News and Reviews: June 25, 2019

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I went to an incredible 148 live music events & gigs in 2018.
This makes the grand total of 6880 gigs seen by me since 1973.
Check out my upcoming news page for my stand out Top dozen gigs of 2018 and previous years.
My interview with TIME OUT magazine in April 2018 is now online.
It features me talking about being the UKs number one gig over 6700 gigs seen...
Includes a mention of the 2000 plus shows i have been to at Hammersmith Odeon/Apollo since 1973,
along with a photo of me outside the venue.
Mentions some Sex Pistols stories and other bits and pieces.
Search for it on google under Ray Morrissey Time Out.
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A tale of drunken debauchery, drug-fueled parties, and groupies. It can only be another biopic about an insane rock band. Arguably the most notorious of them all, Motley Crue’s biopic "The Dirt" is on Netflix.
Fri 24 May---Elton John bio-pic Rocketman is in UK cinemas from today.
Actor Taron Egerton has revealed his portrayal of Sir Elton John in musical biopic Rocketman will show the star at his worst - with the singer's blessing.
Egerton said Sir Elton had been "open and candid" with film-makers about his 1980s drug addiction, setting the film apart from other authorised biopics.
The film has recieved loads of great five star and four star reviews in the press.
Tues 25 June---drinks event up The West End.
Tues 25 June---The Beach Boys play the second of two shows at The Royal Albert Hall.
Wed 26 June and Thurs 27 June---THE STRAY CATS play Hammersmith Apollo.
Brian Setzer (guitar, vocals), Lee Rocker (bass, vocals) and Slim Jim Phantom (drums, vocals)--original founding members of the iconic and acclaimed American rock and roll trio--are celebrating
their 40th anniversary in 2019 with a new album and a European Tour featuring four UK shows.
I was at their last London show which was in 2008 at The Brixton Academy.
I saw them four times in 1980/1981 when their classic debut album came out.
I saw them play Hammersmith Odeon in 1989 when Lemmy and Robert Plant came on for the encore.
The STRAY CATS have titled the album 40. Marking their first new album in 26 years, it will be released May 24 via Surfdog Records and distributed by Mascot Label Group in Europe and the UK. The song titles alone — including “Cat Fight (Over A Dog Like Me),” “Rock It Off,” “Mean Pickin’ Mama,” and “Devil Train” — are typical Stray Cats.
The Living End will perform in London as special guests of Stray Cats in June.
The Living End are a rockabilly / punk band from Australia.
I saw them in 1999 supporting Red Hot Chili Peppers at The Reading Festival.
Thurs 27 June---Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Lukas Nelson is the 30 year old son of country music legend Willie Nelson.
The band were Bradley Coopers backing band in the film "A Star is Born" and Lukas co-wrote and produced
nine tracks on the platinum-selling soundtrack.
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, sometimes referred to as POTR, is an American country rock group.
Since 2015, Promise of the Real have been Canadian musician Neil Young's regular backing band. The band has recorded two studio albums with Young, The Monsanto Years (2015) and The Visitor (2017), a soundtrack album, Paradox (2018), and a live album, Earth (2016).
They will perform with Neil Young at his huge Hyde Park show with Bob Dylan on 12 July.
They are promoting their new album "Turn Off the News (Build a Garden)".
After this show they will be playing at Glastonbury Festival the following day.
Fri 28 June- Sun 30 June---The most famous music festival in the world takes place this week in Glastonbury.
The full Glastonbury 2019 line-up featuring over 2,800 performances across 79 stages at this year’s Festival (and there are still a few more stages to come). Yes ,there will be more than 80 stages there...Incredible.
The main stages are where you’ll find the really big guns, be they headliners Stormzy, The Cure, and The Killers, 2019 legends slot holder Kylie, unpredictable pop star Miley Cyrus, or the always mad fer it Liam Gallagher, who will all be on hand to entertain the Pyramid Stage crowds.
I went to it three times in the 1990s but it's hard work as you get older with all the camping, toilets, standing etc.
I can see all the bands indoors in London.
Lots of tv coverage on BBC2 and BBC4.
Following the launch of the official Glastonbury Festival app earlier this month, EE – the technology partner to the festival - has today added a brand new feature for 2019.
The exciting new feature will allow app users to generate their very own personalised digital poster of all the artists they plan to catch over the Festival weekend.
