News and Reviews: May 22, 2019

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MY BEST GIGS OF 2018 LIST.
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.
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My interview with TIME OUT magazine in April 2018 is now online.
It features me talking about being the UKs number one gig goer...now 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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Visit the coolest menswear store outside of Central London.
Heroes of Richmond - an independent menswear store - 9 Golden Court,Richmond , Surrey.
Footwear, jackets and accessories from top brands unavailable outside Central London.
www.heroesofrichmond.co.ukVisit their website here for more info.
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MOTLEY CRUE
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.
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GUN CONTROL - My band from the early 80s played a successful comeback gig on 10 Nov 2018.
Four original members still there including me on drums...along with our new singer.
SAVE THE DATE -
Our second gig has been postponed a bit to Sunday 09 June 2019.
It will also double up as a 60th birthday celebration for me.
THE ROCKET PUB, Churchfield Road, Acton, London W3....FREE ENTRY...
From 7pm will be cool dj tunes before we come on (9pm to 10pm) and dj back from 10pm onwards.
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.
This runs from Richmond to Stratford...Acton Central station is Zone 3...
Acton Town tube station is 15 mins walk to The Rocket Pub.
The 207 bus stops 5 mins walk away at Acton Park.
Check the band search in www.raysgigs.com for Gun Control gig list 1980 to 1982.
GUN CONTROL with me on drums are now up on YouTube.
Check out some footage from our little shindig on 10 Nov 2018
Go to google and type in - YouTube Gun Control At The Rocket 10/11/18
Type in exactly as above as there are many Gun Control related videos up.
It's done on a phone so not perfect quality but it gives you an idea how it was.
Two videos - one of 23 mins and one of 3 mins...
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Glen Matlock Band featuring Earl Slick on guitar.
Winchester , Railway Inn Wed 22/05/19...with support from The Gloria's...
Newcastle Cluny Thu, 23/05/19
Edinburgh La Belle Angele Fri, 24/05/19
Norwich UEA Waterfront Studio Thu, 30/05/19
Manchester Rebellion Fri, 31/05/19
Liverpool Cavern Club Sun 02/06/19
Glen is promoting his great recent album "Good to Go".
I saw this great line-up a couple of times at the end of 2018 when the album came out.
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A new Led Zeppelin documentary to mark the bands 50th anniversary will be introduced to
buyers at this months Cannes Film Festival.
It features never seen before archive footage and new interviews.
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Wed 22 May---Mark Knopfler plays the second of two sold out shows at The Royal Albert Hall.
Mark has sold over 120 million albums across his Dire Straits and solo career.
Mark also plays The 02 Arena on 28 May as part of his UK tour.
His set will include a few Dire Straits classics including "Romeo and Juliet" and "Money For Nothing".
Mark is on a world tour to promote his latest album "Down The Road Wherever".
I have seen Dire Straits around 20 times since 1978 when they supported Talking Heads at
The Roundhouse and I have seen Mark playing solo a few times.
Looks like there will be just four Dire Straits songs in the set.
Wed 22 May---Jess Glynne plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
A smallish show for Jess as she headlined The 02 Arena in 2018.
Jess has had several number one hit singles in the UK - on her own and with other artists.
Jess Glynne supports The Spice Girls on their UK stadium shows in the summer.
Reports saying Jess Glynne is getting £100k per show for supporting them.
Thurs 23 May and Fri 24 May---Roger Hodgson plays The Royal Albert Hall.
These are Roger's only UK shows on his European Tour.
I have seen Roger with Supertramp twice in 1975 before he left the band in 1983.
I have seen him solo a few times as well , including his last tour which was also at this venue.
Roger wrote their hits “Dreamer”, “Give A Little Bit”, “The Logical Song”, “Breakfast In America”, “Take The Long Way Home” and “It’s Raining Again" and others.
Fri 24 May---Little Steven plays The Forum.
Fri 24 May---The Waterboys play The Roundhouse.
The Waterboys are promoting their new album "Where The Action Is".
