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Wednesday 15 May 2024.

Wednesday 15 May 2024. BLACK CROWES live at Hammersmith Apollo. I have seen them over a dozen times before, with the first two times at Hammersmith Odeon ( this same venue) in 1991. Also various club shows including The Mean Fiddler , The Garage , The Scala and at the famous Pantages Theatre , Los Angeles in 1995. Also supporting The Rolling Stones at Wembley Stadium in 1995...and supporting Aerosmith at Wembley Stadium in 1999. American blues rockers Black Crowes are touring the UK as part of their world tour to promote the first new album in 15 years titled 'Happiness Bastard's'. The support act is JIM JONES ALL STARS. Amazingly, Jim Jones was in Thee Hypnotics who I saw supporting Black Crowes at this venue in 1991. --------- Not sold out tonight , but maybe 4000 out of 5000. Quireboys singer SPIKE was near me upstairs . JIMMY PAGE was watching from side of stage. JIM JONES ALL STARS on stage at 8pm for 30 mins. Nine of them on stage , including a three man brass/horn section playing a really good set of uptempo rock n roll. BLACK CROWES on stage at 9pm for 1 hour 40 mins. Eight musicians on stage , including drums , keyboards and two female backing singers/dancers , on raised platforms behind all their vintage amps. While the Robinson brothers have demonstrated they still have what it takes to produce great records, tonight they leave us in no doubt that they also remember how to put on a great show. The 57-year-old singer Chris Robinson sashays about the stage, cavorting and preening like a man half his age, Jagger, Stewart and Johansen rolled into one. The set looks magnificent, a Moulin Rouge type rock n roll circus complete with a giant dressing room mirror, stacks of vintage amps, velvet curtains , carnival lights and a large cut-out of Chuck Berry, lest we forget where the Crowes came from. Chris is the great showman at the centre of it all, resplendent in a bright red suit. They look and sound like the proper rock stars they always were. The final encore of the night was a massive surprise. Chris Robinson dedicates Aerosmith song ' Mama Kin' to Steven Tyler, and 30 seconds into the song , Steven Tyler surprised everyone by coming on stage to help. A great show. Full BLACK CROWES setlist played tonight... Intro tape - t's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll) (AC/DC song) Bedside Manners Rats and Clowns Twice as Hard Go Faster My Morning Song Cross Your Fingers Bad Luck Blue Eyes Goodbye White Light/White Heat ( The Velvet Underground cover) Thorn in My Pride Wanting and Waiting Hard to Handle ( Otis Redding cover) She Talks to Angels Flesh Wound I Ain't Hiding Jealous Again Remedy Encore: Carol ( Chuck Berry cover) Mama Kin ( Aerosmith cover) (with Steven Tyler) ----------------------------------- ----------------------------------- Tuesday 14 May 2024. BRYAN ADAMS live at The Royal Albert Hall. BRYAN ADAMS returns to the Hall, performing one of his classic albums in full each night, followed by a set of his greatest hits. Mon 13th - 18 'Til I Die - - released 1996. Tues 14th - Reckless - released 1984. Wed 15th - So Happy It Hurts - released 2022. I have seen Bryan Adams over 20 times since 1985, which includes two Wembley Stadium headline shows on different tours. His last UK tour in May 2022 also included three shows at RAH....I went to one of them. --------- Totally rammed sold out tonight. A great atmosphere as it is floor standing , and they have sold choir seats AND orchestra seats behind the stage, as the show is being filmed. BRYAN ADAMS and band were on stage for 2 hours 20 mins over two sets of 60 mins and 80 mins. There is a mini stage extension at the front. Three microphones are spread across the stage. Bryan and the band are all dressed in black. The first set was the multi-million selling Reckless album, but not in track order , so we have all the singles from it , ending with a superb 'Summer Of 69'. So many great hit singalong hits in the set although there were a few that felt like average album fillers. The ten strong London Community Gospel Choir arrived on stage , dressed all in white, for two songs. For 'So Happy It Hurts' there was an inflatable car, coming down from the ceiling to hover over the crowd. For the first encore of Straight From The Heart' was dedicated to his 96 year old mum. Needless to say a really great show. FIRST SET - Reckless album . One Night Love Affair Somebody Reckless Run to You Heaven ("upbeat" arrangement) Kids Wanna Rock Let Me Down Easy (Roger Daltrey cover) (Acoustic; first performance since 2015) She's Only Happy When She's Dancin' It's Only Love Long Gone (first performance since 2019) Ain't Gonna Cry (first performance since 2015) Summer of '69 SECOND SET Kick Ass Can't Stop This Thing We Started On the Road Please Forgive Me Shine a Light Go Down Rockin' You Belong to Me I've Been Looking for You Never Gonna Rain (with London Community Gospel Choir) You Lift Me Up ( with London Community Gospel Choir) (first full band performance) When You're Gone ( Acoustic) (Everything I Do) I Do It for You Always Have, Always Will The Only Thing That Looks Good on Me Is You So Happy It Hurts Cuts Like a Knife Encore: Straight From the Heart (Acoustic) These Are the Moments That Make Up My Life (Acoustic)