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Tuesday 16 January 2024.

Tuesday 16 January 2024. Family celebrations today as my dear mum is 90 today. Her dementia is getting worse , but she is hanging in there. See my Facebook page for some photos. ---------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------- Sunday 14 January 2024. 999 live at The 100 Club. with support from THE SATELLITES . I have seen punk legends 999 around 25 times since 1977. Here are the times I saw them in 1977, 1978, 1979 which Includes shows at the legendary Nashville Pub. 999,Swords Nashville Pub, London 18.07.1977 Vibrators,999 Roundhouse. London 16.10.1977 Runaways,999 Hammersmith Odeon, London 13.11.1977 999 Hope And Anchor Pub, London 29.11.1977 999 ,Red Cow Pub, London 23.12.1977 999,Black Slate Roundhouse, London 19.03.1978 999 ,Camden Music Machine, London 30.05.1978 999 ,Nashville Pub, London 28.07.1978 999,Donkeys Marquee Club, London 05.10.1979 999 Nashville Pub, London 15.12.1979 Between 1978 and 2007, 999 released fourteen singles and twelve studio albums. Five of the singles released by 999 between 1978 and 1981 charted within the Top 75 in the UK Singles Chart, with one further single released by 999 in 1978, "Homicide", charting within the Top 40. In addition, as a result of extensive touring in the United States in the early 1980s, the band's third and fourth studio albums, The Biggest Prize in Sport and Concrete, each charted on the U.S. Billboard 200. Despite having formed in 1976, 999 have only experienced two permanent changes to their original line-up. ---------- Nice to see so many of my punk rock chums here. THE SATELLITES arrived on stage at 8.15pm for their 40 mins set. I saw these original punk rockers from Acton three times back in the day. Adam And The Ants, Satellites,Ruts Acton White Hart, London W.3 30.08.1978 Satellites,Scabbies Flatterlites The Kensington Pub,London W14 23.09.1980 lotsa nudity and chaos Lurkers,Satellites Moonlight Club , London NW 02.07.1982 I have seen them more recently too. Del is still on vocals, and the band are sounding good. 999 arrived on stage at 9.10pm and played for 75 mins. Nick Cash is still doing a great job on vocals as usual , and its not long before he starts his usual rant " they said punk rock would last only 6 months , but here we are still here 48 years later". Lots of short catchy gems played, with highlights including 'Emergency ', ' Nasty Nasty ' , ' Homicide" and final encore " I'm Alive" .....a great show by 999 as usual. Full 999 setlist played tonight.... Biggest Prize in Sport My Street Stinks Hit Me Feeling Alright With The Crew Shoot Boys in the Gang Titanic (My Over) Reaction Donít Wanna Know Black Flowers for the Bride I Really Really Really Really Like You Inside Out My Dad Trashed My Submarine Last Breath Lie Lie Lie Don't You Know I Need You No Pity Emergency Nasty Nasty Homicide Encore: Little Red Riding Hood Let's Face It I'm Alive ------------------------------------------ ------------------------------------------ Saturday 13 January 2024. THE SMYTHS + BILLY BLAGG live at Shepherds Bush Empire. A nice pair of tribute acts to The Smiths and Billy Bragg. I have seen Morrissey a dozen times, but never saw The Smiths as they never played Hammersmith Odeon in their short career, when I worked front stage security. I have seen the real Billy Bragg around a dozen times , with the first times being three shows supporting David Gilmour at Hammersmith Odeon in 1984, and I have seen The Smyth's at Sub 89 in Reading a couple of years ago. ---------- Level 3 is closed , and Level 2 is half empty but must be 1300 folks here, which pretty good for " just a tribute band" . Mainly a crowd in their 50s, but lots of younger folks here who were not even born when the The Smiths split up in 1987. BILLY BLAGG arrived on stage at 8pm for his 35 mins. Never did I ever think that someone would bother to do a Billy Bragg tribute act, but the guy looks and talks like him , and even got a bit political, just like Billy Bragg. Lots of Billy Bragg classics played , including... To Have and To Have Not Sexuality The Milkman of Human Kindness The Battle of Barking There is Power in a Union Between The Wars A New England THE SMYTHS arrived on stage at 8.45pm and played for 1 hour 55 mins over two sets of 50 mins and 65 mins. They were introduced by BBC presenter Jeremy Vine. The crowd are all singing and dancing along to those great lyrics, with highlights including... William It Was Really Nothing The Last of the International Playboy's There Is A Light That Never Goes Out (dedicated to Andy Rourke) Shoplifters of The World Tonight Panic The Boy With The Thorn In His Side Girlfriend In A Coma Stop Me Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now What Difference Does It Make This Charming Man Bigmouth Strikes Again How Soon Is Now