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News and Reviews: December 06, 2013
On my radar.....
Buy your books,cds,dvds etc from HMV on the High Street or online.
www.hmv.comVisit the HMV website here.
Fri 06 Dec---Rocket From The Crypt play Koko.
Fri 06 Dec---Jah Wobble plays The Borderline.
Jah Wobble was the original PIL bass player.
Sat 07 Dec---Andre Rieu plays the second of three shows at Wembley Arena.
Sun 08 Dec---Roy Wood plays Islington Academy.
Roy Wood and his band Wizzard were the first proper live show i ever went to way back in 1973.
Tues 10 Dec---Black Sabbath play The 02 Arena.
This is the opening show of their UK tour.
Sabbath are another rock band i have a lot of history with as i have seen them over 25 times with various line-ups including with Ozzy in 1974,1975,1977,1978 before he left/was sacked from the band to go solo.For the 1978 shows at Hammersmith Odeon Black Sabbath were on their last legs and i saw up and coming support act Van Halen blow them offstage playing tracks from their classic debut album on their debut UK tour.
Fri 20 Dec and Sun 22 Dec---Black Sabbath finish their UK and mainland Europe tour with two homecoming shows in Birmingham.
05 Dec 2013.I went to two events tonight.
6.30pm to 7.15pm was Rolling Stones photos preview.
7.30pm to 10.30pm was Duran Duran book launch.
All four members of the Duran Duran are here.
Check back soon for full reviews.
04 Dec 2013.I went to three events tonight.
6.30pm to 7.45pm.Square Mile Magazine Christmas Party at Maddox,Mill Street,London W1.
Lifestyle magazine and website throws a party.
Lots of city type professionals here in this club.
Complimentary vodka cocktails,wines,beers and canapes for all.
A dj is playing tunes in the background.
www.squaremile.comVisit their website here.
8pm to 9pm Firmdale Hotels Christmas Party at Haymarket Hotel,London SW1.
Always nice to be at this luxury boutique hotel where the events are held by their own swimming pool.
Complimentary beers and wines along with food stations serving lobster,oysters and lots more.
Glen Matlock And The Philistines live at Surya,156 Pentonville Road,Kings Cross,London N1.
A first time visit by me to this newish venue up the road from The Lexington.
Tonight the band were a threesome as guitarist James Stevenson is unavailable.
The trio were on for 75 mins playing a great mix of solo tracks ,Sex Pistols,Rich Kids and cover versions.
No electric guitar so it has a semi acoustic feel as you can here the bass and drums a lot more.
A nice surprise guest was Spandau Ballet sax player Steve Norman who joined the band for 'Ambition' and
'Dead End Street'.His sax sounded great.
Other songs played included 'Somewhere Somehow','A Different World','Burning Sounds','Hard Work','God Save The Queen','Ghosts Of Princes And Towers','Hey Mister,'On Something','Steppin' Stone','Born Running' and 'All Or Nothing'.
A really good show as usual.
Glen Matlock And the Philistines 'Born Running'Play the video here.
03 Dec 2013....The Faces to play live in 2015??
Rod Stewart has told a Boston radio station of his intention to reunite with The Faces. The singer confirmed that Ronnie Wood's people were 'talking to my people, and we're earmarking 2015'. If it happens it will be the first time the band have performed together in over 20 years, though they have continued to play with Mick Hucknall replacing Stewart as the frontman.
Kind of makes sense as in 2014 The Rolling Stones and Rod Stewart will be doing their own tours.
02 Dec 2013....Some sad news....
Reggae artist Junior Murvin has passed away at the age of 67.
The Jamaica Observer writes that the singer died at the Port Antonio Hospital in Portland earlier this morning (December 2). Best known for the Lee 'Scratch' Perry produced 1976 hit single 'Police and Thieves'.
The Clash covered the song 'Police and Thieves' on their classic 1977 debut album.
Junior Murvin 'Police And Thieves' live on Jools Holland 2004Play the video.
The Clash 'Police And Thieves live'Play the video.
30 Nov 2013.The Screen On The Green centenary celebrations featuring a showing of The Clash docu film 'Westway To The World' followed by live sets by Glen Matlock,Viv Albertine and Hollie Cook at Screen On The Green,Upper Street,London N1.
Very nice to be back at this plush cinema with a full bar facing the big screen.
As i am a guest of Glen Matlock there was an artist area at the back near the bar where artists and guests had complimentary JD n cokes,brandy n cokes,wines,beers and nibbles all night which came in very handy.
Lots of folks here that i know.
I saw The Sex Pistols with Sid Vicious on bass at this venue in April 1977.
I was also at this venue for the film premiere in May 2000 of The Sex Pistols docu film 'The Filth And The Fury' which was attended by Steve Jones,Paul Cook and Robbie Williams but John Lydon and Glen Matlock did not attend.
Up first tonight we have 'The Clash: Westway to the World'.A 2000 documentary film about the British punk legends The Clash. In 2003 it won the Grammy Award for 'Best Long Form Music Video'.
Always great to see this full length film again.
Then we had the headliner for tonight Glen Matlock who is on earlier than the others as they have full
bands and Glen is solo acoustic.
Glen played this venue in 1976 with The Pistols.
Glen did a nine song 40 mins set and crammed in solo material,Sex Pistols,Rich Kids and cover versions into a very enjoyable set as usual.
2.A Different World.
4.God Save The Queen.
6.Montague Terrace(In Blue)
Next up was Viv Albertine and her band for a 40 mins set.Viv was a member of The Slits all girl punk band
in the 1970s.I saw them back then a few times.
Nice to see a couple of violin players in her band.
She looks great for her age but the set was under rehearsed with too many mistakes and stop starts.
Not many decent tunes either.
She should have done a couple of Slits songs.
Last up is Hollie Cook who is the daughter of Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook.Hollie and her great band play a nice 50 mins of tracks based around her debut album. With a 'tropical pop' sound she mixes 60s-style dub, ska and reggae beats that make it compulsive to move your body for a dance.
A good set and her second album should be out sometime next year.
The event ended after midnight but it was a really enjoyable evening.
29 Nov 2013....Respect is due corner....
Football legend Ryan Giggs(not to be confused with Raysgigs) celebrates his 40th birthday today and is still playing in the Man Utd first team.
The Welshman has been with United his entire career, making his first-team bow in 1991 as a 17-year-old and being a central figure in all of the Red Devils' successes since then.
He is the most decorated footballer in English history with thirteen Premier League titles,two Champions League titles,four FA Cup titles and much more.
28 Nov 2013.Bob Dylan And His Band live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
Last of his three shows at this venue.Before these trio of shows Bob last played this venue in 1966.
Tonight is also the last night of the current two month long European Tour.
Again it is a totally sold out show.