Fri 28 June and Sat 29 June---Tony Bennett plays The Royal Albert Hall.
American crooner is still performing at the grand old age of 92...yes 92.
Fri 28 June---Kylie Minogue will release an album of greatest hits titled ‘Step Back In Time’ - via BMG Records.
It features 42 of Kylie's signature songs, including her seven UK Number 1s.
Sat 29 June---Lynyrd Skynyrd + Status Quo play Wembley Arena.
I have seen them play live around 15 times including five times during their heyday period 1975 to 1977.
Guitarist Gary Rossington is the sole constant member from their 1970s era.
A plane crash and illness have claimed the lives of many band members over the years.
Earlier this year Southern Rock icons, Lynyrd Skynyrd, announced that, after a career that has spanned more than 40 years and includes a catalogue of more than 60 albums with more than 30 million units sold, they would embark on their Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour.
Sat 29 June and Sun 30 June---Pink plays Wembley Stadium.
With support acts - Vance Joy, KidCutUp, Bang Bang Romeo.
Expect to see Pink on a trapeze and flying through the air on a zip-wire.
A modern pop icon, since the release of her debut record Can’t Take Me Home in 2000, P!nk has released seven studio albums with combined total sales of over 57 million units. P!nk has nineteen top-ten UK official singles under her belt including tracks such as Get the Party Started, Just Like a Pill, So What and Just Give Me a Reason.
P!nk’s seventh and most recent studio album Beautiful Trauma was released in October 2017 and peaked at No.1 on both the UK and US Official Albums Charts. The album, which features the singles Beautiful Trauma and What About Us, has since gone platinum on both sides of the pond and Rolling Stone named the record one of their 20 Best Pop Albums Of 2017.
Sun 30 June---B52s play Hammersmith Apollo...farewell re-union UK tour...
I have seen them several tines including their debut London show at The Electric Ballroom in 1979.
The band had many hits, including "Rock Lobster", "Planet Claire", "Private Idaho", "Love Shack", and "Roam".
Mon 01 July---Average White Band play The Royal Albert Hall.
Mon 01 July---Jeff Goldblum plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
Famed actor and musician, Jeff Goldblum, returns to London with his band, The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, for a night of loose, charming and unpredictable jazz music, following the release of his debut album, The Capital Studio Sessions.
This show has no support as Jeff will play two sets.
Tues 02 July---Janelle Monae plays Wembley Arena.
Janelle plays her first UK arena show a couple of days after playing Glastonbury Festival.
Her third album "Dirty Computer" cracked the Top 10 in both the UK and North America.
Fri 05 July---JC Carroll (The Members) plays The George & Dragon Pub, Acton High Street.
JC is joined by Only Ones legend John Perry, West London hero's The Satellites and the Holy Faction in a night of musical only £5.
Fri 05 July---Celine Dion + Josh Groban play Hyde Park.
Fri 05 July---Joy Division’s legendary bassist Peter Hook is set to revisit the band’s post punk repertoire with Manchester Camerata for a special date at the Royal Albert Hall to celebrate the 40th anniverasry of their classic debut album
"Unknown Pleasures" which I bought in its first week of release.
Week commencing 22 June 2019 gives Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures a Top 40 placing for for the very first time – the album's previous peak was Number 71 in 1980 following the death of lead singer Ian Curtis, but today it goes straight in at Number 5.
I was lucky enough to have seen Joy Division five times during 1979/1980 before Ian Curtis suicide.
Sat 06 July---The Who play Wembley Stadium with special guests Eddie Vedder,Kaiser Chiefs, Imelda May.
The Who will be joined by a symphonic orchestra.
This is their only show in Europe between their two North American tour legs.
Roger Daltrey was 75 on 01 March 2019.
Sat 06 July---Rammstein play Milton Keynes Stadium...only UK show on their European Tour.
Sat 06 July---Stevie Wonder + Lionel Richie play Hyde Park.
Stevie Wonder is playing just two shows up in Europe - this one and Dublin on 09 July.
A big decision for gig-goers on Sat 06 July as three major gigs on that day.
Sun 07 July---The eighth Women’s World Cup Final is held in Paris.
Sun 07 July---Barbra Streisand plays Hyde Park , along with main support Bryan Ferry.
