News and Reviews: 18th October 2004
17 Oct 2004 Scissor Sisters + Le Tigre , Royal Albert
Hall , London. Support Le Tigre are a trio from New
York who are promoting their album "This Island "
but their shouty synth pop was more novelty than
anything fairly decent. Scissor Sisters have had an
amazing past 9 months in this country where they
have risen to be the trendiest party band around with
a debut album selling over 500,000 and topping the
charts over here and being virtually unknown back
home in New York.
This is mainly due to their huge gay following and
other fans willing to get dressed up and have a good
time and a band who clearly like to have fun on stage .
First song was a superb version of hit "Laura " .
With only one album out they made the set last 80
mins with lots of chat before each song. Other
highlights were "Mary " and their mad disco cover
of "Confortably Numb" complete with mirror balls
(i wonder what Pink Floyd fans would hink of that ?).
Their very gay and camp singer changed into another
shiny outfit for the mental encores of F.F. "Take Me Out"
and their own anthem "Take Your Mama Out" with a
dozen fancy dress bods dancing on stage with them.
Very enjoyable and they return to play 4 more
London shows at Brixton at the end of Oct. See the
aftershow page for news of the big party after.
15 and 16 Oct 2004 ,Siouxsie And Budgie With
Orchestra ,Royal Festival Hall ,London.
Siouxsie story is quite amazing . In 1976 she was
the girl at The Sex Pistols tv interview that Bill
Grundy asked on air to "meet him for drinks after the
show" .The Pistols laid into him with a volley of swear
words and overnight punk rock outrage was born.
So here we are 28 years later and we here as she
gets some well overdue proper recognition.
Friday show was 2 sets of 60 mins each .
Sat show was 2 sets of 60 mins and 90 mins .
Gary Numan was paying his respects at the Sat show.
(long set as DVD cameras where there for this show) .
Nearly all the 100 Club songs were here amd more.
There were 22 people on stage due to the orchestra
set up here .There were a few too many of the
Creatures songs and more recent stuff like "Godzilla"
that sounded great but were a bit samey.
A few oldies got the crowd dancing down the front
like "Dear Prudence " "Kiss Them For Me " "Happy
House" "Face To Face " and great encores of
"Cities In Dust " and "Spellbound " . The extra songs
played on the Sat night inc " Christine " and "Peek A
Boo" .Both nights Siouxsie complained about how
cold it was on stage and started getting pretty vexed
about it . On this big stage she had to dance more than
usual but she is a complete natural at doing that . Easily
one of my fave female singers she has sadly been
overlooked by all the main music awards .
A well deserved standing ovation on both nights.
Sadly no " Hong Kong Garden " at either night
13 Oct 2004 Rod Stewart With Orchestra ,Royal
Albert Hall ,London. Amazing that this was Rods
first ever show at this venue .A massive stage
with a grand staircase and neon lights
production that will look great when its shown
on BBC TV in a couple of weeks .From the start
the whole crowd sings loudly along to each song.
There are a few of them dressed in tartan too.
He did two sets of 65 mins each and was introduced by Dame Edna for both of them .
The first set had plenty of great songs
"You Wear It Well " "Handbags And Gladrags"
"First Cut Is The Deepest " "Youre In My Heart"
"Hot Legs " were some of the hits performed .
Ronnie Wood came on for "Stay With Me " .For the
second set Rod came on dressed in a posh tux with
a 60 piece orchestra to sing tracks from his
"American Song Book" albums like "Blue Moon " and
"What A Wonderful World " .Chrissy Hynde came on
for "As Time Goes By " and Dame Edna even joined
him for " Bewitched Bothered And Bewildered".
Amy Bell from Glasgow joined him for one as well.
Ronnie Wood came back on for " Maggie May " and
for the finale of "Sailing " The London Community
Gospel Choir came on. Rod looked great and his
voice is still fantastic . Down the front tickets are £125 so the crowd were up for a good
time.As usual he kicked out a dozen or so signed
footballs to the crowd .A very enjoyable show .
Still going strong after more than 30 years.
Amazing to see Formula 1 Racing Driver David
Coulthard in the box next to us as he was in
Japan only a couple of days ago racing around
at the Grand Prix there .Must have a private jet.