The title track, which opens Where the Action Is, is a vamp on Robert Parker’s Northern Soul classic “Let’s Go Baby” and makes it clear that Scott and his crew won’t be revisiting the band’s Raggle Taggle folkie years this time around. Instead, Brother Paul Brown’s soulful organ takes control while Scott yearns for something that reaches beyond mere artifice and digs considerably deeper. Elsewhere, “London Mick” is a fanboy homage to Clash guitarist Mick Jones.
“Ladbroke Grove Symphony”, on the other hand, is an ode to a bohemian West London.
I may head for The Waterboys this time as have seen Little Steven twice in the past three years.
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It is a good time to see musicals and plays as special offer tickets are on at some theatres...
Kelsey Grammer is in Man of La Mancha at The Coliseum until 08 June 2019.
The Daily Mail gave it three stars but The Standard , Time Out and others only gave it two stars.
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 August 2019.
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.
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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.
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Sat 25 May, Sun 26 May, Mon 27 May---Mariah Carey plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Carey’s Caution World Tour comes in support of her 15th studio album, Caution, which features lead singles GTFO, With You and A No No.
Mariah Carey is one of the worlds biggest selling recording artists with 200 million album/singles sold.
Sun 26 May---League One play-off final at Wembley Stadium 3pm.
Sunderland will take on Charlton Athletic at Wembley Stadium, for a place in the Championship.
Mon 27 May---Play-off final at Wembley Stadium 3pm.
The Championship play-off final between Aston Villa and Derby County. The prize ? A place in the Premier League for the 2019/20 season, estimated to be worth around £170million.
Wed 29 May---World Cup Cricket opening celebration party - The Mall, London SW1.
Wed 29 May---Peter Perrett plays The Scala.
Peter on a UK & European tour to promote his latest album "Humanworld" which is out 07 June 2019.
Wed 29 May---Arsenal v Chelsea - Europa League final in Baku.
Thurs 30 May---Tower of Power play The Royal Albert Hall.
Thurs 30 May---James Walsh plays Bush Hall.
Starsailor frontman James Walsh has a new album, 'Tiger On The Bridge' out on May 31st, and he headlines Bush Hall for a very special headline show on the eve of its release.
Fri 31 May---Mary Black plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
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Sat 01 June and Sun 02 June---Camden Rocks is held at various venues in the Camden Area.
Feat Frank Turner, Glen Matlock Band feat Earl Slick, The Professionals, Ruts DC and many more.
One wristband gets you into all the venues---space providing as some venues get very busy.
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Sat 01 June---THE SATELLITES play The George & Dragon , Acton...tix £5.
Sat 01 June---Champions League Final is held in Madrid...Liverpool v Spurs...
Imagine Dragons will play a couple of songs before the start of the game.
Sat 01 June and Sun 02 June--BTS play two massive gigs at Wembley Stadium.
They are pretty much the Asian One Direction as they are playing huge stadiums worldwide.
BTS, an acronym of Bangtan Sonyeondan or “Beyond the Scene”, is a South Korean boyband that is capturing the hearts of millions of fans globally.
A meteoric rise to stardom as they were playing free gigs back home for 200 fans just 5 years ago.
How have they become so popular in the UK?...youtube & streaming i suppose...
They were the first K-pop act to win a Billboard Music Award and to perform at the American Music Awards. They just released their seventh album, "Map of the Soul: Persona."
20 April 2019 update---BTS debut at Number 1 on this week's Official Albums Chart with " Map of The Soul: Persona".
The seven-member group are the first Korean act to score a chart-topping album in the UK.
Map of The Soul is BTS's fourth collection to chart in the UK Top 40, following their three part Love Yourself album series.
Their Love Yourself: Speak Yourself world tour, which kicks off on May 4 and reaches the UK on June 1 for two shows at London's Wembley Stadium.
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Muse play three massive UK shows in the UK in the summer.
London Stadium – Sat 1st June 2019
Bristol Ashton Gate Stadium - Wed 5th June 2019
Manchester Etihad Stadium – Sat 8th June 2019
17 Nov 2018 update - Muse new album' Simulation Theory' straight in at Number 1 on the UK Albums Chart.
Six of Muse’s eight studio albums have now reached the top spot in the UK.