I enjoy it a bit more tonight compared to Tuesday as i am nearer the stage and the sound appears better.
Pretty much the same 1 hour 50 mins on stage over two sets but we get 'Blowin' In The Wind' as the final song of the night.
Bob with his legs apart when front of stage reminds me of singers like David Coverdale.Would be funny if Bob shouted out 'Here's One For Ya' like Mr Coverdale does.
Bob again played some neat harmonica.
Bob again did that hand on hip pose a couple of times that from him looked oddly camp.
The shows have been getting mainly great four and five star reviews from the major newspapers.
A full standing ovation at the end of the main set and they stayed standing for the two song crowd pleasing encore.
At the end of the show he even shook hands with a few folks down the front which is rare for him.
Just like on Tuesday he teased the crowd by keeping the houselights off as if he wwas coming back for a second lot of encores but from my experience from when i worked at his Hammersmith Odeon shows he would use that as a cover to leave the venue straight after the gig before the crowd could leave their seats.
A good show even though i would have preferred some of the older classics in the set.
At the end of the show i bumped into Sex Pistol Glen Matlock and Patti Palladin for a nice chat.Patti had an album out with Johnny Thunders in the 1980s.
Full Bob Dylan setlist played tonight....
Things Have Changed....She Belongs to Me....Beyond Here Lies Nothin'....What Good Am I?....Duquesne Whistle....Waiting for You....Pay in Blood....
Tangled Up in Blue....Love Sick....
High Water (For Charley Patton)....Simple Twist of Fate....Early Roman Kings....Forgetful Heart....
Spirit on the Water....Scarlet Town....Soon after Midnight....Long and Wasted Years....
All Along the Watchtower....
Blowin' in the Wind....
27 Nov 2013....I went to three events tonight....
First of all thanks to Simon from Camden who let me know at 7pm by text that The Godfathers gig had been postponed due to illness in the band.
Saved me a wasted journey at 9pm from the West End but was too late to put up on the site.
First event tonight was 6.30pm to 7.15pm was for Rush.Not the band of course but the launch of Rush Hair Salon,101 King Street,Hammersmith,London W6.
Always good to support local events to me.
This space was a discount book store i used.
Maybe 40 or 50 here for complimentary prosecco and lots of canapes.
They do mens hair as well and have a 25% off special opening offer for this week.
As it was a small event I was lucky enough to win one of the five prize draws so i won items including top quality GHD hair tongs that retail for 80 quid plus.
www.rush.co.ukThey have many salons apart from Hammersmith.
7.45pm to 8.45pm.Barbour Flagship Store Launch Party , 211–214 Piccadilly, London W1.
Fantastic location 50 yards from Piccadilly Circus. Two members of The Vaccines are the djs and Carl Barât is one of the guests.
Complimentary wines and beers here.
They also had a prize draw where three leather jackets were won with the right 4 number code.
Sadly i did not win this time.
All guests got a nice print of actor Steve McQueen
wearing a Barbour jacket in the 1960s.
9pm to 10pm.William Hill Sports Book Of The Year Award at The Hospital,Covent Garden,London.
I arrived here after the award was given out.
Complimentary presecco,wines and beers here for all.
'Doped: The Real Life Story of the 1960s Racehorse Doping Gang' by Jamie Reid, a rollicking tale of crooked bookies and nobbled nags – with a sprinkle of sex and royalty for good measure – is the surprise winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year for 2013.
There are lots of good sports book out each year.
Jockey AP McCoy was here.A couple of other faces may have left as i got there a bit late.
26 Nov 2013.Bob Dylan And His Band live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
First of three shows by Bob at this venue that sold out without any advertising.It is rammed in here as choir seats behind the stage and gallery standing all sold.
Bob the legend is now age 72.
I have seen Bob over 20 times since 1978.
I must admit that the gigs back in the day were much better than the recent shows because that was when he played all his classic songs.
These are the last dates of his two month long European leg of his 'Never Ending Tour'.
Out for this tour is an eye-watering box set of all 41 studio albums since 1962.
Bob Dylan at the Royal Albert Hall. Now there’s a phrase with a history. His acoustic concert there in 1965 formed the centrepiece of the film 'Don’t Look Back'. His gig there in 1966, with The Beatles in the audience, introduced the electric Dylan to London.
Bob and his band were on for 1 hour 50 mins over two sets of 50 mins and 60 mins.
The stage is very dimly kit.
Bob was standing all through the show mainly behind his piano and sometimes just with the mic
with legs wide apart and rigid.
His guitar was not used by him at all.
No stage chat apart from telling the crowd there would be a break for an interval.
The band were good but Bobs current vocal style is not how i liked in in the 1970s.
Lots of hardcore Dylan fans here who loved it but i am more of a casual fan to be honest.
I went to the gigs at The Roundhouse and The 02 Arena not too long ago so i knew what to expect.
The setlist was not really to my liking.
Only a few songs were pre 1997 and it felt like an overdose of too recent material.
His recent album 'Tempest' got good reviews.
One certainly cannot and does not expect every one of 'Like A Rolling Stone', 'Blowin' in the Wind', 'Mr Tambourine Man' and 'The Times They Are a Changing' but a couple of them would be nice. Ignoring both a phenomenal back catalogue and audience desire for a genuine climax is perverse.
He does actually play 'Blowin' In The Wind' as an
alternative encore at some of his current shows as he swops the setlist by a couple of songs.
And then before 10pm he was gone. So ended performance 2,500-plus on the never-ending tour that began in 1988.
For me a kind of average show but great to be in the same room as a music legend who does things his way and who brings out albums and still tours with no fuss and no press or tv interviews.
Full Bob Dylan setlist played.....
Things Have Changed
She Belongs to Me
Beyond Here Lies Nothin'
What Good Am I?
Waiting for You
Pay in Blood
Tangled Up in Blue
High Water (For Charley Patton)
Simple Twist of Fate
Early Roman Kings
Spirit on the Water
Soon after Midnight
Long and Wasted Years
All Along the Watchtower
Roll on John
25 Nov 2013....7pm to 9.30pm....
Tatler Travel Awards 2014 at The Ritz Hotel,Piccadilly,London.
Around 300 guests here at this famous stunning five star hotel where Maggie Thatcher spent her last days before she died.
Lots of complimentary Castelnau Champagne,
vodka cocktails and loads of yummy food served by an army of waiters in tails and white gloves fussing over you.
Some of the winners have flown in from their luxury hotels from around the world.
All of the hotels looked stunning on the big screen.
Nice to see Richard Bransons mother Eve here.
Eve picked up an award for The Great House, Necker Island in the Caribbean.
All guests got a small goodie bag that included a copy of TATLER Jan 2014 which includes full articles on all the winners and is in the shops from 02 Dec 2013.
A very nice event.
Tatler Travel Awards 2014Winners List Here.
