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Wednesday 02 June 2021

Wednesday 02 June 2021. Happy Birthday to CHARLIE WATTS who is 80 today. --------- Happy Birthday to TONY HADLEY who is 61 today. ------------------ Thursday 03 June 2021. Happy Birthday to SUZI QUATRO who is 71 today. --------- Happy Birthday to IAN HUNTER who is 82 today, yes 82. I have seen him on stage over 20 times since 1973. Mott The Hoople + Queen at Hammersmith Odeon - Dec 1973. My first of over 2000 shows i have seen at that venue. All of their great TOTP appearances in 1972 and 1973 got me hooked for life. 1975 - Hunter Ronson Band at Hammersmith Odeon. 1979 - Hunter Ronson Band at Hammersmith Odeon. 1989 - Hunter Ronson Band at The Dominion Theatre. 1994 - Mick Ronson Tribute Show at Hammersmith Apollo....with many special guests. At least once on every solo tour since 1987. 2010 - all five Mott The Hoople reunion shows at Hammersmith Apollo. 2013 - Mott The Hoople at The 02 Arena. 2019 - both Mott The Hoople shows at Shepherds Bush Empire. ---------- Back in July 2010 I witnessed a very angry Ian Hunter when he joined Down n Outz when they supported ELP at The High Voltage Festival in Victoria Park, East London. Down n Outz feature Def Leppards Joe Elliot and members of the Quireboys playing their fave Mott The Hoople related tracks.First we get a neat 10 minute version of Elton Johns "Love Lies Bleeding".Then its tracks from the "My Re Generation" album inc "Overnight Angels","Shouting And Pointing","One Of The Boys","England Rocks" and "Rock n Roll Queen" then Ian Hunter joins them for "Once Bitten Twice Shy" and "Who Do You Love?".They are about to launch into "All The Young Dudes" when the stage manager says "no ,your 80 mins is up".Ian Hunter is furious and runs to the side of stage with his acoustic guitar above his head and is about to smash it over the stage manager when roadies and security intervene.A school boy error really as all stage times were prompt today and they were a support band and not the headline act so its their own fault for not keeping an eye on the clock.... See my Facebook page Thursday lunchtime for a photo of Ian with myself. ------------------ Thursday 03 June 2021....4pm to 4.30pm.... JAMES BARNOR - ACCRA/LONDON : A RETROSPECTIVE - at The Serpentine Gallery, London W2. This is a show of warmth and character, like the photographer himself, James Barnor. Born in Accra, Ghana, the 92 year old photographer has captured the beauty and excitement of changes in Ghana during itís independence from the British in 1957 and then recorded 1960s London. His portraits are exquisite. Several front covers for Drum magazine were captured in West London, there are some great images of sixties fashion, cars, people. In the late 1970s Barnor returned to Ghana and worked there as a government photographer and then portraitist for 20 years. Includes photographs from a session he had with Muhammed Ali. Doubt many people had a camera in Ghana, back in the 1950s. From 19th May - 24th October, Serpentine North Gallery, closed on Mondays. Free admission but they prefer to pre-book your time before 21 June, due to covid restrictions. ----------- 6pm to 8pm. JR : CHRONICLES - private view - Saatchi Gallery, Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW3. Whenever I come to this huge gallery space I always think of when I attended that great opening night for The Rolling Stones exhibition in 2016 when all the band turned up. There was over 800 there that night, but tonight is more like 200 due to covid restrictions. JR was here at lunchtime for the press view , but did not see him this evening. This was the largest solo museum exhibition to date of the internationally recognised French artist JR, featuring some of his most iconic projects from the past fifteen years. Curated by Sharon Matt Atkins and Drew Sawyer from the Brooklyn Museum, JR: Chronicles traces JR's career from his early documentation of graffiti artists as a teenager in Paris to his large-scale architectural interventions in cities worldwide and recent digitally collaged murals that create collective portraits of diverse communities. Born in 1983, JR is pretty much like a French Banksy. The exhibition is over nine rooms including a room showing his short films and speeches. He has been involved in some incredible projects around the world. He covered rooftops in a Kenyan slum with weather protected vinyl images of his art. He went into the slums of Brazil , and managed to put his images all over the area. He refuses to work with any sponsors. All guests got a goodie bag on departure. www.saatchigallery.com Visit their website here for more info, and to buy tickets....£9 during the week and £12 at weekends.