Ray's Gigs

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Friday 01 January 2021.

Sunday 27 December 2020. 41 years ago this week, i went to all four Concerts for Kampuchea at Hammersmith Odeon. Queen Hammersmith Odeon, London 26.12.1979 Ian Dury And The Blockheads,The Clash,Mutumbi Hammersmith Odeon, London 27.12.1979 The Who,Specials,Pretenders Hammersmith Odeon, London 28.12.1979 Wings,Elvis Costello,Rockpile Hammersmith Odeon, London 29.12.1979 ---------------------- Monday 28 December 2020. Rock legend LEMMY sadly passed away, five years ago today. LEMMY died just four days after his 70th birthday, Lemmy died at his Los Angeles apartment from prostate cancer, cardiac arrhythmia, and congestive heart failure. I saw Motorhead live over 40 times since 1975 when they supported Blue Oyster Cult. Over half the times I saw them was at Hammersmith Odeon/Apollo. A good excuse to play the great official video for Motorhead's "Killed By Death". ---------------------- Tuesday 29 December 2020. Happy Birthday to Marianne Faithfull who is 74 today. -------- BBC4 9pm - documentary- when Bruce Dickinson played war torn Sarajevo in 1994. BBC4 10.45pm - Metallica live at Glastonbury Festival 2014. -------- Sad news that Pierre Cardin has died at the age of 98. The French fashion designer passed away in hospital in Neuilly, west of Paris, his family confirmed. ---------------------- FOOTBALL great Jimmy Greaves is finally set to be given a gong in the New Year’s honours. The record-breaking striker and former TV host, 80, will be made an MBE along with fellow 1966 World Cup squad member Ron Flowers, 86. ---------- Wednesday 30 December 2020. BBC2 10pm - The Nine Lives of Ozzy Osbourne (2020 documentary film) ---------- Sales of vinyl and cassettes surged once again in 2020, as music fans spent much of lockdown discovering new favourites to add to their collections. The BPI, the organisation that represents the UK’s recorded music industry, reports Official Charts Company data showing that fans bought nearly 5 million vinyl LPs in 2020, marking a 21st century record and the highest total since the early Nineties. Cassette sales are set to double by the end of the year, their highest level since 2003, as artists offer their music in a greater range of formats. ---------- Happy Birthday to PATTI SMITH who is 74 today. Happy Birthday to JEFF LYNNE who is 73 today. Happy Birthday to JAY KAY (Jamiroquai) who is 51 today. Visit my Facebook page for a photo of me and him together. ------------------ Thursday 31 December 2020. Happy New Year to all visitors to my website. Although "normal " gigs stopped in mid March due to Covid ,i still managed to get along to 35 of them. I will put up my Top 10 gigs of the year in early 2021.