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Tuesday 06 September 2022.

Tuesday 06 September 2022...I went to two events today...
3pm to 5.15pm.
SPECIALITY FINE FOOD FAIR at Olympia, West London.
This was the second and final day of this two day event.
It is billed as the UKs leading showcase of artisanal food & drink.
Over 200 quality food & drinks brands are showcasing here today.
Most are having tastings and some are giving out samples.
There are several that catch my eye....
WILLY'S Live Apple Cider Vinegar with organic Honey & Tumeric.
Good for your gut, and they gave me a few bottles.
I have been going through a phase of having Baklawa so good to see some here.
SWEETLAND had some complimentary boxes of four in the press room but the superior
quality and taste of luxury CEDAR BAKLAWA was pure delicious....both can be bought online.
They are based in Luton with over 2000 customers, and have been around 22 years.
They won a Best Taste Award in 2022.
Tins of SOMERS Sour Cream & Chive Gourmet Popcorn were very tasty.
Frozen cakes from Italy's LA CREDENZA were very nice...unfrozen here.
I had a full size Cheesecake Ricotta and Pistacchio.
Small packets of COPPERPOT Caramel & Sea Salt Fudge from Cornwall were very yummy.
Tubes of GIN MAYO , yes Gin Mayo with 2% alcohol will be tried at home some time soon.
IMPERIAL OLIVES had over a dozen different stuffings so they gave me a jar of Olives stuffed with Carrot.
COCOA CANOPY had some interesting coffee beads packets.
RIVERSIDE SPIRITS were giving out some nice mini-cocktails.
CANNEDWINECO had half a dozen tins, which are available in The National Gallery.
I have put the following image up on my Facebook page.
FINE FOOD DIGEST magazine cover has a design nicked from the iconic NMTB album cover.
No thank you credits or copyright mentioned.
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THE CADILLAC THREE live at The Roundhouse.
Southern USA country rockers from Nashville are playing the last show on a 10th anniversary UK tour.
The show has sold out out in advance...could be down to the good value tickets of only £22.50.
They have released five studio albums.
I saw them at The Ramblin' Man Fair Festival , Maidstone, Kent in July 2016.
In 2015 the band played a show in America on the Friday, flew in from America to the UK to play Download Festival on the Saturday and ended up hitting the stage using fellow American band Black Stone Cherry's equipment as TC3's had not made it to the UK with them. Within hours of their set at Download they were heading back to America for a different festival appearance the following day.
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There were several cowboy hats in the crowd tonight.
I have seen some pretty boring support acts recently,, but tonight we have a good one.
Support act LINDSAY ELL (age 32 ) is a Canadian country pop singer, songwriter, guitarist and television personality from Calgary, Alberta. Her music incorporates elements of rock and blues.
She was discovered by rock legend RANDY BACHMAN as a 15 year old.
She arrives on stage in glitter jacket and glam rock boots.
A duo with Lindsay on vocals & guitar and a drummer.
Lots of nifty guitar playing on tracks from her albums and she played a great guitar solo where
she laid on her back by the edge of the stage with her long hair hanging over the edge.
THE CADILLAC THREE arrived on stage at 9.15pm and played for 1 hour 45 mins.
Just the three of them on stage.. but one member mixes playing steel guitar and bass playing.
The main guitar playing was nice and loud, but that sometimes drowned out the steel guitar.
Lots of songs about drinking and getting messed up, and generally have a good time.
Support act Lindsay & guitar joined them for three songs near the end.
Clearly a band that loves to play live.
A very enjoyable show.
Full THE CADILLAC THREE setlist played tonight...
Hard Out Here For A Country Boy
Blue El Camino
Crackin' Cold Ones With the Boys
The Jam
Peace Love & Dixie
Slide
Soundtrack to a Six Pack
Bury Me in My Boots
Tennessee Mojo
Back It Up
Hank & Jesus
American Slang
Running Red Lights
Take Me to the Bottom
Head Over Wheels (with Lindsay Ell)
Tabasco & Sweet Tea ( with Lindsay Ell)
Sweet Southern Spirit (with Lindsay Ell)
I'm Southern
Whiskey Soaked Redemption
White Lightning
The South
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Sunday 04 September 2022.
BLEACHERS live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Bleachers play the second of two sold out shows at SBE, both sold out two months before the shows.
Bleachers are an American rock band from New Jersey and the official stage name of songwriter and record producer Jack Antonoff. Antonoff has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award and won six Grammy Awards, including the 2022 Grammy for Producer of the Year.
All three of the their albums have made the Top 50 in the USA.
Their third album "Take The Sadness Out Of Saturday Night" got a nice four star review from
NME in 2021 , and on November 16, 2020, Bleachers released the lead singles "45" and "Chinatown", the latter featuring fellow New Jersey musician megastar Bruce Springsteen.
On their 2022 North American tour, Bleachers surprised the crowd at NYC’s Radio City Music Hall by inviting Springsteen to join them for ‘Chinatown’...the video is up on YouTube.
These two SBE shows are their only shows in Europe, between their lengthy North American Tour.
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Support act BONNIE KEMPLAY & band arrive on stage at 8pm for their 30 mins set.
Her tracks ticked along ok, but not really lively enough for me.
Matt the singer in The 1975 is in the Level 1 guest list VIP seats.
BLEACHERS are on stage from 9.10pm for 1 hour 40 mins.
The venue is rammed solid and everyone is up in the seated areas and dancing from the start.
The crowd seem to know all the words to all the songs.
A nice stage production with loads of lights and raised white platforms, and there are six musicians.
Including two drum kits and two keyboards and two sax as the musicians swap around for some of the songs.
Main man Jack on vocals is giving it 100 per cent , and you can see how he is influenced by Mr Springsteen.
The similarities between the two are striking. The mannerisms, the appearance, the sound, the guitar.
They play tracks from from their three albums, and there are hints of The Killers in sound.
They cover the classic "The Whole of The Moon" , which oddly The Killers also cover.
Loads of great uptempo catchy singalong tunes are played, with full of energy.
Three giant balloon tomatoes are thrown into the crowd during the final song of the night.
A really good show, that was much better than expected.

Sunday 04 September 2022.

Saturday 03 September 2022.
THE FOO FIGHTERS & FRIENDS live at Wembley Stadium.
This is a Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert.
The Foo Fighters drummer Taylor sadly passed away in March 2022.
I saw Taylor play drums with Alanis Morissette before he joined The Foo Fighters.
I saw Taylor drum with The Foo Fighters around a dozen times.
Those advertised to attend include Travis Barker, Martin Chambers, Josh Freese, Violet Grohl, Justin Hawkins, Shane Hawkins, James Gang feat Joe Walsh, Brian Johnson, Kesha, Luke Spiller , Lars Ulrich , Nandi Bushell, Chris Chaney, Stewart Copeland, Liam Gallagher, Omar Hakim, Joshua Homme, Chrissie Hynde, Alain Johannes, John Paul Jones, Greg Kurstin, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Brian May, Krist Novoselic, Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson, Supergrass, Roger Taylor, Rufus Taylor, Wolfgang Van Halen, Chevy Metal and a special appearance by comedian Dave Chappelle.
MTV and others will be showing coverage of the event.
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Needless to say i was really looking forward to this sold out show.
Never seen such long queues for merch, both outside and inside the stadium.
A nice long show that was on from 4.30pm to 10.20pm.
The FOO FIGHTERS arrive on stage, and Dave gives an emotional speech.
A superb opening as LIAM GALLAGHER sung two Oasis classics, with The Foos backing him.
"Rock N Roll Star" and "Live Forever".
An image of Olivia Newton John was on the front of the bass drum of the main kit.
No proper interval and quick changeovers of usually just five mins.
Lots of rock legends end up on stage tonight for our viewing pleasure.
BRIAN JOHNSON singing two AC/DC classics with Lars from Metallica on drums.
Two remaining members of RUSH play three of their songs.
THEM CROOKED VULTURES and THE JAMES GANG feat JOE WALSH reform for tonight.
WOLGANG VAN HALEN plays the UK for the first time , and plays two Van Halen classics.
QUEEN play a great five song set with different singers.
Every musician tonight had a connection with Taylor Hawkins. He was influenced by them or are friends.
Why are Supergrass here?...They supported Foo Fighters on their 1997 American tour.
Who are The Coattail Riders and Chevy Metal ? Both were Taylor Hawkins side project bands.
Taylor Hawkins loved Jeff Buckley, so Dave Grohls daughter Violet sings a couple of his tracks.
There were video clips of Taylor and tributes on the big screens from musicians during changeovers.
Here are all the tracks played between Liam Gallagher and The Foo Fighters...
Dave Cappelle speech
Let's Dance - Nile Rodgers with Josh Homme
Modern Love - Nile Rodgers with Gaz Coombes
Psycho Killer - Chevy Metal and The Coattail Riders
Children Of The Revolution - Chevy Metal and The Coattail Riders with Kesha
Louise - The Coattail Riders with Justin Hawkins and Josh Freese
Range Rover Bitch - The Coattail Riders with Justin Hawkins and Josh Freese
It's Over - The Coattail Riders with Justin Hawkins and Josh Freese
On Fire - Wolfgang Van Halen, Dave Grohl, Justin Hawkins, Josh Freese
Hot For Teacher - Wolfgang Van Halen, Dave Grohl, Justin Hawkins, Josh Freese
Last Goodbye - Violet and Dave Grohl, Alain Johannes, Chris Chaney, Greg Kurstin and Jason Falkner
Grace - Violet and Dave Grohl, Alain Johannes, Chris Chaney, Greg Kurstin and Jason Falkner
Richard III - Supergrass
Alright - Supergrass
Caught By The Fuzz - Supergrass
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Them Crooked Vultures
Gunman - Them Crooked Vultures
Long Slow Goodbye - Them Crooked Vultures
Precious - The Pretenders with Dave Grohl
Tattooed Love Boys - The Pretenders with Dave Grohl
Brass In Pocket - The Pretenders with Dave Grohl
Walk Away - James Gang
The Bomber - James Gang
Funk #49 - James Gang with Dave Grohl
Valerie - Violet Grohl, Mark Ronson, Chris Chaney, Jason Falkner
Back In Black - Brian Johnson, Lars Ulrich and Foo Fighters
Let There Be Rock - Brian Johnson, Lars Ulrich and Foo Fighters
Next To You - Stewart Copeland and Foo Fighters
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic - Stewart Copeland and Foo Fighters
It was nice and dark at 8.05pm when RUSH arrived on stage, so the lightshow kicked in nicely.
2112 Part 1: Overture - Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Dave Grohl
Working Man - Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Dave Grohl
YYZ - Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Omar Hakim
We Will Rock You - Brian May, Roger Taylor, Rufus Taylor, Foo Fighters and Luke Spiller
I'm In Love With My Car - Brian May, Roger Taylor, Rufus Taylor and Foo Fighters
Under Pressure - Brian May, Roger Taylor, Rufus Taylor, Foo Fighters and Justin Hawkins
Somebody To Love - Brian May, Roger Taylor, Rufus Taylor, Foo Fighters and Sam Ryder
Love Of My Life - Brian May
THE FOO FIGHTERS arrive on stage at 9pm for their 80 mins set.
A mainly greatest hits set that really rocked superbly....with various guest drummers...
Great to see PAUL McCARTNEY sing two Beatles songs with them.
Pretty amazing to see Taylor's son play some stunning drums to, of course " My Hero".
Full FOO FIGHTERS setlist played tonight....
Times Like These (with Josh Freese) (Dave started crying in the middle of the song, but recovered and kept singing)
All My Life (with Josh Freese on drums , session drummer who has played with many bands)
The Pretender (with Travis Barker from Sum 41 on drums)
Monkey Wrench (with Travis Barker) (Grohl forgot part of the vocals to Verse 2)
Learn to Fly (with Nandi Bushell)(teenage female internet drumming sensation)
These Days (with Rufus Taylor , who looks uncannily like Taylor Hawkins)
Best of You (with Rufus Taylor)
Oh! Darling (The Beatles cover) (with Paul McCartney) (also with Chrissie Hyde and Omar Hakim)
Helter Skelter (The Beatles cover) (with Paul McCartney) (also with Omar Hakim on drums)
Aurora (with Omar Hakim)
My Hero (with Oliver Shane Hawkins)
Everlong (Dave Grohl Solo, followed by all the performers taking a bow and a photo of Taylor above)
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A totally excellent event of top notch live music.
I will be at over 150 gigs this year, but this is bound to be number one, come the end of Dec.

Friday 02 September 2022.

