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Wednesday 20 April 2022.

Wednesday 20 April 2022. SUZI QUATRO live at The Royal Albert Hall. 1970s glam rock legend is playing a special one off show , to celebrate her 50 years in music. Suzi will perform with a nine-piece band , and special guests are promised. Suzi has sold over 50 million records (albums and singles) worldwide. In the summer of 1973, Suzi was one of the first musicians I ever saw at a promo day at Brands Hatch. Suzi was quite a sight on Top Of The Pops to this 14 year old when she had her first big hits in 1973. Suzi will release an eight album box set to coincide with this show. My first ever music event... Slade, Geordie ,Suzi Quatro (Radio Luxembourg Pop Party) Brands Hatch Racetrack,Kent 12.08.1973 After watching TOTP often, this was the first time i saw well known real life musicians in the flesh. No singing just personal appearance. They all waved from a balcony window to the crowd below. I can remember picking up all these Chris Jagger singles that the promo girl threw out the window. I have seen Suzi Quatro live on stage several times since 1978. --------- The circle is 75 % unsold, but the rest of the venue is full with mainly older folks. SUZI QUATRO & band on stage for a nice long 2 hours 10 mins over two sets of 60 mins and 70 mins. The lights dimmed dead on time at seven-thirty, and a denim-clad Suzi Q was welcomed onstage as "The Queen of Rock & Roll , Miss Suzi Q", backed by an impressive selection of musicians and singers, the left to right view showing keyboard player, two backing singers, drummer, three-man horn section and guitarist. Bass player? Yeah, right, Suzi has that covered as she is holding her trademark huge bass that is nearly the same length as her small 5' 1" frame...Suzi is looking good for age 71. Lots of entertaining stage banter from Suzi between the songs. Big screens show pictures of single and album covers, but not live footage. Suzi played all her classic glam rock hits from the 1970s glam rock heyday. Her son joined Suzi for a couple of songs. Glam rock legends DON POWELL and ANDY SCOTT joined Suzi for a couple of songs. For the second set Suzi changed into her trademark leather stage outfit. Suzi talked us through her career in Detroit , then meeting Mickie Most , and moving to the UK. Everyone on their feet for "Can the Can" and "Devil Gate Drive". A great show. SUZI QUATRO – FIRST SET The Wild One I May Be Too Young Daytona Demon Tear Me Apart Mama’s Boy Stumblin’ In 48 Crash No Soul/No Control The Devil In Me (with Richard Tuckey) Slow Down (with Andy Scott and Don Powell) Rockin’ in the Free World (Neil Young cover) (with Andy Scott and Don Powell) Can I Be Your Girl? (piano solo) SUZI QUATRO - SECOND SET Motor City Riders I Sold My Soul Today Rock Hard She’s in Love With You Bass Solo & Drum Duet (Another One Bites the Dust… more ) Your Mamma Won’t Like Me Too Big Glycerine Queen / Bass Solo Can the Can Devil Gate Drive ENCORE : If You Can’t Give Me Love Sweet Little Rock & Roller (Chuck Berry cover) Desperado (Eagles cover) ----------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------- Tuesday 19 April 2022. MYSTERY JETS live at Shepherds Bush Empire. UK Indie-rockers have released seven studio albums. ----------- Level 3 is 75% unsold tonight, but the rest of the venue looks pretty full. One of those shows where many of the crowd skipped the support bands, and turned up at 9pm. JACK FLANAGAN arrived on stage at 7.30pm for his 25 mins acoustic set. He played tracks from his solo album...Jack is the current bass player in Mystery Jets. JOHNNY FLOYD arrived on stage at 8.15pm for his 25 mins acoustic set. He is the ex singer in Tribes. MYSTERY JETS arrived on stage at 9.15pm for their 90 mins set. Some nice indie rock tunes played throughout their set. The best response of the night easily came from older fan favourites ‘Two Doors Down‘ and ‘Young Love‘; on both the tracks, lead singer Harrison was at times drowned out by all the fans all singing in unison. Other tracks from the group’s discography such as ‘Serotonin‘ and ‘Bubblegum‘ received equally great responses from the crowd, as it was clear that all in attendance were big fans of the indie group. A couple of lively rockers played, including the final song of the night, "Someone Purer". A good set. ------------------------------------- SPARKS live at The Roundhouse got a glowing five star review in The Standard paper.