24 Nov 2013.Bill Medley + Ray Lewis And the Drifters + Gary Puckett And the Union Gap + Clem Curtis And The Foundations live at Wembley Arena,London.
Four acts on stage tonight from the 1960s era hosted by a dj from GOLD Radio.
Big screens either side of the stage.
The venue is only half full tonight.No doubt that is due to promoters charging £100 and £75 for the front blocks of seats.
I have a nice view in the guest block left of stage and footie goalie legend Pat Jennings is a couple of rows in front of me.
Up first we have Clem Curtis And The Foundations who do a 25 mins five song set including two great hits 'Baby Now That I've Found You' and 'Build Me Up Buttercup'.
Like Bill Medley it is news to me that Gary Puckett And The Union Gap have never performed live n the UK before.
He had more hits in America than over here but his 50 mins set included great versions of his hits 'Willpower' and 'Young Girl'.
Next up is Ray Lewis And The Drifters who play a whole bunch of Drifters hits in their 30 mins set including 'Under The Boardwalk' and 'Kissing In The Back Row'.
One off European show in the middle of Bill Medley massive North American tour.
Bill Medley is best known as one half of The Righteous Brothers, it may surprise many to learn that Bill has never performed a live concert in the UK.
Bill Medley is now aged 73.
The Righteous Brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2003 by one of their biggest fans, Billy Joel.
The headline act Bill Medley was on stage for 55 mins .His set included hits 'You're My Soul And Inspiration','Rock And Roll Heaven' and his three massive hits 'Unchained Melody','I've Had The Time Of My Life' and 'You've Lost That Loving Feeling' which i think is STILL THE MOST PLAYED TRACK EVER ON AMERICAN RADIO with over 8 million plays.
All the four acts came on together at the end to take a bow.
An enjoyable night with lots of classic songs played even though it was a bit cabaret in parts.
23 Nov 2013.Black Star Riders + Dead Daisies live at Shepherds Bush Empire,
BSR are Thin Lizzy with a new name as they did not feel right about bringing out a new album under the Thin Lizzy name.
Another band i have a lot of history with as i saw Thin Lizzy with Phil Lynott a staggering 23 times from 1975 as well as the many post Lynott Thin Lizzy line ups.
Most of the crowd have arrived early to see The Dead Daisies who include some known musicians from other bands.
When we first got together, we discovered we all loved the same stuff,” says singer Jon Stevens. “Those bands from the seventies – Free, Bad Company, The Faces, the Stones".
The six members on stage were...
Jon Stevens (Noiseworks/INXS)
Darryl Jones (Rolling Stones)
Richard Fortus (Guns n Roses/Thin Lizzy)
Dizzy Reed (Guns n Roses)
Charley Drayton (The X-pensive Winos/The Cult)
David Lowry (Red Phoenix/Mink)
They played a really good 45 mins set featuring tracks from the band’s self-titled debut – free with the current issue of Classic Rock Magazine– which is a spirited conflation of their combined chops and experience, brought to bear over a dozen songs that pack in as much melody and nuance as they do hard licks and big choruses. And as if there weren’t enough impressive names aboard already, Slash even pops up on the swampish 'Lock‘N’Load', co-written with old buddy Stevens.
They ended their rockin' set with a neat cover of 'Helter Skelter'.
BSR play a 95 mins set that was a nice mix of Thin Lizzy classics and some tracks from the BSR debut album 'All Hell Breaks Loose'.
This is their first London show as The Black Star Riders.Just to remind you of their new name their BSR logo is all over the stage.
Scott Gorham on guitar is the only original Lizzy member these days.It is quite a brave move to change your legendary band name to one that will not stick out as much if you are browsing a gig guide.
The new album tracks are really good.
Ricky Warwick is great on vocals and the twin guitars are as pukka as ever.
The band seem to really relish playing the new songs that feeds into the Lizzy classics that sound even better tonight.
The last four songs were rock n roll perfection with 'Cowboy Song','The Boys Are Back In Town' and encores of 'Whiskey In The Jar' and 'Rosalie'.
The floor standing is dancing lots and the whole show rocked from start to finish.
BSR tour the UK until Sun 16 Dec.
Full BSR setlist played.....
All Hell Breaks Loose
Are You Ready (Thin Lizzy cover)
Bad Reputation (Thin Lizzy cover)
Before the War
Jailbreak (Thin Lizzy cover)
Massacre (Thin Lizzy cover)
Kingdom of the Lost
Southbound (Thin Lizzy cover)
Kissin' the Ground
Valley of the Stones
Emerald (Thin Lizzy cover)
Bound for Glory
Cowboy Song (Thin Lizzy cover)
The Boys Are Back in Town (Thin Lizzy cover)
Whiskey in the Jar (Thin Lizzy cover)
Rosalie (Bob Seger cover)
www.iconicpix.comCheck ICONIC PIX website for great photos of this show and other recent London shows including Mott The Hoople at The 02 Arena.
22 Nov 2013.Queens Of The Stone Age live at Wembley Arena,London.
QOTSA are more popular than ever as their sixth studio album 'Like Clockwork' came out June 2013 to loads of great reviews and it charted at number two in the UK and number one in America.
This was the first of two nights at this venue on their UK arena tour.
This was their first time at Wembley Arena as they usually play Brixton Academy.
A rowdy boozed up Friday night crowd here for QOTSA who seem to be one of the coolest rock bands out there these days.
The band play for 1 hour 40 mins.
One big screen showing mainly recorded images and all the stage is red flooring and red equipment.
The floor standing area is very lively.
The tall presence of frontman Josh Homme
is the main focus for most folks.
A nice mix of older classics and new album tracks.Highlights included 'No One Knows',
'The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret','Little Sister','Go With The Flow and the second encore was the mega 'Feel Good Hit Of The Summer' and the final song 'A Song For The Dead' had some brilliant riffing guitar and pounding drums.
QOTSA were on top form tonight.
Full QOTSA setlist played.....
You Think I Ain't Worth a Dollar, but I Feel Like a Millionaire....No One Knows....
The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret....My God Is the Sun....Monsters in the Parasol....
I Sat by the Ocean....…Like Clockwork....In the Fade....If I Had a Tail....Kalopsia....
Little Sister....Fairweather Friends....
Smooth Sailing....Make It Wit Chu....I Appear Missing....Sick, Sick, Sick....Go With the Flow....
The Vampyre of Time and Memory....Feel Good Hit of the Summer....A Song for the Dead...
21 Nov 2013.Sigur Ros live at Wembley Arena,London.
Icelandic soundscapers Sigur Ros world tour returns to London after sold out shows at Brixton Academy earlier in the year.They are promoting their seventh album 'Kveikur' which came out earlier this year.
They headlined Madison Square Garden at Easter.