Friday 02 September 2022....Ladies Day...11am to 5.30pm...
I went back again to SALON PRIVE at Blenheim Palace.
Each day is slightly different.
Today is Ladies Day , so there are many more females here today , compared to Wednesday.
At 11am for an hour i catch the Official Concours Parade.
The compère and the driver do a great job of describing the history of the car.
There are some very rare beautiful cars here, some are worth over a million pounds.
Some collectors have several rare cars.
Jay from Jamiroquai has one of his cars on show here.
We see JAMIE BLANDFORD and a nice surprise to see ANDREW RIDGELEY here.
We get some photos which will be on my Facebook page soon.
At 2.30pm we had the Supercars Parade.
We have a go on the car simulators, and visit the Indian motorbikes stand.
At 3.30pm was the Best of Show Ceremony.
A Navy Blue with white hood 1956 Ferrari GT250 by Zagato won the Best of Show.
Later on was Boodles Best Hat competition.
Again the Pommery champers flowed freely throughout the day, along with he same food as Wed.
Another excellent day out in the countryside to see these stunning cars.
Dates have been confirmed for SALON PRIVE 2023 shows....see you there.
20 April - 22 April 2023 Salon Prive London at The Royal Hospital, Chelsea.
30 August - 03 September 2023 Salon Prive at Blenheim Palace.
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Thursday 01 September 2022...I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 8pm.
SEBASTIAN CHAUMETON - private view - Maddox Gallery, 9 Maddox Street, Mayfair, London W1.
His paintings are inspired by the giants of British contemporary art in a solo show that opens in London on 2 September and continues until 9 October.
The exhibition at Maddox Gallery, entitled Little Palette, includes a Mr. Banksy, a Mr. Bacon, a Mr. Opie and a Ms. Riley, along with works inspired by 15 other artists. Each is painted in a way that evokes that artist's style and subject matter.
In a recent video interview, Chaumeton said that people tend to like things that are familiar. That goes not just for Roger Hargreaves' Mr. Men books, which have sold over 100 million copies, but also works by contemporary artists.
Complimentary Ruinart champers and Mojitos for all the guests here tonight.
then....
DAVID SINCLAIR FOUR play shows to promote their new album...
The band’s forthcoming album "Apropos Blues" which will be released on September 2.
The single in advance of the album is now available to stream and download from all the usual platforms: Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, Deezer, etc.
The DS4 will showcase songs from their brand new album, Apropos Blues, along with favourites including
Eight Rounds Later, Coming Off The Rails and Life Gone Cold. A great night guaranteed. Just don’t step on their blue suede shoes!
A limited number of pre-release copies of the brand new CD – Apropos Blues – will be available for purchase.
The DS4 combines a vintage sense of blues, rock and high-energy R&B filtered through a modern, London singer-songwriter lens.
Sept 1 Half Moon, Putney (album launch show)...£8 in advance online or £10 on the door.
www.halfmoon.co.uk - Visit the venue website here to buy tix.
Sept 4 Tropic at Ruislip
Sept 24 Limelight, Aylesbury
Note : David Sinclair reviewed live gigs for The Times newspaper for many years.
The copy of Classic Rock mag in the stores July/Aug has a great multi-page interview
with ZZ Top when David interviewed them recently.
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Always nice to visit this legendary pub rock venue.
David Sinclair Four play for around 95 mins over two sets of 40 mins and 55 mins.
Well crafted songs with great lyrics from David are the order of the day here.
Some songs certainly hint of Dire Straits.
Lots of nifty guitar playing.
They were joined by a cool harmonica player for some tracks.
A perfect mix of new album tracks and some gems from previous albums.
A really good band that you should check out.
FIRST SET
Sick of Being Sick
The Click-Clack Man
Borrowed Rhyme
Apropos Blues
Years Are Gone
The Bands of London
Sweet Jane
Let It Rock
SECOND SET
Living Like a Yo-Yo
I'm Clean
Life Gone Cold
When Her Ship Comes Sailing In
Hip-Hopping
World Turns Around
Loneliness ( Won't Leave Me Alone)
Eight Rounds Later
Coming Off The Rails
Encore :
Bye Bye Johnny

Saturday 03 September 2022

Wed 31 Aug to Sun 04 Sept - SALON PRIVE presents Concours d’Elégance at Blenheim Palace.
Blenheim Palace is in the glorious countryside location of Woodstock, Oxfordshire.
Celebrating 17 consecutive years of the Concours d’Elégance in 2022, Salon Privé offers an experience for entrants that is truly second-to-none. Gathered on the South Lawn will be the finest collection of classic automobiles available in the UK.
Honouring the Past, Celebrating the Future.
Welcoming more than 100 stunning cars across carefully curated classes, the Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance presented by Aviva has something for all. Treasured relics from the Edwardian era will return to Britain’s Greatest Palace, joined by some of the rarest and most valuable grand tourers, classic sports racers, era-defining icons and racing legends, alongside the world’s most jaw-dropping supercars and concepts from the present and future.
An opportunity to witness manufacturers World, European and UK debuts.
Plus, see the Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance featuring more than 100 cars.
The Platinum Collection – a specially curated display of cars from the past 70 years, brought together for the first time in honour of The Queen’s Jubilee.
Don’t miss the Prodrive Legends feature that will celebrate the British company with a line-up of rally cars, racing cars such as the Ferrari 550 GTS and Aston Martin Vantage GT4, and the new Prodrive Hunter – the world’s first all-terrain hypercar.
As a Concours, the reputation of Salon Privé precedes it, with no other event in the UK rivalling the sensational venue, hospitality, brands on display and show-stopping array of classic cars.
Wednesday to Saturday are tickets with hospitality only days which includes lunch, afternoon tea
and all day champagne......Sunday is general admission to the public.
This stunning venue is on the outskirts of Oxford...Lots of car parking space.
Trains to Oxford then a 30 mins bus ride or taxi.
www.salonpriveconcours.com - Visit their website here,
for information on what is happening each day and to buy tickets.
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Wednesday 31 August 2022...press day....11.30am to 5.30pm...
A lovely sunny day at this stunning historic 11,500 acre palace and grounds where
SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL was born in 1874.
Maybe around 1000 smartly dressed guests here including JAMIE BLANDFORD , the current
Duke of Marlborough whose home Blenheim Palace is.
Also here was F1 racing car driver Lewis Hamiltons dad ANTHONY HAMILTON.
The cars were gleaming and looked fantastic parked up, before the parade at 2.30pm.
They all purred along really great, when started up.
How do they keep those old classic cars in such good condition?...they look pretty amazing.
All the iconic brands are here including Aston Martin,Alfa Romeo, Bentley, Bristol, Bugatti,
Chrysler, Jaguar,Jensen, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Mercedes-Benz, Maserati, Morgan, McLaren, Porcsche,
Rolls-Royce and many more.
Pommery champers was flowing all afternoon, along with spirits & mixers, wines and beers.
Noon - Lunch was was salmon & roast chicken with sides, along with desserts.
2.30pm - parade of cars for the judges for an hour or so.
4pm - English afternoon tea, with finger sandwiches, pastries and coffee/tea.
An excellent day out, and i will go back to this stunning event and location in a couple of days.
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Friday 02 September 2022....Ladies Day...11am to 5.30pm...
I went back again to SALON PRIVE at Blenheim Palace.
Each day is slightly different.
Today is Ladies Day , so there are many more females here today , compared to Wednesday.
At 11am for an hour i catch the Official Concours Parade.
The compère and the driver do a great job of describing the history of the car.
There are some very rare beautiful cars here, some are worth over a million pounds.
Some collectors have several rare cars.
Jay from Jamiroquai has one of his cars on show here.
We see JAMIE BLANDFORD and a nice surprise to see ANDREW RIDGELEY here.
We get some photos of them both which will be on my Facebook page soon.
At 2.30pm we had the Supercars Parade.
We have a go on the car simulators, and visit the Indian motorbikes stand.
At 3.30pm was the Best of Show Ceremony.
A Navy Blue with white hood 1956 Ferrari GT250 by Zagato won the Best of Show.
Later on was Boodles Best Hat competition.
Again the Pommery champers flowed freely throughout the day, along with he same food as Wed.
Another excellent day out in the countryside to see these stunning cars.
Dates have been confirmed for SALON PRIVE 2023 shows....see you there.
20 April - 22 April 2023 Salon Prive London at The Royal Hospital, Chelsea.
30 August - 03 September 2023 Salon Prive at Blenheim Palace.



Tuesday 30 August 2022.

Tuesday 30 August 2022.
BRIGHT EYES live at Hammersmith Apollo.
Bright Eyes was founded by singer-songwriter and guitarist Conor Oberst.
The American indie-rockers have released ten studio albums since 1998.
Over 9 million views on YouTube....Bright Eyes - First Day of My Life [Official Music Video]
Oddly whenever i think of them words Bright Eyes , i always get reminded of that catchy
hit by Art Garfunkel, which I ended up humming for most of the day.
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The show is not sold out tonight, but very full inside.
Support act PENELOPE ISLES & her band arrived on stage at 7.45pm for their 45 mins set.
Some decent enough songs from her debut album that was released on the cool Bella Union label.
BRIGHT EYES arrived onstage at 9pm and played for 1 hour 55 mins.
The stage backdrop sign is that of the letters sign that you read at the opticians to test for glasses.
For some songs there was a mini-orchestra used, so a dozen musicians on stage at times.
The vocals could have been clearer , and there was too much mumbling stoner chat between songs.
Weird pre-recorded sounds were used to start many songs.
The songs ticked along ok, but only the first encore "First Day of My Life" stood out for me.
Overall , the show was a bit of a letdown for me, but the crowd liked it.
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Monday 29 August 2022....1pm to 7.30pm...
My first time going to both days of NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL for over a decade.
Such an amazing unique atmosphere at the carnival.
The big crowds and the noise are not for the faint hearted.
Some areas you had one loud sound system in your left ear , and another in your right ear.
We saw bits of the procession, and some of the incredible colourful costumes.
The WRAY & NEPHEW sponsored stage had several acts playing short sets.
SEAN PAUL arrived on stage at 5.45pm for a lively 20 mins hits set.
He had two female dancers in bikinis, lights, fireworks and streamers in his show.
Our AAA media passes were valid for the WRAY & NEPHEW bars dotted around the festival.
We had half a dozen different cocktails to choose from , throughout the day.
WRAY & NEPHEW rum is strong stuff as 63% , compared to most spirits of 40%.
I did not see much trouble at all throughout the two days i was there , but Tuesday morning on
the tv news, they said a 21 year old man had been stabbed to death Monday evening at carnival.

Sunday 28 August 2022.

Sunday 28 August 2022...I went to two events today...
1.30pm to 6.45pm
THE NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL returns to West London.
It was not held in 2020 and 2021 due to Covid.
Dancers, steel bands, sound systems ,crowds, etc are all over the Notting Hill and nearby areas.
This is Europe's biggest street festival with two million people attending every year — dodging the crowds isn't an option. If you need to bring a bag, make it a small one (the crowds and noise are a pickpocket's paradise).
As I lived in Shepherds Bush , i went to Notting Hill Carnival many times from the 1970s onwards.
I can remember back in the 1990s when i had more energy , I would do three nights of bands and
camping at Reading Festival Fri, Sat, Sun...come home Monday morning , have a quick shower
and change of clothes and head down to the Carnival on the Monday afternoon.
There are people everywhere, and very crowded in some places.
The atmosphere is fantastic with the various music sounds pounding out loudly.
We have invites for the WRAY & NEPHEW hospitality area who have taken from RED BULL as the main
sponsors of the carnival.We have a choice of six complimentary WRAY & NEPHEW rum cocktails
along with jerk chicken and rice, and end up staying there three hours.
They had their own toilets with no queues which is always a bonus as big queues for them in some of the outside public areas and some locals charging folks £3 to use their toilets. Also plenty of seats.
It was a great afternoon here and all over the carnival...so much fun.
Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum is the original rum of the Jamaican people and it has been distilled and bottled there for nearly 200 years....it is strong stuff as its 63% as most runs and vodkas are 40%.
then
JEAN PAUL GAULTIER'S Fashion Freak Show at The Roundhouse.
This is the final show of the 52 performances they have performed here on this run.
It started 10 mins late at 7.40pm which was handy, as we rushed over from NH Carnival.
It was the same very enjoyable visual show as two days ago, scroll down for my full review.
As it was the last night I was hoping for a couple of celebs or even a live appearence
from JPG himself, but did not see anyone down on the floor seats at tables area.
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Saturday 27 August 2022...two events in Windsor today.
3pm to 7pm
Windsor is as popular as ever with tourists, as there must be at least 20 coaches parked by the station.
The racecourse is around 20 mins walk from the train station.
Big queues in the area if you come by car.
A nice sunny day and several thousand are here, including lots of glammed up females.
The first race was at 3.55pm and i saw five races before I had to depart.
Ronan Keating was on after the eight races, but I had to give him a miss.
His booking agent said Ronan was coming in by helicopter.
Very nice to be at the horse races every now and then.
then
7.30pm to 2.30am
21st birthday party for my niece Luisa.
Around 30 folks here with lots of drinks and food.
A great party.

Saturday 27 August 2022.

