News and Reviews: February 19, 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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Until 03 March 2019 at Somerset House...tickets are £14...
GOOD GRIEF, CHARLIE BROWN! brings together Charles M. Schulz original Peanuts cartoons with work from a wide range of acclaimed contemporary artists and designers who have been inspired by this highly influential and much-loved cartoon. Unique in its enduring appeal, this exhibition explores Peanuts’ renewed agency in contemporary culture and society.
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Tues 19 Feb---Final day of the 5 days of London Fashion Week.
From 09 Feb---Only Fools and Horses - The Musical - opens at Theatre Royal, Haymarket, London SW1.
Paul Whitehouse takes centre stage as Grandad, uniting with Tom Bennett (Del Boy) and Ryan Hutton (Rodney) in this unique showstopper. Featuring cherished material from the TV series, the laughs, dodgy dealings and unforgettable moments to boot, join us as we take a trip back to 1989, get reacquainted with Britain’s most loveable rogues and experience the classic comedy brought to life once again through an ingenious and hilarious original score; an idea so inexplicably pukka it surely proves the old adage that he who dares wins!
With musical contributions from Chas n Dave, the beloved theme tunes as you’ve never heard them before and an array of comic songs full of character and cockney charm, you’re guaranteed to have a right knees-up! Only Fools and Horses the Musical is a feel-good, family celebration of traditional, working class London life and the aspirations we all share.
Written by Paul Whitehouse and Jim Sullivan, fully endorsed by the Sullivan estate
Sound CUSHTY? Then book your tickets today – Only a forty-two carat PLONKER would miss it!
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Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ movie will be on DVD and Blu-Ray on 04 March 2019 and the disc will include the complete recreation of the Live Aid performance, only seen in part in the movie.
Queen movie Bohemian Rhapsody was the surprise winner of two major prizes at Jan 2019 Golden Globe Awards.
The Freddie Mercury biopic took home the trophies for best film drama and best drama actor for its star Rami Malek, who played the late frontman.
The film has been a huge success around the world.
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KOOLCHA at Boxpark , Wembley is opening.
KoolCha will serve up Indian comfort food with an emphasis on the north Indian flatbread kulcha – for which the restaurant is named – plating up the likes of filled kulcha with homemade pickles, dal, raitas, and chutneys. It will also offer a cocktail menu, hot and cold fruit iced teas and Indian beers.
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Wed 20 Feb---BRIT Awards held at The 02 Arena.
Eight acts will perform a track each.
Pink will be honoured at the 2019 BRIT Awards with the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award.
Wed 20 Feb---.SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS play Hammersmith Apollo.
Slash takes some time off from playing guitar with Guns N Roses.
The European tour will support the release of Slash’s fourth solo album LIVING THE DREAM.
I have seen Slash several times with non G N R bands since 1995 when i saw him play in Los Angeles.
I have seen Guns N Roses several times since 1987 when they played their first ever
major London show at Hammersmith Odeon for their classic debut album 'Appetite for Destruction ' .
Looks like the only Guns N Roses track in the setlist will be "Nightrain".
Thurs 21 Feb---Fatboy Slim plays Wembley Arena.
Fri 22 Feb---Blue Oyster Cult play Hammersmith Apollo.
I have seen Blue Oyster Cult around 20 times since i attended their debut London show in 1975
Blue Oyster Cult + Motorhead at Hammersmith Odeon, London 19.10.1975
This was an early Motörhead show as they had formed only a few months earlier.
Fri 22 Feb---David Sinclair Four live at the Brunswick, Hove...down by the seaside.
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Sun 24 Feb---The Carabao Cup final between Chelsea and Manchester City will be shown live on Sky Sports.
Live from Wembley Stadium with kick-off at 4.30pm.
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The 91st Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will honor the best films of 2018 and will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. The ceremony will be held on February 24, 2019.
It will start around midnight UK time on the Sunday evening.
