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Wilderness Festival August 2021 was gig number 7100 for me since 1973.
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My interview with TIME OUT magazine in April 2018 is now online. It features me talking about being the UKs number one gig goer...now over 7000 gigs seen... Includes a mention of the 2000 plus shows i have been to at Hammersmith Odeon/Apollo since 1973, along with a photo of me outside the venue Mentions some Sex Pistols stories and other bits and pieces. Search for it on google under Ray Morrissey Time Out. Also search interviews Ray Morrissey BBC and Ray Morrissey Roundhouse
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October - The new James Bond film is in cinemas this month.
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From 01 Oct - ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES reopens at The Haymarket Theatre, London.
This theatre show is celebrating 40 years of the much loved tv show.
I went to the opening night when it originally opened, and the afterparty at The Haymarket Hotel next door.
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Fri 22 Oct - ROGER TAYLOR (Queen drummer) plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
Marking his first live performances outside Queen in over two decades, Taylor will tour the UK across October 2021, playing 14 intimate shows that will coincide with the release of his latest solo album "Outsider".
The show will mix solo tracks with Queen classics.
Will Brian May turn up at Shepherds Bush?, which is the final date on the tour.
On 08 Oct Roger Taylor new album "Outsider " went straight in at number three in UK charts.
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Sat 23 Oct - THE WATERBOYS play The Roundhouse.
I have seen The Waterboys several times, with the first time back in 1984 when they supported
U2 at Brixton Academy....their track "The Whole of the Moon" is a total classic from the 1980s.
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Sun 24 Oct - THE PROFESSIONALS play The Garage, North London.
Wed 27 Oct - THE PROFESSIONALS play The Crauford Arms, Milton Keynes.
The Professionals feature Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook.
The band are playing a full UK tour to promote their new album "SNAFU".
The Professionals guitarist Chris McCormack has amicably left the band.
Legendary UK/New Zealand punk and rock quartet DESPERATE MEASURES are the support band
Formed in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1981, releasing one single and a live album before splitting two years later. Still fronted by founder member Eugene Butcher, the band resurfaced in London tooled up for the 21st Century and include guitarist Gaff (Rich Ragany, Hollywood Brats) and bassist Ricky Maguire (UK Subs, The Men They Couldn’t Hang).
Their singer Eugene Butcher is the Editor of that fab music magazine Vive Le Rock.
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Sat 23 Oct + Sun 24 Oct + Tues 26 Oct + Wed 27 Oct
CLIFF RICHARD plays four shows at The Royal Albert Hall on his UK tour that was to
celebrate his 80th birthday, but he will be 81 when the shows actually happen.
The final show on Wed 27 Oct will be beamed live to selected cinemas across the UK.
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Mon 25 Oct - MICHAEL BOLTON plays The Royal Albert Hall.
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Mon 25 Oct + Tues 26 Oct + Wed 27 Oct + Thurs 28 Oct - JIMMY CARR plays Hammersmith Apollo.
Comedian who like Ricky Gervais does not pander to woke tosh.
Like Jimmy says " having political correctness at a comedy show is like having health and safety
at a rodeo - I may say terrible things, but they are just jokes"
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Thurs 28 Oct - HAWKWIND play The Palladium.
Thurs 28 Oct - LEVEL 42 play The Royal Albert Hall.
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Fri 29 Oct - PORTICO QUARTET play St John Church, Hackney , East London.
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Sat 30 Oct - PINEAPPLE THIEF play Shepherds Bush Empire.
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Sunday 31 Oct - MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST + DORO play Shepherds Bush Empire.
A very nice pairing of German rockers.
MICHAEL SCHENKER celebrating 50 years since his first stage performance.
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Mon 01 Nov - RICHARD ASHCROFT plays The Royal Albert Hall.
After selling out two shows at The Palladium in October, RA adds an extra London show.
Richard was the frontman of The Verve from their formation in 1990 until their original split in 1999. Songs he wrote for the band include "Bitter Sweet Symphony", "Lucky Man", and the UK number one "The Drugs Don't Work", and will be great to hear all three played live again.
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Tues 02 Nov - BIFFY CLYRO play The Forum.
Scottish rockers who can headline arenas play an intimate show.
They are promoting their ninth studio album "The Myth of the Happily Ever After " ,
which is released 22 October 2021.
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Wed 03 Nov and Thurs 04 Nov - ARLO PARKS plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
Arlo Parks looks like being a massive star of the future and has been on prime-time UK and USA tv shows.
At the time of this show she will be a 21 year-old British singer/songwriter and poet but is now set to headline the 2,000-capacity venue in support of her gorgeous debut album, marking the biggest headline gigs of her career...both these shows sold out in May 2021.
Prior to this UK tour, Arlo Parks embarks on a full North American tour.
“The Collapsed In Sunbeams Tour” North American Tour now features 24 gigs, with 22 shows in the U.S,
and two shows in Canada.
In Sept 2021 Arlo Parks won the prestigious Hyundai Mercury Album Prize Award.
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Tues 02 Nov and Wed 03 Nov KASABIAN play Brixton Academy....both shows sold out in August.
KASABIAN play their first UK tour since singer Tom departed the band.
Looks like Serge will take on all the vocals.
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Thurs 04 Nov - UK MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS at The Roundhouse.
Thurs 04 Nov - AUSTRALIAN PINK FLOYD play Hammersmith Apollo.
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Fri 05 Nov - HEAVEN 17 play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Fri 05 Nov - BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE play Hammersmith Apollo.
Fri 05 Nov - FATBOY SLIM plays Wembley Arena.
He may be just a DJ with a console but I saw him once at Brixton Academy and it was a great visual show.
One of the DJ support acts is a NHS doctor who goes under the name of NHSessions.
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Sat 06 Nov - LAWSON play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Sat 06 Nov - RAG N BONE MAN plays Hammersmith Apollo.
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Mon 08 Nov - HOLLY HUMBERSTONE plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
Holly’s incredible ascent during a global pandemic to becoming one of Britain’s brightest 2021 stars shows no sign of slowing up.
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Mid Sept to Mid Nov - JOHN LYDON is on a massive eight week UK tour for his chat/QnA show.
SEX PISTOLS / PUBLIC IMAGE LIMITED punk rock Icon will talk for an hour or so each evening.
Sat 13 Nov - Union Chapel, Islington, London (last date on the tour).
John recently lost his court case against other members of the band regards using Sex Pistols
songs in the "Pistol" tv series, so will be interesting to hear what John says about that.
On Tues 07 Sept at 7.45am on ITV John said losing the court case cost him a staggering £2m.
I have seen The Sex Pistols play live 29 times since 1976 and Public Image Limited
over a dozen times since their debut show in London at The Rainbow on 25 Dec 1978.
I don't think i can fancy going and hearing John slag off the other Sex Pistols members,
due to them winning the recent court case.
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Sun 14 Nov - ROB LAMBERT - a celebration of George Michael - plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
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THE EARL SLICK BAND feat Jesse Smith on vocals are playing a dozen club shows around the UK.
The set will probably feature solo material along with a couple of David Bowie tracks.
Earl Slick played many tours as part of David Bowie's band.
Mon 08 Nov - Water Rats , Kings Cross, London.
Fri 19 Nov - Half Moon, Putney , London.
Sun 21 Nov - Purple Turtle, Reading.
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Wed 10 Nov - DEAD DAISIES + QUIREBOYS + GRAND SLAM play Shepherds Bush Empire.
A nice triple bill of rock acts, are playing a UK tour.
Dead Daisies now feature rock legend GLENN HUGHES.
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Thurs 11 Nov - SUEDE play Alexandra Palace.
Suede are playing a UK tour to celebrate 25 years since the release of their debut album.
After a refurbishment, Alexandra Palace capacity has gone up from 7000 to 10000.
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Fri 12 Nov - RAYE plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
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Fri 12 Nov - GLEN MATLOCK BAND + THE VULZ play The 100 Club.
Glen is on a UK tour...tickets for this show are £20 advance or £25 on the door.
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Sat 13 Nov - ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES IN THE DARK play Hammersmith Apollo.
Special guests are SCRITTI POLITTI who i saw play a great show at Shepherds Bush
Empire on 02 Oct 2021.
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Mon 15 Nov and Tues 16 Nov - SOFT CELL play Hammersmith Apollo.
I was at their big one-off comeback show at The 02 Arena a few years ago.
I saw them several times in their 1980s heyday with the first being in 1982 for a recording of
The Old Grey Whistle Test where Edgar Winter was the main act.
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ROGER DALTREY is playing a full UK solo tour including...
Monday 15 November - The London Palladium.
Sunday 21 November - New Theatre, Oxford.
Roger Daltrey will be hitting the stage with his band, performing an evening of classics, solo hits and rarities, with both acoustic and electric sets. Plus, Roger will be taking part in a Q&A, as the audience will get the chance to put their questions to the man himself.
Rock legend Roger is still rockin' at the grand old age of 77.
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Fri 19 Nov - NEW RULES play Shepherds Bush Empire.
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Sat 20 Nov - SLEEP TOKEN play Shepherds Bush Empire.
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Thurs 25 Nov - STYLISTICS + HEATWAVE play Indigo at The 02 Arena complex.
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Fri 26 Nov - THE OFFSPRING + THE HIVES play Wembley Arena.
A very nice pair of bands are playing a short UK arena tour together.
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Sat 27 Nov - PSYCHODRAMA + GUN CONTROL play The George & Dragon Pub, High Street, Acton.
I will be drumming with my band Gun Control for our first gig in 18 months.
Only 60 tickets available at £10 each plus £1 booking fee from www.wegottickets.com
Stage times...
Gun Control on at 9pm for 40 mins.
Psychodrama on at 10pm for 50 mins.
Also playing will be Electrics and Public Service Announcement.
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Fri 26 Nov and Sat 27 Nov - MARILLION play Hammersmith Apollo.
The second night will be available as a pay to view live stream.
Veteran prog rock band Marillion has asked fans to pitch in and help create a financial safety net to cover against the band having to cancel its forthcoming tour due to Covid-19 related issues.
In a statement, the band said the initiative was a result of not being able to buy pandemic related cancelation insurance ahead of its UK tour, which commences at Hull’s City Hall on 14 November.
Marillion said it had already invested more than £150,000 in preparations for the 10-date The Light at The End Of The Tunnel tour but risks losing it all if one of the band is forced to isolate with Covid-19.
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Glam Rock legends THE SWEET are playing a UK tour.
Andy Scott is the only original member currently in the band.
Sun 28 Nov - Islington Assembly Hall.
Sweet were the first ever band i saw at The Rainbow, in Dec 1973.
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Sun 28 Nov and Mon 29 Nov and Wed 01 Dec - WIZKID plays The 02 Arena.
Nigerian songwriter and rapper plays THREE huge arena shows in London.
I saw him perform a lively 30 mins set at The Notting Hill Carnival in Aug 2017.
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Thurs 02 Dec - EAGLES OF DEATH METAL play The Roundhouse.
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Fri 03 Dec - MANIC STREET PREACHERS play Wembley Arena.
The Manics are playing a UK tour.
I have seen The Manics over a dozen times since their debut album was released.
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Sun 05 Dec - STEVE HARLEY & COCKNEY REBEL play Shepherds Bush Empire.
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Glam Rock legends SLADE are playing a UK tour.
Dave Hill is the only original member currently in the band.
Sun 05 Dec - Sub 89, Reading.
Fri 10 Dec - Islington Assembly Hall.
I have seen Slade over a dozen times since Dec 1974 when I saw them play three times at
Hammersmith Odeon during Slade 70s heyday glam rock period.
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Sat 11 Dec - MYLES KENNEDY & COMPANY plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
Myles has sung with Alter Bridge and Slash - he is playing a UK tour.
Back to tour his second full-length solo LP, The Ides Of March, Alter Bridge front-man Myles Kennedy has an astounding vocal range.
Renowned for his sky-scraping timbre and earth-quaking bluesy wail, his musicianship encompasses eloquent songcraft, thoughtful cinematic arrangements, and, of course, dynamic guitar fireworks.
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Sat 11 Dec - HUMAN LEAGUE play Wembley Arena.
Human League playing a UK tour to celebrate 40 years of their classic album "Dare".
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Fri 10 Dec + Sat 11 Dec + Fri 17 Dec + Sat 18 Dec + Sun 19 Dec - THE LIBERTINES play The Forum.
The Libertines play five London shows as part of a UK tour in Nov/Dec.
I have seen Pete on stage a few times including The Libertines at Hyde Park July 2014 ,where they
headlined to a massive 65,000 crowd.
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Tues 14 Dec - STARSAILOR play Shepherds Bush Empire.
STARSAILOR are playing a UK tour for the 20th anniversary of their debut album "Love Is Here".
It reached number two in the UK chart, and NME made it their fifth best album of 2001.
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Thurs 16 Dec and Fri 17 Dec - THE DARKNESS play Shepherds Bush Empire.
The Darkness are playing a full UK tour to promote their latest album " Motorheart".
Support comes from MASSIVE WAGONS who are great live rock band.
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Thurs 16 Dec and Fri 17 Dec and Sat 18 Dec - LITTLE SIMZ plays Brixton Academy.
Top notch female rapper on a UK tour to promote her 3rd album.
I have seen her star rise since seeing her perform way back in August 2014 at a Lacoste party.
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Fri 17 Dec - SEX PISTOLS EXPOSE + DRONES play The 100 Club.
The headliners singer used to front the now split-up Sex Pistols Experience.
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Sat 18 Dec - MADNESS + SQUEEZE play the 02 Arena.
Mon 20 Dec - MADNESS + SQUEEZE play Wembley Arena.
This very nice pairing of bands are playing a full UK arena tour.
These two shows in London come at the very end of the tour.
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Thursday 30 Dec - THE WALL live at Hammersmith Apollo.
A homage to one of the greatest rock operas ever, as composed by Roger Waters, and a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the legendary concert tour by Pink Floyd.
The Wall is one of the most iconic rock albums ever recorded. The show also includes musicians and singers from the original Pink Floyd and Roger Waters tours.
The audience will be treated to the original songs of "The Wall" concerts, featuring some of the original musicians as well as additional music from Pink Floyd. The shows will have an amazing light show and video projections.
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Very interesting news from the developers of Denmark Street, London W1.
They are to open three different sized venues by the end of 2021/ early 2022.
The smaller one is to include the graffiti wall from when The Sex Pistols lived and rehearsed
at the rear of 6 Denmark Street when they came together in the mid 1970s.
It includes an update about the 12 Bar Club and a replacement for The Astoria.
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SALON PRIVE comes to Chelsea in April 2022.
Over 100 stunning cars will be on display in this great location.
Car enthusiasts won't have to wait until next September for the next instalment, thanks to the announcement of a brand-new Salon Privé event. 'The Chelsea Edition' is set to take place from 21-23 April 2022 at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, home of the Chelsea Pensioners and world-famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The springtime London fixture will be the perfect way to kick off the motoring season.
Meanwhile Salon Privé will make a welcome return to Blenheim Palace 31 August - 4 September 2022. For all the latest details, please visit: www.salonpriveconcours.com
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Tuesday 05 April 2022.
PSYCHEDELIC FURS + Jah Wobble & The Invaders of the Heart play The Royal Albert Hall.
The Furs are playing a UK tour to support their 2020 album "Made Of Rain".
In December 2020 it was voted Best Album of 2020 by Vive Le Rock magazine.
40 years since their excellent second album "Talk Talk Talk " was released in 1981.
On 25 June 2021 they also released a 2 CD 29 track with booklet "Best Of " album.
I have seen The Furs over a dozen times since 1979, when they were a support band.
Jah Wobble was the bass player in the first Public Image Limited line-up, over 40 years ago.
I went to the first ever show by PIL - at The Rainbow Theatre, London - 25 Dec 1978.

