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News and Reviews: 7th October 2020

Very sad news that rock guitar legend EDDIE VAN HALEN has died aged 65.
Eddie Van Halen -- the legendary guitarist and co-founder of Van Halen -- has died after a long battle with throat cancer.
He died at St. Johns Hospital in Santa Monica Tuesday. His wife, Janie was by his side.
I saw Van Halen at least once on all of their UK tours including their debut in 1978 supporting
Black Sabbath at Hammersmith Odeon when their stunning debut album came out.
Black Sabbath,Van Halen Hammersmith Odeon, London 01.06.1978 van halen debut uk tour
Black Sabbath,Van Halen Hammersmith Odeon, London 10.06.1978 van halen again blow Sabbath away
Van Halen,Battleaxe Rainbow Theatre, London 22.10.1978
Van Halen,St Paradise Rainbow Theatre, London 29.06.1979
Van Halen,Lucifers Friend Rainbow Theatre , London 24.06.1980
AC/DC,Van Halen,Ozzy Osbourne,Gary Moore,Motley Crue Monsters Of Rock , Donnington 17.08.1984 What a great day .What a great line up .
Van Halen + Little Angels Wembley Arena , London 29.04.1993 great 2 hours 10 mins rock show .Sammy Hagar now on vocals .
Bon Jovi + Van Halen + Thunder + Ugly Kid Joe Wembley Stadium , London 23.06.1995 ugly kid joe did a fun filled 30 mins set thunder did a 50 mins set but should have stuck to a greatest hits set
Bon Jovi + Van Halen + Thunder + Ugly Kid Joe Wembley Stadium , London 25.06.1995 Van Halen did a great 75 mins set .Did some early material as well .Bon Jovi did a 2 hours 30 mins set to confirm they are one of the biggest and best live rock bands on the planet.
Sad news that JOHNNY NASH has passed away.
Johnny Nash, best known for his 1972 hit "I Can See Clearly Now," died Tuesday morning, his son, John Nash, told CNN. He was 80 years old. The American reggae and pop music singer-songwriter passed away from natural causes at his home in Houston, his son said.
Teenage Cancer Trust Unseen
We're launching an incredible archive of never-before-seen 20 to 30 min "mini gigs" exclusively curated by each artist from their Royal Albert Hall show for Teenage Cancer Trust.
"Teenage Cancer Trust Unseen" is to raise vital funds to help us support young people facing cancer across the UK.  This content will be free to enjoy, but we are urging fans to donate to fill the gap in fundraising that provides a lifeline for teenagers with cancer.
Driven by our Honorary Patron and The Who icon, Roger Daltrey, a who’s who of world-class musical talent have performed at our legendary fundraising gigs at the Royal Albert Hall over the last 20 years. All so young people with cancer get the support they deserve.
The complete lineup is:
Thurs 8th at 8pm - Ed Sheeran
Fri 9th at 8pm - Muse
Sat 10th at 8pm - The Who
Sun 11th at 8pm - Paul McCartney
Mon 12th at 8pm - Paul Weller
Tues 13th at 8pm - Stereophonics
Wed 14th at 8pm - Pulp
Thurs 15th at 8pm - Noel Gallagher
Fri 16th at 10pm - Them Crooked Vultures - Full Show
Sat 17th at 8pm - Rudimental
Sun 18th at 8pm - The Cure
Sat 31st at 8pm - The Cure – Full Show
(I was at most of the above shows including The Who and Paul McCartney).