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26th Aguust 2020

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 Winwood, Eric Clapton and Ron Wood.
The list of many renowned artists that have tracked and/or mixed albums there is topped by the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Wonder, Clapton, the Clash, Sheryl Crow and a host of others. In recent years it has found favor with top hip-hop acts. Although many of New York City’s independent rock recording studios have closed in recent years due in part to the digital recording revolution, Electric Lady has survived.
Jimi Hendrix spent only ten weeks recording in Electric Lady, most of which took place while the final phases of construction were still going on. An opening party was held on August 26, 1970. The following day Hendrix created his last studio recording: a cool and tranquil instrumental known only as "Slow Blues". He then boarded an Air India flight for London to perform at the Isle of Wight Festival, and died less than three weeks later.

25th August 2020

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 in 1980.
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Happy Birthday to ELVIS COSTELLO who is 66 today.
I have seen Elvis Costello live over 20 times since 1978.
The last time was March 2020 at Hammersmith Apollo, just before lockdown kicked in.
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Happy Birthday to actor SEAN CONNERY who hits the grand old age of 90 today.
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25 August 1975
It was 45 years ago today that BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN released his classic album "Born To Run".
I was at both his legendary debut UK shows at Hammersmith Odeon later that year.

21st August 2020

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 The Sex Pistols all first met up with Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood.
From the outside this venue still looks like the Worlds End pub but is it now three different venues
over the three levels , under the name of The Chelsea Funhouse.
JOLIE on the ground floor - French restaurant & bar
THE BLECHLEY in the basement - World War II themed bar and team building events space
CHELSEA BLACK on the first floor - espresso martini bar
Jolie - Is it a restaurant? Is it a cocktail bar? Non, c'est un salon…
Jolie is an all-new venture launching in London this August. Inspired by the flavours of France, this experience invites its guests to immerse themselves in the essence of the country through bold food, drink and entertainment.
The story? It’s one of jazz music, smoke-filled drinking dens and exquisite cuisine. Free from any snobbery, the salon will invite guests to sink hours into French sharing plates, with its pièce de résistance being a bottomless cheese fondue. Other key menu items include the sharing plate of signature smoked cote du boeuf, foie gras served on a home-made toasted brioche, and honey glazed chorizo and beef shin ragu.
As for drinks, the cocktail menu inspired by the smells and scents of different regions in France, with the Versailles being a real standout for its opulent combination of Champagne, caramel peach cognac and vanilla gold spray.
No doubt they will be attracting the same Chelsea crowd that frequents Bluebird just up the road.
The tables were a bit low for eating off, but we had a great evening of food and drinks here.
www.joliechelsea.com Visit their website here for more info.

19th August 2020

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 exciting automobile extravaganza will see over 100 of the world’s most precious cars gather in the gardens of the historic and beautiful Honourable Artillery Company Headquarters and will include a ferocious collection of horsepower.
They will be bringing together a display of the most significant Lamborghinis ever built, bookended by one of the first Lamborghinis – the elegant 400 GT – and one of the last, the Aventador SVJ Roadster.
Getting there. Closest tube stations: Moorgate (walk north up City Road) or Old Street (exit is signposted Armoury House – walk south down City Road) Both tube stations are a 3-4 minute walk to the Honourable Artillery Company.
www.londonconcours.co.uk Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
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Wednesday - 3pm to 8pm
Over 1000 guests in these nice grounds hidden away behind the office blocks.
Just a week ago we were having that scorching hot weather but today it was pretty much non-stop rain.
Today we had to keep our umbrellas up...sunshine was forecast for the following day for this event.
All the cars (old and new) are in gleaming immaculate condition.
The owners are furiously wiping the rain off them constantly.
Many of the cars are started up and sound fantastic , and we had a parade at 6pm.
From 5.30pm to 8pm there was a very nice drinks reception undercover.
Complimentary Veuve Clicquot champers, four different cocktails, wines and canapés.
Despite the rain, it was a very enjoyable event.
The organisers have another event coming up soon at Hampton Court Palace - Sept 4/5/6.
www.concoursofelegance.co.uk Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.

18th August 2020

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 – a ferry 'cross the Mersey away from Liverpool – on Aug. 18, 1962.
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This day 10 years ago in 2010.
French beauty brand Etat Libre D'Orange announced that they have teamed up with legendary bad boy rockers THE SEX PISTOLS to bottle the scent of the Punk era by launching the band's first fragrance. Company executives said "To wear this scent, you must resist tradition, fight conformity and disregard aromatic conventions."
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Major promoters at a music industry forum have said they expect consumer confidence in live music to be so low they will have to cut ticket prices, which will mean lower artist fees and thus either fewer crew or lower crew wages; crew members expect the return of live music to be accompanied by freelancers desperate for work undercutting each others’ rates.
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Sex Pistol GLEN MATLOCK has a full page interview in today's Daily Mirror - page 29.
Glen talks candidly about the back problem that he has had for many years, including times when he has
had to use a walking stick and other times where the pain was so bad he had to crawl on his
hands and knees to visit the toilet.

17th August 2020

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 British Punk Rock.
Although initial issues only sold about 50 copies, circulation soon increased to 15,000. Fearing absorption into the mainstream music press, publisher Mark Perry would cease operations.
In 2000, Mark Perry published Sniffin' Glue: The Essential Punk Accessory, which is a compilation of all the issues of the fanzine with some new material written by him.

16th August 2020

Happy Birthday to MADONNA who is 62 today.
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Saturday 15 August 2020.
10 years ago this week, THE FACES reformed with Mick Hucknall on vocals and Glen Matlock on bass.
On guitar was Ronnie Wood, who went on to play for The Rolling Stones when Faces split up in 1975.
He was joined by two fellow original Faces members - drummer Kenney Jones and keyboard player Ian McLagan.
Former Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock completes the line-up for the reunion tour, and for this show, Wood's son Jesse joined them on stage to play guitar.
I went to two of the shows on their short tour.
11 Aug 2010 - BME Soundstage Bubble at The 02 Arena (an intimate warm up gig for just 400)
13 Aug 2010 - The Vintage Festival at Goodwood, West Sussex.
with support from Sandie Shaw, The Buzzcocks and The Wilko Johnson Band.
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ELVIS PRESLEY died on this day 43 years ago - 16 August 1977.
He was aged just 42.

12th August 2020

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 UK & EU Award winning street food concept specialising in freshly dipped gourmet chicken wings tossed in a homemade signature sauce of your choice, accompanied by homemade American style sides.
You may have seen them at a festival.
The first thing you notice before get to the restaurant is how totally buzzing the vibe is in Old Compton Street,
as the road is closed to all traffic due to the coronavirus but all the restaurants have seating
in the middle of the road.
Wingmans is a great success story as they grew from their garage to open their first venue in Kilburn and now
they are here in Soho.
The Kilburn branch did a roaring home delivery trade during the lockdown period.
Some of the tasty dishes we shared...
Wings - 8 Buffalo with blue cheese and celery
Wings - 8 Sweet n sour smokey BBQ
2 aptly named massive Straight Outta Old Compton (chicken burger with bacon and grilled cheese)
Mac n cheese.
5 King Prawns
Spicy Korean Cucumbers
Fries
A dessert each.
They have their own bar so we had four different cocktails with The Old Fashioned being our fave.
The small army of staff were great.

News and Reviews: 30th March 2020

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 worldwide,

flew around in private jets and stayed in five star hotels & villas.

Avicii: True Stories is a 2017 documentary, directed by Levan Tsikurishvili, about the Swedish DJ and record producer Avicii, with special appearances by David Guetta, Wyclef Jean, Nile Rodgers, Tiësto and Chris Martin. Avicii: True Stories premiered on October 26, 2017 in selected cinemas worldwide and was released on Netflix in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia on 28 December 2018.

Avicii: True Stories is Tim Bergling's own story, told from the inside and made from his extensive personal and family archive and behind-the-scenes footage. The director, Levan Tsikurishvili, followed Bergling for over four years while capturing footage of his experiences and thinking.

In the film you can feel the pressure of non-stop gigs & travel just burning him out and getting ill & depressed.

AVICII committed suicide soon after the film came out.

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Sad news that ALAN MERRILL has passed away aged 69.

He died in New York due to the coronavirus.

Alan Merrill was an American vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, actor and model. In the early 1970s Merrill was the first westerner to achieve pop star status in Japan.He is the lead singer of the first ever released version and author of the song "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" by the Arrows in 1975, which was later a massive worldwide hit for Joan Jett.

The Arrows had their own tv show series in the UK in the mid 1970s.

I saw his last ever London show in Dec 2017 when he played a few songs at Islington Academy as part

of a glam rock evening.

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Happy Birthday to rock legend ERIC CLAPTON who is 75 today.

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Folk singer John Prine is in ‘critical’ condition after contracting coronavirus. Prine has been hospitalised since Thursday 26 March after suffering symptoms of Covid-19.









Sunday 29 March 2020.

Will we ever see SAMMY HAGAR on a UK stage again?

Not many can say they saw him back in the early 1980s.

I saw him play four times where he mixed solo material and classic Montrose tracks.

Sammy Hagar,Riot Hammersmith Odeon, London 19.04.1980

Sammy Hagar,Riot Hammersmith Odeon, London 20.04.1980

Sammy Hagar,Grand Prix Hammersmith Odeon , London 09.02.1982. Fantastic all red stage.

Sammy Hagar,Grand Prix Hammersmith Odeon , London 10.02.1982

Check out one of my fave tracks of his on YouTube.

Sammy Hagar - I've done everything for you 1980

I saw Sammy play with Chickenfoot in 2009 and 2012.

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RIOT supported Sammy Hagar in 1980 and another band member died this week.

Original RIOT guitarist Lou "L.A." Kouvaris has passed away. He was 66 years old.

No cause of death has been revealed, but RIOT's manager Giles Lavery said Lou developed symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, over a week ago.









Saturday 28 March 2020.

Grab yourself a drink and settle down to watch this excellent two hours plus of my fave show of 2019.

KISS live at The 02 Arena, London on 11 July 2019.

They also mention how they first came to London in 1976 to play Hammersmith Odeon ( I was there ).

Type this in google / youtube search...

KISS London 2019 Multicam -Full Show- 07/11/2019 End Of The Road Tour

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As of Saturday afternoon, over 1000 people have died in the UK due to coronavirus.









Friday 27 March 2020.

MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST UK tour in April (including Shepherds Bush Empire) is not happening.

Shepherds Bush Empire today said all shows booked in for April have been postponed or cancelled.

Oddly the venue website and MS website are still showing tickets are still for sale.

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Outdoor music festivals and events are being cancelled all over the UK for May & June.

Guns N Roses are playing outdoors in London at the end of May - will it survive?

Their European Tour starts 20 May so it could easily be postponed or cancelled.







Thursday 26 March 2020.

Organisers of the UK’s Download festival have today confirmed that this year’s event has been cancelled.

It was due to take place at Castle Donington on June 12-14 with Iron Maiden, Kiss and System Of A Down set to headline.

But with the music world in turmoil due to the coronavirus pandemic, Live Nation have taken the decision to cancel the 2020 event.

The Isle of Wight Festival on the same weekend in June has also been cancelled due to the coronavirus.

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Happy Birthday to rock legend STEVEN TYLER who is 72 today.

I have seen Aerosmith over a dozen times since 1976 when they played their debut London show at

Hammersmith Odeon.

Happy Birthday to soul legend DIANA ROSS who is 76 today.

I have her seen her perform a couple of times.









Wednesday 25 March 2020.

Happy Birthday to ELTON JOHN who is 73 today.

One of those artists who i have seen perform live around 35 times since 1974.

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Tuesday 24 March 2020.

Sad news that JULIE FELIX has died at the age of 81 after a short illness, her agent has confirmed.

The American-born folk singer passed away in her sleep on Sunday night.

Her agent said in a statement: "It is with great sadness that we announce that folk legend, Julie Felix, died peacefully in her sleep on Sunday evening 22nd March after a short illness.

She had a couple of hit singles in the UK back in 1970.

She hosted her own shows for the BBC from 1967 to 1970, including the series Once More With Felix (the first episode was transmitted on 9 December 1967). Among those featured on her show were The Kinks, Fleetwood Mac, Leonard Cohen and Led Zeppelin's lead guitarist, Jimmy Page, who played the "White Summer" and "Black Mountain Side" guitar solo pieces.

She performed at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1969.









Monday 23 March 2020.

A nice mix of genre gigs i was going to 45 years ago this month in 1975.

Pretty good good considering it was a couple of months before my 16th birthday.

Chuck Berry Hammersmith Odeon, London 06.03.1975 Chuck is a true rock n roll legend .His novelty hit " My Ding A Ling " was a massive success 15 months ago .

Heatwave Hammersmith Odeon, London 08.03.1975 Heatwave were a very popular funk band a good couple of years before they started having hit singles .

Supertramp + Gallagher And Lyle + Chris De Burgh Hammersmith Odeon, London 09.03.1975 Supertramp had been voted Melody Makers " Band Of The Year " . This was a 3 band package from A+M records .

10cc + Fancy Hammersmith Odeon, London 20.03.1975 10cc are massive in the UK .current album is "Original Soundtrack" current single is " Life Is A Minestrone"

Neil Sedaka Hammersmith Odeon, London 21.03.1975 Neil Sedaka had a few hit singles in the UK in the early 1970s including last years " Laughter In The Rain " .

Lou Reed + String Driven Thing Hammersmith Odeon, London 25.03.1975 part of the world tour to promote Lou's " Rock n Roll Animal " album .

Hunter Ronson Band + Jet Hammersmith Odeon, London 31.03.1975 both bands were great .Mott The Hoople split a few months ago and Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson put together a band to promote both their solo albums Micks "Play Don’t Worry" and Ian Hunters self named debut .

Cockney Rebel + Sailor Hammersmith Odeon, London 12.04.1975 current single "Come Up And See Me Make Me Smile " is a massive No 1 hit











Sunday 22 March 2020.

A campaign has been launched for people to take part in show their gratitude to NHS employees working tirelessly during the Coronavirus outbreak.

The Clap For Our Carers, or #clapforourcarers, campaign will see people across the country applaud the NHS workers from their homes.

This is to show appreciation for doctors, nurses, GPs and every other NHS worker.

This will take place on Thursday March 26 at 8pm.

People joining in should applaud from their front doors, gardens, balconys and windows, keeping a safe distance from other people.

This has already been done in countries such as Spain, France , Italy and the Netherlands.









Saturday 21 March 2020.

Smaller live music venues including The 100 Club and Nell's were hosting odd shows in

March and April but the new ruling means they cannot open.

Bigger bands are postponing shows that are planned for May due to the uncertainty.

Some tours are postponed to after summer, and some tours are postponed to next year.

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ALAN DAVIDSON - sad news that yet another showbiz photographer i knew has passed away , age 70.

One of his first assignments was The Rolling Stones live in Hyde Park in 1969.

The Alan Davidson archive, which includes approximately 500,000 images focused on British celebrities, news and society from the past 50 years. He was a society and event photographer who worked quite heavily with the Daily Mail.

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Sad news that country music legend KENNY ROGERS has passed away , age 81.







Friday 20 March 2020.

Looking for something good to watch now you are spending more time at home?

Check out this superb SEX PISTOLS 24 mins video film of their classic tracks on YouTube.

Sex Pistols - Phoenix Festival, 21st July 1996. From MTV's Live and Direct. (HQ Remastered Audio)

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This was one of the five shows i saw on their mega "Filthy Lucre" reunion tour in 1996.

1.Sex Pistols + Iggy Pop + Wildhearts + Buzzcocks Finsbury Park , London 23.06.1996

Pistols first UK show since Dec 1977 .This was part of the Filthy Lucre world tour spread over the next 6 months.

2.Sex Pistols + The Sultans Le Zenith , Paris , France 04.07.1996 a great venue similar to Brixton Academy.

3.Sex Pistols + Slayer + Bad Religion Aquatica , Milan , Italy 11.07.1996 open air festival and it was very hot .venue held about 15,000 and was a mix of musical styles with even Massive Attack doing a midnight set.

4.Sex Pistols + A Shepherds Bush Empire ,London 17.07.1996 Alan McGee took out a full page ad in NME after seeing this saying it was the greatest rock show he had ever seen .The perfect venue of 2,000 in the back yard of where Steve ,Paul and Glen grew up and went to school .They were fully rehearsed , the sound was perfect .John teased the crowd and it is easily up there in my all time top 5 gigs of all time .Fantastic .

5.Sex Pistols + Terrorvision + Echobelly Phoenix Festival, Stratford Upon Avon 21.07.1996

It was a four day festival as Glastonbury Festival was not on that year.

Easier to get down the front compared to Finsbury Park.Superb.

MTV were here to film it.

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The Cannes Film Festival has become the latest event to be postponed as the ongoing coronavirus crisis continues.

It is usually held in May, but they are hoping to put in on in July.

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(Prince) Harry's beloved Invictus Games have been called off for May 2020 in light of the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Boris Johnson says " he hopes to send the coronavirus packing in 12 weeks".

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Friday 5pm update from Boris Johnson.

The UK's bars, restaurants, gyms, theatres and cinemas will all be ORDERED to close down tonight following a surge of coronavirus cases across Britain.

Many Brits had ignored official government advice to avoid socialising and stay at home leading Prime Minister Boris Johnson to order the restrictions.

"We need to push down further on this curve," Prime Minister Boris Johnson told a press conference on Friday afternoon.









Thursday 19 March 2020.

This coronavirus is a nightmare situation for bands who were unluckily on tour when things went crazy.

I saw Aussie band THE CAT EMPIRE at Shepherds Bush Empire a week before their shows were cancelled.

The Cat Empire were recently forced to cancel their sold-out European tour. Their spots on the Bluesfest and Groovin’ The Moo festival lineups were also axed after both festivals announced their cancellations. This amassed a total of 17 shows cancelled in just two days for the Melbourne rock band, who will incur over $750,000 in lost income.

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The coronavirus death toll in the UK has risen to 144.

The people who died were between 47 and 96-years-old, and all of the fatalities had underlying health problems.

Over 3400 have died in Italy , which is now more than China.









Wednesday 18 March 2020.

The CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW has been cancelled due to the coronavirus.

This is the first time the RHS Chelsea Flower Show has been cancelled since the Second World War.

June's GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL has been cancelled due to coronavirus.

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As expected THE ROLLING STONES have had to cancel their North American Tour.

The Rolling Stones has cancelled their 'No Filter' summer tour due to the global coronavirus pandemic. The group, made up of - Mick Jagger, 76, Keith Richards, 76, Charlie Watts, 78, and Ronnie Wood, 72, were due to kick off their North America tour in San Diego on 8 May and finish in Atlanta on 9 July.

The Stones and other rock legends all fall into the highest age risk group of over 70s who have been asked to stay indoors.

Will the coronavirus also postpone the European Tours by KISS and Aerosmith ?

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Selfridges is to close up shop tonight for an indefinite period, joining the likes of Apple and Nike stores.

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Now that most of us have extra down time indoors...

A good time to catch up on playing music, watching DVDs/YouTube and reading autobiographies.

Bruce Springsteen has put his 2009 Hyde Park show up on YouTube (I was at that show)

Practice social distancing & stream ‘London Calling: Live In Hyde Park’ from the comfort of your own home, now on YouTube & Apple Music in its entirety for the 1st time! Bruce & The E Street Band’s 2009 concert is worth a watch.

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The Eurovision Song Contest has been cancelled due to coronavirus.

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18 March 1977---It was 43 years ago today that i went to T.Rex last ever London show as

six months later Marc Bolan was killed in a car crash.

T.Rex + The Damned @ The Rainbow Theatre, London - a mega gig of glam rock & punk rock.









Tuesday 17 March 2020.

After Mondays Government announcement it looks like most gigs in March will get postponed / cancelled.

Venues including Hammersmith Apollo , The Royal Albert Hall, The Royal Festival Hall and The Palladium

have suspended all shows until early April....and that could easily be extended.

55 have died to date in the UK due to coronavirus.

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Football has taken another major hit...

Euro 2020 has been postponed by a year to the summer of 2021 after coronavirus has brought the football world to a standstill. The tournament had been due to be played between June 12 and July 12 this summer, in 12 cities across Europe with Wembley Stadium hosting the semi-finals and final.







Monday 16 March 2020.

Very sad news that tv personality and comedian ROY HUDD has died aged 83.

Another one of those great entertainers i remember from my childhood.

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Today, Boris Johnson has said...

"we should avoid mass gatherings including concerts, theatres, restaurants, bars, travel, cinemas etc".

However, he has NOT actually banned concerts, so some gigs should still go ahead.

He added: “The Government has the power to force closures”. However, he said he does not think it will be necessary to use those powers.

London has got more confirmed cases of coronavirus than any other part of the country,

Any event you are going to, you must check with the venue website , the artist website or call the venue etc.

I went to a few shows the past week but some acts who played have come in for criticism.

Lewis Capaldi and Stereophonics have responded to criticism that their arena shows went ahead over the weekend despite health scares around the spread of coronavirus.

While the spread of coronavirus has led to the cancellation of many gigs and festivals scheduled in the coming weeks, Lewis Capaldi played an arena gig to 11,000 people in Aberdeen, while Stereophonics went ahead with the final three shows of their Kind tour in Cardiff.

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Some good news...

BILLY DUFFY from The Cult has got engaged.

The stunning Real Housewives Of Cheshire star Leilani Dowding is engaged to her lover of three years Billy Duffy.

The former Miss Great Britain and Page 3 girl, 40, took to Instagram on Monday to share the news, uploading a snap of her holding hands with The Cult rocker Billy, 58, showing off her engagement ring.

She drew an arrow on her hand and labelled it 'I said yes' - with the arrow pointing at the ring.









Sunday 15 March 2020.

Happy Birthday to DEE SNIDER (Twisted Sister) who is 65 today.

Happy Birthday to HOWARD DEVOTO (Buzzcocks/Magazine) who is 68 today.









Saturday 14 March 2020.

JiM DAVIDSON live at The Beck Theatre, Hayes, Middlesex.

Five times married Jim Davidson plays the second of two nights at this cosy 600 capacity theatre.

The masterful, outrageous and hysterically funny comedy legend ‘General’ Jim Davidson OBE embarks on his comedy campaign around the UK in 2020, following the acclaimed sell-out The People Fight Back Tour.

Who will he upset this time? Which battles will he win, which will he lose? One thing’s for certain, Jim never retreats!

Jim Davidson , now aged 67 was one of the UK's most popular comedians in the 1970's,1980's and 1990's.

Davidson has attracted controversy for his frequent jokes about women, ethnic minorities, homosexuals and disabled people, although he denies accusations that he is prejudiced against these groups.

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Around 500 folks here out of the 600 capacity.

Jim Davidson arrives on stage looking very casually dressed.

Jim performed for 1 hour 50 mins over two sets of 55 mins.

He has the barest stage ever, just him and a microphone.

No backdrop or anything or like he says , "he can get a quick getaway in his car after the show".

Needless to say it is mainly an older white crowd here , with plenty of women too.

A good dose of comedy is what we need to blank the coronavirus blues out for a couple of hours.

Needless to say there was lots of swearing and crude jokes about everything and everyone.

He starts off by saying "he has parked his car around the corner, in Baghdad High Street".

But then mentions how it is all the gap toothed white trash folks swilling strong lager in the streets.

His likes include Piers Morgan interviewing snowflakes, Charlton F.C.

His dislikes include Labour politicians , Guardian readers, Scousers,

Political Correctness Gone Mad is a fave topic that he returns to a lot.

He even starts asking the crowd very personal questions about their bedroom antics

including "do any of you girls take it up Trap 2?".

Also Women and their HRT , and even his own lack of sex drive as he gets older.

Foreign Aid

He mentioned his huge support for the troops and his many visits to The Falkland Islands since the 1980's.

He has performed at many fundraising events for them and also mentioned the crazy humour soldiers have.

"Our troops have fought a succession of battles over the last 50 years. Some veterans are still fighting those battles. We hope to get them feeling better, and ready to continue with their lives."

Care after Combat CEO, Jim Davidson OBE

It was a very enjoyable evening, with many laugh out loud moments.

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Happy Birthday to acting legend MICHAEL CAINE who is 87 today.







Friday 13 March 2020.

ELVIS COSTELLO & THE IMPOSTER'S live at Hammersmith Apollo, London.

The show sold out in Feb...as part of his UK tour...

I have seen Elvis Costello over 20 times since 1978.

His band feature some musicians who have played with him off & on for over 40 years.

This superlative ensemble - Steve Nieve on keyboards, Pete Thomas on

drums, and bassist and vocalist, Davey Faragher - are once again

augmented by singers Kitten Kuroi and Briana Lee, all of whom were

heard on the acclaimed Elvis Costello 2018 Concord Records release, "Look Now".

Liverpudlian Ian Prowse is the support for the entire tour.

The John Peel-endorsed cult singer, also fronted Pele and Amsterdam.

Prowse’s most recent album" Here I Lie" was released in 2019, was critically acclaimed and included the singles ‘The Ballad Of North Street‘ and ‘Something’s Changed.’

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The venue is stalls seated tonight, and it is totally sold out.

IAN PROWSE arrived on stage at 7.25pm and played for 40 mins.

His band included electric fiddle and flute and his songs ticked along nicely.

He finished with his greatest song ‘Does This Train Stop On Merseyside?.’ He dedicates this to those who refuse to buy The Sun newspaper, like a true Liverpudlian.

I saw actor & tv presenter ROSS KEMP here during the interval.

ELVIS COSTELLO & THE IMPOSTER'S arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played for two hours.

A mainly older crowd here who have grown up with the 65 year old Elvis Costello.

This was his first UK tour since his recovery from cancer, and there was plenty of love in the house for him.

A nice stage production with great lighting and three big screens showing pre-recorded images.

Elvis is a top notch singer-songwriter who has worked with Paul McCartney and Burt Bacharach.

Costello's lyrics employ a wide vocabulary and frequent wordplay. His music has drawn on many diverse genres; one critic described him as a "pop encyclopaedia", able to "reinvent the past in his own image".

Lots of entertaining stage banter between songs from Elvis.

Lots of his classic tunes played including a mega extended version of "Watching the Detectives".

For the encore Elvis was sporting a sparkly gold jacket.

A great show.

Full Elvis Costello setlist played tonight...

Strict Time (Elvis Costello & The Attractions cover)

Clubland (Elvis Costello & The Attractions cover)

Green Shirt (Elvis Costello & The Attractions cover)

Accidents Will Happen (Elvis Costello & The Attractions cover)

Watch Your Step (Elvis Costello & The Attractions cover)

(I Don't Want to Go to) Chelsea (Elvis Costello & The Attractions cover)

Photographs Can Lie

Less Than Zero (Elvis Costello song)

Flutter & Wow

Watching the Detectives (Elvis Costello song)

A Good Year for the Roses (George Jones cover)

A Face in the Crowd (Elvis Costello song)

Blood & Hot Sauce (Elvis Costello song)

Burnt Sugar Is So Bitter (Elvis Costello & Steve Nieve cover)

High Fidelity (Elvis Costello & The Attractions cover)

From a Whisper to a Scream (Elvis Costello & The Attractions cover)

Alison (Elvis Costello song)

Every Day I Write the Book

Pump It Up (Elvis Costello song)

Encore:

Hurry Down Doomsday (The Bugs Are Taking Over) (Elvis Costello song)

Oliver's Army (Elvis Costello & The Attractions cover)

(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding (Elvis Costello & The Attractions cover)

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Happy Birthday to NEIL SEDAKA who is 81 today.

Happy Birthday to U2 bass player ADAM CLAYTON who is 60 today.







Thursday 12 March 2020.

THE CAT EMPIRE play the first of two shows at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

The Cat Empire are an Australian band who are popular back home and have released several albums.

"Stolen Diamonds" their latest album, was released globally on February 15, 2019.

On their last UK tour they sold out two shows at The Roundhouse.

The Cat Empire's sound is a fusion of rock, jazz, ska, funk, indie with heavy Latin influences.

A few of their videos have had over a million views on YouTube.

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Level 3 is pretty empty , but there must be at least 1500 folks here.

Pretty good for a band you never hear on the radio or see on tv.

Lots of Aussies who live in London are out in force to support one of their own.

LUCY LU arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 40 mins.

Lucy Lu - aka Luke Bower - and his brass (trombone and trumpet) led band played some jazz-flecked tracks.

THE CAT EMPIRE arrived on stage at 9.10pm and played for 1 hour 40 mins.

You have to admire any band that makes their own sound regardless of current music fads.

The Cat Empire have no guitarist and feature percussion, brass, keyboards and even a turntable scratcher.

Big cheers each time their main singer gets stuck into the three bongos , front of stage.

Many of the songs have a ska tinged dance feel to them which has the crowd jumping around a lot

and nobody seems to be worried by coronavirus as they all bounce around closely together down the front.

It was great watching the crowd enjoy themselves so much as they sang along loudly to many songs.

A couple of Australians i spoke to couldn't believe how their band from Australia was so popular in London.

A good show.

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THE WHO have postponed their UK tour due to the coronavirus.

Live Nation promote The Who and are the biggest concert promoter worldwide.

Billboard reports shares of Live Nation fell 16.6 percent on Wednesday, representing a single-day loss of more than $1.8 billion in stock market valuation.

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Happy Birthday to PETER DOHERTY who is 41 today.

Happy Birthday to Iron Maiden's STEVE HARRIS who is 64 today.







Wednesday 11 March 2020.

BRYAN FERRY live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Bryan Ferry plays the first of two shows at The Royal Albert Hall.

I have seen Bryan Ferry solo and Roxy Music several times each over the past 45 years.

Expect a show featuring the best of his solo material, Roxy Music classics and a couple of Dylan covers.

Bryan Ferry is now aged 74, and he has toured the UK every year for the last eight years.

I saw him play a great show at this venue in June 2019.

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BRYAN FERRY & band arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played for 1 hour 40 mins.

A large band as 11 musicians backing him including Chris Spedding and three female backing vocals.

The spotlight keeps landing on the saxophonist Jorja Chalmers, who gets big applause from the fans.

Bryan Ferry is now aged 74 and suited, but looks totally cool ,suave, relaxed & incredible for his age.

Bryan also played some nice harmonica on a few songs.

Guitar legend Chris Spedding is now aged 75, and he played some nifty guitar solos.

Amazingly when i first saw Bryan Ferry solo in 1977 at this same venue, Chris Spedding was on guitar.

A nice stage production with a raised platform at the back displaying neon striped lighting.

Some lesser known tracks played in the first half, then loads of classics in the second half.

23 songs played would normally be a near two hour set but as usual Bryan does not say much between

songs apart from the odd mention when a musician does a solo.

Plenty of superb Roxy Music gems played includes the always mega "Virginia Plain".

Sadly he has dropped two of my fave tracks "Oh Yeah" and "Do The Strand", but it was a great show.

Full Bryan Ferry setlist played tonight...

The Thrill of It All (Roxy Music song)

You Can Dance

Pyjamarama (Roxy Music song)

Out of the Blue (Roxy Music song)

The Bogus Man (Roxy Music song)

Casanova (Roxy Music song)

Limbo

Just Like You (Roxy Music song)

Same Old Scene (Roxy Music song)

Hiroshima

Your Painted Smile

Like a Hurricane (Neil Young cover)

Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (Bob Dylan cover)

Make You Feel My Love (Bob Dylan cover)

Dance Away (Roxy Music song)

Avalon (Roxy Music song)

Love Is the Drug (Roxy Music song) (the crowd rush to the front from this song)

Street Life (Roxy Music song)

A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall (Bob Dylan cover)

Virginia Plain (Roxy Music song)

Encore:

The 'In' Crowd (Dobie Gray cover)

Let's Stick Together (Wilbert Harrison cover)

Editions of You (Roxy Music song)











Tuesday 10 March 2020...7pm to 9.45pm...

ANDY WARHOL - private view - Tate Modern Gallery , London SE1.

This major retrospective is the first Warhol exhibition at Tate Modern for almost 20 years. As well as his iconic pop images of Marilyn Monroe, Coca-Cola and Campbell’s soup cans, it includes works never seen before in the UK. Twenty-five works from his Ladies and Gentlemen series – portraits of black and Latinx drag queens and trans women – are shown for the first time in 30 years. Visitors can also play with his floating Silver Clouds and experience the psychedelic multimedia environment of the Exploding Plastic Inevitable.

Popularly radical and radically popular, Warhol was an artist who reimagined what art could be in an age of immense social, political and technological change.​

First time i have seen the stunning Kara Walker 13-metre-tall fountain, a play on the Queen Victoria Memorial outside Buckingham Palace, in The Turbine Hall here.

We spend around 30 mins walking around the exhibition itself.

It is a big exhibition as it has around a dozen different rooms.

First room features his five hour video of his then lover John Giorno sleeping titled "Sleep".

There is a classic portrait of Blondie singer Debbie Harry.

The Blondie singer remembers Warhol telling her that "if he could have anyone else’s face, it would be mine."

A couple of pictures of Andy Warhol with Lou Reed.

Some very interesting items including three of his wigs/toupees, along with instructions on how to care for them.

You forget that he was shot and nearly died in 1968 by feminist Valerie Solanas.

Around 500 guests are here in this massive gallery space.

A few well known faces here including Daniel Lismore and Pandemonia in their usual amazing attire.

Also Pam Hogg, Andrew Logan and Dougie Fields.

Lots of folks dancing by the dj from 9pm as he spun Bowie, Madonna , Disco etc.

Complimentary vodka cocktails, wines, beers and nibbles ( cheese sticks & peanuts) for all guests.

www.tate.org.uk

It is on until 06 Sept so visit their website here for more info and to buy the £22 tickets.









Monday 09 March 2020.

OH WONDER live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

This show sold out in Feb.

"No One Else Can Wear Your Crown" is the third studio album by London-based alt-pop duo Oh Wonder, released through Island Records on 7 February 2020.It was preceded by the release of the singles "Hallelujah", "Better Now", "I Wish I Never Met You" and "Happy".The duo will embark on a world tour in support of the album in March and April 2020.

On 14 Feb 2020 the album went straight in at number 8 in the UK chart.

Their second album "Ultralife" from 2017 also got to number 8 in the UK chart.

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The venue is rammed solid sold out tonight.

The venue has put in hand sanitisers to help keep the coronavirus at bay.

DIZZY arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 30 mins.

Canadian indie-pop band are promoting their debut album "Baby Teeth".

They played some dreamy chilled out indie-pop tracks , that featured female vocals.

Last year they won Alternative Album of the Year for "Baby Teeth" at the Junos (think Canadian Grammys).

OH WONDER arrived on stage at 9.05pm and played for 85 mins.

The stage is reset during the interval, and suddenly you can see why Oh Wonder need that Fly By Night truck that is parked near the venue.A custom-made lighting rig, dominated by a giant O and W constructed from neon tubes, is flanked by barrages of halogens, spots and strobes. A pair of keyboards stand front of stage. Behind, on a slightly raised platform is a drum kit and another keyboard.

Their female vocalist interacted well with the fans throughout the show.

She said "it is so amazing for me to be playing this incredible venue for the first time as I went to many gigs

here over the years including Adele and Jessie J".

A decent enough set of catchy indie-pop.

Full Oh Wonder setlist played tonight...

Better Now

Drive

I Wish I Never Met You

Lifetimes

Happy

Heavy

How It Goes

Body Gold / White Blood / Plans

In and Out of Love

Overgrown

Livewire

Technicolour Beat

Ultralife

Dust

Landslide

Lose It

Encore:

All We Do

Without You

Hallelujah (ticker-tape cannons used for this song)

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Sad news that Legendary American record produce KEITH OLSEN has passed away.

Keith Olsen (died March 2020) was an American record producer and sound engineer, who worked with Rick Springfield, Fleetwood Mac, Ozzy Osbourne, the Grateful Dead, Whitesnake, Pat Benatar, Heart, Santana, Saga, Foreigner, Magnum, Scorpions, Journey, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Joe Walsh, as well as Eric Burdon & the Animals, among others.

Olsen was the producer on over 100 complete albums. His production work has earned him more than 39 Gold, 24 Platinum, and 14 Multi-Platinum album certifications.

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THE SEX PISTOLS --- it was 43 years ago today --- 10 March 1977.

The Sex Pistols re-sign the contract with A&M in front of Buckingham Palace for the press and British television. This can be seen in "The Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle". They lasted around week with A&M...then they eventually signed to Virgin.







Saturday 07 March 2020.

GLEN MATLOCK BAND feat Earl Slick live at The 100 Club, London.

Sex Pistols legend GLEN MATLOCK is playing a UK tour.

Glen's band feature Earl Slick (guitar legend ,who has played with David Bowie and John Lennon),

Chris Musto (drums ,who has played with Johnny Thunders) ) and

Jim Lowe (bass, who has produced a few Stereophonics albums).

I saw them play a great gig in Leytonstone a week ago.

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It may be cold outside but in this iconic venue it is hot n sweaty inside due to the full house.

As it is a Sex Pistols related event , it was great to see so many friends here.

Musicians in the crowd included John Perry (Only Ones), Spizz , Marco Pirroni and Neal X.

GOLDBORNS arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played for 30 mins.

West London boys play a good set of their ska & reggae tinged indie tunes.

They play in front of a "For Grenfell" poster.

Their EP was co-produced by Mick Jones of The Clash who was on the guest list tonight but did not show.

GLEN MATLOCK BAND arrived on stage at 9.20pm and played for 95 mins.

Last week i was front left of stage near Jim Lowe but tonight i am front right of stage,

just a few feet from guitar legend Earl Slick.

Earl looks proper rock star with a Ronnie Wood/ Jeff Beck look and his guitar playing is just sublimely superb.

Glen works the crowd well and introduces "On Something" with a mention of QPRs 3-1 away win today.

The setlist features great tracks from Glens last album "Good to Go".

We get one extra track compared to last weeks show.

Another excellent show from Glen's rockin' band.

Full Glen Matlock setlist played tonight...

Won't Put The Brakes on Me

Wanderlust

Consequences Coming

Sexy Beast

Hook In You

Montague Terrace (in Blue) (Scott Walker cover)

Magic Carpet Ride

Couldn't Give A Damn

Hot Water

On Something (Glen Matlock & the Philistines song)

Can't Be Myself

Blank Generation (Richard Hell & The Voidoids cover)

Born Running (Glen Matlock & the Philistines song)

Who's Side Are You On ?

Keep On Pushing

Encore:

Electricity (extra song in the setlist that was not played last week at Leytonstone)

Pretty Vacant (Sex Pistols song) (with Neal X on guitar)

All or Nothing (Small Faces cover) (with Neal X on guitar)

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GLEN MATLOCK narrates the history of punk rock over two lots of 60 mins.

It is up on YouTube....it is well worth a listen...

Lots of classic tracks and quotes from all the best acts including The Clash, Damned and Buzzcocks.

Search for - Glen Matlock - Anarchy in the UK - BBC 6 Music Episode 1 and Episode 2.

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The ALANIS MORISSETTE acoustic show i went to on Wednesday got many great reviews in the press.

Check out this mega acoustic version on YouTube

Alanis Morissette “You Oughta Know” on the Howard Stern Show









Friday 06 March 2020.

HOOSIERS live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Hoosiers have had 4 x Top 40 hits in the UK and are promoting their "Greatest Hits" album.

Their 2007 album "THE TRICK TO LIFE" went to number one in the UK.

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Levels 2 and 3 are closed but stalls and Level 1 are full so over 1000 folks are here.

OLD DIRTY BRASSTARDS arrived on stage at 8.30pm for their 35 mins set.

They have ten musicians on stage including EIGHT playing brass instruments.

You can see why they played Glastonbury Festival last year.

They played a lively set of brass based instrumental covers that went down well with the crowd including

Last Nite (The Strokes)

Mr.Brightside (The Killers)

Everywhere (Fleetwood Mac)

HOOSIERS arrived on stage at 9.30pm for their 90 mins set.

The band have a two man brass section joining them for several songs.

The band had a bit of success in the 2000s but they kind of bypassed me to be honest.

The answer to the question, 'name a Hoosier song', is something most people would struggle with and

where a couple of responses would still be 'Goodbye Mr A' or 'Cops and Robbers', but ultimately

they had quite a lot of pretty average songs.

The first and last songs of the night featured ticker-tape cannons over the front stalls.

A quirky Billy Joel cover during the encore was good.

Full Hoosiers setlist played tonight...

The Trick to Life

Worried About Ray

Somewhere in the Distance (With Teardrops snippet)

A Sadness Runs Through Him

Choices

Make or Break

Worst Case Scenario

Who Said Anything (About Falling in Love)?

Cops and Robbers

Clinging on for Life

??

So High

Everything Goes Dark

Up to No Good

Unlikely Hero

Encore:

Money to be Made

We Didn't Start the Fire (Billy Joel cover)

Goodbye Mr A









Thursday 05 March 2020.

THE GLOBAL AWARDS 2020 live at Hammersmith Apollo, London.

On one huge night, The Global Awards will bring together all Global’s radio stations – including Capital, Capital XTRA, Heart, Classic FM, Smooth, Radio X, Gold and LBC – to celebrate the biggest and best loved stars of music, news and entertainment.

Global superstar Camila Cabello, legendary band Stereophonics, Ellie Goulding, Tones and I, rising star Aitch and classical music singer and tenor Aled Jones and Russell Watson are among the acts confirmed to perform at The Global Awards 2020 with Very.co.uk.

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This was a big event, pretty much like a smaller version of The BRIT Awards...with a full Red Carpet.

From 5pm to 7pm was the drinks reception and dinner for 500 VIP guests/artists in the floor stalls area.

For those that don't know, this venue can now put in a levelled floor for dinner tables.

I was at the event from 7pm to 11pm...the show itself was on 7.35pm to 10.15pm...

The paying public are upstairs only and 100 music school students are put in the pit area at the front.

Five acts performed two songs each and Stereophonics performed five songs at the end.

The stage production is superb , with five big screens and lavish sets and loads of lights.

Many of the presenters were the celebrity djs they use on their shows including

Amanda Holden, Jamie Theakston, Myleene Klass, Mark Wright, Kate Garraway, Laura Whitmore and others.

Nicely paced where you had a live act then two or three awards were presented.

CAMILA CABELLO is a Cuban-American singer who looks stunning.

Her two songs with dancers included her massive hit "Señorita".

ALED JONES & RUSSELL WATSON performed two classical songs with an orchestra.

ELLIE GOULDING performed two songs with dancers including her hit "Love Me Like You Do".

TONES & I performed two tracks including her massive worldwide hit "Dance Monkey"

"Dance Monkey" topped the official singles charts in over 30 countries including the UK.

AITCH is a 20 year old white rapper from Manchester who is certainly a rising star.

He performed two tracks...and dedicated one to hip-hop dj legend Tim Westwood who was in the crowd.

STEREOPHONICS performed a really good five song set and were the highlight for me.

C'est la vie

Bust This Town

Have a Nice Day

Maybe Tomorrow

Dakota

An enjoyable evening overall.

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Full winners list tonight...

STORMZY WINS HIP HOP OR R&B AWARD ( sent a video message)

AITCH WINS RISING STAR AWARD

LEWIS CAPALDI WINS BOTH MASS APPEAL AND MOST PLAYED SONG 2019 (sent a video message)

HARRY STYLES’ ‘LIGHTS UP’ IS VOTED BEST SONG OF 2019 WITH METRO (sent a video message)

STEREOPHONICS VOTED BEST INDIE AND HONOURED WITH GLOBAL SPECIAL AWARD

TONES AND I TAKES HOME BEST POP

PC STUART OUTTEN HONOURED WITH THE LBC AWARD

CHRIS & ROSIE RAMSEY’S SH**GED, MARRIED, ANNOYED VOTED BEST PODCAST

SHEKU KANNEH-MASON VOTED BEST CLASSICAL ARTIST

REGENERATE CHARITY CO-FOUNDER ANDY SMITH WINS THE VERY AWARD

DUA LIPA WINS BEST BRITISH ACT

JONAS BROTHERS ARE CROWNED BEST GROUP (sent a video message)

CAMILA CABELLO IS CROWNED BEST FEMALE

ED SHEERAN IS NAMED BEST MALE (sent a video message)

STEREOPHONICS VOTED BEST INDIE AND HONOURED WITH GLOBAL SPECIAL AWARD







Wednesday 04 March 2020.

ALANIS MORISSETTE live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

This show sold out pronto despite the high ticket prices.

Alanis plays one of three acoustic shows in Europe (also Amsterdam and Munich) to celebrate the

25th anniversary of her mega selling album "Jagged Little Pill".

Alanis returns later in the year with her band to play European arenas.

Tour poster says the album has sold 60 million copies, even though other places saying 33 million copies.

"Jagged Little Pill" topped the charts in thirteen countries; it is one of the best-selling albums of all time and made Morissette the first Canadian to achieve double diamond sales.Jagged Little Pill was nominated for nine Grammy Awards, winning five, including Album of the Year.

The track "You Oughta Know" is my fave classic from that album.

The album was something the public hadn't really heard before: a woman displaying raw anger and a frank portrayal of female sexuality.

Jagged's first single, the fantastically acidic tale of a scorned woman, You Oughta Know, entered the Official Singles Chart at 76 before slowly rising to Number 22.

I have seen Alanis play live several times including her debut London show at Subterania in 1995 where

Taylor Hawkins was her drummer then and shortly after he joined The Foo Fighters.

Taylor Hawkins is also playing on the official video for "You Oughta Know".

The six singles from the album were....

"You Oughta Know" - Released: July 6, 1995

"Hand in My Pocket" - Released: October 31, 1995

"Ironic" - Released: February 27, 1996

"You Learn" - Released: July 9, 1996

"Head over Feet" - Released: September 16, 1996

"All I Really Want" - Released: December 1, 1996

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It is a reduced capacity tonight as it is stalls seated due to the intimate acoustic nature.

The first five stalls rows have coughed up a whopping £250 to be there and get a goodie bag of swag.

Level 1 seats are £100 each.

ALANIS MORISSETTE arrived on stage at 8.25pm and played for 95 mins.

I have got a great view in Level 1 , near to well known tv showbiz reporter Dan Wootton.

Alanis is wearing a checked grey suit and is flanked by two acoustic guitarists.

All three sit on stools throughout the entire show.

Her voice still sounds fantastic and you can hear every word.

The last time i saw her live in 2018, she had shortish hair but it is back to being long again.

It is pretty much a superb Greatest Hits set, including all the classics from "Jagged Little Pill".

Alanis sounded absolutely incredible, never missing a beat and letting her humour shine through between songs.

The females in the crowd are singing along loudly to most of the songs.

Before the last two songs were played , Alanis said "normally this would be the encore but I can't

be bothered to walk off the stage and come back again in these high heels".

At the end of the show , one of the roadies threw out loads of guitar plectrums and amazingly

he got a couple up to Level 1 and luckily i got one of them, which had a nice Alanis design on them.

An excellent show.

Full Alanis Morissette setlist played tonight....

Your House

Right Through You

You Learn

All I Really Want

Hands Clean (extra track played in London that was not played in Munich/Amsterdam)

Not the Doctor

Reasons I Drink

Mary Jane

Forgiven

Perfect

Head Over Feet

Smiling

Hand in My Pocket

Ironic

You Oughta Know

Wake Up

Uninvited

Thank U







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News and Reviews: 4th March 2020

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 great event.

Most of the guests have paid £150 to attend.

As usual around 75% of those here are gay men.

A few celebrity faces including Tracey Emin, Wayne Sleep, Lorraine Chase.

From 8.10pm to 9.10pm we are all seated for the auction lots.

One lot included dinner with Tracey Emin and Beverley Knight, that went for £4,000.

Nice works of art here.

After the auction we had a live band playing some dance covers that got some folks dancing.

Complimentary Nicolas Courtin champers, vodka cocktails, gin cocktails and wines all through the evening.

Lots of very nice canapés during the evening and pastries for the final hour.

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The Auction is hosted by The Terrence Higgins Trust.

Last year the online and live auctions combined raised over £210,000. Over its history the event has raised over £4.7 million to make a difference to the lives of people living with and affected by HIV.

www.tht.org.uk

Visit their website here for more info on the good work they do.









Tuesday 03 March 2020.

THE FIRST MAJOR CANCELLATION in the UK due to Coronavirus.

It looks only a matter of time before some concerts and football in the UK are cancelled i reckon.

London Book Fair cancelled. Reed Exhibitions has announced that The London Book Fair 2020, scheduled to take place at Olympia, London, from 10 to 12 March will be cancelled following the escalation of COVID-19 Coronavirus in Europe.









Monday 02 March 2020.

LENNON STELLA live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Lennon Stella plays the first of two sold out shows at this venue.

20 year old female singer who is best known for the musical drama tv series Nashville (2012–18).

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A mainly 75% female crowd here tonight.

JP SAXE arrived on stage at 8pm for his 30 mins set.

Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter JP Saxe is a soulful performer who makes yearning, R&B-influenced pop. A native of Toronto, Canada.He performed a good set that featured a great track called " 3 Minutes".

LENNON STELLA arrived on stage at 9pm for her 70 mins set.

She played with a band at the start and the end parts of the set and in the middle she was solo

with her piano or guitar.

A big screen showed pre-recorded images for some songs.

Lennon has pretty much changed her style from country music to catchy R & B - influenced pop songs.

Lennon played a couple of good covers and had some nice songs including "Kissing Other People".

Sony Music were here filming the show for future use on tv and DVD.

An enjoyable show.

Full Lennon Stella setlist played tonight...

Black Light

Bad

Feelings

Pretty Boy

Breakaway

Umbrella (Rihanna cover)

Die Average

Paperweight

Takeaway

Girls Just Want to Have Fun (Cyndi Lauper cover)

Like Everybody Else

Kissing Other People

Fear of Being Alone

Golf on TV (performed with JP Saxe)

Fortress

Huey Lewis

BITCH (takes one to know one)

La Di Da

Goodnight









Monday 02 March 2020.

02 March 2010---It was 10 years ago i attended this mega gig.

KISS played a club show (in full make-up ) for 800 at The Islington Academy.

Full setlist played...

Modern Day Delilah

Cold Gin

Let Me Go, Rock 'N' Roll

Say Yeah

Calling Dr. Love

Got to Choose

I Love It Loud

100,000 Years

Love Gun

Black Diamond

Rock and Roll All Nite

Encore:

Detroit Rock City

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Happy Birthday to JON BON JOVI who is 58 today.











Sunday 01 March 2020.

The Carabao Cup final marks the first major domestic silverware opportunity of the season

in English football and the final took place at Wembley Stadium.

The kick-off time was 4.30pm.

Aston Villa 1 Man City 2

Man City win this cup for the fourth time in five years which is pretty amazing.

A massive crowd of over 82,000 here for this very enjoyable game.

There are three types of freebie Man City flags in their seats at their end of the stadium.

We are up in Level 5 with the Man City fans who were singing this fan song non-stop...

We're going up,

We're going down,

We're going up,

We're going down,

City's going down with a billion in the bank,

A billion in the bank, a billion in the bank,

City's going down with a billion in the bank,

A billion in the bank, a billion in the bank...

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Happy Birthday to rock legend ROGER DALTREY who is 76 today.







Saturday 29 February 2020.

CAVETOWN live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Robin Daniel Skinner [age 22 ) known professionally as Cavetown, is an English singer-songwriter and YouTuber based in Cambridge. His style blends elements of indie rock, indie pop and bedroom pop with mellow, gentle ukulele ballads.

He has had multi-million views on all streaming channels.

Skinner released his third studio album, Lemon Boy, in July 2018.

His first album on a major label is released on Sire Records in March 2020.

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Tonight has been sold out my ages.

My chums on security said there were over 200 here in the afternoon queuing despite the freezing weather.

A young crowd that was pretty much 75% females aged 14 to 24.

The merch queues were huge throughout the evening and after the show.

FOR ALL THEEE ACTS we have an incredible female sign-language interpreter, to the left of stage.

CHLOE MORIONDO arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played for 30 mins.

Chloe is a 17 year old from North America who has been produced by tonight's headliner.

She had a bit of a Billie Eilish vibe about her, and the crowd knew her material.

HUNNY arrived on stage at 8.15pm and played for 30 mins.

Los Angeles based Alt-indie rock band HUNNY signed to Epitaph Records in 2018.

Some good catchy tunes played that reminded me of 1990s Brit-Pop.

CAVETOWN arrived on stage at 9.15pm and played for 85 mins.

My first thoughts were , he sounds like Ed Sheeran and looks like Harry Potter.

He has an armchair and a table and lamp, and halfway through sings a couple of tunes in the chair.

The crowd singalong to pretty much every song even though he has had no hit singles but has

got that huge presence on the internet.

He played a nice Randy Newman cover of " You've Got a Friend in Me" for all the mums and dads

who have been dragged out by their kids tonight.

A pleasant enough show.









Friday 28 February 2020.

GLEN MATLOCK BAND + THE GOLDBORNS live at The Red Lion Ballroom, Leytonstone, London E11.

Sex Pistols legend Glen Matlock is playing a UK tour.

This recently refurbished venue has a 250 capacity and is a new addition to the areas live music scene.

Glen's band feature Earl Slick (guitar legend ,who has played with David Bowie and John Lennon),

Chris Musto (drums ,who has played with Johnny Thunders) ) and

Jim Lowe (bass, who has produced a few Stereophonics albums).

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Sometimes for the sake of seeing some quality rock n roll you have to make the odd trek.

23 stops on the Central Line for me tonight , from Ealing Broadway to Leytonstone.

This pub is massive , with the pub itself on the ground floor and the ballroom on the second floor.

It looks great with drapes everywhere and sofas around the sides.

I caught 20 mins of THE GOLDBORNS support act set.

Their debut EP was produced by Mick Jones of The Clash.

GLEN MATLOCK BAND arrived on stage at 9.25pm and played for 95 mins.

The band sound nice and loud and are firing on all cylinders from the start.

Earl Slick stills looks full monty rock star cool under a sweep of jet-black spiky hair and sunglasses.

The crowd are close to the stage to see a rare sight of these rock legends in this part of East London.

A couple of new songs feature Glens very anti-Brexit thoughts.

Glen works the crowd well with his onstage banter.

Glens solo material has been constantly really good throughout the years and the encore

featured two classics that had the fans singing loudly along and sent them home very happy.

A great show.

Glen Matlock setlist played tonight...

Won't Put The Brakes on Me

Wanderlust

Consequences Coming

Sexy Beast (with a guest on stage playing some nifty mouth organ)

Hook In You

Montague Terrace (in Blue) (Scott Walker cover)

Magic Carpet Ride

Couldn't Give A Damn

Hot Water

Blank Generation (Richard Hell & The Voidoids cover)

On Something (Glen Matlock & the Philistines song)

Can't Be Myself

Born Running (Glen Matlock & the Philistines song)

Who's Side Are You On ?

Keep On Pushing

Encore:

Pretty Vacant (Sex Pistols song)

All or Nothing (Small Faces cover)

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Glen meets the fans and signs stuff a few minutes after the end of each show.







Thursday 27 February 2020...I went to three events tonight...

6pm to 7pm

PENSEE - new collection launch party - Christian Louboutin, 17 Mount Street, Mayfair, London W1.

Christian Louboutin is a French fashion designer whose high-end stiletto footwear incorporates shiny, red-lacquered soles that have become his signature. Initially a freelance designer for fashion houses, he started his own shoe salon in Paris, with his shoes finding favor with celebrity clientele.

Minimalist and elegant, the Pensée pouch takes inspiration from the world of Pop Art made famous by Andy Warhol and much admired by Mr Christian Louboutin. Its bright colour and playful shape give it a bold style. - two-tone, in black suede and banana yellow - three-petal flower with black edge and centre....it comes with a hefty price tag...

Not surprisingly it is 90 % females here with many wearing those very sexy Louboutin high heels.

Complimentary Ruinart champers and canapes for all guests.

then

7.05pm to 7.55pm

GEORGIE HOPTON / GARY HUME - private view - Lyndsey Ingram, 20 Bourdon Street, Mayfair, London W1.

My first time at this gallery around the rear of Phillips Gallery in Berkeley Square.

A cool arty crowd here and very nice to see JARVIS COCKER who arrived just after us.

Complimentary prosecco and Moscow Mule cocktails for all guests.

www.lindsayingram.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then

8pm to 9.30pm

AMEX - party - Hackett, 193-197 Regent Street, London W1.

Around 100 guests here in this smart store.

Home of the ‘Essential British Kit’ Hackett on Regent Street is the largest in the world. A crisp and sophisticated collection of menswear ensures no modern man will want to leave empty handed. Absorb the essence of British culture with understated tones of refinement in the suave Regent Street store.

Complimentary Louis Roederer champers, whiskey sour cocktails, gin & tonics and canapés for all guests.

www.hackett.com

Visit the Hackett website here for more info.









Wednesday 26 February 2020....I went to three events today...

3.30pm to 6pm

BUSINESS TRAVEL SHOW at Olympia, West Kensington, London.

Very busy here as there must be a few thousand folks here.

The big players are here showcasing including travel companies, hotels, hire car companies,airlines etc.

Live entertainment included a breakdancing & body popping team dance routine next to the Addison Lee

stand every 30 minutes.

Many of the stands have complimentary booze drinks, coffees, canapés and doughnuts.

then

6.05pm to 8pm

TTIHUB - party - The Albion , West Kensington, London.

Just a short walk to this pub near Olympia.

TTIHUB have taken over the pub for the evening.

TTIhubs are about networking; bringing travel and technology people together to chat and drink in a convivial atmosphere.

Held to coincide with Business Travel Show/Travel Technology Europe.

Complimentary drinks including JD n cokes and Guinness along with fresh pizza.

then

8.15pm to 10.30pm

EGENCIA - party - The Prince, 14 Lillie Road, Earls Court, London SW5.

A big crowd of around 300 guests at this massive pub near to West Brompton tube station.

A Rio Carnival themed party to celebrate the opening of Business Travel Show.

There are girls dressed in Rio Carnival type dress and there are drummers playing Latin rythyms.

The Latin dj beats got a dozen folks on the dance floor.

Compimentary drinks here included Espresso Martinis, Pornstar Martinins, Guinness, etc.

All guests got a £10 food voucher to use in one of the four food stations here.

I got a nice cheeseburger with fries mixed with sardines from Patty & Bun.

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Northern Italy is suffering badly at the moment.







Tuesday 25 February 2020.

Mick Fleetwood special show to celebrate the music of Peter Green and the early years of Fleetwood Mac.

The concert will take place on February 25 at the London Palladium and will see Fleetwood joined onstage by a raft of musicians including former Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, Johnny Lang, Andy Fairweather Low, John Mayall, Zak Starkey, Bill Wyman and his Fleetwood Mac bandmate Christine McVie.

The house band will feature Mick Fleetwood on drums and Andy Fairweather Low on guitar.

On the day before the show Mick Fleetwood said that Noel Gallagher and Neil Finn will perform.

Peter Green co-founded Fleetwood Mac in 1967 and departed the band in 1969.

Needless to say the show sold out very quickly.

The show will be in cinemas on 02 June and 07 June and will be also coming out on DVD box set.

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This show sold out pronto before i could even find out what the ticket prices were.

I found out later that they ranged from £75 up to £250....so not cheap.

They could have sold twice as many tickets if they had booked the show in for Hammersmith Apollo.

I was up the venue from 7pm to 8.30pm and sadly did not get in.

Just three touts here as the others were all at Chelsea v Bayern Munich.

I know all the touts and they said they only got three tickets between them the whole night.

Around 20 or 30 punters looking for tickets so the three tickets were easily sold for over face value.

It was just one of those shows where pretty much nobody turned up with spare tickets.

A friend told me there were lots of half price tickets for the Ginger Baker tribute show last week.

I saw Olivia Harrison, Ian Broudie and Sir Bob Geldof going in to see the show.

Hopefully a few decent clips will turn up on YouTube.







Monday 24 February 2020.

ON YOUR FEET! live at The New Wimbledon Theatre, London SW19.

The musical is touring the UK after it's successful West End run.

ON YOUR FEET! features many of the original West End cast, this ‘exhilarating extravaganza’ (Whatsonstage) is the inspiring true love story of Emilio and Gloria and charts their journey from its origins in Cuba, onto the streets of Miami and finally to international superstardom. Featuring all of their smash hits including ‘Rhythm Is Gonna Get You’, ‘Conga’, ‘Get On Your Feet’, ‘Don’t Want To Lose You Now’ ‘Dr.Beat’ and ‘1-2-3’.

Starring Philippa Stefani (RENT, In the Heights, Grease), as Gloria Estefan, George Ioannides (Annie, Mamma Mia!, An Officer and a Gentleman) as Emilio Estefan, Madalena Alberto (Evita, Cats, Les Misérables) as Gloria Fajardo and Karen Mann (Sister Act, Fiddler on the Roof, Sweeney Todd) as Consuelo.

Gloria Estefan has sold over 120 million records worldwide.

Gloria was massive in North America & South America and even in the UK she had 27 x Top 40 hits.

www.agttickets.com/wimbledon

Click here for more info and to buy tickets.

It is in Wimbledon from Mon 24 Feb to Sat 29 Feb.

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This was the opening press night for the show which is in Wimbledon all this week.

The show is on for around 2 hours 15 mins over two sets of 75 mins and 60 mins.

A nice mix of dialogue and song & dance numbers throughout the show.

The first half included the humble beginnings of Gloria & Emilio and the clashes with their record company.

The second half had proper stage costumes as the band became more successful.

The live band did a great job with their catchy percussive dance hits.

The second half included her serious injury due to a tour bus crash.

In March 1990, Gloria Estefan had a severe accident in her tour bus. She made her comeback in March 1991 with a new world tour and album called " Into the Light".

All the crowd were up and dancing for the medley of hits finale.

A very enjoyable show and remember the ticket prices here are much cheaper than when it was in the

West End , as here the tickets start from a mere £13.









Sunday 23 February 2020.

BABYMETAL + CREEPER live at Hammersmith Apollo, London.

I saw Babymetal headline Wembley Arena in 2016, which has come out as a live DVD.

That show was the first ever headline show at that venue by a Japanese act.

They are promoting their third album "Metal Galaxy" with a world tour.

Babymetal are fronted by three Japanese girls in colourful costumes who are backed by a male metal band.

Lots of quirky dance routines too.

Support comes from Southampton based punk rockers Creeper who are showcasing their second album

"Sex, Death & the Infinite Void".

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It is pretty full tonight , with maybe 4500 out of a 5000 capacity.

CREEPER arrived on stage at 8pm for their 35 mins set.

Their singer is dressed all in black and the other five members are all dressed in white outfits.

A decent set of punky emo tunes played.

The Babymetal combination of J-pop and heavy metal has cast a wide net in terms of a following. Fans entering the venue range from young women and kids emulating the band’s fashion style to 40-year-old metalheads who would fit right in at a Slayer concert.

BABYMETAL arrived on stage at 9.05pm and played for a mere 60 mins.

Each song had an energetic dance routine , which would explain the short set.

A massive screen took up the area at the back and mixed pre-recorded images and live footage.

Lots of lights and flames and visually the show was great to look at.

The band are at the back, playing relentless metal and are all wearing menacing masks.

The crowd are creating very lively moshing circles in the stalls and many are crowd surfing.

Some songs were a bit "Riverdance" in dance moves and "Pinky & Perky" in the vocals.

The band seemed to have outlived their novelty status that they had in the early days.

The only tune of theirs i knew was "Gimme Chocolate!!" which was good.

A very enjoyable show to watch.

Full Babymetal setlist played tonight...

tape intro - FUTURE METAL

DA DA DANCE

Gimme Chocolate!!

Shanti Shanti Shanti

BxMxC

Kagerou (with Kami Band intro.)

Oh! MAJINAI

Megitsune

PA PA YA!!

Distortion

KARATE

Headbangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!

Encore:

Road of Resistance

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Check out their live official video for "Gimme Chocolate!!" on YouTube.

Now with over 100 million views.









Saturday 22 February 2020...3.30pm to 5.30pm...

THE LONDON CLASSIC CAR SHOW - Olympia, West Kensington, London.

For the first time, the London Classic Car Show takes place at Olympia London, with what claims to be one of the UK's widest collections of classic cars on show. Over 500 motors are there for the ogling, plus there's a special Car Stories stage hosted by motoring expert Max Girardo.

www.thelondonclassiccarshow.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info and buy tickets from £25.

It is on from Thurs 20 Feb to Sun 23 Feb.

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Loads of stunning cars from the big names here including Aston Martin, Jaguar, Ferrari, Porsche,

Rolls Royce,Bentley, Maserati, Lotus, McLaren , Lamborghini etc which are all in immaculate condition.

I love looking at the restoration projects where they have before and after photos on display.

It is clear some car owners really love their cars like i love live music.

There was a rusty old 1968 Mini Cooper for sale as a project for £8,000.

It was found rotting away in a shed and still had the last tax disc on its windscreen dated 1979.

There was a nice talk on Aston Martin cars used in James Bond films.

Aston Martin are to bring out 25 special edition Janes Bond cars complete with guns in indicators,

revolving number plates, smoke machine in the rear...but sadly no injector seat.

There are classic cars whose engines have been converted to electric.

Upstairs was a full range of car accessories including vintage car posters and Corgi Model Cars.

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The belt returns to the UK.

"The Gypsy King" TYSON FURY is Heavyweight Champion of the World.

An incredible boxing display from the 6 ft 9 inches giant.

The fight was live on pay per view but there are good highlights now up on YouTube.









Friday 21 February 2020.

PALAYE ROYALE live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Fashion Art Rock band from North America will play tracks from their two albums.

Palaye Royale has opened for Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson all over North America

on the Twins of Evil Tour during the summer of 2019.

In 2019 they got good reviews from UK shows at Download /Reading / Leeds Festivals.

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It is a near sell out tonight, maybe 1800 tickets out of 2000 sold.

The crowd is on the mainly young side , who probably read Kerrang.

There is a large amount of goth/ emo/ indie girls screaming for all three bands.

CHARMING LIARS arrived on stage at 7.30pm for their 30 mins set.

They played a decent set of rock tunes.

COUNTERFEIT arrived on stage at 8.30pm for their 30 mins set.

They played a good set of rock tunes, with a singer full of angst and passion.

The crowd seem to know a few of their songs and the stalls standing fans bounce along to them.

PALAYE ROYALE arrived on stage at 9.30pm and played for 70 mins.

The band arrive on stage and all look like proper rock stars, with the guitarists in 1970s retro attire.

You can even forgive the singer for looking like Julian Clary , with his studded dog collar around his neck.

There must be at least 15 photographers in the photo pit.

The music is non-stop uptempo rock that was really good.

The band members do not keep still as the energy is 100% full tilt.

Every rock pose cliche is used as the band make use of the two podiums either side of the microphone.

The crowd are bouncing throughout the show.

The singer jumps into the crowd during the main set , then went up to Level 1 during the final encore.

The band have to stop the show a couple of times as girls are fainting.

For the encore the singer is just wearing a tartan skirt.

A great live band who will surely be at Brixton Academy or Hammersmith Apollo next time.

Full setlist played by Palaye Royale tonight...

Fucking With My Head

You'll Be Fine

Death Dance

Don't Feel Quite Right

Teenage Heartbreak Queen

Dying in a Hot Tub

Hang On To Yourself

Massacre, the New American Dream

Warhol

Ma Chérie

How Do You Do? (with ticket- tape cannons)

Encore:

Mr. Doctor Man

Get Higher ( the singer goes up to Level 1 to sing in the crowd)







Thursday 20 February 2020.

Happy Birthday to football legend JIMMY GREAVES who is 80 today.

Football legend Jimmy Greaves has been told by doctors he will never walk again.

The former England and Spurs icon is coming to terms with spending the rest of his life in a wheelchair – after a stroke nearly killed him.

Doctors gave the star the heartbreaking prognosis after hundreds of bouts of ­intensive private rehab treatment left him still unable to move his legs.







Wednesday 19 February 2020.

MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE - press/vip night - The Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, Holborn, London WC2.

Choreography by Kate Prince, based on the songs of Sting.

Combining hip hop and contemporary dance with breath-taking athleticism from 3 time Olivier nominated choreographer Kate Prince, Message In A Bottle is set to the iconic hits of 17-time Grammy Award-winning artist Sting, including Every Breath You Take, Roxanne, Walking On The Moon, Fields Of Gold, Englishman In New York and Shape Of My Heart.

Once upon a time in another land there was a family – a father, a mother and their three teenage children. War breaks out and they are faced with an impossible choice: stay and try to survive or leave their country in search of safety.

Message In A Bottle is a story of loss, resilience, unexpected possibilities and hope.

The show features new vocals from Sting with new arrangements by Alex Lacamoire (Hamilton, The Greatest Showman), with guest vocals from Beverly Knight MBE and Lynval Golding (The Specials).

www.sadlerswells.com

Visit the website for more info and to buy tickets.

6 Feb - 21 Mar 2020...Tickets from £14...ticket office 020 7863 8222

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The show is on for around 90 mins over two sets.

Most of the time there are around 15 dancers on stage combining hip hop and contemporary dance moves.

Sting and hip hop dance in the same show may seem an odd pairing at first but it's a perfect partnership.

The lyrics of Sting ( including solo and The Police) have been re-worked and the sound system here is fantastic.

A very enjoyable show to watch and listen too.

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9.45pm to 11.15pm - after-party at Sway Bar, 61-65 Great Queen Street, London WC2.

Around 250 guests at this venue just five minutes from where the theatre show was.

All the cast were here along with...

Stings wife Trudie Styler

Robert Lindsay (actor)

Sarah Hadland (actress best known for playing Stevie in tv show Miranda)

Lynval Golding (The Specials )

A few celebs including Bananarama and members of The Pussycats Dolls attended the show but not the party.

At 11pm there were a couple of speeches.

Sting was not here as he is currently on tour overseas.

Complimentary prosecco, wines, beers along with hot & cold canapés.

I stuck to soft drinks as my stomach was still feeling delicate from the Brits Party.











Tuesday 18 February 2020....11.30pm to 4am...

WARNER MUSIC BRITS AFTER-PARTY - The Chiltern Firehouse, Marylebone , London.

Around 300 guests here at one of Londons coolest venues.

Guests here included Stormzy (with a huge personal security guy) ,Lizzo, Eve, Mahalia, Naomi Campbell,

Winnie Harlow, Adwoa Aboah, Courtney Love, Jack Whitehall, Laura Whitmore and Charli XCX.

Noel Gallagher arrived late as he popped into the Sony Music party first.

A full complimentary bar all night including Ruinart champers , different cocktails and anything you wanted.

Also fresh pizza throughout the night.

Djs playing dance tunes in different rooms.

An excellent party.







Tuesday 18 February 2020.

Happy Birthday to YOKO ONO who is 87 today.

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Sad news that DJ and producer Andrew Weatherall has died aged 56 after a pulmonary embolism.

The famed producer - responsible for Primal Scream's iconic Screamadelica - was being treated in Whipps Cross Hospital, London, but then tragically died when the blood clot reached his heart.







Monday 17 February 2020.

ERIC CLAPTON & FRIENDS : 'A Tribute to Ginger Baker’ live at Hammersmith Apollo, London.

The setlist for the concert will look to honour Baker’s lifetime in music and will, of course, include Clapton and Baker’s work together in Cream and Blind Faith.

The show sold out in a couple of hours.

I have seen Eric Clapton play live around 25 times since 1976.

I saw all four Cream reunion shows - Royal Albert Hall London May 2-3-5-6, 2005.

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The venue is totally rammed solid sold out , both upstairs and stalls standing.

Balcony standing at the sides and back packed just like the old days at this venue.

ERIC CLAPTON & FRIENDS arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 1 hour 45 mins.

Some of the crowd were a bit bemused that the show was all over by 10pm.

They should know Eric Clapton never plays long shows.

Lots of equipment on stage including FOUR drum kits.

For some songs there were two or three drummers playing at the same time and for the encore,

all FOUR drummers were playing together.

A nice big screen showing live footage that worked best when Kofi Baker superb drumming

was mixed in with videos of his dad playing the same in sync.

Eric is on stage throughout and the guests including Ronnie Wood, Roger Waters , Nile Rodgers,

Steve Winwood, Kofi Baker, Paul Carrack, Kenney Jones and others come and go.

Two female backing singers were used.

A great evening.

Full setlist played tonight...

Intro - video highlights on the big screen of Ginger Baker playing with Cream

Sunshine of Your Love (Cream song) (with Roger Waters)

Strange Brew (Cream song) (with Roger Waters)

White Room (Cream song) (with Roger Waters) (also with Ronnie Wood and Kenney Jones )

I Feel Free (Cream song) (with Nile Rodgers) (also with Paul Carrack on organ & vocals)

Tales of Brave Ulysses (Cream song) (with Nile Rodgers)

Sweet Wine (Cream song) (with Paul Carrack on organ & vocals, & Will Johns on guitar)

Blue Condition (Cream song)

Badge (Cream song) (with Ron Wood) (also with Henry Spinetti on 3rd drumkit)

Pressed Rat and Wart Hog (Cream song) (with Kofi Baker on drums & vocals)

Had to Cry Today (Blind Faith song) (with Steve Winwood) (also with Nile Rodgers on guitar & Kofi Baker on drums)

Presence of The Lord (Blind Faith song) (with Nile Rodgers) (also with Steve Winwood on organ & vocals, & Kofi Baker on drums)

Can't Find My Way Home (Blind Faith song) (with Kofi Baker) (also with Steve Winwood on organ & vocals, & Nile Rodgers on guitar)

Well All Right (Buddy Holly cover) (with Nile Rodgers) (also with Steve Winwood on guitar & vocals)

Do What You Like / Toad (Blind Faith song) (with Steve Winwood) (also with Ronnie Wood, Nile Rodgers, & including drum solo by Kofi Baker)

Encore:

Cross Road Blues (Robert Johnson cover) (With everyone on stage and Roger Waters on cowbell for the last half)

All four drum kits used for the above song.

Nile Rodgers instrumental jam outro on his own

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Aftershow in the balcony bar...

Around 200 guests and it is a pay bar.

Kofi Baker, Henry Spinetti and Paul Carrack turned up but that was it from those that were on stage.

Henry Spinetti is a Welsh session drummer whose playing has featured on many prominent rock and pop albums.

Oddly i was front balcony and did not see any well known musicians watching the show from the guest area.











Monday 17 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 Ely Electric Ballroom, London 16.02.1980 the clash played 3 venues in 3 days

Clash,Joe Ely Lyceum Theatre, London 17.02.1980

Clash,Joe Ely Lewisham Odeon, London 18.02.1980 all 3 nights were incredible

Athletico Spizz Marquee Club, London 19.02.1980

Joy Division,Killing Joke,Certain Ratio Town Hall , High Wycombe 20.02.1980 well worth the drive up the A40/M40

Ramones,Boys,Ten Pole Tudor Electric Ballroom, London 22.02.1980

Only Ones,Simple Minds,Martha And The Muffins Lyceum Theatre, London 24.02.1980









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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 Ely Electric Ballroom, London 16.02.1980 the clash played 3 venues in 3 days

Clash,Joe Ely Lyceum Theatre, London 17.02.1980

Clash,Joe Ely Lewisham Odeon, London 18.02.1980 all 3 nights were incredible

Athletico Spizz Marquee Club, London 19.02.1980

Joy Division,Killing Joke,Certain Ratio Town Hall , High Wycombe 20.02.1980 well worth the drive up the A40/M40

Ramones,Boys,Ten Pole Tudor Electric Ballroom, London 22.02.1980

Only Ones,Simple Minds,Martha And The Muffins Lyceum Theatre, London 24.02.1980









Sunday 16 February 2020.

Comedy night at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

The Comedy Warehouse presents seven comedians...

SLIM

WILL E ROBO did not appear and who was replaced by SHABBA

KANE BROWN

AXEL

QUINCY

GLENDA JAXON

KEVIN J

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As it is a comedy show it is stalls seated but there must 800 or 900 here over all levels.

A long show of 2 hours 45 mins over two sets of 1 hour 40 mins and 1 hour 5 mins.

Seven acts perform great routines of around 20 mins each.

KANE BROWN starts off with his set them he does a bit between each as he acts as the host.

Six black acts ( 5 male and 1 female)

One white guy

The crowd were a nice mix of 50/50 black & white.

Lots of topics covered and lots of audience interaction.

Tonight was the best comedy night i have been to for ages...loads of hilarious LOL moments from all the acts.

It was like watching Richard Pryor in the current day.

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Their next promotion is at The Broadway Theatre, Catford on 22 March 2020.

Several comedians will be there including Richard Blackwood.









Saturday 15 February 2020.

This was very sad news to hear.

Love Island presenter CAROLINE FLACK has died after taking her own life.

The presenter, 40, previously spoke of her struggles with mental health, writing online: "Be nice to people. You never know what’s going on".

Caroline took her own life at her London flat three weeks before she was due in court for what her management called a "show trial" for an alleged assault on her boyfriend.

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BOB DYLAN Bourbon/Whiskey is now for sale in the UK.

Dylan launched the Heaven’s Door brand in April 2018 in collaboration with Angel’s Envy Bourbon founder Marc Bushala.

The Heaven’s Door range includes Tennessee Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Double Barrel Whiskey and Straight Rye Whiskey.

The trio of whiskeys will be available in the UK and Ireland through Drinksology Group’s distribution and marketing arm, When We Are Giants.

“This is an exciting milestone for us as we bring Heaven’s Door to the UK where Bob Dylan kicked off his first ever European tour more than 55 years ago,” said Bushala, CEO of Heaven’s Door Spirits.









Friday 14 February 2020.

Sex Pistols guitar hero STEVE JONES is the interviewee.

A 35 mins interview from a few days ago.

Steve talks about...

growing up in Shepherds Bush

nicking equipment from bands who played Hammersmith Odeon

The Bill Grundy interview

The Professionals

Moving to LA and recording solo albums

his drug abuse

Neurotic Outsiders

The Fabulous Stains film

Phil Lynott

and more...

Type the following into Google search...

Jonesy Says Sex Pistols Fell Apart After Becoming an Overnight Success | Jonesy's Jukebox

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THE FACES are to reform.

There will be more than just young pop stars on the stage at Tuesday’s Brit Awards – one act will be older than all of the eight other performers combined.

The Faces will reunite at London’s O2 Arena, with drummer Kenney Jones and Ronnie Wood joining Rod Stewart to be part of his set, which will close the ceremony.

I would imagine The Faces will play just one or two songs.









Thursday 13 February 2020.

STARSET + SICK JOY live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Starset are promoting their third album "Divisions" that came out in Sept 2019.

All three of their albums have made the Top 50 album charts back home in America.

Their critics in America call them " the American Muse" and "cinematic rock".

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Levels 2 and 3 are closed tonight but stalls standing and Level 1 are full.

SICK JOY arrived on stage at 7.30pm for their 30 mins set.

They played a decent set of Nirvana type tunes.

I enjoyed watching the drummer as he had his cymbals set high and his hair covered his face

as he bashed away like Dave Grohl did in Nirvana.

STARSET arrived on at stage at 8.30pm for their 90 mins set.

There are six musicians on stage including two females playing violin & cello.

They are all wearing the same cloth attire with hoods.

There is a huge screen mixing pre-recorded images and live footage.

Those mini-cameras dotted around the stage are pretty amazing.

The show kicks off with A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE FUTURE, which sets the scene of a dystopian future divided by technology and the war for human consciousness. It plays like a radio transmission that has

been interrupted by singer Dustin Bates speaking his vocals.

‘MANIFEST’ is next and it hits you like a punch in the guts around the 20 second mark with their crunching Linkin Park sound.

Like the band, some of the crowd look like space/astrology geeks.

They play a very nice pair of cover versions.

After an hour there is a costume change where the guitar, bass and drums don space suits and helmets.

For the final song the singer walked through the stalls standing area to the delight of fans.

A very enjoyable rock show.

Full Starset setlist played tonight...

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE FUTURE

MANIFEST

Monster

ECHO

WHERE THE SKIES END

Ricochet

It Has Begun

Kashmir (Led Zeppelin cover)

TELEKINETIC

PERFECT MACHINE

TRIALS

Thunderstruck (AC/DC cover) (with extra drums on stage)

Carnivore

Bringing It Down

OTHER WORLDS THAN THESE

Unbecoming

My Demons (Dustin sings final chorus in the crowd)

Outro Song (Africa - Toto : sung by all the crowd)

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A few minutes after the show the band were signing stuff by the merch stand.

I have seen various merch over the years but this is a new one on me.

Of course it is related to the bands fascination with space.

For £80 you could buy a TELESCOPE with the bands logo and signed by the band.









Wednesday 12 February 2020.

ASGEIR + ZELAH live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Levels 2 and 3 are closed tonight but stalls standing and Level 1 are pretty full.

ZELAH arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 25 mins.

A female fronted London band who had some decent tunes.

They cannot believe they are playing this big venue, compared to their usual tiny venues.

ASGEIR arrived on stage at 9pm for their 85 mins set.

Icelandic folk singer, Ásgeir, is back with new single, ‘Youth’ from his fourth album,"Bury The Moon".

All the band are playing within a nicely lit up triangle , that looked like a giant pool/snooker triangle.

Asgeir is front middle , sitting behind his keyboards.

The songs were pleasant enough to listen too, but not enough visual excitement.

A few tracks were sung in Icelandic, that got big cheers from the crowd.

A decent enough show.

Straight after the show, Asgeir met fans at the merch stand in the foyer.









Tuesday 11 February 2020.

KIM PETRAS + DJ ALEX CHAPMAN live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

German pop singer-songwriter Kim Petras who is based in Los Angeles has raked in millions of Spotify plays on her songs, along with garnering the undivided attention of a predominantly LGBTQ fan base.

Part of the reason she has gained so much attention from the community is due to her transgender identity. Petras underwent gender confirmation surgery at the age of 16, making her one of the youngest people to undergo the process.

This is the last show on her European Tour in support of her first studio album from 2019, "Clarity".

This show was sold out in advance.

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The venue is totally rammed sold out and it has a nice buzzy atmosphere.

DJ ALEX CHAPMAN arrived on stage at 8pm for his 55 mins set.

The dj played just the right retro tunes including The Spice Girls and S Club 7 to warm the crowd up.

KIM PETRAS arrived on stage at 9pm for her 85 mins set.

You can see why there is a dj support as the show is a big production and there is no space for another band.

There are loads of lights and platforms and mini-staircases.

Petras appeared under full lights looking mega in a monochrome Barbie doll, tutu-style number. The 27 year old, German singer looked and sounded every bit the pop princess. Her hair was part blonde, part black in a sleek ponytail and she looked a combination of naughty but nice.

Kim Petras is a pop artist who also makes electronic dance music (EDM), dance-pop and electro-pop.

The only real downside was that all the music came from backing tapes as there was no band.

The crowd know the words to every song even though the album or singles never made the UK Top 40 chart.

There were four or five nice costume changes that all involved thigh high platform boots.

Lots of energetic dance routines too.

The uptempo poptastic tunes reminded me of Charli XCX.

There was a great cover of The Killers "Human".

A very enjoyable show.

There was a film crew filming all the show.

Kim Petras will be supporting Camila Cabello on her 2020 European Tour.

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Promoters Live Nation have taken out another full page advert in The Standard paper for Madonna shows

in the hope of flogging a few extra ( very expensive) tickets for Feb 12, 13, 15, 16,.

Many of the shows did not sell out.









Monday 10 February 2020.

MARC ALMOND with CHRIS BRAIDE live at The Royal Festival Hall, London.

The inimitable singer performs a selection of hits and new material on the release of a collaborative album with songwriter and producer Chris Braide.

In their first performance together, the pair premiere material from Chaos and a Dancing Star, due for release in February 2020, alongside selected works from Almond’s celebrated career.

Marc Almond has released over 20 solo albums.

Marc Almond has sold over 30 million records (albums and singles) over the past 40 years.

I have seen Marc several times before - with Soft Cell and solo.

Chris Braide is a British songwriter, record producer and singer based in Malibu, Los Angeles. Braide is known for being a pianist.

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I bumped into Sex Pistols legend GLEN MATLOCK and drummer CHRIS MUSTO here at this one-off show.

A nice long show of 2 hours 40 mins over two sets of 80 mins each.

A good sounding band featuring Neal X (ex SS Sputnik) on guitar and four backing singers (2 m , 2 f).

A big screen showed pre-recorded images.

Both sets featured mainly tracks from the new album along with a couple of Soft Cell classics.

Jethro Tull's IAN ANDERSON joined Marc for five songs for some nice flute playing.

FIRST SET HIGHLIGHTS...

"Hollywood Forever" was a ballad recalling faded stardom, and whose title is the name of a famous Los Angeles cemetery that Marc recommends to us as a place to visit.

Ian Anderson joins him for three songs including "Witches Promise" and a mega "Bedsitter".

"Slow Burn Love" the most pop-heavy track on the new album, which is also released as a single, is great.

SECOND SET HIGHLIGHTS...

"Torch" is another pukka Soft Cell gem.

A bunch of several songs with just Marc singing along to Chris Braide superb piano playing.

Marc forgets the lyrics a couple of times but it is the first time he has sung many of these songs live.

"Dandy in the Underworld" (T.Rex cover)

"Children of The Revolution " (T.Rex cover)

Ian Anderson back on stage to play flute along to two Soft Cell classics.

"Tainted Love" and "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye"

A great show.









Sunday 09 February 2020...9.15pm to 4.30am...

BAFTA OSCARS VIEWING PARTY , Annabel's , Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London W1.

The 92nd Academy Awards will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. Despite more than a decade of the Oscars being given out towards the end of February, this year's ceremony has been moved forward.

The nominations for this year's Academy Awards have been announced, with Joker leading the pack with 11 nods.

The comic book villain origin story is up for best picture, best director and best actor for Joaquin Phoenix, plus eight other awards.

The Irishman, 1917 and Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood follow with 10 nominations each.

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I was at Ham Yard Hotel for this event the last few years and they have now moved it to another venue.

The new venue is one of London's most exclusive members clubs....Annabels.

Around 200 guests at this luxurious venue.

Complimentary Piper-Heidsieck champers for the first hour.

Then it was a sit down dinner in their fabulous restaurant area, with wines.

Buffet style including salmon, beef, chicken curry, lamb etc and various desserts.

The staff are amazing here and fussing over all the guests.

At 11.30pm we go upstairs to the viewing area to watch the red carpet arrivals and awards on the big screen.

Here we had complimentary Espresso Martinis , Vodka Martinis , Bloody Mary's and later, bacon rolls and doughnuts.

Chris Rock and Steve Martin opened up Sunday night's Oscars by taking jabs at the biggest stars in the building at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, Calif. The 92nd Academy Awards marks the second year in a row the show had no host.

After an awards season marked by its predictability, the Oscars delivered a spectacular final-reel twist on Sunday evening, naming capitalist satire PARASITE best picture.

Bong Joon-ho’s comedy-drama about an impoverished family who infiltrate the household of a wealthier one is the first film not in the English language to take the top prize. It also took best director, best original screenplay and best international film.

Great to see Brad Pitt win Best Supporting Actor.

A few top notch music acts performed including Janelle Monae, Eminem, Billie Eilish, Randy Newman and

Elton John ( Elton won the Oscar for Best Original Song).

An excellent evening.









Saturday 08 February 2020...7pm to 1am...

GUN CONTROL live at The GAA Sports & Social Club, South Ruislip.

Gun Control , with me on drums play a 60th birthday party for our bass player (Pep) in Ruislip.

This means that all four original members on stage in the band are now 60 years young.

Our original singer is down in Southend and couldn't make it.

7pm to 7.30pm - we had a band soundcheck (the equipment was all set up already).

Around 80 or 90 guests are here tonight for the complimentary wines & beers bar.

Many of whom i have known for 40 years or more.

Guests quickly made use of the fun photo booth.

Pictures on the big screen of Pep included old photos of Gun Control from the early 1980s.

At 8.30pm - guests and band were all seated for the huge buffet.

At 9.30pm - we had a 30 mins set from THE BROTHERS.

The Brothers were a UK-based band that scored a top ten hit on the British chart with the song, "Sing Me." The sprightly, reggae-inflected song reached number 8 on the UK Singles Chart in the Spring of 1977. The band consisted of 5 real brothers...3 will be here tonight...check out their TOTP appearance on YouTube...

They played their hit single and a few catchy pop reggae classics to a backing tape to warm the crowd up.

At 10.30pm - we had a 30 mins set of Italian traditional folk music as Pep's family are Italian.

GUN CONTROL arrived on stage at 11.30pm for our ten song 40 mins set.

A friend of the band helped out as second vocalist and banged his tambourine.

The band with twin guitars were nice and loud.

As usual the start or finish to a couple of sings were slightly messed up but overall it went superb

as folks were dancing and clapping down the front.

Bearing in mind too that we only had the one rehearsal a couple of weeks ago.

I don't really wanna blow my own trumpet , but we rocked.

Full Gun Control setlist played tonight...

Teenage Kicks (cover version)

Cheap Publicity

No Mercy

Wasted Youth

No Tomorrow

Yoy Mean Nothing to Me

On Parole

Do I Need You?

Steppin' Stone (cover version)

Open Your Heart

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After we finished our set the dj played a few more dance tunes.

It was an excellent evening.









Friday 07 February 2020.

BRETT ELDREDGE + LAUREN JENKINS live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Country artist Brett Eldredge is playing his first ever headline UK tour, following on from his 2019 set at C2C: Country to Country.Brett (age 34) has had hit albums and singles back home in North America.

He is signed to Atlantic Records and released his debut single, "Raymond" on September 27, 2010.

Support comes from Lauren Jenkins.

Big Machine recording artist Lauren Jenkins has been a touring musician since she was 15 years old. The Texas born, Carolina-raised singer-songwriter chose a life that would fit perfectly in the songs she writes: across countless smoky bars, fake IDs, and endless miles on the road, music has been her one constant companion.

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Level 3 is half empty but there must be 1700/1800 here out of 2000 capacity.

Tonight is the last night of the European Tour for both these acts.

LAUREN JENKINS arrived on stage at 8pm for her 30 mins set.

Lauren Jenkins played tracks from her debut album and covers by Bruce Springsteen and Oasis.

BRETT ELDREDGE arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 1 hour 40 mins.

There are a quite a few female fans down the front swooning at Brett.

While his looks are undeniable, so are his wide-ranging country and classic crooner voice, showmanship and goofiness, and emotional and personal storytelling.

Brett and his band are very polished and don't make a wrong move all night as they played their catchy

radio friendly "new country pop rock" with lyrics where you heard every word being sung.

Eldredge talked about growing up in the small town of Paris, Illinois, and penning his touching acoustic song “Raymond,” about his grandmother’s battle with Alzheimer’s. He followed up “Raymond” with a sweet and sentimental rendition of “The Long Way.”

Brett seems very pleased to be playing his biggest ever London show.

A very enjoyable show.

Full Brett Eldredge setlist played tonight...

Good Day

Somethin' I'm Good At

Don't Ya

Love Someone

Crowd My Mind

Drunk On Your Love

Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Queen cover)

Raymond (solo Acoustic)

The Long Way (solo Acoustic)

When the party's over (Billie Eilish cover)

Lose My Mind

Magnolia

The Reason (with snippet The Temptations - My Girl)

Mean to Me

Fire

Wanna Be That Song

Encore:

One Mississippi

Beat of the Music









Thursday 06 February 2020.

A nice run of gigs i went to 40 years ago this week.

UFO,Girl Hammersmith Odeon, London 04.02.1980

UFO,Girl Hammersmith Odeon, London 05.02.1980

McGuinn , Hillman, Clark Hammersmith Odeon, London 06.02.1980

UFO,Girl Hammersmith Odeon, London 07.02.1980 last of 4 UFO ham odeon shows

Robin Trower,Samson Hammersmith Odeon, London 08.02.1980









Wednesday 05 February 2020....2pm to 10.15pm...

ICE LONDON is held at Excel, East London.

Today was Day 2 of this massive 3 day event.

10,000 folks are expected to attend each day.

Over 200 gaming related stands here from many different countries.

Slot machines with great graphics, roulette wheels, gaming technology, neon everywhere etc.

Lots of promo girls in various outfits.

It looks like a giant Las Vegas casino in here.

Usain Bolt was here at 11am on one of the stands, but we missed him.

Big names here include Clarion Gaming, Novomatic, Aristocrat, Synergy, Fantasy Sports Interactive,

Playtech, BetConstruct, EGT, Comtrade Gaming, Stakelogic, Amatic, Realistic Games and many more.

Pretty soon after arriving i come across a stand playing Twisted Sister , nice and loud.

The stand is PlaynGo and there have a bar with four different complimentary cocktails.

A very nice random surprise to see rock legend DEE SNIDER from TWISTED SISTER was actually here.

Dee is here as there will be a Twisted Sister game being developed with PlaynGo.

At first i go up to the VIp/press area upstairs then Dee comes downstairs to greet the public.

I have a lovely chat to him about seeing Twisted Sister at Hammersmith Odeon and we talked

about the sadness of Motörhead members and Ronnie James Dio not being around anymore.

Dee forthcoming projects include producing a film.

Dee said he was in London just for a couple days then flying back to America.

A massive plus here was the swag that they were giving away so i managed to get...

Twisted Sister "Stay Hungry" album from 1984 and that has been licensed by Music On Vinyl...signed by Dee.

Dee Snider photo from the 1980s and a more recent photo of Dee...both signed to me.

A Dee Snider t-shirt and of course i got a photo with him...Dee was so nice and friendly.

www.playngo.com

Visit the PlaynGo website here for more info.

5pm - CasinoBeats drinks party

6pm - Spintec drinks party

7pm - Alfastreet drinks party

8pm to 10.15pm - Optimax drinks party (at a venue just outside Excel)

Throughout the day on every hour a couple of the stands are giving out complimentary drinks & food.

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Very sad news that screen legend KIRK DOUGLAS has passed away at the incredible age of 103.







Tuesday 04 February 2020.

DEVENDRA BANHART live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Venezuelan-American lo-fi hipster folk singer-songwriter plays a sold out one-off UK show, as part of his

European Tour in support of new album (his 10th ) " Ma".

His fifth album "Cripple Crow" from 2005 on XL Recordings, is pretty good.

The cover is reminiscent of the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover.

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VETIVER arrived on stage at 7.45pm for their 45 mins set.

Vetiver is an American folk band headed by songwriter Andy Cabic.

They are promoting their seventh album - "Up on High" (Mama Bird / Loose Music, 2019).

A very laid back set that went down well with the crowd.

DEVENDRA BANHART arrived on stage at 8.50pm for his 1 hour 40 mins set.

Devendra is here with a full band and he looks very much like a Shoreditch hipster.

Banhart did a great job of carrying mellow vibes throughout the show, but the audience’s excitement seemed to peak during the more upbeat songs of the evening.

He seems comfortable throwing out jokes as he delivered softly-spoken, dreamy heartfelt torch songs.

After an hour we had a full drum solo - but played with the drummer's bare hands.

Highlights included "Daniel", "Seahorse" and "Carmensita".

A pleasant show.

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Happy Birthday to rock legend ALICE COOPER who is 72 today.







Monday 03 February 2020.

6.45pm to 8.45pm

CHRISTIE'S - private view - King Street, St James's, London SW1.

Tonight was for Impressionist and Modern Art with the Evening Sale on 05 Feb.

Over 100 works of art here with prices ranging from £10k to over a million pounds.

Around 300 guests at this famous gallery auction house.

Complimentary Taittinger champers, gin cocktails, red wines and a huge buffet of hot & cold food.

www.christies.com

Visit the Christies website here for more info.









Sunday 02 February 2020.

ROGER CHAPMAN + PAPA GEORGE live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Roger Chapman (now aged 77), is best known as a member of the progressive rock band Family, which he joined along with Charlie Whitney, in 1966 and also the rock, R&B band Streetwalkers formed in 1974. His idiosyncratic brand of showmanship when performing and vocal vibrato led him to become a cult figure on the British rock scene.

I saw Roger with Streetwalkers in 1975 and with The Family reunion show at this venue a few years ago.

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It is stalls seated tonight as it is mainly an older crowd.

Level 3 is closed off so maybe 600/700 are here in total.

PAPA GEORGE arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 40 mins.

On his own with his steel guitar for some blues based songs including covers from the likes

of Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters.

ROGER CHAPMAN arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 95 mins.

A minimal stage production with all their equipment at the front half of the stage.

Roger is tall in stature and his great Joe Cocker like voice still sounds top notch.

Roger has a lyric book on a stand and gives it glances every now and then to prompt him.

A nice seven piece band that featured some nifty guitar playing from Geoff Whitehorn.

I am not that familiar with his material but it was a good mix of solo material and Family tunes.

Highlights included...