Thursday. 21 October 2021.

Wednesday 20 October 2021.
GET UP STAND UP! - The Bob Marley Musical - Press Night.
The Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1.
I was lucky to have seen Bob Marley play Hammersmith Odeon in June 1976.
Bob Marley died of cancer on 11 May 1981...he died aged just 36.
Good timing for this musical to open , as this year will be the 40th anniversary of his death.
His excellent 1984 greatest hits compilation album "Legend" still sells well.
"Legend" was released in May 1984 by Island Records. It is a greatest hits collection of singles in its original vinyl format and is the best-selling reggae album of all-time, with over 12 million sold in the US, over 3 million in the UK , and over 25 million copies in total sold worldwide.
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I was really looking forward to seeing this musical.
Several well known faces are here including...
NAOMI CAMPBELL (kept her face covering on throughout the evening)
GRACE JONES (also hiding behind a face covering and shades)
DON LETTS ( the original punky reggae DJ) (see my dodgy selfie Facebook with him)
ANDREW ROACHFORD (singer-songwriter with ROACHFORD and now with Mike & The Mechanics).
OMAR (singer-songwriter)
BENJAMIN ZEPHANIAH (dub poet and author )
KATHY LETTE ( author)
PAUL MORLEY (wrote for NME from 1977 to 1983) and many other things after.
Members of Bob Marleys family.
We got complimentary rum punch cocktails in the interval in the foyer.
The show was on for 2 hours 15 mins over two sets of 70 mins and 65 mins.
Soooo many great Bob Marley songs performed tonight by the great cast.
A well deserved full standing ovation from the crowd at the end.
I will certainly go back and see it again.

Tuesday 19 October 2021.

Tuesday 19 October 2021.
DAVE CHAPPELLE - live at Hammersmith Apollo.
Popular American comedian plays several sold out Hammersmith Apollo shows in October.
His Netflix specials have had millions of views.
These shows are a strictly no mobile phones to be used in the venue.
If you are seen with a mobile phone during the show, you will be immediately ejected.
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Signs all over the theatre with a list of restrictions , including " no texting ".
VIOLATERS WILL BE EJECTED
All skin colours are here to see black comedian DAVE CHAPPELLE.
An American DJ was playing tunes before and during the intervals.
KOJO ANIM arrived on stage for his decent 15 mins set.
JEFF ROSS arrived on stage at 8.10pm and performed two sets of 20 and 10 mins.
He is well known back in America.
His second set was a hilarious "roasting " of the eight audience members on stage.
A couple of the reviews I saw were a bit scathing as they said DAVE CHAPPELLE played a
short set and was charging silly ticket prices....and they were spot on.
9.10pm to 10.02pm - 52 minutes of comedy from DAVE CHAPPELLE
10.02pm to 10.10pm - 8 mins medley of songs with surprise guest ED SHEERAN (singing his big hit
"Shape Of You" ) and a harmonica player.
60 mins total
Bearing in mind that the front six rows of the stalls and circle were £125 each.
Most well known UK comedians charge around £35 for tickets.
That works out at over £2 a minute for when Dave is on stage.
Dave CHAPPELLE has a cigarette in his hand for most of the show.
There is lots of swearing including the N word and his routine includes the mocking of
black and white people and everything else.....it's only jokes folks.
He even has a pop at Shepherds Bush.
He introduces us to his two burly security guards, one of whom has a great voice.
Dave CHAPPELLE was very funny, but it did feel like a very short time he spent on stage.
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Monday 18 October 2021...6.45pm to 10.30pm...
TRAVEL MEDIA AWARDS 2021 at The Kimpton Fitzroy Hotel, 1- 8 Russell Square, London WC1.
Around 300 guests here standing in the ballroom of this stunning five star hotel that is fully lit up at night.
At 7.30pm for 50 mins we get a couple of speeches and the 21 awards are handed out.
Some of the winners were...
National Broadsheet Newsprint Section - Sunday Times Travel
National Tabloid Newsprint Section - Metro
Consumer Publication Of The Year - Print - Wanderlust
Consumer Publication Of The Year - Online - thelocaltongue.com
ADE ADEPITAN was here to pick up The Special Contribution Award
Italian chef GENNARO CONTALDO was here promoting his new book on a stand.
Complimentary prosecco, wines, beers, different bowl food, canapés and desserts.

Monday 18 October 2021.