More success for smash hit Queen and Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody as it's nominated for 5 Oscars.
Lady Gaga Still Can’t Believe Oscars Recognition
Lady Gaga is "still in shock" at landing two Oscar nominations for her work on hit movie musical A Star Is Born.
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Mon 25 Feb---Steely Dan + Steve Winwood play Wembley Arena.
I saw Steely Dan in Oct 2017 when they headlined The 02 Arena.
I first saw Steve Winwood live in 1983 when he headlined Hammersmith Odeon.
Another one of those oldies shows where tickets are expensive.
Tues 26 Feb---The Struts play Shepherds Bush Empire.
One of the best new bands out there are playing a UK tour to promote their second album.
In a 2018 interview Dave Grohl said they were his favourite support band to open for The Foos.
Their glam singer Luke Spiller is the main reason as he has garnered comparisons to everyone from Tim Curry to the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury (to whom he bears an almost eerie resemblance.)
Despite Biffy Clyro, Wolf Alice, The Kills and Death Cab For Cutie playing second fiddle to the Foos over the years, it’s The Struts who have won Dave’s ultimate backing.
Wed 27 Feb---Bryan Adams plays Wembley Arena.
I have seen Bryan Adams over 25 times since 1985.
Wed 27 Feb---The Lemon Twigs play The Roundhouse.
The D’Addario brothers, also known as The Lemon Twigs are making waves for their glam rock-esque musical theatre and energetic live shows.
As the sons of working musicians and having performed on Broadway as children, it’s no surprise the Long Island brothers are channeling the flamboyantly theatrical energy they grew up with, alongside 60s and 70s Baroque pop artists such as Harry Nilsson, Wings and the Zombies.
They are promoting their second album, 'Go to School'.
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Ruts DC + The Professionals (featuring Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook) are on a UK tour in Feb.
Thurs 28 Feb---Shepherds Bush Empire
The Ruts are celebrating the 40th anniversary of their debut album 'The Crack' ,released in 1979 and containing the UK hit singles: "Babylon's Burning" (Number seven on the UK chart in June 1979) and "Something That I Said" (No. 29 in September 1979)
Ruts DC still feature two original members.
Ruts DC will play a set featuring older material and tracks from their comeback album "Music Must Destroy".
The Professionals will play a set featuring older material and tracks from their comeback album "What in the World".
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Thurs 28 Feb---Free jazz & funk gig in Chelsea.
'The Sessions' returns in 2019 featuring Jay Phelps on trumpet along with his top notch band.
Arrivals: from 6.30pm.
Show starts: 7pm for two sets of 45 mins.
RSVP: jazz@myhotels.com confirm your attendance ASAP, as spaces are extremely limited.
Address: My Chelsea Hotel, 35 Ixworth Place, Chelsea, London, SW3 3QX.
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GUN CONTROL - My band from the early 80s played a successful comeback gig on 10 Nov 2018.
Our second gig will hopefully be around mid Feb/March time.
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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It is a good time to see musicals and plays as special offer tickets are on at some theatres...
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.
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Fri 01 March---Laibach play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Avant-garde music group, Laibach are still the most internationally acclaimed band to have come out of the former Communist countries of Eastern and Central Europe and they’re rounding up 2018 with the release of The Sound Of Music, a collection of songs inspired by the iconic film. Taking the album on the road in the early months of 2019, they’ll perform much of the new record, as well as selected songs from their repertoire.
Live Performance & Exclusive screening of the documentary “Liberation Day”.
Sat 02 March---Spurs play Arsenal....at Wembley Stadium...12.30pm kick-off.
Tottenham's Premier League match against north London rivals Arsenal on 2 March will take place at
Wembley because their new stadium is still not ready.
Sat 02 March---Sex Pistols Experience + A Band Called Malice play The 100 Club.
Tues 05 March---Glen Matlock Band headline Hastings Fat Tuesday Festival.
Wed 06 March---Keith Urban plays The Forum.
