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Sunday 18 December 2022.

18 Dec 2022 - RONNIE BIGGS passed away nine years ago today.
I went to his book launch a couple of years before his death.
17 Nov 2011....11am to 3.30pm.
Press conference and party for the updated version of Ronnie Biggs autobiography "Odd Man Out,The Last Straw" at Shoreditch House,London E16.
Ronnie Biggs and his son Michael attended.
The original book came out in 1994 but this updated version has around 200 extra pages.There are loads of tv crews and photographers here.Later on friends and family would arrive.Ronnie is wheeled in looking very frail.He cannot talk but understands you and answers back via a spellboard or hand gestures.His son Michael and Ronnies good friend Chris Pickard who helped him with the book are the ones that answer the press questions.
I asked Ronnie "did he enjoy recording with two members of The Sex Pistols back in 1978".He gave me a smile and a thumbs up which was quite touching.
After most of the press had left more friends and family turned up inc Nick Reynolds(son of Great Train Robber Bruce Reynolds) and Gaz Mayall.A nice lunch was laid on and the freebie wines and beers were flowing.The press chairs were taken away and it became more relaxed.Ronnie was cuddling any women here he could get his arms around.ITV host Fiona Phillips was very chatty with him as her own dad had similiar ill health.
We had some proper Hells Angels here from UK,Sweden and Brazil.Everyone got a free copy of the book and Ronnie signed loads of them.I got mine signed and got a couple of photos with him.I also got my "The Biggest Blow-A Punk Prayer" signed.Ronnie with Cook n Jones on that one.
Despite Ronnie being in a wheelchair and not being able to talk he clearly enjoyed himself.He was here for well over three hours which was pretty amazing.
A couple of photos of the event are on my Facebook page.
Saturday 17 December 2022.
FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
FOTN are are a goth rock band from Stevenage , who formed back in 1984.
They released five studio albums, but the last one was in 2005.
Fields of the Nephilim's initial sound incorporated elements of hard rock, gothic rock, heavy pmetal and psychedelic rock, and comprised a bass- and guitar-driven sound underpinned by Carl McCoy's growled vocals. Lyrically, the band incorporated themes concerning magic (specifically chaos magic), the Cthulhu Mythos, the Sumerian religion, and the works of Aleister Crowley. The band had a "dust and death" image, associated with characters from Sergio Leone's Spaghetti Westerns and often wore cowboy dusters with a weather-beaten look during photoshoots. This weather-beaten look was attained by dusting themselves down with, by their own admission, Mother's Pride flour.This also proved problematic for the band as in May 1988, Nottinghamshire Police detained the band whilst a suspect substance was tested for drugs. This was later determined to be nothing but flour from the stage set.
They still have two original members in the line-up, including singer Carl McCoy.
Oddly i have never seen them live before.
Support comes from post-punk outfit THE MEMBRANES who are fronted by John Robb who looks
after the Louder Than War music website, and is often a talking head on punk documentaries.
I saw them play a sweaty show in a small room at The Rebellion Festival, Blackpool in August 2022.
Level 3 is closed tonight as unsold, but the other levels are all full.
Lots of loyal goth- rock fans have turned up in their mainly black clothing attire.
THE MEMBRANES arrive on stage at 8pm for their 45 mins set.
Singer John Robb with Mohican haircut prowls the front of stage with his menacing bass playing.
A good set by them
FOTN arrive on stage at 9.15pm for their 85 mins set.
The band still wear their black clothing with pride, along with their black cowboy hats.
When FOTN hit the stage the stalls standing area is really rammed shoulder to shoulder.
This soon turns into a moshing frenzy in the front few rows.
They have a nice sound, but the dark and moody vocals are a bit too muffled for me.
Some tracks are several minutes long , due to some nice guitar workouts.
An enjoyable enough show.
Full setlist played by FOTN played tonight...
The Watchman
Chord of Souls
Love Under Will
Last Exit for the Lost
Preacher Man
Blue Water
Friday 16 December 2022.
JAMIE CULLUM live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Jamie Cullum (now aged 43) is an English jazz-pop singer, so ngwriter and radio presenter. Although primarily a vocalist and pianist, he also accompanies himself on other instruments, including guitar and drums. He has recorded nine studio albums, three compilation albums, one live album.
Since April 2010, he has presented a weekly Tuesday evening jazz show on BBC Radio 2.
Jamie has sold over 10 million albums over the past 20 odd years.
He will showcasing his current ninth studio album "The Pianoman at Christmas".
I have seen Jamie play a couple of short sets at events, but this will be the first time I have seen
his full headline show.
This one-off show is fully sold out , and is much livelier than expected.
JAMIE CULLUM & his big band arrive on stage at 8pm and play for 1 hour 50 mins.
For most songs there are around 20 musicians on stage when you include a 13 piece brass
orchestra , three backing singers and all the band members.
Jamie mixes being behind the piano, as well as being front stage , while another musician
takes over the piano duties.
We have plenty of Christmas fairy lights arranged as Christmas trees behind the stage.
The setlist comprised well known Christmas cover versions, and Jamie's own Christmas and solo songs.
Jamie certainly knows how to work the crowd.
Midway through, Jamie sings "In The Bleak Midwinter" to a fan from the pit, who is in the front row middle.
After an hour , Jamie gets everyone up and dancing , to create a great atmosphere.
Highlights included his take on Nina Simone's "Sinnerman" and his own "Mixtape".
An enjoyable show.
The Guardian newspaper gave the show a glowing five star review.

Friday 16 December 2022.

Thursday 15 December 2022....I went to two events tonight.
12.45pm to 7pm.
JACKIE ST CLAIR and Husband Carl - Christmas Lunch Party - Holland Park, London W14.
Ex Page 3 girl from the 1980s/1990s and husband are hosting in their stunning house.
There is a photo on the mantelpiece of Jackie with PRINCE , when they were out together.
Guests included ED BICKNELL (ex manager of Dire Straits and many others),
LIZZIE CUNDY in a saucy Santa outfit, JO WOOD (ex wife of Ronnie Wood),
MICHAEL GELARDI who finally put out his 1969 album by his group Misty a few months ago on
Cherry Red Records.
SUSAN BLACK who performs as a Edith Piaf tribute.
Also NICK COWELL (brother of Simon Cowell).
After dinner at 4pm we had some fake snow falling in the garden , then Tony Moore got out his acoustic guitar and played a nice medley of 1960 hits and the Cutting Crew big hit "I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight".
TONY MOORE is an English singer-songwriter, musician, radio presenter and music promoter. He was also a member of Iron Maiden. He first became famous in 1986 as keyboard player with the band Cutting Crew.
Champers, Negronis and full bar all throughout the six hours.
Lunch was canapes , a delicious Christmas dinner with all the trimmings and tiramisu dessert.
All 20 guests on a huge long table.
After 4pm another 20 guests turned up for afternoon tea - canapes, sandwiches, different desserts.
Such a lovely afternoon.
www.jackie-stclair.com - Visit Jackies website here.
Rick Astley plays the first of two shows at this iconic venue.
Multi-million selling global star Rick Astley returns to the Royal Albert Hall this December for a special big band concert, performing swing and festive classics.
Rick Astley’s Swinging Christmas follows one of his big passions, the golden age of big band and swing. These exclusive shows will see Rick perform in the Hall’s stunning historic auditorium, synonymous for big band performances.
“I love singing these old classics and I cannot wait to see you there!” – Rick Astley
What better way to get into the festive spirit than a true celebration of Rick’s love of music, the roaring swing sound, classic tracks and many more.
I have Rick a few times on stage, with the first time in 1987 , for a recording of Top Of The Pops and in
2021 i saw him play a great show where he sung The Smiths songs backed by The Blossoms.
Corners of the circle are unsold, but otherwise the venue is full.
RICK ASTLEY on stage for 1 hour 50 mins...two sets of 50 mins and 60 mins.
He is backed by a band and orchestra totalling around 50 musicians on stage.
Rick is wearing a dickie-bow and a sharp suit.
Lots of gentle swaying in the crowd for his covers of swing songs and Christmas songs.
Of course he had to play his mega worldwide hit "Never Gonna Give You Up",
which got all the crowd up and dancing.
An enjoyable show.
Come Fly With Me
Cheek to Cheek
The Way You Look Tonight
Strangers in the Night
Winter Wonderland
I've Got You Under My Skin
The Lady is a Tramp
As Time Goes By
When I Fall in Love
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Luck be a Lady
You Make me Feel so Young
Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words)
Love This Christmas
Let it Snow Let it Snow
Some Enchanted Evening
How About You
The Christmas Son
This Christmas
You're Nobody 'til Somebody Loves You
I Get a Kick Out of You
Never Gonna Give You Up ( his big number one hit)
White Christmas
Wednesday 14 December 2022.
LOUIS TOMLINSON live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
The ex One Direction member turned solo star will play a one-off European show to celebrate his recent number one album, 'Faith In The Future'.
The show sold out pronto on the first day of sale.
He returns to Europe for a full arena tour in 2023 , which includes headlining The 02 Arena.
19 Nov update....Both albums were released on the same day, but Louis beats Bruce Springsteen.
Louis Tomlinson celebrates his first solo Number 1 album with "Faith In The Future", following a week-long battle with ‘The Boss’ having to settle for second place.
Louis did a couple of low key warm-up gigs at Pryzm , Kingston on the two days before this gig.
Needless to say that it is a 95 % female crowd tonight.
His loyal fans queuing up in the afternoon, in the freezing weather, to get front stalls views.
Any men are probably dads or boyfriends dragged along, or on the guest list.
Support act ANDREW CUSHIN and his band arrived on stage at 8pm for 30 mins.
Rapidly-rising singer-songwriter Andrew Cushin has signed a record deal with the Strap Originals label, which happens to be owned by Libertines legend Pete Doherty.
He has recorded brand new tracks in the Libertines' very own Albion Rooms Studios in Margate.
Before that he brought out a developement single on Virgin Records with the help of Noel Gallagher.
The girls are screaming at him , even though I am pretty sure they don't know his pop tracks.
LOUIS TOMLINSON arrived on stage at 9.20pm for his 60 mins set.
The entire venue is up and singing loudly along to every song, and from the very start it is fan hysteria.
After wrapping up his first 81-date world tour across five continents in September, tonights setting was far more intimate than what the Doncaster-born star has been used to recently. Welcomed by a room full of screams and handmade signs, Tomlinson kicked off his 12-song set with “The Greatest,” he always envisioned as a show opener during the creative process of his record. Keeping with the high energy, Tomlinson dived straight into “Kill My Mind” before singing the Arctic Monkeys-infused “Written All Over Your Face,” an obvious career highlight and a smash hit waiting to happen. Out of all the One Direction songs Tomlinson could have sang, it was the heartfelt “Night Changes” he chose to put his own spin on. Vamped up with a full band production, his solo version was another reminder as to why “Night Changes” remains top tier. As the show continued, Tomlinson made sure to slow down the pace with the mellow “That’s the Way Love Goes” before closing with “Saturday's".
Constant crowd chants of his track "Angels Fly" will have to wait until the 2023 arena tour.
Louis has a great connection with his fans, and talks to them before every song.
The show was filmed by a camera crew.
An enjoyable show.
Full LOUIS TOMLINSON setlist played tonight...
The Greatest
Kill My Mind
Written All Over Your Face
We Made It
Bigger Than Me
Night Changes (One Direction song)
Copy of a Copy of a Copy
Out of My System
That's the Way Love Goes
Silver Tongues

Wednesday 14 December 2022.

Tuesday 13 December 2022...6pm to 10pm...
HOXTON HOTEL opening launch party at 65-69 Shepherds Bush Green, London W12.
This is the fourth Hoxton Hotel in London, and their twelfth worldwide.
It will have 237 rooms.
It is just 200 yards from The Shepherds Bush Empire.
Is is situated on the site where the main Post Office used to be.
At that same Post Office i opened my first Post Office savings account book there in the early 1970s.
Also in the late 1970s when i used to sell bootleg vinyl , i posted over 700 packages from there via
recorded delivery and not one got lost or damaged.
The venue looks very impressive outside and inside...nice and cosy too.
Local lad PAUL COOK (drummer with Sex Pistols/The Professionals/ Generation Sex etc) is here with his
wife Jeni and daughter Hollie.
The hotel has various sized spaces and will be having djs from Rough Trade West and
Next Door Records (Bush Hall) in the future.
Complimentary wines, beers and food for all the guests.

Monday 12 December 2022.

Sunday 11 December 2022.
STEVE HARLEY & COCKNEY REBEL live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
As it will be an older crowd, the stalls will be seated for this show.
i was at his show at this venue last year, where Steve was on stage for over two hours.
I have seen Steve (now aged 71) on stage around a dozen times with and without Cockney Rebel.
The first times with Cockney Rebel were at Hammersmith Odeon back in 1975 and 1976
after his number one success in 1975 of his classic single "Make Me Smile(Come Up and See Me)".
The song have been recorded by over 100 other artists,most notably by Duran Duran and Erasure,
although Harley has stated his favourite cover version is by The Wedding Present.
Level 3 is closed tonight and Level 2 is half empty so must be only 500 or 600 folks here.
A freezing snowy evening outside, and not many bodies inside, so the venue felt very cold.
STEVE HARLEY & COCKNEY REBEL on stage for a nice long 2 hours 15 mins over two sets
of 60 mins and 75 mins....Steve is backed by five musicians.
Steve walks to the front with help from his crutch , and sits on a bar stool the entire show.
His polio condition seems to be getting a bit worse.
After the third song , he gets a bit miffed by the phone cameras in the front stalls, even they though they are
not use a flash...he rants "please put them away until the encore, as i want to concentrate 100%
on my job".....he soon gets back to being a jovial raconteur for the rest of the night.
The highlights of the show were obviously his classics from the 1970s.
He played a couple of tracks from his 2020 covers album.
His "pension song" for the encore got everyone standing up and singing loudly along.
Always good to see Steve playing live.
Setlist highlights included...
Judy Teen
Star For A Week
Mr Raffles
Out Of Time (The Rolling Stones cover)
Absolute Beginners (David Bowie cover)
Mr Soft
Best Years Of Our Lives
Encore :
Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)
Looks like the woke contingent have got their way...
Punk rock duo SLAVES have changed their name after criticism from some fans, saying it "doesn't represent who we are as people or what our music stands for any longer". The duo, who have had three UK top 10 albums and a Mercury Prize nomination, will now be known as SOFT PLAY.

Saturday 10 December 2022.