Muse have confirmed that legendary guitarist Tom Morello will support the band on their upcoming UK tour. Morello is best known for his work as co-founder and guitarist of Rage Against The Machine.
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Tues 04 June---Styx play The Palladium.
Fri 07 June, Sat 08 June, Sat 09 June - Chestertons Polo in Hurlingham Park, Fulham.
Sat 08 June---The Capital Radio Summertime Ball is held at Wembley Stadium...sold out...
A dozen pop acts will be performing short sets including Mark Ronson, Calvin Harris, Maroon 5,
Rita Ora, Ellie Goulding , Mabel, Jess Glynne and others.
Sat 08 June---Steve Hillage Band play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Tues 11 June---Lenny Kravitz + Corinne Bailey Rae play The 02 Arena
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THE NATIONAL RESTAURANT AWARDS are held at Hurlingham Park, Fulham.
Many different awards are given out on the night.
On the night of the awards, they reveal the list of the 100 best restaurants in the UK.
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The late 1950s Futurama guitar used by George Harrison during the Beatles' legendary Hamburg tours, is to be offered at Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia sale in London on Wednesday 12 June. It has an estimate of £200,000-300,000.
This historically important guitar, which comes in its original case embellished with Hamburg stickers, has never been seen on the market before; it has impeccable provenance and is extremely well-documented.
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Wed 12 June and Thurs 13 June---Stereolab play Shepherds Bush Empire.
10 years on from their hiatus and avant-pop band, Stereolab are returning to the stage to coincide with their seven-album reissue campaign.
Wed 12 June---Last in Line play Islington Academy.
Thurs 13 June---Deadland Ritual play Islington Academy.
Thurs 13 June---Toto play The Royal Hospital, Chelsea.
Toto have announced that they’ll release a new live package this year.
It’s titled 40 Tours Around The Sun and will arrive on DVD, Blu-ray, DVD/2CD, Blu-ray/2CD, 3LP, 2CD and on digital and streaming platforms on March 22 via Eagle Rock.
The performance was captured in front of 18,000 Toto fans at Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome in March 2018 as the band toured in celebration of their 40th anniversary.
Thurs 13 June to Sun 16 June---Isle of Wight Festival weekend.
Visit their website link on the right for full list of the big names playing at IOW.
Thurs 13 June + Fri 14 June + Sat 15 June---The Spice Girls + Jess Glynne play Wembley Stadium.
Thirteen stadium shows including three at Wembley Stadium.
Victoria Beckham is not involved but the other four Spice Girls are here for these massive gigs.
During a five year spell at the end of the 1990s , The Spice Girls had a staggering NINE number one UK hits.
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The Download Festival Weekend will feature many bands over many stages.
Fri 14 June---Def Leppard + Slash + Whitesnake + Tesla
Sat 15 June---Slipknot + Trivium
Sun 16 June---Tool + Smashing Pumpkins
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Sun 16 June---Kelly Jones plays Hammersmith Apollo...Stereophonic's singer is playing a UK solo tour...
Sun 16 June + Tues 18 June---Fleetwood Mac + The Pretenders play Wembley Stadium.
Lindsey Buckingham has been replaced by with two new members: Mike Campbell, longtime lead guitarist for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and Crowded House frontman Neil Finn.
Their album "Rumours" is in the Top 20 best selling albums of all time.
Having won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1978, "Rumours" has since sold over 40 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time.
Mon 17 June---Bryan Ferry plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Chris Spedding is on guitar for Bryan's tour.
Thurs 20 June---Nick Lowe plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
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.
Thurs 20 June---Metallica play Twickenham Stadium with support from Ghost.
Metallica are on a massive European tour of stadiums.
I have seen Metallica over a dozen times since 1986 when they headlined Hammersmith Odeon.
Fri 21 June---Bon Jovi + Manic Street Preachers play Wembley Stadium.
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.
Fri 21 June---A tribute evening to Pete Shelley at The Royal Albert Hall.
Buzzcocks with guest vocalists + Skids + Penetration.
Sat 22 June---Billy Joel plays Wembley Stadium.
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.