Keith plays a warm up show before headlining The 02 Arena a couple of days later.
Keith is massive in America and has sold more than 20 million albums and has won four Grammy Awards.
He is on a world tour to support of his eleventh studio album 'Graffiti U' (released in 2018)
The UK shows are his first over here for a decade.
Thurs 07 , Fri 08 , Sat 09 March---Twenty One Pilots play Wembley Arena.
Sat 09 March---James play The Royal Albert Hall.
I have seen James play a dozen times since 1994 including Wembley Arena last year.
Sat 09 March---999 + The Satellites play The Dublin Castle, Camden.
I saw 999 many times in their 1970s punk heyday.
Tues 12 March and Wed 13 March---Dave Matthews Band play Hammersmith Apollo.
American band who can headline arenas and stadiums back home.
They sold sold out two nights at Madison Square Garden in November 2018.
These Hammersmith shows are the only UK gigs on their European Tour.
Fri 15 March---David Sinclair Four play The Boom Boom Club, Sutton.
Fri 22 March---Euro 2020 qualifier - England v Czech Republic - Wembley Stadium.
Fri 22 March---Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Sat 23 March---Jim Bob (ex Carter USM) plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
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Fri 22 March---40 YEARS OF DISCO 2019 is on at Wembley Arena.
Featuring seven acts playing short hits based sets.
VILLAGE PEOPLE
THE TRAMMPS
IMAGINATION FEATURING LEEE JOHN
THE GIBSON BROTHERS
THE THREE DEGREES
THE REAL THING
ODYSSEY
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Sun 24 March---Stiff Little Fingers + Eddie And The Hot Rods play The Forum.
SLF are playing their annual March UK tour.
I have seen both bands many times over the past 40 odd years.
Eddie & The Hot Rods are saying 2019 will be their final year of performing live.
Barrie Masters is still on vocals for classics including " Do Anything You Wanna Do".
In the long hot simmer of 1976 i saw many shows at The Marquee Club by Eddie & The Hot Rods and AC/DC who were vying for who could break the house attendance records at the famous Marquee Club in London.
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The hugely popular The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience has today announced that in Spring 2019 it will be launching the largest maze yet in the heart of London and home of British entertainment, the West End. The new venue will be at
22-32 Shaftesbury Avenue ( nearest tube is Piccadilly Circus).
www.the-crystal-maze.comVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
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Teenage Cancer Trust Gigs at The Royal Albert Hall in March.
Monday 25 – Rudimental, Ghetts
Tuesday 26 - comedy evening with host Kevin Bridges and fellow British comedy heavyweights: John Bishop,
Kerry Godliman, Romesh Ranganathan and Tommy Tiernan.
Wednesday 27 - Tom Grennan
Thursday 28 – Take That (a small gig for them as they usually play arenas and stadiums)
A warm up show for their massive UK arena tour.
Friday 29 – Doves (their first gig in nine years)
Saturday 30 – The Script
Sunday 31 – Levellers with special guests Dreadzone, family folk trio Wildwood Kin, and a DJ-set from film-maker, broadcaster and founding member of Big Audio Dynamite Don Letts.
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Wed 27 March---Slim Chance play The Water Rats, Kings Cross.
Fri 29 March---1960s package tour at The Beck Theatre, Hayes.
Six legendary names take to the stage and deliver to you a night you won’t forget. Starring Mike Pender (Original voice of The Searchers) Chris Farlowe, Herman’s Hermits,The Swinging Blue Jeans, New Amen Corner and The Fourmost.
Mon 01 April---Mike + The Mechanics play The Royal Albert Hall...part of a massive UK tour...
Tues 02 April---Georgio Moroder plays Hammersmith Apollo - A Celebration of the 80s European Tour.
Giorgio Moroder ,know aged 78, is an Italian singer, songwriter, DJ and record producer. Moroder is frequently credited with pioneering electronic dance music,and is dubbed the "Father of Disco".
