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Monday 10 July 2023.

Sunday 09 July 2023....I went to two events today... 2pm to 6.45pm. JACKIE ST CLAIR and husband CARL summer garden party, Holland Park, London W14. Ex Page 3 girl who dated Prince and Simon Cowell host their annual party at their stunning home. Over 300 glamourous guests here including some well known faces.... GARY LINEKER COLIN FIRTH JULIEN MACDONALD DON BLACK PATTIE BOYD RACHEL STEVENS LEEE JOHN RUTHIE ROGERS (owner of The River Cafe in Hammersmith where Jackie & Carl booked Eric Clapton and his band to play Carl's 70th birthday party a couple of months ago) BRUNO TONIOLI LIZZIE CUNDY ARLENE PHILLIPS ELAINE PAIGE PHILIP SALLON MARK FULLER CHRISTOPHER BIGGINS RICHARD YOUNG (official photographer of the event for Rex Features) KELLY HOPPEN JONATHAN SHALIT LADY VICTORIA HERVEY NEIL FOX BETTY BOO TIM VINCENT TOUKER SULEYMAN (Dragons Den) ELIZABETH EMANUEL (co-designed Princess Diana wedding dress in 1981) NOEL FITZPATRICK (Channel 4 tv series - The Supervet) Jackie is always keen to support new artists she bumps into, so also here were.... AMIE TRUE - Harpist from Windsor who has played some nice venues. Visit her website for more info...www.amietruemusic.com JOSEPH LAWRENCE - he has a very cool tattooed look , and a great jazzy soul voice on his new single 'No Good For Me' on Sony...and he has signed up with leading promoters Kilimanjaro. SUSAN BLACK - performs as a Edith Piaf tribute - next show 25 July @ Boisdale Belgravia. MOYSES DOS SANTOS - Brazilian singer. At 6pm we had a couple of performers. First was an Elvis Presley tribute for 25 mins. Then TONY MOORE performed for 20 mins including a medley of 20 British hits from the 1960s, and his hit single with Cutting Crew ' I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight'. Complimentary champers, Pimms, Bacardi & cokes, wines, beers and a full barbecue of different meats and veggie options...along with an ice-cream cart. All guests got a goodie bag of XERJOFF Italian Luxury Perfume. An excellent event...see my Facebook page for some photos and videos of the event. then... HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES + THE TUBES live at The 02 Arena. Hollywood Vampires is an American rock supergroup formed in 2012 by Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, and Joe Perry , and played their first proper shows in 2015. The band name derives from The Hollywood Vampires, a celebrity drinking club. They have released two studio albums, and are playing a full European Tour. Their last London show was at Wembley Arena , prior to covid...which i missed as a big clash that night. A very nice pair of bands package are playing half a dozen UK arena shows including... I have seen The Tubes live several tines since 1977 , when they headlined Hammersmith Odeon. I got the 12 " inch version of 'White Punks On Dope' signed by singer Fee Faybill over 40 years ago. ----------- Upstairs in Level 4 is 75% unsold. Nice to bump into Richard England (Cadiz Music) and Eugene Butcher (Vive Le Rock Mag). I must admit i was really looking forward to seeing The Tubes tonight. Just 40 mins on stage from 7.30pm to 8.10pm , but they played the wrong songs in such limited time. 'White Punks On Dope' and 'Talk to Ya Later ' were great , but why two lame cover versions and a drum solo when you are only playing seven songs...totally bizarre...they should have been much better. They didn't have use of the big screens either. Full setlist played by THE TUBES tonight.. She's a Beauty Mr. Hate (If You're Looking For) Trouble (Elvis Presley cover) Let There Be Drums White Punks on Dope Talk to Ya Later I Saw Her Standing There (The Beatles cover) ------- Legendary rock photographer Ross Halfin is here again in the pit for the entire show. HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES arrive on stage at 8.55pm for their 1 hour 40 mins set. They have a nice production, with all the big screens and lots of lights. Seven musicians on stage including three guitarists. The three main guys take it in turns to share the lead vocals. Oddly Johnny Depp gets more cheers and higher billing in band introduction than Joe Perry. Lots of the songs were related to dead rock stars...including two members of The Who, David Bowie ,Jim Morrison, Bon Scott, Jim Carroll and great to see Johnny Thunders get a mention. Alice Cooper is always a great frontman to watch on stage. There is a extended catwalk that he uses every now and then. Great to see RONNIE WOOD come on stage for a couple of songs near the end, also IMELDA MAY. An excellent show. Full HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES setlist played tonight.... I Want My Now Raise the Dead I'm Eighteen (Alice Cooper cover) Five to One / Break On Through (to the Other Side) (The Doors cover) The Boogieman Surprise My Dead Drunk Friends You Can't Put Your Arms Round a Memory (Johnny Thunders cover) Baba O'Riley (The Who cover) Who's Laughing Now People Who Died (The Jim Carroll Band cover) The Jack (AC/DC cover) As Bad As I Am Heroes (David Bowie cover) Bright Light Fright (Aerosmith cover) The Death and Resurrection Show (Killing Joke cover) Walk This Way (Aerosmith cover) Jeff Beck Tribute (with Ronnie Wood) The Train Kept A-Rollin' (Tiny Bradshaw cover) (with Ronnie Wood) (with Imelda May) Encore: School's Out (Alice Cooper cover) ( with 20 huge balloons thrown into the audience)