Who Pulled The Night Down

My Friend The Sun

Sweet Desiree

Habits of a Lifetime

Top Of The Hill

Shadow On The Wall

Shortlist

Encore :

Weavers Answer

Let's Spend The Night Together ( The Rolling Stones cover)

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SID VICIOUS died 41 years ago today.

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On the day of Super Bowl , check out this amazing video on YouTube from 2007.

Prince Performs “Purple Rain” During Downpour | Super Bowl XLI Halftime Show | NFL

Paul McCartney was at The Super Bowl.

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1917, which tells the story of two young soldiers sent on a perilous, near-impossible mission to prevent an otherwise certain massacre, won seven Baftas including best film and outstanding British film, best director for Mendes, sound, production design, special visual effects and, for Roger Deakins, best cinematography – his fifth Bafta.

I was at all five HARVEY WEINSTEIN BAFTA parties in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.

They were mega , but obviously not happening anymore.











Saturday 01 February 2020.

THE WILDHEARTS + BACKYARD BABIES + CKY live at The Forum, London.

The Wildhearts will head on a UK tour with Backyard Babies towards the end of January in support of their recent album "Renaissance Men", which was recently named the best album of 2019 by Classic Rock staff and writers.

I have seen The Wildhearts a few times including in 1996 when they were one of the support bands

for The Sex Pistols mega gig in Finsbury Park on their Filthy Lucre tour.

I saw them play a rockin' show in 2019 at Sub 89, Reading when they were supported by The Professionals.

I saw Backyard Babies three times around 20 years ago in 1998,1999 and 2001.

The 2001 show was when they supported Motörhead at this same venue.

A nice three band rock package tonight as all three have had a decent amount of success.

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Downstairs is full tonight but the rear corners of the balcony are closed off as unsold.

CKY arrived on stage at 7pm and played for 40 mins.

They have released five albums but their early success in America has dwindled.

They have a few of their own fans down the front and played a decent set.

Tonight was not really billed as a co-headline show but both the main acts played 70 mins.

BACKYARD BABIES arrived on stage at 8.05pm.

A nice surprise was that their walk-on track was a Sex Pistols tune.

These sleaze rockers have released several albums that have charted back home in Sweden.

Really good uptempo rock n roll tunes that went down well with me and all the crowd.

Full Backyard Babies setlist played tonight...

Tape intro walk-on song - Friggin in the Rigging(The Sex Pistols)

Good Morning Midnight

Th1rte3n or Nothing

Shovin' Rocks

Nomadic

Heaven 2.9

Highlights

Painkiller

Roads

Yes to All No

Star War

Abandon

Encore:

Look at You

Dysfunctional Professional

Minus Celsius

Brand New Hate

People Like People Like People Like Us

THE WILDHEARTS arrived on stage at 9.45pm.

The Wildhearts have been dedicated to hard rock and punk metal for almost 30 years. There have been ups and plenty of downs, break-ups, line-up changes, drink, drugs and almost hits.

Ginger on vocals still has his full length dreadlocks swinging as he headbangs away.

Ginger has rock n roll in his veins and was pretty much the Lemmy of the 1990s.

Their loyal fans lapped up the frantic uptempo pace of the tracks played in the setlist.

Plenty of crowd surfing as 20 or 30 fans ended up in the pit as front stage pit security earned their money.

This is still plenty of life in The Wildhearts.

Full Wildhearts setlist played tonight...

Intro Tape - Don't Worry 'bout Me

Everlone

Diagnosis

Vanilla Radio

Caffeine Bomb

Let 'Em Go

The Revolution Will Be Televised

TV Tan

Top of the World

Dislocated

Sick of Drugs

My Kinda Movie

I Wanna Go Where the People Go

Encore:

Intro Tape - Don't Worry 'bout Me

My Baby Is a Headfuck

Love U 'til I Don't

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Very sad news that ANDY GILL has passed away.

Andy Gill, guitarist and founding member of legendary post-punk band Gang of Four, has died today following a short respiratory illness...he was 64...

I saw Gang of Four play a few times during their heyday period of the late 1970s/ early 1980s.





Friday 31 January 2020.

Happy Birthday to Punk Icon JOHN LYDON who is 64 today.

A good time to play some classic Sex Pistols and Public Image Limited.







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News and Reviews: 2nd February 2020

Sunday 02 February 2020.

SID VICIOUS died 41 years ago today.

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On the day of Super Bowl , check out this amazing video on YouTube from 2007.

Prince Performs “Purple Rain” During Downpour | Super Bowl XLI Halftime Show | NFL

I was at all five Harvey Weinstein BAFTA parties in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.

They were mega , but obviously not happening anymore.









Saturday 01 February 2020.

THE WILDHEARTS + BACKYARD BABIES + CKY live at The Forum, London.

The Wildhearts will head on a UK tour with Backyard Babies towards the end of January in support of their recent album "Renaissance Men", which was recently named the best album of 2019 by Classic Rock staff and writers.

I have seen The Wildhearts a few times including in 1996 when they were one of the support bands

for The Sex Pistols mega gig in Finsbury Park on their Filthy Lucre tour.

I saw them play a rockin' show in 2019 at Sub 89, Reading when they were supported by The Professionals.

I saw Backyard Babies three times around 20 years ago in 1998,1999 and 2001.

The 2001 show was when they supported Motörhead at this same venue.

A nice three band rock package tonight as all three have had a decent amount of success.

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Downstairs is full tonight but the rear corners of the balcony are closed off as unsold.

CKY arrived on stage at 7pm and played for 40 mins.

They have released five albums but their early success in America has dwindled.

They have a few of their own fans down the front and played a decent set.

Tonight was not really billed as a co-headline show but both the main acts played 70 mins.

BACKYARD BABIES arrived on stage at 8.05pm.

A nice surprise was that their walk-on track was a Sex Pistols tune.

These sleaze rockers have released several albums that have charted back home in Sweden.

Really good uptempo rock n roll tunes that went down well with me and all the crowd.

Full Backyard Babies setlist played tonight...

Tape intro walk-on song - Friggin in the Rigging(The Sex Pistols)

Good Morning Midnight

Th1rte3n or Nothing

Shovin' Rocks

Nomadic

Heaven 2.9

Highlights

Painkiller

Roads

Yes to All No

Star War

Abandon

Encore:

Look at You

Dysfunctional Professional

Minus Celsius

Brand New Hate

People Like People Like People Like Us

THE WILDHEARTS arrived on stage at 9.45pm.

The Wildhearts have been dedicated to hard rock and punk metal for almost 30 years. There have been ups and plenty of downs, break-ups, line-up changes, drink, drugs and almost hits.

Ginger on vocals still has his full length dreadlocks swinging as he headbangs away.

Ginger has rock n roll in his veins and was pretty much the Lemmy of the 1990s.

Their loyal fans lapped up the frantic uptempo pace of the tracks played in the setlist.

Plenty of crowd surfing as 20 or 30 fans ended up in the pit as front stage pit security earned their money.

This is still plenty of life in The Wildhearts.

Full Wildhearts setlist played tonight...

Intro Tape - Don't Worry 'bout Me

Everlone

Diagnosis

Vanilla Radio

Caffeine Bomb

Let 'Em Go

The Revolution Will Be Televised

TV Tan

Top of the World

Dislocated

Sick of Drugs

My Kinda Movie

I Wanna Go Where the People Go

Encore:

Intro Tape - Don't Worry 'bout Me

My Baby Is a Headfuck

Love U 'til I Don't

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Very sad news that ANDY GILL has passed away.

Andy Gill, guitarist and founding member of legendary post-punk band Gang of Four, has died today following a short respiratory illness...he was 64...

I saw Gang of Four play a few times during their heyday period of the late 1970s/ early 1980s.





Friday 31 January 2020.

Happy Birthday to Punk Icon JOHN LYDON who is 64 today.

A good time to play some classic Sex Pistols and Public Image Limited.





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 Downpour | Super Bowl XLI Halftime Show | NFL

I was at all five Harvey Weinstein BAFTA parties in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.

They were mega , but obviously not happening anymore.









Saturday 01 February 2020.

THE WILDHEARTS + BACKYARD BABIES + CKY live at The Forum, London.

The Wildhearts will head on a UK tour with Backyard Babies towards the end of January in support of their recent album "Renaissance Men", which was recently named the best album of 2019 by Classic Rock staff and writers.

I have seen The Wildhearts a few times including in 1996 when they were one of the support bands

for The Sex Pistols mega gig in Finsbury Park on their Filthy Lucre tour.

I saw them play a rockin' show in 2019 at Sub 89, Reading when they were supported by The Professionals.

I saw Backyard Babies three times around 20 years ago in 1998,1999 and 2001.

The 2001 show was when they supported Motörhead at this same venue.

A nice three band rock package tonight as all three have had a decent amount of success.

------------------

Downstairs is full tonight but the rear corners of the balcony are closed off as unsold.

CKY arrived on stage at 7pm and played for 40 mins.

They have released five albums but their early success in America has dwindled.

They have a few of their own fans down the front and played a decent set.

Tonight was not really billed as a co-headline show but both the main acts played 70 mins.

BACKYARD BABIES arrived on stage at 8.05pm.

A nice surprise was that their walk-on track was a Sex Pistols tune.

These sleaze rockers have released several albums that have charted back home in Sweden.

Really good uptempo rock n roll tunes that went down well with me and all the crowd.

Full Backyard Babies setlist played tonight...

Tape intro walk-on song - Friggin in the Rigging(The Sex Pistols)

Good Morning Midnight

Th1rte3n or Nothing

Shovin' Rocks

Nomadic

Heaven 2.9

Highlights

Painkiller

Roads

Yes to All No

Star War

Abandon

Encore:

Look at You

Dysfunctional Professional

Minus Celsius

Brand New Hate

People Like People Like People Like Us

THE WILDHEARTS arrived on stage at 9.45pm.

The Wildhearts have been dedicated to hard rock and punk metal for almost 30 years. There have been ups and plenty of downs, break-ups, line-up changes, drink, drugs and almost hits.

Ginger on vocals still has his full length dreadlocks swinging as he headbangs away.

Ginger has rock n roll in his veins and was pretty much the Lemmy of the 1990s.

Their loyal fans lapped up the frantic uptempo pace of the tracks played in the setlist.

Plenty of crowd surfing as 20 or 30 fans ended up in the pit as front stage pit security earned their money.

This is still plenty of life in The Wildhearts.

Full Wildhearts setlist played tonight...

Intro Tape - Don't Worry 'bout Me

Everlone

Diagnosis

Vanilla Radio

Caffeine Bomb

Let 'Em Go

The Revolution Will Be Televised

TV Tan

Top of the World

Dislocated

Sick of Drugs

My Kinda Movie

I Wanna Go Where the People Go

Encore:

Intro Tape - Don't Worry 'bout Me

My Baby Is a Headfuck

Love U 'til I Don't

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Very sad news that ANDY GILL has passed away.

Andy Gill, guitarist and founding member of legendary post-punk band Gang of Four, has died today following a short respiratory illness...he was 64...

I saw Gang of Four play a few times during their heyday period of the late 1970s/ early 1980s.





Friday 31 January 2020.

Happy Birthday to Punk Icon JOHN LYDON who is 64 today.

A good time to play some classic Sex Pistols and Public Image Limited.







Thursday 30 January 2020....I went to two events tonight...

6.30pm to 8pm

DAFYDD JONES - The Vanity Fair Years - private view - Leica Store, Duke Street, Mayfair, London W1.

Around 70 or 80 guests including Basia Briggs here in Leicas new store.

Leica is an Iconic name in cameras and some retail for over £10,000.

Dafydd has been a regular photographer at major social events in London , New York and Miami for

over the past 30 years.

Lots of great photos of Mick Jagger, Madonna, Elizabeth Taylor, Bryan Ferry, Tony Curtis etc are here.

Complimentary Nicolas Courtin champers, gin & tonics and wines for all guests.

then

8.15pm to 10pm

ASTON MARTIN - car launch party - Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1.

Over 100 guests at this prestigious showroom of this Iconic brand.

The new car is on display and it looks stunning.

The Aston Martin DBX SUV will go on sale in the UK from £158,000.

The car, which is Aston's first high-riding model and will arrive with the same 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 as the DB11 supercar. Orders from overseas will face a $189,900 asking price in the USA and €193,500 in Germany.

Complimentary vodka cocktails, wines, beers, different bowl food and sushi for all guests.

www.astonmartin.com

Visit their website here for more info.

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Happy Birthday to PHIL COLLINS who is 69 today.

Happy Birthday to PETER CROUCH who is 39 today.







Wednesday 29 January 2020...I went to two events tonight...

7pm to 9.30pm

GP-MANAGEMENT - 2020 events showcase - The Court, Kingly Street, Soho, London W1.

Around 150 guests at this plush basement private members club.

GP Management are launching their "Adventures & Experiences" calendar of events for 2020.

This includes Yacht hospitailty at The Monaco Grand Prix, Fighter jet experience, various bespoke car days,

private plane trip to Antartica, ,experience Iceland in a 4x4, various bespoke skiing trips etc.

Complimentary Ruinart champers, vodka & orange, gin & tonic drinks for all guests.

www.gp-management.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then

9.45pm to 11.15pm

Theatre after-party at South Africa House, Trafalgar Square, London SW1.

Around 200 guests here along with the cast after the opening press night.

John Kani’s highly acclaimed play Kunene and the King marks the 25th anniversary of the end of apartheid in South Africa with a strictly limited London run at the Ambassadors Theatre following on from its premiere in Stratford-upon-Avon and the sold-out run in Cape Town.

Jack Morris is a celebrated classical actor who has just been given both a career-defining role and a life-changing diagnosis. Besides his age, Jack has very little in common with his at-home nurse, Lunga Kunene, however, the two men discover their shared passion for Shakespeare, which ignites this ‘rich, raw and shattering head-to-head’ (The Times).

A very appropriate venue as the play is based around apartheid in South Africa.

We had a couple of speeches from the stage.

Complimentary wines, beers and a huge hot buffet including roast chicken ,roast cod, cottage pie, veg, rice

along with desserts.

www.theambassadorstheatre.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.

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This is good news for The 100 Club.

Westminster Council has today acted to secure the long-term future of London’s legendary 100 Club with an announcement that the venue will be offered 100% Business Rate Relief from 1 April 2020. The decision reduces the overhead costs at one of the world’s oldest and most famous venues by over £70,000 per year. It follows a long-term campaign to attempt to keep the venue at the heart of London’s nightlife on Oxford Street stretching back over a decade and which included a concert by Sir Paul McCartney (I was there - 10 Dec 2010) aimed at raising funds.









Tuesday 28 January 2020...6.45pm to 9.15pm...

COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD , Quaglino's , Bury Street, St James's, London SW1.

Around 250 guests at this restaurant & bar that has been here since 1929.

Pennie Smith was the host and a few well known faces were here including

ex BBC newsreader Michael Buerk and comedian Helen Lederer.

I have been to this award ceremony several times and Pink Floyd legend DAVID GILMOUR has turned up

a couple of times to support his wife Polly who is an author.They are both here tonight.

I have a nice chat with him for a few mins while Polly is talking to someone else.

I told him" i saw him three times (including one show in the front row) at The Royal Albert Hall on his last tour".

He said how much he loved The Royal Albert Hall and mentioned some great venues in France and Italy.

I told him i went to see his guitar collection at Christies last year that he donated to charity.

(The David Gilmour Collection, the largest and most comprehensive sale of guitars ever offered at auction, sold for $21,490,750 at Christie's in New York).

I said " by selling most of his guitars does that mean he is retiring a bit?".

David said "Not really ,as i am still writing and recording and hopefully there will be an album and tour".

"The problem is writing and recording an album can easily take two or three years".

I asked him if he would tour without a new album to play tracks from?...David said "No".

Jack Fairweather won the £30,000 prize.

The former war reporter Jack Fairweather has won the Costa book of the year award for The Volunteer, his biography of a Polish resistance fighter who voluntarily entered Auschwitz in order to reveal its horrors to the world.

Fairweather’s life of Witold Pilecki, a member of the Warsaw resistance who infiltrated the concentration camp and encouraged rebellion, was hailed as “a book that needs to be read” by the chair of judges, Sian Williams.

Complimentary champers, wines, whiskey & cokes, mini-cheeseburgers and canapés for all guests.

All guests got a goodie bag with a shortlisted book inside along with a few Costa items.

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Very sad news that tv and radio legend NICOLAS PARSONS has passed away.

Broadcaster Nicholas Parsons has died at the age of 96 after a short illness, his agent has confirmed.

Parsons had hosted Radio 4's Just A Minute since its inception in 1967.

"Nicholas passed away in the early hours of the 28th of January," said a statement issued on behalf of his family by his agent Jean Diamond.







Monday 27 January 2020.

Happy Birthday to rock legend NICK MASON who is 76 today.

I am hoping to see his band again in May when they play another UK tour.

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THE STRANGLERS are to play a "Final Full UK Tour" in Oct/Nov.

They intend to take a step back from extensive tours with a full production in the UK and have released the details of a ‘Final Full UK Tour’ which will consist of a mammoth 21 date itinerary spanning from late October through to late November.

Special guests on the tour will be Ruts DC.

I have seen The Stranglers play around 20 times since 1976 which was with their original line-up.

www.thestranglers.co.uk

Visit their website here for a full list of their tour dates.









Sunday 26 January 2020....6pm to 9pm...

My band GUN CONTROL, with me on drums had a rehearsal tonight.

We went though our setlist a couple of times.

A bit rusty as expected but great fun.

We have our next gig in a couple of weeks.

The set will be a couple of songs shorter as we are sharing the bill with a covers band.

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Happy Birthday to guitar legend EDDIE VAN HALEN who is 65 today.

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Very sad news about the death of an American basketball legend...

NBA legend KOBE BRYANT and his oldest daughter, Gianna, were killed in a helicopter crash in California.

The 41-year-old and his daughter were on their way to the Mamba Academy for a basketball practice when the private helicopter went down.

Type this sentence in Google search to see this 5 mins docu and see what a huge name he was in America.

Kobe Bryant - "KOBE" (Short Film 2017)

In the past week LeBron James surpassed Kobe Bryant to become the NBA's third-highest scorer of all time.

James, 35, scored 29 points to move to 33,655 career points, 12 more than former Laker's star Bryant.

Kobe Bryant retired in 2016 after winning five NBA championships.

KISS frontman Paul Stanley, Five Finger Death Punch's Chris Kael, Whitesnake's David Coverdale are among the rock stars who have reacted to the death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant who died on Sunday at the age of 41.









Saturday 25 January 2020.

A BOWIE CELEBRATION live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

A slightly different line-up to the one i saw this time last year.

Long time Bowie keyboard player Mike Garson is still there, and most of the band have had links with Bowie.

Band members include Mike Garson, Gerry Leonard, Carmine Rojas, Kevin Armstrong, Alan Childs plus

vocalists Corey Glover (Living Color), Sass Jordan and Mr Hudson.

I was lucky enough to have seen the real David Bowie around 20 times since Wembley Arena in 1976

and i was at both his last ever London shows at Wembley Arena in Nov 2003.

I also got his 'Heathen' album signed by him at HMV London in Sept 2002 when it came out.

In 1997 i reviewed David Bowie at Shepherds Bush Empire for the local paper.

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It is a near sell out tonight (around 1800 out of 2000 tickets sold) as all levels are pretty full.

A BOWIE CELEBRATION arrived on at 8.05pm and played for around 2 hours 20 mins.

The first half had several lesser known tracks and the second half had most of the Bowie classics.

Four different vocalists where used throughout the evening.

The vocalists did a good job but none had the pure rock n roll charisma of a big name vocalist.

It was great to hear so many Bowie gems played tonight.

Bowie tunes , like Prince tunes will live on forever, such is the quality of them.

A very enjoyable show.

Full setlist played by A Bowie Celebration tonight....

Future Legend

Diamond Dogs

Sweet Thing

Candidate

Sweet Thing (Reprise)

Rebel Rebel

Rock 'n' Roll With Me

We Are the Dead

1984

Big Brother

Chant of the Ever Circling Skeletal Family

Space Oddity

Moonage Daydream

Young Americans

Five Years

Let's Dance

Starman

Lady Grinning Soul

Time

Life on Mars?

Ziggy Stardust

Suffragette City

All the Young Dudes (David Bowie wrote this classic for Mott The Hoople)

Encore :

Loving the Alien / Andy Warhol

Rock 'n' Roll Suicide

Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?)

"Heroes"







Friday 24 January 2020.

DAVID SINCLAIR FOUR live at The Old Station House , 2 Grove Park Road, Chiswick, London W4.

It is FREE ENTRY for all tonight as this pub in leafy Chiswick has free entry gigs on most Fridays.

Around 70 or 80 folks here , with most sitting in the pubs comfy chairs & sofas.

DS4 are on stage for around 90 mins over two sets of 45 mins each.

DS4 played a set featuring tracks from all their five albums.

They are joined on several tracks by a superb harmonica player.

Plenty of great lyrics and nifty guitar playing.

David is very comfortable on stage talking to the crowd as he has interviewed many big name musicians

as one of the main music critics of The Times for many years.

We get a couple of anecdotes from a couple of the many legends he has met.

A superb cover of "Sweet Jane" went down well with the crowd.

A really good show.

The David Sinclair Four setlist tonight included...

Give me a Rose

Life Gone Cold

Sweet Jane (Lou Reed cover)

World Turns Around

Hip-Hopping

Go Johnny Go (Johnny B Good) (Chuck Berry cover)

My Blue Suede Shoes

Little Rock & Roll

Stevie Ray Vaughn cover with some nice guitar

Eight Rounds Later

Perfect in Every Way

Coming off The Rails

Bye Bye Johnny (Chuck Berry cover)

www.davidsinclairfour.com

Visit their website here for more info.

All 51 of their tracks are up on Spotify and many are up on YouTube.

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Fact of the day...

Some of you older rock fans may be remember a band called TEN YEARS AFTER.

They played the original Woodstock Festival in 1969 and toured relentless around that time.

Nevertheless, the relentless schedule continued – successfully, too. The 28 US tours (yes an incredible 28 US tours in 7 years) they notched up between ’68 and ’74 was unequalled by any other British band.

Alvin Lee left the band in the 1970s to focus on his solo career.

I saw him play solo shows in 1978 and 1988 at Hammersmith Odeon.

I saw Ten Years After (with Alvin Lee) reunions in 1983 and 1990.

I saw Ten Years After with new singer Marcus Bonfanti a few years ago.











Thursday 23 January 2020.

THE TESKEY BROTHERS + WILSN live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Australian blues-rock group, The Teskey Brothers, are embarking on a world tour in support

of their second album," Run Home Slow"....which went to number 2 in Australia and number 77 in the UK...

The show sold out in advance, with the help of cheapish £20 tickets.

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WILSN arrived on stage at 8pm for her 30 mins set.

Soulful white female Aussie singer who was backed by piano and drums.

"Do This" and "Home" showed off her powerful loud voice during a good set.

THE TESKEY BROTHERS arrived on stage at 9.05pm for their 95 mins set.

There are seven musicians on stage including keyboards, trumpet, trombone.

Recent London shows were at The Jazz Cafe and Union Chapel so this is their biggest London show to date.

I did not know any material by The Teskey Brothers in advance of this show.

For some reason i was expecting more uptempo blues rock rather than their slow-paced Americana songs.

The brass duo did a good job of lifting the songs to loftier heights.

The singer has a lovely white soulful voice.

Final encore of "Hold Me" was the best song for me as the crowd sang loudly along.

The setlist was a bit samey and not very lively but it was an enjoyable show.

Full Teskey Brothers setlist played tonight...

Man of the Universe

Let Me Let You Down

Carry You

Say You'll Do

I Get Up

Rain

San Francisco

Sunshine Baby

So Caught Up

Paint My Heart (included a long guitar solo)

Louisa (included a drum solo)

Right for Me (included two brass solos)

Encore:

Pain and Misery

Hold Me (extended version with all the crowd singing along loudly)

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In the current edition of Vive Le Rock mag i came across this little known fact.

NODDY HOLDER the ex singer from Slade has again said he was asked to join AC/DC before Brian Johnson.









Wednesday 22 January 2020...I went to two events today...

1pm to 3pm

LONGINES WORLD'S BEST RACEHORSE AWARD at The Landmark Hotel, Marylebone, London NW1.

Around 200 guests at this plush five star hotel, including some big sporting names.

Frankie Dettori (probably the worlds top jockey)

John Gosden ( British racehorse trainer. He has trained over 3,000 winners worldwide, including winners of the Breeders' Cup Classic, the Derby, the Arc, the King George,the Eclipse, and over 600 winners in the United States).

Victoria Pendleton ( British jockey and former track cyclist)

Andre Fabe (French thoroughbred horse racing trainer).

Rosie Tapner (Model and ambassador for the British Equestrian Federation).

Three horses have jointly earned the title of Longines World’s Best Racehorse for 2019, a first since the award was created in 2013. Equally rated at 128, Crystal Ocean, Enable, and Waldgeist share the 2019 title after a year of compelling competition.

The trio of European runners competed against each other throughout the year, trading victories as they did so. Crystal Ocean won the Group 1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes, while Waldgeist was third; Enable beat Crystal Ocean by a neck in the Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes with Waldgeist in third; and Waldgeist turned the tables on Enable when he defeated her in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (which won The Worlds Best Horserace).

Frankie Dettori and John Gosden hope to get Enable running again at Royal Ascot.

Complimentary champers, wines and canapés for all guests.

All guests got a goodie bag on departure.

then

6pm to 8pm

SONY MUSIC SHOWCASE , The Arts Club, Dover Street, London W1.

Around 100 guests here at this cool private members club.

Sony have flown in a few of their staff from around Europe so they must have high hopes for him.

At 7.15pm SAM FISCHER & his band performed four songs.

Australian-born singer/songwriter who relocated to L.A. to pursue a solo career with his R&B tracks.

This was his first time on a UK stage but Sam and the band sound really good and showing no sign of any nerves.

He finished the set with "This City" which the audio version has had over a million listens on YouTube.

He had a bit of a Sam Smith vibe about him and could easily have big success in the future.

Complimentary Moscow Mule cocktails, wines, beers and canapés for all guests.

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Very sad news that TERRY JONES has passed away.

The death of a close friend is not traditionally the occasion for a joke. But when that friend is a fellow Python, it seems entirely appropriate.

It was announced on Wednesday that Terry Jones, founder member of Monty Python, had died at 77. He was diagnosed with a rare form of dementia in 2016.

John Cleese’s response? A statement that ended: “Two down, four to go,” referring to the deaths of Jones and Graham Chapman, and the remaining members of the troupe.









Tuesday 21 January 2020.

STEREOPHONIC'S + ASH live at The Forum, London.

Absolute Radio host a special warm up sold out show for the Stereophonics UK & European Tour.

I have seen Stereophonic's a dozen times since 1999 when they supported Aerosmith at Wembley Stadium.

Stereophonic's have had 11 x Top 10 hits in the UK including a number one with "Dakota"

Their 11th studio album "Kind" was released Oct 2019 and was another number one album for them.

I have seen Ash several times since 1996.

Ash have had 4 x Top 10 hits in the UK.

Check out this YouTube clip where U2 represented Southern Ireland and Ash represented Northern Ireland.

UTV Live Ash U2 Northern Ireland Good Friday Agreement Referendum Live Press Conference

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Tv presenter Charley Boorman was in the VIP seated at table area in the balcony.

I have seen Ronnie Wood join Stereophonic's on stage a few times, but he is not here tonight.

ASH arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played for 45 mins.

The trio from Northern Ireland played a good set full of their best tracks.

Singer Tim Wheeler is still playing his trademark Flying V guitar.

Full Ash setlist played tonight...

A Life Less Ordinary

Kung Fu

Oh Yeah

Darkest Hour Of The Night (Live debut)

Goldfinger

Shining Light

Orpheus

Buzzkill

Girl From Mars

Burn Baby Burn

STEREOPHONIC'S arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 1 hour 55 mins.

A nice stage production with loads of lights.

Singer Kelly Jones is now aged 45 but somehow looks the same as he did 20 years ago.

Loads of their catchy singalong radio friendly hits played in their set.

Kelly gave a thanks to Absolute Radio (was previously Virgin Radio) who always play their songs.

They finished off with a mega version of "Dakota".

A great show.

Full Stereophonic's setlist played tonight...

Catacomb

Superman

I Wanna Get Lost With You

Geronimo

Maybe Tomorrow

Bust This Town

Fly Like an Eagle

Mr and Mrs Smith (superb drumming for the last 60 seconds of this track)

Sunny

Boy on a Bike

Just Looking

Don't Let the Devil Take Another Day

Have a Nice Day

Indian Summer

Make Friends With the Morning

Mr Writer

Hungover for You

Local Boy in the Photograph

This Life Ain't Easy (But It's the One That We All Got)

The Bartender and the Thief

Encore:

C'est La Vie

Dakota









Monday 20 January 2020.

Happy Birthday to rock legend PAUL STANLEY from KISS who is 68 today.

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40 years ago this week i visited Amsterdam for the first time.

On 23 Jan 1980 I popped along to a famous live music venue to see popular Dutch band called The Scene.

The singer sadly died of cancer in 2015.

The Paradiso Club is still going strong.







Sunday 19 January 2020.

DRAG SHOW BATTLE at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

It’s the US vs the UK as queens from both sides of the Atlantic deliver a night of non-stop entertainment, hosted by the sensational Danny Beard and Victoria Secret.

Adore Delano, Miz Cracker, Meatball, Yuhua Hamasaki,Joe Black, Juno Birch, Vinegar Strokes, Lydia L'scabies, Chiyo Gomes, Ginny Lemon will also be performing.

Many of the acts will be at Olympia this weekend for RuPaul's DragCon.

Daily Mail reported this the following day after Saturday at Olympia...

Furious fans have branded drag icon Ru Paul's DragCon UK convention a 'shambles' after being forced to queue for hours outside the venue amid reports the event has been overbooked.

Those attending the event being held at Olympia London have taken to social media to share their anger after waiting to enter convention for up to four hours.

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For whatever reason the ticket sales for this show were a disaster as only 400 tickets sold in total

for stalls and Level 1 out of the 2000 capacity.

The show was on for 2 hours 40 mins over two sets of 85 mins and 75 mins.

The two hosts did most of the on stage bitchy banter and introduced the acts.

All the acts mimed a couple of songs each in their outrageous costumes & routines.

One track in each set so they could do a full change of costume.

One girl did a great routine based around a Spice Girls medley.

One girl did a great Amy Winehouse impersonation.

She finished her routine by taking her shoes off and doing a full crowd-surf over the front rows.

Plenty of entertaining bits and plenty of pretty average bits throughout the evening.











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 young male country singer-songwriter from the UK who sung some decent tunes.

He told an amazing story where he was busking in Liverpool and Chase Rice walked past him,

liked what he heard and asked him " would you like to support me at Shepherds Bush Empire".

MADISON KOZAK arrived on stage at 8.20pm and played for 30 mins.

Canadian female country singer-songwriter played a decent set.

She said she has been living in the Nashville the last few years.

Songs like “Little Bit Of You”, which neatly segues into “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” are about her own life experiences. The unreleased “Loud House” discusses growing up in a large family, “Phases” is about the boy that broke her heart (“this one’s for you Kyle”, she says, still smiling) but best of all is “First Last Name” the one she dedicates to her dad. Truly heartfelt, to the man who started her off on this path, and and a nice cover of “Take Me Home, Country Roads” gets all

the crowd singing along loudly.

CHASE RICE arrived on stage at 9.20pm and played for 1 hour 40 mins.

Chase Rice is an American country music singer-songwriter who has had success back home.

Chase arrives on stage wearing a baseball cap, and is the spitting image of Prince Harry.

He has a great band who all hail from South America , and were much more rockier than expected.

Chase has nice clear catchy vocals and he has two songs with Jack Daniels in the title which is great by me.

He gets a girl on stage for some flirting during the song "Ride".

He sung his big country hit "Eyes on You" that had all the crowd singing along.

He also sung "Cruise" which was the big country hit he wrote for Florida Georgia Line.

After the first mega hit of his career “Ready Set Roll” from back in 2013, he’s done. But not before he goes down to meet his people, sign autographs, shake hands and have selfies with most of the front rows. All the while the band plays a metal riff, as if they are finally glad to. The band finish the song and join him in the pit to sign stuff and pose for selfies.

He played Bush Hall last time and it is pretty clear Chase Rice will be getting bigger success in the future.

A really good gig that ticked all the right boxes.

Full Chase Rice setlist played tonight...

Lions

Jack Daniel's Showed Up

Take It to the City

Beautiful Blur

Gonna Wanna Tonight

On Tonight

Unforgettable

Lonely If You Are

Three Chords & the Truth

Ride

Carolina Can

Best Night Ever

Jack Daniel's & Jesus

Eyes on You

Cruise (Florida Georgia Line cover) (Chase wrote this song that was a massive hit in America)

Band introductions and covers medley - All the Small Things / Sweet Home Alabama / Sweet Caroline

Ready Set Roll









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News and Reviews: 19th January 2020

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 young male country singer-songwriter from the UK who sung some decent tunes.

He told an amazing story where he was busking in Liverpool and Chase Rice walked past him,

liked what he heard and asked him " would you like to support me at Shepherds Bush Empire".

MADISON KOZAK arrived on stage at 8.20pm and played for 30 mins.

Canadian female country singer-songwriter played a decent set.

She said she has been living in the Nashville the last few years.

Songs like “Little Bit Of You”, which neatly segues into “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” are about her own life experiences. The unreleased “Loud House” discusses growing up in a large family, “Phases” is about the boy that broke her heart (“this one’s for you Kyle”, she says, still smiling) but best of all is “First Last Name” the one she dedicates to her dad. Truly heartfelt, to the man who started her off on this path, and and a nice cover of “Take Me Home, Country Roads” gets all

the crowd singing along loudly.

CHASE RICE arrived on stage at 9.20pm and played for 1 hour 40 mins.

Chase Rice is an American country music singer-songwriter who has had success back home.

Chase arrives on stage wearing a baseball cap, and is the spitting image of Prince Harry.

He has a great band who all hail from South America , and were much more rockier than expected.

Chase has nice clear catchy vocals and he has two songs with Jack Daniels in the title which is great by me.

He gets a girl on stage for some flirting during the song "Ride".

He sung his big country hit "Eyes on You" that had all the crowd singing along.

He also sung "Cruise" which was the big country hit he wrote for Florida Georgia Line.

After the first mega hit of his career “Ready Set Roll” from back in 2013, he’s done. But not before he goes down to meet his people, sign autographs, shake hands and have selfies with most of the front rows. All the while the band plays a metal riff, as if they are finally glad to. The band finish the song and join him in the pit to sign stuff and pose for selfies.

He played Bush Hall last time and it is pretty clear Chase Rice will be getting bigger success in the future.

A really good gig that ticked all the right boxes.

Full Chase Rice setlist played tonight...

Lions

Jack Daniel's Showed Up

Take It to the City

Beautiful Blur

Gonna Wanna Tonight

On Tonight

Unforgettable

Lonely If You Are

Three Chords & the Truth

Ride

Carolina Can

Best Night Ever

Jack Daniel's & Jesus

Eyes on You

Cruise (Florida Georgia Line cover) (Chase wrote this song that was a massive hit in America)

Band introductions and covers medley - All the Small Things / Sweet Home Alabama / Sweet Caroline

Ready Set Roll









Friday 17 January 2020.

SIDHU MOOSE WALA plus support djs live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

30 year old Indian (Punjabi) male rapper & actor plays a sold out London show.

It is a Live Nation promotion along with BBC Asian Network.

As it is quiet for major acts in January i always end up going to two or three shows that

i would never bother with if they were on at any other time of year when there is more to choose from.

The venue is totally rammed solid and the atmosphere is just incredible.

As expected the crowd is over 90% Asian.

First of all we get a couple of djs who hype the crowd up perfectly.

We get a dance competition - female from West London v male from East London...she won.

SIDHU MOOSE WALA eventually arrived on stage at 9.50pm for his 70 mins set.

He must think he is an Indian version of Axl Rose or Peter Doherty as he was due on at 9pm (50 mins late).

Sidhu is wearing an orange turban and the crowd are going wild.

He has a dozen of his mates and a couple of personal security standing on stage by the dj console.

Like the support acts , he sings along to the dj console backing tracks.

His Bhangra type music went down well with the very lively dance crowd.

A decent enough show in its own way.

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"In the 1970s , we supported all the major rock bands".

"We supported Aerosmith 40 times and they never ever gave us a soundcheck".

" I hated flying so i drove my motorcycle from city to city".

A nice rare interview by NEIL PEART (Rush) from several years ago when his book came out.

Type this sentence into Google search...

Neil Peart Full Interview On The Hour

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Happy Birthday to PAUL YOUNG who is 64 today.









Thursday 16 January 2020.

Type this into Google for your viewing pleasure.....9 minutes long video clip...

Foo Fighters - Monkey Wrench - Kiss Guy - Austin, TX. 4-18-18 (Yayo Sanchez) Multi-Cameras

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The chorus of Green Day's new single has a Gary Glitter/Joan Jett sample.

‘Oh Yeah’ is the third song released from the upcoming Green Day album ‘Father of all Motherfuckers’, due 7 February. The two previous tracks ‘Father of all Motherfuckers’ and ‘Fire, Ready, Aim’ were released late 2019.

In 1977, The Sex Pistols "Never Mind The Bollocks " album title caused a big fuss that ended up

in a court case.Professor James Kinsley,Head of the School of English at the University of Nottingham, who argued that the word "bollocks" was not obscene, and was actually a legitimate Old English term formerly used to refer to a priest,and which, in the context of the title, meant "nonsense".

The Sex Pistols / Virgin Records won the court case.

Now a band brings out an album titled "Father of all Motherfuckers" and nobody blinks an eyelid.

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Happy Birthday to my lovely mum who is 86 today.









Wednesday 15 January 2020...I went to two events tonight...

6pm to 7pm

Business Book Awards 2020 Shortlist Reveal Party - Millennium Hotel, Gloucester Road, London SW7.

Around 200 guests here in their very nice upstairs space called The Conservatory.

The Business Book Awards celebrate the work of authors who have shared their industry or market knowledge, experience and expertise in published book form.

The main awards dinner evening will be held on 23 March.

Complimentary wines along with fish burgers and hot canapés for all guests.

www.businessbookawards.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info.

then

7.30pm to 8.45pm

Masayoshi Nojo 'Under the Moonlight' - Private View - JD Malat Gallery, 30 Davies Street,

Mayfair, London W1.

Around 100 guests at this French owned gallery.

This is Masayoshi Nojo first solo show outside of Japan.

This exploration of time and memory is achieved using an innovative variety of mixed media and techniques, with each stage meticulously executed. Firstly, Nojo prepares the foundation of his canvas with a marbled layer of acrylic paint, reminiscent of the river in Kōrin’s seminal work Red and White Plum Blossoms. Nojo then photographs, selects, and carefully adjusts each image before transferring the image to the canvas via silk screening – allowing the marbled layer beneath to shine through and to create an abstracted, contemporary twist on the work. Finally, layers of aluminium and silver foil are applied to the canvas, highly symbolic and recreating a sense of intangible distant memories.

Complimentary Pommery champers for all guests.

www.jdmalat.com

Visit their website here for more info.







Tuesday 14 January 2020.

6pm to 8.15pm.

MARIANNITA LUZZATI x CARINA CISCATO - private view - The Brazilian Embassy,

14-16 Cockspur Street, London SW1.

The Embassy building is just over 100 yards from Trafalgar Square.

Around 100 guests are here.

The show presents 9 large Brazilian native landscape paintings by Mariannita Luzzati in a dialogue

with pottery pieces by Carina Ciscato.

Both are Brazilian artists who are based in London.

Complimentary prosecco and Brazilian canapés for all guests.

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Mum & Dad said they are "very proud".

Sam Springsteen, the 25-year old son of Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa, is a Jersey City, New Jersey, firefighter.

Sam was one of 15 new firefighters sworn in Jan. 14 during a ceremony at City Hall.

“It was a long road, and he was very dedicated,” said proud parents Bruce and Patti at the ceremony,

according to the Hudson County View. “We’re just excited for him today.”

Did someone say Fireman Sam?









Tuesday 14 January 2020.

Happy Birthday to DAVE GROHL (Foo Fighters /ex Nirvana) who is 51 today.

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Monday 13 January 2020.

Happy Birthday to SUGGS from Madness who is 59 today.







Resolution Festival at The 100 Club continues...

Resolution, a ten-day festival of all things punk, is returning yet again to it’s spiritual home, the 100 Club, for the 6th year running in January 2020. Resolution Festival celebrates the bands and musicians who kick started the punk movement and those who continue to breathe new life into it today.

Tickets for the whole festival available at £85.

For the first time the festival will be 14+, anyone under 18 needs to come along with an adult.

www.the100club.co.uk

Visit The 100 Club website here for more info and to buy tickets for all 100 Club shows.

They have replaced their iconic sign over the entrance with a nice new one.

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Sunday 12 January 2020.

THE UK SUBS + Red Light Rebels live at The 100 Club, London.

The Subs are still fronted by punk rock legend Charlie Harper who is aged 75...yes 75.

The Subs are playing a few UK shows before yet another full European Tour.

I saw them a few times in the late 1970s including when they supported Iggy Pop in 1979.

UK Subs had 6 x Top 40 hits in the UK during their heyday period - 1979 to 1981.

Every year the band are playing over 100 shows all over the world.

Tonight is the last night of this years Resolution Festival at this venue.

It is always special to be at a punk gig at this home of punk.

My friends always get me to look at the Steve Jones photo on the wall opposite the stage

where I am in it front of stage from The Sex Pistols legendary gig here in Sept 1976.

Gaye Black ex The Adverts was here.

RED LIGHT REBELS arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played for 40 mins.

The band from Cheltenham played a good uptempo set that featured tracks from their

EP "Rewind Erase" and their album and they fnished their set with a great track called "Joyride".

UK SUBS arrived on stage at 9.40pm and played for 65 mins.

Charlie Harper arrives on the stage to big cheers and looks more like a 50 year old rather than 75.

It soon gets live lively down the front as fans are jumping around and a few are getting on stage

for a dance and to sing along with Charlie.

The 23 song setlist whizzed along as no song lasted more than three minutes.

Highlights included great versions of "Warhead" and "Teenage".

They dedicated one song to Lemmy.

Charlie is holding lyrics in his hand for a couple of rarely played songs but they get thrown

in the air halfway through.

Good to see The UK Subs still keeping punk alive.

UK Subs setlist played tonight included...

You Can't Take It Anymore

Brand New Age

Public Servant

Warhead

Barbie's Dead

Organized Crime

Rat Race

Emotional Blackmail

Kicks

Teenage

Dirty Girls

500cc

Bomb Factory

You Don't Belong

Keep On Running

Rockers

Tomorrow's Girls

New York State Police

Encore:

Party in Paris

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This is well worth checking out on YouTube.

This week ,Patti Smith gave a very nice and rare interview to promote her book on The Jimmy Fallon Show

in America.

But the real draw is her performance. Smith, backed only by her bandmate Tony Shanahan on electric piano,

sang a stunning version of Neil Young’s searching, devastating 1970 classic “After The Gold Rush.”

I saw Patti Smith play her first two London shows...

Patti Smith,Stranglers Roundhouse, London 17.05.1976 (This was the first major punk gig in London )

Patti Smith,Stranglers Hammersmith Odeon, London 23.10.1976









Saturday 11 January 2020.

THEO VON live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Theo Von is an American stand-up comedian, podcaster, television personality, host, and actor.

In December 2018, Theo Von and comedian Brendan Schaub started a new podcast called The King and The Sting. At the podcast's release, The King and The Sting debuted #1 on the iTunes Podcast charts in the United States and also reached the top charts in the United Kingdom, Canada, Spain and Australia.

He was born in Covington, Louisiana, USA.

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As it is a comedy evening, it is stalls seating tonight.

Theo is not a mainstream name in the UK but this was the last of THREE sold out shows at this venue.

We had two support acts.

An English guy from Thornton Heath who had some funny bits in his 20 mins set.

An American guy who is his tour support, did a good, but crude in places 20 mins set.

THEO VON was on stage for around 60 mins.

Theo arrives on stage and has a jaw dropping stage production...just a stool.

He starts off with a good routine about his trademark "gender neutral mullet" hairstyle.

How he was quite happy with folks taking one look at his hair and not trusting him with any responsibility.

Theo has a full Southern drawl and does self-identify as "white trash", which forms the material in his set.

Theo says "I wear that name as a badge of honour. I wouldn’t have any of the stories I have today if it

wasn’t for growing up in Covington".

He says "dude" and "shit" a lot and routines on family, friends, school and Mexicans are pretty good.

A heckler down the front put him off his stride a bit but recovered from that ok.

It was a decent show and the crowd loved it.

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More full page ads in some newspapers as Live Nation are desperately trying to flog MADONNA tickets.

The shows start in two weeks time at The Palladium and are nowhere near a sell-out.

Hardly surprising ,with the mental ticket prices of over £450 down the front and hospitality much more.









Saturday 11 January 2020.

Very sad news that NEIL PEART has passed away.

Neil Peart, the drummer of iconic Canadian band Rush, has died at age 67.

The influential musician and lyricist died Tuesday in Santa Monica, California, after having been diagnosed

with brain cancer.

I saw Rush over a dozen times since Hammersmith Odeon in 1977 which was on their debut UK tour.

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Will rock legend TED NUGENT ever play the UK again?

It has been over a decade since he last appeared on these shores.

Maybe his outspoken love of guns and hunting has put promoters off booking him.

I saw him at least once on every one of his UK tours.

Ted Nugent,Dirty Tricks Hammersmith Odeon, London 12.09.1976 motor city madman

Ted Nugent,Steve Gibbons Band Hammersmith Odeon, London 05.03.1977

Ted Nugent,Steve Gibbons Band Hammersmith Odeon, London 06.03.1977

Ted Nugent , Hammersmith Odeon, London 16.08.1977

Ted Nugent,Girlschool Hammersmith Odeon, London 09.05.1979 we went to 9pm show

Ted Nugent,More Hammersmith Odeon , London 01.06.1981

Ted Nugent ,Hammersmith Odeon , London 29.02.1984

Ted Nugent,Krokus Hammersmith Odeon , London 20.03.1988 great double bill

Ted Nugent , Astoria , London 06.06.2002 His first UK show for 14 years.

Ted Nugent, Quireboys , Indigo, London 14.07.2008 great double bill











Friday 10 January 2020.

Happy Birthday to ROD STEWART who is 75 today.

Not the best past fortnight for Rod as this week he was planning to go into hospital for knee

replacement surgery and he is due in court next month after a New Years Eve scuffle in Palm Beach.

The scuffle happened after Rod was told by security "I'm afraid you are not on the guest list".

Police reviewed security camera footage and took two signed sworn witness statements confirming that Sean Stewart had pushed security guard Mr Dixon and alleging that they saw Sir Rod punch him.

The video footage showed that Sean and Rod were "the primary aggressors", according to the report.

Mr Dixon wishes to go forward with prosecuting both Stewarts for battery.

Police said in the report that there is enough evidence to charge Rod with one count of simple battery.

It is unclear if Sean will also face charges, although the arrest documentation lists him as a co-defendant.

Sir Rod was issued with a notice to appear at the Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Complex on Feb 5.









Thursday 09 January 2020.

Happy Birthday to guitar legend JIMMY PAGE who is 76 today.

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Wednesday 08 January 2020.

Happy Birthday to ROBBY KRIEGER ex The Doors who is 74 today

Robby is an American guitarist and singer-songwriter best known as the guitarist of the rock band The Doors; as such he has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Krieger wrote or co-wrote many of the Doors' songs, including the hits "Light My Fire", "Love Me Two Times", "Touch Me", and "Love Her Madly".

Robby was the guest on Steve Jones LA Radio Show last week where he talked about the upcoming

docu film "Break On Thru" which is in selected UK cinemas on 12 Feb 2020.

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David Bowie would have been 73 today.

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Happy Birthday to DAVID JOHANSEN who is 70 today.

Thinking back to their great reunion period when i saw New York Dolls play Morrissey's Meltdown Festival

at The Royal Festival Hall in 2004 which was followed by three great albums and they pretty much came

back every year until 2011 so i could see them a few more times.









Tuesday 07 January 2020...I went to two events today...

3pm to 4.30pm

TUTANKHAMUN at Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea, London.

In residence at the Saatchi Gallery from Saturday 2 November 2019 - Sunday 3 May 2020, the exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb, and is the final chance to see these glittering world heritage artefacts before they return to Egypt forever.

Explore the life of King Tutankhamun, and the storied discovery that captivated the world, through more than 150 authentic pieces from the tomb - three times the quantity that has travelled in previous exhibitions - more than 60 of which are travelling outside of Egypt for the first time.

The third of 10 cities to host TUTANKHAMUN: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh the London showing follows record-breaking stops in Los Angeles and Paris. In Los Angeles the exhibition was among the most successful in the history of the California Science Centre, while in Paris it became France's most attended exhibition of all time with over 1.4 million visitors.

My parents visited the exhibition in London in the 1970s when it drew over a million visitors.

It was at The Saatchi Gallery in April 2016 when i was at the opening night party for THE ROLLING STONES

"Exhibitionism" exhibition , which was a mega event where all the band members turned up along

with many other celebrity guests.

www.saatchigallery.com

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.

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Your ticket is timed entry so that the queues are evened out.

The tickets are on the expensive side as it is £28 to visit during the week and a bit more at weekends.

TUTANKHAMUN is the biggest and most popular "must see" exhibition currently showing in London.

Like The Stones exhibition there is a lot to see in the dozen rooms over the two floors.

The stunning artefacts include many marked as " first time out of Egypt".

There are videos showing the original discovery.

Arguably one of the most famous – and spectacular – archaeological discoveries of all time, Howard Carter’s excavation at the Valley of the Kings in 1922 propelled a short-lived and perhaps rather politically unimportant pharaoh into the history books. Tutankhamun may have died while still in his teens but his tomb had been packed with beautiful objects befitting his royal status – and, unusually, had escaped detection by robbers. Howard Carter had discovered a treasure trove of ‘wonderful things’.

I was lucky to visit Egypt a decade ago and went to a few different areas which included where they

found Tutankhamun. On that day there was a random sighting as a convoy of half a dozen limos pulled up.

I looked over to see who it was and one of them was TONY BLAIR who was The Middle East Envoy.

Really great to see al these famous artefacts again.

At the end of the exhibition was the massive merch store where you can buy a mug for £12.

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then

6pm to 8pm

THE LANDMARK HOTEL - press showcase - 222 Marylebone Road, London NW1.

This five star luxury hotel is situated on The Marylebone Road which is one of Londons busiest and

most polluted three lanes each side road, but that is forgotten when you head inside this stunning hotel.

In the heart of London’s fashionable Marylebone, this deluxe hotel has a stunning glass-roofed 8-story atrium with towering palm trees, an award-winning restaurant & bar, luxurious bedrooms and an indoor pool and spa.

We are shown around the ground floor level and then head to one of their bars.

Five different complimentary cocktails and nibbles here with my fave cocktail being Marylebone Twist.

Cocktails normally are £15 each, so not for those on a budget.

Lots of great staff fussing over us.

www.landmarklondon.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info.

The opening picture on their website shows you their stunning atrium.











Tuesday 07 January 2020.

KOKO - CAMDEN

A famous north London music venue has been engulfed in a blaze.

Smoke and flames could be seen billowing from the scaffolding in the roof of Koko, in Camden, which is currently under refurbishment.

London Fire Brigade sent about 60 firefighters and eight fire engines to the venue on Camden High Street after they were called just before 21:00 GMT...(Monday evening)

The brigade said 30% of the roof was alight and it was "working hard" to save the rest of the building.

Oliver Cooper, a Conservative councillor who witnessed the fire, said the blaze was "under control and now being pushed back".

He added on Twitter: "Devastated by the potential loss of such a huge part of Camden's culture."

Koko was previously known as the Camden Palace and has been one of the most iconic of London's live music venues for decades.

It is currently closed , and was set to reopen in spring.

I have been there many times when it was called Koko, Camden Palace and The Music Machine.

Check on my venue search on www.raysgigs.com to see the list of the 23 shows i saw here 1977 to 1980

when it was called The Music Machine...includes Motörhead and The Clash...







Monday 06 January 2020.

A nice 27 mins DIY video tour of Shepherds Bush including the music & tv history of the area.

Type this into Google search for the YouTube video.

Shepherd's Bush History - home of UK Entertainment







Sunday 05 January 2020.

One of my fave tracks from The Clash (features Mick Jones on vocals).

Type the following in Google search to see the black & white video.

The Clash - Stay Free - 3/8/1980 - Capitol Theatre (Official)

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The BRIT Awards have been very good at spotting new talent over the past decade.

The BRITs have announced the shortlisted acts for their Rising Star 2020 award.

The prestigious accolade - which was formerly known as the BRITs Critics' Choice award - has nominated Beabadoobee, Celeste and Joy Crookes for the prize, which recognises fresh and promising talent for the forthcoming year.

I saw Joy Crookes perform a 30 mins set at the star-studded V & A Museum summer party in 2019.

The winner will perform at The BRIT Awards in Feb.

Previous winners...

2008 - Adele

2009 - Florence + The Machine

2010 - Ellie Goulding

2011 - Jessie J

2012 - Emeli Sandé

2013 - Tom Odell

2014 - Sam Smith

2015 - James Bay

2016 - Jack Garratt

2017 - Rag ’n’ Bone Man

2018 - Jorja Smith

2019 - Sam Fender









Saturday 04 January 2020.

Happy Birthday to ex REM singer MICHAEL STIPE who is 60 today.

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This video on YouTube is good...two songs with choir...

Type the following in Google search.

Lenny Kravitz Tribute to Prince - 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony







Friday 03 January 2020.

Happy Birthday to ex Led Zeppelin bass player John Paul Jones, who is 74 today

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The Official Top 40 biggest selling albums of 2019 in the UK.

1 DIVINELY UNINSPIRED TO A HELLISH EXTENT LEWIS CAPALDI

2 NO 6 COLLABORATIONS PROJECT ED SHEERAN

3 THE GREATEST SHOWMAN MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING

4 WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP WHERE DO WE GO BILLIE EILISH

5 STAYING AT TAMARA'S GEORGE EZRA

6 BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY - OST QUEEN

7 THANK U NEXT ARIANA GRANDE

8 WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE TOM WALKER

9 A STAR IS BORN MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING

10 YOU'RE IN MY HEART ROD STEWART

11 DIVIDE ED SHEERAN

12 THE CHRISTMAS PRESENT ROBBIE WILLIAMS

13 50 YEARS - DON'T STOP FLEETWOOD MAC

14 EVERYDAY LIFE COLDPLAY

15 DIAMONDS ELTON JOHN

16 ALWAYS IN BETWEEN JESS GLYNNE

17 THE PLATINUM COLLECTION QUEEN

18 DON'T SMILE AT ME BILLIE EILISH

19 DUA LIPA DUA LIPA

20 HOLLYWOOD'S BLEEDING POST MALONE







Thursday 02 January 2020.

Happy Birthday to legendary photographer DAVID BAILEY who is 82 today.

Along with Terence Donovan and Brian Duffy, Bailey captured and helped create the 'Swinging London' of the 1960s: a culture of fashion and celebrity chic. The three photographers socialised with actors, musicians and royalty, and found themselves elevated to celebrity status. Together, they were the first real celebrity photographers, named by Norman Parkinson "the Black Trinity".











Wednesday 01 January 2020.

A rewind to the 70s and 80s has continued a comeback, with sales of music cassettes hitting a 15-year high.

They may have been clunky, a pain to skip between songs, and often dodgy quality, but tapes are seemingly trendy again.

Music industry body the BPI said UK cassette sales reached 80,404 last year (2019), the highest annual figure since the just over 100,000 figure in 2004.

Experts put the revival down to a combination of people who bought them in their youth, and a novelty for younger music fans.









Tuesday 31 December 2019.

NYE Fireworks display party at Embankment area down by The London Eye.

Dance tunes will be playing before and after the 10/12 minutes of fireworks at midnight.

It is a £10 paid ticket for the best viewing positions, all 100,000 tickets have now been sold.

I went to it last year for the first time since it was a paid event and it was much more fun than expected.

Free travel on the tube and buses from 11.45pm on New Year's Eve, through till 4.30am on New Year's Day.

It will be shown live on BBC1 , ITV and SKY.

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We were up there from 10pm to 1am.

A bit colder than last year, but not too bad.

We are in the Red Zone which is to the left of the fireworks display area.

Half the crowd seem to be overseas tourists, with loads of Japanese here.

Although there is security body searches and bag searches here , you can actually

bring in your own cans of booze.

A nice friendly atmosphere and the fireworks at midnight were great.

After the fireworks it was nice to see the 100 or so Thames party boats of different sizes

depart back to their moorings as all the buildings along the Thames were lit up.









Monday 30 December 2019.

MY BEST GIGS OF 2019 LIST.

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 of 2019...

There are are various reasons why a show can be great , it's just my personal choice.

Gun Control - The Rocket Pub, Acton - Gun Control with me on drums played two great gigs in 2019.

People dancing and enjoying our original songs is always pretty special.

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Gold Medal...

Best live band of the year - KISS - Birmingham Arena 09 July and 02 Arena 11 July.

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Silver Medal runners-up were...

Stranglers + Rich Kids + Suzi Quatro + Barrie Masters + Glen Matlock --- Islington Academy, 27 March.

Sting with Shaggy --- Roundhouse, 19 May.

Lenny Kravitz --- Wembley Arena , 10 June.

Metallica + Ghost --- Twickenham Stadium , 20 June.

The Who + Eddie Vedder + Kaiser Chiefs --- Wembley Stadium, 06 July.

Alice Cooper + Stranglers --- 02 Arena , 10 October.

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Bronze Medal...

Tina Turner - The Musical --- Aldwych Theatre, 04 Feb.

Mott The Hoople --- Shepherds Bush Empire, 26/27 April.

Liam Gallagher --- Round Chapel, Hackney, 05 June.

Fleetwood Mac + Pretenders --- Wembley Stadium, 16 June.

Bon Jovi + Manic Street Preachers --- Wembley Stadium , 21 June.

Eagles + Sheryl Crow --- Wembley Stadium , 23 June.

Pink --- Wembley Stadium ,29/30 June. (Pink flying around Wembley Stadium on a zip-wire was the best visual of the year)

Nile Rodgers & Chic --- Royal Festival Hall, 04 August.

Prophets Of Rage --- Shepherds Bush Empire , 11 August.

Psychedelic Furs --- Roundhouse, 12 October.

The Damned --- Palladium , 28 October.

Suede + Pretenders --- Shepherds Bush Empire, 20 Nov.

Ronnie Wood Band --- Shepherds Bush Empire , 21 Nov.

Madness --- Roundhouse, 15 Dec/17 Dec.









Monday 30 December 2019.

Happy Birthday to JEFF LYNNE who is 72 today.

Happy Birthday to PATTI SMITH who is 73 today.







Sunday 29 December 2019.

For those of you that remember when Top Of The Pops had female dancers.

This is a good one...type in Google the following...

Sex Pistols - Silly Thing (Legs and Co dance, Top Of The Pops 1979)

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Happy Birthday to MARIANNE FAITHFUL who is 73 today.









Saturday 28 December 2019.

Rock legend LEMMY sadly passed away four years ago today.

On 28 December 2015, four days after his 70th birthday, Lemmy died at his apartment from prostate cancer, cardiac arrhythmia and congestive heart failure.

Lemmy continued to record and tour regularly with Motörhead until his death in December 2015 in Los Angeles, California, where he had lived since 1990. Aside from his musical activities, he was well known for his hard-living lifestyle, which included chain-smoking and regular consumption of alcohol and amphetamines. He died on 28 December 2015.

I saw Motörhead play live around 35 times since 1975.

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Friday 27 December 2019.

George Michael‘s sister, Melanie Panayiotou, was found dead on Christmas Day – on the exact third anniversary of the singer’s death.

Panayiotou, 55, was discovered at her home in Hampstead, London, on Wednesday night (December 25).

A Metropolitan Police statement said: “Police were called by London Ambulance Service at approximately 19:35hrs on Wednesday, 25 December to reports of the sudden death of a woman, aged in her 50s, at an address in Oak Hill Park, NW3.

The news comes exactly three years after George Michael was found dead at his home in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, on Christmas Day in 2016. He “passed away peacefully at home” at the age of 53 of natural causes.

Ms. Panayiotou, a hairdresser, was close with her brother, travelling with him around the world at the height of his fame with Wham! in the 1980s and 1990s, and was heavily involved in helping manage his estate.









Friday 27 December 2019.

40 years ago this week i attended all four of the Charity Concerts for Kampuchea at Hammersmith Odeon.

The Beat ,Windsor Castle Pub, London W9 21.12.1979

Police,Squeeze Lewisham Odeon, London 22.12.1979

Leo Sayer,Mainland Hammersmith Odeon, London 24.12.1979 last of 5 shows at ham odeon by Leo

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Queen , Hammersmith Odeon, London 26.12.1979 Charity Concert For Kampuchea

Ian Dury And The Blockheads,Clash,Mutumbi Hammersmith Odeon, London 27.12.1979 Charity Concert For Kampuchea

The Who,Specials,Pretenders Hammersmith Odeon, London 28.12.1979 Charity Concert For Kampuchea

Wings,Elvis Costello,Rockpile Hammersmith Odeon, London 29.12.1979 Charity Concert For Kampuchea

The newspapers were full of rumours that John Lennon and George Harrison would join Macca on stage

which resulted in over 200 outside looking for tickets and the touts were selling for big money....John and George did not show.

This would be the last ever Wings show.





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News and Reviews: 27th December 2019

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 undiagnosed congenital heart defect.









Saturday 21 December 2019.

BEN ELTON comedy night at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Comedy writer Ben Elton hosts and headlines an evening of laughs to raise money for disability charity Scope. Comedians Jo Coffey, Kae Kurd, Chris McCausland, Shazia Mirza and Tim Renkow are also on the programme.

Ben Elton (now aged 60) is a British comedian, author, playwright, actor and director. He was a part of London's alternative comedy movement of the 1980s and became a writer on series such as The Young Ones and Blackadder, as well as continuing as a stand-up comedian on stage and television. His style in the 1980s was left-wing political satire. Since then he has published 15 novels and written the musicals We Will Rock You (2002) and Love Never Dies (2010), the sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. His novels cover the dystopian, comedy, and crime genres.

His latest book is called "Identity Crisis".

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It is stalls seated tonight and Level 3 unsold so maybe 600 or 700 here.

The first set was the five support acts performing for 10/12 mins each.

Ben Elton introduced each act.

Shazia Mirza was the only name i know but they all did decent routines with funny bits.

Three of the four other acts have disabilities.

There are a couple of females all evening at the side of stage "signing" for any deaf people in the audience.

For the second set BEN ELTON arrived on stage at 9.15pm and performed for around 70 mins.

Ben has a raspy voice as he is at the end of a massive UK tour of 70 or 80 shows.

Ben has always been a life-long Labour supporter.

In the 1980s Ben was a Tory bashing comedian so there is no doubt the current political situation

has encouraged him to go on tour again as Boris Johnson gets a fair amount of stick tonight.

Ben is talking away very fast as usual on subjects close to his heart including...

His hatred of the internet & mobile phones

His relationships with his wife & children including musical tastes

Channel 4 in the 1980s and Channel 4 now

The BBC

Getting older

Loads of funny routines and a very enjoyable evening.

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MARTIN PETERS has died aged 76.

Sad news that one of my fave football players from the late 1960s has passed away.

Martin Peters scored in England's 1966 World Cup final victory over West Germany and also played for West Ham, Tottenham, Norwich and Sheffield United.

With his transfer from West Ham United to Tottenham Hotspur in 1970, he became Britain's first £200,000 footballer.









Friday 20 December 2019.

THE DARKNESS + REWS live at The Roundhouse, London.

I have seen The Darkness a few times since their million selling debut album came out in 2003.

During their heyday period over a decade ago , the band had five x Top 10 hit singles in the UK.

The Darkness are touring the UK to promote their recent album " Easter Is Cancelled ".

On drums will be Rufus Taylor (son of Queen drummer Roger Taylor).

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Tonight is the last night of The Darkness 18 date UK tour.

REWS arrive on stage at 7.45pm and play for 30 mins.

REWS is an alt-rock/pop band lead by N. Irish musician and songwriter, Shauna Tohill.

They played some decent tracks from their debut album.

THE DARKNESS were on stage for 1 hour 50 mins over two sets of 45 mins and 65 mins.

The first set was the new album and the second set was greatest hits.

The band were all dressed in white for the first set and wore rock n roll stage wear for the second set.

Justin is wearing a trademark catsuit with all his chest exposed.

They had a big screen showing pre-recorded images.

There was plenty of pyros and the ticker-tape cannons were used three times.

The Darkness have had their fair amount of stick from critics over the years but surely they have been one

of the most entertaining rock bands from the past 15 years.

Melodic songwriting, with hard riffing rock and Justin Hawkins falsetto vocals are a great combination.

Justin says "the bands new 10 track album is conceptual, and should be played in full".

The new album rocks along nicely, but Justin knows the fans are here for the big hits of yesterday.

Justin is very comfortable with talking to the fans and joking around with them.

At one point he gets fed up with 100 smartphones taking photos and asks for them to all put their

phones away for one song and he picks one designated photographer

who was on a friends shoulders to video it and put it up on his instagram account.

Their big hits are some of the best rock tunes to hit the charts in the past 15 years.

For their Christmas song encore the white (snow like) ticker-tape fell on the crowd.

A great show.

Full setlist played by The Darkness tonight...

FIRST SET - Easter Is Cancelled album played in full

Rock and Roll Deserves to Die (with extended Outro)

How Can I Lose Your Love

Live 'Til I Die

Heart Explodes

Deck Chair (Dan on bass, Frankie on acoustic, Rufus on keyboard)

Easter Is Cancelled

Heavy Metal Lover

In Another Life

Choke on It

We Are the Guitar Men (Justin solo acoustic)

SECOND SET - greatest hits

One Way Ticket

Barbarian

Growing on Me

Japanese Prisoner of Love

Love Is Only a Feeling

Solid Gold

Givin' Up

Street Spirit (Fade Out) (Radiohead cover) (With "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" snippet by ‪The Beatles‬)

Get Your Hands Off My Woman

I Believe in a Thing Called Love

Encore:

Christmas Time (Don't Let the Bells End)

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More news on Steve Jones heart attack....

His Doctor, who joined Jonesy on his show , goes onto say that Steve suffered from a very severe heart attack that easily could have killed him and he is lucky to be alive, however, Steve has suffered long term damage to his heart muscles. “In your case, they averted a larger heart attack by getting to your heart and opening you up”. “I think I had a heart attack a week beforehand and didn’t know it” Jonesy casually says. “I went walking once and my heart and chest started hurting.”









Thursday 19 December 2019.

RONNIE SPECTOR & THE RONETTES live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

The iconic singer and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Ronnie Spector, will return to the UK this Christmas with her band, The Ronettes, for the ultimate holiday extravaganza! Their acclaimed, multi-media show will deliver a raucous, rocking and intoxicating blend of Ronnie’s Christmas classics, as well as cult gems from her back catalogue.

Ronnie & The Ronettes had a few hit singles in the mid 1960s.

When The Ronettes first toured in England in 1964, The Rolling Stones were their support act.

The group broke up in early 1967, following a European concert tour.

They did not reunite until their 2007 induction (by Keith Richards) into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Ronnie Spector was famously married to the record producer Phil Spector, who was responsible for The Ronettes' greatest hits, including Be My Baby and Walking in the Rain. But after their wedding in 1968, Ronnie said Phil deprived her of the limelight and virtually imprisoned her in his Los Angeles mansion.

Ronnie Spector got divorced from legendary record producer Phil Spector in 1974.

Ronnie Spector is now aged 76.

I did not see her last show at The Roundhouse , but i did see her perform at The Barbican in 2015.

I also saw her at The Queen Elizabeth Hall in 2014.

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A mainly older crowd here so the stalls is all seated tonight.

A few of the women in the crowd are wearing Santa outfits.

RONNIE SPECTOR was on stage for 80 mins over two sets of 30 mins and 50 mins.

11 musicians on stage including a three man brass section and two younger Ronettes on backing vocals.

There is a big screen showing vintage Ronettes video clips from the 1960s.

Ronnie still has the big hair she had back in the 1960s.

Ronnie told a few stories from the 1960s between songs.

As expected there were lots of Christmas songs in the set.

The crowd all got up and rushed down the front at the end of the main set when she played "Be My Baby".

For the encore Ronnie came on stage wearing a Santa outfit.

Great to see this legend is still rockin'.

Full Ronnie Spector setlist played tonight...

FIRST SET

Tape Intro (Spanish Harle)

Frosty the Snow Man (Gene Autry cover)

Because (The Dave Clark Five cover)

Do I Love You (The Ronettes song)

It's Christmas Once Again (Frankie Lymon cover)

Baby, I Love You (The Ronettes song)

Under the Mistletoe

What'd I Say (Ray Charles cover)

SECOND SET

Sleigh Ride (Leroy Anderson cover)

I'm So Young (The Students cover)

Best Christmas Ever

Walking In the Rain (The Ronettes song)

(The Best Part of) Breakin' Up (The Ronettes song)

How Can You Mend a Broken Heart? (Bee Gees cover)

Happy Holidays

Back to Black (Amy Winehouse cover)

Be My Baby (Ellie Greenwich cover)

Encore:

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (Jimmy Boyd cover)

Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band cover)

I Can Hear Music (The Ronettes song)

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Shock news that the reason SEX PISTOLS guitar hero STEVE JONES suddenly stopped

presenting his radio show was that he has had a heart attack.

SEX PISTOLS guitarist Steve Jones has returned to radio , three months after undergoing a heart operation.

Jones broke the news of his ailment during his show, "Jonesy's Jukebox", on the 95.5 KLOS station in Los Angeles.

The Sex Pistols guitarist awoke in the middle of the night with a pain in his chest. He drove himself to a Los Angeles area hospital, where he underwent emergency heart surgery. “So, I had a heart attack,” Jones admitted, “and I kept hearing 90% blockage.”

Despite now being strong enough to return to his radio gig, Jones said his recovery has been “a bit of a nightmare. I'm on eight [or] nine medications,” he noted. “And I'm getting real weird reactions, dizzy and just out of my mind."

Wishing you a full recovery JONESY.







Wednesday 18 December 2019.

Happy Birthday to guitar legend KEITH RICHARDS who is 76 today.

Despite their rock n roll lifestyles back in the day ,it may look like Keith and Iggy Pop will outlive everyone.

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Sad news that entertainer Kenny Lynch has died aged 81.

He hit the Top 10 with 'Up on the Roof' and toured with The Beatles.

Lenny was a trailblazer for black entertainers.

The singer and actor passed away in the early hours of this morning, after making his mark in variety shows in the 60s.

Lenny was on the front cover of The Wings 1973 album cover for "Band on the Run".

The cover depicts McCartney, Linda and Laine plus six other well-known people dressed as convicts caught in the spotlight of a prison searchlight. They are Michael Parkinson, Kenny Lynch, James Coburn, Clement Freud, Christopher Lee and John Conteh.

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IGGY POP is doing another tv advert to keep the dollars coming in.

This time it is for popular holiday company www.onthebeach.co.uk

The pr agency says...

"One killer shot, with Iggy’s beautiful gravel voice over the top, will stand out a mile in the clutter of Christmas. This campaign is all about creating the space to tell some properly naughty stories. Sometimes, words just win. You can do in a spoken story what you could never do in picture.”







Tuesday 17 December 2019.

MADNESS + dj live at The Roundhouse, London.

I am back to see Madness again after their great show on Sunday.

The show was pretty much the same with the same setlist and the same stage banter.

One extra thing Suggs said when talking about going to The Roundhouse in the 1970s.

He mentioned a famous long haired skinny gig-goer called Jesus who i saw a lot back then as he would be

front side of stage with his tambourine or maracas.

Soooo many great hits played by Madness tonight and even their recent material sounds really good.

See my Sunday review for their full setlist played.

Another really great show.

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Around 15 years ago i won a competition on Virgin Radio.

It was a three course dinner with drinks in Soho for four people with Suggs.

We had a great evening as Suggs was good company and posed for photos etc.

I brought along an old Chelsea football programme for him as he supports them.









Tuesday 17 December 2019.

40 years ago today , original AC/DC singer BON SCOTT played his last ever London show.

It was Hammersmith Odeon on 17 Dec 1979 and i was there.

It was the 19th time...yes 19th time i had seen him with them since 1976.

Just a couple of months later he was found dead.

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A box at The Royal Albert Hall is for sale at the same price as a castle.

Harrods Estates seek £3 million ($4 million, €3.5 million) for Grand Tier Box 25 at the Royal Albert Hall.

Agents Urban Base seek the same sum for The Castle.

Alternatively and without spending a penny more or a penny less, a buyer could snag themselves the Grade II* listed ‘The Castle’ at Castle Eden, near Durham. The mansion, built circa 1700, stands in 14 acres and includes 11 bedrooms, an orangery and a cupola dome.









Monday 16 December 2019.

SINEAD O'CONNOR live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Following an intimate Irish tour and a few shows in mainland Europe, Sinead O’Connor returns to the UK stage for the first time in four years, for a very special one-off London show.

I have seen Sinead around a dozen times since 1987 when she supported INXS at Hammersmith Odeon.

This is her first London show since her recent conversion to Islam, AKA Shuhada Sadaqat.

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SINEAD O'CONNOR & her band arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played for around 85 mins.

Sinead O’Connor’s comeback gigs follows hot on the heels of an appearance on The Late Late Show in September this year, where the Irish icon propelled herself back into the limelight with a beautiful and memorable performance of Nothing Compares 2 U.

O’Connor walked onto the stage barefoot, all in black Muslim attire, a small figure supported by her band – an electric guitar and bass, acoustic guitar, drums, and keys. She began with three powerful songs, all marked by the humour and rage that characterise much of her output. Her voice is still pretty incredible, and you cannot take your eyes of Sinead.

"I sold your granny’s rosary for 50p" is a particularly memorable line in "Reason With Me".

Superb versions of "The Emperor's New Clothes" and "Nothing Compare 2 U".

For the encore , into the powerful "Three Babies", before she began her last, "Milestones’ (her newest, a teaser for her next album, No Mud No Lotus), without the microphone, then ended with just the keyboard for accompaniment. A haunting end to a brilliant show.

Guests in the crowd included live music venue owning legend Vince (Mean Fiddler) Power who

currently owns Nells in West Kensington and Subterania in Ladbroke Grove.

Also here was Jenny Drag from cool all-girl band The Priscilla's.

Full Sinead O'Connor setlist played tonight...

Queen of Denmark (John Grant cover)

Take Me to Church

4th and Vine

Reason with Me

The Wolf Is Getting Married

Jealous

I Am Stretched on Your Grave

In This Heart

Black Boys on Mopeds

’Til I Whisper U Something

Harbour

Thank You for Hearing Me

The Last Day of Our Acquaintance

The Emperor's New Clothes

Nothing Compares 2 U (Prince cover)

Hold Back the Night

Encore:

Three Babies

Milestones

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Happy Birthday to ZZ Tops Billy Gibbons who is 70 today.







Sunday 15 December 2019.

MADNESS + dj live at The Roundhouse, London.

Madness play the first of three Christmas party shows at The Roundhouse.

These are smaller venue shows for them as they usually play The 02 Arena every December.

These sold out shows are to celebrate their 40th anniversary.

I have seen Madness around 25 times since 1979 when the ska revival kicked off in the UK.

They have had a staggering 17 x Top 10 UK hit singles including a number one with "House of Fun".

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Quite a few fans are wearing Madness related clothing, fez, shades, two tone clothes etc.

There is a fully dressed up Pearly King & Queen collecting charity donations in the foyer.

The dj plays a nice warm-up set of classic ska, reggae, soul etc.

MADNESS play for around 1 hour 50 mins over two sets of 30 mins and 80 mins.

Madness are actually supporting themselves tonight.

For the first set they are at the front part of the stage as they recreate The Dublin Castle

in 1979 for their first ever gig and play a few songs that they played at that gig.

They even wore the same type of clothes they were wearing then.

For the second set , they were all in smart suits for the full production with big screen live footage/ images.

It is pretty compulsive to dance away to their bouncy songs and great lyrics.

Singer Suggs commands the ship as usual , with his wry humour.

So many of their superb hits played in a great show.

Full Madness setlist played tonight....

FIRST SET - Dublin Castle 1979 production

Nutty Theme

Stepping Into Line

Mistakes

Swan Lake (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky cover)

Land of Hope and Glory

The Young and the Old

Bed and Breakfast Man

The Prince

SECOND SET - full show production

One Step Beyond (Prince Buster cover)

Embarrassment

NW5

My Girl

Uncle Sam

Bullingdon Boys

Drip Fed Fred

Shut Up

Before We Was We

(Waiting For) The Ghost Train

Forever Young

Wings of a Dove

In My Street

House of Fun

Baggy Trousers

Our House

It Must Be Love (Labi Siffre cover)

Encore :

Madness (Prince Buster cover)

Night Boat to Cairo (a female fan was brought on stage for a dance)

Tape outro song - Always Look on the Bright Side of Life (Monty Python song)

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Happy Birthday to bass player for the Clash, Paul Simonon who is 64 today.









Saturday 14 December 2019.

FLYING COLORS + DILEMMA live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Flying Colors is an American supergroup composed of Mike Portnoy, Dave LaRue, Casey McPherson, Neal Morse and Steve Morse. The band's mission, chartered by executive producer Bill Evans, is to combine complex music with accessible songwriting.

They are playing a one-off sold out UK show on their four date European Tour.

They come to London in support of their third album, Third Degree.

Steve Morse is the current guitarist in Deep Purple.

Mike Portnoy is the incredible drummer who co- founded Dream Theater.

Support comes from Prog rock band Dilemma.

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It is stalls seats tonight so sold out at 1200 rather than the usual 2000 punters.

DILEMMA arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played for 45 mins.

They are a Dutch Prog band who played some decent songs with a vocalist with a high range.

They are given a small space at the front as Flying Colors drums and keyboards take up huge spaces.

They said "it has always been a dream of ours to play this famous venue".

Mike Portnoy's drums are uncovered a couple of minutes before he takes the stage.

A massive gleaming kit that has around a dozen cymbals.

FLYING COLORS arrived on stage and played for two hours.

They have a big screen showing pre-recorded images.

Thankfully not as proggy as expected , as they played nice melodic rock.

Steve Morse guitar playing was superb all night.

For some reason he plays guitar with a fingerless glove.

Mike Portnoy is one of those drummers that i love to watch.

All the band are top notch musicians and the band vocal harmonies were good.

A couple of songs were a bit Muse like.

For the first song of the encore the singer walked through the stalls seated area and for

the final two songs the crowd got up as the songs got very lively.

A very enjoyable show.

Full Flying Colors setlist played tonight...

Blue Ocean

A Place in Your World

The Loss Inside

More

Kayla

Geronimo

You Are Not Alone

Forever in a Daze

Love Letter

Peaceful Harbor

Crawl

Infinite Fire

Encore:

Cosmic Symphony

The Storm

Mask Machine

Note: Filmed and recorded for a forthcoming live release

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The Who's first album in 13 years is expected to go in the charts near the top this weekend.

Update - It went in at number three...Rod Stewart hits with orchestra album is number one.

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14 December 1973.

It was 46 years ago that i saw my first of over 2000 shows at Hammersmith Odeon (now The Apollo)

Mott The Hoople + Queen

I was 14 and seen Mott The Hoople on Top Of The Pops a few times.

It was the second of two shows they played on the same night...8.30pm start...tickets were £1.

I always wondered whatever happened to the support act!

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Released in the UK in 14 December 1979, London Calling album by The Clash is forty years old today.









Friday 13 December 2019.

THE WONDER STUFF + JIM BOB live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

They had 13 x Top 40 hits in the UK including 4 x Top 10s during their heyday period from1988 to 1994.

This year not only sees The Wonder Stuff release their ninth album, Better Being Lucky, but it also marks 30 years since the release of the band’s classic second album, HUP. To celebrate the new record and the landmark anniversary, The Wonder Stuff will be touring the UK playing HUP in its entirety and showcasing tracks from the upcoming album Better Being Lucky. That’s not it, though, as the band will also be throwing in a full performance of their seminal debut album, The Eight Legged Groove Machine!

Support comes from Jim Bob - ex Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine.

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Tonight is not sold out , but pretty full with all levels open.

JIM BOB arrived on stage at 7.30pm and performed a 45 mins acoustic set.

Jim Bob comes from the same era as The Wonder Stuff so the crowd know his songs.

Great to hear "The Only Living Boy in New Cross " and "Sheriff Fatman".

A good set.

Full Jim Bob setlist played tonight...

Is Wrestling Fixed? (Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine song)

Billy's Smart Circus (Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine song)

Mrs Fucking MacMurphy

Anytime Anyplace Anywhere (Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine song)

A Perfect Day to Drop the Bomb (Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine song) (Vocal only)

Midnight on the Murder Mile (Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine song)

Victim

Shoppers' Paradise (Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine song)

The Only Living Boy in New Cross (Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine song)

Lean on Me I Won't Fall Over (Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine song)

Sheriff Fatman (Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine song)

THE WONDER STUFF were on stage for 1 hour 55 mins over two sets of 25 mins and 90 mins.

The short set at the start was five songs from their most recent album.

The second set was much more livelier with older material that the crowd knew.

They had a female violinist / backing vocals who was really good.

The crowd are jumping around down the front to their many uptempo tracks.

A very enjoyable show.

Full setlist played tonight by The Wonder Stuff...

FIRST SET

BETTER BEING LUCKY album tracks.

Feet to the Flames

Lay Down Your Cards

No Thieves Among Us

Don't Anyone Dare Give a Damn

When All of This Is Over

(followed by 15 min break)

SECOND SET

HUP album

30 Years in the Bathroom

Radio Ass Kiss

Them, Big Oak Trees

Golden Green

Cartoon Boyfriend

Unfaithful

Piece of Sky

Let's Be Other People

Don't Let Me Down, Gently

Can't Shape Up

Room 410

THE EIGHT LEGGED GROOVE MACHINE album

Red Berry Joy Town

No, for the 13th Time

It's Yer Money I'm After, Baby

Rue the Day

Give, Give, Give Me More, More, More

Like a Merry Go Round

The Animals and Me

A Wish Away

Grin

Mother and I

Some Sad Someone

Ruby Horse

Unbearable

Poison

Encore:

Good Night Though

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The summer of 2020 is looking even better for rock legends playing UK shows.

GUNS N ROSES play their only English show on their European Tour.

Friday, 29th May, 2020 London, UK Tottenham Hotspur Stadium









Thursday 12 December 2019.

DEVIN TOWNSEND + HAKEN live at The Roundhouse, London.

Check out his epic track on YouTube - DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT - Kingdom (OFFICIAL LIVE VIDEO)

This video was recorded at a Royal Albert Hall show of his i attended a few years ago.

Devin & band are on a full UK & Euro Tour in Nov/Dec to promote his album " Empath".

METAL HAMMER made "Empath" their 4th Best Album of 2019, describing it as "brutal, beautiful and bonkers".

Support comes from English Prog metal band Haken who have released five studio albums.

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HAKEN arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played for 45 mins.

A good set featuring tracks from their five albums that went down well with the crowd.

I preferred their Metal sounds compared to their Prog sounds.

DEVIN TOWNSEND & band arrived on stage at 9pm and played for two hours.

There is a big screen showing pre-recorded images.

Devin & the band & female backing singers arrive on stage in colourful Hawaii shirts beach wear and tell us

"we are going to take you on two hour vacation away from all the political bullshit that's going on right now".

Devin is great frontman who is full of great stage banter & charisma.

His vocal range – from lung-ripping aggression through demure melody to enormous operatic outstretches – is astounding.

Some elements were a bit too Prog metal for me but tracks like "Deadhead" were great.

The encore was superb as we had a version of the disco classic "Disco Inferno" and then he saves the

best to last as he plays his mega track "Kingdom" which was metal of the highest quality.

A really good show.

Full Devin Townsend setlist played tonight...

Borderlands

Evermore

War

Sprite

Coast

Gato

Heaven Send

Ain't Never Gonna Win

Deadhead

Why?

Lucky Animals

Genesis

Spirits Will Collide (Acoustic)

Encore:

Disco Inferno (The Trammps cover)

Kingdom

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Note: Filmed for a live DVD with several cameras around the venue











Wednesday 11 December 2019.

DAN REED NETWORK + FM + GUN live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

A nice three band rock package plays London as part of their ten date UK tour.

Three bands, three albums and 30 years of music, this is the ultimate night for rock fans ready to revisit a golden era of music. Dan Reed Network, GUN and FM come together for an incredible tour, which will see them perform their seminal albums, Taking On The World, Tough It Out and Slam in their entirety.

I saw all three bands during their late 1980s/ early1990s heyday...

Dan Reed Network supported Bon Jovi at Wembley Arena in 1990.

Gun supported Def Leppard at Earls Court Arena in 1992.

I saw FM support Reo Speedwagon, Gary Moore and Bon Jovi at Hammersmith Odeon.

I also saw them headline Hammersmith Odeon in 1989.

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A bit odd that Levels 2 and 3 are unsold so maybe 1000 here out of the 2000 capacity.

It is a full three band co-headline show as all three bands play 65 mins each and i was

told they are rotating who comes on last each night.

Each band play their featured album along with their best known tracks.

GUN arrived on stage at 7pm.

They played a good set that included a couple of nice cover versions.

Full Gun setlist played tonight...

Better Days

The Feeling Within

Something to Believe In

Can't Get Any Lower

Girls in Love

Word Up! (Cameo cover) (number 8 UK hit in 1994 for Gun)

Taking on the World

I Will Be Waiting

Money (Everybody Loves Her)

Inside Out

Steal Your Fire

Shame on You

(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!) (Beastie Boys cover)

Note: Set comprised all tracks from "Taking On The World", plus extra songs 6, 11 & 13

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FM arrived on stage at 8.25pm.

FM have lots of good radio friendly rock songs but oddly despite a lot of touring back in the day they never

had a Top 40 UK hit single.

A good set.

Full FM setlist played tonight...

Tough It Out

Don't Stop

Bad Luck

Someday (You'll Come Running)

Everytime I Think of You (Eric Martin cover)

Burning My Heart Down

The Dream That Died

Obsession

Can You Hear Me Calling?

Does It Feel Like Love

Feels So Good

I Belong to the Night

Killed by Love

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DAN REED NETWORK arrived on stage at 9.50pm

They played a good set of their funky rock.

A great version of their only UK Top 40 hit " Rainbow Child".

Full DRN setlist played tonight...

All My Lovin' (A cappella version of the penultimate track on the 'Slam' album)

Make it Easy

Slam

Tiger in a Dress

Rainbow Child

Doin' the Love Thing

Stronger Than Steel

Cruise Together

Under My Skin

Lover

I'm Lonely, Please Stay

Come Back Baby

Seven Sisters Road

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Five minutes after the show Dan Reed was in the foyer signing stuff at the merch stand.









Tuesday 10 December 2019.

SKILLET + DEVOUR THE DAY live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

A one off sold out UK show by Skillet on their Nov/Dec European Tour.

Skillet is an American Christian rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1996. The band currently consists of husband John (lead vocals, bass) and wife Korey Cooper (rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals) along with Jen Ledger (drums, vocals) and Seth Morrison (lead guitar).

They are on tour to promote their 10th studio album "Victorious".

This track of theirs has had over 280 million views on YouTube - Monster.

A few of their tracks have had over 100 million streams on Spotify.

In 1987 i saw Christian rock band Stryper play Hammersmith Odeon.

I still have a couple of their black & yellow striped bibles that they threw out to the crowd.

Support act Devour The Day are also from Tennessee.

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The merch stands are doing a roaring trade all night.

Both the bands are much heavier than expected , as they both rocked out.

DEVOUR THE DAY arrived on stage at 7.50pm and played for around 40 mins.

A rock trio who played a good bunch of rockin' tunes from their three albums including a

great cover of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit".

SKILLET arrived on stage at 9pm and played for around 95 mins.

The band are full of energy from the start and the crowd are singly loudly along to every song.

Their crunching rock sound has elements of American rock bands like

Linkin Park, Shinedown , Nickelback and Evanescence.

They also dedicated a song to Linkin Parks singer Chester Bennington...R.I.P.

Not much preaching between songs and definitely no on stage swearing.

Their chatty singer John Cooper shared tonight that one of their biggest hits " Hero" was written as a tribute to the person who has given him the greatest hope throughout his life, Jesus Christ.

Smoke flumes were used a lot including one song where they were attached to his arms for good effect.

A really good show.

Full Skillet setlist played tonight...

Feel Invincible

Not Gonna Die

You Ain't Ready

Whispers in the Dark

Legendary

Lions

Awake and Alive

Back From the Dead

Save Me (Preceded by Jen Ledger's drum solo)

Hero

Anchor

Undefeated

Victorious

Stars

Comatose

Monster

Rebirthing

Encore:

The Resistance









Monday 09 December 2019.

December is a great month for quality gigs every night until just before Christmas.

I will be going to several between now and 21 December.

Make the most of the choice , as gigs will go very quiet for the first three weeks of January.

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Sad news of a musicians death...

Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson has died aged 61, her manager has confirmed.

The Swedish star achieved global success in the 1990s with hits including The Look, Joyride and It Must Have Been Love.

A statement said the singer had died "following a 17-year long battle with cancer".









Sunday 08 December 2019.

TEMPLES live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Psychedelic rockers Temples are a youngish band from Northamptonshire.

This show is the last night of their European Tour.

They are touring their third studio album, which has not equalled the success of their debut album.

Sun Structures (5 February 2014) reached UK No. 7

Volcano (3 March 2017) reached UK No. 23

Hot Motion (27 September 2019) reached UK No. 51

Temples - Shelter Song official video has had over 4 million views on YouTube.

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Levels 2 and 3 are closed tonight, so maybe 1000 tickets sold out of the 2000 capacity.

UNEXPECTED GAINS arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played for 30 mins.

A loud rock trio who played a really good set of songs that included politically charged lyrics.

ANNI B SWEET & her band arrived on stage at 8.30pm for their 30 mins set.

Anni is from Spain and she played a good set with her band.

TEMPLES arrived on stage at 9.30pm and played for 90 mins.

The band all look super cool as they all have hair and clothes that could have been around

50 years ago at the height of psychedelic rock....a few in the crowd are wearing the vintage clothes too.

The main set ticked along nicely but the last two songs of the night were the highlights as the crowd

got livelier and the encore was great as the band got stuck into psychedelic noise overdrive.

A good show.

Full setlist played by Temples tonight...

The Howl

Certainty

A Question Isn't Answered

You're Either on Something

Colours to Life

Holy Horses

The Golden Throne

Oh the Saviour

Hot Motion

The Beam

Context

Keep in the Dark

Atomise

Shelter Song

Encore:

Mesmerise (extended version with both support bands on stage dancing)









Saturday 07 December 2019.

NEW POWER GENERATION (NPG) - A Celebration of Prince live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

The reunion of former members of the New Power Generation (NPG) - including a number of those in the original configuration from 1990 - was born out of the official Prince Tribute concert in October, 2016.

I was lucky enough to have seen the real Prince perform around 25 times since 1986.

He was one of the greatest live concert performers for sure that i have seen.

On his last UK visit in 2014 i saw him play Shepherds Bush Empire and The Roundhouse.

The Roundhouse was amazing as he played two shows on the same night...I was at both.

Prince was a total genius who is very sadly missed.

Will be great to hear Prince classics like "Purple Rain" , "1999 " , "Cream" , "Let's Go Crazy" etc.

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6pm to 7pm was the soundcheck and meet & greet with the band.

Around 30 people are here in the front stalls for this.

The band play a funky instrumental jam then play two great versions of "Nothing Compares 2 U"

and one of my fave Prince tracks " Gold"...neither were played in the main set later.

The band then came into the stalls for the meet & greet and chatted and did photos and autographs.

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Level 3 is closed as unsold but must be 1500 out of 2000 tickets sold.

The dj support played some nice funky tunes.

NEW POWER GENERATION arrived on stage at 8.40pm and played for 2 hours 5 mins.

The band have two vocalists sharing the singing duties. One is a Prince/Lenny Kravitz lookalike

and the other is Martin Kember who had a stint in 1990s RnB act Color Me Badd.

The setlist was a nice mix of lesser known tracks and Prince classics.

Most of the big tunes were played in the second half of the show.

Prince has so many great tracks so a few gems were not played including "Little Red Corvette",

"Raspberry Berry", "Take Me With U" "I Would Die 4 U" and "Kiss".

I would have preferred to hear a more greatest hits set but it was very enjoyable overall.

Full NPG setlist played tonight...

Live 4 Love (Prince cover)

17 Days (Prince cover)

Girls & Boys (Prince cover)

Pop Life (Prince cover)

Deuce & a Quarter

Call the Law

7 (Prince cover)

Call My Name (Prince cover)

Sexy M.F. (Prince cover)

Lady Cab Driver (Prince cover)

Black Sweat (Prince cover)

U Got The Look (Prince cover)

Cream (Prince cover)

When Doves Cry (Prince cover)

Days of Wild (Prince cover)

The Beautiful Ones (Prince cover)

I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man (Prince cover)

Alphabet St. (Prince cover)

Gett Off (Prince cover)

1999 (Prince cover)

Let's Go Crazy (Prince cover)

Encore:

D.M.S.R. (Prince cover) (with a dozen female fans on stage for a dance)

Controversy (Prince cover)

Purple Rain (Prince cover)







Friday 06 December 2019.

EMMA BUNTON'S CHRISTMAS PARTY live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Emma Bunton performs festive favourites, solo songs and some Spice Girls classics in this one-off show.

Guests joining her will include Will Young , Matt Goss and her real life partner Jade Jones.

I attended two of the three Spice Girls shows at Wembley Stadium this summer in July 2019.

Just under 700,000 tickets were sold to see their thirteen UK stadium shows in the summer.

Emma had 7 x Top 10 hit singles in the UK including a number 1 in 2001 with "What Took You So Long".

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A pretty full house tonight, although circle blocks in the corners are unsold.

Like The Spice Girls shows, there were loads of gay men here.

Emma said there were lots of friends & family & celebrity friends here.

I spotted Spice Girl Geri waving to the crowd below from her box set.

Also seen here were Myleene Klass, Vanessa Feltz, Tallia Storm , Christine Lampard,

Kelly Brook, Tasmin Outhwaite, and Holly Willoughby.

The show was on for 1 hour 50 mins over two sets of 45 mins and 65 mins.

Emma has eight male dancers with her and three female backing vocalists.

Emma wore a sparkling outfit for each set.

There were a couple of large Christmas trees with lights dotted around at the back but i think

they are being used for all the shows at this venue in December.

The first part of the show was full of Christmas classics and solo material and in the second half

Emma played a few Spice Girls gems, which of course went down a treat with the crowd.

Emma is now aged 43 but quite happy to keep the girlie Baby Spice image.

Emma is not the greatest singer but she has a nice friendly persona on stage.

A very enjoyable show.

Full Emma Bunton setlist played tonight...

FIRST SET

Maybe

Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree (Brenda Lee cover)

Jingle Bell Rock (Bobby Helms cover)

Baby, It's Cold Outside (Frank Loesser cover) (with Jade Jones)

Here Comes the Sun (The Beatles cover)

I Only Want to Be With You (Dusty Springfield cover) (with Will Young)

Winter Wonderland (Richard Himber & His Orchestra cover)

Santa Baby (Eartha Kitt cover)

Take My Breath Away

Free Me

Don't Call Me Baby (Madison Avenue cover)

SECOND SET

Baby Please Don't Stop

Too Many Teardrops

You're All I Need to Get By (Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell cover) (with Jade Jones)

Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town (Carpenters cover)

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (Vaughn Monroe cover)

Spice Up Your Life (Spice Girls song) (Snippet) (with four Spice Girls mini-me's)

Say You'll Be There (Spice Girls song) (Cabaret Version)

Viva Forever (Spice Girls song)

Mama (Spice Girls song) (with Chicken Shed)

2 Become 1 (Spice Girls song)

What Took You So Long? (Cabaret Version)

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Judy Garland cover)

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (Andy Williams cover) (with Matt Goss)

Coming Home For Christmas ( Emma's Christmas Single)

Rockin' Robin (The Jackson 5 cover)

I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday (Roy Wood & Wizzard cover)

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One year ago today we heard the shock news that punk rock legend Pete Shelley had passed away.









