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Sunday 29 November 2020...news for this week...

Sunday 29 November 2020. BBC Radio 2 3pm to 5pm - The Johnnie Walker 70s Show. The only radio show I listen to these days...a great mix of classic rock, punk, soul, disco etc. ----------- GEORGE HARRISON sadly passed away 19 years ago today - 29 November 2001. ------------------ Monday 30 November 2020. Happy Birthday to BILLY IDOL who is 65 today. I have seen him on stage many times, both with Generation X and solo. Happy Birthday to Deep Purple's ROGER GLOVER who is 75 today. I have Deep Purple around 15 times since 1975. SKY ARTS 2am - Frank Sinatra live at The Royal Festival Hall 1970. I saw Frank live just the once, Royal Albert Hall 1980. ------------------ Tuesday 01 December 2020. Happy Birthday to BETTE MIDLER who is 75 today. I saw her headline The 02 Arena in July 2015. Happy Birthday to GILBERT O'SULLIVAN who is 74 today. Gilbert has not toured that often since his 1970s heyday , but I have seen him live twice. Happy Birthday to Blue Oyster Cult's ERIC BLOOM who is 76 today. I have seen Blue Oyster Cult live around 20 times since 1975. ------------------ Wednesday 02 December 2020. Promoters AEG are to open a new live music venue at Olympia...but not until 2024. 4400-capacity purpose-built live music venue as part of the 1.3 billion regeneration of Olympia London. ---------- SKY ARTS 10.30pm - Oasis live at Barrowlands, Glasgow in 2001. I have seen Oasis live several times and Liam G solo and Noel G solo. SKY ARTS 11.45pm - Paul Weller live at The Royal Festival Hall in 2018. This was a special semi-acoustic show with full orchestra. I saw Paul with The Jam several times back in the day, and have seen him several times solo. ------------------- Thursday 03 December 2020. PRINCE CHARLES and CAMILLA visited The 100 Club today to support live music venues. They watched Emily Capell perform a couple of acoustic songs, and signed the dressing room wall. --------- Happy Birthday to rock legend OZZY OSBOURNE who is 72 today. Let's hope his health gets better for his planned 2022 European Tour. I have seen Ozzy many times on stage with Black Sabbath and solo since 1974. --------- After nearly 9 months the first premier league club to have a crowd allowed in to watch them. Europa Cup - Arsenal play Rapid Vienna...2000 tickets will be made available. ------------------- Friday 04 December 2020. SKY ARTS 7pm - Madchester documentary. SKY ARTS 8pm - Def Leppard classic album. I have seen Def Leppard around 20 times since 1979 (when they supported AC/DC) SKY ARTS 9pm - Brian Johnson meets Joe Elliot. SKY ARTS 10pm - rock photographers - episode five - limited edition prints going for big bucks. ------------------- Saturday 05 December 2020. SKY ARTS 4pm - The Pretenders live in Austin, Texas. SKY ARTS 5.15pm - Oasis live at Barrowlands, Glasgow in 2001. Oasis were massive in 2001, and they played a short UK tour of small venues. I had seen both their Wembley Stadium headlining shows the year before. I saw Oasis play Shepherds Bush Empire on this tour. Oasis Shepherds Bush Empire, London 07.10.2001 First of 2 London small venue shows as part of the 10 Years Of Noise And Confusion Tour .The only way to get tickets was to camp out for them but luckily I got to review it for local paper and got a guest ticket .Fantastic atmosphere for the 1 hour 50 mins set . They mixed greatest hits with a few lesser known songs and tonight Paul Weller came on for a stunning Champagne Supernova . SKY ARTS 6.15pm - John Lennons Last Weekend. SKY ARTS 8pm - Pulp Live. --------------------- Sunday 06 December 2020. Buzzcocks singer-songwriter PETE SHELLEY sadly passed away two years ago today. I have seen The Buzzcocks around 30 times since 1977 , including twice in America. New York Sept 1979 at The Diplomat Hotel. We were staying at this famous hotel that I chose as KISS and New York Dolls had played there a few years earlier. California Sept 2002 at a huge punk festival where The Buzzcocks supported The Sex Pistols.