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News and Reviews: March 28, 2015
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Teenage Cancer Trust shows at The Royal Albert Hall this week...
Sat 28 March---Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds plus support Future Islands
Noel on a massive world tour to promote his second solo album 'Chasing Yesterday'.
On Sunday 08 March 2015 the album went straight to number one in the charts.
The set should include half a dozen Oasis tracks.
Noel has played eight Teenage Cancer Trust shows as a solo artist and with Oasis.
Sun 29 March---Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls plus support Idlewild.
Sun 29 March---Comedy Evening at The Theatre Royal,Windsor.
Headlining this comedy night is hilarious comic-ventriloquist PAUL ZERDIN,
ably supported by comedian/magician PETE FIRMAN and comedy writer/funnyman SIMON EVANS.
Mon 30 March---Happy Birthday to Eric Clapton who is 70 today.
Eric plays seven nights at The Royal Albert Hall in May.
Mon 30 March---Betty Lavette plays The Jazz Cafe.
Tues 31 March---Lionel Richie returns to The 02 Arena after playing there 01 March.
Last show on his 6 week long European arena tour and then he returns to play Glastonbury Festival.
Lionel has sold over 100 million records and has got loads of great solo tunes and Commodores hits.
Lionel is on a massive UK and mainland Europe arena tour.
I saw him in 1978 with The Commodores and he then left them in 1982 to become a massive solo star.
I saw The Commodores a few times without him in the 1980s and have seen him solo lots of times.
Wed 01 April---Trextasy play The Mercury Theatre,Colchester.
Wed 01 April---Rival Sons play The Roundhouse.
Wed 01 April---AWOLNATION play The Electric Ballroom.
AWOLNATION have a new single out titled 'Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)' and the
new album 'Run' is out on 16th March.
Sat 04 April---German rocker U.D.O. (ex Accept singer) plays The Academy,Islington.
The advert for this tour says Final UK Shows.
I saw Accept five times in the early 80s both as a support act and headline act.
Looks like the setlist will be mainly solo material with four Accept songs at the end.
Mon 06 April---Sharon Robinson plays The Bush Hall.
SHARON ROBINSON, for many years the musical partner and crucial member of the band of the great LEONARD COHEN, celebrates the release of her second solo album, Caffeine, with live shows in the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe,
Fri 10 April---System Of A Down play Wembley Arena.
SOAD play Wembley as part of their ‘Wake Up The Souls’ World Tour.
Just eight selected shows around the world ending up with a free show in Armenia for their first ever show there.
This show will be their first indoor show in the UK since 2005.
The group's big break arrived when their second album 'Toxicity' debuted at No. 1 on the
American and Canadian charts in 2001 and has since sold over 12 million copies worldwide.
There was plenty of controversy surrounding the album's hit single 'Chop Suey!'.The song was taken off the radio as it contained politically sensitive lyrics according to the 2001 Clear Channel memorandum at the time such as "(I don't think you) trust in my self-righteous suicide." Regardless, the video gained constant play on MTV as did the album's second single, 'Toxicity'.
Fri 10 April---Sheila E plays The Brooklyn Bowl at The 02 Arena complex.
Sat 11 April---Adam Ant plays Sub 89,Reading.
Mon 13 April---The Wombats play a sold out show at Brixton Academy.
The Wombats play the London date of their UK tour on the release day of their third album 'Glitterbug'.
Their second album 'This Modern Glitch' from 2011 was one of my fave albums of that year.
Mon 13 April---Sinead O'Connor plays The Barbican.
Wed 15 April and Thurs 16 April---Sting and Paul Simon play The 02 Arena.
The two iconic singer/songwriters will be performing a hit-laden set of over 30 of their best-known songs,
both together and apart.
Thurs 16 April---The Vulz play Surya,Kings Cross.
Sat 18 April---Record Store Day at various stores.
Sat 18 April---The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is held in America.
