News and Reviews: December 18, 2014

Buy your books,cds,dvds etc from HMV and Amazon.
www.hmv.comVisit the HMV website here. the Amazon website here.
For NOVEMBER reviews and previous months reviews please click on the earlier reviews link above left.
Some good gigs and events coming up worth going to...
I did a short interview for BBC1 tv at The Troubadour Cafe,Old Brompton Road,Earls Court,SW5.
It features me talking about some of the legendary gigs I saw at Earls Court Arena in the 1970s
including Led Zeppelin,Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan.
They only used the bit about The Rolling Stones shows on The One Show.
I was on THURSDAY 11 DEC 7pm but it will be on iPlayer for the next 28 days.
It is around 13 mins in and only lasts a few seconds as they had a lot to cram in that night.
Needless to say that Brad Pitt and George Clooney have nothing to worry about.
Thurs 18 Dec---Happy Birthday to Keith Richards who is 71 today.
Fri 19 Dec and Sat 20 Dec---Sparks play The Barbican.
To coincide with Sparks’ shows in London, Universal Music are delighted to announce the release of a limited double vinyl 40th anniversary version of their landmark 1974 release, 'Kimono My House'.
'Kimono My House' was released in May 1974, peaking at Number 4 the following month and spawning the keynote hit singles ‘This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us’ and the equally superb ‘Amateur Hour.’
I loved Sparks in the 1970s and say them play Hammersmith Odeon in 1974 and 1975.
Fri 19 Dec---Status Quo play The 02 Arena as part of their UK arena tour.
Status Quo back at this venue again even though they know Level 4 will be empty.
I have seen Status Quo play live over 40 times since 1974.
Fri 19 Dec and Sat 20 Dec---Slowdive play The Forum---Indie rockers from the 1990s.
Sat 20 Dec---Chris Rea plays Hammersmith Apollo.
I have seen Chris Rea three or four times since 1986 when he headlined Hammersmith Odeon.
Sat 20 Dec---Michael Schenker plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
I first saw Michael Schenker in 1976 at The Marquee Club when he was with UFO.
Sat 20 Dec---Madness play The 02 Arena as part of their UK arena tour.
I have seen Madness play live over 20 times since their early days of 1979.
Sat 20 Dec---Fatboy Slim plays Brixton Academy.
Sun 21 Dec/Mon 22 Dec/Tue 23 Dec---The Cure play three sold out shows at Hammersmith Apollo.
I first saw The Cure back in 1979 when they supported Siouxsie and The Banshees at this same venue.
Expect a nice long set of 2 hours 30 mins plus.
Before and after Christmas is a good time to visit the theatre,panto and cinema.
'Wicked' the ever popular musical is still on at The Apollo,Victoria. the Wicked website here for more info.
Star of Dallas Linda Gray will be swapping Texas for Wimbledon this Christmas after producers announced that she will be making her panto debut at the New Wimbledon theatre in Cinderella.
Gray is best known for playing Sue Ellen Ewing in the TV classic Dallas but is no stranger to the London stage having played Mrs Robinson in the West End production of The Graduate.
She looks amazing for her age of 74 and looks the same as she did in her Dallas days.
Gray joins Tim Vine, Matthew Kelly, Matthew Rixon and Wayne Sleep, Amy Lennox and Liam Doyle in the cast of Cinderella.
Gray is thrilled to be making her first panto appearance at the theatre. “I am so delighted to be making my pantomime début in Cinderella at the beautiful New Wimbledon Theatre. I have heard such great things about British pantomime and I am very excited to get started! I am especially looking forward to working with such a brilliant and talented cast; the script is hilarious, my costume is sensational and I am looking forward to spending Christmas in the wonderful city of London”.
Cinderella runs at the New Wimbledon Theatre,London SW19 from Friday 5 December – Sunday 11 January 2015.
Jerry Hall is also in panto playing Snow White in leafy Richmond which is handy as she lives in Richmond.
Mick Jagger went to the opening press night on Thursday 11 Dec.
Jerry Hall has come in for some stick for miming on stage.
Angry patrons branded it ‘a complete joke’ and ‘beyond ridiculous’ that the model lip-synced to a track of her own voice. She couldn’t even do it well, they claimed, and often had her mouth closed when she should have been singing.
Memphis --- The Musical has had loads of great five and four star reviews.
Andrew Lloyd Webber's revival of Cats has opened at The Palladium and is on until 28 Feb 2015.
Nicole Scherzinger has got rave reviews from the opening press night on Thursday 11 Dec.
Elvis At The O2: The Exhibition Of His Life (12 December 2014 to 31 August 2015)
Over 300 Elvis Presley items including costumes and a virtual tour around Gracelands.
Jeff Beck was one of the guests at the private view launch party on Mon 15 Dec.

