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  • Friday 07 May 2021.

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    Friday 07 May 2021. Happy Birthday to STEVE DIGGLE (The Buzzcocks guitarist) who is 66 today. See my Facebook page to see a nice photo of Steve Diggle, Mick Jones and me from 2006 when The Buzzcoc...
  • Tuesday 04 May 2021.

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    Tuesday 04 May 2021. Happy Birthday to ZAL CLEMINSON (SAHB guitarist) who is 72 today. I saw Zal with Sensational Alex Harvey Band a few times in the 1970s, and a few times later without Alex as he...
  • Tuesday 27 April 2021.

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    Tuesday 27 April 2021. Happy Birthday to original KISS guitarist ACE FREHLEY who is 70 today. I have seen all the various KISS line-ups. These are the KISS shows i have seen with Ace. 1976 - both ...
  • Thursday 22 April 2021.

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    Thursday 22 April 2021. Very sad news that Bay City Rollers frontman LES MCKEOWN has died suddenly, aged 65. The Scottish boy band were the biggest band in the country for a couple of years in the 1...
  • Monday 19 April 2021.

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    Tuesday 20 April 2021. Sad news that JIM STEINMAN has passed away , aged 73. His is best known for his contribution to Meat Loaf and the 'Bat Out Of Hell " albums. I went to see his musical "Bat O...
  • Tuesday 13 April 2021

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    Tuesday 13 April 2021. THE LIBERTINES have announced a 15 date UK tour for Nov/Dec. I have seen them a few times including that amazing Hyde Park show in July 2014 when they headlined to a massive ...
  • Friday 09 April 2021.

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    Friday 09 April 2021. Very sad news of the death of a much loved man who had a remarkable life in British history. The Duke of Edinburgh, who had been treated for a pre-existing heart condition, die...
  • Wednesday 07 April 2021.

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    Wednesday 07 April 2021. LEE BRILLEAUX sadly passed away on this day in 1994...he was aged just 41 Lee Brilleaux was an English rhythm-and-blues singer and guitar/harmonica with the band Dr. Feelgoo...
  • Friday 02 April 2021.

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    Friday 02 April 2021. BRYAN FERRY has announced a new live album, Royal Albert Hall 2020, out 2 April 2021. I was at one of the these two shows , that took place just before the first covid lockdown...
  • Monday 29 March 2021

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    Monday 29 March 2021. Happy Birthday to the iconic ROYAL ALBERT HALL venue which is 150 today. 29 March 1871 - 29 March 2021. The foundation stone rests below seat - stalls row k, row 11, seat 87....
  • Friday 26 March 2021.

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    Friday 26 March 2021. THE ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL today confirm artists playing this years event - to be held in September. As expected Lionel Richie cannot make it but most of the UK acts are still ...
  • Monday 22 March 2021.

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    Monday 22 March 2021. Over the past few years, many of the older musicians have been saying "rock is dead". The changes in the music industry have made them say that. When I grew up in the 1970s , ...
  • Wednesday 17 March 2021.

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    Wednesday 17 March 2021. Happy Birthday to PATTIE BOYD who is 77 today. Pattie Boyd is an English model and photographer. She was one of the leading international models during the 1960s and, with J...
  • Monday 15 March 2021.

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    Monday 15 March 2021. Over 24 million first doses of the covid vaccine have been given out in the UK. ---------- Great to see BODY COUNT win a Grammy Award on Sunday for Best Metal Performance. Ch...
  • Thursday 11 March 2021

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    Thursday 11 March 2021. Mainland Europe seems to be struggling with putting on summer festivals and the vaccine rollout. Ticket seller and promoter CTS Eventim has announced the cancellation of seve...
  • Sunday 07 March 2021

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    Sunday 07 March 201. Strong rumours that the cancelled Glastonbury Festival is back on.....but without a crowd. They are lining up acts to play at Glastonbury for a televised event. ---------------...
  • Thursday 04 March 2021.

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    Thursday 04 March 2021. It was two years ago today, that KEITH FLINT from The Prodigy sadly passed away. Police were called to Flint's home in North End, near Great Dunmow, Essex, in response to con...
  • Tuesday 02 March 2021.

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    Tuesday 02 March 2021. Happy Birthday to HARRY REDKNAPP who 74 today. See my Facebook page to see a photo of the two of us together, along with my review of the event. ------------ BRYAN ADAMS has...
  • Friday 26 February 2021.

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    Friday 26 February 2021. Following a government announcement by Boris on Monday suggesting large-scale UK events will be able to open in June, two Live Nation festivals Reading & Leeds and Creamfie...
  • Monday 22 February 2021

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    Monday 22 February 2021. Today at 3.30pm - BORIS JOHNSON revealed the next "lockdown roadmap exit plan" for England. Over 17 million doses of the first Covid vaccine given out in the UK, so hopefull...
  • Friday 19 February 2021.

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    Friday 19 February 2021. AC/DC singer BON SCOTT sadly died on this day 41 years ago - 19 Feb 1980. Bon had been out drinking with friends in London but the casual evening took a terrible turn as S...
  • Sunday 14 February 2021

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    Sunday 14 February 2021. SYLVAIN SYLVAIN online gig from New York, in memory of his life. Around 20 acts including David Johansen, Earl Slick, Debbie Harry, Clem Burke,Glen Matlock. Looks like it i...
  • Wednesday 10 February 2021.

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    Wednesday 10 February 2021. Keith Moon: The Final 24 (Full Documentary).....it is up on YouTube... Well worth watching is this 48 mins documentary on the life of this legendary rock drummer. Featur...
  • Saturday 06 February 2021

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    Saturday 06 February 2021. SKY ARTS 6.30pm - The Who live at Kilburn 1977. SKY ARTS 8pm - The Making of Marc Bolan documentary. SKY ARTS 9pm - documentary on 1980s indie band The Nightingales. The...
  • Monday 01 February 2021.

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    Monday 01 February 2021. London Live tv 11pm - Rude Boy (1980 film) featuring The Clash. ----------------- Tuesday 02 February 2021. Sex Pistol SID VICIOUS died 42 years ago today on 02 Feb 1979.....
  • Wednesday 27 January 2021.

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    Wednesday 27 January 2021. Happy Birthday to NICK MASON who is 77 today. See my Facebook page for a nice picture of us together. ------------------ Friday 29 January 2021. Happy Birthday to ADAM ...
  • Tuesday 26 January 2021.

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    Saturday 23 January 2021. Sad news that Legendary American TV personality LARRY KING has died today (January 23) aged 87. The news was revealed on Kings official Twitter account by his representati...
  • Sunday 17 January 2021.

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    Sunday 17 January 2021. Happy Birthday to MICK TAYLOR ( ex Rolling Stones ) who is 72 today. ---------- Legendary music producer PHIL SPECTOR has died aged 81 , of Covid while in prison. He was an...
  • Thursday 14 January 2021.

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    Thursday 14 January 2021. Happy Birthday to Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) who is 52 today. SKY ARTS 2pm - Sissy Spacek documentary - one of my fave actresses since she was in 1976 film Carrie. --------...
  • Sunday 10 January 2021.

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    Sunday 10 January 2021. Sad news that the legendary hippie dancer gig-goer JESUS (William Jellett) has died age 72 , after a period of ill-health. He was a regular figure at London venues, dancing ...
  • Thursday 07 January 2021.

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    Thursday 07 January 2021. NEIL YOUNG is the latest high-profile musician to cash in on his song rights, selling a 50% stake in his music to British investment company Hipgnosis. The company said it a...
  • Saturday 02 January 2021.

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    Friday 01 January 2021. No wonder Macca did not want to clash with Taylor Swift for opening week album sales, as McCartney III has slumped to number 19 in its second week of release. --------------...
  • Friday 01 January 2021.

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    Sunday 27 December 2020. 41 years ago this week, i went to all four Concerts for Kampuchea at Hammersmith Odeon. Queen Hammersmith Odeon, London 26.12.1979 Ian Dury And The Blockheads,The Clash,Mu...
  • Thursday 17 December 2020.

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    Thursday 17 December 2020. Happy Birthday to PAUL RODGERS who is 71 today. Happy Birthday to TOMMY STEELE who is 84 today. -------- 17 Dec 1979 - 41 years ago today. I saw Bon Scott play his last...
  • Monday 14 December 2020.