Saturday 10 December 2022.
World Cup 2022 Quarter-Final Megaclash.
ENGLAND 1 FRANCE 2 ...live on ITV 7pm...
Harry Kane missed a penalty near the end, to draw the levels level, so England go home.
Over 20 million folks are expected to watch it on tv screens and big screens around the country.
England’s next World Cup match clashes with some huge gigs taking place in Manchester.
Thankfully, fans with tickets for either Blossoms (Manchester Apollo) or Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott (Manchester Arena) will now be able to watch the game in a massive setting.
Arrangements have been made to show the quarter final game at the AO Arena and at the O2 Apollo – and Paul Heaton’s evenrd gone a step further for fans who don’t actually like football....give them free mulled wine.
The support acts for both shows have have agreed to go on early, and finish before the match starts.
Saturday 10 December 2022.
KISS to play a UK show at a very random venue?
The local paper in Plymouth says KISS will be playing Plymouth Argyle football ground on 03 June.
This date would fit in nicely at the start of their European Tour.
It has not been confirmed by the KISS website, but is certainly one to keep an eye on.
Hard to believe it is 15 years ago today i went to this special one-off show.
10 Dec 2007.Led Zeppelin + guests live at The 02 Arena,London.
20 million people from around the world applied for tickets.
Well in terms of live music events it does not get much bigger than this. Rock legends Led Zeppelin perform their first full show for some 27 years.(I had seen Led Zep at Earls Court in the 1970s).Its a tribute night for Atlantic Records boss Ahmet Ertegan who died last year.Tickets for this show are going for silly money on touting websites even though promoters did their best with id checks and wristbands.The evening starts with Harvey Goldsmith giving a speech then Keith Emerson(ELP) Alan White(Yes),Chris Squire(Yes) and Simon Kirke(Bad Company) play "Fanfare For The Common Man" with Bill Wymans Rhythm Kings who are the house band for the support acts.Paulo Nutini and Maggie Bell sing a couple of tunes before Paul Rodgers belts out "All Right Now" and "Seagull".Then Foreigner sing " I Want To Know What Love Is" then an interval where they showed some footage of Ahmet Ertegan. Needless to say the venue erupted when Led Zep quietly took to the stage to play a stunning 2 hours 10 mins set.After 6 weeks of rehearsals they were tight and the overall sound was spot on.Opening with "Good Times Bad Times" then "Ramble On" the quality of Robert Plants vocals and Jimmy Pages guitar were perfect."Black Dog" and "No Quarter" rocked before the slower blues of "Since Ive Been Loving You".The second half of the show was incredible as Jimmy Page brought out his violin bow for "Dazed And Confused" as he was boxed in by green lasers.The intro to "Stairway To Heaven" brought more wild cheers. The set finished with brilliant versions of "Kashmir" before encores of "Whole Lotta Love" and "Rock And Roll". A stunning show that really did live up to all the hype.Check this out for the massive rock star turnout who were sitting very near me . I saw Paul McCartney, Liam and Noel from Oasis,Marilyn Manson,Jeff Beck,Vic Reeves,John Sessions,Brian May,Chad from RHCP,Joe Elliot(Def Leppard),Bob Geldof,Juliette Lewis,Dave Mustaine(Megadeth),the singer from The Hives,Mike Rutherford(Genesis),Dave Grohl(Foo Fighters),David Gilmour(Pink Floyd)and there were a few more i did not see inc Mick Jagger,Priscilla Presley.
Friday 09 December 2022.
SCOUTING FOR GIRLS live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
They had four Top 10 singles in the UK, including a number one in 2010 with "This Ain't A Love Song".
Many of the their pop songs are about girls.
I saw them a couple of times a decade ago, when they were a support at a festival and when
The Hard Rock Cafe in London had regular gigs every month hosted by Virgin Radio and Q Magazine.
The venue is fully rammed sold out tonight, with a 75% per cent female crowd as expected.
CHARLIE STARMER-SMITH & band arrived on stage at 7.30pm for their 30 mins set.
His surname may sound familiar?....his dad Nigel was a well known Rugby commentator.
Charlie recorded his album at Abbey Road studios and it includes a track called "Spotlight",
which highlights the terrifying speed with which dementia stole his father away.
DANIEL McCARTHY & band arrived on stage at 8.15pm for their 30 mins set.
Another act with some simple catchy pop songs, and they played a nice cover of Coldplay "Fix You".
SCOUTING FOR GIRLS arrived on stage at 9pm for their 85 mins set.
They must be just a pop band, but the atmosphere when the band come on is fantastic.
All the upstairs seating levels are standing up , and the females are singing loudly along to every song.
A good show.
Highlights included...
Wish I Was James Bond
It's Not About You
Famous (Roy performed from the Level 1 balcony with a selfie stick)
I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Whitney Houston cover)
This Ain't a Love Song
Elvis Ain't Dead / including snippet of Can't Help Falling in Love cover
Christmas in the Air (Tonight) ( complete with Christmas tree and fake snow)
She's So Lovely

Thursday 08 December 2022.

Thursday 08 December 2022.
THE MYSTERINES live at The Forum.
The Mysterines are a British alternative rock band from Liverpool and the Wirral comprising Lia Metcalfe (vocals and guitar), George Favager (bass guitar), Callum Thompson (guitar and backing vocals) and Paul Crilly (drums and backing vocals).Their debut album "Reeling" was released on 11th March 2022 via Fiction Records and charted at number 9 on the UK Albums Chart.
This is their biggest London headline show so far, and comes after six months of extensive
touring across Europe and more recently North America.
In the summer of 2023 they support The Arctic Monkeys on their UK national stadium tour.
Plenty of space upstairs and downstairs tonight, so maybe 1200 max here tonight.
Maybe the reason was it was a bit too close to their Electric Ballroom show in April 2022.
Another show with over 100 folks on the guest list.
It felt like a celebration gig , after a great 2022 when their star has risen.
FRAULEIN arrived on stage at 7.35pm for their 30 mins set.
A duo with a female singer with electric guitar and her male drummer played decent tunes.
OPUS KINK arrived on stage at 8.25pm for their 30 mins set.
They had a great quirky indie guitar sound ,that was helped out nicely with sax and trumpet.
THE MYSTERINES arrived on stage at 9.25pm and played for 70 mins.
They have a lovely stage production, with red a huge red curtain, half a dozen lampshades,
two huge rugs, light-bulbs dangling and the band are playing in front of vintage equipment.
Singer Lia Metcalfe is wearing a white mini-dress and white boots.
Lots of strobe lighting used as the stalls standing danced and moshed away.
They have a very cool scuzzy guitar indie-grunge sound, with highlights including "In My Head",
"All These Things", "Life's A Bitch(But I Like It So Much)" and encore "Hung Up".
A really good band that are certainly heading towards bigger things.
Full setlist played by THE MYSTERINES tonight...
Under Your Skin
Old Friends Die Hard
On the Run
Begin Again (New Song)
The Bad Thing
In My Head
Hawkmoon (New Song)
All These Things
Life's A Bitch (But I Like It So Much)
Means To Bleed
The Confession Song
Still Call You Home
I Win Every Time
Hung Up
Wednesday 07 December 2022.
BILLY STRINGS live at The Forum.
Billy Strings (now aged 30) is an American guitarist and bluegrass musician.
Billy Strings is playing a UK and European Tour.
He won a Grammy Award in 2021, and is playing some big arena venues back in USA in 2023.
This sold out in advance show will feature tracks from his albums.
Pretty amazing the amount of Americans at this show....maybe half the crowd.
This show has been sold out for ages.
BILLY STRINGS was on stage for a nice long 2 hours 20 mins....two sets of 70 mins.
There is no drummer tonight and all five members are standing on their own rug in front
of their equipment....two guitars. stand up bass, banjo and violin.
Billy Strings looks a bit like a bluegrass version of Lewis Capaldi.
The sound is perfect, and the harmonies are fantastic.
Some of the songs are extended with jamming guitar solos.
The first five mins of the second set was an intricate guitar solo by Billy on his own.
In the old days his sound would have been called "hillbilly music".
Billy has said he wants to add elements of Pearl Jam and Grateful Dead to his Bluegrass sound.
He said " I never left Michigan until I was 19, when i went on my first USA tour, and have not stopped touring since then, and he is over the moon that his success has escalated across the water"
He said “We’re never going to be a band that sells a million records. We’re just a band that’s going to sell a million tickets — one show at a time. That’s what we do. We’re a live band. Our thing is our show,” Strings says. “We’re going to have real fans, that really buy tickets, that really come to the show, that really are part of this family, which is what it feels like right now".
Lots of head nodding , along with plenty of dancing and whooping and cheering.
An interesting and enjoyable show.

Wednesday 07 December 2022.

Tursday 06 December 2022.
A nice three band rock package are touring the UK together.
The current Dead Daisies line-up is...
David Lowy
Brian Tichy
Doug Aldrich
Glenn Hughes (Lead vocals and bass guitar)
I have seen Glenn Hughes many times over the years, with his different bands,
with the first time back in 1974 when he was in Deep Purple with David Coverdale and Richie Blackmore
in that classic line-up.
Dead Daisies are on a six date UK tour to promote their sixth studio album " Radiance".
I saw Dead Daisies play Shepherds Bush Empire a year ago.
A nice trio of rock bands, but the venue is less than half empty, as only 700/800 tickets sold.
Great selection of rock classics played over the pa during the night when no bands were on stage.
Most of the crowd are in early to catch all three bands.
The PR have done a good job as there are a dozen photographers in the pit tonight,
and rock journos DAVE LING and MARK TAYLOR are here to review it.
Deep Purple keyboard player DON AIREY was also upstairs for most of the show.
GRAHAM BONNET BAND arrived on stage at 7.10pm and played a 35 mins set.
Graham still has that great rock voice, and he played a really good set of solo gems
as well as gems he sung with other bands he fronted.
He had a foxy rock chick dressed in black, playing some nice bass guitar.
Full GRAHAM BONNET BAND setlist played tonight...
Eyes of the World (Rainbow song) (intro keyboards played on tape)
All Night Long (Rainbow song) (electric sitar played on electric guitar instead)
Night Games
Desert Song (Michael Schenker Group song)
Since You Been Gone (Rainbow song that was written by Russ Ballard))
Assault Attack (Michael Schenker Group song)
Lost in Hollywood (Rainbow song) (no clavinet)
FM arrived on stage at 8.05pm and played a 35 mins set.
I saw FM support some big names at Hammersmith Odeon, and they even headlined once.
Reo Speedwagon,FM Hammersmith Odeon , London 29.05.1985
Gary Moore,FM Hammersmith Odeon , London 27.09.1985
Gary Moore,FM Hammersmith Odeon , London 28.09.1985
Bon Jovi,FM Hammersmith Odeon , London 17.11.1986
Bon Jovi,FM Hammersmith Odeon , London 18.11.1986
FM,Romeos Daughter Hammersmith Odeon , London 03.11.1989
FM played a good solid set of their best Foreigner sounding songs.
Full FM setlist played tonight...
Bad Luck
Killed by Love
Tough It Out
I Belong to the Night
Turn This Car Around
DEAD DAISIES arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 90 mins.
Dead Daisies are certainly the headliners tonight, as they have a full monty light show.
Glenn Hughes has the tag " the voice of rock n roll" and his high pitched voice still sounds great.
He has grown his hair long again, so now looks like he did in the 1970s.
He is clearly glad to be back in London (although he lives in Los Angeles).
The Deep Purple tracks were obvious highlights , but it was a great proper rock show.
We even had a full lengthy drum solo.
Full DEAD DAISIES setlist played tonight....
Tape Intro Track - Sweet Emotion (Aerosmith song)
Long Way to Go
Rise Up
Dead and Gone
Face Your Fear
Bustle and Flow
Fortunate Son (Creedence Clearwater Revival cover)
Drum Solo
Mistreated (Deep Purple cover)
Born to Fly
Burn It Down
Hypnotize Yourself
My Fate
Shine On
Midnight Moses (The Sensational Alex Harvey Band cover)
Burn (Deep Purple cover)

Sunday 04 December 2022.

Sunday 04 December 2022...live on ITV at 7pm..
World Cup 2022 Last 16 Game.
After a dodgy first 30 mins, it ended being a fairly easy England win.
England now play the very formidable France team next Saturday.
Saturday 03 December 2022.
ALIVE - A tribute to PEARL JAM live at Shepherds Bush Empire,
The band come from Liverpool, and have been a Pearl Jam tribute band for 12 years.
I have seen the real Pearl Jam several times , with the most recent being just six months ago
at one of their two massive outdoor shows in Hyde Park in July 2022.
Levels 2 and 3 are closed tonight, and plenty of space in stalls and Level 1 so maybe only 400 folks here.
Like the real Pearl Jam they play a lengthy 2 hours 30 mins set from 8pm.
The band are clearly emotional at playing this venue, that has graced so many legends.
The singer says "it has has taken us 12 years to get to play on the same stage as Pearl Jam did in 2009".
I did not go to that show, as i saw them at The 02 Arena in the same week.
The band sound great, the singer sings, acts, looks like Eddie Vedder.
Loads of Pearl Jam classics played, mainly from their first three albums.
The crowd sang loudly along , and there was plenty of moshing to the livelier songs.
A really good top notch Pearl Jam tribute band.
Setlist included...
Long Road
Given To Fly
Even Flow
Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town
Why Go
Better Man
Rockin' In The Free World (Neil Young cover)
Yellow Leadbetter
State Of Love And Trust

Saturday 03 December 2022.

Friday 02 December 2022.
SIR PETER BLAKE 90th Birthday Concert at The Royal Festival Hall.
To mark Sir Peter Blake’s 90th birthday year, Paul Weller curates a line-up featuring Roger Daltrey, Baxter Dury, Noel Gallagher, Chrissie Hynde and Madness...and other surprise guests.
Will Paul McCartney turn up to watch the show, or perform on stage?
Tickets priced £75 to £120 all sold out pronto.
Sir Peter Thomas Blake CBE ( born 25 June 1932) is an English pop artist. He co-created the iconic sleeve design for the Beatles' album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" .His other works include the covers for two of The Who's albums, the cover of the Band Aid single "Do They Know It's Christmas?", and the Live Aid concert poster. Blake also designed the 2012 Brit Award statuette.
No real surprise that this ended up being a totally excellent evening.
FIRST SET...7pm to 8.30pm.
Before the bands came on, images of Sir Peter Blake art work were shown on the big screen.
BAXTER DURY & band arrived on stage at 7.10pm and played for 20 mins....full electric set.
Baxter certainly has some similiar attitude and lyrics to his sadly departed father.
Five tracks played...I'm Not Your Dog,Slumlord,Pleasure, Miami, Cocaine Man.
CHRISSIE HYNDE & band arrived on stage at 7.40pm and played for 20 mins...full electric set.
Chrissie Hynde played a great set and is still looking like a foxy cool older rock chick.
She said she had a crush on actor Dennis Waterman, then played his hit single...very random.
I Go to Sleep (The Kinks cover)
Don't Get Me Wrong (Pretenders song)
2,000 Miles (Pretenders song)
Foxy Lady (The Jimi Hendrix Experience cover)
I Could Be So Good For (Dennis Waterman cover)
PAUL WELLER & band arrived on stage at 8.05pm and played for 25 mins...semi-acoustic set.
A good set played, but sadly no Jam classics.
The Soul Searchers
Amongst Butterflies
Out of the Sinking
Broken Stones
SECOND SET...9pm to 11pm.
NOEL GALLAGHER & band arrived on stage at 9.05pm and played for 20 mins...semi-acoustic set.
Noel played a great set, as it was four Oasis classics.
Stand by Me (Oasis song) (First time sung by Noel since 1997 with Oasis. First time as a solo artist)
Wonderwall (Oasis song)
Live Forever (Oasis song) (First time sung by Noel since 2009 with Oasis. First performance in full as a solo artist in public.)
Don't Look Back in Anger (Oasis song)
THE WHO arrived on stage at 9.35pm and played for 30 mins...semi-acoustic set.
The Who played a superb set of gems.
The Seeker
Behind Blue Eyes
The Kids Are Alright
Pinball Wizard
Won't Get Fooled Again (Acoustic, Pete and Roger only)
MADNESS arrived on stage at 10.15pm and played for 45 mins....full electric set.
Big names playing tonight, but no doubt that Madness were the headliners.
For all the other acts, the crowd remain seated, but for Madness everyone is up and dancing.
They have their brass section and the big screen images they use on their usual gigs.
An excellent greatest hits set.
One Step Beyond (Prince Buster cover)
The Prince
My Girl
The Sun and the Rain
House of Fun
Baggy Trousers
Our House
It Must Be Love (Labi Siffre cover)
Madness (Prince Buster cover)
Night Boat to Cairo
Outro Tape - All You Need Is Love (The Beatles song)
All the main artists gave an interview on stage for a few mins between sets on their love for Sir Peter Blake.
Also Sir Bob Geldof gave a short interview on stage.
Sir Peter Blake took the applause from his box seat, as he was not able to be on stage.
Video messages came from Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, David Hockney, Jarvis Cocker,
Eric Clapton and Paul McCartney.
Paul McCartneys keyboard player Wix Wickens was watching the show.
All monies went to two charities including The Teenage Cancer Trust.

