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News and Reviews: Wednesday 30th September 2020

News from one of the UK's top live music promoters saying normal gigs are still a long way off.
Kilimanjaro Live boss Stuart Galbraith has told Music Week of his hopes that full-capacity shows in the UK will get the go-ahead to resume NEXT SPRING.
Speaking in this week's magazine, the Concert Promoters Association vice-chair revealed he had earmarked April 8 as the target restart date.
"We've got some big asks still of government and we really need to focus upon those," he said. "Number one is a date, when can we get going? And I think that we should be pushing for a date that is April 8. The reason I say that is a) it's immediately after Easter and b) I think government will be able to find that acceptable - I think it will fit in with political and society agendas. It's midweek, so it's not going to be a date you're going to see people go crazy on, like a Saturday, and we could ease into it."
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MARC BOLAN would have been 73 today.
I saw his last ever London show at The Rainbow in March 1977...six months before his death.
Tonight Marc Almond is playing a tribute show to Marc Bolan via his website, with many guests involved.
On 04 Sept BMG released a tribute album which features Marc's fab songs covered by many great names.
Angelheaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan & T. Rex

News and Reviews: 29th September 2020

Happy Birthday to ALAN McGEE are who is 60 today.
One of the books i read while on holiday was his great drug fuelled autobiography.
Creation Stories: Riots, Raves and Running a Label. Alan McGee's role in shaping British musical culture over the past thirty years is hard to overstate.
He co-founded the independent Creation Records label, running it from 1983 until its closure in 1999. He subsequently founded the Poptones label, running it from 1999 to 2007. He has managed or brought out records by acts such as The Jesus and Mary Chain, Primal Scream, My Bloody Valentine, Oasis, and The Libertines.

28th September 2020

I did a short interview for Greatest Hits Radio (South Wales version)
It will be broadcast this Wednesday from 7pm.
It is about Welsh live music history.
I will be talking about going to see...
KISS @ Deeside Leisure Centre in 1980.
U2 + The Pretenders + The Alarm @ Cardiff Arms Park Stadium in 1987.

27th September 2020

Happy Birthday to RANDY BACHMAN who is 77 today.
I was lucky to have seen two very rare UK shows by BTO.
Bachman Turner Overdrive + Thin Lizzy Hammersmith Odeon, London 03.05.1975
fantastic double bill. Brian Robertson and Scott Gorham had joined Thin Lizzy last year and with Lynott you knew they would be huge .
Bachman Turner Overdrive + Thin Lizzy Hammersmith Odeon, London 04.05.1975
BTO were massive in the UK at this time with the brilliant " Not Fragile " album and the big hit single " You Aint Seen Nothing Yet" .Fantastic evening .
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Happy Birthday to MEAT LOAF who is 73 today.
I have seen him perform live around 15 times with the first time in 1978 at Hammersmith Odeon
on his debut UK tour for the "Bat Out Of Hell" album.

26th September 2020

26 Sept 2001 - I was at this great event 19 years ago today.
THE CLASH - photos by Bob Gruen - private view at Proud Gallery, Camden.
Joe Strummer and Mick Jones turned up as well as many others from The Clash family.
See my invite for the event on my Facebook page.


Happy Birthday to BRYAN FERRY who is 75 today.


The Pink Floyd legend Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets’ Live At The Roundhouse has entered the charts at number 5.
The 76-year-old’s live album is a recording of the band’s sold-out shows at the famous London venue back in May 2019.
I was at both those Roundhouse shows.


 


SALON PRIVE CONCOURS 2020 is held at the stunning Blenheim Palace....Sept 23,24,25,26....
Blenheim Palace sits at the edge of the picturesque town of Woodstock in Oxfordshire.
​It is a luxurious ticket with full hospitality event appealing to discerning guests, collectors, buyers, owners and enthusiasts who prefer a more intimate experience. It is a presentation of the very finest automotive and luxury brands as well as the rarest and most valuable of classic cars and motorcycles.​​
Blenheim Palace is a World Heritage Site with over 300 years of History and home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough.
Now in its 15th year, ‘Salon Privé Week’ is a must-attend series of events for any car enthusiast or aficionado. A Partner Concours to the Peninsula Classics’ Best of the Best’ Award, Salon Privé is now recognised as one of the top events in the world alongside Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. Held annually within the grounds of Blenheim Palace, Salon Privé is firmly established as the UK’s most exclusive Motor Show.
More than 70 years of Ferrari history will be showing at Blenheim Palace.
The Concours of Elegance, presented by A. Lange & Söhne will also be paying homage to the 70th anniversary of the first Grand Prix Championship race, held at Silverstone in 1950. Included in this year's line-up of cars are three of the line-up of the most innovative and beautiful Formula One cars ever raced, including Damon Hill's Williams FW15C, Sir Stirling Moss' Lotus 18 and the Ferrari 312/67 driven by the likes of Jacky Ickx and Derek Bell.
Salon Privé Week 2020
Wed 23rd September - Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance
Thurs 24th September - Salon Privé Ladies’ Day by Boodles
Fri 25th September - Salon Privé Masters by Pirelli and Lockton
Sat 26th September - Salon Privé Classic & Supercar featuring The Salon Privé Club Trophy
There is a 100% full prompt refund if the event is cancelled to to the coronavirus. It is a premium event as all food and drinks, including Pommery champagne are included for Wed, Thurs, Friday in the £295 ticket price.
Sat 26 Sept is the only day where general admission tickets only are for sale at £36. Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.

25th September 2020

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




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

24th September 2020

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

23rd September 2020

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

6th September 2020

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


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


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

4th September 2020

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


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


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


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


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


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

3rd September 2020

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

2nd September 2020

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

1st September 2020

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

31st August 2020

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

29th August 2020

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



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

28th August 2020

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

27th August 2020

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

26th Aguust 2020

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

25th August 2020

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

21st August 2020

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

19th August 2020

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

18th August 2020

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

17th August 2020

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

16th August 2020

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

12th August 2020

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

News and Reviews: 30th March 2020

Monday 30 March 2020.

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

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

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

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

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

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

AVICII committed suicide soon after the film came out.

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Sad news that ALAN MERRILL has passed away aged 69.

He died in New York due to the coronavirus.

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

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

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

of a glam rock evening.

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

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









Sunday 29 March 2020.

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

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

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

Sammy Hagar,Riot Hammersmith Odeon, London 19.04.1980

Sammy Hagar,Riot Hammersmith Odeon, London 20.04.1980

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

Sammy Hagar,Grand Prix Hammersmith Odeon , London 10.02.1982

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

Sammy Hagar - I've done everything for you 1980

I saw Sammy play with Chickenfoot in 2009 and 2012.

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

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

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









Saturday 28 March 2020.

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

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

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

Type this in google / youtube search...

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

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









Friday 27 March 2020.

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

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

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

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

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

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







Thursday 26 March 2020.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hammersmith Odeon.

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

I have her seen her perform a couple of times.









Wednesday 25 March 2020.

Happy Birthday to ELTON JOHN who is 73 today.

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

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Tuesday 24 March 2020.

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

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

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

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

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

She performed at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1969.









Monday 23 March 2020.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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











Sunday 22 March 2020.

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

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

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

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

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

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









Saturday 21 March 2020.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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







Friday 20 March 2020.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MTV were here to film it.

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

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

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

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

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Friday 5pm update from Boris Johnson.

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

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

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









Thursday 19 March 2020.

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

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

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

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

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

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









Wednesday 18 March 2020.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Eurovision Song Contest has been cancelled due to coronavirus.

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

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

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









Tuesday 17 March 2020.

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

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

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

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

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Football has taken another major hit...

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







Monday 16 March 2020.

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

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

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Today, Boris Johnson has said...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Some good news...

BILLY DUFFY from The Cult has got engaged.

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

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

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









Sunday 15 March 2020.

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

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









Saturday 14 March 2020.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Around 500 folks here out of the 600 capacity.

Jim Davidson arrives on stage looking very casually dressed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

His dislikes include Labour politicians , Guardian readers, Scousers,

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

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

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

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

Foreign Aid

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

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

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

Care after Combat CEO, Jim Davidson OBE

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

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







Friday 13 March 2020.

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

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

I have seen Elvis Costello over 20 times since 1978.

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

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

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

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

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

Liverpudlian Ian Prowse is the support for the entire tour.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lots of entertaining stage banter between songs from Elvis.

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

For the encore Elvis was sporting a sparkly gold jacket.

A great show.

Full Elvis Costello setlist played tonight...

Strict Time (Elvis Costello & The Attractions cover)

Clubland (Elvis Costello & The Attractions cover)

Green Shirt (Elvis Costello & The Attractions cover)

Accidents Will Happen (Elvis Costello & The Attractions cover)

Watch Your Step (Elvis Costello & The Attractions cover)

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

Photographs Can Lie

Less Than Zero (Elvis Costello song)

Flutter & Wow

Watching the Detectives (Elvis Costello song)

A Good Year for the Roses (George Jones cover)

A Face in the Crowd (Elvis Costello song)

Blood & Hot Sauce (Elvis Costello song)

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

High Fidelity (Elvis Costello & The Attractions cover)

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

Alison (Elvis Costello song)

Every Day I Write the Book

Pump It Up (Elvis Costello song)

Encore:

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

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

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

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Happy Birthday to NEIL SEDAKA who is 81 today.

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







Thursday 12 March 2020.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A good show.

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

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

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

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Happy Birthday to PETER DOHERTY who is 41 today.

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







Wednesday 11 March 2020.

BRYAN FERRY live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bryan also played some nice harmonica on a few songs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Full Bryan Ferry setlist played tonight...

The Thrill of It All (Roxy Music song)

You Can Dance

Pyjamarama (Roxy Music song)

Out of the Blue (Roxy Music song)

The Bogus Man (Roxy Music song)

Casanova (Roxy Music song)

Limbo

Just Like You (Roxy Music song)

Same Old Scene (Roxy Music song)

Hiroshima

Your Painted Smile

Like a Hurricane (Neil Young cover)

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

Make You Feel My Love (Bob Dylan cover)

Dance Away (Roxy Music song)

Avalon (Roxy Music song)

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

Street Life (Roxy Music song)

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

Virginia Plain (Roxy Music song)

Encore:

The 'In' Crowd (Dobie Gray cover)

Let's Stick Together (Wilbert Harrison cover)

Editions of You (Roxy Music song)











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

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

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

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

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

We spend around 30 mins walking around the exhibition itself.

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

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

There is a classic portrait of Blondie singer Debbie Harry.

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

A couple of pictures of Andy Warhol with Lou Reed.

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

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

Around 500 guests are here in this massive gallery space.

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

Also Pam Hogg, Andrew Logan and Dougie Fields.

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

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

www.tate.org.uk

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









Monday 09 March 2020.

OH WONDER live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

This show sold out in Feb.

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

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

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

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The venue is rammed solid sold out tonight.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

here over the years including Adele and Jessie J".

A decent enough set of catchy indie-pop.

Full Oh Wonder setlist played tonight...

Better Now

Drive

I Wish I Never Met You

Lifetimes

Happy

Heavy

How It Goes

Body Gold / White Blood / Plans

In and Out of Love

Overgrown

Livewire

Technicolour Beat

Ultralife

Dust

Landslide

Lose It

Encore:

All We Do

Without You

Hallelujah (ticker-tape cannons used for this song)

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

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

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

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

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







Saturday 07 March 2020.

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

Sex Pistols legend GLEN MATLOCK is playing a UK tour.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

just a few feet from guitar legend Earl Slick.

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

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

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

We get one extra track compared to last weeks show.

Another excellent show from Glen's rockin' band.

Full Glen Matlock setlist played tonight...