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    Monday 14 December 2020. Very sad news that GERARD HOULLIER has passed away. Liverpool and France manager, dies aged 73. Houllier had undergone heart surgery in Paris before his death. Led Liverpo...
  • Saturday 12 December 2020.

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    Saturday 12 December 2020. December is usually a great time to see bands where we have a multi-choice every day of the week, but not this year. I went to see some great gigs 40 years ago in Dec 198...
  • Friday 11 December 2020.

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    COQBULL restaurant & bar is opening at 17- 19 Denham Street, Soho, London W1. Coqbull have taken over the former Jamies Italian site near Piccadilly Circus. Coqbull Restaurant is a chicken and burg...
  • Thursday 10 December 2020.

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    Wednesday 09 December 2020. CABARET at PROUD , Victoria Embankment, London WC2 re-opens in December. Back open again this month with their Christmas Cabaret All Stars show, hosted by the UKs TV p...
  • Monday 07 December 2020.

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    Monday 07 December 2020...5pm to 10pm... Today I went up to the West End for the first time in over a month. Some big crowds were shown on tv over the past weekend, but not too busy tonight. I met ...
  • Sunday 06 December 2020....news for this week.

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    Sunday 06 December 2020. Happy Birthday to cricketer and tv presenter FREDDIE FLINTOFF who is 43 today. See my Facebook page for a nice photo of him and me together. ------------------- Monday 07 ...
  • Sunday 29 November 2020...news for this week...

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    Sunday 29 November 2020. BBC Radio 2 3pm to 5pm - The Johnnie Walker 70s Show. The only radio show I listen to these days...a great mix of classic rock, punk, soul, disco etc. ----------- GEORGE ...
  • Wednesday 25 November 2020......news for this week...

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    Monday 23 November 2020. PIERS MORGAN and co-host Susanna Reid today celebrate 5 years on "Good Morning Britain" breakfast tv. Love him or loathe him, he is certainly always very entertaining. Go t...
  • Tuesday 17 November 2020...Music news this week.

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    Tuesday 17 November 2020 Sad news that colourful music pr and football agent ERIC HALL has passed away aged 73. Eric Hall was a show business and football agent famous for his flamboyant public pers...
  • Saturday 14 November 2020...Music news this week...

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    Thursday 12 November 2020. Happy Birthday to NEIL YOUNG who is 75 today. I have seen him on stage around ten times with the first time being two shows in 1976, Neil Young & Crazy Horse at Hammersm...
  • Monday 09 November 2020....Music news this week...

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    Monday 09 November 2020. These amazing figures confirm how popular boy band New Direction were back in the day, as their loyal fans still support the solo careers of the five members. Ticketed live...
  • Tuesday 03 November 2020....THE PRINCE OF WALES TOWNHOUSE

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    This press visit happened over a week ago but my tekky guy advised me to not to put it up while he was tweaking my website. The Prince Of Wales Townhouse....press showcase...7pm to 9.30pm... 73 Dall...
  • Thursday 05 November 2020...Music news this week...

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    Thursday 05 November 2020. Ken Hensley, ex-Uriah Heep, dead at 75. Ken Hensley, best known as Uriah Heep's keyboard player from 1970 to 1980, has died. He was 75. The sad news was delivered today by ...
  • Sunday 18 October 2020

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    Channel 5 tv at 9pm - QUEEN documentaryChannel 5 tv at 11pm - QUEEN live at Hammersmith Odeon 24 Dec 1975. Queen played five shows at this venue for their winter UK tour, I went to the four shows bef...
  • Saturday 17 October 2020

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    THE STRUTS released their third album "Strange Days " yesterday.Derby glam-rock revivalists The Struts seem to be suffering from the kind of love them / hate them that The Darkness suffered around 20 ...
  • Friday 16 October 2020

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    THE SEX PISTOLS are on SKY ARTS just after midnight tonight.THE SEX PISTOLS "They'll Always Be An England".Their great live DVD from their five shows at Brixton Academy in 2007....I was at all five sh...
  • Thursday 15 October 2020

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    Happy Birthday to TITO JACKSON who is 67 today.Check my Facebook page to see a photo of us together....
  • Wednesday 14 October 2020.

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    Check this very nice (and very rare) interview with EDDIE VAN HALEN on YouTube - 55 mins.Interview with Eddie Van Halen: Is Rock 'n' Roll All About Reinvention?It has been viewed over 6 million times....
  • Tuesday 13th October 2020

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    Some of England’s best-known grassroots music venues, including the 100 Club (cap, 350), Bush Hall (425)in London and Liverpool’s The Cavern Club (250), together with an array of independe...
  • Tuesday 13 October 2020...THE WHITE HORSE, WEMBLEY.

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    7pm to 10pm...THE WHITE HORSE - launch event.The White Horse, 4 Wembley Park Boulevard, Wembley, Middlesex, HA9 0HPFullers have opened a new pub and the location is pretty incredible for live music an...
  • 12th October 2020

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    Happy Birthday to THE DAMNED singer Dave Vanian who is 64 today.A bit mad to think that all the original young UK punk rockers are now in their 60s....
  • October 11th

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    I watched the great TEDDY PENDERGRASS documentary on BBCiPlayer this morning. He certainly seems to have been under appreciated over the years. I saw him three times at Hammersmith Odeon in Feb 1982...
  • Birthdays and Charts: 10th October 2020

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    10 Oct 2005 - It was 15 years ago that I went to this intimate gig by rock legends DEEP PURPLE. It was at The Hard Rock Cafe ,London for just 150 people. --------------- Happy Birthday to DAVID LEE...
  • 9th October

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    JOHN LENNON would have been 80 today. Lots of special programmes on tv and radio in tribute to him this weekend. Representatives of the late George Michaels estate have loaned the piano John Lennon...
  • RIP Bunny "Striker" Lee

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    Sad news that a reggae legend has passed away. Bunny Striker Lee, the influential reggae and dub producer, has died, Trojan Records confirms. The official cause of death has not been revealed, but ...
  • News and Reviews: 7th October 2020

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    Very sad news that rock guitar legend EDDIE VAN HALEN has died aged 65. Eddie Van Halen -- the legendary guitarist and co-founder of Van Halen -- has died after a long battle with throat cancer. He di...
  • News and Reviews: 6th October 2020

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    PEARL JAM will play two nights at American Express presents BST Hyde Park 2021, with the central London live concert series aiming to return to action next year following its cancellation in 2020 as ...
  • News and Reviews: 5th October 2020

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    Happy Birthday to BRIAN JOHNSON who is 73 today. I have seen AC/DC with Bon Scott 19 times. I have seen AC/DC with Brian Johnson over 20 times. I have seen AC/DC with Axl Rose just the once. AC/DC wit...
  • News and Reviews: 3rd October 2020

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    Happy Birthday to Motley Crue drummer TOMMY LEE who is 58 today. ---------------- JOHN LENNON would have been 80 on 09 October. Lots of special programmes this weekend on BBC tv and radio to celebrate...
  • News and Reviews: 2nd October 2020

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    BBC2 tv at 10pm - Later With Jools Holland features ROBERT PLANT for the entire programme. Robert Plant is promoting his new album, which comes out today. Robert Plant's new career-spanning solo comp...
  • News and Reviews: 1st October 2020

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    Happy Birthday to guitarist EARL SLICK who is 68 today. ---------------- Go on the TONY VISCONTI wiki page to see the staggering list of albums he has produced over the past 50 plus years, including ...
  • News and Reviews: Wednesday 30th September 2020

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    News from one of the UK's top live music promoters saying normal gigs are still a long way off. Kilimanjaro Live boss Stuart Galbraith has told Music Week of his hopes that full-capacity shows in the...
  • News and Reviews: 29th September 2020

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    Happy Birthday to ALAN McGEE are who is 60 today. One of the books i read while on holiday was his great drug fuelled autobiography. Creation Stories: Riots, Raves and Running a Label. Alan McGee's ...
  • 28th September 2020

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    I did a short interview for Greatest Hits Radio (South Wales version) It will be broadcast this Wednesday from 7pm. It is about Welsh live music history. I will be talking about going to see... KI...
  • 27th September 2020

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    Happy Birthday to RANDY BACHMAN who is 77 today. I was lucky to have seen two very rare UK shows by BTO. Bachman Turner Overdrive + Thin Lizzy Hammersmith Odeon, London 03.05.1975 fantastic dou...
  • 26th September 2020