Sunday 17 October 2021.
ELLIE GOULDING live at Hammersmith Apollo.
Three of her four albums have reached number one in the UK charts.
Global superstar Ellie Goulding reveals the dates of her forthcoming Brightest Blue Tour – a special intimate run of dates set to hit the U.K. and Ireland in 2021, her album " Brightest Blue" was released in 2020.
Ellie Goulding has had eleven Top 10 hit singles in the UK, including three number ones.
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A sold out show for Ellie Goulding tonight.
ELLIE GOULDING arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 1 hour 45 mins.
Ellie Goulding is wearing a stunning sparkly jumpsuit, that had huge cuffs/butterfly wings.
Amazingly she kept it on all night, so she must have been sweating buckets.
The stage can barely contain Goulding, who is flanked by a simple drum set and a keyboard. She stomps, skips and sways with the enthusiasm of a glam rock aerobics instructor.
There are three backing singers and two violinists playing along with the band.
The first set is mainly low key vanilla tracks from the current album, and most of her big hits
are played in the second half of her set.
A big screen shows slogans including some sympathy for climate change.
An electro-pop show that gradually got better and better....enjoyable.
Full ELLIE GOUlDING setlist played tonight...
Start
Power
How Deep Is Too Deep
Hate Me (Ellie Goulding & Juice WRLD cover)
Powerful (Major Lazer cover)
Aftertaste
New Heights
Bleach
New Love (Silk City cover)
Flux
Only You
Worry About Me
I Need Your Love (Calvin Harris cover)
Close to Me (Ellie Goulding, Diplo & Swae Lee cover)
Love I'm Given
Woman
Tides
Love Me Like You Do
Brightest Blue
Holding on for Life
Anything Could Happen
Encore :
Lights
Burn

Saturday 16 October 2021.

Saturday 16 October 2021.
BRUCE DICKINSON spoken word show at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Expect some tales on his bands Samson and Iron Maiden and being a qualified pilot.
I saw him singing with Samson in 1979 and 1980.
I have seen Iron Maiden over 30 times since 1980 when they supported Judas Priest at
Hammersmith Odeon which was with their vocalist before Bruce Dickinson.
Bruce Dickinson joined Iron Maiden in 1981.
I saw Bruce as a solo artist in 1994 ,when he had a period away from Iron Maiden.
Oddly i saw Samson (with their singer after Bruce had left) supporting Iron Maiden a few times in 1986.
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It is stalls seated, so around 1000 folks here.
No members of Iron Maiden here, but i did see...
ROD SMALLWOOD ( Iron Maiden's legendary manager)
MARK FULLER (Co-owner of The Sanctum Soho Hotel in London which has Iron Maidens
Finance Guru Andy Taylor as co-owner, and Mark owned the famous Embassy Club)
ANDY COPPING (Live Nation rep who is charge of Download Festival etc)
It was a long show of 2 hours 30 mins over two sets of 100 mins and 50 mins.
Yes, Bruce can talk for England.
We have a big screen that is used often for old photos and images and films.
No filming signs for the audience are all over the venue, as Bruce team are filming it for use in America.
Postcards and pencils are handed out as you arrive, to put your questions down and put in a bucket,
for Bruce to answer in the second half of the show.
FIRST SET included...
Bruce being born in Worksop, to parents who worked in a travelling circus.
How Bruce got expelled from boarding school, before heading to University.
His early bands, and the messy two years when he fronted Samson.
Joining Iron Maiden and some stories about having a crazy gun happy personal security
guard when touring Poland in the 1980s.
Playing at Rock In Rio supporting Queen, and meeting Freddie Mercury.
He put up several photos of his dodgy stage wear over the years, and we all had a good laugh.
Meeting The Queen.
His solo band and that fab 2016 documentary about when they played Sarajevo.
His long career as an airline pilot, and how he kept it very secret.
His first 20 flights were with British Airways.
His piloting Iron Maiden's own plane on world tours.
Surviving throat cancer and growing a beard.
The full video shown of "The Writing On The Wall" ....a fairly new track.
SECOND SET included..
Bruce answered the questions that the audience had written on the postcards earlier.
He made some jokey remarks about working with Iron Maiden drummer Nico McBrain.
A new fact to me was that Bruce said Nico actually had a pilot license before Bruce.
Bruce jokingly remarked " a drummer flying a plane? ".
Working with legendary producer Martin Birch.
How lucky he feels that despite his throat cancer, he still sings all the Maiden songs
played live in their original key.
An enjoyable evening from this rock legend.

Friday 15 October 2021.

Friday 15 October 2021.
EMILY ATACK live at The Forum.
Expect some "ladette" type potty mouthed humour.
Emily is playing a UK tour in Sept/Oct on the back of her tv series success.
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Around 500 here tonight, 400 seated downstairs and 100 in the front circle.
Emily's tv chum KEITH LEMON is here to support here.
EMILY ATACK is on stage for 80 mins, over two sets of 40 mins.
Her constant talk about booze and sex reputation starts the show as she bounds on stage
in a white trouser suit swigging from a bottle of wine, to big cheers from the crowd.
She continues to swing from it throughout the first set.
Covid lockdown soon gets a mention " it was shit, I am knackered after 18 months of
phone sex and wanking"
Other topics covered included...
Feeling jealous when folks younger than herself get engaged
Nosey mums
FOMO (fear of missing out)
Michael Collins (the astronaut that circled the moon in 1969 when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin
got all the glory - she called him the ultimate designated driver )
School sports days
Phone obsession and living in the moment
Online dating
Brief impressions of Gemma Collins and Boris Johnson go down well
The big screen was used several times
The women here are loving the jokes about being a single women in your 30s and MeToo
Children's book Mr Tickel
Like all comedy, some of it was very funny , and some of it a bit average.
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Thursday 14 October 2021.
6pm to 8.30pm - WEST END GALLERY HOP!
65 galleries across Mayfair and the surrounding areas of St James's , Soho, Fitzrovia,
and Marylebone are showcasing their exhibitions during Frieze Art Week,
by staying open late and laying on drinks and entertainment in most of them.
We end up staying in Cork Street,Mayfair where half a dozen galleries are giving out
complimentary, champers, wines, beers & pastries.
Lots of folks on the inside of the galleries and outside on the pavements.
Talk about a random sighting here - rock legend NICK MASON was mooching about on his own.
Nice to see HENRY COLE who fronts a great tv programme on restoring classic motorbikes.
At Waddington Custot Gallery we are treated to a 10 mins routine from a pair of members from
MassHysteria, an all-female dance collective formed of twelve multinational artists.

Thursday 14 October 2021.

Wednesday 13 October 2021... I went to two events tonight...
5.30pm to 6.45pm
CLARIDGE'S ArtSpace launch party - Brooks Mews (rear of Claridge's), Mayfair, London W1.
Around 200 guests here for this new gallery space opening during FRIEZE ART WEEK.
DAMIEN HIRST is presenting his Sunshine 'Pipe Cleaner Animals' art works.
Damien is not here but guests include Philip Sallon, Nick Grimshaw, Stephen Webster and
David Downton.
Complimentary Laurent-Perrier champers, wines and tasty canapés.
All guests got a large poster of the event.
It is free admission and on until 31 December 2021.
then
7.15pm to 11pm
3 HENRIETTA STREET launch party, 3 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London WC2.
Over 200 guests at this townhouse that was built over 200 years ago in 1780.
It is right on the corner by Covent Garden Piazza.
It has three different restaurants and a cafe over the four floors.
PIVOT
LILLY'S
GENTLEMAN BARISTAS
EL TAKOY
Celebrity DJ and Kate Moss fave DJ FAT TONY is on the decks from 8.30pm to 10.30pm.
Lots of complimentary food and drinks on all levels including Moët champers, different cocktails,
wines, beers, coffees.
All guests got a goodie bag on departure with half a dozen items inside.
A great event.

Tuesday 12 October 2021.

Tuesday 12 October 2021.
COLDPLAY live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Ed Sheeran played an intimate show at this venue in Sept , and now another stadium filling act ,
Coldplay are playing here, as they celebrate the release of their ninth studio album ‘Music of the Spheres’.
The gig takes place at the 2,000 capacity London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire on Tuesday 12th October 2021, three days before ‘Music of the Spheres’ is released to the world.
Coldplay fans who order ‘Music of the Spheres’ before 11.59pm on Monday 4th October - including those who have already done so - will receive a unique code giving exclusive access for the chance to purchase Shepherd's Bush Empire tickets for just £20, with all monies going to Client Earth.
They will also receive a code giving them pre-sale access to Coldplay’s next UK tour when it’s announced.
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Lots of film cameras dotted around the venue as Parlophone are filming it.
This meant less space in the stalls, so 1600 here instead of the usual 2000 venue capacity.
A mammoth 400 of those are on the guest list, who take up all of Level 1 and Level 2.
I saw Ian Broudie and Jo Whiley here, and journos from all the main newspapers etc.
200 of these guests had wristbands for the afterparty in the Level 1 bar.
COLDPLAY arrived on stage at 8.45pm and played for 80 mins.
A superb setlist that was full of all their big hits.
Ed Sheeran joined them for two of his own big hits, and a Coldplay song.
A massive stage production including loads of lights, lasers, confetti cannons and
a big screen showing pre-recorded images...the film of the show will look amazing.
Everyone had the Coldplay wristband that lights up in sync with the sound on stage.
They have used this on previous tours.
Coldplay are a bit of a marmite band due to their massive popularity but tonight
they proved what a fantastic live act they are.
Full COLDPLAY setlist played tonight...(introduced on stage by actor Simon Pegg).
Higher Power
Clocks
Fix You (with Ed Sheeran)
Viva la Vida
Adventure of a Lifetime
The Scientist
Paradise
Human Heart (with Fleur East) (+ We Are KING)
People of the Pride
Yellow (acoustic)
Shivers (Ed Sheeran cover) (with Ed Sheeran)
Shape of You (Ed Sheeran cover) (with Ed Sheeran)
My Universe
A Sky Full of Stars (confetti cannons used here)
Coloratura
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Monday 11 October 2021.
THE STAVES + SAMANTHA CRAIN live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
The Staves are sisters with some nice indie-folk Fleetwood Mac type harmonies ,are on a UK tour.
On 5 February 2021, their third studio album "Good Woman" was released via Atlantic Records UK and Nonesuch Records. The album charted at number 13 in the UK albums chart.
I saw them perform a good socially distanced show in July in Hackney, East London.
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Upstairs in Level 3 is half empty but the rest of the venue is full.
SAMANTHA CRAIN and her band arrived on stage at 7.50pm for their 40 mins set.
Samantha Crain is an actress as well as a singer-songwriter....she had a nice voice.
THE STAVES arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 90 mins.
This polite crowd give a big welcome back to the Staveley-Taylor sisters (Jess and Milly onstage, Emily at home with her new daughter Margot) , celebrating their confident third album ‘Good Woman’ and gifting fans with jewels from a back-catalogue.
Nice vocals and harmonies from the two sisters.
We have a full band, with mainly acoustic guitar and piano based songs.
Lots of white lighting is used throughout the evening.
The best songs seemed to feature a louder crescendo at the end of the track.
An enjoyable show.

Monday 11 October 2021.

