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News and Reviews: 14th February 2019

Wednesday 13 February 2019...8pm to 10pm...

Champions League Game - Last 16 - First Leg.

SPURS 3 B.DORTMUND 0

Spurs win again even though Harry Kane is still out with injury.

A fantastic atmosphere here as there is a massive crowd of over 71,000 here including 4,000 noisy Germans.

Mauricio Pochettino saluted his talismanic goalscorer Son Heung-min after the Tottenham forward helped to move the team to within touching distance of the Champions League quarter-finals.

Son volleyed Spurs into a 47th-minute lead against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley in the first leg of the last-16 tie before late goals from the stop-gap left wing-back, Jan Vertonghen, and the substitute Fernando Llorente sealed a memorable 3-0 win.

Son has now scored 16 goals in all competitions – he has 11 in his last 12 matches – and, whenever he has found the net this season, Spurs have won. “Next time when Son scores, I go to the dressing-room, shower and wait for the game [to end],” Pochettino said with a smile. “Sonny was fantastic again. He translates good energy and his performance in every game is improving.”

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Before the game there was a minute tribute to remember Gordon Banks and Emiliano Sala.

The half-time interview was with Dimitar Berbatov who had great spells at Spurs and Man United.

As usual over 100 Korean fans are waiting for Son Heung-min at the players entrance after the game.









Tuesday 12 February 2019.

RIP IT UP - THE 60s - press / VIP night - Garrick Theatre, London WC2.

The ultimate Strictly boy band of dance bring the 60s smashing into the 21st century, in an explosion of song, dance, acrobatics and amazing visuals!

What shines through is the incredible dancing talents of our awesome foursome Aston Merrygold (JLS), Jay McGuiness (The Wanted), Harry Judd (McFly), and Louis Smith (Olympian), who also sing, drum and perform some amazing gymnastics that will have you out of your seat dancing and singing the night away!

The boys are joined by an incredible cast of dancers, singers and musicians, to celebrate the iconic sounds, sights and events of the decade which transformed the 20th Century. One of the most energetic shows to ever hit the West End stage, just watching will leave you exhausted.

Dance the night away with music from the legends who shook a generation including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Beach Boys, The Byrds, The Doors, The Mamas & The Papas, Dusty Springfield, Burt Bacharach, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, James Brown Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes and many more.

With celebrity contributions on screen, footage from the era and a host of other visual delights, the show celebrates everything there is to love about the 60s.

The 60s are back with a bang!

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Celebrity guests in the crowd included Lulu , Paul Young and Lizzie Cundy.

Also here were Jonathan Shalit, Rhydian Roberts, Richard Arnold, Kate Garraway, Leo Green, Tom Fletcher,

Dougie Poynter, Darcey Bussell, Ashley Roberts, Kimberley Wyatt, Melvin Odoom and Danny Jones.

The show was on for around 2 hours 10 mins over two sets of 60 mins and 70 mins.

There is a big screen which acts as a television screen from the 1960s which showed video clips chat

from the likes of Lulu, Roger Daltrey, Tony Blackburn, Dionne Warwick, Zandra Rhodes and others.

Lots of great songs from the 60s including segments from The Beatles, Burt Bacharach and Motown/Soul.

All four of the guys have been on Strictly Come Dancing so there is a dance routine for every song.

The energy they burn up through the evening will keep them fit for their stint here.

Leggy girl dancers in tight shorts and mini skirts were nice to look at.

Lots of colourful costumes from the boys and the dancers.

The crowd were up an dancing for the last few songs.

The last song was 'Shout' and the cast pointed to Lulu who was sitting a few rows back.

A very enjoyable show.

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I was at the after-party for this event at The Cafe de Paris from 10pm to 11.30pm.

Around 300 guests are here.

The cast and some of the celebs are here but didn't see Lulu, Paul Young or Lizzie Cundy.

Complimentary wines and beers but oddly there was no food here for the guests.

A dj played all classic tunes from the 1960s.

www.ripituptheshow.com

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.







Tuesday 12 February 2019.

Very sad news.

Gordon Banks dead: Legendary England World Cup 1966 winner passes away, aged 81.

Regarded as one of the game's greatest in his position, Banks was named FIFA goalkeeper of the year six times and earned 73 caps for England.

Remember that amazing save by him from Pele in the 1970 World Cup.









Monday 11 February 2019.

The rise of Greta Van Fleet continues.

Shortlist for Best Rock Album Grammy

Rainier Fog, Alice In Chains

M A N I A, Fall Out Boy

Prequelle, Ghost

From The Fires, Greta Van Fleet (winner)

Pacific Daydream, Weezer







Monday 11 February 2019.

Tonight - KISS play a special club show at LA's famed Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. The exclusive performance will air on KISS' exclusive SiriusXM channel, KISS Army Radio.

Hopefully clips will end up on YouTube alongside the early dates on their American tour that has just started.







Sunday 10 February 2019...midnight to 5.30am...

NETFLIX BAFTA PARTY - Chiltern Firehouse, 1 Chiltern Street, Marylebone, London W1.

Chiltern Firehouse is an Andre Balazs luxury hotel and restaurant in Marylebone, London. The 5 star hotel features 26 suites and an award winning restaurant & bar with Michelin-starred chef Nuno Mendes.

Over the past few years it has become one of London's coolest celebrity hangouts.

This party was one of the five parties that were held after the BAFTA event earlier at The Royal Albert Hall.

It is a big deal as the BAFTAs are the British equivalent of The Oscars in America.

Around 250 guests are here and it is nice and buzzy.

Glenn Close, Andy Serkis, Viola Davis, Charlotte Tilbury and actors from the film Roma were here with their BAFTA trophies.

Roma co-stars Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira join Best Director Alfonso Cuarón at Netflix party after film triumphs with FOUR wins at annual ceremony.

Cast-members let their hair down after a successful night at the 72nd British Academy Film Awards

The Mexican language Netflix film won in the categories for best picture, director, cinematography and foreign-language film.

A dj was playing classic disco & pop from the 1980s and folks were dancing.

Complimentary Ruinart champers and different cocktails including espresso Martinis and whiskey sours.

Lots of delicious food throughout the night.

The service here from the staff was top notch.

The bar closed at 5am and we were one of the last ones to leave at 5.30am.

An excellent party.

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Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody movie has won two awards at this year's BAFTA ceremony in London. Rami Malek won the Best Leading Actor award for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury, while the film also picked up the prize for Best Sound.

In accepting his award, Malek said, "Thank you so very much to Queen. To Brian May, to Roger Taylor, to the entire Queen family. I wouldn't be here without you. And to the greatest outsider of them all, for being so unwavering and unflinching and uncompromising in every which way: Thank you Freddie Mercury again."

Brian May and Roger Taylor attended the awards with their wives.

Bohemian Rhapsody had been nominated for seven awards, but lost out in the Best Film category to the Netflix drama Roma.

Two very different movies have won big at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards in London.

While costume romp The Favourite took seven awards, Netflix black and white feature Roma won the Best Film and Best Director prizes.









Sunday 10 February 2019...1.30pm to 3.30pm...at Wembley Stadium.

SPURS 3 LEICESTER 1

We are up in Level 5 as usual where there are lots of unsold seats.

An announcement said around 47,000 tickets sold here including 3,000 Leicester fans.

Tottenham battled to a 3-1 victory over Leicester City to close to within five points of Premier League leaders Liverpool.

A first goal for the club from Davinson Sanchez and a fine strike from Christian Eriksen were enough to give Mauricio Pochettino's side the win at Wembley.

Jamie Vardy, who missed a penalty with his first touch as a substitute, halved the deficit with 14 minutes to go but Son Heung-min struck a third on the break to seal the three points in injury time.

A very enjoyable game.

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London rapper AJ Tracey gave an interview on the pitch at half-time.









Saturday 09 February 2019.

On this day 55 years ago THE BEATLES appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in America.

The Beatles appeared on three consecutive Sundays in February 1964 to great anticipation and fanfare as "I Want to Hold Your Hand" had swiftly risen to No. 1 in the charts. Their first appearance on February 9 is considered also along with the appearance of Elvis Presley a few years earlier on that show a milestone in American pop culture and furthermore the beginning of the British Invasion in music. The broadcast drew an estimated 73 million viewers.









Friday 08 February 2019.

BUCKCHERRY + HOOBASTANK + ADELITAS WAY live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Three band American rock package is touring the UK.

I first saw Buckcherry in 1999 supporting KISS at Wembley Arena and Paris Bercy Arena.

Singer Josh Todd is the only remaining original member of Buckcherry.

Their best songs include 'Lit Up' and 'Crazy Bitch'.

Hoobastank is a multi-platinum selling American rock band, formed in 1994 in California.

They have sold more than 10 million albums worldwide from their six albums.

Their sixth album, 'Push Pull', was released on May 25, 2018.

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Again Levels 2 and 3 are closed as unsold but there must be al least 1000 folks here.

ADELITAS WAY arrive on stage at 7.15pm and play for 30 mins.

Their singer said they have released five albums.

Some great crunching rock tunes played including 'Invincible' and 'Notorious'.

HOOBASTANK arrive on stage at 8.15pm and play for 65 mins.

Hoobastank have sold a lot of records in America but I thought their set was pretty average.

They have their own fans and around 100 left the venue at the end of their set.

BUCKCHERRY arrive on stage at 9.45pm and play for 65 mins.

It is a co-headline tour so both the headliners play 65 mins each.

Singer Josh Todd certainly looks the part with his chiselled face and tattoos galore.

His constant reference to getting high and taking cocaine wore a bit thin.

His voice cannot reach the high notes like other rock singers.

A few tracks in we get their early classic ‘Lit Up’ , then a great cover, declaring ‘Say Fuck It’, to the tune of

Icona Pop’s ‘I Love It’ .

They finished their set with a rockin' 'Crazy Bitch'.

A good show overall.

Full Buckcherry setlist played tonight...

Head Like a Hole (Nine Inch Nails cover)

It's a Party

Somebody Fucked With Me

Don't Go Away

Lit Up

Say Fuck It (Icona Pop cover)

Warpaint

Out of Line

Too Drunk...

Sorry

Bent

Gluttony

Crazy Bitch









Thursday 07 February 2019...7pm to 12pm...

BIG CHILL BRICK LANE - re-launch party - Dray Walk,off Brick Lane, London E1.

This cool bar is situated right next door to Rough Trade East.

They have djs until late every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

They have a sister branch near The Scala in Kings Cross.

Around 150 guests are here and it is a totally buzzing atmosphere.

The djs are playing an hour set each and many folks are dancing by the consoles.

Lots of complimentary drinks here including five different cocktails such as Espresso Martinis,

Spiced Rum & Redbull along with spirits, prosecco and different beers.

Tasty burgers, buttermilk fried chicken, cheesy fries etc from their in-house foodies CHUCK BURGERS.

We had a great evening here.

All guests got a goodie bag with small bottles of spirits and beers in.

www.bigchillbar.com

Visit their website here for more info on both their bars.







Wednesday 06 February 2019.

Cirque du Soleil: TOTEM live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

The world famous Cirque du Soleil are on their annual six week stint at this iconic venue.

It is on from 12 Jan 2019 and ends 26 Feb 2019.

TOTEM takes you on a stunning journey into the Evolution of Mankind – from our original amphibian state to our ultimate quest for flight. Alternating between primitive and modern myths, and peppered with aboriginal stories of creation, TOTEM explores the evolutionary process of species, our ongoing search for balance, and the curiosity that propels us ever further, faster, and higher…

The reviews from the press have been a mix of 4 ,3 and 2 stars.

www.royalalberthall.com

Visit the venue website here for more info and to buy tickets.

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I have been to see CDS at this venue most years over the past decade.

CDS is pretty much " a circus for posh folks " as tickets in the stalls cost over £100.

The show tonight was on for 1 hour 55 mins over two sets of 55 mins and 60 mins.

The production is visually great with lots of colour and great costumes and the stage is spread over

the usual stage area as well as all the floor arena space.

There’s a giant, skeleton-like acrobatics structure, a mechanised bridge that unfurls into different shapes, stage-level projections of lapping water.

Around a dozen acts who each have a several minutes routine.

A male & female trapeze duo, trampoline team, contortion, bouncing on balancing beams etc.

A team of five uni-cyclists who flipped bowls on to each other's heads were fantastic.

Some Italian clowns in Speedos were not that funny.

Apes coming across and playing with a mobile phone were not that funny.

A loud pulsating band playing in the background throughout helped things along nicely.

A few years ago CDS had a 'Wheel of Death' routine which really had the jaw-dropping wow factor

but there is nothing like that in this show but there is still plenty of good things to watch.

Always enjoyable to see CDS.







Tuesday 05 February 2019...I went to two events tonight...

6.30pm to 8pm

Private View - Phillips Gallery , 30 Berkeley Square, London W1.

Phillips is pleased to host an exhibition dedicated to the work of Italian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass.

Co-curated by historian Fulvio Ferrari and collector Charles Zana, "Fragile, Ettore Sottsass, Ceramics and Enamels 1955-1970" showcases a comprehensive selection of ceramics and enamels from throughout Sottsass' career. Hailing from two private collections, this exhibition marks the first time these museum quality works will be shown alongside each other.

Around 200 guests here at this large gallery space.

Lots of Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan tracks are being played in the background.

Complimentary gin & tonics, wines and Peroni beers for all guests.

www.phillips.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then

8.30pm to 11.30pm

ICE London - opening party - Cafe de Paris, 3 Coventry Street, London W1.

ICE London is the only gaming event that truly brings together the international online and offline gaming sectors. The next ICE London will be on 5-7 February 2019 at ExCeL London.

A massive event as some 600 exhibitors from 60 countries will be showcasing.

Around 5000 visitors a day are expected there.

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Over 400 guests are here at this annual event, with 90% being male.

On display are The Premier League and The Champions League Trophies that you can pose with.

We have card magicians walking amongst us.

There is a act on stage that involved a laser show.

A dj is playing dance tunes.

The event was put together by Sports Betting Community.

Complimentary food and drinks including a full range of spirits including JD & cokes, prosecco,

wines, beers and lots of different bowl food, canapés and churros.

It was still in full flow when we departed.

www.icelondon.uk.com

Visit their website here for more info.







Tuesday 05 February 2019.

Canadian firm Sunrise Records has emerged as the buyer of collapsed music chain HMV, beating competition including Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley.

The firm will buy 100 stores out of administration, securing 1,487 jobs.

But 27 stores will close, resulting in 455 redundancies.

Sunrise Records chief executive Doug Putman said he was "delighted to acquire the most iconic music and entertainment business in the UK."

No price was given.

The administrators KPMG announced that the company's flagship Oxford Street store in London is among the 27 outlets set to close....and will close this week.

Doug believes that vinyl will feature strongly in his future plans.









Monday 04 February 2019.

TINA - THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL live at The Aldwych Theatre, London WC2.

The musical is based on the life & songs of music legend Tina Turner.

Tina: The Tina Turner Musical is a jukebox musical featuring the music of Tina Turner, and depicting her life from her youth in Nutbush, Tennessee, through her tumultuous relationship with Ike Turner, and comeback as a rock 'n roll star in her 40s.

Opening press night on 17 April 2018 got loads of great four and five star reviews.

Tina Turner and Rod Stewart turned up on the opening night.

The run has been extended until 21 Dec 2019 due to public demand.

Not many people in the UK can say they have seen Ike & Tina Turner on stage but I saw them

at Hammersmith Odeon in 1974 when i was aged just 15.

I saw Tina Turner several times as a solo artist including Live Aid in 1985 and when she headlined

a massive show at Wembley Stadium in 2000.

Tina Turner is now aged 79 and is pretty much retired from ever performing again.

www.tinathemusical.com

Visit the website here for more info and to buy tickets

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Despite it being nine months into its run here and it's a Monday, tonight is at least 95% full.

The musical has been incredibly popular since it opened.

Not sure why i have left it so long to get around to seeing it.

We have great seats in the Dress Circle Row G in this 1200 capacity theatre.

The show is on for around 2 hours 25 mins over two sets of 75 mins and 70 mins.

The first set is pretty much Tina's life with Ike and the second set is pretty much life after Ike.

Tina had massive luck by bumping into her Australian manager Roger Davies.

After Turner told Davies of her plans to fill in rock arenas like Rod Stewart and The Rolling Stones, Davies advised Tina to drop her old cabaret act and remodel the band into a modern rock outfit, taking the new band to perform in small clubs and bars throughout the U.S. and Europe. In 1981, Davies booked her at The Ritz in New York City.

Her comeback album 'Private Dancer' went on to sell over 20 million copies.

Tina formed a long term relationship with a guy at her record company.

Plenty of great songs from her career all the way through the show including

'River Deep Mountain High', 'Private Dancer' and 'What's Love Got To Do With It'.

A stunning finale with Tina in full rock show mode with live band, lights, staircases for

''The Best', 'Nutbush City Limits' and 'Proud Mary'.

An excellent show that got a full standing ovation from the crowd at the end.







Monday 04 February 2019.

Happy Birthday to rock legend ALICE COOPER who is 71 today.







Saturday 02 February 2019....12.30pm to 2.30pm...

Star player for Spurs Harry Kane is out injured for all of Feb 2019.

SPURS 1 NEWCASTLE 0

We were as usual up in Level 5 where there are loads of spare seats.

Someone said 42,000 were at Wembley including 3,000 Newcastle fans.

Respect to all the noisy Newcastle fans that trekked all that way when the game was live on satellite tv.

The first half was a bit average but the second half was much better.

With a late, scrappy, fortunate winning goal against a battling Newcastle side, Tottenham moved into second place in the Premier League, just four points behind leaders Liverpool. It might only be a temporary station but for Mauricio Pochettino it offered timely refutation of the suggestion that his season had expired following cup defeats at Chelsea and Crystal Palace.

The brilliant Son Heung-min scored yet another goal to give Spurs the three points.

The South Korean forward benefitted from a Martin Dubravka error with seven minutes left as his powerful 20-yard shot went under the Newcastle goalkeeper's body.

It was a wintry scene at Wembley: panes of ice were falling from the roof, just missing players and fans.

It was that cold some of the Newcastle fans were even wearing coats.









Saturday 02 February 2019.

SID VICIOUS died 40 years ago today....02 Feb 1979...

Back in the punk heyday i saw The Sex Pistols with original bass player Glen Matlock three times in 1976

and just the once with Sid Vicious in 1977.

Sex Pistols - Sundown Club, London 10.07.1976 (venue was more recently known as Astoria 2 downstairs)

Sex Pistols, Clash ,Siouxsie with Sid Vicious - 100 Club, London 20.09.1976 legendary punk rock festival

Sex Pistols - Notre Dame Club, London 15.11.1976 one of the greatest gigs of all time .

Sex Pistols,Slits - Screen On The Green Cinema , Islington.London 03.04.1977 secret gig with sid playing bass

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I also saw Sid Vicious with his own band....they only played this one show in the UK....

Vicious White Cats - Electric Ballroom , London 15.08.1978 feat sid vicious and glen matlock

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On the first anniversary of Sids death on 02 Feb 1980 i was one of 300 punk rockers

who met at Sloane Square at 2pm and walked to Hyde Park.









Friday 01 February 2019.

INGLORIOUS + CITY OF THIEVES+ BLIND RIVER live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Inglorious are a London based rock band on a UK tour to promote their third album 'Ride to Nowhere'.

Singer Nathan James feels most heavily influenced by Whitesnake singer David Coverdale.

I saw them a year ago supporting Steel Panther at Hammersmith Apollo.

Main support comes from London based hard rock trio City Of Thieves who released their debut album, ‘Beast Reality’, in mid- October and will tour to promote it in early 2019 with Frontiers labelmates Inglorious.

A new single from the album entitled ‘Control’ will be made available in mid-January.

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BLIND RIVER arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played for 30 mins.

They played a decent set of rock tunes.

CITY OF THIEVES arrived on stage at 8.20pm and played for 40 mins.

They played a decent set of rock tunes.

INGLORIOUS arrived on stage at 9.30pm and played for 85 mins.

Every six months Inglorious are playing a bigger London venue than the last time.

Level 2 and 3 are closed tonight as Inglorious are another band who are quite happy to sell

900 or so tickets out of a possible 2000 just to say "we've headlined Shepherds Bush Empire".

They had someone film it as well.

Though very much a band project, former reality show hopeful and Trans Siberian Orchestra vocalist Nathan James will always be the focal point with his leonine appearance and a voice that combines the deep throaty blues of a prime time Coverdale with effortless high pitched screams.

They have some great songs and Nathan's rock vocals really are top notch.

A very enjoyable show.

Full Inglorious setlist played tonight...

Where Are You Now?

Taking the Blame

High Flying Gypsy

Read All About It

Glory Days

Warning

Making Me Pay

Freak Show

Breakaway

Unaware

Ride to Nowhere

Uninvited (Alanis Morissette cover)

Liar

Faraway

I Don't Know You

I Don't Need Your Loving

Encore:

Holy Water

Until I Die

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I popped into the aftershow in the Level 1 bar for 30 mins.

Around 70 or 80 people here and it was a pay bar.

Amazingly Inglorious singer Nathan James has his own personal suited security guy with him.







Thursday 31 January 2019...I went to two events tonight...

6pm to 7pm

LUMAS GALLERY - private view - 57 South Molton Street, London W1.

A small space at ground level but they have a massive space downstairs.

Some good value prints including David Bowie, Marilyn Monroe and Kate Moss.

Complimentary prosecco and nice canapés including salmon & cream cheese.

then

7.05pm to 9pm

CARTIER - store relaunch party - 175-177 New Bond Street , London W1.

This luxury designer store in its prime location has been closed the last 9 months for refurbishment.

A very impressive entrance as they have eight bellboys outside waiting to open car doors etc.

Inside there is a small army of around 20 male models serving trays of drinks.

Around 200 guests are here over the two floors.

A dj is playing on both floors and there is a nice buzzy vibe.

The ground floor must stretch out 100 yards as the rear entrance is now in Albemarle Street.

Rapper Tinie Tempah was here , very noticeable in all white attire.

Also ex One Direction member Liam Payne and British Vogue‘s Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful.

Complimentary Ruinart champers , three different cocktails and canapés.

A very nice event....shame it was on just for two hours...

www.cartier.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info.

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I was on the guest list for another event but it clashed with Cartier so sadly did not get along to it.

Twin X - private view - 180 Strand, London WC2.

Art exhibition focusing on emerging talent.

www.twinfactory.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info.











Thursday 31 January 2019.

Happy Birthday to punk icon JOHN LYDON who is 63 today.



Thursday 31 January 2019.

Sex Pistols guitar hero Steve Jones interviewed legendary record producer/engineer Eddie Kramer this week.

Over the past 50 years Eddie Kramer has worked with many incredible music legends.

He was involved in all four of Jimi Hendrix albums before he passed away.

Also The Beatles, KISS, Small Faces, Led Zeppelin and many more.

Type in Google - Jonesy's Jukebox Eddie Kramer - for the very enjoyable 47 mins interview.







Wednesday 30 January 2019...6.45pm to 9.15pm...

CHRISTIAN DIOR - Designer of Dreams - private view - V and A Museum, South Kensington, London SW7.

A massive event as 800 folks are on the guest list with many of the women wearing Dior.

Lottie Moss stepped out in a long burgundy leather trench waistcoat for the private view of the highly anticipated Christian Dior exhibition. The younger sister of Kate Moss was joined by Mabel, Alexandra Shulman, Anais Gallagher, Nicola Roberts, Josephine De La Baume, Lady Mary Charteris, Rachel Johnson and Tanya Burr.

Also here were Nick Rhodes, Nicky Haslam, Jackie St Clair and David Downton.

We had a 30 mins wander through the dozen rooms of the excellent exhibition from 7.30pm to 8pm.

The V&A opens the largest and most comprehensive exhibition ever staged in the UK on the house of Dior. Spanning 1947 to the present day, Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams will trace the history and impact of the couturier, and the six artistic directors who have succeeded him at his namesake brand, in what will be the museum’s biggest fashion exhibition since Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty in 2015.

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, follows an exhibition of the same name that was held at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris last year, with the addition of a section documenting the designer’s fascination with British royalty and cultural figures.

A highlight of this segment includes a gown created for Princess Margaret’s 21st birthday celebrations in 1951. The one-shoulder off-white tulle gown, decorated with asymmetric gold embroidery, was immortalised in Margaret’s official birthday portrait taken by Cecil Beaton.

Items worn by high-profile clients including Nancy Mitford and the ballet dancer Margot Fonteyn will also be exhibited. The designer’s love of London landmarks such as Savile Row, where he bought his suits, and the Savoy, where he hosted his first show in the capital in 1952, will be celebrated, as will his many collaborations with British manufacturers including Dents, the glovemaker, and Lyle & Scott, the knitwear brand.

Complimentary Moët champers, three different cocktails and canapés for all guests.

It is open to the public from Saturday 02 Feb but has already sold over 36,000 tickets.

www.vam.ac.uk

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.









Wednesday 30 January 2019.

Happy Birthday to PHIL COLLINS who is 68 today.







Tuesday 29 January 2019...I went to two events tonight...

6.30pm to 7.30pm

Art private view - Sketch, 9 Conduit Street, London W1.

This cool restaurant & bar launches it's new art that is on display in their rooms.

Complimentary cocktails for all guests.

then

7.35pm to 11.30pm

RADIO TIMES COVERS PARTY 2019 at Claridge's, Brook Street, London W1.

Always nice to be at this famous five star hotel in Mayfair.

Annual party that celebrates those that were on The Radio Times cover from the previous year.

Around 300 guests here in the ballroom with some well known faces from tv here.

Handing out the awards were Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney from the multi-award-winning comedy

Catastrophe who were hilarious throughout the 30 mins they were on stage.

Tv legends Sir David Attenborough (now aged 92) and Valerie Singleton (now aged 81) were here.

Also Jeremy Vine, Ian Hislop, Sian Williams, Bill Turnbull, Sheila Hancock, Stephen Mangan,

Christopher Dean, Carol Kirkwood, Janet Ellis and a few others.

Complimentary champers, wines, beers, burgers, fish n chips ,canapés and desserts for all guests.

This event always has a great big and bulky goodie bag and tonight was the same as around 20 items

inside including Bose full-size headphones, a 375ml bottle of Moët champers, Mary Berry latest cookbook,

cosmetic items , drinks , food items and of course a copy of next weeks Radio Times.

A struggle to carry it home but worth it.

An excellent event.









Monday 28 January 2019...7pm to 10pm...

THE ARTS FOUNDATION FUTURES AWARDS at The ICA, The Mall, London SW1.

Around 250 guests are here.

Well known contemporary artist TRACEY EMIN hosted the awards from 7.45pm to 8.30pm.

Five awards for designer-makers, poetry, experimental architecture, visual arts and hip-hop dance.

The winners got £10,000 fellowships each and the runners-up all receiving £1,000 towards their practice.

Complimentary wines and nice canapés including delicious portions of buttermilk chicken.

www.artsfoundation.co.uk

Visit their website herd for more info.







Sunday 27 January 2019.

MARC ALMOND & THE LOVELESS + DOLLS live at The 100 Club, London.

Shake off the winter cold with a special, one-off night of blistering Rock ‘n’ Roll at the iconic 100 Club.

Marc Almond and long-term guitarist/sideman Neal X (ex Sigue Sigue Sputnik and others) have recruited Punk icon Iggy Pop’s stupendous rhythm section, Ben Ellis (bass) and Mat Hector (drums), to form “The Loveless”.

Drawing material from Marc’s immense back catalogue with nods to T. Rex, Iggy, David Bowie, 60s R&B and Garage Rock it’s a thunderous return to their primeval rock roots.

I saw have seen Marc Almond solo and Soft Cell perform live several times over the past 40 years,

including last years Soft Cell re-union show at The 02 Arena.

Needless to say this intimate club gig sold out pronto.

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Support act DOLLS arrive on stage at 8pm and play for 30 mins.

They were a female duo of vocals/guitar and drums who played some decent tracks from their EP.

MARC ALMOND & THE LOVELESS arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 95 mins.

This show was mainly for Marc's hardcore fans as he said it would be full of rarities and b-sides etc

along with a few tracks from when he was in a rock covers band when aged 17.

However , some three quarters of the way in a tipsy blonde girl got on stage and put her arm

around Marc and said "I have paid 30 quid tonight to see you play songs like Tainted Love" to which Marc

curtly replied "you're at the wrong show love" and Marc got her ushered offstage.

Marc has all his tattoos on display and is a very charismatic performer and looks great for 61.

Plenty of nifty guitar riffs from Neal X.

They had a keyboard player and Marc got the crowd to sing "Happy Birthday" to him.

A great show.

Over 20 songs played tonight including...

Blond Boy

20th Century Boy (T.Rex cover)

On The Prowl

Eyes ( The Honeycombs cover)

Dead Eyed Child

I Got A Line On You (Spirit cover)

For Your Love ( The Yardbirds cover)

Hurt Me (Johnny Thunders cover)

The User

Hey Joe (Jimi Hendrix cover)

Black Night (Deep Purple cover)

Blockbuster/Jean Genie (The Sweet and David Bowie covers)

Gutter Hearts

Joey Demento

Love Missile F1 - 11 (Sigue Sigue Sputnik cover that was a number 3 hit for them in 1986)

Sex Dwarf











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Sunday 27 January 2019.

Happy Birthday to Pink Floyd founding member NICK MASON who is 75 today.

Saturday 26 January 2019.

Happy Birthday to guitar legend EDDIE VAN HALEN who is 64 today.







Saturday 26 January 2019.

NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS live at Hammersmith Apollo, London.

American white soul sensations Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats make their live return to the UK in January 2019, including their biggest headline show to date.The shows are the first the Night Sweats have played in the UK since their three-night residency at Shepherd’s Bush Empire back in April 2018.

The tour follows the release of their critically acclaimed album ‘Tearing At The Seams’, a deeply personal record, produced by Richard Swift and documenting the pressures of spending three years continuously on the road.

The band are signed to the legendary Stax Records label.

I have seen them perform on the Jools Holland tv show.

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Support band LION arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 35 mins.

LION aka Beth Lowen has a Janis Joplin-esque rasp of a voice and was backed by a band for a decent set.

At the the end of the show she said " I will be in the foyer for a chat and photo during the interval" and said

"My name may be Lion but i don't bite".

It does not say sold out but the venue is packed for a near capacity 5000 crowd including stalls standing.

Pretty amazing so many are here to see the headline band who most people have never heard of.

NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS arrived on stage at 9.15pm and played for 95 mins.

The band work up a great groove with a three man brass section and organ player.

It is a soul shaking, blues rock and gospel sound with hints of Van Morrison type soul on some songs.

Highlighting songs from the newly released album, “Tearing at the Seams” that included singles “You Worry Me” and “A Little Honey” the crowd was dancing the night away and the crowd loved it. The band continued upward, creating an almost gospel experience with their breakthrough single, “S.O.B”, which had all the crowd clapping and singing along.

A good vibes show that was very enjoyable.

Full setlist played tonight....

Shoe Boot

Be There

Look It Here

I've Been Failing

I Did It

Say It Louder

Howling At Nothing

A Little Honey

Coolin' Out

Out On The Weekend

Shake

You Worry Me

Wasting Time

Babe I Know

Intro

I'll Be Damned

S.O.B.

I Need Never Get Old

Encore:

Trying So Hard Not To Know

Hey Mama

Tearing At The Seams









Friday 25 January 2019.

MICHAEL JACKSON tribute show starring CJ at The Theatre Royal, Windsor.

‘CJ’ is one of the most experienced, dedicated and well-respected Michael Jackson Tribute artists in the world today, and he perfectly captures the electrifying energy of Michael’s live performances with 100% Live Vocals.

He’s got the look, the moonwalk and the voice! His renditions of Thriller, Beat It and Billie Jean are truly sensational.

Jackson Live in Concert brings together superb musicians and dancers, fabulous costumes, and of course all the signature dance moves associated so fondly with the undisputed King of Pop.

I have seen this very good show before.

I was lucky to have seen the real Michael Jackson four times in concert.

Check this stunning YouTube clip of the real Michael Jackson when you have a few mins.

Michael Jackson - Billie Jean (30th Anniversary Celebration) (Remastered Widescreen)

162,775,911 views

Michael Jackson held the record for nights played at Wembley Stadium on the same tour

until Take That reformed with Robbie Williams in 2011.

Take That played 8 nights each at Etihad Stadium in Manchester and also Wembley Stadium in London – breaking the previous record of seven nights held by Michael Jackson's Bad World Tour set in 1988.

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Around 500 here at this cosy all seated theatre that has a 633 capacity.

The show was on for 2 hours 5 mins over two sets of 55 mins and 70 mins.

A nice production with eleven on stage including two backing vocals and four female dancers.

A staircase in the middle led up to a podium where the dry ice machine was.

A big screen showed MJ images on some songs.

CJ as MJ is perfect as he has every box ticked and his attention to detail is pretty incredible.

The voice (both spoken and singing) , the dancing (both body-popping and moonwalking),

he has Michaels body frame, his hair, his iconic stage wear...it was pretty amazing.

A couple of times he wandered into the stalls which went down well with the crowd.

The first set included a segment of classic Jackson 5 songs.

An excellent five star tribute show.

Set highlights included...

Dirty Diana

Black or White

I'll Be There

I Want You Back

Blame it on the Boogie

Shake Your Body (Down to the ground)

Smooth Criminal

The Way You Make Me Feel

Rock with You

Don't Stop Till You Get Enough

Thriller

Beat It

Billie Jean (stunning move for move copy of the video clip listed above)

Encore :

Heal The World

Man In The Mirror









Thursday 24 January 2019...I went to two events tonight...

6.30pm to 9pm

JD MALAT GALLERY - private view - 30 Davies Street, Mayfair, London W1.

Around 150 guests at this gallery that always gets a cool crowd.

Guests included Lizzie Cundy, Meredith Ostrom and Jackie St Clair.

JD Malat Gallery is pleased to present ‘TO SEE IS NOT TO SPEAK’, a solo exhibition by Swiss artist Conrad Jon Godly. Following on from the artist’s solo show, ‘DARK IS LIGHT’, in Kyoto, Japan, 2018, ‘TO SEE IS NOT TO SPEAK’ presents an exciting selection of work which addresses the relationship between human nature and the sublime. Godly finds a beauty in the awe and terror of nature, and his works are a reminder of the futility of human existence. ‘TO SEE IS NOT TO SPEAK’ encompasses the viewer in the dramatic elements of nature, which makes for a captivating yet peaceful display.

The exhibition is on until 02 March 2019.

Complimentary Pommery champers for all guests.

www.jdmalat.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then

9.15pm to 10.45pm

LIVE MUSIC SHOWCASE at Tramp, 40 Jermyn Street, St James's, London SW1.

Around 100 guests were in this club that was a major celeb hangout in the 1970s and 1980s.

Cleo Rocos was here, she is best known as Kenny Everett’s glamorous side-kick in the 1980s tv show.

We caught two of the six acts who were each performing three or four songs.

Neither bothered to introduce themselves so don't know who they were.

Complimentary prosecco and canapés for all guests.

www.tramp.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info.









Wednesday 23 January 2019.

ROGER WATERS concert ticket sales are enormous.

Early in December rock legend Roger Waters completed his Us + Them tour, capping a two-decade stretch of global touring that generated more than $835 million in sales from four major worldwide treks, according to box office totals reported to Pollstar during the past 20 years.

It began in 1999 when he made a return to the concert stage as a solo headliner after a 12-year hiatus from the road. In July of that year he kicked off his In The Flesh tour that played North America during the summers of 1999 and 2000 as well as a 2002 stretch that included a European run and stops in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Australia. The tour showcased the hits from his years with Pink Floyd but also included music from his 1992 album, Amused to Death.

He followed that run four years later with The Dark Side of the Moon Live trek that debuted in the summer of 2006 and ran for two years with concerts on five continents. Each show on the tour saw a recreation of the iconic 1973 Pink Floyd release with Waters and his band performing the album in its entirety. He returned to that same formula for his next road effort, the massive 2010-13 worldwide jaunt The Wall Live. It marked the first time Pink Floyd’s 1979 album had been

performed live in its entirety by the band or any of its former members in two decades.

The Wall Live tour played both arenas and stadiums globally during a time period that spanned just over three years, beginning on Sept. 15, 2010, and wrapping on Sept. 21, 2013. The tour still ranks among the highest-grossing tours of all time based on an overall take of $460 million from 220 performances and 4.1 million tickets sold.

I was lucky enough to have seen him several times in the past 20 years.

Also with Pink Floyd at that historic Hyde Park 2005 show where original members played a short set.









Tuesday 22 January 2019...I went to two events tonight...

6.45pm to 9pm

BILL VIOLA / MICHELANGELO Life Death Rebirth - private view - Royal Academy of Arts,

Piccadilly, London W1.

Today's Standard newspaper in London had a full page four star review of the exhibition.

The Guardian newspaper slagged it off by saying "I’ve never encountered such a preachy, pompous show".

Around 500 guests are here at this massive exhibition space.

Guests included Alan Yentob, Peter York, Basia Briggs and painter Humphrey Ocean.

It was at Canterbury that Humphrey was taught by Ian Dury, then a painter. From 1971 he was bass player with the band Kilburn and the High Roads formed at Canterbury with Dury. They opened for The Who on its Christmas tour in 1973, after which Ocean resigned from music with the notable exception of recording the single "Whoops-a-Daisy" written by Ian Dury and Russell Hardy, for Stiff Records in 1978.

An odd pairing as Michelangelo and Bill Viola are separated by 500 years.

All the rooms are dark to highlight the striking video's of 67 year old American artist Bill Viola.

A couple of Michelangelo are on loan from our Queen Elizabeth.

Complimentary Bouvet French Sparkling Wine and canapés for all guests.

www.royalacademy.org.uk

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.

then

10.15pm to 1am

THRILLER LIVE - party - Piano Works, 47 Whitcomb Street, London WC2.

A special event to celebrate an incredible 10 years and over 4000 performances of this musical

that is based on the songs of Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5 which is on nearby at The Lyric Theatre.

Until recently this venue was called Studio 88.

Around 300 guests are here including actors who have been in the musical over the past years.

There is a top notch six piece band playing great cover versions including Michael Jackson classics.

Lots of dancing on the floor.

Complimentary drinks and food including two different cocktails, wines, beers, canapés and birthday cake.

www.thrillerlive.com

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.









Monday 21 January 2019...6.45pm to 9.15pm...

The Community Awards of Mayfair & St James's 2019 - Claridge's, Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1.

Always nice to be at this famous five star hotel.

A big crowd of over 300 standing guests are here in the ballroom.

A trio called The Roaming Nines played covers before and after the awards.

FRED SIRIEIX from popular Channel 4 tv show First Dates is the awards presenter.

From 7.10pm for 30 mins the ten awards were handed out.

Venues and people who are based in Mayfair & St James's are here to collect including...

Doorman of The Year - Colin Kemp from Christies

Unsung Hero - Tony Mumford ( North Mayfair Postman)

Bright Young Thing - Unit Gallery

All guests got a goodie bag on departure which included tins of tea, flapjacks,marmalade from

Fortnum & Mason and a box of fragrance miniatures from Creed of Mayfair.

Complimentary champers, two different cocktails, wines, tasty canapés,oysters and macaroons for dessert.

A great event.









Sunday 20 January 2019.

AVATAR + THE MAHONES live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

AVATAR are a Swedish Heavy Metal Band who have just released their seventh album.

AVATAR are on a UK & European Tour to promote their 2018 album 'Avatar Country'.

On June 12, 2017, Avatar were awarded the Breakthrough Band Award at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods.

The Mahones are a Canadian celtic punk band, formed on St. Patrick's Day in 1990.

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Levels 2 and 3 were closed tonight as unsold but the stalls standing and Level 1

seating area are both totally rammed so there must be around 1200 fans here tonight.

THE MAHONES arrived on stage at 8.05pm and played for 40 mins.

As their name suggests, the band are very influenced by the sound of The Pogues.

Uptempo lively songs with accordion and lyrics about drinking etc.

Credit to Avatar for putting support bands from a different genre on tour with them.

Full setlist played by The MAHONES tonight...

A Great Night on the Lash

Paint the Town Red

Shakespeare Road

The Hunger & the Fight

Give It All Ya Got (or Forget About It)

Heroes (David Bowie cover)

Never Let You Down

Is This Bar Open 'Til Tomorrow

Punk Rock Saved My Life

Drunken Lazy Bastard

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AVATAR arrived on stage at 9.15pm and played for 1 hour 50 mins.

The band are all wearing cavalry outfits and boots and the roadies are wearing white shirts with waistcoats.

A very nice stage production with stairs at each side leading to a raised platform behind the drum kit.

Lots of lights throughout the show and a few pyros.

They opened their set with “A Statue of the King” and “Legend Of The King”, off of the new album, which also included the king, guitarist Jonas Jarlsby, seated on his throne above the drum riser. Fans were treated to a selection of previous favourites as well, including “Let it Burn”, “The Eagle Has Landed”, “Smells Like A Freakshow”, and closing with “Hail The Apocalypse”.

The singer has a Marilyn Manson/Alice Cooper/The Joker stage persona going on.

Plenty of head banging from the musicians and the crowd along with lots of crowd moshing.

Some songs were a bit too thrashy for me but a good show overall.

Full setlist played by AVATAR played tonight...

A Statue of the King

Legend of the King

Paint Me Red

King's Harvest

Bloody Angel

For the Swarm

Get in Line

Tsar Bomba

Tower

The Eagle Has Landed

Let It Burn

King After King

Reload

Smells Like a Freakshow

Torn Apart

The King Welcomes You to Avatar Country

Encore :

Hail the Apocalypse









Sunday 20 January 2019.

Happy Birthday to rock legend PAUL STANLEY from KISS who is 67 today.









Saturday 19 January 2019.

BOOTLEG BLONDIE featuring CLEM BURKE live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Original Blondie drummer Clem Burke plays with tribute band while the real Blondie take a few weeks rest.

They are in a UK tour to celebrate 40 years of the classic Blondie album 'Parallel Lines ' - 1978 to 2018.

Parallel Lines is the third studio album by Blondie. It was released on September 23, 1978, by Chrysalis Records to international commercial success. The album reached No. 1 in the United Kingdom in February 1979 and proved to be the band's commercial breakthrough in the United States, where it reached No. 6 in April 1979.

The album had sold over 20 million copies worldwide and has spawned several successful singles including

"Hanging on the Telephone", "One Way or Another" , "Picture This" , "Sunday Girl" and "Heart of Glass".

I have seen the real Blondie over 20 times since 1977 which was their first UK visit when they

supported Television at Hammersmith Odeon.

The real Debbie Harry is age 73 but the tribute singer will be the younger version with outfit changes.

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Levels 2 and 3 are closed as unsold but there is still a decent sized crowd here.

BOOTLEG BLONDIE featuring CLEM BURKE arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played for

1 hour 55 mins over two sets of 50 mins and 65 mins.

All the band came on stage wearing Beatles type suits and ties.

The first set was all of the 'Parallel Lines' classic album.

Loads of classic Blondie tracks played along with a few lesser known tracks.

Debbie Harris as Debbie Harry did a good job and had five different outfit changes.

Remember those sultry outfits Debbie Harry wore back in the late 70s/early 1980s?

Clem Burke on drums was visually amazing to watch as usual.

During the encore Debbie put on a black plastic bag with slogan (like the real Debbie did last year).

Tonight it read 'Debbie Does Shepherds Bush' which relates to the famous porn film 'Debbie Does Dallas'.

An enjoyable evening.

Most of the setlist played tonight...

FIRST SET : Parallel Lines in full.

Hanging On The Telephone

One Way Or Another

Picture This

Fade Away and Radiate

Pretty Baby

I Know but I Don't Know

11:59

Will Anything Happen?

Sunday Girl

Heart of Glass

I'm Gonna Love You Too

Just Go Away

SECOND SET : highlights

(I'm Always Touched by Your) Presence, Dear

Union City Blue

Rip Her to Shreds

Dreaming

X Offender

Denis

In the Flesh

Maria

Encore:

Atomic

Call Me

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In the Level 1 VIP seats at the side was GARY VALENTINE.

Gary Valentine joined Blondie in spring 1975 after original bassist Fred Smith left to join Television (following Richard Hell's departure). He wrote the music to the band's first single, "X-Offender",and popularised the band's sixties-retro look. In 1977 he left the group to form his own band and was replaced by Nigel Harrison, just as Blondie were starting to gain recognition. His song "(I'm Always Touched by Your) Presence, Dear" was a UK top ten hit in 1978,and was subsequently recorded by Tracey Ullman and Annie Lennox.







Thursday 17 January 2019....I went to two events tonight...

6pm to 7pm

RICHARD POUSETTE-DART WORKS 1940-1992 - private view - Pace Gallery, 6 Burlington Gardens, London W1.

Richard Pousette-Dart (June 8, 1916 – October 25, 1992) was an American artist most recognised as a founder of the New York School of painting. His artistic output also includes drawing, sculpture, and fine-art photography.

Normally there would be one or two security guards keeping an eye on the paintings but for some reason

there are a dozen of them here tonight.

The exhibition of paintings is on until 20 Feb 2019.

Complimentary Piper-Heidsieck champers for all guests.

www.pacegallery.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then

7.15pm to 12pm

FARZI CAFE - launch party - 8 Haymarket, London SW1.

Originating in New Delhi in 2014, the Farzi Cafe chain from the House of Massive Restaurants now has many branches across India and in Dubai. The London opening serves up traditional Indian dishes in a contemporary style.

The restaurant is located next door to Theatre Royal Haymarket.

Around 200 guests are here over the two levels and 4400sq ft of this stylish venue.

Celebrity guests here included Nicola Roberts, Ashley James and Sascha Bailey.

A nice buzzy atmosphere with dj sounds in the background.

It was still lively when we left at midnight as it was a 1am finish tonight.

Complimentary Moët champers, various spirits with mixers, wines, beers and very tasty Indian small bites.

www.farzilondon.com

Visit the FARZI CAFE website here for more info on the menu etc.

With a vision of bringing Indian Cuisine back “in-Vogue”, Farzi Cafe endeavours to showcase a unique, modernist approach to Indian food, where guests not only enjoy culinary innovations as part of it’s tapas style menu but also offers a high energy space, perfect for a relaxing dining experience. The cuisine served at Farzi Café speak for itself, as it surprises the palate as never before.

The owners say "Our total investment so far is just under £4m, so it had better work":











Wednesday 16 January 2019....6.30pm to 11pm...

SOHO RESIDENCE - launch party - 83-85 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1.

A big buzzy crowd here of around 300 guests over three floors.

Soho club legend Philip Sallon was here. He is particularly known for being a prominent member of the Punk sub-cultural and New Romantic pop cultural movements during the 1970s and 1980s.

A perfect Soho location near to Old Compton Street and 100 yards from where The Marquee Club was.

Soho’s iconic Roundhouse has undergone a full and fantastic £1m restoration and will reopen as Soho Residence, the premier bar, club and lounge space in London’s West End.

Erected in 1892, the Roundhouse building itself has previously existed as blues and skiffle clubs, welcoming celebrated performers from around the world. Its latest and greatest incarnation as Soho Residence will continue this rich tradition by offering the ultimate night out experience in a venue of unrivalled elegance and grace.

The venue will be open until 3am every night except on Sundays.

Complimentary prosecco, several different cocktails , wines, beers and canapés for all guests.

We had a great time here and it will be surely be a popular addition to Soho's nightlife.

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First Floor Gin Parlour

The First Floor has high ceilings, tall windows which direct your gaze down to the bustling streets of Soho below as well as snug sofas and sumptuous fabrics, all in a cosmopolitan and carefully curated space designed to make you feel like a million dollars. This floor is also available for private hire.

Ground Floor Botanical Bar

The ritzy Ground Floor of Soho Residence boasts a hint of art deco style with enormous crittal inspired windows allowing light to flood in, a fresh botanical feel, hanging plants and banquette seating, plump cushions and a plush Soho vibe, all complemented by professional service and contemporary cocktails that dazzle with their fun, flair and flavour.

Festival Club

The Basement Club is a place to be mischievous with festoon lighting, and a selection of craft beers and cocktails that will welcome the capital’s glitterati for nights of grown-up fun and late night partying.

The cocktail menu is sublime, boasting a selection of both classics and dazzling new concoctions guaranteed to please the most discerning palates.

Djs play every night, keeping the party vibe going throughout the evening.

Soho Residence is the perfect venue for corporate and private hire, product launches and events. Both the first floor and the basement nightclub are available for private hire and the whole venue can also be hired for amazing functions and events.

www.sohoresidence.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info.









Tuesday 15 January 2019.

WEMBLEY ARENA has lost most of the major arena gigs in London to The 02 Arena over the past decade

but they have reported record visitors for 2018.

The 12,500 capacity arena right next to Wembley Stadium reported that it welcomed

one million visitors in 2018, which is more than any year in the past decade.

157 performances took place at London’s most intimate arena in 2018, including the world premiere of the Golden Globe winning film Bohemian Rhapsody, three sold out ‘in the round’ nights for Arcade Fire, the televised final of The X Factor, the biggest independent pro wrestling event in England for 30 years in the form of PROGRESS’ ‘Hello Wembley’, the first ever all-nighter from drum’n’bass legend Andy C, the biggest ever Bollywood event held at the arena from Arijit Singh, an exclusive Smashing Pumpkins show, George Ezra’s biggest headline concert to date and a sold out show for Slayer as part of their historic final world tour.

Obviously there were also lots of crap events too in that figure of 157 performances.









Monday 14 January 2019...I went to two events tonight...

4pm to 6.15pm

THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO ITALIAN WINE 2019 - book launch and wine tasting -

Le Meridian Hotel, Piccadilly, London W1.

Around 200 guests in the main room of this nice five star hotel.

There are 24 suppliers/stands here and each has different wines to taste.

Red Wines, White Wines, Rose Wines, Prosecco.

My faves were from Tenuta Carretta and Nicola Bergalio.

Also Italian meats and bread to go with the wines.

All guests got an e-copy of the book.

www.doctorwine.it

More info on the book and wines are here on their website.

then

6.45pm to 10.30pm

THE WRITERS GUILD AWARDS at The Royal College of Physicians,

11 St Andrews Avenue, Regents Park, London NW1.

Around 300 guests here at this impressive venue.

Several well known faces are here including Russell T Davies, MacKenzie Crook, Josie Lawrence,

Armando Iannucci, Helen Lederer, Stephen McGann, Lee Ridley (Lost Voice Guy who won Britains Got Talent).

We went into the theatre seating for the awards from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

Hosted by writer and actor Joanna Scanlan (Getting On, No Offence), the prestigious event honoured the cream of British UK writing talent in front of an audience from a broad range of creative industries.

Seventeen awards given out and some very entertaining speeches.

It was a big night for celebrating female writers, who won in 9 of the 16 awards across theatre, TV, radio, comedy, books and video games categories and the Outstanding Contribution to Writing also went to a woman.

Complimentary prosecco, wines, beers, canapés before and after the awards.

www.writersguild.org.uk

Visit their website here for a list of the winners and presenters.









Monday 14 January 2019.

Happy Birthday to Foo Fighters frontman DAVE GROHL who is 50 today.

The Foos are without doubt one of the greatest live bands.

They headline Reading & Leeds Festivals in August.







Sunday 13 January 2019.

SPURS play MAN UTD at Wembley Stadium...4.30pm kick off...

Mega footie clash.

Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s dream start after taking over from Jose M continued with a fifth victory in five games against Reading in The FA Cup but the first stern test of his interim reign is next: the trip to Tottenham on Sunday. The run equals Sir Matt Busby’s non-wartime club record, but how United fare against a team 10 points and three places better off will be a real test of progress.

How will they deal with Harry Kane and the awesome Spurs attack?

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We are up in Level 5 for this game between these two top notch teams.

A fantastic atmosphere as it's a near sell-out crowd of around 80,000.

David de Gea produced a string of superb saves as Manchester United held on to beat Tottenham 1-0 and secure a sixth win in a row for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Marcus Rashford scored the winner late in the first half but Solskjaer was indebted to De Gea, who made no more than 11 saves to withstand a second-half Spurs barrage to seal the historic victory for the United interim manager.

Only the one goal, but a great game.

The sixth straight win victory sees Solskjaer confirm the best start of any manager in Manchester United's history, and sees him equal Sir Matt Busby's five wins in his first five league games.











Saturday 12 January 2019.

A BOWIE CELEBRATION live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

A BOWIE CELEBRATION will celebrate David Bowie's Glastonbury 2000 performance with a European Tour.

Mike Garson, the longest-standing member of David Bowie’s bands, is bringing together an unforgettable line-up of Bowie alumni and special guest vocalists for A Bowie Celebration. This critically acclaimed show will see the cast perform an ever-rotating mix of hits and deep cuts from Bowie’s much-loved catalogue of albums.

The band includes Mike Garson on piano/keyboards,Earl Slick on guitar and Bernard Fowler on vocals.

Earl Slick has also played with David Bowie before and Bernard Fowler is long time backing vocals for

The Rolling Stones.

Also on vocals will be Joe Sumner (Stings son).

I missed the show last year at this same venue as it clashed with my two week trip to Taiwan.

I was lucky enough to have seen the real David Bowie over 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.

I saw Earl Slick playing with The Glen Matlock Band three times in Aug 2018.

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A few empty seats in Level 3 but around 1800 folks here out of a 2000 capacity.

A BOWIE CELEBRATION arrived on stage at 8.05pm and played for 2 hours 10 mins.

For different songs there were 7,8,9 and even 10 musicians on stage through the evening.

There were four different vocalists including Bernard Fowler and Joe Sumner.

Bernard Fowler sang the first few tracks then the vocalists rotated.

The vocalists did a good job but none had the pure rock n roll charisma of guitarist Earl Slick.

Loads of Bowie classics played along with a couple of lesser known tracks but gems not played tonight

included "The Jean Genie", "Let's Dance", "Modern Love" and "The Man Who Sold The World".

Bowie tunes , like Prince tunes will live on forever, such is the quality of them , so there will be tribute

and no doubt hologram shows galore in the future.

A very nice first gig of 2019 for me.

Full setlist played tonight....

Greensleeves ([traditional] cover)

Bring Me The Disco King

Rebel Rebel

Moonage Daydream

Fame

Young Americans

Starman

Space Oddity

Five Years

Changes

Lady Grinning Soul

Rock 'n' Roll Suicide

Ashes To Ashes

Aladdin Sane

Win

Ziggy Stardust

Suffragette City

All The Young Dudes (David Bowie wrote this classic for Mott The Hoople)

Under Pressure (Queen cover that originally featured vocals by Freddie Mercury & David Bowie)

Encore:

Andy Warhol

Life on Mars?

Heroes

Modern Love (outro song played over the pa)











Friday 11 January 2019.

QUEEN are everywhere these days.

After they stole the show at Live Aid in 1985 they announced several stadium shows for the

following year which included two nights at Wembley Stadium and a huge show at Knebworth.

I was at one of those amazing Wembley shows which had great support acts...

Queen,Status Quo,Alarm,INXS ---- Wembley Stadium , London 11.07.1986.

It was the final tour with Freddie Mercury.









Thursday 10 January 2019...I went to two gallery private views tonight.

6pm to 7pm

Bernard Jacobson Gallery, 28 Duke Street, St James's ,London SW1.

Around 70 or 80 guests at this gallery by Fortnum & Mason.

BBC tv political commentator and television presenter ANDREW MARR was here.

The first in a two-part exhibition of prints from Bernard Jacobson’s remarkable collection. Prints I wish I had published includes work by more than 30 artists, including some of the most important names in art from the past 600 years. An exhibition of Jacobson’s favourite prints which he wishes he had published during his 50 years in the business.

Including works by Thomas Hart Benton, William Blake, Marc Chagall, John Constable, Robyn Denny, Albrecht Durer, Sam Francis, Paul Gauguin, Goya, Stanley William Hayter, Hiroshige, David Hockney, John Martin, Henri Matisse, Bruce McLean, Robert Motherwell, Samuel Palmer, Pablo Picasso, Arnulf Rainer, Robert Rauschenberg, Rembrandt, Ed Ruscha, William Tillyer, J.M.W Turner, Andy Warhol, Grant Wood and others.

There was a great collage of 20 original press cuttings of THE ROLLING STONES from 1967/1968.

Complimentary wines & nibbles for all guests.

www.jacobsongallery.com

Visit their website here for more info.

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7.15pm to 8.30pm

Unit Gallery , 3 Hanover Square, Soho, London W1.

A big crowd of 200 guests at this gallery as they always invites loads of people.

Peter Gronquist is a multidisciplinary artist based in Portland, Oregan. Gronquist’s practice incorporates painting, sculpture and installation, utilising mediums such as aluminium, ceramic, and mirrors as well as the environment itself. Gronquist has a profound interest in the emotional potency of colour and temporality of our world, from the objects we produce to the transience of humanity, addressing themes of impermanence, excess and escapism.

Complimentary prosecco for all guests.

www.theunitldn.com

Visit their website here for more info.









Thursday 10 January 2019.

Happy Birthday to ROD STEWART who is 74 today.

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Wednesday 09 January 2019.

Happy Birthday to guitar legend JIMMY PAGE who is 75 today.









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News and Reviews: 6th January 2019

Sunday 06 January 2019.

This gig took place 49 years ago today.......on 06 Jan 1970.

The debut London show by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Paul McCartney was in the crowd to watch them.









Saturday 05 January 2019.

The Official Top 40 biggest selling albums of 2018 in the UK.

Pretty amazing that Rod Stewarts album has crept in there at 15.

POS TITLE ARTIST

1 THE GREATEST SHOWMAN MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING

2 STAYING AT TAMARA'S GEORGE EZRA

3 DIVIDE ED SHEERAN

4 MAMMA MIA - HERE WE GO AGAIN MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING

5 SCORPION DRAKE

6 BEERBONGS & BENTLEYS POST MALONE

7 A STAR IS BORN MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING

8 LOVE MICHAEL BUBLE

9 DUA LIPA DUA LIPA

10 KAMIKAZE EMINEM

11 ODYSSEY TAKE THAT

12 SI ANDREA BOCELLI

13 BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY - OST QUEEN

14 ALWAYS IN BETWEEN JESS GLYNNE

15 BLOOD RED ROSES ROD STEWART

16 SWEETENER ARIANA GRANDE

17 THE ARCHITECT PALOMA FAITH

18 TRANQUILITY BASE HOTEL & CASINO ARCTIC MONKEYS

19 HUMAN RAG'N'BONE MAN

20 GOLD - GREATEST HITS ABBA

21 THE THRILL OF IT ALL SAM SMITH











Friday 04 January 2019.

DICK WHITTINGTON : Panto at The Theatre Royal, Windsor.

Feat Anne Hegerty, Kevin Cruise, Steven Blakeley, Anita Harris, Mike Read, Basil Brush and others.

Dick Whittington and his cat are getting ready to help celebrate 80 years of traditional Panto here at the beautiful Theatre Royal Windsor. Get ready for even more laughs, splosh and days of Christmas than ever before!

** Anne Hegerty will now perform as Queen Rat from 18 Dec - 6 Jan only, due to her being whisked away to the jungle.

Modern pantomime includes songs, gags, slapstick comedy and dancing. It employs gender-crossing actors and combines topical humour with a story more or less based on a well-known fairy tale, fable or folk tale.It is a participatory form of theatre, in which the audience is expected to sing along with certain parts of the music and shout out phrases to the performers.

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I took my mum out for a day in Windsor today for her 85th birthday which is next week.

She has become a big fan of Anne Hegerty after her stint in the jungle.

Windsor and the nearby over the bridge Eton make for a nice day out.

Plenty of tourists are here because of Windsor Castle.

The panto was on for 1 hour 45 mins over two sets of 55 mins and 50 mins.

Anne Hegerty is Queen Rat so we all boo her.

Lots of silly slapstick but they always throw in some topical gags so there is a jokey mention

of Brexit , The Chase, I'm A Celebrity, Harry Redknapp, Slough (only three miles away) etc.

Basil Brush said " I'm the best rat-catcher in Europe, next year I will be the best rat-catcher

outside of Europe".

Songs included tracks by Abba, Elton John, Michael Jackson and Meat Loaf (changed to Rat Out of Hell).

Another play on words for the track "Who Let The Fox Out".

One of the actress's said "this is my 10th year of panto here, I'm as hard to get rid of as Theresa May".

Panto is always good fun.







Thursday 03 January 2019.

Legendary F1 racing driver Michael Schumacher turns 50 on 3 January 2019.

His physical condition remains a mystery to those outside his personal circle, following the skiing accident which left him with severe brain injuries in December 2013. He has not been seen in public since.

But the memory of what Schumacher achieved in Formula 1 over a career that totalled more than 18 seasons and spanned 21 years is indelible.

His records of seven world titles and 91 wins is pretty incredible.







Thursday 03 January 2019.

It appears many people are not that interested in owning music anymore.

Sales of CDs plummeted by 23% last year, as consumers flocked to streaming services for their music.

Just 32 million CDs were sold in 2018 - almost 100 million fewer than in 2008; and a drop of 9.6 million year-on-year.

The growth of vinyl also began to plateau, with 4.2 million records sold, a rise of just 1.6%, said the BPI.

Shrinking shelf space in supermarkets contributed to the slowdown, but HMV's troubles suggest we are increasingly uninterested in owning our music.

The CDs that did sell in large quantities tended to appeal to older, non-traditional music buyers - with six of the year's top 10 albums either film soundtracks or Now compilations.

The picture is the same in America, where CD sales have fallen 80% in the last decade, from roughly 450 million to 89 million.

In a sign of the times, two of the records nominated for album of the year at the Grammys (H.E.R.'s self-titled debut and Cardi B's Invasion of Privacy) weren't even released on CD in the US - the first time that's happened since 1984.

"Lots of us have changed the way we consume music and film, and more people are streaming from Netflix or Spotify," Kim Bayley of the Entertainment Retailers Association recently told BBC Radio 5 Live.









Thursday 03 January 2019.

QUEEN'S ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ movie will be on DVD and Blu-Ray on January 22 and the disc will include the complete recreation of the Live Aid performance, only seen in part in the movie.









Wednesday 02 January 2019.

Happy Birthday to legendary photographer DAVID BAILEY who is 81 today.

In 1960, David Bailey began photographing for British Vogue, and his fashion work and celebrity portraiture, known for stark backgrounds and dramatic lighting effects, transformed British fashion and celebrity photography. His work reflects the 1960s British cultural trend of breaking down antiquated and rigid class barriers by injecting a 'punk' look into both clothing and artistic products.









Monday 31 December 2018...10pm to 1am...

LONDON NEW YEAR'S EVE FIREWORKS 2018.

Every year over 100,000 spectators from across the globe flock to the London Eye embankment to get a prime view of the stunning fireworks that see in the new year. The 2018/2019 event is set to be a huge celebration with 12,000 fireworks alongside lighting and music set from barges on the Thames.

All the £10 tickets have now sold out...will be 12 mins of fireworks at midnight that is shown live on tv.

The last time i went to see the fireworks here was 31 Dec 1999.

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Thankfully it is a very mild evening for this time of year.

We are in the Red Zone on Victoria Embankment by The River Thames.

Not as good a view as the Blue Zone which is directly opposite The London Eye.

We are along a bit on the left, opposite The OXO Tower.

You can bring in your own food and drinks.

A nice party atmosphere and not as many drunks as expected.

There is a dj playing tunes all evening and after the fireworks until 00.45am.

Just before the fireworks start three helicopters appear for aerial tv shots / security purposes.

The fireworks were great and it was all good fun.







Sunday 30 December 2018.

Happy Birthday to PATTI SMITH who is 72 today.

Happy Birthday to JEFF LYNNE who is 71 today.







Saturday 29 December 2018...3pm to 5pm...

SPURS 1 WOLVES 3 at Wembley Stadium.

Spurs in great form before this game as they are now in second place behind Liverpool.

First game for Harry Kane since he was awarded an MBE.

Harry Kane has spoken of his pride after being awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours list.

It’s the latest chapter in the incredible story of the local lad from Walthamstow who had to do it the hard way before becoming one of the Club’s greatest-ever goalscorers, captaining England at the World Cup and winning the Golden Boot as the Three Lions reached the semi-finals in Russia this summer– all by the age of 25.

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Loads of unsold seats up in Level 5 so we could move to better seats.

Down in Level 1 some 3000 Wolves fans in good voice have made the trip.

Tottenham's Premier League title challenge suffered a big blow as Wolves produced a stunning second half fightback to stun Mauricio Pochettino's side 3-1 at Wembley.

Harry Kane celebrated his MBE award by belting in the opener in the first half, but Willy Boly headed Wolves level in the 72nd minute before Raul Jimenez slotted them ahead seven minutes from time.

As Spurs desperately searched for an equaliser, Nuno Espirito Santo's side broke away to struck the deadly blow three minutes before the end to complete a remarkable victory a stunt Tottenham's growing title charge.

Definitely one of those games that delirious Wolves fans can say " I was there".

On the plus side all four goals were scored at the end we were at.

Spurs 1970s striker legend Martin Chivers was interviewed on the pitch at half time.









Friday 28 December 2018.

JIM STEINMAN'S 'BAT OUT OF HELL' live at The Dominion Theatre, London.

Winner of Best Musical at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2017 and nominated for 8 WhatsOnStage awards in 2018, Jim Steinman’s smash-hit musical Bat Out of Hell returns to London at the iconic Dominion Theatre!

I saw this great show in 2017 when it was at The Coliseum.

Bat Out of Hell is a rock musical written by Jim Steinman based on the album of the same name. Steinman wrote all of the songs, most of which are songs from the Bat Out of Hell trilogy of albums by Meat Loaf including Bat Out of Hell, II: Back into Hell and III: The Monster is Loose. The musical is a loose retelling of Peter Pan and Wendy, set in post-apocalyptic Manhattan (now named "Obsidian"), and follows Strat, the forever young leader of The Lost who has fallen in love with Raven, daughter of Falco, the tyrannical ruler of Obsidian.

I have seen the real Meat Loaf live over 15 times including his first ever London show back in 1978.

www.batoutofhellmusical.com

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets...it ends on 05 Jan.

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This is the theatre where where the Queen musical "We Will Rock You" was for an incredible 12 years.

It is a big theatre to fill for a run as it holds around 2000.

The show is on for around 2 hours 20 mins over two sets of 65 mins and 75 mins.

Pretty much the same big stage production from The Coliseum.

Loads of scene changes and props and lights.

The sound is much louder than it was at The Coliseum as there are speakers hanging from the ceiling.

Around 20 dancers on stage off and on throughout the show.

Mainly Meat Loaf mega tunes but also some from Jim Steinman albums.

Some pretty incredible power ballads of the highest order.

An excellent show.

Act I

"Love and Death and an American Guitar"

"All Revved Up with No Place to Go / The Opening of the Box / Everything Louder Than Everything Else / If It Ain't Broke, Break It"

"Who Needs the Young?"

"Out of the Frying Pan (And Into the Fire)"

"Two Out of Three Ain't Bad"

"Paradise by the Dashboard Light"

"Making Love Out of Nothing at All"

"Bat Out of Hell"

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Act II

"In the Land of the Pig, the Butcher Is King"

"Heaven Can Wait"

"Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are"

"Teenager In Love"

"For Crying Out Loud"

"You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)"

"Not Allowed to Love"

"What Part of My Body Hurts the Most"

"Dead Ringer for Love"

"Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through"

"It's All Coming Back to Me Now"

"I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)"

Finale (Bat Out of Hell (reprise))











Thursday 27 December 2018.

SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE is now an established live music venue but before 1994

it was a BBC owned theatre that they used for Crackerjack (1963 - 1984) and Old Grey Whistle Test Specials

in the 1970s and The Wogan Show (1982 to 1991)....the venue was sold , then had a full refurbishment...

I went to four BBC music shows there in the 1970s as well as the opening night as a live music venue.

I also went to Crackerjack and The Wogan Show a couple of times each.

Lynyrd Skynyrd (BBC Theatre O.G.W.T Special ) Shepherds Bush Empire,London 11.11.1975

Dr Hook (BBC Theatre O.G.W.T Special) Shepherds Bush Empire,London 28.11.1975

Bonnie Riatt (BBC Theatre O.G.W.T. Special) Shepherds Bush Empire,London 22.03.1976

Manhattan Transfer (BBC TV Special) Shepherds Bush Empire, London 07.02.1977

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Soundgarden + These Animal Men Shepherds Bush Empire , London 12.03.1994

Invite only opening night of this venue which is now under new ownership.











Wednesday 26 December 2018.

QUEEN are everywhere due to their film but where is their bass player John Deacon???

Noticeably absent from the hullabaloo surrounding the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody is his

Queen band mate John Deacon. The band's former bass player has long since retired from the limelight.

While guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor continued to record and tour following Mercury's death in 1991, Deacon called it quits long ago. Queen's publicist Phil Symes recently told the Daily Mail, "He's just living a private life." And as an equal shareholder in the band's enterprises, he can afford to do whatever he wants since he has an estimated net worth of about £100 million"....WOW!...

So perhaps it's not quite so surprising that Deacon -- who wrote the Queen hits "Another One Bites the Dust," "Under Pressure" and "You're My Best Friend" -- recoils from fame. He is even scarce among neighbours in Putney, where he continues to live in the same modest house he purchased with his first royalty cheque. There, he and his wife have quietly raised six children.

"It's his choice. He doesn't contact us. John was quite delicate all along," said May. "I haven't heard a squeak from John," Taylor added. "Not a single guttural grunt."

But to some extent that was the plan all along. After auditioning a number of bass players, Queen chose Deacon in part because of his demeanor. "We were so over-the-top, we thought that because he was quiet, he would fit in with us without too much upheaval," Taylor admitted.

Many people in Deacon's life suggest he also suffered from depression that isolated him, especially after Mercury's death. Since then, he's performed only three times. The first was at the 1992 star-studded tribute concert for Mercury. A year later, he and Taylor played to help raise funds for King Edward VII Hospital, while May was on a solo tour.

In 1997, the three surviving members of Queen partnered with Elton John to perform "The Show Must Go On" at the opening of the Bejart Ballet in Paris. That same year, Deacon recorded "No-One But You (Only the Good Die Young)," a new track for the Queen Rocks compilation, and then officially retired. He was not present when the band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.









Monday 24 December 2018.

Merry Christmas to all the visitors to this website.

Check back at the end of the year for my best gigs of the 100 plus i saw this year.







Monday 24 December 2018.

Fact of the day.

The Verve official video for "Bitter Sweet Symphony " has had over 400 million views.







Sunday 23 December 2018.

Two classic Christmas records came out 45 years ago.

Here is the Top 10 from Xmas 1973....look at some of the great records & bands.

1 - MERRY XMAS EVERYBODY - SLADE

2 - I LOVE YOU LOVE ME LOVE - GARY GLITTER

3 - YOU WON'T FIND ANOTHER FOOL LIKE ME FT. LYN PAUL - THE NEW SEEKERS

4 - I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERY DAY - WIZZARD

5 - MY COO-CA-CHOO - ALVIN STARDUST

6 - PAPER ROSES - MARIE OSMOND

7 - THE SHOW MUST GO ON - LEO SAYER

8 - LAMPLIGHT - DAVID ESSEX

9 - ROLL AWAY THE STONE - MOTT THE HOOPLE

10 - STREET LIFE - ROXY MUSIC

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Roy Woods Wizzard were the first proper concert i ever saw.

Sept 1973 at Hammersmith Palais....I was aged 14 and a few months.

In 1973 they had two number one hits - "See My Baby Jive" and "Angel Fingers".







Saturday 22 December 2018

RICHARD ASHCROFT + DJ support live at The Forum, London.

Richard (ex singer of The Verve) Ashcroft will be promoting his recent chart album 'Natural Rebel'

'Urban Hymns' is the third studio album by English alternative rock band The Verve, released on 29 September 1997.

'Urban Hymns' is ranked the 19th best-selling album in UK chart history with over three million copies sold

in the UK and has sold over ten million copies worldwide.

The album features the hit singles "Bitter Sweet Symphony", "Lucky Man" and "The Drugs Don't Work". The critical and commercial success of the album saw the band win two Brit Awards in 1998, including Best British Group, and appear on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine in April 1998."Bitter Sweet Symphony" was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song.

The anthemic track "Bitter Sweet Symphony" is based on a sample it uses from the Andrew Loog Oldham orchestral cover of The Rolling Stones' song "The Last Time", and involved some legal controversy surrounding a plagiarism charge. As a result, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were added to the songwriting credits. "Bitter Sweet Symphony" was released in June 1997 by Hut Recordings as the first single from the album, reaching number two on the UK Singles Chart and stayed in the chart for three months.

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A dj played some cool tunes for an hour before the band came on stage.

This Oasis/Kasabian type loving crowd are drinking the bars dry.

RICHARD ASHCROFT arrived on stage at 8.35pm and played for 1 hour 45 mins.

Richard arrives on stage wearing a huge fluffy coat and shades and looking like a Hollywood pimp.

Thankfully he took if off before the first song started and left it by the drum kit.

Back to having his trademark shaggy hair after having it closely cropped a couple of years ago.

A nicely paced set with most of the big tunes in the last 30 mins.

A few classics from The Verve were played which were the highlights of the show.

New album tracks seemed a bit average and introducing "Money Money" Richard said "this is dedicated

to all the impostors taking up my space on the radio".

The only song that could’ve finished his set was obviously "Bitter Sweet Symphony",

and it was an utterly euphoric extended version.

Without doubt it is one of my fave songs of the 1990s.

A good show overall.

Full Richard Ashcroft setlist played tonight...

Sonnet (The Verve song)

This Is How It Feels

Weeping Willow (The Verve song)

Break the Night With Colour

Surprised by the Joy

Music Is Power

Born to Be Strangers

A Song for the Lovers

They Don't Own Me

Hold On

That's How Strong

Money Money

The Drugs Don't Work (The Verve song)

Judy(Christmas Song)

Lucky Man (The Verve song)

Bitter Sweet Symphony (The Verve song)

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Faces spotted at the gig included footballer Peter Crouch and his wife Abbey Clancy.

Also Tony James ( ex Generation X, ex Sigue Sigue Sputnik , ex Carbon Silicon and

currently in Generation Sex with Steve Jones and Paul Cook from The Sex Pistols).









Saturday 22 December 2018.

Punk Icon JOE STRUMMER passed away this day 16 years ago - 22 December 2002.

I was lucky to have seen The Clash and Joe Strummer solo play many times each.







Friday 21 December 2018.

BJORN AGAIN + DOLLAR live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Bjorn Again play the second of two shows at Shepherds Bush Empire.

It is the final night of their month long UK tour.

The worlds number Abba tribute act are celebrating their 30th anniversary.

I have seen them several times before including Christmas shows at Shepherds Bush Empire

in Dec 1996 and Dec 1997.

Support act will be Dollar who had 10 Top 40 hits in the late 1970s / early 1980s.

A few of their hits were produced by Trevor Horn.

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Back again to see Bjorn Again and it is again a very lively Christmas party atmosphere.

Lots of classic disco hits played over the pa when the bands are not on stage.

DOLLAR arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played for 25 mins.

Dollar were always a bit third rate and they still are a very weak live act.

David Van Day is still there and the duo sung along to a backing tape.

Oddly a short set that still had more cover versions that their own hits.

This crowd sing along to anything that sounds familiar, but Dollar were two bob.

Like last night , BJORN AGAIN arrived on stage at 8.35pm and played for 95 mins.

It was exactly the same setlist as last night.

The crowd were dancing and singing loudly to every song.

Another very enjoyable fun evening.









Thursday 20 December 2018.

BJORN AGAIN live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Bjorn Again play the first of two shows at this venue at the end of their UK tour.

The worlds number ABBA tribute act are celebrating their 30th anniversary.

I have seen them several times before including Christmas shows at Shepherds Bush Empire

in Dec 1996 and Dec 1997.

I saw the real ABBA at The Royal Albert Hall in 1977.

Not many can say they saw the real ABBA as they disbanded in Dec 1982.

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I must admit i do have a soft spot for top notch tribute bands such as The Sex Pistols Experience and TRextasy.

BJORN AGAIN arrived on stage at 8.35pm and played for 95 mins.

A 75% female crowd who are up for a Christmas party.

Lots of dancing and singing along all through the evening.

Lots of ABBA hits and a couple of great Van Halen and Slade covers.

There is a giant disco glitter ball.

A Cher lookalike came on for a couple of songs.

They are speaking in dodgy , but fun fake Swedish accents and have all the costumes.

A fun evening.

Full Bjorn Again setlist played tonight...

Waterloo

Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)

Super Trouper

Honey, Honey

Knowing Me, Knowing You

SOS

Fernando (with Cher lookalike)

Eagle

Ring Ring

Voulez-Vous

Lay All Your Love on Me

The Name of the Game

I Have a Dream

Chiquitita

Jump (Van Halen cover) (without the two girls who went off for a costume change)

Money, Money, Money

Take a Chance on Me

Mamma Mia

Does Your Mother Know

Encore:

Merry Christmas Everybody (Slade cover)

Dancing Queen

The Winner Takes It All

Thank You for the Music (with Cher lookalike)









Wednesday 19 December 2018.

ADAM ANT live at The Roundhouse, London.

First of two Christmas shows at The Roundhouse for Adam Ant.

I have seen Adam Ant over a dozen times since 1979.

In the early 1980s he was massive in the UK and had over a dozen hit singles with three number ones.

Adam has sold over 40 million albums worldwide.

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ADAM ANT and his band are on stage from 9pm for 1 hour 45 mins.

Adam is still looking great and is doing plenty of nifty stage moves for his age of 64.

He looks to be rockin' some kind of Johnny Depp vibe.

Like in his heyday he is still using two drummers which create a fab sound.

Many of his loyal fans are dressed up in Adam Ant costumes from the past, pirate etc.

A great mix of lesser known material and loads of his hits including his three number ones

"Prince Charming", "Stand and Deliver" and "Goody Two Shoes".

A great show.

Full Adam Ant setlist played tonight....

Beat My Guest

Vive Le Rock

Dog Eat Dog

Kick!

Antmusic

Friend or Foe

Ants Invasion

Desperate but Not Serious

Cartrouble

Prince Charming

Zerox

Christian D'or

Kings of the Wild Frontier

Stand and Deliver

Encore:

Goody Two Shoes

Lady/Fall In

Physical (You're So)









Tuesday 18 December 2018.

DEF LEPPARD + CHEAP TRICK live at Wembley Arena, London.

Def Leppard UK arena tour ends with a second show in London.

Check my review from this mega double bill at 02 Arena on 06 Dec 2018.

The main set features their 25 million selling album from 1987 ' Hysteria'.

It was conceived as hard rock’s answer to Michael Jackson’s Thriller: an album where every track is a potential hit single. And so it proved.

Mutt Lange’s superb production and the Lep’s anthemic choruses were a winning combination. Six of Hysteria’s 12 tracks were top 20 US hits, with power ballad Love Bites reaching number one, and rap-rock hybrid Pour Some Sugar On Me (written specifically for strippers to disrobe to) hitting number two.

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CHEAP TRICK arrived on stage at 7.40pm and played for 45 mins.

A couple of weeks ago i saw Cheap Trick play one of the best support sets of the year.

They have changed their set by three songs as they were joined by special guests.

Def Leppard gave them full use of the big screens and the stage walkway extension.

Again they sounded totally fantastic.

Full Cheap Trick setlist played tonight....

Hello There

Big Eyes

Ain't That a Shame (Fats Domino cover)

Voices

I Want You To Want Me

Dream Police

Run Rudolph Run (Chuck Berry cover) (with Phil Manzanera on guitar) (& Michael Monroe on harmonica)

The 'In' Crowd (Dobie Gray cover) (with Phil Manzanera on guitar)

Surrender

Goodnight Now

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Like last time Def Leppard have a clock on the stage curtain for the 9pm prompt start.

DEF LEPPARD arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 1 hour 40 mins.

The whole show is again a visual treat to look at with loads of big screens and lights.

The sound from their pa is enormous.

So many great pop rock anthems on the "Hysteria" album.

They do actually change the setlist each night a bit as the first song of the encore changes nightly.

The whole show is very well rehearsed with band members moving around the stage the same way each night.

Singer Joe Elliot said this was the last of 83 shows they have played this year since i saw them play at

The Royal Albert Hall in March...so they started and finished in London.

A superb evening.

Full Def Leppard setlist played tonight...

HYSTERIA Album played in full for the main set.

Women

Rocket

Animal

Love Bites

Pour Some Sugar on Me

Armageddon It

Gods of War

Don't Shoot Shotgun

Run Riot

Hysteria

Excitable

Love and Affection

Encore:

Promises

When Love and Hate Collide

Let's Get Rocked

Rock of Ages

Photograph









Tuesday 18 December 2018.

Someone has put a very nice highlights video up on YouTube from last nights concert.

The second half of the 23 mins video features Eric Clapton.

Type this in Google....Chas Hodges Memorial Concert - Monday 17th December 2018











Tuesday 18 December 2018.

Happy Birthday to KEITH RICHARDS who is 75 today.

The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards has revealed that he has cut back drastically on his drinking, admitting in

a new interview that “it was time to quit”.







Monday 17 December 2018...I went to two events tonight...

2.30pm to 5.30pm

HEDDON STREET KITCHEN - press review - 3-9 Heddon Street, London W1.

We are just a few yards from the David Bowie's landmark album 'Ziggy Stardust' plaque.

Spandau Ballet's Gary Kemp unveiled the plaque in Heddon Street where the cover of the 1972 release was shot.

Gordon Ramsay's sleek European brasserie features eclectic, all-day menus and an airy, modern space.

Gordon Ramsay's Heddon Street Kitchen is a casual destination for brisk breakfasts and weekend brunches, post-shop pit stops and working lunches, dinner dates and after work cocktails. Take a look inside the Heddon Street Kitchen menus and whet your appetite for sleek European dining.

A nice cool vibe here, they say it is a medium priced brasserie.

We had a very nice three course meal along with cocktails and coffees here.

My mains was “Roasted cod with crushed potatoes,artichoke,salted capers, red wine & lemon sauce”.

This is usually £22.50.

I had three cocktails including Espresso Martini which they usually charge £12 for.

The wait for food between courses seemed longer than usual but we had a great time here.

www.gordonramsayrestaurants.com

Visit their website here for more info on menus and prices.

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IN MEMORY OF CHAS HODGES live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

This show was for Chas of Chas & Dave who sadly passed away a few months ago.

The show sold out within a week.

The lineup for the In Memory of Chas Hodges concert consists of Dave Peacock, entertainer Joe Brown, comedian Paul Whitehouse, comedian Matt Lucas, jazz guitarist Martin Taylor, singer-songwriter

Ralph McTell, Ed Tudor Pole ,Gary Brooker and Jackie Lynton, with more to be announced.

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The show was on from 7.45pm to 10.30pm.

An older white crowd who are looking for a good old cockney knees up before Christmas.

No proper interval and with just a couple of mins break between acts for quick changeovers.

All the acts performed two to six songs each , with most using the house band.

The evening was a mix of Chas & Dave songs, original songs and cover versions.

Dave Peacock opened up with a few Chas & Dave classics including "Down to Margate" and "London Girl".

Dave would join most of the other acts on bass.

Ed Tudor Pole did a couple including "Swords of a Thousand Men".

Ralph McTell did a couple including 'Streets of London".

Jackie Lynton, Gary Brooker, Joe Brown and Martin Taylor all did short sets.

In 1982 ERIC CLAPTON and ALBERT LEE performed with Chas & Dave on their 1982 tv special

and amazingly they are both here tonight on stage playing the same song "Goodnight Irene"

along with "Little Queenie" and Chas & Dave gems "The Sideboard Song" and "Ain't No Pleasing You".

An enjoyable evening although some bits were better than others.

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Other guests here included ex Spurs players Ossie Ardiles, Graham Roberts and Micky Hazard.

Also Vic Reeves and his wife and Mark Lamarr.







Monday 17 December 2018.

Who is the biggest earner in live music this year?....it's ED SHEERAN....

$432,398,856 is an audacious number. So is 4,860,482. A tour gross of the first amount in a single calendar year is unheard of, as is the latter figure for tickets sold. Yet, that’s exactly what Ed Sheeran’s “÷ Tour” did in 2018, making it the highest gross and the most tickets tallied in any single year in Pollstar’s 30-year history.









Monday 17 December 2018.

AC/DC singer BON SCOTT played his last ever London show this day on 17 Dec 1979.

I was there for it at Hammersmith Odeon, it was the 19th, yes 19th time i had seen them.

A couple of months later he would be found dead after a heavy drinking session.

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The Bohemian Rhapsody film has set a new box office record as the highest-grossing music biopic in

global history after rocking past the $600 million (£477 million) mark.

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Happy Birthday to rock singer PAUL RODGERS who is 69 today.







Sunday 16 December 2018.

PAUL McCARTNEY live at The 02 Arena, London.

Over half the setlist will be Beatles classics along with a couple of Wings classics and a few tracks from

his 2018 album 'Egypt Station'.

The show sold out pronto but Macca refuses to add an extra show or two.

Macca is now at the grand old age of 76.

I have seen Macca with Wings three times in the 1970s and well over a dozen times as a solo artist

including Live Aid in 1985.

This includes an incredible lunchtime gig on 17 Dec 2010 at The 100 Club where he played

a full 1 hour 55 mins set.

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It's the last night of his European Tour and he is in London so you know there will always be a

good selection of family members and well known musicians.

It was one of those nights that really was a very hot ticket.

Before the show started i got into a lift going up to second floor hospitality and to my surprise

the other five people in the lift were three hospitality girls along with Coldplay's CHRIS MARTIN

and his burly black personal security guy.Chris watched the show from a suite/room.

I had a great view in the guest list block right of stage next to Stella McCartney's husband and

next to him were Stella and their kids.

Others here included Roger Daltrey, Geri Halliwell, Harry Styles and Olivia Harrison.

Also actress Emma Thompson was there along with theatre writer Richard Curtis.

The venue was totally rammed sold out.

MACCA arrived on stage at 8.10pm and played a mammoth forty song three hour set.

A very nice stage production with loads of big screens mixing live footage and pre-recorded images that

included footage of The Beatles.....Also lots of lights and a few lasers.

Macca was looking great and had lots of friendly and amusing stage banter throughout the show.

For "Blackbird" and "Here Today" he was elevated 20ft up in the air on a giant podium.

A mega version of "Live and Let Die" as usual had the full monty flames and pyros a gig-go.

For 'Get Back' he was joined by RINGO STARR on a second drum kit and RONNIE WOOD on guitar.

Soooo many incredible songs that have been the soundtrack of our lives.

A superb show that def will be in my Top 5 gigs of the 100 plus gigs i have seen this year.

Full setlist played by Macca tonight...

A Hard Day's Night (The Beatles song)

Junior's Farm (Wings song)

All My Loving (The Beatles song)

Letting Go (Wings song)

Who Cares

Got to Get You Into My Life (The Beatles song)

Come On to Me

Let Me Roll It (Wings song)

I've Got a Feeling (The Beatles song)

Let 'Em In (Wings song)

My Valentine

Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five (Wings song)

Maybe I'm Amazed

I've Just Seen a Face (The Beatles song)

In Spite of All the Danger (The Quarrymen song)

From Me to You (The Beatles song)

Dance Tonight

Love Me Do (The Beatles song)

Blackbird (The Beatles song)

Here Today

Queenie Eye

Lady Madonna (The Beatles song)

Eleanor Rigby (The Beatles song)

Fuh You

Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! (The Beatles song)

Something (The Beatles song)

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (The Beatles song)

Band on the Run (Wings song)

Back in the U.S.S.R. (The Beatles song)

Let It Be (The Beatles song)

Live and Let Die (Wings song)

Hey Jude (The Beatles song)

Encore:

Birthday (The Beatles song)

Wonderful Christmastime (with children's choir) (with fake snow falling on the crowd)

Get Back (The Beatles song) (with Ringo Starr) (Also with Ronnie Wood. Tour debut)

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) (The Beatles song)

Helter Skelter (The Beatles song)

Golden Slumbers (The Beatles song)

Carry That Weight (The Beatles song)

The End (The Beatles song) (with ticker-tape falling on the crowd)

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There was a bit of a downer leaving the venue.

Macca should know better after the curfew incident with Bruce Springsteen in Hyde Park.

Coming offstage at 11.10pm on a Sunday night is not on for fans getting home as the tube ends early.

Anyone who goes to the 02 knows there is a mega queue for the tube after the gig.

There were plenty of people leaving before the encores to get their connections.

We got the last Jubilee line train into Central London at 11.50pm and there were still

a few thousand in the queue so they would have had a very messy journey home.

Macca should have come on at 7.30pm when he is playing three hours on a Sunday.







Saturday 15 December 2018...I went to two events today....

3pm to 5pm

SPURS 1 BURNLEY 0 at Wembley Stadium.

For Tottenham this week it has been a case of the beauty and then the beast. After producing one of the finest European performances in their history against Barcelona on Tuesday, here they had to scrap past an obdurate Burnley side to secure a precious 1-0 victory that effectively keeps them in the title race, five points behind leaders Manchester City.

If winning titles is about securing victories while playing badly, then Spurs must be considered serious contenders for this season's Premier League. In front of just 41,645 spectators - Spurs’ second lowest home League crowd of the season - Tottenham were flat and uninspired at times at a wet and windy Wembley.

Burnley's time wasting in the hope of getting a point got on Spurs fans nerves.

Spurs were selling some good value tickets for this game up in Level 5 - £20 for adults and £8 for kids.

then

JEFF WAYNES 'WAR OF THE WORLDS' live at The 02 Arena, London.

40th anniversary UK arena tour.

The album 'War Of The Worlds' has sold over 2.5 million copies in the UK alone since 1978.

Jeff Wayne will return to the podium once again to conduct the 9-piece Black Smoke Band and 36-piece ULLAbdubULLA Strings, with Liam Neeson retaining his role in 3D holography as The Journalist.

Stage and screen star Jason Donovan returns to the role of Parson Nathaniel, with Carrie Hope Fletcher playing his wife, Beth. Adam Garcia will debut as The Arilleryman, British singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner will perform The Sung Thoughts of The Journalist. Nathan James will play The Voice of Humanity, with Annie-Marie Wayne returning as Carrie, The Journalist’s Fiancee.

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Half a dozen unsold blocks up in Level 4 but otherwise pretty full.

I have never been a big fan of WOTW since it was released but am here to give it a look.

The show was on for 1 hour 55 mins over two sets of 50 mins and 65 mins.

Around 35 musicians on stage when you add band and string section together.

The band include Chris Spedding on guitar and Herbie Flowers on bass.

There are speakers all around the venue which sound fantastic as the sound bounces around.

A giant four legged Martian is standing tall in the middle of the stage over the musicians.

We have lots of lights, flames, pyros to make a visually nice show.

The massive string orchestra sound fantastic throughout the evening.

The big screens mix live footage with pre-recorded images.

Liam Neeson narrative is half the show and for the rest the singers come and go.

It is like a West End musical but on a bigger stage.

Highlights included superb versions of 'The Eve Of The War' and 'Mostly Autumn'.

A bit cheesy in parts but overall very enjoyable and much better than expected.











Friday 15 December 2018.

URIAH HEEP live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

With support from GUN + VON HERTZEN BROTHERS.

I have seen Uriah Heep around 15 times since 1974 when i saw them headline Hammersmith Odeon.

Guitarist Mick Box is still there as the only original member from 1969.

Mick Box was the first guitar plectrum i got with the musicians name on.

The band maintains a significant following and performs at arena-sized venues in the Balkans, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Russia and Scandinavia. They have sold over 40 million albums worldwide.

Their best-known songs include "Easy Livin', 'Gypsy' and "July Morning".

Support act Gun had their biggest hit in 1994 with a rock cover of Cameo's 'Word Up' that went to number 8.

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Level 3 is closed tonight but there is still around 1500 here tonight.

VON HERTZEN BROTHERS arrived on stage at 7pm and played for 40 mins.

The band feature three brothers and hail from Finland.

A bit rock, a bit Prog rock,a bit folkie...not really my cup of tea...

GUN arrived on stage at 8.10pm and played for 40 mins.

Gun played a good set that featured their great cover of Cameo's 'Word Up'.

Full Gun setlist played tonight...

She Knows

Don't Say It's Over

Better Days

Take Me Down

Word Up! (Cameo cover)

Favourite Pleasures

Steal Your Fire

Shame on You

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URIAH HEEP arrived on stage at 9.20 and played for 90 mins.

Their set featured some classic oldies from the 1970s along with tracks from their 25th (yes 25th)

studio album “Living the Dream” released in 2018 via Frontiers Music.

Mick Box played some nifty guitar throughout the show.

Nice keyboards give some tracks a neat Deep Purple type sound.

The singer still keeps his microphone in a gun holster.

There were film cameras here so probably a DVD of the show will come out in the future.

They were joined by long time Uriah Heep drummer Lee Kerslake on one song on backing vocals who

drummed with them from the 1970s onwards who retired from the band due to ill health.

Kerslake's work can be heard on Ozzy Osbourne's first two solo albums, Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman.

Uriah Heep still put on a good rockin' show.

Full Uriah Heep setlist played tonight...

Grazed by Heaven

Too Scared To Run

Living the Dream

Take Away My Soul

Rainbow Demon

Waters Flowin'

Rocks in the Road

Gypsy

Look at Yourself

July Morning

Lady in Black (with Lee Kerslake)

Encore:

Sunrise

Easy Livin'

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I had a nice chat with a 71 year old rock fan here who still buys a t-shirt from every gig he goes to.

He told me he still wears them all in rotation.











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Friday 15 December 2018.

URIAH HEEP live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

With support from GUN + VON HERTZEN BROTHERS.

I have seen Uriah Heep around 15 times since 1974 when i saw them headline Hammersmith Odeon.

Guitarist Mick Box is still there as the only original member from 1969.

Mick Box was the first guitar plectrum i got with the musicians name on.

The band maintains a significant following and performs at arena-sized venues in the Balkans, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Russia and Scandinavia. They have sold over 40 million albums worldwide.

Their best-known songs include "Easy Livin', 'Gypsy' and "July Morning".

Support act Gun had their biggest hit in 1994 with a rock cover of Cameo's 'Word Up' that went to number 8.

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Level 3 is closed tonight but there is still around 1500 here tonight.

VON HERTZEN BROTHERS arrived on stage at 7pm and played for 40 mins.

The band feature three brothers and hail from Finland.

A bit rock, a bit Prog rock,a bit folkie...not really my cup of tea...

GUN arrived on stage at 8.10pm and played for 40 mins.

Gun played a good set that featured their great cover of Cameo's 'Word Up'.

Full Gun setlist played tonight...

She Knows

Don't Say It's Over

Better Days

Take Me Down

Word Up! (Cameo cover)

Favourite Pleasures

Steal Your Fire

Shame on You

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URIAH HEEP arrived on stage at 9.20 and played for 90 mins.

Their set featured some classic oldies from the 1970s along with tracks from their 25th (yes 25th)

studio album “Living the Dream” released in 2018 via Frontiers Music.

Mick Box played some nifty guitar throughout the show.

Nice keyboards give some tracks a neat Deep Purple type sound.

