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Wednesday 12 October 2022.

Wednesday 12 October 2022. In celebration of National Album Day, they have released a nice list of the Top Selling UK Debut Albums. 1.Bat Out Of Hell - Meat Loaf (1977) 2.Back To Bedlam - James Blunt (2004) 3.Spirit - Leona Lewis (2007) 4.The Fame - Lady Gaga (2008) 5.No Angel - Dido (1999) 6.Spice - Spice Girls (1996) 7.Hopes And Fears - Keane (2004) 8.Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morissette (1994) 9.In The Lonely Hour - Sam Smith (2014) 10.Parachutes - Coldplay (2000) 11.Tubular Bells - Mike Oldfield (1973) 12.Scissor Sisters - Scissor Sisters (2004) 13.Tracy Chapman - Tracy Chapman (1988) 14.+ - Ed Sheeran (2011) 15.Come Away With Me - Norah Jones (2002) 16.19 - Adele (2008) 17.Appetite for Destruction - Guns N’ Roses (1987) 18.Our Version of Events - Emeli Sandé (2012) 19.Definitely Maybe - Oasis (1994) 20.Hot Fuss - The Killers (2004) ----------------------------------- ----------------------------------- Tuesday 11 October 2022. GODSMACK + THE RAVEN AGE live at The Roundhouse. Heavy Rock band GODSMACK are a massive act back home in America. They have released eight albums since 1997, and three of those were number-one albums (Faceless, IV, and The Oracle) on the Billboard 200 chart....Godsmack have sold over 12 million albums worldwide... Oddly, none of their albums have made it into the UK Top 40 charts. I saw them back in 1999, when they supported MEGADETH at The Forum. On Saturday 01 Oct i noticed a huge billboard poster for this one show. It is on the wall between Camden Road tube station and The Electric Ballroom. Support band THE RAVEN AGE are an English heavy metal band formed in London in 2009 by guitarists Dan Wright and George Harris (son of Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris). They have released two albums and two extended plays. ------------------- Not sold out tonight, but the venue is pretty full. Easy to get near the front of stage side standing tonight, so looking at stage left, i saw a guy in the front row in a wheelchair with his Mrs, and he stayed there the entire night. THE RAVEN AGE arrived on stage at 8pm for their 30 mins set. A decent set of more metal than classic rock tracks. During the interval Godsmack put up a huge curtain that hangs over the stage pit, and covers their huge amount of stage equipment they have brought over from the States. GODSMACK arrived on stage at 9.05pm for their 1 hour 40 mins set. "We Will Rock You" is their intro song as their images come up on the stage curtain. Multi-platinum, record-breaking rockers from Boston. The band are one of the biggest rock acts in the US, delivering a series of number one, platinum and gold certified albums, dominating radio airwaves and selling out arenas across the States. The band are meticulously rehearsed and the singer says all the right things to the crowd. Getting wasted on Tequila seemed his drink of choice, as he kept talking about it. You can hear all the lyrics as the sound was perfect , and the crowd sing loudly along to them. A highlight during the show was a stunning drum solo battle that went on for several minutes. A second drum kit comes out of nowhere , that is hidden by black curtains side of stage. Then by magic, or remote control the main drum kit and the second drum kit move on their own to the centre of the stage and turn around 360 degrees while the drummers are playing. The two drumming were the drummer and the singer...worth look at this on YouTube from previous gigs... A very enjoyable show. Full GODSMACK setlist played tonight.... Intro song Queen "We Will Rock You" (Queen song) (Mega mix) When Legends Rise Keep Away Cryin' Like a Bitch!! Unforgettable Awake 1000hp Something Different Speak Voodoo Batalla de los tambores ( drum battle) Surrender Whatever Encore: Under Your Scars Bulletproof I Stand Alone ----------------------------------- ----------------------------------- Monday 10 October 2022...7pm to 10pm... PHILLIPS - FRIEZE ART PARTY - 30 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London W1. Phillips are showcasing their 20th Century & Contemporary Art. Around 200 guests at this huge gallery space,that is over two levels. A female DJ is playing tunes gently at the start, then got louder later. Lots of complimentary drinks and food throughout the evening, including two different cocktails, wines, beers, hot & canapes including BBQ chicken skewers, sushi, along with vanilla and chocolate Mochi ice-cream rolls. ---------- SEX PISTOLS items from their 1970s punk heyday are still attracting very high prices. Sotheby's are holding an online auction from 10 Oct to 21 Oct for this amazing collection. The Sex Pistols: The Stolper-Wilson Collection All the very rare items can be viewed via their website along with guide prices. ---------- Prog rock legends YES - The UK Relayer Tour dates for 2023 are as follows: Saturday 10 June Birmingham Symphony Hall Sunday 11 June Southend Cliffs Pavilion Monday 12 June York Barbican Wednesday 14 June Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Thursday 15 June Gateshead The Sage Friday 16 June Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Saturday 18 June Manchester Bridgewater Hall Tuesday 20 June London Eventim Apollo Tickets from Yesworld.com, Bookingsdirect.com and all usual outlets. About YES.... Steve Howe: guitars, backing vocals (1970 –1981, 1990–1992, 1995–present) Geoff Downes: keyboards (1980–1981, 2011–present) Jon Davison: lead vocals, acoustic guitar (2012–present) Billy Sherwood: guitar, backing vocals ((1994, 1997–2000), bass guitar, backing vocals (2015–present) Jay Schellen: drums and percussion