News and Reviews: October 19, 2018

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I went to an incredible 178 live music events & gigs in 2017.
This makes the grand total of 6731 gigs seen by me since 1973.
Best gig of 2017 for me was...
I am a bit biased but KISS at The 02 Arena on 31 May 2017 was the perfect live music day.
First i was one of just 100 guests at 5pm to see the band play a 30 mins semi-acoustic set without make-up
in the backstage area of The 02 Arena and later on it was the full bells & whistles of their superb stage show.
See upcoming news page link above for my Top 20 gigs of 2017.
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. for it on google under Ray Morrissey Time Out.
Sat 20 Oct , Sun 21 Oct---Jeff Lynne's ELO play The 02 Arena.
These are the 3rd and 4th shows they are playing at this venue.
Jeff & ELO back for another massive UK tour.
Jeff & ELO have had 27 Top 40 hits in the UK including one number one.
Jeff's comeback album 'Alone in the Universe' from Nov 2015 has been certified as platinum
with over 300,000 sales in the UK.
He will be backed by a 12-piece band – including a three-piece string section and two backing singers.
Support comes from Billy Lockett.
The Northampton-born singer-songwriter burst onto the scene in 2016 with his debut EP Burn It Down, which was championed by BBC Introducing and went on to amass an impressive 1.6million streams on Spotify.
Billy Lockett on a UK tour in 2019 that features a headline show at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Thurs 18 Oct---Echo & The Bunnymen play The Palladium.
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.
Fri 19 Oct---Saxon play The Roundhouse....with support from FM.
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.
Sat 20 Oct---Football---Reading play Millwall at 3pm.
Sun 21 Oct---NFL American Football is at Wembley Stadium...2.30pm start...
Wembley Stadium will host NFL fixtures under the arch for the twelfth successive year.
Tennessee Titans taking on the LA Chargers.
Sun 21 Oct and Mon 22 Oct---American comedy legends Dave Chappelle and Jon Stewart are joining forces
to bring to The Royal Albert Hall two nights of comedy gold from the other side of the pond.
I bought all four albums when they came out 40 years ago.
The four solo albums released by Kiss members in 1978 are to be reissued in a limited edition box set.
There will be only 300 bundles made available worldwide, with each set containing the albums recorded by original Kiss members Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss on 180g coloured vinyl – and it’s being launched to mark the 40th anniversary of their original release.
The Solo Album Collection will arrive on October 15, with pre-orders now being taken exclusively through the band’s website.
Tues 23 Oct---Duane Eddy plays The Palladium to celebrate his 80th birthday year.
Duane has become the most successful instrumentalist in rock history, charting 15 Top 40 singles from 1958 through 1963 and selling more than 100 million records worldwide. He has won a Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental and a Lifetime Achievement Award for Instrumentalist from The Americana Music Association. Duane was inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 and The Musicians Hall of Fame in 2008.
U2 return in Sept/Oct/Nov for a European Arena Tour.
Fri 19 Oct and Sat 20 Oct---Manchester Arena
Tues 23 Oct and Wed 24 Oct---02 Arena, London
I have seen U2 over 20 times since I saw them supporting Talking Heads in 1980 at Hammersmith Odeon.
This week Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody is released – with Rami Malek’s turn as iconic frontman Freddie Mercury.
Fri 26 Oct---David Sinclair Four play The Crawdaddy Club - (Richmond Athletic Ground)
Twickenham Road
London TW9 2SF
Tickets: £10 adv (+£1 booking fee) at:
DS4 live dates
October 23 Boom Boom Club, Sutton [with Warner E. Hodges]
October 26 Crawdaddy, Richmond
November 3/4 Polyfest, Camden [Poly Styrene annual memorial event]
November 23 Odiham Cricket Club, Hook, Hampshire
November 30 Dublin Castle, Camden
Thurs 25 Oct---Level 42 play The Royal Albert Hall...with support from The Blow Monkeys...
Level 42 are playing their annual UK tour.
