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Monday 30 May 2022.

Monday 30 May 2022.
JEFF BECK + SHARON CORR live at The Royal Albert Hall.
Jeff Beck plays the first of two shows at this iconic venue.
Guitar legend Jeff is playing nine UK shows just a few weeks before his 78th birthday.
Double Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jeff Beck will start his UK Tour in Cardiff on 27 May 2022.
Universally acknowledged as one of the most talented and significant guitarists in the world, Beck has played with some of the greatest in rock, blues and jazz, collecting eight Grammy Awards in the process.
Beck replaced Eric Clapton as the Yardbirds’ lead guitarist in 1965 and later went on to form The Jeff Beck Group, which featured Rod Stewart on vocals and Ron Wood on bass. Their two albums – Truth (1968) and Beck-Ola (1969) – would become musical touchstones for hard rockers in the years to come.
Jeff Beck will be joined on tour by Grammy Award Nominee singer-songwriter Sharon Corr of The Corrs.
I have seen Jeff Beck live several times since he headlined Hammersmith Odeon in 1981.
JOHNNY DEPP joined forces with Jeff Beck for his 2020 album "Isolation".
Johnny Depp joined Jeff Beck on stage in Sheffield on Sunday 29 May.
He played a few songs including three classics from Lennon, Gaye and Hendrix.
Certainly a possible that Johnny Depp could turn up at The Royal Albert Hall shows.
Support act SHARON CORR was part of the very popular Irish family band The Corrs.
They had six Top 10 hits in the UK, including a number one between the mid 1990s and mid 2000s
Sharon will be promoting her third solo album, "The Fool and the Scorpion" which was released in 2021.
I have seen The Corrs a couple of times, including headlining The Royal Albert Hall in 2001.
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Arrived at the venue and saw URIAH HEEP guitarist Mick Box sitting down by the entrance.
The circle corner blocks are unsold, but a decent 90 % of tickets have been sold tonight.
I have a great view, left of stage on the venues swivel seats in the stalls.
SHARON CORR & her band arrived on stage at 7.30pm for their 40 mins set.
Sharon looks super slim in her tight black shirt and trousers.
She played a good set that featured new album tracks along with hits from The Corrs,
"Radio" , "Runaway" and "So Young".
JEFF BECK & his band arrived on stage at 8.40pm for their 85 mins set.
A mere 85 mins on stage seemed very measly for someone with a 50 year plus career.
On the plus side JOHNNY DEPP came on stage for eight songs, which were
six songs in the main set and the two song encore.
He is not the best singer or guitarist , but it was great to see him.
Jeff Beck does not sing, so it is all nifty guitar based instrumentals.
Jeff still has his dark hair, looks like a wig?
Three out of the four band members are females, and they are great.
It was a good show, but way too short at 85 mins.
Full JEFF BECK setlist played tonoght...
Star Cycle
You Know You Know (Mahavishnu Orchestra cover)
Stratus (Billy Cobham cover)
Nadia (Nitin Sawhney cover)
Rumble (Link Wray & His Raymen cover)
Mná na héireann (Ceoltóirí Chualann cover) (with Sharon Corr)
Big Block
Heddy Lamar (with Johnny Depp)
Isolation (John Lennon cover) (with Johnny Depp)
(Unknown) (with Johnny Depp)
What's Going On (Marvin Gaye cover) (with Johnny Depp)
Little Wing (The Jimi Hendrix Experience cover) (with Johnny Depp)
The Death and Resurrection Show (Killing Joke cover) (with Johnny Depp) (Live debut)
Cause We've Ended as Lovers (Syreeta cover)
Corpus Christi Carol (Benjamin Britten cover)
Encore:
Brush With the Blues (with Johnny Depp)
A Day in the Life (The Beatles cover) (with Johnny Depp)
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Monday 30 May 2022.
JOHN LYDON is in London.
Today Monday ITV at 11am..John is a live guest in the studio.
His PIL UK tour starts next Monday.
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Sunday 29 May 2022.
COMEDY WAREHOUSE presents Jamaica v The World live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
It is stalls seated tonight, and the venue looks pretty full so maybe 800 to 1000 tickets sold.
We had a DJ warm the crowd up before the 8pm show start.
The show was pretty much two sets of 70 mins and 90 mins.
Eight comedians performed sets of between 10 mins and 20 mins.
The crowd is 75% black folks as the talent are Jamaica v the likes of Nigeria, Somalia etc.
There was the one white (Jamaican ) comedian who i have seen before named "White Yardie".
KANE BROWN is the MC and host tonight and performs bits between the acts.
He is a name which has become associated with fearless and bold comedy. He is honest, energetic, quickwitted and hilariously funny.
The comedians all had funny routines , although last time for this show i was in the stalls,
and this time i was Level 2 , and some comedians sounded not so clear up there.
At the end there was a Roasting Battle and a Soundclash Battle which were both good fun.
Overall, an enjoyable evening.

Saturday 28 May 2022.

Saturday 28 May 2022.
NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS live at The Roundhouse.
This is the second of two shows at this venue on their UK tour.
Nathaniel Rateliff is an American singer and songwriter based in Denver, Colorado, whose influences are described as folk, Americana and vintage rhythm & blues.Rateliff has performed with a backing band called the Night Sweats for an R&B side project he formed in 2013. He has released three solo albums, two solo EPs, and one album as Nathaniel Rateliff and the Wheel.
The video of their track S.O.B. Son Of A Bitch (Official) has had over 80 million views on YouTube.
He got his first major UK exposure on the Later with Jools Holland tv show in 2011.
On his last UK tour in 2019 he headlined Hammersmith Apollo.
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Tonight is not sold out, but maybe a healthy 90% of tickets sold.
BRITTNEY SPENCER arrived on stage at 8pm for her 45 mins set.
Brittney Spencer is a black American country singer–songwriter with a fantastic powerful voice.
She has also released several singles, including the excellent 2021's "Sober & Skinny", which she performed tonight along with a couple of covers "9 to 5" and "These Boots Were Made For Walking".
NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS arrived on stage at 9.15pm for their 95 mins set.
The band arrive on stage , and it looks like they use old style 1970s amps and microphones.
The band sound tight as they mix rock & soul with the three man brass/horn section and keyboards.
Hints of Van Morrison type vocals and the band hints of The Commitments.
The singer also gives some nice white boy dance move shuffles every now and then.
Lots of good songs played including "You Worry Me" and "A Little Honey" and the last 30 mins
certainly went a bit more uptempo as "Intro" and "I Need Never Get Old" got folks dancing
and encores including "Out On The Weekend" and everyone raised their glasses and sang loudly to an extended version of their most well known track "S.O.B."
A really good show.
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Friday 27 May 2022.
TOM ROBINSON BAND live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Tom Robinson is 72 on 01 June but this show was an originally a show for his 70th birthday.
Tom Robinson is s British singer-songwriter, bassist, radio presenter and long-time LGBT rights activist, best known for the hits "Glad to Be Gay" and "2-4-6-8 Motorway", with his Tom Robinson Band. He later peaked at No. 6 in the UK Singles Chart with his solo hit "War Baby".
I have seen Tom Robinson over a dozen times since the late 1970s.
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Only around 800 folks here tonight, as level 3 is closed and there is spare space in the other levels.
TOM ROBINSON arrived on stage at 7.40pm to thank everyone for coming to his belated
70th birthday party gig and he played a couple of songs "The Winter Of 79" and
"Fifty now Eighty " before the four supports performed.
His BBC 6 music DJ colleague Steve Lamacq is the compère for the evening.
At 7.50pm EMILY BARKER performed three acoustic songs.
At 8.10pm IAN MCNABB performed three acoustic songs, including two of his hits he had with
The Icicle Works back in the 1980s "Birds Fly - Whisper To A Scream" and "Love Is A Wonderful Colour".
At 8.30pm LISA KNAPP performed two acoustic songs.
At 8.45pm TV SMITH performed three songs with a band who featured Tom Robinson on bass.
As it was a special show , there were no big punk classics from his 1970s punk band The Adverts.
TOM ROBINSON BAND arrived on stage at 9.25pm and played for 85 mins.
As expected it is mainly an older audience here, who remember Tom from 40 years ago.
Peter Tatchell and Tom Robinson were campaigning for human rights , racism and the gay community
long before the term LGBT was even thought about.
Tom pulled out a double spread from The People newspaper expose on him from the 1980s.
The hard to believe title said "Britain's Number One Gay Man Falls In Love With A Woman".
Tom was a gay man for many years, then married a woman and had children.
Tom is looking good for nearly 72 and has a lovely relaxed stage manner and banter that we all love.
At the start of the encore , Tom was presented with a birthday cake with the TRB logo on the
front as all the crowd sang "Happy Birthday" to him.
Loads of top notch songs with superb lyrics played in his great set including...
Atmospherics - Listen To The Radio
Grey Cortina
Martin
Too Good To Be True (Dedicated to original TRB guitarist Danny Kustow RIP)
War Baby
Glad to be Gay
Up Against The Wall ( with Ian McNabb)
2-4-6-8 Motorway
Encore :
Only The Now
Power In The Darkness (with all support acts joining him on stage)

Friday 27 May 2022.

