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Tuesday 26 January 2021.

Saturday 23 January 2021. Sad news that Legendary American TV personality LARRY KING has died today (January 23) aged 87. The news was revealed on King’s official Twitter account by his representatives, Ora Media. No official cause of death has yet been announced, though King was hospitalised at the start of the month after contracting COVID-19. During his six-decade career, which included 25 years hosting his own nightly programme on CNN, King interviewed many of the most famous political leaders, celebrities and sports people of the day. He had been married EIGHT times. ---------- Saturday 23 Jan and Sunday 24 Jan is FA Cup 4th Round games. Three live games on BBC1 over the weekend. ---------- Saturday 23 Jan SKY ARTS - The Story of Cream docu (2 hours plus) and Disraeli Gears classic album docu. I was at all four Cream reunion shows at The Royal Albert Hall in 2005. Saturday 23 Jan SKY ARTS - Manic Street Preachers live in Manchester 1997. Sunday 24 Jan SKY ARTS - Rogers Waters "Us + Them" live on his 2017/2018 world tour. Sunday 24 Jan SKY ARTS - Deep Purple "Perfect Strangers". 1984 saw the long-awaited reunion of the classic Deep Purple Mark II line-up of Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord and Ian Paice. It was the first time they had been together since 1973. They recorded a brand new studio album, "Perfect Strangers" and headed out on tour. This show was filmed in Melbourne, Australia and is the only full length concert film of the band at this time. It's a stunning concert with the band in incendiary form. The setlist mixes then new tracks from the "Perfect Strangers" album with favourites from the early seventies culminating in the brilliant "Smoke On The Water" finale. -------------------- Monday 25 January 2021. Hard to believe that "punk poet" JOHN COOPER CLARKE is 72 today. ----------- Check out this great show I went to - WHITESNAKE Hammersmith Apollo in 2004....1 hour 43 mins. Full pro-shot DVD quality - type in Google/YouTube - Whitesnake - Live In The Still Of The Night 2004. Reminds me of that great live gig atmosphere we have badly missed for nearly a year now. I have seen Whitesnake live around 25 times since 1978. This is my review of the after-party i attended for that show.... 20 October 2004 Whitesnake + Quireboys , Hammersmith Apollo ,London. Aftershow at the venue for around 150 people in the balcony bar. . No free booze but a great atmosphere for 90 mins or so. David Coverdale showed his face for a few mins along with Jimmy Page (Led Zep) and Brian Johnson(AC/DC). The remaining members of Whitesnake and Quireboys all stayed until the end which was more down to all the pretty woman showing an interest in hanging out with them me thinks. These included The Suns Top Page 3 Girl Zoe and a couple of her model mates who all had a sherbet too many .Also here was Luke Morley from Thunder and rock n roll photographer Ross Halfin . A couple of nice quotes were given .Me asking the drummer "Why He Does Not Bother With Gloves Like Some Rock Drummers Do?? Answer was " Gloves Are For Homosexuals " also Brian Johnson could not confirm whether the rumours of AC/DC playing Brixton Academy just before or after Christmas are true. Could be another Carling Live one off show?? All in all a proper rock n roll night really. --------------------- Tuesday 26 January 2021. ITV4 9pm - The Blues Brothers (1980 film) .... also repeated on Thursday evening. ----------- Great scenes from an outdoor "normal " concert in New Zealand, that was held on Saturday. 20,000 concert goers without social distancing due to the strict previous NZ lockdown.