The singer still keeps his microphone in a gun holster.

There were film cameras here so probably a DVD of the show will come out in the future.

They were joined by long time Uriah Heep drummer Lee Kerslake on one song on backing vocals who

drummed with them from the 1970s onwards who retired from the band due to ill health.

Kerslake's work can be heard on Ozzy Osbourne's first two solo albums, Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman.

Uriah Heep still put on a good rockin' show.

Full Uriah Heep setlist played tonight...

Grazed by Heaven

Too Scared To Run

Living the Dream

Take Away My Soul

Rainbow Demon

Waters Flowin'

Rocks in the Road

Gypsy

Look at Yourself

July Morning

Lady in Black (with Lee Kerslake)

Encore:

Sunrise

Easy Livin'

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I had a nice chat with a 71 year old rock fan here who still buys a t-shirt from every gig he goes to.

He told me he still wears them all in rotation.











Friday 14 December 2018.

14 Dec 1973 - 45 years ago today i was at this mega gig.

MOTT THE HOOPLE + QUEEN at Hammersmith Odeon...now called Hammersmith Apollo.

My first show of over 2000 that i have been to at that one venue.

I was aged 14 years and 7 months.

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Released 39 years ago today on 14 Dec 1979.

The classic album by THE CLASH ' London Calling'.









Thursday 13 December 2018.

PRINCE tribute show live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince. The first and only estate-approved Prince celebration, 4U is curated, produced, and directed by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson of The Roots.

Through the course of the evening, we’ll hear everything from the biggest hits to some lesser-known gems, all played by a top-tier band hand-selected by Questlove, and with a spectacular video presentation featuring never-before-seen footage courtesy of the estate.

I was lucky enough to have seen the musical genius that was Prince over 30 times since 1986.

Including 6 of his 21 shows at The 02 Arena and smaller shows at Hammersmith Apollo, Koko,

Shepherds Bush Empire and two shows on the same night at The Roundhouse in June 2014.

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I thought it was a bit ambitious playing this big venue but the UK's love of Prince music

has resulted in this show being at least 95% full.

The show was on for 1 hour 50 mins over two sets of 55 mins each.

Around 35 musicians on stage when you add the band and orchestra members together.

A big screen showing classic Prince videos , interviews, images and song titles.

The first set included a few lesser known gems and most of the hits were in the second half.

A female violinist sung a few words on some songs but it was mainly orchestral instrumentals.

The strings and the drums sound fantastic.

For the big hits all the fans were singing all the words.

Pretty amazing the amount of great songs Prince released in his career.

"Purple Rain" was a highlight as the orchestra and band played along to Prince singing

all the vocals on the big screen.

A full standing ovation from the crowd at the end.

A great evening that was a total success.

Full setlist played tonight...

FIRST SET

For You

Controversy

Something In the Water

Computer Blue

Automatic

1999 (short version tease)

It Ain't Over 'Til the Fat Lady Sings

Christopher Tracy's Parade

New Position

I Wonder U

Nothing Compares 2 U

Under the Cherry Moon

Venus De Milo

Alexa de Paris

The Beautiful Ones

All My Dreams

1999

SECOND SET

Diamonds and Pearls

Let's Go Crazy

When Doves Cry

Little Red Corvette

Erotic City

Kiss

Starfish and Coffee

Take Me With You

Irresistible Bitch

Raspberry Beret

Purple Rain

Baby I'm a Star









Thursday 13 December 2018.

An update on the Bonham's music auction private view i attended on Monday.

A 'super console' built by Elvis Costello and Chris Difford (Squeeze) has sold for £112,000.

The fusion of two recording desks includes one used by Led Zeppelin for 'Stairway To Heaven'.







Thursday 13 December 2018.

Big congratulations to rockers Def Leppard.

The 2019 inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have been announced, with British acts making up five of the seven artists.

Artists can be inducted into the Hall of Fame 25 years on from the release of their first record, and are voted in by a panel of over 1,000 music industry figures along with results from a fan ballot.

Radiohead are the most recent act to be inducted – the British alt-rockers became eligible last year, 25 years after the release of their debut single Creep, but didn’t then make it past the nomination stage. Other British artists to be inducted are 60s psych-rock group the Zombies, glam rockers Roxy Music, gothic guitar-poppers the Cure, and Sheffield heavy metal band Def Leppard, who also won the fan ballot.

Americans Stevie Nicks and Janet Jackson are also inducted.

The ceremony will be held in New York on 29 March 2019.









Tuesday 11 December 2018.

FALSE CONFESSIONS live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Join Clinical Assistant Professor of Law, Laura Nirider and Clinical Professor of Law, Steven Drizin, as they discuss coerced and false confessions, interrogation tactics and the wrongful conviction of Brendan Dassey, whose case and post-conviction process has captivated the world in the Netflix smash docuseries, Making A Murderer 2.

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Once upon a time Comedy was described as "the new rock n roll" as comedians started to play arenas.

These days "conversations and discussions" can be seen as "the new rock n roll" as the likes

of Stephen Fry can headline Hammersmith Apollo and Dr Brian Cox can headline arenas.

Level 3 is closed but there are still around 1000 here who paid £35 "for a bit of chat".

Tonight's show is on for 90 mins over two sets of 50 mins and 40 mins.

The crowd is a 50-50 mix of male-female.

On stage are the two American professor's from the tv series and a moderator holding it all together.

It is pretty much talking about the cases in America that involve wrongful convictions of juveniles.

Would you confess to a crime you did not commit? Each year innumerable American suspects do, and experts say that trained interrogators can get anybody to confess to anything. The two on stage tonight are determined to put an end to interrogation techniques that all too often pressure innocent people into false confessions.

It was quite interesting and there were amusing bits as well.

Steven Drizin was asked what does he do to unwind after a day in court and he replied

"one of my fave things is listening to British Prog Rock bands including Jethro Tull".

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The series 'Making A Murderer 2' follows the case of Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey, who were found guilty of the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach, a 25-year-old photographer, in 2007.









Monday 10 December 2018...I went to two events tonight...

6.30pm to 8.30pm

MUSIC & FILM MEMORABILIA AUCTION - private view - Bonham's, 101 New Bond Street, London W1.

Over 200 guests here in this well known auction house.

The auction display consisted of two sections.

First section was The John Mollo Archive.John was a costume designer on many films including

Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Gandhi, Chaplin, Alien and others.

His sketches and costumes are here.

Second section was a whole bunch of music items including signed items and rare items.

KK DOWNING from Judas Priest had a dozen of his guitars here...including his trademark Flying Vs.

Jamie Reid Sex Pistols 'Pretty Vacant' original artwork with £5000 estimate.

A few David Bowie signed vinyl albums here with £1000 estimate.

A few Gold Discs were here along with some battered old equipment.

A few items from Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Cream, Eric Clapton etc.

Complimentary Pol Roger champers, two different gin cocktails, beers and canapés for guests.

www.bonhams.com

Visit their website here for items list for the 11 December auction.

then

10pm to 11.45pm

MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS - UK film premiere party - Rosewood Hotel, Holborn, London WC1.

Dressed in Carolina Herrera and Rodarte gowns respectively, Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie joined co-stars Guy Pearce, Martin Compston, Joe Alwyn, Jack Lowden, Gemma Chan and David Tennant at the premiere of their historical drama, re-telling the story of Mary Queen of Scots's attempts to overthrow her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I. Director Josie Rourke was also at Cineworld Leicester Square alongside the A-list cast who later attended the afterparty at Holborn Dining Room.

Over 300 guests here for complimentary Ruinart champers, Tom Collins cocktails, wines, beers and lots of

tasty bowl food ,canapés and desserts.

There was a dj playing tunes in the background.

The champers had finished when i departed but the party was still in full flow as a 1am finish.

The film is not actually in cinemas until 18 Jan 2019.









Sunday 09 December 2018.

SUBSONICA live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Back together after four years, Italian rock band Subsonica return with new album, '8' and they’ll be

showcasing all their new songs on their European reBoot tour.

Their previous 7 studio albums have sold around 400,000 copies.

Level 3 is closed off as unsold but still a very impressive 1500 mainly Italian fans here.

The crowd is younger than expected as their rock sound has a dance edge to it.

They were on stage for 2 hours 5 mins over two sets of 50 mins and 75 mins.

The music was all in Italian and decent enough.

The band had a tilting keyboard on a giant spring that was a good visual aid.

The crowd were really lively and really danced and cheered and clapped non stop.











Saturday 08 December 2018....5.30pm to 7.30pm...

READING 0 SHEFFIELD UNITED 2.

Two goals in the last 10 minutes saw Sheffield United beat managerless Reading and move up to third in the Championship.

Conor Washington and David McGoldrick had first-half efforts correctly ruled out for offside for the Blades, with the hosts having a penalty appeal waved away for handball by Ollie Norwood.

The visitors had the better of the second half, Chris Basham's header cleared off the line and sub Billy Sharp nodding wide from 12 yards when unmarked.

Respect is due to over 1000 away fans who made the trek down South even though the game was live on SKY tv.

Chants of "you're going down with the Wednesday" could end up being true.









Friday 07 December 2018.

JAMES + CHARLATANS live at Wembley Arena, London.

I have seen both bands several times over the past 25 years.

I first saw James in 1994....and i first saw The Charlatans in 1999...

James recent album 'Living in Extraordinary Times' was released in 2018.

Charlatans recent album 'Different Days' was released in 2017.

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Like last night we have a big name support act as The Charlatans have headlined

Brixton Academy and Hammersmith Apollo in the past.

The bars are doing a roaring trade.

THE CHARLATANS are on stage from 7.30pm to 8.40pm for a full 70 mins set.

They have full use of the two big screens and loads of lights.

Singer Tim Burgess still has his Joey Ramone mop of bleached blonde hair.

James singer Tim Booth joined them for their big hit 'North Country Boy'.

Their keyboard player was great and the overall sound was really good.

They played a Buzzcocks classic in tribute to Pete Shelley.

A very good set.

Full setlist played by The Charlatans tonight...

Totally Eclipsing

Let the Good Times Be Never Ending

North Country Boy (with Tim Booth)

One to Another

Tellin' Stories

Different Days

Future Tense

Plastic Machinery

The Only One I Know

Impossible

You're So Pretty, We're So Pretty

Weirdo

Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've) (Buzzcocks cover)

Sproston Green

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JAMES are on stage at 9.10pm and play for 1 hour 45 mins.

They have two big screens and a very nice big light show.

With eight band members on stage and a back catalogue of 15 albums – including this year’s strident Living in Extraordinary Times – there is currently more James to feast on than ever, and in this case bigger is demonstrably better. The canny decision to team up with fellow indie veterans the Charlatans for a brief UK tour of jumbo-sized venues nudges the night into mini-festival territory, for a seasoned congregation equal parts rowdy and rapt.

The first half of the set is mainly tracks from the new album.

Their ex is no photographers pit so the front rows are up nice and close to the band.

It is Booth’s swooping, decadent voice that helps sell the abundance of new tracks. Anything he does is inherently dramatic, so it is little wonder the 58-year-old is a sometime actor. With his shaven head and live-wire charisma, Booth could play anything from intense yoga instructor to terrifying Russian heavy. The audience certainly want a piece of his action: after an early runout for their shuffling 1997 hit Waltzing Along, he is pulled into the throng.

The second half of the set is a bunch of their big hits.

Tim Booth and the trumpet player both went for a wander in the seating area.

Tim Booth also did a great bit of crowd surfing as they held his body aloft.

A great show.

Full James setlist played tonight...

Hank

Picture of This Place

Waltzing Along

Ring the Bells

Heads

Stutter

Five-O

Top of the World

Extraordinary Times

Attention

Sit Down

Moving On

Leviathan

Sound

Come Home

Encore:

Say Something

Many Faces

Sometimes (Lester Piggott)









Friday 07 December 2018.

The shock texts came flying in at the end of the Def Leppard gig

that Mancunian punk legend PETE SHELLEY (The Buzzcocks singer)

had died of a heart attack aged just 63...hard to believe really...

I saw The Buzzcocks over 30 times including New York, California, Belgium

and the first time was at The Rainbow, London on 09 May 1977.

The Clash/The Jam/The Buzzcocks...what a mega triple bill that was and all

the seats in the first half a dozen rows got smashed up.

It was a couple of weeks before my 18th birthday.







Thursday 06 December 2018.

DEF LEPPARD + CHEAP TRICK live at The 02 Arena, London.

Def Leppard are playing a UK arena tour which includes two London shows.

They will be playing their 'Hysteria' album (1987) in full followed by some greatest hits.

The album has sold over 25 million copies worldwide.

I have seen Def Leppard over 20 times since 1979 when i saw them supporting AC/DC twice at Hammersmith Odeon.

British hard rock icons Def Leppard are set to release a brand new greatest hits collection entitled 'The Story So Far – The Best Of' on 30 November. The new release will be available in multiple configurations: a 2-CD set comprised of 35 tracks, 1-CD comprised of 17 tracks, 2LP vinyl, and digital.

Among a blockbuster tracklisting loaded with smash hits, all four versions feature three new songs, including the official recording of the band’s recent fan favourite and new single - Depeche Mode cover ‘Personal Jesus,’

Special guests are Cheap Trick who i have seen several times since 1979.

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Needless to say i was really looking forward to this great pairing of classic rock bands.

The show tonight is fully sold out...the floor is all standing...

I have a perfect view seat in the guest block 112 , right of stage.

CHEAP TRICK arrive on stage at 7.40pm and play for 45 mins.

You will not get a much better support act than Cheap Trick were tonight.

They have a nice big loud sound thanks to the Def Leppard pa system.

They have use of the big screens and the stage extension walkway.

All their best songs were played which sounded fantastic.

The guitarist threw out hundreds of guitar pics as usual and played various wacky looking guitars.

An excellent set.

Full Cheap Trick setlist played...

Hello There

Big Eyes

California Man (The Move cover)

If You Want My Love

The Flame

I Want You to Want Me

Dream Police

Never Had a Lot to Lose

Surrender

Goodnight (five neck guitar used for this track)

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DEF LEPPARD arrive on stage at 9pm for 1 hour 40 mins.

The band have their usual big wall of sound along with the big screens and lots of lights and lasers.

Guitarist Phil Collen is shirtless from the start as he shows off his toned stomach.

So many great hit singles were on the 'Hysteria' album as they played them one after the other.

Def Leppard like Bon Jovi attract many female fans for their type of pop rock.

It is a very well rehearsed set which has just completed a big tour of North America.

Some nice video clips were shown of their deceased guitarist Steve Clark.

Great harmonies cement their pop rock gems together.

I saw them play a smaller show at The Royal Albert Hall earlier this year but their big sound

is much more suited to arenas.

Singer Joe Elliot said this was the first time they had played The 02 Arena.

Like me , he said he was at that legendary Led Zeppelin gig here in 2007.

The encore were gems from before and after the 'Hysteria' album.

A superb set.

Full Def Leppard setlist played tonight...

HYSTERIA album played in full for the main set

Women

Rocket

Animal

Love Bites

Pour Some Sugar on Me

Armageddon It

Gods of War

Don't Shoot Shotgun

Run Riot

Hysteria (with ""Heroes"" by David Bowie snippet outro)

Excitable

Love and Affection

Encore:

Wasted

When Love and Hate Collide

Let's Get Rocked

Rock of Ages

Photograph

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Both bands were superb tonight and you must catch one of their remaining shows.

Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena (UK) - December 8

Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena (UK) - December 9

Glasgow, The SSE Hydro Arena (UK) - December 11

Manchester Arena (UK) - December 12

Sheffield, FlyDSA Arena (UK) - December 14

Liverpool Echo Arena (UK) - December 15

Birmingham Arena (UK) - December 17

Wembley Arena (UK) - December 18









Wednesday 05 December 2018...8pm to 10pm...

SPURS 3 SOUTHAMPTON 1

For some odd reason throughout the day i thought Spurs were playing Bournemouth.

The Wembley clash drew an attendance of 33,012 people, the lowest for any home fixture in the

Premier League for Spurs held at the stadium.

We were up in Level 5 and there were lots of empty blocks up here.

Harry Kane scored early on and it was a fairly easy win for Spurs.

Southampton scored a consolation goal at the end.

Both teams had good chances and both hit the woodwork.

An entertaining game.











Tuesday 04 December 2018.

6.30pm to 7.30pm

The Biological Landscape - private view - The Exhibitionist Hotel, 8 Queensberry Place, London SW7.

Always nice to be at this cosy five star boutique hotel.

Bristol contemporary artist John Simpson continues to explore the notions of the print process as a metaphor for cellular production, degeneration and destruction, introduced in the Mitosis installation at Tate Exchange 2018.

This exhibition of works on canvas and paper references traditional printmaking techniques of woodcut, monotype and copper plate etching. Combined with drawings in ink, charcoal and earth pigment, the print process becomes a metaphor for human tissue production and cellular forms, which combine with images of wilderness to create biological landscapes.

Complimentary wines for all guests.

www.theexhibitionisthotel.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then

8.15pm to 11.30pm.

Christmas drinks reunion in Wimbledon, London SW19.

Yearly meet up with some of the folks i worked with in the 1980s and 1990s.

We all have a few more grey hairs than a year ago.

Around 15 of us here and it was great to see everyone











Monday 03 December 2018...I went to two events tonight...

I went to two events related to London Art Week.

Over 30 galleries are having private view drinks parties tonight prior to their auctions.

7pm to 9.15pm

CHRISTIES - private view - 8 King Street, St James's, London SW1.

A big event as over 500 smartly dressed older guests here at this well known gallery.

Ex politician Michael Heseltine was here.Heseltine served as a Member of Parliament from 1966 to 2001, and was a prominent figure in the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major, including serving as Deputy Prime Minister under the latter.

David Linley was here (2nd Earl of Snowdon and son of Princess Margaret).

Lots of great art on display.

Complimentary Taittenger champers, Negronis, vodka cocktails, wines and tasty canapés.

www.christies.com

Visit the Christies website here for more info.

then

9.20pm to 11.45pm

COLNAGHI - private view - 26 Bury Street, St James's, London SW1.

This Italian gallery always has a later finish than the other galleries.

Around 200 guests here with many like me who were at Christies earlier.

Lots of great art on display.

Complimentary Heidsieck Monopole champers, gin cocktails, wines, beers and Italian canapés.

www.colnaghi.com

Visit the Colnaghi website here for more info.











Monday 03 December 2018.

Happy Birthday to rock legend OZZY OSBOURNE who is 70 today.

His wife Sharon is holding a big party for him in Los Angeles.









Sunday 02 December 2018.

FIREBALL - Fuelling The Fire Tour live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Flogging Molly, The Bronx, Face to Face, Lost In Stereo, These Five Years.

Flogging Molly are an Irish-American seven-piece Celtic punk band from Los Angeles, California and led by Irish vocalist Dave King, formerly of the hard rock band Fastway. They are signed to their own record label, Borstal Beat Records.

Prior to forming Flogging Molly, Dublin-born Dave King was the lead singer for heavy metal band Fastway featuring guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke of Motörhead and bassist Pete Way of UFO in the early to mid '80s.

I saw him singing with Fastway a couple of times in the 1980s.

Flogging Molly have released six albums over the past 20 years.

The official video for their track 'Drunken Lullabies' has had over 11 million views on YouTube.

The Bronx is an American punk rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 2002.

The Bronx have released five studio albums.

Face to Face is a punk rock band from Victorville, California, formed in 1991.

Face to Face have released ten studio albums.

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This was the first of two shows at this venue on their European Tour.

Often i mention high prices some bands and promoters charge fans for gigs but this was the other way

as punters get five bands for a bargain £18 including ticket fees.

The tour is sponsored by drinks brand FIREBALL.

They give out free shots, t-shirts and caps throughout the evening.

The first two bands were up and coming from the UK and the three main bands were from America.

A skater type punk crowd with many wearing sneakers and skinny black jeans.

The crowd got very lively with plenty of moshing for the three headline bands.

THESE FIVE YEARS arrived on stage at 6.10pm and played for 20 mins.

Very young band start their set just 10 mins after the doors open.

A decent set including tracks from their debut EP.

LOST IN STEREO arrived on stage at 6.45pm and played for 30 mins.

Another young band who played a decent set of pop-punk.

They were crowned Fireball’s Hottest Band of 2018.

FACE TO FACE arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played for 45 mins.

It got sweaty and messy front of stage as pop-punk fans danced around and crowd surfed.

The first of the three older bands who have had plenty of albums released.

THE BRONX arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played for 55 mins.

Pop punk rockers The Bronx have a few fans with band t-shirts dotted around.

A few songs in and the singer jumped in the crowd without security for two songs

as he was squashed in between fans, but it looked pretty amazing.

One of their albums came out on Def Jam...another good and very lively set.

FLOGGING MOLLY arrived on stage at 9.45pm and played for 75 mins.

Flogging Molly were the only band not really pop-punk as they were more Celtic punk

as they had electric fiddle, accordion and tin whistle in their line-up.

A very similar atmosphere to a Pogues gig as fans are all having a crazy jig on the floor.

All the classic drinking songs were played with love and pride. “Drunken Lullabies' and “Devil’s Dance Flour”

were both oldies that were highlights and they played some good new album tracks too.

The band are fully rehearsed after a South American tour as their last gig was in Mexico.

Outro song was all the band singing with the crowd Monty Pythons 'Always Look On The Bright Side of Life'.

An enjoyable evening.







Saturday 01 December 2018...3pm to 5pm...

READING 2 STOKE CITY 2

The first half was a bit average until Reading scored at they end of it.

The referee was a bit harsh on Reading a couple of times.

Mo Barrow scored in stoppage time to give struggling Reading a point against Stoke City.

A wonderful volley from Tom Ince looked set to give the visitors a second successive win before Barrow's first goal of the season earned a vital point for Paul Clement's side.









Friday 30 November 2018.

HEAVEN 17 live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Although their biggest tracks were recorded in the 1980s they did not play live much in that decade,

but i have seen them a couple of times more recently.

Sheffield trio Heaven 17 are set to perform their acclaimed album, The Luxury Gap, in a much awaited 35th anniversary celebration tour. The album’s post-modern, cunning critique of society resonated with wide audiences in the 80s and still resonates with many in today's generation.

Heaven 17 had seven Top 40 hits in the UK.

With support from xPropaganda feat. Claudia Brücken and Susanne Freytag.

Propaganda had three Top 40 hits in the UK.

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Like last night this venue is pretty much sold out apart from a few unsold seats up in Level 3.

xPropaganda arrived on stage on stage at 7.30pm and played for 40 mins.

The two girls are still looking good and they finish with their great hit track 'Duel'.

xPropaganda full setlist played tonight...

Jewel

The Murder Of Love

p:Machinery

Sorry for Laughing (Josef K cover)

Frozen Faces

Dr. Mabuse

Duel

HEAVEN 17 arrived on stage at 8.40pm and played for 1 hour 50 mins.

Only two sets of keyboards on stage tonight with no guitars, bass or drums.

Martin Ware has his own set and a foxy blonde in a tight black jumpsuit added some glamour.

The sound was fantastic throughout the evening, with a nice dance vibe.

The first half of the set was their album 'The Luxury Gap' in track order.

Martin Ware was in the first incarnation of Human League so there were three of

their early tracks played in the set including a fab 'Being Boiled'.

Two female backing vocalists excelled on tracks like their big hit 'Temptation'.

A perfect cover version of David Bowies 'Lets Dance' was an encore.

A great show, much better than expected.

Full Heaven 17 setlist played tonight...

THE LUXURY GAP album played in full.

Crushed By the Wheels of Industry

Who'll Stop the Rain

Let Me Go

Key to the World

Temptation

Come Live With Me

Lady Ice and Mr Hex

We Live So Fast

The Best Kept Secret

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Circus of Death (The Human League cover)

Crow and a Baby (The Human League cover)

Being Boiled (The Human League cover)

(We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang

I'm Your Money

Play to Win

Penthouse and Pavement

Encore:

When Your Heart Runs Out of Time (with Claudia Brücken)

Let's Dance (David Bowie cover)

Temptation (1992 Version)







Friday 30 November 2018.

Happy Birthday to BILLY IDOL who is 63 today.







Thursday 29 November 2018.

STARSAILOR live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of their album ' Silence Is Easy'.

They will be playing the album in its entirety (plus a few other hits) accompanied by a string section.

I first saw Starsailor a couple of times in 2001 and have seen them a few times after.

'Silence Is Easy' is the second studio album by Starsailor, released in September 2003 on EMI.

The album contains some of the last productions by Phil Spector before his murder conviction and imprisonment in 2009.

It was certified gold in the UK in 2003.

Starsailor have had 10 x Top 40 hits in the UK.

With support from Chris Helme and Tom Speight.

Chris Helme is an English singer-songwriter, formerly the frontman of John Squire's post- Stone Roses band

The Seahorses.

Tom Speight has had a two-year break from music for emergency surgery and a lengthy rehabilitation process after being diagnosed with Crohn's disease.

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TOM SPEIGHT arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played for 30 mins.

The singer-songwriter was backed by a female keyboard player.

Some decent songs played including new single 'Strangers Now'.

Halfway through his set he pulled off a nice stunt by going on to the floor standing area

and playing a song with the crowd around him using their mobiles for lighting.

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

The singer-songwriter played a good set that featured a few Seahorses oldies and a great cover

of Faces 'Ooh La La'.

Full Chris Helme setlist played tonight...

Hello (The Seahorses song)

You Can Talk to Me (The Seahorses song)

Ooh La La (Faces cover)

Love is the Law (The Seahorses song)

Blinded by the Sun (The Seahorses song)

Five to One (The Doors cover)

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A nice buzz by the time Starsailor go on stage as the venue is pretty much nearly full.

Legendary live music booking agent John Giddings is here as he books Starsailor and many other acts

including U2, Iggy Pop, Madonna, Spice Girls, Genesis etc and The Isle Of Wight Festival.

STARSAILOR arrived on stage at 9.10pm and played for 1 hour 40 mins.

The first batch of songs are the 'Silence is Easy' album in full track order.

They are backed by a six piece string section on most songs who sound great.

Singer James Walsh must be one the most laid back singers out there.

Plenty of their great hits including ' Alcoholic', 'Silence Is Easy ', ' Four To The Floor ' ,

'Poor Misguided Fool', 'In The Crossfire', 'Lullaby' and encore 'Good Souls' could all fall within the

‘oh yes, I remember that but didn’t know who it was'.

A very enjoyable show.

Full Starsailor setlist played tonight...

Music Was Saved

Fidelity

Some of Us

Silence Is Easy

Telling Them

Sharkfood

Bring My Love

White Dove

Four To The Floor

Born Again

Restless Heart

Tell Me It's Not Over

Alcoholic

Poor Misguided Fool

In The Crossfire

Lullaby

Best Of Me

Tie Up My Hands

Encore:

Good Souls









Wednesday 28 November 2018...8pm to 10pm...

EUFA Champions League at Wembley Stadium.

SPURS 1 INTER MILAN 0

A fantastic tense atmosphere as Spurs needed a win.

Massive celebrations as Spurs scored 10 mins from the end.

We are up in Level 5 as usual and there are many Inter Milan fans up here but there is no trouble.

Christian Eriksen came off the bench to score a late winner for Tottenham against Inter Milan at Wembley and keep alive their hopes of reaching the Champions League knockout stage going into their final game at Barcelona.

Spurs needed the win to retain any hope of emerging from Group B into the last 16 and for long spells it looked like their ambitions would flounder on the rock of the Italian side's resilient defence.

Harry Winks struck the bar and Jan Vertonghen headed wide as Spurs pressed but it took the introduction of Eriksen to make the crucial breakthrough as he was the beneficiary of good work by Moussa Sissoko and Dele Alli to score at the far post with 10 minutes left.







Wednesday 28 November 2018.

MICK JAGGER was in Paris Wednesday evening to watch PSG play Liverpool.

He chose that over Paul McCartney who played Paris the same night.







Tuesday 27 November 2018...I went to three events today...

12.45pm to 4.30pm

WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR at BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London W1.

Around 150 guests here at the nice HQ of the British Film and Television Industry.

BBC Sports presenter John Inverdale is our host today.

We had a panel discussion that included Nick Hornby (won it with Fever Pitch in 1992).

Also video footage of winners from the past 30 years on the big screen.

141 titles were entered and the judges have decided on a 7 book shortlist.

Titles about boxing, darts, football, golf, rugby, swimming and the Olympic Games are on the shortlist for this year’s £30,000 William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award.

Seven books are shortlisted for the prize, which turns 30 this year, including Tiger Woods by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian (Simon & Schuster), which is a biography of the champion golfer, and Paul Gibson’s biography of boxer Eamonn Magee, entitled The Lost Soul of Eamonn Magee (Mercier Press). They are joined by the memoir The Boy on the Shed by footballer Paul Ferris (Hodder & Stoughton) and Tom Gregory’s debut A Boy in the Water (Particular Books), about how Gregory become the youngest person to swim the English Channel in 1988, aged just 11.

Also on the shortlist are Sevens Heaven: The Beautiful Chaos of Fiji’s Olympic Dream by Ben Ryan (Weidenfeld & Nicolson), Fear and Loathing on the Oche: A Gonzo Journey Through the World of Championship Darts by King ADZ (Yellow Jersey), and Berlin 1936: Sixteen Days in August by Oliver Hilmes (The Bodley Head).

JOINT WINNERS WERE...

The William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award has been shared for the first time in its 30-year history with A Boy in the Water, Tom Gregory’s charming coming-of-age story about being the youngest person to swim the Channel, sharing the £30,000 prize with The Lost Soul of Eamonn Magee, an unflinching biography of the Belfast boxer by Paul D Gibson.

The co-founder of the award, Graham Sharpe said six judges had found it impossible to separate Gregory and Gibson’s books despite heated debate that went on long past midnight. “In the 30 years since launching the award we have occasionally considered, but never ultimately awarded, a dead heat,” he said. “But the judges found it impossible to separate these two jointly deserving but very different books.”

Any of the seven books shortlisted would make an ideal Christmas present.

Complimentary Taittenger champers reception for an hour or so then wines , beers and tasty canapés.

All guests got a goodie bag with a couple of books inside.

Wikipedia has a full list of previous winners from the past 30 years.

www.williamhillplc.com

Visit the William Hill website here for more info.

then

6.45pm to 9pm

OLGA'S EGG by SOPHIE LAW - book launch party - Bonham's, New Bond Street, London W1.

Around 150 guests here with a mix of English and Russian.

There is Russian art and jewellery on display as there is an auction the following day.

Complimentary Pol Roger champers and canapés for all guests.

All guests got a goodie bag with a signed copy of the book and a Faberge candle inside.

What the publisher says about the book...

Set in today's glamorous world of Russian art with glimpses into the lives of the last Romanovs

as their empire crumbled in the wake of the Russian Revolution.

Olga's Egg is an enthralling tale of love, family secrets and the artistic treasures that conceal them.

www.faberge.com

Visit the Faberge website here for more info.

then

9.15pm to 11.30pm

QUAGLINO'S CHRISTMAS PARTY - 16 Bury Street, St James's, London SW1.

Quaglino's was one of the first celebrity restaurant's in London as it was founded by Giovanni Quaglino in 1929.

A big crowd as over 300 guests have taken over all of this venue.

We have a live funky soul band playing 30 mins of cover versions.

Complimentary Nyetimber English sparking wines, three different cocktails, wines, beers and lots

of bowl food and canapés.

www.quaglinos-restaurant.co.uk

Visit the Quaglino's website here for more info.









Monday 26 November 2018.

IDLES’ album, ' Joy as an Act of Resistance ' has topped the list of 6 Music Recommends: Albums of the Year, as announced on Shaun Keaveny’s BBC Radio 6 Music Breakfast Show this morning.







Monday 26 Nov 2018.

I bought this stunning single when it first came out 42 years ago today.

"Anarchy in the U.K." by The Sex Pistols. It was released as the band's debut single on 26 November 1976 and was later featured on their superb album, "Never Mind the Bollocks".

I was aged 17 and a bit...they were the perfect band at the perfect time...

The record still sounds incredible today...imagine the impact it had back in 1976...

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Happy Birthday to TINA TURNER who is 79 today.

Tonight on BBC1 at 10.45pm is a new interview with her.

A nice bit of promotion for her autobiography 'My Love Story ' that came out last month.

I have seen Tina Turner live several tines including headlining Hammersmith Odeon with Ike Turner in 1974

and headlining Wembley Stadium in 2000.









Saturday 24 November 2018...5.30pm to 7.30pm...

SPURS 3 CHELSEA 1...at Wembley Stadium.

We were again upstairs in Level 5.

A few empty blocks up here but still a huge crowd of 55,465.

Chelsea's unbeaten start to the season came crashing down after an impressive Tottenham win at Wembley.

Dele Alli opened the scoring for the hosts after just seven minutes with a flicked header at the near post.

Harry Kane doubled Spurs' lead when he found the bottom corner after Chelsea let him shoot from distance.

Son Heung-min made it 3-0 early in the second half after the Korean winger produced a sensational solo goal.

Olivier Giroud came off the bench to score a late consolation for Chelsea with a powerful header late on.

Spurs now move above Chelsea in the league table.









Friday 23 November 2018.

THE DAMNED + JOHNNY MOPED live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

British punk rock icons The Damned are playing another UK tour for their Tony Visconti

produced album 'Evil Spirits'.

I have seen The Damned play over 30 times...including 10 times in 1977 alone...

I was at their special 40th anniversary show at The Royal Albert Hall in 2016.

The Damned still feature two original members - Dave Vanian and Captain Sensible.

Other members in the band include Paul Gray on bass who was an original member of

Eddie and the Hot Rods and has had previous stints playing with The Damned.

Support act is Johnny Moped.

Johnny Moped became one of the pioneering punk bands that played live in the first few months of London’s now-legendary Roxy Club in early 1977.

I saw them play four times in 1977/1978 including twice when they supported The Damned in 1977.

Chrissie Hynde and Captain Sensible were in the band before their respective big name band success.

A documentary about the band,' Basically, Johnny Moped' , premiered in September 2013.

I saw this documentary which is well worth seeing.

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A punk rock gig so plenty of people here that i know tonight.

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

Johnny Moped takes to the stage in his trademark sleeveless and studded leather biker jacket.

Johnny started playing gigs again a few years ago after a lengthy break.

I suppose he never had the quality of the other bands back in 1977 but great to see him live again.

Johnny ended his set with "Hard Lovin’ Man" which appeared on the hit various artists album

'Live at the Roxy WC2' (Harvest Records, 1977).

THE DAMNED arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 1 hour 45 mins.

Lots of fans jumping around front of stage as you would imagine.

Chants of "Sensibles a wanker" ring out but it's a term of endearment here.

Dave Vanian still has his gothic vampire look with slicked back jet black hair.

Lots of tracks from their recent album played along with pure punk classics including

'Love Song', 'New Rose' , 'Neat Neat Neat' and 'Smash it Up'.

The band put on Christmas hats for the last three songs.

A great show.

Full Damned setlist played tonight...

We’re So Nice

Born to Kill

Democracy?

Wait for the Blackout

Lively Arts

Silly Kids Games

Standing on the Edge of Tomorrow

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Stranger on the Town

Devil in Disguise

The History of the World (Part 1)

I Don’t Care

Alone Again Or (Love cover)

Love Song

1 of the 2

New Rose

Neat Neat Neat

Encore:

Curtain Call

Ignite

Encore 2:

There Ain't No Sanity Clause

Smash it Up

Encore 3:

Anti-Pope









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News and Reviews: 27th November 2018

Monday 26 Nov 2018.

I bought this stunning single when it first came out 42 years ago today.

"Anarchy in the U.K." by The Sex Pistols. It was released as the band's debut single on 26 November 1976 and was later featured on their superb album, "Never Mind the Bollocks".

I was aged 17 and a bit...they were the perfect band at the perfect time...

The record still sounds incredible today...imagine the impact it had back in 1976...

------------------------

Happy Birthday to TINA TURNER who is 79 today.

Tonight on BBC1 at 10.45pm is a new interview with her.

A nice bit of promotion for her autobiography 'My Love Story ' that came out last month.

I have seen Tina Turner live several tines including headlining Hammersmith Odeon with Ike Turner in 1974

and headlining Wembley Stadium in 2000.









Saturday 24 November 2018...5.30pm to 7.30pm...

SPURS 3 CHELSEA 1...at Wembley Stadium.

We were again upstairs in Level 5.

A few empty blocks up here but still a huge crowd of 55,465.

Chelsea's unbeaten start to the season came crashing down after an impressive Tottenham win at Wembley.

Dele Alli opened the scoring for the hosts after just seven minutes with a flicked header at the near post.

Harry Kane doubled Spurs' lead when he found the bottom corner after Chelsea let him shoot from distance.

Son Heung-min made it 3-0 early in the second half after the Korean winger produced a sensational solo goal.

Olivier Giroud came off the bench to score a late consolation for Chelsea with a powerful header late on.

Spurs now move above Chelsea in the league table.









Friday 23 November 2018.

THE DAMNED + JOHNNY MOPED live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

British punk rock icons The Damned are playing another UK tour for their Tony Visconti

produced album 'Evil Spirits'.

I have seen The Damned play over 30 times...including 10 times in 1977 alone...

I was at their special 40th anniversary show at The Royal Albert Hall in 2016.

The Damned still feature two original members - Dave Vanian and Captain Sensible.

Other members in the band include Paul Gray on bass who was an original member of

Eddie and the Hot Rods and has had previous stints playing with The Damned.

Support act is Johnny Moped.

Johnny Moped became one of the pioneering punk bands that played live in the first few months of London’s now-legendary Roxy Club in early 1977.

I saw them play four times in 1977/1978 including twice when they supported The Damned in 1977.

Chrissie Hynde and Captain Sensible were in the band before their respective big name band success.

A documentary about the band,' Basically, Johnny Moped' , premiered in September 2013.

I saw this documentary which is well worth seeing.

---------------------

A punk rock gig so plenty of people here that i know tonight.

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

Johnny Moped takes to the stage in his trademark sleeveless and studded leather biker jacket.

Johnny started playing gigs again a few years ago after a lengthy break.

I suppose he never had the quality of the other bands back in 1977 but great to see him live again.

Johnny ended his set with "Hard Lovin’ Man" which appeared on the hit various artists album

'Live at the Roxy WC2' (Harvest Records, 1977).

THE DAMNED arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 1 hour 45 mins.

Lots of fans jumping around front of stage as you would imagine.

Chants of "Sensibles a wanker" ring out but it's a term of endearment here.

Dave Vanian still has his gothic vampire look with slicked back jet black hair.

Lots of tracks from their recent album played along with pure punk classics including

'Love Song', 'New Rose' , 'Neat Neat Neat' and 'Smash it Up'.

The band put on Christmas hats for the last three songs.

A great show.

Full Damned setlist played tonight...

We’re So Nice

Born to Kill

Democracy?

Wait for the Blackout

Lively Arts

Silly Kids Games

Standing on the Edge of Tomorrow

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Stranger on the Town

Devil in Disguise

The History of the World (Part 1)

I Don’t Care

Alone Again Or (Love cover)

Love Song

1 of the 2

New Rose

Neat Neat Neat

Encore:

Curtain Call

Ignite

Encore 2:

There Ain't No Sanity Clause

Smash it Up

Encore 3:

Anti-Pope









Thursday 22 November 2018...I went to three events tonight...

5.30pm to 6.40pm

MOUNT STREET Christmas Lights and The Connaught Christmas Tree Switch On -

Mount Street, Mayfair, London W1.

Around 1000 guests here on this posh Mayfair street full of top quality designer stores and Scott's restaurant.

Buzzcocks guitarist STEVE DIGGLE was a random sighting here.

Upmarket Mayfair hotel The Connaught unveiled their new tree, designed by conceptual artist and Royal Academician Sir Michael Craig-Martin. Craig-Martin is best known for his work The Oak Tree, which hangs proudly in the National Gallery of Australia.

Standing nine metres tall on Carlos Place, the giant Norway spruce is adorned with 12,000 bulbs that, for the next month or so, will constantly change colour, glow and fade throughout the night.

Sir Michael Craig-Martin switched the lights on at 6.30pm.

This is the fourth Christmas collaboration with an artist for the luxury hotel, which has previously worked with Tracey Emin, Sir Anthony Gormley and Damien Hirst.

The Connaught spoilt guests with free mulled wine, mince pies and hot chocolate. Nearby, Mount Street switched on their Christmas lights in unison with the hotel, celebrating with a street party.

Among the festivities were live DJs, Christian Louboutin , Creed and Linda Farrow were serving champagne in store.

Other stores handing out complimentary drinks and mince pies etc.

Estate agents Carter Jonas were giving out decent goodie bags.

then

6.45pm to 8.30pm

PURDEY Awards For Game and Conservation, 57-58 South Audley Street, Mayfair, London W1.

Very handy that this store is located at the end of Mount Street where we were earlier.

Around 150 guests here in this historic country clothing and antique rifle store.

A dozen awards were handed out from 7.15pm to 7.45pm to shooting estates.

English cricket legend DAVID GOWER handed out the awards.

Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers,gin n tonics, wines and canapés for all guests.

www.purdey.com

Visit the Purdey website here for the list of winners.

then

8.45pm to 10.30pm

SOUTH KOREA TOURISM - showcase - Ham Yard Hotel, Soho, London W1.

Around 150 guests in the private area of this hotel where they have a two lanes of bowling and karaoke.

There are pictures and videos and brochures here promoting South Korea and speeches.

There is a full complimentary buffet on tables including some lovely salmon...also wines and beers.

At 9.30pm there was a business card raffle for five prizes with the main one a return flight to South Korea.

Sadly i was not a winner.

All guests got a decent goodie bag on departure.

www.gokorea.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info











Wednesday 21 November 2018...I went to two events tonight...

6pm to 7.45pm

NARNIA TERRACE - launch party - at Bluebird, 350 Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW3.

Narnia comes to the King's Road with the arrival of three new heated wooden chalets on the

Bluebird Chelsea's courtyard this winter.

We are outside in the courtyard but there are plenty of heaters keeping the 150 guests warm.

There is a female dj playing some tunes in the background.

Complimentary vodka cocktails, gin cocktails, mulled wines, Peroni beers, canapes and mince pies.

www.bluebird-restaurant.co.uk

Visit the Bluebird website here for more info.

then

8.15pm to 11.15pm

TACO BELL - launch party - 100 King Street, Hammersmith , London W6.

Taco Bell is an American chain of fast food restaurants based out of Irvine, California and a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc. The restaurants serve a variety of Tex-Mex foods that include tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, novelty and specialty items, and a variety of "value menu" items. As of 2018, Taco Bell serves more than 2 billion customers each year at 7,000 restaurants, more than 80 percent of which are owned and operated by independent franchisees and licensees.

Taco Bell opens a restaurant at 100 King Street in Hammersmith, two decades after closing its site at Leicester Square.

A bit odd that they have not been in London at all for that amount of time.

This is the first of three openings in London this month, although they have many outlets across the UK.

Around 70 or 80 guests here including the Indian owners who have their Bentleys parked outside.

Complimentary spirits and mixers along with prosecco and pints of lager and different soft drinks.

We had a selection of tacos and burritos which were nice but the fries were tasteless.

Desserts included some nice classic churros with chocolate or caramel.

The staff were great as they fussed over all guests as they brought food to your table.

There was a dj playing tunes and there was a fun photo booth here.

At 10pm the owners and their friends started doing a bit of 'Bhangra dad dancing' which was good fun.

The venue is five minutes from Hammersmith Apollo so easy to pop in their before a gig there.

Cheap tacos are its speciality (in the US it’s known for its ‘dollar menu’) and here it’ll be doing a sweet Tuesday deal where you get a single taco and a beer for just £2. The first Taco Bell location will be in Hammersmith, but more branches are due to open before Christmas in Holborn, Fulham and Croydon.

All guests got a goodie bag with a Taco Bell umbrella and hot and cold food to take away.

Amazingly it was still going strong at 11.15pm when we departed.











Tuesday 20 November 2018....6.30pm to 10pm...

ROSEWOOD HOTEL CHRISTMAS PARTY, Holborn, London WC1.

Around 500 guests at this annual party.

Opera singer Katherine Jenkins was here with her husband.

Always nice to be at this luxury hotel as it brings back memories of the great BAFTA parties

that disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein used to throw here.

The weather is rain all day so the event has been moved indoors from the courtyard.

At 7.50pm Take That singer GARY BARLOW took to the stage to sing three Take That hits.

1.Greatest Day

2.Back for Good

3.Rule the World

All three songs had the crowd singing along, shame he did not play a bit longer.

The backing band here that Take That use are also the backing band for Jeff Lynne's ELO.

At 8.30pm there was a nice fireworks display in the courtyard....it was still raining.

Complimentary Ruinart champers, different cocktails, wines, mulled wine, beers, canapés,

bowls of steak n dumplings, pork n apple sauce buns, toffee apples, hot chocolate etc.

This event is always a great party.









Tuesday 20 November 2018.

Fact of the day.

Lady Gaga's debut album The Fame, which turns 10 in 2019, has reached a huge milestone in the UK, passing 3 million combined sales across physical, downloads, and streams – which makes it 10-times platinum!









Monday 19 November 2018.

GARY NUMAN WITH SKAPARIS ORCHESTRA live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Part of a seven date UK orchestra tour by Gary Numan.

I have seen Gary Numan over 25 times since 1980.

He was a regular when i worked front stage security at Hammersmith Odeon in the 1980s when

he would play two or three nights there on each tour rather than play a night at Wembley Arena.

British electro pioneer Gary Numan makes his Royal Albert Hall debut this year, with The Skaparis Orchestra!

In 2017 Numan released Savage: Songs From A Broken World, and earned the best reviews of his career, entering the UK charts at No.2. This show will feature songs drawn not only from his highly successful Savage album, but also key songs from his vast back catalogue.

Support act is Chris Payne, who was Gary Numan former band keyboard/viola player.

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CHRIS PAYNE was the support act and i saw 30 mins of his set.

Great to see that Gary Numan has invited an ex band mate to support him.

It was mainly keyboard instrumentals but ended with a nice cover of 'Fade to Grey' where he was

joined by another ex band mate of Gary Numan from the 1980s - Russell Webb.

Gary Numan has some of the most loyal fans in music and chants of "Numan , Numan, Numan"

ring out from the crowd all through the interval and between songs in Gary's set.

GARY NUMAN arrived on stage at 8.35pm and played for 2 hours 10 mins.

Around 30 musicians on stage when you add band and orchestra members together.

There was a big screen showing pre-recorded images along with nice lights and lasers.

Gary and the band are dressed in caveman type cloth along with warpaint stripes on their faces.

A nice big hypnotic sound when the synth keyboards and the orchestra are at full tilt.

Older anthems like 'Down In The Park' and 'Are Friends Electric ' are mega but as he is featuring recent

material there is no room for classics like 'Cars' , 'We Are Glass' and '' I Die, You Die'.

Some of the newer songs sounded a bit samey but it was good Gary playing new material.

As it was the first time Gary has played this iconic venue he said "it's the best night of his life".

A great show.

Full Gary Numan setlist played tonight...

Ghost Nation

Metal

Bed of Thorns

Films

Everything Comes Down to This

Pray for the Pain You Serve

Down in the Park

Broken

Splinter

Here in the Black

My Name Is Ruin (performed with his daughter Persia)

Jagged

Mercy

My Breathing (performed with his daughter Persia)

Are 'Friends' Electric?

Encore:

This Wreckage

The End of Things

A Prayer for the Unborn

It Will End Here

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I was sitting right of stage, a couple of rows behind SEX PISTOLS drummer Paul Cook and his wife.

They were with Paul's band mate from The Professionals , Chris McCormack who played with

Gary Numan from 2006 to 2009.

Paul Cooks wife Jeni showed me a great picture of her with Gary Numan in 1980.

I asked Paul "any chance of one or two UK shows by Generation Sex" and he replied " very unlikely".









Sunday 18 November 2018...2pm to 4pm...

ENGLAND 2 CROATIA 1...at Wembley Stadium.

We are up in Level 5 again.

A few empty seats but it's pretty much a 85,000 capacity for this important game.

All seats have a free Three Lions flag on it for ticket holders.

A great second half comeback by England after going a goal down.

Two late goals, from substitute Jesse Lingard and captain Harry Kane, rescued three vital points which meant Gareth Southgate’s side took top spot in Group 4 ahead of Spain and World Cup runners-up Croatia.

England secure their place in the semi-finals of the competition and relegate their opponents.











Saturday 17 November 2018.

MARYLA RODOWICZ live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Maryla Rodowicz is a Polish singer and actress who is very well known back in Poland.

Now aged 72 her career has spanned around 50 Years.

The singer's body of work comprises over 600 recorded songs, with over 20 Polish albums as well as albums in English, Czech, German and Russian.

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Maryla plays to her ex-pats who are now living in London.

There are 1500 here tonight which is pretty good going.

Polish acts can easily headline Shepherds Bush Empire and The Forum these days.

We have two other acts tonight supporting her.

MEE AND THE BAND arrive on stage at 6.50pm and play for 45 mins.

They had some big headwear and dancers on some songs.

The tracks were pretty average.

During the intervals we have dance competitions and karaoke competitions.

The bars are doing a roaring trade as the crowd are knocking the booze back.

CLEO arrives on stage at 7.50pm and plays for 60 mins.

Cleo is a Polish singer who has represented Poland at Eurovision.

A more Poppy sound that including a few recent chart cover hits.

MARYLA RODOWICZ arrived on stage at 9.10pm and played for 90 mins.

Maryla is aged 72 but looks much younger with her blonde wig.

She has a full band and two female backing singers.

During a couple of songs she invited male fans onstage for a dance and it appears to be a custom

for Polish blokes to take their tops off when they have had a few drinks, to big cheers from the crowd.

Most of the songs had a type of Eurovision waltzing pop sound that got the crowd to sway along to.

All her songs were in Polish.

It was all decent enough and the crowd loved it.







Friday 16 November 2018.

U2 are still pulling in massive crowds and dollars.

U2 have wrapped up their “Experience + Innocence: Tour,” which ended Nov. 13 after six months grossing some $126 million over 59 sold-out performances in 30 arenas in the U.S. and Europe.







Thursday 15 November 2018...8pm to 10pm..

ENGLAND 3 USA 0 at Wembley Stadium.

Wayne Rooney to get his 120th cap for his contribution to the National Team.

Harry Kane will hand the captains armband over to Wayne Rooney in the second half.

Wayne Rooney is the top goalscorer for England with 53 goals scored.

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Over 65,000 here including some 10,000 free tickets to community groups and charities.

An easy win for England.

Jesse Lingard opened the scoring on 26 minutes after curling a right-footed effort into the top corner.

Liverpool right back Trent Alexander-Arnold soon doubled the lead with his first strike for the Three Lions.

Callum Wilson marked his debut with a goal in the second half to seal a straightforward victory for the hosts.

Wayne Rooney was brought on in the 58th minute but couldn't quite seal his final appearance with a goal.

Wayne came very close to scoring at the end but it was not to be.

Rooney was given a guard of honour before the game as he entered the Wembley pitch with his family.

Usain Bolt was introduced to the crowd at half-time.

The night before this game, Usain Bolt attended the launch party for his Caribbean restaurant in East London.











Thursday 15 November 2018.

Happy Birthday to PETULA CLARK who is 86 today.









Wednesday 14 November 2018...I went to three events tonight...

3.45pm to 5pm

THE EUROPEAN PIZZA AND PASTA SHOW at Olympia, London W14.

This was Day 2 of this three day event for Trade and Press.

Most of the stands and suppliers were from Italy so lots of tasty slices of pizza being given out

along with with some pasta and tastings of Italian wines,beers and ice-cream.

Wood fired ovens on display and there was a pizza vending machine where you put your money in

and wait for the pizza to get heated up in 3 minutes and out it comes....it tasted pretty good too...

www.pizzapastashow.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then

5.30pm to 6.30pm

MARYLEBONE HIGH STREET - Christmas Lights Switch-On - London NW1.

This time of year many shopping areas of London have a celebrity switch their lights on.

This one is a bit special as it is done by rock legend ROGER DALTREY who does the honours at 6pm.

There is a nice buzzy atmosphere as over 2000 are here with stores giving out mulled wine and mince pies.

Other stores and stands are donating some of today's takings to The Teenage Cancer Trust.

Then after Rogers welcome speech , The Rock Choir sing a few songs and carols on the stage.

then

7pm to 9pm

THE SAPPHIRE RESIDENCES - presentation- Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London W1.

Over 200 guests at this famous five star hotel.

The Sapphire Residences are in Columbo, Sri Lanka.

From 7.30pm to 7.50pm we have the presentation and a video of the five star complex.

There is nowhere quite like the Sapphire Residences. An exquisite collection of apartments and penthouses boasting uninterrupted panoramic views overlooking the Indian Ocean and the Beira Lake.

Rising majestically between the ocean on one side and Beira Lake on the other, this new residential development awaits the arrival of the world’s most discerning residents. Those with a taste for the finest things in life.

These magnificent homes echo the true spirit of vertical living, built on a heightened level of luxury, comfort, security and privacy for the entire family.

Interiors are co-designed by Yoo and legendary French designer Philippe Starck.

Prices from a million dollars upwards.

The two towers are joined by a sky bridge that has it's own infinity pool.

They are calling it the the "One Hyde Park of South Asia".

It is very luxurious with great views of the beach and the city but why choose here when the country has

political turmoil at the moment and there are many other more glamorous cities.

Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers, wines, beers and lots of very tasty food.

All guests got a goodie bag with GQ and Tatler Magazines inside.

www.sapphireresidences.lk

Visit their website here for more info.







Tuesday 13 November 2018.

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 exactly as this - YouTube Gun Control At The Rocket 10/11/18

It's done on a phone so not perfect quality but it gives you an idea how it was.







Tuesday 13 November 2018.

Supergroup GENERATION SEX have played a second show.

Sex Pistols members Steve Jones and Paul Cook.

Generation X members Billy Idol and Tony James.

After a surprise show in Los Angeles, a few days after they also played in New York.







Tuesday 13 November 2018...6.30pm to 9pm...

SKATE AT SOMERSET HOUSE - launch party - Strand, London WC2.

From 14 November, Somerset House heralds the start of the festive season as its neoclassical courtyard transforms into the capital’s quintessential winter destination.

The signature 40ft Christmas tree welcomes visitors to Skate at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason where unique experiences for all ages await, from learning the art of skating at Skate School, to discovering new music at Skate Lates. Off the ice, guests can relax in the comfort of the alpine-inspired restaurant Fortnum’s Lodge, whilst the Fortnum’s Christmas Arcade offers an array of gifts for festive shoppers. From a warming morning coffee, to a special date night or after-work drinks, Somerset House’s atmospheric setting and central location forms the perfect place for friends and family to enjoy the winter season.

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A big crowd of around 500 guests here with many getting their skates on.

A few celebrity faces including Gary Kemp (Spandau Ballet/Nick Mason Band).

Also Donna Air, Alastair Guy, Christopher Kane, Tamara Beckwith, Keith Allen, Georgia Toffolo ,

Sam Rollinson ,Gavin Turk, Kelly Hoppen, Lady Wilnelia Forsyth, Lisa Snowdon, Pips Taylor and

Nick Ferrari, Fortnum & Mason boss Ewan Venters.

We had a few songs from the DREAMGIRLS show which is on The Savoy Theatre until 12 Jan 2019.

Complimentary champers, Bellinis, wines, mulled wine, hot chocolate , burgers and tasty small plates of food.

Also my first mince pies of the season.

All guests got a nice Fortnum & Mason goodie bag with items including a box of Sea Salted Caramel Truffles,

Tin of Biscuits, Jam and Tin of Spiced Green Tea.

www.somersethouse.org.uk

Visit their website for more info and to buy tickets.









Monday 12 November 2018.

MC50 (MC5) + Michael Monroe live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

MC50/MC5 celebrate 50 years of their classic American garage rock.

Original member Wayne Kramer has enlisted a core band of musicians hailing from different, yet simpatico backgrounds for MC50: Kim Thayil (Soundgarden, Audioslave); Marcus Durant (Zen Guerilla); Billy Gould (Faith No More); and Brendan Canty (Fugazi).

I saw them play The 100 Club several years ago but they don't play the UK that often.

They had a 30 year hiatus with only a few shows played in America in that time.

Get there early as support act Michael Monroe (ex Hanoi Rocks singer) is great live.

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My kind of garage punk gig as lots of folks here that i know.

I spotted punk rock band The Ruts and Stiff Records singer Jona Lewis here.

Level 3 is closed but a much bigger gig for them this time due to the MC50 all-star band.

MICHAEL MONROE arrived on stage 7.45pm and played for 45 mins.

Michael Monroe is now aged 56 but his skinny blonde frame is a non stop energetic whizz.

He jumped into the crowd a few times at the front and played at bit of sax.

A 45 mins set with 12 songs crammed in.

Loads of his best tunes played in a great set.

Full Michael Monroe setlist played tonight...

Ballad of the Lower East Side

Trick of the Wrist

Malibu Beach Nightmare (Hanoi Rocks song)

Old King's Road

This Ain't No Love Song

78

Long Way to Go (Alice Cooper cover)

Nothin's Alright (Demolition 23. song)

Hammersmith Palais (Demolition 23. song)

Not Faking It (Nazareth cover)

Up Around the Bend (Creedence Clearwater Revival cover)

Dead, Jail or Rock 'n' Roll

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MC50/MC5 arrived on stage at 9.05pm and played for 85 mins.

The first eight songs are all of their classic 'Kick Out The Jams' album.

MC5’s Kick Out The Jams was recorded live 50 years ago.

While it may not have fame on the scale of contemporaries like the Beatles’ White Album, Kick Out The Jams has continued to be listened to. Their raw, energetic sound and revolutionary political outlook are seen as a major influence on the punk, metal and hardcore that followed.

Joining Kramer in the MC50 line-up are figures from some of the many bands they influenced down the line: Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil on guitar, Faith No More’s Billy Gould on bass, Brendan Canty of Fugazi on drums and, a towering presence in the middle of the stage, big curly haired singer Marcus Durrant, of Zen Guerilla.

This band sound much tighter than the one i saw at The 100 Club.

A great show.

Full MC50 setlist played tonight...

Ramblin' Rose

Kick Out the Jams

Come Together

Rocket Reducer No. 62 (Rama Lama Fa Fa Fa)

Borderline

Motor City Is Burning

I Want You Right Now

Starship

Tonight

Shakin' Street

Future/Now

I Can Only Give You Everything (Them cover)

Call Me Animal

Encore:

Sister Anne (with Michael Monroe on sax)

Let Me Try (with Michael Monroe on sax)

Looking at You











Sunday 11 November 2018.

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY - film

Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody is released – with Rami Malek’s as iconic frontman Freddie Mercury.

Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his bandmates just in time for Live Aid. While bravely facing a recent AIDS diagnosis, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.

All the songs sound fantastic in a cinema and all the actors do a great job.

A very enjoyable film to watch and well worth going to.

It has a running time of 2 hours 14 minutes.

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Remember to visit the Queen pop-up store and lights in Carnaby Street in celebration of the film.

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I was lucky to have seen Freddie Mercury singing with Queen 15 times including the greatest concert

of all time which was Live Aid in 1985.

Queen,U2,Who,Paul McCartney,David Bowie,Status Quo,Boomtown Rats,Style Council,Adam Ant,Bryan Ferry,Spandau Ballet,Howard Jones,Phil Collins,Sting,Elton John,Kiki Dee,Wham,Dire Straits,Paul Young,Alison Moyet,Ultravox,Elvis Costello,Nik Kershaw,Sade Wembley Stadium , London 13.07.1985 The greatest day in live music ever .LIVE AID was a very special day.11 hours of the biggest live acts . Worldwide charity fund raiser . A one off that will never be repeated .









Saturday 10 November 2018.

GUN CONTROL live at The Rocket Pub, Chuchfield Road, Acton, London W3.

My band play their first gig since May 1982 - 36 years ago...

Three out of five original members including me on drums...along with our new singer...

Hopefully our two original members who live in Southend and Gosport can get along on the night.

We still have plans to record a two track 7 inch vinyl single in 2019.

It will be a free gig with our fee being donated to Acton Homeless Concern.

Get to the venue for 8pm for a pre-drink and band on at 9pm and dj sounds from 10pm.

Acton Homeless Concern with be there with a collection bucket for any donations on the night.

A taster comeback set with eight original songs from the early 80s and two cover versions.

Nearest station Acton Central is 50 yards away on London Overground (North London Line) services.

Acton Town tube station is 15 mins walk to The Rocket Pub.

The 207 bus stops 5 mins walk away at Acton Park.

Check the band search in www.raysgigs.com for Gun Control gig list 1980 to 1982.

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Chucking it down with rain all day may have put a couple of folks off from going out but the pub

is nicely full with 70 or 80 in the audience.

My friend Frank who does some great punk art as Mal-One has given us a stunning Gun Control backdrop.

I also have a Gun Control logo on my bass drum.

We are playing on the floor as this venue does not have a proper stage.

Our second guitarist (Bill Gaynor) turns up at 8pm after a delayed drive up from Gosport.

He sets his guitar up and we are now ready to rock.

We have our own PA system and mini sound desk

Great to see so many friends in the crowd, many who saw us in the early 1980s.

GUN CONTROL arrived on stage at 9.15pm and played for around 45 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.

It all came together on the night well and the feedback from everyone after was great.

The landlord said it was his busiest night in the two years he has been there.

Straight after the show he said " come back at Christmas and do it again".

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)

Encore :

Teenage Kicks (cover ) (reprise)

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Check out this website for more info on Mal-One punk art.

www.eddielock.co.uk

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Total monies raised for Acton Homeless Concern = £390

Band Fee = 200

Extra donation from landlord due to extra pub takings = 100

Acton Homeless Concern Bucket Collection = 90

(Extra thanks to those who put £10 and £5 notes in the bucket)











Friday 09 November 2018...6.15pm to 9.15pm...

My band GUN CONTROL had a rehearsal session in Park Royal/North Acton.

We ran through the setlist a couple of times.

We are still not perfect...but our punk rock attitude means it doesn't need to be perfect.

Most of the crowd will be friends so hopefully they won't be too harsh on us.

After rehearsals we went for a couple of beers in the pub that we are playing tomorrow night.

See you there....









Friday 09 November 2018.

Another musician has sadly passed away.

Cellist Hugh McDowell, who was best known for his work with ELO and Wizzard throughout the 70s,

has died at the age of 65.

I saw him play live with ELO and Wizzard in the 1970s.









Thursday 08 November 2018...I went to three events tonight...

5pm to 6pm

CARNABY STREET CHRISTMAS PARTY , London W1.

There was a stage set up where a band played 30 mins of Queen cover versions.

Always good to hear classics like 'Killer Queen' and 'Bohemian Rhapsody'.

This was a great pairing to the Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen light installation above our heads.

There was pop-up van giving out complimentary Bacardi cocktails.

then

6.15pm to 9.45pm

PAUL RAYMOND PUBLICATIONS AWARDS 2018 at Cafe de Paris, 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.

The magazines had massive sales in the 1970s and 1980s but sales have declined due to the internet.

Around 400 or 500 guests here including lots of very nice semi-naked females.

The girls were both young and old and much more friendlier than other girls you talk too at parties.

A nice mix of slim girls and plus size girls.

At 6.15pm we had a female string quartet playing which was a bit random for the type of event it was.

At 7pm we had various entertainment from a female comedian , burlesque, pole dancing, fire breather ,

a black male stripper,a rapper performed a few tracks and others.

There were 15 awards handed out.

A full complimentary bar (except champers ) including all sprits it's so i had a few JD n cokes,

also prosecco, wines and beers.

We had a great time here.

then

10pm to 11.45pm

DON QUIXOTE - press night party - Browns Brasserie & Bar, St Martins Lane, London WC2.

This was the party for the theatre first night that was at The Garrick Theatre earlier in the evening.

A big crowd as 400 guests have taken over the entire venue.

Actors David Threlfall and Rufus Hound were here as they have the lead roles.

About Don Quixote...

After a lifetime of reading books on chivalry, one eccentric old man heads off on a rumbustious quest to become a wandering knight accompanied by his faithful and equally ill-suited servant, ‘riotously performed by David Threlfall as Don Quixote and Rufus Hound as Sancho Panza’ (The Times).

Complimentary wines , beers and lots of tasty food including full size burgers, wild salmon,

jumbo Yorkshire sausages with caramelised onions and tubs of Häagen-Dazs ice-cream.













Wednesday 07 November 2018...6.30pm to 9.45pm...

BAFTA BREAKTHROUGH BRITS - reception party - 194 Piccadilly, London SW1.

A big crowd of around 300 guests are at this space below the BAFTA HQ which used to be Barbecoa.

We went to the very nice launch party for Barbecoa steak restaurant which was owned by Jamie Oliver.

It closed earlier this year after only a year in business due to financial problems.

Bond star Gemma Arterton joined fellow judges Stacy Martin and George MacKay at a reception as BAFTA, in partnership with Burberry, unveiled this year's Breakthrough Brits. Tom Hiddelston and Cressida Bonas were among VIP guests at 194 Piccadilly to meet 19 of the UK’s most promising future stars of film, games and television, including actress Jessica Barden, comedian Luisa Omielan and director Daniel Kokotajlo.

At 7.15pm we had a 20 mins presentation of each name along with a clip of their work on the screens.

Complimentary Nyetimber English Sparkling Wines, two different gin cocktails and canapés.

The 19 names are...

Adrienne Law – Games Producer

Annie Price – Presenter

Chris Walley – Actor

Daniel Kokotajlo – Writer/Director­­­

Daniel Lawrence Taylor – Actor/Writer

Ellena Wood – Director

Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly – Producer

Harry Nesbitt – Artist and Game Developer

Jay Armstrong – Game Developer

Jessica Barden – Actress

John Campbell and Katie Goode – Technical Director & Creative Director

Lucy Cohen – Writer/Director

Luisa Omielan – Comedian

Lottie Bevan – Co-Founder & COO

Michael Pearce – Director

Paapa Essiedu – Actor

Ria Zmitrowicz – Actress

Vanessa Whyte – Cinematographer









Tuesday 06 November 2018...8pm to 10pm...

Spurs 2 v PSV Eindhoven 1... UEFA Champions League at Wembley Stadium.

Around 46,000 here including over 4,000 away fans which meant Level 5 was half empty.

PSV have won 11 out of 11 in the Eredivisie this season but they have flattered to deceive in Europe and they have not won a Champions League tie since 2015. They started brightly and De Jong’s goal sparked delirium among their fans, who fired up the atmosphere with their songs and bouncing up and down.

Spurs missed a couple of good chances to draw level in the first half but Harry Kane managed to get two goals in the second half with the winner coming just before the end to the joy of Spurs fans.

Spurs and their fans greeted the final whistle with a mixture of elation and relief as they fashioned a turnaround that was starting to look increasingly unlikely to revive their fading Champions League aspirations.

Pochettino and his players know, however, that they simply must move their game on to another level if they are to get the results they need at home to Inter Milan and then that most daunting of tasks, away to Barcelona, to go through into the knockout stage.









Tuesday 06 November 2018.

THE SEX PISTOLS played their debut show this day in 1975

Forty three years ago, over the course of 15 minutes on a rainy November night in London's Charing Cross Road, four obstreperous youths with spiky haircuts and their famously troublemaking manager changed Western culture forever.

They supported Bazooka Joe (with Adam Ant on bass) at Central Saint Martins College.







Monday 05 November 2018.

2.30pm to 7pm

WORLD TRAVEL MARKET - trade/press/VIP day - Excel, East London.

This massive event features many countries and cities and States (USA) showcasing why you should visit.

WTM London facilitates £2.8 billion in industry deals and has around 5,000 exhibitors from 182 countries and regions and more than 10,000 attending each day.

Many stands have staff in their National dress.

Many stands are giving out complimentary drinks and food.

We have a press list telling us when each country is having an hourly showcase.

We stop of at TURKEY and part of their presentation was the good value.

UK travellers can get £139 more of Turkish Lira than this time last year for £500 currency transaction.

3pm we were at the GREECE stand for a presentation along with wines and canapés.

4pm we attended the TAIWAN tourism showcase.

Around 100 guests with complimentary presecco, beers and canapés.

A nice business card raffle here with four single prizes of return flights to Taiwan...sadly i was not a winner.

Eastenders actor Rudolph Walker was on hosting duties at the TOBAGO stand.

5pm we were at INDIA for a complimentary buffet and dozen dancers performing Bhangra.

6pm we were at HOLLAND for Pornstar Martinis and canapés.

You can go all three days here and still not see everything.

then

7.30pm to 11pm

CUBA TOURISM PARTY at Boisdale, Canary Wharf, East London.

On each of the three nights of WTM , a few countries hold parties away from Excel.

Around 200 guests have taken over this very nice live music venue.

This is where Glen Matlock launched his recent album with a residence of shows.

A Cuban band played two 30 mins sets at 9.15pm and 10.15pm.

Lots of complimentary drinks and food with a Cuban vibe as three different rum cocktails

along with loads of Cuban food.

A great party.

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Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean. It’s also the least expensive. Besides low-cost living, tourists are drawn by perfect winter weather and more than 300 white sandy beaches lapped by turquoise seas.

Highlights include the dramatic karst landscapes of Viñales Valley, Spanish colonial towns such as Trinidad and the capital city itself. Havana belongs in another era, with its vintage American cars, art deco architecture and lack of violent crime.







Sunday 04 November 2018.

2pm to 4.30pm

GUN CONTROL band rehearsals in the Park Royal/North Acton area.

We ran through the setlist a couple of times.

Remember our first gig back is Saturday 10 Nov in Acton.

See my gig list above for full info on the venue etc.

then

OLD DOMINION live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Country music band from Nashville who are very popular back in America.

Both their albums have sold over 100,000 copies over there.

Their music is contemporary country with rock instrumentation, and has pop and hip hop overtones.

American country act Old Dominion are bringing a slice of Nashville over to the UK as they tour second studio album, Happy Endings. The band's musical abilities are highly acclaimed and sought after, having written an impressive string of hits for acts such as Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, and Luke Bryan.

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You wouldn't have heard of Old Dominion unless you were a big fan of 'new country music'.

Amazingly the show tonight is totally sold out.

ERIC PASLAY arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played for 20 mins.

Eric has released one album for EMI Nashville, which contains the singles "Friday Night", "Song About a Girl", and "She Don't Love You". In addition to these, Paslay has written several hit singles for other artists, and has collaborated with Amy Grant, Dierks Bentley, Charles Kelley, among others.

He played a decent set that featured the best tracks from his debut album.

WALKER HAYES and band arrived on stage at 8.05pm and played for 30 mins.

He has released two albums and had success in his home of America.

He has a more of a country pop feeling with some songs having a Justin Timberlake vibe to them.

OLD DOMINION arrived on stage at 9.05pm and played for 85 mins.

Their country songs have great lyrics that the crowd can sing loudly along to.

Some songs sounded a bit samey but they played a decent enough show.

An enjoyable evening of 'new country' acts.









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News and Reviews: 4th November 2018

Saturday 03 November 2018...3pm to 5pm...

READING 3 BRISTOL CITY 2....a great game with lots of goals.

Bristol City brought their full quota of 2300 fans with them.

There was a minutes silence for those killed in the helicopter crash last weekend in Leicester.

Reading hung on in the closing minutes to beat Bristol City and ease the pressure on manager Paul Clement.

The Royals secured their victory with Leandro Bacuna's second-half strike after the visitors came from behind twice before the interval in an end-to-end game at the Madejski Stadium.

Yakou Meite and a long-range Liam Kelly shot put the hosts in front on two occasions, but their efforts were cancelled out by Marlon Pack and Josh Brownhill for the Robins.

But Mo Barrow's return to the starting line-up proved vital and the midfielder motored down the left wing to provide the winner for Bacuna.









Saturday 03 November 2018.

Happy Birthday to LULU who is 70 today.







Friday 02 November 2018.

THE FEELING + HOLIDAY SIDEWINDER live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

The Feeling play a sold out show in London at the end of their UK tour.

The Feeling have released five studio albums.

This UK tour is celebrating 12 years since their debut album came out.

On 5 June 2006, The Feeling released their debut album,' Twelve Stops and Home' , which reached #2 in the UK Albums Chart.To celebrate the release, the band's record company, Island Records, took 120 British music journalists on the Eurostar to Paris for the day, where the band performed live in a restaurant. This was in recognition of the fact the band took their name from a Parisian bar.

The first single, "Sewn" reached #7 on the UK charts in March 2006, followed by the top ten hit "Fill My Little World" in May 2006. The release spent four consecutive weeks at #16 and outsold the band's debut single. "Never Be Lonely" was released in August 2006 and became their third top ten hit, peaking at #9, where it stayed for two weeks.

In an e-mail newsletter released on 11 January 2007, it was announced that The Feeling was the most played band on UK radio in 2006. Their four singles received a total of 97,436 plays, which meant that, on average, a song by The Feeling was played 267 times every day, or once every 5 minutes.

The Feelings singer Dan Gillespie Sells has had success in the West End with his musical

'Everybody's Talking About Jamie'.

I have seen The Feeling three or four times before.

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

Holiday Sidewinder is an Australian indie pop singer-songwriter.

She sung vocals and had a male electric guitarist.

A tinny electro pop set that was not really my cup of tea.

THE FEELING arrived on stage at 9.05pm and played for 90 mins.

Singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor is here as she is married to Richard Jones (The Feeling bassist).

The setlist featured all of their debut album in the main set along with a couple of tracks

that didn't make the album at the time.

Loads of loud snging from the crowd for the big radio friendly hit singles which are very catchy.

They never replicated the success of the this album's bunch of hit singles.

An enjoyable show.

Full setlist played by The Feeling tonight...

Fill My Little Fanfare

I Want You Now

Never Be Lonely

Fill My Little World

Kettle's On

Sewn

Anyone

Strange

Love It When You Call

Rosé

Same Old Stuff

Helicopter

Blue Piccadilly

Encore:

Miss You

He's My Boy (with Josie Walker from 'Everybody's Talking About Jamie' musical)

Encore 2:

I Thought It Was Over

Join With Us









Friday 02 November 2018.

Fact of the day.

The first commercial music compact disc (CD) pressed in the U. S. was Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA, pressed at the opening of CBS Records CD production plant in Terre Haute, Indiana in September 1984.







Thursday 01 November 2018...7pm to 9.15pm...

TAYLOR HOWES - collection launch party - 49/51 Chevel Place, Knightsbridge, London SW7.

Top tier interior design house Taylor Howes is marking 25 years in business by launching its first ever stand-alone collection of furniture, with a pop-up exhibition at its Knightsbridge studio.

Called “Love at Dusk”, the very high-end capsule collection runs to just 13 statement pieces, which bumf says evoke “an underlying structure of perfect proportion and immaculate symmetry, enriched through the poetics of colour, exceptional craftsmanship and exquisite materials.” This venture follows the launch of a lighting collection back in 2014, created by Taylor Howes for the Urban Electric Co.

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The studio space is hidden down a small street around three minutes across the road from Harrods.

Over 100 guests here over the two levels of this smart contemporary space.

It was a bit of a last supper for us as my friend goes back to Argentina this weekend.

He has been coming to London for six months of the year for around 35 years.

He focuses on the parties rather than gigs.

At 7.30pm we had a speech from the owners.

Complimentary Pommery champers,three different cocktails and tasty canapés.

Downstairs was a massive table of different desserts.

www.taylorhowes.co.uk

Check out their website here for more info.









Wednesday 31 October 2018.

Andrea Bocelli biopic 'The Music of Silence' arrives on DVD Monday 29 October 2018.

'The Music of Silence' is a 2017 Italian biographical film directed by Michael Radford, based on the 1999 novel of the same name written by the tenor Andrea Bocelli and freely inspired by his childhood life until the beginning of his great career. Bocelli is played by Toby Sebastian with the alter ego of Amos Bardi. The Italian tenor physically appears in a scene of the film and his presence accompanies the entire film in the form of a first-person narrative.

Born with an eye condition that eventually leads to his blindness, Andrea Bocelli pursues his ambition and becomes a popular singer and songwriter...running time is 115 minutes...

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Andrea Bocelli will perform concerts across the world, including two huge shows in London this weekend.

Andrea Bocelli will play at The O2 Arena in London on Friday 2 & Saturday 3 November 2018.











Wednesday 31 October 2018...I went to two events tonight...

6.15pm to 8.15pm

RAC MOTORING BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2018 - 89-91 Pall Mall, St James's, London SW1.

The Royal Automobile Club is a British private members club with overnight rooms and swimming pool.

There are around 150 mainly male guests in suits in one of the many large rooms here.

There were authors, publishers, book collectors and retailers here.

Damon Hill was here last year as his excellent autobiography won an award.

At 7pm there were a couple of interviews on collecting books and the state of the book market.

We were told that In the UK 51% per cent of all book sales go via Amazon.

One retailer said he could get books cheaper from Amazon than direct from the publisher.

They mentioned two car events being held this weekend.

Saturday - Regent Street car show with 100 veteran cars...10.30am to 4pm

Sunday 7am start at Hyde Park Corner - London to Brighton classic car run

At 7.30pm the two awards were given out.

Each of the two categories had six shortlisted books.

The two winners were...

Adrian Newey: How to Build a Car, by Adrian Newey, published by Harper Collins

Reid Railton : Man Of Speed 2 , by Karl Ludvigsen , published by Evro

Complimentary Forget Brimont champers, wines and tasty canapés for all guests here.

then

OLAFUR ARNALDS live at The Palladium, London.

Icelandic multi-instrumentalist Olafur Arnalds is playing a UK tour in October to promote his fourth solo album

which is released on Mercury KX / Universal.

‘re:member’ comes out on 24th August, and the Icelander is set to take the record on a world tour, which runs for the rest of the year, finishing in his hometown of Reykjavik just before Christmas.

In May 2018 he sold out The Royal Albert Hall and returns for a full UK tour that includes

two nights at The London Palladium on 30/31 Oct 2018.

He is behind the Broadchurch tv series soundtrack.

It’s going to be an incredible show – 3 pianos on stage, Ólafur will be playing one and the other two ‘Stratus Pianos’ are self-playing, semi-generative player pianos that are triggered when Ólafur plays (they basically look like they’re playing themselves!) There is a huge lights show too that Ólafur has programmed alongside the music.

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This was the second of his two shows here at The Palladium and the final date on his European Tour.

OLAFUR ARNALDS arrived on stage at 8.45pm and played a full two hour set.

Pretty amazing how Olafur and the likes of fellow piano player Nils Frahm have quietly become so popular.

All the music was instrumental and his laid back chat between songs was very humble.

He said the majority of the show would feature tracks from the recent album.

He was backed by a four piece string section and a drummer/percussionist.

A nice light show that matched the mood of the tracks very well.

Olafur mixes strings and piano with loops and beats crossing over from ambient/electronic to pop.

It was a very unique show with Olafur playing his piano in the middle and this generated the

two self-playing pianos either side of him along with the lush strings.

Olafur said he was looking forward to going home after 33 shows in 35 days.

The final track was dedicated to his Grandmother with who he would listen to Strauss as a youngster.

A very respectful crowd gave him a full standing ovation at the end.













Wednesday 31 October 2018.

Fact of the day.

SAM SMITH released his debut studio album,' In the Lonely Hour ', in May 2014 on Capitol Records.

It has now sold over 15 million copies worldwide.







Tuesday 30 October 2018...I went to two events tonight...

4.30pm to 6.15pm

ACTION FOR ELDERS - afternoon tea reception - The House Of Commons , London SW1.

It has been several years since i was last in this historic venue.

It was when my friend worked in the small post office there.

He now works in the small post office in Buckingham Palace.

A massive slow queue to get in as full security here and they had SIX events on this afternoon

and later on they would have another SIX events including one hosted by Jeremy Corbyn.

We walk through the 1000 year old Westminster Hall.

Over 100 guests here in the covered Riverside Terrace Pavillion.

Tonia Antoniazzi MP is the host and is one of the speakers here.

I did a piece to the camera with their film crew as i talked about how going to gigs keeps me young.

Action For Elders was created to help older people , their carers and society cope with

the major challenges posed by increased longevity.

Balanced Lives Programme - Physical, Mental and Social Wellbeing.

A healthy older population is better for everyone.

Think Differently about Ageing.

Complimentary wines, coffees, teas, finger sandwiches and pastries for all guests.

www.actionforelders.org.uk

Visit their website here for more info and to donate.

then

7pm to 10.15pm

DARTS AT THE ARTS - The Arts Club,40 Dover Street, Mayfair, London W1.

Tonight was a fundraiser for NATIONAL NUMERACY charity to show that Maths is important to everyone.

I never thought I would ever see a darts event at this plush private members club.

Online bookies FITZDARES are hosting the evening featuring four darts players including

Bobby George and Michael van Gerwen.

Over 100 guests in their downstairs area including a few well known faces.

Donna Air , Jamie Theakston and Hugo Taylor were here.

There is a dartboard and full set up here including a giant scoreboard.

In a nice touch (numbers specialist) Countdown Host Rachel Riley is doing the scores.

At 8pm and 8.30pm we have the semi-finals over three legs then the final at 9pm.

Complimentary Francoise Monay champers, Dappy Share Rum Cocktails, Wines, Beers

and lots of very tasty canapés for all guests.

www.fitzdares.com

Visit the Fitzdares website here for more info.

www.nationalnumeracy.org.uk

Visit the National Numeracy website here.









Monday 29 October 2018...8pm to 10pm...

SPURS 0 MAN CITY 1...at Wembley Stadium...

Mega top of the table clash as it is 5th against 3rd.

This fixture last season, played on a Saturday afternoon in mid-April, attracted a crowd of just over 80,000.

On this chilly Monday night just 56,854 showed up, well it was live on SKY tv.

There was a minutes silence for the dead in the tragic Leicester helicopter crash.

At half-time Steve Perryman came on the pitch to talk about Glenn Hoddle and how good he was.

Fingers crossed that Spurs legend Glenn Hoddle gets well soon after his heart attack on his 61st birthday.

A pretty average game , but great to see big name players on both sides.

Man City scored a great goal early on and managed to hang on to their lead.









Monday 29 October 2018.

GENERATION SEX

The rumours of this All-Star Band seem to have been true as they announce a short notice gig.

Catch a free show (via lottery) from members of Generation X (Billy Idol, Tony James) and the

Sex Pistols (Steve Jones, Paul Cook) at The Roxy in Los Angeles, California, America.

The gig will be tomorrow night (Tuesday).

Doubt if they will play the UK due to Steve Jones not wanting to leave America for anything.











Sunday 28 October 2018... I went to two events today.

NFL live at Wembley Stadium....1pm to 5pm....

This year’s three Wembley games conclude when the Super Bowl champions Philadelphia Eagles facing Shahid Khan’s Jacksonville Jaguars at the venue their owner was trying to buy. It looks the most promising fixture of this year’s three.

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A massive full house crowd of 85, 870 here to create a fantastic atmosphere.

Shahid Khan can’t buy Wembley Stadium, and his teams can’t buy a win. The day after the Fulham owner saw his side lose 3-0 at home to Bournemouth his Jacksonville Jaguars team were beaten 24-18 by the Philadelphia Eagles at the stadium he had hoped to own. To add insult to injury, London doesn’t seem to care.

His Jaguars have been regular visitors to Wembley, playing one game per year here in each of the past five. By now the capital should have taken them to its heart, but the neutral-majority crowd was overwhelmingly behind the Eagles.

then

6.30pm to 9.30pm

GUN CONTROL with me on drums had rehearsals in North Acton in the evening.

We are putting our setlist order in place...not perfect but getting there...

Remember we play a free gig in Acton on Saturday 10 Nov 2018...see above gig list for full info.







Sunday 28 October 2018.

SEX PISTOLS classic album 'Never Mind The Bollocks' album was released 41 years ago today.

The CEO of a plumbing firm has announced that his company will be paying a delivery driver to ride around London in a taxi emblazoned with the slogan 'Bollocks to Brexit'.

Self-confessed 'millionaire plumber' Charlie Mullins, of Pimlico Plumbers, unveiled the company's new vehicle on Twitter. It comes after he paid for dozens of digital signs to be put up around the city rejecting the result of the 2016 referendum.

The taxi colours are yellow and black...just like the NMTB album cover.









Saturday 27 October 2018.

TOM ROBINSON BAND + Lee Forsyth-Griffiths live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

TRB are playing a UK tour to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their debut album.

'Power In The Darkness' - the Tom Robinson Band's debut album - was released in 1978. It was followed by their 28-date Out Of The Darkness tour of the UK and Ireland, with Stiff Little Fingers as special guests.

I was at both the London shows at Hammersmith Odeon on that tour in Oct 1978.

I have seen Tom Robinson play live around 20 times since 1977.

I saw him last year at The 100 Club when he put his band together after years as a solo artist.

Tom is also a BBC 6 Music radio presenter and long-time LGBT rights activist.

I saw TRB headline the legendary Rock Against Racism show in 1978 with The Clash supporting.

Tom Robinson Band,Steel Pulse,Clash,X Ray Spex Victoria Park, London 30.04.1978

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Lee Forsyth-Griffiths arrived on stage at 8.15pm and played for 25 mins.

A self-styled “shit-kicker from Moston” Lee Forsyth-Griffiths was discovered as a youthful prodigy by Paul Morley in the late 90s and signed to ZTT Records. After a spectacular falling-out with superstar producer Trevor Horn, Lee disowned his debut album Northern Songs and returned in disgust to civilian life in North Manchester.

​Now Lee is back, older, wiser, and on storming form. His tender/tough delivery and aching vulnerability make him Manchester’s answer to the likes of José Gonzáles and Ray Lamontagne, whilst Elbow’s Guy Garvey compared Lee’s voice to John Martyn.

His 25 mins set went down well with the crowd.

TOM ROBINSON BAND arrived on stage at 9.10pm and played for 85 mins.

Tom plays the 'Power in the Darkness' album in full track order as the main part of the set.

The encores feature his best known hit singles.

Lots of hilarious anecdotes on stage from Tom, that the crowd loved.

Lots of powerful lyrics , some have been updated to reflect current times.

Tom is still wearing his heart on his sleeve.

A great show.

Full Tom Robinson Band full setlist played tonight...

Up Against the Wall

Grey Cortina

Too Good to Be True

Ain't Gonna Take It

Long Hot Summer

The Winter of '79

Man You Never Saw

Better Decide Which Side You’re On

You Gotta Survive

Power in the Darkness

Encore:

Martin

(Sing If You're) Glad to Be Gay

2-4-6-8 Motorway

War Baby

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A few minutes after the show Tom was by the merch stand signing stuff and posing for photos.









Friday 26 October 2018.

Day 2 of BluesFest at the 02 Arena.

Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters + Van Morrison live at The 02 Arena, London.

Robert Plants first London show since he turned 70 on 20 August 2018.

This will be Robert's biggest ever solo headline show in London.

In August , Robert Plant spoke highly of Van Morrison "I used to open the show for Van

in Stourbridge Town Hall in the 1960s.He was tremendous.He still is".

Van Morrison has been on a creative roll in the past two years. He is about to release ‘The Prophet Speaks’,

his FIFTH album since 30 September 2016.

I have seen both of them many times before as solo artists.

I was lucky enough to see Led Zeppelin in 1975 at Earls Court and their re-union show in 2007.

You have to admire Robert Plant sticking to his solo career rather than a multi millions payday with Led Zep.

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Like last night , it is pretty full tonight....maybe 95% tickets sold.

Most of the crowd are in early to see Van Morrison.

We have nice seats in the guest list block on the right of stage.

VAN MORRISON & band arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played for 90 mins.

Van has use of the two big side screens for live gig footage.

Delivering a brisk, faultless 90-minute set, he storms through old and new numbers and barely pauses for breath. Accompanied by a slick six-piece band, we’re treated to a masterclass featuring keyboards, guitars, double bass, trumpets, glockenspiel – and funky backing vocals. As well as hitting all his notes effortlessly, Van himself frequently dives onto the saxophone and harmonica.

A great show although a few songs were more suited to smaller theatres than this big arena.

Full Van Morrison setlist played tonight...

Wait a Minute Baby (Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson cover)

Benediction (Mose Allison cover)

Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me) (Tony Bennett cover)

Have I Told You Lately

Magic Time

Baby, Please Don't Go / Rock Island Line / Cry Cry Baby / Got My Mojo Working

I Can Tell (Bo Diddley cover)

Jumpin' With Symphony Sid (Lester Young cover)

I Believe to My Soul (Ray Charles cover)

Early in the Mornin' (Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five cover)

Dead or Alive (Woody Guthrie cover)

Sometimes We Cry

Broken Record

St. James Infirmary ([traditional] cover)

Think Twice Before You Go (John Lee Hooker cover)

Talk Is Cheap

Moondance

In the Afternoon / Ancient Highway / Raincheck / Sitting Pretty

Help Me (Sonny Boy Williamson cover)

Ballerina

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ROBERT PLANT & band arrived on stage at 9.30pm and played for 90 mins.

Robert has use of all three big screens with the main middle one mixing live footage and images.

Robert still looks and sounds amazing for 70 with his mane of hair.

His band are top notch as they mix Americana, blues and re-workings of Led Zep classics.

Folk violinist Seth Lakeman is great on a few songs.

The newer songs are really good.

Robert clearly loving performing with this outfit.

A great show.

Full Robert Plant setlist played tonight...

Ramble On (Led Zeppelin song)

Turn It Up

The May Queen

Rainbow

Black Dog (Led Zeppelin song)

The Rain Song (Led Zeppelin song)

Gallows Pole ([traditional] cover)

Carry Fire

Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You (Joan Baez cover)

Little Maggie ([traditional] cover)

Fixin' to Die (Bukka White cover)

Encore:

New World...

Whole Lotta Love (Led Zeppelin song)

Who Do You Love? (Bo Diddley cover) (with "Whole Lotta Love" reprise)











Thursday 25 October 2018.

This was the opening night of BluesFest at the 02 Arena.

JOHN FOGERTY + STEVE MILLER BAND live at The 02 Arena, London.

At the age of 73, John Fogerty plays his biggest ever London headline show.

I first saw him in 2000 when he supported Tina Turner at Wembley Stadium.

That was his first London show since 1972.

On June 29, 2006 I was at his first headlining British concert since 1972, at the Hammersmith Apollo.

I have seen him a couple of more times since then.

He will play solo material as well as Creedence Clearwater Revival classic tracks.

John Fogerty is playing just two shows in Europe - London and Dublin

I saw Steve Miller Band three times in 1982 at Hammersmith Odeon.

After that was a massive gap of 28 years when he came back to tour the UK again when i saw

him at The Royal Albert Hall in 2010.

Steve Miller is now aged 75.

A nice pairing of American acts whose careers have spanned around 50 years.

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I have a great seat just a dozen rows from the stage in Block A.

The tickets in block A cost a whopping £145 plus booking fees.

The venue is pretty full, I would say 95% of tickets sold.

STEVE MILLER BAND arrive on stage at 7.30pm and play for 90 mins.

Steve Miller Band have use of the two side screens for live footage.

Steve looks like Jerry Springer these days but still plays some nifty guitar.

For one song he used a 19 string sitar-guitar he bought 50 years ago for 150 dollars.

Near the end he played a mega trio of songs that had everyone on their feet.

'Rockin' Me' , 'The Joker' and 'Jungle Love'.

An enjoyable set.

Full Steve Miller Band setlist...

The Stake

Abracadabra

Mercury Blues (K.C. Douglas cover)

All My Loving (Otis Rush cover)

Space Cowboy

Kow Kow Calqulator

Take the Money and Run

I Want to Make the World Turn Around

Wild Mountain Honey

Dance, Dance, Dance

Serenade From the Stars

Space Intro

Fly Like an Eagle

Swingtown

Rockin' Me

The Joker

Jungle Love

Jet Airliner (Paul Pena cover)

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JOHN FOGERTY arrives on stage at 9pm and plays for 85 mins.

Oddly enough John Fogerty played 5 mins less than Steve Milller Band.

Perhaps they should have reduced Steve Miller Band set by 15/ 20 mins and added it to John Fogerty's set.

John Fogerty and his band include a three man brass section.

He has use of all three big screens with the middle one mixing live footage of the gig along

with nice late 1960s videos including CCR , Vietnam War, Woodstock Festival etc.

He has some pyros and flames during a few songs.

For a couple of songs John used the same guitar and amp that he had at Woodstock.

John's hair is dyed far too dark for his age.

His band include his son on guitar.

Loads of CCR classics played although a few of them seemed a bit rushed/short.

For one song the brass section played while walking through the crowd.

A great show , although he should have played a bit longer.

Full John Fogerty setlist played tonight...

Travelin' Band (Creedence Clearwater Revival song)

Green River (Creedence Clearwater Revival song)

Hey Tonight (Creedence Clearwater Revival song)

Up Around the Bend (Creedence Clearwater Revival song)

Who'll Stop the Rain (Creedence Clearwater Revival song)

Lookin' Out My Back Door (Creedence Clearwater Revival song)

Rock and Roll Girls

Good Golly Miss Molly (Little Richard cover)

Psycho (The Sonics cover)

Long as I Can See the Light (Creedence Clearwater Revival song)

Mystic Highway

Born on the Bayou (Creedence Clearwater Revival song)

My Toot Toot (Rockin' Sidney cover)

Jambalaya (On the Bayou) (Hank Williams cover)

New Orleans (Gary “U.S.” Bonds cover)

Have You Ever Seen the Rain? (Creedence Clearwater Revival song)

Rockin' All Over the World

Down on the Corner (Creedence Clearwater Revival song)

The Old Man Down the Road

Keep On Chooglin' (Creedence Clearwater Revival song)

Fortunate Son (Creedence Clearwater Revival song) (with streamers)

Bad Moon Rising (Creedence Clearwater Revival song)

Proud Mary (Creedence Clearwater Revival song) ( with ticker-tape)









Wednesday 24 October 2018...I went to two events tonight...

6.30pm to 9pm

NATURAL HISTORY ICE SKATING RINK - launch party - South Kensington, London SW7.

A massive annual launch party that attracts around 500 guests.

Alex James (bassist with Blur) was here.

Alex James hosts The Big Feastival, a unique two-day celebration of music, food and fun for all the family,

set on Alex's idyllic Cotswolds farm every summer.

A few celebs from Strictly Come Dancing and Love Island were also here.

We did not go skating but we did go on the carousel.

There was a dj playing tunes and a singer performed some cover tunes including Guns N Roses.

Complimentary prosecco, wines, beers and canapés for all guests.

We got a goodie bag on departure that included a nice winter scarf from Regatta Outdoor.

www.nhm.ac.uk

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.

then

10.45pm to 11.45pm

SPECSAVERS - 'Spectacle Wearer of the Year' award at 8 Northumberland Avenue, London WC2.

We got here for the end of the awards and then the after-party that was held downstairs.

300 at the main event and maybe 200 stay on for the after-party.

Thousands of people across the UK entered the annual competition and the event was attended by celebs including X Factor judge Louis Walsh, Bake Off presenter Prue Leith, presenter Lisa Snowden and model Twiggy.

Also here were Tulisa Contostavlos , Shirley Ballas, Sandi Toksvig and Eamonn Holmes.

