Archive: September 2017

September 21, 2017

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It is a good time to see musicals and plays as special offer tickets are on at some theatres...
An American In Paris,School of Rock ,Dream Girls, 42nd Street and others.
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Fri 08 Sept---THE VENUS REACTION release their rockin' track today called 'Crashing Up'.
Just 500 copies on clear vinyl with a neat picture sleeve.
The band playing on the single feature...
David Donley - guitars (Glen Matlock & The Philistines / Holy Holy)
Amie Conradine - vocals
Glen Matlock - bass (The Rich Kids / The Sex Pistols / The Faces)
Ed Graham (The Darkness) - drums
Mixed by Jim Lowe (The Stereophonics and others)
I have been given a name check on the back of the cover.
www.merchdesk.combuy it online from here and...
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Thurs 21 Sept---Jools Holland plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Fri 22 Sept---Ryan Adams plays The Royal Albert Hall....sold out...
Ryan Adams's sixteenth studio album 'Prisoner' picks up rave reviews, ahead of his return to the Hall.
Sat 23 Sept---Comedian Micky Flanagan plays Wembley Arena.
As part of a massive UK arena tour including multi dates at Wembley Arena and 02 Arena.
Sun 24 Sept--- The Fizz play The Theatre Royal, Windsor.
Cheryl , Mike & Jay - formerly of Bucks Fizz play a UK tour to promote their first new single and album
for over 25 years.
They shot to fame after winning the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest with hit single 'Making Your Mind Up'.
The routine for this song included the famous skirt ripping stint.
They sold millions of records in the 1980s.
I saw them headline Hammersmith Odeon in 1982.
John Lydon arrives in London this week to do promo for the new PIL documentary.
Tues 26 Sept---Wilko Johnson Band + John Cooper Clarke play The Royal Albert Hall.
2017 is certainly a special year for Wilko Johnson: not only does it mark the 30th anniversary of the
Wilko Johnson Band, but this year sees the guitarist celebrating his 70th birthday...(12 July 2017)...
Given the events of recent years, when Wilko was diagnosed with, and overcame, terminal pancreatic cancer,
this celebration at the Royal Albert Hall is all the more meaningful.
I saw Wilko playing with Dr Feelgood three times at Hammersmith Odeon in 1975/1976 before he left them.
I have seen him a few times as a solo artist.
Wed 27 Sept and Thurs 28 Sept---Sparks play Shepherds Bush Empire.
I have seen Sparks around 15 times with the first time being in 1974 at Hammersmith Odeon.
'Hippopotamus' is the 25th album by American rock group Sparks, set to be released on September 8, 2017.
Record Collector gave it a five star review and 'Album Of The Month'.
Thurs 28 Sept---Suzanne Vega plays The Cadogan Hall, Chelsea.
I have seen Suzanne Vega several times since i first saw her at Hammersmith Odeon in 1987
when 'Luka' was a big hit single in the UK.
Thurs 28 Sept--- Black Sabbath's The End Of The End for one night only in cinemas across the world.
The film chronicles the final tour from the godfathers of heavy metal – Black Sabbath.
After nearly 50 years together, the Birmingham band took their final bow in Feb 2017.
I saw one of their London shows on that final tour.
I have seen Black Sabbath over 30 times since 1974 with various line-ups.
Fri 29 Sept---999 + Morgellons play The Dublin Castle, Camden.
Fri 29 Sept---Chas & Dave play The Beck Theatre,Hayes, Middlesex.
Fri 29 Sept---The Zombies play The Palladium.
Fri 29 Sept---Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds play The 02 Arena.
Fri 29 Sept--- The Rolling Stones "From The Vault" series - Sticky Fingers: Live At The Fonda Theatre 2015 on DVD.
Sat 30 Sept---50 years ago today BBC Radio 1 and Radio 2 started broadcasting.
Special shows all day on both stations in celebration.
Sat 30 Sept---Marc Bolan would have been 70 today.
Sat 30 Sept---The Rolling Stones play Amsterdam Arena.
I have seen The Stones play at this venue on a previous tour.
Sun 01 Oct---Chas & Dave play The Theatre Royal,Windsor.
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You can listen to these special shows live on BBC 6 Music.
Monday 2 October Morrissey
Tuesday 3 October Mogwai
Wednesday 4 October Alt J
Thursday 5 October Loyle Carner
Friday 6 October Robert Plant
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Mon 02 Oct and Tues 03 Oct---Alter Bridge play The Royal Albert Hall.
On 08 Sept Alter Bridge release 'Live At The O2 Arena + Rarities' ,a thirty-track collection album that captures one of the biggest moments of the band's career, when they played The 02 Arena in Nov 2016.
For the shows at The Royal Albert Hall they will be backed by The Parallax Orchestra - a fifty-two piece
ensemble conducted by Simon Dobson. Both shows sold out in under seven minutes.
Wed 04 Oct---Tori Amos plays The Royal Albert Hall.
This performance will be Tori’s eighth at the Hall, a venue she first performed at in 1996.
Support with come from Bell X1.
Wed 04 Oct---Ricky Gervais starts his stand up comedy stint at Hammersmith Apollo.
October 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 17th, 18th & 19th.
As part of his massive UK tour.
Fri 06 Oct---The Selecter + The Beat play The Roundhouse...sold out...
Fri 06 Oct---Liam Gallagher will release his debut solo album ‘As You Were’.
Liam has been in the papers pretty much every day in recent months desperately trying to drum up
publicity so will be very interesting how well it sells.
Sun 08 Oct---Pretenders play Hammersmith Apollo.
Tues 10 Oct---Mike & The Mechanics play Shepherds Bush Empire.
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Fri 13 Oct---Marillion play The Royal Albert Hall..sold out...
Extra London show added at The Palladium - Tuesday 7th November.
Marillion will play seven shows outside of London next year..
Wed 11th April Gateshead The Sage
Fri 13th April Cambridge Corn Exchange
Sat 14th April Birmingham Symphony Hall
Mon 16th April Brighton Dome
Tue 17th April Bristol Colston Hall
Thu 19th April Reading Hexagon
Fri 20th April Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Tickets go on sale FRIDAY, 15th SEPTEMBER at 10.00am – from myticket.co.uk, seetickets.com & venue box offices.
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Fri 13 Oct---Nazareth play 229 Great Portland Street,London W1.
Fri 13 Oct---Placebo play The Rivermead Centre,Reading..with support from Husky Loops.
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The Who have announced that they’ll release Tommy - Live At The Royal Albert Hall later this year.
The live package will arrive on October 13 on DVD, Blu-ray, 2CD, 3LP and on digital formats via Eagle Rock Entertainment.
A statement on the album reads: “In April 2017, The Who took to the stage at London’s Royal Albert Hall to perform their rock opera Tommy live in its entirety for the first time in their long and illustrious career.
I was at both those mega shows which were for The Teenage Cancer Trust.
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Sat 14 Oct---The Wedding Present play Cadogan Hall, Chelsea.
Sat 14 Oct---Gary Numan plays Brixton Academy.
Sun 15 Oct---Jane Fonda in Conversation at The Savoy Theatre.
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Wed 18 Oct---The Q Awards are held at The Roundhouse.
Stormzy, Ed Sheeran and Liam Gallagher lead this year’s 2017 Q Awards nominations with three nods each.
All three are up for Best Solo Act, while Liam and Ed will go up against each other in the Best Track category, while Stormzy will face Liam, along with The Killers, Lorde, and Radiohead for Best Live Act.
Kiwi pop queen Lorde, punk-hop heroes Sleaford Mods and rap phenomenon Kendrick Lamar are also up for two awards each, and this year’s ceremony will be Kendrick’s first year nominated.
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Thurs 19 Oct---Bananarama and other 80s acts play Wembley Arena.
Thurs 19 Oct---The Corrs play The Royal Albert Hall.
Fri 20 Oct---Suzi Quatro + David Essex + The Osmonds play Wembley Arena.
Sat 21 Oct---The Waterboys play The Palladium.
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Thurs 19 Oct , Sun 22 Oct , Wed 25 Oct --- The Rolling Stones play three shows at U Arena, Paris.
This new stadium will have 40,000 capacity per show.
These shows are at the end of their European Tour.....No UK shows this year.
Cage The Elephant support The Stones at all the Paris shows.
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Metallica play five UK shows as part of their European Tour....all UK shows sold out...
Sun Oct 22, - The O2 Arena, London
Tues Oct 24, - The O2 Arena, London
Thurs Oct 26, - SSE Hydro, Glasgow
Sat Oct 28, - Manchester Arena, Manchester
Mon Oct 30, - Genting Arena, Birmingham
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Mon 23 Oct and Tues 24 Oct---Placebo play Brixton Academy...with support from Husky Loops.
Final shows on their UK 20th anniversary tour.
Tues 24 Oct,Wed 25 Oct,Thurs 26 Oct ---Tom Robinson plays The 100 Club.
Tom plays his first full UK tour with a band for many years.
Tom's 4-piece band will be performing the entire Power In The Darkness album live on tour to mark
the 40th Anniversary of his debut single 2-4-6-8 Motorway.
I have seen him live around 20 times including several times in his heyday period of success
in 1977/1978 when he had a few hit singles.
Thurs 26 Oct---Starsailor play Koko,Camden.
Their anthemic new single 'Listen To Your Heart' is available now and bodes well for their upcoming new album 'All This Life' due September 1st via Cooking Vinyl. This will be the first album of new material from the band in nearly a decade (2009 to be exact). To support the album the band will be touring the UK in October.
Fri 27 Oct---WASP play The Forum.
Fri 27 Oct---Willie Nile plays The Borderline.
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27 Oct to 16 Nov 2017 - My Name Is Prince: The Official Exhibition at The 02 Arena Complex.
It is on for 21 days which was the amount of shows Prince played at The 02 Arena in 2007.
I was at six of those shows and two of his after party gigs next door at Indigo.
Prince run of 21 shows is still the record for nights played by one act on the same tour at The 02 Arena.
Admission will be £25 for adults.
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Sat 28 Oct---The Professionals feat Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook play The Garage.
A special show to launch their first album for over 35 years.
Also a warm up show the night before at The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton.
The album is titled 'What In The World'...it is released the day before on Friday 27 Oct 2017.
It was recorded at Zak Starkeys studio...which I think is in Henley.
Paul Cook has roped his mates in. Steve Jones appears on three tracks, and there are guest appearances from from Def Leppard's Phil Collen and Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan. The Clash's Mick Jones is on board. So is The Cult's Billy Duffy. Marco Pirroni from Adam And The Ants has signed up. It's quite a line up.
Full Track Listing:
Good Man Down
Let Go
Going Going Gone
Extremadura
Rewind
Hats Off
New Generation
Take Me Now
Bad Baby
Monkeys
Also today is the 40th anniversary of my fave album of all time which is the classic that is
Sex Pistols 'Never Mind The Bollocks'.
Universal has announced that the out-of-print deluxe edition of the album, which was originally released in 2012,
will now be rereleased on October 27.
The deluxe NMTB will include 3 CDs, a live DVD and a 48 page book.
Also released to coincide--- 1977: The Bollocks Diaries, it’s being released via Cassell Illustrated to mark the 40th anniversary of the Pistols landmark album Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols.
The book documents the recording and release of the record and focuses on “the year the Sex Pistols changed everything.”
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BluesFest is held at The 02 Arena this weekend...
Fri 27 Oct---Chic feat Nile Rodgers + Chaka Khan.
Sat 28 Oct---Hall & Oates + Chris Isaak.
Sun 29 Oct---Steely Dan + Doobie Brothers.
03 Sept update---Ahead of a headline gig at Bluesfest next month, it has been announced that Steely Dan co-founder, guitarist and backing vocalist Walter Becker has died.
He passed away today (03 Sept) aged 67 following reports that he had been "very ill"
and that he had underwent surgery last month.
Steely Dan are one of those American bands that rarely play overseas.
When I first saw Steely Dan in 1996 at Wembley Arena, that was their first London show for 20 years.
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Sat 28 Oct---Weezer + Ash + Orwells play Wembley Arena.
Sun 29 Oct---Stylistics play The Swan Theatre,High Wycombe...as part of their lengthy UK tour.
Their Philadelphia Soul sound of the early 1970s was very popular in the UK.
'The Best of The Stylistics' is a compilation album that was the Best Selling Album of 1975 in the UK.
They still feature two original members.
Wed 01 Nov---Hue & Cry play Assembly Hall, Islington.
Sat 04 Nov--ABC play The Palladium.
Sat 04 Nov---Peter Perrrett plays The Electric Ballroom.
Mon 06 Nov---Squeeze + Nine Below Zero play The Royal Albert Hall.
Thurs 09 Nov---T.Rextasy play The Swan Theatre, High Wycombe.
Fri 10 Nov---Andrew WK plays The Forum.
Fri 10 Nov---Goldfrapp play Brixton Academy.
Sat 11 Nov---The Members play The 100 Club.
Sun 12 Nov---Van Morrison plays Hammersmith Apollo.
Tues 14 Nov and Wed 15 Nov---Alison Moyet plays The Palladium.
Thurs 16 Nov and Fri 17 Nov---Blondie play Brixton Academy.
Sun 19 Nov---Mr Big + The Answer + Faster Pussycat play Shepherds Bush Empire.
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Alice Cooper plays a UK arena tour in November with support from The Mission and The Tubes.
Sat 11th November: Leeds - First Direct Arena
Sun 12th November: Glasgow - The SSE Hydro
Tues 14th November: Birmingham - Barclaycard Arena
Wed 15th November: Manchester - Manchester Arena
Thurs 16th November: London – The SSE Arena, Wembley
I have seen Alice Cooper over 20 times with the first being at this very same venue back in 1975.
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Queens of The Stone Age play a UK tour in November which includes two big London shows.
Sat 18 Nov---Wembley Arena,London.
Tues 21 Nov---02 Arena,London.
03 Sept update---QOTSA soared to the top of the album charts this week for the first time
with their seventh studio LP ‘Villains’, clocking up 32,000 sales in its first week.
Mon 27 Nov and Tues 28 Nov---The Killers play The 02 Arena.