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    26 Sept 2001 - I was at this great event 19 years ago today.THE CLASH - photos by Bob Gruen - private view at Proud Gallery, Camden.Joe Strummer and Mick Jones turned up as well as many others from Th...
  • 25th September 2020

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    Friday 25 September 2020...11.30am to 5.30pm... We are on the outskirts of the lovely Oxfordshire countryside at this very famous Palace. Before we enter there is temperature checks and track and tr...
  • 24th September 2020

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    A reminder that SKY ARTS is now free to view on daily tv from 01 September. They are showing many great music documentaries and gigs. This Saturday features an evening dedicated to Pink Floyd. 6.30...
  • 23rd September 2020

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    Happy Birthday to music legend BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN who is 71 today. I have seen Bruce live over 20 times including both his legendary debut London shows at Hammersmith Odeon in Nov 1975....
  • 6th September 2020

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    Thurs 10 Sept---Glen Matlock Band play The Electric Ballroom.This will be a socially distanced event where all socially distanced Heath & Safety procedures will be in place according to Govt guide...
  • 4th September 2020

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    The 2020 CONCOURS OF ELEGANCE will take place from Friday 4 to Sunday 6 September at Hampton Court Palace. The Concours of Elegance began at Windsor Castle in 2012, before moving to St James’s P...
  • 3rd September 2020

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    Happy Birthday to Sex Pistols "Guitar Hero" STEVE JONES who 65 today. I have seen THE SEX PISTOLS live around 20 times since 1976. It was 12 years ago in 2008 that The Sex Pistols played their last ...
  • 2nd September 2020

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    Sept 1975 - it was 45 years ago this month i was going to these great shows as a 16 year old. Alice Cooper + Heavy Metal Kids Wembley Arena , London 11.09.1975 fantastic rock package Great rock...
  • 1st September 2020

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    Happy Birthday to BARRY GIBB who is 74 today. I was lucky to have seen The Bee Gees play live at Madison Square Garden , New York in Sept 1979. They were flying high after the big hits from the "S...
  • 31st August 2020

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    Happy Birthday to VAN MORRISON who is 75 today. Van is playing two birthday shows at The Electric Ballroom this coming weekend. They will be the first socially distanced gigs in London by a major ar...
  • 29th August 2020

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    The Reading Festival and Notting Hill Carnival are not on this August Bank Holiday but this event looks a real corker. THE RUN - SUMMER GARDEN PARTY (held near to Ascot train station) More Then j...
  • 28th August 2020

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    Today would have been the first of the three days of Reading Festival. It has been cancelled this year due to the coronavirus. BBC iPlayer is playing highlights of previous festivals over the weeken...
  • 27th August 2020

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    Happy Birthday to GLEN MATLOCK who is 64 today. I first saw Glen on stage in 1976 with The Sex Pistols and then many other times after with The Pistols , and have seen him with The Rich Kids, The Fa...
  • 26th Aguust 2020

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    It was 50 years ago today that the legendary ELECTRIC LADYLAND recording studio officially opened in New York. On August 26, 1970, Jimi Hendrix hosted the opening party for such stars as Steve Winw...
  • 25th August 2020

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    Happy Birthday to GENE SIMMONS who is 71 today. I have seen KISS live over 30 times since their debut London shows in 1976 at Hammersmith Odeon. Also includes all four shows on their second UK tour ...
  • 21st August 2020

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    7.30pm to 10.30pm...Restaurant & bar press launch... JOLIE , 459 Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW10. We are in the Worlds End part of Chelsea, near to the legendary punk store at 430 Kings Road where...
  • 19th August 2020

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    THE LONDON CONCOURS, presented by Montres Breguet, is a luxurious automotive garden party hosted right in the heart of the City of London from Wednesday 19th Thursday 20th August. This hugely exciti...
  • 18th August 2020

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    This day 58 years ago in 1962. Only two days after Pete Best was fired, the Beatles performed their first official gig with new drummer RINGO STARR. The concert took place at Hulme Hall in Birkenhead...
  • 17th August 2020

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    SNIFFIN' GLUE - This month in 1977 they published their final issue..number 12. It was only around for a year or so. A monthly fanzine called Sniffin' Glue, which chronicled the early days of Britis...
  • 16th August 2020

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    Happy Birthday to MADONNA who is 62 today. ----------------- Saturday 15 August 2020. 10 years ago this week, THE FACES reformed with Mick Hucknall on vocals and Glen Matlock on bass. On guitar wa...
  • 12th August 2020

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    WINGMANS - press night - 8pm to 11.30pm. Chicken concept Wingmans is to launch its largest site to date in Soho this week. They are at 29-31 Old Compton Street, Soho, London W1. Wingmans is a Multi...
  • News and Reviews: 30th March 2020

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    Monday 30 March 2020. This documentary is well worth a watch on BBC iPlayer....AVICII : TRUE STORIES... On the face of it , AVICII had the perfect life as a top dj as he played to huge crowds worldwid...
  • News and Reviews: 4th March 2020

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    Tuesday 03 March 2020...7.10pm to 11.10pm... THE AUCTION at Christies, King Street, St James's, London SW1. Around 500 guests at this event that i have been too several times before - it is always a g...
  • News and Reviews: 17th February 2020

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    Monday 18 February 2020. It was 40 years ago this week that I attended these very nice gigs... Madness,Modettes Hammersmith Odeon, London 16.02.1980 11am start Saturday morning special Clash,Joe...
  • News and Reviews: 2nd February 2020

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    Sunday 02 February 2020. SID VICIOUS died 41 years ago today. ------------------- On the day of Super Bowl , check out this amazing video on YouTube from 2007. Prince Performs Purple Rain During Dow...
  • News and Reviews: 19th January 2020

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    Saturday 18 January 2020. CHASE RICE live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London. Level 3 is closed tonight so maybe 1200 are here. OWEN DAVIES arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played for 30 mins. Owen is a y...
  • News and Reviews: 27th December 2019

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    Sunday 22 December 2019. JOE STRUMMER (The Clash) sadly died this day in 2002 at the age of just 50. Strummer died suddenly on 22 December 2002 in his home at Broomfield in Somerset, the victim of an ...
  • News and Reviews: 6th December 2019

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    Thursday 05 December 2019...I went to three events today... 12.45pm to 3.45pm WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2019 - Royal Horseguards Hotel, London SW1. Around 150 guests at this very nice five ...
  • News and Reviews: 19th November 2019

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    Monday 18 November 2019...I went to two events tonight... 6.15pm to 7.45pm THE CREATIVE DIMENSION TRUST - launch party - Bonham's , New Bond Street, London W1. The Creative Dimension Trust (TCDT) offe...
  • News and Reviews: 2nd November 2019

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    Friday 01 November 2019. Do you remember the legendary SEX PISTOLS tv interview with Bill Grundy in 1976? Check out this great comedy version of it on YouTube to cheer you up. Type in Google search - ...
  • News and Reviews: 16th October 2019

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    Wednesday 16 October 2019...4pm to 7pm... Q AWARDS live at The Roundhouse , London. I have been to this prestigious music awards several times over the past decade. Around 500 guests are stalls table ...
  • News and Reviews: 30th September 2019

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    Sunday 29 September 2019. KEANE + MARIE WHITE live at The Royal Albert Hall, London. Keane play the second of two sold out shows at this iconic venue. Keane on tour to coincide with the release their ...
  • News and Reviews: 14th September 2019

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    Friday 13 September 2019....I went to two events tonight... Day 1 of 5 - London Fashion Week Daytime and evening presentations, catwalk shows and parties every day. 6.45pm to 8.15pm TED BAKER present...
  • News and Reviews: 15th August 2019

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    Wednesday 14 August 2019. Happy Birthday to singer-songwriter DAVID CROSBY who is 78 today. -------------------- Tuesday 13 August 2018. Happy Birthday to ex Undertones singer FEARGAL SHARKEY who is 6...
  • News and Reviews: 23rd July 2019

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    Tuesday 23 July 2019. Happy Birthday to DAVID ESSEX who is 72 today. ----------------- The next few days will be hot, hot, hot in London. Experts predict scorching conditions for Tuesday and Wednesday...
  • News and Reviews: 6th July 2019

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    Friday 05 July 2019 THE SOUND OF JOY DIVISION ORCHESTRATED live at The Royal Albert Hall, London. Joy Divisions legendary bassist Peter Hook is set to revisit the bands post punk repertoire with Man...
  • News and Reviews: 19th June 2019