Friday 27 May 2022.
One of the greatest tracks of all time was released 45 years ago today.
27 May 1977 - SEX PISTOLS "God Save The Queen".
I bought it on the day of release....my 18th birthday.
Visit YouTube to view ---- Sex Pistols - God Save The Queen Revisited
Julien Temple has put up a new video that mixes the original video footage from The Marquee Club
along with footage of the bands legendary Jubilee Boat gig in June 1977.
Sid Vicious told me about this secret event a couple of days before the event at a Ramones gig.
We went down there but it left earlier than expected so we went to see Queen at Earls Court Arena.
The June edition of Record Collector has a 12 page special on The Sex Pistols.
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Thursday 26 May 2022.
BRIAN FALLON & THE HOWLING WEATHER live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
BRIAN FALLON is an American musician, singer and songwriter. He is best known as the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and main lyricist of the rock band the Gaslight Anthem, with whom he has recorded five studio albums. He is also a member of the duo the Horrible Crowes alongside the Gaslight Anthem's guitar technician and touring guitarist, Ian Perkins. Since 2016, Fallon has released four solo albums.
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A near sold out show, as the venue is full apart from a half empty Level 3.
JESSE MALIN arrived on stage at 7.25pm for his 35 mins set.
Jesse plays guitar, and is helped out by a great keyboard player.
Tonight was one of those rare gigs when i wanted to see the opening act instead of the headliners.
Jesse Malin has been around for some 20 years now, and i saw him supporting Ian Hunter
at this venue in 2007.
He has that great New Yorker vibe like Willie Nile and has recorded with Bruce Springsteen.
He is promoting his 9th solo album "Sad and Beautiful World".
He returns next month to play more shows including The Strummerville Stage at Glastonbury.
A great set.
Full JESSE MALIN setlist played tonight...
Cigarettes and Violets
Revelations
Hotel Columbia
If I Should Fall From Grace With God (The Pogues cover)
Room 13
She Don't Love Me Now
Broken Radio
Meet Me at the End of the World Again
CHRIS FARREN arrived on stage for his 40 mins set.
Chris Farren popped onto the stage, immediately transforming into the wonderfully self-absorbed character he plays on stage. His first song was slightly marred by some projector malfunctions, but after the mishaps were addressed, the audience had the privilege of watching his homemade-graphics synced up to every song. Two highlights: a looped illustration of Farren him eating smaller versions of himself, and slides that simply read “GUITAR SOLO” when he began his guitar solos.
He jokes with the crowd " don't go home after watching me, and to give Brian Fallon a chance".
BRIAN FALLLON & THE HOWLING WEATHER arrived on stage at 9.30pm for their 90 mins set.
He played a good set, with the last 30 mins having the best more uptempo tunes.
Looks like he didn't play any The Gaslight Anthem songs.
Full BRIAN FALLON setlist played tonight...
When You're Ready
Forget Me Not
Watson
Among Other Foolish Things
Nobody Wins
Painkillers
If Your Prayers Don't Get To Heaven
Sleepwalkers
I Don't Mind (If I'm with You)
Long Drives
Vincent
You Have Stolen My Heart
Behold the Hurricane (The Horrible Crowes song)
Rosemary
A Wonderful Life
Etta James
Smoke
Steve McQueen

Thursday 26 May 2022.

Wednesday 25 May 2022... I went to two events tonight.
6pm to 7pm
MICHAELANGELO PISTOLERO - private view - Simon Lee Gallery.
12 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, London W1.
This artist gained prominence in Italy back in the 1960s and 1970s.
Here he is presenting a series of mirror paintings that reflect on themes of captivity,
isolation and restriction at a fractured moment in contempory history.
Complimentary wines and beers for all the guests.
It is on here until 02 July 2022.
then a hop on the tube at Green Park to...
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ALICE COOPER + THE CULT live at The 02 Arena.
Another great classic rock pairing are playing a co-headline UK arena tour.
I have seen both band's many times over the past 40 odd years.
I saw two shows by Alice Cooper at Wembley Arena back in May 1975.
First band on will be CREEPER
Fri 27 May – Manchester, AO Arena
Sat 28 May – Glasgow, The SSE Hydro
Mon 30 May – Birmingham, Resorts World Arena
Wed 01 June – Leeds, First Direct Arena
This year is the 50th anniversary of Alice Cooper UK number one hit classic "Schools Out" 1972 - 2022.
Alice Cooper continually delivers live, not just incredible music but awesome spectacle with guillotines, monsters and gore - wreaking havoc on stage nightly. Classics like “Under My Wheels,” “I’m Eighteen,” “Schools Out,” “Poison,” “Billion Dollar Babies,” and “No More Mr Nice Guy” are staples and there are surprises every night, effortlessly drawn from one the greatest catalogues in rock and roll.
Co-headling this once-in-a-lifetime event, The Cult has revelled in a controversial and storied career. Emerging from the darkly romantic UK post-punk scene; Ian Astbury (vocals) and Billy Duffy (guitar), debuted with the album “Dreamtime” in 1984 and have embarked on a sonic exploration from post punk to goth, to psychedelia, through hard rock.
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Level 4 is closed off as unsold, so maybe Alice is touring the UK too often these days.
A few of the blocks at the rear of Level 1 are only half full.
Maybe the promoters had guessed it, hence no big video screens showing live footage.
THE CULT arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played for 75 mins.
I have a great seat on the stalls floor ,a dozen rows in front of guitarist Billy Duffy.
The stalls seating blocks all stand up as plenty of The Cult fans here.
Lots of stage chat from Ian Astbury as he tries to get the crowd hyped up.
Ian still seems to have a wild streak in him, but he is still a great frontman.
Billy Duffy plays killer guitar riffs all through the set, and is just mesmerising.
Plenty of classic The Cult songs played including "Rain" and "She Sells Sanctuary".
A great set.
Full setlist played by THE CULT tonight...
Sun King
Automatic Blues
Sweet Soul Sister
Soul Asylum
Edie (Ciao Baby)
Aphrodisiac Jacket
Lil' Devil
Wild Flower
Fire Woman
Revolution
Rain
She Sells Sanctuary
Love Removal Machine
ALICE COOPER arrived on stage at 9.30pm and played for 85 mins.
It is a co-headline tour but Alice Cooper has certainly got a headliners production ,
as the stage is a full monty polystyrene castle, plus his usual macabre theatrical stunts as
he has three different 12ft monsters, the guillotine, the face paint, the top hat, the cane,
a few costume changes, the straight jacket and more.
His daughter helped him out on a couple of songs ,with acting roles.
Not much chat from Alice as he whizzed the many songs played.
Only time he really spoke to the crowd was during the band introductions at the end.
The band are meticulously rehearsed are they pull every rock pose cliche going.
Blonde stunner guitarist Nita Strausse certainly went down well with the crowd.
Alice Cooper always delivers a top notch show.
A great show...a superb pair of rock bands playing together.
Full ALICE COOPER setlist played tonight...
Feed My Frankenstein
No More Mr. Nice Guy
Bed of Nails
Hey Stoopid
Fallen in Love
Shut Up and Rock
Go Man Go
Under My Wheels
Guitar Solo (Nita Strauss)
Roses on White Lace
I'm Eighteen (John Lydon sung this song for his Sex Pistols audition)
Poison
Billion Dollar Babies
Devil's Food (band vocals only)
Black Widow Jam (with Drum Solo)
Steven
Dead Babies
I Love the Dead (band vocals only)
Escape
Teenage Frankenstein
Encore:
School's Out (with Chris Wyse) (with Another Brick in the Wall part 2 snippets)
Giant balloons thrown out as Alice stabs them , to cover the crowd in ticker-tape.

Wednesday 25 May 2022.

Tuesday 24 May 2022...I went to three events tonight, all three had complimentary champers.
6.15pm to 7.45pm.
FORTNUM & MASON - Platinum Jubilee Product Showcase - Fortnum & Mason, 3rd Floor Bar,
181 Piccadilly, London W1.
Always nice to be at this Iconic historic store that has been here since 1707.
They are showcasing all the special products to celebrate the Queens special anniversary in June.
Complimentary Fortnums champers, wines and canapés for all guests.
All guests got a goodie bag on departure.
then to the next event, which only 100 yards away.
7.45pm to 8.45pm
NIC FIDDIAN GREEN "Sculpted in Stone" - private view -
The Sladmore Gallery, 57 Jermyn Street, St James's, London SW1.
Nic Fiddian-Green (born 1963) is a British sculptor, who specialises is making lifelike models of horses heads, both smaller and larger than life-sized....and tonight he is showcasing his new carvings.
"Still Water" is a 2011 outdoor bronze sculpture of a horse's head by Nic Fiddian-Green,
located at Marble Arch corner.
A very upmarket crowd here.
Complimentary Dericbourg champers, wines and canapés that were from Sticky Pig catering.
The exhibition is on here until 24 June 2022
then...
9pm to 10pm.
K-9 ANGELS - 10th anniversary party - 28 to 50 Wine Workshop & Kitchen, 350 Kings Road, London SW3.
Dog shelter charity are hosting a lively party, with a DJ in the background.
Lots of glammed up Chelsea girls here , and around a dozen have brought their cute dogs with them.
JO O'MEARA was a guest and she is a former member of pop band S Club 7 (they had four number one hits in the UK), and it was great when she took the microphone off the DJ and sang along to two of their big hits
including "Reach For The Stars".
Complimentary Ayala champers, Negroni cocktails, wines, beers and canapés and slices of cake.
All guests got a goodie bag on departure.

Tuesday 24 May 2022.

Monday 23 May 2022.
PISTOL - UK Premiere - Odeon Luxe , Leicester Square, London WC2.
There are loads of big name tv series on the likes of Netflix , Amazon and Disney,
but not many have full on launch events like this one.
It is held in the same cinema that Top Gun : Maverick was last week when Tom Cruise and royalty turned up.
A full red carpet with punk tunes playing loudly and security barriers keeping the crowds back.
Pre-reception at the venue with complimentary wines, beers and popcorn.
Steve Jones arrived with Chrissie Hynde and Paul Cook is with his wife.
It was attended by the show’s Director Danny Boyle and key cast including Maisie Williams, Anson Boon, Louis Partridge, Jacob Slater, Talulah Riley, Emma Appleton, Sydney Chandler, Christian Lees, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Dylan Llewellyn and Iris Law.
The show’s creatives joined Danny Boyle on the evening, including writer Craig Pearce, and other Executive Producers including Tracey Seaward, Gail Lyon and Anita Camarata.
Other guests included Ian Brown, John "Boogie " Tiberi, John Giddings, Alan Edwards,
DJ Fat Tony, Tony James , Philip Sallon, Eddie Lock and Tallia Storm amongst others.
At 7.10pm - Danny Boyle introduced the cast and producers on the stage, and dedicated
the evening to Jordan , who sadly recently passed away.
At 7.20pm - we were shown the first two full episodes and highlights of three to six.
Not perfect, but much better than expected.
All guests got a complimentary GSTQ t-shirt on leaving the venue.
9.30pm...half a dozen coaches are laid on for those that want a lift to the afterparty so
we got on one from Haymarket to Camden.
10pm to 1am...afterparty at PowerHaus (ex Dingwalls) in Camden.
They have dressed the venues walls in photocopies of legendary early Sex Pistols gig posters.
At 10.45pm HOLLIE COOK & her band played a really good 35 mins set of her tropical pop.
Hollie was introduced on stage by her dad who chatted to all, but Steve stayed upstairs in a private room.
She is playing loads of indoor and outdoor gigs over the coming summer.
Ian Brown was one of the last to leave.
We stayed to the end, and we each took a couple of the posters off the walls to take home.
Non-stop complimentary drinks and food until the end at 1am.
Veuve Clicquot champers all night, Harvey Wallbanger cocktails, Tom Collins cocktails,
wines, lagers, Guinness...along with cheeseburgers, fish n chips , pizza etc.
An excellent event as Disney certainly splashed the cash for the screening and party.


Monday 23 May 2022.