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Singer Phil Moog will be playing his final UK tour with the band UFO after 50 years.
Because of this they are now playing two London dates at the end of their 'Last Orders' tour.
Both London shows sold out by Dec 2018.
A classic example of how bands can sell more tickets when they say it's their last ever shows.
Thurs 04 April---Shepherds Bush Empire
Fri 05 April---The Forum
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Fri 05 April---Free punk gig at The George & Dragon Pub, Acton High Street, London W3.
Shake Some Acton presents RAGE DC and ELECTRICS...Punk Rock and Dirty Rock n Roll!....And it's FREE!
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LEGENDS LIVE | UK TOUR | APRIL 2019
FEATURING SUZI QUATRO + DAVID ESSEX + LES McKEOWN’S BAY CITY ROLLERS
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS SMOKIE in Newcastle, Nottingham, London, Birmingham, Liverpool & Bournemouth
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SHOWADDYWADDY in Manchester, Leeds, Cardiff & Brighton
OVER 50 TOP 30 HITS AND IN EXCESS OF 100 MILLION RECORD SALES BETWEEN THEM
THURS 4th - MANCHESTER O2 Apollo 08444 777 677 www.o2apollomanchester.co.uk
FRI 5th - LEEDS First Direct Arena 0844 248 1585 www.firstdirectarena.com
SAT 6th - CARDIFF Motorpoint Arena 029 2022 4488 www.motorpointarenacardiff.co.uk
SUN 7th - BRIGHTON Centre 0844 847 1515 www.brightoncentre.co.uk
TUES 9th - NEWCASTLE Metro Radio Arena 0844 493 6666 www.metroradioarena.co.uk
WED 10th - NOTTINGHAM Motorpoint Arena 0843 373 3000 http://www.motorpointarenanottingham.com/
THURS 11th - LONDON The SSE Arena, Wembley 0844 815 0815 www.ssearena.co.uk
FRI 12th - BIRMINGHAM Genting Arena 0844 33 88222 www.gentingarena.co.uk
SAT 13th - LIVERPOOL Echo Arena 0344 8000 400 www.echoarena.com
SUN 14th - BOURNEMOUTH BIC 0844 576 3000 www.bic.co.uk
www.legendslive.orgVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
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Tues 16 April---ABC with orchestra play The Royal Albert Hall.
Performing their classic album ‘The Lexicon Of Love’ in its entirety.
Wed 24 April + Thurs 25 April + Fri 26 April---Joe Bonamassa plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Joe Bonamassa is an American blues rock guitarist, singer and songwriter. When he was 12 years old, Bonamassa opened for B.B. King. In the last 13 years Bonamassa has put out 15 solo albums through his independent record label J&R Adventures, of which 11 have reached number 1 on the Billboard Blues charts.
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Fri 26 April---Hall & Oates play Wembley Arena.
Fri 26 April and Sat 27 April---Mott The Hoople play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Mott The Hoople '74
Glam rock icons, Mott The Hoople are regrouping once more, for a performance focused on the 1974 albums, The Hoople and Live, plus the non-album greatest hits.
I first saw Mott The Hoople in Dec 1973 at Hammersmith Odeon...where the support band were Queen.
Mott The Hoople still feature three original members including vocalist Ian Hunter.
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Thurs 02 May---10cc play The Royal Albert Hall.
Fri 03 May and Sat 04 May---Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets play The Roundhouse.
Nick formed the band to play Pink Floyd's early material.
Sat 04 May---Lee Fields & The Expressions play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Sat 04 May---Richard Ashcroft plays Olympia.
Thurs 09 May---The Horrors play The Royal Albert Hall.
The Horrors are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their 'Primary Colours' album.
Thurs 09 May---Noel Gallagher & The High Flying Birds + Gaz Coombes play The Palladium.
Mon 13 May , Wed 15 May , Thurs 16 May - Eric Clapton plays The Royal Albert Hall.