Wednesday 20 September 2017...I went to three events tonight...
4.30pm to 5.30pm
MAISON PIERRE MARCOLINI - press showcase - Carousel, 71 Blandford Street,London W1.
Expert chocolatier Pierre Marcolini established his eponymous luxury chocolate brand in Brussels in 1995. Renowned for its use of rare and exotic ingredients from Sichuan pepper to Moroccan pink berries, discover Pierre Marcolini's Maison of Haute Chocolaterie collection of fine chocolates and condiments along with sweet treats and his famous macaroons.
They have over 30 stores in several countries and three locations in London...plus online of course.
Their flagship store at 37 Marylebone High Street and within Selfridges and Harrods.
They are showcasing three new collections...
Cases-Noisette 'Nutcracker' Collection
2017 Christmas Collection
2018 Valentines Collection
Listening to the chocolatier enthuse about the chocolate was great.
Complimentary prosecco,coffees and juices and a table of their tasty treats including chocolates,
cakes and pastries with my fave being the chocolate eclair with hazelnut filling.
All guests got a nice goodie bag of their top quality treats.
www.marcolini.comVisit their website here for more info and to order online.
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6.30pm to 8.30pm
FLINTOFF by JACAMO -AW17 collection launch - The Ned, 27 Poultry,Bank, London EC3.
The Ned is the coolest new venue in London.
I went to the mega launch party for it a few months ago for 1500 people.
We arrive and all the nine restaurants and bars downstairs are very busy.
Our event is on the 9th floor rooftop area which has stunning views.
Former England cricket captain Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff shot to fame with his record-breaking play in the
2005 Ashes victory against Australia.
He has been the face of this Manchester based clothing brand for six years.
He is here and very friendly and chatty as you would expect.
He looks very smart in a Jacamo suit...he must be 6' 3" tall.
Around 7.30pm he gives a speech and answers a few questions.
He describes his clothes as "functional gear".
He jokingly described his country style clothes as "dogging outfits".
I got a nice photo with him and a signed photo.
Complimentary presecco along with a very nice buffet from The Ned kitchens.
All guests got a goodie bag.
www.jacamo.co.ukVisit the Jacamo website for more info.
then
9pm to 10pm
THE JAPAN CENTRE - flagship store and food hall opening - 25 Panton Street,London W1.
The Japan Centre has moved location to bigger and better premises near Leicester Square.
You’ll be able to buy all the Japanese products you could possibly need in the main shop, including fresh and dry goods like seaweed, dashi and soy sauce. You can even buy the freshest fish for making sashimi.
The take-out deli section of the store is offering noodles, including ramen and hand pulled udon,
Japanese curry, and a range of gyoza and tempura.
Around 100 guests here in their massive space downstairs.
Complimentary sake, wines, beers,juices,teas along with Japanese dishes and canapés for all guests.
All guests got a goodie bag on departure.
www.japancentre.comVisit The Japan Centre website here for more info.





Tuesday 19 September 2017...I went to two events tonight....
6.45pm to 9pm
NINA NAUSTDAL & TRESOR PARIS - AW 2017/2018 - The Playboy Club, 14 Old Park Lane,London W1.
Today was the last day of London Fashion Week.
Nina Naustdal started her brand with her Haute-Couture collection made from Italian silk and hand-applied Swarovski crystals. In addition to the Italian silk Naustdal now uses a variety of fabrics such as lace and chiffon.
Nina Naustdal's designs are influenced by her brand philosophy: "Normal is boring". Her design philisophy is to create luxurious, feminine clothes for women who want to stand out.
Although primarily focused on womenswear, the label also produces a collection for little boys and girls with both couture and ready-to-wear lines.
More than just a fashion brand, Nina Naustdal describes her brand as a "lifestyle brand". Her aim is to make a woman feel at her best and to compliment each body through feminine and flattering designs.
She takes inspiration from precious stones to create collections that feature glamourous cocktail dresses and gowns in fluid, jewel-toned Italian silks covered with hand-applied Swarovski crystals or hand embroidery.
Over 200 guests in this iconic venue with half a dozen Playboy Bunnies floating around.
Lots of glamorous women dressed up nicely for all the photographers here.
A great buzzy atmosphere here with a dj playing club sounds in the background.
Nina Naustdal is here looking stunning in one of her own creations.
Girl about town Lizzie Cundy was the host and her friend Jackie St Clair was also here.
At 8.05pm we had a female soul singer perform a couple of tracks.
At 8.15pm we had the fashion show for around 25 mins.
Great looking models wearing incredible outfits from the three collections including Bridal Wear.
Couture AW17/18 , Ready -to- wear SS18 and Black Collection AW17/18.
The models were all wearing diamond pieces from Tresor Paris.
There was a Magic Mirror Photo Booth here that was popular.
Complimentary 808 Whisky cocktails,wines,beers,burgers and canapés for all guests.
A goodie bag with several items in was under each chair for everyone.
Tonight was exactly how you put on a great fashion catwalk event.
www.nina-naustdal.comVisit the NINA NAUSTDAL website here for more info and pictures of the dresses.
then
9.15pm to 11.30pm
ORIS - End of summer party - Venetta, 3 Norris Street, St James's Market,London SW1.
ORIS are are an upmarket Swiss watch brand.
Venetta is an Italian restaurant & bar in the new St James's Market area.
The site of Venetta is where there was a pub that i always frequented when I attended
BBC Paris Studios which was nearby in the early 1980s to see some great bands.
Around 100 guests here in this contemporary looking restaurant & bar.
Events at Italian venues always seem to finish later than they are due to finish.
Complimentary cocktails,prosecco,wines,beers, coffees, canapés and donuts for all guests.
www.oris.chVisit the ORIS website here for more info.





Monday 17 September 2017.
Rolling Stone magazine up for sale.
Almost 50 years after being launched in San Francisco, the owners of Rolling Stone have put the magazine up for sale amid financial difficulties. The music and culture magazine was founded by Jann Wenner in 1967 when he was a 21 year old student in California. Wenner still runs the title with his son Gus, president of the family publishing company, and the pair have announced plans to sell, saying 'There's a level of ambition that we can't achieve alone'.




Monday 18 September 2017.
NEIL SEDAKA + JACK LUKEMAN live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
Music legend now aged 78 has had a 60 year career in the music industry.
In the late 1950's and early 1960's Neil was a songwriter at the famous Brill Building in New York
Many of the composers there went on to further success as part of the singer-songwriter movement
in the 1960s and 1970s.
He has written or co-written more than 600 songs.
Neil is on a UK tour to promote his 2016 album 'I Do It For Applause'.
I first saw him play in 1975 at Hammersmith Odeon on the back of many comeback hit singles.
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JACK LUKEMAN arrived on stage and played for 25 mins.
Tonight's support act is well known at home in Ireland but pretty unknown in England.
He has also had a decent amount of success in America.
He has had a career for over 20 years with many albums released.
Jack Lukeman has performed over the years supporting or alongside U2, Ronnie Wood,
Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, John Lee Hooker, Elvis Costello, Jools Holland, and Marianne Faithfull.
He has a powerful voice that the crowd loved and was a perfect example of how to win over
a crowd that do not know who you are.
NEIL SEDAKA arrived on stage at 8.20pm and played for 1 hour 50 mins.
Just Neil and his grand piano tonight.
A big screen showing live footage including close ups of his piano playing.
He played all his best known songs which were great.
He told stories between songs which I had heard before.
He said for the period 1958 to 1963 he sold 40 million records...then The Beatles came along.
In 1964, Sedaka's career began a sharp decline, hastened by The Beatles' arrival on the radio and TV, and the rest of the so-called British Invasion. When describing the Beatles' effect on his career in the mid-1960s, Sedaka put it brusquely: "The Beatles—not good!"
In the 1970s after a quiet decade he was was signed by Elton Johns Rocket Records and started having hits again.
An enjoyable show.
Full setlist played tonight...
Video intro of around 20 artists who have covered his songs...
One More Ride on the Merry Go Round
Standing On The Inside
The Queen of 1964
Our Last Song Together
Oh Carol!
Stairway to Heaven (not the Led Zep classic)
Where the Boys Are
Calendar Girl
Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen
Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
Solitaire
Laughter in the Rain
Betty Grable
The Hungry Years
Superbird
Trying to Say Goodbye
Love Will Keep Us Together
Encore:
That's When the Music Takes Me
Encore 2:
Amarillo
Encore 3:
I Do It For Applause