Sunday 22 May 2022.
PET SHOP BOYS live at The 02 Arena.
Pet Shop Boys are playing a UK arena tour... "Dreamworld : The Greatest Hits Live".
I have seen them perform a few fantastic visually stunning shows in the past.
They have had a staggering 22 x Top 10 hits in the UK, including four number ones.
They have sold over 100 million records (albums and single singles) worldwide.
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Pet Shop Boys reputation for putting on top notch shows has worked a treat as their fans have come
back in huge numbers to sell out The 02 Arena tonight, despite tickets in the front stalls blocks
and the best Level 1 side blocks costing a whopping £125...and don't forget the £25 programmes.
Legendary travel journalist SIMON CALDER was sitting a few rows in front of me in Block 112.
PET SHOP BOYS arrived on stage at 8.20pm and played for 1 hour 55 mins.
For the first 30 mins it was just the two of them at the front playing their classic dancy synth pop,
then the first of a few costume changes and a big reveal as the rear of the stage
opened up and the band appeared and the full visual treat of four big screens and a dozen mini-screens mixing live footage and pre-recorded images that looked fantastic.
The second half of the show had all the big hits as the crowd got up to have a dance.
A great show.
Full PET SHOP BOYS setlist played tonight....
Suburbia
Can You Forgive Her?
Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)
Where the Streets Have No Name (U2 cover)
Rent
I Don't Know What You Want but I Can't Give It Any More
So Hard
Left to My Own Devices
Single-Bilingual / Se a vida é (That's the Way Life Is)
Domino Dancing
Monkey Business
New York City Boy
You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You're Drunk
Jealousy
Love Comes Quickly
Losing My Mind (Stephen Sondheim cover)
Always on My Mind (Gwen McCrae cover)
Dreamland
Heart
What Have I Done to Deserve This?
It's Alright (Sterling Void cover)
Vocal
Go West (Village People cover)
It's a Sin
Encore:
West End Girls
Being Boring

Saturday 21 May 2022.

Saturday 21 May 2022.
ELVANA live at The Forum.
Nirvana classic songs sung by an Elvis impersonator.
I saw him perform an entertaining show a few years ago at Shepherds Bush Empire.
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Plenty of spare space upstairs and downstairs so maybe 1000 out of 2000 tickets sold.
JAMES AND THE COLD GIN arrived on stage at 8pm for their 30 mins set.
A good uptempo set of their lively songs.
ELVANA arrived on stage at 9pm for their 1 hour 50 mins set.
ELVANA has the full Elvis costume with cape for his stage entry.
The band are all dressed as a cabaret type show band, including the two female backing vocalists.
A nice party party vibe with balloons and ticket-tape in the second half of the show.
The setlist is pretty much 80% Nirvana related and 20% Elvis Presley related.
Great to hear those classic Nirvana songs performed live including " Heart-Shaped Box",
"Smells Like Teen Spirit" , "Lithium" and final song of the night which was a cover of David Bowie
"The Man Who Sold The World" which Nirvana played on their MTV Unplugged legendary set.
Many of the Nirvana tracks played would have Elvis Presley classic snippets in them.
Lots of very lively moshing down the front, and over a dozen crowd surfers into the pit.
There was three different costume changes by ELVANA, who danced and chatted non-stop throughout.
A very entertaining show.
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Friday 20 May 2022.
TRAVIS live at The Roundhouse.
Scottish band have had many hit singles and albums over the past 25 years.
They have had several Top 10 albums in the UK, including two number ones.
1999 - The Man Who
2001 - The Invisable Band.
They have also had six Top 10 hit singles.
For this tour Travis will play all "The Invisible Band" album followed by some greatest hits.
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Tonight is not sold out , but there must a very healthy 80% to 90% capacity.
The support band FATHERSON arrived on stage for their 30 mins.
They are a Scottish band who are promoting their fourth studio album "Normal Fears".
Some good songs played, and they went down well with the Travis fans.
They headline Islington Assembly Hall on Friday 10 June 2022.
TRAVIS arrived on stage at 9pm for their 95 mins set.
A nice stage production with vertical striped lighting and giant light bulbs around the stage.
Not much movement on stage until the encore when singer Fran Healy moves to the front.
"The Invisible Band " album is played in full, some of it average and some of it good.
Fran Healy has that pleasing easy going stage persona that the fans love.
The hit singles were obviously a highlight as the crowd sang along loudly to the likes of
"Driftwood", " Turn" and their mega hit "Why Dies It Always Rain on Me?".
Overall a really good show.
Full TRAVIS setlist played tonight....
MAIN SET - The Invisible Band album
Sing
Dear Diary
Side
Pipe Dreams
Flowers in the Window
The Cage
Safe
Follow the Light
Last Train
Afterglow
Indefinitely
The Humpty Dumpty Love Song
Encore:
A Ghost
Love Will Come Through
Driftwood
My Eyes
Closer
Turn
Why Does It Always Rain on Me?

Thursday 19 May 2022.

Thursday 19 May 2022....6.30pm to 11.45pm...
FUTURE DREAMS FIGHT NIGHT 4 at The Sheraton Grand, Park Lane, Piccadilly, London W1.
This was a black tie charity boxing dinner evening to raise funds for Breast Cancer.
Around 350 guests downstairs on 35 tables of 10, seated around the boxing ring.
Pretty much a 90% male crowd, and the females all had great outfits on.
6.30pm - Louis Roederer champers reception for an hour.
7.30pm - Three course meal with a Roast Rump Of Lamb as mains.
wristband to be showed for the complimentary bar (except champers) all through the evening.
we have a nice friendly table in the far corner.
Around 100 standing guests of the boxers upstairs, but they have a pay bar and no meal.
9pm we have an auction of sporting memorabilia.
9.30pm to 11.15pm - five bouts of three rounds max each.
Really great to see the boxing close up....great live commentary.
1st bout - first round stoppage
2nd bout - split decision
3rd bout - female bout - split decision
4th bout - split decision
5th bout - split decision
The final bout was very interesting as it featured two over 50 years old heavyweights.
One was Derek Redmond (now aged 56) who was a sprinter in the Barcelona olympics.
He won his fight.
All guests got a goodie bag with a few male and female cosmetic items inside.
A great evening.
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PAUL COOK has joined up with STEVE JONES this week in America for the Hollywood premiere
of the "Pistol" tv series....along with the cast members.
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Wednesday 18 May 2022...6pm to 8pm...
MARK SLOPER AKA ILLUMINATI NEON " THE ART OF CHAOS" - private view -
Castle Fine Art Gallery, 25 St Christopher's Place, (near Bond Street tube) , London W1.
Mark Sloper aka Illuminati Neon, who works from a studio in Shepherd’s Bush is launching a solo exhibition entitled "The Art of Chaos".
He combines hand-blown neon, montage, typography and graphic art to celebrate the legacy of punk anarchy in the UK.
The show is inspired by the artist’s punk roots, with pieces emblazoned with lyrics, featuring icons who embodied the punk ethos including Sid Vicious - from the tattooed and pierced Queen to Elvis, Marilyn Monroe and his late friend and Motörhead legend, Lemmy - often incorporating artefacts and
memorabilia, such as vintage, Royal Standard flags and rare t-shirts.
For the Queens Platinum Jubilee Mark has produced forty specially designed original "Queens"
and a 500 limited edition exclusive print run.
Illuminati's provocative work has won admirers including Sir Elton John, Boy George and Sting and earned him a place in The World’s Best Emerging Artists exhibition at Saatchi Gallery.
He explains, “It’s my homage to punk - not only the way we looked, but the way we thought and treated others".
Guests here tonight included....
LORD ED VAISEY
HUGH CORNWELL
I got a friend to take a photo of me with the Sid Vicious , so that will be up on my Facebook page soon.
Complimentary prosecco, wines and beers for all guests here tonight.
www.castlefineart.com - Visit their website here
for more and to view images of the art.
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Wednesday 18 May 2022.

Tuesday 17 May 2022.
INTERTALENT 30th BIRTHDAY PARTY at BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London W1.
InterTalent is one of the companies owned by leading theatre and music agent
and manager JONATHAN SHALIT.
Around 150 guests here including over a dozen well known faces including...
DAME JOAN COLLINS (who only stayed for around 15 minutes or so).
Joan still going out often, despite being aged 88.
DON BLACK - songwriter who is perhaps best-known for his collaborations with Andrew Lloyd Webber, and for the James Bond theme songs he co-wrote with composer John Barry: 'Thunderball', 'Diamonds Are Forever' and 'The Man with the Golden Gun'."
NEIL WARNOCK - live music legend from United Talent Agency , who has been booking
bands for over 50 years.
SINITTA ( had a couple of hit singles in the 1980s)
NAUGHTY BOY (DJ, songwriter and producer)
SIMON WEBBE ( singer & member of Blue )
CLAIRE SWEENEY (actress)
LINDA ROBSON ( Birds of a Feather tv series)
DEBBIE McGEE
NEIL FOX ( Capital Radio DJ from the late 1980s / 1990s)
KELLY HOPPEN (interior designer)
ROSS KEMP ( Eastenders actor and documentary maker)
LES DENNIS
ELIZABETH EMMANUELLE (co-designed Princess Diana's wedding dress)
HAROLD TILLMAN (fashion industry legend)
VANESSA FELZ
TANIA BRYER
LIZZIE CUNDY
At 8pm Jonathan Shalit gave a nice speech on his career that started with humble beginnings.
Got his first success with Charlotte Church in the late 1990s and he has grown his companies.
Complimentary Taittinger champers, Mojitos, wines and beers for all guests.
Complimentary canapés before the speeches and different bowl food after the speeches.
An excellent event.

