News and Reviews: April 24, 2018

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MY BEST GIGS OF 2017 LIST.
I went to an incredible 178 live music events & gigs in 2017.
This makes the grand total of 6731 gigs seen by me since 1973.
Best gig of 2017 for me was...
I am a bit biased but KISS at The 02 Arena on 31 May 2017 was the perfect live music day.
First i was one of just 100 guests at 5pm to see the band play a 30 mins semi-acoustic set without make-up
in the backstage area of The 02 Arena and later on it was the full bells & whistles of their superb stage show.
See upcoming news page link above for my Top 20 gigs of 2017.
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My early 1980s band Gun Control have set up on Twitter in advance of our summer re-union gigs.
See a photo and read an interview from back then on @guncontrol78
In 1978 we talked about forming a band, in 1979 we did some practice and in 1980 we played our first gigs.
On this website type in Gun Control in the band search for the list of all the gigs we played.
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My interview with TIME OUT magazine in April 2018 is now online.
It features me talking about being the UKs number one gig goer...now over 6700 gigs seen...
Includes a mention of the 2000 plus shows i have been to at Hammersmith Odeon/Apollo since 1973,
along with a photo of me outside the venue.
Mentions some Sex Pistols stories and other bits and pieces.
www.timeout.com/london/newsSearch for it here..or google Time Out Ray Morrissey.
On Wednesday 04 April i did an interview and photos for THE SUN Newspaper about my gig going.
Hopefully the article will be published within the next week.
The Sun is the UK's biggest selling newspaper with over 1.5 million copies sold each day.
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Wed 25 April---G3 featuring Joe Satriani, John Petrucci & Uli Jon Roth play Hammersmith Apollo.
I first saw Joe Satriani in 1990 at Hammersmith Odeon.
Joe Satriani was the first act I saw at this venue in Feb 1993 under its new Hammersmith Apollo name.
I saw Uli Jon Roth at Hammersmith Odeon in 1983 and 1985.
I have seen a G3 show before in 2004....G3 Joe Satriani + Steve Vai + Robert Fripp ,Royal Albert Hall.
Wed 25 April , Thurs 26 April, Fri 27 April---The Streets play Brixton Academy ---all three shows sold out...
Returning to the stage for the first time in seven years, Mike Skinner and The Streets will perform all their greatest hits for the 'The Darker The Shadow, The Brighter The Light' UK tour in 2018.
Thurs 26 April---The Bootleg Beatles play The Royal Albert Hall.
The worlds most famous Beatles tribute band play this iconic venue...now in their 36th year...
The Bootleg Beatles have become an institution in their own right, with their note-perfect recreation of hits
from every era of the world’s most famous songbook.
Every tiny detail is meticulously covered, from costumes to authentic period instruments;
from Liverpudlian banter to their inflection-perfect vocal mimicry.
Fri 27 April---Free event in Paddington at The Pilgrm Hotel, Paddington...6pm doors for 6.30pm start.
"Upstairs/ Downstairs” with performances from DJ Femi Fem and trumpeter Jay Phelps.
Inspired by old fashioned house parties - Upstairs in the lounge, we'll have producer and DJ Femi Fem, who has worked with with names like Mary J. Blige, Justin Timberlake and Des’ree. While downstairs will be trumpeter Jay Phelps, who has played names such as Wynton Marsalis, Amy Winehouse and Courtney Pine.
RSVP: rsvp@thepilgrm.com please confirm your attendance, as spaces are extremely limited.
Address: The Pilgrm, 25 London Street,Paddington, London, W2 1HH.
Fri 27 April---Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds play Wembley Arena.
Noel will be playing half a dozen Oasis classics alongside his solo material.
With support from Baxter Dury (Ian Dury's son).
Fri 27 April---Waterboys play The Palladium....back for another UK tour just six months after the last tour...
Fri 27 April---Bryan Ferry plays The New Theatre, Oxford.
Thurs 26 April, Fri 27 April, Sat 28 April - 20Th Century Boy - The Musical....The Hexagon, Reading.
Stage show based on the songs of Marc Bloan , along with dancers.
www.readingarts.comVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
The full UK tour also includes June 21 to June 23 at The Swan Theatre, High Wycombe.
Saturday 28th April - LONDON VICTORIA Record Fair
Horticultural Halls, 80 Vincent Square, Victoria, SW1P 2PB...10am to 5pm..entry £5...
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I will be in Paris for four days and three nights.
A couple of gigs on while I am there so may get along to them.
Sat 28 April---Arcade Fire play Accor Hotels Arena, Paris.
Should be an 'in the round ' stage production like the recent UK shows earlier on the tour.
Arcade Fire are on a UK and European tour to promote their recent album from 2017.
'Everything Now' is the fifth studio album by Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire.
I saw them play Earls Court Arena in 2014 on their previous UK tour.
Check out this nice video on YouTube - Arcade Fire & David Bowie - Wake Up | HQ | Fashion Rocks 2005.
Mon 30 April---Sam Smith plays Accor Hotels Arena, Paris.
Sam Smith debut album from 2014 ' In The Lonely Hour' has sold over 14 million copies worldwide.
From April 2018 - EUROSTAR now goes from London to Amsterdam.
www.eurostar.comVisit the Eurostar website here for more info.
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Sarah Blasko, one of Australia’s most influential contemporary artists, announces a return to the UK for two rare shows.
Islington Assembly Hall, London – May 1st 2018
