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Wednesday 10 November 2021.

Wednesday 10 November 2021. DEAD DAISIES + QUIREBOYS + GRAND SLAM live at Shepherds Bush Empire. A nice triple bill of rock acts, are playing a UK tour. Dead Daisies now feature rock legend GLENN HUGHES. I have seen DEEP PURPLE around 20 times since 1974 when Glenn Hughes was in the band. I have seen Dead Daisies a couple of times before. I have seen Quireboys a dozen times since they supported Guns n Roses at Hammersmith Odeon in 1987 and supporting Aerosmith at Hammersmith Odeon in 1989. Grand Slam are the band Phil Lynott formed after Thin Lizzy split up. I think they still feature at least one original member. ----------------- Levels 2 and 3 are closed off as unsold but Stalls and Level 1 are packed solid. Must be around 1500 here out of the 2000 capacity. Another gig with loads of freebie tix given out , as over 100 on the guest list and over 100 have got free tickets from HRH magazine subscribers. Tennis player and rock fan PAT CASH was here. I miss GRAND SLAM as they arrived on stage earlier than expected. QUIREBOYS arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played for 45 mins. Original singer Spike is here with his fantastic raspy blues rock voice. They really are the best band that sounds like The Faces. A short but very sweet set that was just great. Full QUIREBOYS setlist played tonight... Misled Man on the Loose Long Time Comin' Whippin' Boy Hey You There She Goes Again I Don't Love You Anymore Sweet Mary Ann 7 O'Clock --------------- DEAD DAISIES arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 1 hour 40 mins. Dead Daisies have had many different line-ups in the past ,but here are the musicians on stage tonight who are promoting the bands 5th studio album "Holy Ground". David Lowy – rhythm guitar Doug Aldrich – lead guitar, backing vocals Glenn Hughes – lead vocals, bass Tommy Clufetos - drums They have a full stage production with loads of lights. Glenn Hughes is now aged 70 but his amazing high voice still sounds great. A couple of Deep Purple classics went down as a highlight tonight. Guitarist Doug Aldrich and drummer Tommy Clufetos (arms everywhere) sound and look fab. The bands own songs are good and solid rockers. A great show. Full DEAD DAISIES setlist played tonight... Unspoken Rise Up Dead and Gone Chosen and Justified Mexico Bustle and Flow Lock 'n' Load Fortunate Son (Creedence Clearwater Revival cover) Midnight Moses (The Sensational Alex Harvey Band cover) Drum Solo Mistreated (Deep Purple cover) My Fate Leave Me Alone Saving Grace Like No Other (Bassline) Holy Ground (Shake the Memory) Encore: Long Way to Go Burn (Deep Purple cover) -------------------------------------------------------- Tuesday 09 November 2021. TIM MINCHIN live at Hammersmith Apollo. Tim plays the second of three sold out shows at Hammersmith Apollo as part of his massive UK tour. Award-winning comedian, actor and composer Tim Minchin is ‘BACK’, with a set list of material from all corners of Minchin’s eclectic – and often iconoclastic – repertoire. First performed in the UK in 2019, BACK was Tim’s first UK tour in 8 years and sold out over a year in advance. The long-awaited return to the stage received rave reviews. Two extra shows at Shepherds Bush Empire on 30 Nov and 01 Dec have been added at the end of the tour, due to public demand. ------------------ The show was on for 2 hours 15 mins over two sets. First set - on at 7.55pm for 80 mins. Second set - on at 9.35pm for 55 mins. Is it a comedy gig? Is it a rock gig? With Tim Minchin at the moment you get both on the same night. The Australian all-rounder’s latest show, Back, is a near-perfect showcase for his various virtuoso talents. Like his fellow comedy and music mixer Bill Bailey , he has an odd looking face and big hair. The show is pretty much split into three types off and on throughout the evening... Tim solo stand up Tim singing while playing piano Tim singing while playing piano , and backed by a full band that included a brass section. Half way through the first half, the curtain behind him fell down and his excellent band appeared in front of a huge screen showing live footage of the show. His clever amusing lyrical word play is top notch in tracks like "If This Plane Goes Down". Like all comedy shows, lots of funny moments along with lots of average moments but overall an enjoyable show that got a full standing ovation at the end.