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Monday 18 December 2023.

Monday 18 December 2023. GEDDY LEE - MY EFFIN' LIFE - IN CONVERSATION at The Barbican , London. This is part a five-date UK tour where Geddy Lee the singer/bassist of legendary prog-rockers Rush is being interviewed by a different guest each night, ostensibly plugging his new autobiography My Effin’ Life. Previous UK shows have had Nicky Wire of Manic Street Preachers, Melissa Auf Der Maur of Hole/Smashing Pumpkins and comedian Phil Jupitus , and the show before London at Portsmouth Guildhall had a surprise appearance by Rush’s guitarist Alex Lifeson. Surely Alex will turn up in London? I have seen Rush around a dozen times including their first four UK tours in 1977, 1978, 1979,1980 at Hammersmith Odeon and then i would see them at the bigger arenas on later tours. Rush,Stray Hammersmith Odeon, London 04.06.1977 Rush,Tyla Gang Hammersmith Odeon, London 19.02.1978 Rush,Tyla Gang Hammersmith Odeon, London 20.02.1978 Rush,Max Webster Hammersmith Odeon, London 05.05.1979 Rush,Max Webster Hammersmith Odeon, London 06.05.1979 Rush Hammersmith Odeon, London 05.06.1980 second of five sold out shows by Rush here on this tour. Hammersmith Odeon, London 06.06.1980 --------- The Geddy Lee merch stand is doing plenty of business. As we enter the hall ,we all get an exclusive complimentary 20 page colour tour programme which features unpublished stories, photographs and more! The venue is 90 % full which is pretty good considering the high price tickets for just a bit of talking...£100, £80 , £60 plus booking fees ..although that does include a hardcopy of the book. As expected it is mainly an older male audience tonight. Before the talk , we have images on the big screen from the book, including the poster from their 1977 Hammersmith Odeon gig. The talk is on for 2 hours 10 mins , over two sets of 60 mins and 70 mins. GEDDY arrives on stage to a full standing ovation. The first 30 mins or so is Jewish comedian David Baddiel and his brother talking to Geddy about him and his parents Jewish history....before going to on to Rush early beginnings and Geddy reads from his book for 10 mins. For the second half we do get Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson joining Geddy, and he also gets a full standing ovation. They had over 500 emails for this Q n A session and maybe answered around a dozen or so. Fave band to have fun with on the road = UFO. Fave bands growing up = Yes and Cream. Fave current bands = QOTS Age and Tool. Recording their ' A Farewell To Kings ' album at Rockfield Studios in the UK straight after their 1977 UK tour. Geddy getting kicked out of the band, in the early days . A very enjoyable evening. -------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------- Monday 18 December 2023 Happy Birthday to rock legend KEITH RICHARDS who reaches the grand old age of 80 today. If you watch some of The Stones interviews from the 1970s, you would say no way would Keef reach 80, but he somehow has. ---------- Happy Birthday to BRAD PITT who is 60 today. ------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------- Sunday 17 December 2023. 17 December 1979 - 44 years ago today BON SCOTT played his last London show with AC/DC before his tragic death, a couple of months after. I was there at Hammersmith Odeon. It was the 19th time I saw him with them. I remember reading an article in Sounds magazine at the start of 1976 , about bands to look out for , including an Australian band with a guitarist who played in his school uniform and would get carried through the crowd on the singers shoulders during a guitar solo. That was enough to get me interested , so I saw early pub gigs and Marquee Club gigs in 1976, and the rave reviews meant that a mere 6 months after they played their first pub gigs, they were headlining Hammersmith Odeon. Search AC/DC for the full list of gigs on www.raysgigs.com ---------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------- Saturday 16 December 2023. These two programmes on SKY ARTS are a must watch. 11:00 PM The Rolling Stones: Grrr Live! A 2012 concert by the band at the Prudential Centre in Newark, New Jersey, featuring guest appearances by Lady Gaga, John Mayer, the Black Keys , Mick Taylor and Bruce Springsteen. 2:00 AM Iggy Pop: Post Pop Depression - Live at the Royal Albert Hall A 2016 concert by the veteran rock singer and his band, which featured Joshua Homme and Dean Fertita of Queens of the Stone Age and Matt Helders from the Arctic Monkeys. I was at this excellent show. ----------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------- Friday 15 December 2023. WARGASM live at Shepherds Bush Empire. This duo feature Sex Pistol GLEN MATLOCKS son. What NME said in a four star review of their debut album ' Venom' , which came out in October. This debut album has been nearly five years in the making, but it cements Wargasm’s position as one of UK heavy music’s leading forces. The London-based duo – singer-instrumentalists Milkie Way and Sam Matlock – turned heads as soon as they debuted in 2018 with their ear-catching blend of electronic and industrial sounds. Having supported Limp Bizkit, Corey Taylor and Neck Deep in the past 18 months, ‘Venom’ arrives on a significant wave of hype. At the same time, it’s been a long and winding journey to this point. Before they came together, Matlock – the son of original Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock – was working in bars after the promise of his former band Dead! faded away, while Way was juggling modelling and sporadic session work after moving to London from Northern Ireland. It turns out they needed each other as much as heavy music needed them. From their monstrous 2020 breakout single ‘Spit’ to this year’s rap-metal masterclass ‘Do It So Good’ – a highlight on this album – they’ve proved why, arguably, they’re this generation’s answer to The Prodigy. Following an impactful appearance at 2021’s Download Pilot, Wargasm have garnered a vocal and passionate fanbase, who revere the band for both their charisma and genre-splicing approach to their music. --------- Level 2 and 3 are closed but the floor is rammed solid as this crowd are up for some serious moshing and crowd surfing. Around 1200 folks here , which is pretty impressive. Glen Matlock ex wife is here , as her son is on stage. Glen is not here , as he has his own gig outside of London. HARPY arrived on stage at 7.25pm for their 25 mins set. They have a female singer who is dressed in a foxy tight black catsuit , and they had some good crunching nu-metal sounds. Oddly they had a male and female stood stationary on each side of the stage in a black head to toe satin catsuit. DROPOUT KINGS arrived on stage at 8.20pm for their 35 mins. These rap nu-nu metal band from Phoenix ,USA were great. A very lively pair of rappers at the front, and a great band. They were promoting their second album ' Riot Music'. Lots of moshing and crowd surfing. WARGASM arrived on stage at 9.20pm for their 65 mins set. The words " ANGRY SONGS FOR SAD PEOPLE " are on the curtain underneath their band logo. Male and female at the front sharing vocals , with both playing guitar, and the band at the back playing crunching nu-metal tunes...the female is a proper Courtney Love type rock chick. A great atmosphere with moshing and crowd surfing non stop. Lots of lights and strobes used in the very lively show. For the last encore we had some pyros on the stage. A very enjoyable evening of three nu-metal bands. Full WARGASM setlist played tonight... Venom Rage All Over Minigun Fukstar S.A.D. Pyro Pyro Modern Love Sonic Dog Tag Bang Ya Head Feral Outrage Do It So Good Encore: D.R.I.L.D.O Spit.