Unitarian Church, Brighton – May 3rd 2018
Her sixth studio album Depth Of Field is released February 23rd 2018
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Thurs 03 May---Bryan Ferry plays Hammersmith Apollo....the second of two London shows...
Thurs 03 May---Gomez play The Royal Albert Hall.
Gomez are to celebrate 20 years since the release of their debut album 'Bring It On'.
Bring It On, released in 1998, picked up the Mercury Music Prize in the same year and, in 2016,
was voted BBC 6 Music listeners’ favourite Mercury winning album.
Thurs 03 May---Sex Pistol Glen Matlock plays Pizza Express, Maidstone...tickets are £16...
Fri 04 May---Peter Perrett plays Islington Assembly Hall.
Fri 04 May---Manic Street Preachers play Wembley Arena.
'Resistance Is Futile', The Manics 13th studio album, is due for release April 2018 on Columbia/Sony (the album is the band’s 13th consecutive release for the label). Their first new album in four years.
They have been signed with Columbia/Sony since 1991...27 years ago...
The album went straight in at number two in the charts.
I saw them in 1991 when they first got signed and have seen them around 20 times since.
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Mon 02 April onwards---Winner of Best Musical at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2017 and nominated for 8 WhatsOnStage awards in 2018, Jim Steinman’s smash-hit musical Bat Out of Hell returns to
London at the iconic Dominion Theatre!
I saw this great show in 2017 when it was at The Coliseum.
www.batoutofhellmusical.comVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
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From 28 March until 02 June 2018 at The Ambassadors Theatre, London.
ALL OR NOTHING– THE MOD MUSICAL follows the rise and demise of Small Faces, the band who encapsulated all that was mod: a unique blend of taste and testosterone, clothes-obsessed and street-wise but, most of all, a dedication to rhythm ‘n’ blues.
This stunning new home-grown musical celebrates the unique mod sound including an arsenal of brilliant hits like Whatcha Gonna Do About It, All Or Nothing, Tin Soldier, Lazy Sunday, Here Comes the Nice and Itchycoo Park.
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It is a good time to see musicals and plays as special offer tickets are on at some theatres...
School of Rock ,Dream Girls, 42nd Street and others.
In 42nd Street , Lulu takes over from Sheena Easton on 19 March 2018 for four months.
Lulu will have nine costume changes...she still looks amazing for age 69.
42nd Street has around 50 actors and dancers in the cast...see my review of it from 11 April 2018.
Also Young Frankenstein at The Garrick Theatre.
From 21 Dec 2017 - Hamilton - this musical has finally opened to great reviews.
It is the hottest theatre ticket in town this year.
It is on at The Victoria Palace Theatre which has had a massive refurbishment.
I saw gigs here between 1975 to 1977 when it was called The New Victoria Theatre.
Bands i saw included Alex Harvey Band, Thin Lizzy, ELO, Lou Reed and others.
08 April 2018 - Hamilton won seven awards including Best New Musical at The Olivier Awards.
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TINA - THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL opens at London's Aldwych Theatre is on until Feb 2019.
The hotly anticipated musical based on the life & songs of music legend Tina Turner.
Opening press night on 17 April got loads of great four and five star reviews.
Tina Turner and Rod Stewart turned up on the opening night.
www.tinathemusical.comVisit the website here for more info and to buy tickets.
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Sun 06 May---‘Supercars at the Palace’ is the theme for this year’s unmissable automotive extravaganza gathering at Blenheim Palace on Sunday 6th May.
Upwards of 150 of the rarest, most beautiful and spectacular, modern and classic supercars will line up in the opulent surroundings of the Great Court for all to admire.
Sun 06 May---Hammersmith Apollo four band bill from the 1990s.
Reef, The Wildhearts & Terrorvision come together for - The Britrock Must Be Destroyed! Tour - armed with 8 Top 20 albums & 35 top 40 singles between them!.....plus first band on is Dodgy.
Wed 09 May---Don McLean plays The Palladium.
America's legendary singer-songwriter Don McLean returns to the UK in May in support of his new album Botanical Gardens. The folk-influenced singer-songwriter is best known for his songs Vincent (Starry Starry Night) and the iconic American Pie.
Fri 11 May---Nickelback play 02 Arena.
Fri 11 May---Tim Vine plays Hammersmith Apollo.
Mon 14 May---David Sinclair Four - album launch show - play The Social, 5 Little Portland Street, London W1.
The new DS4 album ' Sweet Georgina ',is released on May 11.
Check out the video for the lead track from the album 'Little Rock & Roll' on YouTube.
www.davidsinclairfour.comCheck out their website here for more info and to listen to the new album title track.
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Mon 14 May 2018
A very special event taking place on what would have been the 75th Birthday of Jack Bruce.
On the eve of the first anniversary of Jack's passing an incredible charity concert took place at London's Roundhouse which some of you may have attended. The emotional tribute raised in excess of £35,000 for Jack's local children's hospice EACH. The event was filmed in HD and recorded in surround sound and will be screened exclusively at
The Curzon Cinema in Mayfair, London...tickets are £17.50....
I was at that tribute show...I also saw all four of Cream's re-union shows in 2005 at The Royal Albert Hall.