Friday 26 August 2022.
JEAN PAUL GAULTIER'S Fashion Freak Show will be returning to London this summer.
The hit production, which was seen at the Southbank Centre in 2019, will run at the iconic north London space The Roundhouse from 15 July for a season until 28 August....I saw it at The Southbank.
Gaultier said: "I'm so thrilled that my Fashion Freak Show will be returning to London to take up residence at the Roundhouse. After a two-year hiatus, I cannot think of a better place to celebrate the return of the show than my favourite city. London is dear to my heart and has always been a constant source of inspiration.
"I have been coming here since my youth and have been greatly influenced by British music, theatre and cinema throughout my career from The Rocky Horror Show through Punk and New Wave – and I keep coming back. I hope that audiences will enjoy the show as much as I did creating it."
Part revue, part fashion show, part choreographed narrative, the show has been updated and reimagined for the Roundhouse to be staged with a catwalk.
This event will be more like a 1000 capacity of tiered seats per show rather than the usual 2000 plus.
It looks like 52 performances was a bit ambitious , as many of the weekday shows have been half empty.
Ticketmaster and other ticket outlets have been selling tickets for half price for the final fortnight.
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For various reasons i have not got around to seeing this show, which has been on for a month already.
Didn't pick an ideal show to choose as it started AN HOUR LATE due to technical problems.
My chums on security told me this has happened a few times during the run, and one show even
got cancelled at 8.30pm when everyone had already been waiting around for an hour.
When you see the show you realise this sounds like a genuine reason as there are many moveable
big screens and other moveable stage props that are moved non-stop throughout the show.
The show was on for around 1 hour 45 mins over two sets of 45 mins and 60 mins.
As expected , the gay community is out in force.
Around 100 folks around tables on the floor by the 20 ft catwalk , and the rest in tiered seats.
The show is pretty much based on JPG life from his childhood drawings and when he dreamed of having a show at Folies Bergere (which he did in 2018) then to his first Paris Fashion Show in 1976,then his first London Fashion Show in 1980, then video clips highlights of his fashion shows through his career.
He certainly took inspiration from The Rocky Horror Show, and the punk and new romantic movements.
Around 20 male and female performers, including plus size models.
A lot of the video footage on the screens is in French ,with English subtitles.
Great to see some old footage from when he guested on "Eurotrash" 1990s Channel 4 tv programme.
A very visual show as lots of colourful fashion designs, including corsets and kilts.
JPG iconic conical bra that Madonna wore on her "Blonde Ambition" tour features throughout.
Lots of flesh on display including boobies and bare bums.
A great soundtrack including Chic, Blondie, Grace Jones, Madoona, Prince, Frankie GTH etc.
Anna Wintour features as a character who at first did not like JPG creations.
Audience participation had a female strut her stuff on the catwalk.
For the finale , JPG (now aged 70) is on the big screen thanking us with his infectious personality.
All the crowd are up and dancing to "Le Freak" at the end of this very enjoyable show.

Wednesday 24 August 2022.

Wednesday 24 August 2022...6pm to 9.45pm...
THE BREWERY - summer garden party - 52 Chiswell Street, London EC1.
This popular events space is just around the corner from The Barbican.
I have been here several times before including some major music awards events
The Kerrang Awards in 2005 and 2008, and The Mojo Awards in 2009 and 2010.
They have many different size spaces indoors but tonight it is all outdoors in their lovely courtyard.
We are undercover for the drinks reception at one end then later at 7pm undercover at the other end
for the sit down dinner.
Around 100 guests here including maybe 90 per cent females.
There are flowers everywhere , which the girls loved and took home with them at the end.
Complimentary drinks all night including all spirits and mixers including JD & cokes,
prosecco, wines and beers.
My three course meal started with bread with marmite butter , yes marmite butter.
Starter - Scallops Tacos
Mains - Roasted Chicken Breast , pumpkin & potato croquette and carrots cooked in hay oil.
Dessert - Smoked Dark Chocolate & Caramel Ganache with mushroom ice cream , yes mushroom ice cream.
There was a fun photo booth so we made use of that.
There was a girl painting some glitter on some of the girl guests faces.
An excellent evening.
What they say about their venue....
The Brewery is a premier corporate venue for hire in the City of London occupying the site of the former Whitbread brewery. As a leading conference space, meetings area and fine dining facility for handfuls of delegates or hundreds of guests, The Brewery operates in the same high-class, exquisite manner that saw Whitbread's brewery rise to become the crown jewel of London.
As a high-class corporate venue, wedding venue and Christmas party venue, The Brewery prides itself on offering a unique, versatile environment to accommodate all of our guests' wishes. Our team of talented experts, veterans in the fields of venue management, event production and customer service, as well as our passionate team of in-house chefs will do everything to carry on the proud tradition left by Whitbread as the heart of entertainment in London.
Our high-class corporate facilities ensure meetings and conferences can be tailored exactly to your specification. Each room in The Brewery - including the King George III and Queen Charlotte Rooms (named after a royal visit to the site in 1787) and the up to 1000 capacity Porter Tun room - includes a PA system, Wi-Fi services, electronic entrance signage and many more facilities to help make your corporate event as memorable as possible.
www.thebrewery.co.uk - Visit their website here.
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Tuesday 23 August 2022...7pm to 10.30pm....Restaurant & bar press preview...
BLOCK SOHO, 2 St Anne's Court , Soho, London.
This walk through in Soho is where legendary music store SHADES was in the 1980s.
The site, formerly Zelman Meats, has been fully refurbished, and will accommodate up to 120 guests, with a mix of booth seating, a large sharing table (up to 14), outdoor spaces (for up to 30) and a bar (40 capacity with stools and booths). The menu focus is primarily on premium meat dishes which are roasted on coals, with an additional selection of fish and shellfish.
Executive Head Chef Stephen Boucher and Head Chef Arber Malaj’s open kitchen allows customers to see the grilling action (with four stools set up right in front of the grill). Meat is hung and aged in the restaurant’s own Himalayan salt chamber.
The family-run Huntsham Court Farm supplies all the meat for the menu. Richard and Rosamund Vaughan rear Longhorn cattle, Middle White pigs and Ryeland sheep on their farm in the Wye Valley. Newlyn Fish Market provides daily deliveries of fish and seafood, drawing on their 100 fishermen who source up to 40 different varieties.
We had the following dishes between us along with a few of their cocktails, and a bottle of sparkling wine.
Smoked pulled pork, sourdough toast, apple
English shellfish cocktail (with prawns & crayfish tails)
Longhorn beef carpaccio, shaved Parmesan
Lamb Chops with truffle fries and peas.
Baby back pork ribs with BBQ glaze
Grilled tiger prawns with chilli oil & garlic butter
Block fish pie with mustard mash
Dark chocolate tart, honeycomb crackling
Bramley apple crumble, lemongrass & thyme custard
Sundays will feature Roasts – beef, pork or lamb – with Yorkshire pudding, charred vegetable, roast potatoes and Block gravy. Breakfast includes traditional egg dishes, plus the Block Full House, Crayfish Benedict, Florentine Waffle, and The Block (a Longhorn ‘hangover’ burger, with double-stack beef).
The bar offering is overseen by the company’s Beverage Director Tony Vega, and features classic and contemporary cocktails, British beers, and a concise wine list that specifically complements the meat and seafood menu, and incorporating many small producers and ethical winemakers. A major drinks focus will be on Bourbon, with more than 320 selections. A daily Croquettes & Cocktails ‘happy hour’ from 3pm-6pm will offer snacks (eg, Beef brisket croquettes with BBQ mustard, and Pig’s head croquettes with apple chutney) paired with a short list of seasonal cocktails (eg, Basil Peach Julep, or Shark Alley with Absolut Raspberry lemon, pomegranate and rosemary).
Block Soho will be open Sunday-Thursday 8.30am-Midnight, Friday/Saturday 8.30am-12.30am. In addition to the à la carte menu, there will be a set menu for lunch and pre-theatre at £28 for three courses. (£22 for two courses).
A really enjoyable evening , and the young English waiting staff were excellent.
www.blocksoho.com - Visit their website here.
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Monday 22 August 2022.

THE REWIND SOUTH FESTIVAL is held at Henley-On-Thames.
It is mainly a festival for 1980s acts, but also a couple from the 1970s and 1990s.
Sat 20 Aug - HOLLY JOHNSON + LEVEL 42 + BELINDA CARLISLE + KIM WILDE +
SLIM JIM PHANTOM plus a few others.
Sun 21 Aug - HUMAN LEAGUE + MIDGE URE + HEATHER SMALL +
THE SELECTOR + TUNDE ( The Lighthouse Family) plus a few others.
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Sunday 21 August 2022.
I have been to this retro festival several times over the years....perfect weather as nice and sunny today...
Always lovely to be in upmarket Henley , with the venue beside the River Thames and all the boats.
George Harrison lived here, and many musicians still do.
Lots of folks in some pretty incredible fancy dress costumes.
Easy to get near the stage, as half the crowd have brought their fold up chairs for the middle area.
Capacity here is now 40,000 a day so a huge event, that has a many big funfair rides.
Not much chance of any act saying "this is our new single" or "this is a track of our last album",
as every act is playing short greatest hits sets apart from the headliner, who plays a full set.
Four acts play 30 mins each with their own bands, them six acts play with the house band,
which means nice quick changeovers, and finally the headliners play with their own band.
DJ PAT SHARP introduces each act with some witty banter.
Each act has two big screens at the sides showing live footage, and one in the middle
is showing pre-recorded images.
HOTHOUSE FLOWERS arrived on stage at 2pm for their 30 mins set.
Singer Liam in bare feet, playing some Irish based tunes including their big hit "Don't Go".
THE SELECTOR arrived on stage at 3pm for their 30 mins set.
Ska legends played a really good set including their classics "Three Minute Hero",
"Missing Words", "On My Radio" and "Too Much Pressure".
THE REAL THING arrived onstage at 3.50pm for their 30 mins set.
They are down to two members as one member recently passed away.
Fab hits played included "Can't Get By Without You", "You To Me Are Everything"
and "Can You Feel The Force".
TOM BAILEY (Thompson Twins) arrived on stage at 4.45pm for 40 mins set.
Thompson Twins were massive in the mid 1980s and i worked five of their shows at
Hammersmith Odeon front stage in the years 1983, 1984 and 1987.
Thompson Twins also performed at Live Aid, Philidelphia in 1985.
Tom has three females dressed in white backing him.
He still uses a face microphone , so he can concentrate on his hand gestures.
Nice to hear their hits again including "Love On Your Side" , "You Take Me Up",
"Doctor Doctor" and "Hold Me Now".
CHESNEY HAWKES arrived on stage at 5.50pm for 15 mins.
Even Chesney has headlined Hammersmith Odeon 30 years ago when had his big hit
"The One and Only" in 1991 , which the crowd sang loudly along to.
I can remember bringing my first son aged 3 to that gig, as he loved it.
CAROL DECKER (T'Pau) arrived on stage at 6.15pm for 15 mins.
Carol she actually lives Henley and sung her hits "Heart & Soul" and "China In Your Hand".
MICA PARIS arrived on stage at 6.32pm for her four songs...two solo then two soul covers.
TUNDE (Lighthouse Family) arrived on stage at 6.55pm for his 30 mins.
A nice smooth soul voice and sung Lighthouse Family big hits "Lifted" and "Ocean Drive".
HEATHER SMALL arrived on stage at 7.30pm for her 30 mins set.
Heather Small worked the crowd well, as her powerful voice belted out those M People gems,
along with her classic track "Proud".
Full HEATHER SMALL setlist played tonight...
One Night in Heaven (M People song)
Search for the Hero (M People song)
Sight for Sore Eyes (M People song)
How Can I Love You More? (M People song)
Proud
Moving On Up (M People song)
MIDGE URE arrived on stage at 8.05pm for his 30 mins set.
Midge played six really good hits that he was involved with including...
Hymn ( The Power & The Glory) (Ultravox song)
Fade To Grey (he wrote and produced this hit for Visage)
If I Was ( a number one solo hit in the UK)
Vienna (Ultravox song)
Dancing With Tears In My Eyes (Ultravox song)
THE HUMAN LEAGUE arrived on stage at 9.05pm for their 70 mins set.
Phil Oakey and the two girls are still here.
They are still using their all white stage equipment, and there are outfit changes.
They are the only act to have a proper light show, as darkness falls.
Synth pop legends have got plenty of great tunes.
Full HUMAN LEAGUE setlist played tonight...
The Sound of the Crowd
Mirror Man
Heart Like a Wheel
Open Your Heart
Seconds
The Lebanon
One Man in My Heart
Human
Love Action (I Believe in Love)
Tell Me When
(Keep Feeling) Fascination
Don't You Want Me
Encore :
Being Boiled
Together in Electric Dreams (Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder cover)

Thursday 18 August 2022.

