News and Reviews: March 18, 2019

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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.
My interview with TIME OUT magazine in April 2018 is now online.
It features me talking about being the UKs number one gig over 6700 gigs seen...
Includes a mention of the 2000 plus shows i have been to at Hammersmith Odeon/Apollo since 1973,
along with a photo of me outside the venue.
Mentions some Sex Pistols stories and other bits and pieces.
Search for it on google under Ray Morrissey Time Out.
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. their website here for more info.
MOMO restaurant & bar reopens this week after refurbishment , 25 Heddon Street, London W1.
Tues 19 March---Picture This play The Forum.
The band are massive back home in Ireland where at the end of March they become the first band
to play five nights at Dublin Arena.
They are touring to promote their second album.
Thurs 21 March---Half a dozen comedy acts play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Stand Up For Shelter: John Bishop, James Acaster, Jo Brand, Josh Widdicombe, Jon Richardson.
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.
I first saw Southside Johnny in 1987 at Hammersmith Odeon.
Support act is Steve Gibbons Band who i saw four times supporting major acts in the 1970s.
Lynyrd Skynyrd,Steve Gibbons Band Hammersmith Odeon, London 15.02.1976
Electric Light Orchestra,Steve Gibbons Band New Victoria Theatre, London 20.06.1976
Ted Nugent,Steve Gibbons Band Hammersmith Odeon, London 05.03.1977
Ted Nugent,Steve Gibbons Band Hammersmith Odeon, London 06.03.1977
Steve Gibbons is still rockin' at the grand old age of 77.
Sat 23 March---Jim Bob (ex Carter USM) plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
GUN CONTROL - My band from the early 80s played a successful comeback gig on 10 Nov 2018.
Our second gig will hopefully be in April.
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...
Fri 22 March---40 YEARS OF DISCO 2019 is on at Wembley Arena.
Featuring seven acts playing short hits based sets headlined by THE VILLAGE PEOPLE.
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 summer 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.
A tale of drunken debauchery, drug-fueled parties, and groupies. It can only be another biopic about an insane rock band. Arguably the most notorious of them all, Motley Crue’s biopic "The Dirt" is finally arriving on Netflix.
The band turned down many film big studios but Netflix were the only ones to say " do it just like the book".
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.
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.
I go to two or three RAH TCT shows every year.
Wed 27 March---Slim Chance play The Water Rats, Kings Cross...Ronnie Lane's old band...
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.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has officially announced 2019 inductees: Radiohead, Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks, Def Leppard, the Cure, Roxy Music and the Zombies will all join the class of 2019. The induction ceremony will be held at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on March 29th.
- Brian May will induct Def Leppard
- Harry Styles will induct Stevie Nicks
- Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor will induct The Cure
- David Byrne will induct Radiohead
- Duran Duran’s John Taylor and Simon Le Bon will induct Roxy Music
- The Bangles' Susanna Hoffs will induct The Zombies
- Janelle Monáe will induct Janet Jackson
Sat 30 March---Spurs Legends play Inter Milan Legends...test game at Spurs new stadium...
Sat 30 March---David Sinclair Four play Mau Mau Bar, Notting Hill, London W11.
Mon 01 April---Mike + The Mechanics play The Royal Albert Hall...part of a massive UK tour...
Looks like the setlist will include three Genesis gems and the great Roachford hit "Cuddly Toy".
Tues 02 April and Wed 03 April---Rumours of Fleetwood Mac play The Cadogan Hall, Chelsea.
Rumours of Fleetwood Mac, the world’s finest tribute to Fleetwood Mac, returns to the stage in 2019 with its ‘Anniversary Tour’, a brand new show celebrating 50 years of the very best of Fleetwood Mac, including a very special blues set paying tribute to Fleetwood Mac’s legendary Peter Green era.
Tues 02 April---Gabrielle plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
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".
Wed 03 April---David Sinclair Four play Molesey East & West Conservative Club @ Molesey.
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
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!
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.
04 March 2019 update for Only Fools & Horses - The Musical at The Haymarket Theatre.
As expected it has been a huge success and the run has been extended to August 2019.
It has taken over £8 million at the box office and sold over 150,000 tickets so far.
Sat 06 April---FA CUP first semi-final at Wembley Stadium.
Sat 06 April---Todd Rundgren plays Hammersmith Apollo.
Todd celebrates 50 years as a musician with a show that includes readings from his autobiography.
Rundgren has also celebrated an illustrious production career, working on seminal albums Bat Out Of Hell by Meat Loaf, and the self-titled debut by New York Dolls.
Sun 07 April---FA CUP second semi-final at Wembley Stadium.
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SUN 7th - BRIGHTON Centre 0844 847 1515
TUES 9th - NEWCASTLE Metro Radio Arena 0844 493 6666
WED 10th - NOTTINGHAM Motorpoint Arena 0843 373 3000
