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Monday 25 March 2024.

Monday 25 March 2024. 10cc live at The Royal Albert Hall. Their run of mid-70s hits were bona fide, pop-literate, soft-prog gold. They are touring to promote a massive 145-track, 14-disc, all the albums, plus single edits, B-sides and alternatives box set. Still featuring original member Graham Gouldman. I have seen them several times , with the first time when they headlined Hammersmith Odeon in 1975. I also saw them in Aug 1976 when they were the main support to The Rolling Stones at Knebworth......above Lynryd Skynyrd. This show is part of a massive world tour which includes their first tour of North America for 30 years , and a second UK leg of dates at the end of the year. ---------------------- Looks like a sold out show , but there is no gallery standing. We have nice views, stalls swivel seats right of stage. PAUL CANNING arrived on stage at 7.30pm for his 30 mins set. Just him and his guitar playing tracks from his five albums. He has had 40 million streams on Spotify. His humour between songs certainly got him a few new fans. 10cc arrived on stage at 8.30pm for their two hour set. Graham Goodmans current 10cc line-up features musicians who have played with many big artists when not touring with 10cc. All their many great hit singles played, with highlights being ' I'm Not in Love' and a stunning acapella version of 'Donna'. Great to see original.member KEVIN GODLEY join them for three songs. When they left 10cc , Godley and Creme made some of the biggest videos for other artists in the 1980s. A great show. Full setlist played by 10cc tonight... Intro track and video Son of Man (GG/06 song) The Second Sitting for the Last Supper Art for Art's Sake Life Is a Minestrone Good Morning Judge The Dean and I Clockwork Creep Feel the Benefit The Wall Street Shuffle Floating in Heaven ( Graham Gouldman song) The Things We Do for Love Say the Word ( Hornal cover) Silly Love Somewhere in Hollywood ( with Kevin Godley on video) Old Wild Men (with Kevin Godley) Cry (Godley & Creme cover) (with Kevin Godley) I'm Mandy Fly Me I'm Not in Love ( followed by band introductions) Dreadlock Holiday Encore: Donna ( A Capella) Rubber Bullets ( with Kevin Godley) Outro track song - Wichita Lineman (Glen Campbell song) ------------------------------------ ------------------------------------ Sunday 24 March 2024. ROGER DALTREY & FRIENDS live at The Royal Albert Hall. This was the last of the seven TCT shows at this venue. This was the fourth TCT show I have been to this week. ‘Ovation’ - A Celebration of 24 Years of Gigs For Teenage Cancer Trust' with Roger Daltrey, Kelly Jones, Robert Plant with Saving Grace, Eddie Vedder, Paul Weller. The Who's Roger Daltrey has announced he will step down as curator of the annual Teenage Cancer Trust gigs, after this year's set of concerts. The shows have been running at the Royal Albert Hall since 2000, raising more than £32m from ticket sales. The series will end with a celebration of the series of shows. Titled Ovation, the concert will feature Daltrey himself, accompanied by artists who helped establish the gigs as a fixture of the music calendar. From 2025, the concerts will be overseen by a series of guest curators. Daltrey will continue as a Teenage Cancer Trust Honorary Patron ------------- Needless to say the venue is totally rammed sold out. All the acts were pretty much in semi-acoustic mode. Everyone used the big screen except Robert Plant. Roger Daltrey introduced all the acts. FIRST SET PAUL WELLER arrived on stage at 7.05pm for 35 mins. He was joined by Roger Daltrey for a Who song , and finished with a superb version of ' That's Entertainment'. Gravity Mayfly A Man of Great Promise (The Style Council song) Amongst Butterflies Rockets Wild Wood So Sad About Us ( The Who cover) (with Roger Daltrey) That's Entertainment ( The Jam song) --------- KELLY JONES arrived on stage at 7.55pm for 25 mins. Kelly never seems to age , as he played Stereophonics tracks. He was without band, but joined by a steel guitar player. Local Boy in the Photograph (Stereophonics song) Maybe Tomorrow ( Stereophonics song) You're My Star ( Stereophonics song) Dakota ( Stereophonics song) -------- SECOND SET EDDIE VEDDER arrived on stage at 9pm for 30 mins. He was mainly solo , but was joined by Glen Hansard.and Simon Townshend on some tracks. Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town ( Pearl Jam song) Far Behind She Asked Me ( Simon Townshend cover) (with Simon Townshend) Society (Jerry Hannan cover) (with Glen Hansard) My Father's Daughter ( Olivia Vedder, Eddie Vedder & Glen Hansard cover) (with Olivia Vedder) Falling Slowly (The Swell Season cover) (with Glen Hansard) Porch (Pearl Jam song) ---------- ROBERT PLANT WITH SAVING GRACE on at 9.35pm for 35 mins. Robert and Suzi Dian were superb as they shared vocals. The Americana sound of Saving Grace was top notch. Gospel Plow ( [traditional] cover) As I Roved Out ( [traditional] cover) Too Far From You (Nashville Cast cover) Everybody's Song (Low cover) Angel Dance (Los Lobos cover) Friends (Led Zeppelin cover) And We Bid You Goodnight ([traditional] cover) --------- ROGER DALTREY and band on at 10.35pm for 35 mins. Tonight was all about this legendary 80 year old and all the work he has done for Teenage Cancer Trust. An excellent finale with all the artists on stage (except Paul Weller) for a stunning ' Baba O'Riley' . Let My Love Open the Doorn (Pete Townshend cover) Squeeze Box ( The Who song) Giving It All Away (Leo Sayer cover) The Way It Is (Simon Townshend cover) (vocal Simon Townshend) After the Fire Freedom Ride ( Taj Mahal cover) Without Your Love Baba O'Riley (The Who song) (with Robert Plant, Eddie Vedder, Glen Hansard and Kelly Jones) A standing ovation for Roger Daltrey at the end ..a fantastic evening.