Hosted by Rylan Clark-Neal and Claire Richards and in aid of charity Kidscape, Dani Dyer, Oliver Proudlock, Gemma Collins, James Argent, Vick Hope and Stephen Mulhern were among other bespectacled VIPs at the ceremony.

Top marks to Louis Walsh who was the last celebrity to leave the event.

The dj played some classic disco tunes and it was still lively when we left.

Complimentary wines, beers and desserts for all guests.

All guests got a goodie bag with half a dozen items inside including a Red Or Dead t-shirt.

www.specsavers.co.uk

Visit the Specsavers website here for more info.









Wednesday 24 October 2018.

Happy Birthday to BILL WYMAN who is 82 today.









Tuesday 23 October 2018.

U2 live at The 02 Arena, London.

U2 play the first of two sold out shows at The 02 Arena.

U2 return in Sept/Oct/Nov for a European Arena Tour.

I have seen U2 over 20 times since i saw them supporting Talking Heads in 1980 at Hammersmith Odeon.

This includes three shows at The 02 Arena in 2015 and shows at Twickenham and Trafalgar Square in 2017.

Only two indoor London shows on this tour but that is probably due to them playing two massive

outdoor shows at Twickenham Stadium only last year.

That tour was when they played 'The Joshua Tree' album in full and judging by previous tour reviews

there will not be any of the tracks played from that album on this tour.

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The venue is totally rammed and they have sold seating behind the stage.

Floor standing is £70 but the Red Zone front of stage area and The Deck are £260 a pop.

Those in The Red Zone must feel a bit down when U2 later play around 30 mins of the show

at the other end of the arena on the smaller b stage.

Level 1 seats are £190 and £100.

U2 arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played for 2 hours 15 mins.

They are using the mega T shaped stage production from their 2015 tour.

This really is a mind boggling visual treat as the massive screen/cage is sideways so everyone has a

great view and the band play underneath and inside it as well and it shows great images on some songs.

As usual Bono knows exactly what to say to the crowd to get them fully engaged.

'Elevation' and 'Vertigo' on the small stage were fantastic.

'Pride (in the Name of Love' was a total 11/10 as the band played in four separate areas of the arena.

'New Years Day' was incredible as The Edge played keyboards and guitar at the same time.

Bono's animated resurrection of his old character MacPhisto on the big screen

as part washed up rock star and part devil was superb.

Bono gave shout outs to The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Sex Pistols,The Clash, The Slits

and John Giddings.

As usual U2 were stunning and will def be in my best gigs of the year list.

They leave out classic tracks from The Joshua Tree including...

Where The Streets Have No Name

I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For

With Or Without You

Bullet The Blue Sky

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Full U2 setlist played tonight....

The Blackout

Lights of Home (St. Peter's String Version)

I Will Follow

Gloria

Beautiful Day

Zoo Station

The Fly

Stay (Faraway, So Close!)

Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses

Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me

Elevation (first song of 30 mins section played on the b-stage )

Vertigo

Even Better Than the Real Thing

Acrobat (with "Halls of Mirrors" snippet)

You're the Best Thing About Me (full band acoustic)

Summer of Love (Bono and The Edge only)

Pride (In the Name of Love)

Get Out of Your Own Way

New Year's Day (reworked version, no final verse)

City of Blinding Lights (with "Ode to Joy" snippet)

Encore:

Women of the World (Jim O’Rourke song)

One (with "Invisible" snippet)

Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way

13 (There Is a Light)











Monday 22 October 2018.

6pm

I popped along to Carnaby Street see this for a few minutes.

It looks great as the lyrics of Bohemian Rhapsody are spread out all along Carnaby Street in neon above your head.

On Sunday 21 October, London's iconic Carnaby Street hosted the world's first ever Queen-inspired light installation and immersive exhibition.

Cast members Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy and Joe Mazzello along with band members Brian May and Roger Taylor launched the installation and participated in interviews with host Dave Berry to an excited crowd.

It will be there each evening until early Jan 2019 so well worth a look.

then

6.15pm to 7.45pm

THE INSIDE SOAP AWARDS 2018 at 100 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1.

We are on the site of the sadly missed original Marquee Club.

Inside Soap is a popular weekly mag that talks about all the soap programmes on tv.

Very buzzy inside as must be a dozen camera crews and a dozen photographers.

Must be 300 guests here over the two levels of this venue , with the main area downstairs.

It is not one of the main soap award events but most of the shows are well represented.

Cast members from Emmerdale , Coronation Street , EastEnders , Doctors , Hollyoaks , Holby City and Casualty.

Coronation Street were big winners at this year's Inside Soap Awards, with Shayne Ward taking home the Best Exit gong for his controversial suicide storyline. Other Corrie winners on the night included Jack P Shepherd, Connor McIntyre, Mollie Winnard, Simon Gregson and Dolly-Rose Campbell.

Others here included Kellie Bright, Ali Bastian, Anthony Quinlan,Charley Webb and Danny Miller.

Apart from Shayne Ward there are three actors here i know more by their soap character.

Cain Dingle and Marlon Dingle from Emmerdale and Tony Gordon from Coronation Street.

Complimentary prosecco, vodka cocktails, wines, beers and canapés for all guests.

www.insidesoap.co.uk

Visit the Inside Soap website here for more info.

then

8pm to 9.45pm

BRIAN MAY book launch party & discussion at The Science Museum, South Kensington, London SW7.

We left The Inside Soap Awards just as winners were announced and would go back there later.

Mission Moon 3-D: Reliving the Great Space Race (3d Stereoscopic Book) Hardcover – Illustrated.

by David J. Eicher and Brian May (Author)

Around 150 guests are first of all seated in a cinema here.

Queen guitar legend Brian May and co-author David Eicher are showing pictures from the book on the

big screen and giving a description on them and a Q & A session after.

It also included a video link up with Charlie Duke who is an American former astronaut, retired U.S. Air Force officer and test pilot. As Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 16 in 1972, he became the tenth and youngest person to walk on the Moon.

At 8.45pm we had complimentary drinks and canapés next door including Apollo Sling cocktails.

Brian May was here the entire time and as usual was soooo friendly and chatty to everyone.

All guests got a complimentary copy of the book along with some proper 3-D glasses.

I got a photo with Brian May.

Brian also signed my book for me and David also signed it.

The book retail price is £30 but get it via my Amazon link above for only £21.

10.15pm to 11.45pm

then back to....

THE INSIDE SOAP AWARDS 2018 at 100 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1.

We went back for the after-party for this event that we had been to earlier.

Complimentary wines and beers were still flowing as guests danced on the floor.

Lots of the soap actors were still here and clearly getting boozed up and letting their hair down.

All guests got a nice big and bulky goodie bag with a dozen items inside on departure.













Sunday 21 October 2018...2pm to 6pm...

NFL American Football is at Wembley Stadium.

Wembley Stadium will host NFL fixtures under the arch for the twelfth successive year.

This is the second of the three NFL games held at Wembley Stadium this year

Tennessee Titans taking on the LA Chargers.

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It is a lovely sunny afternoon today.

Everyone gathers a couple of hours before the game for entertainment outside the ground.

A massive crowd here as there was 84,300 tickets sold, so pretty much sold out.

I always watch the Super Bowl final on tv but have never been to an NFL game before.

Fans are wearing their team shirts and snapping up the merch.

Lots of folks here from America , Canada and Europe.

Free team flags are left on all the seats.

You are allowed to bring beer into the seating areas (you cannot do that at football games).

The pa commentary is All American.

We have the American and UK National Anthems sung before the game.

It is a great atmosphere when the game is on.

For those of you that do not know the game is 60 mins long over 4 x 15 mins.

With the stop and starts a game lasts around 3 hours.

However whenever there is a stoppage we have music over the pa, interviews on the big screen,

t-shirts blasted into the crowd and of course the cheerleaders performing routines.

It was a close game with a tense finish.

Shahid Khan may not own Wembley any time soon but Philip Rivers of the Los Angeles Chargers certainly does, for one week at least. The veteran quarterback led his explosive offence to a nailbiting 20-19 victory and left the Tennessee Titans in tatters as they gambled on a game-winning two-point conversion.







Sunday 21 October 2018.

Sad news about a terrible train crash in Taiwan.

As of 9.35pm on Sunday, all 366 passengers onboard - including the dead and injured - had been evacuated or removed from the wreckage, the Taiwan Railways Administration said. At least 18 people died and 187 were injured.

Fifteen of the 18 casualties were in the first three cars, reported local media. Among those who died, the youngest was nine years old.

I was on that same train route in January when i toured around Taiwan









Saturday 20 October 2018...3pm to 5pm...

Reading 3 Millwall 1

Yakou Meite netted a brace for Reading as they eased the pressure on manager Paul Clement by beating fellow Championship strugglers Millwall.

Meite headed Reading into the lead as he glanced in Tyler Blackett's near-post cross but Murray Wallace

levelled for Millwall within six minutes.

Clement's side regained the lead on the stroke of half-time after Blackett was fouled by Mahlon Romeo in the penalty area.

Sam Baldock converted from the spot, as Romeo was booked, and the Royals made the points safe when Meite headed in a Leandro Bacuna corner late on.

Millwall drop into the bottom three after a run of just one league win in their past 10 games, which came two weeks ago at home against Aston Villa.

Millwall were a bit unlucky with referee decisions and the woodwork but a good home win for Reading.

The legendary Millwall brought 2000 of their infamous fans with them.

When Reading scored the third goal , Millwall fans starting tearing down the fence that separates them

from the home supporters but too many security stewards were there to stop them.









Friday 19 October 2018.

SAXON + FM live at The Roundhouse, London.

Saxon are playing a sold out show on their UK & European Tour.

It is the first time they have played The Roundhouse in their long career.

I have seen Saxon around 25 times since 1979 when they supported Motörhead at Hammersmith Odeon.

I saw FM six times in the 1980s including a Hammersmith Odeon headline show in 1989.

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FM arrived on stage at 7.50pm and played for 45 mins.

They played a good set of catchy pop rock songs.

They thanked Iron Maiden for the royalties as "That Girl" was covered by Iron Maiden as a

B-side to their single "Stranger in a Strange Land".

Full FM setlist played tonight...

Black Magic

I Belong to the Night

Bad Luck

That Girl

Life Is a Highway

Crosstown Train

Wildside

Tough It Out

Killed by Love

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SAXON arrived on stage at 9.05pm and played for two hours.

They have lots of lights and Marshall Amps along with a few smoke flumes.

They are a hard working band who play many shows around the world each year.

An example was given by Biff on stage as he got the crowd to sing louder.

"We have put the miles in this week to get here, Monday was Paris , Tues was Utrecht

and last night we were in Glasgow, so make some fucking noise".

Loads of their classic anthems played including 'Strong Arm Of The Law', 'And The Bands Played On',

'747 (Strangers in the Night)', 'Princess of the Night' and 'Wheels of Steel'.

For final song 'Denim and Leather' singer Biff Byford got a fans band patch ridden jean jacket

from the crowd and wore it for the song and signed it for him when he gave it back at the end.

A Saxon show is pretty the same as last year and the year before but it's always great.

Full Saxon setlist played tonight...

Intro tape - It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll) (AC/DC song)

Thunderbolt

Sacrifice

Nosferatu (The Vampires Waltz)

Motorcycle Man

Predator

Strong Arm of the Law

Battering Ram

Power and the Glory

Solid Ball of Rock

The Secret of Flight

Dallas 1 PM

They Played Rock and Roll

And the Bands Played On

Never Surrender

747 (Strangers in the Night)

Sons of Odin

Crusader

Princess of the Night

Encore:

The Eagle Has Landed

Heavy Metal Thunder

Wheels of Steel

20,000 Ft

Denim and Leather











Thursday 18 October 2018...I went to three events tonight...

6.15pm to 7.15pm

BAILEY'S PERU - book launch party & exhibition - 6/10 Lexington Street, London W1.

The Heni gallery is on the first floor and you press the buzzer for entry.

Legendary photographer David Bailey is hosting a book launch & exhibition.

David Bailey now aged 80, was here with his wife, along with 100 guests.

There are around 20 photos on the wall that are blown up versions from the book.

Some great pictures of the people and places in Peru.

The book is out 01 Nov...£40 on Amazon RRP but only £32 at the gallery.

The exhibition is on here until 21 December.

Complimentary prosecco and canapés for all guests.

www.heni.com

Visit the Heni gallery here for more info.

then

7.30pm to 8.30pm

Private view of 'Daft Apeth' by Serge Pizzorno of KASABIAN at No Ho Showrooms,

67 Great Tichfield Street, London W1.

A small blank canvas space with only 50 or 60 guests here but a cool crowd.

Serge and other members of KASABIAN are here (except singer Tom).

Also here was Serge good friend , the footballer Peter Crouch and his wife Abbey Clancy.

I got my picture taken with Serge and Peter Crouch.

Also here were Fearne Cotton,Carl Barat and Mike Pickering (ex M People).

Pickering now works as A&R within the Columbia label of Sony BMG where he A&Rs Kasabian and others.

Noel Fielding and magician Dynamo turned up after we had left to get to the gig.

Serge wacky art is a bit similar to Noels.

Complimentary Peroni beers for all guests.

then

ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN live at The Palladium, London.

Echo & The Bunnymen have returned with their new album 'The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon', the record includes reimagined versions of classic tracks and two new songs.

I have seen them around 15 times since 1979 when they were a support band.

I saw them earlier this year at The Royal Albert Hall.

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ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN arrived on stage at 9.20pm and played for 85 mins.

The set felt a bit short for a band with so much material to chose from.

The new album has reworked versions of their songs with a string section but tonight is

the full band show with no strings in sight.

Loads of their classic hits played along with a few lesser known numbers.

Singer Ian McCulloch as always super cool in shades and leather jacket as he pouts away.

His low key Liverpudlian banter between songs is still hard to make out most of the time.

A great show.

Full setlist played tonight...

Going Up

Bedbugs and Ballyhoo

Rescue

Never Stop

All That Jazz

All My Colours (Zimbo)

Over The Wall

The Somnambulist

Villiers Terrace / Roadhouse Blues (cover snippet)

Nothing Lasts Forever / Walk On The Wild Side (cover snippet)

Seven Seas

Rust

Bring On the Dancing Horses

The Cutter

Encore:

The Killing Moon

Encore 2:

Lips Like Sugar

Ocean Rain













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News and Reviews: 18th October 2018

Wednesday 17 October 2018.

These things happen i suppose...

I could not get along to The Q Awards at The Roundhouse in the afternoon

as my trains were all down into Paddington due to massive damage caused by a high-speed Class 802 Hitachi train which was being tested between London and Bristol ahead of its handover to GWR.

Also didn't fancy getting stranded coming home.

My friend Malcolm updated me with some of the guests there as it happened...

Bono, Noel Gallagher, Roger Daltrey, Ian McCulloch , Duane Eddy, Jarvis Cocker, Paul Weller,

Ray & Dave Davies, Brett Anderson, Nile Rodgers, Don Letts and a few others.

Noel Gallagher won Q Best Solo Artist and Q Outstanding Contribution To Music at the awards.

Singer-songwriter Paul Weller, was named Best Act In The World Today.









Wednesday 17 October 2018.

Anglo French singer Anne Pigalle releases her new album 'Ecstase' with a drinks launch.

'Ecstase' : the odyssey of a woman through the underground of Paris, London and Los Angeles.

Glen Matlock and Terry Edwards play on the album.

Venue = 01zero-one, Hopkins Street, Soho, London W1....6pm to 9pm







Tuesday 16 October 2018...I went to two events tonight.

7.45pm to 9.45pm

FENDI x FILA - launch party - Fendi, 141 New Bond Street, London W1.

A big party as around 300 guests are here over the three floors of this designer store.

Rio Ferdinand made a rare public appearance with girlfriend Kate Wright for The Fendi Mania Drop party, and was joined by face of the brand Jamie Campbell Bower, Lottie Moss, Amir Khan, Neelam Gill, Blondey McCoy and Naughty Boy. The event, which showcased Karl Lagerfeld's new sports collaboration, also saw DJ to the stars Fat Tony at the decks, with Tallia Storm, Kyle De'volle, Zara Martin , Jodie Harsh and Sascha Bailey among further VIPs at the New Bond Street store.

Complimentary Moët champers, Ruinart champers, vodka cocktails, very tasty full size cheeseburgers,

sweet potato fries and canapés for all guests.

All guests got a small goodie bag with a Fendi notebook and a Fendi metallic drinking bottle.

www.fendi.com

Check the Fendi website here for more info.

then

10pm to 11.30pm

HUAWAI MATE 20 PRO - phone launch party - One Marylebone, London NW1.

Arriving fashionably late to the 2018 contest for super flagship phones, Huawei’s newly unveiled Mate 20 Pro combines basically every desirable feature of modern smartphones into a sort of spec-checklist device. Like the LG V40, the Mate 20 Pro has three cameras on the back, each offering a different focal length. Like the Vivo Nex, the Mate 20 Pro has an in-display fingerprint sensor. Like the iPhone X and Oppo Find X, the Mate 20 Pro has a so-called 3D face unlock for more secure authentication. And like Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9, the Mate 20 Pro has a high-resolution 6.4-inch OLED display.

We arrived late so missed the visual unveiling of the new phones.

A few have left but there are still over 200 guests here.

Nick Grimshaw is playing tunes with a full laser light show.

There are three dancers in the corner performing.

Ashley Roberts was here.

Complimentary Rimbaud champers and canapés for all guests.









Monday 15 October 2018...6.45pm to 9.15pm...

ALED JONES & RUSSELL WATSON - album launch party - The Arts Club, 40 Dover Street, London W1.

Around 150 guests here in the basement of this private members club in Mayfair.

Guests included Jonathan Shalit (leading talent agent), Alan Edwards (head of Outside Org pr) and

Dave Hogan (long time celebrity photographer for The Sun newspaper).

Two of the best known classical voices, Aled Jones and Russell Watson are set to release their debut duet album 'In Harmony' on 9 November 2018. The album will include well-loved arias and hymns like ‘Ave Maria’, as well as modern classics such as ‘You Raise Me Up’.

And they’ve just announced that they will be touring the UK in 2019 to perform songs from the album.

This will include a London headline show at The Palladium on 21 Sept 2019.

No doubt they have been encouraged by the success of Michael Ball & Alfie Boe.

At 7.05pm the duo performed four tracks from the new album over 20 mins.

1.Where Have All the Flowers Gone / Here's to the Heroes (Medley) --- the first single off the album

2.???

3.Silent Night

4.Volare ( with all the crowd singing along)

At 7.25pm there was a 10 minute Q & A session with ITV presenter Richard Arnold.

Aled and Russell do seem genuinely relaxed and happy in each other's company.

They have sold between them a very impressive 17 million albums.

They both were friendly & chatty to the guests after their performance.

Complimentary wines, beers and tasty canapés for all guests.

All guests got a complimentary copy of the new album on departure.

Full album track-list...

How Great Thou Art

Where Have All the Flowers Gone / Here's to the Heroes (Medley)

Cinema Paradiso

May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You

Ave Maria

Where Should This Music Be? (Nimrod)

A Hymn Medley

You Raise Me Up

Mattinata

In Christ Alone

Bright Horizons

Cilfan Y Coed

Volare

Silent Night

www.aledandrussell.com

Visit their website for full info on the album and their 2019 tour dates.









Sunday 14 October 2018.

GUN CONTROL band rehearsals in North Acton 2pm to 5pm.

Our 7th rehearsal ticked along nicely....not perfect but getting there..

We have confirmed a live date so come along....

SAVE THE DATE - Gun Control free gig at The Rocket Pub in Acton on Sat 10 Nov.

We are hoping to play 8 original songs and 2 cover versions.

then

CLIFF RICHARD + FLYBOYS live The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Cliff plays the first of two sold out shows at this famous venue.

Cliff is playing a UK tour to celebrate his 60 years in the music biz.

The show on 14th Oct will be celebrating his 78th birthday.

Sir Cliff made his debut at the Royal Albert Hall in 1959, and has appeared at over 100 occasions since, including representing the nation at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1968.

Sir Cliff has sold over 250 million records ( albums/singles ) in his career.

Cliff has had 124 Top 40 hits and 14 number one hits.

He is the third-top-selling artist in UK Singles Chart history, behind the Beatles and Elvis Presley.

Cliff Richard's debut single "Move It" was released 60 years ago in August 1958 and reached number 2.

This tour is his first since winning his privacy court case against the BBC.

His next studio album ‘Rise Up’, which is due on November 23.

Recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, ‘Rise Up’ will see Richards tackling “the bad period I went through in my life” during the aforementioned investigation and subsequent legal battle. It’ll also see the singer express his “renewed feeling of freedom”.

I have seen Cliff Richard over 15 times since a charity show in 1979 at The Royal Albert Hall when

a few artists played three songs each including a young lady called....KATE BUSH.

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The mainly older crowd of senior citizens are all in early to see the support act.

FLYBOYS were on stage from 7.45pm for 25 mins.

A four man vocal harmony group from the UK who sung swing versions of modern songs,

so we had covers of Arctic Monkeys, Ed Sheeran and Bon Jovi etc.

CLIFF RICHARD arrived on stage at 8.15pm for two sets of 55 mins and 65 mins....two hour show...

Cliff is looking pretty good on the day of his 78th birthday.

His band are on six raised platforms behind him...we have lasers and lights through the show...

A few costume changes and cue screams from the older women here.

I preferred his many hit songs to the cover versions he performed.

Bonnie Tyler came on sing 'It's a Heartache' and sing Happy Birthday to Cliff.

An enjoyable show.

1950s

Heartbreak Hotel (Elvis Presley cover)

Peggy Sue (Buddy Holly cover)

Wake Up Little Susie (The Everly Brothers cover)

Move It (Cliff Richard & The Shadows cover)

Living Doll (Cliff Richard & The Shadows cover)

1960s

Love Me Do (The Beatles cover)

Summer Holiday (Cliff Richard & The Shadows cover)

The Next Time (Cliff Richard & The Shadows cover)

The Young Ones (Cliff Richard & The Shadows cover)

The Minute You're Gone

Congratulations

1970s

Bright Eyes (Mike Batt cover)

Miss You Nights

Devil Woman

INTERVAL

1980s

Beat It (Michael Jackson cover)

The Best of Me

Daddy's Home (Shep & The Limelites cover)

Mistletoe & Wine

1990s

From a Distance (Julie Gold cover)

The Millennium Prayer

It's A Heartache with Bonnie Tyler

Bonnie Tyler sings Happy Birthday to Cliff

All I Have to Do Is Dream (The Everly Brothers cover) (Cliff sung it with them in this decade)

2000s

The Miracle of Love

Rise Up

Reborn

Reelin' and Rockin' (Chuck Berry cover)

Encore:

We Don't Talk Anymore

Reborn {Reprise}[Outro as hundreds of white balloons fall from the ceiling)











Saturday 13 October 2018.

SUEDE + THE HORRORS live at Hammersmith Apollo, London.

I am back again to see Suede play their second of two shows at Hammersmith.

I manage to see a few songs by support act THE HORRORS.

The band have released five studio albums: Strange House (2007), Primary Colours (2009), Skying (2011),

Luminous (2014) and V (2017) all of which charted within the UK Top 40.

They are an ideal support act for Suede.

Their stage is very dimly lit along with some psychedelic images in the background.

Their moody art rock sound ticked along nicely and 'Still Life' still sounds great.

Full setlist played by The Horrors tonight...

Hologram

Machine

Who Can Say

Sea Within a Sea

Endless Blue

Still Life

Ghost

Something to Remember Me By

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SUEDE again arrive on stage just after 9pm and play an excellent 1 hour 45 mins set.

Like last night I have a superb view left of stage at the front.

Singer Brett Anderson gives it 100% as he is covered in sweat within a few songs.

As expected there are a few different songs added & dropped tonight compared to yesterday.

Brett again says how much he loves this venue in "W6".

The band sound was perfect and it was another really great show.

Full setlist played by Suede tonight...

As One

She

Outsiders

Killing of a Flashboy

We Are the Pigs

So Young

This Hollywood Life

Europe Is Our Playground

Tides

I Don't Know How to Reach You

Cold Hands

It Starts and Ends With You

Filmstar

Metal Mickey

Trash

Animal Nitrate

The Power (Brett on acoustic guitar with no microphone )

Still Life (Brett and Richard leading into full band )

The Invisibles

Flytipping

Encore:

Beautiful Ones

Life Is Golden









Saturday 13 October 2018.

Happy Birthday to rock vocalist SAMMY HAGAR who is 71 today.

I saw Sammy play some great shows at Hammersmith Odeon in the early 1980s.

Sammy Hagar,Riot Hammersmith Odeon, London 19.04.1980 Loads of classic Montrose played

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











Friday 12 October 2018.

SUEDE live at Hammersmith Apollo, London.

I have seen Suede around a dozen times since 1993.

Suede recently released their new album, ' The Blue Hour', in September. It is the final part of the triptych of albums recorded by the band since they reformed and released 2013’s 'Bloodsports'. The record is also complemented by some of the subject matter of Brett Anderson’s recent memoir, 'Coal Black Mornings'.

Suede’s previous studio album 'Night Thoughts' was released to great critical acclaim in 2016. The record went on to reach number 6 in the UK album charts. The groundbreaking live presentation of the album was accompanied by a feature film, directed by Roger Sargent.

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I end up missing all of The Horrors support set of a planned 45 mins.

The venue is rammed sold out for Suede's first ever show at this venue.

Suede are one of those bands that attract a cool looking set of fans.

SUEDE arrive on stage at 9pm and play for 1 hour 45 mins.

I get a superb view front left of stage.

The first two songs are performed behind a see through curtain.

Singer Brett Anderson is totally mesmerising tonight as he is in top form.

It is stalls standing so he spends nearly half the show in the photographers pit as he gets up nice

and close and sweaty to mingle with the hardcore fans down the front.

Now aged 51,Brett Anderson's posturing and increasingly exposed puffed out chest are great to watch.

His slim frame prowls the stage looking like a mix of David Bowie and Bryan Ferry.

Fab gems played included 'So Young, ‘Trash’, Animal Nitrate’, ‘Metal Mickey’ , 'Filmstar' and a

stunning encore of 'Beautiful Ones’ with all the crowd singing out the lyrics loudly.

A great show.

Full Suede setlist played tonight...

As One

Wastelands

Outsiders

We Are the Pigs

So Young

Heroine

The Drowners

He's Dead

Tides

Roadkill

Sabotage

Dolly

It Starts and Ends With You

Filmstar

Metal Mickey

Trash

Animal Nitrate

Pantomime Horse (Brett solo)

The 2 of Us

The Invisibles

Flytipping

Encore:

Beautiful Ones

Life Is Golden







Friday 12 October 2018.

Happy Birthday to The Damned singer DAVE VANIAN who is 62 today.







Thursday 11 October 2018...I went to three events tonight...

5.45pm to 6.15pm

JOE STRUMMER exhibition , Fred Perry , 9 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London WC2.

Passionate about keeping his own work, Strummer left an archive of over 20,000 items. Fred Perry have worked with the Creative Director of the Joe Strummer Archive, Robert Gordon McHarg III to curate an exhibition of never-seen-before possessions, including lyrics, set lists and notebooks, artwork, photographs and audio recordings.

Limited edition patches have been designed exclusively for the exhibition and will be available for you to take away. Each one has a unique story to tell.

I saw Joe many times with The Clash and 10 times solo in the period 1999 to 2002 when he started touring

a lot again including his last two ever London shows in November 2002...just a month before he died.

The exhibition coincides with the release of a 32 track compilation of Joe's career outside of The Clash.

It is a fairly small collection of items in the basement area of the store.

It includes 200 mainly DIY cassettes and the Beat Boxes that Joe used to own and play them on.

Memorabilia including lyrics ,photos, artwork , gig tickets and passes etc.

Some battered old musical equipment.

Well worth a visit for 20 or 30 mins if you are in the Covent Garden area.

It is on from 29th September – 14th October.....open on Sunday until 5pm.

www.fredperry.com

Visit the Fred Perry website here for more info.

then

6.30pm to 8.30pm

BOB DYLAN - private view - Halcyon Gallery, 144-146 New Bond Street, London W1.

Halcyon Gallery presents a brand new Bob Dylan collection - Mondo Scripto - featuring the artist and songwriter’s most renowned lyrics, each handwritten by him in pen on paper and accompanied by an original pencil drawing by the artist. Mondo Scripto opens on Tuesday, 9th October, and will run through to 30 November.

The exhibition got a five star review in The Standard.

Around 150 guests here tonight including BILL WYMAN and his wife.

Also here was legendary live music booking agent BARRY DICKENS who co-founded ITB with

Rod MacSween and is long time UK & Europe booking agent for Bob Dylan , Neil Young, Paul Simon.

Pretty amazing how Bob's handwritten lyrics here as so neatly presented with each drawing next to them.

Bob has written out 60 of his finest songs from 1961 to 2006.

Downstairs from 7.30pm to 8.15pm we had a video presentation and discussion on Bob Dylan.

We were told that over 500 books have been written about Bob Dylan.

I managed to get a complimentary press copy of the superb 333 page book on the exhibition.

It includes copies of all the lyrics and drawings on display.

Free admission to this exhibition until 30 Nov so well worth popping in to see it.

Complimentary Taittinger champers and canapés for all guests.

www.halcyongallery.com

Visit the Halcyon Gallery here for more info.

then

8.45pm to 11.15pm

THE CONDUIT - private members club launch party - 40 Conduit Street, London W1.

Mayfair is to be home to yet another new members' club - with the taking over of Washington House by the founder of New York-based, ethical fashion brand Maiyet. The eight-storey building at Conduit Street, next to the Westbury Hotel, was formerly home to Brasserie Chavot and a basement nightclub as well as providing event space and conference facilities. Expect the new club to feature dedicated work, lifestyle and social spaces as well as several open terraces.

The owners say they want members to be drawn from a range of industries, genders, ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds, and there will be tiered pricing to facilitate this: £800 as an annual fee to under-33s and those working in not-for-profit, less lucrative sectors, compared with the standard £1800.

A massive event as there must be 500 guests here spread out over all the different floors.

A dj is playing tunes on each floor.

Complimentary drinks and food included three different cocktails including Espresso Martinis ,

wines, beers, canapés, ham's and cheese's stations,desserts.

www.theconduit.com

Visit their website here for more info.









Thursday 11 October 2018.

Happy Birthday to one of my earliest football heroes - Rodney Marsh who is 74 today.

From 1966–1972 he played with Queens Park Rangers.









Wednesday 10 October 2018...7.15pm to 10.15pm...

THE PROGRESS 1000 PARTY - 26 Leake Street, London SE1.

The Standard paper celebrates London's Most Influential People in 2018.

26 Leake Street is a brand new, 1,200 capacity, multipurpose venue underneath Waterloo Station.

It is in the edgy 'graffiti tunnel' which is where they celebrate street art all along the tunnel.

A massive crowd here as 800 folks are on the guest list.

At 7.50pm we have three songs performed by THE KINGDOM CHOIR including a great 'Lovely Day'.

They were the gospel choir who performed at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

They have recently signed a major record deal with Sony Music UK.

The Kingdom Choir performed in front of an estimated global TV audience of 1.9 billion people at the

royal wedding on 19 May....Prior to that, their biggest show had attracted about 200 people.

At 8.05pm we have a speech from The Standard's Editor and ex MP George Osborne.

He handed the main award to Sajid Javid (The Home Secretary).

A few faces here including leading showbiz agent Jonathan Shalit, Rachel Johnson, Peter Tatchell,

Harold Tillman and Nick Ferrari.

A dj was playing some good dance tunes.

Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers, vodka cocktails, Negroni's , wines and beers.

Along with bowl food, canapés and desserts.

www.standard.co.uk

Visit The Standard website here for more info on the list.









Wednesday 10 October 2018.

Happy Birthday to David Lee Roth who is 64 today.







Tuesday 09 October 2018...I went to two events tonight...

7pm to 9.15pm

THE TUSK RHINO TRAIL AUCTION at Christies, King Street, St James's, London SW1.

Following an enthusiastic response from the general public to the Tusk Rhino Trail displayed on the streets of London in August and September, this exciting initiative culminates in style on Tuesday, 9th October with the sale by auction of the rhinos at Christie’s Auction House. Each stunning rhino sculpture has been donated to Tusk by well-known and highly collectable artists, including Marc Quinn, Zhang Huan, Gavin Turk and the Chapman Brothers.

Around 200 guests at this well known auction house.

Rock legend RONNIE WOOD and his wife Sally are here as Ronnie has painted one of the rhinos.

They are friendly and chatty to all as i get a photo of me with Ronnie and he signed my catalog.

Others here included Katherine Jenkins, Zac Goldsmith & Viscount David Linley.

At 7.45pm we had a video & speech from Zac Goldsmith then the 21 rhinos were auctioned off.

Ronnie's went for a staggering £100k which was more than three times that of any of the others fetched.

Ronnie & Sally sat front row left and when his rhino came up for auction Ronnie Wood stood up and

threw in two vip tickets for a future Rolling Stones concert...a bit odd as they have none planned at the moment???

The auction raised over £500k tonight.

Complimentary Justerini & Brooks champers, whiskey cocktails and tasty canapés for all guests.

www.tuskrhinotrail.com

Visit the Tusk website here for more info and pictures of each rhino.

then

9.30pm to 11.30pm

THE HEIGHT OF THE STORM - press/vip night party - Browns, 82-84 St Martins Lane, London WC2.

The performance was held earlier at Wyndhams Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London WC2.

Florian Zeller's latest play The Height of the Storm is a compelling family drama revolving around André and Madeleine, a married couple of fifty years. The play takes place during one weekend on which their daughters visit.

Over 200 guests have taken over the entire ground floor of this restaurant & bar.

Star of the show Jonathan Pryce is here and so is Monty Python legend/film director Terry Gilliam.

Complimentary prosecco, wines, beers and tasty canapés for all guests.

www.wyndhamstheatre.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.









Monday 08 October 2018...6.30pm to 11.30pm...

LEGENDS OF FOOTBALL AWARD to FRANK LAMPARD OBE at

The Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London W1.

Tonight raised monies for NORDOFF ROBBINS MUSIC THERAPY.

A massive event as 1200 guests (mainly men) are seated for dinner (120 tables of 10).

Even all the main record companies have a table,Universal Music, Sony Music, Warner Music

and nice to see Fiction Records here (best known for being the home of The Cure).

At 6.30pm was complimentary Laurent Perrier champers reception for an hour before dinner & wines.

Many well known footballers and football managers are here tonight and a couple of non footie celebs.

Frank Lampard was joined by wife Christine as he was honoured at this year's Legends of Football gala. Lampard's close friend and former teammate John Terry was also among guests at Grosvenor House, as well as his father Frank Lampard Senior, Harry Redknapp, Rachel Riley, Mark Foster, Claudio Ranieri, Sven Goran Erickson , Petr Cech, David Moyles,

Sam Alladyce, Roy Hodgson, Mark Hughes, Sammy Lee, Ainsley Harriott, Nicky Clarke, Avram Grant,

John Barnes, Garth Crooks, Chris Houghton, Jamie Carragher, Alan Pardew, Alan Smith,

Bill Curbishley ( manager of The Who) , Alan Curbishley (ex footie manager) and a few others.

Teams with players on tables here included Chelsea, Man City, Brighton, C Palace and Derby.

I got my photo taken with Harry Redknapp and Claudio Ranieri.

The rock band The Darkness were here as supporters of Nordoff Robbins.

Meal First Course = Crispy salt cod fritter

Meal Second Course = Pan-fried fillet of grass-fed beef with potatoes and veg

A comedian did great impersonations of guests not here including Jose Mourinho, Harry Kane, Roy Keane.

A nice result by them to get Roger Daltrey as this is one of only two shows outside of North America

that he has played this year, I was also at the other one - The Royal Albert Hall in March 2018.

ROGER DALTREY & band (feat Simon Townshend) arrived on stage at 9.20pm for a six song 25 mins set.

Roger Daltrey opened the set with a rare live version of 'Let My Love Open the Door' .He covered the song in 2015 for a campaign involving Teen Cancer America and First Citizens Bank.A full version was released in February 2016, with all proceeds going to Teen Cancer America....a great set...

Let My Love Open the Door (Pete Townshend cover)

The Kids Are Alright (The Who song)

Behind Blue Eyes (The Who song)

Pinball Wizard (The Who song)

Squeeze Box (The Who song)

Substitute (The Who song)

Meal Third Course = Coffee & mascarpone mousse with coffee & Petit Fours.

From 10.15pm to 10.35pm Harry Redknapp and John Terry paid tribute to Frank Lampard.

FRANK LAMPARD was given the main award for his glittering career.

Lots of video clips of Frank playing were on the big screens throughout the evening.

Frank is best known for playing for West Ham , Chelsea, England and others.

Frank won loads of trophies with Chelsea and is now manager of Derby County.

913 games with five clubs

274 goals

106 England Caps

4 FA Cup Wins

3 Premier League Titles

2 European Trophies

There was an entertaining auction of sporting lots.

A great evening.







Saturday 06 October 2018... I went to two events today,

3pm to 5pm

Spurs 1 Cardiff City 0...Spurs still playing home games at Wembley Stadium.

After QPR, Spurs have always been my second team.This is mainly due to their early 1970s

team that featured players including Pat Jennings, Cyril Knowles, Steve Perryman, Martin Chivers,

Alan Gilzean and others.

Did not get to see them for their last season at White Hart Lane but good to see them at Wembley.

We are upstairs in Level 5 where this huge stadium is 75% unsold with lots of empty blocks.

Only just over 43,000 here which is pretty low compared to Spurs usual big crowds at Wembley.

Eric Dier scored the only goal of the game in the eighth minute, tapping in a loose ball.

Cardiff remain the only side Tottenham striker Harry Kane has faced but not scored against in the Premier League.

Not the best of games on a rainy afternoon, but three points for Spurs.

then

PINEAPPLE THIEF + LIZZARD live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Following up on the unprecedented success of their 2016 album, 'Your Wilderness', progressive rock group Pineapple Thief are back with a UK tour, culminating in their biggest show to date at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire to showcase their newest studio album 'Dissolution'.

Tonight is the final night of their UK & European Tour.

Support comes from French art Prog band Lizzard.

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Level 3 is closed tonight but an impressive 1200 fans are here to witness the headliners.

Pretty good for a band that most rock fans have never heard of.

LIZZARD arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 45 mins.

Lizzard are a trio who have a female drummer.

Good musicians and their proggy sound went down well with the crowd.

PINEAPPLE THIEF arrived on stage at 9.05pm and played for 1 hour 40 mins.

In the crowd was comedian Al Murray - The Pub Landlord.

The band are good musicians, though I do not know any of their songs.

The addition of drummer Gavin Harrison, from not one but two legendary progressive rock bands in

Porcupine Tree and King Crimson, has made a quantum leap in quality and reputation.

A decent enough show for me, but the crowd loved it.

Full Pineapple Thief setlist played tonight...

Try as I Might

In Exile

Alone at Sea

Threatening War

Far Below

No Man's Land

That Shore

All That You’ve Got

Shed a Light

3000 Days

Part Zero

White Mist

Nothing at Best

Encore:

Not Naming Any Names

The Final Thing on My Mind

Snowdrops









Friday 05 October 2018.

LUKE COMBS + ASHLEY McBRYDE live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Luke Combs plays the second of two sold out shows at Shepherds Bush Empire.

With gritty lyrics and brazen vocals, singer/songwriter Luke Combs took to the country music landscape with unbound ferocity and is now bringing his chart-topping talent to the UK. This North Carolina native will be performing his debut album, This One’s for You, with its multi-platinum singles and which Rolling Stone heralded as the “Best Country Album of 2017.”

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Lots of the crowd are dressed up country music style including checked shirts , boots , jeans etc.

ASHLEY McBRYDE arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 55 mins.

Most of the crowd are in early to see her.

Ashley McBryde is a country music singer-songwriter from Arkansas.She has released one album, "Girl Going Nowhere", which includes the single, "A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega", on Warner Bros. Records Nashville.

On her own with an acoustic guitar with some great stage banter, her songs went down well with the crowd.

LUKE COMBS & band arrived on stage at 9.15pm and played for 90 mins.

The crowd seem to know the lyrics to most of his set.

There is no doubt he is a great lyricist as the crowd sings along loudly.

Plenty of guitar driven country rock tunes.

Four of the six people on stage are wearing baseball caps.

At the age of 28 he appears grateful to bring his music around the world as he said " three years ago

i had not even been on a plane".

Highlights included 'Beer Never Broke My Heart', 'Hurricane', 'Honky Tonk Highway',

'When It Rains It Pours' and his current single 'She Got The Best Of Me' which was a great power ballad.

The encore was the moving ' Beautiful Crazy' , an ode to Combs’ girlfriend and the Southern rock sound of

'Let The Moonshine'.

The songs ticked along nicely and it was a good show.

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Adrians Bar & Bistro, showcase 6pm to 8pm,

50 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1.

I was on the guest list for this showcase but could not get along as I was committed to the gig above.

My friends took my place and it said it was a nice venue.

www.adrianbarbistro.com

Visit their website here for more info.









Thursday 04 October 2018...I went to two events tonight...

6.45pm to 9pm

BODY WORLDS - launch party - The London Pavillion, 1 Piccadilly Circus, London W1.

Dr Gunther von Hagens’ renowned exhibition of real human bodies has sparked curiosity and awe around the world with over 47 million visitors globally in over 100 countries.Journey through the human body and discover the magic and mysteries that lie underneath the skin. Expect a unique, exciting and interactive journey through the human body, described by many as ‘emotional’, ‘extraordinary’ and even ‘life-changing’.

A prime location as they have taken over the site that used to be 'Ripley's : Believe It or Not!'.

which was located right next to Piccadilly Circus tube station.

You take the lift up to the 5th floor as the exhibition is over the 5th floor and 4th floors.

You have headphones as well as descriptions as you wander the dozen different areas.

At 7.45pm we have a couple of speeches , including from Dr Gunther Von Hagens.

You may remember him from the major publicity he got in Nov 2002 when in Brick Lane, London E1

he performed the first public autopsy since 1830.

A Dj is playing tunes in the background.

On the 3rd floor is the drinks and entertaining space for the 200 guests.

Ticket prices seem steep as it is £24.50 for adults and £17.50 for children.

I would imagine it will be popular with classes of school children and their teachers.

Complimentary Cava, wines, Peroni beers and canapés for all guests.

All guests got a goodie bag with a few items from their gift store including the main book.

www.bodyworlds.com

Visit the Body Worlds website here for full info and to buy tickets.

then

9.05pm to 10.45pm

SIMON DE PURY FRIEZE PARTY - Maison Assouline, 196a Piccadilly, London W1.

Around 100 guests here at this gallery a few yards from the Fortnum & Mason store.

Quite a lot of people i know here which is always good.

A lively party as Fat Tony is the dj on the balcony.

Complimentary Ruinart champers until 10pm , then it was prosecco.









Wednesday 03 October 2018.

A great evening with three good events related to FRIEZE ART LONDON 2018.

6.30pm to 8pm

21st CENTURY WOMEN -private view- Unit London, 3 Hanover Square, London W1.

A group exhibition at Unit London by curators Fru Tholstrup and Jane Neal. Featuring a host of British female artists, including work by Polly Morgan and Jenny Saville, among others, in a powerful exhibition celebrating 100 years of the women’s right to vote being passed in Britain.

Over 200 guests here over the two floors of this smart gallery including Anthea Turner, Alistair Guy and Kim Hersov.

Complimentary drinks and food including three different Patron Tequila cocktails including Old Fashioned and canapés.

The exhibition is on until 31 Oct 2018.

www.theunitldn.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then

8.15pm to 10.30pm

VANITY FAIR & CHRISTIES FRIEZE PARTY , Christie's , King Street, St James's, London SW1.

A massive party as 800 guests are here over all levels and rooms of this famous gallery.

Lots of accents from Italy, France, Spain etc who are over here for Frieze Week.

Lots of very elegantly dressed women here tonight.

On the decks is one of the 'go to' party girls - DJ Henri.

Complimentary Taittinger champers, Absolut Vodka Cocktails, Plymouth Gin Cocktails ,

cartoons of food and a cheese buffet table.

www.christies.com

Visit the Christies website here for more info.

then

10.45pm to 1am

THE ARTS CLUB FRIEZE PARTY , The Arts Club, Dover Street, London W1.

Over 200 guests here over the two top floors of this cool private members club.

Guests included Example, Professor Green and Ozwald Boateng.

Goldie was the dj here and played some great tunes including Maze 'Joy & Pain'.

American soul & funk act Maze used to play great shows at Hammersmith Odeon back in the 1980s.

A much bigger and better party than expected.

Complimentary Ruinart champers, two different cocktails and canapés for all guests.

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I did not get along to this event as other stuff on and i don't like the venue.

50 years of The Kinks photographs - private view - at Proud Gallery, John Adam Street, London WC2.

My mate Matt was there and he confirmed Ray & Dave Davies both turned up for it.

It is on until 18 Nov 2018.









Tuesday 02 October 2018... 8pm to 10pm - Reading play QPR .

Reading ( 5th from bottom) play QPR (6th from bottom).

Many QPR fans will be there as it's a direct route from Ealing and Paddington to Reading on the train

and easy to get there by car as only 30/35 miles each way.

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Around 1200 QPR fans made the journey.

These days i do support Reading a bit...but not when they play QPR.

A great 1-0 away win by QPR was good to witness.









Tuesday 02 October 2018.

Geoff Emerick, The Beatles audio engineer for ‘Revolver’, ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’, ‘The White Album’ and ‘Abbey Road’ has died at the age of 72.

Emerick began work at Abbey Road as an assistant engineer when he was 15-years old. On his second day, he was working with The Beatles. He witnessed the first ever recording session by The Beatles at Abbey Road.









Monday 01 October 2018....I went to two events tonight...

7pm to 8pm

BMI Awards at The Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London W1.

The BMI Awards are annual award ceremonies for songwriters and publishers.

I have been here several times over the past decade with the main BMI Icon Award going to Jay Kay last year

and previous years included John Lydon, Sting, Bryan Ferry and Yoko Ono.

Around 300 guests here at this black tie event at this famous five star hotel.

Tonight, BMI proudly honored acclaimed film composer Harry Gregson-Williams with the BMI Icon Award at the 2018 BMI London Awards. Guests including Liam Payne, James Arthur, Natasha Bedingfield, Tinie Tempah , Right Said Fred, Naughty Boy, Bernie Marsden and Trevor Rabin attended the awards at London’s Dorchester Hotel for an evening of celebration for UK and European songwriters, producers and publishers of the most-performed songs of 2017.

Harry Gregson-Williams, one of Hollywood’s most sought-after and prolific composers, received the BMI Icon Award in recognition of his unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers. On receiving this award, Gregson-Williams joins an elite group of composers and songwriters who have been named BMI Icons for their exemplary contributions to the art of music.

Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers for the arrivals reception.

We came back later for the awards after the dinner.

www.bmi.com

Visit the BMI website here for more info.

then

8.15pm to 10pm

Frieze London 2018 Party - Phillips Gallery, 30 Berkeley Square, London W1.

Frieze is London's biggest week of art showcases as most galleries have events & parties this week

and the main event is held in Regents Park.

Over 200 guests here.

A dj is playing tunes in the background.

Complimentary Ruinart champers, Cosmopolitan Cocktails, wines , beers and bowl food.

www.phillips.com

Visit the Phillips Gallery website here for more info.

then

Back to BMI Awards at The Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London W1.

10.15pm to 11.45pm

We came back here to see most of the awards being given out.

At 10.40pm the BMI Icon Award was given out Harry Gregson-Williams and for 15 mins

on the big screen it showed the many films he has been involved with and thanked

Hans Zimmer and Trevor Rabin.

The awards finished at 11pm but Liam Payne and Tinie Tempah left before then.

The others were all here including James Arthur, Natasha Bedingfield,Right Said Fred and Trevor Rabin.

Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers was still flowing along with a full bar so i had a couple

Disaronno with ice and Baileys with ice.









Monday 01 October 2018.

French music legend passes away.

French singer and songwriter Charles Aznavour has died at 94 after a career lasting more than 80 years.

The star died at one of his homes in the south east of France.

The performer, born to Armenian immigrants, sold more than 180 million records and featured in over 60 films.

He was best known for his 1974 hit 'She'and was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2017.

Aznavour married three times and had six children.

He was named entertainer of the century by CNN in 1998.

I saw him live back in 1974 when he played Hammersmith Odeon on the back of the success of 'She' and

also more recently at The Royal Albert Hall.









Sunday 30 September 2018.

SOFT CELL live at The 02 Arena, London.

Synth-pop pioneers Soft Cell will reunite for one last time ,in their first UK show for 15 years.

Marc Almond and Dave Ball will perform together for a one-off show, ‘One Night, One Final Time’, as they celebrate their 40th anniversary as a duo with their first UK show since 2003.

The show will be beamed live to some 250 cinemas around the UK and overseas.

I have seen Soft Cell several times including their early 1980s heyday and the first time was a bizarre one

as it was 1982 for a recording of The Old Grey Whistle Test where they supported Edgar Winter.

Soft Cell had ten Top 40 hits in the UK including a number one with 'Tainted Love' in 1981.

Soft Cell have returned with ‘Northern Lights’, their first new song in fifteen years to coincide with the show.

Marc Almond has had a full solo career outside of Soft Cell.

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I would not have thought Soft Cell were big enough to play this massive venue but it is totally sold out.

Despite front stalls seats costing £100 a pop.

A few faces here including Jarvis Cocker, Alex Kapranos (lead vocals Franz Ferdinand),

Rusty Egan (dj and ex drummer of The Rich Kids and Visage), Mark Jones (Wall of Sound Records),

Neil X (ex Sigue Sigue Sputnik) and no doubt a few more I did not see.

SOFT CELL arrive on stage at 7.50pm and play a mammoth set of 2 hours 40 mins.

Before the show I was thinking how are a synth duo going to project themselves in this huge space?

The answer is to the the big production boys in - Stufish.

U2, Madonna, the Rolling Stones, the London and Beijing Olympics, Pink Floyd, Cirque du Soleil – all their jawdropping extravaganzas have emerged from the small but skilled team at the Studio Fisher.

The main feature is three larger than usual big screens which excellently mix live footage with

great pre-recorded images, along with a small stage extension that Marc used.

Lots of lights including neon strips , lasers and flames.

Marc Almond is looking good for his age of 61 and Dave Ball is surrounded by a bank of synths/keyboards.

On some some songs they use percussion, trumpet, sax and four backing singers.

Sooo many great songs played in a long set.

Marc messed up the lyrics a couple of times and but just laughed it off.

The highlight was the last 30 mins where all the big hits were played and the crowd sang loudly.

A great show.

Full Soft Cell setlist played tonight...

Memorabilia

Monoculture

Darker Times

Together Alone

Torch

Forever the Same

Baby Doll

Insecure Me

Where the Heart Is

Numbers

Barriers

Loving You, Hating Me

Last Chance (with Mari Wilson)

Frustration

Youth

The Best Way to Kill

Meet Murder My Angel

Surrender to a Stranger

Somebody, Somewhere, Sometime

So [whilst off stage]

Martin

Heat

The Art of Falling Apart

Northern Lights

Soul Inside

What?

Bedsitter

Tainted Love (Gloria Jones cover)

Where Did Our Love Go (The Supremes cover)

Sex Dwarf

Say Hello, Wave Goodbye (ticker-tape falling over the front floor area)







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News and Reviews: 2nd October 2018

Monday 01 October 2018....I went to two events tonight...

7pm to 8pm

BMI Awards at The Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London W1.

The BMI Awards are annual award ceremonies for songwriters and publishers.

I have been here several times over the past decade with the main BMI Icon Award going to Jay Kay last year

and previous years included John Lydon, Sting, Bryan Ferry and Yoko Ono.

Around 300 guests here at this black tie event at this famous five star hotel.

Tonight, BMI proudly honored acclaimed film composer Harry Gregson-Williams with the BMI Icon Award at the 2018 BMI London Awards. Guests including Liam Payne, James Arthur, Natasha Bedingfield, Tinie Tempah , Right Said Fred, Naughty Boy, Bernie Marsden and Trevor Rabin attended the awards at London’s Dorchester Hotel for an evening of celebration for UK and European songwriters, producers and publishers of the most-performed songs of 2017.

Harry Gregson-Williams, one of Hollywood’s most sought-after and prolific composers, received the BMI Icon Award in recognition of his unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers. On receiving this award, Gregson-Williams joins an elite group of composers and songwriters who have been named BMI Icons for their exemplary contributions to the art of music.

Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers for the arrivals reception.

We came back later for the awards after the dinner.

www.bmi.com

Visit the BMI website here for more info.

then

8.15pm to 10pm

Frieze London 2018 Party - Phillips Gallery, 30 Berkeley Square, London W1.

Frieze is London's biggest week of art showcases as most galleries have events & parties this week

and the main event is held in Regents Park.

Over 200 guests here.

A dj is playing tunes in the background.

Complimentary Ruinart champers, Cosmopolitan Cocktails, wines , beers and bowl food.

www.phillips.com

Visit the Phillips Gallery website here for more info.

then

Back to BMI Awards at The Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London W1.

10.15pm to 11.45pm

We came back here to see most of the awards being given out.

At 10.40pm the BMI Icon Award was given out Harry Gregson-Williams and for 15 mins

on the big screen it showed the many films he has been involved with and thanked

Hans Zimmer and Trevor Rabin.

The awards finished at 11pm but Liam Payne and Tinie Tempah left before then.

The others were all here including James Arthur, Natasha Bedingfield,Right Said Fred and Trevor Rabin.

Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers was still flowing along with a full bar so i had a couple

Disaronno with ice and Baileys with ice.









Monday 01 October 2018.

French music legend passes away.

French singer and songwriter Charles Aznavour has died at 94 after a career lasting more than 80 years.

The star died at one of his homes in the south east of France.

The performer, born to Armenian immigrants, sold more than 180 million records and featured in over 60 films.

He was best known for his 1974 hit 'She'and was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2017.

Aznavour married three times and had six children.

He was named entertainer of the century by CNN in 1998.

I saw him live back in 1974 when he played Hammersmith Odeon on the back of the success of 'She' and

also more recently at The Royal Albert Hall.









Sunday 30 September 2018.

SOFT CELL live at The 02 Arena, London.

Synth-pop pioneers Soft Cell will reunite for one last time ,in their first UK show for 15 years.

Marc Almond and Dave Ball will perform together for a one-off show, ‘One Night, One Final Time’, as they celebrate their 40th anniversary as a duo with their first UK show since 2003.

The show will be beamed live to some 250 cinemas around the UK and overseas.

I have seen Soft Cell several times including their early 1980s heyday and the first time was a bizarre one

as it was 1982 for a recording of The Old Grey Whistle Test where they supported Edgar Winter.

Soft Cell had ten Top 40 hits in the UK including a number one with 'Tainted Love' in 1981.

Soft Cell have returned with ‘Northern Lights’, their first new song in fifteen years to coincide with the show.

Marc Almond has had a full solo career outside of Soft Cell.

-----------------------

I would not have thought Soft Cell were big enough to play this massive venue but it is totally sold out.

Despite front stalls seats costing £100 a pop.

A few faces here including Jarvis Cocker, Alex Kapranos (lead vocals Franz Ferdinand),

Rusty Egan (dj and ex drummer of The Rich Kids and Visage), Mark Jones (Wall of Sound Records),

Neil X (ex Sigue Sigue Sputnik) and no doubt a few more I did not see.

SOFT CELL arrive on stage at 7.50pm and play a mammoth set of 2 hours 40 mins.

Before the show I was thinking how are a synth duo going to project themselves in this huge space?

The answer is to the the big production boys in - Stufish.

U2, Madonna, the Rolling Stones, the London and Beijing Olympics, Pink Floyd, Cirque du Soleil – all their jawdropping extravaganzas have emerged from the small but skilled team at the Studio Fisher.

The main feature is three larger than usual big screens which excellently mix live footage with

great pre-recorded images, along with a small stage extension that Marc used.

Lots of lights including neon strips , lasers and flames.

Marc Almond is looking good for his age of 61 and Dave Ball is surrounded by a bank of synths/keyboards.

On some some songs they use percussion, trumpet, sax and four backing singers.

Sooo many great songs played in a long set.

Marc messed up the lyrics a couple of times and but just laughed it off.

The highlight was the last 30 mins where all the big hits were played and the crowd sang loudly.

A great show.

Full Soft Cell setlist played tonight...

Memorabilia

Monoculture

Darker Times

Together Alone

Torch

Forever the Same

Baby Doll

Insecure Me

Where the Heart Is

Numbers

Barriers

Loving You, Hating Me

Last Chance (with Mari Wilson)

Frustration

Youth

The Best Way to Kill

Meet Murder My Angel

Surrender to a Stranger

Somebody, Somewhere, Sometime

So [whilst off stage]

Martin

Heat

The Art of Falling Apart

Northern Lights

Soul Inside

What?

Bedsitter

Tainted Love (Gloria Jones cover)

Where Did Our Love Go (The Supremes cover)

Sex Dwarf

Say Hello, Wave Goodbye (ticker-tape falling over the front floor area)











Saturday 29 September 2018.

OCEAN COLOUR SCENE + BLACK GRAPE + ECHOBELLY live at Brixton Academy, London.

This all day event was billed as Star Shaped Festival where seven Brit Pop bands from the 1990s played.

I missed the first four bands and focused on the three headliners who all played 60 mins each.

My sources at the venue said over 500 freebie tix given out for this gig due to lack of ticket sales.

Huge guest lists for the press/guests/various website comps etc.

The A-List bands from the era including Oasis, Blur, Suede and Pulp were played by the djs between bands.

ECHOBELLY arrived on stage at 7pm.

The most prominent part of Echobelly's success formula was vocalist Sonya Madan, who is still with them.

I saw Echobelly twice in the 1990s.

They were one of the support bands when i saw The Sex Pistols play a stunning set in 1996

at The Phoenix Festival on their 'Filthy Lucre' reunion tour.

The band drowned out the vocals on some songs but they played a good set.

Great to hear tracks 'Great Things' and 'Dark Therapy' again.

Full Echobelly setlist played tonight...

Mouth Almighty

Car Fiction

Hey Hey Hey

We Know Better

Faces in the Mirror

I Can't Imagine the World Without Me

Anarchy and Alchemy

Bulldog Baby

Great Things

If the Dogs Don't Get You, My Sisters Will

King of the Kerb

Dark Therapy

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BLACK GRAPE arrived on stage at 8.40pm.

Black Grape feature former members of Happy Mondays and Ruthless Rap Assassins. Their musical style fuses funk and electronic rock with electronic programming and samples.

Shaun Ryder ex Happy Mondays is still one of their two vocalists who bounce off each other well.

They still seem to be glorifying taking drugs as usual, but they created a nice indie dance vibe.

The set included their Top 10 hits and a couple of tracks from their new album.

Full Black Grape setlist played tonight...

In the Name of the Father

Tramazi Parti

Nine Lives

A Big Day in the North

Set the Grass on Fire

Reverend Black Grape

Yeah Yeah Brother

Pop Voodoo

Shake Well Before Opening

Little Bob

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OCEAN COLOUR SCENE arrived on stage at 10.05pm.

I have seen OCS several times before as they play loads of gigs each year.

Steve Cradock is their guitarist and also he plays the guitar in Paul Weller's band, having appeared on all of Weller's solo records following his self-titled debut solo album.

They have the most fans here tonight and play a good set including hits 'Profit in Peace',

'The Riverboat Song', 'You've Got It Bad' and 'The Day We Caught The Train'.

Full OCS setlist played tonight...

Profit in Peace

The Riverboat Song

One for the Road

The Circle

July

Drive Away

Up on the Downside

Better Day

You've Got It Bad

Get Blown Away

Travellers Tune

Hundred Mile High City

The Day We Caught the Train











Saturday 29 September 2018.

Sad news that MARTY BALIN has passed away.

Marty Balin, best known for his role as co-founder and vocalist for San Francisco band Jefferson Airplane,

has died at the age of 76.

I saw him play three years ago at Brooklyn Bowl @ The 02 Arena complex.









Friday 28 September 2018.

ZICO live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Zico, aged 26, is a South Korean rapper, record producer, singer-songwriter and leader of the boy group Block B, signed under the label KQ Entertainment. He has released two solo albums, ' Gallery ' and ' Television '.

Acts from countries including Korea, Japan, Taiwan are getting more and more popular in the UK.

I saw Babymetal from Japan headlining Wembley Arena a couple of years ago.

Mayday from Taiwan headlined The 02 Arena in March 2018.

I will be going to this show as a friend has a plus one guest list place for me.

This is part of Zico 'King of the Zungle' European Tour.

A couple of days ago he was in Madrid and two days after London he is Berlin.

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It is pretty full tonight as maybe 1600 out of 2000 tickets sold.

Amazing cobsidering only fans of K-Pop music know who he is.

They search it out on YouTube i presume.

The video for Zico track 'Bermuda Triangle' has had 33 million views.

We have a 95% female crowd here tonight with many from Asia.

Fans claim their spot quickly and stay there and hardly anyone buys any booze.

Ticket prices are steep as 180 fans have paid £190 for VVIP early entrance to the front four rows

and 'a high five' after the show with Zico ...yes just 'a high five' only , no photographs or signing etc.

It was £90 for stalls standing general which was also steeply priced.

There was no support and ZICO was on from 7.30pm to 9pm...so 90 mins on stage.

An early finish to allow for the meet n greet 'high five' after.

A crazy atmosphere as the excitable crowd are screaming loud throughout the show.

The know most of the words to most of the tracks.

A basic production with two big screens showing live footage and pre-recorded images along

with half a dozen male dancers on some some songs but there is no band...it's all sung to a backing track.

His sound has got elements of Eminem to it as he mixes K-Pop and Hip-Hop.

The lyrics seem to be a mix of English and his native tongue.

A better than expected show.











Friday 28 September 2018.

My security friends at The Roundhouse told me that Brian Johnson (AC/DC) was at the

Nick Mason show there on Monday night.









Friday 28 September 2018.

Billy Idol's Vital Idol gets a modern day upgrade with his new release of

Vital Idol: Revitalized OUT NOW on CD & DIGITAL and on 16th November (Vinyl) through Virgin EMI/UMC.

Lending their hands to the Revitalized proceedings are electronic dance luminaries including Moby, Paul Oakenfold and The Crystal Method together with current innovators including Tropkillaz and Shiba San.









Thursday 27 September 2018.

KYLIE live at The 02 Arena, London.

Kylie plays the second of three shows at this big venue.

Kylie Minogue has dropped her surname for live performances so is now just Kylie.

Kylie is on a UK arena tour to promote her number one country tinged album 'Golden'.

The CASSETTE version of her album is the best selling cassette this year selling over 2800 copies.

Kylie is still looking amazing for age 50 as she celebrates 30 years of hit singles and albums.

To date, Minogue has sold more than 80 million records worldwide. She has sold over 10.1 million singles in the United Kingdom alone, making her the 12th best-selling singles artist and the 3rd best-selling female artist in UK history.

I have seen her over a dozen times since 1998 when she played at Shepherds Bush Empire.

Kylie is always excellent live and i would make her my fave female artist in concert after Madonna.

I have already seen her twice this year for the launch gig for the new album at Cafe de Paris and the

BBC Radio 2 show in Hyde Park just over a fortnight ago.

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A large gold circle standing area that takes up the front half of the floor standing.

Kylie now charging £150 plus booking fees for that....yikes!

Lots of gay men here down the front who can afford those silly prices.

KYLIE is on stage for two hours over two sets of 55 mins and 65 mins.

We have a nice big stage production with big screens showing live footage and pre-recorded images

along with lots of lights, lasers, ticker-tape, disco ball, streamers and eight dancers ( 6 male and 2 female).

Kylie had a full band with two female backing singers.

Kylie made several costume catches including a great tight leather black biker catsuit outfit.

Not as visually incredible compared to previous tours such as the 2011 tour 'Aphrodite: Les Folies Tour (also known as Aphrodite Live) but still visually great to look at.

The 'pop princess with the heart melting smile' was on top form tonight.

A nicely paced set with the first set a bit of a slower vibe and the second set was more uptempo.

Loads of her many classic hits played as the crowd sang along loudly to them.

The setlist featured several tracks from her recent album 'Golden'.

An excellent show.

Full KYLIE setlist played tonight...

FIRST SET

Golden

Get Outta My Way

Better the Devil You Know

Blue Velvet (Tony Bennett cover)

Confide in Me

I Believe in You

Where the Wild Roses Grow (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds cover) (Snippet)

In Your Eyes

A Lifetime to Repair

Shelby '68

Radio On

Wow

Can't Get You Out of My Head

The Chain (Fleetwood Mac cover) (instrumental outro snippet)

SECOND SET

Slow

Kids (Robbie Williams cover)

The One

Stop Me From Falling

Wouldn't Change a Thing

Especially for You (Jason Donovan & Kylie Minogue cover)

Lost Without You

All the Lovers

New York City / Raining Glitter / On a Night Like This

The Loco-Motion (Carole King cover)

Spinning Around

Encore:

Love at First Sight

Dancing











Wednesday 26 September 2018...I went to two events tonight...

6pm to 6.45pm

SHARA HUGHES -private view - The Arts Club, Dover Street, London W1.

Always nice to be at this plush private members club.

Around 70 or 80 smartly dressed guests here.

Shara Hughes is a contemporary Brooklyn based American painter known for her colorful invented landscapes. Employing varied marks, the artist loosely depicts floating moons, gnarled trees, and blazing sunlight. As in the paintings of David Hockney and Charles Burchfield, Hughes’s works defy conventional depictions of space and light while still adhering to a pictorial logic. “Texture, pattern, and perspective is something I like to use to describe a space in ways that maybe don't always make sense,” she has explained.Today, her works are held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Denver Art Museum, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., among others.

Around a dozen colourful paintings here.

Complimentary wines and beers for all guests.

then

7pm to 9pm

ZEBRANO CARNABY - 15th birthday party - 14/16 Ganton Street, London W1.

This bar & restaurant is located just off Carnaby Street.

It is over two floors with the larger space down in the basement.

A very buzzy lively crowd as over 200 guests here.

Guests included Vanessa Feltz and Tallia Storm.

A trio played some cover versions.

The floor downstairs had some guests dancing to the dj sounds.

They have a daily Happy Hour from 5pm to 8pm for reduced price drinks.

Complimentary prosecco, three different cocktails and canapés for all guests.

www.zebranolondon.com

Visit the Zebrano website here for more info on their bars.









Tuesday 25 September 2018...6.30pm to 9.15pm...

OCEANIA - private view - Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London W1.

A real buzz for this one as Royalty is on the guest list so there is extra security and

all the 500 guests have to show photo id to match their name on the guest list.

Around 30 photographers and tv crews are here in the courtyard waiting.

MEGHAN MARKLE stepped out for her first solo royal engagement tonight.

The Duchess of Sussex, 37, geared up for her tour Down Under with Prince Harry, 34, next month by

attending the opening of a Pacific art exhibit.

In her second public outing of the week, Meghan headed to the Royal Academy of Art in London’s Piccadilly to see “Oceania,” an exhibit featuring some 200 artifacts from Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia, a huge ocean area encompassing New Guinea, Easter Island, Hawaii and New Zealand.

Meghan chose to wear a black Givenchy dress with billowing sheer sleeves (her wedding dress designer!) and her go-to black pumps by Aquazzura for the milestone moment. She kept her long hair straight and sleek and carried a Givenchy clutch.

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A dozen native dancers and singers in national costume performed for us on arrival.

The exhibition is spread over a dozen rooms and celebrates 250 years since Captain Cook

embarked on the first of his three voyages across the Pacific Ocean , an area that was

largely unknown to Europeans at the time.

At 7.10pm we had a couple of speeches but not from Meghan.

Meghan had the full Royal treatment as she went through the exhibition room by room but the

general public were only allowed in when she had moved on to the next room.

I got a few glimpses of her but she was kept away from the peasants.

Downstairs was complimentary Bouvet sparkling wines along with canapés, cheeses and hams etc.

www.royalacademy.org.uk

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.







Tuesday 25 September 2018.

BLONDIE classic album 'Parallel Lines' was released 40 years ago this week.

Parallel Lines contains several of Blondie's best-known hits, including "Heart of Glass", "Hanging on the Telephone", "Sunday Girl" and "One Way or Another". Six of the twelve tracks were issued as singles, either in the US or the UK.

The album has sold over 20 million copies worldwide.

I remember buying it when it first came out and also buying the

American version in 1979 when i went to New York.







Monday 24 September 2018...I went to two events tonight...

7pm to 7.45pm

BEST Hero Awards at The Waldorf Hilton Hotel, Aldwych , London WC2.

BEST is a weekly woman's magazine in the UK.

We are here for the red carpet press/VIP drinks reception in the stunning ballroom of the luxury hotel.

Only 110 guests with 11 tables with 10 guests on each.

Some tv celebrities here to give out the awards later after the dinner.

Eamonn Holmes, Gloria Hunniford, Linda Lusardi, Lizzie Cundy, Ola and James Jordan.

A few others too.

Complimentary champers for all guests.

then

BIFFY CLYRO live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

A smallish gig for these Scottish rockers as they have headlined Wembley Arena and The 02 Arena

and headlined big festivals in the past so this show sold out pronto.

Biffy Clyro are playing an acoustic tour to accompany the summer release of their ‘MTV Unplugged’ album.

Biffy Clyro were on stage for around 1 hour 45 mins.

It is more semi-acoustic rather than acoustic as there are still drums and bass etc.

Half a dozen big spotlights around the stage at low level to give it an intimate feel.

Great to hear classics like 'Bubbles' and 'Many of Horror' played in this way with all the crowd singing.

However , i still prefer them as a full on electric rock band.

An enjoyable show.

Full Biffy Clyro setlist played tonight

The Captain

Biblical

Saturday Superhouse

Re-Arrange

Drop It

Black Chandelier

As Dust Dances

Folding Stars

Different People

Different Kind of Love

The Rain

Mountains

Adored

Opposite

Justboy

Medicine

Small Wishes

Bubbles

Machines

Encore:

Friends and Enemies

God & Satan

Many of Horror

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When I got out of the gig i switched my phone back on and a friend had sent me a message that said

"Photos on the internet of Led Zeppelin book launch tonight".

Did not have that on my radar for September as i thought it was happening in October.

'Led Zeppelin' by Led Zeppelin, the official illustrated book marking the 50th anniversary of their formation, at

The National Portrait Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London.

Looks like JIMMY PAGE was the only member of Led Zeppelin in attendance and no other musicians

from any other bands were there as it looked a small event.









Monday 24 September 2018.

METALLICA are playing a European Tour of massive venues in 2019 including two UK shows.

The Metal icons will play Manchester’s Etihad Stadium on June 18.

London’s Twickenham Stadium on June 20.









Sunday 23 September 2018.

EUROPE + KING KING live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Europe are touring to promote their 11th studio album Walk the Earth!

Europe have sold over 25 million albums and the band’s all-conquering ' The Final Countdown '

album has alone sold over 15 million copies worldwide and the single of the same name was No 1 in 25 countries.

The official video for 'The Final Countdown' has been viewed over 500 million times on YouTube.

I have seen Europe around a dozen times since 1987.

Support band , King King are a British blues rock group, formed in 2008.

On their last UK tour King King headlined Shepherds Bush Empire.

King King have released four studio albums and one live album to date.

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EUROPE have been touring the UK a lot over the last few years with London shows at

Shepherds Bush Empire and The Roundhouse but this time it is a venue twice their size

which has resulted in the circle being 75% unsold tonight.

KING KING arrived on stage at 7.40pm and played for 50 mins.

I was looking forward to seeing King King as i have never seen them play live before.

The burly singer is from Glasgow and is wearing a kilt and desert boots.

Some good melodic blues rock songs that featured nifty guitar solos and nice Hammond organ.

They went down well with the crowd tonight.

EUROPE arrived on stage at 9pm and played for one hour 40 mins.

There is floor standing tonight so there are plenty of females down the front drooling over singer

Joey Tempest who still looks like a proper rock star.

A nice stage production with loads of lights on and above all the amplifiers, along with some pyros.

The new album tracks ticked along nicely but it was still the three big hits from 30 years ago,

'Rock The Night' , 'Carrie' and the pop rock perfection of 'The Final Countdown' that went down best.

A very enjoyable show.

Full Europe setlist played tonight...

Walk the Earth

The Siege

Rock the Night

Hole in My Pocket

Prelude

Last Look at Eden

Pictures

Firebox

Ready or Not

Turn to Dust

Sign of the Times

Vasastan

GTO

Carrie

Nothin' to Ya

Drum Solo (The William Tell Overture)

Scream of Anger

War of Kings

Superstitious (with snippet of "Here I Go Again" by Whitesnake)

Encore:

Cherokee

The Final Countdown











Saturday 22 September 2018...I spent a full day in Reading today.

3pm to 5pm

READING 3 HULL CITY 0

A very damp rainy day but Reading at last win a home Championship game.

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then a bit later...

Wall Of Sound showcase @ Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading.

Mark Jones, pioneer behind Wall Of Sound Records, invites you to experience some of his favourite new discoveries in Love Love Live, the first in a series of new music happenings.

HOT SAUCE PONY head up tonight, as they unleash their sound of explosive and brutal beauty. Described as a “a collision of the crushing and the delicate” by Soundblab, the sound is their own self-styled genre of ‘avant hard’ with echoes of hardcore, grunge and punk and topped off with the exquisite, sultry vocals of Caroline Gilchrist. Imagine Deerhunter and Mudhoney facing off while Marianne Faithful grabs the mic.

Their debut album is due for release early next year, recorded and engineered with Steve Albini (Pixies, Nirvana, PJ Harvey) at his Electrical Audio studios in Chicago with his trademark sound very much apparent. It follows the success of their controversial debut HSP single Fenced In, a raucous and heartfelt protest against gentrification and social apartheid. With their recent track ' Burnt Ends ' debuting at BBC 6Music, they’ve been described by Marc Riley as “Pretty Special”.

CHINA BEARS return to Reading with their self-styled soirée of alt.indie rock, as they combine ambient guitars, choral vocals and raw lyrical talent. Picking up attention across the board from Huw Stephens, Steve Lamacq, John Kennedy and BBC Introducing, they have been called upon to support bands from Declan McKenna to The Big Moon and have been booked for a whole host of festivals this summer, with their recent track Night Calls and their live sound commented on as “A bunch of strong sounding melodies” by Steve Lamacq at BBC 6Music

Kicking off this evening are THE PURPLE LIGHTS as they deliver a sound clash of rock and reggae topped off with loopstation magic within a sound that reflects the upbeat buoyancy of Vampire Weekend, Reginald Omas Mamode IV's distinctive take on Afrobreat to the free-flowing wig outs of Fuck Buttons. Watch as an “atmosphere of studied cool turns into glorious carnage” (GIITTV)

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My first visit to this intimate venue.

The Rising Sun Arts Centre is an award winning, independent arts centre, which for 27 years has been staffed and run by volunteers. The Rising Sun started as a squat, created by a group of intrepid artists who saw a need for ground-level arts development, for and by, the people of Reading. The centre gained charity status in the mid-90s, and has been at the heart of Reading’s cultural life ever since.

The stage is nicely decorated with fairy lights everywhere along the back and sides of the stage.

All three bands tonight play sets of around 35 mins.

Up first were THE PURPLE LIGHTS who were a great sounding duo...Guitar, synth and vocals and drums and vocals.

Their very danceable psychedelic groove rock tunes were great.

Dj Mark Jones from Wall of Sound Records played some cool dance tunes between the bands.

CHINA BEARS are a four indie band who played a good set of tunes with some nice harmonies.

Headliners HOT SAUCE PONY had hints of hardcore and grunge in their sound along with vocals

that had hints of Alison Goldfrapp on some songs...a good set.











Saturday 22 September 2018.

Very sad news.

CHAS HODGES - one half of the musical duo Chas and Dave - has died at the age of 74.

The duo's Twitter account said he recently received treatment for oesophageal cancer but

died peacefully in his sleep in the early hours.

Known for their rock and cockney style, Chas and Dave enjoyed the height of their fame in the

1970s and 1980s with hits such as Rabbit and Snooker Loopy.

Their 'rockney' sound was totally unique.

They also performed four FA Cup final songs with Tottenham Hotspur FC.

I saw them live several times with the first time back in 1976 as well as their recent big headline show at

The Royal Albert Hall just a few months ago in April 2018.

Worth a view on YouTube is Chas and Dave - This Is Your Life - from 1985.









Friday 21 September 2018.

SEX PISTOLS legend GLEN MATLOCK releases his new solo album 'Good to Go' today.

I have an advance copy of the album which is full of great catchy tunes.

The Amazon link above have the cd for £10.99 and the vinyl version for £14.99.

1 Won't Put the Brakes on Me

2 Wanderlust

3 Sexy Beast

4 Speak Too Soon

5 Piece of Work

6 Hook in You

7 Montague Terrace (In Blue)

8 Cloud Cuckoo Land

9 Strange Kinda Taste

10 Chill

11 Couldn't Give a Damn

12 Keep on Pushing









Thursday 20 September 2018...I went to two events tonight...

6.15pm to 7.15pm

LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL - party - The Conran Shop ,Michelin House, 81 Fulham Road, London SW3.

With a heritage spanning over 50 years, the Conran name has established itself as a brand synonymous with all areas of design. As a collection of design led entities founded by Terence Conran, the principal activities of the Conran Group are architecture, interior, product and graphic design, brand licensing and the operation of shops. Improving the lives of their customers is the aim and lifeblood of the Conran Group – whether it be creating a range of cookware or running and furnishing shops in major cities around the world, or large scale urban master planning.

A big crowd of around 500 guests here at this massive store that is over two levels.

A dj is playing some tunes.

Complimentary prosecco and Peroni beers for all guests.

www.conranshop.co.uk

Visit the Conran Shop website here for more info.

then

7.30pm to 11pm

LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL - opening launch party - V & A Museum, South Kensington, London SW7.

This was the big opening party for London Design Festival which started at Olympia earlier.

LDF brings together more than 400 international design brands as well as a range of innovative projects from the likes of Tesla and Riko by Starck. The highly coveted Talks with 100% Design will return for 2018, featuring keynote sessions by industry heavyweights, panel discussions, trend forecasts and more.

LDF is the destination for architects and designers to source the latest products, discover new interior design trends and emerging brands.

It is open to the public this weekend.

Another massive crowd as there must be 600 or 700 guests here as they are using the outdoor garden space

out the back as well as the normal front reception area.

There are different djs every hour playing tunes.

Complimentary drinks and food here including two different gin cocktails, white wines, beers,

tasty canapés and big tubs of ice-cream.

www.londondesignfestival.com

Visit their website here for more info.









Wednesday 19 September 2018...7pm to 10pm...

TIMOTHY OULTON - flagship gallery launch party - 350 Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW3.

During London Design Festival 2018, daring furniture and interiors company Timothy Oulton will launch its new worldwide flagship gallery at Bluebird, Chelsea. The 7,200 square foot space will feature the brand’s most iconic designs alongside rare vintage collectibles and one-offs including a custom-designed spaceship to look like a very comfy seated bar space.

Timothy Oulton have over 30 stores/galleries worldwide.

A full red carpet was here along with flowers all over the entrance area.

Over 200 guests here in their massive space next to Bluebird restaurant & bar , Chelsea.

Timothy Oulton was here as was interior designer Kelly Hoppen.

Inside is a treasure trove of great furniture that includes part of one of the world’s largest collections of customised Louis Vuitton trunks. A giant fish tank housing a Yellow Submarine.There’s Apollo, a custom designed ‘spaceship’, showcased at this year’s Milan Design Week, along with 200 vintage cricket bats behind the bar,20 vintage typewriters on another wall and many other visually spectacular one off items.

A dj playing tunes in the background.

All the staff are dressed in white outfits with black bowler hats as they top up your drinks.

Complimentary Veuve Clicquot champers, red wines, beers, canapés , cheese table buffet

and mini ice-creams for all guests.

A great party , and much better than expected.

www.timothyoulton.com

Visit the Timothy Oulton website here for more info.









Tuesday 18 September 2018...I went to two events tonight...

6pm to 7pm

JIM MOIR (VIC REEVES) - private view - Grosvenor Gallery, 35 Bury Street, St James's, London SW1.

Jim Moir is better known by the stage name Vic Reeves, is an English comedian, artist, actor and television presenter, best known for his double act with Bob Mortimer as Vic and Bob. He is known for his surreal sense of humour.

Jim is showcasing 200 small drawings/sketches which are for sale at £250 each.

Various themes including pop stars, footballers and wrestlers from the 1970's.

Jim (Vic) is here with his wife Nancy.

There are three or four lesser known comedy faces here as well that I can't put names too.

Complimentary prosecco for all guests.

www.grosvenorgallery.com

Visit the gallery here for more info and photos.

then

DIONNE WARWICK with orchestra live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

'The Queen of Easy Listening Pop Soul' returns to London.

Dionne's hits have included Walk On By, Anyone Who Had A Heart, Do You Know The Way to San José, and Heartbreaker.

Dionne, now aged 77 first appeared at the Hall in 1970 and this special orchestra evening

will mark her 10th date at the venue.

In America , Warwick ranks among the 40 biggest hit makers of the entire rock era, based on the Billboard Hot 100 Pop Singles Charts. She is second only to Aretha Franklin as the most-charted female vocalist of all time, with 56 of Warwick's singles making the Billboard Hot 100 between 1962 and 1998 and 80 singles making all Billboard charts combined.

Many of them were with legendary songwriter Burt Bacharach.

Dionne also performed some easy listening covers in the set.

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JON ALLEN took to the stage at 7.30pm for a brief 20 mins.

Jon is a folk rock guitarist who has brought out four albums.

He is best known for the songs "In Your Light" and "Going Home", the latter of which featured

in a worldwide advert for the Land Rover Freelander.

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An older crowd as expected to see Dionne whose career spans over 50 years.

DIONNE WARWICK took the stage at 8.15pm and was on stage for 2 hours 5 mins.

For Dionne there are around 30 musicians on stage including band & orchestra.

It was her own band and the string section sounded great when at full tilt.

A pretty long set for someone of her grand old age of 77.

For some songs she stood up and for some songs she sat on a stool.

Dionne comes from the era of great songs that had great melody.

The crowd hang on her every word and Dionne got a full standing ovation at the end.

The crowd sing along to each song as everyone knows the words to these classic songs.

An enjoyable show.

This setlist has most of the songs performed tonight...

Don't Make Me Over

Walk On By

Anyone Who Had A Heart

I'll Never Fall in Love Again

Always Something There To Remind Me

Message to Michael

Close to You

This Girl's in Love With You

I Say a Little Prayer (with David Elliott her son on vocals, he is also on drums tonight)

Aquarela do Brasil

Do You Know the Way to San Jose

Heartbreaker

Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head

Love's (Still) the Answer

99 Miles From L.A.

I'll Never Love This Way Again

The Look of Love

Alfie

Love Will Find a Way (with Cheyenne Elliott)

Let There Be Love (with Cheyenne Elliott)

What the World Needs Now is Love

That's What Friends Are For











Tuesday 18 September 2018.

Guitar legend JIMI HENDRIX died 48 years ago today aged just 27 in London.

Jimi Hendrix died at the Samarkand Hotel, 22 Lansdowne Crescent, Notting Hill, London W11 early on 18 September 1970. He had spent the latter part of the previous evening at a party, was picked up by his girlfriend Monika Dannemann, and driven to her flat at the Samarkand Hotel.This average looking hotel is still there with the same name.

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STEVE PERRY ex original singer of Journey (1977 to 1987) is in London to promote his new solo album.









Monday 17 September 2018...I went to two events tonight...

5.15pm to 6.25pm

BLOWN AWAY - private view - Sketch, 9 Conduit Street, London W1.

This event was part of London Design Week opening day.

Always nice to be in this stunning venue with its iconic 'pod loos'.

Design research gallery Matter of Stuff returns to iconic London venue sketch in September with a new site-specific exhibit for London Design Festival 2018 - Blown Away. Six international designers will showcase a series of innovative hand-blown glass works and movement, including a new chandelier by master glassblower Simone Crestani in borosilicate glass. For the first time in London, WonderGlass will present Echoes chandelier – a never seen before illuminated speaker sculpture by studiopluz. The show will also feature a bespoke chandelier by Bocci, adapted exclusively for sketch.

The six stunning glass works and movement are in the entrance area before you get to the main rooms.

It is on until 14 November 2018.

They also have a bigger exhibition on at their sister gallery in Kings Cross at 5 Lewis Cubitt Walk.

Complimentary Venetian rum cocktails, wines and Peroni beers for all guests.

www.matterofstuff.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then

6.30pm to 9.15pm

The Frank & Lorna Dunphy Yellow Ball Collection : private view -

Sotheby's , 34 New Bond Street, London W1.

This September, Sotheby’s is delighted to celebrate one of the most extraordinary art world collaborations of our times: that of Damien Hirst and his unstoppable business manager, mentor and ‘partner in crime’, Frank Dunphy. Yellow Ball: The Frank and Lorna Dunphy Collection - a two-part sale and exhibition of over 200 artworks that charts the iconoclastic 1990s art scene of which Frank and Lorna Dunphy were at the very heart.

Over 300 guests here at this major art event.

Many of the items are on display here are by Damien Hirst.

The sale is this week and will certainly reach many millions in overall sales.

Frank and Lorna Dunphy were here but there was no sign of Damien Hirst.

Other guests here included Sir Peter Blake and Mark-Francis Vandelli.

Complimentary Ruinart champers, three different cocktails and tasty canapés for all guests.

www.sothebys.com

Visit the Sotheby's website here for more info.











Sunday 16 September 2018.

2pm to 5pm

I bashed the drums for a bit with my band GUN CONTROL.

This was our sixth rehearsal.

We are trying to arrange a free admission gig in Acton in November.

We will play ten songs...eight originals and two covers.

then

8pm to 10pm

AADNEVIK - Spring / Summer 2019 Show - Royal Horseguards,

One Whitehall Place, London SW1.

Day 3 of London Fashion Week.

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. The brand is currently at a steady growing position with a strong customer base amongst the celebrity and elite society, stocking in key cities worldwide. Celebrities include: Rihanna, Beyonce, Madonna, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Lopez, Jourdan Dunn and many more.

The company’s essence is driven by values such as tradition, passion, nature, vision and hard work, but above all by family ideals. Hence, the designers incorporated their workplace into their home when their baby Silver was born, keeping their production line very close. The pair works at hand with their couture team at their London Atelier to create the luxury handcrafted garments.

A very nice choice of venue for this catwalk show with it's swirling staircase up to the show area.

Complimentary De Watere champers at the reception for an hour then at your seats as well.

It is a proper catwalk show area with 200 seated and 200 standing...and 20 photographers...

200 seated with four rows of 50...two rows of seats either side of the catwalk show.

We have a seat in the second row.

Only those seated get the goodie bags of a few items including Moroccan Oil and 250ml champers.

One end of the catwalk is nicely dressed as the theme for their collection...'Alice in Wonderland'.

The show was on from 9.10pm for 20 mins and featured stunningly sexy dresses in vibrant colours.

A nice soundtrack that included a couple of songs by The Cure.

www.aadnevik.com

Visit the Aadnevik website for more info and photos.









Sunday 16 September 2018.

MARC BOLAN sadly died 41 years ago today.

Marc Bolan was an English singer-songwriter, musician, guitarist, and poet. He was best known as the lead singer of the glam rock band T. Rex. Bolan was one of the pioneers of the glam rock movement of the 1970s. He died at the age of 29 in a car accident a fortnight before his 30th birthday.

Amazingly another T.Rex album 'Gold' has entered the charts this week at number eight.

It is a budget priced three cd box set that is only £5.99 on Amazon.

I saw Marc with T.Rex last ever London show at The Rainbow in March 1977 with The Damned as support.

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KENNEY JONES ex drummer with The Small Faces, The Faces and The Who is 70 today.

Kenney Jones is the sole surviving member of the Small Faces.

Kenney recently brought out his biography.









Friday 14 September 2018...7.30pm to 10pm...

NINA NAUSTDAL - AW18/19 London Fashion Week catwalk show -

Maddox Club, 3/5 Mill Street, Mayfair, London W1.

Upmarket designer Nina Naustdal is showcasing her latest creations.

Nina recently featured in the Channel 4 tv documentary 'Too Posh to Parent'.

Nina got plenty of press attention when she mentioned she hired a 'LEGO THERAPIST' for her three kids.

And there’s always a nanny on hand, if you can afford to employ one per child (and put them on pooper-scooper duty to pick up after the seven Chihuahuas) , not to mention two tutors, a personal assistant, chef, butler and chauffeur-cum-bodyguard.

Staff wages are £200,000 a year but that's peanuts when your husband is a big hedge fund manager and

they own big houses in Chelsea and Monaco.







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News and Reviews: 15th September 2018

Friday 14 September 2018...7.30pm to 10pm...

NINA NAUSTDAL - AW18/19 London Fashion Week catwalk show -

Maddox Club, 3/5 Mill Street, Mayfair, London W1.

Upmarket designer Nina Naustdal is showcasing her latest creations.

Nina recently featured in the Channel 4 tv documentary 'Too Posh to Parent'.

Nina got plenty of press attention when she mentioned she hired a 'LEGO THERAPIST' for her three kids.

And there’s always a nanny on hand, if you can afford to employ one per child (and put them on pooper-scooper duty to pick up after the seven Chihuahuas) , not to mention two tutors, a personal assistant, chef, butler and chauffeur-cum-bodyguard.

Staff wages are £200,000 a year but that's peanuts when your husband is a big hedge fund manager and

they own big houses in Chelsea and Monaco.

We arrive on time and it gets very busy....lots of great looking women all dressed up here...

Mark-Francis Vandelli from tv series Made in Chelsea was here.

Before the catwalk show we had a ballet dancer perform for 10 minutes.

We are part of the 150 guests seated and there are maybe another 100 standing.

Our host was LIZZIE CUNDY who looked stunning in one of Nina's elegant gowns.

At 9.05pm we get a full 30 minute catwalk show featuring Nina's incredible creations.

The music soundtrack was a singer and an acoustic guitarist.

The dozen models walk between the seats.

What got plenty of cheers was Nina's three young kids who were modelling the Children's couture

while carrying small dogs who were wearing the Dog couture.

Womenswear Couture and Black Collection AW18/19

Womenswear Fur and Leather Collection AW19/20

Children Couture and Black Collection AW18/19

Dog Couture and Black Collection AW18/19

Complimentary prosecco and vodka cocktails for all guests.

A nice goodie bag with a dozen items in each one.

www.nina-naustdal.com

Visit the website here for more info and photos.











Thursday 13 September 2018...I went to two events tonight...

6.30pm to 7.15pm

STREET PARTY - Savile Row, London W1.

Women may have Milan and Paris but London is undeniably menswear’s global capital and the most important street in this world is Savile Row, a modest Mayfair row of the men’s tailors that quite simply make the best suits in the world.

The street is closed off at both ends as there must be 1000 people here.

Many are in expensive looking suits that were made in Savile Row.

The area in the middle had a dj spinning the tunes and there were complimentary

gin cocktails , Peroni beers and canapés for all.

then just around the corner to...

7.20pm to 9.45pm

AISSO - London Fashion Week showcase, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London W1.

AISSO is the Global Online and Offline Destination for Greek Designers, promoting Greek creativity across the world.

Their mission is to discover and support world class Greek creative talent.

Very unusual to have a fashion show at this prestigious venue as it must be expensive to hire out.

There are 21 female models on podiums (seven designers are showcasing three outfits each).

They are static and then every 30 mins they have a catwalk through the crowd and change places.

Over 300 guests here and a very nice vibe in the big space.

Complimentary wines and canapés for all guests.

www.aissofashion.com

Visit their website here for more info.









Wednesday 12 September 2018...I went to two events tonight...

5.15pm to 6.15pm

VENUES SHOWCASE at The Montcalm Hotel, Marble Arch, London W1.

Around 30 venues are showcasing here for pre Christmas hire.

It is big business so lots of competition for event planners to check out.

Some well known names including The Ned, Intercontinental Park Lane,

Mandarin Oriental Hotel, The British Museum, Nobu Restaurant, The Hurlingham Club and others.

Over 200 guests here with complimentary wines, beers and canapés.

We had to move on to the next event , so missed out on the raffle prizes from the exhibitors at 7.30pm.

All guests got a small goodie bag with a couple of Cowshed products inside.

then

6.45pm to 9pm

FORTNUMS X FRANK - private view - Fortnum's & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, London W1.

Fortnum & Mason announce their 3rd collaboration with art collector Frank Cohen: a presentation of work by

British landscape artist John Virtue.

At 7.15pm we had speeches from Frank Cohen and John Virtue.

Around 150 guests here at this famous upmarket store.

Guests included Stephen Webster, Meredith Ostrom, Naughty Boy and Lady Sabrina Percy.

Also here was David Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl of Snowdon, styled as Viscount Linley until 2017 and known professionally as David Linley.As of June 2018, he is 20th in the line of succession to the British throne.

Complimentary Fortnum's & Mason champers along with tasty canapés and desserts.

All guests got a nice goodie bag with half a dozen food items from Fortnum's & Mason.

www.fortnumandmason.com

Visit their website here for more info.

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Although they put me on the guest list i could not get along to THE START ART FAIR private view at

The Saatchi Gallery , Kings Road , Chelsea as it was the same time as the event above.

www.startartfair.com

Visit their website here for more info.









Tuesday 11 September 2018...6.30pm to 9.15pm...

THE LONDON CABARET CLUB - Gatsby Christmas Showcase - Bloomsbury Ballroom, Victoria House,

Bloomsbury Square, London WC1.

The London Cabaret Club offers a sophisticated entertainment concept combining an exquisite dining experience with an innovative live cabaret show. A night at The London Cabaret Club is an

impressive production of music, dance, food and drink.

Around 150 guests are here at this showcase.

From 6.40pm to 7.20pm we have live entertainment in the main bar area which included

a duo singing covers, a Latin dance duo routine and a three female string section.

From 7.35pm to 7.55pm we went into their impressive ballroom for the main cabaret show.

Dancers, singers, acrobats etc are performing on the centre stage..with a Gatsby theme...

The cabaret is every Friday and Saturday and the venue can be hired out on other days.

Guests can enjoy a three course dinner along with a two hour show.

There was a fun photo called 'The Mighty Booth' here that folks enjoyed getting dressed up for.

Complimentary prosecco, gin cocktails, wines, bowl food , canapés and desserts for guests tonight.

All guests got a small goodie bag with a pair of tickets to see the full two hour show.

www.thelondoncabaretclub.com

Visit their website here for more info.







Monday 10 September 2018...available to buy from today...

D.O.A. A Right of Passage, finally arrives for the first time on Blu-ray and DVD Dual format.

D.O.A.: A Right of Passage is the unique, grainy and up-close document of an iconic musical movement, packed with live footage of the Pistols’ incendiary American shows in 1978, as well as live performances from the greatest punk band you’ve never heard of, Terry and The Idiots, alongside Dead Boys, Generation X, Rich Kids, X-Ray Spex, Sham 69 with additional music from The Clash and Iggy Pop. It arrives on 10 September 2018, complete with brand new bonus features and limited edition booklet in the first 2000 copies.