The across the board great reviews from their Brixton shows made me put them on my 'to do' list so here i am.
I knew the show for me would be more about the visuals rather than the music.
The venue is pretty full except for two or three empty blocks at the back.
The band are on stage for a full two hours.
Three big screens mixing mainly images with live footage.
The middle screen is one of those massive ones that takes up all the space behind the stage.Lots of lights and lasers.
The band play among a forest of 50 lamps.
For the first three or four songs the band are silhouetted by a white silk-screen curtain shrouding the stage as their soundscapes match the music to the visuals.
As the curtain fall nigh on a dozen musicians are revealed, with a brass and string section adding extra majesty to the efforts of the Icelandic trio (now minus keyboardist Kjartan Sveinsson, who left the band in January after 15 years).
There are a couple of surprises.The guitar player uses a violin bow to play his guitar for half the songs and gets a great sound out of it and the vocals are a falsetto type with an unintelligible lyrics style sung in Hopelandic and the other songs are sung in Icelandic.
In this way, it is similar to the use of scat singing in vocal jazz. The band's website describes it as "a form of gibberish vocals that fits to the music".
Most songs start gently then end on a Muse type climax with all guns blazing.
They play their popular track 'Hoppipolla' that featured on BBC TV Planet Earh programme.You can see how their music is ideal for tv and film soundtracks.
Quite a unique band.A good show.
Watch the Sigur Ros video for 'Hoppípolla'You may not know the band but this tune will be familiar.
Video above now with over 4 million views
Sigur Ros playing 'Hoppipolla' live on Jools Holland tv show
20 Nov 2013.....6.45pm to 10.45pm.
The Rotten Hill Gang tv show recording feat Ian Hunter with Mick Jones + The Rebelles + Tapper Zukie with Mick Jones + The Sugarmen + The Rotten Hill Gang live at Mick Jones Rehearsal Studios,Victoria Industrial Estate,North Acton,West London.
North Acton is a pretty grim depressing area.Even more so on a cold rainy night like tonight.
We are here at the base camp for The Clash guitar legend Mick Jones where his two rooms include his rehearsal space and the second space where he keeps all his memorabilia etc.
Handy for Mick Jones as it is only four stops on the Central Line from his Holland Park home.
It is nice and intimate as maybe only 40 folks here.It was a bit stop and start between the acts for equipment changes etc.
It was pretty rammed during recording then folks would spill into the corridor between breaks to enjoy the free booze on offer.
There were half a dozen hand held video cameras recording it and one big one on runners at the back with its owner all night saying "can all tall people stand to the left or right but not in the middle".
The legend that is film director Julien Temple was using one of the cameras.
Some faces here in the crowd included Don Letts,James Stevenson,the singer from The Dirty Strangers,some journos John Robb,Chris Needs and Chris Salewicz.
A few episodes have been recorded already with the first one due out at Christmas via their internet channel and then to mainstream tv a bit later i presume.
Each act does two or three songs and maybe a retake of a song.
Ian Hunter and Mick Jones play two covers which were Sonny Bono's "Laugh at Me" which is on Mott The Hooples debut album and a Little Richard cover.
The Rebelles include Ian Hunters daughter Traci as one of their vocalists.
They sung a couple of cover versions.
Reggae legend Tapper Zukie performed his classic 'M.P.L.A.' track from 1976 twice with Mick Jones on guitar.It was great.
Then Sugarmen play four tracks.This young indie band are popular back home in Liverpool and are worth keeping an eye on.
Then The Rotten Hill Gang play three songs.They feature Hollie Cook on vocals who is the daughter of Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook.
Mick Jones was telling me in America the footage will probably end up on comedy website Funny Or Die.
Overall quite a cool event to attend.
www.funnyordie.comVisit the website for a 6 minute jokey interview with Mick and Paul from their recent promo visit to New York.
18 Nov 2013.Mott The Hoople + Thunder live at The 02 Arena,London.
I went to all five of the Mott Hammersmith Apollo re-union shows in 2009.
As with the 2009 shows original drummer Dale Griffin is too ill to take part and will be again replaced by Pretenders sticksman Martin Chambers.
My first ever gig at Hammersmith Odeon was Mott The Hoople + Queen way in Dec 1973.
David Bowie and Mick Jagger were there too.
Their heyday period was 1972 to 1974 when they had half a dozen Top 20 UK singles and i loved their style of glam rock.
This is the last Mott show on their five date UK tour.
I did mention on this site months ago that Mott playing the 02 Arena did not suit them and it backfired on them as only a third of the tickets have been sold for tonight.
Level 4 is closed as unsold and blocks of seats at the back of Level 1 and even the rear block of floor seating is unsold.
Only 5000 people here which is the worst attended show of the 100 plus shows i have seen at this venue.All the other gigs on the tour were to smaller theatre venues.
They should have played a couple of nights at a smaller theatre venue in London.
As expected its an older crowd for sure.
Up first we have a good name support act who are Thunder who have some of their own fans here and play a really good 45 mins set.Always great to hear songs like 'Dirty Love' and 'Back Street Symphony'
Full Thunder setlist played....
Dirty Love....River of Pain....Higher Ground....Low Life in High Places....
Backstreet Symphony....The Devil Made Me Do It....Love Walked In....I Love You More Than Rock 'N' Roll....
During the interval i see Jimmy Page and Mick Jones.This was the third event in less than a week that Jimmy and me at the same event.His photographer mate Ross Halfin was in the photo pit all night.
Mott The Hoople are on for 1 hour 45 mins.They have big screens and i was told the live dvd from this tour will be out soon.
Things start well with 'Roll And Roll Queen' and 'One Of The Boys' but the next 45 mins of lesser known songs plod a bit in this vast arena as opposed to when they played them at Hammersmith Apollo in 2009 when the intimate venue suited the songs.
Ian Hunter looks and sounds amazing for age 74 and Martin Chambers did great drumming all the way through the show.
The second half of the show was fantastic as we had all their biggest hits.
Big time fan Joe Elliot from Def Leppard joins them on stage for a mega 'All The Young Dudes'.I must have seen Joe come on with Mott or Ian Hunter solo to sing this song with him a dozen times over the years.
Overall it was a great show but in a smaller theatre like Hammersmith Apollo or Royal Albert Hall it would have been greater.
Full Mott The Hoople setlist played.....
Rock and Roll Queen
One of the Boys
The Moon Upstairs
Hymn for the Dudes
Born Late '58
Death May Be Your Santa Claus (with 'You Really Got Me snippets)
Ballad of Mott the Hoople
Walkin' with a Mountain
When My Mind's Gone / No Wheels to Ride / The Journey
The Golden Age of Rock 'N' Roll
All the Way from Memphis
All the Young Dudes (with Joe Elliott)
Roll Away the Stone
17 Nov 2013.Sat 16 Nov and Sun 17 Nov was The Olympia Music Fair.A great place to buy rare vinyl,bootlegs and bargain cds,dvds and vinyl singles/albums.
