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Thursday 05 October 2023.

Thursday 05 October 2023. NIK KERSHAW live at Shepherds Bush Empire. Nik Kershaw was very popular in the the mid 1980s. I worked all SIX shows front stage security for his six Hammersmith Odeon shows in 1984, yes SIX shows all in 1984 , over two tours....I also saw him at Live Aid in 1985. Nik Kershaw had 5 x Top 10 hit singles and wrote the number one hit ' The One and Only' for Chesney Hawkes in 1991. ----------- Level 3 is closed tonight, but other levels all look full. Another show full of folks in their 50s and 60s. Support act SEB WESSON did an ok 30 mins acoustic set, playing tracks from his album. NIK KERSHAW and band on at 8.45pm and played for 1 hour 45 mins. The bass player is standing on a three inch high platform for some reason...looked very odd. Some songs plodded a bit but it was great to hear all his hits again, and a nice version of ' The One and Only' ended a good show. Full NIK KERSHAW setlist played tonight... Come On Down Radio Musicola Wide Boy Somebody Loves You The Chosen Ones Dancing Girls Can't Get Arrested The Riddle The Wind Will Blow Cowboys and Indians When a Heart Beats Don Quixote Bogart Roundabouts and Swings Stick Around Wouldn't It Be Good The Sky's the Limit Wounded I Won't Let the Sun Go Down on Me Encore: Roses The One and Only (Chesney Hawkes cover) Nik Kershaw wrote this number one hit from 1991. ---------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------- Wednesday 04 October 2023. I went to two events tonight. 6.15pm to 7.15pm. GEORG BASELITZ - private view - Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London. Around 200 cool art folks here at the start of Frieze Art Week. We had a speech at 7pm. A photo in The Standard the following day of TRACEY EMIN turning up here after i had left. Complimentary Ruinart champers and wines for guests. Bringing Georg Baselitz’s sculptural works to the fore, this solo exhibition offers an intimate glimpse into the creative process of a ground-breaking artist. With a career spanning over six decades, Georg Baselitz (b. 1938, Saxony, Germany) first came to prominence in post-war Germany as a painter. From 1969 onwards, he has been known for inverting – or turning upside down – human forms and other motifs within expressionistic paintings which attempt to move away from content and narrative. Free admission. then a short walk to.... MIDGE URE live at The Royal Albert Hall. Midge Ure plays a special one-off show to celebrate his 70th birthday, which is a few days after. I have seen Midge with Rich Kids, Ultravox and solo many times over the years. I have seen Ultravox around 20 times from 1977 onwards when John Foxx was their singer. They played many shows at Hammersmith Odeon when I worked front stage security. In the 1970s Midge was in Scottish boy hand Slik, and also auditioned for The Sex Pistols and played with Thin Lizzy on a North American Tour. --------- The venue is around 90% sold. Older crowd of folks in their 50s and 60s again. The first set had Midge playing an acoustic guitar. First set was 7.30pm for 45 mins. Second set was 8.45pm for 1 hour 55 mins. The second set Midge got out his electric guitar and it was full on Ultravox hits galore, plus a great ' Fade to Grey' but sadly not one gem by The Rich Kids. The light show was really good. Midge didn't say much on stage but he did say " not sure why Ultravox never played The Royal Albert Hall". Most of the crowd stood up from 'All Stood Still' onwards , and 'Vienna' was of course mega. A great show. Full MIDGE URE setlist played tonight.. SEMI-ACOUSTIC SET Dear God Lament (Ultravox song) Breathe The Maker Guns and Arrows Midge leaves the stage and his backing band play four of their own songs MAIN SET Yellow Pearl (Phil Lynott cover) If I Was Reap the Wild Wind (Ultravox song) Glorious (Rusty Egan cover) The Thin Wall (Ultravox song) Rage in Eden (Ultravox song) No Regrets (Tom Rush cover) Astradyne (Ultravox song) New Europeans (Ultravox song) Private Lives (Ultravox song) Passing Strangers (Ultravox song) Sleepwalk (Ultravox song) Mr. X (Ultravox song) Western Promise (Ultravox song) Vienna (Ultravox song) All Stood Still ( Ultravox song) I Remember (Death in the Afternoon) (Ultravox song) Fade to Grey (Visage song) Dancing With Tears in My Eyes (Ultravox song) Encore: Serenade (Ultravox song) The Voice (Ultravox song) Hymn (Ultravox song) Note: Midge played an acoustic set, then India Electric Co did their spot, then there was a full electric/electronic set