.30am...

HARD ROCK CAFE PICCADILLY CIRCUS - Grand Opening Party - Piccadilly Circus, London W1.

This was a massive party for around 700 guests.

A prime location means loads of tourists gawping outside wondering what's going on inside.

At 7pm instead of cutting the ribbon , they smashed eight guitars outside the venue in front of the crowd.

One of the eight people doing the smashing was HRC legend Rita Gilligan MBE who has been at Hard Rock Cafe since it opened in London in 1971 and has been at over 100 other grand HRC openings worldwide.

Only downside was not many rock stars here considering all the music memorabilia on display.

Only musician i saw was James Walsh (Starsailor) and a couple of those reality tv girls.

A female dj playing tunes in the background.

Loads of complimentary food and drinks all night.

Drinks included a full bar excluding champers , five different cocktails including espresso martins,

spirits including Jack Daniels,prosecco, wines and beers.

Food was burgers, ribs, steak, salmon,chicken, fish & fries , canapés, cheese's,desserts, candy floss etc.

The bar closed at 1am and we were some of the last to leave the venue at 1.30am.

KEANE arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 60 mins.

Keane on tour to coincide with the release their fifth studio album "Cause and Effect" in Sept 2019.

Keane have sold over 10 million albums worldwide.

They’ve won 2 Brit Awards, 4 Q Awards and an Ivor Novello.

Keane played their radio friendly keyboard led tracks old and new.

They played all four of their Top 10 hits "Bedshaped" ,"Is It Any Wonder" , "Everybody's Changing" and

"Somewhere Only We Know " along with other hits including "Crystal Ball" and a couple of new album tracks.

All guests got a HRC merch goodie bag that included a couple of HRC t-shirts inside.

A fantastic full on proper party.

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It looks good for this venue to be putting on exclusive live gigs like their original sister branch down the road.

Bearing in mind their original site only held 150 upstairs i saw some amazing low key gigs there including

Aerosmith, Deep Purple, Bad Company, Manic Street Preachers, Kaiser Chiefs, Squeeze and more.

Plus it was free booze and HRC food for all of them.









Wednesday 11 September 2019...7pm to 10.15pm...

UNIQUE GRAND PRIX - showcase - Devonshire Club, 5 Devonshire Square, London EC4.

Nice to back at this plush private members club a few mins from Liverpool Street station.

Around 150 smartly dressed guests here in their first floor bar and space area.

UGP specialise in Grand Prix Hospitality Packages. Offering corporate and private Formula 1 Super Yacht Events including amazing track side viewing.

Tonight they are showcasing F1 packages for Abu Dhabi Nov 2019 and Monaco May 2020.

At 8pm we had a speech and a very impressive video of their Formula 1 packages available.

Prices range from £500 per person to £5000 per person (when you stay on their luxury yacht in Monaco).

The Killers are playing the Grand Prix Party in Abu Dhabi.

There are a couple of racing car simulators here which were popular.

Also a dj playing tunes and an electric violin player playing along to the dj tracks.

Complimentary Jacquart champers ,Jacquart Rose champers, Cobra beers and canapés for all guests.

www.uniquegrandprix.com

Visit their website here for more info.









Tuesday 10 September 2019...6.45pm to 9pm...

FORTNUM'S x ZHANG ENLI AW19 - private view - Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, London W1.

Always nice to be at this famous luxury store that dates back over 300 years.

Born in China’s Jilin province in 1965, Zhang Enli resides in Shanghai, his studio in the city’s creative epicentre of Moganshan Road art district. After the post-socialist Chinese art boom of the ‘90s was brought to a halt by the recession, the last decade has seen a meteoric rise in Chinese contemporary art: during this time Enli has held tight to his values.

22 of his artworks are spread over every floor of the store until 18 Oct 2019.

At 7.15pm Fortnum's CEO Ewan Venters introduced ZHANG ENLI to the guests.

Also here was restauranteur Mark Hix.

Complimentary Fortnum's champers, Fortnum's sparkling tea and tasty canapés for guests.

All guests got a goodie bag with a few food items from Fortnum & Mason.

www.fortnumandmason.com

Visit their website here for more info.

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BLOOMSBURY BALLROOM SHOWCASE, Bloomsbury Square, London WC1....4pm to 8pm....

The idea was to pop in here for a bit before the above event as they invited me along but had to miss it

as my hospital visit delayed me and i ran out of time.

Situated on the beautiful Bloomsbury Square, The Bloomsbury Ballroom is ideally located between the West End and The City. The venue offers immense versatility and is able to host a wide range of events from corporate parties, conferences and award ceremonies to fashion shows, product launches and weddings.

The showcase was due to feature drinks, canapés and their Gatsby Theatre Christmas Show.

www.thebloomsburyballroom.com

Visit their website here for more info.







Monday 09 September 2019.

RONNIE WOOD is to pay tribute to Chuck Berry with a new live album.

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.

Ronnie will play a one off show at Shepherds Bush Empire on 21 Nov 2019.









Monday 09 September 2019.

Did you watch BBC1 tv series "Peaky Blinders" last night?

It features quite a career change for one of the lead characters.

Paul Anderson came to prominence for portraying Arthur Shelby Jr. in Peaky Blinders.

In the 1990s he used to a be a ticket tout outside London venues.

He served me up many cheap tickets and we always had a quick chat on how things were going.







Sunday 08 September 2019.

How much do top models earn a year? a million? two million? think again.

Cara Delevingne earned over £21.5 million last year making her the UK’s highest paid supermodel - and earning over double her nearest rivals.

The 27-year-old raked in an astonishing £59,164 per day through her company Cara & Co, which looks after her modelling and promo work.







Saturday 07 September 2019...I went to two events tonight...

England 4 Bulgaria 0...Wembley Stadium...5pm kick-off...

A massive crowd of over 82,000 are here.

England players certainly looked a bit lacklustre in the first half.

England looked far livelier in the second half as Kane completed his hat-trick with two penalties, while Jordan Pickford pulled off an excellent save to keep a clean sheet. The win has put England top of Group A and Southgate’s side will now face Kosovo on Tuesday evening.

An easy win for England.

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TARA REZ BAND + THE GLORIA'S live at The George & Dragon, Acton, London W3.

My old mucker Lewie The Bastard is celebrating his 60th birthday in West London.

Like myself, many of my friends are reaching 60 this year.

Great to see so many other punk rockin' chums here.

THE GLORIA'S arrived on stage at 9.40pm and played for 40 mins.

The Glorias are a five-piece punk-rock-n-roll band from the South Coast.

They feature Bill Gaynor on guitar who is also in my band Gun Control.

They played some nifty tracks from their 2018 album "Life'll Get Ya".

They also played a good cover of Gun Control "No Mercy".

Bill is throwing windmills on the floor as he gets up close to the crowd.

TARA REZ BAND arrived on stage at 10.35pm and played for 30 mins.

First thing Tara said was due to other bands coming on late they would be playing a shorter set than

usual due to the 11pm curfew.

On bass is John "Segs" Jennings whose main band is Ruts D.C.

Tara was singer in The Duel who had a few albums out.

Her blonde peroxide hair and catchy punk tunes make a great combination.

Lewie The Bastard joined her on vocals for a song and we sung happy birthday to him.

A fun evening.







Saturday 07 September 2019.

Happy Birthday to Pretenders singer CHRISSIE HYNDE who is 68 today.







Friday 06 September 2019.

PAUL McCARTNEY promo today for his children's book...

4pm - book signing at Waterstone's , Piccadilly...tickets sold out pronto.

6pm - ITV News

7pm - BBC1 The One Show

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Friday 06 September 2018.

Happy Birthday to ROGER WATERS who is 76 today.

The world-renowned bassist, singer and songwriter Roger Waters performed his iconic Pink Floyd song “Wish You Were Here” in London on September 2 in solidarity with Julian Assange.

The performance took place at 6pm on Monday in front of the office of British Home Secretary Priti Patel on Marsham Street in the heart of London. The event includes the demands “Defend Freedom of Speech” and “Don’t Extradite Assange.”









Thursday 05 September 2019...6.45pm to 9.30pm...

DALI - The Clot Collection Exhibition at Sobha Realty - private view - 92 Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1.

Sobha Realty have taken over this prime location that was formerly a Foxton's Estate Agents.

On one side they have a giant model of Dubai and the properties they are selling there.

On the other side the exhibition contains more than 40 sculptures, paintings, drawings

and original screenprints.

Quite a coup to get a Dali exhibition here.

Around 150 guests here and quite a few people here i here I knew which made it great fun.

At 7.30pm we had a couple of speeches.

Complimentary Rimbaud champers and tasty canapés from Zafferano ,15 Lowndes Square, Belgravia.

www.sobharealty.com

Visit the website here for more info.







Wednesday 04 September 2019...I went to two events tonight...

6.30pm to 7.30pm

HANDBAG CLINIC - relaunch party - 382 Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW3.

We park up outside the legendary store at number 430 where The Sex Pistols met in the mid 1970s.

It is 100 yards from this store which is situated at The Worlds End part of Kings Road.

An impressive greeting as there are a few photographers and red carpet outside.

Guests here included Jackie St Clair, Basia Briggs and a couple of stunning girls from Made In Chelsea.

There are more men here tonight than there normally would be as it's the relaunch.

What the husband & wife owners of the store say...

Handbag Repair

We offer our full range of Handbag Cleaning, Repair and Restoration services in London - Chelsea store. Bring your bag in for a one on one consultation with an expert where we will assess your bag and provide you with all available options to restore your bag to its former glory.

Buy & Sell Handbags

Our store in Chelsea displays a great range of Pre-Owned Designer bags all available to buy at amazing discounts. Browse brands such as Louis Vuitton, Mulberry, Chanel, Hermes, Celine and more; all available in Handbag Clinic London - Chelsea.

You can also drop you designer bags into store to sell to us. We will assess the item in store and get back to you with an offer to buy your handbag promptly.

Sadly the store has been targeted by those scummy scooter gangs that steal from stores like this.

Complimentary Monsigny champers and sushi for all the guests.

The Sushi was from Sticks N Sushi at 113-115 Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW3.

All guests got a goodie bag on departure.

www.handbagclinic.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info.

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8pm to 9.30pm

HOWARD WISE CARS - showcase - Morris's Cafe, 15 Clifford Street, Mayfair, London.

This trendy cafe off New Bond Street has motoring memorabilia from the 1960s all over the store.

It is small inside so nearly everyone is outside on the pavement, and there are a few tables.

Howard Wise Cars from Loughton , Essex sell top notch classic cars.

There are half a dozen cars parked up outside the venue.

They look stunning and immaculate...with prices to match.

1964 Aston Martin DB5 - £800k

1972 Ferrari Dino - £500k

1963 Jaguar E-Type - £175k

1963 Mini Cooper - £70k

Guests here included Lord March who is a British aristocrat and owner of Goodwood Estate in West Sussex. He is the founder of the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Goodwood Revival...also here was actor Bill Nighy.

Complimentary Pol Roger champers and tasty sandwiches and toasted cheese sandwiches for guests.

www.howardwisecars.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info and photos of the cars.









Tuesday 03 September 2019...I went to two events tonight...

6.15pm to 8pm

AFTERNOON TEA AWARDS 2019 at Rosewood London, Holborn, London WC1.

Always nice to be at this luxury five star hotel.

Around 200 guests from the UK's finest hotels & restaurants offering afternoon tea are here.

At 7.15pm the best places in the UK to enjoy a sumptuous Afternoon Tea were announced.

The four awards were given to...

Best Traditional Afternoon Tea - The Savoy

Best Contemporary Afternoon Tea - Cadogan's by Adam Handling

Best Themed Afternoon Tea - The Berkeley

Best Tea Service - Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London

Some of the finest hotels and restaurants from around the UK took part in the awards, which recognise the best in Afternoon Tea service and creativity.

This year's awards were held in the elegant 5-star surroundings of The Mirror Room at Rosewood London and were also sponsored by new restaurant reservation system, Time For Food.

Keith Newton, Managing Director of AfternoonTea.co.uk said,

"These awards look at the whole Afternoon Tea experience from the customer's perspective. Our expert judges visit twice to ensure that food quality and service levels are consistent. The creativity shown by the chefs, combined with exceptional service, show that Afternoon Tea is still a very special culinary experience that can be enjoyed by all."

Complimentary Ruinart champers, cocktails, iced tea, hot tea and tasty canapés & pastries for all guests.

All guests got a goodie bag on departure.

www.afternoontea.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info on the best venues for afternoon tea.

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Before his fall from grace, The Rosewood was where i attended all five of Harvey Weinstein BAFTA parties.

Every year in Feb they were all great events that were on from 11pm to 4am with many big names attending.

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8.30pm to 10.15pm

10 DEGREES at GALVIN AT WINDOWS - launch party - 28th Floor, Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London W1.

Always great to be at this famous five star luxury hotel.

Michelin-starred venue Galvin at Windows, located on the 28th floor of London Hilton on Park Lane, has unveiled a new identity for its skyline bar.

Around 100 guests including FRED SIRIEIX (First Dates tv show) in this very plush bar.

Stunning views from up this high.

A female violinist is playing along to the dj instrumental backing tracks.

Complimentary Taittinger champers, whiskey cocktails, gin cocktails, wines, cheeseburgers and canapés.

All guests got a goodie bag on departure.

www.10degreeslondon.com

Visit their website here for more info.

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As usual lots of big names turned up for the GQ Men of The Year Awards dinner and party in London.

Iggy Pop, Deborah Harry, Kylie Minogue, Tom Jones, The 1975, New Order, David & Victoria Beckham etc.

Deborah Harry presented The Lifetime Achievement Award to Iggy Pop.

Tom Jones presented the Icon Award to Kylie Minogue.

Amazingly a couple of hours earlier across town at another music awards at The Roundhouse,

Ray Davies presented The Outstanding Contribution Award to Deborah Harry before she nipped off to GQ.







Tuesday 03 September 2019.

Happy Birthday to Sex Pistols guitar hero STEVE JONES who is 64 today.

His radio show in Los Angeles has gone down from five days a week to one day a week.

Steve feels he needs a rest....two hours a day sitting on his arse is too much for him????

Check out The Sex Pistols link on the right for a great live video of Steve Jones in Argentina 1992.

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Monday 02 September 2019.

Music legend Sir PAUL McCARTNEY is in London this week doing promo in newspapers, tv and radio.

At the age of 77, Macca has decided to bring out his first children's book.

Titled "Hey , Grandude! "...It is published on Thursday 05 Sept 2019...price £12.99...or less.









Saturday 31 August 2019.

THE HOLLYWOOD BRATS + THE VULZ live at Nells Jazz & Blues, West Kensington, London.

Proto-Punk / Glam innovators The Hollywood Brats are to play their first gig in over 40 years.

The group was championed by Keith Moon, who said they were the best band he had ever seen,and in 1973 they recorded an LP for NEMS Records.

It was recorded at Olympic Studios, London, England, December 1973, January 1974.

At the time they were like a British version of The New York Dolls.

They split up in 1974 and oddly their only album was released after they had split up.

In 2015,singer Andrew Matheson published a memoir of the band, Sick On You: The Disastrous Story of Britain's Great Lost Punk Band, named after one of the Hollywood Brats' songs.

www.nellsjazzandblues.com

Visit the Nell's website here to buy tickets for upcoming gigs at Nell's.

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This venue is one of the three venues currently owned by live music legend Vince Power.

I came here last year for a great show by Van Morrison.

No need to worry about will anybody be interested in this group who split up so long ago as

a sign on the entrance says the 400 capacity club is sold out.

Quite a few here I know have made an effort to see this unique gig happening.

A couple of them mentioned they only found out about the gig after seeing it mentioned on my website.

In the crowd are Sir Bob Geldof and Gaye Advert.

THE VULZ arrived on stage at 8.15pm and played for 40 mins.

The Vulz played a good set of uptempo catchy garage rock n roll tunes from their debut album.

They have a singer who doesn't take himself too seriously and a guitarist playing some nifty licks.

They finished their set with a very nice cover of The Boys classic "First Time".

THE HOLLYWOOD BRATS arrived on stage at 9.10pm and played for 60 mins.

Andrew on vocals still looks and sounds like a proper rock n roll star with tons of charisma.

On keyboards is Casino Steel who was an original member before he joined The Boys.

It soon became hot n sweaty as folks crowded around the stage.

Great to see long time fan Sir Bob Geldof join them on stage for a song.

Not the longest of sets as they only had the one album...but lots of the album great tracks played.

This comeback gig was a total success and surely they could easily be back here in December.

Hollywood Brats setlist included...

Tumble with Me

Chez Maximes

Zurich 17

Vampire Nazi (new single)

Courtesan

Sweet Little Sixteen (Chuck Berry cover)

Nightmare

I Need You (The Kinks cover ) (with Sir Bob Geldof on co-vocals)

Another Schoolday

Then He Kissed Me (The Crystals cover)

Sick on You

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After the show all the band came out to sign stuff and pose for photos.











Friday 30 August 2019.

Rock legend NICK MASON steps in to save Bolton Wanderers F.C. from being wound up.

It was confirmed on Wednesday that Football Ventures (Whites) had agreed a deal to buy the beleaguered club.

Bolton's immediate future has been secured, which is fantastic news whoever you support.

A £10million deal has been sealed by a consortium reportedly involving Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason.







Wednesday 28 August 2019.

PEACHES live at The Royal Festival Hall, London.

Peaches, now aged 52 , has released six studio albums.

Peaches has been noted for her stage costumes and flamboyant sense of style. Her looks are often both nostalgic and futuristic; aggressive and glamorous; and push the limits of gender identity.

This show is titled "There's Only One Peach with the Hole in the Middle".

I first saw Peaches in 2002 when she supported Suede at this same venue.

Peaches was chosen by David Bowie as it was part of his Meltdown Festival at RFH.

I saw The David Bowie show here around a week after Peaches played.

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The show lasted around 1 hour 50 mins with a drag act singing the first two songs.

This was one of those visually mega shows from start to finish.

With band and her dancers there were over 20 people on stage for many songs.

Her mostly female band included a brass section and a string section.

Several costume changes and some lasers too.

Peaches sung on a podium for most songs and surfed the crowd.

There were three stage extensions which was a first for this venue.

Very naughty suggestive lyrics throughout the show.

Lots of boobs on display from Peaches and her female dancers and her male dancers were bare chested.

The music was bit samey — a mix of heavy hip-hop beats, punk-thrash and glam rock among other things —but there’s consolation in spectacle. In a pre-record of "Kick It" with Iggy Pop, his videoed kick sends her flying hammily off-stage. A trapeze artist with a laser butt-plug is lit from underneath by dancers wearing strobing thongs. A band of violins, drums, trumpets and a tuba, play throughout, sending up the mores of the college band aesthetic with relish. A group of dancers from New Orleans cavort with a bevy semi-naked contemporary dancers. It’s anarchy. It's also radically democratic.

Come the end of the show, she thanks every member of her group. Musicians, dancers, producers, costumiers, techies… All get a look in and join her on stage for a dance.

You came out thinking...wow, that was a helluva show....

Full Peaches setlist played tonight...

Diddle My Skittle

Set It Off

Rub

Vaginoplasty

Pickles

I U She

Talk to Me

Kick It (with Iggy Pop on the video screen)

Rock 'n' Roll

Free Drink Ticket

How You Like My Cut

Close Up

AA XXX

Slippery Dick

Take You On

Operate

Light in Places

Boys Wanna Be Her

I Feel Cream

Dick in the Air

Shake Yer Dix

I Mean Something

Encore:

Dumb Fuck

Fuck the Pain Away









Tuesday 27 August 2019.

Happy Birthday to Sex Pistols bass player GLEN MATLOCK who is 63 today.

Glen brought out a great solo album last year titled "Good to Go".







Sunday 25 August 2019.

In the afternoon i went to the cinema to see two really good films.

TOY STORY 4

The film directly follows Toy Story 3, as Sheriff Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and their other toy friends have found new appreciation living with Bonnie. They are joined by Forky, a spork that has been made into a toy, and embark on a road trip adventure.

The film has grossed $1 billion worldwide, becoming the sixth highest-grossing film of 2019 as well as the 36th highest-grossing film of all time and the seventh highest grossing animated film of all time. Like its predecessors, Toy Story 4 received praise for its story, humour, emotion, animation, and vocal performances.

Basically every Toy wants to be loved by a Kid.

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ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD

Quentin Tarantino latest blockbuster is the must see film of the summer.

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood depicts an aging Hollywood actor and his stunt double as successful new actor Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) moves in next door.

The film is based on the real-life killing of Tate by disciples of the Manson Family cult.

A great soundtrack featuring cool tracks from the 1969 era that the film is based in.

On release it got loads of five star reviews from the likes of NME, Time Out, The Times etc.

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Quentin Tarantino is my fave film director i reckon.

I have seen his Inglorious Bastards film over a dozen times but still love watching it.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt are both excellent in this film.

Damian Lewis has a small part as Michael Caine but uncannily looks and talks like him.

Great to see all the big old American cars and the fashions of the day.

A gory twist at the end which was great.







Sunday 25 August 2019.

Happy Birthday to KISS bass player GENE SIMMONS who is 70 today.

I have already been to over 100 gigs this year.

Best shows of the year so far for me for were the two KISS gigs i saw in July.







Saturday 24 August 2019.

The Coral Challenge Cup Final (Sat 24 Aug, KO 3pm) is Rugby League’s showpiece occasion at the iconic Wembley Stadium. This year’s Final sees a showdown between St Helens and the Warrington Wolves.

Following the Coral Challenge Cup Final, on the hallowed Wembley turf, Sheffield Eagles and Widnes Vikings will battle it out to win the inaugural AB Sundecks 1895 Cup Final (KO 5:30pm).

This will be the first rugby match i have attended for many years.

I used to go see rugby union team London Wasps when they shared Loftus Road with QPR between 1996 and 2002.

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Upstairs in Level 5 is half empty but still a big crowd of around 60,000 for the main game.

At least 75% of the crowd left after the first game.

For rugby and NFL you can bring alcohol in to your seats...you cannot do that with football....

It's Warrington's cup final. Stung here 12 months ago as heavy favourites, they've come back in the underdog role and done what Catalans did to them....Final whistle: St Helens 4-18 Warrington.

In the other game....

1895 Cup final: Sheffield Eagles beat Widnes Vikings 36-18 to win inaugural competition. Sheffield Eagles twice came from behind to beat Widnes at Wembley and win the inaugural 1895 Cup.

An enjoyable day of watching rugby.







Thursday 22 August 2019.

ANGEL - feat. Punky Meadows and Frank DiMino live at The Underworld, Camden, London.

with support from A New Tomorrow...tickets are £30 each.

ANGEL still feature original members Punky Meadows (guitar) and Frank DiMino (vocals).

ANGEL were discovered in 1975 by Kiss bass player Gene Simmons performing at a nightclub and were

eventually signed to the same label as Kiss, Casablanca.

Angel's image was of dressing in all white.

Angel never achieved mass commercial success but acquired a following as a cult band.

I bought their two debut albums when they came out in 1975 and 1976.

Amazingly Angel played their first ever UK shows only last year but i sadly missed the London show

as I was committed to seeing Suede at Hammersmith Apollo.

www.theunderworldcamden.co.uk

Visit The Underworld website here for more info and to buy tickets.

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In the same week that The Borderline closes, it is great that superb club venues like The Underworld

are still putting on quality rock gigs. I have been to loads of gigs here with the first one being

The Quireboys in 1993 and the highlight gig would have to be The Foo Fighters secret gig in June 2006.

Support band A NEW TOMORROW arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 30 mins.

They played a good solid set of tracks from their debut album "Universe" which is

released on 06 Dec 2019 via Frontiers Music....the singer had a great voice...

I must admit i can hardly believe that I will be finally seeing Angel play live in London.

I feel i am being transported back to my 16 year old self who read Sounds music magazine in 1975.

ANGEL arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 95 mins.

A stunning entrance by the band as all six members appear wearing trademark white outfits among the dry ice.

All the band were really tight and giving it 100% and are clearly enjoying themselves.

Punky Meadows and Frank DiMino still have plenty of rock star swagger.

Frank told some stories around their recording sessions in the 1970s.

I must say a few words about their incredible drummer who had a basic four piece kit plus cymbals but

was a total powerhouse as he sweated buckets throughout the show.

The show built up nicely to their big two tracks at the end "Rock & Rollers" and the encore

was their anthemic classic "Tower" which was superb.

A great show.

Could it be possible Angel will now be playing annual shows in the UK?...I hope so...

Full Angel setlist played tonight...

On the Rocks

Mirrors

Can You Feel It

Wild and Hot

Bad Time

Cast the First Stone

The Fortune

Broken Dreams

Don't Leave Me Lonely

I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore (The Young Rascals cover)

All the Young Dudes (David Bowie cover)

Got Love If You Want It

White Lightning

Anyway You Want It

Feelin' Right

Rock & Rollers

Encore:

Tower











Wednesday 21 August 2019.

THE BORDERLINE closes this week.

Sorry to say that the end has finally come for Soho's legendary live music venue Borderline. After 35 years in business, we close our doors for the final time this August.

Join us for one last party on Friday 23rd August, with our resident DJs from Tilted playing all your favourite tracks from artists who have previously played the club, all night long!

Advance tickets only £5 and come complete with a free Old Blue Last Beer (or soft drink).

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Owners DHP Family went on to speak about the closure in an official statement, saying: “With ever increasing rents, rising business rates and ongoing redevelopment plans for Soho, we've taken the decision to close the venue by 31 August 2019."

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My first gig at The Borderline was back in 1995.

The most famous gig held at The Borderline was in 1991 when R.E.M. played a secret gig there.

Live at the Borderline 1991 is a 2019 live album released for Record Store Day on April 13. The recording features alternative rock band R.E.M. performing under the pseudonym Bingo Hand Job at a 1991 surprise gig around the release of Out of Time.









Wednesday 21 August 2019.

JOE STRUMMER would have been 67 today.

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Tuesday 20 August 2019.

Happy Birthday to ROBERT PLANT who is 71 today

PHIL LYNOTT would have been 70 today

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Monday 19 August 2019.

Happy Birthday to GINGER BAKER who is 80 today ( co- founder and drummer with Cream)

Happy Birthday to JOHN DEACON who is 68 today ( former bassist with Queen 1971 - 1997)

Happy Birthday to IAN GILLAN who is 74 today ( singer with Deep Purple)







Friday 16 Aug / Saturday 17 Aug / Sunday 18 August 2019.

REWIND FESTIVAL - celebrating the 1980s - Henley-On-Thames, Oxfordshire.

A dozen name acts will play short sets on Sat and Sun in this stunning location by the water.

Some acts with just a couple of hits will play 10 to 15 mins with the house band and the bigger acts

will play 30 mins to 60 mins with their own bands.

Many of the acts i saw play Hammersmith Odeon in their 1980s heyday.

Fri 16 Aug---opening night party for camping arrivals featuring Grandmaster Flash and Complete Madness

in a smaller tent along with a disco tent including silent disco in another tent.

The capacity for Sat and Sun is 20,000 each day, but not sold out as tickets sold were actually

18,000 for the Saturday and 14,000 for the Sunday.

Sat 17 Aug---

FOUR TOPS (headliner)

LULU

HEAVEN 17

HEATHER SMALL (ex M People)

TIFFANY

KIM APPLEBY

UB40 FEAT. ALI CAMPBELL & ASTRO

JOHNNY HATES JAZZ

THE DIRE STRAITS EXPERIENCE

THE UNDERTONES (Feargal Sharkey is not on vocals)

PRESENTED BY: TOYAH

Sun 18 Aug---

MICHAEL BOLTON (headliner) ( cancelled and he was replaced by THE WATERBOYS)

KATHY SLEDGE OF THE ORIGINAL SISTER SLEDGE

BELINDA CARLISLE

PAUL YOUNG

MIDGE URE

HAZEL O'CONNOR

REWIND’S GOT TALENT

THE WAILERS

THE SELECTER

THE NEVILLE STAPLE BAND (ex The Specials)

FROM THE JAM (Jam tribute band featuring original Jam bass player Bruce Foxton)

PRESENTED BY: THE DOCTOR FROM DOCTOR & THE MEDICS

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Over the past decade i have had odd nights of roughing it in a car for a day or two at festivals

but this weekend was my first three days of proper camping on the trot for at least ten years.

Let's see how i get on.

Lots of rain on the Friday but Saturday and Sunday was nice and sunny.

FRIDAY was 6pm to 1am

No bands on the main stage tonight.

Due to the rain i stayed in the Disco Den tent which was good fun as it had 80s musical bingo,

then 80s Karaoke and then finishing with a couple of hours of Silent Disco for around 600 punters.

SATURDAY was 1pm to 1am

There was some amazing fancy dress outfits worn by many of the crowd over the weekend.

Every act had use of the two big side screens that showed live footage.

THE UNDERTONES arrived on stage at 1.30pm and played for around 30 mins.

Feargal is not there but they do feature original members.

Loads of great catchy gems played including "Jimmy Jimmy" and "Teenage Kicks".

THE DIRE STRAITS EXPERIENCE arrived on stage at 2.30pm and played for around 30 mins.

The band feature Chris White - saxophonist who toured with Dire Straits from 1985–1995, and who has played with many bands and artists, including Robbie Williams, Paul McCartney, Chris De Burgh and Mick Jagger.

They played a decent set of Dire Straits classics.

JOHNNY HATES JAZZ arrived on stage at 3.40pm and played for around 30 mins...not my cup of tea...

UB40 feat Ali Campbell and Astro arrived on stage at 4.45pm and played for around 40 mins.

Lots of great hits played and they were perfectly matched with the afternoon sunshine.

TOYAH sung a couple of her hits.

KIM APPLEBY sung a couple of her hits.

TIFFANY sung a couple of her hits.

HEATHER SMALL arrived on stage at 6.45pm and played four great tracks in her 20 mins set.

"One Night in Heaven", "Search for The Hero", "Proud" and "Moving on Up".

HEAVEN 17 arrived on stage at 7.20pm and played for around 30 mins.

Lots of good electro pop tunes played in their set.

LULU arrived on stage at 8.25pm and played for around 40 mins.

She got annoyed with sound problems at the start but soon got in her stride with good versions of

"Relight My Fire", "The Man With The Golden Gun" and of course " Shout".

THE FOUR TOPS arrived on stage at 9.30pm and played for 60 mins.

They still have an original member playing in their line-up and the smart suits are still there.

Lots of their great classic Motown tunes played in their set.

From 11pm to 1am we had a good ole boogie in the Silent Disco tent.

SUNDAY was 1pm to 1am

FROM THE JAM arrived on stage at 1.30pm and played for 30 mins.

Lots of gems from The Jam played in their set.

THE NEVILLE STAPLE BAND arrived on stage at 2.30pm and played for 30 mins.

He played a couple of solo tunes along a few gems from his time in The Specials.

THE SELECTER arrived on stage at 3.30pm and played around 30 mins.

They played all their great ska hits in their set including "On My Radio".

THE WAILERS arrived on stage at 4.30pm and played for around 45 mins.

Lots of Bob Marley classics played in their set.

A Britain's Got Talent singer sang a couple of tunes.

DR & THE MEDICS played a couple of their hits.

HAZEL O'CONNOR played a couple of her hits.

MIDGE URE arrived on stage at 5.40pm and played for 30 mins.

Five of the six songs played were Ultravox gems.

If I Was

Fade to Grey (Visage song)

All Stood Still (Ultravox song)

Vienna (Ultravox song)

Hymn (Ultravox song)

Dancing With Tears in My Eyes (Ultravox song)

PAUL YOUNG arrived on stage at 6.40pm and played for around 30 mins.

He started off a bit croaky but great tunes played including "Wherever I Lay My Hat"

"Come Back And Stay" and "Every Time You Go Away".

BELINDA CARLISLE arrived on stage at 7.15pm and played for around 30 mins.

She played all her catchy hits including "Heaven Is a place on Earth".

KATHY SLEDGE OF THE ORIGINAL SISTER SLEDGE arrived on stage at 8.10pm for her 60 mins set.

She played all the great Sister Sledge disco classics along with some cover versions.

THE WATERBOYS arrived on stage at 9.40pm for their 75 mins.

Michael Bolton cancelled just a day or two before the gig and The Waterboys stepped in.

That was a great result as I much prefer The Waterboys to Michael Bolton.

A really good set included "Whole of The Moon" and a cover of "Purple Rain".

Another great day of live music.

Again we had a fun time in the Silent Disco tent from 11pm to 1am.

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Packed up the tent around 10am to head home after a tiring but good vibes festival









Friday 16 August 2019.

Happy Birthday to MADONNA who is 61 today.







Thursday 15 August 2019...5.30pm to 9.15pm...

BYRON - summer boat party - Temple Pier, London WC2.

Byron Hamburgers , trading as Byron, is a British restaurant chain offering a casual dining service with a focus on hamburgers. The chain was founded in 2007.

The burger chain is UK-based, with, as of 2019, 53 locations, 40 of which are in London.

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Nice and sunny today, even though yesterday was rainy and gloomy.

Around 80 guests on the boat as we slowly travel down the Thames to Byron, Greenwich.

Under Tower Bridge and past all the many other sights.

There are dance and disco songs being played in the background.

Throughout the evening there is complimentary prosecco, wines and beers.

From 6.45pm to 8.15pm we were at Byron , Greenwich where everyone had a complimentary

choice of yummy burger & fries on their outdoor Terrace.

A female with an acoustic guitar played a set of cover songs in the background.

We then travel back to Embankment Pier.

All guests were given a Byron t-shirt.

A very enjoyable event.

www.byronhamburgers.com

Visit their website here for more on their menu and restaurant locations.











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News and Reviews: 15th August 2019

Wednesday 14 August 2019.

Happy Birthday to singer-songwriter DAVID CROSBY who is 78 today.

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Tuesday 13 August 2018.

Happy Birthday to ex Undertones singer FEARGAL SHARKEY who is 61 today.







Monday 12 August 2019.

PROPHETS OF RAGE + DJ LORD live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

The band, which features members of Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill, are currently working on their second album, due for release in 2020.

They release a new single "Made With Hate" for their European Tour.

I have seen their very lively show a couple of times before.

Support comes from Nova Twins.

Nova Twins spent most of 2017 touring with Prophets of Rage after Tom Morello of Prophets of Rage

named them 'The best band you've never heard of.'

I first saw Public Enemy in 1987 at Hammersmith Odeon on the Def Jam package.

I first saw RATM in 1997 when they supported KISS at Finsbury Park.

I first saw Cypress Hill in 1996.

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August is usually a bit quiet for gigs in London as bands play weekend festivals over the UK.

A bit odd then that this was my FIFTH gig in FIVE days.

I missed the proper support act but i caught Prophets of Rage own DJ Lord who warms the crowd up

from 9pm with 25 mins of classic rock gems from the likes of Guns N Roses, Black Sabbath,

Aerosmith / Run DMC which were mixed in with some nifty hip-hop scratching.

The venue is fully rammed sold out and there is a great buzzy atmosphere.

The band have their own security either side of the stage to help the venues own security in the pit.

PROPHETS OF RAGE arrived on stage at 9.25pm for their 90 mins set.

They arrive on stage to air raid sirens and you know they mean business.

The supergroup's mix of stars brought a boundary-crossing blend of music styles with a wonderfully aggressive, high-octane set of old skool rap and funky rock.

The band are all constantly moving around on stage and Tom Morello as usual has his guitar high up on

his chest as he delivers some great guitar playing.

There wasn’t a dry back in the house as an electic London crowd moshed out and pumped fists to a run down of tracks from the bands the members represent: including Public Enemy’s Prophets of Rage and later Fight the Power; Rage Against the Machine’s Testify, Take the Power Back, Guerilla Radio and Killing in the Name.

They played "Cochise" and dedicated it to Chris Cornell.

A mega trio of songs to finish the show with "Bulls on Parade" , "Killing in the Name" and encore of

"Bombtrack".

An excellent show.

Full Prophets of Rage setlist played tonight...

Prophets of Rage (Public Enemy cover)

Testify (Rage Against the Machine cover)

Unfuck The World

Guerrilla Radio (Rage Against the Machine cover)

Made With Hate

Know Your Enemy (Rage Against the Machine cover)

Hail to the Chief

Heart Afire

Take the Power Back (Rage Against the Machine cover)

Insane in the Brain/Bring The Noise/Jump Around etc (hip hop medley)

Sleep Now in the Fire (Rage Against the Machine cover)

Cochise (Audioslave cover)

Bullet in the Head (Rage Against the Machine cover)

Living on the 110

How I Could Just Kill a Man (Cypress Hill cover)

Bulls on Parade (Rage Against the Machine cover)

Killing in the Name (Rage Against the Machine cover)

Encore:

Bombtrack (Rage Against the Machine cover)







Monday 12 August 2019.

Happy Birthday to Mark Knopfler OBE who is 70 today.







Sunday 11 August 2019.

This day 40 years ago, on 11 August 1979, heavy rock icons LED ZEPPELIN played their final concert (in the original line-up) on the grounds of Knebworth House near the village of Knebworth in the north of Hertfordshire, England . This was the second of two massive shows (the first a week earlier). The band had not played live for two years since the death of frontman Robert Plant‘s son during the band’s 1977 North American tour, and they had not performed in Great-Britain for four years.

The main support were The New Barbarians featuring Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards.









Sunday 11 August 2019.

OSCAR D'LEON + dj live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Venezuelan salsa legend, Oscar D'León, now aged 76, famed internationally for his

characteristic performances, is heading to London for a one-off show.

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Everybody Salsa???...Even in the mid 1970s i was quite open to different musical genres.

Levels 2 and 3 tonight are closed and there is around 800 folks here tonight.

A mainly South American crowd with most coming from Venezuela and Columbia.

The dj is playing Latin tunes before Oscar comes on and many are dancing Salsa.

OSCAR and his band arrive on stage at 8.45pm and play for 1 hour 45 mins.

There are eleven on stage including a five man brass section.

There is a big screen showing pre-recorded images.

The crowd are all dancing from the start and know all the words to the songs.

A nice lively dance atmosphere.

Despite his age , Oscar is still a pretty nifty mover.

The songs were all in his native language but Latin music is universal.

Even after the house lights had came on the crowd were chanting "Oscar, Oscar, Oscar".











Saturday 10 August 2019.

GLEN MATLOCK & THE TOUGH COOKIES + The Vulz live at 229 Great Portland St, London W1.

Glen & band back in London on their return from playing shows in Japan.

Glen will showcasing tracks from his great album from last year "Good to Go".

I have seen Glen play many times as a solo artist and with The Sex Pistols and other bands of his.

Glens band gets a new name for these gigs.

Featuring guitar legend Earl Slick who has played with David Bowie and John Lennon.

Slick was initially hired by David Bowie to replace Mick Ronson as lead guitarist for the Diamond Dogs tour in 1974 (the live album David Live was recorded during this tour). Slick also played lead guitar on Bowie's Young Americans and Station to Station albums, released in 1975 and 1976 respectively.

He was in David Bowies band when DB sadly passed away.

Joining Glen & Slick will be Chris Musto (drums) & Jim Lowe (bass).

Visit YouTube.com for a great 51 mins interview from Glens recent visit to America

Glen Matlock & Eric Blair talk Sex Pistols/Rich Kids /Iggy Pop /his solo history.

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THE VULZ arrived on stage at 8.20pm and played for 40 mins.

The Vulz played a good set of uptempo catchy rock n roll tunes from their album and a couple of new tracks

from their upcoming album.

By sheer coincidence BBC4 showed again the great 90 mins documentary film the night before this gig.

Rock 'n' Roll Guns for Hire: The Story of the Sidemen (2017) which features Earl Slick and Bernard Fowler.

It is quite a coup for Glen to get Earl Slick in his band.

GLEN MATLOCK & THE TOUGH COOKIES arrived on stage at 9.25pm and played for 70 mins.

This is a great venue to see music legends Glen Matlock & Earl Slick up nice and close.

Glen & Earl bounce off each other nicely with nods and smiles.

Earl Slick is playing plenty of cool sublime guitar licks.

Glen is in fine voice and is now confident enough to focus on his own material

and for this show takes the brave move of resting from playing any Sex Pistols anthems.

A great show.

Full setlist played by Glen Matlock & The Tough Cookies...

Won't Put The Brakes on Me

Wanderlust

Sexy Beast

Hook In You

Speak Too Soon

Montague Terrace (in Blue) (Scott Walker cover)

Couldn't Give A Damn

On Something

Blank Generation (Richard Hell & The Voidoids cover)

This Empty Heart

Born Running

Keep On Pushing

Encore:

All or Nothing (Small Faces cover)







Friday 09 August 2019.

6pm haircut at CUT AND GRIND, 25 D'Arblay Street, Soho, London W1.

After over a dozen years of going to my local barbers in Hammersmith it was time to go back to Soho.

Cut and Grind are known as one of the best barbers in London for a reason.

At Cut & Grind Barbers and Male Grooming, they pride themselves in delivering high quality, precision haircuts in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. From beard trimming perfection to cut-throat shaves.

Also free flowing complimentary drinks including wine, beer, spirits and freshly made coffee available while you enjoy the service as well as for those waiting.

Things started off great as i sat down in my chair with a classic Sex Pistols poster above my mirror.

Tobias cut my hair as i enjoyed a whiskey & coke.

He asked what style i wanted and advised on a couple of things too.

He took his time and it was a quality cut.

We had a nice relaxed chat about music and football.

All the staff seemed to have great banter with each other.

Cool tunes playing in the background.

A hot towel over my face at the end was a nice touch.

They are open late in the evenings to cater for those who can only go there after work.

Obviously it is a bit more expensive than going local but they are "a cut above the rest".

www.cutandgrindbarbers.com

Visit the Cut and Grind website here for more info.

then

DAVID A. STEWART plays The Eurythmics Songbook at The Royal Festival Hall, London.

David A Stewart (now aged 66) is an English musician, songwriter and record producer, best known for Eurythmics, his successful professional partnership with Annie Lennox.He is usually credited as David A. Stewart, to avoid confusion with other musicians named Dave Stewart. He won Best British Producer at the 1986, 1987 and 1990 Brit Awards.

Dave co-wrote and co-produced several tracks for Mick Jagger's 1987 album "Primitive Cool".

Eurythmics were massive in the 1980s and had nine Top 10 hit singles in the UK including a number one.

"There must be an Angel (playing with my heart)" was their only number one back in 1985.

I saw Eurythmics four times in their 1980s heyday.

I even saw their pre-Eurythmics band, The Tourists three times in 1979/1980.

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Nice surprise to see Marillion singer STEVE HOGARTH picking up his tickets for tonight.

I saw him sing a few songs here a fortnight ago with Trevor Horn.

The show is sold out and i have a great seat, dead centre stalls by the sound desk.

David & friends arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 2 hours 5 mins.

They are using the massive screen that Nile Rodgers and Anitta used, but Johnny Marr did not.

It nicely mixes live footage with pre-recorded images.

For some songs there are over 30 on stage when you add band, string section and choir.

Several different singers were used including a couple of well known names who were

EMELI SANDE (two songs) and BEVERLEY KNIGHT (three songs).

The other singers had great voices and the female harmonica player was amazing.

Nile Rodgers introduced Dave to the stage and later on , played guitar for the last five songs.

Nile said "nice to have an older person around as he was 10 days younger than Dave".

Dave was cool and relaxed as he told stories about how the tracks were written and where.

You kind of forget how many great hits that Eurythmics had back in the 1980s.

A great show.

Full setlist played tonight....

Intro: Take me to your heart/Never Gonna Cry Again/The Walk/This City Never Sleeps

Love is a Stranger (Eurythmics song) (with Ryan Molloy)

I Love You Like a Ball and Chain (Eurythmics song) (with Iris Gold)

I Need a Man (Eurythmics song) (with Django Stewart)

You have placed a chill in my heart (Eurythmics song) (with RAHH)

I Saved the World Today (Eurythmics song) (with RAHH & Roo Savill)

Who's That Girl ? (Eurythmics song) (with Roo Savill)

There Must Be an Angel (Playing With My Heart) (Eurythmics song) (with Emeli Sandé)

Miracle of Love (Eurythmics song) (with Emeli Sandé)

When Tomorrow Comes (Eurythmics song)

(My My) Baby's Gonna Cry (Eurythmics song)

Thorn in My Side (Eurythmics song) (with Ryan Molloy)

Here Comes the Rain Again (Eurythmics song) (with RAHH)

When the Day Goes Down (Eurythmics song) (with Kaya Stewart)

I've Got a Life (Eurythmics song) (with Kaya Stewart)

It's Alright (Baby's Coming Back) (Eurythmics song) (with Chic feat. Nile Rodgers)

Missionary Man (Eurythmics song) (with Chic feat. Nile Rodgers)

Would I Lie to You? (Eurythmics song) (with Beverley Knight) (Nile on guitar)

Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves (Eurythmics song) (with Beverley Knight) (Nile on guitar)

Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) (Eurythmics song) (with Beverley Knight) (Nile on guitar)











Thursday 08 August 2019...I went to two events today...

7pm to 8pm

GROUP SUMMER SHOW | Private View | Unit London Gallery,3 Hanover Square, Soho, London W1.

Four up and coming artists are showcasing their large paintings.

Around 200 guests here...including three dogs.

Complimentary Gin & Tonics and wines for all guests.

www.theunitldn.com

Visit the Unit London Gallery website here for more info.

then

JOHNNY MARR live at The Royal Festival Hall, London.

I am back again at this venue for my third show as part of Nile Rodgers Meltdown Festival.

A nice surprise was seeing PETER PERRETT of The Only Ones here.

Johnny Marr arrived on stage at 8.50pm and played for 95 mins.

Johnny Marr was the guitarist in The Smiths who were one of the most influential bands of the 1980s.

Nile Rodgers introduced Johnny and said "what a great friend Johnny and his family were ".

Johnny even named his son Nile....his son joined him for three songs on guitar.

Johnny looks like a cool rock star as he arrives on stage with his bomber jacket fully zipped up.

It was a good idea to play a classic Smiths song as the second tune played as that got everyone up.

The Smiths classics still go down the best which is no real surprise.

Also a couple of hits from when he was in Electronic.

Johnny played a few good songs from his 2018 album "Call the Comet".

His great distinctive guitar sound is here throughout the show.

A great show.

Full Johnny Marr setlist played tonight...

The Tracers

Bigmouth Strikes Again (The Smiths song)

Armatopia

Day In Day Out

New Dominions

Hi Hello

You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby (The Smiths song)

Walk Into the Sea

Getting Away With It (Electronic song)

Get the Message (Electronic song)

Spiral Cities

Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want (The Smiths song) (with Nile Marr)

Shack Up (A Certain Ratio cover) (with Nile Marr)

This Charming Man (The Smiths song)

Easy Money

How Soon Is Now? (The Smiths song)

Encore:

Rise

Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me (The Smiths song)

There Is a Light That Never Goes Out (The Smiths song) (with Nile Marr)









Thursday 08 August 2019.

Very sad news that Brian Wilson's guitar player NICKY WONDER has died in his sleep aged just 59.

I saw him play several times as part of Brian Wilson's great backing band.







Thursday 08 August 2019.

THE BEATLES anniversary - it was 50 years ago today.

Hundreds of Beatles fans have descended on the iconic Abbey Road pedestrian crossing today to mark 50 years since The Beatles created their famous album cover.

Abbey Road, the band’s 11th and last recorded studio album, featured the shot of the Fab Four strolling over a zebra crossing in St John’s Wood.

Today is the 50th anniversary of the creation of the shot by freelance photographer Iain Macmillan and an estimated 2,000 fans are expected outside the Abbey Road Studios today to recreate their versions.







Wednesday 07 August 2019.

I was at two of THE SPICE GIRLS shows at Wembley Stadium on their record breaking UK tour.

The Spice Girls head up the list of ’90s artists in the current nostalgia craze with a gigantic sold-out stadium run through Ireland and the U.K. this summer causing quite a stir at the box office. With four of the original members of the group – Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm, Emma Bunton and Geri Halliwell – on board (sans Victoria Beckham), the tour grossed a whopping $78 million from 695,660 sold tickets at 13 performances.

An average of over 50,000 punters a show.

The tour launched on May 24 at Dublin’s Croke Park, the first of eight stadiums booked on the three-week run. The last date was a record-breaking three-night affair staged at London’s Wembley Stadium on June 13-15. With sales topping $27 million from 221,971 sold seats, the tour finale set a new worldwide record as the highest-grossing concert engagement of 2019, beating The Rolling Stones’ two nights at Chicago’s Soldier Field by over $5 million.







Tuesday 06 August 2019...I went to two events tonight...

6.45pm to 7.45pm

KONNIE HUQ - book launch - Hatchards, 187 Piccadilly, London W1.

Konnie Huq is an ex Blue Peter tv presenter who is launching her new children's book titled

"Cookie and the most annoying boy in the world".

Over 100 guests in this book store which is just a few yards from Fortnum & Mason.

Guests included her husband CHARLIE BROOKER who is an English humourist, critic, author, screenwriter, producer, and television presenter. He is the creator and co-showrunner of the anthology series Black Mirror and has written for programmes such as Brass Eye, The 11 O'Clock Show, and Nathan Barley.

Also here was leading showbiz/music agent Jonathan Shalit.

At 7.15pm Konnie made a nice speech.

Complimentary wines, beers and canapés from Marks & Spencer.

The book retails for £10.99 but you buy it via my Amazon link above for only £6.99.

Her promo for the book includes ITV Breakfast show Thursday at 8.30am.

About the book...

Her best friend in the whole world is moving to Solihull because one of her dads has a new job there. Solihull?! Where even is that?! Cookie begs her parents for a pet to fill the void but they have given her an absolute NO. It would be way too expensive and way way too messy.

But Cookie has never been a fan of the word 'no' so she visits the pet shop anyway and sets her heart on the sweetest cutest kitteniest kitten ever: Bluey. But then . . . DISASTER! The most ANNOYING boy she's ever met in her entire nine years goes into the pet shop, buys Bluey and renames her Nigel! And then he joins her year at school! And if that wasn't bad enough, he moves in next door to her. AAAAGGGGHHHHH!

then

ANITTA + DJ MISTAJAM live at The Royal Festival Hall, London.

Now aged 26 , Anitta has had four hit albums and loads of hit singles back home in Brazil.

If you haven’t heard of Anitta yet, it’s only a matter of time. The Brazilian singer is a big deal in her native country after successfully bringing baile funk – a raucous blend of Miami bass and gangsta rap known as the sound of the favelas – into the mainstream. By toning down its explicit lyrics and suggestive dancing, Anitta went from 17-year-old YouTube wannabe to performing at the opening ceremony at the 2016 Rio Olympics and Anitta has had video views totalling 3 billion.

No wonder she has been tipped as the next Shakira.

Last year Anitta headlined The Royal Albert Hall.

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Like the Nile Rodgers show here on Saturday , the venue is in total dance party mode.

I caught the last 30 mins of DJ MISTAJAM set and everyone was up and dancing.

For his final track of "Ain't Nobody" he was joined by NILE RODGERS.

ANITTA & her band arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 85 mins.

Anitta was introduced on stage by Nile Rodgers who said they had worked together.

There was a big screen behind her ,along with a load of lights and four female/two male dancers.

Smoke flumes and streamers and ticker-tape were used during the very lively show.

Lots of nice looking South American women fully dressed up in the excitable crowd.

The lyrics were pretty much 90% in her native tongue but many of the lyrics were on the big screen.

Some guests on the big screen have featured in her songs including Snoop Dogg.

The crowd knew all the songs and there was plenty of suggestive dancing by Anitta and dancers as

she said "in Brazil we like to shake our asses" as those on stage bent over and shook their buttocks.

From the start to the finish it felt like a carnival dance party and was an enjoyable show.







Tuesday 06 August 2019.

Happy Birthday to DAME BARBARA WINDSOR who is 82 today.

The Cockney actress is best known for her roles in the Carry On films and Eastenders tv show.

Barbara Windsor has urged fans to 'unite' with her in demanding action over dementia care.

TV and film actress Barbara, who is 82 today, has met the PM on many occasions and even featured in an episode of EastEnders with him in 2009.

She was then diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2014.

She said: “We’re lucky to have amazing support but my heart goes out to the many people who are really struggling to get the care they so desperately need.”

Babs and Scott, 56, have joined the Alzheimer’s Society and appear in a charity video calling on Mr Johnson to invest £2.4billion to overhaul dementia care.







Sunday 04 August 2019.

Community Shield at Wembley Stadium...3pm kick off.

LIVERPOOL 1 MAN CITY 1....Man City win 5-4 on penalties.

A massive crowd of 77,565 here out of a 85,000 capacity.

We were in the Liverpool end , where all the goals were scored and where the penalties took place.

Buckle up and enjoy the ride. This season is set to be as epic, as extraordinary, as intense as the last with Manchester City and Liverpool showing that their rapidly escalating rivalry is here to stay.

It was City who won the Community Shield, retaining it, becoming the first English team to win four domestic trophies in a calendar year, but only after they were again pushed all the way by Liverpool before prevailing in a penalty shoot-out. Fine margins, once more, separated them with just one spot kick not converted from the 10 taken. “The difference is one point ahead, one penalty ahead. It’s minute,” City manager Pep Guardiola said.

The second half was much better than the first half , and Liverpool could have won it with missed chances.

Manchester City's Kyle Walker denied Mohamed Salah with an INCREDIBLE goal-line clearance!

The game was beamed live to over 100 countries around the world.

An odd thing happened when Man City picked up their trophy as the pa started playing "Hey Dude"

by The Beatles who of course are a Liverpool band instead of playing Oasis which was the second song.

Maybe "Hey Jude" has special significance for Man City fans???







Saturday 03 August 2019.

NILE RODGERS & CHIC + Nile Rodgers in conversation / Q & A at The Royal Festival Hall, London.

I saw Nile Rodgers & Chic twice at Hammersmith Odeon in 1979 at the height of disco.

I have seen him a few times over the last half a dozen years since his comeback with Daft Punk.

Last year he released his first new album in 26 years titled "It's About Time".

I must admit i have not seen this venue so rammed and lively like this for many years.

Even during the interval many folks are dancing to the Nile Rodgers mix tape.

At 8pm for 50 mins we had Nile talking about the amazing acts he has worked with including

Madonna, David Bowie, Daft Punk, Duran Duran , Diana Ross and many more.

Also a few words about how he survived cancer....then there was a short Q & A session.

At 9.10pm Nile Rodgers & Chic all took to the stage in white suits for their 1 hour 40 mins set.

A great band that included a brass section and two female backing vocalists.

There was a big screen mixing live footage with pre-recorded images.

Like all his shows it was a full on dance party from the start as everyone got up and had a boogie.

As usual the entire setlist was his songs & songs he has written or produced.

For the finale he got 50 folks on stage for a dance that included Dave Stewart (ex Eurythmics).

So many great songs played by a great funk soul pop rock band.

An excellent show.

Full Nile Rodgers & Chic setlist played tonight....

Chic Cheer (Chic cover)

Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah) (Chic cover)

Everybody Dance (Chic cover)

I Want Your Love (Chic cover)

I'm Coming Out / Upside Down (Diana Ross cover medley)

He's the Greatest Dancer / We Are Family (Sister Sledge cover medley)

Like a Virgin/ Material Girl (Madonna cover medley)

Modern Love (David Bowie cover)

Spacer (Sheila & B. Devotion cover)

Why (Carly Simon cover)

Soup for One / Lady (Hear Me Tonight)

Lost in Music (Sister Sledge cover)

Notorious (Duran Duran cover)

Thinking of You (Sister Sledge cover)

My Feet Keep Dancing (Chic cover)

I'll Be There

Get Lucky (Daft Punk cover)

My Forbidden Lover (Chic cover)

Let's Dance (David Bowie cover)

Le Freak (Chic cover)

Good Times / Rapper's Delight / Good Times Reprise









Friday 02 August 2019.

THE DESCENDENTS + C.J. RAMONE live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

The Descendents are a punk rock band formed in 1977 in California and had some success in the 1980s.

C. J. Ramone, is an American musician best known for working as the bassist, backing and occasional lead vocalist of the punk rock legends the Ramones from 1989 to 1996.

His set will mix solo material with Ramones classics.

I was lucky enough to see The Ramones 15 times including their debut London show in 1976.

Both bands play London as they are in the UK to play The Rebellion Punk Festival in Blackpool this weekend.

First band on PEARS are an American hardcore punk band formed in 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Level 2 and 3 are closed as unsold but stalls and Level 1 are full so maybe 1200 are here.

PEARS arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played for around 30 mins.

Their singer was shirtless and very animated from the start but their hardcore punk sound

was not my cup of tea.

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C.J. RAMONE arrived on stage at 8.20pm and played for around 40 mins.

He may not be an original member of the iconic New York punk rockers but it was great

to hear so many Ramones songs played live again.

Full C.J. Ramone setlist played tonight...

Let's Dance (Chris Montez cover)

One High One Low

My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes to Bitburg) (Ramones song)

Stand Up

Blue Skies

Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment (Ramones song)

This Town

The KKK Took My Baby Away (Ramones song)

Understand Me?

Sheena Is a Punk Rocker (Ramones song)

I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend (Ramones song)

Glad to See You Go (Ramones song)

Rock On

Outsider (Ramones song)

Movin' On

Blitzkrieg Bop (Ramones song)

R.A.M.O.N.E.S. (Motörhead cover)

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Loads of their fans are wearing DESCENDENTS t-shirts and buying more merch.

THE DESCENDENTS arrived on stage at 9.35pm and played for around 85 mins.

Although i love all the early classic punk bands from the UK and New York i never really

seemed to be interested in Californian punk bands from back in the late 1970s.

I knew their name but none of their material but I was pleasantly surprised as they whizzed through

loads of catchy melodic singalong fast short punk tunes as the crowd moshed madly down the front.

Security were kept busy as must have over 100 crowd surfers over the barriers into the pit.

The singer engaged with the crowd well and jumped in the crowd a couple of times.

A massive 34 song (no cover versions) setlist played in 85 mins so less than 3 mins a song.

A great show.

Full DESCENDENTS setlist played tonight...

Suburban Home

Everything Sux

Hope

On Paper

Rotting Out

Victim of Me

Silly Girl

I Like Food

Shameless Halo

My Dad Sucks

Van

Testosterone

I'm Not a Punk

Clean Sheets

Weinerschnitzel

Myage

Who We Are

Global Probing

I Don't Want to Grow Up

Nothing With You

No Fat Burger

Feel This

Get the Time

Coffee Mug

When I Get Old

Coolidge

Thank You

Descendents

Encore:

'Merican

I'm the One

Bikeage

Smile

Encore 2:

Pep Talk

Fighting Myself







Thursday 01 August 2019

JEAN-PAUL GAULTIER - FASHION FREAK SHOW at The Queen Elizabeth Hall , London SE1.

Eccentric, scandalous, provocative, exuberant and as funny as ever, fashion’s enfant terrible presents his new creation: part revue, part catwalk show and celebrates 50 years in fashion.

In a UK premiere, author, director and set designer Jean Paul Gaultier takes an extravagant, yet tender, look at our times, inviting us into a world filled with excess, poetry and magic.

New designs get their debut alongside Gaultier’s most iconic creations in a show thought out like a grand party. Actors, dancers and circus artists take to the stage to play outlandish, passionate, larger-than-life, sexy, sassy creatures.

He famously worked with Madonna.

Hard to believe this French fashion legend is now aged 67.

He co-presented the Channel 4 television series Eurotrash with Antoine de Caunes which was great.

The 916 seater QEH has been fully refurbished recently.

Last of the thirteen shows is Friday 02 August 2019.

www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets

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The show was on for around 1 hour 50 mins over two sets.

Around 17 or 18 male / female performers on stage in his various iconic fashion creations.

Lots of different catwalk shows and outfits during the performance.

When they were dancing it looked like a scene from Studio 54.

Lots of video clips in the background.

The show is based around his life story with it's ups and downs.

His collaboration with Madonna, including designing her infamous cone bra.

At the end of the 1980s, Gaultier suffered some personal losses, and in 1990 his boyfriend and business partner, Francis Menuge, died of AIDS-related causes....condoms were thrown into the audience at this point.

Any time bare buttocks , bare breasts or over the top creations were displayed got big cheers from the crowd.

A great soundtrack of tunes that have influenced his fashion including The Sex Pistols, The Clash,

Roxy Music, Blondie, Madonna, Grace Jones and Chic.

For the finale of Chic "Le Freak", all the crowd were up and dancing.

A very enjoyable show.

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The Southbank Centre is buzzing in the summer as they have a free nightly outdoor event on the terrace.

Tonight from 6pm to 11pm were the female djs from SIREN playing some techno tunes.

We caught a bit of it before and after the show above.







Thursday 01 August 2019.

Happy Birthday to Def Leppard singer JOE ELLIOT who is 60 today.

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Sterling is having a nightmare with the Euro and the Dollar at the moment but the press are saying

that Argentina Peso is faring even worse so the English should go there for the best value.

Would be great to see a top band play to those rabid South American fans...

Type this in google and have a look at the amazing crowd in Argentina bouncing to AC/DC.

AC/DC - Highway to Hell (from Live at River Plate)

Over 350 million views.











Wednesday 31 July 2019...7pm to 9pm...

SAILOR JERRY x BAD MONDAY - Slim Jim's Liquor Store, 112 Upper Street, Angel, Islington, London N1.

Norman 'Sailor Jerry' Collins (January 14, 1911 – June 12, 1973), known popularly as Sailor Jerry, was a prominent American tattoo artist in Hawaii who was well known for his sailor tattoos.

SAILOR JERRY Spiced Caribbean Rum is a popular drink.

BAD MONDAY is a cool t-shirt brand that was not only inspired by the tattoo culture, but also merged other art influences whilst still respecting more traditional styles. A brand that cared about quality and also offered great premium designs but without the premium price.

Slim Jim's Liquor Store is a cool bar that focuses on whiskies, whiskeys and bourbons.

It is located just up the road from the Screen On The Screen cinema (which is still there showing films) where

i saw The Sex Pistols play their first ever gig with Sid Vicious back in 1977.

Complimentary Sailor Jerry based drinks for all guests.

All guests got a goodie bag with a Sailor Jerry x Bad Monday tote bag that included drinks and other bits.

www.badmonday.co.uk

Visit the Bad Monday website here for more info and images of their t-shirts

and accessories collaboration with Sailor Jerry.









Tuesday 30 July 2019.

Happy Birthday to KATE BUSH who is 61 today.







Monday 29 July 2019...6.45pm to 8.45pm...

FELIX VALLOTTON - Painter of Disquiet - private view - The Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London W1.

Félix Vallotton (December 28, 1865 – December 29, 1925) was a Swiss and French painter and printmaker associated with the group of artists known as Les Nabis. He was an important figure in the development of the modern woodcut. He painted portraits, landscapes, nudes, still-lifes, and other subjects in an unemotional, realistic style.

FELIX VALLOTTON has his works in the Sackler Wing Galleries.

Our invite also let's us see The Summer Exhibition 2019.

Over 16,000 works were entered for display but just over 1000 have been chosen for this year.

The opening night launch in early June is a major event with 1000 guests including a dozen well known faces

but tonight there is maybe 300 here.

Complimentary gin & tonics, wines and beers for guests.

www.royalacademy.org.uk

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.







Monday 29 July 2019.

In the 1970s and 1980s ,Sterling went a long way when you went abroad...not anymore.

The pound sank to a 28-month low against the dollar as Boris Johnson's government toughened its rhetoric on Brexit.

Sterling dipped 1.1% to $1.2242 and €1.1004 respectively.

The currency could fall further, according to analysts at ING Group, as traders appear to have been betting on a last-minute deal being reached.

No wonder a "staycation" is so popular these days.





Monday 29 July 2019.

PLEDGEMUSIC looked like a good way of bands getting music out on their own terms, but...

Crowd-funding website PledgeMusic has been taken offline. The news comes five months after musicians began to raise concerns over the platform's alleged non-payment of money due to artists.

A statement on the PledgeMusic website reads: "To the Artists and Fans of PledgeMusic. As many of you know, PledgeMusic suspended operations a number of months ago and the site is now offline.









Sunday 28 July 2019.

TREVOR HORN with band and string orchestra live at The Royal Festival Hall, London.

The founding member of The Buggles reimagines the 1980s, with The Sarm Orchestra (string orchestra)

plus vocalists Matt Cardle (X Factor winner in 2010 and currently in Jesus Christ Superstar at The Barbican),

Steve Hogarth (Marillion) and Russ Ballard (Argent).

Trevor Horn performs songs from his recent hit album Trevor Horn Reimagines The Eighties.

After recording the chart-topping 1979 hit ‘Video Killed the Radio Star’, Horn created the sound of the 1980s through his production work. The hitmaker worked on ABC’s ‘Lexicon of Love’, ‘Owner of a Lonely Heart’ by Yes, and Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s number one hits ‘Relax’, ‘Two Tribes’ and ‘The Power of Love’.

He was the first producer since George Martin to be number one simultaneously in the US, with Yes, and the UK, with Frankie Goes to Hollywood. In 1982, with Malcolm McLaren, Horn created the UK’s breakthrough rap hit ‘Buffalo Gals’.

Horn has since produced stars including Rod Stewart, Seal, Tina Turner, Pet Shop Boys, and Robbie Williams. His production work has earned him three Brit Awards, a Grammy, an Ivor Novello Award and a CBE.

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The show is not sold out but maybe 90% of tickets are sold.

I have a nice seat just in front of the mixing desk in the front stalls.

TREVOR HORN and his band and string orchestra arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played a nice long show

of 2 hours 25 mins over two sets of 70 mins and 75 mins.

Over 20 musicians on stage when you add band,string orchestra, backing vocalists and singers.

His band was full of top notch musicians including Lol Creme (ex 10cc and video director in the 1980s1990s),

and Alan Clark (piano/keyboards with Dire Straits and others), Danny Cummings (percussion

with Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler and others), and Phil Palmer (session guitar sideman who has played

with Dire Straits and others and has appeared on over 500 albums).

Also top drummer Steve Ferrone (Tom Petty and others).

Trevor Horn was on bass guitar.

Most of the songs played were connected to Trevor Horn or other members of the band.

Trevor introduced most songs with a history of its connection to him and the band.

Ie Girls on Film was played as Godley & Creme did the video for it.

Dire Straits songs played as band members played with Mark.

Tatu cover played as Trevor Horn produced the number one record.

Trevor told a nice story about his daughter hanging out with Boris Johnson son at school.

Trevor performed the second set in a full kilt.

Steve Hogarth had a different stage outfit for each time he was on stage.

So many fantastic songs played in this great show.

Full setlist played tonight along with who sung what etc...

FIRST SET

Two Tribes (Frankie Goes to Hollywood cover) (with Matt Cardle on vocals)

Video Killed the Radio Star (Buggles song) (Trevor Horn on vocals)

Cry (Godley & Creme cover) (with Roberto Angrisani)

Rubber Bullets (10cc cover) (with Lol Creme on vocals)

It's Different for Girls (Joe Jackson cover) (with Steve Hogarth on vocals)

Ashes to Ashes (David Bowie cover) (with Steve Hogarth on vocals)

All the Things She Said (t.A.T.u. cover) (with Izzy Chase) (Also with Kate Holmes)

Slave to the Rhythm (Grace Jones cover) (with Matt Cardle on vocals) (Also with Izzy Chase)

The Power of Love (Frankie Goes to Hollywood cover) (with Matt Cardle on vocals)

Living in the Plastic Age (Buggles song) (Trevor Horn on vocals)

I'm Not in Love (10cc cover) (with Matt Cardle on vocals) (Lol Creme on keyboards)

Everybody Wants to Rule the World (Tears for Fears cover) (with Steve Hogarth on vocals)

SECOND SET

Owner of a Lonely Heart (Yes song) (Trevor Horn on vocals vocals)

Brothers in Arms (Dire Straits cover) (with Danny Cummings on vocals) (with Michael MacNeil on accordian)

Rhythm of My Heart (René Shuman cover) (with Roberto Angrisani) (with Michael MacNeil on accordian)

Dancing in the Dark (Bruce Springsteen cover) (with Kate Holmes) (Preceded by a snippet of " Born to Run" by Bruce Springsteen, Bossa Nova style)

Since You Been Gone (Russ Ballard cover) (with Russ Ballard on vocals) (Preceded by a snippet of a Scottish reel)

God Gave Rock 'n' Roll to You (Argent song that KISS also had a hit with) (with Russ Ballard on vocals)

Girls on Film (Duran Duran cover) (with Izzy Chase) (Also with Kate Holmes)

Kiss From a Rose (Seal cover) (with Steve Hogarth on vocals)

Blue Monday (New Order cover) (with Steve Hogarth on vocals)

Relax (Frankie Goes to Hollywood cover) (with Matt Cardle on vocals)

Encore:

Money for Nothing (Dire Straits cover) (with Danny Cummings on vocals)









Saturday 27 July 2019...1pm to 10.30pm...

ICONS FESTIVAL 2019 @ APPS COURT

WALTON-ON-THAMES

SURREY

Situated on the Thames close to the M25 and M3, Apps Court is an 80 acre grassland venue with a history of hosting large scale music events. It has ample parking for cars and hard standing for coaches. It is also an established camping and caravanning site.

Host for the day will be radio dj legend Mick Brown.

There are six top notch tribute bands playing.

Killer Queen, Limehouse Lizzy, Absolute Bowie, Illegal Eagles, Live/Wire, Ben as Michael Jackson......all the bands play to packed venues throughout the UK and Europe. Individually.

What they have never done is to appear on one line-up. This unique festival brings them all together- for one ticket price, at one venue. This has to be the ultimate festival of the premier tribute bands- offering both the cream of the genre and superb value for money. Six top bands on one day- a feast of back to back hits, six spectacular stage shows from 12 noon through to 10:30pm!

I do like a good quality tribute band so i have seen all six acts before at some point.

Needless to say i also have seen live the six original artists that they play tribute too.

www.iconsfestival.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.

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A nice location in the countryside on the outskirts of SW London.

Around 3000/4000 general admission here and another 500 in the front gold circle area.

I have a great view in the gold circle where there is lots of space.

Even though it is just tribute bands , the gold circle ticket costs a steep £100.

Oddly enough all the acts play sets of around 65 mins each.

This means pretty much each is playing a greatest hits set and everyone knows the songs.

All acts have use of the big screen for their pre-recorded images.

There s a stage extension that all the bands use at some point.

LIMEHOUSE LIZZY have been going many years but i think their lead singer has changed.

They were one of the first ever tribute bands as i saw them twice back in 1994.

The singer has a great accent and talks just like Phil.

Two Gibson Les Paul guitar players just like Thin Lizzy.

All the classics played including "Rosalie", "Emerald", "The Cowboy Song" and they finished

with their anthem "The Boys Are Back In Town".... a great set.

BEN as MICHAEL JACKSON put on a great show as he looks , sings, dresses , talks , dances

just like MJ and all of the songs are brilliant as they included "Black or White", "Beat It" , a J5 Medley,

"Bad", "Thriller" , "Billie Jean" and a mega "Man In The Mirror...a great set.

ABSOLUTE BOWIE played a host of Bowie classics in their set.

Highlights included "The Jean Genie', "Changes" , "Starman", "Rebel Rebel" , "Space Oddly"

but they ran out of time so they did not play "Heroes"...a good set.

ILLEGAL EAGLES have the most musicians on stage as like the real Eagles they have lots

of guitarists who double up on the fab harmonies.

I saw the real Eagles just a month ago at Wembley Stadium.

Lots of classics played including "One Of These Nights", "Take It To The Limit",

"Life In The Fast Lane" and a great version of "Hotel California".

LIVE/WIRE are the band i most want to see tonight.

All five members look like classic AC/DC members.

The singer is in Brian Johnson mode and Angus is a bit taller than the real thing.

The thundering freight train of a rhythm section keeps it all meticulously together with Dan as a

dead ringer for Malcolm Young on rhythm guitar.

Ed as the mercurial Cliff Williams on Bass Guitar.

Paul behind the kit is more Phil Rudd than Chris Slade.

One AC/DC classic after another is played including "Back in Black" ,"Thunderstruck", "Whole Lotta Rosie",

"You Shook Me All Night Long", "Let There Be Rock" and mega versions of

"Highway to Hell" and "For Those About To Rock, We Salute You"... a superb set.

KILLER QUEEN were the headliners tonight which is not surprising as everyone loves Queen

more than ever these days after the mass success of their recent film in the cinemas.

They have a very Spinal Tap moment at the start of their set as their sound kept cutting out.

Their intro music played and the band stated playing and the sound cut out twice but they came back

and it was third time lucky.

Having said that, how are a band supposed to soundcheck when the dj is playing songs?

The singer looks like Freddie and the guitarist looks like Brian May and playing his trademark same guitar.

All the usual Queen tracks played with the highlights "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "We Will Rock You".

A great day of live music and put this event in your diary for July 2020 next year.





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News and Reviews: 23rd July 2019

Tuesday 23 July 2019.

Happy Birthday to DAVID ESSEX who is 72 today.

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The next few days will be hot, hot, hot in London.

Experts predict scorching conditions for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Thursday looks like it is going to be the hottest day of the year so far.

The Met Office says we could see highs of 37°C in some parts of the UK, which would be the hottest ever for July.









Sunday 21 July 2019.

NICK LOWE live at Walpole Park for The Ealing Blues Festival, London W5.

The park is 10 mins walk from Ealing Broadway tube station.

A local gig for 70 year Nick who has lived nearby in Brentford for over 35 years.

Nick Lowe plays songs from his 40 year career.

Nick has been a cornerstone of British music since his 1978 debut album, Jesus Of Cool, and his solo career, which includes collaborations with Johnny Cash and production credits for Elvis Costello, has earned him a reputation as the definitive musician’s musician.

Nick produced the debut album by The Damned in 1977 which included their classic singles

"New Rose" and "Neat Neat Neat".

As part of his UK tour that played Shepherds Bush Empire in June but I did not attend as it clashed

with Metallica at Twickenham Stadium.

I have seen Nick play live several times over the course of his career.

With support from The Who tribute band - Who's Next.

Tickets on the day only £7 before 3pm and just £10 after 3pm.

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A nice cosy local festival that has maybe 2000/3000 here.

Many have brought their own fold up chairs and picnic blankets.

At this festival each person is allowed four cans of lager to be brought in with them.

NICK LOWE is the main headliner today but he came on early for whatever reason.

Nick and his acoustic guitar arrive on stage at 5pm for his 70 mins set.

"The Bard of Brentford" was one of many British singer-songwriters who appeared in the late 1970s.

He whizzed through around 20 songs including his classics "Cruel to Be Kind" and "I Knew The Bride".

A fact about his final gem tonight."(Whats So Funny 'Bout ) Peace , Love and Understanding".

It was piggybacked onto the “The Bodyguard” album, after its six Whitney Houston opuses, its Kenny G/Aaron Neville duet and its Lisa Stansfield tune, is a rendition by Curtis Stigers of "(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding.” Lowe wrote the song in the early 1970s, when he was playing in the British pub rock band Brinsley Schwarz. Elvis Costello made it a widely heard rock anthem in 1979, when he covered it on his “Armed Forces” album (like the rest of Costello’s first five albums, “Armed Forces” was produced by Lowe).

"The Bodyguard" album sold many millions worldwide and in a recent interview Nick said he made over a million dollars from his track just as he was dropped from his record company at the time.

Great lyrics for his songs and he went down well with the crowd.

Nick Lowe setlist included...

Lay It on my Baby

Tokyo Bay

Blue on Blue

Cruel to Be Kind

I Knew the Bride (When She Used to Rock 'n' Roll)

(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding

ROBERT HOKUM REVUE arrived on stage at 7pm and played for 70 mins.

Now aged 68, Robert Hokum is an established figure on the British Blues and West London music scenes, not only as a musician but also for his involvement in several Festivals, promoting Ealing’s music heritage and collaborations with the ethnic communities.

His band sounded good as they mixed original music with Blues covers.

WHO'S NEXT arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 95 mins.

The singer has a great voice but is wearing a very dodgy wig circa Roger Daltrey early 70s period.

The singer is good with microphone swings and there are plenty of Pete's guitar windmills.

The singer is also wearing a fringed waistcoat with an impressive flat stomach.

The highlight for me was the bass player who had John Entwistle's bass sound down perfect.

Lots of classics played along with rare tracks from "Live at Leeds" that the real Who never play anymore.

A good show.

Highlights included...

I Can't Explain

Substitute

Pinball Wizard

Baba O'Riley

Behind Blue Eyes

Who Are You

Won't Get Fooled Again

Love Reign O' er Me

My Generation

See Me Feel Me (guitarist smashed a guitar up)

Encore :

Long Live Rock









Sunday 21 July 2019.

Happy Birthday to Yusuf Islam , commonly known by his stage name CAT STEVENS , who is 71 today.

He released his first album over 50 years ago.







Saturday 20 July 2019.

Happy Birthday to SEX PISTOLS/PROFESSIONALS drummer PAUL COOK who is 63 today.

Paul along with Sex Pistols guitar hero Steve Jones went to the same school as me.

Christopher Wren School in White City, Shepherds Bush.

They were three years older than me but that's how i ended up seeing early Sex Pistols gigs in 1976.







Thursday 18 July 2019...I went to two events tonight...

Before i get to the main event , i browse the designer store concessions here in Selfridges.

Stella McCartney is selling a "All We Need Is Love" jumper for a hefty £725....yes £725...madness.

You can see pictures of the jumper if you put the info in Google.

6pm to 8pm

J BRAND x ELSA HOSK - launch party - 3rd Floor,Selfridges. London W1.

Elsa Hosk (now aged 30) is a Swedish model and current Victoria's Secret Angel, who has worked for brands including Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Free People, Ungaro, H&M, Anna Sui,Lilly Pulitzer and Guess.She modeled for Victoria's Secret, appearing in the brand's annual fashion show from 2011 to 2018.She has also appeared in many of the brand's campaigns, especially for the sub-division PINK.In 2015, she was announced as one of 10 new Victoria's Secret Angels. She has also played professional basketball in Sweden.

Around 150 guests at this event that was much better than expected.

Guests included fellow models Yumi Lambert, Justine Skye, Maya Henry and Gizele Oliveira.

Needless to say Elsa Hosk looks stunning and is friendly to everyone and posing for photos.

Elsa opted for a full outfit from her collaboration with J Brand including a pair of leather-look jeans complete with dramatic ankle-slits and a plunging leather blazer.

The catwalk queen finished her look with black pointed heels, which elongated her endless pins and showcased her enviable physique.

Elsa had a huge 6' 6" personal security guy keeping an eye on her.

J Brand is an American designer jeans brand.

The designer jeans i looked at cost between £190 to £275.

A dj was playing tunes in the background.

Complimentary Ruinart champers, Margherita cocktails, three different types of tacos and desserts.

www.jbrandjeans.com

Visit the J Brand website for more info and photos of Elsa Hosk.

then

8.15pm to 9.45pm

JOSHUA HAGLER " Chimera " - private view - Unit Gallery, 3 Hanover Square, London W1.

American contemporary artist Joshua Hagler is presenting his large scale oil paintings.

Over 200 guests here as they always invite a big crowd.

Two different complimentary vodka cocktails for all guests.

www.theunitldn.com

Visit their website here for more info.

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10pm - As it was a mild evening the three of us stayed outside the gallery for another hour

just talking about gigs n stuff planned in the next week or two.









Thursday 18 July 2019

Led Zeppelin star helps legendary music agent ROD MACSWEEN celebrate honorary degree.

Led Zeppelin star Robert Plant has finally received £8 he was due for playing a gig more than 40 years ago – during a university graduation ceremony.

The musician has helped the legendary music industry figure who played a key role in his career celebrate being awarded an honorary degree.

Mr Plant joined Rod MacSween, one of the world’s most successful agents, on stage as his achievements were recognised by the University of Exeter.

MacSween studied chemistry and statistics at the University of Exeter, which is where he got his first experience working with music artists: He served as social secretary of the Students' Guild in 1969. Among the acts he booked while at Exeter were Pink Floyd and Plant's pre-Led Zeppelin group, Band of Joy.

Mr MacSween joked he had still not paid Mr Plant for a concert he played in the 1970s, and offered him a £10 note, which he came on stage to collect. Mr Plant joked this wasn’t enough, and told his friend it had been “great sharing my adventures with you”.

The agent now personally represents renowned artists such as Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Def Leppard, Guns n’ Roses, Kiss, Lenny Kravitz, Maroon 5, Ozzy Osbourne, Pearl Jam, Scorpions, Tool and The Who. In 2015 he was the recipient of the prestigious VIP Classic Rock Award.









Wednesday 17 July 2019...I went to two events in Canary Wharf tonight...

6.15pm to 9pm

MUSEUM OF LONDON DOCKLANDS - showcase - West India Quay, London E14.

The Museum of London Docklands (formerly known as Museum in Docklands) is a museum in Limehouse, and is close to Canary Wharf in East London. Which tells the history of London's River Thames and the growth of Docklands. The museum is part of the Museum of London jointly funded by the City of London Corporation and the Greater London Authority.

The museum opened in 2003 in grade I listed early-19th century Georgian "low" sugar warehouses built in 1802 on the side of West India Docks on the Isle of Dogs, a short walk from the Canary Wharf development.

Their current exhibition is "Secret Rivers of London".

Around 150 guests here in the sugar & rum store space that has been here since the 1800's.

At 7pm we had a nice presentation on the history of the building and the area.

From 7.30pm we have a dj playing tunes in the background.

Complimentary drinks and food included two different rum cocktails, wines, beers, rum & raisins ice-cream,

bowl food and canapés.

www.museumoflondon.org.uk/docklands

Visit their website here for more info.

then

9.05pm to 11pm

HUMBLE GRAPE CANARY WHARF - launch party - Mackenzie Walk, London E14.

Humble Grape Canary Wharf is the fifth wine bar & shop to join the independent wine company, Humble Grape . The venue is located waterside at the steps leading down from Cabot Square onto Mackenzie Walk.

It is an upmarket wine bar where they have a hundred plus different bottles always available.

Some glasses on their drinks menu are £15 a pop which is quite expensive.

It will be popular with the Canary Wharf office workers for sure.

It had started at 6pm so we missed the canapés as we were at the other event.

Complimentary sparkling wines and red & white wines for all guests.

www.humblegrape.co.uk

Visit the Humble Grape website here for more info.







Wednesday 17 July 2019.

It was on this day 23 years ago on 17 July 1996 that THE SEX PISTOLS played one of the greatest

gigs ever at The Shepherds Bush Empire.







Wednesday 17 July 2019.

Sad news that JOHNNY CLEGG has passed away.

One of South Africa's most celebrated musicians, Johnny Clegg, has died at the age of 66, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Known as the "white Zulu", he was a vocal critic of the apartheid government which ruled until 1994.

The British-born musician, who uniquely blended western and Zulu music, was diagnosed with cancer in 2015.

I saw him live twice at Hammersmith Odeon in 1990 when he came over on the back of interest in

South African music due to Paul Simons "Graceland" album.









Tuesday 16 July 2019.

Grab yourself a drink and sit down and watch my fave gig of the year.

The full show of KISS live at The 02 Arena from last week is now up on YouTube.com







Monday 15 July 2019...6.30pm to 10pm...

EVENT MARKETING ASSOCIATION SUMMER SOIRÉE 2019 at

Middle Temple Hall, Middle Temple Lane, Temple, London EC4.

Middle Temple Hall is probably the finest example of an Elizabethan Hall in London. 101 feet long and 41 feet wide, it is spanned by a magnificent double hammer-beam roof. Begun in 1562 when Edmund Plowden, the famous law reporter, was Treasurer of the Inn, it has remained little altered to the present day.

One of the four ancient Inns of Court, Middle Temple is situated at the heart of London, overlooking the Thames. Although just moments away from Fleet Street, The Strand and Embankment, the peace and tranquility of the grounds and the awe-inspiring splendor of the buildings is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the London streets.

Built between 1562 and 1573, the main buildings have remained virtually unchanged to this day, with many original features surviving the Great Fire of London and both World Wars. Superb, detailed architecture, impressive oak paneling and beautiful stained glass create a breathtaking and majestic atmosphere - a truly spectacular setting for your event.

Weddings, gala dinners or garden parties, board meetings, AGMs or corporate dining; their specialist staff are experts in creating tailor-made events that are as unique as the Middle Temple itself.

Around 150 guests at this stunning historic venue with it's many different rooms including the main hall.

There are half a dozen companies showcasing what they can do for your event...

A cool looking robot that took and printed photos of us.

A "poet for hire" who writes instant , bespoke ,vintage typewriter poems for guests to take away.

I told him to write an ode to punk rock, this is what he did for me...with my initials on the three lines.

Randy knobcheese fucker

An army couldn't stop

Ya, unless they had speed

www.poetforhire.net

Visit Poet For Hire website here for more info.

At 8.30pm we all went out to their beautiful garden area until darkness fell.

Complimentary drinks and food tonight including three different cocktails including espresso Martinis,

wines, bowl food, canapés & pastries.

www.middletemplevenue.org.uk

Visit their website here for more info.









Monday 15 July 2019.

Surely the greatest cricket game of all time that had everything and went down to the wire.

All this and it was a World Cup Final too as England beat New Zealand on the last ball.

Check the 8 mins video highlights on YouTube.

It has had over 14 million views in less than 24 hours.











Sunday 14 July 2019

QUADROPHENIA REUNITED 40th anniversary event at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of one of Britain’s greatest cult movies, this one-off night brings the stars of Quadrophenia together on stage for a unique table read. Hosted by Lauren Laverne it will also feature a series of interviews with the cast, some special surprises and an audience Q&A.

The event will be filmed for a special TV broadcast to be shown in the future on SKY Arts.

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Several pimped up scooters are parked up outside the venue.

Lots of older ,smartly dressed mods here.

First time i have seen cabaret style tables on the floor stalls standing area at this venue.

Around 20 tables of six seats that are for guests of the artists and the production.

This i presume was for the film cameras that are dotted around.

Maybe 700 folks are here in the building altogether.

The show was on for two hours over two sets.

The last 10 mins was an audience Q & A section.

There is a semi -circular table where Lauren Laverne sits between the eight guests.

Phil Daniels, Toyah Willcox, Leslie Ash, Garry Cooper, Philip Davis, Trevor Laird, Gary Shail, Mark Wingett read famous scenes from the original film script in front of a live audience.

John Altman also came on for a few minutes to discuss his part.

John became singer of rock band Heavy Metal Kids for a couple of years from 2010.

The live recording, which will air on Sky Arts in September around the film’s anniversary date, was hosted by Lauren Laverne – and also saw the cast share anecdotes from their time on the film set.

Inspired by The Who’s 1973 rock opera of the same name, Quadrophenia – which also starred Sting and Ray Winstone (who both could not make it but sent video wishes) – was released in 1979 to critical acclaim.

The actors talked about how they got the parts and how the audition process went.

Phil Daniels and Ray Winstone had both just finished making another great film "Scum".

Toyah confirmed that John Lydon was up for a part but that fell through.

We had some great readings from the film including the fight scene between the mods and rockers

on Brighton beach in 1964 and the alleyway sex scene.

There were film clips on the big screen along with outtakes along with photos.

The script is sooooo non-PC but it was a different time back then.

Guests in the table seating area included Pauline Black from Selector, ex footballer Lee Chapman who is the

husband of Leslie Ash and Paul Weller's sister who organised The Jam Exhibition a couple of years ago and

is well known in the Mod community.

An enjoyable evening , and a good reminder to watch this superb film again.









Saturday 13 July 2019.

LIVE AID at Wembley Stadium....It was 34 years today

On Saturday, 13 July 1985, rock and pop music's top table came together to raise money and awareness.

From noon to 11pm...It was the greatest day of live music ever.

It is my number one gig of the 6500 plus i have been to since 1973.







Saturday 13 July 2019...I went to two gigs today...

The Somerstown Festival , Chalton Street, London NW1....3.30pm to 7pm...

The Somerstown area is hidden away behind Euston train station.

Around 1000 folks at this street party that was free entry to all.

There is two stages, a rock n roll jumble market, a funfair, comedians and lots of homemade food stalls etc.

First i casually come across one of the best new bands i have seen this year.

OH! GUNQUIT have got a odd band name but they put on a great show for 30 mins from 3.45pm.

They formed the band around the idea of creating a vibrant blend of new-wave vicious Psych-Surf, Garage-Punk, Exotica & RocknRoll. Oh! Gunquit are named in part to a town in Maine US which was an artists colony in the 1800's originally coined by the Abenaki Indians.

Think a potent mix of The Cramps / The Rezillos / garage rock n roll with lots of sax.

Great uptempo tunes including "Bad Bad Milk", "Nomads of The Lost" and my fave "Sinkhole".

With a very lively American female singer who looks like one of Charlie's Angels in a tight go-go girl outfit

as she sang on a street bollard, high kicked during many songs and rolled around on the street tarmac.

Did i mention her playing the trumpet while hula hooping?

They are signed to Dirty Water Records and they have some videos up on YouTube.

They would have been an ideal support act on the recent Stray Cats tour.

PETER PERRETT was the headliner and although he was down for a 60 mins set he actually

was on stage for 90 mins from 5.15pm.

Peter was the singer in a very underrated British legendary group called The Only Ones.

He has made two comeback albums in 2017 and 2019 but i did not see his London shows on

the tours to promote the albums - The Electric Ballroom in 2017 and The Scala in 2019 -

as they clashed with other gigs/events.

Peter looks healthier these days and thankfully he did not go the way of his good chum

Johnny Thunders who he hung around with a lot in the late 1970s/ early 1980s.

Long hiatuses in Peter's music career have been ascribed to his enduring struggles with heroin and

crack cocaine addictions.

His band included his two sons and he dedicated the show to his wife as they celebrate 50 years together.

Most of the songs played featured the best tracks from his two recent albums.

His lyrics are amazing, he really was like a British Bob Dylan.

Halfway through the rumours on what was promised arrived as the two remaining living members of

THE ONLY ONES joined Peter on stage to play four of their classic tunes which was superb.

John Perry on guitar and Alan Mair on bass guitar.

From Here to Eternity (The Only Ones song)

The Whole of the Law (The Only Ones song)

Another Girl, Another Planet (The Only Ones song)

Inbetweens (The Only Ones song)

A great show.

Fact of the day - In 1971 Alan Mair employed FREDDIE MERCURY of the rock band Queen at his Kensington Market shop as his shop manager from 1971 until 1974.

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I saw THE ONLY ONES seven times during the period when they released three great albums on CBS.

Television,Only Ones Hammersmith Odeon, London 17.04.1978

Only Ones,Business City Poly, London 30.09.1978

Only Ones Queen Mary College, London 11.05.1979

Only Ones,Toyah,Psychedelic Furs Lyceum Theatre, London 02.09.1979

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

Only Ones,Athletico Spizz 80,Wasted Youth Electric Ballroom, London 10.05.1980

Only Ones Hope And Anchor Pub, London 03.11.1980 a week of special shows here

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then

FLORENCE + THE MACHINE live at Hyde Park, London.

Florence arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played for 1 hour 50 mins.

The last time i saw Florence was in May 2018 when she supported The Rolling Stones.

At that show she duetted with Mick Jagger on one song.

Florence arrived on stage wearing her trademark flowing dress as she was a bundle of energy

as she danced, hopped , skipped and twirled around the stage.

Like the Bob Dylan/Neil Young show the previous night , the overall sound was excellent.

Florence used the wraparound screen superbly as she mixed live footage with pre-recorded images.

An early highlight was last years hit single "Hunger" which was brilliant.

Florence has got a fantastic voice and is full of confidence as she totally owns this big show and crowd.

A great show.

Full Florence setlist played tonight...

June

Hunger

Ship to Wreck

Only If for a Night

Queen of Peace

Patricia (Dedicated to Patti Smith)

Dog Days Are Over

Jenny of Oldstones (Dedicated to Arya Stark)

100 Years

Moderation

You Got the Love (Candi Staton cover)

The End of Love

Cosmic Love

Delilah

What Kind of Man

Kiss With a Fist (Florence crowd surfed during this song)

Encore:

No Choir

Big God

Shake It Out









Friday 12 July 2019.

Bob Dylan and Neil Young will appear as co-headliners at British Summer Time Hyde Park, London.

11 March 2019 update - this unique pairing of legends is now sold out...65,000 tickets sold...

I have seen Bob Dylan over 20 times since i saw him headline Earls Court Arena in 1978.

I have seen Neil Young over a dozen times since i saw him headline Hammersmith Odeon in 1976.

A month before this show Neil Young's long-time manager Elliot Roberts passed away.

Elliot Roberts, one of the most respected and liked managers of the rock era, has died at age 76.

Elliot Roberts had managed Neil Young since 1976. He was also Joni Mitchell’s manager until 1985.

Which Bob Dylan will turn up and what will the setlist be?

Bob Dylan current touring show & setlist does not really suit a big outdoor gig like this.

While the hardcore fans will know this, how will the casual fan feel when he does not play a hits set?

As it is a co-headline show, both acts are down to play for 1 hour 45 mins.

Bob Dylan is now aged 78 and Neil Young is now aged 73.

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It was a lovely day of sunshine for this outdoor gig in the park.

I am more excited about seeing Neil Young rather than Bob Dylan today.

After the visual treat of the KISS shows this week, tonight we will get the very opposite and

the two artists will focus on the music rather than any kind of visual show.

NEIL YOUNG & PROMISE OF THE REAL arrived on stage at 6.15pm and play for 1 hour 45 mins.

Neil's staging was simple, with Native American touches including a totem pole and a fringed, winged, swinging keyboard in the shape of a bird.

His trademark distinctive vocals and guitar sound were fully intact and sounded fantastic.

Highlights included mega versions of "Heart of Gold" , "Old Man" , "Rockin' In The Free World"

and the first encore song which was "Like a Hurricane".

A great set.

Full Neil Young setlist played tonight....

Mansion on the Hill (Neil Young & Crazy Horse cover)

Over and Over (Neil Young & Crazy Horse cover)

Country Home (Neil Young & Crazy Horse cover)

Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (Neil Young & Crazy Horse cover)

Alabama

Walk On

Winterlong

Words (Between the Lines of Age)

Heart of Gold

From Hank to Hendrix

Old Man

Throw Your Hatred Down

Love and Only Love (Neil Young & Crazy Horse cover)

Rockin' in the Free World

Encore:

Like a Hurricane

I've Been Waiting for You

Roll Another Number (For the Road) (stopped after first line as "not dark enough")

Piece of Crap (Neil Young & Crazy Horse cover)

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BOB DYLAN arrived on stage at 8.40pm and played for 1 hour 40 mins.

It was pretty much business as usual for Bob as his show was pretty much like recent

indoor theatre shows i have seen including The Royal Albert Hall and The Roundhouse.

Bob reinvented a few of his classic tracks as with those shows.

His backing band are top notch and included brilliant pedal steel guitar.

Bob is not saying much as usual and his vocal style these days is hard to grasp as he semi-mumbles

away and you cannot make out the words, even when it is a well known song.

However it is Bob Dylan , the music legend so he can do whatever he likes.

Most songs got polite applause rather than big raptures.

A good show by Bob but Neil nicked it for me tonight.

Full Bob Dylan setlist played tonight...

Ballad of a Thin Man

It Ain't Me, Babe

Highway 61 Revisited

Simple Twist of Fate

Can't Wait

When I Paint My Masterpiece

Honest With Me

Tryin' to Get to Heaven

Make You Feel My Love (Adele does a great cover of this Bob Dylan song)

Pay in Blood

Like a Rolling Stone

Early Roman Kings

Girl From the North Country

Love Sick

Thunder on the Mountain

Soon After Midnight

Gotta Serve Somebody

Encore:

Blowin' in the Wind

It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry

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Sadly neither act joined the other on stage for a song or two which many were hoping for.











Friday 12 July 2019.

Type these two into Google for your viewing pleasure on YouTube.

KISS - London 02 arena 11/7/19 Highlights (25 mins)

KISS - Beth / Crazy, Crazy Nights / Rock and Roll All Nite - live @ in Zurich 04.07.2019









Thursday 11 July 2019.

KISS + DAVID GARIBALDI live at The 02 Arena, London.

KISS 'End of the Road' final World Tour hits Europe in the summer.

KISS start their farewell European Tour in Germany on 27 May and arrive in the UK in July.