Friday 02 December 2022.

Thursday 01 December 2022...I went to two events today...
1pm to 4pm.
Around 100 guests here for this prestigious sports book award.
All the five judges are here, including sports presenter John Inverdale.
158 books put forward, and five got shortlisted.
Any one of the five would be an ideal Christmas present.
All five shortlisted authors are here to talk about their books for a few minutes each.
Be Good, Love Brian - Growing Up With Brian Clough (football)
God Is Dead : The Rise and Fall of Frank Vandenbroucke (cycling)
My Hidden Race - Anyika Onuora (sprint athlete)
Expected Goals - The Story of How Data Conquered Football (football)
Beryl : In Search Of Britain's Greatest Athlete (cycling) - this book won the £30,000 first prize.
The four runners-up got £3,000 each.
Complimentary prosecco, wines, beers, canapes, desserts.
All guests got a goodie bag with one of the books inside...I got Beryl...
KOKOROKO live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Kokoroko is a London-based musical group led by Sheila Maurice-Grey, playing a fusion of jazz and Afrobeat. In February 2019 they were named "ones to watch" by the Guardian, after their track "Abusey Junction" garnered 23 million views on YouTube.In February 2020 they won Best Group at the Urban Music Awards.In September 2020 they played BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.
In 2022 they released their debut album, which made number 30 in the UK albums chart.
Another gig that had over 100 on the guest list.
Level 3 is half empty , but otherwise the venue is very full.
A cool looking jazz/soul crowd have turned up to support them.
Support act DEMAE arrived on stage at 8.05pm for her smooth set of tunes for 25 mins.
After a late punters walk up , Kokoroko arrived on stage at 9.25pm for their 95 mins set.
Kokoroko headlined the Roundhouse a couple of years ago, even before their debut album came out.
Led by trumpeter Sheila Maurice-Grey,who doubles as the vocalist who guides the audience through the music with a gentle sway of the hips.
The songs are mainly jazzy instrumental based.
The set is beautifully balanced, flowing from crashing crescendoes to moments that drip intimacy, showcasing the outfit’s versatility in pace. Each bandmember takes a turn at solos.
The best part of the set comes midway through, when Maurice-Grey signals for the audience upstairs to "get up and dance!" as the trombone, trumpet, keyboards, percussion, guitar, bass,drums all kicked in.
Even the way the band members are arranged onstage lends to the idea that they’re collaborators; musicians in their own right; more ensemble than band.
A couple of trumpet and bass solos beat about the bush rather than getting to the point, but for every moment that doesn’t quite hit the sweet spot, there is another that feels orgasmic. By far, the best points appear when Kinoshi leads the band into a cascading frenzy of sound, trapping that transcendent tier that jazz is always searching for. She soars into a tall, hot crescendo, then soft as a dove flies right back down to the quiet.
A good show.

Wednesday 30 November 2022.

Wednesday 30 November 2022.
Shock news to hear of the death of CHRISTINE McVIE from Fleetwood Mac.
Lucky to have seen Fleetwood Mac several times , without and with Christine.
I have put a nice photo on Facebook of Christine with me at an event from a few years ago.
Wednesday 30 November 2022.
Christmas drinks reunion with my old work chums in Wimbledon.
We have met up here every year for many years now.
Many of us took nearly voluntary retirement when it was offered.
I did not go last year as same night as DAVE GAHAN at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Around 15 of us here.
Hard to believe that nobody here is aged under 60, and a few are in their 70s.
A great evening that brought back fond memories of the decades we spent together.
Tuesday 29 November 2022.
POWERWOLF live at The Roundhouse.
German power metal band POWERWOLF headline the Roundhouse as part of their “Wolfsnächte” European tour in support of their recent album release.
Fans can expect not only brand new heavy metal anthems, but also the biggest and most epic production POWERWOLF has brought to stage thus far.
This sold out show in advance is the only UK appearance on their European Tour.
WARKINGS arrived on stage at 7.50pm for their 40 mins set.
Warkings is a German, Swiss, Austrian power metal band.
Since their inception in 2018 they've released a total of two studio albums, including Reborn, (2018), and Revenge, (2020). Their lyrical themes revolve around ancient warfare, battles, and warriors, and their music videos brings to life images of Viking, Roman, and Spartan warriors.
They have male and female vocals, and a decent set of songs.
POWERWOLF arrived on stage at 9.05pm for their 1 hour 45 mins set.
The band have certainly brought a mega arena production to the Roundhouse.
A sold out show but 3100 venue capacity is reduced to 2700 due to the increased size of the
front stage pit, as they have a full range of pyros all across the front of the stage.
You can feel the heat from the flames , that are fired up every two or three songs.
They have certainly taken some tips from a Rammstein show.
They have the flames, the fireworks, the robed costumes, the face-paint...and even some fake snow.
Essentially Powerwolf are a Gothic comedy routine with added songs. All this adds up to one of the most entertaining live shows you will ever see.The continuous call and response give the game away, as this is a pure and utter pantomime. Brilliantly choreographed and stonkingly fun but still pantomime.
This crowd adore this power metal band, with subtle song titles like ‘Demons are a Girl’s Best Friend’ and ‘We Drink Your Blood’. They also have half a dozen monks come on stage to juggle some fire sticks.
Mainly English lyrics too, with just a couple in German......a great show.
Full POWERWOLF setlist played tonight...
Faster Than the Flame
Incense & Iron
Cardinal Sin
Amen & Attack
Dancing With the Dead
Armata Strigoi
Beast of Gévaudan
Demons Are a Girl's Best Friend
Fire and Forgive
Where the Wild Wolves Have Gone
Sainted by the Storm
Army of the Night
Blood for Blood (Faoladh)
Let There Be Night
Tape - Agnus Dei
Sanctified With Dynamite
We Drink Your Blood
Werewolves of Armeni
Tape - Wolves Against the World
Monday 28 November 2022.
MICHAEL GIRA live at St John Church, Hackney.
Michael Gira (now aged 68) is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, author and artist. He is the main force behind the New York City musical group Swans and fronted Angels of Light. He is also the founder of Young God Records.
Michael Gira formed Swans back in 1982.
One of those bands that tick along nicely doing their own thing, without massive commercial success.
I have been to this lovely converted church venue a few times before.
It is very modern inside, with perfect acoustics, and should be used more often for gigs.
CLIFF RICHARD filmed his Christmas video for his single here last week.
Only 400 or 500 tickets sold , which is only around 25% of the venue capacity.
KRISTOF HAHN arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 40 mins.
Both acts performed in front of two Christmas Trees full of lights.
Support act is also a current member of SWANS.
A mellow crowd who politely listen to the noise rock coming from the stage.
MICHAEL GIRA arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 85 mins.
Michael Gira and his music is certainly not for everyone.
Gloomy , dark vocals over loud repetitive sonic experimental sounds.
Many of the songs are spoken word lyrics.
An interesting show, that was more for a hardcore fan than any casual gig-goer.
The merch desk said Michael Gira would be signing straight after the show, and
maybe 25% of the crowd queue to buy some nice vinyl and posters.

Monday 28 November 2022

Sunday 27 November 2022.
POPPY live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
27 year old American female singer-songwriter is promoting her fourth album "Flux".
Poppy's musical style has been described as pop, heavy metal, rock, electronic, industrial, and experimental.
Poppy was recently the opening act on the Smashing Pumpkins / Janes Addiction North American Tour.
All three acts tonight had female singers, and the show looks like a full house.
Nice to see three drum kits all set up on the stage and ready to rock.
BAND OF SILVER on stage at 8pm for their 30 mins set.
They play some decent indie-pop tunes , they hail from Nashville, USA.
WHITE FEVER on stage at 8.50pm for their 30 mins set.
They had three females at the front, and a male drummer.
They played some decent indie pop-punk tunes.
POPPY on stage at 9.40pm for her 60 mins set.
Poppy is looking very EMO goth punk in her look, and her loyal fans adore her.
Poppy is able to pivot from whisper-singing to a soaring chorus or a ground-rumbling scream, Poppy has become more adept in cohesively mixing up her vocals in a way that makes the songs varied and exciting.
Lots of moshing in the front stalls standing area, and an enjoyable show.
Full POPPY setlist played tonight...
Lessen the Damage
Sit / Stay
All the Things She Said (t.A.T.u. cover)
Anything Like Me
As Strange as It Seems
Never Find My Place
I Disagree
Bite Your Teeth
Saturday 26 November 2022.
HARRY HILL live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Harry Hill (now aged 58), is an English comedian, presenter and writer. He pursued a career in stand-up following years working as a medical doctor, developing an off-beat, energetic performance style that fused elements of surrealism, observational comedy, slapstick, satire and music. When performing, he usually wears browline glasses and a dress shirt with a distinctive oversized collar and cuffs.
It is stalls seated tonight and Level 3 is half empty , so maybe 1000 folks here.
Harry Hill arrives on stage in his trademark white oversized collar shirt and brother creepers.
He is on stage for 1 hour 40 mins over two sets of 50 mins each.
He has a big screen showing some images to help with the routines.
Harrys visual and verbal tomfoolery flows in such a spate that there’s always something coming to make you laugh. Hill tutors us in the four basic shapes of chicken nugget and mimes bathing himself with a wet-wipe, but the standout moments are the bigger set-pieces: casting an audience volunteer as a rescue elephant, say, then manoeuvring them into a slapstick duet with an ironing board. There’s a winningly freewheeling shaggy-dog story about a recipe box delivery, and – tonight’s undisputed showstopper – a socks-based physical comedy number that finds our host dragged, writhing, across the stage.
Musical comedy includes him singing "Come Up And See Me (Me Me Smile)" with half a dozen impersonations during the song including Mick Jagger and Morrissey.
At such moments, a Harry Hill gig is just a joyous place to be. But there are a few fallow periods between the fertile ones here; moments when you can admire the dottiness of what Hill is doing (a non sequitur Coleridge recital, for example) without finding it especially funny. An oft-repeating onscreen joke dividing foodstuffs, famous people and more into “traybakes” (not cool) or “tear-and-shares”(cool) overstays its welcome a bit and ended up with the front two rows standing up one by one to face the crowd , and for the audience to shout out "traybake or "tear--and-share". It was funny to see a couple of the women give the crowd the middle finger when they shouted "traybake" at them.
The show ended with his version of "My Way" with his own comedy lyrics.
There was enough funny moments to make it an enjoyable show.
Friday 25 November 2022.
FONTAINES DC live at Hammersmith Apollo.
Irish indie-rockers play the second of three nights at Hammersmith Apollo on their UK tour.
They are promoting their third studio album "Skinty Fia" , which was number one in the UK.
All three of their albums have made the Top 10 in the UK.
A speedy rise to success for them, where they can headline three nights at this 5000 capacity venue.
Not a good idea to have a gig , when England are playing a 7pm kick-off World Cup footie game.
Even though the show is sold out, the venue is less than half full for the support act,
and the headliners delay coming on stage by 15 mins to help those watching the game nearby.
Support act WUNDERHORSE arrived on stage at 7.55pm for their 35 mins set.
They played some good indie-rock tracks from their debut album "Cub".
FONTAINES DC arrived on stage at 9.15pm for their 85 mins set.
Singer LEWIS CAPALDI is sitting front circle, just a couple of rows away from me.
Lots of strobe lights used during their set , with horizontal stripped lighting bars behind them.
They have a string quartet with them for a few songs.
The stalls standing is lively, with folks dancing lots.
They change and rotate their set each night, which is always good to see.
They had some confetti over the stalls standing near the end.
They open up with "Nabokov" with its great instrumental intro.
They whizzed through their songs, with not much stage chat.
A good show.
Full FONTAINES DC setlist played tonight.
Nabokov (With string quartet)
A Lucid Dream (With string quartet)
In ár gCroíthe go (With string quartet)
Sha Sha Sha
Hurricane Laughter
Skinty Fia
You Said
I Don't Belong
Big Shot
Televised Mind
Jackie Down The Line
Roman Holiday
A Hero's Death
The Couple Across the Way (With string quartet)
Too Real
Boys in the Better Land
I Love You

Thursday 24 November 2022.

