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Monday 04 July 2022.

Sunday 03 July 2022...I went to two very nice events today... 1.30pm to 6.30pm JACKIE ST CLAIR SUMMER BBQ GARDEN PARTY - Holland Park, London. Jackie and her husband Carl are hosting their annual BBQ for over 200 guests in their stunning house. A small army of chefs, waiters , security and helpers are making sure everything runs smoothly. A dozen or so well known names are here including... ED BICKNELL - best known as manager of Dire Straits December 1977 to August 2000. Had a great chat with him about when as an agent he got Dire Straits to support Talking Heads at The Roundhouse (I was there) and when Dire Straits played Hammersmith Odeon shows in 1983 (I was there) to promote a new electronic item called ' the compact disc" , and told me the whole story of how it came about. ANDREW RIDGELEY ( ex Wham member with George Michael) (see my Facebook page for a photo) LEEE JOHN (ex Imagination ) (arrived a bit late as he came direct from a gig in France the night before) DON BLACK (legendary songwriter) PATTIE BOYD (was married to both George Harrison and Eric Clapton) JOHN LODGE (Moody Blues) MARK FULLER (ex owner of The Embassy Club and now Karma Sanctum Soho Hotel) KATIE MELUA (singer-songwriter) ELAINE PAIGE ( musical theatre singer) JULIEN MacDONALD (fashion designer) AMANDA CRONIN (Real Wives of Belgravia and socialite) PANDEMONIA ( 6ft plus in full pvc dress , including face, was very popular for selfies) ELIZABETH EMANUEL (fashion designer who with her husband designed Princess Diana's wedding dress) PHILIP SALLON ( fashionista who has been around since the punk rock and new romantic heydays) JONATHAN SHALIT (music and entertainment manager) KELLY HOPPEN (interior designer) RICHARD YOUNG (celebrity photographer ) TONY MOORE (ex Cutting Crew) TOUKER SULEYMAN (Dragons Den) ROSS KING (ITV Hollywood Correspondent) LIZZIE CUNDY ( radio presenter) BRUNO TONIOLI ( choreographer and judge on tv dance shows) ARLENE PHILIPS ( choreographer and judge on tv dance shows) At 5.30pm we had some live performances. A blonde female opera singer sung from the balcony. Tony Moore performed Cutting Crew hit "I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight " plus a covers medley. Then a male singer and female singer performed some of Jackies fave songs. There was a full buffet BBQ lunch for all including beef, pork, chicken etc. The ice cream lady had lots of yummy different flavours. Champers, wines, Pimms, beers , coffees etc were all flowing throughout the afternoon. A really lovely afternoon here. www.jackiestclair.com - Visit Jackies website here. Features photos from her modelling career in the 1980s to the current day. ----------------------- then THE ROLLING STONES live at Hyde Park , London. I have seen The Rolling Stones over 20 times since i first saw them five times in 1976, which were four of their six shows at Earls Court Arena and a huge outdoor event at Knebworth. Their current tour will be their first in Europe since the sad death of their drummer Charlie Watts. --------- Hyde Park is a great central location, but the all standing situation is not really to my liking. The Rolling Stones arrived on stage at 8.15pm and played for 2 hours 5 mins. The main three swagger on like the proper rock stars they are. The guitars kick in and the sound is really good, and the big screens here are fantastic. Mick Jagger defies his age as he struts down the catwalk stage extension , moves and dances not stop, waves his arms above his heads, and generally winds the crowd up with his jovial stage banter. Plenty of classics played in the set, and it's great they are changing the setlist a bit each night. Yep, The Stones are still rockin'...a great show. "Angie’, ‘You Got Me Rocking and ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ made their SIXTY tour debut while the newest Stones song, the 2020 single ‘Living In A Ghost Town’ was removed from the set. Full ROLLING STONES setlist for tonight... Street Fighting Man (from Beggars Banquet, 1968) 19th Nervous Breakdown (single, 1966) Tumbling Dice (from Exile On Main Street, 1972) Out of Time (from Aftermath UK, 1966) Angie (from Goats Head Soup, 1973) You Can’t Always Get What You Want (from Let It Bleed, 1969) Like A Rolling Stone (from Stripped, 1995) You Got Me Rocking (from Voodoo Lounge, 1994) Honky Tonk Women (single, 1969) You Got The Silver (from Let It Bleed, 1969) Happy (from Exile On Main Street, 1972) Miss You (from Some Girls, 1978) Midnight Rambler (from Let It Bleed, 1969) Paint It Black (from Aftermath US, 1966) Start Me Up (from Tattoo You, 1981) Sympathy for the Devil (from Beggars Banquet, 1968) Jumpin’ Jack Flash (single, 1968) Encore: Gimme Shelter (from Let It Bleed, 1969) (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (from Out of Our Heads, 1965)