Paul McCartney will induct Ringo Starr into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The former Beatles musician has been confirmed as a presenter at this year’s ceremony, which takes place on April 18. He has been given the role of initiating his old bandmate Ringo into the prestigious museum in Cleveland, Ohio, but it’s not clear whether they’ll sing together.
Thurs 23 April---Lynyrd Skynyrd play Hammersmith Apollo.
Sun 26 April---Status Quo play Hammersmith Apollo...also Thurs 30 April Royal Albert Hall...acoustic shows..
Sun 26 April---Wilko Johnson plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
Thurs 30 April---Simple Minds play The Hexagon,Reading...capacity is 1200.
Simple Minds on a massive European and UK Tour from Feb to May.
Fri 01 May---Mike Peters plays The 100 Club.
Fri 01 May---Marc Almond plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
Thurs 07 May---UFO play The Forum.
Fri 08 May---Mike & The Mechanics + James Walsh play The Royal Albert Hall.
Thurs 14 May---The David Sinclair Four play The Borderline Club...tix £9 plus any booking fees...
The DS4 gig will launch the new album 4 at the Borderline on May 14.
The band will be playing the album in full with special guests.... Support is Morrissey & Marshall.
Thurs 06 Aug to Sun 09 Aug is the Rebellion Festival in Blackpool.
The Boomtown Rats,The Damned,The Buzzcocks,Sham 69,The Boys and The Gang Of Four
are headliners among the 100 plus bands playing the UKs biggest punk related festival.
See the link on the right for more info and to buy tickets.
Memphis --- The Musical has got loads of great five star and four star reviews.
Sunny Afternoon --- The musical based on the story of The Kinks is on on The Harold Pinter Theatre
Filled with classic hits including Waterloo Sunset, You Really Got Me, Dedicated Follower Of Fashion and Lola.
Opening at the end of Feb at The Aldwych Theatre---Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is a jukebox musical with a book by Douglas McGrath that tells the story of the early life and career of Carole King, using songs that she wrote, often together with Gerry Goffin, and other contemporary songs by Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Phil Spector and others.
The press night reviews got four stars from The Standard,Daily Mail and Independent and
three stars from The Telegraph and The Guardian.
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at The Victoria & Albert Museum,London...is now open until 02 Aug 2015.
The life and works of the iconic British fashion designer are explored in exhibition which has previously taken place at New York's Metropolitan Museum. Featuring over 100 pieces, from his postgraduate collection to his final catwalk show.
Savage Beauty has already sold 70,000 tickets two days before it opens to the public, beating the previous advance sales record of 67,000 set by the David Bowie Is blockbuster.
Guests at the vip gala dinner for it on Thursday 12 March included Kate Moss,Naomi Campbell and
David and Victoria Beckham.
Thursday 26 March 2015.
The Who + Wilko Johnson live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
A good thing about these Teenage Cancer Trust shows at this venue is that all the support bands
each night are name bands that you have heard of.
Tonight we have Wilko Johnson who plays a brisk 30 mins set of tunes including some Dr Feelgood gems.
Seven or eight tunes played including...
All Through the City (Dr. Feelgood song)
Roxette (Dr. Feelgood song)
Back in the Night (Dr. Feelgood song)
She Does It Right (Dr Feelgood song)
I saw Wilko a few times with Dr Feelgood in the 1970s.
He released an album with Roger Daltrey a year ago.
Wilko is a national treasure after surviving his terminal cancer.
The big screen is showing live footage of Wilko.
He still looks great on stage coupling jerky movements on stage (his so-called "duck walk") with a
choppy guitar playing style by not using a pick but instead relying on fingerstyle.
Roger Daltrey deserves a knighthood for his work for The Teenage Cancer Trust over the past 15 years.
The Who have played many Teenage Cancer Trust shows and their last show with John Entwistle
before his sad death was here at this venue in 2002...I was at that show.