Won't Put The Brakes on Me

Wanderlust

Consequences Coming

Sexy Beast

Hook In You

Montague Terrace (in Blue) (Scott Walker cover)

Magic Carpet Ride

Couldn't Give A Damn

Hot Water

On Something (Glen Matlock & the Philistines song)

Can't Be Myself

Blank Generation (Richard Hell & The Voidoids cover)

Born Running (Glen Matlock & the Philistines song)

Who's Side Are You On ?

Keep On Pushing

Encore:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Check out this mega acoustic version on YouTube

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









Friday 06 March 2020.

HOOSIERS live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

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

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

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

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

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

You can see why they played Glastonbury Festival last year.

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

Last Nite (The Strokes)

Mr.Brightside (The Killers)

Everywhere (Fleetwood Mac)

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

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

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

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

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

they had quite a lot of pretty average songs.

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

A quirky Billy Joel cover during the encore was good.

Full Hoosiers setlist played tonight...

The Trick to Life

Worried About Ray

Somewhere in the Distance (With Teardrops snippet)

A Sadness Runs Through Him

Choices

Make or Break

Worst Case Scenario

Who Said Anything (About Falling in Love)?

Cops and Robbers

Clinging on for Life

??

So High

Everything Goes Dark

Up to No Good

Unlikely Hero

Encore:

Money to be Made

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

Goodbye Mr A









Thursday 05 March 2020.

THE GLOBAL AWARDS 2020 live at Hammersmith Apollo, London.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

C'est la vie

Bust This Town

Have a Nice Day

Maybe Tomorrow

Dakota

An enjoyable evening overall.

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Full winners list tonight...

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

AITCH WINS RISING STAR AWARD

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

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

STEREOPHONICS VOTED BEST INDIE AND HONOURED WITH GLOBAL SPECIAL AWARD

TONES AND I TAKES HOME BEST POP

PC STUART OUTTEN HONOURED WITH THE LBC AWARD

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

SHEKU KANNEH-MASON VOTED BEST CLASSICAL ARTIST

REGENERATE CHARITY CO-FOUNDER ANDY SMITH WINS THE VERY AWARD

DUA LIPA WINS BEST BRITISH ACT

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

CAMILA CABELLO IS CROWNED BEST FEMALE

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

STEREOPHONICS VOTED BEST INDIE AND HONOURED WITH GLOBAL SPECIAL AWARD







Wednesday 04 March 2020.

ALANIS MORISSETTE live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

This show sold out pronto despite the high ticket prices.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The six singles from the album were....

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

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

"Ironic" - Released: February 27, 1996

"You Learn" - Released: July 9, 1996

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

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

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

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

Level 1 seats are £100 each.

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

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

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

All three sit on stools throughout the entire show.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

An excellent show.

Full Alanis Morissette setlist played tonight....

Your House

Right Through You

You Learn

All I Really Want

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

Not the Doctor

Reasons I Drink

Mary Jane

Forgiven

Perfect

Head Over Feet

Smiling

Hand in My Pocket

Ironic

You Oughta Know

Wake Up

Uninvited

Thank U







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News and Reviews: 4th March 2020

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

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

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

Most of the guests have paid £150 to attend.

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

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

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

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

Nice works of art here.

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

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

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

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The Auction is hosted by The Terrence Higgins Trust.

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

www.tht.org.uk

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









Tuesday 03 March 2020.

THE FIRST MAJOR CANCELLATION in the UK due to Coronavirus.

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

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









Monday 02 March 2020.

LENNON STELLA live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

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

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

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A mainly 75% female crowd here tonight.

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

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

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

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

with her piano or guitar.

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

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

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

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

An enjoyable show.

Full Lennon Stella setlist played tonight...

Black Light

Bad

Feelings

Pretty Boy

Breakaway

Umbrella (Rihanna cover)

Die Average

Paperweight

Takeaway

Girls Just Want to Have Fun (Cyndi Lauper cover)

Like Everybody Else

Kissing Other People

Fear of Being Alone

Golf on TV (performed with JP Saxe)

Fortress

Huey Lewis

BITCH (takes one to know one)

La Di Da

Goodnight









Monday 02 March 2020.

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

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

Full setlist played...

Modern Day Delilah

Cold Gin

Let Me Go, Rock 'N' Roll

Say Yeah

Calling Dr. Love

Got to Choose

I Love It Loud

100,000 Years

Love Gun

Black Diamond

Rock and Roll All Nite

Encore:

Detroit Rock City

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Happy Birthday to JON BON JOVI who is 58 today.











Sunday 01 March 2020.

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

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

The kick-off time was 4.30pm.

Aston Villa 1 Man City 2

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

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

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

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

We're going up,

We're going down,

We're going up,

We're going down,

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

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

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

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

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







Saturday 29 February 2020.

CAVETOWN live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

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

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

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

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

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Tonight has been sold out my ages.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

got that huge presence on the internet.

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

who have been dragged out by their kids tonight.

A pleasant enough show.









Friday 28 February 2020.

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

Sex Pistols legend Glen Matlock is playing a UK tour.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I caught 20 mins of THE GOLDBORNS support act set.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Glen works the crowd well with his onstage banter.

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

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

A great show.

Glen Matlock setlist played tonight...

Won't Put The Brakes on Me

Wanderlust

Consequences Coming

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

Hook In You

Montague Terrace (in Blue) (Scott Walker cover)

Magic Carpet Ride

Couldn't Give A Damn

Hot Water

Blank Generation (Richard Hell & The Voidoids cover)

On Something (Glen Matlock & the Philistines song)

Can't Be Myself

Born Running (Glen Matlock & the Philistines song)

Who's Side Are You On ?

Keep On Pushing

Encore:

Pretty Vacant (Sex Pistols song)

All or Nothing (Small Faces cover)

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







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

6pm to 7pm

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

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

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

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

Complimentary Ruinart champers and canapes for all guests.

then

7.05pm to 7.55pm

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

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

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

Complimentary prosecco and Moscow Mule cocktails for all guests.

www.lindsayingram.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then

8pm to 9.30pm

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

Around 100 guests here in this smart store.

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

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

www.hackett.com

Visit the Hackett website here for more info.









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

3.30pm to 6pm

BUSINESS TRAVEL SHOW at Olympia, West Kensington, London.

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

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

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

stand every 30 minutes.

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

then

6.05pm to 8pm

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

Just a short walk to this pub near Olympia.

TTIHUB have taken over the pub for the evening.

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

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

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

then

8.15pm to 10.30pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Will coronavirus hit the UK badly in the coming weeks?

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

Northern Italy is suffering badly at the moment.







Tuesday 25 February 2020.

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

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

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

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

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

Needless to say the show sold out very quickly.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hopefully a few decent clips will turn up on YouTube.







Monday 24 February 2020.

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

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

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

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

Gloria Estefan has sold over 120 million records worldwide.

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

www.agttickets.com/wimbledon

Click here for more info and to buy tickets.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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









Sunday 23 February 2020.

BABYMETAL + CREEPER live at Hammersmith Apollo, London.

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

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

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

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

Lots of quirky dance routines too.

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

"Sex, Death & the Infinite Void".

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

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

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

A decent set of punky emo tunes played.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A very enjoyable show to watch.

Full Babymetal setlist played tonight...

tape intro - FUTURE METAL

DA DA DANCE

Gimme Chocolate!!

Shanti Shanti Shanti

BxMxC

Kagerou (with Kami Band intro.)

Oh! MAJINAI

Megitsune

PA PA YA!!

Distortion

KARATE

Headbangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!

Encore:

Road of Resistance

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

Now with over 100 million views.









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

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

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

www.thelondonclassiccarshow.co.uk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The belt returns to the UK.

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

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

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









Friday 21 February 2020.

PALAYE ROYALE live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

They played a decent set of rock tunes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The crowd are bouncing throughout the show.

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

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

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

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

Full setlist played by Palaye Royale tonight...

Fucking With My Head

You'll Be Fine

Death Dance

Don't Feel Quite Right

Teenage Heartbreak Queen

Dying in a Hot Tub

Hang On To Yourself

Massacre, the New American Dream

Warhol

Ma Chérie

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

Encore:

Mr. Doctor Man

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







Thursday 20 February 2020.

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

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

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

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







Wednesday 19 February 2020.

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

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

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

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

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

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

www.sadlerswells.com

Visit the website for more info and to buy tickets.

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

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

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

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

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

A very enjoyable show to watch and listen too.

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

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

All the cast were here along with...

Stings wife Trudie Styler

Robert Lindsay (actor)

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

Lynval Golding (The Specials )

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

At 11pm there were a couple of speeches.

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

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

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











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

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

Around 300 guests here at one of Londons coolest venues.

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

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

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

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

Also fresh pizza throughout the night.

Djs playing dance tunes in different rooms.

An excellent party.







Tuesday 18 February 2020.

Happy Birthday to YOKO ONO who is 87 today.

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

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







Monday 17 February 2020.

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

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

The show sold out in a couple of hours.

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

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

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

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

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

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

They should know Eric Clapton never plays long shows.

Lots of equipment on stage including FOUR drum kits.

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

all FOUR drummers were playing together.

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

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

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

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

Two female backing singers were used.

A great evening.

Full setlist played tonight...

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

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

Strange Brew (Cream song) (with Roger Waters)

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

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

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

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

Blue Condition (Cream song)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Encore:

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

All four drum kits used for the above song.

Nile Rodgers instrumental jam outro on his own

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Aftershow in the balcony bar...

Around 200 guests and it is a pay bar.

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

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

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











Monday 17 February 2020.

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

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

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

Clash,Joe Ely Lyceum Theatre, London 17.02.1980

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

Athletico Spizz Marquee Club, London 19.02.1980

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

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

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









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News and Reviews: 17th February 2020

Monday 18 February 2020.

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

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

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

Clash,Joe Ely Lyceum Theatre, London 17.02.1980

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

Athletico Spizz Marquee Club, London 19.02.1980

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

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

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









Sunday 16 February 2020.

Comedy night at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

The Comedy Warehouse presents seven comedians...

SLIM

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

KANE BROWN

AXEL

QUINCY

GLENDA JAXON

KEVIN J

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

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

Seven acts perform great routines of around 20 mins each.

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

Six black acts ( 5 male and 1 female)

One white guy

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

Lots of topics covered and lots of audience interaction.

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

It was like watching Richard Pryor in the current day.

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

Several comedians will be there including Richard Blackwood.









Saturday 15 February 2020.

This was very sad news to hear.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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









Friday 14 February 2020.

Sex Pistols guitar hero STEVE JONES is the interviewee.

A 35 mins interview from a few days ago.

Steve talks about...

growing up in Shepherds Bush

nicking equipment from bands who played Hammersmith Odeon

The Bill Grundy interview

The Professionals

Moving to LA and recording solo albums

his drug abuse

Neurotic Outsiders

The Fabulous Stains film

Phil Lynott

and more...

Type the following into Google search...

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

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THE FACES are to reform.

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

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

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









Thursday 13 February 2020.

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

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

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

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

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

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

They played a decent set of Nirvana type tunes.

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

as he bashed away like Dave Grohl did in Nirvana.

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

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

They are all wearing the same cloth attire with hoods.

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

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

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

been interrupted by singer Dustin Bates speaking his vocals.

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

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

They play a very nice pair of cover versions.

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

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

A very enjoyable rock show.

Full Starset setlist played tonight...

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE FUTURE

MANIFEST

Monster

ECHO

WHERE THE SKIES END

Ricochet

It Has Begun

Kashmir (Led Zeppelin cover)

TELEKINETIC

PERFECT MACHINE

TRIALS

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

Carnivore

Bringing It Down

OTHER WORLDS THAN THESE

Unbecoming

My Demons (Dustin sings final chorus in the crowd)

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

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

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

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

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









Wednesday 12 February 2020.

ASGEIR + ZELAH live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

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

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

A female fronted London band who had some decent tunes.

