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Tuesday 25 April 2023.

Tuesday 25 April 2023. Punk icon SIOUXSIE SIOUX has a finally announced a London show on her summer European Tour. Siouxsie plays The Troxy , East London on 07 Sept 2023. ----------------------------- ----------------------------- Monday 24 April 2023. Rumours that SEX PISTOLS classic single 'Anarchy In The U.K.' is being re-released yet again to coincide with King Charles Coronation. ----------------------------- ----------------------------- Sunday 23 April 2023. KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD BAND live at Shepherds Bush Empire. Blues rock guitar virtuoso and his band are on The Trouble Is 25th Anniversary World Tour". Kenny, now aged 45 , has released several albums since 1995 , and has supported many major acts including The Rolling Stones and Van Halen on their North American tours. I have seen him the one time before, at a festival on the second stage in 2017. This will be a stalls seated show. ---------- Level 3 is closed tonight, and maybe around 800 tickets have been sold. KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD BAND arrived on stage at 8pm for their 2 hour set. He has a nice big stage backdrop of a giant guitar plectrum with the KWS initials on it. The five musicians, including keyboards are spread out nicely around the stage and sound fantastic. The main set of twelve songs is all of ' The Trouble Is...' album , but played in a different order, and many were stretched out with plenty of stunning guitar solos. Kenny says hes not played the album in its entirety before the tour so its a first for him and the band. The album now 25yrs old, is still as relevant today as it was then. The track line-up is swapped around to make for a better playing experience but it has lost nothing in doing so. He mentions that some tracks are true to the original recording where as some are extended, to which the crowd cheer and Kenny smiles back. Amazingly Kenny said he wrote most of the songs on the album, aged just 18. He has good singer with a proper rock voice (Noah Hunt) taking over the vocal duties. Kenny used various Fender guitars and array of foot pedals to create a superb guitar sound. Lots of incredible guitar work, but never boring, a great show. Full KWS setlist played tonight.... Trouble Is... Somehow, Somewhere, Someway Everything Is Broken (Bob Dylan cover) Chase the Rainbow I Found Love (When I Found You) Nothing to Do With Love (Bonnie Tyler cover) King's Highway True Lies (Long) Gone I Don't Live Today (The Jimi Hendrix Experience cover) Blue on Black Slow Ride Encore: Woman Like You I Want You Diamonds & Gold Heat of the Sun You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now (B.B. King cover) ------------------------------- ------------------------------- Saturday 22 April 2023. HRVY live at Shepherds Bush Empire. 24 year old ex childrens tv presenter has been signed up by a major record company. --------- Levels 2 and 3 are closed tonight, so maybe 800 folks are here. The crowd is around 90% excitable females under the age of 30. Not much booze is being bought tonight by this crowd in the venue bars. ROMEO BECKHAM is in the Level 1 vip seats and quite happy to pose for selfies when spotted. Support act ANTIGONI arrived on stage at 8.05pm for her 25 mins set. Antigoni is a 27 year old female singer-songwriter who was a contestant on tv show Love Island in 2022. She looks the part, in platform boots, long curly hair and boobies bursting out from her top. She is another artist who is over the moon to play this well known venue, as she said she has been to see many great acts here...Some decent songs performed to a backing tape. HRVY arrived on stage at 8.45pm for his 70 mins set. Hrvy has a band and a good light show , and is joined by four dancers (2 m 2 f) for many of the songs. Needless to say the female crowd are screaming and singing along loudly to every song. Some good pop songs in the setlist, that included a cover of Harry Styles 'Falling'. He changed into white shorts halfway through the show. He is on a full UK tour , so the show is fully rehearsed and good visually , with the dancers. During the encore the four dancers threw out four huge beach balls to the stalls standing. A decent enough pop show. ------------------------------- ------------------------------- Saturday 22 April 2023. Very sad news that the great entertainer BARRY HUMPHRIES / DAME EDNA has died aged 89. I have put a nice photo of me with him on my FaceBook page. It was taken less than a year ago at a drinks party in Chelsea, in June 2022.