KISS vocalist and guitarist Paul Stanley said: “This is going to be our last tour. It will be the most explosive,

biggest show we have ever put on".

This very nice KISS item is released as a multi-coloured double vinyl album on 29 March 2019.

KISSWORLD brings together 20 of their best-loved tracks together on one album. Iconic fan faves such as “I Was Made For Lovin’ You”, “Rock And Roll All Nite” and “God Gave Rock ‘N’ Roll To You II” alongside top 10 U.S. chart hits “Beth” and “Detroit Rock City” on one huge collection.

KISS have always been my fave American rock band.

I have seen KISS over 40 times since their two debut London shows in May 1976 at Hammersmith Odeon.

I have seen them on every UK tour at least once, including America, Belgum, Italy, Spain and France.

See my photos section where there is a picture of me with the band from a meet & greet in Madrid.

KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer was in a band called Black n Blue who i saw twice at Hammersmith Odeon

in 1984 when they supported Whitesnake.

KISS have an odd choice of support act???

Professional painter David Garibaldi serves as Kiss's opening act for the North American and European legs of the tour.

David Garibaldi (age 36) is an American performance painter. His specialty is his "Rhythm and Hue" stage act in which he rapidly creates paintings of notable rock musicians.

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Back to see KISS again after that stunning show in Birmingham on Tuesday.

That show got a great five star review in The Metro national newspaper.

Even The Guardian gave it four stars.

Big queues for KISS fans buying merch even though it is steep prices of £35 a t shirt and £25 a programme.

It is pretty full tonight...security said around 15,000 fans are here , with many in KISS make-up and costumes.

DAVID GARIBALDI arrived on stage at 7.45pm for his 30 mins set.

Definitely not the type of support act you normally see at a rock concert.

David is a bit like a showbiz version of Rolf Harris as he expertly did three paintings of musicians

and getting the crowd to cheer him along to a backing tape of rock music.

He did John Lennon, then Freddie Mercury and finished off with a KISS painting set within a UK flag.

That would later be signed by the band and auctioned off for The Teenage Cancer Trust.

KISS again arrived on stage at 8.55pm for the same brilliant 2 hours 5 mins set.

I have a perfect view in the guest list block 112 , right of looking at the stage.

Paul Stanley is a great frontman with perfect stage banter.

Tonight he mentioned KISS playing Hammersmith Odeon in 1976 ( I was at both those shows).

For the final song i will have Tommy Thayer hovering above me on a Cherry Picker crane.

In Birmingham i was on the other side where Gene Simmons hovered over me.

The setlist was exactly the same as the Birmingham show.

Another mega show.

Encore:

Beth (Eric Singer on piano)

Crazy Crazy Nights (with KISS balloons falling from the ceiling)

Rock and Roll All Nite ( world war 3 kicks off as the stage props are all thrown in together as

Gene Simmons and Tommy Thayer hover over the crowd in Cherry Picker cranes).

Outro song on pa - KISS God Gave Rock 'n' Roll to You II









Wednesday 10 July 2019...I went to four events today...

5pm to 6pm

FORTNUM & MASON - Christmas in July showcase - 181 Piccadilly, London W1.

We are on the fourth floor of this famous historic store.

Their main display is their incredible Christmas hampers.

I think they have 15 different types...with prices to match if it includes champers and caviar.

They also have vegan hampers and gluten free hampers.

They are showcasing bottles of sparkling tea...quite nice.

Also presents for Christmas included fragrances exclusive to Fortnum's.

Complimentary Fortnum's champers , canapés and pastries for all guests.

All guests got a goodie bag of Fortnum's items - tin of loose tea, tin of biscuits, jar of cranberry sauce.

www.fortnumandmason.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then

6.30pm to 7.30pm

CLYM EVERNDEN - private view - Sketch, Conduit Street, London W1.

Clym Evernden is an award winning artist and art director with a unique, creative eye. His signature ink-based style has evolved to encompass mixed media, animation, and set design. A graduate of Central Saint Martins, Clym studied BA Fashion Design Womenswear prior to working solely as an artist.

His natty illustrations have caught the eye of brands from Michael Kors to Aqua di Parma.

On Instagram, Clym has amassed a large following for his creative illustrations and popular story paintings that unfold before your eyes on a series of progressive artworks that evolve as he unfolds a simple piece of paper, transforming part of one image and reinterpreting it into something else entirely.

A dj was playing the background and i recognised a couple of faces from the fashion world here.

I always make a point of visiting their stylish "pod" toilets here.

Complimentary gin cocktails, wines and Peroni beers.

www.clymdraws.com

Visit his website here for more info.

then

8pm to 9pm

LENNY KRAVITZ x DOM PERIGNON - photo exhibition private view -

I Park Village East, Regents Park, London NW1.

This venue is a couple of minutes walk from the famous Dublin Castle punk pub.

Around 150 guests here so not as big an event as expected.

LENNY KRAVITZ is here and looking totally cool as ever.

Also here were Neneh Cherry, Princess Beatrice and Eva Hertzigova.

The space has some sort of canvas covering extension which made it unbearably hot & stuffy.

No sign of KISS members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons who had a rest day before their London show.

A female dj was playing tunes in the background.

Complimentary Dom Perignon champers and canapés for all guests.

You can visit the exhibition at the weekend on July 12 and July 13 - free entry.

then

9.30pm to 12pm

MAGNUM x SINK THE PINK - summer store pop up party - 52 Regent Street, London W1..

Lenny Kravitz event was very tame compared to this full on party from this popular ice cream brand.

Around 200 guests here over the two floors and it is a very lively with many dancing to dj sounds.

A dozen fully dressed up trans (from Sink The Pink) folks are parading around the venue.

A few celebrity names here too including...

Millie Mackintosh, Nick Grimshaw and Maya Jama were among guests enjoying ice creams at the launch party of the Magnum Pleasure Store on Regent Street. BBC Radio 1 presenter Clara Amfo took to the decks as guests, including Anais Gallagher, Jamie Winstone, Mabel, Ashley James, Amber Le Bon, Joshua Kane, Oliver Proudlock and Nicola Roberts, celebrated the opening of the summer store.

Complimentary prosecco , three different cocktails including a very yummy Baileys based one along with

canapés and boats of Magnums where you added your own choice from the 20 sprinkles available.

A goodie bag with half a dozen girlie items in.

www.magnumicecream.com

Visit the Magnum website here for more info.











Tuesday 09 July 2019.

KISS live at Birmingham Arena.

A trip up North to see KISS on the opening night of their UK tour.

I missed the support act as I was chatting to KISS fans in a pub near the venue.

This is the arena by Birmingham's newish library rather than the one out by the N.E.C.

I have a great view front left of stage seating.

The floor standing is rammed solid so it looks a full house of around 15,000.

KISS were on stage from 8.55pm and played a mega 2 hours 5 mins set.

The band have three big screens mixing live footage with classic KISS footage from the 1970s.

Tons of flames and pyros and lasers and non-stop incredibly loud explosions on stage.

An amazing opening with "Detroit Rock City" and "Shout It Out Loud".

The band in full costumes and make up means they never age and look how they were in the 70s.

We have the full visual treat that is a KISS show so we get rocket firing guitars from Tommy Thayer,

Paul Stanley flies through the air on a wire, a drum kit and two podiums that rise 20 ft in the air,

Gene Simmons breathes fire and spits blood and sings a song up in the stage rafters.

So many great songs played from their career including a stunning encore section that was gig perfection.

Paul said "it looks like tonight is the last time we are playing Birmingham and he

talked about playing Birmingham in 1976 on their debut UK tour".

An amazing show that was best gig of the year for me so far.

DO NOT MISS KISS ON THIS FINAL TOUR...as they were mega tonight.

Full KISS setlist played tonight...

Intro song on pa - Led Zeppelin Rock & Roll

Detroit Rock City

Shout It Out Loud

Deuce

Say Yeah

I Love It Loud

Heaven's on Fire

War Machine (Gene breathes fire)

Lick It Up (with “Won’t Get Fooled Again” by The Who snippet)

Calling Dr. Love

100,000 Years (with drum solo)

Cold Gin (with Tommy Thayer rocket firing guitar solo)

God of Thunder (with bass solo)

Psycho Circus

Let Me Go, Rock 'N' Roll (with guitar and bass solo, Paul and Gene together with Tommy)

Love Gun (Paul flies through the air to B stage in middle of the crowd)

I Was Made for Lovin' You (Paul remains on B stage in the crowd)

Black Diamond

Encore:

Beth (Eric Singer on piano)

Crazy Crazy Nights (with KISS balloons falling from the ceiling)

Rock and Roll All Nite ( world war 3 kicks off as the stage props are all thrown in together as

Gene Simmons and Tommy Thayer hover over the crowd in Cherry Picker cranes).

Outro song on pa - KISS God Gave Rock 'n' Roll to You II











Monday 08 July 2019...5.30pm to 8pm...

TAITTINGER UK Sommelier of the Year 2019 at The Savoy Hotel, Strand, London WC2.

Romain Bourger has been named the Taittinger UK Sommelier of the Year 2019.

Having excelled in the live tasks in front of an audience of wine industry leaders, the Vineyard head sommelier won having beaten Gareth Ferreira and Alan Bednarski in a close fought final at the Savoy hotel in London today.

Ferreira, head sommelier at Core by Clare Smyth placed second, while Texture’s head sommelier Bednarski was third in the competition, organised by The Caterer in partnership with the Academy of Food and Wine Service and sponsored by Taittinger.

Speaking after his win Bourger said: “I’ve competed six times so patience is a virtue. I had a great time on stage today.

I stressed quite a bit but just kept it inside. I thought I was consistent throughout the day and am delighted to have come out on top.”

Having come through regional heats in April, 15 sommeliers began the finals day at the Savoy. They took on a series of tasks before being whittled down to three, who completed the final tasks in front of a live audience.

As part of the live element of the competition the finalists were required to identify errors on a wine list, undergo blind taste tests of wines and spirits, serve at a bar and in a restaurant scenario, and finally to pour a magnum of Taittinger into 19 glasses.

Around 150 guests at this famous five star hotel.

Guests enjoyed complimentary Taittinger champers (Brut and Rose) and hot and cold canapés.









Saturday 06 July 2019

THE WHO live at Wembley Stadium with special guests.

The Who will be joined by a symphonic orchestra for most of their show.

This is their only show in Europe between their two North American tour legs.

Roger Daltrey was 75 on 01 March 2019.

Another older legendary band charging steep prices - £195, £155, £130, £95 , £70 plus booking fees.

This show will be celebrating 40 years since The Who played Wembley Stadium.

I was at that show in 1979---The Who,Stranglers,AC/DC,Nils Lofgren Wembley Stadium, London.

I have seen The Who around 25 times since 1975 including three times with Keith Moon.

This sad news comes just days before the veteran group are due to play Wembley....

The Who have paid tribute to the long-term guitar technician of Pete Townshend who passed away just days before their upcoming gig at Wembley.

Announcing the news on their website yesterday (July 4), The Who paid tribute to Alan Rogan. Rogan had been Townshend’s guitar technician for over forty years.

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A few empty unsold blocks tonight but it is still an impressive 50,000 tickets sold out of a possible

65,000 floor seating capacity.

All the support acts have full use of the two side screens.

CONNOR SELBY BAND arrived on stage at 3.40pm for their 30 mins set.

Connor is the only act today who I have not seen play before.

Connor is a young Blues guitarist from Essex who played some neat songs from his debut album.

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IMELDA MAY arrived on stage at 4.30pm for her 35 mins set.

Imelda arrives on stage in a very fetching red military jacket and black thigh high boots.

Imelda has a great voice and played good versions of "Mayhem" and a cover of "Teenage Kicks".

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KAISER CHIEFS arrived on stage at 5.25pm for their 40 mins set.

The band play a great set featuring many of their catchy uptempo gems.

Singer Ricky Wilson is a bundle of energy and the crowd love them.

Full Kaiser Chiefs setlist played today...

People Know How to Love One Another

Never Miss a Beat

Everyday I Love You Less and Less

The Factory Gates

Golden Oldies

Ruby

I Predict a Riot

The Angry Mob

Oh My God

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EDDIE VEDDER arrived on stage at 6.30pm and played for 60 mins.

Pearl Jam's frontman is playing a solo set with the help of a musician or two on some tracks.

Eddie Vedder is pleased to be here as The Who are pretty much his fave band

as I have seen him come on with them a couple of times in the past.

He just had the one big screen for a few songs then he had all three big screens in use.

His laid back style didn't have the energy of The Kaiser Chiefs but was still really good.

He felt compelled to cover a Queen song at this venue and dedicate if to Freddie Mercury.

Wishlist (Pearl Jam song)

I Am Mine (Pearl Jam song)

Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town (Pearl Jam song)

Corduroy (Pearl Jam song)

I'm the Answer (Simon Townshend cover) (with Simon Townshend)

Just Breathe (Pearl Jam song)

Better Man (Pearl Jam song)

Society (Jerry Hannan cover) (with Glen Hansard)

Black (Pearl Jam song) (with Glen Hansard)

Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Queen cover) (with Glen Hansard)

Porch (Pearl Jam song)

Hard Sun (Indio cover)

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THE WHO arrived on stage at 8.10pm and played for around 2 hours 25 mins.

A fairly average stage production with the three big screens and loads of lights.

The show was in three parts - with orchestra , then band only , then with orchestra.

The band only section was only four songs and 25 mins.

The orchestra were more rockestra as they were nice and loud and the overall sound was great.

Loads of classics played along with a few lesser known songs.

Pete got very emotional when he talked about losing his guitar tech to cancer a couple of days ago.

Roger was on top form even though his vocals seemed to dip for the last 30 mins.

Zak Starkey was superb on drums.

Eddie Vedder joined them for one song.

Finale of "Baba O'Riley" in the darkness was mega.

An excellent day of live music.

Full setlist played by The Who tonight...

WITH ORCHESTRA

Overture

It's a Boy

1921

Amazing Journey

Sparks

Pinball Wizard

We're Not Gonna Take It

Who Are You

Eminence Front

Imagine a Man

Hero Ground Zero (live debut)

Join Together

BAND ONLY

Substitute

The Seeker

Won't Get Fooled Again (acoustic; Roger & Pete only)

Behind Blue Eyes (with strings)

WITH ORCHESTRA

Guantanamo (Pete Townshend song)

The Real Me

I'm One

The Punk and the Godfather (with Eddie Vedder)

5:15

Drowned (acoustic; Pete only)

The Rock

Love, Reign O'er Me

Baba O'Riley









Friday 05 July 2019

THE SOUND OF JOY DIVISION ORCHESTRATED live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Joy Division’s legendary bassist Peter Hook is set to revisit the band’s post punk repertoire with Manchester Camerata.

Week commencing 22 June 2019 gives Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures a Top 40 placing for for the very first time – the album's previous peak was Number 71 in 1980 following the death of lead singer Ian Curtis, but today it goes straight in at Number 5.

I was lucky enough to have seen Joy Division five times during 1979/1980 before Ian Curtis suicide.

Joy Division,Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark,Certain Ratio Nashville Pub, London 13.08.1979

Joy Division,Distractions,Certain Ratio Electric Ballroom, London 26.10.1979

Buzzcocks,Joy Division Rainbow Theatre, London 10.11.1979

Joy Division,Killing Joke,Certain Ratio Town Hall , High Wycombe 20.02.1980

Joy Division,Killing Joke,Certain Ratio Lyceum Theatre, London 29.02.1980

Joy Division have gone down in history as one of the most iconic bands ever.

Only two full-length albums released (Unknown Pleasures and Closer) along with the 1978 EP and a handful of singles and posthumous releases along with many bootleg albums.

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Not sold out tonight but at least 95% full....and we have floor standing for a dance atmosphere.

I spotted one of my fave tv presenters here - Jeremy Vine.

Dj Dave Booth played some good tunes from 7.30pm to 8.15pm including Sex Pistols, Buzzcocks.

Magazine, Roxy Music, David Bowie, Only Ones, Kraftwerk etc.

THE SOUND OF JOY DIVISION ORCHESTRATED were on stage for 2 hours 10 mins over two sets of

55 mins and 75 mins.

There are around 25 musicians on stage in the orchestra.

Peter Hook is on bass guitar & vocals and he shares vocals with one male and two females.

The male vocalist looks and sings and dances a bit uncannily like Ian Curtis.

Peter Hook has the words "Guitar Hero" on his amps as a tribute to Sex Pistols guitar hero Steve Jones.

His fantastic bass sound where he treats it like a lead guitar with awesome riffs is still there.

The lush strings and arrangements are fantastic and the drummer was nifty with those JD drum fills.

Really good to hear and see so many Joy Division classics played tonight.

A great show.

Setlist highlights included...

Atmosphere

Transmission

Dead Souls

Atrocity Exhibition

She's Lost Control

Shadowplay

Disorder

New Dawn Fades

A version of "Higher, Higher, Higher Love" which is by Peter Hooks old band Monaco.

A mega three song encore of...

Digital

Ceremony

Love Will Tear Us Apart









Thursday 04 July 2019...3.30pm to 11pm...

HOUSE FESTIVAL - Kenwood House. Hampstead Heath, London NW3.

Set on the edge of Hampstead Heath and surrounded by tranquil landscaped gardens, Kenwood is one of London's hidden gems. The House, its breathtaking interiors and stunning art collection are free for everyone to visit.

IF ONLY ALL FESTIVALS WERE LIKE THIS ONE.

Soho House members club host their annual party.

Most of 7000 guests have paid £250 each to be here and that includes loads of different free food & drinks

all day , along with 11 bands (5 name bands and 6 up & coming bands) over two stages.

Around 20 corporate names entertaining guests here including ITV, Sky, Talk Talk,Google, Facebook etc.

It always sells out pronto before the bands have even been confirmed.

Complimentary Collet champers, different cocktails and spirits, wines, beers, soft drinks and

food trucks including Dirty Burger, Hot Dogs, Pizza East, Hog Roast, Lobster Salad, Meat Balls,

Roast Chicken ,Crosstown Doughnuts ,ice-creams, desserts, churros, coffees etc.

Very hot today so we stay in the circus tent watching the acts as we got stuck into the food & drinks.

There are plenty of long tables here for guests to sit down in the shade while eating.

There is a full fun fair here but we don't have time to get on the dodgem cars.

FRANZ FERDINAND arrived on stage at 6.55pm for their 50 mins set.

They are introduced by a very enthusiastic Alex Zane.

We are front row right as they are easily the highlight of the day for me.

Great jerky uptempo indie guitar gems including "The Dark Of The Matinee" , "Do You Want To",

"Take Me Out", "Ulysses" and "This Fire"....a short but sweet excellent set...

GROOVE ARMADA headline the second stage from 8.50pm for a 55 mins set.

Their rave sound goes down well with the dance crowd here.

Lots of lights and a great version of their Top 20 hit from 2001 "Superstylin'".

BLACK EYED PEAS arrive on stage at 9.50pm for their decent 60 mins set.



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News and Reviews: 6th July 2019

Friday 05 July 2019

THE SOUND OF JOY DIVISION ORCHESTRATED live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Joy Division’s legendary bassist Peter Hook is set to revisit the band’s post punk repertoire with Manchester Camerata.

Week commencing 22 June 2019 gives Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures a Top 40 placing for for the very first time – the album's previous peak was Number 71 in 1980 following the death of lead singer Ian Curtis, but today it goes straight in at Number 5.

I was lucky enough to have seen Joy Division five times during 1979/1980 before Ian Curtis suicide.

Joy Division,Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark,Certain Ratio Nashville Pub, London 13.08.1979

Joy Division,Distractions,Certain Ratio Electric Ballroom, London 26.10.1979

Buzzcocks,Joy Division Rainbow Theatre, London 10.11.1979

Joy Division,Killing Joke,Certain Ratio Town Hall , High Wycombe 20.02.1980

Joy Division,Killing Joke,Certain Ratio Lyceum Theatre, London 29.02.1980

Joy Division have gone down in history as one of the most iconic bands ever.

Only two full-length albums released (Unknown Pleasures and Closer) along with the 1978 EP and a handful of singles and posthumous releases along with many bootleg albums.

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Not sold out tonight but at least 95% full....and we have floor standing for a dance atmosphere.

I spotted one of my fave tv presenters here - Jeremy Vine.

Dj Dave Booth played some good tunes from 7.30pm to 8.15pm including Sex Pistols, Buzzcocks.

Magazine, Roxy Music, David Bowie, Only Ones, Kraftwerk etc.

THE SOUND OF JOY DIVISION ORCHESTRATED were on stage for 2 hours 10 mins over two sets of

55 mins and 75 mins.

There are around 25 musicians on stage in the orchestra.

Peter Hook is on bass guitar & vocals and he shares vocals with one male and two females.

The male vocalist looks and sings and dances a bit uncannily like Ian Curtis.

Peter Hook has the words "Guitar Hero" on his amps as a tribute to Sex Pistols guitar hero Steve Jones.

His fantastic bass sound where he treats it like a lead guitar with awesome riffs is still there.

The lush strings and arrangements are fantastic and the drummer was nifty with those JD drum fills.

Really good to hear and see so many Joy Division classics played tonight.

A great show.

Setlist highlights included...

Atmosphere

Transmission

Dead Souls

Atrocity Exhibition

She's Lost Control

Shadowplay

Disorder

New Dawn Fades

A version of "Higher, Higher, Higher Love" which is by Peter Hooks old band Monaco.

A mega three song encore of...

Digital

Ceremony

Love Will Tear Us Apart









Thursday 04 July 2019...3.30pm to 11pm...

HOUSE FESTIVAL - Kenwood House. Hampstead Heath, London NW3.

Set on the edge of Hampstead Heath and surrounded by tranquil landscaped gardens, Kenwood is one of London's hidden gems. The House, its breathtaking interiors and stunning art collection are free for everyone to visit.

IF ONLY ALL FESTIVALS WERE LIKE THIS ONE.

Soho House members club host their annual party.

Most of 7000 guests have paid £250 each to be here and that includes loads of different free food & drinks

all day , along with 11 bands (5 name bands and 6 up & coming bands) over two stages.

Around 20 corporate names entertaining guests here including ITV, Sky, Talk Talk,Google, Facebook etc.

It always sells out pronto before the bands have even been confirmed.

Complimentary Collet champers, different cocktails and spirits, wines, beers, soft drinks and

food trucks including Dirty Burger, Hot Dogs, Pizza East, Hog Roast, Lobster Salad, Meat Balls,

Roast Chicken ,Crosstown Doughnuts ,ice-creams, desserts, churros, coffees etc.

Very hot today so we stay in the circus tent watching the acts as we got stuck into the food & drinks.

There are plenty of long tables here for guests to sit down in the shade while eating.

There is a full fun fair here but we don't have time to get on the dodgem cars.

FRANZ FERDINAND arrived on stage at 6.55pm for their 50 mins set.

They are introduced by a very enthusiastic Alex Zane.

We are front row right as they are easily the highlight of the day for me.

Great jerky uptempo indie guitar gems including "The Dark Of The Matinee" , "Do You Want To",

"Take Me Out", "Ulysses" and "This Fire"....a short but sweet excellent set...

GROOVE ARMADA headline the second stage from 8.50pm for a 55 mins set.

Their rave sound goes down well with the dance crowd here.

Lots of lights and a great version of their Top 20 hit from 2001 "Superstylin'".

BLACK EYED PEAS arrive on stage at 9.50pm for their 60 mins set.

It's dark when they hit the stage so the lights and big screen are used well.

Not a good headliner for me as some of the previous years i have been here.

2018 - Nile Rodgers & Chic + Manic Street Preachers

2017 - Erasure + Craig David

2016 - Kylie Minogue + Tinie Tempah

2015 - Pet Shop Boys + The Vaccines

2014 - Dizzie Rascal + Paloma Faith

Black Eyed Peas have had an impressive five number ones in the UK.

Their setlist included...

Let's Get It Started

Pump It

Where Is The Love (with Jessie J)

and a great version of their anthem "I Gotta Feeling" that got everyone jumping.

An excellent day out.







Wednesday 03 July 2019...I went to two events today...

4pm to 7pm

ASDA - Christmas in July - Somerset House, Strand, London WC2.

Over 500 mainly female guests are expected during the course of the day.

As you enter there are a dozen Christmas trees on display and staff wishing guests "Merry Christmas".

Asda are showcasing adult clothes, children's clothes and their food & drinks for Christmas.

There is a bar in the middle with two barman serving the drinks.

Complimentary Louvel Fontaine champers, prosecco, sparkling wines, different cocktails and wines.

Lots of very nice food and desserts from their winter range.

All guests got a goodie bag which included a bottle of prosecco and other bits.

www.asda.com

Visit the ASDA website for more info.

then

8pm to 10.30pm

Q ICONS - launch party - Quaglinos , Bury Street , St James's, London SW1.

Around 100 paying guests are seated for supper and around 50 press guests are in an

area where we have complimentary prosecco.

Quaglinos are having live acts here offering ticket packages with or without dinner.

Rod Stewarts wife PENNY LANCASTER was here with a few female friends.

By coincidence my friend Mitch had phoned me earlier on the same day to say he was standing

outside a stunning 2700 capacity castle in Spain where he was seeing Rod Stewart that same night.

This was the castle where Richie Blackmores Rainbow played last summer.

From 9.20pm GLENNIS GRACE & her band played a 60 mins set.

Glennis is popular back home in Holland and this was her first ever London show.

She is aged 41 and looks and sounds a bit like Tina Turner, with a nice powerful voice.

She is backed by a five piece band and two male backing singers.

A few original songs in the set but maybe 75% of the set is cover versions.

Great versions of "I'd Rather Go Blind" and "Nothing Compares 2 U".

Penny Lancaster & friends up and dancing for Lionel Richie's "All Night Long" and

Whitney Houston's "So Emotional".

A good show.

www.quaglinos-restaurant.co.uk

Visit the a Quaglinos website here for more info.









Tuesday 02 July 2019.

3.30pm to 5pm

IMBIBE LIVE at Olympia, West London.

Back again for Day 2 of this event here at Olympia which is again very busy.

I spent most of my time here on the outside terrace as it was nice and sunny.

Southern Comfort cocktails were my choice again and some yummy food from

Plaquemine Lock Louisiana Tavern who are based in Angel, London N1.

www.imbibe.com

Visit the IMBIBE website here for info.

then

6pm to 6.30pm

MASTERPIECE FAIR at The Royal Hospital Chelsea, London SW3.

Masterpiece has established itself as the world's leading cross-collecting fair, offering the finest works of art, design, furniture and jewellery, from antiquity to the present day.

The unmissable event at the height of the capital's summer season, Masterpiece London provides an unparalleled opportunity for new and established collectors to discover exceptional works for sale from over 150 international exhibitors; the centrepiece of a unique week of cultural experiences in the heart of London.

This year 03 July is the last day and each day 1000 people come here.

There are half a dozen cool champers bars here at £12.50 a glass.

I had a wander around for 30 mins before the event later held in the terrace bar.

www.masterpiecefair.com

Visit the Masterpiece website here for info.

then

6.30pm to 9pm

GENTLEMANS JOURNAL SUMMER PARTY - terrace bar - Royal Hospital Chelsea, London SW3.

Mens lifestyle magazine hold their summer party.

Over 100 guests in the terrace bar where it is nice and sunny and there is a cool gentle breeze.

Faces here included model Ellen Francis Gibbons and actor Thomas Brodie-Sangster.

Complimentary Perrier- Jouet champers for all guests.

Also guests got a complimentary copy of the June 2019 issue which features Lenny Kravitz on the cover

and 12 pages on Lenny inside with him at home at his house in Paris.

www.thegentlemansjournal.com

Visit their website here for more info.









Monday 01 July 2019...I went to two events tonight...

3.15pm to 5.15pm

IMBIBE LIVE at Olympia, West London.

Imbibe Live is the annual innovative and interactive annual exhibition for anyone who sources, buys or serves drinks in the licensed on-trade. As the leading UK on-trade event, Imbibe Live attracts 5000 visitors on each of the two days.

Over 100 stands here where you can sample champers, prosecco ,spirits , wines, ciders, beers etc.

My faves were the Southern Comfort stand where they had different cocktails and tubs of New Orleans Gumbo Shrimp.

Coca Cola were here promoting their new signature mixers with Jack Daniels and other spirits.

Four different Coca Cola mixers - Smoky, Spicy, Herbal and Woody.

www.imbibe.com

Visit the IMBIBE website here for info.

then

JEFF GOLDBLUM live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Famed actor and musician, Jeff Goldblum, returns to London with his band, The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, for a night of loose, charming and unpredictable jazz music, following the release of his debut album, The Capital Studio Sessions.

This show has no support as Jeff will play two sets.

During his Glastonbury Festival set Jeff announce a second album would be out later in the year.

Jeff is now aged 66 and has been in some very high grossing films over the past 40 years.

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It is stalls seated tonight and there are a few empty seats so maybe 700 or 800 tickets sold.

Jeff arrived on stage at 7.45pm and he was on stage for 2 hours 10 mins.

He was backed by a five piece band who joined Jeff for 90 mins over two sets.

Jeff is a natural raconteur and half the show was Jeff chatting with the audience.

The first 15 mins was Jeff talking and interacting with the audience and during the interval when

the band took a break Jeff stayed out and wandered through the crowd chatting to them.

After every song there was banter about film quotes and best chat up lines etc.

A couple of fans were brought out on stage to him read the questions out etc.

Jeff also asked for suggestions for the title of the new album.

Jeff had a list of "guess the famous person from his clues".

One was "guess this Shepherds Bush Hero".

I immediately was thinking of The Who or The Sex Pistols.

Jeff says "he used to live in Benbow Road" (i think Steve Jones and someone shouts out Elton John)

Jeff says "his dad used to be a boxer" (I shout out loudly from Level 1 seats STEVE JONES FROM THE SEX PISTOLS.

Jeff says correct and the band then play a nice jazz version of "Anarchy In The UK" with Sharon on vocals.

The songs were mainly jazz instrumentals and Sharon Van Essen sang on a few songs.

Jeff Goldblum was sat behind a piano.

Goldblum doesn’t do much soloing; often, he’s more an awed sideman, overwhelmed by his bandmates’ fluency. There’s a loose-limbed, roadhouse feel as they slink from track to track.

The music ticked along nicely but it was Jeff Goldblums amazing stage charisma that made this show enjoyable.







Sunday 30 June 2019.

PINK live at Wembley Stadium, London.

With support acts - Vance Joy , Bang Bang Romeo and dj KidCutUp

Pink plays the second of two massive shows at Wembley Stadium.

Another huge crowd with 76,000 fans....seats all sold but the Gold Circle was not full at the back.

Even though it was a Sunday all the stage times were the same as the day before.

BANG BANG ROMEO's female singer singer came out in a big fluffy pink tutu type outfit that went down well.

Today they included a cover of "Seven Nation Army"

VANCE JOY played the same set as the night before , which included the two familiar covers.

Again we had Whitesnake's "Here I Go Again" as Pinks pa intro song which was great to hear.

PINK again arrived on stage at 8.30pm for her two hour show.

Another visual spectacular with the same setlist that was very entertaining.

Oddly her amazing ariel display at the end during " So What" did not last as long as the previous night.

Remember it is Pink doing the ariel acrobatics and not a stunt double or backing singer/dancer.

Pink could easily get a job with Cirque du Soleil if her music career took a dip.

See review from the previous night for the full setlist played by Pink.

Another great show.

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Go on YouTube and type in Pink So What Wembley Stadium to see Pinks ariel acrobatics.









Saturday 29 June 2019.

PINK live at Wembley Stadium, London.

With support acts - Vance Joy , Bang Bang Romeo and dj KidCutUp

Pink plays the first of two massive shows at Wembley Stadium.

Expect to see Pink on a trapeze and flying through the air on a zip-wire.

A modern pop icon, since the release of her debut record Can’t Take Me Home in 2000, P!nk has released seven studio albums with combined total sales of over 57 million units. P!nk has 20 x top-ten UK official singles(including three number ones) under her belt including tracks such as Get the Party Started, Just Like a Pill, So What and Just Give Me a Reason.

P!nk’s seventh and most recent studio album Beautiful Trauma was released in October 2017 and peaked at No.1 on both the UK and US Official Albums Charts. The album, which features the singles Beautiful Trauma and What About Us, has since gone platinum on both sides of the pond and Rolling Stone named the record one of their 20 Best Pop Albums Of 2017.

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Dj KidCutUp played some good well known re-mixed tunes.

Bang Bang Romeo arrived on stage at 6.35pm for their 25 mins set.

Bang Bang Romeo i have seen before, are a great new band.

Their female singer has a big frame with a big powerful voice that sounds great.

Think a rockier version of Beth Ditto.

Vance Joy arrived on stage at 7.25pm for his 40 mins set.

Vance played a decent set of tracks from his two albums on Atlantic Records and a couple of cover

versions - "Dancing In The Dark" and "All Night Long".

A huge crowd of 78,000 here to see Pink and it is pitch standing with a gold circle.

Must be at least a 75% female crowd.

A lot of female gay couples as Pink is an icon for the LGBT movement.

PINK arrived on stage at 8.30pm and was on for two hours.

A nice stage production with a T stage extension at the front.

Big screens at the side showing live footage and the middle one showing great images, including cartoons.

There was a huge staircase behind the band along with pyros and flames.

It was all very theatrical as there were many dancers along with a few costume changes.

A great entrance by Pink for the opening song as she clings to a chandelier.

A few times in the show Pink would be up on a trapeze or swing.

The light show kicked in as it got dark for the last 45 mins.

Loads of great songs played and Pink is a bundle of energy that cannot keep still.

For the encore of "So What" we have a mega visual treat for the entire song.

I saw Pink a few years ago at The 02 Arena and she has this amazing stunt where she flies through the air.

TONIGHT SEEING PINK DO THE SAME STUNT AT WEMBLEY STADIUM TONIGHT WAS ONE OF THOSE

MAGICAL JAW DROPPING MOMENTS as she flew around the entire stadium on a zip-wire while

somersaulting and singing and landing on two tiny podiums at the opposite end to the pitch.

A great show.

Full Pink setlist played tonight...

Get The Party Started

Beautiful Trauma

Just Like A Pill

Who Knew

Intermission (Revenge Land)

Funhouse / Just A Girl (No Doubt cover)

Hustle

Secrets

Try

Just Give Me A Reason

River (Bishop Briggs cover)

Just Like Fire

Intermission (Women Are Strong)

What About Us

For Now

90 Days (With Wrabel)

Time After Time (Cyndi Lauper cover) (Acoustic)

Walk Me Home (Acoustic)

I Am Here

F**kin' Perfect

Intermission (My Daughter Is Beautiful)

Raise Your Glass

Blow Me (One Last Kiss)

Can We Pretend

Encore:

So What

Glitter in the Air









Saturday 29 June 2019.

29 June 1979---40 years ago today i saw VAN HALEN headline The Rainbow.

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

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

Van Halen,Battleaxe Rainbow Theatre, London 22.10.1978

Van Halen,St Paradise Rainbow Theatre, London 29.06.1979

Van Halen,Lucifers Friend Rainbow Theatre , London 24.06.1980

AC/DC,Van Halen,Ozzy Osbourne,Gary Moore,Motley Crue Monsters Of Rock , Donnington 17.08.1984

What a great day .What a great line up .









Friday 28 June 2019...7pm to 10pm...

RADIO ALICE PIZZERIA - press launch - Unit 24 , Jubilee Place, Canary Wharf, London E14.

With the likes of Market Halls, Humble Grape, Five Guys, Nandos and now Radio Alice moving in, Jubilee Place Canary Wharf clearly is the place to be. The Radio Alice Canary Wharf restaurant will be the third London outpost (joining Hoxton and Clapham) of Radio Alice, itself an offshoot of the Matteo and Salvatore Aloe’s Bologna-born Berberè pizzeria.

Radio Alice is known for its 24-hour fermented, organic sourdough bases and quality Italian toppings, including speck and prosciutto from Bologna, anchovies from the Amalfi Coast and fior di latte from Puglia. We’re expecting all the old faves from the other two pizzerias, like prosciutto with burrata and orange oil; speck, gorgonzola, walnuts and honey; and courgette, stilton and pickled onions, to make the move east, along with cannoli and tiramisu for puds.

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A trek over to Canary Wharf which has an amazing collection of restaurant & bars to cater for

the spare cash of the many bankers and city workers who work in the office skyscrapers.

Their large pizzas cost £11 or £12 but are top notch quality.

I had a very yummy Speck pizza which included honey & walnuts.

We had various nibbles and appetisers to tuck into.

Also cocktails including espresso Martinis, Negroni's and Gin Fizz.

Three hours of eating and drinking was very enjoyable here with great staff.

They gave us a fake bill as part of the staff training...not sure how it mounted up.

All food for two of us came to £75.

Ten cocktails (five each) at £7 each came to £70....total £145.

www.radioalicepizzeria.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info.















Thursday 27 June 2019.

LUKAS NELSON & PROMISE OF THE REAL live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Lukas Nelson is the 30 year old son of country music legend Willie Nelson.

The band were Bradley Coopers backing band in the film "A Star is Born" and Lukas co-wrote and produced

nine tracks on the platinum-selling soundtrack.

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, sometimes referred to as POTR, is an American country rock group.

Since 2015, Promise of the Real have been Canadian musician Neil Young's regular backing band. The band has recorded two studio albums with Young, The Monsanto Years (2015) and The Visitor (2017), a soundtrack album, Paradox (2018), and a live album, Earth (2016).

They will perform with Neil Young at his huge Hyde Park show with Bob Dylan on 12 July.

They are promoting their new album "Turn Off the News (Build a Garden)".

After this show they will be playing at Glastonbury Festival the following day.

Support comes from The Wandering Hearts who are promoting their debut album on Decca.

The Wandering Hearts are gaining traction as a new folk-Americana group to watch.

The four-piece from London were making big moves in Nashville during the summer of 2018.

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Not sold out tonight but maybe 1200 here out of the 2000 capacity.

Quite nice to have a bit of spare space in floor standing when it is not sold out there.

THE WANDERING HEARTS arrived on stage at 7.50pm for their 40 mins set.

They’ve toured pretty relentlessly, and they picked up the Bob Harris Emerging Artist prize at the UK Americana Awards.

The core members are two male vocalists and two female vocalists.

The harmonies were tight and their sound was better served tonight with a fuller band arrangement.

A decent set of tracks from their debut album that went down well with the crowd.

LUKAS NELSON & PROMISE OF THE REAL arrived on stage at 8.55pm for their 2 hours 5 mins set.

The band have just finished a lengthy North American tour where they are getting very popular.

Lukas is a great guitar player along with great lyrics & vocals.

On stage Lukas Nelson is charismatic. He is very aware of the fans, doing his guitar solos at the front of the stage. He has some impressive jumps, alone or together with his bassist, Cory McCormick, and also rolling around on stage with his guitar and doing a Jimi Hendrix special, playing the guitar with his teeth. Promise of the Real is a tight band with, in addition to McCormick, Anthony LoGerfo on drums, Jessie Siebenberg on steel and electric guitar, plus Tato Melgar on percussion.

While he also was a member of father Willie’s band, he had to play Ray Charles’ classic "Georgia On My Mind" every night, which made him write his song" (Forget About) Georgia".

For one song Lukas was joined by 14 year Blues Guitarist Toby Lee who was pretty amazing.

We had a nice Paul Simon classic for the encore.

Not as many Neil Young related songs as i had hoped for.

A good show that ticked along nicely.

Full Lukas Nelson setlist played tonight...

Something Real

Four Letter Word

Fool Me Once

Die Alone

Set Me Down On A Cloud

Just Outside of Austin

Turn Off the News (Build a Garden)

Carry On (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young cover)

Bad Case

Save a Little Heartache

Simple Life

Texas Flood (with 14 year old blues guitarist Toby Lee)

Pali Gap / Hey Baby (New Rising Sun) (Jimi Hendrix cover)

Don't Lose Your Mind

(Forget About) Georgia

Find Yourself (with The Wandering Hearts)

Where Does Love Go

Start to Go

Encore :

Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes (Paul Simon cover)









Wednesday 26 June 2019.

THE STRAY CATS + THE LIVING END live at Hammersmith Apollo, London.

The Stray Cats play the first of two shows at this venue on their European Tour.

Brian Setzer (guitar, vocals), Lee Rocker (bass, vocals) and Slim Jim Phantom (drums, vocals)--original founding members of the iconic and acclaimed American rock and roll trio--are celebrating

their 40th anniversary in 2019 with a new album and a European Tour featuring four UK shows.

I saw them four times in 1980/1981 when their classic debut album came out.

During that period they had three Top 20 hit singles in the UK.

I saw them play Hammersmith Odeon in 1989 when Lemmy and Robert Plant came on for the encore.

I was at their last London show which was in 2008 at The Brixton Academy.

The STRAY CATS have titled the album 40. Marking their first new album in 26 years, it will be released May 24 via Surfdog Records and distributed by Mascot Label Group in Europe and the UK. The song titles alone — including “Cat Fight (Over A Dog Like Me),” “Rock It Off,” “Mean Pickin’ Mama,” and “Devil Train” — are typical Stray Cats.

The Living End will perform in London as special guests of Stray Cats in June.

The Living End are a rockabilly / punk band from Australia.

I saw them in 1999 supporting Red Hot Chili Peppers at The Reading Festival.

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The floor standing is rammed solid but the corner blocks of the circle are unsold.

I am front circle left looking at the stage.

So many cool looking rockabilly fans dressed up proper rockabilly style in the audience.

Nice to see a few friends here including GLEN MATLOCK with CHRIS MUSTO and Paul my ole punk rockin'

mate from Bristol who came down for the day.

THE LIVING END arrived on stage at 7.50pm for their 40 mins set.

Like The Stray Cats, they are a trio with a stand up double bass.

A decent set with a rockier sound than The Stray Cats.

Full setlist played by bathe Living End tonight...

Roll On

Second Solution

Death of the American Dream

Bloody Mary

How Do We Know

End of the World

E-Boogie

THE STRAY CATS arrived on stage at 8.55pm for their 90 mins set.

The Stray Cats have their classic logo blown up behind them but it is a tiny stage production

that is more suited to a small club, but the overall sound is still very good.

All three of the band are around 60 years old but they still look like they did back in their heyday.

Slim Jim playing his drums standing up is always great to watch.

They played all their classic hits and a few tracks off the new album.

A great show.

Full setlist played by The Stray Cats tonight...

Cat Fight (Over a Dog Like Me)

Runaway Boys

Double Talkin' Baby (Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps cover)

Three Time’s a Charm

Stray Cat Strut

Mean Pickin’ Mama

Gene & Eddie

Cry Baby

I Won't Stand In Your Way

Guitar Improvisation / Misirlou

When Nothing’s Going Right (vocals: Lee Rocker)

(She's) Sexy + 17

Bring It Back Again (vocals: Lee Rocker)

My One Desire (Dorsey Burnette cover)

Blast Off

Lust n Love

Fishnet Stockings

Rock This Town

Encore:

Rock It Off

Built for Speed

Rumble in Brighton









Wednesday 26 June 2019.

Happy Birthday to guitarist MICK JONES ( ex The Clash/BAD/Carbon Silicon) who is 64 today.

I was lucky enough to have seen The Clash 20 times between 1976 to 1984.







Tuesday 25 June 2019.

THE BEACH BOYS live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

I am back again at this venue to see The Beach Boys after last nights show.

Again it is at least 95% full tonight.

It is the same lengthy 2 hours 35 mins setlist as last night.

The band are on stage 8pm to 11pm with a 25 mins interval.

The on stage banter is pretty much the same.

They may not have the ridiculous energy of a 75 year old Mick Jagger but that 78 year old Mike Love

can stand up unaided for over 2 hours 30 mins is pretty impressive.

Bruce Johnston as a 76 year old stands behind his keyboards the entire show.

Loads of great timeless classic songs played again that got folks up and dancing.

A highlight again was hearing their cover of The Ramones "Rockaway Beach" with all

the lyrics on the big screen so all the crowd were singing along to them.

Mike Love said their version would be on their next album.

At the end of the show Mike Love said "we apologise for playing so many songs and keeping you out late".

Another great show.









Tuesday 25 June 2019.

Time flies...

MICHAEL JACKSON died 10 years ago today.

I was lucky to have seen him perform live four times.







Monday 24 June 2019.

THE BEACH BOYS live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

The Beach Boys play the first of two shows at this iconic venue.

Still going after more than 50 years, the incarnation led by Mike Love (Beach Boys co-founder now aged 78)

and Bruce Johnston returns to The Royal Albert Hall....I saw them here in 2015 and 2017....

I have seen The Beach Boys several times since 2001 including the re-union tour with Brian Wilson.

This included in 2003 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA when I was over there to see some Sex Pistols shows.

In 1966 , The Beach Boys were voted Best Group in the World by NME readers...beating The Beatles.

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Yet another legendary band arrives in London...every June is a great month for big names playing London.

While the recent Wembley Stadium shows were great, indoor gigs are best for me as you don't have spend

half the show looking at the big screens.

THE BEACH BOYS were on stage for a lengthy 2 hours 35 mins over two sets of 70 mins and 85 mins.

They have a big screen showing classic Beach Boys footage from the 1960s and 1970s.

Mike Love and Bruce Johnston are wearing their trademark baseball caps and casual clothes

that make them look like the old boys in the film "Cocoon".

Like Brian Wilson, they have a top notch band helping them out with the vocal harmonies.

Fourteen musicians on stage including a five man brass section.

Over 40 songs played in the lengthy show mixing the hits with lesser known material and a few covers.

Mike Love dedicated "Pisces Brothers" and "Here Comes The Sun" to George Harrison and showed

video footage of the time they spent together in India in 1968.

Also fab was a cover of Ramones "Rockaway Beach" that could easily be a Beach Boys song.

A great show.

Full Beach Boys setlist played tonight...

Set 1:

Do It Again

Surfin' Safari

California Sun (Joe Jones cover)

It's OK

Surfin' U.S.A.

Surfer Girl

Then I Kissed Her

Dance, Dance, Dance

Please Let Me Wonder

Kiss Me, Baby

Getcha Back

Why Do Fools Fall in Love (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers cover)

When I Grow Up (to Be a Man)

Good to My Baby

Darlin'

Do You Wanna Dance? (Bobby Freeman cover)

The Warmth of the Sun

Here Today

You Still Believe in Me

Caroline, No (Brian Wilson song)

Don't Worry Baby

Little Deuce Coupe

Little Honda

I Get Around

Set 2:

California Dreamin' (The Mamas & the Papas cover)

Sloop John B ([traditional] cover)

Wouldn't It Be Nice

I'm Waiting for the Day

California Girls

Their Hearts Were Full of Spring (The Four Freshmen cover)

Disney Girls

All This Is That

'Til I Die

God Only Knows

Pisces Brothers (Mike Love song)

Here Comes the Sun (The Beatles cover)

Sail On, Sailor

Cotton Fields (Lead Belly cover)

Kokomo

All Summer Long

Help Me, Rhonda

Rock and Roll Music (Chuck Berry cover)

Barbara Ann (The Regents cover)

Good Vibrations

Encore:

Summertime Blues (Eddie Cochran cover)

Rockaway Beach (Ramones cover)

Fun, Fun, Fun











Monday 24 June 2019.

Glastonbury Festival stalwart Fatboy Slim has something unique on his packing list this year – hundreds of rolls of personalised toilet paper.

The musician, aka Norman Cook, will bring loo rolls with the slogan “Wipe Here, Wipe Now”, a reference to his 1998 hit Right Here, Right Now.

Each piece is either black with the words Fatboy Slim in yellow, or yellow with the phrase “Wipe Here, Wipe Now” printed in large black capital letters.

The “O” of the “NOW” is made up of the Smiley face and cross bones symbol used as the unofficial logo for the DJ, who has played at the Somerset site since 1996.







Sunday 23 June 2019.

THE EAGLES + SHERYL CROW play Wembley Stadium.

I have seen The Eagles a few times since 2001.

Hopefully Joe Walsh will play two or three classics from his solo career.

The Eagles were one of the most successful music acts of the 1970s. Their albums Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) and Hotel California rank first and third, respectively, among the best-selling albums in the United States, with 38 million and 26 million album units in sales.The Eagles are one of the world's best-selling bands, having sold more than 100 million albums.

Just like Fleetwood Mac at this venue it is a ridiculous £200 for Block A pitch seats at the front.

The Eagles ticket prices are £200, £130, £100, £85, £70....plus booking fees.

Support act Sheryl Crow i have seen a few times with the first time in 1994.

The new Sheryl Crow song from her upcoming album Threads is a duet with Joe Walsh.

‘Still The Good Old Days’ was written by Crow and Walsh and contains that distinictive Joe Walsh guitar.

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It is another night of pitch seating so a reduced 60,000 capacity.

Three or four empty blocks here but it is pretty much a full house, over 55,000 here.

Pretty amazing how all the Wembley Stadium shows this week have all had over 50,000 tickets sold.

SHERYL CROW arrived on stage at 6.30pm and played for 45 mins.

Sheryl Crow has use of the two big side screens.

Sheryl Crow still looks pretty amazing for her 57 years as she is in full rock chick mode

wearing a tight t-shirt and tight shiny trousers.

Sheryl could easily pass as an older Appleton (All Saints) sister.

Lots of very nice licks from her guitarist.

A great featuring all her best hit songs.

Full Sheryl Crow setlist played tonight...

A Change Would Do You Good

If It Makes You Happy

All I Wanna Do

My Favorite Mistake

The First Cut Is the Deepest (Cat Stevens cover)

Still the Good Old Days

Soak Up the Sun

Everyday Is a Winding Road

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THE EAGLES arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played for 2 hours 30 mins.

The current line-up includes two new members.

Deacon Frey (son of Glenn Frey RIP) – vocals, rhythm and lead guitars (2017–present)

Vince Gill (American country singer) – vocals, rhythm and lead guitars (2017–present)

The Eagles have three big screens and lots of lights.

Pretty amazing how good the overall sound was considering its a big outdoor stadium show.

Joe Walsh speaking voice is still frazzled from too many drugs and booze back in the day but

his singing voice and guitar playing on his own songs is superb.

“It’s been quite a week of music here at Wembley – it’s ‘dinosaur week’,” joked Eagles frontman Don Henley.

The Eagles’ trademark multi-part harmonies sound ageless and heavenly.

Sooo many top notch songs of quality in their setlist including "Take It Easy", "One Of These Nights",

"Take it to the Limit", "In The City", "Life's Been Good", "The Boys of Summer" and for the last 45 mins

if fell dark for the light show to kick in for mega versions of "Life in the Fast Line", "Hotel California"

and "Rocky Mountain Way"....An excellent show...

Full setlist played by The Eagles tonight...

Seven Bridges Road (Steve Young cover)

Take It Easy

One of These Nights

Take It to the Limit

Tequila Sunrise

Witchy Woman

In the City (Joe Walsh song)

I Can't Tell You Why

New Kid in Town

Peaceful Easy Feeling

Love Will Keep Us Alive

Lyin' Eyes

Don't Let Our Love Start Slippin' Away (Vince Gill cover)

Those Shoes

Already Gone

Walk Away (James Gang cover)

Life's Been Good (Joe Walsh song)

The Boys of Summer (Don Henley song)

Heartache Tonight

Funk #49 (James Gang cover)

Life in the Fast Lane

Encore:

Hotel California

Encore 2:

Rocky Mountain Way (Joe Walsh song)

Desperado

Encore 3:

Best of My Love

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The show was 44 years since the Eagles first played Wembley, back in the summer of 1975 when they supported Elton John and the Beach Boys.Joe Walsh was also on the bill.Tickets were £3.50. It was their fifth appearance overall.









Saturday 22 June 2019.

BILLY JOEL live at Wembley Stadium, London.

His only European show in between his American tour dates.

I saw him play Wembley Stadium in 2016.

Despite not recording any new material for over 20 years , Billy Joel has been a very popular live act over just the past decade, he’s grossed nearly $500 million and sold more than 4.2 million tickets, thanks mainly

to stadium shows back home in North America.

For the past few years he has played a show EVERY MONTH at Madison Square Garden.

When Billy Joel played Madison Square Garden’s stage on May 9, 2019, for his 70th birthday, not only would he be extending his historic arena residency to 64 shows but he will be furthering his record-setting 110 shows at the estimable venue while burnishing his legacy in the live space in a way unlikely to be replicated.

Billy Joel tickets are priced at £50 / £70 / £90 / £115 plus booking fees.

Like the last time he played Wembley there will be no support act for Billy Joel.

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It is pitch seating tonight and there is a huge crowd of 55,000 here.

BILLY JOEL & his top notch band arrived on stage at 8.15pm and played for 2 hours 10 mins.

There were three big screens and Billy plays on a circular stage along with a piano that can revolve.

Not the most visual show as Billy is sat behind his piano for most of the show.

Billy may be a few years younger than Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood but looks older as his hair

has gone and he has a portly frame.

Billy Joel is pretty much an American version of Elton John as they both have a whole bunch of

piano based great songs from the past 50 years.

I saw them play a co-headline show around a decade ago.

“It’s nice to be back,” Billy said, “but I’ve got nothing new – just the same old shit!”

Early highlights included "My Life" and "She's Always a Woman".

A few songs i didn't really know but plenty of gems that the crowd sang along to.

The light show kicked in for the last 45 mins as it fell dark as he played a mega "Piano Man",

and superb encore including "We Didn't Start the Fire", "Uptown Girl" and

"It's Still Rock and Roll to Me".

A great show.

Full Billy Joel setlist played tonight...

A Matter of Trust

My Life

The Entertainer

Vienna

The Downeaster Alexa

Say Goodbye to Hollywood

Don't Ask Me Why

She's Always a Woman

The Ballad of Billy the Kid

Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)

New York State of Mind

Allentown

Rule Britannia (Virgil Thomson cover)

We'll Meet Again (four lines of)

I Go to Extremes

Sometimes a Fantasy

Only the Good Die Young

The River of Dreams (with a snippet of I Feel Fine)

Nessun dorma (Giacomo Puccini cover)(sung by his guitarist)

Scenes From an Italian Restaurant

Piano Man

Encore:

We Didn't Start the Fire

Uptown Girl

It's Still Rock and Roll to Me

Big Shot

You May Be Right (with a snippet of Rock and Roll by Led Zeppelin )









Friday 21 June 2019.

BON JOVI + MANIC STREET PREACHERS live at Wembley Stadium, London.

A bit odd that The Manics are supporting a mainstream rock act like Bon Jovi?

Well I saw them supporting Bon Jovi in 1993 when The Manics second album came out.

I have seen Bon Jovi around 25 times since 1984 when they supported KISS.

I saw both their shows at Wembley Stadium in 2000.

These were the last ever events at the old Wembley Stadium before it was knocked down.

The This House Is Not For Sale tour – supporting Bon Jovi’s 14th studio album from 2016.

Bon Jovi have sold over 100 million albums worldwide in their career.

Their 1986 classic album "Slippery When Wet" has sold over 20 million copies worldwide.

Bon Jovi Seated tickets - £65, £75, £85, £95 and £125 plus booking fees.

Bon Jovi Pitch Standing tickets £75 & £125 (gold circle) plus booking fees.

Bon Jovi have not had a UK Top 20 hit single since 2006 and guitarist Richie Sambora has left but a

full page advert the day before said "Most tickets sold for a UK concert in 2019 - 80,000 sold out".

This was of course for one day sales as Spice Girls (three shows) and Fleetwood Mac (two shows)

actually sold more tickets at Wembley Stadium overall as they had multi-shows.

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THE MANICS arrived on stage at 6.25pm and played for 50 mins.

The Manics have use of the two huge side screens.

Loads of classic gems in their great set including a Guns N Roses cover version.

Full Manics setlist played tonight...

Motorcycle Emptiness

You Stole The Sun From My Heart

International Blue

Your Love Alone Is Not Enough

The Everlasting

If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next

You Love Us

Sweet Child O' Mine (Guns N’ Roses cover)

Tsunami

No Surface All Feeling

A Design for Life

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There is pitch standing including gold circle tonight but we are up in the seats.

The stadium looks amazing as it is totally full everywhere.

Imagine being in a band playing in front of this 80,000 adoring crowd?

The catchy singalong pop rock of Bon Jovi still attracts thousands of female fans.

BON JOVI arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 2 hours 20 mins.

They had three huge screens along with a T stage extension and loads of lights.

The middle screen changed from live footage to images to lights only..

"Raise Your Hands" and "You Give Love A Bad a Name" were early gems played.

Jon Bon Jovi may be greyer these spades but he still knows exactly how to work the crowd.

A few of the songs were a bit average but that gave the girls a chance to leave for the loos in droves.

The last 45 mins was superb when the lights fully kicked in and the stadium looked incredible.

Classics like "Lay Your Hands On Me" , "Bad Medicine " and "Livin' on a Prayer " were mega.

An excellent show.

Full Bon Jovi setlist played tonight...

This House Is Not for Sale

Raise Your Hands

You Give Love a Bad Name

Born To Be My Baby

Whole Lot of Leavin'

Lost Highway

Runaway

We Weren't Born to Follow

Have a Nice Day

Keep the Faith

Amen

Bed of Roses

Blood on Blood

It's My Life

We Don't Run

Wanted Dead or Alive

Lay Your Hands on Me

Captain Crash & the Beauty Queen From Mars

I'll Sleep When I'm Dead

Bad Medicine

Encore:

Always

Livin' on a Prayer









Thursday 20 June 2019.

METALLICA + GHOST + BOKASSA live at Twickenham Stadium.

Metallica are on a massive European tour of stadiums.

I have seen Metallica over a dozen times since 1986 when they headlined Hammersmith Odeon.

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It is not sold out but there is a huge crowd of around 50,000 rock fans here tonight.

Thankfully it did not rain as i was in the Gold Circle looking at the stage right.

BOKASSA arrived on stage at 5.20pm for their 30 mins set.

Bokassa from Norway fuses punk rock/hardcore with stoner rock riffs!....a decent enough set...

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GHOST arrived on stage at 6.20pm for their 60 mins set.

Metal band Ghost from Sweden have released four albums and their second album won a Grammy Award for

Best Hard Rock/Metal Album which has increased their popularity in Europe and North America.

They wear masks and their sax player wears a priests outfit...another decent enough set...

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METALLICA arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 2 hours 30 mins.

A nice big stage with huge screens that can merge into one.

There are lasers, pyros and plenty of flames around the stadium and a walkway around the Snake Pit area

at the front was used well as the band members came out there often.

For a band with such a heavy crunching sound the pa quality was top notch.

After 38 years and various lineups they are obviously revelling in what singer James Hetfield calls

"the best job in the world” and adds "we know Metallica tickets are not cheap , so thanks for support and

your hard earned cash".

All the Metallica anthems are played and for the last 45 mins the light show fully kicked in.

Metallica ended their show with a nice firework display.

A great show.

Full Metallica setlist played tonight...

Hardwired

The Memory Remains (with extended outro)

Ride the Lightning

Harvester of Sorrow

The Unforgiven

Here Comes Revenge

Moth Into Flame

Sad but True

No Leaf Clover (followed by Kirk & Rob's solos incl. 'Killers', 'ManUNkind' & 'Orion')

Frantic

One

Master of Puppets

For Whom the Bell Tolls

Creeping Death

Seek & Destroy

Encore:

Lords of Summer

Nothing Else Matters

Enter Sandman (with 'The Frayed Ends of Sanity' outro)

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At the end they threw out hundreds of guitar pics with the Metallica logo and date on but i did not

get one, but I did get a full Metallica pass sheet.

I saw Metallica's long time photographer here - Ross Halfin.

Also a funny sight in the Gold Circle was two guys in full top hat and tails who been to Ascot earlier.







Thursday 20 June 2019.

DAVID GILMORE'S guitar auction for charity in New York has reached staggering amounts of dosh.

His famous Black Strat guitar went for over 3 million quid.

Total funds raised at the auction totalled $21,490,750 (£16.9m).

I went to the London preview of the guitars a couple of months ago at Christies, London.









Wednesday 19 June 2019...7.30pm to 10.30pm...

VICTORIA & ALBERT SUMMER PARTY - Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7.

This was one of the BIG THREE summer social party events in London.

The others are The Royal Academy Summer Party (a fortnight ago) and

The Serpentine Gallery Summer Party (next week).

Over 800 guests are here and thankfully only slight drizzle for a bit as the event was mainly outside.

Lots of glam women in stunning outfits and club legend Philip Sallon was dressed as a tree.

Like previous years there were plenty of well known faces here.

Ex Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha were here for a bit.

Great to see Fleetwood Mac singer STEVIE NICKS here with music biz exec Jimmy Iovine.

Also here was Texas singer Sharleen Spiteri, Dame Joan Collins, Bianca Jagger (with a walking stick).

Gary Kemp (Spandau Ballet and Nick Mason Band ), Graham Norton, Jackie St Clair, Sol Campbell,

Andrew Lloyd Webber, Mary McCartney, Jemima Goldsmith, Basia Briggs, Kelly Hoppen,

Nicky Haslam, David Furnish, Fat Tony, Peter York,Erin O'Connor, Jenna Coleman,

Stephen Webster,Cressida Bonas, Clara Amfo, Arizona Muse, Maya Jama, Noomi Rapace, Krept & Konan,

Riz Ahmed and a few others.

We had a dj playing tunes in the background.

At 9.15pm up and coming singer JOY CROOKES performed a 30 mins set.

Joy Crookes seems an older soul than her 20 years. Tender but assured, the singer-songwriter’s soft, husky vocals meld sophisticated soulfulness with rich instrumentation; gentle guitars, punches of brass, glimmering piano and intriguing trip-hop percussion all find a home in her entrancing sound.

Complimentary Ruinart champers, two different cocktails, bowl food,canapés and desserts for all guests.

An excellent party.









Tuesday 18 June 2019.

FLEETWOOD MAC + THE PRETENDERS live at Wembley Stadium, London.

I am back to see Fleetwood Mac play the second of two massive shows at Wembley Stadium.

Even though it is a Tuesday there is a huge crowd of over 55,000 here tonight.

It was pouring with rain at 6pm but luckily for those on the pitch it never rained when the bands were on.

THE PRETENDERS swopped the setlist order a bit and Ali Campbell did not join Chrissie tonight on stage.

They added an extra song called "Thumbelina" near the end so 60 mins on stage tonight.

Chrissie dedicated a song to Paul McCartney as it was his birthday today and dedicated a track to

Ray Davies whose birthday it is next week.

FLEETWOOD MAC came on stage five mins later than on Sunday.

Fleetwood Mac have one of the most turbulent band histories in the music business.

Their acrimonious split with guitarist/ songwriter Lindsey Buckingham in 2018 after 43 years together

will soon be debated in the courts as Lindsey is suing the band.

There will always a few that say that the Lindsey Buckingham Fleetwood Mac was not as good as

the Peter Green line-up and the new line-up was not as good as the Lindsey Buckingham line-up.

Overall though , it was another great show.





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News and Reviews: 19th June 2019

Tuesday 18 June 2019.

FLEETWOOD MAC + THE PRETENDERS live at Wembley Stadium, London.

I am back to see Fleetwood Mac play the second of two massive shows at Wembley Stadium.

Even though it is a Tuesday there is a huge crowd of over 55,000 here tonight.

It was pouring with rain at 6pm but luckily for those on the pitch it never rained when the bands were on.

THE PRETENDERS swopped the setlist order a bit and Ali Campbell did not join Chrissie tonight on stage.

They added an extra song called "Thumbelina" near the end so 60 mins on stage tonight.

Chrissie dedicated a song to Paul McCartney as it was his birthday today and dedicated a track to

Ray Davies whose birthday it is next week.

FLEETWOOD MAC came on stage five mins later than on Sunday.

Fleetwood Mac have one of the most turbulent band histories in the music business.

Their acrimonious split with guitarist/ songwriter Lindsey Buckingham in 2018 after 43 years together

will soon be debated in the courts as Lindsey is suing the band.

There will always a few that say that the Lindsey Buckingham Fleetwood Mac was not as good as

the Peter Green line-up and the new line-up was not as good as the Lindsey Buckingham line-up.

Stevie Nicks got the most cheers as her weaving and spinning around the stage in her black couture drapery, below a chandelier went down well. Quite a few of the females here were wearing "Stevie type" lace dresses.

Stevie's voice is a lower register these days but she is certainly still bewitching.

The two new members did a great job but Lindsey Buckingham was more exciting to watch.

Mick Fleetwood's extended drum solo went on a bit too much

The encore of "Free Fallin'" with a photo montage of Tom Petty on the screens was mega.

Their set had sooooo many great songs that the crowd sang along to.

A downside of big outdoor shows in daylight is that the light show only fully kicks for the last

30/45 mins of the headline act when it gets darker.

Fleetwood Mac, still going strong after more than 50 years since their formation.











Tuesday 18 June 2019.

Happy Birthday to PAUL McCARTNEY who is 77 today.

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This week will see Joy Division's debut album Unknown Pleasures make its Top 40 debut on the Official Albums Chart, exactly 40 years after it was released.

The record - acclaimed from the moment it was released - came out on June 15 1979 has been re-released to mark its 40th anniversary. It's often considered one of the greatest British albums ever made.

The collection is at Number 5 on the latest Official Chart Update - an early glimpse of how the Official UK Charts are shaping up ahead of their final positions, announced on Fridays.

I bought it in the first week of release in 1979 from the original Rough Trade store.









Monday 17 June 2019...I went to two events tonight...

4pm to 8pm

GOFFS & QIPCO London Sale - Perks Field, Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8.

The weather is perfect as the sunshine has come out for this outdoor event.

GOFFFS is Ireland's premier thoroughbred auction house.

This horse auction is always held on the eve of Royal Ascot in this superb location.

Over 500 guests here with most coming from the Horse Racing community.

Also here were Jackie St Clair, Alistair Guy and a nice surprise to see football manager Barry Fry (now aged 74).

He has managed Dunstable Town, Bedford Town, Maidstone United, Southend United, Barnet, Birmingham City and, most recently, Peterborough United. Fry is currently director of football at Peterborough.

A couple of tv presenters were interviewing guests.

All the horses were paraded in the field next door before the auction.

From 5pm to 6pm the 23 horses were auctioned off.

From 6pm to 7pm was an acoustic covers band playing whose name was Fairvue.

Complimentary gin & tonics, Pimms, Rose wines and beers.

Complimentary fish tacos, mini-hotdogs , finger sandwiches, canapés, mini-doughnuts and pastries.

A very nice event.

www.goffslondonsale.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then a walk through the park to...

BRYAN FERRY live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

I have seen Roxy Music and Bryan Ferry solo many times since the 1970s.

Chris Spedding is still playing guitar for Bryan's tour.

Chris was playing guitar for Bryan Ferry when i saw him at this same venue in 1977.

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The venue is totally rammed solid sold out tonight.

BRYAN FERRY & band arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 1 hour 40 mins.

Hard to believe that Bryan is now aged 73 , as he still looks so good in his smart suit.

He is the unflappable king of cool, so stylish he should be hanging in the Tate.

For several songs in the first half he was sat behind keyboards.

Bryan was great on mouth organ a couple of times.

Chris Spedding is now aged 75 and still playing lots of nifty guitar licks.

His band also included two backing singers.

"In Every Dream Home a Heartache" was a perfect opener and "Oh Yeah" was superb.

The second half was full of Roxy Music classics.

"Virginia Plain" may have come out in 1972 but it still sounds incredible today.

That got the crowd up and dancing for the last few songs.

A great show.

Full setlist played by Bryan Ferry tonight...

In Every Dream Home a Heartache (Roxy Music song)

Out of the Blue (Roxy Music song)

The Space Between (Roxy Music song)

The 39 Steps

Slave to Love

Don't Stop the Dance

Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues (Bob Dylan cover)

Oh Yeah (Roxy Music song)

Boys and Girls

Can't Let Go

My Only Love (Roxy Music song)

Take a Chance With Me (Roxy Music song)

To Turn You On (Roxy Music song)

If There Is Something (Roxy Music song)

Dance Away (Roxy Music song)

More Than This (Roxy Music song)

Avalon (Roxy Music song)

Love Is the Drug (Roxy Music song)

Virginia Plain (Roxy Music song)

Jealous Guy (John Lennon cover)

Encore:

Let's Stick Together (Wilbert Harrison cover)









Sunday 16 June 2019.

FLEETWOOD MAC + THE PRETENDERS live at Wembley Stadium, London.

Fleetwood Mac play the first of two massive shows at Wembley Stadium.

Lindsey Buckingham has been replaced by with two new members: Mike Campbell, longtime lead guitarist for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and Crowded House frontman Neil Finn.

Their album "Rumours" is in the Top 20 best selling albums of all time.

Having won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1978, "Rumours" has since sold over 40 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time.

I have seen Fleetwood Mac a few times before at Earls Court and The 02 Arena.

I have seen The Pretenders around 20 times since an early gig at The Nashville Pub in 1979.

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Tonight is pitch seating so there is a reduced capacity of 65,000 and there are around 57,000 here.

Pretty impressive when you see the best seat ticket prices are a whopping £200 and £155.

Ticket prices for this show were £75, £90, £125, £155 and £200 + fees.

THE PRETENDERS arrived on stage at 6.30pm for their 55 mins set.

A good thing about massive gigs at Wembley Stadium is that the support act will always be a big name.

They had use of the three big screens and some of the lights.

They played many of their classic tracks in their set.

For "I Got You Babe" Chrissie duetted with UB40s Ali Campbell.

A mega rendition of "I'll Stand By You".

For "Brass in Pocket" Chrissie took off her jacket to reveal her still slender 67 year old frame.

A very good set.

Full Pretenders setlist played tonight...

Hate for Sale

Gotta Wait

Message of Love

Kid

Down the Wrong Way (Chrissie Hynde song)

Talk of the Town

I Got You Babe (Sonny & Cher cover) (with Ali Campbell from UB40)

Back on the Chain Gang

Stop Your Sobbing (The Kinks cover)

I'll Stand By You

Don't Get Me Wrong

Cuban Slide

Brass in Pocket

Middle of the Road

FLEETWOOD MAC arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 2 hours 5 mins.

Their stage production is pretty average compared to visual spectaculars here recently including

BTS, Capital Radio Summertime Ball and The Spice Girls.

They have three big screens but the two smaller side ones are the size that most bands use for

indoor arenas rather than huge outdoor stadium gigs like this.

However the sound quality overall was excellent considering it's a big open air show.

Loads of their greatest hits played in the set, with great harmonies.

They did a nice version of "Oh Well" and dedicated it to original member Peter Green.

Drummer Mick Fleetwoid took charge of most of the on stage banter.

The added advantage of having the new members is that Fleetwood Mac can now play

classics by Crowded House and Tom Petty in their set.

A great evening with two quality bands.

Full Fleetwood Mac setlist played tonight...

The Chain

Little Lies

Dreams

Second Hand News

Say You Love Me

Black Magic Woman

Everywhere

Rhiannon

World Turning

Gypsy

Oh Well

Don't Dream It's Over (Crowded House cover)

Landslide

Hold Me

Monday Morning

You Make Loving Fun

Gold Dust Woman

Go Your Own Way

Encore:

Free Fallin' (Tom Petty cover)

Don't Stop

Tape outro - Albatross











Saturday 15 June 2019.

SPICE GIRLS + JESS GLYNNE live at Wembley Stadium, London.

I am back again to see this show for a second time.

I am nearer to the stage so i enjoy it a bit more than last night.

JESS GLYNNE was on stage again on at 7.15pm for her good 45 mins set.

A nice busy weekend for Jess with three support sets for The Spice Girls on Thurs, Fri, Sat

and then The Isle of Wight Festival on Sunday.

A couple of side blocks unsold but still an enormous crowd here of around 75,000.

Nearly all female crowd here again...and a few blokes dressed in Spice Girls outfits.

SPICE GIRLS on stage again at 8.30pm for two hours.

This was the last night of their UK tour tour so they are milking that by saying

"We are saving the best to last".

The times they were again off the stage(interludes for costume changes) confused a lot of people at the show.

Plenty of stage banter that the crowd loved, and they do appear to be a real gang of female best friends.

Geri said this tour has sold an incredible 700,000 tickets.

Geri said of her departure during their heyday "sorry for leaving the band, i was just being a brat".

The last 45 mins is again a highlight with thousands of wristbands lighting up the stadium as darkness fell.

For "Mama" they invited their mums and kids on stage - three generations.

"Girl Power" has certainly come along way in the past 25 years.

See both acts setlists below in the previous review.











Fruday 14 June 2019

SPICE GIRLS + JESS GLYNNE live Wembley Stadium, London.

The Spice Girls play the second of three massive sold out shows at this venue.

The Spice Girls UK tour will be thirteen stadium shows including three at Wembley Stadium.

Expect a big production with lots of costume changes and dancers.

Victoria Beckham is not involved but the other four Spice Girls are here for these enormous gigs.

During a five year spell at the end of the 1990s , The Spice Girls had a staggering NINE number one UK hits.

I saw them in 1997 and 1998 during their heyday as well as their reunion tour a decade ago.

Their classic video for debut single "Wannabe" has now passed 400 million views on Vevo/YouTube.

Several music legends are playing Wembley Stadium this summer but only Spice Girls are playing three nights.

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A massive crowd here of around 80,000.

Must be at least 90% female as expected.

Many are dressed as their fave Spice Girl for a girls night out party.

We have had rain in London the last few days but it stayed dry tonight.

JESS GLYNNE on stage at 7.15pm for her 45 mins set.

Jess Glynne is an ideal support act as she has had loads of hit singles.

Full Jess Glynne setlist played tonight...

Hold My Hand

No One

These Days (Rudimental cover)

Thursday

Don't Be So Hard on Yourself

One Touch (Jess Glynne & Jax Jones cover)

Take Me Home

So Real (Warriors) / Real Love / My Love / Rather Be

All I Am

I'll Be There

SPICE GIRLS on stage at 8.30pm for two hours.

A fantastic stage production with two big screens and a circular stage walkway that acts as the gold circle.

The Spice World circular stage featured Spice Girls slogans above it on the mini-screens.

Half a dozen costume changes, along with lasers and strobes and pyros.

The vocals overall could have been a bit louder.

The crowd were given wristbands that lit up in different colours which looked nice when it fell dark.

The show was a bit mixed really as the first 15 mins and last 45 mins were great but the middle hour plodded.

Emerging to fireworks and launching into "Spice Up Your Life", each member encircled by their own

dance crew, it felt like very little time had elapsed since their heyday.

With the exception of Mel C’s contributions, vocals were often weak, while the frequent costume changes were masked by lengthy dance interludes that lacked any narrative.

A Seventies disco-covers section mid-set felt incongruous, and when the quartet strayed into their own deep cuts they unwittingly exposed the flimsiness of their back catalogue.

Basically this crowd were really only interested in hearing the hits.

The last half dozen hit songs were very enjoyable and a finale of "Wannabe" was great.

So a show that was great for an hour, and pretty average for the other hour.

Full Spice Girls setlist played tonight....

Spice Up Your Life

If U Can't Dance

Who Do You Think You Are

Do It

Something Kinda Funny

Move Over

Sound Off (Dance interlude)

Holler/Sound Off (reprise)

Queer Tango (Dance interlude)

Viva Forever

Let Love Lead the Way

Goodbye

Car Wash (Dance interlude)

Never Give Up on the Good Times

We Are Family (Sister Sledge cover)

Love Thing

Band introductions/We Will Rock You/Park Life cover snippets

The Lady Is a Vamp

The Last Waltz (Dance interlude)

Too Much

Say You'll Be There

2 Become 1

Girl Power (Video)

Encore:

Stop

Mama

Wannabe







Thursday 13 June 2019...I went to two events tonight...

6.30pm to 9pm.

APPLEBY'S FISH - launch party - Queens Walk, Hungerford Bridge, London SE1.

Graham Applebee and his team of fishmongers offer the catch of the day and prepare it to their customers’ requirements. Applebee’s Fish has everything on ice, from lobster and large Madagascan prawns to halibut, snapper, sea bass, salmon and crab. Produce is wild and line caught whenever possible.

This is a pop-up that will be here throughout the summer to September.

The venue is open air and it's a bit noisy as it's directly under the railway bridge near The Royal Festival Hall.

Lots of complimentary food and drinks for the 150 guests here tonight.

Collet champers, five different cocktails including Espresso Martinis, prosecco, wines, beers.

Full size cod & chips & mushy peas, oysters, large prawns in batter, sea bass , salmon, crab and more.

Oddly though they do not serve desserts here.

A male singer/ guitarist performed an hour of cover versions.

A dj played tunes in the background after the singer performed.

A very nice event.

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then

MUNGO JERRY live The 100 Club, London.

Ray Dorsey , now aged 73 , still fronts the band who had number one UK hits with

"In The Summertime" (1970) and "Baby Jump" (1971).

I saw them last year in Ealing but Mungo Jerry don't play London as often as you would think.

Jona Lewie was here, best known for his 1980 UK hits "You'll Always Find Me in the Kitchen at Parties"

and "Stop the Cavalry".

Also here were Del and Mannie from West London punk legends - The Satellites.

I caught the last 60 mins of Mungo Jerry planned 80/90 mins set.

Ray Dorsey still has the big afro hair and big smile.

Plenty of good time lyrics that has everyone singing along.

Highlights included....

Lady Rose

Alright, Alright, Alright

Long Legged Woman

In The Summertime

Baby Jump

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A few minutes after the show Ray Dorsey came out to sign CDs and pose for photos.









Wednesday 12 June 2019.

STEREOLAB + VANISHING TWIN live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Stereolab play the first of two shows at this venue on their UK tour.

10 years on from their hiatus, Stereolab are returning to the stage to coincide with their seven-album reissue campaign.

Stereolab are an English-French avant-pop band formed in London in 1990. Led by the songwriting team of Tim Gane and Lætitia Sadier, the group's music combined influences from krautrock, lounge and 1960s pop music, often incorporating a repetitive motorik beat with heavy use of vintage electronic keyboards and female vocals sung in English and French. On stage, they played in a more feedback-driven and guitar-oriented style. The band also drew from funk, jazz and Brazilian music, and were one of the first artists to be dubbed "post-rock". They are regarded among the most innovative and influential groups of the 1990s.

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Both bands have their equipment pushed to the front of the stage.

Both bands have a minimal light show.

VANISHING TWIN arrive on stage at 8pm and play for 35 mins.

The band members may come from Belgium, Japan, Italy, France and America but they have all made England their home. The Age Of Immunology album (which is sung in all the primary languages of the musicians who made it as well as English).

A bit too low-fi boring for me.

STEREOLAB arrive on stage at 9pm and play for 90 mins.

I know their name but I am going in blind as i do not know any Stereolab material.

The critics have always loved their arty niche sound.

French female vocals and a dreamy indie low-fi sound.

The hardcore crowd know all the songs and nod along studiously.

It ticked along nicely but nothing really excited me that much.

The merch stands were very popular tonight as this crowd like their vinyl and t-shirts.

Full Stereolab setlist played tonight...

Come and Play in the Milky Night

Brakhage

French Disko

Baby Lulu

Miss Modular

Fluorescences

Metronomic Underground

Anamorphose

Need to Be

Ping Pong

Percolator

Crest

Lo Boob Oscillator

Encore:

The Extension Trip

Blue Milk

Contronatura









Wednesday 12 June 2019.

Sad news that Philomena Lynott, the mother of Thin Lizzy great Phil Lynott has died at the age of 88.

Hot Press report that she had been battling cancer for a number of years, and had made the decision not to

go through chemotherapy.

She famously wrote the best-selling 1995 book My Boy detailing her early life with her son and his rise to fame as the frontman of Thin Lizzy, and was instrumental in the campaign to have the Phil Lynott statue erected in Dublin’s Harry Street.

I met her a couple of times at The Classic Rock Awards when she represented Phil.







Wednesday 12 June 2019.

This is a nice article about a little known English Prog band called CZAR.

In 1970 they brought out one album on Fontana Records.

One of their tracks "Today" has been sampled by rapper Tyler the Creator for the track "Puppet"

for his number one album in America titled IGOR.

Their guitarist and songwriter Mick Ware is now in line for a nice chunk of royalties.

Tyler, the Creator's 'PUPPET' sample of Czar's 'Today' | WhoSampled

"PUPPET" by Tyler, the Creator sampled Czar's "Today". Listen to both songs on WhoSampled, the ultimate database of sampled music, cover songs and remixes.









Tuesday 11 June 2019.

LENNY KRAVITZ + Corinne Bailey Rae live at The 02 Arena, London.

Lenny on a world tour to celebrate 30 years since his debut album "Let Love Rule" was released in 1989.

I have seen Lenny Kravitz several times since 1990.

Lenny Kravitz is an American rock star who has been touring and releasing music albums since the end of the 1980s. His unique style is a fusion of several music genres including rock, blues and soul, as well as jazz and pop. During four years in a row, from 1999 to 2002, he won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Male Vocal.Lenny has sold over 40 million albums worldwide including 10 million copies of his "Greatest Hits" album.

Support comes from Leeds pop soul singer Corinne Bailey Rae.

Her first two albums have together sold over five million copies worldwide.

Her third album, The Heart Speaks in Whispers, was released on 13 May 2016.

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Level 4 is closed off tonight as unsold, which may have been deliberate as Lenny played

Wembley Arena only 12 months ago.

I didn't go to that show as annoyingly it clashed with The Foo Fighters at The London Stadium.

Must be at least 8000 or 9000 here though.

CORINNE BAILEY RAE arrived on stage at 7.45pm for her 30 mins set.

Nice to her on stage again as she has been a bit quiet after her early success.

She played her cool summery breakthrough hit "Put Your Records On".

Her uptempo songs were a bit Beverley Knight and the ballads were more Sade.

LENNY KRAVITZ arrived on stage at 8.45pm and played a mammoth 2 hours 25 mins set.

At the start , Lenny said "I have been told there is a 11pm curfew here and if i go over i will be fined",....

Lenny then said "Well, i had better write the cheque out now"...and he did go over 11pm by 10 mins.

Sunglasses wearer Lenny is still one of the coolest looking / acting rockers out there.

A great band who included Gail Ann Dorsey on bass and a three man brass section.

The first 30 mins was brilliantly full tilt then it calmed down a bit in the middle.

There were no big screens but the light show was stunning.

Lenny still oozes sex appeal so there are plenty of swooning rock chicks in the crowd.

Throughout his career Lenny has resolutely held true to his unique blend of psychedelia, funk and soul, a jet-setting rock that transcends the boundaries of musical trends.

He played all his biggest tunes.

Amazing finale with Lenny walking through the crowd around the whole venue during an

extended version of "Let Love Rule".

An excellent show.

Full Lenny Kravitz setlist played tonight...

We Can Get It All Together

Fly Away

Dig In

Bring It On

American Woman (The Guess Who cover)

Get Up, Stand Up (The Wailers cover)

Fields of Joy

Freedom Train

Who Really Are the Monsters?

Stillness of Heart

It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over

Can't Get You Off My Mind

Low

I Belong to You

5 More Days 'Til Summer

Mr. Cab Driver

Bank Robber Man

Where Are We Runnin'?

Are You Gonna Go My Way

Love Revolution

Encore:

Here to Love

Let Love Rule (Lenny went for a full wander in the crowd around the venue)











Monday 10 June 2019...6.45pm to 11.30pm...

THE NATIONAL RESTAURANT AWARDS at Hurlingham Park, Fulham, London.

Many different awards are given out on the night.

On the night of the awards, they reveal the list of the 100 best restaurants in the UK.

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I have been to this great event a few times before.

Usually for this event it is lovely spring sunshine but today it is pissing down with rain all day so some

of the food stations are inside but the food vans are still outside and there are marquees put

up outside for punters to protect them from the rain, wind and cold.

Safe to say nobody is playing tennis, bowls or croquet at this private members club today.

Around 500 guests including top level chefs like Fergus Henderson.

Lots of top notch complimentary drinks and food for all the guests here.

Piper-Heidsieck champers and cocktails including Espresso Martinis and Jack Daniels based.

Also wines along with beers from sponsors Estrella Damm.

Full size cheeseburgers from Burger & Beyond

BBQ Chicken portions from Bayou New Orleans

Pizza from Born & Raised.

Also BBQ Ribs, French pastries, ice-cream, chocs etc.

Guests got a goodie bag with beers and glasses from sponsors from Estrella Damm.

From 8.15pm to 9.15pm we were seated indoors for the individual awards and Top 100 restaurants.

The 100 best restaurants had a one by one countdown on the big screen.

More than 50 of the Top 100 were in the London area.

Here are the Top 20.

1.Moor Hall

2.Brat, London

3.Cornerstone, London

4.Core by Clare Smyth, London

5.Sabor, London

6.L’Enclume

7.Mere, London

8.Claude Bosi at Bibendum, London

9.Ynyshir

10.The Ledbury, London

11.A Wong, London

12.The River Café, London

13.The Sportsman

14.Restaurant Sat Bains

15.Kiln, London

16.Paul Ainsworth at No. 6

17.Lyle’s, London

18.Forest Side

19.Casamia

20.House of Tides







Monday 10 June 2019.

The first video from our gig last night is now up on YouTube.com

"Do I Need You?"

Search Gun Control The Rocket Acton reunion 9/6/2019 Do I Need You







Sunday 09 June 2019.

GUN CONTROL live at The Rocket Pub, Churchfield Road, Acton, London W3...free entry...

My band from the early 80s played a successful comeback gig on 10 Nov 2018.

This will be our second comeback gig and first gig for us this year.

Four original members still there including me on drums...along with our new singer.

Tonight will also double up as a 60th birthday celebration for me.

As it is a Sunday we will be off the stage early so folks with travel can get home ok.

Check the band search in www.raysgigs.com for Gun Control gig list 1980 to 1982.

GUN CONTROL with me on drums are now up on YouTube.

Check out some footage from our little shindig on 10 Nov 2018

Go to google and type in - YouTube Gun Control At The Rocket 10/11/18

Type in exactly as above as there are many Gun Control related videos up.

It's done on a phone so not perfect quality but it gives you an idea how it was.

Two videos - one of 23 mins and one of 3 mins...

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Here we are just three minutes from Acton Town Hall where in Nov 2002 i attended

Joe Strummer's last ever London show before he sadly passed away just six weeks later.

When we played here last year we had to play on the floor but now they have a proper stage

which is a foot or so off the floor.

Around 50 or 60 watching us tonight with many I have known for 40 years or more.

GUN CONTROL take to the stage at 9.15pm and play for around 50 mins.

Great for me to see quality bands every week but you cannot replicate the feeling when people are

clapping and cheering for our own original songs.

All the songs we played tonight, including the covers were in our early 1980s set.

It was thrilling to be playing in front of an audience again.

A little bit of nerves but plenty of excitement too.

My hi-hat and backing vocal microphone was playing up by moving away from me but dealt with that ok.

It all came together on the night well and the feedback from everyone after was positive.

Pretty good considering we only had one rehearsal for this gig.

A great result for all concerned so a pretty amazing night.

Full 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?

Steppin' Stone ( cover)

Open Your Heart ( extra song added to the set from the last gig in 2018)

Encore :

All the band and crowd sing happy birthday to me.

Teenage Kicks (cover ) (reprise)

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Two more of the band members will be 60 in November so we are a planning a special show at

The Shepherds Bush Club in Goldhawk Road , which is where The Who played a few times in the 60s.







Saturday 08 June 2019...2.30pm to 10pm...

CAPITAL RADIO Summertime Ball live at Wembley Stadium.

Over a dozen pop acts will be performing short sets opening with Mark Ronson at 2.30pm.

Also there performing in no particular will be...

Halsey

Anne-Marie

Jonas Brothers

Jess Glynne

5 Seconds Of Summer

Khalid

Ellie Goulding

Sigala

Rita Ora

Jax Jones

Mabel

Jonas Bue

Sigrid

Ava Max

Tom Walker

Lauv

Maroon 5

Calvin Harris (in 2007 I saw him dj at a clothing launch party for 150 people and now to date he has been

involved with 26 Top 10 UK hits including a staggering 10 number ones).

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Amazingly a very gloomy morning did not produce any rain at all during the day.

CAPITAL RADIO is a popular radio station that plays commercial pop.

A massive crowd of maybe 80,000 are here.

Loads of young women but there are quite a few adults around.

A large gold circle area where folks have paid £125 to be there.

The huge stage looks fantastic with the two side screens showing live footage and the middle bit

showing eye-catching pre-recorded images.

All the acts were on stage for two songs (10 mins) to six songs (30 mins) apart from

headliner Calvin Harris who took the stage at 9.15pm for his 35 mins set.

Some had just backing tapes and some had their own bands (not 100% sure they were plugged in).

A walkway to the b-stage in the middle...along with dancers, pyros, flames, ticker-tape, streamers.

Lots of quick changeovers and Capital Radio djs talking between some acts.

Many of the acts can headline The 02 Arena on their own and have sold a few million singles.

I didn't really see anything mega but plenty of good performances.

Mark Ronson , Jess Glynne and Anne-Marie came on early as they had other gigs in the evening.

All did good sets and Mark Ronson set included "Valerie" and "Uptown Funk".

Rita Ora was good and newer females Mabel and Halsey were good.

Jonas Brothers and 5 Seconds Of Summer got the girls screaming but not my cup of tea.

Tom Walker only did two songs but his big hit "Leave a Light On" was great.

Ellie Goulding arrived on stage at 6.45pm and did a good 30 mins set.

I Need Your Love (Calvin Harris cover) (extended intro)

Close to Me (Ellie Goulding, Diplo & Swae Lee cover)

Sixteen

On My Mind

Love Me Like You Do

Burn

Maroon 5 were on from 8.35pm for 30 mins and played their catchy hits "This Love" ,

"She Will Be Loved" and "Move Like Jagger".

Dusk fell for Calvin Harris as the light show kicked in for his dj based set.

An enjoyable day.

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After a decade at Wembley the pr girl told me the event would next year be held at Spurs new ground.









Friday 07 June 2019.

THE SEX PISTOLS Jubilee boat trip gig was 42 years ago today in 1977.

The Sex Pistols boat trip down the Thames on 7 June 1977 was to herald the release of their classic single

"God Save the Queen".

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Happy Birthday to TOM JONES who is 79 today.

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Sad news that DR JOHN has passed away.

Dr. John, a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a six-time Grammy winner, died Thursday morning from a heart attack, said publicist and social media manager Karen Beninato...he was aged 77.

The first time I saw him live was in 1997 when the support act was......Dr. Robert.







Thursday 06 June 2019...I went to two events tonight...

6pm to 9pm

SUMMER GARDEN PARTY - Mount Street Gardens, Mayfair, London W1.

Most of the 500 guests have paid £50 to be here...and thankfully the rain has stayed away.

I have been here a few times before so i know it's a great event.

Guests enjoyed top notch complimentary food & drinks from half a dozen restaurants in the area including

Indian food from Chutney Mary

Cheeseburgers from Morton's Club

Oysters from Wilton 's of St James

Desserts from Annabel's

Canapés from The Connaught , The Westbury and The Hide.

Two different cocktails, prosecco, wines and beers.

At 8pm there was a raffle and Chesterton's lucky dip (i won five pairs of tickets for future Royal Academy events).

There is a jazz band playing for an hour then a pop covers band play for an hour.

A fun casino from Palm Beach

Guests were dancing in front of the stage for the last 30 mins at this very enjoyable event.

then

9.30pm to 11.30pm

SOHO RADIO x FORA - building opening party - 33 Broadwick Street, Soho, London W1.

Despite starting at 6pm , this party was still in full flow in their bar and space downstairs.

Around 150 guests here and some are dancing to the cool dj sounds.

Complimentary drinks including two different cocktails, prosecco, wines, beers and doughnuts.

Pioneering online radio station Soho Radio – with its global audience, live to vinyl sessions and a huge array of DJ royalty – will expand into the very front of Fora’s newest building, redefining the use of lobby space and giving Soho Radio a central Soho location to be seen and enjoyed by all.

‘Pro-working’ provider Fora is excited to announce a partnership with world-famous, London celebrated brand Soho Radio in its new space at 33 Broadwick Street, Soho. The partnership will create three state-of-the-art podcast studios alongside a radio station, catering to Soho Radio’s 4 million listeners.

The partnership between Fora and Soho Radio will take place in the former Hearst Magazines London Headquarters, a company that has been a linchpin of the traditional print media industry since 1910 and publishes titles including Esquire, ELLE and Cosmopolitan. Fora will breathe new life into the iconic and internationally renowned building by offering an inspirational and collaborative space for Fora Residents, celebrated musicians, cultural figures and thought leaders to come together to create.

www.sohoradiolondon.com

Visit their website here for more info and to listen online.







Wednesday 05 June 2019.

LIAM GALLAGHER live at The Round Chapel, Hackney, London.

Liam is playing an intimate gig at The Round Chapel, Hackney.

Liam Gallagher has announced his new single ‘Shockwave’ will be released on 7th June through Warner. The single is the first taste of Liam Gallagher since his mega-successful ‘As You Were’ comeback album.

Needless to say all the cheapish £30 tickets sold out pronto.

This will be Liam's opening show of his summer tour schedule which includes Glastonbury Festival.

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Liam is playing a special show for sponsors ADIDAS SPEZIAL.

Adidas are filming the show and all the bar staff are wearing white Adidas sports shirts.

A proper trek across London for me to get here.

A stunning venue that i have never been to before as it rarely gets used by big names but both

Blondie and Coldplay have played special shows here over the years.

Around 500 folks here with 350 floor standing and 150 guests in seats upstairs.

I spotted Miles Kane here.

Guests were from Live Nation / Adidas / Warner Music / press / Liam's friends & family.

Classic tunes over the pa before Liam came on stage including The Stone Roses.

Liam & band arrived on stage at 8.35pm and were on stage for 60 mins.

Man City flags hang over the amps and oddly there is picture of Leo Sayer on the bass drum.

Liam arrives on stage in one of his long macs and keeps it on all through the show, despite sweating buckets.

A fantastic pair of Oasis songs open the show and the crowd go bonkers.

It eases down a bit for his solo material which will never match the best Oasis classics.

The crowd are chanting "As You Fucking Were" , "As You Fucking Were".

Finale of "Cigarettes & Alcohol" and "Champagne Supernova" were mega.

A shortish set but that was reflected in the ticket prices.

Really great to see him up close at this venue.

Full Liam Gallagher setlist played tonight....

Tape intro song - Fuckin' in the Bushes (Oasis song)

Rock 'n' Roll Star (Oasis song)

Morning Glory (Oasis song)

Wall of Glass

Greedy Soul

For What It's Worth

Shockwave (Live debut)

Columbia (Oasis cover) (Live debut by Liam solo, first time since 2013 when was played with Beady Eye)

Some Might Say (Oasis song)

Soul Love (Beady Eye song)

Lyla (Oasis song) (Live debut by Liam solo, first time played by an Oasis member since their last gig at The V Festival)

Cigarettes & Alcohol (Oasis song)

Champagne Supernova (Oasis song)









Tuesday 04 June 2019...7pm to 9.30pm...

RICHARD ORLINSKI - gallery opening party - 106 New Bond Street, Mayfair, London W1.

Richard Orlinski is a French pop-art artist born in Paris (now aged 53) .A sculptor since 2004, his work, is conceived around the concept "Born Wild" in a style and with contemporary materials available for a large audience, including children. His creations act on archaisms. His works are exhibited both at FIAC on the slopes of Courchevel and in 90 galleries worldwide. Since 2011, he has been ranked in the Top 10 of the best selling French artists in the world by Art Price; one of his works was sold for €680,000.

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Around 150 guests here including KELLY OSBOURNE at this buzzing gallery opening.

Playing loud tunes is Kate Moss fave dj FAT TONY.

Richard is here and looks cool in a leather bomber jacket and def has rock star / actor looks and vibe.

He even has a personal security guard following him close everywhere he goes.

He went behind the dj console for a couple of tracks and the venue turned into a full on dance club vibe.

He was joined by a couple of female singers/dancers for his dance track "Heartbeat" which has had

over 9 million views on YouTube.

Many of his sculptures feature his trademark Kong Gorilla.

A couple of them have music acts emblazoned on them including AC/DC and David Bowie.

There was a fun photo booth in the corner.

There were a couple of guys filming the event for him so expect it be on his website soon.

Amazingly there were three different complimentary champers brands throughout the evening along with canapés.

First it was Taittinger, then Veuve Clicquot , then Laurent Perrier.