Thursday 24 November 2022...6.15pm to 10pm...
Showcase - BISHOP'S PALACE, Hatfield House, Herts.
Closer than you would think ,as only 30 mins from Kings Cross train station.
It started off with a great 15 mins talk by their guide Eric on the incredible history of the venue.
Hatfield House was completed in 1611. It was built by Robert Cecil, first Earl of Salisbury and son of Lord Burghley, the chief minister of Elizabeth I. The deer park surrounding the house and the older building of the Old Palace had been owned by Elizabeth’s father, Henry VIII, who had used it as a home for his children, Edward, Elizabeth and Mary. It was while she was living in the Old Palace, in 1558, that Elizabeth learned of her accession to the throne.
There are are 120 guests here, 12 tables of 10 , with 75% females.
We had a very nice three course meal...
Starters - various canapes
Mains - slow cooked beef sirloin, with potatos and veg
Dessert - chocolate & pistachio tart
We had a guy on acoustic guitar play covers for two sets of 15 mins and 30 mins.
Also a female stilt-walker with huge butterfly wings, full of light bulbs.
Four different cocktails throughout the evening, along with wines and tea/coffee.
A great evening, and well worth the trek out of London.
Very sad news that guitar legend WILKO JOHNSON has died aged 75.
I was lucky to have seen him with Dr Feelgood in the 1970s, and more than a dozen times after.
Amazingly i was at his Shepherds Bush Empire show just five weeks ago on 18 Oct 2022,
which has ended up being his last show ever.
Wednesday 23 November 2022....I went to three events today...
1pm to 3pm
TURTLE BAY - press preview - 7a The Brewery ,Romford, Essex.
This restaurant & bar is just 3 mins from Romford Station, which is on the Elizabeth line.
Turtle Bay has grown to over 40 restaurants nationwide , making it the UKs leading Caribbean
restaurant chain.
Turtle Bay’s success is based on providing a uniquely Caribbean experience, with a centralised island bar serving rum-based cocktails both day and night, a menu that combines Caribbean spices with fragrant marinades, hot sauces, cooling chutneys and fresh fruit, with its signature jerk chicken grill at the heart of the restaurant. All to the gentle beat of a reggae soundtrack.
Special opening offers...
Any two courses £19 or any three courses £24...2-4-1 cocktails happy hour daily.
I had a very tasty three course lunch...
Starters - Jerk Pit Ribs with mango BBQ sauce.
Mains - Fish Fry Platter (crispy salmon, coconut fried squid , colslaw and spiced fries.
Desserts - Banana Toffee Cheesecake.
We had a couple of cocktails each.
Well worth a visit if you are in the area.
Afterwards we had a stroll and coffee in Romford Market and came across a fantastic
Italian Vintage Style shop selling loads of cool vinyl , clothing items , memorabilia , record players,
cameras, cassette players etc...a must for any Elvis fans.
6pm to 7pm
UNIT GALLERY - private view - 3 Hanover Square, Mayfair, London W1.
Private view ‪for the opening of solo exhibitions by Stacey Gillian Abe and Stephen Wong.
Choice of three complimentary cocktails and beers for the 200 odd guests.
Fashionista PHILIP SALLON was here in full military attire.
7.05pm to 9.30pm.
CLARIDGES - Christmas Tree Unveiling Party - Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1.
Around 200 glammed up guests at this famous five star luxury hotel.
SANDRA CHOI designed the Christmas Tree in the hotel foyer.
She is the creative director of J. Choo Limited. She is the niece of Jimmy Choo's wife, Rebecca.
Sandra is here...with her personal bodyguard close by throughout....not really needed here I thought.
I got a nice photo with ERIN O'CONOR which will be on my Facebook page at lunchtime.
Erin O'Connor is an English fashion model, who was also the muse of Haute Couture designer Alexander McQueen due to her height and androgynous look.
Also here were AMBER LE BON and tv presenter RICHARD ARNOLD.
We had a small choir sing a couple and a female singer sang a couple of tracks.
Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers, vodka martini cocktails, beers, canapes, desserts.
A very nice event.
Tuesday 22 November 2022.
CHRISTINE & THE QUEENS present Redcar live at The Royal Festival.
Just two live shows in Paris, France and this one in the UK, to promote the Redcar album project release.
He (recently came out as Trans) plays a sold out 2600 capacity show.
The artist was again on the Later with Jools Holland tv show recently.
Christine and the Queens has always made music about trying to embrace an awkward sense of belonging, and trying to appreciate your own unique self; this appears to be the ultimate idea of Redcar as both the project and the person. The two are and always will be entwined.
And at the end of the day, there’s no denying that anything thevartist creates will be nothing short of incredible and fantastical; be it as Christine and the Queens, as Chris, as Redcar, or as whomever they become next.
Christine & The Queens recent single titled 'Je te vois enfin' was alongside a suave and sophisticated persona he/she calls Redcar.
Christine/Chris has been confirmed as curator for The RFHall Meltdown Festival here in June 2023.
A very cool looking arty crowd here tonight.
No support act tonight.
As expected the 75 mins show (8.35pm to 9.50pm) is very theatrical.
The artist is sauve, and certainly pushes the boundaries of both theatre and musical performance.
A bit bonkers at times, but very interesting, as we watch the surreal world of Redcar.
Christine/Chris sings to a backing tape , as there is no band or dancers.
A stunning stage production which had around 100 objects around the stage, including religious statues.
Also around 200 light bulbs dotted around the stage.
A moon from which Redcar swings on, and robot-controlled camera that looms over and around the artist.
There are four stage hands to help move the objects around for each song.
No merch, and no photos or videos to be taken during the show, which the crowd duly respected.
Most tracks are in French, but most of the monologue is in English.
The new album lyrics focus on love and poetry , along to the synth-pop backing.
For a few songs, the artist is topless, and has black tape over the nipples.
The artist also wore angel wings for one track.
Near the end, the artist walks around the stalls seats, and even flirts with the venue security.
Also for the final track , the artist wore an angel-winged strap-on red dildo.
An enjoyable show, and a pretty unique event.
Full setlist played tonight....
Ma bien aimée bye bye
Tu sais ce qu'il me faut
La chanson du chevalier
Rien dire
La clairefontaine
Les étoiles
Mémoire des ailes
Looking for Love
My Birdman
Combien de temps
Je te vois enfin
Les âmes amantes

Monday 21 November 2022.

Sunday 20 November 2022.
BRET McKENSIE live at Shepherds Bush Empire...no support act at this show.
Bret McKenzie (age 46 ) is a New Zealand musician, comedian, music supervisor, and former actor. He is best known as one half of musical comedy duo Flight of the Conchords along with Jemaine Clement. In the 2000s, the duo's comedy and music became the basis of a BBC radio series and then an oft-lauded American television series, which aired for two seasons on HBO.
He released his debut album "Songs Without Jokes" in August 2022.
Stalls seated tonight, and Level 3 closed as unsold.
BRET McKENSIE & band on stage for 1 hour 50 mins over two sets of 60 mins and 50 mins.
Nine on stage including trumpet, sax and two female backing singers.
As expected it was some decent laid back piano and horn based tunes, along with dashes of comedy.
A highlight was in the second half when he asked the audience "who has just started a relationship?".
A guy named Joe was picked to talk about his girlfriend Nora from Sweden / Albania.
Pretty neat that Bret took the info and wrote a full funky song on the spot.
Conchords gem "The Most Beautiful Girl (in the room) " was good.
The encore included a girl picked from the audience, to play some tamborine.
For a tour named "Songs Without Jokes", there were plenty of laughs had and in the relaxed atmosphere of London town, it’s pretty safe to say that the audience left feeling they’d had a lot of fun.
A decent enough good show.
Saturday 19 November 2022.
Manchester Legends Tribute Band Evening live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Levels 2 and 3 are closed tonight, but must be still around 1200 folks here.
This was a very lively drinking crowd evening , just like when i saw this package a few years ago.
Some folks hate the idea of going to see tribute bands, but some tributes are top notch.
There really are plenty of good tribute bands playing out there.
So many great songs played by the three acts tonight, made it a top night.
THE SMITHS LTD arrived on stage at 7pm and played for 50 mins.
The singer looks, acts and sings a bit like Morrissey , and they play all those gems like
"Panic", "How Soon Is Now" and "What Difference Does It Make".
OASISH arrived on stage at 8.15pm and played for 60 mins.
A greatest hits set , that had all the crowd singing along loudly.
Full OASISH setlist played tonight...
Rock 'n' Roll Star
Some Might Say
Cigarettes & Alcohol
Little by Little
Half the World Away
Stop Crying Your Heart Out
Morning Glory
Don't Look Back in Anger
Live Forever
Champagne Supernova
THE CLONE ROSES arrived on stage at 9.40pm and played for 80 mins.
Compared to Oasis, you kinda forget how many great songs that The Stone Roses have.
The crowd soon got much livelier than the other bands as the dance rock of The Stone Roses
got the crowd dancing and moshing wildly by the last few songs came along.
Full CLONE ROSES setlist played tonight...
I Wanna Be Adored
Elephant Stone
Mersey Paradise
Sally Cinnamon
(Song for My) Sugar Spun Sister
Ten Storey Love Song
Where Angels Play
Shoot You Down
Bye Bye Bad Man
Fools gold
Love Spreads
Made of Stone
She Bangs the Drums
This Is the One
I Am the Resurrection

Friday 18 November 2022.

Friday 18 November 2022...5.15pm to 1am.
BARRIO COVENT GARDEN - launch party - Parker Street, Covent Garden, London.
Barrio Bars presents the newest (their fifth) member of the familia BARRIO COVENT GARDEN.
Barrio Covent Garden is the newest Barrio and set to be bigger and better than ever, being their largest bar to hold 600 amigos at any given time. Believed to be the largest tequila bar in the world, Barrio Covent Garden is guaranteed to offer a full-colour, full-flavour experience, serving Latin-inspired cocktails, Mexican street food, live entertainment, and of course, plenty of tequila. Bringing feel-good vibes through the vibrant concept and interiors, Barrio aims to give guests’ the best Latino party on the London scene. Expect cracking party music including everything from Latino, Hip-Hop, Reggae, Funk, Soul and Old Skool Party Classics. Plus added entertainment for the extra WOW factor, incredible packages and party sharers, the biggest Barrio dancefloor and a happy hour that includes 2-4-1 cocktails and £3 tacos. Not to mention the newly crafted cocktail menu and authentic food creations. There will be no fiesta quite like it.
Barrio Covent Garden is also the perfect venue for corporate hire and Christmas bookings with full bespoke catering and drinks packages available, full venue hire and two semi-exclusive spaces that can hold up to 200 people.
The venue used to be The Tropicana, and inside it looks pretty much the same look and vibe.
A massive event as there must be 400 or 500 folks here at the 7pmish time.
We are greeted by four female carnival dancers in full attire, who also perform later.
We have VIP/press wristbands for a reserved table.
This gets us Moët champers all night, while non-wristbands have to settle with prosecco.
Half a dozen nice cocktails on offer including espresso martinis.
Also wines, beers and lots of tasty food, including crispy chicken burgers.
Churros for dessert.
Lots of folks dancing on the floor once the DJ started spinning mainly Latin dance tracks.
Half a dozen toned males in their shorts, for the ladies.
There was a fun photo booth.
An excellent party, much better than expected.
www.barriobars.com - Visit Barrio Bars website here.
Thursday 17 November 2022.
5.30pm to 7pm
MOUNT STREET Christmas Tree Lights Switch-On, Mount Street, Mayfair, London W1.
Several hundred folks are here in this street that is full of very upmarket stores.
Many are giving out complimentary drinks and snacks including...
Malone Souliers (Taittinger champers and mince pies)
The Audley Pub & Restaurant (very tasty pork & cranberry sausage rolls)
Others are handing out mulled wines, hot chocolate, crepes, mince pies etc.
There are Carol singers and ballet dancers and the lights are switched on at 6.30pm.
Then 7pm to 8pm at...
MATCHESFASHION at 5 Carlos Place, Mayfair, London W1.
They have a nice garden space out the back.
Complimentary Ruinart champers and Kracken Spiced Rum Cocktails.
then a 30 mins walk to...
PAUL SIMONON DJ set in a West London pub.
Clash bass legend playing his usual Thursday night stint to help out his mate , who runs the pub.
Nice to see so many friends here.
Packed inside when Paul is spinning tunes.
Folks on the pavements outside, but getting chillier in the evenings now.

Wednesday 16 November 2022.

Wednesday 16 November 2022...5.15pm to 10pm...
PARADISE GREEN - launch party - 100 Bishopsgate, London EC2.
It's been a busy few weeks for Aussie-inspired cafe group Daisy Green. Hard on the heels of their opening in St John's Wood they unveil their largest restaurant to date in the City.
It is a massive 10,000 square foot over two levels.
Paradise Green is a huge space in the 100 Bishopsgate development at Liverpool Street. They're describing it as an art gallery style restaurant where the art is as important as the food. The new opening is taking inspiration from Surfers Paradise on Queensland's Gold Coast where co-founder, Prue Freeman, went to uni.
Open all day, it'll be a handy place to grab juices and coffees in their 'sunrise' room, while the 'sunset' bar and restaurant is going to be more of a place for dinners and late night drinks.
In addition to the brunches the group has become best known for, there'll be dishes like Chicken Parmigiana and Timmy’s Cheeseburger alongside more meaty offerings like a Flaming Tomahawk and Aussie BBQ meat board.
City workers looking for a new private dining room to book for client dinners or team meetings will want to check out the 40-seat private dining room here which has as its centrepiece artist Lucy Sparrow’s felt piece The Billion Dollar Robbery, which was on show at the Saatchi Gallery last year.
This restaurant & bar is located near to Liverpool Street train station and Sushisamba.
It is an early start to accommodate the city workers who finish work at 5pm.
We get a nice table by the huge window.
Must be over 150 guests here, some seated and some standing.
There was a female sax player playing well known tunes to a backing tape.
Upstairs was a girl pouring champagne from a suspended hoop.
A DJ played tunes in the background.
The staff were great, as they kept the drinks coming without us having to go to the bar.
Lots of complimentary food & drinks.
Starters were various canapes and tasty lamb cutlets.
Mains for us was the yummy Timmys Cheesebuger (patty, cheese, bacon, special sauce ) and sides.
Oddly no desserts offered.
A full bar including Collet champers, Espresso Martinis, Negronis and many more.
Well worth a visit if you are in the area.
Tuesday 15 November 2022...6.45pm to 9.30pm...
SKATE - VIP/press night - Somerset House, Strand, London WC2.
The magnificent ice rink, now with bigger skate space, transforms the neoclassical courtyard into the essential winter destination, complete with a glorious 40ft Christmas tree, with specially curated decorations from Moët & Chandon, providing perfect picture moments.
Hailed as one of the capital’s favourite winter experiences, Skate at Somerset House signals the start of the festive period with unrivalled skating, contemporary music, the perfect gift selection from Hotel Chocolat, and delicious food and drink. From skating lessons with Skate School, to the ultimate nightlife sets from trailblazing DJs on rink-side decks at Skate Lates with UNIQLO, there is something for everyone across the Skate season. Gourmet dining also returns at Chalet Suisse by Jimmy Garcia, providing the perfect post-skate treat at the pop-up alpine restaurant. For the ultimate rink-side seat, enjoy champagne and cocktails in the Skate Lounge by Moët & Chandon.
I have been to this event several times before, which is always a good event.
Around 300 guests here tonight, including a few celebrity faces such as Katherine Ryan & Family,
DJ Fat Tony, Julien Macdonald, Eric Underwood, Gene & Lennon Gallagher (Liam's two sons).
There was a DJ playing dance tunes as you skate and at 7.30pm there was a huge Moët & Chandon
hot air balloon raised up with a female trapeze artist display.
Complimentary Moët champers, Espresso Martini's, Moscow Mule Cocktails and other drinks.
Also some nice tasty food.
All guests got a goodie bag with a couple of items inside.

Monday 14 November 2022.

