News and Reviews: September 28, 2016

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From 01 June 2016.
PUNK LONDON: The Museum of London's calling as it celebrates 40 years of punk with a display of all things anarchy in the Show Space. Discover customised clothes, accessories, photos, material from punk gigs (including flyers, patches and posters) from the 1970s onwards. Free, just turn up, 10am-6pm
Nearest tube station is Barbican.
Friday 15 July 2016 to Sunday 1 January 2017 - The Bodyguard - theatre production
Beverley Knight stars in the musical version of film made famous by Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner.
Book by playwright Alex Dinelarius, several Whitney Houston classics are included in the score.
Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1.
Also check out Kinky Boots,Motown The Musical,Sunny Afternoon,Beautiful,Jersey Boys and others.
David Gilmour returns to The Royal Albert Hall to play another five shows.
David is spoiling us in London as his 2015/2016 world tour for his 'Rattle That Lock' album
now means he will be playing 11 shows at this legendary venue in total.
These shows are the last dates on his world tour.
I went to four of the previous six shows including one with an amazing front row centre view.
Remaining shows...
Wednesday 28 September
Thursday 29 September
Friday 30 September
Thurs 29 Sept---Happy Birthday to Jerry Lee Lewis who is 81 today.
Thurs 29 Sept---The Members play The Half Moon,Putney.
Fri 30 Sept---Oasis In Their Own Words documentary is available on BBC iPlayer from Friday.
Fri 30 Sept---The Sharks play The Borderline.
Chris Spedding and his early 1970’s band Sharks reform for a UK tour and the release of ‘Killers of the Deep’,
their first album of new material in forty-two years.
This is their first proper London show for over 40 years.
The single ‘One Last Thrill’ will be released today.
Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook will be drumming for them on this tour.
Sat 01 Oct---The Vulz play St Moritz Club,159 Wardour Street,London W1...tix £6.
Sat 01 Oct---Gary Numan plays Bush Hall...Gary plays the first of two London small club shows...
Sun 02 Oct---Gary Numan plays The Electric,Brixton.
Sun 02 Oct---The Animals play The Theatre Royal,Windsor.
Only original member is drummer John Steel who is now aged 75.
with support from another 1960s act Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers.
They were the first London band to be signed by The Beatles manager, Brian Epstein.
Sun 02 Oct---The Lindisfarne Story live at Maidenhead Norden Farm Arts Centre, Maidenhead... £18
Acoustic show featuring an original member playing acoustic songs along with old video footage.
6 Music Live will be:
At the BBC’s Maida Vale studios w/c on Monday 3 October – with Placebo,
Michael Kiwanuka, The Pretenders,Super Furry Animals, and Wild Beasts.
Will be live on the radio and highlights on BBC iPlayer.
Wed 05 Oct---Dave Evans (first vocalist of AC/DC - pre-Bon Scott) and Band play The Underworld,Camden.
+ Porn Queen + Kane'd + 7th Circle.
Dave Evans was a member of the band for less than ten months before officially being replaced by Bon Scott in October 1974. During his time with AC/DC, Evans recorded one single, a Young/Young composition ("Can I Sit Next To You, Girl"/ "Rocking in the Parlour") which was released in Australia and New Zealand. A low-budget promotional video for the demo was also shot.The video can be seen on YouTube.
Thurs 06 Oct---Fans of Prince will be able to wander around his Paisley Park compound from today,
when the late music icon’s home is opened to the public.
Fri 07 Oct---Petula Clark plays The Swan Theatre,High Wycombe.
Petula now aged 83 on a UK tour to promote her new album 'From Now On' released on 16 Sept 2016.
Fri 07 Oct---The Tubes play Under The Bridge @ Chelsea Football Club.
Opening show of their UK tour.
The Tubes still feature four original members including Fee Waybill (lead vocals).
The Tubes still put on a very theatrical show.
I have seen them a few times including Hammersmith Odeon in 1977,1979 and 1981.
Fri 07 Oct---Jean-Michel Jarre plays The 02 Arena.
Fri 07 Oct---The Kills play The Roundhouse.
Mon 10 Oct---Brit Floyd play The Royal Albert Hall.
Tues 11 Oct---Suzanne Vega plays The Cadogan Hall.
Tues 11 Oct---Al Murray The Pub Landlord plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Tues 11 Oct---Rod Stewart to receive his knighthood in person.
Rod Stewart's wife Penny Lancaster revealed live on TV that The Queen is going to make her husband a knight next month on October 11. Lancaster said 'It's going to be so lovely. We can't wait for the big day and we're going to take our two little boys with us. Prince Charles gave Rod his CBE, which is wonderful, and he's our favourite'.
Thurs 13 Oct---The Counterfeit Stones play The Richmond Theatre,Surrey.
Fri 14 Oct---Seasick Steve plays Wembley Arena.
Sat 15 Oct---Steel Panther play Wembley Arena.
Mon 17 Oct---Nickelback play Wembley Arena.
Mon 17 Oct---Tony Hadley plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Thurs 20 Oct---Nickelback play The 02 Arena.
Tues 25 Oct---ABC play The Royal Festival Hall.
Tues 25 Oct---Jack Bruce tribute show at Shepherds Bush Empire.
The concert on Tuesday 25 October, a date that marks the two year anniversary since the passing of the hugely influential Cream bassist. All proceeds raised will be donated to Nordoff Robbins and Jack’s favourite local charity East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice.
Fri 28 Oct---Bill Wyman 80th Birthday Gala celebration at Indigo @ The 02 Arena complex.
Sat 29 Oct---Bad Company + Richie Sambora play The 02 Arena.
Sun 30 Oct---Van Morrison + Jeff Beck play The 02 Arena.
In October The Roundhouse celebrates it's 50th anniversary.
They will launch a special website to celebrate their history.
I did an audio interview with them in September talking mainly around the 20 plus gigs I saw there
from 1976 to 1978 before it closed down for over 15 years.
These gigs included the first UK shows by Patti Smith and The Ramones.
Enter Roundhouse in my venues search menu to get the full list.
I will put the link up when the interview is put online.
November 6 at 2 PM - Punk Rock Auction - Fiddler's Elbow - Camden ,London.