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

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

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

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

Asgeir is front middle , sitting behind his keyboards.

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

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

A decent enough show.

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









Tuesday 11 February 2020.

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

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

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

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

This show was sold out in advance.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lots of energetic dance routines too.

The uptempo poptastic tunes reminded me of Charli XCX.

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

A very enjoyable show.

There was a film crew filming all the show.

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

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

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

Many of the shows did not sell out.









Monday 10 February 2020.

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

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

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

Marc Almond has released over 20 solo albums.

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

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

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

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

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

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

A big screen showed pre-recorded images.

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

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

FIRST SET HIGHLIGHTS...

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

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

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

SECOND SET HIGHLIGHTS...

"Torch" is another pukka Soft Cell gem.

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

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

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

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

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

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

A great show.









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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Around 200 guests at this luxurious venue.

Complimentary Piper-Heidsieck champers for the first hour.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Great to see Brad Pitt win Best Supporting Actor.

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

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

An excellent evening.









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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Guests quickly made use of the fun photo booth.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The band with twin guitars were nice and loud.

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

as folks were dancing and clapping down the front.

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

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

Full Gun Control setlist played tonight...

Teenage Kicks (cover version)

Cheap Publicity

No Mercy

Wasted Youth

No Tomorrow

Yoy Mean Nothing to Me

On Parole

Do I Need You?

Steppin' Stone (cover version)

Open Your Heart

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

It was an excellent evening.









Friday 07 February 2020.

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

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

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

Support comes from Lauren Jenkins.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A very enjoyable show.

Full Brett Eldredge setlist played tonight...

Good Day

Somethin' I'm Good At

Don't Ya

Love Someone

Crowd My Mind

Drunk On Your Love

Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Queen cover)

Raymond (solo Acoustic)

The Long Way (solo Acoustic)

When the party's over (Billie Eilish cover)

Lose My Mind

Magnolia

The Reason (with snippet The Temptations - My Girl)

Mean to Me

Fire

Wanna Be That Song

Encore:

One Mississippi

Beat of the Music









Thursday 06 February 2020.

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

UFO,Girl Hammersmith Odeon, London 04.02.1980

UFO,Girl Hammersmith Odeon, London 05.02.1980

McGuinn , Hillman, Clark Hammersmith Odeon, London 06.02.1980

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

Robin Trower,Samson Hammersmith Odeon, London 08.02.1980









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

ICE LONDON is held at Excel, East London.

Today was Day 2 of this massive 3 day event.

10,000 folks are expected to attend each day.

Over 200 gaming related stands here from many different countries.

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

Lots of promo girls in various outfits.

It looks like a giant Las Vegas casino in here.

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

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

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

Pretty soon after arriving i come across a stand playing Twisted Sister , nice and loud.

The stand is PlaynGo and there have a bar with four different complimentary cocktails.

A very nice random surprise to see rock legend DEE SNIDER from TWISTED SISTER was actually here.

Dee is here as there will be a Twisted Sister game being developed with PlaynGo.

At first i go up to the VIp/press area upstairs then Dee comes downstairs to greet the public.

I have a lovely chat to him about seeing Twisted Sister at Hammersmith Odeon and we talked

about the sadness of Motörhead members and Ronnie James Dio not being around anymore.

Dee forthcoming projects include producing a film.

Dee said he was in London just for a couple days then flying back to America.

A massive plus here was the swag that they were giving away so i managed to get...

Twisted Sister "Stay Hungry" album from 1984 and that has been licensed by Music On Vinyl...signed by Dee.

Dee Snider photo from the 1980s and a more recent photo of Dee...both signed to me.

A Dee Snider t-shirt and of course i got a photo with him...Dee was so nice and friendly.

www.playngo.com

Visit the PlaynGo website here for more info.

5pm - CasinoBeats drinks party

6pm - Spintec drinks party

7pm - Alfastreet drinks party

8pm to 10.15pm - Optimax drinks party (at a venue just outside Excel)

Throughout the day on every hour a couple of the stands are giving out complimentary drinks & food.

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Very sad news that screen legend KIRK DOUGLAS has passed away at the incredible age of 103.







Tuesday 04 February 2020.

DEVENDRA BANHART live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Venezuelan-American lo-fi hipster folk singer-songwriter plays a sold out one-off UK show, as part of his

European Tour in support of new album (his 10th ) " Ma".

His fifth album "Cripple Crow" from 2005 on XL Recordings, is pretty good.

The cover is reminiscent of the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover.

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VETIVER arrived on stage at 7.45pm for their 45 mins set.

Vetiver is an American folk band headed by songwriter Andy Cabic.

They are promoting their seventh album - "Up on High" (Mama Bird / Loose Music, 2019).

A very laid back set that went down well with the crowd.

DEVENDRA BANHART arrived on stage at 8.50pm for his 1 hour 40 mins set.

Devendra is here with a full band and he looks very much like a Shoreditch hipster.

Banhart did a great job of carrying mellow vibes throughout the show, but the audience’s excitement seemed to peak during the more upbeat songs of the evening.

He seems comfortable throwing out jokes as he delivered softly-spoken, dreamy heartfelt torch songs.

After an hour we had a full drum solo - but played with the drummer's bare hands.

Highlights included "Daniel", "Seahorse" and "Carmensita".

A pleasant show.

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Happy Birthday to rock legend ALICE COOPER who is 72 today.







Monday 03 February 2020.

6.45pm to 8.45pm

CHRISTIE'S - private view - King Street, St James's, London SW1.

Tonight was for Impressionist and Modern Art with the Evening Sale on 05 Feb.

Over 100 works of art here with prices ranging from £10k to over a million pounds.

Around 300 guests at this famous gallery auction house.

Complimentary Taittinger champers, gin cocktails, red wines and a huge buffet of hot & cold food.

www.christies.com

Visit the Christies website here for more info.









Sunday 02 February 2020.

ROGER CHAPMAN + PAPA GEORGE live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Roger Chapman (now aged 77), is best known as a member of the progressive rock band Family, which he joined along with Charlie Whitney, in 1966 and also the rock, R&B band Streetwalkers formed in 1974. His idiosyncratic brand of showmanship when performing and vocal vibrato led him to become a cult figure on the British rock scene.

I saw Roger with Streetwalkers in 1975 and with The Family reunion show at this venue a few years ago.

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It is stalls seated tonight as it is mainly an older crowd.

Level 3 is closed off so maybe 600/700 are here in total.

PAPA GEORGE arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 40 mins.

On his own with his steel guitar for some blues based songs including covers from the likes

of Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters.

ROGER CHAPMAN arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 95 mins.

A minimal stage production with all their equipment at the front half of the stage.

Roger is tall in stature and his great Joe Cocker like voice still sounds top notch.

Roger has a lyric book on a stand and gives it glances every now and then to prompt him.

A nice seven piece band that featured some nifty guitar playing from Geoff Whitehorn.

I am not that familiar with his material but it was a good mix of solo material and Family tunes.

Highlights included...

Who Pulled The Night Down

My Friend The Sun

Sweet Desiree

Habits of a Lifetime

Top Of The Hill

Shadow On The Wall

Shortlist

Encore :

Weavers Answer

Let's Spend The Night Together ( The Rolling Stones cover)

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SID VICIOUS died 41 years ago today.

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On the day of Super Bowl , check out this amazing video on YouTube from 2007.

Prince Performs “Purple Rain” During Downpour | Super Bowl XLI Halftime Show | NFL

Paul McCartney was at The Super Bowl.

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1917, which tells the story of two young soldiers sent on a perilous, near-impossible mission to prevent an otherwise certain massacre, won seven Baftas including best film and outstanding British film, best director for Mendes, sound, production design, special visual effects and, for Roger Deakins, best cinematography – his fifth Bafta.

I was at all five HARVEY WEINSTEIN BAFTA parties in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.

They were mega , but obviously not happening anymore.











Saturday 01 February 2020.

THE WILDHEARTS + BACKYARD BABIES + CKY live at The Forum, London.

The Wildhearts will head on a UK tour with Backyard Babies towards the end of January in support of their recent album "Renaissance Men", which was recently named the best album of 2019 by Classic Rock staff and writers.

I have seen The Wildhearts a few times including in 1996 when they were one of the support bands

for The Sex Pistols mega gig in Finsbury Park on their Filthy Lucre tour.

I saw them play a rockin' show in 2019 at Sub 89, Reading when they were supported by The Professionals.

I saw Backyard Babies three times around 20 years ago in 1998,1999 and 2001.

The 2001 show was when they supported Motörhead at this same venue.

A nice three band rock package tonight as all three have had a decent amount of success.

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Downstairs is full tonight but the rear corners of the balcony are closed off as unsold.

CKY arrived on stage at 7pm and played for 40 mins.

They have released five albums but their early success in America has dwindled.

They have a few of their own fans down the front and played a decent set.

Tonight was not really billed as a co-headline show but both the main acts played 70 mins.

BACKYARD BABIES arrived on stage at 8.05pm.

A nice surprise was that their walk-on track was a Sex Pistols tune.

These sleaze rockers have released several albums that have charted back home in Sweden.

Really good uptempo rock n roll tunes that went down well with me and all the crowd.

Full Backyard Babies setlist played tonight...

Tape intro walk-on song - Friggin in the Rigging(The Sex Pistols)

Good Morning Midnight

Th1rte3n or Nothing

Shovin' Rocks

Nomadic

Heaven 2.9

Highlights

Painkiller

Roads

Yes to All No

Star War

Abandon

Encore:

Look at You

Dysfunctional Professional

Minus Celsius

Brand New Hate

People Like People Like People Like Us

THE WILDHEARTS arrived on stage at 9.45pm.

The Wildhearts have been dedicated to hard rock and punk metal for almost 30 years. There have been ups and plenty of downs, break-ups, line-up changes, drink, drugs and almost hits.

Ginger on vocals still has his full length dreadlocks swinging as he headbangs away.

Ginger has rock n roll in his veins and was pretty much the Lemmy of the 1990s.

Their loyal fans lapped up the frantic uptempo pace of the tracks played in the setlist.

Plenty of crowd surfing as 20 or 30 fans ended up in the pit as front stage pit security earned their money.

This is still plenty of life in The Wildhearts.

Full Wildhearts setlist played tonight...

Intro Tape - Don't Worry 'bout Me

Everlone

Diagnosis

Vanilla Radio

Caffeine Bomb

Let 'Em Go

The Revolution Will Be Televised

TV Tan

Top of the World

Dislocated

Sick of Drugs

My Kinda Movie

I Wanna Go Where the People Go

Encore:

Intro Tape - Don't Worry 'bout Me

My Baby Is a Headfuck

Love U 'til I Don't

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Very sad news that ANDY GILL has passed away.

Andy Gill, guitarist and founding member of legendary post-punk band Gang of Four, has died today following a short respiratory illness...he was 64...

I saw Gang of Four play a few times during their heyday period of the late 1970s/ early 1980s.





Friday 31 January 2020.

Happy Birthday to Punk Icon JOHN LYDON who is 64 today.

A good time to play some classic Sex Pistols and Public Image Limited.







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News and Reviews: 2nd February 2020

Sunday 02 February 2020.

SID VICIOUS died 41 years ago today.

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On the day of Super Bowl , check out this amazing video on YouTube from 2007.

Prince Performs “Purple Rain” During Downpour | Super Bowl XLI Halftime Show | NFL

I was at all five Harvey Weinstein BAFTA parties in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.

They were mega , but obviously not happening anymore.









Saturday 01 February 2020.

THE WILDHEARTS + BACKYARD BABIES + CKY live at The Forum, London.

The Wildhearts will head on a UK tour with Backyard Babies towards the end of January in support of their recent album "Renaissance Men", which was recently named the best album of 2019 by Classic Rock staff and writers.