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The film centre's around the Sex Pistols 1978 tour of the United States which ended with the group breaking up. The tour was the only one the group played in the U.S. before they reformed nearly two decades later.

Film director Lech Kowalski followed them with handheld cameras through the clubs and bars of their seven-city Southern tour. Mixing this with footage of other contemporary bands, trends in the fashion capitals, and punks of all shapes and colours, Kowalski created a grainy, stained snapshot of a movement at its peak,showing how certain authority figures saw the movement as a threat.

It features interview footage (including the famous interview of Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen in bed), and behind the scenes shots from the tour as well as interviews with audience members who had strong and widely varied reactions to the group.

Many of the 20 plus songs feature classic Pistols , but it also included other performances by first wave Punk acts such as The Dead Boys , The Rich Kids , Sham 69 and Generation X with Billy Idol.

A great film that's well worth buying.















Monday 10 September 2018...I went to two events tonight...

6.30pm to 7.30pm

TV CHOICE AWARDS 2018 - The Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London W1.

TV Choice is a British weekly TV listings magazine published by H. Bauer Publishing.

Last year I got a great photo here with Penny Lancaster (Rod Stewarts wife).

Always nice to be at this famous five star hotel.

Lots of autograph hunters and showbiz photographers outside the venue as we arrive.

We are here for the red carpet arrivals in the press area before guests sat down for dinner.

Around 400 guests here with black tie for men and women wearing nice dresses.

Lots of well known faces from tv are here.

Danny Dyer collected the Best Soap Actor prize at The TV Choice Awards, joining his daughter Dani Dyer and her boyfriend, fellow Love Island star Jack Fincham, at the annual ceremony. Kelly Brook, Michelle Keegan, Paddy McGuinness, Joey Essex, Kate Garraway, Kem Cetinay, Leigh Francis, Megan Barton Hanson and Wes Nelson also took to the red carpet at The Dorchester where Coronation Street took home Best Soap, Peaky Blinders won Best Drama Series, Call The Midwife collected Best Family Drama, and This Morning was feted with the Best Daytime Show prize, with hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on hand to accept the award.

Also here were ex footballer Dennis Wise, Janet Street Porter, Gloria Hunniford, Linda Robson,

Lisa Snowdon, Nicolas Parsons and a few others.

Complimentary prosecco (previous years was champers) and beers for all reception guests.

www.tvchoicemagazine.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info and pictures.

then

8pm to 11pm

DUKES HOTEL - 110th birthday party - 35 St James's Place, St James's, London SW1.

This year marks 110 years since DUKES LONDON first opened its distinguished doors. One of Mayfair’s most celebrated hotels, the five-star bolthole in St. James’s Place first opened in 1908 as a hotel for dukes and aristocracy.

Around 200 guests here over the two levels of this very smart hotel.

A few of the local Mayfair stores are showing their products.

We have a male singer perform some Rat Pack classics.

For the last hour it got very lively as the dj played tunes.

Complimentary wines, beers, canapés and cup cakes for all guests.

All guests got a nice goodie bag with half a dozen items inside.

www.dukeshotel.com

Visit their website here for more info.

To celebrate their birthday they are having a two course meal for a special price of £19.08

Stay on a Sunday night for only £110 compared to the usual £300 nightly charge.









Sunday 09 September 2018...1.30pm to 9.30pm...

KYLIE MINOGUE headlines BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park, London.

The other acts featuring in the line-up include Lenny Kravitz, Manic Street Preachers, Boyzone,

The Shires, All Saints, Rita Ora, The Band of Love.

As the headliner Kylie Minogue will be last for around 60 mins set...others play 30 to 40 mins...

Most ticket holders get there early as organisers never say the running order until the day so could

easily be Lenny Kravitz or Manic Street Preachers first on at 1.30pm.

Kylie Minogue headlining set will be shown on BBC1 tv on the same evening.

Highlights of the other acts will be on the BBC Red Button over the following week.

Kylie is promoting her new album 'Golden'.

Lenny Kravitz released his 11th album 'Raise Vibration' a couple of days before this show.

I always go to this event as the eight bands are usually big names from different musical genres.

Look at this... at what festival would you have the Manic Street Preachers coming on after Boyzone?

A big crowd of around 50,000 will be there.

I will be there mainly to see Lenny Kravitz, The Manics and Kylie.

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A lovely sunny day compared to some of the previous years of this festival.

Each act has their own band and their own stage production.

Each act has use of the big screens.

Each act is introduced by a couple of the BBC Radio 2 djs.

The robbing bastards here are charging a hefty £10 for a lanyard with the stage times

and a postcard sized booklet...and people were buying them.

LENNY KRAVITZ arrived on stage at 1.35pm for his 30 mins set.

Lenny and his band (including Gail Ann Dorsey on bass) all look super cool as usual.

Lenny wore a floppy hat for most of his set before he got rid of it to shake his dreads and

get out his Flying V guitar for 'Are You Gonna Go My Way'.

A short but very sweet set with four of his classics , a cover and a new album track.

Full Lenny Kravitz setlist played tonight...

Fly Away

American Woman (The Guess Who cover)

Get Up, Stand Up (The Wailers cover)

5 More Days 'Til Summer (live debut)

Let Love Rule

Are You Gonna Go My Way

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RITA ORA arrived on stage at 2.35pm for her 25 mins set.

A decent hits based set with a dozen backing dancers.

Full Rita Ora setlist played tonight...

Your Song

Poison

I Will Never Let You Down

Lonely Together (Avicii cover)

For You (Liam Payne & Rita Ora song)

Anywhere

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THE BAND OF LOVE arrived on stage at 3.20pm and played for 30 mins.

They are a British folk band who played folk covers of disco classics from their album 'Folk Fever'.

Pleasant enough but they should have opened the event rather than Lenny Kravitz.

Full setlist played by them tonight...

We Are Family (Sister Sledge cover)

Born to Be Alive (Patrick Hernandez cover)

Love Don't Live Here Anymore (Rose Royce cover)

Give Me the Night (George Benson cover)

Night Fever (Bee Gees cover)

I'll Put You Together Again (Hot Chocolate cover)

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THE SHIRES arrived on stage at 4.20pm and played for 30 mins.

UK country sensations The Shires have had a very impressive rise over the past few years

where all three of their albums have gone Top 10 in the UK.

A pleasant enough set with many of their biggest tracks.

Full setlist played by The Shires tonight...

Echo

Guilty

State Lines

Nashville Grey Skies

Tonight

A Thousand Hallelujahs

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ALL SAINTS arrived on stage at 5.10pm for their 30 mins set.

Back in the late 90s they were the edgier rivals to The Spice Girls and had several hits.

They are on another comeback tour and play Hammersmith Apollo on 06 Dec.

Great versions of their hits 'Never Ever' and 'Pure Shores' in their set.

Full setlist played by All Saints tonight...

I Know Where It's At

After All

Never Ever

Love Lasts Forever

Pure Shores

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BOYZONE arrived on stage at 6.05pm for their 35 mins set.

Boy band (now man band) Boyzone are on a a 25th anniversary farewell tour during 2018/2019.

Their UK arena tour next year includes dates at The 02 Arena and Wembley Arena.

They have sold over 25 million records worldwide ( singles and albums combined).

They were a bit heavy on the ballads but the girls in the crowd liked them.

Boyzone setlist tonight included their big hits...

Words

When The Going Gets Tough ( Billy Ocean cover)

Love Me For A Reason (The Osmonds cover)

No Matter What

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MANIC STREET PREACHERS arrived on stage at 7.05pm for their 45 mins set.

The Manics have sold over 10 million albums worldwide.

Remember they played Cuba many years before The Rolling Stones did.

They have played a lot of gigs this year but it's always great to see them play live.

James Dean Bradfield plays some nifty guitar and Nicky Wire has his face covered in glitter.

A great set with loads of the classics played and a couple of newer tracks.

Full Manics setlist played tonight...

Motorcycle Emptiness

International Blue

You Stole the Sun From My Heart

Everything Must Go

Your Love Alone Is Not Enough

People Give In

If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next

You Love Us

Hold Me Like a Heaven

A Design for Life

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KYLIE MINOGUE arrived on stage at 8.20pm for her 65 mins set.

A nice production with a giant disco glitter ball and eight dancers (4 M / 4 F).

Kylie looks incredible for her 50 years.

Kylie was joined by Jason Donovan and Rick Astley for a couple of songs.

Pop princess Kylie is always great live.

Full Kylie Minogue setlist played tonight...

Golden

Spinning Around

Got to Be Certain (Acapella/Snippet)

Step Back in Time (Acapella/Snippet)

Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi (Acapella/Snippet)

In Your Eyes

Stop Me From Falling

Can't Get You Out of My Head

The Chain (Fleetwood Mac cover instrumental snippet as Kylie changed outfits)

Especially for You (Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan song) (with Jason Donovan)

The Loco-Motion (Carole King cover)

On a Night Like This

I Should Be So Lucky / Never Gonna Give You Up (with Rick Astley)

Kids (Robbie Williams cover) (with Rick Astley)

Dancing

Love at First Sight

All the Lovers (with ticker tape over the front area of the crowd)







Saturday 08 September 2018.

KEVIN BRIDGES + PAUL McCAFFREY live at Hammersmith Apollo, London.

Scottish comedian Kevin Bridges is playing the third of seven sold out nights at this venue.

Kevin is playing a massive UK tour until mid December with multi-nights in each city.

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I have a perfect view just five rows from the stage in the front stalls.

Support PAUL McCAFFREY i had never heard of before but he took to the stage at 8.05pm

and performed a really good funny set for 30 mins.

KEVIN BRIDGES arrived on stage at 8.55pm and performed for 70 mins.

The biggest new name in Scottish stand-up continues his reign with another show packed with

astute observations and deathly funny gags.

He was soooo funny, with loads of great laugh out loud moments all through the show.

Like Billy Connolly his Scottish accent definitely helps the jokes sound better.

An excellent night of comedy.

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The DVD of the tour will be in stores on 07 Dec 2018...just in time for Christmas.

All his three live DVDs so far have sold over 100,000 copies each.









Fri 07 Sept---Paul McCartney new album 'Egypt Station' is out today.

Fri 07 Sept---Lenny Kravitz new album 'Raise Vibration' is out today







Friday 07 September 2018.

Happy Birthday to CHRISSIE HYNDE who is 67 today.

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40 years ago today.

KEITH MOON died tragically of a drug overdose on September 7, 1978, when he was just 32 years old.







Thursday 06 August 2018.

BARRY MANILOW + COLLABRO live at The 02 Arena, London.

Barry Manilow plays the first of three shows at The 02 Arena.

A bit ambitious by Barry to try and fill three nights at this big venue.

He should have put one night or two nights on sale and see how sales went.

For all three shows the entire upstairs Level 4 is closed off as unsold.

Barry Manilow's career encompasses virtually every area of music, including performing, composing, arranging and producing. A Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Manilow has triumphed in every medium of entertainment. With worldwide record sales exceeding 85 million....singles & albums combined...

Barry has had 13 x Top 40 hit singles and 7 x Top 10 hit albums in the UK charts.

I have seen Barry a few times over the years with the first time in 1993 when I was at one of his

EIGHT shows at The Royal Albert Hall on that tour.

Support act on the tour are Collabro.

Collabro are a UK-based musical theatre group and winners of the eighth series of Britain's Got Talent in 2014. The group consists of Michael Auger, Jamie Lambert, Matthew Pagan and Thomas J. Redgrave

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COLLABRO arrived on stage at 7.30pm and performed for 30 mins.

They are popular in their own right with a few albums released.

The four male singers sung some show tunes to a backing track in a tiny space front of stage.

They were given use of the two big screens at the sides.

Most of the crowd were given green glow sticks as they came in and waved them enthusiastically

during both Collabro and Barry Manilow.

In the interval we had a random 10 minutes comedy turn from SHAUN WILLIAMSON who played

Barry in Eastenders...he was quite funny.

BARRY MANILOW arrived on stage at 8.30pm and performed for 1 hour 40 mins.

Barry was backed by a full band including three backing singers and big screens.

Plastic surgery and heavy make up is keeping him looking a young 75.

His legion of loyal older female fans are here as Barry tells the crowd this is his 23rd

UK tour since 1978 when he played The London Palladium.

Well written songs full of melody keep the crowd singing along.

The first half ticked along nicely and most of his big tunes were in the second half.

Barry changed his sparkly jackets several times during the show.

Barry is not everyone's cup of tea but he always puts on an enjoyable show.

Full Barry Manilow setlist played tonight...

It's a Miracle

Sweet Heaven (I'm in Love Again)

Stay

Daybreak

Looks Like We Made It

Can't Smile Without You

Bermuda Triangle

I Don't Want to Walk Without You

This One's For You

This Is My Town

On Broadway (The Drifters cover)

Even Now

Let's Hang On! (The Four Seasons cover)

Weekend In New England

Could It Be Magic (Disco version)

I Made It Through the Rain

Mandy (Scott English cover)

I Write the Songs (Bruce Johnston cover)

Copacabana (At the Copa)

It's a Miracle (Reprise)









Thursday 06 August 2018.

ERIC CLAPTON and The Who‘s ROGER DALTREY are among the first notable figures to be honored with stars on the Royal Albert Hall’s new Walk of Fame. The rock legends attended an unveiling ceremony Tuesday, September 4, at the famous London venue and were presented with special commemorative plaques.







Thursday 06 August 2018.

Sad news that film legend BURT REYNOLDS has died.

He was one of the most popular actors in the 1970s and 1980s.

Burt Reynolds, the legendary actor with the disarming smile and trademark mustache who starred in iconic films including "Smokey and the Bandit" and "The Longest Yard," has died, Fox News has confirmed. He was 82.

The actor's agent, Todd Eisner, told us Reynolds died Thursday morning from cardiac arrest.

Reynold's Hollywood career skyrocketed in the ‘70s after his breakout film role as Lewis Medlock in 1972’s “Deliverance.”

The star went on to appear in nearly 200 films throughout his lifetime.

He received an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of adult film director Jack Horner in 1997's "Boogie Nights."









Thursday 06 September 2018.

Happy Birthday to ROGER WATERS who is 75 today.









Wednesday 05 September 2018...6.45pm to 9.15pm...

VIDEOGAMES : DESIGN/PLAY/DESIGN - private view - V & Museum, South Kensington, London SW7.

This exhibition delves into one of the most significant design fields of our time, investigating the work of groundbreaking designers, creative player communities and the critical conversations that define the medium today.

Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt explores the medium since the mid-2000s, when major technological advancements, such as increased access to broadband, social media, smart phones and newly available means of making, profoundly changed the way videogames are designed, discussed and played. This change has opened the door to new voices and ideas, allowing the medium to break beyond its perceived boundaries and aspire to new horizons.

Over 300 guests here at The Victoria & Albert Museum.

There are four old school gaming machines set up in the reception area to play with.

At 7.15pm we had a couple of speeches.

From 8.15pm i spent 30 mins wandering through the rooms of the exhibition.

A dozen consoles are there in the final room for guests to play.

A dj playing tunes in the background.

Complimentary Bouvet sparking wines, red wines and tasty canapés for all guests.

www.vam.ac.uk

Visit their website here to buy the £18 admission tickets.









Wednesday 05 September 2018.

FLEETWOOD MAC debut.

The revamped Fleetwood Mac lineup, featuring Mike Campbell of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Neil Finn of Crowded House, made their debut on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today.

They played two classic songs, "The Chain" and "Gypsy," which you can watch on YouTube.

Host Ellen DeGeneres introduced the group by saying that it's sold more than 100 million albums and calling Fleetwood Mac "one of the most iconic bands in music." Finn quickly answered fans' questions about how his voice would fit in place of the departed Lindsey Buckingham by taking the lead on "The Chain."

Campbell then switched guitars in order to play the song's outro solo. For "Gypsy," Campbell pulled double-duty, playing guitar as well as the song's keyboard hook.

See the reaction of the tv audience when they are told they all get a pair of free tickets to see

the band play at The L.A. Forum.

Expect the band to play Europe next year.











Tuesday 04 September 2018...I went to two events today...

3.15pm to 5.15pm.

Speciality & Fine Food Fair 2018 at Olympia, London W14.

Over 200 stands here for this trade and press event.

Focusing on wines, beers, snacks, chocolate, ice-cream etc.

Most of the stands are giving out tasters and as it's the last of the three days many are

giving out their stock to avoid taking it home with them.

Special mention to...

Croatia Fine Food & Drinks

Walkers Finest Shortcake

Master of Mixes - Cocktail Mixers

Stag - Fruit Cake to go with Cheese

Play in Choc - organic chocs in a box with a surprise toy/gift

then

6.30pm to 9pm.

RM Sotheby's Classic Car Auction Preview at The Battersea Evolution, London SW11.

RM Sotheby's auction returns for another year.

Last years sales made over £7 million.

The auction itself is the following day.

Over 500 guests in this massive space.

Over 100 stunning classic cars here,all in immaculate condition.

Porsche, Aston Martin, Rolls- Royce etc and some quirky overseas cars.

Rod Stewart bought a 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 S soon after he became a hitmaker. Now it's been restored and is offered for auction by RM Sotheby's....with a guide price here of a million quid.

There was a great photo of Rod standing by the car back in the day.

Also a 1961 Aston Martin owned by Peter Sellers that has a guide price of three million quid.

Complimentary sparkling wines, wines, beers and canapés for all guests.

www.rmsothebys.com

Check out their website for photos of the cars and auction price estimates.











Happy Birthday to The Pretenders drummer MARTIN CHAMBERS who is 67 today.









Monday 03 September 2018.

High profile dj CHRIS EVANS is leaving BBC Radio 2 after 13 years and will return to Virgin Radio.

BBC figures show the former Top Gear host earns between £1.6 million and £1,669,999. He was the second-highest earner on the corporation’s list, below Gary Lineker. The BBC had to reveal the information under the terms of its new Royal Charter — which led to fears staff would leave rather than see their pay publicised and possibly cut.

In 2016 Rupert Murdoch's News Corp became the new owner of talkRADIO and Virgin Radio in a £220m cash deal.









Monday 03 September 2019.

A very nice double bill of rock legends are playing a UK/Ireland arena tour next year.

OZZY OSBOURNE with special guests JUDAS PRIEST

30 Jan 2019 Dublin, Ireland. 3Arena

01 Feb 2019 Nottingham, U.K. Motorpoint Arena

03 Feb 2019 Manchester, U.K. Manchester Arena

05 Feb 2019 Newcastle, U.K. Metro Radio Arena

07 Feb 2019 Glasgow, U.K. The SSE Hydro

09 Feb 2019 Birmingham, U.K. Genting Arena

11 Feb 2019 London, U.K. The O2, Arena







Monday 03 September 2018.

A very nice double bill are playing a UK/Ireland arena tour next year.

STEELY DAN with special guests STEVE WINWOOD

20 Feb 2019 Glasgow, U.K. The SSE Hydro

21 Feb 2019 Manchester, U.K. Manchester Arena

23 Feb 2019 Birmingham, U.K. Genting Arena

25 Feb 2019 London, U.K. The SSE Arena, Wembley

28 Feb 2019 Dublin, Ireland. 3Arena









Monday 03 September 2018.

Happy Birthday to Sex Pistols 'Guitar Hero' STEVE JONES who is 63 today.







Saturday 01 September 2018...3pm kick off...

Reading 1 Sheffield Wednesday 2

A lovely sunny afternoon in Reading but the same old story.

Reading lose again and are 2nd from bottom after this game.

Respect is due to the hardcore away fans from Sheffield Wednesday.

They sold their full allocation of 2,200 tickets so the result was worth the trek for them











Friday 31 August 2018...I went to two events today...

1.45pm to 6pm.

Concours D' Elegance is held in the superb setting of Hampton Court Palace.

This was the opening VIP / press day for this three day event.

For three days only, the gardens at Hampton Court Palace will be home to over 300 of the finest and rarest motor cars ever to be seen. The crown jewels of the automotive world – 1896 pioneers to present day supercars.

The new 'Future Classics' feature this year looks at the Concours stars of the next few decades. Crowned by the one-off, totally bespoke Rolls-Royce Sweptail, guests will also be able to see the McLaren Senna #001, Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Speedster and V12 Vantage V600.

As we arrive there are tourists everywhere who are here for just Hampton Court Palace.

At the rear is the stunning collection of top notch cars and they look incredible.

Around 1000 people are here mooching around looking at them.

From classic older models to brand new supercars models including Ferrari, Rolls-Royce, Bentley,

Aston Martin, McLaren, Bucatti, Porsche, Lotus, Lamboughini, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz and others.

At 2.45pm we have a procession of around 30 cars which are paraded in front of Prince Michael of Kent.

Each car is given a verbal description of its history before the trophy is given out to the winning car.

At 4pm i was in the hospitality / press marquee for afternoon tea of complimentary

wines, beers, sandwiches, cakes,

The ticket for Concours includes admission to Hampton Court itself so i had a mooch around for an hour

from 5pm onwards wandering through the historic rooms and it's gardens.

A very enjoyable afternoon.

www.concoursofelegance.com

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.

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then

GLEN MATLOCK BAND live at The 100 Club, London.

The band feature Chris Musto on drums and Jim Lowe on bass and legendary guitarist Earl Slick.

Glen plays another London show to promote his new album 'Good to Go'.

This gig is the official launch for the album and Glen will be signing copies of it after the show.

With support from JC Carroll (The Members ) who is playing an acoustic set and first on will be

Thee Unholy Innocents.

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A full house for Glen Matlock & his band tonight.

Lots of folks here i know which is always nice.

First up are garage rockers THEE UNHOLY INNOCENTS who have just released their debut single.

‘White Jesus’ which is taken from the band’s debut album 'Shadows Drag',which is due for release in 2018.

The brainchild of Scottish songwriter Neil Robertson, it also features SIGUE SIGUE SPUTNIK guitarist Neal X, bassist Gavin Jay from JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND and drummer John Russell.

Much better than expected with great vocals and some nifty guitar licks from Neal X in their 25 mins set.

JC from The Members arrived on stage at 9pm and played an acoustic set for 20 mins.

His five songs played included The Members gems 'Offshore Banking Business' , 'Working Girl'

and 'Sound of the Suburbs'.

GLEN MATLOCK BAND arrive on stage at 9.30pm and play for 90 mins.

Seeing them earlier earlier this month at Boisdale is one thing but seeing them at a proper legendary

club venue like this is certainly the perfect place to see them play live.

They play several tracks from the new album along with Sex Pistols and Rich Kids classics and a few covers.

The tracks from the new album all go down well with the crowd.

There was a couple of extra songs in the setlist compared to the Boisdale shows.

Glen is working the crowd well and getting them to sing and clap along.

Guitar legend Earl Slick looks full on rock star cool and plays loads of sublime guitar licks.

For the encores we had special guests including Chris Spedding and Neal X for all three songs

and for the final track Maggi Ronson and JC helped out on backing vocals.

Chris Spedding produced Sex Pistols demos in the 1970s.

By coincidence The Sex Pistols played this date with Glen 42 years ago at The 100 Club on 31 Aug 1976.

An excellent gig.

Full setlist played tonight...

1.Wont Put The Brakes On Me

2.Wanderlust

3.God Save The Queen

4.Sexy Beast

5.Hook in You

6.Speak Too Soon

7.Couldn't Give A Damn

8.Chill

9.Montague Terrace (in Blue)

10.Ghosts of Princes in Towers

11.Happy

12.Blank Generation

13.Born Running

14.Keep on Pushing

Encore :

15.Pretty Vacant (with Chris Spedding and Neal X)

16.Rainy Day Woman (Everybody Must Get Stoned) (with Chris Spedding and Neal X)

17.All or Nothing (with Chris Spedding and Neal X)

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A few minutes after the show Glen was signing copies of the album for fans.









Thursday 30 August 2018...I went to two events tonight...

6.45pm to 8pm.

My Chelsea, 35 Ixworth Place, Chelsea, London, SW3.

A free gig in the very nice lounge bar of this stunning four star boutique hotel.

The Sessions' with a live performance from Joe Chiari and company playing a rare mix of funk, soul and jazz

Singer, songwriter & guitarist Joe Chiari, who recently played British Summer Time Festival in Hyde Park, Glastonbury Festival and the Royal Albert Hall - will be joined by Rich Zbaraski on bass, Dom Anthony on percussion and, Jay Phelps on trumpet, as they tear down the house with two lively and unique sets.

Around 30 guests here in this relaxed and intimate setting.

At 7.05pm they played the first of their two 45 mins set.

I did not see the second set as i had to move on to the next event up the road.

Four musicians on the floor , up nice and close with perfect sound.

Acoustic guitar and vocals, bass guitar, trumpet and bass drum/percussion.

An enjoyable set of jazz, soul and funk cover tunes played.

Great that this small venue is supporting live music by putting live acts on every month...and free to get in.

www.myhotels.com

Visit their website here for more info on future events under their food & drink section.

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then a walk up Fulham Road to this...

8.15pm to 11pm.

THE CHELSEA CORNER - launch party - 451 Fulham Road, London SW10.

This ex pub has had many different owners over the years and is now an Italian bar & restaurant.

It is near to the Esso garage on The Fulham Road if you know the area.

Sex Pistol John Lydon lived two minutes away in the early 1980s ,a top-floor flat he owned at 45 Gunter Grove.

The venue is decorated elegantly with cream and green, to give a light and spacious feel, and lovely dark wood bar which you can sit at. The tables are decorated simply but beautifully - rose gold napkin holder, and gorgeous wine glasses.

Although we are sat down at a table the food served is canapés and small tasting plates rather than

a full three course meal.

We also had complimentary drinks including prosecco, rum cocktails,gin cocktails and wines.

As it's Italian it was a late finish and others were still there when we left.

www.thechelseacorner.com

Visit their website here for more info.











Wednesday 29 August 2018...6.15pm to 10pm...

ALL STAR LANES - showcase - Ariel Way, Shepherds Bush, London W12.

Pretty amazing transformation this area has had over the past decade.

This venue is actually nearer White City tube rather than Shepherds Bush tube.

Last night it was a crazy golf themed bar and tonight it is a ten pin bowling bar.

It has 10 bowling lanes, 2 art deco inspired bars, a whopping 100 cover restaurant, a heated outdoor terrace and a swanky private room, this recently opened venue is located in the extended Westfield White City development.

At the entrance we are greeted by two girls in Virgin Atlantic uniforms.

Over 150 guests here.

There is a four piece band playing semi-acoustic cover versions for 30 mins.

There are also caricaturists, card magicians and a dj.

At 8pm we have a dance duo perform for five minutes.

At 8.20pm there is a raffle to win a pair of flights to USA with Virgin Atlantic.

A small goodie bag for all that included a couple of pairs of Virgin Atlantic socks.

Complimentary prosecco, shots, wines, beers , mini burgers and canapés for all guests.

www.allstarlanes.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info.









Tuesday 28 August 2018...5.30pm to 9.30pm...

SWINGERS WEST END - showcase - 15 John Princes Street, London W1.

A small entrance leads up to a massive space on the first floor of the old BHS flagship building.

The British seaside theme looks great for this crazy golf, bar and restaurant venue.

It is just two minutes from Oxford Circus tube , in a spot somehow even bigger space than their

huge debut venue in the City.

This spot boasts two all-new golf courses, on a par, so to speak, with their original nine-holers – named respectively The Big Wheel Course and the Helter Skelter Course, they’re both 9-holers, packed with moving obstacles, jumps, bumps and loop-the-loops, all designed with a nostalgic nod to the 1920’s English riviera. There’s even a 10 camera, 3D photo podium for team photos, should you feel like commemorating your visit to the past with a brief jaunt into the future.

The 20,000 Sq ft space can host up to 600 guests which gives you an idea of how huge it is up here.

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Around 70 or 80 guests are here at the far end crazy golf course area for the showcase.

We are in a group of five here and we had a great time.

We had a round of nine hole crazy golf which was good fun.

Nice tunes played in the background and a nice buzzy vibe.

Complimentary spirits with mixers, prosecco, wines, beers and lots of tasty food including PATTY & BUN

burgers, pizza, tacos and yummy ice-cream from HACKNEY GELATO.

A great evening.

www.swingersldn.com

Check their website here for more info.













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News and Reviews: 28th August 2018

Tuesday 28 August 2018.

A pub in hipster area Hoxton, East London is selling a pint of beer for over 20 quid.

A trendy pub is selling possibly the country's most expensive draft pint - that costs an astonishing £22.50.

The Craft Beer Co, which has bars across the UK, sell pints of Speedway Stout for more than FIVE TIMES the cost of an average beer.

But drinkers certainly do get a bit more bang for their buck, because the US-brewed stout is a pokey 12% ABV.

Per millilitre, the stout works out as more expensive than a bottle of luxury Belvedere vodka - which cost £45 each.

A barman in the chain's Old Street pub said that the beer, which they are happy pouring as a third of a pint for £7.50, is pricey because of the ingredients.

The beer, which is made in California by San Diego-based AleSmith Brewing Company, contains Blue Mountain Coffee from Hawaii, as well as other expensive ingredients.









Monday 27 August 2018.

Happy Birthday to original Sex Pistols bass player GLEN MATLOCK who is 62 today.

Glen and his band featuring Earl Slick on guitar play The 100 Club this coming Friday to

promote his new solo album 'Good to Go'.









Sunday 26 August 2018...1pm to 7.15pm.

NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL...Day One...

Given that an estimated two million people each year, Notting Hill Carnival totally deserves its reputation as

Europe’s biggest street festival....second in size worldwide to the famous festival in Rio , Brazil...

The annual event is a vivid and thrilling spectacle.

Look out for RED BULL MUSIC x MANGROVE FLOAT on Monday.

and my fave sound systems Mighty Jah Observer and Gaz's Rockin' Blues on both days.

FREE ENTRY GIG on Sunday 26th August / 12pm-7pm

Location: Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance Park

Nearest tube : Westbourne Park (exit only on Carnival days)

Line up for the RED BULL SOUND SYSTEM STAGE

KONSHENS

MALEEK BERRY

AFRO B & TEAM SALUT’S AFROWAVE SOUND

HOODCELEBRITYY

LISA MERCEDEZ

TRILLARY BANKS

SEANIE B’S BRUK OUT

ALICAI HARLEY

IQ

SIR DJ COREY

plus many more acts to be announced on the day...

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At 1pm we get off at Notting Hill Gate tube and slowly walk past the floats,costumes, colour

and loud sounds blaring out and eventually arrive at the RED BULL SOUND SYSTEM STAGE.

It is drizzly rain for most of the day but the crowds are still everywhere.

Despite the 'not very Jamaican weather' the crowd soon fill up the RED BULL stage standing area.

We are right of stage in the RED BULL hospitality area for their guests and press.

We watch half a dozen (see the above list) very lively dancehall acts perform.

Konshens' (who stepped in for Popcaan) dancehall anthems made sure the carnival spirit leaped to an all-time high. His high-octane set-list constructed of fan favorites such as ‘Bruk Off Yuh Back’ and ‘Hard Drive’ showcased an artist who’s at his prime.

Elsewhere, a blinding live set by South London’s Maleek Berry became proof as to why the British-Nigerian sage is rising above the noise of the buzzing global scene right now. Afro wave pioneer Afro B returned to stage for a special performance alongside production trio Team Salut. The collective presented their ‘Afrowave Sound’ session for the masses.

Mixpak bossman Dre Skull also dropped a seamless set, featuring the newest sounds in bashment and reggaeton. He was joined by Tony Matterhorn, Shenseea, and MC Fox who was flying the flag for Manchester.

The line-up’s female talent delivered in force. Rising dancehall voice HoodCelebrityy brought her spitfire lyrics to proceedings. Lisa Mercedez took to the mic – a reminder of why she’s one of the leading figures of the dancehall diaspora. Leicester-based rapper Trillary Banks held her own with a confidence that many established artists can only dream of– a performance which primed the heaving crowd for the day ahead.

Also getting in the carnival spirit, well-known faces in the crowd included Ella Eyre, Clara Amfo, Rebecca Dudley, Yasmin Evans and Snoochie Shy.

All the acts are good at working the crowd up by getting them to 'jump, jump, jump'.

All the acts have a full light show and some flames and smoke shooting up in the air but oddly enough

the stage is not covered which left the artists and equipment open to the elements.

Nice for us to have some shelter and those all important toilets with no queues in the RED BULL area.

Complimentary drinks and food all afternoon including six different RED BULL cocktails,

Red Stripe Lager and some tasty jerk chicken dishes.

A great day.

www.redbull.com

Visit their website here for more info.

www.redbullmusicacademy.com

Visit their website here for more info.









Saturday 25 August 2018...5.30pm to 9.30pm...

KAISER CHIEFS live at The Royal Windsor Racecourse, Berkshire.

The Kaisers will take to the stage after a full afternoon of horse-racing....seven flat races....

I have seen The Kaisers around a dozen times since when their debut album came out.

They have had nine Top 40 hit singles in the UK.

Their six studio albums have all made the UK Top 10 charts including two that were number ones.

www.windsor-racecourse.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.

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I got to the venue at 5.30pm and watched 5 of the 7 horse races.

An afternoon of horse races followed by a name band is certainly a winning combination.

It has become more and more popular over the last few years.

A big crowd of 8000 here with many groups of folks drinking heavily...only saw one fight...

Lots of females here in lovely dresses and heels.

KAISER CHIEFS were on stage from 8.15pm and played for 75 mins.

Seemingly headed for the indie-rock afterlife, the Leeds band had their fortunes resurrected

following frontman Ricky Wilson’s star turn on TV show The Voice a couple of years ago.

Ricky is full of energy and good at getting the crowd on his side.

Loads of their hits played for the crowd to sing along to.

They were a good choice for this beer sodden crowd.

A great show.

Full Kaiser Chiefs setlist played tonight...

Everyday I Love You Less and Less

Everything Is Average Nowadays

Ruffians on Parade

Modern Way

Parachute

Ruby

Hole in My Soul

Good Days Bad Days

Never Miss a Beat

The Angry Mob

I Predict a Riot

Pinball Wizard (The Who cover)

Misery Company

Coming Home

Encore:

Na Na Na Na Naa

Oh My God









Saturday 25 August 2019.

Happy Birthday to KISS bass player Gene Simmons who is 69 today.







Friday 24 August 2018.

BRITNEY SPEARS + PITBULL live at The 02 Arena, London.

Britney Spears plays the first of three sold out shows at The 02 Arena.

Britney Spears is bringing her iconic show 'Piece Of Me' straight from her Las Vegas residency to Europe.

Britney has sold over 100 million records worldwide (albums and singles combined).

I saw her on her last UK tour which was visually great with multiple costume changes

but she only sung one song live.

That one song was a ballad which was the only song where she stood still.

The rest was mimed as she got stuck into some great dancing with her dancers.

Britney has over 20 million followers on Instagram.

Earlier this month she pulled a massive 57,000 crowd for her outdoor gig at Pride, Brighton.

Support comes from American rapper Pitbull.

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One of those shows that is pretty much a mix of all females and gay men.

Steep ticket prices as front floor blocks and Level 1 front blocks are £125 a ticket.

I catch the final 15 mins of the planned 45 mins by the support act PITBALL.

He is backed by a dj with decks and half a dozen scantily clad female dancers.

He had use of the three big screens.

He did a decent job of working the crowd up before Britney with some club tunes.

After a long interval BRITNEY SPEARS took to the stage at 9.05pm and played for 90 mins.

The crowd are all up dancing & screaming from the start.

Many are dressed in Britney stage outfits from her career...including some of the men.

A massive stage production with two side screens showing live footage and a big one in the middle

showing pre-recorded images...along with a few scenery changes and loads of lights and lasers.

There were 16 dancers...8 male and 8 female...

For EVERY song Britney was doing a full dance routine with them...her energy was boundless....

There was a catwalk extension that Britney used often.

A few quick skimpy costumes changes backstage were the only time Britney had a breather.

She is instantly forgiven for things that would would normally sink other stars, such as her

well-known aversion to live singing.

Britney had a head piece microphone on tonight but it was still all clever miming.

Her loyal fans were not bothered by all the miming at all.

Some songs were great and some songs were average but it was a visually mega show.

Full Britney Spears setlist played tonight...

Work Bitch

Womanizer

Break the Ice / Piece of Me

Darkness

...Baby One More Time / Oops!... I Did It Again

If I'm Dancing

Me Against the Music

Gimme More

Clumsy / Change Your Mind (No Seas Cortes)

Scream & Shout

Boys

Do You Wanna Come Over?

Work It / Get Ur Freak On / WTF (Where They From)

Get Naked (I Got a Plan)

I'm a Slave 4 U

Make Me...

Freakshow

Do Somethin'

Magic Circus

Circus

If U Seek Amy

Breathe on Me

Jungle Fever

Toxic

Stronger / (You Drive Me) Crazy

Encore:

Till the World Ends ( with ticker- tape falling over the floor sets)









Friday 24 August 2018.

Sad news that guitarist ED KING has passed away aged 68.

Ed King was an American musician. He was the guitarist for the psychedelic rock band Strawberry Alarm Clock and guitarist and bassist for the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd from 1972 to 1975 and again from 1987 to 1996.

He co-write many of their great songs including 'Sweet Home Alabama'.

I saw Lynryd Skynyrd five times in the period 1975 to 1977 before their fatal plane crash in Oct 1977

that killed original members including their singer.

Lynyrd Skynyrd Hammersmith Odeon ,London 27.10.1975

Lynyrd Skynyrd (BBC Theatre O.G.W.T Special ) Shepherds Bush Empire,London 11.11.1975

Old Grey Whistle Test TV Special at this venue that was BBC owned in the 1970s and 1980s.

Lynyrd Skynyrd,Steve Gibbons Band Hammersmith Odeon, London 15.02.1976

Rolling Stones,10 CC,Lynyrd Skynyrd,Todd Rundgren , Knebworth Music Festival 21.08.1976

Lynyrd Skynyrd,Clover Rainbow Theatre, London 29.01.1977













Thursday 23 August 2018...6pm to 8.30pm...

Vogue X Reserved - party - 252 / 258 Oxford Street, London W1.

A big crowd here as there must be at least 300 guests.

Around 50 male waiters handing out and topping up the drinks.

A dj is playing club tunes in the background.

Oddly for such a big store they do not have any toilets for customers.

Complimentary Nicolas Feuillatte champers and popcorn for all guests.

All guests got a goodie bag with a Reserved Tote cloth bag and a copy of the latest Vogue magazine.

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This store was opened by Kate Moss last year.

As BHS fades into the sunset, fast-growing Polish fashion chain Reserved have taken over one of the failed department store’s most high-profile sites for its maiden outlet in the UK.

The fashion chain, which offers clothing for men, women and kids in much similar a vein to H&M or Zara, has 30,000 sq ft (2,790 sq metre) outlet on the site of BHS’s former Oxford Street store in London.

It may be almost unknown in the UK, but Reserved is part of LPP, one of the fastest growing fashion chains in Europe. Since opening the first Reserved store in 1998, the group has expanded into 18 countries via six chains; from the more upmarket Tallinder to youth brand Cropp....over 450 stores worldwide...

www.reserved.com

Visit the Reserved website here for more info.











Thursday 23 August 2018.

Another interesting interview to watch on YouTube

MITCH MALLOY : Van Halen's Lost Boy

The legacy of Van Halen has never had a shortage of drama or die-hard fans...and rocker Mitch Malloy has a unique place within the still-unfolding drama. Following the ousting of Sammy Hagar from the band Malloy was tapped as the lead singer replacement, but subsequently declined this rock royalty position. For years Mitch Malloy's story was touched on but never fully revealed, mostly by Malloy to avoid conflict with his current musical pursuits. After the publication of "Everybody Wants Some: The Van Halen Saga," which mentions Malloy, fans and media continually asked about his Van Halen experience. This is Mitch's story. Mitch Malloy: Van Halen's Lost Boy.











Wednesday 22 August 2018.

August is one of the quieter months for quality indoor gigs.

This old ROLLING STONES documentary is worth watching when you have a spare hour.

It is up on YouTube over five parts of 10 mins each

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"Tip of the Tongue," is a documentary chronicling the conception and preparations for the innovative 3 show/ 3 venue concept from the recording studio in Paris to Toronto where the band prepares for their "Licks" World Tour.











Monday 20 August 2018...6.30pm to 9.30pm...

CELEBS ON THE FARM - launch party - The Fable, 52 Holborn Viaduct, London EC1.

CELEBS ON THE FARM new series starts on Channel 5 tv (tonight Monday) at 10pm....

Also daily at 10pm on 5Star...

In case you missed out on the early-'00s spectacle that was The Farm, Celebs on the Farm sees eight celebrities learn the ropes and (literally) muck in while staying at a Sussex farm.

Farmer Chris Jeffery puts the stars through their unprepared paces, including TOWIE's Bobby Norris and Megan McKenna, dancer Louie Spence and Gogglebox's Sandi Bogle.

Former Strictly pro Gleb Savchenko is also in his wellies, along with actress Lorraine Chase, British Judo Champion Ashley McKenzie and Ex on the Beach's Charlotte Dawson.

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The Fable is a fairytale-inspired bar and restaurant from Drake and Morgan.

The venue is nicely furnished with straw bales for everyone to sit on.

Former TOWIE star and country singer Megan Mckenna stepped out to celebrate her part in another reality show, joining Ashley McKenzie, Charlotte Dawson, Gleb Savchenko, Lorraine Chase, Louie Spence and Sandi Bogle for the Celebs on the Farm TV launch party. The group posed with farmhouse animals including goats and rabbits, before watching a preview of the new Channel 5 show.

The clips we were shown had many hilarious moments that had the crowd laughing & cheering.

Megan McKenna looked great as she posed for the several photographers outside the venue.

Charlotte Dawson is the daughter of comedy legend Les Dawson and his widow Tracy was here.

Also here was farmer Chris Jeffrey and stand-up comedian Stephen Bailey who is hosting the new series.

Complimentary cocktails, prosecco, wines, beers, burgers , canapés and desserts for all guests.











Monday 20 August 2018.

Happy Birthday to ROBERT PLANT who is 70 today.

I saw Led Zeppelin in 1975 at Earls Court as well as their big re-union show at The 02 Arena in 2007.

I have seen Robert Plant solo over 15 times since 1983.

PHIL LYNOTT would have been 69 today.

I first saw Thin Lizzy in 1975 when they supported Bachman Turner Overtime at Hammersmith Odeon.

Amazingly i saw Phil with Thin Lizzy 23 times which included their final show with Phil

when they headlined The Reading Festival in August 1983.









Saturday 18 August 2018..3pm - READING 0 BOLTON 1.

Looks like i will be watching Reading more than QPR this season.

Both Reading and QPR have had a bad start to the new season.

It's the third game of the Championship season and Reading lose again after back-to-back defeats against

Derby County and Nottingham Forest.

Reading had a couple of good chances but Bolton were the better team today.

Today's attendance before kick-off was 13,318 with 856 away fans.

QPR got slaughtered 7-1 by West Brom so they go bottom instead of Reading.

QPR and Reading managers must be thinking they could be sacked soon, if results don't improve.

They play each other on 02 Oct so that game should be very interesting.









Friday 17 August 2018...I went to two events tonight...

6pm to 8.30pm

STREET FEAST at Hawker House - showcase - Surrey Quays Road, London SE16.

Around 300 guests here at this massive space that is outside as well as inside.

There are several street food vendors and several bars offering different drinks.

You can play table tennis, pool , shoot hoops etc.

There is a dj playing in the background.

Complimentary rum cocktails, wines, beers and full portions of food for all guests.

I had some very tasty fried chicken and fries from MOTHER CLUCKER (buttermilk soaked, twice battered )

Also some very nice beef steak strips with peppercorn sauce from SALT SHED.

The Canada Water street food mega-market open every Friday and Saturday from 5pm to Late.

Food, booze and grooves – Families welcome.

It is three minutes walk from Canada Water tube station.

www.streetfeast.com

Visit the Street Feast website for more info on their six sites around London.

then

THE TEARAWAYS live at Nells Jazz & Blues, West Kensington, London W14.

The Tearaways were part of the New York power pop scene of the early 1980s.

The Tearaways featuring Clem Burke, John Finseth, John Ferriter, Greg Brallier & Dave Hekhouse.

CLEM BURKE of course is the legendary drummer with Blondie.

Blondie drummer Clem Burke has been playing them a couple of years and is with them tonight.

Pretty amazing the amount of bands Clem has drummed with over the years besides Blondie.

I saw him with The Plimsouls who are another American power pop band when I was on holiday

in Barcelona in May 1997.

The Tearaways released this debut single “Sounds like…” in 1981. After a hiatus the band started again in the 1990’s releasing a series of CD’s and released “The Early Mankey Sessions” in 2014.

Influenced by 1960's counterculture, The Tearaways combine the rock music subgenre of the British Invasion, lead most notably by the Beatles with the sunshine pop and surf music of the likes of the Beach Boys.

I was at their debut London show at The 100 Club this time last year.

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For a low key club there was a lot of well known names here including Glen Matlock, Chris Spedding,

Tony Hadley and major showbiz agent Jonathan Shalit is with Lizzie Cundy and Bruno Tonioli.

THE TEARAWAYS arrived on stage at 9.30pm and played for around 85 mins.

Mainly their own catchy power pop material along with a few covers.

Songs from the new “Anthems” album, coupled with “Esquire” and the “Earle Mankey Sessions” albums.

Great melodies and harmonies throughout and plenty of stunning drumming from Clem Burke.

An enjoyable show.

Setlist tonight included...

Do You Remember Rock n Roll Radio? (Ramones cover)

Name That Tune

I Love My Life

John Wayne

Call Me (Blondie cover)

Girls Who Love Cars

Encore :

You Should Be Dancing (Bee Gees cover)











Thursday 16 August 2018....I went to two events tonight...

6.45pm to 8.45pm

KISS x Billie Faiers - launch party - Marylebone Hotel, Welbeck Street , London W1.

KISS Nails & Lashes announce Billie Faiers as their new brand ambassador.

Around 150 guests here with maybe 90% female as expected.

Thankfully i am with a couple of female friends as it was very girly here.

Billie Faiers was the star of the party as she celebrated her new role as ambassador of KISS Nails and Lashes at The Marylebone Hotel. The former TOWIE star was joined by her co-star Jessica Wright, as well as Love Island's Laura Crane, Francine Lewis, Annaliese Dayes, Hayley Palmer, Georgie Clarke, Annabel Giles and Lizzie Cundy.

A band in the corner played several cover versions and there was a dj too.

Girls can get their nails and lashes done for free.

Complimentary prosecco, rum cocktails, vodka cocktails , canapés and ice-cream for guests tonight.

A huge goodie bag here with their full range of nails & lashes inside so over 20 items worth over £100,

so i will put it to good use for friends & family.

then

9.15pm to 10.30pm

CRISPIN - launch party - Whites Row, Spitalfields, London E1.

The duo behind the Lundenwic coffee shop and Borough Market’s Scotchtails take things to the next level with their latest project, an all-day eatery housed in an East London ‘zinc and glass kite’, with low intervention wines, local produce and even a ‘listening bar’.

This stand alone venue is stunning in design.

Maybe 60 guests here.

Opening offer in August of £1 coffees and 50% off food.

Complimentary wines, beers and canapés for guests tonight.

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I was on the guest list for this one but sadly it was the same time as above girly event so did not get along.

Proud Central - private view of Audrey Hepburn: Beyond the Screen.

Photography by Terry O’Neill, Norman Parkinson, Bob Willoughby, Eva Sereny, Mark Shaw and Douglas Kirkland will all be featured in the exhibition, which marks 25 years since Hepburn’s death at the age of 63.

Proud Central Gallery

32 John Adam Street

London

WC2N 6BP











Thursday 16 August 2018.

ARETHA FRANKLIN has sadly passed away aged 76.

Aretha Franklin, 'The Queen of Soul" known for hits like Respect and Think, has died in Detroit aged 76.

The legendary singer was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 and announced last year she was retiring from music.

Franklin won 18 Grammys, and had 17 Top Ten US chart hits over a music career spanning seven decades.

Aretha was one of the few legendary artists I never saw live which was mainly due to her fear of flying

after an incident in 1984 when she vowed she would never leave North America again by plane.













Thursday 16 August 2018.

Happy Birthday to MADONNA who is 60 today.

Tomorrow (Friday) BBC4 tv are dedicating two programmes to her in tribute.

10pm

Documentary charting Britain's relationship with Madonna, examining the influence Madonna has had on British music and fashion, and how she provoked a debate over sexual and gender politics - inspiring a generation of women, whilst remaining a huge gay icon. The film follows a group of fans on their journey to Barcelona for the first night of Madonna's Drowned World Tour and finds out what Madonna means to them. Contributors include backing singer Donna DeLory, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Rosanna Arquette, Mel C, Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue, Hear'Say and Janet Street-Porter.

11pm

Madonna live in concert - Rebel Heart World Tour 2015/2016.

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Having sold more than 300 million records worldwide, Madonna is recognised as the best-selling female

recording artist of all time by Guinness World Records.

I have seen Madonna live around a dozen times since 1987....always a fantastic visual show....











Wednesday 15 August 2018.

AEROSMITH have confirmed that they will play a total of 18 shows in Las Vegas in 2019.

The band will take to the stage at the Park Theater at the new Park MGM resort in the city throughout April, June and July next year for a run of performances under the 'Deuces Are Wild' banner.

Aerosmith are one of the rare bands with all five members still there from their 1970s line-up.

Aerosmith celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2019.









Tuesday 14 August 2018.

We went for a drive out to Berks and Bucks to visit Windsor and a showcase at Hedsor House, Taplow.

1pm to 5pm...Windsor, Berkshire.

We had a very nice afternoon in Windsor including a visit to Windsor Castle.

Even more tourists than usual here due to The Royal Wedding a couple of months ago.

We walked across the bridge to Eton.

Always great to have a proper wander around Windsor every so often.

then

5.30pm to 7pm...Hedsor House - showcase - Taplow, Bucks.

A right Royal history. This manor house was originally designed by Sir William Chambers, the architect of Somerset House, with the help of King George III and Queen Charlotte. They were captivated by Hedsor's picturesque position high above the River Thames and its proximity to London..the current house on the site was completed in 1868.

Hedsor House remained as the Boston family's country house until early in the 20th century, during which time Queen Victoria was said to be a frequent visitor to the house and its beautiful surrounding parkland.

It is available to hire for corporate events and weddings...it has also been used in film and tv.

It featured Tom Hardy in the 2015 film Legend and in 2016 as the mansion George Clooney is kidnapped to in a Nespresso advert.

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The Taplow area has many large country estates including Cliveden House and Taplow House.

A stunning entrance with a long drive as we wind half a mile or so to the car park and entrance.

A stunning house over three floors with over a dozen rooms, a ballroom, sunken gardens etc , set in 85 acres.

Everything here looks luxurious and immaculate.

Folks with a few extra quid hold their weddings here...would be pricey.

Would be very tricky to get here without a car.

Complimentary prosecco, coffees, teas and canapés for around 100 guests.

www.hedsor.com

Visit the Hedsor website here for more info.











Monday 13 August 2018.

Some facts about IRON MAIDEN who i have seen over 30 times including just a couple of days ago.

In the 1980s they would always rather play multi-nights at Hammersmith Odeon than play Wembley Arena.

In Nov 1986 I saw all six of their Hammersmith Odeon shows on that tour.

Oddly enough that the support band for those shows were Samson who were Bruce Dickinson's band

before he joined Iron Maiden.

I saw Bruce Dickinson sing with Samson in 1979 and 1980.

I saw Iron Maiden in 1980 when Paul Di'Anno was their singer before Bruce Dickinson.

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I was at this mega gig 30 years ago this month.

Iron Maiden,KISS,David Lee Roth ,Megadeth,Guns And Roses,Helloween Monsters Of Rock Festival , 20.08.1988

Iron Maiden did a superb full 2 hour set. KISS did 75 mins set ( no make up ) David Lee Roth did a mega 60 mins . sadly a death when GnR played .









Sunday 12 August 2018.

Any regulars that go to events at The 02 Arena in London will know that

drinks & food are a total rip-off but they have defied belief by having yet another price increase.

They now charge £7 for a pint of lager, yes £7...total thievery.

Best to drink outside the venue or not at all if you can.









Friday 10 August 2018

On this day in KISSTORY - August 10, 1973 -KISS auditioned for their soon to be manager Bill Aucoin at the Crystal Ball Room of the Hotel Diplomat in New York City.

Bill Aucoin: When I first saw KISS at the Hotel Diplomat in 1973 they didn't have much of a show. They had the red beacons, a couple of amps. They were wearing black jeans. No one could afford leather. The show was just a regular rock 'n' roll show except they had spontaneity. They wanted to do something different and they wanted it very badly. That kind of devotion is worth more than anything. It's so special and you start picking up on it. I saw that magic in them.

When i first went to New York in Sept 1979 i headed for a two week stay at Hotel Diplomat as KISS and

The New York Dolls had played there.

During my stay there i saw The Buzzcocks playing in the same ballroom KISS had played in.

Hotel Diplomat is no longer there.









Friday 10 August 2018.

IRON MAIDEN + KILLSWITCH ENGAGE live at The 02 Arena, London.

Iron Maiden play the first of two sold out shows here.

These are the final dates on their European Tour.

Expect a nice big stage production.

I have seen Iron Maiden over 30 times since 1980 when they were a support band to Judas Priest at

Hammersmith Odeon and throughout the 1980s they headlined Hammersmith Odeon many times.

Not sure why , but I did not see their shows at The 02 Arena in May 2017 on their last UK tour.

Iron Maiden are one of the biggest metal bands in the world with over 100 million album sales worldwide.

Support band are Killswitch Engage who are an American metalcore band.

They have released seven studio albums and sold over 4 million albums worldwide.

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Get to the venue and as per usual with Maiden fans the merch stands are doing a roaring trade.

Every other person seems to be wearing an Iron Maiden t-shirt.

I caught the last 15 mins of support band KILLSWITCH ENGAGE.

Heavy metal guitar riffs were ok but the shouty aggressive vocals were not my cup tea.

They finished with a cover of 'Holy Diver' so not sure what Ronnie James Dio would have thought of that.

The majority of Maiden fans did not seem that impressed and the band barely got applause when they finished.

IRON MAIDEN had the great full tape intro of UFO's 'Doctor Doctor ' then a famous Churchill speech and

then they came on stage at 9pm and played for around 1 hour 50 mins.

There is a big screen showing great pre-recorded images and two side screens showing live footage.

Iron Maiden’s Legacy of the Beast tour has to be one of their most visually extravagant show ever. Their mascot, Eddie, appears first as a 12-foot trooper, swordfighting with singer Bruce Dickinson, and then as a stage-dwarfing demon. There are pyrotechnics, a giant noose and a vast model of Icarus. Most eye-popping of all is the 90% lifesize model of a second world war Spitfire, which “flies” over the stage for the opening track and almost takes out drummer Nicko McBrain with its tailfin.

Lots of lights as usual as Bruce sweats his nuts off running around the stage and the other members

swop positions on stage throughout the evening and Janick Gers does his funny guitar theatrics.

The first half had a few lesser known tunes but the second half was a superb batch of Maiden anthems.

An excellent show from Iron Maiden.

Full Iron Maiden setlist played tonight...

Tape intro : Doctor Doctor (UFO song)

Video intro : Churchill's Speech

Aces High

Where Eagles Dare

2 Minutes to Midnight

The Clansman

The Trooper

Revelations

For the Greater Good of God

The Wicker Man

Sign of the Cross

Flight of Icarus

Fear of the Dark

The Number of the Beast

Iron Maiden

Encore:

The Evil That Men Do

Hallowed Be Thy Name

Run to the Hills

Tape outro : Always Look on the Bright Side of Life (Monty Python song)

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Amazingly a fan has put this entire show up on YouTube the following morning.









Thursday 09 August 2018...I went to three events today...

2.30pm to 6pm.

Great British Beer Festival at Olympia, London.

I went back here for the second time...it is on until Saturday.

Britain's flagship beer festival returns to Olympia London. Living up to its reputation as ‘Britain’s ultimate beer festival,' The Great British Beer Festival will showcase over 900 real ales and other craft beers including ciders, perries, fine wines and gin.

Greene King - Great British Beer Festival’s headline sponsor is set to bring its iconic 5X brew to the festival.

Live entertainment on each day for the big crowd of 5000 expected.

Thursday is Planet Rock Day and i saw two of the six bands who played throughout the day.

Mollie Marriott and Danny Bryant.

Around 500 of the 5000 crowd are watching the bands play at one end.

MOLLIE MARRIOTT and band were on at 3.20pm and played for 40 mins.

Mollie is the daughter of rock legend Steve Marriott (Humble Pie and Small Faces) who sadly

died in a house fire back in 1991.

With long blonde hair and thigh high black suede boots , she looked the part.

Mollie played some decent tracks from her album 'Truth is a Wolf'.

Mollie also played cover versions by Aretha Franklin and Tom Petty.

DANNY BRYANT and band were on at 4.30pm and played for 45 mins.

Danny Bryant has released several albums over his career.

He played some really good blues guitar and his band included nice boogie woogie piano.

A couple of blues covers in the set as well.

www.gbbf.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.

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then

6.30pm to 7.30pm

arc. - private view - Herrick Gallery,93 Piccadilly, London W1.

Around 100 guests here inside and outside the gallery.

arc. brings together the work of Fani Parali, Victor Seaward, Mark Corfield Moore and Nathaniel Faulkner and is Kristian Day Gallery’s second collaboration with Herrick Gallery.

Incorporating film, tapestry, installation, 3D printing and sculpture arc. explores notions of communication, code, ritual, material and process.

Complimentary wines and beers for all guests.

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then

7.45pm to 11pm

1883 magazine 'Royalty' issue party - Cuckoo Club, Swallow Street, London W1.

This was the venue where i saw Guns & Roses play a 75 mins set in 2006 after they played Wembley Arena.

Around 150 guests here including Martin Chambers from The Pretenders.

Martin played drums on the soon to be released new Razorlight album.

1883 magazine celebrates all that is new & exciting in the world of fashion, music, film & arts.

RAZORLIGHT arrive on stage at 9.40pm and played a five song hits based 20 mins set.

Four hit singles and a new track.

There is no stage and Razorlight are playing on the floor in the corner.

We are just a few feet from them as they played a lively set that went down well.

1.In The Morning

2.Golden Touch

3.Before I Fall to Pieces

4.Carry Yourself

5.America (dedicated to President Trump)

Fat Tony was the dj after Razorlight finished their set - he is Kate Moss fave dj.

It got very lively so we had a boogie on the dance floor.

Complimentary prosecco, Stoli vodka cocktails, Cenote tequila cocktails, Bayou rum cocktails for guests.

A great event.

www.1883magazine.com

Visit their website here for more info.











Tuesday 07 August 2018...I went to two events today...

3.30pm to 5pm

Great British Beer Festival at Olympia, London W14.

Britain's flagship beer festival returns to Olympia London. Living up to its reputation as ‘Britain’s ultimate beer festival,' The Great British Beer Festival will showcase over 900 real ales and other craft beers including ciders, perries, fine wines and gin.

Greene King - Great British Beer Festival’s headline sponsor is set to bring its iconic 5X brew to the festival.

Live entertainment on each evening for the big crowd of around 5000 daily.

Today was the opening day for trade and press until 5pm.

All the beers have a description so you can read before you try and part of the fun is buying a third of a pint.

Lots of street food vendors here that are selling all types of food.

Lots of traditional pub games to play including skittles etc.

Lots of pub merch and memorabilia on sale.

Lots of seating all around the venue.

www.gbbf.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.

then

STEVEN TYLER & THE LOVING MARY BAND live at The Forum, London.

Legendary singer of rockers Aerosmith plays a one off UK show at the end of his European Tour.

This will be his first ever solo show in the UK.

The setlist will mix Aerosmith classics, choice cover versions and tracks from his country tinged solo album.

I have seen Aerosmith over a dozen times since 1976 at Hammersmith Odeon when they played

their first ever London show.

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Needless to say i was really looking forward to this show as this was a 'must see gig'.

Steven Tyler live at The Forum for just 2300 fans is one of those ' I was there' gigs.

Apart from a secret gig at The Marquee Club in 1990 after a Monsters of Rock show , Aerosmith

have only played arenas and big festivals in the UK over the past 30 years.

The show was slow at selling out due to steep ticket prices of £130 and £100 but it sold out a couple of days

before the show and as it was scorching during the day the venue is very hot & humid inside.

STEVEN TYLER & THE LOVING MARY BAND arrived on stage at 9.05pm and played for around 80 mins.

On stage for only 80 mins seemed a bit short but this was a classic case of quality over quantity as

Steven Tyler oozed A-list rock star charisma for the entire show as he played a crowd pleasing set featuring

loads of Aerosmith classics and covers that Aerosmith play live and not too many tracks from the new album.

Even at the grand old age of 70, Steven Tyler still looks incredible.

Long hair, big mouth, all his nails painted, rock n roll jewellery...along with his trademark scarves on the microphone.

Kind of odd not seeing Joe Perry and co backing him and his band tonight included

females playing drums and bass and most songs had three guitars but a few had two guitars...and a banjo.

Thankfully the band sound 'more rock than country'.

We have three big screens showing live footage including great close-ups of Steven Tyler.

Steven Tyler on piano for a stunning version of 'Dream On'.

Encore was a mega version of 'Walk This Way' and a minute of 'Whole Lotta Love'.

He could have played a full version of the classic Led Zep cover to make the set a bit longer.

A short but excellent show.

Full Steven Tyler setlist played tonight...

Sweet Emotion (Aerosmith song)

Cryin' (Aerosmith song)

I'm Down / Oh! Darling (The Beatles cover)

Come Together (The Beatles cover)

Rattlesnake Shake (Fleetwood Mac cover)

Jaded (Aerosmith song)

Only Heaven

Mercedes Benz (Janis Joplin cover)

Piece of My Heart (Erma Franklin cover)

We're All Somebody From Somewhere

Livin' on the Edge (Aerosmith song)

Janie's Got a Gun (Aerosmith song)

Dream On (Aerosmith song) (followed by band introductions)

Train Kept A-Rollin' (Tiny Bradshaw cover)

Encore:

Walk This Way (Aerosmith song)

Whole Lotta Love (Led Zeppelin cover ) (one minute snippet as outro)











Monday 06 August 2018.

The Official Top 8 biggest VINYL albums of 2018 so far...

Amazing how many classic older albums are still selling on vinyl.

1 TRANQUILITY BASE HOTEL & CASINO ARCTIC MONKEYS

2 RUMOURS FLEETWOOD MAC

3 THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON PINK FLOYD

4 THE GREATEST SHOWMAN MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING

5 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - AWESOME MIX 2 ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK

6 NEVERMIND NIRVANA

7 STAYING AT TAMARA'S GEORGE EZRA

8 WHAT'S THE STORY MORNING GLORY OASIS











Sunday 05 August 2018...6.15pm to 8.45pm...

My band from the early 1980s - Gun Control - are having our 5th rehearsal in North Acton.

It was our first rehearsal for over a month due to holidays and stuff.

Things going a bit slow as we cannot get our original singer up from Southend where he now lives.

Our new singer is doing a good job.

Hopefully there will be a couple of gigs just before Christmas.

















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News and Reviews: 7th August 2018

Monday 06 August 2018.

The Official Top 8 biggest VINYL albums of 2018 so far...

Amazing how many classic older albums are still selling on vinyl.

1 TRANQUILITY BASE HOTEL & CASINO ARCTIC MONKEYS

2 RUMOURS FLEETWOOD MAC

3 THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON PINK FLOYD

4 THE GREATEST SHOWMAN MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING

5 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - AWESOME MIX 2 ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK

6 NEVERMIND NIRVANA

7 STAYING AT TAMARA'S GEORGE EZRA

8 WHAT'S THE STORY MORNING GLORY OASIS











Sunday 05 August 2018...6.15pm to 8.45pm...

My band from the early 1980s - Gun Control - are having our 5th rehearsal in North Acton.

It was our first rehearsal for over a month due to holidays and stuff.

Things going a bit slow as we cannot get our original singer up from Southend where he now lives.

Our new singer is doing a good job.

Hopefully there will be a couple of gigs just before Christmas.









Saturday 04 August 2018.

Visit The Sex Pistols website link on the right to see my review of Glen Matlock @ Boisdale,

along with a nice photo of Glen Matlock and Earl Slick.

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Jimmy Page never let anyone in his Holland Park Grade 1 listed house that he bought back in 1972.

That has now changed.

Led Zeppelin guitar legend Jimmy Page invited Channel 4 news into his house for a look around.

This follows a couple of articles in newspapers & magazines.

William Burges, who designed the house, entertained his arty friends there in the 1870s.

'The Tower House' has stunning rooms with some incredible looking features.

You can see why it looks a bit delicate if neighbours start excavating.

No doubt this is to gain public sympathy in the planning row with his neighbour Robbie Williams

who wants to build a basement complex including a swimming pool.











Friday 03 August 2018... I went to three events tonight...

4.30pm to 6.30pm

RENAULT CLIO : Play, Pause, Rewind - I Love The 90s Party, 136 High Holborn, London WC1.

Renault are hosting a '90s throwback party ' to celebrate their popular Clio car.

The Renault Clio is a supermini car, produced by the French automobile manufacturer Renault. It was launched in 1990, and was in its fourth generation in 2012. The Clio has had substantial critical and commercial success, being consistently one of Europe's top-selling cars since its launch,and it is largely credited with restoring Renault's reputation and stature after a difficult second half of the 1980s. The Clio is one of only three cars, the others being the Volkswagen Golf and Opel Astra, to have been voted European Car of the Year twice, in 1991 and 2006.

On display is a Renault Clio from 1990 and the latest model that is in showrooms now.

A full 1990s theme going on here with family games from that time, posters everywhere from The Spice Girls,

Friends, Wayne's World etc, a dj playing tunes from the 1990s.

A couple of girls with Polaroid cameras are taking photos of guests and handing them out.

The girls here can get their nails done for free.

Complimentary canapés, snacks, soft drinks, desserts,lollies, sweets etc from the 1990s but no alcohol here.

then

6.45pm to 8.15pm

COCKTAILS IN THE CITY - Bedford Square Gardens, London WC1.

Around 500 folks are here in this private outdoor garden space.

It was scorching during the day but it was nice and cool in the evening outside.

Over 20 quality bars are here showcasing their cocktails.

Entry is £20 and includes a cocktail.All other cocktails after that are £7.50 each.

Lots of top notch food here too....although a bit expensive.

Our press invite got us two complimentary cocktails each so we had a couple of cocktails at COTTON'S

RUM SHACK and then BARRIO BARS (they have four London bars in Angel, Soho, Shoreditch, Brixton).

There is a dj here and cocktail making classes etc.

www.cocktailsinthecity.com

For more info and to buy tickets for Saturday 05 August 2018.

then

GLEN MATLOCK + EMILY CAPELL live at Boisdale, Canary Wharf, London E14.

Sex Pistols legend Glen and his band play the final night of his five shows at this venue.

Back to see Glen for the second time this week as it is a great show.

Again there are lots of folks here i know which is nice.

Singer Patti Palladin is here who recorded a great album with Johnny Thunders.

'Copy Cats' is a 1988 album by Johnny Thunders and Patti Palladin.

It is a set of rock and roll oldies, originally recorded from 1954 to 1969.

Chris Musto's current band mates from The Bermondsey Joyriders are here.

EMILY CAPELL played a few sings again before Glen came on.

As it was the last night, Earl Slick joined her on guitar for one song.

GLEN MATLOCK & band arrived on stage at 9.50pm and played the same 80 mins set as Monday.

He came on stage later tonight as it was a Friday.

We are standing left of stage with a great close up view.

As it was a Friday night the crowd were a bit more livelier than on Monday.

Glen tears into the tracks from the new album which is out in September.

Earl Slick guitar playing is sublime and stunning.

Needless to say 'God Save The Queen' and 'Pretty Vacant' were mega.

Another great show.

Glen chatted to fans and signed stuff just a few minutes after the show.

Glen gave me a signed copy of the new album.

More shows are planned for the rest of the year...hopefully Earl Slick can make them.











Thursday 02 August 2018...6.30pm to 10.30pm...

SOUL OF ANGOSTURA - press showcase - Cottons Rum Shack & Restaurant, 55 Chalk Farm Road, London NW1.

COTTONS is a colourful laid-back environment offering a taste of island life with Caribbean dishes and drinks.

It is just two minutes walk from The Roundhouse and bigger than it looks from the outside.

ANGOSTURA is one of the Caribbean's leading rum producers with a superb collection of rum brands and is the world's market leader for bitters.

ANGOSTURA bitter is a concentrated bitters, or botanically infused alcoholic mixture, made of water, 44.7% ethanol, gentian, herbs and spices,by House of Angostura in Trinidad and Tobago. It is typically used for flavouring beverages including cocktails such as Bloody Mary, Manhattan, Old Fashioned, Pink Gin, Pisco Sour, Rum Swizzle, Singapore Sling etc.

It is also used in food.

The bitters were first produced in the town of Angostura (Ciudad Bolívar, Venezuela) (hence the name), but do not contain angostura bark. The bottle is easily recognisable by its distinctive oversized label. 'Angostura' is Spanish for 'narrowing', the town of Angostura having been located at the first narrowing of the Orinoco River.

The award winning Angostura can be bought in stores including Tesco.

We are sat in the upstairs area (they have a basement area too).

At 7pm we had an introduction on the history of ANGOSTURA rum & bitters.

We had a fantastic selection of drinks and Caribbean food here tonight that was hugely enjoyable.

Jerk Buffalo Chicken Wings

Salt Fish Fritters

Chana Dhal Doubles with mango & Angostura dressing

Angostura Bitters Battered Cod with cassava fries & pineapple rum tartar sauce

Ginger Cake served with Angostura jelly and pomegranate rum reduction

Cottons Bitter Sweet cocktails including Angostura No. 7

Camden Swizzle cocktails including Angostura No.7

Tastings of their premium rums that were smooth and delicious

Cottons Rum Week is held Mon 13 Aug to Sun 19 Aug and will include special events,

rum tastings and masterclasses.

www.cottons-restaurant.co.uk

Visit the COTTON'S website here for more info.

www.angostura.com

Visit the ANGOSTURA website here for more info.











Wednesday 01 August 2018...I went to two events tonight...

6.45pm to 7.45pm

HORIZN STUDIOS - pop up store launch party - 15 Bateman Street, Soho, London W1.

Premium travel luggage and smart accessories brand with meaningful features.

Innovative design products created for everything the modern traveller needs.

They come with a big price as the smallest suitcase costs around £300.

Around 150 guests here with many outside as it was too hot inside the venue.

Faces here included Pam Hogg and Brix Smith-Start.

Female dj Henri was playing tunes in the corner.

Complimentary drinks included two different cocktails and beers along with canapés.

www.horizn-studios.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info.

then

7.50pm to 9.30pm.

MR FOGGS - opening launch party - 48 Newman Street, Fitzrovia, London W1.

Mr Foggs open their fourth bar.

Mr Fogg’s is a very British heritage brand based around the Victorian traveler, Phileas Fogg. The Jules Vernes novel, ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’, is the cornerstone of the Mr Fogg’s narrative brought to life in all its venues. Whilst there is a clear sense of eccentricity and fun, Mr Fogg’s is an award winning brand famed for the high quality of its innovative drinks, food and immaculate service standards.

Mr Fogg’s menu is a unique interpretation of ‘Victorian Cocktailian Culture’.

They have converted the tired old pub that was here up to their standard look with staff dressed from

the Victorian period.

Around 50 guests are upstairs for the launch party as at ground level it is for paying punters.

Complimentary drinks included two different cocktails, prosecco, wines, beers, along with some canapés.

www.mr-foggs.co.uk

Visit the Mr Foggs website here for more info.











Wednesday 01 August 2018.

Iconic music group Sister Sledge have announced plans for a feature film based on the lives of the legendary four sisters from Philadelphia, who rose to prominence and found worldwide success with the release of the remarkable We are Family album. Entitled Life Song, based on the memoirs of one of the founding members Kim Sledge, the biographical film will delve into the story behind music’s most famous sisters.

Boasting an abundance of timeless classics, Sister Sledge are behind decade defining hits such as ‘Lost In Music’, ‘He’s The Greatest Dancer’, ‘Thinking of You’ and the seminal classic ‘We are Family’. Originally formed of sisters Debbie, Joni, Kathy and Kim Sledge, Sister Sledge’s genre diverse discography spans jazz, soul, gospel, disco, and R&B.











Wednesday 01 August 2018.

Happy Birthday to Def Leppard vocalist Joe Elliot who is 59 today.







Tuesday 31 July 2018.

New York Doll guitarist Sylvain Sylvain turned up at Glen Matlock's Tuesday show at Boisdale.









Monday 30 July 2018.

GLEN MATLOCK + EMILY CAPELL live at Boisdale, Canary Wharf, London E14.

Sex Pistols legend plays the first of five intimate full band shows, which will include Earl Slick on guitar.

He will play Sex Pistols classics alongside solo material and his fave cover versions.

Matlock will be promoting his new album 'Good to Go' which features his mates' Earl Slick from

David Bowie's band and Slim Jim Phantom from Stray Cats.

Glen & Earl will be joined by Chris Musto {The Philistines, Johnny Thunders} on drums

and Jim Lowe, who produces the Stereophonics, is going to play bass.

The new album is out on 21 Sept 2018.

Tickets are £25 general admission or extra to include a three course dinner before the show.

www.boisdale.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.

Visit the Sex Pistols website link on the right for a full track by track album interview with Glen.

With support from Emily Capell.

Up and coming star Emily Capell, enjoys residencies at Camden Town's Proud Gallery and Dublin Castle, as well as a string of big festival appearances such as Glastonbury and Latitude. Her new single Joey very recently had its debut play on BBC 6 Music.

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My third visit to this venue that is getting more and more big name acts playing there.

They have one of the biggest collections of whiskies & cigars in the UK.

Support act EMILY CAPELL sung a few songs and played guitar before Glen come on.

Some good tunes there with hints of Lily Allen and Amy Winehouse.

Most are sat at tables but Glen arrives on stage and says "we may be in a supper club restaurant

but we are a rock & roll band so get up and dance if you feel like it".

GLEN MATLOCK & band arrived on stage at 9.25pm and played for around 80 mins.

From the start the band are totally rockin' as Glen opens with the first of eight tracks

from the new album that will be featured during the evening.

Glen has been playing many of the new tracks live over the past couple of years so it is

great he has finally got them out on his new album.

Chris Musto and Jim Lowe are providing solid rhythm backing as legendary guitarist Earl Slick

plays amazing solos and deft licks pretty much during every song as he weaves his magic.

For those of you that don't know , Earl Slick replaced Mick Ronson in David Bowies band.

Glen in his Billy Fury style jean jacket and Earl in cool clothes and shades both still have plenty of

rock star swagger.

Glen gets the crowd to sing and clap along to many of the songs.

There were a few choice covers including a Bob Dylan gem in the encore.

No Rich Kids classics played tonight as Glen focused on new album tracks but superb versions of

Sex Pistols anthems 'God Save The Queen' and 'Pretty Vacant' brought the house down.

It is always good to see Glen acoustic but with a superb band like this the songs just sound bigger & better.

A great show that i will hope to get along to again on Thursday or Friday.

Full Glen Matlock setlist played tonight...

1.Wont Put The Brakes On Me

2.Wanderlust

3.God Save The Queen

4.Sexy Beast

5.Hook in You

6.Speak Too Soon

7.Couldn't Give A Damn

8.Chill

9.Montague Terrace

10.Happy

11.Blank Generation

12.Born Running

13.Pretty Vacant

Encore :

14.Everybody Must Get Stoned

15.All or Nothing

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After the show Glen chatted with fans and signed copies of the new cd which is not in stores until September.









Monday 30 July 2018.

Happy Birthday to KATE BUSH who is 60 today.

Today is the 80th birthday of The Beano comic.







Sunday 29 July 2018.

I went to two events at The Barbican Centre today.

3pm - first event was in the theatre - capacity 1156.

7.30pm - second event was in the hall - capacity 1943.

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BARRY HUMPHRIES - WEIMAR CABARET live at The Barbican Theatre, London.

Australian comedy legend Barry Humphries is better known as Dame Edna Everage.

Barry Humphries is our masterfully seasoned MC and cabaret diva Meow Meow our chanteuse in this risqué, sophisticated and seductive tribute to the jazz-infused music of the Weimar Republic.

Some describe it as cabaret’s golden age: the remarkable period in 1920s and 30s’ Berlin when hedonistic partying and social revolution turned nightclubs into hotbeds of decadent entertainment. Reawakening that spirit, our hosts acquaint us with the oft-forgotten composers of the time, many Jewish, whose art would be condemned as ‘degenerate’ by the Nazis, dancing as it did on the edge of a precipice.

This was the final performance of around 20 shows of the run in this venue.

The show was on for two hours over two sets of 60 mins.

I had a great view in the second row on the right side of the stage.

I was close enough to see Barry taking sneak views at his scripted words on the two stage monitors.

Between songs Barry laces the show with hilarious Dame Edna type banter.

Barry is now aged 84 but still briefly dances with Meow Meow a couple of times.

The sultry Meow Meow nicely sings the songs in German backed by a 17 piece orchestra.

A full five minute standing ovation at the end brought a tear to Barrys eyes.

A very enjoyable show.

then

STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES + THE MASTERSONS live at The Barbican Hall, London.

THE MASTERSONS arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played for 30 mins.

The Mastersons, husband and wife duo Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore, are an American alternative country band from Brooklyn, New York who have released three albums together.

They were up introduced on stage by Steve Earle himself.

They played a decent set of songs and later would form part of Steve Earle's backing band.

STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played for 1 hour 55 mins.

Tonight was the last night of their month long UK & European Tour.

Steve Earle, now age 63, is an American rock, country and folk singer-songwriter, record producer, author and actor.

Earle began his career as a songwriter in Nashville in 1982 and has released over a dozen albums.

Steve has also received three Grammy Awards.

I first saw him play live a couple of times in 1997.

Steve is promoting his 2017 album ' So You Wannabe an Outlaw' so we got several tracks from that.

Steve is still a 'heartfelt country rock outlaw' with political views in his songs.

Steve said "tomorrow we fly back to California, so we are gonna dedicate this song to the fire fighters

who fighting the those terrible fires in California".

A great band that included some nifty pedal steel guitar on most songs.

Great to older gems including 'My Old Friend The Blues', 'Someday', 'Johnny Comes Lately' ,

a great version of 'Copperhead Road' and a cover of 'Hey Joe'.

The official video for 'Copperhead Road' has been viewed over 96 million times on YouTube.

Steve got a full standing ovation at the end.

A very enjoyable show.











Saturday 28 July 2018.

Reading 0 Crystal Palace 4...pre-season friendly...

My friend gave me use of one of his season tickets and we had a fun afternoon.

My first time at this nice stadium which is three miles from the city centre.

It is a friendly game so maybe 6,000 here out of a 24,000 capacity.

Wilfried Zaha may be dogged by transfer doubts off the pitch but on it he was his irrepressible self as he scored twice for Crystal Palace in a 4-0 friendly win over Reading.

The Ivory Coast international has rejected a new contract offer and told Palace he wants to leave for Champions League football.

Tottenham and Dortmund are leading the chase for Zaha but that did not stop Eagles boss Roy Hodgson naming him in a strong side at the Madjeski Stadium that also included Alexander Sorloth.

Reading fans were very quiet and the away supporters easily out-sung them.











Friday 27 July 2018.

LITTLE STEVEN & The Disciples of Soul live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

The final date on their current European Tour.

I saw them play a two hour show at Indigo in Oct 2016 for BluesFest.

I saw Little Steven play live four times as a solo artist back in the 1980s.

They release Soulfire Live!, a 24-track collection recorded last year in North America and Europe

during the legendary rock 'n' roller's first tour in nearly two decades.

He is a founding member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, co-producing the seminal albums “The River” and “Born in the U.S.A".

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Level 3 upstairs is closed off as unsold which is maybe due to the fact Little Steven has played

London a bit too often recently as he was here in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Playing three hour plus sets with Bruce Springsteen has certainly rubbed off on Steve & his top notch

band who arrived on stage at 8.15pm and played a nice long 2 hours 50 mins set.

Little Steven clearly loves American Soul from the 1960s and American girl groups from the the 1960s.

The setlist was a mix of his own material and cover songs.

An excellent big soul band that included a five piece brass section and three black female singers

with big hair and plenty of energetic dance moves.

The first hour was a full tilt , uptempo ,big brassy soul sound then there several slower songs , then

back to full tilt for the last 30 mins or so.

It was a very impressive wall of sound when the band were at full tilt.

Near the end they were joined on stage by Ali McKenzie from The Birds who were Ronnie Woods

first band , back in the late 1960s.

Almost hidden by the fifteen in total on stage was Lowell Levinger of The Youngbloods who Steve namechecked during the night and a band who epitomised his influences in the full on soul revue.

The video cameras were here for a future release.

A great show.

Full setlist played tonight...

Sweet Soul Music (Arthur Conley cover)

Soulfire (The Breakers cover)

Lyin' in a Bed of Fire

Inside of Me

The Blues Is My Business (Etta James cover)

Love on the Wrong Side of Town (Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes cover)

Until the Good Is Gone

Angel Eyes

Under the Gun

Some Things Just Don't Change (Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes cover)

Saint Valentine's Day (Cocktail Slippers cover)

Standing in the Line of Fire (Gary “U.S.” Bonds cover)

I Saw the Light

Salvation

The City Weeps Tonight

Down and Out in New York City (James Brown cover)

Princess of Little Italy

Ride the Night Away (Jimmy Barnes cover)

Bitter Fruit

Forever

Encore:

Say Those Magic Words (The Birds cover) (with Ali McKenzie)

Got to Get You Into My Life (The Beatles cover)

I Don't Want to Go Home (Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes cover)

Out of Control (U2 cover)

Out of the Darkness











Thursday 26 July 2018...I went to two events tonight...

6.15pm to 7.30pm

MAHIKI MAYFAIR - showcase - 1 Dover Street, Mayfair, London W1.

Well known club destination is showcasing its venue.

Mahiki Mayfair celebrates traditional Polynesian style and encapsulates the Aloha spirit.

Around 50 guests here and each has been given two tokens for nice cocktails.

A summer cocktail and a winter cocktail...we also had some canapés here.

The club usually kicks in from 10pm so they are trying to get people in there after work when it's quiet

so they are offering various coconut rum cocktails for only £4 each.

www.mahiki.com

Visit the Mahiki website here for more info.

then

PET SHOP BOYS live at The Royal Opera House, London.

Pet Shop Boys will return to the Royal Opera House for four special shows in July 2018, two years after their debut performances at Covent Garden.

The duo will return with their 'Inner Sanctum' show, which sold out in record time in 2016 and was staged by Es Devlin and choreographer/director Lynne Page.

I went to one of their shows here in 2016 which was fantastic...a top notch visual treat.

I have seen them play live a few times over their 30 year career.

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This was the second of their four sold out nights here.

The opening show got loads of great five and four star reviews.

Floor stalls seats were a hefty £110 each...lots of gay men here who can afford it...

Not many bands get to play this stunning venue.

PET SHOP BOYS arrive on stage at 8pm and play for 1 hour 45 mins.

From the start it was a full on disco pop extravaganza with all the crowd up and dancing.

Again it was a visually stunning show with a big screen showing superb images ,lots of lasers,

lots of lights, bizarre headgear, a few costume changes and some dancers.

All their classic hits were played and a few of them were re-worked versions.

'Go West', which singer Neil Tennant introduces with a typically wry “We’re going to do another old song but in a new version. But which old song? There are so many to choose from".

Near the end for four songs we had over 20 telly tubby type dancers in inflatable costumes on stage.

A great show.

Full Pet Shop Boys setlist played tonight...

Inner Sanctum

Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)

The Pop Kids

In the Night

Burn

Love Is a Bourgeois Construct

New York City Boy

Se A Vida É (That's The Way Life Is)

Love Comes Quickly

Love etc.

The Dictator Decides

West End Girls

Home and Dry

The Enigma

Vocal

The Sodom and Gomorrah Show

It's A Sin

Left To My Own Devices

Go West (Village People cover)

Play Video

Encore :

Domino Dancing

Always on My Mind (Brenda Lee cover)

The Pop Kids (reprise for short outro)

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The Friday & Saturday shows are being recorded for a live DVD.







Thursday 26 July 2018.

Happy Birthday to SIR MICK JAGGER who is 75 today.







Wednesday 25 July 2018...I went to two events tonight...

6pm to 6.30pm

Natalie Dray and Moshekwa Langa - private view - Blain Southern Gallery , Hanover Square, London W1.

Each artist has a floor for their own collection of art.

Both exhibitions run until 15 Sept 2018.

Complimentary lagers for all guests.

www.blainsouthern.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then

6.45pm to 9.45pm

Sager & Wilde at Bassoon Bar - launch party - Corinthia Hotel,Whitehall Place, London SW1.

Around 100 guests here including Laurence Fox, Basia Briggs , Betty Bachz and Henry Conway.

Always nice to be at this luxury five star hotel where many big name musicians & actors have stayed.

Designed by David Collins Studio, Bassoon is a London destination bar with attitude. Combining a relaxed and intimate ambience with a stimulating dash of theatre, Bassoon pays homage to the arts of the finest bartenders in the capital. Bespoke cocktails, fine Champagnes and boutique spirits are served in elegant glassware.

Corinthia Hotel London is partnering with Marcis Dzelzainis and Michael Sager from award-winning East London restaurant and wine bar Sager + Wilde. The collaboration will launch with pioneering bartender Marcis Dzelzainis managing the Bassoon Bar from July 2018, with the introduction of a new cocktail menu and a team spearheaded by head bartender, Joshua Joyce, previously of Satan’s Whiskers and the Beaufort Bar at The Savoy.

Not for the budget conscious as a few of the cocktails would normally be £16 each.

Nice funky tunes being played in the background.

Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers along with SIXTEEN , yes SIXTEEN different cocktails including

Pisco Sours, Mojitos, Negroni's etc along with wines, beers, burgers and canapés.

A very nice event.

www.corinthia.com

Visit the Corinthia Hotel website here for more info.









Tuesday 24 July 2018...6.15 pm to 9.15pm...

AFTERNOON TEA AWARDS 2018 at The Hotel Cafe Royal, Regent Street, London W1.

Around 200 guests at this famous five star hotel that dates back to 1865.

They always choose a nice venue as all the best hotels offer Afternoon Tea events.

When David Bowie retired Ziggy Stardust in July 1973 after a show at Hammersmith Odeon the party was held here.

Guests included Mick Jagger and Bianca, Paul and Linda McCartney, Lou Reed, and Barbra Streisand.

At 7.25pm the five awards were handed out.

After the awards we sat in the fresh air of their nice outdoor terrace.

Complimentary Lanson champers and Laurent Perrier champers throughout the evening and

various finger sandwiches before the awards and various desserts after the awards.

All guests got a goodie bag with five different boxes of tea from NEWBY fine teas.

They are the UK's premier fine tea company supplying hotels, restaurants and retailers worldwide.

www.afternoontea.co.uk

Visit their website for list of venues around the UK hosting Afternoon Tea events.

Afternoon Tea Week is Aug 13 to Aug 19 where venues will have special offers.

www.newbyteas.com

Visit the NEWBY Teas website here for more info.











Monday 23 July 2018.

The very first National Album Day has been announced.

A week of celebrations culminating on the 70th anniversary of the album on Saturday October 13 will take place, with all corners of the British music industry coming together to honour the format.

Organised by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and the Entertainment Retailer's Association (ERA) in association with BBC Music, National Album Day will explore the UK's love of the album, with new releases, classic albums and iconic album sleeves all receiving recognition.









Sunday 22 July 2018

SYLVAIN SYLVAIN + LONDON SS live at The Dublin Castle, Camden, London.

New York Dolls guitar legend now aged 67 is on a UK club tour to promote his autobiography.

I saw his last London show at The 100 Club in July 2013 which was great but not sold out so

i presume that is why he has chose this tiny 150 capacity venue.

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Not surprisingly tonight is sold out and it's hot and humid inside the venue.

Great to see so many of my older punk rock chums here.

Some faces here including...

Bobby Gillespie (Primal Scream)

Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth)

Chris Musto (has drummed with Johnny Thunders, Glen Matlock and others)

Knox ( The Vibrators)

LONDON SS were one of those bands that were about just before punk rock took off.

They were founded in March 1975 by drummer Geir Wade, bassist John Brown, guitarist Mick Jones(later of The Clash),and guitarist Eunan Brady (formerly of the Hollywood Brats). In 2012 Brady put together a new lineup, featuring himself along with Jimi McDonald, Taj Sagoo, Michael Kane, and Andi Emm. Other past members from the 70s included Tony James.

We caught 20 mins of their planned 45 mins set. They have a great front man and their good set

included covers of The Beastie Boys and New York Dolls.

SYLVAIN SYLVAIN arrived on stage at 9.35pm and played for around 65 mins.

Only 10 actual songs played but each one was introduced with a nice story about how the band was formed,

playing gigs at Mercer Arts Centre and Hotel Diplomat (I stayed there for a fortnight in 1979),

meeting Johnny Thunders for the first time and some of the chaos the band brought upon themselves.

Sylvain played an acoustic guitar for the first half of the show then he switched to electric guitar.

Johnny Thunders band singer from the late 1980s , Alison Gordy was on backing vocals.

The set included classic Dolls tracks, solo material and cover songs.

He was joined by Thurston Moore for 'Personality Crisis'.

Final song was the Johnny Thunders classic 'You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory' which was

superb as Sylvain and Alison shared vocals and remembered their sadly missed friend.

A great show.

1.Teenage News

2.Looking for a Kiss

3.Pills

4.Femme Fatale

5.Keep It To Yourself (brand new track)

6.C'mon Everybody

7.Jet Boy

8.Trash

9.Personality Crisis (with Thurston Moore and others)

10.You Cant Put Your Arms Around A Memory

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After a 10 mins break Sylvain Sylvain came back on stage for 25 mins interview with the promoter.

Sylvain has got a great memory for events from the late 1960s / early 1970s.

The New York Dolls split up in 1975 which was before punk rock kicked off and Sylvain said

"we were over before we had the chance to play the recently opened CBGBs".

After that was several questions from the audience.

After that he sold & signed copies of his book and there were 30 or 40 buying.

Luckily we got our books signed earlier in the week so no need to hang around for that

as it was approaching 11.30pm.









Sun 22 July---London Live tv at 10pm - "The Filth & The Fury'"...excellent Sex Pistols film documentary...

I went to the premiere of this film on 02 May 2000 at The Screen On The Green , Islington.

John Lydon and Glen Matlock did not attend but Steve Jones and Paul Cook were there along

with the likes of Robbie Williams and Boy George.

The Sex Pistols played this venue in 1976 and 1977...I was at the latter one...









Sunday 22 July 2018.

Guns N Roses play the final show on their European Tour on Tuesday.

American rockers Guns N’ Roses will perform in Iceland this summer, and organisers say it will be one of the largest concerts ever held in the country.

On Tues 24 July they will perform at Laugardalsvöllur, Iceland’s largest football stadium.







Sunday 22 July 2018.

Happy Birthday to Don Henley from The Eagles who is 71 today.





Saturday 21 July 2018.

Happy Birthday to Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) who is 69 today.





Friday 20 July 2018.

Happy Birthday to Sex Pistols / The Professionals drummer PAUL COOK who is 62 today.







Thursday 19 July 2018....I went to three events tonight...

4.45pm to 6.15pm

CARLUCCIO'S - Christmas Press Preview and Party - St Christopher's Place, London W1.

Carluccio's is an Italian restaurant chain and food shop founded in London in 1999.

It has many restaurants across the UK.

Their food shop sells gift set boxes , with most retailing from £10 to £20.

Including various Panettone, various chocolates, advent calendars, cakes, biscuits etc.

Some very nice complimentary drinks and food here including Aperol Spritz, Negronis, Peroni beers

and lots of their very tasty Italian food.

All guests got a goodie bag with a 200g box of Clemente Chocolates that retails for £12.95.

www.carluccios.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then

6.30pm to 8pm

RIZE FESTIVAL - launch party - Pretty Green, 56/57 Carnaby Street, London W1.

Rize Festival is held in August at Hylands Park, Chelmsford and replaces The V Festival.

A good choice of venue as we are in Liam Gallaghers clothing store and Liam is playing the festival.

At 6.45pm TOM GRENNAN played a four song 20 mins set with his band.

His album 'Lighting Matches' went in the UK charts at number five last week.

I saw him play a 30 mins set at the V & A summer party at the end of June.

The festival has multi stages and a big crowd of around 50,000 a day.

I went to it a few times in the 1990s but the overall line-up does not appeal to me anymore.

Fri 17 August---Liam Gallagher plus support acts

Sat 18 August---Stereophonics plus support acts.

Complimentary prosecco and beers for all guests.

www.rizefestival.co.uk

Visit their website for full line-up info and to buy tickets.

then

8.30pm to 10pm

ZUAYA - launch party - 35 Kensington High Street, London W8.

Despite the prestigious address it's actually 50 yards down a small side street.

Against a backdrop of lush greenery, hanging plants, bespoke pendant lighting and botanical artwork, this two-floor destination restaurant and bar transports guests to the Amazon. Latin American food is on the menu at Zuaya, the Kensington High Street restaurant owned by Spanish twins Alberto and Arian Zandi where head chef Francisco Lafee (who has worked at Michelin-starred restaurants in South America and London including Barrafina) presents colourful sharing plates of ceviche, robata octopus and vegetarian and vegan dishes. The green marble topped bar is the place to enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine and live jazz and DJs play on the weekends, creating a lively atmosphere late into the evening. Valet parking is offered and in the summer diners can flock to the outdoor terrace and enjoy homemade ice cream which comes in interesting flavours like pumpkin, avocado, and tomate de India.

Over 100 guests here over the two floors and the terrace.

A female dj is spinning tunes in the background.

An electric cello player played a fun tunes.

Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers, different spirits and mixers, wines, beers and tasty canapés.

A cool venue and a nice party.









Wednesday 18 July 2018...I went to two events tonight...

6.30pm to 7.30pm

OPPO - Pud & Prosecco Party - Farm Girl Cafe, First Floor, 1 Carnaby Street, London W1.

Around 100 guests here at this trendy healthy eating cafe.

Love Island tv show departee , Kieran Nicholls was here.

Oppo are launching two new cheesecakes - Madagascan Vanilla and Sicilian Vanilla.

159 calories per pot and very tasty.

Their ice-cream and cheesecake is available at many stores including Waitrose and Sainsburys.

Complimentary prosecco, beers , cheesecakes and healthy bites for all guests.

All guests got a goodie bag with bits n pieces including vouchers for their cheesecakes and ice-creams.

www.oppobrothers.com

Visit the OPPO website here for more info.

then

7.45pm to 10.15pm

HUAWEI Phone Destruction Booth - launch party - 19 Greek Street, London W1.

This was one of those pretty crazy events.

