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Saturday 10 December 2022.

Saturday 10 December 2022. World Cup 2022 Quarter-Final Megaclash. ENGLAND 1 FRANCE 2 ...live on ITV 7pm... Harry Kane missed a penalty near the end, to draw the levels level, so England go home. Over 20 million folks are expected to watch it on tv screens and big screens around the country. Englandís next World Cup match clashes with some huge gigs taking place in Manchester. Thankfully, fans with tickets for either Blossoms (Manchester Apollo) or Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott (Manchester Arena) will now be able to watch the game in a massive setting. Arrangements have been made to show the quarter final game at the AO Arena and at the O2 Apollo Ė and Paul Heatonís evenrd gone a step further for fans who donít actually like football....give them free mulled wine. The support acts for both shows have have agreed to go on early, and finish before the match starts. --------------------------------------- --------------------------------------- Saturday 10 December 2022. KISS to play a UK show at a very random venue? The local paper in Plymouth says KISS will be playing Plymouth Argyle football ground on 03 June. This date would fit in nicely at the start of their European Tour. It has not been confirmed by the KISS website, but is certainly one to keep an eye on. --------------------------------- --------------------------------- Hard to believe it is 15 years ago today i went to this special one-off show. 10 Dec 2007.Led Zeppelin + guests live at The 02 Arena,London. 20 million people from around the world applied for tickets. Well in terms of live music events it does not get much bigger than this. Rock legends Led Zeppelin perform their first full show for some 27 years.(I had seen Led Zep at Earls Court in the 1970s).Its a tribute night for Atlantic Records boss Ahmet Ertegan who died last year.Tickets for this show are going for silly money on touting websites even though promoters did their best with id checks and wristbands.The evening starts with Harvey Goldsmith giving a speech then Keith Emerson(ELP) Alan White(Yes),Chris Squire(Yes) and Simon Kirke(Bad Company) play "Fanfare For The Common Man" with Bill Wymans Rhythm Kings who are the house band for the support acts.Paulo Nutini and Maggie Bell sing a couple of tunes before Paul Rodgers belts out "All Right Now" and "Seagull".Then Foreigner sing " I Want To Know What Love Is" then an interval where they showed some footage of Ahmet Ertegan. Needless to say the venue erupted when Led Zep quietly took to the stage to play a stunning 2 hours 10 mins set.After 6 weeks of rehearsals they were tight and the overall sound was spot on.Opening with "Good Times Bad Times" then "Ramble On" the quality of Robert Plants vocals and Jimmy Pages guitar were perfect."Black Dog" and "No Quarter" rocked before the slower blues of "Since Ive Been Loving You".The second half of the show was incredible as Jimmy Page brought out his violin bow for "Dazed And Confused" as he was boxed in by green lasers.The intro to "Stairway To Heaven" brought more wild cheers. The set finished with brilliant versions of "Kashmir" before encores of "Whole Lotta Love" and "Rock And Roll". A stunning show that really did live up to all the hype.Check this out for the massive rock star turnout who were sitting very near me . I saw Paul McCartney, Liam and Noel from Oasis,Marilyn Manson,Jeff Beck,Vic Reeves,John Sessions,Brian May,Chad from RHCP,Joe Elliot(Def Leppard),Bob Geldof,Juliette Lewis,Dave Mustaine(Megadeth),the singer from The Hives,Mike Rutherford(Genesis),Dave Grohl(Foo Fighters),David Gilmour(Pink Floyd)and there were a few more i did not see inc Mick Jagger,Priscilla Presley. --------------------------------- --------------------------------- Friday 09 December 2022. SCOUTING FOR GIRLS live at Shepherds Bush Empire. They had four Top 10 singles in the UK, including a number one in 2010 with "This Ain't A Love Song". Many of the their pop songs are about girls. I saw them a couple of times a decade ago, when they were a support at a festival and when The Hard Rock Cafe in London had regular gigs every month hosted by Virgin Radio and Q Magazine. ------- The venue is fully rammed sold out tonight, with a 75% per cent female crowd as expected. CHARLIE STARMER-SMITH & band arrived on stage at 7.30pm for their 30 mins set. His surname may sound familiar?....his dad Nigel was a well known Rugby commentator. Charlie recorded his album at Abbey Road studios and it includes a track called "Spotlight", which highlights the terrifying speed with which dementia stole his father away. DANIEL McCARTHY & band arrived on stage at 8.15pm for their 30 mins set. Another act with some simple catchy pop songs, and they played a nice cover of Coldplay "Fix You". SCOUTING FOR GIRLS arrived on stage at 9pm for their 85 mins set. They must be just a pop band, but the atmosphere when the band come on is fantastic. All the upstairs seating levels are standing up , and the females are singing loudly along to every song. A good show. Highlights included... Wish I Was James Bond It's Not About You Heartbeat Famous (Roy performed from the Level 1 balcony with a selfie stick) I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Whitney Houston cover) This Ain't a Love Song Elvis Ain't Dead / including snippet of Can't Help Falling in Love cover Encore: Christmas in the Air (Tonight) ( complete with Christmas tree and fake snow) She's So Lovely