Don't think Barbra Streisand or Bob Dylan are really suited to play a big open air park gig like this.
Barbra is a bit greedy like The Stones and Madonna as Diamond Circle tickets for this gig are £400.
Sun 07 July---Gilberto Gil plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
KISS 'End of the Road' final World Tour hits Europe in the summer.
KISS start their farewell European Tour in Germany on 27 May and arrive in the UK in July.
KISS vocalist and guitarist Paul Stanley said: “This is going to be our last tour. It will be the most explosive,
biggest show we have ever put on".
09 Jul 2019 Birmingham Birmingham Arena
11 Jul 2019 London O2 Arena
12 Jul 2019 Manchester Manchester Arena
14 Jul 2019 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
16 Jul 2019 Glasgow SSE Hydro Arena
This very nice KISS item is released as a multi-coloured double vinyl album on 29 March 2019.
KISSWORLD brings together 20 of their best-loved tracks together on one album. Iconic fan faves such as “I Was Made For Lovin’ You”, “Rock And Roll All Nite” and “God Gave Rock ‘N’ Roll To You II” alongside top 10 U.S. chart hits “Beth” and “Detroit Rock City” on one huge collection.
KISS have always been my fave American rock band.
See my photos section where there is a picture of me with the band from a meet & greet in Madrid.
There are always special offers on for West End theatre shows so keep an eye out for them...
School of Rock has been extended to 20 October 2019.
Mamma Mia! The Musical is still packing them in.
From 21 Dec 2017 - Hamilton - this musical has finally opened to great reviews.
It is the hottest theatre ticket in town this year.
It is on at The Victoria Palace Theatre which has had a massive refurbishment.
I saw gigs here between 1975 to 1977 when it was called The New Victoria Theatre.
Bands i saw included Alex Harvey Band, Thin Lizzy, ELO, Lou Reed and others.
08 April 2018 - Hamilton won seven awards including Best New Musical at The Olivier Awards.
04 March 2019 update for Only Fools & Horses - The Musical at The Haymarket Theatre.
As expected it has been a huge success and the run has been extended to Feb 2020.
It has taken over £8 million at the box office and sold over 150,000 tickets so far.
April 2019 update - the pure quality of Michael Jackson songs will always live on.
The Michael Jackson musical Thriller Live is extending its West End run for another year despite the controversy over child sex abuse claims in the Leaving Neverland documentary.
The film, which featured interviews with two men who allege they were molested by Jackson as children, sparked a debate over the future treatment of the late singer’s music and this musical.
Now in its 11th year and one of the longest-running in West End history. The show is based on Jackson’s solo hits and songs recorded as part of the Jackson Five.
I have seen it three times, it is excellent.
Thurs 11 July---The Cure 40th anniversary show from Hyde Park 2018 is in selected cinemas today.
I was at The Cure warm up show for it at The Royal Festival Hall.
Fri 12 July---Bob Dylan and Neil Young will appear as co-headliners British Summer Time Hyde Park.
11 March 2019 update - this unique pairing of legends is now sold out...65,000 tickets sold...
I have seen Bob Dylan over 20 times since i saw him headline Earls Court Arena in 1978.
I have seen Neil Young over a dozen times since i saw him headline Hammersmith Odeon in 1976.
A month before this show Neil Young's long-time manager Elliot Roberts passed away.
Elliot Roberts, one of the most respected and liked managers of the rock era, has died at age 76.
Elliot Roberts had managed Neil Young since 1976. He was also Joni Mitchell’s manager until 1985.
Fri 12 July---ZZ Top + Jimmy Barnes play Wembley Arena...last night of ZZ Top European Tour...
I have seen ZZ Top a dozen times since 1980.
Sat 13 July---Florence & The Machine play Hyde Park.
Sun 14 July---40th anniversary screening of Quadrophenia with cast members at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Sun 14 July---Robbie Williams + Black Eyed Peas play Hyde Park.
Sun 14 July---F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone this afternoon.
Sat 20 July---FREE EVENT - noon to 6pm - Frith Street, Soho, London W1.
Ronnie Scott's 60th Anniversary Street Party: Pee Wee Ellis, Funk Assembly, Nubya Garcia,
Eliane & La Evolucion, Kinetica Bloco.
Sat 20 July---Marc Almond plays Hammersmith Apollo.