Whether it’s poor battery life or sub-standard selfies, the nation’s smartphone gripes have been well-documented. To give people a chance to vent years of built-up frustration, Huawei is launching an ‘A Phone’ Destruction Booth in Soho, London, where consumers will get the chance to literally let it all out by smashing up smartphones.

This unique experience was created after research revealed that 63% of 2,000 British smartphone users are in a love/hate relationship with their phones, with poor battery life cited as causing more stress than arguing with a partner.

On entering the destruction booth, ‘smashers’ can pick which smartphone they’d like to destroy, and choose one of ten different weapons – including mallets, axes, baseball bats and frying pans – with which to vent their frustrations. Huawei staff will be on hand to capture each moment in every grizzly glory, ensuring that attendees leave with a stunning slow mo video of their experience – all captured on the HUAWEI P20 Pro.

Anyone who wants to smash all their troubles away in the A Phone Destruction Booth can head to www.aphoneparty.com to book their free 10 minute slot. Full protective gear will be provided, and all phones will be recycled – so at least their existence won’t have been completely futile...

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Around 120 guests are here at this Soho townhouse space.

Strictly star Mollie King was behind the decks at 19 Greek Street to help launch Huawei's latest phone range. Ashley James and Professor Green were among VIPs invite to smash up their old phones by the technology brand, joining the likes of Love Island's Samira Mighty, Frankie Foster, Ellie Jones and Georgia Harrison at the Soho launch.

On one floor there is a coconut ( replaced by old phones ) shy and a dj is on the top floor.

It was a bit crazy as there was proper phone destruction room with a see through glass.

The VIP guests signed a waiver, then put on overalls and goggles then went into the room.

A staff member would tell them to smash away for 30 or 40 seconds but if the phone falls off the table

do not go near it as he will come in and put in back on the table.

For one phone destruction some fumes came out and caused the fire alarm to go off and that

room had to be evacuated for around 15 minutes.

HUAWEI are showcasing their nice P20 phone with Leica camera...it retails for around £500.

Around 20 or 30 VIPs smashed up their old phones and got a brand new P20.

A friend i know got one so he was very happy...but sadly no new phone for me.

Other VIPs who had a nice iPhone or Samsung did no think it was worth the trade in.

Complimentary prosecco and beers for all guests.

Like i said , a pretty unique and crazy but fun party.









Tuesday 17 July 2018...6.30pm to 9.30pm...

SYLVAIN SYLVAIN - book launch party - Omnibus Press, 14 Berners Street, London W1.

New York Dolls guitar legend brings out his autobiography 'There's No Bones in Ice Cream'.

Around 60 or 70 guests here in his publishers headquarters including...

Glen Matlock.....(Sex Pistols legend with a new solo album out soon)

Chris Musto.....(has played drums with Johnny Thunders , Glen Matlock and others)

Jordan.....(well known 1970s punk face who worked at Vivienne Westwoods Kings Road store)

Mick O' Shea..... (has brought out books on The Sex Pistols and others and is working on Echobelly book )

Barry Cain..... (has brought out books including punk eyewitness account '77 Sulphate Strip'.)

Barry will interview John Lydon at The Rebellion Festival, Blackpool in early August.

At 7.25pm SYLVAIN SYLVAIN played a three song 20 mins acoustic set along with a story about each track.

There is no stage so it is like he is playing in your front room.

On backing vocals is Alison Gordy who sung with Johnny Thunders just before he passed away.

1.Teenage News

2.Looking for a Kiss

3.Pills

Great to see so many of my older punk rock chums here.

Complimentary wines and beers for all guests.

I got a complimentary copy of the book that Sylvain signed for me.

A lovely evening.

I was too young to see The New York Dolls in the early 1970s but saw Sylvain Sylvain solo in 1986

and saw The New York Dolls many times when they reformed.

Sylvain Sylvain now goes on a UK club tour for the next two weeks to promote the book.











Monday 16 July 2018.

Meryl Streep and Cher will be joined by Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Andy Garcia and Lily James for the world premiere of the Mamma Mia sequel.

The 2008 film version of the hit musical featuring Abba songs was a box office triumph and 10 years later the follow-up Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again will premiere at London’s Hammersmith Apollo tonight.

Mamma Mia! the film is the biggest-selling DVD in the UK ever, according to the Official Charts Company.

Abba split up in the early 1980s so not many can say they saw them live but i saw them play in Feb 1977 at

The Royal Albert Hall....the gigs i went to in the week before that gig were Bryan Ferry and Frank Zappa

and in the week following that gig i went to see Eddie & The Hot Rods and The Damned...pretty eclectic..











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News and Reviews: 16th July 2018

Monday 16 July 2018.

Meryl Streep and Cher will be joined by Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Andy Garcia and Lily James for the world premiere of the Mamma Mia sequel.

The 2008 film version of the hit musical featuring Abba songs was a box office triumph and 10 years later the follow-up Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again will premiere at London’s Hammersmith Apollo tonight.

Mamma Mia! the film is the biggest-selling DVD in the UK ever, according to the Official Charts Company.

Abba split up in the early 1980s so not many can say they saw them live but i saw them play in Feb 1977 at

The Royal Albert Hall....the gigs i went to in the week before that gig were Bryan Ferry and Frank Zappa

and in the week following that gig i went to see Eddie & The Hot Rods and The Damned...pretty eclectic..









Sunday 15 July 2018...4pm to 6pm...

World Cup Final in Moscow, Russia.

France 4 Croatia 2....nice to see lots of goals...

Didier Deschamps becomes only the third man to win the World Cup as both a player and a manager.

Deschamps was France’s World Cup-winning captain in 1998 but experienced the disappointment of seeing his side lose on home turf in the final of the European Championship in 2016.











Saturday 14 July 2018.

BILLY JOEL plays Madison Square Garden for the 100th time in a few days.

“I really can’t get my head around it,” says Billy Joel of his record-setting 100th show at Madison Square Garden set for this July 18....Elton John is in second place with 65 shows played at MSG...

Billy has had the same booking agent/agency for the past 40 years since he first played there.

Even more amazing considering Joel hasn’t had a manager since 1989 (having one squander a reported $30 million dollars does that to a person) or released an album in the last 25 years (he hasn’t wanted or needed to).











Saturday 14 July 2018...live on ITV 3pm to 5pm...

World Cup 2018 third place play off game.

England 0 Belgium 2

A bit lacklustre from England but fourth place is better than anyone could have hoped for.

English Football Anthem 'Three Lions' this week has gone back to number one in the singles chart.

‘Three Lions’, which was originally released by The Lightning Seeds and Baddiel & Skinner back in 1996 and was re-released in 1998, topping the charts 20 years ago, has accompanied England’s progression through the tournament in Russia.

Despite the negative advance worries, Russia did a great job of hosting a fantastic World Cup.









Friday 13 July 2018.

ALANIS MORISSETTE + RUTH ANNE live at Hammersmith Apollo, London.

Alanis Morissette plays the second of two sold out shows at Hammersmith Apollo.

Time to dust off my copy of her multi million selling album from 1995 'Jagged Little Pill'

which includes many mega tunes including 'Ironic' and 'You Oughta Know'.

'Jagged Little Pill' topped the charts in thirteen countries; with sales of over 33 million units worldwide, it is one of the best-selling albums of all time and made Morissette the first Canadian to achieve double diamond sales.

It has sold over 15 million copies in America alone.

I saw Alanis three times in 1995/1996 when she was touring the album and her drummer was

Taylor Hawkins who in 1997 joined The Foo Fighters.

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Support act RUTH ANNE & band arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played a 30 mins set of decent tunes.

Ruth Anne is a young Irish singer and songwriter.

By the time Alanis arrives on stage the venue is totally rammed and buzzing with anticipation.

ALANIS MORISSETTE arrived on stage at 8.50pm and played for one hour 45 mins.

Alanis strides back and forth across the stage,she has cropped her trademark long, dark hair.

She looked like Perry Farrell from Janes Addiction and the way he prowls around the stage in the same way.

Alanis in the 1990s was a much more interesting aspect of girl power & feminism than The Spice Girls.

Alanis still has loads of loyal women fans here all singing out loudly to her songs tonight.

Superb tracks from her classic album 'Jagged Little Pill' were played tonight and their

fantastic lyrics still pack a punch.

A great show.

Full Alanis Morissette setlist played tonight...

All I Really Want

21 Things I Want in a Lover

Forgiven

Woman Down

You Learn

Guardian

Right Through You

Hand in My Pocket

Baba

Everything

Head Over Feet

Ironic

You Oughta Know

Wake Up

Encore:

London

Piano Solo

Uninvited

Thank U











Friday 13 July 2018.

Fact of the day.

Current England Football Manager Gareth Southgate introduced The Sex Pistols in Finsbury Park, London

in front of 30,000 fans in June 1996.

Twenty-four hours after helping England squeeze into the semi-final of Euro 96, Southgate accompanied Stuart Pearce to the punk veterans' reunion thrash. Pearce, partial to a pogo in his youth, was invited to be master of ceremonies. In the spirit of collective responsibility, he shared the duties with his team-mate.

It was the first Sex Pistols gig in London since 1977.

That gig was one of the best gigs i have ever seen and it is available as 'Filthy Lucre Live'.

The opening track 'Bodies' was stunning , and every track after was totally lethal.

Oddly enough it was the same year that KISS original members re-united for a world tour.











Thursday 12 July 2018...I went to two events today...

4.15pm to 5pm

Christmas In July - John Lewis, Oxford Street, London W1.

John Lewis showcase their Christmas items including Christmas trees, baubles,

decorations , homeware etc.

All these stores predict something that will a be a new trend and big seller for Christmas.

John Lewis predict that gold bottom glasses for your home made cocktails will be popular.

There is a bar here with complimentary cocktails, canapés and desserts.

All guests got a goodie bag with three John Lewis items inside.

www.johnlewis.com

Visit the John Lewis website here for more info.

then

6.15pm to 9pm

LALIT LONDON HOTEL - showcase - 181 Tooley Street, London SE1.

The Lalit London is a 70-room Indian boutique hotel, contemporary Indian restaurant, gym and

holistic-ayurvedic spa, just south of Tower Bridge.

It's my first visit back here since i went to the opening launch party just over a year ago.

It was a lavish event where Sophie Ellis Bextor played a live set.

Around 150 guests here in their stunning main entertaining space with its high ceilings etc.

The hotel has those great Japanese toilets with heated seats.

A female singer sang a few cover songs.

There was a raffle at 8.30pm with three prizes but neither of us won anything.

First prize - £300 John Lewis vouchers

Second prize - £200 John Lewis vouchers

Third Prize - £100 John Lewis vouchers

Complimentary Gin Fizz cocktails, Pimms, wines, beers, bowl food and canapés for all guests.

www.thelalit.com

Visit the Lalit London Hotel website here for more info.











Wednesday 11 July 2018...I went to three events tonight...

4pm to 5.15pm

Christmas In July - Victoria House, Bloomsbury , London WC1.

Over 70 smaller brands are showcasing their products for the Christmas period.

A big crowd as must be over 300 people here.

A few of the stands gave you bits and pieces for listening to their product promotion.

A nice touch was your bag got bulky and heavy and there was a company here called DROPIT

who collected your bag and will deliver it free to your address to save carrying it around.

There was a cocktail bar at each end giving out different cocktails.

Also a Hog Roast stand and canapés and desserts.

then

5.45pm to 6.30pm

Christmas In July - Cornwall Road, London SE1.

PHILIPS are showcasing their homeware, blenders, juicers, lighting, cameras, shavers etc.

I am keen to look at their new range of shavers.

They have a new series 9000 prestige electric shaver for RRP of £450.

The features on it are amazing but the price tag seems steep.

They said they will send me a Philips One Blade Shaver RRP £40.

Will be interesting to see if that actually arrives.

There was a cocktail bar and canapés here for all guests.

www.philips.co.uk

Visit the Philips website here for more info.

then

7pm to 10.30pm

PAUL STRANK ROOFING LTD - summer party - Karma Sanctum Hotel, Soho, London W1.

Roofing company based in Merton since 1969 host it's annual summer bash.

They have wisely made sure there are massive tv screens so guests can watch the big game.

The hotel is part-owned by the managers of Iron Maiden, Rod Smallwood and Andy Taylor –

the third owner, Mark Fuller, looks after the day-to-day running of the hotel.

There are photos of rock n roll legends all around the venue.

Around 150 guests here including a few well known faces like Beverley Knight,

Vanessa Feltz, Christopher Biggins and dancing couple James & Ola Jordan.

Lots of English flags and bunting to create a nice buzzy atmosphere.

England started the game well but Croatia fought back and won 2-1.

UK soul singer BEVERLEY KNIGHT performed four songs to a backing tape after the game.

Her set included 'Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda' and a couple of cover versions - 'Keep This Fire Burning'

and 'Piece Of My Heart'.

Great to see her in this intimate venue as she has headlined The Royal Albert Hall and The Palladium.

Complimentary drinks and food throughout the evening including vodka & orange, wines, beers,

burgers, fish & chips and canapés.

www.paulstrankroofing.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info.













Tuesday 10 July 2018.

5pm to 7.45pm

Miss Jones presents Leading Venues in London -showcase -

Royal Horseguards Hotel, 1 Whitehall Place, London SW1.

Always nice to be at this luxury five star hotel.

Over 200 guests are here , with 75% being females.

Around 30 top notch venues have stands showcasing their facilities for hire.

Some great venues including...

MNKY HSE , 19 Dover Street, London W1. (Restaurant & bar)

Cafe Royal

Ace Hotel

Lords Cricket Ground

Odeon Cinemas

The Ned

Mondrian Hotel

Montcalm Hotel

British Museum

One Whitehall Place (the venue we are in )

There was a raffle with a dozen prizes and I won one of them.

An airport lounge pass valid in 20 UK airports.

Not sure what it actually gets me until they send it to me.

Complimentary wines, beers, bowl food & canapés for all guests.

All guests got a goodie bag of half a dozen items.

then after...

We went to their nice terrace bar to see the second half of the big football match.

France beat Belgium 1 - 0.

Odd to see (traitor) Thierry Henry as part of the Belgium camp.

Mick Jagger was there in Russia as he was shown on the tv screen.

The Rolling Stones finished their European Tour on Sunday in Poland.









Monday 09 July 2018.

The world premiere of the film ' Spitfire ' took place on July 9 at the Curzon Mayfair in London.

Nick Mason and Brian Johnson both attended the event.









Monday 09 July 2018...6.45pm to 11pm...

OLAFUR ARNALDS - new album playback party - Spiritland, 9 Stable Street, Kings Cross, London N1.

We are in the very cool 80 capacity - Spiritland - which has been described as a 'vinyl audio geeks paradise'.

Spiritland’s is one of London’s first listening bars , the venue is also home to a radio production suite.

They have the best speakers money can buy.

For those in the know, the sound system has been custom designed by Living Voice, the company is responsible for the Vox Olympian speakers. The setup will be shown off each weekday from 6 PM, when an album is played from start to finish on a Kuzma Stabi XL2 turntable.

Spiritland also sells CDs , vinyl , headphones etc.

Ólafur Arnalds (now aged 31) s an Icelandic multi-instrumentalist and producer from Mosfellsbær, Iceland.

Ólafur Arnalds mixes strings and piano with loops and beats crossing over from ambient/electronic to pop.

Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds returned earlier this year with stunning new track ‘re:member’, recorded on pioneering new Stratus software, two ”self-playing, semi-generative player pianos”.

He’s now announced details of his new album of the same name, his fourth studio album which will be out in August via Mercury KX / Universal.

From 7pm to 8.15pm we had a playback of the new album, track by track, and Olafur was here to talk

about the tracks in a relaxed and informative way and he chatted to guests after the playback.

Mixing the opposing forces of a sweaty dancefloor and the icy ocean, the album tracks feature twinkly piano

behind forceful thuds of strings and rises and falls with ease.

‘re:member’ comes out on 24th August, and the Icelander is set to take the record on a world tour, which runs for the rest of the year, finishing in his hometown of Reykjavik just before Christmas.

In May 2018 he sold out The Royal Albert Hall and returns for a full UK tour that includes

two nights at The London Palladium on 30/31 Oct 2018.

Ólafur Arnalds won the award for Original Television Music in 2014 at that year’s UK BAFTA Television Craft Awards. The award is for his music in the hit ITV drama, Broadchurch, which was the highest-rated drama on the UK’s major commercial channel, ITV1, with an audience of 9.6 million viewers.

Complimentary drinks and food for all guests including various cocktails, various spirits & mixers,

wines, beers and canapés.

www.olafurarnalds.com

Visit his website here for more info and list of tour dates.

All guests got a nice goodie bag which had a vinyl album from the roster of Mercury KX.

Universal’s Decca Records Group recently launched a new record label, Mercury KX – dubbed ‘the first post-classical imprint operating within a major music group’.

It is a fresh incarnation of the Mercury Classics label.

Already home to Icelandic composer Òlafur Arnalds, Mercury KX has added multiple new artists to its growing roster, including London duo Solomon Grey, Australian composer and pianist Luke Howard, and the mysterious, masked pianist Lambert – whose self-released debut album featured input from Nils Frahm.

www.mercurykx.com

Visit the Mercury KX website here for more info on their roster.











Monday 09 July 2018.

Very sad news that Spurs football legend ALAN GILZEAN has passed away aged 79.

He spent a decade with Spurs from 1964 to 1974 and scored many goals for them.

He was part of that great Spurs team from that era that included Pat Jennings, Cyril Knowles,

Alan Mullery, Steve Perryman, Martin Chivers and Jimmy Greaves.

Gilzean helped Spurs win the FA Cup in 1967, the League Cup in 1971 and 1973, and the UEFA Cup in the 71/72 season.

The goalscoring idol was diagnosed with a brain tumour a short time ago, Dundee Football Club confirmed.

In a statement released on Twitter, the Spurs said: "Everyone at the club is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our legendary former striker Alan Gilzean.









Sunday 08 July 2018.

ERIC CLAPTON + SANTANA live in Hyde Park, London.

Show number three of British Summer Time here in Hyde Park with another 65,000 capacity crowd.

Rumours that it may be Eric's last ever UK show has resulted in the massive show selling out in April.

I have seen Eric play live around 30 times since 1976 including many of his Royal Albert Hall shows,

plus i was at all four re-union shows by Cream at The Royal Albert Hall in 2005.

I saw him headline Hyde Park back in 1996.

Eric Clapton is now aged 73.

I have seen Santana over 15 times since 1975 when they headlined Hammersmith Odeon.

Carlos Santana is now aged 70.

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Another sweltering hot day in London so that must have made Carlos Santana feel right at home.

I caught 20 mins of the 60 mins set by SANTANA.

Good to see and hear their percussion and guitar based Latin rock sound again.

Full Santana setlist played tonight...

Soul Sacrifice

Jin-go-lo-ba (Babatunde Olatunji cover)

Evil Ways (Willie Bobo cover)

A Love Supreme (John Coltrane cover)

Black Magic Woman (Fleetwood Mac cover) (including Third Rock From the Sun)

Oye como va (Tito Puente cover)

Total Destruction to Your Mind / Dancing in the Street / Proud Mary / Satisfaction / Day Tripper / Total Destruction to Your Mind

Maria Maria

Foo Foo

Are You Ready (The Chambers Brothers cover)

Smooth

Love, Peace and Happiness (The Chambers Brothers cover)

Encore:

The Highest Good

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ERIC CLAPTON arrived on stage at 8.15pm and played for around 1 hour 40 mins.

Pretty much the same length of time on stage as his Royal Albert Hall shows.

He has enough material to easily play a two hour show but never does.

Pretty much a setlist similar to his Royal Albert Hall shows...but outdoors.

A pretty basic no frills show as you would expect from an Eric show.

Eric focusing on the music rather than any theatrical extras.

There are big screens which is something he never has at the smaller Royal Albert Hall.

Eric's guitar sound was fantastic and his band were top notch.

He was joined by Marcella Detroit who performed great vocals for two songs.

Marcella was part of Eric Clapton's backing band in the 1970s. She most famously co-wrote "Lay Down Sally" for him, which was a #3 hit in the USA in 1978, and contributed other songs for his albums No Reason to Cry, Slowhand, and Backless.

Marcella would later form her own group Shakespeare's Sister.

Lots of classic Eric tunes played along with some of his fave blues cover versions.

For the encore it was great to see Carlos Santana and Eric Clapton trading guitar solos.

A great show even though i feel Eric is more suited to smaller indoor shows.

Full Eric Clapton setlist played tonight...

Somebody's Knocking (J.J. Cale cover)

Key to the Highway (Charles Segar cover)

I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man (Willie Dixon cover)

Got to Get Better in a Little While (Derek and the Dominos song)

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Acoustic & seated section

Driftin' Blues (Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers cover)

Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out (Jimmy Cox cover)

Layla (Derek and the Dominos song)

Tears in Heaven

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Lay Down Sally (with Marcella Detroit)

The Core (with Marcella Detroit)

Wonderful Tonight

Cross Road Blues (Robert Johnson cover)

Little Queen of Spades (Robert Johnson cover)

Cocaine (J.J. Cale cover)

Encore:

High Time We Went (Joe Cocker cover) (with Carlos Santana) (Paul Carrack on Vocals)











Saturday 07 July 2018.

BURT BACHARACH with orchestra live at The Royal Festival Hall, London.

Legendary American singer songwriter plays the second of two shows at this venue.

Burt has composed hundreds of popular hit songs from the late 1950s through the 1980s, many in collaboration with popular lyricist Hal David. A six-time Grammy Award winner and three-time Academy Award winner, Bacharach's songs have been recorded by more than 1,000 different artists.He has written over 70 US and 50 UK Top 40 hits.He is considered one of the most important composers of 20th-century popular music.

In 2000 i saw Burt Bacharach & Hal David perform at The Royal Albert Hall with guest vocalists.

Burt is closely associated with 'easy listening' acts including Dionne Warwick and The Carpenters.

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An older crowd here who can afford £100 for front stalls tickets.

BURT was on stage from 8.10pm and played for around 2 hours 10 mins.

Now aged 90, yes 90 there is no walking stick and he looks pretty good.

Burt got a full standing ovation when he arrived on stage and when he departed.

Burt said "it's hot in here" and took his jacket off to reveal an England Football shirt with the name Bacharach

on the back along with the number 9 which went down well with the crowd.

Burt said "thank god the game was played during the afternoon and not in the evening".

Burt said a few words about many of the songs before they were performed.

Burt played the piano and sang a few songs but most vocals were done by the three singers

who were 2 x female and 1 x male.

Around 30 musicians on stage when you add singers, band and orchestra members together.

American singer Melanie Federer sung a couple of his newer songs.

Many of the songs you will know, but not that Burt wrote them.

The strings sounded fantastic.

A very enjoyable show from this songwriting legend.

Burt Bacharach setlist tonight included...

What The World Needs Love

Don't Make Me Over

Walk On By

I Say A Little Prayer

Trains, Boats & Planes

Always Someone There To Remind Me

Do You Know The Way To San Jose

Anyone Who Had A Heart

Mexican Divorce

Make It Easy On Yourself

On My Own

(They Long To Be) Close To You

The Look Of Love

Arthur's Theme

What's New Pussycat

A House Is Not A Home

Alfie

Encore :

That's What Friends Are For

Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head











Friday 06 July 2018.

ROGER WATERS live in Hyde Park, London.

As part of his lengthy world tour...this massive 65,000 capacity show sold out in April.

Pink Floyd legend Roger Waters is playing regular tours around the world these days.

I have seen him at The 02 Arena and Wembley Stadium over the past few years.

It was thirteen years ago this week that i was at that famous Pink Floyd re-union show in Hyde Park.

Just 20 mins on stage but the only time Roger Waters has played as part of Pink Floyd since 1981.

The night before we were at rehearsals in Hyde Park where Pink Floyd and Madonna went through their sets.

I saw Pink Floyd in 1977 at the height of punk rock and didn't really like them back then.

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Another lovely hot & sunny day in London.

This was show number one of the six British Summer Time concerts in Hyde Park.

As I get older I am not keen on big outdoor gigs like this but it has to be done if the act is good.

ROGER WATERS was on stage for 2 hours 15 mins over two sets of 60 mins and 75 mins.

A massive set of big screens that make one long one that takes up the entire length of the stage.

Great visuals on the screens mixing pre-recorded images and live footage.

The sound was incredible as there were giant speakers all around the venue so there were sounds

of helicopters, air raid sirens and machine gun fire all behind and around you.

Roger is looking good for age 74 in his trademark black t-shirt & black trousers.

Roger has a top notch band with him including a great guitarist for the David Gilmour parts.

Two lookalike female backing singers did a good job.

Roger Waters took aim at world leaders and championed human rights as he rocked Hyde Park in a politically-charged gig.

Roger treated the thousands gathered to Pink Floyd prog-rock classics while lambasting the likes of Donald Trump.

Crowds cheered as the words “Trump is a pig” were emblazoned on stage alongside funny edited images of the US president.

I doubt if they will be exchanging Christmas cards.

Around a dozen school children dressed as Guantanamo Bay inmates were on stage to mime

the chorus to 'Another Brick In The Wall'.

The second half was a bit more theatrical as four iconic chimneys similar to Battersea Power Station

sprouted out and we had an inflatable pig meandering around the venue with the slogan 'Stay Human'

and a giant silver ball balloon floated over our heads along with some nice lasers.

Loads of mega Floyd classics played and we had a fireworks display at the end of 'Comfortably Numb'.

A great show.

Full Roger Waters setlist played tonight....

SET ONE

Speak to Me (Pink Floyd song)

Breathe (Pink Floyd song)

One of These Days (Pink Floyd song)

Time (Pink Floyd song)

Breathe (Reprise) (Pink Floyd song)

The Great Gig in the Sky (Pink Floyd song)

Welcome to the Machine (Pink Floyd song)

Déjà Vu

The Last Refugee

Picture That

Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd song)

The Happiest Days of Our Lives (Pink Floyd song)

Another Brick in the Wall Part 2 (Pink Floyd song)

Another Brick in the Wall Part 3 (Pink Floyd song)

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20 minutes interval with political messages shown on the big screen.

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SET TWO

Dogs (Pink Floyd song)

Pigs (Three Different Ones) (Pink Floyd song)

Money (Pink Floyd song)

Us and Them (Pink Floyd song)

Smell the Roses

Brain Damage (Pink Floyd song)

Eclipse (Pink Floyd song)

Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd song)











Thursday 05 July 2018...3pm to 11pm...

HOUSE FESTIVAL at Kenwood House,Hampstead Heath, London NW3.

After a few years in West London this festival has now moved to North London.

Again around 7000/8000 guests have paid £250 each to be here.

The ticket includes all bands, all drinks, all food, all funfair rides for the entire day.

It is a private event and tickets are only available for members of Soho House private members clubs

and the various sponsors and do not go on sale to the general public.

There were several bands on but we opted to see the three headliners and enjoy the sunshine and the

food and drinks as the other acts played in the background.

Complimentary Collet champers, different cocktails and spirits, wines, beers, soft drinks and food included

Cheeseburgers, Hot Dogs, Pizza, Hog Roast, Lobster Salad, Meat Balls, Roast Chicken ,doughnuts etc.

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RITA ORA arrived on stage at 6.25pm and played for 40 mins.

Rita Ora looked great in a yellow outfit and her long hair was flowing everywhere.

Rita had a big screen showing images like all the other headline acts.

The females here really loved it as Rita played a set of her best known songs.

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MANIC STREET PREACHERS arrived on stage at 7.55pm and played for 55 mins.

I have seen The Manics around 20 times over the past 25 years.

The Manics are playing many shows this summer as they continue to promote 'Resistance Is Futile'

which is their thirteenth album and was released on 13 April 2018.

Supported by five singles, the most since their debut, the album was received with positive reviews

from music critics,and debuted and peaked at number 2 on the UK Albums Chart.

They play a shorter set tonight than usual but there were loads of older gems and a couple of new tracks.

A great set.

Full Manics setlist played tonight...

Motorcycle Emptiness

International Blue

You Stole the Sun From My Heart

Everything Must Go

Your Love Alone Is Not Enough

In Between Days (The Cure cover)

Kevin Carter

If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next

You Love Us

Hold Me Like a Heaven

Tsunami

A Design for Life

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NILE RODGERS & CHIC arrived on stage at 9.40pm and played for 75 mins.

I saw Chic twice in 1979 during the heyday of disco and i also saw him play just last month.

A few years ago Niles survived cancer and made a promise to himself to record and tour more than ever,

which explains why he is playing shows all over the UK this summer.

Niles has a new album out on 14 Sept 2018.

They really are the perfect party band as it is non stop hits related to Niles incredible career.

A great show.

Full Niles & Chic setlist played tonight...

Everybody Dance

Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)

I Want Your Love

I'm Coming Out (Diana Ross cover)

Upside Down (Diana Ross cover)

He's the Greatest Dancer (Sister Sledge cover)

We Are Family (Sister Sledge cover)

Like A Virgin (Madonna cover)

Get Lucky (Daft Punk cover)

Let's Dance (David Bowie cover)

Le Freak

Good Times ( with 50 fans on stage for a dance to this extended version)













Wednesday 04 July 2018...4pm to 7pm...

ASDA - Christmas in July - One Marylebone, Marylebone Road, London NW1.

One Marylebone has recently been refurbished to the beautiful, original designs of Sir John Soane and stands on its own 'island' in the heart of the capital. The Grade I listed former-church boasts two unique hireable spaces.

Asda are showcasing their Christmas offerings with a dozen stands of food, drinks, homeware, clothes etc.

There is a 20 ft Christmas tree here.

We only planned to stay here for an hour but ended being here for three hours.

There is a bar with two barman along with seating in the middle.

Much better than expected as guests were given complimentary champers, a choice of five cocktails and

loads of different canapés & desserts.

All guests got a goodie bag with a bottle of prosecco and other bits inside.

www.asda.com

Visit the ASDA website here for more info.









Tuesday 03 July 2018.

3.45pm to 5.15pm

IMBIBE at Olympia, West Kensington, London W14.

Back again for the second day at this drinks industry event.

First stop was back to The Southern Comfort stand for a couple of their very tasty

Southern Comfort with Maple Syrup over ice drinks.

Also had a couple of portions of their Buttermilk Southern Fried Chicken.

Had a few other various drinks that were all great.

Quite a few folks here were a bit tipsy at closing time.

then

6.15pm to 7.45pm

APSLEY TAILORS - summer drinks party - 13 Pall Mall, London SW1.

Bespoke tailoring group Apsley Tailors have been official club tailors to Crystal Palace FC since 2016.

Another hot evening so most of the guests are outside on the pavement.

Three classic cars are parked outside on display.

Complimentary sparkling wines, Negronis and canapés for all guests.

www.apsleytailors.com

Visit the Apsley Tailors website here for more info.

then

to the nearby Trafalgar Pub in Trafalgar Square to watch a certain football game.

I was there for the second half and the extra time and penalties.

Columbia scored in injury time but England won the penalty shootout.

England edged Colombia 4-3 on penalties to halt a run of five successive shootout defeats at

major tournaments and book a quarter-final clash against Sweden at the World Cup.

Amazing.

















Monday 02 July 2018... I went to three events today...

3.30pm to 5.15pm

IMBIBE at Olympia, West Kensington , London.

Day One of this massive two day event.

Imbibe Live is the innovative and interactive annual exhibition for anyone who sources, buys or serves drinks in the licensed on-trade. Join the very best drinks professionals on 2-3 July 2018 at Olympia London.

Around 5000 folks will attend each day.

Most of the 200 plus stands are giving out tasters or full size drinks.

My faves included Southern Comfort who were giving out three different cocktails along with

Southern Fried Chicken , and The Pisco Sours stands were popular with me.

Take your pick from cocktails, spirits, wines, beers...even champers here.

Free entry for those in the trade and press , and for general visitors it is just £10 admission.

www.imbibe.com

Visit the IMBIBE website here for more info.

then

6pm to 7.15pm

COLNAGHI GALLERY - private view - 26 Bury Street, St James's, London SW1.

This gallery launches their latest exhibition for London Art Week where many galleries

are hosting special events and private views.

Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers, gin & tonics, wines, beers and canapés for all guests.

www.colnaghi.com

Visit the Colnaghi Gallery website here for more info.

then

QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT live at The 02 Arena, London.

Queen + Adam Lambert are playing more UK arena shows just six months after their previous UK tour.

They will again be showcasing the spectacular stage production conceived around the 40th anniversary of

Queen's 'News of the World' album.

I saw the show at The 02 Arena last year which was excellent.

I have seen Queen live over 20 times including a dozen shows with Freddie Mercury.

The first time was in Dec 1973 when they were a support act to Mott The Hoople at Hammersmith Odeon.

Pretty amazing that i first saw Queen as a support act over 44 YEARS ago.

They were the first of over 2000 gigs I have seen at that one venue.

There is no doubt I will always have a soft spot for them for that reason.

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Tonight is their second of their three London arena shows this week.

Before the show started i bumped into Rusty Egan (The Rich Kids / Visage / dj etc).

QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT arrived on stage at 8.20pm and played for 2 hours 10 mins.

I have a perfect view right of the stage for this visually brilliant show.

It is the same mega stage production as last year with many big screens, loads of lights and lasers

and a long stage extension and a shorter one in the design of Brian May's guitar.

Both Brian May and Roger Taylor have heads full of grey hair but everyone loves them.

Queen's catalog of classic songs appeal to every generation and you have to remember that

Queen's musical 'We Will Rock You' was in the West End for over a decade.

Queen were great with Paul Rodgers but there is no doubt that since Adam Lambert has been with

them , they have certainly become an even bigger live attraction.

With his camp banter and many glamourous costumes, he is a perfect showman.

A few songs in the middle were played at the end of the stage extension.

Brian May performed his guitar solo 20ft up in the air.

Freddie Mercury appeared on the big screens a few times to massive applause.

The final 30 mins of anthems were amazing with 'Radio GaGa' , 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

and encores 'We Will Rock You' and 'We Are The Champions'.

A great show.

Full setlist played tonight...

Tear It Up

Seven Seas of Rhye

Tie Your Mother Down

Play the Game

Fat Bottomed Girls

Killer Queen

Don't Stop Me Now

Bicycle Race

I'm in Love With My Car

Another One Bites the Dust

Lucy (Adam Lambert cover)

I Want It All

Love of My Life (Brian May solo acoustic)

Somebody to Love

Crazy Little Thing Called Love

Drum Battle

Under Pressure

I Want to Break Free

You Take My Breath Away

Who Wants to Live Forever

Last Horizon (Brian May cover)

Guitar Solo

The Show Must Go On

Radio Ga Ga

Bohemian Rhapsody

Encore:

Day-Oh (Freddie Mercury sing-along on the big screen )

We Will Rock You

We Are the Champions

Tape outro - God Save the Queen (Thomas Augustine Arne song)











Monday 02 July 2018.

Sad news that ALAN LONGMUIR has passed away.

Alan Longmuir, the founder member of the Bay City Rollers has died following a short illness.

The Edinburgh-born musician died in hospital this morning at the age of 70 surrounded by loved ones after being flown home from Mexico two weeks ago where he had contracted an illness.

In the early 1970s Bay City Rollers were a boy band as massive as One Direction or Take That.

I saw Alan when BCR re-united in Dec 2015 and Dec 2016 when they played Hammersmith Apollo.









Sunday 01 July 2018.

After the success of The Damned and Iggy Pop punk shows at The Royal Albert Hall.

Now it's the turn of The Buzzcocks to headline this iconic venue.

Only downside is that it's around a year away...tickets have gone on sale this weekend...

On Friday 21 June 2019 The Royal Albert Hall is delighted to present a one-off evening

featuring three pioneering bands from the first generation of punk and new wave:

Buzzcocks, The Skids and Penetration....that is a must see gig...











Saturday 30 June 2018.

THE SKIDS + THEATRE OF HATE live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Thankfully The Skids are playing another UK tour this year after reforming last year.

Before last year it was over 30 years since their last UK tour.

They are playing extra shows by public demand in celebration of their 40th anniversary.

I missed them last year as their London show clashed with Guns N Roses at London Stadium.

I saw The Skids seven times in their heyday period from 1979 to 1981 which included headline

shows at The Rainbow, Hammersmith Palais & Hammersmith Odeon.

The sadly missed guitarist Stuart Adamson was in The Skids before he started Big Country.

The Skids had 5 x Top 40 hit singles in the UK.

With support from Theatre of Hate who were also around in the early 1980s and are best known for their

Top 40 hit from 1982 'Do You Believe in the Westworld'.

I saw them as support act in 1981 and as a headline act in 1982 at Hammersmith Palais.

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The audience is pretty much full of blokes in their 50s.

THEATRE OF HATE arrived on stage at 8pm and played for around 45 mins.

Always good to see singer Kirk Brandon and hear his powerful voice.

They finished with a great version of 'Do You Believe in the Westworld'.

Full Theatre of Hate setlist played tonight...

Original Sin

'63

Conquistador

Facade

Americanos

Legion

Do You Believe In The Westworld?

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After over 35 years i finally get to see The Skids play live again.

THE SKIDS arrived on stage at 9.10pm and played for around 80 mins.

Singer Richard Jobson is now aged 57 but still does plenty of his energetic dancing.

The Skids go back a long way as Richard pulled up Top Of The Pops djs Jimmy Saville

and Dave Lee Travis as 'scumbags'...they both introduced the band on TOTP.

The videos are up on YouTube from their TOTP appearances.

It soon gets lively down the front as folks are slamming into each other.

Loads of older classics played along with a few newies from their 2018 album 'Burning Cities'.

Loads of stunning guitar riffs from Bruce Watson (who also plays in Big Country).

His son is on second guitar.

Their biggest hit 'Into The Valley' was played at the end of their main set.

A great show.

The Skids full setlist played tonight...

This is Our World

Charade

Of One Skin

Melancholy Soldiers

Kings of the New World Order

Working for the Yankee Dollar

The Saints Are Coming

Into the Void

Desert Dust

Charles

Hurry On Boys

A Woman In Winter

Circus Games

TV Stars

Masquerade

Into the Valley

Encore:

Animation

The Olympian









Saturday 30 June 2018.

Logan Plant (son of Led Zeppelin legend Robert Plant ) spent several years playing in bands without success.

Even with his famous father's name, he could not get a record deal.

Now he is a brewer and it's all taken off.

Look, we’ve got a dream to build,” says Logan Plant, 39, CEO and co-founder of Beavertown Brewery, where right now everything seems glass half-full.

Birds are chirping and the sun is shining in Tottenham Hale, where his Beavertown brewery is sited. Last week Plant sealed a £40 million cash injection from Heineken, which will help build ‘Beaverworld’, a new brewery and visitor site.









Friday 29 June 2018.

Time for an evening indoors for me as i have been out eighteen nights on the trot.

As the heatwave continues be careful in the sun if you are outdoors at live music events.











Thursday 28 June 2018...6pm to 9.30pm...

ST JAMES'S SUMMER GARDEN PARTY - St James's Square, London SW1.

This historic square dates back some 300 years.

Around 500 guests are here on this perfect sunny evening for an outdoor event.

Most have paid £50 to be here.

At 7.30pm a duo played 30 mins of original songs and cover songs.

At 8.15pm CHRISTOPHER BIGGINS was guest of honour to host the raffle.

At 8.30pm a group called CROWD COMPANY played 30 mins of original funk/jazz tunes.

Some nice guitar and sax played...they are playing The 100 Club in July.

There is a fun casino from The Ritz Hotel.

Some classic cars are on display from The Royal Automobile Club.

Lots of complimentary food and drinks by provided by top notch restaurants & bars in the area.

Gusbourne champers, cocktails, wines and beers along with delicious food including

Indian dishes from CHUTNEY MARY , Oysters from WILTON'S, Lobster Burgers from PIT STOP,

Beef Rolls from THE GAME BIRD , Ice-creams from FORTNUM & MASON and many more.

A great event.











Wednesday 27 June 2018...I went to three events today...

4.15pm to 5.30pm

THE MEETINGS SHOW at Olympia, London W14.

Venues in the UK and abroad are showcasing their venues that are available to hire.

Many stands are giving out complimentary drinks and nibbles.

then

6.15pm to 8pm

MASTERPIECE - preview evening - The Royal Hospital Chelsea, London SW3.

A totally massive event as there must be at least 2000 or 3000 guests here.

Dr Christian Jessen and David Linley were here.

Lots of nicely dressed up females among the upmarket art crowd.

Must be over 200 dealers / stands from around the world showcasing their nice art, furniture, etc.

Complimentary Perrier Jouet champers for all guests.

www.masterpiecefair.com

Visit the Masterpiece website here for for info.

then

8.30pm to 11pm

MILLENNIUM HOTELS - summer party - Millennium Hotel, Gloucester Road,London SW7.

Around 300 guests here for this party with a 90's theme so we had a covers band playing tunes

by the likes of Guns N Roses and Oasis and a dj was playing 90's tunes.

This was the party where I won a weekend for two in Paris with hotel and Eurostar tickets last year.

At 9.15pm they had the same 20 raffle prizes tonight for stays at their hotels in the UK & abroad but

sadly none of my gang won anything this time.

Very lively party with folks dancing and we had a good boogie here.

Lots of complimentary drinks and food here including a full bar including Jack Daniels and other spirits

along with different food stations for fish n chips,Indian Food, Chinese Food, kebabs, desserts,ice-cream etc.

All guests got a small goodie bag with a few items inside.

About Millennium Hotels...

Millennium Hotels and Resorts is a global hotel group that offers a unique range of properties around the world. Our hotels are never cookie-cutter, but always fresh, surprising and tailored to their location. The group offers over 130 four and five star properties, in gateway cities across the Globe.

In the UK and Europe, there are 24 well appointed four and five star hotels, situated in prime locations across London, the North and South of England, Scotland, Wales, France and Italy. All hotels provide superb accommodation, direct transport links and a high quality of service for meetings events and conferences.

www.millenniumhotels.com

Visit the Millennium Hotels website here for more info.









Tuesday 26 June 2018...I went to three events tonight...

6.15pm to 6.45pm

SEX PISTOLS - Midnight Studios x Shane Gonzales - launch party - Selfridges, London W1.

Drawing from his deep-rooted love of everything punk, designer Shane Gonzales reworked original artwork from the band’s archive and silhouettes associated with the British punk rock movement of the late ’70s. Designed in collaboration with Bravado, the range is comprised of alternative styled streetwear cuts displaying imagery evocative of The Sex Pistols iconic debut album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols. Some standout pieces from the capsule include the sleeveless T-shirt print hoodie, record packaging scarf and extra large God Save The Queen Tote bag.

We are in a small section on the first floor where there is a dj playing some (not punk) tunes.

I am the only old punk rocker as it's the younger fashion of crowd of maybe just 50 or 60 guests.

A bit weird to see The Sex Pistols items on sale like this in somewhere like Selfridges.

Prices ain't cheap if you want to buy anything.

Complimentary beers for all guests.

then

7pm to 8.15pm

UNIT LONDON - gallery opening party - 3 Hanover Square , London W1.

Massive new gallery over two floors opens with a party for over 200 guests.

Lots of nicely dressed glammed up women here.

Guests included Mary McCartney and Alistair Guy.

The opening exhibition features South African artist Ryan Hewett : The Garden.

Complimentary prosecco, two different rum cocktails and canapés for all guests.

www.theunitldn.com

Visit the Unit London website here for more info.

then

TYLER BRYANT & THE SHAKEDOWN live at Dingwalls , London.

Tyler & his boys are a great and up & coming American blues rock band.

They have supported Guns N Roses several times and are on a UK tour to promote their second album,

which came out on Spinefarm Records.

I saw them last year at The Ramblin' Man Festival in Maidstone.

They return to play this years Ramblin' Man Festival on Sunday 01 July.

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Nice to be back at this venue that i went too quite often in the 1980s including solo shows by

three members of The New York Dolls...David Johansen, Johnny Thunders and Sylvain Sylvain.

TYLER BRYANT & THE SHAKEDOWN arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 90 mins.

Tyler certainly has all the boxes ticked for a great frontman.

Aged 27 with youthful rock star good looks, a great guitarist, great vocals and plenty of charisma.

Over the past couple of years the band have built up a good following in the UK.

Tyler is clearly very happy to be playing his music all over the world.

Loads of good solid blues rock songs played in the set.

A couple of times he jumps in the crowd with his guitar for a solo.

A very enjoyable show and the only way is up for this band I reckon.

A few minutes after they finished the show they came out to the merch stand to say hello to all.

Full setlist played tonight...

House on Fire

Criminal Imagination

Don't Mind The Blood

Downtown Tonight

Easy Target

Old Bones

Got My Mojo Working (Ann Cole cover)

Aftershock

That's All Right / Blues Jam (Elvis Presley cover)

Ramblin' Bones

Lipstick Wonder Woman

The Wayside

Weak & Weepin'

Encore:

You Wreck Me (Tom Petty cover)

House That Jack Built









Tuesday 26 June 2018.

Happy Birthday to The Clash/B.A.D. guitar legend Mick Jones who is 63 today.









Check previous page for recent reviews of the following...

Fri 22 June - Foo Fighters live at The London Stadium.

Sat 23 June - Billy Idol + The Professionals live at Brixton Academy.

Sun 24 June - The Cure live at The Royal Festival Hall.

Mon 25 June- UB40 live at The Royal Albert Hall.









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News and Reviews: 26th June 2018

Monday 25 June 2018...I went to two events tonight...

6.30pm to 8pm

KENNY SCHARF : BLOBZ - private view - Opera Gallery, 134 New Bond Street, London W1.

Kenny Scharf makes a come-back in London this summer, bringing his street artistry and pop-up surrealism

through works that haven't been seen before.

Complimentary Pommery champers and soft drinks for all guests.

www.operagallery.com

Visit their website here for more info on visiting this free exhibition.

then

UB40 live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

There are two versions of UB40 these days as the at war Campbell brothers have rival bands.

I saw one version at this venue a few months ago and now the other version play this venue.

I first saw UB40 in 1980 when they were the support act to The Pretenders.

Eight members in the original band with five in this line-up and three in the other line-up.

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The venue is hot and humid as it is a totally sold out show.

Floor standing for those who want to dance to the gentle pop reggae sounds of UB40.

UB40 arrived on stage at 9pm and played for a full two hours.

Nine musicians on stage including the five original members.

I would imagine many fans are still confused by the two bands using the same name.

Both bands can play big venues like this so everybody is happy i suppose.

Great to hear the big hits but tracks in the middle felt a bit average as they plodded along.

Great to see Paul Young join them for one song.

The last half a dozen songs were good as they got all the rest of the crowd up and dancing.

An enjoyable show.

Full UB40 setlist played tonight...

Food for Thought

Maybe Tomorrow

Come Back Darling

Cherry Oh Baby (Eric Donaldson cover)

Midnight Rider (The Allman Brothers Band cover)

Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain (Roy Acuff cover)

Sing Our Own Song

Love of the Common People ( with Paul Young who had a hit with it in 1983)

Impossible Love

Sweet Sensation (The Melodians cover)

I'll Be Your Baby Tonight

Reggae Music

Baby (The Heptones cover)

Boom Shaka Lacka (U Roy & Hopeton Lewis cover)

Johnny Too Bad (The Slickers cover)

Here I Am (Come and Take Me) (Al Green cover)

Red Red Wine (Neil Diamond cover)

Encore:

Don't Break My Heart

Kingston Town (Lord Creator cover)

Can't Help Falling in Love (Elvis Presley cover)









Another milestone for me as this was my 6800th gig.

Sunday 24 June 2018.

THE CURE live at The Royal Festival Hall, London.

CUREATION - 25 is the name of this special evening to celebrate the end of Robert Smith

as curator for this years Meltdown Festival at The Southbank Centre complex.

I have seen The Cure over a dozen times since 1979 when they were the support act to

Siouxsie & The Banshees at Hammersmith Odeon.

Also shows at a Hammersmith Apollo and Wembley Arena in recent years.

During the interval the loyal hardcore fans all stand at the front and security do not move them so

i pop down there and i end up in the second row from stage on the right side with a perfect close up view.

THE CURE arrived on stage at 8.32pm and played for 2 hours 30 mins.

There are five big screens that cover the entire back of the stage , showing images and live footage.

Robert Smith keeps a low profile these days but The Cure are still a massive live atraction.

Roberts vocals are still great and his facial expressions are the same.

Simon Gallups rumbling dirty bass lines from his low slung instrument are fantastic.

The band create a superb wall of sound in their own unique way.

The show ended with 'A Forest' and 'Boys Don't Cry' which were fab.

More hits will no doubt be played at their massive Hyde Park show in a couple of weeks.

Really great to see them up nice and close.

Full setlist played by The Cure tonight...

FROM THERE TO HERE section.

Three Imaginary Boys

At Night

Other Voices

A Strange Day

Bananafishbones

A Night Like This

Like Cockatoos

Pictures of You

High

Jupiter Crash

39

Us or Them

It's Over

It Can Never Be the Same

FROM HERE TO THERE section.

Step Into the Light

The Hungry Ghost

alt.end

The Last Day of Summer

Want

From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea

Disintegration

If Only Tonight We Could Sleep

Sinking

Shake Dog Shake

One Hundred Years

Primary

A Forest

Boys Don't Cry











Saturday 23 June 2018.

BILLY IDOL + THE PROFESSIONALS live at Brixton Academy, London.

This was the last of three UK shows by Billy Idol...this show sold out in April...

I have seen Billy Idol several times with Generation X and several times as a solo act.

I last saw Billy Idol at Download Festival in 2015 when he supported KISS and Motley Crue.

I saw Generation X four times in 1977 before their debut album came out in 1978.

With support from The Professionals who include Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook.

I saw The Sex Pistols three times in 1976 and many times since.

Earlier this year Vive Le Rock magazine gave their Best Album award to

The Professionals 'What In The World' album.

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I was really looking forward to seeing both bands tonight.

It is hot and humid inside the venue as it is fully sold out.

THE PROFESSIONALS arrived on stage at 7.55pm and played for 35 mins.

I am front right of stage in stalls standing with a good view.

Not sure how many of the crowd know the history of The Professionals.

It was the band Steve Jones and Paul Cook started when The Sex Pistols split up.

Steve is committed to his dj work in Los Angeles so Paul has got the band up and running.

Great to hear older Professionals gems along with newer ones from the current album.

They finished with a great version of 'Silly Thing' that got the crowd singing along.

They definitely made a few more new fans tonight.

Full Professionals setlist played tonight...

Payola

Good Man Down

Join the Professionals

Going Going Gone

Just Another Dream

Rewind

Hats Off

Let Go

Silly Thing (Sex Pistols cover)

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BILLY IDOL arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 1 hour 40 mins.

Billy Idol is looking incredibly youthful for his 62 years.

It does not take long for him to expose his chest for his female fans.

He still has many female fans half his age screaming for him.

Guitarist Steve Stevens is wearing a dodgy looking bacofoil suit.

The second guitarist is Billy Morrison.

Great to hear Generation X hits and his solo hits but some of the tracks plodded a bit

and Steve Stevens had too many guitar solos during the evening which lost the vibe.

Also the overall sound quality could have been a lot better.

Very good overall but the Hammersmith Apollo show in 2014 was better.

Full Billy Idol setlist played tonight...

Shock to the System

Dancing With Myself (Generation X song)

Pumping on Steel

Can't Break Me Down

Cradle of Love

Scream

Prodigal Blues

Eyes Without a Face

Guitar Solo

Don't Need a Gun

King Rocker (Generation X song)

Blue Highway

Instrumental Jam (Possibly Top Gun)

Rebel Yell

Encore:

White Wedding

Mony Mony (Tommy James & the Shondells cover)

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After-show party from 10.45pm to 11.30pm.

Around 70 or 80 guests are here in the backstage bar.

It is a pay bar here.

All The Professionals are here.

Sex Pistols/Professionals drummer Paul Cook told me they were driving straight down to

Isle of Wight Festival after as they were due on stage Sunday afternoon.

Also here was Tony James who was in Generation X with Billy Idol.

Billy Idol & band were doing meet & greet stuff in the dressing rooms area so not sure

if they made it here...my sore throat & chesty cough was playing up so headed off home...









Friday 22 June 2018.

THE FOO FIGHTERS live at The London Stadium, Stratford, East London.

The Foo Fighters play the first of two massive sold out stadium shows at the same venue

where i saw The Rolling Stones twice in the previous month.

I have seen The Foos over 20 times since 1998 when they were support at a Milton Keynes Bowl

show that featured headliners Black Sabbath (featuring Ozzy and all original members)

and Ozzy Osbourne Band (yes Ozzy sung with both bands on the same day).

Also a few secret gigs including at The Underworld , Camden in June 2006.

The Foos are one of those great rock bands that always put on a fantastic show.

THE FOO FIGHTERS arrived on stage at 8.08pm and played a nice long set of 2 hours 40 mins.

No gold circle today but i am still on the pitch standing right with a good view.

The Foos have some nice big screens to keep those at the back happy.

The lasers came out in the final hour when it got darker.

There is no doubt that singer Dave Grohl is a perfect rock frontman who has every box ticked.

The energy, enthusiasm and charisma from Dave is pretty incredible.

He knows how to work the crowd throughout the evening.

Drummer Taylor Hawkins is a great drummer who gets the most screen time footage after Dave.

I saw Taylor play three times with Alanis Morissette in 1995/1996 when her classic debut album came out.

In 1997 Taylor would join The Foo Fighters.

Rock photographer Ross Halfin is here and Taylor Hawkins is wearing one of his t-shirts.

This world tour is to promote their recent album release 'Concrete and Gold' so some of the stage equipment

is a gold colour and three female singers join them for the few tracks they play from that album.

A blistering start as they tore into 'All My Life', 'Learn to Fly' and 'The Pretender''.

Some very entertaining cover versions in the middle of the set including 'Jump' by Van Halen

sung along to the piano of John Lennon's 'Imagine'.

Then back to more uptempo older classics including 'Monkey Wrench' , 'Breakout' ,'Best of You' and

encores of 'Times Like These' and 'Everlong'.

An excellent show that finished with a fireworks display.

Will surely be in with The Rolling Stones in my Top 10 gigs of the year.

Full Foo Fighters setlist played tonight...

All My Life

Learn to Fly

The Pretender

The Sky Is a Neighbourhood

Rope

Sunday Rain

My Hero

These Days

Walk

Under My Wheels (Alice Cooper cover) (Chris Shiflett on lead vocals)

Another One Bites the Dust / It's So Easy / You're the One that I Want / Foreplay (snippets played during band intros)

Jump (Van Halen cover) (mashed up with John Lennon's "Imagine")

Blitzkrieg Bop (Ramones cover)

Under Pressure (Queen cover) (Taylor Hawkins on vocals, Dave Grohl on drums & vocals)

Monkey Wrench

Wheels

This Is a Call

Breakout

Dirty Water

Run

Best of You

Encore:

Times Like These

Everlong











Thursday 21 June 2018...I went to two events tonight...

6.30pm to 7.45pm

MISS EUROPE CONTINENTAL - press launch - Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Marble Arch, London W1.

We are here for the Official Press Launch of Miss Europe Continental United Kingdom and

to celebrate the UK arrival of one of Europe’s most exciting, glamorous and professional pageants, that is already well established in over 40 European countries, with a big International final in Naples, Italy.

This event has been very popular over the past six years in mainland Europe and now for the

first time , the UK is taking part.

Some of the judges are here as well as some of the glamour girls who attended interviews that day.

They told us auditions will be held at all the major cities around the UK over the coming months.

Complimentary prosecco for all guests.

www.misseuropecontinental.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then

8pm to 9pm

THOMAS SABO CHARM CLUB - collection showcase - 65 South Molton Street, London W1.

Since 2006 a new Charm Club collection has appeared twice a year with lovingly designed creations.

Silver charms are more popular than ever these days and Thomas Sabo are one of the leaders.

They are showcasing their latest collection.

A dj is playing tunes in the background.

Complimentary vodka cocktails and prosecco.

All guests got a goodie bag with a silver charm inside that they retail for £69.

www.thomassabo.com

Visit the Thomas Sabo website here for more info.









Wednesday 20 June 2018...7.30pm to 10.30pm...

V & A SUMMER PARTY - Exhibition Road Entrance ,South Kensington, London SW7.

Victoria & Albert Museum hold their third summer party in their new outside space.

Another busy night of events in London including gigs by The Hollywood Vampires,

Public Image Limited, Deftones, David Bryne and others but i have chosen this party as it's always good.

This is one of the BIG THREE summer parties along with the Royal Academy and The Serpentine Gallery.

I have been to all three of them for each of the past three years.

A big crowd here as I was told some 900 are on the guest list.

Lots of well known faces here including David & Samantha Cameron, Jeremy Clarkson, Janet Street Porter.

A day after the Serpentine Summer Party, Ciara stepped out again with her American footballer husband Russell Wilson to attend the annual V&A Summer Party, joining an A-list crowd including Gwendoline Christie, Ellie Bamber, Arizona Muse, Erin O'Connor, Claudia Winkleman and Laura Bailey. Armed with a camera, Brooklyn Beckham turned photographer before heading to the John Madejski (he was here) Garden to join Edward Enninful, Grayson Perry, Lisa Snowdon, Amber Le Bon, Charlotte Tilbury, Princess Beatrice, Gary Kemp, Stephen Webster, Basia Briggs,Peter York, Corinne Bailey Rae,

Camilla Rutherford, Alice Naylor - Leyland, Amanda Wakeley, Caprice Bourret, Lady Victoria Hervey,

Lady Kitty Spencer, Lady Mary Charteris, Lady Emilia Windsor , Harold Tillman and no doubt a few others.

There was an official photographer by the glittery V & A sign by the red carpet entrance who took some

quality photos of us and emailed them over during the night which was a nice touch.

At 9pm TOM GRENNAN and his band performed a 30 mins set on the stage structure on the water here.

Tom played tracks from his upcoming album 'Lighting Matches' due for release in 06 July 2018.

The rising star will perform in 10 small towns on July 11 - is yours on the list?

Tom Grennan has announced that he’s going for a Guinness World Records title – attempting to perform the most live shows in 12 hours across various small towns.

The rising artist is set to release his debut album ‘Lighting Matches’ next month. Ahead of appearances at Reading & Leeds, Y-Not Festival, and Kendal Calling, the singer has given himself quite the challenge to celebrate his first LP.

The sponsor tonight was HARROD'S so we had complimentary HARROD'S champers, gin cocktails , beers

and lots of bowl food, canapés and desserts from HARROD'S.

Lots of people here i knew and it was a great party.









Tuesday 19 June 2018...7.30pm to 11.15pm...

SERPENTINE GALLERY SUMMER PARTY - Kensington Gardens, London W2.

One of those June nights with many mega clashes on including The Rolling Stones at Twickenham.

I saw The Stones twice at The London Stadium from the gold circle area three weeks ago so decided

to opt to go here as it is one of the BIG THREE of the summer parties for London's social crowd.

The traffic is gridlock outside the venue as they have closed one lane of traffic for arrivals.

Must be at least 50 photographers outside and inside the venue.

Around 1000 guests here with most of them paying £450 a ticket.

A nice mix of guests from art, fashion, design, music etc.

Lots of women in very glamourous designer dresses.

Mick Jagger and L'Wren Scott were here in 2013, just a few months before her shock suicide.

Like last year the main sponsor and host is CHANEL.

It is a perfect sunny evening which is handy as the event is outdoors.

Guests included Adwoa Aboah and fellow model Lara Stone along with Ciara, Jenna Coleman, Natalie Dormer, Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice, Edward Enninful, Ellie Goulding, David and Samantha Cameron, Alexa Chung, Suki Waterhouse, Charli XCX and Edie Campbell among further guests. Michael Bloomberg, Hans-Ulrich Obrist and Yana Peel were on hosting duties and welcomed Nile Rodgers and his band Chic to stage, along with rising stars Cosha and NAO.

Also here were Bianca Jagger, Jon Snow, Lady Kitty Spencer, Lady Amelia Spencer,Basia Briggs,

Russell Tovey, Tamara Beckwith, Lorraine Pascal, Ella Purnell, Ellie Bamber, Clara Amfo ,

Yasmin & Amber Le Bon , Suzi Menkez , David Linley and others.

Architect Frida Escobedo, celebrated for dynamic projects that reactivate urban space,

has got the commission to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2018.

There is also a great floating sculpture in the nearby Serpentine itself.

Like last year there is Coco's pop restaurant at the back so at 7.45pm we have a two course sit down meal

of Courgette Flowers with truffle honey and a Roast Cod dinner.

They always have a good live act and this year they deliver again as at 9.15pm

NILE RODGERS & CHIC take to the stage for a brilliant 75 mins set.

I first saw Chic at Hammersmith Odeon for two gigs in 1979 at the height of the disco boom.

I am front row leaning on the left of stage with a glass of Laurent Perrier champers in my hand.

It doesn't get much better than that.

It is a full stage production with a big screen and Niles & band all dressed in white.

The setlist is a mix of Chic hits and the many bands he has produced over the years and a couple

of new songs with up and coming singers that will be on his new album.

Niles has been involved with a staggering 300 million records sales wise.

Full CHIC setlist played tonight...

Everybody Dance (Chic cover)

Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah) (Chic cover)

I Want Your Love (Chic cover)

Medley : I'm Coming Out / Upside Down / He's the Greatest Dancer / We Are Family

Notorious (Duran Duran cover)

Boogie All Night (with Nao)

Till The World Falls (with Cosha)

Get Lucky (Daft Punk cover)

Let's Dance (David Bowie cover)

Le Freak (Chic cover)

Good Times / Rapper's Delight (Chic cover) (with Niles and backing singers in the crowd)

A dj played tunes after the show.

Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers, vodka cocktails, gin cocktails, wines, bowl food ice-cream etc.

On departure all guests got a print of a painting by Karl Lagerfeld.

An excellent party.











Monday 18 June 2018...I went to two events today...

3.45pm to 6.45pm

GOFFS LONDON SALE - Perks Field, Kensington Palace Gardens, London W2.

Over 500 guests here outside in the sunshine by Notting Hill Gate/ Queensway tube stations.

Many horse racing owners and trainers that will be at Ascot are here.

Golfer Lee Westwood was here as he owns horses.

From 5pm for an hour we had the auction of the 33 horses who were all here in stables.

There was a big screen showing live footage of the auction.

A jazz quartet were playing cover versions.

Complimentary Pimms, Rose wines, beers, cheeseburgers, chicken burgers, canapés and strawberries & cream.

Guests got a small goodie bag with half a dozen items inside.

then

PEARL JAM live at The 02 Arena, London.

First of two totally sold out shows at this venue, and their only UK shows on their European Tour.

Pearl Jam have sold over 60 million albums worldwide and in 2017 they were

inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

I have seen Pearl Jam around a dozen times since 1992 when they supported The Cult in Finsbury Park

when Pearl Jam debut album 'Ten' was out.

Pearl Jam arrived on stage at 8.25pm and played for around 2 hours 30 mins.

There is 360 seating tonight as there are seats behind the stage...the place is rammed solid...

The floor standing area is full up with their loyal fans.

Tonight's massive crowd must surely rival Metalica's 21,000 record breaking attendance here.

The two big screens are high up in the ceiling as to not get in the way of folks view behind the stage.

There are a dozen circular lanterns that hover up and down throughout the evening.

Going into a Pearl Jam show, you never know what to expect, and that mystery mostly stems from their uncanny setlists.

Their loyal hardcore fans sing along to obscure album tracks and between songs it is very quiet as they listen to Eddie.

It's like Eddie Vedder is the grunge version of Bruce Springsteen as he moans about Donald Trump and

even stuffs a wine cork in a rubber face mask of Donald Trump to the delight of the crowd.

He knows exactly what to say to the crowd as he mentions the first two Pearl Jam gigs in the UK

which were a small club in Southend and then The Borderline Club in London in Feb 1992 and i would see

them a few months after that for the first time.

His Seattle drawl seems more laid back rock & roll than ever.

Many flags from countries around the world are held up during a couple of songs.

The last two songs played were highlights, 'Alive' and 'Rockin' in the Free World'.

A great show.

Full Pearl Jam setlist played tonight...

Of the Girl

Low Light

Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town

Animal

Brain of J.

Even Flow

Wishlist

Deep

Severed Hand

Love Boat Captain

Can't Deny Me

Do the Evolution

Down

Daughter (with "W.M.A." tag)

You Are

Parting Ways

Porch

Encore:

Off He Goes

Sleeping by Myself (Eddie Vedder song)

Footsteps

Mind Your Manners

Why Go

Better Man

Last Kiss (Wayne Cochran cover)

Black

Alive

Rockin' in the Free World (Neil Young cover)











Monday 18 June 2018.

Happy Birthday to SIR PAUL McCARTNEY who is 76 today.









Saturday 16 June and Sunday 17 June 2018.

THE STONE FREE FESTIVAL returns to The 02 Arena complex in London.

The main stage is at The 02 Arena in the evenings.

Second stage at Indigo and two smaller stages during the afternoons.

Sat 16 June---Day 1 of The Stone Free Festival at The 02 Arena.

Scorpions + Megadeth play their only UK shows on their European Tours.

A very nice triple bill of rock acts from promoters KILIMANJARO as Buckcherry open the show.

I first saw Scorpions in 1979 and have seen them play around 15 times since then.

I first saw Megadeth in 1987 and seen them play around 10 times since then.

I first saw Buckcherry in 1999 at Paris Bercy and Wembley Arena when they supported KISS.

On the Saturday afternoon there is record fair in the foyer of The 02 Arena complex.

Sun 17 June---Day 2 of The Stone Free Festival at The 02 Arena.

Yes feat Anderson-Rabin-Wakeman + Roger Hodgson (Supertramp) (his only UK this year).

I saw Yes feat ARW at Hammersmith Apollo in 2017 and i also saw Roger Hodgson play last year

at The Royal Albert Hall.

Joanne Shaw Taylor will play a powerful guitar based blues set.

A great full weekend of quality bands....and no need for camping or wellies.

www.stonefreefestival.com

Visit the STONE FREE website here for full info on the line-up and to buy tickets

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DAY ONE - Saturday 16 June 2018.

I get to the venue at 4.30pm and mooch around at the record fair and all the great vinyl rarities.

ORANGE GOBLIN arrive on stage at 5.15pm and play for around 45 mins.

They are headlining The Indigo stage.

Orange Goblin are a good rock band from London that have hints of Motörhead and Sabbath.

Their singer Ben Ward is a great frontman with a big voice and big stage charisma.

Their set included a couple of tracks from their ninth studio album 'The Wolf Bites Back ' ...out now.

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I then head into the main arena and have a great seat in the guest/press block right of stage.

Live music booking agent legend Rod MacSween is here as he represents Scorpions and Megadeth.

It is floor standing tonight which creates a great atmosphere.

BUCKCHERRY arrive on stage at 6.25pm and play for around 40 mins.

Back in the late 1990s Buckcherry were one of the hottest new bands when their debut album came out.

Their great single 'Lit Up' with its upfront reference to cocaine made them the new Guns & Roses.

When they split up after two albums singer Josh Todd was on the shortlist to be singer for

Velvet Revolver with Slash but was pipped at the post by Scott Weiland.

All three bands get to use the 25ft catwalk extension but Buckcherry only have a backdrop, no screens.

Singer Josh Todd is still full of rock & roll swagger and great to see them play gems including

'Ridin', 'Lit Up', 'Say Fuck It (Icona Pop cover)' and 'Crazy Bitch'.

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MEGADETH arrive on stage at 7.30pm and play for 75 mins.

Dave Mustaine arrives on stage with his trademark Flying V guitar and the crowd clearly still adore him.

They have one big screen which has some nice pre-recorded images.

They are of course one of 'The Big Four ' thrash metal bands that put the genre on the map.

More of a fast brutal riffing guitar based sound rather than catchy rock tunes.

A nice mix of newer tracks with some older classics that went down well with the crowd.

Full Megadeth setlist played tonight...

Hangar 18

The Threat Is Real

Rattlehead

Wake Up Dead

In My Darkest Hour

The Conjuring

Sweating Bullets

Take No Prisoners

Tornado of Souls

Dystopia

Symphony of Destruction

Mechanix

Peace Sells

Encore:

Holy Wars... The Punishment Due

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SCORPIONS arrive on stage at 9.20pm and play for 1 hour 40 mins.

Scorpions promised their full stage production and boy did they keep to their word.

A stunning visual treat with big screens and small screens across the whole of the stage showing

live footage and pre-recorded images along with a ton of lights...it was mega...

German rock legends Scorpions are still going strong , 50 years after their formation.

It was not an obvious greatest hits set but there were plenty of gems in there along

with tracks that do not get played that often.

There were three songs semi-acoustic in the middle of the set which were played on the catwalk.

You kinda forget that ex Motörhead drummer Mikkey Dee is now in their line-cup and a highlight

of the show is a tribute to Lemmy with a great version of Motorheads classic 'Overkill'.

A nicely paced show with most of their big songs in the second half of the show.

Nice simple singalong lyrics and catchy guitar riffs are the backbone of their songs.

An excellent show.

Full Scorpions setlist played tonight...

Going Out With a Bang

Make It Real

Is There Anybody There?

The Zoo

Top of the Bill / Steamrock Fever / Speedy's Coming / Catch Your Train

We Built This House

Delicate Dance

Follow Your Heart / Eye of the Storm / Send Me an Angel

Wind Of Change

Tease Me Please Me

Overkill (Motörhead cover) (dedicated to Lemmy with pictures of him on the big screens)

Drum Solo by Mikkey Dee

Blackout

Big City Nights

Encore:

Still Loving You

Holiday (Chorus and 1st verse only)

Rock You Like a Hurricane

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DAY TWO - Sunday 17 June 2018.

Like yesterday i managed to catch the headline act on the Indigo stage.

RICHIE KOTZEN and his band were on stage from 4pm for 45 mins.

Richie Kotzen is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer. Kotzen has a prolific solo career, with a back catalogue of more than twenty album releases, was a member of the glam-hard rock band

Poison from 1991-1993 and Mr. Big from 1999-2002.

Richie & his band are a powerful rock trio that feature Richie's strong vocals and plenty of nifty

guitar solos played with his fingers only style.

You can see his sound is influenced by the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn.

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then over to the main arena.

It is floor seating tonight for this mainly older Prog crowd.

ANATHEMA arrived on stage at 4.50pm and played for 40 mins.

All four bands on the main stage tonight have use of the big screens for live footage

which was odd as Megadeth and Buckcherry did not use the live screens yesterday.

They played some Prog based songs with male & female vocals that the crowd liked.

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JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR arrived on stage at 5.45pm and played for 40 mins.

Joanne Shaw Taylor is a British blues rock guitarist and singer who was discovered by Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics at the age of 16. The British music publication Blues Matters! called Taylor "the new face of the blues".

Joanne played some cool blues guitar with her band.

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ROGER HODGSON arrived on stage at 6.45pm and played for 60 mins.

Roger Hodgson normally plays a two hour show including solo material when he headlines so tonight's

shorter set works very well as a greatest hits for the gems he wrote for Supertramp.

I saw Supertramp twice at Hammersmith Odeon in 1975 when Melody Maker voted then

'Band of The Year'.

There are plants and foliage on stage between all the equipment.

Clever lyrics with great vocals and a nice stage sound meant his set was perfect.

Full Roger Hodgson setlist played tonight...

Take the Long Way Home (Supertramp song)

School (Supertramp song)

Breakfast in America (Supertramp song)

Hide in Your Shell (Supertramp song)

The Logical Song (Supertramp song)

Lord Is It Mine (Supertramp song)

Dreamer (Supertramp song)

Fool's Overture (Supertramp song)

Give a Little Bit (Supertramp song)

It's Raining Again (Supertramp song)

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YES feat ARW arrived on stage at 8.15pm and played for 2 hours 5 mins.

They have a big stage production with big screens and loads of lights.

Some of it was used in the Scorpions show last night.

Like last time Rick Wakeman is wearing a huge sparkly cape.

Singer Jon Anderson is on the short side so sings on a platform several inches off

the ground that is hidden behind his sound monitor.

The overall sound quality is perfect and all the musicians are top notch

The first hour was great with many good tunes then it went a bit proggy for a bit.

All the crowd were up and dancing for the last three songs.

Halfway through 'Owner of a Lonely Heart' , Rick Wakeman and Trevor Rabin went for a wander

in the front stalls while still playing their instruments.

The big stage production really suited their sound and I think this made it a better

show than the Hammersmith Apollo gig I saw last year.

A vey enjoyable show.

Full Yes feat ARW setlist played tonight...

Cinema (Yes cover)

Hold On (Yes cover)

Perpetual Change (Yes cover)

I've Seen All Good People (Yes cover)

And You and I (Yes cover)

Changes (Yes cover)

Rhythm of Love (Yes cover)

I Am Waiting (Yes cover)

Heart of the Sunrise (Yes cover)

Awaken (Yes cover)

Owner of a Lonely Heart (Yes cover)

Sunshine of Your Love (Cream cover)

Encore:

Roundabout (Yes cover)

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STONE FREE FESTIVAL was a great weekend of live music...see you there next year...











Saturday 16 June 2018.

At The Scorpions gig i bumped into my Russian mate Iggy.

He was at The Jeff Beck show at The Royal Hospital, Chelsea gig on Fri 15 June.

He told me he spotted Jimmy Page and Joe Perry watching the show from the right of stage.









Friday 15 June 2018.

PSYCHEDELIC FURS + THE CHURCH live at The Royal Festival Hall, London.

This was the opening show of Robert Smith 'Meltdown Festival' at The Royal Festival Hall.

The line-up for this years Meltdown Festival is the best for many years.

Robert Smith said that he asked The Rolling Stones to appear...but they knocked him back.

I have seen Psychedelic Furs over 15 times since 1979 when they were a support act.

The Furs only had two Top 40 hit singles in the UK and a few that made the Top 75.

Their albums on CBS in the 1980s were great , with many good tracks on each album.

The Furs are one of those bands from the 1980s that are still popular in America.

Original members Richard Butler (vocals) and Tim Butler (bass) are still there.

Mars Williams on sax has been with them since 1986.

Support act The Church are an Australian psychedelic rock band formed in Sydney in 1980.

I saw them twice in 1982 when they supported Duran Duran at Hammersmith Odeon.

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THE CHURCH arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played for around 45 mins.

My seat is in front of the mixing desk for The Church and then head down the front when

Psychedelic Furs fans all stand up at the start of the fourth song.

Great to see The Church play live again. They played a couple of tracks from their new album

and it was good that some of the audience knew a couple of their older tracks.

They finished nicely as halfway through the last song the roadies started to dismantle the

equipment so that they finished the song acoustically.

Full setlist played by The Church tonight...

Block

Myrrh

Another Century

Reptile

Day 5

Under the Milky Way

Miami

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PSYCHEDELIC FURS arrived on stage at 8.45pm and played for around 95 mins.

The band played a perfect setlist that included all their best known songs.

Richard Butler looks fantastic for age 62 and still has hints of Bowie mannerisms.

With his wide-lapelled tailcoat, oversized shades and impressive repertoire of vaudeville hand twirls, Richard Butler looks every inch the regal new wave rock singer.The band sound tremendous, a seamless six-piece creating a dense wall of noise reinforced by righteous saxophone from the seemingly indefatigable Mars Williams that is featured in many songs.

These art- rockers were always under-rated but just like The Forum show i saw last year they

are better than ever as they played great track after great track, an excellent show.

Full Psychedelic Furs setlist played tonight...

Dumb Waiters

Into You Like a Train

Highwire Days

President Gas

The Ghost in You

Mr. Jones

Sister Europe

Heartbreak Beat

No Easy Street

Love My Way

Only You and I

Don't Be a Girl

Angels Don't Cry

Imitation of Christ

Heaven

Encore:

India

Pretty in Pink

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10.30pm to 11.20pm.

Afterparty for around 80 guests in one of the many bars here.

It is a pay bar but all the band turn up after they have towelled themselves down.

No sign of Robert Smith so perhaps he is only going to certain shows.

Jordan was here .She is an English model and actress noted for her work with Vivienne Westwood and the SEX boutique in the Kings Road area of London in the mid-1970s, and for being a fixture at many of the early Sex Pistols performances.

She also was in the punk film ' Jubilee ' that came out in 1978.

She went AWOL by the seaside for 30 years but since the 40th anniversary of punk in 2016 she

has been going to loads of gigs again.

Singer Richard Butler left at 11.15pm and i left a few minutes after him.











Thursday 14 June 2018...I went to two events tonight...

6.15pm to 8.15pm

MOUNT STREET GARDENS - summer garden party - Mount Street, Mayfair, London W1.

A perfect sunny evening to be outside.

Most of the 300 guests have paid £50 to be here.

A nice relaxed atmosphere with several of the local residents bringing their dogs with them.

This garden space is hidden behind all the buildings on all four sides.

There are two live acts playing 30 mins sets...a jazz/swing band and a soul covers band.

There was a fun casino from Crockfords in one corner and at 8pm the raffle was drawn.

There is lots of complimentary food & drinks from some of the top notch restaurants & bars in the area.

Bouvet sparkling wines, cocktails, wines and beers.

Cheeseburgers from Morton's, Oysters from Wilton's, Desserts from Annabel's, Doughnuts from

The Mount Street Deli and various canapés from The Connaught Hotel and Delfinos.

Chocolates from The Westbury Hotel.

then

8.30pm to 9.30pm

TOY ROOM CLUB - showcase - 8/9 Argyll Street, London W1.

This club is situated next door to The Palladium and has had various names including Movida.

With room for only 180 people at capacity it is a club at the weekend and can be hired out at other times.

From the team behind Chakana in Mayfair and Project close to Oxford Street, Toy Room is a R&B only club.

There is graffiti style art with toy themes on the walls of the rooms here....a dj is playing tunes loudly...

Complimentary cocktails, JD n cokes, wines and beers for all guests.

We missed the food as it was a 6pm start.

www.toy-room.com

Visit their website here for more info.











Thursday 14 June 2018.

Google these two versions of Toto 'Africa' for your viewing pleasure.

1...Weezer 'Africa' Jimmy Fallon Live....(with guest Steve Porcaro)

2...Young Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake Sing "Africa" At Summer Camp











Wednesday 13 June 2018...7pm to 9.15pm...

FRIDA KAHLO : Making Her Self Up - private view - V&A Museum, South Kensington, London SW7.

Frida Kahlo (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954) was an iconic Mexican artist who painted portraits and self-portraits.

Clothes including her trademark dresses,jewellery, personal letters, lottery tickets, makeup and a defiantly red-leather-booted prosthetic leg with bells on to announce her arrival belonging to Frida Kahlo, which were sealed in her house for more than 50 years, are to be shown at the V&A in London, the first time they will have been seen outside Mexico.

A lot of advance publicity for this exhibition with a full page review in the Metro on Tuesday

and a full page review in The Standard on the Wednesday.

A lengthy queue here when i arrived at venue at 6.45pm , but eventually got in at 7pm.

I was told there were a massive 800 folks on the guest list.

Many of the women here are dressed Latino style like Frida was back in the day.

Guest of honour is the actress SALMA HAYEK (who played Frida in 2002) who is given the full rock star treatment with personal security and is in a private roped off area with all the photographers.

At 7.15pm we had speeches from The V & A spokesperson and SALMA HAYEK.

Biopic of the bold and controversial life of artist Frida Kahlo. Set in Mexico City, this visually evocative film traces her lifelong, tempestuous relationship with her mentor, along with her illicit affairs with Trotsky and various women. Her forward-thinking artistic, political and sexual attitudes are explored as we witness a hard-drinking, passionate woman of the early 1900s, which earned an Oscar nomination for Salma Hayek.

Also here were ANNIE LENNOX , Philip Treacy , Alice Temperley and the Mexican Ambassador to the UK.

Also David Downton, Basia Briggs, Donna Air and Holly Vallance were here.

A female dj was playing Latin tunes in the background.

Complimentary Luc Belaire sparkling wines, four different cocktails including Patron Tequila and canapés.

A very nice event although with such a big crowd they should have had a 10pm finish.

www.vam.ac.uk

Visit the V & A website here for more info and to buy tickets.

It is on until 04 Nov 2018...tickets are £15...

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www.vamos-london.com

Visit the Vamos website here for a full list of Latin gigs and events held in London this summer.











Tuesday 12 June 2018.

TRAVIS + TURIN BRAKES live at The Royal Festival Hall, London.

Travis play the first of two shows at this venue.

Scottish indie rock band Travis will play their second album 'The Man Who' live in full for two limited runs this

June and December as part of a UK tour. The album was released 19 years ago in 1999.

The album would eventually spend a total of 11 weeks at number one on the UK Albums Chart, and went on to give the band international recognition. The album has sold over 2.5 million copies in the UK alone.

Travis have had 18 Top 40 hits including 6 that made the Top 10.

This would lead to the band headlining Glastonbury Festival (2000) and Reading Festival (2001).

I have seen Travis several times including the two massive headlining shows above.

Support act Turin Brakes are an English band, comprising original duo Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian, and long term collaborators Rob Allum and Eddie Myer. They had a UK top 5 hit in 2003 with their song "Painkiller (Summer Rain)".

Since starting out in 1999, the band have quietly sold around 1 million records worldwide.

Turin Brakes have had 7 Top 40 hit singles.

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TURIN BRAKES arrive on stage at 7.30pm and play for around 45 mins.

Turin Brakes played a good set that featured their hits and a couple of tracks off their new album

that is called 'Invisible Storm'.

They are an ideal support band to Travis as they have a similar sound.

Full Turin Brakes setlist played tonight...

Wait

State of Things

Lost In The Woods

Last Chance

Keep Me Around

Pain Killer (Summer Rain)

Fishing for a Dream

Black Rabbit

Underdog (Save Me)

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TRAVIS arrive on stage at 8.45pm and play for around 1 hour 55 mins.

A nice full stage production at this venue with loads of lights and a huge backdrop.

Fran on vocals is wearing a skirt/kilt and has plenty of fun and easygoing stage banter.

The guitarist is much more animated on stage these days , pulling some cool guitar poses.

Their catchy radio friendly songs were played all over the radio back in the day and everyone

knows the lyrics and sings along loudly and the crowd stand up after half a dozen songs.

A fun cover of a Britney Spears classic that they originally did for a radio show in their early days.

A great show.

Full Travis setlist played tonight...

THE MAN WHO album played in full for the first part of the show.

Writing to Reach You

The Fear

As You Are

Driftwood

The Last Laugh of the Laughter

Turn

Why Does It Always Rain on Me?

Luv

She's So Strange

Slide Show

Blue Flashing Light (final track on The Man Who album)

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Love Will Come Through

Last Train

Good Feeling

Side

Re-Offender

Closer

My Eyes

Flowers in the Window

All I Want to Do Is Rock

Sing (guitarist played part of the song in the crowd)

Encore:

...Baby One More Time (Britney Spears cover)

Happy (with 50 fans on stage for a dance)











Monday 11 June 2018...6.30pm to 11.30pm...

NATIONAL RESTAURANT AWARDS 2018 at The Hurlingham Club, Putney Bridge, London SW6.

Always great to be at this venue that dates back to 1869 which is a world away from the outside hussle & bussle.

The Hurlingham Club is an exclusive sports and social club located in Fulham.

It has a Georgian clubhouse set in 42 acres of grounds.

It is one of the venues in the world that polo was first played.

Sports played here include croquet ,lawn tennis, cricket, bowls, skittles, squash and swimming (with both indoor and outdoor pools) as well as fitness facilities and a gymnasium. Games such as bridge, backgammon and chess are popular indoor pursuits.

There are peacocks walking around the grounds.

The club has 13,000 members and has a 30 year waiting list to join.

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A lovely sunny evening so the event as always is held outdoors before and after the awards.

Around 500 guests here with most of them paying £250 to attend.

Lots of restaurant owners here and a couple of well known chefs including Pierre Hoffmann.

Raymond Blanc was here as he picked up The Lifetime Achievement Award later.

At 8.20pm we are sat down indoors for an hour as they count down the Top 100 list.

Lots of complimentary drinks and food all throughout the evening including Devaux champers ,

half a dozen different cocktails,wines, Estrella Damm lagers and several food trucks giving out

cheeseburgers, wood fired pizza, seafood, fried chicken, tacos, churros, ice- cream and more.

All guests got a presentation box of beers and glasses from the main sponsors ESTRELLA DAMM.

An excellent evening.

The Top 10 were...

1---Kiln,Soho, London

2---Sabor, Mayfair, London

3---A Wong, Victoria, London

4---Core by Clare Smyth, Notting Hill, London

5---L’Enclume, Cartmel, Cumbria

6---Moor Hall, Aughton, Lancashire

7---Lyle’s,Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

8---Restaurant Sat Bains,Chelsea, London

9---The Sportsman, Seasalter, Kent

10---Nathan Outlaw, Port Isaac, Cornwall

www.nationalrestaurantawards.co.uk

Visit their website here for the full Top 100 list.













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6,800th live gig!

This gig was my 6800th live show seen since 1973....
Sunday 24 June 2018.
The Cure live at The Royal Festival Hall, London.
The Cure played a special show to celebrate the end of
Robert Smith as curator for The Meltdown Festival.
A very nice 2 hours 30 mins set.

News and Reviews: 11th June 2018

Sunday 10 June 2018.

Paul McCartney hung out with talk show host James Corden in Liverpool at the weekend for what may be something special to mark the 50th anniversary of The Beatles ‘White Album’.

The word on the street (or in this case maybe Penny Lane) is that McCartney is working on a special edition of ‘The Beatles’ (aka The White Album) for the anniversary this year. ‘The Beatles’ was released on 22 November 1968.

McCartney visited the Philharmonic Dining Rooms at Hope and Hardman Streets in Liverpool

where he performed with his band for a free entry secret gig.

McCartney and Corden were spotted at locations around Liverpool throughout the day, leading to suggestions they may be also have produced a McCartney edition of Carpool Karaoke. The pair also popped up at Penny Lane in Liverpool, the subject of McCartney’s Beatles’ classic.

Full setlist played by Macca on Saturday...

A Hard Day's Night (The Beatles song)

Love Me Do (The Beatles song)

I Wanna Be Your Man (The Beatles song)

Back in the U.S.S.R. (The Beatles song)

Birthday (The Beatles song)

I've Got a Feeling (The Beatles song)

Hey Jude (The Beatles song)









Saturday 09 June 2018.

10 years ago this weekend in June 2008 i made one of my maddest ever gig journeys.

Left West London in the Friday morning to see KISS headline Download Festival up in the Derbyshire area

that night ,then trekked down south to catch a ferry to see The Sex Pistols and Iggy Pop & The Stooges

play the Saturday evening at The Isle of Wight Festival.

Stayed down there for Sundays line-up that was headlined by The Police.









Friday 08 June 2018....I went to four events tonight...

The final three were related to London Fashion Week Mens.

6pm to 6.30pm

PALOMA VARGA WEISZ - private view - Sadie Coles Gallery , I Davies Street, London W1.

Woodcarver from Bavaria is showcasing a dozen of her sculptures.

A small gallery but a nice surprise to see actress EMMA THOMPSON here.

Complimentary Peroni beers for all guests.

www.sadiecoles.com

Visit the gallery website here for more info.

then

6.40pm to 7.40pm

KIRK ORIGINALS - launch party - at Private White VC, 73 Duke Street, London W1.

Kirk Originals presents a ‘Made in England’ collection, designed in London and handmade entirely in England

using the best materials and components...top quality sunglasses...

Around 100 guests here including some very smartly dressed gents.

X Factor presenter DERMOT O'LEARY is here as he is part of The British Fashion Council team.

Also here was the stores mascot dog, Brutus The British Bulldog who was cute and well behaved.

Complimentary wines and beers for all guests.

www.kirkoriginals.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then

7.50pm to 9.20pm

ASOS - menswear presentation - Ham Yard Hotel , London W1.

Around 150 guests here in the nice rooftop bar & garden of this boutique hotel.

There is a stage where a dozen male models are showcasing the clothes.

A dj is playing in the corner.

Complimentary summer cocktails, wines, beers, chicken & beef BBQ, canapés, desserts.

www.asos.com

Visit the ASOS website here for more info.

then

9.30pm to 11.30pm

TOPMAN - party - Phoenix Arts Club, 1 Phoenix Street, London WC1.

Around 150 guests here at this party which very lively as a later start and finish.

The music played is much louder and it's a full party vibe.

JEREMY MEEKS was here who is better known as 'The Hot Felon' who shacked up

with Topshop heiress Chloe Green and they recently had a baby together.

For those who need a quick refresher: Jeremy became a star when his mug shot went viral following his arrest in June 2014 for assault, after Californian police posted it to Facebook.

At 10.15pm we had a 30 mins set by up and coming rapper JIMOTHY LACOSTE from Camden.

His dead pan lyrics and Jamiroquai type dancing were a good mix and went down well.

Complimentary prosecco, Negronis, wines, beers, burgers, fish n chips , canapés for all guests.

www.topman.com

Visit the TOPMAN website here for more info.









Thursday 07 June 2018...I went to two events tonight...

6.30pm to 8pm

ARTISTS FOR ARTANGEL - launch party - 22 Cork Street, London W1.

Around 50 artists including Rachel Whiteread, Francis Alys, and Roni Horn are offering work in an online auction, as series, editions, & new commissions to help ensure that ArtAngel can produce ambitious projects well into the future.

This new gallery space is massive as there must be 300 guests here.

We had a speech at 7pm outlining ArtAngel plans for the future.

Complimentary Pommery champers, wines, beers and canapés for all guests.

www.artangel.org.uk

Visit their website here for more info.

then

8.15pm to 11.15pm

MOËT & CHANDON SUMMER HOUSE - opening party - Grosvenor Square, London W1.

Moët have taken over this very smart townhouse for four days of celebrations for their 275th birthday.

Over 200 guests with many well known faces here at this very lively party.

Jade Jagger, Samantha Cameron, Alice Temperley, Edith Bowman and Tinie Tempah were some of the first guests through the doors of Moët & Chandon’s exclusive Summer House for its VIP launch party. Billed 'the pop-up of the summer', Anya Hindmarch, Caroline Rush, Erdem Moralioğlu , Eric Underwood , Isaac Carew, Jenny Halpern, Patrick Grant and Ophelia Lovibond were also here.

Actor IDRIS ELBA was the dj from 10pm to 11pm and we had a boogie on the floor to his tunes.

Complimentary Moët champers was everywhere and lots of canapés for all guests.

All guests got a goodie bag with a 200ml bottle of Moët Champers and a 200ml bottle of Moët Rose Champers.

A great party.

www.moetsummerhouse.com

Visit their website here for tasting sessions/live music sessions.











Thursday 07 June 2018.

Very sad news that 'King of Clubs' legend PETER STRINGFELLOW has died aged 77 due to lung cancer.

The businessman owned a string of clubs - named after himself - around the world, with his first opening in the sixties.

After starting out as music venues, by the 1980s they had became synonymous with topless girls and after-hours entertainment.

His most famous club was in London’s Covent Garden (Stringfellow's) and attracted an array of stars.

The likes of The Beatles, Rod Stewart, Tom Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Prince , Boy George, Lemmy

and Stephen Hawking all enjoyed nights out at one of his establishments over the years.

Peter once said he fave photo was of him with Stephen Hawking.

I went to Stringfellow's several times and Peter would be there most nights....even when in his 70s.

I still have some VIP voucher invites for complimentary entry and a complimentary glass of champers

for Stringfellow's....maybe go down there and raise a glass to him.









Wednesday 06 June 2018...I went to two events tonight...

7pm to 10pm

THE ROYAL ACADEMY SUMMER EXHIBITION - private view - Piccadilly, London W1.

This event is one of the BIG THREE summer social events in London this summer.

The other two , The V & A Summer Party and The Serpentine Gallery Summer Party are held in a fortnight.

I have been here every year for the past decade or so except in June 2014 when i saw two mega

short notice gigs on the same night by PRINCE at The Roundhouse.

Held every year since 1769, it is the worlds longest running annual showcase of contemporary art.

The Great Spectacle : Celebrating 250 Years Of The Summer Exhibition.

Over 1000 works of art on display and to buy.

Works of art on display over several rooms from many major names including Winston Churchill ,

Tracey Emin , JMW Turner, John Constable, Peter Blake, David Hockey and many more.

Annigoni's portrait of The Queen which was first exhibited in 1955 is getting a lot of attention.

Love him or hate him but a portrait of Nigel Farage was also getting a lot of comments.

A massive crowd of around 1000 guests with most paying £295 to be here.

Lots of glammed up women in stunning outfits.

Music guests here included Paloma Faith , Charli XCX and Luke & Danny from the rock group Thunder.

Many other well known names including Tracey Emin, Kelly Hoppen, Ron Dennis, Basia Briggs.

James Norton had girlfriend Imogen Poots on his arm as he joined an A-list crowd at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition VIP preview, including Dame Kristin Scott Thomas, Kim Cattrall, Olivia Colman, Florence Pugh, Jennifer Saunders, Graham Norton, Nick Grimshaw, Peter Capaldi, Sophie Dahl, Laura Bailey, Pam Hogg and Edie Campbell. Curator and host for the evening Grayson Perry didn't disappoint with his choice of outfit as he, his wife Philippa, and his daughter Florence welcomed guests in flamboyant purple outfits.

Also here were Peter York, Ron Arad ,Suzy Menkes , Sandi Toksvig, Anais Gallagher and others.

In one room there are three djs playing an hour session each.....Clara Amfo, Fat Tony and Henri.

In another room we had a semi-acoustic trio playing covers including The Rolling Stones and The Beatles.

At 9.35pm singer ANNE-MARIE sung a five song 25 mins set with her band in the stunning courtyard.

She has had a great past year and has been involved with some hit singles and her debut album

'Speak Your Mind' went to number three in the charts last month when it was released.

Essex girl Anne-Marie is supporting Ed Sheeran on his current UK & European stadium tour.

Her full setlist was...

1.2002

2.Ciao Adios

3.Rockabye (a big hit for Clean Bandit that featured co-vocals by Anne-Marie)

4.Friends

5.2002 (repeated for the tv cameras)

Lots of complimentary food and drinks including Laurent-Perrier champers, Fortnum & Mason champers,

four different cocktails,wines, beers, bowl food, cheeseburgers, grilled cheese sandwiches,

canapés, oysters , desserts etc for all guests.

Needless to say a totally excellent party.

www.royalacademy.org.uk

Visit The Royal Academy website here for more info and to buy tickets.

then

10.15pm to 11.15pm

WOLFSKIN TECH LAB - AW18 collection preview - Groucho Club, Dean Street, London W1.

Jack Wolfskin is one of the most popular sports brands in Germany, ahead of Nike and Puma and only overtaken by Adidas. Now the Idstein-based brand is putting the cherry on the cake: with its Wolfskin Tech Lab range, the brand has crafted a synthesis of high-end functionality and modern design.

In the words of its creators, the Tech Lab collection is “an upmarket, smart collection for a new, smart generation”. With its strong name, the range was developed for maximum performance blended with an urban look.

Their products include mountain and leisure clothing, footwear, rucksacks, sleeping bags, and tents. The brand is popular not only among hikers and mountaineers but predominantly worn in everyday situations; Jack Wolfskin clothes and accessories are fashionable amongst urban Germans Wilderness chic.

We are in one of the areas of this well known private members club in Soho.

We were at The Royal Academy event above so we missed the 30 mins set earlier by pop band BLUE.