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 star hotel.

From 1.15pm to 2.15pm we are seated for the award in the adjacent room.

There were 151 entries and the 6 shortlisted authors are interviewed on stage by Mark Lawson.

Tom Watt is here , who played Lofty in Eastenders in the 1980s...he is a co-author for a book here.

1.The Rise of the Ultra Runners - (Adharanand Finn) - running in the desert of Oman

2. The Great Romantic : Cricket and the Golden Age of Neville Cardus (Duncan Hamilton) - cricket

3. How Boxing Brought Hope in the Troubles (Donald McRae) - boxing in Northern Ireland

4. Riding the World's Wildest Horse Race ( Lara Prior - Palmer) - Mongol Derby 1000km race on wild horses

5. Commander in Cheat : How Golf Explains Trump (Rick Kelly ) - Donald Trump golfing deceptions

6. Position of Trust : A Football Dream Portrayed (Andy Woodward with Tom Watt) - child sex abuse in football

THE WINNER - Duncan Hamilton’s The Great Romantic: Cricket and the Golden Age of Neville Cardus

“The judges were bowled over by the quality of the writing and the way in which Hamilton brings to life the characters that defined cricket between the two world wars. The author explains that Neville Cardus was unknowable but this book does a very fine job indeed of guiding us through his career and motivations.”

Complimentary Moët champers, wines, beers, hot & cold canapés and macaroons for all guests.

then

4.30pm to 5.30pm

THE CLASH : London Calling at The Museum of London,150 London Wall, Barbican, London EC2.

40th anniversary exhibition of the bands classic third album that was released in 1979.

I finally get along to see this exhibition.

A few friends had told me it was smaller than expected.

That would explain why it is free entry rather than a paid ticket.

The display features the London Calling album and their two American tours in 1979.

I saw The Clash live in Sept 1979 in Boston, USA on their "Take the 5th " tour.

I saw The Clash live 20 times from 1976 to 1984 - they were a superb live band.

Tour diaries, stage clothes, guitars including Paul's broken Fender bass from their 1979 New York show.

Lots of hand written notes and other bits n pieces.

The Clash songs are playing in the background.

I did notice an error though.

They said The Clash gig for Kampuchea in Dec 1979 was at Hammersmith Palais, it was Hammersmith Odeon.

The exhibition is well worth a visit.

15 November 2019 – 19 April 2020 - FREE ENTRY

www.museumoflondon.org.uk

Visit their website here for more info.

then

SNOW PATROL live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Snow Patrol play the second of two sold out shows at The Royal Albert Hall.

I have seen them play live a few times before.

Their major-label debut album, "Final Straw", eventually sold over 3 million copies worldwide. Their next studio album," Eyes Open " (2006), and its hit single, "Chasing Cars" – the most widely played song of the 21st century on UK radio – propelled the band to greater international fame. The album topped the UK Albums Chart and was the best-selling British album of the year, selling over 6 million copies worldwide. The band's third compilation album, "Reworked," was released in November 2019 and features reworked versions of old songs and three new tracks.

"Chasing Cars" by Snow Patrol has been named the most-played song on British radio this century.

The epic ballad was released in 2006 and only reached a high of No 6 in the UK charts, but went on to spend a total of 166 weeks in the Top 100.

Music licensing body PPL calculated that it received the most plays, ahead of I Gotta Feeling by the Black Eyed Peas, and Happy by Pharrell.

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The venue is totally rammed sold out.

The band are on stage for two hours over two sets of 45 mins and 75 mins.

Around a dozen musicians on stage including strings, brass and percussion.

Some stripped lighting.

The first set was mainly down tempo and the second set was much more livelier.

They played all of their hits but I think I preferred the original versions to the reworked versions.

Great crowd singalong for big tracks like "Run" and "Chasing Cars".

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News and Reviews: 6th December 2019

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 star hotel.

From 1.15pm to 2.15pm we are seated for the award in the adjacent room.

There were 151 entries and the 6 shortlisted authors are interviewed on stage by Mark Lawson.

Tom Watt is here , who played Lofty in Eastenders in the 1980s...he is a co-author for a book here.

1.The Rise of the Ultra Runners - (Adharanand Finn) - running in the desert of Oman

2. The Great Romantic : Cricket and the Golden Age of Neville Cardus (Duncan Hamilton) - cricket

3. How Boxing Brought Hope in the Troubles (Donald McRae) - boxing in Northern Ireland

4. Riding the World's Wildest Horse Race ( Lara Prior - Palmer) - Mongol Derby 1000km race on wild horses

5. Commander in Cheat : How Golf Explains Trump (Rick Kelly ) - Donald Trump golfing deceptions

6. Position of Trust : A Football Dream Portrayed (Andy Woodward with Tom Watt) - child sex abuse in football

THE WINNER - Duncan Hamilton’s The Great Romantic: Cricket and the Golden Age of Neville Cardus

“The judges were bowled over by the quality of the writing and the way in which Hamilton brings to life the characters that defined cricket between the two world wars. The author explains that Neville Cardus was unknowable but this book does a very fine job indeed of guiding us through his career and motivations.”

Complimentary Moët champers, wines, beers, hot & cold canapés and macaroons for all guests.

then

4.30pm to 5.30pm

THE CLASH : London Calling at The Museum of London,150 London Wall, Barbican, London EC2.

40th anniversary exhibition of the bands classic third album that was released in 1979.

I finally get along to see this exhibition.

A few friends had told me it was smaller than expected.

That would explain why it is free entry rather than a paid ticket.

The display features the London Calling album and their two American tours in 1979.

I saw The Clash live in Sept 1979 in Boston, USA on their "Take the 5th " tour.

I saw The Clash live 20 times from 1976 to 1984 - they were a superb live band.

Tour diaries, stage clothes, guitars including Paul's broken Fender bass from their 1979 New York show.

Lots of hand written notes and other bits n pieces.

The Clash songs are playing in the background.

I did notice an error though.

They said The Clash gig for Kampuchea in Dec 1979 was at Hammersmith Palais, it was Hammersmith Odeon.

The exhibition is well worth a visit.

15 November 2019 – 19 April 2020 - FREE ENTRY

www.museumoflondon.org.uk

Visit their website here for more info.

then

SNOW PATROL live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Snow Patrol play the second of two sold out shows at The Royal Albert Hall.

I have seen them play live a few times before.

Their major-label debut album, "Final Straw", eventually sold over 3 million copies worldwide. Their next studio album," Eyes Open " (2006), and its hit single, "Chasing Cars" – the most widely played song of the 21st century on UK radio – propelled the band to greater international fame. The album topped the UK Albums Chart and was the best-selling British album of the year, selling over 6 million copies worldwide. The band's third compilation album, "Reworked," was released in November 2019 and features reworked versions of old songs and three new tracks.

"Chasing Cars" by Snow Patrol has been named the most-played song on British radio this century.

The epic ballad was released in 2006 and only reached a high of No 6 in the UK charts, but went on to spend a total of 166 weeks in the Top 100.

Music licensing body PPL calculated that it received the most plays, ahead of I Gotta Feeling by the Black Eyed Peas, and Happy by Pharrell.

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The venue is totally rammed sold out.

The band are on stage for two hours over two sets of 45 mins and 75 mins.

Around a dozen musicians on stage including strings, brass and percussion.

Some stripped lighting.

The first set was mainly down tempo and the second set was much more livelier.

They played all of their hits but I think I preferred the original versions to the reworked versions.

Great crowd singalong for big tracks like "Run" and "Chasing Cars".

Plenty of fun stage banter by singer Gary Lightbody.

Gary said tonight was the 5th time they had played this venue in their 25 year career.

Actress Minnie Driver joined them for one song.

A very enjoyable show.

Full Snow Patrol setlist played tonight...

FIRST SET

You're All I Have

New York

Warmer Climate

I Think of Home

Crack the Shutters

Lifening

Made of Something Different Now (First time played live)

Take Back the City

SECOND SET

Spitting Games

Chocolate

A Dark Switch

Run

Heal Me

Set the Fire to the Third Bar (with Minnie Driver)

Empress

Called Out in the Dark

Shut Your Eyes

Chasing Cars

Open Your Eyes

Encore:

What If This Is All the Love You Ever Get?

Just Say Yes









Wednesday 04 December 2019...8pm to 11.30pm...

Christmas Reunion Drinks in Wimbledon.

Meeting up with the folks i worked with throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

Around 15 of us are here.

A couple of them i see at gigs , but most i only see at this annual meet up.

Great to catch up with everyone.

We are all now aged 55 to 70, so more of us are up the doctors and hospitals more often.

Some nostalgic chat about the good old days.

Always a very nice evening.









Tuesday 03 December 2019.

MUNA live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Female trio from America who supported Harry Styles on tour last year.

All three members identify as queer.Initially wary of being pigeonholed as a "queer girl band", they later came to embrace the opportunity to use their musical notoriety to help inspire younger people to be comfortable with their identities.

They will be promoting their second album "Saves The Day" which is out on on RCA.

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Around 1200 are here out of the 2000 capacity.

FAKE LAUGH arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played for 30 mins.

They played some decent indie-pop tunes.

L DEVINE arrived on stage at 8.15pm and played for 30 mins.

L Devine songs are full of Charli XCX’s exuberance as she bounces around the stage.

MUNA arrived on stage at 9.20pm and played for 85 mins.

The three girls are joined by a male drummer & male bass player.

Early on, one of the girls says " I honestly believe we are the greatest fucking band in the world".

Their indie-pop tunes all had nice melodies and ticked along nicely.

A couple of songs had " rockin' out " moments in them.

The euphoria of fan favourite I Know a Place, the penultimate song, seems gargantuan and unstoppable as it swells around a crowd that is packed with women and LGBTQ people, sharing in a space that’s been carved out for them.

A good show and you can see them playing bigger venues this time next year.

Full Muna setlist played tonight....

Number One Fan

Stayaway

Crying On The Bathroom Floor

Around U

Never

Navy Blue

Everything

Winterbreak

Pink Light

Who

Hands Off

Good News (Ya-Ya Song)

Loudspeaker

I Know A Place

It's Gonna Be Okay, Baby

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Happy Birthday to rock legend OZZY OSBOURNE who is 71 today.







Monday 02 December 2019...I went to FOUR events tonight...

6.30pm to 7.30pm

ST GERMAIN WINTER BLOOM - launch party - Heddon Street Kitchen, Heddon Street, London W1.

As the festive season starts, French elderflower liqueur company St Germain will bring back its spectacular Winter Bloom Experience. The venue at Heddon Street Kitchen will be transformed into a floral winter wonderland.

The experience will finish on the 31st January 2020.

The venue is just off Regent Street so handy to pop in when shopping or visiting the Christmas lights.

In March 2012 a plaque was unveiled at 23 Heddon Street in London on the site where David Bowie was photographed for his 1972 Ziggy Stardust album cover.

There are four different St German based cocktails for guests...My fave was the Cidre Chaud.

Delicious canapés including fried calamari as it is a Gordon Ramsay restaurant.

www.gordonramsayrestaurants.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then

7.45pm to 8.45pm

CHRISTIES - London Art Week Party - King Street, St James's, London SW1.

A big crowd as around 500 guests are at this well known gallery that was founded back in 1766.

Lots of nice paintings on display and for sale.

Complimentary Taittinger champers , wines and canapés for all guests.

www.christies.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then

8.50pm to 9.50pm

BAD SEX IN FICTION AWARD - 4 St James's Square, St James's, London W1.

The In & Out, Naval and Military Club, is a private members club in an historic, elegant building in St James's Square.

Two writers have won the 2019 Literary Review Bad Sex In Fiction Award, after the judges struggled to pick just one winner from the less than sizzling passages. French author Didier Decoin and John Harvey, a life fellow at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, were announced as winners of the tongue-in-cheek prize.

Around 200 guests here including style guru Peter York.

Complimentary champers, Gin & Tonics, wines, beers and Indian food for all guests.

All guests got a goodie on departure with a few items inside.

then

10pm to 11.30pm

COLNAGHI GALLERY - London Art Week Party - 26 Bury Street, St James's, London SW1.

Another historic gallery that was founded back in 1760.

Around 150 guests here and it is nice and buzzy.

Lots of nice paintings here on display that are also for sale.

Complimentary Prosecco, Gin & Tonics, wines, beers and cheeses.

www.colnaghi.com

Visit their website here for more info.











Sunday 01 December 2019.

ELVIS PRESLEY In Concert - Live on Screen at The 02 Arena, London.

With the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and the Legendary TCB Band plus Priscilla Presley & Jerry Schilling - The Greatest Hits Tour.

One of the most unique concert experiences of recent years is set to return for 2019 having won the hearts of critics and fans a-like, as Elvis is set once again to be back!

The show will see the King once again up close on screen alongside the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra live on stage, with this year being extra special as they will also be joined by The TCB Band – Elvis’ original and long time backing band. This is the only chance to experience the man who changed the course of popular music, selling an unparalleled 1 billion records worldwide.

Marking 50 years since Elvis’ triumphant return to live performing - as he took up his infamous Las Vegas residency in 1969 - the 2019 tour will feature very special personal appearances from Priscilla Presley and long term Elvis associate Jerry Schilling, who will be sharing intimate stories, personal photos plus rare home movies.

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We have a perfect view in the guest list block 112 right of stage.

BRIAN MAY from Queen is sitting within the mixing desk area.

I spotted a few Elvis lookalikes and many are dressed in rock n roll clothing.

Half of Level 4 has black curtains up as unsold but still an impressive 10,000 folks are here.

Pretty amazing when you think that Elvis Presley died 42 years ago in 1977.

The show started at 7.40pm and was on for 2 hours 10 mins over two sets of 65 mins.

Priscilla Presley introduced the the evening with a few words about Elvis and told us that

Elvis always wanted to play with an orchestra in London...but famously never came to the UK to perform.

She may have had plastic surgery but hard to believe that Priscilla Presley is aged 74 as she looks stunning.

She was married to Elvis Presley from 1967 to 1973, and is chairwoman of Elvis Presley Enterprises (EPE), the company that turned Graceland, Elvis' mansion, into one of the top tourist attractions in the United States.

There are around 30 musicians on stage including band, orchestra and three backing vocalists.

For half of each set they were joined by three members of the TCB band (Glen Hardin on piano, James Burton on lead guitar, and Ron Tutt on drums) although Ron Tutt just did basic drumming as the other drummer did the proper stuff.

All three were interviewed on stage by Priscilla Presley and Jerry Schilling.

Two side screens showed what was going on live on stage and the big middle screen featured Elvis.

The songs on the big screen featured Elvis from his 1969 shows in Las Vegas.

The second set included stunning versions of "Suspicious Minds" and "The Wonder of You".

The sound quality was excellent.

The second set included home videos on the big screen that included Elvis, Priscilla and Jerry Schilling.

Many of the crowd were up and dancing for the last 30 mins.

A very enjoyable evening.









Saturday 30 November 2019.

GUN CONTROL with me on drums return to The Rocket Pub, Churchfield Road, Acton, London W3.

60th birthday party gig for both our guitarists (Bill and Mario) who reached the big 60 in November.

We will be on at 9pm to 10pm and there will be dj tunes before and after...free entry to all.

Remember the more you spend at the bar, the more we get paid...LOL!

The pub is 200 yards from Acton Central on the North London Overground Line and around

15 mins from Acton Town on The Piccadilly Line.

This will be our third gig since reforming this time last year.

Gig date---Sun 09 June 2019---My band GUN CONTROL with me on drums played our most recent gig.

A video from our gig in Acton is now up on YouTube.com ---"Do I Need You?"

Search - Gun Control The Rocket Acton reunion 9/6/2019 Do I Need You.

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The pub is full with maybe 70 or 80 folks here.

GUN CONTROL arrived on stage at 9.20pm and we played for around 55 mins.

We had a great DIY banner made for us last time and now we have another more official one.

6 ft 6 inches square hanging behind me with our band logo that matches my bass drum band logo

and the 200 band logo badges we have had done.

We have all our own equipment including pa, mixing desk, instruments, microphones etc.

Again my hi-hit slipped away from me during each song so will have to sort that proper next time.

We made a couple of mistakes but it was nice and loud and it was great to see the girls dancing

down the front and big cheers and clapping at the end of each song.

The band and the crowd wished our guitarist Mario a Happy Birthday.

We had a request to play a certain song again for a second time so we did that in the encore.

Overall a superb night and it looks like the next gig will be in Feb 2020.

Full Gun Control setlist played tonight...

Teenage Kicks (cover )

Cheap Publicity

No Mercy

Wasted Youth

No Tomorrow

You Mean Nothing To Me

On Parole

Victim

Do I Need You?

Open Your Heart

Steppin' Stone ( cover)

Encore :

You Mean Nothing To Me (reprise)

Teenage Kicks (cover ) (reprise)

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Happy Birthday to BILLY IDOL who is 64 today.







Friday 29 November 2019.

PRIMAL SCREAM + WILD DAUGHTER live at The Forum, London.

Primal Scream play the first of two sold out shows at this venue on their tour that ends in Glasgow.

I have them seen them play live several times since 1997.

In May 2019 Primal Scream released a retrospective singles compilation 'Maximum Rock'n'Roll'.

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WILD DAUGHTER arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 30 mins.

Wild Daughter are purveyors of their own brand of 'garage rock kink'.

The male singer is 6 ft 6 inches in high heels, bare chested and wearing leather chaps.

He bends over and rolls around the stage exposing his bum cheeks to the crowd.

He looks like a cross between Marilyn Manson and Joey Ramone.

PRIMAL SCREAM arrived on stage at 9.10pm and played for 1 hour 45 mins.

Primal Scream are still one of the coolest dance rock bands.

Singer Bobby Gillespie, still rake thin in a bright pink suit , is accompanied by riff-master Andrew Innes on guitar, wearing a pork pie hat.

There is a big screen showing great pre-recorded images.

Visually, this is Gillespie’s show and he very much leads from the front. Clapping, dancing and shaking his maracas for all he’s worth, Gillespie is as much as a cheerleader as a singer, leading the crowd into regular sing along sections and leaning his microphone into the throng in front of him.

They have not had a Top 40 hit for over a decade but they play plenty of gems from their Creation Records heyday.

The last half a dozen songs tonight get the crowd fully revved up.

A great show.

Full Primal Scream setlist played tonight...

INTRO TAPE London Calling (The Clash)

Don't Fight It, Feel It

Swastika Eyes

Miss Lucifer

Can't Go Back

Accelerator

Kill All Hippies

(I'm Gonna) Cry Myself Blind

I'm Losing More Than I'll Ever Have

Velocity Girl

Dolls (Sweet Rock and Roll)

Burning Wheel

100% or Nothing

Loaded

Movin' On Up

Country Girl

Encore:

Come Together

Jailbird

Rocks

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Sad news that Terry de Havilland has passed away.

Terry de Havilland, the shoe designer behind The Rocky Horror Picture Show, has died aged 81.

Nicknamed “the rock’n’roll cobbler” for his spirited, outré designs and down-to-earth charm, it is also a reference to his long list of celebrity clientele, which included David Bowie, Cher and Kate Moss.

He opened a shop on Kings Road, London in 1972 called Cobblers To The World. Regularly visited by London scenesters such as Angie Bowie, Rudolph Nureyev and members of Led Zeppelin, he told the Independent of the time American socialite Lee Radziwill stopped by: “One day this woman came in to buy a pair of leather thigh boots lined in red satin with saucy drawstrings for her sister…it turned out to be Lee Radziwill,” he said, “her sister was Jackie Onassis.”











Thursday 28 November 2019.

CIGARETTES AFTER SEX + FILM live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

This show is sold out so an extra show for London at Hammersmith Apollo in 2020 has been added.

They sold out Brixton Academy last year and sold out The Roundhouse in 2017.

Cigarettes After Sex is an American ambient pop band formed in El Paso, Texas, in 2008, founded by Greg Gonzalez. The band is known for their ethereal, limerent and often dream-like musical style, lyrics often based on the themes of romance and love, as well as Gonzalez's voice, described as "androgynous".While marketed as an ambient pop band, Cigarettes After Sex are also considered to be shoegaze, dream pop and slowcore.

They are on a a Euro & UK tour to promote their second album "Cry".

Both their albums have got into the UK Top 40.

Are we set for a Reo Speedwagon revival???...as

Cigarettes After Sex do a great version of "Keep On Loving You" (over 30 million views on YouTube) and

The John Lewis' 2019 Christmas advert song is Reo Speedwagon's " Can't Fight This Feeling".

In 2017 their " Hi Infidelity" album received the Diamond Award for official U.S. sales of over 10 million copies.

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The band with the very odd name play London, but in a way it is a memorable name i suppose.

The thing that sticks out about tonight is the BLACK & WHITE theme that is everywhere.

All the bands different merch t-shirts were black with a light white image.

All the bands videos are in black & white.

At 8.30pm we get a 30 mins black & white film that was just rain falling on the sea with some slogans.

CIGARETTES AFTER SEX arrive on stage at 9pm and play a shortish set of only 75 mins.

The band are all dressed in black and play against a black background, and only white lighting is used.

They have a big screen showing black & white images.

It is minimal equipment on stage that includes a drummer with no tom toms on his tiny kit.

The slow paced dreamy songs were hypnotic at times but at times sound very samey.

Their stripped down version of REO Speedwagon's "Keep On Loving You" was great.

A good show.

Full Cigarettes After Sex setlist played tonight...

Opera House

Crush

John Wayne

Don't Let Me Go

Sweet

Falling in Love

Affection

Touch

Nothing's Gonna Hurt You Baby

Sunsetz

K.

Keep On Loving You (REO Speedwagon cover)

Apocalypse

Encore:

Heavenly

Dreaming of You









Wednesday 27 November 2019.

Very sad news that tv presenter & journalist CLIVE JAMES has died aged 80.

His often coarse, dead-pan style peaked in popularity in the 80s with the show "Clive James on Television".

He would lampoon clips of absurd international television shows, in particular a Japanese contest called "Endurance".

James, who was known for his dry wit, went on to write a newspaper column titled "Reports of My Death" after being diagnosed with leukaemia in 2010. In 2016 he said his longevity after announcing his illness was "embarrassing".







Tuesday 26 November 2019.

HAWKWIND live at he Royal Albert Hall, London.

Final show on their 50th anniversary tour.

I have seen Hawkwind over 15 times since 1976.

Hawkwind have announced they will release a new album, their 32nd, on October 25 through Cherry Red. All Aboard The Skylark sees the band return to their space rock sound of Top 40 albums The Machine Stops Here (2016) and Into The Woods (2017) after the orchestrated Road To Utopia (2018).

Support comes from The Blackheart Orchestra who are promoting the release of their new studio album. The two-piece group features Chrissy Mostyn and Rick Pilkington and they are well known for creating music that is as emotionally deep as it is memorable. Their music paints emotional landscapes by fusing electronica and classical instrumentation, haunting vocals and multi-layered harmonies.

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The corner blocks of the circle are unsold but still pretty full tonight.

There is floor standing tonight in front of stage.

Lots of older blokes in their 50s and 60s here tonight.

Left on each seat is a Hawkwind 50th anniversary flag as a souvenir.

On the big screen between before the bands The Hawks have teamed up with the DogLost website to screen images of lost and stolen dogs from each area reached on this extensive 50th anniversary tour. They’re also supporting the campaign to have dog theft taken more seriously. The band are also keen supporters of Extinction Rebellion.

THE BLACKHEART ORCHESTRA arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played for 30 mins.

They played a decent enough set and thanked Hawkwind for letting them play on the tour.

HAWKWIND arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played for 1 hour 55 mins.

A totally stunning laser show that was used the entire set for EVERY song played.

Also great pre-recorded images on the big screen.

ERIC CLAPTON joined them for a few songs the night before in Guildford and tonight they are joined by

PHIL CAMPBELL (ex Motörhead) for a few songs.

Hawkwind, the legendary pioneers of space rock, have always done things their own way.

Highlights included mega versions of "Silver Machine" and "Master of the Universe".

Original member Dave Brock is getting fab weird sounds from his hand wand machine.

A great show.

Full Hawkwind setlist played tonight...

Motorway City

Flesh Fondue

Last Man on Earth

The Song of the Gremlin (Robert Calvert song)

Born to Go / You Shoudn't Do That / Born to Go

65 Million Years Ago

In The Beginning

Spirit of the Age

The Fantasy of Faldum

The Watcher (with Phil Campbell)

Silver Machine (with Phil Campbell)

Assault and Battery

The Golden Void

Right to Decide

Hurry on Sundown

Master of the Universe (with Phil Campbell)

Welcome to the Future (with Phil Campbell)

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Happy Birthday to TINA TURNER who is 80 today.

THE SEX PISTOLS classic debut single "Anarchy In The UK " was released today in 1976.

I bought it on the first day of release.

I was aged 17 and six months....at that age i was totally ready for all things punk rock.







Monday 25 November 2019.

RACE CHASER LIVE! live at The Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

RACE CHASER is the current hit podcast devoted to the discussion and dissection of every episode of RuPaul's Drag Race starting from the very beginning.

Hosted by two of the most iconic American queens to ever compete on the show: Alaska (Season 5, All-Stars 2) and Willam (Season 4, Drag U), Race Chaser is an insider's look at the worldwide phenomena that is RuPaul's Drag Race. Expect Drag Race analysis and dishy behind-the-scene stories!

With help from support acts Victoria Secret and Courtney Act.

Over the past couple of years Drag Acts are playing bigger venues including Shepherds Bush Empire, Troxy,

Hammersmith Apollo and even Wembley Arena (RuPaul himself performs there on 11 May 2020).

Around 600 here tonight, all seated in the stalls and Level 1.

There is a big screen showing video clips and images throughout the evening.

At 7.55pm Victoria Secret (from Dublin) performs a 15 mins set.

Some OTT singing along to backing tapes.

At 8.25pm Alaska and William are on stage for two hours over two sets.

They are seated on two thrones as they show videos of RuPauls Drag Race and discuss it with the crowd.

Some audience participation where they get three audience members to design an outfit of only duct tape.

For the second set they are joined by Courtney Act (from Australia , now living in Hackney).

Some of the show was funny with hilarious drag banter...and some of it very smutty as expected.

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This looks good...tickets go on sale Friday 29 Nov 2019.

‘ERIC CLAPTON & FRIENDS : A Tribute to Ginger Baker’ will take place on 17 February 2020 at London’s Hammersmith Apollo. The full line-up is yet to be announced.









Sunday 24 November 2019...6pm to 9pm...

GUN CONTROL with me on drums had a rehearsal today in North Acton for our gig in Acton on Sat 30 Nov.

Our bass player has just bought a limited ORANGE bass (made by the same people that make the amps).

We went through all of our songs two or three times.

Pretty good how it all comes together even though we haven't played together for six months.

It won't be perfect on the night, but should be good fun.

Reminder - Gun Control play The Rocket Pub in Acton on Sat 30 Nov....FREE ADMISSION.

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It was 28 years ago today on 24 Nov 1991 that both these musicians passed away.

Freddie Mercury and KISS drummer Eric Carr.









Saturday 23 November 2019.

THE SELECTER + RHODA DAKAR live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

2-Tone icons, The Selecter play the final show on their 40th anniversary UK tour.

I have seen them around a dozen times since 1979 when they supported on the original 2-Tone tour.

Support comes from Rhoda Dakar, best known as the lead singer of The Bodysnatchers, who were also

signed to the 2 Tone record label back in the day.

The Selecter are celebrating 40 years since starting off but don't mention that 1981 to 1991 they were inactive.

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Not sold out tonight as Level 2 and 3 are closed as unsold but must 1200 here out of 2000 capacity.

Lots of older ska fans here between the ages of 40 to 60 and a few younger ones too.

Lynval Golding from The Specials was in the Level 1 area.

RHODA DAKAR does not actually have her own band but she is the dj before the band comes on

and she joins The Selecter for a few songs at the end of their set.

Rhoda plays some cool ska and soul classics on the turntable.

THE SELECTER arrive on stage at 9pm and play for 1 hour 45 mins.

The band still feature originals Pauline Black and Gaps on shared vocals, both are wearing silver jackets.

The band feature keyboards and sax.

There is a big screen showing old band photos and other pictures of other ska legends and also

Boris Johnson with an extended nose and Ranking Roger RIP.

Also a picture of the first original 2-Tone package tour members from 1979 - I was there.

(Specials,Madness,Selecter,Modettes Electric Ballroom, London 21.07.1979)

The great ska sound makes it compulsive to move your body for a little dance.

Chants of "Rude Girl, Rude Girl" and "Rude Boy, Rude Boy" ring out from the crowd during the show.

Pauline mentioned how they visited Shepherds Bush back in the day for several TOTP appearances.

A really good show.

Full setlist played by The Selecter tonight...

The Avengers Theme (Laurie Johnson Orchestra cover)

Three Minute Hero (number 16 hit in 1980)

Out on the Streets

Time Hard (Everyday) (George Dekker cover)

Frontline

Breakdown

Celebrate the Bullet

Murder

Danger

(Who Likes) Facing Situations

Missing Words (number 23 hit in 1980)

Remember Me

The Whisper (number 36 hit in 1980)

See Them A Come

Train to Skaville (The Ethiopians cover)

James Bond Theme (Monty Norman cover)

Carry Go Bring Come (Justin Hinds & The Dominoes cover)

On My Radio (number 8 hit in 1979)

Ruder Than You (The Bodysnatchers cover) (Rhoda Dakar on vocals, no Pauline or Gaps) (number 22 hit in 1980)

Let's Do Rock Steady (The Bodysnatchers cover) (Rhoda Dakar on vocals , no Pauline or Gaps)

Too Much Pressure / Pressure Drop / Too Much Pressure (with Rhoda Dakar)

Madness (Prince Buster cover) (with Rhoda Dakar)

Can't Get Used to Losing You (Andy Williams cover) (with Rhoda Dakar) (dedicated to Ranking Roger RIP)









Friday 22 November 2019.

FEEDER + ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION live at The Roundhouse, London.

Feeder play the first of two shows at this venue on their UK tour.

I have seen Feeder several times with the first times being at Reading Festivals 1999 and 2001.

Feeder are ready to come full circle. More than two decades after their first show the band are reinvigorated, tapping into the essential, primal energy that first inspired them, with their new 10th studio album "Tallulah".

Feeder have had three Top 10 UK hits including the mega "Buck Rogers" in 2001.

Support band ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION is a Japanese alternative rock band formed in Yokohama, Japan, in 1996. For its entire career, the band has consisted of the same four original members.Asian Kung-Fu Generation has been cited as one of the best, most balanced modern rock bands to emerge from Japan in the 2000s.

They have released several albums.

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ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION arrived on stage at 7.35pm and played for 40 mins.

They played a decent set of their slightly quirky indie rock.

FEEDER arrived on stage at 8.45pm and played for two hours.

They have a nice stage production with loads of lights and strobes and a big screen showing images.

Lots of well known catchy rock songs played as they have had 20 x Top 40 hit singles in the UK.

The new album tracks sound pretty good.

The mosh pit gets very lively down the front.

Singer Grant Nicholas is like the nice bloke you met at the pub who really likes music. ... Yet the singer-songwriter is clearly just someone who's really passionate about what he does.

At the end of the main set we get Feeder’s biggest hit single “Buck Rogers,” which opens with the quirky lyrics: “He’s got a brand new car, looks like a Jaguar, it’s got leather seats, it’s got a CD player.”.The entire venue is bouncing.

A great show.

Full setlist played by Feeder tonight....

‪Youth‬

Lost & Found

Feeling a Moment

Shapes and Sounds

Daily Habit

Figure You Out

Fear of Flying

Just the Way I'm Feeling

‪Kyoto‬

‪Eskimo‬

‪Kite‬

Tallulah (with streamers over the crowd)

Comfort in Sound

Come Back Around

Universe of Life

Insomnia

Guillotine

‪High

‪Turn‬

Yesterday Went Too Soon

Seven Days in the Sun

Rock medley instrumental feat Nirvana, Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Van Halen etc.

Buck Rogers

Encore:

Blue Sky Blue

Just a Day ( with ticket-tape over the crowd)









Thursday 21 November 2019.

RONNIE WOOD + JACK BROADBENT live at The Shepherds Bush Empire,London.

This show sold out pronto when tickets went on sale.

The Rolling Stones guitarist will release Ronnie Wood With His Wild Five – Mad Lad: A Live Tribute To Chuck Berry on November 15 through BMG.

It was recorded at Wimborne’s Tivoli Theatre in 2018 – a night that saw guest appearances from singer Imelda May and pianist Ben Waters.

It looks like Ronnie Wood & Imelda May will share vocals tonight.

I saw Ronnie Wood play this venue in 2001 when Glen Matlock was the support and Slash joined Ronnie for 30 mins.

Other Ronnie Wood shows i have seen include...

2005 - Theatre Royal , Drury Lane

2010 - Ambassadors Theatre

2012 - Hammersmith Apollo

2013 - Royal Albert Hall

I have seen Imelda May play The Royal Albert Hall and Ronnie Scott's.

I saw Chuck Berry several times with the first being at Hammersmith Odeon in 1975 and the last time

was 2008 at The 100 Club.

Tonight was one of the most annoying gig clashes of the year as across London at The Barbican,

IGGY POP was playing a one-off show.As i saw Iggy a couple of years ago at The Royal Albert Hall,

Ronnie Wood got my vote tonight.

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4.30pm to 5.15pm - Ronnie Wood soundcheck for the soundcheck.

Around 100 fans are here for the soundcheck.

First we are held in a holding bay but can hear the band playing through the doors.

Ben Waters plays some piano including Boomtown Rats then Ronnie does a few songs to

sort out his vocals with the band, then Imelda May does the same.

5.15pm to 5.35pm - Ronnie Wood & band play a 20 mins soundcheck.

The 100 fans are then let into the front stalls to watch Ronnie & the band.

Tracks played included "Run Rudolph Run", "Rock and Roll Music", "Mad Lad", "Memphis Tennessee".

The crowd were due to leave after Ronnie's soundcheck but after a few mins discussion they were

allowed to stay inside and keep their prized standing space...maybe because it was freezing outside.

6.10pm to 6.25pm - Jack Broadbent 15 mins soundcheck in front of the 100 fans already here.

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JACK BROADBENT arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 40 mins.

Jack played some nice slide guitar, mixing cover versions and original songs.

He was joined by his dad on bass & vocals for a couple of songs.

RONNIE WOOD WITH HIS WILD FIVE arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 1 hour 45 mins.

A dozen guests are watching side of stage including his wife Sally Wood.

The band play a couple of warm up songs then Ronnie appears on stage, looking great for age 72.

For the first song only he uses a hands free radio microphone on his face.

He was joined by Imelda May and Lulu on a few songs , who both have great vocals.

Ronnie himself is not so great on vocals but his rock star charisma shines brightly.

Ben Waters on boogie woogie piano was superb.

His band included two female backing singers and a two man brass section.

Ronnie clearly has always loved Chuck Berry and is on a mission to keep his music alive.

Chuck Berry pretty much invented the classic blues rock n roll guitar riff.

A great show.

Full Ronnie Wood setlist played tonight...

Ben Waters & band without Ronnie play a couple of boogie woogie tracks

No Particular Place to Go (Chuck Berry cover)

Roll Over Beethoven (Chuck Berry cover)

Sweet Little Sixteen (Chuck Berry cover)

Little Queenie (Chuck Berry cover)

I'm Talking About You (Chuck Berry cover)

Don't Lie To Me

Blue Feeling (Chuck Berry cover)

Wee Wee Hours (with Imelda May) (Chuck Berry cover)

Sweet Little Rock & Roller (with Imelda May)(Chuck Berry cover)

Tribute to Chuck Berry

Mad Lad (Chuck Berry cover)

Hideaway

Back In The USA

Memphis, Tennessee (Chuck Berry cover)

Run Rudolph Run (with Lulu) (Chuck Berry cover)

Betty Jean

No Money Down

Let It Rock/Train kept a rollin

Rock and Roll Music (with Imelda May) (Chuck Berry cover)

Bye Bye Johnny (with Lulu and Imelda May)(Chuck Berry cover)

Carol (with Imelda May) (Chuck Berry cover)

Johnny B. Goode (with Lulu and Imelda May)(Chuck Berry cover)

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Ronnie said on stage that a couple of Rod Stewarts backing band were here tonight

but no sign of Rod Stewart , Mick Jagger or any other well known names watching.









Wednesday 20 November 2019.

SUEDE + THE PRETENDERS + Danny & The Champions of The World

play Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

SUEDE + THE PRETENDERS play a co-headline show at Shepherds Bush Empire.

The bands will join forces to raise money for their beloved long-standing crew member, John Brandham, who suffered a stroke. The Pretenders and Suede also share the same management and press team.

I have seen both the headline bands many times.

Really looking forward to this great double bill.

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The venue is totally rammed sold out tonight.

Guests here included Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cooks wife (Jeni) and their daughter (Hollie).

Jeni told me that Paul was recording an EP with The Professionals in the countryside.

Danny & The Champions of The World arrive on stage at 7.15pm and played for 25 mins.

Some nice pedal steel guitar in their Americana type songs played.

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THE PRETENDERS arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 70 mins.

Chrissie Hynde is now aged 68, and stills looks and moves like a proper rock chick,

with her slim frame and black boots and tight jeans.

A great set with loads of their classic hits played.

Full setlist played by The Pretenders tonight...

Alone

Gotta Wait

Message of Love

Kid

Down the Wrong Way (Chrissie Hynde song)

Talk of the Town

I Go to Sleep (The Kinks cover)

Back on the Chain Gang

Private Life

Stop Your Sobbing (The Kinks cover)

Night in My Veins

Don't Get Me Wrong

Cuban Slide

Brass in Pocket

Mystery Achievement

Encore:

Middle of the Road

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SUEDE arrived on stage at 9.30pm and played for 80 mins.

Brett Anderson on vocals is on top form as usual tonight as he gives it 100%.

His slim tall frame prowls the stage and many times he is in the front pit , up close with the fans.

Most of the hardcore fans down the front appear to be Suede fans rather than Pretenders fans.

With their lyrics, Suede are a grand articulation of the alienated, the disenfranchised, the outsider.

During the encore Brett sings the praises of the local area...

Thank You Shepherds Bush Empire

Thank You Shepherds Bush Green

Thank You Shepherds Bush Roundabout

Thank You Uxbridge Road

Loads of their classic tracks played and it was another great set.

Full setlist played by Suede tonight...

As One

Outsiders

We Are the Pigs

So Young

Metal Mickey

Killing of a Flashboy

Pantomime Horse

Pale Snow

The Drowners

It Starts and Ends With You

Filmstar

Brass in Pocket (The Pretenders cover)

Trash

Animal Nitrate

The Wild Ones (Brett solo acoustic unplugged)

Beautiful Ones

Encore:

Life Is Golden

New Generation









Tuesday 19 November 2019.

7.30pm to 9.30pm

PHILLIPS GALLERY - private view - 30 Berkeley Square , Mayfair , London W1.

Phillips is pleased to announce Trinity: B.A.T. 5-7-9, an exhibition showcasing three of Alfa Romeo's iconic 1950s concept cars. B.A.T. 5, B.A.T. 7 and B.A.T. 9 will go on view to the public at 30 Berkeley Square, from 20 to 23 November. Icons of 20th century design and automotive history, they represent three of the most daring, visionary and futuristic concept cars ever built. The product of the collaborative efforts of coachbuilder Bertone and designer Franco Scaglione, these cars showcase the fascinating avant-garde creativity and artistic craftsmanship developed by independent Italian design studios in the 1950s.Trinity: B.A.T. 5-7-9 presents a rare opportunity to see all three cars displayed together in Europe.

The three concept cars look stunning and are in immaculate condition.

Around 200 guests here, including many Italians.

Complimentary gin & tonics, white wines and very nice canapés from Last Supper.

The free exhibition is on this weekend only - Nov 20 to Nov 23.

www.phillips.com

Visa their website here for more info.

then

10pm to 1am

DEAR EVAN HANSEN - opening night press party - Banqueting House, Whitehall, London SW1.

A massive party for over 500 guests at this prestigious venue.

It was very lavish , with loads of different food stations, bowl food, desserts etc.

Also prosecco, a sky blue gin cocktail, different sprints including JD n cokes, wines, beers.

A dj was playing dance tracks.

Lily James, David Tennant, Graham Norton and Andrew Lloyd Webber were among a host of VIP guests who arrived on a blue carpet for the opening night of Broadway hit Dear Evan Hansen. Newcomer Sam Tutty plays the leading role alongside Lauren Ward and Rupert Young as the play comes to the West End's Noel Coward Theatre for the first time. The show's award winning songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul attended along with Kevin McHale, Beverley Knight, Barbara Broccoli, Arlene Phillips , Ella Henderson, Michael Grade and Jonathan Shalit.

www.noelcowardtheatre.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.









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) offers fine craft skills courses to 14-18 year olds with exceptional talent and potential. The courses are taught by Craft Specialists who are acknowledged leaders in their professions.

This includes model making, stone carving, sign writing on skateboards, glass blowing, puppet making etc.

Around 150 guests here including style guru PETER YORK.

There were a couple of speeches at 7pm.

Complimentary Fortnum & Mason champers and cheese sticks for all guests.

www.thecreativedimension.org

Visit their website here for a list of 2020 courses and dates.

then

MARILLION with mini-orchestra live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Marillion play the first of two sold out shows at this venue.

I have seen Marillion many times with original singer Fish in the 1980s as well as their current singer.

I saw them on their last tour at this venue in 2017.

This year Marillion frontman Steve Hogarth, celebrates 30 years since joining the band.

As well as his long-standing bandmates – bassist Pete Trewavas, guitarist Steve Rothery, keyboardist Mark Kelly and drummer Ian Mosley – Hogarth is backed by a string quartet, French horn and flute.

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MARILLION with mini-orchestra arrived on stage at 8.30 pm and they played for 2 hours 5 mins.

A great stage production with loads of lights and some lasers and a big screen showing pre-recorded images.

I must admit i prefer the Fish era songs that were more commercial but the loyal Marillion fans seem

very happy with how Steve Hogarth has moved the band forward to a more prog-lite sound.

After a turbulent time in the 1990s, the band consciously uncoupled from the

standard music business model in 2000, and became one of the first bands to get their fans to pay in advance

for the band to record an album, embracing crowdfunding long before Kickstarter became cool.

You have to admire the way they do things their own way due to their very loyal fans.

Steve Hogarth enters the stage via the stalls seating area.

The swooping, self-dramatising singer strives to elevate every song into an epic – which reminded me of how Michael Hutchence performed on stage – while also providing some appealingly frazzled between-song repartee and nipping off stage to change into a series of dystopian sci-fi jackets.

The band have a nice big sound and the mini-string section sound great when at full tilt.

Several songs are around 10 minutes long and are a bit proggy for me.

The New Kings, a 2016 four-song suite roasting Russian oligarchs, is greeted enthusiastically, but bemused me.

At the end Steve Hogath asks the crowd "who's coming to tomorrow?" and half the crowd shout back.

For the encores the crowd got up.

An enjoyable show.









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News and Reviews: 19th November 2019

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) offers fine craft skills courses to 14-18 year olds with exceptional talent and potential. The courses are taught by Craft Specialists who are acknowledged leaders in their professions.

This includes model making, stone carving, sign writing on skateboards, glass blowing, puppet making etc.

Around 150 guests here including style guru PETER YORK.

There were a couple of speeches at 7pm.

Complimentary Fortnum & Mason champers and cheese sticks for all guests.

www.thecreativedimension.org

Visit their website here for a list of 2020 courses and dates.

then

MARILLION with mini-orchestra live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Marillion play the first of two sold out shows at this venue.

I have seen Marillion many times with original singer Fish in the 1980s as well as their current singer.

I saw them on their last tour at this venue in 2017.

This year Marillion frontman Steve Hogarth, celebrates 30 years since joining the band.

As well as his long-standing bandmates – bassist Pete Trewavas, guitarist Steve Rothery, keyboardist Mark Kelly and drummer Ian Mosley – Hogarth is backed by a string quartet, French horn and flute.

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MARILLION with mini-orchestra arrived on stage at 8.30 pm and they played for 2 hours 5 mins.

A great stage production with loads of lights and some lasers and a big screen showing pre-recorded images.

I must admit i prefer the Fish era songs that were more commercial but the loyal Marillion fans seem

very happy with how Steve Hogarth has moved the band forward to a more prog-lite sound.

After a turbulent time in the 1990s, the band consciously uncoupled from the

standard music business model in 2000, and became one of the first bands to get their fans to pay in advance

for the band to record an album, embracing crowdfunding long before Kickstarter became cool.

You have to admire the way they do things their own way due to their very loyal fans.

Steve Hogarth enters the stage via the stalls seating area.

The swooping, self-dramatising singer strives to elevate every song into an epic – which reminded me of how Michael Hutchence performed on stage – while also providing some appealingly frazzled between-song repartee and nipping off stage to change into a series of dystopian sci-fi jackets.

The band have a nice big sound and the mini-string section sound great when at full tilt.

Several songs are around 10 minutes long and are a bit proggy for me.

The New Kings, a 2016 four-song suite roasting Russian oligarchs, is greeted enthusiastically, but bemused me.

At the end Steve Hogath asks the crowd "who's coming to tomorrow?" and half the crowd shout back.

For the encores the crowd got up.

An enjoyable show.

Full Marillion setlist played tonight...

Gaza

Power (dedicated to Michael Hunter)

Beyond You

Seasons End

Estonia

A Collection

The New Kings: I. Fuck Everyone and Run

The New Kings: II. Russia's Locked Doors

The New Kings: III. A Scary Sky

The New Kings: IV. Why Is Nothing Ever True?

Man of a Thousand Faces

The Space...

Encore:

Separated Out (with string section snippet from Kashmir)

Encore 2:

This Strange Engine









Sunday 17 November 2019.

TEGAN and SARA live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Twin sister duo, Tegan and Sara, present the Hey, I’m Just Like You Tour, a multi-dimensional live experience unlike anything they’ve ever done before. Reading and reliving stories from their new memoir, High School, performing songs from their new album, Hey, I’m Just Like You, along with Tegan and Sara classics, and combing through archive video footage from their teenage years – this show promises a transcendent night that will both entertain and inspire.

Their ninth album, Hey, I'm Just Like You, was released on September 27, 2019.

Their memoir, High School, was released on September 24, 2019.

I have seen them play live a couple of times before...

2012 - supporting The Killers at The 02 Arena.

2013 - album launch party and gig in Bloomsbury.

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It is sold out tonight but it's floor seating so 1500 capacity instead of 2000.

Lots of female couples here as expected.

Canadians Tegan and Sara have always been supportive of the LGBT community.

Scottish singer-songwriter KT TUNSTALL was here watching.

TEGAN and SARA arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played for 2 hours 5 mins.

Just the two of them on stage with a guitar and piano.

The girls tell us "due to the nature of the show ,can you be quiet during songs and take no photos

until the final track, when you can then take all your phones out".

The crowd respect this and it is dead quiet while they are performing.

They are now aged 39 , and the show focused on their teenage angst years in the 1990s.

The sisters took turns reading sections of High School, sometimes with the other on stage, sometimes ping-ponging back and forth. Other times, they’d drop the book altogether and recount stories directly, which were the best parts of the show.

When the twins weren’t talking, of course, they played songs. This is billed as an acoustic tour, but they did bring out their electric guitars for some moments, though with very little added fluff. They’d take turns playing guitar, singing, playing piano, sometimes together and sometimes alone. Unsurprisingly the setlist was largely focused on Hey, I’m Just Like You, an album partially made up of re-recorded songs the two wrote as clumsy teens. It was fascinating to see some of their home videos of

the pair from the 1990s as they discussed LGBT topics well before how it is widely accepted today.

Lots of friendly humourous stage banter between songs that went down well and it was an enjoyable show.









Saturday 16 November 2019.

BAJM + WOT live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

After a few years’ break, Polish rock band, Bajm, fronted by female singer-songwriter Beata Kozidrak,

are coming back to London for a special show celebrating their 40 years in music.

Beata , now aged 59 has a four-octave vocal range.

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It is Polish night at Bush Empire and it is totally sold out with a 95% Polish crowd.

The bars are seling loads of booze.

Before the support band come on we have a dj playing Polish dance hits to warm up the crowd.

WOT arrived on stage at 7.45pm for their 45 mins set.

They played a rock based set mixing Polish and English lyrics.

The singer remained me of the singer from The Scorpions.

They had a big screen showing some of their videos as they played.

BAJM arrived on stage at 9.05pm and played for a full two hours.

Beata looks great for a 59 year old with her mane of hair and short black skirt.

A big band including keyboards, percussion and three female backing singers.

All the lyrics were in Polish and the bands sound was soft rock.

By the audience reaction the biggest songs were near the end of the set including

" Ta sama chwila" ( over 15 million views on YouTube).

The Polish community were loving it as they swayed along to her songs.

A decent enough show.

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TERRY O'NEILL - Sad news about the passing of a well known music photographer.

Terry O’Neill, the photographer who worked closely with The Beatles and the Rolling Stones to document the high points of 1960s culture, has died aged 81.

O’Neill had previously been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Last month he received a CBE for services to photography, presented to him at Buckingham Palace by Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge.











Friday 15 November 2019.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

The Mountain Goats are an American indie-folk-rock band who have released over a dozen albums.

Their 2019 album "In League with Dragons" got a very nice four star review in The Guardian newspaper.

The extraordinary career of singer-songwriter John Darnielle – not just an astoundingly prolific musician, but also a podcaster, a novelist and a metal fan so devoted he wrote the 33⅓ book about Black Sabbath’s Master of Reality – continues with the 17th Mountain Goats album. It began life as a concept disc about “a besieged seaside community called Riversend, ruled by a benevolent wizard”, but – thankfully, perhaps – evolved into something rather different.

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Pretty amazing that tonight is nearly sold out , just 200 or 300 tickets unsold out of 2000.

The promoters are Eat Your Own Ears so you know it is an act with a cult following.

The merch stands are doing a roaring trade.

Both acts had minimal equipment on the big stage.

Support act Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards arrive on stage at 8pm for their 40 mins set.

They might best be described as a blend of folk/Americana and pop with touches of Cajun, bluegrass and old time.

Three females on stage - vocals , cello and fiddle.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS arrive on stage at 9pm and play for 1 hour 50 mins.

John Darnielle hits the stage looking like a younger Bill Gates.

This tour features a stripped-down Goats lineup of just Darnielle and keyboard-pounding, bass-playing multi-instrumentalist Matt Douglas – a man not averse to a flute solo – and for a few songs were joined by the support act on strings.

Darnielle is a confessional songwriter, unafraid to bare his past issues with drugs and abuse in his music. There is something inclusive about the Mountain Goats and Darnielle’s music. So many people in the crowd seem to know all the words to all of Darnielle’s songs, even the obscure ones, and have no problem singing along with abandon, cocooning the room in a communal vibe, even though you never hear their songs on the radio.

John dedicated a song to John Peel and talked about recording a session for him at BBC Maida Vale

just before the legendary dj died of a heart attack.

A nicely paced set that featured biggest tracks including the classic "No Children" at the end of the set.

An enjoyable show.

Full setlist played tonight...

Estate Sale Sign

No More Tears

Hebrews 11:40

Heretic Pride

Younger

Goblin Wizard in the Crawlspace of my Heart

Transcendental Youth

We Shall All Be Healed

JOHN SOLO SET

Dance Music

Waco

Matthew 25:21

MATT RETURNS

Wear Black

Waylon Jennings Live!

Magpie

LAURA CORTESE & THE DANCE CARDS join them on strings for a few songs.

Tianchi Lake

Doc Gooden

Cadaver Sniffing Dog

Up the Wolves

Encore:

Possum by Night

You or Your Memory

No Children

This Year

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Happy Birthday to PETULA CLARK who is 87 today...yes 87.

Amazingly she is still performing, in the current Mary Poppins musical in London.









Thursday 14 November 2019.

ENGLAND 7 MONTENEGRO 0 Wembley Stadium at 7.45pm.

Montenegro will be the visitors as Gareth Southgate’s men continue on the road to next summer's UEFA EUR0 2020.

Raheem Sterling has been dropped for this game by Gareth Southgate.

Raheem Sterling attempted to provoke a physical reaction from Joe Gomez when confronting the Liverpool defender at St George’s Park, has prompted the decision.

Raheem Sterling warned Joe Gomez 'don't f**k with me' during the heated exchange

England's first game at Wembley Stadium was in 1924, this will be their 1000th game at Wembley Stadium.

Past England legends including David Seaman and Wayne Rooney will be paraded at half-time on the pitch.

England book their spot at next summer’s European Championships with a thumping 7-0 win over Montenegro in front of a 77,277 strong crowd at Wembley Stadium.

Harry Kane scored a first-half hat-trick.

Some England fans spoilt the vibe when Gomez came on with 20 minutes to play and the unmistakable

disapproving drone of parts of a Wembley crowd calling it wrong again.

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THE CLASH : London Calling at The Museum of London,150 London Wall, Barbican, London EC2.

15 November 2019 – 19 April 2020 - FREE ENTRY

When The Clash’s third album ‘London Calling’ was released in the winter of 1979 it was clear that the band had made an instant classic, an era-defining masterpiece which still stands as one of rock’s all-time greatest albums.

To celebrate this truly London work, the Museum of London will showcase a collection of items from The Clash’s personal archive including notes, clothing, images and music, many previously unseen, in The Clash: London Calling, a free exhibit opening on 15th November.

The Clash private view was on tonight but i was committed to being at the England game.

My mate Frank gave me an update on how the private view went & who attended.

Complimentary drinks for 250 guests including a few punk rock legends....

Mick Jones

Paul Simonon

Topper Headon (not there as he has injured his back)

Glen Matlock

John Cooper Clarke

Don Letts

I will go and see the exhibition sometime over the next week.









Wednesday 13 November 2019...I went to three events tonight...

5.30pm to 6.15pm

Marylebone Village - Christmas Lights Switch On - Marylebone, London W1.

Last year I saw ROGER DALTREY switch on the lights here.

This year Ricky Wilson got a phone call from "Roger The Who" asking him do do the honours.

I saw Kaiser Chiefs supporting The Who at Wembley Stadium in July this year.

RICKY WILSON, lead singer of renowned British indie band, Kaiser Chiefs, switched on the festive Christmas lights on Devonshire Street at 6pm to his hit "I Predict As Riot" and with a fireworks display. There were festive shopping stalls, food and drink, a Santa’s Grotto, fairground rides, live music, one-off discounts and in store activity throughout Marylebone Village’s stores and restaurants. The event supports Teenage Cancer Trust, of which Ricky is a regular supporter (you can also text the word NURSE to 70500 to make a £5 donation).

then

6.45pm to 8pm

BANHOEK CHILLI OIL - launch party - Hammer & Tongs, 171 Farringdon Road, London EC1.

Around 50 guests in the basement bar area of this South African restaurant & bar.

There are three members of Northampton Saints Rugby Club here helping to promote the product.

The idea for Banhoek Chilli Oil stemmed from a fear of average-tasting chilli oils. When chillies are mixed with olive oil, the taste of the olives gets in the way of the pure chilli flavour. That is why they use high quality rapeseed oil – it does not get in the way of the chilli taste.

Complimentary prosecco, wines, beers and bowls of chicken wings and popcorn that had the chilli oil used in them.

All guests got a goodie bag that included a 250ml bottle of the chilli oil.

www.banhoekchillioil.co.za

Visit their website here for more info.

then

8.30pm to 11pm

SWATCH - new collection launch party - Toy Room London – 8-9 Argyll Street, London W1.

Around 150 guests are here at this basement club next to The London Palladium.

It is a younger crowd who are dancing to the dj and the live percussion & sax player.

A security girl is standing next to the new collection of watches opposite the bar.

Complimentary prosecco, different spirits including JD & cokes , wines, beers and lots of different

bowl food and brownies for dessert.

www.swatch.com

Visit the Swatch website here for more info.













Tuesday 12 November 2019...6.30pm to 9.15pm...

SKATE AT SOMERSET HOUSE - launch party - Somerset House, Strand, London WC2.

Over 500 guests here to launch the Christmas Ice Skating rink at this iconic venue.

Rolling Stones rocker RONNIE WOOD was here alongside wife Sally and twin daughters Gracie Jane and Alice Rose.

A nice surprise to see COURTNEY LOVE here.

Also here were Emilia Fox, Christopher Kane, Kano, Henry Conway, Kathy Lette , Vanessa Felz, Melissa Hemsley, Mathew Horne, Victoria Pendleton, Tom Parker Bowles, Alistair Guy, Lethal Bizzle ,

Stephen Webster, Roisin Conaty, Nick Ferrari and Fortnum & Mason CEO Ewan Ventners.

We did not go ice skating but many folks did.

The event is sponsored by Fortnum & Mason so there is lots of very nice complimentary food and drinks.

Fortnum & Mason champers, Gin Fizz cocktails, espresso & cream coffees, different bowl food & small plates,

canapés and mince pies.

All guests got a Fortnum & Mason goodie bag with four items inside - 250g tin of ground coffee,

200g tin of Christmas biscuits, strawberry preserve and chocolate.

www.somersethouse.org.uk

Visit their website here to but tickets.

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Happy Birthday to NEIL YOUNG who is 74 today.









Monday 11 November 2019.

SARAH BRIGHTMAN live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

The world’s most successful and best-selling soprano, Sarah Brightman, returns to London for the first time in fifteen years. Her new world tour, HYMN: Sarah Brightman In Concert will come to the Royal Albert Hall for one night only.

Often credited as the creator of the “classical crossover” genre, the English soprano and original Christine in The Phantom of the Opera last headlined the Royal Albert Hall over 20 years ago, in 1997. She returns in 2019 for a very special night, accompanied by her band, a full orchestra, choir and special guests.

Sarah has worldwide sales of more than 35 million albums and two million DVDs, and like Mika, she is more popular overseas than back home and plays arenas in The Far East, mainland Europe, North America etc.

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It is a full venue tonight , mainly made up with an older crowd of theatre goers.

It is the last show on her HYMN world tour.

I see that programmes tonight are being sold for a whopping £25.

The show was on for 2 hours 15 mins over two sets of 65 mins and 70 mins.

We have a bagpipe intro tribute to our fallen heroes as it was 11 November...it was a nice touch...

SARAH BRIGHTMAN looked stunning in several different glamourous gowns & jewelled headwear.

Around 60 on stage when you add band, orchestra and choir together.

There were 100 electronic candles dotted around the stage.

Constant use of dry ice cascaded down from behind Sarah as she sang.

Sarah is now aged 59 and her soprano voice still sounds pretty incredible.

It was safe to say , she makes Mariah Carey sound as flat as pancake.

Maybe it was a bit too perfect as my mate said he thought some of it was lip sync.

Sarah was joined by a couple of male singers for a few tracks.

A nice mix of proper opera tracks and pop opera tracks.

Highlights included "Time to Say Goodbye" and "The Phantom of the Opera" which had an incredible finale as

Sarah's soprano voice got higher and higher and higher...or was it lip sync?

Final song of the night had a disco beat to it so all the crowd were up and dancing.

An enjoyable show.

Full Sarah Brightman setlist played tonight...

Set 1

Gothica / Fleurs du mal

Stranger in Paradise (George Forrest & Robert Wright cover)

Carpe diem (with Vincent Niclo)

Ameno (with Vincent Niclo)

Anytime, Anywhere

Hijo de la Luna (Mecano cover)

Follow Me

Misere Mei

Figlio Perduto

Who Wants to Live Forever (Queen cover)

Tu Che M'Hai Preso Il Cuor

Miracle (sung by Yoshiki)

Set 2

Hymn Overture

Hymn (Barclay James Harvest cover)

Sogni (with Vincent Niclo)

Better Is One Day (Matt Redman cover)

Canto Per Noi

Pie Jesu (Andrew Lloyd Webber cover) (with Narcis Ianau)

Caruso (performed solo by Narcis Ianau)

Fly to Paradise

Time to Say Goodbye (Andrea Bocelli cover) (Intimate English version)

Masquerade / The Phantom of the Opera (with Vincent Niclo)

Running

Encore :

Deliver Me (The Beloved cover)

Ave Maria (Franz Schubert cover)

A Question of Honour

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Sarah Brightman HYMN IN CONCERT film (full theatrical version) will be released on DVD, Blu Ray, Deluxe Special Edition CD/DVD and CD/BR and digital November 15th!

It was recorded in Germany this year.











Sunday 10 November 2019.

MIKA + dj support live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

This gig sold out pronto in July as it is the only UK show (and the opening show) on his European Tour.

Mika released his first full-length studio album, Life in Cartoon Motion, on Island Records in 2007, which sold more than 7 million copies worldwide and helped Mika win a Brit Award—winning Best British Breakthrough act.

The album was number one in the UK and 11 other countries.

Mika has been very quiet the past few years after his initial major success.

Mika has had five x Top 10 hit singles in the UK including a number one with "Grace Kelly" in 2007.

Mika is promoting his 5th studio album which was released on 04 Oct 2019.

The new album only reached number 57 in the UK charts.

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The dj and his console arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played a nice 60 mins set of disco & dance tunes.

The venue is rammed solid sold out by the time Mika arrives on stage.

The crowd is 75% females under the age of 30.

Many of the females have French and Italian accents as Mika is very popular over there.

Between albums Mika has been a judge on The X Factor Italy and The Voice France.

MIKA & band arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 90 mins.

First thing you notice is that he is much taller than most pop stars.

Here is an indication of the loyalty of his fans who have stood rigid to their space down front since 7pm.

After the first song 300 or 400 pieces of A4 paper were held up saying "We've Missed You!".

A nicely paced show with mainly newer songs in the first half and the biggies in the second half.

Mika's energy level went up accordingly as later on he was dancing madly with

hand gestures around the stage, as he gave his performance 100%.

Mika is very strong vocally, his classics "Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)", "Lollipop " ,

"Love Today" , "Happy Ending" and encore "Grace Kelly" are performed with the ease of songs

which have been performed hundreds of times.

Mika walked through the stalls standing area to mingle with the fans during one song.

For a few songs he said "I am wearing my grandmothers flowery blouse".

His fans clearly love him , even though his star is waning a bit in the UK.

Mika was a great performer to watch and it was very enjoyable.









Saturday 09 November 2019...5.30pm kick-off...

Womens Football Friendly - ENGLAND 1 GERMANY 2 at Wembley Stadium.

One of those miserable days of cold, rainy weather.

Not a 85,000 capacity crowd here tonight but there is still a massive crowd of over 77,000 here.

Mainly due to the cheap tickets...Most Level 5 tickets were only £10 and school groups only £1 each.

Germany struck late to put a dampener on a historic day for England as a boisterous, record-breaking crowd for a Lionesses home international of 77,768 saw the hosts beaten.

Playing at the home of English football for the first time since a 3-0 defeat by the Germans in 2014 - attended by their previous home record crowd of 45,619 - the Lionesses were roared on magnificently throughout.

England had a penalty kick saved.

But Klara Bühl's low clinical finish past Mary Earps in the 90th minute inflicted a fifth loss in seven matches on Phil Neville's side.

At half- time there was a parade of females who have played football for England over the past 50 years.

Pretty amazing how women's football has got so popular over the past few years.









Friday 08 November 2019.

SQUEEZE + HEAVEN 17 live at Indigo @ The 02 Arena complex, London.

Squeeze have added a second London show to their month long UK tour.

Their show several days before this at The Royal Albert Hall may have been more prestigious but as the boys

are from South London, this gig at Indigo is their big hometown show.

I have seen Squeeze around 15 times since 1978 when they were a support band.

Squeeze have had 12 x Top 40 hit singles in the UK.

The vast majority of their material is composed of lyrics by Chris Difford and music by Glenn Tilbrook who are guitarists and vocalists in the band. The duo were hailed as "the heirs to Lennon and McCartney's throne" during their peak of popularity in the late 1970s.

I saw support act Heaven 17 headline Shepherds Bush Empire this time last year.

Heaven 17 have had 7 x Top 40 hit singles in the UK.

The tour will be in support of The Trussell Trust. At all venues on the tour there will be multiple food drop points and collection boxes, where people can donate non-perishable food and goods or money. A list of items in a typical food parcel are: cereal, soup, pasta, rice, tinned tomatoes/pasta sauce, lentils, beans and pulses, tinned meat, tinned vegetables, tea/coffee, tinned fruit, biscuits, UHT milk and fruit juice. If possible audience members are asked to check with local foodbanks to see what supplies are currently needed.

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I have a few 250g tins of Fortnum & Mason loose tea that were unwanted presents so it was a good idea

to bring them along here to put in the baskets for The Trussell Trust foodbanks.

The venue is full tonight to create a nice buzzy Friday night atmosphere.

HEAVEN 17 arrive on stage and play for around 45 mins.

It is great we have a well known support act tonight deserving of the "special guests" tag.

Heaven 17 are an English new wave and synth-pop band that formed in Sheffield in 1980.

Their main success of hit albums and singles came during their 1980s heyday.

They focus on a greatest hits set tonight that went down a treat and was an ideal warm up for Squeeze.

Full Heaven 17 setlist played tonight...

(We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang

Play to Win

Come Live With Me

You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' (The Righteous Brothers cover)

Let Me Go

Penthouse and Pavement

Temptation

SQUEEZE arrive on stage and play for around 1 hour 45 mins.

Seven musicians on stage and clever use of images on the big screen.

This lengthy Squeeze UK tour is billed as 'The Difford and Tilbrook Songbook Tour 2019'.

For a songbook celebrating 45 years the set choice was a clever blend, mixing older hits with newer material.

The stunning lyrics from their older hits (and there was loads of them played) still sound as fresh as ever.

Mid set we get a few rarely played songs like ‘King George Street’, plus the title track from 2015’s album ‘Cradle to the Grave’. Good to see their last album, the rather good ‘The Knowledge’, represented by ‘Please Be Upstanding’, a song about erectile dysfunction, which despite its delicate subject matter for some, features another blissful pop chorus.

Their songs always demonstrated a sharp eye for storytelling and sharp ear for melody.

The lyrics for "Cool for Cats " still sound as mega as they did back in 1979 when it was released.

For an encore we had ‘Take Me I’m Yours’ and an extended ‘Black Coffee in Bed’ which allowed Glenn Tilbrook to introduce the band and allow each band member a little solo spot.

A great show.

Full Squeeze setlist played tonight...

Tape Intro - (Theme from The Magnificent Seven)

Footprints

Big Beng

Hourglass

Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)

Up the Junction

King George Street

Mumbo Jumbo

Cradle to the Grave

The Day I Get Home

Someone Else's Heart

Is That Love

Third Rail

Please Be Upstanding

In Quintessence (Difford & Tilbrook only)

Slap and Tickle

Labelled With Love

Love's Crashing Waves (Difford & Tilbrook cover)

Tempted

Cool for Cats

Another Nail in My Heart

Goodbye Girl

Annie Get Your Gun

Encore:

Take Me I'm Yours

Black Coffee in Bed (extended outro with band solos)

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Squeeze UK tour in November continues...

Sat 09 Nottingham Royal Concert Hall

Mon 11 Bournemouth Pavilion

Tue 12 Cambridge Corn Exchange

Wed 13 Cardiff St David’s Hall

Fri 15 Llandudno Venue Cymru

Sat 16 Harrogate Convention Centre

Sun 17 Reading Hexagon

Tue 19 Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall

Wed 20 Ipswich Regent







Thursday 07 November 2019...6.30pm to 10.15pm...

THE PAUL RAYMOND AWARDS 2019 at Cafe de Paris, 3 Coventry Street, London W1.

Paul Raymond Publications is a British pornography publisher of monthly softcore pornographic magazine titles: Escort, Club International, Mayfair, Men Only, Men's World, Razzle, Swing Mag, Club DVD and Escort DVD. It also publishes an adult website at www.paulraymond.xxx which features both softcore and hardcore content.Their magazines are generally available in most newsagents, although some larger retailers require a modesty bag in order to protect minors from seeing gratuitous flesh on display on the cover. As from 2013, their magazines are also available in digital format exclusively on the Paul Raymond digital newsstand.

In the 1970s/1980s/1990s the magazines had massive sales figures but the internet has reduced that.

Around 400 guests are here including many scantily clad females flashing the flesh.

Guests included Dave Courtney (now aged 60) who is an English self-proclaimed former gangster,

who has become both an author and actor on tv hard-men documentaries.

However, Courtney is probably best known for organising the security at gangster Ronnie Kray's funeral in 1995.

Courtney has claimed to be the inspiration for Vinnie Jones's debt-collecting hard man in the movie Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

From 7pm to 9pm we had a lot of various entertainment on the stage.

Several different male & female singers singing one of two tracks, some burlesque and pole-dancing,

beat-boxing, break-dancing , fire-breathing and The Chocolate Men erotic dance troupe.

A dj was playing dance tunes between acts to keep the clubby vibe going.

The awards were on from 9pm to 10pm.

The girls are here to pick up their awards.

The big video screens are showing the girls in action.

The awards given out were...

Mayfair Girl of the Year

Club International Girl of the Year

Men Only Girl of the Year

Escort Girl of the Year

Razzle Girl of the Year

Newcomer of the Year

MILF of the Year

Adult Film of the Year

Girl Duo of the Year

Paul Raymond Online Fan Favourite of the Year

Male Performer of the Year

Female Performer of the Year

Paul Raymond Girl of the Year (winner was Linsey Dawn McKenzie)

Complimentary prosecco, different spirits including JD & cokes, wines and beers for all guests.











Wednesday 06 November 2019...6.30pm to 10pm...

WORLD TRAVEL MARKET - Destination Showcase - Le Méridien Piccadilly, 21 Piccadilly, London W1.

We are at this five star hotel opposite Waterstone's, Piccadilly.

Around 200 guests are here.

13 countries/cities are showcasing their country/city as a tourist destination.

Four of them have a 15 mins presentation in the seated area.

VISIT SHARJAH - Sharjah is the third largest city in the United Arab Emirates after Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

A CORUNA TOURIST BOARD

VISIT FINLAND

TOURISM AUSTRALIA

Each stand donated a prize to the business card raffle at the end, some were better than expected.

A weekend break with flights and accom to Tallinn, Finland.

A weekend break with flights and accom to A Coruna, Spain.

A weekend break with flights and accom to Porto, Portugal.

A pair of business class Eurostar tickets....sadly we did not win any of them.

Complimentary wines and beers throughout the evening and a nice full buffet and desserts at 8pm.









Wednesday 06 November 2019.

This afternoon BBC 6 Music had a nice feature on drummers featuring Taylor Hawkins.

One of the records played was something i remember well , but try telling kids today that

a three and half minute drum solo was a big hit single.

"Dance with the Devil" is a solo drum instrumental by COZY POWELL. It was recorded as Cozy Powell's session work for RAK was taking off.The bass player on the track is Suzi Quatro as she was also signed to RAK.

The single reached No. 3 in the UK Singles Chart in January 1974.

I saw him playing with many bands as he made his name with many major rock bands and artists like The Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow, Gary Moore, Robert Plant, Brian May, Whitesnake, Emerson, Lake & Powell, and Black Sabbath.

I have one of his drumsticks from a gig at Hammersmith Odeon at home somewhere.

Cozy sadly died in a car crash in 1998.











Tuesday 05 November 2019....6.30pm to 8.45pm...

ASIAN ART in LONDON - Gala Party - Bonham's, 101 New Bond Street, London W1.

Asian Art in London, founded in 1998, is an annual event held over ten days in early November, which takes place within participating galleries and auction houses. It has a global reputation uniting leading Asian art dealers, auction houses, museums and societies in a series of gallery selling exhibitions, auctions, receptions and lectures. Together they celebrate the expertise and excellence of Asian art on view in London each November, with a wide range of Asian art from the antique to contemporary and in a price range designed to suit all pockets. Participant events are complemented by exhibitions and seminars at satellite events around London and at leading London academic institutions.

Around 200 guests are here.

Some very nice sculptures, porcelain, statues and paintings are here to look at.

At 8pm there was a couple of speeches and a business card raffle to win a return flight to Hong Kong

with three nights accomodation...sadly I did not win it.

Complimentary Pol Roger champers and canapés for all the guests here.

All guests got a small goodie bag that included a copy of Apollo Art Magazine.

www.asianartinlondon.com

Visit their website here for more info.

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Happy Birthday to BRYAN ADAMS who is 60 today.

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Very sad news that Irish broadcasting legend GAY BYRNE has passed away aged 85 after illness.

Viewers can watch live coverage of his funeral.

RTE say coverage of Gay Byrne's funeral will be streamed live on Friday at 11.30am on RTE tv and

on the RTE Player and on RTE.ie and be available to audiences worldwide.









Monday 04 November 2019...2pm to 7.15pm...

WORLD TRAVEL MARKET - DAY ONE - Excel, Royal Victoria Dock, Royal Docks, London E16.

A huge three day event for the travel industry.

Over 150 countries are showcasing their country as a holiday destination.

Many of the countries have staff dressed in colourful national dress and bands playing homeland tunes.

Over 10,000 visitors per day.

Every hour a few of the stands are having drinks and food receptions.

Legendary cricketer Sir Viv Richards was on the Antigua and Barbuda stand.

Cricket legends Sir Gary Sobers and Desmond Haynes were on the Barbados stand.

Lord Sebastian Coe was walking about.

We had an hour at each of the following...

GREECE presentation with Greek wines and Greek food.

All guests got a goodie bag with four Greek food items inside including 500ml Virgin Olive Oil.

TAIWAN presentation with prosecco, beers and canapés.

There was a business card raffle with a dozen prizes.

I won one of the runners-up prizes of a large pineapple cake(popular in Taiwan) and a picture frame.

Sadly i did not win one of the two main prizes - Taiwan return flights and accommodation.

PHILIPPINES presentation with rum cocktails and canapés.

IRELAND presentation with easily the biggest crowd as around 200 are here.

Complimentary pints of Guinness and Gin & Tonics for all guests.

www.galway2020.ie

Visit the Galway website here for more info

THE SHARD showcase with complimentary Moët champers.

then

8pm to 11.15pm

ITALIAN National Tourist Board - WTM Party - Sky Garden , 20 Fenchurch St, London EC3.

Known as the walkie talkie due to its unique shape, this skyscraper features a top-floor restaurant & bar.

We are up on the 35th and 36th floors in this amazing space with stunning views of London at night.

A massive party for around 400 who were mainly Italian guests.

Guests included Nancy Dell'Olio and Rocco Forte.

At around 9.20pm we get a five track 25 mins set by the current version of BLACK BOX.

Black Box is an Italian house music group popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

The members of the group included a club DJ and a black female singer on vocals.

In 2015, Celestine Walcott-Gordon began performing live as the new lead vocalist of Black Box.

She sang their hits tonight including "Everybody Everybody", "Strike It Up" , "Fantasy" and finished with their

classic number one from 1989 "Ride On Time".

This Italian crowd were all dancing to the live act and the dj sounds and it was a full on party vibe.

We even had this crowd all singing loudly along to Oasis "Wonderwall".

We left at 11.15pm and it was due to finish at 12pm.

Complimentary prosecco, different spirits, wines, beers, lots of different bowl food, canapés and desserts.

www.italia.it

Visit their website here for more info.









Sunday 03 November 2019.

NFL live at Wembley Stadium - Houston Texans v Jacksonville Jaguars - kick-off 2.30pm.

Another sold out capacity crowd of 85,000 at Wembley Stadium for NFL.

This is the last of the four NFL games this year in London(two at Spurs ground and two at Wembley).

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Back in the 1970s and 1980s the area around Wembley Stadium/Wembley Arena was a ghost town

with nothing on offer and now there are loads of restaurants & bars & stores in the shopping centre.

Over 20 blocks of flats are being built as part of a re-generation programme.

Most of the crowd are here a couple of hours before the game as NFL are hosting various fan events

outside the venue and NFL staff are giving out small merch items & treats to all the fans.

Half the crowd seem to be wearing their NFL shirts.

The game was a bit one-sided as Houston Texans crushed the Jacksonville Jaguars 26-3 at Wembley.

As usual the game lasted just over 3 hours , start to finish.

Dermot O'Leary and Alexandra Burke were both interviewed on the big screen by pitch side.

Cheerleaders from both sides and a drumming band from both sides performed.

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These are the first three gigs i saw at Wembley Stadium (the original one).

Who,Stranglers,AC/DC,Nils Lofgren --- 18.08.1979

Rolling Stones,J Geils Band --- 26.06.1982

Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band --- 04.07.1985









Saturday 02 November 2019.

THE MACC LADS + DUNCAN REID AND THE BIG HEADS live at The Forum, London.

The Macc Lads are back! Filthier, Fatter and a lot more Flatulent!

The Macc Lads are a rock band from Macclesfield, Cheshire, England. Self-proclaimed the "rudest, crudest, lewdest, drunkest band in Christendom", the Macc Lads used irreverent, foul-mouthed and politically incorrect lyrics; common lyrical themes were binge drinking, sex and fighting.Active from 1981 to 1995 and reforming in 2018.

Expect to hear "Fat Bastard" which has reworked lyrics to Sweets "Blockbuster" and "No sheep til Buxton".

Special guests are Duncan Reid and The Big Heads.

Duncan Reid was an original member of punk/new wave band The Boys in the late 1970s.

Duncan has released three albums with his current band.

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Upstairs is closed tonight and downstairs is not full so maybe around 700 are here.

DUNCAN REID AND THE BIG HEADS arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played for around 45 mins.

Duncan is wearing a red suit and his band feature females on guitar & drums.

Not an easy task being a support band for The Macc Lads but lots of catchy pop rock tunes were played.

The set was mainly his solo material but ended with great versions of two classics by The Boys.

A really good set.

Full setlist played by Duncan Reid and the Big Heads tonight...

Can't Stop

C'est la Vie

Soda Pressing (The Boys cover)

Baby Doll

Let's Skip to the Good Bit

Thinking

Just Because You're Paranoid

Rolling On

Bombs Away

Kelly's Gone Insane

C'mon Josephine

Brickfield Nights (The Boys cover)

First Time (The Boys cover)

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I am looking forward to seeing the headliners as i have never seen them live before.

They sold out The Islington Academy last year but were banned from many places first time around.

THE MACC LADS arrived on stage at 9pm and played for around 85 mins.

The band come on to chants of "you fat bastard", "you fat bastard" , "you fat bastard".

A bit ironic when there are so many big beer bellies in the crowd.

It is not long before folks are jumping around and the beer is flying through the air at the band.

You see throwing beer at the band here is a term of endearment.

The lyrics are a proper rude & crude, very similar to Northern comedian Roy Chubby Brown.

Some songs are better than others and sometimes the lyrics are hilarious.

Obviously you will never hear them on the radio with lyrics like "sit on my face and guess me weight".

Many of the lyrics are derogatory to women but there are a few here even though it's 90% blokes.

The singer tells the crowd "why don't you throw beer at the other members of the band?" which cues

up a bloke to throw a full pint over the bass player on the left.

They must be doing something right as i saw many folks doubling up with laughter.

A very enjoyable show.

Full setlist played by The Macc Lads tonight...

Alton Towers

God's Gift to Women

Guess Me Weight

Miss Macclesfield

Doctor Doctor

Dead Cat

Gordon's Revenge

Maid of Ale

Fat Bastard

Torremolinos

Nagasaki Sauce

Fellatio Nelson

No Sheep 'til Buxton

My Pub

Baggy Anne

Saturday Night

Fluffy Pup

Dirty Glass

Buenos Aires

Failure With Girls

Twenty Pints

Charlotte

Bloik!

Julie the Schooly

Blackpool

Encore:

Barrel's Round

Sweaty Betty









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News and Reviews: 2nd November 2019

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 - YouTube IT'S KEVIN Amish Sex Pistols.

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Will BOB SEGER ever come back to play live in the UK?

This week, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band played the final show of their farewell tour, at the 20,000-capacity Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. Support came from local band Ghost Hounds.

Seger announced his final tour in September 2018, after returning to the road after back surgery, and after 63 arena shows this year – performing to more than one million fans – the curtain has finally fallen on the singer's live career.

Seger's future plans are unclear, and while he has hinted that it's only the North American part of the tour that's over, he hasn't played outside the continent for nearly four decades. His last UK show was at Wembley Arena in November 1980.

I saw Bob Seger play Hammersmith Odeon in 1977.









Thursday 31 October 2019.

LISA STANSFIELD + JAZZ MORLEY live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

English singer songwriter Lisa Stansfield returns to the Royal Albert Hall to celebrate the 30th Anniversary

of her iconic debut album "Affection".

The multi-platinum album was released in 1989 and sold over 5 million copies worldwide, winning three BRIT Awards, two Ivor Novello Awards and a Billboard Music Award overseas, as well as two Grammy nominations.

I have seen Lisa play live a couple of times including Ronnie Scott's in 1990.

Lisa had several hit singles in the 1980s and 1990s.

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Not sold out tonight but a decent 90% tickets are sold.

JAZZ MORLEY arrived on stage at 7.35pm and played for around 30 mins.

Jazz Morley is a 30 year old singer-songwriter from Bournemouth.

Great voice & lyrics on tracks from her two albums, with a gentle piano backing that went down well.

She gave thanks to her booking agent who has got her from playing to 100 in a pub 18 months ago

to this major support tour( her booking agent is music biz legend Neil Warnock , who also looks after Lisa).

LISA STANSFIELD arrived on stage at 8.35pm and played for around 90 mins.

Lisa is now aged 53 and has a tiny demure slim frame and between songs came her really strong Lancashire accent.

A nicely paced show where the first half ticked along nicely then everyone got up for a dance from massive hit

"All Around the World" onwards, and Lisa herself moved around the stage more.

Lisa had a great 9-piece backing band that included percussion, keyboards, two brass and two female B/Vs.

An enjoyable show.

Full Lisa Stansfield setlist played tonight...

Affection

Mighty Love

Sincerity

The Way You Want It

This Is the Right Time

The Love in Me

Unknown

When Are You Coming Back?

Poison

Wake Up Baby

You Can't Deny It

My Apple Heart

All Around the World

The Real Thing

What Did I Do to You?

Never Ever

People Hold On

Encore:

Live Together

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If you are a regular at The Royal Albert Hall you will see in the corridors the great photos of

the legends that have played here over the years.

One was to celebrate Sting playing ten nights here in 2000.

I think to myself , i went to one or two of those shows.

Looking at my gig history when i got home, I actually went to FIVE of the ten shows.







Wednesday 30 October 2019.

A NIGHT AT RONNIE SCOTT'S : 60th anniversary Gala show live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

With appearances by Van Morrison, Roy Ayers, Curtis Stigers, Kurt Elling, Courtney Pine, Madeline Bell, Imelda May , Nigel Kennedy , Guy Barker, Liane Carroll, Ian Shaw, Natalie Williams, Judi Jackson,

The Blue Flames, China Moses,Ian Shaw, Pee Wee Ellis and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra led by Pete Long.

Jimi Hendrix last ever stage appearance was at Ronnie Scott's in Soho.

On September 16, 1970 legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix took the stage with old friend Eric Burdon and California funk act War for the end of their set at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London. While Hendrix tore it up, his performance is most notable as his last time playing in public since Jimi tragically died just two days later.

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The venue is totally sold out tonight.

On the floor are over 30 round tables of 10, hosting fans who have bought drinks packages.

Loads of hospitailty packages in the boxes as well.

It was a long show of 3 hours 10 mins over two sets of 90 mins and 100 mins.

The show finished well past the 11pm curfew at 11.15pm.

Pretty much everyone singing one or two songs.

The first set was mainly lesser known singers and the second set had the big names.

Clarke Peters hosted the show and would come on every three of four songs and tell us the history of

Ronnie Scott's along to videos and pictures on the big screen from those that had attended and performed there.

There are around 20 musicians on stage including a dozen man brass section.

FIRST SET HIGHLIGHTS...

China Moses sung a song.

Ian Shaw sung a song.

Natalie Williams sung a song.

Curtis Stigers sung a song

Liane Carroll sung a song.

Judi Jackson sung a song.

All the above on stage singing "Rehab" as a tribute to Amy Winehouse.

NIGEL KENNEDY performed two songs , one quiet and gentle and the other nice and loud.

SECOND SET HIGHLIGHTS...

Courtney Pine performed a song.

Kurt Elling sung two songs with The Blue Flames (Georgie Fame pulled out due to illness)

VAN MORRISON sung two songs.

IMELDA MAY sung two songs including a stunning "Black Tears".

ROY AYERS performed his great track "Everybody Loves The Sunshine".

MADELINE BELL sung two songs.

Most of the artists on stage to sing "Let The Good Times Roll".

Finale was a fitting tribute to Ronnie Scott who was a sax player back in the day.

There were 60 sax players on stage and they all walked conga style around the entire stalls seats.

It was a riotous end to the show.

An enjoyable evening.

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I did not get along to Ronnie Scott's until 1990 when Lisa Stansfield played.

By coincidence Lisa Stansfield plays The Royal Albert Hall the following night.









Tuesday 29 October 2019....I went to two events tonight...

7pm to 8pm

MARCO ANTONIO x RANKIN book launch party, 37/41 Mortimer House, London W1.

Rankin Launches New Beauty Book with Make-up Artist Marco Antonio. Marco Antonio x Rankin mixes Marco's pop colour pallets with Rankin's signature sense of photography humour.

Around 150 guests in the fifth floor bar of this private members club.

Marco Antonio and Rankin are both here signing copies of the book.

The book retails for £40 but you can get it cheaper via my Amazon link above.

A dj is playing tunes in the background.

Complimentary Aperol Spritz cocktails, wines and beers for all guests.

then

8.15pm to 11pm

YOUNG CHEF YOUNG WAITER AWARDS - Quaglino's, 16 Bury Street, St James's, London SW1.

Promoting Hospitality as a career of choice, a profession and a vocation. Young Chef Young Waiter is a national competition open to all young professional waiters and chefs from any background.

This renowned competition turns 40 this year and has been revamped with a new, dynamic format, fully endorsed by UK Hospitality and the Restaurant Association.

Around 300 guests are here.

20 young chefs battled it out during the day for the judges and the three winners were announced here.

20 young waiters battled it out during the day for the judges and the three winners were announced here.

Judges here included celebrity chefs JOHN TORODE and THEO RANDALL.

Complimentary English sparkling wine, two different cocktails, wines, beers and lots of hot n tasty

different bowl food along with canapés and Magnum ice-creams for dessert.











Monday 28 October 2019.

THE DAMNED + THE CIRCUS OF HORRORS live at The London Palladium.

"A Night of A Thousand Vampires"

The Damned are coming to The London for a special immersive theatrical experience.

Melding the band’s love of horror with a classic rock show, The Damned will be teaming up with legendary film production company Hammer House Of Horror, in a night that promises shock, awe and gore! The Circus of Horrors will open the night.

Times have changed. I saw them a couple of years ago when The Damned played The Royal Albert Hall

and now they are playing another posh venue....22 July update - show is sold out.

I have seen punk legends The Damned over 40 times since the punk heyday of 1976 onwards.

I saw then 10 times alone in 1977 including when they supported T.Rex at The Rainbow.

I saw them last year at Shepherds Bush Empire.

Rock legend Nick Mason produced the second Damned album "Music for Pleasure" in 1977.

On November 1, BMG plans a representative 2CD collection set entitled Black Is The Night: The Definitive Anthology. This release will feature songs from the entire time spectrum of The Damned that stretches from the band’s beginnings in 1977 through their 2018 set, Evil Spirits. All old, there will be 39 familiar songs including the band’s 1976 single, “New Rose”. All of their five Top 40 UK singles are here as well. Black Is The Night: The Definitive Anthology was fully curated by the band.

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As expected it was very nice to see so many older punk rockin' chums here i know.

Kevin S was here...he has seen The Damned over 500 times....yes over 500 times.

Mainly due to singer Dave Vanian's Dracula like stage look , The Damned gets loads of fans dressed up as vampires and tonight there are more than ever as The Guinness Book of Records are here and fans can get

their picture taken and they may appear in the DVD of the gig that will come out at sometime in the future.

THE CIRCUS OF HORRORS arrive on stage at 7.45pm for their 30 mins set.

I have seen them a couple of times before and always make for good live entertainment.

The Circus of Horrors is a British "Family of Freaks" circus created by John Haze, Gerry Cottle and Pierrot Bidon.First seen performing at the Glastonbury Festival in 1995.Combining horror, comedy and rock and roll with circus acts, the circus uses goth and steampunk imagery, and references victorian freak shows and burlesque. They were finalist’s on the ITV show Britain's Got Talent in 2011. The circus currently holds 20 Guinness World Records.

THE DAMNED arrived on stage at 8.15pm and play for two hours over two sets of 75 mins and 45 mins.

Rock legend JIMMY PAGE was in a box at the side and looked to be really enjoying the show.

They have a very nice stage production that looked like a haunted house with the drums 15 ft up in the air.

Also horror movie clips are being played on a big screen.

The first set was mainly lesser known material and the second set was a very lively bunch of Damned gems.

Dave Vanian wanders into the crowd a couple of times.

The Circus of Horrors team also come off and on and help with the visuals.

The overall sound from the band in this famous venue is really good.

Captain Sensible asks the crowd "who was at The Roxy Club in the 1970s?" (I was).

He then makes some jokey references to Palladium stars Bruce Forsyth and Tommy Cooper.

The classics in the second half were superb and as fresh sounding as ever as we had "Neat, Neat, Neat",

"New Rose" , "Love Song" and "Smash It Up".

A great show.

Full Damned setlist played tonight...

FIRST SET

Wait for the Blackout

Plan 9 Channel 7

Grimly Fiendish

Standing on the Edge of Tomorrow

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

I Just Can't Be Happy Today

Under the Floor Again

Absinthe

Shadow of Love

13th Floor Vendetta

Nasty

Eloise (Paul Ryan cover)

Curtain Call

SECOND SET

Tightrope Walk

The Dog

Neat Neat Neat / Bela Lugosi's Dead (Bauhaus cover)

New Rose

Love Song

People Are Strange (The Doors cover)

Smash It Up (Part 1 & 2)

Black Is The Night









Sunday 27 October 2019.

THE CULT live at Hammersmith Apollo, London.

Ian Astbury, Billy Duffy and co are touring the UK to mark the 30th anniversary of their Sonic Temple album.

I have seen The Cult around 15 times since 1985.

I saw them in 1982 when they were called Southern Death Cult.

With support bands Yonaka (from Brighton) and The Last Internationale (from New York).

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It is totally sold out so around 5000 fans are here and a great atmosphere as stalls standing tonight.

Quite a few folks here that i know

James Stevenson was here...he has played with many bands including The Cult as

a second guitarist on a few tours and The Alarm.

THE LAST INTERNATIONALE arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played for 30 mins.

They are promoting their third album "Soul on Fire".

The group have socially-conscious lyrics and strong vocals from their female singer.

YONAKA arrived on stage at 8.15pm and played for 30 mins.

Another support band here with a female singer and a decent set of tunes.

To date they have released one album, three EPs and several singles. Following a European tour opening for Bring Me the Horizon in early 2019, their debut album Don't Wait 'till Tomorrow was released on 31 May 2019. The album reached 38 on the UK Albums Chart and 10 on the UK Vinyl Albums Chart.

THE CULT arrived on stage at 9.20 pm and played for 95 mins.

Ian Astbury is a proper rock star singer and Billy Duffy plays plenty of superb guitar riffs all night.

He has that great stance that looks a bit borrowed from his hero Steve Jones from The Sex Pistols.

When i saw six Sex Pistols shows in America in Sept 2003, Billy Duffy went to three of them.

The band use a small string section for a couple of songs.

They played a setlist culled from their 10 studio albums, with the centerpiece being a super set that's focused on the core songs from "Sonic Temple"; some of these songs had not been performed since the album (their fourth) was originally released in 1989.

A great show.

Full setlist played by The Cult tonight...

Sun King

Wild Flower

Automatic Blues

American Horse

Sweet Soul Sister

New York City

Edie (Ciao Baby) (With The Leos String Quartet)

Soul Asylum (With The Leos String Quartet)

Rain

Spiritwalker

The Phoenix

Rise

American Gothic

Fire Woman

Love Removal Machine

Encore:

Lil' Devil

She Sells Sanctuary









Saturday 26 October 2019.

HRH PROG 8 - DAY 1 - all-dayer at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

HRH are promoting a dozen bands over two days at this venue...six each day.

They are alternating with Sheffield - a bit like Reading Festival/Leeds Festival.

I saw headliner The Pineapple Thief headline this venue last year.

Pineapple Thief have released a dozen albums since 1999.

HRH are doing a good job of promoting all-dayers every few months under the titles including

Prog, Metal, AOR and even Punk.

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Prog was very popular in the early 1970s with the likes of ELP and Yes but the kids on the street hated

the long muso keyboard twaddle and so...punk rock came along in 1976 and kicked it into touch for a few

years but Prog fans are pretty loyal and they even have their own magazine these days.

4th LABYRINTH arrived on stage at 2.40pm and played for 45 mins.

The band are from Cambridge and play some decent tracks from their new album "Better".

PEARL HANDLED REVOLVER arrived on stage at 3.45pm and played for 60 mins.

Pearl Handled Revolver are a four piece original Blues Rock band hailing from Bedfordshire.

Some nice vocals and tracks from their new album "Fantasy Reigns"

KRANKSCHAFT arrived on stage at 5.05pm and played for 60 mins.

They played a really good set of psychedelic rock tunes.

The guitarist had a great Hawkwind type sonic guitar sound.

As of 2019 the group have recorded three official studio albums, one special album (composed of music made to poems submitted online by fans) and two live albums.

SOFT MACHINE arrived on stage at 6.25pm and played for 60 mins.

Soft Machine have going since the late 1960s but i have never seen them before live as their type

of jazz rock just does not appeal to me as just too proggy and muso for my liking.

CARAVAN arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played for 75 mins.

Caravan are another band who started off in the late 1960s that I have not seen before.

They played an enjoyable set that was more melodic and closer to folk music and frequently displaying a sense of humour.

PINEAPPLE THIEF arrived on stage at 9.30pm and played for 90 mins.

Pineapple Thief play a good set but some folks start leaving early after such a long day.

A decent enough day of live music.









Thursday 24 October 2019.

GARY NUMAN + KANGA live at The Roundhouse, London.

Gary plays the first of two London shows at the end of his month long UK tour.

Gary is playing a 40th anniversary tour - celebrating his 1979 career start.

Tubeway Army had released ‘Replicas’ in April that year, the album shifting 100,000 upon release and the single ‘Are Friends Electric?’ took Numan to both No. 1 in the UK charts, and into the nations living rooms courtesy of multiple Top of The Pops performances.

Some 4 months later ‘The Pleasure Principal’ was released under the Gary Numan name, the album taking the No.1 position as did the single ‘Cars’, a feat repeated in several countries, so I guess Gary has fond memories of 1979.

I have seen Gary Numan live around 25 times since 1980.

He was a regular at Hammersmith Odeon throughout the 1980s and played multi-shows there on most tours.

I saw him last year at The Royal Albert Hall.

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I have a very nice view , front left looking at the stage.

The very loyal hardcore Gary Numan fans down the front always see multi-shows on each tour.

KANGA arrived on at stage at 8pm and played for 40 mins.

Kanga is a solo project of a Los Angeles based composer, artist, and music programmer who has worked on films that include Nightmare, The Devils Carnival II, Insidious III, and The Conjuring II.

Just her singing and dancing to pre-programmed synth beats.

Chants from his fans of "Nu-man" Nu-man, Nu-man" ring out throughout the evening.

GARY NUMAN arrived on stage at 9.05pm and played for 1 hour 40 mins.

A nice stage production with a big screen showing pre-recorded images.

A nice loud and huge wall of sound from on stage.

Now aged 61, Numan himself was in jeans and a long loose-fitting black top, as ever that huge mop of blackened hair threatening to cascade down his face as he launched into a cavernous ‘My Name Is Ruin’, immediately Numan is traversing the stage, he stoops, explodes upwards, huge dramatic postures perfectly choreographed to the song as the stage is lit by a wall to wall backdrop.

For many years now Gary is making a harder industrial noise compared to his early synth-pop hits.

I must admit the more recent material is good but the heavier versions of old hits are really great including

"Down in the Park", "Cars", "I Die : You Die" and " Are Friends Electric?".

Gary seems to be enjoying playing live more than ever and it was a great show.

Full Gary Numan setlist played tonight...

My Name Is Ruin

Remind Me to Smile

That's Too Bad

Me! I Disconnect From You

Stories

Metal

Absolution

Dead Sun Rising (Remix)

Films

Down in the Park

The Promise

Cars

Here in the Black

I Die: You Die

The Fall

A Prayer for the Unborn

Are 'Friends' Electric?