Wednesday 17 August 2022.
COLDPLAY are now playing a staggering SIX massive shows at Wembley Stadium in August 2022.
Part of a massive world tour of stadiums, that could be the biggest grossing tour by any band this year.
Grossing 6 million dollars per show in Europe which included three stadium shows in Berlin and four in Paris.
Fri 12 August (they were joined by Craig David for a couple of songs)
Sat 13 August (they were joined by Craig David for a couple of songs)
Tues 16 August (they were joined by Natalie Imbruglia for a couple of songs)
Wed 17 August
Sat 20 August
Sun 21 August (tube strike on Fri 19 Aug so show postponed two days to 21 Aug)
Can you guess who has played the most times at Wembley Stadium on the same tour?
MICHAEL JACKSON has played 7 times, but the gold medal goes to TAKE THAT who played 8 shows
on their reunion tour when Robbie Williams came back.
I have seen Coldplay several times since 2000, including an intimate show at Shepherds
Bush Empire in 2021 at the start of their current world tour, to promote their recent album.
Check out this gig i saw in 2000 ,when Coldplay as a new support act were just starting out.
Reef + Placebo + Coldplay + Toploader + Manson + Space The Dome , Docklands , London 26.09.2000 all the bands did 30 mins set apart from Reef who did 45 mins .Placebo and Reef were the best bands tonight....Chris Martin got a very lukewarm reception from the mainly rock music loving crowd.
It was a free gig for 2000 folks for Japanese tv.
Just two years later i saw Coldplay headline Wembley Arena.
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This was COLDPLAY show number four of their six massive shows here, and my first visit of the six.
The shows here at Wembley have been getting great reviews, and even got five stars from the NME.
Coldplay have always seemed like an uncool band that many folks and critics feel it's not ok to like.
Previous generations used to say the same about the likes of Phil Collins and Simply Red.
Doubt that the band are worried as they can claim to be "the biggest band in the world".
The last leg of their world tour heads to South America after the UK and includes unbelievably
TEN shows at the legendary River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Saw tv and film screenwriter/producer/director RICHARD CURTIS inside the stadium.
The band arrive on stage at 8.15pm and play for just over two hours.
The first few songs of the show are not to be missed as the band come out with all guns blazing.
Fireworks, coloured balloons, confetti are a go-go to create a stunning colourful eye-popping spectacle.
The LED wristbands that they give to all ticket holders have been used for several years now,
are also used from the start, look incredible as the darkness comes down.
They are synced to the beats of the music, but now produce shapes are well as colours.
The LED wristbands on thousands of fans really does elevate the live concert experience here.
Two big circular screens at the sides, and a spaceship type visual treat on the rear middle screen.
Chris Martin is a great frontman as he dances around all the stages and along the stage extension.
Sometimes he is a bit too polite, but he does create a feel-good atmosphere.
Chris is the leader , but it is pretty amazing he shares all the money equally with the other band members.
There are two smaller stages, that are used to good effect.
Loads of massive hits played and several tracks from recent album "Music of the Spheres".
Every night they get a special guest to join them for a couple of songs.
Tonight we had Shaznay from All Saints sing a couple of All Saints hits, back by Coldplay
Love or loathe them, everyone here would say that tonight they had seen a fantastic show.
Full COLDPLAY setlist played tonight....
Tape intro "Music of The Spheres" (with the band entering the stage via the stage extension)
Higher Power
Adventure of a Lifetime
Paradise
Charlie Brown
The Scientist
B-STAGE
Viva la Vida
Hymn for the Weekend
Speed of Sound (partial, piano version; first time since 2016)
Fly On (with fan on piano)
A-STAGE
Politik
In My Place
Yellow
Sunrise
Human Heart
People of the Pride
Something Just Like This
(The Chainsmokers & Coldplay cover) (shortened; pre-recorded vocals with Chris performing in sign language)
B-STAGE
Midnight
A-STAGE
My Universe (Coldplay x BTS cover)
A Sky Full of Stars (restarted, asks audience to put phones away for this song)
C-STAGE
Sparks (with guest pedal steel guitarist Nicole Lawrence)
Pure Shores (All Saints cover) (with Shaznay Lewis)
Never Ever (All Saints cover) (with Shaznay Lewis)
A-STAGE
Humankind
Fix You
Biutyful


Tuesday 16 August 2022.

Tuesday 16 August 2022....I went to two venue showcase events tonight.
5pm to 5.45pm
AQUA NUEVA , 5th Floor, 30 Argyll Street, London W1.
This tardis of a venue is directly opposite The London Palladium.
You go up in the lift and you come out to their massive area on the entire fifth floor when they have
six different sized restaurant and bar spaces , including three rooftop terraces.
They can cater from 12 in the private dining room to 400 standing for the entire venue.
We had complimentary Aperol Spritz cocktails, prosecco, wines and canapes.
The Aqua Restaurant Group have 23 restaurants and bars in prime cities across the world
www.Aqua-London.com - Visit their website here.
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6pm to 8.30pm
HERITAGE SOHO , 18 - 20 Rupert Street, Soho, London W1.
This stylish venue opened a couple of years ago , just before covid.
Rupert Street is a quietish street , just a couple of minutes from the lively Leicester Square.
Heritage Soho is an alpine restaurant and cocktail bar in Soho that specialises in fondue, raclette and other classic dishes from the Swiss Alps...Heritage have their original venue in Montreux.
There is an impressive bar area as soon as you enter the venue.
There is also an alfresco outside space, which is ideal for the current warm evenings.
The venue can cater for 62 guests seated or 100 guests standing.
Complimentary Food included...
Slices of steak, cheese raclette and fondue, hot and cold canapes, sweet dessert canapes.
Complimentary Drinks included four delicious cocktails...
Vodka with raspberry & lemonade
Cinnamon Whiskey with ginger beer
Caramel Rum with ginger ale
Almond Tequila with apple juice
Also tropical shots, prosecco, wines and beers.
A really great hidden gem of a venue.
All guests got a goodie bag with a bottle of rose wine on departure.
www.heritagesoho.co.uk - Visit their website here.
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Monday 15 August 2022....press preview....
8pm to 11pm.
BREWDOG , The Sidings , Waterloo Station, London SE1.
One of the biggest pubs in the UK opens this week at the old Eurostar terminal.
Independent craft brewer BrewDog is opening its biggest-ever venue at the heart of a major UK transport hub. The 60-tap destination is scheduled to welcome drinkers to its newest pub as part of the rejuvenation of Waterloo Station.
At 26,500sq ft in size, BrewDog Waterloo is more than twice the size of its previous largest location, DogTap, in Columbus, Ohio, USA. With a capacity of 1,775 people spread across two floors, the bar is a short walk from the platforms of one of the UK’s busiest stations.
The venue includes a two lane bowling alley and a small stage for live music.
Brewdog are famous for their PUNK IPA alcoholic beverage and craft beers.
We also try each of their cocktails including espresso martinis, old fashioned whiskey, Negronis etc.
We try the beef burgers and the buttermilk chicken burgers (Cluck Norris), with fries, and various sides.
We try the desserts including ice cream and orio doughnuts.
The drinks and food prices are a bit higher than normal , as the venue is part of the train station.
On Saturday August 20 at 8pm special guests THE FUTUREHEADS will be playing an exclusive live set...only £7 in advance via the Brewdog website to get in and that includes a free drink.
Brewdog are everywhere these days, including in The Goldhawk Road near Shepherds Bush Empire.
www.Brewdog.com - Visit their website here.
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Sunday 14 August 2022.

Saturday 13 August 2022.
I will be drumming with my band GUN CONTROL as we play our first gig in Shepherds Bush for 40 years.
SHAKE SOME ACTON has moved from Acton to Shepherds Bush.
Escape Bar, 174 Goldhawk Road, London W12.
10pm --- JAY VEE AND THE CARDINAL SINS
9pm --- DEAD HOMBRES
8pm --- GUN CONTROL (with me on drums )
We will be the first band on...we have a stand-in singer for this gig...
A great new 80 capacity club venue that is putting punk gigs on some Saturday's.
Three bands on stage from 8pm to 11pm....doors open 7pm.
Tickets are £10 in advance online from wegottickets or pay on the door.
5 mins walk from Goldhawk Road tube station...Hammersmith & City Line.
10 mins walk from Shepherds Bush tube station...Central Line.
10 mins walk from Ravenscourt Park tube station....District Line.
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I remember this ex pub that used to be frequented by mainly Irish folks.
It now has a cool music vibe with seven inch vinyl singles stuck on the walls etc.
Great to play to a home crowd as we have many friends who have come to see us.
My band GUN CONTROL came on 8pm and played for 35 mins set.
We played our ten songs - eight originals and covers of "Teenage Kicks" and "Steppin' Stone".
The good thing about playing this type of gig is that the drum kit is provided by the promoter
for all three bands, so i just bring my sticks.
Great to hear applause for our own material.
Not perfect, but it was great fun to play live in front of a crowd.
They have a nice alfresco space where folks gather during the intervals between bands.
DEAD HOMBRES arrived on stage at 9.10pm for 45 mins.
A trio who featured some very nifty dirty garage rock n roll guitar.
JAY VEE AND THE CARDINAL SINS arrived on stage at 10.15pm for their 50 mins.
A good set of uptempo tunes.

Friday 12 August 2022

Friday 12 August 2022.
SCORPIONS Release New Single 'Hammersmith'.
Legendary German hard rockers SCORPIONS have just released a new single, "Hammersmith", through Universal Vertigo.
Hammersmith is an event venue located in the London district with the same name. Some artists who performed there were THE WHO, QUEEN, AC/DC, MOTÖRHEAD, METALLICA and SCORPIONS.
I saw ALL the above bands at Hammersmith Odeon many times.
"Hammersmith", which was originally a bonus track on the U.K. edition of SCORPIONS' latest album, "Rock Believer", is not just an anthem to an iconic music venue, it is also a contemporary manifesto, showing just how much enthusiasm they still have for hard rock, the roots of their fame and original metal.
"The song," says SCORPIONS singer Klaus Meine, "takes us back to a time when we played in the smallest clubs, just dreaming about being able to perform in the Temple of Rock, the Hammersmith Odeon."
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Thursday 11 August 2022...7pm to 10pm.
Our third and final rehearsal in North Acton for our gig this Saturday.
Venue - The Escape Bar, Goldhawk Road, Shepherds Bush, London W12.
I will be playing drums with my band GUN CONTROL....we are on early at 8pm...
This will be our first gig in Shepherds Bush for 40 years.
We pretty much did every song three times.
Felt totally whacked at the end, after playing for three hours, but great fun.
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Looks like the Gallagher brothers can agree on one thing.
In recent interviews both Liam and Noel have stated that
SEX PISTOLS album "Never Mind The Bollocks" is their fave album ever.
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Check out this great recent documentary on BON SCOTT that is up on YouTube...37 mins
which features a rare interview with his brother and others.
BON SCOTT High Voltage life as AC/DC front man | On the Brink full documentary | Australian Story
Shows how in 1974 his stint in pre-AC/DC band Fraternity ended along with a serious
motorbike crash, and just two years later they exploded in London.
They first came to London in April 1976.
I saw their second ever UK gig which was at The Nashville, and would see them 10 times in 1976 alone.
I have seen AC/DC over 40 times...here is the list of the ten shows from 1976.
AC/DC, Captain Video Nashville Pub, London 26.04.1976 first time I saw them.just amazing.
AC/DC, Back Street Crawler Marquee Club, London 12.05.1976
AC/DC Fulham Greyhound Pub, London 23.05.1976 played to about 100 people .
AC/DC Marquee Club, London 04.06.1976 bon scott and angus were incredible .
AC/DC Lyceum Theatre, London 07.07.1976 everytime I saw them they were great
AC/DC Marquee Club, London 26.07.1976. broke the house attendance record
AC/DC Marquee Club, London 02.08.1976
AC/DC Marquee Club, London 09.08.1976 had a weekly Monday gig at Marquee
AC/DC Marquee Club, London 16.08.1976
AC/DC, Tyler Gang Hammersmith Odeon, London 10.11.1976 first major London headline show


Tuesday 09 August 2022.