Duncan James from Blue was still here when we arrived and was chatty & friendly to all.

A dj was playing tunes in the corner.

Complimentary gin & tonics, wines and beers for all guests.

All guests got a goodie bag with half a dozen items in.

www.jack-wolfskin.co.uk

Check the Wolfskin website here for more info.











Tuesday 05 June 2018.

THE THE + DJ FOOD live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

The The will perform at the Royal Albert Hall this year, as part of their first UK shows in 16 years!

Their last show before this tour was in June 2002 when The The made a sole live appearance at the

Meltdown Festival at London's Royal Festival Hall as guests of David Bowie.

Also extra London shows added due to demand - Brixton Academy on 06 June and The Troxy on 07 June.

They had seven Top 40 singles in the 1980s and 1990s and critically acclaimed albums.

Five of their albums hit the Top 40 including two that were Top 10.

Their singer and sole original member Matt Johnson this week said "My beloved father passed away unexpectedly this morning whilst I was en route to Stockholm for tonight’s concert. i am unable to cancel THE THE’s concerts over the next week due to the massive financial implications, but also in recent weeks, as his health was starting to fail, my dad had made my brother Gerard and I promise that if anything were to happen to him we would both carry on with our careers and make him proud".

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DJ FOOD played tunes for 40 mins over two sets of 20 mins.

DJ Food is an electronic music project currently headed by Kevin Foakes (also known as "Strictly Kev").

Tunes consisted of collections of breaks, loops and samples.

Electronica, IDM, trip hop, breakbeat, downtempo, nu jazz, acid jazz are all in there.

The later DJ Food albums have developed with shades of Latin, dub, breakbeat, ambient, and drum and bass.

I spotted RUSTY EGAN (The Rich Kids, Visage and dj) here.

By the time The The arrive on stage the venue is fully sold out despite the high ticket prices

of £95 for seats in the front half of downstairs and £125 for a box seat.

THE THE arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played for 2 hours 5 mins.

Not surprisingly Matt Johnson starts off by dedicating the show to his recently departed dad.

Pretty amazing how popular The The still are as all three London shows are sold out.

They always had a niche, arty, creative , hipster kind of following, similar to Nick Cave.

Just proves if you make interesting music, people will always come back to support you.

There was a massive big screen where they played pre-recorded images.

There were cameras there to film the show for a future DVD.

Matt and all his top notch band are dressed all in black.

The piano and drums at full tilt during the encore songs were great.

The setlist featured their best known hits and album tracks.

An enjoyable show.

Full The The setlist played tonight....

Global Eyes

Sweet Bird of Truth

Flesh and Bones

Heartland

The Beat(en) Generation

Armageddon Days Are Here (Again)

You Would Think I, By Now

We Can’t Stop What’s Coming

Phantom Walls

Love Is Stronger Than Death

Dogs of Lust

Helpline Operator

This Is the Night

This Is the Day

Soul Catcher

Bugle Boy

Beyond Love

Slow Emotion Replay

Like a Sun Risin Thru My Garden

Infected

I've Been Waitin' for Tomorrow (All of My Life)

Encore:

True Happiness This Way Lies

Uncertain Smile

Lonely Planet











Monday 04 June 2018...I went to three events tonight...

6pm to 6.30pm

CHESTER BARRIE - spring / summer 2018 showcase - The Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall, London SW1.

Always nice to be at this historic building that dates back to 1897.

Savile Row tailors Chester Barrie are showcasing their new collections in one of the rooms here.

Maybe 50 or 60 guests are here.

They use the best materials from Britain and Italy in their clothing.

Some great suits on display and some have a 20% reduction on price.

Complimentary champers and canapés for all guests.

All guests got a goodie bag with a pair of their cufflinks inside.

www.chesterbarrie.co.uk

Visit the Chester Barrie website here for more info.

then

6.45pm to 8.30pm

RUSSIAN PICTURES & WORKS OF ART - private view - Sotheby's, New Bond Street, London W1.

The auction for these works will be on the following day on 05 June.

A big crowd of over 500 smartly dressed guests here, including many Russians.

Loads of stunning paintings, vases , vintage jewellery etc on display.

Complimentary Ruinart champers, three different cocktails and lots of nice Russian food including Caviar

& desserts from Russian Restaurant ZIMA..who are located at 45 Frith Street, Soho.

www.sothebys.com

Visit the Sotheby's website here for more info

then

ELI PAPERBOY REED + MARCUS BONFANTI live at The 100 Club, London.

This show is part of the FUTURE JUKE FESTIVAL....check out their FaceBook page for more info...

Future Juke: A Festival Of 21st Century Blues presented by DMP UK and Balling The Jack.

The series of 5 gigs takes place between 29 May and 5 June in some of London’s top music venues.

Eli Paperboy Reed returns to this iconic venue to play a sold out show to promote his new album.

The new album is titled 'Eli Paperboy Reed Meets High & Mighty Brass Band'.

The soul blues don of the latter day. Eli Paperboy Reed honed his skills in Mississippi jukes and Chicago gospel choirs. He has the voice of a classic 1960s R&B belter with superb guitar and harmonica skills to boot. He is joined on this occasion by the wonderful, High & Mighty Brass Band to perform this heavenly racket.
 Blues-rocker Marcus Bonfanti one of Britain's very best, a young gun guitarist who will make for fine support.


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I got to The 100 Club at 8.45pm and caught the last 25 mins of MARCUS BONFANTI set.

Marcus is solo with his electric guitar and playing some nice blues rock tracks including 'Cheap Whiskey".

I saw him a couple of years ago when he was fronting Ten Years After.

ELI PAPERBOY REED arrived on stage at 9.30pm and played for around 70 mins.

A great entrance as the five brass playing members of the High & Mighty Brass Band walk

from the dressing room to the stage while playing their instruments.

Eli has his leg in traction after jumping offstage in Madrid on Friday , so is not as frenzied as he normally is.

A great live sound mixing soul, gospel , funk and the brass section at full tilt were immense.

The setlist mixed new album tracks along with older material.

An enjoyable show.

Full setlist played tonight...

WooHoo

The Satisfier

Allright now

Your Sins

Cut Ya Down

Name Calling

As I Live and Breathe

Getcha Back

Walkin' and Talkin'

Come and Get It

Take My Love With You/Lovelight

Encore:

Explosion

Gospel Medley













Sunday 03 June 2018.

Happy Birthday to IAN HUNTER who is 79, yes 79 today.

Ian Hunter is a British singer-songwriter who is best known as the lead singer of the English rock band Mott the Hoople, from its inception in 1969 to its dissolution in 1974, and at the time of its 2009 and 2013 reunions.

In Dec 1973 i saw Mott The Hoople and Queen play Hammersmith Odeon (now The Apollo).

It was the first of the 2000 plus shows i have seen at that venue.

I have seen Mott The Hoople and Ian Hunter solo many times over the years.













Saturday 02 June 2018.

FROM THE JAM + (acoustic) + GLEN MATLOCK (acoustic) live at Under The Bridge @ Chelsea FC., London.

From The Jam play the final show of three at this great 550 capacity club venue.

Get to the venue early to check out their great iconic music photographs on the walls.

The band feature original bass player Bruce Foxton...who actually was from The Jam.

They released a twelve track live album in Dec 2017.

The Jam had amazing chart success with 18 singles and 7 albums to make the top 40 in the United Kingdom from their debut in 1977 to their break up in 1982. Their last 5 albums were all top ten hits and their last 8 singles made it into the top 10. They were simply one of the most loved and important bands ever.

I saw The Jam six times at venues including The Rainbow, Hammersmith Odeon and Wembley Arena.

Support on the night comes from Sex Pistols bass player Glen Matlock.

I have seen Glen Matlock many times with The Sex Pistols and as a solo artist.

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GLEN MATLOCK arrives on stage at 8.15pm and plays for around 35 mins.

They have a nice big screen here so Glen and the headliners have their names in big letters behind them.

Glen played a perfect set of songs from his 40 year career including a couple of classics each from

his stints with The Sex Pistols and The Rich Kids.

Glen got everyone involved by asking them to 'keep the beat' by clapping along in time.

Full eight song setlist from Glen Matlock played tonight...

Won't Put The Brakes On Me (brand new track from Glens upcoming album)

Burning Sounds (Rich Kids song)

God Save The Queen (Sex Pistols song)

Sexy Beast

Ambition (Iggy Pop cover that Glen wrote when he was in Iggy's band)

Ghosts Of Prince's In Towers (Rich Kids song)

John I'm Only Dancing (David Bowie cover)

Pretty Vacant (Sex Pistols song)

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FROM THE JAM arrive on stage at 9.15pm and play for around 90 mins.

The three of them were seated on stools but it was more of a semi-acoustic set as

it was acoustic guitar, bass guitar and keyboards.

Bruce Foxtons bass playing was superb and Russell Hastings did a great job with the PW lyrics.

The setlist mixed all their classic hits with lesser known album tracks and b-sides.

The high quality of Paul Weller's lyrics written by him in his late teens/early twenties are still incredible.

Paul Weller only plays three or four Jam songs in his shows these days so you can easily

see why From The Jam are so popular with hardcore Jam fans who sing along loudly to the songs.

A great evening with two quality acts.

Here is the list of 18 of the 21 songs played by From The Jam tonight...

David Watts (The Kinks cover)

Private Hell

Little Boy Soldiers

When You're Young

The Butterfly Collector

In The Crowd

Saturdays Kids

That's Entertainment

Monday

English Rose

Start!

Strange Town

The Eton Rifles

A Town Called Malice

Encore :

In The City

Pretty Green

Going Underground

Down In The Tube Station At Midnight

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From The Jam announced tonight that they will play Shepherds Bush Empire on 24 November 2018.

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www.underthebridge.co.uk

Check out the Under The Bridge website here for info on future gigs.











Friday 01 June 2018.

ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN + ENATION live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

I have seen Echo & The Bunnymen live over 15 times since 1979 when they were a support act at

the legendary Nashville Rooms Pub in West Kensington.

The band will play another batch of UK shows in October when they release their new album.

Echo & The Bunnymen, the legendary ’80s post-punkers, are looking to the past with the release of their first new album in four years. 'The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon', the follow-up to 2014’s Meteorites, will find the band revisiting their back catalogue by reinterpreting 13 songs from their decades-long career with “strings and things.”

The album — which also features two new compositions, “The Somnambulist” and “How Far?".

The band have had 15 x Top 40 hit singles in the UK.

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Tonight's show is totally sold out.

ENATION arrive on stage at 7.40pm and play for around 40 mins.

Must admit i have never heard their name anywhere before this show.

ENATION, is an American indie rock band who have released a few albums.

A decent sound from this trio that mixed 80's post punk with a bit of 90's grunge,

ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN arrive on stage at 8.55pm and play for around 90 mins.

Echo & The Bunnymen were always one of the cooler 80's bands who had mainstream success.

This was mainly due to their frontman Ian McCulloch who is still with them.

He is supercool as usual, wearing shades and a black bomber jacket and isn't that keen on smiling.

The spotlight guy has been told not to light up his face.

Mac tries talking to the crowd, but he’s barely coherent when he isn’t singing. He prowls around like Liam Gallagher’s dad. “Come on Mac,” and "Give him a drink", people yell.

Doubt even a Liverpudlian can make out what he's mumbling ,let alone folks from London.

After every song he returns to the front of the drum kit where he has an assortment of drinks.

But that's part of his appeal, like John Lydon he ain't changing for anyone.

The stage production features candelabra and fairy lights hanging from above the stage.

The older hits still sound really great but the non hits are pretty average.

There was a four piece female string section which sounded really nice.

Halfway through the show the folks in the floor seats got up and danced a bit.

Overall a great show.

Full Echo and The Bunnymen setlist played tonight...

Rescue

Villiers Terrace (With Roadhouse Blues snippet at end)

All That Jazz

Stormy Weather

The Somnabulist

Nothing Lasts Forever

All My Colours

Angels and Devils

Bedbugs and Ballyhoo

Lips Like Sugar

Rust

In The Margins

Bring On the Dancing Horses

Seven Seas

How Far?

The Cutter

Encore:

The Killing Moon

Never Stop

Encore 2:

Ocean Rain









Friday 01 June 2018.

Happy Birthday to RONNIE WOOD who is 71 today.

Saturday 02 June 2018.

Happy Birthday to CHARLIE WATTS who is 77 today.

The Rolling Stones are playing Coventry on Charlie's birthday.









Thursday 31 May 2018.

ART GARFUNKEL live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Art Garfunkel now aged 76 returns to the Royal Albert Hall, performing a career retrospective, featuring

Simon & Garfunkel songs and solo hits, plus pieces from his new autobiography.

Art Garfunkel has made an indelible mark on the music world as both a solo artist and half of the unrivaled Simon & Garfunkel. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member and Grammy Award winner has also enjoyed a successful film career.

Simon & Garfunkel were an American folk rock duo consisting of singer-songwriter Paul Simon and singer Art Garfunkel. They were one of the best-selling music groups of the 1960s and became counterculture icons of the decade's social revolution, alongside artists such as the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and Bob Dylan. Their biggest hits—including "The Sound of Silence" (1964), "Mrs. Robinson" (1968), "The Boxer" (1969), and "Bridge over Troubled Water" (1970)—reached number one on singles charts worldwide.

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I think the last time I saw Art Garfunkel solo was 15 years ago in 2003 at the same venue as tonight.

Oddly enough tonight i with my mate Malcolm who was with me watching him fifteen years ago.

ART GARFUNKEL arrived on stage at 7.50pm and played for 80 mins over two sets of 40 mins.

He was backed by a guitarist and keyboard player.

80 mins is not long for someone with so much material but his age is a factor and even by his own admission

his voice is not what it was a decade ago.

Great to hear a few Simon & Garfunkel classics along with some solo tracks and stories & poems.

Great to hear his massive number one hit 'Bright Eyes'.

The song was very successful in the UK staying at number one in the UK Singles Chart for six weeks in 1979,

and selling over one million copies, becoming the biggest-selling single of that year.

Like the Joan Baez RAH show a couple of days before the audience were respectfully quiet during songs.

Some nice stories about his early days with Paul Simon and when they busked in New York.

He talked fondly about Paul Simon even though they have had arguments in the past.

He clearly loves playing at The Royal Albert Hall....all American acts feel the same way...

A very relaxed enjoyable easy going kind of show that got a full standing ovation at the end.

FIRST SET

April Come She Will (Paul Simon cover)

The Boxer (Simon & Garfunkel song)

Perfect Moment

A Heart In New York

Scarborough Fair (Simon & Garfunkel song)

The Side of a Hill (Paul Simon cover)

Homeward Bound (Simon & Garfunkel song)

FIRST SET

Someone to Watch Over Me (George Gershwin cover)

Real Emotional Girl (Randy Newman cover)

For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her (Simon & Garfunkel song)

Bright Eyes (Mike Batt song that Art Garfunkel has a massive number one with)

Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon & Garfunkel song)

Kathy's Song (Paul Simon cover)

The Sound of Silence (Simon & Garfunkel song)

Encore:

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep ([traditional] cover)











Wednesday 30 May 2018...I went to three events tonight...

6.30pm to 7.30pm

JACQUES HENRI LARTIGUE - private view - Michael Hoppen Gallery, 3 Jubilee Place, London SW3.

Jacques Henri Lartigue (June 13, 1894 – September 12, 1986) was a French photographer and painter,

known for his photographs of automobile races, planes and female Parisian fashion models.

There is also an exhibition of his photos at The Paul Smith Store, 9 Albemarle Street, London W1.

The photos focus on the period 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s with locations including London,

Paris , New York, St Tropez etc.

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The last time I was at this gallery was October 2010.

It was for a Mary McCartney book launch where both Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr turned up.

Over 100 guests at this gallery tonight off The Kings Road, Chelsea.

Fashion designer SIR PAUL SMITH is here as he is the curator and sponsor of the exhibition.

A nice surprise to see Pink Floyd drummer NICK MASON.

I had a nice chat with him about his latest gigs with his own band.

I remarked it was pretty amazing that Spandau Ballet's Gary Kemp was in his band.

I knew he loved David Bowie but Pink Floyd was a surprise to me.

Nick said " he is fantastic guitarist who slots in perfectly".

For those that do not know , Nick Mason and Gary Kemp are two of the musicians

who i see most at social events & parties in London.

I got a nice photo of me with Nick Mason.

Also was Peter (Kodik) Gravelle, the punk rock photographer responsible for many of the Stiff Records sleeves.

He was also a drug buddy of Sid Vicious and Keith Richards in the late 1970s.

Complimentary prosecco, wines and canapés for all guests.

www.michaelhoppengallery.com

Visit the gallery website here for more info and opening times.

then

8pm to 9pm

Tanqueray Gin Garden - launch party - 100 Wardour Street, London W1.

This bar & restaurant is located on the space where the legendary Marquee Club was.

A mainly younger crowd with a dj playing tunes in the corner.

Britain's Next Top Model winner Victoria Clay was here.

The 23-year-old model displayed her ample cleavage as she donned a red triangle bikini top.

A choice of three different complimentary Gin cocktails along with burgers and canapés for all guests.

then

9.10pm to 10.30pm

BLUEBERRY TOAST - press/vip night - Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London W1.

We went to the party in the theatre bar after the show had finished.

A nice buzzy atmosphere here as all the cast are getting photographed by snappers.

The Crown star Gala Gordon celebrated the opening night of Blueberry Toast with friends and family.

Guests included Sadie Frost,Tuppence Middleton, William Oldroyd and Zawe Ashton.

Complimentary presecco, wines and beers for all guests.

www.sohotheatre.com

Check the Soho Theatre website here for more info.













Tuesday 29 May 2018.

JOAN BAEZ live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Joan Baez plays the second of two sold out nights at this iconic venue at the end of her UK tour.

Joan Baez (now aged 77) is an American folk singer, songwriter, musician, and activist whose contemporary folk music often includes songs of protest or social justice,Baez has performed publicly for over 60 years, releasing over 30 albums. Fluent in Spanish and English, she has also recorded songs in at least six other languages. She is regarded as a folk singer, although her music has diversified since the counterculture days of the 1960s and now encompasses everything from folk rock and pop to country and gospel music.

In 2017,Joan Baez was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Queen of Folk was presented the honour by her friend and collaborator Jackson Browne.

Joan Baez had five Top 40 hit singles in the late 1960s / early 1970s.

For a couple of years in the mid 60s Joan Baez was in a relationship with Bob Dylan.

Joan Baez does not play the UK much considering she has been around for 50 years which

maybe explains why I have never seen her live...or maybe i am not that keen on acoustic folk shows...

There will be a lot of cover versions in her set including a couple of Bob Dylan tracks.

Due to demand Joan Baez returns in 2019 for another UK tour including two nights at The Palladium.

Joan is saying this will be her last ever European Tour.

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Get inside the venue and it is totally sold out including choir seats behind the stage.

Pretty amazing how popular Joan Baez is as she is rarely on tv or the radio.

Perhaps the older generation just remember how important a figure she was in the 1960s.

Most of the crowd look like they have been on a few protest marches.

JOAN BAEZ takes to the stage at 7.35pm and plays for around 1 hour 40 mins.

In nearly 60 years in music, Joan Baez has been through it all. A mouthpiece for the oppressed, she is as notable for her relentless activism as for her folk songs, and has marched alongside Martin Luther King, and taken to the fields with Cesar Chavez. Now 77, she released her first album in a decade, 'Whistle Down the Wind', earlier this year.

Joan on acoustic guitar is backed by a semi-acoustic drummer and a guitarist/banjo/piano player.

The crowd are very quiet during the songs then big applause at the end of each track.

Any mention of protest or marching or campaigning gets a big cheer.

The songs that go down the best are the Bob Dylan covers as the crowd sing along to the chorus.

An enjoyable show and really good to see her before she retires from performing.

Full Joan Baez setlist played tonight...

There but for Fortune (Phil Ochs cover)

God Is God (Steve Earle cover)

Farewell, Angelina (Bob Dylan cover)

Whistle Down the Wind (Tom Waits cover)

Silver Blade

It's All Over Now, Baby Blue (Bob Dylan cover)

Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos) (Woody Guthrie cover)

The Things That We Are Made Of (Mary Chapin Carpenter cover)

Diamonds & Rust

Another World (Antony and the Johnsons cover)

Me and Bobby McGee (Kris Kristofferson cover)

The Times They Are A-Changin' (Bob Dylan cover)

Henry Martin ([traditional] cover)

The President Sang Amazing Grace (Zoe Mulford cover)

Joe Hill (Earl Robinson cover)

Seven Curses (Bob Dylan cover)

The House of the Rising Sun ([traditional] cover) (a big hit for The Animals)

Darling Corey ([traditional] cover)

Gracias a la vida (Violeta Parra cover)

Encore:

Imagine (John Lennon cover)

The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (The Band cover)

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (Fisk Jubilee Singers cover)











Tuesday 29 May 2018.

The planning row between ROBBIE WILLIAMS and JIMMY PAGE goes to court today.

Robbie Williams wants to build a basement with a swimming pool in his house.

Jimmy Page has opposed the work saying 'there would be major disruption'.

They are neighbours in Holland Park.

Happy Birthday to NOEL GALLAGHER who is 51 today.

Wanna see a picture of me with my security mate Ian at The Rolling Stones , London Stadium.

Visit my FaceBook page for Ray Morrissey.









Monday 28 May 2018.

NILS LOFGREN live at The Barbican, London.

Nils Lofgren is on a UK tour titled '50 Years...Up The Road'.

An intimate acoustic evening of songs and stories with Nils Lofgren

Celebrating his 50th year of touring professionally, Legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame E Street Band Member and solo artist Nils Lofgren makes his first return to the UK in three years for a 15 city tour, accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Greg Varlotta. The UK has become his most frequent touring stop outside of the U.S. for half a century. Drawing from an expansive repertoire of a lifetime in Rock and Roll, and sharing many memorable stories along the way, Nils will pick up on the magical experience of his last critically acclaimed UK run.

Nils started his career early as a 16 year old...he is now aged 66...

I have seen Nils solo over 15 times since 1976 and many times as part of The E Street Band.

These were the first four Nils Lofgren gigs i went to...

Nils Lofgren,Unicorn... New Victoria Theatre, London 09.05.1976

Nils Lofgren,Unicorn... New Victoria Theatre, London 10.05.1976

Nils Lofgren,Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers...Hammersmith Odeon, London 15.05.1977

Who,Stranglers,AC/DC,Nils Lofgren... Wembley Stadium, London 18.08.1979

Nils has released a 'Live in the UK' cd album as well as a 10 cd/DVD box set.

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In interviews Nils has been saying he will be signing things at meet & greets at every UK show.

I get to the venue at 7pm and Nils is signing before the show as well as after the show.

I have my 1977 American Import double vinyl album of his 'Night After Night'.

I get the front cover signed before the show and the inside cover signed after the show.

I had a quick chat with him about his gigs in the 1970s and he told me that

Roger Daltrey had come to the Tunbridge Wells , Kent show a few days ago.

NILS LOFGREN takes to the stage just after 7.35pm and plays for a nice long 2 hours 20 mins.

His most well known solo songs were in the second half of the set.

Lots of great stories between songs including how he joined Neil Young's band at just age 19, playing piano and guitar on the album After the Gold Rush.Lofgren maintained a close musical relationship with Young, appearing on his Tonight's the Night album and tour among others.

Also joining The E Street Band in 1984 for the 'Born In The USA' tour and still there after 34 years.

In the 1970s he thought he needed a stage gimmick and that's where his legendary 'trampoline back flip' would come in.

I saw him do this a few times and Bruce asked him to do it on early E Street Band tours.

Nils said he had his hips replaced a decade ago and the doctor told him 'no more trampolining'.

Nils was playing mainly acoustic guitar but electric guitar was used on three songs.

Greg was playing mainly keyboards but also played acoustic guitar and trumpet on a few songs.

They both did a full on tap dancing routine during one song which was great to watch.

Lots of very nifty guitar from Nils who really is a musicians musician.

The main highlights were 'Keith Don't Go', 'I Came To Dance', 'No Mercy',

and encores of 'Because the Night' and 'Shine Silently'.

A full standing ovation at the end for this great show.

Full Nils Lofgren setlist played tonight...

Wonderland

Rock 'n' Roll Crook

Like Rain (Grin song)

Black Books

Sticks and Stones

Code of the Road

Rusty Gun (Grin song)

You

Life

Girl In Motion

Believe (Grin song)

Goin' Back (Carole King cover)

Too Many Miles

Keith Don't Go

I Came To Dance

No Mercy

Encore:

Because the Night (Patti Smith Group hit written by Bruce Springsteen) (Nils on electric guitar)

Shine Silently (Nils on electric guitar)





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News and Reviews: 29th May 2018

Tuesday 29 May 2018.

The planning row between ROBBIE WILLIAMS and JIMMY PAGE goes to court today.

Robbie Williams wants to build a basement with a swimming pool.

Jimmy Page has opposed the work saying 'there would be major disruption'.

They are neighbours in Holland Park.

Happy Birthday to NOEL GALLAGHER who is 51 today.

Wanna see a picture of me with my security mate Ian at The Rolling Stones , London Stadium.

Visit my FaceBook page for Ray Morrissey.









Monday 28 May 2018.

NILS LOFGREN live at The Barbican, London.

Nils Lofgren is on a UK tour titled '50 Years...Up The Road'.

An intimate acoustic evening of songs and stories with Nils Lofgren

Celebrating his 50th year of touring professionally, Legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame E Street Band Member and solo artist Nils Lofgren makes his first return to the UK in three years for a 15 city tour, accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Greg Varlotta. The UK has become his most frequent touring stop outside of the U.S. for half a century. Drawing from an expansive repertoire of a lifetime in Rock and Roll, and sharing many memorable stories along the way, Nils will pick up on the magical experience of his last critically acclaimed UK run.

Nils started his career early as a 16 year old...he is now aged 66...

I have seen Nils solo over 15 times since 1976 and many times as part of The E Street Band.

These were the first four Nils Lofgren gigs i went to...

Nils Lofgren,Unicorn... New Victoria Theatre, London 09.05.1976

Nils Lofgren,Unicorn... New Victoria Theatre, London 10.05.1976

Nils Lofgren,Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers...Hammersmith Odeon, London 15.05.1977

Who,Stranglers,AC/DC,Nils Lofgren... Wembley Stadium, London 18.08.1979

Nils has released a 'Live in the UK' cd album as well as a 10 cd/DVD box set.

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In interviews Nils has been saying he will be signing things at meet & greets at every UK show.

I get to the venue at 7pm and Nils is signing before the show as well as after the show.

I have my 1977 American Import double vinyl album of his 'Night After Night'.

I get the front cover signed before the show and the inside cover signed after the show.

I had a quick chat with him about his gigs in the 1970s and he told me that

Roger Daltrey had come to the Tunbridge Wells , Kent show a few days ago.

NILS LOFGREN takes to the stage just after 7.35pm and plays for a nice long 2 hours 20 mins.

His most well known solo songs were in the second half of the set.

Lots of great stories between songs including how he joined Neil Young's band at just age 19, playing piano and guitar on the album After the Gold Rush.Lofgren maintained a close musical relationship with Young, appearing on his Tonight's the Night album and tour among others.

Also joining The E Street Band in 1984 for the 'Born In The USA' tour and still there after 34 years.

In the 1970s he thought he needed a stage gimmick and that's where his legendary 'trampoline back flip' would come in.

I saw him do this a few times and Bruce asked him to do it on early E Street Band tours.

Nils said he had his hips replaced a decade ago and the doctor told him 'no more trampolining'.

Nils was playing mainly acoustic guitar but electric guitar was used on three songs.

Greg was playing mainly keyboards but also played acoustic guitar and trumpet on a few songs.

They both did a full on tap dancing routine during one song which was great to watch.

Lots of very nifty guitar from Nils who really is a musicians musician.

The main highlights were 'Keith Don't Go', 'I Came To Dance', 'No Mercy',

and encores of 'Because the Night' and 'Shine Silently'.

A full standing ovation at the end for this great show.

Full Nils Lofgren setlist played tonight...

Wonderland

Rock 'n' Roll Crook

Like Rain (Grin song)

Black Books

Sticks and Stones

Code of the Road

Rusty Gun (Grin song)

You

Life

Girl In Motion

Believe (Grin song)

Goin' Back (Carole King cover)

Too Many Miles

Keith Don't Go

I Came To Dance

No Mercy

Encore:

Because the Night (Patti Smith Group hit written by Bruce Springsteen) (Nils on electric guitar)

Shine Silently (Nils on electric guitar)











Sunday 27 May 2018.

THE CHRISTIANS + HUE & CRY live at ULU Live at Student Central, Malet Street ,London WC1.

A nice double bill of acts who had big success in the late 1980s / early 1990s.

The Christians are on a 30th anniversary UK tour.p

The Christians had 10 x Top 40 hit singles in the UK.

I first saw The Christians in 1988 when they headlined Hammersmith Odeon.

Hue & Cry are promoting their great new album 'Pocketful Of Stones'.

I first saw Hue & Cry in 1987 when they supported Madonna at Wembley Stadium.

Hue & Cry had 4 x Top 40 hit singles in the UK.

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This was my first show at this venue since it re-opened last year after refurbishment

with a slightly different name change and now with a 850 capacity.

It is only a few minutes walk North of the sadly missed Astoria.

HUE & CRY arrived on stage and 8pm and played for 55 mins.

As they are not headlining it is just the two brothers with keyboards rather than the full band.

Pat Kane is a great lyricist with a strong clear voice and you can make out every word.

A great mix of their older hits and tracks from the new album.

Each song had a nice introduction about how it came about including the touching

'The Way She Flies' which was about Pat's daughter leaving home and forging her own path.

They finished with their mega classic Top 10 hit from 1987 'Labour of Love'.

Full Hue & Cry setlist played tonight...

Ordinary Angel

I Refuse

Pocketful of Stones

Looking For Linda

It Happened Here

Violently

Heading For a Fall

My Salt Heart

Mother Glasgow

The Way She Flies

Labour of Love

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THE CHRISTIANS arrived on stage at 9.10pm and played for 65 mins.

Garry Christian is still on lead vocals.

A hits packed set as they played seven of their Top 40 singles.

Lots of Scouse banter from Garry between songs including a bit of moaning

as there was a whistle/buzzing sound that he could hear in the monitors but when they

started playing the crowd couldn't hear it but he could.

An enjoyable evening with two good bands.

Full Christians setlist played tonight...

I Shall Be Released (Bob Dylan cover)

Born Again

Greenbank Drive

Words

Forgotten Town

Ideal World

When The Fingers Point

Hooverville (and they promised us the world)

Encore:

Harvest For The World (Isley Brothers cover)

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Both acts did a meet & greet after their sets and signed albums etc.











Sunday 27 May 2018.

Those who share the same birthday as me include...

Happy Birthday to punk legend SIOUXSIE SIOUX who is 61 today.

Happy Birthday to footie legend PAUL GASCOIGNE who is 51 today.

Happy Birthday to THE SEX PISTOLS classic 'God Save The Queen' which was

released 41 years ago today on my 18th birthday.

Monday 28 May 2018.

Happy Birthday to KYLIE MINOGUE who is 50 today.









Friday 25 May 2018.

THE ROLLING STONES + Florence & The Machine live at The London Stadium, East London.

I was chatting to my Russian chum Iggy outside the stadium before the show so i only caught the

last three songs by support act Florence & The Machine.

Like the first Stones show i watched the support from the seated area on the right of stage and

for The Stones i was in the gold circle , but a bit more to the left side.

Florence was barefoot as she was like a female Mick Jagger as she never kept still as she

skipped, twirled and pogoed around the stage in her full length dress.

The Stones even let her use their catwalk stage extension which Liam Gallagher didn't use.

Florence , like Liam G was given partial use of the big screens.

A good set that finished at 7.45pm and i hope to see a full headline show of hers sometime this year.

Full Florence & The Machine setlist played tonight...

Between Two Lungs

Only If for a Night

Hunger

Sweet Nothing (Calvin Harris cover)

Dog Days Are Over

You Got the Love (Candi Staton cover)

Ship to Wreck

What Kind of Man

Shake It Out

Florence & The Machine make a powerful return with the excellent new single 'Hunger'.

Ahead of new album 'High As Hope' which is set to be released on June 29.

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THE ROLLING STONES arrived on stage at 8.20pm and were on stage for two hours.

By the time The Stones came on stage the stadium looked a very full 80,000 capacity crowd.

Again it was 19 songs played but as expected there were a few songs added and left out.

Mick Jagger dominates the stage as usual and he keeps the local knowledge info up between tracks

as he says "we came here on the Jubilee Line" and 'anyone else here from Dartford?".

Keith was wearing a t-shirt and open shirt that were in the claret and blue of West Ham F.C.

Great to see them play 'Dead Flowers' tonight and both Keith songs were different to Tuesday.

Support act Florence Welsh was great on co-vocals for 'Wild Horses'.

During 'Paint It Black' some guys were pointing at the general standing area behind me so i

looked around and a young girl was topless on someone's shoulders.

Mick changed his shirt several times and threw one into the pit crowd during 'Brown Sugar'.

Some nifty bottle neck guitar from Ronnie Wood.

Always great to see Keith and Ronnie giving each other little smiley grins.

An odd sighting was the continuous flow of people going to buy drinks when The Stones were on.

This included the folks in the gold circle who had paid £250 to be there...each to their own i suppose...

Another excellent show by these music legends.

Full Rolling Stones setlist played...

Jumpin' Jack Flash

Let's Spend the Night Together

It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It)

Tumbling Dice

Just Your Fool (Buddy Johnson and His Orchestra cover)

Dead Flowers

Wild Horses (with Florence Welch)

You Can't Always Get What You Want

Paint It Black

Honky Tonk Women (followed by band introductions)

The Worst (Keith Richards on lead vocals)

Happy (Keith Richards on lead vocals)

Sympathy for the Devil

Miss You

Midnight Rambler

Start Me Up

Brown Sugar

Encore:

Gimme Shelter

(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (followed by some fireworks)









Friday 25 May 2018.

There has been so many stories on music artists losing money over the years...

This rock n roll business is not as easy as it seems.

How many ways can artists lose money? Let us count the ways. Bad management, promoters and/or agents; spending on unnecessary services; poor or no legal advice; failure to register with the proper collection agencies; failure to determine ownership splits early in the songwriting and recording processes; not having a solid business manager; and, a more recent addition to the long list: incomplete metadata.







Friday 25 May 2018.

Happy Birthday to PAUL WELLER who is 60 today.







Thursday 24 May 2018...I went to FIVE events tonight...

5.30pm to 6.30pm

FIFTY9 - press view - 59 Berkeley Square, London W1.

This bar has a great location on Berkeley Square with Sexy Fish a few yards away on one side

and Annabel's on the other side.

It is always busy with suits after work and has an outside space where you can watch the world go by.

We each had a couple of complimentary Pornstar Martinis here which were very nice.

They have a happy hour daily from 5pm to 7pm.

www.fifty9bar.co.uk

Visit the FIFTY9 website here for more info.

then

6.45pm to 7.30pm

MISTER LASAGNA - 2nd Birthday Party - 53 Rupert Street, Soho, London W1.

A nice buzzy atmosphere here for some Italian hospitality.

They have 21 , yes 21 different types of lasagne here.

We tried a few different small plates of lasagne which were very nice and washed down with prosecco.

www.misterlasagna.co.uk

Visit the Mister Lasagne website here for more info.

then

7.40pm to 8.45pm

HUNTSMAN by Pierre Lagrange - private view - Sotheby's, 34 New Bond Street, London W1.

Huntsman are top quality mens tailors who have a store at 11 Savile Row.

They are auctioning some bespoke items including motorbikes and cycles and clothing etc.

Around 200 guests here including many smartly dressed guys.

Complimentary Coates & Seely English Sparkling Wines, Negronis and canapés for all guests.

www.sothebys.com/huntsman

Visit their website for more info on the auction.

then

8.50pm to 9.50pm

ART NIGHT PARTY - Phillips Gallery, 30 Berkeley Square, London W1.

Around 300 guests here at this lively party.

The party was hosted by Home & Urban Landscape along with Lombard Odier.

There is a dj playing tunes at the far end.

Complimentary Elephant Gin Cocktails, wines, beers, bowl food and canapés for all guests.

then

10pm to 11.15pm

ARTS FOR INDIA - gala charity evening - BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London W1.

This was the party after the auction and awards earlier in the evening.

They are raising money to help young artists back in India.

Lots of stunning Indian women here in great traditional dresses.

Dj playing a mix of dance tunes and Bollywood tunes as folks danced on the floor.

Complimentary prosecco, wines , beers and Indian canapés for all guests.

www.artsforindia.org

Visit their website here for more info.









Thursday 24 May 2018.

Happy Birthday to BOB DYLAN who is 77 today.









Tuesday 22 May 2018.

THE ROLLING STONES + LIAM GALLAGHER live at The London Stadium, Stratford, East London.

THE ROLLING STONES are playing their first UK & Irish shows for five years.

I have seen The Rolling Stones over 20 times since 1976 when i saw four of their six shows at

Earls Court Arena.

Despite the high ticket prices there are only a couple of unsold blocks at the back.

For Liam G i am in the press/vip block seats right of stage.I spotted Ronnie Woods snooker mate

Jimmy White and fashion designer Pam Hogg...also the guys from Classic Rock and Metal Talk.

For The Stones i am in the gold circle dead centre, just a few feet from the stage walkway extension.

Only The Stones could get a few thousand fans to pay £250 for gold circle tickets.

LIAM GALLAGHER arrived on stage at 7.10pm for his 35 mins set.

I saw Oasis live loads of times but this is my first time seeing Liam solo.

Liam is full of rock n roll attitude on stage as usual.

He is given two sections of the big screens.

He made the wise move of playing a few Oasis classics that the crowd loved and sang along to.

His solo material is decent enough but not nowhere as good as those mega Oasis tunes.

He was joined by Oasis guitarist Bonehead for a couple of songs.

Liam was a perfect support act for The Stones tonight.

Full Liam Gallagher setlist played tonight...

Rock 'n' Roll Star (Oasis song)

Morning Glory (Oasis song)

Greedy Soul

Wall of Glass

You Better Run

Some Might Say (Oasis song) (with Bonehead)

Cigarettes & Alcohol (Oasis song) (with Bonehead)

Live Forever (Oasis song) (dedicated to the city of Manchester)

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THE ROLLING STONES arrived on stage around 8.25pm and played for 2 hours 5 mins.

A very nice and new stage production which featured four gigantic longways big screens.

When they were lit up in the second half they looked like massive mobile phones.

The setlist was a staggering collection of mainly classic hits along with a couple of lesser known tracks.

Mick Jagger danced away in that voice that was unweakened by age, hitting a sweet falsetto during a rare outing for the 1976 ballad ' Fool to Cry'. Keith Richards’ two lead vocals were less memorable, but he led the charge with raw guitar work on a drawn-out 'Midnight Rambler'.

Hard to believe that Mick Jagger will be 75 in July as he struts his stuff around the stage.

The Dublin show oddly opened with 'Sympathy With The Devil' but thankfully tonight it is back in the

second half of the set with the full red lighting which worked a treat in the darkness.

Two or three intros to the songs sounded a bit too loose so to speak.

The bottom line is that their catalog of songs is so incredible.

They really put on a stunning show tonight.

I have seen over 50 shows this year including many big names but this was the best gig so far of 2018.

Full Rolling Stones setlist played tonight...

Street Fighting Man

It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It)

Tumbling Dice

Paint It Black

Ride 'Em on Down (Jimmy Reed cover)

Under My Thumb

Fool to Cry (first time played since 17 March 1999)

You Can't Always Get What You Want

Honky Tonk Women (followed by band introductions)

Before They Make Me Run (Keith on vocals)

Slipping Away. (Keith on vocals )

Sympathy for the Devil

Miss You

Midnight Rambler

Start Me Up

Jumpin' Jack Flash

Brown Sugar

Encore:

Gimme Shelter

(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (followed by some fireworks)











Tuesday 22 May 2018.

One year anniversary of the Manchester Arena terrorist bombing where 22 innocent victims

were killed at the end of a Ariana Grande concert.

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Happy Birthday to MORRISSEY who is 59 today.

He is five days older than me.







Monday 21 May 2018...I went to two events today.

3.45pm to 6.15pm

LONDON WINE FAIR 2018 at Olympia, West London.

This was day one of this massive three day event.

Some 14,000+ wines from 40 countries on the main floor and upstairs with 5000 guests expected daily.

Whether you're looking for old world classics from the Rothschild Collection to the Rhône, new world stars from Australia to Napa, or emerging wine regions from Romania to Uzbekistan.

Some of my faves were here including TAITTINGER champers and NYETIMBER English Sparkling Wines.

Can you taste the difference between bottles of wine that cost £50 or £25 or less than £10?

We had a bit if fun doing this...and got it wrong quite a lot...good fun though.

www.londonwinefair.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then

MAGIC RADIO AT THE MUSICALS live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

For one night only leading cast members from London’s best loved shows will perform at Magic at the Musicals with Cadbury Dairy Milk in the beautiful surroundings of the Royal Albert Hall, complete with 60 piece orchestra.

Hosts Ruthie Henshall and John Owen Jones will be joined by leading cast members from shows including Phantom of the Opera, Cilla The Musical, School of Rock, Motown The Musical, Wicked, Bat Out of Hell, the stunning King and I, Little Shop of Horrors and a special performance of This Is Me from the smash hit movie musical The Greatest Showman.

Magic Radio has also announced that Company, Dreamgirls, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, MAMMA MIA! The Musical, Chicago , Disney’s The Lion King & Disney’s Aladdin will all take part, as well as performances from West End giants Louise Dearman & Laura Tebutt.

Get ready to sing-a-long to songs from The Wizard and I (Wicked), Bring Him Home (Les Misérables), Little Shop of Horrors, You’re All I Need to Get By (Motown The Musical) and Being Alive (Company) and many more.

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Most of the theatres in the West End are dark (closed) on a Monday evening so that explains

why there are so many big name musicals here tonight.

The show was on for around 2 hours 30 mins over two sets.

I must admit i much prefer musicals to plays when it comes to West End theatre.

I have seen a few of the musicals on show tonight but still have to visit some of them.

Tonight was pretty much one or two songs from each of the musicals listed above.

Songs like 'Bring Him Home' from Les Mis are always mega.

An enjoyable evening.













Sunday 20 May 2018...5pm to 7pm...

It is another sunny day so I get into Windsor a couple of hours early for a mooch about.

It's the day after The Royal Wedding where over 100,000 gathered in Windsor.

The tv coverage was superb and they had a perfect day.

There are still a few tv cameras and media folks floating around here.

The 1000 year old castle dominates the town.

Windsor is a very pretty and historic place to visit and the tourists are out in force today.

The River Thames and it's swans are big attractions.

The boat trips are very popular.

You walk across the bridge into Eton.

Windsor is a wealthy area but it has a big homeless problem.

It even has a Wetherspoons Pub in The High Street.

then

THE BOB DYLAN STORY live at The Theatre Royal, Windsor.

A two hour show featuring mainly his best songs from the heyday era in the 1960s.

Bob Dylan is played by Bill Lennon who for ten years was Keith Richards in the Counterfeit Stones.

There will be a back projection of Dylan photos and news clips from when the songs were written.

I have seen the real Bob Dylan around 25 times since 1978 when he played Earls Court Arena.

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This cosy all seated venue holds around 600 but maybe only half are sold.

Still 300 tickets sold is 'still pretty good for just for a tribute act'.

I have a nice view half a dozen rows from the stage.

The show was on for two hours over two sets of 60 mins.

The songs were split pretty much 50/50 with Bob solo acoustic and Bob with the young band.

Not a good start as Bob arrives on stage and he has a terrible wig that looks like a mop.

He says " Bob has written over 350 songs and we will do our best to play all your faves".

Recent Bob Dylan shows only have a couple of songs from his 1960s period so tonight we get

many of his classics that the real Bob Dylan has not played on stage for years.

Between songs we get the story of Bob's life and thoughts behind the songs.

Highlights included mega versions of 'Positively 4th Street' and a more recent track

'Make You Feel My Love' from 1997 which was a big hit by Adele a few years ago.

The show finished with the classic 'Like a Rolling Stone'.

Some nice harmonica on a few songs.

An enjoyable show.

First Set included...

The Times They Are a Changing

Blowin' In The Wind

All Along The Watchtower

She Belongs To Me

Tangled Up In Blue

A Hard Rains A-Gonna Fall

Mr Tambourine Man

I'll Be Your Baby Tonight

Lay Lady Lay

Story of The Hurricane

Knocking On Heavens Door

Second Set included...

Subterranean Homesick Blues

Positively 4th Street

Highway 61 Revisited

I Want You

The Mighty Quinn

Make You Feel My Love

Song to Woody

Just Like a Woman

Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat

Everyone Must Get Stoned

Forever Young

Encore :

Don't Think Twice, It's All Right

Like A Rolling Stone

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www.thebobdylanstory.com

Visit the website here for list of tour dates and to buy tickets.

On the way home I was thinking imagine if Bob Dylan announced his farewell tour and

confirmed he would only be playing songs from his 1960s period....that would be a hot ticket.











Thursday 17 May 2018...7pm to 10pm...

THE SHOP AT BLUEBIRD - launch party - Floral Street, Covent Garden, London WC2.

The Shop at Bluebird, the premium concept store owned by the Jigsaw Group, has opened its

new Covent Garden flagship at grade-II listed building Carriage Hall on London’s Floral Street.

The 15,000 sq ft unit is home to a mix of contemporary labels including Rixo London, Ganni and Isa Arfen,

as well as luxury names such as Alexander McQueen, Chloé, Galvin and Peter Pilotto.

The shop designed by architect Dalziel & Pow, has a “playground of wonder” concept.

It features a triple-height atrium, hidden courtyard and a large restaurant.

The Shop at Bluebird closed its flagship on Chelsea’s King’s Road in March.

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A massive store so there must be around 300 guests over the three levels.

A mainly younger fashion crowd but i noticed a group of four older couples upstairs in the corner

and amazingly they included NICK MASON (Pink Floyd) and MIKE RUTHERFORD (Genesis and

Mike and The Mechanics). A bit tricky to butt in when they are all chatting but Mike Rutherford

was more talkative than Nick Mason. I asked Mike about the Foreigner show the night before

and he said "great songs are great songs whoever is singing" and he also mentioned a massive

Mike + The Mechanics UK tour planned for 2019.

To Nick Mason i said "shouldn't you be rehearsing for your gigs at the weekend?"

and he said "not tonight".

Other guests included Amber Le Bon, Richard E Grant, Rosanna Falconer, Reggie Yates , George Lineker ,

Alice Taylor-Leyland, Martha Ward, Alexis Knox, Doina Ciobanu and Victoria Clay.

There were some circus acts and an opera singing act performing.

Also a dj playing some cool tracks.

Complimentary Ciroc vodka cocktails, Negroni's, Rose wine, beers and lots of yummy food including

cheeseburgers, canapés and oysters.

www.theshopatbluebird.com

Visit their website here for more info.











Wednesday 16 May 2018.

Foreigner + Joanne Shaw Taylor + John Parr live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

I have seen Foreigner several times since 1978 when I saw them at the legendary Rainbow Theatre.

Original Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones is still there as the only original member.

They have sold multi-millions of albums and singles over the past 40 years.

Joanne Shaw Taylor is a British blues rock guitarist and singer who was discovered by Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics at the age of 16. The British music publication Blues Matters! called Taylor "the new face of the blues".

John Parr had a big hit with 'St Elmo's Fire' in 1985.

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A nice three act package from promoters Live Nation and the show is sold out.

Mike Rutherford was in the crowd and told my friend that a concert featuring himself and Nick Mason

would be announced soon to benefit Diabetes UK.

JOHN PARR arrived on stage at 7.30pm for his 25 mins acoustic set.

Nice to see John Parr on stage as he does not play live that much over here.

Just four songs in his set which included lots of chat and a guitar solo.

Naughty Naughty

The Best a Man Can Get (John wrote this track that was used for a tv ad by Gillette)

Oh Well (Fleetwood Mac cover)

St Elmo's Fire

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JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR & band arrived on stage at 8.10pm and played for 30 mins.

Joanne has released a few blues rock albums in the past decade.

She is a nifty guitarist and played some nice solos in her good set.

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FOREIGNER arrived on stage at 9.10pm and were on stage for 1 hour 40 mins.

Foreigner played a great set full of their catchy radio friendly singalong pop rock songs.

The drums and keyboards are on a raised platform and we have lots of lights and lasers.

The first 30 mins of the show is pretty much a glorified tribute act as due to his health issues

solo original member Mick Jones now aged 73 only joins the band from track number seven.

This was the same as the last time as when i saw them in London.

And while the rest of the band aren’t original Foreigner members, they’ve all been there for a long time at this point. Lead singer Kelly Hansen joined when Jones resurrected the band in 2005 and has been there ever since. The other current members, Jeff Pilson (bass), Bruce Watson (guitar), Michael Bluestein (keyboards), Chris Frazier (drums) and Thom Gimbel (sax/guitar), have all been in the band for many years, some for decades. So while this is not the original Foreigner, they sure do sound like Foreigner.

Singer Kelly Hansen is a front man who seems to possess unlimited energy. He never stopped moving, dancing and working the crowd as he hit all of the notes perfectly on demanding songs such as “Waiting for a Girl Like You” and “Feels Like the First Time.” Does he sound like original lead singer Lou Gramm? Absolutely so. The crowd didn’t seem to mind the absence of the original voice one bit. Why? Because it sounded so good and so close to the originals.

With his slim Jagger/Tyler frame and look he really is a gem of a rock singer.

Mick Jones got a bit emotional during the encore as he said ' I have always wanted to play this venue

and after 40 years it has finally happened'.

An excellent show.

Full Foreigner setlist played tonight...

Double Vision

Head Games

Cold as Ice

Waiting for a Girl Like You

That Was Yesterday

Dirty White Boy

Feels Like the First Time (Mick Jones joined them from this track onwards)

Urgent

Keyboard Solo

Drum Solo

Juke Box Hero

Encore:

Long, Long Way From Home

I Want to Know What Love Is (with children's choir from Notting Hill)

Hot Blooded











Tuesday 15 May 2018... I went to three events tonight...

5pm to 5.30pm

Signet Contemporary Art - private view - 378 Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW3.

AURA PURE OF CELEBRITIES : New exhibition focused on capturing the Aura Pure of Celebrities includes paintings of Kate Middleton, Prince William, Kim Kardashian, David Beckham, Kate Moss and Britney Spears amongst many others. First exhibition, by aura pure painter and founder of The Aetheric Movement.

It is on until 21 May 2018.

Complimentary drinks for all guests.

www.signetcontemporaryart.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then

6pm to 8pm

NEVER MIND THE PUNK 45 - private view - Herrick Gallery, 93 Piccadilly, London W1.

This punk art exhibition comes from up and coming West London artist Mal-One.

Cutting back from the original 7” artworks to show snippets of related material from the bands back story. The use of press cuttings, promo badges, tickets etc, add to the group’s media information. Bands included in the show are Adam & The Ants, Buzzcocks, The Clash, The Damned, Ian Dury, Generation X, The Jam, Ramones, Sex Pistols, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Stranglers and X Ray Spex.

It is on until 20 May 2018...nearest tube station is Green Park.

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A nice buzzy atmosphere here and great to see so many of my punk mates.

Paul Wellers sister Nicky is here...she has a coffee table book out called 'Growing Up with The Jam'.

Folks are spilling out on to the pavement outside as it's nice and sunny.

The punk art collages are fantastic to look at and nice bargain prices from just £250 each.

Complimentary prosecco , gin cocktails and beers for all guests

www.herrickgallery.com

Visit the Herrick Gallery here for more info.

then

8.05pm to 10.15pm

THE NEW ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS - opening party - Burlington Gardens, London W1.

This was a massive party as there must be at least 1000 guests here tonight.

Guests included Alan Yentob, Jon Snow, Emily Maitlis and Basia Briggs.

The Burlington Gardens end of this building has been closed since 2015 for the major

refurbishment costing over £50 million to coincide with its 250th anniversary.

There is a new raw cool grey-white concrete bridge and corridor that links both ends of the building.

The Royal Academy is now 70 per cent larger so it's now a massive two acre site.

Oddly under the name of art there is a complete bathroom suite outside on one of the balconies.

The new space features the exhibition by Tacita Dean : Landscape.

At 8.25pm TOM ODELL with his piano played three tracks in one of the lecture rooms.

His short set included 'Jealousy' and 'Another Love'.

There was a dj on both sides of the building playing tunes.

Complimentary Louis Roederer champers, a choice of three different cocktails, wines, beers

and canapés and a seafood station including oysters for all guests.

www.royalacademy.org.uk

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.











Tuesday 15 May 2018.

This week 42 years ago i saw KISS debut London shows at Hammersmith Odeon.

15 May 1976

16 May 1976











Monday 14 May 2018...I went to two events tonight...

6pm to 8.30pm

LAUNCH PARTY TO CELEBRATE THE START OF THE 2018 POLO SEASON -

PJ's Bar & Grill, 52 Fulham Road, London SW3.

Around 250 guests here with many coming from various polo clubs outside of London.

I have been to this great event several times in the past when Bill Wyman and Kenney Jones have

both turned up but sadly neither are here tonight.

At 8pm we had a speech from Brian Stein who owns PJ's and other restaurants.

He was followed by a 10 mins polo themed drag act from the Cafe de Paris.

Polo is a fun outdoor social day out in the summer if you have never been.

Most are on the outskirts of London including Hurtwood Park which Kenney Jones owns.

Cowdray Park in Midhurst, West Sussex is another one set in stunning countryside.

Polo in the Park, Hurlingham Park , Fulham on June 7 , 8 , 9 has gone to great lengths to make polo a

more accessible sport to a wider audience and generation in London.

Complimentary Taittinger champers, strawberry & cranberry vodka cocktails, gin & tonics, wines, beers

and lots of tasty food including mini-lobster rolls, mini-burgers, tempura, canapés and desserts.

www.pjsbarandgrill.co.uk

Visit the PJ's website here for future info.

then

DAVID SINCLAIR FOUR - album launch show - The Social, 5 Little Portland Street, London W1.

Joining the DS4 on stage will be harmonica man Laurie Garman and vocalists Gemma Vaughan and Eleanor Hawley.

The new DS4 album ' Sweet Georgina ' is released on May 11.

Check out the video for the lead track from the album - 'Little Rock & Roll' - on YouTube.

David says "After three years of blood, sweat and tears, we're proud to say our fifth album, Sweet Georgina, is finally out in the universe. It's available to buy digitally and physically on Amazon and iTunes and to stream on Spotity and Deezer. We really hope you enjoy it.

Our singles Sweet Georgina, Little Rock & Roll and The Rolling People have been available for some time. If you have enjoyed them please go out and buy our new album. It will not disappoint".

Product Description

www.davidsinclairfour.com

Check out their website here for more info and to listen to the new album title track.

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My first time at this club venue that is full tonight.

DAVID SINCLAIR FOUR were on stage for around 75 mins.

Songwriter, singer and guitarist David Sinclair has led his own band since 2005. With one foot in the blues and the other striding through the modern musical metropolis with a hint of Dire Straits in their sound.

Great lyrics in the well crafted songs that all tell a story with plenty of deft guitar licks throughout.

A nice mix of new album tracks and some older material.

Laurie Garman played some cool harmonica on a few songs.

Setlist included 'Life Gone Cold', 'Sweet Georgina','I'm Clean', 'Little Rock & Roll', 'World Turns Round',

'My Blue Suede Shoes', 'Eight Rounds Later', 'Loneliness Won't Leave Me Alone',

'Coming Off The Rails' and 'Crude Emotion'.

A great band who deserve more attention so go and check out their new album.









Friday 11 May 2018.

NICKELBACK live at The 02 Arena, London.

Nickelback have said they will be playing tracks from all nine of their studio albums.

Nickelback are on a UK & European Tour to promote their 9th album 'Feed The Machine' from 2017.

Nickelback are one of the most commercially successful Canadian groups of all time

and their song "How You Remind Me" was a massive best-selling rock song all over the world.

They are one of those bands that are continually slagged off by critics and rock fans,

but doubt that worries them when they have sold over 50 million albums worldwide.

The video of 'How You Remind Me ' has been viewed over 350 million times on YouTube.

I have seen Nickelback a few times since 2002 when they headlined Shepherds Bush Empire

on the back of the success of 'How You Remind Me' when it became a mega hit.

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There are half a dozen unsold blocks upstairs in Level 4 but their loyal fans are here in force

even though their heyday period was a decade ago.

NICKELBACK arrive on stage at 8.50pm and play for two hours 10 mins.

I am floor standing half way back in front of the mixing desk.

They have a great stage production with three big screens and a barrage of lights.

The pyros and confetti have been left at home this time.

It was a perfect visual treat to look at when the lights were at full tilt.

Plenty of females here swooning over lead singer Chad who stills chats too much between songs with

some banal banter about getting drunk on Jägerbomb's as the stage hand gave him cups of it throughout the show.

Some songs plodded a bit but there were plenty of great rockin' tunes.

Twice they got fans on stage for some audience participation which was very entertaining.

For 'Rockstar' it was a male and female to sing the great lyrics to this excellent song.

The guy got himself noticed in the crowd by wearing a naff lime green t-shirt.

He actually looked like one of The Inbetweeners but did a good job.

Loads of big songs for the crowd to sing loudly along to.

Their anthem 'How You Remind Me' at the end of the main set was mega.

A really good show that the crowd loved.







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News and Reviews: 13th May 2018

Sunday 13 May 2018.

BBC Radio 2 4pm to 5pm - Johnnie Walker Show with guest NILS LOFGREN.

A great interview with Nils with a mix of songs and stories including a great one on how

his guitars got stolen over Easter and how he got them back.

He starts a full UK tour tomorrow and promises to sign stuff after every show.

Check out the list below of the first four times i saw Nils live.

Nils Lofgren,Unicorn... New Victoria Theatre, London 09.05.1976

Nils Lofgren,Unicorn... New Victoria Theatre, London 10.05.1976

Nils Lofgren,Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers...Hammersmith Odeon, London 15.05.1977

Who,Stranglers,AC/DC,Nils Lofgren... Wembley Stadium, London 18.08.1979











Sunday 13 May 2018.

Happy Birthday to Stevie Wonder who is 68 today.



Saturday 12 May 2018.

Happy Birthday to KISS drummer Eric Singer who is 60 today.







Friday 11 May 2018.

NICKELBACK live at The 02 Arena, London.

Nickelback have said they will be playing tracks from all nine of their studio albums.

Nickelback are on a UK & European Tour to promote their 9th album 'Feed The Machine' from 2017.

Nickelback are one of the most commercially successful Canadian groups of all time

and their song "How You Remind Me" was a massive best-selling rock song all over the world.

They are one of those bands that are continually slagged off by critics and rock fans,

but doubt that worries them when they have sold over 50 million albums worldwide.

The video of 'How You Remind Me ' has been viewed over 350 million times on YouTube.

I have seen Nickelback a few times since 2002 when they headlined Shepherds Bush Empire

on the back of the success of 'How You Remind Me' when it became a mega hit.

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There are half a dozen unsold blocks upstairs in Level 4 but their loyal fans are here in force

even though their heyday period was a decade ago.

NICKELBACK arrive on stage at 8.50pm and play for two hours 10 mins.

I am floor standing half way back in front of the mixing desk.

They have a great stage production with three big screens and a barrage of lights.

The pyros and confetti have been left at home this time.

It was a perfect visual treat to look at when the lights were at full tilt.

Plenty of females here swooning over lead singer Chad who stills chats too much between songs with

some banal banter about getting drunk on Jägerbomb's as the stage hand gave him cups of it throughout the show.

Some songs plodded a bit but there were plenty of great rockin' tunes.

Twice they got fans on stage for some audience participation which was very entertaining.

For 'Rockstar' it was a male and female to sing the great lyrics to this excellent song.

The guy got himself noticed in the crowd by wearing a naff lime green t-shirt.

He actually looked like one of The Inbetweeners but did a good job.

Loads of big songs for the crowd to sing loudly along to.

Their anthem 'How You Remind Me' at the end of the main set was mega.

A really good show.

Full Nickelback setlist played tonight...

Feed the Machine

Woke Up This Morning

Photograph

Far Away

Something in Your Mouth

Someday

Lullaby

Figured You Out

Leader of Men

Million Miles an Hour

Rockstar (with two fans onstage helping out on vocals)

When We Stand Together

Side of a Bullet

Animals (with a male fan playing guitar)

Hero (Chad Kroeger song) (from the 2002 Spiderman film)

If Today Was Your Last Day

How You Remind Me

Encore:

Gotta Be Somebody

Burn It to the Ground











Friday 11 May 2018.

A new Rolling Stones tv advert is being shown on ITV to promote their upcoming tour.

It features the names of the big support acts they have recently announced.

There were also full page adverts in The Standard and Metro newspapers today.

They need to shift some more tickets as it starts within a couple of weeks.











Thursday 10 May 2018...6.30pm to 9.15pm...

FORTNUM & MASON Food & Drink Awards 2018 at Fortnum & Mason, Piccadilly, London W1.

Now in their sixth year, the annual Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards celebrate the very best writers, publishers, broadcasters, photographers and personalities working in food and drink today. An independent panel of professional judges, led by Ewan Venters, CEO of Fortnum & Mason, selects the winners from work published or broadcast during 2017.

I have been a few times before so i know it's a great event with a perfect mix of nice food & drinks

along with celebrities and goodie bags.

We are in the Diamond Jubilee Tea Room on the fourth floor of this historic store that dates back to 1707.

Must be at least 250 guests here and it's a nice buzzy atmosphere.

Claudia Winkleman hosted the awards from 7.15pm for around 30 mins.

Lots of celebrity chefs and other well known names including Piers Morgan, Jimmy Carr,Mary Berry,

Kelly Hoppen, Nadiya Hussain, Tom Parker Bowles, Rick Stein, Frank Cohen,Lisa Snowdon,

Jose Pizarro, Fergus Henderson, Nick Ferrari, Ronni Ancona, Rosemary Shrager,Stephen Webster,

Wilnelia Forsyth, Fay Ripley and no doubt a couple more.

I had my photo taken with Piers Morgan and as he is a big Arsenal fan i suggested to him

'how about John Lydon to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal'...he agreed with a big laugh.

A nice random sighting of a guest wearing a MEGADETH t-shirt in this posh venue needed investigating.

I had a chat with him and he was a shortlisted author Zeren Wilson from www.bittenandwritten.com

Complimentary Fortnum's champers, Gin & Tonics, wines and tasty canapés for all guests.

All guests got a goodie bag with half a dozen nice food items from the Fortnum & Mason store.

www.fortnumandmason.com/awards

Visit their website here for more info and the list of winners.











Wednesday 09 May 2018...6.30pm to 9.15pm...

VEUVE CLICQUOT Business Women Of The Year Awards at Claridge's, Brook Street, Mayfair , London W1.

Over 300 guests here in the ballroom of this famous five star hotel.

Lots of very smartly dressed females here as expected.

Erin O'Connor was one of the guests.

Honouring women impacting different aspects of business today.

Since 1972, the awards have honoured women impacting different aspects of business today and celebrates those who share the same qualities as Madame Clicquot, an original trailblazer: her enterprising spirit, her courage and the determination necessary to accomplish her business goals.

The flagship Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award is the longest running award for female business leaders and has recognised some of the UK’s most prolific female business leaders.

At 7.20pm BBC TV presenter Emily Maitlis hosted for the 30 mins awards presentation.

The winner of the main award...Liv Garfield, the FTSE 100's youngest female CEO, has won Veuve Clicquot's prestigious Business Woman Award. Liv is the 42-year-old chief executive of water company Severn Trent.

A nice surprise sighting here was Matt who is a massive Rolling Stones fan and collector.

Check The Stones fan website www.iorr.org for info on his ROLLING STONES MUSEUM in SE London

where you can view his £100,000 plus memorabilia collection.

He even mentioned that The Stones had reserved The Electric Ballroom for a club gig in May

but this is not now happening.

Complimentary Veuve Clicquot Rose champers before the awards then Veuve Clicquot 2006 Vintage

champers after the awards along with gin cocktails, lots of different sushi and canapés for all guests.

A very nice event.

www.veuveclicquotaward.com

Visit their website for a 50 mins video of highlights from the event.











Tuesday 08 May 2018...I went to two events tonight...

6pm to 7pm

Lyon & Turnbull Gallery - private view - 11/12 Pall Mall, London SW1.

This was for their 'Five Centuries of Old Masters ' sale.

Lyon & Turnball are based in Edinburgh & London and specialise in old

Scottish paintings which looked great here.

Complimentary prosecco for all guests.

www.lyonandturnbull.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then

7.15pm to 9.30pm

ROYAL ASCOT VILLAGE ENCLOSURE PREVIEW - Ham Yard Hotel, London W1.

Over 100 guests here on the rooftop terrace of this five star hotel.

A lovely sunny evening so the girls are all out in their very nice summery dresses.

Guests included Olivia Grant, Rosanna Falconer, Lady Sabrina Percy and Sarah Ann Macklin.

This event is to celebrate the fashion,the vibrant food scene and eclectic entertainment

during ROYAL ASCOT week in June at The Village Enclosure end of the course.

A pair of female djs are here on the decks.

Complimentary Bollinger champers, Ayala champers, Pimms, Rum Cocktails,

Gin Cocktails and canapés for all guests.

www.ascot.co.uk

Visit the ASCOT website here for more info and to buy tickets.









Tuesday 08 May 2018.

THE ROLLING STONES are to have a pop up store at Selfridges to coincide with their tour.

Selling ' No Filter' tour merchandise etc.

It will be there from 14 May to 03 June.









Sunday 06 May 2018.

Ellen's 80th Birthday Party at North Greenford United Football Club.

We are at the 80th birthday party of the mum of my best friend from secondary school - Billy.

A big family as there were five boys and three girls and now they are all grown up with partners and kids.

From 1973 to 1975 I would go around the house some days after school and at weekends.

The house was in Clematis Street, Shepherds Bush.

This was when we went to Christopher Wren School nearby.

Hemlock Road was the next street and another school friend called Ronnie Evans lived there.

One of his neighbours was called Wally Nightingale who was three years older.

His school mates were Steve Jones and Paul Cook who would all start a band together with Wally

with practise being done at Wally's parents house.

Later on Wally would be kicked out of the band to make way for a certain Johnny Rotten.

The band would start using a new name - THE SEX PISTOLS.

In 1976 word was coming out they were playing venues in Chelsea and The West End

and i was pretty impressed by that.

That would explain why i saw the band play three times in 1976 before their notorious Bill Grundy interview

on 01 Dec 1976 which rocketed the Sex Pistols to national infamy overnight, simply because of a few swear words.

The rest they say is history and the band would end up recording the greatest album of all time.

Wally would sadly die a drugs related death on 06 May 1996...aged just 40.

Oddly enough it happened just before The Sex Pistols 'Filthy Lucre' reunion tour of 1996.

I remember talking to members of the band about Wally's death when i saw them at

Le Zenith, Paris on 04 July 1996.

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Billy & myself have been good friends for over 45 years, in the same class at school,

going to gigs in the 1970s together, getting motorbikes together in the late 1970s,

both working on front stage security at Hammersmith Odeon all through the 1980s.

Still meet up with him and his brothers at odd gigs even to this day.

His mum Ellen is a total diamond of the old school , who just gets on with everything.

So many nice memories of her warm hospitality.

Like my mum, she must have made many thousands of cups of tea for everyone over the years.

Let's hope we have another party for her in ten years time when Ellen reaches 90.









Friday 04 May 2018.

BETH HART + DAVY WATSON live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

American blues rocker Beth Hart announced this show 18 months ago back in Nov 2016

when i saw her play a sold out show at The Royal Festival Hall.

Beth Hart has released around a dozen albums over her career.

Her most recent album 'Black Coffee' is the third cover album recorded by Beth Hart

and blues rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa, released on January 26, 2018.

With support from Davy Watson who is a singer, songwriter and musician from Belfast.

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Tonight is Beth Harts biggest ever show in London.

The corner balcony blocks are unsold but it is still a good 95% capacity.

DAVY WATSON arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played for 30 mins.

He performed half a dozen good songs that went down well with the crowd.

BETH HART arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played a nice long 2 hours 20 mins set.

Her show 18 months ago was great but tonight was even better.

Like the Royal Festival Hall show she sung the first song while walking through the crowd

by entering from the mixing desk end, quite an entrance.

She would do it again later on in the show.

Beth is rockin' a hot little black dress and heels and her tattoos are on full display.

It isn’t just her remarkable voice and emotive songs, let alone her vivacious stage presence that marks Beth Hart out as special, it’s much more than that. She’s a force of nature and a previously troubled soul who has dragged her self up by the bootstraps to channel all her experiences – both good and bad – into a catalogue of songs that range from the deeply autobiographical to imagined narratives, both well suited to her marvellous phrasing ability.

Beth sinks every ounce of herself into her breathtaking two-hour plus musical marathon.

She dedicates songs to her mum, sister and husband with tears in her eyes.

An ex drug addict who is still taking the medication, you can tell Beth was a wild child in the past.

Her band sounded great and the guitarist played some deft licks.

Beth's stunning vocals were great as she mixed belting it them out standing up or sat behind the piano.

Highlights included 'Bang Bang Boom Boom','As Good As It Gets', 'Spirit of God','Baddest Blues',

'The Ugliest House in the Street', 'Boogieman' , 'Take it easy on me', 'Leave the light on', 'My California'

and encores including 'Monkey Back', 'Picture in the Frame' and 'Caught out in The Rain'.

A great show.

The cameras were here to record it for a future DVD.











Thursday 03 May 2018...I went to two events tonight...

6pm to 6.45pm

MAI 68 : POSTERS FROM THE REVOLUTION - private view -

Lazinc Gallery, 29 Sackville Street, London W1.

On the fiftieth anniversary of the revolutionary student protests that kicked off the Mai 68 Paris riots,

this May Lazinc will present over fifty posters created and employed during the revolution.

Also here are films, imagery and memorabilia from the Mai 68 riots. The gallery will even be recreating a screen-printing room from one of the Atelier Populaire studios, showing the working space in which the posters were created.

They look simple but bold, a bit like the punk posters that would follow a decade later.

Performance artist Pandemonium was here in her full 7 foot tall Lady GaGa type latex outfit.

Classic tunes from the late 1960s were being played in the background.

Complimentary Peroni beers for all guests.

www.lazinc.com

Visit the LAZINC gallery here for more info.

then

7pm

RUMBLE : THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD - UK film premiere -

Curzon Soho, 99 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1.

Tonight was the Gala opening evening of the CANADA NOW weekend of films at this cinema.

The film is a feature documentary about the role of Native Americans in popular music history.

Featuring MARTIN SCORSESE ,QUINCY JONES ,STEVEN TYLER , STEVEN VAN ZANDT , IGGY POP , LINK WRAY , BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE , ROBBIE ROBERTSON , JESSE ED DAVIS , JIMI HENDRIX ,

GEORGE CLINTON , SLASH , RANDY CASTILLO AND MORE.

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Around 200 guests here for this very enjoyable and informative film...103 minutes long...

The films director and producer introduce the film and had a Q & A after the film was shown.

The film opens with a piece on the legendary guitarist Link Wray.

Link Wray (May 2, 1929 – November 5, 2005) was a Native American Shawnee rock and roll guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist who became popular in the late 1950s.

Building on the distorted electric guitar sound of early records, his 1958 instrumental hit "Rumble" by Link Wray & His Ray Men popularized "the power chord, the major modus operandi of modern rock guitarists",facilitating the emergence of "punk and heavy rock".Rolling Stone placed Wray at No. 45 of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.

Check a YouTube clip where Jimmy Page is at home playing 'Rumble' on vinyl.

I saw Link Wray play a rare London gig at The Garage in 1997.

You kind of don't realise which musicians had Native American parents which included a great few minutes on

Randy Castillo who i saw play with Ozzy Osbourne a few times.

Randy Castillo (December 18, 1950 – March 26, 2002) was best known as Ozzy Osbourne's drummer during the mid-1980s to the early 1990s, and later as drummer for Mötley Crüe, from 1999 to his death in 2002.

Also a nice few minutes on Redbone who had a classic track called 'Come and get your love'.

See YouTube for a nice video from 1974 on The Midnight Special where they are all dressed Native Indian.

Also a nice few minutes on Jimi Hendrix who was part Cherokee Native Indian.

A great film that could easily end up on BBC4 tv in the future.

then

9.15pm to 11.15pm was the after-party at The House of St Barnabas, at 1 Greek Street, Soho, London W1.

This venue is a Grade I Listed Georgian building in London notable for its rococo plasterwork interiors

and for other architectural features.

Complimentary prosecco, wines, beers and canapés for all the guests.

www.canadanow.co.uk

Visit their website here for full info on Canada Now 2018 films shown over this weekend.











Wednesday 02 May 2018...6.30pm to 11.30pm...

NAMCO FUNSCAPE - showcase - County Hall, Riverside Buildings,

Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1.

This venue is on the riverside, around 100 yards from The London Eye.

It is open to the general public as well as available to corporate groups.

Over 100 guests here in this massive space behind the small entrance.

Here you can you find six lanes of bowling, video games, pool tables, bumper cars,

table tennis tables, pinball machines, simulators and live sport on the big screen and a dj.

We had great fun trying out most of the activities to do and for the last hour we were ten pin bowling.

In the background we kept an eye on the mega Roma 4 Liverpool 2 football game on the big screen.

My friend won the main raffle prize of £250 Gordon Ramsey restaurant vouchers.

Lots of complimentary drinks and food here as it was a full bar except champers so

i pretty much stuck to Jack Daniels, Baileys and Disaronno amongst others.

Also lots of canapés, fish n chips and mini-burgers for all guests.

We had a fantastic evening here.

www.namco.co.uk

Visit the NAMCO website here for more info.













Wednesday 02 May 2018.

I was in Paris for four nights.

The pros and cons of being at two different types of hotel.

Two nights at a four star hotel in a Central area of Paris - Millennium Hotel Paris Opera - Boulevard Haussmann -

They upgraded us to a junior suite which was very palatial.

It is situated in one of the main areas for shopping and entertainment.

The Grand Rex cinema/concert venue is nearby.

My friend in Paris said some of the bands that play there stay at this hotel.

See the PARIS ROCKER link on the right of this page for his gig reviews in Paris.

then two nights in a three star hotel on the outskirts of East Paris - Hotel Reseda - Avenue du General de Gaulle - Bagnolet

You could certainly call this place 'a small room for a small price'.

The 76 bus took just 35 mins to The Louvre area.

Also near the hotel was Gallieni (Parc de Bagnolet)...a station on Paris Métro Line 3.

It will be my first time back there since 2003 when i saw two Rolling Stones shows

including one which was this same venue when it was called The Bercy Arena.

I suppose the main reason has been how sterling has dipped so badly compared to the Euro.

Thanks to Eurostar we were Business Premier going out and Standard Premier coming back.

A very nice three course meal designed by Raymond Blanc and drinks each way.

From April - Eurostar trains are going to Amsterdam.

www.eurostar.com

Visit the Eurostar website here for more info and to buy tickets.

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Saturday 28 April 2018.

ARCADE FIRE live at Accor Hotels Arena, Paris, France.

Will be an 'in the round ' stage production like the recent UK shows earlier on the tour.

Arcade Fire are on a UK and European tour to promote their recent album from 2017.

'Everything Now' is the fifth studio album by Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire.

I saw them play Earls Court Arena in 2014 on their previous UK tour.

Check out this nice video on YouTube - Arcade Fire & David Bowie - Wake Up | HQ | Fashion Rocks 2005.

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A big crowd here as this venue is pretty much the Paris version of The 02 Arena.

ARCADE FIRE were on stage from 9.15pm and played for around 2 hours 10 mins.

Concerts seem to be allowed to finish later in France or maybe just that it was a Saturday night.

The band enter through the crowd like boxers to their 'in the round' boxing ring type stage.

There are several members on stage and other members come and go.

They all swop sides of the stage during the show and the drummers kit rotates.

There are four massive screens above each side of the stage along with lots of lights and two glitter balls.

It was a top notch indie pop disco extravaganza.

A few newer mid-tempo songs sagged a bit but there were many joyous big tunes played.

Gems including 'No Cars Go ' , 'The Suburbs' and 'Ready to Start' were all great.

The final song of their anthem 'Wake Up' was totally mega.

It was a visually great show by a passionate band who really did pull out all the stops.

Full setlist played tonight...

Tape intro - Everything Now (Continued) (instrumental version with boxing intro)

Everything Now (with Patrick Bebey)

Rebellion (Lies)

Here Comes the Night Time (with Patrick Bebey) (Haitian dancers on stage)

Haïti (with Patrick Bebey) (Haitian dancers on stage)

No Cars Go

Electric Blue

Put Your Money on Me

Neon Bible

My Body Is a Cage

Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)

The Suburbs

The Suburbs (Continued)

Ready to Start (Damian Taylor Remix outro)

Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)

Reflektor

Afterlife

Creature Comfort

Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) (with 'I Give You Power' snippet)

Encore:

We Don't Deserve Love

The Coffee Cola Song (Francis Bebey cover) (with Patrick Bebey)

Everything Now (Continued) (with Patrick Bebey) (with Preservation Hall Jazz Band)

Wake Up (with Patrick Bebey) (with Preservation Hall Jazz Band and dancers)













Friday 27 April 2018.

BBC4 tv 9pm - JEFF BECK : Still on the Run

For many, he is the UK’s greatest ever guitarist and a maverick musical trailblazer. This profile begins by looking at Beck’s formative years in Surrey and teenage friendship with Jimmy Page, before continuing through to success with The Yardbirds and his current album and sell-out live shows. Rock luminaries who’ve played alongside Beck such as Page, David Gilmour, Eric Clapton, Ronnie Wood, Rod Stewart, Jennifer Batten, Beth Hart, Joe Perry and Slash pay testament to his ever-evolving guitar style and enduring influence.

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This was a very enjoyable 90 mins documentary on this guitar legend.

Showed highlights from his 50 year career.

Shows footage of when he played six shows over five evenings at Ronnie Scott's club in London

where he was joined by Eric Clapton...Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were both in the crowd.

The clip is also up on YouTube.

Also shows Jeff in his garage still tinkering around with his collection of Hot Rod cars & motorbikes.

It will get a DVD release on 18 May...the DVD will have have extra 15 mins of footage.

Jeff plays The Royal Hospital, Chelsea on Friday 15 June.









Friday 27 April 2018.

Happy Birthday to ex KISS guitar legend ACE FREHLEY who is 67 today.

It is always quite good fun seeing audience participation with bands on stage.

Check this one out by searching on YouTube.

Foo Fighters - Monkey Wrench - Kiss Guy - Austin, TX. 4-18-18 (Yayo Sanchez)











Thursday 26 April 2018.

THE BOOTLEG BEATLES live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

The worlds most famous Beatles tribute band return to play this iconic venue.

They are now in their 36th year.

The Bootleg Beatles have become an institution in their own right, with their note-perfect recreation of hits

from every era of the world’s most famous songbook.

Every tiny detail is meticulously covered, from costumes to authentic period instruments;

from Liverpudlian banter to their inflection-perfect vocal mimicry.

I have seen them several times since 1996.

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It is pretty full here tonight, maybe 95 % of tickets sold.

The band were on stage for 2 hours 20 mins over two sets of 65 mins and 75 mins.

The band members certainly look and play like the original Fab Four.

We have a big screen showing Beatles footage and other footage from the 1960s.

A few costume changed throughout the show.

Must have been around 30 timeless Beatles classics played throughout the evening.

Early songs played included ''She Loves You' and 'Can't Buy Me Love'.

Half way through the first set they were joined by a sixteen member brass & string section for

Sgt Pepper songs and they were there in the second half as well.

Each member of the band were dressed as the Beatles appeared on the colourful Sgt Pepper album cover.

Some real ‘goosebumps’ moment was ‘A Day In The Life’ where the rising crescendo of the orchestra to the song’s climax was stunning. The band were having so much fun, as was the audience singing along to the album title track along with 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds’, a rousing ‘Getting Better’ and ‘When I'm Sixty-Four' – an age much of the night’s audience had already passed but they still knew how to enjoy themselves.

They ended the set with a perfect pose of the Sgt Pepper album cover which included the members

of the brass & string section wearing paper masks of celebrity guests that featured on the album cover.

Strange to think that for such a classic album the original band never performed it live.

The Sgt Pepper album has sold over 30 million copies worldwide.

Each member of The Bootleg Beatles played their part well by cracking cheeky jokes throughout the show.

Ringo managed to draw Thomas the Tank engine during the course of the evening.

During the second set the crowd got up more often for some dancing.

Gems played included 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' ,'Here Comes The Sun' 'Yesterday' ,'Hey Jude',

'Carry That Weight', 'Lady Madonna' and many more.

A great show.









Wednesday 25 April 2018.

G3 featuring Joe Satriani, John Petrucci & Uli Jon Roth live at Hammersmith Apollo, London.

Three leading rock guitarists are on a European Tour.

I first saw Joe Satriani in 1990 at Hammersmith Odeon.

Joe Satriani was the first act I saw at this venue in Feb 1993 under its new Hammersmith Apollo name.

I saw Uli Jon Roth at Hammersmith Odeon in 1983 and 1985.

I have seen a G3 show before in 2004....G3 Joe Satriani + Steve Vai + Robert Fripp ,Royal Albert Hall.

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Lots of empty seats upstairs as maybe only two thirds sold up there.

There is a big screen used by all three acts with pre-recorded images but oddly enough live footage

of the show was only used during the last 30 mins for the G3 Jam session.

Lots of guitar solo wizardry as expected with just a few songs having vocals during the evening.

Lots of nice lights used by all three acts.

ULI JON ROTH - ex Scorpions.

Uli & band arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played for around 40 mins.

Full setlist played tonight...

Sky Overture

Sun in My Hand (Scorpions song)

We'll Burn the Sky (Scorpions song)

Fly to the Rainbow (Scorpions song)

The Sails of Charon (Scorpions song)

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JOHN PETRUCCI - founding member of Dream Theater and still playing with them.

John Petrucci & band arrived on stage at 8.25pm and played for around 45 mins.

His band include current Dream Theater drummer Mike Mangini.

Full setlist played tonight...

Wrath of the Amazons (Rupert Gregson-Williams cover)

Jaws of Life

The Happy Song

Damage Control

Glassy-Eyed Zombies

Glasgow Kiss

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JOE SATRIANI - before his solo career , he was a guitar instructor , with students including Steve Vai and Kirk Hammett.

Joe Satriani & band arrived on stage at 9.25pm and played for around 50 mins.

Joe is more of a showman than the other two guitarists.

G3 Jam - at 10.20pm all three members playing extending versions of three classic rock covers for 30 mins.

Full setlist played tonight...

Energy

Catbot

Satch Boogie

Cherry Blossoms

Thunder High on the Mountain

Super Funky Badass

Circles

Always With Me, Always With You

Summer Song

Encore : G3 Jam

Highway Star (Deep Purple song) (with John Petrucci) (also with Uli Jon Roth)

All Along the Watchtower (Bob Dylan cover) (with Uli Jon Roth) (also with John Petrucci)

Immigrant Song (Led Zeppelin cover) (with Uli Jon Roth & John Petrucci)

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A very enjoyable evening.









Wednesday 25 April 2018.

Happy Birthday to ex Marillion singer and solo artist Fish who is 60 today.

Happy Birthday to acting legend Al Pacino who is 78 today.









Tuesday 24 April 2018...I went to two events tonight...

6pm to 6.30pm

BOOM - ART & INDUSTRY IN 1960s ITALY - private view - Tornabuoniart , 46 Albemarle Street, London W1.

Taking as a starting point Vittorio De Sica’s 1963 film Il boom, Flavia Frigeri’s exhibition explores the relationship between post-war Italian art and the economic miracle in the 1960s. The show focuses on how artists envisioned, represented and reacted to the boom, through the works of Carla Accardi, Franco Angeli, Mariana Apollonio, Alighiero Boetti, Alberto Burri, Mario Ceroli, Gianni Colombo, Dadamaino, Tano Fes- ta, Lucio Fontana, Piero Gilardi, Pino Pascali, Francesco Lo Savio, Sergio Lombar- do, Mimmo Rotella and Mario Schifano. In order to highlight the link between art and industry, iconic design objects such as the Olivetti 'Valentine' typewriter designed by Ettore Sottsass will also be on display.

Complimentary prosecco for all guests.

www.tornabuoniart.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then

6.45pm to 9.15pm

PINK LADY FOOD PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR - The Mall Galleries, Pall Mall, London SW1.

A big crowd of at least 250 guests are here.

The world's leading awards recognising the art and diversity of food photography with a top prize of £5000.

They get thousands of entries from around the world.

There are over 150 images on display showcasing from more than 20 categories.

At 7.45pm host Prue Leith hosted the awards that went on for around an hour.

Prue was responsible for the infamous moment in 2017 when the Bake Off tv presenter

went into 'panic mode' after naming the winner on Twitter hours before final was broadcast.

Guests here included Pierre Koffmann who is a French-born professional chef who until recently

had a nice restaurant in Knightsbridge.

The photos will be on display for a couple of weeks at the gallery and are all for sale.

Complimentary Taittenger champers, wines and tasty canapés for all guests.









Monday 23 April 2018...I went to two events tonight...

7pm to 9.15pm

Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds - private view - Sotheby's , King Street, St James's, London SW1.

Around 200 guests here at this well known gallery.

Viscount Linley was here .He is a furniture maker with his own store and is the son of Princess Margaret

and Antony Armstrong-Jones, and the nephew of the Queen.

Lots of oriental carpets and rugs are hanging on all the walls and other items too.

In the main room there is a quartet playing music from Iran,Persian, Arabic Kurdish etc.

Complimentary Taittinger champers, Gin cocktails, wines and tasty canapés for all guests.

All guests got a goodie bag of a box of dates & chocolates from BATEEL who are exclusively

available in Selfridges Ground Floor, Food Hall.

www.christies.com

Visit their website here for more info on the auction on 26 April 2018.

then

9.30pm to 10.30pm

TRADER VICS - 55th anniversary , Hilton Hotel, Park Lane,Mayfair, London W1.

Trader Vic's celebrate their 55th anniversary as the bar in this famous five star hotel.

Trader Vic's are offering their signature 'London Sour' cocktail that was created for the

opening event of Trader Vic’s London back in 1963.

Available throughout April for only 55p instead of the usual £11.

(Please note that this offer is limited to only one cocktail per person per night).

Where can you get a quality cocktail in Mayfair for just 55p???

We had a couple of the very nice 55p drinks each...proper freshly made with a free GB flag in it.

Well worth popping into if you are in the area.

Available from 5pm each evening.

www.tradervicslondon.com

Visit their website here for more info.











Monday 23 April 2018.

My review of The Joe Corre 'Ash from Chaos' exhibition from last week is now up on

The Sex Pistols website along with several nice photos.

www.sex-pistols.net

Visit the website here to check out the photos.









Monday 23 April 2018.

Punk rock guitar legend JOHNNY THUNDERS sadly died today in 1991 - 27 year ago...

I saw him live 18 times with the first at The Roxy Club in 1977 and included a gig on home turf in 1979

when he played at Max's Kansas City in New York.









Sunday 22 April 2018...6pm to 9pm...

My band had our fourth rehearsal in North Acton tonight.

Just the three of us this time but good fun.









Saturday 21 April 2018.

In my review of Friday nights Chas & Dave show i mentioned that they had a much bigger

stage production than they usually have and that there was a huge circular light rig above them

like David Gilmour uses and a massive wraparound screen behind them.

There was an explanation for that.

Basically they were using the production that was in situ for The Queen's 92nd birthday concert

at The Royal Albert Hall the following evening that was shown live on BBC1 tv.















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News and Reviews: 22nd April 2018

Monday 23 April 2018.

Punk rock guitar legend JOHNNY THUNDERS sadly died today in 1991 - 27 year ago...

I saw him live 18 times with the first at The Roxy Club in 1977 and included a gig on home turf in 1979

when he played at Max's Kansas City in New York.









Sunday 22 April 2018...6pm to 9pm...

My band had our fourth rehearsal in North Acton tonight.

Just the three of us this time but good fun.









Saturday 21 April 2018.

In my review of Friday nights Chas & Dave show i mentioned that they had a much bigger

stage production than they usually have and that there was a huge circular light rig above them

like David Gilmour uses and a massive wraparound screen behind them.

There was an explanation for that.

Basically they were using the production that was in situ for The Queen's 92nd birthday concert

at The Royal Albert Hall the following evening that was shown live on BBC1 tv.









Saturday 21 April 2018.

Another sad death to report.

VERNE TROYER dead - Austin Powers mini me actor dies aged 49.

Verne Troyer, famous for starring in Austin Powers films as Mini Me, has died aged 49.

The actor died on Saturday, according to reports.









Saturday 21 April 2018.

Happy Birthday to punk rock legend Iggy Pop who is 71 today.

Prince very sadly died two years ago today.









Friday 20 April 2018.

CHAS & DAVE live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

This is a special show to launch their new album 'A Little Bit of Us'.

Chas & Dave have had five Top 40 hits.

I have seen them several times since they supported 10cc at Hammersmith Odeon in 1976.

After being off the road for most of 2017 while Chas received treatment for cancer, the boys are playing again.

Bona fide national treasures Chas & Dave return with a new album ‘A Little Bit of Us,’ their first in over thirty years to feature brand-new Chas & Dave songs. The album, released on April 20th on the duo’s rejuvenated ‘Rockney’ label via Cooking Vinyl, is available on 12” vinyl (COOKLP704), CD (COOKCD704) and digital download.

The album features a mix of new Chas & Dave originals and live favourites.

There is an old clip on YouTube from 1982 where Eric Clapton & Albert Lee played with them.

Chas & Dave are most notable as creators and performers of a musical style labelled "rockney" (a portmanteau of "rock" and "cockney"), which mixes "pub singalong, music-hall humour, boogie-woogie piano and pre-Beatles rock 'n' roll".

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Not long ago we had heavy snowfalls and today was the third day of glorious sunshine.

The show tonight is not sold out but it is a respectable 95% per cent full.

The bars are doing a roaring trade as this crowd like a few sherbets.

CHAS & DAVE are on stage for two hours over two sets of 45 mins and 75 mins.

They have a much bigger than usual stage production as they have a huge circular light rig like

David Gilmour has and a brass section and string section are used on several tracks.

Also a big wraparound screen at the back showing the one image helps fill the stage out.

It is a lively pub knees-up type atmosphere and the crowd are keen to have a sing-song and dance.

Many tunes tick over nicely during the show but the biggies go down a treat with the first set including

'One Fing and Anuvver', 'When Two Worlds Collide' and 'Gercha'.

Second set included the gems 'London Girls', 'Down to Margate','Snooker Loopy' and 'Rabbit'.

A highlight was the final two songs of the night, 'Ain’t No Pleasing You' & 'The Sideboard Song' – the former was a big old lovely soppy arms-in-the-air singalong, and the latter was the perfect end to the night, a proper right old Cockernee knees up and exactly what we’d all come for.

A very enjoyable show.









Friday 20 April 2018.

Shock news that AVICII has passed away.

Swedish DJ Avicii, one of the world's biggest dance music stars, has died in Oman at the age of 28.

Avicii's club anthems include Wake Me Up, Levels, and recently, Lonely Together with Rita Ora.

His representative said in a statement: "It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii.

"The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time."

No cause of death was announced, and Avicii's representative said no further statements would be issued.

The superstar DJ behind some of the decade's biggest hits

The electronic dance music (EDM) star, who reportedly made $250,000 (£180,000) a night on tour, had struggled with some health issues in the past, having his gall bladder and appendix removed in 2014.

He announced his retirement from touring in 2016, partly because of the health problems.

"I know I am blessed to be able to travel all around the world and perform, but I have too little left for the life of a real person behind the artist," he said at the time.

He had over 11 billion streams/views of tracks he has been involved with.











Thursday 19 April 2018...I went to two events tonight...

6.15pm to 9.15pm

ASH FROM CHAOS - private view - Lazinc Gallery, 29 Sackville Street, Mayfair, London W1.

In Nov 2016 , Joe Corre - The son of Vivienne Westwood and the late Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren

set fire to an estimated £5m worth of punk memorabilia on a boat on the river Thames.

Joe Corré torched the items alongside effigies of politicians loaded with fireworks, as part of a protest near Albert Bridge in Chelsea, west London.

Corre, who was wearing a top hat and bandana tied around his head, told the crowd before setting the items alight: “Punk was never, never meant to be nostalgic – and you can’t learn how to be one at a Museum of London workshop.

“Punk has become another marketing tool to sell you something you don’t need. The illusion of an alternative choice. Conformity in another uniform.”

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A nice buzzy atmosphere as over 150 guests and several photographers are at this gallery space.

Upstairs was a dark room where a dozen guests at a time would view the glass coffin with the ashes in it

and a five minute video of computer images showing the burning alongside a soundtrack of

The Sex Pistols 'Anarchy in The UK' (orchestral version from The Great Rock n Roll Swindle album).

Lots of folks here i knew which was nice.

Guests included...

Joe Corre

Dame Vivienne Westwood

Jordan (worked with Vivienne Westwood and the SEX boutique in the Kings Road in the mid-1970s)

Rose McGowan (American actress)

Meredith Ostrom (American actress)

Malcolm McLaren associate John 'Boogie' Tiberi who worked with The Sex Pistols

Ed Tudor-Pole / Tenpole Tudor (singer)

Bez (Happy Mondays / Black Grape)

Maggi Ronson (singer and sister to guitar legend Mick Ronson)

Patti Palladin (singer who recorded an album with Johnny Thunders)

Philip Sallon ( original member of The Bromley Contingent)

Nick Reynolds ( sculptor and member of Alabama 3 )

Sir Tom Baker ( rock n roll fashion designer who has a store in Soho)

Phil Strongman (made the documentary Anarchy! McLaren Westwood Gang in 2013)

Daniel Lismore (fashion designer who always wears one of his own stunning creations)

He has been described as "England's most outrageous dresser" by Vogue.

Gaz Mayall (dj whose sound system at Notting Hill Carnival is a must visit if go there )

Pandemonia (is a character and persona created as conceptual art by an anonymous London-based artist that has appeared in the art and fashion world since 2009.Clad in a latex full-head mask with stylized hair and latex dresses,Pandemonia is seven feet tall and was described by Katia Ganfield of Vice as "Roy Lichtenstein's blonde caricatures ... brought to life as a 7 ft Jeff Koons inflatable".Pandemonia was accompanied by an inflatable white dog named Snowy).

A dj was playing cool tunes in the background.

Also here was a 21 year old women fully dressed as Jordan in the 1978 film 'Jubilee'.

808 WHISKY provided three types of cocktails for all the guests.

The exhibition is on until Saturday 28 April 2018.

www.burnpunklondon.com

Visit the website here for more info and images.

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10.15pm to 12pm

BAT OUT OF HELL - opening night party - Bloomsbury Ballroom, London WC2.

This musical is back in London for a second stint.

I saw this great show based on the songs of Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf last year.