Tuesday 17 May 2022

Monday 16 May 2022.
WHITESNAKE + FOREIGNER + EUROPE live at The 02 Arena.
Other dates on the tour this coming week...
Wed 18 May - Manchester Arena
Fri 20 May - Nottingham Arena
Sun 22 May - Utilita Arena, Birmingham
Wed 25 May - Cardiff Arena
Whitesnake swansong tour will be your last chance to see the new incarnation of Whitesnake that features Irish bassist Tanya O'Callaghan and Croatian backing singer/multi-instrumentalist Dino Jelusick.
Whitesnake’s setlist will boast stone cold rock classics including ‘Here I Go Again’, ‘Still of The Night’ and ‘Is This Love’ together with other songs from the band’s 44-year back catalogue.
I have seen all three bands many times over the past 40 odd years.
Whitesnake were regulars at Hammersmith Odeon in their 1980s heyday.
I have seen Whitesnake over 20 times, with most of them at Hammersmith Odeon.
Oddly enough their 1997 tour was billed as a farewell tour , just like this tour.
I saw David Coverdale fronting DEEP PURPLE in 1974 at Hammersmith Odeon.
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Needless to say i was really looking forward to this classic rock package from promoters Live Nation.
It is a near sell out, with just a few rows of unsold seats, and no curtained off blocks.
The merch stores and the £20 Whitesnake tour programmes are doing a roaring trade.
EUROPE arrived on stage at 6.45pm for their 45 mins set.
The ever youthful Joey Tempest on vocals still looks like a proper rockstar.
A really good set including "Rock The Night", "Carrie" and a mega "The Final Countdown".
For each band, two side screens show live footage, and the central screen shows the bands logo.
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FOREIGNER arrived on stage at 7.50pm for their 75 mins set.
Great to see these classic rock bands on this huge stage, with so much space.
There is an extended stahpgevplatform of around 12 feet that all the singers use.
Kelly Hansen is another excellent rock vocalist who looks like a proper rockstar.
Kelly mentions that the last time they played this venue was as support to Led Zeppelin
at that legendary reunion show ( I was there).
Foreigner songs, one by one, are soooo damn catchy.
They may a semi-tribute band these days as sole original member Mick Jones only joins
them for the three song encore due to his frail health, but they play a great set.
Full FOREIGNER setlist played tonight....
Double Vision
Head Games
Cold as Ice
Dirty White Boy
Feels Like the First Time
Urgent (followed by solos from all band members)
Juke Box Hero
Encore:
Long, Long Way From Home (With Mick Jones)
I Want to Know What Love Is (With Mick Jones)
Hot Blooded (With Mick Jones)
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WHITESNAKE arrived on stage at 9.35pm for their 85 mins set.
Hard to believe singer David Coverdale is now aged 70.
Backed by six musicians including two guitars and two keyboard players.
He still has his mane of big hair, great vocals and great stage presence.
Plenty of his "Here's One for Ya" song introductions.
Each band member had a solo spot in the show, and the drum solo was fantastic.
Loads of great songs played and Whitesnake rocked.
A great show, to end a fantastic evening from three classic rock bands.
Full WHITESNAKE setlist played tonight...
Bad Boys (with "Children of the Night" snippet)
Slide It In
Love Ain't No Stranger
Hey You (You Make Me Rock)
Slow an' Easy
Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City (Bobby “Blue” Bland cover)
Fool for Your Loving
Crying in the Rain
Is This Love
Give Me All Your Love
Here I Go Again
Still of the Night
Burn (Deep Purple cover)
Outro Tape - We Wish You Well
Outro Tape - Always Look on the Bright Side of Life (Monty Python song)

Saturday 14 May 2022.

Friday 13 May 2022.
ADAM ANT live at The Roundhouse.
I have seen Adam Ant on stage over a dozen since his punk rock heyday in the late 1970s.
The first times were two shows in 1978, before his debut album came out.
Back then in 1978, i also saw him in the Derek Jarman punk film "Jubilee".
I saw him at Wembley Stadium for Live Aid in 1985, but Adam's set was barely talked about after,
as there were so many big name acts on that famous day for live music.
His greatest UK chart success was Adam & the Ants' 1980 album "Kings of the Wild Frontier" which was number one in the UK Albums Chart for a total of twelve weeks. However, it was the follow-up album, Prince Charming which produced the biggest hit singles with "Stand and Deliver" and the title track, achieving five weeks and four weeks respectively as number one singles on the UK Singles Chart.
Hard to believe that Adam Ant is now aged 67.
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The show is sold out tonight...it is the second date on Adams UK tour.
LAURIE BLACK arrives on stage at 7.50pm for her 45 mins set.
Laurie plays some decent enough electro-pop to mainly backing tapes, with fun stage banter.
ADAM ANT arrives on stage at 9pm for his 1 hour 45 mins set.
Like Gary Numan, Adam Ant has very loyal fans who will go to multi-dates on each tour.
Great that his band still feature two drummers like he did back in the day.
A great mix of tracks played from the early punky material from the " Dirk Wears White Sox " album
and The Jubilee film soundtrack...through to the huge new romantic hits of the early 1980s...
and the best songs from his solo career.
A few songs that plodded a bit ,but there were loads of great tracks played that were superb.
Johnny Depp/Jack Sparrow surely copied Adam Ants look from the 1980s.
Adam Ant still has a great stage presence as he twirls and kicks out.
A highlight was "Stand and Deliver" where Adam got the crowd to sing the chorus several times
as he hyped them up to go louder and louder.
A great show.
Full ADAM ANT setlist played tonight...
Antmusic
Vive le Rock
Miss Thing
Cleopatra
Ants Invasion
Prince Charming
Puss 'n Boots
Digital Tenderness
It Doesn't Matter
Fat Fun
B-Side Baby
Kings of the Wild Frontier
Room at the Top
Zerox
Cartrouble (Part 2)
Beat My Guest
Something Girls
Dog Eat Dog
Wonderful
Los Rancheros
Friend or Foe
Stand and Deliver
Encore:
Goody Two Shoes
Plastic Surgery
Physical (You're So)

Friday 13 May 2022.

Thursday 12 May 2022...7pm to 10.30pm...
FORTNUM & MASON FOOD AND DRINK AWARDS at Fortnum & Mason,
The Royal Exchange, Bank, London EC3.
This was the 10th anniversary of these awards, and i have been to most of them.
Used to be held at their iconic Piccadilly home but now held here to help promote their new store
that opened a couple of years ago.
Fortnum & Mason celebrate ten years of discovering and championing the achievements of the UK’s writers, editors, publishers, photographers and broadcasters who encourage us to enjoy, explore, experiment and discover more about food and drink through their work.
For over three centuries Fortnum & Mason has remained an essential destination in Piccadilly.
Visit their website for a list of winners which were handed out from 7.50pm to 8.20pm.
The awards were hosted by CLAUDIA WINKLEMAN and ANGELA HARTNETT.
Over 300 guests here in and around their stunning oval marble bar in the centre of the room.
A nice surprise to see singer-songwriter MICA PARIS here.
A dozen well know faces related to food and drinks here including...
MARY BERRY
One half the THE HAIRY BIKERS.
MATT TARBUTT ( BBC1 Saturday Morning Kitchen Presenter)
GRACE DENT (The Guardian Food critic )
JAY RAYNER
MONICA GALETTI
I got my photo taken with Mica Paris and Mary Berry so will put them up on Facebook soon.
Complimentary Fortnum & Mason champers, vodka cocktails, wines, beers and yummy
Fortnum & Mason canapés including their famous Scotch Eggs and Oysters.
For desserts , it was a lemon & amaretti trifle that has won the Queens Platinum Pudding competition
out of 5000 entries which was served up in a champagne glass.
All guests got a goodie bag with a few nice Fortnums food items inside.
An excellent event.

Wednesday 11 May 2022.

Wednesday 11 May 2022...I went to two events tonoght...
6pm to 7pm.
PHOTO LONDON - press/VIP evening at Somerset House, London.
Showcasing the very best of the past, present and future of photography, Photo London brings together an impressive range of international galleries, offering visitors an opportunity to explore, discover and collect some of the world’s most exquisite photographic artworks.
Several hundred folks are here as many galleries are showcasing.
There was an interesting stand featuring music photos from the 1960s and 1970s from the likes
of Kevin Cummins (NME) , Denis O'Regan and Gered Mankowitz.
BILL WYMAN took photos of The Rolling Stones back in the 1960s and several are on display.
Bill we be attending this show on Saturday 14 May.
Complimentary Pommery champers and Aperol Spritz for all guests.
It is on from 12 May to 15 May.
Visit their website for more info and to buy tickets.
www.somersethouse.org.uk - Visit their website here.
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then 7.30pm to 9.15pm.
INNOVATION IN CRAFT SINCE 1893 , Dunhill House, 2 Davies Street, Mayfair, London W1.
Dunhill put on a exhibition of their items through the years at their superb flagship store.
Mens suits , shoes, wallets , bags over the years, along with their iconic lighters etc.
There is a lovely outdoor courtyard space with tables.
Complimentary Louis Roederer champers, Gin cocktails, Hennessy cocktails and canapés for guests.
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Tuesday 10 May 2022.
MUSE + RAZORLIGHT live at Hammersmith Apollo.
Muse play the second of two special sold out shows at this venue for three different charities.
First gig in support of the upcoming release, "Will of the People" and first gigs in two years, after Covid restrictions were mitigated/lifted. Muse will be supporting War Child and Médecins Sans Frontières on the
first night charity gig. The second show will be in support of The Big Issue.
I have seen Muse several times before including a couple of times at The 02 Arena where
they were the first band I saw to use a bunch of drones in the show to fantastic effect.
I have also seen RAZORLIGHT a few times over the past 20 years.
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Needless to say the venue is totally rammed sold out, as Muse are pretty much an
arena and stadium band these days, and this is a small venue for them.
In the front row centre of the circle seating was guitar legend JIMMY PAGE.
His personal security made sure he left his seat half way through the final song to go backstage.
RAZORLIGHT arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played for 40 mins.
Special guest support band RAZORLIGHT did a really good set , full of their hit singles.
Rip It Up
In the Morning
Stumble and Fall
Don't Go Back to Dalston
Golden Touch
In the City
Before I Fall To Pieces
Somewhere Else
Vice
America
MUSE arrived on stage at 8.50pm and played for 95 mins.
Only 95 mins on stage seemed a bit short , as they usually play longer.
Muse mix their greatest hits with some rarely played deep cuts.
The trio of top notch musicians are joined by a keyboard player on stage.
There is a woman right of stage signing for the deaf , which was a nice touch.
Muse really do rock out, particularly in the second half which had many crunching power riff anthems.
We had ticker-tape cannons during the main set and streamers over the crowd during the encore.
Thrilling and technically flawless, this was rock of the highest quality from Muse, masters of musical destruction.
A great show.
Full MUSE setlist played tonight....
Won't Stand Down
Interlude
Hysteria (with AC/DC's "Back in Black" riff outro)
Pressure
Map of the Problematique
Song played from tape [Drill Sergeant]
Psycho
Assassin ("Grand Omega Bosses edit" version)
The Gallery
Compliance
New Born (with Rage Against the Machine' s "Calm Like a Bomb" riff outro)
Prelude
Starlight
Citizen Erased
Plug In Baby (Guns n' Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine" outro)
Supermassive Black Hole (with Led Zeppelin's "Heartbreaker" riff outro)
Uprising (extended)
Encore:
Space Dementia
Knights of Cydonia (with Ennio Morricone's "Man With a Harmonica" intro)

Tuesday 10 May 2022.