All guests got a goodie bag of a baseball cap with his Kong logo and a six inch Kong chocolate box.

www.galerie-orlinski.com

Visit the gallery website here for more info.











Monday 03 June 2019...I went to two events tonight...

6pm to 7.45pm

The Hexagon Society for United Artists For Europe - auction - Hotel Cafe Royal, Regent Street, London W1.

Hexagon is a pro-European Franco-British charitable organisation promoting the values of democracy.

Around 150 guests here in the second floor space of this famous hotel...with 50 of them seated.

At 6.45pm we have speeches from Bernard-Henri Lévy, Simon de Pury and Thaddaeus Ropac.

At 7pm the 30 lots were auctioned.

Complimentary Veuve Clicquot champers, wines and canapés for all the guests.

www.artistsforeurope.org

Visit their website here for more info.

then

8pm to 11pm

MONTBLANC x KIPLING - launch party , Annabel's, Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London W1.

Always nice to be at this well known luxury members club...in their "Jungle" bar.

Montblanc fountainpens are world-renowned for their quality in both aesthetic and design.

Montblanc are launching their new fountain pen - The 2019 Writer’s Edition Rudyard Kipling.

They have a couple on display...they will retail for a few hundred pounds.

Around 150 guests here in their stunning basement including Lottie Moss, Anais Gallagher and Rafferty Law.

Also the actors Cressida Bonas and Gala Gordon, models Leomie Anderson and Betty Bachz.

We had a duo performing a dance routine in leopard skin costumes , a nod to The Jungle Book.

We also had a couple of poetry readings , one was from George The Poet.

There was a fun photo booth in the corner.

All guests got a Montblanc Rudyard Kipling Notebook that retails for around £30.

Complimentary Pol Roger champers, three different cocktails and canapés for guests.

www.montblanc.com

Visit the Montblanc website here for more info.







Monday 03 June 2019.

Happy Birthday to IAN HUNTER who is 80 today.

Happy Birthday to SUZI QUATRO who is 69 today.







Sunday 02 June 2019...6pm to 9pm...

My band GUN CONTROL (with me on drums) had a rehearsal today in North Acton.

We ran through the set a couple of times.

Save the date...Sunday 09 June 2019...

We are playing The Rocket Pub, Churchfield Road, Acton....free entry...

We are on 9pm to 10pm so folks can get home if they come a long way.

Full info above in my gig list.







Saturday 02 June 2019.

BTS live at Wembley Stadium, London.

BTS play the first of two massive gigs at Wembley Stadium.

They are pretty much the Asian One Direction as they are playing huge stadiums worldwide.

BTS, an acronym of Bangtan Sonyeondan or “Beyond the Scene”, is a South Korean boyband that is capturing the hearts of millions of fans globally.

A meteoric rise to stardom as they were playing free gigs back home for 200 fans just 5 years ago.

How have they become so popular in the UK?...youtube & streaming i suppose...

They were the first K-pop act to win a Billboard Music Award and to perform at the American Music Awards. They just released their seventh album, "Map of the Soul: Persona."

20 April 2019 update---BTS debut at Number 1 on this week's Official Albums Chart with " Map of The Soul: Persona".

The seven-member group are the first Korean act to score a chart-topping album in the UK.

Map of The Soul is BTS's fourth collection to chart in the UK Top 40, following their three part Love Yourself album series.

Their Love Yourself: Speak Yourself world tour, which kicks off on May 4 and reaches the UK on June 1 for two shows at London's Wembley Stadium.

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Just how did K-Pop get so popular in the UK?

Many K-Pop bands having success playing theatres, arenas and now bleeding Wembley Stadium.

The crowd is pretty 90% girls aged 10 to 30.

There is best seating on the pitch with prices of £160 (for Block A) and £130 (for Block B).

Must be at least 50,000 fans here tonight.

Many of the young girls are no doubt going to their very ever concert...and are very excitable.

At 7.30pm we have BTS videos on the big screens and there is plenty of screaming.

At 7.40pm BTS arrive on stage and play for a mammoth 2 hours 35 mins.

Seven of them on stage with a visually stunning production that included massive screens, pyros,

a staircase and a huge B-stage in the middle of the pitch at the end of the walkway.

There is no backing band...IT IS ALL SUNG TO BACKING TAPES , but this crowd don't care.

Plenty of dance routines and costume changes...and girl fans screaming every 30 seconds.

For some songs all of them were all on stage and other songs had solo spots and four of them etc.

A few songs had 20 male dancers joining them.

The lyrics seem to mainly Korean but they use some English.

Some of you may have gone to the Coldplay tour where there gave out tecky wristbands that light up

in sync with the music for a stunning visual stunt, well BTS get their fans to pay for it.

Globe light sticks at a whacking £45 each have been bought by over 5000 fans here.

As darkness fell the torches changing colour with the music and looked incredible.

The songs were decent enough and there was much talking and video clips between songs.

Some songs were uptempo and some were ballads...a piano on stage but not sure if it was plugged in.

Visually a surprisingly enjoyable show.

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Sat 01 June---Happy Birthday to RONNIE WOOD who is 72 today.

Sun 02 June---Happy Birthday to CHARLIE WATTS who is 78 today.





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News and Reviews: 1st June 2019

Friday 31 May 2019.

MARY BLACK live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Mary Black now aged 64 , has released a dozen albums over the last 40 years.

I saw this popular & respected back home in Ireland folk singer a couple of times back in 1997.

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It is stalls seated tonight so a near capacity crowd of around 1000 here.

I would guess that 75% of the crowd are from Ireland or whose parents come from there.

Mary Black and her five piece band were on stage for 1 hour 50 mins over two sets.

Mary is looking good and you can hear every word of her nice vocals.

Lots of references to Ireland as you can imagine that went down well with the audience.

There were a few covers in her set along with her own material.

Highlights included "A Song For Ireland " and "Only a Woman's Heart".

Encores included...

No Woman No Cry (Bob Marley cover)

Man in The Mirror (Michael Jackson cover) ( with her daughter Roisin O )

A good show.

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The Who + Eddie Vedder live at Wembley Stadium on Sat 06 July 2019.

2 for 1 tickets up in Level 5.... £77 tickets are now £38.50 for this weekend only.

Janelle Monae at Wembley Arena on 02 July 2019.

2 for 1 tickets standing or seats...£55.50 tickets are now £27.75 for this weekend only.

Ticketmaster Flash sale is from 09:00 Friday 31 May 2019 to 23:59 Sunday 2 June 2019.







Thursday 30 May 2019...I went to two events tonight...

6.45pm to 8.15pm

RUSS KANE - book launch party - The Wellington Club, 91 Jermyn Street, St James's, London SW1.

Russ Kane is launching his book "The Gatekeeper".

For 20 years Russ was Capital Radio's airborne traffic reporter, keeping London's drivers up to date with the latest tailbacks from his vantage point 1,500ft in the air. "It was everything I didn't like," he said. "Early mornings and small planes."

Two weeks' trial turned into two decades. He had great rapport with Breakfast Show presenter Chris Tarrant.

Around 100 guests here in this nice members club and there is a buzzy atmosphere.

Guests here included Tony Blackburn , Vicki Michelle, Lizzie Cundy, Liz Brewer, Patty Parfitt (Ricks wife),

Neil Fox was here (he told us he still rides his Harley Davidson daily).

A nice buzzy atmosphere and a few people here i know.

At 7.15pm Russ Kane gave a speech and started signing copies of the book.

Complimentary prosecco,wines and canapés for all guests.

About the book...

Four unrelated brutal deaths. No motive. No clues. But this a mere harbinger of the horror waiting to be unleashed. The Gates of Hell are opening and only The Gatekeeper can close them and prevent Lucifer inspired global carnage. With the countdown to Armageddon fast approaching, Nick Gold, TV’s cynical, irreligious ‘Paranormal Detective’ must face his own, and some very real, demons in a race across the world in the not-always helpful company of an American ball-busting lawyer, Lesley-Ann Trobe. The chase, as they say, is on!

then

8.30pm to 11.30pm

SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2019 LONDON - launch party - May Fair Hotel, London W1.

Around 300 guests here from the film industry to celebrate the film festival

that takes place this weekend at Picturehouse Central in the West End.

AMERICAN AIRLINES are the sponsors tonight and they have brought in lots of comfy chairs

and other airline items with their logo on.

Complimentary food and drinks here including SIX different Jack Daniels cocktails,

prosecco, wines, beers,different bowl food and desserts.

www.picturehouses.com/sundance

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.







Wednesday 29 May 2019...I went to two events today...

4pm to 6.15pm

World Cup Cricket opening celebration party - The Mall, London SW1.

The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, will to be hosted by England and Wales, from 30 May to 14 July 2019.

The hosting rights were awarded in April 2006, after England and Wales withdrew from the bidding to host the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, which was held in Australia and New Zealand. The first match will be played at The Oval while the final will be played at Lord's. It is the fifth time that the Cricket World Cup will be held in England and Wales, following the 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999 World Cups.

The format for the tournament will be a single group of 10 teams, with each team playing the other nine once, and the top four at the end of the group phase progressing to the semi-finals.

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We had a couple of hours of light rain here then thankfully it stopped.

This summer’s Cricket World Cup opened with an eye-catching party on The Mall — right outside Buckingham Palace.

The night before England, the favourites to win the tournament, play the first match against South Africa at The Kia Oval on May 30, 4,000 people (free tickets via ballot) pack onto The Mall for a “party”.

The main show took place between 5-6pm and broadcast globally. The timing will be friendly for south Asia, cricket’s biggest market.

To close The Mall on a work day afternoon...The Cricket World Cup certainly is a big deal.

They are expecting a worldwide tv audience of a billion viewers.

The two main areas by the stage require wristbands and laminates which is where we were.

There are big screens all along The Mall.

Presenters Freddie Flintoff and Paddy McGuinness introduced the 10 captains on the stage.

On the same day all the captains met the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

Rudimental feat John Newman performed their hit "Feel The Love".

We have a celebrity fun cricket match which included cricket legends and faces including

Sir Viv Richards, Pat Cash, Kevin Pietersen, Chris Hughes (Love Island), Bret Lee, Yohan Blake,

Sean Fitzpatrick,David Boon,Michael Clarke,Graeme Swann and others.

Finale was Rudimental performing The Cricket World Cup song with pyros and ticker-tape.

There is a nice 19 mins highlights video up on YouTube.

then

9pm to 11.45pm

DIOR - magazine launch party - Two Temple Place, London WC2.

This lavish fashion party was for "A magazine curated by by Kim Jones".

Kim Jones, creative director of Dior Men, has edited the new issue of fashion publication “A Magazine Curated By.”

Two Temple Place, known for many years as Astor House, is a building situated near Victoria Embankment.

It is known for its architecture, and contains notable works by the likes of William Silver Frith, Sir George Frampton RA, Nathaniel Hitch and Thomas Nicholls.

Around 300 guests here over the two floors of this stunning historic venue.

Guests included Bella Hadid, Giorgio Moroder, Kelly Osbourne, Jefferson Hack, Ozwald Boateng,

Lottie Moss, Alfie Allen, Princess Julia, Lady Mary Charteris, Jamie Winstone and others.

Lots of female and male models here that Dior use in their fashion shows.

Loads of amazing outfits worn by many of the fashion crowd here.

Around 25 male models in immaculate full tails are serving us the drinks.

It was a full on party vibe as at 10pm the dj and dance floor got very lively with dancing.

Complimentary Veuve Clicquot champers, five different cocktails and canapés for all guests.

All guests got a goodie bag which included the book that is now in selected stores for £20 / 20 Euros.

Kim Jones artist “letter” pages that make up the hefty 248-page tome.

The designer’s approach for the issue takes the form of an alphabet retracing his inspirations and eclectic circle of friends: Subjects range from “A” for Naomi Campbell’s Africa, “P” for punk with a photo shoot by Jackie Nickerson, and ending with “Z” for Amanda Lear, whose song “Alphabet” was one of the inspirations for the magazine.

An excellent party.









Wednesday 29 May 2019.

Happy Birthday to FRANCIS ROSSI who is 70 today.

Halley Birthday to NOEL GALLAGHER who is 52 today.

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Tuesday 28 May 2019.

Happy Birthday to KYLIE MINOGUE who 51 today.







Monday 27 May 2019.

Play-off final at Wembley Stadium kick-off at 3pm.

The Championship play-off final between Aston Villa and Derby County. The prize ? A place in the Premier League for the 2019/20 season, estimated to be worth around £170million.

The last time i was at a Championshop play-off final was May 2014 when QPR beat Derby 1-0.

A massive crowd of 87,348 was at that game.

ASTON VILLA 2 DERBY 1

A full house crowd of over 85,000 here for this very important game.

ASTON VILLA ended their three-year Premier League exile after goals from Anwar El Ghazi and John McGinn secured a deserved 2-1 win over Derby at Wembley.

A great atmosphere with both teams fans waving their free flags before the kick-off.

The Aston Villa fans were louder and rowdier than the Derby fans.

We were in the Derby end today.

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Mon 27 May---This day 42 years ago, one of the greatest singles of all time was released.

The Sex Pistols "God Save The Queen".

I bought it on the day of release which was my exact 18th birthday.

You cannot imagine the furore when this incredible record was released back then.

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Sat 25 May---Happy Birthday to PAUL WELLER who is 61 today.

Mon 27 May---Happy Birthday to SIOUXSIE SIOUX who is 62 today.







Sunday 26 May 2019...I went to two events today....

League One play-off final at Wembley Stadium kick-off at 3pm.

Sunderland will take on Charlton Athletic at Wembley Stadium, for a place in the Championship.

SUNDERLAND 1 CHARLTON 2.

Charlton recover from a nightmare start to win it dramatically in injury time.

Sunderland were gifted the lead through Charlton keeper Dillon Phillips’ calamitous error which allowed Naby Sarr’s backpass to find the net with less than five minutes on the clock.

Comedian JIM DAVIDSON was here as he is a life-long Charlton fan.

We are up in Level 5 with the Sunderland supporters.

A few empty blocks in their end but their must be nearly 80,000 here in total.

then

MARIAH CAREY live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Mariah plays the second of three shows at this venue.

Carey’s Caution World Tour comes in support of her 15th studio album, Caution, which features lead singles GTFO, With You and A No No.

Mariah Carey is one of the worlds biggest selling recording artists with 200 million album/singles sold.

Mariah has had 24 x Top 10 hits in the UK including two number ones.

I have seen Mariah play a couple of short sets on multi-act bills but this will be the first time i see a full show of hers.

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It is not sold out tonight but near capacity as 95% sold.

Pretty good when you consider it costs £200 for the best seats down the front.

MARIAH CAREY arrived on stage at 9.20pm for her 90 mins set.

A very nice stage production with two big side screens showing live footage and smaller screens

in the middle are showing pre-recorded images...there is a staircase too.

Mariah has three backing vocalists and four very camp male dancers...lots of gay men in the crowd...

Mariah looks every inch the glamour queen and i counted Mariah in five different outfits.

She still belts out that high range of hers every now and then.

She brought her two kids on stage to introduce to the crowd.

The final two songs of the show "Hero" and "Without You" were a highlight.

Musically it ticked along ok and it was an enjoyable show to watch.

Full setlist played tonight....

A No No

Dreamlover

You Don't Know What to Do

Emotions

Can't Take That Away (Mariah's Theme) (Morales Club Mix Edit)

Fantasy (Def Club Mix/Bad Boy Fantasy)

Endless Love (Diana Ross & Lionel Richie cover) (with Trey Lorenz)

Always Be My Baby (with elements of So So Def Remix)

Caution

GTFO

Stay Long Love You

My All

Love Takes Time

Never Too Far

Last Night a DJ Saved My Life (Indeep cover)

Loverboy

Didn't Mean To Turn You On

Heartbreaker (Desert Storm Remix/Album Version)

Touch My Body

We Belong Together

Encore:

Hero

Without You (Badfinger cover)









Saturday 25 May 2019.

ALICE IN CHAINS + BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB live at Wembley Arena, London.

ALICE IN CHAINS remains one of the most successful and influential American rock bands of all time. Over the course of their remarkable career, ALICE IN CHAINS has garnered multiple Grammy nominations, sold more than 20 million albums worldwide and amassed a diehard international fan base whose members number in the millions. Alongside Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, ALICE IN CHAINS was one of the Big Four to emerge from Seattle in the 1990s.

I have seen Alice In Chains a few times over the last 30 years.

Get there early to see special guest support band BRMC who i have seen a few times since 2002.

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A nice double bill of rock bands tonight.

It is not sold out so maybe 75% of tickets sold.

I have a perfect view in the guest list block, looking at the stage right from Block N6.

BRMC arrive on stage at 7.45pm and play for 40 mins.

I love their scuzzy guitar tribal sound that's laden with feedback.

Minimal lights on stage that created a cool vibe.

A really good set that included "Beat the Devils Tattoo" and "Spread Your Love".

Full BRMC setlist played tonight...

Red Eyes and Tears

King of Bones

Beat the Devil's Tattoo

Berlin

Shade of Blue

In Like the Rose

White Palms

Spread Your Love

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ALICE IN CHAINS arrive on stage at 9pm and play for 1 hour 50 mins.

The floor standing area is very lively tonight and creates a great atmosphere.

The band always seem to attract a fair amount of dressed up "rock chicks".

The band have a great light show including banks of lights either side of the drummer

than turn into screens showing pre-recorded images throughout the evening.

It is nice and loud and guitar hero Jerry Cantrell is getting plenty of chants "Jerry, Jerry, Jerry".

My eyes wandered many times to the drummer and his gleaming drum kit.

The show started off great for a few songs then it got a bit samey but the big hardcore crowd and the

big production really suited them well and an expected good show ended up being a great show.

Highlights included "Check My Brain", "Them Bones", "Down in a Hole", "Man in the Box"

and final encore "Rooster".

Full Alice In Chains setlist played tonight...

Bleed the Freak

Check My Brain

Again

Never Fade

Them Bones

Dam That River

Hollow

Your Decision

Rainier Fog

Down in a Hole

No Excuses

Stone

Red Giant

We Die Young

Nutshell

Angry Chair

Man in the Box

Encore:

The One You Know

Got Me Wrong

Would?

Rooster











Friday 24 May 2019.

THE WATERBOYS live at The Roundhouse, London.

The Waterboys are promoting their new album "Where The Action Is".

The title track, which opens Where the Action Is, is a vamp on Robert Parker’s Northern Soul classic “Let’s Go Baby” and makes it clear that Scott and his crew won’t be revisiting the band’s Raggle Taggle folkie years this time around. Instead, Brother Paul Brown’s soulful organ takes control while Scott yearns for something that reaches beyond mere artifice and digs considerably deeper. Elsewhere, “London Mick” is a fanboy homage to Clash guitarist Mick Jones.

“Ladbroke Grove Symphony”, on the other hand, is an ode to a bohemian West London.

The album has received lots of great four star reviews in the press this week.

I may head for The Waterboys this time as have seen Little Steven (The Forum) twice in the past three years.

I have seen The Waterboys several times since 1984 when they supported U2 at Brixton Academy.

I also saw his pre-Waterboys band Another Pretty Face in 1980 when they supported Stiff Little Fingers at

Hammersmith Odeon and their own headline set at the sadly missed Fulham Greyhound.

Mike Scott signs copies of the album at Fopp Records, Covent Garden...Sat 25 May 2019 at 1pm...

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Not sold out tonight but i reckon 90% of tickets sold.

THE WATERBOYS are on stage for around two hours over two sets of 60 mins.

A great band who include electric fiddle and two female backing singers.

The new album comes out today and it's the opening night of their UK tour so many of the

new album tracks are getting their first ever live outing.

The album title track and newies "London Mick" and "Ladbroke Grove Symphony" are top quality.

The band have a big soulful joyous sound that is fab and Mike swops guitar for piano as and when.

Mike has a great vocal style and his lyrics are top notch.

Oldies "Fisherman's Blues" and "A Girl Called Johnny" went down a storm.

Final song of the show was their spine tingling anthem "The Whole of The Moon" which was mega.

A great show.

FIRST SET

Where the Action Is (Live debut)

London Mick (Live debut)

All the Things She Gave Me

If the Answer Is Yeah

Old England

The Right Side of Heartbreak (the Wrong Side of Love) (Live debut)

Nashville, Tennessee

Still a Freak

Medicine Bow

Ladbroke Grove Symphony (Live debut)

SECOND SET

Out of All This Blue (Live debut)

When Ye Go Away

Dunford's Fancy

Nearest Thing to Hip

Fisherman's Blues

The Raggle Taggle Gypsy ([traditional] cover)

Let It Happen

In My Time On Earth (Live debut)

Encore:

A Girl Called Johnny

The Whole of The Moon











Friday 24 May 2019.

Happy Birthday to the legend that is BOB DYLAN who is 78 today.

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An interesting turn of events...

RICHARD ASHCROFT has regained rights to his song Bitter Sweet Symphony after more than two decades, after Sir Mick Jagger and Keith Richards agreed to hand over their legal entitlement to royalties.

The Verve singer lost the rights to his most recognisable song in 1997 thanks to a four-second orchestral sample of Rolling Stones song The Last Time used as a backing track.

On Thursday at The Ivor Novello Awards, Ashcroft disclosed that Jagger and Richards had returned them to him as a “truly kind and magnanimous thing to do”, after his management approached them directly to appeal.

All future royalties that would have gone to the pair for Bitter Sweet Symphony will now go to Ashcroft, and they have removed their names from the credits for the track.







Thursday 23 May 2019...I went to two events tonight...

6pm to 7.30pm

BRUTON PLACE 'SPRING PARTY' , Bruton Place, Mayfair, London W1.

Bruton Place is a quiet road off of Berkeley Square.

Tonight half a dozen upmarket stores are having drinks celebrations.

We focus on two large stores that have entrances in both Bruton Street and Bruton Place.

Established in 1835, HOLLAND & HOLLAND are world-renowned gunmakers, shooting school and creators of the finest English countryside clothing. Complimentary prosecco, wines and canapés in here.

Next door was a similar store WILLIAM & SON for complimentary Laurent Perrier champers.

Top quality items in both stores that are very expensive.

There is a trio playing covers in the street for guests as few cars come down this road.

then

ROGER HODGSON live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Roger Hodgson plays the first night of two nights at The Royal Albert Hall.

These are Roger's only UK shows on his European Tour.

I have seen Roger with Supertramp twice in 1975 before he left the band in 1983.

Supertramp were massive for a decade as they sold 60 million albums worldwide.

Their 1979 album 'Breakfast in America' sold more than 20 million albums.

He departed Supertramp in 1983 and moved his family away from the Los Angeles music scene to live a simpler lifestyle close to nature and be home with his children as they were growing up. Hodgson returned to touring in 2001.

I have seen him solo a few times as well , including his last tour which was also at this venue.

Roger wrote their hits “Dreamer”, “Give A Little Bit”, “The Logical Song”, “Breakfast In America”, “Take The Long Way Home” and “It’s Raining Again" and others.

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The venue is full tonight and the choir seats behind the stage have also been sold.

Roger Hodgson and his top notch band are on stage for two hours over two sets.

This is a couple of songs shorter ( 15 mins ) than his show here in 2017.

A crowd pleasing set with 14 Supertramp songs played in the 18 song setlist.

The production was very similar to when i saw him here in 2016 and 2017 as Roger is again wearing an

all white suit and shoes and the trees behind him are still being used from those shows.

For some songs three musicians played keyboards...and some nice sax too.

So many catchy radio friendly songs had all the crowd singing along.

In the second half he walked through the crowd to play the famous Royal Albert Hall organ for one song.

Mega encore of "Give A Little Bit" and "It's Raining Again" as the crowd got up from their seats.

A great show.

Full setlist played tonight...

Take the Long Way Home (Supertramp song)

School (Supertramp song)

Breakfast in America (Supertramp song)

Easy Does It (Supertramp song)

Sister Moonshine (Supertramp song)

Hide in Your Shell (Supertramp song)

Along Came Mary

The Logical Song (Supertramp song)

INTERVAL

Lord Is It Mine (Supertramp song)

Death and a Zoo

Even in the Quietest Moments (Supertramp song)

Had a Dream (Sleeping With the Enemy)

Child of Vision (Supertramp song)

Say Goodbye (with Roger playing The Royal Albert Hall organ)

Dreamer (Supertramp song)

Fool's Overture (Supertramp song)

Encore:

Give a Little Bit (Supertramp song)

It's Raining Again (Supertramp song) ( over a dozen umbrellas opened in the audience)









Wednesday 22 May 2019...I went to two events today...

CHARITY FOOTBALL EVENT at Chelsea F.C. Stamford Bridge, Chelsea, London.

2.30pm to 7pm

Over 200 guests are watching in the lower stand here.

Sixteen five-a-side teams from the casino and betting industry are here.

Companies represented here included HiPay, Checkout, SBC Gaming, Optima, Playtech,

Sporting Index, Trustly, Play N Go, Betway ,BetContruct and the winners Catena Media.

We have group games, then quarter-finals, then semi-finals then the final.

Most of the teams have a female included which was nice to see.

The final was good as both teams had some great players and Catena Media goalie got best player.

Full trophy presentation after the end of the final.

Complimentary Pimms, wines, beers and a nice BBQ with huge cheeseburgers, grilled chicken breast,

pulled pork, jacket potatoes and sides in the stand as you watched the football.

The final finished around 5.30pm , then it was drinks at Frankie's bar within the stadium complex.

then

MARK KNOPFLER BAND live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Mark Knopfler plays the second of two sold out shows at The Royal Albert Hall.

Mark has sold over 120 million albums across his Dire Straits and solo career.

His set will include a few Dire Straits classics including "Romeo and Juliet" and "Money For Nothing".

Mark is on a world tour to promote his latest album "Down The Road Wherever".

I have seen Dire Straits around 20 times since 1978 when they supported Talking Heads at

The Roundhouse and i have seen Mark playing solo a few times, including this same venue.

Looks like there will be just four or five Dire Straits songs in the set.

The Rolling Stones recent "Blue & Lonesome" album was recorded at Mark Knopflers studio in Chiswick.

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As expected we have a middle aged crowd who remember how popular Dire Straits were in the 1980s.

Mark and his top notch band were on stage for around two hours.

There is a decent light show behind the stage.

Mark now aged 69, is bald on top and grey at the sides and looking a bit like a school teacher.

His guitar tone sounds great but he does not really project excitement on stage.

Like Eric Clapton he does not say much and lets his guitar do the talking.

His solo material mixes Americana/Celtic//Blues/Jazz and is a bit too laid back at times.

Flute and fiddle were played on some tracks along with sax and trumpet.

He plays a few Dire Straits classics that are easily the highlights of the evening.

The crowd are pretty quiet until they get up for the encores.

A good show.

Full setlist played tonight...

Why Aye Man

Corned Beef City

Sailing to Philadelphia

Once Upon a Time in the West (Dire Straits song)

Romeo and Juliet (Dire Straits song)

My Bacon Roll

Matchstick Man

Done With Bonaparte

Heart Full of Holes

She's Gone

Your Latest Trick (Dire Straits song)

Postcards From Paraguay

On Every Street (Dire Straits song)

Speedway at Nazareth

Encore:

Money for Nothing (Dire Straits song)

Encore 2:

Brothers in Arms (Dire Straits song)

Going Home: Theme from Local Hero









Wednesday 22 May 2019.

Happy Birthday to MORRISSEY who is 60 today.

He is a few days older than me.







Tuesday 21 May 2019...I went to two events tonight...

7pm to 8.30pm

MONTY DON - book launch party - Christie's , King Street, London SW1.

"Japanese Gardens : A Journey ".

Bestselling author and BBC gardening presenter Monty Don and photographer Derry Moore explore the exquisite beauty of Japanese gardens on a personal journey to complement the BBC2 series, Monty Don's Japanese Gardens.

It is beautifully produced with over 200 original photographs by Derry Moore and written by Monty Don, the duo behind the highly-acclaimed Paradise Gardens.

Good timing as the book is out in the week of Chelsea Flower Show.

We are greeted by Japanese drummers as we enter the venue.

Around 100 guests here and there were a few well known faces.

I got my picture taken with OLIVIA HARRISON (widow of George Harrison)

Jon Snow (long time Channel 4 news presenter)

Nigel Slater ( food writer, journalist who also has his own tv food show)

Mark-Francis Vandelli ( who is best known for his role on the E4 series Made in Chelsea)

Guests were buying the book and Monty Don was signing copies.

At 8pm Monty Don and Derry Moore gave a speech.

You can buy the book a bit cheaper via my Amazon link at the top of this page.

Complimentary wines and canapés for all guests.

www.montydon.com

Visit his website here for more info on Monty Don.

then

8.45pm to 10.45pm

LOLA'S UNDERGROUND CASINO -press launch - Hippodrome Casino, Leicester Square, London WC2.

Around 200 guests here in the basement of this very popular casino.

The Hippodrome are launching their new "curved digital big screen" which looks very impressive.

On the stage in front of it we have circus & theatre acts performing their routines including a magician,

an acrobat, a trapeze act, a contortionist, showgirls, hola hoop girl , a couple of singers etc.

You can watch the show from a table or the bar or from your gambling table.

Upstairs they also have a great show venue called The Matcham Room.

Complimentary bar including spirits n mixers (so i had some JD n cokes), prosecco, wines, beers,

canapés, fried chicken drumsticks and desserts.

www.hippodromecasino.com

Visit their website here for more info.







Tuesday 21 May 2019.

Happy Birthday to NOEL FIELDING who is 46 today.

I used to work with his Dad Ray in the 1980s and 1990s and saw a couple

of Noel's first ever comedy shows including when i surprised him when i turned up

to see him at The Melbourne Comedy Festival a dozen years ago.







Tuesday 21 May 2019.

Sad news that F1 racing legend NIKI LAUDA has died aged 70 after health problems.

Lauda, who famous rivalry with British F1 legend James Hunt inspired the Chris Hemsworth film Rush, won three world championships in 1975, 1977 and 1984.

During his battle with Hunt, Lauda was left with severe burns to his face, body and lungs after a near-fatal crash in 1976 but amazingly not only came back to the sport but won the world title the following year.

He was instrumental in helping Lewis Hamilton over his F1 career.







Monday. 20 May 2019...7pm to 9.30pm...

Chelsea Flower Show - Charity Gala Preview Evening - Chelsea, London.

The world famous RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW returns for its annual stint - May 21 to May 25.

All 168,000 tickets have now been sold as it is always a very popular event.

The Queen and other members of The Royal Family were here during the day.

Tonight was a charity evening where most of the 1000 plus guests have paid £520 to be here.

It is a well known networking event for all the banking and finance CEOs to meet up for a chat.

A few faces here including.....

Ewan Venters (CEO of Fortnum & Mason)

Matt Dawson MBE (who was part of England's 2003 Rugby World Cup winning side)

Robert Peston (ITV Political Journalist)

Sir Stuart Rose (former M&S chairman)

Lord March ( British aristocrat and owner of Goodwood Estate in West Sussex)

We had a nice wander around the display gardens which all looked amazing.

Complimentary Fortnum & Mason champers and canapés at stations all over the huge venue.

The station with various salmons and oysters was very popular.

A nice goodie bag with half a dozen items inside from sponsors Fortnum & Mason.

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Many stores and other venues will have amazing flower displays outside their front doors in

Chelsea & Mayfair over this week.







Sunday 19 May 2019.

STING & SHAGGY live at The Roundhouse, London.

Following this year's GRAMMY’s, where Sting & Shaggy were awarded Best Reggae Album for their collaborative UK Top Ten hit record 44/876, the pair have announced their return to the UK with The 44/876 Tour.

The setlist will mix tracks from their album as well as from their own classic hits.

Sting has a new Best Of album out on 24 May to coincide with the tour.

Sting has announced My Songs, a new album comprised of the 17-time Grammy Award winner's most celebrated hits from his unparalleled career. Sting says: "My Songs is my life in songs. Some of them reconstructed, some of them refitted, some of them reframed, but all of them with a contemporary focus."

I have seen both The Police and Sting solo a few times each over the years.

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Just the one show in London so no surprise that it is sold out and rammed inside.

Guests spotted here included Sir Bob Geldof, Jemima Khan, London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Charles Dance.

STING & SHAGGY arrived on stage at 8.05pm and played for a mammoth 2 hours 15 mins.

At first you think they make an odd couple but when you remember how many of the classic Police hits

had reggae vibes to them it all makes perfect sense.

The band with two backing vocalists sounded top notch.

The setlist was a perfect mix of hits from The Police, Sting and Shaggy along with their album tracks.

The evening started with a couple of tracks from the recent album. The title track led on to the sunsplash-tinged vibes of "Morning is Coming". It set the tone for the evening. Shaggy (50) was the showman dressed in a flowing white shirt, hat and shades. He roamed and gyrated freely around the stage while Sting (67), looking remarkably buff in his t-shirt, stayed rooted to the spot. His bass guitar became the musical anchor.

As Shaggy sung "Englishman in New York" he riffed about being a Jamaican in NYC with "a big spiff in his hand". He turned out to be a better singer than you might imagine.

On "Crooked Tree" they hammed it up in costumes to play out a court scene. Another highlight was "So Lonely"/"Strength of a Woman", where Shaggy exercised some of his iconic priapic banter.

The whole show was fun, warm and joyous.

Lots of cameras were filming the show for future release.

An excellent show.

FULL SETLIST PLAYED...

44/876

Morning Is Coming

Englishman in New York (Sting cover)

Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic (The Police cover)

Oh Carolina / We'll Be Together

If You Can't Find Love

Love Is the Seventh Wave (Sting cover)

To Love and Be Loved

Message in a Bottle (The Police cover)

You (with Alexander Stewart)

Brand New Day (Sting cover)

Waiting for the Break of Day

Gotta Get Back My Baby

If You Love Somebody Set Them Free (Sting cover)

Don't Make Me Wait

Angel (Shaggy cover)

Dreaming in the U.S.A.

Crooked Tree

Shape of My Heart (Sting cover)

Walking on the Moon/Get Up, Stand Up (The Wailers cover)

So Lonely / Strength of a Woman

Hey Sexy Lady (Shaggy cover)

Roxanne / Boombastic

Encore:

I Can't Stand Losing You (The Police cover)

Desert Rose (Sting cover)

It Wasn't Me (Shaggy cover)

Every Breath You Take (The Police cover)

Encore 2:

Next to You (The Police cover)







Sunday 19 May 2019.

Happy Birthday to GRACE JONES who is 71 today.







Saturday 18 May 2019.

FA CUP FINAL at Wembley Stadium....Man City play Watford...5pm kick-off...

This game will be my first time at an FA Cup Final since 1982...I went to both games...

Sat 22 May 1982 Spurs 1 QPR 1 - then the replay on 27 May 1982 Spurs 1 QPR 0....

Man City may be out of the Champions League but the treble is still on.

Having already won the Caraboa Cup and Premier League, powerhouse Manchester City are still in the running to scoop a domestic treble for the 2018/2019 campaign if they win The FA Cup.

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MAN CITY 6 WATFORD 0

We are up in Level 5 in the Man City end and their fans are making a lot of noise.

A great atmosphere just before the game as pyros galore hit the sky as the players arrive on the pitch

and the crowd are waving their flags and scarfs etc.

A massive capacity crowd of 85,854 are here.

The sheer class of favourites Man City easily beat Watford.

Shame that Watford did not get a goal or two.

They had a good chance to score before Man City started their goal avalanche.

Six goals scored (Silva, Sterling*3, De Bruyne, Jesus)

Man City thrash Watford 6-0 to become the first English team to do a domestic treble.









Friday 17 May 2019.

MANIC STREET PREACHERS + GWENNO live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Manic Street Preachers play the first of two sold out shows at Shepherds Bush Empire.

I have seen The Manics around 20 times since an early club show back in 1991.

They are celebrating 20 years of their album "This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours".

It reached number one in the UK charts and sold over 5 million copies worldwide.

The Manics have had 15 x Top 10 hits singles in the UK including two number ones.

GWENNO and her band arrive on stage at 7.30pm and played for around 40 mins.

Gwenno was a bit odd as performs mostly in Cornish, with some Welsh thrown in.

She was quite cool in a way but the songs drifted past without being memorable.

MANIC STREET PREACHERS arrived on stage at 8.45pm and played for one hour 50 mins.

James Dead Bradfield played some very nifty guitar from a big selection of guitars.

Nicky Wire was covered in glitter as usual.

Loads of their big anthemic hits were played which were great but some of the lesser known

album tracks seemed to plod a bit.

Excellent finale of "You Love Us" and "A Design For Life" had everyone singing loudly.

A great show.

Full Manics setlist played tonight...

THIS IS MY TRUTH TELL ME YOURS album played in full...but not track order.

The Everlasting

You Stole the Sun From My Heart

Ready for Drowning

Tsunami

My Little Empire

I'm Not Working

You're Tender and You're Tired

Born a Girl

Be Natural

Black Dog on My Shoulder

Prologue to History

S.Y.M.M.

If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next

HITS & OTHER TRACKS

Sleepflower

Your Love Alone Is Not Enough

International Blue

Motorcycle Emptiness

Solitude Sometimes Is

People Give In

La Tristesse Durera (Scream to a Sigh)

You Love Us

No Surface All Feeling

A Design for Life (ticker-tape over the crowd)











Thurs 16 May 2019...a full day out at different events...

1.15pm to 4.15pm

FORTNUM & MASON 7th Food & Drinks Awards 2019 - 181 Piccadilly, London W1..

Around 250 guests on the fourth floor of this famous store that dates back over 300 years.

I have been to every one of their awards which are usually held in the evening.

It is earlier today as special guest is PRINCE CHARLES who received a lifetime achievement award.

Lots of well known chefs & restauranteurs are here along with a few other celeb faces

I got my picture taken with SHARLEEN SPITERI from Texas (who is married to a chef).

Other VIP guests included Chris Evans who handed Mary Berry her award, Judi Dench, Stanley Tucci, Jimmy Carr, joined celebrity chefs and restaurant critics Angela Hartnett, Jay Rayner, Mark Hix, Ken Hom, Candice Brown and Monica Galetti at Fortnum & Mason's for this year's food awards. Claudia Winkleman was on hand to present accolades to winners Mary Berry and Nadiya Hussain, while other guests included Nigel Slater, Celia Imrie, Tom Parker Bowles, Fay Ripley and Felicity Blunt.

Also Ronni Ancona , David Mills , Helen Lederer, Wilnelia Forsyth, Nick Ferrari and Stephen Webster.

Awards were handed out from 2pm to 2.45pm with Prince Charles getting the first award after Fortnum's CEO

Ewan Ventners introduced Charles to the main celebrities here who were all stood in a line to greet him.

Prince Charles gave a great speech full of humour and interest on his 30 years of organic farming.

Complimentary Fortnum's champers, wines and lots of tasty food and desserts from Fortnum's kitchens.

Also guests got a nice goodie bag with five Fortnum's food items inside.

An excellent event.

www.fortnumandmason.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then

6pm to 8pm

THE BENTLEY CENTENARY OPUS - book launch party - Jack Barclay, Berkeley Square, London W1.

Around 150 guests here in the car showroom to launch this huge tomb that celebrates 100 years

of the Bentley luxury car brand.

The guy opening the pages was wearing white gloves as not to mark the book.

Only 500 copies worldwide plus 100 copies special edition with extra bits and pieces.

Ex Formula 1 supremo BERNIE ECCLESTONE was here.

There were speeches at 7.15pm.

Complimentary Bentleys champers, three different cocktails and canapés.

All guests got a limited edition framed print (150) of a Bentley classic car.

www.thisisopus.com/Bentley

Visit their website for more info.

then

8.30pm to 11.15pm

BELMOND CADOGAN HOTEL - summer party - 75 Sloane Street, London SW1.

Nicely positioned between the high-end luxury stores of Knightsbridge and the boutique shops in Chelsea.

Around 200 here at this very nice luxury boutique hotel.

I got my photo taken with a singer / actress JANE BIRKIN who is now aged 72.

"Je t'aime… moi non plus" (French for "I love you… neither do I") is a 1967 song written by Serge Gainsbourg for Brigitte Bardot. In 1969, Gainsbourg recorded the best known version with Jane Birkin. The duet reached number one in the UK, and number two in Ireland, but was banned in several countries due to its overtly sexual content.

Other guests here included Alex Zane, Alison Jackson, Betty Bachz ,Laura Bailey, Gala Gordon ,

Stephen Jones, Angela Scanlon, Alistair Guy, Mark Hix , Pam Hogg, Matthew Williamson, Rosanna Falconer,

Pips Taylor, Noelle Reno, Meredith Ostrom and a few others.

A female dj was playing dance tunes and it was a great party.

Complimentary Taittinger champers, three different cocktails, wines, beers, bowl food ,canapés, oysters, desserts.

www.belmond.com

Visit their website here for more info.









Wed 15 May 2019....I went to two events tonight.

6.45pm to 8pm

FOOD : Bigger Than The Plate - private view - V & A Museum , London SW7.

From gastronomic experiments to urban farming, this exhibition brings together the politics and pleasure of food to ask how the collective choices we make can lead to a more sustainable, just and delicious food future.

Around 500 guests are here at this famous venue.

As expected it was not as glamourous as some of the previous private views here.

I spotted Jackie St Clair and Basia Briggs here.

At 7.15pm we had a couple of speeches.

Complimentary prosecco, wines, beers and canapés for all guests.

www.vam.ac.uk

Visit their website here for more info...it is on until 20 October 2019.

then

ERIC CLAPTON plays the second of three shows at The Royal Albert Hall.

Eric has been swopping the setlist about these days from his Japan shows.The opening RAH show

did not include "Badge" or "Wonderful Tonight" or "Cocaine" but it did include a mega encore of "Purple Rain".

Eric Clapton announces his return to the Royal Albert Hall for a series of concerts in May 2019.

The three shows will be his only UK performances for 2019. Eric will be accompanied by his band members Chris Stainton, Nathan East, Doyle Bramhall and Sonny Emory.

All three shows sold out by Dec 2018 even though best seats are £150 each.

Having first performed at the Royal Albert Hall with The Yardbirds in 1964, Eric Clapton has played at the venue more than 200 times including farewell and reunion gigs with Cream and numerous residencies.

I have seen Eric solo over 25 times since 1976 plus all four Cream re-union concerts at The Royal Albert Hall in 2005.

Eric is now aged 74.

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The venue is totally rammed solid sold out tonight.

ERIC CLAPTON and band arrive on stage at 8.35pm and play for 1 hour 45 mins.

Eric is standing on his usual stage rug.

The band are top notch and include two female backing singers.

Eric does not do much talking on stage but he lets the guitar talk for him.

He gets a delicious tone on his guitar all throughout the show.

It is nice he is changing the setlist around a bit.

His life long love of the blues is still there for sure.

The regulars run down the front on cue for the opening bars of "Layla".

For the encore he was joined by the support act, Jimmie Vaughan.

A great show.









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News and Reviews: 16th May 2019

Wed 15 May 2019....I went to two events tonight.

6.45pm to 8pm

FOOD : Bigger Than The Plate - private view - V & A Museum , London SW7.

From gastronomic experiments to urban farming, this exhibition brings together the politics and pleasure of food to ask how the collective choices we make can lead to a more sustainable, just and delicious food future.

Around 500 guests are here at this famous venue.

As expected it was not as glamourous as some of the previous private views here.

I spotted Jackie St Clair and Basia Briggs here.

At 7.15pm we had a couple of speeches.

Complimentary prosecco, wines, beers and canapés for all guests.

www.vam.ac.uk

Visit their website here for more info...it is on until 20 October 2019.

then

ERIC CLAPTON plays the second of three shows at The Royal Albert Hall.

Eric has been swopping the setlist about these days from his Japan shows.The opening RAH show

did not include "Badge" or "Wonderful Tonight" or "Cocaine" but it did include a mega encore of "Purple Rain".

Eric Clapton announces his return to the Royal Albert Hall for a series of concerts in May 2019.

The three shows will be his only UK performances for 2019. Eric will be accompanied by his band members Chris Stainton, Nathan East, Doyle Bramhall and Sonny Emory.

All three shows sold out by Dec 2018 even though best seats are £150 each.

Having first performed at the Royal Albert Hall with The Yardbirds in 1964, Eric Clapton has played at the venue more than 200 times including farewell and reunion gigs with Cream and numerous residencies.

I have seen Eric solo over 25 times since 1976 plus all four Cream re-union concerts at The Royal Albert Hall in 2005.

Eric is now aged 74.

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The venue is totally rammed solid sold out tonight.

ERIC CLAPTON and band arrive on stage at 8.35pm and play for 1 hour 45 mins.

Eric is standing on his usual stage rug.

The band are top notch and include two female backing singers.

Eric does not do much talking on stage but he lets the guitar talk for him.

He gets a delicious tone on his guitar all throughout the show.

It is nice he is changing the setlist around a bit.

His life long love of the blues is still there for sure.

The regulars run down the front on cue for the opening bars of "Layla".

For the encore he was joined by the support act, Jimmie Vaughan.

A great show.

Full Eric Clapton setlist played tonight...

Motherless Children (Blind Willie Johnson cover)

Pretending

Key to the Highway (Charles Segar cover)

I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man (Willie Dixon cover)

I Shot the Sheriff (The Wailers cover)

Driftin' Blues (Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers cover) (acoustic)

Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out (Jimmy Cox cover) (acoustic)

Tears in Heaven (acoustic)

Alberta (Bob Dylan cover) (acoustic)

Running On Faith (acoustic)

Tearing Us Apart

Holy Mother

Cross Road Blues (Robert Johnson cover)

Little Queen of Spades (Robert Johnson cover)

Layla (Derek and the Dominos song)

Encore:

Before You Accuse Me (Bo Diddley cover) (with Jimmie Vaughan)









Tuesday 14 May 2019.

JACK WHITEHALL live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Comedian Jack Whitehall plays a "work in progress" show to test new material for his UK arena tour.

His upcoming tour in Nov/Dec includes FOUR nights at The 02 Arena.

Jack recently hosted The Brit Awards and this Friday 17 May he fills in as host on The Graham Norton show

while Graham is covering Eurovision....Peter Crouch and Sam Fender are among his guests...

Jack now aged 30, comes under "posh boy" comedian tag due to stints at private school and boarding school.

His father was an agent for Judi Dench, Colin Firth, and Richard Griffiths, and wrote the memoir Shark-Infested Waters.

He had two godfathers — Nigel Havers and the late Richard Griffiths, both actors.

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Jack Whitehall arrived on stage at 8.05pm for five minutes and to introduce the support act.

He was dressed in full mime costume and joked this would feature in his new stage show.

Tom Lucy arrived on stage at 8.10pm for his 20 mins set which was decent enough.

Jack Whitehall arrived on stage at 9.45pm for his 75 mins set.

It is stalls seated tonight , so a full house of around 1200.

He started off by firing a few t-shirts into the crowd.

Lots of funny bits throughout his enjoyable show.

Topics covered included...

Brexit

English blokes drinking habits

Doing a gig for Prince Charles birthday at Kensington Palace

Strange American hotel signs

Why so many different types of milk

Vegan and Eco types

His agent advising him to stop talking about Waitrose and talk about "The Lidl" instead.

Dieting

Relationship break-ups

Airport security

Travelling abroad with his dad for their tv series









Monday 13 May 2019...6.15pm to 9.45pm...

29th PJ's Polo Party and start of the 2019 Polo Season , 52 Fulham Road, London SW3.

This very nice restaurant & bar is three minutes walk from South Kensington tube.

Over 200 guests at this annual event that i have been to each year for the past decade.

Many have come from the Polo Clubs on the outskirts of London.

Bill Wyman and Kenney Jones have turned up at previous years and we are lucky BILL WYMAN

and his wife are here tonight.

I got a nice photo with him and had a few words of chat....he is now aged 82...

At 8pm PJs owner and polo enthusiast Brian Stein made a speech and thanked us for coming.

Complimentary Taittinger champers, vodka cocktails, gin cocktails, wines and beers.

Lots of very tasty food too including cheeseburgers, buttermilk chicken, canapés, desserts etc.

A great evening.

www.pjsbarandgrill.co.uk

Visit the PJs website here for more info on their drinks and food menu.

www.polotimes.co.uk

Visit Polo Times website here to find out what's going on in the Polo world.







Monday 13 May 2019.

Happy Birthday to STEVIE WONDER who is 69 today.





Sunday 12 May 2019.

THE BEST OF ROCK MUSICALS live at Hammersmith Apollo, London.

Sir Tim Rice hosts and Christopher Biggins will introduce a few songs.

The Best of Rock Musicals will include songs from Jesus Christ Superstar, Hair, Evita, Chess, Aida, Rent, Tommy, We Will Rock You, Spring Awakening, The Rocky Horror Show, Next To Normal, The Little Shop of Horrors,Rock of Ages, Grease , Dear Evan Hansen and more...with many different theatrical singers.

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Tonight is a benefit show for The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust which was formed in 1997 by the Waller family in memory of their son and brother, Charlie, who took his own life whilst suffering from depression. The Trust offers support and education to those affected by depression and mental illness.

We are front circle for the show and i notice that one of the female toilets has been turned into a

'gender neutral' toilet...I wonder what Lemmy would have made of that.

The show was on for 2 hours 10 mins over two sets of 65 mins each.

There is a big screen announcing the title of each song and the musical it has come from.

For many songs there are 50 people on stage when you add singers, dancers, band, mini-orchestra and choir.

Basically each musical had one to four songs performed from it.

All the singers had strong powerful voices and there was some great dance routines.

Highlights for me included "Superstar", "Aquarius", "Grease" , "Time Warp", "Pinball Wizard" ,

"Don't Stop Believing", "Your Song", "I Wanna Rock " and a couple of Queen classics.

A very enjoyable show.

Highlights included...

PART ONE

Superstar from Jesus Christ Superstar (plus three other songs from this musical.

Aquarius from Hair (plus three other songs from this musical)

Grease and Grease Lightning

Time Warp from The Rocky Horror Show

Pinball Wizard from Tommy

Two songs from Evita

Four songs from Chess

PART TWO

I Wanna Rock - Rock of Ages

One song from Hairspray

One song from Dreamgirls

Singer Adam Pascal now aged 48, came on stage and sang three songs from Rent.

He is pleased to be on this famous stage as he said as a teenager he had posters of

Iron Maiden, Judas Priest,Def Leppard 'Live at Hammersmith Odeon' on his bedroom wall.

One song from Next to Normal

Three songs from Aida

One song from Billy Elliot

Your Song from Moulin Rouge

Who Wants To Live Forever? and We Are The Champions from We Will Rock You

One song from Dear Evan Hansen

Don't Stop Believing from Rock of Ages









Saturday 11 May 2019.

THE GLORIA'S live at The George & Dragon, Acton High Street, London W3...free entry...

The Glorias are a punk-rock-n-roll band from the Portsmouth area.

This pub is a good supporter of live punk rock bands as most of the gigs here are free entry

and just the odd one is charging £5 admission.

Nice to see so many of my West London punk rockin chums here including Del from The Satellites and

Chris Payne from The Members.

THE GLORIA'S arrived on stage at 10.20pm and played for around 60 mins.

The band feature Bill on guitar...he is in my band Gun Control as well.

Amazingly they open their set with a cover of one of Gun Controls songs "No Mercy" with changed lyrics.

Lots of catchy uptempo garage punk rock n roll tunes from their debut album were played tonight.

A couple of very nice covers played near the end , "Black Leather" (Sex Pistols) and

"Search and Destroy" (Iggy Pop & The Stooges).

A very enjoyable set.









Friday 11 May 2019.

FRANCIS ROSSI at The Beck Theatre, Hayes, Middlesex.

Legendary Status Quo lead singer Francis Rossi will share the extraordinary secrets from more than fifty years in rock’n’roll when he takes to the stage for an intimate evening of chat as part of a massive UK tour.

The 'I Talk Too Much' tour, will feature Francis - joined by Mick Wall - sharing some of the best Rock 'n' Roll stories ever, accrued during an extraordinary life on the road. Expect laughter, revelations, tales involving some of the giants of music, exclusive video clips, snatches of classic tunes and a great night out.

Rossi said: "This show is something new for me. It will be live and unscripted, so god knows what could happen! One thing's for sure though, it'll be a white-knuckle ride for me, but fans will get a real unvarnished insight into what’s happened over the years. I'll be taking a guitar along to demonstrate how some of those Quo classics came into being, and hopefully we'll take a few questions from the audience too. It's been quite a journey, there's a lot to share."

www.francisrossi.com

Visit his website here for more info and his tour dates for 2019 and by public demand many more added for 2020.

His autobiography "I Talk Too Much" is available for £13.97 from the Amazon link at the top of this page.

Status Quo have sold over 125 million albums which has included 24 x Top 10 chart placings in the UK.

They have also had 22 x Top 10 hit singles in the UK.

His Quo partner , Rick Parfitt sadly passed away on 24 Dec 2016.

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Always nice to be at this cosy all seated tiered venue on the outskirts of West London every now and then.

As i have seen over 6500 gigs since 1973 , there are many of my fave bands who i have seen

20 or 30 times. I have seen Status Quo around 50 times since 1974 which included Live Aid ,

a couple of times in Australia and those 'Frantic Four' reunion shows from a few years ago.

Status Quo were always one of the hardest working bands out there with massive tours every year.

Back in the 1970s and 1980s they would play multi-nights at Hammersmith Odeon rather than Wembley.

The show tonight was on for 1 hour 40 mins over two sets of 45 mins and 55 mins.

There was a big screen showing video clips behind them as they both sat on comfy chairs.

Francis is a natural raconteur who is honest, funny, engaging and happy to have banter with fans.

FIRST HALF INCLUDED...

Francis talking about events in the 1960s and 1970s.

Coming from a family ice-cream business.

Meeting Alan Lancaster to form a band when they were both just 13.

Getting a stint at Butlins with their first band.

Rick Parfitt joining the band in October 1967 and having their first hit soon after.

Francis playing acoustic versions of early stage tracks along with "Pictures of Matchstick Men"

and "In My Chair".

Putting to bed "Quo are only a three chord band" theory by explaining how some songs had nine

or more chords.

SECOND HALF INCLUDED...

Francis taking about events from 1980s onwards.

How they came to open Live Aid in 1985 with a show stealing performance.

How Rick and himself established themselves as a duo for all promo and interviews.

Getting his OBE with Rick at Buckingham Palace.

Their stint in Coronation Street and Francis playing the shows theme tune on his guitar.

Rick's heart attacks and his shock death.

Near the end there were 10 mins of questions from the audience.

Francis confirmed their would not be a Quo Christmas tour this year.

A finale with all the crowd singing along to "Caroline" was a perfect way to end the evening.

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After the show Francis signed copies of his book and new album with Hannah Rickard...strictly no other items.

It's great to see a rock legend like Francis up close and personal like this so well worth checking out his tour

dates as he definitely will be playing at a town near you.











Thursday 09 May 2019.

6pm to 6.45pm

THE HOUSE OF FINE ART - private view - Pall Mall Gallery , St James's, London SW1.

Around 70 or 80 guests here in this gallery space.

The House of Fine Art is pleased to present All I Ever Wanted Was Everything, a solo exhibition of

new sculpture and painting works by Amsterdam-based artist Joseph Klibansky.

Complimentary prosecco and wines for all guests.

www.thehouseoffineart.com

Visit the gallery website here for more info.

then

7pm to 8.45pm

OSCAR'S FIRST BOOK PRIZE at The May Fair Hotel, Stratton Street, Mayfair, London W1.

Over 150 guests in the ballroom of this luxury five star hotel.

This award is for books aimed for children aged 5 and under.

PRINCESS BEATRICE made a nice speech and gave out the £5000 prize to the winner.

The winning book was ' How to be a Lion' by Ed Vere.

Complimentary prosecco, wines, beers, fish & chips, canapés, desserts for all guests.

then

9pm to 10pm

THE HOUSE OF FINE ART - after-party - The Cuckoo Club, Swallow Street, Mayfair, London W1.

This was the party after the gallery private view earlier.

The dj is playing some nice bass heavy dance tunes.

Hard to believe i saw Guns N Roses play a semi-acoustic secret gig at this 200 capacity club in 2006.

I had a couple of complimentary JD & cokes before the bar tab closed at 10pm.









Thursday 09 May 2019.

Sad news that FREDDIE STARR has died aged 76 at his home in Spain.

Freddie Starr was an English comedian, impressionist, singer and actor. Starr was the lead singer of Merseybeat pop group the Midniters during the early 1960s, and came to prominence as a comedian in the 1970s and 1980s.

Back in his heyday The Sun newspaper ran a famous front page headline "Freddie Starr ate my hamster".

That was in 1986 when it actually was made into giant posters and t-shirts by The Sun.

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Happy Birthday to BILLY JOEL who is 70 today.

He will play Madison Square Gardens with special guests tonight.

I hope to see him at Wembley Stadium on 22 June 2019.







Wednesday 08 May 2019...7pm to 10pm...

Chesterton's Polo in The Park - launch party - Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel,

Cadogan Place, Knightsbridge, London SW1.

Always nice to be at this five star luxury hotel that is up the road from Harrods & Harvey Nichols.

Around 150 smartly dressed folks here that included a couple of faces...

Liz McClarnon: English Pop Singer (ex Atomic Kitten), Dancer & Television Presenter

Victoria Clay : Britain's Next Top Model - 5 ft 10 inches model who always looks stunning.

Several players from each of the Polo teams are here in their teams colours.

At 8pm there was a speech and they made the draw.

Complimentary Lanson champers, whiskey n mixers, gin n mixers, tequila n mixers , wines and

canapés for all guests.

A very nice event.

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Chestertons Polo in the Park is the only Polo event held in Inner London.

It is held at the stunning Hurlingham Park, Fulham on the weekend 07, 08, 09 June 2019.

Not only can you watch three matches of polo a day but tickets include the finest ingredients to make the perfect party.

Enjoy access to the Grandstand to watch the world’s best polo, The Grazing Paddock for restaurants and street food, Champagne Lanson Garden, iconic Mahiki and Polo Bars, Slingsby Cocktail Bar, PIMM’s Bus, Fever-Tree Bar and Garden, Luxury Shopping Village, Little Hooves Kids Club and Pitch Invasion (Sunday only).

www.polointheparklondon.com

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.









Wednesday 08 May 2019.

AJAX 2 TOTTENHAM 3

Who could believe that after the Liverpool game last night we could have another incredible comeback.

Spurs come back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 and to go through on the away goals rule.

It will be an all-Premier League final in Madrid on 1 June after Lucas Moura completed his hat-trick, five minutes into stoppage time, with pretty much the last kick of the game.

Ajax players slump to the ground in disbelief at the final whistle.

And Spurs did it all without Harry Kane...amazing.









Tuesday 07 May 2019.

SAM FENDER + A FESTIVAL, A PARADE live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Sam Fender plays the second of two sold out shows at Shepherds Bush Empire.

Following a hectic year of touring and becoming one of the hottest new names in the industry,

BRITs Critics' Choice winner (previous winners include Adele, Sam Smith), plays his biggest UK tour to date.

Two nights here even though his debut album "Hypersonic Missiles" is not out until 09 Aug 2019.

He has just announced an even bigger tour of the UK for later in the year including Brixton Academy.

Pretty amazing how this 23 year old can sell so many gig tickets when his

only hit single "Play God" got to a lowly 89 in the UK charts.

Sam Fender has been named the face of Topman's new Suit Your Self tailoring campaign. The BRIT Awards Critic's Choice winner models some of Topman's most popular styles including the Skinny Suit, the Check Three-Piece and the Classic Tux, and comments in the video campaign 'I like wearing a suit on a special occasion, 'cause I like to feel like a bobby dazzler'.

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A FESTIVAL, A PARADE arrive on stage at 8.15pm and play for 30 mins.

The headliner has quite a cool name but what about the support band???

A dodgy band name but they played a good set of uptempo indie pop.

Like Sam Fender, they also hail from Newcastle.

SAM FENDER and band arrive on stage at 9.20pm and play for 70 mins.

The crowd covers all ages and not just youngsters, who jump around for a few tracks.

He had an odd stage backdrop of huge sheets of kitchen foil.

This was a nod to back home to Geordie kebab shops that wrap their kebabs in kitchen foil.

Also if you bought a t-shirt at the gig they would wrap it in kitchen foil for you.

Thanks to the internet and radio play the crowd know many of the songs played.

Plenty of good uptempo pop tunes played.

He reminded me of Jake Bugg when he was taking off.

Highlights included "Dead Boys" ,"Start Again" and "Play God".

His lyrics are based around the love-hate relationship he has with his hometown area.

Lots of friendly Geordie stage banter.

Every few months he is playing a bigger gig than the last one in London so I can easily see him

playing arenas in a couple of years when his second album comes out.

A good show and certainly a name to watch.

Full Sam Fender setlist played tonight...

Millennial

Will We Talk in the Morning?

All Is on My Side

The Borders

Dead Boys

Start Again

Greasy Spoon

Hypersonic Missiles

Spice

Play God

Encore:

Poundshop Kardashians (Solo)

Leave Fast (Solo)

White Privilege (Solo)

That Sound

Morning Glory (Oasis cover)

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After the show there was a drinks party for 100 guests hosted by Universal Music

at the nearest pub to the venue on the corner - The Sindercombe Social.

Sam Fender eventually turned up after a meet n greet straight after the show.

Complimentary spirits n mixers, wines and beers for all guests.









Tuesday 07 May 2019.

LIVERPOOL 4 BARCELONA 0.

How did they do it ?...and without Salah....incredible stuff..

Liverpool are into their second successive Champions League final after overcoming Barcelona with a stunning second-leg fightback on an epic night at Anfield.

Roared on relentlessly by their fans, the Reds produced an incredible all-action display to claw back and then ultimately overturn their 3-0 deficit from the Nou Camp with an unanswered four-goal salvo in thrilling style.

It is the first time since 1986 - when Barcelona knocked out Gothenburg in the old European Cup - that a team have recovered a three-goal first-leg deficit to win a semi-final in this competition.

As the tv commentator said "Messi mashed on Merseyside".









Monday 06 May 2019.

MADONNA's upcoming World Tour will avoid arenas and play multi-nights at smaller theatres.

Shows in Europe will be confirmed soon.

The Madame X Tour will hit Europe in early 2020 with performances at the Coliseum in Lisbon,

the Palladium in London and at the Grand Rex in Paris

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Happy Birthday to American rocker BOB SEGER who is 74 today.

Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band are currently in the middle of their final tour, including six

performances in Bob's hometown of Detroit in June that just might be his last ever shows.

He never visited the UK that much but i did see him play at Hammersmith Odeon in 1977.







Sunday 05 May 2019.

VALERY MELADZE live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Valeriy Meladze is a Russian singer of Georgian descent who is very popular back home.

Valery now aged 53, will perform tracks from his 30 year career.

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It is stalls seated tonight and all levels are sold so there are 800 to 1000 folks here.

Pretty good going when you see the ticket prices...£75 up to £125...

London's Russian community are out in force...lots of great looking Russian women here.

It was one of the those early start early finish gigs.

VALERY MELADZE and his full band arrived on stage at 7.15pm for their two hour show.

The band included a female backing vocals and a two woman string section.

There is a big screen showing live footage along with pre-recorded videos and images.

With his grey hair Valery looks like Jose Mourinho and the sound is a mix of

Tom Jones meets Eurovision.

All the songs and stage banter are in Russian.

Some songs are uptempo and others have a more romantic ballad feel.

Some of the females are dancing and screaming a bit.

A big song at the end was "Capa" (Sara).

A decent enough show that the crowd loved.







Saturday 04 May 2019.

NICK MASON'S Saucerful Of Secrets + McNally Waters live at The Roundhouse, London.

Nick Mason plays the second of two sold out shows at this venue.

Again there were lots of overseas folks in the crowd.

Yesterday i was front right looking at the stage and tonight i was front left looking at the stage.

Both acts came on at the same time as yesterday and played the same setlist.

Pretty much all the stage banter was the same as well.

Cannot be easy to drum for nearly two hours as a 75 year old but Nick does it superbly.

Tonight though there were loads of cameras dotted around the venue filming the show.

Including one on a zip-wire that hovered over the stalls standing.

No doubt a nice quality DVD will be out just before Christmas.

Shame that Roger Waters or David Gilmour did not appear on stage with Nick.

That would have looked great for the DVD.

Another great show.

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I was lucky to have been at Pink Floyd's last show in Hyde Park on 02 July 2005.

I was also at the sound check in Hyde Park the night before where Pink Floyd

and Madonna both ran through their sets.





Saturday 04 May 2019.

You can't make it up....LINE OF DUTY...

Sainsbury / Line Of Duty bosses have dropped a major clanger by releasing the series 5 DVD into

shops 24 hours before the final airs on TV.

Fans of hit cop show have discovered they can watch the last episode a day before it's on TV after spotting the complete boxset in Sainsbury's.

The finale airs on BBC1 tomorrow night but it's already available if you head down to Sainsbury's.

The series five DVD is available alongside the complete 1-5 boxset.

Fans have been posting picturs of themselves snapping up the DVDs and rushing home to watch the final.

It could mean bad news for BBC bosses as spoilers could end up on social media 24 hours before the show airs.

The official DVD on sale date is Monday 06 May 2019.







Friday 03 May 2019.

NICK MASON'S Saucerful Of Secrets + McNally Waters live at The Roundhouse, London.

Nick Mason plays the first of two sold out shows at this venue where Pink Floyd played 50 years ago.

Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason formed the band to play Pink Floyd's early material.

Pretty amazing how Spandau Ballet's Gary Kemp has done a great job on guitar duties for the band.

"A Saucerful of Secrets" is the second studio album by Pink Floyd, released on 29 June 1968.

The album was recorded before and after Syd Barrett's departure from the group. With Barrett's behaviour becoming increasingly unpredictable, he was forced to leave the band and David Gilmour was recruited in January 1968.

Nick Mason has stated that it is his favourite Pink Floyd album.

The day before this show Nick Mason was awarded a CBE for Services to Music by The Duke of Cambridge.

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I didn't see Nick Mason's show at this venue last year or at Dingwalls so I'm looking forward to this gig.

MCNALLY WATERS arrive on stage at 8pm and play for 30 mins.

The surname is a bit of a giveaway but the band include Harry Waters on keyboards.

He is Roger Waters son.

The band played a decent set of New Orleans influenced tunes.

NICK MASON & BAND arrive on stage at 9pm and play for 1 hour 50 mins.

There is a film projector showing psychedelic images onto their band logo at the back.

The 75-year-old Mason introduced proceedings from behind his drum kit, emphasising the oddity of effectively playing in your own tribute band by jokingly referring to them as The Roger Waters Experience or The Danish David Gilmour.Alongside two accomplished session players (guitarist Lee Harris and keyboard player Dom Beken), the frontline was bassist Guy Pratt (regular session man for later Floyd shows and solo David Gilmour projects) and, somewhat incongruously, guitarist Gary Kemp of Spandau Ballet.

Kemp, in particular, was a revelation in the role of lead guitarist. There is nothing in the New Romantic back catalogue to suggest he has such a wild mastery of his instrument. He may have access to more effects units on his pedal board than early Floyd could count on, and he doesn’t have the sensitive touch of Gilmour (well, who does?), but he played with swagger and panache, really dragging every possible nuance of tone and distortion from his instrument.

Nick would also joke about "having to buy a new pair of ballet shows after 20 years of tip-toeing between

Roger Waters and David Gilmour".

The sound quality was perfect and their psychedelic space rock re-created nicely what it would have been like

to see Pink Floyd in their early days.

Mentions of Syd Barrett and Rick Wright got huge cheers and applause from the hardcore crowd.

I think the setlist covered the Pink Floyd period from 1967 to 1972.

Some songs were more familiar than others to me but they vividly brought back to life early Floyd's

remarkable range with an immense sound.

A great show.

Full setlist played tonight...

Interstellar Overdrive

Astronomy Domine

Lucifer Sam

Fearless

Obscured by Clouds

When You're In

Remember a Day

Arnold Layne

Vegetable Man

If

Atom Heart Mother

The Nile Song

Green Is the Colour

Let There Be More Light

Childhood's End

Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun

See Emily Play

Bike

One of These Days

Encore:

A Saucerful of Secrets

Point Me at the Sky

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Those spotted at the event included....

Peter Gabriel

John Giddings (legendary live music agent whose roster include Nick Mason).

Tony Smith (manager for Genesis since 1973,and for the solo careers of Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks. He is also, as of 2007, co-manager of Pink Floyd along with Paul Loasby. He, i presume is Nick Mason's manager.

Norman Watt-Roy (Wilko Johnson Band /The Blockheads).

Probably a couple more as Brian Johnson went to see the show here last year.







Thursday 02 May 2019...I went to two events tonight....

JD MALAT GALLERY - private view - 30 Davies Street, Mayfair, London W1.

Chinese artist Li Tianbing showcases his paintings with his new exhibition "Urban Scene".

Born in 1974 in Guilin, China, Li Tianbing studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where he formed a unique visual language to express his own cultural origins. Fusing traditional Chinese techniques with Contemporary Western references, Li does not limit himself to a single style in order to explore the boundaries of the medium. This approach also reflects the artist’s cultural background, rooted in the Eastern philosophy that all things are in a constant state of flux. The ongoing advancement of the “self” thus finds its reflection in Tianbing Li’s ever-changing artistic expression.

Around 100 guests at this gallery that always gets a nice buzzy crowd.

Complimentary Pommery champers for all guests.

www.jdmalat.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then

10cc live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

The line-up for this show will feature co-founder Graham Gouldman as the only original member.

Two of the current band were also regulars in the 10cc touring band back in the 1970s.

10cc had 11 x Top 10 hit singles in the UK in the 1970s including three number ones.

I first saw them in 1975 at Hammersmith Odeon in their heyday and have seen them several times since.

Tonight is near the end of their two month UK & European Tour.

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We have great seats in a Grand Tier, Box number 4, looking at the stage from the left.

10cc arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played for 1 hour 50 mins.

Graham Gouldman co-founded 10cc in 1972 and he is still leading the band from the front. While 10cc has not produced any new material since 1995, they continue to tour the world playing their extensive back catalogue. And what a treasure trove of fabulous songs the band has. 10cc is a band that is hard to define musically as they take so many different influences into their music, but essentially it is a soft rock band with its roots in the British pop and rock invasion of the 1960s. With a background as a songwriter for acts such as The Yardbirds and The Hollies, Gouldman is not only a world-class songwriter, he is also a fabulous musician (he was Ringo Starr’s bassist on two tours in 2018) and a producer (among many other things, he has produced The Ramones).

They played all their many hit singles and a few lesser known songs.

The band were very tight and 10cc have some great lyrics in their songs.

The crowd all got up and danced for the final song "Rubber Bullets".

A great show.

Full 10cc setlist played tonight...

VIDEO INTRO by Kevin Godley (Neanderthal Man by Hotlegs)

The Wall Street Shuffle

Art for Art's Sake

Life Is a Minestrone

Good Morning Judge

The Dean and I

Old Wild Men

Clockwork Creep

Feel the Benefit

The Things We Do for Love

Say the Word (Hornal cover)

Silly Love

Somewhere in Hollywood

Baron Samedi

I'm Mandy Fly Me

I'm Not in Love ( number one in 1975)

Dreadlock Holiday (number one in 1978)

Encore:

Ready to Go Home

Donna (acapella)

Rubber Bullets (number one in 1973)









Wednesday 01 May 2019....6.30pm to 9pm...

Le Touquet-Paris-Plage ( commonly referred to as Le Touquet), -media showcase- at

The French Ambassador's Residence, 11 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W11.

Around 50 media guests here in one of the stunning rooms of this immaculately furnished building.

The building is located in one of London's more exclusive roads.

The average price of a villa/mansion here was recently stated as £42m.

The neighbour next door is the guy that owns Foxton's Estate Agents.

For 45 mins we are all seated for the speeches and video show on Le Touquet from

The French Ambassador - Jean-Pierre Jouyet along with Le Touquet Mayor and the MP for the area.

Le Touquet in Northern France has always been very popular with British tourists as it is very easy

to get there by plane, train and car.

I have been twice to this chic French coastal town and it is very delightful ,with a sandy beach.

It is very easy to go there for a day trip or weekend.

They have a very nice Golf Resort and the famous Hotel Barriere Le Westminster, Le Touquet - Paris-Plage.

There was a business card raffle to win a stay there but alas i did not win.

It is time to re-discover this perfect mix of British and French Elegance...visit Le Touquet.

Complimentary champers, wines and delicious bowl food, canapés and desserts from Le Touquet region.

All guests got a small goodie bag of treats from Le Touquet.

www.letouquet.com

Visit their website here for more info on Le Touquet including accommodation, events,culture, sport etc.











Tuesday 30 April 2019...6.45pm to 10.30pm...

GROSVENOR HOUSE HOTEL - 90th anniversary and refurbishment party - Park Lane, London W1.

A massive lavish party as 800 are on the guest list at this famous five star hotel.

The hotel was the first in London to have a bathroom in every bedroom.

As a youngster our current Queen had ice-skating lessons there back in 1930...yes 1930.

The party is spread out over all the bars and restaurants on the ground floor which have been refurbished.

A few well known faces including Laura Whitmore, Victoria Pendleton, Caroline Flack, Georgia Toffolo ,

Jasmine Hemsley, Lucy Mecklenburgh, Richard Biedul, Sophie Hermann, Ciara Charteris, Imelda May ,

Basis Briggs,Donna Air and football manager Sam Allardyce were here.

There was a female string section playing covers for the first hour in one room then a trio were

playing covers in another room and then a twelve piece choir sung covers in the hall area.

There was a dance duo performing ballet routines in different areas of the party.

The guests enjoyed food and drink supplied by Ruya London and Corrigan’s Mayfair.

Loads of complimentary drinks and food provided by an army of staff including three different champers

including Lanson, different cocktails, Nyetimber English sparkling wines, beers and delicious bowl food,

plates of food and canapés including oysters , steak strips with potatoes and peppercorn sauce,

smoked salmon & soft cheese rolls and desserts including cheesecake and ice-creams.

Guests got a decent goodie bag with a few items inside.

An excellent event.







Monday 29 April 2019...6.15pm to 8.30pm...

MNKY HSE - showcase - 10 Dover Street, Mayfair, London W1.

This was my first time at MNKY HSE which is a stylish Latin American restaurant & bar & nightclub.

Dover Street is a cool destination these days as The Arts Club and Victoria Beckams store are opposite.

It has one of those small entrances that lead to a much bigger than expected area.

Around 150 guests here over the two floors with the ground floor being the biggest space.

Everyone is seated at tables which is always a plus.

A dj is playing tunes in the background and it is nice and buzzy.

Complimentary prosecco , four different cocktails, wines, beers and lots of tasty bowl food,

canapés & desserts.

A really nice venue and event, just a shame the event wasn't on for another hour or so.

Al guests got a small goodie bag which included a MNKY HSE t-shirt.

www.mnky-hse.com

Visit their website here for more info.

Bear in mind we are in Mayfair so drinks prices are steep when it is a normal night as a bottle of beer is £7.50

and most cocktails are £15 each.









Monday 29 April 2019.

The video is now up on YouTube from Shepherds Bush Empire on Friday 26 April.

MOTT THE HOOPLE "All The Young Dudes" with Brian May and Joe Elliot.







Sunday 28 April 2019.

A couple of friends told me that rock legend JIMMY PAGE turned up at The Record Fair

in Victoria yesterday...Jimmy has been a regular at Record Fairs over the past few years...









Saturday 27 April 2019.

MOTT THE HOOPLE + TAX THE HEAT live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

I am back again to see their second show here.

Mott The Hoople along with bands like T.Rex, Sweet and Sparks were my first purchased records.

All these bands were regulars on Top Of The Pops when i hit my teenage years.

Not as glitzy as last night regards the celeb count but there were a couple.

JOE ELLIOT was again watching from the side of the stage and came on for the encore.

Mott The Hoople played another great show with the same setlist.





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News and Reviews: 30th April 2019

Monday 29 April 2019...6.15pm to 8.30pm...

MNKY HSE - showcase - 10 Dover Street, Mayfair, London W1.

This was my first time at MNKY HSE which is a stylish Latin American restaurant & bar & nightclub.

Dover Street is a cool destination these days as The Arts Club and Victoria Beckams store are opposite.

It has one of those small entrances that lead to a much bigger than expected area.

Around 150 guests here over the two floors with the ground floor being the biggest space.

Everyone is seated at tables which is always a plus.

A dj is playing tunes in the background and it is nice and buzzy.

Complimentary prosecco , four different cocktails, wines, beers and lots of tasty bowl food,

canapés & desserts.

A really nice venue and event, just a shame the event wasn't on for another hour or so.

Al guests got a small goodie bag which included a MNKY HSE t-shirt.

www.mnky-hse.com

Visit their website here for more info.

Bear in mind we are in Mayfair so drinks prices are steep when it is a normal night as a bottle of beer is £7.50

and most cocktails are £15 each.









Monday 29 April 2019.

The video is now up on YouTube from Shepherds Bush Empire on Friday 26 April.

MOTT THE HOOPLE "All The Young Dudes" with Brian May and Joe Elliot.







Sunday 28 April 2019.

A couple of friends told me that rock legend JIMMY PAGE turned up at The Record Fair

in Victoria yesterday...Jimmy has been a regular at Record Fairs over the past few years...









Saturday 27 April 2019.

MOTT THE HOOPLE + TAX THE HEAT live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

I am back again to see their second show here.

Mott The Hoople along with bands like T.Rex, Sweet and Sparks were my first purchased records.

All these bands were regulars on Top Of The Pops when i hit my teenage years.

Not as glitzy as last night regards the celeb count but there were a couple.

JOE ELLIOT was again watching from the side of the stage and came on for the encore.

Rock photographer ROSS HALFIN was again taking snaps all night.

STAN TIPPINS was also watching the show from side of stage.

TRACIE HUNTER was up in Level 1 again.

TAX THE HEAT again arrived on stage at 7.55pm for their good solid 45 mins set.

MOTT THE HOOPLE again arrived on stage at 9.10pm and played for around 1 hour 45 mins.

The same songs played but the first and second songs of the encore were swopped back to the

usual tour setlist as BRIAN MAY was not here tonight.

Ian Hunter held everything together at the front with his superb vocal style.

The gloriously eccentric Morgan Fisher on piano and the even more gloriously eccentric Luther Grosvenor AKA Ariel Bender on guitar and angular madcap shapes were both very entertaining.

They finish off the show again with their anthemic classic "All The Young Dudes" which was mega.

Another great show.

Roll Away The Stone (with Joe Elliot for a couple of lines)

Encore :

All The Way From Memphis

Saturday Gigs

All The Young Dudes (David Bowie cover) (with Joe Elliot, Stan Tippins and Tax The Heat)









Saturday 27 April 2019.

Happy Birthday to ex KISS guitar legend ACE FREHLEY who is 68 today.

Happy Birthday to ex Adam & The Ants guitarist MARCO PIRRONI who is 60 today.







Friday 26 April 2019.

MOTT THE HOOPLE + TAX THE HEAT live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Mott The Hoople play the first of two shows at this venue.

Mott The Hoople '74

Glam rock icons, Mott The Hoople are regrouping once more, for a performance focused on the 1974 albums, The Hoople and Live, plus other greatest hits.

They had five Top 20 hit singles in the UK between 1972 and 1974.

I first saw Mott The Hoople in Dec 1973 at Hammersmith Odeon...where the support band were QUEEN.

They were the first of over 2000 shows i have seen at that legendary venue.

Mott The Hoople still feature three 1970s members including vocalist Ian Hunter (he will be 80 in June).

I was at all five of their re-union shows at Hammersmith Apollo in 2009.

They usually get a few well known musicians turn up so will be interesting who attends?

Brian May , Joe Elliot, Mick Jones (The Clash) all turned up to see them play in the past.

Sex Pistols members who live in London usually attend but both are in Europe at the same time.

Glen Matlock is touring Sweden and Paul Cook is touring Spain.

Support comes from Bristol rockers TAX THE HEAT.

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Needless to say I was really looking forward to seeing both these Mott gigs.

A mainly older male crowd as expected.

TAX THE HEAT were on stage from 7.55pm for 45 mins.

The band arrive on stage and look like they are trendy Shoreditch barbers.

They played some good solid rock tracks from their two albums.

They are pretty happy that most of the crowd have arrived early to see them.

JOE ELLIOT and BRIAN MAY watched Mott The Hoople from side of stage.

Stan Tippins was also watching side of stage...he was the bands singer before Ian Hunter.

Guests up in the Level 1 VIP seats included a rare sighting of Mick Jones (The Clash).

Also here were Bobby Gillespie, James Stevenson, Kris Needs and Tracie Hunter(Ian's daughter).

In 1973 Kris Needs was the secretary of the Mott The Hoople fan club before he became a music journo.

Also here was guitarist Dave 'Bucket' Colwell who has had stints with Bad Company , Humble Pie and others.

Rock photographer Ross Halfin was taking photos all the way through Mott's show.

MOTT THE HOOPLE arrived on stage at 9.10pm and played for 1 hour 45 mins.

A nice big sound as there are seven musicians on stage.

All their classic tracks were played which were superb but a few of the album tracks plodded a bit

for those who were not hardcore fans.

Ian Hunter on vocals was as cool as ever.

Aerial Bender on guitar was pretty eccentric.

The last 45 mins of the show was top notch with an incredible finale of "All The Young Dudes" which

had Brian May , Joe Elliot and Stan Tippins join them as the crowd sang the words loudly.

An excellent show.

Full Mott The Hoople setlist played tonight...

American Pie (cover)/ The Golden Age of Rock 'N' Roll

‪Lounge Lizard ‬

Alice

Honaloochie Boogie

Morgan Fisher piano solo (Prelude #1 in C) (J.S.Bach cover)

Rest in Peace

I Wish I Was Your Mother

Pearl 'n' Roy (England)

Sucker

Sweet Jane (The Velvet Underground cover)

Rose

Walking With a Mountain

Roll Away the Stone (with Joe Elliott singing a couple of lines)

Marionette

Jerkin' Crocus / One of the Boys

Medley: Rock 'n Roll Queen / Crash Street Kids / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On / Mean Woman Blues / Johnny B. Goode / Violence / Cleveland (England) Rocks / You Really Got Me

Encore:

Saturday Gigs

All the Way From Memphis (with Brian May)

All the Young Dudes (David Bowie cover) (with Brian May / Joe Elliot / Stan Tippins)











Thursday 25 April 2019...6.45pm to 11pm...

RICHMOND HILL HOTEL - restaurant & bar re-launch - Richmond-Upon-Thames, Surrey.

Just a few minutes walk from Richmond Town Centre up the hill to this perfect English countryside

setting of The River Thames, lots of greenery and Richmond Park is just two minutes away.

You can why Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall lived in the area and Pete Townshend still lives here.

Around 150 guests at this stunning four star hotel for their restaurant & bar re-launch.

It has 142 rooms and you can stay here for under £100 thanks to special offers on the internet.

A few celebs here including Lizzie Cundy who always looks incredible for her 50 years.

Also Richard Blackwood, Tim Lovejoy and Glynis Barber.

144 On The Hill provides an iconic setting for an eclectic combination of locally sourced ingredients, selected by the Chef to create a ‘Turf to Table’ inspired menu that changes with the seasons. From inspirational cocktails and fine wines served in the bar, to the truly indulgent traditional 144 On The Hill afternoon tea.

There was a dj playing dance tunes and a duo played several acoustic cover versions.

Lots of complimentary food and drinks for the guests...

Chapel Down English sparkling wines, four different cocktails, wines and beers.

Lots of delicious bowl food, canapés and desserts.

Now the sunshine is coming out you definitely must head here at some point over the next couple of months.

Really enjoyable evening and the staff were great as they welcomed everyone and fussed over them.

www.richmondhill-hotel.co.uk

Visit their website here for special lunchtime deals and happy hour cocktails.









Wednesday 24 April 2019.

JOE BONAMASSA live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Joe Bonamassa plays the first of three shows at this venue.

Joe Bonamassa is an American blues rock guitarist, singer and songwriter. When he was 12 years old, Bonamassa opened for B.B. King. In the last 13 years Bonamassa has put out 15 solo albums through his independent record label J&R Adventures, of which 11 have reached number 1 on the Billboard Blues charts.

I have seen Joe a few times before including previous shows at this venue.

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Joe back at this venue , which like his hero Eric Clapton, is his port of call when he plays London.

The venue is over 90% sold which is pretty good considering the high ticket prices.

Arena / Stalls are £160 , £110 and the circle is £110 , £85 and £65.

Not sure why Joe has the cheek to charge Eric Clapton type ticket prices.

Perhaps Joe fans have too much cash as one couple who had perfect seats in the middle of the

second row stalls (£160 per ticket) turned up a staggering 75 mins into the show.

JOE BONAMASSA arrived on stage prompt at 7.30pm and played for 2 hours 15 mins.

He has a top notch band who include bass, drums, keyboards, sax, trombone & 2 female backing vocals.

When they were all playing together at full tilt, it sounded really great.

Most songs were several minutes long as they included stunning guitar solos by Joe.

Joe used many different guitars from his massive guitar collection.

At home he had a collection of over 300 guitars which has been recently pruned to 90.

On one song he was joined by a 14 year old guitarist who did a good job.

The stalls were up and standing by the front of the stage for the last 30 mins.

A great show.

Full JOE BONAMASSA setlist played tonight...

Tiger in Your Tank (Muddy Waters cover)

King Bee Shakedown

Evil Mama

Just 'Cos You Can Don't Mean You Should

Self Inflicted Wounds

This Train

Blues of Desperation

How Deep This River Runs

Sloe Gin (Tim Curry cover)

Don't You Lie to Me (with 14 year old guitarist Toby Lee)

Well, Well (Delaney & Bonnie cover)

Nobody Loves Me but My Mother (B.B. King cover)

Little Girl (John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers cover)

Last Kiss

Encore:

Woke Up Dreaming

Mountain Time











Wednesday 24 April 2019.

Happy Birthday to legendary record producer TONY VISCONTI who is 75 today.

Tony is an American record producer, musician and singer. Since the late 1960s, he has worked with an array of performers. His lengthiest involvement was with David Bowie: intermittently from Bowie's second album in 1969 to the 2016 release Blackstar, Visconti produced and occasionally performed on many of Bowie's albums.

He also produced classic T.Rex albums and many more artists over the years.







Tuesday 23 April 2019.

CLUB TROPICANA - THE MUSICAL - press night - at New Wimbledon Theatre, London.

The star cast is led by Joe McElderry (X Factor winner, Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), Neil McDermott (EastEnders, Eugenius!), Kate Robbins (Spitting Image, ITV’s The Imitation Game, Dinnerladies), Emily Tierney (Eugenius! Wicked, The Wizard of Oz); and former Sugababe star Amelle Berrabah, making her musical theatre debut.

It’s a time when hair was big, shoulders were padded and mobile phones were shaped like bricks and weighed a tonne! Take a fun-packed trip back in time to the electric 80’s with the world premiere of Club Tropicana The Musical UK Tour, a summer adventure of love in the sun, with a soundtrack of smash-hit pop classics – it really is the feel-good musical of the year!

When our budding bride and groom get cold feet, they decide to jet off separately to sunnier climes and feel the heat – but little do they know they’ve checked into the same hotel… the vibrant Club Tropicana!

With drinks flowing and tans glowing, will our young lovers decide to finally go through with the wedding? Will hotel inspectors get their way and close the resort, or will the staff save the day?

All will be revealed in hilarious style, to an irresistible soundtrack of over 20 of some of the most iconic, chart-topping pop anthems of the decade all performed live on stage, including....

Look of Love

Fantastic Day

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Oops Upside Your Head/Too Shy/Physical

Addicted To Love

Temptation

Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue

She Drives Me Crazy

Feels Like I'm in Love

Don't Go

Blind Date Theme

Call Me

Just Can't Get Enough

I Could Be So Good For You

The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Only You

Making Your Mind Up

Take On Me

Jump (For My Love)

Relax

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Always nice to be at this large theatre that has a 1500 plus capacity.

The show was on for around 1 hour 50 mins over two sets of 60 mins and 50 mins.

Lots of dance routines and costume changes from the energetic cast.

The 1980s soundtrack was nicely woven into the storyline.

Lots of laugh out loud moments throughout the show.

Kate Robbins as Consuela stole many scenes with her actions and impersonations.

The crowd stood up a few times to dance away to the classic tunes.

A very enjoyable feel-good musical with a great soundtrack that all the family would enjoy.

www.clubtropicanamusical.com

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.

It is on until Saturday 27 April 2019 at this venue and then continues it's UK tour.

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Complimentary wines and beers for 50 guests during the interval then after the show

from 9.50pm to 11pm was complimentary prosecco, wines and beers for 100 guests

which included all the cast in the dress circle bar.

Ex Sugababes member Heidi Range was here to support her band mate.











Monday 22 April 2019.

Check out this video on YouTube that was taken 29 March 2019.

A nice warm up for the Shepherds Bush Empire gigs later this week...see you there...

2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Finale - ALL THE YOUNG DUDES -

Featuring Ian Hunter, Brian May, Def Leppard, The Zombies , Little Steven & others.









Sunday 21 April 2019.

Happy Birthday to punk rock Icon IGGY POP who is 72 today.

The musical genius that was PRINCE died three years ago today.

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Fact of the Day...

It was 50 years ago today.

On 21 April 1969, American rock icon JANIS JOPLIN electrified English audiences at what would be her only headline solo concert in England, at the Royal Albert Hall as part of her European Tour.

With English prog rock band Yes supporting.







Saturday 20 April 2019.

THE CLONE ROSES + OASISH + THE SMITHS LTD live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

A triple bill of tribute bands from 'Madchester'.

I love going to see good quality tribute acts.

Levels 2 and 3 are closed off tonight and only 50 or so in Level 1 but the floor stalls standing is pretty full

so maybe 800 are here.

THE SMITHS LTD arrive on stage at 7pm and play for around 50 mins.

They have a great Morrissey lookalike and soundalike and he even threw out some flowers.

The mainstream singles taking priority in the set including, “This Charming Man”, “Panic", Girlfriend In A Coma” and “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out”, however, a sharp U-turn thrown in every track or so of less obvious tracks, a la, “Reel Around The Fountain”, kept the audience on their toes, and delighted them into the bargain.

A nice finale of "How Soon Is Now" and "Bigmouth Strikes Again".

OASISH arrive on stage at 8.15pm and play for around 60 mins.

The floor standing became a heaving mass of bodies for the two headline acts.

The singer does a good job of singing and looking like Liam.

Sadly he and Noel didn't have an authentic full scale fight on stage.

Those classic Oasis songs are getting the boozed up crowd singing along loudly and it's proper amazing.

Highlights included "Rock & Roll Star", "Roll With It", "Cigarettes & Alcohol" , "Wonderwall",

"Don't Look Back In Anger" , "Live Forever" and "Champagne Supernova". A great set.

THE CLONE ROSES arrive on stage at 9.40pm and play for around 80 mins.

Was it a good idea to put the Oasis tribute band on before the Stone Roses tribute band?

Clone Roses hold their own with a nice dance vibe and they had the best guitarist of the night.

Oddly the singer looked like another Manc legend - Steve Diggle from The Buzzcocks.

The crowd are throwing beer in the air and it's a full on indie dance party atmosphere.

Highlights included ""I Wanna Be Adored" , "Sally Cinnamon" , "Waterfall", "She Bangs The Drums",

"This Is The One" and "I Am The Resurrection ".

A great evening.









Friday 19 April 2019.

GZA (Wu-Tang Clan) + djs live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

GZA, the founding member of legendary hip hop crew Wu-Tang Clan, is coming to London for a very rare headline show. Performing his classic album, 'Liquid Swords' in full, amongst other Wu-Tang favourites.

The album was released on Geffen Records in 1995 and went Top 10 in North America.

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A regular email i get is how do I get along to gigs from all genres?

Ever since the 1970s i can easily mix going to classic rock gigs and punk gigs along with soul and funk

and i was at the first London gigs by the likes of Public Enemy, Run DMC and The Beastie Boys

when Hip Hop kicked off in the late 1980s.

Levels 2 and 3 are unsold but there is still over 1000 people here.

You may be surprised that the crowd is at least 90% white.

There were various support hip hop acts and djs playing sets whose names i did not catch.

All the acts are singing to backing tracks via a dj console behind them.

GZA was on stage from 9.50pm for 70 mins.

A pretty bare production for a headliner with just a few lights and GZA singing live to backing tracks.

A lively atmosphere for when GZA came on stage.

Lots of his best known tracks played including Wu-Tang Clan gems in his set.

Plenty of great lyrics even though some tracks sounded a bit samey at times.

He didn't seem that happy when someone threw half a pint of beer on stage.

A good show.









Wednesday 17 April 2019.

ALFIE BOE + HATTIE BRIGGS live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Alfie Boe (now aged 45 ) is an English tenor and actor, best known for performing in musical theatre.

He is best known for his performances as Jean Valjean in the musical Les Misérables at the Queen's Theatre in London, the Les Misérables: 25th Anniversary Concert in October 2010, and in the Broadway revival. He played the lead role in Finding Neverland on Broadway beginning 29 March 2016.As well, Boe shared a Tony Award with the other members of the ensemble cast of Baz Luhrmann's 2002 revival of La bohème in 2003.He has sold over one million albums in the UK.

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We have a full house for the final night of Alfie's 21 date UK tour.

HATTIE BRIGGS arrived on stage at 7.30pm and was on for 25 mins.

Hattie told us the amazing story of how she got to be on this tour.

Alfie Boe saw her busking at Paddington train station last year and they kept in touch.

And hey presto , Alfie got her on the tour.

Hattie is a singer-songwriter with a great voice.

Her set included a cover of Stings "Fields of Gold".

ALFIE BOE arrived on stage at 9.20pm and was on for 2 hours 5 mins.

Alfie is of those musical theatre singers with a powerful voice that is crossing over to rock & pop.

There were only a couple of original songs but it is mainly all cover versions.

"As Time Goes By" is the tenth studio album by English tenor Alfie Boe. It was released on 23 November 2018 by Decca Records. The album mainly features recordings of songs from the 1930s. Boe has said of the album: "I knew from day one that I wanted it to be a New Orleans-style album with the vibe of the city".

There were a few tracks played from that album and more recent cover versions including jazzy versions of

Led Zep and Guns N Roses classics along with a final song of a Snow Patrol classic.

A stunning version of "Bring Him Home" from Les Mis is the song that rocketed his career.

A five man brass section was used on several tracks, who sounded great.

Alfie has a friendly patter of on stage banter

He had a couple of special guests join him.

British Comedian BEN MILLER joined Alfie for a song.

American tv legend KELSEY GRAMMER joined Alfie for a song.

Kelsey is in London rehearsing for his musical that opens in a fortnight.

The crowd were up and dancing for the last 30 mins.

An enjoyable show.

Full Alfie Boe setlist played tonight...

Sing Sing Sing

Stompin' at the Savoy

La Vie En Rose

My Funny Valentine

Someone to Watch Over Me

Keep Me in Your Heart

Bring Him Home

Ain't Misbehavin'

Bring Me Sunshine (with Rays of Sunshine children's choir)

Misty Mountain

The Way You Look Tonight

Soul Medley - Stand By Me / (Sittin on) The Dock Of The Bay / In The Midnight Hour / Gimme Some Lovin'

Mood Indigo

Wagon Wheel (with Ben Miller and Hattie Briggs)

Corinne Corinna'

Whole Lotta Love / Sweet Child 'o Mine

Minnie the Moocher (with Kelsey Grammar)

Mardi Gras Day

Encore:

As Time Goes By

Run









Tuesday 16 April 2019.

ABC with Southbank Sinfonia Orchestra live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Performing their classic debut album ‘The Lexicon Of Love’ in its entirety in the second half of the show.

The album spawned the hits - Poison Arrow, The Look Of Love, Tears Are Not Enough, and All Of My Heart.

I have seen ABC over a dozen times since 1982 which was their debut UK tour.

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ABC tonight is not sold out but is it pretty much over 90% sold.

ABC are on stage for 1 hour 50 mins over two sets of 55 mins.

With band and orchestra added together there are over 50 musicians on stage.

The orchestra was conducted by Anne Dudley.

In 1982 Dudley made significant contributions to the Horn-produced 'The Lexicon of Love' album by ABC.

