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Tuesday 18 July 2023.

Tuesday 18 July 2023...6pm to 9pm... TAIWAN TOURIST BUREAU - showcase - Hammersmith , London W6. Around 70 or 80 guests here. Taiwan are always inviting me to their events as they kindly gave me a press trip there in Jan 2018, with business class flights included courtesy via China Air. Only downside was it was just the one ticket, so i went solo. I paid for the three days accom in the capital Taipei , but they provided some top notch hotels around the rest of the country for my two weeks there. A lovely country ,that's very safe, they prefer food over booze. We have some speeches and presentations from UK travel companies and Taiwan reps. A raffle at the end , with three prizes, sadly nothing that included comp flights to Taiwan. If you are thinking of going to the South East Asia region, it is well worth going there. Complimentary spirits n mixers inc JD n cokes, prosecco, wines, beers, bowl food and pizza. ----------------------------- ----------------------------- Monday 17 July 2023. TREMBLING WILBURYS live at The Camden Club, Camden. Top notch tribute band....band member David Stark will also talk about his book...Admission is £12. "It's All Too Much" is the memoir by music industry veteran DAVID STARK who grew up in north London during the 1960’s as a dedicated Beatles fan and was lucky enough to meet his musical heroes on various memorable occasions. From gate-crashing the Yellow Submarine film premiere in July 1968 (aged just fifteen) and ending up sitting directly behind the group, to meeting all of them individually in some extraordinary circumstances, David has some highly entertaining stories about his many Beatles encounters which he will be telling at this special event which marks the 55th anniversary of the Yellow Submarine premiere. The talk (illustrated with slides and videos on screen) will be hosted by Tony Moore, singer/songwriter and music curator of the Camden Club. The second half of the evening features a special performance by the TREMBLING WILBURYS in a slightly trimmed-down version tonight. The top tribute band with David on drums will be playing songs by the Beatles, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty plus of course the legendary Traveling Wilburys. Joining David on stage will be Andy McNish (Bob Dylan/Tom Petty), Michael Goulding (George Harrison), Dzal Martin (lead guitar) and Steve Salvari (keyboards). David will also have copies of “It’s All Too Much” to sign and sell at just £12 per copy (normally £14.99). ---------- It is my first visit to this 80 capacity all seated with tables venue. It is just a couple of hundred yards from The Roundhouse. Guests here included stand-up comedian and magician JERRY SADOWITZ , Beatles roadie from 1968 to 1970 KEVIN HARRISON and Ringo Starr tribute act RINGER STARR. The first hour from 8pm to 9pm was David Stark talking about his luck as a teenager getting into the premiere of Yellow Submarine in July 1968, and sitting in the seats that were reserved for Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithful...and more luck getting into 'The Rock & Roll Circus ' event featuring The Rolling Stones and many other music legends back then...and other entertaining Beatles stories. There were also some film slides showing that he was actually there too. David got his first job in the music biz with Dick James Music in 1974. DJM Records (also known as Dick James Music) was a British independent record label, set up in the late 1960s by British music publisher Dick James. It was distributed by Pye Records in the UK, and various other companies around the world, including the US. At 9.25pm TREMBLING WILBURYS featuring David Stark on drums played a 60 mins set. Lots of great songs relating to the five members of The Travelling Wilburys including... Here Comes The Sun I Won't Back Down I'll Be Your Baby Tonight Got My Mind Set On You Something Taxman Tweeter and The Monkey Man If Not For You Handle With Care I Saw Her Standing Here