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Monday 01 January 2024.

Monday 01 January 2024. HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone. Here are my Top 20 gigs of the year which was full of great shows. I went to 189 gigs in 2023 , which brings my gig total to 7561 since Sept 1973. The first three that I gave a 10, and the rest were all pretty close, date order. --------- ELTON JOHN at The 02 Arena - 17 April DOG DAY AFTERNOON at Crystal Palace Park - 01July IGGY POP + BLONDIE + GENERATION SEX + STIFF LITTLE FINGERS + BUZZCOCKS + LAMBRINI GIRLS. KISS at The 02 Arena - 05 July --------- FLAMING LIPS at Hammersmith Apollo - 28 April DURAN DURAN at The 02 Arena - 01 May STEEL PANTHER + WINGER live at The Forum - 20 May Tribute to JEFF BECK at The Royal Albert Hall - 22 May and 23 May Feat ERIC CLAPTON + ROD STEWART + RONNIE WOOD + BILLY GIBBONS+ JOSS STONE + JOHNNY DEPP plus others. SPARKS at The Royal Albert Hall - 29 May and 30 May BEYONCE at Tottenham Hotspur Football Ground - 04 June THE HIVES at The Garage -13 June BLUR +SELF ESTEEM + SLEAFORD MODS at Wembley Stadium - 08 July HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES at The 02 Arena - 09 July THE WHO at The 02 Arena - 12 July PULP live at Hammersmith Apollo - 29 July REBELLION PUNK FESTIVAL at Blackpool + 03 Aug to 06 Aug - over 30 bands seen. MARC BOLAN ANNIVERSARY CONCERT at Shepherds Bush Empire - 15 Sept Feat TREXTASY + MARC ALMOND + HOLLY JOHNSON plus others. kYLIE MINOGUE at Shepherds Bush Empire - 27 Sept DIANA ROSS at The Royal Albert Hall -15 Oct SUZI QUATRO live at The Palladium - 15 Nov EXTREME + LIVING COLOUR at The Forum - 04 Dec and 19 Dec ----------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------- Sunday 31 December 2023. New Year Fireworks - The London Eye. 100, 000 have paid 20 each and many more have found places to see it free from a distance. We had a few drinks in the area, very busy with lots of tourists. We are in Red Zone 5 ticketed area for the main event 10pm to 12.30pm. A DJ played tunes before and after the fireworks display. The top notch fireworks display was on for around 10 mins. Lots of those disco party boats on the river looked a good place to watch the fireworks display from. Thankfully it was rain free night , and good fun.