I went along on Sunday afternoon.
As per usual Led Zeppelin guitar legend Jimmy Page is here with his photographer mate Ross Halfin.
My dealer mates told me Jimmy Page was also there on Saturday.
Lots of very nice rare items here but some have expensive prices.
I bought 10 vinyl albums for only 50p each
from various acts from the 1960s and 1970s.
Yeah i know, the last of the big spenders.
All were in really good condition.
I got a FRENCH Sex Pistols 'Pretty Vacant'
7 inch single with picture cover for only a quid.
I think the dealer must have put it in his £1 box by mistake.
16 Nov 2013.Chase & Status live at The 02 Arena,London.
Chase & Status started out as a drum and bass production duo and over the last couple of years have become very popular
with their eclectic mix of dub-step, hip-hip,rock and electronic dance music.
Creating music that manages to recall rave culture yet be ultra-modern in its delivery is not an easy task.
They have had an amazing past couple years of success where they can now headline big arenas all over the UK.
This is the last night of their UK arena tour to promote their third studio album 'Brand New Machine'.The album features vocal contributions from a new wave of British talent, including Louis M^ttrs, Moko, Jacob Banks and Elli Ingram, as well as contributions from Major Lazer, Nile Rodgers and rapper Pusha T.
It reached number 2 in the UK album charts.
The atmosphere inside the venue is fantastic as the crowd are all revved up for a proper messy rave night and the floor standing area is a heaving mass of bodies.
The crowd are jumping a plenty tonight
Lots of lights and big screens in their stage production as Chase and Status are behind two huge consoles with a giant C and S in front of each of them.
They use a few different singers and some are also the support acts tonight.
Their anthemic dance classic 'Blind Faith' is the final song of the main set and never fails to send a shiver all over me.
The first encore is a frantic version of
Rage Against The Machine 'Killing In The Name' which the crowd loved.
You can see why they have crossed over and can play big festivals like Reading,Leeds, Download and Glastonbury as well as the usual dance festivals.
A really good dance gig.
This was the full setlist i think....
Gun Metal Grey....International....No Problem....Hypest Hype....Gangsta Boogie VIP....Pressure....Count On Me....End Credits....Machine Gun....Blk & Blu....
Eastern Jam....Flashing Lights....Heaven Knows....Smash TV....Pieces....Time....Let You Go....Lost & Not Found....Alive....
Killing in the Name (Rage Against the Machine cover)....Fool Yourself....
Chase & Status at Glastonbury playing their anthem 'Blind Faith'Watch the video here.
14 Nov 2013....6.45pm to 11.45pm....
The Classic Rock Roll Of Honour Awards
at The Roundhouse,London.
Out of all the music awards shows in London every year i would say this is my fave.
Drinks reception then around 550 seated for a three course dinner and we are part of the 50 standing or sitting at tables without food next to the bar which has free booze all night.Event proper started at 7.10pm.
We had some live acts between courses.The Temperance Movement played a song at the start then Zakk Wylde played a couple of songs on the piano in the middle and The Darkness played five songs after the awards at 10.35pm including 'Black Shock','Get Your Hands Off My Woman' and of course 'I Believe In A Thing Called Love'.Singer Justin Hawkins was in a dodgy catsuit as usual but was entertaining.
Even more so when some drunk folks tried to get on stage for a dance.
You forget that their debut album 'Permission To Land' from 2003 sold 1.5 million copies in the UK alone.
The Darkness won The Showman award.
Fish was the host and attendees included Black Sabbath,Mott The Hoople,Jimmy Page,Wilko Johnson,Alex Lifeson from Rush,Bill Byford from Saxon,Thunder,Steve Hackett,Scott Gorham,Ricky Warwick,Walter Trout,Billy Morrison,James Dean Bradfield from Manic Street Preachers,Rick Wakeman, Ginger Wildheart,Brody Dalle,Bernie Marsden, The Virginmarys, rock dj Nicky Horne,Rival Sons jazz legend Chris Barber plus a few others no doubt i missed.
Plenty of music biz folks including ITB booking agents Rod MacSween and Steve Zapp,
Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood,
rock photographer Ross Halfin,the KISS UK tour manager who confirmed to me that KISS will be playing the UK in the spring of next year and lots of folks from the main gig promoters,record companies,pr etc.
Black Sabbath won three awards.
They took home Album Of The Year for comeback title '13', Event Of The Year for reaching number one after 43 years, and the previously announced Living Legends award. Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler were present.Original drummer Bill Ward is not here as he is not in the current line up.
Wilko Johnson was presented the Innovator award by Jimmy Page, defying the odds after he was told he might not survive past October when he was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. Johnson admitted 'I'm supposed to be dead now'.
I got a nice photo with Wilko Johnson and his autograph.
Legendary American music manager Shep Gordon who has looked after Alice Cooper for over 40 years is here to pick up the VIP award.
Led Zeppelin 'Celebration Day' won best dvd award and Jimmy Page collected.
The brother of Rory Gallagher picked up an award on his behalf.
Full List Of The Winners Here The event minute by minute.
Got some goodie bags that each had ORANGE mini speakers,a hardback copy of the current issue of Classic Rock and some other bits n pieces.
An excellent event.
13 Nov 2013...I went to three events tonight.
6.45pm to 8.30pm.First was 'Goldie: The Lost Tribes' - private view at Mead Carney Gallery, 45 Dover Street, London, W1.
Goldie, is a British electronic music artist, dj, visual artist and actor.
Most gallery events are pretty tame but this was a proper full on rammed buzzing event with loads of faces.
Sex Pistols members Glen Matlock and Paul Cook are here.Glen was with his son and Paul was with his wife and daughter
Also here was Ray McVeigh who was enlisted into The Professionals by Steve Jones & Paul Cook in late 1980 after The Sex Pistols split up.
Goldie of course was here as was Man Utd footballer Rio Ferdinand,Stone Roses singer Ian Brown,Don Letts,Meg Matthews,Mark Fuller,dj David Rodigan,photographer Dennis Morris who took photos of Sex Pistols and Bob Marley in the 1970s,Also Jazzie B and fashion designer Ozwald Boateng.
Complimentary vodka cocktails,wines and beers for all guests.
An excellent event.
On his work for The Lost Tribes – 20 stunning originals created on wood in custom made frames with sculpture – Goldie explains; “I’ve always wanted to be really primal. I’ve decided to work with wood and sustained wood to be able to go back to techniques of making frames and cutting them, sanding them and staining them myself.”
“I’ve gathered loads of models from near and far that remind me of African, South American and Native American culture and how much that reflects on societies and where our ideas of art come from. That has been very important to me.”
www.meadcarney.comExhibition runs until 24 Nov 2013.