This is going to be a great few days this weekend...SEE YOU THERE...
So many great bands each night that i have seen before over the years.
Thurs 04 Aug to Sun 07 Aug - REBELLION FESTIVAL is held in Blackpool.
Rebellion is the UKs number one punk related festival in the UK.
I have been to it several times before , including when it used to held in Morecombe
as "Holidays In The Sun"....my last time was in 2012.
Over 10,000 punks and other musical tribes mix happily for a great atmosphere.
It did not take place in Aug 2020 and Aug 2021 due to Covid, but they are back with a bang.
Over 300 bands playing over multi-stages indoors with many legendary big names playing.
This year they have added an outdoor R-Stage at Blackpool Tower.
Blackpool has hundreds of great value bed & breakfast hotels.
Headliners and highlights include.......
Thurs 04 Aug - Levellers + Circle Jerks + Hawkwind + Spizz Energi + The Boys
Fri 05 Aug - Stranglers + Sham 69 + Undertones + Skids + From The Jam + The Professionals
Sat 06 Aug - Gary Numan + Cock Sparrer + Peter Hook & The Light + Cockney Rejects + Wedding Present
Sun 07 Aug - Squeeze + Billy Bragg + Stiff Little Fingers + Tom Robinson Band + Hollie Cook + Buzzcocks
www.rebellionfestivals.com - Visit their website here
for more info on the line-up and to buy tickets....straight after the festival ends you can buy tix for Aug 2023.
20 June UPDATE - The stages and set times for Rebellion and R-Fest have now been announced after weeks of scheduling and shuffling.
01 August UPDATE - R-Fest, starting this Thursday in front of Blackpool Tower on the promenade, are offering free tickets for NHS key workers. Although the country and government moight have stopped clapping for the NHS, R-Fest want to show their gratitude for everything they did during the pandemic by offering one hundred tickets per day to the wonderful NHS workers.
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Seeing thousands of punk rockers walking around Blackpool really is an amazing sight.
Great to bump into friends from London and all around the country...it is a very social event...
A fantastic atmosphere, will no trouble in the venues or outside whatsoever.
We have an incredible choice of over 60 bands/acts daily, over the multi-stages.
I will easily see over 100 live music events this year, but doubt any will be as enjoyable as this one.
THURSDAY
MICK ROSSI INTERVIEW...a 30 mins chat about his career with and after Slaughter & The Dogs.
KNOCK OFF...my friend wanted to watch this band and the following band.
Lots of good catchy singalong tunes including "Football, Beer & Punk Rock".
A great thing was all the bands had use of the big light show here at all the venues.
DIRTBOX DISCO...they came on with a mixture of face masks, wigs and make-up.
Again, lots of uptempo catchy singalongs including "lI Don't Wanna Go Out With You" and
"My Life is Shit".
SPIZZ ENERGI...Spizz played a few of his classics from 40 odd years ago including "6000 Crazy",
"Soldier Soldier" and "Where's Captain Kirk?".
CIRCLE JERKS...are playing a rare visit to the UK...this hardcore punk band from Los Angeles,
formed in 1979 , and played a mental 32 songs in their 60 mins set, that the moshing crowd loved.
THE BOYS....arrived on stage at 9.30pm for their 55 mins of catchy pop punk gems.
They had a nice big screen showing record covers and info on each song , which included
the year it was released and who wrote it.
Lots of their oldies from the late 1970s played including "T.C.P.", "Cop Car", "Brickfield Nights"
and "Sick On You " along with a few good tracks from their most recent album release "Punk Rock Menopause", which was released in 2014.
Overall a great opening night.
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FRIDAY
THE VAPORS arrived on the outdoor R-stage at 1.30pm for their 40 mins set.
Catchy pop tunes played including their big hit "Turning Japanese".
JILTED JOHN & band arrived on stage at 2.30pm for his very enjoyable & humourous set.
He pretty much talks rather than sings the lyrics, and great to hear "Gordon is a Moron" again.
TOYAH & band arrived on stage at 3.35pm for their 55 mins set.
Toyah is currently making great Sunday lunchtime videos for social media with her husband Robert Fripp.
She looks fab for her 64 years of age , and nice to hear her big hits "It's A Mystery" and
"I Want To Break Free"....and she says "she is wetting her knickers " at the thought of supporting
Billy Idol on his UK arena tour in October.
BOOZE & GLORY...another band that my friend wanted me to see.
Lots of folks are proudly wearing their t-shirts and they played a very lively set.
They ended their set with a rousing "Only Fools Get Caught" that the crowd went wild to.
THE PROFESSIONALS...feature punk rock drumming legend Paul Cook from The Sex Pistols.
A great set that mixed their own material with a couple of Sex Pistols gems.
Set included "Just Another Dream", "Going, Going, Gone", "Silly Thing" , "Lonely Boy" , Kick Down The Doors","Problems" , "1-2-3" and "Steppin' Stone".
SLAUGHTER BITE BACK...feature original SATD guitar slinger Mick Rossi.
Slaughter And The Dogs were another punk band that were around during the heyday of punk.
Great songs played including "Boston Babies", "Hell in New York", " East Side of Town",
and 'Cranked Up Really High".
THE BLOCKHEADS...the great lyrics of Ian Dury still live on with a new singer,
including "Sex & Drugs & Rock n Roll", "What A Waste", "Sweet Gene Vincent"
and "Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick"...and a rousing finale of " Blockheads".
I think they still have three original members in the band.
SHAM 69...arrived on stage at 9.50pm for their 55 mins set.
Another band with three original members playing.
Luckily i was in situ with the band before as for Sham the doors were shut as venue reached capacity.
Lots of their superb catchy singalong hits played including "Borstall Breakout" , "Angels With Dirty Faces",
"If The Kids Are United", "Hersham Boys" and "Hurry Up Harry"...an excellent set.
THE RAMONAS arrived on stage at 11.05pm for the 50 mins of Ramones covers.
The all-female band sound great and the singer does a neat Joey Ramone , and
they whizzed through many Ramones classics, just like the real Ramones did.
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SATURDAY
THE LEE HARVEYS were a band a couple of mates were heading off to see.
A good set from these Dubliners, including the track "Dead Popstar".
999 arrived on stage at 3.25pm for their 40 mins set.
They are the only band that have played every one of these punk festivals.
I have seen them many times since the 1970s punk heyday...always great to see them.
Original singer Nick Cash is still fronting them.
Great songs played included "Emergency", "Nasty Nasty" , "Homicide" and "I'm Alive"
GIMP FIST arrived on stage at 4.30pm for their 40 mins set.
The oddly named Gimp Fist are promoting their 8th studio album "Isolation".
They attract a big crowd and lots of moshing for their catchy uptempo singalongs.
Over to the big outdoor R-stage for the first of three bands, starting with POP WILL EAT ITSELF
PWEI have had 11 x Top 40 hits in the UK between 1989 and 1994.
Bouncy indie-rave dance tunes got folks dancing down the front.
PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT arrived on stage at 7.40pm for their 70 mins set.
Peter Hook was the legendary bass player in both Joy Division and New Order.
His two amps are sprayed white with "Salford Rules" and "Guitar Hero".
Tonight he plays an entire set of Joy Division classic tracks that was just fantastic.
Highlights included "Isolation", "She's Lost Control", "Shadowplay", "Ceremony",
and "Love Will Tear Us Apart"....Peter is top notch on the vocals as well...
GARY NUMAN arrived on stage at 9.25pm and played for 80 mins.
I have seen Gary Numan around 25 times with most of them in the 1980s when he played
multi-nights at Hammersmith Odeon when i worked front stage security.
Plenty of his loyal hardcore fans are all over the front few rows.
Lots of newer material played, which has a great industrial rock wall of sound.
Great to hear the older hits "Cars", "Down In The Park" and of course "Are Friends Electric?"
Rushed back indoors to see to catch five songs from the mighty GODFATHERS.
Three gems at the end , "I Want Everything", "This Damn Nation" and "Birth School Work Death".
MOTORHEADACHE play for around 45 mins.
The UKs number one Motorhead tribute band have an excellent Lemmy lookalike and soundalike.
Plenty of classics played including "Killed By Death", "Bomber" and "Ace of Spades".
Another fantastic day at Rebellion.
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SUNDAY
ALTERED IMAGES arrived on stage at 2.30pm for their 50 mins set.
They are the first of four bands i watch on the trot at the outside R-stage.
A very nice afternoon setting as the sun is out and to the right of the stage is the Irish Sea.
Singer Claire Grogan is looking much younger than her 60 years, as she dances around the stage.
Good to hear her hits from 40 years ago including "I Could Be Happy", "Don't Talk To Me About Love"
and of course "Happy Birthday".
BUZZCOCKS arrived on stage at 3.45pm for their 60 mins set.
Buzzcocks vocalist Pete Shelley sadly died a few years ago, so original guitarist Steve Diggle
takes over the vocals, which means they are further down the bill than they would be if Pete was still alive.
Solo material was played but the fans really wanted to hear those Buzzcocks classics including
"What Do I Get?", "Fast Cars", "Orgasm Addict" , "Promises" and "Ever Fallen In Love".
HOLLIE COOK arrived on stage at 5.05pm for her 55 mins set.
Hollie Cook is promoting her recently released 4th studio album "Happy Hour".
Hollie is the daughter of Sex Pistols legend Paul Cook.
Hollie bounces around the stage singing her summary tropical reggae songs.
A great band , with the keyboard player dishing out the cool dub snippets.
TOM ROBINSON BAND arrived on stage at 6.30pm for his 65 mins set.
Tom played a superb set , mixing his great songs with his entertaining stage banter.
His punk rock chum TV Smith joined him on stage for two songs.
Highlights included "Martin", "Too Good To Be True", "War Baby", "Glad To Be Gay",
"2-4-6-8 Motorway", "Up Against The Wall" and "Power In The Darkness".
RUTS DC arrived on stage at 8.10pm for their 60 mins set.
Lesser known punk dub tracks for the first 30 mins then gems "Staring At The Rude Boys",
"In A Rut" and "Babylons Burning".
STIFF LITTLE FINGERS arrived on stage at 9.40pm for their 70 mins set.
No surprise the room was rammed, and many could not get in as capacity reached.
A lethal opening of "Suspect Device" and "Fly The Flag" was brilliant.
Plenty of other goodies played including "Nobody's Hero", "Barbed Wire Love",
"Gotta Getaway", "Tin Soldiers" and their usual finale of the incredible "Alternative Ulster".
Another excellent day of great live music.
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Tuesday 02 August 2022.

Tuesday 02 Aug 2022.
A full house of 88,000 at Wembley Stadium saw England's fantastic win at The Women's Euros 2022 Final.
Film director Gurinder Chadha links her 2002 classic film "Bend It Like Beckham" with England's triumph.
So many film people kept telling her " No one wants to watch a film about women and football".
They said "It's not commercial" ..."And now look".
A little story related to the film...
In April 2003 I went to Australia...by accident STATUS QUO were the only major band playing.
I noticed on 20 April and 22 April they were playing the same venue in Coolangatta.
This seemed a good idea to catch them twice..which I did.
A great venue too...as all standing for only 1000 fans.
At the venue I was thinking why are Quo taking a day off when we are in the middle of nowhere...I asked a member of the venue staff...was anything happening on the day off.
It was a Monday...he said "Monday is film night ,and we don't cancel that for anything".
The film was "Bend It Like Beckham" ...which I also saw.
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Monday 01 August 2022.
R-Fest, starting this Thursday in front of Blackpool Tower on the promenade, are offering free tickets for NHS key workers. Although the country and government might have stopped clapping for the NHS, R-Fest want to show their gratitude for everything they did during the pandemic by offering one hundred tickets per day to the wonderful NHS workers.
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Saturday 30 July 2022.
LADY GAGA live at Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, North London.
Lady Gaga plays the second ot two massive sold out shows at this football stadium.
Capacity for each of these shows is 50,000.
Same venue that i saw two Guns N Roses shows on July 1 and July 2 this year.
Lady Gaga is playing 19 stadium and outdoor shows in Europe , Japan and North America.
Lady Gaga is giving her first public live performance of her #1 selling, critically acclaimed, and GRAMMY-winning 2020 album, Chromatica, Gaga’s 6th consecutive #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. The show included fan favorites from the latest album including “Rain on Me”, “Stupid Love”, and “Alice” as well as hits from her massive and iconic discography such as “Bad Romance”, “Poker Face”, and “Shallow”.
I saw Lady Gaga in 2009 when she was a hotly tipped support act to The Pussycat Dolls.
Also a few other times ,including a secret gig at Annabel's members club in 2011.
Should be a very theatrical show with lots of extravagant costume changes and dancers.
Another stadium show with some very expensive ticket prices.
They're priced at the following, including booking fees...
Pitch standing ticket - £85.40
Gold circle standing - £167.50
Seated ticket - £51.65-£167.50
Pitch standing early entry - £191
Gold circle early entry - £266
Hot ticket package - £261
Lady Ga Ga's debut album "The Fame", which turned 10 in 2019, has reached a huge milestone in the UK, passing 3 million combined sales across physical, downloads, and streams – which makes it 10-times platinum!
A friend who went to the Friday show said no support act...Lady Gaga on stage around 8.30pm.
That means if you are a hardcore fan who wants to get to the front of your allocated standing area,
doors open at 5pm and it is 3 1/2 half hours wait with nothing to see or do.
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No support act seemed a bit odd, and just some basic tunes over the pa.
The crowd are very colourful, and full of "Little Monsters" and LGBTQ+ folks peacocking.
At 8.25pm - we get a few minutes of Lady Gaga images on the big screen.
LADY GAGA & band arrived on stage at 8.30pm and play for two hours.
I have a great view in the gold circle, next to one of the two catwalk stage extensions.
The dancers and band members used the catwalk extensions more than Lady Gaga.
Pretty amazing to turn around, and see the huge crowd that Lady Gaga is performing to.
I can actually feel the heat from the plume of flames Lady Gaga is regularly blasting out.
The stage production is brutalist grey granite, along with the big screens.
Lots of incredible costume changes between the "acts".
A stunning trio of her early anthems opened the show, performed with an army of dancers.
Lady Gaga got stuck into all the dance routines , with her dancers.
"Born This Way" and "Shallow" were among the gems played on the b-stage in the middle.
Tonight's version of "The Edge of Glory" was stunning.
The crowd were given wristbands that lit up every now and then.
This worked best for the final hour, as it was nice and dark then.
A visually excellent show, that certainly rivalled the likes of Madonna.
Full LADY GAGA setlist played tonight....
Prelude
Opening Film (Video Introduction)
Bad Romance
Just Dance
Poker Face
Act I
The Operation
Alice
Replay
Monster
Act II
Flowers
911 (Extended intro; shortened)
Sour Candy (Shortened)
Telephone
LoveGame
Act III
The Birth of Freedom
Babylon (Extended intro; dedicated to Alexander McQueen)
Free Woman (Extended intro)
Born This Way (Piano acoustic into full band)
Act IV
Tamara
Shallow (Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper cover) (Extended)
Always Remember Us This Way
The Edge of Glory (Piano acoustic; shortened)
1000 Doves (Piano demo version)
Fun Tonight (Piano acoustic into full band)
Enigma (Extended outro)
Finale
Sonnet
Stupid Love (Extended)
Rain on Me (Extended Intro)
Encore:
Hold My Hand
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Note: From "Born This Way" onwards for 40 mins Lady Gaga was on b-stage

Saturday 30 July 2022

Friday 29 July 2022...5pm to 5.45pm...preview open day....
BONE DADDIES - 1a Philimore Gardens, off Kensington High Street, London W8.
Note - This building used to be BILL WYMAN'S Sticky Fingers Restaurant & Bar.
To celebrate their new Kensington opening, Bone Daddies are giving away 500 free bowls of Ramen on Friday 29th July from 4pm.
Having established themselves as one of the most popular Ramen chains in London, Bone Daddies now boast 9 London locations.
On the menu you'll find a wide range of delicious Japanese flavours to slurp your way through. Pick from a pork, chicken or plant-based broth jam-packed with incredible ingredients and various levels of spice.
We had one of the chicken bowls each....very nice and filling...all their ramen bowls normally cost around £13.
then a 30 mins walk to Shepherds Bush Green.
GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Hi-energy boogie-blues legend (now aged 72) on his "Good To Be Bad - 45 Years Of Rock" world tour.
I saw him headline The Royal Albert Hall in 2009.
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The venue looks very full tonight, with mainly older folks.
ANDREW DICKSON arrived on stage at 8pm for his 30 mins.
Solo singer-songwriter who didn't really suit the bill as a support act to the lively George T.
GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS arrived on stage 8.55pm for their 90 mins set.
Five of them on stage include lots of sax.
George is looking very youthful for his 72 years.
Lots of nifty guitar playing from him, including plenty of lovely bottleneck guitar.
Many songs had extended guitar solos and bits of jamming.
All his best known songs that his fans know, were played.
A really good set.
Full GEORGE THOROGOOD setlist played tonight...
Rock Party
Who Do You Love? (Bo Diddley cover)
Shot Down (The Sonics cover)
Night Time (The Strangeloves cover)
I Drink Alone
One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer (Amos Milburn cover)
Gear Jammer
Get a Haircut
Bad to the Bone
Tequila (The Champs cover)
Move It on Over (Hank Williams cover)
Encore:
Born to Be Bad
Outro song over the pa (God Save the Queen - National Anthem )

Thursday 28 July 2022.