The Who are on stage for a fantastic 2 hours which was 5 mins/1 song less than Sundays show at The 02 Arena.
It is a full house and even the choir area behind the stage is sold.
The big screen is showing the recorded images that they used at The 02 Arena on Sunday but they only
show live footage of tonight's show on one or two songs.
Lots of great stage banter from Pete and Roger as they niggle each other a couple of times.
Loads of brilliant songs and Pete and his guitar are on top form and he performs a few windmills.
The last 30 mins was totally excellent.
Another really great show from The Who.
Faces in the crowd tonight included Gem Archer and Pam Hogg.
Full setlist played by The Who tonight...
I Can't Explain
Who Are You
The Kids Are Alright
I Can See for Miles
Pictures of Lily
Behind Blue Eyes
You Better You Bet
Love, Reign O'er Me
A Quick One (While He's Away)
See Me, Feel Me
Listening to You
Won't Get Fooled Again
Wednesday 25 March 2015...6.30pm to 11.45pm...
5cc bar launch ,the basement of The Singer Tavern,1 City Road,London EC1.
Yet another basement bar opens.
This one is located between Moorgate and Old Street roundabout.
This is their 5th bar in the London area with the others being in Farringdon,Bethnal Green,
Hoxton and Exmouth Market.
It is lively and buzzing here with a dj playing great tunes from the 1960s,1970s,1980s.
Complimentary presecco,a choice of five different cocktails and canapés for all guests.
Great staff making sure the drinks kept flowing.
We were here over FIVE hours as it was still rockin after 11pm.
An enjoyable place to visit.
The name of London’s 5cc bars may be inspired by a measure used in medical science – equivalent to 5ml – but, with new menus and new venues, they are trying to inject more fun into the drinks. “While we are about being as precise as a medicinal measure, we are not trying to be too serious or experimental,” explains 5cc’s group bar manager.
Tuesday 24 March 2015.
Placebo live at Hammersmith Apollo,London.
Placebo play the first of two shows at this venue at the end of their UK tour.
It is a full house and we have a lively downstairs standing crowd full of hardcore fans down the front.
Lots of folks from mainland Europe countries are here.
Placebo have had six Top 10 albums and 15 Top 40 singles in the UK.
I have seen Placebo around a dozen times since 1997 when they supported The Prodigy.
Placebo had a major lineup change in Feb 2015 with drummer Steve Forrest departing the band.
Steve Forrest, who joined Placebo in 2008 and has toured with them over the last two album campaigns
'Battle For The Sun' and 'Loud Like Love',has decided to leave the band.
I saw Placebo play The Roundhouse recently in Sept 2014.
Placebo take the stage at 9.05pm and are on stage for 1 hour 45 mins.
They are basically a trio but there are six musicians on stage tonight.
There are big screens showing recorded images but not any live footage.
Placebo are as popular as ever even though they have stopped playing some of their early hits.
Singles that are gems from the 1990s including 'Teenage Angst','Nancy Boy','Pure Morning' and
'Bruise Pristine' are sadly not part of their set anymore.
There are still plenty of really good tunes including 'Every You Every Me', 'Special K','The Bitter End',
'Infra-Red' and their usual Kate Bush cover.
Their gender-twisted brand of dirty glam rock/indie/grunge has always appealed to me.
A really good show but I did miss some of those early tracks.
Full Placebo setlist played tonight...
For What It's Worth
Loud Like Love
Every You Every Me
Scene of the Crime
A Million Little Pieces
Rob the Bank
Too Many Friends
Song to Say Goodbye
The Bitter End
Begin the End
Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God) (Kate Bush cover)
Tuesday 24 March 2015
Beach Boys star Brian Wilson is to play The 02 Arena for the first time on 20 Sept 2015.
Already receiving praise for his upcoming No Pier Pressure album out on April 6, Brian will be bringing the sound of California to British shores for eight arena shows and will be bringing classic rockers America and
Scottish indie innovator Edwyn Collins with him.