THURS 11th - LONDON The SSE Arena, Wembley 0844 815 0815
FRI 12th - BIRMINGHAM Genting Arena 0844 33 88222
SAT 13th - LIVERPOOL Echo Arena 0344 8000 400
SUN 14th - BOURNEMOUTH BIC 0844 576 3000
www.legendslive.orgVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
Sat 13 April---Record Store Day 2019.
More than 550 exclusive /special edition records will hit the shelves of independent stores around the UK,
including Aretha Franklin, Robyn, Pink Floyd , Prince , U2, Thin Lizzy, John Lennon, Ronnie Lane and Idles.
West London punk artist MAL-ONE releases another RSD 7 inch single 'Punk Times' on Jamaican Recordings.
Sat 13 April---Elvana plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
Elvis Presley impersonator sings Nirvana.
Tues 16 April---ABC with orchestra play The Royal Albert Hall.
Performing their classic album ‘The Lexicon Of Love’ in its entirety.
Tues 16 April, Wed 17 April, Thurs 18 April---John Mayall plays Ronnie Scotts.
Blues legend is playing two shows a night at the grand old age of 85....yes 85.
Wed 17 April---Joe Jackson plays The Palladium as part of a massive European Tour.
Wed 17 April---Alfie Boe plays The Palladium.
Thurs 18 April---Gipsy Kings play The Royal Albert Hall.
Fri 19 April and Sat 20 April---Manowar are in Birmingham for their only UK shows on their European Tour.
Sat 20 April---The Clone Roses, Oasish, The Smiths Ltd play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Sun 21 April---Rufus Wainwright plays The Royal Albert Hall.
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.
Thurs 25 April---Julie Felix live at Uxbridge Folk Club, Hillingdon.
Folk singer from the 1960s and 1970s still touring at the age of 80.
Fri 26 April---Hall & Oates play Wembley Arena.
I have seen them several times since 1980 when they headlined Hammersmith Odeon.
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.
They were the first of over 2000 shows I have seen at that legendary venue.
Mott The Hoople still feature three original members including vocalist Ian Hunter (he will be 80 in June).
Fri 26 April---Sex Pistols Experience play The Half Moon, Putney.
Sun 28 April---“Teenage Werewolves”, (Cramps tribute) play The Underworld, Camden.
Kelsey Grammer is one of my fave tv actors and returns to The West End.
Kelsey Grammer and Danielle de Niese to star in Man of La Mancha at London Coliseum from April 26 to June 8.
Also stars Nicholas Lyndhurst.
Featuring the iconic song 'Dream the Impossible Dream'.
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....I saw his show at The Forum in Dec 2018.
Sat 04 May---Jack & Sally, White Canvas, The Vulz, Swords of Thought at Fiddlers Elbow, Camden £5.
02 / 03/ 04/ 05 / 07 / 08 / 09 / 10 May - Take That play eight shows at The 02 Arena on their massive UK tour.
Sat 04 May and Sun 05 May---Dead Can Dance play Hammersmith Apollo.
Sun 05 May---David Sinclair Four play Gunnersbury Triangle Club, Acton, London W3.
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.
Fri 10 May---Francis Rossi live at The Beck Theatre, Hayes.
Legendary Status Quo lead singer Francis Rossi will share the extraordinary secrets from more than fifty years in rock’n’roll when he takes to the stage for an intimate evening of chat.
Sat 11 May---The Gloria's play The George & Dragon, Acton High Street, London entry...
Sun 12 May---Peter Doherty plays The Roundhouse....last date on his UK tour...
Sun 12 May---The Best of Rock Musicals live at Hammersmith Apollo.
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.
Tues 14 May---An evening with Harry Redknapp at The Royal Albert Hall.
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!
Fri 17 May and Sat 18 May---Manic Street Preachers play Shepherds Bush Empire....both sold out...
Sat 18 May---FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium.
Sun 19 May---Sting & Shaggy play The Roundhouse.
Following this year's GRAMMY’s, where Sting & Shaggy were awarded Best Reggae Album for their collaborative UK Top Ten hit record 44/876, the pair have announced their return to the UK with The 44/876 Tour.
The setlist will mix tracks from their album as well as from their own classic hits.
The world famous RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW returns for its annual stint - May 21 to May 25.
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.
Reports saying Jess Glynne is getting £100k per show for supporting them.
Thurs 23 May and Fri 24 May---Roger Hodgson plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Sat 25 May, Sun 26 May, Mon 27 May---Mariah Carey plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Thurs 30 May---Tower of Power play The Royal Albert Hall.
Thurs 30 May---James Walsh plays Bush Hall.
Starsailor frontman James Walsh has a new album, 'Tiger On The Bridge' out on May 31st, and he headlines Bush Hall for a very special headline show on the eve of its release.
STIFF LITTLE FINGERS | IDLEWILD | THE ORB and many more over the weekend. their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
Sat 01 June and Sun 02 June--BTS play two massive gigs at Wembley Stadium.
They are pretty much the Asian One Direction as they are playing huge stadiums worldwide.
BTS, an acronym of Bangtan Sonyeondan or “Beyond the Scene”, is a South Korean boyband that is capturing the hearts of millions of fans globally.
A meteoric rise to stardom as they were playing free gigs back home for 200 fans just 5 years ago.
Muse play three massive UK shows in the UK in the summer.
London Stadium – Sat 1st June 2019
Bristol Ashton Gate Stadium - Wed 5th June 2019
Manchester Etihad Stadium – Sat 8th June 2019
