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Sunday 27 March 2022.

Sunday 27 March 2022. Here is a list of the main OSCAR winners. Best Picture - "CODA” Best Director - Jane Campion, “The Power of the Dog” Best Actor - Will Smith, “King Richard” Best Actress - Jessica Chastain, “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” A nice bit of excitement on the night as CHRIS ROCK made a joke about WILL SMITH wife, so Will Smith went up to him while on the stage, and gave Chris a sweet right-hander to the face. --------------------------------------- Saturday 26 March 2022. STIFF LITTLE FINGERS + THE PROFESSIONALS + TV SMITH live at The Roundhouse. A very nice three act package are touring the UK....and four acts in London. I have seen Northern Irish punk rockers SLF over 20 times since 1978 when they first came to London. I can remember buying their classic debut album as soon as it was released in 1979. Their album was the FIRST EVER album that was released on Rough Trade Records. "Inflammable Material " by Stiff Little Fingers, reached number 14 in the UK charts and became the first independently released album to sell over 100,000 copies in the UK. Rough Trade's significance by this time was such that it was made the subject of a South Bank Show documentary. The Professionals feature SEX PISTOL Paul Cook on drums. I have seen TV Smith many times since his days with punk band The Adverts. The sold out London show includes a fourth act...THE NEVILLE STAPLE BAND (ex The Specials). All four acts I have seen many times over the past 45 years. ---------------- Needless to say that i was really looking forward to this show. As expected most of the crowd are males in their 50s and 60s, and I bump into several friends i know. SPIZZ was here. Tonight for me ended up being THE BEST GIG OF THE YEAR so far, as all four acts were just great. TV SMITH arrived on stage at 6.40pm for his 25 mins set. TV has "the graveyard slot" as he takes the stage just 10 mins after doors open , so maybe just 60 or 70 folks are inside when he takes the stage, but it quickly gets a bit busier. His set included three superb Adverts classics "No Time To Be 21", "Gary Gilmores Eyes" and "One Chord Wonders". -------- THE PROFESSIONALS arrived on stage at 7.10pm and played for 40 mins. The band are super tight as they whizz through their set. Newer tracks like "Going Going Gone" and "Rewind" are as great as their older material. Paul Cook is one of those drummers that always wears gloves while drumming. His drumming on The Sex Pistols classic "Silly Thing" is awesome. The Professionals were superb tonight. Full setlist played... Easily Lead Just Another Dream Going Going Gone Spike Me Baby Silly Thing (Sex Pistols cover) Rewind Kick Down the Doors Monkeys 1,2,3, (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone(Paul Revere and the Raiders cover) (For the final track they were joined by Hollie Cook and Rhoda Dakar on backing vocals). -------- THE NEVILLE STAPLE BAND arrived on stage at 8.20pm and played for 40 mins. He may be a ska act on a punk bill, but all the old punks here are loving it, and dancing. Nine musicians on stage , and loads of classic tracks by The Specials played and a Fun Boy 3 hit, including " Gangsters" , "Concrete Jungle", "The Lunatics Have Taken Over The Asylum", "Monkey Man", "A Message To You Rudy", "Too Hot", "Ghost Town" and " Long Shot Kick De Bucket". -------- TV theme tunes during the interval went down surprisingly well with me and the crowd. STIFF LITTLE FINGERS arrived on stage at 9.30pm and played for 85 mins. Singer Jake Burns now has a shaved head. How many many bands could start off with something as lethal as "Suspect Device"? Loads of their older classics played in an excellent lively set, that included a killer pair of tracks for the encore, "Tin Soldiers" and "Alternative Ulster". Full SLF setlist played tonight... Suspect Device At the Edge Fly the Flag Hope Street Just Fade Away Bits of Kids Nobody's Hero Last Protest Song Roots, Radics, Rockers, Reggae ( Bunny Wailer cover) When We Were Young Safe as Houses Silver Lining Barbed Wire Love Strummerville State of Emergency Wasted Life Gotta Gettaway Encore: Tin Soldiers Alternative Ulster