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Saturday 18 June 2022.

Sat 18 June - Happy Birthday to PAUL McCARTNEY who is 80 today. Mon 20 June - Happy Birthday to BRIAN WILSON who is 80 today. Two music legends born just two days apart. I have seen both of them over 20 times live on stage, which includes an amazing lunchtime show by Paul McCartney at The 100 Club in Dec 2010. Reminder that train and tube strikes next week will certainly mess up going to gigs, as any trains running will finish around 6pm, so getting back after gigs will need planning. ----------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------- Friday 17 June 2022. A very nice three act package at Kenwood House, Hampstead Heath, North London. CULTURE CLUB + BANANARAMA + LULU...all three acts have had many big hits over the years. plus an opening set by celebrity DJ FAT TONY. Culture Club have sold over 150 million records worldwide - singles and albums combined. Culture Club have had 12 x Top 40 hits in the UK, including two number ones. Bananarama have had more Top 40 hits (count 32!) in the UK than the Spice Girls managed, and gained entry in the Guinness Book of Records as the biggest girl group since The Supremes, impressive stuff. Lulu has had 19 x Top 40 hits in the UK, including a number one. www.heritagelive.net - Visit their website here to buy tickets for this show, and others they are promoting across the UK this summer. ----------------- Here we are , on the hottest day of the year so far, in this fantastic outdoor venue. Must be a few thousand here, with three blocks of seats in front of the stage and standing around them. June and July sees many similiar venues around the UK host a week or two of top notch shows. LULU & band arrived on stage at 6.15pm for their 45 mins set. We have three big screens mixing live footage with the middle screen showing old video clips. Hard to believe that the ever youthful looking Lulu is now aged 73. It seemed a bit odd she started with her biggest hit "Shout", but then you realise the setlist is in decade by decade order of her career...really good. Full LULU setlist played tonight... Shout (The Isley Brothers cover) The Boat That I Row To Sir With Love Run to Me / To Love Somebody (Bee Gees cover) Boom Bang-A-Bang The Man With the Golden Gun (John Barry cover) Teardrops (Womack & Womack cover) I Don't Wanna Fight We Don't Fall Relight My Fire (Dan Hartman cover) (Lulu had a hit with Take That for this track) I'm Still Standing (Elton John cover) ------------------ BANANARAMA and band arrived on stage at 7.30pm and performed for 60 mins. The two girls always seem to enjoy themselves on stage, with their arm dancing routines. They played a couple of songs from their upcoming album and lots of hits including... Nathan Jones Shy Boy Cruel Summer I Heard a Rumour He Was Really Sayin' Somethin' 'Tain't What You Do (It's the Way That You Do It) I Want You Back Robert De Niro's Waiting Venus (Shocking Blue cover) Love in the First Degree Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye (Steam cover) ------------------- DJ FAT TONY played 30 mins of eighties anthems during the changeover. ------------------- CULTURE CLUB arrived on stage at 9.05pm and performed for 90 mins. Ten musicians on stage including three original Culture Club members and three backing vocalists. An excellent percussionist sounded great alongside the drummer. Original drummer Jon Moss is not here as George says "he is having a strop" . Big cheers as National Treasure Boy George takes to the stage after the band. Lots of his big personality banter before pretty much every song , which went down well with the crowd. Boy George is now aged 61, but is just as flamboyant as ever. It is a local gig for Boy George as he has lived in Hampstead since the 1980s. All their classic hits got folks dancing and singing along. At 10.30pm we had a nice fireworks display but as the set was running over, it ended up with George singing the final song with the fireworks going off at the same time. All three quality acts made for a great evening of live music. Full CULTURE CLUB setlist played tonight... Next Thing Will Be Amazing It's a Miracle I'll Tumble 4 Ya Move Away Hold Back Everything I Own (Bread cover) Eyeliner Voodoo Do You Really Want to Hurt Me Victims Planetary Karma Drop the Needle Church of the Poison Mind / I'm Your Man Time (Clock of the Heart) Miss Me Blind The War Song Sympathy for the Devil (The Rolling Stones cover) Karma Chameleon The Man I Love (George Gershwin cover)