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.
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.
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The Specials are playing a full UK tour including three London shows
Thurs 16 May and Fri 17 May---Brixton Academy
Sat 18 May---The Forum
Feb 2019 update - The Specials who have scored their first Number 1 album with Encore, 39 years to the week that their song ' Too Much Too Young ' topped the Official Singles Chart!
Sun 19 May---Sting & Shaggy play The Roundhouse.
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The world famous RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW returns for its annual stint - May 21 to May 25.
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Tues 21 May and Wed 22 May---Mark Knopfler plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Mark has sold over 120 million albums across his Dire Straits and solo career.
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.
Thurs 23 May and Fri 24 May---Roger Hodgson plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Sat 25 May, Sun 26 May, Mon 27 May---Mariah Carey plays The Royal Albert Hall.
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BEARDED THEORY’S SPRING GATHERING 2019 - Derbyshire.
THURSDAY 23rd – SUNDAY 26TH MAY 2019
THE CULT | SUEDE | DOVES | LITTLE STEVEN & THE DISCIPLES OF SOUL
EDITORS | OH SEES | STEEL PULSE | HOLLIE COOK
STIFF LITTLE FINGERS | IDLEWILD | THE ORB and many more over the weekend.
www.beardedtheory.co.ukVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
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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.
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Tues 11 June---Lenny Kravitz + Corinne Bailey Rae play The 02 Arena.
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.
Thurs 13 June + Fri 14 June + Sat 15 June---The Spice Girls + Jess Glynne play Wembley Stadium.
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.
Mon 17 June---Bryan Ferry plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Thurs 20 June---Metallica play Twickenham Stadium with support from Ghost.
Fri 21 June---Bon Jovi + Manic Street Preachers play Wembley Stadium.
Sat 22 June---Billy Joel plays Wembley Stadium.
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.
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---Stray Cats play Hammersmith Apollo...after playing Birmingham and Manchester.
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.
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.
Sat 06 July---The Who play Wembley Stadium with special guests Eddie Vedder and Kaiser Chiefs.
The Who will be joined by a symphonic orchestra.
Sat 06 July---Rammstein play Milton Keynes Stadium...only UK show on their European Tour.
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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
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Fri 12 July---Bob Dylan and Neil Young will appear as co-headliners British Summer Time Hyde Park.
Fri 12 July---ZZ Top + Jimmy Barnes play Wembley Arena...last night of ZZ Top European Tour...
It is months away but already gig clashes are occurring.



Monday 18 February 2019...6pm to 8pm...
Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards Ceremony 2019 at
The Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel, Knightsbridge, London SW1.
Around 200 guests at this plush five star hotel.
Some well known names from the horse racing world.
Check back soon for full review.




Sunday 17 February 2019...I went to two events tonight...
7.45pm to 9.45pm
AADNEVIK - Autumn/Winter 2019 Show - Whitehall, London SW1.
Day 3 of the 5 days of London Fashion Show.
AADNEVIK is a London based luxury womenswear label as a design partnership between Hila and Kristian Aadnevik, whose defining themes are a blend of opulence, sensuality and gloom.
This was a much better than expected event as it was a full catwalk show presentation.
200 seated with two rows of 50 on each side and I have a nice front row seat.
200 are standing behind the seats.
A cool crowd with lots of glammed up women in the crowd and Philip Sallon was here.
20 photographers at the end of the catwalk.
Nice tunes were played in the background throughout.
At 9pm we have the 20 mins catwalk show that featured nine models and I think three outfits each.
They all looked stunning, mixing short dresses and longer gowns with splits etc.
Complimentary De Watere champers for the reception and at your seat before the catwalk show.
Seated guests got a nice goodie bag which included a Moroccanoil gift set and 200ml De Watere champers.
www.aadnevik.comVisit their website here for more info.
then
10pm to 12pm
9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL - press/VIP opening night party at The Savoy Hotel , Strand, London WC2.