Sun 21 July---Slade + Sweet plus many more play Garon Park, Southend.
Sun 21 July---Nick Lowe plays The Ealing Blues Festival.
Nick Lowe plays songs from his 40 year career.
Nick Lowe’s Quality Rock & Roll Revue sees the producer, musician and songwriter perform tracks from his fourth EP, Tokyo Bay, as well as inviting instrumental act, Los Straitjackets along for a unique live show.
Tickets on the day only £7 before 3pm and just £10 after 3pm.
Sun 28 July---KD Lang plays Hammersmith Apollo.
Fri 02 Aug----Descendents + CJ Ramone play Shepherds Bush Empire
Sat 03 Aug---Allman Betts Band play Shepherds Bush Empire
Sat 10 Aug---Glen Matlock Band play 229 Great Portland Street, London W1.
Mon 12 Aug---Prophets Of Rage play Shepherds Bush Empire.
The band, which features members of Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill, are currently working on their second album, due for release in 2020.
They release a new single "Made With Hate" for their European Tour.
I have seen their very lively show a couple of times.
Gig date---Sun 09 June 2019---My band GUN CONTROL with me on drums played our most recent gig.
A video from our gig in Acton is now up on ---"Do I Need You?"
Search - Gun Control The Rocket Acton reunion 9/6/2019 Do I Need You
Released June 2019.
Madonna's 14th studio album, "Madame X," is her latest full-length album since 2015's "Rebel Heart."
Madonna plays FIFTEEN shows at The London Palladium in Jan/Feb 2020.

Tuesday 25 June 2019.
Time flies...
MICHAEL JACKSON died 10 years ago today.
I was lucky to have seen him perform live four times.

Monday 24 June 2019.
THE BEACH BOYS live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
The Beach Boys play the first of two shows at this iconic venue.
Still going after more than 50 years, the incarnation led by Mike Love (Beach Boys co-founder now aged 78)
and Brian Johnson returns to The Royal Albert Hall....I saw them here in 2015 and 2017....
I have seen The Beach Boys several times since 2001 including the re-union tour with Brian Wilson.
This included in 2003 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA when I was over there to see some Sex Pistols shows.
In 1966 , The Beach Boys were voted Best Group in the World by NME readers...beating The Beatles.
Yet another legendary band arrives in London...every June is a great month for big names playing London.
While the recent Wembley Stadium shows were great, indoor gigs are best for me as you don't have spend
half the show looking at the big screens.
THE BEACH BOYS were on stage for a lengthy 2 hours 35 mins over two sets of 70 mins and 85 mins.
They have a big screen showing classic Beach Boys footage from the 1960s and 1970s.
Mike Love and Brian Johnson are wearing their trademark baseball caps and casual clothes
that make them look like the old boys in the film "Cocoon".
Like Brian Wilson, they have a top notch band helping them out with the vocal harmonies.
Fourteen musicians on stage including a five man brass section.
Over 40 songs played in the lengthy show mixing the hits with lesser known material and a few covers.
Mike Love dedicated "Pisces Brothers" and "Here Comes The Sun" to George Harrison and showed
video footage of the time they spent together in India in 1968.
Also fab was a cover of Ramones "Rockaway Beach" that could easily be a Beach Boys song.
A great show.
Full Beach Boys setlist played tonight...
Set 1:
Do It Again
Surfin' Safari
California Sun (Joe Jones cover)
It's OK
Surfin' U.S.A.
Surfer Girl
Then I Kissed Her
Dance, Dance, Dance
Please Let Me Wonder
Kiss Me, Baby
Getcha Back
Why Do Fools Fall in Love (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers cover)
When I Grow Up (to Be a Man)
Good to My Baby
Do You Wanna Dance? (Bobby Freeman cover)
The Warmth of the Sun
Here Today
You Still Believe in Me
Caroline, No (Brian Wilson song)
Don't Worry Baby
Little Deuce Coupe
Little Honda
I Get Around
Set 2:
California Dreamin' (The Mamas & the Papas cover)
Sloop John B ([traditional] cover)
Wouldn't It Be Nice
I'm Waiting for the Day
California Girls
Their Hearts Were Full of Spring (The Four Freshmen cover)
Disney Girls
All This Is That
'Til I Die
God Only Knows
Pisces Brothers (Mike Love song)
Here Comes the Sun (The Beatles cover)
Sail On, Sailor
Cotton Fields (Lead Belly cover)
All Summer Long
Help Me, Rhonda
Rock and Roll Music (Chuck Berry cover)
Barbara Ann (The Regents cover)
Good Vibrations
Summertime Blues (Eddie Cochran cover)
Rockaway Beach (Ramones cover)
Fun, Fun, Fun

Monday 24 June 2019.