8.45pm to 9.30pm.Launch party for Zinc,
31st Floor,Centre Point Building,Tottenham Court Road,London.
Located on the level below the stunning Paramount restaurant, Zinc will open Friday and Saturday evenings and, with world class DJs playing a unique blend of beach house, melodic, hard house and electro and a 24-hour licence, it’s destined to be a hot spot from dusk to dawn. On arrival, guests will enter the stylish reception area and then move into the dramatic bar area. Designed by the creative and dynamic Studio Wick, Zinc’s design will be both unique and engaging, with features including, a ‘snake’ inspired velvet chaise longue winding its ways down one entire side of the lounge, fretworking adorning the walls, cutting edge lighting and a 10ft Tom Dixon designed bar made from the bar’s namesake, Zinc, with a futuristic panelling design.
Stunning views across London from up here.
Complimentary drinks and canapes for all.
Guests here included Matt Cardle who rose to fame after winning the seventh series of The X Factor.
9.45pm to 12pm.The Pullman Artnight at Pullman London Hotel,100-110 Euston Road,St Pancras,London NW1.
Following a £10 million transformation, the former Novotel London St Pancras rebranded as Pullman London St Pancras, the first of its kind in the UK, opened in July 2013. Commanding a prime location in London, minutes away from Euston and King’s Cross/St Pancras stations.
A big crowd of over 300 guests are here.
A full complimentary bar and loads of different food stations including lobster.
Lots of different things going on.
Lots of classic rock photos on each floor.
There is a digital interactive graffiti wall that was very popular.A friend did a near perfect Sex Pistols 'Never Mind The Bollocks' album cover with full yellow background etc.
We visited some of the rooms that were on display and they looked very comfy.
The highly contemporary design is instantly striking.
It is a very nice four star hotel.
The dj tonight was Tom Findlay from Groove Armada.
An excellent event.
Check out The Pullman Hotel St Pancras website
12 Nov 2013.....7pm to 10pm.....
#vypeSOCIAL - launch party at
#vypeSOCIAL, 66 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch,London, EC2.
Launch party for #vypesocial, the UK's first ever e-cigarette bar.
e-cigarettes have grown in popularity over the last couple of years in a big way and
an estimated 1.3 million UK adults are now using them.
A few celebrities here including Ashley Walters from Top Boy, actor and director Dexter Fletcher, Noisettes front-woman Shingai Shoniwa, Sway, socialite Olivia Inge, Lethal Bizzle, the singer and producer Charlie Brown, actor and comedian Mathew Horne, Thom Green the drummer from Alt-J, legendary dj Tim Westwood, BAFTA-winning Adam Deacon, model Jade Parfitt and fashion designer Amy Molyneaux.
From Wednesday 13th – Saturday 30th November the nicely laid out venue over two floors will provide various events and entertainment.
The #vypesocial bar is is open until the end of the month.It aims to identify and demonstrate the potential for new rituals and etiquettes around the use of electronic cigarettes in social venues. The hope is that new rules could enhance the sociability between smokers and non-smokers during a night out.
You can of course buy Vype e-cigarettes here.
At 8.50pm we had a 45 mins 10 song set from London band Theme Park who played tracks from their self titled debut album that was released this year on Transgressive Records.Some neat funky indie pop dance tunes including 'Jamaica'.
Complimentary drinks all night with a choice of three different cocktails,wines, beers and lots of nice bowl food and wraps.
All guests got some complimentary Vype e-cigs to take home with them.
Vype is available as a disposable e-cigarette (each one delivering approximately 130 puffs in laboratory testing) and reload, a rechargeable e-cigarette (with each reload cartridge delivering approximately 250 puffs in laboratory testing).The number of puffs will depend on personal vyping behaviour.
www.vypesocial.comCheck the venue website for upcoming events they are putting on.
11 Nov 2013.The Reflektors(Arcade Fire) live at The Roundhouse,London.
Canadian indie rockers Arcade Fire are playing a short UK tour under the name 'The Reflektors'.
Their fourth studio album 'Reflektor' went straight in at number one in the UK and American charts last week.
This is a small gig for them as i have seen them headline The 02 Arena and Reading Festival so no surprise it sold out pronto.
No doubt they will be back in the UK next year for a full UK arena tour.
The venue is decked out in disco balls and silver ribbons and photos of Haiti are along the back.
The band asked the crowd to be in fancy dress and quite a few have done that.
Some band members wearing odd outfits too.
Like The Arctic Monkeys they have ticked that hard to do box of always getting great reviews,selling loads of records,playing big venues but still retaining their trendy coolness.
They said the setlist would be all about the new album and it pretty much was.
The new songs have a nice dance feel to them and they play a couple of punky sounding tunes.
The 90 mins set ticked along nicely but they did not play any big hits of theirs so i kinda felt it was a pretty average gig for me even though the crowd of course loved it.
Nice to see QPR players Joey Barton and Rob Green here.
Full setlist played.....
Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
Joan of Arc
You Already Know
It's Never Over (Oh Orpheus)
Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
Uncontrollable Urge (DEVO cover)
Here Comes the Night Time
Crown of Love
10 Nov 2013.Essence Of Ireland live at The Swan Theatre,High Wycombe,Bucks.
I have been to High Wycombe for gigs before.
Joy Division,Killing Joke,Certain Ratio at The Town Hall , High Wycombe on 20.02.1980 was well worth the drive up the A40/M40.
Also Dead Men Walking feat Glen Matlock + Pete Wylie + Mike Peters + Kirk Brandon at this same venue in 2001 was a good one.
The Swan Theatre is a very comfy and nicely tiered seated venue that holds around 1000.
Not my usual rock n roll type event but three generations of the Morrissey clan are here to see this all things Irish night out with the two hour show over two sets featuring Irish songs and Riverdance type dancing.
The story could be based on my own parents who came over from the Galway area in the 1950s looking for work and a better life.
An enjoyable evening.
About the show......
Set against the backdrop of Ireland, England and America in the 20th century and inspired by true events, Essence of Ireland tells a story of love, joy, happiness and heartache endured by Cora McGowan and Sean Dempsey as they are separated from each other and their beloved Ireland.
This moving story told through music, song and dance is a celebration of all things Irish. Featuring original choreography and music, together with Irish classics such as “Galway Girl”, “Irish Rover”, “Song for Ireland”, “Danny Boy”, “Carrickfergus "Ireland’s Call” and even the U2 anthem "Pride (In the Name of Love)" near the end.
“Everyday is St Patricks Day when these guys are in town’’ says the BBC reviewer.
www.essenceofireland.co.ukClick here for their tour dates.
