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Monday 21 November 2022.

Sunday 20 November 2022. BRET McKENSIE live at Shepherds Bush Empire...no support act at this show. Bret McKenzie (age 46 ) is a New Zealand musician, comedian, music supervisor, and former actor. He is best known as one half of musical comedy duo Flight of the Conchords along with Jemaine Clement. In the 2000s, the duo's comedy and music became the basis of a BBC radio series and then an oft-lauded American television series, which aired for two seasons on HBO. He released his debut album "Songs Without Jokes" in August 2022. --------- Stalls seated tonight, and Level 3 closed as unsold. BRET McKENSIE & band on stage for 1 hour 50 mins over two sets of 60 mins and 50 mins. Nine on stage including trumpet, sax and two female backing singers. As expected it was some decent laid back piano and horn based tunes, along with dashes of comedy. A highlight was in the second half when he asked the audience "who has just started a relationship?". A guy named Joe was picked to talk about his girlfriend Nora from Sweden / Albania. Pretty neat that Bret took the info and wrote a full funky song on the spot. Conchords gem "The Most Beautiful Girl (in the room) " was good. The encore included a girl picked from the audience, to play some tamborine. For a tour named "Songs Without Jokes", there were plenty of laughs had and in the relaxed atmosphere of London town, it’s pretty safe to say that the audience left feeling they’d had a lot of fun. A decent enough good show. --------------------------------- --------------------------------- Saturday 19 November 2022. Manchester Legends Tribute Band Evening live at Shepherds Bush Empire. Levels 2 and 3 are closed tonight, but must be still around 1200 folks here. This was a very lively drinking crowd evening , just like when i saw this package a few years ago. Some folks hate the idea of going to see tribute bands, but some tributes are top notch. There really are plenty of good tribute bands playing out there. So many great songs played by the three acts tonight, made it a top night. THE SMITHS LTD arrived on stage at 7pm and played for 50 mins. The singer looks, acts and sings a bit like Morrissey , and they play all those gems like "Panic", "How Soon Is Now" and "What Difference Does It Make". OASISH arrived on stage at 8.15pm and played for 60 mins. A greatest hits set , that had all the crowd singing along loudly. Full OASISH setlist played tonight... Rock 'n' Roll Star Some Might Say Cigarettes & Alcohol Little by Little Half the World Away Stop Crying Your Heart Out Morning Glory Don't Look Back in Anger Wonderwall Live Forever Champagne Supernova THE CLONE ROSES arrived on stage at 9.40pm and played for 80 mins. Compared to Oasis, you kinda forget how many great songs that The Stone Roses have. The crowd soon got much livelier than the other bands as the dance rock of The Stone Roses got the crowd dancing and moshing wildly by the last few songs came along. Full CLONE ROSES setlist played tonight... I Wanna Be Adored Elephant Stone Mersey Paradise Sally Cinnamon (Song for My) Sugar Spun Sister Ten Storey Love Song Where Angels Play Shoot You Down Bye Bye Bad Man Waterfall Fools gold Love Spreads Made of Stone She Bangs the Drums This Is the One I Am the Resurrection