Glastonbury Festival stalwart Fatboy Slim has something unique on his packing list this year – hundreds of rolls of personalised toilet paper.
The musician, aka Norman Cook, will bring loo rolls with the slogan “Wipe Here, Wipe Now”, a reference to his 1998 hit Right Here, Right Now.
Each piece is either black with the words Fatboy Slim in yellow, or yellow with the phrase “Wipe Here, Wipe Now” printed in large black capital letters.
The “O” of the “NOW” is made up of the Smiley face and cross bones symbol used as the unofficial logo for the DJ, who has played at the Somerset site since 1996.

Sunday 23 June 2019.
THE EAGLES + SHERYL CROW play Wembley Stadium.
I have seen The Eagles a few times since 2001.
Hopefully Joe Walsh will play two or three classics from his solo career.
The Eagles were one of the most successful music acts of the 1970s. Their albums Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) and Hotel California rank first and third, respectively, among the best-selling albums in the United States, with 38 million and 26 million album units in sales.The Eagles are one of the world's best-selling bands, having sold more than 100 million albums.
Just like Fleetwood Mac at this venue it is a ridiculous £200 for Block A pitch seats at the front.
The Eagles ticket prices are £200, £130, £100, £85, £ booking fees.
Support act Sheryl Crow i have seen a few times with the first time in 1994.
The new Sheryl Crow song from her upcoming album Threads is a duet with Joe Walsh.
‘Still The Good Old Days’ was written by Crow and Walsh and contains that distinictive Joe Walsh guitar.
It is another night of pitch seating so a reduced 60,000 capacity.
Three or four empty blocks here but it is pretty much a full house, over 55,000 here.
Pretty amazing how all the Wembley Stadium shows this week have all had over 50,000 tickets sold.
SHERYL CROW arrived on stage at 6.30pm and played for 45 mins.
Sheryl Crow has use of the two big side screens.
Sheryl Crow still looks pretty amazing for her 57 years as she is in full rock chick mode
wearing a tight t-shirt and tight shiny trousers.
Sheryl could easily pass as an older Appleton (All Saints) sister.
Lots of very nice licks from her guitarist.
A great featuring all her best hit songs.
Full Sheryl Crow setlist played tonight...
A Change Would Do You Good
If It Makes You Happy
All I Wanna Do
My Favorite Mistake
The First Cut Is the Deepest (Cat Stevens cover)
Still the Good Old Days
Soak Up the Sun
Everyday Is a Winding Road
THE EAGLES arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played for 2 hours 30 mins.
The current line-up includes two new members.
Deacon Frey (son of Glenn Frey RIP) – vocals, rhythm and lead guitars (2017–present)
Vince Gill (American country singer) – vocals, rhythm and lead guitars (2017–present)
The Eagles have three big screens and lots of lights.
Pretty amazing how good the overall sound was considering its a big outdoor stadium show.
Joe Walsh speaking voice is still frazzled from too many drugs and booze back in the day but
his singing voice and guitar playing on his own songs is superb.
“It’s been quite a week of music here at Wembley – it’s ‘dinosaur week’,” joked Eagles frontman Don Henley.
The Eagles’ trademark multi-part harmonies sound ageless and heavenly.
Sooo many top notch songs of quality in their setlist including "Take It Easy", "One Of These Nights",
"Take it to the Limit", "In The City", "Life's Been Good", "The Boys of Summer" and for the last 45 mins
if fell dark for the light show to kick in for mega versions of "Life in the Fast Line", "Hotel California"
and "Rocky Mountain Way"....An excellent show...
Full setlist played by The Eagles tonight...