Monday 09 May 2022.
BRYAN ADAMS live at The Royal Albert Hall.
Bryan Adams plays the first of three shows at this iconic venue.
Each night, Bryan will perform one of his classic albums in full in the first set , plus a selection of his greatest hits from a staggering back-catalogue in the second set.
His biggest selling album is actually "Reckless" with over 12 million sales worldwide so expect
the greatest hits set to include the six hit singles from that album.
Monday 9 May: Cuts Like A Knife (1983)
Tuesday 10 May: Into The Fire (1987)
Wednesday 11 May: Waking Up The Neighbours (1991)
i have seen Bryan Adams over 20 times since the 1980s, including when he headlined Wembley Stadium
in both 1992 and 1996...and at a charity show at The Royal Opera House in 2002 where
Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros were the support act...and a few moths later Joe Strummer died.
Bryan Adams 15th studio album, ‘So Happy It Hurts’, released on 11 March 2022.
Bryan Adams has sold over 65 million albums worldwide over the past 40 odd years.
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Like Eric Clapton a couple of days ago, the venue is rammed solid sold out.
It is arena floor standing tonight,so that creates a great buzzy atmosphere.
Plenty of females here still swooning over Bryan.
BRYAN ADAMS & band arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played a show lasting 2 hours 10 mins
over two sets of 45 mins and 85 mins.
There is a lowered platform extension all across the front stage with microphones at front middle,
and both corners so Bryan is often very close up to the fans.
There is a classic American car behind all the bands equipment.
As usual all the band are in black tops/t-shirts and black trousers/jeans.
Loads of catchy singalong soft rock hit singles played by Bryan Adams tonight.
Along with a few album filler type tracks.
A great show.
Full BRYAN ADAMS setlist play tonight...
FIRST SET - CUTS LIKE A KNIFE album tracks played
The Only One
Take Me Back
This Time
I'm Ready
What's It Gonna Be
Don't Leave Me Lonely (First reported performance since 1983)
Let Him Know (First reported performance since 1982)
The Best Was Yet to Come
Cuts Like a Knife
Straight From the Heart (solo, acoustic)
SECOND SET - greatest hits and new album tracks etc
Kick Ass
Can't Stop This Thing We Started
Run to You
Shine a Light
Heaven
Go Down Rockin'
It's Only Love
On The Road
You Belong to Me
Here I Am (acoustic with piano and guitar)
When You're Gone (solo, acoustic)
(Everything I Do) I Do It for You
Back to You
Rebel
Summer of '69
Encore:
So Happy It Hurts
These Are The Moments That Make Up My Life
All for Love (Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart & Sting cover) (solo, acoustic)
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Some info on "that song".
In the UK his single "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" had the longest unbroken run at number one, spending sixteen consecutive weeks at the top of the UK Singles Chart from July 7, 1991, to October 27 when it dropped to number four. It also topped the Europe-wide sales chart for eighteen continuous weeks, still an all-time record, and topped the European-wide radio airplay chart for ten weeks.
It has sold over 15 million copies worldwide , and is one of the best selling singles of all time.



Monday 09 May 2022.

Sunday 08 May 2022.
ERIC CLAPTON live at The Royal Albert Hall.
Eric Clapton plays the second of two sold out shows at this iconic venue.
Eric Clapton will be aged 77 when these shows take place.
Eric Clapton has been getting a heap of bad publicity recently, from being one of the most famous
anti-vaccination musicians out there along with Van Morrison.
Eric Clapton is the only musician who has been inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame three times.
For his legendary bands Yardbirds, Cream and his solo work.
Eric Clapton holds the record for performing at this venue...over 150 times in his career.
I have seen Eric Clapton live over 20 times since 1977 when he played The Crystal Palace Bowl.
Most of his shows I have seen were at his stints held at this iconic venue.
I saw all four CREAM reunion shows at this venue in May 2005.
Support comes from ANDY FAIRWEATHER LOW.
Andy Fairweather Low (now aged 73) is a Welsh guitarist, songwriter, producer and vocalist. He was a founder member and lead singer of 1960s Welsh pop band Amen Corner, and in recent years has toured extensively with Roger Waters, Eric Clapton and Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings.
He had two Top 10 hit singles of his own in the 1970s.
"Reggae Tune" in 1974 and " Wide Eyed and Legless" in 1975.
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Walking up to the venue was a rare sight, as street ticket touts were outside the venue post covid.
Covid and tickets on phones has hit them hard, but there must be at least a dozen of them here,
as Eric Clapton is a hot ticket that sold out pronto and he could easily have added extra dates.
I know most of the touts to talk to and i can honestly say they have never sold me a ticket
for over face value in the past 45 odd years......they have actually saved me a fortune.
ANDY FAIRWEATHER LOW & band arrived on stage at 8.35pm for their 35 mins set.
His good set included a hit he had with Amen Corner " If Paradise is Half as Nice" and
his own solo hit "Wide Eyed and Legless".
His band include Nick Pentelow on sax who i saw playing with Wizzard in the 1970s.
ERIC CLAPTON & band arrived on stage at 8.35pm and played for 1 hour 50 mins.
Some things are always the same with Eric Clapton.
His band of five musicians and two female backing vocals look the same as last time.
His regular two keyboard players are here - Paul Carrack and Chris Stainton.
His guitar tech is the same as last time.
Eric plays on a huge rug like last time.
Like The Rolling Stones, there is always lots of hospitality packages for Eric Clapton here.
Eric does not say much during the show apart from a couple of "thank you's".
His guitar does the talking, as his playing is still totally top notch.
A great mix of solo material , blues covers and older classics by Cream.
For the acoustic section only, live footage is screened on to the curtain above the stage.
The show starts fairly gently, then it's a stunning pairing of "I Shot the Sheriff" and "White Room".
Other highlights included "Tears in Heaven", "Wonderful Tonight", "Badge" and "Layla".
Like before , it is tradition for the fans to rush the stage before the electric version of "Layla".
A great show.
Full ERIC CLAPTON setlist played tonight...
ELECTRIC SET
Lead Me To The Water (Gary Brooker cover)
Key to the Highway (Charles Segar cover)
Pilgrim
River of Tears
I Shot the Sheriff (The Wailers cover)
White Room (Cream song)
SEMI-ACOUSTIC SET - Eric on acoustic guitar , with all the band on stage.
Heart of a Child (with Andy Fairweather Low)
Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out (Jimmy Cox cover) (with Andy Fairweather Low)
Smile (Charlie Chaplin cover)
Layla (Derek and the Dominos song) (with Andy Fairweather Low)
Tears in Heaven (with Andy Fairweather Low)
ELECTRIC SET
Badge (Cream song)
Wonderful Tonight
Cross Road Blues (Robert Johnson cover)
Little Queen of Spades (Robert Johnson cover)
Layla (Derek and the Dominos song)
Encore:
High Time We Went (Joe Cocker cover)

Sunday 08 May 2022.

Sunday 08 May 2022.
Very sad news that actor DENNIS WATERMAN has died aged 74.
I was lucky to have grown up watching him in classic tv series The Sweeney and Minder.
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Saturday 07 May 2022.
MORCHEEBA live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Morcheeba formed in the mid-1990s and mix influences from trip hop, rock, folk rock and downtempo, and have produced ten regular studio albums since 1995, two of which (both on Sire/WEA )
reached the UK Top 10...they never really had a big Top 20 single.
Their 10th studio album "Blackest Blue" was released in 2021.
They have recently returned from full tours of Australia and mainland Europe.
I have seen them live a couple of times before including a visit to White City to see them
on The Jools Holland tv show in 1997.
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Level 3 is half empty tonight, but still a very full house on the other levels.
DUKE GARWOOD arrived on stage at 8pm for his 30 mins.
An ok set, but a bit too laid back for me.
MORCHEEBA arrived on stage at 9pm and played a full two hours.
The leading lady of Morcheeba, Skye Edwards has her smooth, effortless tone teamed up with Ross Godfrey’s psychedelic swirling guitar to create their melting pot sound that has been border-hopping ever since the London based band emerged from the mid-90s trip-hop scene.
Skye has an infectious smiley personality on stage.
Morchheba defined the ‘chill out’ genre with tracks like 'Otherwise' , ‘The Sea’ and first encore of ‘Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day’, which were all highlights tonight.
The band sounded great, and overall it was a really good show.
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The Daily Mail reports this today...
We're not Rolling in it! Fans shun tickets to Stones' Hyde Park gigs nine years after every seat was snapped up almost instantly - as they blame the soaring cost of living.
A decade after every seat at the Stones went in five minutes, wallets are thin.
Thousands of tickets for June 25 and July 3, starting at £95.75, remain unsold.
Seats in the reserved areas front of stage cost over £400.
Fans have blamed the cost of living, with one saying: 'It is a lot of money'.
Pearl Jam, Duran Duran and The Eagles tickets at Hyde Park are also unsold.

Saturday 07 May 2022.

Friday 06 May 2022
KEITH URBAN live at Hammersmith Apollo.
Keith Urban plays the first of two sold out shows at this venue.
Four-time GRAMMY® Award winner Keith Urban has confirmed the highly anticipated ‘THE SPEED OF NOW' World Tour, which comes to the UK in May.
These will be his first UK shows in nearly three years, when i saw him play The Forum.
Keith Urban has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide as well as collaborating with a diverse group of artists that include Post Malone, Taylor Swift, P!NK and Nile Rodgers.
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The venue is rammed sold out, so a nice 5000 capacity crowd here.
Lots of females here ready to swoon over him.
KEITH URBAN & band arrived on stage at 8.45pm and played for 1 hour 50 mins.
Another stunning stage production as the band are playing four feet up in the air
on a platform within the big screen that is showing digital images around them.
Keith has a nice relaxed and friendly stage banter, that the fans love.
Lots of fans have brought messages on banners for him to read out.
Somehow he even spots one , half way back in the circle.
He gets a female fan from Denmark on stage to help him out on a vocal duet,
for his track "The Fighter" , and she did a good job.
The show is very professional and the songs were simple catchy country rock.
At the mid point of the show he sings a couple of acoustic songs on a b-stage.
As the stalls standing is on a slope he put the b-stage by the gents toilets looking at left of stage.
Ticker-tape was fired over the stalls standing at the end of the main set.
A great show.
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A very nice touch by Keith at the end of the show when the lights went up.
He goes down the front to accept flowers and gifts, pose for selfies, sign autographs etc.
You think he will do it for 2 or 3 mins but he actually did it for a full 15 mins.

Friday 06 May 2022.