Sunday 17 September 2017.
TEXAS + HIGH TRE live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
Texas play The Royal Albert Hall as part of a full 21 date UK tour.
Texas have sold 35 million records and they have had thirteen UK top ten singles, three UK number one albums and eight UK top ten albums, including their ninth studio album, 'Jump on Board ' which was released in May 2017.
I have seen them a couple of times in the past.
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Support act HIGH TRE played a short 25 mins set.
This synth pop duo had a few catchy simple tunes.
They played a decent cover of 'Boys Don't Cry' by The Cure.
The venue is totally full by the time Texas take to the stage.
TEXAS arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played a full two hour set.
A nice stage production with loads of lights and three glitter balls used on some songs.
The floor seats are up and dancing from the start.
Singer Sharleen Spiteri was the ringmaster tonight as she took over the stage.
Sharleen said the band have now been going for 32 years and this was their third time playing this venue.
Sharleen still has a full Scottish accent despite living in London for the last 26 years.
Sharleen still has that 'Tomboy' attitude with plenty of swearing between songs.
A well paced set where the last 40 mins was really good as the big hits kicked in.
A nice surprise for the encore as the band were joined by fellow Glasgow lass CLARE GROGAN from
ALTERED IMAGES who helped out on a couple of hits including an Altered Images golden oldie.
Altered Images had a few hits in the early 1980s and they included Johnny McElhone who would join
Texas when Altered Images split and is still in Texas.
Clare also had a starring role in the 1981 film 'Gregory's Girl'.
Texas are one of those bands that are much better live than on record.
A very enjoyable show.
Full setlist played tonight...
Halo
Let's Work It Out
When We Are Together
In Our Lifetime
Tell That Girl
Everyday Now
Thrill Has Gone
The Conversation
Can't Control
Tired of Being Alone (Al Green cover)
So Called Friend
Summer Son
Midnight
In Demand
I Don't Want a Lover
Black Eyed Boy
Say What You Want
Encore :
I Could Be Happy ( a cover of Altered Images 1982 hit) ( with Clare Grogan)
Inner Smile ( with Clare Grogan)
Suspicious Minds (Mark James cover made famous by Elvis Presley)






Sunday 17 September 2017.
LONDON FASHION WEEK - Spring/Summer 2018 Catwalk Show....AADNEVIK...
Kristian Aadnevik aged 39 is a London-based Norwegian fashion designer,
who graduated from Royal College of Art in 2002.
Aadnevik has dressed several celebrities, some of them include Beyoncé, Nicole Scherzinger,Selena Gomez,Kelly Rowland,Cheryl Cole,Britney Spears,Rihanna,Pixie Lott,Daisy Lowe and Dita Von Teese.
British Musician Estelle also wore one of his creations in the music video for her single "American Boy".
Over 200 guests here in this stunning venue.
Complimentary drinks for an hour then the catwalk show with seats and standing in the room next door.
Another stunning collection of outfits presented here.
www.kristianaadnevik.comVisit the AADNEVIK website here for more info.





Saturday 16 September 2017.
Sad news that actor Harry Dean Stanton had passed away, aged 91.
His agent confirmed that he died of natural causes at the Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.
After a two decade long career of small film appearances, Stanton eventually got his big break in a leading role as in 1984’s ‘Paris, Texas’, at the age of 58.
He played Travis Henderson, a lost, dishevelled man who wanders around the desert, having seemingly no idea who he is.
Other roles include ‘Pretty In Pink’, ‘Repo Man’ and ‘Alien’, as well as his role as Carl Rodd in ‘Twin Peaks’.
Director David Lynch led the tributes, issuing a statement via HBO, saying: “There went a great one.”




Friday 15 September 2017.
T.Rextasy - Marc Bolan 40th Anniversary Celebration live at Shepherds Bush Empire,London.
This show was sold out three months ago.
T.Rex producer Tony Visconti will be conducting the Dirty Pretty Strings.
Special guests include Marc Bolan's fellow band member from John's Children: Andy Ellison, original T. Rex Saxophonist Howie Casey ,Marc Almond,Glen Matlock, Steve Harley ,Steve Norman,Neal X and others.
Marc Bolan died in a car crash on 16 Sept 1977 in Barnes, South West London.
Would be good time to visit again the tribute that is there at the crash spot.
I have seen T.Rextasy over 20 times over the past 25 years as they are a top notch tribute band.
This included their 20th anniverasy gig for Marc Bolan in 1997 when they were joined by Micky Finn.
I saw T.Rex last ever London show at The Rainbow in 1977 where The Damned were the support band.
Drummer Bill Legend is the only surviving member of the 1970–1973 classic T. Rex line-up.
Bolan (in 1977) and Currie (in 1981) both died in car crashes, and Finn succumbed to illness in 2003.
I named my first son Marc after Marc Bolan with the same spelling.
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In the early 1970's T.Rex were definitely my fave glam rock band before punk rock came along in 1976.
Lots of fans here wearing 70's type Marc Bolan glam rock clothing including feather boas.
I also saw Marc's elder brother Harry go in before the start of the show.
The show was on for a nice long 2 hours 30 mins over two sets of 60 mins and 90 mins.
It is totally rammed solid inside the venue with a great atmosphere....We up are in Level 1.
T.Rextasy are pretty much the house band and guest singers come and go through the evening.
Danielz as the Marc Bolan look-alike/sound-alike does an amazing job of keeping Marc's legacy alive.
Tony Visconti conducted the four females of Dirty Little Strings and played bass on a few songs.
Steve Norman from Spandau Ballet takes the place of Micky Finn on bongos.
Neal X ex Sigue Sigue Sputnik played guitar on a few songs.
Nice to see some classic Marc Bolan video footage on the big screen.
Really great to hear those classic T.Rex songs again...an excellent evening.
FIRST SET HIGHLIGHTS...
ANDY ELLISON was with Marc in John's Children before T.Rex.
I also saw him with Jet and Radio Stars in the mid 1970s.
He is in good shape for someone in his early 70s and takes his top off later.
STEVE HARLEY from Cockney Rebel sings in the first set and second set.
T.Rextasy play London Boys.
HOLLY JOHNSON ex singer of Frankie Goes To Hollywood sang Ride A White Swan and Metal Guru.
T.Rextasy play Jeepster.
SECOND SET HIGHLIGHTS...
HOLLY JOHNSON sang Dreamy Lady.
DAPHNE GUINNESS sang Life's A Gas with Danielz.
Daphne is a fashion designer who has just recorded an album with Tony Visconti.
MARC ALMOND sang By The Light of a Magical Moon and Spaceball Ricochet.
GLEN MATLOCK sang Debora and I Love to Boogie.
HOLLY JOHNSON sang Children of The Revolution.
STEVE HARLEY sang Dandy in The Underworld and New York City.
MARC ALMOND sang Light of Love and Teenage Dream.
Encore :
T.Rextasy and all tonight's guests on stage for Get It On and Hot Love.
Ticker tape cannons are fired during the encore.
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BBC4 tv at 1.35am showed a repeat of the Marc Bolan documentary Cosmic Dancer.





Thursday 14 September 2017...I went to three events tonight...
5.45pm to 6.45pm
AMBASSADORS HOTEL - showcase - 12 Upper Woburn Place, Bloomsbury, London WC1.
Around 100 guests at this 100 bedroom independent four star hotel.
It is just a couple of minutes away from Euston Station.
September is the main month where hotels etc showcase their venues to get
some business bookings in for Christmas.
A dj was playing tunes in the background.
Complimentary prosecco,wines,beers,canapés and desserts.
www.ambassadors.co.ukVisit their website here for more info.
then
7.15pm to 8.15pm
BELLA FREUD x LIBERTY LONDON - launch party - Liberty, Regent Street, London W1.
The guests are gathered on the ground floor of this famous store.
Bella Freud attended this exclusive launch of 'Psychoanalysis', her new fragrance and candle.
The fragrance is for men and women.
Exclusive to Liberty London, Bella Freud's Psychoanalysis eau de parfum is the olfactory result of obsessive romantic love; of your happiness being held in the hands of another. A love that is immediately satisfying yet unfulfilled, confronted by elements of comfort - like the reassurance of a comfy leather couch, and the familiarity of cigars and orange blossom which open the mind and heart.
Capturing the poetic vulnerability and acute awareness of a therapeutic encounter, this fresh and delicate fragrance blends intelligent top notes of neroli and petitgrain with warm, atmospheric tobacco flower, grounded by deep, dense resins and a base accord of cedarwood, dry amber and heady musks.
There is a dj playing in the background.
Complimentary prosecco and canapés for all the guests.
www.libertylondon.comVisit their website here.
then
8.30pm to 10.30pm
SMEG - flagship store opening launch party - 14 Regent Street, St James's,London SW1.
Smeg is an Italian manufacturer of upmarket domestic appliances that was founded in 1948.
Smeg is best known for its FAB range of 1950s-style, retro refrigerators that have curved corners and come in a variety of non-traditional colors and patterns. The company also manufactures dishwashers (freestanding - available in FAB style, semi-integrated and fully integrated), washing machines, ovens, microwaves, cooktops, freestanding cookers, rangehoods, refrigeration, wine cabinets, in-built coffee machines.
Over 150 guests here in their stunning looking flagship store.
Everything is Italian tonight and Gennaro Contaldo is in charge of the open plan kitchen here.
Gennaro Contaldo, is an Italian chef and restaurateur, known for his association with his protégé, Jamie Oliver, and his partnership with fellow Italian chef Antonio Carluccio and their BBC Two television series Two Greedy Italians.
At 9.10pm in the basement we had a 30 mins performance by a top Italian flutist and a piano player.
Complimentary presecco, wines,beers, juices,canapés, pizza slices etc.
Three quarters of the guests got a goodie bag with Smeg cheese and coffee but VIP guests and press
recieved a SMEG MIXER that retails for over £130 so managed to get that home ok.
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Smeg's new state of the art London flagship store is situated in the newly redeveloped St James’s Market, SW1. Located within one of the West End’s most exciting destinations, bringing together global brands, world class dining and flagship shopping, Smeg St James's it the perfect destination for shoppers, tourists, foodies and the local business community alike.
Architecturally, the redevelopment of St James’s market has been a huge and important project, retaining the building’s iconic façade, the biggest of its kind in Western Europe. Constructed from beautiful Portland stone and bronze metalwork, 14 Regent St offers the perfect backdrop to showcase Smeg’s iconic collection.
Paying homage to Smeg’s design pedigree, the store is set in over 6,000 sq. ft. of space, split across three floors, a bright and airy environment thanks to stunning high-rise ceilings and expansive windows; the longest spans of retail glass in the capital – showcasing Smeg’s most cherished and sought-after products adorning its 7m high windows on the corner of Regent St. St James's and Carlton St.
The flagship store’s contemporary feel has been brought to life thanks to Milan-based architect practice deepdesign, an interior designed to be warm and welcoming, an inspirational space, mirroring Smeg’s design values, and a real place to call home in London. Set amongst a washed pallet of creams, natural woods and marble, combined alongside textures and surfaces such as Corian, travertine, steel and glass, the Smeg range has been brought to life like never before.
www.smeglondon.comVisit the SMEG website here for more info.