Seven Bridges Road (Steve Young cover)
Take It Easy
One of These Nights
Take It to the Limit
Tequila Sunrise
Witchy Woman
In the City (Joe Walsh song)
I Can't Tell You Why
New Kid in Town
Peaceful Easy Feeling
Love Will Keep Us Alive
Lyin' Eyes
Don't Let Our Love Start Slippin' Away (Vince Gill cover)
Those Shoes
Already Gone
Walk Away (James Gang cover)
Life's Been Good (Joe Walsh song)
The Boys of Summer (Don Henley song)
Heartache Tonight
Funk #49 (James Gang cover)
Life in the Fast Lane
Hotel California
Encore 2:
Rocky Mountain Way (Joe Walsh song)
Encore 3:
Best of My Love
The show was 44 years since the Eagles first played Wembley, back in the summer of 1975 when they supported Elton John and the Beach Boys.Joe Walsh was also on the bill.Tickets were £3.50. It was their fifth appearance overall.

Saturday 22 June 2019.
BILLY JOEL live at Wembley Stadium, London.
His only European show in between his American tour dates.
I saw him play Wembley Stadium in 2016.
Despite not recording any new material for over 20 years , Billy Joel has been a very popular live act over just the past decade, he’s grossed nearly $500 million and sold more than 4.2 million tickets, thanks mainly
to stadium shows back home in North America.
For the past few years he has played a show EVERY MONTH at Madison Square Garden.
When Billy Joel played Madison Square Garden’s stage on May 9, 2019, for his 70th birthday, not only would he be extending his historic arena residency to 64 shows but he will be furthering his record-setting 110 shows at the estimable venue while burnishing his legacy in the live space in a way unlikely to be replicated.
Billy Joel tickets are priced at £50 / £70 / £90 / £115 plus booking fees.
Like the last time he played Wembley there will be no support act for Billy Joel.
It is pitch seating tonight and there is a huge crowd of 55,000 here.
BILLY JOEL & his top notch band arrived on stage at 8.15pm and played for 2 hours 10 mins.
There were three big screens and Billy plays on a circular stage along with a piano that can revolve.
Not the most visual show as Billy is sat behind his piano for most of the show.
Billy may be a few years younger than Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood but looks older as his hair
has gone and he has a portly frame.
Billy Joel is pretty much an American version of Elton John as they both have a whole bunch of
piano based great songs from the past 50 years.
I saw them play a co-headline show around a decade ago.
“It’s nice to be back,” Billy said, “but I’ve got nothing new – just the same old shit!”
Early highlights included "My Life" and "She's Always a Woman".
A few songs i didn't really know but plenty of gems that the crowd sang along to.
The light show kicked in for the last 45 mins as it fell dark as he played a mega "Piano Man",
and superb encore including "We Didn't Start the Fire", "Uptown Girl" and
"It's Still Rock and Roll to Me".
A great show.
Full Billy Joel setlist played tonight...
A Matter of Trust
My Life
The Entertainer
The Downeaster Alexa
Say Goodbye to Hollywood
Don't Ask Me Why
She's Always a Woman
The Ballad of Billy the Kid
Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)
New York State of Mind
Rule Britannia (Virgil Thomson cover)
We'll Meet Again (four lines of)
I Go to Extremes
Sometimes a Fantasy
Only the Good Die Young
The River of Dreams (with a snippet of I Feel Fine)
Nessun dorma (Giacomo Puccini cover)(sung by his guitarist)
Scenes From an Italian Restaurant
Piano Man
We Didn't Start the Fire
Uptown Girl
It's Still Rock and Roll to Me
Big Shot
You May Be Right (with a snippet of Rock and Roll by Led Zeppelin )

Friday 21 June 2019.
BON JOVI + MANIC STREET PREACHERS live at Wembley Stadium, London.
A bit odd that The Manics are supporting a mainstream rock act like Bon Jovi?
Well I saw them supporting Bon Jovi in 1993 when The Manics second album came out.
I have seen Bon Jovi around 25 times since 1984 when they supported KISS.
I saw both their shows at Wembley Stadium in 2000.
These were the last ever events at the old Wembley Stadium before it was knocked down.
The This House Is Not For Sale tour – supporting Bon Jovi’s 14th studio album from 2016.
Bon Jovi have sold over 100 million albums worldwide in their career.
Their 1986 classic album "Slippery When Wet" has sold over 20 million copies worldwide.
Bon Jovi Seated tickets - £65, £75, £85, £95 and £125 plus booking fees.
Bon Jovi Pitch Standing tickets £75 & £125 (gold circle) plus booking fees.