Thursday 05 May 2022.
JOE BONAMASSA live at The Royal Albert Hall.
JOE BONAMASSA plays the first of two shows at this iconic venue.
I have seen him live several times including at this venue in 2017 and 2019.
The 2022 UK tour follows the release of Bonamassa’s critically acclaimed 15th solo studio album " Time Clocks" that was originally released in October 2021 via Provogue/Mascot Label Group in Europe.
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The balcony is half empty tonight.
Could be down to the expensive tickets he now always seems to have.
£160 , £120 and £85 plus booking fees....yikes!
JOE & his top notch band arrived on stage at 7.35pm and played 2 hours 10 mins.
Joe plus four musicians, plus two female backing singers.
The bass player will be at this venue with Peter Frampton later this year.
The nifty keyboard player has played with Stevie Ray Vaughn and others.
Joe arrives on stage in trademark shades, smart suit and shiny shoes.
Most tracks are over several minutes long ,as most feature a stunning guitar solo.
He gets a superb tone out of his guitars, especially during the quieter solos.
Joe owns over 300 guitars and several different ones are used tonight.
A tip for you....I have a great seat in stalls swivel seats looking at the stage from the left.
This is the best side to watch a right handed guitar player as they always tilt their guitar to the left.
After 90 mins Joe tells all the crowd to stand up.
Highlights included fan faves "The Ballad of John Henry" and "Sloe Gin".
A great show.
Full JOE BONAMASSA setlist played tonight....
Evil Mama
Dust Bowl
Love Ain't a Love Song
Midnight Blues (Gary Moore cover)
The Heart That Never Waits
I Didn't Think She Would Do It
Just 'Cos You Can Don't Mean You Should
Pain and Sorrow
A Conversation With Alice
Lonely Boy
The Ballad of John Henry
Encore:
Woke Up Dreaming (Acoustic solo)
Sloe Gin (Tim Curry cover)





Wednesday 04 May 2022.

Wednesday 04 May 2022.
TOM MEIGHAN live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Ex KASABIAN singer plays his debut solo tour.
Expect half a dozen KASABIAN classics in his setlist.
I saw Tom fronting KASABIAN several times since 2005...a great live act.
Tom and Serge were a great pairing.
He has released three solo singles, but as yet no solo album has been released.
Debut solo single "Would You Mind" is a great track.
After Meighan pleaded guilty to assaulting his partner in July 2020 , the remaining members of Kasabian issued a full statement regarding his status in the band.
“No one in the band wanted this to happen,” the statement read. “We have all worked so hard for the past twenty three years and had big plans for our future together. We’re completely heartbroken.
“But we were left with no choice but to ask Tom to leave the band. There is absolutely no way we can condone his assault conviction. Domestic violence and abuse of any kind is totally unacceptable.”
They continued: “As soon as we found out about the charges made against Tom, we as a band made the decision that we could no longer work with him. Unfortunately we had to hold back this information until he was found guilty in court".
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Tom had such a good number as the singer with KASABIAN, but has pretty much lost his main career.
KASABIAN sold out two nights at Brixton Academy without him on their recent tour and although Tom was the singer in KASABIAN he is struggling to fill this venue which is half the size of Brixton Academy.
Amazingly Levels 2 and 3 are closed as unsold, although the other two levels are full.
Another one of those shows that easily had over 100 on the guest list.
LINA MAXINE & band arrived on stage at 8.15pm for their 30 mins set.
Russian-American singer-songwriter played a decent set of alt-rock tunes.
Her set included a very nice Linkin Park cover.
TOM MEIGHAN & band arrived on stage at 9.15pm for their 85 mins set.
Needless to say the crowd is a lively beer drinking KASABIAN crowd.
A nice stage production as several screens are showing pre-recorded images.
Tom is a great frontman, as he stands arms aloft on the podiums front of stage, to ramp the crowd up.
Even his wife is up dancing and singing with her friends in the Level 1 VIP seats.
The five musicians backing him, sounded really good.
The excellent six KASABIAN classics played sent the crowd totally wild.
The crowd sung along to his debut single, and the new solo tracks went down well.
The new material certainly sees him in reflective mood, but very keen to be out playing live again.
It was a really great show.
Out of This World
Underdog (Kasabian song)
Something's About to Change
Icarus
Shoot the Runner (Kasabian song) (With ‘Breathe’ snippet in honour of Prodigys Keith Flint RIP)
Thinking on Our Feet
Would You Mind
Sunshine
L.S.F. (Lost Souls Forever) (Kasabian song)
Deep Dive
Footdown
Darkest Hour
Let It Ride
Empire (Kasabian song)
Club Foot (Kasabian song)
Encore:
Movin' On
Fire (Kasabian song)
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Tuesday 03 May 2022...I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 7.30pm.
TOBY MOTT - book launch party - at The ICA, The Mall, St James's, London SW1.
Toby Mott has released his new book 'New Age : Stonehenge To Jungle, B2B 1973/2000".
On display are lots of dance event flyers and posters that are included in the book.
A nice glossy book, with a hefty price tag of £70.
Complementary beers here for the 50 or 60 guests.
then
8pm to 9.30pm.
Multi-artist - gallery private view - 4 Cromwell Place, South Kensington, London SW7.
My first time at this brand new contemporary gallery that opened during the pandemic.
London's £20m Cromwell Place gallery hub is a complex, housed in five townhouses in South Kensington.
Many different rooms here, and a very nice outdoor space.
Complementary prosecco and wines for the 100 plus guests.

Monday 02 May 2022.

Monday 02 May 2022.
FOALS + SHAME live at Olympia, London.
Foals play the last of their four big shows at this venue.
This is the third time I have seen them here over the weekend.
EGYPTIAN BLUE 30 mins upfront guitar set seems to get quicker and quicker.
SHAME played their 30 mins again.
Last night the singer took his shirt off on song three, and tonight it is song four.
FOALS arrived on stage like the other nights at 8.45pm for their 1 hour 40 mins set.
I have added a couple of bits to the main review on Friday, so check it out.
They are playing the same setlist every night.
They clearly love playing live, and are so tight musically.
The stage is truly massive, more suited to The 02 Arena or an outdoor festival stage.
Sometimes you are in a venue and you think wow!
This iconic building and its stunning glass roof dates back to 1886.
Henry Edward Coe was commissioned to design the ambitious structure. His plans included a span barrel roof which at 52 metres (170 feet) was to be wider than that of the Agricultural Hall (known as ‘The Aggie’ and now the Business Design Centre) in Islington, a building Coe had designed 25 years earlier. This new roof would cover nearly an acre.
The main roof was developed by Messrs A. T. Walmisley and M. Am-Ende. The engineering challenge was immense. To create a covered space so wide, the roof had to be 35 metres (115 feet) tall at its apex. The ironwork, glass and zinc of this structure totalled over 1,300 tons. 2,500 sheets of plate glass adorn the roof, a striking feature which survived two world wars and the great storm of 1987.
All three artists tonight confirm that British guitar bands are fully alive and kicking.
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Sunday 01 May 2022.
FOALS + SHAME live at Olympia, London.
Both bands back to play the third of four sold out shows here.
This was my second time being here to see them both.
I am a bit nearer the stage today, and i catch the band on before Shame as well.
It is a massive space here , with the main room where the bands are playing, and
an overflow room where the huge bar is.
It feels like a mini-festival, with the big toilet queues during the breaks between bands.
EGYPTIAN BLUE arrived on stage at 6.45pm for their 30 mins set.
Some nice brash guitar playing in their decent set.
SHAME arrived on stage at 7.40pm for their 30 mins set.
The singer is shirtless again after a couple of songs...a good rowdy set.
FOALS arrived on stage at 8.45pm for their 1 hour 40 mins set.
Foals have added a fifth London show on 08 May at Brixton Academy.
See my review from a couple of days ago , for a full review and setlist.
They are a visually great band to watch as a lot of effort has been put into the visuals.
The middle screen uses stunning pre-recorded images and the two side screens show live footage.
Add the great light show, and several good songs , so you end up with another really good show.

Sunday 01 May 2022.

Saturday 30 April 2022.
ALABAMA 3 live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
They are best known for a remixed version of "Woke Up This Morning" which plays during the opening credits of each episode of the classic HBO television series The Sopranos.
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Level 2 and 3 closed tonight as unsold, but the other two levels are full.
BLACK ELVIS arrived on stage at 7.30pm for his 30 mins solo set.
He did what it says on the tin, a black guy singing Elvis covers to backing tapes.
Always good to hear some Elvis Presley classics being performed.
LIAS SAOUDI arrived on stage at 8.15pm and he performed a 30 mins solo set.
Lias is lead singer of Fat White Family, one of those debauched and rowdy bands.
Started off with some horrible screeching song, then got a bit better with some gloomy lyrics songs.
ALABAMA 3 arrived on stage at 9.15pm and played for 90 mins.
Tonight was the last night of their 26 date tour , so they are fully rehearsed and sounding great.
Six musicians on stage plus two fab black female backing singers & dancers in hot pants.
The band have been regulars at Glastonbury Festival over the years.
Indeed some of the older crowd here, have a very "stoned look" about them.
What has kept Alabama 3 a festival fixture for over two decades is their other assets: wicked humour, leaning hard into outlaw country tropes and finding the grooviest balance between sin and soul. All are present in "Hypo Full of Love", as Black’s resurrected voice details a questionable 12-step programme that culminates in a mass singalong of the “shoot me up” chorus.
Lots of voice samples used during their set.
In the middle of the show harmonica player Nick Reynolds, son of Great Train Robber Bruce Reynolds, took over lead vocals on "Have You Seen Bruce Richard Reynolds?".
The first encore "Too Sick To Pray" had everyone singing and dancing along, to their great dance groove.
A really good show.
Full ALABAMA 3 setlist played tonight....
Tranquilize Yourself Britannia
Whacked
Hello... I'm Johnny Cash
Rattlesnake Woman
Petronella Says
Exodus (Movement of War People)
Speed of the Sound of Loneliness (John Prine cover)
Woke Up This Morning
Have You Seen Bruce Richard Reynolds?
U Don't Dans 2 Tekno
Bullet Proof
R.E.H.A.B.
Yolanda
Up Above My Head
Hypo Full of Love (The 12 Step Plan)
Encore:
Too Sick To Pray
The Road Goes On Forever (Robert Earl Keen cover)

Saturday 30 April 2022.