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    Tuesday 18 June 2019. FLEETWOOD MAC + THE PRETENDERS live at Wembley Stadium, London. I am back to see Fleetwood Mac play the second of two massive shows at Wembley Stadium. Even though it is a Tuesda...
  • News and Reviews: 1st June 2019

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    Friday 31 May 2019. MARY BLACK live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London. Mary Black now aged 64 , has released a dozen albums over the last 40 years. I saw this popular & respected back home in Ireland f...
  • News and Reviews: 16th May 2019

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    Wed 15 May 2019....I went to two events tonight. 6.45pm to 8pm FOOD : Bigger Than The Plate - private view - V & A Museum , London SW7. From gastronomic experiments to urban farming, this exhibition b...
  • News and Reviews: 30th April 2019

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    Monday 29 April 2019...6.15pm to 8.30pm... MNKY HSE - showcase - 10 Dover Street, Mayfair, London W1. This was my first time at MNKY HSE which is a stylish Latin American restaurant & bar & nightclub....
  • News and Reviews: 11th April 2019

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    Wednesday 10 April 2019. Happy Birthday to BRIAN SETZER of The Stray Cats who is 60 today. I am looking forward to seeing The Stray Cats in the summer when they play the UK. Monday 08 April 2019. H...
  • News and Reviews: 21st March 2019

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    Wednesday 20 March 2019...I went to three events today... 1.30pm to 4.15pm Final day of IFE at Excel, East London. The International Food & Drink Event (IFE) is a celebration of 1,350 innovative, glob...
  • News and Reviews: 4th March 2019

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    Monday 04 March 2019. Shock news that KEITH FLINT co-vocalist/dancer in The Prodigy has passed away...aged only 49. The Prodigys Keith Flint has died aged 49. The dance legend was found dead in his h...
  • News and Reviews: 14th February 2019

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    Wednesday 13 February 2019...8pm to 10pm... Champions League Game - Last 16 - First Leg. SPURS 3 B.DORTMUND 0 Spurs win again even though Harry Kane is still out with injury. A fantastic atmosphere he...
  • News and Reviews: 27th January 2019

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    Sunday 27 January 2019. Happy Birthday to Pink Floyd founding member NICK MASON who is 75 today. Saturday 26 January 2019. Happy Birthday to guitar legend EDDIE VAN HALEN who is 64 today. Saturda...
  • News and Reviews: 6th January 2019

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    Sunday 06 January 2019. This gig took place 49 years ago today.......on 06 Jan 1970. The debut London show by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young at The Royal Albert Hall, London. Paul McCartney was in the c...
  • Best Gigs of 2019

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    I went to an incredible 172 live music events & gigs in 2019. This makes the grand total of 7054 gigs seen by me since 1973. Loads of great gigs not on this list but here are my stand out Top 20 gigs ...
  • News and Reviews: 15th December 2018

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    Friday 15 December 2018. URIAH HEEP live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London. With support from GUN + VON HERTZEN BROTHERS. I have seen Uriah Heep around 15 times since 1974 when i saw them headline Ham...
  • News and Reviews: 27th November 2018

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    Monday 26 Nov 2018. I bought this stunning single when it first came out 42 years ago today. "Anarchy in the U.K." by The Sex Pistols. It was released as the band's debut single on 26 November 1976 an...
  • News and Reviews: 4th November 2018

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    Saturday 03 November 2018...3pm to 5pm... READING 3 BRISTOL CITY 2....a great game with lots of goals. Bristol City brought their full quota of 2300 fans with them. There was a minutes silence for tho...
  • News and Reviews: 18th October 2018

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    Wednesday 17 October 2018. These things happen i suppose... I could not get along to The Q Awards at The Roundhouse in the afternoon as my trains were all down into Paddington due to massive damage c...
  • News and Reviews: 2nd October 2018

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    Monday 01 October 2018....I went to two events tonight... 7pm to 8pm BMI Awards at The Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London W1. The BMI Awards are annual award ceremonies for songwriters and publishers...
  • News and Reviews: 15th September 2018

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    Friday 14 September 2018...7.30pm to 10pm... NINA NAUSTDAL - AW18/19 London Fashion Week catwalk show - Maddox Club, 3/5 Mill Street, Mayfair, London W1. Upmarket designer Nina Naustdal is showcasin...
  • News and Reviews: 28th August 2018

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    Tuesday 28 August 2018. A pub in hipster area Hoxton, East London is selling a pint of beer for over 20 quid. A trendy pub is selling possibly the country's most expensive draft pint - that costs an a...
  • News and Reviews: 7th August 2018

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    Monday 06 August 2018. The Official Top 8 biggest VINYL albums of 2018 so far... Amazing how many classic older albums are still selling on vinyl. 1 TRANQUILITY BASE HOTEL & CASINO ARCTIC MONKEYS 2 RU...
  • News and Reviews: 16th July 2018

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    Monday 16 July 2018. Meryl Streep and Cher will be joined by Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Andy Garcia and Lily James for the world premiere of the Mamma Mia sequel. The 2008 film version of the hit mu...
  • News and Reviews: 26th June 2018

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    Monday 25 June 2018...I went to two events tonight... 6.30pm to 8pm KENNY SCHARF : BLOBZ - private view - Opera Gallery, 134 New Bond Street, London W1. Kenny Scharf makes a come-back in London this s...
  • 6,800th live gig!

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    This gig was my 6800th live show seen since 1973.... Sunday 24 June 2018. The Cure live at The Royal Festival Hall, London. The Cure played a special show to celebrate the end of Robert Smith as c...
  • Aftershow News: 23rd June 2018

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    Billy Idol + The Professionals live at Brixton Academy. After-show party from 10.45pm to 11.30pm. Around 70 or 80 guests are here in the backstage bar. It is a pay bar here. All The Professionals ...
  • Aftershow News: 23rd June 2018

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    Psychedelic Furs live at The Royal Festival Hall, London. 10.30pm to 11.20pm. Afterparty for around 80 guests in one of the many bars here at this venue. It is a pay bar but all the band turn up af...
  • News and Reviews: 11th June 2018

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    Sunday 10 June 2018. Paul McCartney hung out with talk show host James Corden in Liverpool at the weekend for what may be something special to mark the 50th anniversary of The Beatles White Album. T...
  • News and Reviews: 29th May 2018

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    Tuesday 29 May 2018. The planning row between ROBBIE WILLIAMS and JIMMY PAGE goes to court today. Robbie Williams wants to build a basement with a swimming pool. Jimmy Page has opposed the work saying...
  • News and Reviews: 13th May 2018

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    Sunday 13 May 2018. BBC Radio 2 4pm to 5pm - Johnnie Walker Show with guest NILS LOFGREN. A great interview with Nils with a mix of songs and stories including a great one on how his guitars got stole...
  • News and Reviews: 22nd April 2018

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    Monday 23 April 2018. Punk rock guitar legend JOHNNY THUNDERS sadly died today in 1991 - 27 year ago... I saw him live 18 times with the first at The Roxy Club in 1977 and included a gig on home turf ...
  • News and Reviews: 5th April 2018

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    Thursday 05 April 2018. Today I did an interview and photos with The Sun Newspaper about my gig going. They are hoping to have it in the paper this Friday or Saturday. Wednesday 04 April 2018. Ver...
  • Aftershow News: 23rd March 2018

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    Stiff Little Fingers live at The Forum, London. 11.10pm to 12pm. After-party in the balcony bar for around 50 or 60 guests. It is a pay bar. The SLF band members eventually turn up. It was still ...
  • News and Reviews: 18th March 2018

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    Sunday 18 March 2018. Six gigs reviewed by me in the last ten days...scroll down to see them... 07 March - Morrissey 09 March - At The Drive-In 11 March - Skid Row + Night Ranger + Toseland 13 March -...
  • News and Reviews: 2nd March 2018

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    Saturday 03 March 2018. A rock musician recently said this and it really is a timely reminder about making sure you see your fave older bands now before it's too late. This pretty much applies to my ...
  • News and Reviews: 10th February 2018

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    Sunday 11 February 2018. A friend has invited me to play drums at a rehearsal studios in the afternoon. I am a bit rusty as the last time i bashed a kit for a bit was around five years ago. Then in th...
  • News and Reviews: 22nd January 2018