Encore:

My Shadow in Vain

Halo

Intruder

Jo the Waiter

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Happy Birthday to BILL WYMAN who is 83 today.









Wednesday 23 October 2019.

7pm to 10pm

LOUIS VUITTON MAISON - store re-launch party - 17/20 New Bond Street, London W1.

A massive store launch party for 500 guests over the three floors of their stunning store.

It is a big deal as they have closed the road outside off to traffic.

They have been working on this store for months now, and the hoardings have finally come down.

Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa posed in front of Louis Vuitton New Bond Street’s redesigned and colourful exterior before joining Mark Ronson, Kylie Minogue, Vogue Editor Edward Enninful, Doutzen Kroes, Noel Gallagher, Gal Gadot , Yasmin & Amber Le Bon to celebrate the luxury brand’s relaunched London flagship store. Other celebrity guests included Erin O’Connor, Nick Grimshaw, Alexa Chung, Maisie Williams, Mary Charteris, Poppy Delevingne and Lottie Moss.

Complimentary Ruinart champers,three different cocktails, wines and canapés for all guests.

then

10.15pm to 12pm

EAST 17 live at Tramp, 38 Jermyn Street, St Janes's, London SW1.

In the 1970s and 1980s , Tramp was one of the main celebrity hangouts in London.

Tonight they are hosting a '1990s' theme party.

All the tunes played are from the 1990s and we have a band playing from the 1990s.

East 17 is currently made up of original member Terry Coldwell and newest additions to the line-up Robbie Craig and Terry Bull. In the past, Brian Harvey and Tony Mortimer were also a core part of the group that had many hits in the nineties. Back then they achieved 18 Top 20 singles and had four of their albums make the Top 10 of the charts. One of the most popular bands of their generation, they were often in the tabloids and had a naughtier image than that of peers like Take That. Mixing up hip hop, r&b and pop into their own style, the group had huge hits such as ‘House of Love’ and ‘Let It Rain' and their massive Christmas 1994 number one hit 'Stay Another Day'.

'Stay Another Day' is also the 31st biggest seller of the 90s decade.

Ex band member Tony Mortimer recently said the song still brings in £75,000 royalties every year.

EAST 17 took to the stage at 10.40pm and played for 55 mins.

The trio are on stage singing along to a backing track, and all three are wearing baseball caps.

A nice party atmosphere as folks are on the dance floor.

Even i was swaying along to a pukka version of 'Stay Another Day'.

East 17 setlist tonight included...

House of Love

Let It Rain

Steam

If You Ever

Around The World

Stay Another Day

It's Alright

The band were very friendly after the show and posed for photos with their female fans.

Complimentary champers and canapés for all guests.

www.tramp.co.uk

Visit the Tramp website here for info.

then

00.15am to 3am

LOUIS VUITTON MAISON after-party at Annabel's,Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London W1.

The 500 guests from earlier have taken over all floors of Annabel's (the most famous members club in London).

We missed the four song Kylie Minogue set singing to a backing track as we were at Tramp.

It was a full party vibe here as i have not danced this much for ages.

Mark Ronson was one of the djs for an hour stint.

I bump into NOEL GALLAGHER and his wife again and he is very friendly and full respect

to them for staying until the end.Noel was dancing in the corner table by the dj.

Noel & his band are soon to support U2 on their Australian , New Zealand & The Far East tour.

Alexa Chung and Poppy Delevingne were also doing a lot of dancing.

So many rooms on different floors so not sure how many of the celebs at the store went to the party.

A full complimentary bar including Ruinart champers and different cocktails along with canapés.

A superb evening.











Tuesday 22 October 2019.

The O2 Arena has now sold 25 million tickets since it opened in 2007.

The O2 Arena has hosted over 2,000 individual performances since opening in 2007 and now averages over 200 events a year which cover music, sport, comedy, family entertainment and e-Sports.

Said Bownes: "To reach the 25 million ticket milestone is a huge achievement and we’re so grateful to have hosted so many artists for the first time this year. London has the best fans in the world, and we’d like to thank promoters, agents, managers and our partners for continuing to work with us to help bring the very best performers from the worlds of music, comedy, sport and entertainment to The O2."

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Fact of the day...

On 13 April 1963 The Beatles recorded their first ever BBC broadcast at Lime Grove Studios in Shepherd's Bush. The group returned in 1964 for a further recording. Lime Grove Studios was demolished in 1994 to make way for residential accommodation.









Monday 21 October 2019.

7pm to 8.15pm

The BMI Awards at The Savoy Hotel, Strand, London WC2.

The BMI Awards are annual award ceremonies for various genres and honouring songwriters and publishers,

that have had major success on American radio.

I have been to this awards show several times over the past decade which included some big names getting

the "President's Award", including John Lydon, Sting, Jay Kay and Yoko Ono.

We are here with 300 other guests for the red carpet arrivals drinks reception at this famous hotel.

NOEL GALLAGHER is here to collect the main "President's Award" tonight.

Noel is with his wife and daughter and i get a nice photo with him.

RAYE recieved the "Impact Award" for co-writing many big chart hits.

A dozen others are here to collect their BMI medals for songwriting.

Anne-Marie --- wrote big hits for her band Clean Bandit.

Don Black --- legendary songwriter including three James Bond film theme songs.

Graham Lyle --- Scottish songwriter from Gallagher & Lyle who I saw live in the 1970s.

He wrote many songs including Tina Turner "Whats Love Got To Do With It".

Michael D'Abo ---- wrote "Handbags & Gladrags" and "Build Me Up Buttercup".

Niall Horan --- ex One Direction member for writing songs on his big selling solo album.

Nick Van Eede --- wrote Cutting Crews "I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight" which has just

passed 4 million plays on American radio.

Oh Wonder --- alt-pop duo who released a single a month for a year.

Complimentary Louis Roederer champers for all guests.

then

8.45pm to 10.15pm

TRAVEL MEDIA AWARDS, The Landmark Hotel, 222 Marylebone Road, London NW1.

Around 300 guests in this very nice hotel.

21 awards given out to travel writers, broadcasters and photographers.

Complimentary prosecco, wines, beers, bowl food , canapés and desserts for all guests.

All guests got a goodie bag on departure.

www.travelmediaawards.com

Visit their website here for a list of the winners.

then

10.45pm to 00.45am

...back to The BMI Awards , The Savoy Hotel, Strand, London WC2.

The dinner had finished but the main awards were still being given out.

7 million plays in America - Higher Love by Steve Winwood (picked up by publisher)

7 million plays in America - Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me by Elton John (picked up by publisher)

7 million plays in America - Whats Love Got To Do With It by Graham Lyle

10 million plays in America - Layla by Eric Clapton (picked up by publisher)

15 million plays in America - Every Breathe You Take by Sting (Sting sent a video message)

This song is the most popular in BMIs catalog of thousands of songs.

Serious money comes in when your songs get played millions of times.

At 11pm - The BMI Chairman gave a nice speech about Noel Gallagher's career and introduced a 10 mins

video montage of Oasis and Noel solo highlights...Liam was not seen in any of the Oasis footage.

For the after-party it was a full complimentary bar including Louis Roederer champers.











Sunday 20 October 2019.

JAY PARK live at Olympia, London.

Jay Park brings his "Sexy4Eva" world tour to London.

Jay Park is a Korean American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, choreographer, actor,

A bit crazy how all these acts from Korea, Japan, Taiwan etc can play big venues like this in London.

I saw BTS headline Wembley Stadium in the summer.

Last year, Jay Park sold out The Troxy in East London.

A couple of his videos have had over 30 million views on YouTube.

In 2017, he became the first Asian American to sign with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation.

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Olympia is still having a few gigs every year.

I saw some great gigs here in 1976/1977/1978 including Status Quo, Thin Lizzy , Bad Company

and six Rod Stewart shows when they were all proper live acts in their heyday.

There is plenty of space at the sides and back tonight as it is a reduced sold out capacity of 5000

instead of the usual 7,000 to 10,000 due to health & safety as 90% of the crowd are very excitable females

under the age of 30.

You can see he has worldwide appeal as all colours and religions are here tonight.

We had a dj playing some tunes as a support to warm the crowd up.

JAY PARK arrived on stage at 8.45pm and was on for 1 hour 45 mins.

There is a huge gold circle that must be holding over 1000 fans.

A great stage production as he had five huge video screens showing live footage and the three

behind the stage would sometimes merge into one massive one.

I cannot see a backing band as he is using backing tapes via a dj console.

Two female dancers and two male dancers help the visuals along with a load of lights.

It is a very slick well rehearsed show where Jay seamlessly mixes pop, RnB and hip hop

For the last 10 mins of the main set Jay Park took his shirt off and perform his track, “Mommae”. Needless to say, the crowd went berserk. His chiseled chest (and abs!) and heavily tattooed body went down a treat with the girls.After performing his last song, “Sexy 4 Eva”, the rapper came back with a short “Nothin’ On You” – which swept all the ladies off their feet.

The music was not really the type i would buy or listen to but Jay Park put on a decent show.









Saturday 19 October 2019...8pm to 11pm...

THE SEX PISTOLS vs THE CLASH

An interesting punk related event in Maidenhead - tickets are £8.00

Norden Farm Centre for The Arts, Altwood Road , Maidenhead

Join host Jeff Lloyd for an evening of trivia, chat and fun!The Sex Pistols vs The Clash – the true heavyweights of Punk Rock go head to head with their respective debut LPs.The audience will vote for their favourite before they are played and then we see who has changed their mind after both have been spun.Hear music in its finest form – on vinyl and in fabulous hi-fi!

They will also be showing some Sex Pistols and Clash video footage.

Will be great to hear both these classic albums played nice and loud.

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These two albums were released over 40 years ago so who would have thought we would be sitting in

this room discussing the albums in the ex prime minister Theresa May’s constituency.Her home turf is full of ancient woodlands, fields of wheat and pretty villages (May lives in one of the most charming examples, Sonning).

The studio is pretty full so maybe 60 are here in four seated rows of 15.

At 8pm we get a few classic punk rock tracks played then at 8.20pm for 30 mins our host Jeff Lloyd does

a great job of telling us the history of both bands along with some band photos on the big screen.

Nice to see an early photo of Steve Jones, Paul Cook and Wally Nightingale being used.

In a hand count before we started, The Clash album just came out in front as the fave here.

We then get side A of The Sex Pistols "Never Mind The Bollocks" along with band video clips and photos,

We then get side A of The Clash debut album along with band videos and photos.

Everyone listens quietly then claps politely as each side finishes.

9.35pm to 10pm was the interval

We then get side B of The Sex Pistols album along with band videos and photos.

We then get side B of The Clash album along with band videos and photos.

Jeff then asked "did anyone see The Sex Pistols in 1976/1977?".I was the only one that put their hand up so I

told the crowd how Steve Jones and Paul Cook went to my school and were three years older than me so

that's mainly how i saw early gigs including The 100 Club Punk Festival in Sept 1976.

Jeff then introduced me as the UKs number one gig goer with over 7000 gigs seen.

Then there was a raffle ticket draw to win the actual two albums being played and i had the honour

of picking the winning two tickets.

We then had another show of hands to see if anyone had changed their minds and it had swung

over to The Sex Pistols as the power of songs like "Anarchy In The UK" , "God Save The Queen"

and "Pretty Vacant" had convinced a few to change their minds.

A very enjoyable unique evening.

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This venue holds this type of event each month so well worth checking out.







Friday 18 October 2019.

Another music documentary is in selected cinemas this week.

MYSTIFY : MICHAEL HUTCHENCE

A look at the troubled heart and soul of Michael Hutchence, lead singer and songwriter of INXS. Deftly woven from an archive of rich imagery, Michael's private home movies and those of his lovers, friends, and family.

Michael sadly died in 1997 in a Sydney hotel room.

The documentary will be shown in the future on BBC2.

Check out this mega video of when Wembley Stadium was bouncing to INXS...I was down the front...

INXS New Sensation (official live video) live from Wembley Stadium 1991 Live Baby Live

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I saw INXS several times with Michael Hutchence...they were a great live band...

INXS,Strangers And Brothers Hammersmith Odeon , London 02.02.1986 First major UK INXS GIG.

Queen,Status Quo,Alarm,INXS Wembley Stadium , London 11.07.1986 all bands did great sets esp Queen .

INXS,Sinead O'Connor Hammersmith Odeon , London 13.12.1987 Michael always looked so cool.

INXS,Sinead O'Connor Hammersmith Odeon , London 14.12.1987 Sineads band inc 2 ex Smiths

INXS + Hothouse Flowers Wembley Stadium , London 13.07. 1991 INXS had a fantastic stage and lights .

INXS Brixton Academy , London 29.07.1993 totally sold out packed 90 mins low key smallish gig .

INXS Brixton Academy , London 28.10.1994 One off UK show sold out in 1 day .Lovely stage set full of antique looking stage props . Excellent 85 mins set .

INXS Wembley Arena , London 18.06.1997 really good 1 hour 45 mins set .Micheal is still the perfect looking rock star but the vocals could have been clearer....Michaels last ever London show...

Blondie + INXS Wembley Arena , London 18.12.2002 For INXS it is their first UK tour since the sad death of Micheal Hutchence .The new singer does a decent job as the band go through a 75 mins hits set but it was nice to hear 2 new songs .Blondie do a great set but they are simply not an arena band and should stick to Brixton or Bush Empire as there are a lot of empty seats tonight .Blondie still have 4 original members with Debbie looking great for age 58 and Clem Burke just stunning on drums .They do a really good 80 mins set .Aftershow party was really good as well .









Thursday 17 October 2019.

THE BOOTLEG BEATLES with orchestra + NEIL INNES live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Their UK tour marks 50 years since the release of these final two albums - Abbey Road (released 26 September 1969) and Let It Be (released 8 May 1970), and will explore the journey to the end of The Beatles - celebrating the music of this era and the legacy that endures to this day.

The Bootleg Beatles, the nation’s premier Beatles group, join forces with the award-winning Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra once again to perform beautifully arranged symphonic versions of those timeless classics.

Hosted by writer, comedian and musician Neil Innes, (Monty Python, Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, The Rutles) this unique live staging will be an unmissable event for Beatles fans.

I have seen The Bootleg Beatles three or four times before at this venue as they are playing here

pretty much every year.

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Tonight the venue is totally rammed full sold out , including gallery standing and choir seats.

The show was for around two hours over two sets of 60 mins each.

NEIL INNES was on for 10 mins at the start of the first set and 10 mins halfway through the second set.

His set included "I'm the Urban Spaceman" which was the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band's most successful single, released in 1968. It reached #5 in the UK charts. The song was written by Neil Innes - who won an Ivor Novello Award in 1968 for the song - and produced by Paul McCartney and Gus Dudgeon under the pseudonym "Apollo C. Vermouth".

Neil & his band were recording at Abbey Road at the same time as The Beatles.

THE BOOTLEG BEATLES were on stage for around 1 hour 40 mins over the two sets.

Nice attention to detail as the band have the long hair and the clothes from their late 60s period.

When you add band & orchestra together there is 70 or 80 musicians on stage.

The orchestra sounded fab when the strings and brass kicked in.

They also had a Billy Preston lookalike on keyboards for the second set.

There is a big screen mixing live footage and pre-recorded images.

It was good to hear some of the lesser known album tracks being played live.

An epic version of "Hey Jude" had everyone singing along.

A very enjoyable show.

Tonight's full setlist played...

FIRST SET

NEIL INNES performed his tracks for 10 mins.

ABBEY ROAD album

Come Together

Something

Maxwell's Silver Hammer

Oh! Darling

Octopus's Garden

I Want You (She's So Heavy)

Here Comes the Sun

Because

You Never Give Me Your Money

Sun King

Mean Mr. Mustard

Polythene Pam

She Came in Through the Bathroom Window

Golden Slumbers

Carry That Weight

The End

Her Majesty

INTERVAL then Rooftop Gig tribute

SECOND SET

I've Got a Feeling

Don't Let Me Down

Get Back

NEIL INNES second set for 10 mins

LET IT BE album

The Long and Winding Road

I Me Mine (followed by John's a cappella snippet of Dig It)

Across the Universe

Dig a Pony

Let It Be

Encore:

Hey Jude (with Neil Innes) (singing a snippet of Shangri- La by the Rutles)

The End











Thursday 17 October 2019.

Some very sad news to report on someone i chatted to at many West End drinks party events.

Celebrity photographer JOE ALVAREZ passed away on Tuesday 15th October 2019

after a year and a half battle with cancer...he was aged just 46.

Joe had an online website called IKON LONDON MAGAZINE.

www.ikonlondonmagazine.com









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 seated, along with 50 rear stalls standing and 200 seated upstairs.

A few people here i know and plenty of music biz folks from the record companies, booking agents,press etc.

It moved to The Roundhouse three years from The Grosvenor House Hotel.

It definitely does not have that "room of legends" vibe that it had at the old venue but

i presume Q Magazine feel the need to keep up with the new and current artists.

Probably explains why there are 20 or 30 girls outside waiting for a K-Pop star who is attending.

Guests here today included...

Madness, Biffy Clyro, Bobby Gillespie, Jarvis Cocker, Tricky, The 1975, Stormzy, Ella Eyre,

Lewis Capaldi, Christine & The Queens, Kevin Rowland, Pale Waves , Dizzie Rascal, Kano, Foals,

Richard Hawley, Anna Calvi, Anne-Marie , Jimmy Eat World, Little Simz, Michael Kiwanuka, Edwyn Collins,

Kim Gordon, Tim Burgess, Baxter Dury,actress Rose McGowan and Absolute Radio dj Dave Berry and

probably a few others i missed.

Lots of complimentary drinks including spirits n mixers, wines and beers.

Q Awards winners 2019: Full list of winners...

Best Breakthrough Act – Pale Waves

Best Track – Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved

Best Album – Foals – Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost (Part 1)

Best Live Act Performance – Michael Kiwanuka – End Of The Road Festival

Best Solo Act – Stormzy

Best Act In The World Today – The 1975

Best Festival/Event– All Points East

Innovation In Sound – Dizzie Rascal

Classic Album – Tricky – Maxinquaye

Maverick – Edwyn Collins

Fender Play Award – Anna Calvi

Outstanding Contribution To Music – Kano

Classic Songwriter – Kevin Rowland

Inspiration – Madness

Icon – Christine And The Queens

Hero – Kim Gordon

Song Of The Decade – Lana Del Rey – Video Games

Best Vocal Performance – Little Simz







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News and Reviews: 16th October 2019

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 seated, along with 50 rear stalls standing and 200 seated upstairs.

A few people here i know and plenty of music biz folks from the record companies, booking agents,press etc.

It moved to The Roundhouse three years from The Grosvenor House Hotel.

It definitely does not have that "room of legends" vibe that it had at the old venue but

i presume Q Magazine feel the need to keep up with the new and current artists.

Probably explains why there are 20 or 30 girls outside waiting for a K-Pop star who is attending.

Guests here today included...

Madness, Biffy Clyro, Bobby Gillespie, Jarvis Cocker, Tricky, The 1975, Stormzy, Ella Eyre,

Lewis Capaldi, Christine & The Queens, Kevin Rowland, Pale Waves , Dizzie Rascal, Kano, Foals,

Richard Hawley, Anna Calvi, Anne-Marie , Jimmy Eat World, Little Simz, Michael Kiwanuka, Edwyn Collins.

Also acress Rose McGowan and Absolute Radio dj Dave Berry and probably a couple more i missed.

Lots of complimentary drinks including spirits n mixers, wines and beers.

Q Awards winners 2019: Full list of winners...

Best Breakthrough Act – Pale Waves

Best Track – Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved

Best Album – Foals – Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost (Part 1)

Best Live Act Performance – Michael Kiwanuka – End Of The Road Festival

Best Solo Act – Stormzy

Best Act In The World Today – The 1975

Best Festival/Event– All Points East

Innovation In Sound – Dizzie Rascal

Classic Album – Tricky – Maxinquaye

Maverick – Edwyn Collins

Fender Play Award – Anna Calvi

Outstanding Contribution To Music – Kano

Classic Songwriter – Kevin Rowland

Inspiration – Madness

Icon – Christine And The Queens

Hero – Kim Gordon

Song Of The Decade – Lana Del Rey – Video Games

Best Vocal Performance – Little Simz











Tuesday 15 October 2019.

St Mungo's comedy evening live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Some of the biggest names in comedy, including Stewart Lee, Doc Brown and 2019’s winner of Edinburgh Festival Fringe Joke of the Year, Olaf Falafel, are coming together for a one-off event to raise money for the hugely important St Mungo’s, a charity dedicated to ending homelessness and rebuilding lives.

The line-up includes one of the most influential people in UK Comedy Stewart Lee, finalist in ‘So You Think You’re Funny’ Doc Brown, TV favourite Shappi Khorsandi, Guilty Feminist’s hilarious Jessica Fostekew, 2019’s winner of Edinburgh Festival Fringe Joke of the Year Olaf Falafel, and hosted by Mock the Week and TV regular Hal Cruttenden.

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This show was not promoted that well so only 500 seats sold tonight.

There is doom and gloom all over the tv and newspapers so a bit of comedy always cheers folks up.

The show was on for 2 hours 15 mins over two sets of 80 mins and 55 mins.

There were six comedians with most doing 20 mins and Hal Cruttenden who did 35 mins as he had a stint

in both sets and introduced the other acts.

All had their funny bits in their set but Hal Cruttenden was the best for me tonight.

An enjoyable evening of comedy.









Monday 14 October 2019.

Pictures in the press of Mick Jagger with Ronnie Wood from Saturday evening.

Rocker Sir Mick Jagger attended the penultimate day of the London Film Festival to support bandmate Ronnie Wood at the screening of his documentary, Somebody Up There Likes Me. The Stones legends were joined by Wood's wife Sally, children Leah and Tyrone, and guests Imelda May and Gary Kemp at BFI Southbank.

Will Mick turn up for Ronnie Woods gig at Shepherds Bush Empire on 21 Nov 2019?

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This perfect live music video has now gone past 50 million views on YouTube.

Check it out when you have a spare 9 mins.

Google search --- David Gilmour - Comfortably Numb Live in Pompeii 2016

and also this one is a classic worth seeing again...now with 40 million views...

Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run (Official Music Video)









Sunday 13 October 2019...birthdays...

12 Oct---Happy Birthday to Dave Vanian (The Damned) who is 63.

13 Oct---Happy Birthday to rocker Sammy Hagar who is 72.

14 Oct---Happy Birthday to Cliff Richard who is 79.







Saturday 12 October 2019.

PSYCHEDELIC FURS + WENDY JAMES BAND live at The Roundhouse, London.

The Furs return to the UK for another tour.

In 2017 i saw them play The Forum.

In 2018 i saw play The Royal Festival Hall.

They had some great singles & albums out during their 1980s heyday.

I have seen them live around a dozen times since 1979 when they were a support act.

Original members Richard Butler (vocals) and Tim Butler (bass) are still there.

The band took a long break in the early 1990s, with Richard and Tim Butler going on to found Love Spit Love with Richard Fortus and Frank Ferrer (both of whom would later join Guns N' Roses).

The Foo Fighters have just released an EP that includes a cover of The Furs "Sister Europe".

Support act Wendy James was the foxy blonde who fronted Transvision Vamp who had a number three

hit in 1989 with a great catchy pop/punk single "Baby I Don't Care".

That single came from their second album "Velveteen" which made number one in the UK.

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I have a great view looking at the stage from the front left.

Quite a few people here i knew at this show including punk rocker Spizz and a nice surprise to bump into

Ray McVeigh who played with Steve Jones & Paul Cook in The Professionals in the early 1980s.

WENDY JAMES BAND arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 45 mins.

Good to see Wendy James again as she started a comeback a couple of years ago after having

a very quiet several years.

Her solo material ticked along ok but the old Transvision Vamp hits were the best including

a great set closer "Baby I Don't Care".

Full Wendy James Band setlist played tonight...

Tell That Girl to Shut Up (Transvision Vamp song)

You’re So Great

You're a Good Man, Sister (Racine song)

I Want Your Love (Transvision Vamp song)

I'm Freaking Out (Racine song)

Bitter Funny (Racine song)

If Looks Could Kill (Transvision Vamp song)

Bad Valentine (Transvision Vamp song)

Perilous Beauty

The Impression of Normalcy

Chicken Street

Baby I Don't Care (Transvision Vamp song)

PSYCHEDELIC FURS arrived on stage at 9.15pm and played for 85 mins.

Let's get straight to the point...I think Psychedelic Furs are a superb band.

The Furs sax led arty sound with great lyrics really hits the spot.

Singer Richard Butler (now aged 63) looks and acts like a mixture of Rotten, Bowie and Jagger on-stage

with his hand & mime gestures and rock star persona as he prowls and squats around the stage.

The set is a glorious run through their greatest tracks with one new song from an album out next year.

They were joined by the trumpet player from James for one song.

The set seemed a bit short but they never play more than 90 mins these days.

However, it was total quality and an excellent show.

Full Psychedelic Furs setlist played tonight...

Dumb Waiters

Mr. Jones

Love My Way

There's a World Outside

The Ghost in You

Like a Stranger

Sister Europe

Heaven

All That Money Wants

Into You Like a Train

The Boy That Invented Rock & Roll (new track from upcoming album)

Pretty in Pink

President Gas

Sleep Comes Down

Heartbreak Beat

Encore:

India











Friday 11 October 2019.

Chris de Burgh live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Chris de Burgh plays two of his albums in their entirety.

Between them, Into The Light and Moonfleet & Other Stories encompass 36 tracks, including Chris’ undeniable evergreen classic Lady In Red, which Chris will perform in concert with full band.

"Lady in Red" was a big number one hit in 1986 in the UK and hit number 3 in the American charts.

I saw Chris de Burgh supporting Supertramp at Hammersmith Odeon in 1975.

Chris de Burghs daughter Rosanna was crowned Miss World in 2003.

He must have made a few quid in his 1980s heyday as in the summer he

put his County Wicklow, Eire country estate up for sale for a tidy 12.5m Euros / 11 million quid.

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The corner blocks upstairs are unsold but pretty much at least 90% tickets are sold.

You notice that at least 100 female fans are in bright red dresses in tribute to "that song".

Even a couple of brave blokes are wearing bright red jumpers.

Ex MP David Mellor is in one of the hospitality boxes.

CDB & band played a long show of 2 hours 25 mins set over two sets of 45 mins and 100 mins.

At the back of the stage there are a dozen tv screens showing pre-recorded images.

The 70-year-old may have struggled to maintain a chart presence in the UK, but he has gained a much higher status and popularity in Europe (Holland, Belgium, Germany)and South America.

He may look more like a school teacher than rock star but he has a real flair for connecting with such an eclectic mass audience.

The first set ticked along ok and the second set was a bit more livelier.

The vocals were nice and clear and there was a great overall sound.

He milked "Lady in Red" by going for walkies around the stalls and accepting hugs & kisses from his loyal fans.

A nice cover of Toto's "Africa" was the cue for everyone to stand up and the females ran down the front.

Chris may be one of the most uncool musicians out there but he put on a good show.

Full Chris de Burgh setlist played tonight...

The Moonfleet Overture

The Village of Moonfleet... (Narration)

The Light on the Bay

Have a Care

For two days and nights... (Narration)

Go Where Your Heart Believes

The Escape

And so it was... (Narration)

The Days of Our Age

The Secret of the Locket

With a heavy heart (Narration)

My Heart's Surrender

Treasure and Betrayal

Moonfleet Bay

The Storm

Greater Love

In the years that followed... (Narration)

The Moonfleet Finale

INTERVAL

Last Night

Fire on the Water

The Ballroom of Romance

One Word (Straight to the Heart)

The Lady in Red

Say Goodbye to It All

The Spirit of Man

Fatal Hesitation

For Rosanna

The Leader

The Vision

What About Me?

Spanish Train (Solo)

Africa (Toto cover) (the crowd rushed to the front from this song onwards)

Don't Pay the Ferryman

High on Emotion

Encore:

The Snows of New York

Patricia the Stripper

Go Where Your Heart Believes: Reprise









Thursday 10 October 2019...I went to two events tonight...

7pm to 7.45pm

V-HR presents SURVIVING FORMULA ONE - 4 Hamilton Place, Mayfair, London W1.

Around 100 guests here on the first floor of this building which is situated just off Park Lane.

Racing driver Martin Donnelly is talking about how he survived a 170mph crash and what motivated him

to focus on getting well and getting on the race track again, which he did for many years after.

He raced in Formula One in 1989 and 1990, until a serious crash during qualifying at the Jerez circuit ended his Formula One career.

He sustained multiple injuries in the crash, including brain and lung contusions as well as severe leg fractures, the latter of which almost necessitated the amputation of his right leg.

Complimentary wines, beers and canapés for all guests.

www.v-hr.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then

ALICE COOPER + THE STRANGLERS + MC50 (missed them) live at The 02 Arena, London.

A very nice three band package tour.

Alice Cooper all-new show is called Ol’ Black Eyes Is Back and will feature Alice’s trademark, gloriously macabre theatrics alongside his phenomenal music.

I have seen him at least once on every UK tour of his since 1975.

I have seen The Stranglers many times over the past 40 years.

I saw MC50 headline Shepherds Bush Empire in Nov 2018.

2019 marks the 50th year since the release of Alice Cooper's first album.

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Alice Cooper can sell out Hammersmith Apollo but only sells 75% of tickets when he plays Wembley Arena

so a bit ambitious playing this huge venue and the result is level 4 is closed off as unsold.

No big screens tonight so if you are sitting at back of the venue , you are looking at little dots on stage.

It is floor seated tonight and folks are all in early as there are good support acts.

MC50 were due on at 7pm for a 40 mins set but missed them as I was at the previous event.

No worries as i saw their full 90 mins headline show last year.

THE STRANGLERS arrived on stage at 8pm for 50 mins and i catch the last 30 mins of their set.

The men in black play a nice set mixing older classics with more recent material.

JJ Burnel loud & aggressive rumbling bass guitar sounds great.

Full setlist played by The Stranglers tonight...

Toiler on the Sea

(Get a) Grip (on Yourself)

Nice 'n' Sleazy

5 Minutes

Golden Brown

Peaches

Freedom Is Insane

Walk On By (Dionne Warwick cover)

Relentless

Hanging Around

No More Heroes

ALICE COOPER arrived on stage at 9.25pm and played for 90 mins.

The photo pit is a frenzy as there must be at least 20 photographers down there for the first three songs.

Alice Cooper is now aged 71 and still looks fit and in great shape.

There is a platform at the front for Alice to stand on and a staircase behind the drum kit.

He has a great band behind him that included an incredible drummer.

We have the usual great shock rock visual treats in his show including the guillotine, monster puppets,

a giant inflatable baby, bloodied brides , strait jacket , throwing out Alice Cooper bank notes and more.

Alice has loads of great rock tunes including "No More Mr Nice Guy", "I'm Eighteen ", "Billion Dollar Babies",

"Poison","Under My Wheels" and of course his anthem "Schools Out".

A fantastic show as usual by Alice Cooper.

Full Alice Cooper setlist played tonight...

Feed My Frankenstein

No More Mr. Nice Guy

Bed of Nails

Raped and Freezin'

Fallen in Love

Muscle of Love

He's Back (The Man Behind the Mask)

I'm Eighteen

Billion Dollar Babies

Poison

Guitar Solo

Roses on White Lace

My Stars

Devil's Food / The Black Widow (band only jam with 'Black Juju' drum solo)

Steven

Dead Babies / I Love The Dead

Escape

Teenage Frankenstein

Encore:

Under My Wheels

School's Out (with original Alice Cooper band member Dennis Dunaway)(balloons, bubbles and streamers)

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ES Magazine Flashbulb! page 8 featured their three best celebrity parties in London from last week.

I was at all three of them.

Sotheby's 275th anniversary party which featured Victoria & David Beckham, Eva Longoria and others.

Dior Sessions book launch party which featured Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Mick Jones and others.

Evening Standards Progress 1000 party which featured many politicians from The Rebel Alliance.







Wednesday 09 October 2019...6.45pm to 10.15pm...

BOCCONCINO - 5th anniversary party , 19 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, London W1.

Around 100 guests are here in the basement area of Bocconcino which has a superb location

just a few yards away from the likes of Sexy Fish and Annabel's.

This chic Italian restaurant in Mayfair comes from Russian restaurateur Mikhail Gokhner. It specialises in authentic wood-fired pizzas, with options ranging from a margherita and a Napoletana to a quattro formaggi, a diavola, a calzone con prosciutto and a pizza bocconcino - topped with the mozzarella balls from which the venue takes its name.

It's not all about the pizzas, though. Antipasti such as raw Sicilian red prawns and boards of cured Tuscan meats lead into wild boar ragu tagliatelle, black ink fish ravioli and orecchiette with aubergine, tomatoes and salted ricotta. Much of the seafood and meat is cooked over an open fire.

A dj was playing tunes in the background.

Lots of delicious food here including carpaccio of beef with mustard dressing, deep fried calamari with

tartare sauce, plates of pasta, various canapés and lots of different freshly made wood-fired pizza and

mini choc-ices along with prosecco, red wines, white wines and pints of Peroni lager.

The staff were great as they made guests at home and brought food & drinks to them.

At 8.45pm they brought out a huge birthday cake and gave everyone a slice of it.

A great evening.

www.bocconcinorestaurant.co.uk

Visit the BOCCONCINO website here for more info.









Tuesday 08 October 2019.

BEVERLEY KNIGHT sings the songs of Stevie Wonder live at The London Palladium.

A totally full house tonight for this show which is being recorded by BBC Radio 2.

Amazingly for the first time ever for me , it is stalls standing for all on the floor at this venue.

Speaking to one of the managers at the venue and he has said in October they are

trialing stalls standing at some of the shows to see it how it goes.

They have put in a nice new platform for wheelchair users as well at the back of the stalls.

They have seen how well stalls standing works at other venues including The Royal Albert Hall.

No doubt they have lost some bookings by not having stalls standing in the past.

Beverley and her large band play for two hours over two sets of 60 mins.

There are 21 musicians on stage including four brass , three strings and four backing vocals.

Beverley is pretty much the UK Queen of Soul and sounds great & looks slender as always.

She is celebrating 25 years as a recording artist this year.

The main set is pretty much all Stevie Wonder classics and the six song encore feat some of her hits.

You forget how many great songs Stevie Wonder recorded in the 1960s and 1970s.

A great show.

Highlights included...

Superstition

Living For The City

He's Misstra Know It All

Lately

Always

I Wish

Don't You Worry About A Thing

For Once In My Life

Signed, Sealed, Delivered , I'm Yours

Isn't She Lovely

Master Blaster (Jammin')

Sir Duke

Uptight (Everything's Alright)

Encore...

Made It Back

Shoulda Woulda Coulda

I'm Every Woman (Chaka Khan cover)

then

10.50pm to 12pm

SPECSAVERS - Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards party - 8 Northumberland Avenue,London WC2.

The sit down dinner and awards were on from 7.30pm to 10.30pm.

One of those events that invites guests to the after-party only as all the celebrities avoid the party

so they can get snapped by the dozen photographers outside on the pavement.

Around 150 guests are still here in the basement area along with a dj.

Those attending earlier included Dame Joan Collins, Gary Barlow, Maura Higgins, Curtis Pritchard,

Louis Walsh, Sue Perkins , Oti Mabuse , Tulisa Contostavlos, Spencer Matthews, Vogue Williams and Oliver Proudlock.

Complimentary bar with different spirits n mixers, wines, beers, desserts & ice-cream.

All guests got a bulky goodie bag with several nice items inside.

www.specsavers.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info.

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Extinction Rebellion were out in force tonight.

It was a bit bizarre to see all their tents set up on all the roads surrounding Trafalgar Square.









Monday 07 October 2019.

6.30pm to 7.30pm

LEGENDS OF FOOTBALL AWARD at The Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London W1.

Around 1000 guests are here to pay tribute to the football legend that is ARSENE WENGER.

Arsène Wenger OBE is a French football manager and former player. He was the manager of Arsenal from 1996 to 2018, where he was the longest-serving and most successful in the club's history. His contribution to English football through changes to scouting, players' training and diet regimens revitalised Arsenal and aided the globalisation of the sport in the 21st century.

Arsene won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups with Arsenal.

Many football managers and players are here to pay tribute to him including...

George Graham

Bob Wilson

Sam Allardyce

Sean Dyche

Chris Hughton

Alan Curbishley

Alex Scott

David Moyes

David Seaman

Sol Campbell

Robert van Persie

Jack Wilshire

Lee Dixon

Martin Keown

Ray Parlour

Robert Pirez

Alan Smith

Alan Pardew

Jamie Carragher

Sammy Lee

David Dein (ex co-owner of Arsenal)

Graham Gouldman (10cc)

Actor Adrian Dunbar ( who played Ted Hastings in BBC tv series Line of Duty)

Tony McCoy (top level horse racing jockey )

Ainsley Harriott (tv celebrity chef)

I got my photo taken with The Premier League Trophy.

We are here for the Laurent Perrier champers drinks reception and red carpet arrivals.

We left for the book launch while the guests here had their starters and mains meals.

then

7.45pm to 9pm

PAUL KARSLAKE - Bank Robbery - private view, The Groucho Club, 45 Dean Street, London W1.

Around 100 guests here in the first floor room at this cool members club.

Paul Karslake is a painter who is the younger brother of JO WOOD ( ex wife of Ronnie Wood).

Jo Wood is here giving support but sadly no major rock stars arrived here.

A dj in the corner played tracks in the background.

Complimentary gin cocktails, vodka cocktails, wines, beers, bowls of sausage & mash and

cartons of fish & fries.

then

9.15pm to 12pm

Back to The Grosvenor House Hotel for the main event.

We got back for complimentary chocolate mousse dessert, coffees, petit fours, wines & beers.

Last year we had a rare show by The Roger Daltrey Band for six songs but this year at 9.35pm

we have dance act RUDIMENTAL for three songs and for the final song they were joined by Tom Walker.

We had speeches from those that have been helped by Nordoff Robbins music charity.

At 10.30pm there were eight mega auction items that went for between £10k and 50k.

Check out some of these amazing items...

Six night luxury stay with flights at Chris Blackwell's exclusive Caribbean retreat.

A tour of Abbey Road and record a track there with Nile Rodgers.

Dinner with Roger Daltrey and vip tickets for The Who 2020 tour.

Dinner with Arsene Wenger at Coutts private dining room.

From 11.15pm to 11.55pm was the main event as Lee Dixon and Robert van Persie paid tribute

to Arsene Wenger and they showed a great collection of Arsene video highlights.

Arsene made a lovely speech and talked about the special moments he had at the club

and the financial burden their new stadium put on buying and selling players.

www.lofootball.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info.









Sunday 06 October 2019.

The Wildhearts + The Professionals + Janus Stark live at Sub 89, Reading.

A very nice three band package.

The Professionals feature The Sex Pistols Paul Cook on drums.

I have seen them a few times since they reformed.

I first saw The Wildhearts in 1996 when they were one of the support bands for Sex Pistols in Finsbury Park.

I saw Janus Stark in 2000 when they supported Dee Dee Ramone at The Garage.

The Wildhearts on tour this October in support of both their critically acclaimed 2019 album, 'The Renaissance Men', their first full-length studio album in 10 years, AND their upcoming mini-album, 'Diagnosis'!

Sub 89 is a great 600 capacity all standing venue just a few mins from Reading train station.

Easy to there by train from Paddington, Slough, Ealing Broadway etc and trains run late for return.

www.sub89.com

Visit the Sub 89 website here for info and tickets.

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I have been to this perfectly laid out venue a few times over the years.

JANUS STARK arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played for 30 mins.

The band split up in 2002 and singer Gizz Butt reformed the band in 2018.

Gizz Butt introduces every song with an enthusiastic rant.

A good set of uptempo punky rock tunes played.

Their drummer had the honour of playing Paul Cooks drum kit as there is no space for three

drum kits and this helped with the quick 15 mins changeover.

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THE PROFESSIONALS arrived on stage at 8.15pm and played for 45 mins.

The band whizzed through their superb set by playing 12 tracks.

Always great to see a Sex Pistols legend playing in the flesh.

A great mix of their classic rock tunes, old and more recent.

An incredible version of "Rewind" is the highlight track of the evening for me.

The band are playing a new song on this tour from their upcoming EP.

They dedicate a song to Sex Pistols Steve Jones who is back home in Los Angeles.

An excellent set.

Full setlist played by The Professionals tonight...

Join the Professionals

Going Going Gone

Good Man Down

Silly Thing (Sex Pistols cover)

Kingdom Come (new track from upcoming EP)

Just Another Dream

Rewind

Lonely Boy (dedicated to Steve Jones)

Monkeys

Kick Down the Doors

Let Go

1-2-3

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THE WILDHEARTS arrived on stage at 9.30pm and played for 90 mins.

By the time The Wildhearts take the stage, the venue is rammed full.

The Wildhearts have been dedicated to hard rock and punk metal for almost 30 years. There have been ups and plenty of downs, break-ups, line-up changes, drink, drugs and almost hits.

Ginger on vocals still has his full length dreadlocks swinging as he headbangs away.

Ginger has rock n roll in his veins and was pretty much the Lemmy of the 1990s.

Their loyal fans lapped up the frantic uptempo pace of the tracks played in the setlist.

There is plenty of life still in The Wildhearts for sure.

Full setlist played by The Wildhearts tonight...

Diagnosis

Let 'Em Go

I Wanna Go Where the People Go

Sick of Drugs

The Revolution Will Be Televised

My Kinda Movie

Mindslide

Caffeine Bomb

Dislocated

The Jackson Whites

Red Light - Green Light

Vanilla Radio

Fine Art of Deception

Action Panzer

Encore:

Greetings From Shitsville

Mazel Tov Cocktail

Beautiful Thing You

Love U 'til I Don't











Sunday 06 October 2019.

Sad news that legendary rock drummer GINGER BAKER has died age 80.

Ginger Baker was an English drummer and a founder of the rock band Cream. His work in the 1960s earned him the reputation of "rock's first superstar drummer", while his individual style melds a jazz background with African rhythms. He is credited as a pioneer of drumming in genres like jazz fusion and world music.

I saw all four of the Cream re-union shows at The Royal Albert Hall in 2005.

I also saw him play with Baker Gurvitz Army in 1975.

I also saw him perform a couple of tracks at the Jack Bruce tribute show a few years ago.

Ginger also recorded with Public Image Limited in the mid 1980s.









Saturday 05 October 2019.

A no- deal Brexit could effect smaller British bands and their crew playing under 500 capacity shows in Europe.

Hopefully this will not turn out as bad as it could well do.

Music industry figures have said a no-deal Brexit would make touring “simply unviable for many artists”, after new government guidelines for cultural, heritage and sporting professionals touring Europe signalled a difficult future for DIY organisations.

The document from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport indicates touring parties would face extra issues with documentation, travel and the transport and sale of goods as they take their work to individual EU member states.









Friday 04 October 2019...7.30pm to 11pm...

BENTLEY - 100th anniversary party and launch of their Flying Spur model -

100 Hamilton Terrace, St Johns Wood, London NW8.

Around 200 guests at this stunning recently modernised mansion in St Johns Wood.

Guests here included Calum Best, Elle Eyre, Zara Martin and Laura Whitmore is with her

other half Iain Sterling who is the voice on Love Island tv series.

Bentley have hired it out between owners while it is on the market.

It is for sale via one estate agent for £37m...yes 37 million quid.

Paul McCartney lives 5 mins walk away but i doubt his is as luxurious and high spec as this stunner.

You can google the address and see the rooms and layout on the internet...over 45,000 views on YouTube.

The event is actually held on the three lower floors - ground, lower ground and basement.

We don't even see any of the floors at the top of the house.

There is a bar and food station on each floor.

In the basement under the garden is a heated indoor swimming pool where the female dj is playing.

Later on a female electric violin duo would play a few tunes by the pool.

At 8.15pm we have a speech and video presentation of the Bentley car by the garden.

The new Flying Spur fuses exquisite design, exhilarating performance and the very latest in in-car technology.

Bentley says it “is innovating beyond the existing boundaries of performance, refinement and luxury with the introduction of an all-new four-door grand tourer”.It will have a 6.0 litre W12 engine.

The stunning car is unveiled in the front garden where it has been hidden under a black canopy.

We get inside later on for some pictures and you smell the leather and admire the craftsmanship.

There are Bentley factory staff here from their HQ in Crewe where they are hand stitching leather on to

steering wheels and seats.

There are jewellery and watches on display from G. Collins & Sons from Tunbridge Wells.

There is an army of staff here and the event must have cost Bentley a small fortune.

There were half a dozen Bentleys parked outside by their owners who were inside the event.

Complimentary champers, different cocktails, wines, beers, bowl food, canapés and desserts for all guests.

All guests got a goodie bag on departure.

An excellent party.

www.bentleymotors.com

Visit the Bentley website here for more info.









Thursday 03 October 2019...7.15pm to 10.30pm...

EVENING STANDARD PROGRESS 1000 - The Design Museum, Kensington High Street, London W8.

London's free evening newspaper announce their annual list of London's Most Influential People 2019.

A massive guest list of 700 or 800 over the three levels of this stunning building.

The 1000 list come from politics, music, art, theatre, sports , fashion and other areas.

Guests here included...

Alan Edwards (music biz pr legend for over 40 years

Ewan Venters (Chief Executive Officer of Fortnum & Mason)

Rachel Johnson (journalist and sister of Boris)

Jodie Harsh (drag queen dj)

Lucy Alexander (BBC One property show Homes Under the Hammer)

Jonathan Shalit (leading showbiz agent)

At 8pm we had a speech from editor and ex politician George Osbourne, who then gave out two awards.

No 1 on the list and here to collect were The Rebel Alliance (MPs blocking a no-deal Brexit)

A Hero Award went to a policeman who was attacked with a machete in the line of duty.

Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers, vodka cocktails, gin cocktails, tequila cocktails,

wines, beers, bowl food, canapés and desserts for all guests.

www.thestandard.co.uk/the1000

Visit the full list here.







Wednesday 02 October 2019...I went to two events tonight...

6.15pm to 8.15pm

Book launch party - DOLCE & GABBANA, 6-8 Old Bond Street, Mayfair, London W1.

Over 200 guests here over the different floors of this stunning designer store.

Its floors are swathed in black and white marble.

Lots of glamourous women here dressed up in their very expensive D & G outfits.

DOMENICO DOLCE is here signing copies of the book and posing for photos.

Other guests here included Lady Alice Manners and Lady Kitty Spencer.

Complimentary Ruinart champers and canapés served by waiters in red military jackets.

About the book....

Queens: Alta Moda di Dolce & Gabbana, the design duo's recently published hardcover fashion book via Assouline.

The Dior book yesterday retails for £140 and the D & G tomb tonight costs £300.

The 216-page book is filled with 100 colour images and ten black and white portraits of the brand's biggest muses and friends, who were photographed by Dolce over two years. His subjects include, but not limited to Anastasia Belyak, Lori Harvey, and Azteca Henry, who are clad in ultra luxe and sophisticated pieces from Dolce&Gabbana Alta Moda and Alta Gioielleria.

Snapped in the bright Baroque interiors with textured walls, gold-trimmed plush couches, and chairs, and printed carpets, each style muse wears a distinct and feminine outfit that personifies the modern-yet-classic Dolce & Gabbana woman. For example, Coco Brandolini d'Adda looks stunning posing against a burgundy chair while sporting in a black gown with tulle overlay and vibrant pink floral appliques. She's dripping in gold-tone jewelry with multicolor flares of color.

The fashion book also includes 40 paintings of princesses, empresses, and noblewomen from renowned masters.

www.dolceandgabbana.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then

8.30pm to 10.15pm

CHRISTIE'S x VANITY FAIR - Frieze Party - Christie's, 8 King Street, St James's, London SW1.

A big crowd here as there must be 700 or 800 on the guest list.

Every room is open tonight to cope with the art crowd attending.

Guests here included Mark-Francis Vandelli from tv series Made in Chelsea and always good to see

Pandemonia who is a seven foot tall full latex pop art creation.

A dj is playing tunes in the background.

Complimentary Taittinger champers and canapés for all guests.

All guests got a copy of Vanity Fair magazine on departure.

www.christies.com

Visit their website here for more info.









Tuesday 01 October 2019.

Very sad news that BARRIE MASTERS has passed away at the age of 63.

He had been suffering with ill health the past couple of years.

He was the singer of Eddie & The Hods who i saw several times at The Marquee and The Rainbow

in their late 1970s heyday,

During a residency at The Marquee club in the summer of 1976 they duelled for alternate weeks with AC/DC, to see who could cram more bodies into the Marquee during one of the hottest summers on record.

I saw both bands play many gigs at The Marquee in 1976.

I saw them them play just a few months ago.

They had one of the greatest singles of the 1970s - "Do Anything You Wanna Do".

A friend who went to Rebellion Festival Blackpool in August said the bassist sung vocals that show.









Tuesday 01 October 2019...I went to two events tonight...

6.30pm to 8.15pm

DIOR - book launch party - Dior , 169 New Bond Street, Mayfair, London W1.

Another great party in London Town.

Book launch party for 'The Dior Sessions: Dior Men by Kim Jones'.

Exclusive celebrity portraits by photographer Nikolai von Bismarck capture the new course of Dior menswear under the direction of contemporary fashion innovator Kim Jones.

Around 200 cool looking guests here in this well known designer store and it is nice and buzzy.

A great turnout here that included KATE MOSS along with NAOMI CAMPBELL.

Some royalty with Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice.

Punk rock legend MICK JONES of The Clash is here.

We always end up talking about QPR...I get a nice photo with him.

Another rocker here was Primal Scream singer BOBBY GILLESPIE.

Other guests included Jade Jagger, Sol Campbell, Daisy Lowe, Sarah Ferguson, Stephen Jones,

Daniel Lismore, Dougie Fields, James Brown (celeb hairdresser including Kate Moss) and Fat Tony.

A dj was playing tunes in the background.

Complimentary Ruinart champers and canapés for all guests.

www.dior.com

Visit the Dior website here for more info.

then

8.30pm to 10.15pm

DAVID BOWIE - unseen photos private view - Tramp, 40 Jermyn Street, St James's, London SW1.

Markus Klinko is showcasing his David Bowie photos from the 2001/2002 period.

This included his cover for the "Heathen" album.

Markus Klinko is an award-winning,international fashion/celebrity photographer and director,who has worked with many of today's most iconic stars of film, music, and fashion.

Klinko has photographed the likes of Beyoncé, Lady Gaga,David Bowie,Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Kanye West, Anne Hathaway, Kate Winslet, Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Kim Kardashian, Naomi Campbell, Daphne Guinness and Iman.

Zebra One Gallery (Hampstead) are hosting a private view at this famous club that was one of the

cool clubs in London in the 1960s and 1970s...David Bowie came here in the 1970s.

Around 100 guests here.

The brochure/book for the event was superb as it was all glossy A4 sized Bowie photos that were

on display on nice quality Fujifilm Original Photo Paper.

Complimentary choice of three different cocktails tonight for all guests.

www.zebraonegallery.com

Visit their website here for more info.







Monday 30 September 2019....I went to two events tonight...

6.30pm to 8.50pm

SOTHEBY'S - 275th anniversary party - 34 New Bond Street, Mayfair, London W1.

Around 500 smartly dressed folks from the art world are here as it's Frieze art week in London.

VICTORIA BECKHAM arrived here at 8pm for 30 mins as she was hosting the afterparty.

Victoria was with best friend Eva Longoria Bastón.

Other guests included...

Erin O'Connor (model)

Gyles Brandreth (English writer, broadcaster)

Stephen Webster (rock n roll jeweller)

Dj was Mary Charteris who played good tracks including Prince, Rolling Stones, Primal Scream etc.

An army of waiters & waitresses are serving us the drinks and canapés.

Complimentary Ruinart champers, three different cocktails and canapés for all guests.

www.sothebys.com

Visit the Sothebys website here for more info.

then

9pm to 11pm

SOTHEBY'S - afterparty - Victoria Beckham store , 36 Dover Street, Mayfair, London W1.

Around 250 guests at this party and it is nice and buzzy.

My first time at Victoria Beckham's stunningly designed store which is over two levels.

This store has an exhibition of Andy Warhol paintings and images this week for Frieze.

Guests included VICTORIA BECKHAM , DAVID BECKHAM, BROOKLYN BECKHAM.

I got my photo taken with David Beckham who was friendly to all although his security guy

and pr girl were keeping a close eye on things.

Other guests included Tamara Ecclestone , Fran Cutler, Alison Jackson and actor Russell Tovey.

Also Victoria's best friend Eva Longoria Bastón came with her from Sotheby's.

Fat Tony was the dj.

Complimentary drinks included three different Tequila cocktails along with

Haig (David Beckham is their ambassador ) whiskey n cokes and canapés for all guests.

www.victoriabeckham.com

Visit the Victoria Beckham website here.





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News and Reviews: 30th September 2019

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 fifth studio album "Cause and Effect" in Sept 2019.

The album went straight in at number two in the UK charts (Liam G went in at number one to beat it).

Keane have sold over 10 million albums worldwide.

They’ve won 2 Brit Awards, 4 Q Awards and an Ivor Novello.

I have seen Keane a few times since their debut album came out.

I saw Keane earlier this month when they played The Hard Rock Cafe Piccadilly Circus opening party.

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MARIE WHITE arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played for 30 mins.

Great that Keane have got a support act with them that also comes from their area of Hastings.

A decent set of songs that went down well with the crowd.

KEANE arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played for a nice long 2 hours 15 mins.

When i saw Keane earlier this month it was a nice intimate show for an hour but tonight is the full show

which has a full length set and a very nice stage production where all the band are playing on a two-tiered

platform that lights up underneath with different colours, along with lots of lights and a big screen showing images.

Keane seemed very resurgent at The Royal Albert Hall.

Reduced to lending his choirboy vocals to The Snowman’s Walking In The Air for a 2017 Christmas album, Tom Chaplin was thrilled to be back fronting the group after their six-year hiatus.

A lean 40-year-old with a greying quiff, the energetic singer was a testament to clean living following his admission of past addiction problems.

A few songs plodded a bit but there were loads of their great hits played in a very entertaining show.

In many ways i enjoyed it much more than seeing "the cooler" Wilco show last night.

A great show.

Full Keane setlist played tonight...

You're Not Home

Disconnected

Bend and Break

Silenced by the Night

Thread

Can't Stop Now

Chase the Night Away

Everybody's Changing

Is It Any Wonder?

Strange Room

Spiralling

Perfect Symmetry

Sea Fog

A Bad Dream

Nothing in My Way

She Has No Time

Love Too Much

This Is the Last Time

Bedshaped

The Way I Feel

Somewhere Only We Know

Encore:

I Need Your Love

You Are Young

Crystal Ball

Snowed Under (fan request from the 3rd row)

Sovereign Light Café









Saturday 28 September 2019.

WILCO + OHMME live at Hammersmith Apollo, London.

"Ode to Joy " is the eleventh studio album from American indie rockers Wilco, released on October 4, 2019.

This is the last night of their month long UK & European Tour.

Their 4th album "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" from 2001/2002 sold over 500,000 copies, and to date remains Wilco's best selling album."Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" was met with wide critical acclaim: it was named one of the 100 greatest albums of all time by Q Magazine and Rolling Stone rated it at 493 of their 500 Greatest Albums of all Time, in May 2012.

It reached number 13 in the American Billboard Top 200 chart.

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Not sold out tonight but a security mate told me 4000 out of 5000 tickets sold.

Pretty impressive considering they have never had any Top 40 hit singles in the UK.

There is floor standing for a better atmosphere.

OHMME (not the best band name is it?) on stage at 7.30pm for a 30 mins set.

OHMME (formerly known as Homme) is a two-piece rock band from Chicago, composed of singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist duo Sima Cunningham and Macie Stewart formed in 2014.Matt Carroll plays drums. They released a self-titled EP in 2017, and put out their debut full-length album, Parts, on Joyful Noise Recordings in 2018.

A quirky guitar based sound and a few interesting tracks including "Water".

WILCO on stage at 8.30pm and play a long set of 2 hours 15 mins.

This is my first time seeing them and i do not know any of their material.

All I have seen of them is a couple of times on Jools Holland tv show.

All the bands equipment is pushed to the front of the stage.

Wilco audience nod gently along during the tracks then applaud loudly at the end.

Singer Jeff Tweedy has admitted that Neil Young has been a huge influence on him and

" At Least That's What You Said " features the finest raggedy rock riff Neil Young never wrote.

"Via Chicago" is great as it features some mental off-kilter drumming.

Not much chat from Jeff Tweedy as the band focus on the music being played.

A good show.

Full Wilco setlist played tonight...

Bright Leaves

Before Us

I Am Trying To Break Your Heart

War on War

One and a Half Stars

If I Ever Was a Child

Handshake Drugs

Hummingbird

At Least That's What You Said

White Wooden Cross

Via Chicago

How to Fight Loneliness

Bull Black Nova

Random Name Generator

Reservations

Love Is Everywhere (Beware)

Impossible Germany

California Stars (Billy Bragg & Wilco cover)

Box Full of Letters

Everyone Hides

Jesus, Etc.

Theologians

I'm The Man Who Loves You

Hold Me Anyway

Misunderstood

Encore:

I'm Always in Love

Heavy Metal Drummer

The Late Greats









Friday 27. September 2019.

ASHLEY McBRYDE + SEAN McCONNELL live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

GRAMMY-nominated country artist, Ashley McBryde, will perform her biggest solo headline shows this side of the atlantic at the end of summer, in support of her highly-acclaimed debut album, Girl Going Nowhere.

I saw her perform in October 2018 at this same venue as a support act.

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Tonight the show is fully sold out.

It is a country show so plenty of checked shirts and denim worn by the crowd.

SEAN McCONNELL arrived on stage at 8pm for his 45 mins solo acoustic set.

Sean is a singer and songwriter who developed his chops in the coffee houses in Boston before landing in Nashville for college and then a highly successful career as a songwriter for Warner/Chappell Publishing.

He has released several albums and his songs went down well with the crowd.

ASHLEY McBRYDE & band arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 90 mins.

Like the last time I saw her , Ashley has a great connection with her fans when on stage.

Not only was the applause raucous but during several the audience participation reached such a level that McBryde withdrew from the mic to let her fans take over. Word perfect and in good tune, they belted out ‘Fat and Famous’, ‘A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega’ and of course, ‘Girl Goin’ Nowhere’. Whoever told her “they know your songs” advised well.

The lyrics performed with a deep sincerity. It wasn’t so much showbiz but the product of years on the road. McBryde knows how to connect with her audience.

McBryde also puts country music into a very modern context. There’s love, heartbreak and broken lives.

I chuckled with the chorus line to 'Fat and Famous' as Ashley and crowd sang 'You got Fat, I got Famous'.

An enjoyable show.

Full setlist played tonight...

Livin' Next to Leroy

Lookin' for a Buzz

Radioland

You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone (Brooks & Dunn cover)

The Jacket

Redemption

First thing I reach for is the last thing I need

Bible and a .44

Fat and Famous

Girl Goin' Nowhere

American Scandal

One Night Standards

El Dorado

Home Sweet Highway

A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega

Tired of Being Happy

Encore:

Rattlesnake Preacher

What If We Don't

Dirty Diana (Michael Jackson cover)









Thursday 26 September 2019...6.15pm to 9.30pm...

TOY ROOM - showcase - 8-9 Argyll Street, London W1.

This basement club venue is located right next door to The London Palladium.

The club has three rooms with 415, 200 and 80 capacity.

At the weekend it is a dance club and the venue can be hired during the week.

Around 150 guests are here and a dj is playing tunes in the background.

Lots of complimentary drinks & food including vodka cocktails (very nice like Baileys), gin cocktails,

prosecco, wines, beers, kebab buffet, bowl food, tacos & canapés.

www.toy-room.com

Visit their website here for more info.







Thursday 26 September 2019.

Happy Birthday to BRYAN FERRY who is 74 today.







Wednesday 25 September 2019...I went to two events tonight...

5.30pm to 7pm

SPIRITLAND - showcase - The Southbank Centre, London SE1.

Spiritland, the new 180-cover restaurant at the prestigious performing arts venue, intends to be a “temple to music” and has been designed to look like a 1970s recording studio to emphasise its world-class sound system.

From the team behind the Spiritland bar and cafe in King's Cross, the restaurant boasts custom speakers from bespoke workshop Living Voice. Its interior is meant to emphasise diners’ sonic experience, with decor also inspired by talk show sets, featuring rounded leather booths and custom wall and ceiling panels.

It opened several months ago, it used to be a branch of Canteen.

Every night in the main room they play a classic album and a dj performs.

This Sunday Jarvis Cocker is holding a talk there.

Complimentary drinks and food tonight included a choice of three nice cocktails, wines,beers, bowl food and canapés.

It is ideal to visit here for a couple of drinks before a gig upstairs at The Royal Festival Hall.

www.spiritland.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then a short walk across the bridge to...

7.05pm to 9.15pm

CELEBRATING THE EXTRAORDINARY - art auction - Coutts , 440 Strand, London WC2.

Around 250 guests here in the stunning Atrium of The Queens and The Royal Family's bankers.

20 pieces of art are being auctioned off to benefit THE WILLOW FOUNDATION.

The Willow Foundation was started 20 years ago by football legend Bob Wilson who is here tonight.

They arrange special days out for seriously ill people between the ages of 16 and 40.

Bob Wilson's daughter died of cancer aged just 32.

At around 7.30pm we have the auction for around 30 mins.

The lots went for between 5k and 20k.

Artists Rankin and Mark Wallinger helped get the auction started.

A few well known faces are here including...

Actor Richard "I don't believe it" Wilson.

Charlie Higson ( English actor, comedian, author, and former singer. He has also written and produced for television)

Elizabeth Emanuel (co-designed Princess Diana's wedding dress)

Luke Blackall (London Live tv presenter and i newspaper)

Complimentary Balfour English sparkling wines, wines and tasty canapés for all guests.

www.willowfoundation.org.uk

Visit their website here for more info.







Tuesday 24 September 2019.

GEORGE EZRA + LILY MOORE live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

This was the first of two sold out shows for George at this iconic venue.

George Ezra will cap off his ‘Staying at Tamara’s’ tour with two shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall, with all the proceeds going to mental health awareness charity Mind.

George had a number one hit with "Shotgun" in 2018 and his other hits include "Budapest" and "Paradise".

Both his albums have gone to number one in the UK.

In February 2019, he won the Brit Award for British Male Solo Artist.

In March 2019, his UK tour included two headline shows at The 02 Arena.

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LILY MOORE & band arrived on stage at 7.40pm for their 30 mins set.

Lily is the daughter of guitar legend GARY MOORE who sadly died in Feb 2011.

Lily busked on the streets of Brighton before signing a record deal with Virgin EMI.

She played half a dozen decent songs and had a bit of an Amy Winehouse type vibe to her.

GEORGE EZRA & band arrived on stage at 8.45pm for their 85 mins set.

A nice stage production where all the band members are on podiums behind George.

A three piece brass section were good as they moved to the front with George every so often.

Throughout the set each track is introduced by George with his friendly, warm charm, the likeability factor is set at maximum, he’s everyone’s friend.There is this permanent smile on his face (wouldn’t you with 2 number one albums under your belt, a Brit Award and selling out Arenas at 26 years old).

George is clearly happy to be playing this venue as he said he has seen a few acts here including Bob Dylan,

so George plays a Bob Dylan song.

The excitable crowd sing-a-long loudly to most of the tracks.

For the encore there are 25 lanterns above the floor standing changing colours, along with ticker-tape.

An enjoyable show.

Full George Ezra setlist played tonight...

Intro tape - Don't Look Back In Anger (Oasis song)

Don't Matter Now

Get Away

Barcelona

Pretty Shining People

Listen to the Man

Saviour

Did You Hear the Rain? with real "Gramophone" Intro

Paradise

Song 6

Hold My Girl

Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (Bob Dylan cover)

Sugarcoat

All My Love

Blame It on Me

Budapest

Encore:

Cassy O'

Shotgun









Monday 23 September 2019...7pm to 11pm...

MAMMA MIA! THE PARTY - press review - Building 6 at The 02 Arena complex, London.

On arrival at The O2 you follow the restaurant corridor, go past the cinema and bowling alley, and Building 6 is on the right and the blue door for MAMMA MIA! THE PARTY is just before you get to the ICON outlet.

This used to be a basic rectangular dance space , but they have made a stunning job with the decor inside.

The entire venue looks like a full on Greek Taverna , with different seating levels.

It may a rainy Monday night but the venue is totally full with all tables taken for the 500 capacity.

BBC Radio legend Paul Gambaccini is here at one of the tables.

Abba stars Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus attended the launch party last Thursday.

This ‘immersive’ live show of Abba’s greatest hits, combined with four course Greek dinner, drinks and a vigorous disco at the end, is the latest brainchild of Abba co-founder Bjorn Ulvaeus.

Plenty of entertaining storytelling featuring Nikos and the family and relationships.

Waiting staff buzz around loading tables with soft bread and platters of olives, tzatziki and taramasalata, the first of four courses. Some are wearing face mics. Debbie the chef (face mic) tells me that the charred octopus in ouzo starter is her speciality. Our waitress is asking me "how long are we in Greece for? " ,

I play along and say "we have booked with Thomas Cook so not sure when our return flight home will be".

There is an army of staff , with many doubling up as serving staff and performing or dancing with the band.

The evening is split into three acts for the show and you have each food course between each act.

At 8pm we have Act 0ne and the first batch of over 30 Abba timeless songs played throughout the evening.

At 8.30pm was mains that featured Lamb Kleftiko and Beef Flank with Mediterranean sauce and sides.

At 9.15pm we have Act Two

At 9.45pm we have dessert of orange cake , baklava and coffee.

At 10.05pm we have Act Three

At 10.30pm we have an Abba disco with a podium set up on the floor for the keenest dancers.

Tickets are not cheap ( from £135 upwards depending on how near you sit next to the action).

But spread out over a full four hours ,you do get a helluva lot for your money.

It is on until Feb 2020, so it is perfect for the Christmas office party.

You came out at the end thinking, wow what an amazing evening.

www.mammamiatheparty.com

Visit their website here for more and to buy tickets.

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Abba stopped touring in 1982 but i saw them play live in 1977 at The Royal Albert Hall.

This was gig number 7000 , yes 7000 seen by me since 1973.









Monday 23 September 2019.

Happy Birthday to BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN who reaches the grand age of 70 today.

I have seen Bruce at least once on every UK tour he has played since 1975 when i was at

both his legendary debut London shows at Hammersmith Odeon.







Sunday 22 September 2019.

Very sad news that rock singer TONY MILLS has passed away , aged just 57 due to pancreatic cancer.

I saw him many times with Shy during the 1980s before he left them and joined TNT in the 1990s.

UFO,Pallas,Shy Hammersmith Odeon , London 30.11.1985

Twisted Sister,Shy Hammersmith Odeon , London 24.03.1986

Twisted Sister,Shy Hammersmith Odeon , London 25.03.1986

Meat Loaf,Shy Wembley Arena , London 02.03.1987 very entertaining 2 hours 30 mins set .

Gary Moore,Shy Hammersmith Odeon , London 01.04.1987

Gary Moore,Shy Hammersmith Odeon , London 02.04.1987

Gary Moore,Shy Hammersmith Odeon , London 26.05.1987

Hunter-Ronson Band + Shy Hammersmith Odeon , London 16.02.1990

Superb 2 hour 15 mins set . Brian May on for All The Young Dudes

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Happy Birthday to JOAN JETT who is 61 today.

I was at both The Runaways shows at The Roundhouse in Oct 1976 on their debut UK tour.









Saturday 21 September 2019.

THE SISTERS OF MERCY + AMENRA live at The Roundhouse, London.

TSOM play the second of two sold out shows at The Roundhouse.

Sisters of Mercy have had 7 x Top 40 hit singles in the UK , including 2 x Top 10s.

They are now just a touring band as the last of their three albums was released back in 1990.

I have seen them a few times since 1998 when they played The Forum.

Support comes from Amenra who hail from Belgium and have released six studio albums.

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The loyal black clothed goth fans of TSOM always turn out in force to support their heroes.

AMENRA arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played for 45 mins.

The band's unique musical style, characterised by brooding atmospheres and spiritual intensity, is rooted in doom metal, hardcore punk and post-rock. Their live performances are accompanied by visual art on the big stage curtain.

Not my cup tea at all, and even TSOM fans didn't seem that interested in them.

THE SISTERS OF MERCY arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 90 mins.

TSOM don't have a real drummer as they use backing tapes/synth drum machine for the beats.

They have a few giant mirrors above the stage which filled out the stage well.

The Sisters have an industrial, dark and gloomy sound.However, the light show is impressive, 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 was a bit samey.

The encore was a highlight as it included their hits "Temple of Love" and "This Corrosion"

A good show.

Full TSOM setlist played tonight...

More

Ribbons

Doctor Jeep / Detonation Boulevard

When You Don't See Me

No Time to Cry

Show Me

Alice

First and Last and Always

Arms

Better Reptile

Dominion / Mother Russia

We Are the Same, Susanne

Still

Something Fast

I Was Wrong

Flood II

Encore:

Lucretia My Reflection

Vision Thing

Temple of Love

This Corrosion









Friday 20 September 2019.

40 years ago this month i visited New York and The East Coast for the first time as a 20 year old.

We were there a month and i managed to squeeze in a few great gigs.

The exchange rate then meant we got over 2 dollars to the pound.

Johnny Thunders Heartbreakers,Voodoo Shoes Maxs Kansas City ,New York 07.09.1979 JT on home turf

Bee Gees,Sweet Inspirations Madison Square Garden ,New York 09.09.1979

Buzzcocks,Monochrome Set Diplomat Hotel, New York 15.09.1979 we were staying at this hotel

Clash,Sam And Dave,Undertones Orpheum Theatre, Boston 19.09.1979 3 great bands in a great venue

KISS,Judas Priest Amphitheatre, Chicago 22.09.1979 KISS full american stage show - superb

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This day 43 years ago on 20 Sept 1976 i attended one of the most legendary gigs of all time.

The Sex Pistols + The Clash plus others played The 100 Club Punk Festival.

There is a photo of me in the crowd from that gig currently hanging on one of the walls at The 100 Club.









Thursday 19 September 2019...7pm to 11.30pm...

THE WELLINGTON CLUB - restaurant launch party - 91 Jermyn Street, St James's ,London SW1.

This event was much better than expected.

The restaurant and club are the creation of Nic Brooks and Jake Panayiotou. Nic is a former city professional, while Jake was the main force behind and owner of the original Wellington Club Knightsbridge.

The venue showcases a carefully curated Modern European menu, created by its Executive Chef Brett Duarte, formerly Executive Chef of Gaucho Group. Duarte explores unique flavours, using only the finest fresh seasonal ingredients, in a selection of seafood, steak and vegetarian dishes.

Split across the ground and basement floors, The Wellington is a stylish setting with a series of private dining rooms and a total cover space of 130. Its interiors are inspired by the worlds of rock ‘n roll and modern art, while strongly referenced against the backdrop of a traditional St James’s private members’ club.

The restaurant’s walls are adorned with hand-painted original graffiti by Damien Hirst, which sit alongside one of the artist’s rare large-scale print of ‘The Hours’. The everlasting love affair between rock ‘n roll and neon is on display throughout the venue by a number of neon works by the incredible Chris Bracey.

Around 200 guests over the two levels of this nightclub and it is busy and buzzy as the dj played tunes.

The Wellington Club has been open a few months but tonight was to launch their new restaurant.

The food here was top notch fare.

They really splashed the cash here as there was loads of complimentary drinks & food including

four different cocktails, different sprits , prosecco, wines and beers.

Even though it was a nighclub setting the food came out as starters, mains and desserts.

We went through each , so ten different small plates of food had.

Four different starters including steak tartare, rock oysters and pan fried scallops.

Four different mains Scotch Black Angus Steak strips , grilled chicken and Pan fried halibut.

Two different desserts including a superb Tiramisu choux , espresso truffle and mascarpone cream.

The food was pretty amazing.

Also the stunning vintage toilets here must get a mention too.

The drinks were still coming out when we left at 11.30pm after 4 and a half hours here.

An excellent event.

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The club was put up for sale a couple of years ago due to the tragic murder of the previous owner.

The club used to be called Hey Jo and the Abracadabra restaurant was within it.

They were owned by a colourful chap called Dave West.

Dave West built a family tobacco business in Belgium with his wife and children. In 1980 he founded a wholesale business on a double decker bus in Calais selling cheap alcohol and cigarettes on the back of a lorry. His business moved to permanent premises and was named EastEnders, which is now a part of the largest British owned cash and carry group in Europe.

Following a drunken argument with his son (David West Jr), he died from a single knife wound to the heart on 12 December 2014, though his jugular vein had also been cut. His son was arrested and subsequently charged with his murder.Nearby resident Stephen Fry said that he heard "horrifying screams" coming from the house and later saw West's body being carried out. The emergency services laid his body on the street where they tried unsuccessfully to revive him. A close friend also said that he was in shock as West and his son had been very close.

David West Jr was sentenced to 13-and-a-half years on 9 November 2015 for his father's manslaughter.









Thursday 19 September 2019.

Sad news that LARRY WALLIS has passed away aged 70.

Larry Wallis was an English guitarist, songwriter and producer. He was best known as a member of the Pink Fairies and an early member of Motörhead.







Wednesday 18 September 2019...I went to two events tonight...

6.45pm to 8.45pm

THE ART OF WISHES - private view - Phillips Gallery , 30 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London W1.

This was a Charity Art Auction preview for Make-A-Wish who bring joy into the lives of seriously ill

children by arranging holidays and special events, at a time when they need it most.

Around 200 smartly dressed guests here including Stephen Webster (rock & roll jeweller )

and Rosie Tapner (model).

At 7.20pm we had a speech.

An electric violinist is playing in the background.

Complimentary champers, wines and tasty canapés for guests.

www.make-a-wish.org.uk

Visit their website here for more info.

then a handy five mins short walk to...

BONNIE TYLER live at The Palladium, London.

Celebrating her 50th year of live performance, Bonnie Tyler will be performing her first major headline show in London for over four years. The show features classics from throughout her career and tracks from her forthcoming 17th studio album "Between The Earth And The Stars".

Bonnie Tyler does not really seem to play London that often but i did see her headline Hammersmith Odeon in 1988.

Her fifth album "Faster Than the Speed of Night " from 1983 was produced by Jim Steinman and he wrote its most successful single "Total Eclipse of the Heart" which was number one in the UK.

The musicians used on the album included two members of Bruce Springsteen's band ,

Max Weinberg (drums) and Roy Bittan (piano/keyboards).

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The show is not sold out but it looks like 90% of tickets were taken.

I have a great seat , 10 rows from the stage ,dead centre next to many of Bonnie's family & friends.

BONNIE TYLER and her band arrived on stage at 9pm and played for around 95 mins.

Bonnie is now aged 68 but still looks the same as she did in the 1980s.

Bonnie is a Welsh singer known for her distinctive husky voice, which still sounds fantastic.

Several average tracks were played from the new album along with her big hits.

Bonnie's Welsh accent and excitable on stage chatterbox personality is really infectious.

Bonnie said she had supported Gene Pitney at this same venue in 1976.

Tonight was a big celebratory gig for her and she admitted to "bricking it" beforehand.

A very enjoyable show overall.

Full Bonnie Tyler setlist played tonight....

Flat on the Floor (Carrie Underwood cover)

Hold On

Have You Ever Seen the Rain? (Creedence Clearwater Revival cover)

Move

Seven Waves Away

Lost in France ( a number nine hit in the UK for Bonnie in 1976)

It's A Heartache ( a number four hit in the UK for Bonnie in 1977)

This Is Gonna Hurt

Let's Go Crazy Tonight

Bad for Loving You

Total Eclipse of the Heart (a number one hit in the UK for Bonnie in 1983)

Between the Earth and the Stars

Faster Than the Speed of Night

Encore:

Turtle Blues (Big Brother & The Holding Company cover)

Slow Walk

The Best (only got to 95 in the UK charts for Bonnie then Tina Turner had a big hit with it).

Holding Out For A Hero ( a number two hit in the UK for Bonnie in 1985)

Encore 2:

Older











Tuesday 17 September 2019...I went to two events tonight...

6.45pm to 9pm

ANTONY GORMLEY - private view - Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London W1.

A big crowd of around 500 guests here including Sir Antony Gormley himself and The Earl of Snowden.

Sir Antony Gormley, (now aged 69), is a British sculptor.His works include the Angel of the North, a public sculpture in Gateshead in the North of England, commissioned in 1994 and erected in February 1998, Another Place on Crosby Beach near Liverpool, and Event Horizon, a multi-part site installation which premiered in London in 2007, around Madison Square in New York City, in 2010, in São Paulo, Brazil, in 2012, and in Hong Kong in 2015–16.

Another Place (1997) where 100 cast iron figures face out to sea on Crosby Beach, near Liverpool

In 2008 The Daily Telegraph ranked Gormley number 4 in their list of the "100 most powerful people in British culture".

Works are here in several rooms from his 45 year career.

At 7.15pm there were speeches.

My fave room was where his cast iron males are hanging from the ceiling and side walls.

Complimentary Fortnum's & Mason champers, prosecco and beers but oddly no food whatsoever.

It is on until 03 Dec 2019.

www.royalacademy.org.uk

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.

then

10pm to 11.45pm

BIG THE MUSICAL - gala/press night opening party - 100 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1.

Another big crowd of around 500 guests at this restaurant & bar that is built on the site

of the legendary Marquee Club where i saw many great gigs in the 1970s and 1980s.

The show was at The Dominion Theatre earlier, starring Jay McGuiness, Wendi Peters, Kimberley Walsh and Matthew Kelly. All the cast were here.it is the musical adaptation of the hit 1980s film starring Tom Hanks, about a 12 year old who transforms into an adult.

Some celebrity faces saw the musical but didn't bother with the party but I did see comedian Jim Davidson

and New York actress Didi Conn who played Frenchie in Grease at the party.

There was a dj playing all 80s tunes to match the decade the musical was set in.

Lots of complimentary drinks and food here including prosecco, wines, beers, burgers, fish & chips,

different bowl food and yummy spicy king prawns...I left before the desserts came out.

It was still very lively when i left as it was due to finish at 1am.

www.bigthemusical.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.







Monday 16 September 2019...I went to two events tonight...

6.30pm to 8pm

THE PRINCE AKATOKI LONDON - launch party - 50 Great Cumberland Place, London W1.

Japanese luxury hotel opens in Marble Arch.

Following a £3m makeover this Marble Arch Hotel is being transformed into a luxury property where the restaurant and bar offer a full Japanese experience.

The Arch London has been bought out by luxury hotel group Prince Hotels.

The group's first European hotel will give guests a luxury Japanese experience. That means they'll be "encouraging them to slow down, be in the moment and practice the art of living".

On the food front there'll be a destination dining restaurant called Tokii which will be open all day.

Around 150 guests are here in this plush hotel with loads of staff fussing over us.

At 7.15pm we have speeches from the owner and the Japanese Ambassador.

Complimentary Thienot champers, whiskey cocktails, gin cocktails, wines, beers and yummy

hot and cold food including tempura and different sushi.

All guests got a goodie bag on departure.

www.theprinceakatoki.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then

8.15pm to 10pm

NINA NAUSTDAL AW19/20 - catwalk show - Buddha Bar, 145 Knightsbridge, London SW1.

London Fashion Week - Day 4 of 5

Very busy as over 200 guests are here, but that creates a proper buzzy atmosphere.

The venue is totally rammed with every seat and bit of space taken.

Soul singer Kym Mazelle was here and Made in Chelsea's Mark Francis Vandelli.

Nina Naustdal designer dresses are total works of art as they focus on handcrafted embroiderey.

We had a female singer (Ruth Brown from The Voice) walking in front of the models and the stunning outfits.

Around a dozen models used and Nina also has her kids modelling the children's range.

Complimentary prosecco, vodka and tonics, wines, beers, canapés and desserts for all guests.

All guests got a bulky goodie bag with several cosmetic items inside.

www.nina-naustdal.com

Visit their website here for more info.

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A SEX PISTOLS original gig poster has sold for a staggering £7100 at auction.

It is from Dundee Caird Hall - 1976 - The Anarchy Tour.







Monday 16 September 2019.

A sad death of a musician whose albums I have.

Ric Ocasek, frontman of the popular late 1970s and 1980s band the Cars, was found dead in his New York home on Sunday. He was 75.

The Cars only ever played two shows in the UK, which was when their debut album came out in 1978.

They just stayed in North America for tours after that.

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Happy Birthday to drummer KENNEY JONES who is 71 today.

Kenny is best known for his work in the groups Small Faces, Faces, and the Who. Jones was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 as a member of Small Faces/Faces.

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Monday morning ITV 8am featured a rare interview with Sinead O'Connor.

She also sung a stunning version of "Nothing Compares 2 U".









Sunday 15 September 2019...1pm to 9.30pm...

BBC Radio 2 Festival in a Day at Hyde Park, London.

Eight acts play short sets of 30 to 65 mins including Pet Shop Boys + Simply Red + Status Quo + others.

Remember to get there at lunchtime as they only confirm the headliner as last on and it is always

a big name first on and they never give stage times or running order out in advance.

Last year i saw Lenny Kravitz here as the first band on stage.

A huge crowd of around 50,000 will be there.

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It may be mid September but the weather today is scorching hot.

All acts have use of the three big screen - two for live footage and one for pre-recorded images.

SIMPLY RED arrived on stage at 1.15pm for their 30 mins set.

They were a nice warm act with some of their white soul hits.

Mick said a full tour for 2020 will be announced soon.

Full setlist played by Simply Red today...

Stars

Sunrise

Fairground

Something Got Me Started

Thinking of You (Live debut)

Ain't That A Lot Of Love

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KELSEA BALLERINI arrived on stage at 2.10pm and played for 30 mins.

American singer played some decent country / pop tunes from her two albums.

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EMELI SANDE cancelled at short notice on the day so was replaced by an extended dj set.

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BANANARAMA arrived on stage at 3.55pm and played for 35 mins.

They were massive in the 1980s and both the girls look fantastic.

Lots of catchy singalong hits played and a couple of new album tracks.

Full Bananarama setlist played today....

Stuff Like That

I Heard a Rumour

He Was Really Sayin' Somethin' (The Velvelettes cover) (their hit with Fun Boy Three)

Cruel Summer

Looking For Someone

Robert De Niro's Waiting

Love In The First Degree

Venus (Shocking Blue cover)

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CLEAN BANDIT arrived on stage at 4.55pm for their 30 mins set.

They have a nice mix of pop/ classical/ dance in their many hit singles.

Setlist included their catchy number ones "RockABye" and "Rather Be".

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STATUS QUO arrived on stage at 5.50pm and played for 50 mins.

I have seen Status Quo play live around FIFTY times since 1974.

Loads of their classic rock gems played and a couple of tracks from the new album.

They still sound great even though Rick Parfitt is RIP and Francis never mentions his name tonight.

Full Status Quo setlist played tonight...

Caroline

Something 'bout You Baby I Like (Richard Supa cover)

Rain (Rhino on lead vocals)

What You're Proposing / Down the Dustpipe / Wild Side of Life / Railroad / Again and Again

Mystery Song (Richie on lead vocals)

Liberty Lane

In the Army Now (Bolland & Bolland cover)

Roll Over Lay Down

Down Down

Whatever You Want (Andy on lead vocals)

Rockin' All Over the World (John Fogerty cover)

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WESTLIFE arrived on stage at 7.10pm and played for 35 mins.

Boy bands like Westlife and Boyzone are not my cup of tea at all.

They headline a massive show at Wembley Stadium in Aug 2020.

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PET SHOP BOYS arrived on stage at 8.20pm and played for 65 mins.

Pet Shop Boys are headliners as they have the most interesting arty live show on the bill.

They have the advantage of playing in the dark so the lasers look good.

Lots of costume changes by Neil and dancers in various wacky attire.

Visually they always put on a fantastic show.

The show highlights tonight were taken from their longer full shows I have seen over the past

few years at The Royal Albert Hall (2014) and The Royal Opera House (2016 and 2018).

Full Pet Shop Boys setlist played tonight...

Suburbia

Burn

Se a vida é (That's the Way Life Is)

West End Girls

Dreamland (with Olly Alexander)

Vocal

Heart

It's a Sin

Left to My Own Devices

Go West (Village People cover) (Opportunities / Rent Intro)

Encore:

Domino Dancing

What Have I Done to Deserve This? (with Beverley Knight)

You Were Always on My Mind (Gwen McCrae cover)

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AADNEVIK sent me an invite to their LFW catwalk show and drinks but i sadly could not

make it as it clashed with Pet Shop Boys gig.

Aadnevik designs stunning dresses for the upmarket woman.

Aadnevik established his own label in 2004 and he presented his first collection the same year at London Fashion Week.Apart from his own label he has collaborated and designed collections for several international brands including Charles Jourdan Paris for Japan,Harrods International as well as held a position as a senior designer at Roberto Cavalli.

www.aadnevik.com

Visit the website here for more info and photos.







Saturday 14 September 2019.

The SAS Band + Fabba live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Spike( Edney's) All-Star Band play a 25th anniversary show.

Every year the musicians change around a bit.

QUEEN’s keyboardist Spike Edney, Justin Hawkins of The Darkness, Hotei, Graham Gouldman of 10cc, Toyah, Madeline Bell, Kip Winger of Winger and Patti Russo (Meat Loaf) + no doubt a couple of other guests on the night.

All proceeds to The Freddie Mercury Phoenix Trust so expect a few Queen classics to be played.

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Level 3 is closed and lots of space on the floor so maybe 1000 out of the 2000 capacity here.

At 8.05pm we get the Fabba tribute girls perform three Abba classics.

They would later be backing vocalists for The SAS Band.

The SAS Band arrived on stage at 8.25pm and played a nice long set of 2 hours 30 mins.

There is a house band and the various guest singers perform two or three songs each.

Plenty of mentions between songs for the raffle and silent auction.

Great to see so many great singers perform a short stint.

Japanese guitar player Hotei was a revelation.

Big name surprise guest promised was Queen drummer ROGER TAYLOR who sung three songs.

Also NEIL MURRAY (ex Whitesnake and others ) joined Kip Winger and the band for two songs.

A great show.

Full SAS Band setlist played tonight...

Instrumental Jam

Don't Stop Me Now (Queen cover) (Patti Russo on vocals)

Unchain My Heat (Ray Charles cover) (Patti Russo on vocals)

Battle Without Honour or Humanity (Hotei)

??? (Hotei)

Since You Been Gone (Russ Ballard cover) (Kip Winger on vocals , Neil Murray on bass)

I'm in Love With My Car (Queen cover) (Kip Winger on vocals, Neil Murray on bass)

Suffragette City (David Bowie cover) (Toyah on vocals)

Sweet Child O' Mine (Guns N’ Roses cover) (with Justin Hawkins and Toyah)

I Believe in a Thing Called Love (The Darkness cover) (with Justin Hawkins) (Rufus Taylor on drums)

I Want It All (Queen cover) (with Justin Hawkins) (Rufus Taylor on drums)

For Your Love (The Yardbirds cover) (Graham Gouldman on vocals - he wrote it)

Dreadlock Holiday (10cc cover) (Graham Gouldman on vocals - he wrote it)

The Power of Love (Jennifer Rush cover) (Madeline Bell on vocals)

(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman (Carole King cover) (Madeline Bell on vocals)

Melting Pot (Madeline Bell on vocals as she sung on this Blue Mink hit from 1969)

"Heroes"(David Bowie cover) (Roger Taylor on vocals)

Under Pressure (Queen cover) (with Justin Hawkins) (Roger Taylor on vocals)

Rock and Roll (Led Zeppelin cover) (Roger Taylor on vocals )

29 Riff The History of Rock n Roll Overture (feat Hotei on guitar)

While My Guitar Gently Weeps (The Beatles cover) (all artists on stage except Roger Taylor)

With a Little Help From My Friends (The Beatles cover) (all artists on stage except Roger Taylor)

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11pm to 12pm

Aftershow party in the Level 1 bar for around 100 guests...it is a pay bar...

Most of the artists from the show are here except Roger Taylor and Toyah.

Leee John from Imagination is here as a guest of Madeline Bell.

I have a nice chat with Neil Murray and the Hammersmith Odeon days in the 1980s.

Neil also had a full 12 year stint with the 'We Will Rock You ' musical at The Dominion.

He told me he is doing a full nine month UK tour with them which starts next week.









Friday 13 September 2019.

Day 1 of 5 - London Fashion Week

Daytime and evening presentations, catwalk shows and parties every day.

6.45pm to 9.15pm

TED BAKER presents Ted's Friends in High Places - Ted Baker - 9/10 Floral Street, London WC2.

These two sporting greats are launching their T For Tall Clothing range for Ted Baker.

Ideal for gents with a head for heights, from suits and shirts to polo’s and chinos, Ted’s ensured looking dapper needn’t be a tall order.

PETER CROUCH is 6 ft 7 inches tall.

He is certainly one of my fave footballers from the past 20 years.

MARK FOSTER is 6 ft 6 inches tall.

He was a top level swimmer.

Around 100 guests here and both men are very chatty and friendly and posing for selfies.

From 7pm to 7.45pm they sat for a full interview and Q n A which was really enjoyable.

Peter talked about being a father of four and his popular Podcast.

Peter said his fave footballer growing up was Paul Gasgoine.

Toughest defender he played against was Tony Adams.

I asked a question "can you come back to QPR to help us out?".

Peter said "QPR holds a special place in his heart as he grew up in Ealing and many of his friends

were and still are QPR season ticket holders".

"Scoring those goals at QPR when i first started my career still gives me goosebumps when thinking about it?".

I watched him for a year at QPR in 2000/2001 before he moved on to bigger clubs.

A dj was playing tunes in the background and a fun photo booth at the rear.

Complimentary prosecco, beers ,hot dogs, pasties and pork pies for all guests.

Peter Crouch (now aged 38 and retired this summer ) is an English former professional footballer who played as a striker. He was capped 42 times by the England national team between 2005 and 2010, scoring 22 goals for his country in that time, and appearing at two World Cups.Crouch is one of 28 players to have scored 100 or more Premier League goals, holding the record for the most headed goals in Premier League history.

Mark Foster (now aged 49) is an English former competitive swimmer who represented Great Britain in the Olympics and world championships, and swam for England in the Commonwealth Games. He now covers swim events for BBC.

All guests got a goodie bag on departure.

www.tedbaker.com

Visit the Ted Baker website here for more info.







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News and Reviews: 14th September 2019

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 presents Ted's Friends in High Places - Ted Baker - 9/10 Floral Street, London WC2.

These two sporting greats are launching their T For Tall Clothing range for Ted Baker.

Ideal for gents with a head for heights, from suits and shirts to polo’s and chinos, Ted’s ensured looking dapper needn’t be a tall order.

PETER CROUCH is 6 ft 7 inches tall.

He is certainly one of my fave footballers from the past 20 years.

MARK FOSTER is 6 ft 6 inches tall.

He was a top level swimmer.

Around 100 guests here and both men are very chatty and friendly and posing for selfies.

From 7pm to 7.45pm they sat for a full interview and Q n A which was really enjoyable.

Peter talked about being a father of four and his popular Podcast.

Peter said his fave footballer growing up was Paul Gasgoine.

Toughest defender he played against was Tony Adams.

I asked a question "can you come back to QPR to help us out?".

Peter said "QPR holds a special place in his heart as he grew up in Ealing and many of his friends

were and still are QPR season ticket holders".

"Scoring those goals at QPR when i first started my career still gives me goosebumps when thinking about it?".

I watched him for a year at QPR in 2000/2001 before he moved on to bigger clubs.

A dj was playing tunes in the background and a fun photo booth at the rear.

Complimentary prosecco, beers ,hot dogs, pasties and pork pies for all guests.

Peter Crouch (now aged 38 and retired this summer ) is an English former professional footballer who played as a striker. He was capped 42 times by the England national team between 2005 and 2010, scoring 22 goals for his country in that time, and appearing at two World Cups.Crouch is one of 28 players to have scored 100 or more Premier League goals, holding the record for the most headed goals in Premier League history.

Mark Foster (now aged 49) is an English former competitive swimmer who represented Great Britain in the Olympics and world championships, and swam for England in the Commonwealth Games. He now covers swim events for BBC.

All guests got a goodie bag on departure.

www.tedbaker.com

Visit the Ted Baker website here for more info.

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8.30pm to 10pm

CATCHES APP LFW PARTY - Soho House, 76 Dean Street,Soho, London W1.

Always nice to be at this cool members club.

CATCHES APP is the first authentic and transparent data driven platform that has merged the success

of social commerce with consumer personalisation to create a quick, fun and easy way to shop fashion online.

Around 100 guests here with lots of glammed up females.

A dj is playing cool sounds in the background.

Complimentary Moscow Mule cocktails, wines and beers for all guests.

All guests got a goodie bag on departure.

It was still lively when we departed but tiredness was kicking in from the previous late night.







Thursday 12 September 2019....7pm to 1.30am...

HARD ROCK CAFE PICCADILLY CIRCUS - Grand Opening Party - Piccadilly Circus, London W1.

This was a massive party for around 700 guests.

A prime location means loads of tourists gawping outside wondering what's going on inside.

At 7pm instead of cutting the ribbon , they smashed eight guitars outside the venue in front of the crowd.

One of the eight people doing the smashing was HRC legend Rita Gilligan MBE who has been at Hard Rock Cafe since it opened in London in 1971 and has been at over 100 other grand HRC openings worldwide.

Only downside was not many rock stars here considering all the music memorabilia on display.

Only musician i saw was James Walsh (Starsailor) and a couple of those reality tv girls.

A female dj playing tunes in the background.

Loads of complimentary food and drinks all night.

Drinks included a full bar excluding champers , five different cocktails including espresso martins,

spirits including Jack Daniels,prosecco, wines and beers.

Food was burgers, ribs, steak, salmon,chicken, fish & fries , canapés, cheese's,desserts, candy floss etc.

The bar closed at 1am and we were some of the last to leave the venue at 1.30am.

KEANE arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 60 mins.

Keane on tour to coincide with the release their fifth studio album "Cause and Effect" in Sept 2019.

Keane have sold over 10 million albums worldwide.

They’ve won 2 Brit Awards, 4 Q Awards and an Ivor Novello.

Keane played their radio friendly keyboard led tracks old and new.

They played all four of their Top 10 hits "Bedshaped" ,"Is It Any Wonder" , "Everybody's Changing" and

"Somewhere Only We Know " along with other hits including "Crystal Ball" and a couple of new album tracks.

All guests got a HRC merch goodie bag that included a couple of HRC t-shirts inside.

A fantastic full on proper party.

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It looks good for this venue to be putting on exclusive live gigs like their original sister branch down the road.

Bearing in mind their original site only held 150 upstairs i saw some amazing low key gigs there including

Aerosmith, Deep Purple, Bad Company, Manic Street Preachers, Kaiser Chiefs, Squeeze and more.

Plus it was free booze and HRC food for all of them.









Wednesday 11 September 2019...7pm to 10.15pm...

UNIQUE GRAND PRIX - showcase - Devonshire Club, 5 Devonshire Square, London EC4.

Nice to back at this plush private members club a few mins from Liverpool Street station.

Around 150 smartly dressed guests here in their first floor bar and space area.

UGP specialise in Grand Prix Hospitality Packages. Offering corporate and private Formula 1 Super Yacht Events including amazing track side viewing.

Tonight they are showcasing F1 packages for Abu Dhabi Nov 2019 and Monaco May 2020.

At 8pm we had a speech and a very impressive video of their Formula 1 packages available.

Prices range from £500 per person to £5000 per person (when you stay on their luxury yacht in Monaco).

The Killers are playing the Grand Prix Party in Abu Dhabi.

There are a couple of racing car simulators here which were popular.

Also a dj playing tunes and an electric violin player playing along to the dj tracks.

Complimentary Jacquart champers ,Jacquart Rose champers, Cobra beers and canapés for all guests.

www.uniquegrandprix.com

Visit their website here for more info.









Tuesday 10 September 2019...6.45pm to 9pm...

FORTNUM'S x ZHANG ENLI AW19 - private view - Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, London W1.

Always nice to be at this famous luxury store that dates back over 300 years.

Born in China’s Jilin province in 1965, Zhang Enli resides in Shanghai, his studio in the city’s creative epicentre of Moganshan Road art district. After the post-socialist Chinese art boom of the ‘90s was brought to a halt by the recession, the last decade has seen a meteoric rise in Chinese contemporary art: during this time Enli has held tight to his values.

22 of his artworks are spread over every floor of the store until 18 Oct 2019.