Tuesday 27 September 2016...I went to three events tonight...
5.15pm to 5.45pm
HALFORDS - Christmas Collection 2016 - showcase - London W1.
Halfords Group plc is a British retailer of car parts, car enhancement, camping and touring equipment and bicycles operating in the UK and Ireland. They also provide MOT, service and repairs in the United Kingdom, through Halfords Autocentre.
They are showcasing products they think will be strong sellers for Christmas.
Lots of bikes,items for your car,children's toys etc.
There was a full Star Wars selection including a very nice designer Star Wars Drone for £200.
Also a basic drone for a mere £70.
Chris Boardman and Victoria Pendleton were here earlier and Irish Fashion Designer Orla Kiely was here.
They have all designed bikes for Halfords.
I had a complimentary glass of presecco.
All guests got a nice goodie bag of Halfords products.
www.halfords.comVisit the Halfords website for more info.
6.30pm to 8pm
SHEILA ROCK - From Punk to the English Sea - private view - Chelsea College Of Arts Space,
16 John Islip Street,Pimlico,London SW1.
Some nice photos here with most taken during the punk heyday of 1976 to 1978.
There is a section dedicated to Jordan...old and new photos.
A nice gathering of older punk rockers here tonight with quite a few folks i know.
Faces here included...
Sheila Rock was was Jordan.
Glen Matlock
Don Letts
Phil Strongman (director of current docu film. 'Anarchy! The McLaren Westwood Gang'.
Ray Stevenson (punk photographer)
John (bass player with The Moors Murderers who was in a photo being displayed)
Joe Corre (was doing some interviews and filming to coincide with his 25 Nov 2016 event).
The son of the late Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren is planning to burn his collection of
punk memorabilia,estimated (he says) to be worth around £5m.
Complimentary wines and beers for all guests.
It is on until 28 Oct admission...
SHEILA ROCK came to the UK from America in 1970, and began a series of successful careers; firstly as a primary documenter of the punk era, then as a successful commercial photographer in advertising and editorial and more recently as the author of photographic books featuring works of her own private passions. The Face magazine launched her career, and she later contributed to a variety of diverse titles including German Vogue, Elle, Glamour, Architectural Digest, Sunday Times, Telegraph Magazine, Brides, Time Magazine and Rolling Stone Magazine. Her book PUNK +, published in 2013, is a document of the London 1970s punk scene that was also accompanied by a series of exhibitions in London, Paris and Berlin and later, Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore.
JORDAN (Pamela Rooke) is from Seaford, East Sussex. She was a model and actress noted for her work with Vivienne Westwood and the SEX boutique in the Kings Road, London in the mid-1970s that formalised the punk movement in terms of its style and attitude. Manager of Adam and the Ants in 1977, Jordan also starred in various films made by Derek Jarman, including Jordan’s Dance (1977) and Jubilee (1978).
www.sheilarock.comVisit the Sheila Rock website for more info.
www.chelseaspace.orgVisit the Chelsea Space website for more info.
8.30pm to 9.30pm
CALLY JANE by SOLEWISH - launch party - Juju,316 Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW3.
Ex Miss UK Cally Jane launches her footwear designs for this shoe brand.
Lots of glammed up females here from reality shows including Made In Chelsea.
A dj is playing tunes in the background.
Complimentary wines and beers (cocktails had finished)
All guests got a goodie bag with female items in.
www.solewish.comVisit the Solewish website for more info.

