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Wednesday 21 September 2022.

Wednesday 21 September 2022...6.45pm to 9pm... HALLYU! THE KOREAN WAVE - private view - The V & Museum , South Kensington, London SW7. Around 500 guests are here, including many from Korea. I have my photo taken with actor BILL NIGHY. At 7.20pm we had a couple of speeches, then a DJ played tunes in the background. At 8pm I tour the 200 exhibits for around 20 mins. Remember that massive hit "Gangnam Style"...Gangnam is a wealthy district of Seoul. Korea is now the world's 10th largest economy. Hallyu! The Korean Wave will showcase the colourful and dynamic popular culture of South Korea, exploring the makings of the Korean Wave and its global impact on the creative industries of cinema, drama, music, fandom, beauty and fashion. Highlights the history of K.Pop acts and how a few like BTS and Blackpink have had worldwide success. There are costumes that have been worn on stage and in videos by K.Pop acts. They all go through multi-auditions to become known as "Idols" in South Korea. I saw BTS headline Wembley Stadium a few years ago. The tech-savvy quick-quick smartphone younger generation of Koreans have certainly helped K.Pop acts. Looking good and dance routines seem more important than actually playing an instrument. Complimentary Korean sparkling wines, Korean cocktails and Korean canapes including fried chicken. Tickets are £20...concessions are cheaper...it is on until June 2023. --------------------------------------- --------------------------------------- Tuesday 20 September 2022. A1 live at Shepherds Bush Empire. Boy band from the late 1990s have still got all four original members for this current UK tour. They had 8 x Top 10 hits in the UK, including 2 x number ones. Levels 2 and 3 are closed off as unsold so maybe only 500 folks are here. I have seen some impressive stage productions at this venue....but this wasn't one of them. Keeping the show costs down to a minimum , there is no support act, just boy band hits over the pa. Also A1 do not use a backing band , so there are backing tapes throughout the show. They play keyboards and acoustic guitar on a few tracks to pad the sound out. They arrived on stage at 8.40pm and play for 90 mins. It is pretty much a 90% female crowd so, plenty of screaming. Lots of folks from Philippines here as they were massive in that country...they love ballads there. As there are plenty of ballads so they have to bring out the stools as well. The many dance routines were good to watch. The simple lyrics were nice and clear. A nice touching medley of covers from boy / girl bands whose band members have died. Final track of the night was their hit cover of Aha "Take On Me". It was an ok show. ---------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------- Monday 19 September 2022....8am to 5pm... QUEEN ELIZABETH II FUNERAL SERVICE at 11am. A very sad day but it is a major historical event. I can remember bringing my two young sons to lay flowers in Kensington Gardens for Princess Diana 25 years ago in 1997 then going to the funeral a few days later. 4000 military will be on parade, and the biggest amount of police ever seen on London's streets. Thousands of security and stewards everywhere, who were looking after things, then an hour before the funeral, the police take their place on the main route and security stewards mingle with the public. Pall Mall and other places would be too busy with folks camping out all night. We opted for somewhere that would be a bit quieter , but it was still very busy. We end up at South Carriage Drive near Hyde Park Corner. We are by The Mandarin Oriental Hotel and The Yacht Club. Both of them had drinks events for their guests with a great higher up view. We are near Knightsbridge Barracks so see many of the horse regiments go and come back. We see a few motorbike police escorts and their VIP cars go past. There is a big screen showing everything in the park , so we can hear the commentary and the gun salute. At 1.40pm we see the Queens coffin and hearse go past. We then visit The Park Rose Garden to see all the flowers that have been left. It was pretty amazing how everything came together so well on the day. I will have to watch the highlights on tv later. ---------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------- Friday 16 September 2022. GLEN MATLOCK BAND live at The 100 Club. Glens regular drummer Chris Musto will not be playing, as he has injured his arm. His replacement will be his friend Matt Hector. Neal X on guitar and Jim Lowe on bass duties will be there as usual. With support from ED TUDORPOLE + THE FECKIN LATCHINOS with special guests. Punk , garage and glam rock classics from DJ Jeffrey Munday. Sex Pistols legend Glen is playing a gig at this iconic venue where i saw THE SEX PISTOLS in Sept 1976. Glens career includes Sex Pistols, Rich Kids, Iggy Pop , The Faces and is a current Blondie member. Glen is responsible for 90% of the music of THE best known punk band of all time, the Sex Pistols, writing iconic songs such as Anarchy In The UK, Pretty Vacant and God Save The Queen and since his stint in the Pistols has played with a whoís who of artists including Iggy Pop, The Faces and