Monday 14 November 2022.
Tonight was my first evening indoors for three weeks.
Normal service will resume Tuesday.
Sunday 13 November 2022.
BRETT YOUNG live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
America country-pop singer plays a sold out London show.
He has released three studio albums.
Lots of females here in cowboy boots/boots, and several wearing cowboy hats.
Support act CALISSTA CLARK is an American singer-sonwriter aged just 19
She signed with Big Machine Records at the very young age of 15.
She played decent tracks from her debut album, in her 30 mins set.
BRETT YOUNG & band arrived on stage at 8.50pm for a 90 mins set.
The first third of the show had some good catchy country-pop songs.
The second third of the show was just a bit too Westlife , as he went semi-acoustic and acoustic,
with a bunch of lovey dovey songs that just lowered the atmosphere.
Even Brett said " this is when we have a nap during the show".
The rest of the show didn't really get back up to speed , and for the final encore the vocals cut out,
and the show finished on a bit of a damp squid.
Saturday 12 November 2022.
SNOG live at The Cart & Horses, Stratford , London E15.
What a great name for a KISS tribute band...tix only £8 in advance.
During covid , the venue has built a 80 capacity live music venue in the basement.
This pub upstairs has Iron Maiden memorabilia all around ,as the band played many shows
here in 1976 when they first started with their original singer.
Support comes from THE EDIT.
Nice to be at this proper rock music pub...we could do with a few more like this.
Needless to say they sell Iron Maiden trooper beer here.
In the basement , is the new stage with its own very nice lightshow.
THE EDIT arrived on stage at 8.05pm and played for 45 mins.
The played a good set of rock, new wave and a bit of reggae too.
Highlights were a great track called "Dodgy People" and a cover of Ozzys "Crazy Train".
SNOG arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 1 hour 50 mins.
They played a fantastic set full of non-stop KISS classics.
They have the costumes, make-up , ticker-tape and smoke machine's but no pyros as health & safety
regulations would not allow that in an enclosed basement area space.
The singer has his Paul Stanley type stage banter down perfect.
The overall sound was amazing throughout.
At the end of the show, the singer said "Tonight you have been thoroughly SNOGGED".
An excellent show, and is a must see for all KISS fans.
I have put a few photos from the gig up on my Facebook page.
They play The Cavern, Raynes Park on 03 Dec 2022.
Full SNOG setlist played tonight...
Crazy Crazy Nights
Shout It Out Loud
Tears Are Falling
Shock Me
Heaven's On Fire
100,000 Years
Detroit Rock City
Cold Gin
Love Gun
God Of Thunder
Black Diamond
Lick It Up ( singer walks through the crowd while still playing guitar)
Let Me Go, Rock N Roll
I Was Made For Lovin' You
Rock and Roll All Nite
God Gave Rock N Roll To You
Encore :
Calling Dr Love
Friday 11 November 2022.
AUSTRALIAN PINK FLOYD SHOW live at Hammersmith Apollo.
Top notch Pink Floyd tribute show are playing an extensive 31 date UK tour.
I have seen them several times before...they have great quality sound and visuals.
I first saw them back in 1993, and i have even seen them headline The Royal Albert Hall.
Since forming in 1988, they have sold over 4 million tickets in 35 countries.
I saw the real Pink Floyd at Wembley Arena in 1977, but wasn't really a big fan then.
I saw them at Earls Court Arena in 1994 , which was excellent.
I also went to their legendary mega four song reunion show at Hyde Park in 2005,
along with the four song rehearsal the day before along with Madonna , for just 300 people.
I have also seen solo project shows by David Gilmour, Roger Waters and Nick Mason.
Outside the venue the band had two beautiful double decker tour buses from Phoenix-Bussing.
The show is stalls seated and is a near sell-out ,so over 3000 tickets sold, so it's a good indication
how much in high regard the Pink Floyd hardcore fans think of them.
The show is on for 2 hours 10 mins over two sets of 60 mins and 70 mins.
It was a fantastic show of Pink Floyd greatest hits.
As a tribute band, there is no better. They take painstaking care to ensure that every detail from Floyd's recordings is revived and relived. Their attention to detail and reproduction of each track was meticulous.
They had all the elements of a Floyd show, with the big circular screen playing images, superb lights and lasers, top notch sound, inflatables and fantastic female backing singers.
A great show.
Full setlist played tonight...
Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V)
Learning to Fly
Breathe (Reprise)
The Great Gig in the Sky
Welcome to the Machine
On the Turning Away
The Happiest Days of Our Lives
Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2
In the Flesh
See Emily Play
Pigs (Three Different Ones)
Wish You Were Here
Coming Back to Life
High Hopes
One of These Days
Run Like Hell
Comfortably Numb

Thursday 10 November 2022.

Thursday 10 November 2022....I went to three events tonight...
6pm to 7.30pm
ADAM DOBBY - private view - D Contemporary Gallery , 23 Grafton Street , Mayfair, London W1.
Photographer ADAM DOBBY is showcasing his "Created In Conflict" war photos.
Adam gives a speech , along with Channel 4 tv news reporter Lindsay Hilton.
Complimentary wines, beers and several different hot & cold canapes for all the guests.
7.35pm to 9pm
HOFA GALLERY - 10th anniversary party - 11 Bruton Place, Mayfair, London W1.
HOFA Gallery celebrates its tenth anniversary on 11 November 2022 by
launching HOFA DAO - London's first-ever decentralized,
blockchain-powered community of contemporary art collectors, aiming to
make global art investment more accessible.
To mark the occasion HOFA will also launch HOFAVERSE, a new
interactive multi-user Metaverse experience at their Mayfair flagship gallery space.
Complimentary Charles de Fere champers and wines for all the guests.
9.30pm to 11pm
The Royal Exchange Pub , Sale Place, Paddington, London W2.
The Clash bass playing legend PAUL SIMONON is playing his regular Thursday DJ stint.
We have three legendary bass players in attendance tonight.
I get a nice photo of myself with the three of them, which will be up on my Facebook page Friday.
Wednesday 09 November 2022....6.15pm to 10.15pm...
OLD SESSIONS HOUSE - showcase - 23 Clerkenwell Green, London EC1.
This magnificent eighteenth-century former courthouse is easily one of Clerkenwell’s most remarkable landmarks. The stone exterior is grand and the building retains a lot of its original structure, adding to its aesthetic raw character.
The Grade II listed Old Sessions House has multiple floors, grandiose mezzanine areas, a restored eighteenth-century glass atrium, as well as a resplendent dome roof.
The venue has been bought and refurbished by a couple of Swedish brothers.
There was a Maserati party here last week.
The brothers are showcasing it as a private members club for the many office workers nearby.
A smartly dressed crowd here tonight.
They have many different spaces here, including a couple of very nice bars.
Lots of comfy seats dotted around the venue, so we found a couple by one of the bars ,
and the barman (from Bulgaria) kept us nicely topped up with champers.
A DJ is playing in one of the rooms.
There were a couple of other events nearby but we stayed here as nice and cosy.
Complimentary Pommery champers and Budweiser beers throughout the evening.

Tuesday 08 November 2022.

Tuesday 08 November 2022...I went to two events tonight...
2.45pm to 6.15pm
WORLD TRAVEL MARKET 2022 is held at Excel, East London.
This was Day 2 of the 3 days here for this event, and my first time at this years event.
Over 100 countries are showcasing why we should visit them in the future.
A massive event as there must be a few thousand visiting Excel every day.
Some countries have stunning stands with huge digital screens and staff in national costumes.
Many countries are hosting hospitality sessions for an hour throughout the day.
We stopped off at...
Peru - Pisco Sour drinks and Peruvian food.
Philippines - Tropical cocktails and Pineapple cakes.
Press / Buyers Club - Gin & Tonics, wines, beers, canapes.
Paris - Pannier champers and macaroons.
Nice woman on Bateaux Mouches (boat trips along The Seine) gave me her card ,
to use for two free trips when i am next in Paris.
Zimbabwe - wines and a great live four piece band playing South African rhythms.
A nice afternoon, and it certainly makes me look into going overseas in Jan 2023.
PETER FRAMPTON live at The Royal Albert Hall.
Rock legend Peter Frampton , now aged 72, is playing his farewell UK tour due to ill-health.
The current edition of Classic Rock has a multi-page article on Peter Frampton.
Back in 2019, Frampton announced his retirement from touring after revealing that he had been diagnosed with a degenerative muscle disease called Inclusion-Body Myositis, which will eventually hamper his ability to play the guitar.
His classic live album "Frampton Comes Alive" from 1976, eventually spent a total of 10 non-consecutive weeks in the top spot in America.It was the best-selling album of 1976 in USA selling over 8 million copies in the US and becoming one of the best-selling live albums to date, with estimated sales of 11 million worldwide.
I have seen him a few times live, with the first back in 1974 when he was a support act.
Uriah Heep + Peter Frampton Hammersmith Odeon, London 27.10.1974 Peter Frampton was still a support act and " Show Me The Way " would take off mega over a year later from this gig.
Peter Frampton,Gary Wright Wembley Arena, London 22.10.1976 his double live album was now huge.
Support comes from rock band CARDINAL BLACK who I have seen twice before, and whose singer has a fantastic powerful and soulful rock voice.
Very nice to see the venue at full capacity tonight.
I had a perfect view tonight, right of stage in Block M ,row 4, sitting next to rock journo Dave Ling.
CARDINAL BLACK arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played for 35 mins.
The band feature Tom Hollister on vocals and Chris Buck on guitar who really are both top notch.
They were recommended to Peter Frampton by his friend, and was suitably impressed to book them.
Tom has an incredible vocal style that always wins over the crowd they are playing to.
With a mix of soul, rock, gospel and blues, it has hints of legends like Joe Cocker.
The crowd gave them a deserved standing ovation.
PETER FRAMPTON & BAND arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played for a nice long 2 hours 25 mins.
We have a video montage of Peter Framptons career on the big screen at the start.
Peter needs help as arrives on stage to a standing ovation, then remains seated for the show.
There is clearly a lot of love for him, on this emotional farewell London show.
It certainly reminded me of when i saw Phil Collins at this same venue a few years ago,
who also had to sit down for the entire show due to his health issues.
There are cameras all around , so look out for that release in the future.
Pretty much every song had a nice story about how it came about, as Peter smiled throughout.
Pretty much every song got a standing ovation, from this mainly older crowd.
Those classic songs from his "Frampton Comes Alive" double live album were a highlight.
His guitar playing is still great.
Big cheers from the crowd , every time Frampton's signature effect, the talkbox was used.
At the very end, Peter said "Never Say Never" about touring the UK again, so we can only hope he can.
A great show.
Full PETER FRAMPTON setlist played tonight...
Video intro on the big screen of Peter Framptons career highlights...
Baby (Somethin's Happening)
Lines on My Face
Show Me the Way
The Lodger
It's a Plain Shame
Georgia (On My Mind) (Hoagy Carmichael and His Orchestra cover)
All I Wanna Be (Is by Your Side)
Breaking All the Rules
Black Hole Sun (Soundgarden cover) (instrumental version)o
(I'll Give You) Money
Baby, I Love Your Way
Do You Feel Like We Do
Four Day Creep (Ida Cox cover)
I Don't Need No Doctor (Nickolas Ashford cover)
While My Guitar Gently Weeps (The Beatles cover)
Monday 07 November 2022
ROBBIE WILLIAMS live at The Royal Albert Hall.
Robbie plays the second of two sold out pronto shows at this iconic venue.
Robbie Williams has announced that he will perform two special shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall this November which will be filmed for a major scene in the upcoming Robbie Williams film, ‘Better Man’.
The concerts will take place on 6th and 7th November for two sensational nights of music at the iconic venue, where Robbie will perform a mixture of swing classics and some of his biggest hits.
I have seen Robbie with Take That a few times and several times as a solo artist ,
including two of his three massive Knebworth shows in 2003.
The shows are a glamourous black tie event, so the men have their dickie bows on display,
and the women are wearing their finiest gowns and outfits...the venue is rammed solid sold out.
There is hospitality everywhere tonight, with this well heeled crowd.
ROBBIE WILLIAMS was on stage for 2 hours 15 mins over two sets of 60 mins and 75 mins.
Robbie was backed by a band (including Guy Chambers), brass section and three female backing vocals.
A stunning opening of "Let Me Entertain You" with his six female dancers was fantastic.
32 years into his musical career – and 25 years since going solo – there’s rarely been a better time to be Robbie Williams. Sober, happily settled and soon to be the subject of a Netflix docuseries as well as a cinematic biopic entitled Better Man, last month the 48-year-old singer scored his 14th UK number one album with reorchestrated greatest hits compilation XXV, smashing Elvis Presley’s record.
A heavyweight set strewn with now-classic pop singles, plus a running commentary of his "32 year musical odyssey , from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows" that oscillated between the usual tongue-in-cheek silliness and glimpses of startling sincerity.
Even though it was a black tie crowd, they were standing from the start and ready to dance & party.
They were also very complient , when the film director shot two lots of crowd scenes for the film.
Not the usual thing that happens at a gig, but everyone really enjoyed playing their part.
Robbie was flirting and shaking hands with his adoring female fans throughout the show.
Thankfully only three swing songs were in the set.
He mentioned he has sold 87 million albums as a solo artist.
So many big solo hits and Take That hits combined with Robbie's cheeky stage banter between every song,
and a crowd up for a good time , made the show a fantastic evening.
A totally excellent show.
Full ROBBIE WILLIAMS setlist played tonight...
Intro video The National Anthem of Robbie
Let Me Entertain You
Land of 1000 Dances (Chris Kenner cover)
Everything Changes (Take That song)
Don't Look Back in Anger (Oasis cover)
The Flood (Take That song)
Better Man
Candy (Robbie threw out some t-shirts)
Two playbacks of "My Way" without Robbie to film crowd scenes for the film.
Puttin' On the Ritz (Irving Berlin cover)
Creep (Radiohead cover) (swing version)
Ain't That a Kick in the Head (Dean Martin cover)
Love My Life
Go Gentle
Rock DJ
She's the One (World Party cover)
My Way (Claude François cover)
My Way reprise where Robbie sung it from the floor seating area , for the film.

Monday 07 November 2022.

Sunday 06 November 2022.
UGLY KID JOE + MASSIVE WAGONS live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Rock is alive and well, as Ugly Kid Joe and Massive Wagons have just announced a huge co-headline UK tour including a night at O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire. Ugly Kid Joe will be hitting the road in support of their upcoming album," Rad Wings of Destiny" , whilst Massive Wagons are touring the release of their latest LP,
'TRIGGERED!', out 28th October 2022 via Earache Records.
Two days before this show the album went in at a very impressive number 6 in the charts.
Massive Wagons are one of my fave new rock bands from the past few years.
I saw them at The Ramblin' Man Festival in Maidstone, Kent a few years ago.
Their hard work has finally paid off for them.
I have seen Ugly Kid Joe three times times before...
Twice at Wembley Stadium on a mega bill in 1995 when they they were upport to Bon Jovi,
Van Halen (with Sammy Hagar) and Thunder...and in 2012 supporting Alice Cooper at Wembley Arena.
They had 2 x Top 10 singles in the UK...."Everything About You" (1992) and "Cats In The Cradle" (1993).
Levels 2 and 2 are closed tonight , so maybe 1000 tix max sold tonight.
A surprise opening act tonight is CHRIS CATALYST who was on at 7.15pm for 25 mins.
Chris is currently the guitarist in The Professionals with Sex Pistol Paul Cook.
He played half a dozen tracks (just him and his electric guitar) which included a couple of
cover versions - Chas n Dave "Ain't No Pleasing You" and A-Ha "Take On Me".
The Professionals bass player Toshi is one of the road crew tonight for all three acts.
MASSIVE WAGONS arrived on stage at 7.50pm and played for 65 mins.
Needless to say that i was really looking forward to seeing Massive Wagons again at last.
The band capture the excitement of seeing the greats in their prime, because they themselves are firing on all four cylinders. They may be fuelled by the legends of a bygone era, but they very much their own band, carving their own path. A dollop of playfulness, a scoop of sing-along ability and pinch of self-deprecation. The Wagons have this in spades.
The singer is wearing shorts and a dodgy tache, but is full of energy as he bounces around the stage,
and the band are totally on fire with their uptempo rock n roll gems.
A great set.
My mates on security told me 39 fans left the venue after Massive Wagons played.
Full MASSIVE WAGONS setlist played tonight...
Bangin in Your Stereo
Back to the Stack
Fee Fi Fo Fum
Fuck the Haters
China Plates
Please Stay Calm
Generation Prime
In It Together
During the interval it was all AC/DC tracks over the house PA system.
UGLY KID JOE arrived on stage at 9.35pm and played for 70 mins.
Not an easy job to follow Massive Wagons, but Ugly Kid Joe do a good job.
Like Massive Wagons they also have a nice AC/DC / The Cult type of rock sound.
They dedicate a couple of songs to the guitarist mum and the producer of their massive selling
debut album "Americas Least Wanted" , who both take a bow from the Level 1 VIP seats.
They played a great pair of songs for the pretend encore, as they actually didn't leave the stage.
Like Massive a Wagons there was a fair amount of moshing in the front stalls.
A great pairing of old school rock bands tonight.
Full UGLY KID JOE setlist played tonight...
That Ain't Livin'
Panhandlin' Prince
No One Survives
Devil's Paradise
So Damn Cool
Cat's in the Cradle ( Harry Chapin cover)
I'm Alright
Milkman's Son
Goddamn Devil
Lola (The Kinks cover)
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (AC/DC cover) (see below for special guests on this track)
Everything About You
Note: for AC/DC cover they were joined by tennis player Pat Cash and Massive Wagons singer Baz Mills
Saturday 05 November 2022.
CARPENTER BRUT live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Franck Hueso, better known by his stage name CARPENTER BRUT, is a French darksynth artist from Poitiers, France....he has released four albums.
He has also contributed original music to a variety of soundtracks, both for film and video games.
This European Tour followed a North American tour.
Level 3 is half unsold , but the rest of the venue is full.
Up first tonight is French female DJ SIERRA from 7.55pm to 8.30pm - 35 mins.
She said it was her first visit to London.
Her EDM (electronic dance music) and Darkwave tones set the vibe perfectly for this moody dance night. She also was the sole vocalist performing live at this show. Armed with her DJ rig, drum pads, and hypnotic beats. She went down well with the crowd.
Who are fuck is CARPENTER BRUT you may ask?
A couple of friends said i would be surprised how good a good it was , and they were right.
The songs on the pa are all classic rock songs, and there are plenty of rock band t-shirts in the crowd.
CARPENTER BRUT arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 80 mins.
The main man has his DJ rig / keyboards and is joined by a guitarist and a drummer.
A great stage show, with three big screens showing digital images and loads of lights.
It was a stunning visual and sonic assault of metal electronica.
Plenty of moshing and pit circles during the liveliest tracks.
There is no microphone in sight for the few songs with vocals to get played like “Lipstick Masquerade.” It doesn’t seem out of place at all, the crowd and the sound system did all the work. With the pre-finale of “Turbo Killer,” you know the crowd wanted more. The only way to end this night was with their cover of Michael Sembello’s 1980s classic “Maniac.” The crowd went bonkers.
Loads of sweaty bodies everywhere at the end of the show.
Like The Prodigy and Pendulum , you can easily see them playing rock or dance festivals.
A really good show.