Wednesday 17 December 2014...7pm to 11pm...
2014 Sony Music Christmas Party at Press,47 Whitcomb Street,London W1.
A massive party for over 300 folks at this just opened private members club near Leicester Square.
It is mainly Sony staff and related folks from those that do business with them but no artists are here.
We have a warm up dj playing some loud dance tunes and getting the crowd in the mood.
Just after 9pm hip hop and dj legend Grandmaster Flash gets in the dj booth for a 90 mins set.
Grandmaster Flash, is an American hip hop recording artist and DJ—one of the pioneers of hip-hop DJing, cutting, and mixing. Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, becoming the first hip hop/rap artists to be so honoured.
One of the first tracks he played tonight was his own 1982 classic ' The Message'.

Lots of complimentary booze and food with vodka cocktails,wines and beers.
Also lots of grub including bowl food,burgers,hot dogs and canapés.
Check back soon for full review.

Tuesday 16 December 2014...I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 8.30pm
Steven Meisel --- 'Role Play' private view at Phillips Gallery,30 Berkeley Square,London W1.
Steven Meisel (born 1954) is an American fashion photographer, who obtained popularity and critical acclaim with his work in US and Italian Vogue and his photographs of friend Madonna in her 1992 book Sex. He is now considered one of the most successful fashion photographers in the industry, shooting regularly for both US and Italian Vogue, and lately W (also published by Condé Nast).
This collection has just been shown in Paris and visits New York after London.
It is on display here until 11 Jan 2015.
Around 200 folks here at this large gallery.
Complimentary Ruinart champers,spicy cocktails and wines for all guests.
www.phillips.comCheck the Phillips Gallery website here.
9pm to 11.15pm
Belvedere Vodka - party at London Film Museum Covent Garden, 45 Wellington Street, London, WC2.
Belvedere Vodka announces partnership with the upcoming James Bond film 'Spectre'.
Over 200 guests here including model Lily Cole,Pixie Geldof and Amber Atherton.
Tinie Tempah was the dj for an hour here.
A good choice of venue as they currently host The Bond in Motion exhibition so we can see real
cars/vehicles from James Bond films alongside the film clips showing them as they were used in the films.
The bar staff are all dressed up as James Bond types and when you ask for your drinks you are asked
the classic line "do you want shaken or stirred?".
Complimentary Belvedere cocktails (three different Martinis) and canapés for all guests.
There was a fun photo booth in the corner.
www.belvederevodka.comVisit the Belvedere website here.

Monday 15 December 2014...6.15pm to 8.15pm...
Burrell at Bonhams : An Exhibition of Masterpieces from the Burrell Collection,Glasgow --- private view at
Bonhams,New Bond Street,London W1.
Masterpieces by Rembrandt, Cézanne and Degas are among a selection of more than 50 treasures from the world famous Burrell Collection going on show at Bonhams London.
When Sir William Burrell donated his astonishing collection of more than 9,000 paintings and objects to the people of Glasgow, he made it a condition that there should be no overseas loans. As a shipping magnate, he was all too aware of the risks of sea travel.
But in January 2014, the Scottish Parliament passed legislation varying the terms of the bequest and paving the way for the international tour.
The Burrell Collection was given to the City of Glasgow in 1944 by Sir William and Lady Constance Burrell. Sir William Burrell (1861-1958) was a wealthy Glasgow shipowner with a lifelong passion for art collecting. The family was of Northumbrian origin, and his grandfather George moved to Glasgow in the early 1830s. By 1856/7 George was established as a shipping and forwarding agent at Port Dundas, the Glasgow terminus of the Forth and Clyde Canal. In the following year he was joined by his son, Sir William's father, and henceforward the firm traded.
Lots of security here with a guard for every couple of paintings and most items are in thick glass cabinets.
Around 300 smartly dressed art folks here.
One of the guests was William Hague---Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
Complimentary Pol Roger champers and canapés for all guests.
All guests got a nice tote bag with a book and DVD of the exhibition.
It runs until 9th January --- admission is free.
www.bonhams.comVisit the Bonhams website here for more info.