Sunday 10 October 2021.
REND COLLECTIVE live at Hammersmith Apollo.
Rend Collective (formerly known as Rend Collective Experiment) is a Northern Irish Christian folk rock worship band originating from Bangor, Northern Ireland.
They have released several albums over the past decade.
In 1987 I saw a Christian Rock Hair Metal band play Hammersmith Odeon where they threw
out bibles to the crowd (I still have one).
Sometimes at this venue where I have seen over 2000 shows, i think "This is my church".
Tonight is not sold out, but an impressive 2000 to 3000 here, which included stalls standing.
All ages are here, ranging from young families and couples to singles.
REND COLLECTIVE arrived on stage at 8.30pm for their 90 mins set.
Seven of them on stage including percussion, electric violin, mandolin etc.
Christian pop music always has catchy hooks and choruses.
The lyrics to every song are on the big screen, and the crowd singalong loudly.
The band are pretty much a livelier Mumford & Sons , and much more enjoyable.
There was plenty of dancing jigs and we had pyros, confetti cannons and bubble machines.
They ended the show with their most popular track "My Lighthouse".
A very enjoyable show.
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Satyrday 09 October2021.
RICK ASTLEY & THE BLOSSOMS play the songs of THE SMITHS.
A special show at The Forum, that sold out very quickly.
Just two shows...the previous night was in Manchester...
A very random collaboration as a naff 80s singer joins up with a cool indie-rock band.
First up is DJ KATIE OWEN who plays a superb hour of classics from the past 50 years,
which certainly got this Saturday night drinking crowd in the right singalong mood.
The venue is totally rammed solid by the time the headliners take to the stage.
The crowd are more fans of The Smiths, rather than the acts performing the songs.
RICK ASTLEY & THE BLOSSOMS arrived on stage at 9.10pm for their 80 mins set.
By the time they come on stage , the atmosphere is electric.
The entire setlist is all classics from THE SMITHS and Rick Astley sings all the tracks and
The Blossoms (all looking like long haired tall slim male models) provide the backing.
Rick Astley tells the crowd “Do you think I’m taking this blazer off? No fucking chance. I’m on stage with the slimmest band in England".
This random collaboration is a stunning success as the crowd all love it, and sing and dance along.
Rick & the band even threw some flowers out, as Morrissey used to do, when fronting The Smiths.
A mega three song encore.
An excellent gig.
Full SETLIST played tonight...
Intro song - Coronation Street tv theme tune.
What Difference Does It Make?
Bigmouth Strikes Again
Still Ill
Reel Around the Fountain
Cemetry Gates
Ask
Hand in Glove
Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others
The Boy With the Thorn in His Side
Girlfriend in a Coma
Well I Wonder
Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
Panic
William, It Was Really Nothing
Barbarism Begins at Home
Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want
Encore:
How Soon Is Now?
This Charming Man
There Is a Light That Never Goes Out
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NME gave the show a glowing five star review , and said it was the best night of The Smiths
music since the real band played their last gig together in Dec 1986.

Saturday 09 October 2021.

Friday 08 October 2021.
MO GILLIGAN plus support act play Hammersmith Apollo.
Support act did a decent 30 mins set, but I did not get their name.
Comedian Mo plays the second of NINE shows at this venue as part of his UK tour.
Mo has become very popular due to the success of his tv series.
MO GILLIGAN arrives on stage at 9pm for his 85 mins on stage.
Mo is a black South Londoner , and there is a nice mixed crowd here tonight.
There are film cameras around who are filming tonight and tomorrow for a live DVD.
The stage has striped lighting all across the stage, but not much else.
No band members to pay, so it is kerching time for comedians when they take off.
This triumphant gig demonstrated how far Gilligan has come since he quit his job working in a clothes shop in Covent Garden only four years ago. Having broken through with his viral Instagram clips, he is now one of the UK’s top stand-ups.
His crowdpleasing set was an observational comedy masterclass, ranging from charting how we behave when we go clubbing to detailing the dubious customers he encountered when he worked in Westfield shopping centre.
He is far more Peter Kay then he is Richard Pryor.
Like Kay he is very big on the humour of nostalgia. Remembering buying Air Max trainers and being too scared to tell his mother how much they really cost. Remembering his childhood wallet with that big strip of velcro and the tiny, awkward pocket to put the coins in.
Sometimes it felt he was playing up to attract a white audience, as he often went into a "mockney
geezer " accent , but overall he was very enjoyable to watch.

Thursday 07 October 2021.

Wednesday 06 October 2021.
INHALER + WET LEG + DYLAN FRASER live at The Forum.
DYLAN FRASER arrived on stage at 7.30pm for their 25 mins set.
As they are the first of three bands on stage, there is a lot of band equipment to navigate.
They play a good set amongst the three drum kits that are set up on stage.
WET LEG arrived on stage at 8.20pm for their 25 mins set.
A really good set , with female vocals.
INHALER arrived on stage at 9.15pm for their 70 mins set.
Inhaler are an Irish rock band originating from Dublin. The band consists of vocalist/guitarist Elijah Hewson,
whose father is Bono from U2....their debut album was number one in the UK and Ireland.
This is their biggest headline show to date...and it is sold out.
A nice mix of younger fans and older U2 fans , who are curious to see Bono's son on stage.
BONO is not here , but I have a nice chat with his wife Ali , up in the circle.
I told her I saw U2 supporting Talking Heads at Hammersmith Odeon when their debut album came out.
She said Bono "was away writing his memoir".
The singer does look and sound a bit like his famous dad.
Lots of uptempo catchy pop rock in the vein of Blossoms or Vaccines.
A nice light show and the band put on a really good show.
At the end a fan gives them an Irish flag that says "Inhaler World Domination".
A one song encore, but they didn't actually leave the stage.
SETLIST
It Won't Always Be Like This
We Have to Move On
Falling In
Slide Out the Window
Ice Cream Sundae
When It Breaks
A Night on the Floor
Who's Your Money On? (Plastic House)
My King Will Be Kind
Totally
In My Sleep
Cheer Up Baby
My Honest Face

Tuesday 05 October 2021.

Tuesday 05 October 2021.
PATTI SMITH + ED HARCOURT live at The Royal Albert Hall.
Back again to see Patti at this venue for her second show.
Today we had a covid check on entering the venue.
The venue has 12 entrances , so maybe depends which door you go in.
Like yesterday, the circle is 50% unsold.
ED HARCOURT again played a good 35 mins set from 7.30pm.
PATTI SMITH arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played for 1 hour 50 mins which was 10 mins
more than yesterday, but that's mainly because she gave us several history lessons
between songs on famous poets.
As expected ,the setlist changed a bit, with a couple of songs added and taken away.
As expected , tonight we get to hear the classic hit "Because The Night", which was not played last night.
Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye just ooze effortless cool, and the crowd are a cool looking bunch too.
Again, the overall sound quality of the vocals and the band is perfection.
Again, everyone runs down the front at the end of the main set, and stay there.
That classic line "Jesus died for somebody's sins.....but not mine" was great to hear.
A different final encore which was a noisy and wild version of The Who's "My Generation ".
Another excellent show.
Full PATTI SMITH setlist played tonight....
Dancing Barefoot
Redondo Beach
Grateful
Improvisation / My Blakean Year
Birdland
Blame It on the Sun (Stevie Wonder cover)
Free Money
I'm Free (The Rolling Stones cover) (sung by Lenny Kaye)
Walk on the Wild Side (Lou Reed cover)
Ain't it Strange
Because the Night
One Too Many Mornings (Bob Dylan cover)
Pissing in a River
Land
Gloria (Them cover)
Encore:
People Have The Power
My Generation (The Who cover)
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Monday 04 October 2021.
PATTI SMITH BAND + ED HARCOURT live at The Royal Albert Hall.
This was the first of her two nights at this iconic venue.
Patti Smith performs at The Royal Albert Hall for the first time..celebrating her career 1970 to 2021.
Patti Smith is an American singer-songwriter and musician hailing from New York City, but born in Chicago. Smith was one of the most prominent figures in the '70s New York punk and art scenes, where she would earn the title of 'punk poet laureate', thanks to her passion for poetry.
I have seen Patti perform around a dozen times including her legendary debut London show at
The Roundhouse in May 1976, which was a few months before the legendary
Sex Pistols/Clash/Damned and others 100 Club Punk Festival which was Sept 1976..Patti is now aged 74...
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Needless to say, i am really looking forward to seeing Patti Smith.
Venues including Shepherds Bush Empire and Hammersmith Apollo require your
two jabs record or 48 hour home covid test for entry but oddly none of that needed here tonight.
The upstairs circle is only 50% sold, but the rest of the venue is full.
ED HARCOURT arrived on stage at 7.30pm for his 35 mins set.
Ed was solo as he switched between piano and electric guitar.
For his final song he walked into the side stalls seats.
PATTI SMITH BAND arrived on stage at 8.30pm for their 1 hour 40 mins set.
Patti arrives on stage to massive cheers, as her long grey hair covers her shoulders.
In her band is Lenny Kaye along with her son and daughter.
She starts the show with a stunning version of "Piss Factory" then an equal "Free Money".
All through the evening we have fans shouting out " I Love You / We Love You".
They dedicate a Rolling Stones cover to Charlie Watts and the demise of Denmark Street.
A stunning version of "Gloria" has all the fans rush to the front of stage and the entire venue
is up and dancing.
The opening encore of "People Have The Power" was another top notch gem.
Her warm on stage chat and personality went down well with the crowd.
Oddly she does not play her classic hit " Because The Night", but she changes the setlist
a bit each night so no doubt she will play it the following night.
Patti still has the power...an excellent show.
Full PATTI SMITH setlist played tonight....
Piss Factory
Free Money
Grateful
Redondo Beach
My Blakean Year
Dancing Barefoot
Blame It on the Sun (Stevie Wonder cover)
Beneath the Southern Cross
I'm Free (The Rolling Stones cover) (sung by Lenny Kaye)
Walk on the Wild Side (Lou Reed cover)
Ain't it Strange
One Too Many Mornings (Bob Dylan cover)
Pissing in a River
Land
Gloria (Them cover)
Encore:
People Have The Power
Not Fade Away (The Crickets cover)

Monday 04 October 2021.