I will definitely go and see it in the future at The Dominion.

Over 500 guests at this massive party after the show earlier at The Dominion Theatre.

All the cast members are here but not many celebs as such.

Chris Moyles and Pat Cash watched the show but I did not see them at the party.

Kerry Ellis was here, she has sung in many musicals including We Will Rock You.

I had a nice chat with legendary live music agent John Giddings who looked after

Meat Loaf until he had to retire due to ill health.

They had a silent disco here which was good fun as we put the headphones on for a few songs.

Complimentary prosecco, three different cocktails, wines, beers along with bowl food and canapés.

We left at midnight and it was still lively as it was due to finish at 1am.











Wednesday 18 April 2018...6.45pm to 9.15pm...

FASHIONED FROM NATURE - private view - V & A Museum, South Kensington, London SW7.

The first UK exhibition to explore the complex relationship between fashion and nature from 1600 to the present day.

This exhibition will present fashionable dress alongside natural history specimens, innovative new fabrics and dyeing processes, inviting visitors to think about the materials of fashion and the sources of their clothes.

Get to the venue and there must a dozen celebrity photographers outside the venue and several more inside.

This was a big event for the older sophisticated fashion crowd as there are over 300 guests here including

Stella McCartney, Jennifer Saunders ,Ellie Goulding, Arizona Muse, Natalie Imbruglia, Nicola Roberts,

Lady Amelia Windsor, Camilla Rutherford, David Downton, Eric Underwood, Stephen Jones and

rap duo Krept & Konan.

At 7.25pm we had a couple of introduction speeches.

From 7.45pm to 8.15pm I had a wander around the exhibition.

Presented chronologically , the first room of the two-tier show is a crash course in textile practises of the past.

Spanning 300 objects including outfits from well known designers including Dior , Christopher Kane ,

Calvin Klein and Stella McCartney (probably the UK's most socially conscious designer)

and lesser known designers of current day streetwear.

A female dj playing tunes in the background.

Complimentary Nyetimber English sparkling wines,three different Warner Edwards British Gin cocktails

and some very tasty canapés.

All guests got a linen clutch bag as a goodie bag with a few items inside.

www.vam.ac.uk

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets for £12.











Wednesday 18 April 2018.

Another sad death to report.

Dale Winton has sadly died aged 62.

Dale Winton was an English radio DJ and television presenter, best known for presenting shows including Dale's Supermarket Sweep from 1993 until 2000 and again in 2007, the National Lottery game show In It to Win It between 2002 and 2016 and the 2008 series of Hole in the Wall.









Tuesday 17 April 2018.

Very sad news about Matthew Mellon.

Matthew Mellon, the billionaire playboy and pal of Liz Hurley, has died aged only 54.

The banking heir and ex-husband of Jimmy Choo guru Tamara Mellon lost his battle

with drug addiction at a rehab clinic in Cancun, Mexico.

They were one of the 'golden couples' of the 1990s celebrity circuit.

In her book 'In My Shoes' Tamara said how Matthew had a debilitating cocaine addiction and

would disappear for days at a time , only to be found at a Notting Hill crack house.

A representative said in a statement: "Billionaire Matthew Mellon, 53, died suddenly in Cancun, Mexico, where he was attending a drug rehabilitation facility.

I chatted with him a couple of times in July 2016 at a Lionel Richie photographs private view and at

The Serpentine Gallery summer party.







Tuesday 17 April 2018... I went to two events tonight...

6.30pm to 8pm

BUNGATINI @ BUNGA BUNGA - showcase - 147 Drury Lane, Covent Garden,London WC2.

Bunga Bunga is a fantastic name for an Italian restaurant & bar.

The phrase "bunga bunga" has become inextricably linked with the private life of Italy's Silvio Berlusconi,

The comical-sounding phrase made its first appearance when young women

attended "bunga bunga" parties with other women at Mr Berlusconi's villa in Milan.

BungaTINI is a bar & pizzeria serving aperitivo, dinner, drinks, weekend brunch and everything in-between.

Inspired by a neighbourhood back-street Italian bar & pizzeria, they serve a delicious range of home-made pizzas and classically simple regional dishes available to eat in or take away. The bar houses a large selection of Italian wines, beers, Proseccos and vermouths and also serves a range of cocktails perfect for either an aperitivo or digestivo.

Upstairs is the main restaurant & bar and a big crowd of over 200 guests are in the basement area.

This is where they hold cabaret shows while folks eat their dinner.

A camp host introduced the singers,dancers and theatrical acts.

Complimentary food and drinks included different cocktails, wines, beers, bowl food , canapés

and lots of their very nice fresh pizza.

bungabungalondon.com

Visit their website here for info.

then

JETHRO TULL live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Jethro Tull are on a 50th anniversary UK tour.

They have released over 20 studio albums since 1968.

Ian Anderson on vocals is now aged 70 and is the only original member these days.

Jethro Tull were massive in the 1970s and 1980s and have sold over 50 million albums worldwide.

I have seen Jethro Tull 10 times since 1978...all were at Hammersmith Odeon.

I don't recall seeing Jethro Tull anytime over the past 10 years.

The loyal Prog rock crowd are out in force tonight as the venue is totally sold out.

JETHRO TULL played a two hour show over two sets of 60 mins.

I missed the first set as i was at the previous event so just saw the second set.

Jethro Tull arrived on stage at 8.55pm for their second set.

There is a big screen showing pre-recorded images, vintage Tull gig footage and song introductions

from big music names including Steve Harris, Joe Elliot and Slash.

Plenty of very English type humour stage banter from singer Ian Anderson who still plays the

flute on one leg while the other is bent at the knee during some songs.

In the first set i missed 'A Song for Jeffrey' , 'Living in the Past' and 'A New Day Yesterday' but

the second set had plenty of their well known tunes including 'Thick as a Brick' ,

'Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll, Too Young to Die', 'Songs From The Wood' , Aqualung' and

encore of 'Locomotive Breath'.

As expected there were far too many Prog muso meanderings which made it a pretty average gig

for me but my friends and the crowd loved it.

Full Jethro Tull setlist played tonight....

FIRST SET

My Sunday Feeling

Love Story

A Song for Jeffrey

Some Day the Sun Won't Shine for You

Dharma for One

Living in the Past

A New Day Yesterday

Bourrée in E minor (Johann Sebastian Bach cover)

With You There to Help Me

The Witch's Promise

My God

Cross-Eyed Mary

SECOND SET (I arrived at the interval to see the second set only)

Thick as a Brick

A Passion Play

Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll, Too Young to Die

Songs From the Wood

Ring Out, Solstice Bells

Heavy Horses

Farm on the Freeway

Aqualung

Encore:

Locomotive Breath











Monday 16 April 2018...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 £240,000. Over its history, the event has raised over £4.2 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.

A few well known faces are here including Wayne Sleep and Daniel Lismore (in full OTT attire).

Also Nancy Dell'Olio , Ivy Paige and performance artist Pandemonium (in full OTT attire)

Before the auction started the auctioneer mentioned the news that broke in the morning.

Eurovision winner Conchita has told fans that she is HIV-positive, and has been in regular treatment for “several years”. The 29-year-old Austrian drag performer made a public statement on Instagram in response to an ex-boyfriend allegedly threatening to reveal the information.

'I don't want to give anyone the right to cause me pain' says Conchita.

From 8.15pm to 9.15pm we are seated in the main auction room as bidding for world-renowned artwork,

luxury travel lots and exciting celebrity experiences takes place.

Around 21 lots are live in the room and another 49 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,

three different Smirnoff vodka cocktails along with different canapés and doughnuts.

www.tht.org.uk

Visit their website here for more info on the great work this charity does.









Sunday 15 April 2018.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony took place last night in Cleveland, USA.

5 artists from the ballot are included in the Performer Category

1 individual is recognised with an Award for Early Influence.

CLASS OF 2018 INDUCTEES ARE:

Performer Category:

Bon Jovi

The Cars

Dire Straits

The Moody Blues

Nina Simone R.I.P.

Award for Early Influence:

Sister Rosetta Tharpe R.I.P.

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Performances and speeches will be worth looking at on YouTube.

Bon Jovi played four songs and reunited with Richie Sambora.

The Cars played four songs.

The Moody Blues played four songs.

Dire Straits did not play as Mark Knopfler refused to attend the ceremony.

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Bon Jovi - I have seen around 25 times since 1984 when they supported KISS.

Only 500 fans out of 5000 were in The Brighton Centre early to see Bon Jovi.

I kind of felt sorry for them....now with over 130 million albums sold.

This show was the FIRST EVER gig by Bon Jovi in Europe as their debut album had just came out.

Two weeks later i would see them play their first ever London show, supporting KISS at Wembley Arena.

The Cars - Incredibly have played only two shows in the UK in 1978 when they debut album came out.

They stayed in America for the following decade and cleaned up over there.

Their classic debut album from 1978 was recorded in London with Roy Thomas Baker.

Dire Straits - I have seen around 15 times which included one of their earliest shows.

Amazingly they were first band on out of three on a new wave/punk bill at The Roundhouse in Jan 1978

when Talking Heads and Slaughter & The Dogs were more popular than them.

The Moody Blues - I have seen a few times but apart from the big hits are not really my cup of tea.

Nina Simone - I saw perform a couple of times at Hammersmith Odeon in the early 1990s.











Saturday 14 April 2018.

KYLIE MINOGUE has been promoting her latest album the past week all over UK tv, radio and print

which has resulted in 'Golden' going straight in at Number One in the charts.











Friday 13 April 2018...I went to two events today...

4.15pm to 7.15pm

THE LONDON COFFEE FESTIVAL at The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London E1.

The UK's largest coffee event returns to the same venue as previous years.

This is a massive event for coffee lovers as this was day 2 of 4 which attracts around 5000

visitors a day over the different levels here.

Over 200 exhibitors here including 100 plus coffee brands along with tastings and master classes.

Lots of fresh coffee samples from the likes of BAILEYS ICED COFFEE.

Maybe 90% coffee drinks here but also wines, beers, tea , soft drinks and snacks.

Nice nutty protein snack bars from KIND and gourmet popcorn from JOE & SEPH'S.

A couple bands played a few songs in one of the larger spaces.

Complimentary drinks in the press area included Baileys Flat Martini, Mr Blacks Espresso Martini,

Papas Espresso and others.

Guests got a goodie bag with coffee samples and snacks inside.

www.londoncoffeefestival.com

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.

then

8pm to 10.30pm

CAFE de PARIS presents THE SERVICE - press view - , 3-4 Coventry Street, London W1.

Café de Paris launch The Service, a theatrical and immersive burlesque and cabaret show that reflects the dark, sexy and alternative history of one of the world’s most renowned clubs. From the beginnings of Café de Paris in the roaring ‘20s through to the ‘40s big bands; the debauchery of Princess Margaret’s 21st birthday in the ‘50s and the ‘90s secret A-list parties from the likes of Prince. The Service features jaw-dropping performances that capture the essence of this iconic venue, spanning more than nine decades.

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The paying punters are downstairs sat at various sized tables.

Many are celebrating birthdays as the cake with sparklers is delivered to their table.

We are seated up in the press area on one side of the balcony with complimentary champagne cocktails.

The show started at 8.35pm and was on for 90 mins over two sets of 40 mins and 50 mins.

There are eight performers on stage ( four male/four female) with most doing two or three routines.

The whole evening is compered by the inimitable Reuben Kaye, our Maitre ‘D; an MC whose wit is as razor sharp as his tongue and whose handling of hecklers is nothing short of masterful. Kaye works the room like

a true virtuoso, between acts owning every moment in which he appears...very camp to say the least...

The evening is dedicated to Marlene Dietrich for her album Live at the Café de Paris , recorded in London, at her opening night in Café de Paris in June 21, 1954.

A vintage video footage of Dietrich being introduced by Noël Coward was shown on the big screen.

We have an ariel act, trapeze, burlesque,fire breathing,dance numbers,comedy , hula hoops girl,

juggling, balancing etc.

An enjoyable evening.

Ticket prices are £20 for general admission and extra for canapés and dinner packages.

www.cafedeparis.com

Check their website here for more info and to buy tickets.













Thursday 12 April 2018... I went to two events tonight...

6.15pm to 7.15pm

PLATINUM LACE - 14 Leicester Square, London WC2.

Lap dancing brand Platinum Lace have taken over this club that used to be called 14 Leicester Square.

It is only 200 or 300 yards from their other club in Coventry Street.

It is very luxurious inside and there are around 30 dancers dotted around the club.

They are taking it in turns on the various pole dance platforms and walking around in their underwear.

They are still working and gently asking 'would you like a sexy private dance for £20?'.

Complimentary Moët champers for all guests.

www.platinumlace.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info.

then

7.45pm to 11.30pm

CHOKHI DHANI - launch party - Unit 2, Riverlight Quay, Nine Elms Lane, London SW11.

I worked in Nine Elms Lane from 1993 to 1998 on the land where the new American Embassy sits.

It used to be a pretty desolate area but that has long gone as there are many luxury blocks of flats now

and the restaurants and bars and stores are now all gradually arriving.

For the last three decades, the name Chokhi Dhani has been synonymous with the championing of local Indian culture and hospitality. Now this legendary name opens in London.

Indian hotel brand Chokhi Dhani has chosen Battersea for its London debut, no doubt attracted by all the development around the nearby new American Embassy and Battersea Power Station. Chokhi Dhani is an ode to the maharajahs of Rajasthan, with dazzling interiors which are led by a collection of handmade artworks from some of India’s greatest talents, while a life-size 14-foot-high bronze elephant takes centre stage in the upstairs dining room. The menu is equally as regal, with the upstairs featuring classic Indian banquet-style dishes, celebrating ‘aristocratic luxury at its most seductive’. The ground floor is a little more subdued, offering a selection of dishes inspired by India’s street food scene.

We are greeted by staff dressed in tradional Indian attire.

A lively buzzy vibe as over 200 guests were here and the entertainment was all upstairs.

At 8.30pm PIXIE LOTT performed a 30 mins set of her best material to a backing tape.

Her set include her hits 'Boys and Girls' and 'Cry Me Out'.

At 9.30pm PROFESSOR GREEN performed a 30 mins set of his best material to a backing tape.

Professor Green was joined by another rapper for his set.

Highlights included 'I Need You Tonight', 'Just Be Good To Green' and 'Read All About It'.

Roman Kemp and Ollie Lyles were the djs playing tunes between the live acts.

There was a card magician entertaining guests.

Complimentary Moët champers, various spirits and mixers, wines, beers and lots of their

very tasty Indian food.

A great evening in a top quality venue.

www.chokhidhani.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info.













Wednesday 11 April 2018.

42nd STREET - musical - live at The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London.

Singer LULU is returning to the West End stage after 30 years to join the cast of 42nd Street.

The 69-year-old will play Dorothy Brock in the production at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.

She replaces Sheena Easton, who completed her run in the production, on March 19.

The Shout star last appeared in the West End, in The Mystery Of Edwin Drood, at the Savoy Theatre in 1987.

She told the Daily Mail: “I’m still ticking, so why not? One of the things I am blessed with – there’s no doubt about it – is to be still here.”

LULU will have nine costume changes and the cast includes around 50 actors and dancers.

LULU has had ten Top 10 hits in the UK including a number one with 'Shout' back in 1964.

Oddly enough i went to the big afterparty for Sheena Easton's opening night on 04 April 2017 at

One Embankment where Sheena turned up but i never saw her perform in the show that night or since.

The musical got across the board great reviews when it opened.

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I have a fantastic view in the stalls just five rows from the stage.

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

From the opening moments of 42nd Street you know you are in for a good night. The first note from the orchestra is a deep, cheeky parp of brass. Then comes the curtain rise and it stops at knee length long enough for us to see 80 feet tap-dancing, kicking up a noise like so many mad rattlesnakes. Clack clack clack clack clack. Mesmerising.

It is set in America in 1933 and is really is a visual treat with loads of big dance numbers like that.

Dazzlingly lavish and bright , it was a full monty good old fashioned spectacle.

Great to see Lulu acting and singing and looking incredible for age 69.

There are some mega show tunes in this musical including '42nd Street', 'We’re in the Money’ ,

‘Lullaby of Broadway’ and 'Keep Young and Beautiful (If You Want to be Loved)’ .

A stunning show that i will definitely go and see again in a few months.

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In the interval i spotted NIGEL LYTHGOE who is one of those behind the scenes tv moguls.

He said he is in London for a week before flying back to Los Angeles on Saturday.

He's the man who started it all. Around 15 years ago, a TV show called Popstars was created in New Zealand.

On a holiday with his then wife Bonnie, British TV executive Nigel Lythgoe saw the Australian version, a format he brought back here. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Pop Idol followed, and then The X Factor.

He is good mates with Simon Cowell and Simon Fuller and owns six houses around the world.











Wednesday 11 April 2018.

The Amsterdam Arena to be re-named after a Dutch footie legend.

The 54,000-capacity soccer stadium in the Dutch capital Amsterdam will be known as

Johan Cruijff Arena once the 2018/2019 soccer season kicks off this summer.

I saw The Rolling Stones play at this venue in Aug 2003.









Tuesday 10 April 2018...6.45pm to 10.45pm...

BLUEBIRD CAFE - launch party - Television Centre,Wood Lane, White City, London W12.

Pretty amazing that The Television Centre is now a food and drink destination these days as

half a dozen restaurants are due to open there this week on the ground level opposite White City tube station.

I came here to see Top Of The Pops a few times in the 1970s and 1980s and other tv shows

including Jools Holland and Jonathan Ross.

Trendy private members club SOHO HOUSE have taken over most of the upper levels of the

building but there are still a couple of television studios here.

At Soho House , besides the club spaces, members will have access to the gym, two swimming pools (one of which is on the rooftop), space for members' events, two cinemas, a screening room and 45 bedrooms all within the building’s original Grade II listed central ring. Bedroom bookings will be open soon for stays in April onwards.

Around 150 guests here including a few celeb faces - Lottie Moss (Kate Moss daughter), Vic Reeves,

Meg Matthews, Pips Taylor and Tallia Storm.

Georgia Toffolo was here.She is an English television and media personality. She is best known for appearing on E4 reality television series Made in Chelsea from 2014 and winning the seventeenth series of ITV's I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! in 2017.

A female dj is playing some tunes and a female electric violinist performs a few tracks.

Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers, two different cocktails, wines, beers and very

tasty food including crispy chicken ,mini lobster rolls and mini doughnuts for all guests.

www.bluebirdcafe.co.uk

Visit the BLUEBIRD CAFE website here for more info.











Monday 09 April 2018.

LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM....He's quite literally going his own way.

It has been announced that Lindsey Buckingham has parted ways with Fleetwood Mac, with reports suggesting that he was fired from the group.

Guitarist/vocalist Buckingham first joined the band in 1974 and remained a member until 1987. He then reunited with the group in 1996.

Rolling Stone reports that Buckingham was “fired” from the group following “a disagreement over the band’s upcoming tour”.

Buckingham will be replaced on the tour by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and Crowded House’s Neil Finn.











Sunday 08 April 2018...6pm to 9pm...

My band GUN CONTROL had our third rehearsal in North Acton.

Three out of five original members along with a new singer.

The tunes sound good and it's great to be playing a bit of drums again.

The start and endings need to be tidied up but it's coming along ok.

Hopefully we will be playing a couple of pub gigs in West London in August.











Saturday 07 April 2018.

SEX PISSED DOLLS live at The 100 Club, London.

All girl band playing classic punk covers by the likes of The Clash, The Ramones, The Undertones, SLF,

The Dead Kennedy's , Sham 69 and of course The Sex Pistols....along with a few rock classics from the

likes of The Cult, Foo Fighters and Led Zeppelin.

Check out some of their great covers on YouTube.

The five band members names are...

NANCY DOLL ON VOCALS

KITTY VACANT ON GUITAR

CONNIE ROTTER ON GUITAR

JILLY IDOL ON BASS

ANNA KEY ON DRUMS

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Surely their Sex Pissed Dolls band name is one of the best out there?

At last I get to see this band play live at this legendary club venue , which is sold out.

The dj is playing a perfect bunch of punk classics when the bands are not on stage.

SEX PISSED DOLLS were on stage for 1 hour 55 mins over two sets of 25 mins and 90 mins.

The first set was semi acoustic and the second set was a full 90 mins electric set.

Between their two sets another band played three songs.

All the girls arrive on stage wearing some very nice 'rock chick' attire.

From the start it is a very lively crowd as there is plenty of dancing down the front

as everyone knows the words to the classic songs played.

Nancy Doll on vocals is giving it 100% as she headbangs with her long whirling hair.

Plenty of stage banter from her between the songs.

All the band make a great live sound on stage and had plenty of energy.

In the crowd was Steve English who was security for The Sex Pistols and The Clash in the late 1970s

as well as doing security for The Roundhouse in the 1970s.

A very enjoyable show.

SEMI-ACOUSTIC SET

1.Ever Fallen In Love( with someone you shouldn't have)

2.I Fought The Law

3.Smells Like Teen Sprit

4.God Save The Queen

5.Times Like These

THE NOVATONES from Southampton played three good indie-pop tunes.

ELECTRIC SET

1.Pretty Vacant

2.Teenage Kicks

3.Swords of a Thousand Men

4.their own song - title ???

5.Psycho Killer

6.Holiday in Cambodia

7.Hanging on The Telephone

8.You Gotta Fight For Your Right To Party

9.Holidays in The Sun

10.Hersham Boys

11.Hey Ho Lets Go

12.Common People

13.California Uber Alles

14.White Riot

15.Hurry Up Harry

16.Ever Fallen In Love (with someone you shouldn't have)

17.Smells Like Teen Spirit

18.She Sells Sanctuary

19.Rock and Roll

20.Drum Solo

21.Alternative Ulster

22.Anarchy In The UK

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The band return to The 100 Club on Friday 16 Nov 2018.











Saturday 07 April 2017.

When doing the photos for The Sun interview on my gig going i came across my original

black leather Belstaff jacket that i bought in 1978...40 years ago...

1. The jacket was bought for when i had a Suzuki GT750 motorbike at aged just 18.

2. The Ramones type jacket was used for wearing to rock gigs.

3. For punk gigs I would put a large nappy pin in the collar...which is still there...









Friday 06 April 2018.

After the huge success of this year’s ‘40 Years Of Disco’ tour Tony Denton Promotions has announced the line up for 2019 that once more brings together disco legends for this unique arena concert. The legendary acts confirmed to perform are Village People, The Trammps, Imagination featuring Leee John, The Gibson Brothers, The Three Degrees, The Real Thing and making a return due to overwhelming demand Odyssey.

Thurs 21st March 2019 - BRIGHTON - Centre 01273 290131 www.brightoncentre.co.uk

Fri 22nd March 2019 - LONDON - The SSE Arena, Wembley 0844 815 0815 www.ssearena.co.uk

Sat 23rd March 2019 - LIVERPOOL - Echo Arena 0844 8000 400 www.echoarena.com

Sun 24th March 2019 - BIRMINGHAM - Genting Arena 0844 33 88222 www.gentingarena.co.uk

www.tdpromo.com

Buy tickets direct from the promoter here.









Thursday 05 April 2018.

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY + MONOLORD live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Black Label Society are on a month long European Tour to promote recent album 'Grimmest Hits'.

Black Label Society have released ten studio albums.

I have seen them a couple of times before as a support act at festivals.

They feature Zakk Wylde on guitar who is also in Ozzy Osbourne's band.

They are more popular back home in America as in the UK they have had no hit singles

and their highest album placing was only at number 30.

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Tonight must be one of the heaviest rock nights this iconic venue has ever held.

There are leather jackets and denim all over the place...both onstage and in the crowd...

The circle is half empty but still a good turn out as the tickets are much cheaper than most

of the bigger acts that usually play this iconic venue.

MONOLORD are a Swedish trio and arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played for 35 mins.

Their vocals were a bit dreary but the powerhouse drummer and Black Sabbath type heavy

guitar riffs meant they did rock.

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY arrived on stage at 8.45pm and played a full two hour show.

Much longer than they usually play for as the show is being recorded for a live DVD.

Always nice for a band to have Live at The Royal Albert Hall on the cover of their DVD.

We have a full rock show set up with loads of lights and loads of amps and a production that

could easily be at Brixton Academy or Hammersmith Apollo.

Plenty of solid rock tunes and a couple where Zakk Wylde played some good piano.

Zakk said "We dedicate 'In This River' to Dimebag every night. I wrote the song before Dime passed away.

It is just like I never had a brother, but Dime was my brother. I laid him to rest".

Lots of guitar shredding from Zakk Wylde throughout the show.

The highlight of the show came near the end when Zakk Wylde performed his guitar solo as

he walked through the stalls standing with six security guards and stopped just in front of the sound mixer

for a few minutes and then played in the stalls seats for a few minutes.

For several minutes it was very impressive as the crowd all got up to him really close.

At the end of the show , 20 black balloons and ticker-tape covered those in the floor standing area.

An enjoyable rock show.

Full Black Label Society setlist played tonight...

Whole Lotta Sabbath (Wax Audio cover)

Genocide Junkies

Funeral Bell

Suffering Overdue

Bleed for Me

Heart of Darkness

Suicide Messiah

Trampled Down Below

All That Once Shined

Room of Nightmares

Bridge to Cross

Spoke in the Wheel

In This River

The Blessed Hellride

A Love Unreal

Fire it Up

Concrete Jungle

Stillborn











Click on previous page above for reviews of these recent gigs.

31 March 2018 - Evanescence with orchestra live at The Royal Festival Hall, London.

01 April 2018 - Toto live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

02 April 2018 - Gregory Porter with orchestra live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.









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News and Reviews: 5th April 2018

Thursday 05 April 2018.

Today I did an interview and photos with The Sun Newspaper about my gig going.

They are hoping to have it in the paper this Friday or Saturday.









Wednesday 04 April 2018.

Very sad news that RAY WILKINS has passed away.

Former footballer Ray Wilkins has died in hospital at the age of 61 following a heart attack last week.

Hillingdon-born Wilkins - who played 84 times for England leaves behind his wife Jackie and their two children.

The player-turned-coach died in hospital in South London five days after being placed in an induced coma.

His playing career spanned three decades and he won the 1983 FA Cup with Manchester United.

He also played for Chelsea, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Rangers, QPR and England.

He had stints both as a player and as a manager at QPR.









Wednesday 04 April 2018.

It was fifty years ago today.

Fifty years ago, on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.

The murder of the civil-rights advocate at age 39 rocked America and the Rest of the World.









Tuesday 03 April 2018.

My interview with TIME OUT magazine hits the streets this week.

I am talking about some of the 6700 plus gigs i have seen since 1973 along with a photo of me

taken outside Hammersmith Apollo.

Over 300,000 copies are handed out free at tube stations, record stores etc.









Thursday 05 April 2018.

Today I did an interview and photos with The Sun Newspaper about my gig going.

They are hoping to have it in the paper this Friday or Saturday.









Wednesday 04 April 2018.

Very sad news that RAY WILKINS has passed away.

Former footballer Ray Wilkins has died in hospital at the age of 61 following a heart attack last week.

Hillingdon-born Wilkins - who played 84 times for England leaves behind his wife Jackie and their two children.

The player-turned-coach died in hospital in South London five days after being placed in an induced coma.

His playing career spanned three decades and he won the 1983 FA Cup with Manchester United.

He also played for Chelsea, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Rangers, QPR and England.

He had stints both as a player and as a manager at QPR.









Wednesday 04 April 2018.

It was fifty years ago today.

Fifty years ago, on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.

The murder of the civil-rights advocate at age 39 rocked America and the Rest of the World.









Tuesday 03 April 2018.

My interview with TIME OUT magazine hits the streets this week.

I am talking about some of the 6700 plus gigs i have seen since 1973 along with a photo of me

taken outside Hammersmith Apollo.

Over 300,000 copies are handed out free at tube stations, record stores etc.









Monday 02 April 2018.

GREGORY PORTER with orchestra live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Gregory Porter plays the first of three shows at the 5000 capacity Royal Albert Hall.

This opening show is part of his UK tour that ends back at The Royal Albert Hall on 18/19 April.

He will be joined by an orchestra for the three London shows only.

Gregory Porter has had a fantastic rise to success over the past few years.

It was 2011 when Gregory Porter made his first London appearances at Pizza Express in Dean Street.

That club has a capacity just over 100.

Constant touring of the UK and good support from BBC tv and radio has all paid off nicely.

“The king of cool” – Mail on Sunday EVENT

“A thrillingly transcendent experience” – MOJO

‘Porter’s voice is all but impossible to resist - Daily Telegraph

‘NAT KING COLE & ME’ WAS THE BIGGEST SELLING JAZZ ALBUM OF 2017 AND GREGORY’S MOST SUCCESSFUL RELEASE YET - LANDING NO. 3 ON OFFICIAL UK ALBUM CHART, HIS HIGHEST EVER CHART POSITION AND BIGGEST-SELLING FIRST WEEK.

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Support act KRIS BERRY performed a 30 mins set with a piano player.

She had a nice enough voice for her set of ballads.

GREGORY PORTER with orchestra were on from 8.40pm for around 95 mins.

A massive orchestra and band together must add up to 70 or 80 musicians on stage.

I have seen Gregory Porter play a couple of short sets before but this is my first full length show of his.

Everyone’s favourite behatted jazz giant was back at the Albert Hall, basking in his adopted UK national treasure status and gifting us tracks from his recent Nat King Cole covers album. Porter’s mighty baritone sounded fantastic.

His unique voice and modesty and relaxed cool stage manner makes it all seem so naturally easy.

The main set was mainly tracks from his recent Nat King Cole covers album and the encore was two of his own.

You could hear a pin drop while he sung then the crowd burst into big applause at the end of each song.

The strings from the orchestra sounded amazing on some of the tracks.

Gregory said the cameras were here to film the show...not sure if it was for tv or DVD...

A top notch quality voice and a very enjoyable show.

Setlist tonight included...

Mona Lisa

Nature Boy

Smile

When Love Was King

Miss Otis Regrets

The Christmas Song

Pick Yourself Up

Ballerina

Encore :

Hey Laura

Don't Loose Your Steam











Monday 02 April 2018.

Richard BransonVirgin Group founder speaks at a news conference Friday, March 30, 2018, in Las Vegas.

The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas will be overhauled over the next several months following its purchase Friday by billionaire Richard Branson.

The property with about 1,500 rooms and suites off the Las Vegas Strip and eventually become Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. It will continue to operate under the Hard Rock brand through the end of 2019, when the renovations are expected to be completed.

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When I toured The West Coast in 1995 i visited The Hard Rock Hotel just three months after it opened.

I remember playing on a Sex Pistols gaming machine.

In 2003 I saw The Sex Pistols play there when it was a perfect 2000 capacity venue.

In 2009 it was refurbished and now holds 4000.

In June 2002 influential rock bassist John Entwistle of The Who died in one of the hotel's rooms. The hotel management originally refused to release the room number out of respect, but later reports indicate that Entwistle died in Room 658 (considered a "deluxe suite"). Many fans still pay tribute to Entwistle, by visiting the hotel.













Sunday 01 April 2018.

TOTO live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Toto still feature three original members from 1976 including guitarist Steve Lukather.

Widely known for the Top 20 hits "Hold the Line" (1979), "Rosanna"(1983) and "Africa"(1983).

I have seen them five times in 1982, 1988, 1990, 2003, 2015.

The band has released 17 studio albums, and has sold over 40 million records worldwide.

The group was honored with several Grammy Awards in their career.

Their current European Tour recently included an impressive 15,800 capacity sold out show at

Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam on 17 March 2018 that was recorded for a live DVD.

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American soft rockers TOTO play a sold out show at The Royal Albert Hall.

TOTO arrive on stage at 7.45pm and play for a nice long 2 hours 20 mins.

A nice stage production with a lot of lights.

Eight top notch musicians on stage including a massive drum kit and percussion set up in both rear corners.

Steve Lukather’s guitar shredding was greeted with standing ovations, but there was nothing to beat the hits for galvanising the room. 'Hold The Line' was played early on and the strong hooks of 'Rosanna' were great to hear ,while the earnest, soaring 'Africa' remains their most accomplished period piece.

'Hold The Line' was one of four tracks played from their debut album that was released back in 1978.

I remember buying it 40 years when it came out.

Vocalist Joseph Williams (whose dad is film composer John Williams) looked a bit odd in a big cloak.

Several songs plodded a bit but there were plenty of great moments.

Overall a very enjoyable show.

Full Toto setlist played tonight...

Alone

Hold the Line

Lovers in the Night

Spanish Sea

I Will Remember

English Eyes

Jake to the Bone

Lea

Rosanna

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Semi-Acoustic set

Miss Sun

Georgy Porgy

Human Nature (Michael Jackson cover) (co-written by Toto's Steve Porcaro)

Holyanna

No Love

Mushanga

Stop Loving You

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Girl Goodbye

Angela

Lion

Dune (Desert Theme)

While My Guitar Gently Weeps (The Beatles cover)

Make Believe

Africa

Encore

The Road Goes On











Saturday 31 March 2018.

EVANESCENCE with orchestra live at The Royal Festival Hall, London.

Evanescence play the second of two shows at this venue.

Evanesence are an American 'operatic gothic rock' band.

Their debut album 'Fallen' has sold a staggering 17 million copies worldwide since it's 2003 release.

Check out the videos on YouTube of their big hits from that album 'Bring Me To Life' and 'My Immortal'.

Both have had nearly half a billion views each...WOW!...

They are on a European Tour as part of a massive world tour to promote their fourth studio album

'Synthesis' which was released in 2017.

Their singer Amy Lee said that the album is about "orchestra and electronica", and that the band is taking selected songs from their previous albums and stripping out the rock guitars and drums, rebuilding them into a classical arrangement reminiscent of a soundtrack. The album will also contain two brand new tracks.

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SUPPORT ACT tonight was actually the 30 piece orchestra that would play with the band later.

They arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played for a nice 25 mins.

Full setlist played tonight...

La Chasse (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart cover)

Moonlight Sonata (Ludwig van Beethoven cover)

Lacrimosa (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart cover)

Sally's Song (Danny Elfman cover)

Zelda's Lullaby (Koji Kondo & Asuka Ohta cover)

Together Again (Instrumental)

EVANESCENCE with orchestra arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played for around 90 mins.

Singer Amy Lee is wearing a stunning big dress.

Lee is a powerful theatrical vocalist and was equally formidable on the piano.

Passion is written across her face; the intense emotion that supplements each string of words.

Incredible drummer Will Hunt is up high on a podium tossing his sticks and crafting outrageous fills,

and shaking his hair , and looking a bit like Taylor Hawkins from The Foo Fighters.

He is actually playing electronic drums rather than a standard drum kit.

The big hits from 2003 , 'Bring Me To Life' and 'My Immortal' were superb highlights.

An enjoyable show.

Full Evanescence setlist played tonight...

Overture

Never Go Back

Lacrymosa

End of the Dream

My Heart Is Broken

Lithium

Bring Me to Life (a number one hit in 2003)

Unraveling

Imaginary

Secret Door

Hi-Lo

Lost in Paradise

Your Star

My Immortal ( a number seven hit in 2003)

The In-Between

Imperfection

Encore:

Speak to Me (Amy Lee song)

Good Enough

Swimming Home

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Fact of the day...

Bob Dylan's debut live performance of his classic 'Mr Tambourine Man' was at this venue on 17 May 1964.













Saturday 31 March 2018.

Going to a gig once a fortnight can increase your lifespan by up to nine years.

Research says that going to gigs "directly links high levels of well-being with a lifespan increase of nine years."

This means that there could be a connection between attending concerts and how long you live.

"Research showcases the profound impact gigs have on feelings of health, happiness and well-being - with fortnightly or regular attendance being the key,"

To determine the results of the study, test subjects participated in "psychometric testing and heart rate tests" as they did activities that were positive for their health including attending concerts, doing yoga and dog-walking.

Results showed that people who attended gigs had an increase of 25 percent in feelings of self worth and closeness to others and a 75 percent increase in mental stimulation.











Friday 30 March 2018.

Happy Birthday to Eric Clapton who is 73 today.

Happy Birthday to dj Johnnie Walker who is 73 today...(yes exactly the same day as Eric )

His BBC Radio 2 show on Sundays at 3pm featuring 1970s tracks is one of my fave radio shows.









Thursday 29 March 2018.

STEVEN WILSON + RICHARD BARBIERI live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Steven Wilson plays the last of three shows at The Royal Albert Hall.

Prog rocker who is getting more and more popular will play mainly solo tracks along with a few tracks

from his time in Porcupine Tree.

His huge global tour marks the release of Steven Wilson’s expansive fifth solo album 'To The Bone '.

Last year it reached an impressive number three in the UK charts.

I saw him play at this venue on his last tour a couple of years ago.

Pretty amazing he played two nights at this iconic venue last time without any tv or radio exposure and

doubly amazing he can play three nights here this week without the general public knowing who he is.

Real music fans will always find what they want.

His work has largely stayed away from mainstream music, and he has been described by publications such as The Daily Telegraph as "the most successful British artist you’ve never heard of."

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There was no support act on the first two shows but we have special guests tonight who are the duo

Richard Barbieri (keyboards) and Lisen Rylander Löve (saxophone).

Richard used to be in the band Japan who i saw several times in the 1980s and he was also in

Porcupine Tree with Steven Wilson.

They took to the stage at 7.15pm and played for around 40 mins.

A nice surprise was that he played a reworked version of a Japan track 'Ghosts' and

Steven Wilson joined him on guitar for the final track.

Full setlist played tonight...

Night of the Hunter (Part III: Innocence Lost)

Solar Sea

Ghosts (Japan song)

New Found Land

Hypnotek

Buying New Soul (Porcupine Tree song) (with Steven Wilson)

STEVEN WILSON was on stage for 2 hours 30 mins over two sets of 60 mins and 90 mins.

A nice production with great use of pre-recorded images and short films on the big screen and for some

songs images were projected on to a mesh curtain that would cover the front of the stage.

Speakers were used all around the venue for some songs for a nice quadrophonic sound.

Needless to say all the musicians on stage are top notch.

Early Steven on encouraged the crowd to enjoy themselves as tonight was being filmed for a DVD.

There were some proggy muso moments as you would imagine but also mixed in were some pop and

even a disco tinged song with seven female dancers in colourful costumes.

For the first song on the encore he brought out a small amp and he said

"I will play this one Billy Bragg style" which was great.

The crowd loved it and gave him a full standing ovation at the end.

An enjoyable show.

Full Steven Wilson setlist played tonight....

Intro ("Truth" short film)

FIRST SET

Nowhere Now

Pariah (with Ninet Tayeb)

Home Invasion

Regret #9

The Creator Has a Mastertape (Porcupine Tree song)

Refuge

People Who Eat Darkness (with Ninet Tayeb)

Ancestral

SECOND SET

Arriving Somewhere but Not Here (Porcupine Tree song)

Permanating

Song of I

Lazarus (Porcupine Tree song)

Detonation

The Same Asylum as Before

Song of Unborn

Vermillioncore

Sleep Together (Porcupine Tree song)

Encore:

Even Less (Porcupine Tree song) (SW solo)

Blank Tapes (with Ninet Tayeb)

The Sound of Muzak (Porcupine Tree song)

The Raven That Refused to Sing











Wednesday 28 March 2018...6pm to 9.30pm...

THE COOL VENUE AWARDS 2018 at 100 Wardour, 100 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1.

A buzzing clubby crowd as over 300 guests are here in this bar & restaurant that is on the site of

the legendary Marquee Club where i attended over 50 shows since 1976.

This included six by AC/DC when Bon Scott was their singer.

All six AC/DC shows were in 1976 which included a Monday night residency in the first year they came over.

There was a lot going on here as there were stilt walkers, trapeze acts, contortionists,magicians etc.

At 6.30pm a male singer songwriter sung a few songs.

At 7pm for 30 mins a soul covers band called The Penguin Breakdown played a few well known classics.

The awards were given out from 7.45pm to 8.15pm.

Most of the nominees were from London with winners including The Ned and The Curtain.

Outside of London a winner was Hotel Gotham in Manchester.

Levi Roots was here to collect an award for Levi Roots' Caribbean Smokehouse , Stratford, East London.

After the awards a dj played a lively set of dance floor gems.

Complimentary gin cocktails, vodka cocktails, wines and beers for all guests.

www.coolvenueawards.com

Visit their website for full list of nominees and winners.













Tuesday 27 March 2018...6.15pm to 9.15pm...

ONE WIMPOLE STREET - showcase - 1 Wimpole Street, London W1.

Wimpole Street is a street in Marylebone, Central London. Located in the City of Westminster, it is associated with private medical practice and medical associations. No. 1 Wimpole Street is an example of Edwardian baroque architecture, completed in 1912 by architect John Belcher as the home of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Wimpole Street was home to a few celebrities, such as Paul McCartney who lived at the home of the Asher family at 57 Wimpole Street in 1964–1966 during his relationship with Jane Asher.At this address John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote "I Want to Hold Your Hand" in the front basement room, while McCartney wrote the tune to "Yesterday" in a box room at the top of the house.

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We have showaround of their many spaces that can host from 12 guests to 300 guests and a speech.

Then we have lots of complimentary food and drinks.

Many food stations including a very tasty seafood one that included grilled scallops ,crab meat,

three types of salmon and more.

Also Indian, Italian, Mexican, Spanish,Sushi , Cheese Selection, Desserts, Ice-Creams and more.

Also two different cocktails, wines and beers for all.

All guests got a small goodie bag on departure.

Really enjoyable event with restaurant quality type food.

www.1wimpolestreet.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info.









Monday 26 March 2018.

From 01 Feb to 31 March 2018...Legendary celebrity photographer DAVE HOGAN has an exhibition.

Showcasing a number of unseen signed iconic images from celebrity photographer Dave Hogan's portfolio.

Over the past 40 years he has taken photos of The Rolling Stones, Prince, Madonna,David Bowie ,U2,

The Who, Queen and many others for The Sun Newspaper and many more.

Dave Hogan was the official photographer for the Rolling Stones in Cuba 2016.

It is being held at The Trafalgar Hotel, Trafalgar Square, London SW1....free admission...

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7pm to 9pm....VIP / Auction evening , 6th Floor Rooftop Bar, The Trafalgar Hotel, London SW1.

The clocks have gone forward and it's still daylight when we arrive on the balcony of the hotel.

I must admit I was really looking forward to this event.

Lots of nice drinks and canapés but there was no real vibe like there should have been.

Around 30 signed images are spread around the venue which were nice to see.

Dave Hogan himself was here but not one musician or celebrity has come out to support him.

This venue holds around 150 but there is maybe just 50 guests here at most.

A nice enough event but just not as good as expected.

Complimentary Moet champers, vodka cocktails, wines, beers and canapés.











Monday 26 March 2018.

Happy Birthday to Aerosmith singer STEVEN TYLER who is 70 today.

I have seen Aerosmith around 15 times with the first time being in 1976 when they

played their debut London show at Hammersmith Odeon.

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Steven Tyler plays his first ever UK solo show at The Forum in London Tues 07 Aug 2018.

Before you rush out to buy tickets.....they are expensive...

£100 for stalls standing and rear circle seats.

£130 for front circle reserved seats.









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Tonight was the last of the seven TCT shows here and my fifth show of the seven.

Sunday 25 March 2018 - Def Leppard + Slydigs

Rock legends Def Leppard play their first ever show at this iconic venue.

I have seen Def Leppard over 20 times since 1979 when i saw them supporting AC/DC

at a couple of shows at Hammersmith Odeon.

Def Leppard are one of only five rock bands with two original studio albums selling over 10 million copies

in the U.S.A, which were 'Hysteria' released in 1987 with 12m sold and 'Pyromania' released in 1983 with 10m sold.

They have sold over 100 million albums worldwide in their 40 year career.

This will be their first show of the year before they play yet another massive summer North American tour.

At the end of the year Def Leppard return to the UK for a full arena tour....with Cheap Trick as the support...

Support band Slydigs i have seen before when they supported The Who.

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Amazingly tonight's show is not sold out as they have not sold any choir seats as there was a corner

block on each side of the circle that was still unsold....very surprising.

SLYDIGS were on on stage from 7.30pm and played for around 35 mins.

Slydigs played a good solid set of their rock tracks.

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During the interval I bumped into Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook and his wife.

Some of you may remember that Paul Cook was in a band with Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen

called Man-Raze who i saw a couple of times.

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The Who's Roger Daltrey introduced Def Leppard to the stage tonight.

DEF LEPPARD were on stage from 8.50pm and played for around 1 hour 50 mins.

They had the biggest stage production of the week as they had three big screens mixing

live footage along with some very colourful pre-recorded graphic images.

A nice rockin' atmosphere as it is floor standing tonight and their 'big loud sound' is great.

Singer Joe Elliot wandered into the stalls seating for one song.

Guitarist Vivian Campbell is a cancer survivor.

Always pretty amazing how they stood by drummer Rick Allen who overcame the amputation of his left arm in 1985 and continued to play with the band, which subsequently went on to its most commercially successful phase.

They have so many big catchy singalong rock songs.

A great show.

Full Def Leppard setlist played tonight...

Intro - Won't Get Fooled Again (The Who song) (most of the song played on tape and band joined in at the end )

Let's Go

Animal

Let It Go

Dangerous

Foolin'

Love Bites

Armageddon It

Rock On (David Essex cover)

Man Enough

When Love and Hate Collide

Rocket

Bringin' on the Heartbreak

Switch 625

Hysteria

Let's Get Rocked

Pour Some Sugar on Me

Encore:

Rock of Ages

Photograph









Sunday 25 March 2018.

Happy Birthday to Sir Elton John who is 71 today









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This is TCT show number six here this week and this is my fourth show of the run.

Saturday 24 March 2018. Kasabian + Spring King

I have seen Kasabian around a dozen times since their debut album came out.

I have seen them twice in the past year at The Forum and The 02 Arena...always a really great live band...

An incredible FIVE out of their six studio albums have reached the number one spot in the UK.

Support band Spring King are a good new band who i saw last summer.

They released their debut album 'Tell Me If You Like To ' on Island Records in 2016.

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Totally sold out tonight including choir seats behind the stage and gallery standing.

Kasabian fans are drinking the bars dry on this Saturday night.

SPRING KING arrived on stage at 7.35pm and played for around 30 mins.

Lots of good uptempo short songs played in their set.

The drummer is the main singer with the others on backing vocals.

All the guitars and bass are being played high up on their chests.

Full Spring King setlist played tonight...

Detroit

Ready for War

Demons

City

Animal

Who Are You?

Mumma

Rectifier

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Nice tunes played during the interval including The Dead Boys, Gang of Four, Television and The Runaways.

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KASABIAN arrived on stage at 8.45pm and played for around 1 hour 45 mins.

Lots of lights in the production but Kasabian have decided not to use the big screen behind them.

All the main members of the band are wearing white jackets.

A very lively crowd as its floor standing and everyone else is standing from the start.

Like last night the mosh pit at the front is a mass of bodies dancing around madly.

Serge is no ordinary bass player as he dominates the stage with his antics as he dances at

the front of the stage and wandered up into choir seats during 'Treat'.

They have so many great 'dance rock' tunes that get the crowd worked up.

Pretty amazing they can still write a classic like 'Bless This Acid House' on their sixth album.

Final song 'Fire' had everyone crouching down then they all got up and went mental.

A great show.

Full Kasabian setlist tonight..

Ill Ray (The King)

Bumblebeee

Underdog

Shoot the Runner

Eez-Eh

You're in Love With a Psycho

Wasted

Acid Turkish Bath (Shelter From the Storm)

The Party Never Ends

Club Foot

Re‐Wired

Treat

Switchblade Smiles

Bless This Acid House

Stevie

Praise You (Fatboy Slim cover)

L.S.F. (Lost Souls Forever)

Encore:

Comeback Kid

Vlad the Impaler

Fire











Friday 23 March 2018.

STIFF LITTLE FINGERS + RUTS DC live at The Forum, London.

Northern Irish punk legends SLF are playing the last date on their annual March UK tour.

Both bands are celebrating around 40 years since they first started.

I have seen SLF around 20 times since 1978 when they were a support act.

I have seen Ruts DC with their original singer back in the day and with the recent line-up.

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RUTS DC arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 45 mins.

Pretty much all the crowd have arrived early to catch Ruts DC.

Lots of my punk rockin' chums in the crowd which is always great to see.

The band sound really good and play mega versions of 'In A Rut' and 'Babylon's Burning'

which go down well with the crowd.

Full setlist played tonight...

Surprise

SUS (The Ruts song)

Mighty Soldier

West One (Shine On Me) (The Ruts song)

Music Must Destroy

Staring at the Rude Boys (The Ruts song)

Jah War (The Ruts song)

Kill The Pain

In a Rut (The Ruts song)

Babylon's Burning (The Ruts song)

Psychic Attack

Society (The Ruts song)

STIFF LITTLE FINGERS arrived on stage at 9.20pm and played for 1 hour 40 mins.

As soon as SLF start the first song the stalls standing at the front is a heaving mass of dancing bodies.

Singer Jake Burns introduces each song with a few words on how the lyrics came about.

A nice mixture of the usual classics and some rarely played tracks.

Loads of lethal uptempo punk gems played including 'Nobody's Hero' , 'Gotta Getaway','Tin Soldiers',

'Suspect Device' and their glorious anthem 'Alternative Ulster'.

Excellent show.

Full SLF setlist played tonight...

Wait and See

Nobody's Hero

Gotta Gettaway

Can’t Believe in You

Roots, Radicals, Rockers & Reggae

Safe as Houses

Barbed Wire Love

Tilting At Windmills

Just Fade Away

Is That What You Fought the War For?

Doesn't Make It Alright (The Specials cover)

(I Could Be) Happy Yesterday

Wasted Life

My Dark Places

At the Edge

Tin Soldiers

Suspect Device

Encore:

Johnny Was (Bob Marley & The Wailers cover)

Alternative Ulster

then

11.10pm to 12pm.

After-party in the balcony bar for around 50 or 60 guests.

It is a pay bar.

The SLF band members eventually turn up.

It was still in full swing when i departed the building.











Friday 23 March 2018.

NILE RODGERS is to take up a new role at Abbey Road Studios - home to some of the most revered albums of all time.

The disco legend will be the studio's chief creative advisor - nurturing new talent, as well as recording with some of rock and pop's biggest artists.

The 65-year-old, who is recording a new Chic album, will also use the studio as his primary creative base in the UK.











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This was show number four of the TCT week of gigs and my third show here this week.

Thursday 22 March 2018.

ROGER DALTREY + Dr Peppers Jaded Hearts Club Band live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Rock legend Roger Daltrey now aged 74 plays a rare solo UK show.

Roger Daltrey new solo album 'As Long As I Have You ' is set to arrive on June 1 via Polydor Records.

I have seen him solo a couple of times before at The Royal Albert Hall as well as many Who shows,

including Hammersmith Odeon in 1975 and Charlton Football Ground in 1976...both with Keith Moon.

I have seen The Who around 30 times over the past 40 odd years including...

1979 - Concert For Kampuchea at Hammersmith Odeon

1999 - Shepherds Bush Empire

2000 - Wembley Arena when Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros were the support act

2002 - The Greek Theatre, Hollywood, Los Angeles

The Who frontman said what to expect from his own set: “I’m looking forward to playing The Who hits and I will also be revisiting some of the rarer songs that I’ve recorded with The Who and as a solo artist. By ‘rarer’ I mean songs like ‘How Many Friends’, ‘Its Not Enough’, ‘Giving It All Away’ and others that were never played live before.”

Exciting news! The Who's legendary 1968 Live At Fillmore East has been fully restored and mixed and is being released on 2CD and 3LP on 20th April. The show is regarded by fans as the ‘holy grail’ of Who live shows equalling the legendary ‘Live At Leeds’ album.

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Surprisingly the circle upstairs was half empty tonight as unsold.

DR PEPPERS JADED HEARTS CLUB BAND arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played for 30 mins.

This supergroup have pretty much come out of nowhere and their ranks include Matt Bellamy ( Muse),

Graham Coxon (Blur), Ilan Rubin (Nine Inch Nails) and the drummer from The Zutons.

They said this was only their sixth gig and as far as i know this was their debut British show.

As with their other shows, their set was all cover versions of classics by The Beatles.

The band are all looking super cool in black bomber jackets, black trousers and black shirts.

The big screen was showing them all in black and white only which was a very nice touch.

A great set with those classic Beatles gems got them a full standing ovation from the crowd.

Full setlist played tonight....

I Saw Her Standing There (The Beatles cover)

Please Please Me (The Beatles cover)

Bad Boy (The Beatles cover)

Back in the U.S.S.R. (The Beatles cover)

Money (That's What I Want) (The Beatles cover)

Taxman (The Beatles cover)

Can't Buy Me Love (The Beatles cover)

Helter Skelter (The Beatles cover)

ROGER DALTREY and his band arrived on stage at 8.55pm and played for 1 hours 40 mins.

I have a great seat in a Level 1 box left of stage and in the box next to me is legendary long time Who

manager Bill Curbishley and Def Leppard singer Joe Elliot.

Really looking forward to Sundays Def Leppard show.

All the crowd are up and standing as soon as Roger and the band arrive on stage.

There is a big screen mixing live footage with pre-recorded images.

Roger's voice is on top form and he still has a healthy full head of hair for his age of 74.

Simon Townshend is the main guitarist in the band.

A perfect mix of solo material along with Who hits and Who rarer tracks.

Mega versions of Who classics 'Pinball Wizard', 'Who Are You' and 'Baba O'Riley'.

A great show.

Full setlist played tonight...

Overture (The Who song)

Pinball Wizard (The Who song)

Who Are You (The Who song)

Another Tricky Day (The Who song)

Behind Blue Eyes (The Who song)

Giving It All Away (Leo Sayer cover) (Rogers only Top 10 solo single...from 1973)

Athena (The Who song)

I Can See for Miles (The Who song)

Days of Light

After the Fire

Going Mobile (The Who song)

How Many Friends (The Who song) (dedicated to Mark Zuckerberg from FaceBook)

The Real Me (The Who song)

Without Your Love

Baba O'Riley (The Who song)

Young Man Blues (Mose Allison cover)

As Long As I Have You (Premiere: First time ever)

Always Heading Home













Wednesday 21 March 2018... I went to two events tonight...

6.15pm to 7.30pm

FRENCH FORUM DESIGN 2018 - Chandos House, 2 Queen Anne Street, London W1.

Annual event showcasing 11 French masters of design & craftsmanship.

Apurna

Archimobilier

Bignon Dervaux

Atelier Saint Didier

Duvivier Canapés

Maison Images d''Epinal

La Cornue

Maison Fey

Manufacture de Tapis de Bourgogne

Morgan-S

Atelier Steaven Richard

Complimentary Laurent Perrier Rose champers, canapés and pastries for all guests.

www.businessfrance.fr

Visit their website here for more info.

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Wed 21 March - CHIC with Nile Rodgers.

I first saw Nile Rodgers with Chic twice in 1979 at Hammersmith Odeon at the height of disco.

Expect a set of Chic classics and covers of the acts he has produced including Sister Sledge,

David Bowie, Madonna, Daft Punk and Diana Ross.

Nile has been involved with 300 million album sales and 50 million singles worldwide.

Nile Rodgers is a multi-Grammy-winning composer, producer, arranger and guitarist.

Nile Rodgers himself is a two time cancer survivor.

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A fully sold out show including choir seats behind the stage and gallery standing.

CHIC with NILE RODGERS arrive on stage at 8.50pm and play for around 90 mins.

Niles and all the band are dressed in white suits and the two female backing singers are in sparkly dresses.

All the crowd are up and dancing from the start to create a fantastic disco party atmosphere.

A big screen mixing mixing live footage and pre-recorded images.

A superb set as each song is a well known classic that everyone knows.

An excellent show.

Full setlist played tonight...

Everybody Dance (Chic )

Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah) (Chic )

I Want Your Love (Chic )

I'm Coming Out / Upside Down (Diana Ross cover)

He's the Greatest Dancer (Sister Sledge cover)

We Are Family (Sister Sledge cover)

Like a Virgin (Madonna cover)

Lost In Music (Sister Sledge cover)

Thinking of You (Sister Sledge cover)

My Feet Keep Dancing (Chic )

Chic Cheer (Chic)

Get Lucky (Daft Punk cover)

My Forbidden Lover (Chic)

Let's Dance (David Bowie cover)

Le Freak (Chic)

Good Times (Chic) (with over 50 fans on stage for a dance)

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Encore was Niles shaking hands with the crowd for five minutes and throwing out guitar picks.













Tuesday 20 March 2018...I went to three events today...

3.30pm to 5.15pm

WESTFIELD - opening day of the new extension - White City, London W12.

With the extension WESTFIELD will be the largest shopping centre in Europe.

The transformation of this area opposite the old BBC Television Centre has been pretty amazing.

I knew the area in the 1970s and 1980s when it was a bit of underused land full of car scrapyards,

coach and lorry parks, industrial units and the BBC staff overflow car park.

The £600m extension is nearer the White City end rather than the Shepherds Bush end where the

original was opened nearly ten years ago in Oct 2008.

The extension has space for 90 new stores, some are open now and some are still to open.

Those open include John Lewis, Adidas, Boots ,Lush, Mango, Space NK , H & M and lesser known names.

The John Lewis store is over four floors and will employ more than 500 staff.

Bluebird restaurant & bar will open in April.

Some stores are giving out complimentary drinks and nibbles.

www.westfield.com/london

Visit the WESTFIELD website for here for my info.

then

6.15pm to 7.45pm

CHRISTIAN BENTEKE - Bespoke Collection Launch Party -

Apsley Tailors Showroom, 13 Pall Mall, London SW1.

Christian Benteke is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a striker for English club Crystal Palace

and the Belgium national team.

Christian Benteke was here from 7pm for around 30 mins and was chatty and friendly to all.

Christian Benteke wearing the signature red and back Apsley Dinner Jacket. Crystal Palace Midfielder, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Saracen’s players, Scott Spurling and Mark Flanagan were also amongst the guests.

Complimentary prosecco, Gin & Tonics and canapés for all guests.

www.apsleytailors.com

Visit the APSLEY TAILORS website here for more info.

then

8pm to 9.15pm

3DEXCITE UK LAUNCH - 11 Grosvenor Hill, Mayfair , London W1.

Powered by the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform, 3DEXCITE creates real-time, high-end visualizations for powerful product experiences. 3DEXCITE software, solutions, and CGI services provide high-end 3D visualizations in real-time for high-impact storytelling across all media channels.

My first time in this refurbished Mayfair space.

There are 20 cameras around the venue to monitor body movement when you put on the 3D headset.

Complimentary champers ,wines and lots of canapés for all guests.

www.3dexcite.com

Visit the 3DEXCITE website here for more info.











Tuesday 20 March 2018.

Sad news that KATIE BOYLE has died aged 91.

Her agent, June Ford-Crush, tweeted at 4.30pm today: "I am very sad to announce the death of Katie Boyle (Lady Saunders) who I was proud to represent in the latter days of her working career.

"The Italian born actress, TV personality, agony aunt and games show panellist , died peacefully at home."

She presented the 1960, 1963, 1968 and 1974 Eurovision Song Contests, all of which were in the UK.

The well-known fixture on British screens in the 1960s and 1970s is said to have died peacefully at home today.











Tuesday 20 March 2018.

This sounds very interesting.

Rivals AEG who own The 02 Arena will not be happy with this news.

Madison Square Garden Co. are to build a new concert arena in London called The Sphere.

It will be on the land owned by The London Stadium at Stratford which is just 5 miles from The 02.

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RINGO STARR was Knighted today at Buckingham Palace so is now a 'Sir' like Macca.











Teenage Cancer Trust shows at The Royal Albert Hall as usual will have a great mix of acts.

I have been to two or three shows on each of the years it has been going.

Roger Daltrey says, "We’re now into our 18th year of Teenage Cancer Trust Shows at the Royal Albert Hall and in that time these concerts have raised well over £25 million, as well as giving the Teenage Cancer Trust a voice to educate the public about the special needs of this group within the NHS".

Like previous shows there will be a 10 mins film about TCT shown before each headliner and around 20 of

the youngsters from the wards will take a bow on stage.

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Monday 19 March 2018.

UB40 Featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey.

UB40 have had 17 Top 10 hit singles in the UK including 3 number ones.

UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey release their new album A Real Labour Of Love on 02 March 2018.

It went straight into the charts at number two.

Lead single from the album is ‘She Loves Me Now’.

I have seen UB40 over 15 times since 1980 when they supported The Pretenders at Brunel University.

Will the real UB40 please stand up? Fans are seeing double as two bands- with rival singers, who are brothers.

Yes there are two versions of UB40 currently touring and are sometimes playing the same venues.

The other version of UB40 is playing The Royal Albert Hall in the summer.

Support acts at RAH are Three The Hard Way – Dennis Bovell, Brinsley Forde and David Hinds.

They were members of Matumbi, Aswad and Steel Pulse.

First on will be Hollie Cook.....and reggae dj David Rodigan MBE will host the evening...

Hollie Cook and band leave for America the day after this show to play shows there.

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We have an an evening of British reggae from all three acts.

All three acts have use of the big screen.

HOLLIE COOK arrives on stage at 7.30pm and plays just for 20 mins.

Pretty criminal that Hollie is allowed just four songs but better than nothing I suppose.

Hollie and her big smile skip around the stage as sings her cool reggae 'tropical pop' sound.

Hollie is promoting her great third album 'Vessel of Love'.

Tracks played included ''Angel Fire' and 'Stay Alive'...a short but sweet set...

Her dad is Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook who was here tonight with his wife Jeni.

Also spotted was Bill Curbishley , legendary manager of The Who for over 45 years.

He has managed Judas Priest, as well as Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.

He was responsible for the reunification of Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, which began under

Curbishley’s charge with the No Quarter album and tour in 1994.

Curbishley ultimately managed Plant for 26 years – from 1982 onwards – and Page for just over a decade.

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THREE THE HARD WAY arrive on stage at 8.15pm and play for around 40 mins.

The band are named after the 1974 action blaxploitation film 'Three the Hard Way'.

The show tonight is a one off just for Teenage Cancer Trust.

Fourteen people on stage including three female backing singers and a three man brass section.

A lively set that got most of the crowd up and dancing with highlights including...

Don't Turn Around - a number one hit for Aswad in 1988

Shine - Aswad song

Handsworth Revolution - Steel Pulse song

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UB40 arrive on stage at 9.25pm and play for around 95 mins.

The designation UB40 stood for Unemployment Benefit, Form 40...(the dole card you signed on with as id).

UB40 were known for their reggae cover versions of well known songs as well as their own material.

They have soooo many hits that you kinda forget how many they have had over their 40 year career.

Everyone is up and dancing from the start to their gentle reggae vibes.

A very enjoyable evening.

Highlights included...

Homely Girl

One in Ten

Rat in mi Kitchen

Kingston Town

Many Rivers To Cross

Encores :

Food for Thought

I Can't Help Falling In Love with You

Red Red Wine



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News and Reviews: 18th March 2018

Sunday 18 March 2018.

Six gigs reviewed by me in the last ten days...scroll down to see them...

07 March - Morrissey

09 March - At The Drive-In

11 March - Skid Row + Night Ranger + Toseland

13 March - Kylie Minogue

15 March - Michael McDonald

16 March - 40 Years of Disco...including Sister Sledge + Tavares plus others.









Sunday 18 March 2018.

Fact of the day.

Eagle-eyed chart fans may have noticed that, for the past two years, The Killers' Mr Brightside has been a regular feature in the Official Singles Chart Top 100.

Since July 2016, there have been only a handful of occasions when the 2004 indie-pop classic hasn't appeared in the chart, while this week sees the song log in 200th week in the Top 100. So what's going on?

In a report released last year by the trade body for the UK's record labels, British Phonographic Industry (BPI), Mr Brightside was revealed as the most streamed song of any track released before 2010.

In the last year (March 2017 - March 2018), the song has been streamed 45 million times, while so far in 2018 alone it's averaged 878,000 plays a week across all major streaming services, helping it linger around the lower end of the Top 100.

It's not just streaming that's holding the song up though; it's also been downloaded an average of 696 times a week this year so far. Pretty good going for a song that first charted 13 years ago.

The staying power of Mr Brightside is in stark contrast to original chart run, logging just four weeks in the Official Singles Chart Top 100 after peaking at Number 10. It's since gone on to become a staple at pretty much any party or club night, helping it notch up lots of streams and downloads every week.











Saturday 17 March 2018.

Pretty amazing that in the late 1970s disco was in its heyday at the same time as punk rock was.

Check out this mega clip on YouTube via google search...

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Sex Pistols - Pretty Vacant. Title. Brixton Academy(2007).avi

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Their intro music with that mega opening song...the crowd and band together, both perfect...

No wonder I went to all five of those amazing Brixton Academy shows.

Looks unlikely The Pistols will ever be playing live again.











Friday 16 March 2018.

'40 Years Of Disco' live at Wembley Arena, London.

Seven of the biggest and legendary disco acts are playing a four date UK tour.

Sister Sledge, Tavares, Rose Royce, Boney M., Odyssey, George McCrae.

Eddy Amoo from pioneer Britsh group The Real Thing sadly passed away recently so the band will not be taking part on the forthcoming ‘40 Years of Disco’ UK tour. Replacing them on the tour will be world-renowned recording artist Eban Brown, the former lead singer of multi-platinum group The Stylistics, who will perform a selection of the band’s biggest hits.

I saw five of the seven acts back in the heyday of disco.

Back in the late 1970s i would go to discos between going to gigs.

Places like Hammersmith Palais, Cheekie Pete's in Richmond and others up The West End.

Even KISS went disco for their hit ' I Was Made For Loving You' in 1979.

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Not sold out but maybe 5000 or 6000 here so pretty good at £50 a pop.

A very smooth production as there is a house band for all seven acts so quick changeovers.

Lots of lights and glitter balls but no big screens.

Lots of the crowd are in fancy dress.

It is a Friday night party atmosphere with everyone up and dancing from the start.

Maybe a 75% female crowd with many groups of women having a few shandies.

I won't go into original member breakdown too much as does anybody care when it's a disco act?

All acts play short hits based sets from 15 mins to 30 mins in length which means some 30 hits played.

A very enjoyable fun evening which brought brought back some nice memories of my disco nights.

First set

EBAN BROWN singer of The Stylistics.

Eban Brown has been in The Stylistics for the past 15 years or so but is not an original member.

He does however have that classic falsetto voice that is part of The Stylistics sound.

Just three songs by him including 'You Make Me Feel Brand New' and 'Can't Give You Anything'.

GEORGE McCRAE also sung three songs in a 15 mins set and finished with the mega 'Rock Your Baby'.

Having sold 11 million copies, it is one of the fewer than 40 all-time singles to have sold 10 million

(or more) physical copies worldwide.

ODYSSEY played four Top 10 hit songs in a 20 mins set.

The male singer said he was an original member.

Set was 'Native New Yorker','Use It Up And Wear It Out','Inside Out' and 'Going Back To My Roots'.

BONEY M are on one of those musical mysteries...how the fuck were they so popular???

Original member Maizie Williams is still here and their six song 30 mins set included 'Daddy Cool',

'Rasputin', 'Brown Girl In The Ring' and 'Rivers Of Babylon'.

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Second set

ROSE ROYCE arrived on stage at 9.20pm and played five hits in a 25 mins set.

Set was 'Is This Love You're After', 'Wishing On A Star', 'I Wanna Get Next To You', 'Love Don't Live

Here Anymore' and 'Car Wash'.

TAVARES arrived on stage at 9.45pm and played five hits in a 25 mins set.

Set was 'It Only Takes A Minute','Whodunit','Don't Take Away The Music' , 'More Than A Woman'

and 'Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel'

SISTER SLEDGE arrived on stage at 10.15pm and played eight songs in a 30 mins set.

Nile Rodgers produced their breakthrough album 'We Are Family' that was full of hits.

Everybody Dance (Chic cover)

All American Girls

Frankie

He's The Greatest Dancer

Thinking Of You

Good Times (Chic cover)

Lost In Music

We Are Family

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In a smart sales move they said the box office will be open to 10pm tonight as they announced the

seven act bill for next years event here on 22 March 2019.

Village People

The Gibson Brothers

The Three Degrees

Imagination

The Trammps

The Real Thing

Eruption











Thursday 15 March 2018.

MICHAEL McDONALD live at Hammersmith Apollo,London.

One of the world’s most distinctive singing voices, Michael McDonald, five-time Grammy Award winner and formerly of The Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan announces his first UK solo shows in eight years.

I have seen him solo several times including shows at this venue in 1987, 1988 and 1990.

McDonald's music career spans more than 45 years. His early career included singing with Steely Dan. He joined the Doobie Brothers in 1976 and remained an integral member until 1982, after which he released the first of nine solo albums. During his career, he has collaborated with a number of other artists.

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I spotted football manager Harry Redknapp (Spurs, QPR and others) going in to see the show.

MICHAEL McDONALD and his band arrived on stage at 8.20pm and played for around 1 hour 40 mins.

His band included Amy Holland on backing vocals who has released a few albums of her own.

Amy Holland has been married to Michael McDonald since 1983.

Michael McDonald is now age 66 , with a full head of hair , which he has kept grey.

Michael still has that great white soul voice.

Michael was very gracious in mentioning the many songwriters he had worked with in his career.

British female soul singer Jaki Graham joined him for a couple of songs.

A very enjoyable show.

Full setlist played tonight...

Yah Mo B There (James Ingram & Michael McDonald song)

Here to Love You (The Doobie Brothers song)

I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near)

Find It in Your Heart

Beautiful Child

Just Strong Enough

Minute by Minute (The Doobie Brothers song)

I Can Let It Go Now

Sweet Freedom

On My Own (Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald song) (with Jaki Graham)

Hail Mary

Half Truth

What a Fool Believes (The Doobie Brothers song)

Encore:

What the World Needs Now Is Love (Burt Bacharach cover)

What's Going On (Marvin Gaye cover)

Takin' It to the Streets (The Doobie Brothers song)















Wednesday 14 March 2018.

Happy Birthday to big screen legend MICHAEL CAINE who is 85 today.

He has a new documentary film out this week titled 'My Generation' which

features many well known names from the 1960s talking about that decade.

1960s icons Sir Paul McCartney, Sandie Shaw and Twiggy turned out as Sir Michael Caine previewed his new documentary, My Generation, and celebrated his 85th birthday. Denise Welch, McCartney's daughter, Mary McCartney, and grandson, Arthur Alistair Donald, were also at BFI Southbank as Alfie star Caine took to the stage to discuss the new film, which charts the cultural revolution in England during the 1960s, before celebrating his milestone birthday with a film themed cake in the BFI's bar, presented to him by his wife, Shakira Caine.













Tuesday 13 March 2018...I went to two events tonight...

5.45pm to 7.30pm

MAISON PIERRE MARCOLINI - new collection launch - The Ned, Bank, London EC2.

A great choice of venue as The Ned has become the hottest venue since it opened this time last year.

Maison Pierre Marcolini was founded in Brussels in 1995 by Pierre Marcolini, renowned for his expert skill

and passion for creating the world's best chocolates.

Pierre Marcolini was here to greet everyone which was a nice touch.

Maison Pierre Marcolini now have over 30 stores in several countries , including the UK, Belguim,

France, Monaco, Japan and China...as well as an online store.

We have lots of their very yummy chocolates to taste from their desserts collection that is available

from 12 April and the summer breezes collection that is available from 04 May.

A female dj is playing tunes in the corner.

Complimentary prosecco, Gin cocktails, canapés and lots of tasty chocs for all guests.

All guests got a goodie bag with a lovely box of their new collection of chocolates inside.

Do yourself a favour and treat yourself to a box of their luxury chocolates this Easter.

www.marcolini.com

Visit the MARCOLINI website here for more info and to buy online.

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KYLIE MINOGUE live at The Cafe de Paris, London W1.

Australian pop Princess Kylie Minogue is playing five intimate club shows in London, Manchester,

Barcelona, Paris and Berlin to celebrate her new album, 'Golden' out on 6 April.

Around 700 folks are here with maybe 100 of those on the guest list.

The others have paid £100 for stalls standing and balcony seats/standing that all sold out pronto.

Kylie and her band arrived on stage at 9.05pm and played for around 85 mins.

In advance of these gigs Kylie said the shows would focus on the new album that was recorded in Nashville

and rarer oldies and that is pretty much what we got.

Kylie is looking amazing at age 49 as she walked down the Cafe de Paris spiral staircase.

She is dressed in double denim as the album sees Kylie going all ' country pop ' .

Her amazing smile and fun personality and star quality are all still fully intact.

There is a giant K covered with light bulbs as the backdrop.

Her band and two female backing singers are crammed on to the small stage.

The new album tracks were simple , catchy country pop.

A few songs had glitter ticker-tape fall from the ceiling.

The show was all filmed for future use.

Great to see Kylie up close in such a small venue.

Full setlist played tonight...

Golden

One Last Kiss

Raining Glitter

Breathe (First time performed since 1998)

Put Yourself in My Place (First time performed since 2005)

Shelby '68

Radio On

Islands in the Stream (Bee Gees cover)

The One

A Lifetime to Repair

Music's Too Sad Without You (with Jack Savoretti)

Hand on Your Heart (Abbey Road Sessions version)

All the Lovers

Stop Me From Falling (Live debut)

Encore:

Sincerely Yours

Dancing

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Kylie plays a full UK arena tour later this year including The 02 Arena on Sept 26 and 27.











Monday 12 March 2018... 6.45pm to 9.45pm...

THE WALPOLE BOOK OF BRITISH LUXURY 2018 - launch party - Simpson's in The Strand, 100 Strand, London WC2.

We are at this original British restaurant that has been serving classics perfected since 1828.

It even has historic Thomas Crapper toilets here.

Around 200 guests here in the the first floor Regency Room.

This year’s book includes insightful features from 12 of the UK’s best-known writers and editors,

alongside stories from 50 of Britain’s greatest luxury brands.

We have a speech at around 7.15pm.

There is a stunning display of flowers all around the venue by Maison de Fleurs of Battersea.

Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers and canapés for all guests.

All guests got a complimentary copy of the large book on departure.

www.thewalpole.co.uk

Visit The Walpole website here for more info.











Sunday 11 March 2018.

SKID ROW + NIGHT RANGER + TOSELAND live at Shepherds Bush Empire,London.

Rockers Skid Row have sold over 20 million albums in their career.

I saw them four times when Sebastian Bach was their lead singer which was headlining Hammersmith Odeon

in 1989 and when they supported Bon Jovi, Guns N Roses and Metallica.

Skid Row had a few Top 40 singles in the UK.

Co-headliners Night Ranger i also saw in 1989...they have sold over 17 million albums...

They were massive in Japan and back home in America but not much success in the UK.

When Night Ranger split up for a few years, their singer and bass player Jack Blades was in

rock supergroup Damn Yankees with Ted Nugent so expect a couple of their songs.

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First band on are TOSELAND who play for around 30 mins.

Toseland are fronted by James Toseland who was World Superbike Champion in 2004 and 2007.

I have seen them a couple of times as a support act.

Reminds me of when i had motorbikes in the late 1970s and Barry Sheene was my hero.

Motorbikes & rock n roll have always gone in hand in hand over the years.

Toseland have released two albums and James Toseland is married to singer Katie Melua.

Six solid rock songs with great versions of 'Renegade' and 'Heart & Bones'.

Full Toseland setlist played tonight.

Puppet on a Chain

Living in a Moment

Life is Beautiful

Fingers Burned

Renegade

Hearts & Bones

www.toselandmusic.com

Visit the TOSELAND here for more info.

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NIGHT RANGER arrive on stage at 8.15pm and play for around 70 mins.

They only half the front half of the stage as Skid Rows equipment is all set up.

This means the massive drum kit is front of stage on the right.

They are very slick on stage and use every rock cliche in their set.

Their bass playing singer oddly enough kept me reminding me of Suzi Quatro.

Plenty of simple catchy pop rock songs but they were always a second rate Journey / Foreigner.

The last two songs 'Sister Christian ' and (You Can Still) Rock in America ' were highlights.

They had plenty of their own fans here.

Full Night Ranger setlist played tonight...

Somehow Someway

Touch of Madness

Four in the Morning

Sing Me Away

Rumours in the Air

Coming of Age (Damn Yankees cover)

Sentimental Street

7 Wishes

The Secret of My Success

Night Ranger

Come Again / High Enough (Damn Yankees cover)

Goodbye

When You Close Your Eyes

Don't Tell Me You Love Me

Highway Star (Deep Purple cover)

Sister Christian

(You Can Still) Rock in America

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SKID ROW arrive on stage at 9.50pm and play for around 70 mins.

They have two large stars & stripes flags in front of their speakers.

The four members at the front each have a foot tall podium to stand on when needed.

They are of course a lot rockier than Night Ranger.

The bass player told a nice story that as they were from New Jersey they would read about The Ramones

playing all these great London venues like The Marquee and they would dream of coming here.

They then played a Ramones cover and dedicated it to their memory.

Great to hear '18 and Life ' and their final song 'Youth Gone Wild ' totally rocked.

A nice evening of three good rock bands.

Full Skid Row setlist played tonight...

Slave to the Grind

Sweet Little Sister

Piece of Me

Livin' on a Chain Gang

Big Guns

18 and Life

Makin' a Mess

Rattlesnake Shake

Psycho Therapy (Ramones cover)

Quicksand Jesus

Monkey Business

Encore:

I Remember You

Youth Gone Wild













Sunday 11 March 2018.

Sad news that Liverpudlian Comedy legend KEN DODD has passed away.

Sir Ken Dodd, creator of the Diddy Men and one of the most popular comedians of his time, has died aged 90.

The Liverpool legend had recently been released from hospital after six weeks of treatment for a chest infection.

On Friday, he had married Anne Jones, his partner of 40 years, at their house, the same one he grew up in, in the Liverpool suburb of Knotty Ash.

"He passed away in the home that he was born in over 90 years ago. He's never lived anywhere else. It's absolutely amazing," said a family friend.

In the 1960s, he made it into the Guinness Book of Records for telling 1,500 jokes in three and a half hours.

He was friends with The Beatles and had big success as a singer back in the 1960s.

His big hit single 'Tears' was the biggest selling single in 1965 and the third biggest single of the 1960s decade.

1 "She Loves You" The Beatles Parlophone 1963

2 "I Want to Hold Your Hand" The Beatles Parlophone 1963

3 "Tears" Ken Dodd Columbia 1965

4 "Can't Buy Me Love" The Beatles Parlophone 1964

5 "I Feel Fine" The Beatles Parlophone 1964











Sunday 11 March 2018.

Since seeing Morrissey a few days ago i cannot get this classic of his out of my head.

Type this into google search for a stunning version of it on YouTube.

Morrissey - Everyday Is Like Sunday (Live from Move Festival, Manchester, 2004)













Saturday 10 March 2018.

A very nice double bill has been confirmed for BluesFest at The 02 Arena on 25 Oct 2018.

JOHN FOGERTY + STEVE MILLER BAND.

Looks like it could be the only UK shows by both bands.

Before you rush to buy tickets, check out the crazy prices.

Best seats in the front half of the floor and front half of Level 1 are £145 and £125...plus booking fees.











Friday 09 March 2018.

Photo session in the late afternoon with Time Out magazine to go with the future article

on me being the UK's number one gig goer.

I met the photographer outside Hammersmith Apollo as I have seen 2000 plus shows there

and it was my first choice for the photo shoot.

The first show i saw there was Mott The Hoople + Queen in Dec 1973.

Just the one photo will be used but he took 50 or 60.

The interview with the photo will be printed in the next month or so.

Time Out has a massive circulation as 300,000 free copies are handed out and a million read it.

then

AT THE DRIVE-IN + DEATH FROM ABOVE live at Brixton Academy,London.

Having released their first album in 17 years in May 2017, At The Drive-In make a welcome return.

Armed with new album in • ter a • li •a, plus a history of post-hardcore anthems.

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I sat at the front of the balcony tonight as less than half the seats were sold up there and i did not fancy

standing up for three hours....downstairs stalls was full...

DEATH FROM ABOVE arrived on stage at 8.15pm and played for 45 mins.

Death from Above is a Canadian rock duo consisting of drummer and vocalist Sebastien Grainger and bassist Jesse F. Keeler from Toronto, Ontario.The band broke up in 2006 after releasing only one studio album, You're a Woman, I'm a Machine. In 2011 they reformed and later released their first album in almost a decade, The Physical World.

On April 22, 2016, the band released a live album, Live At Third Man Records which was recorded in 2015 at Jack White's Third Man Records headquarters in Nashville.

Lots of scuzzy loud bass played like a guitar that went down well with the crowd.

They finished their set with a cover of The Beatles 'Helter Skelter'.

AT THE DRIVE-IN arrived on stage at 9.35pm and played for 85 mins.

All the band arrive on stage dressed in black as a statement of intent as they launch into 'Arcarsenal'.

Not the longest of sets due to the frantic velocity of their sound.

Loads of lights , although not much stage equipment.

Cedric on vocals is still a live wire on stage and gives out political rants between songs.

Highlights included 'Pattern Against User' ,' Napoleon Solo' , 'Invalid Litter Dept' ,

'Governed By Contagions' and a mega encore of 'One Armed Scissor' with a mental mosh pit.

Really good show.

Full setlist played tonight...

Arcarsenal

No Wolf Like the Present

Pattern Against User

Hostage Stamps

198d

Sleepwalk Capsules

Amid Ethics

Pendulum in a Peasant Dress

Napoleon Solo

Holtzclaw

Invalid Litter Dept.

Enfilade

Quarantined

Governed By Contagions

Encore:

One Armed Scissor











Friday 09 March 2018.

It is a sad day as the last ever free weekly print issue of NME is handed out from today.

The NME is to cease publication in print after 66 years, the weekly music title joining a growing list of

once mighty magazine brands that now only exist online.

The NME.com website will continue, replacing the print edition’s cover star interview with a

new weekly digital franchise, the Big Read.

The NME will continue to keep a sporadic presence in print with special issues such as its paid-for series

NME Gold, to cater for music stars’ appetite for appearing in a printed product.

In 2015, the magazine stopped being a paid title after a decade of sales declines saw its circulation drop to just 15,000. It relaunched as an ad-funded, free title with a circulation of 300,000 in a last throw of the strategic dice for the print edition.

The free NME was poor patch on the printed for paid copies of the past glories of its heyday.

Online news is so quick and print simply cannot keep up with it.

Oddly enough the NME website is a great music news source.

In the late 70s and 80s and 90s I would get two or three music mags including NME every week.

I still have a few of my old copies from the late 1970s including a great one from 1977 which was titled

Sex Pistols gratuitous overkill issue where The Pistols had the cover and nine pages inside.

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Oddly enough I got a copy of the final NME on Thursday evening but not one mention in the mag that

it was the last ever issue....R.I.P.









Thursday 08 March 2017...6pm to 8.30pm...

20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale, Phillips Gallery, 30 Berkeley Square, London W1.

This was a full scale auction sale as there must be 300 people here with both seats and standing.

Along both sides are internet and phone bidders from around the world.

At 7pm the auction room area was buzzing as they went through the 50 lots for sale.

The figures reached here were pretty mind boggling as everything was sold for over £100,000 and

many went into multi-millions and each one of those got a big round of applause.

A Pablo Picasso went for a staggering £37m plus £4m in auction fees so £41m total...WOW!...

A bronze casting by Henri Matisse sold for £13m plus auction fees.

Other big names on sale included works from Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst.

Complimentary Moët champers and wines for all guests.

www.phillips.com

Visit the Phillips Gallery website for full info on the prices reached.









Thursday 08 March 2018.

Happy Birthday to GARY NUMAN who is 60 today.









Wednesday 07 March 2018....I went to two gigs tonight...

6pm to 8pm

DUTCH IMPACT PARTY - The Greyhound, 1 Kensington Square, London W8.

This cosy pub is just off Kensington High Street .

Dutch Performong Arts and The Dutch Embassy are sponsoring this event.

Three up and coming bands from Holland are each playing a 30 mins set for 150 invited Music Biz

guests including agents and bookers from some of the summer music festivals.

I saw the first two bands but had to miss the third band to get to the Morrissey gig.

INDIAN ASKIN arrived on stage at 6.40pm for their 30 mins set.

Some 60s/70s psychedelic rock songs with a moustached singer who gave it a full 100%.

CANSHAKER PI arrived on stage at 7.30pm for their 30 mins set.

Some enjoyable rock songs with a drummer who was pulling some grimacing faces.

IGUANA DEATH CULT were the band I had to miss to get to the Morrissey gig.

A full complimentary bar and bowl food for all guests so i had some JD n Cokes.

then a few minutes walk to see.

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MORRISSEY live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

MORRISSEY is more popular than ever as he is playing FOUR London shows on his UK tour.

Tonight is the second of his four shows at different venues in London.

I have seen Morrissey live around a dozen times as a solo artist but two music legends i did not see live

were The Smiths and Nirvana.

Morrissey says....“Well i don’t perform. I’m occasionally on a stage, but I don’t ever perform.

Morrissey is promoting his 11th solo album 'Low in High School'.

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From 8.15pm to 8.50pm we have a big screen showing Morrissey fave videos of other acts.

They include The Ramones, New York Dolls, James Brown, Four Tops and Sex Pistols (GSTQ).

When I went to America in 2003 to see half a dozen Sex Pistols shows i chatted to Morrissey

at The Greek Theatre gig after-party in Los Angeles.

Morrissey fans always like to try and get on to stage to give Morrissey a hug so there are a

dozen security guys at the front and side of stage making sure that does not happen.

Just the one fan tried his luck during the encore but that failed.

Lots of security inside and outside so perhaps that's why front seats and box seats were £100 each.

Looks like the punters will be paying more for tickets to pay for increased security staffing costs.

MORRISSEY and his band arrive on stage at 8.50pm and play for around 95 mins.

His loyal crowd rush to the front pronto and put their hands out to reach Morrissey.

Quite a few times he shook hands with the crowd throughout the show.

Morrissey is one of those singers you cannot take your eyes off.

He likes to play with his microphone lead quite a lot as a stage prop.

He even signed a couple of album covers midway through the show.

He said a few political rants as usual between some songs.

We have a big screen showing pre-recorded images and his backing band are top notch.

However the guitar sound will never match the iconic quality of Johnny Marr.

The Smiths tracks always go down well but there are plenty of solo gems including

'International Playboys', 'Suedehead', a mega Everyday is like Sunday' and 'Irish Blood, English Heart'.

As usual he threw his shirt into the crowd at the end which created a mad tussle between fans.

A very enjoyable show.

Full Morrissey setlist played tonight...

The Last of the Famous International Playboys

I Wish You Lonely

Jacky's Only Happy When She's Up on the Stage

Suedehead

When You Open Your Legs

Munich Air Disaster 1958

Home Is a Question Mark

My Love, I'd Do Anything for You

The Bullfighter Dies

If You Don't Like Me, Don't Look at Me

Back on the Chain Gang (The Pretenders cover)

World Peace Is None of Your Business

Hold On to Your Friends

Everyday Is Like Sunday

Jack the Ripper

Spent the Day in Bed

Speedway

How Soon Is Now? (The Smiths song)

Who Will Protect Us From the Police?

I'm Not Sorry

Encore:

Irish Blood, English Heart

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Morrissey is also playing...

Fri 09 March---Alexandra Palace

Sat 10 March---Palladium













Tuesday 06 March 2018...6.30pm to 8.30pm...

MARINA RINALDI SPRING/SUMMER 2018 FASHION SHOW -

Marina Rinaldi Townhouse, 5 Albemarle Street, London W1.

Marina Rinaldi is a ready-to-wear, plus-size women's clothing brand of the Italian Max Mara Fashion Group, one of the best known of the company’s 35 different labels.It has more than 300 stores worldwide, including ones located in the high fashion shopping districts of several major cities.

This store is bigger than expected due to upstairs levels being part of the store.

The new capsule collection is a collaboration with plus size model Ashley Graham with the focus on denim.

Just after 7pm we have a 20 minute fashion show with plus size models and each outfit given a

full verbal description.

Four collections to suit all occasions , that also include handbags and shoes.

Complimentary prosecco, canapés and cupcakes for all guests.

All guests got a goodie bag on departure.

www.marinarinaldi.com

Visit the MARINA RINALDI website here for more info.











Monday 05 March 2018.

Another sad death to report.

Russ Solomon, the man who started the Tower Records chain, has died at the age of 92.

Solomon died at home on Sunday night while watching last night’s Academy Awards. His son, Michael Solomon, told the paper “Ironically, he was giving his opinion of what someone was wearing that he thought was ugly, then asked (his wife) Patti to to refill his whisky.” By the time she returned, he had passed away.

Born in Sacramento, CA, he worked at his fathers Tower Cut Rate Drug Store before being thrown out of high school for lack of attendance. At the age of 16, he started selling used jukebox records out of the store before entering the military for World War II.

In 1968, he opened his first Tower Records in San Francisco in a 5,000 square foot space. Two years later, he expanded to Los Angeles and, before the 70’s was over, had opened 26 more locations. His basic business belief was to open the biggest stores possible and pack it with as much product as would fit. At one point, the Tower Records chain was selling $1 billion per year.

Some of you may remember Tower Record stores in the UK including the massive one in the 1990s

in Piccadilly Circus and others in Kensington High Street and in Queensway.

The Piccadilly store was big enough to put on album release shows by bands.

I saw Stiff Little Fingers play there in 1999.









Sunday 04 March 2018.

6pm to 9pm.

Second session of band rehearsals for Gun Control.

Again we are in North Acton , but in a slightly better establishment.

Another enjoyable session playing the drums, but i need to vary my playing a bit.

It's coming together slowly, but plenty of practise still required.

Still on course to play two or three gigs in the summer.

Nice to bump into an old mucker of mine here who was mixing some tracks...Terry Edwards.

Terry has played with many bands over the years including being the keyboard player in

Glen Matlocks band around a decade ago when i went along as roadie/merch seller for

the three week UK tour which was great fun.

www.terryedwards.co.uk

Visit his website here for more info.

then

10.45pm to 5am

THE 90th OSCARS 2018 live screening at Ham Yard Hotel, Soho, London W1.

Remember the massive cock-up at The Oscars last year?...Will PriceWaterhouseCoopers be back?

But as you’ll remember that is exactly what happened on the night’s biggest award back in 2017, as Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty mistakenly announced the wrong winner for Best Picture. Moonlight was indeed the voter’s choice, but as La La Land stormed through other awards – the pair were given the wrong card, and Dunaway went guns-blazin’ and cocked it all up.

After the mix up last year Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway have been again asked to present Best Film.

The Academy took pity on PwC though, and following a thorough investigation, new checks and a slap on the wrist, they’ll be back in the hot seat once again.

There will be half a million Swarovski crystals on the Dolby Theater stage for every year the Oscars have been presented. That's 45 million crystals in honor of Oscar's 90th year.

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Around 400 folks here at this invite only screening which is hosted by SWAROVSKI.

I am in the plush cinema with 200 others watching it on the big screen.

Another 200 guests are watching it on smaller screens in the bar and other rooms.

From 11pm we watched the red carpet arrivals.

From 1am Jimmy Kimmel did an excellent job of hosting the awards.

Always great to see so many Brits get nominated for and to win Oscars.

Great to see Eddie Vedder cover Tom Petty's 'Room at the Top' for “In Memoriam”

and great to see Sufjan Stevens perform his nominated track.

Lots of complimentary drinks and food throughout the night including Piper-Heidsieck champers,

Espresso Martinis, Bloody Mary's, coffees, fish n chips, bowl food, mini-burgers,popcorn, bacon rolls etc.

At 4am they brought out a breakfast box to take away along with Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

The awards finished just before 5am.

A great event.

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The Shape of Water, about a woman who falls in love with a sea creature, has taken the top honours at the Oscars.

Frances McDormand won best actress for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and persuaded every female nominee to stand with her in a night full of statements about inclusion.

Britain's Gary Oldman was named best actor for playing Winston Churchill in World War Two epic Darkest Hour.

The Shape of Water won the most Oscars with four, including best film.













Saturday 03 March 2018.

STEREOPHONICS live at Wembley Arena, London.

Stereophonics plays the second of two shows at Wembley Arena.

Stereophonics will be touring the UK in support of their recent album ‘Scream Above The Sounds".

I have seen The Welsh rockers around a dozen times since 1999 when they supported Aerosmith

and Lenny Kravitz at Wembley Stadium.

Stereophonics have had six number one albums in the UK and sold over 10 million albums.

Stereophonics have had eleven Top 10 hits in the UK including a number one (Dakota).

Bob Dylan was asked in a rare interview last year what was his current listening habits were.

Oddly enough The Stereophonics were on the list which surely nobody could have predicted.

This is The Stereophonics band’s 11th Arena tour.....ELEVEN ARENA TOURS!!!!

They have 60 crew members, 4 tour buses, and 8 lorries for this tour.

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Pretty amazing how most of the snow has thawed out in London over the past 24 hours.

Tonight I am floor standing to the left of stage.

STEREOPHONICS are on stage for just over two hours.

A very nice stage production with loads of lights and big screens showing live footage as well

as pre-recorded images.

A stage extension that was used for a few songs in the middle of the show.

In fact Kelly started the show from there with striped lights either side of him.

Kelly is now aged 43 but still looks very youthful and still has that raspy Rod Stewart type voice.

He chatty banter between songs has the feel of being with your mate down the pub.

The critics have always been that not keen on Kelly's simple songwriting style but the fans

clearly love singing along loudly to the lyrics and always turn up in big numbers.

Lots of great catchy tunes but there were a few that plodded along a bit.

As usual they finish the show with their number one hit 'Dakota'.

Overall a very enjoyable show.

Full setlist played tonight...

Chances Are

Caught by the Wind

C'est La Vie

More Life in a Tramp's Vest

I Wanna Get Lost With You

Have a Nice Day

All in One Night

Superman

Geronimo

Graffiti on the Train

Indian Summer

Maybe Tomorrow

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Stripped Set On B Stage at the end of the stage extension.

I Wouldn't Believe Your Radio

Been Caught Cheating

Handbags and Gladrags (Chris Farlowe cover)

Boy on a Bike (Acoustic)

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Main Set Part 2

Mr Writer

Step On My Old Size Nines

Sunny (Kelly on the piano)

Just Looking

Traffic

A Thousand Trees

Local Boy in the Photograph

The Bartender and the Thief

Encore:

Mr and Mrs Smith

Taken a Tumble

Dakota

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At midnight i got a call from a mate who was at Paul Weller at The 02 Arena the same night.

He got off the tube at Warwick Avenue, Maida Vale and saw a tour bus with German number plates.

Amazingly it was Paul Weller and family members being dropped off at Paul's house.

Reports Paul is not drinking these days so it's looks like even though it was a big London show

he must have left the venue pretty much straight after the gig to be back home at midnight.











Saturday 03 March 2018.

MICKEY FOOTE - producer of The Clash classic debut album has sadly passed away.

The band’s soundman who had initially met Joe Strummer in the Clash singer’s former incarnation the 101ers

moved with Joe to the Clash to do live sound.