She went from fleshing-out keyboard parts to scoring the album's orchestration.

Martin Fry arrives on stage in a trademark lame jacket.

The first set was a mix of hits from other albums and tracks from their comeback album.

The second set was all of their classic Number 1 album "The Lexicon of Love".

Their debut album (and masterpiece) "The Lexicon of Love", made singer Martin Fry the Bryan Ferry of his generation.

The orchestra sounded fantastic and the lush strings really added to the sound.

The crowd danced more in the second half as the big hits kicked in.

Highlights included mega versions of "The Look of Love" and "All Of My Heart".

A great show.

Full ABC setlist played tonight...

FIRST SET

Overture

When Smokey Sings

Viva Love

The Flames Of Desire

(How to Be a) Millionaire

The Love Inside the Love

Be Near Me

Ten Below Zero

One Better World

Ocean Blue

The Night You Murdered Love

SECOND SET - The Lexicon Of Love album played in full.

Show Me

Poison Arrow

Many Happy Returns

Tears Are Not Enough

Valentine's Day

The Look of Love, Part One

Date Stamp

4 Ever 2 Gether

All of My Heart

Encore:

The Look of Love, Part Four

The Look of Love, Part One (reprise)







Monday 15 April 2019...7.15pm to 11.15pm...

TERRENCE HIGGINS TRUST 'The Auction' at Christies, King Street, St James's, London SW1.

This charity auction is in support of people living with HIV.

Last year the online and live auctions combined raised over £200,000. Over its history, the event has raised over £4 million to make a difference to the lives of people living with and affected by HIV.

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I have been to this event a few times before and it is always a great evening.

Around 500 guests here with maybe 75% gay men & women....with most paying £150 for their ticket.

A few well known faces are here including GRAHAM NORTON and WAYNE SLEEP.

From 8.15pm to 9pm we are seated in the main auction room as bidding for world-renowned artwork,

luxury travel lots and exciting luxury experiences takes place.

Around 19 lots are live in the room and another 52 lots are in the silent auction.

After the auction we had a standing quartet band roaming the room playing cover versions.

Lots of complimentary drinks and food for all guests throughout including Nicolas Courtin champers,

two different Gin cocktails along with different canapés and pastries.

www.tht.org.uk

Visit their website here for more info.







Sunday 14 April 2019.

This news is pretty unbelievable as i was at both the UFO last ever UK shows just over a week ago.

On those nights PAUL RAYMOND looked in pretty good shape for a 73 year old.

Paul Raymond, guitarist and keyboard player with UFO, has died at the age of 73. The news comes just eight days after UFO played their final UK show at London's Forum.

Raymond's death was confirmed by his life partner, Sandra, who posted the news on Facebook, writing "With a desperate and broken heart, fully in tears and pains that feel like they will kill me I have to tell you that my most beautiful and beloved darling Paul Raymond has passed away today"...... (due to a heart attack)

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Happy Birthday to guitar legend RICHIE BLACKMORE who is 74 today.









Sunday 14 April 2019.

WillNE and Stephen Tries Presents This Week On The Internet Live - Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

For the first time ever, YouTube personalities and friends (sort of) WillNE and Stephen Tries are going on a tour of the UK.

Comedians and commentators of the internet, sit back and enjoy a show from two of YouTube’s funniest (looking) men. Between the two of them, Will and Stephen’s videos have amassed more than 3 million subscribers and 355 million views, making them two of the fastest-growing channels in the UK.

So, come and see Stephen and Will live, and ultimately have a laugh at one another’s expense.

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The venue is stalls seated and it is a full house of over 1200.

Lots of teenagers here with their parents.

Mainstream comedians from the tv can play massive arena tours so it is no surprise that a

show by these "available on their internet channel only" pair can sell out this venue.

The Geordie duo were on stage for 80 mins over two sets of 40 mins which seemed a bit short.

Their production was a couch, a desk, a big screen and a third person on stage.

Their show mixed video clips along with on stage routines.

The first 20 mins was them taking the piss out of fellow big name YouTubers videos.

In the second half they had a mock game show called "Friendly Fortunes".

The Geordie accent seemed to help them to bounce off each other nicely.

At the end they kicked out some inflatable footballs.

There were enough funny bits to make it an enjoyable show.







Saturday 13 April 2019.

ELVANA + HAGGARD CAT live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Say hello to the world’s finest Elvis-fronted tribute to Nirvana. Rock & roll meets grunge as Elvana tear through Nirvana’s catalogue, whilst splicing in sections of the King’s finest moments, culminating in a mash-up of overdrive and old school rockabilly.

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Level 3 is closed tonight but there must be at least 1200 folks here for this Nirvana tribute act.

HAGGARD CAT are on at 8pm and play for 40 mins.

They are a male rock duo of guitar/vocals and drums.

They play a loud racket, with some impressive aggressive drumming.

They played some decent rockin' tracks from their album.

ELVANA are on at 9.10pm and play for 1 hour 50 mins.

I would say the crowd is over 90% Nirvana fans rather than Elvis fans.

The singer comes on dressed as Elvis in a bright pink stage suit.

He would change into two others later in the show.

He is a proper showman with plenty of entertaining stage banter.

During the show he gave out flowers and for the encore he pushed out a dozen large yellow balloons.

During the encore he sung a couple of songs from upstairs in Level 1.

There are two female backing vocals.

A lively atmosphere as lots of moshing stage front and the throwing of beers in the air.

All the classic Nirvana songs were played and most had some snippets of an Elvis gem in them.

A nice touch was to get the two backing singers on lead vocals for "Celebrity Skin" by Hole.

The encore section was a highlight...

A very enjoyable show

Encore :

Celebrity Skin (Hole cover)

Heart-Shaped Box (Nirvana cover)

Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana cover)

Come As You Are (Nirvana cover)

Been a Son (Nirvana cover)

The Man Who Sold The World (David Bowie cover)









Friday 12 April 2019...6.15pm to 12.30am...

The 9th ASIAN AWARDS at The Grovenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London W1.

Always nice to be at this famous five star hotel.

A very lavish event as most of the 700 guests here are paying £500 for their tickets.

Most men in black tie and lots of women wearing stunning dresses.

A dozen celebs are here including...

Sanjeev Bhaskar (The Kumars actor etc) was the host for the awards

Beverley Knight ( soul singer)

Devon Malcolm (cricket legend)

Mushtaq Ahmed (cricket legend)

Naughty Boy (dj / music producer)

Manish Bhasin (BBC tv sports presenter)

Nitin Ganatra (Eastenders actor etc)

Nitin Sawhney (music composer)

Dr Ranj Singh (tv personality)

Dr Zoe Williams (tv personality)

Dominic Keating (actor)

Helen Lederer ( comedian / tv personality)

Lots of complimentary food and drink here including Perrier Jouet champers , different cocktails, wines, beers

all through the evening along with Indian canapés during the reception then a three course sit down dinner.

Starters - Sea Bass in curry sauce.

Mains - Tandori Chicken with sides.

Dessert - Chocolate & Caramel mousse and coffee.

At 10.15pm there was a very entertaining auction hosted by Jonny Gold.

The awards were on from 11pm to 12pm then it was the party after upstairs with a dj.

All guests got a nice goodie bag on departure that had a dozen items inside.

An excellent evening.







Thursday 11 April 2019...I went to three events tonight...

6.15pm to 7pm

MAL-ONE - private view and single release party - Westbank Gallery, 3-5 Thorpe Close, London W10.

MAL-ONE is showcasing his punk art mixed media show of Decollages, Collages & Prints.

Punk fans would recognise the images related to The Sex Pistols, The Clash, Buzzcocks, Damned etc.

His Record Store Day single "Punk Times" is in stores this Saturday.

We are in ' The Clash' heartland of under The Westway.

Lots of great prints with affordable prices.

Lots of punk rock chums here i know.

A dj is playing great punk rock tunes.

Complimentary Peroni beers for all guests.

Would have liked to stay a bit longer here but i had a tube journey to Moorgate to do.

It is on until 29 April - 11am to 8pm - closed Sunday & Monday - nearest tube is Ladbroke Grove.

then

7.45pm to 9.15pm

HARLEM SOUL - launch party - 205 City Road, Hoxton, London EC1.

New York-influenced restaurant and bar Harlem Soul opens after a complete overhaul of the site.

The site at 205 City Road, just off Old Street roundabout, will offer “American urban cuisine” – serving dishes drawing on soul food, Mexican and Korean styles. It replaces Boondocks, also operated by the brand, which served “American home cooking”.

Around 150 guests here and it is nice and buzzy.

The walls of the venue are covered in New York style graffiti and there is funky soul tunes being played.

Lots of complimentary tasty food and drinks for the guests....and staff are making sure the food is non-stop.

Prosecco, wines and beers.

Blackened Cajun Popcorn Shrimp

Gem Heart Dippers

Mac & Cheese Balls

Sassy Ajax Taco

BBQ Wings

Hot Harlem Sassy Wings

House Nachos

Classic Cheese Burgers

Fries

From Friday 12 April they have 50% off food until 18 April.

then

9.30pm to 10.30pm

Q - launch party - McQueen, 55-61 Tabernacle Street, London EC2.

Q is the new name for the refurbished basement floor of this trendy bar.

Around 150 guests here including Nick Ede and Jodie Harsh.

They have a couple of pool tables and casino tables.

A female dj is playing some good dance tunes and there is a cool buzzy vibe.

Complimentary prosecco and a choice of three cocktails for all guests.











Wednesday 10 April 2019.

Happy Birthday to BRIAN SETZER of The Stray Cats who is 60 today.

I am looking forward to seeing The Stray Cats in the summer when they play the UK.







Monday 08 April 2019.

Happy Birthday to Fashion Icon Dame Vivienne Westwood who is 78 today.







Monday 08 April 2019.

Very sad news that well known security guy JERRY JUDGE has passed away.

Jerry was Johnny Depp's longtime personal security guy for 22 years.

Jerry was by his side as Johnny toured Europe last summer with his band The Hollywood Vampires.

As well as the Pirates of the Caribbean star he also guarded Paul McCartney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Antonio Banderas and Julia Roberts.

Judge also had cameos in several of Depp’s films including “Sweeney Todd" and appeared several episodes of “Dr. Who” between 1979 and 1984.

The bodyguard was the managing director of Music & Arts Security Ltd.

Music & Arts looked after most of The West End film premieres up until a couple of years ago when a couple

of staff left to set up their own company called Pace & Prestige which has taken over many of the contracts.

Jerry currently worked for Noble Protection.







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News and Reviews: 11th April 2019

Wednesday 10 April 2019.

Happy Birthday to BRIAN SETZER of The Stray Cats who is 60 today.

I am looking forward to seeing The Stray Cats in the summer when they play the UK.







Monday 08 April 2019.

Happy Birthday to Fashion Icon Dame Vivienne Westwood who is 78 today.







Monday 08 April 2019.

Very sad news that well known security guy JERRY JUDGE has passed away.

Jerry was Johnny Depp's longtime personal security guy for 22 years.

Jerry was by his side as Johnny toured Europe last summer with his band The Hollywood Vampires.

As well as the Pirates of the Caribbean star he also guarded Paul McCartney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Antonio Banderas and Julia Roberts.

Judge also had cameos in several of Depp’s films including “Sweeney Todd" and appeared several episodes of “Dr. Who” between 1979 and 1984.

The bodyguard was the managing director of Music & Arts Security Ltd.

Music & Arts looked after most of The West End film premieres up until a couple of years ago when a couple

of staff left to set up their own company called Pace & Prestige which has taken over many of the contracts.

Jerry currently worked for Noble Protection.











Sunday 07 April 2019....4pm kick-off...

FA CUP SEMI-FINAL at Wembley Stadium.

Watford 3 Wolves 2.

Just over 80,000 here and the atmosphere is spine-tingling.

We are in the Wolves end.

Rock legend ROBERT PLANT is a massive Wolves fan and the announcer said he was in the crowd today.

Many years ago i went to a Robert Plant gig and afterparty and the pass had a picture of Steve Bull on it.

Steve Bull was a Wolves striker from 1986 to 1999.

Yesterday's game was pretty average but this one was full of drama along with an incredible comeback.

In a scarcely believable day that will live long, long in the memory, Watford somehow came from two goals down with 12 minutes to play to send this thrilling match to extra time with the most nerveless penalty from Troy Deeney. Not done there though, not by a long chalk, the Hornets came again and won it unbelievably in extra time through Gerard Deulofeu to reach the final of the FA Cup for only the second time in the club’s glorious history. It really was pinch-yourself stuff.

For Watford fans this will definitely go down as an " I was there" game.

Incredible stuff.









Saturday 06 April 2019...5.30pm kick-off...

FA CUP SEMI-FINAL at Wembley Stadium.

Man City 1 Brighton 0.

Over 71,000 are here and it is a fantastic atmosphere.

Oddly there are more Brighton fans here as a few Man City blocks are unsold.

Both sets of fans have been given a free flag by their seat.

We are up in Level 5 in the Man City end.

Many are drinking and getting a bit loud and it feels like you are an Oasis concert.

Man City fans smashed up one of the toliets.

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By the standards Manchester City set themselves these days, it is fair to say this was not the most shimmering or elegant performance from Pep Guardiola’s team. When, for example, was the last time they managed only four shots on target against an opponent? The official man-of-the-match award went to Anthony Knockaert of Brighton, rather than any of the players from the winning side, and the overall impression was that City peaked too early, scoring the game’s decisive goal after barely three minutes.

Not that those details should matter greatly to Guardiola when his team still managed to maintain their extraordinary winning sequence – 22 victories now from their last 23 games – and keeps open all manner of possibilities for the remainder of the season.

The quadruple is still on for Man City.







Friday 05 April 2019.

UFO live at The Forum, London.

UFO play the second of their two London shows on their farewell tour.

This means tonight is (as it stands) the last UK show by singer Phil Moog who is retiring.

They came on stage five minutes earlier than last night but the setlist was exactly the same.

I was hoping for some kind of extra song or special guest on stage but nothing.

Another great show though.

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Aftershow party in the balcony bar from 11pm to 12pm...

Surprisingly it is just a small gathering of around 30 guests.

The sounds are blaring out loud and it is a pay bar.

Only members of the band to turn up were Paul Raymond and Vinnie Moore.

No name musicians from any other bands.

My friend went to the afterparty at Shepherds Bush Empire the night before this.

He said again it was a small crowd of around 30 but all the band did turn up there.

Again no name musicians from any other bands.









Thursday 04 April 2019.

UFO + TARA LYNCH live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Singer Phil Moog will be playing his final UK tour with the band UFO after 50 years.

Because of this they are now playing two London dates at the end of their 'Last Orders' tour.

Both London shows sold out by Dec 2018...tonight was the first of the two shows.

A classic example of how bands can sell more tickets when they say it's their last ever shows.

I have seen UFO over 20 times since 1976 when Michael Schenker was playing guitar with them.

This was at the legendary Marquee Club in Wardour Street.

They still feature three original members from their heyday.

After the UK tour they play mainland Europe and North America but I got a feeling

there will be a final London show just before Christmas.

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Needless to say i was really looking forward to this classic rock show.

The crowd is 90% older males as expected.

A nice surprise to see a friend (Leon Lawson) who was in my secondary school class over 40 years ago.

Leon Lawson was Michael Schenker's ex-guitar technician in the 1990s.

TARA LYNCH arrived on stage at 8pm and played for around 40 mins.

Tara is from Los Angeles and is promoting her album " Evil Enough".

Tara fronts her band with some nifty guitar solos during most songs.

UFO arrived on stage at 9.20pm after the intro track and played for around 95 mins.

Singer Phil Mogg has lost all his hair and is totally bald.

Mogg’s little chats with the crowd are legendary, and tonight was no exception, but oddly

there was no real band interaction.

Paul Raymond has the same hair style as 40 years ago so surely that must be a wig.

UFO were one of the many rock bands that brought out double live albums in the 1970s.

I remember buying theirs "Strangers in the Night" in 1979 when it was released and they

played many of the rock classics from that album in the show tonight.

A great gig.

Full UFO setlist played tonight...

Intro music - Faith Healer (Sensational Alex Harvey Band)

Mother Mary

We Belong to the Night

Run Boy Run

Venus

Lights Out

Baby Blue

Only You Can Rock Me

Burn Your House Down

Cherry

Love to Love

Makin' Moves

Too Hot to Handle

Rock Bottom (including extended guitar solo)

Encore:

Doctor Doctor

Shoot Shoot









Thursday 04 April 2019.

Happy Birthday to SLADE guitarist DAVE HILL who is 73 today.







Wednesday 03 April 2019...6.45pm to 9pm...

MARY QUANT - private view - V & A Museum, South Kensington, London SW7.

A big crowd as around 500 are on the guest list for this event.

Pixie Geldof, Daisy Lewis and Lady Amelia Windsor led a fashionable crowd into the Victoria and Albert Museum for its new Mary Quant exhibition, joining veteran British designers Pam Hogg, Philip Treacy, Jasper Conran and Julien MacDonald at the show’s private view. VIP guests and influencers Gizzi Erskine, Henry Conway, Anne Robinson, Meredith Ostrom, Pearl Mackie, Zara Martin and Nell Hudson were among others previewing the iconic 1960’s designer’s fashion creations.

Also here were Jackie St Clair and Basia Briggs.

Dame Mary Quant, now age 85 is an English fashion designer and fashion icon, who is of Welsh heritage.

She became an instrumental figure in the 1960s London-based Mod and youth fashion movements.She was one of the designers who took credit for the miniskirt and hotpants, and by promoting these and other fun fashions she encouraged young people to dress to please themselves and to treat fashion as a game.Ernestine Carter, an authoritative and influential fashion journalist of the 1950s and 1960s, wrote: "It is given to a fortunate few to be born at the right time, in the right place, with the right talents. In recent fashion there are three: Chanel, Dior, and Mary Quant."

At 7.15pm we had a couple of speeches including one on the history of Kings Road, Chelsea.

King's Road derives its name from its function as a private road used by King Charles II to travel to Kew. It remained a private royal road until 1830, but people with connections were able to use it.

Mary Quant opened her first store in The Kings Road in 1955.

In the 1960s and 1970s it had many well known buildings including Tramp, Granny Takes A Trip,

The Chelsea Drugstore, Sex / Seditionaries, Swan Song Records (Led Zeppelin) and many more.

At 8.15pm we had a 20 minute walk around the exhibition.

Over 100 of her dresses on display along with a make-up section.

Fab black and white videos showing Kings Road in the 1960s were great to watch.

There is a live band playing an hour of classic 1960s cover versions.

Complimentary Bouvet Sparkling Wines, gin cocktails and canapés for all guests.

www.vam.ac.uk

Visit the website here for more info and to buy tickets which are £12 each.

It is on until 16 Feb 2020.







Tuesday 02 April 2019...6.30pm to 9.30pm...

MARKS & SPENCER FOOD - launch party - Unit 6, 6 Langley Street, London WC2.

Tonight was to celebrate the World Preview to celebrate their new tv advertising campaign.

After 12 years they are bringing back their iconic slogan "this is not just food, this is M & S food".

Over 200 guests here and it is nice and buzzy.

A nice surprise to bump into my journo mate PAT GILBERT who over the years has written for many

music mags including Q, Mojo, Classic Rock and others.

He is gonna get the ball rolling regards me doing an interview for one of the mags to celebrate

my 7000 gigs which i will hit sometime over the summer....at the moment I am on 6915...

There are televisions dotted around the venue showing the new advert.

There was a fun photo booth in the corner that was popular.

Complimentary prosecco, two different cocktails,Rose wines and lots of tasty M & S food including

bowl food, slices of pizza, canapés, tubs of trifle and hot cross buns.

Guests got a goodie bag of a M & S branded baseball cap, mug, sunglasses and

25cl bottles of M & S Rose wine.

www.marksandspencer.com

Visit their website here for more info.







Monday 01 April 2019.

MIKE + THE MECHANICS live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Looks like the setlist will include three Genesis gems and the great Roachford hit "Cuddly Toy" from 1988.

I have seen them around a dozen times since they headlined Hammersmith Odeon in 1989.

Having been founded in 1984 by Genesis founding member Mike Rutherford (guitar), the band reformed in 2010 with Andrew Roachford, one of the UK’s most prolific R&B singers, and Canadian-born singer Tim Howar. Tim shares vocal duties with Roachford and they both add a new soulful dimension to the band’s already established sound.

The massive six week Looking Back Over My Shoulder Tour will include tracks from their highly acclaimed latest album Let Me Fly, as well as hit singles including The Living Years, and the unforgettable Over My Shoulder.

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The band have a full house tonight for their big London show on their UK tour.

The band are on stage for 2 hours 10 mins over two sets of 50 mins and 80 mins.

A nice stage production that had five hot air balloons of different sizes hovering over the stage

which were used on their latest album cover.

The band have two male lead vocals which works really well, mixing rock with soul.

Highlight of the first half was a stunning extended version of "Cuddly Toy".

The second half featured many of their radio friendly singalong tracks including

the superb "The Living Years" and encore of "Word of Mouth".

The crowd were up and dancing for the last few songs.

A great show.

Full setlist played tonight....

FIRST SET

The Best Is Yet to Come

Another Cup of Coffee

A Beggar on a Beach of Gold

One Way

Try to Save Me

Let Me Fly

Land of Confusion (Genesis cover)

Cuddly Toy (Roachford cover) (extended version)

Out of the Blue

SECOND SET

Follow You Follow Me (Genesis cover) (Acoustic)

Don't Know What Came Over Me (Acoustic)

What Would You Do (Acoustic)

Everybody Gets a Second Chance (Acoustic)

Silent Running

Get Up

The Living Years

I Can't Dance (Genesis cover)

All I Need Is a Miracle

Over My Shoulder

Encore:

Word of Mouth (extended version included band introductions and solos)

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I bumped into girl about town Jackie St Clair at the gig.

I will bump into her at many of the big London social summer events in May and June for sure.

Her previous boyfriends included Prince and Simon Cowell.











Sunday 31 March 2019....I went to two events today.

CHECKATRADE Cup Final at Wembley Stadium...2.30pm kick-off.

Well supported Portsmouth and Sunderland bring their legions of fans to Wembley.

Both have sold their 40,000 allocation and there is an incredible 85,021 here.

Bear in mind both teams are in the THIRD tier of English football (League One).

We were in the Sunderland end and the atmosphere was electric.

There will not be a better advert for the Checkatrade Trophy than this. A clash between two former Premier League clubs trying to claw their way back on to an upward curve, settled on penalties at the end of a pulsating, thrilling contest in front of the second largest crowd in Europe over the weekend.

It was a special occasion, in front of a record crowd, as supporters from England’s south and north east coasts poured into the capital, turning the final of this largely mocked and derided competition into a stunning spectacle, both inside and outside the stadium.

The game did not let it down, the balance of power shifting one way and then the other, the sense of drama unrelenting, the plot twisting and turning, leaving both sets of supporters exhausted by the end.

Portsmouth 2 Sunderland 2....Portsmouth win 5-4 on penalties.

A great game.

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then

Teenage Cancer Trust Gigs at The Royal Albert Hall continue THIS WEEK.

Levellers with special guests Dreadzone, and a DJ-set from film-maker, ,broadcaster and founding member of Big Audio Dynamite Don Letts.

Often political, occasionally angry but always big-hearted, Levellers have had 11 Top 40 albums, including a number one with 1995’s Zeitgeist, 38 weeks in the charts with 1991’s Levelling The Land, and their 2018 release We The Collective.

I saw both Levellers and Dreadzone back in 1997.

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This was the final night of the seven TCT shows at RAH and my second show of the seven.

DREADZONE arrived on stage at 8.20pm and played for 40 mins.

They have use of the big screen showing live footage.

One of their singers is sitting on a stool as he has crutches.

A good dance set.

Full Dreadzone setlist played tonight...

Life, Love & Unity

Iron Shirt

Mountain

Walk Tall

16 Hole

Music Army

Captain Dread

Don Letts played some great dub reggae cover versions during the breaks.

At 9.20pm we had the TCT film and 20 of the teenagers getting treatment came on stage to big applause.

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LEVELLERS arrived on stage at at 9.30pm and played for 80 mins.

They had a fantastic stage production with loads of lights and lasers.

Also a nice big screen showing live footage.

They are a very lively uptempo loud band that feature electric violin.

They have a long time touring musician to play the Didgeridoo on a couple of tracks.

There is plenty of moshing front of stage as the crowd are really getting into it.

Highlights included their hit singles "One Way" and "Beautiful Day".

A very enjoyable show.

Full Levellers setlist played tonight...

England My Home

Fifteen Years

100 Years of Solitude

The Fear

World Freak Show

Truth Is

Julie

Didgeridoo solo

Three Friends

One Way

Too Real

Men-an-Tol

Carry Me

Dirty Davey

Far From Home

The Cholera Well

The Riverflow

Encore:

Beautiful Day

What You Know

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I go to two or three RAH TCT shows every year since TCT shows started in 2000.

Not as good a line-up as previous years for my liking.

Last year i did FIVE of the seven shows...

UB40

Chic feat Nile Rodgers

Roger Daltrey

Kasabian

Def Leppard









Sunday 31 March 2019.

Happy Birthday to AC/DC guitarist ANGUS YOUNG who is 64 today.

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A couple of days ago Sex Pistol STEVE JONES interviewed DAVID COVERDALE for his radio show.

It is well worth watching for 36 mins...

Two British rockers shooting the breeze and David talking about Jon Lord and making up with Richie Blackmore.

Whitesnake have finally finished recording their 13th studio album 'Flesh & Blood' which comes out 10 May.

Go to Google and type in Jonesy's Jukebox David Coverdale in the search to view the footage.

I saw David Coverdale singing with Deep Purple in 1974 along with many times when he fronted Whitesnake.

Whitesnake only UK show this year is planned for The Download Festival in June.

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Saturday 30 March 2019.

The Rolling Stones American stadium tour has been postponed as Mick Jagger has a medical problem.

Jagger wrote on Twitter: “I’m so sorry to all our fans in America & Canada with tickets. I really hate letting you down like this. I’m devastated for having to postpone the tour but I will be working very hard to be back on stage as soon as I can. Once again, huge apologies to everyone.”

The band were due to kick off the US and Canada leg of their No Filter tour at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida on 20 April , finishing at the Burl’s Creek Even Grounds in Ontario, Canada, on 29 June.

You feel sorry for all The Stones fans who have booked flights and hotels.

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Happy Birthday to ERIC CLAPTON who is 74 today.

Happy Birthday to JOHNNIE WALKER who is 74 today.

Johnnies BBC Radio 2 70s show on Sundays 3pm to 5pm is a fave of mine.







Friday 29 March 2019.

The Sensational 1960s Experience package tour live at The Beck Theatre, Hayes, Middlesex.

Six legendary names take to the stage and deliver to you a night you won’t forget. Starring Mike Pender (Original voice of The Searchers) Chris Farlowe, Herman’s Hermits,The Swinging Blue Jeans, New Amen Corner and The Fourmost.

The Fourmost were part of the Brian Epstein roster of acts in the 1960s.

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Always nice to be at this cosy all seated tiered venue on the outskirts of West London.

Freddie Mercury’s biopic Bohemian Rhapsody crew were here for a couple of days filming for it.

Around 500 tickets sold out of the 600 capacity, and it's a mainly older crowd.

The six acts all played between 20 and 30 mins.

Quick changeovers as they used the same drum kit for everyone.

I am mainly hear to see the legend that is Chris Farlowe who is now aged 78... yes 78.

I have seen him a few times before with the first time in 1982 when he headlined Hammersmith Odeon.

A few original members from the 1960s are here tonight but not many as most have retired or died.

THE FOURMOST arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played for 20 mins.

No original members but a drummer who was "affiliated" with the original band.

Looking very smart in their 60s suits and ties.

The Fourmost had its roots steeped in the eclectic 1960’s Mersey beat boom and was part of the Brian Epstein stable along with The Beatles, Billy J Kramer, Gerry and The Pacemakers, Cilla Black and others. The band played some 1960’s chart hits of their own such as Hello Little Girl (no.9) and A Little Loving (no.6).

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SWINGING BLUE JEANS arrived on stage at 7.55pm for their 20 mins set.

They are all wearing faded blue jeans, white trainers and identical striped jackets.

They have no original members but play the hits "Hippy Hippy Shake", "Good Golly Miss Molly", and "You're No Good".

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HERMAN'S HERMITS arrived on stage at 8.20pm for their 30 mins set.

They still feature original drummer Jan Barry “Bean” Whitwam, now age 72, 55 years behind his drum kit.

Hits played included "Sunshine Girl", "No Milk Today", "I'm Into Something Good" and "There's a Kind of Hush".

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THE NEW AMEN CORNER arrived on stage at 9.10pm for their 20 mins set.

No original members here and later they would back both Chris Farlowe and Mike Pender.

They played their hits including "Bend Me Shape Me" and "If Paradise Is Half As Nice".

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CHRIS FARLOWE arrived on stage at 9.35pm for his 30 mins.

He still has that big frame and big voice.

Great stage banter as he slagged off PJ Proby and made fun of his recent ill-health.

He ended his great set with his two biggies "Handbags and Gladrags" (he had a hit with it before

Rod Stewart and The Stereophonic's) and his Jagger/Richards classic "Out of Time".

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MIKE PENDER was on stage for 25 mins.

He looks in great shape for age 78.

The Searchers were second only to The Beatles in the Merseybeat era of the 1960s.

Hits played included "Sweets for my Sweet", "Sugar and Spice", "Goodbye My Love",

"Needles and Pins" and "When You Walk in the Room".

Encore

All the acts on stage and Chris Farlowe on vocals for "Hold On, I'm Coming".

After the show all the acts came out to the foyer to chat and sign stuff.

An enjoyable evening of 1960s nostalgia.









Friday 29 March 2019.

Another sad death to report.

JOE FLANNERY, who was known as the "Secret Beatle" due to his close association with The Beatles

during their early years, has passed away aged 87.

The Beatles' booking manager, who was often regarded as the "Secret Beatle", passed away at his home in Aigburth, Merseyside, north west England, after being unwell "for the past month".

Joe's nephew Norman Meek said in a statement: "He had been unwell for the past month but he was still making plans for the future".

"Fans from all over the world would call at his home and he was always happy to speak with them".

I had a nice chat with Joe a few years back at Beatles photos exhibition private view in Kensington.









Thursday 28 March 2019...6.15pm to 8.30pm...

THAMES LUXURY CHARTERS - showcase - Butler's Wharf, Shad Thames, London SE1.

A nice sunny afternoon to walk by The Tower of London and London Bridge which is just five mins

away from our departure point for our cruise along The River Thames.

Around 200 guests over two levels are on this superb looking boat "The Elizabethan".

A beautiful replica of an 1890s stern-wheeled Mississippi paddle steamer which is one of the

most desirable boats for hire on the River Thames.

Whether you're seeking a venue for press receptions, film shoots, product launches, seminars, dinner dances, sightseeing, luncheons, wedding receptions, or simply to celebrate, the Elizabethan is in a class of her own.

We have a duo playing some acoustic cover versions.

At 7pm we leave for an hour's journey to The Houses of Parliament then back to Canary Wharf then back to dock.

Always great to see London at night from The River Thames.

Complimentary prosecco, vodka cocktails, gin cocktails, wines, beers and lots of different

bowl food, canapés, desserts and ice-cream.

www.thamesluxurycharters.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info.

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I was invited to the press launch for this event but could not make as it was the same time as the above.

The Halal Guys - 14 Irving Street, London WC2.

American chain opens a store in Leicester Square.

Its restaurants offer either a sandwich or platter in four different versions – chicken, beef, chicken & beef or falafel. They are served with a selection of toppings and sauces.

Check it out when you are up The West End.







Wednesday 27 March 2019...I went to two events today...

3pm to 4pm

THE DAVID GILMOUR GUITAR COLLECTION - preview - Christie's , King Street, London SW1.

Does this mean David Gilmour has retired from playing live???...DG is now aged 73.

Pink Floyd star David Gilmour’s collection of over 120 guitars is set to go under the hammer, including one

with a Juicy Fruit wrapper left inside.

It includes his most well known guitars including his Black 1969 Fender Strat.

The guitarist is auctioning off his enormous personal collection for charity, saying it is a “wrench” to let them go.

It is officially estimated that the collection of more than 120 instruments will fetch over one million dollars during the sale in New York but it is likely it will make much more than that.

It is a pretty amazing collection which is spread over five rooms.

Each room has Pink Floyd classics being played over the Sennheiser Sound Systems.

In the main room is a big screen showing two tracks from his "Live in Pompeii 2016" DVD.

The two tracks were "What Do You Want From Me" and "Comfortably Numb".

The later of course has that stunning section where the lasers kick in for the iconic guitar solo.

I was lucky to have seen him a few times at The Royal Albert Hall performing this - stunning.

The guitars are shown in Los Angeles in May before the New York auction on 20 June 2019.

It is on every afternoon until this Sunday and free to get in.

They ask to reserve a space if you are coming at the weekend...nobody checked me today.

www.christies.com

Visit their website here for more info and photos of the guitars.

then

7pm to 11.15pm

VIVE LE ROCK AWARDS at The Islington Academy, London.

Around 500 downstairs and 200 guests upstairs where i am.

A great buzzy vibe and great to see so many punk rockin' chums here.

The wacky and hyper ED TUDOR POLE was tonight's host.

At 7.30pm the house band with TOM SPENCER (The Professionals) played three cover songs.

At 7.45pm GLEN MATLOCK arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played three songs with the house band.

"Sexy Beast" , "Keep on Pushing" and "Pretty Vacant"....totally excellent.

At 8.05pm Surprise additions tonight were THE RICH KIDS who played three songs.

Glen Matlock , Midge Ure and Rusty Egan were joined by Neal X (ex Sigue Sigue Spuknik).

They played three Rich Kids classics that went down a storm.

"Sounds of Marching Men" , "Ghosts of Princes in Towers" and "Rich Kids".

At 8.50pm STEVE DIGGLE played three Buzzcocks classics "What Do I Get?", "Harmony In My Head"

and "Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)" .

9.25pm SUZI QUATRO with the house band performed "Sweet Little Rock n Roller".

At 9.30pm BARRIE MASTERS sung three songs with the house band..."Teenage Depression" ,

the glorious anthem "Do Anything You Wanna Do" and "Get Out Of Denver".

At 9.45pm Ed TUDOR POLE performed two great tracks with the house band.

"Who Killed Bambi?" and "Swords of a Thousand Men".

THE STRANGLERS arrived on stage at 10.30pm and played a six song 25 mins set.

A nice mix of older classics and more recent material...

5 Minutes

Tank

Unbroken

This Song Will Get Me Over You

Get A Grip On Yourself

No More Heroes

Others in the crowd who did not appear on stage included Gaye Advert and Stuart Pearce.

Award winners and presenters...

Pioneer - Barrie Masters (presented by Rat Scabies)

New Band - The Blue Carpet Band (presented by Glen Matlock)

Roots/Ska/Rock n Roll/ Blues - The Beat feat Ranking Roger (presented by Neville Staple)

Rock in Peace - Pete Shelley (presented by Pauline Murray to Steve Diggle )

Icon - Suzi Quatro (presented by Girlschool)

Live Band - SLF (presented to SLF drummer Steve Grantly by Jim Jones)

Album - Idles (presented by Tom Spencer from The Professionals).

Reissue - Burning Britain UK Punk 1980 to 1983 (presented by Animal ANL to Knox Vibrators)

Film - Lee Thompson : One Mans Madness (presented by Pauline Black).

Maverick - Killing Joke (presented by Chumbawamba chap)

Band of The Year - The Stranglers (presented by The Ruts DC)

A totally excellent punk rockin' evening.









Tuesday 26 March 2019.

Comedy Evening at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Day two of the seven Teenage Cancer Trust Gigs at The Royal Albert Hall this week.

Host Kevin Bridges will be joined by fellow British comedy heavyweights: John Bishop,

Kerry Godliman, Romesh Ranganathan , Seann Walsh ,Tommy Tiernan and Susie McCabe.

Kevin Bridges is Scotland's most popular comedian since Billy Connolly.

I saw him at Hammersmith Apollo last year when he performed six sold out shows at that venue.

That tour included an incredible 19 night residency at the Glasgow Hydro Arena.

John Bishop has also played a UK arena tour recently.

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A full house for this comedy evening that lasted 2 hours 30 mins over two sets of 70 mins and 80 mins.

Kevin Bridges performed around 30 mins in total and the others performed 15 to 20 mins each.

There was a big screen showing live footage.

FIRST SET

Kevin Bridges was the host and did routines between the acts.

Kerry Godliman

Seann Walsh

Tommy Tiernan

SECOND SET

Kevin Bridges did his main set along with routines between the another acts.

Susie McCabe

Romesh Ranganathan

John Bishop

Lots of funny routines from all of the acts.

At the start of the second set ROGER DALTREY came on to introduce a TCT film and 20 of the

young people with cancer who got a massive round of applause.

Roger Daltrey has done an amazing job with the TCT shows over the past 20 years.

There are now 28 purpose-built TCT units thanks to £27m being raised during the shows history.

Donate £5 by texting REACH to 70500 and LIDL will match your donation with another £5.









Tuesday 26 March 2019.

Happy Birthday to STEVEN TYLER who is 71 today.

Happy Birthday to DIANA ROSS who is 75 today.

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Very sad news that The Beat vocalist RANKING ROGER has died, aged 56.

The musician, real name Roger Charlery, passed away earlier today (March 26). A post on The Beat’s Facebook page confirmed his passing, adding: “He fought & fought & fought, Roger was a fighter.

“Roger’s family would like to thank everyone for their constant support during this tough time,” the post concluded. See it below.

I saw him with The Beat 40 years ago as well as a couple of years ago at BBC 6 Radio Christmas Show.

How come so many musicians don't live to see their 60th birthday???







Monday 25 March 2019...6.45pm to 10.30pm...

HARD ROCK CAFE - showcase - Old Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1.

Around 150 guests at this iconic venue that opened back to June 1971.

I have seen some pretty amazing secret gigs here over the years including Aerosmith,

Deep Purple, Bad Company and a few others.

At 7pm had a welcome speech which told us the history of the stunning music memorabilia on the walls.

The first two items were guitars from Eric Clapton and Pete Townshend.

At 7.15pm we had a fashion show for 10 mins as they showed off some t-shirts etc from their retail store.

BANG BANG ROMEO arrived on stage at 8.50pm and played for 50 mins.

Bang Bang Romeo are starting to get themselves noticed.

Lead singer Anastasia Walker’s dramatic powerhouse blues-drenched vocal takes centre stage amid crashing guitar riffs and driving percussion.

Great songs played included "Bag of Bones" and "Shame on You".

See for yourself when the band support Pink on her stadium tour this summer.

After the band played there was a business card raffle for three prizes of Isle of Wight Festival tickets,

dinner at Hard Rock Cafe , Hard Rock merch voucher but none of us won anything this time.

Many companies hire out The Hard Rock Cafe for their Christmas parties as they have two levels here.

Complimentary wines, beers, burgers, chicken strips, brownies etc.

www.hardrock.com

Check out the Hard Rock website here for more info.







Monday 25 March 2019.

Happy Birthday to SIR ELTON JOHN who is 72 today.

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Sad news that SCOTT WALKER has passed away.

Hugely influential singer Scott Walker has died at the age of 76.

His death was confirmed by record label 4AD – who hailed him as “a solo artist, producer and composer of uncompromising originality.”









Sunday 24 March 2019.

STIFF LITTLE FINGERS + Eddie & The Hot Rods + The Vapors live at The Forum, London.

SLF are playing their annual March UK tour with special guests Eddie & The Hot Rods.

I have seen both bands many times over the past 40 odd years.

Eddie & The Hot Rods are saying 2019 will be their final year of performing live.

Original singer Barrie Masters is still on vocals for classics including " Do Anything You Wanna Do".

In the long hot summer of 1976 i saw many shows at The Marquee Club by Eddie & The Hot Rods and AC/DC who were vying for who could break the house attendance records at the famous Marquee Club in London.

First band on will be The Vapors who had a big hit "Turning Japanese" in 1980.

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Needless to say i was really forward to see this triple bill of bands.

Lots of folks here i know and respect to my Bristol punk rockin' chums who were

getting the midnight coach at Victoria after the gig to get back home.

I had a great third row centre seat view upstairs so i could rest my legs.

THE VAPORS arrived on stage at 7.20pm and played for 30 mins.

A short set but great to hear their catchy hit "Turning Japanese".

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EDDIE & THE HOT RODS arrived on stage at 8.10pm and played for 45 mins.

It looks like this will be their second last ever London show before Barrie Masters calls it a day.

Barrie singing their classic track "Do Anything You Wanna Do" was superb with all the crowd singing.

Great to see them again.

Full Eddie & The Hot Rods setlist played tonight...

Get Across to You

I Might Be Lying

Teenage Depression

Quit This Town

Telephone Girl

The Power & The Glory

Why Should I Care?

Life on the Line

Hard Drivin' Man ( J. Geils Band cover)

Do Anything You Wanna Do

Gloria (Them cover)

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STIFF LITTLE FINGERS arrived on stage at 9.20pm and played for 85 mins.

SLF have a big curtain of flames along the back of the stage.

Lots of their punk classics played including "Suspect Device", "Wasted Life", "Nobody's Hero",

"Gotta Getaway" , "Tin Soldiers" and of course their anthem "Alternative Ulster".

It got lively down the front stalls as folks jumped and danced away.

They whizzed through their set for a great show.

Full a SLF setlist played tonight...

Go For It (Intro)

Law and Order

At The Edge

Suspect Device

Guitar and Drum

Strummerville

16 Shots

Silver Lining

Harp

Guilty as Sin

Wasted Life

Can't Get Away With That

Listen

State of Emergency

My Dark Places

Just Fade Away

Nobody's Hero

Gotta Gettaway

Encore:

Drinkin' Again

Tin Soldiers

Alternative Ulster











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News and Reviews: 21st March 2019

Wednesday 20 March 2019...I went to three events today...

1.30pm to 4.15pm

Final day of IFE at Excel, East London.

The International Food & Drink Event (IFE) is a celebration of 1,350 innovative, global and

cutting-edge food & drink manufacturers.

A massive event as over 5000 visitors a day.

Showcasing are food brands, snack brands, cakes n pastries brands, Choc brands, soft drinks brands,

alcoholic drinks brands,ice-cream brands, along with kitchen equipment and related manufacturers.

Lots of samples are given out for us to try and you end up taking home a bag of food n drinks.

then

5pm to 8pm

VISIT SCOTLAND - showcase at Boisdale, Canary Wharf, London E14.

Around 100 guests here at this nice venue.

Thirteen stands from top hotels in Scotland are showcasing including Trump Turnberry.

Stunning four star and five star hotels set in stunning locations in the cities and the countryside.

Certainly feels like i should plan another visit to Scotland...maybe a gig like KISS in July...

Three raffle prizes of a one night hotel stay in one of the hotels with travel included but none of

my group won anything this time.

Complimentary wines and canapés for all guests.

then

9pm to 11.30pm

HIPAY PARTY at Namco Funscape County Hall , London SE1.

HiPay is an independent global payment service provider based in France.

Around 200 guests here at this venue where tonight you can have free use of 200 arcade machines,

14 bowling lanes, table tennis, pool tables, bumper cars etc.

A dj is playing tunes from the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s.

Complimentary guinness, lagers, ciders, fish n chips, burgers, giant sausages and canapés.

A fun event.

www.hipay.com

Visit their website here for more info.









Tuesday 19 March 2019.

PICTURE THIS + ETHAM + CHARLOTTE live at The Forum, London.

Picture This are massive back home in Ireland where at the end of March they become the first band

to play five nights at the 13,000 capacity Dublin Arena.

They are touring to promote their second album.

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Picture This sold out Shepherds Bush Empire on the last tour and tonight is sold out and they

return to play The Roundhouse at the end of the year.

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

A decent enough 30 mins set from this singer-songwriter.

ETHAM arrived on stage at 8.20pm and played for 30 mins.

A decent enough 30 mins set from this singer-singwriter.

It was a good idea to put the supports name on the big screen all through their sets.

By the time the headliners arrive on stage the venue is full of Irish folks.

PICTURE THIS arrived on stage at 9.20pm and played for 80 mins.

They had a big screen showing nice pre-recorded images.

Lots of females here screaming away for the singer.

Lots of Irish flags on display and chants of "Ole, Ole, Ole".

The band were very well rehearsed and the mainly under 30s crowd sang along loudly.

Their pop rock sound is like The Script or Maroon 5 so doubt the critics will like then.

Highlights included "One Drink" and "Take My Hand".

Pretty obvious they will be at Wembley Arena or The 02 Arena in a couple of years.

An enjoyable show.

Full setlist played by Picture This tonight...

Modern Love

If You Wanna Be Loved

You & I

Everything I Need

Nevada

Dance Away With Me

Hurt Nobody

Life Of The Party

Addicted to You

More Than Just Tonight

Let's Be Young

This Morning

Never Change

Everything Or Nothing

Encore:

Jane

One Drink

When We Were Young

Take My Hand











Monday 18 March 2019...6pm to 11pm...

BRITISH KEBAB AWARDS at The Park Plaza Hotel, Westminster Bridge, London SE1.

A bigger event than you would imagine as there is a massive crowd of around 1000 here.

As expected it is around 90% male guests.

Labour Party leader JEREMY CORBYN was here to present an award and promote the

British Kebab industry even though he does not eat meat.

There are over 20,000 kebab outlets in the UK that provide around 200,000 jobs.

Just Eat and Cobra Beer were the main sponsors.

6pm to 7.30pm was the reception with wines,Cobra beers, canapés and tubs of Ben n Jerry's ice-cream.

7.30pm to 11pm was the awards along with a three course dinner with wines, Cobra beers and coffee.

Starter - Sheekh Kebab, Malai Kebab, along with sides.

Main - Roast Lamb with sides.

Dessert - Vanilla Ice-Cream and Chocolate.

The awards were given to winners from different regions and various suppliers.

There were a couple of Turkish acts singing some traditional songs.

www.britishkebabawards.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info and a list of winners.









Sunday 17 March 2019.

Check out this amazing bunch of gigs i was going to 40 years ago this week as a 19 year old.

Bill Haley Rainbow Theatre, London 17.03.1979

David Essex Hammersmith Odeon, London 24.03.1979

Gang Of Four,Stiff Little Fingers,Human League,Fall,Mekons Lyceum Theatre, London 25.03.1979

Journey,Pat Travers Band Hammersmith Odeon, London 26.03.1979

Skids,Dole Marquee Club, London 28.03.1979

Eddie And The Hot Rods,Members Rainbow Theatre, London 30.03.1979

Buzzcocks,Patrick Fitzgerald Hammersmith Odeon, London 31.03.1979

Motorhead,Nutz,Girlschool Lyceum Theatre, London 01.04.1979

Graham Parker And The Rumour Hammersmith Odeon, London 03.04.1979

Elton John Drury Lane Theatre, London 05.04.1979

Siouxsie And The Banshees ,Human League Rainbow Theatre, London 07.04.1979

Damned,UK Subs,Specials Lyceum Theatre, London 08.04.1979









Sunday 17 March 2019.

Happy Birthday to BILLY CORGAN who is 52 today.

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Sad news that DICK DALE has passed away.

Dick Dale, "the King of the Surf Guitar" and a pioneering guitarist that inspired a generation of musicians,

has died at the age of 81.

California Rocker first reported that Dale died Sunday. His bassist Sam Bolle confirmed Dale’s death to the Guardian. No cause of death was revealed, but the guitarist suffered from health issues in recent years. In 2010, Dale said he was battling rectal cancer, and in an interview that went viral, Dale said in 2015 that “I can’t stop touring because I will die” due to medical expenses stemming from cancer treatment, diabetes and renal failure. “I have to raise $3,000 every month to pay for the medical supplies I need to stay alive, and that’s on top of the insurance that I pay for,” Dale said at the time.

I saw him play The Garage in London in 1995.







Saturday 16 March 2019.

TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE + THE RECORD COMPANY live at The Forum, London.

Trombone Shorty is best known as a trombone and trumpet player but also plays drums, organ, and tuba.

He has released several albums and has worked with many big names including U2 and Jeff Beck.

Support act The Record Company have released two albums.

The Record Company is a Grammy nominated American rock band from Los Angeles, California. The members are Chris Vos (guitar, lead vocals), Alex Stiff (bass, backing vocals), and Marc Cazorla (drums, backing vocals). Their music is influenced by blues musicians like John Lee Hooker,early punk bands like The Stooges, and rock bands like The Rolling Stones. Their sound incorporates slide guitar, distorted bass, a Ludwig drum kit and the vocals of Chris Vos.

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A bit of a surprise that tonight is a near sell-out show.

THE RECORD COMPANY arrive on stage at 7.45pm and played for 45 mins.

A crap name for a band i thought, but my friend thought it was a great name.

This blues rock trio have a nice sound going for them.The gritty slide guitar, fuzzed-out bass,

and driving drums along with some nifty harmonica made for a good support set.

TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE arrive on stage at 9pm and play for 90 mins.

A nice stage production and there are nine on stage including two female backing singers.

A great live sound with a potent mix of funk, jazz, rock ’n’ roll, soul and blues.

Trombone Shorty is aged 33 and is a charismatic front man as he mixes vocals with his great trombone.

Seeing him at full tilt with the sax player as the band grooved away was great to watch.

There were a couple of cover versions in the set too.

An enjoyable show.









Friday 15 March 2019...I went to two events tonight...

6pm to 7pm

DANNY CLIFFORD photo exhibition "Rock Stars Don't Smile " - private view -

Heath Street Baptist Church, 84 Heath Street, Hampstead, London NW3.

As a world-renowned Rock and Roll photographer, Danny Clifford has spent his career as a fly-on-the-wall to the most iconic musicians of the last 40 years. From his big break as Bob Dylan's official photographer in the 1970s, through his close working relationship with Queen, The Who, The Rolling Stones and Amy Winehouse to name but a handful, the stories he has amassed over the years are just as vivid, colourful and dramatic as his photographs. With the title quote from a near-miss scuffle with Liam Gallagher, this is an exhibition of limited edition prints, previously untold stories and an access-all-areas insight into Danny's extensive archive.

Danny is a bit older than me but i have bumped into him loads of times over the past 40 years although

for the last decade he has been kind of semi-retired.

Around 60 classic photos are on display in this stunning setting, with many having a great narrative.

A picture of Keith Moon with a young Zak Starkey.

Danny had dinner with Keith Moon on the day he died.

Quite a few people here i know.

Zak Starkey and John Coghlan turned up when they were on display in Henley-On-Thames last month.

The gallery is 100 yards from Hampstead tube station.

It is on here until 11 April 2019.

Complimentary prosecco and beers for all guests.

www.dannyclifford.com

Visit his website here to check out some of his great photos.

The front page photo is of Danny, aged just 20, taken by Bob Dylan on Bob Dylan's private jet in 1978.

then

7.45pm to 11.15pm

NO. FIFTY CHEYNE - restaurant press review - 50 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London SW3.

This restaurant is hidden away just a few yards from the homes of Mick Jagger, Bryan Adams and others.

Originally opened in 2003 by Sally Greene, who’s also the Founder Director of The Old Vic and proprietor of Ronnie Scott’s, she’s just finished taking the restaurant through a nine-month renovation that will see it reborn as No. Fifty Cheyne.

In the kitchen, she’s recruited Iain Smith who was previously Head Chef at Social Eating House so it’s clear that this is going to be much more than a friendly neighbourhood restaurant. Dishes are set to include the likes of ‘Belted Galloway beef ragout with spatzli, spicy sausage and rose harissa’ and ‘Cornish monkfish, roscoff onion, potato straws with roast chicken broth’. There are plans for a big Sunday menu too which will allow guests to pre-order their favourite roasts such as a whole suckling pig, a rib of beef or a whole salmon.

The ground floor restaurant will seat around 70 and on the upper floor there’s also going to be a 50 seat cocktail bar and ‘drawing room’. Set on Cheyne Walk there are views of the Thames and Cheyne Gardens too so, all in all, this is shaping up to be a very interesting new incarnation of a Chelsea favourite.

The restaurant is full and there is a great buzzy vibe.

The new decor feels like you could be at The Chiltern Firehouse.

We each had a full three course meal along with champers, wines and coffees.

For mains we shared a full Chateaubriand steak which is cooked with a thick cut from the tenderloin filet.

The sharing price is £85 but it was superb and the side dishes will cost extra...the chunky chips were amazing.

Our French waiter (Albert?) was so attentive and really helped the evening along by fussing over us.

Normally the evening would have cost £220 for two so it is pretty steep due to the prime Chelsea location.

We really had a great five star evening here.

www.fiftycheyne.com

Visit their website here for more info on the venue.

For the next week they are having a 50% off food soft opening.







Friday 15 March 2019.

Last night, SHOWSEC were declared Best Security Company at the Event Production Awards 2019.

Recognising and celebrating the hard work and achievements put into the outdoor and live events industry, the Event Production Awards have become the most prestigious event industry awards ceremony of the year.

SHOWSEC are at a few London music venues including Hammersmith Apollo and Shepherds Bush Empire.







Thursday 14 March 2019...I went to two events tonight....

6.30pm to 7.30pm

OPERA GALLERY - private view - 134 New Bond Street, London W1.

Around 100 guests here at this gallery.

Opera Gallery is proud to present Transformation, a solo exhibition off 22 new works by one of Spain’s most acclaimed portrait artists Lita Cabellut. The third highest selling artist in Spain, Lita Cabellut’s paintings are collected by many public figures including Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman and Gordon Ramsay and have been the subject of numerous high profile international exhibitions.

Complimentary Pommery champers for all guests.

www.operagallery.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then

8pm to 10.30pm

ASHBURN RESTAURANT & BAR - launch party - Holiday Inn, 97 Cromwell Road, London SW7.

Around 150 guests at this well known hotel brand that is nearer to Gloucester Road than South Kensington.

Nestled in the charming area of Kensington, just off Gloucester Road, Ashburn Bar & Dining offers a warm, inviting atmosphere to share great food and good wine with friends and family.

Open all day, seven days a week, serving brunch, lunch and dinner.

With a focus on pure, simple honest food, International favourites made from the freshest ingredients that are both generous and delicious.

Complimentary prosecco, wines, beers, bowl food, burgers, fish n chips and desserts for all guests.

www.hikensingtonforumhotel.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info.







Thursday 14 March 2019.

FOUR English teams in The Champions League Quarter-Finals draw held tomorrow (Friday).

For the first time in 10 seasons, four teams from one country will compete in the last eight of the Champions League.

Liverpool's victory over Bayern Munich in the last 16 means England will now provide 50% of the quarter-final teams in Europe's top club competition, with Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham the other Premier League sides present....pretty amazing.







Thursday 14 March 2019.

Sad news that DANNY KUSTOW, the guitarist best known for his work in the Tom Robinson Band, has died.

The news was confirmed by Robinson on Facebook, where he said that Kustow passed away in hospital in the early hours of Monday morning.

I saw him play many great gigs with Tom Robinson 40 years ago.

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Happy Birthday to JONA LEWIE who is 72 today.

Jona Lewie is an English singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, best known for his 1980 UK hits "You'll Always Find Me in the Kitchen at Parties" and "Stop the Cavalry".









Wednesday 13 March 2019.

DAVE MATTHEWS BAND live at Hammersmith Apollo, London.

I am back to see their second show at this venue.

Last night i was stalls standing and tonight i am front circle.

Pretty much the same kind of crowd, including lots of Americans.

Their UK & European booking agent Rod MacSween is here again.

The merch stand is doing a roaring trade again.

Again it is a mammoth set of 2 hours 45 mins on stage.

INCREDIBLY THE ENTIRE SET WAS DIFFERENT TO THE NIGHT BEFORE.

I spoke to a hardcore fan who said they rehearse 100 songs for each tour.

The drummer was again amazing and that kit of his was just perfection.

Oddly his drum solo was accompanied by a flute solo???

Quite a few of the songs ended up being 10 mins of muso twiddling.

For me they are a great live band to watch but i wouldn't buy their albums.

Building up great connections with their fans over radio play has paid off for them.

Another enjoyable show.

Full Dave Matthews Band setlist played tonight...

You Never Know

That Girl Is You

Seven

Warehouse

Again and Again

Dancing Nancies

Say Goodbye

Save Me

Everyday

Here on Out

Sledgehammer (Peter Gabriel cover)

She

Crush

Gravedigger

So Much to Say

Granny

Jimi Thing

Sexy M.F. (Prince cover)

Grey Street

Encore:

Ants Marching











Wednesday 13 March 2019.

Happy Birthday to singer-songwriter NEIL SEDAKA who is 80 today.

Happy Birthday to U2 bass player ADAM CLAYTON who is 59 today.









Tuesday 12 March 2019.

DAVE MATTHEWS BAND live at Hammersmith Apollo, London.

DMB play the first of two shows at this venue.

DMB are an American band who can headline arenas and stadiums back home.

They sold out two nights at Madison Square Garden in November 2018.

These Hammersmith shows are the only UK gigs on their European Tour.

They headlined The 02 Arena in 2010 and 2015.

Their only Top 40 hit single in the UK was "The Space Between" in 2001.

They are known to play lengthy shows of 2 hours 30 mins plus.

The group's most recent album, 2018's Come Tomorrow, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, making Dave Matthews Band the first group to have seven consecutive studio albums debut at the peak.As of 2018, the Dave Matthews Band has sold more than 100 million tickets since its inception and a collective 91 million CDs and DVDs combined.

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As expected there were loads of Americans in the venue tonight.

A nice atmosphere as it is stalls standing tonight.

Also here was legendary live music booking agent Rod MacSween (DMB are one of his acts).

DMB arrived on stage at 7.40pm and played for a mammoth 2 hours 45 mins.

A nice big stage production with lots of lights and a big screen mixing live footage with pre-recorded images.

All the band are top notch musicians as they mixed rock, funk, jazz, pop etc with nice sax and trumpet.

Singer/guitarist Dave stuck to what he does best: pouring all of his energy and talent into creating often-freewheeling live renditions of a grab bag of songs from a career that spans 25 years.

They also slip in a couple of good cover versions at each show.

They are well known for never playing the same setlist twice.

The show ticked along nicely and the long set was enjoyable.

Full Dave Matthews Band setlist played tonight...

Seek Up

Don't Drink the Water

Do You Remember

Louisiana Bayou

Fool to Think

You Might Die Trying

Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin)

Time of the Season (The Zombies cover)

Stand Up (For It)

Recently

The Space Between

Can't Stop

Lying in the Hands of God / American Baby Intro

You and Me

Minarets

Funny the Way It Is

#41

Pantala Naga Pampa

Rapunzel

Encore:

Sister

All Along the Watchtower / Stairway to Heaven (Bob Dylan/Led Zeppelin cover)









Tuesday 12 March 2019.

SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE opened 25 years ago today as a fully fledged gig venue

with an invite only show by Soundgarden on 12 March 1994 which i attended.

I have been to hundreds of gigs at this great venue.

Type Shepherds Bush Empire in my venue search to see the bands i saw here from 1994 to 2002.

Also four bands before that in the 1970s when Old Grey Whistle Test specials were filmed there.

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Happy Birthday to PETER DOHERTY who is 40 today.

Happy Birthday to Blur's GRAHAM COXON who is 50 today.

Happy Birthday to Iron Maiden's STEVE HARRIS who is 63 today.

Happy Birthday to singer-songwriter JAMES TAYLOR who is 71 today.







Sunday 10 March 2019...6pm to 9pm...

My band GUN CONTROL with me on drums had our first rehearsal of the year in North Acton.

We went through the ten songs we played at our comeback gig and started work on two new songs.

Sounded pretty good considering it was our first meeting since the gig four months ago.

Hopefully we can sort out our next gig in Acton around April/May.









Saturday 09 March 2019.

DODGY + BABYBIRD + TONY WRIGHT live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of their breakthrough, gold-selling second album, Homegrown, 90s indie legends, Dodgy will playing the record in its entirety on a headline tour. They’ll also be joined by ‘You’re Gorgeous’ singers, Babybird and Terrorvision frontman, Tony Wright.

I saw Dodgy three times in the 1990s including a show where they supported Neil Young.

Dodgy had five Top 20 UK hit singles in the 1990s.

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Level 2 and 3 are closed as around 800 tickets sold out of 2000.

Lots of boozed up folks here reliving the Brit Pop era of the 1990s.

TONY WRIGHT arrived on stage at 7.25pm and played for 30 mins.

He played an acoustic set with plenty of Yorkshire humour.

The final track was Terrorvision's big No 2 hit 'Tequila' from 1999.

Good to hear it but it sounds better when the band play it.

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BABYBIRD arrived on stage at 8.05pm and played for 40 mins.

Babybird who are still fronted by Stephen Jones played a confusing set.

Never one of the trendier bands of the 1990s, he was full of confrontation tonight.

The darker lyrics and his sharp tongue throwing barbed criticisms at the crowd between songs.

Big hit "You're Gorgeous" was performed half heartedly and when he left the stage he was still moaning.

They were giving out a freebie five track cd by Babybird at the merch stand.

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DODGY arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 90 mins.

The crowd knew quite a lot of the songs so sang loudly along to them.

Great to hear their hits "Going Out for the Summer" and "Good Enough".

During the encore they dedicated a song to Keith Flint.

A good set.

Full Dodgy setlist played tonight....

Staying Out for the Summer (acoustic with crowd singalong)

Big Brown Moon

This Is Ours

Homegrown

Staying Out for the Summer (Homegrown album played from here)

Melodies Haunt You

So Let Me Go Far

Crossroads

One Day

We Are Together

Whole Lot Easier

Making the Most Of

Waiting for the Day

What Have I Done Wrong?

Grassman

Encore:

In a Room

If You're Thinking of Me

Good Enough

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Straight after their set they went to the merch stand to meet their fans and sign stuff.









Saturday 09 March 2019.

The MICHAEL JACKSON debate continues..do we still play his music or not?

Check out the full show on YouTube from MICHAEL JACKSON live at Wembley Stadium on 16 July 1988.

I was at this amazing show which was the first of his seven Wembley Stadium shows that summer.

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Happy Birthday to MARTIN FRY from ABC who is 61 today.

Happy Birthday to guitarist JIM CREGAN who is 73 today.

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Friday 08 March 2019.

Happy Birthday to GARY NUMAN who is 61 today.









Thursday 07 March 2019...I went to two events tonight...

6.15pm to 8.15pm

PHILLIPS GALLERY - auction - 30 Berkeley Square, Mayfair , London W1.

A nice buzzy crowd as maybe 200 guests are seated and 100 are standing.

Around 20 phone bidders too at the sides.

29 lots for their 20th Century & Contemporary Art Sale from 7pm to 8pm.

A mad contrast that sometimes i struggle to get my head around.

When you wander around the West End you will always see a few homeless people and

people begging for your small change and then you go to an auction like this and someone

can spend millions on a painting.

Lots went from just over £50k to the highest which was a staggering £13.5 million for a

painting by Gerhard Richter (oil on canvas from 1963).

Complimentary Ruinart champers for all guests.

then

10.30pm to 12pm

WAITRESS - press/vip - opening night party at The Crypt, Trafalgar Square, London WC2.

A big crowd of over 300 guests here after the show that was held earlier at The Adelphi Theatre.

All the cast turned up here but didn't see any of the main guests who attended the show earlier including

Cuba Gooding Jr, Sir Michael Caine, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Beverley Knight.

Canadian musician David Foster (has worked with many bands over the past 40 years) was on hand to support his fiancée Katherine McPhee as the leading lady wowed audiences on the opening night of the hit musical Waitress.

A dj is playing tunes in the background.

Complimentary prosecco, wines, beers, bowl food, canapés and slices of various cakes.

We left at midnight but it was on until 1am.

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About Waitress -

The musical is based on the 2007 film of the same name, written by Adrienne Shelly. It tells the story of Jenna Hunterson, a waitress in an abusive relationship with her husband Earl. When Jenna unexpectedly becomes pregnant, she begins an affair with her gynecologist, Dr. Jim Pomatter. Looking for ways out, she sees a pie contest and its grand prize as her chance.







Thursday 07 March 2019.

THE ROLLING STONES have partnered with Swedish brand Happy Socks, launching a limited edition spring/summer 2019 sock collection inspired by the British rock band's iconic tongue and lip logo. Happy Socks took to Instagram to reveal the collaboration, posting 'It’s finally time to step into the spotlight with one of the greatest bands of all time: The Rolling Stones. The collection, available in stores and online, features their iconic artwork with a colourful twist for an electric selection of patterns'.







Wednesday 06 March 2019.

KEITH URBAN + KERRI WATT live at The Forum, London.

Keith plays a warm up show before headlining The 02 Arena a couple of days later.

Keith is massive in America and has sold more than 20 million albums and has won four Grammy Awards.

He is on a world tour to support of his eleventh studio album 'Graffiti U' (released in 2018)

The UK shows are his first over here for a decade.

Keith is married to actress Nicole Kidman.

Keith has just completed an arena tour of Australia and New Zealand.

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Not many people under the age of 30 here for this night of new country rock.

Support act KERRI WATT arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played for 30 mins.

Kerri is a Scottish singer-songwriter who played tracks from her debut album.

She certainly looks great , with her long blonde hair, slim tall model type body and hot pants.

Some decent songs that went down well with the crowd.

Oddly enough from a distance she looked like Nicole Kidman.

KEITH URBAN arrived on stage at 8.40pm and played for a nice long 2 hours 10 mins.

This is the first time i have seen him live and i don't know any of his material.

He is a lot more popular live than his record sales as he has not had any Top 40 hits in the UK.

A nice stage production with a big screen showing pre-recorded images.

Lots of easygoing and friendly stage banter from Keith that his loyal female fans love.

Support act Kerri Watt joined him for one song.

Near the end he played three songs on a small podium in the floor standing area that was great.

Lots of good solid catchy songs where he sounded a bit like a country rock version of Bryan Adams.

Ticker-tape fell over the crowd for the last song of the main set.

An enjoyable show.









Wednesday 06 March 2019.

Happy Birthday to DAVID GILMOUR who is 73 today.







Tuesday 05 March 2019...I went to two events tonight...

6.30pm to 8pm

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM - showcase - South Kensington, London SW7.

Walking towards this iconic building you look up and see what a huge impressive building it is.

Around 100 guests here with three quarters of them being female.

At 7.15pm we get a 30 mins tour of the museum and it's many spaces for hire.

They cater small events of 40 guests up to 1200 guests in the main entrance area.

It feels a bit like that great film " Night at The Museum".

Complimentary Rose champers and canapés for all guests.

then

8.30pm to 12pm

SOLO AGENCY - showcase - Notting Hill Arts Club, London W11.

Over 150 guests here for this invite only event which is nice and buzzy.

SOLO are one of Europes top live music booking agents as bands currently on their roster include

Spice Girls, U2, Madonna, Phil Collins, Genesis, Sting, The Police, Iggy Pop, Blondie and many more.

Solo was formed by music biz legend John Giddings who has been around for over 40 years.

John also puts together The Isle of Wight Festival each year...John is here tonight...

Tonight John is showcasing five of the lesser known acts that Solo look after.

All the five bands played for around 25 mins each.

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BANG BANG ROMEO arrived on stage around 9pm.

Big powerful vocals from their female singer and they played their great track "Shame on You".

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GET CAPE WEAR CAPE have released several albums since 2006.

They had a female violinist which added nicely to their sound.

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ROTHWELL arrived on stage at 10.15pm for her set.

Another female with a great voice.She played her excellent track "Darling".

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LOCK arrived on stage at 10.50pm for their set.

This female trio played simple catchy pop and were really enjoyable.

Amazingly they had two female cheerleaders dancing throughout their set.

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WILD FRONT from Southampton arrived on stage at 11.25pm for their set.

Some good songs with a great guitar sound and nice harmonies.

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Complimentary bottles of Heineken lagers for all guests throughout the evening.









Monday 04 March 2019.

BILL BURR live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Bill Burr (now aged 50) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, voice actor, writer, musician,producer,podcaster,and social critic. He has released six stand-up specials. Outside of stand-up, he is known for hosting the Monday Morning Podcast, appearing on Chappelle's Show, playing Patrick Kuby in the AMC crime drama series Breaking Bad, and creating and starring in the Netflix animated sitcom F Is for Family. He also co-founded the All Things Comedy network.

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ADAM ROWE from Liverpool opened the show for a 15 mins set.

He had some funny material and went down well.

He has some live clips up on YouTube.

BILL BURR arrived on stage at 8.40pm and performed for 1 hour 40 mins.

By the time he had come on stage the venue was totally rammed sold out.

The cameras were here to film the show for his next Netflix special.

A basic stage with just him and a microphone along with a stool and some water.

Thankfully he is not PC and it is full tilt no holds barred at any subject with a fair amount of swearing.

Subjects included white feminists, Michelle Obama, #metoo, mens behaviour , family arguments,

sexist stuff, firefighters & first respondents, airplane travel, English football, war heroes,

Stephen Hawking, blow up dolls, getting rid of the family dog and much more.

Lots of funny LOL bits and the crowd gave him a full standing ovation at the end.

Very enjoyable.







Monday 04 March 2019.

Shock news that KEITH FLINT co-vocalist/dancer in The Prodigy has passed away...aged only 49.

The Prodigy’s Keith Flint has died aged 49. The dance legend was found dead in his home in Dunmow, Essex, this morning. An Essex Police spokesperson said: ‘We were called to concerns for the welfare of a man at an address in Brook Hill, North End, just after 8.10am on Monday.

I saw The Prodigy live around a dozen times,they were always fantastic and really got the crowd dancing.

Visit YouTube to watch their great videos and live concert clips.

Check out the video to "Firestarter" where Keith's menacing look and vocals dominate.

Six of their seven studio albums were No 1 in the UK charts.

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In an Instagram post,Prodigy band member Liam Howlett added: “The news is true. I can’t believe I’m saying

this but our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend".

“I’m shell shocked, fuckin angry, confused and heart broken.”









Monday 04 March 2019.

Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ movie will be out on DVD and Blu-Ray from today and the disc will include the complete recreation of the Live Aid performance, only seen in part in the movie.

The film has been a worldwide success and has taken a billion dollars at the box office.







Saturday 02 March 2019.

SPURS 1 ARSENAL 1 at Wembley Stadium...12.30pm kick-off.

Tottenham's Premier League match against north London rivals Arsenal on 2 March will take place at

Wembley because their new stadium is still not ready.

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A massive near sell-out crowd with over 81,000 here including 3,000 Arsenal fans.

We are up in Level 5 where there are just a couple of unsold blocks.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang saw a last-minute penalty saved by Hugo Lloris to cost Arsenal victory and ensure Tottenham retained a crucial advantage over their arch-rivals in the battle for a top-four place after a dramatic north London derby at Wembley.

Harry Kane's contested penalty put Spurs level with 16 minutes left after Aaron Ramsey's coolly taken 16th-minute goal threatened to inflict a third successive league defeat on boss Mauricio Pochettino for the first time in his reign.

Arsenal were then handed a golden opportunity to close to within one point of Spurs after Davinson Sanchez fouled Aubameyang, but the striker's tame penalty was easily saved low to his right by the diving Lloris.









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News and Reviews: 4th March 2019

Monday 04 March 2019.

Shock news that KEITH FLINT co-vocalist/dancer in The Prodigy has passed away...aged only 49.

The Prodigy’s Keith Flint has died aged 49. The dance legend was found dead in his home in Dunmow, Essex, this morning. An Essex Police spokesperson said: ‘We were called to concerns for the welfare of a man at an address in Brook Hill, North End, just after 8.10am on Monday.

I saw The Prodigy live around a dozen times,they were always fantastic and really got the crowd dancing.

Visit YouTube to watch their great videos and live concert clips.

Six of their seven studio albums were No 1 in the UK charts.

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In an Instagram post,Prodigy band member Liam Howlett added: “The news is true. I can’t believe I’m saying

this but our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend".

“I’m shell shocked, fuckin angry, confused and heart broken.”









Monday 04 March 2019.

Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ movie will be out on DVD and Blu-Ray from today and the disc will include the complete recreation of the Live Aid performance, only seen in part in the movie.

The film has been a worldwide success and has taken a billion dollars at the box office.







Saturday 02 March 2019.

SPURS 1 ARSENAL 1 at Wembley Stadium...12.30pm kick-off.

Tottenham's Premier League match against north London rivals Arsenal on 2 March will take place at

Wembley because their new stadium is still not ready.

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A massive near sell-out crowd with over 81,000 here including 3,000 Arsenal fans.

We are up in Level 5 where there are just a couple of unsold blocks.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang saw a last-minute penalty saved by Hugo Lloris to cost Arsenal victory and ensure Tottenham retained a crucial advantage over their arch-rivals in the battle for a top-four place after a dramatic north London derby at Wembley.

Harry Kane's contested penalty put Spurs level with 16 minutes left after Aaron Ramsey's coolly taken 16th-minute goal threatened to inflict a third successive league defeat on boss Mauricio Pochettino for the first time in his reign.

Arsenal were then handed a golden opportunity to close to within one point of Spurs after Davinson Sanchez fouled Aubameyang, but the striker's tame penalty was easily saved low to his right by the diving Lloris.









Saturday 02 March 2019.

Happy Birthday to JON BON JOVI who is 57 today.

This day in 2010 i saw KISS play a superb club show at Islington Academy.







This was gig number 6900 for me.

Friday 01 March 2019.

LAIBACH + film live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Avant-garde music group, Laibach from Slovenia are still the most internationally acclaimed band to have come out of the former Communist countries of Eastern and Central Europe and they’re rounding up 2018 with the release of The Sound Of Music, a collection of songs inspired by the iconic film. Taking the album on the road in the early months of 2019, they’ll perform much of the new record, as well as selected songs from their repertoire.

Before they arrive on stage they will be an exclusive screening of their documentary film “Liberation Day”.

They are signed to the legendary MUTE Records who also co-produced the film.

Formed in 1980, Laibach have had many different band members.

From the early days, the band was subject to controversies and bans due to their use of iconography associated with totalitarianism, nationalism and militarism, a concept they have preserved throughout their career. Censored and banned in Socialist Yugoslavia and receiving a kind of dissident status, the band embarked on international tours and gradually acquired international fame. After Slovenia became independent in 1991, Laibach's status in the country has turned from rejection to promotion into a national cultural icon, which included performances with the Slovenian symphony orchestra.

Early Laibach albums were pure industrial, with heavy rhythms and roaring vocals. Later in the mid-80s, the sound became more richly layered, featuring samples from classical music. The lyrics, usually delivered by bass voice of the singer Milan Fras, written in German, Slovene and English, originally treated war and military themes, but later turned focus to any highly charged political issue of the moment, sending intentionally ambiguous messages. They also recorded several cover versions of popular songs, often turning light melodies into sinister-sounding Gothic tunes.

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Around 700 folks here and it is reserved seats on the floor as we have a film to start.

From 6.45pm for 1 hour 40 mins we have their docu on the bizarre week the band had in North Korea in 2015

In the build up to them playing the first rock concert by a Western act.

Flashback to 2015. Considering the amount of secrecy surrounding North Korea, and its strict policy of limiting access to outsiders, the initial announcement that Laibach – a Slovenian avant-garde industrial art-rock act hailing all the way from the 80s – would be the first Western band ever to play in the country was quite unexpected, to say the least.

The worldwide shock came not only from the fact that it was a rock concert that was chosen to be the first performance by outsiders in North Korea, but Laibach’s particular act and performative choices too. The band has been, since their inception, repeatedly criticised for their usage of overt neo-fascist iconography – uniforms, manifestos, terrifying propaganda-like videos and all – all while leaving to speculation whether they’re being critical of or just emulating totalitarian ideologies.

It was a bit mad at how they got away with it , as officials questioned everything.

Even when testing the sound , band members said " it's not a sound check, it's an exam".

Some of the film was a bit Spinal tap in places.

Mute Records head honcho Daniel Miller was there to witness the gig and said "it was one of the most

significant concerts he had ever attended".

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After the interval LAIBACH played for 1 hour 45 mins over two sets of 45 mins and 60 mins.

We have a big screen showing their Laibach type pre-recorded images.

The first set was their new album which is collection of Rodgers & Hammerstein classics.

They kinda ruined these great songs.

Why would you record these songs in a low key Rammstein type style?

Three vocalists with the main singer having a very deep moody growling voice.

Second set included a strange version of a Rolling Stones classic.

Lots of Prog type muso twaddle.

The crowd loved it but it just didn't do anything for me.

Full Laibach setlist played tonight...

String Intro

FIRST SET : The Sound of Music ALBUM

The Sound of Music

Climb Every Mountain

Do-Re-Mi

Edelweiss

My Favourite Things

The Lonely Goatherd

Sixteen Going on Seventeen

So Long, Farewell

Maria/Korea

Arirang

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SECOND SET

Mi kujemo bodočnost

Smrt za Smrt

Nova Akropola

Vier Personen

Krvava Gruda - Plodna Zemlja

Ti, Ki Izzivaš

Encore

Sympathy for the Devil (The Rolling Stones cover)

The Coming Race

Surfing Through the Galaxy









Friday 01 March 2019.

Happy Birthday to rock legend ROGER DALTREY who is 75 today.

Tickets for The Who at Wembley Stadium are approaching Rolling Stones greed

as pitch seating in front blocks is a whopping £200.







Thursday 28 February 2019.

RUTS DC + THE PROFESSIONALS live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

The Professionals feature Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook.

The Ruts are celebrating the 40th anniversary of their debut album 'The Crack' ,released in 1979 and containing the UK hit singles: "Babylon's Burning" (Number seven on the UK chart in June 1979) and "Something That I Said" (No. 29 in September 1979) with a full UK tour.

I bought the album on vinyl when it first came out.

I saw The Ruts three times between 1978 to 1980.

Ruts DC still feature two original members.

Ruts DC will play a set featuring older material and tracks from their comeback album "Music Must Destroy".

The Professionals will play a set featuring older material and tracks from their comeback album "What in the World".

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From 6.15pm to 6.45pm i was in the venue to see THE PROFESSIONALS sound check.

The band all played their instruments for the sound engineer and the vocals were tested too.

Short versions of a few of their songs plus the guitar riff for "Pretty Vacant".

Two songs played in full "Going Going Gone" and "Good Man Down".

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Needless to say i was really looking forward to this great double-bill.

Levels 2 and 3 are closed as unsold but there must be at least 1000 people here.

As expected lots of old punk rockers here that i know.

There were over 150 on the guest list tonight.

Paul Cooks wife and daughter were here and his friends Ian Brown (ex Stone Roses)

and Marco Pirroni (ex Adam & The Ants) are here.

Non-stop classic punk tunes played over the pa when bands not on stage.

THE PROFESSIONALS arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played for 45 mins.

I have seen them three times already since Paul reformed the band.

Great he has resurrected them even though Steve Jones is not involved.

They whizzed through nifty old and new tracks with a highlight being the

pairing in the middle of "Silly Thing" and "Rewind".

A great set.

Full setlist played by The Professionals tonight...

Join the Professionals

Good Man Down

Payola

Going Going Gone

Silly Thing (Sex Pistols cover)

Rewind

Just Another Dream

Bad Baby

Hats Off

Kick Down the Doors

Let Go

1-2-3

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RUTS DC arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 90 mins.

One camera was filming all the show from the pit.

Because the main set is "The Crack" in full track order their biggest song "Babylon's Burning" is opener.

A big backdrop of the album cover dominates the back of the stage.

A fair amount of jumping around down the front.

A great set and for me a perfect night of two acts who were about 40 years ago and are still rockin'.

Full setlist played by Ruts DC tonight...

FIRST 12 TRACKS ARE "THE CRACK " ALBUM IN ORDER

Babylon's Burning

Dope for Guns

SUS

Something That I Said

You're Just A

It Was Cold

Savage Circle

Jah War

Criminal Mind

Backbiter

Out of Order

Human Punk

Music Must Destroy

West One (Shine On Me)

Kill The Pain

In a Rut

Psychic Attack

Encore:

H Eyes

Love In Vain / Police and Thieves (medley covers)

Staring at the Rude Boys

Final song ???









Wednesday 27 February 2019.

THE LEMON TWIGS + MATT MALTESE live at The Roundhouse, London.

The D’Addario brothers, also known as The Lemon Twigs are making waves for their glam rock-esque musical theatre and energetic live shows.

As the sons of working musicians and having performed on Broadway as children, it’s no surprise the Long Island brothers are channeling the flamboyantly theatrical energy they grew up with, alongside 60s and 70s Baroque pop artists such as Harry Nilsson, Wings and the Zombies.

They are promoting their second album, 'Go to School'.

They supported Arctic Monkeys on their Sept 2018 UK arena tour.

Support comes from Matt Maltese whose debut album in 2018 on Universal "Bad Contestant" got loads of

great reviews , including four stars from NME.

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MATT MALTESE arrived on stage at 8pm and played for around 35 mins.

Matt is in his early 20s but looks even younger.

Matt is a pop piano wizard who is crafting soul-bearing ballads for a new generation.

Some great lyrics and some of the tunes were a bit Keane like in places.

THE LEMON TWIGS arrived on stage at 9.05pm and played for around 85 mins.

It is pretty full tonight for The Lemon Heads as they play another big London headline show.

Over the past two years they have played The Lexington to Koko to The Forum to The Roundhouse.

When i saw their first promo picture and bio I thought i must check this band out.

Their 70s look and 70s influences certainly grabbed my attention.

Over a dozen photographers in the pit as their image certainly makes a good photo.

Many of the crowd are wearing 70s retro clothing.

The brothers and the band look cool with their outlandish haircuts and outfits, and their kitschy music-hall singing and high-kicking and hand gestures live shows really was great to see.

Not easy being a new guitar based band these days but The Lemon Twigs are gaining more fans.

They played the best tracks from their two albums and the crowd loved it.

A great show.











Tuesday 26 February 2019...6.30pm to 9pm...

NINA NAUSTDAL - Spring / Summer 19/20 Fashion Show at Bagatelle, 34 Dover Street, London W1.

Over 200 guests at this modern French club-restaurant that opened in Mayfair a couple of years ago.

Over 20 photographers were here as Nina in a stunning dress posed with her friends and a few celebs

including Jackie St Clair, Meredith Ostrom, Mark Francis Vanelli and Heather Bird.

Before the fashion show there was a harpist playing and a female ballet dancer performed.

A dj was playing tunes loudly that helped to create a great busy and buzzy vibe.

At 8.15pm was the fashion show for 30 mins...with the crowd seated and standing.

This season, the Collection is inspired by the glorious bloom of rare exotic flowers.

To represent the unique movements and the sinuosity of the flourishing nature,

the silhouettes have been enriched with 3D decorations, flowers, feathers, butterflies and birds.

Each piece is handmade in Nina Naustdal's London Atelier.

The four collections all looked amazing and the floor-grazing gowns were spectacular.

Couture SS19

Black Collection AW19/20

Childrenswear Collection

Dogs Collection

Emmett Daly (star of The Voice Ireland) sung covers during the fashion show.

Complimentary prosecco, two different cocktails and canapés for all guests.

All guests got a goodie bag with Maize & Grace Popcorn along with snacks and drinks.

www.nina-naustdal.com

Visit the Nina Naustdal website here for more info.









Tuesday 26 February 2019.

More sad news about the death of a great musician.

MARK HOLLIS — frontman of synth pop 1980s sensation Talk Talk — has died at the age of 64,

his former bandmate Paul Webb confirmed.

Hollis co-founded Talk Talk in 1981. The band was part of the New-Romantic movement along with Duran Duran and Spandau Ballet.

Talk Talk had a series of hits in the UK across the 80s including ‘Talk Talk’ and ‘Its My Life’.

I saw Talk Talk play live five times in the 1980s and have a couple of their albums.







Monday 25 February 2019.

STEELY DAN + STEVE WINWOOD live at Wembley Arena, London.

A very nice double bill of golden oldies...although tickets are expensive.

Steely Dan have sold over 40 million albums worldwide.

Donald Fagen will be joined by special guest Steve Winwood.

I saw Steely Dan in Oct 2017 when they headlined The 02 Arena.

They had a good big name support act on that night as well - The Doobie Brothers.

I first saw Steve Winwood live in 1983 when he headlined Hammersmith Odeon

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All the mainly older male crowd are in a bit earlier to see the special guest support act.

Even though Steely Dan played just 14 months ago in London, it is pretty much sold out.

Expensive tickets from £55 to £105 plus booking fees.

I have a great seat on the floor in the area in front of the mixing desk.

A few rows in front of me is Iron Maiden drummer Nico McBrain.

STEVE WINWOOD arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played for around 60 mins.

Neither of the two bands tonight had any big screen showing live footage.

Steve & his band were top notch musicians that included great sax and percussion.

A nice setlist featuring some highlights from his long career.

An ideal support act that the crowd loved.

A great set.

Full Steve Winwood setlist played tonight...

I'm a Man (The Spencer Davis Group song)

Them Changes (Buddy Miles cover)

Can't Find My Way Home (Blind Faith song)

Had to Cry Today (Blind Faith song)

The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys (Traffic song)

Keep On Running (Jackie Edwards cover)

Higher Love

Dear Mr. Fantasy (Traffic song)

Gimme Some Lovin' (The Spencer Davis Group song)

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STEELY DAN arrived on stage at 9pm and played for around 1 hour 50 mins.

12 musicians on stage including 3 female backing singers so plenty of great harmonies.

Like Steve Winwood the sound quality on stage was pretty much perfection.

Between 1972 and 1980, Steely Dan produced some of the most searing and bitter pop music ever recorded. With scathing lyrics delivered by Donald Fagen’s pungent vocals, he and partner Walter Becker’s music chronicled the feelings of many who passed through young adulthood during the 1970s. At times cynical and oddly nostalgic, Steely Dan made music borne of calculated musical precision aided by high-tech studio wizardry.

Donald Fagan is still here but Walter Becker died in Sept 2017, just a month before their 02 Arena show.

A great groove mixing funk, rock, jazz ,Prog in their sound with superb drum fills during most songs.

During the main set they were joined by Steve Winwood on one track and for the encore they were joined by

Elliot Randall.He is an American guitarist, best known for being a session musician with popular artists. Randall played the well-known guitar solos from Steely Dan's song "Reelin' in the Years" and Irene Cara's song "Fame". It was reported that Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page said Randall's solo on "Reelin' in the Years" is his favourte guitar solo of all-time.

A great show and a fab evening with two quality bands.

Full Steely Dan setlist played tonight...

Cubano Chant (Ray Bryant cover) (band Only)

Bodhisattva

Hey Nineteen

Black Friday

Pretzel Logic (with Steve Winwood)

Aja

Green Earrings

Black Cow

Time Out of Mind

Kid Charlemagne

Dirty Work

Peg

Babylon Sisters

Keep That Same Old Feeling (The Crusaders cover)

Josie

My Old School

Encore:

Reelin' in the Years (with Elliott Randall)

A Man Ain't Supposed to Cry (Joe Williams cover) (band Only)









Monday 25 February 2019.

PETER DOHERTY to play The Roundhouse on 12 May 2019...tickets on sale soon...







Sunday 24 February 2019...I went to two events today...

4.30pm to 7pm

The Carabao Cup final between Chelsea and Manchester City will be shown live on Sky Sports.

Live from Wembley Stadium with kick-off at 4.30pm.

Man City on top form...can they win the first of a possible four trophies they are in contention for?

Lots of pressure on Chelsea coach/manager Sarri, who could be sacked if Chelsea lose this game.

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No score after extra time then Man City win 4-3 on penalties.

A massive crowd as a pretty near full house of over 81,000 here.

I am up in Level 5 with a couple of mates who are Chelsea fans in the Chelsea end.

A pretty average game that got very entertaining at the end with a bizarre non-substitution and penalties.

Have you ever seen anything like it?

A player refusing to go off - and his manager losing the plot.

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga resisted Maurizio Sarri's attempt to substitute him late in extra time of the Carabao Cup final, which left his manager seething on the touchline.

Kepa had just been treated for cramp and, with the game at 0-0, Sarri was preparing to bring on reserve keeper Willy Caballero in his place before a penalty shootout.

But after some furious finger-wagging and screams of "NO!", Sarri was forced to give in.

Kepa is the world's most expensive goalkeeper at a whopping £71 million quid.

Kepa lost out in the penalty shootout.

then

10.30pm to 4.30am

THE OSCARS screening party at Ham Yard Hotel, Soho, London W1.

The 91st Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will honour the best films of 2018 and will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.

I must admit this years Oscars have been the most anticipated by me for many years as what awards will

Bohemian Rhapsody and A Star is Born win and will Olivia Colman and Richard E Grant win awards?

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Around 400 invited guests here in this luxury hotel.

We are in the main cinema room that holds 200 and 200 more are watching on screens in other spaces.

Until midnight there is complimentary Piper-Heidsieck champers and canapés and popcorn.

Midnight to 3am was complimentary espresso Martinis and lots of different delicious bowl food.

Also cheese burgers, fish & chips,Thai Curry, salt beef bagels with pickle and cream cheese.

From 3am there was complimentary Bloody Mary's and a survivors breakfast box and Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

We watch the red carpet arrivals before the main event.

At 1am the main event opened with a stunning two song medley by Queen with Adam Lambert.

Later on Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga would also perform their superb track "Shallow" together.

Rami Malek won an Oscar for Best Actor for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury.

In addition to Rami’s win, Bohemian Rhapsody was the top film at this year’s Oscars overall, taking home FOUR awards in total, the remaining three coming from technical categories.

Green Book – another of this awards season’s more controversial offerings – took home the coveted Best Picture prize, while Roma and Black Panther also came out on top in three categories each.

Great to see Olivia Colman win Best Actress but sadly Richard E Grant did not win anything.

An excellent event.









Saturday 23 February 2019.

Happy Birthday to ex Sweet bass player STEVE PRIEST who is 71 today.

One of my first ever gigs was Sweet at The Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park on 21 Dec 1973.

My first of over 50 shows seen at this legendary venue that is now a Brazilian place of worship.







Friday 22 February 2019.

BLUE OYSTER CULT + THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT live at Hammersmith Apollo, London.

I have seen Blue Oyster Cult around 20 times since i attended their debut London show in 1975.

Blue Oyster Cult + Motorhead at Hammersmith Odeon, London 19.10.1975

This was an early Motörhead show as they had formed only a few months earlier.

That show was gig number 71 for me....tonight was gig number 6896 for me...

Blue Oyster Cult have sold over 24 million records worldwide - albums/singles.

They were one of the many rock bands that released great double live albums in the 1970s with

"On Your Feet or on Your Knees "(1975) .

They will be supported by UK blues rockers The Temperance Movement.

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The floor standing is busy but there are lots of empty seats in the circle so maybe 3000 out of 5000 here.

A mainly older white male crowd here as expected.

THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played for around 45 mins.

They played a good set of blues rock tracks from the three albums they have released.

They have a great sound with hints of The Black Crowes and The Faces.

Singer Phil Campbell is flinging himself around the stage and he has a great blues-rock voice.

A good set.

BLUE OYSTER CULT arrived on stage at 9pm and played for around 1 hour 50 mins.

Original members Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser (lead guitar, vocals) and Eric Bloom (lead vocals, stun guitar), were backed by longtime mates Richie Castellano (keyboards, guitar), Danny Miranda (bass), and Jules Radino (drums).

Definitely a hard rock band, their musical style has often been described as crossing a broad spectrum, ranging from heavy metal, to psychedelic rock, to progressive rock.For a couple of guys in their seventies, Buck Dharma and Eric Bloom still have it.

The first 30 or 40 mins had a few pretty average songs in it then they played more of their classic cuts.

The band played fan faves with the likes of “Godzilla" and “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper).”

Great encores including "Hot Rails to Hell" and "Cities on Flame With Rock and Roll".

Stage production was pretty basic but it was a great show.

Full BOC setlist played tonight...

Dr. Music

Before the Kiss, a Redcap

Career of Evil

Burnin' for You

OD'd on Life Itself

Harvest Moon

The Vigil

E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence)

Buck's Boogie

Then Came the Last Days of May

Flaming Telepaths

Godzilla

Guitar Solo

(Don't Fear) The Reaper

Encore:

Joan Crawford

Hot Rails to Hell

Cities on Flame With Rock and Roll









Thursday 21 February 2019.....6.15pm to 8.45pm

CARLUCCIO'S - re-launch party - 31/35 Kew Road, Richmond, Surrey.

Italian restaurant & bar chain CARLUCCIO'S has many locations around the UK.

This one has had a refurbishment to celebrate 20 years since the first CARLUCCIO'S opened.

Richmond is one of those nice areas like Chiswick and Wimbledon.

I used to go to Cheeky Pete's Disco in Richmond in the late 1970s/ early 1980s.

Around 150 guests here and a nice buzzy atmosphere.

Two of the waiters sung several cover versions to a backing track which was good fun.

Lots of complimentary drinks and food including Prosecco , gin cocktails, wines and beers.

Lots of delicious Italian bowl food, canapés ,desserts and pastries from their new menu.

www.carluccios.com

Visit their website here for more info.

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What the owners say.

Welcome to Carluccio’s Italian restaurant in Richmond. We are less than 5 minutes from the heart of the town centre and Richmond Station.

We are just minutes away from Richmond Theatre – making Carluccio’s the perfect location to grab a bite to eat with friends and family before or after watching a show.

We’re open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday to Sunday, offering a broad range of classic Italian food. On top of that, our menu also caters for vegetarians/vegans and those who are following a gluten free diet. Therefore you should book a table at London, Richmond today!









Thursday 21 February 2018.

Very sad news that PETER TORK ,the bassist for The Monkees and a jokester on the band's popular 1960s television series, has died at age 77.









Wednesday 20 February 2019.

SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS live at Hammersmith Apollo, London.

Slash takes some time off from playing guitar with Guns N Roses....show has been sold out for ages...

The European tour will support the release of Slash’s fourth solo album LIVING THE DREAM.

I have seen Slash several times with non G N R bands since 1995 when i saw him play in Los Angeles.

I have seen Guns N Roses several times since 1987 when they played their first ever

major London show at Hammersmith Odeon for their classic debut album 'Appetite for Destruction ' .

Looks like the only Guns N Roses track in the setlist will be "Nightrain".

Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons have been unveiled as the special guests.

The Motörhead guitarist, his sons Todd, Dane and Tyla, and vocalist Neil Starr will open for Slash and co.

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PHIL CAMPBELL & THE BASTARD SONS arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played for around 40 mins.

Phil & his band do have a nice Motörhead type sound.

With the release of 2018s 'The Age of Absurdity', the band now have enough original material to dominate their setlists without completely disregarding the chance to perform a selection of covers.

Their set included a couple of Motörhead gems "Born To Raise Hell" and "Ace Of Spades".

A very good set.

SLASH & his band arrived on stage at 8.50pm and played for around 2 hours 5 mins.

By the time the band arrive on stage the venue is totally rammed full upstairs and downstairs.

Cannot remember when so many people were packed into this venue.

Eagle Rock Productions have several cameras here filming it for a live DVD.

Lots of nifty guitar playing from Slash and some great rock vocals from Myles.

Lots of good solid rockin' tunes but nothing as good as the sole G N R song played tonight "Nightrain".

A very good show.

Full setlist played by Slash & co tonight...

The Call of the Wild

Halo

Standing in the Sun

Ghost (Slash song)

Back From Cali (Slash song)

My Antidote

Serve You Right

Boulevard of Broken Hearts

Shadow Life

We're All Gonna Die (Slash song) (Todd Kerns on vocals)

Doctor Alibi (Slash song) (Todd Kerns on vocals)

Lost Inside the Girl

Wicked Stone (extended guitar solo)

Mind Your Manners

Driving Rain

By the Sword (Slash song)

Nightrain (Guns N’ Roses cover)

Starlight (Slash song)

You're a Lie

World on Fire (with band introductions and extended solos)

Encore:

Avalon

Anastasia









Tuesday 19 February 2019.

ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES - The Musical - press night at Theatre Royal, Haymarket, London SW1.

Paul Whitehouse takes centre stage as Grandad, uniting with Tom Bennett (Del Boy) and Ryan Hutton (Rodney) in this unique showstopper. Featuring cherished material from the TV series, the laughs, dodgy dealings and unforgettable moments to boot, join us as we take a trip back to 1989, get reacquainted with Britain’s most loveable rogues and experience the classic comedy brought to life once again through an ingenious and hilarious original score; an idea so inexplicably pukka it surely proves the old adage that he who dares wins!