Sunday 03 October 2021.
GENERATION SEX
Channel 4 tv at 11am - Sunday Brunch programme featured an interview with Billy Idol.
It was not actually in the tv studio, but it said Billy was "Live From London".
Billy mentioned his already announced UK arena tour for 2022 but also said
that Generation Sex would play their first UK dates in 2023.
The band feature two members of The Sex Pistols and two members of Generation X.
Sunday at 4pm
I bumped into Sex Pistols/The Professionals drummer PAUL COOK in King Street, Hammersmith.
He was on his way to get a haircut.
One of the things we talked about was "yes, discussions of some UK shows with
Generation Sex had been talked about".
Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones has not been on a UK stage since Sex Pistols shows in 2008.
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Saturday 02 October 2021.
SCRITTI POLITTI + ALEXIS TAYLOR live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Rare UK tour for this art-pop band that had a few hits in the 1980s.
I have never seen them play live before.
Celebrating the 35th anniversary of SCRITTI POLITTI’s ‘Cupid & Psyche 85’, the band will be embarking on a very special UK tour performing the album, in its entirety, for the very first time.
This is the final show on their nine date UK tour.
Special guest across the tour will be Alexis Taylor.
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The show is not sold out, but very full.
ALEXIS TAYLOR and band arrived on stage at 8pm for their 45 mins set.
Alexis was on keyboards and his set included an interesting electro cover of "Wild Horses".
SCRITTI POLITTI arrived on stage at 9.05pm for their 85 mins set.
The have the bands name as a backdrop, but the stage is very sparse.
The crowd are cheering the opening bars to every song.
We have an electronic drum kit (very popular in the 1980s).
Those drums and the keyboard sounds did a great job of reproducing that
very polished electro sound the album had back when it was first released.
Green Garthside on vocals, still has that sweet voice of his.
He said his panic attacks had stopped him performing regularly for the past 20 years.
He was giving a full pint of Guinness by a stage front fan near the end.
Many fab songs from the album were played with the highlight for me ,
a mega version of their big hit "Wood Beez" (Pray Like Aretha Franklin).
A full standing ovation from the audience at the end of a great show.
Full setlist played tonight...
The Sweetest Girl
Day Late and a Dollar Short
The Boom Boom Bap
Oh Patti (Don't Feel Sorry for Loverboy)
Skank Bloc Bologna
Trentavious White
The Word Girl
Small Talk
Absolute
A Little Knowledge
Don’t Work That Hard
Perfect Way
Lover to Fall
Happy Birthday Dear Dickie (sung for guitarist’s birthday)
Wood Beez (Pray Like Aretha Franklin)
Hypnotize
Encore:
At Last I Am Free (Chic cover) (with Alexis Taylor)

Friday 01 October 2021

Thursday 30 September 2021....6.30pm to 11.30pm...
ROLLS-ROYCE new showroom launch party - 38 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, London W1.
In this space before was Sainsbury, which i used several times when in the area.
We arrive at the venue and there are flames and a blue carpet outside for arrivals.
The stunning new space can hold five cars, but only one is in the showroom, for selfies.
The rest are parked outside, alongside Rolls-Royce owners who are at the party , so there
must be at least 20 stunning Rolls-Royce cars parked up.
Rolls-Royce have recently announced the all electric Rolls-Royce Spectre.
Their old space in Berkeley Square was looking a bit dated, but this new space looks very sleek.
Half a dozen huge digital screens showing moving images of the cars, look great.
At 7pm an electric sax player is playing along to dance tracks.
At 7.30pm we had a couple of speeches.
At 8pm well known DJ duo SIGMA played a lively 60 mins set of well known club anthems, and
they had two male vocalists and a female vocalist to sing the vocals and get the crowd involved.
Must be at least 250 guests here , and got very lively when the DJ started playing.
Complimentary Perrier-Jouet champers, Chivas Regal Whiskey n cokes, gin n tonics,
canapés and cup cakes with the RR logo on them for all the guests here.
A mainly suited male crowd here, but there were still many women very nicely dressed up.
We left late at 11.30pm , but amazingly it was still going strong as it was a 1am finish here.
A great party.

Thursday 30 September 2021.

Wednesday 29 September 2021....I went to two events tonight...
6pm to 7.30pm
POP GOES THE ARTS CLUB - The world of PETER BLAKE - private view -
The Arts Club, Dover Street, Mayfair, London W1.
Around 100 smartly dressed guests at this private members club.
Sir Peter Blake is showcasing an exhibition of paintings, found objects and collage artworks,
including paintings of The Queen and Meghan Markle.
Now aged 89, Sir Peter Blake is a pop-art legend who did album covers for the likes of
The Beatles and Oasis.
Sadly Peter is now in a wheelchair, so did not attend tonight but 80s fashion guru and man
about town PETER YORK is here.
Complimentary champers and wines for all guests.
then
8pm to 11pm
ROLLING STONE UK MAGAZINE - launch party - The Rosewood, Holborn, London WC1.
Around 200 guests at this luxury five star hotel.
This was the venue where i attended all five of Harvey Weinstein BAFTA after-parties.
Iconic American music magazine is bringing out a UK version.
The music magazine still sells more than 700,000 copies a month in America.
It is quite a brave move as physical sales of music magazines are declining due to the Internet.
Many magazines including NME and Q have gone digital so hopefully this one is a success.
Oddly , MICK JAGGER bought and owned the UK version in the 1960s, but it soon folded
after he left it " in the hands of amateurs and hippies".
One issue back then had Bob Dylan on the cover, but they spelt his name as Bob Dillon.
A very lively party but not many musicians here as i was hoping for.
Singer BIRDY was here...also the singer from TOWERS OF LONDON (remember them?)
Comedian and tv presenter TOM ALLEN was here, actress KATE HOLDERNESS was here.
The nice chatty girls from last week's DECCA/Universal boat gig album launch were here.
Two members of BASTILLE play just two piano based songs , including a Kate Bush cover.
Nice to see them in this intimate setting, as they can headline arenas these days.
Radio 1 DJ ADELE ROBERTS is spinning some good tracks.
Lots of complimentary drinks and food for all the guests including two different cocktails,
different spirits, wines, beers, ciders, different bowl food including fish n chips and desserts.
I will put a photo of the drinks and food menu on my Facebook page.
All guests got a Rolling Stone cloth tote bag with a copy of Issue 1 in it.
The 180 page British edition is priced at £6.95 and is in stores at the weekend.
A great party.

Wednesday 29 September 2021.

Tuesday 28 September 2021.
5pm to 8pm.
INTERNATIONAL SECURITY EXPO afterparty at The Hilton Hotel, Olympia, London W14.
This party was held after the main event which was nearby at Olympia.
A big crowd and a very lively event, must be at least 90% men here.
A full complimentary bar including espresso martinis, negronis, a full range of spirits,
wines, beers and canapés for all guests.
All guests got a goodie bag on departure , and mine had a t-shirt with the words
"HACKER IN TRAINING " alongside a L learner logo.
then
FLYTE and FAKE LAUGH play Shepherds Bush Empire.
London-based trio Flyte, tour their second album, "This is Really Going to Hurt". An honest and soul-saving beauty, it’s a record that at once feels timeless, like a well-thumbed record dusted down off a shelf, but with a rawness and a voice that feels urgently contemporary.
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FAKE LAUGH arrived on stage at 8.40pm for a 30 mins set.
Support act played some songs that ticked along ok.
FLYTE arrived on stage at 9.35pm for their 70 mins set.
Level 2 and 3 are closed as unsold but there is still 1000 people here which is pretty amazing for
a band that i don't recall seeing any reviews in the media or heard them on the radio.
Folks seem to have found them on streaming services like Spotify etc.
The singer says "it is a dream come true, to play this venue".
It is a mainly laid back kind of sound they play, with some nice harmonies.
Highlights were "Light Me Up " and the final encore "Faithless".
A good show.

Tuesday 28 September 2021

Monday 27 September 2021.
DODIE plays Hammersmith Apollo.
26 year old female singer-songwriter has had multi-millions of views on her YouTube channel.
Her debut studio album " Build a Problem " was released on 7 May 2021, and peaked at number 3
on the UK Albums Chart
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Another gig event that is full of teenage girls and under 25 women in the stalls standing.
Her audience is overwhelmingly made up of young LGBTQ women and others who related to dodie’s well-documented struggles with derealisation and depression. The hairstyles rivalled the technicolour of the various pride flags that decorated concert goers.
For some of them it is their first gig, so their enthusiasm is at fever pitch.
Mums and dads with their kids are seated upstairs....and quite a few older folks without kids.
My security chums told me dozens had arrived at the venue by lunchtime to queue ,
and three of them were there at 7am into the morning,..yes 7am.
There is space in the stalls and circle but still pretty amazing that she has sold 3000 tickets out of 5000.
I miss both the support acts.
DODIE and her six piece band (three are strings) arrive on stage at 9pm for their 85 mins set.
Her first words were "Holy Fuck - Hello London"...as she looked out to the big crowd.
A very clever use of mainly white lighting on stage, was really stunning.
A full size bed arrived on stage for one song, as Dodie flung herself on and off it.
Confetti cannons were used during the encore.
DODIE was quite theatrical as she danced around the stage, in her bare feet.
The crowd sing along loudly to every song.
During the encore after a quick change dodie returned to the stage in her wonderfully silly postwoman outfit for "Hate Myself ", one of the real highlights from the latest album and a well-recieved closer.
With a camp yet earnest salute to the crowd, dodie was done. The end of the show produced a huge roar and standing ovation that followed. dodie took a moment to take it all in before hugging her friends and reluctantly leading the bows. The crowd loved her and Dodie really did put on a really good confident performance.
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Sunday 26 September 2021.
Very sad news that former Status Quo bassist ALAN LANCASTER has died aged 72.
He had suffered with MS for several years. Alan had lived in Australia for over 40 years.
I have see Status Quo (with and without Alan) around 40 times since 1974.
Saw a few of those amazing Frantic Four reunion shows, with all four original members.

Friday 24 September 2021.