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    Sunday 21 January 2018. Back in London ok and it's cold and rainy. My press trip review to Taiwan is now finished. Saturday 20 January 2018. Happy Birthday to Paul Stanley of KISS who is 66 today....
  • Aftershow News: 4th January 2018

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    Black Country Communion live at Hammersmith Apollo. After-party in the balcony bar of the venue. I was there from 10.15pm to 11.30pm but the event was due to finish at midnight. Around 100 guests a...
  • My Best Gigs of 2018

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    I went to an incredible 148 live music events & gigs in 2018. This makes the grand total of 6880 gigs seen by me since 1973. Here are the stand out Top dozen gigs of 2018 for me... Gun Control - The ...
  • News and Reviews: 18th December 2017

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    Monday 18 December 2017. Happy Birthday to Rolling Stones guitar legend Keith Richards who is 74 today. No doubt Keef will outlive all the other rockers. Sunday 17 December 2017...6.30pm to 11pm....
  • News and Reviews: 30th November 2017

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    Thursday 30 November 2017. Phil Collins tour rehearsals took place at LH2 Studios in Park Royal/Acton , West London. This was the same venue that The Rolling Stones used. I was at Hammersmith Odeon in...
  • News and Reviews: 14th November 2017

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    Monday 13 November 2017. PROPHETS OF RAGE live at The Forum, London. I saw them play a great show at Brixton Academy a few months ago. In September their debut album went in the charts at number six. ...
  • News and Reviews: 26th October 2017

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    Wednesday 25 October 2017...I went to two events tonight... 6.30pm to 8.15pm BAFTA BREAKTHROUGH BRITS - reception - Burberry Store , 121 Regent Street, London W1. Over 300 guests here in the huge impr...
  • News and Reviews: 10th October 2017

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    Tuesday 10 October 2017. Happy Birthday to Midge Ure who is 64 today. He is currently on a massive month long UK tour. Monday 09 October 2017...7.15pm to 12pm... BMI LONDON AWARDS live at The Dorc...
  • News and Reviews: 23rd September 2017

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    Friday 22 September 2017. RYAN ADAMS + KAREN ELSON live at The Royal Albert Hall,London. Ryan Adams (not to be confused with Bryan Adams ) plays a sold out show at The Royal Albert Hall Ryan Adams six...
  • News and Reviews: 10th September 2017

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    Sunday 10 September 2017. On this day in KISSTORY - September 10, 1975, KISS released their legendary 'Alive! 'album. This double live album, recorded largely in Detroit's Cobo Arena (with some materi...
  • Aftershow News: 8th September 2017

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    11.15pm to 1am.... Dave Stewart & Friends at Shepherds Bush Empire,London. There was an afterparty in the Level 1 bar which was really good. Much better than most of the parties held here which are...
  • News and Reviews: 22nd August 2017

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    Tuesday 22 August 2017. The Reading Festival is upon us this weekend. I have been to around 20 of them over the past 40 years. Here is the first three line-ups that I went to... 1976 - Rory Gallagher,...
  • News and Reviews: 28th July 2017

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    Thursday 27 July 2017...I went to two events tonight... 4pm to 5.15pm MASH PR - Christmas in July showcase - 91 Wimpole Street,London. Around a dozen brands are showcasing their various products in th...
  • News and Reviews: 6th July 2017

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    Wednesday 05 July 2017....7pm to 11pm... WARNER MUSIC & GQ SUMMER DRINKS PARTY, Nobu Hotel,Shoreditch,London EC2. Over 500 guests at this party at this newly opened Nobu Hotel. The Nobu Hotel Shoredit...
  • News and Reviews: 20th June 2017

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    Tuesday 20 June 2017. It was 30 years ago this day on 20 June 1987. I saw David Bowie + Big Country live at Wembley Stadium. This was on David's Glass Spider world tour. Monday 19 June 2017... I ...
  • News and Reviews: 6th June 2017

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    Monday 05 June 2017. PHIL COLLINS live at The Royal Albert Hall,London. Back again to see Phil Collins for the second time. As expected it is exactly the same show as the night before. This is the sma...
  • News and Reviews: 20th May 2017

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    Friday 19 May 2017. STEVE HACKETT live at The Palladium,London. Steve plays the last night of his two month UK & European tour to promote his recent album 'The Night Siren'. Steve was a guitarist with...
  • News and Reviews: 5th May 2017

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    Wednesday 03 May 2017...I went to two events tonight... 6pm to 8pm JACKIE COLLINS - estate auction private view - Bonhams,101 New Bond Street,London W1. Jackie Collins OBE who died in Sept 2015 aged 7...
  • Aftershow News: 3rd May 2017

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    10.20pm to 11.45pm Blondie live at The Roundhouse,London. Aftershow party in the balcony bar. A big crowd of over 100 guests i reckon....pay bar... Did not see Debbie Harry or Chris Stein here as ...
  • News and Reviews: 16th April 2017

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    Saturday 15 April 2017. THE MAGPIE SALUTE live at Under The Bridge @ Chelsea F.C.,London. The Magpie Salute play the last of four shows at Under The Bridge @ Chelsea F.C. The band feature former THE B...
  • Aftershow News: 10th April 2017

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    10.15pm to 12pm... The Pretenders at The Royal Albert Hall,London. Around 150 guests in the venue downstairs bar. Chrissie Hynde,Martin Chambers and the rest of the band are here.Also Jeff Beck,Sex...
  • Aftershow News: 9th April 2017

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    10.45pm to 12.30pm Sting at Hammersmith Apollo,London. Around 70 or 80 guests are in the balcony bar. Sting and all his band turn up here. Also here was Trudie Styler,Bob Geldof ,Jimmy Nail and L...
  • News and Reviews: 30th March 2017

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    Thursday 30 March 2017. Happy Birthday to Eric Clapton who is 72 today. Happy Birthday to Radio 2 dj Johnnie Walker who is 72 today. Wednesday 29 March 2017. SUNNY AFTERNOON live at The New Wimbl...
  • News and Reviews: 12th March 2017

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    Sunday 12 March 2017. Sad news that Joni Sledge from Sister Sledge has passed away. Sledge and her sisters who hailed from Philadelphia formed Sister Sledge in 1971, but had their first big succe...
  • News and Reviews: 18th February 2017

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    Friday 17 February 2017...I went to two events tonight... 6pm to 7.30pm Coys of Kensington - auction private view - Olympia Historic Automobile Fair and Auction at Olympia, Kensington,London W14. Aro...
  • News and Reviews: 24th January 2017

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    Monday 23 January 2017....6.15pm to 11.15pm... OMEARA - showcase - 6 O'Meara Street,off Southwark Street,London SE1. This new music venue opened in Oct 2016 and the launch party featured a live set fr...
  • My Best Gigs of 2017 List

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    I went to an incredible 178 live music events & gigs in 2017. This makes the grand total of 6731 gigs seen by me since 1973. Best gig of 2017 for me was... I am a bit biased but KISS at The 02 Arena o...
  • News and Reviews: 27th December 2016

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    Tuesday 27 December 2016. I don't think anyone needs reminding that this year is easily the worst year ever for big names from music and entertainment who have sadly died. From musicians to film to tv...
  • News and Reviews: 8th December 2016

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    Thursday 08 December 2016...another musician sadly dies... Celebrated British singer, musician, songwriter and producer Greg Lake has passed away after a long and hard fought battle with cancer. The ...
  • News and Reviews: 21st November 2016

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    Sunday 20 November 2016. Sex Pistol Glen Matlock attended The Olympia Music Fair today. Sunday 20 November 2016. The Steve Jones interviews and reviews related to his book are starting to come in....
  • News and Reviews: 4th November 2016

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    Thursday 03 November 2016...I went to three events tonight... 4.30pm to 7pm Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical - launch party - The Coliseum,St Martins Lane,London WC2. This was one of those massive West E...
  • Celebrating The Roundhouse

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    In October 2016 The Roundhouse in London celebrated it's 50th anniversary. They will launch a special website to celebrate their history. I did an audio interview with them in September talking main...
  • News and Reviews: 17th October 2016

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    Sunday 16 October 2016. The Live Music Business Awards were held earlier this week in London. Congratulations to John Giddings who accepted awards for Outstanding Contribution to Live Music (Agent f...
  • News and Reviews: 29th September 2016

