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Thursday 04 March 2021.

Thursday 04 March 2021. It was two years ago today, that KEITH FLINT from The Prodigy sadly passed away. Police were called to Flint's home in North End, near Great Dunmow, Essex, in response to concerns for his welfare.Flint was pronounced dead at the scene, and the police did not treat the death as suspicious. It was later confirmed at an inquest into his death he had died as a result of hanging. The Prodigy were a fantastic live act, who I saw live several times. -------------------- Friday 05 March 2021. SKY ARTS 9pm - Brian Johnson meets Joe Walsh. ---------- Will ALICE COOPER new album "Detriot Stories" go straight in at number one today? It ended up going in at number 4. The popularity of Queen continues as their "Greatest Hits" album is number 8 in the charts, despite it being released 40 years ago in 1981. "Greatest Hits " has spent over 900 weeks on the UK Albums Chart, and has been certified 22× platinum with sales of over 6 million copies, making it the best-selling album of all time in the UK. ---------- Released today - BLACK SABBATH release deluxe versions of their two albums with Ronnie James Dio. Black Sabbath launch deluxe versions of " Heaven And Hell " (1980) and " Mob Rules" (1981). Both the classic albums from the early 1980s will be packaged in double album format, vinyl and cd along with rare and unreleased material. I saw them eight times at Hammersmith Odeon during the touring for these two albums... Black Sabbath, Girlschool Hammersmith Odeon, London 07.05.1980 Black Sabbath, Girlschool Hammersmith Odeon, London 08.05.1980 Black Sabbath,A To Z Hammersmith Odeon , London 19.01.1981 Black Sabbath,A To Z Hammersmith Odeon , London 20.01.1981 Black Sabbath,More Hammersmith Odeon , London 31.12.1981 Black Sabbath,More Hammersmith Odeon , London 01.01.1982 Black Sabbath,More Hammersmith Odeon , London 02.01.1982 Black Sabbath,More Hammersmith Odeon , London 03.01.1982 -------------------- Saturday 06 March 2021. Happy Birthday to DAVID GILMOUR who is 75 today. David has EIGHT children - four each with both his wives. His last solo tour was the Rattle That Lock world tour in 2015/2016. He played 11 shows at The Royal Albert Hall - 5 + 1 + 5 For the show on 24 April 2016 I was front row centre in the arena, just a few feet from the stage. ----------- SKY ARTS are having a punk evening from 9pm- four programmes. Poly Styrene - documentary premiere. I saw her fronting X-Ray Spex three times in the late 1970s. X-Ray Spex Marquee Club, London 30.12.1977 (free entry) Tom Robinson Band,Steel Pulse,The Clash,X-Ray Spex Victoria Park, London 30.04.1978 X-Ray Spex,Sore Throat Hammersmith Odeon, London 27.11 1978 ----------- White Riot - documentary on Rock Against Racism featuring The Clash. I attended the major event for Rock Against Racism. Tom Robinson Band + Steel Pulse + The Clash + X-Ray Spex , Victoria Park, London 30.04.1978 Tom was a spokesperson for the movement , so TRB ended being the last band on at this free gig. ----------- The Sex Pistols - There'll always be an England. It is a live concert film by Julien Temple of the Sex Pistols' November 2007 Brixton Academy shows celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols. I was at all five of these Brixton shows - you can see me a couple of times in the superb crowd scenes. The full DVD is also up on YouTube. I have seen The Sex Pistols live 29 times. ----------- The Damned - Don't You Wish That We Were Dead documentary. I saw The Damned once in 1976 and 10 times in 1977 ,along with many times since then. Nick Mason produced their second album in 1977. ----------- Very sad news that the bands manager in This Is Spinal Tap has passed away. Tony Hendra ,who played band manager Ian Faith in the film This Is Spinal Tap, has died at the age of 79.Hendra’s window, Carla Meisner, confirmed his death to the New York Times. The actor had been battling ALS - also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease - since being diagnosed in 2019. He had many great lines in the classic 80s film , which spoofs the life of a rock band. I saw Spinal Tap actually play live shows...Royal Albert Hall in 1992 and Wembley Arena in 2009.