17 Nov 2018 update - Muse new album' Simulation Theory' straight in at Number 1 on the UK Albums Chart.
Six of Muse’s eight studio albums have now reached the top spot in the UK.
Muse have confirmed that legendary guitarist Tom Morello will support the band on their upcoming UK tour. Morello is best known for his work as co-founder and guitarist of Rage Against The Machine.
Tues 04 June---Styx play The Palladium.
Fri 07 June---Rod Stewart plays Portman Road Stadium, Ipswich.
Sat 08 June---Take That live from Cardiff is beamed into 600 UK cinemas.
Sat 08 June---Chaka Khan and Bananarama play Brockwell Park.
Sat 08 June---Steve Hillage Band play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Tues 11 June---Lenny Kravitz + Corinne Bailey Rae play The 02 Arena.
Wed 12 June and Thurs 13 June---Stereolab play Shepherds Bush Empire.
10 years on from their hiatus and avant-pop band, Stereolab are returning to the stage to coincide with their seven-album reissue campaign.
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.
The Download Festival Weekend will feature many bands over many stages.
Fri 14 June---Def Leppard + Slash + Whitesnake + Tesla
Sat 15 June---Slipknot + Trivium
Sun 16 June---Tool + Smashing Pumpkins
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.
Chris Spedding is on guitar for Bryan's tour.
Thurs 20 June---Nick Lowe plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
Nick Lowe’s Quality Rock & Roll Revue sees the producer, musician and songwriter perform tracks from his fourth EP, Tokyo Bay, as well as inviting instrumental act, Los Straitjackets along for a unique live show.
Thurs 20 June---Metallica play Twickenham Stadium with support from Ghost.
Metallica are on a massive European tour of stadiums.
I have seen Metallica over a dozen times since 1986 when they headlined Hammersmith Odeon.
Fri 21 June---Bon Jovi + Manic Street Preachers play Wembley Stadium.
Fri 21 June---A tribute evening to Pete Shelley at The Royal Albert Hall.
Buzzcocks with guest vocalists + Skids + Penetration.
Sat 22 June---Billy Joel plays Wembley Stadium.
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---THE STRAY CATS play Hammersmith Apollo.
Brian Setzer (guitar, vocals), Lee Rocker (bass, vocals) and Slim Jim Phantom (drums, vocals)--original founding members of the iconic and acclaimed American rock and roll trio--are celebrating
their 40th anniversary in 2019 with a new album and a European Tour featuring four UK shows.
I was at their last London show which was in 2008 at The Brixton Academy.
I saw them four times in 1980/1981 when their classic debut album came out.
I saw them play Hammersmith Odeon in 1989 when Lemmy and Robert Plant came on for the encore.
The STRAY CATS have titled the album 40. Marking their first new album in 26 years, it will be released May 24 via Surfdog Records and distributed by Mascot Label Group in Europe and the UK. The song titles alone — including “Cat Fight (Over A Dog Like Me),” “Rock It Off,” “Mean Pickin’ Mama,” and “Devil Train” — are typical Stray Cats.
Sat 29 June and Sun 30 June---Pink plays Wembley Stadium.
Sat 29 June---Lynyrd Skynyrd + Status Quo play Wembley Arena.
Earlier this year Southern Rock icons, Lynyrd Skynyrd, announced that, after a career that has spanned more than 40 years and includes a catalogue of more than 60 albums with more than 30 million units sold, they would embark on their Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour.
Other UK shows are....
June 26 – Glasgow, UK - SSE Hydro Arena (w/Status Quo)
June 27 – Manchester, UK - Manchester Arena(w/Status Quo)
June 30 – Birmingham. UK - Resorts World Arena (w/Status Quo)
Mon 01 July---Average White Band play The Royal Albert Hall.
Sat 06 July---The Who play Wembley Stadium with special guests Eddie Vedder,Kaiser Chiefs, Imelda May.
The Who will be joined by a symphonic orchestra.
This is their only show in Europe between their two North American tour legs.
Roger Daltrey was 75 on 01 March 2019.
Sat 06 July---Rammstein play Milton Keynes Stadium...only UK show on their European Tour.
Sun 07 July---Barbra Streisand plays Hyde Park.
KISS 'End of the Road' final World Tour hits Europe in the summer.
KISS start their farewell European Tour in Germany on 27 May and arrive in the UK in July.
KISS vocalist and guitarist Paul Stanley said: “This is going to be our last tour. It will be the most explosive,
biggest show we have ever put on".
09 Jul 2019 Birmingham Birmingham Arena
11 Jul 2019 London O2 Arena
12 Jul 2019 Manchester Manchester Arena
14 Jul 2019 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
16 Jul 2019 Glasgow SSE Hydro Arena
This very nice KISS item is released as a multi-coloured double vinyl album on 29 March 2019.
KISSWORLD brings together 20 of their best-loved tracks together on one album. Iconic fan faves such as “I Was Made For Lovin’ You”, “Rock And Roll All Nite” and “God Gave Rock ‘N’ Roll To You II” alongside top 10 U.S. chart hits “Beth” and “Detroit Rock City” on one huge collection.
Fri 12 July---Bob Dylan and Neil Young will appear as co-headliners British Summer Time Hyde Park.
11 March 2019 update - this unique pairing of legends is now sold out...65,000 tickets sold...
I have seen Bob Dylan over 20 times since i saw him headline Earls Court Arena in 1978.
I have seen Neil Young over a dozen times since i saw him headline Hammersmith Odeon in 1976.
Fri 12 July---ZZ Top + Jimmy Barnes play Wembley Arena...last night of ZZ Top European Tour...
It is months away but already gig clashes are occurring.
Sun 21 July---Slade + Sweet plus many more play Garon Park, Southend.