Wednesday 13 September 2017...6.30pm to 9.30pm..
SEARCYS - showcase - 30 Pavillion Road,Knightsbridge,London SW1.
Around 100 guests here.
Tucked into the elbow of Brompton Road and Sloane Street just behind Harrods, Searcys’s 30 Pavilion Road occupies a prime piece of Knightsbridge real estate. Previously a water pumping house for Hans Town, the Georgian-style townhouse opened for events in 1963, and its recent refurb has taken it back to its origins. Guests are greeted in its stone hall and ushered to the oak-panelled library for drinks from the swish new bar, before moving through for dinner in the high-ceilinged ballroom. It also has a roof terrace.
There was a jazz trio playing in the background and there were a couple of girls dancing in 1920's outfits.
Complimentary prosecco,rum cocktails,wines and canapés including seafood.
www.searcys.co.ukVisit the Searcys website here for more info.






Tuesday 12 September 2017...I went to three events tonight...
6.15pm to 7.15pm
CHARLES MARCH - SEAVIEW - private view - Hamilton's Gallery, 13 Carlos Place,Mayfair,London W1.
Around 100 smartly dressed upmarket guests here at this gallery.
NICK MASON from Pink Floyd was here. I congratulated him on the excellent Pink Floyd exhibition
that is still on at The Victoria & Albert Museum.
Lord Charles March began his career publishing picture in Harper’s Bazaar, Queen, and Italian Vogue and working on campaigns for De Beers, Levi’s and Marks & Spencer among others. In the 2002 he turned to landscape photography and has experimented with the abstraction of landscape and impressionistic photography to evoke unexpected nostalgia.
Complimentary Veuve Clicquot champers for all guests.
www.hamiltonsgallery.comVisit the Hamiltons Gallery website here for more info.
then
7.20pm to 9pm
GIORGIO LOCATELLI - 'Made at Home' - book launch party at The Italian Embassy,
Grosvenor Square,London W1.
Around 200 guests at this stunning Embassy building with its marble staircase.
A lot of Italians here and a great buzzy atmosphere.
Fellow Italian chefs Vittorio Brignoli and Antonio Carluccio joined Giorgio Locatelli at the Italian Embassy in London as the acclaimed cook launched his latest recipe book with his VIP supporters by his side. Harry Enfield, Jay Jopling, Janet Street-Porter, Tom Parker Bowles and Fay Ripley were among fans of the chef and his Michelin starred London restaurant, Locanda Locatelli, to join The Big Family Cooking Showdown judge in Grosvenor Square as Pasquale Q Terracciano, the Italian ambassador to the UK, hosted a party for the release of Made at Home, a collection recipes that Locatelli loves to prepare for family and friends.
Also here was chef and restaurant owner Fergus Henderson.
A nice surprise to see ex The Clash bass player PAUL SIMONON here.
I had a great chat with VINCE POWER (live music legend who has owned many live music venues).
I went to many great gigs at his venues in the 1990s including The Mean Fiddler,Subterania,
Jazz Cafe and others...I think he also promoted The Sex Pistols at Finsbury Park in 1996.
In 2005 he sold The Mean Fiddler Group for £38m.
For the past three years he has owned Nell's in West Kensington.
Complimentary prosecco,gin n tonics,wines ,beers and a long table buffet of Italian food.
then
9.10pm to 11pm
100 WARDOUR - showcase - 100 Wardour Street,London W1.
This restaurant and bar is on the site of the legendary Marquee Club.
I went there loads of times in the 1970s and 1980s.
In 1964 it became the home of legendary music venue The Marquee Club, but this was forced to move in 1988 after the building was discovered to be unsafe. Following its demolition and rebuilding, restaurateur supremo Sir Terence Conran bought the site and launched Mezzo in 1995 — a vast double-decker 600-cover ‘gastrodome’.
Though it was initially popular, after a few years it started to struggle.
A couple of more owner changes after that.It was recently called Floridita.
It is a huge space over two levels with the stage downstairs.
We had a live covers band called The New Atlantics who played for an hour.
The band consists of 2 good vocalists, percussion, 2 horns and a killer rhythm section, who serve up a blend of Soul, Pop and R&B hits from the likes of Stevie Wonder to Jess Glynn & Michael Jackson to Justin Timberlake.
Complimentary beers and wines for all guests.
www.100wardourst.comVisit the 100 Wardour website here for more info.





Monday 11 September 2017...I went to two events tonight...
6.45pm to 8.45pm
RACHEL WHITEREAD at the TATE BRITAIN ANNUAL PARTY at Tate Britain,Millbank,London SW1.
A massive event as over 1500 guests are here in this enormous space.
Having opened in 1897. Tate Britain houses a substantial collection of the art of the United Kingdom since Tudor times, and in particular has large holdings of the works of J. M. W. Turner, who bequeathed all his own collection to the nation. It is one of the largest museums in the country.
Tate Britain's exhibition Rachel Whiteread is on one of the Britain's leading contemporary artists and this exhibition, the most comprehensive to date, celebrates over 25 years of her internationally acclaimed sculpture .
Complimentary wines,beers and canapés for all guests.
www.tate.org.ukVisit their website here for more info.
then
9.45pm to 11.30pm
VIN + OMI - SS18 collection catwalk show - Andaz Hotel, 40 Liverpool Street,London EC2.
This catwalk show is part of London Fashion Week that starts on Friday but was moved forward so that
DEBBIE HARRY can strut her debut UK catwalk while she is in town.
Also strutting his stuff was Blondie keyboard player Matt Katz-Bohen.
A proper buzz here with around 500 crammed into the room split between seats and standing.
At 10.15pm around 40 models strut their stuff to some cool music sounds including Placebo and Prodigy.
Many of the models outfits feature the Vin + Omi slogan STOP FUCKING THE PLANET which
Debbie has been wearing at many of her stage shows ie The Roundhouse.
Debbie Harry is the first model out and then has a second outfit at the end.
It lasted around 20 mins.
In the front row were Boy George ,Jane Horrocks and Jasmine Guinness.
Philip Salon was in the second row wearing a typically wacky outfit.
As I had a seat I got a goodie bag under my chair.
Afterparty was in the bar area of this cool newish hotel.
Fat Tony was playing the tunes and there was complimentary prosecco.
Boy George and the other celebs were here
www.vinandomi.comVisit the Vin + Omi website for more info.






Sunday 10 September 2017...1pm to 10pm...
BBC Radio 2 ' A Festival In A Day' live In Hyde Park,London.
Will feature performances from Take That, Blondie, James Blunt, Emeli Sandé, Rick Astley, Seth Lakeman & Wildwood Kin, Stereophonics, and special guest Shania Twain. The superstar line-up will perform live for the 45,000 plus crowd as well as listeners to Radio 2 and for viewers at BBC Red Button, BBC iPlayer and bbc.co.uk/radio2.
The eight name acts will play shorter sets than usual....30 mins to 70 mins each.
Also highlights will be shown at BBC Red Button after the event from Mon 11 Sept to Fri 15 Sept.
After that selected highlights will be on BBC Red Button until early October.
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A massive crowd here as usual who have all come in early as the first band on is always a big name.
Weather was a bit dire with off and on rain...but nothing too heavy.
Thankfully I have a press wristband for the guest & press area right of stage which has got plenty of chairs
and a covered area along with the all important nice toilets with no queues.
Around 500 guests are in this area with all the BBC Radio presenters here who were introducing the bands
along with other guests who work for the BBC including Michael Ball,Tony Blackburn,Bob Harris, Jo Whiley,
Paul Gambaccini , Clare Balding, Ken Bruce, Zoe Ball, Claudia Winkleman,Anneka Rice,Craig Charles,
Jersey Vine, Fearne Cotton and a few others.
The musicians had their own area but a couple ventured in here so I had a chat with Blondie drummer
Clem Burke and James Blunt pose away for photos.
Also a nice surprise to see ex England footie legend Stuart Pearce who is a big punk rock fan.
He is introduced The Sex Pistols at Finsbury Park in 1996 on The Filthy Lucre Tour.
This was when England football was at fever pitch for Euro 96.
I had a nice long chat with him and he still loves punk rock gigs as he attended Green Day at Hyde Park
and The Rebellion Punk Festival in Blackpool.
Also here was Jordan (Sex Pistols fans would know her) who was at all the early Sex Pistols gigs.
She was here to see Blondie.
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All the acts get to use the three big screens with two at the sides for live footage and the centre one for images.
STEREOPHONICS arrive on stage first at 1.15pm and play a 35 mins set of of old and new tracks.
Full setlist played tonight...
C'est La Vie
I Wanna Get Lost With You
Caught by the Wind
Local Boy in the Photograph
Maybe Tomorrow
All in One Night
Dakota
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SETH LAKEMAN and WILDWOOD KIN arrived on stage at 2.10pm and played for 30 mins.
Seth is well know on the folk rock circuit and supports Robert Plant on his upcoming tour.
They had some sound problems at the start but the crowd enjoyed them.
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RICK ASTLEY arrived on stage at 3pm and played for 30 mins.
He has had a mad comeback over the past 18 months which included a show at The Royal Albert Hall.
All the crowd singing along loudly for his final song which was his massive number one hit from 1987.
Full setlist played tonight...
Together Forever
Keep Singing
Angels On My Side
Cry for Help
Dance
Never Gonna Give You Up
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EMELI SANDE arrived on stage for 3.55pm and played for 30 mins.
Her album 'Our Version of Events' spent ten non-consecutive weeks at number one and became the best-selling album of 2012 in the UK, with over 1 million sales.In 2012, she performed in both the Opening and Closing ceremonies of the London Olympics.
Great to hear the big hits from that album.
Full setlist played tonight...
Heaven
Wonder (Naughty Boy cover)
Hurts
Beneath Your Beautiful (Labrinth cover)
Piece of My Heart (Erma Franklin cover)
Read All About It, Part III
Highs & Lows
Next to Me
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4.30pm I was in the press tent along with just 20 others as the three main members of BLONDIE
gave a 10 minute interview with the BBC.
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JAMES BLUNT arrived on stage at 4.55pm and played for 30 mins.
James has sold over 20 million albums and has been supporting Ed Sheeran in America.
His twitter replies to those jealous of his success have gone down a storm.
Full setlist played tonight...
Time of Our Lives
You're Beautiful
Same Mistake
Don't Give Me Those Eyes
Bartender
Bonfire Heart
1973
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SHANIA TWAIN arrived on stage at 5.55pm and played for 35 mins.
Shania Twain,is a Canadian singer and songwriter. Twain has sold over 100 million records, making her the best-selling female artist in country music history and among the best-selling music artists of all time.
Her success garnered her several honorific titles including the "Queen of Country Pop".
Shania has been very quiet the past decade since her divorce to well known music producer
Robert 'Mutt' Lange.
This was her first UK show for at least a decade and she brought out a full production including
pyros and flames and had a lot of loyal fans down the front wearing her t-shirts etc.
Still looking great and good to hear some of those big hits that had everyone singing along.
Full setlist played tonight...
That Don't Impress Me Much
I'm Gonna Getcha Good!
Life's About To Get Good
Swingin' With My Eyes Closed
You're Still the One
(If You're Not in It for Love) I'm Outta Here!
Man! I Feel Like a Woman!
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BLONDIE arrived on stage at 7pm and played for 60 mins.
Blondie has sold 40 million records worldwide.
Their eleventh studio album Pollinator was released on May 5, 2017.
I have seen Blondie many times over the past 40 years including recently at The Roundhouse.
I also them play a great show supporting Phil Collins in Hyde Park this summer but tonight is even better
as Debbie's vocals are on top form and Clem Burke's drumming is incredible as usual.
The new album tracks mix in well with the older classic hits...a superb show...
Full setlist played tonight...
One Way or Another
Hanging on the Telephone (The Nerves cover)
Fun
Call Me
Rapture
Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 (Bob Dylan cover)
Maria
Too Much
Long Time
Atomic
Heart of Glass
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During the interval Scissor Sister Ana Matronic played some dance tunes.
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TAKE THAT arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played for 70 mins.
Take That are a massive live attraction and hold the record for nights played on the same tour at
Wembley Stadium - EIGHT - which was when all five members including Robbie Williams reunited.
They have had a staggering twelve number one hit singles in the UK.
A nice stage production with lots of fireworks and flames.
They still do their 90s dance routines as they smile away at each other.
All the crowd sing along to their many catchy hits.
A really enjoyable show.
Full setlist played tonight...
Shine
Greatest Day
Get Ready for It
Giants
Hold Up a Light
Patience
Pray
Everything Changes
It Only Takes a Minute (Tavares cover)
Could It Be Magic (Barry Manilow cover)
Back for Good
The Flood
Cry (Sigma cover)
Relight My Fire (Dan Hartman cover)
These Days
Encore:
Rule the World
Never Forget
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BBC Radio 2 'Festival In A Day' was an excellent day out.