10 Oct 2004 Nazareth ,Camden Underworld ,London.
Great to see these 1970s Scottish rockers on stage again.
Now feat 2 original members Pete on bass and Dan on vocals
who still has that amazing rock n roll voice. Great mix of old
and new tracks inc "Miss Misery" "Bad Bad Boy ""Razamanaz"
"Turn On Your Reciever ""This Flight Tonight" "Love Hurts"
"Hair Of The Dog " and great encore of their first hit single
"Broken Down Angel" .Really good 85 mins of classic rock.
09 Oct 2004 Stiff Little Fingers + Youth Of Britain + Neck ,The Ocean , Hackney ,London.
First band up Neck did a good set of Pogues type
fiddly diddly which was much more fun that the
racket made by next band on Youth Of Britain.
Stiff Little Fingers are still promoting last
album " Guitar And Drum " and tonight is being
recorded for a live DVD . This was the last date
in a two month tour of USA and the UK so the
band were really tight .Lots of fast and sharp
songs bursting with energy .The moshing crowd
down the front are loving it. Plenty of the
old classics like "Nobodys Heroes" "Barbed Wire
Love" "Fly The Flag" "Tin Soldier" "Wasted Life "
"Suspect Device " and the final song a stunning
"Alternative Ulster" .A great live band and
well worth the trek over to East London.
07 Oct 2004 Siouxsie With Budgie ,100 Club ,
London.This was the last of her 3 gigs here at this famous club on Oxford Street before her shows next week at Royal Festival Hall Oct 15+16.
She last played here in Sept 1976 as part of the Punk Rock Festival headlined by The Sex Pistols
and The Clash (i was there by the way).She is
now 47 but looks great as she enters wearing a
kimono and feathers in her hair .The band include
a kodo drummer and a couple of backing singers .
Funny how recently the 100 club has put in some
air conditioning as part of its refurbishment
but Siouxsie has asked for it to be turned off
because it makes her voice " go funny"
so for the 300 or so here its a sweat box again.
Budgie is fantastic on drums with his extensive
use of tom toms .There is a great mix of old and
new . " Dear Prudence " a rarely heard but totally stunning version of their 1978 debut
single "Hong Kong Garden" and the brilliant
"Kiss Them For Me " and " Happy House" .On stage
Siouxsie is mesmeric as she glides across the
stage .No barriers down the front so its a
close up "in your face " show that was superb.
Even after all these years still trying new ideas
and reworking versions of older songs.
Speaking to some die hard fans after the show who
said tonight was easily the best of the 3 nights
as only tonight did we get the full 90 mins set
inc encores as on other nights it was a short set
with no encore and no "Hong Kong Garden" .
Wed was a great night as i went to 2 events on
the same evening related to my fave band The Sex Pistols .
06 Oct 2004 6pm to 8pm "Punk - A True And Dirty
Tale " The Hospital Gallery ,Covent Garden .
This was the drinks reception preview of an amazing
collection of Sex Pistols t shirts ,posters ,clothing and
other rare items that is worth thousands of pounds .
It is a must see for any Sex Pistols fan . If you can get
past the fact that The Hospital is a very trendy
upmarket gallery totally opposite to what punk rock
originally stood for its well worth a visit and as a bonus
you can also see my face on the "Dance To The Sex
Pistols " Pretty Vacant poster they have on display .
06 Oct 2004 9pm Glen Matlock And The Philistines ,
Metro Club , London. The was the launch show for
Glens great new album out this week called "On
Something" on EMI .A lot of the crowd from the
exibition earlier are here so the venue is packed and
its great to see Glens Sex Pistol chum Paul Cook
here . The band do a great 50 mins set of Glens
solo material .Again i think most of the crowd would
have liked :Steppin Stone " and "Pretty Vacant " at
the end but really tonight was all about the new album.
05 Oct 2004 Lionel Richie ,Wembley Arena ,London.
Back again to see this MOR legend for his second of
3 wembley arena shows(he returns here on 6 Nov).
Every seat is sold even those dodgy side view blocks
in the top corners. Another really good 2 hour show .
Highlights again included "Three Times A Lady "
with all the crowd singing every word out loud .
Plenty of mega ballads and hits from 1980s and his
time with The Commodores in the 1970s .