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15th to 20th May---Punk Art Exhibition at Herrick Gallery, 93 Piccadilly, London W1.
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Wed 16 May---Foreigner + John Parr + Joanne Shaw Taylor play The Royal Albert Hall.
Original Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones is still there but the last time I saw them he did not join
the band on stage until after 30 mins had been played.
Wed 16 May---Johnny Marr plays Islington Assembly Hall.
Fri 18 May---The Shires play The Royal Albert Hall.
The UK's top country act have had a fantastic past five years as they have got bigger and bigger.
They are on a UK tour to promote their third album 'Accidentally on Purpose' which is released
on 20 April 2018.
Fri 18 May and Sat 19 May---Machine Head play The Roundhouse.
Sat 19 May---UK Subs play The 100 Club.
Sat 19 May---Barrence Whitfield plays The Garage.
Sat 19 May---Adam Ant + ABC + Tony Hadley plus others play Lets Rock The Moor,Cookham, Berkshire.
Sun 20 May---David Sinclair Four play Notting Hill Arts Club.
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Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets have announced that they’ll play a handful of shows in London.
The project features former Pink Floyd drummer Mason along with Gary Kemp, former Pink Floyd bassist Guy Pratt, The Blockheads drummer Lee Harris and Dom Beken.
They’ll play material from early Pink Floyd albums The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn and A Saucerful Of Secrets – and the shows will mark the first time Mason has played live since the Live 8 concert in London in 2005.
We were at that amazing Live 8 event when Pink Floyd reunited for a short set in Hyde Park
and we saw the rehearsals in Hyde Park the evening before when Madonna also rehearsed.
They’ll play an opening night at Dingwalls in Camden on May 20, which will be followed by three shows at the Half Moon, Putney, on May 21, 23 and 24. Small venue shows so tickets sold out pronto.
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Thurs 24 May---Sparks play The Forum.
Sat 26 May---The Alarm play The Forum.
Sat 26 May---Vibrators play The Islington Assembly Hall.
For one final time, the OG lineup featuring all of the OG members are set to bring their infamous sounds to the live stage. Knox, Pat Collier, Jon Ellis and Eddie, plus Nick Peckham and Pete and Nigel Bennett from the current lineup are up there on the night. All of the original songs as they were meant to be heard.
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Sun 27 May---Formula 1 Grand Prix held in Monaco.
Monaco - The boss of the Monaco Grand Prix is planning to reverse Formula One’s recent modernisation of some traditions by retaining 'grid girls' at the glamorous Mediterranean race weekend in May.
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Sun 27 May---Christians + Hue & Cry play U.L.U., London WC1.
A nice double bill of acts who had big success in the 1980s.
Christians are on a 30th anniversary UK tour.
Hue & Cry are promoting their great new album 'Pocketful Of Stones'.
Sun 27 May---Bjork + Beck plus many others play Victoria Park, Hackney.
Mon 28 May and Tues 29 May---Joan Baez plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Bryan Adams is playing a full UK & European Tour which includes two London shows.
Wed 30 May---Wembley Arena
Thurs 31 May---02 Arena
Thurs 31 May---Art Garfunkel plays The Royal Albert Hall.
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Thurs 31 May---Drummer Kenney Jones will release his new autobiography, Let the Good Times Roll: My Life In the Small Faces, the Faces and The Who, on May 31 via Blink Publishing.
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Fri 01 June---Vocalist Roger Daltrey of The Who fame will issue a new solo album entitled As Long As I Have You on June 1. The 11-track LP was produced by Dave Eringa (Manic Street Preachers/Daltrey & Johnson) and features Daltrey’s Who band mate Pete Townshend contributing guitar to seven of songs.
Roger Daltrey is bring out his autobiography in October.
Fri 01 June---Echo And The Bunnymen play The Royal Albert Hall.
Sat 02 June---Maximo Park + Public Image Limited + The Professionals plus others play Camden Rocks.
JUNE is shaping up to be mega as usual with many top notch indoor and outdoor shows including a
stellar batch of gigs for Robert Smith's Meltdown Festival at The Royal Festival Hall.......
plus there will be a month of World Cup Football.
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Sun 03 June---A big outdoor show in Victoria Park, Hackney.
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds,Patti Smith & Her Band,Psychedelic Furs and others.
Wed 06 June---The The play The Royal Albert Hall.
Thurs 07 June---The Skids play Sub 89, Reading...also 30 June Shepherds Bush Empire.
Thankfully The Skids are playing another UK tour this year after reforming last year.
I missed them last year as their London show clashed with Guns N Roses at London Stadium.
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Tues 05 June, Wed 06 June, Sat 09 June---Lionel Richie plays Hampton Court Palace
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THE ROLLING STONES have confirmed their first UK & Irish shows for five years.
Thurs 17 May - Dublin Croke Park
Tues 22 May - London Stadium...support is Liam Gallagher.
Fri 25 May - London Stadium...support is Florence & The Machine.
Tues 29 May - Southampton St Mary's Stadium...support is The Vaccines.
Sat 02 June - Coventry Ricoh Arena (it's actually a stadium)...support is The Specials.
Tues 05 June - Manchester Old Trafford Stadium...support is Richard Ashcroft.
