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Monday 01 July 2024.

Monday 01 July 2024. THE INTERRUPTERS live at Shepherds Bush Empire. Ska-punk band, The Interrupters have enjoyed numerous festival appearances and slots with punk-rock royalty including Rancid, Green Day and more. Their debut album came out in 2014. This is a one-off UK show at the end of their European Tour . Support is from RHODA DHAKA ex Bodysnatchers. I saw The Bodysnatchers supporting Madness at The Lyceum in 1979. They had a couple of Top 75 hits in 1980, on Two Tone Records. -------- Level 3 is closed and Level 2 is half empty , but the stalls standing and Level 1 are rammed. A DJ is playing classic ska tracks between acts. RHODA DHAKA is on stage at 8pm for 35 mins. Rhoda is dressed in smart ska girl attire. Great to see that her band featured TERRY EDWARDS on sax and hand held keyboards . Lots of cover versions played with a nice ska sound. Stop Your Sobbing Everyday Is Like Sunday Peace, Love and Understanding The Man Who Sold the World Let's Do Rock Steady ( The Bodysnatchers song) THE INTERRUPTERS are on stage at 9.05pm for 90 mins. They are very lively , as the female singer and band are all running around the stage, and standing on raised platforms , as the moshing gets crazy and around 30 bodies crowd surf,as their ska sound certainly makes you want to dance . They slowed it down after an hour , and the singer went into the photo pit a few times to shake hands. Rhoda Dhaka cane back to sing a track with them. There was a good cover of 'Hallelujah'. Confetti cannons went off at the end of the set . At the end of the show they gave out dozens of guitar plectrums and loads of drumsticks. A very enjoyable show. ------------------------------------- ------------------------------------- Saturday 29 June 2024. NICK MASON live at The Royal Albert Hall. Rock band, Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets are returning to the Hall this summer. Nick Mason is still playing drums at the age of 80. Formed in 2018, Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets are Nick Mason, Gary Kemp, Guy Pratt, Lee Harris and Dom Beken and they play Pink Floyd's celebrated and significant early body of work including tracks from the era of 1967’s 'The Piper At The Gates of Dawn' through to 1972’s ‘Obscured By Clouds’ which has included a much lauded rendition of the 23 minute epic ‘Echoes’. Very few bands are as culturally important as Pink Floyd. They are one of the best selling music artists of all time and Nick Mason is a co-founder and the only constant member of the band performing on all of their albums as well as all of their live shows. I saw both their debut London Roundhouse shows, in May 2019 , which were later released on cd and dvd. ---------------- This is the last night of their UK tour. Over a dozen boxes are unsold, but otherwise it is a pretty full house.....folks spotted here included... John Giddings (Isle of Wight Festival promoter etc) Tony Smith (Genesis long term manager and others). Paul Cook ( Sex Pistols). Graham Gouldman ( 10cc) . NICK MASON & BAND were on stage for two hours 10 mins over two sets of 70 mins and 60 mins. It is all Pink Floyd songs from their early period. As expected there is the full monty Pink Floyd type visuals, including a double layer of screens behind the stage that reaches up to the ceiling. I am still surprised at how well Gary Kemp from Spandau Ballet has fitted in playing this type of music, and Nick Mason introduced him as a former New Romantic , who is now a Prog Rock God. Nick also mentioned that tonight was their 500th gig. The musicianship and sound quality was first class. During the show the band wish their long time personal security guy Barry Knight a happy birthday and bring on a cake for him , and give him a long service medal. A stunning version of ' Echoes' ended the main set. A great show. Full NICK MASON & BAND setlist played tonight... Set 1: Astronomy Domine Arnold Layne ( Lights issue during the 1st half of the song, band played in almost complete obscurity) See Emily Play Remember Me (With Original Syd Barrett vocal on playback) Obscured by Clouds When You're In Remember a Day If (first half) Atom Heart Mother If (second half) The Nile Song Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun Set 2: The Scarecrow Fearless Childhood's End Lucifer Sam Echoes Encore: One of These Days (with lasers) A Saucerful of Secrets