Monday 23 March 2015.
Stereophonics + Gaz Coombes live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
This was the first of the seven nights for The Teenage Cancer Trust shows at this venue for this year.
Celebrating 15 years,I have seen at least two or three shows every year it has been on.
This show and a warm up in Bristol are Stereophonics first shows anywhere for over a year.
I have seen Stereophonics around a dozen times since 1999.
Producer Jim Lowe who has produced a few of their albums also produced Glen Matlock.
Gaz Coombes is on stage for around 40 mins.
Gaz was the singer in Supergrass before they split and has just released his second solo album.
In interviews he said he was not interested in playing any Supergrass songs in his solo shows.
Shame as a couple of their hits would have livened up a pretty average set.
Stereophonics are on stage for around 2 hours.
Lots of Oasis/Kasabian loving type blokes here drinking the bar dry and getting a bit rowdy.
It was pretty much a Stereophonics greatest hits set along with a couple of brand new songs.
They do plod a bit as most songs are at that same pace but folks are singing along loudly.
They used a string section.
As usual for these shows bands try to get a couple of special guests on stage.
Tonight we had Tom Jones on for 'Mama Told Me Not To Come' and their mate Ronnie Wood
came on for the encore to mess about on guitar for a couple of songs including 'Ooh La La'.
I must have seen Ronnie Wood join Stereophonics a few times now over the years.
They played their only number one single from 2005 'Dakota' at the end which was great.
A good steady reliable set from Stereophonics.
Full setlist played....
Local Boy in the Photograph
Graffiti on the Train
C'est La Vie (We Don't Belong Anywhere)
A Thousand Trees
Pick a Part That's New
I Wouldn't Believe Your Radio
Vegas Two Times
Mama Told Me Not to Come (with Tom Jones)
Don't Knock (Tom Jones cover)(with Tom Jones)
Song For The Summer
Have a Nice Day
I Wanna Get Lost With You
Violins and Tambourines
Been Caught Cheating
The Bartender and the Thief
Handbags and Gladrags (Chris Farlowe cover) (with Ronnie Wood)
Ooh La La (Faces cover) (with Ronnie Wood)
Sunday 22 March 2015...I went to two events today...
4pm to 6pm.
QPR 1 Everton 2
I met up with Sex Pistol Glen Matlock at this game.
QPR really needed a draw or win from this game but yet again it did not happen.
We played pretty good and hit the crossbar near the end but just not good enough.
We look set to be relegated unless we get a couple of wins soon.
The Who live at The 02 Arena,London.
Tonight was the first of two shows here at this venue on 'The Who Hits 50' World Tour.
They were the shows postponed from Dec 2014 due to Roger Daltrey's throat infection.
I have seen The Who around 30 times since 1975 when Keith Moon was in the band.
Keith Moon died 07 September 1978.
Faces spotted around the venue tonight before the band came on included
Paul Cook---Sex Pistols
John Inverdale---BBC tv sports presenter
Damon Hill---ex F1 racing car driver
The Who are on stage for 2 hours 5 mins and play a fantastic show.
I have a great seat on the arena floor 20 rows from the stage dead centre.
The venue is totally sold out with seats sold even in the restricted view areas.
We have three big screens with the middle screen showing images old and new.
Roger Daltrey is now aged 71 and Pete Townshend is now aged 69.
The band included Zak Starkey on drums.
The band were on top form and there were so many classic Who tracks played tonight.
There was lots of great stage banter from mainly Pete on stage tonight with Roger joining in a bit too.
These days they take their bows and do not play encores.
An excellent show from these rock legends.
Full setlist played tonight...