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    Thursday 28 September 2016. Happy Birthday to Jerry Lee Lewis who is 81 today. Thursday 28 September 2016. Kate Bush is to release a new live album, taken from the singer's 22-show run at London's...
  • News and Reviews: 11th September 2016

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    Saturday 10 September 2016. BILLY JOEL live at Wembley Stadium,London. Billy Joel now aged 67 plays a massive outdoor show at Wembley Stadium. Only two shows in Europe---this one at Wembley and the we...
  • News and Reviews: 22nd August 2016

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    Sunday 21 August 2016. The Rio Olympics Closing Ceremony Tonight. It was great watching Team GB having a fantastic Olympics by winning so many medals. They came second after America in the gold medal ...
  • News and Reviews: 27th July 2016

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    Tuesday 26 July 2016...I went to two events tonight... 6.45pm to 9pm BERRY BROS - summer party & showcase - 3 St James's Street,St James's,London SW1. Berry Bros. & Rudd is one of Britain's oldest win...
  • News and Reviews: 8th July 2016

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    Thursday 07 July 2016...3pm to 11pm... House Festival 2016 at Marble Hill House & Gardens,Richmond Road,Twickenham,Middlesex. Private members club SOHO HOUSE hold their annual summer party where aroun...
  • News and Reviews: 21st June 2016

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    Monday 20 June 2016...8pm to 10pm...live on ITV1... EURO 2016---England play Slovakia in their final group game. Wayne Rooney was left out at the start and Roy Hodgson has started with the strikers th...
  • News and Reviews: 7th June 2016

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    Monday 6 June 2016...6.45pm to 9pm... DAVID BOWIE : Fame, Fashion, Photography - VIP private view - The Hub, Heddon Street, London, W1. Three different photographers who took David Bowie photos host ...
  • News and Reviews: 21st May 2016

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    Friday 20 May 2016. THE DAMNED live at The Royal Albert Hall,London. Original British punk rock legends play a sold out 40th anniversary show. It's their debut show at this venue to celebrate 40 years...
  • News and Reviews: 3rd May 2016

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    Monday 02 May 2016. Leicester City F.C. are Premier League Champions. It is one of the most amazing fairytale football and sporting achievements ever. Last year they just avoided relegation and this y...
  • News and Reviews: 19th April 2016

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    Monday 18 April 2016...6.45pm to 9pm... NAOMI CAMPBELL - book launch party - at Thomas's at Burberry Regent Street, 5 Vigo Street, London W1. Around 200 folks here at the massive Burberry store. This...
  • News and Reviews: 5th April 2016

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    Monday 04 April 2016...7.15pm to 11.30pm... The Rolling Stones EXHIBITIONISM - private view - at The Saatchi Gallery,Kings Road, Chelsea,London. Around 500 guests at this hot ticket invite only event...
  • News and Reviews: 17th March 2016

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    Thursday 17 March 2016. Paul Daniels has died at the age of 77, his publicist has confirmed. The magician and TV personality had been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour in February. According t...
  • News and Reviews: 27th February 2016

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    Friday 26 February 2016. Chas & Dave live at The Theatre Royal,Windsor. I first saw them in 1976 at Hammersmith Odeon supporting 10cc. I saw them headline The Royal Albert Hall in April 2014. Chas & D...
  • News and Reviews: 4th February 2016

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    Wednesday 3 February 2016...I went to two events tonight... 6.45pm to 7.45pm Esquire x Zoolander 2 - party at Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, London, W1. Men's fashion fashion mag hosts a party for thi...
  • News and Reviews: 15th January 2016

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    Thursday 14 January 2016...I went to two events tonight... 7pm to 8.45pm. Louis Vuitton for UNICEF - party at The Apartment, Louis Vuitton, 17-20 New Bond Street, London, W1. Around 200 folks upstairs...
  • My fave Gigs & Events summary of 2016.

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    I went to 149 gigs in 2016 which brings the grand total to 6552 gigs seen by me since 1973. Too many great gigs seen by me this year but I will mention 21 that stood out. 1.The best gig of 2016 was Br...
  • News and Reviews: 27th December 2015

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    Saturday 26 December 2016. Rapper Kendrick Lamars To Pimp A Butterfly has been named critics best album of the year in a new BBC poll. The Grammy-nominated release beats Australian singer Courtney B...
  • Aftershow News: 16th December 2015

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    11.15pm to 12pm. Bernard Fowlers Allstars at The Scala,London. Around 100 folks here at the aftershow upstairs. Most of them are the younger crowd. The dj is playing the tunes loudly and it's live...
  • News and Reviews: 27th November 2015

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    Friday 27 November 2015. In his show today, Steve Lamacq announced that Joy Divisions Unknown Pleasures has been named the winner of BBC Radio 6 Musics favourite band t-shirt of all-time. It was vot...
  • News and Reviews: 14th November 2015

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    Saturday 14 November 2015. Ed Sheeran, one of the biggest artists in the world, has broken chart history. His 15 million-selling, second studio album x has had the longest reign in the UK Top 10 Off...
  • News and Reviews: 28th October 2015

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    Wednesday 28 October 2015...6.45pm to 9pm... Terry O'Neill 'Bond and Beyond' book launch and private view at Ransom Gallery,105 Pimlico Road,London SW1. One of the UK's most famous photographers of th...
  • News and Reviews: 8th October 2015

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    Wednesday 07 October 2015...I went to two events tonight... 7pm to 8.15pm. Book launch at Christies,King Street,London SW1. A very upmarket posh crowd of around 300 folks here including Elizabeth Hurl...
  • News and Reviews: 20th September 2015

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    Sunday 20 September 2015...another sad death... British born author Jackie Collins has died of breast cancer aged 77 just 10 days after visiting the UK to do promotion on her latest book. She was an E...
  • News and Reviews: 4th September 2015

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    Friday 04 September 2015. IRON MAIDEN release their new studio album 'The Book of Souls',their first for 5 years. They will soon announce a massive world tour for 2016 with UK and European shows in th...
  • News and Reviews: 7th August 2015

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    Thursday 06 August 2015. A nice little pension earner. Walking on Sunshine, the irritatingly catchy 1985 pop hit by Katrina & The Waves, is a new and perhaps unlikely member of this club. The so...
  • News and Reviews: 19th July 2015

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    Saturday 18 July 2015. Bette Midler live at The 02 Arena,London. First of two shows at this venue by Bette on her 'Divine Intervention' UK arena tour. As part of her first UK shows for 35 years. Her A...
  • News and Reviews: 1st July 2015

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    Tuesday 30 June 2015...7pm to 9pm... The Art Gala at Masterpiece London in aid of the NSPCC at The Royal Hospital,Chelsea,London. Masterpiece is a huge art, antiques and design fair with over 100 stan...
  • News and Reviews: 13th June 2015

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    Friday 12 June 2015...7.15pm to 9.30pm... Morden & Lea restaurant press launch, 17 Wardour Street,London W1. Yet another new restaurant in the Soho area which is totally buzzing as there are tourists ...
  • News and Reviews: 28th May 2015

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    Wednesday 27 May 2015....I went to two events tonight... 6.15pm to 8.15pm City Lights exhibition at Lights of Soho,35 Brewer Street,Soho,London W1. This exhibition features Neon in this new art galler...
  • News and Reviews: 13th May 2015

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    Wednesday 13 May 2013. Rick Buckler ex drummer of The Jam has a book out. 'That's Entertainment : My Life In The Jam'. Paul Weller split The Jam up in 1982 at the height of their success. Paul Weller ...
  • News and Reviews: 27th April 2015

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    Sunday 26 April 2015. Status Quo live at Hammersmith Apollo,London. Status Quo on yet another UK tour. They have had a busy past few years with three types of Quo playing live shows. We have had The F...
  • News and Reviews: 9th April 2015

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    Thursday 09 April 2015. Barry Manilow 'weds male manager'. Barry Manilow has married his long-time manager Garry Kief in a secret ceremony. The Copacabana singer, who has never publicly addressed his ...
  • News and Reviews: 15th March 2015

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    Friday 13 March 2015. Belinda Carlisle live at The Hippodrome Casino,London. The show is in The Matcham cabaret room at this very popular massive casino. An intimate setting as it only holds 200 and v...
  • News and Reviews: 24th February 2015

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    Monday 23 February 2015. As I get older the thought of standing up all day at outdoor music festivals gets less appealing as I would rather see my bands indoors to be honest but this bill looks like ...
  • Aftershow News: 18th February 2015

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    12pm to 2.30am... NME Awards 2015 afterparty at Cuckoo Club,Swallow Street,London W1. Around 200 here over the two floors. It is a full free bar except champers which creates a lively atmosphere an...
  • Aftershow News: 13th February 2015

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    10.45pm to 11.45pm... Kaiser Chiefs live at The 02 Arena,London. A big crowd of around 200 folks in one of the big rooms on the ground floor. There are tunes playing in the background. The band t...
  • News and Reviews: 2nd February 2015

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    Sunday 01 February 2015...6.15pm to 9pm... W36 --- press visit--- West Thirty Six,36 Goldborne Road,North Kensington,London W10. This cool new restaurant has opened its doors in the past week. Back ag...
  • News and Reviews: 13th January 2015

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    Monday 12 January 2015...I went to three events for London Collections : Men... 6pm to 7.30pm. LCM a/w 2015 : The Woolmark Company x The English Gentleman at Apsley House, Number One London. Bespoke t...
  • My best gigs and events in 2015...