Sunday 10 September 2017.
On this day in KISSTORY - September 10, 1975, KISS released their legendary 'Alive! 'album. This double live album, recorded largely in Detroit's Cobo Arena (with some material from Iowa, New Jersey and Ohio), marked the pivotal giant step towards achieving world domination in the 70's.
I would see KISS play Hammersmith Odeon the following year on their debut UK tour when they
were promoting their classic album from 1976 titled 'Destroyer'.





Saturday 09 September 2017.
PSYCHEDELIC FURS + LENE LOVICH BAND live at The Forum,London.
This show was sold out in advance...Part of their first UK tour for several years...
The Psychedelic Furs forthcoming tour will see the British art-rockers focusing on the 22 singles
they’ve released during their 40-year career.
They had eight Top 75 hits in the UK but only two made it into the Top 40.
They released seven albums on Columbia Records between 1980 and 1992 then split for a bit.
They ticked over quite well in the UK and had good success in America in the 1980's.
The band went on extended hiatus in the early 1990s, with Richard and Tim Butler going on to found
Love Spit Love with Richard Fortus and Frank Ferrer (both of whom would later join Guns N' Roses).
I have seen them around a dozen times since 1979 when they were a support band to The Only Ones.
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LENE LOVICH BAND were on from 8pm and played for around 45 mins.
Lene has been pretty quiet the past 30 odd years.
Hard to believe she is now aged 68 but looks and sounds as kooky as ever.
I saw her a couple of times over 35 years ago when she had some success.
Lene played her big number three hit from 1979 'Lucky Number' which was great.
PSYCHEDELIC FURS arrived on stage just after 9.15pm and played for 95 mins.
They still include original members Richard Butler on vocals and his brother Tim on bass guitar.
Singer Richard Butler is now 61 but still looks the part of a proper rock star.
Richard still waves his arms around with some vaudeville hand twirls which were
mixed in some mime like the old days.
Richard was mates with Bowie back in the day and def has some Bowie mannerisms.
They played gems including 'Pretty In Pink' ,'Heaven' ,Heartbeat' and 'President Gas'.
But they also blow the dust off some 45s that have rarely had a live runout.
You forget how many of their songs feature great sax playing.
A great show.
Full setlist played tonight...
Dumb Waiters
We Love You
Mr. Jones
Pretty in Pink
Danger
Love My Way
Run and Run
Until She Comes
The Ghost in You
Heartbeat
Angels Don't Cry
All That Money Wants
Heartbreak Beat
Don't Be a Girl
House
Heaven
Encore:
Sister Europe
President Gas
Encore 2:
India





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September 10, 2017

Sunday 10 September 2017.
On this day in KISSTORY - September 10, 1975, KISS released their legendary 'Alive! 'album. This double live album, recorded largely in Detroit's Cobo Arena (with some material from Iowa, New Jersey and Ohio), marked the pivotal giant step towards achieving world domination in the 70's.
I would see KISS play Hammersmith Odeon the following year on their debut UK tour when they
were promoting their classic album from 1976 titled 'Destroyer'.





Saturday 09 September 2017.
PSYCHEDELIC FURS + LENE LOVICH BAND live at The Forum,London.
This show was sold out in advance...Part of their first UK tour for several years...
The Psychedelic Furs forthcoming tour will see the British art-rockers focusing on the 22 singles
they’ve released during their 40-year career.
They had eight Top 75 hits in the UK but only two made it into the Top 40.
They released seven albums on Columbia Records between 1980 and 1992 then split for a bit.
They ticked over quite well in the UK and had good success in America in the 1980's.
The band went on extended hiatus in the early 1990s, with Richard and Tim Butler going on to found
Love Spit Love with Richard Fortus and Frank Ferrer (both of whom would later join Guns N' Roses).
I have seen them around a dozen times since 1979 when they were a support band to The Only Ones.
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LENE LOVICH BAND were on from 8pm and played for around 45 mins.
Lene has been pretty quiet the past 30 odd years.
Hard to believe she is now aged 68 but looks and sounds as kooky as ever.
I saw her a couple of times over 35 years ago when she had some success.
Lene played her big number three hit from 1979 'Lucky Number' which was great.
PSYCHEDELIC FURS arrived on stage just after 9.15pm and played for 95 mins.
They still include original members Richard Butler on vocals and his brother Tim on bass guitar.
Singer Richard Butler is now 61 but still looks the part of a proper rock star.
Richard still waves his arms around with some vaudeville hand twirls which were
mixed in some mime like the old days.
Richard was mates with Bowie back in the day and def has some Bowie mannerisms.
They played gems including 'Pretty In Pink' ,'Heaven' ,Heartbeat' and 'President Gas'.
But they also blow the dust off some 45s that have rarely had a live runout.
You forget how many of their songs feature great sax playing.
A great show.
Full setlist played tonight...
Dumb Waiters
We Love You
Mr. Jones
Pretty in Pink
Danger
Love My Way
Run and Run
Until She Comes
The Ghost in You
Heartbeat
Angels Don't Cry
All That Money Wants
Heartbreak Beat
Don't Be a Girl
House
Heaven
Encore:
Sister Europe
President Gas
Encore 2:
India





Saturday 09 September 2017.
This day 38 years ago on 09 Sept 1979 i saw The Bee Gees at Madison Square Garden,New York.
This was on my first trip to New York and the only time I have been to this legendary venue.




Friday 08 September 2017.
DAVE STEWART & FRIENDS live at The Shepherds Bush Empire,London.
A special and rare live show by Dave to celebrate his 65th birthday...which is on 09 Sept...
Dave is an award winning singer-songwriter and producer celebrating his 40 year career in music.
Dave is best known as founder member of Eurythmics with Annie Lennox who
sold an estimated 75 million records worldwide.
Dave also plays a hometown birthday show on 10 Sept at Sunderland Empire.
I saw Dave in The Tourists in 1979 when they supported Roxy Music at Hammersmith Odeon.
I saw Eurythmics a few times in their 1980s heyday.
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Support act tonight are THE LONDON COMMUNITY GOSPEL CHOIR who performed for 35 mins.
There are 21 members on stage when you add the choir and band members together.
Great vocals and uplifting vibes on covers including 'Reach Out and Touch' and 'Love Train'.
I first saw them live in 1988 at The Jazz Cafe in Camden.
I have a perfect view in Level 1 seat front left of stage for Dave & Co.
DAVE STEWART & FRIENDS arrived on stage at 8.50pm and played for a nice long 2 hours 15 mins.
They were introduced by legendary BBC Radio dj Bob Harris (original OGWT presenter).
Dave looks great in one of his old stage suits that he said "is pinching a bit as it's been 20 years plus
since it was last worn".
A full band that included three female backing singers and LCG Choir on some songs.
Various guest artists came on for two or three songs each.
Pretty incredible the amount of great songs Dave has recorded or wrote for someone else.
He still can play some nifty guitar when required.
Various females including Diane Birch , the backing vocals and LCG Choir did fantastic work.
At the end of the night all the crowd sang 'Happy Birthday' to Dave.
A great show.
The show was all filmed for use in the future.
Full setlist played tonight...
So Long Ago
Beast Called Fame
Magic in the Blues
Here Comes the Rain Again (Eurythmics song)
Lily Was Here
Soul Years (with Martin Chambers as second drummer
This Little Town (with Martin Chambers as second drummer)
Jealousy
Heart of Stone
All Messed Up
There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart) (Eurythmics song)
This Is The World Calling (with Bob Geldof)
Don't Come Around Here No More (with Bob Geldof) (song was co-written by Dave and Tom Petty )
Starlight (with Jon Stevens)
Missionary Man (Eurythmics song) (with Jon Stevens and Clem Burke as second drummer)
Thorn in My Side (Eurythmics song) (with Clem Burke as second drummer)
When the Day Goes Down
Stay (Shakespears Sister cover) (Dave co-wrote this big hit)
Encore:
Would I Lie to You? (Eurythmics song) (all three drummers playing on all three drum kits)
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) (Eurythmics song) (all guests on stage except Bob Geldof)
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11.15pm to 1am...
There was an afterparty in the Level 1 bar which was really good.
Much better than most of the parties held here which are a bit tame and average.
Around 100 guests here and very buzzy and lively.
All the guests from the concert were here including Bob Geldof , Clem Burke, Martin Chambers,
Jon Stevens and Dave Stewart arrived with a big cake and the choir singing 'Happy Birthday' to him.
Top celebrity photographer Richard Young was here (I spoke to him the evening before at The
Dylan Jones book launch) for all the evening taking photos.
Other guests included rugby legend Lawrence Dallaglio.
The Appleton sisters from All Saints.(One of whom was married to Liam Gallagher).
Also Razorlight singer Johnny Borrell.
It was a pay bar but there was lots of Chinese food on trays being handed out.
A great party.