I Can't Explain
Who Are You
The Kids Are Alright
I Can See for Miles
Pictures of Lily
So Sad About Us
Behind Blue Eyes
Love, Reign O'er Me
A Quick One (While He's Away)
See Me, Feel Me
Listening to You
Won't Get Fooled Again
The Who headline Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park on Friday 26 June with
special guests Paul Weller, Kaiser Chiefs and Johnny Marr.
Will this show be their last ever UK show?
Saturday 21 March 2015...50 years ago today...
21 March 1965. The Who are playing at the Trade Union Hall, Watford tonight but before that Pete, John, Keith and Roger all go to the Hammersmith Odeon where the 1965 Tamla Motown Revue is playing. On the bill are the Supremes, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Little Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, and Martha and the Vandellas.
Saturday 21 March 2015.
Six Nations Rugby Megaclash---England play France at 5pm to 7pm..Live on BBC1.
Due to other results England needed to beat France by 26 points to win The Championship.
England 55 France 35.
What an amazing day of high scoring rugby.
England came up just short of the 26-point margin needed to win the Six Nations in an astonishing
victory over France at Twickenham.
The hosts led 27-15 with Ben Youngs crossing twice in a first half full of running and adventure.
However, tries from Maxime Mermoz, Vincent Debaty and Benjamin Kayser - along with James Haskell's
yellow card - checked England's momentum.
Jack Nowell's late try sparked hope but England fell six points short.
England finish second, behind Ireland on points difference.
It was a tense fantastic game to watch.
Friday 20 March 2015.
Gary Numan + Digits live at The Royal Festival Hall,London.
Tonights show was part of the week long Convergence Festival where live shows will take place at leading venues across London, including Royal Festival Hall, Village Underground and St John-at-Hackney Church.
I have seen Gary Numan around 25 times since 1980.
When i worked front stage security at Hammersmith Odeon in the 1980s Gary Numan would
pretty much play there every year on his UK tour.
The support act tonight Digits is Alt Altman, an electronic pop artist from Toronto who has
another synth player with him on stage tonight for a decent 40 mins set.
The Guardian calling his album a "near-classic of mournful electronica, a synth-pop album to stand alongside the Human League's Dare."
During the interval we get chants of "Numan,Numan,Numan" from Gary's very loyal fans.
Gary and his band take to the stage dead on 9pm for a 90 mins set.
It is fascinating how Numan’s music has changed – having influenced Nine Inch Nails, which then in return influenced him in the late 1990s when he returned to another artistic peak with his heavy industrial/dance style. From being an advocate of ‘machine rock’ in the 1980s which he declared as the future of music, writing aloof, cryptical lyrics over lifeless synth-sounds and drum machines.
On stage Numan headbanged, smiled widely between songs – in contrast to his poker- and pale-faced, strict-looking ‘man-machine’ alter ego in the 1980s – while continuing the tradition of lascivious dancing he had started then, just much more frenetically now.
The usual barrage of flashing lights and strobes were relentless as usual.
The set still includes a few oldies that have been updated to match his new heavy industrial sound.
Gary waits until the encore to say a few words to the crowd who have been standing from the very start.
I still prefer the older stuff including 'Down in the Park','Cars',the ever perfect number one hit from 1979
'Are Friends Electric?' and 'I Die: You Die'.
Some of the recent songs were so similar in terms of key, mood and pace that they failed to grab my full attention.
An enjoyable show overall.
Full setlist played tonight...
Everything Comes Down to This
Remind Me to Smile (First performance since 2009)
My Jesus (First performance since 2009)
Here in the Black
Bombers (First performance since 2012)
The Machman (First performance since 2008)
Dark (First performance since 2006)
Down in the Park
Prophecy (First performance since 2004)
I Am Dust
We're the Unforgiven
Love Hurt Bleed
My Shadow in Vain (First performance since 2011)
Are 'Friends' Electric?
Jo the Waiter
A Prayer for the Unborn
I Die: You Die
Thursday 19 March 2015...6.45pm to 2am...