Saturday 05 November 2022.

Friday 04 November 2022.
LIGHTNING SEEDS + BADLY DRAWN BOY play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Lightning Seeds had 14 x Top 40 hits in the UK , including a number one with "Three Lions".
Lightning Seeds release their first album in 13 years, ‘See You In The Stars’...new single ‘Sunshine’
Due for release on October 14, the album coincides with a new 14-date tour for the Autumn.
Although Lightning Seeds’ 1996 football anthem ‘Three Lions’ with comedians David Baddiel and Frank Skinner has revisited the Top 40 singles chart four times in the last 13 years – reaching Number One in 2018 – ‘Sunshine’ is the first new Lightning Seeds song since their sixth album ‘Four Winds’ was released in 2009.
I have seen Lightning Seeds a few times since 1997, when they headlined The Astoria.
I have seen Badly Drawn Boy a few times since 2001 , when he headlined The Royal Albert Hall,
after winning The Mercury Album Prize and NME voting him Best Solo Artist.
Level 3 is closed tonight, but all other levels look full.
Another show here with at least 100 folks on the guest list.
The only face I saw was legendary music pr BARBARA CHARONE from MBC PR.
MBC was born on November 1, 2000. Within six months it became one of the country’s top music PR firms. The company was founded by joint directors Moira Bellas and Barbara Charone.
Before that Barbara Charone was with WEA for 25 years.
The current client roster includes: Madonna, Mark Ronson, Foo Fighters,
Jake Bugg, Keith Richards, Rod Stewart, Dido, Tom Walker, Jack Savoretti, Olly Murs, Paloma Faith, Metallica, Imagine Dragons, Kasabian, Depeche Mode, Rag’n’Bone Man, Pearl Jam, Tom Chaplin, Ray Davies, Simply Red, Robert Plant, Elvis Costello, Rufus Wainwright, The Divine Comedy, OMD and Cage the Elephant.
BADLY DRAWN BOY arrived on stage at 7.45pm for his 45 mins set.
Badly Drawn Boy (aka Damon Gough) is still wearing his trademark beanie woolly hat.
He sung his good songs , alternating him playing guitar and playing keyboards.
He has gone off the radar recently , compared to how popular he was 20 years ago.
Full BADLY DRAWN BOY setlist played tonight...
A Journey From A to B
This Is That New Song
The Shining
Something to Talk About
All Possibilities (with snippet of Thinking of You by Sister Sledge)
A Minor Incident
Born in the U.K.
You Were Right
Once Around the Block
Silent Sigh
LIGHTNING SEEDS arrived on stage at 9pm for their 95 mins set.
The band have eight rectangular screens showing digital images behind them.
Liverpudlian Ian Broudie certainly knows how to write really good catchy pop tunes.
Gems like "Lucky You" and "Perfect" were played in the first half of the set , and the
last six songs of the evening starting with a cover of "Whole Wide World" and finishing with
the mass singalong to football anthem "Three Lions" were excellent.
A great show.
Full LIGHTNING SEEDS setlist played tonight...
Ready or Not
All I Want
Lucky You
Great To Be Alive
Feeling Lazy
What If...
Waiting for Today to Happen
You Showed Me (The Byrds cover)
Telling Tales
Losing You
Emily Smiles
Whole Wide World (Wreckless Eric cover)
Sugar Coated Iceberg
The Life of Riley
Three Lions
Legendary metal band GWAR are releasing a 120 mins film on 24 Oct 2022.
Contains a mixture of live footage and interviews....DVD (£15.99) and Blu-Ray (£19.99).
They have been described as "there is no band like GWAR" , "shock rock legends" and
" one of the sickest bands in the world".
Gwar has been nominated for two Grammy Awards, but lost to Annie Lennox and Nine Inch Nails.
I have two DVD or Blu-Ray's to give away.
Question - in what year did GWAR release their debut album?
Send your answer to ray@raysgigs.com before 26 Oct 2022.
With your name and address and preferred choice of DVD or Blu-Ray.
Blu-Ray's on the way to...Ian in Wallington and John in Sunbury-on-Thames.

Thursday 03 November 2022.

Thursday 03 November 2022.
THE RASMUS live at The Forum.
Finnish rock band who have released 10 studio albums.
I saw them play the once before back in 2004.
They had their two biggest hits in 2004, in the UK.
"In The Shadows" reached number 3, and "Guilty" reached number 15.
Their album from 2004, "Dead Letters" reached number 10 in the UK.
They have gone off the radar a bit since then.
This show is the last one on their UK & European Tour.
Not sold out, but pretty full here tonight.
Lots of Finnish accents in the crowd.
THE RASMUS arrived on stage at 9pm for their 95 mins set.
They were never as cool as other Finnish acts, like Hanoi Rocks or Michael Monroe.
Lots of lights , including lots of strobe lighting.
The fans seems to know all the songs played tonight.
Highlights included the two hit singles, but other tracks felt a bit average and a cover of
"Ghostbusters" theme seemed pointless.
A pretty average show overall.
Thursday 03 November 2022.
My GLEN MATLOCK BAND review from Tuesday is now up on www.sex-pistols.net
It has also a couple of the photos i took on the night.
www.sex-pistols.net has now passed 14 million views.
Wednesday 02 November 2022.
SUGABABES live at Hammersmith Apollo.
Mutya, Keisha and Siobhan reunite for their first headline tour in over 10 years.
SUGABABES had 18 x Top 10 hits in the UK, including 6 number ones.
Their UK tour comes three years after the pop trio finally reclaimed their original name and almost ten years after releasing new music under MKS, back in 2013. Over the last 21 years, there have been four iterations of the Sugababes, but this latest reunion just feels right.
You kinda sometimes forgot how popular some acts were.
Tonight is totally rammed sold out, and there is a fantastic atmosphere from a crowd
made up of mainly from the LGBT+ community and groups of females.
SUGABABES arrived on stage at 9.10pm for their 80 mins set.
Straight into a mega "Push The Button" and it's full on pop party , as the hits rolled in.
A dazzling light show and a disco ball were here, even though the dance routines were a bit basic.
So many catchy hits had the crowd in raptures , throughout the show.
Tracks "Ugly" and "Stronger" were top notch, even though they never topped the charts.
The Gary Numan sample throughout "Freak Like Me" was superb.
We had some ticker-tape confetti near the end of the show.
Last three songs of the evening were all number ones, and sent the crowd home very happy.
A great show, that was much better than expected.
Full SUGABABES setlist played tonight....
Push the Button (number one in 2002)
Red Dress
Hole in the Head (number one in 2003)
Too Lost in You
Flatline (Mutya Keisha Siobhan cover)
2 Hearts
Today (Mutya Keisha Siobhan cover)
Love Me Hard ( Keisha Siobhan cover)
Flowers (Sweet Female Attitude cover)
Round Round (number one in 2002)
Freak Like Me (Adina Howard cover) (number one in 2002)
About You Now (number one in 2007)
Wed 02 Nov -- Prog legend KIETH EMERSON book release...via www.keithemersonbook.com
The lavish, fully illustrated book in which family, friends, colleagues, and fans talk about the life, work and legacy of Keith Emerson will be widely available on what would have been Keith’s 78th birthday.
There are two deluxe editions – the Classic, and the Signature which is signed by author Chris Welch and Aaron Emerson and comes with an exclusive art print portrait of Keith, a CD of an unheard interview, and sheet music of the very first piece of music composed by the then twelve-year-old Keith, titled “Quatermass Boogie Woogie.
Tuesday 01 November 2022...I went to two events tonight...
6pm to 7pm
IF ONLY THESE WALLS CAN TALK - private view - 27 Cork Street Gallery , Mayfair, London W1.
A very upmarket art crowd here , with many of the women in very glamourous outfits.
The Standard showbiz photographer DAVE BENETT is here taking photos.
Performance artist PANDEMONIA was here - 6' 6" tall head to toe , in bright latex.
As usual many of the crowd wanted a photo with her.
One room is full of erotic images on the walls, with ladies in lingerie.
Complimentary Nicolas Courtin champers,wines and macaroons for the guests.
7.15pm to 11pm
THE LOWER THIRD - launch party - 26 Denmark Street, London WC2.
London’s 12 Bar Club opens under a new name, The Lower Third, in The Outernet complex.
The landmark venue on Denmark Street, which closed for redevelopment in 2015, was renowned for hosting early shows for acts who went on to reach stardom including Adele, Regina Spektor and Jeff Buckley.
Its location in the nicknamed “Tin Pan Alley” of London was at the heart of much British musical history. David Bowie famously hung out on Denmark Street in the ’60s, and The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, the Sex Pistols and Elton John all recorded or rehearsed their early works at recording studios on the street. NME‘s offices were formerly located there.
The venue has a capacity of 250 , and maybe 150 are here tonight including RUSTY EGAN and
It is quite fitting that a Sex Pistol is performing at the launch event.
At 7.40pm GLEN MATLOCK BAND played a great 60 mins set.
First show for years that i have seen a keyboard player in Glens band, which sounded really good.
Easy to get a nice close-up position near the stage, to take a few photos.
An excellent set as the band were all on top form.
Full GLEN MATLOCK setlist played tonight...
Rattle Your Cage
Who's Side Are You On ?
Magic Carpet Ride
Hook In You
Ghosts of Princes in Towers (Rich Kids song)
Blank Generation (Richard Hell & the Voidoids cover)
Consequences Coming
Couldn't Give A Damn
Head On A Stick
Can't Be Myself
Born Running (Glen Matlock & the Philistines song)
Pretty Vacant (Sex Pistols song)
All or Nothing (Small Faces cover)
Complimentary bar all night (except champers) so a good time to get stuck into some JD & cokes.
A great band , in a great new Central London club venue, supporting emerging talent.
THE CURLING CLUB @ The Southbank.
I couldn't get along for the launch of this venue, as it clashed with the above events.
Try a weird, wonderful winter sport in an awesome alpine setting.
Gather your friends and loved ones to find out whose curling skills are on point, and power your night with wintery cocktails and delicious food.
This alpine-themed curling pop-up is a seriously slick way to glide into the spirit of winter.
Combining casual curling with seasonal cocktails, indulgent food and festive music, The Curling Club delivers fun après ski vibes with a light dusting of competition. See you on the ice!
Book now
Opening times
Tuesday 1 November 2022 – Tuesday 3 January 2023
Monday – Sunday, 11am – 11pm
The Builder’s Yard, under Hungerford Bridge

Monday 31 October 2022.

Monday 31 October 2022....I went to two events tonight.
6pm to 7.30pm.
THE ART OF MOTORING - private view - Sotheby's , 34 New Bond Street, Mayfair, London W1.
First held in 2015 the annual Art of Motoring Exhibition is organised and curated by Andrew Marriott of Pitlane Productions and Rupert Whyte of Historic Car Art in association with the Royal Automobile Club and Sotheby’s. The show will be held from 31st October to 5th November 2022 at the Conduit Gallery, Sotheby’s, Bond St., London....free admission daily 9.30am to 4.30pm
All artworks are available to buy in person at the exhibition or online through the gallery section on this website during and after the live exhibition.
We had a speech at 6.45pm to introduce the various artists attending here tonight.
Complimentary Forget-Brimont champers , wines and canapes for all the guests here.
7.40pm to 9.30pm.
MACABRE - private view - Christie's , 8 King Street, St James's, London SW1.
All the art on display is related to the Macabre.
A cool younger crowd here, with many in ghoulish Halloween outfits.
Fashionista DANIEL LISMORE was here.
The gallery is nice and darkened to give it a scary Halloween vibe.
A DJ is playing tunes to keep it lively.
Complimentary Perrier Jouet champers , two different gin cocktails from Seventy One Gin
and a Halloween Sweets stand in one of the rooms.
Sunday 30 October 2022.
KIEFER SUTHERLAND live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Famous American actor releases his third album of country music titled "Bloor Street".
He is playing a European and UK tour to promote it.
Kiefer Sutherland (now aged 55) is a British-Canadian actor. He was born in Paddington, London.
He is best known for his starring role as Jack Bauer in the Fox drama series "24" , (2001 to 2010, 2014), for which he won an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award.
He has starred in many films over the past 30 odd years.
His father is the legendary actor Donald Sutherland.
Level 3 is closed , and Level 2 is half empty so maybe 1000 folks here max.
Nearly all the crowd are in early , as if it's a West End theatre show.
Support band FINE LINES arrived on stage at 8pm for their 30 mins set.
They played a decent set of country tinged Americana tracks from their three albums.
Mostly male lead vocals, but the female backing singer also had her own lead vocal for one song.
KIEFER SUTHERLAND arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 85 mins.
Sutherland took the stage , which was cosily set up like a living room with rug, table lamp, hat stand, chair and glass of whisky. His band were nicely spread out around the stage.
Sutherland’s third album "Bloor Street" came out earlier this year, and is another slice of Americana with but with some additional influences in the mix such as country and R&B. It also reinforces his prowess as a down to earth and engaging storyteller, something apparent throughout the evening as he often introduced songs with a little back story about them.
He told us about his teenage years in Toronto, Canada, along with his stint as a rodeo rider touring
North America in the 1990s, and tales of drinking even though he has spent 48 days in jail for
drink driving.
He performed two lesser known Tom Petty tracks, and Kiefer really enjoyed himself tonight.
For the two song encore, he ditched his guitar , and did some energetic dancing on stage.
A vey enjoyable show.
Full KIEFER SUTHERLAND setlist played tonight...
Ole' lonely life
Can't Stay Away
Chasing the Rain
Going Down
Going Home
Something You Love
Reckless & Me
Two Stepping in Time
Blame It on Your Heart (Patty Loveless cover)
Bloor Street
County Jail Gate
Ways to Be Wicked (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers cover)
So Full of Love
Set Me Free
This Is How It's Done
Honey Bee (Tom Petty cover)
Down in a Hole
Friday Night

Saturday 29 October 2022.

