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Thursday 03 November 2022.

Thursday 03 November 2022. THE RASMUS live at The Forum. Finnish rock band who have released 10 studio albums. I saw them play the once before back in 2004. They had their two biggest hits in 2004, in the UK. "In The Shadows" reached number 3, and "Guilty" reached number 15. Their album from 2004, "Dead Letters" reached number 10 in the UK. They have gone off the radar a bit since then. This show is the last one on their UK & European Tour. -------------- Not sold out, but pretty full here tonight. Lots of Finnish accents in the crowd. THE RASMUS arrived on stage at 9pm for their 95 mins set. They were never as cool as other Finnish acts, like Hanoi Rocks or Michael Monroe. Lots of lights , including lots of strobe lighting. The fans seems to know all the songs played tonight. Highlights included the two hit singles, but other tracks felt a bit average and a cover of "Ghostbusters" theme seemed pointless. A pretty average show overall. --------------------------------------- --------------------------------------- Thursday 03 November 2022. My GLEN MATLOCK BAND review from Tuesday is now up on www.sex-pistols.net It has also a couple of the photos i took on the night. www.sex-pistols.net has now passed 14 million views. ------------------------------------------ ------------------------------------------ Wednesday 02 November 2022. SUGABABES live at Hammersmith Apollo. Mutya, Keisha and Siobhan reunite for their first headline tour in over 10 years. SUGABABES had 18 x Top 10 hits in the UK, including 6 number ones. -------- Their UK tour comes three years after the pop trio finally reclaimed their original name and almost ten years after releasing new music under MKS, back in 2013. Over the last 21 years, there have been four iterations of the Sugababes, but this latest reunion just feels right. You kinda sometimes forgot how popular some acts were. Tonight is totally rammed sold out, and there is a fantastic atmosphere from a crowd made up of mainly from the LGBT+ community and groups of females. SUGABABES arrived on stage at 9.10pm for their 80 mins set. Straight into a mega "Push The Button" and it's full on pop party , as the hits rolled in. A dazzling light show and a disco ball were here, even though the dance routines were a bit basic. So many catchy hits had the crowd in raptures , throughout the show. Tracks "Ugly" and "Stronger" were top notch, even though they never topped the charts. The Gary Numan sample throughout "Freak Like Me" was superb. We had some ticker-tape confetti near the end of the show. Last three songs of the evening were all number ones, and sent the crowd home very happy. A great show, that was much better than expected. Full SUGABABES setlist played tonight.... Push the Button (number one in 2002) Red Dress Hole in the Head (number one in 2003) Too Lost in You Flatline (Mutya Keisha Siobhan cover) 2 Hearts Today (Mutya Keisha Siobhan cover) Ugly Love Me Hard ( Keisha Siobhan cover) Stronger Overload Flowers (Sweet Female Attitude cover) Round Round (number one in 2002) Freak Like Me (Adina Howard cover) (number one in 2002) Encore: About You Now (number one in 2007) __________________________________________________________________________ Wed 02 Nov -- Prog legend KIETH EMERSON book release...via www.keithemersonbook.com The lavish, fully illustrated book in which family, friends, colleagues, and fans talk about the life, work and legacy of Keith Emerson will be widely available on what would have been Keith’s 78th birthday. There are two deluxe editions – the Classic, and the Signature which is signed by author Chris Welch and Aaron Emerson and comes with an exclusive art print portrait of Keith, a CD of an unheard interview, and sheet music of the very first piece of music composed by the then twelve-year-old Keith, titled “Quatermass Boogie Woogie. ------------------------------------- ------------------------------------- Tuesday 01 November 2022...I went to two events tonight... 6pm to 7pm IF ONLY THESE WALLS CAN TALK - private view - 27 Cork Street Gallery , Mayfair, London W1. A very upmarket art crowd here , with many of the women in very glamourous outfits. The Standard showbiz photographer DAVE BENETT is here taking photos. Performance artist PANDEMONIA was here - 6' 6" tall head to toe , in bright latex. As usual many of the crowd wanted a photo with her. One room is full of erotic images on the walls, with ladies in lingerie. Complimentary Nicolas Courtin champers,wines and macaroons for the guests. then 7.15pm to 11pm THE LOWER THIRD - launch party - 26 Denmark Street, London WC2. London’s 12 Bar Club opens under a new name, The Lower Third, in The Outernet complex. The landmark venue on Denmark Street, which closed for redevelopment in 2015, was renowned for hosting early shows for acts who went on to reach stardom including Adele, Regina Spektor and Jeff Buckley. Its location in the nicknamed “Tin Pan Alley” of London was at the heart of much British musical history. David Bowie famously hung out on Denmark Street in the ’60s, and The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, the Sex Pistols and Elton John all recorded or rehearsed their early works at recording studios on the street. NME‘s offices were formerly located there. The venue has a capacity of 250 , and maybe 150 are here tonight including RUSTY EGAN and MICK TALBOT. It is quite fitting that a Sex Pistol is performing at the launch event. At 7.40pm GLEN MATLOCK BAND played a great 60 mins set. First show for years that i have seen a keyboard player in Glens band, which sounded really good. Easy to get a nice close-up position near the stage, to take a few photos. An excellent set as the band were all on top form. Full GLEN MATLOCK setlist played tonight... Rattle Your Cage Who's Side Are You On ? Magic Carpet Ride Hook In You Ghosts of Princes in Towers (Rich Kids song) Blank Generation (Richard Hell & the Voidoids cover) Consequences Coming Couldn't Give A Damn Head On A Stick Can't Be Myself Born Running (Glen Matlock & the Philistines song) Pretty Vacant (Sex Pistols song) Encore: All or Nothing (Small Faces cover) Complimentary bar all night (except champers) so a good time to get stuck into some JD & cokes. A great band , in a great new Central London club venue, supporting emerging talent. --------------------------------- --------------------------------- THE CURLING CLUB @ The Southbank. I couldn't get along for the launch of this venue, as it clashed with the above events. Try a weird, wonderful winter sport in an awesome alpine setting. Gather your friends and loved ones to find out whose curling skills are on point, and power your night with wintery cocktails and delicious food. This alpine-themed curling pop-up is a seriously slick way to glide into the spirit of winter. Combining casual curling with seasonal cocktails, indulgent food and festive music, The Curling Club delivers fun après ski vibes with a light dusting of competition. See you on the ice! Book now Opening times Tuesday 1 November 2022 – Tuesday 3 January 2023 Monday – Sunday, 11am – 11pm Location The Builder’s Yard, under Hungerford Bridge