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Saturday 05 November 2022.

Friday 04 November 2022. LIGHTNING SEEDS + BADLY DRAWN BOY play Shepherds Bush Empire. Lightning Seeds had 14 x Top 40 hits in the UK , including a number one with "Three Lions". Lightning Seeds release their first album in 13 years, ‘See You In The Stars’...new single ‘Sunshine’ Due for release on October 14, the album coincides with a new 14-date tour for the Autumn. Although Lightning Seeds’ 1996 football anthem ‘Three Lions’ with comedians David Baddiel and Frank Skinner has revisited the Top 40 singles chart four times in the last 13 years – reaching Number One in 2018 – ‘Sunshine’ is the first new Lightning Seeds song since their sixth album ‘Four Winds’ was released in 2009. I have seen Lightning Seeds a few times since 1997, when they headlined The Astoria. I have seen Badly Drawn Boy a few times since 2001 , when he headlined The Royal Albert Hall, after winning The Mercury Album Prize and NME voting him Best Solo Artist. -------------------- Level 3 is closed tonight, but all other levels look full. Another show here with at least 100 folks on the guest list. The only face I saw was legendary music pr BARBARA CHARONE from MBC PR. MBC was born on November 1, 2000. Within six months it became one of the country’s top music PR firms. The company was founded by joint directors Moira Bellas and Barbara Charone. Before that Barbara Charone was with WEA for 25 years. The current client roster includes: Madonna, Mark Ronson, Foo Fighters, Jake Bugg, Keith Richards, Rod Stewart, Dido, Tom Walker, Jack Savoretti, Olly Murs, Paloma Faith, Metallica, Imagine Dragons, Kasabian, Depeche Mode, Rag’n’Bone Man, Pearl Jam, Tom Chaplin, Ray Davies, Simply Red, Robert Plant, Elvis Costello, Rufus Wainwright, The Divine Comedy, OMD and Cage the Elephant. BADLY DRAWN BOY arrived on stage at 7.45pm for his 45 mins set. Badly Drawn Boy (aka Damon Gough) is still wearing his trademark beanie woolly hat. He sung his good songs , alternating him playing guitar and playing keyboards. He has gone off the radar recently , compared to how popular he was 20 years ago. Full BADLY DRAWN BOY setlist played tonight... A Journey From A to B This Is That New Song The Shining Something to Talk About All Possibilities (with snippet of Thinking of You by Sister Sledge) A Minor Incident Born in the U.K. You Were Right Once Around the Block Silent Sigh LIGHTNING SEEDS arrived on stage at 9pm for their 95 mins set. The band have eight rectangular screens showing digital images behind them. Liverpudlian Ian Broudie certainly knows how to write really good catchy pop tunes. Gems like "Lucky You" and "Perfect" were played in the first half of the set , and the last six songs of the evening starting with a cover of "Whole Wide World" and finishing with the mass singalong to football anthem "Three Lions" were excellent. A great show. Full LIGHTNING SEEDS setlist played tonight... Sunshine Ready or Not Change All I Want Lucky You Perfect Great To Be Alive Feeling Lazy Sense What If... Waiting for Today to Happen You Showed Me (The Byrds cover) Telling Tales Losing You Emily Smiles Whole Wide World (Wreckless Eric cover) Sugar Coated Iceberg Pure The Life of Riley Encore: Marvellous Three Lions --------------------- --------------------- COMPETITION TIME... Legendary metal band GWAR are releasing a 120 mins film on 24 Oct 2022. Contains a mixture of live footage and interviews....DVD (£15.99) and Blu-Ray (£19.99). They have been described as "there is no band like GWAR" , "shock rock legends" and " one of the sickest bands in the world". Gwar has been nominated for two Grammy Awards, but lost to Annie Lennox and Nine Inch Nails. I have two DVD or Blu-Ray's to give away. Question - in what year did GWAR release their debut album? Send your answer to ray@raysgigs.com before 26 Oct 2022. With your name and address and preferred choice of DVD or Blu-Ray. COMPETITION NOW CLOSED. Blu-Ray's on the way to...Ian in Wallington and John in Sunbury-on-Thames.