I have seen The Wildhearts a few times including in 1996 when they were one of the support bands

for The Sex Pistols mega gig in Finsbury Park on their Filthy Lucre tour.

I saw them play a rockin' show in 2019 at Sub 89, Reading when they were supported by The Professionals.

I saw Backyard Babies three times around 20 years ago in 1998,1999 and 2001.

The 2001 show was when they supported Motörhead at this same venue.

A nice three band rock package tonight as all three have had a decent amount of success.

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Downstairs is full tonight but the rear corners of the balcony are closed off as unsold.

CKY arrived on stage at 7pm and played for 40 mins.

They have released five albums but their early success in America has dwindled.

They have a few of their own fans down the front and played a decent set.

Tonight was not really billed as a co-headline show but both the main acts played 70 mins.

BACKYARD BABIES arrived on stage at 8.05pm.

A nice surprise was that their walk-on track was a Sex Pistols tune.

These sleaze rockers have released several albums that have charted back home in Sweden.

Really good uptempo rock n roll tunes that went down well with me and all the crowd.

Full Backyard Babies setlist played tonight...

Tape intro walk-on song - Friggin in the Rigging(The Sex Pistols)

Good Morning Midnight

Th1rte3n or Nothing

Shovin' Rocks

Nomadic

Heaven 2.9

Highlights

Painkiller

Roads

Yes to All No

Star War

Abandon

Encore:

Look at You

Dysfunctional Professional

Minus Celsius

Brand New Hate

People Like People Like People Like Us

THE WILDHEARTS arrived on stage at 9.45pm.

The Wildhearts have been dedicated to hard rock and punk metal for almost 30 years. There have been ups and plenty of downs, break-ups, line-up changes, drink, drugs and almost hits.

Ginger on vocals still has his full length dreadlocks swinging as he headbangs away.

Ginger has rock n roll in his veins and was pretty much the Lemmy of the 1990s.

Their loyal fans lapped up the frantic uptempo pace of the tracks played in the setlist.

Plenty of crowd surfing as 20 or 30 fans ended up in the pit as front stage pit security earned their money.

This is still plenty of life in The Wildhearts.

Full Wildhearts setlist played tonight...

Intro Tape - Don't Worry 'bout Me

Everlone

Diagnosis

Vanilla Radio

Caffeine Bomb

Let 'Em Go

The Revolution Will Be Televised

TV Tan

Top of the World

Dislocated

Sick of Drugs

My Kinda Movie

I Wanna Go Where the People Go

Encore:

Intro Tape - Don't Worry 'bout Me

My Baby Is a Headfuck

Love U 'til I Don't

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Very sad news that ANDY GILL has passed away.

Andy Gill, guitarist and founding member of legendary post-punk band Gang of Four, has died today following a short respiratory illness...he was 64...

I saw Gang of Four play a few times during their heyday period of the late 1970s/ early 1980s.





Friday 31 January 2020.

Happy Birthday to Punk Icon JOHN LYDON who is 64 today.

A good time to play some classic Sex Pistols and Public Image Limited.





Sunday 02 February 2020.

SID VICIOUS died 41 years ago today.

-------------------

On the day of Super Bowl , check out this amazing video on YouTube from 2007.

Prince Performs “Purple Rain” During Downpour | Super Bowl XLI Halftime Show | NFL

I was at all five Harvey Weinstein BAFTA parties in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.

They were mega , but obviously not happening anymore.









Saturday 01 February 2020.

THE WILDHEARTS + BACKYARD BABIES + CKY live at The Forum, London.

The Wildhearts will head on a UK tour with Backyard Babies towards the end of January in support of their recent album "Renaissance Men", which was recently named the best album of 2019 by Classic Rock staff and writers.

I have seen The Wildhearts a few times including in 1996 when they were one of the support bands

for The Sex Pistols mega gig in Finsbury Park on their Filthy Lucre tour.

I saw them play a rockin' show in 2019 at Sub 89, Reading when they were supported by The Professionals.

I saw Backyard Babies three times around 20 years ago in 1998,1999 and 2001.

The 2001 show was when they supported Motörhead at this same venue.

A nice three band rock package tonight as all three have had a decent amount of success.

------------------

Downstairs is full tonight but the rear corners of the balcony are closed off as unsold.

CKY arrived on stage at 7pm and played for 40 mins.

They have released five albums but their early success in America has dwindled.

They have a few of their own fans down the front and played a decent set.

Tonight was not really billed as a co-headline show but both the main acts played 70 mins.

BACKYARD BABIES arrived on stage at 8.05pm.

A nice surprise was that their walk-on track was a Sex Pistols tune.

These sleaze rockers have released several albums that have charted back home in Sweden.

Really good uptempo rock n roll tunes that went down well with me and all the crowd.

Full Backyard Babies setlist played tonight...

Tape intro walk-on song - Friggin in the Rigging(The Sex Pistols)

Good Morning Midnight

Th1rte3n or Nothing

Shovin' Rocks

Nomadic

Heaven 2.9

Highlights

Painkiller

Roads

Yes to All No

Star War

Abandon

Encore:

Look at You

Dysfunctional Professional

Minus Celsius

Brand New Hate

People Like People Like People Like Us

THE WILDHEARTS arrived on stage at 9.45pm.

The Wildhearts have been dedicated to hard rock and punk metal for almost 30 years. There have been ups and plenty of downs, break-ups, line-up changes, drink, drugs and almost hits.

Ginger on vocals still has his full length dreadlocks swinging as he headbangs away.

Ginger has rock n roll in his veins and was pretty much the Lemmy of the 1990s.

Their loyal fans lapped up the frantic uptempo pace of the tracks played in the setlist.

Plenty of crowd surfing as 20 or 30 fans ended up in the pit as front stage pit security earned their money.

This is still plenty of life in The Wildhearts.

Full Wildhearts setlist played tonight...

Intro Tape - Don't Worry 'bout Me

Everlone

Diagnosis

Vanilla Radio

Caffeine Bomb

Let 'Em Go

The Revolution Will Be Televised

TV Tan

Top of the World

Dislocated

Sick of Drugs

My Kinda Movie

I Wanna Go Where the People Go

Encore:

Intro Tape - Don't Worry 'bout Me

My Baby Is a Headfuck

Love U 'til I Don't

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Very sad news that ANDY GILL has passed away.

Andy Gill, guitarist and founding member of legendary post-punk band Gang of Four, has died today following a short respiratory illness...he was 64...

I saw Gang of Four play a few times during their heyday period of the late 1970s/ early 1980s.





Friday 31 January 2020.

Happy Birthday to Punk Icon JOHN LYDON who is 64 today.

A good time to play some classic Sex Pistols and Public Image Limited.







Thursday 30 January 2020....I went to two events tonight...

6.30pm to 8pm

DAFYDD JONES - The Vanity Fair Years - private view - Leica Store, Duke Street, Mayfair, London W1.

Around 70 or 80 guests including Basia Briggs here in Leicas new store.

Leica is an Iconic name in cameras and some retail for over £10,000.

Dafydd has been a regular photographer at major social events in London , New York and Miami for

over the past 30 years.

Lots of great photos of Mick Jagger, Madonna, Elizabeth Taylor, Bryan Ferry, Tony Curtis etc are here.

Complimentary Nicolas Courtin champers, gin & tonics and wines for all guests.

then

8.15pm to 10pm

ASTON MARTIN - car launch party - Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1.

Over 100 guests at this prestigious showroom of this Iconic brand.

The new car is on display and it looks stunning.

The Aston Martin DBX SUV will go on sale in the UK from £158,000.

The car, which is Aston's first high-riding model and will arrive with the same 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 as the DB11 supercar. Orders from overseas will face a $189,900 asking price in the USA and €193,500 in Germany.

Complimentary vodka cocktails, wines, beers, different bowl food and sushi for all guests.

www.astonmartin.com

Visit their website here for more info.

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Happy Birthday to PHIL COLLINS who is 69 today.

Happy Birthday to PETER CROUCH who is 39 today.







Wednesday 29 January 2020...I went to two events tonight...

7pm to 9.30pm

GP-MANAGEMENT - 2020 events showcase - The Court, Kingly Street, Soho, London W1.

Around 150 guests at this plush basement private members club.

GP Management are launching their "Adventures & Experiences" calendar of events for 2020.

This includes Yacht hospitailty at The Monaco Grand Prix, Fighter jet experience, various bespoke car days,

private plane trip to Antartica, ,experience Iceland in a 4x4, various bespoke skiing trips etc.

Complimentary Ruinart champers, vodka & orange, gin & tonic drinks for all guests.

www.gp-management.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then

9.45pm to 11.15pm

Theatre after-party at South Africa House, Trafalgar Square, London SW1.

Around 200 guests here along with the cast after the opening press night.

John Kani’s highly acclaimed play Kunene and the King marks the 25th anniversary of the end of apartheid in South Africa with a strictly limited London run at the Ambassadors Theatre following on from its premiere in Stratford-upon-Avon and the sold-out run in Cape Town.

Jack Morris is a celebrated classical actor who has just been given both a career-defining role and a life-changing diagnosis. Besides his age, Jack has very little in common with his at-home nurse, Lunga Kunene, however, the two men discover their shared passion for Shakespeare, which ignites this ‘rich, raw and shattering head-to-head’ (The Times).

A very appropriate venue as the play is based around apartheid in South Africa.

We had a couple of speeches from the stage.

Complimentary wines, beers and a huge hot buffet including roast chicken ,roast cod, cottage pie, veg, rice

along with desserts.

www.theambassadorstheatre.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.

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This is good news for The 100 Club.

Westminster Council has today acted to secure the long-term future of London’s legendary 100 Club with an announcement that the venue will be offered 100% Business Rate Relief from 1 April 2020. The decision reduces the overhead costs at one of the world’s oldest and most famous venues by over £70,000 per year. It follows a long-term campaign to attempt to keep the venue at the heart of London’s nightlife on Oxford Street stretching back over a decade and which included a concert by Sir Paul McCartney (I was there - 10 Dec 2010) aimed at raising funds.









Tuesday 28 January 2020...6.45pm to 9.15pm...

COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD , Quaglino's , Bury Street, St James's, London SW1.

Around 250 guests at this restaurant & bar that has been here since 1929.

Pennie Smith was the host and a few well known faces were here including

ex BBC newsreader Michael Buerk and comedian Helen Lederer.

I have been to this award ceremony several times and Pink Floyd legend DAVID GILMOUR has turned up

a couple of times to support his wife Polly who is an author.They are both here tonight.

I have a nice chat with him for a few mins while Polly is talking to someone else.

I told him" i saw him three times (including one show in the front row) at The Royal Albert Hall on his last tour".

He said how much he loved The Royal Albert Hall and mentioned some great venues in France and Italy.

I told him i went to see his guitar collection at Christies last year that he donated to charity.

(The David Gilmour Collection, the largest and most comprehensive sale of guitars ever offered at auction, sold for $21,490,750 at Christie's in New York).

I said " by selling most of his guitars does that mean he is retiring a bit?".

David said "Not really ,as i am still writing and recording and hopefully there will be an album and tour".

"The problem is writing and recording an album can easily take two or three years".

I asked him if he would tour without a new album to play tracks from?...David said "No".

Jack Fairweather won the £30,000 prize.

The former war reporter Jack Fairweather has won the Costa book of the year award for The Volunteer, his biography of a Polish resistance fighter who voluntarily entered Auschwitz in order to reveal its horrors to the world.

Fairweather’s life of Witold Pilecki, a member of the Warsaw resistance who infiltrated the concentration camp and encouraged rebellion, was hailed as “a book that needs to be read” by the chair of judges, Sian Williams.

Complimentary champers, wines, whiskey & cokes, mini-cheeseburgers and canapés for all guests.