Thursday 07 September 2017...6.45pm to 8.45pm...
DYLAN JONES 'David Bowie : A Life' - book launch party at Hotel Cafe Royal, 68 Regent Street,London W1.
Dylan Jones OBE (now aged 57 ) is a British journalist and author who has served as editor of the
UK version of men's fashion and lifestyle magazine GQ since 1999.
He is also a massive lifelong David Bowie fan.
Around 200 guests here including several of his celebrity friends.
Piers Morgan ,Claudia Winkleman and Richard E Grant.
Gary Kemp (Spandau Ballet)
Alan Edwards (pr for David Bowie, Spandau Ballet ,Blondie and many more)
Harvey Goldsmith (legendary live music promoter)
David Hepworth (music journalist and co-presenter on Live Aid in 1985 and OGWT presenter in the 1980s)
Tony Parsons (NME journo from their 1970s heyday and author)
Paul McGuinness ( until recently was U2s manager for 35 years)
Gary Farrow (until recently was Elton Johns pr for 35 years)
Christopher Bailey (Burberry CEO)
Ewan Venters (Fortnum & Mason CEO)
Also Andy Coulson,Jim Chapman, Peter York and Brix Smith-Start.
At 7.25pm Dylan gave a speech which included "the reason I chose to have this party at this venue
was it was the same venue used for the party after the final David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust show at
Hammersmith Odeon in July 1973".
Complimentary Moët champers,Belvedere Vodka Cocktails and canapés for all guests.
The Macaroons all had a Ziggy Stardust type lightning bolt on them which was a nice touch.
A great party.
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About the book....
"Capturing the kaleidoscopic range of David Bowie's life and work seems like an impossible task. But through more than 150 interviews spanning the entirety of Bowie's extraordinary time on Earth, Dylan Jones thoroughly and seamlessly conveys the creativity, curiosity, and velocity of a visionary who transformed the very possibilities of pop music."
--Alan Light, author of The Holy and the Broken and Let's Go Crazy
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40 years ago today David Bowie was a guest on Marc Bolan tv show...it's on YouTube..
This was filmed on September 7th 1977 and aired on September 28th.





Thursday 07 September 2017.
Happy Birthday to Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde who is 66 today.




Wednesday 06 September 2017.
7pm to 9pm
FENDI ' new bag collection launch' - Fendi, Harrods,Knightsbridge,London SW1.
Upmarket Italian fashion brand are launching some new bags in this world famous store.
They look great and with a price to match - between £1000 and £5000 each...
The females here are all looking very glam with many wearing Fendi items.
Guests here Included Laura Whitmore and up and coming singer Raye.
The dj tonight was Zara Martin.
Complimentary Ruinart champers,two different cocktails and tasty canapés.
All the waiters looked like male models.
A very nice event.
www.fendi.comVisit the Fendi website here for more info.
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This time of year Mayfair & Knightsbridge is full of wealthy young Arabs escaping the heat.
The Harrods area is swarming with them and their incredible cars are parked everywhere.
If you like supercar spotting you can see Lamborghini's, Ferrari's, Bentley's, Porsche etc.
The September sights and sounds of Knightsbridge are fast becoming a home away from home for millionaire Arab playboys.
In scenes formerly reserved for luxurious Dubai, top of the range supercars adorn the streets of the London district as foreign playboys descend to flaunt their wealth.
Owners fly their expensive and often highly customised vehicles over to the UK for a holiday.
Rich owners will happily pay a small fortune - in excess of £20,000 for a return journey - for their metal marvels to be flown around 3,000 miles, and often leave them parked in some of the capital's most desirable spots.





Tuesday 05 September 2017...I went to three events tonight...
6.45pm to 7.30pm
SOTHEBY'S 2 - Yuko Nasaka private view - 31 St George Street, London W1.
Born in Osaka in 1938, Yuko Nasaka was one of the first and few women to be invited by leader Jiro Yoshihara to join the Gutai art group in 1963. Though she has exhibited widely in Japan since then, her work is rarely seen in exhibitions outside her home country. This is her first ever presentation in Britain at S│2 London, with all the works dating from her sixties period.
It is on until 02 Oct 2017.
Complimentary champers and Lychee & Vodka Martini's for all guests.
www.sothebys.comVisit the Sotheby's website here for more info.
then
7.45pm to 9.30pm
GIEVES & HAWKES - rubgy event - 1 Saville Row, London W1.
Around 150 guests in this stunning bespoke tailors that dates back to 1771.
For around 30 mins we have an enjoyable interview and Q & A with three members
of The Bath Rugby Club...afterwards i got a team photo signed by all three of them...
Complimentary Gusbourne English sparking wines, Negroni's, Gin Cocktails and canapés.
All guests got a goodie bag on departure.
www.gievesandhawkes.comVisit the Gieves & Hawkes website here for more info.
then
9.45pm to 11.45pm
VICTORIA & ABDUL - film premiere party - Aqua , Argyll Street, London W1.
The film was shown earlier in Leicester Square.
The film is based on the book of same name by Shrabani Basu, and on the real-life relationship between
Queen Victoria and her Indian servant Abdul Karim.
Over 300 guests here at this lavish party.
Judi Dench and Eddie Izzard were here as they star in the film.
The films director Stephen Frears was here along with other cast members.
Complimentary Veuve Clicquot Champers , three different cocktails,wines,beers and
lots of different bowl food and canapés.
A really good lively party that was due to finish at 1am.





Monday 04 September 2017... I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 8pm
TV CHOICE AWARDS at The Dorchester Hotel.Park Lane, London W1.
We went along for the red carpet drinks reception at this famous five star hotel.
Around 400 guests here with lots of celebs from popular tv programmes.
I got a nice photo with Penny Lancaster (Rod Stewart's wife).
It was a black tie event so most of the females were in glam outfits.
Coronation Street star Kym Marsh joined a host of famous faces from the small screen including Eamonn Holmes, Adam Hills, Catherine Tyldesly, Christine Lampard, Dave Myers, Jake Canuso, Larry Lamb, George Lamb, Helen George, Leigh Francis and Nick Knowles at the annual TV Choice Awards. ITV's Emmerdale was the big winner at the evening, collecting the coveted Best Soap prize as well as Best Soap Actor and Actress awards for stars Charlotte Bellamy and Ryan Hawley and Best Newcomer for Sally Dexter. Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly won two awards, but were notably absent from the proceedings, while TV baker Mary Berry was on hand to accept her Outstanding Contribution To Television gong at The Dorchester. Elsewhere Coleen Nolan arrived helping her sister, Linda, who's recovering from cancer treatment, walk down the red carpet in crutches, before joining Loose Women stars Andrea McLean,Linda Robson, Saira Khan, Janet Street-Porter and Stacey Solomon, as well as a host of reality stars including Vicky Pattison, Megan McKenna, Amber Davies, Chloe Sims, Georgia Kousoulou, Jessica Wright and Olivia Buckland.
Also here were Frank Lampard, Ronan Keating and his wife Storm, David Tennant ,Lizzie Cundy and a few others.
Complimentary champers and nibbles for all guests.
then
8.15pm to 9.30pm
FISKENS - showcase - 14 Queens Gate Place Mews , South Kensington, London SW7.
Around around 150 guests at this car showroom that deals in historic racing cars.
There are two stunning cars inside the venue and and another six are outside the venue.
Complimentary champers,wines,beers,burgers and canapés for all guests.
All guests got a small goodie bag.
www.fiskens.comVisit the FISKENS website for more info.
then
10pm to 12pm
TV CHOICE AWARDS at The Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London W1.
Went back to this event after guests had finished their three course dinner.
The awards were halfway through and went on to around 11pm....17 awards given out...
The host tonight was Richard Osman.
Rylan Clark presented the main award for Best Soap to Emmerdale.
Rylan was totally drunk and slurring his words...and had to call in sick for his lunchtime show today (Tue).
Pretty amazing how three quarters of the celebs left pronto at 11pm.
Respect to Leigh Francis who was still there when i left (it was due to finish at 2am).
Host Richard Osman and Paul O'Grady hung around for a bit after the awards.
Some complimentary drinks still flowing.






Sunday 03 September 2017.
CREGAN & CO live at The Theatre Royal,Windsor,Berkshire.
Cregan & Co play the songs of Rod Stewart.
Starring Jim Cregan - one of the most influential guitarists in Rod Stewart’s career.
Cregan has received thirteen multi-platinum awards for his work with Stewart
and together they have thirty recorded songs.
Jim co-wrote, co-produced, and musically directed for Rod for almost two decades!
I saw him playing with Rod many times back in the day.
Also in the band is Ben Mills on vocals who shot to fame after coming third on series three of the X Factor
in 2006 and on drums is Harry James ( long time drummer with Thunder).
Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Rods eighth album 'Foot Loose & Fancy Free ' which was
released in November 1977 on Riva Records in the UK and Warner Bros in the US.
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I have a perfect seat just six rows from the stage at this lovely old cosy theatre.
Rod Stewart Fan Club members are here in force all across the venue
Down the front half a dozen of them put on paper masks of The Royal Family and posed
behind a full size Rod Stewart FC flag...well we were in Windsor...funny though.
A nice surprise here in the crowd was Rod Stewart's sister Mary.
Jim and the band played for around two hours over two sets of 45 mins and 75 mins.
Jim played some nifty guitar on those classic Rod related tunes.
Singer Ben Mills has a powerful voice with a hint of Rod which suits the songs perfectly.
Lots of light hearted banter from all band members.
A very enjoyable show.
Full setlist played tonight...
FIRST SET
Baby Jane
Forever Young
Hot Legs
First Cut is the Deepest
Tonight's the Night
The Wild Side of Life
You're in my Heart
Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me) (Jim was in Cockney Rebel before he joined Rod Stewart)
SECOND SET
Handbags and Gladrags
I Was Only Joking
Downtown Train
Passion
I Don't Want To Talk About It
Young Turks
Maggie May
Stay with Me
Encore :
Twistin' The Night Away (Jim was joined by his 21 year old son on stage)
Sweet Little Rock N Roller
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
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Straight after the show all the band were in the foyer chatting to fans and signing
CDs and flyers etc...I got Jim's autograph...