Sunday 17 March 2019.
Check out this amazing bunch of gigs i was going to 40 years ago this week as a 19 year old.
Bill Haley Rainbow Theatre, London 17.03.1979
David Essex Hammersmith Odeon, London 24.03.1979
Gang Of Four,Stiff Little Fingers,Human League,Fall,Mekons Lyceum Theatre, London 25.03.1979
Journey,Pat Travers Band Hammersmith Odeon, London 26.03.1979
Skids,Dole Marquee Club, London 28.03.1979
Eddie And The Hot Rods,Members Rainbow Theatre, London 30.03.1979
Buzzcocks,Patrick Fitzgerald Hammersmith Odeon, London 31.03.1979
Motorhead,Nutz,Girlschool Lyceum Theatre, London 01.04.1979
Graham Parker And The Rumour Hammersmith Odeon, London 03.04.1979
Elton John Drury Lane Theatre, London 05.04.1979
Siouxsie And The Banshees ,Human League Rainbow Theatre, London 07.04.1979
Damned,UK Subs,Specials Lyceum Theatre, London 08.04.1979

Sunday 17 March 2019.
Happy Birthday to BILLY CORGAN who is 52 today.
Sad news that DICK DALE has passed away.
Dick Dale, "the King of the Surf Guitar" and a pioneering guitarist that inspired a generation of musicians,
has died at the age of 81.
California Rocker first reported that Dale died Sunday. His bassist Sam Bolle confirmed Dale’s death to the Guardian. No cause of death was revealed, but the guitarist suffered from health issues in recent years. In 2010, Dale said he was battling rectal cancer, and in an interview that went viral, Dale said in 2015 that “I can’t stop touring because I will die” due to medical expenses stemming from cancer treatment, diabetes and renal failure. “I have to raise $3,000 every month to pay for the medical supplies I need to stay alive, and that’s on top of the insurance that I pay for,” Dale said at the time.
I saw him play The Garage in London in 1995.

Saturday 16 March 2019.
Trombone Shorty is best known as a trombone and trumpet player but also plays drums, organ, and tuba.
He has released several albums and has worked with many big names including U2 and Jeff Beck.
Support act The Record Company have released two albums.
The Record Company is a Grammy nominated American rock band from Los Angeles, California. The members are Chris Vos (guitar, lead vocals), Alex Stiff (bass, backing vocals), and Marc Cazorla (drums, backing vocals). Their music is influenced by blues musicians like John Lee Hooker,early punk bands like The Stooges, and rock bands like The Rolling Stones. Their sound incorporates slide guitar, distorted bass, a Ludwig drum kit and the vocals of Chris Vos.
A bit of a surprise that tonight is a near sell-out show.
THE RECORD COMPANY arrive on stage at 7.45pm and played for 45 mins.
A crap name for a band i thought, but my friend thought it was a great name.
This blues rock trio have a nice sound going for them.The gritty slide guitar, fuzzed-out bass,
and driving drums along with some nifty harmonica made for a good support set.
TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE arrive on stage at 9pm and play for 90 mins.
A nice stage production and there are nine on stage including two female backing singers.
A great live sound with a potent mix of funk, jazz, rock ’n’ roll, soul and blues.
Trombone Shorty is aged 33 and is a charismatic front man as he mixes vocals with his great trombone.
Seeing him at full tilt with the sax player as the band grooved away was great to watch.
There were a couple of cover versions in the set too.
An enjoyable show.