Friday 24 September 2021.
Yet another SEX PISTOLS item is in stores from today.
Early Sex Pistols recordings set for a new box set release.
Spanning 4CDs, "Sex Pistols: 76-77" will contain 80 alternate versions of tracks that were
recorded before the release of "Never Mind The Bollocks".
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Friday 24 September 2021.
JETHRO TULL live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Tonight has been sold out a couple of months before the show.
Prog rockers are celebrating their 50th anniversary of their classic 1971 album "Aqualung" with a UK tour.
Jethro Tull brought their debut album out over 50 years ago, in 1968.
Ian Anderson has been on vocals all that time...and will be age 74 when this gig happens...
Jethro Tull have had over 20 different band members over the years.
I have seen Jethro Tull a dozen times since 1978, with 10 of those shows at Hammersmith Odeon in
the 1970s/1980s/1990s and a more recent show at The Royal Albert Hall.
They were regulars at Madison Square Garden in their heyday, when they toured America.
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As expected its an older crowd tonight, so the stalls is all seated.
That means the normal 2000 sold out capacity, is now more like 1400 max sold out.
JETHRO TULL were on stage for 1 hour 40 mins over two sets of 50 mins each.
Ian Anderson still has that "eccentric British gentlemen " feel about him, and
he still plays a mean electric flute and stands on one leg often, with the other leg bent.
We have film projections on to the big curtain behind them , including 1970s band footage.
My punk rock heroes kicked prog out to touch in the mid 1970s for a bit, but prog fans are
very loyal and still come out in force when prog bands play
Great to see Tull play "Thick as a Brick " and "Living in the Past".
An enjoyable show.
FULL SETLIST PLAYED TONIGHT...
Set 1:
Nothing Is Easy
Love Story
Thick as a Brick
Living in the Past (this single went to number 3 in the UK charts back in 1969)
Hunt by Numbers
Bourrée in E minor (Johann Sebastian Bach cover)
Black Sunday
My God
Set 2:
Clasp
Wicked Windows
The Zealot Gene
Pavane in F-Sharp Minor (Gabriel Fauré cover)
Songs From the Wood
Aqualung
Encore:
Locomotive Breath
The Dambusters March (Eric Coates cover)
Cheerio
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Saturday 25 September 2021.
Shock news that well known live music booking agent STEVE STRANGE has passed away.
Strange, booking agent for Queens Of The Stone Age, Coldplay, Eminem, Snow Patrol, Stiff Little Fingers, Jimmy Eat World, Ash and many more, has died. He was aged only 53.
The news of Strange’s passing was shared in a social media post by X-Ray Touring, the live booking agency he-co-founded in 2005.
We chatted many times, and he put me on the guest list for several shows.
In 2015 he reformed his band No Hot Ashes (Steve played drums) that he played with in Northern Ireland before he became an agent....I saw them support FM at Shepherds Bush Empire in 2015.
The agency currently has over 400 bands on its books, with many well known acts.

Thursday 23 September 2021.

Thursday 23 September 2021.
BEABADOOBEE + MAC WETHA live at The Forum.
Bea Kristi (age 21) is better known as beabadoobee, is a London-based Philippines singer-songwriter. Expect some unique bedroom-acoustic pop sound pulling heartstrings with every beat. Her sound has evolved over the years, drawing influence from 90s alternative rock and space rock.
Her only album "Fake It Flowers" went to number 8 in the UK charts at the end of 2020.
In Dec 2020 she featured in many lists of artists to look out for in 2021, including NME.
Bea is on a UK tour after playing the main stages at Reading and Leeds Festivals in August.
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MAC WETHA arrived on stage at 8.15pm for their 30 mins set.
Mac and his band played a good set of uptempo catchy pop tracks.
BEABADOOBEE arrived on stage at 9.15pm and played for 55 mins.
The stalls standing is rammed solid with bouncing excitable teenage girls, while the older
folks like us, are sitting upstairs in a half empty circle.
Bea is looking like a proper rock chick in black boots and mini-skirt.
The set is a great collection of catchy grunge-pop that really rocked in many places.
The set is short and sweet , but really good.
FULL SETLIST PLAYED TONIGHT....
Sun More Often
Care
Dye It Red
Together
Disappear
Sorry
She Plays Bass
Yoshimi, Forest, Magdalene
Tired
Worth It
Last Day on Earth
Encore:
Coffee
Cologne
10.30pm to 11.30pm
Aftershow in the circle bar for around 70 guests, which was pretty lively.
A pay bar , but some well known faces here including....
Grant Nicolas (singer with Feeder) (oddly the headliners did sound a bit like 1990s Feeder)
Tinie Tempah (British Rapper)
Simon Pegg (actor)
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Friday 24 September 2021.
T.REX classic album "Electric Warrior" was released 50 years ago today on 24 Sept 1971.
T.Rex line-up for ‘Electric Warrior’ was Marc Bolan (died 1977), Mickey Finn (died 2003), Steve Currie (died 1981) and Bill Legend (the only surviving member).

Wednesday 22 September 2021.

Wednesday 22 September 2021....I went to two events today...
3pm to 5.35pm
HAIRSPRAY at The Coliseum, St Martin's Lane, London WC2.
Hairspray is a musical with music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman and a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, based on John Waters's 1988 film of the same name. The songs include 1960s-style dance music and "downtown" rhythms, and is based in Baltimore, USA.
At last, i finally get to see this feel-good musical.
It was on for 2 hours 10 mins over for two sets of 75 mins and 55 mins.
Always great to be in this stunningly beautiful theatre.
Lots of singing and dancing and bright costumes and scenery changes.
Well known names MICHAEL BALL and LES DENNIS are in the show.
They performed a great duet in the show titled "You're Timeless To Me".
Michael Ball is the mum and Les Dennis is the dad, and they snog each other to big cheers.
The lead female tonight was excellent.
A very enjoyable show.
then
6pm to 9pm
DECCA/UNIVERSAL album launch party - Tamesis Dock, Albert Embankment, London SE1.
Around 70 or 80 guests on this boat moored on the Thames opposite Deccas original 1960s HQ.
A nice sunny evening so nice to be on the top deck getting the views in and the fresh air.
A newish DECCA signing have an album out in Jan 2022 but we are not allowed to talk about it until then.
The four man band arrived on stage at 6.30pm and performed six good songs in a 30 mins set.
Complimentary Mojito cocktails, wines, beers, mini burgers, cartons of fish n chips and
canapés for all the guests.
Due to the Internet and bands having their own websites, record companies don't really need to
have album launch parties these days , so well done to DECCA/Universal for making a good event.

Tuesday 21 September 2021.

Tuesday 21 September 2021.
ELBOW live Hammersmith Apollo.
Elbow play the second of three London shows as part of their UK tour.
Elbow have released eight critically acclaimed albums.
In 2008, Elbow won the Mercury Music Prize for their fourth album " The Seldom Seen Kid",
and in 2009 they won the Brit Award for Best British Group.
I have seen them live a few times before.
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We had two support acts playing 25 mins sets each.
JESCA HOOP then PETER ALEXANDER JOBSON....both were pretty boring.
ELBOW arrived on stage at 9pm for their 1 hour 55 mins set.
As usual, Elbow frontman Guy Garvey begins with a joke: “Good evening, sorry we’re late.” This gig was originally intended to be in April 2020 but covid messed that up.
Guy is your friendly mate next door , who sips his pint on stage between songs.
A nice stage production with lots of lights, lasers, strobes, two mirror balls and the band were
on two raised platforms....and the sound quality was great.
The last four songs of the show were all top notch and a 10 minute version of their
anthemic singalong classic "One Day Like This" was spine tingling....a great show.
Full Elbow setlist played tonight...
Dexter & Sinister
Fly Boy Blue / Lunette
Mirrorball
Empires
Station Approach
The Loneliness of a Tower Crane Driver
What Am I Without You
White Noise White Heat
Magnificent (She Says)
Kindling
Weightles
The Birds
My Sad Captains
The Bones of You
Grounds for Divorce
Encore:
Lippy Kids
One Day Like This

Monday 20 September 2021.

Sunday 19 September 2021.
FRANK TURNER AND THE SLEEPING SOULS play The Roundhouse.
This show is the last of his four nights at this venue.
Frank Turner is calling this mini-festival of his ---- "Lost Evenings".
There are two stages , with three acts on each.
The second stage is The Nick Alexander stage, in tribute to Nick from Colchester
who was was killed while working merchandise for Eagles of Death Metal at the Bataclan theatre
when three extremists burst into the venue in Paris Nov 2015.
I saw Frank Turner headline Wembley Arena back in 2013.
FRANK TURNER & THE SLEEPING SOULS arrived on stage at 9.15pm for their 1 hour 40 mins set.
As usual it is a very lively passion filled set from Frank and his band.
Frank is very much a man of the people who adores his fans and his road crew.
He changed the set around a bit over the four nights played at this venue.
A great solo section in the middle featured a fab "Thatcher Fucked The Kids".
A very enjoyable show.
Full Frank Turner setlist played tonight...
Get Better
1933
Little Changes
If Ever I Stray
Out of Breath
Long Live the Queen
Haven't Been Doing So Well
Plain Sailing Weather
Polaroid Picture
The Gathering
Glorious You
There She Is (Frank Solo)
Thatcher Fucked the Kids (Frank Solo)
Be More Kind (No Man's Land tour version)
The Way I Tend to Be
The Next Storm
Try This at Home
I Still Believe (with Beans on Toast)
Encore:
The Ballad of Me and My Friends (Frank solo)
Photosynthesis
Recovery
Four Simple Words
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Saturday 18 September 2021.
BOY PABLO and FUR play St John at Hackney Church, London E5.
Born and raised in Norway by Chilean parents, Pablo Muñoz aka Boy Pablo is a singer-songwriter making bedroom pop songs for every walk of teenage life. Harmonically rich and melodically and lyrically sweet, Pablo's won fans all over the world. This is bedroom pop on a whole other level.
My second visit to this venue, which has been stunningly refurbished inside.
The venue is half empty as only 700 tickets sold but that's pretty impressive from an act that nobody
I know I has heard of...Boy Pablo is promoted by those cool folks at Eat Your Own Ears who
know their stuff, so it is likely he will get much more popular over the next couple of years.
FUR arrived on stage at 8pm for their 30 mins set.
Fur from Brighton did a good set , with a Vaccines type sound.
The singer has long hair and retro clothing for that cool 70s look.
BOY PABLO and his band arrived on stage at 9pm for their 1 hour 30 mins set.
In Oct 2020 Boy Pablo released his debut studio album, " Wachito Rico " the title means "handsome boy", The album's singles are "Hey Girl", "Honey" and "Rest Up". With the release of the latter single, Boy Pablo announced its second-ever headlining world tour to support the album.
Boy Pablo is a bit short and chubby , so is an unlikely looking pop star.
This show was the first stalls standing event at this venue for over a year since covid struck.
The crowd bounced along to his catchy pop tunes, and sung along to most of them,
and images were projected on the big screen.
The support band joined them for a dance on stage at the end.
A good show.
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Friday 17 September 2021.
PRINTWORKS London SE16 re-opens with a special extravaganza.
Mega warehouse type venue opens up after covid with a sold out in advance event.
DJs to be announced on the day, and a no phones on the dance floor policy.
5000 capacity venue that used to print The Daily Mail and Evening Standard until 2012.
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This sprawling venue of different dance floors, staircases, tunnels appears a long way out
on the outskirts of London but it is Canada Water tube station in Zone 2 and then 5 mins walk.
We have drinks in a pub nearby in the area then arrive in the venue 11pm and stay to 3am.
The actual times of the event was 7.30pm to 4am.
Most of the surprisingly white and dare i say white middle class are already inside.
Most of the folks are under 40 but there are several around our age.
Techno beats are playing and we have a mooch around and a bit of a dance.
There was a big open air space as well that had half a dozen food trucks.
The venue is all cashless.