Sunday 03 September 2017.
Happy Birthday to Sex Pistols guitar hero STEVE JONES who is 62 today.
Like Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook he went to the same school as me - Christopher Wren -
in White City, Shepherds Bush, West London.
They were a few years older than me but the fact they were in a band from my school was
enough for me to see them very early on in their career.





Friday 01 September 2017.
PROM 65 - STAX RECORDS 60th Anniversary live at The Royal Albert Hall,London...sold out...
Featuring Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra ,Booker T. Jones, Sam Moore, Sir Tom Jones,
Beverley Knight, James Morrison, Ruby Turner, William Bell, Eddie Floyd, Steve Cropper and others.
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The house band tonight were Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra and for the entire show
had Jools along with 20 other musicians including Steve Cropper on guitar and Booker T Jones on keyboards.
There was 17 songs performed in the 75 mins set with each singer performing two or three songs.
Loads of classic Stax songs played by their original American legends and all the British singers
held their own on a great evening.
BBC4 tv recorded it so there are plenty of clips on BBC iPlayer and YouTube.
1.Tom Jones + Beverley Knight + James Morrison... 'Sweet Soul Music'.
2.Tom Jones...'Hard To Handle'.
3.Tom Jones + Sam Moore...'I Cant Stand Up For Falling Down'.
4.Sam Moore...'Soul Man'....I saw Sam & Dave supporting The Clash in Boston, America in 1979.
5.Beverley Knight...'B-A-B-Y'.
6.William Bell...?????
7.William Bell + Beverley Knight...'Private Number'.
8.Eddie Floyd...'Knock On Wood'.
9.James Morrison...'Tennessee Waltz'.
10.Booker T Jones + Steve Cropper featured on 'Green Onions'.
11.Ruby Turner...'I'll Take You There'.
12.Tom Jones...'Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay'.
13.Booker T Jones...?????
14.Young Duo M/F???....?????
15.Sam Moore + Beverley Knight...'Hold On I'm Coming'.
16.Eddie Floyd + James Morrison....'634-5789'.
17.All artists on stage for finale reprise of 'Sweet Soul Music'.





Friday 01 September 2017.
First day of this three day event - Fri 01 Sept, Sat 02 Sept, Sun 03 Sept.
The Concours of Elegance returns to the stunning grounds of Hampton Court Palace.
The Concours of Elegance will once again bring together a selection of over 100 of the rarest cars from around the world – many of which will never have been seen before in the UK. Many of the Concours cars will also take part in a 2 day driving tour in the days running up to the main Concours event.
On Friday at noon Concours welcome the arrival of five iconic Jaguar D-type racing cars and their drivers,
marking 60 years since the legendary 1-2-3-4-6 finish at Le Mans in 1957.
● For the first time in 60 years, Jaguar’s 1957 D-type Le Mans 1-2-3 finishers are brought together
● Also reunited for first time in more than 50 years are two members of the legendary Jaguar works teams of the 1950s – Chief Test Driver, Norman Dewis OBE, and team mechanic, Ron Gaudion flown to the UK from Australia.
This was the excellent event i went to in 2016 where Olivia Harrison turned up as
George Harrison's 1966 Radford Mini de Ville GT Mini in Psychedelic colours was on display.
www.concoursofelegance.co.ukVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
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Concours was at Windsor Castle last year and this year it is at another stunning location at Hampton Court
which dates back to 500 years ago and Henry VIII.
They have a week of concerts here every summer that form a spectacular live setting.
I did not go to any this past July but have been to many in previous years.
Got here a bit later than expected at 1pm instead of noon so i missed the Taittinger champers reception.
The cars are in the Garden area at the back of The Palace.
The first cars you see are the five Jaguar cars from Le Mans in 1957 with their drivers near them.
It is a perfect sunny day for looking at the 100 plus stunning cars here.
From classic cars dating back 100 years to current Aston Martins etc.
I loved looking at 'project cars' where someone has found a classic car hidden away in a garage etc for
30 or 40 years and has become a rust bucket and the new owners have taken pictures of its
restoration step by step which is displayed by the car.
At 3pm Prince Michael of Kent gave awards to three incredible rare cars in top notch condition.
After that for an hour i wandered into Hampton Court itself to see the stunning art collection etc.
From 4.30pm to 6pm i was in the hospitality tent where there was complimentary afternnoon tea which
included various finger sandwiches,pastries ,cakes,coffees,teas and Negronis.
All guests in here got a nice complimentary hardback book of all the cars on display that they were selling
for £20 in the general area.
This event is a must see for anyone that likes cars.
then
7.30pm to 8pm
PRINCESS DIANA memorial flowers display at Kensington Palace, London W8.
As it was near to The Royal Albert Hall gig later i thought i would have a peak.
Pretty amazing there are so many flowers,photos,messages for someone who died 20 years ago.
Nothing of course compared to the flowers when she died which must have spread out 100 yards or more.
Kensington Palace has been home to Britain's young Royals for 300 years.





Friday 01 September 2017.
HUE AND CRY brand new studio album, 'Pocketful of Stones'...out today...
The twelve-track album will showcase the duo's first new material for five years.
Scroll down for my review from the album launch party gig on 03 August 2017





Thursday 31 August 2017.
FAITH - GEORGE MICHAEL LEGACY live at The Beck Theatre, Hayes,Middlesex.
A musical journey of 35 years of hit records, from Wham to his solo career, the show uses
actual video footage from The George Michael 25 live tour and is a 2 hour plus spectacle.
The UK's number one tribute show to George Michael, with over 16 years performing as George Michael.
As part of his current massive UK tour.
I saw Wham five times in the 1980s including Live Aid and saw George several times as a solo artist.
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A near full house crowd here as must be 550 out of 600 tickets sold...three quarters of the crowd are female.
A nice long show of around 2 hours 25 mins over two sets of 70 mins and 75 mins.
An impressive stage production with a big screen showing computer images and old George Michael footage.
Wayne Dilks certainly has the voice,looks and stage mannerisms of George Michael.
He was backed by a seven piece band that included two female backing singers.
A perfect mix of Wham and George Michael tracks mixing hits with a few lesser known tracks.
The crowd really got into it with plenty of singing along and standing up and dancing for half the songs.
Near the end of the first set we had an actual marriage proposal...with the help of George.
It started off with George inviting a male guest on stage to sing a song on stage with him.
He got out a piece of paper that I presumed were lyrics to the song in question but to the
crowds surprise it was a marriage proposal....and she said yes...cue the flowers and balloons.
A very enjoyable show.
Tracks in the first set included...
Fastlove
I'm Your Man
Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
Father Figure
Everything She Wants
A Different Corner
Amazing
Tracks in the second set included...
Outside
Faith
Jesus To A Child
Club Tropicana
Freedom
Wake Me Up Before You Go Go
Encore :
Careless Whisper
Freedom 90






Thursday 31 August 2017.
Pink Floyd V&A exhibition 'rocks on' and is set to beat Bowie.
The V&A's Pink Floyd exhibition, Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains, is on course to become the museum's most visited show, beating its 2013 David Bowie 'blockbuster'. The gallery announced that ticket demand was so great it would extend the show by two weeks yesterday, and fully expects it to exceed the figures for David Bowie Is, which attracted 311,000 visitors.
Exhibition now on until Sunday, 15 October 2017





Thursday 31 August 2017.
The Rolling Stones have been in Park Royal, West London the last several days at a
rehearsal studio compound in preparation for their mainland Europe Tour.
Been told they are departing there Friday 01 Sept.
It is just a mile from Black Island Rehearsal Studios where i attended two AC/DC video recordings.





Thursday 31 August 2017.
20 years ago today Princess Diana died in a car crash in Paris.
Most would remember where they were when it happened as the news came through on a Sunday morning.
I remember taking my kids to Kensington Gardens to see the massive sea of flowers and tributes.
For the funeral i was outside The Royal Albert Hall as it went passed.
That week from death to burial was a pretty surreal time as the country mourned.
There will be many tv documentary specials on it.
"Candle in the Wind 1997" is a song by Elton John, a re-written and re-recorded version of his 1973 song
"Candle in the Wind".
Elton John only sung this version once which was at Princess Diana's funeral.
It was released on 13 September 1997 as a tribute to Diana and went on to sell over
33 million (yes 33 million) copies worldwide and go to number one in over 20 countries.
It is the biggest selling single of the last 50 years and has only been surpassed by
Bing Crosby "White Christmas".
It was recorded at The Townhouse Studios,Shepherds Bush,West London...(houses are there now)





Wednesday 30 August 2017.
Sex Pistols fact of the day.
The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle is a 1980 British mockumentary film directed by Julien Temple
It centres on the British punk legends The Sex Pistols.
After his 1980 suicide, the film was shown at the wake of Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis.
This was put on by Factory Records.





Tuesday 29 August 2017.
Iggy Pop second solo album 'Lust For Life' was released 40 years ago today in 1977.
It featured David Bowie on keyboards and included the title track and 'Passenger'
I saw Iggy Pop at The Rainbow in 1977 when he was promoting the album and
David Bowie also joined him on the tour.




Tuesday 29 August 2017.
This day in Sex Pistols history.
The Sex Pistols played the first of two legendary gigs at Screen On The Green cinema in Islington.
I was not as the first gig but i was at the second one.
August 29th 1976....(Glen Matlock on bass)
April 03rd 1977....(Sid Vicious on bass)




Tuesday 29 August 2017.
Almost a year after the shock news that Bake Off would be leaving the BBC for Channel 4,
the new series will start today Tuesday August 29 at 8pm.
Will be great to see Noel Fielding as one of the new presenters.