The Boisdale Boogie Woogie Dinner with Jools Holland and guests at
Boisdale,Canary Wharf,London E14.
This event was to raise funds for The Joe Strummer Foundation.
Around 300 folks here at this Jazz-Blues-Soul venue.
The ticket prices were pretty hefty.
£500 each for those near the stage with a three course meal and complimentary drinks all night.
£250 each for those further back from the stage with a three course meal and complimentary drinks all night.
Until 8pm there is a complimentary drinks reception with champers,different cocktails and canapés.
The Hippodrome Casino had a fun casino here that was popular.
I have a nice chat with Glen Matlock(Sex Pistols) and Mick Jones(The Clash).
We are all meeting up again at Q.P.R on Sunday.
There is rock n roll memorabilia here signed by the artists here for the auction and silent auction later.
Other folks here included Bobby Gillespie,Chrissie Hynde,Jools Holland,Suggs,Martin Chambers,
Nancy Dell'Olio,Chris Musto,Gem Archer and Pam Hogg.
8pm to 10pm --- While folks have their three course dinner we stay at the bar for complimentary cocktails.
First act on stage is Mike d'Abo who sings his song 'Handbags & Gladrags'.
Then Jools Holland plays three or four boogie woogie tunes with a small band.
Then at 11.20pm we have the all star band play 9 songs over 45 mins with special guest vocalists.
The house band was
Jools Holland --- keyboards
Glen Matlock --- bass --- Sex Pistols and other bands
Martin Chambers --- drums --- The Pretenders
Gem Archer --- guitar --- Oasis and Beady Eye
James Walbourne --- guitar --- The Pretenders
Glen and the band did a great job considering just a couple of rehearsals were done.
We get a great view five yards from the stage and everyone is up and dancing and singing along.
1.Up and coming singer Lyza Jane sung a track
2.X Factor singer Zoe Devlin sung a track
3.Suggs from Madness singing 'London Calling' --- The Clash track
4.Suggs singing 'Madness' --- Madness track
5.Chrissie Hynde singing 'Janie Jones' --- The Clash track
6.Chrissie Hynde singing 'I'm So Bored With The USA' --- The Clash track
7.Actor Patrick Baladi from The Office tv series singing 'Rock The Casbah --- The Clash track
8.Mick Jones singing 'Train in Vain' --- The Clash track
9.Mick Jones singing 'Should I Stay or Should I Go' --- The Clash track
A dj was playing tunes after the band and the complimentary drinks were still flowing to the end.
A totally excellent evening.
The Hippodrome Casino were one of the sponsors and provided the goodie bag that included
£100 of gambling chips and cocktail vouchers for use at the casino.
www.joestrummerfoundation.orgVisit the Joe Strummer Foundation website here
Wednesday 18 March 2015.
Alan Parsons Live Project + Purson live at Shepherds Bush Empire,London.
Alan Parsons Live Project play a one off UK show as part of their European Tour.
Alan,now aged 66 is actually more popular in other parts of the world including North America,South America
and mainland Europe and this was his first London show for a decade since The Astoria in 2004.
Alan Parsons acted as assistant engineer on the Beatles' Abbey Road and Let It Be, and engineered Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon, and produced several acts for EMI Records with a string of successes, including Pilot, Steve Harley, Cockney Rebel, John Miles, Al Stewart, Ambrosia and The Hollies.Parsons commented at the time that he felt frustrated in having to accommodate the views of some of the musicians, which he felt interfered with his production.
So he formed Alan Parsons Project and made ten albums between 1976 and 1987 which included 8 Top 40
hit singles in America and then he released a few solo albums.
PURSON arrived on stage at 8.15pm for a 30 mins set.
Purson are a psychedelic rock band from London.Founded by Rosalie Cunningham.
Purson formed after Cunningham disbanded her previous project Ipso Facto.
