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Monday 22 February 2021

Monday 22 February 2021. Today at 3.30pm - BORIS JOHNSON revealed the next "lockdown roadmap exit plan" for England. Over 17 million doses of the first Covid vaccine given out in the UK, so hopefully no more lockdowns. 08 March - we can officially meet one person from a different household outside for a chat, coffee etc. 12 April - bars and restaurants to open - outside areas only and socially distanced. 12 April - non-essential shops including barbers and hairdressers can open. 17 May - bars and restaurants to open - inside and socially distanced. Theatres will reopen on May 17 but venues will be limited to half of their total capacity, with a maximum limit of 1,000 people, the Government has announced. Restrictions on indoor events are among the strictest, with evidence showing that the virus is much more likely to spread between people who meet inside. Theatre performances, cinemas and other live events will be phased back in as part of Step 3 of the easing of lockdown, but social distancing restrictions will be maintained and venues will be limited to a maximum capacity of 1,000 people, with no more than 50 per cent of seats filled. 21 June - if everything goes to plan , no covid restrictions and " life goes back to normal". ------------------- Tuesday 23 February 2021. AEROSMITH have postponed their European Tour to June/July 2022. ---------- MICK JAGGER narrates a 95-second film to celebrate the 150th anniversary of The Royal Albert Hall. Watch legendary moments in music history, alongside appearances from artists, athletes and activists, in their 95-second tribute to live music and performance, narrated by Sir Mick Jagger. View it on www.royalalberthall.com I have been to a few hundred shows at that iconic venue , including many legendary gigs. My first shows there were Bryan Ferry and Abba in 1977. A spokesman for the venue said " the first major event back should be in June" so that means shows including Bryan Adams (April) and Eric Clapton (May) will be officially postponed soon. ------------------ Wednesday 24 February 2021. Happy Birthday to actor DENNIS WATERMAN who is 73 today. Anyone around my age will remember how good he was in tv series " The Sweeney" and "Minder". He became well known as DS George Carter in The Sweeney during the 1970s. As well as starring as Terry McCann in Minder, Waterman sang the theme song, "I Could Be So Good for You", which was a top three UK hit in 1980 and a top ten hit in Australia. ---------- This time last year, i caught this Canadian singer-songwriter support at Shepherds Bush Empire. Never heard of him before but had a few really good songs, and this was one of them. It is an updated video with city images from his European tour , including London and Paris. It also mixes in some front stalls fan clips from Shepherds Bush Empire. On YouTube - JP Saxe - 3 Minutes (Official Music Video) ------------------- Thursday 25 February 2021. Happy Birthday to Welsh music legend MIKE PETERS who is 62 today. I have seen The Alarm around 20 times since they headlined Hammersmith Odeon in 1985, along with several shows of him in Dead Men Walking and other projects. Check out this great 75 mins MTV worldwide broadcast from UCLA in 1986. YouTube - The Alarm - Spirit of '86 (Full Broadcast)