Thursday 28 July 2022...7pm to 10pm...
GUN CONTROL with me on drums had a rehearsal in North Acton.
We ran through our 10 song setlist three times.
We will have a stand-in singer for our gig in Shepherds Bush on Sat 13 Aug 2022.
It was the second of three rehearsals we will have for the gig.
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Wednesday 27 July 2022.
27 July 2002...It was 20 years ago today that THE SEX PISTOLS played Crystal Palace Sports Arena.
Their first show since 1996 Filthy Lucre tour - The Pistols at The Palace .
What a great day on what was the hottest weekend of the year so far .I got to C Palace area at noon and did not get back home until after 5am .Sadly missed all the support bands apart from Rapture who were ok .I had backstage passes so was there before and after the band did their 90 mins stunning set feat songs they had never played live before .I watched them from the front .Anarchy In The Uk,God Save The Queen and Pretty Vacant are the 3 greatest singles of all time .After there was a great party at the venue then on to another party for the band at a venue in Wandsworth , SW London . What a mega day .
I went to a rehearsal earlier that month in North London as Jones, Cook, Matlock got ready for it.
There is some decent footage of the gig on YouTube.
Fact...it is the longest show The Sex Pistols have played in their career.
Later that year i would be in California, USA for their only other show that year.
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Sunday 24 July 2022.
EALING BLUES FESTIVAL WEEKEND at Walpole Park, Ealing, London W5.
A great value small weekend festival...Chris Jagger Band headlined the Saturday.
Day tickets are just £10 plus £1 booking fee....or £12.50 on the door.
Weekend tickets are just £17.50 plus £1.75 booking fee....£20 on the door.
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A couple of thousand folks here...and quite a few here i know.
A mainly older crowd, so many have brought picnics and fold up chairs.
7.45pm to 9pm (75 mins) - ROBERT HOKUM and the GREAT WEST GROOVE BIG BAND.
They did a decent set of blues covers and some blues instrumental jams.
They ended playing longer than the headline band tonight.
Robert Hokum puts the event on, so his band always get to be main support before the headliners.
9.40pm to 10.40pm (60 mins ) - WILKO JOHNSON BAND
I was lucky to see the legendary Dr Feelgood with and without Wilko Johnson in the late 1970s.
Have seen him solo a few times and was at his one-off show with Roger Daltrey at
Shepherds Bush Empire in Feb 2014 to promote the album they did together.
The blues trio feature funky bass player Norman Watt-Roy (ex Ian Dury & The Blockheads) and
drummer Dylan Howe (who is the son of Yes guitarist Steve Howe).
Wilko Johnson is now aged 75, and has survived his cancer diagnosis back in 2013.
Wilko still has that unique chopping guitar style, as he often machine guns the audience.
Norman Watt-Roy funky bass is still loud and very upfront.
An odd thing happened after around 30 mins as Norman Watt-Roy was sick on stage.
They took him backstage for a couple of minutes as Wilko jammed away on his guitar, until his return.
Several solo songs played including a couple that felt a bit ramshackle in places.
Highlights of the show were the four Dr Feelgood classics played...
Going Back Home
Roxette
Back In The Night
She Does it Right
An enjoyable show.

Sunday 24 July 2022.

Saturday 23 July 2022....7.30pm show...
SISTER ACT - THE MUSICAL live at Hammersmith Apollo.
I am back to see this great musical a second time.
Looks pretty full again, even though seats in front stalls blocks are costing over £100 each.
Beverley Knight is fantastic again - her acting and singing really is top notch.
Now aged 49, Beverley is pretty much the UK Diana Ross, with the hair to match.
With a mainly female crowd, this feelgood musical about Sisterhood hits the spot.
Like the last time, there was a full standing ovation at the end.
Beverley Knight is not there on Sunday 24 July as she has a gig with Jools Holland,
so if you are booking tickets, check what days Beverley Knight is performing/not performing.

Friday 22 July 2022.

Friday 22 July 2022.
GUNS 2 ROSES live at Sub 89, Reading.
The UKs top GNR tribute band play this all standing 600 capacity club venue near Reading train station.
I saw Guns 2 Roses back in 2005 at The Hard Rock Cafe in London.
I recently saw the real Guns N Roses at Tottenham Football Ground.
www.sub89.com - Visit the venue website here to buy tickets.
Also buy them via Live Nation and Ticketek...£15 plus booking fee in advance or pay on the door.
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Always nicely to be up close to the stage at this cool club venue.
GUNS 2 ROSES arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played for 1 hour 45 mins.
As most visitors to this site know, I love a good quality tribute band.
Tonight Axl and Slash are the main two lookalikes and soundalikes as judging by
what the singer said , it appears that the second guitarist and drummer were stand-ins as
the regulars were on holiday....he didn't seem impressed about them taking time out...
All the classic tracks from the "Appetite for Destruction" album were played and sounded fantastic ,
along with cover versions they are known for, and a couple of deep cuts only hardcore
Guns N Roses fans would know.
A really good show.
Full setlist played by GUNS 2 ROSES tonight....
It's So Easy
Mr Brownstone
Live and Let Die
Knockin' On Heavens Door
Attitude
Welcome to the Jungle
You Could Be Mine
Drum solo
Rocket Queen
November Rain
Yesterday's
Slash guitar solo (discards his shirt for the evening)
Sweet Child O Mine
Bass solo then into Another One Bites The Dust
War On Drugs
You Ain't The First
Used To Love Her
Don't Cry
Nightrain
Paradise City
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Thursday 21 July 2022...7.30pm show...
SISTER ACT - THE MUSICAL begins a six week run at Hammersmith Apollo.
Check Out This Heavenly Cast
UK soul singer BEVERLEY KNIGHT joins the sisterhood as Disco diva in disguise, Deloris Van Cartier. Comedy legend JENNIFER SAUNDERS takes up the habit as Mother Superior alongside an all-star cast, featuring The Greatest Showman and Tony® Award-nominated actress Keala Settle, television and stage star LESLEY JOSEPH, Hackney royalty and Olivier Award-winner Clive Rowe and
Hairspray’s rising star Lizzie Bea.
Brace yourself sisters for this sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, sisterhood and music. Sister Act tells the hilarious story of Deloris whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder. Under protective custody she is hidden in the one place she won’t be found – a convent! Disguised as a nun and under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own.
Featuring original music by Tony® and 8-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken (Disney’s Aladdin, Enchanted), dazzling dance routines and songs inspired by Motown, soul and disco, this is one nostalgia-filled trip that you will never forget. Join our congregation at Eventim Hammersmith Apollo London and Raise Your Voice for the feel-good theatrical event of the summer.
It is on here from 19 July 2022 to 28 August 2022.
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This was preview show number three in the run up to the press / VIP night next week.
This large venue looks pretty full...not easy to fill this venue for around six weeks.
Before the show starts , we have disco classics played over the pa and the mirror ball is in action.
SISTER ACT was on for around 2 hours 15 mins over two sets of 70 mins and 65 mins.
There is a nice big typical theatre type stage production, plus an orchestra of around 20 musicians.
I have seen Beveley Knight on stage a few times over the past 20 years.
Tonight she is fantastic in both her acting and her powerful soul singing voice.
Highlights included the final section of the first half, where all the nuns get to grips with singing.
At the start of the second half, the nuns enter through the stalls seating area and walk to the stage.
A very enjoyable mix of comedy and music, and will def see it a second time.

Wednesday 20 July 2022.

Wednesday 20 July 2022.
JUANES live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Juanes, is a Colombian musician who was a member of the rock band Ekhymosis and is now a solo artist. In 2000, his solo debut album Fíjate Bien won three Latin Grammy Awards. According to his record label, Juanes has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide.
This is his only UK show on his European Tour.
Sadly i have never been to South America...would be great to watch a big rock band play there.
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Level 3 is closed tonight.
The crowd is pretty much 90% Columbia / Spanish, with 75 % of them females.
BELLE MT arrived on stage at 8pm for their 30 mins set.
A couple of guys playing some laid back Ed Sheeran type songs.
JUANES arrived on stage at 9pm for their 1 hour 45 mins set.
There are lots of Columbian flags, small and large dotted around the venue.
Six musicians on stage including keyboards and some nice percussion.
JUANES still has his trademark long hair and the females here are swooning.
The entire crowd are up and dancing from the start, to create a great atmosphere.
There are a couple of highlights for me.
After 30 mins he jumps into the crowd with his guitar and microphone and sings a song there,
with all the fans closely surrounding him , inches from his face.
He performed a couple of cover versions , Bob Marleys "Could You Be Loved" and for the
second encore he donned a Flying V guitar and rocked out to Metallicas "Enter Sandman".
Apart from the two cover versions, the lyrics and stage banter are all in Spanish.
The crowd loved it, and the show ticked along ok.
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Wednesday 20 July 2022.
Happy Birthday to SEX PISTOLS drummer PAUL COOK who is 66 today.
Paul is still playing gigs with his post Pistols band...The Professionals.
Hopefully 2023 will see him in the all-star group Generation Sex playing UK shows.
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Tuesday 19 July 2022.
Happy Birthday to Queen guitarist BRIAN MAY who is 75 today.
The UK’s best-selling albums of all time:
1. Queen – ‘Greatest Hits’ (just passed the seven million UK sales figure....incredible)
2. Abba – ‘Gold’
3. The Beatles – ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’
4. Adele – ’21’
5. Oasis – ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?’
6. Michael Jackson – ‘Thriller’
7. Pink Floyd – ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’
8. Dire Straits – ‘Brothers In Arms’
9. Michael Jackson – ‘Bad’
10. Queen – ‘Greatest Hits II’

Monday 18 July 2022.

Monday 18 July 2022.
MODEST MOUSE live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Indie-rock band from North America who have released several albums over the past 25 years.
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Level 3 is half empty tonight , but overall the venue is pretty full.
Northern Ireland female singer-songwriter SOAK arrived on stage at 8pm for her 30 mins set.
Some lo-fi songs from her recent album out on Rough Trade Records.
MODEST MOUSE arrived on stage at 9pm for their 1 hour 45 mins set.
Six musicians on stage, and seven on stage for a few songs in the middle of the set.
Their quirky indie-rock sound soon had folks dancing at the front of the stalls standing.
The setlist included several tracks from their recent album "The Golden Casket".
Cool oldies played included "We Are Between", "Dashboard", "Bukowski" and
their best known track "Float On" (official video approaching 100 million views on YouTube).
A good show.
Full MODEST MOUSE setlist played tonight...
3rd Planet
Fuck Your Acid Trip
Fire It Up
Dramamine (Life Like Weeds outro)
We Are Between
We're Lucky (short version)
Dance Hall
Dashboard
Tiny Cities Made of Ashes
Wooden Soldiers
Bukowski
King Rat
Broke
Float On
Doin' the Cockroach
Back to the Middle
Encore:
Leave a Light On
Teeth Like God's Shoeshine
Japanese Trees
Lampshades on Fire
Spitting Venom
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Sunday 17 July 2022...6pm to 9.30pm..
THE 606 CLUB presents REBECCA POOLE / PURDY at Fulham Palace, Bishops Park, London SW6.
Adults/Youth 11 & Up: £18.50 :: Children 4-10: £12 :: Children 3 & under: Free*
Legendary Chelsea Jazz Club hold their annual outdoor summer party.
An outstanding singer, Rebecca Poole (also known as Purdy) simply oozes charisma, which combined with her sultry style and surefooted vocal delivery makes her truly impressive. Her many career highlights include touring as support to Jools Holland, performances at Wembley Stadium and the Royal Albert Hall and a singing part in the popular Netflix series 'The Crown'. With influences ranging from Nina Simone and Peggy Lee to Nancy Sinatra and Henry Mancini, Rebecca's own songs have a vintage flair refreshed by a thoroughly modern attitude. But she's also a marvelous straight ahead jazz singer and this show will also showcase that side of her musical personality! Appearing with her band, featuring expat Australian Brandon Allen (Kyle Eastwood, Omar) on sax.
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A lovely sunny evening before the two "red alert" days of scorching weather on Monday and Tuesday.
Some of my history with this venue....
Before i started going to gigs in 1973 , my dad used to take me here as Lyons Cakes would have
a carnival day fete where they gave out loads of free cakes, and we would get bags full.
In the 1980s there was a restaurant & bar on Fulham Palace Road that i visited half a dozen times
when it was used pretty often for aftershow parties for bands playing at Hammersmith Odeon.
I went here for a wedding here 20 years ago , when my niece got married.
Punk icon JOHN LYDON'S London house and HQ is just two minutes from the venue.
Around upmarket older 400 folks here sitting at tables, on chairs and on the floor.
Folks are bringing in huge picnics and you can even bring glass bottles into this event.
The show was pretty much on for two hours over two sets of 45 mins and 75 mins.
Mainly jazz covers that you would know, and some you wouldn't know.
Folks are dancing in front of the stage during the second set.
Such a cool relaxed vibe here, and it made a nice change.