Purson supported Kiss on their 2014 edition of the KISS Kruise.Purson have also performed alongside label mates Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats, Electric Wizard, Blood Ceremony, Comus, Pentagram as well as Neo-psychedelia bands such as Toy and Temples.
Purson's debut album titled The Circle And The Blue Door was released on 29 April 2013.
They looked the part and a played half a dozen decent tunes.
ALAN PARSONS LIVE PROJECT arrived on stage at 9.15pm for 1 hour 45 mins on stage.
Level 3 is unsold and there is space on the floor so the gig is maybe three quarters full.
Alan was born in London but lives in America which is where all his band hail from.
The stage is nicely filled out as eight top notch musicians are on stage.
There is one main vocalist but four other members sing one of two songs and some songs have fantastic
harmonies where all eight members are singing.
It was pretty much a 'best of' set as most tracks were from his Alan Parsons Project era.
A bit proggy in the middle but there were loads of great songs played including 'Damned If I Do',
'Dont Answer Me','Time','Prime Time' and the main set finished with mega versions of
'Sirius' and 'Eye in the Sky'.
Both the encores got the crowd clapping and singing along loudly.
A great show and hopefully it is not another 10 years before he returns to London.
Full setlist played...
Damned If I Do
Don't Answer Me
Breakdown / The Raven
I Wouldn't Want to Be Like You
Days Are Numbers (The Traveller)
The Turn of a Friendly Card (Part One)
The Ace of Swords
Nothing Left to Lose
The Turn of a Friendly Card (Part Two)
Do You Live at All
In the Real World
Old and Wise
Eye in the Sky
(The System of) Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether
Games People Play
Tuesday 17 March 2015.
Top selling albums in the UK over the past 15 years since week 1 of Jan 2000.
01. 21 – Adele
02. Back to Black – Amy Winehouse
03. Back to Bedlam – James Blunt
04. Spirit – Leona Lewis
05. No Angel – Dido
06. 1 – Beatles
07. Crazy Love – Michael Buble
08. White Ladder – David Gray
09. The Fame – Lady Gaga
10. A Rush of Blood to the Head – Coldplay
Tuesday 17 March 2015.
Spandau Ballet live at The 02 Arena,London.
This was the first of two shows here at The 02 on their UK arena tour
Spandau Ballet still have all five original members in their line-up.
They had 17 Top 40 hits in the UK during their 1980s heyday.
Spandau Ballet are on their Soul Boys Of The Western World---World Tour.
I saw Spandau Ballet play Heaven way back in 1980 when their debut single came out.
Their average age was 20. A year after their unveiling at the Blitz club, this was only the band’s tenth
public date, and only their second concert since signing to Chrysalis.
I also saw them play at the legendary Live Aid Festival in 1985.
I saw two Spandau shows at this venue on their 2009 re-union tour.
I miss the dj support from Rusty Egan as the pr folks have a pre-gig drinks reception in a bar within
The 02 so we have a couple of complimentary drinks there.
Rusty Egan is a good friend of Spandau and played drums with Glen Matlock in The Rich Kids then
he played drums with Steve Strange in Visage over 30 years ago.
Some faces a few rows in front of us in the guest list block including Sir Bob Geldof,Mark Owen (Take That),
Sophie Ellis Bextor,Kelly Hoppen and Rusty Egan took his seat after his dj support set.
Spandau take to the stage at 8.40pm for a nice long two hour show.
Lots of adoring females in the crowd.
Like their mates from the 1980s Duran Duran, the bass player gets the most screams.
Like Duran back in the day they were young,good looking and played their own instruments.
Drummer John Keeble is a big rock fan and he has a massive drum kit that would suit any metal band.
Some nice sax and percussion from Steve Norman.
The three at the front all doing a good job.
Three big screens with some nice use of footage from their 1980s heyday.
Like most shows the second half of the show with all the big hits was livelier than the first half.
There were a couple of brand new songs in the set.
We had a couple of acoustic songs on the b stage in the middle of the venue.