Sunday 27 August 2017.
The Notting Hill Carnival, West London...1pm to 8pm...
West London will be transformed into party central, with a host of amazing reggae, garage, grime, soca, dancehall, bashment and dub offered up via the historic sound systems which line the streets of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Organisers of London’s world-famous Notting Hill Carnival have shut down calls to move the
event elsewhere in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
The team which runs the popular August street party pledged this year’s carnival “will show respect”
for victims and offer solidarity to the devastated community.
The Grenfell Tower is on the outskirts of the Carnival route area.
London Live tv are showing live coverage on both days 4pm to 6pm.
Notting Hill Carnival is the second biggest in the world...after The Rio Festival.
Notting Hill Carnival attracts two million people over the two days.
Notting Hill Carnival is 11 times the size of The Glastonbury Festival.
There are around 40 static soundsystems, ten steel pan bands and 70 performing stages.
Beware of crowded bottlenecks and a lack of porta-loos to cope with the huge numbers which
usually leads to some enterprising locals charging for entrance to their home's,
taking advantage of those who've had one too many cans of Red Stripe.
Also keep an eye out for that elusive Notting Hill Carnival classic moment. Police dancing terribly to reggae.
Needless to say i have been many times over the past 40 years.
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Today was the first day of The Notting Hill Carnival.
A perfect sunny day....I was at the Carnival from 1pm to 8pm.
Even on the Central Line tube, it was buzzing as the folks got stuck into their booze and blew their whistles.
From Notting Hill Gate I walked down Portobello Road and Ladbroke Grove and saw some amazing floats
with their dancers in amazing colourful costumes.
Sound systems on every corner blasting out sounds.
Noise everywhere as the amazing party vibe was really great.
The many stalls selling West Indian food etc.
Headed up towards the iconic Trellick Tower building which was next to the RBMA event.
I was at RED BULL MUSIC ACADEMY event at Emslie Horniman's Pleasance Park from 2.30pm to 7.15pm.
After a two-year hiatus, Red Bull Music Academy returns to Notting Hill Carnival.
In previous years i have seen Rita Ora and Sean Paul perform for them.
Around 3000 in the park watching the live acts and I have a guest wristband for the VIP area right of stage.
Over 200 folks in here with various complimentary cocktails including vodka, Duppy Share Jamaican Rum,
etc that all are mixed with Red Bull in them.
Also Red Stripe lagers and lots of jerk chicken wraps.
Also you can see the stage from the VIP area and they have the all important nice loos with no queues.
It's also the best part of the park with pretty flower displays and plenty of benches.
Guests here included model Jourdan Dunn and singer Ella Eyre.
Dunn is a part of a small elite group of modern day models considered to be this generation's supermodels.
At 3pm there was a minutes silence for Grenfell in the park which was respected but you could still
hear the steel bands and sound systems in the distance so not everyone stopped playing to pay respect.
Various acts performed on the Red Bull stage but the two main headliners were...
At 4.30pm SPICE performed a 30 mins set with dancers.
Spice is a Jamaican dancehall recording artist, singer and songwriter.
She is very popular in Jamaica with hits including 'So Mi Like It'.
At 5.10pm WIZKID performed a 30 mins set with dancers.
WizKid is a very popular Nigerian singer and songwriter.
In 2016, WizKid achieved international recognition following his collaboration with Drake on the global hit, "One Dance", which reached number one in 15 countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.
WizKid has just signed a multi-album deal with RCA.
He was ranked 5th on Forbes and Channel O's 2013 list of the Top 10 Richest/Bankable African Artists.
In February 2014, WizKid became the first ever Nigerian musician to have over 1 million followers on Twitter.
Like Spice, Wizkid also used flames in his stage production.
The crowd loved him.
A great day at Carnival.
All the police and stewards did a good job throughout the day.






Sunday 27 August 2017.
Happy Birthday to Sex Pistols bass player GLEN MATLOCK who is 61 today.
Glen has a new solo album out soon so look out for that.
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Sunday evening at Reading Festival
Muse were joined by ex AC/DC singer Brian Jackson on vocals singing 'Back in Black'.





Saturday 26 August 2017.
THE TEARAWAYS + HEADLINE MANIAC live at The 100 Club,London...£15 adv or £20 on the door.
The Tearaways were part of the New York power pop scene of the early 1980s.
The Tearaways featuring Clem Burke, John Finseth, John Ferriter, Greg Brallier & Dave Hekhouse
The Tearaways released this debut single “Sounds like…” in 1981. After a hiatus the band started again in the 1990’s releasing a series of CD’s and released “The Early Mankey Sessions” in 2014.
Influenced by 1960's counterculture, The Tearaways combine the rock music subgenre of the British Invasion, lead most notably by the Beatles with the sunshine pop and surf music of the likes of the Beach Boys.
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Watching Kasabian at Reading Festival on tv the night before and the massive crowds i realised
you could fit The 100 Club in the security/photographers pit in front of the main stage at Reading Festival.
You certainly do not need any big screens in this iconic intimate venue.
The support band HEADLINE MANIAC were a powerful rock trio with a nifty guitarist.
They played some good original tunes from their debut album.
UK Subs singer Charlie Harper and legendary original punk Jordan were both in the crowd.
THE TEARAWAYS arrive on stage at 9.10pm and play for around 95 mins.
They play a mix of their own material along with a couple of Blondie covers and a couple of other covers.
Lots of catchy melodic tunes with some great harmonies.
They have played at The Beatles Week convention which is held annually in Liverpool but this is their debut London show.
Blondie drummer Clem Burke has been playing them a couple of years and is with them tonight.
Pretty amazing the amount of bands Clem has drummed with over the years besides Blondie.
I saw him with The Plimsouls who are another American power pop band when I was on holiday
in Barcelona in May 1997.
Clem looks cool as he starts with his bomber jacket zipped up to the neck but after a couple of songs
the jacket if off as Clem soon starts sweating buckets with his enthusiastic and visual drumming style.
An enjoyable show.
Setlist tonight included...
Do You Remember Rock & Roll Radio (Ramones cover)
I Don't Know and I Don't Care
We're All Gonna Drink Tonight
John Wayne
Rodney's Got A GTO ll
Name That Tune
Call Me ( Blondie cover)
Ballroom Blitz (Sweet cover) (with girl fan on stage dancing)
Encores :
One Way or Another (Blondie cover)
Naughty Dog






Saturday night/Sunday morning...-mega fight shown live on SKY tv.
Imelda May will perform the Irish National Anthem ahead of the historic boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor tonight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The Irish singer and songwriter will sing her national anthem – ‘Amhrán na bhFiann’ – for fellow Dubliner McGregor.






Saturday 26 August 2017.
Tickets went on sale yesterday (Friday) for Robert Plant live at The Royal Albert Hall on 08 Dec 2017.
All tickets sold out on the first day.
No chance of a second show being added at that venue as all available dates have been taken.
That also means no Kylie Minogue Christmas shows at the RAH this December.





Saturday 26 August 2017.
Kasabian were joined by Noel Fielding for 'Vlad the Impaler" track on Friday night at Reading Festival.
The original promo video for "Vlad the Impaler" starred Noel Fielding.




Friday 26 August 2017.
When you watch those BBC4 tv music shows and notice how many band members have now passed away.
The Ramones must have had the worst luck.
They split up in 1996 but now all four original members have passed away.
First Joey passed in 2001, then Dee Dee went in 2002, followed by Johnny in 2004 and
finally founding drummer Tommy in 2014.






Friday 25 August 2017.
Kicking off a newly minted partnership with Republic Records, Sir Rod Stewart, will join forces with multi-platinum selling group DNCE for the release of a strikingly re-imagined version of one of the most iconic dance tracks of all time, Stewart’s “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy.” Stewart and DNCE will serve up “Sexy” for a new generation on Friday, August 25, 2017.
To celebrate the single’s release, Stewart and DNCE will perform “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy” for the
first time ever at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards on August 27th (Sunday).




Friday 25 August 2917.
Happy Birthday to KISS bass player Gene Simmons who is 68 today.




Thursday 24 August 2017.
MOTOWN : THE MUSICAL live at The Shaftesbury Theatre,London WC2.
Motown: The Musical is a jukebox musical that premiered on Broadway in April 2013. The musical is based on Berry Gordy's autobiography To Be Loved: The Music, the Magic, the Memories of Motown (1994), and on the history of his founding and running of the Motown record label, and his personal and professional relationships with Motown artists such as Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, and Michael Jackson. The production's music and lyrics are taken from selections from the Motown catalog.it received four nominations at the 67th Tony Awards.
It opened at The Shaftesbury Theatre on February 11, 2016.The show is currently booking through January 5, 2019. The West End production is directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, who also directed this musical on Broadway and its US tour. The cast stars Cedric Neal (as Berry Gordy), Lucy St. Louis (as Diana Ross), Sifiso Mazibuko (as Marvin Gaye), and Obioma Ugoala (as Smokey Robinson).
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The show is on for 2 hours 20 mins over two sets of 80 mins and 60 mins.
It starts with the origins of Motown in 1958 ,it's first release in 1959 and ends with the famous
25th anniversary concert in 1983 where Michael Jackson at the height of his solo success
joined up with his brothers The Jacksons and at the end performed his solo hit Billie Jean.
Needless to say the show has loads of great songs from the likes of The Temptations,The Four Tops,
Diana Ross, Supremes,Marvin Gaye,Smokey Robinson,Stevie Wonder, The Jacksons,The Commodores etc.
I have seen all of the original Motown artists listed above live in concert in their own right in the past.
I even saw The Supremes with Mary Wilson in 1975 at Hammersmith Odeon after Diana Ross had departed.
Lots of great stage costumes and dance routines tonight as well from all the acts.
Berry Gordy ruled everything at Motown which caused some friction with the other artists and some
left Motown as they got better deals from other record companies.
Motown original songwriters Holland Dozier Holland also left because of royalty disputes.
By the end of 1966 Motown had hired over 450 employees and had a gross income of $20 million.
A very enjoyable show.
www.motownthemusical.co.ukVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.





Thursday 24 August 2017.
Ex AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has 18 cars.
There is no guessing how Phil Rudd’s AC/DC fortune was spent. Just look in his garage.
The former AC/DC drummer’s car collection is enough to make any motorhead envious.
Rudd’s collection includes a rare 1991 Ferrari F40 and a brand new Ferrari 599,as well as two Lamborghinis, a 2010 Rolls Royce Ghost, 2011 Bentley Mulsanne and Bentley super sport, Audi R8 V10, a 2011 Aston Martin DBS and 2010 Mercedes SLS AMG.
Rudd houses the cars in his helicopter hangar, yes … with his helicopter.






Wednesday 23 August 2017.
In the stores from today....Vive Le Rock magazine...
IT'S A SWINDLE!!!!!! 4 cover Sex Pistols Collectors issue in stores now-John, Paul, Glen and Steve!
Full story of the Sex Pistols live in Finsbury Park - 23 June 1996 - Reunion show.
What a mega gig that was...their first UK show since Dec 1977.
With support from Iggy Pop + Wildhearts + Buzzcocks.





Wednesday 23 August 2017.
Mark Wahlberg tops list of best paid in Hollywood.
Mark Wahlberg has been named the highest-paid male actor in Hollywood, earning an estimated $68m (£53m) in the past 12 months. The annual Forbes list places him top after earnings for Transformers: The Last Knight and the forthcoming comedy sequel Daddy's Home 2. Last year's top-ranked star, Dwayne Johnson, comes in second place with $65m after leading the big-screen adaptation of Baywatch.





Tuesday 22 August 2017.
The Reading Festival is upon us this weekend.
I have been to around 20 of them over the past 40 years.
Here is the first three line-ups that I went to...
1976 - Rory Gallagher,Phil Manzanera Band feat Eno Reading Festival 27.08.1976
1977 - Thin Lizzy,Graham Parker,Aerosmith,John Miles,Ultravox Reading Festival 27.08.1977
It would be another 12 years until Aerosmith next UK gig
1978 - Patti Smith,Foreigner,Tom Robinson Band,Gillan,Squeeze Reading Festival 27.08.1978






Monday 21 August 2017.
This day 41 years ago I attended this mega gig as a 17 year old.
Rolling Stones,10 CC,Lynyrd Skynyrd,Todd Rundgren,
Knebworth Music Festival 21.08.1976 massive outdoor show.
This was fifth time seeing The Stones as i was at four of their Earls Court Arena shows earlier that year.




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