09 Nov 2013.Great news if you,like me are big fans of The New York Dolls and Johnny Thunders.
Alexander Soskin has signed to direct an adaptation of Nina Antonia's bio 'Johnny Thunders: In Cold Blood', set to begin production in 2014, L.A.M.F. Films in Los Angeles has announced. Thunders, the guitarist for the influential 1970s punk bands the New York Dolls and the Heartbreakers. Johnny Thunders died in New Orleans in 1991. Though he was a notorious heroin addict, some think his death involved foul play.
I saw him play loads of times with The Heartbreakers and as a solo act.
08 Nov 2013....6.45pm to 10pm....
SalonQP--Fine Watch Exhibition private view at The Saatchi Gallery,Kings Road,Chelsea, London.
SalonQP, the UK’s premier watch exhibition, will take place at the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea from November 7–9. Now in its fifth year, SalonQP is the perfect opportunity to get up close and personal with the latest watches from established grandes maisons and top independent watchmakers.
A stunning collection of over 50 top quality watch brands have their own stands over all three floors here.
Lots of complimentary rum,gin,vodka cocktails,wines,beers and canapes for all guests.
A big crowd of mainly suited folks.
There is a fun casino on one floor.
It is held this time every year so pencil in the dates for next year.
07 Nov 2013.....6.45pm to 10.45pm.....
Stonewall Awards at Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7.
Around 500 folks in this stunning venue.Most have paid £200 for their tickets.
As Stonewall supports gay rights equality the crowd is i would say around 90% gay.
Guests here included Gok Wan(tv presenter), Antony Cotton(Coronation Street actor who won Entertainer Of The Year tonight),
Diane Abbott(the first black woman to be elected to the House of Commons), Holly Johnson(Frankie Goes To Hollywood singer), Skin(Skunk Anansie singer who married billionaire’s daughter Christiana Wyly in a lavish civil partnership ceremony near Verona in Italy).Both are here in very glam dresses.Also here was Polly Samson who is the wife of David Gilmour.
Lots of complimentary Devaux champers all night along with nice canapes before the awards and lots of bowl food and desserts after the awards.The 11 awards are given out 8pm to 9pm in the magnificent Raphael Gallery where we are all seated.
Food writer Grace Dent picked up Journalist of the Year award, Tina Stowell was awarded Politician of the Year and Damian Barr picked up Writer of the Year.
A very nice event.
Stonewall was founded in 1989 by a small group of women and men who had been active in the struggle against Section 28 of the Local Government Act.
Section 28 was an offensive piece of legislation designed to prevent the so-called 'promotion' of homosexuality in schools; as well as stigmatising gay people it also galvanised the gay community.
The aim from the outset was to create a professional lobbying group that would prevent such attacks on lesbians, gay men and bisexuals from ever occurring again. Stonewall has subsequently put the case for equality on the mainstream political agenda by winning support within all the main political parties and now has offices in England, Scotland and Wales.
06 Nov 2013.The Killers live at Hammersmith Apollo,London.
This is a special one off UK show between two BBC shows to promote 'Direct Hits' which is their greatest hits compilation album that is due for release on November 11, 2013 on Island Records.
No surprise that this gig sold out pronto as i saw them headline massive outdoor shows at Wembley Stadium and Isle Of Wight Festival in the summer.For them this is a small gig.
A fantastic atmosphere as it is a full house of hardcore fans with even the entire circle up and dancing from start to finish.
The show was centred around the singles on 'Direct Hits', with 13 of its 15 songs featuring. The only non-singles performed were 'From Here On Out', 'Jenny Was A Friend If Mine' and their regular cover of Joy Division's 'Shadowplay'.
Lots of lasers used and singer Brandon Flowers climbs on the amps and monitors often.
They have so many great uptempo tunes.
A totally excellent 95 mins set.
Full setlist played by The Killers....
Shot at the Night
Somebody Told Me
The Way It Was
Smile Like You Mean It
Shadowplay (Joy Division cover)
For Reasons Unknown
From Here On Out
A Dustland Fairytale
Read My Mind (Stripped back version)
All These Things That I've Done
Jenny Was a Friend of Mine
When You Were Young
Austin Reed - fragrance launch party at
Austin Reed, 100 Regent Street, London W1
Sadly i could not take up my invite to this as my other half wanted get in the Hammersmith area at 6.30pm for The Killers pre-gig atmosphere.
www.austinreed.co.ukCheck out all Austin Reed items here.
04 Nov 2013....615pm to 9pm....
CEW(Cosmetic Executive Women) Achiever Awards 2013 at The Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel, Cadogan Place, Knightsbridge,London, SW1.
Around 500 folks here with the usual 90% of them being female who are from all the main cosmetic brands and woman's magazines.
Guests here included John Frieda,Nancy Dell'Olio and Lulu Guinness.
Complimentary prosecco,wines and nice canapes for all guests for an hour then all seated for the dozen or so awards for the next hour.
Sue James---Woman and Home
Tracey Woodward---Urban Retreat
Julietta Dexter---The Communications Store
Elizabeth Fagan---Boots UK
All guests got an excellent goodie bag with over a dozen nice items including a Jimmy Choo fragrance.
A good event.
02 Nov 2013.American rockers STARZ are to visit the UK for the first time ever.I bought their first two albums (Starz in 1976 and Violation in 1977) when they came out as they were managed by Bill Aucoin who looked after KISS.
They never really had much success over here but they play their first ever UK gig at The Garage,London on 18 Dec 2013.
Looks like three original members still there.
Kiss manager Bill Aucoin helped them to get signed to Capitol Records in early 1976.
Their major American hit single "Cherry Baby" in the spring of 1977 came from the album 'Violation', produced by Jack Douglas of Aerosmith fame. Jack Douglas produced their first two albums 'Starz' and 'Violation'.
01 Nov 2013.BLUESFEST LONDON DAY FOUR.
I went to two R.A.H.shows tonight.
7.30pm show....Mick Hucknall,Van Morrison and guests tribute to Bobby Bland at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
Nice opening video footage that showed Mick Hucknall chatting to Bobby Bland about the 2008
album Mick recorded 'Tribute To Bobby'.
Bobby Bland sadly died earlier this year.
Bland was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1981, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame described him as "second in stature only to B.B. King as a product of Memphis's Beale Street blues scene".
I saw Bobby Bland a few times back in the day including a stunning blues bill from Hammersmith Odeon in 1982 that featured BB King,Bobby Bland and John Lee Hooker.
All the 85 mins set was Bobby Bland songs i think.
Van Morrison was first up singing three tracks ,then Hamish Stuart sung one,then Paul Carrack sang two including 'Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City' which a few years later would be recorded by rockers Whitesnake and be a big live fave in their show.
Tonight was really the Mick Hucknall show as he sang a dozen Bobby Bland songs in 50 mins.
All the singers tonight have great voices.
Mick Hucknall was joined by Ronnie Wood for the first encore and Ronnie Wood and Mick Taylor for the second encore.
