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Tuesday 20 December 2022.

Tuesday 20 December 2022. THE HORNE SECTION END OF YEAR BASH is live at Shepherds Bush Empire. Alex Horne brings his current Channel 4 tv series to the stage. About The Horne Section... Alex is the creator and frontman of The Horne Section, a six-piece band of multitalented musicians who put a stupidly unique twist to musical comedy. Alex Horne Presents: The Horne Section played to sold-out audiences for five consecutive years at the Edinburgh Fringe and continued for three series as a BBC Radio 4 show. This led to The Horne Section Podcast, which reached number one in the iTunes charts on the first day of its release and regularly releases new episodes. The band has made several appearances on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (Channel 4) and is the only band ever to host Never Mind The Buzzcocks (BBC2). They are the house band on The Last Leg (Channel 4) and Peter Crouch: Save Our Summer (BBC One), which Alex also co-hosts. They starred in their own one-off special, The Horne Section Television Programme (Dave), in 2018. ----------- It is stalls seated tonight, and Levels 2 and 3 are unsold...maybe around 500 folks here. The show was on for 1 hour 40 mins over two sets of 45 mins and 55 mins. Alex Horne is backed by five musicians. It is a mix of comedy , jokey musical interludes and audience participation. The show ticked over ok, some funny bits and some not so funny bits. -------------------------------------- -------------------------------------- Monday 19 December 2022...I went to two events tonight... 6pm to 8.45pm FLANNELS - basement digital art showcase - 67 Oxford Street, London W1. Shop men's, women's and kids' luxury clothing, shoes and accessories from the most coveted designer brands at Flannels. FLANNELS new innovative phygital basement space, houses brand new state-of-the-art floor-to-ceiling digital screens, providing a unique interactive experience. A female DJ was playing atmospheric tracks in the background. Around 150 guests here enjoying complimentary spirits including JD n cokes, wines & beers. then...... THE PROFESSIONALS live at 229 Great Portland Street, London W1. A one-off Christmas show with this band that features Sex Pistol PAUL COOK on drums. I have seen Paul several times with The Professionals and some 29 times with The Sex Pistols. This is their first show with Alan McGee (Oasis ex manager and Creation Records etc) as their new manager. Tickets in advance are 20 plus 2 booking fee from seetickets....or 25 on the door. Exclusive news - GLEN MATLOCK to join The Professionals on stage for the first time ever. ------------------ The venue is pretty hot and humid inside , as it looked pretty much a full house for this Monday evening. Nice to see so many of my gig-going chums here. THE PROFESSIONALS arrived on stage at 9.25pm and played for 70 mins. The show was a great mix of their solo material and covers with special guests. GLEN MATLOCK and BILLY DUFFY both came on for some songs. A really great gig. Full PROFESSIONALS setlist played tonight... Easily Lead Just Another Dream Going Going Gone Spike Me Baby Silly Thing (Sex Pistols cover) (with Billy Duffy) Good Man Down (with Billy Duffy) Lonely Boy (with Billy Duffy) Hats Off M'Ashes 1-2-3 Kick Down the Doors Pretty Vacant (Sex Pistols cover) (with Glen Matlock) Problems (Sex Pistols cover) (with Glen Matlock) Encore: (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone (Paul Revere and the Raiders cover) A Merry Jingle (The Greedies cover) Note: Stepping Stone and A Merry Jingle with Glen Matlock, Billy Duffy, Rhoda Dakar and Hollie Cook. ------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------- Shock news that TERRY HALL (The Specials / Fun Boy Three) has passed away aged 63. I saw The Specials 10 times before he left to form Fun Boy Three. The Specials were such a great live band. The Clash Specials Camden Music Machine, London 24.07.1978 first of 4 sold out shows The Clash,Specials Camden Music Machine, London 25.07.1978 Damned,UK Subs,Specials Lyceum Theatre, London 08.04.1979 punk and ska 3 band bill Gang Of Four,Mekons,Specials Lyceum Theatre, London 27.05.1979 Specials,Madness,Selector,Modettes Electric Ballroom, London 21.07.1979 first major 2 tone ska gig in London Specials,Selecter,Dexys Midnight Runners Lyceum Theatre, London 25.11.1979 Specials,Selecter Lewisham Odeon, London 01.12.1979 The Who,Specials,Pretenders Hammersmith Odeon, London 28.12.1979 Charity Concert For Kampuchea Specials,Swinging Cats Hammersmith Palais , London 06.10.1980 Specials , Hope And Anchor Pub, London 31.10.1980 fantastic low key club show ....plus reunion shows with The Specials at Brixton Academy, Hammersmith Apollo and Royal Albert Hall and a solo show at ICA in London in 2014 during London Fashion Week.