Thursday 16 September 2021.

Thursday 16 September 2021....I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 8.30pm
THOM SWEENEY - summer party - 24 Old Burlington Street, London W1.
Thom Sweeney are an upmarket mens tailors in the street next to Savile Row.
Their flagship store is a welcoming space for clients to relax, socialise and shop. The store showcases Ready-To-Wear collection, Bespoke and Made-To-Measure services under one roof, and hosts the workrooms for their cutters, tailors and apprentices.
It has a full bar on the ground floor, and a pool table on the first floor.
No surprise that it is a 90% smartly dressed male crowd.
There is a pizza truck outside so many guests are on the pavement.
JAY RUTLAND was here.
Jay is a multi-millionaire businessman who married Tamara Ecclestone in 2013.
Marian Carey and Elton John performed at their "money no object" wedding.
Complimentary Krug champers, Margarita cocktails, beers and very nice full size wood-fired pizza
from www.pizzadiprato.co.uk
then
8.35pm to 9.30pm
NEW YORK NIGHTS PARTY at Coach, 206 Regent Street, London W1.
American clothing and accessories store are having a New York themed party.
We have basketball hoops and a photo booth for guests to use.
A DJ plays NY dance tunes and we get a display from break dancers and a roller-disco expert.
Complimentary wines, beers, slides of pizza ,popcorn and various Hershey chocs.

Wednesday 15 September 2021.

Wednesday 15 September 2021....6pm to 10.15pm..
PACIFIC ASIA TRAVEL ASSOCIATION - showcase - Tanner Warehouse,
50 Bermondsey Street, London Bridge, London SE1.
This converted warehouse dates back to the 1800s.
Around 200 guests here at this travel showcase for these long distance destinations.
Most are on the red list, so it looks like 2022 at the earliest to fly there.
Stands feature tourist boards and luxury hotels & resorts etc.
At 8.30pm there was a rapper performing a track, then a drag act dancing to a track.
At 9pm there was a lucky draw where there were a dozen prizes with the top three
being flights to Thailand, Malaysia and Taiwan....sadly i was not a winner...
1.PATA
2.Travel Weekly
3.Hong Kong Tourism Board
4.Macao Government Tourism Board
On the Macao stand was a nice woman who told me she had been to see Nick Cave in Oxford
the night before and that her other half owns a vinyl record store..Rapture ,12 Market Square, Oxford.
Well worth a visit the next time i am in Oxford.
5.Treehouse Villas Koh Yao Noi
6.Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket
7.Malaysia Airlines
8.Discova
9.Philippine Department of Tourism
10. Belmond
11. Hidden Doorways
12. Centra Hotels and Resorts
13. CV Villas
14. Tourism Authority of Thailand
15. Best of Australia
16. Taiwan Tourism Bureau
17. Platinum Travel Recruitment
18. C & M Travel Recruitment
19. Travel Uni & Equator Learning
20. Late addition not listed
Complimentary Don Papa Rum Cocktails, wines, beers, different bowl food,
canapés and yummy custard tarts on the Macao stand.
Many of the stands were giving out small goodie bags.

Tuesday 14 September 2021.

Tuesday 14 September 2021...6.45pm to 10.15pm...
THE SUMMER EXHIBITION PREVIEW PARTY at
THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS , Piccadilly, London W1.
This major London social event was postponed from June to September this year.
Around 800 guests visiting the dozen or so rooms of art.
Many stunning dresses and outfits from the women here.
Most of the guests here have paid £425 for their tickets.
Several well known faces here including A-Listers from the art world including
Grayson Perry and Tracey Emin...but the most interesting person here is
PROFESSOR SARAH GILBERT (The woman who designed the Oxford vaccine).
I get a nice photo from this amazing woman who has helped us get out socialising again.
It will be up on my Facebook page soon.
Also here were actress Jenna Coleman and Lady Kitty Spencer.
Regular party girl Jackie St Clair who is always very friendly.
Three djs played tracks for an hour each in the main bar area.
At 9.20pm JOY CROOKES performed four songs in a 20 mins set.
Backed by a full seven piece band, including a three person brass section.
Oddly i saw her perform a 30 mins set at The V & A summer party in 2019,
when she was a hot emerging talent but other females have eclipsed her the past couple of years.
Her debut album comes out in Oct 2021, so maybe bigger success is around the corner.
Joy Crookes seems an older soul than her 22 years. Tender but assured, the singer-songwriter’s soft, husky vocals mix sophisticated soulfulness with rich instrumentation; gentle guitars, punches of brass, glimmering piano and intriguing trip-hop percussion all find a home in her entrancing sound.
The four songs performed were...
Poison
When You Were Mine
Trouble
Feet Don't Fail Me Mine
Lots of complimentary drinks and food including Fortnum & Mason champers,
four different cocktails, wines, seafood buffet including oysters, bowl food, canapés & desserts.
At 10pm the main event finished and we ordered full size pizza to take away from the
pizza truck in the venues courtyard.

Monday 13 September 2021.

Monday 13 September 2021.
2.15pm to 5pm...
IMBIBE LIVE at Olympia, London W14.
This was Day 1 of this massive two day trade/press showcase for the drinks market.
Around 5000 folks are expected here on each day.
Over 100 stands covering spirits, wines, beers.with most giving out samples and tastings.
My faves were...
Black Tears Black Spiced Rum
Whitley Neill Gin
Don Papa Rum
Hofmeister Beers
Duvet Belguim Beers
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then 5pm to 6.30pm.
IMBIBE afterparty at The Keep , Brook Green, London W14.
Drinks party hosted by ServedUp at this cosy pub , five mins walk from Olympia.
We had a couple of complimentary pints of Guinness here.
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then 7.30pm.
BACK TO THE FUTURE : THE MUSICAL opening night at The Adelphi Theatre, Strand, London WC2.
Back To The Future: The Musical is a stage musical with music and lyrics by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard and a book by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, adapted from their original screenplay. Based on the 1985 film of the same name, the show features original music alongside hits from the film, including "The Power of Love" and "Johnny B. Goode".
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A DeLorean car is parked near the venue, and there are a dozen photographers outside the venue.
The 1500 capacity theatre is rammed sold out inside.
BRIAN MAY and ANITA DOBSON are sitting a couple of rows behind me.
Also here were Cameron MacKintosh (theatre producer), Jonathan Shalit ( talent manager),
Andy Serkis (actor and film director), a rare sighting of comedian Justin Lee Collins who has
kept a low profile since the court case of the harassment of his ex wife.
At the end of the show, producers, writers and directors of the show said a few words
and original film cast member Christopher Lloyd was introduced on stage.
The show was on for 2 hours 35 mins - two sets of 80 mins and 75 mins.
The character playing the The Michael J Fox role is a dead ringer for him.
Lots of singing and dancing and comedy all rolled into one.
We had two versions of the big hit from the film "The Power of Love".
Lots of scenery changes and a nice stage production.
A great stunt at the end as the DeLorean car flew over the top of the folks in the stalls.
A very enjoyable show.

Sunday 12 September 2021.

Sunday 12 September 2021.
THE PIE & MASH BRUNCH at THE ELECTRIC BALLROOM , CAMDEN, LONDON NW1.
UK’s first Pie & Mash Brunch launches in Camden this Sunday with food by Iconic Robins Pie & Mash Shop
Isle of Skye lovers better get Sheffield United because a right old cockney treat is coming to Electric Ballroom, Camden. London's iconic music venue is set to host (probably) the world's first and (definitely) greatest ever brunch when the legendary Robins Pie & Mash bring their pies to town on Sunday 12th September. We ain't telling porky pies when we say this one is going to be a right old knees-up with tribute acts, DJs, bottomless booze and more, all from just £30.
Robins Pie & Mash is the most famous pie shop in the UK. They do things traditionally, with quality ingredients and authentic recipes across all four outlets in East London and the Essex area. Pie and mash itself dates back to the 19th century when Dutch ships dropped off their catch of eels in the capital. Initially, those eels went into the pies, and people downed them with lashings of parsley liquor (a buttery sauce rather than alcoholic accompaniment.) These days Robin’s sticks to 100% Scottish beef or veggie and vegan alternatives.
While getting your fill of Robins pie, mash served with traditional liquor you can enjoy 60 minutes of bottomless Sex on Southend Beach cocktails or there is a wide choice of Britney Spears and other boozy bevvies for you to pickle yourselves with. For the northerners, endless jugs full of Bisto gravy will also be available!
DJ Cockney Kev and The Chas ’n' Dave Tribute Band will all be laying down a swaggering soundtrack of London classics and singalong ding dongs while a Pearly King and Queen will be roaming the crowd.
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We were there noon to 3pm.
I have seen many great gigs at this iconic venue since the 1970s including when Sid Vicious
played his only UK show there, so this was quite a random change from live music gigs.
Around 200 folks on tables of six on the floor area here...and it looks a full house.
At noon Cockney Kev played classic oldies and warmed the crowd up nicely.
At 12.30 we had an hour of complimentary vodka based cocktails (Sex on Southend Beach).
At 1pm we had a tasty pie, mash and liquor from Robins of East London.
At 2.05pm a Chas n Dave tribute act performed a nifty 40 mins set of their greatest hits,
with the crowd dancing and singing and swaying.
The Pearly King & Queen are posing for photos with anyone that wants one.
A good ole lunchtime knees up was had by all.
www.pieandmashbrunch.com - Visit their website here
for more info and to buy tickets for the next one on 14 November 2021.
You can also buy tickets via The Electric Ballroom website.

Saturday 11 September 2021.

