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News and Reviews: March 08, 2014
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Some good gigs coming up worth checking.....
Sat 08 March---Sex Pistols Experience play The 100 Club...£15 on the door...
With support from Siouxsie tribute Lizzie And The Banshees.
Mon 10 March---Babyshambles play The Roundhouse...tickets are £25...
Tickets still available as no doubt folks worried whether Pete will actually turn up given past history.
Babyshambles play a one off UK show on their second European Tour to promote their
third studio album 'Sequel To The Prequel' that was released a few months ago in 2013.
Mon 10 March---Glen Matlock 'Sex Pistols Filthy Lucre Photofile' book is released.
Glens personal photos from The Sex Pistols reunion world tour from 1996.
Lots of photos from Japan as there were more gigs on that tour there than they played in the UK.
I went to 5 of the 78 shows on that tour---Finsbury Park with Iggy Pop as main support,
Paris Zenith,Milan Aquapark,Shepherds Bush Empire and Phoenix Festival.
Thurs 13 March---Rodriguez plays Hammersmith Apollo...back at the venue where I saw him play last year.
Fri 14 and Sat 15 March---Franz Ferdinand play The Roundhouse...both shows sold out...
FF on a massive European and American tour that keeps them busy until August.
Sun 16 March---Mike And The Mechanics play Hammersmith Apollo.
Mike Rutherford's band play the last date on their month long UK greatest hits tour.
They are playing a couple of Genesis songs in the setlist.
Their current singer is Roachford so expect his excellent hit single 'Cuddly Toy' in the setlist.
Wed 26 March---Steel Panther play Brixton Academy....the last show on their European Tour.
March 28,29,31--- Status Quo with their original 'Frantic Four' line up play Hammersmith Apollo
on their UK tour with special guest support act at the London shows Wilko Johnson.
07 March 2014...UK Pink Floyd Experience live at The Beck Theatre,Hayes,Middlesex.
My first time seeing this Floyd tribute who are one of the half a dozen or so Pink Floyd tributes.
Not as popular as the likes of Australian Pink Floyd or Brit Floyd who both play bigger venues.
They were on stage for 2 hours 10 mins over two sets.
A full band with 9 people on stage including three female backing vocals.
We have a circular screen showing Floyd type images and lots of lights to create a nice Floyd type setting.
The overall sound and visuals were really good and the crowd sang along to most of tracks.
The three female backing singers were great when they were in full flow.
An enjoyable show.
Highlights tonight were...
Shine On You Crazy Diamond
Another Brick In The Wall
Wish You Were Here
The Great Gig In The Sky
Us And Them
And great encores of
Run Like Hell
06 March 2014...I went to two events tonight...
6pm to 7pm.
'The Complete Spot Paintings, 1986-2011'– Damien Hirst book launch party
at Other Criteria, 14 Hinde Street,London W1.
World famous artist launches his new book although Damien Hirst does not turn up tonight.
Damien Hirst has amassed a fortune of over £200m.
Complimentary wines and beers for all guests.
About the book....
Hardback with slip case
1400 colour illustrations
For sale at £195 for the standard book or £350 for a signed copy of the book.
The Complete Spot Paintings is the first and most significant documentation of Damien Hirst’s iconographic spot paintings and this comprehensive publication spans his career. Every spot painting Hirst has produced is included in this substantial publication with over 99% of them illustrated.
Conceived at the time of Hirst’s 2012 exhibition of the same title held in 11 Gagosian Galleries including New York, London, Paris, Los Angeles, Rome, Athens, Geneva and Hong Kong, this publication has been long in the making.
7.30pm to 9pm.
'I Used to be in Pictures: An Untold Story of Hollywood' - book launch party at
The Lansdowne Club,9 Fitzmaurice Place,Mayfair,London W1.
My first time at this old school private members club where the event is held in a stunning huge high ceiling room.
A very theatre type luvvie crowd here.A piano player playing in the corner.
Guests here included Dame Diana Rigg, Nicky Haslam, Neil Hamilton, Christine Hamilton,Peter York.
Complimentary champers and wines for all guests.
A fascinating insight into the Golden Age of Hollywood, the public and private face of an industry rarely explored in such an intimate fashion. 'I Used to be in Pictures' is a collection of unpublished correspondence between English born brothers, Austin and Howard Mutti- Mewse and some of the most celebrated and iconic film stars from the silent and 'golden' era of film-making.
This coffee table sized book has hundreds of fantastic pictures of screen legends.
The authors were on ITV the following morning at 10.45am for a full interview.
Amazon are selling the book for £35.The pr folks kindly gave me a complimentary copy.
05 March 2014...I went to two events today...
3.30pm to 5.30pm.
Album launch listening party at Sony Music UK,Derry Street,Kensington,London W8.
Nice to be at the plush Sony offices off Kensington High Street.
Around 100 folks here but we all have to sign a contract not to say the artist name or
anything about the album until it comes out at the end of April.
Folks from ITV,The Standard and The Sun are here to do advance interviews.
All I can say it is an American female artist who was here to play six tracks over the loud
sound system and give an introduction to each track.
She posed for photos with anyone that wanted a picture with her.
Complimentary wines,beers and snacks.
6.30pm to 10pm.
PRS for Music: 100 Years of Music - VIP launch at
Getty Images Gallery, 46 Eastcastle Street, London,W1.
Performing Rights Society celebrates 100 years of looking after songwriters and composers
by making sure they get their royalties whenever their music is played and performed.
They serve over 100,000 members.
Folks here included Sir Bob Geldof,Gary Kemp,Joan Armatrading,Lynsey De Paul,Guy Chambers,
David Arnold, Jazzie B,Glenn Tilbrook,Chris Difford,Harvey Goldsmith,Mike Batt,Cathy Dennis,Don Black.
Great pictures of music legends over the past decades grace the walls.
A jazz trio playing live in the background.
Complimentary Nicholas Feuillate champers,wines,beers and canapés.
PRS for Music also has a members benevolent fund that supports members past and present
who have fallen on hard times.
One of those helped was Katy Lane---the former wife of Ronnie Lane from The Faces
who can no longer work due to her disability.Katy says 'The Fund are amazing'.
A really good event.
Tuesday 4 March 2014...6.45pm to 9pm...
George Michael: Symphonica - album launch party and exhibition at
Hamiltons Gallery, 13 Carlos Way, Mayfair,London, W1.
A nice vibe here as the venue is dimly lit and around 20 photos from the tour
are hanging on the walls of the gallery.
The album is playing in the background.
I saw George a couple of times on this massive tour.
The album is released on 17 March 2014.
You know George would be only 50/50 to turn up and he is a no show even though
the main showbiz photographers are all here.
There are a few other folks here including Gary Kemp and Martin Kemp from Spandau Ballet,
Ronan Keating,Marie Helvin,Kate Thornton,Jackie St Clair,Amber Atherton and
George Michaels dad.
Gary Kemp told me the Spandau documentary film is out in the autumn and there
will be a world tour in 2015.
Complimentary champers,wines,beers and canapés.
A good event.
17 track deluxe version as listed below.There is a 14 track normal version.
2. My Baby Just Cares for Me
3. A Different Corner
4. Praying for Time
5. Let Her Down Easy
6. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
7. Feeling Good
8. John and Elvis Are Dead
10. One More Try
11. Going to a Town
12. Cowboys and Angels
14. Brother Can You Spare a Dime
15. You Have Been Loved
16. Wild is the Wind
17. You've Changed
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