Sat 09 June - Edinburgh Murrayfield Stadium...support is Richard Ashcroft.
Fri 15 June - Cardiff Principality Stadium...support is Elbow.
Tues 19 June - Twickenham Stadium...James Bay.
There are also some mainland Europe shows after the UK dates.
Ticket prices for The Stones have always been madness and these shows are no exception.
Pit Standing area at the front is £450 (£400 plus £50 booking fees)
Gold Circle standing area behind that is £280 (£250 plus £30 booking fees )
General standing from the halfway line behind the two above £100 (£90 plus £10 booking fees)
Seats for all levels £200 (£180 plus £20 booking fees)
Info update from 16 April 2018.
Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine will perform again with The Stones on
at least one of the London shows.On the last tour she did a good job on 'Gimme Shelter'.
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Download Festival Weekend.
Fri 08 June---Avenged Sevenfold + Bullet For My Valentine plus others.
Sat 09 June---Guns N Roses (only UK show this year) + Black Stone Cherry plus others.
Sun 10 June---Ozzy Osbourne (only UK show this year) + Marilyn Manson plus others.
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The UIM F1H2O World Championship is the 'flagship' international series of single-seater inshore circuit Formula 1 Powerboat Racing.
The UK leg of the 2018 UIM F1H2O World Championship – the UIM F1H2O World Championship Grand Prix of London – will be held at East London’s historic Royal Victoria Dock on 15-17 June 2018.
This will be the fourth time that UIM Formula 1 World Championship powerboating has been staged in London, and the first time since 1985.
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Tues 12 June---Joe Bonamassa plays Hampton Court Palace.
Thurs 14 June---Kaiser Chiefs play The Royal Hospital, Chelsea.
Thurs 14 June to Sun 17 June---Ed Sheeran plays Wembley Stadium.
Fri 15 June---Jeff Beck plays The Royal Hospital, Chelsea.
Fri 15 June and Sat 16 June---The Beach Boys play Hampton Court Palace.
Fri 15 June and Sat 16 June---Beyonce and Jay-Z play The London Stadium, Stratford, East London.
Sat 16 June---Day 1 of The Stone Free Festival at The 02 Arena.
Scorpions + Megadeth play exclusive UK shows on their European Tours.
Mon 18 June and Tues 19 June---Pearl Jam play The 02 Arena.
Tues 19 June and Wed 20 June---David Byrne plays Hammersmith Apollo.
Wed 20 June---Hollywood Vampires play Wembley Arena.
Fri 22 June and Sat 23 June---Foo Fighters play The London Stadium, Stratford, East London.
Fri 22 June and Sat 23 June---Taylor Swift plays Wembley Stadium.
Sat 23 June---Billy Idol plays Brixton Academy...show sold out in April...
Ascot - To be held from Tuesday 19th to Saturday 23rd June 2018, the Royal Meeting promises five days of world-class horse racing, high fashion, pageantry and Fine Dining.
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ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL has another great line-up this year.
Thurs 21 June---Wombats + Trextasy.
Trextasy open the festival as a tribute to Marc Bolan who played there 50 years ago in 1968.
Fri 22 June - Kasabian + The Script + Nile Rodgers with Chic + Rita Ora + Feeder plus others.
Sat 23 June - Depeche Mode + Liam Gallagher + James Bay + Blossoms plus others.
Sun 24 June - Killers + Manic Street Preachers + Van Morrison + Skids + Professionals plus others.
www.isleofwightfestival.comVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
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Wed 27 June---Quincy Jones 85th Birthday Celebration at The 02 Arena.
June 26, 27, 28---Jack White plays Hammersmith Apollo.
Jack White is playing a European Tour for his new album 'Boarding House Reach'.
In April the album went to Number One in the American Billboard 200 chart.
The former White Stripes man last released a solo record in 2014 with 'Lazaretto'.
A few words from the venue and the promoter...
PLEASE NOTE: this is a PHONE-FREE show. No photos, video or audio recording devices allowed. We think you’ll enjoy looking up from your gadgets for a little while and experience music and our shared love of it IN PERSON. Upon arrival at the venue, all phones and other photo or video-capturing gizmos will be secured in a Yondr pouch that will be unlocked at the end of the show. You keep your pouch-secured phone on you during the show and, if needed, can unlock your phone at any time in a designated Yondr Phone Zone located in the lobby or concourse.
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Fri 29 June---Liam Gallagher plays Finsbury Park...with support from Wolf Alice and The Sherlocks.
Sat 30 June---Queens of The Stone Age play Finsbury Park....with support from Iggy Pop and The Hives.
Fri 06 July---Roger Waters plays Hyde Park...with support from Richard Ashcroft.
As part of his lengthy world tour...this massive show sold out in April.
Sat 07 July---The Cure play Hyde Park...with support from Interpol.
The Cure play a one off show to celebrate their 40th anniversary...this massive show sold out in April.
Sat 08 July---Eric Clapton plays Hyde Park...with support from Santana and Steve Winwood.
Rumours that it may be Eric's last ever UK show has resulted in the massive show selling out in April.
Fri 13 July---The Human League play Kew Gardens.
Sat 14 July and Sun 15 July---Eminem plays Twickenham Stadium.
Sun 15 July---Paul Simon plays Hyde Park...with support from James Taylor.
This show is being billed as Paul Simon's last ever UK appearance.
Mon 30 July to Fri 03 Aug---Glen Matlock plays Boisdale, Canary Wharf, East London.
Sex Pistols legend plays five intimate shows...tix include a three course dinner before the show...