Friday 10 September 2021.
THE SISTERS OF MERCY play The Roundhouse.
TSOM play the first of three shows at this venue.
Goth Rock band from their 1980s heyday as still going strong, due to their very loyal fans.
Andrew Eldritch is still there on vocals....there will be a different support act each night...
I saw The Sisters Of Mercy twice in 1998 at The Forum and at The Roundhouse in 2019.
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As it is a goth crowd, most of the crowd are dressed in black.
JESUS JONES arrived on stage at 8pm for their 45 mins set.
They are given a tiny space in front of the headliners huge black curtain, that covered the stage.
They had a couple of Top 10 hit singles in the early 1990s but are probably better known
for their Top 40 hit "Right Here, Right Now".
A good set of indie dance rock including that great track "Right Here, Right Now".
THE SISTERS OF MERCY arrived on stage at 9.15pm and played for 90 mins.
They have several giant mirrors above the stage which filled out the stage well, and reflected the lights
around the room nicely...lots of dry ice used as well.
This was the same stage production I saw at this venue when they played here in 2019
The Sisters have an industrial, dark sound.However, the band are tight and look good, Andrew Eldritch still seriously scary and enigmatic as ever on vocals with an emotionless stare from behind his
trade mark shades.
The main set ticked along nicely , but felt a bit samey.
The encore was a highlight as it included their hits "Temple of Love" and "This Corrosion".
A good show.
Full Sisters Of Mercy setlist played tonight....
But Genevieve
Ribbons
Crash and Burn
No Time to Cry
I Will Call You
Alice
Dominion/Mother Russia
Show Me
Instrumental
Marian
First and Last and Always
I Was Wrong
Black Sail
Flood II
Encore:
Never Land (A Fragment)
Lucretia My Reflection
Encore 2:
More
Temple of Love
This Corrosion

Friday 10 September 2021.

Thursday 09 September 2021.
HYUNDAI MERCURY ALBUM PRIZE is at Hammersmith Apollo.
The host will be Lauren Laverne.
It will be shown live on BBC4 tv and you can view it at a later date on BBC iPlayer.
A dozen acts are shortlisted, and most will play a live track on the night.
Arlo Parks – Collapsed in Sunbeams
Berwyn – Demotape/Vega
Black Country, New Road – For the First Time
Celeste – Not Your Muse
Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders and the London Symphony Orchestra – Promises
Ghetts – Conflict of Interest
Hannah Peel – Fir Wave
Laura Mvula – Pink Noise
Mogwai – As the Love Continues
Nubya Garcia – Source
Sault – Untitled (Rise)
Wolf Alice – Blue Weekend
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A massive red carpet outside the Hammersmith Apollo venue for the dinner and drinks arrivals.
Arlo Parks and Celeste are posing for photographers on it , when we arrive.
Around 500 are seated in the stalls area on 50 tables of 10.
The balcony folks arrived an hour after the stalls dinner folks.
The show was on for 1 hour 45 mins, two sets of 75 mins and 30 mins.
The first set had 10 of the 12 acts perform a track each.
Some great tunes played, so I must buy a couple of the albums from tonight's list.
The other two had video clips shown on the big screen above the stage.
A nice stage production, but obviously not the same level as The BRIT Awards.
The second set was where the winner was announced and they performed again.
ARLO PARKS was pretty much the advance favourite to win, and she did.
She said she used to cycle to school as a child past this Hammersmith venue,
The downstairs tables were full of music industry folks rather than celebrities
including record company staff, promoters reps, booking agents, a couple from Music Week,
Phil Alexander (Kerrang etc), BBC djs Trevor Nelson and Matt Everitt.

Wednesday 08 September 2021.

Wednesday 08 September 2021.
SALON PRIVE comes to Chelsea in April 2022.
Over 100 stunning cars will be on display at this great location.
And enthusiasts won't have to wait until next September for the next instalment, thanks to the announcement of a brand-new Salon Privé event. 'The Chelsea Edition' is set to take place from 21-23 April 2022 at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, home of the Chelsea Pensioners and world-famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The springtime London fixture will be the perfect way to kick off the motoring season.
Meanwhile Salon Privé will make a welcome return to Blenheim Palace 31 August - 4 September 2022. For all the latest details, please visit: www.salonpriveconcours.com
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Wednesday 08 September 2021....I went to two events today...
1.30pm to 4pm.
LONDON CHRISTMAS PARTY SHOWCASE - Pan Pacific London, 80 Houndsditch, London EC3.
The opening night party for this restaurant and bar was last week, but i was at Ed Sheeran.
We are in their basement ballroom, as their main space is upstairs on the ground floor.
Over 50 stands are promoting their venues, events and services for the Christmas Party season.
My faves were..
PUTTSHACK.COM (crazy golf course with food and drinks ) (branches including White City).
ALLSTARLANES.CO.UK (ten pin bowling with food and drinks) (branches including White City).
PRINTWORKS (London SE16) and DRUMSHEDS ( London N18) are two huge warehouse type dance venues that can be hired for smaller events, as they have several different sized spaces in each.
A roaming acoustic band are playing some well known covers.
Complimentary prosecco, coffees, teas, bowl food and desserts for all guests.
then
5pm to 9pm.
PIZZA PILGRIMS CHRISTMAS SHOWCASE , West India Quay , Canary Wharf, London E14.
Pizza Pilgrims invited folks from the above event to their own Christmas Party showcase.
A lovely sunny evening ,and we are in their outdoor space.
Lots of complimentary food and drinks including several different pizzas that were divided up
as there was four of us, also desserts and Aperol Spritz cocktails, prosecco and cans of beer.
We made our own pizzas as well , which was good fun.
The goodie bag included an apron and a voucher for a full size pizza at any of their branches.
We were pretty much the first to arrive and the last to leave.
www.pizzapilgrims.co.uk - Visit their website
here for more info and their list of locations.

Monday 06 September 2021.

Sat 04 Sept - HRH Prog All-Dayer Day 1 at Shepherds Bush Empire...seven bands play...
Sun 05 Sept - HRH Prog All-Dayer Day 2 at Shepherds Bush Empire...seven bands play...
The promoters HRH promote weekends of Prog, Goth, AOR and Punk every few months.
Level 3 is closed and plenty of space in stalls, Level 1 , Level 2 so maybe 1000 tix sold.
A very friendly audience ,with maybe 90 % males over the age of 50.
A mad prog overdose for me as i see ALL 14 bands over the two days.
I know some of the older bands, but the newer ones i have never heard of them.
For some reason both evenings finished very late at 11.40pm.
Some of these older fans are staying at local hotels, but many would have a tricky journey home.
I had a nice nice chat with CHRIS WELCH who wrote for Melody Maker in their 1970s heyday.
SATURDAY bands x 7
SEMPER VERA arrived on stage at 1.30pm for a 40 mins set...a decent rock trio...
TIGER MOTH TALES arrived on stage at 2.40pm for a 60 mins set.
TMT are my fave of the lesser known bands playing over the weekend.
Leader Pete Jones is totally blind but plays a mean keyboard, guitar flat on keyboard and sweet vocals.
FRANCK CARDUCCI & The Fantastic Squad arrived on stage at 4.10pm for a 60 mins set.
French rocker who has a female on drums, and a female go-go dancer for a couple of tracks.
THE SKYS arrived on stage at 5.30pm for their 60 mins set...a bit too boring for me....
COLOSSEUM arrived on stage at 7pm for their 70 mins set.
A good set of jazz prog, then for the last 30 mins they were joined by CHRIS FARLOWE on vocals.
OZRIC TENTACLES arrived on stage at 8.45pm for their 70 mins set.
Spacey keyboard knob twinkling didn't really do much for me.
MOSTLY AUTUMN arrived on stage at 10.20pm for their 80 mins set.
A foxy slender female with a flowing dress on vocals for a good electric folk prog set.
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SUNDAY bands x 7
AXION arrived on stage at 1.30pm for their 45 mins.
A trio with a great guitarist who the Tom Morello vibe about his playing.
DEVIANT AMPS arrived on stage at 2.40pm for their 60 mins set.
Some nice psychedelic prog rock sounds.
BRAM STOKER arrived on stage at 4.10pm for their 60 mins...a bit too boring for me..
THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN arrived on stage at 5.30pm for a 60 mins set.
He was the artist I was looking forward to the most, and he did not disappoint.
Arthur Brown had several great costume changes along with full face paint at the grand old age of 79.
He still is lively , and the voice sound good....All the band are wearing huge headwear.
He played "Fire" early on, no real head of flames but we had them on the big screen instead.
ATOMIC ROOSTER arrived on stage at 6.50pm for their 70 mins set.
Lots of their best songs played in a very good set.
THRESHOLD arrived on stage at 8.35pm for their 70 mins set.
They were more metal prog and had a singer with a fantastic voice.
THE ENID arrived on stage at 10.10pm for their 90 mins set.
Pretty amazing that The Enid are still going...I saw them headline Hammersmith Odeon in 1984.
Robert John Godfrey (age 73) is still there, pianist and founding member of The Enid.
He is pretty much the eccentric English gentleman , with funny sarcastic remarks between songs.
Their unique prog keyboard based sound of mainly instrumentals has to be admired for doing things
his own way , regardless of all the fashions that come and go.
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Monday 06 September 2021...2pm to 5.15pm...
Speciality & Fine Food Fair at Olympia, London W14.
Speciality & Fine Food Fair is the home of fine food & drink discovery for buyers from across the retail, hospitality, foodservice, manufacturing, import & export.
A massive crowd of around 5000 are due to pass through the doors today.
Over 200 giving out samples of food and drinks tastings.
Here are my fave three.
1.MARLEYCOFFEE.COM....authorised by the estate of Bob Marley.
Had a lovely chat with them about how i saw Bob Marley at Hammersmith Odeon in the late 1970s.
They gave me a Marley Coffee t-shirt and the entire range of their products.
2.NIO-COCKTAILS.COM....their cocktails come in a cd sized packet.
Just tear the corner, and pour over the ice...22 different cocktails to choose from.
They gave me a couple of them, Whiskey Sour and Old Fashioned.
3.SWEETLANDLONDON.COM....delicious baklava and traditional cakes & desserts.
They are based in Park Royal and are major suppliers, and will cater for small or large events.
In the press room lounge we got the goodie bag which was full of their tasty products.
then
6pm to 8pm.
THE LONDONER HOTEL, 38 Leicester Square, London WC2.
This stunning new five star boutique hotel opened last month to rave reviews.
We are in one of the many bars that are below ground, as there are at least six levels below ground.
Rooms here start at a eye watering £400 a night.
🎟️ The Walpole Future of British Luxury Summit 2021
Anya Hindmarch, Yana Peel, Kate Reardon, Michael Ward, address as Walpole hosts conference on the future of British luxury brands.... We are here for the networking drinks after the main event.
Complimentary rum cocktails, wines and canapés for all the guests here.
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Monday 06 September 2021.
Happy Birthday to ROGER WATERS who is 78 today.
See my Facebook page for a photo of Roger and me.