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Sunday 14 February 2021

Sunday 14 February 2021. SYLVAIN SYLVAIN online gig from New York, in memory of his life. Around 20 acts including David Johansen, Earl Slick, Debbie Harry, Clem Burke,Glen Matlock. Looks like it is a paid ticket event....15 dollars - around £12. ---------- THE WHO recorded their classic album "Live at Leeds " on this day 51 years ago. It was recorded at the University of Leeds Refectory on 14 February 1970, and is their only live album that was released while the group were still actively recording and performing with their best-known line-up of Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle and Keith Moon. ---------- The U.K. has now given out over 15 million Covid vaccines....pretty amazing. ---------- Happy Birthday to KEVIN KEEGAN who is 70 today. ------------------- Monday 15 February 2021. THE WHO have finally announced the cancellation of their March 2021 UK arena tour. Covid strikes again, and no doubt a few more tours will be postponed or cancelled. ----------- THE MEMBERS have a new album out. I saw them live 14 times in the period 1978 to 1982. ”Bedsitland” features 10 new Songs and three Members of the Classic classic 1978 line up (Nigel Bennett, Chris Payne and JC Carroll) Plus Long time drummer plus Nick Cash and Special Guests that include John Perry (The Only Ones) Guy Pratt (Pink Floyd/Nick Mason etc) The Record will be available on Vinyl , CD, USB memory Stick and all the usual Digital Formats. ------------------- Wednesday 17 February 2021. From 23 Feb , New York will start allowing socially distanced events in arenas to happen. Do expect a 10% capacity limit in arenas and stadiums that can fit over 10,000 people, plus assigned and socially distanced seatings, temperature checks and face covering requirements. One more thing: everyone entering the various complexes must show proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours of the event they're attending. The thing is , how can anyone make any money unless the event is televised, when only 10% capacity ? ------------------- Thursday 18 February 2021. THE DAMNED released the first ever UK punk album on this day 44 years ago. Damned Damned Damned is the debut studio album by English punk rock band the Damned. It was released on 18 February 1977 by Stiff Records. Produced by Nick Lowe, Damned Damned Damned was the first full-length album released by a UK punk group. I bought it as soon as it came out. I have seen The Damned live over 40 times, including once in 1976 and ten times in 1977. ---------- Some sad news.....Legendary pioneer of the dancehall, U Roy is dead. The veteran toaster reportedly died in his native Jamaica on Wednesday night after ailing for sometime. He was 78. Tributes flowed freely on social media Wednesday night as musicians expressed sorrow at the death of a pioneering godfather of Jamaican music.