Friday 15 March 2019...I went to two events tonight...
6pm to 7pm
DANNY CLIFFORD photo exhibition "Rock Stars Don't Smile " - private view -
Heath Street Baptist Church, 84 Heath Street, Hampstead, London NW3.
As a world-renowned Rock and Roll photographer, Danny Clifford has spent his career as a fly-on-the-wall to the most iconic musicians of the last 40 years. From his big break as Bob Dylan's official photographer in the 1970s, through his close working relationship with Queen, The Who, The Rolling Stones and Amy Winehouse to name but a handful, the stories he has amassed over the years are just as vivid, colourful and dramatic as his photographs. With the title quote from a near-miss scuffle with Liam Gallagher, this is an exhibition of limited edition prints, previously untold stories and an access-all-areas insight into Danny's extensive archive.
Danny is a bit older than me but i have bumped into him loads of times over the past 40 years although
for the last decade he has been kind of semi-retired.
Around 60 classic photos are on display in this stunning setting, with many having a great narrative.
A picture of Keith Moon with a young Zak Starkey.
Danny had dinner with Keith Moon on the day he died.
Quite a few people here i know.
Zak Starkey and John Coghlan turned up when they were on display in Henley-On-Thames last month.
The gallery is 100 yards from Hampstead tube station.
It is on here until 11 April 2019.
Complimentary prosecco and beers for all guests.
www.dannyclifford.comVisit his website here to check out some of his great photos.
The front page photo is of Danny, aged just 20, taken by Bob Dylan on Bob Dylan's private jet in 1978.
7.45pm to 11.15pm
NO. FIFTY CHEYNE - restaurant press review - 50 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London SW3.
This restaurant is hidden away just a few yards from the homes of Mick Jagger, Bryan Adams and others.
Originally opened in 2003 by Sally Greene, who’s also the Founder Director of The Old Vic and proprietor of Ronnie Scott’s, she’s just finished taking the restaurant through a nine-month renovation that will see it reborn as No. Fifty Cheyne.
In the kitchen, she’s recruited Iain Smith who was previously Head Chef at Social Eating House so it’s clear that this is going to be much more than a friendly neighbourhood restaurant. Dishes are set to include the likes of ‘Belted Galloway beef ragout with spatzli, spicy sausage and rose harissa’ and ‘Cornish monkfish, roscoff onion, potato straws with roast chicken broth’. There are plans for a big Sunday menu too which will allow guests to pre-order their favourite roasts such as a whole suckling pig, a rib of beef or a whole salmon.
The ground floor restaurant will seat around 70 and on the upper floor there’s also going to be a 50 seat cocktail bar and ‘drawing room’. Set on Cheyne Walk there are views of the Thames and Cheyne Gardens too so, all in all, this is shaping up to be a very interesting new incarnation of a Chelsea favourite.
The restaurant is full and there is a great buzzy vibe.
The new decor feels like you could be at The Chiltern Firehouse.
We each had a full three course meal along with champers, wines and coffees.
For mains we shared a full Chateaubriand steak which is cooked with a thick cut from the tenderloin filet.
The sharing price is £85 but it was superb and the side dishes will cost extra...the chunky chips were amazing.
Our French waiter (Albert?) was so attentive and really helped the evening along by fussing over us.
Normally the evening would have cost £220 for two so it is pretty steep due to the prime Chelsea location.
We really had a great five star evening here.
www.fiftycheyne.comVisit their website here for more info on the venue.
For the next week they are having a 50% off food soft opening.

Friday 15 March 2019.
Last night, SHOWSEC were declared Best Security Company at the Event Production Awards 2019.
Recognising and celebrating the hard work and achievements put into the outdoor and live events industry, the Event Production Awards have become the most prestigious event industry awards ceremony of the year.
SHOWSEC are at a few London music venues including Hammersmith Apollo and Shepherds Bush Empire.

Thursday 14 March 2019...I went to two events tonight....
6.30pm to 7.30pm
OPERA GALLERY - private view - 134 New Bond Street, London W1.
Around 100 guests here at this gallery.
Opera Gallery is proud to present Transformation, a solo exhibition off 22 new works by one of Spain’s most acclaimed portrait artists Lita Cabellut. The third highest selling artist in Spain, Lita Cabellut’s paintings are collected by many public figures including Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman and Gordon Ramsay and have been the subject of numerous high profile international exhibitions.
Complimentary Pommery champers for all guests.
www.operagallery.comVisit their website here for more info.
8pm to 10.30pm
ASHBURN RESTAURANT & BAR - launch party - Holiday Inn, 97 Cromwell Road, London SW7.
Around 150 guests at this well known hotel brand that is nearer to Gloucester Road than South Kensington.
Nestled in the charming area of Kensington, just off Gloucester Road, Ashburn Bar & Dining offers a warm, inviting atmosphere to share great food and good wine with friends and family.
Open all day, seven days a week, serving brunch, lunch and dinner.
With a focus on pure, simple honest food, International favourites made from the freshest ingredients that are both generous and delicious.
Complimentary prosecco, wines, beers, bowl food, burgers, fish n chips and desserts for all guests. their website here for more info.

Thursday 14 March 2019.
FOUR English teams in The Champions League Quarter-Finals draw held tomorrow (Friday).
For the first time in 10 seasons, four teams from one country will compete in the last eight of the Champions League.
Liverpool's victory over Bayern Munich in the last 16 means England will now provide 50% of the quarter-final teams in Europe's top club competition, with Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham the other Premier League sides present....pretty amazing.

Thursday 14 March 2019.
Sad news that DANNY KUSTOW, the guitarist best known for his work in the Tom Robinson Band, has died.
The news was confirmed by Robinson on Facebook, where he said that Kustow passed away in hospital in the early hours of Monday morning.
I saw him play many great gigs with Tom Robinson 40 years ago.
Happy Birthday to JONA LEWIE who is 72 today.
Jona Lewie is an English singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, best known for his 1980 UK hits "You'll Always Find Me in the Kitchen at Parties" and "Stop the Cavalry".