All guests got a goodie bag with a shortlisted book inside along with a few Costa items.

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Very sad news that tv and radio legend NICOLAS PARSONS has passed away.

Broadcaster Nicholas Parsons has died at the age of 96 after a short illness, his agent has confirmed.

Parsons had hosted Radio 4's Just A Minute since its inception in 1967.

"Nicholas passed away in the early hours of the 28th of January," said a statement issued on behalf of his family by his agent Jean Diamond.







Monday 27 January 2020.

Happy Birthday to rock legend NICK MASON who is 76 today.

I am hoping to see his band again in May when they play another UK tour.

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THE STRANGLERS are to play a "Final Full UK Tour" in Oct/Nov.

They intend to take a step back from extensive tours with a full production in the UK and have released the details of a ‘Final Full UK Tour’ which will consist of a mammoth 21 date itinerary spanning from late October through to late November.

Special guests on the tour will be Ruts DC.

I have seen The Stranglers play around 20 times since 1976 which was with their original line-up.

www.thestranglers.co.uk

Visit their website here for a full list of their tour dates.









Sunday 26 January 2020....6pm to 9pm...

My band GUN CONTROL, with me on drums had a rehearsal tonight.

We went though our setlist a couple of times.

A bit rusty as expected but great fun.

We have our next gig in a couple of weeks.

The set will be a couple of songs shorter as we are sharing the bill with a covers band.

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Happy Birthday to guitar legend EDDIE VAN HALEN who is 65 today.

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Very sad news about the death of an American basketball legend...

NBA legend KOBE BRYANT and his oldest daughter, Gianna, were killed in a helicopter crash in California.

The 41-year-old and his daughter were on their way to the Mamba Academy for a basketball practice when the private helicopter went down.

Type this sentence in Google search to see this 5 mins docu and see what a huge name he was in America.

Kobe Bryant - "KOBE" (Short Film 2017)

In the past week LeBron James surpassed Kobe Bryant to become the NBA's third-highest scorer of all time.

James, 35, scored 29 points to move to 33,655 career points, 12 more than former Laker's star Bryant.

Kobe Bryant retired in 2016 after winning five NBA championships.

KISS frontman Paul Stanley, Five Finger Death Punch's Chris Kael, Whitesnake's David Coverdale are among the rock stars who have reacted to the death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant who died on Sunday at the age of 41.









Saturday 25 January 2020.

A BOWIE CELEBRATION live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

A slightly different line-up to the one i saw this time last year.

Long time Bowie keyboard player Mike Garson is still there, and most of the band have had links with Bowie.

Band members include Mike Garson, Gerry Leonard, Carmine Rojas, Kevin Armstrong, Alan Childs plus

vocalists Corey Glover (Living Color), Sass Jordan and Mr Hudson.

I was lucky enough to have seen the real David Bowie around 20 times since Wembley Arena in 1976

and i was at both his last ever London shows at Wembley Arena in Nov 2003.

I also got his 'Heathen' album signed by him at HMV London in Sept 2002 when it came out.

In 1997 i reviewed David Bowie at Shepherds Bush Empire for the local paper.

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It is a near sell out tonight (around 1800 out of 2000 tickets sold) as all levels are pretty full.

A BOWIE CELEBRATION arrived on at 8.05pm and played for around 2 hours 20 mins.

The first half had several lesser known tracks and the second half had most of the Bowie classics.

Four different vocalists where used throughout the evening.

The vocalists did a good job but none had the pure rock n roll charisma of a big name vocalist.

It was great to hear so many Bowie gems played tonight.

Bowie tunes , like Prince tunes will live on forever, such is the quality of them.

A very enjoyable show.

Full setlist played by A Bowie Celebration tonight....

Future Legend

Diamond Dogs

Sweet Thing

Candidate

Sweet Thing (Reprise)

Rebel Rebel

Rock 'n' Roll With Me

We Are the Dead

1984

Big Brother

Chant of the Ever Circling Skeletal Family

Space Oddity

Moonage Daydream

Young Americans

Five Years

Let's Dance

Starman

Lady Grinning Soul

Time

Life on Mars?

Ziggy Stardust

Suffragette City

All the Young Dudes (David Bowie wrote this classic for Mott The Hoople)

Encore :

Loving the Alien / Andy Warhol

Rock 'n' Roll Suicide

Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?)

"Heroes"







Friday 24 January 2020.

DAVID SINCLAIR FOUR live at The Old Station House , 2 Grove Park Road, Chiswick, London W4.

It is FREE ENTRY for all tonight as this pub in leafy Chiswick has free entry gigs on most Fridays.

Around 70 or 80 folks here , with most sitting in the pubs comfy chairs & sofas.

DS4 are on stage for around 90 mins over two sets of 45 mins each.

DS4 played a set featuring tracks from all their five albums.

They are joined on several tracks by a superb harmonica player.

Plenty of great lyrics and nifty guitar playing.

David is very comfortable on stage talking to the crowd as he has interviewed many big name musicians

as one of the main music critics of The Times for many years.

We get a couple of anecdotes from a couple of the many legends he has met.

A superb cover of "Sweet Jane" went down well with the crowd.

A really good show.

The David Sinclair Four setlist tonight included...

Give me a Rose

Life Gone Cold

Sweet Jane (Lou Reed cover)

World Turns Around

Hip-Hopping

Go Johnny Go (Johnny B Good) (Chuck Berry cover)

My Blue Suede Shoes

Little Rock & Roll

Stevie Ray Vaughn cover with some nice guitar

Eight Rounds Later

Perfect in Every Way

Coming off The Rails

Bye Bye Johnny (Chuck Berry cover)

www.davidsinclairfour.com

Visit their website here for more info.

All 51 of their tracks are up on Spotify and many are up on YouTube.

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Fact of the day...

Some of you older rock fans may be remember a band called TEN YEARS AFTER.

They played the original Woodstock Festival in 1969 and toured relentless around that time.

Nevertheless, the relentless schedule continued – successfully, too. The 28 US tours (yes an incredible 28 US tours in 7 years) they notched up between ’68 and ’74 was unequalled by any other British band.

Alvin Lee left the band in the 1970s to focus on his solo career.

I saw him play solo shows in 1978 and 1988 at Hammersmith Odeon.

I saw Ten Years After (with Alvin Lee) reunions in 1983 and 1990.

I saw Ten Years After with new singer Marcus Bonfanti a few years ago.











Thursday 23 January 2020.

THE TESKEY BROTHERS + WILSN live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Australian blues-rock group, The Teskey Brothers, are embarking on a world tour in support

of their second album," Run Home Slow"....which went to number 2 in Australia and number 77 in the UK...

The show sold out in advance, with the help of cheapish £20 tickets.

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WILSN arrived on stage at 8pm for her 30 mins set.

Soulful white female Aussie singer who was backed by piano and drums.

"Do This" and "Home" showed off her powerful loud voice during a good set.

THE TESKEY BROTHERS arrived on stage at 9.05pm for their 95 mins set.

There are seven musicians on stage including keyboards, trumpet, trombone.

Recent London shows were at The Jazz Cafe and Union Chapel so this is their biggest London show to date.

I did not know any material by The Teskey Brothers in advance of this show.

For some reason i was expecting more uptempo blues rock rather than their slow-paced Americana songs.

The brass duo did a good job of lifting the songs to loftier heights.

The singer has a lovely white soulful voice.

Final encore of "Hold Me" was the best song for me as the crowd sang loudly along.

The setlist was a bit samey and not very lively but it was an enjoyable show.

Full Teskey Brothers setlist played tonight...

Man of the Universe

Let Me Let You Down

Carry You

Say You'll Do

I Get Up

Rain

San Francisco

Sunshine Baby

So Caught Up

Paint My Heart (included a long guitar solo)

Louisa (included a drum solo)

Right for Me (included two brass solos)

Encore:

Pain and Misery

Hold Me (extended version with all the crowd singing along loudly)

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In the current edition of Vive Le Rock mag i came across this little known fact.

NODDY HOLDER the ex singer from Slade has again said he was asked to join AC/DC before Brian Johnson.









Wednesday 22 January 2020...I went to two events today...

1pm to 3pm

LONGINES WORLD'S BEST RACEHORSE AWARD at The Landmark Hotel, Marylebone, London NW1.

Around 200 guests at this plush five star hotel, including some big sporting names.

Frankie Dettori (probably the worlds top jockey)

John Gosden ( British racehorse trainer. He has trained over 3,000 winners worldwide, including winners of the Breeders' Cup Classic, the Derby, the Arc, the King George,the Eclipse, and over 600 winners in the United States).

Victoria Pendleton ( British jockey and former track cyclist)

Andre Fabe (French thoroughbred horse racing trainer).

Rosie Tapner (Model and ambassador for the British Equestrian Federation).

Three horses have jointly earned the title of Longines World’s Best Racehorse for 2019, a first since the award was created in 2013. Equally rated at 128, Crystal Ocean, Enable, and Waldgeist share the 2019 title after a year of compelling competition.

The trio of European runners competed against each other throughout the year, trading victories as they did so. Crystal Ocean won the Group 1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes, while Waldgeist was third; Enable beat Crystal Ocean by a neck in the Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes with Waldgeist in third; and Waldgeist turned the tables on Enable when he defeated her in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (which won The Worlds Best Horserace).

Frankie Dettori and John Gosden hope to get Enable running again at Royal Ascot.

Complimentary champers, wines and canapés for all guests.

All guests got a goodie bag on departure.

then

6pm to 8pm

SONY MUSIC SHOWCASE , The Arts Club, Dover Street, London W1.

Around 100 guests here at this cool private members club.

Sony have flown in a few of their staff from around Europe so they must have high hopes for him.

At 7.15pm SAM FISCHER & his band performed four songs.

Australian-born singer/songwriter who relocated to L.A. to pursue a solo career with his R&B tracks.

This was his first time on a UK stage but Sam and the band sound really good and showing no sign of any nerves.

He finished the set with "This City" which the audio version has had over a million listens on YouTube.

He had a bit of a Sam Smith vibe about him and could easily have big success in the future.

Complimentary Moscow Mule cocktails, wines, beers and canapés for all guests.

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Very sad news that TERRY JONES has passed away.

The death of a close friend is not traditionally the occasion for a joke. But when that friend is a fellow Python, it seems entirely appropriate.

It was announced on Wednesday that Terry Jones, founder member of Monty Python, had died at 77. He was diagnosed with a rare form of dementia in 2016.

John Cleese’s response? A statement that ended: “Two down, four to go,” referring to the deaths of Jones and Graham Chapman, and the remaining members of the troupe.









Tuesday 21 January 2020.

STEREOPHONIC'S + ASH live at The Forum, London.

Absolute Radio host a special warm up sold out show for the Stereophonics UK & European Tour.

I have seen Stereophonic's a dozen times since 1999 when they supported Aerosmith at Wembley Stadium.

Stereophonic's have had 11 x Top 10 hits in the UK including a number one with "Dakota"

Their 11th studio album "Kind" was released Oct 2019 and was another number one album for them.

I have seen Ash several times since 1996.

Ash have had 4 x Top 10 hits in the UK.

Check out this YouTube clip where U2 represented Southern Ireland and Ash represented Northern Ireland.

UTV Live Ash U2 Northern Ireland Good Friday Agreement Referendum Live Press Conference

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Tv presenter Charley Boorman was in the VIP seated at table area in the balcony.

I have seen Ronnie Wood join Stereophonic's on stage a few times, but he is not here tonight.

ASH arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played for 45 mins.

The trio from Northern Ireland played a good set full of their best tracks.

Singer Tim Wheeler is still playing his trademark Flying V guitar.

Full Ash setlist played tonight...