At 7.15pm Fortnum's CEO Ewan Venters introduced ZHANG ENLI to the guests.

Also here was restauranteur Mark Hix.

Complimentary Fortnum's champers, Fortnum's sparkling tea and tasty canapés for guests.

All guests got a goodie bag with a few food items from Fortnum & Mason.

www.fortnumandmason.com

Visit their website here for more info.

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BLOOMSBURY BALLROOM SHOWCASE, Bloomsbury Square, London WC1....4pm to 8pm....

The idea was to pop in here for a bit before the above event as they invited me along but had to miss it

as my hospital visit delayed me and i ran out of time.

Situated on the beautiful Bloomsbury Square, The Bloomsbury Ballroom is ideally located between the West End and The City. The venue offers immense versatility and is able to host a wide range of events from corporate parties, conferences and award ceremonies to fashion shows, product launches and weddings.

The showcase was due to feature drinks, canapés and their Gatsby Theatre Christmas Show.

www.thebloomsburyballroom.com

Visit their website here for more info.







Monday 09 September 2019.

RONNIE WOOD is to pay tribute to Chuck Berry with a new live album.

The Rolling Stones guitarist will release Ronnie Wood With His Wild Five – Mad Lad: A Live Tribute To Chuck Berry on November 15 through BMG.

It was recorded at Wimborne’s Tivoli Theatre in 2018 – a night that saw guest appearances from singer Imelda May and pianist Ben Waters.

Ronnie will play a one off show at Shepherds Bush Empire on 21 Nov 2019.









Monday 09 September 2019.

Did you watch BBC1 tv series "Peaky Blinders" last night?

It features quite a career change for one of the lead characters.

Paul Anderson came to prominence for portraying Arthur Shelby Jr. in Peaky Blinders.

In the 1990s he used to a be a ticket tout outside London venues.

He served me up many cheap tickets and we always had a quick chat on how things were going.







Sunday 08 September 2019.

How much do top models earn a year? a million? two million? think again.

Cara Delevingne earned over £21.5 million last year making her the UK’s highest paid supermodel - and earning over double her nearest rivals.

The 27-year-old raked in an astonishing £59,164 per day through her company Cara & Co, which looks after her modelling and promo work.







Saturday 07 September 2019...I went to two events tonight...

England 4 Bulgaria 0...Wembley Stadium...5pm kick-off...

A massive crowd of over 82,000 are here.

England players certainly looked a bit lacklustre in the first half.

England looked far livelier in the second half as Kane completed his hat-trick with two penalties, while Jordan Pickford pulled off an excellent save to keep a clean sheet. The win has put England top of Group A and Southgate’s side will now face Kosovo on Tuesday evening.

An easy win for England.

then

TARA REZ BAND + THE GLORIA'S live at The George & Dragon, Acton, London W3.

My old mucker Lewie The Bastard is celebrating his 60th birthday in West London.

Like myself, many of my friends are reaching 60 this year.

Great to see so many other punk rockin' chums here.

THE GLORIA'S arrived on stage at 9.40pm and played for 40 mins.

The Glorias are a five-piece punk-rock-n-roll band from the South Coast.

They feature Bill Gaynor on guitar who is also in my band Gun Control.

They played some nifty tracks from their 2018 album "Life'll Get Ya".

They also played a good cover of Gun Control "No Mercy".

Bill is throwing windmills on the floor as he gets up close to the crowd.

TARA REZ BAND arrived on stage at 10.35pm and played for 30 mins.

First thing Tara said was due to other bands coming on late they would be playing a shorter set than

usual due to the 11pm curfew.

On bass is John "Segs" Jennings whose main band is Ruts D.C.

Tara was singer in The Duel who had a few albums out.

Her blonde peroxide hair and catchy punk tunes make a great combination.

Lewie The Bastard joined her on vocals for a song and we sung happy birthday to him.

A fun evening.







Saturday 07 September 2019.

Happy Birthday to Pretenders singer CHRISSIE HYNDE who is 68 today.







Friday 06 September 2019.

PAUL McCARTNEY promo today for his children's book...

4pm - book signing at Waterstone's , Piccadilly...tickets sold out pronto.

6pm - ITV News

7pm - BBC1 The One Show

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Friday 06 September 2018.

Happy Birthday to ROGER WATERS who is 76 today.

The world-renowned bassist, singer and songwriter Roger Waters performed his iconic Pink Floyd song “Wish You Were Here” in London on September 2 in solidarity with Julian Assange.

The performance took place at 6pm on Monday in front of the office of British Home Secretary Priti Patel on Marsham Street in the heart of London. The event includes the demands “Defend Freedom of Speech” and “Don’t Extradite Assange.”









Thursday 05 September 2019...6.45pm to 9.30pm...

DALI - The Clot Collection Exhibition at Sobha Realty - private view - 92 Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1.

Sobha Realty have taken over this prime location that was formerly a Foxton's Estate Agents.

On one side they have a giant model of Dubai and the properties they are selling there.

On the other side the exhibition contains more than 40 sculptures, paintings, drawings

and original screenprints.

Quite a coup to get a Dali exhibition here.

Around 150 guests here and quite a few people here i here I knew which made it great fun.

At 7.30pm we had a couple of speeches.

Complimentary Rimbaud champers and tasty canapés from Zafferano ,15 Lowndes Square, Belgravia.

www.sobharealty.com

Visit the website here for more info.







Wednesday 04 September 2019...I went to two events tonight...

6.30pm to 7.30pm

HANDBAG CLINIC - relaunch party - 382 Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW3.

We park up outside the legendary store at number 430 where The Sex Pistols met in the mid 1970s.

It is 100 yards from this store which is situated at The Worlds End part of Kings Road.

An impressive greeting as there are a few photographers and red carpet outside.

Guests here included Jackie St Clair, Basia Briggs and a couple of stunning girls from Made In Chelsea.

There are more men here tonight than there normally would be as it's the relaunch.

What the husband & wife owners of the store say...

Handbag Repair

We offer our full range of Handbag Cleaning, Repair and Restoration services in London - Chelsea store. Bring your bag in for a one on one consultation with an expert where we will assess your bag and provide you with all available options to restore your bag to its former glory.

Buy & Sell Handbags

Our store in Chelsea displays a great range of Pre-Owned Designer bags all available to buy at amazing discounts. Browse brands such as Louis Vuitton, Mulberry, Chanel, Hermes, Celine and more; all available in Handbag Clinic London - Chelsea.

You can also drop you designer bags into store to sell to us. We will assess the item in store and get back to you with an offer to buy your handbag promptly.

Sadly the store has been targeted by those scummy scooter gangs that steal from stores like this.

Complimentary Monsigny champers and sushi for all the guests.

The Sushi was from Sticks N Sushi at 113-115 Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW3.

All guests got a goodie bag on departure.

www.handbagclinic.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info.

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8pm to 9.30pm

HOWARD WISE CARS - showcase - Morris's Cafe, 15 Clifford Street, Mayfair, London.

This trendy cafe off New Bond Street has motoring memorabilia from the 1960s all over the store.

It is small inside so nearly everyone is outside on the pavement, and there are a few tables.

Howard Wise Cars from Loughton , Essex sell top notch classic cars.

There are half a dozen cars parked up outside the venue.

They look stunning and immaculate...with prices to match.

1964 Aston Martin DB5 - £800k

1972 Ferrari Dino - £500k

1963 Jaguar E-Type - £175k

1963 Mini Cooper - £70k

Guests here included Lord March who is a British aristocrat and owner of Goodwood Estate in West Sussex. He is the founder of the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Goodwood Revival...also here was actor Bill Nighy.

Complimentary Pol Roger champers and tasty sandwiches and toasted cheese sandwiches for guests.

www.howardwisecars.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info and photos of the cars.









Tuesday 03 September 2019...I went to two events tonight...

6.15pm to 8pm

AFTERNOON TEA AWARDS 2019 at Rosewood London, Holborn, London WC1.

Always nice to be at this luxury five star hotel.

Around 200 guests from the UK's finest hotels & restaurants offering afternoon tea are here.

At 7.15pm the best places in the UK to enjoy a sumptuous Afternoon Tea were announced.

The four awards were given to...

Best Traditional Afternoon Tea - The Savoy

Best Contemporary Afternoon Tea - Cadogan's by Adam Handling

Best Themed Afternoon Tea - The Berkeley

Best Tea Service - Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London

Some of the finest hotels and restaurants from around the UK took part in the awards, which recognise the best in Afternoon Tea service and creativity.

This year's awards were held in the elegant 5-star surroundings of The Mirror Room at Rosewood London and were also sponsored by new restaurant reservation system, Time For Food.

Keith Newton, Managing Director of AfternoonTea.co.uk said,

"These awards look at the whole Afternoon Tea experience from the customer's perspective. Our expert judges visit twice to ensure that food quality and service levels are consistent. The creativity shown by the chefs, combined with exceptional service, show that Afternoon Tea is still a very special culinary experience that can be enjoyed by all."

Complimentary Ruinart champers, cocktails, iced tea, hot tea and tasty canapés & pastries for all guests.

All guests got a goodie bag on departure.

www.afternoontea.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info on the best venues for afternoon tea.

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Before his fall from grace, The Rosewood was where i attended all five of Harvey Weinstein BAFTA parties.

Every year in Feb they were all great events that were on from 11pm to 4am with many big names attending.

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then

8.30pm to 10.15pm

10 DEGREES at GALVIN AT WINDOWS - launch party - 28th Floor, Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London W1.

Always great to be at this famous five star luxury hotel.

Michelin-starred venue Galvin at Windows, located on the 28th floor of London Hilton on Park Lane, has unveiled a new identity for its skyline bar.

Around 100 guests including FRED SIRIEIX (First Dates tv show) in this very plush bar.

Stunning views from up this high.

A female violinist is playing along to the dj instrumental backing tracks.

Complimentary Taittinger champers, whiskey cocktails, gin cocktails, wines, cheeseburgers and canapés.

All guests got a goodie bag on departure.

www.10degreeslondon.com

Visit their website here for more info.

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As usual lots of big names turned up for the GQ Men of The Year Awards dinner and party in London.

Iggy Pop, Deborah Harry, Kylie Minogue, Tom Jones, The 1975, New Order, David & Victoria Beckham etc.

Deborah Harry presented The Lifetime Achievement Award to Iggy Pop.

Tom Jones presented the Icon Award to Kylie Minogue.

Amazingly a couple of hours earlier across town at another music awards at The Roundhouse,

Ray Davies presented The Outstanding Contribution Award to Deborah Harry before she nipped off to GQ.







Tuesday 03 September 2019.

Happy Birthday to Sex Pistols guitar hero STEVE JONES who is 64 today.

His radio show in Los Angeles has gone down from five days a week to one day a week.

Steve feels he needs a rest....two hours a day sitting on his arse is too much for him????

Check out The Sex Pistols link on the right for a great live video of Steve Jones in Argentina 1992.

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Monday 02 September 2019.

Music legend Sir PAUL McCARTNEY is in London this week doing promo in newspapers, tv and radio.

At the age of 77, Macca has decided to bring out his first children's book.

Titled "Hey , Grandude! "...It is published on Thursday 05 Sept 2019...price £12.99...or less.









Saturday 31 August 2019.

THE HOLLYWOOD BRATS + THE VULZ live at Nells Jazz & Blues, West Kensington, London.

Proto-Punk / Glam innovators The Hollywood Brats are to play their first gig in over 40 years.

The group was championed by Keith Moon, who said they were the best band he had ever seen,and in 1973 they recorded an LP for NEMS Records.

It was recorded at Olympic Studios, London, England, December 1973, January 1974.

At the time they were like a British version of The New York Dolls.

They split up in 1974 and oddly their only album was released after they had split up.

In 2015,singer Andrew Matheson published a memoir of the band, Sick On You: The Disastrous Story of Britain's Great Lost Punk Band, named after one of the Hollywood Brats' songs.

www.nellsjazzandblues.com

Visit the Nell's website here to buy tickets for upcoming gigs at Nell's.

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This venue is one of the three venues currently owned by live music legend Vince Power.

I came here last year for a great show by Van Morrison.

No need to worry about will anybody be interested in this group who split up so long ago as

a sign on the entrance says the 400 capacity club is sold out.

Quite a few here I know have made an effort to see this unique gig happening.

A couple of them mentioned they only found out about the gig after seeing it mentioned on my website.

In the crowd are Sir Bob Geldof and Gaye Advert.

THE VULZ arrived on stage at 8.15pm and played for 40 mins.

The Vulz played a good set of uptempo catchy garage rock n roll tunes from their debut album.

They have a singer who doesn't take himself too seriously and a guitarist playing some nifty licks.

They finished their set with a very nice cover of The Boys classic "First Time".

THE HOLLYWOOD BRATS arrived on stage at 9.10pm and played for 60 mins.

Andrew on vocals still looks and sounds like a proper rock n roll star with tons of charisma.

On keyboards is Casino Steel who was an original member before he joined The Boys.

It soon became hot n sweaty as folks crowded around the stage.

Great to see long time fan Sir Bob Geldof join them on stage for a song.

Not the longest of sets as they only had the one album...but lots of the album great tracks played.

This comeback gig was a total success and surely they could easily be back here in December.

Hollywood Brats setlist included...

Tumble with Me

Chez Maximes

Zurich 17

Vampire Nazi (new single)

Courtesan

Sweet Little Sixteen (Chuck Berry cover)

Nightmare

I Need You (The Kinks cover ) (with Sir Bob Geldof on co-vocals)

Another Schoolday

Then He Kissed Me (The Crystals cover)

Sick on You

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After the show all the band came out to sign stuff and pose for photos.











Friday 30 August 2019.

Rock legend NICK MASON steps in to save Bolton Wanderers F.C. from being wound up.

It was confirmed on Wednesday that Football Ventures (Whites) had agreed a deal to buy the beleaguered club.

Bolton's immediate future has been secured, which is fantastic news whoever you support.

A £10million deal has been sealed by a consortium reportedly involving Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason.







Wednesday 28 August 2019.

PEACHES live at The Royal Festival Hall, London.

Peaches, now aged 52 , has released six studio albums.

Peaches has been noted for her stage costumes and flamboyant sense of style. Her looks are often both nostalgic and futuristic; aggressive and glamorous; and push the limits of gender identity.

This show is titled "There's Only One Peach with the Hole in the Middle".

I first saw Peaches in 2002 when she supported Suede at this same venue.

Peaches was chosen by David Bowie as it was part of his Meltdown Festival at RFH.

I saw The David Bowie show here around a week after Peaches played.

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The show lasted around 1 hour 50 mins with a drag act singing the first two songs.

This was one of those visually mega shows from start to finish.

With band and her dancers there were over 20 people on stage for many songs.

Her mostly female band included a brass section and a string section.

Several costume changes and some lasers too.

Peaches sung on a podium for most songs and surfed the crowd.

There were three stage extensions which was a first for this venue.

Very naughty suggestive lyrics throughout the show.

Lots of boobs on display from Peaches and her female dancers and her male dancers were bare chested.

The music was bit samey — a mix of heavy hip-hop beats, punk-thrash and glam rock among other things —but there’s consolation in spectacle. In a pre-record of "Kick It" with Iggy Pop, his videoed kick sends her flying hammily off-stage. A trapeze artist with a laser butt-plug is lit from underneath by dancers wearing strobing thongs. A band of violins, drums, trumpets and a tuba, play throughout, sending up the mores of the college band aesthetic with relish. A group of dancers from New Orleans cavort with a bevy semi-naked contemporary dancers. It’s anarchy. It's also radically democratic.

Come the end of the show, she thanks every member of her group. Musicians, dancers, producers, costumiers, techies… All get a look in and join her on stage for a dance.

You came out thinking...wow, that was a helluva show....

Full Peaches setlist played tonight...

Diddle My Skittle

Set It Off

Rub

Vaginoplasty

Pickles

I U She

Talk to Me

Kick It (with Iggy Pop on the video screen)

Rock 'n' Roll

Free Drink Ticket

How You Like My Cut

Close Up

AA XXX

Slippery Dick

Take You On

Operate

Light in Places

Boys Wanna Be Her

I Feel Cream

Dick in the Air

Shake Yer Dix

I Mean Something

Encore:

Dumb Fuck

Fuck the Pain Away









Tuesday 27 August 2019.

Happy Birthday to Sex Pistols bass player GLEN MATLOCK who is 63 today.

Glen brought out a great solo album last year titled "Good to Go".







Sunday 25 August 2019.

In the afternoon i went to the cinema to see two really good films.

TOY STORY 4

The film directly follows Toy Story 3, as Sheriff Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and their other toy friends have found new appreciation living with Bonnie. They are joined by Forky, a spork that has been made into a toy, and embark on a road trip adventure.

The film has grossed $1 billion worldwide, becoming the sixth highest-grossing film of 2019 as well as the 36th highest-grossing film of all time and the seventh highest grossing animated film of all time. Like its predecessors, Toy Story 4 received praise for its story, humour, emotion, animation, and vocal performances.

Basically every Toy wants to be loved by a Kid.

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ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD

Quentin Tarantino latest blockbuster is the must see film of the summer.

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood depicts an aging Hollywood actor and his stunt double as successful new actor Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) moves in next door.

The film is based on the real-life killing of Tate by disciples of the Manson Family cult.

A great soundtrack featuring cool tracks from the 1969 era that the film is based in.

On release it got loads of five star reviews from the likes of NME, Time Out, The Times etc.

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Quentin Tarantino is my fave film director i reckon.

I have seen his Inglorious Bastards film over a dozen times but still love watching it.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt are both excellent in this film.

Damian Lewis has a small part as Michael Caine but uncannily looks and talks like him.

Great to see all the big old American cars and the fashions of the day.

A gory twist at the end which was great.







Sunday 25 August 2019.

Happy Birthday to KISS bass player GENE SIMMONS who is 70 today.

I have already been to over 100 gigs this year.

Best shows of the year so far for me for were the two KISS gigs i saw in July.







Saturday 24 August 2019.

The Coral Challenge Cup Final (Sat 24 Aug, KO 3pm) is Rugby League’s showpiece occasion at the iconic Wembley Stadium. This year’s Final sees a showdown between St Helens and the Warrington Wolves.

Following the Coral Challenge Cup Final, on the hallowed Wembley turf, Sheffield Eagles and Widnes Vikings will battle it out to win the inaugural AB Sundecks 1895 Cup Final (KO 5:30pm).

This will be the first rugby match i have attended for many years.

I used to go see rugby union team London Wasps when they shared Loftus Road with QPR between 1996 and 2002.

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Upstairs in Level 5 is half empty but still a big crowd of around 60,000 for the main game.

At least 75% of the crowd left after the first game.

For rugby and NFL you can bring alcohol in to your seats...you cannot do that with football....

It's Warrington's cup final. Stung here 12 months ago as heavy favourites, they've come back in the underdog role and done what Catalans did to them....Final whistle: St Helens 4-18 Warrington.

In the other game....

1895 Cup final: Sheffield Eagles beat Widnes Vikings 36-18 to win inaugural competition. Sheffield Eagles twice came from behind to beat Widnes at Wembley and win the inaugural 1895 Cup.

An enjoyable day of watching rugby.







Thursday 22 August 2019.

ANGEL - feat. Punky Meadows and Frank DiMino live at The Underworld, Camden, London.

with support from A New Tomorrow...tickets are £30 each.

ANGEL still feature original members Punky Meadows (guitar) and Frank DiMino (vocals).

ANGEL were discovered in 1975 by Kiss bass player Gene Simmons performing at a nightclub and were

eventually signed to the same label as Kiss, Casablanca.

Angel's image was of dressing in all white.

Angel never achieved mass commercial success but acquired a following as a cult band.

I bought their two debut albums when they came out in 1975 and 1976.

Amazingly Angel played their first ever UK shows only last year but i sadly missed the London show

as I was committed to seeing Suede at Hammersmith Apollo.

www.theunderworldcamden.co.uk

Visit The Underworld website here for more info and to buy tickets.

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In the same week that The Borderline closes, it is great that superb club venues like The Underworld

are still putting on quality rock gigs. I have been to loads of gigs here with the first one being

The Quireboys in 1993 and the highlight gig would have to be The Foo Fighters secret gig in June 2006.

Support band A NEW TOMORROW arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 30 mins.

They played a good solid set of tracks from their debut album "Universe" which is

released on 06 Dec 2019 via Frontiers Music....the singer had a great voice...

I must admit i can hardly believe that I will be finally seeing Angel play live in London.

I feel i am being transported back to my 16 year old self who read Sounds music magazine in 1975.

ANGEL arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 95 mins.

A stunning entrance by the band as all six members appear wearing trademark white outfits among the dry ice.

All the band were really tight and giving it 100% and are clearly enjoying themselves.

Punky Meadows and Frank DiMino still have plenty of rock star swagger.

Frank told some stories around their recording sessions in the 1970s.

I must say a few words about their incredible drummer who had a basic four piece kit plus cymbals but

was a total powerhouse as he sweated buckets throughout the show.

The show built up nicely to their big two tracks at the end "Rock & Rollers" and the encore

was their anthemic classic "Tower" which was superb.

A great show.

Could it be possible Angel will now be playing annual shows in the UK?...I hope so...

Full Angel setlist played tonight...

On the Rocks

Mirrors

Can You Feel It

Wild and Hot

Bad Time

Cast the First Stone

The Fortune

Broken Dreams

Don't Leave Me Lonely

I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore (The Young Rascals cover)

All the Young Dudes (David Bowie cover)

Got Love If You Want It

White Lightning

Anyway You Want It

Feelin' Right

Rock & Rollers

Encore:

Tower











Wednesday 21 August 2019.

THE BORDERLINE closes this week.

Sorry to say that the end has finally come for Soho's legendary live music venue Borderline. After 35 years in business, we close our doors for the final time this August.

Join us for one last party on Friday 23rd August, with our resident DJs from Tilted playing all your favourite tracks from artists who have previously played the club, all night long!

Advance tickets only £5 and come complete with a free Old Blue Last Beer (or soft drink).

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Owners DHP Family went on to speak about the closure in an official statement, saying: “With ever increasing rents, rising business rates and ongoing redevelopment plans for Soho, we've taken the decision to close the venue by 31 August 2019."

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My first gig at The Borderline was back in 1995.

The most famous gig held at The Borderline was in 1991 when R.E.M. played a secret gig there.

Live at the Borderline 1991 is a 2019 live album released for Record Store Day on April 13. The recording features alternative rock band R.E.M. performing under the pseudonym Bingo Hand Job at a 1991 surprise gig around the release of Out of Time.









Wednesday 21 August 2019.

JOE STRUMMER would have been 67 today.

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Tuesday 20 August 2019.

Happy Birthday to ROBERT PLANT who is 71 today

PHIL LYNOTT would have been 70 today

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Monday 19 August 2019.

Happy Birthday to GINGER BAKER who is 80 today ( co- founder and drummer with Cream)

Happy Birthday to JOHN DEACON who is 68 today ( former bassist with Queen 1971 - 1997)

Happy Birthday to IAN GILLAN who is 74 today ( singer with Deep Purple)







Friday 16 Aug / Saturday 17 Aug / Sunday 18 August 2019.

REWIND FESTIVAL - celebrating the 1980s - Henley-On-Thames, Oxfordshire.

A dozen name acts will play short sets on Sat and Sun in this stunning location by the water.

Some acts with just a couple of hits will play 10 to 15 mins with the house band and the bigger acts

will play 30 mins to 60 mins with their own bands.

Many of the acts i saw play Hammersmith Odeon in their 1980s heyday.

Fri 16 Aug---opening night party for camping arrivals featuring Grandmaster Flash and Complete Madness

in a smaller tent along with a disco tent including silent disco in another tent.

The capacity for Sat and Sun is 20,000 each day, but not sold out as tickets sold were actually

18,000 for the Saturday and 14,000 for the Sunday.

Sat 17 Aug---

FOUR TOPS (headliner)

LULU

HEAVEN 17

HEATHER SMALL (ex M People)

TIFFANY

KIM APPLEBY

UB40 FEAT. ALI CAMPBELL & ASTRO

JOHNNY HATES JAZZ

THE DIRE STRAITS EXPERIENCE

THE UNDERTONES (Feargal Sharkey is not on vocals)

PRESENTED BY: TOYAH

Sun 18 Aug---

MICHAEL BOLTON (headliner) ( cancelled and he was replaced by THE WATERBOYS)

KATHY SLEDGE OF THE ORIGINAL SISTER SLEDGE

BELINDA CARLISLE

PAUL YOUNG

MIDGE URE

HAZEL O'CONNOR

REWIND’S GOT TALENT

THE WAILERS

THE SELECTER

THE NEVILLE STAPLE BAND (ex The Specials)

FROM THE JAM (Jam tribute band featuring original Jam bass player Bruce Foxton)

PRESENTED BY: THE DOCTOR FROM DOCTOR & THE MEDICS

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Over the past decade i have had odd nights of roughing it in a car for a day or two at festivals

but this weekend was my first three days of proper camping on the trot for at least ten years.

Let's see how i get on.

Lots of rain on the Friday but Saturday and Sunday was nice and sunny.

FRIDAY was 6pm to 1am

No bands on the main stage tonight.

Due to the rain i stayed in the Disco Den tent which was good fun as it had 80s musical bingo,

then 80s Karaoke and then finishing with a couple of hours of Silent Disco for around 600 punters.

SATURDAY was 1pm to 1am

There was some amazing fancy dress outfits worn by many of the crowd over the weekend.

Every act had use of the two big side screens that showed live footage.

THE UNDERTONES arrived on stage at 1.30pm and played for around 30 mins.

Feargal is not there but they do feature original members.

Loads of great catchy gems played including "Jimmy Jimmy" and "Teenage Kicks".

THE DIRE STRAITS EXPERIENCE arrived on stage at 2.30pm and played for around 30 mins.

The band feature Chris White - saxophonist who toured with Dire Straits from 1985–1995, and who has played with many bands and artists, including Robbie Williams, Paul McCartney, Chris De Burgh and Mick Jagger.

They played a decent set of Dire Straits classics.

JOHNNY HATES JAZZ arrived on stage at 3.40pm and played for around 30 mins...not my cup of tea...

UB40 feat Ali Campbell and Astro arrived on stage at 4.45pm and played for around 40 mins.

Lots of great hits played and they were perfectly matched with the afternoon sunshine.

TOYAH sung a couple of her hits.

KIM APPLEBY sung a couple of her hits.

TIFFANY sung a couple of her hits.

HEATHER SMALL arrived on stage at 6.45pm and played four great tracks in her 20 mins set.

"One Night in Heaven", "Search for The Hero", "Proud" and "Moving on Up".

HEAVEN 17 arrived on stage at 7.20pm and played for around 30 mins.

Lots of good electro pop tunes played in their set.

LULU arrived on stage at 8.25pm and played for around 40 mins.

She got annoyed with sound problems at the start but soon got in her stride with good versions of

"Relight My Fire", "The Man With The Golden Gun" and of course " Shout".

THE FOUR TOPS arrived on stage at 9.30pm and played for 60 mins.

They still have an original member playing in their line-up and the smart suits are still there.

Lots of their great classic Motown tunes played in their set.

From 11pm to 1am we had a good ole boogie in the Silent Disco tent.

SUNDAY was 1pm to 1am

FROM THE JAM arrived on stage at 1.30pm and played for 30 mins.

Lots of gems from The Jam played in their set.

THE NEVILLE STAPLE BAND arrived on stage at 2.30pm and played for 30 mins.

He played a couple of solo tunes along a few gems from his time in The Specials.

THE SELECTER arrived on stage at 3.30pm and played around 30 mins.

They played all their great ska hits in their set including "On My Radio".

THE WAILERS arrived on stage at 4.30pm and played for around 45 mins.

Lots of Bob Marley classics played in their set.

A Britain's Got Talent singer sang a couple of tunes.

DR & THE MEDICS played a couple of their hits.

HAZEL O'CONNOR played a couple of her hits.

MIDGE URE arrived on stage at 5.40pm and played for 30 mins.

Five of the six songs played were Ultravox gems.

If I Was

Fade to Grey (Visage song)

All Stood Still (Ultravox song)

Vienna (Ultravox song)

Hymn (Ultravox song)

Dancing With Tears in My Eyes (Ultravox song)

PAUL YOUNG arrived on stage at 6.40pm and played for around 30 mins.

He started off a bit croaky but great tunes played including "Wherever I Lay My Hat"

"Come Back And Stay" and "Every Time You Go Away".

BELINDA CARLISLE arrived on stage at 7.15pm and played for around 30 mins.

She played all her catchy hits including "Heaven Is a place on Earth".

KATHY SLEDGE OF THE ORIGINAL SISTER SLEDGE arrived on stage at 8.10pm for her 60 mins set.

She played all the great Sister Sledge disco classics along with some cover versions.

THE WATERBOYS arrived on stage at 9.40pm for their 75 mins.

Michael Bolton cancelled just a day or two before the gig and The Waterboys stepped in.

That was a great result as I much prefer The Waterboys to Michael Bolton.

A really good set included "Whole of The Moon" and a cover of "Purple Rain".

Another great day of live music.

Again we had a fun time in the Silent Disco tent from 11pm to 1am.

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Packed up the tent around 10am to head home after a tiring but good vibes festival









Friday 16 August 2019.

Happy Birthday to MADONNA who is 61 today.







Thursday 15 August 2019...5.30pm to 9.15pm...

BYRON - summer boat party - Temple Pier, London WC2.

Byron Hamburgers , trading as Byron, is a British restaurant chain offering a casual dining service with a focus on hamburgers. The chain was founded in 2007.

The burger chain is UK-based, with, as of 2019, 53 locations, 40 of which are in London.

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Nice and sunny today, even though yesterday was rainy and gloomy.

Around 80 guests on the boat as we slowly travel down the Thames to Byron, Greenwich.

Under Tower Bridge and past all the many other sights.

There are dance and disco songs being played in the background.

Throughout the evening there is complimentary prosecco, wines and beers.

From 6.45pm to 8.15pm we were at Byron , Greenwich where everyone had a complimentary

choice of yummy burger & fries on their outdoor Terrace.

A female with an acoustic guitar played a set of cover songs in the background.

We then travel back to Embankment Pier.

All guests were given a Byron t-shirt.

A very enjoyable event.

www.byronhamburgers.com

Visit their website here for more on their menu and restaurant locations.











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News and Reviews: 15th August 2019

Wednesday 14 August 2019.

Happy Birthday to singer-songwriter DAVID CROSBY who is 78 today.

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Tuesday 13 August 2018.

Happy Birthday to ex Undertones singer FEARGAL SHARKEY who is 61 today.







Monday 12 August 2019.

PROPHETS OF RAGE + DJ LORD live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

The band, which features members of Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill, are currently working on their second album, due for release in 2020.

They release a new single "Made With Hate" for their European Tour.

I have seen their very lively show a couple of times before.

Support comes from Nova Twins.

Nova Twins spent most of 2017 touring with Prophets of Rage after Tom Morello of Prophets of Rage

named them 'The best band you've never heard of.'

I first saw Public Enemy in 1987 at Hammersmith Odeon on the Def Jam package.

I first saw RATM in 1997 when they supported KISS at Finsbury Park.

I first saw Cypress Hill in 1996.

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August is usually a bit quiet for gigs in London as bands play weekend festivals over the UK.

A bit odd then that this was my FIFTH gig in FIVE days.

I missed the proper support act but i caught Prophets of Rage own DJ Lord who warms the crowd up

from 9pm with 25 mins of classic rock gems from the likes of Guns N Roses, Black Sabbath,

Aerosmith / Run DMC which were mixed in with some nifty hip-hop scratching.

The venue is fully rammed sold out and there is a great buzzy atmosphere.

The band have their own security either side of the stage to help the venues own security in the pit.

PROPHETS OF RAGE arrived on stage at 9.25pm for their 90 mins set.

They arrive on stage to air raid sirens and you know they mean business.

The supergroup's mix of stars brought a boundary-crossing blend of music styles with a wonderfully aggressive, high-octane set of old skool rap and funky rock.

The band are all constantly moving around on stage and Tom Morello as usual has his guitar high up on

his chest as he delivers some great guitar playing.

There wasn’t a dry back in the house as an electic London crowd moshed out and pumped fists to a run down of tracks from the bands the members represent: including Public Enemy’s Prophets of Rage and later Fight the Power; Rage Against the Machine’s Testify, Take the Power Back, Guerilla Radio and Killing in the Name.

They played "Cochise" and dedicated it to Chris Cornell.

A mega trio of songs to finish the show with "Bulls on Parade" , "Killing in the Name" and encore of

"Bombtrack".

An excellent show.

Full Prophets of Rage setlist played tonight...

Prophets of Rage (Public Enemy cover)

Testify (Rage Against the Machine cover)

Unfuck The World

Guerrilla Radio (Rage Against the Machine cover)

Made With Hate

Know Your Enemy (Rage Against the Machine cover)

Hail to the Chief

Heart Afire

Take the Power Back (Rage Against the Machine cover)

Insane in the Brain/Bring The Noise/Jump Around etc (hip hop medley)

Sleep Now in the Fire (Rage Against the Machine cover)

Cochise (Audioslave cover)

Bullet in the Head (Rage Against the Machine cover)

Living on the 110

How I Could Just Kill a Man (Cypress Hill cover)

Bulls on Parade (Rage Against the Machine cover)

Killing in the Name (Rage Against the Machine cover)

Encore:

Bombtrack (Rage Against the Machine cover)







Monday 12 August 2019.

Happy Birthday to Mark Knopfler OBE who is 70 today.







Sunday 11 August 2019.

This day 40 years ago, on 11 August 1979, heavy rock icons LED ZEPPELIN played their final concert (in the original line-up) on the grounds of Knebworth House near the village of Knebworth in the north of Hertfordshire, England . This was the second of two massive shows (the first a week earlier). The band had not played live for two years since the death of frontman Robert Plant‘s son during the band’s 1977 North American tour, and they had not performed in Great-Britain for four years.

The main support were The New Barbarians featuring Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards.









Sunday 11 August 2019.

OSCAR D'LEON + dj live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Venezuelan salsa legend, Oscar D'León, now aged 76, famed internationally for his

characteristic performances, is heading to London for a one-off show.

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Everybody Salsa???...Even in the mid 1970s i was quite open to different musical genres.

Levels 2 and 3 tonight are closed and there is around 800 folks here tonight.

A mainly South American crowd with most coming from Venezuela and Columbia.

The dj is playing Latin tunes before Oscar comes on and many are dancing Salsa.

OSCAR and his band arrive on stage at 8.45pm and play for 1 hour 45 mins.

There are eleven on stage including a five man brass section.

There is a big screen showing pre-recorded images.

The crowd are all dancing from the start and know all the words to the songs.

A nice lively dance atmosphere.

Despite his age , Oscar is still a pretty nifty mover.

The songs were all in his native language but Latin music is universal.

Even after the house lights had came on the crowd were chanting "Oscar, Oscar, Oscar".











Saturday 10 August 2019.

GLEN MATLOCK & THE TOUGH COOKIES + The Vulz live at 229 Great Portland St, London W1.

Glen & band back in London on their return from playing shows in Japan.

Glen will showcasing tracks from his great album from last year "Good to Go".

I have seen Glen play many times as a solo artist and with The Sex Pistols and other bands of his.

Glens band gets a new name for these gigs.

Featuring guitar legend Earl Slick who has played with David Bowie and John Lennon.

Slick was initially hired by David Bowie to replace Mick Ronson as lead guitarist for the Diamond Dogs tour in 1974 (the live album David Live was recorded during this tour). Slick also played lead guitar on Bowie's Young Americans and Station to Station albums, released in 1975 and 1976 respectively.

He was in David Bowies band when DB sadly passed away.

Joining Glen & Slick will be Chris Musto (drums) & Jim Lowe (bass).

Visit YouTube.com for a great 51 mins interview from Glens recent visit to America

Glen Matlock & Eric Blair talk Sex Pistols/Rich Kids /Iggy Pop /his solo history.

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THE VULZ arrived on stage at 8.20pm and played for 40 mins.

The Vulz played a good set of uptempo catchy rock n roll tunes from their album and a couple of new tracks

from their upcoming album.

By sheer coincidence BBC4 showed again the great 90 mins documentary film the night before this gig.

Rock 'n' Roll Guns for Hire: The Story of the Sidemen (2017) which features Earl Slick and Bernard Fowler.

It is quite a coup for Glen to get Earl Slick in his band.

GLEN MATLOCK & THE TOUGH COOKIES arrived on stage at 9.25pm and played for 70 mins.

This is a great venue to see music legends Glen Matlock & Earl Slick up nice and close.

Glen & Earl bounce off each other nicely with nods and smiles.

Earl Slick is playing plenty of cool sublime guitar licks.

Glen is in fine voice and is now confident enough to focus on his own material

and for this show takes the brave move of resting from playing any Sex Pistols anthems.

A great show.

Full setlist played by Glen Matlock & The Tough Cookies...

Won't Put The Brakes on Me

Wanderlust

Sexy Beast

Hook In You

Speak Too Soon

Montague Terrace (in Blue) (Scott Walker cover)

Couldn't Give A Damn

On Something

Blank Generation (Richard Hell & The Voidoids cover)

This Empty Heart

Born Running

Keep On Pushing

Encore:

All or Nothing (Small Faces cover)







Friday 09 August 2019.

6pm haircut at CUT AND GRIND, 25 D'Arblay Street, Soho, London W1.

After over a dozen years of going to my local barbers in Hammersmith it was time to go back to Soho.

Cut and Grind are known as one of the best barbers in London for a reason.

At Cut & Grind Barbers and Male Grooming, they pride themselves in delivering high quality, precision haircuts in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. From beard trimming perfection to cut-throat shaves.

Also free flowing complimentary drinks including wine, beer, spirits and freshly made coffee available while you enjoy the service as well as for those waiting.

Things started off great as i sat down in my chair with a classic Sex Pistols poster above my mirror.

Tobias cut my hair as i enjoyed a whiskey & coke.

He asked what style i wanted and advised on a couple of things too.

He took his time and it was a quality cut.

We had a nice relaxed chat about music and football.

All the staff seemed to have great banter with each other.

Cool tunes playing in the background.

A hot towel over my face at the end was a nice touch.

They are open late in the evenings to cater for those who can only go there after work.

Obviously it is a bit more expensive than going local but they are "a cut above the rest".

www.cutandgrindbarbers.com

Visit the Cut and Grind website here for more info.

then

DAVID A. STEWART plays The Eurythmics Songbook at The Royal Festival Hall, London.

David A Stewart (now aged 66) is an English musician, songwriter and record producer, best known for Eurythmics, his successful professional partnership with Annie Lennox.He is usually credited as David A. Stewart, to avoid confusion with other musicians named Dave Stewart. He won Best British Producer at the 1986, 1987 and 1990 Brit Awards.

Dave co-wrote and co-produced several tracks for Mick Jagger's 1987 album "Primitive Cool".

Eurythmics were massive in the 1980s and had nine Top 10 hit singles in the UK including a number one.

"There must be an Angel (playing with my heart)" was their only number one back in 1985.

I saw Eurythmics four times in their 1980s heyday.

I even saw their pre-Eurythmics band, The Tourists three times in 1979/1980.

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Nice surprise to see Marillion singer STEVE HOGARTH picking up his tickets for tonight.

I saw him sing a few songs here a fortnight ago with Trevor Horn.

The show is sold out and i have a great seat, dead centre stalls by the sound desk.

David & friends arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 2 hours 5 mins.

They are using the massive screen that Nile Rodgers and Anitta used, but Johnny Marr did not.

It nicely mixes live footage with pre-recorded images.

For some songs there are over 30 on stage when you add band, string section and choir.

Several different singers were used including a couple of well known names who were

EMELI SANDE (two songs) and BEVERLEY KNIGHT (three songs).

The other singers had great voices and the female harmonica player was amazing.

Nile Rodgers introduced Dave to the stage and later on , played guitar for the last five songs.

Nile said "nice to have an older person around as he was 10 days younger than Dave".

Dave was cool and relaxed as he told stories about how the tracks were written and where.

You kind of forget how many great hits that Eurythmics had back in the 1980s.

A great show.

Full setlist played tonight....

Intro: Take me to your heart/Never Gonna Cry Again/The Walk/This City Never Sleeps

Love is a Stranger (Eurythmics song) (with Ryan Molloy)

I Love You Like a Ball and Chain (Eurythmics song) (with Iris Gold)

I Need a Man (Eurythmics song) (with Django Stewart)

You have placed a chill in my heart (Eurythmics song) (with RAHH)

I Saved the World Today (Eurythmics song) (with RAHH & Roo Savill)

Who's That Girl ? (Eurythmics song) (with Roo Savill)

There Must Be an Angel (Playing With My Heart) (Eurythmics song) (with Emeli Sandé)

Miracle of Love (Eurythmics song) (with Emeli Sandé)

When Tomorrow Comes (Eurythmics song)

(My My) Baby's Gonna Cry (Eurythmics song)

Thorn in My Side (Eurythmics song) (with Ryan Molloy)

Here Comes the Rain Again (Eurythmics song) (with RAHH)

When the Day Goes Down (Eurythmics song) (with Kaya Stewart)

I've Got a Life (Eurythmics song) (with Kaya Stewart)

It's Alright (Baby's Coming Back) (Eurythmics song) (with Chic feat. Nile Rodgers)

Missionary Man (Eurythmics song) (with Chic feat. Nile Rodgers)

Would I Lie to You? (Eurythmics song) (with Beverley Knight) (Nile on guitar)

Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves (Eurythmics song) (with Beverley Knight) (Nile on guitar)

Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) (Eurythmics song) (with Beverley Knight) (Nile on guitar)











Thursday 08 August 2019...I went to two events today...

7pm to 8pm

GROUP SUMMER SHOW | Private View | Unit London Gallery,3 Hanover Square, Soho, London W1.

Four up and coming artists are showcasing their large paintings.

Around 200 guests here...including three dogs.

Complimentary Gin & Tonics and wines for all guests.

www.theunitldn.com

Visit the Unit London Gallery website here for more info.

then

JOHNNY MARR live at The Royal Festival Hall, London.

I am back again at this venue for my third show as part of Nile Rodgers Meltdown Festival.

A nice surprise was seeing PETER PERRETT of The Only Ones here.

Johnny Marr arrived on stage at 8.50pm and played for 95 mins.

Johnny Marr was the guitarist in The Smiths who were one of the most influential bands of the 1980s.

Nile Rodgers introduced Johnny and said "what a great friend Johnny and his family were ".

Johnny even named his son Nile....his son joined him for three songs on guitar.

Johnny looks like a cool rock star as he arrives on stage with his bomber jacket fully zipped up.

It was a good idea to play a classic Smiths song as the second tune played as that got everyone up.

The Smiths classics still go down the best which is no real surprise.

Also a couple of hits from when he was in Electronic.

Johnny played a few good songs from his 2018 album "Call the Comet".

His great distinctive guitar sound is here throughout the show.

A great show.

Full Johnny Marr setlist played tonight...

The Tracers

Bigmouth Strikes Again (The Smiths song)

Armatopia

Day In Day Out

New Dominions

Hi Hello

You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby (The Smiths song)

Walk Into the Sea

Getting Away With It (Electronic song)

Get the Message (Electronic song)

Spiral Cities

Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want (The Smiths song) (with Nile Marr)

Shack Up (A Certain Ratio cover) (with Nile Marr)

This Charming Man (The Smiths song)

Easy Money

How Soon Is Now? (The Smiths song)

Encore:

Rise

Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me (The Smiths song)

There Is a Light That Never Goes Out (The Smiths song) (with Nile Marr)









Thursday 08 August 2019.

Very sad news that Brian Wilson's guitar player NICKY WONDER has died in his sleep aged just 59.

I saw him play several times as part of Brian Wilson's great backing band.







Thursday 08 August 2019.

THE BEATLES anniversary - it was 50 years ago today.

Hundreds of Beatles fans have descended on the iconic Abbey Road pedestrian crossing today to mark 50 years since The Beatles created their famous album cover.

Abbey Road, the band’s 11th and last recorded studio album, featured the shot of the Fab Four strolling over a zebra crossing in St John’s Wood.

Today is the 50th anniversary of the creation of the shot by freelance photographer Iain Macmillan and an estimated 2,000 fans are expected outside the Abbey Road Studios today to recreate their versions.







Wednesday 07 August 2019.

I was at two of THE SPICE GIRLS shows at Wembley Stadium on their record breaking UK tour.

The Spice Girls head up the list of ’90s artists in the current nostalgia craze with a gigantic sold-out stadium run through Ireland and the U.K. this summer causing quite a stir at the box office. With four of the original members of the group – Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm, Emma Bunton and Geri Halliwell – on board (sans Victoria Beckham), the tour grossed a whopping $78 million from 695,660 sold tickets at 13 performances.

An average of over 50,000 punters a show.

The tour launched on May 24 at Dublin’s Croke Park, the first of eight stadiums booked on the three-week run. The last date was a record-breaking three-night affair staged at London’s Wembley Stadium on June 13-15. With sales topping $27 million from 221,971 sold seats, the tour finale set a new worldwide record as the highest-grossing concert engagement of 2019, beating The Rolling Stones’ two nights at Chicago’s Soldier Field by over $5 million.







Tuesday 06 August 2019...I went to two events tonight...

6.45pm to 7.45pm

KONNIE HUQ - book launch - Hatchards, 187 Piccadilly, London W1.

Konnie Huq is an ex Blue Peter tv presenter who is launching her new children's book titled

"Cookie and the most annoying boy in the world".

Over 100 guests in this book store which is just a few yards from Fortnum & Mason.

Guests included her husband CHARLIE BROOKER who is an English humourist, critic, author, screenwriter, producer, and television presenter. He is the creator and co-showrunner of the anthology series Black Mirror and has written for programmes such as Brass Eye, The 11 O'Clock Show, and Nathan Barley.

Also here was leading showbiz/music agent Jonathan Shalit.

At 7.15pm Konnie made a nice speech.

Complimentary wines, beers and canapés from Marks & Spencer.

The book retails for £10.99 but you buy it via my Amazon link above for only £6.99.

Her promo for the book includes ITV Breakfast show Thursday at 8.30am.

About the book...

Her best friend in the whole world is moving to Solihull because one of her dads has a new job there. Solihull?! Where even is that?! Cookie begs her parents for a pet to fill the void but they have given her an absolute NO. It would be way too expensive and way way too messy.

But Cookie has never been a fan of the word 'no' so she visits the pet shop anyway and sets her heart on the sweetest cutest kitteniest kitten ever: Bluey. But then . . . DISASTER! The most ANNOYING boy she's ever met in her entire nine years goes into the pet shop, buys Bluey and renames her Nigel! And then he joins her year at school! And if that wasn't bad enough, he moves in next door to her. AAAAGGGGHHHHH!

then

ANITTA + DJ MISTAJAM live at The Royal Festival Hall, London.

Now aged 26 , Anitta has had four hit albums and loads of hit singles back home in Brazil.

If you haven’t heard of Anitta yet, it’s only a matter of time. The Brazilian singer is a big deal in her native country after successfully bringing baile funk – a raucous blend of Miami bass and gangsta rap known as the sound of the favelas – into the mainstream. By toning down its explicit lyrics and suggestive dancing, Anitta went from 17-year-old YouTube wannabe to performing at the opening ceremony at the 2016 Rio Olympics and Anitta has had video views totalling 3 billion.

No wonder she has been tipped as the next Shakira.

Last year Anitta headlined The Royal Albert Hall.

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Like the Nile Rodgers show here on Saturday , the venue is in total dance party mode.

I caught the last 30 mins of DJ MISTAJAM set and everyone was up and dancing.

For his final track of "Ain't Nobody" he was joined by NILE RODGERS.

ANITTA & her band arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 85 mins.

Anitta was introduced on stage by Nile Rodgers who said they had worked together.

There was a big screen behind her ,along with a load of lights and four female/two male dancers.

Smoke flumes and streamers and ticker-tape were used during the very lively show.

Lots of nice looking South American women fully dressed up in the excitable crowd.

The lyrics were pretty much 90% in her native tongue but many of the lyrics were on the big screen.

Some guests on the big screen have featured in her songs including Snoop Dogg.

The crowd knew all the songs and there was plenty of suggestive dancing by Anitta and dancers as

she said "in Brazil we like to shake our asses" as those on stage bent over and shook their buttocks.

From the start to the finish it felt like a carnival dance party and was an enjoyable show.







Tuesday 06 August 2019.

Happy Birthday to DAME BARBARA WINDSOR who is 82 today.

The Cockney actress is best known for her roles in the Carry On films and Eastenders tv show.

Barbara Windsor has urged fans to 'unite' with her in demanding action over dementia care.

TV and film actress Barbara, who is 82 today, has met the PM on many occasions and even featured in an episode of EastEnders with him in 2009.

She was then diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2014.

She said: “We’re lucky to have amazing support but my heart goes out to the many people who are really struggling to get the care they so desperately need.”

Babs and Scott, 56, have joined the Alzheimer’s Society and appear in a charity video calling on Mr Johnson to invest £2.4billion to overhaul dementia care.







Sunday 04 August 2019.

Community Shield at Wembley Stadium...3pm kick off.

LIVERPOOL 1 MAN CITY 1....Man City win 5-4 on penalties.

A massive crowd of 77,565 here out of a 85,000 capacity.

We were in the Liverpool end , where all the goals were scored and where the penalties took place.

Buckle up and enjoy the ride. This season is set to be as epic, as extraordinary, as intense as the last with Manchester City and Liverpool showing that their rapidly escalating rivalry is here to stay.

It was City who won the Community Shield, retaining it, becoming the first English team to win four domestic trophies in a calendar year, but only after they were again pushed all the way by Liverpool before prevailing in a penalty shoot-out. Fine margins, once more, separated them with just one spot kick not converted from the 10 taken. “The difference is one point ahead, one penalty ahead. It’s minute,” City manager Pep Guardiola said.

The second half was much better than the first half , and Liverpool could have won it with missed chances.

Manchester City's Kyle Walker denied Mohamed Salah with an INCREDIBLE goal-line clearance!

The game was beamed live to over 100 countries around the world.

An odd thing happened when Man City picked up their trophy as the pa started playing "Hey Dude"

by The Beatles who of course are a Liverpool band instead of playing Oasis which was the second song.

Maybe "Hey Jude" has special significance for Man City fans???







Saturday 03 August 2019.

NILE RODGERS & CHIC + Nile Rodgers in conversation / Q & A at The Royal Festival Hall, London.

I saw Nile Rodgers & Chic twice at Hammersmith Odeon in 1979 at the height of disco.

I have seen him a few times over the last half a dozen years since his comeback with Daft Punk.

Last year he released his first new album in 26 years titled "It's About Time".

I must admit i have not seen this venue so rammed and lively like this for many years.

Even during the interval many folks are dancing to the Nile Rodgers mix tape.

At 8pm for 50 mins we had Nile talking about the amazing acts he has worked with including

Madonna, David Bowie, Daft Punk, Duran Duran , Diana Ross and many more.

Also a few words about how he survived cancer....then there was a short Q & A session.

At 9.10pm Nile Rodgers & Chic all took to the stage in white suits for their 1 hour 40 mins set.

A great band that included a brass section and two female backing vocalists.

There was a big screen mixing live footage with pre-recorded images.

Like all his shows it was a full on dance party from the start as everyone got up and had a boogie.

As usual the entire setlist was his songs & songs he has written or produced.

For the finale he got 50 folks on stage for a dance that included Dave Stewart (ex Eurythmics).

So many great songs played by a great funk soul pop rock band.

An excellent show.

Full Nile Rodgers & Chic setlist played tonight....

Chic Cheer (Chic cover)

Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah) (Chic cover)

Everybody Dance (Chic cover)

I Want Your Love (Chic cover)

I'm Coming Out / Upside Down (Diana Ross cover medley)

He's the Greatest Dancer / We Are Family (Sister Sledge cover medley)

Like a Virgin/ Material Girl (Madonna cover medley)

Modern Love (David Bowie cover)

Spacer (Sheila & B. Devotion cover)

Why (Carly Simon cover)

Soup for One / Lady (Hear Me Tonight)

Lost in Music (Sister Sledge cover)

Notorious (Duran Duran cover)

Thinking of You (Sister Sledge cover)

My Feet Keep Dancing (Chic cover)

I'll Be There

Get Lucky (Daft Punk cover)

My Forbidden Lover (Chic cover)

Let's Dance (David Bowie cover)

Le Freak (Chic cover)

Good Times / Rapper's Delight / Good Times Reprise









Friday 02 August 2019.

THE DESCENDENTS + C.J. RAMONE live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

The Descendents are a punk rock band formed in 1977 in California and had some success in the 1980s.

C. J. Ramone, is an American musician best known for working as the bassist, backing and occasional lead vocalist of the punk rock legends the Ramones from 1989 to 1996.

His set will mix solo material with Ramones classics.

I was lucky enough to see The Ramones 15 times including their debut London show in 1976.

Both bands play London as they are in the UK to play The Rebellion Punk Festival in Blackpool this weekend.

First band on PEARS are an American hardcore punk band formed in 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Level 2 and 3 are closed as unsold but stalls and Level 1 are full so maybe 1200 are here.

PEARS arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played for around 30 mins.

Their singer was shirtless and very animated from the start but their hardcore punk sound

was not my cup of tea.

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C.J. RAMONE arrived on stage at 8.20pm and played for around 40 mins.

He may not be an original member of the iconic New York punk rockers but it was great

to hear so many Ramones songs played live again.

Full C.J. Ramone setlist played tonight...

Let's Dance (Chris Montez cover)

One High One Low

My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes to Bitburg) (Ramones song)

Stand Up

Blue Skies

Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment (Ramones song)

This Town

The KKK Took My Baby Away (Ramones song)

Understand Me?

Sheena Is a Punk Rocker (Ramones song)

I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend (Ramones song)

Glad to See You Go (Ramones song)

Rock On

Outsider (Ramones song)

Movin' On

Blitzkrieg Bop (Ramones song)

R.A.M.O.N.E.S. (Motörhead cover)

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Loads of their fans are wearing DESCENDENTS t-shirts and buying more merch.

THE DESCENDENTS arrived on stage at 9.35pm and played for around 85 mins.

Although i love all the early classic punk bands from the UK and New York i never really

seemed to be interested in Californian punk bands from back in the late 1970s.

I knew their name but none of their material but I was pleasantly surprised as they whizzed through

loads of catchy melodic singalong fast short punk tunes as the crowd moshed madly down the front.

Security were kept busy as must have over 100 crowd surfers over the barriers into the pit.

The singer engaged with the crowd well and jumped in the crowd a couple of times.

A massive 34 song (no cover versions) setlist played in 85 mins so less than 3 mins a song.

A great show.

Full DESCENDENTS setlist played tonight...

Suburban Home

Everything Sux

Hope

On Paper

Rotting Out

Victim of Me

Silly Girl

I Like Food

Shameless Halo

My Dad Sucks

Van

Testosterone

I'm Not a Punk

Clean Sheets

Weinerschnitzel

Myage

Who We Are

Global Probing

I Don't Want to Grow Up

Nothing With You

No Fat Burger

Feel This

Get the Time

Coffee Mug

When I Get Old

Coolidge

Thank You

Descendents

Encore:

'Merican

I'm the One

Bikeage

Smile

Encore 2:

Pep Talk

Fighting Myself







Thursday 01 August 2019

JEAN-PAUL GAULTIER - FASHION FREAK SHOW at The Queen Elizabeth Hall , London SE1.

Eccentric, scandalous, provocative, exuberant and as funny as ever, fashion’s enfant terrible presents his new creation: part revue, part catwalk show and celebrates 50 years in fashion.

In a UK premiere, author, director and set designer Jean Paul Gaultier takes an extravagant, yet tender, look at our times, inviting us into a world filled with excess, poetry and magic.

New designs get their debut alongside Gaultier’s most iconic creations in a show thought out like a grand party. Actors, dancers and circus artists take to the stage to play outlandish, passionate, larger-than-life, sexy, sassy creatures.

He famously worked with Madonna.

Hard to believe this French fashion legend is now aged 67.

He co-presented the Channel 4 television series Eurotrash with Antoine de Caunes which was great.

The 916 seater QEH has been fully refurbished recently.

Last of the thirteen shows is Friday 02 August 2019.

www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets

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The show was on for around 1 hour 50 mins over two sets.

Around 17 or 18 male / female performers on stage in his various iconic fashion creations.

Lots of different catwalk shows and outfits during the performance.

When they were dancing it looked like a scene from Studio 54.

Lots of video clips in the background.

The show is based around his life story with it's ups and downs.

His collaboration with Madonna, including designing her infamous cone bra.

At the end of the 1980s, Gaultier suffered some personal losses, and in 1990 his boyfriend and business partner, Francis Menuge, died of AIDS-related causes....condoms were thrown into the audience at this point.

Any time bare buttocks , bare breasts or over the top creations were displayed got big cheers from the crowd.

A great soundtrack of tunes that have influenced his fashion including The Sex Pistols, The Clash,

Roxy Music, Blondie, Madonna, Grace Jones and Chic.

For the finale of Chic "Le Freak", all the crowd were up and dancing.

A very enjoyable show.

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The Southbank Centre is buzzing in the summer as they have a free nightly outdoor event on the terrace.

Tonight from 6pm to 11pm were the female djs from SIREN playing some techno tunes.

We caught a bit of it before and after the show above.







Thursday 01 August 2019.

Happy Birthday to Def Leppard singer JOE ELLIOT who is 60 today.

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Sterling is having a nightmare with the Euro and the Dollar at the moment but the press are saying

that Argentina Peso is faring even worse so the English should go there for the best value.

Would be great to see a top band play to those rabid South American fans...

Type this in google and have a look at the amazing crowd in Argentina bouncing to AC/DC.

AC/DC - Highway to Hell (from Live at River Plate)

Over 350 million views.











Wednesday 31 July 2019...7pm to 9pm...

SAILOR JERRY x BAD MONDAY - Slim Jim's Liquor Store, 112 Upper Street, Angel, Islington, London N1.

Norman 'Sailor Jerry' Collins (January 14, 1911 – June 12, 1973), known popularly as Sailor Jerry, was a prominent American tattoo artist in Hawaii who was well known for his sailor tattoos.

SAILOR JERRY Spiced Caribbean Rum is a popular drink.

BAD MONDAY is a cool t-shirt brand that was not only inspired by the tattoo culture, but also merged other art influences whilst still respecting more traditional styles. A brand that cared about quality and also offered great premium designs but without the premium price.

Slim Jim's Liquor Store is a cool bar that focuses on whiskies, whiskeys and bourbons.

It is located just up the road from the Screen On The Screen cinema (which is still there showing films) where

i saw The Sex Pistols play their first ever gig with Sid Vicious back in 1977.

Complimentary Sailor Jerry based drinks for all guests.

All guests got a goodie bag with a Sailor Jerry x Bad Monday tote bag that included drinks and other bits.

www.badmonday.co.uk

Visit the Bad Monday website here for more info and images of their t-shirts

and accessories collaboration with Sailor Jerry.









Tuesday 30 July 2019.

Happy Birthday to KATE BUSH who is 61 today.







Monday 29 July 2019...6.45pm to 8.45pm...

FELIX VALLOTTON - Painter of Disquiet - private view - The Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London W1.

Félix Vallotton (December 28, 1865 – December 29, 1925) was a Swiss and French painter and printmaker associated with the group of artists known as Les Nabis. He was an important figure in the development of the modern woodcut. He painted portraits, landscapes, nudes, still-lifes, and other subjects in an unemotional, realistic style.

FELIX VALLOTTON has his works in the Sackler Wing Galleries.

Our invite also let's us see The Summer Exhibition 2019.

Over 16,000 works were entered for display but just over 1000 have been chosen for this year.

The opening night launch in early June is a major event with 1000 guests including a dozen well known faces

but tonight there is maybe 300 here.

Complimentary gin & tonics, wines and beers for guests.

www.royalacademy.org.uk

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.







Monday 29 July 2019.

In the 1970s and 1980s ,Sterling went a long way when you went abroad...not anymore.

The pound sank to a 28-month low against the dollar as Boris Johnson's government toughened its rhetoric on Brexit.

Sterling dipped 1.1% to $1.2242 and €1.1004 respectively.

The currency could fall further, according to analysts at ING Group, as traders appear to have been betting on a last-minute deal being reached.

No wonder a "staycation" is so popular these days.





Monday 29 July 2019.

PLEDGEMUSIC looked like a good way of bands getting music out on their own terms, but...

Crowd-funding website PledgeMusic has been taken offline. The news comes five months after musicians began to raise concerns over the platform's alleged non-payment of money due to artists.

A statement on the PledgeMusic website reads: "To the Artists and Fans of PledgeMusic. As many of you know, PledgeMusic suspended operations a number of months ago and the site is now offline.









Sunday 28 July 2019.

TREVOR HORN with band and string orchestra live at The Royal Festival Hall, London.

The founding member of The Buggles reimagines the 1980s, with The Sarm Orchestra (string orchestra)

plus vocalists Matt Cardle (X Factor winner in 2010 and currently in Jesus Christ Superstar at The Barbican),

Steve Hogarth (Marillion) and Russ Ballard (Argent).

Trevor Horn performs songs from his recent hit album Trevor Horn Reimagines The Eighties.

After recording the chart-topping 1979 hit ‘Video Killed the Radio Star’, Horn created the sound of the 1980s through his production work. The hitmaker worked on ABC’s ‘Lexicon of Love’, ‘Owner of a Lonely Heart’ by Yes, and Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s number one hits ‘Relax’, ‘Two Tribes’ and ‘The Power of Love’.

He was the first producer since George Martin to be number one simultaneously in the US, with Yes, and the UK, with Frankie Goes to Hollywood. In 1982, with Malcolm McLaren, Horn created the UK’s breakthrough rap hit ‘Buffalo Gals’.

Horn has since produced stars including Rod Stewart, Seal, Tina Turner, Pet Shop Boys, and Robbie Williams. His production work has earned him three Brit Awards, a Grammy, an Ivor Novello Award and a CBE.

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The show is not sold out but maybe 90% of tickets are sold.

I have a nice seat just in front of the mixing desk in the front stalls.

TREVOR HORN and his band and string orchestra arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played a nice long show

of 2 hours 25 mins over two sets of 70 mins and 75 mins.

Over 20 musicians on stage when you add band,string orchestra, backing vocalists and singers.

His band was full of top notch musicians including Lol Creme (ex 10cc and video director in the 1980s1990s),

and Alan Clark (piano/keyboards with Dire Straits and others), Danny Cummings (percussion

with Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler and others), and Phil Palmer (session guitar sideman who has played

with Dire Straits and others and has appeared on over 500 albums).

Also top drummer Steve Ferrone (Tom Petty and others).

Trevor Horn was on bass guitar.

Most of the songs played were connected to Trevor Horn or other members of the band.

Trevor introduced most songs with a history of its connection to him and the band.

Ie Girls on Film was played as Godley & Creme did the video for it.

Dire Straits songs played as band members played with Mark.

Tatu cover played as Trevor Horn produced the number one record.

Trevor told a nice story about his daughter hanging out with Boris Johnson son at school.

Trevor performed the second set in a full kilt.

Steve Hogarth had a different stage outfit for each time he was on stage.

So many fantastic songs played in this great show.

Full setlist played tonight along with who sung what etc...

FIRST SET

Two Tribes (Frankie Goes to Hollywood cover) (with Matt Cardle on vocals)

Video Killed the Radio Star (Buggles song) (Trevor Horn on vocals)

Cry (Godley & Creme cover) (with Roberto Angrisani)

Rubber Bullets (10cc cover) (with Lol Creme on vocals)

It's Different for Girls (Joe Jackson cover) (with Steve Hogarth on vocals)

Ashes to Ashes (David Bowie cover) (with Steve Hogarth on vocals)

All the Things She Said (t.A.T.u. cover) (with Izzy Chase) (Also with Kate Holmes)

Slave to the Rhythm (Grace Jones cover) (with Matt Cardle on vocals) (Also with Izzy Chase)

The Power of Love (Frankie Goes to Hollywood cover) (with Matt Cardle on vocals)

Living in the Plastic Age (Buggles song) (Trevor Horn on vocals)

I'm Not in Love (10cc cover) (with Matt Cardle on vocals) (Lol Creme on keyboards)

Everybody Wants to Rule the World (Tears for Fears cover) (with Steve Hogarth on vocals)

SECOND SET

Owner of a Lonely Heart (Yes song) (Trevor Horn on vocals vocals)

Brothers in Arms (Dire Straits cover) (with Danny Cummings on vocals) (with Michael MacNeil on accordian)

Rhythm of My Heart (René Shuman cover) (with Roberto Angrisani) (with Michael MacNeil on accordian)

Dancing in the Dark (Bruce Springsteen cover) (with Kate Holmes) (Preceded by a snippet of " Born to Run" by Bruce Springsteen, Bossa Nova style)

Since You Been Gone (Russ Ballard cover) (with Russ Ballard on vocals) (Preceded by a snippet of a Scottish reel)

God Gave Rock 'n' Roll to You (Argent song that KISS also had a hit with) (with Russ Ballard on vocals)

Girls on Film (Duran Duran cover) (with Izzy Chase) (Also with Kate Holmes)

Kiss From a Rose (Seal cover) (with Steve Hogarth on vocals)

Blue Monday (New Order cover) (with Steve Hogarth on vocals)

Relax (Frankie Goes to Hollywood cover) (with Matt Cardle on vocals)

Encore:

Money for Nothing (Dire Straits cover) (with Danny Cummings on vocals)









Saturday 27 July 2019...1pm to 10.30pm...

ICONS FESTIVAL 2019 @ APPS COURT

WALTON-ON-THAMES

SURREY

Situated on the Thames close to the M25 and M3, Apps Court is an 80 acre grassland venue with a history of hosting large scale music events. It has ample parking for cars and hard standing for coaches. It is also an established camping and caravanning site.

Host for the day will be radio dj legend Mick Brown.

There are six top notch tribute bands playing.

Killer Queen, Limehouse Lizzy, Absolute Bowie, Illegal Eagles, Live/Wire, Ben as Michael Jackson......all the bands play to packed venues throughout the UK and Europe. Individually.

What they have never done is to appear on one line-up. This unique festival brings them all together- for one ticket price, at one venue. This has to be the ultimate festival of the premier tribute bands- offering both the cream of the genre and superb value for money. Six top bands on one day- a feast of back to back hits, six spectacular stage shows from 12 noon through to 10:30pm!

I do like a good quality tribute band so i have seen all six acts before at some point.

Needless to say i also have seen live the six original artists that they play tribute too.

www.iconsfestival.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.

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A nice location in the countryside on the outskirts of SW London.

Around 3000/4000 general admission here and another 500 in the front gold circle area.

I have a great view in the gold circle where there is lots of space.

Even though it is just tribute bands , the gold circle ticket costs a steep £100.

Oddly enough all the acts play sets of around 65 mins each.

This means pretty much each is playing a greatest hits set and everyone knows the songs.

All acts have use of the big screen for their pre-recorded images.

There s a stage extension that all the bands use at some point.

LIMEHOUSE LIZZY have been going many years but i think their lead singer has changed.

They were one of the first ever tribute bands as i saw them twice back in 1994.

The singer has a great accent and talks just like Phil.

Two Gibson Les Paul guitar players just like Thin Lizzy.

All the classics played including "Rosalie", "Emerald", "The Cowboy Song" and they finished

with their anthem "The Boys Are Back In Town".... a great set.

BEN as MICHAEL JACKSON put on a great show as he looks , sings, dresses , talks , dances

just like MJ and all of the songs are brilliant as they included "Black or White", "Beat It" , a J5 Medley,

"Bad", "Thriller" , "Billie Jean" and a mega "Man In The Mirror...a great set.

ABSOLUTE BOWIE played a host of Bowie classics in their set.

Highlights included "The Jean Genie', "Changes" , "Starman", "Rebel Rebel" , "Space Oddly"

but they ran out of time so they did not play "Heroes"...a good set.

ILLEGAL EAGLES have the most musicians on stage as like the real Eagles they have lots

of guitarists who double up on the fab harmonies.

I saw the real Eagles just a month ago at Wembley Stadium.

Lots of classics played including "One Of These Nights", "Take It To The Limit",

"Life In The Fast Lane" and a great version of "Hotel California".

LIVE/WIRE are the band i most want to see tonight.

All five members look like classic AC/DC members.

The singer is in Brian Johnson mode and Angus is a bit taller than the real thing.

The thundering freight train of a rhythm section keeps it all meticulously together with Dan as a

dead ringer for Malcolm Young on rhythm guitar.

Ed as the mercurial Cliff Williams on Bass Guitar.

Paul behind the kit is more Phil Rudd than Chris Slade.

One AC/DC classic after another is played including "Back in Black" ,"Thunderstruck", "Whole Lotta Rosie",

"You Shook Me All Night Long", "Let There Be Rock" and mega versions of

"Highway to Hell" and "For Those About To Rock, We Salute You"... a superb set.

KILLER QUEEN were the headliners tonight which is not surprising as everyone loves Queen

more than ever these days after the mass success of their recent film in the cinemas.

They have a very Spinal Tap moment at the start of their set as their sound kept cutting out.

Their intro music played and the band stated playing and the sound cut out twice but they came back

and it was third time lucky.

Having said that, how are a band supposed to soundcheck when the dj is playing songs?

The singer looks like Freddie and the guitarist looks like Brian May and playing his trademark same guitar.

All the usual Queen tracks played with the highlights "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "We Will Rock You".

A great day of live music and put this event in your diary for July 2020 next year.





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News and Reviews: 23rd July 2019

Tuesday 23 July 2019.

Happy Birthday to DAVID ESSEX who is 72 today.

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The next few days will be hot, hot, hot in London.

Experts predict scorching conditions for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Thursday looks like it is going to be the hottest day of the year so far.

The Met Office says we could see highs of 37°C in some parts of the UK, which would be the hottest ever for July.









Sunday 21 July 2019.

NICK LOWE live at Walpole Park for The Ealing Blues Festival, London W5.

The park is 10 mins walk from Ealing Broadway tube station.

A local gig for 70 year Nick who has lived nearby in Brentford for over 35 years.

Nick Lowe plays songs from his 40 year career.

Nick has been a cornerstone of British music since his 1978 debut album, Jesus Of Cool, and his solo career, which includes collaborations with Johnny Cash and production credits for Elvis Costello, has earned him a reputation as the definitive musician’s musician.

Nick produced the debut album by The Damned in 1977 which included their classic singles

"New Rose" and "Neat Neat Neat".

As part of his UK tour that played Shepherds Bush Empire in June but I did not attend as it clashed

with Metallica at Twickenham Stadium.

I have seen Nick play live several times over the course of his career.

With support from The Who tribute band - Who's Next.

Tickets on the day only £7 before 3pm and just £10 after 3pm.

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A nice cosy local festival that has maybe 2000/3000 here.

Many have brought their own fold up chairs and picnic blankets.

At this festival each person is allowed four cans of lager to be brought in with them.

NICK LOWE is the main headliner today but he came on early for whatever reason.

Nick and his acoustic guitar arrive on stage at 5pm for his 70 mins set.

"The Bard of Brentford" was one of many British singer-songwriters who appeared in the late 1970s.

He whizzed through around 20 songs including his classics "Cruel to Be Kind" and "I Knew The Bride".

A fact about his final gem tonight."(Whats So Funny 'Bout ) Peace , Love and Understanding".

It was piggybacked onto the “The Bodyguard” album, after its six Whitney Houston opuses, its Kenny G/Aaron Neville duet and its Lisa Stansfield tune, is a rendition by Curtis Stigers of "(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding.” Lowe wrote the song in the early 1970s, when he was playing in the British pub rock band Brinsley Schwarz. Elvis Costello made it a widely heard rock anthem in 1979, when he covered it on his “Armed Forces” album (like the rest of Costello’s first five albums, “Armed Forces” was produced by Lowe).

"The Bodyguard" album sold many millions worldwide and in a recent interview Nick said he made over a million dollars from his track just as he was dropped from his record company at the time.

Great lyrics for his songs and he went down well with the crowd.

Nick Lowe setlist included...

Lay It on my Baby

Tokyo Bay

Blue on Blue

Cruel to Be Kind

I Knew the Bride (When She Used to Rock 'n' Roll)

(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding

ROBERT HOKUM REVUE arrived on stage at 7pm and played for 70 mins.

Now aged 68, Robert Hokum is an established figure on the British Blues and West London music scenes, not only as a musician but also for his involvement in several Festivals, promoting Ealing’s music heritage and collaborations with the ethnic communities.

His band sounded good as they mixed original music with Blues covers.

WHO'S NEXT arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 95 mins.

The singer has a great voice but is wearing a very dodgy wig circa Roger Daltrey early 70s period.

The singer is good with microphone swings and there are plenty of Pete's guitar windmills.

The singer is also wearing a fringed waistcoat with an impressive flat stomach.

The highlight for me was the bass player who had John Entwistle's bass sound down perfect.

Lots of classics played along with rare tracks from "Live at Leeds" that the real Who never play anymore.

A good show.

Highlights included...

I Can't Explain

Substitute

Pinball Wizard

Baba O'Riley

Behind Blue Eyes

Who Are You

Won't Get Fooled Again

Love Reign O' er Me

My Generation

See Me Feel Me (guitarist smashed a guitar up)

Encore :

Long Live Rock









Sunday 21 July 2019.

Happy Birthday to Yusuf Islam , commonly known by his stage name CAT STEVENS , who is 71 today.

He released his first album over 50 years ago.







Saturday 20 July 2019.

Happy Birthday to SEX PISTOLS/PROFESSIONALS drummer PAUL COOK who is 63 today.

Paul along with Sex Pistols guitar hero Steve Jones went to the same school as me.

Christopher Wren School in White City, Shepherds Bush.

They were three years older than me but that's how i ended up seeing early Sex Pistols gigs in 1976.







Thursday 18 July 2019...I went to two events tonight...

Before i get to the main event , i browse the designer store concessions here in Selfridges.

Stella McCartney is selling a "All We Need Is Love" jumper for a hefty £725....yes £725...madness.

You can see pictures of the jumper if you put the info in Google.

6pm to 8pm

J BRAND x ELSA HOSK - launch party - 3rd Floor,Selfridges. London W1.

Elsa Hosk (now aged 30) is a Swedish model and current Victoria's Secret Angel, who has worked for brands including Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Free People, Ungaro, H&M, Anna Sui,Lilly Pulitzer and Guess.She modeled for Victoria's Secret, appearing in the brand's annual fashion show from 2011 to 2018.She has also appeared in many of the brand's campaigns, especially for the sub-division PINK.In 2015, she was announced as one of 10 new Victoria's Secret Angels. She has also played professional basketball in Sweden.

Around 150 guests at this event that was much better than expected.

Guests included fellow models Yumi Lambert, Justine Skye, Maya Henry and Gizele Oliveira.

Needless to say Elsa Hosk looks stunning and is friendly to everyone and posing for photos.

Elsa opted for a full outfit from her collaboration with J Brand including a pair of leather-look jeans complete with dramatic ankle-slits and a plunging leather blazer.

The catwalk queen finished her look with black pointed heels, which elongated her endless pins and showcased her enviable physique.

Elsa had a huge 6' 6" personal security guy keeping an eye on her.

J Brand is an American designer jeans brand.

The designer jeans i looked at cost between £190 to £275.

A dj was playing tunes in the background.

Complimentary Ruinart champers, Margherita cocktails, three different types of tacos and desserts.

www.jbrandjeans.com

Visit the J Brand website for more info and photos of Elsa Hosk.

then

8.15pm to 9.45pm

JOSHUA HAGLER " Chimera " - private view - Unit Gallery, 3 Hanover Square, London W1.

American contemporary artist Joshua Hagler is presenting his large scale oil paintings.

Over 200 guests here as they always invite a big crowd.

Two different complimentary vodka cocktails for all guests.

www.theunitldn.com

Visit their website here for more info.

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10pm - As it was a mild evening the three of us stayed outside the gallery for another hour

just talking about gigs n stuff planned in the next week or two.









Thursday 18 July 2019

Led Zeppelin star helps legendary music agent ROD MACSWEEN celebrate honorary degree.

Led Zeppelin star Robert Plant has finally received £8 he was due for playing a gig more than 40 years ago – during a university graduation ceremony.

The musician has helped the legendary music industry figure who played a key role in his career celebrate being awarded an honorary degree.

Mr Plant joined Rod MacSween, one of the world’s most successful agents, on stage as his achievements were recognised by the University of Exeter.

MacSween studied chemistry and statistics at the University of Exeter, which is where he got his first experience working with music artists: He served as social secretary of the Students' Guild in 1969. Among the acts he booked while at Exeter were Pink Floyd and Plant's pre-Led Zeppelin group, Band of Joy.

Mr MacSween joked he had still not paid Mr Plant for a concert he played in the 1970s, and offered him a £10 note, which he came on stage to collect. Mr Plant joked this wasn’t enough, and told his friend it had been “great sharing my adventures with you”.

The agent now personally represents renowned artists such as Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Def Leppard, Guns n’ Roses, Kiss, Lenny Kravitz, Maroon 5, Ozzy Osbourne, Pearl Jam, Scorpions, Tool and The Who. In 2015 he was the recipient of the prestigious VIP Classic Rock Award.









Wednesday 17 July 2019...I went to two events in Canary Wharf tonight...

6.15pm to 9pm

MUSEUM OF LONDON DOCKLANDS - showcase - West India Quay, London E14.

The Museum of London Docklands (formerly known as Museum in Docklands) is a museum in Limehouse, and is close to Canary Wharf in East London. Which tells the history of London's River Thames and the growth of Docklands. The museum is part of the Museum of London jointly funded by the City of London Corporation and the Greater London Authority.

The museum opened in 2003 in grade I listed early-19th century Georgian "low" sugar warehouses built in 1802 on the side of West India Docks on the Isle of Dogs, a short walk from the Canary Wharf development.

Their current exhibition is "Secret Rivers of London".

Around 150 guests here in the sugar & rum store space that has been here since the 1800's.

At 7pm we had a nice presentation on the history of the building and the area.

From 7.30pm we have a dj playing tunes in the background.

Complimentary drinks and food included two different rum cocktails, wines, beers, rum & raisins ice-cream,

bowl food and canapés.

www.museumoflondon.org.uk/docklands

Visit their website here for more info.

then

9.05pm to 11pm

HUMBLE GRAPE CANARY WHARF - launch party - Mackenzie Walk, London E14.

Humble Grape Canary Wharf is the fifth wine bar & shop to join the independent wine company, Humble Grape . The venue is located waterside at the steps leading down from Cabot Square onto Mackenzie Walk.

It is an upmarket wine bar where they have a hundred plus different bottles always available.

Some glasses on their drinks menu are £15 a pop which is quite expensive.

It will be popular with the Canary Wharf office workers for sure.

It had started at 6pm so we missed the canapés as we were at the other event.

Complimentary sparkling wines and red & white wines for all guests.

www.humblegrape.co.uk

Visit the Humble Grape website here for more info.







Wednesday 17 July 2019.

It was on this day 23 years ago on 17 July 1996 that THE SEX PISTOLS played one of the greatest

gigs ever at The Shepherds Bush Empire.







Wednesday 17 July 2019.

Sad news that JOHNNY CLEGG has passed away.

One of South Africa's most celebrated musicians, Johnny Clegg, has died at the age of 66, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Known as the "white Zulu", he was a vocal critic of the apartheid government which ruled until 1994.

The British-born musician, who uniquely blended western and Zulu music, was diagnosed with cancer in 2015.

I saw him live twice at Hammersmith Odeon in 1990 when he came over on the back of interest in

South African music due to Paul Simons "Graceland" album.









Tuesday 16 July 2019.

Grab yourself a drink and sit down and watch my fave gig of the year.

The full show of KISS live at The 02 Arena from last week is now up on YouTube.com







Monday 15 July 2019...6.30pm to 10pm...

EVENT MARKETING ASSOCIATION SUMMER SOIRÉE 2019 at

Middle Temple Hall, Middle Temple Lane, Temple, London EC4.

Middle Temple Hall is probably the finest example of an Elizabethan Hall in London. 101 feet long and 41 feet wide, it is spanned by a magnificent double hammer-beam roof. Begun in 1562 when Edmund Plowden, the famous law reporter, was Treasurer of the Inn, it has remained little altered to the present day.

One of the four ancient Inns of Court, Middle Temple is situated at the heart of London, overlooking the Thames. Although just moments away from Fleet Street, The Strand and Embankment, the peace and tranquility of the grounds and the awe-inspiring splendor of the buildings is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the London streets.

Built between 1562 and 1573, the main buildings have remained virtually unchanged to this day, with many original features surviving the Great Fire of London and both World Wars. Superb, detailed architecture, impressive oak paneling and beautiful stained glass create a breathtaking and majestic atmosphere - a truly spectacular setting for your event.

Weddings, gala dinners or garden parties, board meetings, AGMs or corporate dining; their specialist staff are experts in creating tailor-made events that are as unique as the Middle Temple itself.

Around 150 guests at this stunning historic venue with it's many different rooms including the main hall.

There are half a dozen companies showcasing what they can do for your event...

A cool looking robot that took and printed photos of us.

A "poet for hire" who writes instant , bespoke ,vintage typewriter poems for guests to take away.

I told him to write an ode to punk rock, this is what he did for me...with my initials on the three lines.

Randy knobcheese fucker

An army couldn't stop

Ya, unless they had speed

www.poetforhire.net

Visit Poet For Hire website here for more info.

At 8.30pm we all went out to their beautiful garden area until darkness fell.

Complimentary drinks and food tonight including three different cocktails including espresso Martinis,

wines, bowl food, canapés & pastries.

www.middletemplevenue.org.uk

Visit their website here for more info.









Monday 15 July 2019.

Surely the greatest cricket game of all time that had everything and went down to the wire.

All this and it was a World Cup Final too as England beat New Zealand on the last ball.

Check the 8 mins video highlights on YouTube.

It has had over 14 million views in less than 24 hours.











Sunday 14 July 2019

QUADROPHENIA REUNITED 40th anniversary event at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of one of Britain’s greatest cult movies, this one-off night brings the stars of Quadrophenia together on stage for a unique table read. Hosted by Lauren Laverne it will also feature a series of interviews with the cast, some special surprises and an audience Q&A.

The event will be filmed for a special TV broadcast to be shown in the future on SKY Arts.

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Several pimped up scooters are parked up outside the venue.

Lots of older ,smartly dressed mods here.

First time i have seen cabaret style tables on the floor stalls standing area at this venue.

Around 20 tables of six seats that are for guests of the artists and the production.

This i presume was for the film cameras that are dotted around.

Maybe 700 folks are here in the building altogether.

The show was on for two hours over two sets.

The last 10 mins was an audience Q & A section.

There is a semi -circular table where Lauren Laverne sits between the eight guests.

Phil Daniels, Toyah Willcox, Leslie Ash, Garry Cooper, Philip Davis, Trevor Laird, Gary Shail, Mark Wingett read famous scenes from the original film script in front of a live audience.

John Altman also came on for a few minutes to discuss his part.

John became singer of rock band Heavy Metal Kids for a couple of years from 2010.

The live recording, which will air on Sky Arts in September around the film’s anniversary date, was hosted by Lauren Laverne – and also saw the cast share anecdotes from their time on the film set.

Inspired by The Who’s 1973 rock opera of the same name, Quadrophenia – which also starred Sting and Ray Winstone (who both could not make it but sent video wishes) – was released in 1979 to critical acclaim.

The actors talked about how they got the parts and how the audition process went.

Phil Daniels and Ray Winstone had both just finished making another great film "Scum".

Toyah confirmed that John Lydon was up for a part but that fell through.

We had some great readings from the film including the fight scene between the mods and rockers

on Brighton beach in 1964 and the alleyway sex scene.

There were film clips on the big screen along with outtakes along with photos.

The script is sooooo non-PC but it was a different time back then.

Guests in the table seating area included Pauline Black from Selector, ex footballer Lee Chapman who is the

husband of Leslie Ash and Paul Weller's sister who organised The Jam Exhibition a couple of years ago and

is well known in the Mod community.

An enjoyable evening , and a good reminder to watch this superb film again.









Saturday 13 July 2019.

LIVE AID at Wembley Stadium....It was 34 years today

On Saturday, 13 July 1985, rock and pop music's top table came together to raise money and awareness.

From noon to 11pm...It was the greatest day of live music ever.

It is my number one gig of the 6500 plus i have been to since 1973.







Saturday 13 July 2019...I went to two gigs today...

The Somerstown Festival , Chalton Street, London NW1....3.30pm to 7pm...

The Somerstown area is hidden away behind Euston train station.

Around 1000 folks at this street party that was free entry to all.

There is two stages, a rock n roll jumble market, a funfair, comedians and lots of homemade food stalls etc.

First i casually come across one of the best new bands i have seen this year.

OH! GUNQUIT have got a odd band name but they put on a great show for 30 mins from 3.45pm.

They formed the band around the idea of creating a vibrant blend of new-wave vicious Psych-Surf, Garage-Punk, Exotica & RocknRoll. Oh! Gunquit are named in part to a town in Maine US which was an artists colony in the 1800's originally coined by the Abenaki Indians.

Think a potent mix of The Cramps / The Rezillos / garage rock n roll with lots of sax.

Great uptempo tunes including "Bad Bad Milk", "Nomads of The Lost" and my fave "Sinkhole".

With a very lively American female singer who looks like one of Charlie's Angels in a tight go-go girl outfit

as she sang on a street bollard, high kicked during many songs and rolled around on the street tarmac.

Did i mention her playing the trumpet while hula hooping?

They are signed to Dirty Water Records and they have some videos up on YouTube.

They would have been an ideal support act on the recent Stray Cats tour.

PETER PERRETT was the headliner and although he was down for a 60 mins set he actually

was on stage for 90 mins from 5.15pm.

Peter was the singer in a very underrated British legendary group called The Only Ones.

He has made two comeback albums in 2017 and 2019 but i did not see his London shows on

the tours to promote the albums - The Electric Ballroom in 2017 and The Scala in 2019 -

as they clashed with other gigs/events.

Peter looks healthier these days and thankfully he did not go the way of his good chum

Johnny Thunders who he hung around with a lot in the late 1970s/ early 1980s.

Long hiatuses in Peter's music career have been ascribed to his enduring struggles with heroin and

crack cocaine addictions.

His band included his two sons and he dedicated the show to his wife as they celebrate 50 years together.

Most of the songs played featured the best tracks from his two recent albums.

His lyrics are amazing, he really was like a British Bob Dylan.

Halfway through the rumours on what was promised arrived as the two remaining living members of

THE ONLY ONES joined Peter on stage to play four of their classic tunes which was superb.

John Perry on guitar and Alan Mair on bass guitar.

From Here to Eternity (The Only Ones song)

The Whole of the Law (The Only Ones song)

Another Girl, Another Planet (The Only Ones song)

Inbetweens (The Only Ones song)

A great show.

Fact of the day - In 1971 Alan Mair employed FREDDIE MERCURY of the rock band Queen at his Kensington Market shop as his shop manager from 1971 until 1974.

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I saw THE ONLY ONES seven times during the period when they released three great albums on CBS.

Television,Only Ones Hammersmith Odeon, London 17.04.1978

Only Ones,Business City Poly, London 30.09.1978

Only Ones Queen Mary College, London 11.05.1979

Only Ones,Toyah,Psychedelic Furs Lyceum Theatre, London 02.09.1979

Only Ones,Simple Minds,Martha And The Muffins Lyceum Theatre, London 24.02.1980

Only Ones,Athletico Spizz 80,Wasted Youth Electric Ballroom, London 10.05.1980

Only Ones Hope And Anchor Pub, London 03.11.1980 a week of special shows here

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then

FLORENCE + THE MACHINE live at Hyde Park, London.

Florence arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played for 1 hour 50 mins.

The last time i saw Florence was in May 2018 when she supported The Rolling Stones.

At that show she duetted with Mick Jagger on one song.

Florence arrived on stage wearing her trademark flowing dress as she was a bundle of energy

as she danced, hopped , skipped and twirled around the stage.

Like the Bob Dylan/Neil Young show the previous night , the overall sound was excellent.

Florence used the wraparound screen superbly as she mixed live footage with pre-recorded images.

An early highlight was last years hit single "Hunger" which was brilliant.

Florence has got a fantastic voice and is full of confidence as she totally owns this big show and crowd.

A great show.

Full Florence setlist played tonight...

June

Hunger

Ship to Wreck

Only If for a Night

Queen of Peace

Patricia (Dedicated to Patti Smith)

Dog Days Are Over

Jenny of Oldstones (Dedicated to Arya Stark)

100 Years

Moderation

You Got the Love (Candi Staton cover)

The End of Love

Cosmic Love

Delilah

What Kind of Man

Kiss With a Fist (Florence crowd surfed during this song)

Encore:

No Choir

Big God

Shake It Out









Friday 12 July 2019.

Bob Dylan and Neil Young will appear as co-headliners at British Summer Time Hyde Park, London.

11 March 2019 update - this unique pairing of legends is now sold out...65,000 tickets sold...

I have seen Bob Dylan over 20 times since i saw him headline Earls Court Arena in 1978.

I have seen Neil Young over a dozen times since i saw him headline Hammersmith Odeon in 1976.

A month before this show Neil Young's long-time manager Elliot Roberts passed away.

Elliot Roberts, one of the most respected and liked managers of the rock era, has died at age 76.

Elliot Roberts had managed Neil Young since 1976. He was also Joni Mitchell’s manager until 1985.

Which Bob Dylan will turn up and what will the setlist be?

Bob Dylan current touring show & setlist does not really suit a big outdoor gig like this.

While the hardcore fans will know this, how will the casual fan feel when he does not play a hits set?

As it is a co-headline show, both acts are down to play for 1 hour 45 mins.

Bob Dylan is now aged 78 and Neil Young is now aged 73.

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It was a lovely day of sunshine for this outdoor gig in the park.

I am more excited about seeing Neil Young rather than Bob Dylan today.

After the visual treat of the KISS shows this week, tonight we will get the very opposite and

the two artists will focus on the music rather than any kind of visual show.

NEIL YOUNG & PROMISE OF THE REAL arrived on stage at 6.15pm and play for 1 hour 45 mins.

Neil's staging was simple, with Native American touches including a totem pole and a fringed, winged, swinging keyboard in the shape of a bird.

His trademark distinctive vocals and guitar sound were fully intact and sounded fantastic.

Highlights included mega versions of "Heart of Gold" , "Old Man" , "Rockin' In The Free World"

and the first encore song which was "Like a Hurricane".

A great set.

Full Neil Young setlist played tonight....

Mansion on the Hill (Neil Young & Crazy Horse cover)

Over and Over (Neil Young & Crazy Horse cover)

Country Home (Neil Young & Crazy Horse cover)

Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (Neil Young & Crazy Horse cover)

Alabama

Walk On

Winterlong

Words (Between the Lines of Age)

Heart of Gold

From Hank to Hendrix

Old Man

Throw Your Hatred Down

Love and Only Love (Neil Young & Crazy Horse cover)

Rockin' in the Free World

Encore:

Like a Hurricane

I've Been Waiting for You

Roll Another Number (For the Road) (stopped after first line as "not dark enough")

Piece of Crap (Neil Young & Crazy Horse cover)

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BOB DYLAN arrived on stage at 8.40pm and played for 1 hour 40 mins.

It was pretty much business as usual for Bob as his show was pretty much like recent

indoor theatre shows i have seen including The Royal Albert Hall and The Roundhouse.

Bob reinvented a few of his classic tracks as with those shows.

His backing band are top notch and included brilliant pedal steel guitar.

Bob is not saying much as usual and his vocal style these days is hard to grasp as he semi-mumbles

away and you cannot make out the words, even when it is a well known song.

However it is Bob Dylan , the music legend so he can do whatever he likes.

Most songs got polite applause rather than big raptures.

A good show by Bob but Neil nicked it for me tonight.

Full Bob Dylan setlist played tonight...

Ballad of a Thin Man

It Ain't Me, Babe

Highway 61 Revisited

Simple Twist of Fate

Can't Wait

When I Paint My Masterpiece

Honest With Me

Tryin' to Get to Heaven

Make You Feel My Love (Adele does a great cover of this Bob Dylan song)

Pay in Blood

Like a Rolling Stone

Early Roman Kings

Girl From the North Country

Love Sick

Thunder on the Mountain

Soon After Midnight

Gotta Serve Somebody

Encore:

Blowin' in the Wind

It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry

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Sadly neither act joined the other on stage for a song or two which many were hoping for.











Friday 12 July 2019.

Type these two into Google for your viewing pleasure on YouTube.

KISS - London 02 arena 11/7/19 Highlights (25 mins)

KISS - Beth / Crazy, Crazy Nights / Rock and Roll All Nite - live @ in Zurich 04.07.2019









Thursday 11 July 2019.

KISS + DAVID GARIBALDI live at The 02 Arena, London.

KISS 'End of the Road' final World Tour hits Europe in the summer.

KISS start their farewell European Tour in Germany on 27 May and arrive in the UK in July.

KISS vocalist and guitarist Paul Stanley said: “This is going to be our last tour. It will be the most explosive,

biggest show we have ever put on".

This very nice KISS item is released as a multi-coloured double vinyl album on 29 March 2019.

KISSWORLD brings together 20 of their best-loved tracks together on one album. Iconic fan faves such as “I Was Made For Lovin’ You”, “Rock And Roll All Nite” and “God Gave Rock ‘N’ Roll To You II” alongside top 10 U.S. chart hits “Beth” and “Detroit Rock City” on one huge collection.

KISS have always been my fave American rock band.

I have seen KISS over 40 times since their two debut London shows in May 1976 at Hammersmith Odeon.

I have seen them on every UK tour at least once, including America, Belgum, Italy, Spain and France.

See my photos section where there is a picture of me with the band from a meet & greet in Madrid.

KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer was in a band called Black n Blue who i saw twice at Hammersmith Odeon

in 1984 when they supported Whitesnake.

KISS have an odd choice of support act???

Professional painter David Garibaldi serves as Kiss's opening act for the North American and European legs of the tour.

David Garibaldi (age 36) is an American performance painter. His specialty is his "Rhythm and Hue" stage act in which he rapidly creates paintings of notable rock musicians.

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Back to see KISS again after that stunning show in Birmingham on Tuesday.

That show got a great five star review in The Metro national newspaper.

Even The Guardian gave it four stars.

Big queues for KISS fans buying merch even though it is steep prices of £35 a t shirt and £25 a programme.

It is pretty full tonight...security said around 15,000 fans are here , with many in KISS make-up and costumes.

DAVID GARIBALDI arrived on stage at 7.45pm for his 30 mins set.

Definitely not the type of support act you normally see at a rock concert.

David is a bit like a showbiz version of Rolf Harris as he expertly did three paintings of musicians

and getting the crowd to cheer him along to a backing tape of rock music.

He did John Lennon, then Freddie Mercury and finished off with a KISS painting set within a UK flag.

That would later be signed by the band and auctioned off for The Teenage Cancer Trust.

KISS again arrived on stage at 8.55pm for the same brilliant 2 hours 5 mins set.

I have a perfect view in the guest list block 112 , right of looking at the stage.

Paul Stanley is a great frontman with perfect stage banter.

Tonight he mentioned KISS playing Hammersmith Odeon in 1976 ( I was at both those shows).

For the final song i will have Tommy Thayer hovering above me on a Cherry Picker crane.

In Birmingham i was on the other side where Gene Simmons hovered over me.

The setlist was exactly the same as the Birmingham show.

Another mega show.

Encore:

Beth (Eric Singer on piano)

Crazy Crazy Nights (with KISS balloons falling from the ceiling)

Rock and Roll All Nite ( world war 3 kicks off as the stage props are all thrown in together as

Gene Simmons and Tommy Thayer hover over the crowd in Cherry Picker cranes).

Outro song on pa - KISS God Gave Rock 'n' Roll to You II









Wednesday 10 July 2019...I went to four events today...

5pm to 6pm

FORTNUM & MASON - Christmas in July showcase - 181 Piccadilly, London W1.

We are on the fourth floor of this famous historic store.

Their main display is their incredible Christmas hampers.

I think they have 15 different types...with prices to match if it includes champers and caviar.

They also have vegan hampers and gluten free hampers.

They are showcasing bottles of sparkling tea...quite nice.

Also presents for Christmas included fragrances exclusive to Fortnum's.

Complimentary Fortnum's champers , canapés and pastries for all guests.

All guests got a goodie bag of Fortnum's items - tin of loose tea, tin of biscuits, jar of cranberry sauce.

www.fortnumandmason.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then

6.30pm to 7.30pm

CLYM EVERNDEN - private view - Sketch, Conduit Street, London W1.