Sunday 17 July 2022.

Sunday 17 July 2022.
One of the greatest gigs i ever saw was 26 years ago today.
17 July 1996 - THE SEX PISTOLS live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
I saw them five times on their Filthy Lucre reunion tour including Paris and Milan.
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Saturday 16 July 2022.
SOCIAL DISTORTION live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Social Distortion play the second of two shows at this venue, on their European Tour.
I have seen them three times before, of which two were in America.
Nov 1996 - The Garage, London.
Sept 2002 - Devore , California - one of several bands supporting The Sex Pistols outdoor all-dayer.
Jan 2004 - Hard Rock, Orlando, Florida.
Californian punk band Social Distortion was formed in 1978 by Mike Ness(who still fronts the band) ,
and were inspired by the Sex Pistols and many other British punk bands as well as rock acts such
as the Rolling Stones.
Their several album releases have sold over three million copies worldwide.
Looks like the Friday show is sold out, but the added show on Saturday will be half empty.
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As expected not really a good idea to add a second show in London.
Level 2 and 3 are closed, and Level 1 is half empty so maybe only 600 out of 2000 tickets sold.
I bumped into my journo mate Mark from Record Collector. He was telling me about a week of gigs
he went to recently in different cities in mainland Europe, including Iron Maiden, Scorpions and KISS.
LOVEBREAKERS arrived on stage at 7.30pm for their 30 mins set.
The band are from Birmingham, and played some good catchy pop punk tunes from their debut album.
GRADE 2 arrived on stage at 8.15pm for their 40 mins set.
The band are from The Isle of Wight, and play a set of fast punk tunes.
They have released their second album on Hellcat Records.
SOCIAL DISTORTION arrived on stage at 9.15pm for their 1 hour 40 mins set.
A small crowd but still lots of moshing and crowd surfing throughout their show.
The security pit team certainly earning their money tonight.
The twin distorted guitars of Social Distortion sound great all through the night.
Oddly, second show on the trot where the headline band included a cover of "Wicked Game".
The vocals could have been a bit clearer , but overall a very good show.
Full SOCIAL DISTORTION setlist played tonight...
Road Zombie
So Far Away
Reach for the Sky
Bye Bye Baby
I Wasn't Born to Follow
Mommy's Little Monster
Sick Boys
Wicked Game (Chris Isaak cover)
Machine
Ball and Chain
Gotta Know the Rules
California (Hustle and Flow)
Tonight
Dear Lover
Born to Kill
Encore:
Untitled new song
Don't Drag Me Down
Story of My Life
Ring of Fire (Merle Kilgore cover)



Friday 15 July 2022.

Thursday 14 July 2022.
THE STRUTS live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Modern day glam rockers are playing a UK tour between European Festival dates.
Dave Grohl called them "the best support band The Foo Fighters ever had".
They seem to have had more success recently in North America rather than the UK.
CARDINAL BLACK are the support band.
I saw them play a really good set at this venue supporting Myles Kennedy in Dec 2021.
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Level 3 is closed tonight, and Level 2 is half empty so maybe 1200 out of 2000 tickets sold.
Rock is Alive as we have two great bands tonight.
CARDINAL BLACK arrived on stage at 8pm for their 45 mins set.
Cardinal Black have been ticking over for a decade or so, and play a really good set.
Some very nifty guitar playing and some powerful soulful rock vocals.
They play their own headline gig at The Garage on 22 Sept 2022.
THE STRUTS arrived on stage at 9.10pm for their 95 mins set.
At last i am getting to see The Struts for the first time as their last couple of London gigs
have clashed with other stuff, from what i can remember.
The Struts perform in front of a giant British flag, to the intro sounds of Gary Glitter.
Their flamboyant singer Luke Spiller has been compared to Freddie Mercury, Justin Hawkins ,
Mick Jagger and Tim Curry....and you can see bits of them all in his live performance.
He even plays piano like Freddie Mercury too, and works the crowd perfectly.
The band do play the same type of classic rock that The Darkness focus on.
Luke is a total live-wire on stage, and is soon sweating buckets.
The show is really entertaining , and just great to watch.
They finish the show with their excellent track "Could Have Been Me" , which has seen the
official video have over 12 million views on YouTube.
The band take their bows to their outro song of Only Fools & Horses tv theme tune.
Full setlist played by THE STRUTS tonight...
Primadonna Like Me
Body Talks
Kiss This
I Hate How Much I Want You
Fire (Part 1)
One Night Only
Dirty Sexy Money
Are You Falling With Me (worldwide live debut of their new single)
Low Key in Love
Mary Go Round (acoustic)
Put Your Money on Me
Medley - Put Your Hands Up / These Times Are Changing / Bulletproof Baby / All Dressed Up (With Nowhere to Go) / Only Just a Call Away / Where Did She Go
Wicked Game (Chris Isaak cover)
Wild Child
I Do It So Well
Encore:
Strange Days
Could Have Been Me
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SEX PISTOLS "GSTQ" is best selling vinyl single of 2022 so far in the UK.
Vinyl Singles Chart 2022 – to end of Q2.
1 God Save The Queen Sex Pistols
2 The Lakes Taylor Swift
3 Ooh Do U Fink U R Suggs & Paul Weller
4 We’re Gonna Get There In The End Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
5 Brilliant Adventure EP David Bowie
6 Hunter’s Moon Ghost
7 Making A Fire Foo Fighters
8 Rock The Casbah The Clash
9 A Celebration U2
10 Who’s That Girl Madonna



Thursday 14 July 2022.

Wednesday 13 July 2022...I went to two theatre events today.
MATINEE
From 04 July 2022 - Broadway star FELICITY BOSWELL replaces BEVERLEY KNIGHT
in The Drifters Girl at The Garrick Theatre, London.
with the sensational Adam J Bernard (Dreamgirls), Tarinn Callender (Hamilton), Matt Henry (Kinky Boots)
and Tosh Wanogho-Maud (Showboat).
Discover the remarkable story of The Drifters, one of the world’s greatest vocal groups, and the truth about the woman who made them. Felicity Boswell stars as Faye Treadwell, the legendary manager of The Drifters, who, alongside her husband, fought for three decades to turn Atlantic Records’ hottest vocal group into a global phenomenon.
From the highs of hit records and sell out tours to the lows of legal battles and personal tragedy, The Drifters Girl charts the trailblazing efforts of the world’s first African American, female music manager and how she refused to ever give up on the group she loved. Thirty years, and loads of hit songs later, there is no doubt that Faye Treadwell was and always will be, The Drifters Girl.
With an unbelievable soundtrack of some of the most iconic songs in history, including Save The Last Dance For Me, Under The Boardwalk, Kissin’ In The Back Row Of The Movies, Stand By Me, Come On Over To My Place and Saturday Night At The Movies.
Beverley Knight is in it until end of July, then she joins the cast of Sister Act at Hammersmith Apollo.
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No surprise it is an older crowd here , who remember the act from the 1960s and 1970s.
I saw Ben E King in 1977, after he had departed the act for a solo career, and later in 2001.
I saw The Drifters in 1993 but not sure who was in the line-up back then.
It was pretty much a two hour show over two sets of 65 mins and 55 mins.
The Drifters were pretty much a four man vocal harmony group.
Lots of great stage costumes from that era and great dance routines.
Plenty of great hit songs...some performed twice...with some comedy thrown in through the show.
Felicity Boswell was excellent in the lead role, of being a black female music executive back then.
The Drifters were famous for breakaway band members forming their own versions of the act.
Everyone suing each other etc and run-ins with Atlantic Records.
Coming to the UK and they hits written over here by Roger Cook & Roger Greenaway.
A very enjoyable show.
then
EVENING
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL present CORTEO at The 02 Arena...opening night...
Corteo, which means cortege in Italian, is a joyous procession, a festive parade imagined by a clown. The show brings together the passion of the actor with the grace and power of the acrobat to plunge the audience into a theatrical world of fun, comedy and spontaneity situated in a mysterious space between heaven and earth.
The clown pictures his own funeral taking place in a carnival atmosphere, watched over by quietly caring angels. Juxtaposing the large with the small, the ridiculous with the tragic and the magic of perfection with the charm of imperfection, the show highlights the strength and fragility of the clown, as well as his wisdom and kindness, to illustrate the portion of humanity that is within each of us. The music turns lyrical and playful carrying Corteo through a timeless celebration in which illusion teases reality.
The concept and disposition of the stage bring the audience in a theatrical atmosphere like never seen before in Cirque du Soleil arena shows. The set curtains, inspired by the Eiffel Tower, and the central curtains, which were hand painted, give a grandiose feel to the stage. This sets the tone for the poetry of Corteo.
The cast of Corteo includes 51 acrobats, musicians, singers and actors from all around the world.
www.cirquedusoleil.com - Visit their website here,
for more info and to buy tickets.
In London from 13 – 17 July 2022 before continuing across the country with shows in Manchester from 5 – 9 October 2022, Glasgow from 12 – 16 October 2022 and Birmingham from 19 – 23 October 2022.
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Celebrity guests who graced the red carpet and enjoyed the performance from the cast of Corteo included Martin Lewis, AJ Pritchard, Arlene Phillips, Grace Chatto (Clean Bandit), Julia Bradbury, Lydia Bright and no doubt more.
The huge venue is transformed into an intimate theatre experience.
The stage is in the middle of the floor.
Level 4 is closed off and everyone has a great view from the stalls floor and level one.
There is no need for any big screens.
The show is pretty much on for two hours over two sets.
It is a typically CDC production featuring stunning costumes and a visual colour explosion.
The live band play joyous rhythms.
Sixteen acts dazzle you with their incredible skills in a very enjoyable show....
Four women perform aerial acrobatics on three chandeliers.
Six artists perform on Trampo Beds.
Five artists perform with Cyr Wheels.
An artist performs contortion like shapes on a suspended pole.
The giant clown performs a light-hearted golf routine.
Artists Marionette , like a live puppet.
A gypsy performer dazzles with a multitude of hoops.
A child-like helium balloon dance over the crowd was an excellent highlight.
Teeterboard acrobats
High flying between two stations, which brought gasps from the crowd.
Crystal glasses and whistler showcase, perform a haunting melody.
Three jugglers perform with rings, hoops and clubs.
A ladder acrobatic specialist.
Romeo & Juliet opera roulette, perform the unexpected.
Duo-straps display
Horizontal bars display, that kept you on the edge of your seat.


Tuesday 12 July 2022.

Tuesday 12 July 2022...7pm to 10pm...
My band GUN CONTROL (with me on drums ) had a rehearsal in North Acton.
It will be the first of three in the run up to our gig in Shepherds Bush on Sat 13 August.
Our singer cannot make that date, so we have a temp singer in for that gig.
We pretty much went through our eleven songs, three times each.
Our temp singer did a great job, for the rehearsal here.
Move over The Rolling Stones, Gun Control are back in town.
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Monday 11 July 2022.
MARC REBILLET live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Marc Rebillet plays the first of three sold out shows at this venue, on his European Tour.
Marc Rebillet is an American electronic musician and YouTuber from Dallas, Texas, currently based in New York City. He is known for improvising electronic songs that feature comical lyrics.
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MAYA DELILAH & band arrived on stage at 8pm for their 30 mins set.
Singer-songwriter performed a decent set of pop with a jazz hint.
MARC REBILLET arrived on stage at 9pm for his 95 mins set.
I am always keen to look out for new and interestingly talent.
Three nights sold out at Shepherds Bush Empire...this guy must be worth checking out, right?
Many of the crowd have come in their kimonos as the artist is known to wear them.
To call him a DJ is a bit restrictive. He uses a loop station to make music, but that’s where the relationship to other DJs ends. Rebillet also employs a piano, his impressive vocals and myriad other instruments to create catchy, improvised songs.
His opening words to the crowd are "You Pieces of Shit", and there is plenty of rudeness after.
He said most of the set is improvising full songs from scratch. No two performances are the same.
The tone is set with Rebillet strutting onto the stage in a ‘Loop Daddy’ silk dressing gown and a pair of shiny Brown brogues. He milks the applause as he interacts and greets the crowd as he starts with his show.
The venue filled with energy and his enthusiasm is contagious and spreads from the stage, turning the venue into one big dance party straight off.
It is not long before he de-robes and performs the second half of the set in his underpants.
There is crowd participation as he goes into the pit to banter with the crowd and he crowd surfs.
There are fireworks and smoke plumes to help with the basic DJ console on stage.
The crowd loved it, but it to me it was just mildly entertaining.

Sunday 10 July 2022.