Friday 29 April 2022.
FOALS live at Olympia.
FOALS play massive four sold out shows at Olympia, Kensington.
Fri 29 April ,Sat 30 April, Sun 01 May, Mon 02 May.
All the 8000 all standing tickets have been sold for each show.
Feb 2020 - they won Best Live Act at The NME Awards.
Feb 2020 - they won British Group at The BRIT Awards.
The indie-rockers will be previewing tracks from their seventh studio album "Life Is Yours".
Support band for all four shows are SHAME.
Shame are an English post-punk band originally from Brixton, South London. Their debut album "Songs of Praise " was released on 12 January 2018. This was followed by "Drunk Tank Pink " on 15 January 2021,
which went into the UK Top 10.
I went to many great Christmas shows at Olympia in the late 1970s.
Including Status Quo, Thin Lizzy and a few by Rod Stewart.
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Sniffer dogs on the entrance for this gig, seemed a bit over the top for a Foals audience.
SHAME on stage at 7.30pm for their 30 mins set.
It is a cold venue, but the singer is still keen to take his shirt off.
Some of his vocals are a bit shouty ,but it is a good overall show.
The bass guitarist liked manically darting across the stage.
FOALS on stage at 8.45pm for their 1 hour 40 mins set.
A nice stage production with big screens mixing live footage and superb pre-recorded images.
Foals don't really have any classic hit singles, but all their six albums have gone Top 10
in the UK, and one of them hit the top spot.
They seem to own intelligent indie dance rock.
They are a band that need a few listens, to really get into them.
They played plenty of good songs including "My Number", "Olympic Airways",
"Spanish Sahara", "Inhaler" and "What When Down".
The singer went in the pit and got up close with the fans a couple of times.
Streamers came down over the front standing for the final song of the night.
Overall a really good show.
Full FOALS setlist played tonight...
Wake Me Up
The Runner
Mountain at My Gates
2am
Olympic Airways
My Number
Black Gold
Life Is Yours
In Degrees
2001
Late Night
Spanish Sahara
Providence
Inhaler
Encore:
Black Bull
What Went Down
Two Steps, Twice
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QPR 1 Sheffield United 3
Yet another terrible defeat for my team QPR.
We had that great run at the start of the year to get into the top six and this result means we
have now lost 11 out of the last 16 games....so this season becomes yet another disappointing one.

Friday 29 April 2022.

Thursday 28 April 2022...7.30pm to 10.30pm...
PHILIPP PLEIN - Flagship Store Launch Party - 9 Old Bond Street, London W1.
Luxury fashion store that sells male and female clothing and shoes.
Rival luxury fashion label Michael Kors closed their store at this location due to the pandemic.
It is over three levels, although the room sizes are fairly small...a garish green is featured for most of it.
They are massive in Italy, and my friends were saying that the brand has thrown
some of the best parties at Milan Fashion Week.
The brand has had a meteoric rise over the past 20 years, as they now have over 100 stores worldwide.
The price tags are stratospheric as i saw a jacket that was £100,000.
It got very busy , and ended being a one out one in policy for any late arrivals after 8pm.
PHILIPP PLEIN himself was here to say that his was the first luxury fashion company to accept crypto and is starting this new phase because of how important he thinks it it will become.
He added that the firm’s overall online retail turnover last year was about €100 million and about 3% of that came from crypto. “We can double that this year”, he insisted.
We have a DJ playing some decent tunes and guest of honour STEFFLON DON turned up wearing
one of the brands long cream coats.At 9.20pm the rapper sang two of her tracks to backing tapes.
In 2018 she won Best New Artist at The NME Awards and on her last tour headlined Hammersmith Apollo.
Lots of female staff in black trouser suits topping our drinks up all night.
Complimentary Moët champers, vodka cocktails, tequila cocktails and boxes of chicken & fries.
An excellent party.
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A SEX PISTOLS gig poster from Manchester in 1976 has sold for a staggering £22,000 at auction.

Thursday 28 April 2022.

Wednesday 27 April 2022...6.45pm to 9pm...
THEAKSTON OLD PERCULIAR CRIME WRITING FESTIVAL - London Launch Party -
Browns , 82 / 84 St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2.
Around 150 guests here in their first floor space.
The main event itself is held up north in Harrogate from 21 July to 24 July 2022.
Special book events, book signings,book launches, talks etc from leading crime authors.
We had a couple of speeches here at 7.30pm.
There is a full Theakston bar here,where you can pull your own pints.
Complimentary wines, Theakstones beers , hot and cold canapés for all guests.
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The next instalment of the KISS Off The Soundboard official live bootleg series is coming out.
KISS: Off The Soundboard: Live At Donington 1996 is to be released on June 10th on 2CD, Red 3LP and standard black 3LP.
This was the first of four UK shows for their 1996 all four original members reunion tour.
I was at all four shows.
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Happy Birthday to ex KISS guitarist ACE FREHLEY who is 71 today.
It was always great to watch him on stage with KISS and with his own band.
Will he join KISS on their current farewell world tour at any point?

Wednesday 27 April 2022.

Tuesday 26 April 2022...I went to two events today...
5.30pm to 8pm
PIZZA PILGRIMS "pizza playground showcase " West India Quay, Canary Wharf, London E14.
This is Pizza Pilgrims largest pizzeria – with amazing outside terrace, and the basement "pizza playground" to play bocce ball, Mario Kart, Pinball ,PS2, Nintendo etc – and to watch sporting events on the screens.
There is also the private basement kitchen where we are the first group of six to "make your own" pizzas.
We washed our hands, and put on the apron and had some fun rolling the pizza and adding
a half a dozen ingredients, and then chef put it in the oven and then we took it to our table,
and it tasted very nice.We also had slices from all their different pizzas on the menu.
I had also had a full size double pepperoni with honey which was delicious.
Also a yummy tiramisu for dessert along with complimentary Aperol Spritz, wines & beers.
We had a great time here.
They have central locations including Kingly Court off Carnaby Street.
www.pizzapilgrims.co.uk - Visit their website here.
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then just two stops on the tube to...
BLONDIE and JOHNNY MARR live at The 02 Arena, London.
Blondie are playing a 10 date UK arena tour, with support from Johnny Marr.
16 April update - Blondie guitarist CHRIS STEIN has revealed he won't be joining the band on tour this year because of a cardiac issue. He noted that he was "sad and frustrated" about the decision.
Sex Pistols legend GLEN MATLOCK will be on bass guitar duties for Blondie on this tour.
I have seen Blondie live around 15 times since 1977 when they supported Television at
Hammersmith Odeon.
I have also seen Debbie Harry solo a few times when Blondie split up.
Blondie have had 11 x Top 10 singles in the UK, including 6 x number ones.
Incredibly Debbie Harry is now aged 76, so this could easily be Blondie's final UK tour.
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Due to the previous event, i ended up missing Johnny Marr.
A few empty blocks unsold up in Level 4 tonight, but otherwise pretty full.
Great to see some of my friends here in the guest block who also know Glen Matlock.
BLONDIE arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 1 hour 45 mins.
A very nice arena stage production with three big screens mixing live footage and colourful
pre-recorded images.
Neither personnel changes nor the passage of time can wash the colour out of Blondie’s bubblegum blitz fare, its mix of Manhattan trash and flash complimented by bursts of bright pop art imagery. The 76-year-old Debbie Harry – still cool with her peroxide hair in a permanent state of wind-machine whipped.
Sex Pistol bassist Glen Matlock remains on a small platform most of the time next to his chum Clem Burke.
Great to see Glen on this big stage, and Blondie is a perfect band for him.
After this tour Glen will be playing with Blondie on their North American tour.
Drummer Clem Burke is his spectacular self as usual, with his visually great drumming.
Blondie had so many well known big hits in the UK, that it really is pretty much a greatest hits show.
At the end of the main set , they even riffed out 30 seconds of Sex Pistols "God Save The Queen".
An excellent show.
Full BLONDIE setlist played tonight...
X Offender (from Blondie, 1976)
Hanging on the Telephone (from Parallel Lines, 1978)
Sunday Girl (from Parallel Lines, 1978)
Picture This (from Parallel Lines, 1978)
Mother (from Panic of Girls, 2010)
Fade Away and Radiate (from Parallel Lines, 1978)
The Tide Is High (from Autoamerican, 1980)
What I Heard (from Panic of Girls, 2010)
Atomic (from Eat To The Beat, 1979)
(I’m Always Touched by Your) Presence, Dear (From Plastic Letters, 1977)
Shayla (from Eat To The Beat, 1979)
Union City Blue (from Eat To The Beat, 1979)
Long Time (from Pollinator, 2017)
Rapture (from Autoamerican, 1980)
Maria (from No Exit, 1999)
Dreaming (from Eat To The Beat, 1979)
Heart of Glass (from Parallel Lines, 1978) (featuring 30 seconds riffing of Sex Pistols GSTQ at the end)
Encore:
No Exit (from No Exit, 1999)
Fragments (from Pollinator, 2017)
Call Me (from American Gigalo soundtrack, 1979)
One Way or Another (from Parallel Lines, 1978)


Tuesday 26 April 2022.

Monday 25 April 2022.
ONEREPUBLIC live at Hammersmith Apollo.
OneRepublic is an American pop rock band formed in Colorado Springs, Colorado,in 2002.
The band will be promoting their fifth studio album from 2021 "Human", as part of their world tour.
The band have sold over 16 million records (albums and singles ) worldwide.
The video for their worldwide hit "Counting Stars" has had a mind boggling
3 billion, yes 3 billion views on YouTube.
It is in the Top 20 list of the most plays list on YouTube.
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By the time the headliners arrive on stage, the venue is a 5000 capacity sell-out.
Lots of folks from places like Korea and Japan are here due to their worldwide success.
DAN CAPLEN arrived on stage at 8pm for his 30 mins set.
Dan is a singer-songwriter who is signed to Atlantic Records.
In 2018 Caplen had a number one single for his part in "These Days"
In 2019 Caplen won an Ivor Novello Award for PRS for Music Most Performed Work for "These Days", performed by Rudimental, Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplen.
He performed this hit song that the crowd loved, and also a cover of "Wonderwall" went down well.
ONEREPUBLIC arrived on stage at 9.05pm for their 1 hour 45 mins set.
OneRepublic are one of those faceless radio friendly pop rock acts that record companies love
as they effortlessly shift millions of records around the world.
An average show on paper was much better than expected due to the massive stage production.
Three big screens mixing live footage and pre-recorded images , along with loads of lights and
seven musicians spread around the stage.
Plenty of women swooning over the singer, and there is a great live gig atmosphere.
Their Top 10 hit "Stop and Stare" was great , then there was a bit of an odd middle section
with half a dozen covers from female artists played solo on the piano although the version
of Beyonce "Halo" was top notch.
Their Top 10 hit "Apologize " was another goodie and it was all bells and whistles a go-go for
the encore of their number one hit from 2013 "Counting Stars".
It did end up surprisingly a much better show than expected.
Full ONEREPUBLIC setlist played tonight....
Kids
Good Life
All the Right Moves
Stop and Stare
Rescue Me
Secrets
Wherever I Go
Love Runs Out
Bleeding Love / Rumour Has It / THAT'S WHAT I WANT / Ghost (cover medley)
Halo (Beyoncé cover)
Lose Somebody (Kygo cover)
West Coast
Run
Sucker (Jonas Brothers cover)
Sunshine
Apologize
I Lived
Encore:
Counting Stars
Future Looks Good
If I Lose Myself