Bon Jovi have not had a UK Top 20 hit single since 2006 and guitarist Richie Sambora has left but a
full page advert the day before said "Most tickets sold for a UK concert in 2019 - 80,000 sold out".
This was of course for one day sales as Spice Girls (three shows) and Fleetwood Mac (two shows)
actually sold more tickets at Wembley Stadium overall as they had multi-shows.
THE MANICS arrived on stage at 6.25pm and played for 50 mins.
The Manics have use of the two huge side screens.
Loads of classic gems in their great set including a Guns N Roses cover version.
Full Manics setlist played tonight...
Motorcycle Emptiness
You Stole The Sun From My Heart
International Blue
Your Love Alone Is Not Enough
The Everlasting
If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next
You Love Us
Sweet Child O' Mine (Guns N’ Roses cover)
No Surface All Feeling
A Design for Life
There is pitch standing including gold circle tonight but we are up in the seats.
The stadium looks amazing as it is totally full everywhere.
Imagine being in a band playing in front of this 80,000 adoring crowd?
The catchy singalong pop rock of Bon Jovi still attracts thousands of female fans.
BON JOVI arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 2 hours 20 mins.
They had three huge screens along with a T stage extension and loads of lights.
The middle screen changed from live footage to images to lights only..
"Raise Your Hands" and "You Give Love A Bad a Name" were early gems played.
Jon Bon Jovi may be greyer these spades but he still knows exactly how to work the crowd.
A few of the songs were a bit average but that gave the girls a chance to leave for the loos in droves.
The last 45 mins was superb when the lights fully kicked in and the stadium looked incredible.
Classics like "Lay Your Hands On Me" , "Bad Medicine " and "Livin' on a Prayer " were mega.
An excellent show.
Full Bon Jovi setlist played tonight...
This House Is Not for Sale
Raise Your Hands
You Give Love a Bad Name
Born To Be My Baby
Whole Lot of Leavin'
Lost Highway
We Weren't Born to Follow
Have a Nice Day
Keep the Faith
Bed of Roses
Blood on Blood
It's My Life
We Don't Run
Wanted Dead or Alive
Lay Your Hands on Me
Captain Crash & the Beauty Queen From Mars
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
Bad Medicine
Livin' on a Prayer

Thursday 20 June 2019.
METALLICA + GHOST + BOKASSA live at Twickenham Stadium.
Metallica are on a massive European tour of stadiums.
I have seen Metallica over a dozen times since 1986 when they headlined Hammersmith Odeon.
It is not sold out but there is a huge crowd of around 50,000 rock fans here tonight.
Thankfully it did not rain as i was in the Gold Circle looking at the stage right.
BOKASSA arrived on stage at 5.20pm for their 30 mins set.
Bokassa from Norway fuses punk rock/hardcore with stoner rock riffs!....a decent enough set...
GHOST arrived on stage at 6.20pm for their 60 mins set.
Metal band Ghost from Sweden have released four albums and their second album won a Grammy Award for
Best Hard Rock/Metal Album which has increased their popularity in Europe and North America.
They wear masks and their sax player wears a priests outfit...another decent enough set...
METALLICA arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 2 hours 30 mins.
A nice big stage with huge screens that can merge into one.
There are lasers, pyros and plenty of flames around the stadium and a walkway around the Snake Pit area
at the front was used well as the band members came out there often.
For a band with such a heavy crunching sound the pa quality was top notch.
After 38 years and various lineups they are obviously revelling in what singer James Hetfield calls
"the best job in the world” and adds "we know Metallica tickets are not cheap , so thanks for support and
your hard earned cash".
All the Metallica anthems are played and for the last 45 mins the light show fully kicked in.
Metallica ended their show with a nice firework display.
A great show.
Full Metallica setlist played tonight...
The Memory Remains (with extended outro)
Ride the Lightning
Harvester of Sorrow
The Unforgiven
Here Comes Revenge
Moth Into Flame
Sad but True
No Leaf Clover (followed by Kirk & Rob's solos incl. 'Killers', 'ManUNkind' & 'Orion')
Master of Puppets
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Creeping Death
Seek & Destroy
Lords of Summer
Nothing Else Matters
Enter Sandman (with 'The Frayed Ends of Sanity' outro)
At the end they threw out hundreds of guitar pics with the Metallica logo and date on but i did not
get one, but I did get a full Metallica pass sheet.