I have seen Level 42 around 30 times as they were regulars when I worked front stage security at
Hammersmith Odeon in the 1980s/early 1990s.
In Dec 1990 i was at 12 of their 15 shows there...yes a 15 night stint...they were massive back then.
Level 42 have sold over 30 million albums worldwide.
Lara Smiles new track Zombie is out and available for download in the run-up to Halloween, with a release party at The Shacklewell Arms on October 27. The track is released via Wonky Pop Records and was produced by Smiles and mixed by Jamie Grashion (Black Grape, The Orb, Killing Joke)
BluesFest is at the 02 Arena.
Thurs 25 Oct---John Fogerty + Steve Miller Band
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 in London.
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.
Fri 26 Oct---Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters + Van Morrison
Robert Plants first London show since he turned 70 on 20 August 2018.
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.
Sat 27 Oct---Zac Brown Band + Beth Hart
Sun 28 Oct---Counting Crows + Alison Krauss
Sat 27 Oct---Tom Robinson Band play Shepherds Bush Empire.
TRB play 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 Band around 20 times since 1977.
Icelandic multi-instrumentalist Olafur Arnalds is playing a UK tour in October to promote his new 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, which is just stunning.
Sat 27 Oct and Sun 28 Oct---Black Eyed Peas play Hammersmith Apollo.
Mon 29 Oct---Spurs play Man City at Wembley Stadium.
Mon 29 Oct---David Byrne plays The 02 Arena.
Earlier shows this year received more than fifteen 5 star reviews from the UK's press.
Mon 29 Oct---Spandau Ballet play Hammersmith Apollo.
After a debut club show, this is the first major UK show with their new singer.
New singer Ross William Wild replaces Tony Hadley who is focusing on his solo career.
First time ever that Spandau Ballet have played this venue in their 35 year plus career.
Before this London show they will play warm up gigs in Italy and Holland.
Tues 30 Oct---Alt-J play the second of two shows at The Royal Albert Hall.
The alt-J performances at London’s Royal Albert Hall, Oct. 29-30, will be the first two shows on UK soil utilizing L-Acoustic’s L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology.
The band promised that the audience at the two sold-out concerts would be enveloped in sound, thanks to a technology that creates "a more multidimensional and natural experience, and a sense of intimacy, connecting artist and audience," according to its manufacturer.
ONIMA restaurant & bar opens at 1-3 Avery Row, Mayfair, London W1.
Another highly anticipated opening in Central London.
Mon 02 April onwards---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.
www.batoutofhellmusical.comVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
It is a good time to see musicals and plays as special offer tickets are on at some theatres...
School of Rock ,Dream Girls, Young Frankenstein and others.
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.
TINA - THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL opens at London's Aldwych Theatre is on until Feb 2019.
The hotly anticipated musical based on the life & songs of music legend Tina Turner.
Opening press night on 17 April got loads of great four and five star reviews.
Tina Turner and Rod Stewart turned up on the opening night.
www.tinathemusical.comVisit the website here for more info and to buy tickets
U2 finish off their European tour with four hometown shows in Dublin.
Mon 05 Nov, Tues 06 Nov, Fri 09 Nov, Sat 10 Nov
Fri 02 Nov---Richard Ashcroft plays The Forum.
Richard Ashcroft was the singer with The Verve , who were massive in the late 1990s.
'Urban Hymns' was the third studio album by English alternative rock band The Verve, released on 29 September 1997 on Hut Records. It 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.
Richard Ashcroft plays another full UK tour in 2019 which includes London Olympia on Sat 04 May.
Fri 02 Nov---Sham 69 play Sub 89, Reading...featuring three original members...
Fri 02 Nov and Sat 03 Nov---King Crimson play The Palladium.
Sat 03 Nov---Slayer play Wembley Arena....Slayer are on a 2018/2019 Farewell Tour...
Sat 03 Nov---Pixies play the last of five nights at The Roundhouse.
Sun 04 Nov---Michael Bolton plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Sun 04 Nov and Mon 05 Nov---Hawkwind play The Palladium.
