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Tuesday 04 July 2023.

Tuesday 04 July 2023. THE EAGLES OF DEATH METAL live at The Forum. They were the band that were playing The Bataclan in Paris in 2015 during a terrorist attack. Singer Jess Hughes, said the gig should have been the best of their tour and he had been “really excited” to play in Paris. He said he recognised the sound of gunfire instantly when three gunmen with suicide vests burst in mid-show and opened fire. “Being from a desert community in California, I know the sound of gunshots,” he said. While other band members hesitated and wondered what was going on, Hughes said he “knew death was upon us”. He said the band “ran for their lives” while “nearly 90 of my friends [the fans] were murdered in front of us”. The band escaped through a side door after Hughes had found his girlfriend in the concert hall. Despite their name, the band's music is a revved-up blend of garage rock, boogie rock and hard rock, with elements of glam rock, blues rock and swamp rock added. ----------- The balcony area is half empty tonight, but still maybe 1500 folks here. Support band THE STANDSTILLS arrived on stage at 8pm for their 30 mins set. They are a rock trio from Canada ,with a great female drummer. They played some really good tracks from their two albums. A nice heavy rock sound like Queens of the Stone Age, that went down well with this crowd. I wanted them to play a bit longer...top notch. EAGLES OF DEATH METAL arrived on stage at 9.05pm and played for 1 hour 40 mins. Singer Jesse arrives on stage wearing a red cape and tells the crowd " look at how much I love you motherfuckers, it's Independence Day and i am wearing a Union Jack waistcoat". Jesse is very entertaining on stage , as he rants and jokes around and paces around the stage. The band includes two females on bass and drums, with the foxy blonde bass player all in red. Plenty of moshing during their rockin' tunes. We had a very nice surprise for the first encore as Stray Cat SLIM JIM PHANTOM came on stage to play The Stray Cats gem 'Rock This Town' which was mega...I learned later that Jim is married to that foxy bass player in EADM. It was a great show from both bands. Full EADM setlist played tonight.... Got a Woman I Only Want You Don't Speak (I Came to Make a Bang!) Anything 'Cept the Truth Complexity (Boots Electric cover) Silverlake (K.S.O.F.M.) Heart On Secret Plans Cherry Cola Flames Go Higher Now I'm a Fool I Want You So Hard (Boy's Bad News) Whorehoppin' (Shit, Goddamn) I Love You All the Time Moonage Daydream (David Bowie cover) Encore: Rock This Town (with Slim Jim Phantom on drums) (Stray Cats cover) I Like to Move in the Night Medley - Speaking in Tongues (with Jesse playing a guitar solo on the stalls staircase) / Ace of Spades (just the two girls on bass and drums rockin' it out) ----------------------------- ----------------------------- Monday 03 July 2023....I went to two events tonight..... 6.45pm to 8.45pm. COLNAGHI GALLERY SUMMER PARTY, Bury Street, St James's, London SW1. This gallery was recently taken over by some French folks. All the art on display and for sale is by French artists. Around 150 guests here, with several people here i know. Complimentary Bouvet champers, wines, beers and canapes for all the guests. then 10.15pm to 12pm. CRAZY FOR YOU - press/VIP night afterparty - Gillian Lynne Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London WC2. The party was held in the same venue as where the show is being performed. A big crowd, as must be at least 300 guests here. Well known faces here include LINDA ROBSON, LESLIE JOSEPH, SU POLLARD and BRUNO TONIOLI. Complimentary prosecco, wines, beers and canapes for the guests.