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Sunday 07 March 2021

Sunday 07 March 201. Strong rumours that the cancelled Glastonbury Festival is back on.....but without a crowd. They are lining up acts to play at Glastonbury for a televised event. -------------------- Monday 08 March 2021. From today we can meet someone from a different household outside, that does not involve exercise. Meeting up socially outdoors with one other person will be allowed. Until then, it is illegal and you can still only meet another person, outdoors and for exercise. People in care homes will also be allowed one regular visitor. Jan, Feb and March has been pretty gloomy due to the covid lockdown restrictions. Roll on to the end of March , when the clocks change and days become warmer and brighter. --------- Very sad news that artist DUGGIE FIELDS has passed away after a period of ill-health. Fields briefly studied architecture at Regent Street Polytechnic before studying at the Chelsea School of Art for four years starting in 1964. He left with a scholarship that took him on his first visit to the United States, in 1968. As a student, Fields' work progressed through minimal, conceptual and constructivist phases to a more hard-edged post-Pop figuration. His main influences were at that time Jackson Pollock, Mondrian and comic books, with a special regard to those worked on by Stan Lee. In 1968, after his US visit, Fields went to live in Earl's Court Square and shared a flat with Syd Barrett, who had just left Pink Floyd. Fields still lives in the same flat and he works in Barrett's former room, using it as his atelier. The last couple of times I saw him was at two very nice parties. 07 May 2017 - Pink Floyd exhibition private view launch party at The V & A Museum. Guests included Nick Mason, Brian May, Roger Taylor ((Queen), Jimmy Page, Sir Bob Geldof, Noel Gallagher and Nick Rhodes. 01 Oct 2019 - Dior book launch party at their New Bond Street store. Guests included Kate Moss , Naomi Campbell, Mick Jones and Bobby Gillespie. ---------- Happy Bithday to GARY NUMAN who is 63 today. I have seen Gary Numan live around 30 times since 1980. He was a regular at Hammersmith Odeon when i worked front of stage security throughout the 1980s. There is a great live version of his classic that is up on YouTube. Gary Numan - Are 'Friends' Electric? (Live at Brixton Academy) ---------- Happy Birthday to MICKY DOLENZ from The Monkess who is 76 today. I have seen The Monkees live three times. April 1989 - Hammersmith Odeon May 2011 - Royal Albert Hall Sept 2015 - Hammersmith Apollo (just Micky and Peter Tork as Davy Jones had passed away in 2012). ------------------- Tuesday 09 March 2021. THE KILLERS have postponed their UK stadium tour to 2022. ----------- Happy Birthday to JOHN CALE who is 79 today. I saw him live in 1975 when The Velvet Underground split up , and later on 2008 when he was one of the support acts when I saw The Sex Pistols at Azkena Rock Festival, Northern Spain. I have also seen him at a couple of music awards shows. ----------- Looks like the Paul Stanley Soul Station release has been postponed to Friday 19 March. PAUL STANLEY ( KISS ) the debut album "Now and Then" from his project "Soul Station". Stanley and Soul Station’s cover of “O-o-h Child” will appear on their upcoming debut album, Now and Then, out March 5th via UMe. The record will feature nine covers of classic soul and R&B songs, as well as five original tracks. Other covers include the Spinners’ “Could It Be I’m Falling in Love,” the Temptations’ “Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me),” and the Miracles’ “Tracks of My Tears.” ------------------- Wednesday 10 March 2021. This album was released last Friday but looks like it will be a Top 10 entry this Friday. JAPAN "QUIET LIFE"....originally released in the UK in Jan 1980. Quiet Life was the third, final and most successful release on the Hansa Records label. A forerunner for the alternative/new wave sound of the new decade. They would release two albums after this one on Virgin Records then they split up. The record is now the subject of a major new reissue featuring a brand new Abbey Road half-speed remaster of the original album, alt mixes, b-sides, singles, rarities and live material – including the sought after ‘lost’ Live at Budokan show from March 1980 previously only available as the 4 track EP ‘Live in Japan’. I bought this album when it came out and saw them play many times. Blue Oyster Cult, Japan Hammersmith Odeon, London 03.05.1978 fantastic double bill Blue Oyster Cult,Japan Hammersmith Odeon, London 04.05.1978 Blue Oyster Cult,Japan Hammersmith Odeon, London 04.06.1978 Japan Lyceum Theatre, London 26.11.1978 Japan,Reggae Regulars Rainbow Theatre, London 12.04.1979 Japan,Nash The Slash Hammersmith Odeon , London 07.02.1981 Japan,Modern English Hammersmith Odeon , London 16.05.1981 The Japan show on 16 May 1981 was my first stint on front stage security at Hammersmith Odeon. I would be there for 11 years until 1992 , when it became Hammersmith Apollo, after changing owners. Japan,Modern English Hammersmith Odeon , London 17.05.1981 Japan Hammersmith Odeon , London 23.12.1981 6pm show start . Japan Hammersmith Odeon , London 23.12.1981 9pm show start . Japan ,Sandi And The Sunsets Hammersmith Odeon , London 17.11.1982 First of six Japan shows at Hammersmith Odeon on this UK tour. Japan,Sandi And The Sunsets Hammersmith Odeon , London 18.11.1982 Japan were huge in the UK at this stage . Japan,Sandi And The Sunsets Hammersmith Odeon , London 19.11.1982 Japan,Sandi And The Sunsets Hammersmith Odeon , London 20.11.1982 Japan,Sandi And The Sunsets Hammersmith Odeon , London 21.11.1982 Japan,Sandi And The Sunsets Hammersmith Odeon , London. 22.11.1982 ----------- Happy Birthday to ROBIN TROWER who is 76 today. He was known as the British Jimi Hendrix , due to a similiar guitar style. I saw him three times in his heyday period, when he played big venues. Robin Trower,John Miles Wembley Arena, London 05.03.1976 Robin Trower,Racing Cars Hammersmith Odeon, London 25.10.1976 Robin Trower,Samson Hammersmith Odeon, London 08.02.1980