Wednesday 13 March 2019.
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND live at Hammersmith Apollo, London.
I am back to see their second show at this venue.
Last night i was stalls standing and tonight i am front circle.
Pretty much the same kind of crowd, including lots of Americans.
Their UK & European booking agent Rod MacSween is here again.
The merch stand is doing a roaring trade again.
Again it is a mammoth set of 2 hours 45 mins on stage.
I spoke to a hardcore fan who said they rehearse 100 songs for each tour.
The drummer was again amazing and that kit of his was just perfection.
Oddly his drum solo was accompanied by a flute solo???
Quite a few of the songs ended up being 10 mins of muso twiddling.
For me they are a great live band to watch but i wouldn't buy their albums.
Building up great connections with their fans over radio play has paid off for them.
Another enjoyable show.
Full Dave Matthews Band setlist played tonight...
You Never Know
That Girl Is You
Again and Again
Dancing Nancies
Say Goodbye
Save Me
Here on Out
Sledgehammer (Peter Gabriel cover)
So Much to Say
Jimi Thing
Sexy M.F. (Prince cover)
Grey Street
Ants Marching

Wednesday 13 March 2019.
Happy Birthday to singer-songwriter NEIL SEDAKA who is 80 today.
Happy Birthday to U2 bass player ADAM CLAYTON who is 59 today.

Tuesday 12 March 2019.
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND live at Hammersmith Apollo, London.
DMB play the first of two shows at this venue.
DMB are an American band who can headline arenas and stadiums back home.
They sold out two nights at Madison Square Garden in November 2018.
These Hammersmith shows are the only UK gigs on their European Tour.
They headlined The 02 Arena in 2010 and 2015.
Their only Top 40 hit single in the UK was "The Space Between" in 2001.
They are known to play lengthy shows of 2 hours 30 mins plus.
The group's most recent album, 2018's Come Tomorrow, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, making Dave Matthews Band the first group to have seven consecutive studio albums debut at the peak.As of 2018, the Dave Matthews Band has sold more than 100 million tickets since its inception and a collective 91 million CDs and DVDs combined.
As expected there were loads of Americans in the venue tonight.
A nice atmosphere as it is stalls standing tonight.
Also here was legendary live music booking agent Rod MacSween (DMB are one of his acts).
DMB arrived on stage at 7.40pm and played for a mammoth 2 hours 45 mins.
A nice big stage production with lots of lights and a big screen mixing live footage with pre-recorded images.
All the band are top notch musicians as they mixed rock, funk, jazz, pop etc with nice sax and trumpet.
Singer/guitarist Dave stuck to what he does best: pouring all of his energy and talent into creating often-freewheeling live renditions of a grab bag of songs from a career that spans 25 years.
They also slip in a couple of good cover versions at each show.
They are well known for never playing the same setlist twice.
The show ticked along nicely and the long set was enjoyable.
Full Dave Matthews Band setlist played tonight...
Seek Up
Don't Drink the Water
Do You Remember
Louisiana Bayou
Fool to Think
You Might Die Trying
Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin)
Time of the Season (The Zombies cover)
Stand Up (For It)
The Space Between
Can't Stop
Lying in the Hands of God / American Baby Intro
You and Me
Funny the Way It Is
Pantala Naga Pampa
All Along the Watchtower / Stairway to Heaven (Bob Dylan/Led Zeppelin cover)

Tuesday 12 March 2019.
SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE opened 25 years ago today as a fully fledged gig venue
with an invite only show by Soundgarden on 12 March 1994 which i attended.
I have been to hundreds of gigs at this great venue.
Type Shepherds Bush Empire in my venue search to see the bands i saw here from 1994 to 2002.
Also four bands before that in the 1970s when Old Grey Whistle Test specials were filmed there.
Happy Birthday to PETER DOHERTY who is 40 today.
Happy Birthday to Blur's GRAHAM COXON who is 50 today.
Happy Birthday to Iron Maiden's STEVE HARRIS who is 63 today.
Happy Birthday to singer-songwriter JAMES TAYLOR who is 71 today.

Sunday 10 March 2019...6pm to 9pm...
My band GUN CONTROL with me on drums had our first rehearsal of the year in North Acton.
We went through the ten songs we played at our comeback gig and started work on two new songs.
Sounded pretty good considering it was our first meeting since the gig four months ago.
Hopefully we can sort out our next gig in Acton around April/May.