Clym Evernden is an award winning artist and art director with a unique, creative eye. His signature ink-based style has evolved to encompass mixed media, animation, and set design. A graduate of Central Saint Martins, Clym studied BA Fashion Design Womenswear prior to working solely as an artist.

His natty illustrations have caught the eye of brands from Michael Kors to Aqua di Parma.

On Instagram, Clym has amassed a large following for his creative illustrations and popular story paintings that unfold before your eyes on a series of progressive artworks that evolve as he unfolds a simple piece of paper, transforming part of one image and reinterpreting it into something else entirely.

A dj was playing the background and i recognised a couple of faces from the fashion world here.

I always make a point of visiting their stylish "pod" toilets here.

Complimentary gin cocktails, wines and Peroni beers.

www.clymdraws.com

Visit his website here for more info.

then

8pm to 9pm

LENNY KRAVITZ x DOM PERIGNON - photo exhibition private view -

I Park Village East, Regents Park, London NW1.

This venue is a couple of minutes walk from the famous Dublin Castle punk pub.

Around 150 guests here so not as big an event as expected.

LENNY KRAVITZ is here and looking totally cool as ever.

Also here were Neneh Cherry, Princess Beatrice and Eva Hertzigova.

The space has some sort of canvas covering extension which made it unbearably hot & stuffy.

No sign of KISS members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons who had a rest day before their London show.

A female dj was playing tunes in the background.

Complimentary Dom Perignon champers and canapés for all guests.

You can visit the exhibition at the weekend on July 12 and July 13 - free entry.

then

9.30pm to 12pm

MAGNUM x SINK THE PINK - summer store pop up party - 52 Regent Street, London W1..

Lenny Kravitz event was very tame compared to this full on party from this popular ice cream brand.

Around 200 guests here over the two floors and it is a very lively with many dancing to dj sounds.

A dozen fully dressed up trans (from Sink The Pink) folks are parading around the venue.

A few celebrity names here too including...

Millie Mackintosh, Nick Grimshaw and Maya Jama were among guests enjoying ice creams at the launch party of the Magnum Pleasure Store on Regent Street. BBC Radio 1 presenter Clara Amfo took to the decks as guests, including Anais Gallagher, Jamie Winstone, Mabel, Ashley James, Amber Le Bon, Joshua Kane, Oliver Proudlock and Nicola Roberts, celebrated the opening of the summer store.

Complimentary prosecco , three different cocktails including a very yummy Baileys based one along with

canapés and boats of Magnums where you added your own choice from the 20 sprinkles available.

A goodie bag with half a dozen girlie items in.

www.magnumicecream.com

Visit the Magnum website here for more info.











Tuesday 09 July 2019.

KISS live at Birmingham Arena.

A trip up North to see KISS on the opening night of their UK tour.

I missed the support act as I was chatting to KISS fans in a pub near the venue.

This is the arena by Birmingham's newish library rather than the one out by the N.E.C.

I have a great view front left of stage seating.

The floor standing is rammed solid so it looks a full house of around 15,000.

KISS were on stage from 8.55pm and played a mega 2 hours 5 mins set.

The band have three big screens mixing live footage with classic KISS footage from the 1970s.

Tons of flames and pyros and lasers and non-stop incredibly loud explosions on stage.

An amazing opening with "Detroit Rock City" and "Shout It Out Loud".

The band in full costumes and make up means they never age and look how they were in the 70s.

We have the full visual treat that is a KISS show so we get rocket firing guitars from Tommy Thayer,

Paul Stanley flies through the air on a wire, a drum kit and two podiums that rise 20 ft in the air,

Gene Simmons breathes fire and spits blood and sings a song up in the stage rafters.

So many great songs played from their career including a stunning encore section that was gig perfection.

Paul said "it looks like tonight is the last time we are playing Birmingham and he

talked about playing Birmingham in 1976 on their debut UK tour".

An amazing show that was best gig of the year for me so far.

DO NOT MISS KISS ON THIS FINAL TOUR...as they were mega tonight.

Full KISS setlist played tonight...

Intro song on pa - Led Zeppelin Rock & Roll

Detroit Rock City

Shout It Out Loud

Deuce

Say Yeah

I Love It Loud

Heaven's on Fire

War Machine (Gene breathes fire)

Lick It Up (with “Won’t Get Fooled Again” by The Who snippet)

Calling Dr. Love

100,000 Years (with drum solo)

Cold Gin (with Tommy Thayer rocket firing guitar solo)

God of Thunder (with bass solo)

Psycho Circus

Let Me Go, Rock 'N' Roll (with guitar and bass solo, Paul and Gene together with Tommy)

Love Gun (Paul flies through the air to B stage in middle of the crowd)

I Was Made for Lovin' You (Paul remains on B stage in the crowd)

Black Diamond

Encore:

Beth (Eric Singer on piano)

Crazy Crazy Nights (with KISS balloons falling from the ceiling)

Rock and Roll All Nite ( world war 3 kicks off as the stage props are all thrown in together as

Gene Simmons and Tommy Thayer hover over the crowd in Cherry Picker cranes).

Outro song on pa - KISS God Gave Rock 'n' Roll to You II











Monday 08 July 2019...5.30pm to 8pm...

TAITTINGER UK Sommelier of the Year 2019 at The Savoy Hotel, Strand, London WC2.

Romain Bourger has been named the Taittinger UK Sommelier of the Year 2019.

Having excelled in the live tasks in front of an audience of wine industry leaders, the Vineyard head sommelier won having beaten Gareth Ferreira and Alan Bednarski in a close fought final at the Savoy hotel in London today.

Ferreira, head sommelier at Core by Clare Smyth placed second, while Texture’s head sommelier Bednarski was third in the competition, organised by The Caterer in partnership with the Academy of Food and Wine Service and sponsored by Taittinger.

Speaking after his win Bourger said: “I’ve competed six times so patience is a virtue. I had a great time on stage today.

I stressed quite a bit but just kept it inside. I thought I was consistent throughout the day and am delighted to have come out on top.”

Having come through regional heats in April, 15 sommeliers began the finals day at the Savoy. They took on a series of tasks before being whittled down to three, who completed the final tasks in front of a live audience.

As part of the live element of the competition the finalists were required to identify errors on a wine list, undergo blind taste tests of wines and spirits, serve at a bar and in a restaurant scenario, and finally to pour a magnum of Taittinger into 19 glasses.

Around 150 guests at this famous five star hotel.

Guests enjoyed complimentary Taittinger champers (Brut and Rose) and hot and cold canapés.









Saturday 06 July 2019

THE WHO live at Wembley Stadium with special guests.

The Who will be joined by a symphonic orchestra for most of their show.

This is their only show in Europe between their two North American tour legs.

Roger Daltrey was 75 on 01 March 2019.

Another older legendary band charging steep prices - £195, £155, £130, £95 , £70 plus booking fees.

This show will be celebrating 40 years since The Who played Wembley Stadium.

I was at that show in 1979---The Who,Stranglers,AC/DC,Nils Lofgren Wembley Stadium, London.

I have seen The Who around 25 times since 1975 including three times with Keith Moon.

This sad news comes just days before the veteran group are due to play Wembley....

The Who have paid tribute to the long-term guitar technician of Pete Townshend who passed away just days before their upcoming gig at Wembley.

Announcing the news on their website yesterday (July 4), The Who paid tribute to Alan Rogan. Rogan had been Townshend’s guitar technician for over forty years.

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A few empty unsold blocks tonight but it is still an impressive 50,000 tickets sold out of a possible

65,000 floor seating capacity.

All the support acts have full use of the two side screens.

CONNOR SELBY BAND arrived on stage at 3.40pm for their 30 mins set.

Connor is the only act today who I have not seen play before.

Connor is a young Blues guitarist from Essex who played some neat songs from his debut album.

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IMELDA MAY arrived on stage at 4.30pm for her 35 mins set.

Imelda arrives on stage in a very fetching red military jacket and black thigh high boots.

Imelda has a great voice and played good versions of "Mayhem" and a cover of "Teenage Kicks".

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KAISER CHIEFS arrived on stage at 5.25pm for their 40 mins set.

The band play a great set featuring many of their catchy uptempo gems.

Singer Ricky Wilson is a bundle of energy and the crowd love them.

Full Kaiser Chiefs setlist played today...

People Know How to Love One Another

Never Miss a Beat

Everyday I Love You Less and Less

The Factory Gates

Golden Oldies

Ruby

I Predict a Riot

The Angry Mob

Oh My God

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EDDIE VEDDER arrived on stage at 6.30pm and played for 60 mins.

Pearl Jam's frontman is playing a solo set with the help of a musician or two on some tracks.

Eddie Vedder is pleased to be here as The Who are pretty much his fave band

as I have seen him come on with them a couple of times in the past.

He just had the one big screen for a few songs then he had all three big screens in use.

His laid back style didn't have the energy of The Kaiser Chiefs but was still really good.

He felt compelled to cover a Queen song at this venue and dedicate if to Freddie Mercury.

Wishlist (Pearl Jam song)

I Am Mine (Pearl Jam song)

Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town (Pearl Jam song)

Corduroy (Pearl Jam song)

I'm the Answer (Simon Townshend cover) (with Simon Townshend)

Just Breathe (Pearl Jam song)

Better Man (Pearl Jam song)

Society (Jerry Hannan cover) (with Glen Hansard)

Black (Pearl Jam song) (with Glen Hansard)

Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Queen cover) (with Glen Hansard)

Porch (Pearl Jam song)

Hard Sun (Indio cover)

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THE WHO arrived on stage at 8.10pm and played for around 2 hours 25 mins.

A fairly average stage production with the three big screens and loads of lights.

The show was in three parts - with orchestra , then band only , then with orchestra.

The band only section was only four songs and 25 mins.

The orchestra were more rockestra as they were nice and loud and the overall sound was great.

Loads of classics played along with a few lesser known songs.

Pete got very emotional when he talked about losing his guitar tech to cancer a couple of days ago.

Roger was on top form even though his vocals seemed to dip for the last 30 mins.

Zak Starkey was superb on drums.

Eddie Vedder joined them for one song.

Finale of "Baba O'Riley" in the darkness was mega.

An excellent day of live music.

Full setlist played by The Who tonight...

WITH ORCHESTRA

Overture

It's a Boy

1921

Amazing Journey

Sparks

Pinball Wizard

We're Not Gonna Take It

Who Are You

Eminence Front

Imagine a Man

Hero Ground Zero (live debut)

Join Together

BAND ONLY

Substitute

The Seeker

Won't Get Fooled Again (acoustic; Roger & Pete only)

Behind Blue Eyes (with strings)

WITH ORCHESTRA

Guantanamo (Pete Townshend song)

The Real Me

I'm One

The Punk and the Godfather (with Eddie Vedder)

5:15

Drowned (acoustic; Pete only)

The Rock

Love, Reign O'er Me

Baba O'Riley









Friday 05 July 2019

THE SOUND OF JOY DIVISION ORCHESTRATED live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Joy Division’s legendary bassist Peter Hook is set to revisit the band’s post punk repertoire with Manchester Camerata.

Week commencing 22 June 2019 gives Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures a Top 40 placing for for the very first time – the album's previous peak was Number 71 in 1980 following the death of lead singer Ian Curtis, but today it goes straight in at Number 5.

I was lucky enough to have seen Joy Division five times during 1979/1980 before Ian Curtis suicide.

Joy Division,Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark,Certain Ratio Nashville Pub, London 13.08.1979

Joy Division,Distractions,Certain Ratio Electric Ballroom, London 26.10.1979

Buzzcocks,Joy Division Rainbow Theatre, London 10.11.1979

Joy Division,Killing Joke,Certain Ratio Town Hall , High Wycombe 20.02.1980

Joy Division,Killing Joke,Certain Ratio Lyceum Theatre, London 29.02.1980

Joy Division have gone down in history as one of the most iconic bands ever.

Only two full-length albums released (Unknown Pleasures and Closer) along with the 1978 EP and a handful of singles and posthumous releases along with many bootleg albums.

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Not sold out tonight but at least 95% full....and we have floor standing for a dance atmosphere.

I spotted one of my fave tv presenters here - Jeremy Vine.

Dj Dave Booth played some good tunes from 7.30pm to 8.15pm including Sex Pistols, Buzzcocks.

Magazine, Roxy Music, David Bowie, Only Ones, Kraftwerk etc.

THE SOUND OF JOY DIVISION ORCHESTRATED were on stage for 2 hours 10 mins over two sets of

55 mins and 75 mins.

There are around 25 musicians on stage in the orchestra.

Peter Hook is on bass guitar & vocals and he shares vocals with one male and two females.

The male vocalist looks and sings and dances a bit uncannily like Ian Curtis.

Peter Hook has the words "Guitar Hero" on his amps as a tribute to Sex Pistols guitar hero Steve Jones.

His fantastic bass sound where he treats it like a lead guitar with awesome riffs is still there.

The lush strings and arrangements are fantastic and the drummer was nifty with those JD drum fills.

Really good to hear and see so many Joy Division classics played tonight.

A great show.

Setlist highlights included...

Atmosphere

Transmission

Dead Souls

Atrocity Exhibition

She's Lost Control

Shadowplay

Disorder

New Dawn Fades

A version of "Higher, Higher, Higher Love" which is by Peter Hooks old band Monaco.

A mega three song encore of...

Digital

Ceremony

Love Will Tear Us Apart









Thursday 04 July 2019...3.30pm to 11pm...

HOUSE FESTIVAL - Kenwood House. Hampstead Heath, London NW3.

Set on the edge of Hampstead Heath and surrounded by tranquil landscaped gardens, Kenwood is one of London's hidden gems. The House, its breathtaking interiors and stunning art collection are free for everyone to visit.

IF ONLY ALL FESTIVALS WERE LIKE THIS ONE.

Soho House members club host their annual party.

Most of 7000 guests have paid £250 each to be here and that includes loads of different free food & drinks

all day , along with 11 bands (5 name bands and 6 up & coming bands) over two stages.

Around 20 corporate names entertaining guests here including ITV, Sky, Talk Talk,Google, Facebook etc.

It always sells out pronto before the bands have even been confirmed.

Complimentary Collet champers, different cocktails and spirits, wines, beers, soft drinks and

food trucks including Dirty Burger, Hot Dogs, Pizza East, Hog Roast, Lobster Salad, Meat Balls,

Roast Chicken ,Crosstown Doughnuts ,ice-creams, desserts, churros, coffees etc.

Very hot today so we stay in the circus tent watching the acts as we got stuck into the food & drinks.

There are plenty of long tables here for guests to sit down in the shade while eating.

There is a full fun fair here but we don't have time to get on the dodgem cars.

FRANZ FERDINAND arrived on stage at 6.55pm for their 50 mins set.

They are introduced by a very enthusiastic Alex Zane.

We are front row right as they are easily the highlight of the day for me.

Great jerky uptempo indie guitar gems including "The Dark Of The Matinee" , "Do You Want To",

"Take Me Out", "Ulysses" and "This Fire"....a short but sweet excellent set...

GROOVE ARMADA headline the second stage from 8.50pm for a 55 mins set.

Their rave sound goes down well with the dance crowd here.

Lots of lights and a great version of their Top 20 hit from 2001 "Superstylin'".

BLACK EYED PEAS arrive on stage at 9.50pm for their decent 60 mins set.



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News and Reviews: 6th July 2019

Friday 05 July 2019

THE SOUND OF JOY DIVISION ORCHESTRATED live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Joy Division’s legendary bassist Peter Hook is set to revisit the band’s post punk repertoire with Manchester Camerata.

Week commencing 22 June 2019 gives Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures a Top 40 placing for for the very first time – the album's previous peak was Number 71 in 1980 following the death of lead singer Ian Curtis, but today it goes straight in at Number 5.

I was lucky enough to have seen Joy Division five times during 1979/1980 before Ian Curtis suicide.

Joy Division,Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark,Certain Ratio Nashville Pub, London 13.08.1979

Joy Division,Distractions,Certain Ratio Electric Ballroom, London 26.10.1979

Buzzcocks,Joy Division Rainbow Theatre, London 10.11.1979

Joy Division,Killing Joke,Certain Ratio Town Hall , High Wycombe 20.02.1980

Joy Division,Killing Joke,Certain Ratio Lyceum Theatre, London 29.02.1980

Joy Division have gone down in history as one of the most iconic bands ever.

Only two full-length albums released (Unknown Pleasures and Closer) along with the 1978 EP and a handful of singles and posthumous releases along with many bootleg albums.

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Not sold out tonight but at least 95% full....and we have floor standing for a dance atmosphere.

I spotted one of my fave tv presenters here - Jeremy Vine.

Dj Dave Booth played some good tunes from 7.30pm to 8.15pm including Sex Pistols, Buzzcocks.

Magazine, Roxy Music, David Bowie, Only Ones, Kraftwerk etc.

THE SOUND OF JOY DIVISION ORCHESTRATED were on stage for 2 hours 10 mins over two sets of

55 mins and 75 mins.

There are around 25 musicians on stage in the orchestra.

Peter Hook is on bass guitar & vocals and he shares vocals with one male and two females.

The male vocalist looks and sings and dances a bit uncannily like Ian Curtis.

Peter Hook has the words "Guitar Hero" on his amps as a tribute to Sex Pistols guitar hero Steve Jones.

His fantastic bass sound where he treats it like a lead guitar with awesome riffs is still there.

The lush strings and arrangements are fantastic and the drummer was nifty with those JD drum fills.

Really good to hear and see so many Joy Division classics played tonight.

A great show.

Setlist highlights included...

Atmosphere

Transmission

Dead Souls

Atrocity Exhibition

She's Lost Control

Shadowplay

Disorder

New Dawn Fades

A version of "Higher, Higher, Higher Love" which is by Peter Hooks old band Monaco.

A mega three song encore of...

Digital

Ceremony

Love Will Tear Us Apart









Thursday 04 July 2019...3.30pm to 11pm...

HOUSE FESTIVAL - Kenwood House. Hampstead Heath, London NW3.

Set on the edge of Hampstead Heath and surrounded by tranquil landscaped gardens, Kenwood is one of London's hidden gems. The House, its breathtaking interiors and stunning art collection are free for everyone to visit.

IF ONLY ALL FESTIVALS WERE LIKE THIS ONE.

Soho House members club host their annual party.

Most of 7000 guests have paid £250 each to be here and that includes loads of different free food & drinks

all day , along with 11 bands (5 name bands and 6 up & coming bands) over two stages.

Around 20 corporate names entertaining guests here including ITV, Sky, Talk Talk,Google, Facebook etc.

It always sells out pronto before the bands have even been confirmed.

Complimentary Collet champers, different cocktails and spirits, wines, beers, soft drinks and

food trucks including Dirty Burger, Hot Dogs, Pizza East, Hog Roast, Lobster Salad, Meat Balls,

Roast Chicken ,Crosstown Doughnuts ,ice-creams, desserts, churros, coffees etc.

Very hot today so we stay in the circus tent watching the acts as we got stuck into the food & drinks.

There are plenty of long tables here for guests to sit down in the shade while eating.

There is a full fun fair here but we don't have time to get on the dodgem cars.

FRANZ FERDINAND arrived on stage at 6.55pm for their 50 mins set.

They are introduced by a very enthusiastic Alex Zane.

We are front row right as they are easily the highlight of the day for me.

Great jerky uptempo indie guitar gems including "The Dark Of The Matinee" , "Do You Want To",

"Take Me Out", "Ulysses" and "This Fire"....a short but sweet excellent set...

GROOVE ARMADA headline the second stage from 8.50pm for a 55 mins set.

Their rave sound goes down well with the dance crowd here.

Lots of lights and a great version of their Top 20 hit from 2001 "Superstylin'".

BLACK EYED PEAS arrive on stage at 9.50pm for their 60 mins set.

It's dark when they hit the stage so the lights and big screen are used well.

Not a good headliner for me as some of the previous years i have been here.

2018 - Nile Rodgers & Chic + Manic Street Preachers

2017 - Erasure + Craig David

2016 - Kylie Minogue + Tinie Tempah

2015 - Pet Shop Boys + The Vaccines

2014 - Dizzie Rascal + Paloma Faith

Black Eyed Peas have had an impressive five number ones in the UK.

Their setlist included...

Let's Get It Started

Pump It

Where Is The Love (with Jessie J)

and a great version of their anthem "I Gotta Feeling" that got everyone jumping.

An excellent day out.







Wednesday 03 July 2019...I went to two events today...

4pm to 7pm

ASDA - Christmas in July - Somerset House, Strand, London WC2.

Over 500 mainly female guests are expected during the course of the day.

As you enter there are a dozen Christmas trees on display and staff wishing guests "Merry Christmas".

Asda are showcasing adult clothes, children's clothes and their food & drinks for Christmas.

There is a bar in the middle with two barman serving the drinks.

Complimentary Louvel Fontaine champers, prosecco, sparkling wines, different cocktails and wines.

Lots of very nice food and desserts from their winter range.

All guests got a goodie bag which included a bottle of prosecco and other bits.

www.asda.com

Visit the ASDA website for more info.

then

8pm to 10.30pm

Q ICONS - launch party - Quaglinos , Bury Street , St James's, London SW1.

Around 100 paying guests are seated for supper and around 50 press guests are in an

area where we have complimentary prosecco.

Quaglinos are having live acts here offering ticket packages with or without dinner.

Rod Stewarts wife PENNY LANCASTER was here with a few female friends.

By coincidence my friend Mitch had phoned me earlier on the same day to say he was standing

outside a stunning 2700 capacity castle in Spain where he was seeing Rod Stewart that same night.

This was the castle where Richie Blackmores Rainbow played last summer.

From 9.20pm GLENNIS GRACE & her band played a 60 mins set.

Glennis is popular back home in Holland and this was her first ever London show.

She is aged 41 and looks and sounds a bit like Tina Turner, with a nice powerful voice.

She is backed by a five piece band and two male backing singers.

A few original songs in the set but maybe 75% of the set is cover versions.

Great versions of "I'd Rather Go Blind" and "Nothing Compares 2 U".

Penny Lancaster & friends up and dancing for Lionel Richie's "All Night Long" and

Whitney Houston's "So Emotional".

A good show.

www.quaglinos-restaurant.co.uk

Visit the a Quaglinos website here for more info.









Tuesday 02 July 2019.

3.30pm to 5pm

IMBIBE LIVE at Olympia, West London.

Back again for Day 2 of this event here at Olympia which is again very busy.

I spent most of my time here on the outside terrace as it was nice and sunny.

Southern Comfort cocktails were my choice again and some yummy food from

Plaquemine Lock Louisiana Tavern who are based in Angel, London N1.

www.imbibe.com

Visit the IMBIBE website here for info.

then

6pm to 6.30pm

MASTERPIECE FAIR at The Royal Hospital Chelsea, London SW3.

Masterpiece has established itself as the world's leading cross-collecting fair, offering the finest works of art, design, furniture and jewellery, from antiquity to the present day.

The unmissable event at the height of the capital's summer season, Masterpiece London provides an unparalleled opportunity for new and established collectors to discover exceptional works for sale from over 150 international exhibitors; the centrepiece of a unique week of cultural experiences in the heart of London.

This year 03 July is the last day and each day 1000 people come here.

There are half a dozen cool champers bars here at £12.50 a glass.

I had a wander around for 30 mins before the event later held in the terrace bar.

www.masterpiecefair.com

Visit the Masterpiece website here for info.

then

6.30pm to 9pm

GENTLEMANS JOURNAL SUMMER PARTY - terrace bar - Royal Hospital Chelsea, London SW3.

Mens lifestyle magazine hold their summer party.

Over 100 guests in the terrace bar where it is nice and sunny and there is a cool gentle breeze.

Faces here included model Ellen Francis Gibbons and actor Thomas Brodie-Sangster.

Complimentary Perrier- Jouet champers for all guests.

Also guests got a complimentary copy of the June 2019 issue which features Lenny Kravitz on the cover

and 12 pages on Lenny inside with him at home at his house in Paris.

www.thegentlemansjournal.com

Visit their website here for more info.









Monday 01 July 2019...I went to two events tonight...

3.15pm to 5.15pm

IMBIBE LIVE at Olympia, West London.

Imbibe Live is the annual innovative and interactive annual exhibition for anyone who sources, buys or serves drinks in the licensed on-trade. As the leading UK on-trade event, Imbibe Live attracts 5000 visitors on each of the two days.

Over 100 stands here where you can sample champers, prosecco ,spirits , wines, ciders, beers etc.

My faves were the Southern Comfort stand where they had different cocktails and tubs of New Orleans Gumbo Shrimp.

Coca Cola were here promoting their new signature mixers with Jack Daniels and other spirits.

Four different Coca Cola mixers - Smoky, Spicy, Herbal and Woody.

www.imbibe.com

Visit the IMBIBE website here for info.

then

JEFF GOLDBLUM live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Famed actor and musician, Jeff Goldblum, returns to London with his band, The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, for a night of loose, charming and unpredictable jazz music, following the release of his debut album, The Capital Studio Sessions.

This show has no support as Jeff will play two sets.

During his Glastonbury Festival set Jeff announce a second album would be out later in the year.

Jeff is now aged 66 and has been in some very high grossing films over the past 40 years.

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It is stalls seated tonight and there are a few empty seats so maybe 700 or 800 tickets sold.

Jeff arrived on stage at 7.45pm and he was on stage for 2 hours 10 mins.

He was backed by a five piece band who joined Jeff for 90 mins over two sets.

Jeff is a natural raconteur and half the show was Jeff chatting with the audience.

The first 15 mins was Jeff talking and interacting with the audience and during the interval when

the band took a break Jeff stayed out and wandered through the crowd chatting to them.

After every song there was banter about film quotes and best chat up lines etc.

A couple of fans were brought out on stage to him read the questions out etc.

Jeff also asked for suggestions for the title of the new album.

Jeff had a list of "guess the famous person from his clues".

One was "guess this Shepherds Bush Hero".

I immediately was thinking of The Who or The Sex Pistols.

Jeff says "he used to live in Benbow Road" (i think Steve Jones and someone shouts out Elton John)

Jeff says "his dad used to be a boxer" (I shout out loudly from Level 1 seats STEVE JONES FROM THE SEX PISTOLS.

Jeff says correct and the band then play a nice jazz version of "Anarchy In The UK" with Sharon on vocals.

The songs were mainly jazz instrumentals and Sharon Van Essen sang on a few songs.

Jeff Goldblum was sat behind a piano.

Goldblum doesn’t do much soloing; often, he’s more an awed sideman, overwhelmed by his bandmates’ fluency. There’s a loose-limbed, roadhouse feel as they slink from track to track.

The music ticked along nicely but it was Jeff Goldblums amazing stage charisma that made this show enjoyable.







Sunday 30 June 2019.

PINK live at Wembley Stadium, London.

With support acts - Vance Joy , Bang Bang Romeo and dj KidCutUp

Pink plays the second of two massive shows at Wembley Stadium.

Another huge crowd with 76,000 fans....seats all sold but the Gold Circle was not full at the back.

Even though it was a Sunday all the stage times were the same as the day before.

BANG BANG ROMEO's female singer singer came out in a big fluffy pink tutu type outfit that went down well.

Today they included a cover of "Seven Nation Army"

VANCE JOY played the same set as the night before , which included the two familiar covers.

Again we had Whitesnake's "Here I Go Again" as Pinks pa intro song which was great to hear.

PINK again arrived on stage at 8.30pm for her two hour show.

Another visual spectacular with the same setlist that was very entertaining.

Oddly her amazing ariel display at the end during " So What" did not last as long as the previous night.

Remember it is Pink doing the ariel acrobatics and not a stunt double or backing singer/dancer.

Pink could easily get a job with Cirque du Soleil if her music career took a dip.

See review from the previous night for the full setlist played by Pink.

Another great show.

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Go on YouTube and type in Pink So What Wembley Stadium to see Pinks ariel acrobatics.









Saturday 29 June 2019.

PINK live at Wembley Stadium, London.

With support acts - Vance Joy , Bang Bang Romeo and dj KidCutUp

Pink plays the first of two massive shows at Wembley Stadium.

Expect to see Pink on a trapeze and flying through the air on a zip-wire.

A modern pop icon, since the release of her debut record Can’t Take Me Home in 2000, P!nk has released seven studio albums with combined total sales of over 57 million units. P!nk has 20 x top-ten UK official singles(including three number ones) under her belt including tracks such as Get the Party Started, Just Like a Pill, So What and Just Give Me a Reason.

P!nk’s seventh and most recent studio album Beautiful Trauma was released in October 2017 and peaked at No.1 on both the UK and US Official Albums Charts. The album, which features the singles Beautiful Trauma and What About Us, has since gone platinum on both sides of the pond and Rolling Stone named the record one of their 20 Best Pop Albums Of 2017.

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Dj KidCutUp played some good well known re-mixed tunes.

Bang Bang Romeo arrived on stage at 6.35pm for their 25 mins set.

Bang Bang Romeo i have seen before, are a great new band.

Their female singer has a big frame with a big powerful voice that sounds great.

Think a rockier version of Beth Ditto.

Vance Joy arrived on stage at 7.25pm for his 40 mins set.

Vance played a decent set of tracks from his two albums on Atlantic Records and a couple of cover

versions - "Dancing In The Dark" and "All Night Long".

A huge crowd of 78,000 here to see Pink and it is pitch standing with a gold circle.

Must be at least a 75% female crowd.

A lot of female gay couples as Pink is an icon for the LGBT movement.

PINK arrived on stage at 8.30pm and was on for two hours.

A nice stage production with a T stage extension at the front.

Big screens at the side showing live footage and the middle one showing great images, including cartoons.

There was a huge staircase behind the band along with pyros and flames.

It was all very theatrical as there were many dancers along with a few costume changes.

A great entrance by Pink for the opening song as she clings to a chandelier.

A few times in the show Pink would be up on a trapeze or swing.

The light show kicked in as it got dark for the last 45 mins.

Loads of great songs played and Pink is a bundle of energy that cannot keep still.

For the encore of "So What" we have a mega visual treat for the entire song.

I saw Pink a few years ago at The 02 Arena and she has this amazing stunt where she flies through the air.

TONIGHT SEEING PINK DO THE SAME STUNT AT WEMBLEY STADIUM TONIGHT WAS ONE OF THOSE

MAGICAL JAW DROPPING MOMENTS as she flew around the entire stadium on a zip-wire while

somersaulting and singing and landing on two tiny podiums at the opposite end to the pitch.

A great show.

Full Pink setlist played tonight...

Get The Party Started

Beautiful Trauma

Just Like A Pill

Who Knew

Intermission (Revenge Land)

Funhouse / Just A Girl (No Doubt cover)

Hustle

Secrets

Try

Just Give Me A Reason

River (Bishop Briggs cover)

Just Like Fire

Intermission (Women Are Strong)

What About Us

For Now

90 Days (With Wrabel)

Time After Time (Cyndi Lauper cover) (Acoustic)

Walk Me Home (Acoustic)

I Am Here

F**kin' Perfect

Intermission (My Daughter Is Beautiful)

Raise Your Glass

Blow Me (One Last Kiss)

Can We Pretend

Encore:

So What

Glitter in the Air









Saturday 29 June 2019.

29 June 1979---40 years ago today i saw VAN HALEN headline The Rainbow.

Black Sabbath,Van Halen Hammersmith Odeon, London 01.06.1978 van halen debut uk tour

Black Sabbath,Van Halen Hammersmith Odeon, London 10.06.1978 van halen again blow Sabbath away

Van Halen,Battleaxe Rainbow Theatre, London 22.10.1978

Van Halen,St Paradise Rainbow Theatre, London 29.06.1979

Van Halen,Lucifers Friend Rainbow Theatre , London 24.06.1980

AC/DC,Van Halen,Ozzy Osbourne,Gary Moore,Motley Crue Monsters Of Rock , Donnington 17.08.1984

What a great day .What a great line up .









Friday 28 June 2019...7pm to 10pm...

RADIO ALICE PIZZERIA - press launch - Unit 24 , Jubilee Place, Canary Wharf, London E14.

With the likes of Market Halls, Humble Grape, Five Guys, Nandos and now Radio Alice moving in, Jubilee Place Canary Wharf clearly is the place to be. The Radio Alice Canary Wharf restaurant will be the third London outpost (joining Hoxton and Clapham) of Radio Alice, itself an offshoot of the Matteo and Salvatore Aloe’s Bologna-born Berberè pizzeria.

Radio Alice is known for its 24-hour fermented, organic sourdough bases and quality Italian toppings, including speck and prosciutto from Bologna, anchovies from the Amalfi Coast and fior di latte from Puglia. We’re expecting all the old faves from the other two pizzerias, like prosciutto with burrata and orange oil; speck, gorgonzola, walnuts and honey; and courgette, stilton and pickled onions, to make the move east, along with cannoli and tiramisu for puds.

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A trek over to Canary Wharf which has an amazing collection of restaurant & bars to cater for

the spare cash of the many bankers and city workers who work in the office skyscrapers.

Their large pizzas cost £11 or £12 but are top notch quality.

I had a very yummy Speck pizza which included honey & walnuts.

We had various nibbles and appetisers to tuck into.

Also cocktails including espresso Martinis, Negroni's and Gin Fizz.

Three hours of eating and drinking was very enjoyable here with great staff.

They gave us a fake bill as part of the staff training...not sure how it mounted up.

All food for two of us came to £75.

Ten cocktails (five each) at £7 each came to £70....total £145.

www.radioalicepizzeria.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info.















Thursday 27 June 2019.

LUKAS NELSON & PROMISE OF THE REAL live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Lukas Nelson is the 30 year old son of country music legend Willie Nelson.

The band were Bradley Coopers backing band in the film "A Star is Born" and Lukas co-wrote and produced

nine tracks on the platinum-selling soundtrack.

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, sometimes referred to as POTR, is an American country rock group.

Since 2015, Promise of the Real have been Canadian musician Neil Young's regular backing band. The band has recorded two studio albums with Young, The Monsanto Years (2015) and The Visitor (2017), a soundtrack album, Paradox (2018), and a live album, Earth (2016).

They will perform with Neil Young at his huge Hyde Park show with Bob Dylan on 12 July.

They are promoting their new album "Turn Off the News (Build a Garden)".

After this show they will be playing at Glastonbury Festival the following day.

Support comes from The Wandering Hearts who are promoting their debut album on Decca.

The Wandering Hearts are gaining traction as a new folk-Americana group to watch.

The four-piece from London were making big moves in Nashville during the summer of 2018.

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Not sold out tonight but maybe 1200 here out of the 2000 capacity.

Quite nice to have a bit of spare space in floor standing when it is not sold out there.

THE WANDERING HEARTS arrived on stage at 7.50pm for their 40 mins set.

They’ve toured pretty relentlessly, and they picked up the Bob Harris Emerging Artist prize at the UK Americana Awards.

The core members are two male vocalists and two female vocalists.

The harmonies were tight and their sound was better served tonight with a fuller band arrangement.

A decent set of tracks from their debut album that went down well with the crowd.

LUKAS NELSON & PROMISE OF THE REAL arrived on stage at 8.55pm for their 2 hours 5 mins set.

The band have just finished a lengthy North American tour where they are getting very popular.

Lukas is a great guitar player along with great lyrics & vocals.

On stage Lukas Nelson is charismatic. He is very aware of the fans, doing his guitar solos at the front of the stage. He has some impressive jumps, alone or together with his bassist, Cory McCormick, and also rolling around on stage with his guitar and doing a Jimi Hendrix special, playing the guitar with his teeth. Promise of the Real is a tight band with, in addition to McCormick, Anthony LoGerfo on drums, Jessie Siebenberg on steel and electric guitar, plus Tato Melgar on percussion.

While he also was a member of father Willie’s band, he had to play Ray Charles’ classic "Georgia On My Mind" every night, which made him write his song" (Forget About) Georgia".

For one song Lukas was joined by 14 year Blues Guitarist Toby Lee who was pretty amazing.

We had a nice Paul Simon classic for the encore.

Not as many Neil Young related songs as i had hoped for.

A good show that ticked along nicely.

Full Lukas Nelson setlist played tonight...

Something Real

Four Letter Word

Fool Me Once

Die Alone

Set Me Down On A Cloud

Just Outside of Austin

Turn Off the News (Build a Garden)

Carry On (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young cover)

Bad Case

Save a Little Heartache

Simple Life

Texas Flood (with 14 year old blues guitarist Toby Lee)

Pali Gap / Hey Baby (New Rising Sun) (Jimi Hendrix cover)

Don't Lose Your Mind

(Forget About) Georgia

Find Yourself (with The Wandering Hearts)

Where Does Love Go

Start to Go

Encore :

Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes (Paul Simon cover)









Wednesday 26 June 2019.

THE STRAY CATS + THE LIVING END live at Hammersmith Apollo, London.

The Stray Cats play the first of two shows at this venue on their European Tour.

Brian Setzer (guitar, vocals), Lee Rocker (bass, vocals) and Slim Jim Phantom (drums, vocals)--original founding members of the iconic and acclaimed American rock and roll trio--are celebrating

their 40th anniversary in 2019 with a new album and a European Tour featuring four UK shows.

I saw them four times in 1980/1981 when their classic debut album came out.

During that period they had three Top 20 hit singles in the UK.

I saw them play Hammersmith Odeon in 1989 when Lemmy and Robert Plant came on for the encore.

I was at their last London show which was in 2008 at The Brixton Academy.

The STRAY CATS have titled the album 40. Marking their first new album in 26 years, it will be released May 24 via Surfdog Records and distributed by Mascot Label Group in Europe and the UK. The song titles alone — including “Cat Fight (Over A Dog Like Me),” “Rock It Off,” “Mean Pickin’ Mama,” and “Devil Train” — are typical Stray Cats.

The Living End will perform in London as special guests of Stray Cats in June.

The Living End are a rockabilly / punk band from Australia.

I saw them in 1999 supporting Red Hot Chili Peppers at The Reading Festival.

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The floor standing is rammed solid but the corner blocks of the circle are unsold.

I am front circle left looking at the stage.

So many cool looking rockabilly fans dressed up proper rockabilly style in the audience.

Nice to see a few friends here including GLEN MATLOCK with CHRIS MUSTO and Paul my ole punk rockin'

mate from Bristol who came down for the day.

THE LIVING END arrived on stage at 7.50pm for their 40 mins set.

Like The Stray Cats, they are a trio with a stand up double bass.

A decent set with a rockier sound than The Stray Cats.

Full setlist played by bathe Living End tonight...

Roll On

Second Solution

Death of the American Dream

Bloody Mary

How Do We Know

End of the World

E-Boogie

THE STRAY CATS arrived on stage at 8.55pm for their 90 mins set.

The Stray Cats have their classic logo blown up behind them but it is a tiny stage production

that is more suited to a small club, but the overall sound is still very good.

All three of the band are around 60 years old but they still look like they did back in their heyday.

Slim Jim playing his drums standing up is always great to watch.

They played all their classic hits and a few tracks off the new album.

A great show.

Full setlist played by The Stray Cats tonight...

Cat Fight (Over a Dog Like Me)

Runaway Boys

Double Talkin' Baby (Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps cover)

Three Time’s a Charm

Stray Cat Strut

Mean Pickin’ Mama

Gene & Eddie

Cry Baby

I Won't Stand In Your Way

Guitar Improvisation / Misirlou

When Nothing’s Going Right (vocals: Lee Rocker)

(She's) Sexy + 17

Bring It Back Again (vocals: Lee Rocker)

My One Desire (Dorsey Burnette cover)

Blast Off

Lust n Love

Fishnet Stockings

Rock This Town

Encore:

Rock It Off

Built for Speed

Rumble in Brighton









Wednesday 26 June 2019.

Happy Birthday to guitarist MICK JONES ( ex The Clash/BAD/Carbon Silicon) who is 64 today.

I was lucky enough to have seen The Clash 20 times between 1976 to 1984.







Tuesday 25 June 2019.

THE BEACH BOYS live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

I am back again at this venue to see The Beach Boys after last nights show.

Again it is at least 95% full tonight.

It is the same lengthy 2 hours 35 mins setlist as last night.

The band are on stage 8pm to 11pm with a 25 mins interval.

The on stage banter is pretty much the same.

They may not have the ridiculous energy of a 75 year old Mick Jagger but that 78 year old Mike Love

can stand up unaided for over 2 hours 30 mins is pretty impressive.

Bruce Johnston as a 76 year old stands behind his keyboards the entire show.

Loads of great timeless classic songs played again that got folks up and dancing.

A highlight again was hearing their cover of The Ramones "Rockaway Beach" with all

the lyrics on the big screen so all the crowd were singing along to them.

Mike Love said their version would be on their next album.

At the end of the show Mike Love said "we apologise for playing so many songs and keeping you out late".

Another great show.









Tuesday 25 June 2019.

Time flies...

MICHAEL JACKSON died 10 years ago today.

I was lucky to have seen him perform live four times.







Monday 24 June 2019.

THE BEACH BOYS live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

The Beach Boys play the first of two shows at this iconic venue.

Still going after more than 50 years, the incarnation led by Mike Love (Beach Boys co-founder now aged 78)

and Bruce Johnston returns to The Royal Albert Hall....I saw them here in 2015 and 2017....

I have seen The Beach Boys several times since 2001 including the re-union tour with Brian Wilson.

This included in 2003 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA when I was over there to see some Sex Pistols shows.

In 1966 , The Beach Boys were voted Best Group in the World by NME readers...beating The Beatles.

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Yet another legendary band arrives in London...every June is a great month for big names playing London.

While the recent Wembley Stadium shows were great, indoor gigs are best for me as you don't have spend

half the show looking at the big screens.

THE BEACH BOYS were on stage for a lengthy 2 hours 35 mins over two sets of 70 mins and 85 mins.

They have a big screen showing classic Beach Boys footage from the 1960s and 1970s.

Mike Love and Bruce Johnston are wearing their trademark baseball caps and casual clothes

that make them look like the old boys in the film "Cocoon".

Like Brian Wilson, they have a top notch band helping them out with the vocal harmonies.

Fourteen musicians on stage including a five man brass section.

Over 40 songs played in the lengthy show mixing the hits with lesser known material and a few covers.

Mike Love dedicated "Pisces Brothers" and "Here Comes The Sun" to George Harrison and showed

video footage of the time they spent together in India in 1968.

Also fab was a cover of Ramones "Rockaway Beach" that could easily be a Beach Boys song.

A great show.

Full Beach Boys setlist played tonight...

Set 1:

Do It Again

Surfin' Safari

California Sun (Joe Jones cover)

It's OK

Surfin' U.S.A.

Surfer Girl

Then I Kissed Her

Dance, Dance, Dance

Please Let Me Wonder

Kiss Me, Baby

Getcha Back

Why Do Fools Fall in Love (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers cover)

When I Grow Up (to Be a Man)

Good to My Baby

Darlin'

Do You Wanna Dance? (Bobby Freeman cover)

The Warmth of the Sun

Here Today

You Still Believe in Me

Caroline, No (Brian Wilson song)

Don't Worry Baby

Little Deuce Coupe

Little Honda

I Get Around

Set 2:

California Dreamin' (The Mamas & the Papas cover)

Sloop John B ([traditional] cover)

Wouldn't It Be Nice

I'm Waiting for the Day

California Girls

Their Hearts Were Full of Spring (The Four Freshmen cover)

Disney Girls

All This Is That

'Til I Die

God Only Knows

Pisces Brothers (Mike Love song)

Here Comes the Sun (The Beatles cover)

Sail On, Sailor

Cotton Fields (Lead Belly cover)

Kokomo

All Summer Long

Help Me, Rhonda

Rock and Roll Music (Chuck Berry cover)

Barbara Ann (The Regents cover)

Good Vibrations

Encore:

Summertime Blues (Eddie Cochran cover)

Rockaway Beach (Ramones cover)

Fun, Fun, Fun











Monday 24 June 2019.

Glastonbury Festival stalwart Fatboy Slim has something unique on his packing list this year – hundreds of rolls of personalised toilet paper.

The musician, aka Norman Cook, will bring loo rolls with the slogan “Wipe Here, Wipe Now”, a reference to his 1998 hit Right Here, Right Now.

Each piece is either black with the words Fatboy Slim in yellow, or yellow with the phrase “Wipe Here, Wipe Now” printed in large black capital letters.

The “O” of the “NOW” is made up of the Smiley face and cross bones symbol used as the unofficial logo for the DJ, who has played at the Somerset site since 1996.







Sunday 23 June 2019.

THE EAGLES + SHERYL CROW play Wembley Stadium.

I have seen The Eagles a few times since 2001.

Hopefully Joe Walsh will play two or three classics from his solo career.

The Eagles were one of the most successful music acts of the 1970s. Their albums Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) and Hotel California rank first and third, respectively, among the best-selling albums in the United States, with 38 million and 26 million album units in sales.The Eagles are one of the world's best-selling bands, having sold more than 100 million albums.

Just like Fleetwood Mac at this venue it is a ridiculous £200 for Block A pitch seats at the front.

The Eagles ticket prices are £200, £130, £100, £85, £70....plus booking fees.

Support act Sheryl Crow i have seen a few times with the first time in 1994.

The new Sheryl Crow song from her upcoming album Threads is a duet with Joe Walsh.

‘Still The Good Old Days’ was written by Crow and Walsh and contains that distinictive Joe Walsh guitar.

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It is another night of pitch seating so a reduced 60,000 capacity.

Three or four empty blocks here but it is pretty much a full house, over 55,000 here.

Pretty amazing how all the Wembley Stadium shows this week have all had over 50,000 tickets sold.

SHERYL CROW arrived on stage at 6.30pm and played for 45 mins.

Sheryl Crow has use of the two big side screens.

Sheryl Crow still looks pretty amazing for her 57 years as she is in full rock chick mode

wearing a tight t-shirt and tight shiny trousers.

Sheryl could easily pass as an older Appleton (All Saints) sister.

Lots of very nice licks from her guitarist.

A great featuring all her best hit songs.

Full Sheryl Crow setlist played tonight...

A Change Would Do You Good

If It Makes You Happy

All I Wanna Do

My Favorite Mistake

The First Cut Is the Deepest (Cat Stevens cover)

Still the Good Old Days

Soak Up the Sun

Everyday Is a Winding Road

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THE EAGLES arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played for 2 hours 30 mins.

The current line-up includes two new members.

Deacon Frey (son of Glenn Frey RIP) – vocals, rhythm and lead guitars (2017–present)

Vince Gill (American country singer) – vocals, rhythm and lead guitars (2017–present)

The Eagles have three big screens and lots of lights.

Pretty amazing how good the overall sound was considering its a big outdoor stadium show.

Joe Walsh speaking voice is still frazzled from too many drugs and booze back in the day but

his singing voice and guitar playing on his own songs is superb.

“It’s been quite a week of music here at Wembley – it’s ‘dinosaur week’,” joked Eagles frontman Don Henley.

The Eagles’ trademark multi-part harmonies sound ageless and heavenly.

Sooo many top notch songs of quality in their setlist including "Take It Easy", "One Of These Nights",

"Take it to the Limit", "In The City", "Life's Been Good", "The Boys of Summer" and for the last 45 mins

if fell dark for the light show to kick in for mega versions of "Life in the Fast Line", "Hotel California"

and "Rocky Mountain Way"....An excellent show...

Full setlist played by The Eagles tonight...

Seven Bridges Road (Steve Young cover)

Take It Easy

One of These Nights

Take It to the Limit

Tequila Sunrise

Witchy Woman

In the City (Joe Walsh song)

I Can't Tell You Why

New Kid in Town

Peaceful Easy Feeling

Love Will Keep Us Alive

Lyin' Eyes

Don't Let Our Love Start Slippin' Away (Vince Gill cover)

Those Shoes

Already Gone

Walk Away (James Gang cover)

Life's Been Good (Joe Walsh song)

The Boys of Summer (Don Henley song)

Heartache Tonight

Funk #49 (James Gang cover)

Life in the Fast Lane

Encore:

Hotel California

Encore 2:

Rocky Mountain Way (Joe Walsh song)

Desperado

Encore 3:

Best of My Love

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The show was 44 years since the Eagles first played Wembley, back in the summer of 1975 when they supported Elton John and the Beach Boys.Joe Walsh was also on the bill.Tickets were £3.50. It was their fifth appearance overall.









Saturday 22 June 2019.

BILLY JOEL live at Wembley Stadium, London.

His only European show in between his American tour dates.

I saw him play Wembley Stadium in 2016.

Despite not recording any new material for over 20 years , Billy Joel has been a very popular live act over just the past decade, he’s grossed nearly $500 million and sold more than 4.2 million tickets, thanks mainly

to stadium shows back home in North America.

For the past few years he has played a show EVERY MONTH at Madison Square Garden.

When Billy Joel played Madison Square Garden’s stage on May 9, 2019, for his 70th birthday, not only would he be extending his historic arena residency to 64 shows but he will be furthering his record-setting 110 shows at the estimable venue while burnishing his legacy in the live space in a way unlikely to be replicated.

Billy Joel tickets are priced at £50 / £70 / £90 / £115 plus booking fees.

Like the last time he played Wembley there will be no support act for Billy Joel.

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It is pitch seating tonight and there is a huge crowd of 55,000 here.

BILLY JOEL & his top notch band arrived on stage at 8.15pm and played for 2 hours 10 mins.

There were three big screens and Billy plays on a circular stage along with a piano that can revolve.

Not the most visual show as Billy is sat behind his piano for most of the show.

Billy may be a few years younger than Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood but looks older as his hair

has gone and he has a portly frame.

Billy Joel is pretty much an American version of Elton John as they both have a whole bunch of

piano based great songs from the past 50 years.

I saw them play a co-headline show around a decade ago.

“It’s nice to be back,” Billy said, “but I’ve got nothing new – just the same old shit!”

Early highlights included "My Life" and "She's Always a Woman".

A few songs i didn't really know but plenty of gems that the crowd sang along to.

The light show kicked in for the last 45 mins as it fell dark as he played a mega "Piano Man",

and superb encore including "We Didn't Start the Fire", "Uptown Girl" and

"It's Still Rock and Roll to Me".

A great show.

Full Billy Joel setlist played tonight...

A Matter of Trust

My Life

The Entertainer

Vienna

The Downeaster Alexa

Say Goodbye to Hollywood

Don't Ask Me Why

She's Always a Woman

The Ballad of Billy the Kid

Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)

New York State of Mind

Allentown

Rule Britannia (Virgil Thomson cover)

We'll Meet Again (four lines of)

I Go to Extremes

Sometimes a Fantasy

Only the Good Die Young

The River of Dreams (with a snippet of I Feel Fine)

Nessun dorma (Giacomo Puccini cover)(sung by his guitarist)

Scenes From an Italian Restaurant

Piano Man

Encore:

We Didn't Start the Fire

Uptown Girl

It's Still Rock and Roll to Me

Big Shot

You May Be Right (with a snippet of Rock and Roll by Led Zeppelin )









Friday 21 June 2019.

BON JOVI + MANIC STREET PREACHERS live at Wembley Stadium, London.

A bit odd that The Manics are supporting a mainstream rock act like Bon Jovi?

Well I saw them supporting Bon Jovi in 1993 when The Manics second album came out.

I have seen Bon Jovi around 25 times since 1984 when they supported KISS.

I saw both their shows at Wembley Stadium in 2000.

These were the last ever events at the old Wembley Stadium before it was knocked down.

The This House Is Not For Sale tour – supporting Bon Jovi’s 14th studio album from 2016.

Bon Jovi have sold over 100 million albums worldwide in their career.

Their 1986 classic album "Slippery When Wet" has sold over 20 million copies worldwide.

Bon Jovi Seated tickets - £65, £75, £85, £95 and £125 plus booking fees.

Bon Jovi Pitch Standing tickets £75 & £125 (gold circle) plus booking fees.

Bon Jovi have not had a UK Top 20 hit single since 2006 and guitarist Richie Sambora has left but a

full page advert the day before said "Most tickets sold for a UK concert in 2019 - 80,000 sold out".

This was of course for one day sales as Spice Girls (three shows) and Fleetwood Mac (two shows)

actually sold more tickets at Wembley Stadium overall as they had multi-shows.

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THE MANICS arrived on stage at 6.25pm and played for 50 mins.

The Manics have use of the two huge side screens.

Loads of classic gems in their great set including a Guns N Roses cover version.

Full Manics setlist played tonight...

Motorcycle Emptiness

You Stole The Sun From My Heart

International Blue

Your Love Alone Is Not Enough

The Everlasting

If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next

You Love Us

Sweet Child O' Mine (Guns N’ Roses cover)

Tsunami

No Surface All Feeling

A Design for Life

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There is pitch standing including gold circle tonight but we are up in the seats.

The stadium looks amazing as it is totally full everywhere.

Imagine being in a band playing in front of this 80,000 adoring crowd?

The catchy singalong pop rock of Bon Jovi still attracts thousands of female fans.

BON JOVI arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 2 hours 20 mins.

They had three huge screens along with a T stage extension and loads of lights.

The middle screen changed from live footage to images to lights only..

"Raise Your Hands" and "You Give Love A Bad a Name" were early gems played.

Jon Bon Jovi may be greyer these spades but he still knows exactly how to work the crowd.

A few of the songs were a bit average but that gave the girls a chance to leave for the loos in droves.

The last 45 mins was superb when the lights fully kicked in and the stadium looked incredible.

Classics like "Lay Your Hands On Me" , "Bad Medicine " and "Livin' on a Prayer " were mega.

An excellent show.

Full Bon Jovi setlist played tonight...

This House Is Not for Sale

Raise Your Hands

You Give Love a Bad Name

Born To Be My Baby

Whole Lot of Leavin'

Lost Highway

Runaway

We Weren't Born to Follow

Have a Nice Day

Keep the Faith

Amen

Bed of Roses

Blood on Blood

It's My Life

We Don't Run

Wanted Dead or Alive

Lay Your Hands on Me

Captain Crash & the Beauty Queen From Mars

I'll Sleep When I'm Dead

Bad Medicine

Encore:

Always

Livin' on a Prayer









Thursday 20 June 2019.

METALLICA + GHOST + BOKASSA live at Twickenham Stadium.

Metallica are on a massive European tour of stadiums.

I have seen Metallica over a dozen times since 1986 when they headlined Hammersmith Odeon.

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It is not sold out but there is a huge crowd of around 50,000 rock fans here tonight.

Thankfully it did not rain as i was in the Gold Circle looking at the stage right.

BOKASSA arrived on stage at 5.20pm for their 30 mins set.

Bokassa from Norway fuses punk rock/hardcore with stoner rock riffs!....a decent enough set...

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GHOST arrived on stage at 6.20pm for their 60 mins set.

Metal band Ghost from Sweden have released four albums and their second album won a Grammy Award for

Best Hard Rock/Metal Album which has increased their popularity in Europe and North America.

They wear masks and their sax player wears a priests outfit...another decent enough set...

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METALLICA arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 2 hours 30 mins.

A nice big stage with huge screens that can merge into one.

There are lasers, pyros and plenty of flames around the stadium and a walkway around the Snake Pit area

at the front was used well as the band members came out there often.

For a band with such a heavy crunching sound the pa quality was top notch.

After 38 years and various lineups they are obviously revelling in what singer James Hetfield calls

"the best job in the world” and adds "we know Metallica tickets are not cheap , so thanks for support and

your hard earned cash".

All the Metallica anthems are played and for the last 45 mins the light show fully kicked in.

Metallica ended their show with a nice firework display.

A great show.

Full Metallica setlist played tonight...

Hardwired

The Memory Remains (with extended outro)

Ride the Lightning

Harvester of Sorrow

The Unforgiven

Here Comes Revenge

Moth Into Flame

Sad but True

No Leaf Clover (followed by Kirk & Rob's solos incl. 'Killers', 'ManUNkind' & 'Orion')

Frantic

One

Master of Puppets

For Whom the Bell Tolls

Creeping Death

Seek & Destroy

Encore:

Lords of Summer

Nothing Else Matters

Enter Sandman (with 'The Frayed Ends of Sanity' outro)

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At the end they threw out hundreds of guitar pics with the Metallica logo and date on but i did not

get one, but I did get a full Metallica pass sheet.

I saw Metallica's long time photographer here - Ross Halfin.

Also a funny sight in the Gold Circle was two guys in full top hat and tails who been to Ascot earlier.







Thursday 20 June 2019.

DAVID GILMORE'S guitar auction for charity in New York has reached staggering amounts of dosh.

His famous Black Strat guitar went for over 3 million quid.

Total funds raised at the auction totalled $21,490,750 (£16.9m).

I went to the London preview of the guitars a couple of months ago at Christies, London.









Wednesday 19 June 2019...7.30pm to 10.30pm...

VICTORIA & ALBERT SUMMER PARTY - Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7.

This was one of the BIG THREE summer social party events in London.

The others are The Royal Academy Summer Party (a fortnight ago) and

The Serpentine Gallery Summer Party (next week).

Over 800 guests are here and thankfully only slight drizzle for a bit as the event was mainly outside.

Lots of glam women in stunning outfits and club legend Philip Sallon was dressed as a tree.

Like previous years there were plenty of well known faces here.

Ex Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha were here for a bit.

Great to see Fleetwood Mac singer STEVIE NICKS here with music biz exec Jimmy Iovine.

Also here was Texas singer Sharleen Spiteri, Dame Joan Collins, Bianca Jagger (with a walking stick).

Gary Kemp (Spandau Ballet and Nick Mason Band ), Graham Norton, Jackie St Clair, Sol Campbell,

Andrew Lloyd Webber, Mary McCartney, Jemima Goldsmith, Basia Briggs, Kelly Hoppen,

Nicky Haslam, David Furnish, Fat Tony, Peter York,Erin O'Connor, Jenna Coleman,

Stephen Webster,Cressida Bonas, Clara Amfo, Arizona Muse, Maya Jama, Noomi Rapace, Krept & Konan,

Riz Ahmed and a few others.

We had a dj playing tunes in the background.

At 9.15pm up and coming singer JOY CROOKES performed a 30 mins set.

Joy Crookes seems an older soul than her 20 years. Tender but assured, the singer-songwriter’s soft, husky vocals meld 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.

Complimentary Ruinart champers, two different cocktails, bowl food,canapés and desserts for all guests.

An excellent party.









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 Tuesday there is a huge crowd of over 55,000 here tonight.

It was pouring with rain at 6pm but luckily for those on the pitch it never rained when the bands were on.

THE PRETENDERS swopped the setlist order a bit and Ali Campbell did not join Chrissie tonight on stage.

They added an extra song called "Thumbelina" near the end so 60 mins on stage tonight.

Chrissie dedicated a song to Paul McCartney as it was his birthday today and dedicated a track to

Ray Davies whose birthday it is next week.

FLEETWOOD MAC came on stage five mins later than on Sunday.

Fleetwood Mac have one of the most turbulent band histories in the music business.

Their acrimonious split with guitarist/ songwriter Lindsey Buckingham in 2018 after 43 years together

will soon be debated in the courts as Lindsey is suing the band.

There will always a few that say that the Lindsey Buckingham Fleetwood Mac was not as good as

the Peter Green line-up and the new line-up was not as good as the Lindsey Buckingham line-up.

Overall though , it was another great show.





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News and Reviews: 19th June 2019

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 Tuesday there is a huge crowd of over 55,000 here tonight.

It was pouring with rain at 6pm but luckily for those on the pitch it never rained when the bands were on.

THE PRETENDERS swopped the setlist order a bit and Ali Campbell did not join Chrissie tonight on stage.

They added an extra song called "Thumbelina" near the end so 60 mins on stage tonight.

Chrissie dedicated a song to Paul McCartney as it was his birthday today and dedicated a track to

Ray Davies whose birthday it is next week.

FLEETWOOD MAC came on stage five mins later than on Sunday.

Fleetwood Mac have one of the most turbulent band histories in the music business.

Their acrimonious split with guitarist/ songwriter Lindsey Buckingham in 2018 after 43 years together

will soon be debated in the courts as Lindsey is suing the band.

There will always a few that say that the Lindsey Buckingham Fleetwood Mac was not as good as

the Peter Green line-up and the new line-up was not as good as the Lindsey Buckingham line-up.

Stevie Nicks got the most cheers as her weaving and spinning around the stage in her black couture drapery, below a chandelier went down well. Quite a few of the females here were wearing "Stevie type" lace dresses.

Stevie's voice is a lower register these days but she is certainly still bewitching.

The two new members did a great job but Lindsey Buckingham was more exciting to watch.

Mick Fleetwood's extended drum solo went on a bit too much

The encore of "Free Fallin'" with a photo montage of Tom Petty on the screens was mega.

Their set had sooooo many great songs that the crowd sang along to.

A downside of big outdoor shows in daylight is that the light show only fully kicks for the last

30/45 mins of the headline act when it gets darker.

Fleetwood Mac, still going strong after more than 50 years since their formation.











Tuesday 18 June 2019.

Happy Birthday to PAUL McCARTNEY who is 77 today.

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This week will see Joy Division's debut album Unknown Pleasures make its Top 40 debut on the Official Albums Chart, exactly 40 years after it was released.

The record - acclaimed from the moment it was released - came out on June 15 1979 has been re-released to mark its 40th anniversary. It's often considered one of the greatest British albums ever made.

The collection is at Number 5 on the latest Official Chart Update - an early glimpse of how the Official UK Charts are shaping up ahead of their final positions, announced on Fridays.

I bought it in the first week of release in 1979 from the original Rough Trade store.









Monday 17 June 2019...I went to two events tonight...

4pm to 8pm

GOFFS & QIPCO London Sale - Perks Field, Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8.

The weather is perfect as the sunshine has come out for this outdoor event.

GOFFFS is Ireland's premier thoroughbred auction house.

This horse auction is always held on the eve of Royal Ascot in this superb location.

Over 500 guests here with most coming from the Horse Racing community.

Also here were Jackie St Clair, Alistair Guy and a nice surprise to see football manager Barry Fry (now aged 74).

He has managed Dunstable Town, Bedford Town, Maidstone United, Southend United, Barnet, Birmingham City and, most recently, Peterborough United. Fry is currently director of football at Peterborough.

A couple of tv presenters were interviewing guests.

All the horses were paraded in the field next door before the auction.

From 5pm to 6pm the 23 horses were auctioned off.

From 6pm to 7pm was an acoustic covers band playing whose name was Fairvue.

Complimentary gin & tonics, Pimms, Rose wines and beers.

Complimentary fish tacos, mini-hotdogs , finger sandwiches, canapés, mini-doughnuts and pastries.

A very nice event.

www.goffslondonsale.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then a walk through the park to...

BRYAN FERRY live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

I have seen Roxy Music and Bryan Ferry solo many times since the 1970s.

Chris Spedding is still playing guitar for Bryan's tour.

Chris was playing guitar for Bryan Ferry when i saw him at this same venue in 1977.

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The venue is totally rammed solid sold out tonight.

BRYAN FERRY & band arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 1 hour 40 mins.

Hard to believe that Bryan is now aged 73 , as he still looks so good in his smart suit.

He is the unflappable king of cool, so stylish he should be hanging in the Tate.

For several songs in the first half he was sat behind keyboards.

Bryan was great on mouth organ a couple of times.

Chris Spedding is now aged 75 and still playing lots of nifty guitar licks.

His band also included two backing singers.

"In Every Dream Home a Heartache" was a perfect opener and "Oh Yeah" was superb.

The second half was full of Roxy Music classics.

"Virginia Plain" may have come out in 1972 but it still sounds incredible today.

That got the crowd up and dancing for the last few songs.

A great show.

Full setlist played by Bryan Ferry tonight...

In Every Dream Home a Heartache (Roxy Music song)

Out of the Blue (Roxy Music song)

The Space Between (Roxy Music song)

The 39 Steps

Slave to Love

Don't Stop the Dance

Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues (Bob Dylan cover)

Oh Yeah (Roxy Music song)

Boys and Girls

Can't Let Go

My Only Love (Roxy Music song)

Take a Chance With Me (Roxy Music song)

To Turn You On (Roxy Music song)

If There Is Something (Roxy Music song)

Dance Away (Roxy Music song)

More Than This (Roxy Music song)

Avalon (Roxy Music song)

Love Is the Drug (Roxy Music song)

Virginia Plain (Roxy Music song)

Jealous Guy (John Lennon cover)

Encore:

Let's Stick Together (Wilbert Harrison cover)









Sunday 16 June 2019.

FLEETWOOD MAC + THE PRETENDERS live at Wembley Stadium, London.

Fleetwood Mac play the first of two massive shows at Wembley Stadium.

Lindsey Buckingham has been replaced by with two new members: Mike Campbell, longtime lead guitarist for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and Crowded House frontman Neil Finn.

Their album "Rumours" is in the Top 20 best selling albums of all time.

Having won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1978, "Rumours" has since sold over 40 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time.

I have seen Fleetwood Mac a few times before at Earls Court and The 02 Arena.

I have seen The Pretenders around 20 times since an early gig at The Nashville Pub in 1979.

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Tonight is pitch seating so there is a reduced capacity of 65,000 and there are around 57,000 here.

Pretty impressive when you see the best seat ticket prices are a whopping £200 and £155.

Ticket prices for this show were £75, £90, £125, £155 and £200 + fees.

THE PRETENDERS arrived on stage at 6.30pm for their 55 mins set.

A good thing about massive gigs at Wembley Stadium is that the support act will always be a big name.

They had use of the three big screens and some of the lights.

They played many of their classic tracks in their set.

For "I Got You Babe" Chrissie duetted with UB40s Ali Campbell.

A mega rendition of "I'll Stand By You".

For "Brass in Pocket" Chrissie took off her jacket to reveal her still slender 67 year old frame.

A very good set.

Full Pretenders setlist played tonight...

Hate for Sale

Gotta Wait

Message of Love

Kid

Down the Wrong Way (Chrissie Hynde song)

Talk of the Town

I Got You Babe (Sonny & Cher cover) (with Ali Campbell from UB40)

Back on the Chain Gang

Stop Your Sobbing (The Kinks cover)

I'll Stand By You

Don't Get Me Wrong

Cuban Slide

Brass in Pocket

Middle of the Road

FLEETWOOD MAC arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 2 hours 5 mins.

Their stage production is pretty average compared to visual spectaculars here recently including

BTS, Capital Radio Summertime Ball and The Spice Girls.

They have three big screens but the two smaller side ones are the size that most bands use for

indoor arenas rather than huge outdoor stadium gigs like this.

However the sound quality overall was excellent considering it's a big open air show.

Loads of their greatest hits played in the set, with great harmonies.

They did a nice version of "Oh Well" and dedicated it to original member Peter Green.

Drummer Mick Fleetwoid took charge of most of the on stage banter.

The added advantage of having the new members is that Fleetwood Mac can now play

classics by Crowded House and Tom Petty in their set.

A great evening with two quality bands.

Full Fleetwood Mac setlist played tonight...

The Chain

Little Lies

Dreams

Second Hand News

Say You Love Me

Black Magic Woman

Everywhere

Rhiannon

World Turning

Gypsy

Oh Well

Don't Dream It's Over (Crowded House cover)

Landslide

Hold Me

Monday Morning

You Make Loving Fun

Gold Dust Woman

Go Your Own Way

Encore:

Free Fallin' (Tom Petty cover)

Don't Stop

Tape outro - Albatross











Saturday 15 June 2019.

SPICE GIRLS + JESS GLYNNE live at Wembley Stadium, London.

I am back again to see this show for a second time.

I am nearer to the stage so i enjoy it a bit more than last night.

JESS GLYNNE was on stage again on at 7.15pm for her good 45 mins set.

A nice busy weekend for Jess with three support sets for The Spice Girls on Thurs, Fri, Sat

and then The Isle of Wight Festival on Sunday.

A couple of side blocks unsold but still an enormous crowd here of around 75,000.

Nearly all female crowd here again...and a few blokes dressed in Spice Girls outfits.

SPICE GIRLS on stage again at 8.30pm for two hours.

This was the last night of their UK tour tour so they are milking that by saying

"We are saving the best to last".

The times they were again off the stage(interludes for costume changes) confused a lot of people at the show.

Plenty of stage banter that the crowd loved, and they do appear to be a real gang of female best friends.

Geri said this tour has sold an incredible 700,000 tickets.

Geri said of her departure during their heyday "sorry for leaving the band, i was just being a brat".

The last 45 mins is again a highlight with thousands of wristbands lighting up the stadium as darkness fell.

For "Mama" they invited their mums and kids on stage - three generations.

"Girl Power" has certainly come along way in the past 25 years.

See both acts setlists below in the previous review.











Fruday 14 June 2019

SPICE GIRLS + JESS GLYNNE live Wembley Stadium, London.

The Spice Girls play the second of three massive sold out shows at this venue.

The Spice Girls UK tour will be thirteen stadium shows including three at Wembley Stadium.

Expect a big production with lots of costume changes and dancers.

Victoria Beckham is not involved but the other four Spice Girls are here for these enormous gigs.

During a five year spell at the end of the 1990s , The Spice Girls had a staggering NINE number one UK hits.

I saw them in 1997 and 1998 during their heyday as well as their reunion tour a decade ago.

Their classic video for debut single "Wannabe" has now passed 400 million views on Vevo/YouTube.

Several music legends are playing Wembley Stadium this summer but only Spice Girls are playing three nights.

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A massive crowd here of around 80,000.

Must be at least 90% female as expected.

Many are dressed as their fave Spice Girl for a girls night out party.

We have had rain in London the last few days but it stayed dry tonight.

JESS GLYNNE on stage at 7.15pm for her 45 mins set.

Jess Glynne is an ideal support act as she has had loads of hit singles.

Full Jess Glynne setlist played tonight...

Hold My Hand

No One

These Days (Rudimental cover)

Thursday

Don't Be So Hard on Yourself

One Touch (Jess Glynne & Jax Jones cover)

Take Me Home

So Real (Warriors) / Real Love / My Love / Rather Be

All I Am

I'll Be There

SPICE GIRLS on stage at 8.30pm for two hours.

A fantastic stage production with two big screens and a circular stage walkway that acts as the gold circle.

The Spice World circular stage featured Spice Girls slogans above it on the mini-screens.

Half a dozen costume changes, along with lasers and strobes and pyros.

The vocals overall could have been a bit louder.

The crowd were given wristbands that lit up in different colours which looked nice when it fell dark.

The show was a bit mixed really as the first 15 mins and last 45 mins were great but the middle hour plodded.

Emerging to fireworks and launching into "Spice Up Your Life", each member encircled by their own

dance crew, it felt like very little time had elapsed since their heyday.

With the exception of Mel C’s contributions, vocals were often weak, while the frequent costume changes were masked by lengthy dance interludes that lacked any narrative.

A Seventies disco-covers section mid-set felt incongruous, and when the quartet strayed into their own deep cuts they unwittingly exposed the flimsiness of their back catalogue.

Basically this crowd were really only interested in hearing the hits.

The last half dozen hit songs were very enjoyable and a finale of "Wannabe" was great.

So a show that was great for an hour, and pretty average for the other hour.

Full Spice Girls setlist played tonight....

Spice Up Your Life

If U Can't Dance

Who Do You Think You Are

Do It

Something Kinda Funny

Move Over

Sound Off (Dance interlude)

Holler/Sound Off (reprise)

Queer Tango (Dance interlude)

Viva Forever

Let Love Lead the Way

Goodbye

Car Wash (Dance interlude)

Never Give Up on the Good Times

We Are Family (Sister Sledge cover)

Love Thing

Band introductions/We Will Rock You/Park Life cover snippets

The Lady Is a Vamp

The Last Waltz (Dance interlude)

Too Much

Say You'll Be There

2 Become 1

Girl Power (Video)

Encore:

Stop

Mama

Wannabe







Thursday 13 June 2019...I went to two events tonight...

6.30pm to 9pm.

APPLEBY'S FISH - launch party - Queens Walk, Hungerford Bridge, London SE1.

Graham Applebee and his team of fishmongers offer the catch of the day and prepare it to their customers’ requirements. Applebee’s Fish has everything on ice, from lobster and large Madagascan prawns to halibut, snapper, sea bass, salmon and crab. Produce is wild and line caught whenever possible.

This is a pop-up that will be here throughout the summer to September.

The venue is open air and it's a bit noisy as it's directly under the railway bridge near The Royal Festival Hall.

Lots of complimentary food and drinks for the 150 guests here tonight.

Collet champers, five different cocktails including Espresso Martinis, prosecco, wines, beers.

Full size cod & chips & mushy peas, oysters, large prawns in batter, sea bass , salmon, crab and more.

Oddly though they do not serve desserts here.

A male singer/ guitarist performed an hour of cover versions.

A dj played tunes in the background after the singer performed.

A very nice event.

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then

MUNGO JERRY live The 100 Club, London.

Ray Dorsey , now aged 73 , still fronts the band who had number one UK hits with

"In The Summertime" (1970) and "Baby Jump" (1971).

I saw them last year in Ealing but Mungo Jerry don't play London as often as you would think.

Jona Lewie was here, best known for his 1980 UK hits "You'll Always Find Me in the Kitchen at Parties"

and "Stop the Cavalry".

Also here were Del and Mannie from West London punk legends - The Satellites.

I caught the last 60 mins of Mungo Jerry planned 80/90 mins set.

Ray Dorsey still has the big afro hair and big smile.

Plenty of good time lyrics that has everyone singing along.

Highlights included....

Lady Rose

Alright, Alright, Alright

Long Legged Woman

In The Summertime

Baby Jump

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A few minutes after the show Ray Dorsey came out to sign CDs and pose for photos.









Wednesday 12 June 2019.

STEREOLAB + VANISHING TWIN live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Stereolab play the first of two shows at this venue on their UK tour.

10 years on from their hiatus, Stereolab are returning to the stage to coincide with their seven-album reissue campaign.

Stereolab are an English-French avant-pop band formed in London in 1990. Led by the songwriting team of Tim Gane and Lætitia Sadier, the group's music combined influences from krautrock, lounge and 1960s pop music, often incorporating a repetitive motorik beat with heavy use of vintage electronic keyboards and female vocals sung in English and French. On stage, they played in a more feedback-driven and guitar-oriented style. The band also drew from funk, jazz and Brazilian music, and were one of the first artists to be dubbed "post-rock". They are regarded among the most innovative and influential groups of the 1990s.

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Both bands have their equipment pushed to the front of the stage.

Both bands have a minimal light show.

VANISHING TWIN arrive on stage at 8pm and play for 35 mins.

The band members may come from Belgium, Japan, Italy, France and America but they have all made England their home. The Age Of Immunology album (which is sung in all the primary languages of the musicians who made it as well as English).

A bit too low-fi boring for me.

STEREOLAB arrive on stage at 9pm and play for 90 mins.

I know their name but I am going in blind as i do not know any Stereolab material.

The critics have always loved their arty niche sound.

French female vocals and a dreamy indie low-fi sound.

The hardcore crowd know all the songs and nod along studiously.

It ticked along nicely but nothing really excited me that much.

The merch stands were very popular tonight as this crowd like their vinyl and t-shirts.

Full Stereolab setlist played tonight...

Come and Play in the Milky Night

Brakhage

French Disko

Baby Lulu

Miss Modular

Fluorescences

Metronomic Underground

Anamorphose

Need to Be

Ping Pong

Percolator

Crest

Lo Boob Oscillator

Encore:

The Extension Trip

Blue Milk

Contronatura









Wednesday 12 June 2019.

Sad news that Philomena Lynott, the mother of Thin Lizzy great Phil Lynott has died at the age of 88.

Hot Press report that she had been battling cancer for a number of years, and had made the decision not to

go through chemotherapy.

She famously wrote the best-selling 1995 book My Boy detailing her early life with her son and his rise to fame as the frontman of Thin Lizzy, and was instrumental in the campaign to have the Phil Lynott statue erected in Dublin’s Harry Street.

I met her a couple of times at The Classic Rock Awards when she represented Phil.







Wednesday 12 June 2019.

This is a nice article about a little known English Prog band called CZAR.

In 1970 they brought out one album on Fontana Records.

One of their tracks "Today" has been sampled by rapper Tyler the Creator for the track "Puppet"

for his number one album in America titled IGOR.

Their guitarist and songwriter Mick Ware is now in line for a nice chunk of royalties.

Tyler, the Creator's 'PUPPET' sample of Czar's 'Today' | WhoSampled

"PUPPET" by Tyler, the Creator sampled Czar's "Today". Listen to both songs on WhoSampled, the ultimate database of sampled music, cover songs and remixes.









Tuesday 11 June 2019.

LENNY KRAVITZ + Corinne Bailey Rae live at The 02 Arena, London.

Lenny on a world tour to celebrate 30 years since his debut album "Let Love Rule" was released in 1989.

I have seen Lenny Kravitz several times since 1990.

Lenny Kravitz is an American rock star who has been touring and releasing music albums since the end of the 1980s. His unique style is a fusion of several music genres including rock, blues and soul, as well as jazz and pop. During four years in a row, from 1999 to 2002, he won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Male Vocal.Lenny has sold over 40 million albums worldwide including 10 million copies of his "Greatest Hits" album.

Support comes from Leeds pop soul singer Corinne Bailey Rae.

Her first two albums have together sold over five million copies worldwide.

Her third album, The Heart Speaks in Whispers, was released on 13 May 2016.

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Level 4 is closed off tonight as unsold, which may have been deliberate as Lenny played

Wembley Arena only 12 months ago.

I didn't go to that show as annoyingly it clashed with The Foo Fighters at The London Stadium.

Must be at least 8000 or 9000 here though.

CORINNE BAILEY RAE arrived on stage at 7.45pm for her 30 mins set.

Nice to her on stage again as she has been a bit quiet after her early success.

She played her cool summery breakthrough hit "Put Your Records On".

Her uptempo songs were a bit Beverley Knight and the ballads were more Sade.

LENNY KRAVITZ arrived on stage at 8.45pm and played a mammoth 2 hours 25 mins set.

At the start , Lenny said "I have been told there is a 11pm curfew here and if i go over i will be fined",....

Lenny then said "Well, i had better write the cheque out now"...and he did go over 11pm by 10 mins.

Sunglasses wearer Lenny is still one of the coolest looking / acting rockers out there.

A great band who included Gail Ann Dorsey on bass and a three man brass section.

The first 30 mins was brilliantly full tilt then it calmed down a bit in the middle.

There were no big screens but the light show was stunning.

Lenny still oozes sex appeal so there are plenty of swooning rock chicks in the crowd.

Throughout his career Lenny has resolutely held true to his unique blend of psychedelia, funk and soul, a jet-setting rock that transcends the boundaries of musical trends.

He played all his biggest tunes.

Amazing finale with Lenny walking through the crowd around the whole venue during an

extended version of "Let Love Rule".

An excellent show.

Full Lenny Kravitz setlist played tonight...

We Can Get It All Together

Fly Away

Dig In

Bring It On

American Woman (The Guess Who cover)

Get Up, Stand Up (The Wailers cover)

Fields of Joy

Freedom Train

Who Really Are the Monsters?

Stillness of Heart

It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over

Can't Get You Off My Mind

Low

I Belong to You

5 More Days 'Til Summer

Mr. Cab Driver

Bank Robber Man

Where Are We Runnin'?

Are You Gonna Go My Way

Love Revolution

Encore:

Here to Love

Let Love Rule (Lenny went for a full wander in the crowd around the venue)











Monday 10 June 2019...6.45pm to 11.30pm...

THE NATIONAL RESTAURANT AWARDS at Hurlingham Park, Fulham, London.

Many different awards are given out on the night.

On the night of the awards, they reveal the list of the 100 best restaurants in the UK.

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I have been to this great event a few times before.

Usually for this event it is lovely spring sunshine but today it is pissing down with rain all day so some

of the food stations are inside but the food vans are still outside and there are marquees put

up outside for punters to protect them from the rain, wind and cold.

Safe to say nobody is playing tennis, bowls or croquet at this private members club today.

Around 500 guests including top level chefs like Fergus Henderson.

Lots of top notch complimentary drinks and food for all the guests here.

Piper-Heidsieck champers and cocktails including Espresso Martinis and Jack Daniels based.

Also wines along with beers from sponsors Estrella Damm.

Full size cheeseburgers from Burger & Beyond

BBQ Chicken portions from Bayou New Orleans

Pizza from Born & Raised.

Also BBQ Ribs, French pastries, ice-cream, chocs etc.

Guests got a goodie bag with beers and glasses from sponsors from Estrella Damm.

From 8.15pm to 9.15pm we were seated indoors for the individual awards and Top 100 restaurants.

The 100 best restaurants had a one by one countdown on the big screen.

More than 50 of the Top 100 were in the London area.

Here are the Top 20.

1.Moor Hall

2.Brat, London

3.Cornerstone, London

4.Core by Clare Smyth, London

5.Sabor, London

6.L’Enclume

7.Mere, London

8.Claude Bosi at Bibendum, London

9.Ynyshir

10.The Ledbury, London

11.A Wong, London

12.The River Café, London

13.The Sportsman

14.Restaurant Sat Bains

15.Kiln, London

16.Paul Ainsworth at No. 6

17.Lyle’s, London

18.Forest Side

19.Casamia

20.House of Tides







Monday 10 June 2019.

The first video from our gig last night is now up on YouTube.com

"Do I Need You?"

Search Gun Control The Rocket Acton reunion 9/6/2019 Do I Need You







Sunday 09 June 2019.

GUN CONTROL live at The Rocket Pub, Churchfield Road, Acton, London W3...free entry...

My band from the early 80s played a successful comeback gig on 10 Nov 2018.

This will be our second comeback gig and first gig for us this year.

Four original members still there including me on drums...along with our new singer.

Tonight will also double up as a 60th birthday celebration for me.

As it is a Sunday we will be off the stage early so folks with travel can get home ok.

Check the band search in www.raysgigs.com for Gun Control gig list 1980 to 1982.

GUN CONTROL with me on drums are now up on YouTube.

Check out some footage from our little shindig on 10 Nov 2018

Go to google and type in - YouTube Gun Control At The Rocket 10/11/18

Type in exactly as above as there are many Gun Control related videos up.

It's done on a phone so not perfect quality but it gives you an idea how it was.

Two videos - one of 23 mins and one of 3 mins...

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Here we are just three minutes from Acton Town Hall where in Nov 2002 i attended

Joe Strummer's last ever London show before he sadly passed away just six weeks later.

When we played here last year we had to play on the floor but now they have a proper stage

which is a foot or so off the floor.

Around 50 or 60 watching us tonight with many I have known for 40 years or more.

GUN CONTROL take to the stage at 9.15pm and play for around 50 mins.

Great for me to see quality bands every week but you cannot replicate the feeling when people are

clapping and cheering for our own original songs.

All the songs we played tonight, including the covers were in our early 1980s set.

It was thrilling to be playing in front of an audience again.

A little bit of nerves but plenty of excitement too.

My hi-hat and backing vocal microphone was playing up by moving away from me but dealt with that ok.

It all came together on the night well and the feedback from everyone after was positive.

Pretty good considering we only had one rehearsal for this gig.

A great result for all concerned so a pretty amazing night.

Full setlist played tonight...

Teenage Kicks (cover )

Cheap Publicity

No Mercy

Wasted Youth

No Tomorrow

You Mean Nothing To Me

On Parole

Victim

Do I Need You?

Steppin' Stone ( cover)

Open Your Heart ( extra song added to the set from the last gig in 2018)

Encore :

All the band and crowd sing happy birthday to me.

Teenage Kicks (cover ) (reprise)

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Two more of the band members will be 60 in November so we are a planning a special show at

The Shepherds Bush Club in Goldhawk Road , which is where The Who played a few times in the 60s.







Saturday 08 June 2019...2.30pm to 10pm...

CAPITAL RADIO Summertime Ball live at Wembley Stadium.

Over a dozen pop acts will be performing short sets opening with Mark Ronson at 2.30pm.

Also there performing in no particular will be...

Halsey

Anne-Marie

Jonas Brothers

Jess Glynne

5 Seconds Of Summer

Khalid

Ellie Goulding

Sigala

Rita Ora

Jax Jones

Mabel

Jonas Bue

Sigrid

Ava Max

Tom Walker

Lauv

Maroon 5

Calvin Harris (in 2007 I saw him dj at a clothing launch party for 150 people and now to date he has been

involved with 26 Top 10 UK hits including a staggering 10 number ones).

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Amazingly a very gloomy morning did not produce any rain at all during the day.

CAPITAL RADIO is a popular radio station that plays commercial pop.

A massive crowd of maybe 80,000 are here.

Loads of young women but there are quite a few adults around.

A large gold circle area where folks have paid £125 to be there.

The huge stage looks fantastic with the two side screens showing live footage and the middle bit

showing eye-catching pre-recorded images.

All the acts were on stage for two songs (10 mins) to six songs (30 mins) apart from

headliner Calvin Harris who took the stage at 9.15pm for his 35 mins set.

Some had just backing tapes and some had their own bands (not 100% sure they were plugged in).

A walkway to the b-stage in the middle...along with dancers, pyros, flames, ticker-tape, streamers.

Lots of quick changeovers and Capital Radio djs talking between some acts.

Many of the acts can headline The 02 Arena on their own and have sold a few million singles.

I didn't really see anything mega but plenty of good performances.

Mark Ronson , Jess Glynne and Anne-Marie came on early as they had other gigs in the evening.

All did good sets and Mark Ronson set included "Valerie" and "Uptown Funk".

Rita Ora was good and newer females Mabel and Halsey were good.

Jonas Brothers and 5 Seconds Of Summer got the girls screaming but not my cup of tea.

Tom Walker only did two songs but his big hit "Leave a Light On" was great.

Ellie Goulding arrived on stage at 6.45pm and did a good 30 mins set.

I Need Your Love (Calvin Harris cover) (extended intro)

Close to Me (Ellie Goulding, Diplo & Swae Lee cover)

Sixteen

On My Mind

Love Me Like You Do

Burn

Maroon 5 were on from 8.35pm for 30 mins and played their catchy hits "This Love" ,

"She Will Be Loved" and "Move Like Jagger".

Dusk fell for Calvin Harris as the light show kicked in for his dj based set.

An enjoyable day.

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After a decade at Wembley the pr girl told me the event would next year be held at Spurs new ground.









Friday 07 June 2019.

THE SEX PISTOLS Jubilee boat trip gig was 42 years ago today in 1977.

The Sex Pistols boat trip down the Thames on 7 June 1977 was to herald the release of their classic single

"God Save the Queen".

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Happy Birthday to TOM JONES who is 79 today.

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Sad news that DR JOHN has passed away.

Dr. John, a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a six-time Grammy winner, died Thursday morning from a heart attack, said publicist and social media manager Karen Beninato...he was aged 77.

The first time I saw him live was in 1997 when the support act was......Dr. Robert.







Thursday 06 June 2019...I went to two events tonight...

6pm to 9pm

SUMMER GARDEN PARTY - Mount Street Gardens, Mayfair, London W1.

Most of the 500 guests have paid £50 to be here...and thankfully the rain has stayed away.

I have been here a few times before so i know it's a great event.

Guests enjoyed top notch complimentary food & drinks from half a dozen restaurants in the area including

Indian food from Chutney Mary

Cheeseburgers from Morton's Club

Oysters from Wilton 's of St James

Desserts from Annabel's

Canapés from The Connaught , The Westbury and The Hide.

Two different cocktails, prosecco, wines and beers.

At 8pm there was a raffle and Chesterton's lucky dip (i won five pairs of tickets for future Royal Academy events).

There is a jazz band playing for an hour then a pop covers band play for an hour.

A fun casino from Palm Beach

Guests were dancing in front of the stage for the last 30 mins at this very enjoyable event.

then

9.30pm to 11.30pm

SOHO RADIO x FORA - building opening party - 33 Broadwick Street, Soho, London W1.

Despite starting at 6pm , this party was still in full flow in their bar and space downstairs.

Around 150 guests here and some are dancing to the cool dj sounds.

Complimentary drinks including two different cocktails, prosecco, wines, beers and doughnuts.

Pioneering online radio station Soho Radio – with its global audience, live to vinyl sessions and a huge array of DJ royalty – will expand into the very front of Fora’s newest building, redefining the use of lobby space and giving Soho Radio a central Soho location to be seen and enjoyed by all.

‘Pro-working’ provider Fora is excited to announce a partnership with world-famous, London celebrated brand Soho Radio in its new space at 33 Broadwick Street, Soho. The partnership will create three state-of-the-art podcast studios alongside a radio station, catering to Soho Radio’s 4 million listeners.

The partnership between Fora and Soho Radio will take place in the former Hearst Magazines London Headquarters, a company that has been a linchpin of the traditional print media industry since 1910 and publishes titles including Esquire, ELLE and Cosmopolitan. Fora will breathe new life into the iconic and internationally renowned building by offering an inspirational and collaborative space for Fora Residents, celebrated musicians, cultural figures and thought leaders to come together to create.

www.sohoradiolondon.com

Visit their website here for more info and to listen online.







Wednesday 05 June 2019.

LIAM GALLAGHER live at The Round Chapel, Hackney, London.

Liam is playing an intimate gig at The Round Chapel, Hackney.

Liam Gallagher has announced his new single ‘Shockwave’ will be released on 7th June through Warner. The single is the first taste of Liam Gallagher since his mega-successful ‘As You Were’ comeback album.

Needless to say all the cheapish £30 tickets sold out pronto.

This will be Liam's opening show of his summer tour schedule which includes Glastonbury Festival.

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Liam is playing a special show for sponsors ADIDAS SPEZIAL.

Adidas are filming the show and all the bar staff are wearing white Adidas sports shirts.

A proper trek across London for me to get here.

A stunning venue that i have never been to before as it rarely gets used by big names but both

Blondie and Coldplay have played special shows here over the years.

Around 500 folks here with 350 floor standing and 150 guests in seats upstairs.

I spotted Miles Kane here.

Guests were from Live Nation / Adidas / Warner Music / press / Liam's friends & family.

Classic tunes over the pa before Liam came on stage including The Stone Roses.

Liam & band arrived on stage at 8.35pm and were on stage for 60 mins.

Man City flags hang over the amps and oddly there is picture of Leo Sayer on the bass drum.

Liam arrives on stage in one of his long macs and keeps it on all through the show, despite sweating buckets.

A fantastic pair of Oasis songs open the show and the crowd go bonkers.

It eases down a bit for his solo material which will never match the best Oasis classics.

The crowd are chanting "As You Fucking Were" , "As You Fucking Were".

Finale of "Cigarettes & Alcohol" and "Champagne Supernova" were mega.

A shortish set but that was reflected in the ticket prices.

Really great to see him up close at this venue.

Full Liam Gallagher setlist played tonight....

Tape intro song - Fuckin' in the Bushes (Oasis song)

Rock 'n' Roll Star (Oasis song)

Morning Glory (Oasis song)

Wall of Glass

Greedy Soul

For What It's Worth

Shockwave (Live debut)

Columbia (Oasis cover) (Live debut by Liam solo, first time since 2013 when was played with Beady Eye)

Some Might Say (Oasis song)

Soul Love (Beady Eye song)

Lyla (Oasis song) (Live debut by Liam solo, first time played by an Oasis member since their last gig at The V Festival)

Cigarettes & Alcohol (Oasis song)

Champagne Supernova (Oasis song)









Tuesday 04 June 2019...7pm to 9.30pm...

RICHARD ORLINSKI - gallery opening party - 106 New Bond Street, Mayfair, London W1.

Richard Orlinski is a French pop-art artist born in Paris (now aged 53) .A sculptor since 2004, his work, is conceived around the concept "Born Wild" in a style and with contemporary materials available for a large audience, including children. His creations act on archaisms. His works are exhibited both at FIAC on the slopes of Courchevel and in 90 galleries worldwide. Since 2011, he has been ranked in the Top 10 of the best selling French artists in the world by Art Price; one of his works was sold for €680,000.

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Around 150 guests here including KELLY OSBOURNE at this buzzing gallery opening.

Playing loud tunes is Kate Moss fave dj FAT TONY.

Richard is here and looks cool in a leather bomber jacket and def has rock star / actor looks and vibe.

He even has a personal security guard following him close everywhere he goes.

He went behind the dj console for a couple of tracks and the venue turned into a full on dance club vibe.

He was joined by a couple of female singers/dancers for his dance track "Heartbeat" which has had

over 9 million views on YouTube.

Many of his sculptures feature his trademark Kong Gorilla.

A couple of them have music acts emblazoned on them including AC/DC and David Bowie.

There was a fun photo booth in the corner.

There were a couple of guys filming the event for him so expect it be on his website soon.

Amazingly there were three different complimentary champers brands throughout the evening along with canapés.

First it was Taittinger, then Veuve Clicquot , then Laurent Perrier.

All guests got a goodie bag of a baseball cap with his Kong logo and a six inch Kong chocolate box.

www.galerie-orlinski.com

Visit the gallery website here for more info.











Monday 03 June 2019...I went to two events tonight...

6pm to 7.45pm

The Hexagon Society for United Artists For Europe - auction - Hotel Cafe Royal, Regent Street, London W1.

Hexagon is a pro-European Franco-British charitable organisation promoting the values of democracy.

Around 150 guests here in the second floor space of this famous hotel...with 50 of them seated.

At 6.45pm we have speeches from Bernard-Henri Lévy, Simon de Pury and Thaddaeus Ropac.

At 7pm the 30 lots were auctioned.

Complimentary Veuve Clicquot champers, wines and canapés for all the guests.

www.artistsforeurope.org

Visit their website here for more info.

then

8pm to 11pm

MONTBLANC x KIPLING - launch party , Annabel's, Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London W1.

Always nice to be at this well known luxury members club...in their "Jungle" bar.

Montblanc fountainpens are world-renowned for their quality in both aesthetic and design.

Montblanc are launching their new fountain pen - The 2019 Writer’s Edition Rudyard Kipling.

They have a couple on display...they will retail for a few hundred pounds.

Around 150 guests here in their stunning basement including Lottie Moss, Anais Gallagher and Rafferty Law.

Also the actors Cressida Bonas and Gala Gordon, models Leomie Anderson and Betty Bachz.

We had a duo performing a dance routine in leopard skin costumes , a nod to The Jungle Book.

We also had a couple of poetry readings , one was from George The Poet.

There was a fun photo booth in the corner.

All guests got a Montblanc Rudyard Kipling Notebook that retails for around £30.

Complimentary Pol Roger champers, three different cocktails and canapés for guests.

www.montblanc.com

Visit the Montblanc website here for more info.







Monday 03 June 2019.

Happy Birthday to IAN HUNTER who is 80 today.

Happy Birthday to SUZI QUATRO who is 69 today.







Sunday 02 June 2019...6pm to 9pm...

My band GUN CONTROL (with me on drums) had a rehearsal today in North Acton.

We ran through the set a couple of times.

Save the date...Sunday 09 June 2019...

We are playing The Rocket Pub, Churchfield Road, Acton....free entry...

We are on 9pm to 10pm so folks can get home if they come a long way.

Full info above in my gig list.







Saturday 02 June 2019.

BTS live at Wembley Stadium, London.

BTS play the first of two massive gigs at Wembley Stadium.

They are pretty much the Asian One Direction as they are playing huge stadiums worldwide.

BTS, an acronym of Bangtan Sonyeondan or “Beyond the Scene”, is a South Korean boyband that is capturing the hearts of millions of fans globally.

A meteoric rise to stardom as they were playing free gigs back home for 200 fans just 5 years ago.

How have they become so popular in the UK?...youtube & streaming i suppose...

They were the first K-pop act to win a Billboard Music Award and to perform at the American Music Awards. They just released their seventh album, "Map of the Soul: Persona."

20 April 2019 update---BTS debut at Number 1 on this week's Official Albums Chart with " Map of The Soul: Persona".

The seven-member group are the first Korean act to score a chart-topping album in the UK.

Map of The Soul is BTS's fourth collection to chart in the UK Top 40, following their three part Love Yourself album series.

Their Love Yourself: Speak Yourself world tour, which kicks off on May 4 and reaches the UK on June 1 for two shows at London's Wembley Stadium.

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Just how did K-Pop get so popular in the UK?

Many K-Pop bands having success playing theatres, arenas and now bleeding Wembley Stadium.

The crowd is pretty 90% girls aged 10 to 30.

There is best seating on the pitch with prices of £160 (for Block A) and £130 (for Block B).

Must be at least 50,000 fans here tonight.

Many of the young girls are no doubt going to their very ever concert...and are very excitable.

At 7.30pm we have BTS videos on the big screens and there is plenty of screaming.

At 7.40pm BTS arrive on stage and play for a mammoth 2 hours 35 mins.

Seven of them on stage with a visually stunning production that included massive screens, pyros,

a staircase and a huge B-stage in the middle of the pitch at the end of the walkway.

There is no backing band...IT IS ALL SUNG TO BACKING TAPES , but this crowd don't care.