Sun 23 June---The Eagles + Sheryl Crow play Wembley Stadium.
Mon 24 June and Tues 25 June---The Beach Boys play 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.
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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.
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.
Other UK shows are....
June 26 – Glasgow, UK - SSE Hydro Arena (w/Status Quo)
June 27 – Manchester, UK - Manchester Arena(w/Status Quo)
June 30 – Birmingham. UK - Resorts World Arena (w/Status Quo)
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Sat 29 June and Sun 30 June---Pink plays Wembley Stadium...with support from Bang Bang Romeo.
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.
Fri 05 July---Celine Dion + Josh Groban play Hyde Park.
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.
A big decision for Sat 06 July as three major gigs on that day.
Sun 07 July---Barbra Streisand plays Hyde Park.
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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.
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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.
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---Robbie Williams + Black Eyed Peas play Hyde Park.
Sat 20 July---Marc Almond plays Hammersmith Apollo.
Sun 21 July---Slade + Sweet plus many more play Garon Park, Southend.



Tuesday 21 May 2019...I went to two events tonight...
7pm to 8.30pm
MONTY DON - book launch party - Christie's , King Street, London SW1.
"Japanese Gardens : A Journey ".
Bestselling author and BBC gardening presenter Monty Don and photographer Derry Moore explore the exquisite beauty of Japanese gardens on a personal journey to complement the BBC2 series, Monty Don's Japanese Gardens.
Good timing as the book is out in the week of Chelsea Flower Show.
Around a 100 guests here but there were a few well known faces.
I got my picture taken with OLIVIA HARRISON (widow of George Harrison).

then
8.45pm to 10.45pm
LOLAS UNDERGROUND CASINO -press launch - Leicester Square, London WC2.
Around 200 guests
Check back soon for full reviews.



Tuesday 21 May 2019.
Sad news that F1 racing legend NIKI LAUDA has died aged 70 after health problems.
Lauda, who famous rivalry with British F1 legend James Hunt inspired the Chris Hemsworth film Rush, won three world championships in 1975, 1977 and 1984.
During his battle with Hunt, Lauda was left with severe burns to his face, body and lungs after a near-fatal crash in 1976 but amazingly not only came back to the sport but won the world title the following year.
He was instrumental in helping Lewis Hamilton over his F1 career.



Monday. 20 May 2019...7pm to 9.30pm...
Chelsea Flower Show - Charity Gala Preview Evening - Chelsea, London.
The world famous RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW returns for its annual stint - May 21 to May 25.
All 168,000 tickets have now been sold as it is always a very popular event.
The Queen and other members of The Royal Family were here during the day.
Tonight was a charity evening where most of the 1000 plus guests have paid £520 to be here.
It is a well known networking event for all the banking and finance CEOs to meet up for a chat.
A few faces here including.....
Ewan Venters (CEO of Fortnum & Mason)
Matt Dawson MBE (who was part of England's 2003 Rugby World Cup winning side)
Robert Peston (ITV Political Journalist)
Sir Stuart Rose (former M&S chairman)
Lord March ( British aristocrat and owner of Goodwood Estate in West Sussex)
We had a nice wander around the display gardens which all looked amazing.
Complimentary Fortnum & Mason champers and canapés at stations all over the huge venue.
The station with various salmons and oysters was very popular.
A nice goodie bag with half a dozen items inside from sponsors Fortnum & Mason.
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Many stores and other venues will have amazing flower displays outside their front doors in
Chelsea & Mayfair over this week.



Sunday 19 May 2019.
STING & SHAGGY live at The Roundhouse, London.
Following this year's GRAMMY’s, where Sting & Shaggy were awarded Best Reggae Album for their collaborative UK Top Ten hit record 44/876, the pair have announced their return to the UK with The 44/876 Tour.
The setlist will mix tracks from their album as well as from their own classic hits.
Sting has a new Best Of album out on 24 May to coincide with the tour.
Sting has announced My Songs, a new album comprised of the 17-time Grammy Award winner's most celebrated hits from his unparalleled career. Sting says: "My Songs is my life in songs. Some of them reconstructed, some of them refitted, some of them reframed, but all of them with a contemporary focus."