Saturday 09 March 2019.
DODGY + BABYBIRD + TONY WRIGHT live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of their breakthrough, gold-selling second album, Homegrown, 90s indie legends, Dodgy will playing the record in its entirety on a headline tour. They’ll also be joined by ‘You’re Gorgeous’ singers, Babybird and Terrorvision frontman, Tony Wright.
I saw Dodgy three times in the 1990s including a show where they supported Neil Young.
Dodgy had five Top 20 UK hit singles in the 1990s.
Level 2 and 3 are closed as around 800 tickets sold out of 2000.
Lots of boozed up folks here reliving the Brit Pop era of the 1990s.
TONY WRIGHT arrived on stage at 7.25pm and played for 30 mins.
He played an acoustic set with plenty of Yorkshire humour.
The final track was Terrorvision's big No 2 hit 'Tequila' from 1999.
Good to hear it but it sounds better when the band play it.
BABYBIRD arrived on stage at 8.05pm and played for 40 mins.
Babybird who are still fronted by Stephen Jones played a confusing set.
Never one of the trendier bands of the 1990s, he was full of confrontation tonight.
The darker lyrics and his sharp tongue throwing barbed criticisms at the crowd between songs.
Big hit "You're Gorgeous" was performed half heartedly and when he left the stage he was still moaning.
They were giving out a freebie five track cd by Babybird at the merch stand.
DODGY arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 90 mins.
The crowd knew quite a lot of the songs so sang loudly along to them.
Great to hear their hits "Going Out for the Summer" and "Good Enough".
During the encore they dedicated a song to Keith Flint.
A good set.
Full Dodgy setlist played tonight....
Staying Out for the Summer (acoustic with crowd singalong)
Big Brown Moon
This Is Ours
Staying Out for the Summer (Homegrown album played from here)
Melodies Haunt You
So Let Me Go Far
One Day
We Are Together
Whole Lot Easier
Making the Most Of
Waiting for the Day
What Have I Done Wrong?
In a Room
If You're Thinking of Me
Good Enough
Straight after their set they went to the merch stand to meet their fans and sign stuff.

Saturday 09 March 2019.
The MICHAEL JACKSON debate we still play his music or not?
Check out the full show on YouTube from MICHAEL JACKSON live at Wembley Stadium on 16 July 1988.
I was at this amazing show which was the first of his seven Wembley Stadium shows that summer.
Happy Birthday to MARTIN FRY from ABC who is 61 today.
Happy Birthday to guitarist JIM CREGAN who is 73 today.
Friday 08 March 2019.
Happy Birthday to GARY NUMAN who is 61 today.

Thursday 07 March 2019...I went to two events tonight...
6.15pm to 8.15pm
PHILLIPS GALLERY - auction - 30 Berkeley Square, Mayfair , London W1.
A nice buzzy crowd as maybe 200 guests are seated and 100 are standing.
Around 20 phone bidders too at the sides.
29 lots for their 20th Century & Contemporary Art Sale from 7pm to 8pm.
A mad contrast that sometimes i struggle to get my head around.
When you wander around the West End you will always see a few homeless people and
people begging for your small change and then you go to an auction like this and someone
can spend millions on a painting.
Lots went from just over £50k to the highest which was a staggering £13.5 million for a
painting by Gerhard Richter (oil on canvas from 1963).
Complimentary Ruinart champers for all guests.
10.30pm to 12pm
WAITRESS - press/vip - opening night party at The Crypt, Trafalgar Square, London WC2.
A big crowd of over 300 guests here after the show that was held earlier at The Adelphi Theatre.
All the cast turned up here but didn't see any of the main guests who attended the show earlier including
Cuba Gooding Jr, Sir Michael Caine, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Beverley Knight.
Canadian musician David Foster (has worked with many bands over the past 40 years) was on hand to support his fiancée Katherine McPhee as the leading lady wowed audiences on the opening night of the hit musical Waitress.
A dj is playing tunes in the background.
Complimentary prosecco, wines, beers, bowl food, canapés and slices of various cakes.
We left at midnight but it was on until 1am.
About Waitress -
The musical is based on the 2007 film of the same name, written by Adrienne Shelly. It tells the story of Jenna Hunterson, a waitress in an abusive relationship with her husband Earl. When Jenna unexpectedly becomes pregnant, she begins an affair with her gynecologist, Dr. Jim Pomatter. Looking for ways out, she sees a pie contest and its grand prize as her chance.

Thursday 07 March 2019.
THE ROLLING STONES have partnered with Swedish brand Happy Socks, launching a limited edition spring/summer 2019 sock collection inspired by the British rock band's iconic tongue and lip logo. Happy Socks took to Instagram to reveal the collaboration, posting 'It’s finally time to step into the spotlight with one of the greatest bands of all time: The Rolling Stones. The collection, available in stores and online, features their iconic artwork with a colourful twist for an electric selection of patterns'.

Wednesday 06 March 2019.
KEITH URBAN + KERRI WATT live at The Forum, London.
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.
Keith is married to actress Nicole Kidman.
Keith has just completed an arena tour of Australia and New Zealand.
Not many people under the age of 30 here for this night of new country rock.
Support act KERRI WATT arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played for 30 mins.
Kerri is a Scottish singer-songwriter who played tracks from her debut album.
She certainly looks great , with her long blonde hair, slim tall model type body and hot pants.
Some decent songs that went down well with the crowd.
Oddly enough from a distance she looked like Nicole Kidman.
KEITH URBAN arrived on stage at 8.40pm and played for a nice long 2 hours 10 mins.
This is the first time i have seen him live and i don't know any of his material.
He is a lot more popular live than his record sales as he has not had any Top 40 hits in the UK.
A nice stage production with a big screen showing pre-recorded images.
Lots of easygoing and friendly stage banter from Keith that his loyal female fans love.
Support act Kerri Watt joined him for one song.
Near the end he played three songs on a small podium in the floor standing area that was great.
Lots of good solid catchy songs where he sounded a bit like a country rock version of Bryan Adams.
Ticker-tape fell over the crowd for the last song of the main set.
An enjoyable show.