A Life Less Ordinary

Kung Fu

Oh Yeah

Darkest Hour Of The Night (Live debut)

Goldfinger

Shining Light

Orpheus

Buzzkill

Girl From Mars

Burn Baby Burn

STEREOPHONIC'S arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 1 hour 55 mins.

A nice stage production with loads of lights.

Singer Kelly Jones is now aged 45 but somehow looks the same as he did 20 years ago.

Loads of their catchy singalong radio friendly hits played in their set.

Kelly gave a thanks to Absolute Radio (was previously Virgin Radio) who always play their songs.

They finished off with a mega version of "Dakota".

A great show.

Full Stereophonic's setlist played tonight...

Catacomb

Superman

I Wanna Get Lost With You

Geronimo

Maybe Tomorrow

Bust This Town

Fly Like an Eagle

Mr and Mrs Smith (superb drumming for the last 60 seconds of this track)

Sunny

Boy on a Bike

Just Looking

Don't Let the Devil Take Another Day

Have a Nice Day

Indian Summer

Make Friends With the Morning

Mr Writer

Hungover for You

Local Boy in the Photograph

This Life Ain't Easy (But It's the One That We All Got)

The Bartender and the Thief

Encore:

C'est La Vie

Dakota









Monday 20 January 2020.

Happy Birthday to rock legend PAUL STANLEY from KISS who is 68 today.

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40 years ago this week i visited Amsterdam for the first time.

On 23 Jan 1980 I popped along to a famous live music venue to see popular Dutch band called The Scene.

The singer sadly died of cancer in 2015.

The Paradiso Club is still going strong.







Sunday 19 January 2020.

DRAG SHOW BATTLE at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

It’s the US vs the UK as queens from both sides of the Atlantic deliver a night of non-stop entertainment, hosted by the sensational Danny Beard and Victoria Secret.

Adore Delano, Miz Cracker, Meatball, Yuhua Hamasaki,Joe Black, Juno Birch, Vinegar Strokes, Lydia L'scabies, Chiyo Gomes, Ginny Lemon will also be performing.

Many of the acts will be at Olympia this weekend for RuPaul's DragCon.

Daily Mail reported this the following day after Saturday at Olympia...

Furious fans have branded drag icon Ru Paul's DragCon UK convention a 'shambles' after being forced to queue for hours outside the venue amid reports the event has been overbooked.

Those attending the event being held at Olympia London have taken to social media to share their anger after waiting to enter convention for up to four hours.

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For whatever reason the ticket sales for this show were a disaster as only 400 tickets sold in total

for stalls and Level 1 out of the 2000 capacity.

The show was on for 2 hours 40 mins over two sets of 85 mins and 75 mins.

The two hosts did most of the on stage bitchy banter and introduced the acts.

All the acts mimed a couple of songs each in their outrageous costumes & routines.

One track in each set so they could do a full change of costume.

One girl did a great routine based around a Spice Girls medley.

One girl did a great Amy Winehouse impersonation.

She finished her routine by taking her shoes off and doing a full crowd-surf over the front rows.

Plenty of entertaining bits and plenty of pretty average bits throughout the evening.











Saturday 18 January 2020.

CHASE RICE live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Level 3 is closed tonight so maybe 1200 are here.

OWEN DAVIES arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played for 30 mins.

Owen is a young male country singer-songwriter from the UK who sung some decent tunes.

He told an amazing story where he was busking in Liverpool and Chase Rice walked past him,

liked what he heard and asked him " would you like to support me at Shepherds Bush Empire".

MADISON KOZAK arrived on stage at 8.20pm and played for 30 mins.

Canadian female country singer-songwriter played a decent set.

She said she has been living in the Nashville the last few years.

Songs like “Little Bit Of You”, which neatly segues into “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” are about her own life experiences. The unreleased “Loud House” discusses growing up in a large family, “Phases” is about the boy that broke her heart (“this one’s for you Kyle”, she says, still smiling) but best of all is “First Last Name” the one she dedicates to her dad. Truly heartfelt, to the man who started her off on this path, and and a nice cover of “Take Me Home, Country Roads” gets all

the crowd singing along loudly.

CHASE RICE arrived on stage at 9.20pm and played for 1 hour 40 mins.

Chase Rice is an American country music singer-songwriter who has had success back home.

Chase arrives on stage wearing a baseball cap, and is the spitting image of Prince Harry.

He has a great band who all hail from South America , and were much more rockier than expected.

Chase has nice clear catchy vocals and he has two songs with Jack Daniels in the title which is great by me.

He gets a girl on stage for some flirting during the song "Ride".

He sung his big country hit "Eyes on You" that had all the crowd singing along.

He also sung "Cruise" which was the big country hit he wrote for Florida Georgia Line.

After the first mega hit of his career “Ready Set Roll” from back in 2013, he’s done. But not before he goes down to meet his people, sign autographs, shake hands and have selfies with most of the front rows. All the while the band plays a metal riff, as if they are finally glad to. The band finish the song and join him in the pit to sign stuff and pose for selfies.

He played Bush Hall last time and it is pretty clear Chase Rice will be getting bigger success in the future.

A really good gig that ticked all the right boxes.

Full Chase Rice setlist played tonight...

Lions

Jack Daniel's Showed Up

Take It to the City

Beautiful Blur

Gonna Wanna Tonight

On Tonight

Unforgettable

Lonely If You Are

Three Chords & the Truth

Ride

Carolina Can

Best Night Ever

Jack Daniel's & Jesus

Eyes on You

Cruise (Florida Georgia Line cover) (Chase wrote this song that was a massive hit in America)

Band introductions and covers medley - All the Small Things / Sweet Home Alabama / Sweet Caroline

Ready Set Roll









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News and Reviews: 19th January 2020

Saturday 18 January 2020.

CHASE RICE live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Level 3 is closed tonight so maybe 1200 are here.

OWEN DAVIES arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played for 30 mins.

Owen is a young male country singer-songwriter from the UK who sung some decent tunes.

He told an amazing story where he was busking in Liverpool and Chase Rice walked past him,

liked what he heard and asked him " would you like to support me at Shepherds Bush Empire".

MADISON KOZAK arrived on stage at 8.20pm and played for 30 mins.

Canadian female country singer-songwriter played a decent set.

She said she has been living in the Nashville the last few years.

Songs like “Little Bit Of You”, which neatly segues into “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” are about her own life experiences. The unreleased “Loud House” discusses growing up in a large family, “Phases” is about the boy that broke her heart (“this one’s for you Kyle”, she says, still smiling) but best of all is “First Last Name” the one she dedicates to her dad. Truly heartfelt, to the man who started her off on this path, and and a nice cover of “Take Me Home, Country Roads” gets all

the crowd singing along loudly.

CHASE RICE arrived on stage at 9.20pm and played for 1 hour 40 mins.

Chase Rice is an American country music singer-songwriter who has had success back home.

Chase arrives on stage wearing a baseball cap, and is the spitting image of Prince Harry.

He has a great band who all hail from South America , and were much more rockier than expected.

Chase has nice clear catchy vocals and he has two songs with Jack Daniels in the title which is great by me.

He gets a girl on stage for some flirting during the song "Ride".

He sung his big country hit "Eyes on You" that had all the crowd singing along.

He also sung "Cruise" which was the big country hit he wrote for Florida Georgia Line.

After the first mega hit of his career “Ready Set Roll” from back in 2013, he’s done. But not before he goes down to meet his people, sign autographs, shake hands and have selfies with most of the front rows. All the while the band plays a metal riff, as if they are finally glad to. The band finish the song and join him in the pit to sign stuff and pose for selfies.

He played Bush Hall last time and it is pretty clear Chase Rice will be getting bigger success in the future.

A really good gig that ticked all the right boxes.

Full Chase Rice setlist played tonight...

Lions

Jack Daniel's Showed Up

Take It to the City

Beautiful Blur

Gonna Wanna Tonight

On Tonight

Unforgettable

Lonely If You Are

Three Chords & the Truth

Ride

Carolina Can

Best Night Ever

Jack Daniel's & Jesus

Eyes on You

Cruise (Florida Georgia Line cover) (Chase wrote this song that was a massive hit in America)

Band introductions and covers medley - All the Small Things / Sweet Home Alabama / Sweet Caroline

Ready Set Roll









Friday 17 January 2020.

SIDHU MOOSE WALA plus support djs live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

30 year old Indian (Punjabi) male rapper & actor plays a sold out London show.

It is a Live Nation promotion along with BBC Asian Network.

As it is quiet for major acts in January i always end up going to two or three shows that

i would never bother with if they were on at any other time of year when there is more to choose from.

The venue is totally rammed solid and the atmosphere is just incredible.

As expected the crowd is over 90% Asian.

First of all we get a couple of djs who hype the crowd up perfectly.

We get a dance competition - female from West London v male from East London...she won.

SIDHU MOOSE WALA eventually arrived on stage at 9.50pm for his 70 mins set.

He must think he is an Indian version of Axl Rose or Peter Doherty as he was due on at 9pm (50 mins late).

Sidhu is wearing an orange turban and the crowd are going wild.

He has a dozen of his mates and a couple of personal security standing on stage by the dj console.

Like the support acts , he sings along to the dj console backing tracks.

His Bhangra type music went down well with the very lively dance crowd.

A decent enough show in its own way.

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"In the 1970s , we supported all the major rock bands".

"We supported Aerosmith 40 times and they never ever gave us a soundcheck".

" I hated flying so i drove my motorcycle from city to city".

A nice rare interview by NEIL PEART (Rush) from several years ago when his book came out.

Type this sentence into Google search...

Neil Peart Full Interview On The Hour

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Happy Birthday to PAUL YOUNG who is 64 today.









Thursday 16 January 2020.

Type this into Google for your viewing pleasure.....9 minutes long video clip...

Foo Fighters - Monkey Wrench - Kiss Guy - Austin, TX. 4-18-18 (Yayo Sanchez) Multi-Cameras

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The chorus of Green Day's new single has a Gary Glitter/Joan Jett sample.

‘Oh Yeah’ is the third song released from the upcoming Green Day album ‘Father of all Motherfuckers’, due 7 February. The two previous tracks ‘Father of all Motherfuckers’ and ‘Fire, Ready, Aim’ were released late 2019.

In 1977, The Sex Pistols "Never Mind The Bollocks " album title caused a big fuss that ended up

in a court case.Professor James Kinsley,Head of the School of English at the University of Nottingham, who argued that the word "bollocks" was not obscene, and was actually a legitimate Old English term formerly used to refer to a priest,and which, in the context of the title, meant "nonsense".

The Sex Pistols / Virgin Records won the court case.

Now a band brings out an album titled "Father of all Motherfuckers" and nobody blinks an eyelid.

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Happy Birthday to my lovely mum who is 86 today.









Wednesday 15 January 2020...I went to two events tonight...

6pm to 7pm

Business Book Awards 2020 Shortlist Reveal Party - Millennium Hotel, Gloucester Road, London SW7.

Around 200 guests here in their very nice upstairs space called The Conservatory.

The Business Book Awards celebrate the work of authors who have shared their industry or market knowledge, experience and expertise in published book form.

The main awards dinner evening will be held on 23 March.

Complimentary wines along with fish burgers and hot canapés for all guests.

www.businessbookawards.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info.

then

7.30pm to 8.45pm

Masayoshi Nojo 'Under the Moonlight' - Private View - JD Malat Gallery, 30 Davies Street,

Mayfair, London W1.

Around 100 guests at this French owned gallery.

This is Masayoshi Nojo first solo show outside of Japan.

