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Wednesday 20 July 2022.

Wednesday 20 July 2022. JUANES live at Shepherds Bush Empire. Juanes, is a Colombian musician who was a member of the rock band Ekhymosis and is now a solo artist. In 2000, his solo debut album Fíjate Bien won three Latin Grammy Awards. According to his record label, Juanes has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide. This is his only UK show on his European Tour. Sadly i have never been to South America...would be great to watch a big rock band play there. ------------------- Level 3 is closed tonight. The crowd is pretty much 90% Columbia / Spanish, with 75 % of them females. BELLE MT arrived on stage at 8pm for their 30 mins set. A couple of guys playing some laid back Ed Sheeran type songs. JUANES arrived on stage at 9pm for their 1 hour 45 mins set. There are lots of Columbian flags, small and large dotted around the venue. Six musicians on stage including keyboards and some nice percussion. JUANES still has his trademark long hair and the females here are swooning. The entire crowd are up and dancing from the start, to create a great atmosphere. There are a couple of highlights for me. After 30 mins he jumps into the crowd with his guitar and microphone and sings a song there, with all the fans closely surrounding him , inches from his face. He performed a couple of cover versions , Bob Marleys "Could You Be Loved" and for the second encore he donned a Flying V guitar and rocked out to Metallicas "Enter Sandman". Apart from the two cover versions, the lyrics and stage banter are all in Spanish. The crowd loved it, and the show ticked along ok. ---------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------- Wednesday 20 July 2022. Happy Birthday to SEX PISTOLS drummer PAUL COOK who is 66 today. Paul is still playing gigs with his post Pistols band...The Professionals. Hopefully 2023 will see him in the all-star group Generation Sex playing UK shows. --------------------------------------------- --------------------------------------------- Tuesday 19 July 2022. Happy Birthday to Queen guitarist BRIAN MAY who is 75 today. The UK’s best-selling albums of all time: 1. Queen – ‘Greatest Hits’ (just passed the seven million UK sales figure....incredible) 2. Abba – ‘Gold’ 3. The Beatles – ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ 4. Adele – ’21’ 5. Oasis – ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?’ 6. Michael Jackson – ‘Thriller’ 7. Pink Floyd – ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ 8. Dire Straits – ‘Brothers In Arms’ 9. Michael Jackson – ‘Bad’ 10. Queen – ‘Greatest Hits II’