I have seen both The Police and Sting solo a few times each over the years.
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Just the one show in London so no surprise that it is sold out and rammed inside.
Guests spotted here included Sir Bob Geldof, Jemima Khan, London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Charles Dance.
STING & SHAGGY arrived on stage at 8.05pm and played for a mammoth 2 hours 15 mins.
At first you think they make an odd couple but when you remember how many of the classic Police hits
had reggae vibes to them it all makes perfect sense.
The band with two backing vocalists sounded top notch.
The setlist was a perfect mix of hits from The Police, Sting and Shaggy along with their album tracks.
The evening started with a couple of tracks from the recent album. The title track led on to the sunsplash-tinged vibes of "Morning is Coming". It set the tone for the evening. Shaggy (50) was the showman dressed in a flowing white shirt, hat and shades. He roamed and gyrated freely around the stage while Sting (67), looking remarkably buff in his t-shirt, stayed rooted to the spot. His bass guitar became the musical anchor.
As Shaggy sung "Englishman in New York" he riffed about being a Jamaican in NYC with "a big spiff in his hand". He turned out to be a better singer than you might imagine.
On "Crooked Tree" they hammed it up in costumes to play out a court scene. Another highlight was "So Lonely"/"Strength of a Woman", where Shaggy exercised some of his iconic priapic banter.
The whole show was fun, warm and joyous.
Lots of cameras were filming the show for future release.
An excellent show.
FULL SETLIST PLAYED...
44/876
Morning Is Coming
Englishman in New York (Sting cover)
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic (The Police cover)
Oh Carolina / We'll Be Together
If You Can't Find Love
Love Is the Seventh Wave (Sting cover)
To Love and Be Loved
Message in a Bottle (The Police cover)
You (with Alexander Stewart)
Brand New Day (Sting cover)
Waiting for the Break of Day
Gotta Get Back My Baby
If You Love Somebody Set Them Free (Sting cover)
Don't Make Me Wait
Angel (Shaggy cover)
Dreaming in the U.S.A.
Crooked Tree
Shape of My Heart (Sting cover)
Walking on the Moon/Get Up, Stand Up (The Wailers cover)
So Lonely / Strength of a Woman
Hey Sexy Lady (Shaggy cover)
Roxanne / Boombastic
Encore:
I Can't Stand Losing You (The Police cover)
Desert Rose (Sting cover)
It Wasn't Me (Shaggy cover)
Every Breath You Take (The Police cover)
Encore 2:
Next to You (The Police cover)



Sunday 19 May 2019.
Happy Birthday to GRACE JONES who is 71 today.



Saturday 18 May 2019.
FA CUP FINAL at Wembley Stadium....Man City play Watford...5pm kick-off...
This game will be my first time at an FA Cup Final since 1982...I went to both games...
Sat 22 May 1982 Spurs 1 QPR 1 - then the replay on 27 May 1982 Spurs 1 QPR 0....
Man City may be out of the Champions League but the treble is still on.
Having already won the Caraboa Cup and Premier League, powerhouse Manchester City are still in the running to scoop a domestic treble for the 2018/2019 campaign if they win The FA Cup.
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MAN CITY 6 WATFORD 0
We are up in Level 5 in the Man City end and their fans are making a lot of noise.
A great atmosphere just before the game as pyros galore hit the sky as the players arrive on the pitch
and the crowd are waving their flags and scarfs etc.
A massive capacity crowd of 85,854 are here.
The sheer class of favourites Man City easily beat Watford.
Shame that Watford did not get a goal or two.
They had a good chance to score before Man City started their goal avalanche.
Six goals scored (Silva, Sterling*3, De Bruyne, Jesus)
Man City thrash Watford 6-0 to become the first English team to do a domestic treble.




Friday 17 May 2019.
MANIC STREET PREACHERS + GWENNO live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
Manic Street Preachers play the first of two sold out shows at Shepherds Bush Empire.
I have seen The Manics around 20 times since an early club show back in 1991.
They are celebrating 20 years of their album "This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours".