This musical is on at The Savoy Theatre.
A massive party as 800 folks are on the guest list which takes over The Ballroom, The Riverside Room
and other areas in this famous five star hotel.
DOLLY PARTON joined the cast on stage earlier tonight.
The party started at 9pm so not sure she made it as Dolly did a lot of press before the show.
Very unusual to have a press/vip night on a Sunday but I reckon Dolly is lined up to be a presenter
at The Brit Awards on Wednesday.
All the cast were here and Kelvin Fletcher (Emmerdale) was here until the end.
Celebs watching the musical earlier included Kylie Minogue, Twiggy, Graham Norton, Luke Evans,
Anthea Turner, Lizzie Cundy , Les Dennis and others but i did not see them at the party.
I missed the champers reception for the first hour from 9pm but there were lots of complimentary food
and drinks as five different cocktails, wines, beers and burgers, salmon, canapés and desserts.
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9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL is getting down to business - with a strictly limited season at The Savoy Theatre.
Starring Louise Redknapp*, Caroline Sheen^, Amber Davies, Natalie McQueen, Bonnie Langford and Brian Conley, the smash-hit musical features a book by the iconic movie’s original screenwriter Patricia Resnick and an Oscar, Grammy and Tony award-nominated score by the Queen of Country herself, Dolly Parton.
9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL tells the story of Doralee, Violet and Judy - three workmates pushed to boiling point by their sexist and egotistical boss. Concocting a plan to kidnap and turn the tables on their despicable supervisor, will the girls manage to reform their office - or will events unravel when the CEO pays an unexpected visit?
Inspired by the cult film and brought to you by Dolly herself, this hilarious new West End production is about teaming up, standing up and taking care of business!
Based on the 20th Century Fox Picture. Originally produced on Broadway by Robert Greenblatt, April 2009. Performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited.
*Due to injury, Louise Redknapp will be joining the show from late March 2019.
^ Caroline Sheen will be performing the role of Violet Newstead until Louise’s return.
www.9to5themusical.co.ukVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.




Saturday 16 February 2019.
AMINE + dj support live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
25 year old American rapper plays the first of two shows at this venue....both are sold out...
Amine has released two albums and his breakthrough hit 'Caroline' has had over 250 million views on YouTube.
'Carolne' reached number 11 in The American Singles Chart.
His rap career then began to come into fruition when he would make diss tracks about rival high schools.
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Not many folks in here over the age of 30 and there are many female teenagers down the front.
A great mix of black, white, brown, yellow folks in the crowd who all very lively throughout the evening.
A few young rappers like Amine and AJ Tracey can easily sell out decent sized venues these days.
The dj support does a great job of warming the crowd up by playing tracks the crowd know and dance too.
There are plenty of circle pits going on and the floor standing is heaving and sweaty.
AMINE arrived on stage at 9.05pm and performed for 65 mins.
He performs to a dj backing track rather than a live band.
There is a nice big screen that mixes live footage with pre-recorded clips and images and slogans.
He is much louder than expected with a heavy rumbling bass sound.
After he finished his first song, the rapper addressed the crowd giving them instructions to “make them feel beautiful” the whole time. The rapper would shout the phrase “you’re beautiful” and the crowd would echo back “I know” as many times as Amine saw fit. It was an interesting way of interacting with the audience to say the least.
He sung one song from up in the Level 1 balcony.
At one point, Amine chose to bring up a fan on the stage with him. The fan (whose name escapes me) was instructed to sign the rapper’s pants with her name.
Getting back to music aspect of everything, some of his most memorable songs from his set were “REDMERCEDES”, “Heebiejeebies”, “Spice Girl,” and “Wedding Crashers.” Amine even performed his smash hit “Caroline” but did it in an acapella fashion, which had all the crowd singing along to it.