Monday 23 April 2018...I went to two events tonight...
7pm to 9.15pm
Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds - private view - Sotheby's Gallery , St James's, London SW1.
Around 200 guests here at this well known gallery.
Viscount Linley was here .He is a furniture maker with his own store and is the son of Princess Margaret
and Antony Armstrong-Jones, and the nephew of the Queen.
Lots of oriental carpets and rugs are hanging on all the walls and other items too.
In the main room there is a quartet playing music from Iran,Persian, Arabic Kurdish etc.
Complimentary Taittinger champers, Gin cocktails, wines and tasty canapés for all guests.
All guests got a goodie bag of a box of dates & chocolates from BATEEL who are exclusively
available in Selfridges Ground Floor, Food Hall.
www.christies.comVisit their website here for more info on the auction on 26 April 2018.
then
9.30pm to 10.30pm
TRADER VICS - 55th anniversary , Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London W1.
Trader Vic's celebrate their 55th anniversary as the bar in this famous five star hotel.
Trader Vic's are offering their signature 'London Sour' cocktail that was created for the
opening event of Trader Vic’s London back in 1963.
Available throughout April for only 55p instead of the usual £11.
(Please note that this offer is limited to only one cocktail per person per night).
Where can you get a proper cocktail in Mayfair for just 55p???
We had a couple of the 55p drinks each...proper freshly made with a free GB flag in it.
Well worth popping into if you are in the area.