When they played their debut single an emotional tribute for ‘new romantic’ icon Steve Strange
came up on the big screen.
Their return to The 02 was full of old favourites, infectious energy and a bouncing party atmosphere and as the group hugged and soaked up their final applause their unity is a much more satisfying sight than bitter courtroom battles.
A very enjoyable show.
Full Spandau Ballet setlist played...
Only When You Leave
How Many Lies
Round and Round
This Is the Love
Chant No 1 (I Don't Need This Pressure On)
Blitz Medley: Age Of Blows Intro / Reformation / Mandolin / Confused / The Freeze
To Cut a Long Story Short
Glow (Instrumental) played by band
Empty Spaces (Acoustic on b stage)
Gold (Acoustic on b stage) Sing-a-long with audience
I'll Fly for You
Through the Barricades
Tuesday 17 March 2015.
Andy Fraser, the bass player of classic rock band Free, has died at the age of 62.
Fraser had been battling both cancer and AIDS.
The London-born musician died yesterday (March 16) at home in California.
Sunday 15 March---Happy Birthday to Jo Wood who is 60 today.
Sunday 15 March---Madonna was kept off the number one album position by Sam Smith.
Sunday 15 March---Mike Porcaro, Toto's long-time bass player, has died. He was 59.
As reported by Rolling Stone, Pocaro passed away earlier today (March 15) following a battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. The news was confirmed by the band's keyboardist and Porcaro's brother, Steve, via Facebook.
Porcaro joined his brothers Steve and Jeff (who died in 1992) as a member of Toto in 1984, going on to play on the hits 'Rosanna' and 'Africa'. He stopped touring in the mid-2000s due to declining health, but was inducted into the Musician’s Hall of Fame alongside the band in 2009.
Saturday 14 March 2015.
watch Slade hereCum On Feel the Noize - Slade - ▶ 3:22
Their number one song in the UK, and Ireland in 1973 from 42 years ago this week...yes 42 years ago.
I saw Slade play Hammersmith Odeon three times in May 1974 during their glam rock heyday.
Friday 13 March 2015.
Belinda Carlisle live at The Hippodrome Casino,London.
The show is in The Matcham cabaret room at this very popular massive casino.
An intimate setting as it only holds 200 and very cosy with a fantastic view for all here.
Soap actress Michelle Collins is in the crowd.
I saw Suzi Quatro play here a couple of years ago.
Lots of hardcore fans here and despite the silly high ticket prices there is a full house.
Downstairs are plush seats at tables at £100 each.
Upstairs are two rows of seats at £75 each.
Belinda sold loads of records from 1986 to 1996 with hit albums and over a dozen Top 40 singles.
Belinda is backed by a full six piece band.
Belinda is now aged 56 and still looking good.
They take to the stage at 8.10pm and play for 80 mins.
Lots of catchy singalong hits played.
An enjoyable show.
Full Belinda Carlisle setlist played tonight...
I Get Weak
In Too Deep (Jenny Morris cover)
Circle in the Sand
Too Much Water
Vision of You
Our Lips Are Sealed (The Go-Go's cover)
Leave a Light On
Heaven Is a Place on Earth
Mad About You
Live Your Life Be Free
Links I Like
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toptable: London Restaurants
Official London Theatre
Long Tall Sally
Sex Pistols Experience
The Halkin Hotel-Belgravia
The Compleat Angler Hotel, Marlow, Bucks
The Oakley Court Hotel, Windsor, Berkshire
Shepherds Bush Empire
Isle of Wight Festival
Classic Rock Bands
The UK's #1 Gig-Goer
In November 2008 the BBC confirmed me as the UK's number one gig-goer. The jacket was a gig-going prize from Q Magazine a few years ago. I do not wear it outside of the house let alone out to gigs!
Over 5,500 gigs now seen by me since 1973 covering all genres. I still go to over 100 gigs a year.
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