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Friday 16 December 2022.

Thursday 15 December 2022....I went to two events tonight. 12.45pm to 7pm. JACKIE ST CLAIR and Husband Carl - Christmas Lunch Party - Holland Park, London W14. Ex Page 3 girl from the 1980s/1990s and husband are hosting in their stunning house. There is a photo on the mantelpiece of Jackie with PRINCE , when they were out together. Guests included ED BICKNELL (ex manager of Dire Straits and many others), LIZZIE CUNDY in a saucy Santa outfit, JO WOOD (ex wife of Ronnie Wood), MICHAEL GELARDI who finally put out his 1969 album by his group Misty a few months ago on Cherry Red Records. SUSAN BLACK who performs as a Edith Piaf tribute. Also NICK COWELL (brother of Simon Cowell). After dinner at 4pm we had some fake snow falling in the garden , then Tony Moore got out his acoustic guitar and played a nice medley of 1960 hits and the Cutting Crew big hit "I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight". TONY MOORE is an English singer-songwriter, musician, radio presenter and music promoter. He was also a member of Iron Maiden. He first became famous in 1986 as keyboard player with the band Cutting Crew. Champers, Negronis and full bar all throughout the six hours. Lunch was canapes , a delicious Christmas dinner with all the trimmings and tiramisu dessert. All 20 guests on a huge long table. After 4pm another 20 guests turned up for afternoon tea - canapes, sandwiches, different desserts. Such a lovely afternoon. www.jackie-stclair.com - Visit Jackies website here. then..... RICK ASTLEY'S SWINGING CHRISTMAS live at The Royal Albert Hall. Rick Astley plays the first of two shows at this iconic venue. Multi-million selling global star Rick Astley returns to the Royal Albert Hall this December for a special big band concert, performing swing and festive classics. Rick Astley’s Swinging Christmas follows one of his big passions, the golden age of big band and swing. These exclusive shows will see Rick perform in the Hall’s stunning historic auditorium, synonymous for big band performances. “I love singing these old classics and I cannot wait to see you there!” – Rick Astley What better way to get into the festive spirit than a true celebration of Rick’s love of music, the roaring swing sound, classic tracks and many more. I have Rick a few times on stage, with the first time in 1987 , for a recording of Top Of The Pops and in 2021 i saw him play a great show where he sung The Smiths songs backed by The Blossoms. ------------------ Corners of the circle are unsold, but otherwise the venue is full. RICK ASTLEY on stage for 1 hour 50 mins...two sets of 50 mins and 60 mins. He is backed by a band and orchestra totalling around 50 musicians on stage. Rick is wearing a dickie-bow and a sharp suit. Lots of gentle swaying in the crowd for his covers of swing songs and Christmas songs. Of course he had to play his mega worldwide hit "Never Gonna Give You Up", which got all the crowd up and dancing. An enjoyable show. FIRST SET Come Fly With Me Cheek to Cheek The Way You Look Tonight Strangers in the Night Winter Wonderland I've Got You Under My Skin The Lady is a Tramp As Time Goes By When I Fall in Love Santa Claus is Coming to Town Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Luck be a Lady SECOND SET You Make me Feel so Young Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words) Love This Christmas Let it Snow Let it Snow Some Enchanted Evening 'Swonderful How About You The Christmas Son This Christmas You're Nobody 'til Somebody Loves You I Get a Kick Out of You Never Gonna Give You Up ( his big number one hit) White Christmas -------------------------------------- -------------------------------------- Wednesday 14 December 2022. LOUIS TOMLINSON live at Shepherds Bush Empire. The ex One Direction member turned solo star will play a one-off European show to celebrate his recent number one album, 'Faith In The Future'. The show sold out pronto on the first day of sale. He returns to Europe for a full arena tour in 2023 , which includes headlining The 02 Arena. 19 Nov update....Both albums were released on the same day, but Louis beats Bruce Springsteen. Louis Tomlinson celebrates his first solo Number 1 album with "Faith In The Future", following a week-long battle with ‘The Boss’ having to settle for second place. Louis did a couple of low key warm-up gigs at Pryzm , Kingston on the two days before this gig. ------------------- Needless to say that it is a 95 % female crowd tonight. His loyal fans queuing up in the afternoon, in the freezing weather, to get front stalls views. Any men are probably dads or boyfriends dragged along, or on the guest list. Support act ANDREW CUSHIN and his band arrived on stage at 8pm for 30 mins. Rapidly-rising singer-songwriter Andrew Cushin has signed a record deal with the Strap Originals label, which happens to be owned by Libertines legend Pete Doherty. He has recorded brand new tracks in the Libertines' very own Albion Rooms Studios in Margate. Before that he brought out a developement single on Virgin Records with the help of Noel Gallagher. The girls are screaming at him , even though I am pretty sure they don't know his pop tracks. LOUIS TOMLINSON arrived on stage at 9.20pm for his 60 mins set. The entire venue is up and singing loudly along to every song, and from the very start it is fan hysteria. After wrapping up his first 81-date world tour across five continents in September, tonights setting was far more intimate than what the Doncaster-born star has been used to recently. Welcomed by a room full of screams and handmade signs, Tomlinson kicked off his 12-song set with “The Greatest,” he always envisioned as a show opener during the creative process of his record. Keeping with the high energy, Tomlinson dived straight into “Kill My Mind” before singing the Arctic Monkeys-infused “Written All Over Your Face,” an obvious career highlight and a smash hit waiting to happen. Out of all the One Direction songs Tomlinson could have sang, it was the heartfelt “Night Changes” he chose to put his own spin on. Vamped up with a full band production, his solo version was another reminder as to why “Night Changes” remains top tier. As the show continued, Tomlinson made sure to slow down the pace with the mellow “That’s the Way Love Goes” before closing with “Saturday's". Constant crowd chants of his track "Angels Fly" will have to wait until the 2023 arena tour. Louis has a great connection with his fans, and talks to them before every song. The show was filmed by a camera crew. An enjoyable show. Full LOUIS TOMLINSON setlist played tonight... The Greatest Kill My Mind Written All Over Your Face We Made It Bigger Than Me Night Changes (One Direction song) Copy of a Copy of a Copy Out of My System Walls That's the Way Love Goes Silver Tongues Encore: Saturdays