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Wednesday 30 November 2022.

Wednesday 30 November 2022. Shock news to hear of the death of CHRISTINE McVIE from Fleetwood Mac. Lucky to have seen Fleetwood Mac several times , without and with Christine. I have put a nice photo on Facebook of Christine with me at an event from a few years ago. --------------------------------------- --------------------------------------- Wednesday 30 November 2022. Christmas drinks reunion with my old work chums in Wimbledon. We have met up here every year for many years now. Many of us took nearly voluntary retirement when it was offered. I did not go last year as same night as DAVE GAHAN at Shepherds Bush Empire. Around 15 of us here. Hard to believe that nobody here is aged under 60, and a few are in their 70s. A great evening that brought back fond memories of the decades we spent together. -------------------------------------- -------------------------------------- Tuesday 29 November 2022. POWERWOLF live at The Roundhouse. German power metal band POWERWOLF headline the Roundhouse as part of their “Wolfsnächte” European tour in support of their recent album release. Fans can expect not only brand new heavy metal anthems, but also the biggest and most epic production POWERWOLF has brought to stage thus far. This sold out show in advance is the only UK appearance on their European Tour. ----------- WARKINGS arrived on stage at 7.50pm for their 40 mins set. Warkings is a German, Swiss, Austrian power metal band. Since their inception in 2018 they've released a total of two studio albums, including Reborn, (2018), and Revenge, (2020). Their lyrical themes revolve around ancient warfare, battles, and warriors, and their music videos brings to life images of Viking, Roman, and Spartan warriors. They have male and female vocals, and a decent set of songs. POWERWOLF arrived on stage at 9.05pm for their 1 hour 45 mins set. The band have certainly brought a mega arena production to the Roundhouse. A sold out show but 3100 venue capacity is reduced to 2700 due to the increased size of the front stage pit, as they have a full range of pyros all across the front of the stage. You can feel the heat from the flames , that are fired up every two or three songs. They have certainly taken some tips from a Rammstein show. They have the flames, the fireworks, the robed costumes, the face-paint...and even some fake snow. Essentially Powerwolf are a Gothic comedy routine with added songs. All this adds up to one of the most entertaining live shows you will ever see.The continuous call and response give the game away, as this is a pure and utter pantomime. Brilliantly choreographed and stonkingly fun but still pantomime. This crowd adore this power metal band, with subtle song titles like ‘Demons are a Girl’s Best Friend’ and ‘We Drink Your Blood’. They also have half a dozen monks come on stage to juggle some fire sticks. Mainly English lyrics too, with just a couple in German......a great show. Full POWERWOLF setlist played tonight... Faster Than the Flame Incense & Iron Cardinal Sin Amen & Attack Dancing With the Dead Armata Strigoi Beast of Gévaudan Stossgebet Demons Are a Girl's Best Friend Fire and Forgive Where the Wild Wolves Have Gone Sainted by the Storm Army of the Night Blood for Blood (Faoladh) Let There Be Night Encore: Tape - Agnus Dei Sanctified With Dynamite We Drink Your Blood Werewolves of Armeni Tape - Wolves Against the World ------------------------------------- ------------------------------------- Monday 28 November 2022. MICHAEL GIRA live at St John Church, Hackney. Michael Gira (now aged 68) is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, author and artist. He is the main force behind the New York City musical group Swans and fronted Angels of Light. He is also the founder of Young God Records. Michael Gira formed Swans back in 1982. One of those bands that tick along nicely doing their own thing, without massive commercial success. ---------- I have been to this lovely converted church venue a few times before. It is very modern inside, with perfect acoustics, and should be used more often for gigs. CLIFF RICHARD filmed his Christmas video for his single here last week. Only 400 or 500 tickets sold , which is only around 25% of the venue capacity. KRISTOF HAHN arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 40 mins. Both acts performed in front of two Christmas Trees full of lights. Support act is also a current member of SWANS. A mellow crowd who politely listen to the noise rock coming from the stage. MICHAEL GIRA arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 85 mins. Michael Gira and his music is certainly not for everyone. Gloomy , dark vocals over loud repetitive sonic experimental sounds. Many of the songs are spoken word lyrics. An interesting show, that was more for a hardcore fan than any casual gig-goer. The merch desk said Michael Gira would be signing straight after the show, and maybe 25% of the crowd queue to buy some nice vinyl and posters.