Thurs 08 Nov and Fri 09 Nov---Rick Astley plays Hammersmith Apollo.
Sat 10 Nov--GUN CONTROL play The Rocket Pub, Chuchfield Road, Acton, London W3.
SAVE THE DATE - 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...
It will be a free gig with our fee being donated to Acton Homeless.
Acton Homeless with be there with a collection box 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.
More info nearer the date.
Fri 09 Nov, Sun 11 Nov, Mon 12 Nov ---Greta Van Fleet play The Forum.
Rising stars play three London shows on their European Tour.
Their highly-anticipated debut album, Anthem Of The Peaceful Army,will be released on October 19.
Mon 12 Nov---MC5 + Michael Monroe play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Tues 13 Nov---Swing Out Sister play Islington Assembly Hall.
Swing Out Sister return to London for their first concert in six years to co-incide with the release of their
new album 'Almost Persuaded'.
Wed 14 Nov and Thurs 15 Nov---Interpol play The Royal Albert Hall.
Sat 17 Nov--Killing Joke play The Roundhouse.
Sun 18 Nov---Football at Wembley Stadium 2pm kick off.
England will conclude their UEFA Nations League campaign with a home clash against Croatia.
Sun 18 Nov---Gary Numan plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
Mon 19 Nov---Gary Numan plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Tues 20 Nov and Wed 21 Nov---Christine & The Queens play Hammersmith Apollo.
The Stylistics are playing a 50th anniversary UK tour.
The Stylistics are one of the most iconic groups in soul history.
The group still features two of the original members (Herbert Murrell and Airrion Love).
Their album 'The Best of The Stylistics ' was the top selling album in the UK in 1975.
Tues 20 Nov---The Swan Theatre, High Wycombe
Fri 30 Nov---Indigo @ The 02 Arena Complex
Thurs 22 Nov---Roger Taylor's Queen Extravaganza play Hammersmith Apollo.
Wed 21 Nov and Thurs 22 Nov---Florence + The Machine play The 02 Arena.
Fri 23 Nov---The Damned play Shepherds Bush Empire...with support from Johnny Moped.
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...
Sat 24 Nov---From The Jam play Shepherds Bush Empire.
From The Jam feature the original bass player from The Jam - Bruce Foxton.
'All Mod Cons' album 40th anniversary UK tour...with support from Nine Below Zero.
Tues 27 Nov---Billy Ocean plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Thurs 29 Nov---Starsailor play Shepherds Bush Empire.
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.
South London's much celebrated underground music scene comes together to create a min-album of original Christmas songs, 'It's Brixmaaaaas', to raise cash for Brixton's Soup Kitchen....six tracks on the mini-album...
'It's Brixmaaaaas' features contributions from Black Midi & Jerskin Fendrix, Ham Legion, Bad Parents, Scud FM, Alessi's Ark and Hot Sauce Pony and is released on the Brixton Hillbilly label on December 3.
Def Leppard & Cheap Trick are playing a UK arena tour which includes two London shows.
Thurs 06 Dec---The 02 Arena
Tues 18 Dec---Wembley Arena
Wed 19 Dec and Thurs 20 Dec---Wolf Alice play Brixton Academy.
Wolf Alice won The Mercury Prize with their second album in Sept 2018.
FREE ENTRY GIG - Monkish, Mouth to Mouth, The Vulz, We Punch Tigers
Friday, December 21, 2018 at 7:30pm
The Beehive - Bow in Bow, Newham, London.
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Thursday 18 October 2018...I went to three events tonight...
6.15pm to 7.15pm
BAILEY'S PERU - book launch party & exhibition - 4 to 10 Lexington Street, London W1.
Very well known photographer David Bailey is hosting a book launch & exhibition.
David Bailey now aged 80, was here with his wife.
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 gallery space with only 50 or 60 guests here.
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
Also here were Fearne Cotton and Mike Pickering
Pickering now works as A&R within the Columbia label of Sony BMG where he A&Rs Kasabian and others.
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.
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.
Check back soon for full review.