With musical contributions from Chas n Dave, the beloved theme tunes as you’ve never heard them before and an array of comic songs full of character and cockney charm, you’re guaranteed to have a right knees-up! Only Fools and Horses the Musical is a feel-good, family celebration of traditional, working class London life and the aspirations we all share.

Written by Paul Whitehouse and Jim Sullivan, fully endorsed by the Sullivan estate

Sound CUSHTY? Then book your tickets today – Only a forty-two carat PLONKER would miss it!

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The show was on for just over two hours over two sets.

Lots of hilarious moments related to one of the greatest tv series of the 1980s.

As expected there was a good turnout of well known faces including Roger Taylor (Queen).

Also Dave Peacock (from Chas & Dave).

Only Fools and Horses stars John Challis and Patrick Murray joined VIP guests Stacey Dooley, Jo Brand, Jools Holland, Ricky Hatton, Sir Geoff Hurst, Bill Bailey, Ray Winstone, Jason Manford , Phil Daniels , Lesley Joseph , Craig Cash and Helen George for the press night of Only Fools and Horses: The Musical, taking turns to pose in front of the show’s iconic yellow Reliant Robin three-wheeled car on the red carpet. Writer and star Paul Whitehouse was also spotted alongside Harry Enfield, Jason Manford and Jessica Wright.

Original stars from the tv series David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst didn't attend the premiere, with the musical cast members saying they chose to stay out of the spotlight.

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9.45pm to 11.45pm---after-party at The Haymarket Hotel, London SW1.

Around 300 guests were at this party after the main event.

A very nice touch was the laminate pass for entry which was a picture of a yellow three-wheeler Reliant Robin.

Believe it or not I had a blue three-wheeler Reliant Robin for a year as you could drive one on just a

full motorbike license and you didn't need a full driving license, but it actually helped me to save on driving lessons.

Most of the faces above were here but didn't see Roger Taylor ,Jools Holland, Ray Winstone , Sir Geoff Hurst.

The Dj was playing all classic tracks from the 1980s.

Lots of complimentary food and drinks including Del Boys fave cocktail from back in the day,

Piña Coladas along with those dinky paper umbrellas on top, wines, beers and different food including

burgers, fried chicken, king prawns and canapés.

A great evening.











Tuesday 19 February 2019.

A FASHION ICON HAS PASSED AWAY.

Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has died in Paris, aged 85, Chanel sources have confirmed.

The artistic director for Chanel had looked increasingly frail in recent seasons, and had reportedly suffered ill health in recent weeks.

For the first time in decades Lagerfeld did not come out to take a bow at the Chanel's couture show in Paris in January, something the company attributed to him being tired.









Monday 18 February 2019...6pm to 8pm...

GODOLPHIN Stud and Stable Staff Awards Ceremony 2019 at

The Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel, Knightsbridge, London SW1.

Around 200 guests at this plush five star hotel.

Some well known names from the horse racing world are here.

This evenings presenters were Oli Bell and Sir AP McCoy.

Also here were Brough Scott, Mick Fitzgerald and Trainer John Gosden (looks after wonder horse Enable).

Just the six awards handed out for...

Leadership Award

Dedication Award

Rider/Groom Award

Stud Staff Award

Rory MacDonald Community Award

David Nicholson Newcomer Award (for those who have entered racing within the last three years)

Complimentary champers, wines, Peroni beers and canapés for all guests.









Sunday 17 February 2019...I went to two events tonight...

7.45pm to 9.45pm

AADNEVIK - Autumn/Winter 2019 Show - Whitehall, London SW1.

Day 3 of the 5 days of London Fashion Show.

AADNEVIK is a London based luxury womenswear label as a design partnership between Hila and Kristian Aadnevik, whose defining themes are a blend of opulence, sensuality and gloom.

This was a much better than expected event as it was a full catwalk show presentation.

200 seated with two rows of 50 on each side and I have a nice front row seat.

200 are standing behind the seats.

A cool crowd with lots of glammed up women in the crowd and Philip Sallon was here.

20 photographers at the end of the catwalk.

Nice tunes were played in the background throughout.

At 9pm we have the 20 mins catwalk show that featured nine models and I think three outfits each.

They all looked stunning, mixing short dresses and longer gowns with splits etc.

Complimentary De Watere champers for the reception and at your seat before the catwalk show.

Seated guests got a nice goodie bag which included a Moroccanoil gift set and 200ml De Watere champers.

www.aadnevik.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then

10pm to 12pm

9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL - press/VIP opening night party at The Savoy Hotel , Strand, London WC2.

This musical is on at The Savoy Theatre.

A massive party as 800 folks are on the guest list which takes over The Ballroom, The Riverside Room

and other areas in this famous five star hotel.

DOLLY PARTON joined the cast on stage earlier tonight.

The party started at 9pm so not sure she made it as Dolly did a lot of press before the show.

Very unusual to have a press/vip night on a Sunday but I reckon Dolly is lined up to be a presenter

at The Brit Awards on Wednesday.

All the cast were here and Kelvin Fletcher (Emmerdale) was here until the end.

Celebs watching the musical earlier included Kylie Minogue, Twiggy, Graham Norton, Luke Evans,

Anthea Turner, Lizzie Cundy , Les Dennis and others but i did not see them at the party.

I missed the champers reception for the first hour from 9pm but there were lots of complimentary food

and drinks as five different cocktails, wines, beers and burgers, salmon, canapés and desserts.

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9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL is getting down to business - with a strictly limited season at The Savoy Theatre.

Starring Louise Redknapp*, Caroline Sheen^, Amber Davies, Natalie McQueen, Bonnie Langford and Brian Conley, the smash-hit musical features a book by the iconic movie’s original screenwriter Patricia Resnick and an Oscar, Grammy and Tony award-nominated score by the Queen of Country herself, Dolly Parton.

9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL tells the story of Doralee, Violet and Judy - three workmates pushed to boiling point by their sexist and egotistical boss. Concocting a plan to kidnap and turn the tables on their despicable supervisor, will the girls manage to reform their office - or will events unravel when the CEO pays an unexpected visit?

Inspired by the cult film and brought to you by Dolly herself, this hilarious new West End production is about teaming up, standing up and taking care of business!

Based on the 20th Century Fox Picture. Originally produced on Broadway by Robert Greenblatt, April 2009. Performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited.

*Due to injury, Louise Redknapp will be joining the show from late March 2019.

^ Caroline Sheen will be performing the role of Violet Newstead until Louise’s return.

www.9to5themusical.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.









Saturday 16 February 2019.

AMINE + dj support live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

25 year old American rapper plays the first of two shows at this venue....both are sold out...

Amine has released two albums and his breakthrough hit 'Caroline' has had over 250 million views on YouTube.

'Carolne' reached number 11 in The American Singles Chart.

His rap career then began to come into fruition when he would make diss tracks about rival high schools.

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News and Reviews: 14th February 2019

Wednesday 13 February 2019...8pm to 10pm...

Champions League Game - Last 16 - First Leg.

SPURS 3 B.DORTMUND 0

Spurs win again even though Harry Kane is still out with injury.

A fantastic atmosphere here as there is a massive crowd of over 71,000 here including 4,000 noisy Germans.

Mauricio Pochettino saluted his talismanic goalscorer Son Heung-min after the Tottenham forward helped to move the team to within touching distance of the Champions League quarter-finals.

Son volleyed Spurs into a 47th-minute lead against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley in the first leg of the last-16 tie before late goals from the stop-gap left wing-back, Jan Vertonghen, and the substitute Fernando Llorente sealed a memorable 3-0 win.

Son has now scored 16 goals in all competitions – he has 11 in his last 12 matches – and, whenever he has found the net this season, Spurs have won. “Next time when Son scores, I go to the dressing-room, shower and wait for the game [to end],” Pochettino said with a smile. “Sonny was fantastic again. He translates good energy and his performance in every game is improving.”

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Before the game there was a minute tribute to remember Gordon Banks and Emiliano Sala.

The half-time interview was with Dimitar Berbatov who had great spells at Spurs and Man United.

As usual over 100 Korean fans are waiting for Son Heung-min at the players entrance after the game.









Tuesday 12 February 2019.

RIP IT UP - THE 60s - press / VIP night - Garrick Theatre, London WC2.

The ultimate Strictly boy band of dance bring the 60s smashing into the 21st century, in an explosion of song, dance, acrobatics and amazing visuals!

What shines through is the incredible dancing talents of our awesome foursome Aston Merrygold (JLS), Jay McGuiness (The Wanted), Harry Judd (McFly), and Louis Smith (Olympian), who also sing, drum and perform some amazing gymnastics that will have you out of your seat dancing and singing the night away!

The boys are joined by an incredible cast of dancers, singers and musicians, to celebrate the iconic sounds, sights and events of the decade which transformed the 20th Century. One of the most energetic shows to ever hit the West End stage, just watching will leave you exhausted.

Dance the night away with music from the legends who shook a generation including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Beach Boys, The Byrds, The Doors, The Mamas & The Papas, Dusty Springfield, Burt Bacharach, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, James Brown Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes and many more.

With celebrity contributions on screen, footage from the era and a host of other visual delights, the show celebrates everything there is to love about the 60s.

The 60s are back with a bang!

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Celebrity guests in the crowd included Lulu , Paul Young and Lizzie Cundy.

Also here were Jonathan Shalit, Rhydian Roberts, Richard Arnold, Kate Garraway, Leo Green, Tom Fletcher,

Dougie Poynter, Darcey Bussell, Ashley Roberts, Kimberley Wyatt, Melvin Odoom and Danny Jones.

The show was on for around 2 hours 10 mins over two sets of 60 mins and 70 mins.

There is a big screen which acts as a television screen from the 1960s which showed video clips chat

from the likes of Lulu, Roger Daltrey, Tony Blackburn, Dionne Warwick, Zandra Rhodes and others.

Lots of great songs from the 60s including segments from The Beatles, Burt Bacharach and Motown/Soul.

All four of the guys have been on Strictly Come Dancing so there is a dance routine for every song.

The energy they burn up through the evening will keep them fit for their stint here.

Leggy girl dancers in tight shorts and mini skirts were nice to look at.

Lots of colourful costumes from the boys and the dancers.

The crowd were up an dancing for the last few songs.

The last song was 'Shout' and the cast pointed to Lulu who was sitting a few rows back.

A very enjoyable show.

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I was at the after-party for this event at The Cafe de Paris from 10pm to 11.30pm.

Around 300 guests are here.

The cast and some of the celebs are here but didn't see Lulu, Paul Young or Lizzie Cundy.

Complimentary wines and beers but oddly there was no food here for the guests.

A dj played all classic tunes from the 1960s.

www.ripituptheshow.com

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.







Tuesday 12 February 2019.

Very sad news.

Gordon Banks dead: Legendary England World Cup 1966 winner passes away, aged 81.

Regarded as one of the game's greatest in his position, Banks was named FIFA goalkeeper of the year six times and earned 73 caps for England.

Remember that amazing save by him from Pele in the 1970 World Cup.









Monday 11 February 2019.

The rise of Greta Van Fleet continues.

Shortlist for Best Rock Album Grammy

Rainier Fog, Alice In Chains

M A N I A, Fall Out Boy

Prequelle, Ghost

From The Fires, Greta Van Fleet (winner)

Pacific Daydream, Weezer







Monday 11 February 2019.

Tonight - KISS play a special club show at LA's famed Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. The exclusive performance will air on KISS' exclusive SiriusXM channel, KISS Army Radio.

Hopefully clips will end up on YouTube alongside the early dates on their American tour that has just started.







Sunday 10 February 2019...midnight to 5.30am...

NETFLIX BAFTA PARTY - Chiltern Firehouse, 1 Chiltern Street, Marylebone, London W1.

Chiltern Firehouse is an Andre Balazs luxury hotel and restaurant in Marylebone, London. The 5 star hotel features 26 suites and an award winning restaurant & bar with Michelin-starred chef Nuno Mendes.

Over the past few years it has become one of London's coolest celebrity hangouts.

This party was one of the five parties that were held after the BAFTA event earlier at The Royal Albert Hall.

It is a big deal as the BAFTAs are the British equivalent of The Oscars in America.

Around 250 guests are here and it is nice and buzzy.

Glenn Close, Andy Serkis, Viola Davis, Charlotte Tilbury and actors from the film Roma were here with their BAFTA trophies.

Roma co-stars Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira join Best Director Alfonso Cuarón at Netflix party after film triumphs with FOUR wins at annual ceremony.

Cast-members let their hair down after a successful night at the 72nd British Academy Film Awards

The Mexican language Netflix film won in the categories for best picture, director, cinematography and foreign-language film.

A dj was playing classic disco & pop from the 1980s and folks were dancing.

Complimentary Ruinart champers and different cocktails including espresso Martinis and whiskey sours.

Lots of delicious food throughout the night.

The service here from the staff was top notch.

The bar closed at 5am and we were one of the last ones to leave at 5.30am.

An excellent party.

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Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody movie has won two awards at this year's BAFTA ceremony in London. Rami Malek won the Best Leading Actor award for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury, while the film also picked up the prize for Best Sound.

In accepting his award, Malek said, "Thank you so very much to Queen. To Brian May, to Roger Taylor, to the entire Queen family. I wouldn't be here without you. And to the greatest outsider of them all, for being so unwavering and unflinching and uncompromising in every which way: Thank you Freddie Mercury again."

Brian May and Roger Taylor attended the awards with their wives.

Bohemian Rhapsody had been nominated for seven awards, but lost out in the Best Film category to the Netflix drama Roma.

Two very different movies have won big at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards in London.

While costume romp The Favourite took seven awards, Netflix black and white feature Roma won the Best Film and Best Director prizes.









Sunday 10 February 2019...1.30pm to 3.30pm...at Wembley Stadium.

SPURS 3 LEICESTER 1

We are up in Level 5 as usual where there are lots of unsold seats.

An announcement said around 47,000 tickets sold here including 3,000 Leicester fans.

Tottenham battled to a 3-1 victory over Leicester City to close to within five points of Premier League leaders Liverpool.

A first goal for the club from Davinson Sanchez and a fine strike from Christian Eriksen were enough to give Mauricio Pochettino's side the win at Wembley.

Jamie Vardy, who missed a penalty with his first touch as a substitute, halved the deficit with 14 minutes to go but Son Heung-min struck a third on the break to seal the three points in injury time.

A very enjoyable game.

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London rapper AJ Tracey gave an interview on the pitch at half-time.









Saturday 09 February 2019.

On this day 55 years ago THE BEATLES appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in America.

The Beatles appeared on three consecutive Sundays in February 1964 to great anticipation and fanfare as "I Want to Hold Your Hand" had swiftly risen to No. 1 in the charts. Their first appearance on February 9 is considered also along with the appearance of Elvis Presley a few years earlier on that show a milestone in American pop culture and furthermore the beginning of the British Invasion in music. The broadcast drew an estimated 73 million viewers.









Friday 08 February 2019.

BUCKCHERRY + HOOBASTANK + ADELITAS WAY live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Three band American rock package is touring the UK.

I first saw Buckcherry in 1999 supporting KISS at Wembley Arena and Paris Bercy Arena.

Singer Josh Todd is the only remaining original member of Buckcherry.

Their best songs include 'Lit Up' and 'Crazy Bitch'.

Hoobastank is a multi-platinum selling American rock band, formed in 1994 in California.

They have sold more than 10 million albums worldwide from their six albums.

Their sixth album, 'Push Pull', was released on May 25, 2018.

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Again Levels 2 and 3 are closed as unsold but there must be al least 1000 folks here.

ADELITAS WAY arrive on stage at 7.15pm and play for 30 mins.

Their singer said they have released five albums.

Some great crunching rock tunes played including 'Invincible' and 'Notorious'.

HOOBASTANK arrive on stage at 8.15pm and play for 65 mins.

Hoobastank have sold a lot of records in America but I thought their set was pretty average.

They have their own fans and around 100 left the venue at the end of their set.

BUCKCHERRY arrive on stage at 9.45pm and play for 65 mins.

It is a co-headline tour so both the headliners play 65 mins each.

Singer Josh Todd certainly looks the part with his chiselled face and tattoos galore.

His constant reference to getting high and taking cocaine wore a bit thin.

His voice cannot reach the high notes like other rock singers.

A few tracks in we get their early classic ‘Lit Up’ , then a great cover, declaring ‘Say Fuck It’, to the tune of

Icona Pop’s ‘I Love It’ .

They finished their set with a rockin' 'Crazy Bitch'.

A good show overall.

Full Buckcherry setlist played tonight...

Head Like a Hole (Nine Inch Nails cover)

It's a Party

Somebody Fucked With Me

Don't Go Away

Lit Up

Say Fuck It (Icona Pop cover)

Warpaint

Out of Line

Too Drunk...

Sorry

Bent

Gluttony

Crazy Bitch









Thursday 07 February 2019...7pm to 12pm...

BIG CHILL BRICK LANE - re-launch party - Dray Walk,off Brick Lane, London E1.

This cool bar is situated right next door to Rough Trade East.

They have djs until late every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

They have a sister branch near The Scala in Kings Cross.

Around 150 guests are here and it is a totally buzzing atmosphere.

The djs are playing an hour set each and many folks are dancing by the consoles.

Lots of complimentary drinks here including five different cocktails such as Espresso Martinis,

Spiced Rum & Redbull along with spirits, prosecco and different beers.

Tasty burgers, buttermilk fried chicken, cheesy fries etc from their in-house foodies CHUCK BURGERS.

We had a great evening here.

All guests got a goodie bag with small bottles of spirits and beers in.

www.bigchillbar.com

Visit their website here for more info on both their bars.







Wednesday 06 February 2019.

Cirque du Soleil: TOTEM live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

The world famous Cirque du Soleil are on their annual six week stint at this iconic venue.

It is on from 12 Jan 2019 and ends 26 Feb 2019.

TOTEM takes you on a stunning journey into the Evolution of Mankind – from our original amphibian state to our ultimate quest for flight. Alternating between primitive and modern myths, and peppered with aboriginal stories of creation, TOTEM explores the evolutionary process of species, our ongoing search for balance, and the curiosity that propels us ever further, faster, and higher…

The reviews from the press have been a mix of 4 ,3 and 2 stars.

www.royalalberthall.com

Visit the venue website here for more info and to buy tickets.

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I have been to see CDS at this venue most years over the past decade.

CDS is pretty much " a circus for posh folks " as tickets in the stalls cost over £100.

The show tonight was on for 1 hour 55 mins over two sets of 55 mins and 60 mins.

The production is visually great with lots of colour and great costumes and the stage is spread over

the usual stage area as well as all the floor arena space.

There’s a giant, skeleton-like acrobatics structure, a mechanised bridge that unfurls into different shapes, stage-level projections of lapping water.

Around a dozen acts who each have a several minutes routine.

A male & female trapeze duo, trampoline team, contortion, bouncing on balancing beams etc.

A team of five uni-cyclists who flipped bowls on to each other's heads were fantastic.

Some Italian clowns in Speedos were not that funny.

Apes coming across and playing with a mobile phone were not that funny.

A loud pulsating band playing in the background throughout helped things along nicely.

A few years ago CDS had a 'Wheel of Death' routine which really had the jaw-dropping wow factor

but there is nothing like that in this show but there is still plenty of good things to watch.

Always enjoyable to see CDS.







Tuesday 05 February 2019...I went to two events tonight...

6.30pm to 8pm

Private View - Phillips Gallery , 30 Berkeley Square, London W1.

Phillips is pleased to host an exhibition dedicated to the work of Italian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass.

Co-curated by historian Fulvio Ferrari and collector Charles Zana, "Fragile, Ettore Sottsass, Ceramics and Enamels 1955-1970" showcases a comprehensive selection of ceramics and enamels from throughout Sottsass' career. Hailing from two private collections, this exhibition marks the first time these museum quality works will be shown alongside each other.

Around 200 guests here at this large gallery space.

Lots of Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan tracks are being played in the background.

Complimentary gin & tonics, wines and Peroni beers for all guests.

www.phillips.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then

8.30pm to 11.30pm

ICE London - opening party - Cafe de Paris, 3 Coventry Street, London W1.

ICE London is the only gaming event that truly brings together the international online and offline gaming sectors. The next ICE London will be on 5-7 February 2019 at ExCeL London.

A massive event as some 600 exhibitors from 60 countries will be showcasing.

Around 5000 visitors a day are expected there.

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Over 400 guests are here at this annual event, with 90% being male.

On display are The Premier League and The Champions League Trophies that you can pose with.

We have card magicians walking amongst us.

There is a act on stage that involved a laser show.

A dj is playing dance tunes.

The event was put together by Sports Betting Community.

Complimentary food and drinks including a full range of spirits including JD & cokes, prosecco,

wines, beers and lots of different bowl food, canapés and churros.

It was still in full flow when we departed.

www.icelondon.uk.com

Visit their website here for more info.







Tuesday 05 February 2019.

Canadian firm Sunrise Records has emerged as the buyer of collapsed music chain HMV, beating competition including Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley.

The firm will buy 100 stores out of administration, securing 1,487 jobs.

But 27 stores will close, resulting in 455 redundancies.

Sunrise Records chief executive Doug Putman said he was "delighted to acquire the most iconic music and entertainment business in the UK."

No price was given.

The administrators KPMG announced that the company's flagship Oxford Street store in London is among the 27 outlets set to close....and will close this week.

Doug believes that vinyl will feature strongly in his future plans.









Monday 04 February 2019.

TINA - THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL live at The Aldwych Theatre, London WC2.

The musical is based on the life & songs of music legend Tina Turner.

Tina: The Tina Turner Musical is a jukebox musical featuring the music of Tina Turner, and depicting her life from her youth in Nutbush, Tennessee, through her tumultuous relationship with Ike Turner, and comeback as a rock 'n roll star in her 40s.

Opening press night on 17 April 2018 got loads of great four and five star reviews.

Tina Turner and Rod Stewart turned up on the opening night.

The run has been extended until 21 Dec 2019 due to public demand.

Not many people in the UK can say they have seen Ike & Tina Turner on stage but I saw them

at Hammersmith Odeon in 1974 when i was aged just 15.

I saw Tina Turner several times as a solo artist including Live Aid in 1985 and when she headlined

a massive show at Wembley Stadium in 2000.

Tina Turner is now aged 79 and is pretty much retired from ever performing again.

www.tinathemusical.com

Visit the website here for more info and to buy tickets

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Despite it being nine months into its run here and it's a Monday, tonight is at least 95% full.

The musical has been incredibly popular since it opened.

Not sure why i have left it so long to get around to seeing it.

We have great seats in the Dress Circle Row G in this 1200 capacity theatre.

The show is on for around 2 hours 25 mins over two sets of 75 mins and 70 mins.

The first set is pretty much Tina's life with Ike and the second set is pretty much life after Ike.

Tina had massive luck by bumping into her Australian manager Roger Davies.

After Turner told Davies of her plans to fill in rock arenas like Rod Stewart and The Rolling Stones, Davies advised Tina to drop her old cabaret act and remodel the band into a modern rock outfit, taking the new band to perform in small clubs and bars throughout the U.S. and Europe. In 1981, Davies booked her at The Ritz in New York City.

Her comeback album 'Private Dancer' went on to sell over 20 million copies.

Tina formed a long term relationship with a guy at her record company.

Plenty of great songs from her career all the way through the show including

'River Deep Mountain High', 'Private Dancer' and 'What's Love Got To Do With It'.

A stunning finale with Tina in full rock show mode with live band, lights, staircases for

''The Best', 'Nutbush City Limits' and 'Proud Mary'.

An excellent show that got a full standing ovation from the crowd at the end.







Monday 04 February 2019.

Happy Birthday to rock legend ALICE COOPER who is 71 today.







Saturday 02 February 2019....12.30pm to 2.30pm...

Star player for Spurs Harry Kane is out injured for all of Feb 2019.

SPURS 1 NEWCASTLE 0

We were as usual up in Level 5 where there are loads of spare seats.

Someone said 42,000 were at Wembley including 3,000 Newcastle fans.

Respect to all the noisy Newcastle fans that trekked all that way when the game was live on satellite tv.

The first half was a bit average but the second half was much better.

With a late, scrappy, fortunate winning goal against a battling Newcastle side, Tottenham moved into second place in the Premier League, just four points behind leaders Liverpool. It might only be a temporary station but for Mauricio Pochettino it offered timely refutation of the suggestion that his season had expired following cup defeats at Chelsea and Crystal Palace.

The brilliant Son Heung-min scored yet another goal to give Spurs the three points.

The South Korean forward benefitted from a Martin Dubravka error with seven minutes left as his powerful 20-yard shot went under the Newcastle goalkeeper's body.

It was a wintry scene at Wembley: panes of ice were falling from the roof, just missing players and fans.

It was that cold some of the Newcastle fans were even wearing coats.









Saturday 02 February 2019.

SID VICIOUS died 40 years ago today....02 Feb 1979...

Back in the punk heyday i saw The Sex Pistols with original bass player Glen Matlock three times in 1976

and just the once with Sid Vicious in 1977.

Sex Pistols - Sundown Club, London 10.07.1976 (venue was more recently known as Astoria 2 downstairs)

Sex Pistols, Clash ,Siouxsie with Sid Vicious - 100 Club, London 20.09.1976 legendary punk rock festival

Sex Pistols - Notre Dame Club, London 15.11.1976 one of the greatest gigs of all time .

Sex Pistols,Slits - Screen On The Green Cinema , Islington.London 03.04.1977 secret gig with sid playing bass

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I also saw Sid Vicious with his own band....they only played this one show in the UK....

Vicious White Cats - Electric Ballroom , London 15.08.1978 feat sid vicious and glen matlock

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On the first anniversary of Sids death on 02 Feb 1980 i was one of 300 punk rockers

who met at Sloane Square at 2pm and walked to Hyde Park.









Friday 01 February 2019.

INGLORIOUS + CITY OF THIEVES+ BLIND RIVER live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Inglorious are a London based rock band on a UK tour to promote their third album 'Ride to Nowhere'.

Singer Nathan James feels most heavily influenced by Whitesnake singer David Coverdale.

I saw them a year ago supporting Steel Panther at Hammersmith Apollo.

Main support comes from London based hard rock trio City Of Thieves who released their debut album, ‘Beast Reality’, in mid- October and will tour to promote it in early 2019 with Frontiers labelmates Inglorious.

A new single from the album entitled ‘Control’ will be made available in mid-January.

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BLIND RIVER arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played for 30 mins.

They played a decent set of rock tunes.

CITY OF THIEVES arrived on stage at 8.20pm and played for 40 mins.

They played a decent set of rock tunes.

INGLORIOUS arrived on stage at 9.30pm and played for 85 mins.

Every six months Inglorious are playing a bigger London venue than the last time.

Level 2 and 3 are closed tonight as Inglorious are another band who are quite happy to sell

900 or so tickets out of a possible 2000 just to say "we've headlined Shepherds Bush Empire".

They had someone film it as well.

Though very much a band project, former reality show hopeful and Trans Siberian Orchestra vocalist Nathan James will always be the focal point with his leonine appearance and a voice that combines the deep throaty blues of a prime time Coverdale with effortless high pitched screams.

They have some great songs and Nathan's rock vocals really are top notch.

A very enjoyable show.

Full Inglorious setlist played tonight...

Where Are You Now?

Taking the Blame

High Flying Gypsy

Read All About It

Glory Days

Warning

Making Me Pay

Freak Show

Breakaway

Unaware

Ride to Nowhere

Uninvited (Alanis Morissette cover)

Liar

Faraway

I Don't Know You

I Don't Need Your Loving

Encore:

Holy Water

Until I Die

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I popped into the aftershow in the Level 1 bar for 30 mins.

Around 70 or 80 people here and it was a pay bar.

Amazingly Inglorious singer Nathan James has his own personal suited security guy with him.







Thursday 31 January 2019...I went to two events tonight...

6pm to 7pm

LUMAS GALLERY - private view - 57 South Molton Street, London W1.

A small space at ground level but they have a massive space downstairs.

Some good value prints including David Bowie, Marilyn Monroe and Kate Moss.

Complimentary prosecco and nice canapés including salmon & cream cheese.

then

7.05pm to 9pm

CARTIER - store relaunch party - 175-177 New Bond Street , London W1.

This luxury designer store in its prime location has been closed the last 9 months for refurbishment.

A very impressive entrance as they have eight bellboys outside waiting to open car doors etc.

Inside there is a small army of around 20 male models serving trays of drinks.

Around 200 guests are here over the two floors.

A dj is playing on both floors and there is a nice buzzy vibe.

The ground floor must stretch out 100 yards as the rear entrance is now in Albemarle Street.

Rapper Tinie Tempah was here , very noticeable in all white attire.

Also ex One Direction member Liam Payne and British Vogue‘s Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful.

Complimentary Ruinart champers , three different cocktails and canapés.

A very nice event....shame it was on just for two hours...

www.cartier.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info.

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I was on the guest list for another event but it clashed with Cartier so sadly did not get along to it.

Twin X - private view - 180 Strand, London WC2.

Art exhibition focusing on emerging talent.

www.twinfactory.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info.











Thursday 31 January 2019.

Happy Birthday to punk icon JOHN LYDON who is 63 today.



Thursday 31 January 2019.

Sex Pistols guitar hero Steve Jones interviewed legendary record producer/engineer Eddie Kramer this week.

Over the past 50 years Eddie Kramer has worked with many incredible music legends.

He was involved in all four of Jimi Hendrix albums before he passed away.

Also The Beatles, KISS, Small Faces, Led Zeppelin and many more.

Type in Google - Jonesy's Jukebox Eddie Kramer - for the very enjoyable 47 mins interview.







Wednesday 30 January 2019...6.45pm to 9.15pm...

CHRISTIAN DIOR - Designer of Dreams - private view - V and A Museum, South Kensington, London SW7.

A massive event as 800 folks are on the guest list with many of the women wearing Dior.

Lottie Moss stepped out in a long burgundy leather trench waistcoat for the private view of the highly anticipated Christian Dior exhibition. The younger sister of Kate Moss was joined by Mabel, Alexandra Shulman, Anais Gallagher, Nicola Roberts, Josephine De La Baume, Lady Mary Charteris, Rachel Johnson and Tanya Burr.

Also here were Nick Rhodes, Nicky Haslam, Jackie St Clair and David Downton.

We had a 30 mins wander through the dozen rooms of the excellent exhibition from 7.30pm to 8pm.

The V&A opens the largest and most comprehensive exhibition ever staged in the UK on the house of Dior. Spanning 1947 to the present day, Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams will trace the history and impact of the couturier, and the six artistic directors who have succeeded him at his namesake brand, in what will be the museum’s biggest fashion exhibition since Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty in 2015.

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, follows an exhibition of the same name that was held at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris last year, with the addition of a section documenting the designer’s fascination with British royalty and cultural figures.

A highlight of this segment includes a gown created for Princess Margaret’s 21st birthday celebrations in 1951. The one-shoulder off-white tulle gown, decorated with asymmetric gold embroidery, was immortalised in Margaret’s official birthday portrait taken by Cecil Beaton.

Items worn by high-profile clients including Nancy Mitford and the ballet dancer Margot Fonteyn will also be exhibited. The designer’s love of London landmarks such as Savile Row, where he bought his suits, and the Savoy, where he hosted his first show in the capital in 1952, will be celebrated, as will his many collaborations with British manufacturers including Dents, the glovemaker, and Lyle & Scott, the knitwear brand.

Complimentary Moët champers, three different cocktails and canapés for all guests.

It is open to the public from Saturday 02 Feb but has already sold over 36,000 tickets.

www.vam.ac.uk

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.









Wednesday 30 January 2019.

Happy Birthday to PHIL COLLINS who is 68 today.







Tuesday 29 January 2019...I went to two events tonight...

6.30pm to 7.30pm

Art private view - Sketch, 9 Conduit Street, London W1.

This cool restaurant & bar launches it's new art that is on display in their rooms.

Complimentary cocktails for all guests.

then

7.35pm to 11.30pm

RADIO TIMES COVERS PARTY 2019 at Claridge's, Brook Street, London W1.

Always nice to be at this famous five star hotel in Mayfair.

Annual party that celebrates those that were on The Radio Times cover from the previous year.

Around 300 guests here in the ballroom with some well known faces from tv here.

Handing out the awards were Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney from the multi-award-winning comedy

Catastrophe who were hilarious throughout the 30 mins they were on stage.

Tv legends Sir David Attenborough (now aged 92) and Valerie Singleton (now aged 81) were here.

Also Jeremy Vine, Ian Hislop, Sian Williams, Bill Turnbull, Sheila Hancock, Stephen Mangan,

Christopher Dean, Carol Kirkwood, Janet Ellis and a few others.

Complimentary champers, wines, beers, burgers, fish n chips ,canapés and desserts for all guests.

This event always has a great big and bulky goodie bag and tonight was the same as around 20 items

inside including Bose full-size headphones, a 375ml bottle of Moët champers, Mary Berry latest cookbook,

cosmetic items , drinks , food items and of course a copy of next weeks Radio Times.

A struggle to carry it home but worth it.

An excellent event.









Monday 28 January 2019...7pm to 10pm...

THE ARTS FOUNDATION FUTURES AWARDS at The ICA, The Mall, London SW1.

Around 250 guests are here.

Well known contemporary artist TRACEY EMIN hosted the awards from 7.45pm to 8.30pm.

Five awards for designer-makers, poetry, experimental architecture, visual arts and hip-hop dance.

The winners got £10,000 fellowships each and the runners-up all receiving £1,000 towards their practice.

Complimentary wines and nice canapés including delicious portions of buttermilk chicken.

www.artsfoundation.co.uk

Visit their website herd for more info.







Sunday 27 January 2019.

MARC ALMOND & THE LOVELESS + DOLLS live at The 100 Club, London.

Shake off the winter cold with a special, one-off night of blistering Rock ‘n’ Roll at the iconic 100 Club.

Marc Almond and long-term guitarist/sideman Neal X (ex Sigue Sigue Sputnik and others) have recruited Punk icon Iggy Pop’s stupendous rhythm section, Ben Ellis (bass) and Mat Hector (drums), to form “The Loveless”.

Drawing material from Marc’s immense back catalogue with nods to T. Rex, Iggy, David Bowie, 60s R&B and Garage Rock it’s a thunderous return to their primeval rock roots.

I saw have seen Marc Almond solo and Soft Cell perform live several times over the past 40 years,

including last years Soft Cell re-union show at The 02 Arena.

Needless to say this intimate club gig sold out pronto.

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Support act DOLLS arrive on stage at 8pm and play for 30 mins.

They were a female duo of vocals/guitar and drums who played some decent tracks from their EP.

MARC ALMOND & THE LOVELESS arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 95 mins.

This show was mainly for Marc's hardcore fans as he said it would be full of rarities and b-sides etc

along with a few tracks from when he was in a rock covers band when aged 17.

However , some three quarters of the way in a tipsy blonde girl got on stage and put her arm

around Marc and said "I have paid 30 quid tonight to see you play songs like Tainted Love" to which Marc

curtly replied "you're at the wrong show love" and Marc got her ushered offstage.

Marc has all his tattoos on display and is a very charismatic performer and looks great for 61.

Plenty of nifty guitar riffs from Neal X.

They had a keyboard player and Marc got the crowd to sing "Happy Birthday" to him.

A great show.

Over 20 songs played tonight including...

Blond Boy

20th Century Boy (T.Rex cover)

On The Prowl

Eyes ( The Honeycombs cover)

Dead Eyed Child

I Got A Line On You (Spirit cover)

For Your Love ( The Yardbirds cover)

Hurt Me (Johnny Thunders cover)

The User

Hey Joe (Jimi Hendrix cover)

Black Night (Deep Purple cover)

Blockbuster/Jean Genie (The Sweet and David Bowie covers)

Gutter Hearts

Joey Demento

Love Missile F1 - 11 (Sigue Sigue Sputnik cover that was a number 3 hit for them in 1986)

Sex Dwarf











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Sunday 27 January 2019.

Happy Birthday to Pink Floyd founding member NICK MASON who is 75 today.

Saturday 26 January 2019.

Happy Birthday to guitar legend EDDIE VAN HALEN who is 64 today.







Saturday 26 January 2019.

NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS live at Hammersmith Apollo, London.

American white soul sensations Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats make their live return to the UK in January 2019, including their biggest headline show to date.The shows are the first the Night Sweats have played in the UK since their three-night residency at Shepherd’s Bush Empire back in April 2018.

The tour follows the release of their critically acclaimed album ‘Tearing At The Seams’, a deeply personal record, produced by Richard Swift and documenting the pressures of spending three years continuously on the road.

The band are signed to the legendary Stax Records label.

I have seen them perform on the Jools Holland tv show.

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Support band LION arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 35 mins.

LION aka Beth Lowen has a Janis Joplin-esque rasp of a voice and was backed by a band for a decent set.

At the the end of the show she said " I will be in the foyer for a chat and photo during the interval" and said

"My name may be Lion but i don't bite".

It does not say sold out but the venue is packed for a near capacity 5000 crowd including stalls standing.

Pretty amazing so many are here to see the headline band who most people have never heard of.

NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS arrived on stage at 9.15pm and played for 95 mins.

The band work up a great groove with a three man brass section and organ player.

It is a soul shaking, blues rock and gospel sound with hints of Van Morrison type soul on some songs.

Highlighting songs from the newly released album, “Tearing at the Seams” that included singles “You Worry Me” and “A Little Honey” the crowd was dancing the night away and the crowd loved it. The band continued upward, creating an almost gospel experience with their breakthrough single, “S.O.B”, which had all the crowd clapping and singing along.

A good vibes show that was very enjoyable.

Full setlist played tonight....

Shoe Boot

Be There

Look It Here

I've Been Failing

I Did It

Say It Louder

Howling At Nothing

A Little Honey

Coolin' Out

Out On The Weekend

Shake

You Worry Me

Wasting Time

Babe I Know

Intro

I'll Be Damned

S.O.B.

I Need Never Get Old

Encore:

Trying So Hard Not To Know

Hey Mama

Tearing At The Seams









Friday 25 January 2019.

MICHAEL JACKSON tribute show starring CJ at The Theatre Royal, Windsor.

‘CJ’ is one of the most experienced, dedicated and well-respected Michael Jackson Tribute artists in the world today, and he perfectly captures the electrifying energy of Michael’s live performances with 100% Live Vocals.

He’s got the look, the moonwalk and the voice! His renditions of Thriller, Beat It and Billie Jean are truly sensational.

Jackson Live in Concert brings together superb musicians and dancers, fabulous costumes, and of course all the signature dance moves associated so fondly with the undisputed King of Pop.

I have seen this very good show before.

I was lucky to have seen the real Michael Jackson four times in concert.

Check this stunning YouTube clip of the real Michael Jackson when you have a few mins.

Michael Jackson - Billie Jean (30th Anniversary Celebration) (Remastered Widescreen)

162,775,911 views

Michael Jackson held the record for nights played at Wembley Stadium on the same tour

until Take That reformed with Robbie Williams in 2011.

Take That played 8 nights each at Etihad Stadium in Manchester and also Wembley Stadium in London – breaking the previous record of seven nights held by Michael Jackson's Bad World Tour set in 1988.

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Around 500 here at this cosy all seated theatre that has a 633 capacity.

The show was on for 2 hours 5 mins over two sets of 55 mins and 70 mins.

A nice production with eleven on stage including two backing vocals and four female dancers.

A staircase in the middle led up to a podium where the dry ice machine was.

A big screen showed MJ images on some songs.

CJ as MJ is perfect as he has every box ticked and his attention to detail is pretty incredible.

The voice (both spoken and singing) , the dancing (both body-popping and moonwalking),

he has Michaels body frame, his hair, his iconic stage wear...it was pretty amazing.

A couple of times he wandered into the stalls which went down well with the crowd.

The first set included a segment of classic Jackson 5 songs.

An excellent five star tribute show.

Set highlights included...

Dirty Diana

Black or White

I'll Be There

I Want You Back

Blame it on the Boogie

Shake Your Body (Down to the ground)

Smooth Criminal

The Way You Make Me Feel

Rock with You

Don't Stop Till You Get Enough

Thriller

Beat It

Billie Jean (stunning move for move copy of the video clip listed above)

Encore :

Heal The World

Man In The Mirror









Thursday 24 January 2019...I went to two events tonight...

6.30pm to 9pm

JD MALAT GALLERY - private view - 30 Davies Street, Mayfair, London W1.

Around 150 guests at this gallery that always gets a cool crowd.

Guests included Lizzie Cundy, Meredith Ostrom and Jackie St Clair.

JD Malat Gallery is pleased to present ‘TO SEE IS NOT TO SPEAK’, a solo exhibition by Swiss artist Conrad Jon Godly. Following on from the artist’s solo show, ‘DARK IS LIGHT’, in Kyoto, Japan, 2018, ‘TO SEE IS NOT TO SPEAK’ presents an exciting selection of work which addresses the relationship between human nature and the sublime. Godly finds a beauty in the awe and terror of nature, and his works are a reminder of the futility of human existence. ‘TO SEE IS NOT TO SPEAK’ encompasses the viewer in the dramatic elements of nature, which makes for a captivating yet peaceful display.

The exhibition is on until 02 March 2019.

Complimentary Pommery champers for all guests.

www.jdmalat.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then

9.15pm to 10.45pm

LIVE MUSIC SHOWCASE at Tramp, 40 Jermyn Street, St James's, London SW1.

Around 100 guests were in this club that was a major celeb hangout in the 1970s and 1980s.

Cleo Rocos was here, she is best known as Kenny Everett’s glamorous side-kick in the 1980s tv show.

We caught two of the six acts who were each performing three or four songs.

Neither bothered to introduce themselves so don't know who they were.

Complimentary prosecco and canapés for all guests.

www.tramp.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info.









Wednesday 23 January 2019.

ROGER WATERS concert ticket sales are enormous.

Early in December rock legend Roger Waters completed his Us + Them tour, capping a two-decade stretch of global touring that generated more than $835 million in sales from four major worldwide treks, according to box office totals reported to Pollstar during the past 20 years.

It began in 1999 when he made a return to the concert stage as a solo headliner after a 12-year hiatus from the road. In July of that year he kicked off his In The Flesh tour that played North America during the summers of 1999 and 2000 as well as a 2002 stretch that included a European run and stops in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Australia. The tour showcased the hits from his years with Pink Floyd but also included music from his 1992 album, Amused to Death.

He followed that run four years later with The Dark Side of the Moon Live trek that debuted in the summer of 2006 and ran for two years with concerts on five continents. Each show on the tour saw a recreation of the iconic 1973 Pink Floyd release with Waters and his band performing the album in its entirety. He returned to that same formula for his next road effort, the massive 2010-13 worldwide jaunt The Wall Live. It marked the first time Pink Floyd’s 1979 album had been

performed live in its entirety by the band or any of its former members in two decades.

The Wall Live tour played both arenas and stadiums globally during a time period that spanned just over three years, beginning on Sept. 15, 2010, and wrapping on Sept. 21, 2013. The tour still ranks among the highest-grossing tours of all time based on an overall take of $460 million from 220 performances and 4.1 million tickets sold.

I was lucky enough to have seen him several times in the past 20 years.

Also with Pink Floyd at that historic Hyde Park 2005 show where original members played a short set.









Tuesday 22 January 2019...I went to two events tonight...

6.45pm to 9pm

BILL VIOLA / MICHELANGELO Life Death Rebirth - private view - Royal Academy of Arts,

Piccadilly, London W1.

Today's Standard newspaper in London had a full page four star review of the exhibition.

The Guardian newspaper slagged it off by saying "I’ve never encountered such a preachy, pompous show".

Around 500 guests are here at this massive exhibition space.

Guests included Alan Yentob, Peter York, Basia Briggs and painter Humphrey Ocean.

It was at Canterbury that Humphrey was taught by Ian Dury, then a painter. From 1971 he was bass player with the band Kilburn and the High Roads formed at Canterbury with Dury. They opened for The Who on its Christmas tour in 1973, after which Ocean resigned from music with the notable exception of recording the single "Whoops-a-Daisy" written by Ian Dury and Russell Hardy, for Stiff Records in 1978.

An odd pairing as Michelangelo and Bill Viola are separated by 500 years.

All the rooms are dark to highlight the striking video's of 67 year old American artist Bill Viola.

A couple of Michelangelo are on loan from our Queen Elizabeth.

Complimentary Bouvet French Sparkling Wine and canapés for all guests.

www.royalacademy.org.uk

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.

then

10.15pm to 1am

THRILLER LIVE - party - Piano Works, 47 Whitcomb Street, London WC2.

A special event to celebrate an incredible 10 years and over 4000 performances of this musical

that is based on the songs of Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5 which is on nearby at The Lyric Theatre.

Until recently this venue was called Studio 88.

Around 300 guests are here including actors who have been in the musical over the past years.

There is a top notch six piece band playing great cover versions including Michael Jackson classics.

Lots of dancing on the floor.

Complimentary drinks and food including two different cocktails, wines, beers, canapés and birthday cake.

www.thrillerlive.com

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.









Monday 21 January 2019...6.45pm to 9.15pm...

The Community Awards of Mayfair & St James's 2019 - Claridge's, Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1.

Always nice to be at this famous five star hotel.

A big crowd of over 300 standing guests are here in the ballroom.

A trio called The Roaming Nines played covers before and after the awards.

FRED SIRIEIX from popular Channel 4 tv show First Dates is the awards presenter.

From 7.10pm for 30 mins the ten awards were handed out.

Venues and people who are based in Mayfair & St James's are here to collect including...

Doorman of The Year - Colin Kemp from Christies

Unsung Hero - Tony Mumford ( North Mayfair Postman)

Bright Young Thing - Unit Gallery

All guests got a goodie bag on departure which included tins of tea, flapjacks,marmalade from

Fortnum & Mason and a box of fragrance miniatures from Creed of Mayfair.

Complimentary champers, two different cocktails, wines, tasty canapés,oysters and macaroons for dessert.

A great event.









Sunday 20 January 2019.

AVATAR + THE MAHONES live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

AVATAR are a Swedish Heavy Metal Band who have just released their seventh album.

AVATAR are on a UK & European Tour to promote their 2018 album 'Avatar Country'.

On June 12, 2017, Avatar were awarded the Breakthrough Band Award at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods.

The Mahones are a Canadian celtic punk band, formed on St. Patrick's Day in 1990.

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Levels 2 and 3 were closed tonight as unsold but the stalls standing and Level 1

seating area are both totally rammed so there must be around 1200 fans here tonight.

THE MAHONES arrived on stage at 8.05pm and played for 40 mins.

As their name suggests, the band are very influenced by the sound of The Pogues.

Uptempo lively songs with accordion and lyrics about drinking etc.

Credit to Avatar for putting support bands from a different genre on tour with them.

Full setlist played by The MAHONES tonight...

A Great Night on the Lash

Paint the Town Red

Shakespeare Road

The Hunger & the Fight

Give It All Ya Got (or Forget About It)

Heroes (David Bowie cover)

Never Let You Down

Is This Bar Open 'Til Tomorrow

Punk Rock Saved My Life

Drunken Lazy Bastard

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AVATAR arrived on stage at 9.15pm and played for 1 hour 50 mins.

The band are all wearing cavalry outfits and boots and the roadies are wearing white shirts with waistcoats.

A very nice stage production with stairs at each side leading to a raised platform behind the drum kit.

Lots of lights throughout the show and a few pyros.

They opened their set with “A Statue of the King” and “Legend Of The King”, off of the new album, which also included the king, guitarist Jonas Jarlsby, seated on his throne above the drum riser. Fans were treated to a selection of previous favourites as well, including “Let it Burn”, “The Eagle Has Landed”, “Smells Like A Freakshow”, and closing with “Hail The Apocalypse”.

The singer has a Marilyn Manson/Alice Cooper/The Joker stage persona going on.

Plenty of head banging from the musicians and the crowd along with lots of crowd moshing.

Some songs were a bit too thrashy for me but a good show overall.

Full setlist played by AVATAR played tonight...

A Statue of the King

Legend of the King

Paint Me Red

King's Harvest

Bloody Angel

For the Swarm

Get in Line

Tsar Bomba

Tower

The Eagle Has Landed

Let It Burn

King After King

Reload

Smells Like a Freakshow

Torn Apart

The King Welcomes You to Avatar Country

Encore :

Hail the Apocalypse









Sunday 20 January 2019.

Happy Birthday to rock legend PAUL STANLEY from KISS who is 67 today.









Saturday 19 January 2019.

BOOTLEG BLONDIE featuring CLEM BURKE live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Original Blondie drummer Clem Burke plays with tribute band while the real Blondie take a few weeks rest.

They are in a UK tour to celebrate 40 years of the classic Blondie album 'Parallel Lines ' - 1978 to 2018.

Parallel Lines is the third studio album by Blondie. It was released on September 23, 1978, by Chrysalis Records to international commercial success. The album reached No. 1 in the United Kingdom in February 1979 and proved to be the band's commercial breakthrough in the United States, where it reached No. 6 in April 1979.

The album had sold over 20 million copies worldwide and has spawned several successful singles including

"Hanging on the Telephone", "One Way or Another" , "Picture This" , "Sunday Girl" and "Heart of Glass".

I have seen the real Blondie over 20 times since 1977 which was their first UK visit when they

supported Television at Hammersmith Odeon.

The real Debbie Harry is age 73 but the tribute singer will be the younger version with outfit changes.

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Levels 2 and 3 are closed as unsold but there is still a decent sized crowd here.

BOOTLEG BLONDIE featuring CLEM BURKE arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played for

1 hour 55 mins over two sets of 50 mins and 65 mins.

All the band came on stage wearing Beatles type suits and ties.

The first set was all of the 'Parallel Lines' classic album.

Loads of classic Blondie tracks played along with a few lesser known tracks.

Debbie Harris as Debbie Harry did a good job and had five different outfit changes.

Remember those sultry outfits Debbie Harry wore back in the late 70s/early 1980s?

Clem Burke on drums was visually amazing to watch as usual.

During the encore Debbie put on a black plastic bag with slogan (like the real Debbie did last year).

Tonight it read 'Debbie Does Shepherds Bush' which relates to the famous porn film 'Debbie Does Dallas'.

An enjoyable evening.

Most of the setlist played tonight...

FIRST SET : Parallel Lines in full.

Hanging On The Telephone

One Way Or Another

Picture This

Fade Away and Radiate

Pretty Baby

I Know but I Don't Know

11:59

Will Anything Happen?

Sunday Girl

Heart of Glass

I'm Gonna Love You Too

Just Go Away

SECOND SET : highlights

(I'm Always Touched by Your) Presence, Dear

Union City Blue

Rip Her to Shreds

Dreaming

X Offender

Denis

In the Flesh

Maria

Encore:

Atomic

Call Me

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In the Level 1 VIP seats at the side was GARY VALENTINE.

Gary Valentine joined Blondie in spring 1975 after original bassist Fred Smith left to join Television (following Richard Hell's departure). He wrote the music to the band's first single, "X-Offender",and popularised the band's sixties-retro look. In 1977 he left the group to form his own band and was replaced by Nigel Harrison, just as Blondie were starting to gain recognition. His song "(I'm Always Touched by Your) Presence, Dear" was a UK top ten hit in 1978,and was subsequently recorded by Tracey Ullman and Annie Lennox.







Thursday 17 January 2019....I went to two events tonight...

6pm to 7pm

RICHARD POUSETTE-DART WORKS 1940-1992 - private view - Pace Gallery, 6 Burlington Gardens, London W1.

Richard Pousette-Dart (June 8, 1916 – October 25, 1992) was an American artist most recognised as a founder of the New York School of painting. His artistic output also includes drawing, sculpture, and fine-art photography.

Normally there would be one or two security guards keeping an eye on the paintings but for some reason

there are a dozen of them here tonight.

The exhibition of paintings is on until 20 Feb 2019.

Complimentary Piper-Heidsieck champers for all guests.

www.pacegallery.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then

7.15pm to 12pm

FARZI CAFE - launch party - 8 Haymarket, London SW1.

Originating in New Delhi in 2014, the Farzi Cafe chain from the House of Massive Restaurants now has many branches across India and in Dubai. The London opening serves up traditional Indian dishes in a contemporary style.

The restaurant is located next door to Theatre Royal Haymarket.

Around 200 guests are here over the two levels and 4400sq ft of this stylish venue.

Celebrity guests here included Nicola Roberts, Ashley James and Sascha Bailey.

A nice buzzy atmosphere with dj sounds in the background.

It was still lively when we left at midnight as it was a 1am finish tonight.

Complimentary Moët champers, various spirits with mixers, wines, beers and very tasty Indian small bites.

www.farzilondon.com

Visit the FARZI CAFE website here for more info on the menu etc.

With a vision of bringing Indian Cuisine back “in-Vogue”, Farzi Cafe endeavours to showcase a unique, modernist approach to Indian food, where guests not only enjoy culinary innovations as part of it’s tapas style menu but also offers a high energy space, perfect for a relaxing dining experience. The cuisine served at Farzi Café speak for itself, as it surprises the palate as never before.

The owners say "Our total investment so far is just under £4m, so it had better work":











Wednesday 16 January 2019....6.30pm to 11pm...

SOHO RESIDENCE - launch party - 83-85 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1.

A big buzzy crowd here of around 300 guests over three floors.

Soho club legend Philip Sallon was here. He is particularly known for being a prominent member of the Punk sub-cultural and New Romantic pop cultural movements during the 1970s and 1980s.

A perfect Soho location near to Old Compton Street and 100 yards from where The Marquee Club was.

Soho’s iconic Roundhouse has undergone a full and fantastic £1m restoration and will reopen as Soho Residence, the premier bar, club and lounge space in London’s West End.

Erected in 1892, the Roundhouse building itself has previously existed as blues and skiffle clubs, welcoming celebrated performers from around the world. Its latest and greatest incarnation as Soho Residence will continue this rich tradition by offering the ultimate night out experience in a venue of unrivalled elegance and grace.

The venue will be open until 3am every night except on Sundays.

Complimentary prosecco, several different cocktails , wines, beers and canapés for all guests.

We had a great time here and it will be surely be a popular addition to Soho's nightlife.

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First Floor Gin Parlour

The First Floor has high ceilings, tall windows which direct your gaze down to the bustling streets of Soho below as well as snug sofas and sumptuous fabrics, all in a cosmopolitan and carefully curated space designed to make you feel like a million dollars. This floor is also available for private hire.

Ground Floor Botanical Bar

The ritzy Ground Floor of Soho Residence boasts a hint of art deco style with enormous crittal inspired windows allowing light to flood in, a fresh botanical feel, hanging plants and banquette seating, plump cushions and a plush Soho vibe, all complemented by professional service and contemporary cocktails that dazzle with their fun, flair and flavour.

Festival Club

The Basement Club is a place to be mischievous with festoon lighting, and a selection of craft beers and cocktails that will welcome the capital’s glitterati for nights of grown-up fun and late night partying.

The cocktail menu is sublime, boasting a selection of both classics and dazzling new concoctions guaranteed to please the most discerning palates.

Djs play every night, keeping the party vibe going throughout the evening.

Soho Residence is the perfect venue for corporate and private hire, product launches and events. Both the first floor and the basement nightclub are available for private hire and the whole venue can also be hired for amazing functions and events.

www.sohoresidence.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info.









Tuesday 15 January 2019.

WEMBLEY ARENA has lost most of the major arena gigs in London to The 02 Arena over the past decade

but they have reported record visitors for 2018.

The 12,500 capacity arena right next to Wembley Stadium reported that it welcomed

one million visitors in 2018, which is more than any year in the past decade.

157 performances took place at London’s most intimate arena in 2018, including the world premiere of the Golden Globe winning film Bohemian Rhapsody, three sold out ‘in the round’ nights for Arcade Fire, the televised final of The X Factor, the biggest independent pro wrestling event in England for 30 years in the form of PROGRESS’ ‘Hello Wembley’, the first ever all-nighter from drum’n’bass legend Andy C, the biggest ever Bollywood event held at the arena from Arijit Singh, an exclusive Smashing Pumpkins show, George Ezra’s biggest headline concert to date and a sold out show for Slayer as part of their historic final world tour.

Obviously there were also lots of crap events too in that figure of 157 performances.









Monday 14 January 2019...I went to two events tonight...

4pm to 6.15pm

THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO ITALIAN WINE 2019 - book launch and wine tasting -

Le Meridian Hotel, Piccadilly, London W1.

Around 200 guests in the main room of this nice five star hotel.

There are 24 suppliers/stands here and each has different wines to taste.

Red Wines, White Wines, Rose Wines, Prosecco.

My faves were from Tenuta Carretta and Nicola Bergalio.

Also Italian meats and bread to go with the wines.

All guests got an e-copy of the book.

www.doctorwine.it

More info on the book and wines are here on their website.

then

6.45pm to 10.30pm

THE WRITERS GUILD AWARDS at The Royal College of Physicians,

11 St Andrews Avenue, Regents Park, London NW1.

Around 300 guests here at this impressive venue.

Several well known faces are here including Russell T Davies, MacKenzie Crook, Josie Lawrence,

Armando Iannucci, Helen Lederer, Stephen McGann, Lee Ridley (Lost Voice Guy who won Britains Got Talent).

We went into the theatre seating for the awards from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

Hosted by writer and actor Joanna Scanlan (Getting On, No Offence), the prestigious event honoured the cream of British UK writing talent in front of an audience from a broad range of creative industries.

Seventeen awards given out and some very entertaining speeches.

It was a big night for celebrating female writers, who won in 9 of the 16 awards across theatre, TV, radio, comedy, books and video games categories and the Outstanding Contribution to Writing also went to a woman.

Complimentary prosecco, wines, beers, canapés before and after the awards.

www.writersguild.org.uk

Visit their website here for a list of the winners and presenters.









Monday 14 January 2019.

Happy Birthday to Foo Fighters frontman DAVE GROHL who is 50 today.

The Foos are without doubt one of the greatest live bands.

They headline Reading & Leeds Festivals in August.







Sunday 13 January 2019.

SPURS play MAN UTD at Wembley Stadium...4.30pm kick off...

Mega footie clash.

Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s dream start after taking over from Jose M continued with a fifth victory in five games against Reading in The FA Cup but the first stern test of his interim reign is next: the trip to Tottenham on Sunday. The run equals Sir Matt Busby’s non-wartime club record, but how United fare against a team 10 points and three places better off will be a real test of progress.

How will they deal with Harry Kane and the awesome Spurs attack?

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We are up in Level 5 for this game between these two top notch teams.

A fantastic atmosphere as it's a near sell-out crowd of around 80,000.

David de Gea produced a string of superb saves as Manchester United held on to beat Tottenham 1-0 and secure a sixth win in a row for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Marcus Rashford scored the winner late in the first half but Solskjaer was indebted to De Gea, who made no more than 11 saves to withstand a second-half Spurs barrage to seal the historic victory for the United interim manager.

Only the one goal, but a great game.

The sixth straight win victory sees Solskjaer confirm the best start of any manager in Manchester United's history, and sees him equal Sir Matt Busby's five wins in his first five league games.











Saturday 12 January 2019.

A BOWIE CELEBRATION live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

A BOWIE CELEBRATION will celebrate David Bowie's Glastonbury 2000 performance with a European Tour.

Mike Garson, the longest-standing member of David Bowie’s bands, is bringing together an unforgettable line-up of Bowie alumni and special guest vocalists for A Bowie Celebration. This critically acclaimed show will see the cast perform an ever-rotating mix of hits and deep cuts from Bowie’s much-loved catalogue of albums.

The band includes Mike Garson on piano/keyboards,Earl Slick on guitar and Bernard Fowler on vocals.

Earl Slick has also played with David Bowie before and Bernard Fowler is long time backing vocals for

The Rolling Stones.

Also on vocals will be Joe Sumner (Stings son).

I missed the show last year at this same venue as it clashed with my two week trip to Taiwan.

I was lucky enough to have seen the real David Bowie over 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.

I saw Earl Slick playing with The Glen Matlock Band three times in Aug 2018.

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A few empty seats in Level 3 but around 1800 folks here out of a 2000 capacity.

A BOWIE CELEBRATION arrived on stage at 8.05pm and played for 2 hours 10 mins.

For different songs there were 7,8,9 and even 10 musicians on stage through the evening.

There were four different vocalists including Bernard Fowler and Joe Sumner.

Bernard Fowler sang the first few tracks then the vocalists rotated.

The vocalists did a good job but none had the pure rock n roll charisma of guitarist Earl Slick.

Loads of Bowie classics played along with a couple of lesser known tracks but gems not played tonight

included "The Jean Genie", "Let's Dance", "Modern Love" and "The Man Who Sold The World".

Bowie tunes , like Prince tunes will live on forever, such is the quality of them , so there will be tribute

and no doubt hologram shows galore in the future.

A very nice first gig of 2019 for me.

Full setlist played tonight....

Greensleeves ([traditional] cover)

Bring Me The Disco King

Rebel Rebel

Moonage Daydream

Fame

Young Americans

Starman

Space Oddity

Five Years

Changes

Lady Grinning Soul

Rock 'n' Roll Suicide

Ashes To Ashes

Aladdin Sane

Win

Ziggy Stardust

Suffragette City

All The Young Dudes (David Bowie wrote this classic for Mott The Hoople)

Under Pressure (Queen cover that originally featured vocals by Freddie Mercury & David Bowie)

Encore:

Andy Warhol

Life on Mars?

Heroes

Modern Love (outro song played over the pa)











Friday 11 January 2019.

QUEEN are everywhere these days.

After they stole the show at Live Aid in 1985 they announced several stadium shows for the

following year which included two nights at Wembley Stadium and a huge show at Knebworth.

I was at one of those amazing Wembley shows which had great support acts...

Queen,Status Quo,Alarm,INXS ---- Wembley Stadium , London 11.07.1986.

It was the final tour with Freddie Mercury.









Thursday 10 January 2019...I went to two gallery private views tonight.

6pm to 7pm

Bernard Jacobson Gallery, 28 Duke Street, St James's ,London SW1.

Around 70 or 80 guests at this gallery by Fortnum & Mason.

BBC tv political commentator and television presenter ANDREW MARR was here.

The first in a two-part exhibition of prints from Bernard Jacobson’s remarkable collection. Prints I wish I had published includes work by more than 30 artists, including some of the most important names in art from the past 600 years. An exhibition of Jacobson’s favourite prints which he wishes he had published during his 50 years in the business.

Including works by Thomas Hart Benton, William Blake, Marc Chagall, John Constable, Robyn Denny, Albrecht Durer, Sam Francis, Paul Gauguin, Goya, Stanley William Hayter, Hiroshige, David Hockney, John Martin, Henri Matisse, Bruce McLean, Robert Motherwell, Samuel Palmer, Pablo Picasso, Arnulf Rainer, Robert Rauschenberg, Rembrandt, Ed Ruscha, William Tillyer, J.M.W Turner, Andy Warhol, Grant Wood and others.

There was a great collage of 20 original press cuttings of THE ROLLING STONES from 1967/1968.

Complimentary wines & nibbles for all guests.

www.jacobsongallery.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then

7.15pm to 8.30pm

Unit Gallery , 3 Hanover Square, Soho, London W1.

A big crowd of 200 guests at this gallery as they always invites loads of people.

Peter Gronquist is a multidisciplinary artist based in Portland, Oregan. Gronquist’s practice incorporates painting, sculpture and installation, utilising mediums such as aluminium, ceramic, and mirrors as well as the environment itself. Gronquist has a profound interest in the emotional potency of colour and temporality of our world, from the objects we produce to the transience of humanity, addressing themes of impermanence, excess and escapism.

Complimentary prosecco for all guests.

www.theunitldn.com

Visit their website here for more info.









Thursday 10 January 2019.

Happy Birthday to ROD STEWART who is 74 today.

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Wednesday 09 January 2019.

Happy Birthday to guitar legend JIMMY PAGE who is 75 today.









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News and Reviews: 6th January 2019

Sunday 06 January 2019.

This gig took place 49 years ago today.......on 06 Jan 1970.

The debut London show by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Paul McCartney was in the crowd to watch them.









Saturday 05 January 2019.

The Official Top 40 biggest selling albums of 2018 in the UK.

Pretty amazing that Rod Stewarts album has crept in there at 15.

POS TITLE ARTIST

1 THE GREATEST SHOWMAN MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING

2 STAYING AT TAMARA'S GEORGE EZRA

3 DIVIDE ED SHEERAN

4 MAMMA MIA - HERE WE GO AGAIN MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING

5 SCORPION DRAKE

6 BEERBONGS & BENTLEYS POST MALONE

7 A STAR IS BORN MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING

8 LOVE MICHAEL BUBLE

9 DUA LIPA DUA LIPA

10 KAMIKAZE EMINEM

11 ODYSSEY TAKE THAT

12 SI ANDREA BOCELLI

13 BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY - OST QUEEN

14 ALWAYS IN BETWEEN JESS GLYNNE

15 BLOOD RED ROSES ROD STEWART

16 SWEETENER ARIANA GRANDE

17 THE ARCHITECT PALOMA FAITH

18 TRANQUILITY BASE HOTEL & CASINO ARCTIC MONKEYS

19 HUMAN RAG'N'BONE MAN

20 GOLD - GREATEST HITS ABBA

21 THE THRILL OF IT ALL SAM SMITH











Friday 04 January 2019.

DICK WHITTINGTON : Panto at The Theatre Royal, Windsor.

Feat Anne Hegerty, Kevin Cruise, Steven Blakeley, Anita Harris, Mike Read, Basil Brush and others.

Dick Whittington and his cat are getting ready to help celebrate 80 years of traditional Panto here at the beautiful Theatre Royal Windsor. Get ready for even more laughs, splosh and days of Christmas than ever before!

** Anne Hegerty will now perform as Queen Rat from 18 Dec - 6 Jan only, due to her being whisked away to the jungle.

Modern pantomime includes songs, gags, slapstick comedy and dancing. It employs gender-crossing actors and combines topical humour with a story more or less based on a well-known fairy tale, fable or folk tale.It is a participatory form of theatre, in which the audience is expected to sing along with certain parts of the music and shout out phrases to the performers.

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I took my mum out for a day in Windsor today for her 85th birthday which is next week.

She has become a big fan of Anne Hegerty after her stint in the jungle.

Windsor and the nearby over the bridge Eton make for a nice day out.

Plenty of tourists are here because of Windsor Castle.

The panto was on for 1 hour 45 mins over two sets of 55 mins and 50 mins.

Anne Hegerty is Queen Rat so we all boo her.

Lots of silly slapstick but they always throw in some topical gags so there is a jokey mention

of Brexit , The Chase, I'm A Celebrity, Harry Redknapp, Slough (only three miles away) etc.

Basil Brush said " I'm the best rat-catcher in Europe, next year I will be the best rat-catcher

outside of Europe".

Songs included tracks by Abba, Elton John, Michael Jackson and Meat Loaf (changed to Rat Out of Hell).

Another play on words for the track "Who Let The Fox Out".

One of the actress's said "this is my 10th year of panto here, I'm as hard to get rid of as Theresa May".

Panto is always good fun.







Thursday 03 January 2019.

Legendary F1 racing driver Michael Schumacher turns 50 on 3 January 2019.

His physical condition remains a mystery to those outside his personal circle, following the skiing accident which left him with severe brain injuries in December 2013. He has not been seen in public since.

But the memory of what Schumacher achieved in Formula 1 over a career that totalled more than 18 seasons and spanned 21 years is indelible.

His records of seven world titles and 91 wins is pretty incredible.







Thursday 03 January 2019.

It appears many people are not that interested in owning music anymore.

Sales of CDs plummeted by 23% last year, as consumers flocked to streaming services for their music.

Just 32 million CDs were sold in 2018 - almost 100 million fewer than in 2008; and a drop of 9.6 million year-on-year.

The growth of vinyl also began to plateau, with 4.2 million records sold, a rise of just 1.6%, said the BPI.

Shrinking shelf space in supermarkets contributed to the slowdown, but HMV's troubles suggest we are increasingly uninterested in owning our music.

The CDs that did sell in large quantities tended to appeal to older, non-traditional music buyers - with six of the year's top 10 albums either film soundtracks or Now compilations.

The picture is the same in America, where CD sales have fallen 80% in the last decade, from roughly 450 million to 89 million.

In a sign of the times, two of the records nominated for album of the year at the Grammys (H.E.R.'s self-titled debut and Cardi B's Invasion of Privacy) weren't even released on CD in the US - the first time that's happened since 1984.

"Lots of us have changed the way we consume music and film, and more people are streaming from Netflix or Spotify," Kim Bayley of the Entertainment Retailers Association recently told BBC Radio 5 Live.









Thursday 03 January 2019.

QUEEN'S ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ movie will be on DVD and Blu-Ray on January 22 and the disc will include the complete recreation of the Live Aid performance, only seen in part in the movie.









Wednesday 02 January 2019.

Happy Birthday to legendary photographer DAVID BAILEY who is 81 today.

In 1960, David Bailey began photographing for British Vogue, and his fashion work and celebrity portraiture, known for stark backgrounds and dramatic lighting effects, transformed British fashion and celebrity photography. His work reflects the 1960s British cultural trend of breaking down antiquated and rigid class barriers by injecting a 'punk' look into both clothing and artistic products.









Monday 31 December 2018...10pm to 1am...

LONDON NEW YEAR'S EVE FIREWORKS 2018.

Every year over 100,000 spectators from across the globe flock to the London Eye embankment to get a prime view of the stunning fireworks that see in the new year. The 2018/2019 event is set to be a huge celebration with 12,000 fireworks alongside lighting and music set from barges on the Thames.

All the £10 tickets have now sold out...will be 12 mins of fireworks at midnight that is shown live on tv.

The last time i went to see the fireworks here was 31 Dec 1999.

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Thankfully it is a very mild evening for this time of year.

We are in the Red Zone on Victoria Embankment by The River Thames.

Not as good a view as the Blue Zone which is directly opposite The London Eye.

We are along a bit on the left, opposite The OXO Tower.

You can bring in your own food and drinks.

A nice party atmosphere and not as many drunks as expected.

There is a dj playing tunes all evening and after the fireworks until 00.45am.

Just before the fireworks start three helicopters appear for aerial tv shots / security purposes.

The fireworks were great and it was all good fun.







Sunday 30 December 2018.

Happy Birthday to PATTI SMITH who is 72 today.

Happy Birthday to JEFF LYNNE who is 71 today.







Saturday 29 December 2018...3pm to 5pm...

SPURS 1 WOLVES 3 at Wembley Stadium.

Spurs in great form before this game as they are now in second place behind Liverpool.

First game for Harry Kane since he was awarded an MBE.

Harry Kane has spoken of his pride after being awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours list.

It’s the latest chapter in the incredible story of the local lad from Walthamstow who had to do it the hard way before becoming one of the Club’s greatest-ever goalscorers, captaining England at the World Cup and winning the Golden Boot as the Three Lions reached the semi-finals in Russia this summer– all by the age of 25.

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Loads of unsold seats up in Level 5 so we could move to better seats.

Down in Level 1 some 3000 Wolves fans in good voice have made the trip.

Tottenham's Premier League title challenge suffered a big blow as Wolves produced a stunning second half fightback to stun Mauricio Pochettino's side 3-1 at Wembley.

Harry Kane celebrated his MBE award by belting in the opener in the first half, but Willy Boly headed Wolves level in the 72nd minute before Raul Jimenez slotted them ahead seven minutes from time.

As Spurs desperately searched for an equaliser, Nuno Espirito Santo's side broke away to struck the deadly blow three minutes before the end to complete a remarkable victory a stunt Tottenham's growing title charge.

Definitely one of those games that delirious Wolves fans can say " I was there".

On the plus side all four goals were scored at the end we were at.

Spurs 1970s striker legend Martin Chivers was interviewed on the pitch at half time.









Friday 28 December 2018.

JIM STEINMAN'S 'BAT OUT OF HELL' live at The Dominion Theatre, London.

Winner of Best Musical at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2017 and nominated for 8 WhatsOnStage awards in 2018, Jim Steinman’s smash-hit musical Bat Out of Hell returns to London at the iconic Dominion Theatre!

I saw this great show in 2017 when it was at The Coliseum.

Bat Out of Hell is a rock musical written by Jim Steinman based on the album of the same name. Steinman wrote all of the songs, most of which are songs from the Bat Out of Hell trilogy of albums by Meat Loaf including Bat Out of Hell, II: Back into Hell and III: The Monster is Loose. The musical is a loose retelling of Peter Pan and Wendy, set in post-apocalyptic Manhattan (now named "Obsidian"), and follows Strat, the forever young leader of The Lost who has fallen in love with Raven, daughter of Falco, the tyrannical ruler of Obsidian.

I have seen the real Meat Loaf live over 15 times including his first ever London show back in 1978.

www.batoutofhellmusical.com

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets...it ends on 05 Jan.

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This is the theatre where where the Queen musical "We Will Rock You" was for an incredible 12 years.

It is a big theatre to fill for a run as it holds around 2000.

The show is on for around 2 hours 20 mins over two sets of 65 mins and 75 mins.

Pretty much the same big stage production from The Coliseum.

Loads of scene changes and props and lights.

The sound is much louder than it was at The Coliseum as there are speakers hanging from the ceiling.

Around 20 dancers on stage off and on throughout the show.

Mainly Meat Loaf mega tunes but also some from Jim Steinman albums.

Some pretty incredible power ballads of the highest order.

An excellent show.

Act I

"Love and Death and an American Guitar"

"All Revved Up with No Place to Go / The Opening of the Box / Everything Louder Than Everything Else / If It Ain't Broke, Break It"

"Who Needs the Young?"

"Out of the Frying Pan (And Into the Fire)"

"Two Out of Three Ain't Bad"

"Paradise by the Dashboard Light"

"Making Love Out of Nothing at All"

"Bat Out of Hell"

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Act II

"In the Land of the Pig, the Butcher Is King"

"Heaven Can Wait"

"Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are"

"Teenager In Love"

"For Crying Out Loud"

"You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)"

"Not Allowed to Love"

"What Part of My Body Hurts the Most"

"Dead Ringer for Love"

"Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through"

"It's All Coming Back to Me Now"

"I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)"

Finale (Bat Out of Hell (reprise))











Thursday 27 December 2018.

SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE is now an established live music venue but before 1994

it was a BBC owned theatre that they used for Crackerjack (1963 - 1984) and Old Grey Whistle Test Specials

in the 1970s and The Wogan Show (1982 to 1991)....the venue was sold , then had a full refurbishment...

I went to four BBC music shows there in the 1970s as well as the opening night as a live music venue.

I also went to Crackerjack and The Wogan Show a couple of times each.

Lynyrd Skynyrd (BBC Theatre O.G.W.T Special ) Shepherds Bush Empire,London 11.11.1975

Dr Hook (BBC Theatre O.G.W.T Special) Shepherds Bush Empire,London 28.11.1975

Bonnie Riatt (BBC Theatre O.G.W.T. Special) Shepherds Bush Empire,London 22.03.1976

Manhattan Transfer (BBC TV Special) Shepherds Bush Empire, London 07.02.1977

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Soundgarden + These Animal Men Shepherds Bush Empire , London 12.03.1994

Invite only opening night of this venue which is now under new ownership.











Wednesday 26 December 2018.

QUEEN are everywhere due to their film but where is their bass player John Deacon???

Noticeably absent from the hullabaloo surrounding the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody is his

Queen band mate John Deacon. The band's former bass player has long since retired from the limelight.

While guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor continued to record and tour following Mercury's death in 1991, Deacon called it quits long ago. Queen's publicist Phil Symes recently told the Daily Mail, "He's just living a private life." And as an equal shareholder in the band's enterprises, he can afford to do whatever he wants since he has an estimated net worth of about £100 million"....WOW!...

So perhaps it's not quite so surprising that Deacon -- who wrote the Queen hits "Another One Bites the Dust," "Under Pressure" and "You're My Best Friend" -- recoils from fame. He is even scarce among neighbours in Putney, where he continues to live in the same modest house he purchased with his first royalty cheque. There, he and his wife have quietly raised six children.

"It's his choice. He doesn't contact us. John was quite delicate all along," said May. "I haven't heard a squeak from John," Taylor added. "Not a single guttural grunt."

But to some extent that was the plan all along. After auditioning a number of bass players, Queen chose Deacon in part because of his demeanor. "We were so over-the-top, we thought that because he was quiet, he would fit in with us without too much upheaval," Taylor admitted.

Many people in Deacon's life suggest he also suffered from depression that isolated him, especially after Mercury's death. Since then, he's performed only three times. The first was at the 1992 star-studded tribute concert for Mercury. A year later, he and Taylor played to help raise funds for King Edward VII Hospital, while May was on a solo tour.

In 1997, the three surviving members of Queen partnered with Elton John to perform "The Show Must Go On" at the opening of the Bejart Ballet in Paris. That same year, Deacon recorded "No-One But You (Only the Good Die Young)," a new track for the Queen Rocks compilation, and then officially retired. He was not present when the band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.









Monday 24 December 2018.

Merry Christmas to all the visitors to this website.

Check back at the end of the year for my best gigs of the 100 plus i saw this year.







Monday 24 December 2018.

Fact of the day.

The Verve official video for "Bitter Sweet Symphony " has had over 400 million views.







Sunday 23 December 2018.

Two classic Christmas records came out 45 years ago.

Here is the Top 10 from Xmas 1973....look at some of the great records & bands.

1 - MERRY XMAS EVERYBODY - SLADE

2 - I LOVE YOU LOVE ME LOVE - GARY GLITTER

3 - YOU WON'T FIND ANOTHER FOOL LIKE ME FT. LYN PAUL - THE NEW SEEKERS

4 - I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERY DAY - WIZZARD

5 - MY COO-CA-CHOO - ALVIN STARDUST

6 - PAPER ROSES - MARIE OSMOND

7 - THE SHOW MUST GO ON - LEO SAYER

8 - LAMPLIGHT - DAVID ESSEX

9 - ROLL AWAY THE STONE - MOTT THE HOOPLE

10 - STREET LIFE - ROXY MUSIC

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Roy Woods Wizzard were the first proper concert i ever saw.

Sept 1973 at Hammersmith Palais....I was aged 14 and a few months.

In 1973 they had two number one hits - "See My Baby Jive" and "Angel Fingers".







Saturday 22 December 2018

RICHARD ASHCROFT + DJ support live at The Forum, London.

Richard (ex singer of The Verve) Ashcroft will be promoting his recent chart album 'Natural Rebel'

'Urban Hymns' is the third studio album by English alternative rock band The Verve, released on 29 September 1997.

'Urban Hymns' is ranked the 19th best-selling album in UK chart history with over three million copies sold

in the UK and has sold over ten million copies worldwide.

The album features the hit singles "Bitter Sweet Symphony", "Lucky Man" and "The Drugs Don't Work". The critical and commercial success of the album saw the band win two Brit Awards in 1998, including Best British Group, and appear on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine in April 1998."Bitter Sweet Symphony" was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song.

The anthemic track "Bitter Sweet Symphony" is based on a sample it uses from the Andrew Loog Oldham orchestral cover of The Rolling Stones' song "The Last Time", and involved some legal controversy surrounding a plagiarism charge. As a result, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were added to the songwriting credits. "Bitter Sweet Symphony" was released in June 1997 by Hut Recordings as the first single from the album, reaching number two on the UK Singles Chart and stayed in the chart for three months.

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A dj played some cool tunes for an hour before the band came on stage.

This Oasis/Kasabian type loving crowd are drinking the bars dry.

RICHARD ASHCROFT arrived on stage at 8.35pm and played for 1 hour 45 mins.

Richard arrives on stage wearing a huge fluffy coat and shades and looking like a Hollywood pimp.

Thankfully he took if off before the first song started and left it by the drum kit.

Back to having his trademark shaggy hair after having it closely cropped a couple of years ago.

A nicely paced set with most of the big tunes in the last 30 mins.

A few classics from The Verve were played which were the highlights of the show.

New album tracks seemed a bit average and introducing "Money Money" Richard said "this is dedicated

to all the impostors taking up my space on the radio".

The only song that could’ve finished his set was obviously "Bitter Sweet Symphony",

and it was an utterly euphoric extended version.

Without doubt it is one of my fave songs of the 1990s.

A good show overall.

Full Richard Ashcroft setlist played tonight...

Sonnet (The Verve song)

This Is How It Feels

Weeping Willow (The Verve song)

Break the Night With Colour

Surprised by the Joy

Music Is Power

Born to Be Strangers

A Song for the Lovers

They Don't Own Me

Hold On

That's How Strong

Money Money

The Drugs Don't Work (The Verve song)

Judy(Christmas Song)

Lucky Man (The Verve song)

Bitter Sweet Symphony (The Verve song)

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Faces spotted at the gig included footballer Peter Crouch and his wife Abbey Clancy.

Also Tony James ( ex Generation X, ex Sigue Sigue Sputnik , ex Carbon Silicon and

currently in Generation Sex with Steve Jones and Paul Cook from The Sex Pistols).









Saturday 22 December 2018.

Punk Icon JOE STRUMMER passed away this day 16 years ago - 22 December 2002.

I was lucky to have seen The Clash and Joe Strummer solo play many times each.







Friday 21 December 2018.

BJORN AGAIN + DOLLAR live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Bjorn Again play the second of two shows at Shepherds Bush Empire.

It is the final night of their month long UK tour.

The worlds number Abba tribute act are celebrating their 30th anniversary.

I have seen them several times before including Christmas shows at Shepherds Bush Empire

in Dec 1996 and Dec 1997.

Support act will be Dollar who had 10 Top 40 hits in the late 1970s / early 1980s.

A few of their hits were produced by Trevor Horn.

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Back again to see Bjorn Again and it is again a very lively Christmas party atmosphere.

Lots of classic disco hits played over the pa when the bands are not on stage.

DOLLAR arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played for 25 mins.

Dollar were always a bit third rate and they still are a very weak live act.

David Van Day is still there and the duo sung along to a backing tape.

Oddly a short set that still had more cover versions that their own hits.

This crowd sing along to anything that sounds familiar, but Dollar were two bob.

Like last night , BJORN AGAIN arrived on stage at 8.35pm and played for 95 mins.

It was exactly the same setlist as last night.

The crowd were dancing and singing loudly to every song.

Another very enjoyable fun evening.









Thursday 20 December 2018.

BJORN AGAIN live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Bjorn Again play the first of two shows at this venue at the end of their UK tour.

The worlds number ABBA tribute act are celebrating their 30th anniversary.

I have seen them several times before including Christmas shows at Shepherds Bush Empire

in Dec 1996 and Dec 1997.

I saw the real ABBA at The Royal Albert Hall in 1977.

Not many can say they saw the real ABBA as they disbanded in Dec 1982.

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I must admit i do have a soft spot for top notch tribute bands such as The Sex Pistols Experience and TRextasy.

BJORN AGAIN arrived on stage at 8.35pm and played for 95 mins.

A 75% female crowd who are up for a Christmas party.

Lots of dancing and singing along all through the evening.

Lots of ABBA hits and a couple of great Van Halen and Slade covers.

There is a giant disco glitter ball.

A Cher lookalike came on for a couple of songs.

They are speaking in dodgy , but fun fake Swedish accents and have all the costumes.

A fun evening.

Full Bjorn Again setlist played tonight...

Waterloo

Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)

Super Trouper

Honey, Honey

Knowing Me, Knowing You

SOS

Fernando (with Cher lookalike)

Eagle

Ring Ring

Voulez-Vous

Lay All Your Love on Me

The Name of the Game

I Have a Dream

Chiquitita

Jump (Van Halen cover) (without the two girls who went off for a costume change)

Money, Money, Money

Take a Chance on Me

Mamma Mia

Does Your Mother Know

Encore:

Merry Christmas Everybody (Slade cover)

Dancing Queen

The Winner Takes It All

Thank You for the Music (with Cher lookalike)









Wednesday 19 December 2018.

ADAM ANT live at The Roundhouse, London.

First of two Christmas shows at The Roundhouse for Adam Ant.

I have seen Adam Ant over a dozen times since 1979.

In the early 1980s he was massive in the UK and had over a dozen hit singles with three number ones.

Adam has sold over 40 million albums worldwide.

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ADAM ANT and his band are on stage from 9pm for 1 hour 45 mins.

Adam is still looking great and is doing plenty of nifty stage moves for his age of 64.

He looks to be rockin' some kind of Johnny Depp vibe.

Like in his heyday he is still using two drummers which create a fab sound.

Many of his loyal fans are dressed up in Adam Ant costumes from the past, pirate etc.

A great mix of lesser known material and loads of his hits including his three number ones

"Prince Charming", "Stand and Deliver" and "Goody Two Shoes".

A great show.

Full Adam Ant setlist played tonight....

Beat My Guest

Vive Le Rock

Dog Eat Dog

Kick!

Antmusic

Friend or Foe

Ants Invasion

Desperate but Not Serious

Cartrouble

Prince Charming

Zerox

Christian D'or

Kings of the Wild Frontier

Stand and Deliver

Encore:

Goody Two Shoes

Lady/Fall In

Physical (You're So)









Tuesday 18 December 2018.

DEF LEPPARD + CHEAP TRICK live at Wembley Arena, London.

Def Leppard UK arena tour ends with a second show in London.

Check my review from this mega double bill at 02 Arena on 06 Dec 2018.

The main set features their 25 million selling album from 1987 ' Hysteria'.

It was conceived as hard rock’s answer to Michael Jackson’s Thriller: an album where every track is a potential hit single. And so it proved.

Mutt Lange’s superb production and the Lep’s anthemic choruses were a winning combination. Six of Hysteria’s 12 tracks were top 20 US hits, with power ballad Love Bites reaching number one, and rap-rock hybrid Pour Some Sugar On Me (written specifically for strippers to disrobe to) hitting number two.

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CHEAP TRICK arrived on stage at 7.40pm and played for 45 mins.

A couple of weeks ago i saw Cheap Trick play one of the best support sets of the year.

They have changed their set by three songs as they were joined by special guests.

Def Leppard gave them full use of the big screens and the stage walkway extension.

Again they sounded totally fantastic.

Full Cheap Trick setlist played tonight....

Hello There

Big Eyes

Ain't That a Shame (Fats Domino cover)

Voices

I Want You To Want Me

Dream Police

Run Rudolph Run (Chuck Berry cover) (with Phil Manzanera on guitar) (& Michael Monroe on harmonica)

The 'In' Crowd (Dobie Gray cover) (with Phil Manzanera on guitar)

Surrender

Goodnight Now

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Like last time Def Leppard have a clock on the stage curtain for the 9pm prompt start.

DEF LEPPARD arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 1 hour 40 mins.

The whole show is again a visual treat to look at with loads of big screens and lights.

The sound from their pa is enormous.

So many great pop rock anthems on the "Hysteria" album.

They do actually change the setlist each night a bit as the first song of the encore changes nightly.

The whole show is very well rehearsed with band members moving around the stage the same way each night.

Singer Joe Elliot said this was the last of 83 shows they have played this year since i saw them play at

The Royal Albert Hall in March...so they started and finished in London.

A superb evening.

Full Def Leppard setlist played tonight...

HYSTERIA Album played in full for the main set.

Women

Rocket

Animal

Love Bites

Pour Some Sugar on Me

Armageddon It

Gods of War

Don't Shoot Shotgun

Run Riot

Hysteria

Excitable

Love and Affection

Encore:

Promises

When Love and Hate Collide

Let's Get Rocked

Rock of Ages

Photograph









Tuesday 18 December 2018.

Someone has put a very nice highlights video up on YouTube from last nights concert.

The second half of the 23 mins video features Eric Clapton.

Type this in Google....Chas Hodges Memorial Concert - Monday 17th December 2018











Tuesday 18 December 2018.

Happy Birthday to KEITH RICHARDS who is 75 today.

The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards has revealed that he has cut back drastically on his drinking, admitting in

a new interview that “it was time to quit”.







Monday 17 December 2018...I went to two events tonight...

2.30pm to 5.30pm

HEDDON STREET KITCHEN - press review - 3-9 Heddon Street, London W1.

We are just a few yards from the David Bowie's landmark album 'Ziggy Stardust' plaque.

Spandau Ballet's Gary Kemp unveiled the plaque in Heddon Street where the cover of the 1972 release was shot.

Gordon Ramsay's sleek European brasserie features eclectic, all-day menus and an airy, modern space.

Gordon Ramsay's Heddon Street Kitchen is a casual destination for brisk breakfasts and weekend brunches, post-shop pit stops and working lunches, dinner dates and after work cocktails. Take a look inside the Heddon Street Kitchen menus and whet your appetite for sleek European dining.

A nice cool vibe here, they say it is a medium priced brasserie.

We had a very nice three course meal along with cocktails and coffees here.

My mains was “Roasted cod with crushed potatoes,artichoke,salted capers, red wine & lemon sauce”.

This is usually £22.50.

I had three cocktails including Espresso Martini which they usually charge £12 for.

The wait for food between courses seemed longer than usual but we had a great time here.

www.gordonramsayrestaurants.com

Visit their website here for more info on menus and prices.

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IN MEMORY OF CHAS HODGES live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

This show was for Chas of Chas & Dave who sadly passed away a few months ago.

The show sold out within a week.

The lineup for the In Memory of Chas Hodges concert consists of Dave Peacock, entertainer Joe Brown, comedian Paul Whitehouse, comedian Matt Lucas, jazz guitarist Martin Taylor, singer-songwriter

Ralph McTell, Ed Tudor Pole ,Gary Brooker and Jackie Lynton, with more to be announced.

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The show was on from 7.45pm to 10.30pm.

An older white crowd who are looking for a good old cockney knees up before Christmas.

No proper interval and with just a couple of mins break between acts for quick changeovers.

All the acts performed two to six songs each , with most using the house band.

The evening was a mix of Chas & Dave songs, original songs and cover versions.

Dave Peacock opened up with a few Chas & Dave classics including "Down to Margate" and "London Girl".

Dave would join most of the other acts on bass.

Ed Tudor Pole did a couple including "Swords of a Thousand Men".

Ralph McTell did a couple including 'Streets of London".

Jackie Lynton, Gary Brooker, Joe Brown and Martin Taylor all did short sets.

In 1982 ERIC CLAPTON and ALBERT LEE performed with Chas & Dave on their 1982 tv special

and amazingly they are both here tonight on stage playing the same song "Goodnight Irene"

along with "Little Queenie" and Chas & Dave gems "The Sideboard Song" and "Ain't No Pleasing You".

An enjoyable evening although some bits were better than others.

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Other guests here included ex Spurs players Ossie Ardiles, Graham Roberts and Micky Hazard.

Also Vic Reeves and his wife and Mark Lamarr.







Monday 17 December 2018.

Who is the biggest earner in live music this year?....it's ED SHEERAN....

$432,398,856 is an audacious number. So is 4,860,482. A tour gross of the first amount in a single calendar year is unheard of, as is the latter figure for tickets sold. Yet, that’s exactly what Ed Sheeran’s “÷ Tour” did in 2018, making it the highest gross and the most tickets tallied in any single year in Pollstar’s 30-year history.









Monday 17 December 2018.

AC/DC singer BON SCOTT played his last ever London show this day on 17 Dec 1979.

I was there for it at Hammersmith Odeon, it was the 19th, yes 19th time i had seen them.

A couple of months later he would be found dead after a heavy drinking session.

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The Bohemian Rhapsody film has set a new box office record as the highest-grossing music biopic in

global history after rocking past the $600 million (£477 million) mark.

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Happy Birthday to rock singer PAUL RODGERS who is 69 today.







Sunday 16 December 2018.

PAUL McCARTNEY live at The 02 Arena, London.

Over half the setlist will be Beatles classics along with a couple of Wings classics and a few tracks from

his 2018 album 'Egypt Station'.

The show sold out pronto but Macca refuses to add an extra show or two.

Macca is now at the grand old age of 76.

I have seen Macca with Wings three times in the 1970s and well over a dozen times as a solo artist

including Live Aid in 1985.

This includes an incredible lunchtime gig on 17 Dec 2010 at The 100 Club where he played

a full 1 hour 55 mins set.

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It's the last night of his European Tour and he is in London so you know there will always be a

good selection of family members and well known musicians.

It was one of those nights that really was a very hot ticket.

Before the show started i got into a lift going up to second floor hospitality and to my surprise

the other five people in the lift were three hospitality girls along with Coldplay's CHRIS MARTIN

and his burly black personal security guy.Chris watched the show from a suite/room.

I had a great view in the guest list block right of stage next to Stella McCartney's husband and

next to him were Stella and their kids.

Others here included Roger Daltrey, Geri Halliwell, Harry Styles and Olivia Harrison.

Also actress Emma Thompson was there along with theatre writer Richard Curtis.

The venue was totally rammed sold out.

MACCA arrived on stage at 8.10pm and played a mammoth forty song three hour set.

A very nice stage production with loads of big screens mixing live footage and pre-recorded images that

included footage of The Beatles.....Also lots of lights and a few lasers.

Macca was looking great and had lots of friendly and amusing stage banter throughout the show.

For "Blackbird" and "Here Today" he was elevated 20ft up in the air on a giant podium.

A mega version of "Live and Let Die" as usual had the full monty flames and pyros a gig-go.

For 'Get Back' he was joined by RINGO STARR on a second drum kit and RONNIE WOOD on guitar.

Soooo many incredible songs that have been the soundtrack of our lives.

A superb show that def will be in my Top 5 gigs of the 100 plus gigs i have seen this year.

Full setlist played by Macca tonight...

A Hard Day's Night (The Beatles song)

Junior's Farm (Wings song)

All My Loving (The Beatles song)

Letting Go (Wings song)

Who Cares

Got to Get You Into My Life (The Beatles song)

Come On to Me

Let Me Roll It (Wings song)

I've Got a Feeling (The Beatles song)

Let 'Em In (Wings song)

My Valentine

Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five (Wings song)

Maybe I'm Amazed

I've Just Seen a Face (The Beatles song)

In Spite of All the Danger (The Quarrymen song)

From Me to You (The Beatles song)

Dance Tonight

Love Me Do (The Beatles song)

Blackbird (The Beatles song)

Here Today

Queenie Eye

Lady Madonna (The Beatles song)

Eleanor Rigby (The Beatles song)

Fuh You

Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! (The Beatles song)

Something (The Beatles song)

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (The Beatles song)

Band on the Run (Wings song)

Back in the U.S.S.R. (The Beatles song)

Let It Be (The Beatles song)

Live and Let Die (Wings song)

Hey Jude (The Beatles song)

Encore:

Birthday (The Beatles song)

Wonderful Christmastime (with children's choir) (with fake snow falling on the crowd)

Get Back (The Beatles song) (with Ringo Starr) (Also with Ronnie Wood. Tour debut)

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) (The Beatles song)

Helter Skelter (The Beatles song)

Golden Slumbers (The Beatles song)

Carry That Weight (The Beatles song)

The End (The Beatles song) (with ticker-tape falling on the crowd)

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There was a bit of a downer leaving the venue.

Macca should know better after the curfew incident with Bruce Springsteen in Hyde Park.

Coming offstage at 11.10pm on a Sunday night is not on for fans getting home as the tube ends early.

Anyone who goes to the 02 knows there is a mega queue for the tube after the gig.

There were plenty of people leaving before the encores to get their connections.

We got the last Jubilee line train into Central London at 11.50pm and there were still

a few thousand in the queue so they would have had a very messy journey home.

Macca should have come on at 7.30pm when he is playing three hours on a Sunday.







Saturday 15 December 2018...I went to two events today....

3pm to 5pm

SPURS 1 BURNLEY 0 at Wembley Stadium.

For Tottenham this week it has been a case of the beauty and then the beast. After producing one of the finest European performances in their history against Barcelona on Tuesday, here they had to scrap past an obdurate Burnley side to secure a precious 1-0 victory that effectively keeps them in the title race, five points behind leaders Manchester City.

If winning titles is about securing victories while playing badly, then Spurs must be considered serious contenders for this season's Premier League. In front of just 41,645 spectators - Spurs’ second lowest home League crowd of the season - Tottenham were flat and uninspired at times at a wet and windy Wembley.

Burnley's time wasting in the hope of getting a point got on Spurs fans nerves.

Spurs were selling some good value tickets for this game up in Level 5 - £20 for adults and £8 for kids.