I saw Metallica's long time photographer here - Ross Halfin.
Also a funny sight in the Gold Circle was two guys in full top hat and tails who been to Ascot earlier.

Thursday 20 June 2019.
DAVID GILMORE'S guitar auction for charity in New York has reached staggering amounts of dosh.
His famous Black Strat guitar went for over 3 million quid.
Total funds raised at the auction totalled $21,490,750 (£16.9m).
I went to the London preview of the guitars a couple of months ago at Christies, London.

Wednesday 19 June 2019...7.30pm to 10.30pm...
VICTORIA & ALBERT SUMMER PARTY - Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7.
This was one of the BIG THREE summer social party events in London.
The others are The Royal Academy Summer Party (a fortnight ago) and
The Serpentine Gallery Summer Party (next week).
Over 800 guests are here and thankfully only slight drizzle for a bit as the event was mainly outside.
Lots of glam women in stunning outfits and club legend Philip Sallon was dressed as a tree.
Like previous years there were plenty of well known faces here.
Ex Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha were here for a bit.
Great to see Fleetwood Mac singer STEVIE NICKS here with music biz exec Jimmy Iovine.
Also here was Texas singer Sharleen Spiteri, Dame Joan Collins, Bianca Jagger (with a walking stick).
Gary Kemp (Spandau Ballet and Nick Mason Band ), Graham Norton, Jackie St Clair, Sol Campbell,
Andrew Lloyd Webber, Mary McCartney, Jemima Goldsmith, Basia Briggs, Kelly Hoppen,
Nicky Haslam, David Furnish, Fat Tony, Peter York,Erin O'Connor, Jenna Coleman,
Stephen Webster,Cressida Bonas, Clara Amfo, Arizona Muse, Maya Jama, Noomi Rapace, Krept & Konan,
Riz Ahmed and a few others.
We had a dj playing tunes in the background.
At 9.15pm up and coming singer JOY CROOKES performed a 30 mins set.
Joy Crookes seems an older soul than her 20 years. Tender but assured, the singer-songwriter’s soft, husky vocals meld sophisticated soulfulness with rich instrumentation; gentle guitars, punches of brass, glimmering piano and intriguing trip-hop percussion all find a home in her entrancing sound.
Complimentary Ruinart champers, two different cocktails, bowl food,canapés and desserts for all guests.
An excellent party.

Tuesday 18 June 2019.
FLEETWOOD MAC + THE PRETENDERS live at Wembley Stadium, London.
I am back to see Fleetwood Mac play the second of two massive shows at Wembley Stadium.
Even though it is a Tuesday there is a huge crowd of over 55,000 here tonight.
It was pouring with rain at 6pm but luckily for those on the pitch it never rained when the bands were on.
THE PRETENDERS swopped the setlist order a bit and Ali Campbell did not join Chrissie tonight on stage.
They added an extra song called "Thumbelina" near the end so 60 mins on stage tonight.
Chrissie dedicated a song to Paul McCartney as it was his birthday today and dedicated a track to
Ray Davies whose birthday it is next week.
FLEETWOOD MAC came on stage five mins later than on Sunday.
Fleetwood Mac have one of the most turbulent band histories in the music business.
Their acrimonious split with guitarist/ songwriter Lindsey Buckingham in 2018 after 43 years together
will soon be debated in the courts as Lindsey is suing the band.
There will always a few that say that the Lindsey Buckingham Fleetwood Mac was not as good as
the Peter Green line-up and the new line-up was not as good as the Lindsey Buckingham line-up.
Stevie Nicks got the most cheers as her weaving and spinning around the stage in her black couture drapery, below a chandelier went down well. Quite a few of the females here were wearing "Stevie type" lace dresses.
Stevie's voice is a lower register these days but she is certainly still bewitching.
The two new members did a great job but Lindsey Buckingham was more exciting to watch.
Mick Fleetwood's extended drum solo went on a bit too much
The encore of "Free Fallin'" with a photo montage of Tom Petty on the screens was mega.
Their set had sooooo many great songs that the crowd sang along to.
A downside of big outdoor shows in daylight is that the light show only fully kicks for the last
30/45 mins of the headline act when it gets darker.
Fleetwood Mac, still going strong after more than 50 years since their formation.