It reached number one in the UK charts and sold over 5 million copies worldwide.
The Manics have had 15 x Top 10 hits singles in the UK including two number ones.
GWENNO and her band arrive on stage at 7.30pm and played for around 40 mins.
Gwenno was a bit odd as performs mostly in Cornish, with some Welsh thrown in.
She was quite cool in a way but the songs drifted past without being memorable.
MANIC STREET PREACHERS arrived on stage at 8.45pm and played for one hour 50 mins.
James Dead Bradfield played some very nifty guitar from a big selection of guitars.
Nicky Wire was covered in glitter as usual.
Loads of their big anthemic hits were played which were great but some of the lesser known
album tracks seemed to plod a bit.
Excellent finale of "You Love Us" and "A Design For Life" had everyone singing loudly.
A great show.
Full Manics setlist played tonight...
THIS IS MY TRUTH TELL ME YOURS album played in full...but not track order.
The Everlasting
You Stole the Sun From My Heart
Ready for Drowning
Tsunami
My Little Empire
I'm Not Working
You're Tender and You're Tired
Born a Girl
Be Natural
Black Dog on My Shoulder
Prologue to History
S.Y.M.M.
If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next
HITS & OTHER TRACKS
Sleepflower
Your Love Alone Is Not Enough
International Blue
Motorcycle Emptiness
Solitude Sometimes Is
People Give In
La Tristesse Durera (Scream to a Sigh)
You Love Us
No Surface All Feeling
A Design for Life (ticker-tape over the crowd)





Thurs 16 May 2019...a full day out at different events...
1.15pm to 4.15pm
FORTNUM & MASON 7th Food & Drinks Awards 2019 - 181 Piccadilly, London W1..
Around 250 guests on the fourth floor of this famous store that dates back over 300 years.
I have been to every one of their awards which are usually held in the evening.
It is earlier today as special guest is PRINCE CHARLES who received a lifetime achievement award.
Lots of well known chefs & restauranteurs are here along with a few other celeb faces
I got my picture taken with SHARLEEN SPITERI from Texas (who is married to a chef).
Other VIP guests included Chris Evans who handed Mary Berry her award, Judi Dench, Stanley Tucci, Jimmy Carr, joined celebrity chefs and restaurant critics Angela Hartnett, Jay Rayner, Mark Hix, Ken Hom, Candice Brown and Monica Galetti at Fortnum & Mason's for this year's food awards. Claudia Winkleman was on hand to present accolades to winners Mary Berry and Nadiya Hussain, while other guests included Nigel Slater, Celia Imrie, Tom Parker Bowles, Fay Ripley and Felicity Blunt.
Also Ronni Ancona , David Mills , Helen Lederer, Wilnelia Forsyth, Nick Ferrari and Stephen Webster.
Awards were handed out from 2pm to 2.45pm with Prince Charles getting the first award after Fortnum's CEO
Ewan Ventners introduced Charles to the main celebrities here who were all stood in a line to greet him.
Prince Charles gave a great speech full of humour and interest on his 30 years of organic farming.
Complimentary Fortnum's champers, wines and lots of tasty food and desserts from Fortnum's kitchens.
Also guests got a nice goodie bag with five Fortnum's food items inside.
An excellent event.
www.fortnumandmason.comVisit their website here for more info.
then
6pm to 8pm
THE BENTLEY CENTENARY OPUS - book launch party - Jack Barclay, Berkeley Square, London W1.
Around 150 guests here in the car showroom to launch this huge tomb that celebrates 100 years
of the Bentley luxury car brand.
The guy opening the pages was wearing white gloves as not to mark the book.
Only 500 copies worldwide plus 100 copies special edition with extra bits and pieces.
Ex Formula 1 supremo BERNIE ECCLESTONE was here.
There were speeches at 7.15pm.
Complimentary Bentleys champers, three different cocktails and canapés.
All guests got a limited edition framed print (150) of a Bentley classic car.
www.thisisopus.com/BentleyVisit their website for more info.
then
8.30pm to 11.15pm
BELMOND CADOGAN HOTEL - summer party - 75 Sloane Street, London SW1.