Saturday 29 October 2022.
THE DAMNED live at Hammersmith Apollo.
Saturday: Special guests - Rezillos + TV Smith & The Bored Teenagers + Smalltown Tigers.
The atmosphere didn't seem as good as the opening first night of the tour last night.
Last night was full, but a couple of rear corner blocks in the balcony were unsold tonight.
Again, nice to see so many punk rock chums here that i know.
Hardcore Damned fan Kevin Shepherd (has seen The Damned over 600 times) is collecting
signatures for a petition for the band to appear on The Graham Norton Show.
GLEN MATLOCK was here...also GAYE BLACK ex The Adverts.
Also Jenny the lead singer in cool girl band THE PRISCILLAS.
Again , the march stands selling t-shirts are doing a roaring trade.
SMALLTOWN TIGERS arrived on stage at 6.30pm for a short 20 mins set.
Italian female trio playing some catchy pop punk tunes.
TV SMITH & THE BORED TEENAGERS on at 7.10pm for his 30 mins set.
He played the same set as last night, so always good to hear those gems from The Adverts
including "No Time to Be 21" , "Gary Gilmores Eyes" , "Bored Teenagers" and "One Chord Wonders".
THE REZILLOS arrived on stage at 8pm for their 45 mins set.
Really good to see The Rezillos play a nice best of set.
Having said that, I did prefer The Skids yesterday to The Rezillos.
Full REZILLOS setlist played tonight...
Destination Venus
Flying Saucer Attack
Do the Mutilation (The Revillos cover)
Sorry About Tomorrow
Top of the Pops
(My Baby Does) Good Sculptures
Somebody's Gonna Get Their Head Kicked in Tonight
THE DAMNED again arrived on stage at 9.20pm for their 70 mins set.
The same setlist and pretty much everything the same.
The Guardian gave the first show a tame three star review and Captain Sensible read some
of the review on stage " gloriously amateurish "....and he totally was happy with that.
Guitarist Brian James is reminding me of the current situation with Mick Mars from Motley
Crue who due to ill-health will not be touring with them anymore.
Brian plays the guitar well, but is stationary and wooden throughout the set.
Captain Sensible has that great bass sound as he plays the bass like a lead guitar.
A fan jumped on stage near the end, the security wrestled him to the ground, but
Dave Vanian told security to let him go, and the fan did some wild dancing with the band.
Classics like "Neat , Neat, Neat" and "New Rose" are the obvious highlights, but
it was again great to see them playing all the old songs like in 1976 /1977 when I first saw them.
Friday 28 October 2022.
THE DAMNED live at Hammersmith Apollo.
This will be the punk event of the decade...since The Sex Pistols last reunion tour in 2007/2008.
By coincidence Sex Pistols NMTB album was released 45 years ago , on The Damned first night.
THE DAMNED original line-up has reunited for a short UK tour featuring all four founding members
Dave Vanian, Rat Scabies, Captain Sensible and Brian James.
They will be joined on tour by the following guests:
Friday : Special guests - Skids + TV Smith & The Bored Teenagers + Small Town Tigers
The greatest surviving British punk band THE DAMNED formed in 1976, releasing the first ever UK punk single ‘New Rose’ over forty years ago. Considered one of the greatest songs from this period, THE DAMNED’s ‘New Rose’ brought focus on the burgeoning punk scene but efore any other group.
On their up-coming tour they will celebrate the iconic single’s 45th anniversary, as well as perform tracks from the first two albums, B-sides and covers that the original line-up played.
I have seen The Damned around 50 times since 1976 when they played The 100 Club Punk Rock Festival.
I also saw them 10 times in 1977 alone, during the heyday year of punk rock.
I have seen them three times at this venue when it was called Hammersmith Odeon (1980,1982,1986).
From 10 Oct buy tix for only £19.76 via www.vivelerock.net and use the code newrose
You can buy a live cd of the show from merch straight after the band finish their set, on both nights.
The venue looks pretty full tonight, so around 5000 folks here, which includes stalls standing.
Great to see and chat to so many of my punk rock chums here.
PAUL COOK from SEX PISTOLS /THE PROFESSIONALS was here but left after 30 mins of The Damned.
QUIREBOYS singer SPIKE was here.
It was an excellent evening with all three bands playing great sets.
TV SMITH & THE BORED TEENAGERS arrived on stage at 7.10pm for their 30 mins set.
The lead singer of original punk band The Adverts whizzed through a great set their greatest hits.
Full TV SMITH setlist played tonight...
No Time to Be 21 (The Adverts cover)
Safety in Numbers (The Adverts cover)
We Who Wait (The Adverts cover)
Newboys (The Adverts cover)
On the Roof (The Adverts cover)
On Wheels (The Adverts cover)
My Place (The Adverts cover)
Bombsite Boy (The Adverts cover)
Great British Mistake (The Adverts cover)
Gary Gilmore's Eyes (The Adverts cover)
Bored Teenagers (The Adverts cover)
One Chord Wonders (The Adverts cover)
THE SKIDS arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 45 mins.
Singer Richard Jobson is still doing his great energetic dancing style as he sings.
Scottish punk legends played all greatest hits tonight as well as a Clash classic from
their covers album that they released last year.
Full SKIDS setlist played tonight...
Of One Skin
The Saints Are Coming
Working for the Yankee Dollar
Out of Town
Circus Games
Into the Valley
TV Stars
Complete Control (The Clash cover)
THE DAMNED arrived on stage at 9.20pm and played for 70 mins.
There are over 15 photographers in the pit as it is the first night of their reunion tour.
Lots of lights but no big screen or any type of backdrop.
Singer Dave Vanian looks gothly ghoulish as usual, and Rat Scabies has a nice big drum kit.
The overall sound is nice and loud and there is lots of moshing & pogoing at front of stage.
Guitarist Brian James still looks to be suffering from his health problem, as he is much
more static on stage , compared to Captain Sensible on bass.
Their first two singles "New Rose" and "Neat Neat Neat" still sound as mega as usual.
"Smash It Up" and "Love Song" among tracks not played as not part of the original line-up.
A couple of the album tracks were a bit average, but overall a great show.
Full DAMNED setlist playing tonight...
I Feel Alright (The Stooges cover)
You Take My Money
Help! (The Beatles cover)
Born to Kill
Stretcher Case Baby
Feel the Pain
I Fall
Fan Club
1 of the 2
Problem Child
Neat Neat Neat
Stab Yor Back
Sick of Being Sick
See Her Tonite
You Know
So Messed Up
New Rose
Pills (Bo Diddley cover)
The Last Time (The Rolling Stones cover)

Thursday 27 October 2022.

Thursday 27 October 2022....I went to two events tonight...
6pm to 7.45pm
ICELANDAIR "AROUND THE CORNER" - private view - Phonica Records, 51 Poland Street , London W1.
We are in the large basement area of this cool vinyl dance record store in Soho.
Iceland (the country) is coming to London!
Icelandair has partnered with Inspired by Iceland, Blue Lagoon, and 66°North to create an unforgettable one-off experience in the middle of Soho.
A series of free events will bring the best of Iceland to you.
From 28 to 30 October, Iceland (the country) will literally be around the corner – and everyone’s invited!
When: Friday 28 to Sunday 30 October 2022. Check out our program for all the details
How to get around the corner: The nearest tube is Oxford Circus
Price: Free tickets, timed entry. Register for tickets via Eventbrite
Duration: We recommend that visits take around 1 hour
Age requirements: All ages are welcome, with Sunday a dedicated family day
Accessibility: The event is wheelchair accessible
They have done a stunning job of transforming the basement area , as if you were in Iceland.
Spread over three areas Ice---Land---Air
All the staff , including the bar staff have been flown over by Icelandair.
There are headphones for each of the areas.
We have videos of Iceland showing The Blue Lagoon and The Northern Lights and an introduction from DAMON ALBARN on the big screen.
Damon Albarn has been coming to Iceland for nearly 30 years. What started as a quest to find the country he once saw in a dream has morphed into an extended affair.
We have a DJ playing cool tunes.
We have a display from the only Lava Show In The World
A female singer-songwriter from Iceland performed.
Complimentary vodka cocktails, gin cocktails , lagers and eight types of canapes from Iceland.
There were five spin the wheel prizes, including a pair of return flights to Iceland.
Well worth a visit to give you a taste of Iceland , as your next holiday location.
I have never been to Iceland, but it is certainly on my list to visit.
8.15pm to 10pm
THE NEW BLACK VANGUARD - private view - Saatchi Gallery , Kings Road, Chelsea , London SW3.
You know this event will be good , as the sponsors are BURBERRY.
Around 300 guests here with half the crowd from Caribbean /African communities as all the
photos on the walls are black folks from modelling, music, fashion, film and street normal.
The photos have been taken by 15 international black photographers.
Complimentary Pommery champers, Negronis and lots of different canapes and desserts.
A female DJ is playing tunes in the background.
It is on here until 22 Jan 2023.
Wednesday 26 October 2022...I went to two events tonight...
6.45pm to 8.55pm.
THE HORROR SHOW! - private view - Somerset House, Strand, London WC2.
This exhibition celebrates 50 years of creative rebellion through three sections - Monster, Ghost and Witch.
An intriguing trawl through the nightmares of youth culture from over the decades.
Featuring art from Spitting Image to Siouxsie Sioux, this new Somerset House exhibition is as fun, anarchic and disturbing as punk itself.
The punk section items and photographers showing here included Jamie Reid, Jordan, Dennis Morris,
Ray Stevenson, Poly Styrene etc.
A lively big crowd of maybe 300 guests including a nice surprise to see NICK CAVE.
Many of the guests are dressed in goth and ghoulish attire.
Also PHILIP SALLON , SPIZZ ENERGI , PAM HOGG and 6' 6" head to toe latex artist PANDEMONIA.
Complimentary wines, beers and nibbles for all guests.
It is on from 27 Oct to 19 Feb - book via their website - £16.50 or £12 for concessions.
then a few minutes across the road to...
9pm to 11.30pm.
RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL - opening gala party - Waldorf Hotel, Aldwych, London WC2.
They are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year - 26 Oct to 05 Nov.
This party was held after the showing of the opening film nearby "Corner Office".
They are showing classic films along with some exclusive premieres at their venues.
Also interviews and QnAs with the directors and actors etc.
Curzon Mayfair
Curzon Soho
Genesis Mile End
The Garden Cinema, London WC2
Rio Cinema, London E8
Over 300 smartly dressed folks here, and always nice to see the girls in their posh frocks.
Folks love their selfies on the pretend red carpet with the Raindance Billboard behind.
Always nice to be in the ballroom at this historic five star hotel.
We have a nice 1920s swing band playing live and there is a DJ after the band.
A few actors here including VANESSA REDGRAVE and JONATHAN PRYCE.
Complimentary prosecco , wines and canapes for all the guests.
Not as good as last year , when we had champers, vodka cocktails and bowl food at The Dorchester.
A nice buzzy party , and a nice friendly crowd.
All guests got a goodie bag on departure.

Tuesday 25 October 2022.

Tuesday 25 October 2022.
PAVEMENT live at The Roundhouse.
PAVEMENT play the last of their four sold out shows at The Roundhouse.
This was my second time seeing them here.
No surprise that NME.COM gave the Pavement opening night at this venue a glowing five star review.
The Guardian gave the show a nice four review , and said the band have rehearsed 50 songs for this
European Tour and pick 25 to 30 tracks for each show.
We are lucky that London has got multi-nights on the tour just like major American cities got, so
they can change many songs each night, and i see plenty of folks that were also here Sunday.
I saw BRIX SMITH and THURSTON MOORE here tonight.
Also ITB booking agent STEVE ( Biffy Clyro etc ) ZAPP who told me he had come from a book launch party
by Simon Williams "Pandimonium - How Not To Run A Record Company " ( about Fierce Panda Records).
The merch stand was doing a roaring trade again.
PAVEMENT arrived on stage at 9.05pm and played for 1 hour 45 mins.
This was 5 mins less on stage than their Sunday show.
I enjoyed the show more tonight, as was much nearer the stage, as Sunday i watched from the rear bar.
Lots of different songs played tonight compared to Sunday..."Stereo" was an early highlight, and later on
"Here" and "Gold Soundz" were great.
You rarely heard them on tv or radio but Pavement are just one of those bands, just doing their own thing.
An enjoyable show.
Full PAVEMENT setlist played tonight...
Major Leagues
Spizzle Trunk
Starlings of the Slipstream
Fight This Generation
Shoot the Singer (1 Sick Verse)
Embassy Row
Heckler Spray
Trigger Cut
Two States
Grave Architecture
Father to a Sister of Thought
Serpentine Pad
Type Slowly
Gold Soundz
Silence Kid
Kennel District
Heaven Is a Truck
Shady Lane
Range Life
Spit on a Stranger
Conduit for Sale!
Stop Breathin'
Sunday 23 October 2022.
PAVEMENT live at The Roundhouse.
Pavement play the second of four sold out nights at this venue.
American indie rock band, Pavement will let the lo-fi beats commence, for their first tour in 12 years.
The entire edition of the early October 2022 copy of Uncut magazine features them.
Emerging out of the American underground in the early ‘90s with their off-kilter arrangements and winding melodies, Pavement quickly became known as one of the most influential and distinctive bands to lead the lo-fi movement that dominated US indie rock during this era. Boasting five full-length albums and several international tours, the band will be gracing the Roundhouse stage for four nights. Expect punk-derived sonic textures and free-flowing poetic lyrics from these legendary lo-fi rockers.
Joining Pavement for these performances will be Richard Dawson (Sat 22nd), The Bug Club (Sun 23rd), Los Bitchos (Mon 24th) and Beak (Tue 25th).
I have seen Pavement just the once before, in 1999 supporting Blur at The Reading Festival.
Looks like they rotate and change songs on the setlist, so each night is a bit different.
NME and DJ John Peel loved them back in the day.
I must admit i only really know a couple of Pavement songs, but four nights sold out at The Roundhouse
at £45 a pop is pretty amazing, so here i am to see what all the fuss is about.
The merch stand in the foyer is doing a roaring trade.
THE BUG CLUB arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 40 mins.
The trio did a good set of indie garage pop.
Pavement have let them use their big screen, showing some images that Pavement would use later.
The Bug Club play The Scala on 26 October.
PAVEMENT arrived on stage at 9.05pm and played for 1 hour 50 mins.
They have a nice big screen that is showing arty and scribbly pre-recorded images.
Six musicians on stage.
Highlights for me included "Frontwards" , "Here" and "Cut Your Hair"....but the rest???
Oddly tonight they didn't play the main sing I know them for titled "Gold Soundz" ,
although they did play it on the first night here.
Their style is a bit ramshackle , abrasive and loose, but it didn't really grab me.
Just one of those shows, where all the crowd enjoyed it more than me.
It was interesting enough, but just not as good as i had hoped for.
Maybe I just need to listen to them a bit more.
Full setlist played by PAVEMENT tonight...
Our Singer
Cream of Gold
Silence Kid
Heckler Spray
In the Mouth a Desert
Shoot the Singer (1 Sick Verse)
Debris Slide
Fight This Generation
Kennel District
Type Slowly
Gangsters & Pranksters
Range Life
Serpentine Pad
Harness Your Hopes
Give It a Day
Stop Breathin
Father to a Sister of Thought
Spit on a Stranger
Two States
Grave Architecture
Cut Your Hair
Fillmore Jive

Sunday 23 October 2022.