Check back soon for full reviews.




Monday 23 April 2018.
My review of The Joe Corre 'Ash from Chaos' exhibition from last week is now up on
The Sex Pistols website along with several nice photos.
www.sex-pistols.netVisit the website here to check out the photos.




Monday 23 April 2018.
Punk rock guitar legend JOHNNY THUNDERS sadly died today in 1991 - 27 year ago...
I saw him live 18 times with the first at The Roxy Club in 1977 and included a gig on home turf in 1979
when he played at Max's Kansas City in New York.




Sunday 22 April 2018...6pm to 9pm...
My band had our fourth rehearsal in North Acton tonight.
Just the three of us this time but good fun.




Saturday 21 April 2018.
In my review of Friday nights Chas & Dave show i mentioned that they had a much bigger
stage production than they usually have and that there was a huge circular light rig above them
like David Gilmour uses and a massive wraparound screen behind them.
There was an explanation for that.
Basically they were using the production that was in situ for The Queen's 92nd birthday concert
at The Royal Albert Hall the following evening that was shown live on BBC1 tv.




Saturday 21 April 2018.
Another sad death to report.
VERNE TROYER dead - Austin Powers mini me actor dies aged 49.
Verne Troyer, famous for starring in Austin Powers films as Mini Me, has died aged 49.
The actor died on Saturday, according to reports.




Saturday 21 April 2018.
Happy Birthday to punk rock legend Iggy Pop who is 71 today.
Prince very sadly died two years ago today.




Friday 20 April 2018.
CHAS & DAVE live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
This is a special show to launch their new album 'A Little Bit of Us'.
Chas & Dave have had five Top 40 hits.
I have seen them several times since they supported 10cc at Hammersmith Odeon in 1976.
After being off the road for most of 2017 while Chas received treatment for cancer, the boys are playing again.
Bona fide national treasures Chas & Dave return with a new album ‘A Little Bit of Us,’ their first in over thirty years to feature brand-new Chas & Dave songs. The album, released on April 20th on the duo’s rejuvenated ‘Rockney’ label via Cooking Vinyl, is available on 12” vinyl (COOKLP704), CD (COOKCD704) and digital download.
The album features a mix of new Chas & Dave originals and live favourites.
There is an old clip on YouTube from 1982 where Eric Clapton & Albert Lee played with them.
Chas & Dave are most notable as creators and performers of a musical style labelled "rockney" (a portmanteau of "rock" and "cockney"), which mixes "pub singalong, music-hall humour, boogie-woogie piano and pre-Beatles rock 'n' roll".
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Not long ago we had heavy snowfalls and today was the third day of glorious sunshine.
The show tonight is not sold out but it is a respectable 95% per cent full.
The bars are doing a roaring trade as this crowd like a few sherbets.
CHAS & DAVE are on stage for two hours over two sets of 45 mins and 75 mins.
They have a much bigger than usual stage production as they have a huge circular light rig like
David Gilmour has and a brass section and string section are used on several tracks.
Also a big wraparound screen at the back showing the one image helps fill the stage out.
It is a lively pub knees-up type atmosphere and the crowd are keen to have a sing-song and dance.
Many tunes tick over nicely during the show but the biggies go down a treat with the first set including
'One Fing and Anuvver', 'When Two Worlds Collide' and 'Gercha'.
Second set included the gems 'London Girls', 'Down to Margate','Snooker Loopy' and 'Rabbit'.
A highlight was the final two songs of the night, 'Ain’t No Pleasing You' & 'The Sideboard Song' – the former was a big old lovely soppy arms-in-the-air singalong, and the latter was the perfect end to the night, a proper right old Cockernee knees up and exactly what we’d all come for.
A very enjoyable show.





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