Nicely positioned between the high-end luxury stores of Knightsbridge and the boutique shops in Chelsea.
Around 200 here at this very nice luxury boutique hotel.
I got my photo taken with a singer / actress JANE BIRKIN who is now aged 72.
"Je t'aime… moi non plus" (French for "I love you… neither do I") is a 1967 song written by Serge Gainsbourg for Brigitte Bardot. In 1969, Gainsbourg recorded the best known version with Jane Birkin. The duet reached number one in the UK, and number two in Ireland, but was banned in several countries due to its overtly sexual content.
Other guests here included Alex Zane, Alison Jackson, Betty Bachz ,Laura Bailey, Gala Gordon ,
Stephen Jones, Angela Scanlon, Alistair Guy, Mark Hix , Pam Hogg, Matthew Williamson, Rosanna Falconer,
Pips Taylor, Noelle Reno, Meredith Ostrom and a few others.
A female dj was playing dance tunes and it was a great party.
Complimentary Taittinger champers, three different cocktails, wines, beers, bowl food ,canapés, oysters, desserts.
www.belmond.comVisit their website here for more info.




Wed 15 May 2019....I went to two events tonight.
6.45pm to 8pm
FOOD : Bigger Than The Plate - private view - V & A Museum , London SW7.
From gastronomic experiments to urban farming, this exhibition brings together the politics and pleasure of food to ask how the collective choices we make can lead to a more sustainable, just and delicious food future.
Around 500 guests are here at this famous venue.
As expected it was not as glamourous as some of the previous private views here.
I spotted Jackie St Clair and Basia Briggs here.
At 7.15pm we had a couple of speeches.
Complimentary prosecco, wines, beers and canapés for all guests.
www.vam.ac.ukVisit their website here for more info...it is on until 20 October 2019.
then
ERIC CLAPTON plays the second of three shows at The Royal Albert Hall.
Eric has been swopping the setlist about these days from his Japan shows.The opening RAH show
did not include "Badge" or "Wonderful Tonight" or "Cocaine" but it did include a mega encore of "Purple Rain".
Eric Clapton announces his return to the Royal Albert Hall for a series of concerts in May 2019.
The three shows will be his only UK performances for 2019. Eric will be accompanied by his band members Chris Stainton, Nathan East, Doyle Bramhall and Sonny Emory.
All three shows sold out by Dec 2018 even though best seats are £150 each.
Having first performed at the Royal Albert Hall with The Yardbirds in 1964, Eric Clapton has played at the venue more than 200 times including farewell and reunion gigs with Cream and numerous residencies.
I have seen Eric solo over 25 times since 1976 plus all four Cream re-union concerts at The Royal Albert Hall in 2005.
Eric is now aged 74.
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The venue is totally rammed solid sold out tonight.
ERIC CLAPTON and band arrive on stage at 8.35pm and play for 1 hour 45 mins.
Eric is standing on his usual stage rug.
The band are top notch and include two female backing singers.
Eric does not do much talking on stage but he lets the guitar talk for him.
He gets a delicious tone on his guitar all throughout the show.
It is nice he is changing the setlist around a bit.
His life long love of the blues is still there for sure.
The regulars run down the front on cue for the opening bars of "Layla".
For the encore he was joined by the support act, Jimmie Vaughan.
A great show.
Full Eric Clapton setlist played tonight...
Motherless Children (Blind Willie Johnson cover)
Pretending
Key to the Highway (Charles Segar cover)
I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man (Willie Dixon cover)
I Shot the Sheriff (The Wailers cover)
Driftin' Blues (Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers cover) (acoustic)
Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out (Jimmy Cox cover) (acoustic)
Tears in Heaven (acoustic)
Alberta (Bob Dylan cover) (acoustic)
Running On Faith (acoustic)
Tearing Us Apart
Holy Mother
Cross Road Blues (Robert Johnson cover)
Little Queen of Spades (Robert Johnson cover)
Layla (Derek and the Dominos song)
Encore:
Before You Accuse Me (Bo Diddley cover) (with Jimmie Vaughan)




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