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    Another great year as London was totally buzzing. I went to 146 gigs in 2015 bringing my total to 6403 gigs seen by me since 1973. On top of the gigs there was even more product launches,restaurant la...
  • Aftershow News: 21st December 2014

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    11.20pm to 12.30pm... The Cure live at Hammersmith Apollo,London. Over 100 folks here in the balcony bar. There are dj sounds in the background. Despite three sold out shows at this venue it is st...
  • Aftershow News: 18th December 2014

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    Starz live at The Garage,London. First ever UK show by American rockers Starz whose debut album came out in 1976. After the show finished the band were in the main venue for 15 mins signing stuff an...
  • News and Reviews: 16th December 2014

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    Monday 15 December 2014...6.15pm to 8.15pm... Burrell at Bonhams : An Exhibition of Masterpieces from the Burrell Collection,Glasgow --- private view at Bonhams,New Bond Street,London W1. Masterpieces...
  • Aftershow News: 13th December 2014

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    11.15pm to 12pm. Public Image Limited live at Indigo at The 02 complex, London. Around 100 folks in the VIP bar upstairs. Quite a few are John Lydon's mates from North London including Reggie who ...
  • News and Reviews: 30th November 2014

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    Friday 28 November 2014. Willie Nile Band live at The Borderline,London. Willie Nile is a New Yorker now aged 66 and is one of those great live acts who should be playing bigger gigs. He has been play...
  • News and Reviews: 12th November 2014

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    Tuesday 11 November 2014...3.30pm to 9.30pm... A family day as it's my youngest son Stephen graduation ceremony from Kingston University. He was presented with his degree in Business Management Practi...
  • Aftershow News: 9th November 2014

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    11.10pm to 12.30pm... Billy Idol live at Hammersmith Apollo,London. Afterparty in the circle bar for around 50 or 60 people. A sold out show but it's still a pay bar. Guests here included Sex Pist...
  • Aftershow News: 29th October 2014

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    11.45pm to 6am...29 Oct 2014... Mario Testino - 60th birthday party at Chiltern Firehouse, 1 Chiltern Street, London, W1. This was a mega bash for sure as one of the worlds top photographers has hir...
  • News and Reviews: 27th October 2014

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    Saturday 25 October 2014...Sad news that legendary bass player Jack Bruce has died aged 71... Jack formed Cream alongside drummer Ginger Baker and guitarist/singer Eric Clapton in the 1960s, handling ...
  • Aftershow News: 19th October 2014

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    10.40pm to 11.30pm... Tony Hadley live at The Theatre Royal,Drury Lane, London WC2. Spandau Ballet singer has a party on the final night of his UK tour for around 70 people who are friends and fami...
  • Aftershow News: 10th October 2014

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    10.45pm to 12.30pm... Hans Zimmer Revealed And Friends live at Hammersmith Apollo,London. A big crowd here in the venues balcony bar with over 200 folks here because there were over 70 people on sta...
  • News and Reviews: 9th October 2014

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    Wed 08 October 2014. James Taylor & his legendary band live at The Royal Albert Hall,London. James Taylor plays the second of two sold out shows at The Royal Albert Hall. These are the last shows o...
  • Aftershow News: 23rd September 2014

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    10.20pm to 11pm... Placebo live at The Roundhouse,London. Around 50 people in one of the venue balcony bars. The band do not show while i was there as they stayed in their dressing room area. A pa...
  • News and Reviews: 20th September 2014

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    Saturday 20 September 2014. Kate Bush live at Hammersmith Apollo,London. This was show number 16 of the 22 Kate Bush sold out shows at this venue and my first time seeing it. All sold out pronto despi...
  • Aftershow News: 9th September 2014

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    10.30pm to 11.30pm... Ray Davies live at The Royal Festival Hall,London. Around 50 people in one of the rooms in the maze that is the backstage area of this venue with endless rooms,corridors,stair...
  • News and Reviews: 31st August 2014

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    Sunday 31 August 2014. Royal Blood go straight in at the top of the UK album charts. Royal Blood have scored the fastest-selling rock debut album in three years. The Brighton duo released their self...
  • Aftershow News: 6th August 2014

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    11pm to 11.30pm... Blink 182 live at Brixton Academy,London. Around 50 or 60 folks in the VIP bar backstage. No faces here from other bands and Blink 182 stay in the dressing room area while I was ...
  • News and Reviews: 4th August 2014

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    Monday 04 August 2014...update for the article below... The KISS hoardings have come down as the store is now open with the official launch in September. Sunday 03 August 2014...some news for KISS fan...
  • News and Reviews: 14th July 2014

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    Saturday 12 July 2014. Neil Young And Crazy Horse + The National live at Hyde Park,London. A lovely sunny day although it rained for five mins during the interval between the headliners. An impressive...
  • News and Reviews: 19th June 2014

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    Wednesday 18 June 2014...6.30pm to 9.45pm... Taste Of London - Press/VIP preview at Regents Park, London. Opening night of London's main foodie festival. It's a lovely sunny evening which is handy as ...
  • News and Reviews: 22nd May 2014

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    Tuesday 20 May 2014. Jeff Beck live at The Symphony Hall,Birmingham. Rock guitar legend Jeff Beck is on a massive world tour. He played The Royal Albert Hall last week but i was at The Kaiser Chiefs g...
  • Aftershow News: 11th May 2014

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    10.10pm to 11pm... Courtney Love live at Shepherds Bush Empire,London. Around 40 folks in the Level 1 bar. An early start for the afterparty as the gig finished at 10pm.It was a pay bar. All her b...
  • News and Reviews: 23rd April 2014

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    38 years ago this week. On April 23, 1976, AC/DC played live in the UK for the first time at The Red Cow Pub,West London. I saw them play a couple of days later on April 26 1976 at The Nashville Pub i...
  • Aftershow News: 12th April 2014

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    11pm to 12pm... Manic Street Preachers live at Brixton Academy,London. Over 100 people in the backstage bar. A dj is playing some cool tunes. The band are not here as they stayed in the dressing r...
  • Aftershow News: 11th April 2014

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    10.15pm to 12pm... Dave Davies live at The Barbican,London. Around 50 or 60 folks in the huge backstage area of this venue with complimentary beers and wines for all. Dave and the band are all her...
  • News and Reviews: 31st March 2014

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    Sat 29 March 2014 ---The Cure live at The Royal Albert Hall,London. This was the second of two Cure gigs here for The Teenage Cancer Trust. Both shows sold out as these are their only gigs in Europe. ...
  • Aftershow News: 26th March 2014

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    11pm to 12.15am... Steel Panther live at Brixton Academy,London. Aftershow party in the backstage bar for around 100 folks. Despite it being the end of a long European Tour it is still a pay bar. ...
  • Aftershow News: 16th March 2014

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    11pm to 12pm... Mike And The Mechanics live at Hammersmith Apollo, London. Over 100 folks here in the balcony bar. All the band members turned up and others here were Nick Mason(Pink Floyd drumme...
  • News and Reviews: 5th March 2014

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    03 March 2014. The Killers and Justin Timberlake have been confirmed as the headliners for this years V Festival. Support acts include Chic feat Nile Rodgers,Lily Allen, Blondie,Human League,Strypes a...
  • Aftershow News: 25th February 2014