Plenty of dance routines and costume changes...and girl fans screaming every 30 seconds.

For some songs all of them were all on stage and other songs had solo spots and four of them etc.

A few songs had 20 male dancers joining them.

The lyrics seem to mainly Korean but they use some English.

Some of you may have gone to the Coldplay tour where there gave out tecky wristbands that light up

in sync with the music for a stunning visual stunt, well BTS get their fans to pay for it.

Globe light sticks at a whacking £45 each have been bought by over 5000 fans here.

As darkness fell the torches changing colour with the music and looked incredible.

The songs were decent enough and there was much talking and video clips between songs.

Some songs were uptempo and some were ballads...a piano on stage but not sure if it was plugged in.

Visually a surprisingly enjoyable show.

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Sat 01 June---Happy Birthday to RONNIE WOOD who is 72 today.

Sun 02 June---Happy Birthday to CHARLIE WATTS who is 78 today.





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News and Reviews: 1st June 2019

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 folk singer a couple of times back in 1997.

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It is stalls seated tonight so a near capacity crowd of around 1000 here.

I would guess that 75% of the crowd are from Ireland or whose parents come from there.

Mary Black and her five piece band were on stage for 1 hour 50 mins over two sets.

Mary is looking good and you can hear every word of her nice vocals.

Lots of references to Ireland as you can imagine that went down well with the audience.

There were a few covers in her set along with her own material.

Highlights included "A Song For Ireland " and "Only a Woman's Heart".

Encores included...

No Woman No Cry (Bob Marley cover)

Man in The Mirror (Michael Jackson cover) ( with her daughter Roisin O )

A good show.

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The Who + Eddie Vedder live at Wembley Stadium on Sat 06 July 2019.

2 for 1 tickets up in Level 5.... £77 tickets are now £38.50 for this weekend only.

Janelle Monae at Wembley Arena on 02 July 2019.

2 for 1 tickets standing or seats...£55.50 tickets are now £27.75 for this weekend only.

Ticketmaster Flash sale is from 09:00 Friday 31 May 2019 to 23:59 Sunday 2 June 2019.







Thursday 30 May 2019...I went to two events tonight...

6.45pm to 8.15pm

RUSS KANE - book launch party - The Wellington Club, 91 Jermyn Street, St James's, London SW1.

Russ Kane is launching his book "The Gatekeeper".

For 20 years Russ was Capital Radio's airborne traffic reporter, keeping London's drivers up to date with the latest tailbacks from his vantage point 1,500ft in the air. "It was everything I didn't like," he said. "Early mornings and small planes."

Two weeks' trial turned into two decades. He had great rapport with Breakfast Show presenter Chris Tarrant.

Around 100 guests here in this nice members club and there is a buzzy atmosphere.

Guests here included Tony Blackburn , Vicki Michelle, Lizzie Cundy, Liz Brewer, Patty Parfitt (Ricks wife),

Neil Fox was here (he told us he still rides his Harley Davidson daily).

A nice buzzy atmosphere and a few people here i know.

At 7.15pm Russ Kane gave a speech and started signing copies of the book.

Complimentary prosecco,wines and canapés for all guests.

About the book...

Four unrelated brutal deaths. No motive. No clues. But this a mere harbinger of the horror waiting to be unleashed. The Gates of Hell are opening and only The Gatekeeper can close them and prevent Lucifer inspired global carnage. With the countdown to Armageddon fast approaching, Nick Gold, TV’s cynical, irreligious ‘Paranormal Detective’ must face his own, and some very real, demons in a race across the world in the not-always helpful company of an American ball-busting lawyer, Lesley-Ann Trobe. The chase, as they say, is on!

then

8.30pm to 11.30pm

SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2019 LONDON - launch party - May Fair Hotel, London W1.

Around 300 guests here from the film industry to celebrate the film festival

that takes place this weekend at Picturehouse Central in the West End.

AMERICAN AIRLINES are the sponsors tonight and they have brought in lots of comfy chairs

and other airline items with their logo on.

Complimentary food and drinks here including SIX different Jack Daniels cocktails,

prosecco, wines, beers,different bowl food and desserts.

www.picturehouses.com/sundance

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.







Wednesday 29 May 2019...I went to two events today...

4pm to 6.15pm

World Cup Cricket opening celebration party - The Mall, London SW1.

The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, will to be hosted by England and Wales, from 30 May to 14 July 2019.

The hosting rights were awarded in April 2006, after England and Wales withdrew from the bidding to host the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, which was held in Australia and New Zealand. The first match will be played at The Oval while the final will be played at Lord's. It is the fifth time that the Cricket World Cup will be held in England and Wales, following the 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999 World Cups.

The format for the tournament will be a single group of 10 teams, with each team playing the other nine once, and the top four at the end of the group phase progressing to the semi-finals.

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We had a couple of hours of light rain here then thankfully it stopped.

This summer’s Cricket World Cup opened with an eye-catching party on The Mall — right outside Buckingham Palace.

The night before England, the favourites to win the tournament, play the first match against South Africa at The Kia Oval on May 30, 4,000 people (free tickets via ballot) pack onto The Mall for a “party”.

The main show took place between 5-6pm and broadcast globally. The timing will be friendly for south Asia, cricket’s biggest market.

To close The Mall on a work day afternoon...The Cricket World Cup certainly is a big deal.

They are expecting a worldwide tv audience of a billion viewers.

The two main areas by the stage require wristbands and laminates which is where we were.

There are big screens all along The Mall.

Presenters Freddie Flintoff and Paddy McGuinness introduced the 10 captains on the stage.

On the same day all the captains met the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

Rudimental feat John Newman performed their hit "Feel The Love".

We have a celebrity fun cricket match which included cricket legends and faces including

Sir Viv Richards, Pat Cash, Kevin Pietersen, Chris Hughes (Love Island), Bret Lee, Yohan Blake,

Sean Fitzpatrick,David Boon,Michael Clarke,Graeme Swann and others.

Finale was Rudimental performing The Cricket World Cup song with pyros and ticker-tape.

There is a nice 19 mins highlights video up on YouTube.

then

9pm to 11.45pm

DIOR - magazine launch party - Two Temple Place, London WC2.

This lavish fashion party was for "A magazine curated by by Kim Jones".

Kim Jones, creative director of Dior Men, has edited the new issue of fashion publication “A Magazine Curated By.”

Two Temple Place, known for many years as Astor House, is a building situated near Victoria Embankment.

It is known for its architecture, and contains notable works by the likes of William Silver Frith, Sir George Frampton RA, Nathaniel Hitch and Thomas Nicholls.

Around 300 guests here over the two floors of this stunning historic venue.

Guests included Bella Hadid, Giorgio Moroder, Kelly Osbourne, Jefferson Hack, Ozwald Boateng,

Lottie Moss, Alfie Allen, Princess Julia, Lady Mary Charteris, Jamie Winstone and others.

Lots of female and male models here that Dior use in their fashion shows.

Loads of amazing outfits worn by many of the fashion crowd here.

Around 25 male models in immaculate full tails are serving us the drinks.

It was a full on party vibe as at 10pm the dj and dance floor got very lively with dancing.

Complimentary Veuve Clicquot champers, five different cocktails and canapés for all guests.

All guests got a goodie bag which included the book that is now in selected stores for £20 / 20 Euros.

Kim Jones artist “letter” pages that make up the hefty 248-page tome.

The designer’s approach for the issue takes the form of an alphabet retracing his inspirations and eclectic circle of friends: Subjects range from “A” for Naomi Campbell’s Africa, “P” for punk with a photo shoot by Jackie Nickerson, and ending with “Z” for Amanda Lear, whose song “Alphabet” was one of the inspirations for the magazine.

An excellent party.









Wednesday 29 May 2019.

Happy Birthday to FRANCIS ROSSI who is 70 today.

Halley Birthday to NOEL GALLAGHER who is 52 today.

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Tuesday 28 May 2019.

Happy Birthday to KYLIE MINOGUE who 51 today.







Monday 27 May 2019.

Play-off final at Wembley Stadium kick-off at 3pm.

The Championship play-off final between Aston Villa and Derby County. The prize ? A place in the Premier League for the 2019/20 season, estimated to be worth around £170million.

The last time i was at a Championshop play-off final was May 2014 when QPR beat Derby 1-0.

A massive crowd of 87,348 was at that game.

ASTON VILLA 2 DERBY 1

A full house crowd of over 85,000 here for this very important game.

ASTON VILLA ended their three-year Premier League exile after goals from Anwar El Ghazi and John McGinn secured a deserved 2-1 win over Derby at Wembley.

A great atmosphere with both teams fans waving their free flags before the kick-off.

The Aston Villa fans were louder and rowdier than the Derby fans.

We were in the Derby end today.

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Mon 27 May---This day 42 years ago, one of the greatest singles of all time was released.

The Sex Pistols "God Save The Queen".

I bought it on the day of release which was my exact 18th birthday.

You cannot imagine the furore when this incredible record was released back then.

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Sat 25 May---Happy Birthday to PAUL WELLER who is 61 today.

Mon 27 May---Happy Birthday to SIOUXSIE SIOUX who is 62 today.







Sunday 26 May 2019...I went to two events today....

League One play-off final at Wembley Stadium kick-off at 3pm.

Sunderland will take on Charlton Athletic at Wembley Stadium, for a place in the Championship.

SUNDERLAND 1 CHARLTON 2.

Charlton recover from a nightmare start to win it dramatically in injury time.

Sunderland were gifted the lead through Charlton keeper Dillon Phillips’ calamitous error which allowed Naby Sarr’s backpass to find the net with less than five minutes on the clock.

Comedian JIM DAVIDSON was here as he is a life-long Charlton fan.

We are up in Level 5 with the Sunderland supporters.

A few empty blocks in their end but their must be nearly 80,000 here in total.

then

MARIAH CAREY live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Mariah plays the second of three shows at this venue.

Carey’s Caution World Tour comes in support of her 15th studio album, Caution, which features lead singles GTFO, With You and A No No.

Mariah Carey is one of the worlds biggest selling recording artists with 200 million album/singles sold.

Mariah has had 24 x Top 10 hits in the UK including two number ones.

I have seen Mariah play a couple of short sets on multi-act bills but this will be the first time i see a full show of hers.

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It is not sold out tonight but near capacity as 95% sold.

Pretty good when you consider it costs £200 for the best seats down the front.

MARIAH CAREY arrived on stage at 9.20pm for her 90 mins set.

A very nice stage production with two big side screens showing live footage and smaller screens

in the middle are showing pre-recorded images...there is a staircase too.

Mariah has three backing vocalists and four very camp male dancers...lots of gay men in the crowd...

Mariah looks every inch the glamour queen and i counted Mariah in five different outfits.

She still belts out that high range of hers every now and then.

She brought her two kids on stage to introduce to the crowd.

The final two songs of the show "Hero" and "Without You" were a highlight.

Musically it ticked along ok and it was an enjoyable show to watch.

Full setlist played tonight....

A No No

Dreamlover

You Don't Know What to Do

Emotions

Can't Take That Away (Mariah's Theme) (Morales Club Mix Edit)

Fantasy (Def Club Mix/Bad Boy Fantasy)

Endless Love (Diana Ross & Lionel Richie cover) (with Trey Lorenz)

Always Be My Baby (with elements of So So Def Remix)

Caution

GTFO

Stay Long Love You

My All

Love Takes Time

Never Too Far

Last Night a DJ Saved My Life (Indeep cover)

Loverboy

Didn't Mean To Turn You On

Heartbreaker (Desert Storm Remix/Album Version)

Touch My Body

We Belong Together

Encore:

Hero

Without You (Badfinger cover)









Saturday 25 May 2019.

ALICE IN CHAINS + BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB live at Wembley Arena, London.

ALICE IN CHAINS remains one of the most successful and influential American rock bands of all time. Over the course of their remarkable career, ALICE IN CHAINS has garnered multiple Grammy nominations, sold more than 20 million albums worldwide and amassed a diehard international fan base whose members number in the millions. Alongside Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, ALICE IN CHAINS was one of the Big Four to emerge from Seattle in the 1990s.

I have seen Alice In Chains a few times over the last 30 years.

Get there early to see special guest support band BRMC who i have seen a few times since 2002.

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A nice double bill of rock bands tonight.

It is not sold out so maybe 75% of tickets sold.

I have a perfect view in the guest list block, looking at the stage right from Block N6.

BRMC arrive on stage at 7.45pm and play for 40 mins.

I love their scuzzy guitar tribal sound that's laden with feedback.

Minimal lights on stage that created a cool vibe.

A really good set that included "Beat the Devils Tattoo" and "Spread Your Love".

Full BRMC setlist played tonight...

Red Eyes and Tears

King of Bones

Beat the Devil's Tattoo

Berlin

Shade of Blue

In Like the Rose

White Palms

Spread Your Love

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ALICE IN CHAINS arrive on stage at 9pm and play for 1 hour 50 mins.

The floor standing area is very lively tonight and creates a great atmosphere.

The band always seem to attract a fair amount of dressed up "rock chicks".

The band have a great light show including banks of lights either side of the drummer

than turn into screens showing pre-recorded images throughout the evening.

It is nice and loud and guitar hero Jerry Cantrell is getting plenty of chants "Jerry, Jerry, Jerry".

My eyes wandered many times to the drummer and his gleaming drum kit.

The show started off great for a few songs then it got a bit samey but the big hardcore crowd and the

big production really suited them well and an expected good show ended up being a great show.

Highlights included "Check My Brain", "Them Bones", "Down in a Hole", "Man in the Box"

and final encore "Rooster".

Full Alice In Chains setlist played tonight...

Bleed the Freak

Check My Brain

Again

Never Fade

Them Bones

Dam That River

Hollow

Your Decision

Rainier Fog

Down in a Hole

No Excuses

Stone

Red Giant

We Die Young

Nutshell

Angry Chair

Man in the Box

Encore:

The One You Know

Got Me Wrong

Would?

Rooster











Friday 24 May 2019.

THE WATERBOYS live at The Roundhouse, London.

The Waterboys are promoting their new album "Where The Action Is".

The title track, which opens Where the Action Is, is a vamp on Robert Parker’s Northern Soul classic “Let’s Go Baby” and makes it clear that Scott and his crew won’t be revisiting the band’s Raggle Taggle folkie years this time around. Instead, Brother Paul Brown’s soulful organ takes control while Scott yearns for something that reaches beyond mere artifice and digs considerably deeper. Elsewhere, “London Mick” is a fanboy homage to Clash guitarist Mick Jones.

“Ladbroke Grove Symphony”, on the other hand, is an ode to a bohemian West London.

The album has received lots of great four star reviews in the press this week.

I may head for The Waterboys this time as have seen Little Steven (The Forum) twice in the past three years.

I have seen The Waterboys several times since 1984 when they supported U2 at Brixton Academy.

I also saw his pre-Waterboys band Another Pretty Face in 1980 when they supported Stiff Little Fingers at

Hammersmith Odeon and their own headline set at the sadly missed Fulham Greyhound.

Mike Scott signs copies of the album at Fopp Records, Covent Garden...Sat 25 May 2019 at 1pm...

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Not sold out tonight but i reckon 90% of tickets sold.

THE WATERBOYS are on stage for around two hours over two sets of 60 mins.

A great band who include electric fiddle and two female backing singers.

The new album comes out today and it's the opening night of their UK tour so many of the

new album tracks are getting their first ever live outing.

The album title track and newies "London Mick" and "Ladbroke Grove Symphony" are top quality.

The band have a big soulful joyous sound that is fab and Mike swops guitar for piano as and when.

Mike has a great vocal style and his lyrics are top notch.

Oldies "Fisherman's Blues" and "A Girl Called Johnny" went down a storm.

Final song of the show was their spine tingling anthem "The Whole of The Moon" which was mega.

A great show.

FIRST SET

Where the Action Is (Live debut)

London Mick (Live debut)

All the Things She Gave Me

If the Answer Is Yeah

Old England

The Right Side of Heartbreak (the Wrong Side of Love) (Live debut)

Nashville, Tennessee

Still a Freak

Medicine Bow

Ladbroke Grove Symphony (Live debut)

SECOND SET

Out of All This Blue (Live debut)

When Ye Go Away

Dunford's Fancy

Nearest Thing to Hip

Fisherman's Blues

The Raggle Taggle Gypsy ([traditional] cover)

Let It Happen

In My Time On Earth (Live debut)

Encore:

A Girl Called Johnny

The Whole of The Moon











Friday 24 May 2019.

Happy Birthday to the legend that is BOB DYLAN who is 78 today.

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An interesting turn of events...

RICHARD ASHCROFT has regained rights to his song Bitter Sweet Symphony after more than two decades, after Sir Mick Jagger and Keith Richards agreed to hand over their legal entitlement to royalties.

The Verve singer lost the rights to his most recognisable song in 1997 thanks to a four-second orchestral sample of Rolling Stones song The Last Time used as a backing track.

On Thursday at The Ivor Novello Awards, Ashcroft disclosed that Jagger and Richards had returned them to him as a “truly kind and magnanimous thing to do”, after his management approached them directly to appeal.

All future royalties that would have gone to the pair for Bitter Sweet Symphony will now go to Ashcroft, and they have removed their names from the credits for the track.







Thursday 23 May 2019...I went to two events tonight...

6pm to 7.30pm

BRUTON PLACE 'SPRING PARTY' , Bruton Place, Mayfair, London W1.

Bruton Place is a quiet road off of Berkeley Square.

Tonight half a dozen upmarket stores are having drinks celebrations.

We focus on two large stores that have entrances in both Bruton Street and Bruton Place.

Established in 1835, HOLLAND & HOLLAND are world-renowned gunmakers, shooting school and creators of the finest English countryside clothing. Complimentary prosecco, wines and canapés in here.

Next door was a similar store WILLIAM & SON for complimentary Laurent Perrier champers.

Top quality items in both stores that are very expensive.

There is a trio playing covers in the street for guests as few cars come down this road.

then

ROGER HODGSON live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Roger Hodgson plays the first night of two nights at The Royal Albert Hall.

These are Roger's only UK shows on his European Tour.

I have seen Roger with Supertramp twice in 1975 before he left the band in 1983.

Supertramp were massive for a decade as they sold 60 million albums worldwide.

Their 1979 album 'Breakfast in America' sold more than 20 million albums.

He departed Supertramp in 1983 and moved his family away from the Los Angeles music scene to live a simpler lifestyle close to nature and be home with his children as they were growing up. Hodgson returned to touring in 2001.

I have seen him solo a few times as well , including his last tour which was also at this venue.

Roger wrote their hits “Dreamer”, “Give A Little Bit”, “The Logical Song”, “Breakfast In America”, “Take The Long Way Home” and “It’s Raining Again" and others.

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The venue is full tonight and the choir seats behind the stage have also been sold.

Roger Hodgson and his top notch band are on stage for two hours over two sets.

This is a couple of songs shorter ( 15 mins ) than his show here in 2017.

A crowd pleasing set with 14 Supertramp songs played in the 18 song setlist.

The production was very similar to when i saw him here in 2016 and 2017 as Roger is again wearing an

all white suit and shoes and the trees behind him are still being used from those shows.

For some songs three musicians played keyboards...and some nice sax too.

So many catchy radio friendly songs had all the crowd singing along.

In the second half he walked through the crowd to play the famous Royal Albert Hall organ for one song.

Mega encore of "Give A Little Bit" and "It's Raining Again" as the crowd got up from their seats.

A great show.

Full setlist played tonight...

Take the Long Way Home (Supertramp song)

School (Supertramp song)

Breakfast in America (Supertramp song)

Easy Does It (Supertramp song)

Sister Moonshine (Supertramp song)

Hide in Your Shell (Supertramp song)

Along Came Mary

The Logical Song (Supertramp song)

INTERVAL

Lord Is It Mine (Supertramp song)

Death and a Zoo

Even in the Quietest Moments (Supertramp song)

Had a Dream (Sleeping With the Enemy)

Child of Vision (Supertramp song)

Say Goodbye (with Roger playing The Royal Albert Hall organ)

Dreamer (Supertramp song)

Fool's Overture (Supertramp song)

Encore:

Give a Little Bit (Supertramp song)

It's Raining Again (Supertramp song) ( over a dozen umbrellas opened in the audience)









Wednesday 22 May 2019...I went to two events today...

CHARITY FOOTBALL EVENT at Chelsea F.C. Stamford Bridge, Chelsea, London.

2.30pm to 7pm

Over 200 guests are watching in the lower stand here.

Sixteen five-a-side teams from the casino and betting industry are here.

Companies represented here included HiPay, Checkout, SBC Gaming, Optima, Playtech,

Sporting Index, Trustly, Play N Go, Betway ,BetContruct and the winners Catena Media.

We have group games, then quarter-finals, then semi-finals then the final.

Most of the teams have a female included which was nice to see.

The final was good as both teams had some great players and Catena Media goalie got best player.

Full trophy presentation after the end of the final.

Complimentary Pimms, wines, beers and a nice BBQ with huge cheeseburgers, grilled chicken breast,

pulled pork, jacket potatoes and sides in the stand as you watched the football.

The final finished around 5.30pm , then it was drinks at Frankie's bar within the stadium complex.

then

MARK KNOPFLER BAND live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Mark Knopfler plays the second of two sold out shows at The Royal Albert Hall.

Mark has sold over 120 million albums across his Dire Straits and solo career.

His set will include a few Dire Straits classics including "Romeo and Juliet" and "Money For Nothing".

Mark is on a world tour to promote his latest album "Down The Road Wherever".

I have seen Dire Straits around 20 times since 1978 when they supported Talking Heads at

The Roundhouse and i have seen Mark playing solo a few times, including this same venue.

Looks like there will be just four or five Dire Straits songs in the set.

The Rolling Stones recent "Blue & Lonesome" album was recorded at Mark Knopflers studio in Chiswick.

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As expected we have a middle aged crowd who remember how popular Dire Straits were in the 1980s.

Mark and his top notch band were on stage for around two hours.

There is a decent light show behind the stage.

Mark now aged 69, is bald on top and grey at the sides and looking a bit like a school teacher.

His guitar tone sounds great but he does not really project excitement on stage.

Like Eric Clapton he does not say much and lets his guitar do the talking.

His solo material mixes Americana/Celtic//Blues/Jazz and is a bit too laid back at times.

Flute and fiddle were played on some tracks along with sax and trumpet.

He plays a few Dire Straits classics that are easily the highlights of the evening.

The crowd are pretty quiet until they get up for the encores.

A good show.

Full setlist played tonight...

Why Aye Man

Corned Beef City

Sailing to Philadelphia

Once Upon a Time in the West (Dire Straits song)

Romeo and Juliet (Dire Straits song)

My Bacon Roll

Matchstick Man

Done With Bonaparte

Heart Full of Holes

She's Gone

Your Latest Trick (Dire Straits song)

Postcards From Paraguay

On Every Street (Dire Straits song)

Speedway at Nazareth

Encore:

Money for Nothing (Dire Straits song)

Encore 2:

Brothers in Arms (Dire Straits song)

Going Home: Theme from Local Hero









Wednesday 22 May 2019.

Happy Birthday to MORRISSEY who is 60 today.

He is a few days older than me.







Tuesday 21 May 2019...I went to two events tonight...

7pm to 8.30pm

MONTY DON - book launch party - Christie's , King Street, London SW1.

"Japanese Gardens : A Journey ".

Bestselling author and BBC gardening presenter Monty Don and photographer Derry Moore explore the exquisite beauty of Japanese gardens on a personal journey to complement the BBC2 series, Monty Don's Japanese Gardens.

It is beautifully produced with over 200 original photographs by Derry Moore and written by Monty Don, the duo behind the highly-acclaimed Paradise Gardens.

Good timing as the book is out in the week of Chelsea Flower Show.

We are greeted by Japanese drummers as we enter the venue.

Around 100 guests here and there were a few well known faces.

I got my picture taken with OLIVIA HARRISON (widow of George Harrison)

Jon Snow (long time Channel 4 news presenter)

Nigel Slater ( food writer, journalist who also has his own tv food show)

Mark-Francis Vandelli ( who is best known for his role on the E4 series Made in Chelsea)

Guests were buying the book and Monty Don was signing copies.

At 8pm Monty Don and Derry Moore gave a speech.

You can buy the book a bit cheaper via my Amazon link at the top of this page.

Complimentary wines and canapés for all guests.

www.montydon.com

Visit his website here for more info on Monty Don.

then

8.45pm to 10.45pm

LOLA'S UNDERGROUND CASINO -press launch - Hippodrome Casino, Leicester Square, London WC2.

Around 200 guests here in the basement of this very popular casino.

The Hippodrome are launching their new "curved digital big screen" which looks very impressive.

On the stage in front of it we have circus & theatre acts performing their routines including a magician,

an acrobat, a trapeze act, a contortionist, showgirls, hola hoop girl , a couple of singers etc.

You can watch the show from a table or the bar or from your gambling table.

Upstairs they also have a great show venue called The Matcham Room.

Complimentary bar including spirits n mixers (so i had some JD n cokes), prosecco, wines, beers,

canapés, fried chicken drumsticks and desserts.

www.hippodromecasino.com

Visit their website here for more info.







Tuesday 21 May 2019.

Happy Birthday to NOEL FIELDING who is 46 today.

I used to work with his Dad Ray in the 1980s and 1990s and saw a couple

of Noel's first ever comedy shows including when i surprised him when i turned up

to see him at The Melbourne Comedy Festival a dozen years ago.







Tuesday 21 May 2019.

Sad news that F1 racing legend NIKI LAUDA has died aged 70 after health problems.

Lauda, who famous rivalry with British F1 legend James Hunt inspired the Chris Hemsworth film Rush, won three world championships in 1975, 1977 and 1984.

During his battle with Hunt, Lauda was left with severe burns to his face, body and lungs after a near-fatal crash in 1976 but amazingly not only came back to the sport but won the world title the following year.

He was instrumental in helping Lewis Hamilton over his F1 career.







Monday. 20 May 2019...7pm to 9.30pm...

Chelsea Flower Show - Charity Gala Preview Evening - Chelsea, London.

The world famous RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW returns for its annual stint - May 21 to May 25.

All 168,000 tickets have now been sold as it is always a very popular event.

The Queen and other members of The Royal Family were here during the day.

Tonight was a charity evening where most of the 1000 plus guests have paid £520 to be here.

It is a well known networking event for all the banking and finance CEOs to meet up for a chat.

A few faces here including.....

Ewan Venters (CEO of Fortnum & Mason)

Matt Dawson MBE (who was part of England's 2003 Rugby World Cup winning side)

Robert Peston (ITV Political Journalist)

Sir Stuart Rose (former M&S chairman)

Lord March ( British aristocrat and owner of Goodwood Estate in West Sussex)

We had a nice wander around the display gardens which all looked amazing.

Complimentary Fortnum & Mason champers and canapés at stations all over the huge venue.

The station with various salmons and oysters was very popular.

A nice goodie bag with half a dozen items inside from sponsors Fortnum & Mason.

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Many stores and other venues will have amazing flower displays outside their front doors in

Chelsea & Mayfair over this week.







Sunday 19 May 2019.

STING & SHAGGY live at The Roundhouse, London.

Following this year's GRAMMY’s, where Sting & Shaggy were awarded Best Reggae Album for their collaborative UK Top Ten hit record 44/876, the pair have announced their return to the UK with The 44/876 Tour.

The setlist will mix tracks from their album as well as from their own classic hits.

Sting has a new Best Of album out on 24 May to coincide with the tour.

Sting has announced My Songs, a new album comprised of the 17-time Grammy Award winner's most celebrated hits from his unparalleled career. Sting says: "My Songs is my life in songs. Some of them reconstructed, some of them refitted, some of them reframed, but all of them with a contemporary focus."

I have seen both The Police and Sting solo a few times each over the years.

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Just the one show in London so no surprise that it is sold out and rammed inside.

Guests spotted here included Sir Bob Geldof, Jemima Khan, London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Charles Dance.

STING & SHAGGY arrived on stage at 8.05pm and played for a mammoth 2 hours 15 mins.

At first you think they make an odd couple but when you remember how many of the classic Police hits

had reggae vibes to them it all makes perfect sense.

The band with two backing vocalists sounded top notch.

The setlist was a perfect mix of hits from The Police, Sting and Shaggy along with their album tracks.

The evening started with a couple of tracks from the recent album. The title track led on to the sunsplash-tinged vibes of "Morning is Coming". It set the tone for the evening. Shaggy (50) was the showman dressed in a flowing white shirt, hat and shades. He roamed and gyrated freely around the stage while Sting (67), looking remarkably buff in his t-shirt, stayed rooted to the spot. His bass guitar became the musical anchor.

As Shaggy sung "Englishman in New York" he riffed about being a Jamaican in NYC with "a big spiff in his hand". He turned out to be a better singer than you might imagine.

On "Crooked Tree" they hammed it up in costumes to play out a court scene. Another highlight was "So Lonely"/"Strength of a Woman", where Shaggy exercised some of his iconic priapic banter.

The whole show was fun, warm and joyous.

Lots of cameras were filming the show for future release.

An excellent show.

FULL SETLIST PLAYED...

44/876

Morning Is Coming

Englishman in New York (Sting cover)

Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic (The Police cover)

Oh Carolina / We'll Be Together

If You Can't Find Love

Love Is the Seventh Wave (Sting cover)

To Love and Be Loved

Message in a Bottle (The Police cover)

You (with Alexander Stewart)

Brand New Day (Sting cover)

Waiting for the Break of Day

Gotta Get Back My Baby

If You Love Somebody Set Them Free (Sting cover)

Don't Make Me Wait

Angel (Shaggy cover)

Dreaming in the U.S.A.

Crooked Tree

Shape of My Heart (Sting cover)

Walking on the Moon/Get Up, Stand Up (The Wailers cover)

So Lonely / Strength of a Woman

Hey Sexy Lady (Shaggy cover)

Roxanne / Boombastic

Encore:

I Can't Stand Losing You (The Police cover)

Desert Rose (Sting cover)

It Wasn't Me (Shaggy cover)

Every Breath You Take (The Police cover)

Encore 2:

Next to You (The Police cover)







Sunday 19 May 2019.

Happy Birthday to GRACE JONES who is 71 today.







Saturday 18 May 2019.

FA CUP FINAL at Wembley Stadium....Man City play Watford...5pm kick-off...

This game will be my first time at an FA Cup Final since 1982...I went to both games...

Sat 22 May 1982 Spurs 1 QPR 1 - then the replay on 27 May 1982 Spurs 1 QPR 0....

Man City may be out of the Champions League but the treble is still on.

Having already won the Caraboa Cup and Premier League, powerhouse Manchester City are still in the running to scoop a domestic treble for the 2018/2019 campaign if they win The FA Cup.

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MAN CITY 6 WATFORD 0

We are up in Level 5 in the Man City end and their fans are making a lot of noise.

A great atmosphere just before the game as pyros galore hit the sky as the players arrive on the pitch

and the crowd are waving their flags and scarfs etc.

A massive capacity crowd of 85,854 are here.

The sheer class of favourites Man City easily beat Watford.

Shame that Watford did not get a goal or two.

They had a good chance to score before Man City started their goal avalanche.

Six goals scored (Silva, Sterling*3, De Bruyne, Jesus)

Man City thrash Watford 6-0 to become the first English team to do a domestic treble.









Friday 17 May 2019.

MANIC STREET PREACHERS + GWENNO live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Manic Street Preachers play the first of two sold out shows at Shepherds Bush Empire.

I have seen The Manics around 20 times since an early club show back in 1991.

They are celebrating 20 years of their album "This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours".

It reached number one in the UK charts and sold over 5 million copies worldwide.

The Manics have had 15 x Top 10 hits singles in the UK including two number ones.

GWENNO and her band arrive on stage at 7.30pm and played for around 40 mins.

Gwenno was a bit odd as performs mostly in Cornish, with some Welsh thrown in.

She was quite cool in a way but the songs drifted past without being memorable.

MANIC STREET PREACHERS arrived on stage at 8.45pm and played for one hour 50 mins.

James Dead Bradfield played some very nifty guitar from a big selection of guitars.

Nicky Wire was covered in glitter as usual.

Loads of their big anthemic hits were played which were great but some of the lesser known

album tracks seemed to plod a bit.

Excellent finale of "You Love Us" and "A Design For Life" had everyone singing loudly.

A great show.

Full Manics setlist played tonight...

THIS IS MY TRUTH TELL ME YOURS album played in full...but not track order.

The Everlasting

You Stole the Sun From My Heart

Ready for Drowning

Tsunami

My Little Empire

I'm Not Working

You're Tender and You're Tired

Born a Girl

Be Natural

Black Dog on My Shoulder

Prologue to History

S.Y.M.M.

If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next

HITS & OTHER TRACKS

Sleepflower

Your Love Alone Is Not Enough

International Blue

Motorcycle Emptiness

Solitude Sometimes Is

People Give In

La Tristesse Durera (Scream to a Sigh)

You Love Us

No Surface All Feeling

A Design for Life (ticker-tape over the crowd)











Thurs 16 May 2019...a full day out at different events...

1.15pm to 4.15pm

FORTNUM & MASON 7th Food & Drinks Awards 2019 - 181 Piccadilly, London W1..

Around 250 guests on the fourth floor of this famous store that dates back over 300 years.

I have been to every one of their awards which are usually held in the evening.

It is earlier today as special guest is PRINCE CHARLES who received a lifetime achievement award.

Lots of well known chefs & restauranteurs are here along with a few other celeb faces

I got my picture taken with SHARLEEN SPITERI from Texas (who is married to a chef).

Other VIP guests included Chris Evans who handed Mary Berry her award, Judi Dench, Stanley Tucci, Jimmy Carr, joined celebrity chefs and restaurant critics Angela Hartnett, Jay Rayner, Mark Hix, Ken Hom, Candice Brown and Monica Galetti at Fortnum & Mason's for this year's food awards. Claudia Winkleman was on hand to present accolades to winners Mary Berry and Nadiya Hussain, while other guests included Nigel Slater, Celia Imrie, Tom Parker Bowles, Fay Ripley and Felicity Blunt.

Also Ronni Ancona , David Mills , Helen Lederer, Wilnelia Forsyth, Nick Ferrari and Stephen Webster.

Awards were handed out from 2pm to 2.45pm with Prince Charles getting the first award after Fortnum's CEO

Ewan Ventners introduced Charles to the main celebrities here who were all stood in a line to greet him.

Prince Charles gave a great speech full of humour and interest on his 30 years of organic farming.

Complimentary Fortnum's champers, wines and lots of tasty food and desserts from Fortnum's kitchens.

Also guests got a nice goodie bag with five Fortnum's food items inside.

An excellent event.

www.fortnumandmason.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then

6pm to 8pm

THE BENTLEY CENTENARY OPUS - book launch party - Jack Barclay, Berkeley Square, London W1.

Around 150 guests here in the car showroom to launch this huge tomb that celebrates 100 years

of the Bentley luxury car brand.

The guy opening the pages was wearing white gloves as not to mark the book.

Only 500 copies worldwide plus 100 copies special edition with extra bits and pieces.

Ex Formula 1 supremo BERNIE ECCLESTONE was here.

There were speeches at 7.15pm.

Complimentary Bentleys champers, three different cocktails and canapés.

All guests got a limited edition framed print (150) of a Bentley classic car.

www.thisisopus.com/Bentley

Visit their website for more info.

then

8.30pm to 11.15pm

BELMOND CADOGAN HOTEL - summer party - 75 Sloane Street, London SW1.

Nicely positioned between the high-end luxury stores of Knightsbridge and the boutique shops in Chelsea.

Around 200 here at this very nice luxury boutique hotel.

I got my photo taken with a singer / actress JANE BIRKIN who is now aged 72.

"Je t'aime… moi non plus" (French for "I love you… neither do I") is a 1967 song written by Serge Gainsbourg for Brigitte Bardot. In 1969, Gainsbourg recorded the best known version with Jane Birkin. The duet reached number one in the UK, and number two in Ireland, but was banned in several countries due to its overtly sexual content.

Other guests here included Alex Zane, Alison Jackson, Betty Bachz ,Laura Bailey, Gala Gordon ,

Stephen Jones, Angela Scanlon, Alistair Guy, Mark Hix , Pam Hogg, Matthew Williamson, Rosanna Falconer,

Pips Taylor, Noelle Reno, Meredith Ostrom and a few others.

A female dj was playing dance tunes and it was a great party.

Complimentary Taittinger champers, three different cocktails, wines, beers, bowl food ,canapés, oysters, desserts.

www.belmond.com

Visit their website here for more info.









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 brings together the politics and pleasure of food to ask how the collective choices we make can lead to a more sustainable, just and delicious food future.

Around 500 guests are here at this famous venue.

As expected it was not as glamourous as some of the previous private views here.

I spotted Jackie St Clair and Basia Briggs here.

At 7.15pm we had a couple of speeches.

Complimentary prosecco, wines, beers and canapés for all guests.

www.vam.ac.uk

Visit their website here for more info...it is on until 20 October 2019.

then

ERIC CLAPTON plays the second of three shows at The Royal Albert Hall.

Eric has been swopping the setlist about these days from his Japan shows.The opening RAH show

did not include "Badge" or "Wonderful Tonight" or "Cocaine" but it did include a mega encore of "Purple Rain".

Eric Clapton announces his return to the Royal Albert Hall for a series of concerts in May 2019.

The three shows will be his only UK performances for 2019. Eric will be accompanied by his band members Chris Stainton, Nathan East, Doyle Bramhall and Sonny Emory.

All three shows sold out by Dec 2018 even though best seats are £150 each.

Having first performed at the Royal Albert Hall with The Yardbirds in 1964, Eric Clapton has played at the venue more than 200 times including farewell and reunion gigs with Cream and numerous residencies.

I have seen Eric solo over 25 times since 1976 plus all four Cream re-union concerts at The Royal Albert Hall in 2005.

Eric is now aged 74.

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The venue is totally rammed solid sold out tonight.

ERIC CLAPTON and band arrive on stage at 8.35pm and play for 1 hour 45 mins.

Eric is standing on his usual stage rug.

The band are top notch and include two female backing singers.

Eric does not do much talking on stage but he lets the guitar talk for him.

He gets a delicious tone on his guitar all throughout the show.

It is nice he is changing the setlist around a bit.

His life long love of the blues is still there for sure.

The regulars run down the front on cue for the opening bars of "Layla".

For the encore he was joined by the support act, Jimmie Vaughan.

A great show.









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News and Reviews: 16th May 2019

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 brings together the politics and pleasure of food to ask how the collective choices we make can lead to a more sustainable, just and delicious food future.

Around 500 guests are here at this famous venue.

As expected it was not as glamourous as some of the previous private views here.

I spotted Jackie St Clair and Basia Briggs here.

At 7.15pm we had a couple of speeches.

Complimentary prosecco, wines, beers and canapés for all guests.

www.vam.ac.uk

Visit their website here for more info...it is on until 20 October 2019.

then

ERIC CLAPTON plays the second of three shows at The Royal Albert Hall.

Eric has been swopping the setlist about these days from his Japan shows.The opening RAH show

did not include "Badge" or "Wonderful Tonight" or "Cocaine" but it did include a mega encore of "Purple Rain".

Eric Clapton announces his return to the Royal Albert Hall for a series of concerts in May 2019.

The three shows will be his only UK performances for 2019. Eric will be accompanied by his band members Chris Stainton, Nathan East, Doyle Bramhall and Sonny Emory.

All three shows sold out by Dec 2018 even though best seats are £150 each.

Having first performed at the Royal Albert Hall with The Yardbirds in 1964, Eric Clapton has played at the venue more than 200 times including farewell and reunion gigs with Cream and numerous residencies.

I have seen Eric solo over 25 times since 1976 plus all four Cream re-union concerts at The Royal Albert Hall in 2005.

Eric is now aged 74.

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The venue is totally rammed solid sold out tonight.

ERIC CLAPTON and band arrive on stage at 8.35pm and play for 1 hour 45 mins.

Eric is standing on his usual stage rug.

The band are top notch and include two female backing singers.

Eric does not do much talking on stage but he lets the guitar talk for him.

He gets a delicious tone on his guitar all throughout the show.

It is nice he is changing the setlist around a bit.

His life long love of the blues is still there for sure.

The regulars run down the front on cue for the opening bars of "Layla".

For the encore he was joined by the support act, Jimmie Vaughan.

A great show.

Full Eric Clapton setlist played tonight...

Motherless Children (Blind Willie Johnson cover)

Pretending

Key to the Highway (Charles Segar cover)

I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man (Willie Dixon cover)

I Shot the Sheriff (The Wailers cover)

Driftin' Blues (Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers cover) (acoustic)

Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out (Jimmy Cox cover) (acoustic)

Tears in Heaven (acoustic)

Alberta (Bob Dylan cover) (acoustic)

Running On Faith (acoustic)

Tearing Us Apart

Holy Mother

Cross Road Blues (Robert Johnson cover)

Little Queen of Spades (Robert Johnson cover)

Layla (Derek and the Dominos song)

Encore:

Before You Accuse Me (Bo Diddley cover) (with Jimmie Vaughan)









Tuesday 14 May 2019.

JACK WHITEHALL live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Comedian Jack Whitehall plays a "work in progress" show to test new material for his UK arena tour.

His upcoming tour in Nov/Dec includes FOUR nights at The 02 Arena.

Jack recently hosted The Brit Awards and this Friday 17 May he fills in as host on The Graham Norton show

while Graham is covering Eurovision....Peter Crouch and Sam Fender are among his guests...

Jack now aged 30, comes under "posh boy" comedian tag due to stints at private school and boarding school.

His father was an agent for Judi Dench, Colin Firth, and Richard Griffiths, and wrote the memoir Shark-Infested Waters.

He had two godfathers — Nigel Havers and the late Richard Griffiths, both actors.

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Jack Whitehall arrived on stage at 8.05pm for five minutes and to introduce the support act.

He was dressed in full mime costume and joked this would feature in his new stage show.

Tom Lucy arrived on stage at 8.10pm for his 20 mins set which was decent enough.

Jack Whitehall arrived on stage at 9.45pm for his 75 mins set.

It is stalls seated tonight , so a full house of around 1200.

He started off by firing a few t-shirts into the crowd.

Lots of funny bits throughout his enjoyable show.

Topics covered included...

Brexit

English blokes drinking habits

Doing a gig for Prince Charles birthday at Kensington Palace

Strange American hotel signs

Why so many different types of milk

Vegan and Eco types

His agent advising him to stop talking about Waitrose and talk about "The Lidl" instead.

Dieting

Relationship break-ups

Airport security

Travelling abroad with his dad for their tv series









Monday 13 May 2019...6.15pm to 9.45pm...

29th PJ's Polo Party and start of the 2019 Polo Season , 52 Fulham Road, London SW3.

This very nice restaurant & bar is three minutes walk from South Kensington tube.

Over 200 guests at this annual event that i have been to each year for the past decade.

Many have come from the Polo Clubs on the outskirts of London.

Bill Wyman and Kenney Jones have turned up at previous years and we are lucky BILL WYMAN

and his wife are here tonight.

I got a nice photo with him and had a few words of chat....he is now aged 82...

At 8pm PJs owner and polo enthusiast Brian Stein made a speech and thanked us for coming.

Complimentary Taittinger champers, vodka cocktails, gin cocktails, wines and beers.

Lots of very tasty food too including cheeseburgers, buttermilk chicken, canapés, desserts etc.

A great evening.

www.pjsbarandgrill.co.uk

Visit the PJs website here for more info on their drinks and food menu.

www.polotimes.co.uk

Visit Polo Times website here to find out what's going on in the Polo world.







Monday 13 May 2019.

Happy Birthday to STEVIE WONDER who is 69 today.





Sunday 12 May 2019.

THE BEST OF ROCK MUSICALS live at Hammersmith Apollo, London.

Sir Tim Rice hosts and Christopher Biggins will introduce a few songs.

The Best of Rock Musicals will include songs from Jesus Christ Superstar, Hair, Evita, Chess, Aida, Rent, Tommy, We Will Rock You, Spring Awakening, The Rocky Horror Show, Next To Normal, The Little Shop of Horrors,Rock of Ages, Grease , Dear Evan Hansen and more...with many different theatrical singers.

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Tonight is a benefit show for The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust which was formed in 1997 by the Waller family in memory of their son and brother, Charlie, who took his own life whilst suffering from depression. The Trust offers support and education to those affected by depression and mental illness.

We are front circle for the show and i notice that one of the female toilets has been turned into a

'gender neutral' toilet...I wonder what Lemmy would have made of that.

The show was on for 2 hours 10 mins over two sets of 65 mins each.

There is a big screen announcing the title of each song and the musical it has come from.

For many songs there are 50 people on stage when you add singers, dancers, band, mini-orchestra and choir.

Basically each musical had one to four songs performed from it.

All the singers had strong powerful voices and there was some great dance routines.

Highlights for me included "Superstar", "Aquarius", "Grease" , "Time Warp", "Pinball Wizard" ,

"Don't Stop Believing", "Your Song", "I Wanna Rock " and a couple of Queen classics.

A very enjoyable show.

Highlights included...

PART ONE

Superstar from Jesus Christ Superstar (plus three other songs from this musical.

Aquarius from Hair (plus three other songs from this musical)

Grease and Grease Lightning

Time Warp from The Rocky Horror Show

Pinball Wizard from Tommy

Two songs from Evita

Four songs from Chess

PART TWO

I Wanna Rock - Rock of Ages

One song from Hairspray

One song from Dreamgirls

Singer Adam Pascal now aged 48, came on stage and sang three songs from Rent.

He is pleased to be on this famous stage as he said as a teenager he had posters of

Iron Maiden, Judas Priest,Def Leppard 'Live at Hammersmith Odeon' on his bedroom wall.

One song from Next to Normal

Three songs from Aida

One song from Billy Elliot

Your Song from Moulin Rouge

Who Wants To Live Forever? and We Are The Champions from We Will Rock You

One song from Dear Evan Hansen

Don't Stop Believing from Rock of Ages









Saturday 11 May 2019.

THE GLORIA'S live at The George & Dragon, Acton High Street, London W3...free entry...

The Glorias are a punk-rock-n-roll band from the Portsmouth area.

This pub is a good supporter of live punk rock bands as most of the gigs here are free entry

and just the odd one is charging £5 admission.

Nice to see so many of my West London punk rockin chums here including Del from The Satellites and

Chris Payne from The Members.

THE GLORIA'S arrived on stage at 10.20pm and played for around 60 mins.

The band feature Bill on guitar...he is in my band Gun Control as well.

Amazingly they open their set with a cover of one of Gun Controls songs "No Mercy" with changed lyrics.

Lots of catchy uptempo garage punk rock n roll tunes from their debut album were played tonight.

A couple of very nice covers played near the end , "Black Leather" (Sex Pistols) and

"Search and Destroy" (Iggy Pop & The Stooges).

A very enjoyable set.









Friday 11 May 2019.

FRANCIS ROSSI at The Beck Theatre, Hayes, Middlesex.

Legendary Status Quo lead singer Francis Rossi will share the extraordinary secrets from more than fifty years in rock’n’roll when he takes to the stage for an intimate evening of chat as part of a massive UK tour.

The 'I Talk Too Much' tour, will feature Francis - joined by Mick Wall - sharing some of the best Rock 'n' Roll stories ever, accrued during an extraordinary life on the road. Expect laughter, revelations, tales involving some of the giants of music, exclusive video clips, snatches of classic tunes and a great night out.

Rossi said: "This show is something new for me. It will be live and unscripted, so god knows what could happen! One thing's for sure though, it'll be a white-knuckle ride for me, but fans will get a real unvarnished insight into what’s happened over the years. I'll be taking a guitar along to demonstrate how some of those Quo classics came into being, and hopefully we'll take a few questions from the audience too. It's been quite a journey, there's a lot to share."

www.francisrossi.com

Visit his website here for more info and his tour dates for 2019 and by public demand many more added for 2020.

His autobiography "I Talk Too Much" is available for £13.97 from the Amazon link at the top of this page.

Status Quo have sold over 125 million albums which has included 24 x Top 10 chart placings in the UK.

They have also had 22 x Top 10 hit singles in the UK.

His Quo partner , Rick Parfitt sadly passed away on 24 Dec 2016.

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Always nice to be at this cosy all seated tiered venue on the outskirts of West London every now and then.

As i have seen over 6500 gigs since 1973 , there are many of my fave bands who i have seen

20 or 30 times. I have seen Status Quo around 50 times since 1974 which included Live Aid ,

a couple of times in Australia and those 'Frantic Four' reunion shows from a few years ago.

Status Quo were always one of the hardest working bands out there with massive tours every year.

Back in the 1970s and 1980s they would play multi-nights at Hammersmith Odeon rather than Wembley.

The show tonight was on for 1 hour 40 mins over two sets of 45 mins and 55 mins.

There was a big screen showing video clips behind them as they both sat on comfy chairs.

Francis is a natural raconteur who is honest, funny, engaging and happy to have banter with fans.

FIRST HALF INCLUDED...

Francis talking about events in the 1960s and 1970s.

Coming from a family ice-cream business.

Meeting Alan Lancaster to form a band when they were both just 13.

Getting a stint at Butlins with their first band.

Rick Parfitt joining the band in October 1967 and having their first hit soon after.

Francis playing acoustic versions of early stage tracks along with "Pictures of Matchstick Men"

and "In My Chair".

Putting to bed "Quo are only a three chord band" theory by explaining how some songs had nine

or more chords.

SECOND HALF INCLUDED...

Francis taking about events from 1980s onwards.

How they came to open Live Aid in 1985 with a show stealing performance.

How Rick and himself established themselves as a duo for all promo and interviews.

Getting his OBE with Rick at Buckingham Palace.

Their stint in Coronation Street and Francis playing the shows theme tune on his guitar.

Rick's heart attacks and his shock death.

Near the end there were 10 mins of questions from the audience.

Francis confirmed their would not be a Quo Christmas tour this year.

A finale with all the crowd singing along to "Caroline" was a perfect way to end the evening.

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After the show Francis signed copies of his book and new album with Hannah Rickard...strictly no other items.

It's great to see a rock legend like Francis up close and personal like this so well worth checking out his tour

dates as he definitely will be playing at a town near you.











Thursday 09 May 2019.

6pm to 6.45pm

THE HOUSE OF FINE ART - private view - Pall Mall Gallery , St James's, London SW1.

Around 70 or 80 guests here in this gallery space.

The House of Fine Art is pleased to present All I Ever Wanted Was Everything, a solo exhibition of

new sculpture and painting works by Amsterdam-based artist Joseph Klibansky.

Complimentary prosecco and wines for all guests.

www.thehouseoffineart.com

Visit the gallery website here for more info.

then

7pm to 8.45pm

OSCAR'S FIRST BOOK PRIZE at The May Fair Hotel, Stratton Street, Mayfair, London W1.

Over 150 guests in the ballroom of this luxury five star hotel.

This award is for books aimed for children aged 5 and under.

PRINCESS BEATRICE made a nice speech and gave out the £5000 prize to the winner.

The winning book was ' How to be a Lion' by Ed Vere.

Complimentary prosecco, wines, beers, fish & chips, canapés, desserts for all guests.

then

9pm to 10pm

THE HOUSE OF FINE ART - after-party - The Cuckoo Club, Swallow Street, Mayfair, London W1.

This was the party after the gallery private view earlier.

The dj is playing some nice bass heavy dance tunes.

Hard to believe i saw Guns N Roses play a semi-acoustic secret gig at this 200 capacity club in 2006.

I had a couple of complimentary JD & cokes before the bar tab closed at 10pm.









Thursday 09 May 2019.

Sad news that FREDDIE STARR has died aged 76 at his home in Spain.

Freddie Starr was an English comedian, impressionist, singer and actor. Starr was the lead singer of Merseybeat pop group the Midniters during the early 1960s, and came to prominence as a comedian in the 1970s and 1980s.

Back in his heyday The Sun newspaper ran a famous front page headline "Freddie Starr ate my hamster".

That was in 1986 when it actually was made into giant posters and t-shirts by The Sun.

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Happy Birthday to BILLY JOEL who is 70 today.

He will play Madison Square Gardens with special guests tonight.

I hope to see him at Wembley Stadium on 22 June 2019.







Wednesday 08 May 2019...7pm to 10pm...

Chesterton's Polo in The Park - launch party - Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel,

Cadogan Place, Knightsbridge, London SW1.

Always nice to be at this five star luxury hotel that is up the road from Harrods & Harvey Nichols.

Around 150 smartly dressed folks here that included a couple of faces...

Liz McClarnon: English Pop Singer (ex Atomic Kitten), Dancer & Television Presenter

Victoria Clay : Britain's Next Top Model - 5 ft 10 inches model who always looks stunning.

Several players from each of the Polo teams are here in their teams colours.

At 8pm there was a speech and they made the draw.

Complimentary Lanson champers, whiskey n mixers, gin n mixers, tequila n mixers , wines and

canapés for all guests.

A very nice event.

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Chestertons Polo in the Park is the only Polo event held in Inner London.

It is held at the stunning Hurlingham Park, Fulham on the weekend 07, 08, 09 June 2019.

Not only can you watch three matches of polo a day but tickets include the finest ingredients to make the perfect party.

Enjoy access to the Grandstand to watch the world’s best polo, The Grazing Paddock for restaurants and street food, Champagne Lanson Garden, iconic Mahiki and Polo Bars, Slingsby Cocktail Bar, PIMM’s Bus, Fever-Tree Bar and Garden, Luxury Shopping Village, Little Hooves Kids Club and Pitch Invasion (Sunday only).

www.polointheparklondon.com

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.









Wednesday 08 May 2019.

AJAX 2 TOTTENHAM 3

Who could believe that after the Liverpool game last night we could have another incredible comeback.

Spurs come back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 and to go through on the away goals rule.

It will be an all-Premier League final in Madrid on 1 June after Lucas Moura completed his hat-trick, five minutes into stoppage time, with pretty much the last kick of the game.

Ajax players slump to the ground in disbelief at the final whistle.

And Spurs did it all without Harry Kane...amazing.









Tuesday 07 May 2019.

SAM FENDER + A FESTIVAL, A PARADE live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Sam Fender plays the second of two sold out shows at Shepherds Bush Empire.

Following a hectic year of touring and becoming one of the hottest new names in the industry,

BRITs Critics' Choice winner (previous winners include Adele, Sam Smith), plays his biggest UK tour to date.

Two nights here even though his debut album "Hypersonic Missiles" is not out until 09 Aug 2019.

He has just announced an even bigger tour of the UK for later in the year including Brixton Academy.

Pretty amazing how this 23 year old can sell so many gig tickets when his

only hit single "Play God" got to a lowly 89 in the UK charts.

Sam Fender has been named the face of Topman's new Suit Your Self tailoring campaign. The BRIT Awards Critic's Choice winner models some of Topman's most popular styles including the Skinny Suit, the Check Three-Piece and the Classic Tux, and comments in the video campaign 'I like wearing a suit on a special occasion, 'cause I like to feel like a bobby dazzler'.

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A FESTIVAL, A PARADE arrive on stage at 8.15pm and play for 30 mins.

The headliner has quite a cool name but what about the support band???

A dodgy band name but they played a good set of uptempo indie pop.

Like Sam Fender, they also hail from Newcastle.

SAM FENDER and band arrive on stage at 9.20pm and play for 70 mins.

The crowd covers all ages and not just youngsters, who jump around for a few tracks.

He had an odd stage backdrop of huge sheets of kitchen foil.

This was a nod to back home to Geordie kebab shops that wrap their kebabs in kitchen foil.

Also if you bought a t-shirt at the gig they would wrap it in kitchen foil for you.

Thanks to the internet and radio play the crowd know many of the songs played.

Plenty of good uptempo pop tunes played.

He reminded me of Jake Bugg when he was taking off.

Highlights included "Dead Boys" ,"Start Again" and "Play God".

His lyrics are based around the love-hate relationship he has with his hometown area.

Lots of friendly Geordie stage banter.

Every few months he is playing a bigger gig than the last one in London so I can easily see him

playing arenas in a couple of years when his second album comes out.

A good show and certainly a name to watch.

Full Sam Fender setlist played tonight...

Millennial

Will We Talk in the Morning?

All Is on My Side

The Borders

Dead Boys

Start Again

Greasy Spoon

Hypersonic Missiles

Spice

Play God

Encore:

Poundshop Kardashians (Solo)

Leave Fast (Solo)

White Privilege (Solo)

That Sound

Morning Glory (Oasis cover)

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After the show there was a drinks party for 100 guests hosted by Universal Music

at the nearest pub to the venue on the corner - The Sindercombe Social.

Sam Fender eventually turned up after a meet n greet straight after the show.

Complimentary spirits n mixers, wines and beers for all guests.









Tuesday 07 May 2019.

LIVERPOOL 4 BARCELONA 0.

How did they do it ?...and without Salah....incredible stuff..

Liverpool are into their second successive Champions League final after overcoming Barcelona with a stunning second-leg fightback on an epic night at Anfield.

Roared on relentlessly by their fans, the Reds produced an incredible all-action display to claw back and then ultimately overturn their 3-0 deficit from the Nou Camp with an unanswered four-goal salvo in thrilling style.

It is the first time since 1986 - when Barcelona knocked out Gothenburg in the old European Cup - that a team have recovered a three-goal first-leg deficit to win a semi-final in this competition.

As the tv commentator said "Messi mashed on Merseyside".









Monday 06 May 2019.

MADONNA's upcoming World Tour will avoid arenas and play multi-nights at smaller theatres.

Shows in Europe will be confirmed soon.

The Madame X Tour will hit Europe in early 2020 with performances at the Coliseum in Lisbon,

the Palladium in London and at the Grand Rex in Paris

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Happy Birthday to American rocker BOB SEGER who is 74 today.

Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band are currently in the middle of their final tour, including six

performances in Bob's hometown of Detroit in June that just might be his last ever shows.

He never visited the UK that much but i did see him play at Hammersmith Odeon in 1977.







Sunday 05 May 2019.

VALERY MELADZE live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Valeriy Meladze is a Russian singer of Georgian descent who is very popular back home.

Valery now aged 53, will perform tracks from his 30 year career.

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It is stalls seated tonight and all levels are sold so there are 800 to 1000 folks here.

Pretty good going when you see the ticket prices...£75 up to £125...

London's Russian community are out in force...lots of great looking Russian women here.

It was one of the those early start early finish gigs.

VALERY MELADZE and his full band arrived on stage at 7.15pm for their two hour show.

The band included a female backing vocals and a two woman string section.

There is a big screen showing live footage along with pre-recorded videos and images.

With his grey hair Valery looks like Jose Mourinho and the sound is a mix of

Tom Jones meets Eurovision.

All the songs and stage banter are in Russian.

Some songs are uptempo and others have a more romantic ballad feel.

Some of the females are dancing and screaming a bit.

A big song at the end was "Capa" (Sara).

A decent enough show that the crowd loved.







Saturday 04 May 2019.

NICK MASON'S Saucerful Of Secrets + McNally Waters live at The Roundhouse, London.

Nick Mason plays the second of two sold out shows at this venue.

Again there were lots of overseas folks in the crowd.

Yesterday i was front right looking at the stage and tonight i was front left looking at the stage.

Both acts came on at the same time as yesterday and played the same setlist.

Pretty much all the stage banter was the same as well.

Cannot be easy to drum for nearly two hours as a 75 year old but Nick does it superbly.

Tonight though there were loads of cameras dotted around the venue filming the show.

Including one on a zip-wire that hovered over the stalls standing.

No doubt a nice quality DVD will be out just before Christmas.

Shame that Roger Waters or David Gilmour did not appear on stage with Nick.

That would have looked great for the DVD.

Another great show.

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I was lucky to have been at Pink Floyd's last show in Hyde Park on 02 July 2005.

I was also at the sound check in Hyde Park the night before where Pink Floyd

and Madonna both ran through their sets.





Saturday 04 May 2019.

You can't make it up....LINE OF DUTY...

Sainsbury / Line Of Duty bosses have dropped a major clanger by releasing the series 5 DVD into

shops 24 hours before the final airs on TV.

Fans of hit cop show have discovered they can watch the last episode a day before it's on TV after spotting the complete boxset in Sainsbury's.

The finale airs on BBC1 tomorrow night but it's already available if you head down to Sainsbury's.

The series five DVD is available alongside the complete 1-5 boxset.

Fans have been posting picturs of themselves snapping up the DVDs and rushing home to watch the final.

It could mean bad news for BBC bosses as spoilers could end up on social media 24 hours before the show airs.

The official DVD on sale date is Monday 06 May 2019.







Friday 03 May 2019.

NICK MASON'S Saucerful Of Secrets + McNally Waters live at The Roundhouse, London.

Nick Mason plays the first of two sold out shows at this venue where Pink Floyd played 50 years ago.

Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason formed the band to play Pink Floyd's early material.

Pretty amazing how Spandau Ballet's Gary Kemp has done a great job on guitar duties for the band.

"A Saucerful of Secrets" is the second studio album by Pink Floyd, released on 29 June 1968.

The album was recorded before and after Syd Barrett's departure from the group. With Barrett's behaviour becoming increasingly unpredictable, he was forced to leave the band and David Gilmour was recruited in January 1968.

Nick Mason has stated that it is his favourite Pink Floyd album.

The day before this show Nick Mason was awarded a CBE for Services to Music by The Duke of Cambridge.

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I didn't see Nick Mason's show at this venue last year or at Dingwalls so I'm looking forward to this gig.

MCNALLY WATERS arrive on stage at 8pm and play for 30 mins.

The surname is a bit of a giveaway but the band include Harry Waters on keyboards.

He is Roger Waters son.

The band played a decent set of New Orleans influenced tunes.

NICK MASON & BAND arrive on stage at 9pm and play for 1 hour 50 mins.

There is a film projector showing psychedelic images onto their band logo at the back.

The 75-year-old Mason introduced proceedings from behind his drum kit, emphasising the oddity of effectively playing in your own tribute band by jokingly referring to them as The Roger Waters Experience or The Danish David Gilmour.Alongside two accomplished session players (guitarist Lee Harris and keyboard player Dom Beken), the frontline was bassist Guy Pratt (regular session man for later Floyd shows and solo David Gilmour projects) and, somewhat incongruously, guitarist Gary Kemp of Spandau Ballet.

Kemp, in particular, was a revelation in the role of lead guitarist. There is nothing in the New Romantic back catalogue to suggest he has such a wild mastery of his instrument. He may have access to more effects units on his pedal board than early Floyd could count on, and he doesn’t have the sensitive touch of Gilmour (well, who does?), but he played with swagger and panache, really dragging every possible nuance of tone and distortion from his instrument.

Nick would also joke about "having to buy a new pair of ballet shows after 20 years of tip-toeing between

Roger Waters and David Gilmour".

The sound quality was perfect and their psychedelic space rock re-created nicely what it would have been like

to see Pink Floyd in their early days.

Mentions of Syd Barrett and Rick Wright got huge cheers and applause from the hardcore crowd.

I think the setlist covered the Pink Floyd period from 1967 to 1972.

Some songs were more familiar than others to me but they vividly brought back to life early Floyd's

remarkable range with an immense sound.

A great show.

Full setlist played tonight...

Interstellar Overdrive

Astronomy Domine

Lucifer Sam

Fearless

Obscured by Clouds

When You're In

Remember a Day

Arnold Layne

Vegetable Man

If

Atom Heart Mother

The Nile Song

Green Is the Colour

Let There Be More Light

Childhood's End

Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun

See Emily Play

Bike

One of These Days

Encore:

A Saucerful of Secrets

Point Me at the Sky

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Those spotted at the event included....

Peter Gabriel

John Giddings (legendary live music agent whose roster include Nick Mason).

Tony Smith (manager for Genesis since 1973,and for the solo careers of Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks. He is also, as of 2007, co-manager of Pink Floyd along with Paul Loasby. He, i presume is Nick Mason's manager.

Norman Watt-Roy (Wilko Johnson Band /The Blockheads).

Probably a couple more as Brian Johnson went to see the show here last year.







Thursday 02 May 2019...I went to two events tonight....

JD MALAT GALLERY - private view - 30 Davies Street, Mayfair, London W1.

Chinese artist Li Tianbing showcases his paintings with his new exhibition "Urban Scene".

Born in 1974 in Guilin, China, Li Tianbing studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where he formed a unique visual language to express his own cultural origins. Fusing traditional Chinese techniques with Contemporary Western references, Li does not limit himself to a single style in order to explore the boundaries of the medium. This approach also reflects the artist’s cultural background, rooted in the Eastern philosophy that all things are in a constant state of flux. The ongoing advancement of the “self” thus finds its reflection in Tianbing Li’s ever-changing artistic expression.

Around 100 guests at this gallery that always gets a nice buzzy crowd.

Complimentary Pommery champers for all guests.

www.jdmalat.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then

10cc live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

The line-up for this show will feature co-founder Graham Gouldman as the only original member.

Two of the current band were also regulars in the 10cc touring band back in the 1970s.

10cc had 11 x Top 10 hit singles in the UK in the 1970s including three number ones.

I first saw them in 1975 at Hammersmith Odeon in their heyday and have seen them several times since.

Tonight is near the end of their two month UK & European Tour.

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We have great seats in a Grand Tier, Box number 4, looking at the stage from the left.

10cc arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played for 1 hour 50 mins.

Graham Gouldman co-founded 10cc in 1972 and he is still leading the band from the front. While 10cc has not produced any new material since 1995, they continue to tour the world playing their extensive back catalogue. And what a treasure trove of fabulous songs the band has. 10cc is a band that is hard to define musically as they take so many different influences into their music, but essentially it is a soft rock band with its roots in the British pop and rock invasion of the 1960s. With a background as a songwriter for acts such as The Yardbirds and The Hollies, Gouldman is not only a world-class songwriter, he is also a fabulous musician (he was Ringo Starr’s bassist on two tours in 2018) and a producer (among many other things, he has produced The Ramones).

They played all their many hit singles and a few lesser known songs.

The band were very tight and 10cc have some great lyrics in their songs.

The crowd all got up and danced for the final song "Rubber Bullets".

A great show.

Full 10cc setlist played tonight...

VIDEO INTRO by Kevin Godley (Neanderthal Man by Hotlegs)

The Wall Street Shuffle

Art for Art's Sake

Life Is a Minestrone

Good Morning Judge

The Dean and I

Old Wild Men

Clockwork Creep

Feel the Benefit

The Things We Do for Love

Say the Word (Hornal cover)

Silly Love

Somewhere in Hollywood

Baron Samedi

I'm Mandy Fly Me

I'm Not in Love ( number one in 1975)

Dreadlock Holiday (number one in 1978)

Encore:

Ready to Go Home

Donna (acapella)

Rubber Bullets (number one in 1973)









Wednesday 01 May 2019....6.30pm to 9pm...

Le Touquet-Paris-Plage ( commonly referred to as Le Touquet), -media showcase- at

The French Ambassador's Residence, 11 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W11.

Around 50 media guests here in one of the stunning rooms of this immaculately furnished building.

The building is located in one of London's more exclusive roads.

The average price of a villa/mansion here was recently stated as £42m.

The neighbour next door is the guy that owns Foxton's Estate Agents.

For 45 mins we are all seated for the speeches and video show on Le Touquet from

The French Ambassador - Jean-Pierre Jouyet along with Le Touquet Mayor and the MP for the area.

Le Touquet in Northern France has always been very popular with British tourists as it is very easy

to get there by plane, train and car.

I have been twice to this chic French coastal town and it is very delightful ,with a sandy beach.

It is very easy to go there for a day trip or weekend.

They have a very nice Golf Resort and the famous Hotel Barriere Le Westminster, Le Touquet - Paris-Plage.

There was a business card raffle to win a stay there but alas i did not win.

It is time to re-discover this perfect mix of British and French Elegance...visit Le Touquet.

Complimentary champers, wines and delicious bowl food, canapés and desserts from Le Touquet region.

All guests got a small goodie bag of treats from Le Touquet.

www.letouquet.com

Visit their website here for more info on Le Touquet including accommodation, events,culture, sport etc.











Tuesday 30 April 2019...6.45pm to 10.30pm...

GROSVENOR HOUSE HOTEL - 90th anniversary and refurbishment party - Park Lane, London W1.

A massive lavish party as 800 are on the guest list at this famous five star hotel.

The hotel was the first in London to have a bathroom in every bedroom.

As a youngster our current Queen had ice-skating lessons there back in 1930...yes 1930.

The party is spread out over all the bars and restaurants on the ground floor which have been refurbished.

A few well known faces including Laura Whitmore, Victoria Pendleton, Caroline Flack, Georgia Toffolo ,

Jasmine Hemsley, Lucy Mecklenburgh, Richard Biedul, Sophie Hermann, Ciara Charteris, Imelda May ,

Basis Briggs,Donna Air and football manager Sam Allardyce were here.

There was a female string section playing covers for the first hour in one room then a trio were

playing covers in another room and then a twelve piece choir sung covers in the hall area.

There was a dance duo performing ballet routines in different areas of the party.

The guests enjoyed food and drink supplied by Ruya London and Corrigan’s Mayfair.

Loads of complimentary drinks and food provided by an army of staff including three different champers

including Lanson, different cocktails, Nyetimber English sparkling wines, beers and delicious bowl food,

plates of food and canapés including oysters , steak strips with potatoes and peppercorn sauce,

smoked salmon & soft cheese rolls and desserts including cheesecake and ice-creams.

Guests got a decent goodie bag with a few items inside.

An excellent event.







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.

Dover Street is a cool destination these days as The Arts Club and Victoria Beckams store are opposite.

It has one of those small entrances that lead to a much bigger than expected area.

Around 150 guests here over the two floors with the ground floor being the biggest space.

Everyone is seated at tables which is always a plus.

A dj is playing tunes in the background and it is nice and buzzy.

Complimentary prosecco , four different cocktails, wines, beers and lots of tasty bowl food,

canapés & desserts.

A really nice venue and event, just a shame the event wasn't on for another hour or so.

Al guests got a small goodie bag which included a MNKY HSE t-shirt.

www.mnky-hse.com

Visit their website here for more info.

Bear in mind we are in Mayfair so drinks prices are steep when it is a normal night as a bottle of beer is £7.50

and most cocktails are £15 each.









Monday 29 April 2019.

The video is now up on YouTube from Shepherds Bush Empire on Friday 26 April.

MOTT THE HOOPLE "All The Young Dudes" with Brian May and Joe Elliot.







Sunday 28 April 2019.

A couple of friends told me that rock legend JIMMY PAGE turned up at The Record Fair

in Victoria yesterday...Jimmy has been a regular at Record Fairs over the past few years...









Saturday 27 April 2019.

MOTT THE HOOPLE + TAX THE HEAT live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

I am back again to see their second show here.

Mott The Hoople along with bands like T.Rex, Sweet and Sparks were my first purchased records.

All these bands were regulars on Top Of The Pops when i hit my teenage years.

Not as glitzy as last night regards the celeb count but there were a couple.

JOE ELLIOT was again watching from the side of the stage and came on for the encore.

Mott The Hoople played another great show with the same setlist.





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News and Reviews: 30th April 2019

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.

Dover Street is a cool destination these days as The Arts Club and Victoria Beckams store are opposite.

It has one of those small entrances that lead to a much bigger than expected area.

Around 150 guests here over the two floors with the ground floor being the biggest space.

Everyone is seated at tables which is always a plus.

A dj is playing tunes in the background and it is nice and buzzy.

Complimentary prosecco , four different cocktails, wines, beers and lots of tasty bowl food,

canapés & desserts.

A really nice venue and event, just a shame the event wasn't on for another hour or so.

Al guests got a small goodie bag which included a MNKY HSE t-shirt.

www.mnky-hse.com

Visit their website here for more info.

Bear in mind we are in Mayfair so drinks prices are steep when it is a normal night as a bottle of beer is £7.50

and most cocktails are £15 each.









Monday 29 April 2019.

The video is now up on YouTube from Shepherds Bush Empire on Friday 26 April.

MOTT THE HOOPLE "All The Young Dudes" with Brian May and Joe Elliot.







Sunday 28 April 2019.

A couple of friends told me that rock legend JIMMY PAGE turned up at The Record Fair

in Victoria yesterday...Jimmy has been a regular at Record Fairs over the past few years...









Saturday 27 April 2019.

MOTT THE HOOPLE + TAX THE HEAT live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

I am back again to see their second show here.

Mott The Hoople along with bands like T.Rex, Sweet and Sparks were my first purchased records.

All these bands were regulars on Top Of The Pops when i hit my teenage years.

Not as glitzy as last night regards the celeb count but there were a couple.

JOE ELLIOT was again watching from the side of the stage and came on for the encore.

Rock photographer ROSS HALFIN was again taking snaps all night.

STAN TIPPINS was also watching the show from side of stage.

TRACIE HUNTER was up in Level 1 again.

TAX THE HEAT again arrived on stage at 7.55pm for their good solid 45 mins set.

MOTT THE HOOPLE again arrived on stage at 9.10pm and played for around 1 hour 45 mins.

The same songs played but the first and second songs of the encore were swopped back to the

usual tour setlist as BRIAN MAY was not here tonight.

Ian Hunter held everything together at the front with his superb vocal style.

The gloriously eccentric Morgan Fisher on piano and the even more gloriously eccentric Luther Grosvenor AKA Ariel Bender on guitar and angular madcap shapes were both very entertaining.

They finish off the show again with their anthemic classic "All The Young Dudes" which was mega.

Another great show.

Roll Away The Stone (with Joe Elliot for a couple of lines)

Encore :

All The Way From Memphis

Saturday Gigs

All The Young Dudes (David Bowie cover) (with Joe Elliot, Stan Tippins and Tax The Heat)









Saturday 27 April 2019.

Happy Birthday to ex KISS guitar legend ACE FREHLEY who is 68 today.

Happy Birthday to ex Adam & The Ants guitarist MARCO PIRRONI who is 60 today.







Friday 26 April 2019.

MOTT THE HOOPLE + TAX THE HEAT live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Mott The Hoople play the first of two shows at this venue.

Mott The Hoople '74

Glam rock icons, Mott The Hoople are regrouping once more, for a performance focused on the 1974 albums, The Hoople and Live, plus other greatest hits.

They had five Top 20 hit singles in the UK between 1972 and 1974.

I first saw Mott The Hoople in Dec 1973 at Hammersmith Odeon...where the support band were QUEEN.

They were the first of over 2000 shows i have seen at that legendary venue.

Mott The Hoople still feature three 1970s members including vocalist Ian Hunter (he will be 80 in June).

I was at all five of their re-union shows at Hammersmith Apollo in 2009.

They usually get a few well known musicians turn up so will be interesting who attends?

Brian May , Joe Elliot, Mick Jones (The Clash) all turned up to see them play in the past.

Sex Pistols members who live in London usually attend but both are in Europe at the same time.

Glen Matlock is touring Sweden and Paul Cook is touring Spain.

Support comes from Bristol rockers TAX THE HEAT.

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Needless to say I was really looking forward to seeing both these Mott gigs.

A mainly older male crowd as expected.

TAX THE HEAT were on stage from 7.55pm for 45 mins.

The band arrive on stage and look like they are trendy Shoreditch barbers.

They played some good solid rock tracks from their two albums.

They are pretty happy that most of the crowd have arrived early to see them.

JOE ELLIOT and BRIAN MAY watched Mott The Hoople from side of stage.

Stan Tippins was also watching side of stage...he was the bands singer before Ian Hunter.

Guests up in the Level 1 VIP seats included a rare sighting of Mick Jones (The Clash).

Also here were Bobby Gillespie, James Stevenson, Kris Needs and Tracie Hunter(Ian's daughter).

In 1973 Kris Needs was the secretary of the Mott The Hoople fan club before he became a music journo.

Also here was guitarist Dave 'Bucket' Colwell who has had stints with Bad Company , Humble Pie and others.

Rock photographer Ross Halfin was taking photos all the way through Mott's show.

MOTT THE HOOPLE arrived on stage at 9.10pm and played for 1 hour 45 mins.

A nice big sound as there are seven musicians on stage.

All their classic tracks were played which were superb but a few of the album tracks plodded a bit

for those who were not hardcore fans.

Ian Hunter on vocals was as cool as ever.

Aerial Bender on guitar was pretty eccentric.

The last 45 mins of the show was top notch with an incredible finale of "All The Young Dudes" which

had Brian May , Joe Elliot and Stan Tippins join them as the crowd sang the words loudly.

An excellent show.

Full Mott The Hoople setlist played tonight...

American Pie (cover)/ The Golden Age of Rock 'N' Roll

‪Lounge Lizard ‬

Alice

Honaloochie Boogie

Morgan Fisher piano solo (Prelude #1 in C) (J.S.Bach cover)

Rest in Peace

I Wish I Was Your Mother

Pearl 'n' Roy (England)

Sucker

Sweet Jane (The Velvet Underground cover)

Rose

Walking With a Mountain

Roll Away the Stone (with Joe Elliott singing a couple of lines)

Marionette

Jerkin' Crocus / One of the Boys

Medley: Rock 'n Roll Queen / Crash Street Kids / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On / Mean Woman Blues / Johnny B. Goode / Violence / Cleveland (England) Rocks / You Really Got Me

Encore:

Saturday Gigs

All the Way From Memphis (with Brian May)

All the Young Dudes (David Bowie cover) (with Brian May / Joe Elliot / Stan Tippins)











Thursday 25 April 2019...6.45pm to 11pm...

RICHMOND HILL HOTEL - restaurant & bar re-launch - Richmond-Upon-Thames, Surrey.

Just a few minutes walk from Richmond Town Centre up the hill to this perfect English countryside

setting of The River Thames, lots of greenery and Richmond Park is just two minutes away.

You can why Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall lived in the area and Pete Townshend still lives here.

Around 150 guests at this stunning four star hotel for their restaurant & bar re-launch.

It has 142 rooms and you can stay here for under £100 thanks to special offers on the internet.

A few celebs here including Lizzie Cundy who always looks incredible for her 50 years.

Also Richard Blackwood, Tim Lovejoy and Glynis Barber.

144 On The Hill provides an iconic setting for an eclectic combination of locally sourced ingredients, selected by the Chef to create a ‘Turf to Table’ inspired menu that changes with the seasons. From inspirational cocktails and fine wines served in the bar, to the truly indulgent traditional 144 On The Hill afternoon tea.

There was a dj playing dance tunes and a duo played several acoustic cover versions.

Lots of complimentary food and drinks for the guests...

Chapel Down English sparkling wines, four different cocktails, wines and beers.

Lots of delicious bowl food, canapés and desserts.

Now the sunshine is coming out you definitely must head here at some point over the next couple of months.

Really enjoyable evening and the staff were great as they welcomed everyone and fussed over them.

www.richmondhill-hotel.co.uk

Visit their website here for special lunchtime deals and happy hour cocktails.









Wednesday 24 April 2019.

JOE BONAMASSA live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Joe Bonamassa plays the first of three shows at this venue.

Joe Bonamassa is an American blues rock guitarist, singer and songwriter. When he was 12 years old, Bonamassa opened for B.B. King. In the last 13 years Bonamassa has put out 15 solo albums through his independent record label J&R Adventures, of which 11 have reached number 1 on the Billboard Blues charts.

I have seen Joe a few times before including previous shows at this venue.

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Joe back at this venue , which like his hero Eric Clapton, is his port of call when he plays London.

The venue is over 90% sold which is pretty good considering the high ticket prices.

Arena / Stalls are £160 , £110 and the circle is £110 , £85 and £65.

Not sure why Joe has the cheek to charge Eric Clapton type ticket prices.

Perhaps Joe fans have too much cash as one couple who had perfect seats in the middle of the

second row stalls (£160 per ticket) turned up a staggering 75 mins into the show.

JOE BONAMASSA arrived on stage prompt at 7.30pm and played for 2 hours 15 mins.

He has a top notch band who include bass, drums, keyboards, sax, trombone & 2 female backing vocals.

When they were all playing together at full tilt, it sounded really great.

Most songs were several minutes long as they included stunning guitar solos by Joe.

Joe used many different guitars from his massive guitar collection.

At home he had a collection of over 300 guitars which has been recently pruned to 90.

On one song he was joined by a 14 year old guitarist who did a good job.

The stalls were up and standing by the front of the stage for the last 30 mins.

A great show.

Full JOE BONAMASSA setlist played tonight...

Tiger in Your Tank (Muddy Waters cover)

King Bee Shakedown

Evil Mama

Just 'Cos You Can Don't Mean You Should

Self Inflicted Wounds

This Train

Blues of Desperation

How Deep This River Runs

Sloe Gin (Tim Curry cover)

Don't You Lie to Me (with 14 year old guitarist Toby Lee)

Well, Well (Delaney & Bonnie cover)

Nobody Loves Me but My Mother (B.B. King cover)

Little Girl (John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers cover)

Last Kiss

Encore:

Woke Up Dreaming

Mountain Time











Wednesday 24 April 2019.

Happy Birthday to legendary record producer TONY VISCONTI who is 75 today.

Tony is an American record producer, musician and singer. Since the late 1960s, he has worked with an array of performers. His lengthiest involvement was with David Bowie: intermittently from Bowie's second album in 1969 to the 2016 release Blackstar, Visconti produced and occasionally performed on many of Bowie's albums.

He also produced classic T.Rex albums and many more artists over the years.







Tuesday 23 April 2019.

CLUB TROPICANA - THE MUSICAL - press night - at New Wimbledon Theatre, London.

The star cast is led by Joe McElderry (X Factor winner, Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), Neil McDermott (EastEnders, Eugenius!), Kate Robbins (Spitting Image, ITV’s The Imitation Game, Dinnerladies), Emily Tierney (Eugenius! Wicked, The Wizard of Oz); and former Sugababe star Amelle Berrabah, making her musical theatre debut.

It’s a time when hair was big, shoulders were padded and mobile phones were shaped like bricks and weighed a tonne! Take a fun-packed trip back in time to the electric 80’s with the world premiere of Club Tropicana The Musical UK Tour, a summer adventure of love in the sun, with a soundtrack of smash-hit pop classics – it really is the feel-good musical of the year!

When our budding bride and groom get cold feet, they decide to jet off separately to sunnier climes and feel the heat – but little do they know they’ve checked into the same hotel… the vibrant Club Tropicana!

With drinks flowing and tans glowing, will our young lovers decide to finally go through with the wedding? Will hotel inspectors get their way and close the resort, or will the staff save the day?

All will be revealed in hilarious style, to an irresistible soundtrack of over 20 of some of the most iconic, chart-topping pop anthems of the decade all performed live on stage, including....

Look of Love

Fantastic Day

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Oops Upside Your Head/Too Shy/Physical

Addicted To Love

Temptation

Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue

She Drives Me Crazy

Feels Like I'm in Love

Don't Go

Blind Date Theme

Call Me

Just Can't Get Enough

I Could Be So Good For You

The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Only You

Making Your Mind Up

Take On Me

Jump (For My Love)

Relax

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Always nice to be at this large theatre that has a 1500 plus capacity.

The show was on for around 1 hour 50 mins over two sets of 60 mins and 50 mins.

Lots of dance routines and costume changes from the energetic cast.

The 1980s soundtrack was nicely woven into the storyline.

Lots of laugh out loud moments throughout the show.

Kate Robbins as Consuela stole many scenes with her actions and impersonations.

The crowd stood up a few times to dance away to the classic tunes.

A very enjoyable feel-good musical with a great soundtrack that all the family would enjoy.

www.clubtropicanamusical.com

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.

It is on until Saturday 27 April 2019 at this venue and then continues it's UK tour.

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Complimentary wines and beers for 50 guests during the interval then after the show

from 9.50pm to 11pm was complimentary prosecco, wines and beers for 100 guests

which included all the cast in the dress circle bar.

Ex Sugababes member Heidi Range was here to support her band mate.











Monday 22 April 2019.

Check out this video on YouTube that was taken 29 March 2019.

A nice warm up for the Shepherds Bush Empire gigs later this week...see you there...

2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Finale - ALL THE YOUNG DUDES -

Featuring Ian Hunter, Brian May, Def Leppard, The Zombies , Little Steven & others.









Sunday 21 April 2019.

Happy Birthday to punk rock Icon IGGY POP who is 72 today.

The musical genius that was PRINCE died three years ago today.

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Fact of the Day...

It was 50 years ago today.

On 21 April 1969, American rock icon JANIS JOPLIN electrified English audiences at what would be her only headline solo concert in England, at the Royal Albert Hall as part of her European Tour.

With English prog rock band Yes supporting.







Saturday 20 April 2019.

THE CLONE ROSES + OASISH + THE SMITHS LTD live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

A triple bill of tribute bands from 'Madchester'.

I love going to see good quality tribute acts.

Levels 2 and 3 are closed off tonight and only 50 or so in Level 1 but the floor stalls standing is pretty full

so maybe 800 are here.

THE SMITHS LTD arrive on stage at 7pm and play for around 50 mins.

They have a great Morrissey lookalike and soundalike and he even threw out some flowers.

The mainstream singles taking priority in the set including, “This Charming Man”, “Panic", Girlfriend In A Coma” and “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out”, however, a sharp U-turn thrown in every track or so of less obvious tracks, a la, “Reel Around The Fountain”, kept the audience on their toes, and delighted them into the bargain.

A nice finale of "How Soon Is Now" and "Bigmouth Strikes Again".

OASISH arrive on stage at 8.15pm and play for around 60 mins.

The floor standing became a heaving mass of bodies for the two headline acts.

The singer does a good job of singing and looking like Liam.

Sadly he and Noel didn't have an authentic full scale fight on stage.

Those classic Oasis songs are getting the boozed up crowd singing along loudly and it's proper amazing.

Highlights included "Rock & Roll Star", "Roll With It", "Cigarettes & Alcohol" , "Wonderwall",

"Don't Look Back In Anger" , "Live Forever" and "Champagne Supernova". A great set.

THE CLONE ROSES arrive on stage at 9.40pm and play for around 80 mins.

Was it a good idea to put the Oasis tribute band on before the Stone Roses tribute band?

Clone Roses hold their own with a nice dance vibe and they had the best guitarist of the night.

Oddly the singer looked like another Manc legend - Steve Diggle from The Buzzcocks.

The crowd are throwing beer in the air and it's a full on indie dance party atmosphere.

Highlights included ""I Wanna Be Adored" , "Sally Cinnamon" , "Waterfall", "She Bangs The Drums",

"This Is The One" and "I Am The Resurrection ".

A great evening.









Friday 19 April 2019.

GZA (Wu-Tang Clan) + djs live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

GZA, the founding member of legendary hip hop crew Wu-Tang Clan, is coming to London for a very rare headline show. Performing his classic album, 'Liquid Swords' in full, amongst other Wu-Tang favourites.

The album was released on Geffen Records in 1995 and went Top 10 in North America.

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A regular email i get is how do I get along to gigs from all genres?

Ever since the 1970s i can easily mix going to classic rock gigs and punk gigs along with soul and funk

and i was at the first London gigs by the likes of Public Enemy, Run DMC and The Beastie Boys

when Hip Hop kicked off in the late 1980s.

Levels 2 and 3 are unsold but there is still over 1000 people here.

You may be surprised that the crowd is at least 90% white.

There were various support hip hop acts and djs playing sets whose names i did not catch.

All the acts are singing to backing tracks via a dj console behind them.

GZA was on stage from 9.50pm for 70 mins.

A pretty bare production for a headliner with just a few lights and GZA singing live to backing tracks.

A lively atmosphere for when GZA came on stage.

Lots of his best known tracks played including Wu-Tang Clan gems in his set.

Plenty of great lyrics even though some tracks sounded a bit samey at times.

He didn't seem that happy when someone threw half a pint of beer on stage.

A good show.









Wednesday 17 April 2019.

ALFIE BOE + HATTIE BRIGGS live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Alfie Boe (now aged 45 ) is an English tenor and actor, best known for performing in musical theatre.

He is best known for his performances as Jean Valjean in the musical Les Misérables at the Queen's Theatre in London, the Les Misérables: 25th Anniversary Concert in October 2010, and in the Broadway revival. He played the lead role in Finding Neverland on Broadway beginning 29 March 2016.As well, Boe shared a Tony Award with the other members of the ensemble cast of Baz Luhrmann's 2002 revival of La bohème in 2003.He has sold over one million albums in the UK.

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We have a full house for the final night of Alfie's 21 date UK tour.

HATTIE BRIGGS arrived on stage at 7.30pm and was on for 25 mins.

Hattie told us the amazing story of how she got to be on this tour.

Alfie Boe saw her busking at Paddington train station last year and they kept in touch.

And hey presto , Alfie got her on the tour.

Hattie is a singer-songwriter with a great voice.

Her set included a cover of Stings "Fields of Gold".

ALFIE BOE arrived on stage at 9.20pm and was on for 2 hours 5 mins.

Alfie is of those musical theatre singers with a powerful voice that is crossing over to rock & pop.

There were only a couple of original songs but it is mainly all cover versions.

"As Time Goes By" is the tenth studio album by English tenor Alfie Boe. It was released on 23 November 2018 by Decca Records. The album mainly features recordings of songs from the 1930s. Boe has said of the album: "I knew from day one that I wanted it to be a New Orleans-style album with the vibe of the city".

There were a few tracks played from that album and more recent cover versions including jazzy versions of

Led Zep and Guns N Roses classics along with a final song of a Snow Patrol classic.

A stunning version of "Bring Him Home" from Les Mis is the song that rocketed his career.

A five man brass section was used on several tracks, who sounded great.

Alfie has a friendly patter of on stage banter

He had a couple of special guests join him.

British Comedian BEN MILLER joined Alfie for a song.

American tv legend KELSEY GRAMMER joined Alfie for a song.

Kelsey is in London rehearsing for his musical that opens in a fortnight.

The crowd were up and dancing for the last 30 mins.

An enjoyable show.

Full Alfie Boe setlist played tonight...

Sing Sing Sing

Stompin' at the Savoy

La Vie En Rose

My Funny Valentine

Someone to Watch Over Me

Keep Me in Your Heart

Bring Him Home

Ain't Misbehavin'

Bring Me Sunshine (with Rays of Sunshine children's choir)

Misty Mountain

The Way You Look Tonight

Soul Medley - Stand By Me / (Sittin on) The Dock Of The Bay / In The Midnight Hour / Gimme Some Lovin'

Mood Indigo

Wagon Wheel (with Ben Miller and Hattie Briggs)

Corinne Corinna'

Whole Lotta Love / Sweet Child 'o Mine

Minnie the Moocher (with Kelsey Grammar)

Mardi Gras Day

Encore:

As Time Goes By

Run









Tuesday 16 April 2019.

ABC with Southbank Sinfonia Orchestra live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Performing their classic debut album ‘The Lexicon Of Love’ in its entirety in the second half of the show.

The album spawned the hits - Poison Arrow, The Look Of Love, Tears Are Not Enough, and All Of My Heart.

I have seen ABC over a dozen times since 1982 which was their debut UK tour.

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ABC tonight is not sold out but is it pretty much over 90% sold.

ABC are on stage for 1 hour 50 mins over two sets of 55 mins.

With band and orchestra added together there are over 50 musicians on stage.

The orchestra was conducted by Anne Dudley.

In 1982 Dudley made significant contributions to the Horn-produced 'The Lexicon of Love' album by ABC.

She went from fleshing-out keyboard parts to scoring the album's orchestration.

Martin Fry arrives on stage in a trademark lame jacket.

The first set was a mix of hits from other albums and tracks from their comeback album.

The second set was all of their classic Number 1 album "The Lexicon of Love".

Their debut album (and masterpiece) "The Lexicon of Love", made singer Martin Fry the Bryan Ferry of his generation.

The orchestra sounded fantastic and the lush strings really added to the sound.

The crowd danced more in the second half as the big hits kicked in.

Highlights included mega versions of "The Look of Love" and "All Of My Heart".

A great show.

Full ABC setlist played tonight...

FIRST SET

Overture

When Smokey Sings

Viva Love

The Flames Of Desire

(How to Be a) Millionaire

The Love Inside the Love

Be Near Me

Ten Below Zero

One Better World

Ocean Blue

The Night You Murdered Love

SECOND SET - The Lexicon Of Love album played in full.

Show Me

Poison Arrow

Many Happy Returns

Tears Are Not Enough

Valentine's Day

The Look of Love, Part One

Date Stamp

4 Ever 2 Gether

All of My Heart

Encore:

The Look of Love, Part Four

The Look of Love, Part One (reprise)







Monday 15 April 2019...7.15pm to 11.15pm...

TERRENCE HIGGINS TRUST 'The Auction' at Christies, King Street, St James's, London SW1.

This charity auction is in support of people living with HIV.

Last year the online and live auctions combined raised over £200,000. Over its history, the event has raised over £4 million to make a difference to the lives of people living with and affected by HIV.

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I have been to this event a few times before and it is always a great evening.

Around 500 guests here with maybe 75% gay men & women....with most paying £150 for their ticket.

A few well known faces are here including GRAHAM NORTON and WAYNE SLEEP.

From 8.15pm to 9pm we are seated in the main auction room as bidding for world-renowned artwork,

luxury travel lots and exciting luxury experiences takes place.

Around 19 lots are live in the room and another 52 lots are in the silent auction.

After the auction we had a standing quartet band roaming the room playing cover versions.

Lots of complimentary drinks and food for all guests throughout including Nicolas Courtin champers,

two different Gin cocktails along with different canapés and pastries.

www.tht.org.uk

Visit their website here for more info.







Sunday 14 April 2019.

This news is pretty unbelievable as i was at both the UFO last ever UK shows just over a week ago.

On those nights PAUL RAYMOND looked in pretty good shape for a 73 year old.

Paul Raymond, guitarist and keyboard player with UFO, has died at the age of 73. The news comes just eight days after UFO played their final UK show at London's Forum.

Raymond's death was confirmed by his life partner, Sandra, who posted the news on Facebook, writing "With a desperate and broken heart, fully in tears and pains that feel like they will kill me I have to tell you that my most beautiful and beloved darling Paul Raymond has passed away today"...... (due to a heart attack)

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Happy Birthday to guitar legend RICHIE BLACKMORE who is 74 today.









Sunday 14 April 2019.

WillNE and Stephen Tries Presents This Week On The Internet Live - Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

For the first time ever, YouTube personalities and friends (sort of) WillNE and Stephen Tries are going on a tour of the UK.

Comedians and commentators of the internet, sit back and enjoy a show from two of YouTube’s funniest (looking) men. Between the two of them, Will and Stephen’s videos have amassed more than 3 million subscribers and 355 million views, making them two of the fastest-growing channels in the UK.

So, come and see Stephen and Will live, and ultimately have a laugh at one another’s expense.

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The venue is stalls seated and it is a full house of over 1200.

Lots of teenagers here with their parents.

Mainstream comedians from the tv can play massive arena tours so it is no surprise that a

show by these "available on their internet channel only" pair can sell out this venue.

The Geordie duo were on stage for 80 mins over two sets of 40 mins which seemed a bit short.

Their production was a couch, a desk, a big screen and a third person on stage.

Their show mixed video clips along with on stage routines.

The first 20 mins was them taking the piss out of fellow big name YouTubers videos.

In the second half they had a mock game show called "Friendly Fortunes".

The Geordie accent seemed to help them to bounce off each other nicely.

At the end they kicked out some inflatable footballs.

There were enough funny bits to make it an enjoyable show.







Saturday 13 April 2019.

ELVANA + HAGGARD CAT live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Say hello to the world’s finest Elvis-fronted tribute to Nirvana. Rock & roll meets grunge as Elvana tear through Nirvana’s catalogue, whilst splicing in sections of the King’s finest moments, culminating in a mash-up of overdrive and old school rockabilly.

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Level 3 is closed tonight but there must be at least 1200 folks here for this Nirvana tribute act.

HAGGARD CAT are on at 8pm and play for 40 mins.

They are a male rock duo of guitar/vocals and drums.

They play a loud racket, with some impressive aggressive drumming.

They played some decent rockin' tracks from their album.

ELVANA are on at 9.10pm and play for 1 hour 50 mins.

I would say the crowd is over 90% Nirvana fans rather than Elvis fans.

The singer comes on dressed as Elvis in a bright pink stage suit.

He would change into two others later in the show.

He is a proper showman with plenty of entertaining stage banter.

During the show he gave out flowers and for the encore he pushed out a dozen large yellow balloons.

During the encore he sung a couple of songs from upstairs in Level 1.

There are two female backing vocals.

A lively atmosphere as lots of moshing stage front and the throwing of beers in the air.

All the classic Nirvana songs were played and most had some snippets of an Elvis gem in them.

A nice touch was to get the two backing singers on lead vocals for "Celebrity Skin" by Hole.

The encore section was a highlight...

