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Friday 12 August 2022

Friday 12 August 2022. SCORPIONS Release New Single 'Hammersmith'. Legendary German hard rockers SCORPIONS have just released a new single, "Hammersmith", through Universal Vertigo. Hammersmith is an event venue located in the London district with the same name. Some artists who performed there were THE WHO, QUEEN, AC/DC, MOTÖRHEAD, METALLICA and SCORPIONS. I saw ALL the above bands at Hammersmith Odeon many times. "Hammersmith", which was originally a bonus track on the U.K. edition of SCORPIONS' latest album, "Rock Believer", is not just an anthem to an iconic music venue, it is also a contemporary manifesto, showing just how much enthusiasm they still have for hard rock, the roots of their fame and original metal. "The song," says SCORPIONS singer Klaus Meine, "takes us back to a time when we played in the smallest clubs, just dreaming about being able to perform in the Temple of Rock, the Hammersmith Odeon." ------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------- Thursday 11 August 2022...7pm to 10pm. Our third and final rehearsal in North Acton for our gig this Saturday. Venue - The Escape Bar, Goldhawk Road, Shepherds Bush, London W12. I will be playing drums with my band GUN CONTROL....we are on early at 8pm... This will be our first gig in Shepherds Bush for 40 years. We pretty much did every song three times. Felt totally whacked at the end, after playing for three hours, but great fun. -------------------- Looks like the Gallagher brothers can agree on one thing. In recent interviews both Liam and Noel have stated that SEX PISTOLS album "Never Mind The Bollocks" is their fave album ever. -------------------- Check out this great recent documentary on BON SCOTT that is up on YouTube...37 mins which features a rare interview with his brother and others. BON SCOTT High Voltage life as AC/DC front man | On the Brink full documentary | Australian Story Shows how in 1974 his stint in pre-AC/DC band Fraternity ended along with a serious motorbike crash, and just two years later they exploded in London. They first came to London in April 1976. I saw their second ever UK gig which was at The Nashville, and would see them 10 times in 1976 alone. I have seen AC/DC over 40 times...here is the list of the ten shows from 1976. AC/DC, Captain Video Nashville Pub, London 26.04.1976 first time I saw them.just amazing. AC/DC, Back Street Crawler Marquee Club, London 12.05.1976 AC/DC Fulham Greyhound Pub, London 23.05.1976 played to about 100 people . AC/DC Marquee Club, London 04.06.1976 bon scott and angus were incredible . AC/DC Lyceum Theatre, London 07.07.1976 everytime I saw them they were great AC/DC Marquee Club, London 26.07.1976. broke the house attendance record AC/DC Marquee Club, London 02.08.1976 AC/DC Marquee Club, London 09.08.1976 had a weekly Monday gig at Marquee AC/DC Marquee Club, London 16.08.1976 AC/DC, Tyler Gang Hammersmith Odeon, London 10.11.1976 first major London headline show