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JEFF WAYNES 'WAR OF THE WORLDS' live at The 02 Arena, London.

40th anniversary UK arena tour.

The album 'War Of The Worlds' has sold over 2.5 million copies in the UK alone since 1978.

Jeff Wayne will return to the podium once again to conduct the 9-piece Black Smoke Band and 36-piece ULLAbdubULLA Strings, with Liam Neeson retaining his role in 3D holography as The Journalist.

Stage and screen star Jason Donovan returns to the role of Parson Nathaniel, with Carrie Hope Fletcher playing his wife, Beth. Adam Garcia will debut as The Arilleryman, British singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner will perform The Sung Thoughts of The Journalist. Nathan James will play The Voice of Humanity, with Annie-Marie Wayne returning as Carrie, The Journalist’s Fiancee.

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Half a dozen unsold blocks up in Level 4 but otherwise pretty full.

I have never been a big fan of WOTW since it was released but am here to give it a look.

The show was on for 1 hour 55 mins over two sets of 50 mins and 65 mins.

Around 35 musicians on stage when you add band and string section together.

The band include Chris Spedding on guitar and Herbie Flowers on bass.

There are speakers all around the venue which sound fantastic as the sound bounces around.

A giant four legged Martian is standing tall in the middle of the stage over the musicians.

We have lots of lights, flames, pyros to make a visually nice show.

The massive string orchestra sound fantastic throughout the evening.

The big screens mix live footage with pre-recorded images.

Liam Neeson narrative is half the show and for the rest the singers come and go.

It is like a West End musical but on a bigger stage.

Highlights included superb versions of 'The Eve Of The War' and 'Mostly Autumn'.

A bit cheesy in parts but overall very enjoyable and much better than expected.











Friday 15 December 2018.

URIAH HEEP live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

With support from GUN + VON HERTZEN BROTHERS.

I have seen Uriah Heep around 15 times since 1974 when i saw them headline Hammersmith Odeon.

Guitarist Mick Box is still there as the only original member from 1969.

Mick Box was the first guitar plectrum i got with the musicians name on.

The band maintains a significant following and performs at arena-sized venues in the Balkans, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Russia and Scandinavia. They have sold over 40 million albums worldwide.

Their best-known songs include "Easy Livin', 'Gypsy' and "July Morning".

Support act Gun had their biggest hit in 1994 with a rock cover of Cameo's 'Word Up' that went to number 8.

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Level 3 is closed tonight but there is still around 1500 here tonight.

VON HERTZEN BROTHERS arrived on stage at 7pm and played for 40 mins.

The band feature three brothers and hail from Finland.

A bit rock, a bit Prog rock,a bit folkie...not really my cup of tea...

GUN arrived on stage at 8.10pm and played for 40 mins.

Gun played a good set that featured their great cover of Cameo's 'Word Up'.

Full Gun setlist played tonight...

She Knows

Don't Say It's Over

Better Days

Take Me Down

Word Up! (Cameo cover)

Favourite Pleasures

Steal Your Fire

Shame on You

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URIAH HEEP arrived on stage at 9.20 and played for 90 mins.

Their set featured some classic oldies from the 1970s along with tracks from their 25th (yes 25th)

studio album “Living the Dream” released in 2018 via Frontiers Music.

Mick Box played some nifty guitar throughout the show.

Nice keyboards give some tracks a neat Deep Purple type sound.

The singer still keeps his microphone in a gun holster.

There were film cameras here so probably a DVD of the show will come out in the future.

They were joined by long time Uriah Heep drummer Lee Kerslake on one song on backing vocals who

drummed with them from the 1970s onwards who retired from the band due to ill health.

Kerslake's work can be heard on Ozzy Osbourne's first two solo albums, Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman.

Uriah Heep still put on a good rockin' show.

Full Uriah Heep setlist played tonight...

Grazed by Heaven

Too Scared To Run

Living the Dream

Take Away My Soul

Rainbow Demon

Waters Flowin'

Rocks in the Road

Gypsy

Look at Yourself

July Morning

Lady in Black (with Lee Kerslake)

Encore:

Sunrise

Easy Livin'

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I had a nice chat with a 71 year old rock fan here who still buys a t-shirt from every gig he goes to.

He told me he still wears them all in rotation.











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News and Reviews: 15th December 2018

Friday 15 December 2018.

URIAH HEEP live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

With support from GUN + VON HERTZEN BROTHERS.

I have seen Uriah Heep around 15 times since 1974 when i saw them headline Hammersmith Odeon.

Guitarist Mick Box is still there as the only original member from 1969.

Mick Box was the first guitar plectrum i got with the musicians name on.

The band maintains a significant following and performs at arena-sized venues in the Balkans, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Russia and Scandinavia. They have sold over 40 million albums worldwide.

Their best-known songs include "Easy Livin', 'Gypsy' and "July Morning".

Support act Gun had their biggest hit in 1994 with a rock cover of Cameo's 'Word Up' that went to number 8.

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Level 3 is closed tonight but there is still around 1500 here tonight.

VON HERTZEN BROTHERS arrived on stage at 7pm and played for 40 mins.

The band feature three brothers and hail from Finland.

A bit rock, a bit Prog rock,a bit folkie...not really my cup of tea...

GUN arrived on stage at 8.10pm and played for 40 mins.

Gun played a good set that featured their great cover of Cameo's 'Word Up'.

Full Gun setlist played tonight...

She Knows

Don't Say It's Over

Better Days

Take Me Down

Word Up! (Cameo cover)

Favourite Pleasures

Steal Your Fire

Shame on You

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URIAH HEEP arrived on stage at 9.20 and played for 90 mins.

Their set featured some classic oldies from the 1970s along with tracks from their 25th (yes 25th)

studio album “Living the Dream” released in 2018 via Frontiers Music.

Mick Box played some nifty guitar throughout the show.

Nice keyboards give some tracks a neat Deep Purple type sound.

The singer still keeps his microphone in a gun holster.

There were film cameras here so probably a DVD of the show will come out in the future.

They were joined by long time Uriah Heep drummer Lee Kerslake on one song on backing vocals who

drummed with them from the 1970s onwards who retired from the band due to ill health.

Kerslake's work can be heard on Ozzy Osbourne's first two solo albums, Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman.

Uriah Heep still put on a good rockin' show.

Full Uriah Heep setlist played tonight...

Grazed by Heaven

Too Scared To Run

Living the Dream

Take Away My Soul

Rainbow Demon

Waters Flowin'

Rocks in the Road

Gypsy

Look at Yourself

July Morning

Lady in Black (with Lee Kerslake)

Encore:

Sunrise

Easy Livin'

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I had a nice chat with a 71 year old rock fan here who still buys a t-shirt from every gig he goes to.

He told me he still wears them all in rotation.











Friday 14 December 2018.

14 Dec 1973 - 45 years ago today i was at this mega gig.

MOTT THE HOOPLE + QUEEN at Hammersmith Odeon...now called Hammersmith Apollo.

My first show of over 2000 that i have been to at that one venue.

I was aged 14 years and 7 months.

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Released 39 years ago today on 14 Dec 1979.

The classic album by THE CLASH ' London Calling'.









Thursday 13 December 2018.

PRINCE tribute show live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince. The first and only estate-approved Prince celebration, 4U is curated, produced, and directed by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson of The Roots.

Through the course of the evening, we’ll hear everything from the biggest hits to some lesser-known gems, all played by a top-tier band hand-selected by Questlove, and with a spectacular video presentation featuring never-before-seen footage courtesy of the estate.

I was lucky enough to have seen the musical genius that was Prince over 30 times since 1986.

Including 6 of his 21 shows at The 02 Arena and smaller shows at Hammersmith Apollo, Koko,

Shepherds Bush Empire and two shows on the same night at The Roundhouse in June 2014.

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I thought it was a bit ambitious playing this big venue but the UK's love of Prince music

has resulted in this show being at least 95% full.

The show was on for 1 hour 50 mins over two sets of 55 mins each.

Around 35 musicians on stage when you add the band and orchestra members together.

A big screen showing classic Prince videos , interviews, images and song titles.

The first set included a few lesser known gems and most of the hits were in the second half.

A female violinist sung a few words on some songs but it was mainly orchestral instrumentals.

The strings and the drums sound fantastic.

For the big hits all the fans were singing all the words.

Pretty amazing the amount of great songs Prince released in his career.

"Purple Rain" was a highlight as the orchestra and band played along to Prince singing

all the vocals on the big screen.

A full standing ovation from the crowd at the end.

A great evening that was a total success.

Full setlist played tonight...

FIRST SET

For You

Controversy

Something In the Water

Computer Blue

Automatic

1999 (short version tease)

It Ain't Over 'Til the Fat Lady Sings

Christopher Tracy's Parade

New Position

I Wonder U

Nothing Compares 2 U

Under the Cherry Moon

Venus De Milo

Alexa de Paris

The Beautiful Ones

All My Dreams

1999

SECOND SET

Diamonds and Pearls

Let's Go Crazy

When Doves Cry

Little Red Corvette

Erotic City

Kiss

Starfish and Coffee

Take Me With You

Irresistible Bitch

Raspberry Beret

Purple Rain

Baby I'm a Star









Thursday 13 December 2018.

An update on the Bonham's music auction private view i attended on Monday.

A 'super console' built by Elvis Costello and Chris Difford (Squeeze) has sold for £112,000.

The fusion of two recording desks includes one used by Led Zeppelin for 'Stairway To Heaven'.







Thursday 13 December 2018.

Big congratulations to rockers Def Leppard.

The 2019 inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have been announced, with British acts making up five of the seven artists.

Artists can be inducted into the Hall of Fame 25 years on from the release of their first record, and are voted in by a panel of over 1,000 music industry figures along with results from a fan ballot.

Radiohead are the most recent act to be inducted – the British alt-rockers became eligible last year, 25 years after the release of their debut single Creep, but didn’t then make it past the nomination stage. Other British artists to be inducted are 60s psych-rock group the Zombies, glam rockers Roxy Music, gothic guitar-poppers the Cure, and Sheffield heavy metal band Def Leppard, who also won the fan ballot.

Americans Stevie Nicks and Janet Jackson are also inducted.

The ceremony will be held in New York on 29 March 2019.









Tuesday 11 December 2018.

FALSE CONFESSIONS live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Join Clinical Assistant Professor of Law, Laura Nirider and Clinical Professor of Law, Steven Drizin, as they discuss coerced and false confessions, interrogation tactics and the wrongful conviction of Brendan Dassey, whose case and post-conviction process has captivated the world in the Netflix smash docuseries, Making A Murderer 2.

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Once upon a time Comedy was described as "the new rock n roll" as comedians started to play arenas.

These days "conversations and discussions" can be seen as "the new rock n roll" as the likes

of Stephen Fry can headline Hammersmith Apollo and Dr Brian Cox can headline arenas.

Level 3 is closed but there are still around 1000 here who paid £35 "for a bit of chat".

Tonight's show is on for 90 mins over two sets of 50 mins and 40 mins.

The crowd is a 50-50 mix of male-female.

On stage are the two American professor's from the tv series and a moderator holding it all together.

It is pretty much talking about the cases in America that involve wrongful convictions of juveniles.

Would you confess to a crime you did not commit? Each year innumerable American suspects do, and experts say that trained interrogators can get anybody to confess to anything. The two on stage tonight are determined to put an end to interrogation techniques that all too often pressure innocent people into false confessions.

It was quite interesting and there were amusing bits as well.

Steven Drizin was asked what does he do to unwind after a day in court and he replied

"one of my fave things is listening to British Prog Rock bands including Jethro Tull".

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The series 'Making A Murderer 2' follows the case of Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey, who were found guilty of the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach, a 25-year-old photographer, in 2007.









Monday 10 December 2018...I went to two events tonight...

6.30pm to 8.30pm

MUSIC & FILM MEMORABILIA AUCTION - private view - Bonham's, 101 New Bond Street, London W1.

Over 200 guests here in this well known auction house.

The auction display consisted of two sections.

First section was The John Mollo Archive.John was a costume designer on many films including

Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Gandhi, Chaplin, Alien and others.

His sketches and costumes are here.

Second section was a whole bunch of music items including signed items and rare items.

KK DOWNING from Judas Priest had a dozen of his guitars here...including his trademark Flying Vs.

Jamie Reid Sex Pistols 'Pretty Vacant' original artwork with £5000 estimate.

A few David Bowie signed vinyl albums here with £1000 estimate.

A few Gold Discs were here along with some battered old equipment.

A few items from Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Cream, Eric Clapton etc.

Complimentary Pol Roger champers, two different gin cocktails, beers and canapés for guests.

www.bonhams.com

Visit their website here for items list for the 11 December auction.

then

10pm to 11.45pm

MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS - UK film premiere party - Rosewood Hotel, Holborn, London WC1.

Dressed in Carolina Herrera and Rodarte gowns respectively, Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie joined co-stars Guy Pearce, Martin Compston, Joe Alwyn, Jack Lowden, Gemma Chan and David Tennant at the premiere of their historical drama, re-telling the story of Mary Queen of Scots's attempts to overthrow her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I. Director Josie Rourke was also at Cineworld Leicester Square alongside the A-list cast who later attended the afterparty at Holborn Dining Room.

Over 300 guests here for complimentary Ruinart champers, Tom Collins cocktails, wines, beers and lots of

tasty bowl food ,canapés and desserts.

There was a dj playing tunes in the background.

The champers had finished when i departed but the party was still in full flow as a 1am finish.

The film is not actually in cinemas until 18 Jan 2019.









Sunday 09 December 2018.

SUBSONICA live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Back together after four years, Italian rock band Subsonica return with new album, '8' and they’ll be

showcasing all their new songs on their European reBoot tour.

Their previous 7 studio albums have sold around 400,000 copies.

Level 3 is closed off as unsold but still a very impressive 1500 mainly Italian fans here.

The crowd is younger than expected as their rock sound has a dance edge to it.

They were on stage for 2 hours 5 mins over two sets of 50 mins and 75 mins.

The music was all in Italian and decent enough.

The band had a tilting keyboard on a giant spring that was a good visual aid.

The crowd were really lively and really danced and cheered and clapped non stop.











Saturday 08 December 2018....5.30pm to 7.30pm...

READING 0 SHEFFIELD UNITED 2.

Two goals in the last 10 minutes saw Sheffield United beat managerless Reading and move up to third in the Championship.

Conor Washington and David McGoldrick had first-half efforts correctly ruled out for offside for the Blades, with the hosts having a penalty appeal waved away for handball by Ollie Norwood.

The visitors had the better of the second half, Chris Basham's header cleared off the line and sub Billy Sharp nodding wide from 12 yards when unmarked.

Respect is due to over 1000 away fans who made the trek down South even though the game was live on SKY tv.

Chants of "you're going down with the Wednesday" could end up being true.









Friday 07 December 2018.

JAMES + CHARLATANS live at Wembley Arena, London.

I have seen both bands several times over the past 25 years.

I first saw James in 1994....and i first saw The Charlatans in 1999...

James recent album 'Living in Extraordinary Times' was released in 2018.

Charlatans recent album 'Different Days' was released in 2017.

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Like last night we have a big name support act as The Charlatans have headlined

Brixton Academy and Hammersmith Apollo in the past.

The bars are doing a roaring trade.

THE CHARLATANS are on stage from 7.30pm to 8.40pm for a full 70 mins set.

They have full use of the two big screens and loads of lights.

Singer Tim Burgess still has his Joey Ramone mop of bleached blonde hair.

James singer Tim Booth joined them for their big hit 'North Country Boy'.

Their keyboard player was great and the overall sound was really good.

They played a Buzzcocks classic in tribute to Pete Shelley.

A very good set.

Full setlist played by The Charlatans tonight...

Totally Eclipsing

Let the Good Times Be Never Ending

North Country Boy (with Tim Booth)

One to Another

Tellin' Stories

Different Days

Future Tense

Plastic Machinery

The Only One I Know

Impossible

You're So Pretty, We're So Pretty

Weirdo

Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've) (Buzzcocks cover)

Sproston Green

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JAMES are on stage at 9.10pm and play for 1 hour 45 mins.

They have two big screens and a very nice big light show.

With eight band members on stage and a back catalogue of 15 albums – including this year’s strident Living in Extraordinary Times – there is currently more James to feast on than ever, and in this case bigger is demonstrably better. The canny decision to team up with fellow indie veterans the Charlatans for a brief UK tour of jumbo-sized venues nudges the night into mini-festival territory, for a seasoned congregation equal parts rowdy and rapt.

The first half of the set is mainly tracks from the new album.

Their ex is no photographers pit so the front rows are up nice and close to the band.

It is Booth’s swooping, decadent voice that helps sell the abundance of new tracks. Anything he does is inherently dramatic, so it is little wonder the 58-year-old is a sometime actor. With his shaven head and live-wire charisma, Booth could play anything from intense yoga instructor to terrifying Russian heavy. The audience certainly want a piece of his action: after an early runout for their shuffling 1997 hit Waltzing Along, he is pulled into the throng.

The second half of the set is a bunch of their big hits.

Tim Booth and the trumpet player both went for a wander in the seating area.

Tim Booth also did a great bit of crowd surfing as they held his body aloft.

A great show.

Full James setlist played tonight...

Hank

Picture of This Place

Waltzing Along

Ring the Bells

Heads

Stutter

Five-O

Top of the World

Extraordinary Times

Attention

Sit Down

Moving On

Leviathan

Sound

Come Home

Encore:

Say Something

Many Faces

Sometimes (Lester Piggott)









Friday 07 December 2018.

The shock texts came flying in at the end of the Def Leppard gig

that Mancunian punk legend PETE SHELLEY (The Buzzcocks singer)

had died of a heart attack aged just 63...hard to believe really...

I saw The Buzzcocks over 30 times including New York, California, Belgium

and the first time was at The Rainbow, London on 09 May 1977.

The Clash/The Jam/The Buzzcocks...what a mega triple bill that was and all

the seats in the first half a dozen rows got smashed up.

It was a couple of weeks before my 18th birthday.







Thursday 06 December 2018.

DEF LEPPARD + CHEAP TRICK live at The 02 Arena, London.

Def Leppard are playing a UK arena tour which includes two London shows.

They will be playing their 'Hysteria' album (1987) in full followed by some greatest hits.

The album has sold over 25 million copies worldwide.

I have seen Def Leppard over 20 times since 1979 when i saw them supporting AC/DC twice at Hammersmith Odeon.

British hard rock icons Def Leppard are set to release a brand new greatest hits collection entitled 'The Story So Far – The Best Of' on 30 November. The new release will be available in multiple configurations: a 2-CD set comprised of 35 tracks, 1-CD comprised of 17 tracks, 2LP vinyl, and digital.

Among a blockbuster tracklisting loaded with smash hits, all four versions feature three new songs, including the official recording of the band’s recent fan favourite and new single - Depeche Mode cover ‘Personal Jesus,’

Special guests are Cheap Trick who i have seen several times since 1979.

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Needless to say i was really looking forward to this great pairing of classic rock bands.

The show tonight is fully sold out...the floor is all standing...

I have a perfect view seat in the guest block 112 , right of stage.

CHEAP TRICK arrive on stage at 7.40pm and play for 45 mins.

You will not get a much better support act than Cheap Trick were tonight.

They have a nice big loud sound thanks to the Def Leppard pa system.

They have use of the big screens and the stage extension walkway.

All their best songs were played which sounded fantastic.

The guitarist threw out hundreds of guitar pics as usual and played various wacky looking guitars.

An excellent set.

Full Cheap Trick setlist played...

Hello There

Big Eyes

California Man (The Move cover)

If You Want My Love

The Flame

I Want You to Want Me

Dream Police

Never Had a Lot to Lose

Surrender

Goodnight (five neck guitar used for this track)

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DEF LEPPARD arrive on stage at 9pm for 1 hour 40 mins.

The band have their usual big wall of sound along with the big screens and lots of lights and lasers.

Guitarist Phil Collen is shirtless from the start as he shows off his toned stomach.

So many great hit singles were on the 'Hysteria' album as they played them one after the other.

Def Leppard like Bon Jovi attract many female fans for their type of pop rock.

It is a very well rehearsed set which has just completed a big tour of North America.

Some nice video clips were shown of their deceased guitarist Steve Clark.

Great harmonies cement their pop rock gems together.

I saw them play a smaller show at The Royal Albert Hall earlier this year but their big sound

is much more suited to arenas.

Singer Joe Elliot said this was the first time they had played The 02 Arena.

Like me , he said he was at that legendary Led Zeppelin gig here in 2007.

The encore were gems from before and after the 'Hysteria' album.

A superb set.

Full Def Leppard setlist played tonight...

HYSTERIA album played in full for the main set

Women

Rocket

Animal

Love Bites

Pour Some Sugar on Me

Armageddon It

Gods of War

Don't Shoot Shotgun

Run Riot

Hysteria (with ""Heroes"" by David Bowie snippet outro)

Excitable

Love and Affection

Encore:

Wasted

When Love and Hate Collide

Let's Get Rocked

Rock of Ages

Photograph

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Both bands were superb tonight and you must catch one of their remaining shows.

Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena (UK) - December 8

Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena (UK) - December 9

Glasgow, The SSE Hydro Arena (UK) - December 11

Manchester Arena (UK) - December 12

Sheffield, FlyDSA Arena (UK) - December 14

Liverpool Echo Arena (UK) - December 15

Birmingham Arena (UK) - December 17

Wembley Arena (UK) - December 18









Wednesday 05 December 2018...8pm to 10pm...

SPURS 3 SOUTHAMPTON 1

For some odd reason throughout the day i thought Spurs were playing Bournemouth.

The Wembley clash drew an attendance of 33,012 people, the lowest for any home fixture in the

Premier League for Spurs held at the stadium.

We were up in Level 5 and there were lots of empty blocks up here.

Harry Kane scored early on and it was a fairly easy win for Spurs.

Southampton scored a consolation goal at the end.

Both teams had good chances and both hit the woodwork.

An entertaining game.











Tuesday 04 December 2018.

6.30pm to 7.30pm

The Biological Landscape - private view - The Exhibitionist Hotel, 8 Queensberry Place, London SW7.

Always nice to be at this cosy five star boutique hotel.

Bristol contemporary artist John Simpson continues to explore the notions of the print process as a metaphor for cellular production, degeneration and destruction, introduced in the Mitosis installation at Tate Exchange 2018.

This exhibition of works on canvas and paper references traditional printmaking techniques of woodcut, monotype and copper plate etching. Combined with drawings in ink, charcoal and earth pigment, the print process becomes a metaphor for human tissue production and cellular forms, which combine with images of wilderness to create biological landscapes.

Complimentary wines for all guests.

www.theexhibitionisthotel.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then

8.15pm to 11.30pm.

Christmas drinks reunion in Wimbledon, London SW19.

Yearly meet up with some of the folks i worked with in the 1980s and 1990s.

We all have a few more grey hairs than a year ago.

Around 15 of us here and it was great to see everyone











Monday 03 December 2018...I went to two events tonight...

I went to two events related to London Art Week.

Over 30 galleries are having private view drinks parties tonight prior to their auctions.

7pm to 9.15pm

CHRISTIES - private view - 8 King Street, St James's, London SW1.

A big event as over 500 smartly dressed older guests here at this well known gallery.

Ex politician Michael Heseltine was here.Heseltine served as a Member of Parliament from 1966 to 2001, and was a prominent figure in the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major, including serving as Deputy Prime Minister under the latter.

David Linley was here (2nd Earl of Snowdon and son of Princess Margaret).

Lots of great art on display.

Complimentary Taittenger champers, Negronis, vodka cocktails, wines and tasty canapés.

www.christies.com

Visit the Christies website here for more info.

then

9.20pm to 11.45pm

COLNAGHI - private view - 26 Bury Street, St James's, London SW1.

This Italian gallery always has a later finish than the other galleries.

Around 200 guests here with many like me who were at Christies earlier.

Lots of great art on display.

Complimentary Heidsieck Monopole champers, gin cocktails, wines, beers and Italian canapés.

www.colnaghi.com

Visit the Colnaghi website here for more info.











Monday 03 December 2018.

Happy Birthday to rock legend OZZY OSBOURNE who is 70 today.

His wife Sharon is holding a big party for him in Los Angeles.









Sunday 02 December 2018.

FIREBALL - Fuelling The Fire Tour live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Flogging Molly, The Bronx, Face to Face, Lost In Stereo, These Five Years.

Flogging Molly are an Irish-American seven-piece Celtic punk band from Los Angeles, California and led by Irish vocalist Dave King, formerly of the hard rock band Fastway. They are signed to their own record label, Borstal Beat Records.

Prior to forming Flogging Molly, Dublin-born Dave King was the lead singer for heavy metal band Fastway featuring guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke of Motörhead and bassist Pete Way of UFO in the early to mid '80s.

I saw him singing with Fastway a couple of times in the 1980s.

Flogging Molly have released six albums over the past 20 years.

The official video for their track 'Drunken Lullabies' has had over 11 million views on YouTube.

The Bronx is an American punk rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 2002.

The Bronx have released five studio albums.

Face to Face is a punk rock band from Victorville, California, formed in 1991.

Face to Face have released ten studio albums.

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This was the first of two shows at this venue on their European Tour.

Often i mention high prices some bands and promoters charge fans for gigs but this was the other way

as punters get five bands for a bargain £18 including ticket fees.

The tour is sponsored by drinks brand FIREBALL.

They give out free shots, t-shirts and caps throughout the evening.

The first two bands were up and coming from the UK and the three main bands were from America.

A skater type punk crowd with many wearing sneakers and skinny black jeans.

The crowd got very lively with plenty of moshing for the three headline bands.

THESE FIVE YEARS arrived on stage at 6.10pm and played for 20 mins.

Very young band start their set just 10 mins after the doors open.

A decent set including tracks from their debut EP.

LOST IN STEREO arrived on stage at 6.45pm and played for 30 mins.

Another young band who played a decent set of pop-punk.

They were crowned Fireball’s Hottest Band of 2018.

FACE TO FACE arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played for 45 mins.

It got sweaty and messy front of stage as pop-punk fans danced around and crowd surfed.

The first of the three older bands who have had plenty of albums released.

THE BRONX arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played for 55 mins.

Pop punk rockers The Bronx have a few fans with band t-shirts dotted around.

A few songs in and the singer jumped in the crowd without security for two songs

as he was squashed in between fans, but it looked pretty amazing.

One of their albums came out on Def Jam...another good and very lively set.

FLOGGING MOLLY arrived on stage at 9.45pm and played for 75 mins.

Flogging Molly were the only band not really pop-punk as they were more Celtic punk

as they had electric fiddle, accordion and tin whistle in their line-up.

A very similar atmosphere to a Pogues gig as fans are all having a crazy jig on the floor.

All the classic drinking songs were played with love and pride. “Drunken Lullabies' and “Devil’s Dance Flour”

were both oldies that were highlights and they played some good new album tracks too.

The band are fully rehearsed after a South American tour as their last gig was in Mexico.

Outro song was all the band singing with the crowd Monty Pythons 'Always Look On The Bright Side of Life'.

An enjoyable evening.







Saturday 01 December 2018...3pm to 5pm...

READING 2 STOKE CITY 2

The first half was a bit average until Reading scored at they end of it.

The referee was a bit harsh on Reading a couple of times.

Mo Barrow scored in stoppage time to give struggling Reading a point against Stoke City.

A wonderful volley from Tom Ince looked set to give the visitors a second successive win before Barrow's first goal of the season earned a vital point for Paul Clement's side.









Friday 30 November 2018.

HEAVEN 17 live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Although their biggest tracks were recorded in the 1980s they did not play live much in that decade,

but i have seen them a couple of times more recently.

Sheffield trio Heaven 17 are set to perform their acclaimed album, The Luxury Gap, in a much awaited 35th anniversary celebration tour. The album’s post-modern, cunning critique of society resonated with wide audiences in the 80s and still resonates with many in today's generation.

Heaven 17 had seven Top 40 hits in the UK.

With support from xPropaganda feat. Claudia Brücken and Susanne Freytag.

Propaganda had three Top 40 hits in the UK.

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Like last night this venue is pretty much sold out apart from a few unsold seats up in Level 3.

xPropaganda arrived on stage on stage at 7.30pm and played for 40 mins.

The two girls are still looking good and they finish with their great hit track 'Duel'.

xPropaganda full setlist played tonight...

Jewel

The Murder Of Love

p:Machinery

Sorry for Laughing (Josef K cover)

Frozen Faces

Dr. Mabuse

Duel

HEAVEN 17 arrived on stage at 8.40pm and played for 1 hour 50 mins.

Only two sets of keyboards on stage tonight with no guitars, bass or drums.

Martin Ware has his own set and a foxy blonde in a tight black jumpsuit added some glamour.

The sound was fantastic throughout the evening, with a nice dance vibe.

The first half of the set was their album 'The Luxury Gap' in track order.

Martin Ware was in the first incarnation of Human League so there were three of

their early tracks played in the set including a fab 'Being Boiled'.

Two female backing vocalists excelled on tracks like their big hit 'Temptation'.

A perfect cover version of David Bowies 'Lets Dance' was an encore.

A great show, much better than expected.

Full Heaven 17 setlist played tonight...

THE LUXURY GAP album played in full.

Crushed By the Wheels of Industry

Who'll Stop the Rain

Let Me Go

Key to the World

Temptation

Come Live With Me

Lady Ice and Mr Hex

We Live So Fast

The Best Kept Secret

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Circus of Death (The Human League cover)

Crow and a Baby (The Human League cover)

Being Boiled (The Human League cover)

(We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang

I'm Your Money

Play to Win

Penthouse and Pavement

Encore:

When Your Heart Runs Out of Time (with Claudia Brücken)

Let's Dance (David Bowie cover)

Temptation (1992 Version)







Friday 30 November 2018.

Happy Birthday to BILLY IDOL who is 63 today.







Thursday 29 November 2018.

STARSAILOR live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of their album ' Silence Is Easy'.

They will be playing the album in its entirety (plus a few other hits) accompanied by a string section.

I first saw Starsailor a couple of times in 2001 and have seen them a few times after.

'Silence Is Easy' is the second studio album by Starsailor, released in September 2003 on EMI.

The album contains some of the last productions by Phil Spector before his murder conviction and imprisonment in 2009.

It was certified gold in the UK in 2003.

Starsailor have had 10 x Top 40 hits in the UK.

With support from Chris Helme and Tom Speight.

Chris Helme is an English singer-songwriter, formerly the frontman of John Squire's post- Stone Roses band

The Seahorses.

Tom Speight has had a two-year break from music for emergency surgery and a lengthy rehabilitation process after being diagnosed with Crohn's disease.

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TOM SPEIGHT arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played for 30 mins.

The singer-songwriter was backed by a female keyboard player.

Some decent songs played including new single 'Strangers Now'.

Halfway through his set he pulled off a nice stunt by going on to the floor standing area

and playing a song with the crowd around him using their mobiles for lighting.

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

The singer-songwriter played a good set that featured a few Seahorses oldies and a great cover

of Faces 'Ooh La La'.

Full Chris Helme setlist played tonight...

Hello (The Seahorses song)

You Can Talk to Me (The Seahorses song)

Ooh La La (Faces cover)

Love is the Law (The Seahorses song)

Blinded by the Sun (The Seahorses song)

Five to One (The Doors cover)

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A nice buzz by the time Starsailor go on stage as the venue is pretty much nearly full.

Legendary live music booking agent John Giddings is here as he books Starsailor and many other acts

including U2, Iggy Pop, Madonna, Spice Girls, Genesis etc and The Isle Of Wight Festival.

STARSAILOR arrived on stage at 9.10pm and played for 1 hour 40 mins.

The first batch of songs are the 'Silence is Easy' album in full track order.

They are backed by a six piece string section on most songs who sound great.

Singer James Walsh must be one the most laid back singers out there.

Plenty of their great hits including ' Alcoholic', 'Silence Is Easy ', ' Four To The Floor ' ,

'Poor Misguided Fool', 'In The Crossfire', 'Lullaby' and encore 'Good Souls' could all fall within the

‘oh yes, I remember that but didn’t know who it was'.

A very enjoyable show.

Full Starsailor setlist played tonight...

Music Was Saved

Fidelity

Some of Us

Silence Is Easy

Telling Them

Sharkfood

Bring My Love

White Dove

Four To The Floor

Born Again

Restless Heart

Tell Me It's Not Over

Alcoholic

Poor Misguided Fool

In The Crossfire

Lullaby

Best Of Me

Tie Up My Hands

Encore:

Good Souls









Wednesday 28 November 2018...8pm to 10pm...

EUFA Champions League at Wembley Stadium.

SPURS 1 INTER MILAN 0

A fantastic tense atmosphere as Spurs needed a win.

Massive celebrations as Spurs scored 10 mins from the end.

We are up in Level 5 as usual and there are many Inter Milan fans up here but there is no trouble.

Christian Eriksen came off the bench to score a late winner for Tottenham against Inter Milan at Wembley and keep alive their hopes of reaching the Champions League knockout stage going into their final game at Barcelona.

Spurs needed the win to retain any hope of emerging from Group B into the last 16 and for long spells it looked like their ambitions would flounder on the rock of the Italian side's resilient defence.

Harry Winks struck the bar and Jan Vertonghen headed wide as Spurs pressed but it took the introduction of Eriksen to make the crucial breakthrough as he was the beneficiary of good work by Moussa Sissoko and Dele Alli to score at the far post with 10 minutes left.







Wednesday 28 November 2018.

MICK JAGGER was in Paris Wednesday evening to watch PSG play Liverpool.

He chose that over Paul McCartney who played Paris the same night.







Tuesday 27 November 2018...I went to three events today...

12.45pm to 4.30pm

WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR at BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London W1.

Around 150 guests here at the nice HQ of the British Film and Television Industry.

BBC Sports presenter John Inverdale is our host today.

We had a panel discussion that included Nick Hornby (won it with Fever Pitch in 1992).

Also video footage of winners from the past 30 years on the big screen.

141 titles were entered and the judges have decided on a 7 book shortlist.

Titles about boxing, darts, football, golf, rugby, swimming and the Olympic Games are on the shortlist for this year’s £30,000 William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award.

Seven books are shortlisted for the prize, which turns 30 this year, including Tiger Woods by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian (Simon & Schuster), which is a biography of the champion golfer, and Paul Gibson’s biography of boxer Eamonn Magee, entitled The Lost Soul of Eamonn Magee (Mercier Press). They are joined by the memoir The Boy on the Shed by footballer Paul Ferris (Hodder & Stoughton) and Tom Gregory’s debut A Boy in the Water (Particular Books), about how Gregory become the youngest person to swim the English Channel in 1988, aged just 11.

Also on the shortlist are Sevens Heaven: The Beautiful Chaos of Fiji’s Olympic Dream by Ben Ryan (Weidenfeld & Nicolson), Fear and Loathing on the Oche: A Gonzo Journey Through the World of Championship Darts by King ADZ (Yellow Jersey), and Berlin 1936: Sixteen Days in August by Oliver Hilmes (The Bodley Head).

JOINT WINNERS WERE...

The William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award has been shared for the first time in its 30-year history with A Boy in the Water, Tom Gregory’s charming coming-of-age story about being the youngest person to swim the Channel, sharing the £30,000 prize with The Lost Soul of Eamonn Magee, an unflinching biography of the Belfast boxer by Paul D Gibson.

The co-founder of the award, Graham Sharpe said six judges had found it impossible to separate Gregory and Gibson’s books despite heated debate that went on long past midnight. “In the 30 years since launching the award we have occasionally considered, but never ultimately awarded, a dead heat,” he said. “But the judges found it impossible to separate these two jointly deserving but very different books.”

Any of the seven books shortlisted would make an ideal Christmas present.

Complimentary Taittenger champers reception for an hour or so then wines , beers and tasty canapés.

All guests got a goodie bag with a couple of books inside.

Wikipedia has a full list of previous winners from the past 30 years.

www.williamhillplc.com

Visit the William Hill website here for more info.

then

6.45pm to 9pm

OLGA'S EGG by SOPHIE LAW - book launch party - Bonham's, New Bond Street, London W1.

Around 150 guests here with a mix of English and Russian.

There is Russian art and jewellery on display as there is an auction the following day.

Complimentary Pol Roger champers and canapés for all guests.

All guests got a goodie bag with a signed copy of the book and a Faberge candle inside.

What the publisher says about the book...

Set in today's glamorous world of Russian art with glimpses into the lives of the last Romanovs

as their empire crumbled in the wake of the Russian Revolution.

Olga's Egg is an enthralling tale of love, family secrets and the artistic treasures that conceal them.

www.faberge.com

Visit the Faberge website here for more info.

then

9.15pm to 11.30pm

QUAGLINO'S CHRISTMAS PARTY - 16 Bury Street, St James's, London SW1.

Quaglino's was one of the first celebrity restaurant's in London as it was founded by Giovanni Quaglino in 1929.

A big crowd as over 300 guests have taken over all of this venue.

We have a live funky soul band playing 30 mins of cover versions.

Complimentary Nyetimber English sparking wines, three different cocktails, wines, beers and lots

of bowl food and canapés.

www.quaglinos-restaurant.co.uk

Visit the Quaglino's website here for more info.









Monday 26 November 2018.

IDLES’ album, ' Joy as an Act of Resistance ' has topped the list of 6 Music Recommends: Albums of the Year, as announced on Shaun Keaveny’s BBC Radio 6 Music Breakfast Show this morning.







Monday 26 Nov 2018.

I bought this stunning single when it first came out 42 years ago today.

"Anarchy in the U.K." by The Sex Pistols. It was released as the band's debut single on 26 November 1976 and was later featured on their superb album, "Never Mind the Bollocks".

I was aged 17 and a bit...they were the perfect band at the perfect time...

The record still sounds incredible today...imagine the impact it had back in 1976...

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Happy Birthday to TINA TURNER who is 79 today.

Tonight on BBC1 at 10.45pm is a new interview with her.

A nice bit of promotion for her autobiography 'My Love Story ' that came out last month.

I have seen Tina Turner live several tines including headlining Hammersmith Odeon with Ike Turner in 1974

and headlining Wembley Stadium in 2000.









Saturday 24 November 2018...5.30pm to 7.30pm...

SPURS 3 CHELSEA 1...at Wembley Stadium.

We were again upstairs in Level 5.

A few empty blocks up here but still a huge crowd of 55,465.

Chelsea's unbeaten start to the season came crashing down after an impressive Tottenham win at Wembley.

Dele Alli opened the scoring for the hosts after just seven minutes with a flicked header at the near post.

Harry Kane doubled Spurs' lead when he found the bottom corner after Chelsea let him shoot from distance.

Son Heung-min made it 3-0 early in the second half after the Korean winger produced a sensational solo goal.

Olivier Giroud came off the bench to score a late consolation for Chelsea with a powerful header late on.

Spurs now move above Chelsea in the league table.









Friday 23 November 2018.

THE DAMNED + JOHNNY MOPED live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

British punk rock icons The Damned are playing another UK tour for their Tony Visconti

produced album 'Evil Spirits'.

I have seen The Damned play over 30 times...including 10 times in 1977 alone...

I was at their special 40th anniversary show at The Royal Albert Hall in 2016.

The Damned still feature two original members - Dave Vanian and Captain Sensible.

Other members in the band include Paul Gray on bass who was an original member of

Eddie and the Hot Rods and has had previous stints playing with The Damned.

Support act is Johnny Moped.

Johnny Moped became one of the pioneering punk bands that played live in the first few months of London’s now-legendary Roxy Club in early 1977.

I saw them play four times in 1977/1978 including twice when they supported The Damned in 1977.

Chrissie Hynde and Captain Sensible were in the band before their respective big name band success.

A documentary about the band,' Basically, Johnny Moped' , premiered in September 2013.

I saw this documentary which is well worth seeing.

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A punk rock gig so plenty of people here that i know tonight.

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

Johnny Moped takes to the stage in his trademark sleeveless and studded leather biker jacket.

Johnny started playing gigs again a few years ago after a lengthy break.

I suppose he never had the quality of the other bands back in 1977 but great to see him live again.

Johnny ended his set with "Hard Lovin’ Man" which appeared on the hit various artists album

'Live at the Roxy WC2' (Harvest Records, 1977).

THE DAMNED arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 1 hour 45 mins.

Lots of fans jumping around front of stage as you would imagine.

Chants of "Sensibles a wanker" ring out but it's a term of endearment here.

Dave Vanian still has his gothic vampire look with slicked back jet black hair.

Lots of tracks from their recent album played along with pure punk classics including

'Love Song', 'New Rose' , 'Neat Neat Neat' and 'Smash it Up'.

The band put on Christmas hats for the last three songs.

A great show.

Full Damned setlist played tonight...

We’re So Nice

Born to Kill

Democracy?

Wait for the Blackout

Lively Arts

Silly Kids Games

Standing on the Edge of Tomorrow

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Stranger on the Town

Devil in Disguise

The History of the World (Part 1)

I Don’t Care

Alone Again Or (Love cover)

Love Song

1 of the 2

New Rose

Neat Neat Neat

Encore:

Curtain Call

Ignite

Encore 2:

There Ain't No Sanity Clause

Smash it Up

Encore 3:

Anti-Pope









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News and Reviews: 27th November 2018

Monday 26 Nov 2018.

I bought this stunning single when it first came out 42 years ago today.

"Anarchy in the U.K." by The Sex Pistols. It was released as the band's debut single on 26 November 1976 and was later featured on their superb album, "Never Mind the Bollocks".

I was aged 17 and a bit...they were the perfect band at the perfect time...

The record still sounds incredible today...imagine the impact it had back in 1976...

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Happy Birthday to TINA TURNER who is 79 today.

Tonight on BBC1 at 10.45pm is a new interview with her.

A nice bit of promotion for her autobiography 'My Love Story ' that came out last month.

I have seen Tina Turner live several tines including headlining Hammersmith Odeon with Ike Turner in 1974

and headlining Wembley Stadium in 2000.









Saturday 24 November 2018...5.30pm to 7.30pm...

SPURS 3 CHELSEA 1...at Wembley Stadium.

We were again upstairs in Level 5.

A few empty blocks up here but still a huge crowd of 55,465.

Chelsea's unbeaten start to the season came crashing down after an impressive Tottenham win at Wembley.

Dele Alli opened the scoring for the hosts after just seven minutes with a flicked header at the near post.

Harry Kane doubled Spurs' lead when he found the bottom corner after Chelsea let him shoot from distance.

Son Heung-min made it 3-0 early in the second half after the Korean winger produced a sensational solo goal.

Olivier Giroud came off the bench to score a late consolation for Chelsea with a powerful header late on.

Spurs now move above Chelsea in the league table.









Friday 23 November 2018.

THE DAMNED + JOHNNY MOPED live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

British punk rock icons The Damned are playing another UK tour for their Tony Visconti

produced album 'Evil Spirits'.

I have seen The Damned play over 30 times...including 10 times in 1977 alone...

I was at their special 40th anniversary show at The Royal Albert Hall in 2016.

The Damned still feature two original members - Dave Vanian and Captain Sensible.

Other members in the band include Paul Gray on bass who was an original member of

Eddie and the Hot Rods and has had previous stints playing with The Damned.

Support act is Johnny Moped.

Johnny Moped became one of the pioneering punk bands that played live in the first few months of London’s now-legendary Roxy Club in early 1977.

I saw them play four times in 1977/1978 including twice when they supported The Damned in 1977.

Chrissie Hynde and Captain Sensible were in the band before their respective big name band success.

A documentary about the band,' Basically, Johnny Moped' , premiered in September 2013.

I saw this documentary which is well worth seeing.

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A punk rock gig so plenty of people here that i know tonight.

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

Johnny Moped takes to the stage in his trademark sleeveless and studded leather biker jacket.

Johnny started playing gigs again a few years ago after a lengthy break.

I suppose he never had the quality of the other bands back in 1977 but great to see him live again.

Johnny ended his set with "Hard Lovin’ Man" which appeared on the hit various artists album

'Live at the Roxy WC2' (Harvest Records, 1977).

THE DAMNED arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 1 hour 45 mins.

Lots of fans jumping around front of stage as you would imagine.

Chants of "Sensibles a wanker" ring out but it's a term of endearment here.

Dave Vanian still has his gothic vampire look with slicked back jet black hair.

Lots of tracks from their recent album played along with pure punk classics including

'Love Song', 'New Rose' , 'Neat Neat Neat' and 'Smash it Up'.

The band put on Christmas hats for the last three songs.

A great show.

Full Damned setlist played tonight...

We’re So Nice

Born to Kill

Democracy?

Wait for the Blackout

Lively Arts

Silly Kids Games

Standing on the Edge of Tomorrow

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Stranger on the Town

Devil in Disguise

The History of the World (Part 1)

I Don’t Care

Alone Again Or (Love cover)

Love Song

1 of the 2

New Rose

Neat Neat Neat

Encore:

Curtain Call

Ignite

Encore 2:

There Ain't No Sanity Clause

Smash it Up

Encore 3:

Anti-Pope









Thursday 22 November 2018...I went to three events tonight...

5.30pm to 6.40pm

MOUNT STREET Christmas Lights and The Connaught Christmas Tree Switch On -

Mount Street, Mayfair, London W1.

Around 1000 guests here on this posh Mayfair street full of top quality designer stores and Scott's restaurant.

Buzzcocks guitarist STEVE DIGGLE was a random sighting here.

Upmarket Mayfair hotel The Connaught unveiled their new tree, designed by conceptual artist and Royal Academician Sir Michael Craig-Martin. Craig-Martin is best known for his work The Oak Tree, which hangs proudly in the National Gallery of Australia.

Standing nine metres tall on Carlos Place, the giant Norway spruce is adorned with 12,000 bulbs that, for the next month or so, will constantly change colour, glow and fade throughout the night.

Sir Michael Craig-Martin switched the lights on at 6.30pm.

This is the fourth Christmas collaboration with an artist for the luxury hotel, which has previously worked with Tracey Emin, Sir Anthony Gormley and Damien Hirst.

The Connaught spoilt guests with free mulled wine, mince pies and hot chocolate. Nearby, Mount Street switched on their Christmas lights in unison with the hotel, celebrating with a street party.

Among the festivities were live DJs, Christian Louboutin , Creed and Linda Farrow were serving champagne in store.

Other stores handing out complimentary drinks and mince pies etc.

Estate agents Carter Jonas were giving out decent goodie bags.

then

6.45pm to 8.30pm

PURDEY Awards For Game and Conservation, 57-58 South Audley Street, Mayfair, London W1.

Very handy that this store is located at the end of Mount Street where we were earlier.

Around 150 guests here in this historic country clothing and antique rifle store.

A dozen awards were handed out from 7.15pm to 7.45pm to shooting estates.

English cricket legend DAVID GOWER handed out the awards.

Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers,gin n tonics, wines and canapés for all guests.

www.purdey.com

Visit the Purdey website here for the list of winners.

then

8.45pm to 10.30pm

SOUTH KOREA TOURISM - showcase - Ham Yard Hotel, Soho, London W1.

Around 150 guests in the private area of this hotel where they have a two lanes of bowling and karaoke.

There are pictures and videos and brochures here promoting South Korea and speeches.

There is a full complimentary buffet on tables including some lovely salmon...also wines and beers.

At 9.30pm there was a business card raffle for five prizes with the main one a return flight to South Korea.

Sadly i was not a winner.

All guests got a decent goodie bag on departure.

www.gokorea.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info











Wednesday 21 November 2018...I went to two events tonight...

6pm to 7.45pm

NARNIA TERRACE - launch party - at Bluebird, 350 Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW3.

Narnia comes to the King's Road with the arrival of three new heated wooden chalets on the

Bluebird Chelsea's courtyard this winter.

We are outside in the courtyard but there are plenty of heaters keeping the 150 guests warm.

There is a female dj playing some tunes in the background.

Complimentary vodka cocktails, gin cocktails, mulled wines, Peroni beers, canapes and mince pies.

www.bluebird-restaurant.co.uk

Visit the Bluebird website here for more info.

then

8.15pm to 11.15pm

TACO BELL - launch party - 100 King Street, Hammersmith , London W6.

Taco Bell is an American chain of fast food restaurants based out of Irvine, California and a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc. The restaurants serve a variety of Tex-Mex foods that include tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, novelty and specialty items, and a variety of "value menu" items. As of 2018, Taco Bell serves more than 2 billion customers each year at 7,000 restaurants, more than 80 percent of which are owned and operated by independent franchisees and licensees.

Taco Bell opens a restaurant at 100 King Street in Hammersmith, two decades after closing its site at Leicester Square.

A bit odd that they have not been in London at all for that amount of time.

This is the first of three openings in London this month, although they have many outlets across the UK.

Around 70 or 80 guests here including the Indian owners who have their Bentleys parked outside.

Complimentary spirits and mixers along with prosecco and pints of lager and different soft drinks.

We had a selection of tacos and burritos which were nice but the fries were tasteless.

Desserts included some nice classic churros with chocolate or caramel.

The staff were great as they fussed over all guests as they brought food to your table.

There was a dj playing tunes and there was a fun photo booth here.

At 10pm the owners and their friends started doing a bit of 'Bhangra dad dancing' which was good fun.

The venue is five minutes from Hammersmith Apollo so easy to pop in their before a gig there.

Cheap tacos are its speciality (in the US it’s known for its ‘dollar menu’) and here it’ll be doing a sweet Tuesday deal where you get a single taco and a beer for just £2. The first Taco Bell location will be in Hammersmith, but more branches are due to open before Christmas in Holborn, Fulham and Croydon.

All guests got a goodie bag with a Taco Bell umbrella and hot and cold food to take away.

Amazingly it was still going strong at 11.15pm when we departed.











Tuesday 20 November 2018....6.30pm to 10pm...

ROSEWOOD HOTEL CHRISTMAS PARTY, Holborn, London WC1.

Around 500 guests at this annual party.

Opera singer Katherine Jenkins was here with her husband.

Always nice to be at this luxury hotel as it brings back memories of the great BAFTA parties

that disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein used to throw here.

The weather is rain all day so the event has been moved indoors from the courtyard.

At 7.50pm Take That singer GARY BARLOW took to the stage to sing three Take That hits.

1.Greatest Day

2.Back for Good

3.Rule the World

All three songs had the crowd singing along, shame he did not play a bit longer.

The backing band here that Take That use are also the backing band for Jeff Lynne's ELO.

At 8.30pm there was a nice fireworks display in the courtyard....it was still raining.

Complimentary Ruinart champers, different cocktails, wines, mulled wine, beers, canapés,

bowls of steak n dumplings, pork n apple sauce buns, toffee apples, hot chocolate etc.

This event is always a great party.









Tuesday 20 November 2018.

Fact of the day.

Lady Gaga's debut album The Fame, which turns 10 in 2019, has reached a huge milestone in the UK, passing 3 million combined sales across physical, downloads, and streams – which makes it 10-times platinum!









Monday 19 November 2018.

GARY NUMAN WITH SKAPARIS ORCHESTRA live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Part of a seven date UK orchestra tour by Gary Numan.

I have seen Gary Numan over 25 times since 1980.

He was a regular when i worked front stage security at Hammersmith Odeon in the 1980s when

he would play two or three nights there on each tour rather than play a night at Wembley Arena.

British electro pioneer Gary Numan makes his Royal Albert Hall debut this year, with The Skaparis Orchestra!

In 2017 Numan released Savage: Songs From A Broken World, and earned the best reviews of his career, entering the UK charts at No.2. This show will feature songs drawn not only from his highly successful Savage album, but also key songs from his vast back catalogue.

Support act is Chris Payne, who was Gary Numan former band keyboard/viola player.

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CHRIS PAYNE was the support act and i saw 30 mins of his set.

Great to see that Gary Numan has invited an ex band mate to support him.

It was mainly keyboard instrumentals but ended with a nice cover of 'Fade to Grey' where he was

joined by another ex band mate of Gary Numan from the 1980s - Russell Webb.

Gary Numan has some of the most loyal fans in music and chants of "Numan , Numan, Numan"

ring out from the crowd all through the interval and between songs in Gary's set.

GARY NUMAN arrived on stage at 8.35pm and played for 2 hours 10 mins.

Around 30 musicians on stage when you add band and orchestra members together.

There was a big screen showing pre-recorded images along with nice lights and lasers.

Gary and the band are dressed in caveman type cloth along with warpaint stripes on their faces.

A nice big hypnotic sound when the synth keyboards and the orchestra are at full tilt.

Older anthems like 'Down In The Park' and 'Are Friends Electric ' are mega but as he is featuring recent

material there is no room for classics like 'Cars' , 'We Are Glass' and '' I Die, You Die'.

Some of the newer songs sounded a bit samey but it was good Gary playing new material.

As it was the first time Gary has played this iconic venue he said "it's the best night of his life".

A great show.

Full Gary Numan setlist played tonight...

Ghost Nation

Metal

Bed of Thorns

Films

Everything Comes Down to This

Pray for the Pain You Serve

Down in the Park

Broken

Splinter

Here in the Black

My Name Is Ruin (performed with his daughter Persia)

Jagged

Mercy

My Breathing (performed with his daughter Persia)

Are 'Friends' Electric?

Encore:

This Wreckage

The End of Things

A Prayer for the Unborn

It Will End Here

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I was sitting right of stage, a couple of rows behind SEX PISTOLS drummer Paul Cook and his wife.

They were with Paul's band mate from The Professionals , Chris McCormack who played with

Gary Numan from 2006 to 2009.

Paul Cooks wife Jeni showed me a great picture of her with Gary Numan in 1980.

I asked Paul "any chance of one or two UK shows by Generation Sex" and he replied " very unlikely".









Sunday 18 November 2018...2pm to 4pm...

ENGLAND 2 CROATIA 1...at Wembley Stadium.

We are up in Level 5 again.

A few empty seats but it's pretty much a 85,000 capacity for this important game.

All seats have a free Three Lions flag on it for ticket holders.

A great second half comeback by England after going a goal down.

Two late goals, from substitute Jesse Lingard and captain Harry Kane, rescued three vital points which meant Gareth Southgate’s side took top spot in Group 4 ahead of Spain and World Cup runners-up Croatia.

England secure their place in the semi-finals of the competition and relegate their opponents.











Saturday 17 November 2018.

MARYLA RODOWICZ live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Maryla Rodowicz is a Polish singer and actress who is very well known back in Poland.

Now aged 72 her career has spanned around 50 Years.

The singer's body of work comprises over 600 recorded songs, with over 20 Polish albums as well as albums in English, Czech, German and Russian.

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Maryla plays to her ex-pats who are now living in London.

There are 1500 here tonight which is pretty good going.

Polish acts can easily headline Shepherds Bush Empire and The Forum these days.

We have two other acts tonight supporting her.

MEE AND THE BAND arrive on stage at 6.50pm and play for 45 mins.

They had some big headwear and dancers on some songs.

The tracks were pretty average.

During the intervals we have dance competitions and karaoke competitions.

The bars are doing a roaring trade as the crowd are knocking the booze back.

CLEO arrives on stage at 7.50pm and plays for 60 mins.

Cleo is a Polish singer who has represented Poland at Eurovision.

A more Poppy sound that including a few recent chart cover hits.

MARYLA RODOWICZ arrived on stage at 9.10pm and played for 90 mins.

Maryla is aged 72 but looks much younger with her blonde wig.

She has a full band and two female backing singers.

During a couple of songs she invited male fans onstage for a dance and it appears to be a custom

for Polish blokes to take their tops off when they have had a few drinks, to big cheers from the crowd.

Most of the songs had a type of Eurovision waltzing pop sound that got the crowd to sway along to.

All her songs were in Polish.

It was all decent enough and the crowd loved it.







Friday 16 November 2018.

U2 are still pulling in massive crowds and dollars.

U2 have wrapped up their “Experience + Innocence: Tour,” which ended Nov. 13 after six months grossing some $126 million over 59 sold-out performances in 30 arenas in the U.S. and Europe.







Thursday 15 November 2018...8pm to 10pm..

ENGLAND 3 USA 0 at Wembley Stadium.

Wayne Rooney to get his 120th cap for his contribution to the National Team.

Harry Kane will hand the captains armband over to Wayne Rooney in the second half.

Wayne Rooney is the top goalscorer for England with 53 goals scored.

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Over 65,000 here including some 10,000 free tickets to community groups and charities.

An easy win for England.

Jesse Lingard opened the scoring on 26 minutes after curling a right-footed effort into the top corner.

Liverpool right back Trent Alexander-Arnold soon doubled the lead with his first strike for the Three Lions.

Callum Wilson marked his debut with a goal in the second half to seal a straightforward victory for the hosts.

Wayne Rooney was brought on in the 58th minute but couldn't quite seal his final appearance with a goal.

Wayne came very close to scoring at the end but it was not to be.

Rooney was given a guard of honour before the game as he entered the Wembley pitch with his family.

Usain Bolt was introduced to the crowd at half-time.

The night before this game, Usain Bolt attended the launch party for his Caribbean restaurant in East London.











Thursday 15 November 2018.

Happy Birthday to PETULA CLARK who is 86 today.









Wednesday 14 November 2018...I went to three events tonight...

3.45pm to 5pm

THE EUROPEAN PIZZA AND PASTA SHOW at Olympia, London W14.

This was Day 2 of this three day event for Trade and Press.

Most of the stands and suppliers were from Italy so lots of tasty slices of pizza being given out

along with with some pasta and tastings of Italian wines,beers and ice-cream.

Wood fired ovens on display and there was a pizza vending machine where you put your money in

and wait for the pizza to get heated up in 3 minutes and out it comes....it tasted pretty good too...

www.pizzapastashow.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then

5.30pm to 6.30pm

MARYLEBONE HIGH STREET - Christmas Lights Switch-On - London NW1.

This time of year many shopping areas of London have a celebrity switch their lights on.

This one is a bit special as it is done by rock legend ROGER DALTREY who does the honours at 6pm.

There is a nice buzzy atmosphere as over 2000 are here with stores giving out mulled wine and mince pies.

Other stores and stands are donating some of today's takings to The Teenage Cancer Trust.

Then after Rogers welcome speech , The Rock Choir sing a few songs and carols on the stage.

then

7pm to 9pm

THE SAPPHIRE RESIDENCES - presentation- Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London W1.

Over 200 guests at this famous five star hotel.

The Sapphire Residences are in Columbo, Sri Lanka.

From 7.30pm to 7.50pm we have the presentation and a video of the five star complex.

There is nowhere quite like the Sapphire Residences. An exquisite collection of apartments and penthouses boasting uninterrupted panoramic views overlooking the Indian Ocean and the Beira Lake.

Rising majestically between the ocean on one side and Beira Lake on the other, this new residential development awaits the arrival of the world’s most discerning residents. Those with a taste for the finest things in life.

These magnificent homes echo the true spirit of vertical living, built on a heightened level of luxury, comfort, security and privacy for the entire family.

Interiors are co-designed by Yoo and legendary French designer Philippe Starck.

Prices from a million dollars upwards.

The two towers are joined by a sky bridge that has it's own infinity pool.

They are calling it the the "One Hyde Park of South Asia".

It is very luxurious with great views of the beach and the city but why choose here when the country has

political turmoil at the moment and there are many other more glamorous cities.

Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers, wines, beers and lots of very tasty food.

All guests got a goodie bag with GQ and Tatler Magazines inside.

www.sapphireresidences.lk

Visit their website here for more info.







Tuesday 13 November 2018.

GUN CONTROL with me on drums are now up on YouTube.

Check out some footage from our little shindig on 10 Nov 2018.

Go to google and type in exactly as this - YouTube Gun Control At The Rocket 10/11/18

It's done on a phone so not perfect quality but it gives you an idea how it was.







Tuesday 13 November 2018.

Supergroup GENERATION SEX have played a second show.

Sex Pistols members Steve Jones and Paul Cook.

Generation X members Billy Idol and Tony James.

After a surprise show in Los Angeles, a few days after they also played in New York.







Tuesday 13 November 2018...6.30pm to 9pm...

SKATE AT SOMERSET HOUSE - launch party - Strand, London WC2.

From 14 November, Somerset House heralds the start of the festive season as its neoclassical courtyard transforms into the capital’s quintessential winter destination.

The signature 40ft Christmas tree welcomes visitors to Skate at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason where unique experiences for all ages await, from learning the art of skating at Skate School, to discovering new music at Skate Lates. Off the ice, guests can relax in the comfort of the alpine-inspired restaurant Fortnum’s Lodge, whilst the Fortnum’s Christmas Arcade offers an array of gifts for festive shoppers. From a warming morning coffee, to a special date night or after-work drinks, Somerset House’s atmospheric setting and central location forms the perfect place for friends and family to enjoy the winter season.

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A big crowd of around 500 guests here with many getting their skates on.

A few celebrity faces including Gary Kemp (Spandau Ballet/Nick Mason Band).

Also Donna Air, Alastair Guy, Christopher Kane, Tamara Beckwith, Keith Allen, Georgia Toffolo ,

Sam Rollinson ,Gavin Turk, Kelly Hoppen, Lady Wilnelia Forsyth, Lisa Snowdon, Pips Taylor and

Nick Ferrari, Fortnum & Mason boss Ewan Venters.

We had a few songs from the DREAMGIRLS show which is on The Savoy Theatre until 12 Jan 2019.

Complimentary champers, Bellinis, wines, mulled wine, hot chocolate , burgers and tasty small plates of food.

Also my first mince pies of the season.

All guests got a nice Fortnum & Mason goodie bag with items including a box of Sea Salted Caramel Truffles,

Tin of Biscuits, Jam and Tin of Spiced Green Tea.

www.somersethouse.org.uk

Visit their website for more info and to buy tickets.









Monday 12 November 2018.

MC50 (MC5) + Michael Monroe live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

MC50/MC5 celebrate 50 years of their classic American garage rock.

Original member Wayne Kramer has enlisted a core band of musicians hailing from different, yet simpatico backgrounds for MC50: Kim Thayil (Soundgarden, Audioslave); Marcus Durant (Zen Guerilla); Billy Gould (Faith No More); and Brendan Canty (Fugazi).

I saw them play The 100 Club several years ago but they don't play the UK that often.

They had a 30 year hiatus with only a few shows played in America in that time.

Get there early as support act Michael Monroe (ex Hanoi Rocks singer) is great live.

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My kind of garage punk gig as lots of folks here that i know.

I spotted punk rock band The Ruts and Stiff Records singer Jona Lewis here.

Level 3 is closed but a much bigger gig for them this time due to the MC50 all-star band.

MICHAEL MONROE arrived on stage 7.45pm and played for 45 mins.

Michael Monroe is now aged 56 but his skinny blonde frame is a non stop energetic whizz.

He jumped into the crowd a few times at the front and played at bit of sax.

A 45 mins set with 12 songs crammed in.

Loads of his best tunes played in a great set.

Full Michael Monroe setlist played tonight...

Ballad of the Lower East Side

Trick of the Wrist

Malibu Beach Nightmare (Hanoi Rocks song)

Old King's Road

This Ain't No Love Song

78

Long Way to Go (Alice Cooper cover)

Nothin's Alright (Demolition 23. song)

Hammersmith Palais (Demolition 23. song)

Not Faking It (Nazareth cover)

Up Around the Bend (Creedence Clearwater Revival cover)

Dead, Jail or Rock 'n' Roll

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MC50/MC5 arrived on stage at 9.05pm and played for 85 mins.

The first eight songs are all of their classic 'Kick Out The Jams' album.

MC5’s Kick Out The Jams was recorded live 50 years ago.

While it may not have fame on the scale of contemporaries like the Beatles’ White Album, Kick Out The Jams has continued to be listened to. Their raw, energetic sound and revolutionary political outlook are seen as a major influence on the punk, metal and hardcore that followed.

Joining Kramer in the MC50 line-up are figures from some of the many bands they influenced down the line: Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil on guitar, Faith No More’s Billy Gould on bass, Brendan Canty of Fugazi on drums and, a towering presence in the middle of the stage, big curly haired singer Marcus Durrant, of Zen Guerilla.

This band sound much tighter than the one i saw at The 100 Club.

A great show.

Full MC50 setlist played tonight...

Ramblin' Rose

Kick Out the Jams

Come Together

Rocket Reducer No. 62 (Rama Lama Fa Fa Fa)

Borderline

Motor City Is Burning

I Want You Right Now

Starship

Tonight

Shakin' Street

Future/Now

I Can Only Give You Everything (Them cover)

Call Me Animal

Encore:

Sister Anne (with Michael Monroe on sax)

Let Me Try (with Michael Monroe on sax)

Looking at You











Sunday 11 November 2018.

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY - film

Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody is released – with Rami Malek’s as iconic frontman Freddie Mercury.

Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his bandmates just in time for Live Aid. While bravely facing a recent AIDS diagnosis, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.

All the songs sound fantastic in a cinema and all the actors do a great job.

A very enjoyable film to watch and well worth going to.

It has a running time of 2 hours 14 minutes.

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Remember to visit the Queen pop-up store and lights in Carnaby Street in celebration of the film.

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I was lucky to have seen Freddie Mercury singing with Queen 15 times including the greatest concert

of all time which was Live Aid in 1985.

Queen,U2,Who,Paul McCartney,David Bowie,Status Quo,Boomtown Rats,Style Council,Adam Ant,Bryan Ferry,Spandau Ballet,Howard Jones,Phil Collins,Sting,Elton John,Kiki Dee,Wham,Dire Straits,Paul Young,Alison Moyet,Ultravox,Elvis Costello,Nik Kershaw,Sade Wembley Stadium , London 13.07.1985 The greatest day in live music ever .LIVE AID was a very special day.11 hours of the biggest live acts . Worldwide charity fund raiser . A one off that will never be repeated .









Saturday 10 November 2018.

GUN CONTROL live at The Rocket Pub, Chuchfield Road, Acton, London W3.

My band play their first gig since May 1982 - 36 years ago...

Three out of five original members including me on drums...along with our new singer...

Hopefully our two original members who live in Southend and Gosport can get along on the night.

We still have plans to record a two track 7 inch vinyl single in 2019.

It will be a free gig with our fee being donated to Acton Homeless Concern.

Get to the venue for 8pm for a pre-drink and band on at 9pm and dj sounds from 10pm.

Acton Homeless Concern with be there with a collection bucket for any donations on the night.

A taster comeback set with eight original songs from the early 80s and two cover versions.

Nearest station Acton Central is 50 yards away on London Overground (North London Line) services.

Acton Town tube station is 15 mins walk to The Rocket Pub.

The 207 bus stops 5 mins walk away at Acton Park.

Check the band search in www.raysgigs.com for Gun Control gig list 1980 to 1982.

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Chucking it down with rain all day may have put a couple of folks off from going out but the pub

is nicely full with 70 or 80 in the audience.

My friend Frank who does some great punk art as Mal-One has given us a stunning Gun Control backdrop.

I also have a Gun Control logo on my bass drum.

We are playing on the floor as this venue does not have a proper stage.

Our second guitarist (Bill Gaynor) turns up at 8pm after a delayed drive up from Gosport.

He sets his guitar up and we are now ready to rock.

We have our own PA system and mini sound desk

Great to see so many friends in the crowd, many who saw us in the early 1980s.

GUN CONTROL arrived on stage at 9.15pm and played for around 45 mins.

Great for me to see quality bands every week but you cannot replicate the feeling when people are

clapping and cheering for our own original songs.

All the songs we played tonight, including the covers were in our early 1980s set.

It was thrilling to be playing in front of an audience again.

A little bit of nerves but plenty of excitement too.

It all came together on the night well and the feedback from everyone after was great.

The landlord said it was his busiest night in the two years he has been there.

Straight after the show he said " come back at Christmas and do it again".

A great result for all concerned so a pretty amazing night.

Full 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?

Steppin' Stone ( cover)

Encore :

Teenage Kicks (cover ) (reprise)

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Check out this website for more info on Mal-One punk art.

www.eddielock.co.uk

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Total monies raised for Acton Homeless Concern = £390

Band Fee = 200

Extra donation from landlord due to extra pub takings = 100

Acton Homeless Concern Bucket Collection = 90

(Extra thanks to those who put £10 and £5 notes in the bucket)











Friday 09 November 2018...6.15pm to 9.15pm...

My band GUN CONTROL had a rehearsal session in Park Royal/North Acton.

We ran through the setlist a couple of times.

We are still not perfect...but our punk rock attitude means it doesn't need to be perfect.

Most of the crowd will be friends so hopefully they won't be too harsh on us.

After rehearsals we went for a couple of beers in the pub that we are playing tomorrow night.

See you there....









Friday 09 November 2018.

Another musician has sadly passed away.

Cellist Hugh McDowell, who was best known for his work with ELO and Wizzard throughout the 70s,

has died at the age of 65.

I saw him play live with ELO and Wizzard in the 1970s.









Thursday 08 November 2018...I went to three events tonight...

5pm to 6pm

CARNABY STREET CHRISTMAS PARTY , London W1.

There was a stage set up where a band played 30 mins of Queen cover versions.

Always good to hear classics like 'Killer Queen' and 'Bohemian Rhapsody'.

This was a great pairing to the Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen light installation above our heads.

There was pop-up van giving out complimentary Bacardi cocktails.

then

6.15pm to 9.45pm

PAUL RAYMOND PUBLICATIONS AWARDS 2018 at Cafe de Paris, 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.

The magazines had massive sales in the 1970s and 1980s but sales have declined due to the internet.

Around 400 or 500 guests here including lots of very nice semi-naked females.

The girls were both young and old and much more friendlier than other girls you talk too at parties.

A nice mix of slim girls and plus size girls.

At 6.15pm we had a female string quartet playing which was a bit random for the type of event it was.

At 7pm we had various entertainment from a female comedian , burlesque, pole dancing, fire breather ,

a black male stripper,a rapper performed a few tracks and others.

There were 15 awards handed out.

A full complimentary bar (except champers ) including all sprits it's so i had a few JD n cokes,

also prosecco, wines and beers.

We had a great time here.

then

10pm to 11.45pm

DON QUIXOTE - press night party - Browns Brasserie & Bar, St Martins Lane, London WC2.

This was the party for the theatre first night that was at The Garrick Theatre earlier in the evening.

A big crowd as 400 guests have taken over the entire venue.

Actors David Threlfall and Rufus Hound were here as they have the lead roles.

About Don Quixote...

After a lifetime of reading books on chivalry, one eccentric old man heads off on a rumbustious quest to become a wandering knight accompanied by his faithful and equally ill-suited servant, ‘riotously performed by David Threlfall as Don Quixote and Rufus Hound as Sancho Panza’ (The Times).

Complimentary wines , beers and lots of tasty food including full size burgers, wild salmon,

jumbo Yorkshire sausages with caramelised onions and tubs of Häagen-Dazs ice-cream.













Wednesday 07 November 2018...6.30pm to 9.45pm...

BAFTA BREAKTHROUGH BRITS - reception party - 194 Piccadilly, London SW1.

A big crowd of around 300 guests are at this space below the BAFTA HQ which used to be Barbecoa.

We went to the very nice launch party for Barbecoa steak restaurant which was owned by Jamie Oliver.

It closed earlier this year after only a year in business due to financial problems.

Bond star Gemma Arterton joined fellow judges Stacy Martin and George MacKay at a reception as BAFTA, in partnership with Burberry, unveiled this year's Breakthrough Brits. Tom Hiddelston and Cressida Bonas were among VIP guests at 194 Piccadilly to meet 19 of the UK’s most promising future stars of film, games and television, including actress Jessica Barden, comedian Luisa Omielan and director Daniel Kokotajlo.

At 7.15pm we had a 20 mins presentation of each name along with a clip of their work on the screens.

Complimentary Nyetimber English Sparkling Wines, two different gin cocktails and canapés.

The 19 names are...

Adrienne Law – Games Producer

Annie Price – Presenter

Chris Walley – Actor

Daniel Kokotajlo – Writer/Director­­­

Daniel Lawrence Taylor – Actor/Writer

Ellena Wood – Director

Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly – Producer

Harry Nesbitt – Artist and Game Developer

Jay Armstrong – Game Developer

Jessica Barden – Actress

John Campbell and Katie Goode – Technical Director & Creative Director

Lucy Cohen – Writer/Director

Luisa Omielan – Comedian

Lottie Bevan – Co-Founder & COO

Michael Pearce – Director

Paapa Essiedu – Actor

Ria Zmitrowicz – Actress

Vanessa Whyte – Cinematographer









Tuesday 06 November 2018...8pm to 10pm...

Spurs 2 v PSV Eindhoven 1... UEFA Champions League at Wembley Stadium.

Around 46,000 here including over 4,000 away fans which meant Level 5 was half empty.

PSV have won 11 out of 11 in the Eredivisie this season but they have flattered to deceive in Europe and they have not won a Champions League tie since 2015. They started brightly and De Jong’s goal sparked delirium among their fans, who fired up the atmosphere with their songs and bouncing up and down.

Spurs missed a couple of good chances to draw level in the first half but Harry Kane managed to get two goals in the second half with the winner coming just before the end to the joy of Spurs fans.

Spurs and their fans greeted the final whistle with a mixture of elation and relief as they fashioned a turnaround that was starting to look increasingly unlikely to revive their fading Champions League aspirations.

Pochettino and his players know, however, that they simply must move their game on to another level if they are to get the results they need at home to Inter Milan and then that most daunting of tasks, away to Barcelona, to go through into the knockout stage.









Tuesday 06 November 2018.

THE SEX PISTOLS played their debut show this day in 1975

Forty three years ago, over the course of 15 minutes on a rainy November night in London's Charing Cross Road, four obstreperous youths with spiky haircuts and their famously troublemaking manager changed Western culture forever.

They supported Bazooka Joe (with Adam Ant on bass) at Central Saint Martins College.







Monday 05 November 2018.

2.30pm to 7pm

WORLD TRAVEL MARKET - trade/press/VIP day - Excel, East London.

This massive event features many countries and cities and States (USA) showcasing why you should visit.

WTM London facilitates £2.8 billion in industry deals and has around 5,000 exhibitors from 182 countries and regions and more than 10,000 attending each day.

Many stands have staff in their National dress.

Many stands are giving out complimentary drinks and food.

We have a press list telling us when each country is having an hourly showcase.

We stop of at TURKEY and part of their presentation was the good value.

UK travellers can get £139 more of Turkish Lira than this time last year for £500 currency transaction.

3pm we were at the GREECE stand for a presentation along with wines and canapés.

4pm we attended the TAIWAN tourism showcase.

Around 100 guests with complimentary presecco, beers and canapés.

A nice business card raffle here with four single prizes of return flights to Taiwan...sadly i was not a winner.

Eastenders actor Rudolph Walker was on hosting duties at the TOBAGO stand.

5pm we were at INDIA for a complimentary buffet and dozen dancers performing Bhangra.

6pm we were at HOLLAND for Pornstar Martinis and canapés.

You can go all three days here and still not see everything.

then

7.30pm to 11pm

CUBA TOURISM PARTY at Boisdale, Canary Wharf, East London.

On each of the three nights of WTM , a few countries hold parties away from Excel.

Around 200 guests have taken over this very nice live music venue.

This is where Glen Matlock launched his recent album with a residence of shows.

A Cuban band played two 30 mins sets at 9.15pm and 10.15pm.

Lots of complimentary drinks and food with a Cuban vibe as three different rum cocktails

along with loads of Cuban food.

A great party.

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Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean. It’s also the least expensive. Besides low-cost living, tourists are drawn by perfect winter weather and more than 300 white sandy beaches lapped by turquoise seas.

Highlights include the dramatic karst landscapes of Viñales Valley, Spanish colonial towns such as Trinidad and the capital city itself. Havana belongs in another era, with its vintage American cars, art deco architecture and lack of violent crime.







Sunday 04 November 2018.

2pm to 4.30pm

GUN CONTROL band rehearsals in the Park Royal/North Acton area.

We ran through the setlist a couple of times.

Remember our first gig back is Saturday 10 Nov in Acton.

See my gig list above for full info on the venue etc.

then

OLD DOMINION live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Country music band from Nashville who are very popular back in America.

Both their albums have sold over 100,000 copies over there.

Their music is contemporary country with rock instrumentation, and has pop and hip hop overtones.

American country act Old Dominion are bringing a slice of Nashville over to the UK as they tour second studio album, Happy Endings. The band's musical abilities are highly acclaimed and sought after, having written an impressive string of hits for acts such as Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, and Luke Bryan.

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You wouldn't have heard of Old Dominion unless you were a big fan of 'new country music'.

Amazingly the show tonight is totally sold out.

ERIC PASLAY arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played for 20 mins.

Eric has released one album for EMI Nashville, which contains the singles "Friday Night", "Song About a Girl", and "She Don't Love You". In addition to these, Paslay has written several hit singles for other artists, and has collaborated with Amy Grant, Dierks Bentley, Charles Kelley, among others.

He played a decent set that featured the best tracks from his debut album.

WALKER HAYES and band arrived on stage at 8.05pm and played for 30 mins.

He has released two albums and had success in his home of America.

He has a more of a country pop feeling with some songs having a Justin Timberlake vibe to them.

OLD DOMINION arrived on stage at 9.05pm and played for 85 mins.

Their country songs have great lyrics that the crowd can sing loudly along to.

Some songs sounded a bit samey but they played a decent enough show.

An enjoyable evening of 'new country' acts.









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News and Reviews: 4th November 2018

Saturday 03 November 2018...3pm to 5pm...

READING 3 BRISTOL CITY 2....a great game with lots of goals.

Bristol City brought their full quota of 2300 fans with them.

There was a minutes silence for those killed in the helicopter crash last weekend in Leicester.

Reading hung on in the closing minutes to beat Bristol City and ease the pressure on manager Paul Clement.

The Royals secured their victory with Leandro Bacuna's second-half strike after the visitors came from behind twice before the interval in an end-to-end game at the Madejski Stadium.

Yakou Meite and a long-range Liam Kelly shot put the hosts in front on two occasions, but their efforts were cancelled out by Marlon Pack and Josh Brownhill for the Robins.

But Mo Barrow's return to the starting line-up proved vital and the midfielder motored down the left wing to provide the winner for Bacuna.









Saturday 03 November 2018.

Happy Birthday to LULU who is 70 today.







Friday 02 November 2018.

THE FEELING + HOLIDAY SIDEWINDER live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

The Feeling play a sold out show in London at the end of their UK tour.

The Feeling have released five studio albums.

This UK tour is celebrating 12 years since their debut album came out.

On 5 June 2006, The Feeling released their debut album,' Twelve Stops and Home' , which reached #2 in the UK Albums Chart.To celebrate the release, the band's record company, Island Records, took 120 British music journalists on the Eurostar to Paris for the day, where the band performed live in a restaurant. This was in recognition of the fact the band took their name from a Parisian bar.

The first single, "Sewn" reached #7 on the UK charts in March 2006, followed by the top ten hit "Fill My Little World" in May 2006. The release spent four consecutive weeks at #16 and outsold the band's debut single. "Never Be Lonely" was released in August 2006 and became their third top ten hit, peaking at #9, where it stayed for two weeks.

In an e-mail newsletter released on 11 January 2007, it was announced that The Feeling was the most played band on UK radio in 2006. Their four singles received a total of 97,436 plays, which meant that, on average, a song by The Feeling was played 267 times every day, or once every 5 minutes.

The Feelings singer Dan Gillespie Sells has had success in the West End with his musical

'Everybody's Talking About Jamie'.

I have seen The Feeling three or four times before.

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

Holiday Sidewinder is an Australian indie pop singer-songwriter.

She sung vocals and had a male electric guitarist.

A tinny electro pop set that was not really my cup of tea.

THE FEELING arrived on stage at 9.05pm and played for 90 mins.

Singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor is here as she is married to Richard Jones (The Feeling bassist).

The setlist featured all of their debut album in the main set along with a couple of tracks

that didn't make the album at the time.

Loads of loud snging from the crowd for the big radio friendly hit singles which are very catchy.

They never replicated the success of the this album's bunch of hit singles.

An enjoyable show.

Full setlist played by The Feeling tonight...

Fill My Little Fanfare

I Want You Now

Never Be Lonely

Fill My Little World

Kettle's On

Sewn

Anyone

Strange

Love It When You Call

Rosé

Same Old Stuff

Helicopter

Blue Piccadilly

Encore:

Miss You

He's My Boy (with Josie Walker from 'Everybody's Talking About Jamie' musical)

Encore 2:

I Thought It Was Over

Join With Us









Friday 02 November 2018.

Fact of the day.

The first commercial music compact disc (CD) pressed in the U. S. was Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA, pressed at the opening of CBS Records CD production plant in Terre Haute, Indiana in September 1984.







Thursday 01 November 2018...7pm to 9.15pm...

TAYLOR HOWES - collection launch party - 49/51 Chevel Place, Knightsbridge, London SW7.

Top tier interior design house Taylor Howes is marking 25 years in business by launching its first ever stand-alone collection of furniture, with a pop-up exhibition at its Knightsbridge studio.

Called “Love at Dusk”, the very high-end capsule collection runs to just 13 statement pieces, which bumf says evoke “an underlying structure of perfect proportion and immaculate symmetry, enriched through the poetics of colour, exceptional craftsmanship and exquisite materials.” This venture follows the launch of a lighting collection back in 2014, created by Taylor Howes for the Urban Electric Co.

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The studio space is hidden down a small street around three minutes across the road from Harrods.

Over 100 guests here over the two levels of this smart contemporary space.

It was a bit of a last supper for us as my friend goes back to Argentina this weekend.

He has been coming to London for six months of the year for around 35 years.

He focuses on the parties rather than gigs.

At 7.30pm we had a speech from the owners.

Complimentary Pommery champers,three different cocktails and tasty canapés.

Downstairs was a massive table of different desserts.

www.taylorhowes.co.uk

Check out their website here for more info.









Wednesday 31 October 2018.

Andrea Bocelli biopic 'The Music of Silence' arrives on DVD Monday 29 October 2018.

'The Music of Silence' is a 2017 Italian biographical film directed by Michael Radford, based on the 1999 novel of the same name written by the tenor Andrea Bocelli and freely inspired by his childhood life until the beginning of his great career. Bocelli is played by Toby Sebastian with the alter ego of Amos Bardi. The Italian tenor physically appears in a scene of the film and his presence accompanies the entire film in the form of a first-person narrative.

Born with an eye condition that eventually leads to his blindness, Andrea Bocelli pursues his ambition and becomes a popular singer and songwriter...running time is 115 minutes...

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Andrea Bocelli will perform concerts across the world, including two huge shows in London this weekend.

Andrea Bocelli will play at The O2 Arena in London on Friday 2 & Saturday 3 November 2018.











Wednesday 31 October 2018...I went to two events tonight...

6.15pm to 8.15pm

RAC MOTORING BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2018 - 89-91 Pall Mall, St James's, London SW1.

The Royal Automobile Club is a British private members club with overnight rooms and swimming pool.

There are around 150 mainly male guests in suits in one of the many large rooms here.

There were authors, publishers, book collectors and retailers here.

Damon Hill was here last year as his excellent autobiography won an award.

At 7pm there were a couple of interviews on collecting books and the state of the book market.

We were told that In the UK 51% per cent of all book sales go via Amazon.

One retailer said he could get books cheaper from Amazon than direct from the publisher.

They mentioned two car events being held this weekend.

Saturday - Regent Street car show with 100 veteran cars...10.30am to 4pm

Sunday 7am start at Hyde Park Corner - London to Brighton classic car run

At 7.30pm the two awards were given out.

Each of the two categories had six shortlisted books.

The two winners were...

Adrian Newey: How to Build a Car, by Adrian Newey, published by Harper Collins

Reid Railton : Man Of Speed 2 , by Karl Ludvigsen , published by Evro

Complimentary Forget Brimont champers, wines and tasty canapés for all guests here.

then

OLAFUR ARNALDS live at The Palladium, London.

Icelandic multi-instrumentalist Olafur Arnalds is playing a UK tour in October to promote his fourth solo album

which is released on Mercury KX / Universal.

‘re:member’ comes out on 24th August, and the Icelander is set to take the record on a world tour, which runs for the rest of the year, finishing in his hometown of Reykjavik just before Christmas.

In May 2018 he sold out The Royal Albert Hall and returns for a full UK tour that includes

two nights at The London Palladium on 30/31 Oct 2018.

He is behind the Broadchurch tv series soundtrack.

It’s going to be an incredible show – 3 pianos on stage, Ólafur will be playing one and the other two ‘Stratus Pianos’ are self-playing, semi-generative player pianos that are triggered when Ólafur plays (they basically look like they’re playing themselves!) There is a huge lights show too that Ólafur has programmed alongside the music.

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This was the second of his two shows here at The Palladium and the final date on his European Tour.

OLAFUR ARNALDS arrived on stage at 8.45pm and played a full two hour set.

Pretty amazing how Olafur and the likes of fellow piano player Nils Frahm have quietly become so popular.

All the music was instrumental and his laid back chat between songs was very humble.

He said the majority of the show would feature tracks from the recent album.

He was backed by a four piece string section and a drummer/percussionist.

A nice light show that matched the mood of the tracks very well.

Olafur mixes strings and piano with loops and beats crossing over from ambient/electronic to pop.

It was a very unique show with Olafur playing his piano in the middle and this generated the

two self-playing pianos either side of him along with the lush strings.

Olafur said he was looking forward to going home after 33 shows in 35 days.

The final track was dedicated to his Grandmother with who he would listen to Strauss as a youngster.

A very respectful crowd gave him a full standing ovation at the end.













Wednesday 31 October 2018.

Fact of the day.

SAM SMITH released his debut studio album,' In the Lonely Hour ', in May 2014 on Capitol Records.

It has now sold over 15 million copies worldwide.







Tuesday 30 October 2018...I went to two events tonight...

4.30pm to 6.15pm

ACTION FOR ELDERS - afternoon tea reception - The House Of Commons , London SW1.

It has been several years since i was last in this historic venue.

It was when my friend worked in the small post office there.

He now works in the small post office in Buckingham Palace.

A massive slow queue to get in as full security here and they had SIX events on this afternoon

and later on they would have another SIX events including one hosted by Jeremy Corbyn.

We walk through the 1000 year old Westminster Hall.

Over 100 guests here in the covered Riverside Terrace Pavillion.

Tonia Antoniazzi MP is the host and is one of the speakers here.

I did a piece to the camera with their film crew as i talked about how going to gigs keeps me young.

Action For Elders was created to help older people , their carers and society cope with

the major challenges posed by increased longevity.

Balanced Lives Programme - Physical, Mental and Social Wellbeing.

A healthy older population is better for everyone.

Think Differently about Ageing.

Complimentary wines, coffees, teas, finger sandwiches and pastries for all guests.

www.actionforelders.org.uk

Visit their website here for more info and to donate.

then

7pm to 10.15pm

DARTS AT THE ARTS - The Arts Club,40 Dover Street, Mayfair, London W1.

Tonight was a fundraiser for NATIONAL NUMERACY charity to show that Maths is important to everyone.

I never thought I would ever see a darts event at this plush private members club.

Online bookies FITZDARES are hosting the evening featuring four darts players including

Bobby George and Michael van Gerwen.

Over 100 guests in their downstairs area including a few well known faces.

Donna Air , Jamie Theakston and Hugo Taylor were here.

There is a dartboard and full set up here including a giant scoreboard.

In a nice touch (numbers specialist) Countdown Host Rachel Riley is doing the scores.

At 8pm and 8.30pm we have the semi-finals over three legs then the final at 9pm.

Complimentary Francoise Monay champers, Dappy Share Rum Cocktails, Wines, Beers

and lots of very tasty canapés for all guests.

www.fitzdares.com

Visit the Fitzdares website here for more info.

www.nationalnumeracy.org.uk

Visit the National Numeracy website here.









Monday 29 October 2018...8pm to 10pm...

SPURS 0 MAN CITY 1...at Wembley Stadium...

Mega top of the table clash as it is 5th against 3rd.

This fixture last season, played on a Saturday afternoon in mid-April, attracted a crowd of just over 80,000.

On this chilly Monday night just 56,854 showed up, well it was live on SKY tv.

There was a minutes silence for the dead in the tragic Leicester helicopter crash.

At half-time Steve Perryman came on the pitch to talk about Glenn Hoddle and how good he was.

Fingers crossed that Spurs legend Glenn Hoddle gets well soon after his heart attack on his 61st birthday.

A pretty average game , but great to see big name players on both sides.

Man City scored a great goal early on and managed to hang on to their lead.









Monday 29 October 2018.

GENERATION SEX

The rumours of this All-Star Band seem to have been true as they announce a short notice gig.

Catch a free show (via lottery) from members of Generation X (Billy Idol, Tony James) and the

Sex Pistols (Steve Jones, Paul Cook) at The Roxy in Los Angeles, California, America.

The gig will be tomorrow night (Tuesday).

Doubt if they will play the UK due to Steve Jones not wanting to leave America for anything.











Sunday 28 October 2018... I went to two events today.

NFL live at Wembley Stadium....1pm to 5pm....

This year’s three Wembley games conclude when the Super Bowl champions Philadelphia Eagles facing Shahid Khan’s Jacksonville Jaguars at the venue their owner was trying to buy. It looks the most promising fixture of this year’s three.

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A massive full house crowd of 85, 870 here to create a fantastic atmosphere.

Shahid Khan can’t buy Wembley Stadium, and his teams can’t buy a win. The day after the Fulham owner saw his side lose 3-0 at home to Bournemouth his Jacksonville Jaguars team were beaten 24-18 by the Philadelphia Eagles at the stadium he had hoped to own. To add insult to injury, London doesn’t seem to care.

His Jaguars have been regular visitors to Wembley, playing one game per year here in each of the past five. By now the capital should have taken them to its heart, but the neutral-majority crowd was overwhelmingly behind the Eagles.

then

6.30pm to 9.30pm

GUN CONTROL with me on drums had rehearsals in North Acton in the evening.

We are putting our setlist order in place...not perfect but getting there...

Remember we play a free gig in Acton on Saturday 10 Nov 2018...see above gig list for full info.







Sunday 28 October 2018.

SEX PISTOLS classic album 'Never Mind The Bollocks' album was released 41 years ago today.

The CEO of a plumbing firm has announced that his company will be paying a delivery driver to ride around London in a taxi emblazoned with the slogan 'Bollocks to Brexit'.

Self-confessed 'millionaire plumber' Charlie Mullins, of Pimlico Plumbers, unveiled the company's new vehicle on Twitter. It comes after he paid for dozens of digital signs to be put up around the city rejecting the result of the 2016 referendum.

The taxi colours are yellow and black...just like the NMTB album cover.









Saturday 27 October 2018.

TOM ROBINSON BAND + Lee Forsyth-Griffiths live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

TRB are playing a UK tour to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their debut album.

'Power In The Darkness' - the Tom Robinson Band's debut album - was released in 1978. It was followed by their 28-date Out Of The Darkness tour of the UK and Ireland, with Stiff Little Fingers as special guests.

I was at both the London shows at Hammersmith Odeon on that tour in Oct 1978.

I have seen Tom Robinson play live around 20 times since 1977.

I saw him last year at The 100 Club when he put his band together after years as a solo artist.

Tom is also a BBC 6 Music radio presenter and long-time LGBT rights activist.

I saw TRB headline the legendary Rock Against Racism show in 1978 with The Clash supporting.

Tom Robinson Band,Steel Pulse,Clash,X Ray Spex Victoria Park, London 30.04.1978

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Lee Forsyth-Griffiths arrived on stage at 8.15pm and played for 25 mins.

A self-styled “shit-kicker from Moston” Lee Forsyth-Griffiths was discovered as a youthful prodigy by Paul Morley in the late 90s and signed to ZTT Records. After a spectacular falling-out with superstar producer Trevor Horn, Lee disowned his debut album Northern Songs and returned in disgust to civilian life in North Manchester.

​Now Lee is back, older, wiser, and on storming form. His tender/tough delivery and aching vulnerability make him Manchester’s answer to the likes of José Gonzáles and Ray Lamontagne, whilst Elbow’s Guy Garvey compared Lee’s voice to John Martyn.

His 25 mins set went down well with the crowd.

TOM ROBINSON BAND arrived on stage at 9.10pm and played for 85 mins.

Tom plays the 'Power in the Darkness' album in full track order as the main part of the set.

The encores feature his best known hit singles.

Lots of hilarious anecdotes on stage from Tom, that the crowd loved.

Lots of powerful lyrics , some have been updated to reflect current times.

Tom is still wearing his heart on his sleeve.

A great show.

Full Tom Robinson Band full setlist played tonight...

Up Against the Wall

Grey Cortina

Too Good to Be True

Ain't Gonna Take It

Long Hot Summer

The Winter of '79

Man You Never Saw

Better Decide Which Side You’re On

You Gotta Survive

Power in the Darkness

Encore:

Martin

(Sing If You're) Glad to Be Gay

2-4-6-8 Motorway

War Baby

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A few minutes after the show Tom was by the merch stand signing stuff and posing for photos.









Friday 26 October 2018.

Day 2 of BluesFest at the 02 Arena.

Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters + Van Morrison live at The 02 Arena, London.

Robert Plants first London show since he turned 70 on 20 August 2018.

This will be Robert's biggest ever solo headline show in London.

In August , Robert Plant spoke highly of Van Morrison "I used to open the show for Van

in Stourbridge Town Hall in the 1960s.He was tremendous.He still is".

Van Morrison has been on a creative roll in the past two years. He is about to release ‘The Prophet Speaks’,

his FIFTH album since 30 September 2016.

I have seen both of them many times before as solo artists.

I was lucky enough to see Led Zeppelin in 1975 at Earls Court and their re-union show in 2007.

You have to admire Robert Plant sticking to his solo career rather than a multi millions payday with Led Zep.

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Like last night , it is pretty full tonight....maybe 95% tickets sold.

Most of the crowd are in early to see Van Morrison.

We have nice seats in the guest list block on the right of stage.

VAN MORRISON & band arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played for 90 mins.

Van has use of the two big side screens for live gig footage.

Delivering a brisk, faultless 90-minute set, he storms through old and new numbers and barely pauses for breath. Accompanied by a slick six-piece band, we’re treated to a masterclass featuring keyboards, guitars, double bass, trumpets, glockenspiel – and funky backing vocals. As well as hitting all his notes effortlessly, Van himself frequently dives onto the saxophone and harmonica.

A great show although a few songs were more suited to smaller theatres than this big arena.

Full Van Morrison setlist played tonight...

Wait a Minute Baby (Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson cover)

Benediction (Mose Allison cover)

Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me) (Tony Bennett cover)

Have I Told You Lately

Magic Time

Baby, Please Don't Go / Rock Island Line / Cry Cry Baby / Got My Mojo Working

I Can Tell (Bo Diddley cover)

Jumpin' With Symphony Sid (Lester Young cover)

I Believe to My Soul (Ray Charles cover)

Early in the Mornin' (Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five cover)

Dead or Alive (Woody Guthrie cover)

Sometimes We Cry

Broken Record

St. James Infirmary ([traditional] cover)

Think Twice Before You Go (John Lee Hooker cover)

Talk Is Cheap

Moondance

In the Afternoon / Ancient Highway / Raincheck / Sitting Pretty

Help Me (Sonny Boy Williamson cover)

Ballerina

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ROBERT PLANT & band arrived on stage at 9.30pm and played for 90 mins.

Robert has use of all three big screens with the main middle one mixing live footage and images.

Robert still looks and sounds amazing for 70 with his mane of hair.

His band are top notch as they mix Americana, blues and re-workings of Led Zep classics.

Folk violinist Seth Lakeman is great on a few songs.

The newer songs are really good.

Robert clearly loving performing with this outfit.

A great show.

Full Robert Plant setlist played tonight...

Ramble On (Led Zeppelin song)

Turn It Up

The May Queen

Rainbow

Black Dog (Led Zeppelin song)

The Rain Song (Led Zeppelin song)

Gallows Pole ([traditional] cover)

Carry Fire

Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You (Joan Baez cover)

Little Maggie ([traditional] cover)

Fixin' to Die (Bukka White cover)

Encore:

New World...

Whole Lotta Love (Led Zeppelin song)

Who Do You Love? (Bo Diddley cover) (with "Whole Lotta Love" reprise)











Thursday 25 October 2018.

This was the opening night of BluesFest at the 02 Arena.

JOHN FOGERTY + STEVE MILLER BAND live at The 02 Arena, London.

At the age of 73, John Fogerty plays his biggest ever London headline show.