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    Wilko Johnson featuring Roger Daltrey live at Shepherds Bush Empire,London. I was here 10.30pm to 12.15am. Around 100 folks in the Level 1 bar at the venue and promoters AEG have provided a full fre...
  • News and Reviews: 5th February 2014

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    04 Feb 2014...I went to two events tonight... 7pm to 8pm.Protein World Retox drink launch at The May Fair Hotel,London W1. This was held in the very plush penthouse suite at the top of this quality ho...
  • Aftershow News: 1st February 2014

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    Family live at The Shepherds Bush Empire,London. I was there from 11pm to 12pm in the Level 1 bar although it was planned to finish at 1am. All the band pop in here at some point. It's a pay bar an...
  • Best Gigs of 2014

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    Another great year for live music as I went to 153 gigs as well as loads of other good events. My gig total is now 6256 since 1973. Remember it is just my personal view of the gig which could be for m...
  • Best Parties of 2014

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    There were plenty of new restaurants and bars opening in 2014 along with other good regular events. Without doubt the venue of the year was The Chiltern Firehouse Restaurant and Bar in Marylebone. S...
  • News and Reviews: 24th December 2013

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    22 Dec 2013..Here is a very funny Sex Pistols related video clip. ITS KEVIN (BBC2) Amish Sex Pistols---Bill Grundy Interview 2013 Click here to play the video. The original Sex Pistols Bill Grundy int...
  • Aftershow News: 28th October 2013

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    Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds live at Hammersmith Apollo,London. Around 70 or 80 people in the circle bar. A dj playing some good tunes including a couple of Lou Reed tracks which was nice to hear. N...
  • Aftershow News: 14th October 2013

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    Wilko Johnson live at Koko,London. Around 50 folks are here in the upstairs bar. Wilko is here with Norman Watt-Roy. Also members of the support act Ruts DC. Also here is Richard England who owns ...
  • Aftershow News: 12th October 2013

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    Kate Nash live at Shepherds Bush Empire,London. A massive amount of friends and family squeezed into the Level 1 bar.Kate Nash is here along with the support bands but i did not see any other faces. ...
  • News and Reviews: 4th October 2013

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    03 Oct 2013.I went to three events tonight starting with a live music showcase gig. 6.15pm to 8.15pm Gavin DeGraw - album showcase at The Booking Office Bar, St Pancras Renaissance London Hotel, ...
  • News and Reviews: 12th August 2013

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    2013 was the 40th anniversary of my first ever gig in 1973. 1.Slade Geordie Suzi Quatro (Pop Party) Brands Hatch Racetrack,Kent 12.08.1973 No singing just personal appearance. I can remember picking ...
  • News and Reviews: 6th August 2013

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    02 Aug 2013. BT SPORT v SKY SPORTS.....LET THE BATTLE BEGIN.... BT SPORT will show 38 Premier League football games live through its broadband service. Thurs 01 Aug is the first day of BT SPORT. Progr...
  • Aftershow News: 29th June 2013

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    'Viva Forever!' at The Piccadilly Theatre,London W1. This was the closing night of this musical based around the songs of The Spice Girls. Although most of the team involved with this production exp...
  • News and Reviews: 15th June 2013

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    13 June 2013.I went to two events tonight. 6.45pm to 8.15pm Cad & The Dandy - launch party at Cad & The Dandy,First Floor, 13 Savile Row, London W1. Complimentary cocktails and canapes here for this ...
  • Aftershow News: 9th June 2013

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    John Cooper Clarke live at The Palladium,London. Lots of acts on stage and lots of guests in the crowd so lots of well known faces here in the lower ground bar at this venue after the show. We had M...
  • Aftershow News: 4th May 2013

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    10.15pm to 11.45pm. Michael Ball live at Hammersmith Apollo,London. Around 100 people including Sir Tim Rice in the circle bar.For nine out of ten bands that play here the aftershow event is a pay b...
  • News and Reviews: 27th April 2013

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    24 April 2013.I went to two events tonight. 5.45pm to 7.30pm was the launch party for The Udderbelly Festival at The Southbank Centre,London. My first outdoor event for this year as over 300 folks a...
  • Aftershow News: 6th March 2013

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    Give It Up For Comic Relief live at Wembley Arena,London. 11.15pm to 12.30am.Around 150 here in the backstage bar area,A full free bar along with cangapes and cupcakes.Oddly we had half a dozen music...
  • Aftershow News: 20th February 2013

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    BRIT Awards official afterparty within The 02 Arena complex 10.30pm to 1.15am. This is always a massive party as at least 1000 here.It is more for the hospitalilty folks rather than any artists who ...
  • News and Reviews: 13th February 2013

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    12 Feb 2013.I went to two events tonight. First 6.15pm to 7.15pm was Penhaligon's pre Valentines party at 125 Regent Street,London W1. Penhaligon's is an English perfume house. It was founded in 1870 ...
  • News and Reviews: 11th January 2013

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    09 Jan 2013.6.30pm to 8.30pm i was at The VeryFirstTo Awards at No 5 Cavendish Square,London W1. This was the inaugural VeryFirstTo Awards that recognise the most eagerly anticipated luxury launches t...
  • Aftershow News: 4th January 2013

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    "Fuerzabruta" live at The Roundhouse,London. Tonight was the second of two press nights here for this Argentine based theatre company. This was the aftershow party for the 7pm show. From 8.30pm to ...
  • Top Gigs of 2013

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    Another really great year for live music as i attended 181 live music events. My gig total now reads 6102 since 1973. 1.Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band,Millenium Stadium, Cardiff and their ama...
  • Aftershow News: 21st December 2012

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    The Hit Factory Live at The 02 Arena,London. 11pm to 1am.This was held in a newly built function room at this venue so that means they now have a choice of half a dozen areas to host an aftershow. O...
  • News and Reviews: 11th December 2012

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    09 Dec 2012.6.30pm to 10.20pm. Day 2 of The Capital Radio London Jingle Bell Ball 2012 at The 02 Arena,London. With Pink,Girls Aloud,The Wanted,Example,Rita Ora,Calvin Harris,Conor Maynard. Popular ma...
  • Aftershow News: 25th November 2012

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    11pm to 1am.The Rolling Stones live at The 02 Arena,London. For massive shows like this there is always three or four different aftershow parties. The one i was at was for hospitality events company...
  • News and Reviews: 18th November 2012

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    18 Nov 2012.Sunday afternoon i spent a couple of hours at The Musicmania Record Fair At Olympia.Always good fun and you always see some surprise items. Sex Pistols "Anarchy In The UK 1976 Tour" poster...
  • Aftershow News: 18th November 2012

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    Rufus Wainwright live at Hammersmith Apollo,London.Aftershow in the circle bar. No freebie booze here....Jonathan Ross was at the gig but not at the aftershow. Folks here include actress Helena Bonh...
  • News and Reviews: 3rd November 2012

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    01 Nov 2012.6.50pm to 10.30pm i was at The Stonewall Awards at The Victoria And Albert Museum,South Kensington,London SW7. Gok Wan hosted this annual awards celebrating the range of positive contribut...
  • Aftershow News: 12th October 2012

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    10pm to 1am.The UK premiere of Led Zeppelin DVD "Celebration Day" at Hammersmith Apollo,London. This was a proper party for sure as Led Zep have invited a huge crowd of 300 or 400 folks to the circle...
  • News and Reviews: 6th October 2012

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    04 Oct 2012.Ray Davies + Dead Flamingoes live at The Royal Albert Hall,London. Up first is a male and female acoustic duo called Dead Flamingoes for a 30 mins set. They have an ep out produced by Edwy...
  • News and Reviews: 15th September 2012

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    13 Sept 2012.I went to two events tonight. First 6pm to 8.30pm was a showcase at DSTRKT,9 Rupert Street,London W1. Another club venue promoting itself for the pre Christmas party hiring season. Just a...
  • News and Reviews: 29th August 2012

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    28 Aug 2012.8pm to 10.30pm i was at the preview evening for Wahaca,19 Charlotte Street,London W1. Tonight was invite only for friends,family and press. Wahaca is very popular in London and hardly need...
  • News and Reviews: 8th August 2012

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    Thurs 02 Aug to Thurs 09 Aug 2012 i am up in Blackpool for a few days. The sight of over 5000 punk rockers young and old up here for The Rebellion Punk Festival mixed in with the stag and hen pari