An enjoyable show.
10.30pm show....The Ronnie Wood Band feat Mick Taylor and guests paying tribute to Jimmy Reed live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
Ronnie feels jimmy Reed is a bit overlooked compared to the likes of Muddy Waters.
Jimmy Reed died in 1976.
The Rolling Stones have cited Reed as a major influence on their sound, and their early set lists included many of Reed's songs, including tracks like "Ain't That Lovin' You Baby", "The Sun is Shining" (also played at the Stones' 1969 Altamont concert), "Bright Lights, Big City" and "Shame, Shame, Shame".
The best thing about this show was Ronnie Wood and Mick Taylor played the whole of the 1 hour 40 mins set together.Ronnie Wood replaced Mick Taylor in The Rolling Stones in 1975.
A bit naughty of Ronnie to keep Mick waiting for two mins at the start of the show though as Mick ended up on his own looking a bit peeved.
Ronnie was relaxed and his usual funny self.
Mick taking a very low profile.
I think it was all Jimmy Reed songs tonight.
Bobby Womack sung on a couple of songs.
Mick Hucknall sung on one song.
Paul Weller joined them on vocals for 'Shame,Shame,Shame'.
Then Bobby Womack came back and joined them for the last song.His very excited young assistant who came on stage to help out was told to stand at the side away from the main artists.
An enjoyable show.
Guests spotted here tonight included Bianca Jagger and tennis player Pat Cash.
The show finished at 12.15am which is a bit much as the promoters decided to put two main hall shows on each night.
31 Oct 2013.BLUESFEST LONDON DAY THREE.
I went to two R.A.H.shows tonight.
7.30pm show....Chris Rea live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
Chris Rea now aged 62 is an English singer-songwriter, recognisable for his distinctive, husky voice and slide guitar playing.
Chris Rea had sold more than 30 million albums worldwide over the past 30 years or so.
The venue is full and there seems to be loads of folks from Italy and other European countries.
Lots of great slide guitar work but the first hour was pretty polite stuff.Tracks like 'Where The Blues Come From','Josephine' and 'Julia'
were good but hardly exciting.
Things got much better near the end for lively versions of 'Road To Hell' and the encore 'Let's Dance'.
On stage for only 80 mins with no support act was hardly value for money.
10.30pm show....Robert Plant Sensational Space Shifters live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
You have to admire Robert Plant for declining a
multi-million pound payday for a Led Zep reunion and just focusing on his own projects.
I have a great seat right of stage for this rammed sold out show.Great atmosphere here.
The psychedelic backdrop and joss sticks on the monitors evoked rock of a different era.
"This is a very invigorating time for me," says Robert Plant, who recently turned 65, prowling across stage with the wary grace of a tightrope walker in Cuban heels.
"I can get on a bus and go anywhere for nothing!".
They were on stage for 95 mins.
Robert said it was the last night of the world tour for the band.
He looks great with his mane of hair and the voice is still fantastic.
He has a musician from Gambia playing unusual instruments on many tunes tonight as there were superb reworkings of Led Zep classics.
A totally excellent show.
This was most of the setlist played but there were four or five other songs played.
Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You (Joan Baez cover)
Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down (Traditional cover from his Band Of Joy album)
Spoonful (Howlin’ Wolf cover)
Going to California (Led Zeppelin song)
Four Sticks (Led Zeppelin song)
Fixin' to Die (Bukka White cover)
What Is and What Should Never Be (Led Zeppelin song)
May I Have A Talk With You(Stevie Ray Vaughn cover)
Whole Lotta Love (Led Zeppelin song)
Rock and Roll (Led Zeppelin song)
30 Oct 2013....7.30pm to 11.45pm....
Rosewood Hotel London - launch party at
Rosewood Hotel London, 252 High Holborn, London, WC1.
Around 300 upmarket folks at this very plush five star hotel near Holborn tube station.
Mollie King from The Saturdays was the dj here and there was a jazz band playing in the corner. Guests here included actor and comedian Stephen Merchant, tv presenter Andrea McLean and Janet Street-Porter who was the host for The Sex Pistols Notre Dame gig in 1976 tv special.
Lots of complimentary champers,cocktails and nice canapes here for all guests.
All guests got a goodie bag with a yukata robe which is a Japanese casual summer kimono and some bath oils that the hotel provide to guests in their rooms when they stay.
A very nice event.
About the hotel......
The magnificent street frontage, which today is the entrance to Rosewood London, features a central carriageway entrance and dome leading into a grand courtyard, which provides a calm sanctuary away from the bustle of the city.
Inside, the lavish interiors are fitted out with Cuban mahogany and seven types of marble, including extremely rare types such as Swedish Green and Statuary. One of the most dramatic features of this five-star heritage hotel is the Renaissance-style seven-storey grand staircase, an architectural tour de force in marble. It ascends from either side of the entrance on High Holborn, forming a bridge on the first floor and rising through all the floors under an elliptical dome. Looking upwards, the arcades of Pavonazzo marble frame a view of the cupola that rises to 50.6 meters (166 feet), the maximum permitted height at the time of construction.
The lengthy restoration project followed original designs wherever possible. Missing details have been carefully replicated and replaced, and throughout the hotel, the restoration process has created an ambience of a historic London residence with ample space and atmosphere for both intimate and large events.
29 Oct 2013.BLUESFEST LONDON DAY ONE.
I went to two R.A.H.shows tonight.
7pm to 9.30pm.Tedeschi Trucks Band + Mavis Staples Band live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
Mavis Staples now aged 74 is an American rhythm and blues and gospel singer who recorded with The Staple Singers, her family's band.
She was on stage for 45 mins with a big soulful voice and lots of great on stage banter and preaching.Mavis got a full standing ovation at the end of her set which finished with one of her big hits 'I'll Take You There'.
Full Mavis Staples Band setlist played....
For What It's Worth (Buffalo Springfield cover)
Can You Get To That (Funkadelic cover)
I Like The Things About Me
The Weight (The Band cover)
Will The Circle Be Unbroken (With Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi)
I'll Take You There
The Tedeschi Trucks Band, formerly known as the Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band is a blues rock group based in Jacksonville, Florida. Formed in 2010, the band is led by husband-and-wife musicians Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, and primarily features members from their solo groups. Their debut album, 'Revelator', won a Grammy Award for Best Blues Album.
They are massive in America playing venues like Red Rocks and tonight the venue here is 95% sold which is very impressive.
The band are introduced by BBC Radio London dj Robert Elms who plays them a lot.The 10 piece band are excellent with two drummers,keyboards,brass section,backing vocals along with brilliant Janis Joplin type vocals from Susan and nifty guitar playing from Derek.
Their 90 mins set was a mix of their own material and cover versions.A lot of songs ended with full muso workouts build
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