I first saw him in 2000 when he supported Tina Turner at Wembley Stadium.

That was his first London show since 1972.

On June 29, 2006 I was at his first headlining British concert since 1972, at the Hammersmith Apollo.

I have seen him a couple of more times since then.

He will play solo material as well as Creedence Clearwater Revival classic tracks.

John Fogerty is playing just two shows in Europe - London and Dublin

I saw Steve Miller Band three times in 1982 at Hammersmith Odeon.

After that was a massive gap of 28 years when he came back to tour the UK again when i saw

him at The Royal Albert Hall in 2010.

Steve Miller is now aged 75.

A nice pairing of American acts whose careers have spanned around 50 years.

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I have a great seat just a dozen rows from the stage in Block A.

The tickets in block A cost a whopping £145 plus booking fees.

The venue is pretty full, I would say 95% of tickets sold.

STEVE MILLER BAND arrive on stage at 7.30pm and play for 90 mins.

Steve Miller Band have use of the two side screens for live footage.

Steve looks like Jerry Springer these days but still plays some nifty guitar.

For one song he used a 19 string sitar-guitar he bought 50 years ago for 150 dollars.

Near the end he played a mega trio of songs that had everyone on their feet.

'Rockin' Me' , 'The Joker' and 'Jungle Love'.

An enjoyable set.

Full Steve Miller Band setlist...

The Stake

Abracadabra

Mercury Blues (K.C. Douglas cover)

All My Loving (Otis Rush cover)

Space Cowboy

Kow Kow Calqulator

Take the Money and Run

I Want to Make the World Turn Around

Wild Mountain Honey

Dance, Dance, Dance

Serenade From the Stars

Space Intro

Fly Like an Eagle

Swingtown

Rockin' Me

The Joker

Jungle Love

Jet Airliner (Paul Pena cover)

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JOHN FOGERTY arrives on stage at 9pm and plays for 85 mins.

Oddly enough John Fogerty played 5 mins less than Steve Milller Band.

Perhaps they should have reduced Steve Miller Band set by 15/ 20 mins and added it to John Fogerty's set.

John Fogerty and his band include a three man brass section.

He has use of all three big screens with the middle one mixing live footage of the gig along

with nice late 1960s videos including CCR , Vietnam War, Woodstock Festival etc.

He has some pyros and flames during a few songs.

For a couple of songs John used the same guitar and amp that he had at Woodstock.

John's hair is dyed far too dark for his age.

His band include his son on guitar.

Loads of CCR classics played although a few of them seemed a bit rushed/short.

For one song the brass section played while walking through the crowd.

A great show , although he should have played a bit longer.

Full John Fogerty setlist played tonight...

Travelin' Band (Creedence Clearwater Revival song)

Green River (Creedence Clearwater Revival song)

Hey Tonight (Creedence Clearwater Revival song)

Up Around the Bend (Creedence Clearwater Revival song)

Who'll Stop the Rain (Creedence Clearwater Revival song)

Lookin' Out My Back Door (Creedence Clearwater Revival song)

Rock and Roll Girls

Good Golly Miss Molly (Little Richard cover)

Psycho (The Sonics cover)

Long as I Can See the Light (Creedence Clearwater Revival song)

Mystic Highway

Born on the Bayou (Creedence Clearwater Revival song)

My Toot Toot (Rockin' Sidney cover)

Jambalaya (On the Bayou) (Hank Williams cover)

New Orleans (Gary “U.S.” Bonds cover)

Have You Ever Seen the Rain? (Creedence Clearwater Revival song)

Rockin' All Over the World

Down on the Corner (Creedence Clearwater Revival song)

The Old Man Down the Road

Keep On Chooglin' (Creedence Clearwater Revival song)

Fortunate Son (Creedence Clearwater Revival song) (with streamers)

Bad Moon Rising (Creedence Clearwater Revival song)

Proud Mary (Creedence Clearwater Revival song) ( with ticker-tape)









Wednesday 24 October 2018...I went to two events tonight...

6.30pm to 9pm

NATURAL HISTORY ICE SKATING RINK - launch party - South Kensington, London SW7.

A massive annual launch party that attracts around 500 guests.

Alex James (bassist with Blur) was here.

Alex James hosts The Big Feastival, a unique two-day celebration of music, food and fun for all the family,

set on Alex's idyllic Cotswolds farm every summer.

A few celebs from Strictly Come Dancing and Love Island were also here.

We did not go skating but we did go on the carousel.

There was a dj playing tunes and a singer performed some cover tunes including Guns N Roses.

Complimentary prosecco, wines, beers and canapés for all guests.

We got a goodie bag on departure that included a nice winter scarf from Regatta Outdoor.

www.nhm.ac.uk

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.

then

10.45pm to 11.45pm

SPECSAVERS - 'Spectacle Wearer of the Year' award at 8 Northumberland Avenue, London WC2.

We got here for the end of the awards and then the after-party that was held downstairs.

300 at the main event and maybe 200 stay on for the after-party.

Thousands of people across the UK entered the annual competition and the event was attended by celebs including X Factor judge Louis Walsh, Bake Off presenter Prue Leith, presenter Lisa Snowden and model Twiggy.

Also here were Tulisa Contostavlos , Shirley Ballas, Sandi Toksvig and Eamonn Holmes.

Hosted by Rylan Clark-Neal and Claire Richards and in aid of charity Kidscape, Dani Dyer, Oliver Proudlock, Gemma Collins, James Argent, Vick Hope and Stephen Mulhern were among other bespectacled VIPs at the ceremony.

Top marks to Louis Walsh who was the last celebrity to leave the event.

The dj played some classic disco tunes and it was still lively when we left.

Complimentary wines, beers and desserts for all guests.

All guests got a goodie bag with half a dozen items inside including a Red Or Dead t-shirt.

www.specsavers.co.uk

Visit the Specsavers website here for more info.









Wednesday 24 October 2018.

Happy Birthday to BILL WYMAN who is 82 today.









Tuesday 23 October 2018.

U2 live at The 02 Arena, London.

U2 play the first of two sold out shows at The 02 Arena.

U2 return in Sept/Oct/Nov for a European Arena Tour.

I have seen U2 over 20 times since i saw them supporting Talking Heads in 1980 at Hammersmith Odeon.

This includes three shows at The 02 Arena in 2015 and shows at Twickenham and Trafalgar Square in 2017.

Only two indoor London shows on this tour but that is probably due to them playing two massive

outdoor shows at Twickenham Stadium only last year.

That tour was when they played 'The Joshua Tree' album in full and judging by previous tour reviews

there will not be any of the tracks played from that album on this tour.

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The venue is totally rammed and they have sold seating behind the stage.

Floor standing is £70 but the Red Zone front of stage area and The Deck are £260 a pop.

Those in The Red Zone must feel a bit down when U2 later play around 30 mins of the show

at the other end of the arena on the smaller b stage.

Level 1 seats are £190 and £100.

U2 arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played for 2 hours 15 mins.

They are using the mega T shaped stage production from their 2015 tour.

This really is a mind boggling visual treat as the massive screen/cage is sideways so everyone has a

great view and the band play underneath and inside it as well and it shows great images on some songs.

As usual Bono knows exactly what to say to the crowd to get them fully engaged.

'Elevation' and 'Vertigo' on the small stage were fantastic.

'Pride (in the Name of Love' was a total 11/10 as the band played in four separate areas of the arena.

'New Years Day' was incredible as The Edge played keyboards and guitar at the same time.

Bono's animated resurrection of his old character MacPhisto on the big screen

as part washed up rock star and part devil was superb.

Bono gave shout outs to The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Sex Pistols,The Clash, The Slits

and John Giddings.

As usual U2 were stunning and will def be in my best gigs of the year list.

They leave out classic tracks from The Joshua Tree including...

Where The Streets Have No Name

I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For

With Or Without You

Bullet The Blue Sky

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Full U2 setlist played tonight....

The Blackout

Lights of Home (St. Peter's String Version)

I Will Follow

Gloria

Beautiful Day

Zoo Station

The Fly

Stay (Faraway, So Close!)

Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses

Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me

Elevation (first song of 30 mins section played on the b-stage )

Vertigo

Even Better Than the Real Thing

Acrobat (with "Halls of Mirrors" snippet)

You're the Best Thing About Me (full band acoustic)

Summer of Love (Bono and The Edge only)

Pride (In the Name of Love)

Get Out of Your Own Way

New Year's Day (reworked version, no final verse)

City of Blinding Lights (with "Ode to Joy" snippet)

Encore:

Women of the World (Jim O’Rourke song)

One (with "Invisible" snippet)

Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way

13 (There Is a Light)











Monday 22 October 2018.

6pm

I popped along to Carnaby Street see this for a few minutes.

It looks great as the lyrics of Bohemian Rhapsody are spread out all along Carnaby Street in neon above your head.

On Sunday 21 October, London's iconic Carnaby Street hosted the world's first ever Queen-inspired light installation and immersive exhibition.

Cast members Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy and Joe Mazzello along with band members Brian May and Roger Taylor launched the installation and participated in interviews with host Dave Berry to an excited crowd.

It will be there each evening until early Jan 2019 so well worth a look.

then

6.15pm to 7.45pm

THE INSIDE SOAP AWARDS 2018 at 100 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1.

We are on the site of the sadly missed original Marquee Club.

Inside Soap is a popular weekly mag that talks about all the soap programmes on tv.

Very buzzy inside as must be a dozen camera crews and a dozen photographers.

Must be 300 guests here over the two levels of this venue , with the main area downstairs.

It is not one of the main soap award events but most of the shows are well represented.

Cast members from Emmerdale , Coronation Street , EastEnders , Doctors , Hollyoaks , Holby City and Casualty.

Coronation Street were big winners at this year's Inside Soap Awards, with Shayne Ward taking home the Best Exit gong for his controversial suicide storyline. Other Corrie winners on the night included Jack P Shepherd, Connor McIntyre, Mollie Winnard, Simon Gregson and Dolly-Rose Campbell.

Others here included Kellie Bright, Ali Bastian, Anthony Quinlan,Charley Webb and Danny Miller.

Apart from Shayne Ward there are three actors here i know more by their soap character.

Cain Dingle and Marlon Dingle from Emmerdale and Tony Gordon from Coronation Street.

Complimentary prosecco, vodka cocktails, wines, beers and canapés for all guests.

www.insidesoap.co.uk

Visit the Inside Soap website here for more info.

then

8pm to 9.45pm

BRIAN MAY book launch party & discussion at The Science Museum, South Kensington, London SW7.

We left The Inside Soap Awards just as winners were announced and would go back there later.

Mission Moon 3-D: Reliving the Great Space Race (3d Stereoscopic Book) Hardcover – Illustrated.

by David J. Eicher and Brian May (Author)

Around 150 guests are first of all seated in a cinema here.

Queen guitar legend Brian May and co-author David Eicher are showing pictures from the book on the

big screen and giving a description on them and a Q & A session after.

It also included a video link up with Charlie Duke who is an American former astronaut, retired U.S. Air Force officer and test pilot. As Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 16 in 1972, he became the tenth and youngest person to walk on the Moon.

At 8.45pm we had complimentary drinks and canapés next door including Apollo Sling cocktails.

Brian May was here the entire time and as usual was soooo friendly and chatty to everyone.

All guests got a complimentary copy of the book along with some proper 3-D glasses.

I got a photo with Brian May.

Brian also signed my book for me and David also signed it.

The book retail price is £30 but get it via my Amazon link above for only £21.

10.15pm to 11.45pm

then back to....

THE INSIDE SOAP AWARDS 2018 at 100 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1.

We went back for the after-party for this event that we had been to earlier.

Complimentary wines and beers were still flowing as guests danced on the floor.

Lots of the soap actors were still here and clearly getting boozed up and letting their hair down.

All guests got a nice big and bulky goodie bag with a dozen items inside on departure.













Sunday 21 October 2018...2pm to 6pm...

NFL American Football is at Wembley Stadium.

Wembley Stadium will host NFL fixtures under the arch for the twelfth successive year.

This is the second of the three NFL games held at Wembley Stadium this year

Tennessee Titans taking on the LA Chargers.

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It is a lovely sunny afternoon today.

Everyone gathers a couple of hours before the game for entertainment outside the ground.

A massive crowd here as there was 84,300 tickets sold, so pretty much sold out.

I always watch the Super Bowl final on tv but have never been to an NFL game before.

Fans are wearing their team shirts and snapping up the merch.

Lots of folks here from America , Canada and Europe.

Free team flags are left on all the seats.

You are allowed to bring beer into the seating areas (you cannot do that at football games).

The pa commentary is All American.

We have the American and UK National Anthems sung before the game.

It is a great atmosphere when the game is on.

For those of you that do not know the game is 60 mins long over 4 x 15 mins.

With the stop and starts a game lasts around 3 hours.

However whenever there is a stoppage we have music over the pa, interviews on the big screen,

t-shirts blasted into the crowd and of course the cheerleaders performing routines.

It was a close game with a tense finish.

Shahid Khan may not own Wembley any time soon but Philip Rivers of the Los Angeles Chargers certainly does, for one week at least. The veteran quarterback led his explosive offence to a nailbiting 20-19 victory and left the Tennessee Titans in tatters as they gambled on a game-winning two-point conversion.







Sunday 21 October 2018.

Sad news about a terrible train crash in Taiwan.

As of 9.35pm on Sunday, all 366 passengers onboard - including the dead and injured - had been evacuated or removed from the wreckage, the Taiwan Railways Administration said. At least 18 people died and 187 were injured.

Fifteen of the 18 casualties were in the first three cars, reported local media. Among those who died, the youngest was nine years old.

I was on that same train route in January when i toured around Taiwan









Saturday 20 October 2018...3pm to 5pm...

Reading 3 Millwall 1

Yakou Meite netted a brace for Reading as they eased the pressure on manager Paul Clement by beating fellow Championship strugglers Millwall.

Meite headed Reading into the lead as he glanced in Tyler Blackett's near-post cross but Murray Wallace

levelled for Millwall within six minutes.

Clement's side regained the lead on the stroke of half-time after Blackett was fouled by Mahlon Romeo in the penalty area.

Sam Baldock converted from the spot, as Romeo was booked, and the Royals made the points safe when Meite headed in a Leandro Bacuna corner late on.

Millwall drop into the bottom three after a run of just one league win in their past 10 games, which came two weeks ago at home against Aston Villa.

Millwall were a bit unlucky with referee decisions and the woodwork but a good home win for Reading.

The legendary Millwall brought 2000 of their infamous fans with them.

When Reading scored the third goal , Millwall fans starting tearing down the fence that separates them

from the home supporters but too many security stewards were there to stop them.









Friday 19 October 2018.

SAXON + FM live at The Roundhouse, London.

Saxon are playing a sold out show on their UK & European Tour.

It is the first time they have played The Roundhouse in their long career.

I have seen Saxon around 25 times since 1979 when they supported Motörhead at Hammersmith Odeon.

I saw FM six times in the 1980s including a Hammersmith Odeon headline show in 1989.

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FM arrived on stage at 7.50pm and played for 45 mins.

They played a good set of catchy pop rock songs.

They thanked Iron Maiden for the royalties as "That Girl" was covered by Iron Maiden as a

B-side to their single "Stranger in a Strange Land".

Full FM setlist played tonight...

Black Magic

I Belong to the Night

Bad Luck

That Girl

Life Is a Highway

Crosstown Train

Wildside

Tough It Out

Killed by Love

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SAXON arrived on stage at 9.05pm and played for two hours.

They have lots of lights and Marshall Amps along with a few smoke flumes.

They are a hard working band who play many shows around the world each year.

An example was given by Biff on stage as he got the crowd to sing louder.

"We have put the miles in this week to get here, Monday was Paris , Tues was Utrecht

and last night we were in Glasgow, so make some fucking noise".

Loads of their classic anthems played including 'Strong Arm Of The Law', 'And The Bands Played On',

'747 (Strangers in the Night)', 'Princess of the Night' and 'Wheels of Steel'.

For final song 'Denim and Leather' singer Biff Byford got a fans band patch ridden jean jacket

from the crowd and wore it for the song and signed it for him when he gave it back at the end.

A Saxon show is pretty the same as last year and the year before but it's always great.

Full Saxon setlist played tonight...

Intro tape - It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll) (AC/DC song)

Thunderbolt

Sacrifice

Nosferatu (The Vampires Waltz)

Motorcycle Man

Predator

Strong Arm of the Law

Battering Ram

Power and the Glory

Solid Ball of Rock

The Secret of Flight

Dallas 1 PM

They Played Rock and Roll

And the Bands Played On

Never Surrender

747 (Strangers in the Night)

Sons of Odin

Crusader

Princess of the Night

Encore:

The Eagle Has Landed

Heavy Metal Thunder

Wheels of Steel

20,000 Ft

Denim and Leather











Thursday 18 October 2018...I went to three events tonight...

6.15pm to 7.15pm

BAILEY'S PERU - book launch party & exhibition - 6/10 Lexington Street, London W1.

The Heni gallery is on the first floor and you press the buzzer for entry.

Legendary photographer David Bailey is hosting a book launch & exhibition.

David Bailey now aged 80, was here with his wife, along with 100 guests.

There are around 20 photos on the wall that are blown up versions from the book.

Some great pictures of the people and places in Peru.

The book is out 01 Nov...£40 on Amazon RRP but only £32 at the gallery.

The exhibition is on here until 21 December.

Complimentary prosecco and canapés for all guests.

www.heni.com

Visit the Heni gallery here for more info.

then

7.30pm to 8.30pm

Private view of 'Daft Apeth' by Serge Pizzorno of KASABIAN at No Ho Showrooms,

67 Great Tichfield Street, London W1.

A small blank canvas space with only 50 or 60 guests here but a cool crowd.

Serge and other members of KASABIAN are here (except singer Tom).

Also here was Serge good friend , the footballer Peter Crouch and his wife Abbey Clancy.

I got my picture taken with Serge and Peter Crouch.

Also here were Fearne Cotton,Carl Barat and Mike Pickering (ex M People).

Pickering now works as A&R within the Columbia label of Sony BMG where he A&Rs Kasabian and others.

Noel Fielding and magician Dynamo turned up after we had left to get to the gig.

Serge wacky art is a bit similar to Noels.

Complimentary Peroni beers for all guests.

then

ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN live at The Palladium, London.

Echo & The Bunnymen have returned with their new album 'The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon', the record includes reimagined versions of classic tracks and two new songs.

I have seen them around 15 times since 1979 when they were a support band.

I saw them earlier this year at The Royal Albert Hall.

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ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN arrived on stage at 9.20pm and played for 85 mins.

The set felt a bit short for a band with so much material to chose from.

The new album has reworked versions of their songs with a string section but tonight is

the full band show with no strings in sight.

Loads of their classic hits played along with a few lesser known numbers.

Singer Ian McCulloch as always super cool in shades and leather jacket as he pouts away.

His low key Liverpudlian banter between songs is still hard to make out most of the time.

A great show.

Full setlist played tonight...

Going Up

Bedbugs and Ballyhoo

Rescue

Never Stop

All That Jazz

All My Colours (Zimbo)

Over The Wall

The Somnambulist

Villiers Terrace / Roadhouse Blues (cover snippet)

Nothing Lasts Forever / Walk On The Wild Side (cover snippet)

Seven Seas

Rust

Bring On the Dancing Horses

The Cutter

Encore:

The Killing Moon

Encore 2:

Lips Like Sugar

Ocean Rain













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News and Reviews: 18th October 2018

Wednesday 17 October 2018.

These things happen i suppose...

I could not get along to The Q Awards at The Roundhouse in the afternoon

as my trains were all down into Paddington due to massive damage caused by a high-speed Class 802 Hitachi train which was being tested between London and Bristol ahead of its handover to GWR.

Also didn't fancy getting stranded coming home.

My friend Malcolm updated me with some of the guests there as it happened...

Bono, Noel Gallagher, Roger Daltrey, Ian McCulloch , Duane Eddy, Jarvis Cocker, Paul Weller,

Ray & Dave Davies, Brett Anderson, Nile Rodgers, Don Letts and a few others.

Noel Gallagher won Q Best Solo Artist and Q Outstanding Contribution To Music at the awards.

Singer-songwriter Paul Weller, was named Best Act In The World Today.









Wednesday 17 October 2018.

Anglo French singer Anne Pigalle releases her new album 'Ecstase' with a drinks launch.

'Ecstase' : the odyssey of a woman through the underground of Paris, London and Los Angeles.

Glen Matlock and Terry Edwards play on the album.

Venue = 01zero-one, Hopkins Street, Soho, London W1....6pm to 9pm







Tuesday 16 October 2018...I went to two events tonight.

7.45pm to 9.45pm

FENDI x FILA - launch party - Fendi, 141 New Bond Street, London W1.

A big party as around 300 guests are here over the three floors of this designer store.

Rio Ferdinand made a rare public appearance with girlfriend Kate Wright for The Fendi Mania Drop party, and was joined by face of the brand Jamie Campbell Bower, Lottie Moss, Amir Khan, Neelam Gill, Blondey McCoy and Naughty Boy. The event, which showcased Karl Lagerfeld's new sports collaboration, also saw DJ to the stars Fat Tony at the decks, with Tallia Storm, Kyle De'volle, Zara Martin , Jodie Harsh and Sascha Bailey among further VIPs at the New Bond Street store.

Complimentary Moët champers, Ruinart champers, vodka cocktails, very tasty full size cheeseburgers,

sweet potato fries and canapés for all guests.

All guests got a small goodie bag with a Fendi notebook and a Fendi metallic drinking bottle.

www.fendi.com

Check the Fendi website here for more info.

then

10pm to 11.30pm

HUAWAI MATE 20 PRO - phone launch party - One Marylebone, London NW1.

Arriving fashionably late to the 2018 contest for super flagship phones, Huawei’s newly unveiled Mate 20 Pro combines basically every desirable feature of modern smartphones into a sort of spec-checklist device. Like the LG V40, the Mate 20 Pro has three cameras on the back, each offering a different focal length. Like the Vivo Nex, the Mate 20 Pro has an in-display fingerprint sensor. Like the iPhone X and Oppo Find X, the Mate 20 Pro has a so-called 3D face unlock for more secure authentication. And like Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9, the Mate 20 Pro has a high-resolution 6.4-inch OLED display.

We arrived late so missed the visual unveiling of the new phones.

A few have left but there are still over 200 guests here.

Nick Grimshaw is playing tunes with a full laser light show.

There are three dancers in the corner performing.

Ashley Roberts was here.

Complimentary Rimbaud champers and canapés for all guests.









Monday 15 October 2018...6.45pm to 9.15pm...

ALED JONES & RUSSELL WATSON - album launch party - The Arts Club, 40 Dover Street, London W1.

Around 150 guests here in the basement of this private members club in Mayfair.

Guests included Jonathan Shalit (leading talent agent), Alan Edwards (head of Outside Org pr) and

Dave Hogan (long time celebrity photographer for The Sun newspaper).

Two of the best known classical voices, Aled Jones and Russell Watson are set to release their debut duet album 'In Harmony' on 9 November 2018. The album will include well-loved arias and hymns like ‘Ave Maria’, as well as modern classics such as ‘You Raise Me Up’.

And they’ve just announced that they will be touring the UK in 2019 to perform songs from the album.

This will include a London headline show at The Palladium on 21 Sept 2019.

No doubt they have been encouraged by the success of Michael Ball & Alfie Boe.

At 7.05pm the duo performed four tracks from the new album over 20 mins.

1.Where Have All the Flowers Gone / Here's to the Heroes (Medley) --- the first single off the album

2.???

3.Silent Night

4.Volare ( with all the crowd singing along)

At 7.25pm there was a 10 minute Q & A session with ITV presenter Richard Arnold.

Aled and Russell do seem genuinely relaxed and happy in each other's company.

They have sold between them a very impressive 17 million albums.

They both were friendly & chatty to the guests after their performance.

Complimentary wines, beers and tasty canapés for all guests.

All guests got a complimentary copy of the new album on departure.

Full album track-list...

How Great Thou Art

Where Have All the Flowers Gone / Here's to the Heroes (Medley)

Cinema Paradiso

May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You

Ave Maria

Where Should This Music Be? (Nimrod)

A Hymn Medley

You Raise Me Up

Mattinata

In Christ Alone

Bright Horizons

Cilfan Y Coed

Volare

Silent Night

www.aledandrussell.com

Visit their website for full info on the album and their 2019 tour dates.









Sunday 14 October 2018.

GUN CONTROL band rehearsals in North Acton 2pm to 5pm.

Our 7th rehearsal ticked along nicely....not perfect but getting there..

We have confirmed a live date so come along....

SAVE THE DATE - Gun Control free gig at The Rocket Pub in Acton on Sat 10 Nov.

We are hoping to play 8 original songs and 2 cover versions.

then

CLIFF RICHARD + FLYBOYS live The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Cliff plays the first of two sold out shows at this famous venue.

Cliff is playing a UK tour to celebrate his 60 years in the music biz.

The show on 14th Oct will be celebrating his 78th birthday.

Sir Cliff made his debut at the Royal Albert Hall in 1959, and has appeared at over 100 occasions since, including representing the nation at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1968.

Sir Cliff has sold over 250 million records ( albums/singles ) in his career.

Cliff has had 124 Top 40 hits and 14 number one hits.

He is the third-top-selling artist in UK Singles Chart history, behind the Beatles and Elvis Presley.

Cliff Richard's debut single "Move It" was released 60 years ago in August 1958 and reached number 2.

This tour is his first since winning his privacy court case against the BBC.

His next studio album ‘Rise Up’, which is due on November 23.

Recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, ‘Rise Up’ will see Richards tackling “the bad period I went through in my life” during the aforementioned investigation and subsequent legal battle. It’ll also see the singer express his “renewed feeling of freedom”.

I have seen Cliff Richard over 15 times since a charity show in 1979 at The Royal Albert Hall when

a few artists played three songs each including a young lady called....KATE BUSH.

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The mainly older crowd of senior citizens are all in early to see the support act.

FLYBOYS were on stage from 7.45pm for 25 mins.

A four man vocal harmony group from the UK who sung swing versions of modern songs,

so we had covers of Arctic Monkeys, Ed Sheeran and Bon Jovi etc.

CLIFF RICHARD arrived on stage at 8.15pm for two sets of 55 mins and 65 mins....two hour show...

Cliff is looking pretty good on the day of his 78th birthday.

His band are on six raised platforms behind him...we have lasers and lights through the show...

A few costume changes and cue screams from the older women here.

I preferred his many hit songs to the cover versions he performed.

Bonnie Tyler came on sing 'It's a Heartache' and sing Happy Birthday to Cliff.

An enjoyable show.

1950s

Heartbreak Hotel (Elvis Presley cover)

Peggy Sue (Buddy Holly cover)

Wake Up Little Susie (The Everly Brothers cover)

Move It (Cliff Richard & The Shadows cover)

Living Doll (Cliff Richard & The Shadows cover)

1960s

Love Me Do (The Beatles cover)

Summer Holiday (Cliff Richard & The Shadows cover)

The Next Time (Cliff Richard & The Shadows cover)

The Young Ones (Cliff Richard & The Shadows cover)

The Minute You're Gone

Congratulations

1970s

Bright Eyes (Mike Batt cover)

Miss You Nights

Devil Woman

INTERVAL

1980s

Beat It (Michael Jackson cover)

The Best of Me

Daddy's Home (Shep & The Limelites cover)

Mistletoe & Wine

1990s

From a Distance (Julie Gold cover)

The Millennium Prayer

It's A Heartache with Bonnie Tyler

Bonnie Tyler sings Happy Birthday to Cliff

All I Have to Do Is Dream (The Everly Brothers cover) (Cliff sung it with them in this decade)

2000s

The Miracle of Love

Rise Up

Reborn

Reelin' and Rockin' (Chuck Berry cover)

Encore:

We Don't Talk Anymore

Reborn {Reprise}[Outro as hundreds of white balloons fall from the ceiling)











Saturday 13 October 2018.

SUEDE + THE HORRORS live at Hammersmith Apollo, London.

I am back again to see Suede play their second of two shows at Hammersmith.

I manage to see a few songs by support act THE HORRORS.

The band have released five studio albums: Strange House (2007), Primary Colours (2009), Skying (2011),

Luminous (2014) and V (2017) all of which charted within the UK Top 40.

They are an ideal support act for Suede.

Their stage is very dimly lit along with some psychedelic images in the background.

Their moody art rock sound ticked along nicely and 'Still Life' still sounds great.

Full setlist played by The Horrors tonight...

Hologram

Machine

Who Can Say

Sea Within a Sea

Endless Blue

Still Life

Ghost

Something to Remember Me By

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SUEDE again arrive on stage just after 9pm and play an excellent 1 hour 45 mins set.

Like last night I have a superb view left of stage at the front.

Singer Brett Anderson gives it 100% as he is covered in sweat within a few songs.

As expected there are a few different songs added & dropped tonight compared to yesterday.

Brett again says how much he loves this venue in "W6".

The band sound was perfect and it was another really great show.

Full setlist played by Suede tonight...

As One

She

Outsiders

Killing of a Flashboy

We Are the Pigs

So Young

This Hollywood Life

Europe Is Our Playground

Tides

I Don't Know How to Reach You

Cold Hands

It Starts and Ends With You

Filmstar

Metal Mickey

Trash

Animal Nitrate

The Power (Brett on acoustic guitar with no microphone )

Still Life (Brett and Richard leading into full band )

The Invisibles

Flytipping

Encore:

Beautiful Ones

Life Is Golden









Saturday 13 October 2018.

Happy Birthday to rock vocalist SAMMY HAGAR who is 71 today.

I saw Sammy play some great shows at Hammersmith Odeon in the early 1980s.

Sammy Hagar,Riot Hammersmith Odeon, London 19.04.1980 Loads of classic Montrose played

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











Friday 12 October 2018.

SUEDE live at Hammersmith Apollo, London.

I have seen Suede around a dozen times since 1993.

Suede recently released their new album, ' The Blue Hour', in September. It is the final part of the triptych of albums recorded by the band since they reformed and released 2013’s 'Bloodsports'. The record is also complemented by some of the subject matter of Brett Anderson’s recent memoir, 'Coal Black Mornings'.

Suede’s previous studio album 'Night Thoughts' was released to great critical acclaim in 2016. The record went on to reach number 6 in the UK album charts. The groundbreaking live presentation of the album was accompanied by a feature film, directed by Roger Sargent.

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I end up missing all of The Horrors support set of a planned 45 mins.

The venue is rammed sold out for Suede's first ever show at this venue.

Suede are one of those bands that attract a cool looking set of fans.

SUEDE arrive on stage at 9pm and play for 1 hour 45 mins.

I get a superb view front left of stage.

The first two songs are performed behind a see through curtain.

Singer Brett Anderson is totally mesmerising tonight as he is in top form.

It is stalls standing so he spends nearly half the show in the photographers pit as he gets up nice

and close and sweaty to mingle with the hardcore fans down the front.

Now aged 51,Brett Anderson's posturing and increasingly exposed puffed out chest are great to watch.

His slim frame prowls the stage looking like a mix of David Bowie and Bryan Ferry.

Fab gems played included 'So Young, ‘Trash’, Animal Nitrate’, ‘Metal Mickey’ , 'Filmstar' and a

stunning encore of 'Beautiful Ones’ with all the crowd singing out the lyrics loudly.

A great show.

Full Suede setlist played tonight...

As One

Wastelands

Outsiders

We Are the Pigs

So Young

Heroine

The Drowners

He's Dead

Tides

Roadkill

Sabotage

Dolly

It Starts and Ends With You

Filmstar

Metal Mickey

Trash

Animal Nitrate

Pantomime Horse (Brett solo)

The 2 of Us

The Invisibles

Flytipping

Encore:

Beautiful Ones

Life Is Golden







Friday 12 October 2018.

Happy Birthday to The Damned singer DAVE VANIAN who is 62 today.







Thursday 11 October 2018...I went to three events tonight...

5.45pm to 6.15pm

JOE STRUMMER exhibition , Fred Perry , 9 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London WC2.

Passionate about keeping his own work, Strummer left an archive of over 20,000 items. Fred Perry have worked with the Creative Director of the Joe Strummer Archive, Robert Gordon McHarg III to curate an exhibition of never-seen-before possessions, including lyrics, set lists and notebooks, artwork, photographs and audio recordings.

Limited edition patches have been designed exclusively for the exhibition and will be available for you to take away. Each one has a unique story to tell.

I saw Joe many times with The Clash and 10 times solo in the period 1999 to 2002 when he started touring

a lot again including his last two ever London shows in November 2002...just a month before he died.

The exhibition coincides with the release of a 32 track compilation of Joe's career outside of The Clash.

It is a fairly small collection of items in the basement area of the store.

It includes 200 mainly DIY cassettes and the Beat Boxes that Joe used to own and play them on.

Memorabilia including lyrics ,photos, artwork , gig tickets and passes etc.

Some battered old musical equipment.

Well worth a visit for 20 or 30 mins if you are in the Covent Garden area.

It is on from 29th September – 14th October.....open on Sunday until 5pm.

www.fredperry.com

Visit the Fred Perry website here for more info.

then

6.30pm to 8.30pm

BOB DYLAN - private view - Halcyon Gallery, 144-146 New Bond Street, London W1.

Halcyon Gallery presents a brand new Bob Dylan collection - Mondo Scripto - featuring the artist and songwriter’s most renowned lyrics, each handwritten by him in pen on paper and accompanied by an original pencil drawing by the artist. Mondo Scripto opens on Tuesday, 9th October, and will run through to 30 November.

The exhibition got a five star review in The Standard.

Around 150 guests here tonight including BILL WYMAN and his wife.

Also here was legendary live music booking agent BARRY DICKENS who co-founded ITB with

Rod MacSween and is long time UK & Europe booking agent for Bob Dylan , Neil Young, Paul Simon.

Pretty amazing how Bob's handwritten lyrics here as so neatly presented with each drawing next to them.

Bob has written out 60 of his finest songs from 1961 to 2006.

Downstairs from 7.30pm to 8.15pm we had a video presentation and discussion on Bob Dylan.

We were told that over 500 books have been written about Bob Dylan.

I managed to get a complimentary press copy of the superb 333 page book on the exhibition.

It includes copies of all the lyrics and drawings on display.

Free admission to this exhibition until 30 Nov so well worth popping in to see it.

Complimentary Taittinger champers and canapés for all guests.

www.halcyongallery.com

Visit the Halcyon Gallery here for more info.

then

8.45pm to 11.15pm

THE CONDUIT - private members club launch party - 40 Conduit Street, London W1.

Mayfair is to be home to yet another new members' club - with the taking over of Washington House by the founder of New York-based, ethical fashion brand Maiyet. The eight-storey building at Conduit Street, next to the Westbury Hotel, was formerly home to Brasserie Chavot and a basement nightclub as well as providing event space and conference facilities. Expect the new club to feature dedicated work, lifestyle and social spaces as well as several open terraces.

The owners say they want members to be drawn from a range of industries, genders, ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds, and there will be tiered pricing to facilitate this: £800 as an annual fee to under-33s and those working in not-for-profit, less lucrative sectors, compared with the standard £1800.

A massive event as there must be 500 guests here spread out over all the different floors.

A dj is playing tunes on each floor.

Complimentary drinks and food included three different cocktails including Espresso Martinis ,

wines, beers, canapés, ham's and cheese's stations,desserts.

www.theconduit.com

Visit their website here for more info.









Thursday 11 October 2018.

Happy Birthday to one of my earliest football heroes - Rodney Marsh who is 74 today.

From 1966–1972 he played with Queens Park Rangers.









Wednesday 10 October 2018...7.15pm to 10.15pm...

THE PROGRESS 1000 PARTY - 26 Leake Street, London SE1.

The Standard paper celebrates London's Most Influential People in 2018.

26 Leake Street is a brand new, 1,200 capacity, multipurpose venue underneath Waterloo Station.

It is in the edgy 'graffiti tunnel' which is where they celebrate street art all along the tunnel.

A massive crowd here as 800 folks are on the guest list.

At 7.50pm we have three songs performed by THE KINGDOM CHOIR including a great 'Lovely Day'.

They were the gospel choir who performed at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

They have recently signed a major record deal with Sony Music UK.

The Kingdom Choir performed in front of an estimated global TV audience of 1.9 billion people at the

royal wedding on 19 May....Prior to that, their biggest show had attracted about 200 people.

At 8.05pm we have a speech from The Standard's Editor and ex MP George Osborne.

He handed the main award to Sajid Javid (The Home Secretary).

A few faces here including leading showbiz agent Jonathan Shalit, Rachel Johnson, Peter Tatchell,

Harold Tillman and Nick Ferrari.

A dj was playing some good dance tunes.

Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers, vodka cocktails, Negroni's , wines and beers.

Along with bowl food, canapés and desserts.

www.standard.co.uk

Visit The Standard website here for more info on the list.









Wednesday 10 October 2018.

Happy Birthday to David Lee Roth who is 64 today.







Tuesday 09 October 2018...I went to two events tonight...

7pm to 9.15pm

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

Following an enthusiastic response from the general public to the Tusk Rhino Trail displayed on the streets of London in August and September, this exciting initiative culminates in style on Tuesday, 9th October with the sale by auction of the rhinos at Christie’s Auction House. Each stunning rhino sculpture has been donated to Tusk by well-known and highly collectable artists, including Marc Quinn, Zhang Huan, Gavin Turk and the Chapman Brothers.

Around 200 guests at this well known auction house.

Rock legend RONNIE WOOD and his wife Sally are here as Ronnie has painted one of the rhinos.

They are friendly and chatty to all as i get a photo of me with Ronnie and he signed my catalog.

Others here included Katherine Jenkins, Zac Goldsmith & Viscount David Linley.

At 7.45pm we had a video & speech from Zac Goldsmith then the 21 rhinos were auctioned off.

Ronnie's went for a staggering £100k which was more than three times that of any of the others fetched.

Ronnie & Sally sat front row left and when his rhino came up for auction Ronnie Wood stood up and

threw in two vip tickets for a future Rolling Stones concert...a bit odd as they have none planned at the moment???

The auction raised over £500k tonight.

Complimentary Justerini & Brooks champers, whiskey cocktails and tasty canapés for all guests.

www.tuskrhinotrail.com

Visit the Tusk website here for more info and pictures of each rhino.

then

9.30pm to 11.30pm

THE HEIGHT OF THE STORM - press/vip night party - Browns, 82-84 St Martins Lane, London WC2.

The performance was held earlier at Wyndhams Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London WC2.

Florian Zeller's latest play The Height of the Storm is a compelling family drama revolving around André and Madeleine, a married couple of fifty years. The play takes place during one weekend on which their daughters visit.

Over 200 guests have taken over the entire ground floor of this restaurant & bar.

Star of the show Jonathan Pryce is here and so is Monty Python legend/film director Terry Gilliam.

Complimentary prosecco, wines, beers and tasty canapés for all guests.

www.wyndhamstheatre.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.









Monday 08 October 2018...6.30pm to 11.30pm...

LEGENDS OF FOOTBALL AWARD to FRANK LAMPARD OBE at

The Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London W1.

Tonight raised monies for NORDOFF ROBBINS MUSIC THERAPY.

A massive event as 1200 guests (mainly men) are seated for dinner (120 tables of 10).

Even all the main record companies have a table,Universal Music, Sony Music, Warner Music

and nice to see Fiction Records here (best known for being the home of The Cure).

At 6.30pm was complimentary Laurent Perrier champers reception for an hour before dinner & wines.

Many well known footballers and football managers are here tonight and a couple of non footie celebs.

Frank Lampard was joined by wife Christine as he was honoured at this year's Legends of Football gala. Lampard's close friend and former teammate John Terry was also among guests at Grosvenor House, as well as his father Frank Lampard Senior, Harry Redknapp, Rachel Riley, Mark Foster, Claudio Ranieri, Sven Goran Erickson , Petr Cech, David Moyles,

Sam Alladyce, Roy Hodgson, Mark Hughes, Sammy Lee, Ainsley Harriott, Nicky Clarke, Avram Grant,

John Barnes, Garth Crooks, Chris Houghton, Jamie Carragher, Alan Pardew, Alan Smith,

Bill Curbishley ( manager of The Who) , Alan Curbishley (ex footie manager) and a few others.

Teams with players on tables here included Chelsea, Man City, Brighton, C Palace and Derby.

I got my photo taken with Harry Redknapp and Claudio Ranieri.

The rock band The Darkness were here as supporters of Nordoff Robbins.

Meal First Course = Crispy salt cod fritter

Meal Second Course = Pan-fried fillet of grass-fed beef with potatoes and veg

A comedian did great impersonations of guests not here including Jose Mourinho, Harry Kane, Roy Keane.

A nice result by them to get Roger Daltrey as this is one of only two shows outside of North America

that he has played this year, I was also at the other one - The Royal Albert Hall in March 2018.

ROGER DALTREY & band (feat Simon Townshend) arrived on stage at 9.20pm for a six song 25 mins set.

Roger Daltrey opened the set with a rare live version of 'Let My Love Open the Door' .He covered the song in 2015 for a campaign involving Teen Cancer America and First Citizens Bank.A full version was released in February 2016, with all proceeds going to Teen Cancer America....a great set...

Let My Love Open the Door (Pete Townshend cover)

The Kids Are Alright (The Who song)

Behind Blue Eyes (The Who song)

Pinball Wizard (The Who song)

Squeeze Box (The Who song)

Substitute (The Who song)

Meal Third Course = Coffee & mascarpone mousse with coffee & Petit Fours.

From 10.15pm to 10.35pm Harry Redknapp and John Terry paid tribute to Frank Lampard.

FRANK LAMPARD was given the main award for his glittering career.

Lots of video clips of Frank playing were on the big screens throughout the evening.

Frank is best known for playing for West Ham , Chelsea, England and others.

Frank won loads of trophies with Chelsea and is now manager of Derby County.

913 games with five clubs

274 goals

106 England Caps

4 FA Cup Wins

3 Premier League Titles

2 European Trophies

There was an entertaining auction of sporting lots.

A great evening.







Saturday 06 October 2018... I went to two events today,

3pm to 5pm

Spurs 1 Cardiff City 0...Spurs still playing home games at Wembley Stadium.

After QPR, Spurs have always been my second team.This is mainly due to their early 1970s

team that featured players including Pat Jennings, Cyril Knowles, Steve Perryman, Martin Chivers,

Alan Gilzean and others.

Did not get to see them for their last season at White Hart Lane but good to see them at Wembley.

We are upstairs in Level 5 where this huge stadium is 75% unsold with lots of empty blocks.

Only just over 43,000 here which is pretty low compared to Spurs usual big crowds at Wembley.

Eric Dier scored the only goal of the game in the eighth minute, tapping in a loose ball.

Cardiff remain the only side Tottenham striker Harry Kane has faced but not scored against in the Premier League.

Not the best of games on a rainy afternoon, but three points for Spurs.

then

PINEAPPLE THIEF + LIZZARD live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Following up on the unprecedented success of their 2016 album, 'Your Wilderness', progressive rock group Pineapple Thief are back with a UK tour, culminating in their biggest show to date at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire to showcase their newest studio album 'Dissolution'.

Tonight is the final night of their UK & European Tour.

Support comes from French art Prog band Lizzard.

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Level 3 is closed tonight but an impressive 1200 fans are here to witness the headliners.

Pretty good for a band that most rock fans have never heard of.

LIZZARD arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 45 mins.

Lizzard are a trio who have a female drummer.

Good musicians and their proggy sound went down well with the crowd.

PINEAPPLE THIEF arrived on stage at 9.05pm and played for 1 hour 40 mins.

In the crowd was comedian Al Murray - The Pub Landlord.

The band are good musicians, though I do not know any of their songs.

The addition of drummer Gavin Harrison, from not one but two legendary progressive rock bands in

Porcupine Tree and King Crimson, has made a quantum leap in quality and reputation.

A decent enough show for me, but the crowd loved it.

Full Pineapple Thief setlist played tonight...

Try as I Might

In Exile

Alone at Sea

Threatening War

Far Below

No Man's Land

That Shore

All That You’ve Got

Shed a Light

3000 Days

Part Zero

White Mist

Nothing at Best

Encore:

Not Naming Any Names

The Final Thing on My Mind

Snowdrops









Friday 05 October 2018.

LUKE COMBS + ASHLEY McBRYDE live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Luke Combs plays the second of two sold out shows at Shepherds Bush Empire.

With gritty lyrics and brazen vocals, singer/songwriter Luke Combs took to the country music landscape with unbound ferocity and is now bringing his chart-topping talent to the UK. This North Carolina native will be performing his debut album, This One’s for You, with its multi-platinum singles and which Rolling Stone heralded as the “Best Country Album of 2017.”

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Lots of the crowd are dressed up country music style including checked shirts , boots , jeans etc.

ASHLEY McBRYDE arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 55 mins.

Most of the crowd are in early to see her.

Ashley McBryde is a country music singer-songwriter from Arkansas.She has released one album, "Girl Going Nowhere", which includes the single, "A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega", on Warner Bros. Records Nashville.

On her own with an acoustic guitar with some great stage banter, her songs went down well with the crowd.

LUKE COMBS & band arrived on stage at 9.15pm and played for 90 mins.

The crowd seem to know the lyrics to most of his set.

There is no doubt he is a great lyricist as the crowd sings along loudly.

Plenty of guitar driven country rock tunes.

Four of the six people on stage are wearing baseball caps.

At the age of 28 he appears grateful to bring his music around the world as he said " three years ago

i had not even been on a plane".

Highlights included 'Beer Never Broke My Heart', 'Hurricane', 'Honky Tonk Highway',

'When It Rains It Pours' and his current single 'She Got The Best Of Me' which was a great power ballad.

The encore was the moving ' Beautiful Crazy' , an ode to Combs’ girlfriend and the Southern rock sound of

'Let The Moonshine'.

The songs ticked along nicely and it was a good show.

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Adrians Bar & Bistro, showcase 6pm to 8pm,

50 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1.

I was on the guest list for this showcase but could not get along as I was committed to the gig above.

My friends took my place and it said it was a nice venue.

www.adrianbarbistro.com

Visit their website here for more info.









Thursday 04 October 2018...I went to two events tonight...

6.45pm to 9pm

BODY WORLDS - launch party - The London Pavillion, 1 Piccadilly Circus, London W1.

Dr Gunther von Hagens’ renowned exhibition of real human bodies has sparked curiosity and awe around the world with over 47 million visitors globally in over 100 countries.Journey through the human body and discover the magic and mysteries that lie underneath the skin. Expect a unique, exciting and interactive journey through the human body, described by many as ‘emotional’, ‘extraordinary’ and even ‘life-changing’.

A prime location as they have taken over the site that used to be 'Ripley's : Believe It or Not!'.

which was located right next to Piccadilly Circus tube station.

You take the lift up to the 5th floor as the exhibition is over the 5th floor and 4th floors.

You have headphones as well as descriptions as you wander the dozen different areas.

At 7.45pm we have a couple of speeches , including from Dr Gunther Von Hagens.

You may remember him from the major publicity he got in Nov 2002 when in Brick Lane, London E1

he performed the first public autopsy since 1830.

A Dj is playing tunes in the background.

On the 3rd floor is the drinks and entertaining space for the 200 guests.

Ticket prices seem steep as it is £24.50 for adults and £17.50 for children.

I would imagine it will be popular with classes of school children and their teachers.

Complimentary Cava, wines, Peroni beers and canapés for all guests.

All guests got a goodie bag with a few items from their gift store including the main book.

www.bodyworlds.com

Visit the Body Worlds website here for full info and to buy tickets.

then

9.05pm to 10.45pm

SIMON DE PURY FRIEZE PARTY - Maison Assouline, 196a Piccadilly, London W1.

Around 100 guests here at this gallery a few yards from the Fortnum & Mason store.

Quite a lot of people i know here which is always good.

A lively party as Fat Tony is the dj on the balcony.

Complimentary Ruinart champers until 10pm , then it was prosecco.









Wednesday 03 October 2018.

A great evening with three good events related to FRIEZE ART LONDON 2018.

6.30pm to 8pm

21st CENTURY WOMEN -private view- Unit London, 3 Hanover Square, London W1.

A group exhibition at Unit London by curators Fru Tholstrup and Jane Neal. Featuring a host of British female artists, including work by Polly Morgan and Jenny Saville, among others, in a powerful exhibition celebrating 100 years of the women’s right to vote being passed in Britain.

Over 200 guests here over the two floors of this smart gallery including Anthea Turner, Alistair Guy and Kim Hersov.

Complimentary drinks and food including three different Patron Tequila cocktails including Old Fashioned and canapés.

The exhibition is on until 31 Oct 2018.

www.theunitldn.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then

8.15pm to 10.30pm

VANITY FAIR & CHRISTIES FRIEZE PARTY , Christie's , King Street, St James's, London SW1.

A massive party as 800 guests are here over all levels and rooms of this famous gallery.

Lots of accents from Italy, France, Spain etc who are over here for Frieze Week.

Lots of very elegantly dressed women here tonight.

On the decks is one of the 'go to' party girls - DJ Henri.

Complimentary Taittinger champers, Absolut Vodka Cocktails, Plymouth Gin Cocktails ,

cartoons of food and a cheese buffet table.

www.christies.com

Visit the Christies website here for more info.

then

10.45pm to 1am

THE ARTS CLUB FRIEZE PARTY , The Arts Club, Dover Street, London W1.

Over 200 guests here over the two top floors of this cool private members club.

Guests included Example, Professor Green and Ozwald Boateng.

Goldie was the dj here and played some great tunes including Maze 'Joy & Pain'.

American soul & funk act Maze used to play great shows at Hammersmith Odeon back in the 1980s.

A much bigger and better party than expected.

Complimentary Ruinart champers, two different cocktails and canapés for all guests.

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I did not get along to this event as other stuff on and i don't like the venue.

50 years of The Kinks photographs - private view - at Proud Gallery, John Adam Street, London WC2.

My mate Matt was there and he confirmed Ray & Dave Davies both turned up for it.

It is on until 18 Nov 2018.









Tuesday 02 October 2018... 8pm to 10pm - Reading play QPR .

Reading ( 5th from bottom) play QPR (6th from bottom).

Many QPR fans will be there as it's a direct route from Ealing and Paddington to Reading on the train

and easy to get there by car as only 30/35 miles each way.

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Around 1200 QPR fans made the journey.

These days i do support Reading a bit...but not when they play QPR.

A great 1-0 away win by QPR was good to witness.









Tuesday 02 October 2018.

Geoff Emerick, The Beatles audio engineer for ‘Revolver’, ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’, ‘The White Album’ and ‘Abbey Road’ has died at the age of 72.

Emerick began work at Abbey Road as an assistant engineer when he was 15-years old. On his second day, he was working with The Beatles. He witnessed the first ever recording session by The Beatles at Abbey Road.









Monday 01 October 2018....I went to two events tonight...

7pm to 8pm

BMI Awards at The Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London W1.

The BMI Awards are annual award ceremonies for songwriters and publishers.

I have been here several times over the past decade with the main BMI Icon Award going to Jay Kay last year

and previous years included John Lydon, Sting, Bryan Ferry and Yoko Ono.

Around 300 guests here at this black tie event at this famous five star hotel.

Tonight, BMI proudly honored acclaimed film composer Harry Gregson-Williams with the BMI Icon Award at the 2018 BMI London Awards. Guests including Liam Payne, James Arthur, Natasha Bedingfield, Tinie Tempah , Right Said Fred, Naughty Boy, Bernie Marsden and Trevor Rabin attended the awards at London’s Dorchester Hotel for an evening of celebration for UK and European songwriters, producers and publishers of the most-performed songs of 2017.

Harry Gregson-Williams, one of Hollywood’s most sought-after and prolific composers, received the BMI Icon Award in recognition of his unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers. On receiving this award, Gregson-Williams joins an elite group of composers and songwriters who have been named BMI Icons for their exemplary contributions to the art of music.

Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers for the arrivals reception.

We came back later for the awards after the dinner.

www.bmi.com

Visit the BMI website here for more info.

then

8.15pm to 10pm

Frieze London 2018 Party - Phillips Gallery, 30 Berkeley Square, London W1.

Frieze is London's biggest week of art showcases as most galleries have events & parties this week

and the main event is held in Regents Park.

Over 200 guests here.

A dj is playing tunes in the background.

Complimentary Ruinart champers, Cosmopolitan Cocktails, wines , beers and bowl food.

www.phillips.com

Visit the Phillips Gallery website here for more info.

then

Back to BMI Awards at The Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London W1.

10.15pm to 11.45pm

We came back here to see most of the awards being given out.

At 10.40pm the BMI Icon Award was given out Harry Gregson-Williams and for 15 mins

on the big screen it showed the many films he has been involved with and thanked

Hans Zimmer and Trevor Rabin.

The awards finished at 11pm but Liam Payne and Tinie Tempah left before then.

The others were all here including James Arthur, Natasha Bedingfield,Right Said Fred and Trevor Rabin.

Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers was still flowing along with a full bar so i had a couple

Disaronno with ice and Baileys with ice.









Monday 01 October 2018.

French music legend passes away.

French singer and songwriter Charles Aznavour has died at 94 after a career lasting more than 80 years.

The star died at one of his homes in the south east of France.

The performer, born to Armenian immigrants, sold more than 180 million records and featured in over 60 films.

He was best known for his 1974 hit 'She'and was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2017.

Aznavour married three times and had six children.

He was named entertainer of the century by CNN in 1998.

I saw him live back in 1974 when he played Hammersmith Odeon on the back of the success of 'She' and

also more recently at The Royal Albert Hall.









Sunday 30 September 2018.

SOFT CELL live at The 02 Arena, London.

Synth-pop pioneers Soft Cell will reunite for one last time ,in their first UK show for 15 years.

Marc Almond and Dave Ball will perform together for a one-off show, ‘One Night, One Final Time’, as they celebrate their 40th anniversary as a duo with their first UK show since 2003.

The show will be beamed live to some 250 cinemas around the UK and overseas.

I have seen Soft Cell several times including their early 1980s heyday and the first time was a bizarre one

as it was 1982 for a recording of The Old Grey Whistle Test where they supported Edgar Winter.

Soft Cell had ten Top 40 hits in the UK including a number one with 'Tainted Love' in 1981.

Soft Cell have returned with ‘Northern Lights’, their first new song in fifteen years to coincide with the show.

Marc Almond has had a full solo career outside of Soft Cell.

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I would not have thought Soft Cell were big enough to play this massive venue but it is totally sold out.

Despite front stalls seats costing £100 a pop.

A few faces here including Jarvis Cocker, Alex Kapranos (lead vocals Franz Ferdinand),

Rusty Egan (dj and ex drummer of The Rich Kids and Visage), Mark Jones (Wall of Sound Records),

Neil X (ex Sigue Sigue Sputnik) and no doubt a few more I did not see.

SOFT CELL arrive on stage at 7.50pm and play a mammoth set of 2 hours 40 mins.

Before the show I was thinking how are a synth duo going to project themselves in this huge space?

The answer is to the the big production boys in - Stufish.

U2, Madonna, the Rolling Stones, the London and Beijing Olympics, Pink Floyd, Cirque du Soleil – all their jawdropping extravaganzas have emerged from the small but skilled team at the Studio Fisher.

The main feature is three larger than usual big screens which excellently mix live footage with

great pre-recorded images, along with a small stage extension that Marc used.

Lots of lights including neon strips , lasers and flames.

Marc Almond is looking good for his age of 61 and Dave Ball is surrounded by a bank of synths/keyboards.

On some some songs they use percussion, trumpet, sax and four backing singers.

Sooo many great songs played in a long set.

Marc messed up the lyrics a couple of times and but just laughed it off.

The highlight was the last 30 mins where all the big hits were played and the crowd sang loudly.

A great show.

Full Soft Cell setlist played tonight...

Memorabilia

Monoculture

Darker Times

Together Alone

Torch

Forever the Same

Baby Doll

Insecure Me

Where the Heart Is

Numbers

Barriers

Loving You, Hating Me

Last Chance (with Mari Wilson)

Frustration

Youth

The Best Way to Kill

Meet Murder My Angel

Surrender to a Stranger

Somebody, Somewhere, Sometime

So [whilst off stage]

Martin

Heat

The Art of Falling Apart

Northern Lights

Soul Inside

What?

Bedsitter

Tainted Love (Gloria Jones cover)

Where Did Our Love Go (The Supremes cover)

Sex Dwarf

Say Hello, Wave Goodbye (ticker-tape falling over the front floor area)







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News and Reviews: 2nd October 2018

Monday 01 October 2018....I went to two events tonight...

7pm to 8pm

BMI Awards at The Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London W1.

The BMI Awards are annual award ceremonies for songwriters and publishers.

I have been here several times over the past decade with the main BMI Icon Award going to Jay Kay last year

and previous years included John Lydon, Sting, Bryan Ferry and Yoko Ono.

Around 300 guests here at this black tie event at this famous five star hotel.

Tonight, BMI proudly honored acclaimed film composer Harry Gregson-Williams with the BMI Icon Award at the 2018 BMI London Awards. Guests including Liam Payne, James Arthur, Natasha Bedingfield, Tinie Tempah , Right Said Fred, Naughty Boy, Bernie Marsden and Trevor Rabin attended the awards at London’s Dorchester Hotel for an evening of celebration for UK and European songwriters, producers and publishers of the most-performed songs of 2017.

Harry Gregson-Williams, one of Hollywood’s most sought-after and prolific composers, received the BMI Icon Award in recognition of his unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers. On receiving this award, Gregson-Williams joins an elite group of composers and songwriters who have been named BMI Icons for their exemplary contributions to the art of music.

Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers for the arrivals reception.

We came back later for the awards after the dinner.

www.bmi.com

Visit the BMI website here for more info.

then

8.15pm to 10pm

Frieze London 2018 Party - Phillips Gallery, 30 Berkeley Square, London W1.

Frieze is London's biggest week of art showcases as most galleries have events & parties this week

and the main event is held in Regents Park.

Over 200 guests here.

A dj is playing tunes in the background.

Complimentary Ruinart champers, Cosmopolitan Cocktails, wines , beers and bowl food.

www.phillips.com

Visit the Phillips Gallery website here for more info.

then

Back to BMI Awards at The Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London W1.

10.15pm to 11.45pm

We came back here to see most of the awards being given out.

At 10.40pm the BMI Icon Award was given out Harry Gregson-Williams and for 15 mins

on the big screen it showed the many films he has been involved with and thanked

Hans Zimmer and Trevor Rabin.

The awards finished at 11pm but Liam Payne and Tinie Tempah left before then.

The others were all here including James Arthur, Natasha Bedingfield,Right Said Fred and Trevor Rabin.

Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers was still flowing along with a full bar so i had a couple

Disaronno with ice and Baileys with ice.









Monday 01 October 2018.

French music legend passes away.

French singer and songwriter Charles Aznavour has died at 94 after a career lasting more than 80 years.

The star died at one of his homes in the south east of France.

The performer, born to Armenian immigrants, sold more than 180 million records and featured in over 60 films.

He was best known for his 1974 hit 'She'and was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2017.

Aznavour married three times and had six children.

He was named entertainer of the century by CNN in 1998.

I saw him live back in 1974 when he played Hammersmith Odeon on the back of the success of 'She' and

also more recently at The Royal Albert Hall.









Sunday 30 September 2018.

SOFT CELL live at The 02 Arena, London.

Synth-pop pioneers Soft Cell will reunite for one last time ,in their first UK show for 15 years.

Marc Almond and Dave Ball will perform together for a one-off show, ‘One Night, One Final Time’, as they celebrate their 40th anniversary as a duo with their first UK show since 2003.

The show will be beamed live to some 250 cinemas around the UK and overseas.

I have seen Soft Cell several times including their early 1980s heyday and the first time was a bizarre one

as it was 1982 for a recording of The Old Grey Whistle Test where they supported Edgar Winter.

Soft Cell had ten Top 40 hits in the UK including a number one with 'Tainted Love' in 1981.

Soft Cell have returned with ‘Northern Lights’, their first new song in fifteen years to coincide with the show.

Marc Almond has had a full solo career outside of Soft Cell.

-----------------------

I would not have thought Soft Cell were big enough to play this massive venue but it is totally sold out.

Despite front stalls seats costing £100 a pop.

A few faces here including Jarvis Cocker, Alex Kapranos (lead vocals Franz Ferdinand),

Rusty Egan (dj and ex drummer of The Rich Kids and Visage), Mark Jones (Wall of Sound Records),

Neil X (ex Sigue Sigue Sputnik) and no doubt a few more I did not see.

SOFT CELL arrive on stage at 7.50pm and play a mammoth set of 2 hours 40 mins.

Before the show I was thinking how are a synth duo going to project themselves in this huge space?

The answer is to the the big production boys in - Stufish.

U2, Madonna, the Rolling Stones, the London and Beijing Olympics, Pink Floyd, Cirque du Soleil – all their jawdropping extravaganzas have emerged from the small but skilled team at the Studio Fisher.

The main feature is three larger than usual big screens which excellently mix live footage with

great pre-recorded images, along with a small stage extension that Marc used.

Lots of lights including neon strips , lasers and flames.

Marc Almond is looking good for his age of 61 and Dave Ball is surrounded by a bank of synths/keyboards.

On some some songs they use percussion, trumpet, sax and four backing singers.

Sooo many great songs played in a long set.

Marc messed up the lyrics a couple of times and but just laughed it off.

The highlight was the last 30 mins where all the big hits were played and the crowd sang loudly.

A great show.

Full Soft Cell setlist played tonight...

Memorabilia

Monoculture

Darker Times

Together Alone

Torch

Forever the Same

Baby Doll

Insecure Me

Where the Heart Is

Numbers

Barriers

Loving You, Hating Me

Last Chance (with Mari Wilson)

Frustration

Youth

The Best Way to Kill

Meet Murder My Angel

Surrender to a Stranger

Somebody, Somewhere, Sometime

So [whilst off stage]

Martin

Heat

The Art of Falling Apart

Northern Lights

Soul Inside

What?

Bedsitter

Tainted Love (Gloria Jones cover)

Where Did Our Love Go (The Supremes cover)

Sex Dwarf

Say Hello, Wave Goodbye (ticker-tape falling over the front floor area)











Saturday 29 September 2018.

OCEAN COLOUR SCENE + BLACK GRAPE + ECHOBELLY live at Brixton Academy, London.

This all day event was billed as Star Shaped Festival where seven Brit Pop bands from the 1990s played.

I missed the first four bands and focused on the three headliners who all played 60 mins each.

My sources at the venue said over 500 freebie tix given out for this gig due to lack of ticket sales.

Huge guest lists for the press/guests/various website comps etc.

The A-List bands from the era including Oasis, Blur, Suede and Pulp were played by the djs between bands.

ECHOBELLY arrived on stage at 7pm.

The most prominent part of Echobelly's success formula was vocalist Sonya Madan, who is still with them.

I saw Echobelly twice in the 1990s.

They were one of the support bands when i saw The Sex Pistols play a stunning set in 1996

at The Phoenix Festival on their 'Filthy Lucre' reunion tour.

The band drowned out the vocals on some songs but they played a good set.

Great to hear tracks 'Great Things' and 'Dark Therapy' again.

Full Echobelly setlist played tonight...

Mouth Almighty

Car Fiction

Hey Hey Hey

We Know Better

Faces in the Mirror

I Can't Imagine the World Without Me

Anarchy and Alchemy

Bulldog Baby

Great Things

If the Dogs Don't Get You, My Sisters Will

King of the Kerb

Dark Therapy

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BLACK GRAPE arrived on stage at 8.40pm.

Black Grape feature former members of Happy Mondays and Ruthless Rap Assassins. Their musical style fuses funk and electronic rock with electronic programming and samples.

Shaun Ryder ex Happy Mondays is still one of their two vocalists who bounce off each other well.

They still seem to be glorifying taking drugs as usual, but they created a nice indie dance vibe.

The set included their Top 10 hits and a couple of tracks from their new album.

Full Black Grape setlist played tonight...

In the Name of the Father

Tramazi Parti

Nine Lives

A Big Day in the North

Set the Grass on Fire

Reverend Black Grape

Yeah Yeah Brother

Pop Voodoo

Shake Well Before Opening

Little Bob

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OCEAN COLOUR SCENE arrived on stage at 10.05pm.

I have seen OCS several times before as they play loads of gigs each year.

Steve Cradock is their guitarist and also he plays the guitar in Paul Weller's band, having appeared on all of Weller's solo records following his self-titled debut solo album.

They have the most fans here tonight and play a good set including hits 'Profit in Peace',

'The Riverboat Song', 'You've Got It Bad' and 'The Day We Caught The Train'.

Full OCS setlist played tonight...

Profit in Peace

The Riverboat Song

One for the Road

The Circle

July

Drive Away

Up on the Downside

Better Day

You've Got It Bad

Get Blown Away

Travellers Tune

Hundred Mile High City

The Day We Caught the Train











Saturday 29 September 2018.

Sad news that MARTY BALIN has passed away.

Marty Balin, best known for his role as co-founder and vocalist for San Francisco band Jefferson Airplane,

has died at the age of 76.

I saw him play three years ago at Brooklyn Bowl @ The 02 Arena complex.









Friday 28 September 2018.

ZICO live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Zico, aged 26, is a South Korean rapper, record producer, singer-songwriter and leader of the boy group Block B, signed under the label KQ Entertainment. He has released two solo albums, ' Gallery ' and ' Television '.

Acts from countries including Korea, Japan, Taiwan are getting more and more popular in the UK.

I saw Babymetal from Japan headlining Wembley Arena a couple of years ago.

Mayday from Taiwan headlined The 02 Arena in March 2018.

I will be going to this show as a friend has a plus one guest list place for me.

This is part of Zico 'King of the Zungle' European Tour.

A couple of days ago he was in Madrid and two days after London he is Berlin.

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It is pretty full tonight as maybe 1600 out of 2000 tickets sold.

Amazing cobsidering only fans of K-Pop music know who he is.

They search it out on YouTube i presume.

The video for Zico track 'Bermuda Triangle' has had 33 million views.

We have a 95% female crowd here tonight with many from Asia.

Fans claim their spot quickly and stay there and hardly anyone buys any booze.

Ticket prices are steep as 180 fans have paid £190 for VVIP early entrance to the front four rows

and 'a high five' after the show with Zico ...yes just 'a high five' only , no photographs or signing etc.

It was £90 for stalls standing general which was also steeply priced.

There was no support and ZICO was on from 7.30pm to 9pm...so 90 mins on stage.

An early finish to allow for the meet n greet 'high five' after.

A crazy atmosphere as the excitable crowd are screaming loud throughout the show.

The know most of the words to most of the tracks.

A basic production with two big screens showing live footage and pre-recorded images along

with half a dozen male dancers on some some songs but there is no band...it's all sung to a backing track.

His sound has got elements of Eminem to it as he mixes K-Pop and Hip-Hop.

The lyrics seem to be a mix of English and his native tongue.

A better than expected show.











Friday 28 September 2018.

My security friends at The Roundhouse told me that Brian Johnson (AC/DC) was at the

Nick Mason show there on Monday night.









Friday 28 September 2018.

Billy Idol's Vital Idol gets a modern day upgrade with his new release of

Vital Idol: Revitalized OUT NOW on CD & DIGITAL and on 16th November (Vinyl) through Virgin EMI/UMC.

Lending their hands to the Revitalized proceedings are electronic dance luminaries including Moby, Paul Oakenfold and The Crystal Method together with current innovators including Tropkillaz and Shiba San.









Thursday 27 September 2018.

KYLIE live at The 02 Arena, London.

Kylie plays the second of three shows at this big venue.

Kylie Minogue has dropped her surname for live performances so is now just Kylie.

Kylie is on a UK arena tour to promote her number one country tinged album 'Golden'.

The CASSETTE version of her album is the best selling cassette this year selling over 2800 copies.

Kylie is still looking amazing for age 50 as she celebrates 30 years of hit singles and albums.

To date, Minogue has sold more than 80 million records worldwide. She has sold over 10.1 million singles in the United Kingdom alone, making her the 12th best-selling singles artist and the 3rd best-selling female artist in UK history.

I have seen her over a dozen times since 1998 when she played at Shepherds Bush Empire.

Kylie is always excellent live and i would make her my fave female artist in concert after Madonna.

I have already seen her twice this year for the launch gig for the new album at Cafe de Paris and the

BBC Radio 2 show in Hyde Park just over a fortnight ago.

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A large gold circle standing area that takes up the front half of the floor standing.

Kylie now charging £150 plus booking fees for that....yikes!

Lots of gay men here down the front who can afford those silly prices.

KYLIE is on stage for two hours over two sets of 55 mins and 65 mins.

We have a nice big stage production with big screens showing live footage and pre-recorded images

along with lots of lights, lasers, ticker-tape, disco ball, streamers and eight dancers ( 6 male and 2 female).

Kylie had a full band with two female backing singers.

Kylie made several costume catches including a great tight leather black biker catsuit outfit.

Not as visually incredible compared to previous tours such as the 2011 tour 'Aphrodite: Les Folies Tour (also known as Aphrodite Live) but still visually great to look at.

The 'pop princess with the heart melting smile' was on top form tonight.

A nicely paced set with the first set a bit of a slower vibe and the second set was more uptempo.

Loads of her many classic hits played as the crowd sang along loudly to them.

The setlist featured several tracks from her recent album 'Golden'.

An excellent show.

Full KYLIE setlist played tonight...

FIRST SET

Golden

Get Outta My Way

Better the Devil You Know

Blue Velvet (Tony Bennett cover)

Confide in Me

I Believe in You

Where the Wild Roses Grow (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds cover) (Snippet)

In Your Eyes

A Lifetime to Repair

Shelby '68

Radio On

Wow

Can't Get You Out of My Head

The Chain (Fleetwood Mac cover) (instrumental outro snippet)

SECOND SET

Slow

Kids (Robbie Williams cover)

The One

Stop Me From Falling

Wouldn't Change a Thing

Especially for You (Jason Donovan & Kylie Minogue cover)

Lost Without You

All the Lovers

New York City / Raining Glitter / On a Night Like This

The Loco-Motion (Carole King cover)

Spinning Around

Encore:

Love at First Sight

Dancing











Wednesday 26 September 2018...I went to two events tonight...

6pm to 6.45pm

SHARA HUGHES -private view - The Arts Club, Dover Street, London W1.

Always nice to be at this plush private members club.

Around 70 or 80 smartly dressed guests here.

Shara Hughes is a contemporary Brooklyn based American painter known for her colorful invented landscapes. Employing varied marks, the artist loosely depicts floating moons, gnarled trees, and blazing sunlight. As in the paintings of David Hockney and Charles Burchfield, Hughes’s works defy conventional depictions of space and light while still adhering to a pictorial logic. “Texture, pattern, and perspective is something I like to use to describe a space in ways that maybe don't always make sense,” she has explained.Today, her works are held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Denver Art Museum, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., among others.

Around a dozen colourful paintings here.

Complimentary wines and beers for all guests.

then

7pm to 9pm

ZEBRANO CARNABY - 15th birthday party - 14/16 Ganton Street, London W1.

This bar & restaurant is located just off Carnaby Street.

It is over two floors with the larger space down in the basement.

A very buzzy lively crowd as over 200 guests here.

Guests included Vanessa Feltz and Tallia Storm.

A trio played some cover versions.

The floor downstairs had some guests dancing to the dj sounds.

They have a daily Happy Hour from 5pm to 8pm for reduced price drinks.

Complimentary prosecco, three different cocktails and canapés for all guests.

www.zebranolondon.com

Visit the Zebrano website here for more info on their bars.









Tuesday 25 September 2018...6.30pm to 9.15pm...

OCEANIA - private view - Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London W1.

A real buzz for this one as Royalty is on the guest list so there is extra security and

all the 500 guests have to show photo id to match their name on the guest list.

Around 30 photographers and tv crews are here in the courtyard waiting.

MEGHAN MARKLE stepped out for her first solo royal engagement tonight.

The Duchess of Sussex, 37, geared up for her tour Down Under with Prince Harry, 34, next month by

attending the opening of a Pacific art exhibit.

In her second public outing of the week, Meghan headed to the Royal Academy of Art in London’s Piccadilly to see “Oceania,” an exhibit featuring some 200 artifacts from Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia, a huge ocean area encompassing New Guinea, Easter Island, Hawaii and New Zealand.

Meghan chose to wear a black Givenchy dress with billowing sheer sleeves (her wedding dress designer!) and her go-to black pumps by Aquazzura for the milestone moment. She kept her long hair straight and sleek and carried a Givenchy clutch.

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A dozen native dancers and singers in national costume performed for us on arrival.

The exhibition is spread over a dozen rooms and celebrates 250 years since Captain Cook

embarked on the first of his three voyages across the Pacific Ocean , an area that was

largely unknown to Europeans at the time.

At 7.10pm we had a couple of speeches but not from Meghan.

Meghan had the full Royal treatment as she went through the exhibition room by room but the

general public were only allowed in when she had moved on to the next room.

I got a few glimpses of her but she was kept away from the peasants.

Downstairs was complimentary Bouvet sparkling wines along with canapés, cheeses and hams etc.

www.royalacademy.org.uk

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.







Tuesday 25 September 2018.

BLONDIE classic album 'Parallel Lines' was released 40 years ago this week.

Parallel Lines contains several of Blondie's best-known hits, including "Heart of Glass", "Hanging on the Telephone", "Sunday Girl" and "One Way or Another". Six of the twelve tracks were issued as singles, either in the US or the UK.

The album has sold over 20 million copies worldwide.

I remember buying it when it first came out and also buying the

American version in 1979 when i went to New York.







Monday 24 September 2018...I went to two events tonight...

7pm to 7.45pm

BEST Hero Awards at The Waldorf Hilton Hotel, Aldwych , London WC2.

BEST is a weekly woman's magazine in the UK.

We are here for the red carpet press/VIP drinks reception in the stunning ballroom of the luxury hotel.

Only 110 guests with 11 tables with 10 guests on each.

Some tv celebrities here to give out the awards later after the dinner.

Eamonn Holmes, Gloria Hunniford, Linda Lusardi, Lizzie Cundy, Ola and James Jordan.

A few others too.

Complimentary champers for all guests.

then

BIFFY CLYRO live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

A smallish gig for these Scottish rockers as they have headlined Wembley Arena and The 02 Arena

and headlined big festivals in the past so this show sold out pronto.

Biffy Clyro are playing an acoustic tour to accompany the summer release of their ‘MTV Unplugged’ album.

Biffy Clyro were on stage for around 1 hour 45 mins.

It is more semi-acoustic rather than acoustic as there are still drums and bass etc.

Half a dozen big spotlights around the stage at low level to give it an intimate feel.

Great to hear classics like 'Bubbles' and 'Many of Horror' played in this way with all the crowd singing.

However , i still prefer them as a full on electric rock band.

An enjoyable show.

Full Biffy Clyro setlist played tonight

The Captain

Biblical

Saturday Superhouse

Re-Arrange

Drop It

Black Chandelier

As Dust Dances

Folding Stars

Different People

Different Kind of Love

The Rain

Mountains

Adored

Opposite

Justboy

Medicine

Small Wishes

Bubbles

Machines

Encore:

Friends and Enemies

God & Satan

Many of Horror

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When I got out of the gig i switched my phone back on and a friend had sent me a message that said

"Photos on the internet of Led Zeppelin book launch tonight".

Did not have that on my radar for September as i thought it was happening in October.

'Led Zeppelin' by Led Zeppelin, the official illustrated book marking the 50th anniversary of their formation, at

The National Portrait Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London.

Looks like JIMMY PAGE was the only member of Led Zeppelin in attendance and no other musicians

from any other bands were there as it looked a small event.









Monday 24 September 2018.

METALLICA are playing a European Tour of massive venues in 2019 including two UK shows.

The Metal icons will play Manchester’s Etihad Stadium on June 18.

London’s Twickenham Stadium on June 20.









Sunday 23 September 2018.

EUROPE + KING KING live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Europe are touring to promote their 11th studio album Walk the Earth!

Europe have sold over 25 million albums and the band’s all-conquering ' The Final Countdown '

album has alone sold over 15 million copies worldwide and the single of the same name was No 1 in 25 countries.

The official video for 'The Final Countdown' has been viewed over 500 million times on YouTube.

I have seen Europe around a dozen times since 1987.

Support band , King King are a British blues rock group, formed in 2008.

On their last UK tour King King headlined Shepherds Bush Empire.

King King have released four studio albums and one live album to date.

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EUROPE have been touring the UK a lot over the last few years with London shows at

Shepherds Bush Empire and The Roundhouse but this time it is a venue twice their size

which has resulted in the circle being 75% unsold tonight.

KING KING arrived on stage at 7.40pm and played for 50 mins.

I was looking forward to seeing King King as i have never seen them play live before.

The burly singer is from Glasgow and is wearing a kilt and desert boots.

Some good melodic blues rock songs that featured nifty guitar solos and nice Hammond organ.

They went down well with the crowd tonight.

EUROPE arrived on stage at 9pm and played for one hour 40 mins.

There is floor standing tonight so there are plenty of females down the front drooling over singer

Joey Tempest who still looks like a proper rock star.

A nice stage production with loads of lights on and above all the amplifiers, along with some pyros.

The new album tracks ticked along nicely but it was still the three big hits from 30 years ago,

'Rock The Night' , 'Carrie' and the pop rock perfection of 'The Final Countdown' that went down best.

A very enjoyable show.

Full Europe setlist played tonight...

Walk the Earth

The Siege

Rock the Night

Hole in My Pocket

Prelude

Last Look at Eden

Pictures

Firebox

Ready or Not

Turn to Dust

Sign of the Times

Vasastan

GTO

Carrie

Nothin' to Ya

Drum Solo (The William Tell Overture)

Scream of Anger

War of Kings

Superstitious (with snippet of "Here I Go Again" by Whitesnake)

Encore:

Cherokee

The Final Countdown











Saturday 22 September 2018...I spent a full day in Reading today.

3pm to 5pm

READING 3 HULL CITY 0

A very damp rainy day but Reading at last win a home Championship game.

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then a bit later...

Wall Of Sound showcase @ Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading.

Mark Jones, pioneer behind Wall Of Sound Records, invites you to experience some of his favourite new discoveries in Love Love Live, the first in a series of new music happenings.

HOT SAUCE PONY head up tonight, as they unleash their sound of explosive and brutal beauty. Described as a “a collision of the crushing and the delicate” by Soundblab, the sound is their own self-styled genre of ‘avant hard’ with echoes of hardcore, grunge and punk and topped off with the exquisite, sultry vocals of Caroline Gilchrist. Imagine Deerhunter and Mudhoney facing off while Marianne Faithful grabs the mic.

Their debut album is due for release early next year, recorded and engineered with Steve Albini (Pixies, Nirvana, PJ Harvey) at his Electrical Audio studios in Chicago with his trademark sound very much apparent. It follows the success of their controversial debut HSP single Fenced In, a raucous and heartfelt protest against gentrification and social apartheid. With their recent track ' Burnt Ends ' debuting at BBC 6Music, they’ve been described by Marc Riley as “Pretty Special”.

CHINA BEARS return to Reading with their self-styled soirée of alt.indie rock, as they combine ambient guitars, choral vocals and raw lyrical talent. Picking up attention across the board from Huw Stephens, Steve Lamacq, John Kennedy and BBC Introducing, they have been called upon to support bands from Declan McKenna to The Big Moon and have been booked for a whole host of festivals this summer, with their recent track Night Calls and their live sound commented on as “A bunch of strong sounding melodies” by Steve Lamacq at BBC 6Music

Kicking off this evening are THE PURPLE LIGHTS as they deliver a sound clash of rock and reggae topped off with loopstation magic within a sound that reflects the upbeat buoyancy of Vampire Weekend, Reginald Omas Mamode IV's distinctive take on Afrobreat to the free-flowing wig outs of Fuck Buttons. Watch as an “atmosphere of studied cool turns into glorious carnage” (GIITTV)

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My first visit to this intimate venue.

The Rising Sun Arts Centre is an award winning, independent arts centre, which for 27 years has been staffed and run by volunteers. The Rising Sun started as a squat, created by a group of intrepid artists who saw a need for ground-level arts development, for and by, the people of Reading. The centre gained charity status in the mid-90s, and has been at the heart of Reading’s cultural life ever since.

The stage is nicely decorated with fairy lights everywhere along the back and sides of the stage.

All three bands tonight play sets of around 35 mins.

Up first were THE PURPLE LIGHTS who were a great sounding duo...Guitar, synth and vocals and drums and vocals.

Their very danceable psychedelic groove rock tunes were great.

Dj Mark Jones from Wall of Sound Records played some cool dance tunes between the bands.

CHINA BEARS are a four indie band who played a good set of tunes with some nice harmonies.

Headliners HOT SAUCE PONY had hints of hardcore and grunge in their sound along with vocals

that had hints of Alison Goldfrapp on some songs...a good set.











Saturday 22 September 2018.

Very sad news.

CHAS HODGES - one half of the musical duo Chas and Dave - has died at the age of 74.

The duo's Twitter account said he recently received treatment for oesophageal cancer but

died peacefully in his sleep in the early hours.

Known for their rock and cockney style, Chas and Dave enjoyed the height of their fame in the

1970s and 1980s with hits such as Rabbit and Snooker Loopy.

Their 'rockney' sound was totally unique.

They also performed four FA Cup final songs with Tottenham Hotspur FC.

I saw them live several times with the first time back in 1976 as well as their recent big headline show at

The Royal Albert Hall just a few months ago in April 2018.

Worth a view on YouTube is Chas and Dave - This Is Your Life - from 1985.









Friday 21 September 2018.

SEX PISTOLS legend GLEN MATLOCK releases his new solo album 'Good to Go' today.

I have an advance copy of the album which is full of great catchy tunes.

The Amazon link above have the cd for £10.99 and the vinyl version for £14.99.

1 Won't Put the Brakes on Me

2 Wanderlust

3 Sexy Beast

4 Speak Too Soon

5 Piece of Work

6 Hook in You

7 Montague Terrace (In Blue)

8 Cloud Cuckoo Land

9 Strange Kinda Taste

10 Chill

11 Couldn't Give a Damn

12 Keep on Pushing









Thursday 20 September 2018...I went to two events tonight...

6.15pm to 7.15pm

LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL - party - The Conran Shop ,Michelin House, 81 Fulham Road, London SW3.

With a heritage spanning over 50 years, the Conran name has established itself as a brand synonymous with all areas of design. As a collection of design led entities founded by Terence Conran, the principal activities of the Conran Group are architecture, interior, product and graphic design, brand licensing and the operation of shops. Improving the lives of their customers is the aim and lifeblood of the Conran Group – whether it be creating a range of cookware or running and furnishing shops in major cities around the world, or large scale urban master planning.

A big crowd of around 500 guests here at this massive store that is over two levels.

A dj is playing some tunes.

Complimentary prosecco and Peroni beers for all guests.

www.conranshop.co.uk

Visit the Conran Shop website here for more info.

then

7.30pm to 11pm

LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL - opening launch party - V & A Museum, South Kensington, London SW7.

This was the big opening party for London Design Festival which started at Olympia earlier.

LDF brings together more than 400 international design brands as well as a range of innovative projects from the likes of Tesla and Riko by Starck. The highly coveted Talks with 100% Design will return for 2018, featuring keynote sessions by industry heavyweights, panel discussions, trend forecasts and more.

LDF is the destination for architects and designers to source the latest products, discover new interior design trends and emerging brands.

It is open to the public this weekend.

Another massive crowd as there must be 600 or 700 guests here as they are using the outdoor garden space

out the back as well as the normal front reception area.

There are different djs every hour playing tunes.

Complimentary drinks and food here including two different gin cocktails, white wines, beers,

tasty canapés and big tubs of ice-cream.

www.londondesignfestival.com

Visit their website here for more info.









Wednesday 19 September 2018...7pm to 10pm...

TIMOTHY OULTON - flagship gallery launch party - 350 Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW3.

During London Design Festival 2018, daring furniture and interiors company Timothy Oulton will launch its new worldwide flagship gallery at Bluebird, Chelsea. The 7,200 square foot space will feature the brand’s most iconic designs alongside rare vintage collectibles and one-offs including a custom-designed spaceship to look like a very comfy seated bar space.

Timothy Oulton have over 30 stores/galleries worldwide.

A full red carpet was here along with flowers all over the entrance area.

Over 200 guests here in their massive space next to Bluebird restaurant & bar , Chelsea.

Timothy Oulton was here as was interior designer Kelly Hoppen.

Inside is a treasure trove of great furniture that includes part of one of the world’s largest collections of customised Louis Vuitton trunks. A giant fish tank housing a Yellow Submarine.There’s Apollo, a custom designed ‘spaceship’, showcased at this year’s Milan Design Week, along with 200 vintage cricket bats behind the bar,20 vintage typewriters on another wall and many other visually spectacular one off items.

A dj playing tunes in the background.

All the staff are dressed in white outfits with black bowler hats as they top up your drinks.

Complimentary Veuve Clicquot champers, red wines, beers, canapés , cheese table buffet

and mini ice-creams for all guests.

A great party , and much better than expected.

www.timothyoulton.com

Visit the Timothy Oulton website here for more info.









Tuesday 18 September 2018...I went to two events tonight...

6pm to 7pm

JIM MOIR (VIC REEVES) - private view - Grosvenor Gallery, 35 Bury Street, St James's, London SW1.

Jim Moir is better known by the stage name Vic Reeves, is an English comedian, artist, actor and television presenter, best known for his double act with Bob Mortimer as Vic and Bob. He is known for his surreal sense of humour.

Jim is showcasing 200 small drawings/sketches which are for sale at £250 each.

Various themes including pop stars, footballers and wrestlers from the 1970's.

Jim (Vic) is here with his wife Nancy.

There are three or four lesser known comedy faces here as well that I can't put names too.

Complimentary prosecco for all guests.

www.grosvenorgallery.com

Visit the gallery here for more info and photos.

then

DIONNE WARWICK with orchestra live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

'The Queen of Easy Listening Pop Soul' returns to London.

Dionne's hits have included Walk On By, Anyone Who Had A Heart, Do You Know The Way to San José, and Heartbreaker.

Dionne, now aged 77 first appeared at the Hall in 1970 and this special orchestra evening

will mark her 10th date at the venue.

In America , Warwick ranks among the 40 biggest hit makers of the entire rock era, based on the Billboard Hot 100 Pop Singles Charts. She is second only to Aretha Franklin as the most-charted female vocalist of all time, with 56 of Warwick's singles making the Billboard Hot 100 between 1962 and 1998 and 80 singles making all Billboard charts combined.

Many of them were with legendary songwriter Burt Bacharach.

Dionne also performed some easy listening covers in the set.

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JON ALLEN took to the stage at 7.30pm for a brief 20 mins.

Jon is a folk rock guitarist who has brought out four albums.

He is best known for the songs "In Your Light" and "Going Home", the latter of which featured

in a worldwide advert for the Land Rover Freelander.

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An older crowd as expected to see Dionne whose career spans over 50 years.

DIONNE WARWICK took the stage at 8.15pm and was on stage for 2 hours 5 mins.

For Dionne there are around 30 musicians on stage including band & orchestra.

It was her own band and the string section sounded great when at full tilt.

A pretty long set for someone of her grand old age of 77.

For some songs she stood up and for some songs she sat on a stool.

Dionne comes from the era of great songs that had great melody.

The crowd hang on her every word and Dionne got a full standing ovation at the end.

The crowd sing along to each song as everyone knows the words to these classic songs.

An enjoyable show.

This setlist has most of the songs performed tonight...

Don't Make Me Over

Walk On By

Anyone Who Had A Heart

I'll Never Fall in Love Again

Always Something There To Remind Me

Message to Michael

Close to You

This Girl's in Love With You

I Say a Little Prayer (with David Elliott her son on vocals, he is also on drums tonight)

Aquarela do Brasil

Do You Know the Way to San Jose

Heartbreaker

Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head

Love's (Still) the Answer

99 Miles From L.A.

I'll Never Love This Way Again

The Look of Love

Alfie

Love Will Find a Way (with Cheyenne Elliott)

Let There Be Love (with Cheyenne Elliott)

What the World Needs Now is Love

That's What Friends Are For











Tuesday 18 September 2018.

Guitar legend JIMI HENDRIX died 48 years ago today aged just 27 in London.

Jimi Hendrix died at the Samarkand Hotel, 22 Lansdowne Crescent, Notting Hill, London W11 early on 18 September 1970. He had spent the latter part of the previous evening at a party, was picked up by his girlfriend Monika Dannemann, and driven to her flat at the Samarkand Hotel.This average looking hotel is still there with the same name.

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STEVE PERRY ex original singer of Journey (1977 to 1987) is in London to promote his new solo album.









Monday 17 September 2018...I went to two events tonight...

5.15pm to 6.25pm

BLOWN AWAY - private view - Sketch, 9 Conduit Street, London W1.

This event was part of London Design Week opening day.

Always nice to be in this stunning venue with its iconic 'pod loos'.

Design research gallery Matter of Stuff returns to iconic London venue sketch in September with a new site-specific exhibit for London Design Festival 2018 - Blown Away. Six international designers will showcase a series of innovative hand-blown glass works and movement, including a new chandelier by master glassblower Simone Crestani in borosilicate glass. For the first time in London, WonderGlass will present Echoes chandelier – a never seen before illuminated speaker sculpture by studiopluz. The show will also feature a bespoke chandelier by Bocci, adapted exclusively for sketch.

The six stunning glass works and movement are in the entrance area before you get to the main rooms.

It is on until 14 November 2018.

They also have a bigger exhibition on at their sister gallery in Kings Cross at 5 Lewis Cubitt Walk.

Complimentary Venetian rum cocktails, wines and Peroni beers for all guests.

www.matterofstuff.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then

6.30pm to 9.15pm

The Frank & Lorna Dunphy Yellow Ball Collection : private view -

Sotheby's , 34 New Bond Street, London W1.

This September, Sotheby’s is delighted to celebrate one of the most extraordinary art world collaborations of our times: that of Damien Hirst and his unstoppable business manager, mentor and ‘partner in crime’, Frank Dunphy. Yellow Ball: The Frank and Lorna Dunphy Collection - a two-part sale and exhibition of over 200 artworks that charts the iconoclastic 1990s art scene of which Frank and Lorna Dunphy were at the very heart.

Over 300 guests here at this major art event.

Many of the items are on display here are by Damien Hirst.

The sale is this week and will certainly reach many millions in overall sales.

Frank and Lorna Dunphy were here but there was no sign of Damien Hirst.

Other guests here included Sir Peter Blake and Mark-Francis Vandelli.

Complimentary Ruinart champers, three different cocktails and tasty canapés for all guests.

www.sothebys.com

Visit the Sotheby's website here for more info.











Sunday 16 September 2018.

2pm to 5pm

I bashed the drums for a bit with my band GUN CONTROL.

This was our sixth rehearsal.

We are trying to arrange a free admission gig in Acton in November.

We will play ten songs...eight originals and two covers.

then

8pm to 10pm

AADNEVIK - Spring / Summer 2019 Show - Royal Horseguards,

One Whitehall Place, London SW1.

Day 3 of London Fashion Week.

AADNEVIK is a London based luxury womenswear label as a design partnership between Hila and Kristian Aadnevik, whose defining themes are a blend of opulence, sensuality and gloom. The brand is currently at a steady growing position with a strong customer base amongst the celebrity and elite society, stocking in key cities worldwide. Celebrities include: Rihanna, Beyonce, Madonna, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Lopez, Jourdan Dunn and many more.

The company’s essence is driven by values such as tradition, passion, nature, vision and hard work, but above all by family ideals. Hence, the designers incorporated their workplace into their home when their baby Silver was born, keeping their production line very close. The pair works at hand with their couture team at their London Atelier to create the luxury handcrafted garments.

A very nice choice of venue for this catwalk show with it's swirling staircase up to the show area.

Complimentary De Watere champers at the reception for an hour then at your seats as well.

It is a proper catwalk show area with 200 seated and 200 standing...and 20 photographers...

200 seated with four rows of 50...two rows of seats either side of the catwalk show.

We have a seat in the second row.

Only those seated get the goodie bags of a few items including Moroccan Oil and 250ml champers.

One end of the catwalk is nicely dressed as the theme for their collection...'Alice in Wonderland'.

The show was on from 9.10pm for 20 mins and featured stunningly sexy dresses in vibrant colours.

A nice soundtrack that included a couple of songs by The Cure.

www.aadnevik.com

Visit the Aadnevik website for more info and photos.









Sunday 16 September 2018.

MARC BOLAN sadly died 41 years ago today.

Marc Bolan was an English singer-songwriter, musician, guitarist, and poet. He was best known as the lead singer of the glam rock band T. Rex. Bolan was one of the pioneers of the glam rock movement of the 1970s. He died at the age of 29 in a car accident a fortnight before his 30th birthday.

Amazingly another T.Rex album 'Gold' has entered the charts this week at number eight.

It is a budget priced three cd box set that is only £5.99 on Amazon.

I saw Marc with T.Rex last ever London show at The Rainbow in March 1977 with The Damned as support.

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KENNEY JONES ex drummer with The Small Faces, The Faces and The Who is 70 today.

Kenney Jones is the sole surviving member of the Small Faces.

Kenney recently brought out his biography.









Friday 14 September 2018...7.30pm to 10pm...

NINA NAUSTDAL - AW18/19 London Fashion Week catwalk show -

Maddox Club, 3/5 Mill Street, Mayfair, London W1.

Upmarket designer Nina Naustdal is showcasing her latest creations.

Nina recently featured in the Channel 4 tv documentary 'Too Posh to Parent'.

Nina got plenty of press attention when she mentioned she hired a 'LEGO THERAPIST' for her three kids.

And there’s always a nanny on hand, if you can afford to employ one per child (and put them on pooper-scooper duty to pick up after the seven Chihuahuas) , not to mention two tutors, a personal assistant, chef, butler and chauffeur-cum-bodyguard.

Staff wages are £200,000 a year but that's peanuts when your husband is a big hedge fund manager and

they own big houses in Chelsea and Monaco.







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News and Reviews: 15th September 2018

Friday 14 September 2018...7.30pm to 10pm...

NINA NAUSTDAL - AW18/19 London Fashion Week catwalk show -

Maddox Club, 3/5 Mill Street, Mayfair, London W1.

Upmarket designer Nina Naustdal is showcasing her latest creations.

Nina recently featured in the Channel 4 tv documentary 'Too Posh to Parent'.

Nina got plenty of press attention when she mentioned she hired a 'LEGO THERAPIST' for her three kids.

And there’s always a nanny on hand, if you can afford to employ one per child (and put them on pooper-scooper duty to pick up after the seven Chihuahuas) , not to mention two tutors, a personal assistant, chef, butler and chauffeur-cum-bodyguard.

Staff wages are £200,000 a year but that's peanuts when your husband is a big hedge fund manager and

they own big houses in Chelsea and Monaco.

We arrive on time and it gets very busy....lots of great looking women all dressed up here...

Mark-Francis Vandelli from tv series Made in Chelsea was here.

Before the catwalk show we had a ballet dancer perform for 10 minutes.

We are part of the 150 guests seated and there are maybe another 100 standing.

Our host was LIZZIE CUNDY who looked stunning in one of Nina's elegant gowns.

At 9.05pm we get a full 30 minute catwalk show featuring Nina's incredible creations.

The music soundtrack was a singer and an acoustic guitarist.

The dozen models walk between the seats.

What got plenty of cheers was Nina's three young kids who were modelling the Children's couture

while carrying small dogs who were wearing the Dog couture.

Womenswear Couture and Black Collection AW18/19

Womenswear Fur and Leather Collection AW19/20

Children Couture and Black Collection AW18/19

Dog Couture and Black Collection AW18/19

Complimentary prosecco and vodka cocktails for all guests.

A nice goodie bag with a dozen items in each one.

www.nina-naustdal.com

Visit the website here for more info and photos.











Thursday 13 September 2018...I went to two events tonight...

6.30pm to 7.15pm

STREET PARTY - Savile Row, London W1.

Women may have Milan and Paris but London is undeniably menswear’s global capital and the most important street in this world is Savile Row, a modest Mayfair row of the men’s tailors that quite simply make the best suits in the world.

The street is closed off at both ends as there must be 1000 people here.

Many are in expensive looking suits that were made in Savile Row.