currently the one and only Blondie! This show is one of only two UK gigs Glen is playing between his Blondie touring and recording commitments and will cover songs from right across his career from Pistols classics to solo gems. With the success of the recent Danny Boyle Sex Pistols drama 'Pistol' and God Save The Queen being the years biggest selling vinyl single, there is sure to be great interest in this gig - we hope you enjoy the chance to see a UK music legend play live. -------------- So many folks here i know at this sold out gig in this iconic venue. Great to see my old school chum Ronnie Evans, who recently brought out the book on Wally Nightingale who played with Steve Jones and Paul Cook before The Sex Pistols. THE FECKIN LATCHINOS arrived on stage at 9.15pm for their 30 mins set. They played a great set of classic covers, with a couple of special guests joining them. Full setlist played.... I Wanna Be Your Dog Children Of The Revolution ( i got a name check from the stage) Boredom Neat Neat Neat (with Spizz Energi) Did No You No Wrong (Sex Pistols track) ( with Ronnie Evans on guitar) Another Girl, Another Planet EMI ( a second name check to me from the stage) ED TUDORPOLE arrived on stage at 9.50pm and played a 40 mins set. Just zany Ed and his acoustic guitar. A good set that finished with "Who Killed Bambi" and "Swords Of A Thousand Men". GLEN MATLOCK BAND arrived on stage at 10.50pm and played for 65 mins. A lot of bands on tonight, so Glen comes on much later than planned. The rowdy crowd are certainly up for enjoying themselves tonight. Stand-in drummer Matt Hector does a great job...and all the time he is wearing a three piece sit. Glen plays a perfect mix of solo gems along with Sex Pistols & Rich Kids classics. Solo tracks including "Rattle Your Cage" and "Born Running" sound as fab as ever , and the final song of Pistols anthem "Pretty Vacant" got everyone dancing front of stage. An excellent show. Full setlist played by GLEN MATLOCK BAND tonight... Rattle Your Cage Burning Sounds (Rich Kids song) Magic Carpet Ride Who's Side Are You On ? God Save the Queen (Sex Pistols song) (dedicated to John Lydon) Hook In You Blank Generation (Richard Hell & the Voidoids cover) Ghosts of Princes in Towers (Rich Kids song) Consequences Coming Can't Be Myself With You Head On A Stick (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone (Paul Revere and the Raiders cover) Born Running Pretty Vacant (Sex Pistols song) There was a midnight curfew, so no time for an encore of the planned "All or Nothing" as all the earlier bands earlier had delayed stage times. -------------------------------------- -------------------------------------- Friday 16 September 2022. It has taken 50 years for the debut album by MISTY to finally be released. The album is released on 16th September by Cherry Red Records on their Grapefruit label. In October 1969, King Crimson released their debut, In The Court Of The Crimson King, Pink Floyd unleashed Ummagumma and Led Zeppelin put out their second LP. At the same time, Misty were in Londonís Regent Sounds Studio recording what turned out to be the only album of their career with producer, Adrian Ibbetson, who had cut his teeth as an engineer working with everyone from the Beatles to the Equals. After only a handful of gigs, Misty signed a deal with Parlophone and began to gather momentum with the release of their debut single Hot Cinnamon. Although they received a lot of airplay, the single failed to chart and the bandís hopes of releasing their debut album were dashed. Reluctantly, Misty went their separate ways and the Here Again album mastertapes sat gathering dust on a shelf until original keyboard player Michael Gelardi came across the original acetate and decided it was time for the album to finally see the light of day. Bridging late psych and early prog, songs like Life Has Just Begun, Witness For The Prosecution and the title track were played with a perfect mix of high-flying experimentation and virtuosic musicianship. Blurring the fine lines between rock, jazz, classical and chamber pop, Here Again is a transcendent kaleidoscope of colour that is beyond definition. Maybe you can tell an album is truly timeless when it takes half a century for it to be properly appreciated. Misty were a rare bird, a brilliant, truly original band who should have left an indelible mark instead of joining what now seems like the never- ending line of half-remembered and long-forgotten flotsam and jetsam of the psychedelic era. The band duly went their separate ways and now after a brief hiatus of 52 years, Grapefruit is proud to host the first-ever release of the Misty album, a 13-track set that fuses classic three-minute songwriting with an organ-based late psychedelic/early progressive rock sound, firmly in the tradition of classically-informed bands like Procol Harum and The Nice. Augmented by the audio content of that 15-minute television showcase, a 4000 word sleeve-note about Mistyís hitherto-undocumented existence together with photos, memorabilia and quotes from band members. Another dropped stitch in the tapestry of late 60s/early 70s British psychedelic and progressive rock. www.cherryred.co.uk - Buy here for £12.99 ------------------