Sunday 24 April 2022

Saturday 23 April 2022.
THE MISSION live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
The Mission play the second of two shows at this venue on their UK tour.
I have seen these goth rockers a few times since 1993.
In late 1985 Wayne Hussey and Craig Adams left The Sisters Of Mercy and, after enlisting the talents of Simon Hinkler and Mick Brown, formed The Mission and in early 1986 embarked on their first European tour, supporting The Cult. They released 2 singles independently, both reaching No.1 in the UK alternative charts, before signing a worldwide record deal with Phonogram (now Universal).
Their first single for the new label, ‘Stay With Me’, went straight into the UK chart at No. 30 followed by their debut album “God’s Own Medicine” at No. 14. Over the next eight years the band released six more albums and had a further 13 hit singles including anthemic classics such as “Wasteland”, “Tower Of Strength”, “Beyond The Pale”, “Deliverance” and “Butterfly On A Wheel”. Total worldwide album sales to date have now well exceeded four million.
THE ROSE OF AVALANCHE are the support on this UK tour.
They have released several albums, and actually supported The Mission on their 1986/1987 tour.
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Level 3 is closed tonight and Level 2 is half empty.
Lots of goth rockers dressed up in their trademark black clothing.
THE ROSE OF AVALANCHE arrived on stage at 8.15pm for their 30 mins set.
They played a good set, with some nice dual guitar sounds.
THE MISSION arrived on stage at 9.20pm for their 1 hour 45 mins set.
The band still feature three original members, only the drummer is not an original.
Singer Wayne Hussey is playing one of those beautiful white Gretsch guitars on several songs.
Lots of dancing in the front stalls area, and there are a couple of songs where the fans throw confetti
in the air, and a couple that feature human pyramids in the crowd where a group of fans raise someone
to fully stand on shoulders and they stay their for the entire song.
I always thought that goth was a Northern thing, popular in places like Leeds.
During the show Wayne Hussey asked the crowd "Who is from London?" and "Who is from
outside London?". The latter got much more cheers as the loyal Mission fans do follow them around.
Some songs sounded a bit samey , but overall a good show.
At the end of the show 70 or 80 loyal fans posed for a group photo.
Full setlist played by THE MISSION tonight...
Tadeusz (1912-1988)
Beyond the Pale
Hands Across the Ocean
Into The Blue
Met-Amor-Phosis
Naked and Savage
Sea Of Love
Severn
Like A Child Again
Grotesque
Butterfly On A Wheel
Wasteland
Deliverance (male and female standing on shoulders the entire song)
Encore:
Within the Deepest Darkness (Fearful)
The Crystal Ocean
Swan Song
Encore 2:
Tower Of Strength (two females standing on shoulders the entire song)
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Bass player GUY PRATT is currently playing UK shows with Nick Mason & his band.
Random fact of the day...Guy Pratt is the son of actor Mike Pratt, who was in a great 1970s tv show.
Mike was best known for his role as Jeff Randall in the late 1960s ITC detective series Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) alongside Kenneth Cope and Annette Andre.

Saturday 23 April 2022.

Friday 22 April 2022.
PAUL WELLER live at The Forum.
PW plays the first of three sold out London shows on his UK & European Tour.
Fri 22 April - The Forum
Sat 23 April - The Forum
Sun 24 April - Brixton Academy
I have seen PW on stage many times with all his bands over the past 45 years, including The Jam.
Paul is a prolific singer-songwriter with well over 20 albums in his career since The Jam debut.
Support comes from Australian indie-pop band THE STROPPIES.
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The venue is rammed solid sold out tonight.
I ended up missing the support act.
A few faces are here tonight amongst the many Paul Weller lookalikes.....
SUGGS (Madness)
CHRISSIE HYNDE (Pretenders)
GARY CROWLEY (radio DJ and presenter)
ROBERT ELMS (radio DJ and presenter)
BARRY CAIN (was The Record Mirror journo who toured with punk bands in 1976 and 1977).
(He saw The Sex Pistols a couple of times on their legendary Jan 1978 North American tour).
NICKY WELLER (Pauls sister)
PAUL WELLER & band arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played for 1 hour 55 mins.
A lively crowd of his loyal fans here keeping the bars very busy.
As usual the first half of his set includes a few plodding tracks , but the second half is great as
he played three classics by The Jam and some solo hits and Style Council hits.
Overall a really good show.
Full PAUL WELLER setlist played tonight...
White Sky
Long Time
Cosmic Fringes
From the Floorboards Up
Headstart for Happiness (The Style Council song)
Village
Have You Ever Had It Blue (The Style Council song)
Stanley Road
Going My Way
Saturns Pattern
Hung Up
Fat Pop
More
Woo Sé Mama
It's a Very Deep Sea (The Style Council song)
Rockets
Above the Clouds
Into Tomorrow
Shout to the Top! (The Style Council song)
Start! (The Jam song)
Peacock Suit
Brushed
Encore:
Broken Stones
You Do Something to Me
That's Entertainment (The Jam song)
Wild Wood
Encore 2:
The Changingman
Town Called Malice (The Jam song)

Friday 22 April 2022.

Thursday 22 April 2022....I went to two events today.
I was at this opening day from 8am to 5pm, which included the morning private view for press.
Thurs 21 April + Friday 22 April + Saturday 23 April - SALON PRIVE comes to Chelsea in April 2022.
The location is the stunning grounds of The Royal Hospital.
Over 100 stunning classic cars and super cars will be on display in this great new London location.
It's a good chance to ogle the latest models from Aston Martin, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Maserati, Porsche, Rolls-Royce and the like, many of which get their UK debut at the show. Classic cars are on show at the Concours de Vente, many of which are for sale from specialist dealers.
Car enthusiasts won't have to wait until next September for the next instalment, thanks to the announcement of a brand-new Salon Privé event. 'The Chelsea Edition' is set to take place from 21-23 April 2022 at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, home of the Chelsea Pensioners and world-famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The springtime London fixture will be the perfect way to kick off the motoring season.
Salon Privé London promises to be London’s most exclusive automotive party, with plenty to see and do in addition to the motoring attractions. The shopping village will host a variety of luxury brands including renowned British jeweller Boodles, Jess Collet Milliner and British perfume house, Penhaligon’s, founded in the late 1860s. Everything from Patek Philippe watches Harley-Davidsons to Bell helicopters will be on display, alongside first-class hospitality for which Salon Privé has long been renowned. Louis Pommery will flow and London Essence cocktail bars will offer exciting cocktails from NoMad, Louie and the Donovan Bar mixologists.
To complement this, Salon Privé has partnered with renowned and innovative hospitality group JKS Restaurants to provide guests with a unique dining offering. This will include dishes from the Michelin-starred Gymkhana, Indian BBQ classics by Brigadiers, and cult Taiwanese specialists BAO. In addition, there will be plates from Fitzrovia’s The George and Chelsea’s The Cadogan Arms, providing pub fare that celebrates the best of British produce, making Salon Privé London a real foodie’s delight.
Reminder that tickets for Saturday are a bit cheaper than Thursday and Friday.
SALON PRIVÉ LONDON TO DONATE 20% OF ENTRY TICKET REVENUE TO DEC UKRAINE HUMANITARIAN APPEAL #STANDWITHUKRAINE
Meanwhile Salon Privé will make a welcome return to Blenheim Palace 31 August - 4 September 2022.
www.salonprivelondon.com - Visit their website here,
for more information and images and to buy tickets for the Chelsea event.
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The sun gods were out today, as we had a lovely day out in the sunshine.
We were kindly invited to the advance media press early access viewing from 8am to 11am.
Complimentary coffees, tea, juices and pastries for around 100 guests in The Sloane restaurant.
We then go on a tour around the site of the unveiling of some stunning new model supercars.
Caton (Healey by Caton)
H.R. Owen Bugatti (Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport by Sur Mesure)
Aston Martin Mayfair (Aston Martin DBX707)
H.R. Owen Ferrari (Ferrari 296GTB & Tailor Made Roma)
Tushek (Tushek TS900)
Genesis (Genesis GV60)
Morgan Motor Company (Morgan Super 3)
Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (Range Rover SV)
Charge Cars (Electric Mustang)
Progetto 33 (Alfa Romeo 12C )
Prodrive (Prodrive Hunter)
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars (Rolls-Royce Black Badge Ghost)
A big crowd of several hundred arrived after 11am, when the doors opened for the public.
Over 100 incredible looking gleaming cars are here from the 35 odd dealers.
Many cars were started up and paraded around including a 16 strong convoy of Minis.
Just like the ones seen in the film "The Italian Job".
It was a great day out, with a great mix of incredible cars along with bars and tasty food vendors.
The final day to visit is Saturday.
Complimentary Pommery champers in the Boodles jewellery display area and outdoor seating.
Press swing badge also got us complimentary cocktails, wines and beers.
then
THE VACCINES live at Hammersmith Apollo.
Lively indie rockers are promoting their fifth studio album "Back in Love City" with a UK tour.
This is the band's fifth consecutive top 5 album, with NME citing a band 'still at their very best and still brimming with ideas and invention.'
The band's debut album was the best-selling debut album of 2011 in the United Kingdom, drawing comparisons to The Ramones, The Strokes, and The Jesus and Mary Chain.The band have released five studio albums: What Did You Expect from The Vaccines? (2011), Come of Age (2012), English Graffiti (2015), Combat Sports (2018), and Back in Love City (2021). They have sold two million records worldwide.
I have seen this really good uptempo indie-rock band live a few times before.
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The circle is half empty ,so maybe 3500 tix sold out of the 5000 capacity tonoght.
We have two support acts tonight.
AZIYA and her band arrived on stage at 7.30pm for their decent 30 mins indie rock set.
BLACK HONEY arrived on stage at 8.15pm for their 30 mins indie rock set.
A nice heavy indie rock sound, and they played tracks from their 2021 Top 10 album "Written & Produced".
THE VACCINES arrived on stage at 9.15pm for their 70 mins set.
A short set time played, but The Vaccines were totally on fire tonight.
They whizzed through an entire set of brilliant uptempo rock n roll indie tunes.
The crowd sang along loudly, and there was plenty of dancing front stalls.
It was a great show.
Full setlist played by THE VACCINES tonight...
Wanderlust
I Can't Quit
I Always Knew
Teenage Icon
Young Meteors
Alone Star
Surfing in the Sky
Wetsuit
Post Break-Up Sex
Your Love Is My Favourite Band
El Paso
Headphones Baby
Handsome
Jump Off the Top
All My Friends Are Falling in Love
If You Wanna
Encore :
XCT
Wreckin' Bar (Ra Ra Ra)
All in White