The area in the middle had a dj spinning the tunes and there were complimentary

gin cocktails , Peroni beers and canapés for all.

then just around the corner to...

7.20pm to 9.45pm

AISSO - London Fashion Week showcase, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London W1.

AISSO is the Global Online and Offline Destination for Greek Designers, promoting Greek creativity across the world.

Their mission is to discover and support world class Greek creative talent.

Very unusual to have a fashion show at this prestigious venue as it must be expensive to hire out.

There are 21 female models on podiums (seven designers are showcasing three outfits each).

They are static and then every 30 mins they have a catwalk through the crowd and change places.

Over 300 guests here and a very nice vibe in the big space.

Complimentary wines and canapés for all guests.

www.aissofashion.com

Visit their website here for more info.









Wednesday 12 September 2018...I went to two events tonight...

5.15pm to 6.15pm

VENUES SHOWCASE at The Montcalm Hotel, Marble Arch, London W1.

Around 30 venues are showcasing here for pre Christmas hire.

It is big business so lots of competition for event planners to check out.

Some well known names including The Ned, Intercontinental Park Lane,

Mandarin Oriental Hotel, The British Museum, Nobu Restaurant, The Hurlingham Club and others.

Over 200 guests here with complimentary wines, beers and canapés.

We had to move on to the next event , so missed out on the raffle prizes from the exhibitors at 7.30pm.

All guests got a small goodie bag with a couple of Cowshed products inside.

then

6.45pm to 9pm

FORTNUMS X FRANK - private view - Fortnum's & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, London W1.

Fortnum & Mason announce their 3rd collaboration with art collector Frank Cohen: a presentation of work by

British landscape artist John Virtue.

At 7.15pm we had speeches from Frank Cohen and John Virtue.

Around 150 guests here at this famous upmarket store.

Guests included Stephen Webster, Meredith Ostrom, Naughty Boy and Lady Sabrina Percy.

Also here was David Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl of Snowdon, styled as Viscount Linley until 2017 and known professionally as David Linley.As of June 2018, he is 20th in the line of succession to the British throne.

Complimentary Fortnum's & Mason champers along with tasty canapés and desserts.

All guests got a nice goodie bag with half a dozen food items from Fortnum's & Mason.

www.fortnumandmason.com

Visit their website here for more info.

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Although they put me on the guest list i could not get along to THE START ART FAIR private view at

The Saatchi Gallery , Kings Road , Chelsea as it was the same time as the event above.

www.startartfair.com

Visit their website here for more info.









Tuesday 11 September 2018...6.30pm to 9.15pm...

THE LONDON CABARET CLUB - Gatsby Christmas Showcase - Bloomsbury Ballroom, Victoria House,

Bloomsbury Square, London WC1.

The London Cabaret Club offers a sophisticated entertainment concept combining an exquisite dining experience with an innovative live cabaret show. A night at The London Cabaret Club is an

impressive production of music, dance, food and drink.

Around 150 guests are here at this showcase.

From 6.40pm to 7.20pm we have live entertainment in the main bar area which included

a duo singing covers, a Latin dance duo routine and a three female string section.

From 7.35pm to 7.55pm we went into their impressive ballroom for the main cabaret show.

Dancers, singers, acrobats etc are performing on the centre stage..with a Gatsby theme...

The cabaret is every Friday and Saturday and the venue can be hired out on other days.

Guests can enjoy a three course dinner along with a two hour show.

There was a fun photo called 'The Mighty Booth' here that folks enjoyed getting dressed up for.

Complimentary prosecco, gin cocktails, wines, bowl food , canapés and desserts for guests tonight.

All guests got a small goodie bag with a pair of tickets to see the full two hour show.

www.thelondoncabaretclub.com

Visit their website here for more info.







Monday 10 September 2018...available to buy from today...

D.O.A. A Right of Passage, finally arrives for the first time on Blu-ray and DVD Dual format.

D.O.A.: A Right of Passage is the unique, grainy and up-close document of an iconic musical movement, packed with live footage of the Pistols’ incendiary American shows in 1978, as well as live performances from the greatest punk band you’ve never heard of, Terry and The Idiots, alongside Dead Boys, Generation X, Rich Kids, X-Ray Spex, Sham 69 with additional music from The Clash and Iggy Pop. It arrives on 10 September 2018, complete with brand new bonus features and limited edition booklet in the first 2000 copies.

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The film centre's around the Sex Pistols 1978 tour of the United States which ended with the group breaking up. The tour was the only one the group played in the U.S. before they reformed nearly two decades later.

Film director Lech Kowalski followed them with handheld cameras through the clubs and bars of their seven-city Southern tour. Mixing this with footage of other contemporary bands, trends in the fashion capitals, and punks of all shapes and colours, Kowalski created a grainy, stained snapshot of a movement at its peak,showing how certain authority figures saw the movement as a threat.

It features interview footage (including the famous interview of Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen in bed), and behind the scenes shots from the tour as well as interviews with audience members who had strong and widely varied reactions to the group.

Many of the 20 plus songs feature classic Pistols , but it also included other performances by first wave Punk acts such as The Dead Boys , The Rich Kids , Sham 69 and Generation X with Billy Idol.

A great film that's well worth buying.















Monday 10 September 2018...I went to two events tonight...

6.30pm to 7.30pm

TV CHOICE AWARDS 2018 - The Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London W1.

TV Choice is a British weekly TV listings magazine published by H. Bauer Publishing.

Last year I got a great photo here with Penny Lancaster (Rod Stewarts wife).

Always nice to be at this famous five star hotel.

Lots of autograph hunters and showbiz photographers outside the venue as we arrive.

We are here for the red carpet arrivals in the press area before guests sat down for dinner.

Around 400 guests here with black tie for men and women wearing nice dresses.

Lots of well known faces from tv are here.

Danny Dyer collected the Best Soap Actor prize at The TV Choice Awards, joining his daughter Dani Dyer and her boyfriend, fellow Love Island star Jack Fincham, at the annual ceremony. Kelly Brook, Michelle Keegan, Paddy McGuinness, Joey Essex, Kate Garraway, Kem Cetinay, Leigh Francis, Megan Barton Hanson and Wes Nelson also took to the red carpet at The Dorchester where Coronation Street took home Best Soap, Peaky Blinders won Best Drama Series, Call The Midwife collected Best Family Drama, and This Morning was feted with the Best Daytime Show prize, with hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on hand to accept the award.

Also here were ex footballer Dennis Wise, Janet Street Porter, Gloria Hunniford, Linda Robson,

Lisa Snowdon, Nicolas Parsons and a few others.

Complimentary prosecco (previous years was champers) and beers for all reception guests.

www.tvchoicemagazine.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info and pictures.

then

8pm to 11pm

DUKES HOTEL - 110th birthday party - 35 St James's Place, St James's, London SW1.

This year marks 110 years since DUKES LONDON first opened its distinguished doors. One of Mayfair’s most celebrated hotels, the five-star bolthole in St. James’s Place first opened in 1908 as a hotel for dukes and aristocracy.

Around 200 guests here over the two levels of this very smart hotel.

A few of the local Mayfair stores are showing their products.

We have a male singer perform some Rat Pack classics.

For the last hour it got very lively as the dj played tunes.

Complimentary wines, beers, canapés and cup cakes for all guests.

All guests got a nice goodie bag with half a dozen items inside.

www.dukeshotel.com

Visit their website here for more info.

To celebrate their birthday they are having a two course meal for a special price of £19.08

Stay on a Sunday night for only £110 compared to the usual £300 nightly charge.









Sunday 09 September 2018...1.30pm to 9.30pm...

KYLIE MINOGUE headlines BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park, London.

The other acts featuring in the line-up include Lenny Kravitz, Manic Street Preachers, Boyzone,

The Shires, All Saints, Rita Ora, The Band of Love.

As the headliner Kylie Minogue will be last for around 60 mins set...others play 30 to 40 mins...

Most ticket holders get there early as organisers never say the running order until the day so could

easily be Lenny Kravitz or Manic Street Preachers first on at 1.30pm.

Kylie Minogue headlining set will be shown on BBC1 tv on the same evening.

Highlights of the other acts will be on the BBC Red Button over the following week.

Kylie is promoting her new album 'Golden'.

Lenny Kravitz released his 11th album 'Raise Vibration' a couple of days before this show.

I always go to this event as the eight bands are usually big names from different musical genres.

Look at this... at what festival would you have the Manic Street Preachers coming on after Boyzone?

A big crowd of around 50,000 will be there.

I will be there mainly to see Lenny Kravitz, The Manics and Kylie.

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A lovely sunny day compared to some of the previous years of this festival.

Each act has their own band and their own stage production.

Each act has use of the big screens.

Each act is introduced by a couple of the BBC Radio 2 djs.

The robbing bastards here are charging a hefty £10 for a lanyard with the stage times

and a postcard sized booklet...and people were buying them.

LENNY KRAVITZ arrived on stage at 1.35pm for his 30 mins set.

Lenny and his band (including Gail Ann Dorsey on bass) all look super cool as usual.

Lenny wore a floppy hat for most of his set before he got rid of it to shake his dreads and

get out his Flying V guitar for 'Are You Gonna Go My Way'.

A short but very sweet set with four of his classics , a cover and a new album track.

Full Lenny Kravitz setlist played tonight...

Fly Away

American Woman (The Guess Who cover)

Get Up, Stand Up (The Wailers cover)

5 More Days 'Til Summer (live debut)

Let Love Rule

Are You Gonna Go My Way

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RITA ORA arrived on stage at 2.35pm for her 25 mins set.

A decent hits based set with a dozen backing dancers.

Full Rita Ora setlist played tonight...

Your Song

Poison

I Will Never Let You Down

Lonely Together (Avicii cover)

For You (Liam Payne & Rita Ora song)

Anywhere

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THE BAND OF LOVE arrived on stage at 3.20pm and played for 30 mins.

They are a British folk band who played folk covers of disco classics from their album 'Folk Fever'.

Pleasant enough but they should have opened the event rather than Lenny Kravitz.

Full setlist played by them tonight...

We Are Family (Sister Sledge cover)

Born to Be Alive (Patrick Hernandez cover)

Love Don't Live Here Anymore (Rose Royce cover)

Give Me the Night (George Benson cover)

Night Fever (Bee Gees cover)

I'll Put You Together Again (Hot Chocolate cover)

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THE SHIRES arrived on stage at 4.20pm and played for 30 mins.

UK country sensations The Shires have had a very impressive rise over the past few years

where all three of their albums have gone Top 10 in the UK.

A pleasant enough set with many of their biggest tracks.

Full setlist played by The Shires tonight...

Echo

Guilty

State Lines

Nashville Grey Skies

Tonight

A Thousand Hallelujahs

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ALL SAINTS arrived on stage at 5.10pm for their 30 mins set.

Back in the late 90s they were the edgier rivals to The Spice Girls and had several hits.

They are on another comeback tour and play Hammersmith Apollo on 06 Dec.

Great versions of their hits 'Never Ever' and 'Pure Shores' in their set.

Full setlist played by All Saints tonight...

I Know Where It's At

After All

Never Ever

Love Lasts Forever

Pure Shores

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BOYZONE arrived on stage at 6.05pm for their 35 mins set.

Boy band (now man band) Boyzone are on a a 25th anniversary farewell tour during 2018/2019.

Their UK arena tour next year includes dates at The 02 Arena and Wembley Arena.

They have sold over 25 million records worldwide ( singles and albums combined).

They were a bit heavy on the ballads but the girls in the crowd liked them.

Boyzone setlist tonight included their big hits...

Words

When The Going Gets Tough ( Billy Ocean cover)

Love Me For A Reason (The Osmonds cover)

No Matter What

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MANIC STREET PREACHERS arrived on stage at 7.05pm for their 45 mins set.

The Manics have sold over 10 million albums worldwide.

Remember they played Cuba many years before The Rolling Stones did.

They have played a lot of gigs this year but it's always great to see them play live.

James Dean Bradfield plays some nifty guitar and Nicky Wire has his face covered in glitter.

A great set with loads of the classics played and a couple of newer tracks.

Full Manics setlist played tonight...

Motorcycle Emptiness

International Blue

You Stole the Sun From My Heart

Everything Must Go

Your Love Alone Is Not Enough

People Give In

If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next

You Love Us

Hold Me Like a Heaven

A Design for Life

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KYLIE MINOGUE arrived on stage at 8.20pm for her 65 mins set.

A nice production with a giant disco glitter ball and eight dancers (4 M / 4 F).

Kylie looks incredible for her 50 years.

Kylie was joined by Jason Donovan and Rick Astley for a couple of songs.

Pop princess Kylie is always great live.

Full Kylie Minogue setlist played tonight...

Golden

Spinning Around

Got to Be Certain (Acapella/Snippet)

Step Back in Time (Acapella/Snippet)

Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi (Acapella/Snippet)

In Your Eyes

Stop Me From Falling

Can't Get You Out of My Head

The Chain (Fleetwood Mac cover instrumental snippet as Kylie changed outfits)

Especially for You (Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan song) (with Jason Donovan)

The Loco-Motion (Carole King cover)

On a Night Like This

I Should Be So Lucky / Never Gonna Give You Up (with Rick Astley)

Kids (Robbie Williams cover) (with Rick Astley)

Dancing

Love at First Sight

All the Lovers (with ticker tape over the front area of the crowd)







Saturday 08 September 2018.

KEVIN BRIDGES + PAUL McCAFFREY live at Hammersmith Apollo, London.

Scottish comedian Kevin Bridges is playing the third of seven sold out nights at this venue.

Kevin is playing a massive UK tour until mid December with multi-nights in each city.

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I have a perfect view just five rows from the stage in the front stalls.

Support PAUL McCAFFREY i had never heard of before but he took to the stage at 8.05pm

and performed a really good funny set for 30 mins.

KEVIN BRIDGES arrived on stage at 8.55pm and performed for 70 mins.

The biggest new name in Scottish stand-up continues his reign with another show packed with

astute observations and deathly funny gags.

He was soooo funny, with loads of great laugh out loud moments all through the show.

Like Billy Connolly his Scottish accent definitely helps the jokes sound better.

An excellent night of comedy.

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The DVD of the tour will be in stores on 07 Dec 2018...just in time for Christmas.

All his three live DVDs so far have sold over 100,000 copies each.









Fri 07 Sept---Paul McCartney new album 'Egypt Station' is out today.

Fri 07 Sept---Lenny Kravitz new album 'Raise Vibration' is out today







Friday 07 September 2018.

Happy Birthday to CHRISSIE HYNDE who is 67 today.

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40 years ago today.

KEITH MOON died tragically of a drug overdose on September 7, 1978, when he was just 32 years old.







Thursday 06 August 2018.

BARRY MANILOW + COLLABRO live at The 02 Arena, London.

Barry Manilow plays the first of three shows at The 02 Arena.

A bit ambitious by Barry to try and fill three nights at this big venue.

He should have put one night or two nights on sale and see how sales went.

For all three shows the entire upstairs Level 4 is closed off as unsold.

Barry Manilow's career encompasses virtually every area of music, including performing, composing, arranging and producing. A Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Manilow has triumphed in every medium of entertainment. With worldwide record sales exceeding 85 million....singles & albums combined...

Barry has had 13 x Top 40 hit singles and 7 x Top 10 hit albums in the UK charts.

I have seen Barry a few times over the years with the first time in 1993 when I was at one of his

EIGHT shows at The Royal Albert Hall on that tour.

Support act on the tour are Collabro.

Collabro are a UK-based musical theatre group and winners of the eighth series of Britain's Got Talent in 2014. The group consists of Michael Auger, Jamie Lambert, Matthew Pagan and Thomas J. Redgrave

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COLLABRO arrived on stage at 7.30pm and performed for 30 mins.

They are popular in their own right with a few albums released.

The four male singers sung some show tunes to a backing track in a tiny space front of stage.

They were given use of the two big screens at the sides.

Most of the crowd were given green glow sticks as they came in and waved them enthusiastically

during both Collabro and Barry Manilow.

In the interval we had a random 10 minutes comedy turn from SHAUN WILLIAMSON who played

Barry in Eastenders...he was quite funny.

BARRY MANILOW arrived on stage at 8.30pm and performed for 1 hour 40 mins.

Barry was backed by a full band including three backing singers and big screens.

Plastic surgery and heavy make up is keeping him looking a young 75.

His legion of loyal older female fans are here as Barry tells the crowd this is his 23rd

UK tour since 1978 when he played The London Palladium.

Well written songs full of melody keep the crowd singing along.

The first half ticked along nicely and most of his big tunes were in the second half.

Barry changed his sparkly jackets several times during the show.

Barry is not everyone's cup of tea but he always puts on an enjoyable show.

Full Barry Manilow setlist played tonight...

It's a Miracle

Sweet Heaven (I'm in Love Again)

Stay

Daybreak

Looks Like We Made It

Can't Smile Without You

Bermuda Triangle

I Don't Want to Walk Without You

This One's For You

This Is My Town

On Broadway (The Drifters cover)

Even Now

Let's Hang On! (The Four Seasons cover)

Weekend In New England

Could It Be Magic (Disco version)

I Made It Through the Rain

Mandy (Scott English cover)

I Write the Songs (Bruce Johnston cover)

Copacabana (At the Copa)

It's a Miracle (Reprise)









Thursday 06 August 2018.

ERIC CLAPTON and The Who‘s ROGER DALTREY are among the first notable figures to be honored with stars on the Royal Albert Hall’s new Walk of Fame. The rock legends attended an unveiling ceremony Tuesday, September 4, at the famous London venue and were presented with special commemorative plaques.







Thursday 06 August 2018.

Sad news that film legend BURT REYNOLDS has died.

He was one of the most popular actors in the 1970s and 1980s.

Burt Reynolds, the legendary actor with the disarming smile and trademark mustache who starred in iconic films including "Smokey and the Bandit" and "The Longest Yard," has died, Fox News has confirmed. He was 82.

The actor's agent, Todd Eisner, told us Reynolds died Thursday morning from cardiac arrest.

Reynold's Hollywood career skyrocketed in the ‘70s after his breakout film role as Lewis Medlock in 1972’s “Deliverance.”

The star went on to appear in nearly 200 films throughout his lifetime.

He received an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of adult film director Jack Horner in 1997's "Boogie Nights."









Thursday 06 September 2018.

Happy Birthday to ROGER WATERS who is 75 today.









Wednesday 05 September 2018...6.45pm to 9.15pm...

VIDEOGAMES : DESIGN/PLAY/DESIGN - private view - V & Museum, South Kensington, London SW7.

This exhibition delves into one of the most significant design fields of our time, investigating the work of groundbreaking designers, creative player communities and the critical conversations that define the medium today.

Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt explores the medium since the mid-2000s, when major technological advancements, such as increased access to broadband, social media, smart phones and newly available means of making, profoundly changed the way videogames are designed, discussed and played. This change has opened the door to new voices and ideas, allowing the medium to break beyond its perceived boundaries and aspire to new horizons.

Over 300 guests here at The Victoria & Albert Museum.

There are four old school gaming machines set up in the reception area to play with.

At 7.15pm we had a couple of speeches.

From 8.15pm i spent 30 mins wandering through the rooms of the exhibition.

A dozen consoles are there in the final room for guests to play.

A dj playing tunes in the background.

Complimentary Bouvet sparking wines, red wines and tasty canapés for all guests.

www.vam.ac.uk

Visit their website here to buy the £18 admission tickets.









Wednesday 05 September 2018.

FLEETWOOD MAC debut.

The revamped Fleetwood Mac lineup, featuring Mike Campbell of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Neil Finn of Crowded House, made their debut on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today.

They played two classic songs, "The Chain" and "Gypsy," which you can watch on YouTube.

Host Ellen DeGeneres introduced the group by saying that it's sold more than 100 million albums and calling Fleetwood Mac "one of the most iconic bands in music." Finn quickly answered fans' questions about how his voice would fit in place of the departed Lindsey Buckingham by taking the lead on "The Chain."

Campbell then switched guitars in order to play the song's outro solo. For "Gypsy," Campbell pulled double-duty, playing guitar as well as the song's keyboard hook.

See the reaction of the tv audience when they are told they all get a pair of free tickets to see

the band play at The L.A. Forum.

Expect the band to play Europe next year.











Tuesday 04 September 2018...I went to two events today...

3.15pm to 5.15pm.

Speciality & Fine Food Fair 2018 at Olympia, London W14.

Over 200 stands here for this trade and press event.

Focusing on wines, beers, snacks, chocolate, ice-cream etc.

Most of the stands are giving out tasters and as it's the last of the three days many are

giving out their stock to avoid taking it home with them.

Special mention to...

Croatia Fine Food & Drinks

Walkers Finest Shortcake

Master of Mixes - Cocktail Mixers

Stag - Fruit Cake to go with Cheese

Play in Choc - organic chocs in a box with a surprise toy/gift

then

6.30pm to 9pm.

RM Sotheby's Classic Car Auction Preview at The Battersea Evolution, London SW11.

RM Sotheby's auction returns for another year.

Last years sales made over £7 million.

The auction itself is the following day.

Over 500 guests in this massive space.

Over 100 stunning classic cars here,all in immaculate condition.

Porsche, Aston Martin, Rolls- Royce etc and some quirky overseas cars.

Rod Stewart bought a 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 S soon after he became a hitmaker. Now it's been restored and is offered for auction by RM Sotheby's....with a guide price here of a million quid.

There was a great photo of Rod standing by the car back in the day.

Also a 1961 Aston Martin owned by Peter Sellers that has a guide price of three million quid.

Complimentary sparkling wines, wines, beers and canapés for all guests.

www.rmsothebys.com

Check out their website for photos of the cars and auction price estimates.











Happy Birthday to The Pretenders drummer MARTIN CHAMBERS who is 67 today.









Monday 03 September 2018.

High profile dj CHRIS EVANS is leaving BBC Radio 2 after 13 years and will return to Virgin Radio.

BBC figures show the former Top Gear host earns between £1.6 million and £1,669,999. He was the second-highest earner on the corporation’s list, below Gary Lineker. The BBC had to reveal the information under the terms of its new Royal Charter — which led to fears staff would leave rather than see their pay publicised and possibly cut.

In 2016 Rupert Murdoch's News Corp became the new owner of talkRADIO and Virgin Radio in a £220m cash deal.









Monday 03 September 2019.

A very nice double bill of rock legends are playing a UK/Ireland arena tour next year.

OZZY OSBOURNE with special guests JUDAS PRIEST

30 Jan 2019 Dublin, Ireland. 3Arena

01 Feb 2019 Nottingham, U.K. Motorpoint Arena

03 Feb 2019 Manchester, U.K. Manchester Arena

05 Feb 2019 Newcastle, U.K. Metro Radio Arena

07 Feb 2019 Glasgow, U.K. The SSE Hydro

09 Feb 2019 Birmingham, U.K. Genting Arena

11 Feb 2019 London, U.K. The O2, Arena







Monday 03 September 2018.

A very nice double bill are playing a UK/Ireland arena tour next year.

STEELY DAN with special guests STEVE WINWOOD

20 Feb 2019 Glasgow, U.K. The SSE Hydro

21 Feb 2019 Manchester, U.K. Manchester Arena

23 Feb 2019 Birmingham, U.K. Genting Arena

25 Feb 2019 London, U.K. The SSE Arena, Wembley

28 Feb 2019 Dublin, Ireland. 3Arena









Monday 03 September 2018.

Happy Birthday to Sex Pistols 'Guitar Hero' STEVE JONES who is 63 today.







Saturday 01 September 2018...3pm kick off...

Reading 1 Sheffield Wednesday 2

A lovely sunny afternoon in Reading but the same old story.

Reading lose again and are 2nd from bottom after this game.

Respect is due to the hardcore away fans from Sheffield Wednesday.

They sold their full allocation of 2,200 tickets so the result was worth the trek for them











Friday 31 August 2018...I went to two events today...

1.45pm to 6pm.

Concours D' Elegance is held in the superb setting of Hampton Court Palace.

This was the opening VIP / press day for this three day event.

For three days only, the gardens at Hampton Court Palace will be home to over 300 of the finest and rarest motor cars ever to be seen. The crown jewels of the automotive world – 1896 pioneers to present day supercars.

The new 'Future Classics' feature this year looks at the Concours stars of the next few decades. Crowned by the one-off, totally bespoke Rolls-Royce Sweptail, guests will also be able to see the McLaren Senna #001, Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Speedster and V12 Vantage V600.

As we arrive there are tourists everywhere who are here for just Hampton Court Palace.

At the rear is the stunning collection of top notch cars and they look incredible.

Around 1000 people are here mooching around looking at them.

From classic older models to brand new supercars models including Ferrari, Rolls-Royce, Bentley,

Aston Martin, McLaren, Bucatti, Porsche, Lotus, Lamboughini, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz and others.

At 2.45pm we have a procession of around 30 cars which are paraded in front of Prince Michael of Kent.

Each car is given a verbal description of its history before the trophy is given out to the winning car.

At 4pm i was in the hospitality / press marquee for afternoon tea of complimentary

wines, beers, sandwiches, cakes,

The ticket for Concours includes admission to Hampton Court itself so i had a mooch around for an hour

from 5pm onwards wandering through the historic rooms and it's gardens.

A very enjoyable afternoon.

www.concoursofelegance.com

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.

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then

GLEN MATLOCK BAND live at The 100 Club, London.

The band feature Chris Musto on drums and Jim Lowe on bass and legendary guitarist Earl Slick.

Glen plays another London show to promote his new album 'Good to Go'.

This gig is the official launch for the album and Glen will be signing copies of it after the show.

With support from JC Carroll (The Members ) who is playing an acoustic set and first on will be

Thee Unholy Innocents.

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A full house for Glen Matlock & his band tonight.

Lots of folks here i know which is always nice.

First up are garage rockers THEE UNHOLY INNOCENTS who have just released their debut single.

‘White Jesus’ which is taken from the band’s debut album 'Shadows Drag',which is due for release in 2018.

The brainchild of Scottish songwriter Neil Robertson, it also features SIGUE SIGUE SPUTNIK guitarist Neal X, bassist Gavin Jay from JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND and drummer John Russell.

Much better than expected with great vocals and some nifty guitar licks from Neal X in their 25 mins set.

JC from The Members arrived on stage at 9pm and played an acoustic set for 20 mins.

His five songs played included The Members gems 'Offshore Banking Business' , 'Working Girl'

and 'Sound of the Suburbs'.

GLEN MATLOCK BAND arrive on stage at 9.30pm and play for 90 mins.

Seeing them earlier earlier this month at Boisdale is one thing but seeing them at a proper legendary

club venue like this is certainly the perfect place to see them play live.

They play several tracks from the new album along with Sex Pistols and Rich Kids classics and a few covers.

The tracks from the new album all go down well with the crowd.

There was a couple of extra songs in the setlist compared to the Boisdale shows.

Glen is working the crowd well and getting them to sing and clap along.

Guitar legend Earl Slick looks full on rock star cool and plays loads of sublime guitar licks.

For the encores we had special guests including Chris Spedding and Neal X for all three songs

and for the final track Maggi Ronson and JC helped out on backing vocals.

Chris Spedding produced Sex Pistols demos in the 1970s.

By coincidence The Sex Pistols played this date with Glen 42 years ago at The 100 Club on 31 Aug 1976.

An excellent gig.

Full setlist played tonight...

1.Wont Put The Brakes On Me

2.Wanderlust

3.God Save The Queen

4.Sexy Beast

5.Hook in You

6.Speak Too Soon

7.Couldn't Give A Damn

8.Chill

9.Montague Terrace (in Blue)

10.Ghosts of Princes in Towers

11.Happy

12.Blank Generation

13.Born Running

14.Keep on Pushing

Encore :

15.Pretty Vacant (with Chris Spedding and Neal X)

16.Rainy Day Woman (Everybody Must Get Stoned) (with Chris Spedding and Neal X)

17.All or Nothing (with Chris Spedding and Neal X)

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A few minutes after the show Glen was signing copies of the album for fans.









Thursday 30 August 2018...I went to two events tonight...

6.45pm to 8pm.

My Chelsea, 35 Ixworth Place, Chelsea, London, SW3.

A free gig in the very nice lounge bar of this stunning four star boutique hotel.

The Sessions' with a live performance from Joe Chiari and company playing a rare mix of funk, soul and jazz

Singer, songwriter & guitarist Joe Chiari, who recently played British Summer Time Festival in Hyde Park, Glastonbury Festival and the Royal Albert Hall - will be joined by Rich Zbaraski on bass, Dom Anthony on percussion and, Jay Phelps on trumpet, as they tear down the house with two lively and unique sets.

Around 30 guests here in this relaxed and intimate setting.

At 7.05pm they played the first of their two 45 mins set.

I did not see the second set as i had to move on to the next event up the road.

Four musicians on the floor , up nice and close with perfect sound.

Acoustic guitar and vocals, bass guitar, trumpet and bass drum/percussion.

An enjoyable set of jazz, soul and funk cover tunes played.

Great that this small venue is supporting live music by putting live acts on every month...and free to get in.

www.myhotels.com

Visit their website here for more info on future events under their food & drink section.

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then a walk up Fulham Road to this...

8.15pm to 11pm.

THE CHELSEA CORNER - launch party - 451 Fulham Road, London SW10.

This ex pub has had many different owners over the years and is now an Italian bar & restaurant.

It is near to the Esso garage on The Fulham Road if you know the area.

Sex Pistol John Lydon lived two minutes away in the early 1980s ,a top-floor flat he owned at 45 Gunter Grove.

The venue is decorated elegantly with cream and green, to give a light and spacious feel, and lovely dark wood bar which you can sit at. The tables are decorated simply but beautifully - rose gold napkin holder, and gorgeous wine glasses.

Although we are sat down at a table the food served is canapés and small tasting plates rather than

a full three course meal.

We also had complimentary drinks including prosecco, rum cocktails,gin cocktails and wines.

As it's Italian it was a late finish and others were still there when we left.

www.thechelseacorner.com

Visit their website here for more info.











Wednesday 29 August 2018...6.15pm to 10pm...

ALL STAR LANES - showcase - Ariel Way, Shepherds Bush, London W12.

Pretty amazing transformation this area has had over the past decade.

This venue is actually nearer White City tube rather than Shepherds Bush tube.

Last night it was a crazy golf themed bar and tonight it is a ten pin bowling bar.

It has 10 bowling lanes, 2 art deco inspired bars, a whopping 100 cover restaurant, a heated outdoor terrace and a swanky private room, this recently opened venue is located in the extended Westfield White City development.

At the entrance we are greeted by two girls in Virgin Atlantic uniforms.

Over 150 guests here.

There is a four piece band playing semi-acoustic cover versions for 30 mins.

There are also caricaturists, card magicians and a dj.

At 8pm we have a dance duo perform for five minutes.

At 8.20pm there is a raffle to win a pair of flights to USA with Virgin Atlantic.

A small goodie bag for all that included a couple of pairs of Virgin Atlantic socks.

Complimentary prosecco, shots, wines, beers , mini burgers and canapés for all guests.

www.allstarlanes.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info.









Tuesday 28 August 2018...5.30pm to 9.30pm...

SWINGERS WEST END - showcase - 15 John Princes Street, London W1.

A small entrance leads up to a massive space on the first floor of the old BHS flagship building.

The British seaside theme looks great for this crazy golf, bar and restaurant venue.

It is just two minutes from Oxford Circus tube , in a spot somehow even bigger space than their

huge debut venue in the City.

This spot boasts two all-new golf courses, on a par, so to speak, with their original nine-holers – named respectively The Big Wheel Course and the Helter Skelter Course, they’re both 9-holers, packed with moving obstacles, jumps, bumps and loop-the-loops, all designed with a nostalgic nod to the 1920’s English riviera. There’s even a 10 camera, 3D photo podium for team photos, should you feel like commemorating your visit to the past with a brief jaunt into the future.

The 20,000 Sq ft space can host up to 600 guests which gives you an idea of how huge it is up here.

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Around 70 or 80 guests are here at the far end crazy golf course area for the showcase.

We are in a group of five here and we had a great time.

We had a round of nine hole crazy golf which was good fun.

Nice tunes played in the background and a nice buzzy vibe.

Complimentary spirits with mixers, prosecco, wines, beers and lots of tasty food including PATTY & BUN

burgers, pizza, tacos and yummy ice-cream from HACKNEY GELATO.

A great evening.

www.swingersldn.com

Check their website here for more info.













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News and Reviews: 28th August 2018

Tuesday 28 August 2018.

A pub in hipster area Hoxton, East London is selling a pint of beer for over 20 quid.

A trendy pub is selling possibly the country's most expensive draft pint - that costs an astonishing £22.50.

The Craft Beer Co, which has bars across the UK, sell pints of Speedway Stout for more than FIVE TIMES the cost of an average beer.

But drinkers certainly do get a bit more bang for their buck, because the US-brewed stout is a pokey 12% ABV.

Per millilitre, the stout works out as more expensive than a bottle of luxury Belvedere vodka - which cost £45 each.

A barman in the chain's Old Street pub said that the beer, which they are happy pouring as a third of a pint for £7.50, is pricey because of the ingredients.

The beer, which is made in California by San Diego-based AleSmith Brewing Company, contains Blue Mountain Coffee from Hawaii, as well as other expensive ingredients.









Monday 27 August 2018.

Happy Birthday to original Sex Pistols bass player GLEN MATLOCK who is 62 today.

Glen and his band featuring Earl Slick on guitar play The 100 Club this coming Friday to

promote his new solo album 'Good to Go'.









Sunday 26 August 2018...1pm to 7.15pm.

NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL...Day One...

Given that an estimated two million people each year, Notting Hill Carnival totally deserves its reputation as

Europe’s biggest street festival....second in size worldwide to the famous festival in Rio , Brazil...

The annual event is a vivid and thrilling spectacle.

Look out for RED BULL MUSIC x MANGROVE FLOAT on Monday.

and my fave sound systems Mighty Jah Observer and Gaz's Rockin' Blues on both days.

FREE ENTRY GIG on Sunday 26th August / 12pm-7pm

Location: Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance Park

Nearest tube : Westbourne Park (exit only on Carnival days)

Line up for the RED BULL SOUND SYSTEM STAGE

KONSHENS

MALEEK BERRY

AFRO B & TEAM SALUT’S AFROWAVE SOUND

HOODCELEBRITYY

LISA MERCEDEZ

TRILLARY BANKS

SEANIE B’S BRUK OUT

ALICAI HARLEY

IQ

SIR DJ COREY

plus many more acts to be announced on the day...

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At 1pm we get off at Notting Hill Gate tube and slowly walk past the floats,costumes, colour

and loud sounds blaring out and eventually arrive at the RED BULL SOUND SYSTEM STAGE.

It is drizzly rain for most of the day but the crowds are still everywhere.

Despite the 'not very Jamaican weather' the crowd soon fill up the RED BULL stage standing area.

We are right of stage in the RED BULL hospitality area for their guests and press.

We watch half a dozen (see the above list) very lively dancehall acts perform.

Konshens' (who stepped in for Popcaan) dancehall anthems made sure the carnival spirit leaped to an all-time high. His high-octane set-list constructed of fan favorites such as ‘Bruk Off Yuh Back’ and ‘Hard Drive’ showcased an artist who’s at his prime.

Elsewhere, a blinding live set by South London’s Maleek Berry became proof as to why the British-Nigerian sage is rising above the noise of the buzzing global scene right now. Afro wave pioneer Afro B returned to stage for a special performance alongside production trio Team Salut. The collective presented their ‘Afrowave Sound’ session for the masses.

Mixpak bossman Dre Skull also dropped a seamless set, featuring the newest sounds in bashment and reggaeton. He was joined by Tony Matterhorn, Shenseea, and MC Fox who was flying the flag for Manchester.

The line-up’s female talent delivered in force. Rising dancehall voice HoodCelebrityy brought her spitfire lyrics to proceedings. Lisa Mercedez took to the mic – a reminder of why she’s one of the leading figures of the dancehall diaspora. Leicester-based rapper Trillary Banks held her own with a confidence that many established artists can only dream of– a performance which primed the heaving crowd for the day ahead.

Also getting in the carnival spirit, well-known faces in the crowd included Ella Eyre, Clara Amfo, Rebecca Dudley, Yasmin Evans and Snoochie Shy.

All the acts are good at working the crowd up by getting them to 'jump, jump, jump'.

All the acts have a full light show and some flames and smoke shooting up in the air but oddly enough

the stage is not covered which left the artists and equipment open to the elements.

Nice for us to have some shelter and those all important toilets with no queues in the RED BULL area.

Complimentary drinks and food all afternoon including six different RED BULL cocktails,

Red Stripe Lager and some tasty jerk chicken dishes.

A great day.

www.redbull.com

Visit their website here for more info.

www.redbullmusicacademy.com

Visit their website here for more info.









Saturday 25 August 2018...5.30pm to 9.30pm...

KAISER CHIEFS live at The Royal Windsor Racecourse, Berkshire.

The Kaisers will take to the stage after a full afternoon of horse-racing....seven flat races....

I have seen The Kaisers around a dozen times since when their debut album came out.

They have had nine Top 40 hit singles in the UK.

Their six studio albums have all made the UK Top 10 charts including two that were number ones.

www.windsor-racecourse.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.

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I got to the venue at 5.30pm and watched 5 of the 7 horse races.

An afternoon of horse races followed by a name band is certainly a winning combination.

It has become more and more popular over the last few years.

A big crowd of 8000 here with many groups of folks drinking heavily...only saw one fight...

Lots of females here in lovely dresses and heels.

KAISER CHIEFS were on stage from 8.15pm and played for 75 mins.

Seemingly headed for the indie-rock afterlife, the Leeds band had their fortunes resurrected

following frontman Ricky Wilson’s star turn on TV show The Voice a couple of years ago.

Ricky is full of energy and good at getting the crowd on his side.

Loads of their hits played for the crowd to sing along to.

They were a good choice for this beer sodden crowd.

A great show.

Full Kaiser Chiefs setlist played tonight...

Everyday I Love You Less and Less

Everything Is Average Nowadays

Ruffians on Parade

Modern Way

Parachute

Ruby

Hole in My Soul

Good Days Bad Days

Never Miss a Beat

The Angry Mob

I Predict a Riot

Pinball Wizard (The Who cover)

Misery Company

Coming Home

Encore:

Na Na Na Na Naa

Oh My God









Saturday 25 August 2019.

Happy Birthday to KISS bass player Gene Simmons who is 69 today.







Friday 24 August 2018.

BRITNEY SPEARS + PITBULL live at The 02 Arena, London.

Britney Spears plays the first of three sold out shows at The 02 Arena.

Britney Spears is bringing her iconic show 'Piece Of Me' straight from her Las Vegas residency to Europe.

Britney has sold over 100 million records worldwide (albums and singles combined).

I saw her on her last UK tour which was visually great with multiple costume changes

but she only sung one song live.

That one song was a ballad which was the only song where she stood still.

The rest was mimed as she got stuck into some great dancing with her dancers.

Britney has over 20 million followers on Instagram.

Earlier this month she pulled a massive 57,000 crowd for her outdoor gig at Pride, Brighton.

Support comes from American rapper Pitbull.

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One of those shows that is pretty much a mix of all females and gay men.

Steep ticket prices as front floor blocks and Level 1 front blocks are £125 a ticket.

I catch the final 15 mins of the planned 45 mins by the support act PITBALL.

He is backed by a dj with decks and half a dozen scantily clad female dancers.

He had use of the three big screens.

He did a decent job of working the crowd up before Britney with some club tunes.

After a long interval BRITNEY SPEARS took to the stage at 9.05pm and played for 90 mins.

The crowd are all up dancing & screaming from the start.

Many are dressed in Britney stage outfits from her career...including some of the men.

A massive stage production with two side screens showing live footage and a big one in the middle

showing pre-recorded images...along with a few scenery changes and loads of lights and lasers.

There were 16 dancers...8 male and 8 female...

For EVERY song Britney was doing a full dance routine with them...her energy was boundless....

There was a catwalk extension that Britney used often.

A few quick skimpy costumes changes backstage were the only time Britney had a breather.

She is instantly forgiven for things that would would normally sink other stars, such as her

well-known aversion to live singing.

Britney had a head piece microphone on tonight but it was still all clever miming.

Her loyal fans were not bothered by all the miming at all.

Some songs were great and some songs were average but it was a visually mega show.

Full Britney Spears setlist played tonight...

Work Bitch

Womanizer

Break the Ice / Piece of Me

Darkness

...Baby One More Time / Oops!... I Did It Again

If I'm Dancing

Me Against the Music

Gimme More

Clumsy / Change Your Mind (No Seas Cortes)

Scream & Shout

Boys

Do You Wanna Come Over?

Work It / Get Ur Freak On / WTF (Where They From)

Get Naked (I Got a Plan)

I'm a Slave 4 U

Make Me...

Freakshow

Do Somethin'

Magic Circus

Circus

If U Seek Amy

Breathe on Me

Jungle Fever

Toxic

Stronger / (You Drive Me) Crazy

Encore:

Till the World Ends ( with ticker- tape falling over the floor sets)









Friday 24 August 2018.

Sad news that guitarist ED KING has passed away aged 68.

Ed King was an American musician. He was the guitarist for the psychedelic rock band Strawberry Alarm Clock and guitarist and bassist for the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd from 1972 to 1975 and again from 1987 to 1996.

He co-write many of their great songs including 'Sweet Home Alabama'.

I saw Lynryd Skynyrd five times in the period 1975 to 1977 before their fatal plane crash in Oct 1977

that killed original members including their singer.

Lynyrd Skynyrd Hammersmith Odeon ,London 27.10.1975

Lynyrd Skynyrd (BBC Theatre O.G.W.T Special ) Shepherds Bush Empire,London 11.11.1975

Old Grey Whistle Test TV Special at this venue that was BBC owned in the 1970s and 1980s.

Lynyrd Skynyrd,Steve Gibbons Band Hammersmith Odeon, London 15.02.1976

Rolling Stones,10 CC,Lynyrd Skynyrd,Todd Rundgren , Knebworth Music Festival 21.08.1976

Lynyrd Skynyrd,Clover Rainbow Theatre, London 29.01.1977













Thursday 23 August 2018...6pm to 8.30pm...

Vogue X Reserved - party - 252 / 258 Oxford Street, London W1.

A big crowd here as there must be at least 300 guests.

Around 50 male waiters handing out and topping up the drinks.

A dj is playing club tunes in the background.

Oddly for such a big store they do not have any toilets for customers.

Complimentary Nicolas Feuillatte champers and popcorn for all guests.

All guests got a goodie bag with a Reserved Tote cloth bag and a copy of the latest Vogue magazine.

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This store was opened by Kate Moss last year.

As BHS fades into the sunset, fast-growing Polish fashion chain Reserved have taken over one of the failed department store’s most high-profile sites for its maiden outlet in the UK.

The fashion chain, which offers clothing for men, women and kids in much similar a vein to H&M or Zara, has 30,000 sq ft (2,790 sq metre) outlet on the site of BHS’s former Oxford Street store in London.

It may be almost unknown in the UK, but Reserved is part of LPP, one of the fastest growing fashion chains in Europe. Since opening the first Reserved store in 1998, the group has expanded into 18 countries via six chains; from the more upmarket Tallinder to youth brand Cropp....over 450 stores worldwide...

www.reserved.com

Visit the Reserved website here for more info.











Thursday 23 August 2018.

Another interesting interview to watch on YouTube

MITCH MALLOY : Van Halen's Lost Boy

The legacy of Van Halen has never had a shortage of drama or die-hard fans...and rocker Mitch Malloy has a unique place within the still-unfolding drama. Following the ousting of Sammy Hagar from the band Malloy was tapped as the lead singer replacement, but subsequently declined this rock royalty position. For years Mitch Malloy's story was touched on but never fully revealed, mostly by Malloy to avoid conflict with his current musical pursuits. After the publication of "Everybody Wants Some: The Van Halen Saga," which mentions Malloy, fans and media continually asked about his Van Halen experience. This is Mitch's story. Mitch Malloy: Van Halen's Lost Boy.











Wednesday 22 August 2018.

August is one of the quieter months for quality indoor gigs.

This old ROLLING STONES documentary is worth watching when you have a spare hour.

It is up on YouTube over five parts of 10 mins each

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"Tip of the Tongue," is a documentary chronicling the conception and preparations for the innovative 3 show/ 3 venue concept from the recording studio in Paris to Toronto where the band prepares for their "Licks" World Tour.











Monday 20 August 2018...6.30pm to 9.30pm...

CELEBS ON THE FARM - launch party - The Fable, 52 Holborn Viaduct, London EC1.

CELEBS ON THE FARM new series starts on Channel 5 tv (tonight Monday) at 10pm....

Also daily at 10pm on 5Star...

In case you missed out on the early-'00s spectacle that was The Farm, Celebs on the Farm sees eight celebrities learn the ropes and (literally) muck in while staying at a Sussex farm.

Farmer Chris Jeffery puts the stars through their unprepared paces, including TOWIE's Bobby Norris and Megan McKenna, dancer Louie Spence and Gogglebox's Sandi Bogle.

Former Strictly pro Gleb Savchenko is also in his wellies, along with actress Lorraine Chase, British Judo Champion Ashley McKenzie and Ex on the Beach's Charlotte Dawson.

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The Fable is a fairytale-inspired bar and restaurant from Drake and Morgan.

The venue is nicely furnished with straw bales for everyone to sit on.

Former TOWIE star and country singer Megan Mckenna stepped out to celebrate her part in another reality show, joining Ashley McKenzie, Charlotte Dawson, Gleb Savchenko, Lorraine Chase, Louie Spence and Sandi Bogle for the Celebs on the Farm TV launch party. The group posed with farmhouse animals including goats and rabbits, before watching a preview of the new Channel 5 show.

The clips we were shown had many hilarious moments that had the crowd laughing & cheering.

Megan McKenna looked great as she posed for the several photographers outside the venue.

Charlotte Dawson is the daughter of comedy legend Les Dawson and his widow Tracy was here.

Also here was farmer Chris Jeffrey and stand-up comedian Stephen Bailey who is hosting the new series.

Complimentary cocktails, prosecco, wines, beers, burgers , canapés and desserts for all guests.











Monday 20 August 2018.

Happy Birthday to ROBERT PLANT who is 70 today.

I saw Led Zeppelin in 1975 at Earls Court as well as their big re-union show at The 02 Arena in 2007.

I have seen Robert Plant solo over 15 times since 1983.

PHIL LYNOTT would have been 69 today.

I first saw Thin Lizzy in 1975 when they supported Bachman Turner Overtime at Hammersmith Odeon.

Amazingly i saw Phil with Thin Lizzy 23 times which included their final show with Phil

when they headlined The Reading Festival in August 1983.









Saturday 18 August 2018..3pm - READING 0 BOLTON 1.

Looks like i will be watching Reading more than QPR this season.

Both Reading and QPR have had a bad start to the new season.

It's the third game of the Championship season and Reading lose again after back-to-back defeats against

Derby County and Nottingham Forest.

Reading had a couple of good chances but Bolton were the better team today.

Today's attendance before kick-off was 13,318 with 856 away fans.

QPR got slaughtered 7-1 by West Brom so they go bottom instead of Reading.

QPR and Reading managers must be thinking they could be sacked soon, if results don't improve.

They play each other on 02 Oct so that game should be very interesting.









Friday 17 August 2018...I went to two events tonight...

6pm to 8.30pm

STREET FEAST at Hawker House - showcase - Surrey Quays Road, London SE16.

Around 300 guests here at this massive space that is outside as well as inside.

There are several street food vendors and several bars offering different drinks.

You can play table tennis, pool , shoot hoops etc.

There is a dj playing in the background.

Complimentary rum cocktails, wines, beers and full portions of food for all guests.

I had some very tasty fried chicken and fries from MOTHER CLUCKER (buttermilk soaked, twice battered )

Also some very nice beef steak strips with peppercorn sauce from SALT SHED.

The Canada Water street food mega-market open every Friday and Saturday from 5pm to Late.

Food, booze and grooves – Families welcome.

It is three minutes walk from Canada Water tube station.

www.streetfeast.com

Visit the Street Feast website for more info on their six sites around London.

then

THE TEARAWAYS live at Nells Jazz & Blues, West Kensington, London W14.

The Tearaways were part of the New York power pop scene of the early 1980s.

The Tearaways featuring Clem Burke, John Finseth, John Ferriter, Greg Brallier & Dave Hekhouse.

CLEM BURKE of course is the legendary drummer with Blondie.

Blondie drummer Clem Burke has been playing them a couple of years and is with them tonight.

Pretty amazing the amount of bands Clem has drummed with over the years besides Blondie.

I saw him with The Plimsouls who are another American power pop band when I was on holiday

in Barcelona in May 1997.

The Tearaways released this debut single “Sounds like…” in 1981. After a hiatus the band started again in the 1990’s releasing a series of CD’s and released “The Early Mankey Sessions” in 2014.

Influenced by 1960's counterculture, The Tearaways combine the rock music subgenre of the British Invasion, lead most notably by the Beatles with the sunshine pop and surf music of the likes of the Beach Boys.

I was at their debut London show at The 100 Club this time last year.

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For a low key club there was a lot of well known names here including Glen Matlock, Chris Spedding,

Tony Hadley and major showbiz agent Jonathan Shalit is with Lizzie Cundy and Bruno Tonioli.

THE TEARAWAYS arrived on stage at 9.30pm and played for around 85 mins.

Mainly their own catchy power pop material along with a few covers.

Songs from the new “Anthems” album, coupled with “Esquire” and the “Earle Mankey Sessions” albums.

Great melodies and harmonies throughout and plenty of stunning drumming from Clem Burke.

An enjoyable show.

Setlist tonight included...

Do You Remember Rock n Roll Radio? (Ramones cover)

Name That Tune

I Love My Life

John Wayne

Call Me (Blondie cover)

Girls Who Love Cars

Encore :

You Should Be Dancing (Bee Gees cover)











Thursday 16 August 2018....I went to two events tonight...

6.45pm to 8.45pm

KISS x Billie Faiers - launch party - Marylebone Hotel, Welbeck Street , London W1.

KISS Nails & Lashes announce Billie Faiers as their new brand ambassador.

Around 150 guests here with maybe 90% female as expected.

Thankfully i am with a couple of female friends as it was very girly here.

Billie Faiers was the star of the party as she celebrated her new role as ambassador of KISS Nails and Lashes at The Marylebone Hotel. The former TOWIE star was joined by her co-star Jessica Wright, as well as Love Island's Laura Crane, Francine Lewis, Annaliese Dayes, Hayley Palmer, Georgie Clarke, Annabel Giles and Lizzie Cundy.

A band in the corner played several cover versions and there was a dj too.

Girls can get their nails and lashes done for free.

Complimentary prosecco, rum cocktails, vodka cocktails , canapés and ice-cream for guests tonight.

A huge goodie bag here with their full range of nails & lashes inside so over 20 items worth over £100,

so i will put it to good use for friends & family.

then

9.15pm to 10.30pm

CRISPIN - launch party - Whites Row, Spitalfields, London E1.

The duo behind the Lundenwic coffee shop and Borough Market’s Scotchtails take things to the next level with their latest project, an all-day eatery housed in an East London ‘zinc and glass kite’, with low intervention wines, local produce and even a ‘listening bar’.

This stand alone venue is stunning in design.

Maybe 60 guests here.

Opening offer in August of £1 coffees and 50% off food.

Complimentary wines, beers and canapés for guests tonight.

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I was on the guest list for this one but sadly it was the same time as above girly event so did not get along.

Proud Central - private view of Audrey Hepburn: Beyond the Screen.

Photography by Terry O’Neill, Norman Parkinson, Bob Willoughby, Eva Sereny, Mark Shaw and Douglas Kirkland will all be featured in the exhibition, which marks 25 years since Hepburn’s death at the age of 63.

Proud Central Gallery

32 John Adam Street

London

WC2N 6BP











Thursday 16 August 2018.

ARETHA FRANKLIN has sadly passed away aged 76.

Aretha Franklin, 'The Queen of Soul" known for hits like Respect and Think, has died in Detroit aged 76.

The legendary singer was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 and announced last year she was retiring from music.

Franklin won 18 Grammys, and had 17 Top Ten US chart hits over a music career spanning seven decades.

Aretha was one of the few legendary artists I never saw live which was mainly due to her fear of flying

after an incident in 1984 when she vowed she would never leave North America again by plane.













Thursday 16 August 2018.

Happy Birthday to MADONNA who is 60 today.

Tomorrow (Friday) BBC4 tv are dedicating two programmes to her in tribute.

10pm

Documentary charting Britain's relationship with Madonna, examining the influence Madonna has had on British music and fashion, and how she provoked a debate over sexual and gender politics - inspiring a generation of women, whilst remaining a huge gay icon. The film follows a group of fans on their journey to Barcelona for the first night of Madonna's Drowned World Tour and finds out what Madonna means to them. Contributors include backing singer Donna DeLory, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Rosanna Arquette, Mel C, Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue, Hear'Say and Janet Street-Porter.

11pm

Madonna live in concert - Rebel Heart World Tour 2015/2016.

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Having sold more than 300 million records worldwide, Madonna is recognised as the best-selling female

recording artist of all time by Guinness World Records.

I have seen Madonna live around a dozen times since 1987....always a fantastic visual show....











Wednesday 15 August 2018.

AEROSMITH have confirmed that they will play a total of 18 shows in Las Vegas in 2019.

The band will take to the stage at the Park Theater at the new Park MGM resort in the city throughout April, June and July next year for a run of performances under the 'Deuces Are Wild' banner.

Aerosmith are one of the rare bands with all five members still there from their 1970s line-up.

Aerosmith celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2019.









Tuesday 14 August 2018.

We went for a drive out to Berks and Bucks to visit Windsor and a showcase at Hedsor House, Taplow.

1pm to 5pm...Windsor, Berkshire.

We had a very nice afternoon in Windsor including a visit to Windsor Castle.

Even more tourists than usual here due to The Royal Wedding a couple of months ago.

We walked across the bridge to Eton.

Always great to have a proper wander around Windsor every so often.

then

5.30pm to 7pm...Hedsor House - showcase - Taplow, Bucks.

A right Royal history. This manor house was originally designed by Sir William Chambers, the architect of Somerset House, with the help of King George III and Queen Charlotte. They were captivated by Hedsor's picturesque position high above the River Thames and its proximity to London..the current house on the site was completed in 1868.

Hedsor House remained as the Boston family's country house until early in the 20th century, during which time Queen Victoria was said to be a frequent visitor to the house and its beautiful surrounding parkland.

It is available to hire for corporate events and weddings...it has also been used in film and tv.

It featured Tom Hardy in the 2015 film Legend and in 2016 as the mansion George Clooney is kidnapped to in a Nespresso advert.

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The Taplow area has many large country estates including Cliveden House and Taplow House.

A stunning entrance with a long drive as we wind half a mile or so to the car park and entrance.

A stunning house over three floors with over a dozen rooms, a ballroom, sunken gardens etc , set in 85 acres.

Everything here looks luxurious and immaculate.

Folks with a few extra quid hold their weddings here...would be pricey.

Would be very tricky to get here without a car.

Complimentary prosecco, coffees, teas and canapés for around 100 guests.

www.hedsor.com

Visit the Hedsor website here for more info.











Monday 13 August 2018.

Some facts about IRON MAIDEN who i have seen over 30 times including just a couple of days ago.

In the 1980s they would always rather play multi-nights at Hammersmith Odeon than play Wembley Arena.

In Nov 1986 I saw all six of their Hammersmith Odeon shows on that tour.

Oddly enough that the support band for those shows were Samson who were Bruce Dickinson's band

before he joined Iron Maiden.

I saw Bruce Dickinson sing with Samson in 1979 and 1980.

I saw Iron Maiden in 1980 when Paul Di'Anno was their singer before Bruce Dickinson.

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I was at this mega gig 30 years ago this month.

Iron Maiden,KISS,David Lee Roth ,Megadeth,Guns And Roses,Helloween Monsters Of Rock Festival , 20.08.1988

Iron Maiden did a superb full 2 hour set. KISS did 75 mins set ( no make up ) David Lee Roth did a mega 60 mins . sadly a death when GnR played .









Sunday 12 August 2018.

Any regulars that go to events at The 02 Arena in London will know that

drinks & food are a total rip-off but they have defied belief by having yet another price increase.

They now charge £7 for a pint of lager, yes £7...total thievery.

Best to drink outside the venue or not at all if you can.









Friday 10 August 2018

On this day in KISSTORY - August 10, 1973 -KISS auditioned for their soon to be manager Bill Aucoin at the Crystal Ball Room of the Hotel Diplomat in New York City.

Bill Aucoin: When I first saw KISS at the Hotel Diplomat in 1973 they didn't have much of a show. They had the red beacons, a couple of amps. They were wearing black jeans. No one could afford leather. The show was just a regular rock 'n' roll show except they had spontaneity. They wanted to do something different and they wanted it very badly. That kind of devotion is worth more than anything. It's so special and you start picking up on it. I saw that magic in them.

When i first went to New York in Sept 1979 i headed for a two week stay at Hotel Diplomat as KISS and

The New York Dolls had played there.

During my stay there i saw The Buzzcocks playing in the same ballroom KISS had played in.

Hotel Diplomat is no longer there.









Friday 10 August 2018.

IRON MAIDEN + KILLSWITCH ENGAGE live at The 02 Arena, London.

Iron Maiden play the first of two sold out shows here.

These are the final dates on their European Tour.

Expect a nice big stage production.

I have seen Iron Maiden over 30 times since 1980 when they were a support band to Judas Priest at

Hammersmith Odeon and throughout the 1980s they headlined Hammersmith Odeon many times.

Not sure why , but I did not see their shows at The 02 Arena in May 2017 on their last UK tour.

Iron Maiden are one of the biggest metal bands in the world with over 100 million album sales worldwide.

Support band are Killswitch Engage who are an American metalcore band.

They have released seven studio albums and sold over 4 million albums worldwide.

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Get to the venue and as per usual with Maiden fans the merch stands are doing a roaring trade.

Every other person seems to be wearing an Iron Maiden t-shirt.

I caught the last 15 mins of support band KILLSWITCH ENGAGE.

Heavy metal guitar riffs were ok but the shouty aggressive vocals were not my cup tea.

They finished with a cover of 'Holy Diver' so not sure what Ronnie James Dio would have thought of that.

The majority of Maiden fans did not seem that impressed and the band barely got applause when they finished.

IRON MAIDEN had the great full tape intro of UFO's 'Doctor Doctor ' then a famous Churchill speech and

then they came on stage at 9pm and played for around 1 hour 50 mins.

There is a big screen showing great pre-recorded images and two side screens showing live footage.

Iron Maiden’s Legacy of the Beast tour has to be one of their most visually extravagant show ever. Their mascot, Eddie, appears first as a 12-foot trooper, swordfighting with singer Bruce Dickinson, and then as a stage-dwarfing demon. There are pyrotechnics, a giant noose and a vast model of Icarus. Most eye-popping of all is the 90% lifesize model of a second world war Spitfire, which “flies” over the stage for the opening track and almost takes out drummer Nicko McBrain with its tailfin.

Lots of lights as usual as Bruce sweats his nuts off running around the stage and the other members

swop positions on stage throughout the evening and Janick Gers does his funny guitar theatrics.

The first half had a few lesser known tunes but the second half was a superb batch of Maiden anthems.

An excellent show from Iron Maiden.

Full Iron Maiden setlist played tonight...

Tape intro : Doctor Doctor (UFO song)

Video intro : Churchill's Speech

Aces High

Where Eagles Dare

2 Minutes to Midnight

The Clansman

The Trooper

Revelations

For the Greater Good of God

The Wicker Man

Sign of the Cross

Flight of Icarus

Fear of the Dark

The Number of the Beast

Iron Maiden

Encore:

The Evil That Men Do

Hallowed Be Thy Name

Run to the Hills

Tape outro : Always Look on the Bright Side of Life (Monty Python song)

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Amazingly a fan has put this entire show up on YouTube the following morning.









Thursday 09 August 2018...I went to three events today...

2.30pm to 6pm.

Great British Beer Festival at Olympia, London.

I went back here for the second time...it is on until Saturday.

Britain's flagship beer festival returns to Olympia London. Living up to its reputation as ‘Britain’s ultimate beer festival,' The Great British Beer Festival will showcase over 900 real ales and other craft beers including ciders, perries, fine wines and gin.

Greene King - Great British Beer Festival’s headline sponsor is set to bring its iconic 5X brew to the festival.

Live entertainment on each day for the big crowd of 5000 expected.

Thursday is Planet Rock Day and i saw two of the six bands who played throughout the day.

Mollie Marriott and Danny Bryant.

Around 500 of the 5000 crowd are watching the bands play at one end.

MOLLIE MARRIOTT and band were on at 3.20pm and played for 40 mins.

Mollie is the daughter of rock legend Steve Marriott (Humble Pie and Small Faces) who sadly

died in a house fire back in 1991.

With long blonde hair and thigh high black suede boots , she looked the part.

Mollie played some decent tracks from her album 'Truth is a Wolf'.

Mollie also played cover versions by Aretha Franklin and Tom Petty.

DANNY BRYANT and band were on at 4.30pm and played for 45 mins.

Danny Bryant has released several albums over his career.

He played some really good blues guitar and his band included nice boogie woogie piano.

A couple of blues covers in the set as well.

www.gbbf.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.

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then

6.30pm to 7.30pm

arc. - private view - Herrick Gallery,93 Piccadilly, London W1.

Around 100 guests here inside and outside the gallery.

arc. brings together the work of Fani Parali, Victor Seaward, Mark Corfield Moore and Nathaniel Faulkner and is Kristian Day Gallery’s second collaboration with Herrick Gallery.

Incorporating film, tapestry, installation, 3D printing and sculpture arc. explores notions of communication, code, ritual, material and process.

Complimentary wines and beers for all guests.

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then

7.45pm to 11pm

1883 magazine 'Royalty' issue party - Cuckoo Club, Swallow Street, London W1.

This was the venue where i saw Guns & Roses play a 75 mins set in 2006 after they played Wembley Arena.

Around 150 guests here including Martin Chambers from The Pretenders.

Martin played drums on the soon to be released new Razorlight album.

1883 magazine celebrates all that is new & exciting in the world of fashion, music, film & arts.

RAZORLIGHT arrive on stage at 9.40pm and played a five song hits based 20 mins set.

Four hit singles and a new track.

There is no stage and Razorlight are playing on the floor in the corner.

We are just a few feet from them as they played a lively set that went down well.

1.In The Morning

2.Golden Touch

3.Before I Fall to Pieces

4.Carry Yourself

5.America (dedicated to President Trump)

Fat Tony was the dj after Razorlight finished their set - he is Kate Moss fave dj.

It got very lively so we had a boogie on the dance floor.

Complimentary prosecco, Stoli vodka cocktails, Cenote tequila cocktails, Bayou rum cocktails for guests.

A great event.

www.1883magazine.com

Visit their website here for more info.











Tuesday 07 August 2018...I went to two events today...

3.30pm to 5pm

Great British Beer Festival at Olympia, London W14.

Britain's flagship beer festival returns to Olympia London. Living up to its reputation as ‘Britain’s ultimate beer festival,' The Great British Beer Festival will showcase over 900 real ales and other craft beers including ciders, perries, fine wines and gin.

Greene King - Great British Beer Festival’s headline sponsor is set to bring its iconic 5X brew to the festival.

Live entertainment on each evening for the big crowd of around 5000 daily.

Today was the opening day for trade and press until 5pm.

All the beers have a description so you can read before you try and part of the fun is buying a third of a pint.

Lots of street food vendors here that are selling all types of food.

Lots of traditional pub games to play including skittles etc.

Lots of pub merch and memorabilia on sale.

Lots of seating all around the venue.

www.gbbf.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.

then

STEVEN TYLER & THE LOVING MARY BAND live at The Forum, London.

Legendary singer of rockers Aerosmith plays a one off UK show at the end of his European Tour.

This will be his first ever solo show in the UK.

The setlist will mix Aerosmith classics, choice cover versions and tracks from his country tinged solo album.

I have seen Aerosmith over a dozen times since 1976 at Hammersmith Odeon when they played

their first ever London show.

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Needless to say i was really looking forward to this show as this was a 'must see gig'.

Steven Tyler live at The Forum for just 2300 fans is one of those ' I was there' gigs.

Apart from a secret gig at The Marquee Club in 1990 after a Monsters of Rock show , Aerosmith

have only played arenas and big festivals in the UK over the past 30 years.

The show was slow at selling out due to steep ticket prices of £130 and £100 but it sold out a couple of days

before the show and as it was scorching during the day the venue is very hot & humid inside.

STEVEN TYLER & THE LOVING MARY BAND arrived on stage at 9.05pm and played for around 80 mins.

On stage for only 80 mins seemed a bit short but this was a classic case of quality over quantity as

Steven Tyler oozed A-list rock star charisma for the entire show as he played a crowd pleasing set featuring

loads of Aerosmith classics and covers that Aerosmith play live and not too many tracks from the new album.

Even at the grand old age of 70, Steven Tyler still looks incredible.

Long hair, big mouth, all his nails painted, rock n roll jewellery...along with his trademark scarves on the microphone.

Kind of odd not seeing Joe Perry and co backing him and his band tonight included

females playing drums and bass and most songs had three guitars but a few had two guitars...and a banjo.

Thankfully the band sound 'more rock than country'.

We have three big screens showing live footage including great close-ups of Steven Tyler.

Steven Tyler on piano for a stunning version of 'Dream On'.

Encore was a mega version of 'Walk This Way' and a minute of 'Whole Lotta Love'.

He could have played a full version of the classic Led Zep cover to make the set a bit longer.

A short but excellent show.

Full Steven Tyler setlist played tonight...

Sweet Emotion (Aerosmith song)

Cryin' (Aerosmith song)

I'm Down / Oh! Darling (The Beatles cover)

Come Together (The Beatles cover)

Rattlesnake Shake (Fleetwood Mac cover)

Jaded (Aerosmith song)

Only Heaven

Mercedes Benz (Janis Joplin cover)

Piece of My Heart (Erma Franklin cover)

We're All Somebody From Somewhere

Livin' on the Edge (Aerosmith song)

Janie's Got a Gun (Aerosmith song)

Dream On (Aerosmith song) (followed by band introductions)

Train Kept A-Rollin' (Tiny Bradshaw cover)

Encore:

Walk This Way (Aerosmith song)

Whole Lotta Love (Led Zeppelin cover ) (one minute snippet as outro)











Monday 06 August 2018.

The Official Top 8 biggest VINYL albums of 2018 so far...

Amazing how many classic older albums are still selling on vinyl.

1 TRANQUILITY BASE HOTEL & CASINO ARCTIC MONKEYS

2 RUMOURS FLEETWOOD MAC

3 THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON PINK FLOYD

4 THE GREATEST SHOWMAN MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING

5 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - AWESOME MIX 2 ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK

6 NEVERMIND NIRVANA

7 STAYING AT TAMARA'S GEORGE EZRA

8 WHAT'S THE STORY MORNING GLORY OASIS











Sunday 05 August 2018...6.15pm to 8.45pm...

My band from the early 1980s - Gun Control - are having our 5th rehearsal in North Acton.

It was our first rehearsal for over a month due to holidays and stuff.

Things going a bit slow as we cannot get our original singer up from Southend where he now lives.

Our new singer is doing a good job.

Hopefully there will be a couple of gigs just before Christmas.

















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News and Reviews: 7th August 2018

Monday 06 August 2018.

The Official Top 8 biggest VINYL albums of 2018 so far...

Amazing how many classic older albums are still selling on vinyl.

1 TRANQUILITY BASE HOTEL & CASINO ARCTIC MONKEYS

2 RUMOURS FLEETWOOD MAC

3 THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON PINK FLOYD

4 THE GREATEST SHOWMAN MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING

5 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - AWESOME MIX 2 ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK

6 NEVERMIND NIRVANA

7 STAYING AT TAMARA'S GEORGE EZRA

8 WHAT'S THE STORY MORNING GLORY OASIS











Sunday 05 August 2018...6.15pm to 8.45pm...

My band from the early 1980s - Gun Control - are having our 5th rehearsal in North Acton.

It was our first rehearsal for over a month due to holidays and stuff.

Things going a bit slow as we cannot get our original singer up from Southend where he now lives.

Our new singer is doing a good job.

Hopefully there will be a couple of gigs just before Christmas.









Saturday 04 August 2018.

Visit The Sex Pistols website link on the right to see my review of Glen Matlock @ Boisdale,

along with a nice photo of Glen Matlock and Earl Slick.

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Jimmy Page never let anyone in his Holland Park Grade 1 listed house that he bought back in 1972.

That has now changed.

Led Zeppelin guitar legend Jimmy Page invited Channel 4 news into his house for a look around.

This follows a couple of articles in newspapers & magazines.

William Burges, who designed the house, entertained his arty friends there in the 1870s.

'The Tower House' has stunning rooms with some incredible looking features.

You can see why it looks a bit delicate if neighbours start excavating.

No doubt this is to gain public sympathy in the planning row with his neighbour Robbie Williams

who wants to build a basement complex including a swimming pool.











Friday 03 August 2018... I went to three events tonight...

4.30pm to 6.30pm

RENAULT CLIO : Play, Pause, Rewind - I Love The 90s Party, 136 High Holborn, London WC1.

Renault are hosting a '90s throwback party ' to celebrate their popular Clio car.

The Renault Clio is a supermini car, produced by the French automobile manufacturer Renault. It was launched in 1990, and was in its fourth generation in 2012. The Clio has had substantial critical and commercial success, being consistently one of Europe's top-selling cars since its launch,and it is largely credited with restoring Renault's reputation and stature after a difficult second half of the 1980s. The Clio is one of only three cars, the others being the Volkswagen Golf and Opel Astra, to have been voted European Car of the Year twice, in 1991 and 2006.

On display is a Renault Clio from 1990 and the latest model that is in showrooms now.

A full 1990s theme going on here with family games from that time, posters everywhere from The Spice Girls,

Friends, Wayne's World etc, a dj playing tunes from the 1990s.

A couple of girls with Polaroid cameras are taking photos of guests and handing them out.

The girls here can get their nails done for free.

Complimentary canapés, snacks, soft drinks, desserts,lollies, sweets etc from the 1990s but no alcohol here.

then

6.45pm to 8.15pm

COCKTAILS IN THE CITY - Bedford Square Gardens, London WC1.

Around 500 folks are here in this private outdoor garden space.

It was scorching during the day but it was nice and cool in the evening outside.

Over 20 quality bars are here showcasing their cocktails.

Entry is £20 and includes a cocktail.All other cocktails after that are £7.50 each.

Lots of top notch food here too....although a bit expensive.

Our press invite got us two complimentary cocktails each so we had a couple of cocktails at COTTON'S

RUM SHACK and then BARRIO BARS (they have four London bars in Angel, Soho, Shoreditch, Brixton).

There is a dj here and cocktail making classes etc.

www.cocktailsinthecity.com

For more info and to buy tickets for Saturday 05 August 2018.

then

GLEN MATLOCK + EMILY CAPELL live at Boisdale, Canary Wharf, London E14.

Sex Pistols legend Glen and his band play the final night of his five shows at this venue.

Back to see Glen for the second time this week as it is a great show.

Again there are lots of folks here i know which is nice.

Singer Patti Palladin is here who recorded a great album with Johnny Thunders.

'Copy Cats' is a 1988 album by Johnny Thunders and Patti Palladin.

It is a set of rock and roll oldies, originally recorded from 1954 to 1969.

Chris Musto's current band mates from The Bermondsey Joyriders are here.

EMILY CAPELL played a few sings again before Glen came on.

As it was the last night, Earl Slick joined her on guitar for one song.

GLEN MATLOCK & band arrived on stage at 9.50pm and played the same 80 mins set as Monday.

He came on stage later tonight as it was a Friday.

We are standing left of stage with a great close up view.

As it was a Friday night the crowd were a bit more livelier than on Monday.

Glen tears into the tracks from the new album which is out in September.

Earl Slick guitar playing is sublime and stunning.

Needless to say 'God Save The Queen' and 'Pretty Vacant' were mega.

Another great show.

Glen chatted to fans and signed stuff just a few minutes after the show.

Glen gave me a signed copy of the new album.

More shows are planned for the rest of the year...hopefully Earl Slick can make them.











Thursday 02 August 2018...6.30pm to 10.30pm...

SOUL OF ANGOSTURA - press showcase - Cottons Rum Shack & Restaurant, 55 Chalk Farm Road, London NW1.

COTTONS is a colourful laid-back environment offering a taste of island life with Caribbean dishes and drinks.

It is just two minutes walk from The Roundhouse and bigger than it looks from the outside.

ANGOSTURA is one of the Caribbean's leading rum producers with a superb collection of rum brands and is the world's market leader for bitters.

ANGOSTURA bitter is a concentrated bitters, or botanically infused alcoholic mixture, made of water, 44.7% ethanol, gentian, herbs and spices,by House of Angostura in Trinidad and Tobago. It is typically used for flavouring beverages including cocktails such as Bloody Mary, Manhattan, Old Fashioned, Pink Gin, Pisco Sour, Rum Swizzle, Singapore Sling etc.

It is also used in food.

The bitters were first produced in the town of Angostura (Ciudad Bolívar, Venezuela) (hence the name), but do not contain angostura bark. The bottle is easily recognisable by its distinctive oversized label. 'Angostura' is Spanish for 'narrowing', the town of Angostura having been located at the first narrowing of the Orinoco River.

The award winning Angostura can be bought in stores including Tesco.

We are sat in the upstairs area (they have a basement area too).

At 7pm we had an introduction on the history of ANGOSTURA rum & bitters.

We had a fantastic selection of drinks and Caribbean food here tonight that was hugely enjoyable.

Jerk Buffalo Chicken Wings

Salt Fish Fritters

Chana Dhal Doubles with mango & Angostura dressing

Angostura Bitters Battered Cod with cassava fries & pineapple rum tartar sauce

Ginger Cake served with Angostura jelly and pomegranate rum reduction

Cottons Bitter Sweet cocktails including Angostura No. 7

Camden Swizzle cocktails including Angostura No.7

Tastings of their premium rums that were smooth and delicious

Cottons Rum Week is held Mon 13 Aug to Sun 19 Aug and will include special events,

rum tastings and masterclasses.

www.cottons-restaurant.co.uk

Visit the COTTON'S website here for more info.

www.angostura.com

Visit the ANGOSTURA website here for more info.











Wednesday 01 August 2018...I went to two events tonight...

6.45pm to 7.45pm

HORIZN STUDIOS - pop up store launch party - 15 Bateman Street, Soho, London W1.

Premium travel luggage and smart accessories brand with meaningful features.

Innovative design products created for everything the modern traveller needs.

They come with a big price as the smallest suitcase costs around £300.

Around 150 guests here with many outside as it was too hot inside the venue.

Faces here included Pam Hogg and Brix Smith-Start.

Female dj Henri was playing tunes in the corner.

Complimentary drinks included two different cocktails and beers along with canapés.

www.horizn-studios.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info.

then

7.50pm to 9.30pm.

MR FOGGS - opening launch party - 48 Newman Street, Fitzrovia, London W1.

Mr Foggs open their fourth bar.

Mr Fogg’s is a very British heritage brand based around the Victorian traveler, Phileas Fogg. The Jules Vernes novel, ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’, is the cornerstone of the Mr Fogg’s narrative brought to life in all its venues. Whilst there is a clear sense of eccentricity and fun, Mr Fogg’s is an award winning brand famed for the high quality of its innovative drinks, food and immaculate service standards.

Mr Fogg’s menu is a unique interpretation of ‘Victorian Cocktailian Culture’.

They have converted the tired old pub that was here up to their standard look with staff dressed from

the Victorian period.

Around 50 guests are upstairs for the launch party as at ground level it is for paying punters.

Complimentary drinks included two different cocktails, prosecco, wines, beers, along with some canapés.

www.mr-foggs.co.uk

Visit the Mr Foggs website here for more info.











Wednesday 01 August 2018.

Iconic music group Sister Sledge have announced plans for a feature film based on the lives of the legendary four sisters from Philadelphia, who rose to prominence and found worldwide success with the release of the remarkable We are Family album. Entitled Life Song, based on the memoirs of one of the founding members Kim Sledge, the biographical film will delve into the story behind music’s most famous sisters.

Boasting an abundance of timeless classics, Sister Sledge are behind decade defining hits such as ‘Lost In Music’, ‘He’s The Greatest Dancer’, ‘Thinking of You’ and the seminal classic ‘We are Family’. Originally formed of sisters Debbie, Joni, Kathy and Kim Sledge, Sister Sledge’s genre diverse discography spans jazz, soul, gospel, disco, and R&B.











Wednesday 01 August 2018.

Happy Birthday to Def Leppard vocalist Joe Elliot who is 59 today.







Tuesday 31 July 2018.

New York Doll guitarist Sylvain Sylvain turned up at Glen Matlock's Tuesday show at Boisdale.









Monday 30 July 2018.

GLEN MATLOCK + EMILY CAPELL live at Boisdale, Canary Wharf, London E14.

Sex Pistols legend plays the first of five intimate full band shows, which will include Earl Slick on guitar.

He will play Sex Pistols classics alongside solo material and his fave cover versions.

Matlock will be promoting his new album 'Good to Go' which features his mates' Earl Slick from

David Bowie's band and Slim Jim Phantom from Stray Cats.

Glen & Earl will be joined by Chris Musto {The Philistines, Johnny Thunders} on drums

and Jim Lowe, who produces the Stereophonics, is going to play bass.

The new album is out on 21 Sept 2018.

Tickets are £25 general admission or extra to include a three course dinner before the show.

www.boisdale.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.

Visit the Sex Pistols website link on the right for a full track by track album interview with Glen.

With support from Emily Capell.

Up and coming star Emily Capell, enjoys residencies at Camden Town's Proud Gallery and Dublin Castle, as well as a string of big festival appearances such as Glastonbury and Latitude. Her new single Joey very recently had its debut play on BBC 6 Music.

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My third visit to this venue that is getting more and more big name acts playing there.

They have one of the biggest collections of whiskies & cigars in the UK.

Support act EMILY CAPELL sung a few songs and played guitar before Glen come on.

Some good tunes there with hints of Lily Allen and Amy Winehouse.

Most are sat at tables but Glen arrives on stage and says "we may be in a supper club restaurant

but we are a rock & roll band so get up and dance if you feel like it".

GLEN MATLOCK & band arrived on stage at 9.25pm and played for around 80 mins.

From the start the band are totally rockin' as Glen opens with the first of eight tracks

from the new album that will be featured during the evening.

Glen has been playing many of the new tracks live over the past couple of years so it is

great he has finally got them out on his new album.

Chris Musto and Jim Lowe are providing solid rhythm backing as legendary guitarist Earl Slick

plays amazing solos and deft licks pretty much during every song as he weaves his magic.

For those of you that don't know , Earl Slick replaced Mick Ronson in David Bowies band.

Glen in his Billy Fury style jean jacket and Earl in cool clothes and shades both still have plenty of

rock star swagger.

Glen gets the crowd to sing and clap along to many of the songs.

There were a few choice covers including a Bob Dylan gem in the encore.

No Rich Kids classics played tonight as Glen focused on new album tracks but superb versions of

Sex Pistols anthems 'God Save The Queen' and 'Pretty Vacant' brought the house down.

It is always good to see Glen acoustic but with a superb band like this the songs just sound bigger & better.

A great show that i will hope to get along to again on Thursday or Friday.

Full Glen Matlock setlist played tonight...

1.Wont Put The Brakes On Me

2.Wanderlust

3.God Save The Queen

4.Sexy Beast

5.Hook in You

6.Speak Too Soon

7.Couldn't Give A Damn

8.Chill

9.Montague Terrace

10.Happy

11.Blank Generation

12.Born Running

13.Pretty Vacant

Encore :

14.Everybody Must Get Stoned

15.All or Nothing

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After the show Glen chatted with fans and signed copies of the new cd which is not in stores until September.









Monday 30 July 2018.

Happy Birthday to KATE BUSH who is 60 today.

Today is the 80th birthday of The Beano comic.







Sunday 29 July 2018.

I went to two events at The Barbican Centre today.

3pm - first event was in the theatre - capacity 1156.

7.30pm - second event was in the hall - capacity 1943.

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BARRY HUMPHRIES - WEIMAR CABARET live at The Barbican Theatre, London.

Australian comedy legend Barry Humphries is better known as Dame Edna Everage.

Barry Humphries is our masterfully seasoned MC and cabaret diva Meow Meow our chanteuse in this risqué, sophisticated and seductive tribute to the jazz-infused music of the Weimar Republic.

Some describe it as cabaret’s golden age: the remarkable period in 1920s and 30s’ Berlin when hedonistic partying and social revolution turned nightclubs into hotbeds of decadent entertainment. Reawakening that spirit, our hosts acquaint us with the oft-forgotten composers of the time, many Jewish, whose art would be condemned as ‘degenerate’ by the Nazis, dancing as it did on the edge of a precipice.

This was the final performance of around 20 shows of the run in this venue.

The show was on for two hours over two sets of 60 mins.

I had a great view in the second row on the right side of the stage.

I was close enough to see Barry taking sneak views at his scripted words on the two stage monitors.

Between songs Barry laces the show with hilarious Dame Edna type banter.

Barry is now aged 84 but still briefly dances with Meow Meow a couple of times.

The sultry Meow Meow nicely sings the songs in German backed by a 17 piece orchestra.

A full five minute standing ovation at the end brought a tear to Barrys eyes.

A very enjoyable show.

then

STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES + THE MASTERSONS live at The Barbican Hall, London.

THE MASTERSONS arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played for 30 mins.

The Mastersons, husband and wife duo Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore, are an American alternative country band from Brooklyn, New York who have released three albums together.

They were up introduced on stage by Steve Earle himself.

They played a decent set of songs and later would form part of Steve Earle's backing band.

STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played for 1 hour 55 mins.

Tonight was the last night of their month long UK & European Tour.

Steve Earle, now age 63, is an American rock, country and folk singer-songwriter, record producer, author and actor.

Earle began his career as a songwriter in Nashville in 1982 and has released over a dozen albums.

Steve has also received three Grammy Awards.

I first saw him play live a couple of times in 1997.

Steve is promoting his 2017 album ' So You Wannabe an Outlaw' so we got several tracks from that.

Steve is still a 'heartfelt country rock outlaw' with political views in his songs.

Steve said "tomorrow we fly back to California, so we are gonna dedicate this song to the fire fighters

who fighting the those terrible fires in California".

A great band that included some nifty pedal steel guitar on most songs.

Great to older gems including 'My Old Friend The Blues', 'Someday', 'Johnny Comes Lately' ,

a great version of 'Copperhead Road' and a cover of 'Hey Joe'.

The official video for 'Copperhead Road' has been viewed over 96 million times on YouTube.

Steve got a full standing ovation at the end.

A very enjoyable show.











Saturday 28 July 2018.

Reading 0 Crystal Palace 4...pre-season friendly...

My friend gave me use of one of his season tickets and we had a fun afternoon.

My first time at this nice stadium which is three miles from the city centre.

It is a friendly game so maybe 6,000 here out of a 24,000 capacity.

Wilfried Zaha may be dogged by transfer doubts off the pitch but on it he was his irrepressible self as he scored twice for Crystal Palace in a 4-0 friendly win over Reading.

The Ivory Coast international has rejected a new contract offer and told Palace he wants to leave for Champions League football.

Tottenham and Dortmund are leading the chase for Zaha but that did not stop Eagles boss Roy Hodgson naming him in a strong side at the Madjeski Stadium that also included Alexander Sorloth.

Reading fans were very quiet and the away supporters easily out-sung them.











Friday 27 July 2018.

LITTLE STEVEN & The Disciples of Soul live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

The final date on their current European Tour.

I saw them play a two hour show at Indigo in Oct 2016 for BluesFest.

I saw Little Steven play live four times as a solo artist back in the 1980s.

They release Soulfire Live!, a 24-track collection recorded last year in North America and Europe

during the legendary rock 'n' roller's first tour in nearly two decades.

He is a founding member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, co-producing the seminal albums “The River” and “Born in the U.S.A".

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Level 3 upstairs is closed off as unsold which is maybe due to the fact Little Steven has played

London a bit too often recently as he was here in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Playing three hour plus sets with Bruce Springsteen has certainly rubbed off on Steve & his top notch

band who arrived on stage at 8.15pm and played a nice long 2 hours 50 mins set.

Little Steven clearly loves American Soul from the 1960s and American girl groups from the the 1960s.

The setlist was a mix of his own material and cover songs.

An excellent big soul band that included a five piece brass section and three black female singers

with big hair and plenty of energetic dance moves.

The first hour was a full tilt , uptempo ,big brassy soul sound then there several slower songs , then

back to full tilt for the last 30 mins or so.

It was a very impressive wall of sound when the band were at full tilt.

Near the end they were joined on stage by Ali McKenzie from The Birds who were Ronnie Woods

first band , back in the late 1960s.

Almost hidden by the fifteen in total on stage was Lowell Levinger of The Youngbloods who Steve namechecked during the night and a band who epitomised his influences in the full on soul revue.

The video cameras were here for a future release.

A great show.

Full setlist played tonight...

Sweet Soul Music (Arthur Conley cover)

Soulfire (The Breakers cover)

Lyin' in a Bed of Fire

Inside of Me

The Blues Is My Business (Etta James cover)

Love on the Wrong Side of Town (Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes cover)

Until the Good Is Gone

Angel Eyes

Under the Gun

Some Things Just Don't Change (Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes cover)

Saint Valentine's Day (Cocktail Slippers cover)

Standing in the Line of Fire (Gary “U.S.” Bonds cover)

I Saw the Light

Salvation

The City Weeps Tonight

Down and Out in New York City (James Brown cover)

Princess of Little Italy

Ride the Night Away (Jimmy Barnes cover)

Bitter Fruit

Forever

Encore:

Say Those Magic Words (The Birds cover) (with Ali McKenzie)

Got to Get You Into My Life (The Beatles cover)

I Don't Want to Go Home (Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes cover)

Out of Control (U2 cover)

Out of the Darkness











Thursday 26 July 2018...I went to two events tonight...

6.15pm to 7.30pm

MAHIKI MAYFAIR - showcase - 1 Dover Street, Mayfair, London W1.

Well known club destination is showcasing its venue.

Mahiki Mayfair celebrates traditional Polynesian style and encapsulates the Aloha spirit.

Around 50 guests here and each has been given two tokens for nice cocktails.

A summer cocktail and a winter cocktail...we also had some canapés here.

The club usually kicks in from 10pm so they are trying to get people in there after work when it's quiet

so they are offering various coconut rum cocktails for only £4 each.

www.mahiki.com

Visit the Mahiki website here for more info.

then

PET SHOP BOYS live at The Royal Opera House, London.

Pet Shop Boys will return to the Royal Opera House for four special shows in July 2018, two years after their debut performances at Covent Garden.

The duo will return with their 'Inner Sanctum' show, which sold out in record time in 2016 and was staged by Es Devlin and choreographer/director Lynne Page.

I went to one of their shows here in 2016 which was fantastic...a top notch visual treat.

I have seen them play live a few times over their 30 year career.

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This was the second of their four sold out nights here.

The opening show got loads of great five and four star reviews.

Floor stalls seats were a hefty £110 each...lots of gay men here who can afford it...

Not many bands get to play this stunning venue.

PET SHOP BOYS arrive on stage at 8pm and play for 1 hour 45 mins.

From the start it was a full on disco pop extravaganza with all the crowd up and dancing.

Again it was a visually stunning show with a big screen showing superb images ,lots of lasers,

lots of lights, bizarre headgear, a few costume changes and some dancers.

All their classic hits were played and a few of them were re-worked versions.

'Go West', which singer Neil Tennant introduces with a typically wry “We’re going to do another old song but in a new version. But which old song? There are so many to choose from".

Near the end for four songs we had over 20 telly tubby type dancers in inflatable costumes on stage.

A great show.

Full Pet Shop Boys setlist played tonight...

Inner Sanctum

Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)

The Pop Kids

In the Night

Burn

Love Is a Bourgeois Construct

New York City Boy

Se A Vida É (That's The Way Life Is)

Love Comes Quickly

Love etc.

The Dictator Decides

West End Girls

Home and Dry

The Enigma

Vocal

The Sodom and Gomorrah Show

It's A Sin

Left To My Own Devices

Go West (Village People cover)

Play Video

Encore :

Domino Dancing

Always on My Mind (Brenda Lee cover)

The Pop Kids (reprise for short outro)

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The Friday & Saturday shows are being recorded for a live DVD.







Thursday 26 July 2018.

Happy Birthday to SIR MICK JAGGER who is 75 today.







Wednesday 25 July 2018...I went to two events tonight...

6pm to 6.30pm

Natalie Dray and Moshekwa Langa - private view - Blain Southern Gallery , Hanover Square, London W1.

Each artist has a floor for their own collection of art.

Both exhibitions run until 15 Sept 2018.

Complimentary lagers for all guests.

www.blainsouthern.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then

6.45pm to 9.45pm

Sager & Wilde at Bassoon Bar - launch party - Corinthia Hotel,Whitehall Place, London SW1.

Around 100 guests here including Laurence Fox, Basia Briggs , Betty Bachz and Henry Conway.

Always nice to be at this luxury five star hotel where many big name musicians & actors have stayed.

Designed by David Collins Studio, Bassoon is a London destination bar with attitude. Combining a relaxed and intimate ambience with a stimulating dash of theatre, Bassoon pays homage to the arts of the finest bartenders in the capital. Bespoke cocktails, fine Champagnes and boutique spirits are served in elegant glassware.

Corinthia Hotel London is partnering with Marcis Dzelzainis and Michael Sager from award-winning East London restaurant and wine bar Sager + Wilde. The collaboration will launch with pioneering bartender Marcis Dzelzainis managing the Bassoon Bar from July 2018, with the introduction of a new cocktail menu and a team spearheaded by head bartender, Joshua Joyce, previously of Satan’s Whiskers and the Beaufort Bar at The Savoy.

Not for the budget conscious as a few of the cocktails would normally be £16 each.

Nice funky tunes being played in the background.

Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers along with SIXTEEN , yes SIXTEEN different cocktails including

Pisco Sours, Mojitos, Negroni's etc along with wines, beers, burgers and canapés.

A very nice event.

www.corinthia.com

Visit the Corinthia Hotel website here for more info.









Tuesday 24 July 2018...6.15 pm to 9.15pm...

AFTERNOON TEA AWARDS 2018 at The Hotel Cafe Royal, Regent Street, London W1.

Around 200 guests at this famous five star hotel that dates back to 1865.

They always choose a nice venue as all the best hotels offer Afternoon Tea events.

When David Bowie retired Ziggy Stardust in July 1973 after a show at Hammersmith Odeon the party was held here.

Guests included Mick Jagger and Bianca, Paul and Linda McCartney, Lou Reed, and Barbra Streisand.

At 7.25pm the five awards were handed out.

After the awards we sat in the fresh air of their nice outdoor terrace.

Complimentary Lanson champers and Laurent Perrier champers throughout the evening and

various finger sandwiches before the awards and various desserts after the awards.

All guests got a goodie bag with five different boxes of tea from NEWBY fine teas.

They are the UK's premier fine tea company supplying hotels, restaurants and retailers worldwide.

www.afternoontea.co.uk

Visit their website for list of venues around the UK hosting Afternoon Tea events.

Afternoon Tea Week is Aug 13 to Aug 19 where venues will have special offers.

www.newbyteas.com

Visit the NEWBY Teas website here for more info.











Monday 23 July 2018.

The very first National Album Day has been announced.

A week of celebrations culminating on the 70th anniversary of the album on Saturday October 13 will take place, with all corners of the British music industry coming together to honour the format.

Organised by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and the Entertainment Retailer's Association (ERA) in association with BBC Music, National Album Day will explore the UK's love of the album, with new releases, classic albums and iconic album sleeves all receiving recognition.









Sunday 22 July 2018

SYLVAIN SYLVAIN + LONDON SS live at The Dublin Castle, Camden, London.

New York Dolls guitar legend now aged 67 is on a UK club tour to promote his autobiography.

I saw his last London show at The 100 Club in July 2013 which was great but not sold out so

i presume that is why he has chose this tiny 150 capacity venue.

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Not surprisingly tonight is sold out and it's hot and humid inside the venue.

Great to see so many of my older punk rock chums here.

Some faces here including...

Bobby Gillespie (Primal Scream)

Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth)

Chris Musto (has drummed with Johnny Thunders, Glen Matlock and others)

Knox ( The Vibrators)

LONDON SS were one of those bands that were about just before punk rock took off.

They were founded in March 1975 by drummer Geir Wade, bassist John Brown, guitarist Mick Jones(later of The Clash),and guitarist Eunan Brady (formerly of the Hollywood Brats). In 2012 Brady put together a new lineup, featuring himself along with Jimi McDonald, Taj Sagoo, Michael Kane, and Andi Emm. Other past members from the 70s included Tony James.

We caught 20 mins of their planned 45 mins set. They have a great front man and their good set

included covers of The Beastie Boys and New York Dolls.

SYLVAIN SYLVAIN arrived on stage at 9.35pm and played for around 65 mins.

Only 10 actual songs played but each one was introduced with a nice story about how the band was formed,

playing gigs at Mercer Arts Centre and Hotel Diplomat (I stayed there for a fortnight in 1979),

meeting Johnny Thunders for the first time and some of the chaos the band brought upon themselves.

Sylvain played an acoustic guitar for the first half of the show then he switched to electric guitar.

Johnny Thunders band singer from the late 1980s , Alison Gordy was on backing vocals.

The set included classic Dolls tracks, solo material and cover songs.

He was joined by Thurston Moore for 'Personality Crisis'.

Final song was the Johnny Thunders classic 'You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory' which was

superb as Sylvain and Alison shared vocals and remembered their sadly missed friend.

A great show.

1.Teenage News

2.Looking for a Kiss

3.Pills

4.Femme Fatale

5.Keep It To Yourself (brand new track)

6.C'mon Everybody

7.Jet Boy

8.Trash

9.Personality Crisis (with Thurston Moore and others)

10.You Cant Put Your Arms Around A Memory

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After a 10 mins break Sylvain Sylvain came back on stage for 25 mins interview with the promoter.

Sylvain has got a great memory for events from the late 1960s / early 1970s.

The New York Dolls split up in 1975 which was before punk rock kicked off and Sylvain said

"we were over before we had the chance to play the recently opened CBGBs".

After that was several questions from the audience.

After that he sold & signed copies of his book and there were 30 or 40 buying.

Luckily we got our books signed earlier in the week so no need to hang around for that

as it was approaching 11.30pm.









Sun 22 July---London Live tv at 10pm - "The Filth & The Fury'"...excellent Sex Pistols film documentary...

I went to the premiere of this film on 02 May 2000 at The Screen On The Green , Islington.

John Lydon and Glen Matlock did not attend but Steve Jones and Paul Cook were there along

with the likes of Robbie Williams and Boy George.

The Sex Pistols played this venue in 1976 and 1977...I was at the latter one...









Sunday 22 July 2018.

Guns N Roses play the final show on their European Tour on Tuesday.

American rockers Guns N’ Roses will perform in Iceland this summer, and organisers say it will be one of the largest concerts ever held in the country.

On Tues 24 July they will perform at Laugardalsvöllur, Iceland’s largest football stadium.







Sunday 22 July 2018.

Happy Birthday to Don Henley from The Eagles who is 71 today.





Saturday 21 July 2018.

Happy Birthday to Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) who is 69 today.





Friday 20 July 2018.

Happy Birthday to Sex Pistols / The Professionals drummer PAUL COOK who is 62 today.







Thursday 19 July 2018....I went to three events tonight...

4.45pm to 6.15pm

CARLUCCIO'S - Christmas Press Preview and Party - St Christopher's Place, London W1.

Carluccio's is an Italian restaurant chain and food shop founded in London in 1999.

It has many restaurants across the UK.

Their food shop sells gift set boxes , with most retailing from £10 to £20.

Including various Panettone, various chocolates, advent calendars, cakes, biscuits etc.

Some very nice complimentary drinks and food here including Aperol Spritz, Negronis, Peroni beers

and lots of their very tasty Italian food.

All guests got a goodie bag with a 200g box of Clemente Chocolates that retails for £12.95.

www.carluccios.com

Visit their website here for more info.

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