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Monday 09 January 2023.

Monday 09 January 2023. John Lydons PUBLIC IMAGE LIMITED (PIL) make an announcement today. This is certainly an odd one. PIL be competing to represent Ireland at Eurovision 2023 with their new single "Hawaii" - which is available on all digital platforms from today, Monday, January 9th. Download or Stream "Hawaii" now! A PiL song like no other. PiL will perform "Hawaii " on The Late Late Show from 9.30pm on 3rd February 2023 in order to complete for Eurovision. --------------------------------- --------------------------------- Sunday 08 January 2023. DAVID BOWIE would have been 76 today. I was lucky to have seen him over 20 times since May 1976 when he played Wembley Arena. I reviewed his Shepherds Bush Empire show for the local paper in August 1997. I got his autograph and a handshake when he did a signing at HMV in Oxford Street in Sept 2002. The photo of the signed cd is up on my Facebook page. ----------------------------------- ----------------------------------- Saturday 07 January 2023. Great to see ROD STEWART at Olympia in 1976 on BBC2 tonight to celebrate his 78th birthday on Tuesday. I just missed seeing The Faces in the early 1970s , but saw plenty of great shows by Rod at Olympia. Rod Stewart , Liverpool Express Kensington Olympia,London 21.12.1976 Rod Stewart, Liverpool Express Kensington Olympia,London 22.12.1976 Rod Stewart Kensington Olympia, London 15.01.1977 Rod Stewart Kensington Olympia, London 21.12.1978 Rod Stewart Kensington Olympia, London 28.12.1978 Rod Stewart Kensington Olympia, London 30.12.1978 ----------------------------------- ----------------------------------- Friday 06 January 2023. From being a Sex Pistols fan from Bromley to a star on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame. On Thursday BILLY IDOL really confirmed that " The American Dream" can be had for some. The full 35 mins ceremony is now up on YouTube. Henry Rollins gave the introduction. Billy's solo band were there, and posed with him for photos at the end. Sex Pistol guitarist STEVE JONES was there, and posed with him for photos at the end. Really looking forward to the debut shows by Generation Sex in the summer of 2023. The band include Billy Idol, Steve Jones, Paul Cook and Tony James. Only dates confirmed so far are... 15 June - HELLFEST in France where they are supporting KISS. 01 July - Crystal Palace , London where they are supporting Iggy Pop and Blondie. Bound to be a few more, hopefully including some headline shows. A gig at Shepherds Bush Empire would be perfect. ----------------------------------- ----------------------------------- Thursday 05 January 2023. MADONNA is planning a "Greatest Hits" tour to celebrate the 40th anniversary of her debut album. Multiple dates at The 02 Arena have already been booked....full details to be confirmed soon. The dates will start at the end of the year, rather than in the summer. --------- Thoughts are with IAN PAICE , the quiet drummer who has been with Deep Purple since they formed. He remains the only member of Deep Purple who has served in every line-up since the bandís inception in 1968, as well as having played on every album and at every live appearance. His wife of 40 years recently passed away, and he gave a touching mention on how he would always be away on long tours , but his wife would look after the ship at home. His wife was the twin sister of fellow band member JON LORDS wife.