He was there when Strummer had his moment of epiphany seeing the Sex Pistols in 1976 and was at the heart of the Clash camp for a couple of years. When the band were signed and there was no actual blueprint for what punk rock was meant to sound like Mickey was drafted in as a producer on early demos in an attempt to capture the band’s compulsive, propulsive, thin rattling sound and caught them perfectly as a rock n roll band without the power chords – the stripped down, amphetamine impatient rush template that became their initial sound. That urgent rush of ideas and ‘no overdubs’ as Strummer demanded.











Saturday 03 March 2018.

A rock musician recently said this and it really is a timely reminder about making sure you see your

fave older bands now before it's too late.

This pretty much applies to my two fave genres - punk rock and classic rock.

"I think that could be a reality for a couple reasons. One is the age factor. It's no secret that none of us are young kids anymore. It's a question of a lot of our musical brothers are dying, and a lot of other ones either have health issues or just don't want to put their bodies and their minds through the touring thing anymore. It could grind to a halt at some point in the foreseeable future. If you're a fan of any particular band, you should be well-advised — especially if it's a band from the '80s or the '70s — that if you say to yourself, 'Well, I'll catch them next time,' there may not be a next time. Things change very quickly, and especially when you get to be [in the] golden years, so to speak. If you really want to see a band, make the effort to go see them, because it may be the last time you'll see them. I can't even tell you how many times I've heard people say, 'I wish I had gone to see QUIET RIOT in 2007, because the next thing I knew, Kevin DuBrow died, and I will never get to see QUIET RIOT with Kevin DuBrow."

I saw QUIET RIOT three times in the 1980s when their great album 'Metal Health' got them big success.

Two times supporting Judas Priest in 1983 at Hammersmith Odeon and then their own headline show at

Hammersmith Odeon in 1984.









Friday 02 March 2018.

On this day in KISSTORY -

March 2, 2010 - KISS performed at a special intimate promotional gig for 800 fans at the packed

Islington Academy.

The show was a rare chance for fans to see one of the world's biggest bands in an intimate venue.

I was there to see them up close in full costumes and make up.

They had to cut the set short by a couple of songs due to an arena's worth of dry ice being let off at the end

and it was difficult to breathe for a bit.











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News and Reviews: 2nd March 2018

Saturday 03 March 2018.

A rock musician recently said this and it really is a timely reminder about making sure you see your

fave older bands now before it's too late.

This pretty much applies to my two fave genres - punk rock and classic rock.

"I think that could be a reality for a couple reasons. One is the age factor. It's no secret that none of us are young kids anymore. It's a question of a lot of our musical brothers are dying, and a lot of other ones either have health issues or just don't want to put their bodies and their minds through the touring thing anymore. It could grind to a halt at some point in the foreseeable future. If you're a fan of any particular band, you should be well-advised — especially if it's a band from the '80s or the '70s — that if you say to yourself, 'Well, I'll catch them next time,' there may not be a next time. Things change very quickly, and especially when you get to be [in the] golden years, so to speak. If you really want to see a band, make the effort to go see them, because it may be the last time you'll see them. I can't even tell you how many times I've heard people say, 'I wish I had gone to see QUIET RIOT in 2007, because the next thing I knew, Kevin DuBrow died, and I will never get to see QUIET RIOT with Kevin DuBrow."

I saw QUIET RIOT three times in the 1980s when their great album 'Metal Health' got them big success.

Two times supporting Judas Priest in 1983 at Hammersmith Odeon and then their own headline show at

Hammersmith Odeon in 1984.









Friday 02 March 2018.

On this day in KISSTORY -

March 2, 2010 - KISS performed at a special intimate promotional gig for 800 fans at the packed

Islington Academy.

The show was a rare chance for fans to see one of the world's biggest bands in an intimate venue.

I was there to see them up close in full costumes and make up.

They had to cut the set short by a couple of songs due to an arena's worth of dry ice being let off at the end

and it was difficult to breathe for a bit.









Friday 02 March 2018.

Thursday and Friday has seen the worst snow in the UK for many years.

More snow falling all Friday afternoon means no respite until Saturday or Sunday.









Friday 02 March---Happy Birthday to Jon Bon Jovi who is 56 today.

Friday 02 March---Happy Birthday to Coldplay's Chris Martin who is 41 today

Thurs 01 March---Happy Birthday to Roger Daltrey who is 74 today.









Wednesday 28 February 2018...I went to two events today....

Freezing cold and lots of snow in London today.

3.30pm to 6pm

Two exhibitions next to each other at Olympia, London W14.

EVENT PRODUCTION SHOW

This exhibition pretty much focuses on everything you could need if you were putting on a summer

music festival or event.

Companies here include security , portable bars, portable designs, wristbands, lanyards, PA systems,

mobile food catering and taxis / caravans serving hot drinks,ticket scanning machines,ticket printers,

two way radios, staging, sound desks, video screens,marquees, event structures and interiors,

crane hire, lighting systems, catering staff recruitment,re-usable plastic cups,crowd safety barriers,

various amusement attractions including bouncy castles and mini-curling.

Multi mobile phone charging units.

INTERNATIONAL CONFEX

Venues from around the UK are showing their event spaces.

There are a couple of music venues including Under The Bridge, Chelsea showcasing.

Ricoh Arena, Coventry are here....also party covers bands available for hire...

Maidstone Event Centre are here promoting their summer shows including their nice bill on

Sat 04 Aug with Simple Minds , Pretenders and KT Tunstall.

Racecourses, conference centres, university's, hotels, The Design Museum, Farnborough Airport,

A highlight here was a 10 mins display from TITAN THE ROBOT which was great fun.

It is a seven foot tall radio controlled Robot with very human like characteristics.

It even sung a couple of songs including 'Cry Me A River ' as it squirted water from its eyes at the crowd.

Leaving us with a version of 'My Way'.

www.titantherobot.com

Visit the website here for more info.

The press office and some of the stands are giving out complimentary drinks & food including

Gin & Tonics, prosecco, wines, beers, coffees, canapés , ice-cream , chocs etc.

then

6.30pm to 10pm

MAHIKI KENSINGTON - showcase - 2a Kensington High Street, London W8.

This venue is on the right side of The Royal Garden Hotel.

Mahiki Mayfair is already well known and this is their second venue which opened September 2017.

It is taking the place of the “schnapps and schnitzel” Alpine lodge-themed Bodo’s Schloss.

Mahiki Kensington has a 150-cover restaurant called Pufferfish serving pan-Asian dishes such as tuna tartare, and salmon with truffle oil and ponzu that will be seared with a blowtorch at the table. There will be a cocktail and sushi bar in the evenings “and areas of the venue that are not blaring loud music,”.

Around 100 guests are here for the Tiki themed evening.

There was a three piece act playing Tiki songs and cover versions.

There were three Tiki girl dancers who each performed two routines which was good to watch.

We have a choice of three different rum cocktails along with some very tasty food including

bowl food and canapés including very yummy black cod tempura.

www.mahikikensington.com

Visit their website here for more info.











Wednesday 28 February 2018.

Sad news that legendary film director LEWIS GILBERT has died at the grand old age of 97.

Lewis Gilbert CBE ,was a British film director, producer and screenwriter, who directed more than 40 films during six decades; among them such varied titles as Reach for the Sky (1956), Sink the Bismarck! (1960), Alfie (1966), Educating Rita (1983) and Shirley Valentine (1989), as well as three James Bond films: You Only Live Twice (1967), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979).











Wednesday 28 February 2018.

Do yourself a favour and check out these three great video tracks on YouTube.

Van Halen - Jump - Ellen DeGeneres

The Godfathers - I Want Everything - (gangster number one )

The Rolling Stones - Dead Flowers (live) official - with Mick Taylor









Tuesday 27 February 2018.

You gotta laugh at this story....

Disappointed WILL.I.AM fans have been granted refunds, after discovering that autographed copies of his new book were actually signed by a robot.

The rapper and producer recently co-penned ‘WAR: Wizards And Robots’, a young adult novel set in a dystopian future, which was well-received by critics and fans.

However, some of these aforementioned fans were less than thrilled to learn that the autograph in their so-called “signed copy” was actually done by a robot, in keeping with the novel’s futurisic themes.

Booksellers Waterstone’s are now granting refunds to those who had been expecting the autograph would have been done by the man himself, rather than a robot performing an exact replica of his signature.

They said in a statement (via The Sun): “will.i.am is an enthusiastic user of technologies in both his professional and personal life and it has recently come to our attention that the signed editions of ‘Wizards And Robots’ have been signed by will.i.am’s own high tech robotic device, which faithfully reproduces his signature.











Monday 26 February 2018.

ROLLIN STONED live at The Theatre Royal, Windsor.

The Rollin Stoned are playing a 20th anniversary tour of the UK

Along with The Counterfeit Stones they are the top Stones tributes in the UK.

By coincidence this show is on the same day that Rolling Stones UK stadium shows confirmed.

The real Rolling Stones tickets will be very expensive but seeing Rollin Stoned will be much cheaper.

www.rollinstoned.com

Visit the Rollin Stoned website here for their future gigs list.

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Back to this cosy all seated 633 capacity theatre for the second evening on the bounce.

ROLLIN STONED are on stage for around 2 hours 15 mins...much longer than The Stones play.

It was two sets of 60 mins and 75 mins.

For the first half a dozen songs they are copying the classic Stones line-up of Mick, Keef, Charlie,

Mick Taylor, Bill Wyman, Nicky Hopkins then Brian Jones arrives on stage wearing Angel wings.

For the last three quarters of the show there are seven musicians on stage.

The clothes, wigs and Stones mannerisms are all there.

The Rolling Stones 'Lips' logo is behind the drum kit.

Lots of between song jokey mentions about booze and drugs.....Brian was smoking an 'E Spliff'.

Lots of the usual Stones classics played along with songs they don't play live anymore.

The second half was more livelier as the crowd got up and had a dance.

At the end of the show they came to the foyer for a meet & great.

A very enjoyable show and a great warm up for the real thing in three months time.

Full setlist played tonight...

FIRST SET

Start Me Up

It's Only Rock and Roll

Tumbling Dice

Route 66

Shine a Light

She's A Rainbow

Not Fade Away

Paint It Black

Lady Jane

Under My Thumb

Ruby Tuesday

Dead Flowers

You Can't Always Get What You Want

SECOND SET

Sympathy for the Devil

Street Fighting Man

Gimme Shelter

Midnight Rambler

Happy (Keef singing lead vocals)

19th Nervous Breakdown

The Last Time

Let's Spend The Night Together

Satisfaction

Get Off My Cloud

Honky Tonk Woman (a dozen fans on stage with the band for a dance)

Jumping Jack Flash

Encore :

Wild Horses

It's All Over Now

Brown Sugar

















Sunday 25 February 2018.

THE BARRON KNIGHTS live at The Theatre Royal, Windsor, Berkshire.

The Barron Knights started out as a straight pop group, and spent a couple of years touring and playing in English dance halls before making their way to Hamburg, Germany. Bill Wyman, later of the Rolling Stones, has written that the Barron Knights were the first group he saw with an electric bass, at a performance in Aylesbury in July 1961, inspiring him to take up the instrument.In 1963, at the invitation of Brian Epstein, they were one of the support acts on The Beatles' Christmas shows at the Finsbury Park Astoria in London, and later became one of the few acts to tour with both the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.

Only original member is Peter 'Peanut' Langford (now aged 74) – rhythm guitarist, vocalist.

They had five Top 10 hits in the UK in the 1960s and 1970s.

Their 1978 release "A Taste of Aggro", which parodied "Rivers of Babylon", "Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs" and "The Smurf Song", became the group's biggest hit with sales of over one million,reaching number 3 in the UK chart.

It's more than 50 years since The Barron Knights started touring the world with their unique style of comedy and rock'n'roll.

Their style was to cover other folks hits of the day and change the lyrics to their own 'humorous new words'.

They have performed at the London Palladium more than 300 times.

In 1965 they were on the support bill there when Ken Dodd Variety Show played a 26 WEEK run.

They are popular around the world and have completed 32 tours of Australia.

The Barron Knights don't seem to play London that much recently and the only time i have seen

them was at the Lonnie Donegan tribute show at The Royal Albert Hall on 21 June 2004 where they

were one of the support acts to the likes of Van Morrison, Roger Daltrey, Joe Cocker, Mark Knopfler,

Chas n Dave and errrr Rolf Harris amongst others.

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An older crowd here as expected.

I have a nice view in the front stalls, just six rows from the stage.

THE BARRON KNIGHTS are on stage for 95 mins over two sets of 55 mins and 40 mins.

The show was pretty much 75% cover versions from the 1950s and 1960s along with a couple from 1970s.

They played all their Top 10 hits in the second half.

Four members on stage with Pete on vocals and a keyboard player....great harmonies.

Pete did a great job of entertaining the crowd with stories and light hearted jokes.

Pete did a great job of getting the crowd involved with some singing along.

They signed copies of their recent album in the foyer after the end of the show.

An enjoyable show.

FIRST SET

Mainly covers by the likes of Buddy Holly, The Shadows, The Coasters, The Everly Brothers and

a couple of their own tracks with changed lyrics including a hilarious version of Queens 'Killer Queen'

with changed lyrics and re-titled 'Camilla'....all this and right next to Windsor Castle.

SECOND SET

The band returned wearing different suits.

More rock n roll songs from the 1950s and 1960s including The Beach Boys and The Beatles.

They played all their five Top 10 hits including 'Call Up The Groups' from 1964 and

'A Taste of Aggro' from 1978.

A cover of Lonnie Donegan's 'Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour?'.

Encore :

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Save The Last Dance For Me

God Gave Rock and Roll To You

www.barronknights.com

Visit their website here for more info and future tour dates.











Saturday 24 February 2018.

Great documentary last night on BBC radio dj Annie Nightingale.

She was the first female presenter on BBC Radio 1 and is its longest-serving presenter.

Still on Radio 1 (Wednesday 1am to 3am during the night) at the age of 77....yes 77.

Still playing new music and talking enthusiastically about new acts....pretty amazing.









Saturday 24 February 2018.

A shock death to report.

British actress Emma Chambers has died aged only 53, her agent has confirmed.

Known for playing 'dippy' Alice Tinker in the BBC's The Vicar of Dibley, the Doncaster-born star

also had roles in Notting Hill and the TV adaptation of Martin Chuzzlewit.









Saturday 24 February 2018.

Another sad music death to report.

The Real Thing’s Eddy Amoo has passed away at the age of 74.

Amoo was singer in the British soul group, who reached number one in the UK during 1976 with their

best-known hit ‘You To Me Are Everything’.

Their other hits included ‘Can You Feel The Force’ and ‘Can’t Get By Without You’.

The Real Thing were the first all-black British band to have a UK number one single.

The song returned to the charts in 1986, when it reached number five.

Amoo started his career leading Merseybeat a capella group The Chants in the 1960s. John Lennon was said to have championed them, and they were represented by The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein for a short time.

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I saw The Real Thing six times in the 1970s and 1980s...each time was as a support act to David Essex at

Hammersmith Odeon as they both had the same promoter / manager (Mel Bush).

Mel Bush was a major promoter in the 1970s as he promoted Led Zeppelin (Earls Court Arena), David Bowie,

Elton John , The Osmonds , Slade and many others.









Saturday 24 February 2018.

40 years ago today.

Singer Brian Connolly played his last British show with the classic Sweet line-up at Hammersmith Odeon.

I was at that show.

His final live performance with the band was in July 1978 in Florida, USA when they supported Alice Cooper.









Friday 23 February 2018.

CINDY WILSON live at Under The Bridge @ Chelsea Football Club, London SW6.

Opening date of her UK & European Tour and her first ever show solo show outside of North America.

“Change” marks an important milestone for Cindy Wilson: her first solo LP during a 40-year career with the legendary B-52s! Cindy feels that this project allowed her to be free to experiment with genre and sound in a new way.

The B-52s were one of the best bands to come out of the 'New Wave' era.

The "guy vs. gals" vocals of Schneider, Pierson, and Wilson, sometimes used in call and response style, and their unique guitar and keyboard driven instrumentation compose their trademark sound.

I was at their first London show in 1979 at The Electric Ballroom when their classic debut album came out.

Their special guests supporting them that night were The Troggs.

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It is freezing outside tonight so nice to get inside this modern cosy venue.

CINDY and her band came on stage at just after 8.45pm and played for around 65 mins.

Cindy arrives on stage wearing black patent trousers along with a feather boa and bunny hat ears.

The setlist from recent American shows featured solo material and no B-52s tracks and that is what we got.

Cindy's vocals remind me of Alison Goldfrapp / Sarah Cracknell in style.

Cindy has a 'wand' sound machine to her right that she moves her hand around to create wavy sounds.

Most of the songs have a nice electronic pop sound to them.

It was all about the new album songs tonight as there was barely any stage chat.

The first words to the audience were at at the end of the main set when Cindy said "Thank you"

and when Cindy came back for the encore as she said "Thanks for coming out tonight".

I would imagine most of the crowd would have liked a couple of B-52s tracks but that's for another time.

You have to admire her for looking to the future rather than relying on past glories.

An enjoyable show.

Full Cindy Wilson setlist played tonight...

No One Can Tell You

Change

Ballistic

Twice Shy

People are Asking

Mystic

Frenzy

On the Inside

Brother

Time

Stand Back Time

Encore:

Things I'd Like to Say

Take My Time

Corporeal











Thursday 23 February 2018...6.15pm to 9pm...

LONDON MARRIOTT HOTEL COUNTY HALL , Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1.

This luxury hotel is across the bridge from Big Ben.

Tonight is a party to celebrate Chinese New Year and to showcase the new luxury flats

near the London Eye called 'Southbank Place'.

Complimentary food & drink included two different cocktails,prosecco, wines, beers and lots of

tasty Chinese food brought in from the PING PONG restaurant nearby.

Around 150 guests here, with half being Chinese/Asian.

One room had great models of the area including the new block of flats and The London Eye.

There was a group playing Chinese music at one end.

There was a fun photo area where we got a nice hard copy picture.

A fun event.

www.southbank-place.com

Visit their website here for more info on Southbank Place.











Tuesday 21 February 2018...6.30pm to 10.45pm...

NINA NAUSTDAL - Fashion Show - Tramp , Jermyn Street,London SW1.

Always very nice to be at Tramp, one of London's most famous original nightclubs.

Over its 40-year history Tramp has been frequented by many celebrities, socialites, aristocrats and royalty.

Peter Sellers, Joan Collins, Liza Minnelli and Ringo Starr have all had their wedding receptions at the club.

A nice buzzy atmosphere as there must be at least 200 guests here with many fabulously dressed females.

The club has seats all over the two main rooms of the club.

We are in the smaller room by the bar which is acting as the VIP/Press Room.

A dozen photographers are here.

Nina Naustdal is here wearing one of her own incredible gowns.

Nina is a London-based fashion designer....with the motto 'Normal is boring!'

Guests included pr legend Liz Brewer and Top Model's first ever transgender competitor, Talulah-Eve Brown.

At 8pm host Lizzie Cundy proudly introduced Nina Naustdal's couture show at Tramp as part of London Fashion Week .

Clad in a glittering silver gown with sheer panels, the TV personality, 47, looked very glamourous.

Award-winning designer , Nina Naustdal , presents her new Couture SS18, Black Collection SS18,

Fur and Leather AW18/19, Children's Collection SS18 and Dog Collection SS18.

Handmade in Nina Naustdal's London based Atelier , each piece receives her personal attention.

For 30 mins we have a stunning fashion show featuring all the above collections as X Factor 2015 Finalist

Anton Stephan's serenaded the models as they walked between our seats.

We have an adorable young boy and girl modelling the Children's Collection SS18 while holding a very cute

chihuahua dog which went down well with the crowd.

The wedding dress displayed here was pretty jaw dropping.

At 9.30pm we had an opera singer perform a seven song 30 mins set.

London based classical singer Vasili Karpiak is a hugely versatile soloist.

Really great to see & hear quality opera in such an intimate setting.

At 10pm the dj sounds kicked in and we had a boogie on the dance floor.

There was a fun photo booth that was very popular.

Complimentary champers, wines and canapés for all guests.

Guests in the VIP /Press recieved a nice goodie bag with a 50ml fragrance and cosmetics and other items.

An excellent event.

www.nina-naustdal.com

Visit the NINA NAUSTDAL website here for more info and photos.











Tuesday 21 February 2018.

KFC has run out of chicken.

This might sound like a joke but we’re actually deadly serious – London is in the grip of a KFC chicken drought. The fast-food giant has closed 750 of its 900 UK outlets as a result of problems with its new delivery contract. Just 18 of its restaurants remain open in London, and people are completely distraught.

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Jamie Oliver's restaurant empire is going through a rocky phase.

13 of his Jamie's Italian have closed this year and now Barbecoa in Piccadilly (next to BAFTA)

has closed just a year after it opened.

I went to the launch party and I thought the venue and the food there was great.











Tuesday 21 February 2018.

GIBSON GUITARS in trouble ???

One of the world's favourite guitar manufacturers could be forced to pull the plug because of dire financial problems, as the industry struggles to cope with waning interest in rock music.

Gibson, a favourite of musicians such as BB King, Slash and many more is struggling with debt repayment deadlines and the recent departure of its chief financial officer after less than a year in the job.

According to a recent report in the Nashville Post, Gibson Guitars faces a $375m (£268m) deadline for a debt repayment in less than six months’ time. A further $145m worth of bank loans are due to mature immediately, if those notes – which were issued back in 2013 – are not refinanced or repaid by 23 July.









Monday 19 February 2018...7.45pm to 10.15pm...

FASHION COUNCIL GERMANY - AW18 presentation - Embassy of Germany, 23 Belgrave Square,

Belgravia,London SW1.

As it is an Embassy there are two armed police outside the venue.

The Embassy is a stunning building with big rooms and high ceilings and works of art everywhere.

Over 200 guests are here to see the static presentation.

There are 15 German designers here showing two outfits each.

ZAZI had two nice coats as their aim is give new life to traditional vintage clothing so we

had two kaftan style 70s coats that were full of embroidery and looked great.

Complimentary Charles Lafitte champers, wines and lots of tasty canapés for all guests.

A nice touch at the end of the event as they had five courtesy cars to take guests to the tube station

(within reasonable distance)) of their choice so i got one to Paddington.

www.fashion-council-germany.com

Visit the FASHION COUNCIL GERMANY website here for more info.

www.zazi-vintage.com

Visit the ZAZI website here for more info.











Monday 19 February 2018.

Happy Birthday to Black Sabbath guitar legend Tony Iommi who is 70 today.

Happy Birthday to soul legend Smokey Robinson who is 78 today.

AC/DC singer Bon Scott was found in London this day in 1980.











Sunday 18 February 2018...I went to two events tonight...

8.45pm to 10.45pm

AADNEVIK - Autumn / Winter 2018 Show at The Royal Horseguards,One Whitehall Place, London SW1.

This is one of my fave events of London Fashion Week.

This historic building has a stunning circular staircase.

AADNEVIK is a London based luxury womenswear label as a design partnership between Hila Aadnevik and Kristian Aadnevik, whose defining themes are a blend of opulence, sensuality and gloom. The brand is currently at a steady growing position with a strong customer base amongst the celebrity and elite society, stocking in key cities worldwide. Celebrities include: Rihanna, Beyonce, Madonna, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Lopez, Jourdan Dunn and many more.

It is totally buzzing here with anticipation as there must over 300 guests and over 20 photographers.

Two rows of seats either side of the catwalk with two more rows of standing behind the seats.

The theme for this evenings collection is Swan Lake.

From 10pm to 10.30pm we had a perfectly executed catwalk show.

I counted ten female models who had three beautiful dresses each.

All the models wore silver strap sandal high heels to compliment the outfits.

Complimentary De Watere champers for all guests at the reception and in your seats.

All guests got a nice goodie bag that included items from MoroccanOil and other cosmetics.

www.adnevik.com

Visit the AADNEVIK website here for more info and photos.

then

11.30pm to 5am.

BAFTA party at Soho House, London W1.

This party was hosted by Entertainment One,20th Century Fox, Sony Films and Lionsgate.

The BAFTAS were held earlier at The Royal Albert Hall...this year hosted by Joanna Lumley.

For the last four years i attended the Harvey Weinstein BAFTA party after the awards which always had some

big name A-listers but due to his recent downfall that party will not be on this year.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, about a woman seeking justice for her daughter's murder, scooped the top prizes at the Bafta Film Awards.

The drama won five trophies including best film, best British film and best actress for Frances McDormand.

Gary Oldman won best actor for playing Winston Churchill - one of two awards for World War Two epic Darkest Hour.

Fantasy romance The Shape of Water took three trophies.

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This was one of the main parties after the BAFTAs.

Over 300 guests are spread out over the many floors of this private members club.

"I, Tonya" stars Margot Robbie and Allison Janney were on-hand for the glamorous soiree, as were Jamie Bell and Kate Mara, "Lady Bird" star Saoirse Ronan and French actress Isabelle Huppert.

Guests enjoyed Grey Goose cocktails as Jax Jones played hits all night long. More stars in attendance were Sam Claflin, Willem Dafoe, Andy Serkis and Salma Hayek.

Also here were Martin Freeman , Ozwald Boateng and no doubt a few more i missed.

We got there early so the four of us got a great table on the first floor watching everyone arrive.

We sat there for three hours as the waiters fussed over us bringing us complimentary champers,

five different Grey Goose cocktails including Espresso Martins, different bowl foods, full size pizza,

canapés and yummy desserts including Tiramisu.

Next to us was a BAFTA winner with his trophy so we got some pictures with it.

Later on we moved upstairs to the dance floor area.

Needless to say a fantastic party.

As expected it was a very late finish so i was going homeward bound as folks were coming in to work.















Saturday 17 February 2018....I went to two events tonight...

6.45pm to 8.15pm

FASHION COLLECTIVE LONDON - London Fashion Week Catwalk Show ,

Waldorf Hilton Hotel, Aldwych, London WC2.

A great setting as we are in the ballroom of this luxury five star hotel.

Around 250 guests here with a few celebrity faces including...

Philip Sallon (dressed much more soberly than last night as to not take attention away from the designers)

Vanessa Feltz (radio and tv presenter)

Sky Andrew (In the mid-1990s he became the first licensed Black British football agent, engineering Sol Campbell's move from Tottenham Hotspur to Arsenal. Andrew has since represented Jermaine Pennant, David Ginola, Frank Bruno, Jay Bothroyd and Jermain Defoe).

Olivia Cox ( tv and radio presenter and blogger)

Danielle Mason (model whose big boobies were all on show)

Before the catwalk show we have four different singers sing a cover song each.

At 7.45pm we had a very enjoyable catwalk show that lasted for around 30 mins.

It is a proper catwalk show with five rows of chairs on each side with a catwalk down the middle.

The models come out from one end and walk down the stairs and through the crowd.

We have four designers with each showing off several of their creations , mixing couture gowns

with more affordable & edgy designs.

Designers included MARY MARTIN LONDON and ANDERSON CLUB.

The budget was blown on the stunning venue so only canapés and a pay bar here.

All guests got a small goodie bag of TECHNIC cosmetics.

then

THE GODFATHERS + TEN BENSON live at The 100 Club, London.

The Godfathers are on a UK tour to promote their album 'A Big Bad Beautiful Noise ' released 2017.

The Godfathers are a great underrated British high octane rock n roll band.

I have seen them around 30 times since 1987 when they first got signed by Epic.

In their early 1990s heyday i saw them headline Brixton Academy.

Peter Coyne on vocals is the only original member.

Support act Ten Benson are a rock band from London, who formed in 1997. Their early releases saw them described as "psychedelic hillbillies",but they later moved on to a (cod-)heavy metal sound.

Great dj tunes from Jeffrey Munday on the night from the likes of The Sex Pistols, Ramones , Iggy Pop etc.

Historic England, a public body that looks after England’s historic environment, have included the 100 Club in a list of “100 buildings and places that tell England’s remarkable story”, published on 6th February 2018.

First nominated by the public, then chosen by novelist Monica Ali, the 100 Club is recognised as one of top 10 places in the Music & Literature category.

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TEN BENSON were on stage for around 35 mins.

They played some decent scuzzy type grunge songs that had the crowd nodding away.

THE GODFATHERS arrived on stage at 9.40pm and steamrollered through 22 uptempo gems in 85 mins.

The band are back to a five piece after a short stint as a four piece.

They work much better with both the twin guitars riffing away.

Steve Crittalls guitar heroics and shape-throwing were a joy to watch.

Singer Peter Coyne's onstage banter was sharp and funny as he sneered menacingly at the crowd.

After an opening four song salvo that included older classics 'This Is War' ,'Cause I Said So' and

'If I Only Had Time' Peter Coyne rightly said "That is how you make a great entrance".

A few great tracks off the new album mixed in well with the older tunes.

The band really have got a ton of proper classic tracks that deserve more attention.

Tracks including 'This Damn Nation' , 'Birth, School, Work, Death' and ' I Want Everything' are mega.

Like the new album title says The Godfathers certainly make 'A Big Bad Beautiful Noise'.

A superb show.

Full setlist played tonight...

This Is War

Cause I Said So

A Big Bad Beautiful Noise

If I Only Had Time

Till My Heart Stops Beating

I Want You

Obsession

Walking Talking Johnny Cash Blues

How Low Is Low

Some Reaction

Unreal World

Defibrillator

I Can't Sleep Tonight

When Am I Coming Down

I'm Unsatisfied

Love Is Dead

She Gives Me Love

This Damn Nation

Birth, School, Work, Death

Encore:

I Want Everything

Let's Get Higher

Blitzkrieg Bop (Ramones cover)











Friday 16 February 2018..,8.45pm to 10.45pm...

FASHION HONG KONG - presentation - Somerset House , London WC2.

A big crowd of around 300 folks are here for this London Fashion Week event.

Quite a few people here that I know so that's always nice.

Always good to see Philip Sallon (now aged 66) and still wearing outrageous outfits.

Philip is a British, club promoter, event organiser, socialite, style innovator,impresario,and clothing designer.He is particularly known for being a prominent member of the Punk and New Romantic pop cultural movements during the 1970s and 1980s.

There are four up and coming Hong Kong Fashion Designers showcasing.

www.heavenpleasestore.com

HEAVEN PLEASE+

www.house-of-v.com

HOUSE OF V

www.maisonvermillion.com

MAISON VERMILLION

www.methodologywears.com

METHODOLOGY

There are around 25 models here wearing the clothes from the four designers.

A choice of two different gin cocktails, wines, beers, canapés and chocs for all guests.

All guests got a goodie bag on departure.

www.fashionhongkong.com

Visit their website here for more info.









Thursday 15 February 2018...I went to three events tonight...

6pm to 7.30pm

FEAST CANTEEN - press launch - Kings Mall, King Street, Hammersmith, London W6.

This shopping centre first opened in 1980.

Being local to the area i have been there many times since the 1980s.

The centre is currently undergoing a multi-million pound transformation.

Part of the transformation is knocking down the area on the ground floor where Burger King used to be.

FEAST CANTEEN is a re-working of the canteen experience, located within Kings Mall Hammersmith.

Food and soft drinks from five quality names...

Patty & Bun

Made of Dough

Breddos Tacos

Salvation in Noodles

Sinchow

I chose to have a lovely meal with Patty & Bun

The Fresh Prince Burger - included Aged Beef Patty, Smoked Streaky Bacon, Monterey Jack Cheese,

Special Sauce, Lettuce , Ketchup, Brioche Bun.

Smoked Confit Wings With BBQ Sauce & Spring Onions (soooo yummy i had to have a second portion)

Chips with Rosemary Salt...along with drinks.

Well worth a visit when you come to Hammersmith.

Opening times

Mon-Fri : 9am to 8pm

Sat-Sun : 11am to 8pm

Eat In, Take-Away as well as Deliveroo Home Delivery

Hammersmith tube station is less than five minutes walk.

Hammersmith Apollo is seven minutes away so you can come here before a show there.

www.feastcanteen.co.uk

Visit the FEAST CANTEEN website here for more info.

then

8pm to 9.20pm

WOLF & BADGER and PHOENIX MAGAZINE - LONDON FASHION WEEK - opening party ,

Wolf & Badger, Dover Street, London W1.

Wolf & Badger is a global online marketplace for independent brands, with storefronts in London and New York.

Phoenix Magazine is a fashion & lifestyle magazine that is celebrating their issue number 22 - AW18.

It is available in selected stores at £6.95.

Around 150 guests are here spread over the two floors.

A young trendy fashion crowd along with a dj playing tunes.

Chloe, Amelia and Lauryn Goodman showed off their enviable figures in equally chic ensembles at the party.

Complimentary drinks including two different cocktails, wines and beers.

All guests got a small goodie bag with the latest PHOENIX MAGAZINE and a couple of make-up items.

www.wolfandbadger.com

Visit their website and use the code LFW10 for 10% off until 28 Feb 2018.

then

9.30pm to 11.30pm

PHOENIX MAGAZINE - after-party - Kadie's Cocktail Bar & Club, 9 Swallow Street, London W1.

Kadie's is a stylish basement club where actor Idris Elba had his recent Christmas Party in Dec 2017.

It got very lively here as guests including fashion designer Joshua Kane flocked here

from other London Fashion Week events.

Two female djs (The Lallas) were playing some cool dance tunes that got some guests dancing.

Complimentary drinks included two different cocktails.

www.phoenixmag.co.uk

Visit the Phoenix Magazine website here for more info.











Thursday 16 February 2018.

VAN HALEN stunning debut album was released 40 years ago this month.

Released on February 10, 1978, it has sold more than ten million copies in the United States.

I got the album when it first came out as they had connections with Gene Simmons of KISS.

I saw their stunning debut shows in London in 1978 when they supported Black Sabbath.

I saw Van Halen then headline The Rainbow in 1978, 1979, and 1980.

Van Halen contains many of Van Halen's signature songs, including "Runnin' with the Devil," the guitar solo "Eruption," The Kinks cover "You Really Got Me," "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love," "Jamie's Cryin'," and the cover version of John Brim's "Ice Cream Man."











Wednesday 14 February 2018...I went to two events tonight....

5pm to 5.30pm

HOUSE 99 -wet shave press visit - Harvey Nichols, Knightbridge, London SW1.

Football legend David Beckham has partnered with L'Oréal to launch House 99, a grooming line which

includes hair products and moisturisers.

David Beckham attended the launch event at Harvey Nichols a couple of weeks ago.

I found out about the launch event a bit late and the pr replied "sorry the guest is full but please come and

visit us for a complimentary wet shave".

The barber's is in the lower ground menswear department of this famous store.

All the products used are from the HOUSE 99 range.

As it's Harvey Nicks the price would normally be a steep £45 for the 30 mins session.

A full lather on your face along with hot towel and then cold towel and then a shave then moisturiser.

Really nice to treat your face once in a while...and my cheeks were as smooth as a baby's bum after.

www.aono.co.uk

Visit the AONO website at HARVEY NICHOLS website here for more info.

then

6.30pm to 9pm

EROTIC "Passion & Desire " - private view - Sotheby's , New Bond Street, London.

We are at Sotheby's but it's not the usual gallery crowd.

Luxury lingerie brand COCO DE MER are hosting a party for over 300 guests.

The art on display is of a sexual nature so all the pictures are flashing the flesh.

They are hoping for £5m worth of sales for the 90 lots at tonight's auction (Thursday).

The invite said 'bring your own mask, or we will provide you with one'.

Most of the staff and half of the guests are wearing masks.

Many of the guests are in fetish clothing.

Well known face Dr Christian Jessen is here.He is a British doctor, television presenter and writer,

best known for presenting Channel 4 programmes such as Embarrassing Bodies and Supersize vs Superskinny.

There is a jazz quartet playing covers throughout the evening.

At 7.15pm and 8pm we have an erotic dance by a female & male duo.

Complimentary champers, two different cocktails, canapés, oysters and chocs for all guests.

A very nice party.

www.sothebys.com

Visit the SOTHEBY'S website here for more info.













Tuesday 13 February 2018...6pm to 10.30pm...

RANDOX HEALTH GRAND NATIONAL - launch event - BAFTA, Piccadilly,London W1.

Around 200 guests here from the horse racing world to launch this famous

horse race for 2018 along with the weights and the starting prices.

Guests include well known jockeys, owners, trainers including Jonjo ONeill,

Tony McCoy,Paul Nicholls, Nicky Henderson ,Ruby Walsh and others.

Also horse racing tv and radio presenters including Ed Chamberlin from ITV.

Over 3 million pounds in prizes spread out for the three days of the festival.

Complimentary Taittinger champers, wines, beers and canapes for all.

then from 9pm to 10.30pm Le Meridien Hotel, Piccadilly,London W1.

All guests walked the three minutes to the nearby afterparty location.

Complimentary prosecco,wines,beers and a hot buffet was laid out.

RANDOX HEALTH GRAND NATIONAL IS HELD ON SATURDAY 14 APRIL 2018.









Monday 12 February 2018.

I should really go to the cinema more often than i do but i always end

up going in Jan/Feb when the BAFTA and OSCAR nominations have come in.

Today i went to my fave cinema Picturehouse Central in Piccadilly Circus.

I watched three great films that have all been OSCAR nominated.

1...Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

2...Phantom Thread (Daniel Day-Lewis is excellent in the lead role)

Also it had a superb soundtrack by Jonny Greenwood from Radiohead.

3...The Post (starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep)









Monday 12 February 2018.

This morning i did a nice hour long interview with Time Out magazine

about being the UKs number one gig goer.

It will be in their free edition as well as their paid one.

It will be published in a month or so...i will let you know when.









Sunday 11 February 2018.

Met members of my early 1980s band Gun Control to play drums at a

rehearsal studios session in Park Royal/North Acton in the afternoon.

It is on the same industrial estate where Mick Jones of The Clash/BAD

has his rehearsal space.

Also near to where The Rolling Stones and Phil Collins rehearsed

for their 2017 shows.

I am a bit rusty as the last time i bashed a kit for a bit was

around five years ago.

Great to play along to some of our original tunes again.

More practice is obviously needed by me.

In the summer we hope to bring out a vinyl single(something we sadly never

got around to doing the first time around although we have live tapes).

Also do a couple of gigs in West London and The West End.

See our progress when we eventually get on twitter and Instagram etc.

Then

In the evening I checked into my hotel.

EASY HOTEL - press stay - Sun, Mon, Tues in Old Street.

Great location with easy walking distance to...

Whitecross Market for many food street vendors and cafes.

The Barbican is five mins away.

Shoreditch and Rough Trade East is easy walking distance.

Easy Hotel focus on small modern rooms in great central locations.

www.easyhotel.com

Visit the EASY HOTEL for good value rooms in the UK & Europe.











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News and Reviews: 10th February 2018

Sunday 11 February 2018.

A friend has invited me to play drums at a rehearsal studios in the afternoon.

I am a bit rusty as the last time i bashed a kit for a bit was around five years ago.

Then in the evening I will check into my hotel.

EASY HOTEL - press stay - Sun, Mon, Tues in Central London.

www.easyhotel.com

Visit the EASY HOTEL for good value rooms in the UK & Europe.









Saturday 10 February 2018.

HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES play UK shows as part of their European Tour.

The band feature Alice Cooper, Joe Perry and Johnny Depp.

The support bands on the tour will be The Darkness and The Damned.

16 June - Genting Arena Birmingham, UK

17 June - Manchester Arena Manchester, UK

19 June - Glasgow SEE Hydro Glasgow, UK

20 June - Wembley Arena London, UK











Friday 09 February 2018.

Sad news that Pat Torpey, the longtime drummer for rock supergroup Mr. Big, died on Wednesday.

He was 64.

Mr. Big released a statement on its Twitter account on Thursday, confirming the news of Torpey’s death due to complications from Parkinson’s disease.

I saw him on stage just a couple of months ago on 19 Nov 2017 when Mr Big played Shepherds Bush Empire.

He was not well enough to play drums the entire show so played gentle percussion in the background.

I saw Mr Big in their 1990s heyday when they headlined and when they supported Aerosmith.











Thursday 08 February 2018...I went to two events tonight...

6.45pm to 9pm

PHILIP MOULD GALLERY - private view - 18-19 Pall Mall, St James's, London SW1.

Around 150 guests here at this gallery that always attracts the cooler art crowd.

Guests included Hilary Alexander OBE (well known fashion journo) and Liz Brewer (well known pr).

Philip Mould & Co. presents a collaboration between British portrait artist Lorna May Wadsworth and celebrated hat designer Victoria Grant. This unique event celebrates the enduring cross-pollination between portraiture and fashion in anticipation of London Fashion Week.

A choice of four different complimentary cocktails including my fave Espresso Martinis along with canapés.

The exhibition is on until 18 Feb 2018.

www.philipmould.com

Visit the gallery website here for more info.

www.victoriagrant.co.uk

Visit the Victoria Grant website here or visit her in Notting Hill Gate.

then

9.15pm to 11.30pm

HORNI - launch party - The Cuckoo Club, Swallow Street, London W1.

The Cuckoo Club was one of Londons hottest club venues around a decade ago.

This is where in July 2006 i saw Guns N Roses play a secret gig after their Wembley Arena show.

It was a 75 mins semi-acoustic set from 4.15am to 5.30am...it was daylight when we came out...

HORNI is a premium men's underwear. Boxer briefs, classic briefs and hipster trunks available.

Ethically produced, and on a mission to help save the endangered rhino.

10% of all their profits go towards rhino conservation efforts.

Did you notice that HORNI is an anagram of RHINO?

Around 150 guests here and it's a nice buzzy club atmosphere with the dj playing tunes.

Lots of people here i know and there were a couple of faces from The Made In Chelsea tv show.

Complimentary prosecco, Alize vodka cocktails and beers for all guests.

Got a couple of goodie bags with the very nice quality men's boxer shorts inside.

The boxer shorts retail for £20 each.

www.horniunderwear.com

Visit the HORNI website here for more info and to buy online.

www.savetherhino.org

Visit the SAVE THE RHINO website here for more info.











Thursday 08 January 2018.

I think the newspaper world has gone a bit pc mad.

The scantily clad girls at the ICE Totally Gaming event at Excel that i attended has somehow made the

FRONT PAGE of The Guardian with an article and pictures....must have been a quiet day for serious news.

The following is what The Guardian had to say about it....

Gambling companies have defied calls to stamp out sexism at an industry conference, with guests being entertained by pole dancers and a Playboy-themed show, and hostesses claiming to have been harassed and propositioned.

The ICE Totally Gaming conference, held at London’s Excel centre, drew a warning earlier this week from the UK gambling regulator. The Gambling Commission’s chief executive, Sarah Harrison, threatened to boycott the event, at which she said women were “expected to wear nothing more than swimsuits”.

Less than 24 hours later, the gaming software company Microgaming kicked off the conference with a Playboy-themed dance show, celebrating the release of a gambling game based on the glamour magazine.

Another gambling company, Endorphina, hosted a popular stand at which pole dancers entertained a mostly male audience, some of whom filmed the show on their phones and had pictures taken with the women. The dancers, who wore high heels, fishnet stockings and lingerie, performed in front of a screen featuring words such as “provocative” and “sensual”.

www.theguardian.com

Visit The Guardian website for their secretly filmed videos and photos.









Wednesday 07 February 2018...I went to three events today...

3pm to 6pm

ICE Totally Gaming at Excel, East London.

This was day 2 of the 3 days of this massive event ---Tues 06 Feb to Thurs 08 Feb.

I went to this event a few times when it was at Olympia but press articles this year have said that

Excel will be twice the size of Olympia due to the rise in online gaming and gambling.

ICE Totally Gaming is the only gaming event that truly brings together the international online and offline gaming sectors.

Must be over 5000 guests each day here as this massive event for the casino and gaming industry.

Over 100 stands including PLAYTECH,VIKINGS, NOVOMATIC , SIS GREYHOUND CHANNEL,

BETRADER, GOLDEN RACE, PARADICE, ARISTOCRAT,BMIT, JCM, AMATIC, MERKUR and others.

Lots of noise and neon and you can have a go on all types of gaming machines and consoles.

Even though the darts and Formula 1 have put a ban on promotion girls there are plenty of scantily glad

young females promoting the stands as many are from Germany and other mainland European countries.

A couple of dancers from Stringfellow's are handing out vouchers for free admission and a free lap dance at the club.

There is plenty of complimentary drinks and food here including different cocktails, spirits with mixers,

wines, beers and small plates of food on many of the stands.

www.icetotallygaming.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then

6.30pm to 8.30pm

ONE CANADA SQUARE - Chinese New Year Party - Canary Wharf, London E14.

The event is held in their Thirty One Lounge Bar which is on the 31st floor of this city skyscraper.

It is only open to the many staff who work in the building and their clients & guests.

Around 200 guests here with maybe half being Chinese.

There is a couple of acts playing Chinese music on the stage at one end.

Stunning views of the city and the other skyscrapers.

They have a great wall of photos and models showing how the area has drastically changed over the

past 30 years since it was the old dockyards.

A professional photographer is here and takes a great photo of the three of us and we all get a hard copy.

Complimentary prosecco, wines, beers, fresh orange juice and lots of tasty Chinese food.

then

9.30pm to 11.45pm

PLAYTECH party at Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London SW8.

PLAYTECH is the world's largest supplier of online gaming and sports betting software.

A massive event as there must be around 1000 guests here who were at the casino show held earlier.

We have three djs on the big stage doing a live set each.

AFISHAL is the main turn as he takes the stage at 10.30pm for a 50 mins set.

AFISHAL is a dj and live drummer decked out in shiny sunglasses and a tight V-neck playing live improv sessions on a set of glow-in-the-dark bongos. But that's precisely what Michael Fish, aka Afishal, does for a living, a self-styled nightclub dj.

He had big screens and pyros and got the crowd going but i would have preferred a live band.

There were circus performers around the venue including trapeze and girls skating on the ice bar tops.

Loads of complimentary booze and food including Moët champers, different cocktails, spirits and mixers,

prosecco, wines, beers , plates of sushi, burgers, bowls of shepherds pie etc and desserts.

It was still very lively when we departed at 11.45pm as it was due to finish at 1.30am.

A proper 'money no object lavish party'.

www.playtech.com

Visit the PLAYTECH website here for more info.













Tuesday 06 February 2018...I went to two events tonight...

6.30pm to 9pm

STEINWAY & SONS 'SUNBURST COLLECTION' - launch party -

Abbey Road Studios, St Johns Wood, London NW8.

Always nice to be at this world famous recording studio that The Beatles and George Martin used.

Also many other great albums recorded here by other artists.

Around 200 guests are here in Studio 1.

On one side is the famous 'Mrs Mills' piano that The Beatles used back in the day.

We got a couple of photos with it.

Many legendary guitarists have used guitars with a sunburst finish.

The vibrant colour burst , bright yellow to dark red and black.

So it's a simple idea really...transfer the colours to the new Steinway.

The piano is on stage and looks stunning with the main lid and the keys lid covered in glorious Sunburst.

At 7.10pm we had a speech from Steinway CEO then some live music featuring the new piano.

BAP are one of Germany's top rock bands and two members play a couple of songs.

Then Myleene Klass plays a couple of piano instrumentals.

Francis Dunnery (ex It Bites) for five songs played guitar and sang as a session guy played the piano.

Everyone on stage to play a song for the finale.

Complimentary Dericbourg Champers, wines, beers and canapés for all guests.

All guests got a small goodie bag on departure.

eu.steinway.com

Visit the Steinway website here for more info.

then

9.30pm to 11.45pm

ICE TOTALLY GAMING 'LONDON BABY' party at Cafe de Paris, 3 Coventry Street, London W1.

A big crowd of around 500 here who were at Excel earlier for the daytime event.

As expected it is at least a 90% male crowd.

There is a dj playing in the background.

Complimentary bar included various spirits and mixers including Jack Daniels n coke, wines, beers,

mini-burgers , mini-hotdogs and canapés.











Tuesday 06 February 2018.

TAIWAN EARTHQUAKE : at least nine dead and two hundred injured...plus many still missing.

A powerful earthquake struck Taiwan 10 minutes before midnight on Tuesday, causing buildings to collapse in the city of Hualien and killing two people, according to the authorities.

The 6.4-magnitude quake was recorded at 11:50 p.m. and was centered about 14 miles northeast of Hualien, a city of 110,000 on Taiwan’s east coast, the United States Geological Survey reported.

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I spent three days at two different hotels in Hualien less than three weeks ago when i toured Taiwan.

Hualien had another bad earthquake a couple of years ago and others before that.











Tuesday 06 February 2018.

Some facts on how popular The Jam were in the brief five years they were together.

They had 18 consecutive Top 40 singles in the United Kingdom, from their debut in 1977 to their break-up in December 1982, including four number one hits. As of 2007, "That's Entertainment" and "Just Who Is the 5 O'Clock Hero?" remained the best-selling import singles of all time in the UK.They released one live album and six studio albums, the last of which, The Gift, hit number one on the UK Albums Chart. When the group disbanded in 1982, their first 15 singles were re-released and all placed within the top 100.

I saw The Jam play live six times.









Monday 05 February 2018.

Sad news that one of the actors from one of my fave ever tv series has passed away.

John Mahoney, of "Frasier" fame, died on Sunday in Chicago aged 77.

Paul Martino, the star's long director, confirmed that Mahoney died shortly after he was hospitalized. The cause of death was not immediately announced.

Mahoney, who starred as Martin Crane for more than 10 years, reportedly died in a hospice for the elderly.

Mahoney was born in England in June 1940, recently appeared in an episode of the British television drama "The War of Foyle" in 2015.

He never married or had any children.

Repeats of "Frasier" are still being shown every morning on Channel 4 tv even though the last episode was

recorded way back in 2004.











Monday 05 February 2018.

Guess which Guns N Roses video has reached nearly a staggering billion views on YouTube?

November Rain - 939,000,000 plus views

Sweet Child O' Mine - 618,000,000 plus views

Don't Cry - 448,000,000 plus views

Paradise City - 359,000,000 plus views

Welcome To The Jungle - 256,000,000 plus views

Patience - 253,000,000 plus views









Sunday 04 February 2018.

The weekly free edition of Time Out is always worth picking up if you see it anywhere as

it always has good news on gigs, cinema, theatre, eating, bars , places to visit etc.

This week has a great interview with a chap who has been to see films at his local cinema

The Odeon, Swiss Cottage every week since 1945...yes every week since 1945.

John Gale reckons he has seen over 7500 films at this one cinema.

He has seen all the refurbishments from one big cinema then smaller ones and now it has

luxury seats and sounds very nice.

www.timeout.com

You can read the interview on their website via search.









Sunday 04 February 2018.

I am still a bit of a technophobe when it comes to putting photos online but a friend

has posted a great picture on my FaceBook page under Ray Morrissey.

It is a picture of me that has been in a couple of books by Dennis Morris.

The legendary Sex Pistols Jubilee Boat Gig in June 1977.

This was the queue of people (with me at the back) that did not get on the boat.

We didn't even have a departure time let alone any ticket or proper invite.

Sid told me about a couple of days before and we just turned up.

It was leaving just as we got there so they must have got everyone on board an hour or so earlier.

Nice photo though.









Sunday 04 February 2018.

Happy Birthday to rock legend ALICE COOPER who is 70 today.

Snakes, straight jackets, blood and an execution by guillotine — they've all been part of Alice Cooper's horror shows. The cult star has inspired heavy metal musicians for the past 50 years.

I have seen him live over 20 times since 1975...he aways puts on a fantastic show...









Friday 02 February 2018.

Sid Vicious was found dead this day in 1979...39 years ago...

The 21-year-old Sex Pistols bassist was found dead in bed ahead of his trial for

the murder of former girlfriend Nancy Spungen.

An autopsy confirmed Vicious (born John Simon Ritchie) died from an accumulation of fluid on the lungs –

a symptom characteristic of heroin abuse.

How many people can say they saw Sid Vicious play with three different bands?

I saw him play with...

Siouxsie and The Banshees at The 100 Club in Sept 1976...Sid on drums just for their debut show.

Sex Pistols at Screen on The Green , Islington in April 1977.

Vicious White Cats at The Electric Ballroom, Camden in April 1978...Glen Matlock also in the band.

In early June 1977 i chatted with Sid Vicious at a Ramones gig at The Roundhouse and he told me about

The Sex Pistols Jubilee secret boat gig that would happen a couple of days later.

We went down there but we did not know the early start time so just missed it....so we went off

to Earls Court Arena to see Queen play their Jubilee gig instead.









Friday 02 February 2018.

Some Guys Have All The Luck - The Rod Stewart Story live at The Beck Theatre, Hayes, Middx.

I saw this enjoyable Rod Stewart tribute show a couple of years ago at this same cosy theatre.

It is a near sell out as around 550 seated tickets sold , out of a capacity of 600.

A couple of Rod lookalikes in the crowd and a few more are wearing tartan scarves.

A nice long show of 2 hours 15 mins over two sets of 70 mins and 65 mins.

Paul Metcalfe as Rod has the spiky haired barnet for which Sir Roderick is known for and

he talks and sings just like Rod and has that Rod swagger.

Throughout the first act, ‘Rod’ and his pukka four piece backing band give us the old hits from

Stewart’s early days from his humble beginnings in the r 'n b clubs of the 60's through to

worldwide superstardom and record sales in excess of 100 million!

Pretty much every song has a few words on the history of the track.

There is a big screen showing pictures of Rod including single covers, album covers ,press clippings

and Rod relaxing with his various girlfriends and wives that he has had over the past 50 years.

The second half was more lively as the crowd stood up and danced and sang loudly to most songs.

Rod Stewart has recorded so many great songs over the years which were played tonight.

A very enjoyable show.

Full show setlist was as follows...

FIRST SET

Hot Legs

Can't Stop Me Now

Handbags & Gladrags

Jeff Beck Group song???

In A Broken Dream

Every Picture Tells A Story

Reason to Believe

Maggie May

Ohh La La

Stay With Me

Sweet Little Rock n Roller

You Wear It Well

This Old Heart of Mine

Some Guys Have All The Luck

SECOND SET

Young Turks

The Motown Song

Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be Alright)

The Killing of Georgie (Parts 1 and 2)

You're in My Heart

The First Cut Is The Deepest

Rhythm Of My Heart

(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me ) Higher and Higher

Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?

Baby Jane

Sailing

Encore :

Maggie May (reprise)

www.someguyshavealltheluck.com

Check the website here for upcoming tour dates.









Friday 02 February 2018.

Sad news that Dennis Edwards of The Temptations has passed away aged 74.

The star, who was born in Birmingham, Alabama on February 3, became a member of The Temptations after the group sacked David Ruffin in 1968. He sung the lead on ‘Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone’ and ‘Cloud Nine’, which both received Grammy awards. He was fired in 1977, but returned in 1980 when the soul act returned to their previous label home of Motown.

I saw him perform live a few times.









Thursday 01 February 2018...I went to three events tonight...

6pm to 6.30pm

CARPENTERS WORKSHOP GALLERY - private view - 4 Albemarle Street, London W1.

Carpenters Workshop Gallery | London is pleased to present Lust for Life, a solo exhibition by Atelier van Lieshout, from February 1 to May 11, 2018. After the successful solo show Furnification presented at the gallery in Paris last fall, followed by the Domestikator, a twelve-meter high inhabitable sculpture censored by the Louvre Museum and subsequently installed at the Piazza Centre Pompidou; Lust for Life continues to explore van Lieshout’s recent sculptural experiments to invent a new material vocabulary that questions civilization.

A couple of very interesting works here which was a stunning chandelier made from around

200 pairs of spectacles and a grandfather clock which had an image of a guy in the clock face

and every minute he would rub out the minute hand and marker in the next minute.I was looking

at it transfixed for 10 mins and the timing was spot on.Very clever.

Complimentary white wines for all guests.

www.carpentersworkshopgallery.com

Visit their website here for more info and photos.

then

6.35pm to 8.30pm

THE PURE PACKAGE WELLNESS AWARDS 2018 at BAFTA, Piccadilly,London W1.

Around 200 guests here with around a 75% female crowd in nice glam outfits.

A few celebrity faces here including Piers Morgan who earlier this week had an exclusive

interview with President Donald Trump for ITV.

Gok Wan was the dj here before the awards.

Celebrity faces here included Jo Wood, Leah Wood, Robert Pirez, Angela Rippon, Colin Jackson,

Arlene Phillips, Amber Le Bon, Noelle Reno, Sarah Jane-Crawford, Jessica Wright, Sinitta,

Olivia Cox, Stephen Belafonte and others.

At around 7.45pm the 10 awards were handed out with just the one male recipient.

Debbie Moore OBE, founder of Pineapple Dance Studios, picked up an award.

Debbie said next year she is celebrating 40 years since her well known dance studios started.

Complimentary Taittenger champers, Mojito cocktails, wines, beers and canapés for all guests.

All guests got a bulky goodie bag on departure.

www.purepackage.com

Visit the Pure Package website here for info on Healthy Eating & Fitness.

then

8.40pm to 9.30pm

BENTLEY MOMENTUM UNLIMITED - FRAGRANCE LAUNCH -

The Croc Bowling Alley @ The Ham Yard Hotel, Soho, London W1.

Luxury brand Bentley Fragrances launch their new mens fragrance.

The Croc Bowling Alley is a very nice private events space which houses an original 1950's two lane

bowling alley, stylish lounge, bar and dance floor. Imported from Texas.

Around 150 guests here which kept the two lanes of bowling popular.

The fragrance comes in a very stylish heavy glass bottle with the Bentley "B in Wings' iconic logo.

It is exclusive to Harrods from March and then rolls out to other luxury stores worldwide.

Complimentary Pommery champers and canapés for all guests.

All guests got a nice 100ml bottle of the fragrance in the goodie bag on departure.

www.bentley-fragrances.com

Visit their website here for more info on all Bentley Fragrances.











Thursday 01 February 2018.

The UK Americana Awards at The Hackney Empire, East London.

Congrats to rock legend Robert Plant who picked up The Lifetime Achievement Award.

His band were due to play one or two songs on the night.

Indie Country superstar Courtney Marie Andrews won International Artist Of The Year.

UK fans fell for Courtney’s breakthrough album 'Honest Life' last year, when as the BBC put it, she became an “overnight success” after 10 years trying to break into the business... she has been on the road since she was 16 years old, when she left home in Arizona for her first tour (sleeping under bridges!!).











Thursday 01 February 2018.

A couple of facts about the legendary 100 Club in Oxford Street.

It first starting putting on shows way back in October 1942.

On 23 February 1986 The Rolling Stones played a tribute secret gig show there

for their recently deceased pianist Ian Stewart, a concert that was their only live

performance anywhere between 1982 and 1989.











Wednesday 31 January 2018...6.45pm to 9.15pm...

OCEAN LINERS : SPEED and STYLE - private view - V & A Museum, South Kensington, London SW7.

A big crowd of around 500 guests are here tonight.

Guests included actor Julian Fellowes and 80s style guru Peter York.

Experience a unique journey through the design stories of the world's greatest ocean liners, including the Titanic, Normandie, the Queen Mary and the Canberra, and find out how these impressive vessels helped shape the modern world.

At 8.15pm i spent 30 mins walking through the dozen rooms of the exhibition.

Over 250 items on display including original posters, models of ships, wall panels,

furniture, textiles, fashion etc...and video footage of life on the QE2 and other ships.

The exhibition focuses on the heyday era of 1859 to 1969.

It included a wooden panel that is the the largest surviving piece that was in The Titanic.

Also a five metre-high lacquered gold leaf panel from the 1930s French ship Normandie.

Really good to see such a great exhibition....makes you want to go on a cruise....

A nice touch here was a couple of female djs in vintage clothing actually playing 78 vinyl

that would have been the music on the ships on old wind-up record players.

It is on until June....General adult tickets are £18 each.

Complimentary sparkling wines, White Lady Cocktails , Negroni's , wines and canapés for all guests.

Next week on Channel 5 tv there are two series being shown.

Firstly a series of the iconic QE2 cruise ship and the second Cruising with Jane McDonald.

www.vam.ac.uk

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.









Wednesday 31 January 2018.

Happy Birthday to John Lydon who is 62 today









Tuesday 30 January 2018....I went to three events tonight...

At 6.15pm i bumped into Buzzcocks guitarist Steve Diggle in New Bond Street.

He was carrying some shopping bags with his other half.

then

6.30pm to 7.30pm

The Columbia Threadneedle Prize: Figurative Art Today , The Mall Galleries, London SW1.

Over 200 guests here at this gallery a few yards from The ICA.

Over 4000 works were submitted and 104 have been shortlisted and are being shown here.

One artist is chosen to win the £20,000 prize.

Complimentary champers, wines , Moscow Mule cocktails and nibbles.

It is on from 31 January 2018 to 17 February 2018...10am to 5pm (closes 1pm on final day)

www.mallgalleries.org.uk

Visit their website here for more info.

then

7.40pm to 9pm

COSTA Book of The Year Award , Quaglino's , Bury Street, St James's, London SW1.

At this event in Jan 2015 David Gilmour gave me exclusive news on his 'Rattle That Lock' album

that would come out later that year in September.

Around 300 guests here tonight including a few well known faces.

Gary Kemp (Spandau Ballet), Ian Hislop, Anneka Rice, Imogen Stubbs, Sian Williams,

Sophie Raworth, Fern Britton, Robert Peston, Kate Adie, Laura Bailey and Art Malik.

The host was Penny Smith who was wearing a sparkly outfit.

The winner - Book of the Year: Inside the Wave by Helen Dunmore

Helen Dunmore died of cancer in June 2017, aged 64. Inside the Wave gathers the poetry

she wrote in the final months of her life, a poignant reflection on being close to death.

Complimentary sparkling wines (was Veuve Clicquot champers in previous years ), cocktails,

wines, beers and canapés.

All guests got a small goodie bag which included one of the shortlisted books.

then

9.10pm to 11.30pm

RADIO TIMES COVERS PARTY , Claridge's, Brook Street, London W1.

Annual party that celebrates those that made the cover of Radio Times in the past year.

Around 300 guests at this famous five star hotel.

Well known faces here included Paul Merton and Richard Osman (his brother is in Suede).

Also Coronation Street actresses Kym Marsh and Sally Dynevor.

Also Gareth Malone, Wilnelia Forsyth, Nick Robinson and a few others i missed.

Complimentary champers , wines and lots of yummy food including cheeseburgers, bacon rolls,

fish n chips, tempura, canapés etc.

Vip's and press got a very nice bulky goodie bag with a dozen items in.











Tuesday 30 January 2018.

Happy Birthday to Phil Collins who is 67 today.

Happy Birthday to Gene Hackman who is 88 today.

Happy Birthday to Peter Crouch who is still playing Premier League football at Stoke aged 37.









Monday 29 January 2018.

During Sunday night’s Grammy Awards Ed Sheeran won both of the awards he was up for,

Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Solo Performance for ‘Shape Of You’.

However ,although he is not touring at the moment, he did not turn up to collect his awards.

Bruno Mars picked up six awards including Best Album.

Fact of the day...

It took an incredible 25 songwriters to write the FIVE SONGS nominated for Grammy Song of the Year.

The winning song ‘That’s What I Like’ by Bruno Mars had EIGHT SONGWRITERS.











Sunday 28 January 2018.

June always has some big clashes and this year it's already getting booked up...

Friday 22 June

Lenny Kravitz - Wembley Arena

Foo Fighters - London Stadium

Kris Kristofferson - Kew Gardens

Taylor Swift - Wembley Stadium

Sat 23 June

Billy Idol - Brixton Academy

Foo Fighters - London Stadium

Taylor Swift - Wembley Stadium

Plus it's also The Isle of Wight Festival Weekend with Kasabian, Killers, Depeche Mode , Liam G etc.











Saturday 27 January 2018.

Happy Birthday to Pink Floyd's Nick Mason who is 74 today.









Saturday 27 January 2018.

I came across this great full show by STEEL PANTHER on YouTube.

It is an official webcast so great sound quality with multi cameras.

Type in google - Steel Panther, House of Blues, Hollywood , 2015.

On 42 mins is Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme) playing 'You Really Got Me ' (Van Halen version) with them.

On 80 mins Steel Panther play a great version of Van Halen's 'Panama' followed

by Billy Ray Cyrus joining them to sing 'Rebel Yell' by Billy Idol.

Plus of course various female fans joining them on stage through the show for a dance.









Friday 26 January 2018....I went to two gigs tonight...

5.45pm to 6.45pm

HOLLIE COOK live at Rough Trade West, Portobello Road, London.

This was a free in-store intimate gig for around 30 people crammed into this small space.

Hollie is the daughter of Sex Pistols/Professionals drummer Paul Cook who is here to support her.

Today was the release day for Hollie's new album 'Vessel of Love'.

It is her third album and her first for Merge Records.

The new album was produced by Martin “Youth " Glover, founding member and bassist of Killing Joke.

Hollie Cook started at 6.05pm for a five song 25 mins set.

She was backed by an acoustic guitar and keyboards.

There is no stage and the audience is proper 'in your face' close up.

Hollie sings five tracks from her new album 'Angel Fire', 'Ghostly Fading', 'Lunar Addiction',

'Stay Alive' and 'Survive'.

Hollie has a great voice and her lovely big smile and warm friendly easy going banter

perfectly matches her cool 'tropical pop' sound.

I got the new album signed by Hollie after the set.

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then

STEEL PANTHER + INGLORIOUS + WAYWARD SONS live at Hammersmith Apollo,London.

Steel Panther play the second of two London shows as part of their UK tour.

Steel Panther are touring to promote their fourth album 'Lower the Bar' that came out in 2017.

With support from Inglorious who released their second album in 2017.

Steel Panthers Shepherds Empire Empire gig a few days before got a slagging in The Standard paper.

Stating that in the era of Times Up and #MeToo there surely couldn't be a worse time to

be a sexist hair metal parady band, saying "Times's Up for this tired bunch".

The band themselves have had plenty of stick like that in their career so are used to it.

With stage comments like " a lot of people are calling our singer the Harvey Weinstein of rock n roll" and

when inviting a girls only stage invasion "bring the titties to the stage"....they plainly don't care...

I have seen their show a few times and it's great fun and their music rocks too.

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Tonight we have a nice three band rock package from promoters Live Nation.

WAYWARD SONS arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played for 30 mins.

Wayward Sons feature Toby Jepson on vocals who was the singer with Little Angels in the

late 1980s / early 1990s who i saw several times including when they headlined Hammersmith Odeon

and when they supported Van Halen, Bon Jovi and Bryan Adams.

They played a really good set of tracks from their debut album that came out in 2017.

Wayward Sons full setlist played tonight...

Alive

Ghost

Killing Time

Crush

Small Talk

Something Wrong

Until the End

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

Inglorious are definitely one of the newer rock bands whose star is rising.

Their second album went to number 22 in the UK charts last year.

Though very much a band project, former reality show hopeful and Trans Siberian Orchestra vocalist Nathan James will always be the focal point with his leonine appearance and a voice that combines the deep throaty blues of a prime time Coverdale with effortless high pitched screams.

A really good set.

Full Inglorious setlist played tonight...

Read All About It

Breakaway

Change Is Coming

Warning

Taking the Blame

I Don't Need Your Loving

Holy Water

Until I Die

STEEL PANTHER arrived on stage at 9.15pm and played for 1 hour 45 mins.

In the crowd are plenty of Steel Panther lookalikes with the wigs and headbands.

Also loads of women in proper 'rock chick' attire.

In the rock world you either love Steel Panther or loathe them.

Steel Panther shows are half ‘80s heavy metal heaven and half stand-up x-rated comedy shows.

Their sound has elements of Poison, Motley Crue, Van Halen etc all mixed in.

As usual there was plenty of hilarious but very smutty stage banter between songs.

From the start the band encouraged females down the front to get their tits out...and they did.

Looking at the song titles below will give you a taster of what to expect.

The bottom line is the mix of great songs and great comedy makes for a great show.

Full Steel Panther setlist played tonight...

Intro tape Everybody Wants Some!! (Van Halen song)

Eyes of a Panther

Goin' in the Backdoor

Eruption (Van Halen cover) (during band presentation)

Asian Hooker

Tomorrow Night

Wasted Too Much Time

Poontang Boomerang

Guitar Solo (classic rock guitar riffs)

That's When You Came In

Weenie Ride

17 Girls in a Row (100 female fans dancing on stage with the band )

Gloryhole (100 female fans dancing on stage with the band)

Death to All but Metal

Encore:

Community Property

Party All Day (Fuck All Night)

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During the show the singer said "we can confirm we will be back

in the summer to play The Ramblin' Man Festival in Maidstone, Kent".











Thursday 25 January 2018...I went to two events today...

11.45am to 4pm.

THE SEAFISH NATIONAL FISH & CHIP AWARDS - The Royal Lancaster Hotel, London W2.

Celebrating their 30th anniversary, the awards bring together the UK’s best fish and chip shops to

award excellence in 15 different categories, before crowning the nation’s number one shop.

The awards will be hosted by Nigel Barden who is the food and drink presenter for BBC London TV,

Radio and Online.

Forget your trendy Vietnamese street food, kebabs, burgers or even fried chicken. When it comes to takeaway meals, us British still love our fish and chips. There are currently 10,500 specialist fish and chip shops nationwide, and 22 per cent of us visit one of them every week. Overall, we eat 382 million portions of fish and chips every year, adding up to a 1.2 billion pound industry - not to mention the boost it provides to vinegar manufacturers, ketchup makers and seagulls.

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I arrive for the Cava drinks reception and the hotel foyer is buzzing with guests chatting.

At 12.15pm the big crowd of 650 take to their seats for the three course lunch and the awards.

SEAFISH CEO Marcus Coleman gave a welcome speech.

I am on a very friendly table and the very yummy three course lunch was as follows...

Starter - Pastrami of salmon, warm smoked salmon croquette, citrus hot smoked salmon and cucumber,

caper and parsley mayonnaise.

Mains - Roasted cod fillet , shellfish pie, saffron mash, mushy peas, spring onion butter sauce.

Dessert - Sticky toffee pudding, salted caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream

Coffee with petit fours.

Red & White wines on the table.

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From 2.15pm to 3.45pm were the main awards presentation with host Nigel Barden.

Poppies Fish & Chips in Soho were the only London nomination today.

Best Newcomer Award went to Malt & Anchor, Cirencester, Gloucestershire.

NFFF Fish and Chip Quality Champion Award went to Towngate Fisheries, Idle, Bradford, West Yorks.

From Field to Frier Award went to Mister C's ,Selby, North Yorkshire.

The Good Catch Sustainable Seafood Award went to Fish City , Belfast.

Staff Training & Development Award went to Penaluna's Famous Fish & Chips, Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Marketing Innovation Award went to Krispie's Fish & Chips , Exmouth, Devon.

Fish and Chip Restaurant of the Year Award went to The Pelican ,Barnstable, Devon.

Best Multiple Fish and Chip Operator Award went to The Good Catch (Cheshire and surrounding areas).

Best Foodservice Operator Award went to The Marcia Inn, Bishopthorpe, York , North Yorkshire.

Best Seafood Week Campaign Award went to The Pelican Barnstable, Devon.

Fish & Chip Friday School Meal Education Award went to North Tyneside Council.

Healthy Eating Fish & Chips Award went to Fish City, Belfast.

Best Mobile Fish and Chip Operator Award went to Starchip Enterprise , Worcestershire.

Drywite Young Fish Frier of the Year Award went to Peter Calvert at Mister C's , North Yorkshire.

The main award for Fish and Chip Shop of the Year went to

First place • MILLLER'S FISH & CHIPS, Haxby, North Yorkshire (North East England)

Second place • Burton Road Chippy, Lincoln, Lincolnshire (Eastern England)

Third place • Harbourside Fish & Chips, Plymouth, Devon (South & West England)

A very enjoyable event.

Reminder, it's Friday today which is the perfect day to treat yourself to some fish & chips.

www.fishandchipawards.com

Visit their website here for more info.

then

4.45pm to 8.15pm.

ARCHITECT@WORK showcase at Olympia, West Kensington, London W14.

Architects and interior designers are showcasing over 300 innovative products and services

by manufacturers and distributors.

All exhibitors go through a strict process with an external judging panel, ensuring the presence

of high calibre innovations.

Many top notch names from around Europe are here.

From the UK we have BreezeFree who have been making outdoor space work

at bars & restaurants for the last 20 years with imaginative design.

www.breezefree.com

Visit their website here for more info.

Some amazing photos of architects work on houses and buildings from around the world on display.

I love the small scale models they use.

Complimentary wines, beers, platters of various rolls and glazed donuts all through the event.

www.architectatwork.com

Visit their website here for more info.















Thursday 25 January 2018.

Shock news that MARK E. SMITH ,the irascible frontman of Manchester post-punk band the Fall, has died at the age of 60.

Smith formed the Fall in 1976 in Prestwich and was the only constant member of the band. He was known for his tempestuous relationship with his bandmates, and frequently fired them – there have been 66 different members over the years, with a third of them lasting less than a year. Smith famously once said: “If it’s me and yer granny on bongos, it’s The Fall.”

He was a famously prolific musician. Last year the Fall released their 32nd studio album, New Facts Emerge, and had been fitfully touring in recent months when Smith’s health would allow. The band played London’s 100 Club in July, while Smith performed from a wheelchair in Wakefield in October.

The Fall were John Peel’s favourite band and they recorded twenty-four sessions for his radio show

over the years – more than any other artist.

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I remember buying their debut album when it came out in 1979.

I saw them a few times with the first time supporting The Buzzcocks at The Marquee Club in 1977

and headline shows at Hammersmith Odeon in 1988 and The Forum in 1995.

I also went to his autobiography book launch party.









Wednesday 24 January 2018.

Happy Birthday to Jools Holland who is 60 today.









Tuesday 23 January 2018...I went to two events today...

Noon to 3pm.

LONGINES Worlds Best Racecourse & LONGINES Worlds Best Horse Race Ceremony,

Claridges , Brook Street, London W1.

Back to this famous five star hotel for the second time in two days.

Around 200 guests including Victoria Pendleton are seated here for the three course lunch.

Lots of big name owners and trainers here from the horse racing world.

We are part of the 25 press folks including various camera crews standing around the venue.

Qatar’s growing stature on the global racing scene was acknowledged in no uncertain terms yesterday with the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winning the 2017 Longines World’s Best Horse Race award at a gala function held at the iconic Claridge’s Hotel in London.

This is the second time the race is winning the prestigious honour, following its success at the inaugural awards in 2015.

Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club General Manager Nasser bin Sherida al-Kaabi, France Galop President Edouard de Rothschild and General Manager Olivier Delloye were in London to accept the prize. The awards were adjudged jointly by Swiss watchmaking brand Longines and the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA)

The Longines World’s Best Racehorse title went – for the second year in a row – to the American colt Arrogate with a rating of 134. The Australian mare Winx took second place with 132, followed by Cracksman (GB) and Gun Runner (USA), who were tied at 130.

The Longines World’s Best Horse Race Award recognises the highest rated race of all the Group 1 international races, with the ratings of the top four finishers in each race serving as basis for the assessment.

Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers , wines and canapés for the entire three hours here for me.

All guests got a nice quality scarf in the goodie bag on departure.

then

6pm to 8pm.

TORNABUONI ART LONDON - private view - 46 Albemarle Street , London W1.

This trendy Italian gallery is hosting works by Piero Dorazio.

Around 150 guests here including a healthy Italian contingent.

Complimentary prosecco, wines and canapés for all guests.

www.tornabuoniart.com

Visit their website here for more info and items in the exhibition.











Tuesday 23 January 2018.

Sad news that ex Judas Priest drummer DAVE HOLLAND has died aged 69.

Holland was drummer for Priest during their classic period, appearing on British Steel (1980), Point of Entry (1981), Screaming With Vengeance (1982), Defenders of the Faith (1984), Turbo (1986) and Ram It Down (1988).

He left the band in 1989 due to family and health problems.

I saw him play many times in the 1980s when the band played Hammersmith Odeon on every tour.









Tuesday 23 January 2018.

Sad news that legendary South African jazz trumpeter HUGH MASEKELA has died age 78.

I saw him play as part of a special show that was held on 29 April 2001.

R.E.M .+ The Corrs + Atomic Kitten + Labi Siffre + Dave Stewart +Ladysmith Black Mambazo + Beverley Knight + Hugh Masekela + speech by Nelson Mandela Trafalgar Square , London

invite only show for 17,000 to celebrate South Africa Day.A cold and rainy day. Each act did 1 to 3 songs apart from REM who did a good 6 song 30 mins set but highlight of the day for me was Labi Siffre singing Something Inside So Strong which was just stunning .











Monday 22 January 2018...6.45pm to 9.15pm...

THE COMMUNITY AWARDS of Mayfair & St James's at Claridge's ,Brook Street, London W1.

Always nice to at this famous five star hotel.

Around 400 guests standing here in the ballroom.

Guests included Mark-Francis Vandelli who rose to fame on the E4 series Made in Chelsea.

Also here was Alistair Guy.

I was at this event in Jan 2016 when Christine McVie from Fleetwood Mac presented an award.

Tonight's main presenter is tv presenter, comedian and singer Alexander Armstrong who is

probably best known for hosting the tv quiz programme Pointless.

He said he had recorded four episodes earlier that day before the awards.

Nine Awards were given out.

The Awards ensure that the community that binds Mayfair & St James’s together is recognised, nurtured and celebrated.

Robin Birley won an award for his Mayfair members club 5 Hertford Street.

Joan Burstein was given The Lifetime Achievement Award.

In the 1970s before there were multi-brand boutiques she founded Browns Boutique in South Molton Street.

After the awards classically-trained singer Natalie Rushdie performed a couple of songs.

Complimentary Harrods champers, fig & cinnamon martini cocktails and wines for all guests.

Also canapés from Chutney Mary (73 St James's Street, London SW1) and

luxury cakes and desserts from GC Couture (25 Dover Street ,London W1).

All guests got a goodie bag with some items from Harrods.











Sunday 21 January 2018.

Back in London ok and it's cold and rainy.

My press trip review to Taiwan is now finished.

Scroll back to 08 Jan to 20 Jan to see it.















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News and Reviews: 22nd January 2018

Sunday 21 January 2018.

Back in London ok and it's cold and rainy.

My press trip review to Taiwan is now finished.









Saturday 20 January 2018.

Happy Birthday to Paul Stanley of KISS who is 66 today.

Paul is the singer & rhythm guitarist and of American rock legends KISS.

He is currently on a solo tour of Japan.











Monday 08 January 2018.

Press trip to TAIWAN for me departing on Mon 08 Jan for around 12 days/ 11 nights.

CHINA AIRLINES will start the first direct flight from London to Taiwan from 01 Dec 2017.

They have kindly given me a Premium Economy return ticket worth around £1000 plus airport taxes

but i pay the £175 airport taxes.

The Taipei-London route CI069/CI070 will depart every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. It will be flown by the latest A350-900 XWB aircraft equipped with 32 Premium Business Class, 31 Premium Economy Class and 243 Economy Class seats. London flights leave from Gatwick.

TAIWAN TOURISM BUREAU have kindly arranged included the following complimentary schedule for me...

Return Premium Economy Flights with China Airlines.

A night each at three different hotels---One five star in Hualien and two four star hotels in Tainan.

Two excursions in Taipei.

Two lunch / dinner vouchers in Hualien.

...and i pay for everything else...

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Arrived ok after a 12 hour flight to Taipei.

The new Airbus plane was fantastic and so quiet.

My mate Malcolm is here with me for a couple of days before he heads off to Bangkok

to see Imagine Dragons and Liam Gallagher play gigs there.

Imagine Dragons are playing here { Taipei} on Monday but i will probably be down south of Taiwan by then.

Very handy for him to have British Airways staff standby fares to go as you please at short notice.

Foodies would love it here as there are restaurants, small cafes and street food stands everywhere selling very tasty food.

Street venders selling a good portion of fried chicken with garlic and rice for only a quid etc.

Not really a drinking culture here so not many bars.

Very safe late at night here for men and for women.

It is very densely populated in Taipei.

Scooters are EVERYWHERE out here....but not many motorbikes.

So easy to get around on a scooter and no parking charges.

I would say one out of twenty people are wearing a mask due to the scooters pollution or flu germs etc.

A great metro and bus system here.

Everyone stands in marked tramlines to enter each coach...nobody pushes in or tries to dodge the fare...

The fare is only 50p to 70p a journey which is much cheaper than London.

Everyone is so nice and friendly out here and keen to practise their English.

There are plenty of English signs everywhere but not any other languages.

Tues 09 Jan / Wed 10 Jan...visited night markets,temples and other mooching about stuff.

Plenty of big name designer brands here including Cartier, Dior, Bulgari,Louis Vuitton,Apple Store etc.

Always interesting to see which UK names are out here.

I spotted a Jo Malone store and a Body Shop store.

POSHPACKER HOTEL was a handy three star modern hotel for my stay near Taipei Main Station.

I was here for the first four nights...cost around £22 a night in advance from AGODA.

Thurs 11 Jan..in the afternoon i had a couple of hours up Taipei 101.

When built it was the tallest building in the world...now it is eighth tallest.

88th to 91st floors are the stunning views over all of Taipei.

Fri 12 Jan...Taiwan Tourism arranged a three hour sightseeing tour

of Taipai for me.

They picked me up from the hotel by mini bus and dropped me off there.

Our route was , a visit to a popular temple, changing of the guard at CKS Memorial Hall,tea tasting and ceremony at a showroom, visit to National Memorial Palace,visit to National Palace Museum and then back.

in the evening i went to one of the big electronics malls.

Six floors of stuff but not as cheap as i expected.

Then to a big night market at Roahe Street for some nice food and dessert.

I will be on the move soon..

Sat 13 Jan...train from Tainan to Haulien on the mid East Coast...

i took the Express train that took 2 hours 10 mins.

Taiwan Tourism gave me a voucher for Doing Good! restaurant in Haulien.

It is a Spanish restaurant in the posh part of town where nice hotels are.

I had a three course meal with Beef Risotto & Mushroom Risotto as the mains with a drink..very nice..

I then found a nice three star hotel named SYnCO for 900 T Dollars (23 quid)...

Only saw a couple of other western faces here in Haulien...

Like Taipei it livened up in the evening when all the lights got switched

on and folks came out to eat and shop and eat again.

Sun 14 Jan...Sunday morning i went to the local Sunday market in Haulien.

Mainly fruit n veg and fish and a few selling new and secondhand stuff.

At lunchtime i went back to Doing Good! restaurant for the same lunch.

At 3pm i am picked up by the hotel shuttle bus at the train station.

We have a 30 mins drive through the countryside with some nice scenery.

Taiwan Tourism have arranged a one night stay at the five star PROMISED LAND Resort and Lagoon...

" The Venice of Taiwan" they call it.

It has a 2.2 kilometres lagoon with seven bridges that winds through the

complex with statues and gardens are around it.

I went on the 12 mins ride in the afternoon after I checked in and the following morning which was excellent.

It really is Disneyland meets Venice.

It looks amazing but sadly only one night here.

Rooms start from 200 quid a night but you can get special offers on hotel websites.

We are met at the hotel by baggage porters and for a 20 mins Spanish singing and dancing show.

I have a stunning massive room with a balcony at ground level that looks out to the lagoon.

It could sleep four the info says...

Later that night was a 40 mins dancing and singing stage show in the marquee.

I was the only "western face" in the 150 strong audience.

Needless to say when they wanted four guys to come up on stage , i would be picked.

We all had to put on a Hawaii type skirt and pom poms on out wrists and do a little dance.i didn't win.

Mon 15 Jan at 11am the hotel shuttle bus dropped me at the train station for my noon train.

Again you need reserved seats, if a train is sold out of seats you are allowed to stand.

Train from Hualien in the mid East to Tainan in the South which took six hours as it has to go

around the mountains in Central Taiwan.

Older buildings including train stations and temples have the older squat style toilets.

Tue 16 Jan -- Taiwan Tourism have arranged a night for me at the four star

GOLDEN TULIP GLORY FINE HOTEL in Tainan.

Tainan has got plenty of big brand new fancy hotels between the older buildings.

I am on the 10th floor of this 12 floor hotel.

Despite having over 100 rooms , it feels quiet but I was happy with that.

A very nice room with a massive bed, huge tv, shower, japanese toilets and the other stuff,including weighing scales.

They have a couple of handy Apple Mac computers for me to use in the lobby for emails and updating this site.

Lots of temples and scooters like in other parts of the country.

Another amazing story about how friendly the locals are here.i got a bit lost {again } on my walkabouts.

I asked at a scooter repair shop and the guy said "its at least 20 mins walk away " he said " stay there".

He went to the back of the shop and got a spare crash helmet and off i went on the back of his scooter, just incredible.

Tuesday evening i went to local night market around 15 mins away.

Night markets are very popular here in Taiwan, mainly because it is a good meeting place for old and young.

It is a bit warmer down South than in Taipei.

Wed morning was a full buffet breakfast with over 20 items , both Asian and Western.

Wed 17 Jan --- Taiwan Tourism have arranged a night for me at the four star WEI YAT GRAND HOTEL in Tainan.

This hotel is around 30 mins walk from the previous hotel and overlooks a canal.

i am on the 5th floor of six floors that has many rooms on each floor.

it is further away from the Tainan train station area.

My suite here is enormous and includes a main room with tv and two settees , a bedroom with tv along

with two seperate toilets / bathrooms.

You could sleep a four piece band and store all their eqiupment in here.

It is a nice older style hotel building and there are some nice quirky buildings around here.

Also a couple of bars.

Another day where I walked for several miles including temples and just mooching about.

A big buffet breakfast of over 20 items including Asian and Western dishes.

Thurs 18 Jan - the hotel arranged a complimentary taxi back to Tainan train station.

The original idea was to get the high speed train from here but I came across a cheap luxury coach company

called U Bus who only charged £10 for the 4 hours 15 mins journey back to Taipei which was great.

For Thursday and Friday night I was back at POSHPACKER HOTEL in Taipei.

The receptionist recommended a visit to TAMSUI which was 18 stops at the end of the blue line.

It's a waterfront area where people come to watch the sunset go down and there is more of a

holiday vibe here and there are buskers and a bit like Covent Garden in feel.

Another nice temple here...all temples have toilets which is good to know.

On the way back I went to Taipei most famous night market SHILIN.

Lots of food, clothes and loads of arcade type stalls.

Taiwan folks love those grabbing toy machines.

Fri 19 Jan ... today was the last full day in Taiwan.

I went 90 mins each way on two trains (only £2 each way) to JINGAN which is a very popular tourist

attraction where the train runs through this old town on a single track with houses and stores either side.

This is where tourists paint wishes on 4ft lanterns for just £5 and let them off.

You look in the sky and there are dozens of mini hot air balloons up in the sky.

Check out youtube as many people put videos up of it.

After I walked 15 mins to the waterfall and suspension bridges at JINGAN WATERFALL PARK.

I did a whole circlular tour of Taiwan.

Sat 20 Jan i depart Taiwan and arrive back at Gatwick.

The journey coming back takes an extra hour so 13 hours non stop.

Watched some films and some middle of the road music on the in house headphones.

So much non stop on the food and drink on the plane was great.

Arrive back in London and it's cold and rainy.

The weather in Taiwan was sunny during the day then 6pm it went dark.

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General summary of Taiwan.

It is not really a place to go if you want a booze filled holiday as they are not into that.

Food is everywhere which is great if you are a foodie.

Most Westerners seem to stop in Taipei for a few days and don't head elsewhere in Taiwan.

Taiwan reputation as being one of the most friendly and helpful was certainly true.

It was very safe at midnight for male and female.

I never saw any road rage or arguments or anything like that.

A very enjoyable trip.









Wednesday 17 January 2018.

Hard to believe that Cranberries singer Delores O'Riordan has been found dead at age just 46.

Her body was found at The Hilton Hotel, Park Lane , London.

I saw them a couple of times including in 2002 at Hammersmith Apollo when we met her at the party afterwards.

The Rolling Stones booking agent at the time John Giddings told me once about when

The Cranberries supported The Stones in Milan.

John said to Delores 'whatever you do ,DO NOT walk down The Stones catwalk" what did Delores do?

Yep , she walked down it.

On a more positive note i am here in 75 f sunshine in Tainan , Southern Taiwan and CNN is showing the

opening of the new American Embassy in London where it is pouring with rain LOL









Sunday 14 January 2018.

You lose touch of whats going on in music when you are far away in Taiwan.

Pretty much no western music over here as they have their own stars.

They have a very popular boy band called Mayday.

They are playing a massive London show at The 02 Arena on 04 March.

Sad news that Fast Eddie Clark the original guitarist with Motorhead

has passed away aged 67.He was the last surviving member of the classic lineup.

I saw the original three man lineup several times before Eddie left in 1982.

Happy Birthday to Jimmy Page who was 74 on 09 Jan.

Happy Birthday to Rod Stewart who was 73 on 10 Jan.











Saturday 06 January 2018.

THE BOYS + HEAVY DRAPES + THE VULZ live at The 100 Club, London.

The Resolution Punk Festival returns to The 100 Club for its annual stint in January.

The Boys are an English punk rock/power pop band formed in London in 1976.

Members of the band had previously played in other groups, including London SS and Hollywood Brats. After recording four studio albums and eight singles, as well as recording Christmas themed music under the name The Yobs, they disbanded in the summer of 1982. The band reformed in 1999, and released a new album 'Punk Rock Menopause' in 2014.

I saw them several times in their heyday as well as recent shows including The 100 Club in Jan 2017.

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What better way to dust off those January blues than by heading down to the legendary 100 Club

for a night with three punk rock/power pop bands.

We have a full house tonight and there are lots of punk rock chums here i know.

Gaye Advert and Jordan were also in the crowd tonight.

Dj Jeff Monday played loads of classic punk tunes throughout the evening.

THE VULZ arrived on stage at 8pm and played for around 40 mins.

Some fine rock n roll from this West London band who played tracks off their two albums.

HEAVY DRAPES arrived on stage at 8.55pm and played for around 35 mins.

They hail from Scotland and are one of most highly rated new punk bands playing the circuit.

The four band members have all adopted appropriate punk rock names; hence we have De Liberate on vocals, Rikki Stiv on guitar, Jerry Dangerous handling bass duties and Billy Chaos on the traps. Fortunately, Heavy Drapes can back up their image with seriously good catchy uptempo tunes with great guitar riffs and

proper harmonies from the guitarist and drummer to ram home the chorus of each track.

They have a four track EP out.

THE BOYS are on stage for around 60 mins.

They still feature three original members from the 1970s but guitarist Honest John Plain had to sit out

a few songs near the end tonight as he is still recovering from a serious fall down some stairs.

They had an extra guitarist tonight to help him out throughout.

Most of The Boys songs are less than 3 mins long so loads of older gems played tonight along

with a few tracks from their most recent album.

Great to see so many younger fans here singing along to their catchy lyrics.

A great club gig.

Full setlist played by The Boys tonight...

T.C.P.

See Ya Later

Terminal Love

1976

Weekend

USI

I'm a believer

Cop Cars

You Can't Hurt a Memory

Punk Rock Girl

Soda Pressing

Tumble With Me (Hollywood Brats cover)

Do the Contract Hustle

Global Warming

I Don't Care

Brickfield Nights

First Time

(They pretended to leave the stage) Encore:

Living in the City

Sick On You

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The Resolution Punk Festival continues with these gigs....

Sun 7th ANTI-PASTI + The Varukers + Knock Off

Tue 9th THE MEMBERS + Chron Gen + Ambition Demolition

Wed 10th SUBHUMANS + Criminal Mind + Desperate Measures

Thur 11th VICE SQUAD + Menace + Nick Cash (999 solo set)

Fri 12th GBH + Steve Ignorant's Slice of Life

Sat 13th DISCHARGE + Loaded 44

Sun 14th UK SUBS + The Ramonas “Original� + Red Light Rebels

+ DJ Jeffrey Munday will be on the decks Fri 12th, Sat 13th and Sun 14th.

The club will be open till midnight on those dates.

www.the100club.co.uk

Visit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.













Friday 05 January 2018.

Channel 4 tv 9pm to 11pm are showing The Beatles film 'Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years'.

Ron Howard's documentary from 2016 with recent contributions from Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr.

The film focuses on The Beatles' career during their touring years from 1962 to 1966, from their

performances at the Cavern Club in Liverpool to their final ticketed concert in San Francisco in 1966.

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Always great to see footage of The Beatles from the 1960s.

Pretty amazing the amount of non-stop touring ,writing and recording that they squeezed in.

Lots of remastered film & sound to give it a nice clear quality.

Beatlemania got the better of them as exhaustion, security concerns and inadequate

sound quality at gigs took its toll.

Following Candlestick Park in 1966, the band released ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band� in 1967,

and went on to release a further five albums including ‘Abbey Road� and ‘Let It Be�.

The film ends with footage of their impromptu rooftop gig at Apple HQ in Saville Row in 1969.











Thursday 04 January 2018.

BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION live at Hammersmith Apollo, London.

(Also Wolverhampton a couple of days before on 02 Jan 2018).

Black Country Communion will play only two shows in Europe to promote their fourth album BCCIV.

The lineup of vocalist and bassist Glenn Hughes, drummer Jason Bonham, keyboardist Derek Sherinian

and guitarist and vocalist Joe Bonamassa will reunite after time spent playing in their respective solo careers.

Classic Rock magazine & website made their new album No 2 Best Album Of The Year after QOTSA.

I have seen BCC before as headliner and support act.

I have seen Glenn Hughes solo a couple of times as well as with Deep Purple back in 1974 with

the classic line-up that also included David Coverdale and Richie Blackmore.

I saw Jason Bonham when he took over his dad's role in the mega Led Zeppelin re-union gig of 2007.

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It is not a sell out as there is space downstairs and unsold blocks of seats upstairs.

Not really surprising when ticket prices were a hefty �75 plus booking fees for stalls standing and

�90 plus booking fees for circle seats but 3500/4000 sold out of 5000 capacity is still pretty good.

BCC arrived on stage at 8pm and played a nice long set of 2 hours 10 mins.

All four members are well known in the rock world but the show is clearly dominated by

Glenn Hughes and Joe Bonamassa.

Glenn Hughes is now aged 66 but still has his amazing voice and still looks like a proper rock star.

Joe Bonamassa is playing some very nifty guitar.

Later in the show Joe would say "nice to be back at Hammersmith Odeon" even though he was too

young to play the venue when it was called that...the venue became The Apollo in 1992.

He clearly knows the rock history of the venue from the 1970s and 1980s.

Loads of good solid rock BCC tunes played and a Deep Purple cover at the end.

An enjoyable show.

The show was filmed by some mini cameras so that could come out in the future.

Full setlist played tonight...

Sway

One Last Soul

Save Me

Wanderlust

Song of Yesterday

The Outsider

This Is Your Time

Cold

The Battle for Hadrian's Wall

The Crow

Over My Head

The Last Song for My Resting Place (with Gerry O'Connor from The Dubliners)

Drum solo

Man In the Middle

Black Country

Encore:

Collide

Faithless

Mistreated (Deep Purple cover)

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After-party in the balcony bar of the venue.

I was there from 10.15pm to 11.30pm but the event was due to finish at midnight.

Around 100 guests are here with a nice buzzy atmosphere...it's a pay bar...

All the band turned up,with Joe Bonamassa the first to arrive and Glenn Hughes the last to arrive.

Joe was a lot more chattier and friendlier than i expected.

Glenn was the one that posed for the most photos here.

Also here was Gerry O'Connor from