Saturday 09 July 2022
PEARL JAM + STEREOPHONICS live in Hyde Park, London.
Pearl Jam play the second of two massive outdoor shows at this venue,
as part of their European Tour.
Grunge rock legends Pearl Jam have sold over 85 million albums worldwide.
I have seen Pearl Jam several times, including Paris, France in 2006.
I have seen Stereophonics around 20 times since 1999, including Paris, France in 2003.
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STEREOPHONICS arrived on at stage at 5.50pm and played for 70 mins.
Even the big screens look great for the support acts at this venue.
Singer Kelly Jones is in shades , telling us that he has loved Pearl Jam since the 1990s.
Lots of great catchy hits to sing along to in the sunshine.
Full STEREOPHONICS setlist played tonight....
C'est la vie
I Wanna Get Lost With You
The Bartender and the Thief
Hanging On Your Hinges
Do Ya Feel My Love
Maybe Tomorrow
A Thousand Trees
Have a Nice Day
Catacomb
Pick a Part That's New
Mr and Mrs Smith
Fly Like An Eagle
Sunny
Just Looking
Dakota
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PEARL JAM arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 2 hours 10 mins.
One of the most amazing things about Pearl Jam is the way they change their setlist so much.
Two nights in London will mean pretty much two different sets of songs played as singer
Eddie Vedder told the crowd " we are gonna play a whole bunch of songs we didn't play yesterday".
Indeed they seem to add or change songs even during the set itself.
Eddie Vedder is certainly a man of the people, who cares about the loyal Pearl Jam fans
and worldwide issues like Ukraine and the terrible gun laws in North America.
One of today's support acts JOHNNY MARR joins them for a couple of tracks.
Lots of nifty guitar playing from Mike McCready which included a totally stunning guitar
cover version of Van Halen guitar solo anthem "Eruption".
The stage lights are used a lot more as dusk falls.
As usual a mix of lesser known songs and classic gems like "Alive" are played.
Eddie Vedder is a massive fan of The Who so we get a nice cover version of "Baba O'Riley"
as the last track played this evening.
A great show.
Full PEARL JAM setlist played tonight...
Intro track over the pa - All You Need Is Love (The Beatles song)
Corduroy
Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town
Why Go
Deep
Wishlist
Garden
Throw Your Hatred Down (Neil Young cover) (with Johnny Marr)
Do the Evolution
Animal
Dance of the Clairvoyants
Not for You (audience voted between "Not for You" and "Whipping")
Rats (tour debut)
Faithfull (European tour debut)
State of Love and Trust
Eruption (Van Halen cover)
Black
Porch
Encore:
River Cross
Leash
Alive
Yellow Ledbetter
Baba O'Riley (The Who cover) (with Johnny Marr) (Also with Andrew Watt)

Friday 08 July 2022.

Thursday 07 July 2022...2.30pm to 10.45pm...
SOHO HOUSE FESTIVAL, Gunnersbury Park, West London.
A new location for this top notch event, that changes venue every few years.
I have been to it pretty much every year , over the past 15 years...bar covid years 2020 and 2021.
Most of the 5000 folks here have paid £325 each to attend, and tickets are only open to
Soho House Members and via the event sponsors like YouTube, SKY tv , TikTok etc.
For that you get eleven bands over two stages, and all day complimentary drinks and food
from over 20 providers....and there is a full complimentary funfair as well.
Includes champers, different spirits, wines, beers, lobster, Pizza East, Dirty Burger and much more.
They always seems to be lucky with the weather, as it is another lovely sunny day.
The changeovers are quick as only five to ten mins between acts so you kinda choose the ones
you like to see , and the other times you are eating and drinking and generally mooching about.
They always put on a nice mix of good hotly tipped new acts and more well known older acts.
Having said that , half of this white middle class crowd don't really even watch the bands.
SPORTS TEAM arrived on stage at 3.45pm for their 30 mins set.
They released their debut album on 5 June 2020 on Island Records and Bright Antenna Records.The lead single "Here's The Thing " (last song played tonight) was released on 17 February 2020.The album received four out of five stars from NME, and was nominated for the Mercury Prize in 2020....a really good lively set.
SELF ESTEEM arrived on stage at 5.10pm for her 35 mins set.
She is backed by three female backing singers & dancers.
Some good songs with sweary girl power attitude.
WET LEG arrived on stage at 6.45pm for their 35 mins set.
Over the past year they have become one of the most hyped acts in the country.
Since i saw them supporting at The Forum, their debut album went in at number one in April 2022.
The two main girls do a good job of playing nice breezy pop tunes.
PRIMAL SCREAM arrived on stage at 7.25pm for their 50 mins set.
Easily the best band on my radar to see for me on today's bill.
Booby Gillespie is still one of the coolest rock stars out there, dressed in all white tonight.
A nice big screen featuring great pre-recorded images.
A great set , with many gems played including...
Swastika Eyes
Jailbird
Movin' On Up
Country Girl
Rocks
FATBOY SLIM arrived on stage at 9.15pm for his 60 mins set.
As he is a DJ, his show is very visual with loads of lights and big screen images.
He is an ideal headliner for this crowd that likes to dance.
Always good to hear his golden oldies "Praise You", "Right Here, Right Now" and
"The Rockerfeller Skank"...an enjoyable finish to an excellent day out.

Thursday 07 July 2022.

Wednesday 06 July 2022.
OLIVIA RODRIGO live at Hammersmith Apollo.
19 year old American female plays the first of her London two shows here that sold out pronto.
Her world tour included Glastonbury Festival a couple of weeks ago.
Rodrigo, who took home Grammy Awards in April 2022 for best new artist and best pop vocal album for "Sour" , and best pop solo performance....Her worldwide breakout hit single was "Drivers License" .
Rolling Stone mag voted "Sour" as their best album of 2021.
Support comes from BABY QUEEN.
Baby Queen, is a South African singer based in London. Born and raised in Durban, South Africa, she moved to London at 18 to pursue a career in music and signed to record label Polydor in 2020.
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No surprise that 90 % of the crowd are females under the age of 30.
The many merch stands here are doing a roaring trade.
BABY QUEEN arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 40 mins.
They are given a tiny space in front of Olivia Rodrigo's stage production.
A really good set of pop punk tunes.
OLIVIA RODRIGO arrived on stage at 9.20pm and played for 65 mins.
Olivia Rodrigo is certainly one of the hottest new female talents on the planet.
Just one album released, but awards galore and big venues everywhere all sold out.
Rodrigo’s lyrics resonate powerfully with a teenage audience, as her passionate bedroom ballads and nimble covers articulate both heartbreak and rage.
The crowd sing every word loudly to every song from the album.
A few nifty alt-pop punk tracks played, then an acoustic section, then back to the livelier tracks.
NATALIE IMBRUGLIA joins her on stage , as they both belt out Natalie's big 1990s hit "Torn".
Natalie still looking incredibly youthful for her age of 47...she looks more like Olivia's older sister.
You can easily see Olivia Rodrigo headlining arena's when her second album comes out.
A really good show.
Full OLIVIA RODRIGO setlist played tonight...
Brutal
jealousy, jealousy
Drivers License
Complicated (Avril Lavigne cover)
hope ur ok
enough for you / 1 step forward, 3 steps back
happier
All I Want
favorite crime
traitor
Torn (Natalie IMBRUGLIA cover) (with Natalie Imbruglia)
deja vu
Encore:
Good 4 U (with ticker-tape over the stalls )


Tuesday 05 July 2022.

Monday 04 July 2022
TEARS FOR FEARS live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Tears For Fears are playing a full summer UK tour, with most venues being outdoors.
This show is actually the smallest venue on the tour, so no surprise it sold out pronto.
Their recent album "The Tipping Point" entered the UK charts at number two in March 2022.
They were massive in the 1980s and sold over 30 million albums worldwide, which included
8 million albums in North America alone, where they have just completed a full tour.
They had seven Top 10 hit singles in the UK between 1982 and 1985.
I saw them seven times at Hammersmith Odeon when i worked front stage security there.
Twice in 1983 and five times in 1985.
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No real surprise that the venue is rammed solid with a mix of hardcore fans and over 100 folks
on the guest list including....
VENUS WILLIAMS (the day before she was one of the 25 tennis legends paraded at Wimbledon).
MATTY HEALY (singer with The 1975)
IAN BROUDIE (Lightning Seeds)
STEVEN WILSON (singer-songwriter)
ROB STRINGER ( head of SONY MUSIC)
the band gave a shout out to a few past producers who all took a bow from seats in Level 1.
TEARS FOR FEARS arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played for 1 hour 50 mins.
They mentioned about playing indoors in London as it will be a better sound that the outdoor gigs,
but no big screens tonight, which the band seemed thankful that their facial images are not seen up close.
They play a couple of their biggest hits very early on, which was a surprise.
New album tracks and old album tracks ticked along ok.
The older fans were keen to dance to the older hits from the 1980s.
They said the last time they were at this venue was when it was a BBC tv venue in 1989,
to record the Wogan show.
A really good show.
Full TEARS FOR FEARS setlist played tonight...
No Small Thing
The Tipping Point
Everybody Wants to Rule the World
Secret World (Snippet of Wings' "Let 'Em In")
Sowing the Seeds of Love
Long, Long, Long Time
Break the Man
My Demons
Rivers of Mercy
Mad World
Suffer the Children (Vocal by Lauren Evans)
Woman in Chains
Badman's Song
Pale Shelter
Break It Down Again
Head Over Heels / Broken
Encore:
End of Night
Change
Shout

Monday 04 July 2022.

Sunday 03 July 2022...I went to two very nice events today...
1.30pm to 6.30pm
JACKIE ST CLAIR SUMMER BBQ GARDEN PARTY - Holland Park, London.
Jackie and her husband Carl are hosting their annual BBQ for over 200 guests in their stunning house.
A small army of chefs, waiters , security and helpers are making sure everything runs smoothly.
A dozen or so well known names are here including...
ED BICKNELL - best known as manager of Dire Straits December 1977 to August 2000.
Had a great chat with him about when as an agent he got Dire Straits to support Talking Heads at The Roundhouse (I was there) and when Dire Straits played Hammersmith Odeon shows in 1983 (I was there) to promote a new electronic item called ' the compact disc" , and told me the whole story of how it came about.
ANDREW RIDGELEY ( ex Wham member with George Michael) (see my Facebook page for a photo)
LEEE JOHN (ex Imagination ) (arrived a bit late as he came direct from a gig in France the night before)
DON BLACK (legendary songwriter)
PATTIE BOYD (was married to both George Harrison and Eric Clapton)
JOHN LODGE (Moody Blues)
MARK FULLER (ex owner of The Embassy Club and now Karma Sanctum Soho Hotel)
KATIE MELUA (singer-songwriter)
ELAINE PAIGE ( musical theatre singer)
JULIEN MacDONALD (fashion designer)
AMANDA CRONIN (Real Wives of Belgravia and socialite)
PANDEMONIA ( 6ft plus in full pvc dress , including face, was very popular for selfies)
ELIZABETH EMANUEL (fashion designer who with her husband designed Princess Diana's wedding dress)
PHILIP SALLON ( fashionista who has been around since the punk rock and new romantic heydays)
JONATHAN SHALIT (music and entertainment manager)
KELLY HOPPEN (interior designer)
RICHARD YOUNG (celebrity photographer )
TONY MOORE (ex Cutting Crew)
TOUKER SULEYMAN (Dragons Den)
ROSS KING (ITV Hollywood Correspondent)
LIZZIE CUNDY ( radio presenter)
BRUNO TONIOLI ( choreographer and judge on tv dance shows)
ARLENE PHILIPS ( choreographer and judge on tv dance shows)
At 5.30pm we had some live performances.
A blonde female opera singer sung from the balcony.
Tony Moore performed Cutting Crew hit "I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight " plus a covers medley.
Then a male singer and female singer performed some of Jackies fave songs.
There was a full buffet BBQ lunch for all including beef, pork, chicken etc.
The ice cream lady had lots of yummy different flavours.
Champers, wines, Pimms, beers , coffees etc were all flowing throughout the afternoon.
A really lovely afternoon here.
www.jackiestclair.com - Visit Jackies website here.
Features photos from her modelling career in the 1980s to the current day.
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then
THE ROLLING STONES live at Hyde Park , London.
I have seen The Rolling Stones over 20 times since i first saw them five times in 1976,
which were four of their six shows at Earls Court Arena and a huge outdoor event at Knebworth.
Their current tour will be their first in Europe since the sad death of their drummer Charlie Watts.
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Hyde Park is a great central location, but the all standing situation is not really to my liking.
The Rolling Stones arrived on stage at 8.15pm and played for 2 hours 5 mins.
The main three swagger on like the proper rock stars they are.
The guitars kick in and the sound is really good, and the big screens here are fantastic.
Mick Jagger defies his age as he struts down the catwalk stage extension , moves and dances not stop,
waves his arms above his heads, and generally winds the crowd up with his jovial stage banter.
Plenty of classics played in the set, and it's great they are changing the setlist a bit each night.
Yep, The Stones are still rockin'...a great show.
"Angie’, ‘You Got Me Rocking and ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ made their SIXTY tour debut while the newest Stones song, the 2020 single ‘Living In A Ghost Town’ was removed from the set.
Full ROLLING STONES setlist for tonight...
Street Fighting Man (from Beggars Banquet, 1968)
19th Nervous Breakdown (single, 1966)
Tumbling Dice (from Exile On Main Street, 1972)
Out of Time (from Aftermath UK, 1966)
Angie (from Goats Head Soup, 1973)
You Can’t Always Get What You Want (from Let It Bleed, 1969)
Like A Rolling Stone (from Stripped, 1995)
You Got Me Rocking (from Voodoo Lounge, 1994)
Honky Tonk Women (single, 1969)
You Got The Silver (from Let It Bleed, 1969)
Happy (from Exile On Main Street, 1972)
Miss You (from Some Girls, 1978)
Midnight Rambler (from Let It Bleed, 1969)
Paint It Black (from Aftermath US, 1966)
Start Me Up (from Tattoo You, 1981)
Sympathy for the Devil (from Beggars Banquet, 1968)
Jumpin’ Jack Flash (single, 1968)
Encore:
Gimme Shelter (from Let It Bleed, 1969)
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (from Out of Our Heads, 1965)