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Sunday 08 May 2022.

Sunday 08 May 2022. Very sad news that actor DENNIS WATERMAN has died aged 74. I was lucky to have grown up watching him in classic tv series The Sweeney and Minder. ----------------------------------------- Saturday 07 May 2022. MORCHEEBA live at Shepherds Bush Empire. Morcheeba formed in the mid-1990s and mix influences from trip hop, rock, folk rock and downtempo, and have produced ten regular studio albums since 1995, two of which (both on Sire/WEA ) reached the UK Top 10...they never really had a big Top 20 single. Their 10th studio album "Blackest Blue" was released in 2021. They have recently returned from full tours of Australia and mainland Europe. I have seen them live a couple of times before including a visit to White City to see them on The Jools Holland tv show in 1997. ------------ Level 3 is half empty tonight, but still a very full house on the other levels. DUKE GARWOOD arrived on stage at 8pm for his 30 mins. An ok set, but a bit too laid back for me. MORCHEEBA arrived on stage at 9pm and played a full two hours. The leading lady of Morcheeba, Skye Edwards has her smooth, effortless tone teamed up with Ross Godfrey’s psychedelic swirling guitar to create their melting pot sound that has been border-hopping ever since the London based band emerged from the mid-90s trip-hop scene. Skye has an infectious smiley personality on stage. Morchheba defined the ‘chill out’ genre with tracks like 'Otherwise' , ‘The Sea’ and first encore of ‘Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day’, which were all highlights tonight. The band sounded great, and overall it was a really good show. ------------------------------------------ ------------------------------------------ The Daily Mail reports this today... We're not Rolling in it! Fans shun tickets to Stones' Hyde Park gigs nine years after every seat was snapped up almost instantly - as they blame the soaring cost of living. A decade after every seat at the Stones went in five minutes, wallets are thin. Thousands of tickets for June 25 and July 3, starting at £95.75, remain unsold. Seats in the reserved areas front of stage cost over £400. Fans have blamed the cost of living, with one saying: 'It is a lot of money'. Pearl Jam, Duran Duran and The Eagles tickets at Hyde Park are also unsold.