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Saturday 14 November 2020...Music news this week...

Thursday 12 November 2020. Happy Birthday to NEIL YOUNG who is 75 today. I have seen him on stage around ten times with the first time being two shows in 1976, Neil Young & Crazy Horse at Hammersmith Odeon. -------------------- Friday 13 November 2020. AC/DC release their new album " Power Up" today. I have seen AC/DC live many times with all three vocalists they have had. BBC Radio interview this afternoon included... Matt Everitt asked " These are strange times but - you will go out on tour again? As soon as you can and itís safe youíre going to go out arenít you - obviously? Brian Johnson: Yes weíre going to do some shows. I hate to use the word tour now because it sounds like two years and I think weíve all got a little tired of that. But doing gigs - if we can just start doing gigs and cherry picking them - thatís fun. As they come along - booking them just two or three months ahead and not committing yourself. -------- SKY ARTS 8pm - Meat Loaf "Bat Out Of Hell" album documentary. This superb album has sold over 40 million copies. It was released in 1977 and I saw his debut London show at Hammersmith Odeon in 1978. I have seen Meat Loaf live over 15 times and seen the musical twice, including the opening night and party in 2017. SKY ARTS 9pm - Brian Johnson meets Lars Ulrich I have seen Metallica around 15 times since 1986. SKY ARTS 10pm - Rock photographers - episode 2 (features the first 3 songs rule) The photographers on the programme have many crazy stories about how artists behave regards this. One told me about a Download Festival when Korn played. They were only allowed to photograph the first 60 seconds of the first three songs and for the rest of the three songs they had to face the audience and put their cameras down. SKY ARTS 11.15pm Laurel Canyon documentary - episode 1 of 2 (part 2 Saturday night) feat The Doors, The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Frank Zappa, Alice Cooper, The Monkess, Love , The Mamas & Papas, The Turtles, Joni Mitchell , CSNY....music managers Elliot Roberts and David Geffen. SKY ARTS 1am - Alice Cooper "Super Duper " documentary. I have seen Alice Cooper live over 15 times with the first time back in 1975 at Wembley Arena. Those interviewed for the documentary include John Lydon and Iggy Pop. -------------------- Saturday 14 November 2020. After a full week of tv and radio promo appearances KYLIE MINOGUE new album "Disco", has gone straight in at number one. She joins Bruce Springsteen as the only artist to have had a number one album in the UK in each of the past five decades. SKY ARTS 5.30pm - The Bee Gees live in Melbourne in Nov 1989 I saw The Bee Gees at Madison Square Garden in 1979 on my first visit to America. SKY ARTS 9pm - David Crosby "Remember My Name" documentary. In 2015 I saw Crosby and Nash join David Gilmour for three songs at The Royal Albert Hall. In 2005 I saw Crosby and Nash play The Royal Festival Hall. --------------------- Sunday 15 November 2020 15 Nov 1976 - it was 44 years ago that I attended this legendary SEX PISTOLS show. Notre Dame Hall, Leicester Square , London. It's the one where Janet Street Porter introduced punk on tv for The London Weekend Show. Clips of it are shown regularly on tv, with me jumping around down the front. I am in stills that were used for the "Dance to The Sex Pistols - Pretty Vacant" single poster. One of the stills , with me in it , was the front cover of " Pretty Vacant" in New Zealand. ------- Happy Birthday to PETULA CLARK who is 88 today. I have seen her a couple of times in concert. ------- SKY ARTS 9pm - The Who perform "Tommy" at The Royal Albert Hall, April 2017 ( I was there) SKY ARTS 10.30pm - U2 live in Berlin Nov 2018 (I was at The 02 Arena show on this tour) ------ Sad news that singer, comedian and tv presenter DES O'CONNOR has passed away , at age 88. He had a 60 year career ,singing in the 1960s and always on the tv in the 1970s and 1980s. He recorded 36 albums and had four top-ten singles, including a number-one hit with "I Pretend", with global sales of more than sixteen million records. He had his fifth child to his fourth wife at the age of 72...yes 72! ----- Sad news that legendary goalkeeper RAY CLEMENCE has passed away , aged 72. Former Liverpool, Tottenham and England goalkeeper Ray Clemence has died, aged 72. Clemence made 61 appearances for the Three Lions between 1972 and 1983. At club level, he won many trophies.