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Thursday 07 December 2033.

Thursday 07 December 2023. AUSTRALIAN PINK FLOYD live at Hammersmith Apollo. I have seen this top notch Pink Floyd tribute several times. First time was back in 1993 at Subterania, West London. This big London show is part of their annual UK tour. They have already announced their Winter 2024 UK tour. Pretty amazing that it's only a tribute show , but it is sold out in advance , as Floyd fans know how good a show they put on. I must admit , i like a good tribute band , but selling 3500 tickets for this Hammersmith show is staggering. No wonder many call them " the best tribute act in the world". ------------- The venue is rammed solid sold out, stalls seats and circle seats all sold , and rear stalls and circle standing all sold. An older crowd as expected with 75 per cent males. There is full merch just like the other bands that play here. The band arrived on stage at 8.10pm and played for 2 hours 20 mins over two sets of 60 mins and 80 mins. From the start it is a pure visual and aural treat. Stunning lasers , lots of lights and strobes. A huge circular screen showing images just like the real Pink Floyd, along with Pink Floyd perfect sound quality. They even had three female backing singers and a sax player for some songs. It maybe " just a tribute show" but the entire audience and myself were just transfixed at how good it was. SET ONE Speak to Me (Pink Floyd cover) Breathe (In the Air) (Pink Floyd cover) On the Run ( Pink Floyd cover) Time (Pink Floyd cover) Breathe (Reprise) ( Pink Floyd cover) The Great Gig in the Sky ( Pink Floyd cover) Money ( Pink Floyd cover) Us and Them (Pink Floyd cover) Any Colour You Like (Pink Floyd cover) Brain Damage ( Pink Floyd cover) Eclipse (Pink Floyd cover) On the Turning Away (Pink Floyd cover) The Happiest Days of Our Lives (Pink Floyd cover) Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2 (Pink Floyd cover) SET TWO In the Flesh? (Pink Floyd cover) See Emily Play (Pink Floyd cover) Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V) (Pink Floyd cover) Welcome to the Machine ( Pink Floyd cover) Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd cover) High Hopes (Pink Floyd cover) Pigs (Three Different Ones) (Pink Floyd cover) One of These Days (Pink Floyd cover) Run Like Hell (Pink Floyd cover) Encore: Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd cover) ------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------- Wednesday 06 December 2023. ILIZA SHLESINGER live at Hammersmith Apollo. This was the first of her two nights at this venue. Award-winning U.S. comedian, actor, writer, producer, and author Iliza Shlesinger returns to London following her sold-out, critically acclaimed world tour with a brand-new stand-up show at Hammersmith Apollo for two nights. This is her fifth visit to London and she has headlined Hammersmith Apollo in the past. She is another American comedian who has picked up many UK fans due to her specials on Netflix. In America she has held female only shows. ------------ Not sold out tonight, as circle is maybe three quarters full . It is pretty much 75 % females in the audience. CHLOE PETTS arrived on stage at 8pm for her 20 mins. She did a good set, that went down well with the crowd. ILIZA SHLESINGER arrived on stage at 8.50pm for her 75 mins set. ILIZA is now aged 40, and showing off her baby bump...her second, so we had a few funny routines about babies and being a mum and relationships and sex. There was a lot of feminism and girl power and general jokes where men were the butt of them. ILIZA is Jewish , so she had hints of a younger Joan Rivers , but wisely stayed away from any political jokes. The last routine was a great rant on woke millennials. Plenty of funny routines overall, in an enjoyable show.