This exploration of time and memory is achieved using an innovative variety of mixed media and techniques, with each stage meticulously executed. Firstly, Nojo prepares the foundation of his canvas with a marbled layer of acrylic paint, reminiscent of the river in Kōrin’s seminal work Red and White Plum Blossoms. Nojo then photographs, selects, and carefully adjusts each image before transferring the image to the canvas via silk screening – allowing the marbled layer beneath to shine through and to create an abstracted, contemporary twist on the work. Finally, layers of aluminium and silver foil are applied to the canvas, highly symbolic and recreating a sense of intangible distant memories.

Complimentary Pommery champers for all guests.

www.jdmalat.com

Visit their website here for more info.







Tuesday 14 January 2020.

6pm to 8.15pm.

MARIANNITA LUZZATI x CARINA CISCATO - private view - The Brazilian Embassy,

14-16 Cockspur Street, London SW1.

The Embassy building is just over 100 yards from Trafalgar Square.

Around 100 guests are here.

The show presents 9 large Brazilian native landscape paintings by Mariannita Luzzati in a dialogue

with pottery pieces by Carina Ciscato.

Both are Brazilian artists who are based in London.

Complimentary prosecco and Brazilian canapés for all guests.

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Mum & Dad said they are "very proud".

Sam Springsteen, the 25-year old son of Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa, is a Jersey City, New Jersey, firefighter.

Sam was one of 15 new firefighters sworn in Jan. 14 during a ceremony at City Hall.

“It was a long road, and he was very dedicated,” said proud parents Bruce and Patti at the ceremony,

according to the Hudson County View. “We’re just excited for him today.”

Did someone say Fireman Sam?









Tuesday 14 January 2020.

Happy Birthday to DAVE GROHL (Foo Fighters /ex Nirvana) who is 51 today.

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Monday 13 January 2020.

Happy Birthday to SUGGS from Madness who is 59 today.







Resolution Festival at The 100 Club continues...

Resolution, a ten-day festival of all things punk, is returning yet again to it’s spiritual home, the 100 Club, for the 6th year running in January 2020. Resolution Festival celebrates the bands and musicians who kick started the punk movement and those who continue to breathe new life into it today.

Tickets for the whole festival available at £85.

For the first time the festival will be 14+, anyone under 18 needs to come along with an adult.

www.the100club.co.uk

Visit The 100 Club website here for more info and to buy tickets for all 100 Club shows.

They have replaced their iconic sign over the entrance with a nice new one.

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Sunday 12 January 2020.

THE UK SUBS + Red Light Rebels live at The 100 Club, London.

The Subs are still fronted by punk rock legend Charlie Harper who is aged 75...yes 75.

The Subs are playing a few UK shows before yet another full European Tour.

I saw them a few times in the late 1970s including when they supported Iggy Pop in 1979.

UK Subs had 6 x Top 40 hits in the UK during their heyday period - 1979 to 1981.

Every year the band are playing over 100 shows all over the world.

Tonight is the last night of this years Resolution Festival at this venue.

It is always special to be at a punk gig at this home of punk.

My friends always get me to look at the Steve Jones photo on the wall opposite the stage

where I am in it front of stage from The Sex Pistols legendary gig here in Sept 1976.

Gaye Black ex The Adverts was here.

RED LIGHT REBELS arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played for 40 mins.

The band from Cheltenham played a good uptempo set that featured tracks from their

EP "Rewind Erase" and their album and they fnished their set with a great track called "Joyride".

UK SUBS arrived on stage at 9.40pm and played for 65 mins.

Charlie Harper arrives on the stage to big cheers and looks more like a 50 year old rather than 75.

It soon gets live lively down the front as fans are jumping around and a few are getting on stage

for a dance and to sing along with Charlie.

The 23 song setlist whizzed along as no song lasted more than three minutes.

Highlights included great versions of "Warhead" and "Teenage".

They dedicated one song to Lemmy.

Charlie is holding lyrics in his hand for a couple of rarely played songs but they get thrown

in the air halfway through.

Good to see The UK Subs still keeping punk alive.

UK Subs setlist played tonight included...

You Can't Take It Anymore

Brand New Age

Public Servant

Warhead

Barbie's Dead

Organized Crime

Rat Race

Emotional Blackmail

Kicks

Teenage

Dirty Girls

500cc

Bomb Factory

You Don't Belong

Keep On Running

Rockers

Tomorrow's Girls

New York State Police

Encore:

Party in Paris

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This is well worth checking out on YouTube.

This week ,Patti Smith gave a very nice and rare interview to promote her book on The Jimmy Fallon Show

in America.

But the real draw is her performance. Smith, backed only by her bandmate Tony Shanahan on electric piano,

sang a stunning version of Neil Young’s searching, devastating 1970 classic “After The Gold Rush.”

I saw Patti Smith play her first two London shows...

Patti Smith,Stranglers Roundhouse, London 17.05.1976 (This was the first major punk gig in London )

Patti Smith,Stranglers Hammersmith Odeon, London 23.10.1976









Saturday 11 January 2020.

THEO VON live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Theo Von is an American stand-up comedian, podcaster, television personality, host, and actor.

In December 2018, Theo Von and comedian Brendan Schaub started a new podcast called The King and The Sting. At the podcast's release, The King and The Sting debuted #1 on the iTunes Podcast charts in the United States and also reached the top charts in the United Kingdom, Canada, Spain and Australia.

He was born in Covington, Louisiana, USA.

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As it is a comedy evening, it is stalls seating tonight.

Theo is not a mainstream name in the UK but this was the last of THREE sold out shows at this venue.

We had two support acts.

An English guy from Thornton Heath who had some funny bits in his 20 mins set.

An American guy who is his tour support, did a good, but crude in places 20 mins set.

THEO VON was on stage for around 60 mins.

Theo arrives on stage and has a jaw dropping stage production...just a stool.

He starts off with a good routine about his trademark "gender neutral mullet" hairstyle.

How he was quite happy with folks taking one look at his hair and not trusting him with any responsibility.

Theo has a full Southern drawl and does self-identify as "white trash", which forms the material in his set.

Theo says "I wear that name as a badge of honour. I wouldn’t have any of the stories I have today if it

wasn’t for growing up in Covington".

He says "dude" and "shit" a lot and routines on family, friends, school and Mexicans are pretty good.

A heckler down the front put him off his stride a bit but recovered from that ok.

It was a decent show and the crowd loved it.

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More full page ads in some newspapers as Live Nation are desperately trying to flog MADONNA tickets.

The shows start in two weeks time at The Palladium and are nowhere near a sell-out.

Hardly surprising ,with the mental ticket prices of over £450 down the front and hospitality much more.









Saturday 11 January 2020.

Very sad news that NEIL PEART has passed away.

Neil Peart, the drummer of iconic Canadian band Rush, has died at age 67.

The influential musician and lyricist died Tuesday in Santa Monica, California, after having been diagnosed

with brain cancer.

I saw Rush over a dozen times since Hammersmith Odeon in 1977 which was on their debut UK tour.

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Will rock legend TED NUGENT ever play the UK again?

It has been over a decade since he last appeared on these shores.

Maybe his outspoken love of guns and hunting has put promoters off booking him.

I saw him at least once on every one of his UK tours.

Ted Nugent,Dirty Tricks Hammersmith Odeon, London 12.09.1976 motor city madman

Ted Nugent,Steve Gibbons Band Hammersmith Odeon, London 05.03.1977

Ted Nugent,Steve Gibbons Band Hammersmith Odeon, London 06.03.1977

Ted Nugent , Hammersmith Odeon, London 16.08.1977

Ted Nugent,Girlschool Hammersmith Odeon, London 09.05.1979 we went to 9pm show

Ted Nugent,More Hammersmith Odeon , London 01.06.1981

Ted Nugent ,Hammersmith Odeon , London 29.02.1984

Ted Nugent,Krokus Hammersmith Odeon , London 20.03.1988 great double bill

Ted Nugent , Astoria , London 06.06.2002 His first UK show for 14 years.

Ted Nugent, Quireboys , Indigo, London 14.07.2008 great double bill











Friday 10 January 2020.

Happy Birthday to ROD STEWART who is 75 today.

Not the best past fortnight for Rod as this week he was planning to go into hospital for knee

replacement surgery and he is due in court next month after a New Years Eve scuffle in Palm Beach.

The scuffle happened after Rod was told by security "I'm afraid you are not on the guest list".

Police reviewed security camera footage and took two signed sworn witness statements confirming that Sean Stewart had pushed security guard Mr Dixon and alleging that they saw Sir Rod punch him.

The video footage showed that Sean and Rod were "the primary aggressors", according to the report.

Mr Dixon wishes to go forward with prosecuting both Stewarts for battery.

Police said in the report that there is enough evidence to charge Rod with one count of simple battery.

It is unclear if Sean will also face charges, although the arrest documentation lists him as a co-defendant.

Sir Rod was issued with a notice to appear at the Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Complex on Feb 5.









Thursday 09 January 2020.

Happy Birthday to guitar legend JIMMY PAGE who is 76 today.

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Wednesday 08 January 2020.

Happy Birthday to ROBBY KRIEGER ex The Doors who is 74 today

Robby is an American guitarist and singer-songwriter best known as the guitarist of the rock band The Doors; as such he has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Krieger wrote or co-wrote many of the Doors' songs, including the hits "Light My Fire", "Love Me Two Times", "Touch Me", and "Love Her Madly".

Robby was the guest on Steve Jones LA Radio Show last week where he talked about the upcoming

docu film "Break On Thru" which is in selected UK cinemas on 12 Feb 2020.

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David Bowie would have been 73 today.

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Happy Birthday to DAVID JOHANSEN who is 70 today.

Thinking back to their great reunion period when i saw New York Dolls play Morrissey's Meltdown Festival

at The Royal Festival Hall in 2004 which was followed by three great albums and they pretty much came

back every year until 2011 so i could see them a few more times.









Tuesday 07 January 2020...I went to two events today...

3pm to 4.30pm

TUTANKHAMUN at Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea, London.

In residence at the Saatchi Gallery from Saturday 2 November 2019 - Sunday 3 May 2020, the exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb, and is the final chance to see these glittering world heritage artefacts before they return to Egypt forever.

Explore the life of King Tutankhamun, and the storied discovery that captivated the world, through more than 150 authentic pieces from the tomb - three times the quantity that has travelled in previous exhibitions - more than 60 of which are travelling outside of Egypt for the first time.

The third of 10 cities to host TUTANKHAMUN: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh the London showing follows record-breaking stops in Los Angeles and Paris. In Los Angeles the exhibition was among the most successful in the history of the California Science Centre, while in Paris it became France's most attended exhibition of all time with over 1.4 million visitors.

My parents visited the exhibition in London in the 1970s when it drew over a million visitors.

It was at The Saatchi Gallery in April 2016 when i was at the opening night party for THE ROLLING STONES

"Exhibitionism" exhibition , which was a mega event where all the band members turned up along

with many other celebrity guests.

www.saatchigallery.com

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.

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Your ticket is timed entry so that the queues are evened out.

The tickets are on the expensive side as it is £28 to visit during the week and a bit more at weekends.

TUTANKHAMUN is the biggest and most popular "must see" exhibition currently showing in London.

Like The Stones exhibition there is a lot to see in the dozen rooms over the two floors.

The stunning artefacts include many marked as " first time out of Egypt".

There are videos showing the original discovery.

Arguably one of the most famous – and spectacular – archaeological discoveries of all time, Howard Carter’s excavation at the Valley of the Kings in 1922 propelled a short-lived and perhaps rather politically unimportant pharaoh into the history books. Tutankhamun may have died while still in his teens but his tomb had been packed with beautiful objects befitting his royal status – and, unusually, had escaped detection by robbers. Howard Carter had discovered a treasure trove of ‘wonderful things’.

I was lucky to visit Egypt a decade ago and went to a few different areas which included where they

found Tutankhamun. On that day there was a random sighting as a convoy of half a dozen limos pulled up.

I looked over to see who it was and one of them was TONY BLAIR who was The Middle East Envoy.