For the finale,he performed “REEL IT IN” that at the time this article was written has received over
50 million streams on Spotify.
A good show and the only way is up for Amine.




Saturday 16 February 2019.
It looks like The NME Awards is not happening this year.
It is usually announced in Dec or Jan and held the week before or after The BRIT Awards.
It has been held at The Brixton Academy the last few years.
I went to it several times in the past and it was always good fun.
They would always have a big name band playing a few live songs at it.
The hard copy magazine has died a slow death, with dwindling sales , then it was a
watered down freebie mag and now it's only online.




Thursday 14 February 2019.
THE REVOLUTION live at The Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
The Revolution play the second of two shows at Shepherds Bush Empire on their European Tour.
The Revolution have become the most celebrated and iconic group of musicians known for backing Prince over his 40-year career. Now, thirty years since they last toured in Europe, they’re returning to play a set of Prince classics.
The Revolution feature Wendy & Lisa who appeared on 1980s period Prince albums including "Purple Rain".
They also appeared in the classic video for "Raspberry Beret" amongst others.
I was lucky to have seen the real Prince over 25 times since his first UK arena tour in 1986.
I would always see him two or three times on each tour...Prince really was a genius...
In 2014 i saw him four times - Shepherds Bush Empire, Birmingham LG Arena and two shows at
The Roundhouse (these two shows were his last ever British shows).
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Needless to say i was really looking forward to this show.
Last night was 2000 capacity sold out and tonight was around 1600 tickets sold.
Lots of fans wearing purple including two Indian guys at the front wearing...purple turbans.
THE REVOLUTION arrived on stage at 8.45pm and played for two hours.
Three raised platforms at the back for the drum kit and two sets of keyboards.
The entire set was all Prince - all the hits and a few tracks not so well known.
The drums and the keyboards created that great Prince dance sound.
The main singer did a decent job and other members also helped out on vocals.
The crowd are singing along loudly to mega hits including "Raspberry Beret" and "Purple Rain".
It was a great show.
Full setlist played by The Revolution tonight...
America
Computer Blue
Mountains
Take Me With U
Uptown
D.M.S.R.
17 Days
Raspberry Beret
Erotic City
Let's Work
1999
Sometimes It Snows in April
Let's Go Crazy
Delirious (including Let’s Go Crazy Extended Version piano segment)
Controversy (including Sexy Dancer, Mutiny & Head)
Kiss
When Doves Cry (followed by Wendy Melvoin speech about how the band members first met Prince)
Purple Rain
Encore:
I Would Die 4 U
Baby I'm a Star
Around The World In A Day - Played over the pa as the band took their bows.




Wednesday 13 February 2019...8pm to 10pm...
Champions League Game - Last 16 - First Leg.
SPURS 3 B.DORTMUND 0
Spurs win again even though Harry Kane is still out with injury.
A fantastic atmosphere here as there is a massive crowd of over 71,000 here including 4,000 noisy Germans.
Mauricio Pochettino saluted his talismanic goalscorer Son Heung-min after the Tottenham forward helped to move the team to within touching distance of the Champions League quarter-finals.
Son volleyed Spurs into a 47th-minute lead against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley in the first leg of the last-16 tie before late goals from the stop-gap left wing-back, Jan Vertonghen, and the substitute Fernando Llorente sealed a memorable 3-0 win.
Son has now scored 16 goals in all competitions – he has 11 in his last 12 matches – and, whenever he has found the net this season, Spurs have won. “Next time when Son scores, I go to the dressing-room, shower and wait for the game [to end],” Pochettino said with a smile. “Sonny was fantastic again. He translates good energy and his performance in every game is improving.”
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Before the game there was a minute tribute to remember Gordon Banks and Emiliano Sala.
The half-time interview was with Dimitar Berbatov who had great spells at Spurs and Man United.
As usual over 100 Korean fans are waiting for Son Heung-min at the players entrance after the game.





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