Saturday 22 October 2022.
CHRISTONE "KINGFISH" INGRAM live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Christone is a 23 year old rising blues guitarist from America.
On July 23, 2021 Ingram released his second record, an album called "662". Ingram is from Clarksdale, Mississippi and, says Ingram, "662 is the area code. It represents the whole north Mississippi Delta."On April 3, 2022, Kingfish won the Grammy award for "Best Contemporary Blues Album" for 662 at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards.
On September 18, 2022 Fender released a new Telecaster Deluxe specially dedicated to Kingfish. This guitar is called Kingfish Telecaster Deluxe.
Level 3 is closed tonight, but all other levels are full.
Singer-songwriter MAX POPE arrived on stage at 8pm for his 30 mins set.
Mainly him and his electric guitar, and a couple of songs with an acoustic guitar.
His set included a really good cover version of "I'd Rather Go Blind".
CHRISTONE "KINGFISH" INGRAM arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 1 hour 50 mins.
Christone is short and chubby , but plays a mean blues guitar.
His is backed by a three piece piece, including some nice keyboards that compliment his guitar.
Maybe only a dozen tracks played in the set ,as pretty every song was several mins plus long,
as each had a stunning guitar solo in it.
Tracks played included "Another Life Goes By" and "Not Gonna Lie".
After 45 mins he performed a great stunt as he played a solo in the stalls standing crowd,
and then an even longer solo up in the Level 1 seats, and finished it by playing the guitar with his teeth........the crowd loved it.
Encore included an extended cover of "Hey Joe".
This really was blues guitar at its best...a really enjoyable show.
During the encore he said he would be signing and meeting folks at the merch stand after his set.
On our way out, there was already a long queue to meet him.
Friday 21 October 2022.
COUNTING CROWS live at Hammersmith Apollo.
Counting Crows play the second of two shows at this venue, as part of their UK & European tour.
I have seen them play three times before including in 2002 when i saw the them supporting
The Who at The Greek Theatre,Los Angeles, USA.
My fave track of theirs is "The Long December", which was released back in 1996.
Lawrence Carroll directed the music video for "A Long December", which features American actress Courteney Cox, whom singer Adam Duritz was dating at the time....over 23 million YouTube views...
They were signed to Geffen Records by the same guy that signed Nirvana.
Counting Crows gained popularity following the release of its first album, "August and Everything After "(1993). With the breakthrough hit single "Mr. Jones" (1993), the album sold more than 7 million copies in the United States. The band received two Grammy Awards nominations in 1994, one for "Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal" (for "Round Here") and one for "Best New Artist". The follow-up album, "Recovering the Satellites", reached number one on the US Billboard 200 album chart and reached number one in several other countries. All but one of their subsequent albums was top 10 on the Billboard 200 list.
They have sold over 20 million albums worldwide.
Not sold out tonight , but very full...maybe 4500 sold out of 5000 capacity...stalls standing...
DAVID KEENAN arrived on stage at 8pm for his 30 mins set.
Irish singer-songwriter with his acoustic guitar performed a few decent tracks.
COUNTING CROWS arrived on stage at 9pm and played for two hours.
Seven musicians on stage , including a very nice keyboard sound.
Some nice soulful alt-rock tracks with the highlights for me including "Mr Jones",
"Round Here" and "A Long December".
A very enjoyable show.
Full COUNTING CROWS setlist played tonight...
St. Robinson in His Cadillac Dream (with Crimson and Clover tag)
Mr. Jones
Butterfly in Reverse
If I Could Give All My Love
God of Ocean Tides
Start Again (Teenage Fanclub cover)
Washington Square
Round Here
The Tall Grass
Elevator Boots
Angel of 14th Street
Bobby and the Rat‐Kings
Rain King
A Long December
Holiday In Spain
Thursday 20 October 2022.
MARK OWEN live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Take That member is touring the UK to promote his solo album "Land of Dreams".
Take That reunion tour with Robbie Williams holds the record for most shows played at
Wembley Stadium on the same tour - eight.
Level 3 is closed tonight , but all the other levels are full.
No surprise that it is a 90% female crowd here tonight.
Lots of overseas fans here, judging by the flags and accents overheard tonight.
His loyal fans gather tightly at the front half of the stalls standing.
No support act tonight, and Mark Owen is on stage at 8pm for an impressive , lengthy
set that started at 8pm and finished at 10.10pm after 2 hours 10 mins.
Wilko Johnson stage show here two days before was dreadfully minimal but Mark Owen
has a lovely big production, where the bands are on all raised platforms and we have a big screen
showing live footage and pre-recorded images, along with a couple of neon signs.
A few costumes changes for Mark Owen tonight.
The band are all dressed in the same brown and white clothing.
There were a few Take That classics performed including "Shine", "The Flood" and
"Rule The World" that had all the fans swaying and singling loudly.
Mark is nice and friendly and smiley when he chats to the fans between songs.
A very enjoyable show.
Full MARK OWEN played tonight....
Superpower (performed from the backstage area)
You Only Want Me
Shine (Take That song)
Are You Looking for Billy?
Four Minute Warning
The Flood (Take That song)
Ask Him To
Makin' Out
Us and Ours
Green Man
Come Back
Last of the Heroes
Gone, Gone, Gone
My Love
Rule the World (Take That song)
Hold Up a Light (Take That song)
Magic (ticker-tape fell over the stalls standing)
These Days (Take That song)
Being Human

Thursday 20 October 2022.

A great triple bill of BILLY IDOL + KILLING JOKE + TOYAH are touring the UK in October.
All three acts that have all been around for over 40 years.
I have seen all three of them many times.
Television have pulled out as main support due to illness , and have been replaced by KILLING JOKE.
Manchester Arena – Thu 13th
Cardiff Motorpoint Arena – Mon 17th
London OVO Arena, Wembley – Wed 19th
Note ---- Toyah will be on stage at 7pm
Glasgow OVO Hydro – Fri 21st
Birmingham Resorts World Arena – Sun 23rd
Leeds First Direct Arena – Tue 25th
Wednesday 19 August 2022.
TOYAH WILLCOX arrived on stage at 7pm for her 30 mins set.
Toyah plays a great short set featuring all her hits.
Still looking very youthful at age 64 , as she bounces around the stage.
No big screens showing live footage for any of the acts tonight.
Full setlist played by TOYAH & her band tonight...
Thunder in the Mountains
Echo Beach (Martha and the Muffins cover)
Good Morning Universe
It's a Mystery
Neon Womb
Space Dance
I Want to Be Free
KILLING JOKE arrived on stage at 7.50pm for their 45 mins set.
I was thinking Killing Joke would be a bit too hardcore for a Billy Idol crowd , but they
went down well by playing a best of set, and the sound was much better than their far too loud
recent show i saw at Hammersmith Apollo.
Full setlist played by KILLING JOKE tonight...
The Fall of Because
Loose Cannon
The Wait
For Billy Idol I went down the front to get a nice front row right close-up view.
BILLY IDOL arrived on stage at 9.10pm for his 95 mins set.
Billy arrives on stage with his trademark spiked-up blonde hair and all black clothing.
Looking in amazing shape for age 66 , and the females scream when he changes his shirts.
The big screen has nice pre-recorded images throughout the evening.
The show is filmed tonight , but not for the big screen here.
Billy and his guitarist Steve Stevens are on top form.
Not an obvious hits set as "Hot In The City" and "Sweet Sixteen" and others not played.
The opening of "Dancing With Myself" was fantastic, and the first of many gems.
Billy talked about his drug period in the 1980s and how he wrote "White Wedding" for his sister.
An excellent show.
Full setlist played by BILLY IDOL tonight...
Dancing With Myself (Gen X song)
Cradle of Love
Flesh for Fantasy
Bitter Taste
Eyes Without a Face
Guitar solo from Steve Stevens
Mony Mony (Tommy James & the Shondells cover)
Runnin' From the Ghost
One Hundred Punks (Generation X song)
Blue Highway
Rebel Yell
Rebel Like You
Born to Lose (The Heartbreakers cover)
White Wedding
I got a Billy Idol setlist of the show, which i have put on my Facebook page.
Nice to see lots of folks here i know.
Those attending included...
RICHARD ENGLAND ( who runs the wonderful Cadiz Records...Killing Joke etc)
GLEN MATLOCK was due to go but ended up watching QPR win and go to the top of the table.

Tuesday 17 October 2022.

Tuesday 17 October 2022.
WILKO JOHNSON BAND live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Blues rock guitar legend Wilko , has survived his cancer scare , and is still playing at age 75.
I was lucky to see Dr Feelgood with and without Wilko Johnson in their late 1970s heyday.
I have seen Wilko Johnson several times before with his own band.
Legendary long-time bass player Norman Watt-Roy is still here...insaw himwith Ian Dury & The Blockheads
in their heyday period...and he has done session work for The Clash and many others.
On drums is Dylan Howe ( son of Steve Howe from Yes).
The evening is promoted by Planet Rock Radio.
Levels 2 and 3 are closed tonight and plenty of space in stalls and level 1...maybe only 500 max tix sold.
Mainly older folks are here, and no doubt some collecting government pensions.
WHEN RIVERS MEET arrived on stage at 7pm for their 45 mins set.
When Rivers Meet is an English blues / rock band formed in 2016 in Essex, England by husband and wife duo, Grace (very nice vocals) and Aaron Bond.
In May 2021, they won four UK Blues Awards, for: Emerging Blues Artist of the Year; Blues Band of the Year; Blues Album of the Year; and Most Inspirational Online Performance of the Year.
Their current album "Saving Grace" made no 84 in the UK charts....they played a good set.
KING KING arrived on stage at 8.05pm for their 60 mins set.
I saw King King supporting Europe at The Royal Albert Hall in 2018.
They played some nice blues tracks from their five albums, that featured some
very nifty blues guitar solos.
WILKO JOHNSON BAND arrived on stage at 9.40pm for their 65 mins.
They must have the least equipment of any headline band i have seen at this venue.
It was more like a set-up for playing on a small pub stage.
All three members are dressed all in black.
Wilko and his choppin' guitar as he darts around the stage is still great to see.
Norman Watt-Roy funky bass is still very prominent.
Some of his solo tracks seemed a bit ramshackle in places with overlong solos.
The setlist was pretty much exactly the same as I saw in Ealing in the summer.
Again four Dr Feelgood classics were the highlights "Going Back Home", "Roxette",
"Back In The Night" and "She Does It Right"...an enjoyable evening of blues rock acts.
For whatever reason , the older folks here started to leave in droves from halfway through the set.
Level 1 had 100 folks at the start of the Wilko set, but by the last two songs , only 20 were here.
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Sunday 16 October 2022.

Sunday 16 October 2022.
DINOSAUR JR live at The Forum.
They have released a dozen albums since 1985.
They influenced many grunge rock bands back in the late 1980s.
They are led by J Mascis, who is the singer-songwriter and a pretty nifty guitar player.
I have seen them a few times before including in Northern Spain when they were on the
same bill as The Sex Pistols at The Azkena Festival, 2008.
A sold out show tonight.
GARCIA PEOPLES arrived on stage at 7.50pm for their 40 mins set.
Support band were New Jersey psychedelic rock band Garcia Peoples who belted out their cosmic rock.
DINOSAUR JR arrived on stage at 9pm for their 1 hour 45 mins set.
The three band members and equipment are to the front of the the stage, to be close to the crowd.
This means the drummer is centre stage, where a singer would normally stand in other bands.
J Mascis has six Marshall Amps and has plenty of great guitar sounds, with hefty amounts of wah-wah.
The bass player has an aggressive stance and playing style that was great.
Overall the vocals should have been a bit clearer.
A fair amount of moshing in the stalls, but nothing compared to The Enemy the previous night here.
A nice story about why they play a neat cover of The Cure's "Just Like Heaven" as an encore.
A good show.
Full setlist played by DINOSAUR JR tonight...
The Lung
I Ain't
Little Fury Things
Out There
I Expect It Always
I Met the Stones
The Wagon
Been There All the Time
Start Choppin
Feel the Pain
Mountain Man
Freak Scene
Get Me
In a Jar
Just Like Heaven (The Cure cover)
Saturday 15 October 2022.
THE ENEMY live at The Forum.
The Enemy play their second of two shows at this venue on their UK reunion tour.
The Enemy are an English indie rock band formed in Coventry in 2006. The band's debut album We'll Live and Die in These Towns (2007) went straight to Number 1 in the UK Albums Chart on release. Their second album Music for the People (2008) went to Number 2 on the UK Albums Chart. Streets in the Sky, their third studio album, was released on 21 May 2012 and was also their third UK top 10 album. Their fourth studio album, It's Automatic, was released on 9 October 2015. After disbanding in 2016, the band are due to reunite in 2022 for a reunion show in their hometown of Coventry, and a UK tour to follow.
In their heyday I saw them play a show at the sadly missed Astoria , Tottenham Court Road.
That was one of FIVE ahows at The Astoria they played on that tour.
The Enemy had five Top 40 hit singles in the UK.
The first night was sold out, but the second night tonight is full, but not sold out.
LITTLE MAN TATE arrived on stage at 8.15pm for their 45 mins set.
Indie-rockers from Sheffield played a really good set.
They had albums out in 2007 and 2008 then went on hiatus for 12 years.
The crowd knew several of their songs.
During the interval the pa played perfect singalong indie classics that got the crowd singing.
The crowd atmosphere was fantastic tonight, as this drinking crowd swamped the bars.
The Enemy's intro song was "Baba O'Riley" , which was a perfect choice.
THE ENEMY arrived on stage at 9.30pm for their 65 mins set.
Blimey, i had forgot what a great live band The Enemy were.
Hi-energy indie gems with a blaze of lighting and perfect sound had the entire boozed up "lads crowd "
throwing pints in the air and moshing madly in the stalls.
After a blistering opening quartet of songs, the horns which introduce the title-track from "We’ll Live And Die In These Towns" are greeted rapturously, with the stomping percussion and yearning melancholia reminding us that there was more to The Enemy than solid guitar rock, a surprising maturity of observation from ones so young. The singer had comparisons to Paul Weller when their debut album was released.
Another big highlight later on was "This Song" with all the crowd singing loudly.
You may have thought that The Enemy were part of the indie-landfill dumping grounds ,
but on this showing the band still have plenty of fire in their bellies.
A fantastic show.
Full setlist played by THE ENEMY tonight...
Intro song Baba O'Riley (The Who song)
Away From Here
Had Enough
We'll Live and Die in These Towns
You're Not Alone
It's Not OK
40 Days & 40 Nights (Snippet of The Specials "Ghost Town")
This Song
Happy Birthday Jane
Be Somebody
Gimme the Sign / Saturday
No Time for Tears
This Song [Reprise]