Really great to see al these famous artefacts again.

At the end of the exhibition was the massive merch store where you can buy a mug for £12.

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then

6pm to 8pm

THE LANDMARK HOTEL - press showcase - 222 Marylebone Road, London NW1.

This five star luxury hotel is situated on The Marylebone Road which is one of Londons busiest and

most polluted three lanes each side road, but that is forgotten when you head inside this stunning hotel.

In the heart of London’s fashionable Marylebone, this deluxe hotel has a stunning glass-roofed 8-story atrium with towering palm trees, an award-winning restaurant & bar, luxurious bedrooms and an indoor pool and spa.

We are shown around the ground floor level and then head to one of their bars.

Five different complimentary cocktails and nibbles here with my fave cocktail being Marylebone Twist.

Cocktails normally are £15 each, so not for those on a budget.

Lots of great staff fussing over us.

www.landmarklondon.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info.

The opening picture on their website shows you their stunning atrium.











Tuesday 07 January 2020.

KOKO - CAMDEN

A famous north London music venue has been engulfed in a blaze.

Smoke and flames could be seen billowing from the scaffolding in the roof of Koko, in Camden, which is currently under refurbishment.

London Fire Brigade sent about 60 firefighters and eight fire engines to the venue on Camden High Street after they were called just before 21:00 GMT...(Monday evening)

The brigade said 30% of the roof was alight and it was "working hard" to save the rest of the building.

Oliver Cooper, a Conservative councillor who witnessed the fire, said the blaze was "under control and now being pushed back".

He added on Twitter: "Devastated by the potential loss of such a huge part of Camden's culture."

Koko was previously known as the Camden Palace and has been one of the most iconic of London's live music venues for decades.

It is currently closed , and was set to reopen in spring.

I have been there many times when it was called Koko, Camden Palace and The Music Machine.

Check on my venue search on www.raysgigs.com to see the list of the 23 shows i saw here 1977 to 1980

when it was called The Music Machine...includes Motörhead and The Clash...







Monday 06 January 2020.

A nice 27 mins DIY video tour of Shepherds Bush including the music & tv history of the area.

Type this into Google search for the YouTube video.

Shepherd's Bush History - home of UK Entertainment







Sunday 05 January 2020.

One of my fave tracks from The Clash (features Mick Jones on vocals).

Type the following in Google search to see the black & white video.

The Clash - Stay Free - 3/8/1980 - Capitol Theatre (Official)

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The BRIT Awards have been very good at spotting new talent over the past decade.

The BRITs have announced the shortlisted acts for their Rising Star 2020 award.

The prestigious accolade - which was formerly known as the BRITs Critics' Choice award - has nominated Beabadoobee, Celeste and Joy Crookes for the prize, which recognises fresh and promising talent for the forthcoming year.

I saw Joy Crookes perform a 30 mins set at the star-studded V & A Museum summer party in 2019.

The winner will perform at The BRIT Awards in Feb.

Previous winners...

2008 - Adele

2009 - Florence + The Machine

2010 - Ellie Goulding

2011 - Jessie J

2012 - Emeli Sandé

2013 - Tom Odell

2014 - Sam Smith

2015 - James Bay

2016 - Jack Garratt

2017 - Rag ’n’ Bone Man

2018 - Jorja Smith

2019 - Sam Fender









Saturday 04 January 2020.

Happy Birthday to ex REM singer MICHAEL STIPE who is 60 today.

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This video on YouTube is good...two songs with choir...

Type the following in Google search.

Lenny Kravitz Tribute to Prince - 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony







Friday 03 January 2020.

Happy Birthday to ex Led Zeppelin bass player John Paul Jones, who is 74 today

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The Official Top 40 biggest selling albums of 2019 in the UK.

1 DIVINELY UNINSPIRED TO A HELLISH EXTENT LEWIS CAPALDI

2 NO 6 COLLABORATIONS PROJECT ED SHEERAN

3 THE GREATEST SHOWMAN MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING

4 WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP WHERE DO WE GO BILLIE EILISH

5 STAYING AT TAMARA'S GEORGE EZRA

6 BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY - OST QUEEN

7 THANK U NEXT ARIANA GRANDE

8 WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE TOM WALKER

9 A STAR IS BORN MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING

10 YOU'RE IN MY HEART ROD STEWART

11 DIVIDE ED SHEERAN

12 THE CHRISTMAS PRESENT ROBBIE WILLIAMS

13 50 YEARS - DON'T STOP FLEETWOOD MAC

14 EVERYDAY LIFE COLDPLAY

15 DIAMONDS ELTON JOHN

16 ALWAYS IN BETWEEN JESS GLYNNE

17 THE PLATINUM COLLECTION QUEEN

18 DON'T SMILE AT ME BILLIE EILISH

19 DUA LIPA DUA LIPA

20 HOLLYWOOD'S BLEEDING POST MALONE







Thursday 02 January 2020.

Happy Birthday to legendary photographer DAVID BAILEY who is 82 today.

Along with Terence Donovan and Brian Duffy, Bailey captured and helped create the 'Swinging London' of the 1960s: a culture of fashion and celebrity chic. The three photographers socialised with actors, musicians and royalty, and found themselves elevated to celebrity status. Together, they were the first real celebrity photographers, named by Norman Parkinson "the Black Trinity".











Wednesday 01 January 2020.

A rewind to the 70s and 80s has continued a comeback, with sales of music cassettes hitting a 15-year high.

They may have been clunky, a pain to skip between songs, and often dodgy quality, but tapes are seemingly trendy again.

Music industry body the BPI said UK cassette sales reached 80,404 last year (2019), the highest annual figure since the just over 100,000 figure in 2004.

Experts put the revival down to a combination of people who bought them in their youth, and a novelty for younger music fans.









Tuesday 31 December 2019.

NYE Fireworks display party at Embankment area down by The London Eye.

Dance tunes will be playing before and after the 10/12 minutes of fireworks at midnight.

It is a £10 paid ticket for the best viewing positions, all 100,000 tickets have now been sold.

I went to it last year for the first time since it was a paid event and it was much more fun than expected.

Free travel on the tube and buses from 11.45pm on New Year's Eve, through till 4.30am on New Year's Day.

It will be shown live on BBC1 , ITV and SKY.

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We were up there from 10pm to 1am.

A bit colder than last year, but not too bad.

We are in the Red Zone which is to the left of the fireworks display area.

Half the crowd seem to be overseas tourists, with loads of Japanese here.

Although there is security body searches and bag searches here , you can actually

bring in your own cans of booze.

A nice friendly atmosphere and the fireworks at midnight were great.

After the fireworks it was nice to see the 100 or so Thames party boats of different sizes

depart back to their moorings as all the buildings along the Thames were lit up.









Monday 30 December 2019.

MY BEST GIGS OF 2019 LIST.

I went to an incredible 172 live music events & gigs in 2019.

This makes the grand total of 7054 gigs seen by me since 1973.

Loads of great gigs not on this list but here are my stand out Top 20 gigs of 2019...

There are are various reasons why a show can be great , it's just my personal choice.

Gun Control - The Rocket Pub, Acton - Gun Control with me on drums played two great gigs in 2019.

People dancing and enjoying our original songs is always pretty special.

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Gold Medal...

Best live band of the year - KISS - Birmingham Arena 09 July and 02 Arena 11 July.

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Silver Medal runners-up were...

Stranglers + Rich Kids + Suzi Quatro + Barrie Masters + Glen Matlock --- Islington Academy, 27 March.

Sting with Shaggy --- Roundhouse, 19 May.

Lenny Kravitz --- Wembley Arena , 10 June.

Metallica + Ghost --- Twickenham Stadium , 20 June.

The Who + Eddie Vedder + Kaiser Chiefs --- Wembley Stadium, 06 July.

Alice Cooper + Stranglers --- 02 Arena , 10 October.

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Bronze Medal...

Tina Turner - The Musical --- Aldwych Theatre, 04 Feb.

Mott The Hoople --- Shepherds Bush Empire, 26/27 April.

Liam Gallagher --- Round Chapel, Hackney, 05 June.

Fleetwood Mac + Pretenders --- Wembley Stadium, 16 June.

Bon Jovi + Manic Street Preachers --- Wembley Stadium , 21 June.

Eagles + Sheryl Crow --- Wembley Stadium , 23 June.

Pink --- Wembley Stadium ,29/30 June. (Pink flying around Wembley Stadium on a zip-wire was the best visual of the year)

Nile Rodgers & Chic --- Royal Festival Hall, 04 August.

Prophets Of Rage --- Shepherds Bush Empire , 11 August.

Psychedelic Furs --- Roundhouse, 12 October.

The Damned --- Palladium , 28 October.

Suede + Pretenders --- Shepherds Bush Empire, 20 Nov.

Ronnie Wood Band --- Shepherds Bush Empire , 21 Nov.

Madness --- Roundhouse, 15 Dec/17 Dec.









Monday 30 December 2019.

Happy Birthday to JEFF LYNNE who is 72 today.

Happy Birthday to PATTI SMITH who is 73 today.







Sunday 29 December 2019.

For those of you that remember when Top Of The Pops had female dancers.

This is a good one...type in Google the following...

Sex Pistols - Silly Thing (Legs and Co dance, Top Of The Pops 1979)

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Happy Birthday to MARIANNE FAITHFUL who is 73 today.









Saturday 28 December 2019.

Rock legend LEMMY sadly passed away four years ago today.

On 28 December 2015, four days after his 70th birthday, Lemmy died at his apartment from prostate cancer, cardiac arrhythmia and congestive heart failure.

Lemmy continued to record and tour regularly with Motörhead until his death in December 2015 in Los Angeles, California, where he had lived since 1990. Aside from his musical activities, he was well known for his hard-living lifestyle, which included chain-smoking and regular consumption of alcohol and amphetamines. He died on 28 December 2015.

I saw Motörhead play live around 35 times since 1975.

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Friday 27 December 2019.

George Michael‘s sister, Melanie Panayiotou, was found dead on Christmas Day – on the exact third anniversary of the singer’s death.

Panayiotou, 55, was discovered at her home in Hampstead, London, on Wednesday night (December 25).

A Metropolitan Police statement said: “Police were called by London Ambulance Service at approximately 19:35hrs on Wednesday, 25 December to reports of the sudden death of a woman, aged in her 50s, at an address in Oak Hill Park, NW3.

The news comes exactly three years after George Michael was found dead at his home in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, on Christmas Day in 2016. He “passed away peacefully at home” at the age of 53 of natural causes.

Ms. Panayiotou, a hairdresser, was close with her brother, travelling with him around the world at the height of his fame with Wham! in the 1980s and 1990s, and was heavily involved in helping manage his estate.









Friday 27 December 2019.

40 years ago this week i attended all four of the Charity Concerts for Kampuchea at Hammersmith Odeon.

The Beat ,Windsor Castle Pub, London W9 21.12.1979

Police,Squeeze Lewisham Odeon, London 22.12.1979

Leo Sayer,Mainland Hammersmith Odeon, London 24.12.1979 last of 5 shows at ham odeon by Leo

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Queen , Hammersmith Odeon, London 26.12.1979 Charity Concert For Kampuchea

Ian Dury And The Blockheads,Clash,Mutumbi Hammersmith Odeon, London 27.12.1979 Charity Concert For Kampuchea

The Who,Specials,Pretenders Hammersmith Odeon, London 28.12.1979 Charity Concert For Kampuchea

Wings,Elvis Costello,Rockpile Hammersmith Odeon, London 29.12.1979 Charity Concert For Kampuchea

The newspapers were full of rumours that John Lennon and George Harrison would join Macca on stage

which resulted in over 200 outside looking for tickets and the touts were selling for big money....John and George did not show.

This would be the last ever Wings show.





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