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Monday 09 November 2020....Music news this week...

Monday 09 November 2020. These amazing figures confirm how popular boy band New Direction were back in the day, as their loyal fans still support the solo careers of the five members. Ticketed livestream concert provider Driift said fans from 151 countries purchased more than 125,000 tickets to Niall Horanís performance at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday, 7 November. --------- The world's number one concert promoter Live Nation are a bit happier today as shares have soared over 22% today following the news that a COVID-19 vaccine candidate developed by pharma firms Pfizer and BioNTech has been found to be more than 90% effective. Live Nation have said 90% of punters worldwide have kept their tickets for their rescheduled shows. ------------------ Tuesday 10 November 2020. It was two years ago today on 10 Nov 2018. GUN CONTROL - My band from the early 1980s played their first gig for over 35 years at The George & Dragon Pub, Acton, London W3. It was a great night as I drummed along to our original songs and a couple of cover versions. We ended up playing every six months (3 times) and hopefully there's another one after Covid fucks off. ---------- Did you know that DJ and music producer Mark Ronson is the stepson of Mick Jones from Foreigner? Mark Daniel Ronson was born 4 September 1975 in Notting Hill, London,to Laurence Ronson, a real-estate speculator and music manager, and writer/socialite Ann Dexter-Jones.His Jewish ancestors emigrated from Austria, Lithuania, and Russia. He was brought up in a Conservative Jewish household and celebrated his Bar Mitzvah. The Ronsons had been one of Britain's wealthiest families in the 1980s, but they lost $1 billion of their wealth in the property crash of the early 1990s.He is the nephew of businessman Gerald Ronson. Through his mother, he is also related to British Conservative politicians Sir Malcolm Rifkind and the late Leon Brittan,and Odeon Cinemas founder Oscar Deutsch. He is not related to the late English guitarist Mick Ronson. After his parents' divorce, his mother married Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones,who contributed to a childhood surrounded by music.