A very enjoyable show

Encore :

Celebrity Skin (Hole cover)

Heart-Shaped Box (Nirvana cover)

Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana cover)

Come As You Are (Nirvana cover)

Been a Son (Nirvana cover)

The Man Who Sold The World (David Bowie cover)









Friday 12 April 2019...6.15pm to 12.30am...

The 9th ASIAN AWARDS at The Grovenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London W1.

Always nice to be at this famous five star hotel.

A very lavish event as most of the 700 guests here are paying £500 for their tickets.

Most men in black tie and lots of women wearing stunning dresses.

A dozen celebs are here including...

Sanjeev Bhaskar (The Kumars actor etc) was the host for the awards

Beverley Knight ( soul singer)

Devon Malcolm (cricket legend)

Mushtaq Ahmed (cricket legend)

Naughty Boy (dj / music producer)

Manish Bhasin (BBC tv sports presenter)

Nitin Ganatra (Eastenders actor etc)

Nitin Sawhney (music composer)

Dr Ranj Singh (tv personality)

Dr Zoe Williams (tv personality)

Dominic Keating (actor)

Helen Lederer ( comedian / tv personality)

Lots of complimentary food and drink here including Perrier Jouet champers , different cocktails, wines, beers

all through the evening along with Indian canapés during the reception then a three course sit down dinner.

Starters - Sea Bass in curry sauce.

Mains - Tandori Chicken with sides.

Dessert - Chocolate & Caramel mousse and coffee.

At 10.15pm there was a very entertaining auction hosted by Jonny Gold.

The awards were on from 11pm to 12pm then it was the party after upstairs with a dj.

All guests got a nice goodie bag on departure that had a dozen items inside.

An excellent evening.







Thursday 11 April 2019...I went to three events tonight...

6.15pm to 7pm

MAL-ONE - private view and single release party - Westbank Gallery, 3-5 Thorpe Close, London W10.

MAL-ONE is showcasing his punk art mixed media show of Decollages, Collages & Prints.

Punk fans would recognise the images related to The Sex Pistols, The Clash, Buzzcocks, Damned etc.

His Record Store Day single "Punk Times" is in stores this Saturday.

We are in ' The Clash' heartland of under The Westway.

Lots of great prints with affordable prices.

Lots of punk rock chums here i know.

A dj is playing great punk rock tunes.

Complimentary Peroni beers for all guests.

Would have liked to stay a bit longer here but i had a tube journey to Moorgate to do.

It is on until 29 April - 11am to 8pm - closed Sunday & Monday - nearest tube is Ladbroke Grove.

then

7.45pm to 9.15pm

HARLEM SOUL - launch party - 205 City Road, Hoxton, London EC1.

New York-influenced restaurant and bar Harlem Soul opens after a complete overhaul of the site.

The site at 205 City Road, just off Old Street roundabout, will offer “American urban cuisine” – serving dishes drawing on soul food, Mexican and Korean styles. It replaces Boondocks, also operated by the brand, which served “American home cooking”.

Around 150 guests here and it is nice and buzzy.

The walls of the venue are covered in New York style graffiti and there is funky soul tunes being played.

Lots of complimentary tasty food and drinks for the guests....and staff are making sure the food is non-stop.

Prosecco, wines and beers.

Blackened Cajun Popcorn Shrimp

Gem Heart Dippers

Mac & Cheese Balls

Sassy Ajax Taco

BBQ Wings

Hot Harlem Sassy Wings

House Nachos

Classic Cheese Burgers

Fries

From Friday 12 April they have 50% off food until 18 April.

then

9.30pm to 10.30pm

Q - launch party - McQueen, 55-61 Tabernacle Street, London EC2.

Q is the new name for the refurbished basement floor of this trendy bar.

Around 150 guests here including Nick Ede and Jodie Harsh.

They have a couple of pool tables and casino tables.

A female dj is playing some good dance tunes and there is a cool buzzy vibe.

Complimentary prosecco and a choice of three cocktails for all guests.











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.

Happy Birthday to Fashion Icon Dame Vivienne Westwood who is 78 today.







Monday 08 April 2019.

Very sad news that well known security guy JERRY JUDGE has passed away.

Jerry was Johnny Depp's longtime personal security guy for 22 years.

Jerry was by his side as Johnny toured Europe last summer with his band The Hollywood Vampires.

As well as the Pirates of the Caribbean star he also guarded Paul McCartney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Antonio Banderas and Julia Roberts.

Judge also had cameos in several of Depp’s films including “Sweeney Todd" and appeared several episodes of “Dr. Who” between 1979 and 1984.

The bodyguard was the managing director of Music & Arts Security Ltd.

Music & Arts looked after most of The West End film premieres up until a couple of years ago when a couple

of staff left to set up their own company called Pace & Prestige which has taken over many of the contracts.

Jerry currently worked for Noble Protection.







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News and Reviews: 11th April 2019

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.

Happy Birthday to Fashion Icon Dame Vivienne Westwood who is 78 today.







Monday 08 April 2019.

Very sad news that well known security guy JERRY JUDGE has passed away.

Jerry was Johnny Depp's longtime personal security guy for 22 years.

Jerry was by his side as Johnny toured Europe last summer with his band The Hollywood Vampires.

As well as the Pirates of the Caribbean star he also guarded Paul McCartney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Antonio Banderas and Julia Roberts.

Judge also had cameos in several of Depp’s films including “Sweeney Todd" and appeared several episodes of “Dr. Who” between 1979 and 1984.

The bodyguard was the managing director of Music & Arts Security Ltd.

Music & Arts looked after most of The West End film premieres up until a couple of years ago when a couple

of staff left to set up their own company called Pace & Prestige which has taken over many of the contracts.

Jerry currently worked for Noble Protection.











Sunday 07 April 2019....4pm kick-off...

FA CUP SEMI-FINAL at Wembley Stadium.

Watford 3 Wolves 2.

Just over 80,000 here and the atmosphere is spine-tingling.

We are in the Wolves end.

Rock legend ROBERT PLANT is a massive Wolves fan and the announcer said he was in the crowd today.

Many years ago i went to a Robert Plant gig and afterparty and the pass had a picture of Steve Bull on it.

Steve Bull was a Wolves striker from 1986 to 1999.

Yesterday's game was pretty average but this one was full of drama along with an incredible comeback.

In a scarcely believable day that will live long, long in the memory, Watford somehow came from two goals down with 12 minutes to play to send this thrilling match to extra time with the most nerveless penalty from Troy Deeney. Not done there though, not by a long chalk, the Hornets came again and won it unbelievably in extra time through Gerard Deulofeu to reach the final of the FA Cup for only the second time in the club’s glorious history. It really was pinch-yourself stuff.

For Watford fans this will definitely go down as an " I was there" game.

Incredible stuff.









Saturday 06 April 2019...5.30pm kick-off...

FA CUP SEMI-FINAL at Wembley Stadium.

Man City 1 Brighton 0.

Over 71,000 are here and it is a fantastic atmosphere.

Oddly there are more Brighton fans here as a few Man City blocks are unsold.

Both sets of fans have been given a free flag by their seat.

We are up in Level 5 in the Man City end.

Many are drinking and getting a bit loud and it feels like you are an Oasis concert.

Man City fans smashed up one of the toliets.

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By the standards Manchester City set themselves these days, it is fair to say this was not the most shimmering or elegant performance from Pep Guardiola’s team. When, for example, was the last time they managed only four shots on target against an opponent? The official man-of-the-match award went to Anthony Knockaert of Brighton, rather than any of the players from the winning side, and the overall impression was that City peaked too early, scoring the game’s decisive goal after barely three minutes.

Not that those details should matter greatly to Guardiola when his team still managed to maintain their extraordinary winning sequence – 22 victories now from their last 23 games – and keeps open all manner of possibilities for the remainder of the season.

The quadruple is still on for Man City.







Friday 05 April 2019.

UFO live at The Forum, London.

UFO play the second of their two London shows on their farewell tour.

This means tonight is (as it stands) the last UK show by singer Phil Moog who is retiring.

They came on stage five minutes earlier than last night but the setlist was exactly the same.

I was hoping for some kind of extra song or special guest on stage but nothing.

Another great show though.

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Aftershow party in the balcony bar from 11pm to 12pm...

Surprisingly it is just a small gathering of around 30 guests.

The sounds are blaring out loud and it is a pay bar.

Only members of the band to turn up were Paul Raymond and Vinnie Moore.

No name musicians from any other bands.

My friend went to the afterparty at Shepherds Bush Empire the night before this.

He said again it was a small crowd of around 30 but all the band did turn up there.

Again no name musicians from any other bands.









Thursday 04 April 2019.

UFO + TARA LYNCH live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Singer Phil Moog will be playing his final UK tour with the band UFO after 50 years.

Because of this they are now playing two London dates at the end of their 'Last Orders' tour.

Both London shows sold out by Dec 2018...tonight was the first of the two shows.

A classic example of how bands can sell more tickets when they say it's their last ever shows.

I have seen UFO over 20 times since 1976 when Michael Schenker was playing guitar with them.

This was at the legendary Marquee Club in Wardour Street.

They still feature three original members from their heyday.

After the UK tour they play mainland Europe and North America but I got a feeling

there will be a final London show just before Christmas.

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Needless to say i was really looking forward to this classic rock show.

The crowd is 90% older males as expected.

A nice surprise to see a friend (Leon Lawson) who was in my secondary school class over 40 years ago.

Leon Lawson was Michael Schenker's ex-guitar technician in the 1990s.

TARA LYNCH arrived on stage at 8pm and played for around 40 mins.

Tara is from Los Angeles and is promoting her album " Evil Enough".

Tara fronts her band with some nifty guitar solos during most songs.

UFO arrived on stage at 9.20pm after the intro track and played for around 95 mins.

Singer Phil Mogg has lost all his hair and is totally bald.

Mogg’s little chats with the crowd are legendary, and tonight was no exception, but oddly

there was no real band interaction.

Paul Raymond has the same hair style as 40 years ago so surely that must be a wig.

UFO were one of the many rock bands that brought out double live albums in the 1970s.

I remember buying theirs "Strangers in the Night" in 1979 when it was released and they

played many of the rock classics from that album in the show tonight.

A great gig.

Full UFO setlist played tonight...

Intro music - Faith Healer (Sensational Alex Harvey Band)

Mother Mary

We Belong to the Night

Run Boy Run

Venus

Lights Out

Baby Blue

Only You Can Rock Me

Burn Your House Down

Cherry

Love to Love

Makin' Moves

Too Hot to Handle

Rock Bottom (including extended guitar solo)

Encore:

Doctor Doctor

Shoot Shoot









Thursday 04 April 2019.

Happy Birthday to SLADE guitarist DAVE HILL who is 73 today.







Wednesday 03 April 2019...6.45pm to 9pm...

MARY QUANT - private view - V & A Museum, South Kensington, London SW7.

A big crowd as around 500 are on the guest list for this event.

Pixie Geldof, Daisy Lewis and Lady Amelia Windsor led a fashionable crowd into the Victoria and Albert Museum for its new Mary Quant exhibition, joining veteran British designers Pam Hogg, Philip Treacy, Jasper Conran and Julien MacDonald at the show’s private view. VIP guests and influencers Gizzi Erskine, Henry Conway, Anne Robinson, Meredith Ostrom, Pearl Mackie, Zara Martin and Nell Hudson were among others previewing the iconic 1960’s designer’s fashion creations.

Also here were Jackie St Clair and Basia Briggs.

Dame Mary Quant, now age 85 is an English fashion designer and fashion icon, who is of Welsh heritage.

She became an instrumental figure in the 1960s London-based Mod and youth fashion movements.She was one of the designers who took credit for the miniskirt and hotpants, and by promoting these and other fun fashions she encouraged young people to dress to please themselves and to treat fashion as a game.Ernestine Carter, an authoritative and influential fashion journalist of the 1950s and 1960s, wrote: "It is given to a fortunate few to be born at the right time, in the right place, with the right talents. In recent fashion there are three: Chanel, Dior, and Mary Quant."

At 7.15pm we had a couple of speeches including one on the history of Kings Road, Chelsea.

King's Road derives its name from its function as a private road used by King Charles II to travel to Kew. It remained a private royal road until 1830, but people with connections were able to use it.

Mary Quant opened her first store in The Kings Road in 1955.

In the 1960s and 1970s it had many well known buildings including Tramp, Granny Takes A Trip,

The Chelsea Drugstore, Sex / Seditionaries, Swan Song Records (Led Zeppelin) and many more.

At 8.15pm we had a 20 minute walk around the exhibition.

Over 100 of her dresses on display along with a make-up section.

Fab black and white videos showing Kings Road in the 1960s were great to watch.

There is a live band playing an hour of classic 1960s cover versions.

Complimentary Bouvet Sparkling Wines, gin cocktails and canapés for all guests.

www.vam.ac.uk

Visit the website here for more info and to buy tickets which are £12 each.

It is on until 16 Feb 2020.







Tuesday 02 April 2019...6.30pm to 9.30pm...

MARKS & SPENCER FOOD - launch party - Unit 6, 6 Langley Street, London WC2.

Tonight was to celebrate the World Preview to celebrate their new tv advertising campaign.

After 12 years they are bringing back their iconic slogan "this is not just food, this is M & S food".

Over 200 guests here and it is nice and buzzy.

A nice surprise to bump into my journo mate PAT GILBERT who over the years has written for many

music mags including Q, Mojo, Classic Rock and others.

He is gonna get the ball rolling regards me doing an interview for one of the mags to celebrate

my 7000 gigs which i will hit sometime over the summer....at the moment I am on 6915...

There are televisions dotted around the venue showing the new advert.

There was a fun photo booth in the corner that was popular.

Complimentary prosecco, two different cocktails,Rose wines and lots of tasty M & S food including

bowl food, slices of pizza, canapés, tubs of trifle and hot cross buns.

Guests got a goodie bag of a M & S branded baseball cap, mug, sunglasses and

25cl bottles of M & S Rose wine.

www.marksandspencer.com

Visit their website here for more info.







Monday 01 April 2019.

MIKE + THE MECHANICS live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Looks like the setlist will include three Genesis gems and the great Roachford hit "Cuddly Toy" from 1988.

I have seen them around a dozen times since they headlined Hammersmith Odeon in 1989.

Having been founded in 1984 by Genesis founding member Mike Rutherford (guitar), the band reformed in 2010 with Andrew Roachford, one of the UK’s most prolific R&B singers, and Canadian-born singer Tim Howar. Tim shares vocal duties with Roachford and they both add a new soulful dimension to the band’s already established sound.

The massive six week Looking Back Over My Shoulder Tour will include tracks from their highly acclaimed latest album Let Me Fly, as well as hit singles including The Living Years, and the unforgettable Over My Shoulder.

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The band have a full house tonight for their big London show on their UK tour.

The band are on stage for 2 hours 10 mins over two sets of 50 mins and 80 mins.

A nice stage production that had five hot air balloons of different sizes hovering over the stage

which were used on their latest album cover.

The band have two male lead vocals which works really well, mixing rock with soul.

Highlight of the first half was a stunning extended version of "Cuddly Toy".

The second half featured many of their radio friendly singalong tracks including

the superb "The Living Years" and encore of "Word of Mouth".

The crowd were up and dancing for the last few songs.

A great show.

Full setlist played tonight....

FIRST SET

The Best Is Yet to Come

Another Cup of Coffee

A Beggar on a Beach of Gold

One Way

Try to Save Me

Let Me Fly

Land of Confusion (Genesis cover)

Cuddly Toy (Roachford cover) (extended version)

Out of the Blue

SECOND SET

Follow You Follow Me (Genesis cover) (Acoustic)

Don't Know What Came Over Me (Acoustic)

What Would You Do (Acoustic)

Everybody Gets a Second Chance (Acoustic)

Silent Running

Get Up

The Living Years

I Can't Dance (Genesis cover)

All I Need Is a Miracle

Over My Shoulder

Encore:

Word of Mouth (extended version included band introductions and solos)

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I bumped into girl about town Jackie St Clair at the gig.

I will bump into her at many of the big London social summer events in May and June for sure.

Her previous boyfriends included Prince and Simon Cowell.











Sunday 31 March 2019....I went to two events today.

CHECKATRADE Cup Final at Wembley Stadium...2.30pm kick-off.

Well supported Portsmouth and Sunderland bring their legions of fans to Wembley.

Both have sold their 40,000 allocation and there is an incredible 85,021 here.

Bear in mind both teams are in the THIRD tier of English football (League One).

We were in the Sunderland end and the atmosphere was electric.

There will not be a better advert for the Checkatrade Trophy than this. A clash between two former Premier League clubs trying to claw their way back on to an upward curve, settled on penalties at the end of a pulsating, thrilling contest in front of the second largest crowd in Europe over the weekend.

It was a special occasion, in front of a record crowd, as supporters from England’s south and north east coasts poured into the capital, turning the final of this largely mocked and derided competition into a stunning spectacle, both inside and outside the stadium.

The game did not let it down, the balance of power shifting one way and then the other, the sense of drama unrelenting, the plot twisting and turning, leaving both sets of supporters exhausted by the end.

Portsmouth 2 Sunderland 2....Portsmouth win 5-4 on penalties.

A great game.

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then

Teenage Cancer Trust Gigs at The Royal Albert Hall continue THIS WEEK.

Levellers with special guests Dreadzone, and a DJ-set from film-maker, ,broadcaster and founding member of Big Audio Dynamite Don Letts.

Often political, occasionally angry but always big-hearted, Levellers have had 11 Top 40 albums, including a number one with 1995’s Zeitgeist, 38 weeks in the charts with 1991’s Levelling The Land, and their 2018 release We The Collective.

I saw both Levellers and Dreadzone back in 1997.

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This was the final night of the seven TCT shows at RAH and my second show of the seven.

DREADZONE arrived on stage at 8.20pm and played for 40 mins.

They have use of the big screen showing live footage.

One of their singers is sitting on a stool as he has crutches.

A good dance set.

Full Dreadzone setlist played tonight...

Life, Love & Unity

Iron Shirt

Mountain

Walk Tall

16 Hole

Music Army

Captain Dread

Don Letts played some great dub reggae cover versions during the breaks.

At 9.20pm we had the TCT film and 20 of the teenagers getting treatment came on stage to big applause.

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LEVELLERS arrived on stage at at 9.30pm and played for 80 mins.

They had a fantastic stage production with loads of lights and lasers.

Also a nice big screen showing live footage.

They are a very lively uptempo loud band that feature electric violin.

They have a long time touring musician to play the Didgeridoo on a couple of tracks.

There is plenty of moshing front of stage as the crowd are really getting into it.

Highlights included their hit singles "One Way" and "Beautiful Day".

A very enjoyable show.

Full Levellers setlist played tonight...

England My Home

Fifteen Years

100 Years of Solitude

The Fear

World Freak Show

Truth Is

Julie

Didgeridoo solo

Three Friends

One Way

Too Real

Men-an-Tol

Carry Me

Dirty Davey

Far From Home

The Cholera Well

The Riverflow

Encore:

Beautiful Day

What You Know

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I go to two or three RAH TCT shows every year since TCT shows started in 2000.

Not as good a line-up as previous years for my liking.

Last year i did FIVE of the seven shows...

UB40

Chic feat Nile Rodgers

Roger Daltrey

Kasabian

Def Leppard









Sunday 31 March 2019.

Happy Birthday to AC/DC guitarist ANGUS YOUNG who is 64 today.

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A couple of days ago Sex Pistol STEVE JONES interviewed DAVID COVERDALE for his radio show.

It is well worth watching for 36 mins...

Two British rockers shooting the breeze and David talking about Jon Lord and making up with Richie Blackmore.

Whitesnake have finally finished recording their 13th studio album 'Flesh & Blood' which comes out 10 May.

Go to Google and type in Jonesy's Jukebox David Coverdale in the search to view the footage.

I saw David Coverdale singing with Deep Purple in 1974 along with many times when he fronted Whitesnake.

Whitesnake only UK show this year is planned for The Download Festival in June.

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Saturday 30 March 2019.

The Rolling Stones American stadium tour has been postponed as Mick Jagger has a medical problem.

Jagger wrote on Twitter: “I’m so sorry to all our fans in America & Canada with tickets. I really hate letting you down like this. I’m devastated for having to postpone the tour but I will be working very hard to be back on stage as soon as I can. Once again, huge apologies to everyone.”

The band were due to kick off the US and Canada leg of their No Filter tour at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida on 20 April , finishing at the Burl’s Creek Even Grounds in Ontario, Canada, on 29 June.

You feel sorry for all The Stones fans who have booked flights and hotels.

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Happy Birthday to ERIC CLAPTON who is 74 today.

Happy Birthday to JOHNNIE WALKER who is 74 today.

Johnnies BBC Radio 2 70s show on Sundays 3pm to 5pm is a fave of mine.







Friday 29 March 2019.

The Sensational 1960s Experience package tour live at The Beck Theatre, Hayes, Middlesex.

Six legendary names take to the stage and deliver to you a night you won’t forget. Starring Mike Pender (Original voice of The Searchers) Chris Farlowe, Herman’s Hermits,The Swinging Blue Jeans, New Amen Corner and The Fourmost.

The Fourmost were part of the Brian Epstein roster of acts in the 1960s.

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Always nice to be at this cosy all seated tiered venue on the outskirts of West London.

Freddie Mercury’s biopic Bohemian Rhapsody crew were here for a couple of days filming for it.

Around 500 tickets sold out of the 600 capacity, and it's a mainly older crowd.

The six acts all played between 20 and 30 mins.

Quick changeovers as they used the same drum kit for everyone.

I am mainly hear to see the legend that is Chris Farlowe who is now aged 78... yes 78.

I have seen him a few times before with the first time in 1982 when he headlined Hammersmith Odeon.

A few original members from the 1960s are here tonight but not many as most have retired or died.

THE FOURMOST arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played for 20 mins.

No original members but a drummer who was "affiliated" with the original band.

Looking very smart in their 60s suits and ties.

The Fourmost had its roots steeped in the eclectic 1960’s Mersey beat boom and was part of the Brian Epstein stable along with The Beatles, Billy J Kramer, Gerry and The Pacemakers, Cilla Black and others. The band played some 1960’s chart hits of their own such as Hello Little Girl (no.9) and A Little Loving (no.6).

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SWINGING BLUE JEANS arrived on stage at 7.55pm for their 20 mins set.

They are all wearing faded blue jeans, white trainers and identical striped jackets.

They have no original members but play the hits "Hippy Hippy Shake", "Good Golly Miss Molly", and "You're No Good".

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HERMAN'S HERMITS arrived on stage at 8.20pm for their 30 mins set.

They still feature original drummer Jan Barry “Bean” Whitwam, now age 72, 55 years behind his drum kit.

Hits played included "Sunshine Girl", "No Milk Today", "I'm Into Something Good" and "There's a Kind of Hush".

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THE NEW AMEN CORNER arrived on stage at 9.10pm for their 20 mins set.

No original members here and later they would back both Chris Farlowe and Mike Pender.

They played their hits including "Bend Me Shape Me" and "If Paradise Is Half As Nice".

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CHRIS FARLOWE arrived on stage at 9.35pm for his 30 mins.

He still has that big frame and big voice.

Great stage banter as he slagged off PJ Proby and made fun of his recent ill-health.

He ended his great set with his two biggies "Handbags and Gladrags" (he had a hit with it before

Rod Stewart and The Stereophonic's) and his Jagger/Richards classic "Out of Time".

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MIKE PENDER was on stage for 25 mins.

He looks in great shape for age 78.

The Searchers were second only to The Beatles in the Merseybeat era of the 1960s.

Hits played included "Sweets for my Sweet", "Sugar and Spice", "Goodbye My Love",

"Needles and Pins" and "When You Walk in the Room".

Encore

All the acts on stage and Chris Farlowe on vocals for "Hold On, I'm Coming".

After the show all the acts came out to the foyer to chat and sign stuff.

An enjoyable evening of 1960s nostalgia.









Friday 29 March 2019.

Another sad death to report.

JOE FLANNERY, who was known as the "Secret Beatle" due to his close association with The Beatles

during their early years, has passed away aged 87.

The Beatles' booking manager, who was often regarded as the "Secret Beatle", passed away at his home in Aigburth, Merseyside, north west England, after being unwell "for the past month".

Joe's nephew Norman Meek said in a statement: "He had been unwell for the past month but he was still making plans for the future".

"Fans from all over the world would call at his home and he was always happy to speak with them".

I had a nice chat with Joe a few years back at Beatles photos exhibition private view in Kensington.









Thursday 28 March 2019...6.15pm to 8.30pm...

THAMES LUXURY CHARTERS - showcase - Butler's Wharf, Shad Thames, London SE1.

A nice sunny afternoon to walk by The Tower of London and London Bridge which is just five mins

away from our departure point for our cruise along The River Thames.

Around 200 guests over two levels are on this superb looking boat "The Elizabethan".

A beautiful replica of an 1890s stern-wheeled Mississippi paddle steamer which is one of the

most desirable boats for hire on the River Thames.

Whether you're seeking a venue for press receptions, film shoots, product launches, seminars, dinner dances, sightseeing, luncheons, wedding receptions, or simply to celebrate, the Elizabethan is in a class of her own.

We have a duo playing some acoustic cover versions.

At 7pm we leave for an hour's journey to The Houses of Parliament then back to Canary Wharf then back to dock.

Always great to see London at night from The River Thames.

Complimentary prosecco, vodka cocktails, gin cocktails, wines, beers and lots of different

bowl food, canapés, desserts and ice-cream.

www.thamesluxurycharters.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info.

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I was invited to the press launch for this event but could not make as it was the same time as the above.

The Halal Guys - 14 Irving Street, London WC2.

American chain opens a store in Leicester Square.

Its restaurants offer either a sandwich or platter in four different versions – chicken, beef, chicken & beef or falafel. They are served with a selection of toppings and sauces.

Check it out when you are up The West End.







Wednesday 27 March 2019...I went to two events today...

3pm to 4pm

THE DAVID GILMOUR GUITAR COLLECTION - preview - Christie's , King Street, London SW1.

Does this mean David Gilmour has retired from playing live???...DG is now aged 73.

Pink Floyd star David Gilmour’s collection of over 120 guitars is set to go under the hammer, including one

with a Juicy Fruit wrapper left inside.

It includes his most well known guitars including his Black 1969 Fender Strat.

The guitarist is auctioning off his enormous personal collection for charity, saying it is a “wrench” to let them go.

It is officially estimated that the collection of more than 120 instruments will fetch over one million dollars during the sale in New York but it is likely it will make much more than that.

It is a pretty amazing collection which is spread over five rooms.

Each room has Pink Floyd classics being played over the Sennheiser Sound Systems.

In the main room is a big screen showing two tracks from his "Live in Pompeii 2016" DVD.

The two tracks were "What Do You Want From Me" and "Comfortably Numb".

The later of course has that stunning section where the lasers kick in for the iconic guitar solo.

I was lucky to have seen him a few times at The Royal Albert Hall performing this - stunning.

The guitars are shown in Los Angeles in May before the New York auction on 20 June 2019.

It is on every afternoon until this Sunday and free to get in.

They ask to reserve a space if you are coming at the weekend...nobody checked me today.

www.christies.com

Visit their website here for more info and photos of the guitars.

then

7pm to 11.15pm

VIVE LE ROCK AWARDS at The Islington Academy, London.

Around 500 downstairs and 200 guests upstairs where i am.

A great buzzy vibe and great to see so many punk rockin' chums here.

The wacky and hyper ED TUDOR POLE was tonight's host.

At 7.30pm the house band with TOM SPENCER (The Professionals) played three cover songs.

At 7.45pm GLEN MATLOCK arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played three songs with the house band.

"Sexy Beast" , "Keep on Pushing" and "Pretty Vacant"....totally excellent.

At 8.05pm Surprise additions tonight were THE RICH KIDS who played three songs.

Glen Matlock , Midge Ure and Rusty Egan were joined by Neal X (ex Sigue Sigue Spuknik).

They played three Rich Kids classics that went down a storm.

"Sounds of Marching Men" , "Ghosts of Princes in Towers" and "Rich Kids".

At 8.50pm STEVE DIGGLE played three Buzzcocks classics "What Do I Get?", "Harmony In My Head"

and "Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)" .

9.25pm SUZI QUATRO with the house band performed "Sweet Little Rock n Roller".

At 9.30pm BARRIE MASTERS sung three songs with the house band..."Teenage Depression" ,

the glorious anthem "Do Anything You Wanna Do" and "Get Out Of Denver".

At 9.45pm Ed TUDOR POLE performed two great tracks with the house band.

"Who Killed Bambi?" and "Swords of a Thousand Men".

THE STRANGLERS arrived on stage at 10.30pm and played a six song 25 mins set.

A nice mix of older classics and more recent material...

5 Minutes

Tank

Unbroken

This Song Will Get Me Over You

Get A Grip On Yourself

No More Heroes

Others in the crowd who did not appear on stage included Gaye Advert and Stuart Pearce.

Award winners and presenters...

Pioneer - Barrie Masters (presented by Rat Scabies)

New Band - The Blue Carpet Band (presented by Glen Matlock)

Roots/Ska/Rock n Roll/ Blues - The Beat feat Ranking Roger (presented by Neville Staple)

Rock in Peace - Pete Shelley (presented by Pauline Murray to Steve Diggle )

Icon - Suzi Quatro (presented by Girlschool)

Live Band - SLF (presented to SLF drummer Steve Grantly by Jim Jones)

Album - Idles (presented by Tom Spencer from The Professionals).

Reissue - Burning Britain UK Punk 1980 to 1983 (presented by Animal ANL to Knox Vibrators)

Film - Lee Thompson : One Mans Madness (presented by Pauline Black).

Maverick - Killing Joke (presented by Chumbawamba chap)

Band of The Year - The Stranglers (presented by The Ruts DC)

A totally excellent punk rockin' evening.









Tuesday 26 March 2019.

Comedy Evening at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Day two of the seven Teenage Cancer Trust Gigs at The Royal Albert Hall this week.

Host Kevin Bridges will be joined by fellow British comedy heavyweights: John Bishop,

Kerry Godliman, Romesh Ranganathan , Seann Walsh ,Tommy Tiernan and Susie McCabe.

Kevin Bridges is Scotland's most popular comedian since Billy Connolly.

I saw him at Hammersmith Apollo last year when he performed six sold out shows at that venue.

That tour included an incredible 19 night residency at the Glasgow Hydro Arena.

John Bishop has also played a UK arena tour recently.

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A full house for this comedy evening that lasted 2 hours 30 mins over two sets of 70 mins and 80 mins.

Kevin Bridges performed around 30 mins in total and the others performed 15 to 20 mins each.

There was a big screen showing live footage.

FIRST SET

Kevin Bridges was the host and did routines between the acts.

Kerry Godliman

Seann Walsh

Tommy Tiernan

SECOND SET

Kevin Bridges did his main set along with routines between the another acts.

Susie McCabe

Romesh Ranganathan

John Bishop

Lots of funny routines from all of the acts.

At the start of the second set ROGER DALTREY came on to introduce a TCT film and 20 of the

young people with cancer who got a massive round of applause.

Roger Daltrey has done an amazing job with the TCT shows over the past 20 years.

There are now 28 purpose-built TCT units thanks to £27m being raised during the shows history.

Donate £5 by texting REACH to 70500 and LIDL will match your donation with another £5.









Tuesday 26 March 2019.

Happy Birthday to STEVEN TYLER who is 71 today.

Happy Birthday to DIANA ROSS who is 75 today.

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Very sad news that The Beat vocalist RANKING ROGER has died, aged 56.

The musician, real name Roger Charlery, passed away earlier today (March 26). A post on The Beat’s Facebook page confirmed his passing, adding: “He fought & fought & fought, Roger was a fighter.

“Roger’s family would like to thank everyone for their constant support during this tough time,” the post concluded. See it below.

I saw him with The Beat 40 years ago as well as a couple of years ago at BBC 6 Radio Christmas Show.

How come so many musicians don't live to see their 60th birthday???







Monday 25 March 2019...6.45pm to 10.30pm...

HARD ROCK CAFE - showcase - Old Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1.

Around 150 guests at this iconic venue that opened back to June 1971.

I have seen some pretty amazing secret gigs here over the years including Aerosmith,

Deep Purple, Bad Company and a few others.

At 7pm had a welcome speech which told us the history of the stunning music memorabilia on the walls.

The first two items were guitars from Eric Clapton and Pete Townshend.

At 7.15pm we had a fashion show for 10 mins as they showed off some t-shirts etc from their retail store.

BANG BANG ROMEO arrived on stage at 8.50pm and played for 50 mins.

Bang Bang Romeo are starting to get themselves noticed.

Lead singer Anastasia Walker’s dramatic powerhouse blues-drenched vocal takes centre stage amid crashing guitar riffs and driving percussion.

Great songs played included "Bag of Bones" and "Shame on You".

See for yourself when the band support Pink on her stadium tour this summer.

After the band played there was a business card raffle for three prizes of Isle of Wight Festival tickets,

dinner at Hard Rock Cafe , Hard Rock merch voucher but none of us won anything this time.

Many companies hire out The Hard Rock Cafe for their Christmas parties as they have two levels here.

Complimentary wines, beers, burgers, chicken strips, brownies etc.

www.hardrock.com

Check out the Hard Rock website here for more info.







Monday 25 March 2019.

Happy Birthday to SIR ELTON JOHN who is 72 today.

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Sad news that SCOTT WALKER has passed away.

Hugely influential singer Scott Walker has died at the age of 76.

His death was confirmed by record label 4AD – who hailed him as “a solo artist, producer and composer of uncompromising originality.”









Sunday 24 March 2019.

STIFF LITTLE FINGERS + Eddie & The Hot Rods + The Vapors live at The Forum, London.

SLF are playing their annual March UK tour with special guests Eddie & The Hot Rods.

I have seen both bands many times over the past 40 odd years.

Eddie & The Hot Rods are saying 2019 will be their final year of performing live.

Original singer Barrie Masters is still on vocals for classics including " Do Anything You Wanna Do".

In the long hot summer of 1976 i saw many shows at The Marquee Club by Eddie & The Hot Rods and AC/DC who were vying for who could break the house attendance records at the famous Marquee Club in London.

First band on will be The Vapors who had a big hit "Turning Japanese" in 1980.

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Needless to say i was really forward to see this triple bill of bands.

Lots of folks here i know and respect to my Bristol punk rockin' chums who were

getting the midnight coach at Victoria after the gig to get back home.

I had a great third row centre seat view upstairs so i could rest my legs.

THE VAPORS arrived on stage at 7.20pm and played for 30 mins.

A short set but great to hear their catchy hit "Turning Japanese".

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EDDIE & THE HOT RODS arrived on stage at 8.10pm and played for 45 mins.

It looks like this will be their second last ever London show before Barrie Masters calls it a day.

Barrie singing their classic track "Do Anything You Wanna Do" was superb with all the crowd singing.

Great to see them again.

Full Eddie & The Hot Rods setlist played tonight...

Get Across to You

I Might Be Lying

Teenage Depression

Quit This Town

Telephone Girl

The Power & The Glory

Why Should I Care?

Life on the Line

Hard Drivin' Man ( J. Geils Band cover)

Do Anything You Wanna Do

Gloria (Them cover)

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STIFF LITTLE FINGERS arrived on stage at 9.20pm and played for 85 mins.

SLF have a big curtain of flames along the back of the stage.

Lots of their punk classics played including "Suspect Device", "Wasted Life", "Nobody's Hero",

"Gotta Getaway" , "Tin Soldiers" and of course their anthem "Alternative Ulster".

It got lively down the front stalls as folks jumped and danced away.

They whizzed through their set for a great show.

Full a SLF setlist played tonight...

Go For It (Intro)

Law and Order

At The Edge

Suspect Device

Guitar and Drum

Strummerville

16 Shots

Silver Lining

Harp

Guilty as Sin

Wasted Life

Can't Get Away With That

Listen

State of Emergency

My Dark Places

Just Fade Away

Nobody's Hero

Gotta Gettaway

Encore:

Drinkin' Again

Tin Soldiers

Alternative Ulster











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News and Reviews: 21st March 2019

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, global and

cutting-edge food & drink manufacturers.

A massive event as over 5000 visitors a day.

Showcasing are food brands, snack brands, cakes n pastries brands, Choc brands, soft drinks brands,

alcoholic drinks brands,ice-cream brands, along with kitchen equipment and related manufacturers.

Lots of samples are given out for us to try and you end up taking home a bag of food n drinks.

then

5pm to 8pm

VISIT SCOTLAND - showcase at Boisdale, Canary Wharf, London E14.

Around 100 guests here at this nice venue.

Thirteen stands from top hotels in Scotland are showcasing including Trump Turnberry.

Stunning four star and five star hotels set in stunning locations in the cities and the countryside.

Certainly feels like i should plan another visit to Scotland...maybe a gig like KISS in July...

Three raffle prizes of a one night hotel stay in one of the hotels with travel included but none of

my group won anything this time.

Complimentary wines and canapés for all guests.

then

9pm to 11.30pm

HIPAY PARTY at Namco Funscape County Hall , London SE1.

HiPay is an independent global payment service provider based in France.

Around 200 guests here at this venue where tonight you can have free use of 200 arcade machines,

14 bowling lanes, table tennis, pool tables, bumper cars etc.

A dj is playing tunes from the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s.

Complimentary guinness, lagers, ciders, fish n chips, burgers, giant sausages and canapés.

A fun event.

www.hipay.com

Visit their website here for more info.









Tuesday 19 March 2019.

PICTURE THIS + ETHAM + CHARLOTTE live at The Forum, London.

Picture This are massive back home in Ireland where at the end of March they become the first band

to play five nights at the 13,000 capacity Dublin Arena.

They are touring to promote their second album.

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Picture This sold out Shepherds Bush Empire on the last tour and tonight is sold out and they

return to play The Roundhouse at the end of the year.

CHARLOTTE arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played for 30 mins.

A decent enough 30 mins set from this singer-songwriter.

ETHAM arrived on stage at 8.20pm and played for 30 mins.

A decent enough 30 mins set from this singer-singwriter.

It was a good idea to put the supports name on the big screen all through their sets.

By the time the headliners arrive on stage the venue is full of Irish folks.

PICTURE THIS arrived on stage at 9.20pm and played for 80 mins.

They had a big screen showing nice pre-recorded images.

Lots of females here screaming away for the singer.

Lots of Irish flags on display and chants of "Ole, Ole, Ole".

The band were very well rehearsed and the mainly under 30s crowd sang along loudly.

Their pop rock sound is like The Script or Maroon 5 so doubt the critics will like then.

Highlights included "One Drink" and "Take My Hand".

Pretty obvious they will be at Wembley Arena or The 02 Arena in a couple of years.

An enjoyable show.

Full setlist played by Picture This tonight...

Modern Love

If You Wanna Be Loved

You & I

Everything I Need

Nevada

Dance Away With Me

Hurt Nobody

Life Of The Party

Addicted to You

More Than Just Tonight

Let's Be Young

This Morning

Never Change

Everything Or Nothing

Encore:

Jane

One Drink

When We Were Young

Take My Hand











Monday 18 March 2019...6pm to 11pm...

BRITISH KEBAB AWARDS at The Park Plaza Hotel, Westminster Bridge, London SE1.

A bigger event than you would imagine as there is a massive crowd of around 1000 here.

As expected it is around 90% male guests.

Labour Party leader JEREMY CORBYN was here to present an award and promote the

British Kebab industry even though he does not eat meat.

There are over 20,000 kebab outlets in the UK that provide around 200,000 jobs.

Just Eat and Cobra Beer were the main sponsors.

6pm to 7.30pm was the reception with wines,Cobra beers, canapés and tubs of Ben n Jerry's ice-cream.

7.30pm to 11pm was the awards along with a three course dinner with wines, Cobra beers and coffee.

Starter - Sheekh Kebab, Malai Kebab, along with sides.

Main - Roast Lamb with sides.

Dessert - Vanilla Ice-Cream and Chocolate.

The awards were given to winners from different regions and various suppliers.

There were a couple of Turkish acts singing some traditional songs.

www.britishkebabawards.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info and a list of winners.









Sunday 17 March 2019.

Check out this amazing bunch of gigs i was going to 40 years ago this week as a 19 year old.

Bill Haley Rainbow Theatre, London 17.03.1979

David Essex Hammersmith Odeon, London 24.03.1979

Gang Of Four,Stiff Little Fingers,Human League,Fall,Mekons Lyceum Theatre, London 25.03.1979

Journey,Pat Travers Band Hammersmith Odeon, London 26.03.1979

Skids,Dole Marquee Club, London 28.03.1979

Eddie And The Hot Rods,Members Rainbow Theatre, London 30.03.1979

Buzzcocks,Patrick Fitzgerald Hammersmith Odeon, London 31.03.1979

Motorhead,Nutz,Girlschool Lyceum Theatre, London 01.04.1979

Graham Parker And The Rumour Hammersmith Odeon, London 03.04.1979

Elton John Drury Lane Theatre, London 05.04.1979

Siouxsie And The Banshees ,Human League Rainbow Theatre, London 07.04.1979

Damned,UK Subs,Specials Lyceum Theatre, London 08.04.1979









Sunday 17 March 2019.

Happy Birthday to BILLY CORGAN who is 52 today.

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Sad news that DICK DALE has passed away.

Dick Dale, "the King of the Surf Guitar" and a pioneering guitarist that inspired a generation of musicians,

has died at the age of 81.

California Rocker first reported that Dale died Sunday. His bassist Sam Bolle confirmed Dale’s death to the Guardian. No cause of death was revealed, but the guitarist suffered from health issues in recent years. In 2010, Dale said he was battling rectal cancer, and in an interview that went viral, Dale said in 2015 that “I can’t stop touring because I will die” due to medical expenses stemming from cancer treatment, diabetes and renal failure. “I have to raise $3,000 every month to pay for the medical supplies I need to stay alive, and that’s on top of the insurance that I pay for,” Dale said at the time.

I saw him play The Garage in London in 1995.







Saturday 16 March 2019.

TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE + THE RECORD COMPANY live at The Forum, London.

Trombone Shorty is best known as a trombone and trumpet player but also plays drums, organ, and tuba.

He has released several albums and has worked with many big names including U2 and Jeff Beck.

Support act The Record Company have released two albums.

The Record Company is a Grammy nominated American rock band from Los Angeles, California. The members are Chris Vos (guitar, lead vocals), Alex Stiff (bass, backing vocals), and Marc Cazorla (drums, backing vocals). Their music is influenced by blues musicians like John Lee Hooker,early punk bands like The Stooges, and rock bands like The Rolling Stones. Their sound incorporates slide guitar, distorted bass, a Ludwig drum kit and the vocals of Chris Vos.

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A bit of a surprise that tonight is a near sell-out show.

THE RECORD COMPANY arrive on stage at 7.45pm and played for 45 mins.

A crap name for a band i thought, but my friend thought it was a great name.

This blues rock trio have a nice sound going for them.The gritty slide guitar, fuzzed-out bass,

and driving drums along with some nifty harmonica made for a good support set.

TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE arrive on stage at 9pm and play for 90 mins.

A nice stage production and there are nine on stage including two female backing singers.

A great live sound with a potent mix of funk, jazz, rock ’n’ roll, soul and blues.

Trombone Shorty is aged 33 and is a charismatic front man as he mixes vocals with his great trombone.

Seeing him at full tilt with the sax player as the band grooved away was great to watch.

There were a couple of cover versions in the set too.

An enjoyable show.









Friday 15 March 2019...I went to two events tonight...

6pm to 7pm

DANNY CLIFFORD photo exhibition "Rock Stars Don't Smile " - private view -

Heath Street Baptist Church, 84 Heath Street, Hampstead, London NW3.

As a world-renowned Rock and Roll photographer, Danny Clifford has spent his career as a fly-on-the-wall to the most iconic musicians of the last 40 years. From his big break as Bob Dylan's official photographer in the 1970s, through his close working relationship with Queen, The Who, The Rolling Stones and Amy Winehouse to name but a handful, the stories he has amassed over the years are just as vivid, colourful and dramatic as his photographs. With the title quote from a near-miss scuffle with Liam Gallagher, this is an exhibition of limited edition prints, previously untold stories and an access-all-areas insight into Danny's extensive archive.

Danny is a bit older than me but i have bumped into him loads of times over the past 40 years although

for the last decade he has been kind of semi-retired.

Around 60 classic photos are on display in this stunning setting, with many having a great narrative.

A picture of Keith Moon with a young Zak Starkey.

Danny had dinner with Keith Moon on the day he died.

Quite a few people here i know.

Zak Starkey and John Coghlan turned up when they were on display in Henley-On-Thames last month.

The gallery is 100 yards from Hampstead tube station.

It is on here until 11 April 2019.

Complimentary prosecco and beers for all guests.

www.dannyclifford.com

Visit his website here to check out some of his great photos.

The front page photo is of Danny, aged just 20, taken by Bob Dylan on Bob Dylan's private jet in 1978.

then

7.45pm to 11.15pm

NO. FIFTY CHEYNE - restaurant press review - 50 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London SW3.

This restaurant is hidden away just a few yards from the homes of Mick Jagger, Bryan Adams and others.

Originally opened in 2003 by Sally Greene, who’s also the Founder Director of The Old Vic and proprietor of Ronnie Scott’s, she’s just finished taking the restaurant through a nine-month renovation that will see it reborn as No. Fifty Cheyne.

In the kitchen, she’s recruited Iain Smith who was previously Head Chef at Social Eating House so it’s clear that this is going to be much more than a friendly neighbourhood restaurant. Dishes are set to include the likes of ‘Belted Galloway beef ragout with spatzli, spicy sausage and rose harissa’ and ‘Cornish monkfish, roscoff onion, potato straws with roast chicken broth’. There are plans for a big Sunday menu too which will allow guests to pre-order their favourite roasts such as a whole suckling pig, a rib of beef or a whole salmon.

The ground floor restaurant will seat around 70 and on the upper floor there’s also going to be a 50 seat cocktail bar and ‘drawing room’. Set on Cheyne Walk there are views of the Thames and Cheyne Gardens too so, all in all, this is shaping up to be a very interesting new incarnation of a Chelsea favourite.

The restaurant is full and there is a great buzzy vibe.

The new decor feels like you could be at The Chiltern Firehouse.

We each had a full three course meal along with champers, wines and coffees.

For mains we shared a full Chateaubriand steak which is cooked with a thick cut from the tenderloin filet.

The sharing price is £85 but it was superb and the side dishes will cost extra...the chunky chips were amazing.

Our French waiter (Albert?) was so attentive and really helped the evening along by fussing over us.

Normally the evening would have cost £220 for two so it is pretty steep due to the prime Chelsea location.

We really had a great five star evening here.

www.fiftycheyne.com

Visit their website here for more info on the venue.

For the next week they are having a 50% off food soft opening.







Friday 15 March 2019.

Last night, SHOWSEC were declared Best Security Company at the Event Production Awards 2019.

Recognising and celebrating the hard work and achievements put into the outdoor and live events industry, the Event Production Awards have become the most prestigious event industry awards ceremony of the year.

SHOWSEC are at a few London music venues including Hammersmith Apollo and Shepherds Bush Empire.







Thursday 14 March 2019...I went to two events tonight....

6.30pm to 7.30pm

OPERA GALLERY - private view - 134 New Bond Street, London W1.

Around 100 guests here at this gallery.

Opera Gallery is proud to present Transformation, a solo exhibition off 22 new works by one of Spain’s most acclaimed portrait artists Lita Cabellut. The third highest selling artist in Spain, Lita Cabellut’s paintings are collected by many public figures including Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman and Gordon Ramsay and have been the subject of numerous high profile international exhibitions.

Complimentary Pommery champers for all guests.

www.operagallery.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then

8pm to 10.30pm

ASHBURN RESTAURANT & BAR - launch party - Holiday Inn, 97 Cromwell Road, London SW7.

Around 150 guests at this well known hotel brand that is nearer to Gloucester Road than South Kensington.

Nestled in the charming area of Kensington, just off Gloucester Road, Ashburn Bar & Dining offers a warm, inviting atmosphere to share great food and good wine with friends and family.

Open all day, seven days a week, serving brunch, lunch and dinner.

With a focus on pure, simple honest food, International favourites made from the freshest ingredients that are both generous and delicious.

Complimentary prosecco, wines, beers, bowl food, burgers, fish n chips and desserts for all guests.

www.hikensingtonforumhotel.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info.







Thursday 14 March 2019.

FOUR English teams in The Champions League Quarter-Finals draw held tomorrow (Friday).

For the first time in 10 seasons, four teams from one country will compete in the last eight of the Champions League.

Liverpool's victory over Bayern Munich in the last 16 means England will now provide 50% of the quarter-final teams in Europe's top club competition, with Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham the other Premier League sides present....pretty amazing.







Thursday 14 March 2019.

Sad news that DANNY KUSTOW, the guitarist best known for his work in the Tom Robinson Band, has died.

The news was confirmed by Robinson on Facebook, where he said that Kustow passed away in hospital in the early hours of Monday morning.

I saw him play many great gigs with Tom Robinson 40 years ago.

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Happy Birthday to JONA LEWIE who is 72 today.

Jona Lewie is an English singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, best known for his 1980 UK hits "You'll Always Find Me in the Kitchen at Parties" and "Stop the Cavalry".









Wednesday 13 March 2019.

DAVE MATTHEWS BAND live at Hammersmith Apollo, London.

I am back to see their second show at this venue.

Last night i was stalls standing and tonight i am front circle.

Pretty much the same kind of crowd, including lots of Americans.

Their UK & European booking agent Rod MacSween is here again.

The merch stand is doing a roaring trade again.

Again it is a mammoth set of 2 hours 45 mins on stage.

INCREDIBLY THE ENTIRE SET WAS DIFFERENT TO THE NIGHT BEFORE.

I spoke to a hardcore fan who said they rehearse 100 songs for each tour.

The drummer was again amazing and that kit of his was just perfection.

Oddly his drum solo was accompanied by a flute solo???

Quite a few of the songs ended up being 10 mins of muso twiddling.

For me they are a great live band to watch but i wouldn't buy their albums.

Building up great connections with their fans over radio play has paid off for them.

Another enjoyable show.

Full Dave Matthews Band setlist played tonight...

You Never Know

That Girl Is You

Seven

Warehouse

Again and Again

Dancing Nancies

Say Goodbye

Save Me

Everyday

Here on Out

Sledgehammer (Peter Gabriel cover)

She

Crush

Gravedigger

So Much to Say

Granny

Jimi Thing

Sexy M.F. (Prince cover)

Grey Street

Encore:

Ants Marching











Wednesday 13 March 2019.

Happy Birthday to singer-songwriter NEIL SEDAKA who is 80 today.

Happy Birthday to U2 bass player ADAM CLAYTON who is 59 today.









Tuesday 12 March 2019.

DAVE MATTHEWS BAND live at Hammersmith Apollo, London.

DMB play the first of two shows at this venue.

DMB are an American band who can headline arenas and stadiums back home.

They sold out two nights at Madison Square Garden in November 2018.

These Hammersmith shows are the only UK gigs on their European Tour.

They headlined The 02 Arena in 2010 and 2015.

Their only Top 40 hit single in the UK was "The Space Between" in 2001.

They are known to play lengthy shows of 2 hours 30 mins plus.

The group's most recent album, 2018's Come Tomorrow, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, making Dave Matthews Band the first group to have seven consecutive studio albums debut at the peak.As of 2018, the Dave Matthews Band has sold more than 100 million tickets since its inception and a collective 91 million CDs and DVDs combined.

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As expected there were loads of Americans in the venue tonight.

A nice atmosphere as it is stalls standing tonight.

Also here was legendary live music booking agent Rod MacSween (DMB are one of his acts).

DMB arrived on stage at 7.40pm and played for a mammoth 2 hours 45 mins.

A nice big stage production with lots of lights and a big screen mixing live footage with pre-recorded images.

All the band are top notch musicians as they mixed rock, funk, jazz, pop etc with nice sax and trumpet.

Singer/guitarist Dave stuck to what he does best: pouring all of his energy and talent into creating often-freewheeling live renditions of a grab bag of songs from a career that spans 25 years.

They also slip in a couple of good cover versions at each show.

They are well known for never playing the same setlist twice.

The show ticked along nicely and the long set was enjoyable.

Full Dave Matthews Band setlist played tonight...

Seek Up

Don't Drink the Water

Do You Remember

Louisiana Bayou

Fool to Think

You Might Die Trying

Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin)

Time of the Season (The Zombies cover)

Stand Up (For It)

Recently

The Space Between

Can't Stop

Lying in the Hands of God / American Baby Intro

You and Me

Minarets

Funny the Way It Is

#41

Pantala Naga Pampa

Rapunzel

Encore:

Sister

All Along the Watchtower / Stairway to Heaven (Bob Dylan/Led Zeppelin cover)









Tuesday 12 March 2019.

SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE opened 25 years ago today as a fully fledged gig venue

with an invite only show by Soundgarden on 12 March 1994 which i attended.

I have been to hundreds of gigs at this great venue.

Type Shepherds Bush Empire in my venue search to see the bands i saw here from 1994 to 2002.

Also four bands before that in the 1970s when Old Grey Whistle Test specials were filmed there.

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Happy Birthday to PETER DOHERTY who is 40 today.

Happy Birthday to Blur's GRAHAM COXON who is 50 today.

Happy Birthday to Iron Maiden's STEVE HARRIS who is 63 today.

Happy Birthday to singer-songwriter JAMES TAYLOR who is 71 today.







Sunday 10 March 2019...6pm to 9pm...

My band GUN CONTROL with me on drums had our first rehearsal of the year in North Acton.

We went through the ten songs we played at our comeback gig and started work on two new songs.

Sounded pretty good considering it was our first meeting since the gig four months ago.

Hopefully we can sort out our next gig in Acton around April/May.









Saturday 09 March 2019.

DODGY + BABYBIRD + TONY WRIGHT live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of their breakthrough, gold-selling second album, Homegrown, 90s indie legends, Dodgy will playing the record in its entirety on a headline tour. They’ll also be joined by ‘You’re Gorgeous’ singers, Babybird and Terrorvision frontman, Tony Wright.

I saw Dodgy three times in the 1990s including a show where they supported Neil Young.

Dodgy had five Top 20 UK hit singles in the 1990s.

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Level 2 and 3 are closed as around 800 tickets sold out of 2000.

Lots of boozed up folks here reliving the Brit Pop era of the 1990s.

TONY WRIGHT arrived on stage at 7.25pm and played for 30 mins.

He played an acoustic set with plenty of Yorkshire humour.

The final track was Terrorvision's big No 2 hit 'Tequila' from 1999.

Good to hear it but it sounds better when the band play it.

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BABYBIRD arrived on stage at 8.05pm and played for 40 mins.

Babybird who are still fronted by Stephen Jones played a confusing set.

Never one of the trendier bands of the 1990s, he was full of confrontation tonight.

The darker lyrics and his sharp tongue throwing barbed criticisms at the crowd between songs.

Big hit "You're Gorgeous" was performed half heartedly and when he left the stage he was still moaning.

They were giving out a freebie five track cd by Babybird at the merch stand.

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DODGY arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 90 mins.

The crowd knew quite a lot of the songs so sang loudly along to them.

Great to hear their hits "Going Out for the Summer" and "Good Enough".

During the encore they dedicated a song to Keith Flint.

A good set.

Full Dodgy setlist played tonight....

Staying Out for the Summer (acoustic with crowd singalong)

Big Brown Moon

This Is Ours

Homegrown

Staying Out for the Summer (Homegrown album played from here)

Melodies Haunt You

So Let Me Go Far

Crossroads

One Day

We Are Together

Whole Lot Easier

Making the Most Of

Waiting for the Day

What Have I Done Wrong?

Grassman

Encore:

In a Room

If You're Thinking of Me

Good Enough

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Straight after their set they went to the merch stand to meet their fans and sign stuff.









Saturday 09 March 2019.

The MICHAEL JACKSON debate continues..do we still play his music or not?

Check out the full show on YouTube from MICHAEL JACKSON live at Wembley Stadium on 16 July 1988.

I was at this amazing show which was the first of his seven Wembley Stadium shows that summer.

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Happy Birthday to MARTIN FRY from ABC who is 61 today.

Happy Birthday to guitarist JIM CREGAN who is 73 today.

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Friday 08 March 2019.

Happy Birthday to GARY NUMAN who is 61 today.









Thursday 07 March 2019...I went to two events tonight...

6.15pm to 8.15pm

PHILLIPS GALLERY - auction - 30 Berkeley Square, Mayfair , London W1.

A nice buzzy crowd as maybe 200 guests are seated and 100 are standing.

Around 20 phone bidders too at the sides.

29 lots for their 20th Century & Contemporary Art Sale from 7pm to 8pm.

A mad contrast that sometimes i struggle to get my head around.

When you wander around the West End you will always see a few homeless people and

people begging for your small change and then you go to an auction like this and someone

can spend millions on a painting.

Lots went from just over £50k to the highest which was a staggering £13.5 million for a

painting by Gerhard Richter (oil on canvas from 1963).

Complimentary Ruinart champers for all guests.

then

10.30pm to 12pm

WAITRESS - press/vip - opening night party at The Crypt, Trafalgar Square, London WC2.

A big crowd of over 300 guests here after the show that was held earlier at The Adelphi Theatre.

All the cast turned up here but didn't see any of the main guests who attended the show earlier including

Cuba Gooding Jr, Sir Michael Caine, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Beverley Knight.

Canadian musician David Foster (has worked with many bands over the past 40 years) was on hand to support his fiancée Katherine McPhee as the leading lady wowed audiences on the opening night of the hit musical Waitress.

A dj is playing tunes in the background.

Complimentary prosecco, wines, beers, bowl food, canapés and slices of various cakes.

We left at midnight but it was on until 1am.

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About Waitress -

The musical is based on the 2007 film of the same name, written by Adrienne Shelly. It tells the story of Jenna Hunterson, a waitress in an abusive relationship with her husband Earl. When Jenna unexpectedly becomes pregnant, she begins an affair with her gynecologist, Dr. Jim Pomatter. Looking for ways out, she sees a pie contest and its grand prize as her chance.







Thursday 07 March 2019.

THE ROLLING STONES have partnered with Swedish brand Happy Socks, launching a limited edition spring/summer 2019 sock collection inspired by the British rock band's iconic tongue and lip logo. Happy Socks took to Instagram to reveal the collaboration, posting 'It’s finally time to step into the spotlight with one of the greatest bands of all time: The Rolling Stones. The collection, available in stores and online, features their iconic artwork with a colourful twist for an electric selection of patterns'.







Wednesday 06 March 2019.

KEITH URBAN + KERRI WATT live at The Forum, London.

Keith plays a warm up show before headlining The 02 Arena a couple of days later.

Keith is massive in America and has sold more than 20 million albums and has won four Grammy Awards.

He is on a world tour to support of his eleventh studio album 'Graffiti U' (released in 2018)

The UK shows are his first over here for a decade.

Keith is married to actress Nicole Kidman.

Keith has just completed an arena tour of Australia and New Zealand.

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Not many people under the age of 30 here for this night of new country rock.

Support act KERRI WATT arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played for 30 mins.

Kerri is a Scottish singer-songwriter who played tracks from her debut album.

She certainly looks great , with her long blonde hair, slim tall model type body and hot pants.

Some decent songs that went down well with the crowd.

Oddly enough from a distance she looked like Nicole Kidman.

KEITH URBAN arrived on stage at 8.40pm and played for a nice long 2 hours 10 mins.

This is the first time i have seen him live and i don't know any of his material.

He is a lot more popular live than his record sales as he has not had any Top 40 hits in the UK.

A nice stage production with a big screen showing pre-recorded images.

Lots of easygoing and friendly stage banter from Keith that his loyal female fans love.

Support act Kerri Watt joined him for one song.

Near the end he played three songs on a small podium in the floor standing area that was great.

Lots of good solid catchy songs where he sounded a bit like a country rock version of Bryan Adams.

Ticker-tape fell over the crowd for the last song of the main set.

An enjoyable show.









Wednesday 06 March 2019.

Happy Birthday to DAVID GILMOUR who is 73 today.







Tuesday 05 March 2019...I went to two events tonight...

6.30pm to 8pm

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM - showcase - South Kensington, London SW7.

Walking towards this iconic building you look up and see what a huge impressive building it is.

Around 100 guests here with three quarters of them being female.

At 7.15pm we get a 30 mins tour of the museum and it's many spaces for hire.

They cater small events of 40 guests up to 1200 guests in the main entrance area.

It feels a bit like that great film " Night at The Museum".

Complimentary Rose champers and canapés for all guests.

then

8.30pm to 12pm

SOLO AGENCY - showcase - Notting Hill Arts Club, London W11.

Over 150 guests here for this invite only event which is nice and buzzy.

SOLO are one of Europes top live music booking agents as bands currently on their roster include

Spice Girls, U2, Madonna, Phil Collins, Genesis, Sting, The Police, Iggy Pop, Blondie and many more.

Solo was formed by music biz legend John Giddings who has been around for over 40 years.

John also puts together The Isle of Wight Festival each year...John is here tonight...

Tonight John is showcasing five of the lesser known acts that Solo look after.

All the five bands played for around 25 mins each.

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BANG BANG ROMEO arrived on stage around 9pm.

Big powerful vocals from their female singer and they played their great track "Shame on You".

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GET CAPE WEAR CAPE have released several albums since 2006.

They had a female violinist which added nicely to their sound.

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ROTHWELL arrived on stage at 10.15pm for her set.

Another female with a great voice.She played her excellent track "Darling".

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LOCK arrived on stage at 10.50pm for their set.

This female trio played simple catchy pop and were really enjoyable.

Amazingly they had two female cheerleaders dancing throughout their set.

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WILD FRONT from Southampton arrived on stage at 11.25pm for their set.

Some good songs with a great guitar sound and nice harmonies.

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Complimentary bottles of Heineken lagers for all guests throughout the evening.









Monday 04 March 2019.

BILL BURR live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Bill Burr (now aged 50) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, voice actor, writer, musician,producer,podcaster,and social critic. He has released six stand-up specials. Outside of stand-up, he is known for hosting the Monday Morning Podcast, appearing on Chappelle's Show, playing Patrick Kuby in the AMC crime drama series Breaking Bad, and creating and starring in the Netflix animated sitcom F Is for Family. He also co-founded the All Things Comedy network.

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ADAM ROWE from Liverpool opened the show for a 15 mins set.

He had some funny material and went down well.

He has some live clips up on YouTube.

BILL BURR arrived on stage at 8.40pm and performed for 1 hour 40 mins.

By the time he had come on stage the venue was totally rammed sold out.

The cameras were here to film the show for his next Netflix special.

A basic stage with just him and a microphone along with a stool and some water.

Thankfully he is not PC and it is full tilt no holds barred at any subject with a fair amount of swearing.

Subjects included white feminists, Michelle Obama, #metoo, mens behaviour , family arguments,

sexist stuff, firefighters & first respondents, airplane travel, English football, war heroes,

Stephen Hawking, blow up dolls, getting rid of the family dog and much more.

Lots of funny LOL bits and the crowd gave him a full standing ovation at the end.

Very enjoyable.







Monday 04 March 2019.

Shock news that KEITH FLINT co-vocalist/dancer in The Prodigy has passed away...aged only 49.

The Prodigy’s Keith Flint has died aged 49. The dance legend was found dead in his home in Dunmow, Essex, this morning. An Essex Police spokesperson said: ‘We were called to concerns for the welfare of a man at an address in Brook Hill, North End, just after 8.10am on Monday.

I saw The Prodigy live around a dozen times,they were always fantastic and really got the crowd dancing.

Visit YouTube to watch their great videos and live concert clips.

Check out the video to "Firestarter" where Keith's menacing look and vocals dominate.

Six of their seven studio albums were No 1 in the UK charts.

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In an Instagram post,Prodigy band member Liam Howlett added: “The news is true. I can’t believe I’m saying

this but our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend".

“I’m shell shocked, fuckin angry, confused and heart broken.”









Monday 04 March 2019.

Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ movie will be out on DVD and Blu-Ray from today and the disc will include the complete recreation of the Live Aid performance, only seen in part in the movie.

The film has been a worldwide success and has taken a billion dollars at the box office.







Saturday 02 March 2019.

SPURS 1 ARSENAL 1 at Wembley Stadium...12.30pm kick-off.

Tottenham's Premier League match against north London rivals Arsenal on 2 March will take place at

Wembley because their new stadium is still not ready.

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A massive near sell-out crowd with over 81,000 here including 3,000 Arsenal fans.

We are up in Level 5 where there are just a couple of unsold blocks.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang saw a last-minute penalty saved by Hugo Lloris to cost Arsenal victory and ensure Tottenham retained a crucial advantage over their arch-rivals in the battle for a top-four place after a dramatic north London derby at Wembley.

Harry Kane's contested penalty put Spurs level with 16 minutes left after Aaron Ramsey's coolly taken 16th-minute goal threatened to inflict a third successive league defeat on boss Mauricio Pochettino for the first time in his reign.

Arsenal were then handed a golden opportunity to close to within one point of Spurs after Davinson Sanchez fouled Aubameyang, but the striker's tame penalty was easily saved low to his right by the diving Lloris.









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News and Reviews: 4th March 2019

Monday 04 March 2019.

Shock news that KEITH FLINT co-vocalist/dancer in The Prodigy has passed away...aged only 49.

The Prodigy’s Keith Flint has died aged 49. The dance legend was found dead in his home in Dunmow, Essex, this morning. An Essex Police spokesperson said: ‘We were called to concerns for the welfare of a man at an address in Brook Hill, North End, just after 8.10am on Monday.

I saw The Prodigy live around a dozen times,they were always fantastic and really got the crowd dancing.

Visit YouTube to watch their great videos and live concert clips.

Six of their seven studio albums were No 1 in the UK charts.

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In an Instagram post,Prodigy band member Liam Howlett added: “The news is true. I can’t believe I’m saying

this but our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend".

“I’m shell shocked, fuckin angry, confused and heart broken.”









Monday 04 March 2019.

Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ movie will be out on DVD and Blu-Ray from today and the disc will include the complete recreation of the Live Aid performance, only seen in part in the movie.

The film has been a worldwide success and has taken a billion dollars at the box office.







Saturday 02 March 2019.

SPURS 1 ARSENAL 1 at Wembley Stadium...12.30pm kick-off.

Tottenham's Premier League match against north London rivals Arsenal on 2 March will take place at

Wembley because their new stadium is still not ready.

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A massive near sell-out crowd with over 81,000 here including 3,000 Arsenal fans.

We are up in Level 5 where there are just a couple of unsold blocks.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang saw a last-minute penalty saved by Hugo Lloris to cost Arsenal victory and ensure Tottenham retained a crucial advantage over their arch-rivals in the battle for a top-four place after a dramatic north London derby at Wembley.

Harry Kane's contested penalty put Spurs level with 16 minutes left after Aaron Ramsey's coolly taken 16th-minute goal threatened to inflict a third successive league defeat on boss Mauricio Pochettino for the first time in his reign.

Arsenal were then handed a golden opportunity to close to within one point of Spurs after Davinson Sanchez fouled Aubameyang, but the striker's tame penalty was easily saved low to his right by the diving Lloris.









Saturday 02 March 2019.

Happy Birthday to JON BON JOVI who is 57 today.

This day in 2010 i saw KISS play a superb club show at Islington Academy.







This was gig number 6900 for me.

Friday 01 March 2019.

LAIBACH + film live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Avant-garde music group, Laibach from Slovenia are still the most internationally acclaimed band to have come out of the former Communist countries of Eastern and Central Europe and they’re rounding up 2018 with the release of The Sound Of Music, a collection of songs inspired by the iconic film. Taking the album on the road in the early months of 2019, they’ll perform much of the new record, as well as selected songs from their repertoire.

Before they arrive on stage they will be an exclusive screening of their documentary film “Liberation Day”.

They are signed to the legendary MUTE Records who also co-produced the film.

Formed in 1980, Laibach have had many different band members.

From the early days, the band was subject to controversies and bans due to their use of iconography associated with totalitarianism, nationalism and militarism, a concept they have preserved throughout their career. Censored and banned in Socialist Yugoslavia and receiving a kind of dissident status, the band embarked on international tours and gradually acquired international fame. After Slovenia became independent in 1991, Laibach's status in the country has turned from rejection to promotion into a national cultural icon, which included performances with the Slovenian symphony orchestra.

Early Laibach albums were pure industrial, with heavy rhythms and roaring vocals. Later in the mid-80s, the sound became more richly layered, featuring samples from classical music. The lyrics, usually delivered by bass voice of the singer Milan Fras, written in German, Slovene and English, originally treated war and military themes, but later turned focus to any highly charged political issue of the moment, sending intentionally ambiguous messages. They also recorded several cover versions of popular songs, often turning light melodies into sinister-sounding Gothic tunes.

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Around 700 folks here and it is reserved seats on the floor as we have a film to start.

From 6.45pm for 1 hour 40 mins we have their docu on the bizarre week the band had in North Korea in 2015

In the build up to them playing the first rock concert by a Western act.

Flashback to 2015. Considering the amount of secrecy surrounding North Korea, and its strict policy of limiting access to outsiders, the initial announcement that Laibach – a Slovenian avant-garde industrial art-rock act hailing all the way from the 80s – would be the first Western band ever to play in the country was quite unexpected, to say the least.

The worldwide shock came not only from the fact that it was a rock concert that was chosen to be the first performance by outsiders in North Korea, but Laibach’s particular act and performative choices too. The band has been, since their inception, repeatedly criticised for their usage of overt neo-fascist iconography – uniforms, manifestos, terrifying propaganda-like videos and all – all while leaving to speculation whether they’re being critical of or just emulating totalitarian ideologies.

It was a bit mad at how they got away with it , as officials questioned everything.

Even when testing the sound , band members said " it's not a sound check, it's an exam".

Some of the film was a bit Spinal tap in places.

Mute Records head honcho Daniel Miller was there to witness the gig and said "it was one of the most

significant concerts he had ever attended".

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After the interval LAIBACH played for 1 hour 45 mins over two sets of 45 mins and 60 mins.

We have a big screen showing their Laibach type pre-recorded images.

The first set was their new album which is collection of Rodgers & Hammerstein classics.

They kinda ruined these great songs.

Why would you record these songs in a low key Rammstein type style?

Three vocalists with the main singer having a very deep moody growling voice.

Second set included a strange version of a Rolling Stones classic.

Lots of Prog type muso twaddle.

The crowd loved it but it just didn't do anything for me.

Full Laibach setlist played tonight...

String Intro

FIRST SET : The Sound of Music ALBUM

The Sound of Music

Climb Every Mountain

Do-Re-Mi

Edelweiss

My Favourite Things

The Lonely Goatherd

Sixteen Going on Seventeen

So Long, Farewell

Maria/Korea

Arirang

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SECOND SET

Mi kujemo bodočnost

Smrt za Smrt

Nova Akropola

Vier Personen

Krvava Gruda - Plodna Zemlja

Ti, Ki Izzivaš

Encore

Sympathy for the Devil (The Rolling Stones cover)

The Coming Race

Surfing Through the Galaxy









Friday 01 March 2019.

Happy Birthday to rock legend ROGER DALTREY who is 75 today.

Tickets for The Who at Wembley Stadium are approaching Rolling Stones greed

as pitch seating in front blocks is a whopping £200.







Thursday 28 February 2019.

RUTS DC + THE PROFESSIONALS live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

The Professionals feature Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook.

The Ruts are celebrating the 40th anniversary of their debut album 'The Crack' ,released in 1979 and containing the UK hit singles: "Babylon's Burning" (Number seven on the UK chart in June 1979) and "Something That I Said" (No. 29 in September 1979) with a full UK tour.

I bought the album on vinyl when it first came out.

I saw The Ruts three times between 1978 to 1980.

Ruts DC still feature two original members.

Ruts DC will play a set featuring older material and tracks from their comeback album "Music Must Destroy".

The Professionals will play a set featuring older material and tracks from their comeback album "What in the World".

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From 6.15pm to 6.45pm i was in the venue to see THE PROFESSIONALS sound check.

The band all played their instruments for the sound engineer and the vocals were tested too.

Short versions of a few of their songs plus the guitar riff for "Pretty Vacant".

Two songs played in full "Going Going Gone" and "Good Man Down".

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Needless to say i was really looking forward to this great double-bill.

Levels 2 and 3 are closed as unsold but there must be at least 1000 people here.

As expected lots of old punk rockers here that i know.

There were over 150 on the guest list tonight.

Paul Cooks wife and daughter were here and his friends Ian Brown (ex Stone Roses)

and Marco Pirroni (ex Adam & The Ants) are here.

Non-stop classic punk tunes played over the pa when bands not on stage.

THE PROFESSIONALS arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played for 45 mins.

I have seen them three times already since Paul reformed the band.

Great he has resurrected them even though Steve Jones is not involved.

They whizzed through nifty old and new tracks with a highlight being the

pairing in the middle of "Silly Thing" and "Rewind".

A great set.

Full setlist played by The Professionals tonight...

Join the Professionals

Good Man Down

Payola

Going Going Gone

Silly Thing (Sex Pistols cover)

Rewind

Just Another Dream

Bad Baby

Hats Off

Kick Down the Doors

Let Go

1-2-3

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RUTS DC arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 90 mins.

One camera was filming all the show from the pit.

Because the main set is "The Crack" in full track order their biggest song "Babylon's Burning" is opener.

A big backdrop of the album cover dominates the back of the stage.

A fair amount of jumping around down the front.

A great set and for me a perfect night of two acts who were about 40 years ago and are still rockin'.

Full setlist played by Ruts DC tonight...

FIRST 12 TRACKS ARE "THE CRACK " ALBUM IN ORDER

Babylon's Burning

Dope for Guns

SUS

Something That I Said

You're Just A

It Was Cold

Savage Circle

Jah War

Criminal Mind

Backbiter

Out of Order

Human Punk

Music Must Destroy

West One (Shine On Me)

Kill The Pain

In a Rut

Psychic Attack

Encore:

H Eyes

Love In Vain / Police and Thieves (medley covers)

Staring at the Rude Boys

Final song ???









Wednesday 27 February 2019.

THE LEMON TWIGS + MATT MALTESE live at The Roundhouse, London.

The D’Addario brothers, also known as The Lemon Twigs are making waves for their glam rock-esque musical theatre and energetic live shows.

As the sons of working musicians and having performed on Broadway as children, it’s no surprise the Long Island brothers are channeling the flamboyantly theatrical energy they grew up with, alongside 60s and 70s Baroque pop artists such as Harry Nilsson, Wings and the Zombies.

They are promoting their second album, 'Go to School'.

They supported Arctic Monkeys on their Sept 2018 UK arena tour.

Support comes from Matt Maltese whose debut album in 2018 on Universal "Bad Contestant" got loads of

great reviews , including four stars from NME.

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MATT MALTESE arrived on stage at 8pm and played for around 35 mins.

Matt is in his early 20s but looks even younger.

Matt is a pop piano wizard who is crafting soul-bearing ballads for a new generation.

Some great lyrics and some of the tunes were a bit Keane like in places.

THE LEMON TWIGS arrived on stage at 9.05pm and played for around 85 mins.

It is pretty full tonight for The Lemon Heads as they play another big London headline show.

Over the past two years they have played The Lexington to Koko to The Forum to The Roundhouse.

When i saw their first promo picture and bio I thought i must check this band out.

Their 70s look and 70s influences certainly grabbed my attention.

Over a dozen photographers in the pit as their image certainly makes a good photo.

Many of the crowd are wearing 70s retro clothing.

The brothers and the band look cool with their outlandish haircuts and outfits, and their kitschy music-hall singing and high-kicking and hand gestures live shows really was great to see.

Not easy being a new guitar based band these days but The Lemon Twigs are gaining more fans.

They played the best tracks from their two albums and the crowd loved it.

A great show.











Tuesday 26 February 2019...6.30pm to 9pm...

NINA NAUSTDAL - Spring / Summer 19/20 Fashion Show at Bagatelle, 34 Dover Street, London W1.

Over 200 guests at this modern French club-restaurant that opened in Mayfair a couple of years ago.

Over 20 photographers were here as Nina in a stunning dress posed with her friends and a few celebs

including Jackie St Clair, Meredith Ostrom, Mark Francis Vanelli and Heather Bird.

Before the fashion show there was a harpist playing and a female ballet dancer performed.

A dj was playing tunes loudly that helped to create a great busy and buzzy vibe.

At 8.15pm was the fashion show for 30 mins...with the crowd seated and standing.

This season, the Collection is inspired by the glorious bloom of rare exotic flowers.

To represent the unique movements and the sinuosity of the flourishing nature,

the silhouettes have been enriched with 3D decorations, flowers, feathers, butterflies and birds.

Each piece is handmade in Nina Naustdal's London Atelier.

The four collections all looked amazing and the floor-grazing gowns were spectacular.

Couture SS19

Black Collection AW19/20

Childrenswear Collection

Dogs Collection

Emmett Daly (star of The Voice Ireland) sung covers during the fashion show.

Complimentary prosecco, two different cocktails and canapés for all guests.

All guests got a goodie bag with Maize & Grace Popcorn along with snacks and drinks.

www.nina-naustdal.com

Visit the Nina Naustdal website here for more info.









Tuesday 26 February 2019.

More sad news about the death of a great musician.

MARK HOLLIS — frontman of synth pop 1980s sensation Talk Talk — has died at the age of 64,

his former bandmate Paul Webb confirmed.

Hollis co-founded Talk Talk in 1981. The band was part of the New-Romantic movement along with Duran Duran and Spandau Ballet.

Talk Talk had a series of hits in the UK across the 80s including ‘Talk Talk’ and ‘Its My Life’.

I saw Talk Talk play live five times in the 1980s and have a couple of their albums.







Monday 25 February 2019.

STEELY DAN + STEVE WINWOOD live at Wembley Arena, London.

A very nice double bill of golden oldies...although tickets are expensive.

Steely Dan have sold over 40 million albums worldwide.

Donald Fagen will be joined by special guest Steve Winwood.

I saw Steely Dan in Oct 2017 when they headlined The 02 Arena.

They had a good big name support act on that night as well - The Doobie Brothers.

I first saw Steve Winwood live in 1983 when he headlined Hammersmith Odeon

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All the mainly older male crowd are in a bit earlier to see the special guest support act.

Even though Steely Dan played just 14 months ago in London, it is pretty much sold out.

Expensive tickets from £55 to £105 plus booking fees.

I have a great seat on the floor in the area in front of the mixing desk.

A few rows in front of me is Iron Maiden drummer Nico McBrain.

STEVE WINWOOD arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played for around 60 mins.

Neither of the two bands tonight had any big screen showing live footage.

Steve & his band were top notch musicians that included great sax and percussion.

A nice setlist featuring some highlights from his long career.

An ideal support act that the crowd loved.

A great set.

Full Steve Winwood setlist played tonight...

I'm a Man (The Spencer Davis Group song)

Them Changes (Buddy Miles cover)

Can't Find My Way Home (Blind Faith song)

Had to Cry Today (Blind Faith song)

The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys (Traffic song)

Keep On Running (Jackie Edwards cover)

Higher Love

Dear Mr. Fantasy (Traffic song)

Gimme Some Lovin' (The Spencer Davis Group song)

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STEELY DAN arrived on stage at 9pm and played for around 1 hour 50 mins.

12 musicians on stage including 3 female backing singers so plenty of great harmonies.

Like Steve Winwood the sound quality on stage was pretty much perfection.

Between 1972 and 1980, Steely Dan produced some of the most searing and bitter pop music ever recorded. With scathing lyrics delivered by Donald Fagen’s pungent vocals, he and partner Walter Becker’s music chronicled the feelings of many who passed through young adulthood during the 1970s. At times cynical and oddly nostalgic, Steely Dan made music borne of calculated musical precision aided by high-tech studio wizardry.

Donald Fagan is still here but Walter Becker died in Sept 2017, just a month before their 02 Arena show.

A great groove mixing funk, rock, jazz ,Prog in their sound with superb drum fills during most songs.

During the main set they were joined by Steve Winwood on one track and for the encore they were joined by

Elliot Randall.He is an American guitarist, best known for being a session musician with popular artists. Randall played the well-known guitar solos from Steely Dan's song "Reelin' in the Years" and Irene Cara's song "Fame". It was reported that Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page said Randall's solo on "Reelin' in the Years" is his favourte guitar solo of all-time.

A great show and a fab evening with two quality bands.

Full Steely Dan setlist played tonight...

Cubano Chant (Ray Bryant cover) (band Only)

Bodhisattva

Hey Nineteen

Black Friday

Pretzel Logic (with Steve Winwood)

Aja

Green Earrings

Black Cow

Time Out of Mind

Kid Charlemagne

Dirty Work

Peg

Babylon Sisters

Keep That Same Old Feeling (The Crusaders cover)

Josie

My Old School

Encore:

Reelin' in the Years (with Elliott Randall)

A Man Ain't Supposed to Cry (Joe Williams cover) (band Only)









Monday 25 February 2019.

PETER DOHERTY to play The Roundhouse on 12 May 2019...tickets on sale soon...







Sunday 24 February 2019...I went to two events today...

4.30pm to 7pm

The Carabao Cup final between Chelsea and Manchester City will be shown live on Sky Sports.

Live from Wembley Stadium with kick-off at 4.30pm.

Man City on top form...can they win the first of a possible four trophies they are in contention for?

Lots of pressure on Chelsea coach/manager Sarri, who could be sacked if Chelsea lose this game.

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No score after extra time then Man City win 4-3 on penalties.

A massive crowd as a pretty near full house of over 81,000 here.

I am up in Level 5 with a couple of mates who are Chelsea fans in the Chelsea end.

A pretty average game that got very entertaining at the end with a bizarre non-substitution and penalties.

Have you ever seen anything like it?

A player refusing to go off - and his manager losing the plot.

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga resisted Maurizio Sarri's attempt to substitute him late in extra time of the Carabao Cup final, which left his manager seething on the touchline.

Kepa had just been treated for cramp and, with the game at 0-0, Sarri was preparing to bring on reserve keeper Willy Caballero in his place before a penalty shootout.

But after some furious finger-wagging and screams of "NO!", Sarri was forced to give in.

Kepa is the world's most expensive goalkeeper at a whopping £71 million quid.

Kepa lost out in the penalty shootout.

then

10.30pm to 4.30am

THE OSCARS screening party at Ham Yard Hotel, Soho, London W1.

The 91st Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will honour the best films of 2018 and will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.

I must admit this years Oscars have been the most anticipated by me for many years as what awards will

Bohemian Rhapsody and A Star is Born win and will Olivia Colman and Richard E Grant win awards?

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Around 400 invited guests here in this luxury hotel.

We are in the main cinema room that holds 200 and 200 more are watching on screens in other spaces.

Until midnight there is complimentary Piper-Heidsieck champers and canapés and popcorn.

Midnight to 3am was complimentary espresso Martinis and lots of different delicious bowl food.

Also cheese burgers, fish & chips,Thai Curry, salt beef bagels with pickle and cream cheese.

From 3am there was complimentary Bloody Mary's and a survivors breakfast box and Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

We watch the red carpet arrivals before the main event.

At 1am the main event opened with a stunning two song medley by Queen with Adam Lambert.

Later on Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga would also perform their superb track "Shallow" together.

Rami Malek won an Oscar for Best Actor for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury.

In addition to Rami’s win, Bohemian Rhapsody was the top film at this year’s Oscars overall, taking home FOUR awards in total, the remaining three coming from technical categories.

Green Book – another of this awards season’s more controversial offerings – took home the coveted Best Picture prize, while Roma and Black Panther also came out on top in three categories each.

Great to see Olivia Colman win Best Actress but sadly Richard E Grant did not win anything.

An excellent event.









Saturday 23 February 2019.

Happy Birthday to ex Sweet bass player STEVE PRIEST who is 71 today.

One of my first ever gigs was Sweet at The Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park on 21 Dec 1973.

My first of over 50 shows seen at this legendary venue that is now a Brazilian place of worship.







Friday 22 February 2019.

BLUE OYSTER CULT + THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT live at Hammersmith Apollo, London.

I have seen Blue Oyster Cult around 20 times since i attended their debut London show in 1975.

Blue Oyster Cult + Motorhead at Hammersmith Odeon, London 19.10.1975

This was an early Motörhead show as they had formed only a few months earlier.

That show was gig number 71 for me....tonight was gig number 6896 for me...

Blue Oyster Cult have sold over 24 million records worldwide - albums/singles.

They were one of the many rock bands that released great double live albums in the 1970s with

"On Your Feet or on Your Knees "(1975) .

They will be supported by UK blues rockers The Temperance Movement.

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The floor standing is busy but there are lots of empty seats in the circle so maybe 3000 out of 5000 here.

A mainly older white male crowd here as expected.

THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played for around 45 mins.

They played a good set of blues rock tracks from the three albums they have released.

They have a great sound with hints of The Black Crowes and The Faces.

Singer Phil Campbell is flinging himself around the stage and he has a great blues-rock voice.

A good set.

BLUE OYSTER CULT arrived on stage at 9pm and played for around 1 hour 50 mins.

Original members Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser (lead guitar, vocals) and Eric Bloom (lead vocals, stun guitar), were backed by longtime mates Richie Castellano (keyboards, guitar), Danny Miranda (bass), and Jules Radino (drums).

Definitely a hard rock band, their musical style has often been described as crossing a broad spectrum, ranging from heavy metal, to psychedelic rock, to progressive rock.For a couple of guys in their seventies, Buck Dharma and Eric Bloom still have it.

The first 30 or 40 mins had a few pretty average songs in it then they played more of their classic cuts.

The band played fan faves with the likes of “Godzilla" and “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper).”

Great encores including "Hot Rails to Hell" and "Cities on Flame With Rock and Roll".

Stage production was pretty basic but it was a great show.

Full BOC setlist played tonight...

Dr. Music

Before the Kiss, a Redcap

Career of Evil

Burnin' for You

OD'd on Life Itself

Harvest Moon

The Vigil

E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence)

Buck's Boogie

Then Came the Last Days of May

Flaming Telepaths

Godzilla

Guitar Solo

(Don't Fear) The Reaper

Encore:

Joan Crawford

Hot Rails to Hell

Cities on Flame With Rock and Roll









Thursday 21 February 2019.....6.15pm to 8.45pm

CARLUCCIO'S - re-launch party - 31/35 Kew Road, Richmond, Surrey.

Italian restaurant & bar chain CARLUCCIO'S has many locations around the UK.

This one has had a refurbishment to celebrate 20 years since the first CARLUCCIO'S opened.

Richmond is one of those nice areas like Chiswick and Wimbledon.

I used to go to Cheeky Pete's Disco in Richmond in the late 1970s/ early 1980s.

Around 150 guests here and a nice buzzy atmosphere.

Two of the waiters sung several cover versions to a backing track which was good fun.

Lots of complimentary drinks and food including Prosecco , gin cocktails, wines and beers.

Lots of delicious Italian bowl food, canapés ,desserts and pastries from their new menu.

www.carluccios.com

Visit their website here for more info.

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What the owners say.

Welcome to Carluccio’s Italian restaurant in Richmond. We are less than 5 minutes from the heart of the town centre and Richmond Station.

We are just minutes away from Richmond Theatre – making Carluccio’s the perfect location to grab a bite to eat with friends and family before or after watching a show.

We’re open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday to Sunday, offering a broad range of classic Italian food. On top of that, our menu also caters for vegetarians/vegans and those who are following a gluten free diet. Therefore you should book a table at London, Richmond today!









Thursday 21 February 2018.

Very sad news that PETER TORK ,the bassist for The Monkees and a jokester on the band's popular 1960s television series, has died at age 77.









Wednesday 20 February 2019.

SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS live at Hammersmith Apollo, London.

Slash takes some time off from playing guitar with Guns N Roses....show has been sold out for ages...

The European tour will support the release of Slash’s fourth solo album LIVING THE DREAM.

I have seen Slash several times with non G N R bands since 1995 when i saw him play in Los Angeles.

I have seen Guns N Roses several times since 1987 when they played their first ever

major London show at Hammersmith Odeon for their classic debut album 'Appetite for Destruction ' .

Looks like the only Guns N Roses track in the setlist will be "Nightrain".

Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons have been unveiled as the special guests.

The Motörhead guitarist, his sons Todd, Dane and Tyla, and vocalist Neil Starr will open for Slash and co.

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PHIL CAMPBELL & THE BASTARD SONS arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played for around 40 mins.

Phil & his band do have a nice Motörhead type sound.

With the release of 2018s 'The Age of Absurdity', the band now have enough original material to dominate their setlists without completely disregarding the chance to perform a selection of covers.

Their set included a couple of Motörhead gems "Born To Raise Hell" and "Ace Of Spades".

A very good set.

SLASH & his band arrived on stage at 8.50pm and played for around 2 hours 5 mins.

By the time the band arrive on stage the venue is totally rammed full upstairs and downstairs.

Cannot remember when so many people were packed into this venue.

Eagle Rock Productions have several cameras here filming it for a live DVD.

Lots of nifty guitar playing from Slash and some great rock vocals from Myles.

Lots of good solid rockin' tunes but nothing as good as the sole G N R song played tonight "Nightrain".

A very good show.

Full setlist played by Slash & co tonight...

The Call of the Wild

Halo

Standing in the Sun

Ghost (Slash song)

Back From Cali (Slash song)

My Antidote

Serve You Right

Boulevard of Broken Hearts

Shadow Life

We're All Gonna Die (Slash song) (Todd Kerns on vocals)

Doctor Alibi (Slash song) (Todd Kerns on vocals)

Lost Inside the Girl

Wicked Stone (extended guitar solo)

Mind Your Manners

Driving Rain

By the Sword (Slash song)

Nightrain (Guns N’ Roses cover)

Starlight (Slash song)

You're a Lie

World on Fire (with band introductions and extended solos)

Encore:

Avalon

Anastasia









Tuesday 19 February 2019.

ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES - The Musical - press night at Theatre Royal, Haymarket, London SW1.

Paul Whitehouse takes centre stage as Grandad, uniting with Tom Bennett (Del Boy) and Ryan Hutton (Rodney) in this unique showstopper. Featuring cherished material from the TV series, the laughs, dodgy dealings and unforgettable moments to boot, join us as we take a trip back to 1989, get reacquainted with Britain’s most loveable rogues and experience the classic comedy brought to life once again through an ingenious and hilarious original score; an idea so inexplicably pukka it surely proves the old adage that he who dares wins!

With musical contributions from Chas n Dave, the beloved theme tunes as you’ve never heard them before and an array of comic songs full of character and cockney charm, you’re guaranteed to have a right knees-up! Only Fools and Horses the Musical is a feel-good, family celebration of traditional, working class London life and the aspirations we all share.

Written by Paul Whitehouse and Jim Sullivan, fully endorsed by the Sullivan estate

Sound CUSHTY? Then book your tickets today – Only a forty-two carat PLONKER would miss it!

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The show was on for just over two hours over two sets.

Lots of hilarious moments related to one of the greatest tv series of the 1980s.

As expected there was a good turnout of well known faces including Roger Taylor (Queen).

Also Dave Peacock (from Chas & Dave).

Only Fools and Horses stars John Challis and Patrick Murray joined VIP guests Stacey Dooley, Jo Brand, Jools Holland, Ricky Hatton, Sir Geoff Hurst, Bill Bailey, Ray Winstone, Jason Manford , Phil Daniels , Lesley Joseph , Craig Cash and Helen George for the press night of Only Fools and Horses: The Musical, taking turns to pose in front of the show’s iconic yellow Reliant Robin three-wheeled car on the red carpet. Writer and star Paul Whitehouse was also spotted alongside Harry Enfield, Jason Manford and Jessica Wright.

Original stars from the tv series David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst didn't attend the premiere, with the musical cast members saying they chose to stay out of the spotlight.

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9.45pm to 11.45pm---after-party at The Haymarket Hotel, London SW1.

Around 300 guests were at this party after the main event.

A very nice touch was the laminate pass for entry which was a picture of a yellow three-wheeler Reliant Robin.

Believe it or not I had a blue three-wheeler Reliant Robin for a year as you could drive one on just a

full motorbike license and you didn't need a full driving license, but it actually helped me to save on driving lessons.

Most of the faces above were here but didn't see Roger Taylor ,Jools Holland, Ray Winstone , Sir Geoff Hurst.

The Dj was playing all classic tracks from the 1980s.

Lots of complimentary food and drinks including Del Boys fave cocktail from back in the day,

Piña Coladas along with those dinky paper umbrellas on top, wines, beers and different food including

burgers, fried chicken, king prawns and canapés.

A great evening.











Tuesday 19 February 2019.

A FASHION ICON HAS PASSED AWAY.

Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has died in Paris, aged 85, Chanel sources have confirmed.

The artistic director for Chanel had looked increasingly frail in recent seasons, and had reportedly suffered ill health in recent weeks.

For the first time in decades Lagerfeld did not come out to take a bow at the Chanel's couture show in Paris in January, something the company attributed to him being tired.









Monday 18 February 2019...6pm to 8pm...

GODOLPHIN Stud and Stable Staff Awards Ceremony 2019 at

The Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel, Knightsbridge, London SW1.

Around 200 guests at this plush five star hotel.

Some well known names from the horse racing world are here.

This evenings presenters were Oli Bell and Sir AP McCoy.

Also here were Brough Scott, Mick Fitzgerald and Trainer John Gosden (looks after wonder horse Enable).

Just the six awards handed out for...

Leadership Award

Dedication Award

Rider/Groom Award

Stud Staff Award

Rory MacDonald Community Award

David Nicholson Newcomer Award (for those who have entered racing within the last three years)

Complimentary champers, wines, Peroni beers and canapés for all guests.









Sunday 17 February 2019...I went to two events tonight...

7.45pm to 9.45pm

AADNEVIK - Autumn/Winter 2019 Show - Whitehall, London SW1.

Day 3 of the 5 days of London Fashion Show.

AADNEVIK is a London based luxury womenswear label as a design partnership between Hila and Kristian Aadnevik, whose defining themes are a blend of opulence, sensuality and gloom.

This was a much better than expected event as it was a full catwalk show presentation.

200 seated with two rows of 50 on each side and I have a nice front row seat.

200 are standing behind the seats.

A cool crowd with lots of glammed up women in the crowd and Philip Sallon was here.

20 photographers at the end of the catwalk.

Nice tunes were played in the background throughout.

At 9pm we have the 20 mins catwalk show that featured nine models and I think three outfits each.

They all looked stunning, mixing short dresses and longer gowns with splits etc.

Complimentary De Watere champers for the reception and at your seat before the catwalk show.

Seated guests got a nice goodie bag which included a Moroccanoil gift set and 200ml De Watere champers.

www.aadnevik.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then

10pm to 12pm

9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL - press/VIP opening night party at The Savoy Hotel , Strand, London WC2.

This musical is on at The Savoy Theatre.

A massive party as 800 folks are on the guest list which takes over The Ballroom, The Riverside Room

and other areas in this famous five star hotel.

DOLLY PARTON joined the cast on stage earlier tonight.

The party started at 9pm so not sure she made it as Dolly did a lot of press before the show.

Very unusual to have a press/vip night on a Sunday but I reckon Dolly is lined up to be a presenter

at The Brit Awards on Wednesday.

All the cast were here and Kelvin Fletcher (Emmerdale) was here until the end.

Celebs watching the musical earlier included Kylie Minogue, Twiggy, Graham Norton, Luke Evans,

Anthea Turner, Lizzie Cundy , Les Dennis and others but i did not see them at the party.

I missed the champers reception for the first hour from 9pm but there were lots of complimentary food

and drinks as five different cocktails, wines, beers and burgers, salmon, canapés and desserts.

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9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL is getting down to business - with a strictly limited season at The Savoy Theatre.

Starring Louise Redknapp*, Caroline Sheen^, Amber Davies, Natalie McQueen, Bonnie Langford and Brian Conley, the smash-hit musical features a book by the iconic movie’s original screenwriter Patricia Resnick and an Oscar, Grammy and Tony award-nominated score by the Queen of Country herself, Dolly Parton.

9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL tells the story of Doralee, Violet and Judy - three workmates pushed to boiling point by their sexist and egotistical boss. Concocting a plan to kidnap and turn the tables on their despicable supervisor, will the girls manage to reform their office - or will events unravel when the CEO pays an unexpected visit?

Inspired by the cult film and brought to you by Dolly herself, this hilarious new West End production is about teaming up, standing up and taking care of business!

Based on the 20th Century Fox Picture. Originally produced on Broadway by Robert Greenblatt, April 2009. Performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited.

*Due to injury, Louise Redknapp will be joining the show from late March 2019.

^ Caroline Sheen will be performing the role of Violet Newstead until Lou