Well Monday was quite an amazing day where i went
to the Q Awards in the afternoon and Lionel Richie
at Wembley Arena in the evening so read on for full
review of the day .
04 Oct 2004 Noon to 5pm Q Awards at The
Grosvenor House Hotel ,Park Lane ,London.
Very impressive turn out of rock stars in this lovely
plush 5 star hotel .There are about 500 people here
with 45 tables of 10 and we are part of the 50 or so
with standing tickets .Plenty of booze and food too.
Here today were all of U2 ,Elton John,Elvis Costello ,
Mick Jones (The Clash ), Shane McGowan , Pet
Shop Boys ,Human League , Razorlight , Keane ,
Nancy Sinatra ,Roger Daltrey ,Gary Numan ,Feeder ,
Bernard Sumner (New Order) ,Kasabian ,Sugarbabes,
Roxy Music ,Amy Winehouse (who looked stunning),
Emma Bunton, Don Letts ,Goldie Lookin Chain,
Jamelia ,Muse and a few others . Host was Jonathan
Ross who was excellent with his usual piss takes
and one liners in between the 12 awards . Best
moments were Elton John slagging off Madonna for
being nominated for best live act when she mimes
half her show (there were 3 or 4 songs mimed at
least when i saw here ). To be honest Madonna live
in concert is still much better than Elton John is
Bryan Ferry was a bit of a plonker as he picked up the
Roxy Music award and dedicated it to his brave ???
son Otis (recently involved in the pro hunting lobby)
which resulted in a lot of boos from the crowd. Also
the legend that is Shane McGowan who picked up
his award from Bono mumbled a few words got a
standing avation stumbled off and was unsurprisingly
the last celeb to leave . Others here included
well known DJs and comedians and musiz biz
legends like John Giddings and Harvey Goldsmith .
An excellent afternoon .We could have used our invites for the aftershow booze fest at The Rouge club but
to be honest we had already had enough and very
few of the celebs would bother with that so we went
over to Wembley .
04 Oct 2004 8pm Lionel Richie ,Wembley Arena ,
London. This was his first show in this country since
news of that massive divorce case was confirmed .
There is a real affection for him from the UK crowd .
Lionel has sold over 90 million albums .Incredible .
The poor bloke sweats so much on stage its unreal.
The 2 hour show was very enjoyalble . The tracks
from new album "Just For You " were pretty bland
but thankfully there are plenty of golden oldies like
"Running With The Night " ,"Easy ","Three Times A
Lady" ,"Sail On ","Dancing On The Ceiling" "Hello" ,
"Brickhouse " and encores inc "Still " and "All Night
Long" .Just one of those feel good shows i suppose.
30 Sept 2004 MOBO Awards ,Royal Albert Hall
,London. Even though its the UKs top awards
show for Black Music the organisers of this event have had a nightmare as half a dozen names
have pulled out with american acts like Kanye West ,Kelis and NERD deciding to stay away
and British acts like Dizzie Rascal ,Beverley Knight and Mis-teeq doing other things as they see
the event as "too americanised:" Outside the venue there are least 200 police and security with
barriers and metal detectors everywhere . There are also 100 protesters who are here to
complain about MOBOS banning of reggae artists with homophobic lyrics . Inside its very nice
with most blinged up and we have kindly been given a couple of seats with free booze and food.
In the row in front of us is Myleene Klass (ex Hearsay) in a totally stunning dress and sitting a
couple of seats away in the same row is the lovely Natasha Kaplinski from BBC News and Come
Dancing fame who also looks amazing . The show started off in the worst way possible
with the winners of The Dutch MOBO s and was hit and miss for the next 2 hours. The star of
the night was Jamelia who won 3 awards and sung a song and Kenye West also won 3 awards.
Brandy did a good track but there were a few rubbish acts of 3rd raters in between.
There were some big names Mary J Blige and Jay Sean did a song each . Newcomer Estelle got a lot of
cheers for her award and song. Nice to see Janet Jackson ,Anita Baker and Bebel Gilberto all
here to collect their awards. Most of the other guests went over to the main aftershow event at
The Ministry Of Sound but we just got trashed at the venue until midnight . Overall a good night
but way down compared to something like The BRIT Awards.
Posted 18th October 2004