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Monday 14 November 2022.

Monday 14 November 2022. Tonight was my first evening indoors for three weeks. Normal service will resume Tuesday. ------------------------------------- ------------------------------------- Sunday 13 November 2022. BRETT YOUNG live at Shepherds Bush Empire. America country-pop singer plays a sold out London show. He has released three studio albums. --------- Lots of females here in cowboy boots/boots, and several wearing cowboy hats. Support act CALISSTA CLARK is an American singer-sonwriter aged just 19 She signed with Big Machine Records at the very young age of 15. She played decent tracks from her debut album, in her 30 mins set. BRETT YOUNG & band arrived on stage at 8.50pm for a 90 mins set. The first third of the show had some good catchy country-pop songs. The second third of the show was just a bit too Westlife , as he went semi-acoustic and acoustic, with a bunch of lovey dovey songs that just lowered the atmosphere. Even Brett said " this is when we have a nap during the show". The rest of the show didn't really get back up to speed , and for the final encore the vocals cut out, and the show finished on a bit of a damp squid. -------------------------------------- -------------------------------------- Saturday 12 November 2022. SNOG live at The Cart & Horses, Stratford , London E15. What a great name for a KISS tribute band...tix only 8 in advance. During covid , the venue has built a 80 capacity live music venue in the basement. This pub upstairs has Iron Maiden memorabilia all around ,as the band played many shows here in 1976 when they first started with their original singer. Support comes from THE EDIT. ---------- Nice to be at this proper rock music pub...we could do with a few more like this. Needless to say they sell Iron Maiden trooper beer here. In the basement , is the new stage with its own very nice lightshow. THE EDIT arrived on stage at 8.05pm and played for 45 mins. The played a good set of rock, new wave and a bit of reggae too. Highlights were a great track called "Dodgy People" and a cover of Ozzys "Crazy Train". SNOG arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 1 hour 50 mins. They played a fantastic set full of non-stop KISS classics. They have the costumes, make-up , ticker-tape and smoke machine's but no pyros as health & safety regulations would not allow that in an enclosed basement area space. The singer has his Paul Stanley type stage banter down perfect. The overall sound was amazing throughout. At the end of the show, the singer said "Tonight you have been thoroughly SNOGGED". An excellent show, and is a must see for all KISS fans. I have put a few photos from the gig up on my Facebook page. They play The Cavern, Raynes Park on 03 Dec 2022. Full SNOG setlist played tonight... Deuce Crazy Crazy Nights Shout It Out Loud Strutter Tears Are Falling Shock Me Heaven's On Fire Firehouse 100,000 Years Detroit Rock City Cold Gin Love Gun God Of Thunder Black Diamond Lick It Up ( singer walks through the crowd while still playing guitar) Let Me Go, Rock N Roll I Was Made For Lovin' You Rock and Roll All Nite God Gave Rock N Roll To You Encore : Calling Dr Love ----------------------------------- ----------------------------------- Friday 11 November 2022. AUSTRALIAN PINK FLOYD SHOW live at Hammersmith Apollo. Top notch Pink Floyd tribute show are playing an extensive 31 date UK tour. I have seen them several times before...they have great quality sound and visuals. I first saw them back in 1993, and i have even seen them headline The Royal Albert Hall. Since forming in 1988, they have sold over 4 million tickets in 35 countries. I saw the real Pink Floyd at Wembley Arena in 1977, but wasn't really a big fan then. I saw them at Earls Court Arena in 1994 , which was excellent. I also went to their legendary mega four song reunion show at Hyde Park in 2005, along with the four song rehearsal the day before along with Madonna , for just 300 people. I have also seen solo project shows by David Gilmour, Roger Waters and Nick Mason. ---------- Outside the venue the band had two beautiful double decker tour buses from Phoenix-Bussing. The show is stalls seated and is a near sell-out ,so over 3000 tickets sold, so it's a good indication how much in high regard the Pink Floyd hardcore fans think of them. The show is on for 2 hours 10 mins over two sets of 60 mins and 70 mins. It was a fantastic show of Pink Floyd greatest hits. As a tribute band, there is no better. They take painstaking care to ensure that every detail from Floyd's recordings is revived and relived. Their attention to detail and reproduction of each track was meticulous. They had all the elements of a Floyd show, with the big circular screen playing images, superb lights and lasers, top notch sound, inflatables and fantastic female backing singers. A great show. Full setlist played tonight... SET ONE Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V) Learning to Fly Time Breathe (Reprise) The Great Gig in the Sky Money Welcome to the Machine On the Turning Away The Happiest Days of Our Lives Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2 SET TWO In the Flesh See Emily Play Pigs (Three Different Ones) Mother Wish You Were Here Coming Back to Life High Hopes One of These Days Run Like Hell Encore: Comfortably Numb