Wednesday 06 March 2019.
Happy Birthday to DAVID GILMOUR who is 73 today.

Tuesday 05 March 2019...I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 8pm
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM - showcase - South Kensington, London SW7.
Walking towards this iconic building you look up and see what a huge impressive building it is.
Around 100 guests here with three quarters of them being female.
At 7.15pm we get a 30 mins tour of the museum and it's many spaces for hire.
They cater small events of 40 guests up to 1200 guests in the main entrance area.
It feels a bit like that great film " Night at The Museum".
Complimentary Rose champers and canapés for all guests.
8.30pm to 12pm
SOLO AGENCY - showcase - Notting Hill Arts Club, London W11.
Over 150 guests here for this invite only event which is nice and buzzy.
SOLO are one of Europes top live music booking agents as bands currently on their roster include
Spice Girls, U2, Madonna, Phil Collins, Genesis, Sting, The Police, Iggy Pop, Blondie and many more.
Solo was formed by music biz legend John Giddings who has been around for over 40 years.
John also puts together The Isle of Wight Festival each year...John is here tonight...
Tonight John is showcasing five of the lesser known acts that Solo look after.
All the five bands played for around 25 mins each.
BANG BANG ROMEO arrived on stage around 9pm.
Big powerful vocals from their female singer and they played their great track "Shame on You".
GET CAPE WEAR CAPE have released several albums since 2006.
They had a female violinist which added nicely to their sound.
ROTHWELL arrived on stage at 10.15pm for her set.
Another female with a great voice.She played her excellent track "Darling".
LOCK arrived on stage at 10.50pm for their set.
This female trio played simple catchy pop and were really enjoyable.
Amazingly they had two female cheerleaders dancing throughout their set.
WILD FRONT from Southampton arrived on stage at 11.25pm for their set.
Some good songs with a great guitar sound and nice harmonies.
Complimentary bottles of Heineken lagers for all guests throughout the evening.

Monday 04 March 2019.
BILL BURR live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
Bill Burr (now aged 50) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, voice actor, writer, musician,producer,podcaster,and social critic. He has released six stand-up specials. Outside of stand-up, he is known for hosting the Monday Morning Podcast, appearing on Chappelle's Show, playing Patrick Kuby in the AMC crime drama series Breaking Bad, and creating and starring in the Netflix animated sitcom F Is for Family. He also co-founded the All Things Comedy network.
ADAM ROWE from Liverpool opened the show for a 15 mins set.
He had some funny material and went down well.
He has some live clips up on YouTube.
BILL BURR arrived on stage at 8.40pm and performed for 1 hour 40 mins.
By the time he had come on stage the venue was totally rammed sold out.
The cameras were here to film the show for his next Netflix special.
A basic stage with just him and a microphone along with a stool and some water.
Thankfully he is not PC and it is full tilt no holds barred at any subject with a fair amount of swearing.
Subjects included white feminists, Michelle Obama, #metoo, mens behaviour , family arguments,
sexist stuff, firefighters & first respondents, airplane travel, English football, war heroes,
Stephen Hawking, blow up dolls, getting rid of the family dog and much more.
Lots of funny LOL bits and the crowd gave him a full standing ovation at the end.
Very enjoyable.

Monday 04 March 2019.
Shock news that KEITH FLINT co-vocalist/dancer in The Prodigy has passed away...aged only 49.
The Prodigy’s Keith Flint has died aged 49. The dance legend was found dead in his home in Dunmow, Essex, this morning. An Essex Police spokesperson said: ‘We were called to concerns for the welfare of a man at an address in Brook Hill, North End, just after 8.10am on Monday.
I saw The Prodigy live around a dozen times,they were always fantastic and really got the crowd dancing.
Visit YouTube to watch their great videos and live concert clips.
Check out the video to "Firestarter" where Keith's menacing look and vocals dominate.
Six of their seven studio albums were No 1 in the UK charts.
In an Instagram post,Prodigy band member Liam Howlett added: “The news is true. I can’t believe I’m saying
this but our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend".
“I’m shell shocked, fuckin angry, confused and heart broken.”

Monday 04 March 2019.
Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ movie will be out on DVD and Blu-Ray from today and the disc will include the complete recreation of the Live Aid performance, only seen in part in the movie.
The film has been a worldwide success and has taken a billion dollars at the box office.

Saturday 02 March 2019.
SPURS 1 ARSENAL 1 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.
A massive near sell-out crowd with over 81,000 here including 3,000 Arsenal fans.
We are up in Level 5 where there are just a couple of unsold blocks.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang saw a last-minute penalty saved by Hugo Lloris to cost Arsenal victory and ensure Tottenham retained a crucial advantage over their arch-rivals in the battle for a top-four place after a dramatic north London derby at Wembley.
Harry Kane's contested penalty put Spurs level with 16 minutes left after Aaron Ramsey's coolly taken 16th-minute goal threatened to inflict a third successive league defeat on boss Mauricio Pochettino for the first time in his reign.
Arsenal were then handed a golden opportunity to close to within one point of Spurs after Davinson Sanchez fouled Aubameyang, but the striker's tame penalty was easily saved low to his right by the diving Lloris.