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Wednesday 11 May 2022.

Wednesday 11 May 2022...I went to two events tonoght... 6pm to 7pm. PHOTO LONDON - press/VIP evening at Somerset House, London. Showcasing the very best of the past, present and future of photography, Photo London brings together an impressive range of international galleries, offering visitors an opportunity to explore, discover and collect some of the world’s most exquisite photographic artworks. Several hundred folks are here as many galleries are showcasing. There was an interesting stand featuring music photos from the 1960s and 1970s from the likes of Kevin Cummins (NME) , Denis O'Regan and Gered Mankowitz. BILL WYMAN took photos of The Rolling Stones back in the 1960s and several are on display. Bill we be attending this show on Saturday 14 May. Complimentary Pommery champers and Aperol Spritz for all guests. It is on from 12 May to 15 May. Visit their website for more info and to buy tickets. www.somersethouse.org.uk - Visit their website here. -------------- then 7.30pm to 9.15pm. INNOVATION IN CRAFT SINCE 1893 , Dunhill House, 2 Davies Street, Mayfair, London W1. Dunhill put on a exhibition of their items through the years at their superb flagship store. Mens suits , shoes, wallets , bags over the years, along with their iconic lighters etc. There is a lovely outdoor courtyard space with tables. Complimentary Louis Roederer champers, Gin cocktails, Hennessy cocktails and canapés for guests. ------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------- Tuesday 10 May 2022. MUSE + RAZORLIGHT live at Hammersmith Apollo. Muse play the second of two special sold out shows at this venue for three different charities. First gig in support of the upcoming release, "Will of the People" and first gigs in two years, after Covid restrictions were mitigated/lifted. Muse will be supporting War Child and Médecins Sans Frontières on the first night charity gig. The second show will be in support of The Big Issue. I have seen Muse several times before including a couple of times at The 02 Arena where they were the first band I saw to use a bunch of drones in the show to fantastic effect. I have also seen RAZORLIGHT a few times over the past 20 years. ------------------- Needless to say the venue is totally rammed sold out, as Muse are pretty much an arena and stadium band these days, and this is a small venue for them. In the front row centre of the circle seating was guitar legend JIMMY PAGE. His personal security made sure he left his seat half way through the final song to go backstage. RAZORLIGHT arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played for 40 mins. Special guest support band RAZORLIGHT did a really good set , full of their hit singles. Rip It Up In the Morning Stumble and Fall Don't Go Back to Dalston Golden Touch In the City Before I Fall To Pieces Somewhere Else Vice America MUSE arrived on stage at 8.50pm and played for 95 mins. Only 95 mins on stage seemed a bit short , as they usually play longer. Muse mix their greatest hits with some rarely played deep cuts. The trio of top notch musicians are joined by a keyboard player on stage. There is a woman right of stage signing for the deaf , which was a nice touch. Muse really do rock out, particularly in the second half which had many crunching power riff anthems. We had ticker-tape cannons during the main set and streamers over the crowd during the encore. Thrilling and technically flawless, this was rock of the highest quality from Muse, masters of musical destruction. A great show. Full MUSE setlist played tonight.... Won't Stand Down Interlude Hysteria (with AC/DC's "Back in Black" riff outro) Pressure Map of the Problematique Song played from tape [Drill Sergeant] Psycho Assassin ("Grand Omega Bosses edit" version) The Gallery Compliance New Born (with Rage Against the Machine' s "Calm Like a Bomb" riff outro) Prelude Starlight Citizen Erased Plug In Baby (Guns n' Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine" outro) Supermassive Black Hole (with Led Zeppelin's "Heartbreaker" riff outro) Uprising (extended) Encore: Space Dementia Knights of Cydonia (with Ennio Morricone's "Man With a Harmonica" intro)