Tuesday 27 September 2016.
Bruce Springsteen’s 500-page autobiography, ‘Born to Run,’ will be released internationally today.
Bruce Springsteen opens up about depression battle.
Veteran singer Bruce Springsteen has revealed he suffered from 'crippling' depression for years. In his new autobiography Born to Run, The Boss, 67, said 'I was crushed between 60 and 62, good for a year and out again 63 to 64".
A companion album 'Chapter and Verse' has five unreleased tracks on it.

Monday 26 September 2016.
Although 1976 was the beginnings of Punk Rock it's heyday year was 1977 so
we can expect lots of great events going on through 2017 for it's 40th anniversary.
This was announced a couple of days ago on Steve Jones radio show in America.
Never Mind The Bollocks complete album show in Los Angeles January 2017.
Steve Jones - Sex Pistols - guitar
Paul Cook - Sex Pistols - drums
Duff McKagan - Guns N Roses - bass
and guest vocalists tba?
Exact venue and date to be confirmed soon.

Sunday 25 September 2016.
DAVID GILMOUR live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
David Gilmour returns to The Royal Albert Hall to play another five shows.
David is spoiling us in London as his 2015/2016 world tour for his 'Rattle That Lock' album
now means he will be playing 11 shows at this legendary venue in total.
These shows are the last dates on his world tour.
I went to four of the previous six shows including one with an amazing front row centre view.
Tonight was the second of his five shows at this venue this week.
Like all the others it is totally rammed sold out.
I have a great £100 seat on the arena floor, around 20 rows from the stage.
David Gilmour is on stage for around 2 hours 50 mins over two sets of 70 mins and 100 mins.
As expected the setlist is changed around a bit with a couple of songs added and a couple dropped.
The band is also a bit different for this leg as Phil Manzanera has been replaced by Chester Kamen.
Chuck Leavell played some of the shows in the summer but I presume he has gone back to The
Rolling Stones camp to rehearse for their October shows.
The band and the sound is superb and the backing vocals soar when needed.
Needless to say David Gilmours guitar playing is fantastic all night.
Nicely paced with most of the big classic Pink Floyd tracks in the second set.
The circular big screen is again stunning as it's mixes flashing lights around the edge along
with live gig footage and pre-recorded images.
The second set was pretty special as it really was top notch gig heaven perfection.
All the crowd is standing up from 'Run Like Hell' onwards.
Very impressive lasers come out above our heads during a mega 'Comfortably Numb'.
A superb show.
A lot of laminates floating around tonight but i did not see any other musicians.
Folks spotted tonight included David Gilmours promoter Harvey Goldsmith,David Gilmours
leading live music booking agent Neil Warnock and DG long-term security guy Barrie Knight.
Full setlist played tonight...
Set 1:
5 A.M.
Rattle That Lock
Faces of Stone
What Do You Want From Me (Pink Floyd song)
The Blue
The Great Gig in the Sky (Pink Floyd song)
A Boat Lies Waiting
Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd song)
Money (Pink Floyd song)
In Any Tongue
High Hopes (Pink Floyd song)
Set 2:
One of These Days (Pink Floyd song)
Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V) (Pink Floyd song)
Fat Old Sun (Pink Floyd song)
Coming Back to Life (Pink Floyd song)
On an Island (followed by band introductions)
Us and Them (Pink Floyd song)
Sorrow (Pink Floyd song)
Run Like Hell (Pink Floyd song)
Time (Pink Floyd song)
Breathe (Reprise) (Pink Floyd song)
Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd song)

Saturday 24 September 2016...I went to two events today...
11.30am to 12.30am
Punk 1976-78 - The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1.
Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the birth of punk music, The British Library showcases exhibition exploring the genre and sub culture's early days and how its influence spread across music, fashion, print and graphic styles nationwide.
Not sure why it has taken me so long to get along to this exhibition.
It was pretty busy as it was a Saturday and a very sunny day.
A very nice display of original punk clothing,posters,fanzines,lyrics,flyers,vinyl singles covers etc.
The exhibition includes the Glen Matlock resignation letter to leave The Sex Pistols.
Also The Sex Pistols termination of their recording contract with EMI.
We have some visual and audio clips including The Bill Grundy interview.
Well worth a visit.
Punk 1976-78 - exhibition (13 May 2016 to 2 October 2016)
The exhibition is free entry...also open on Saturdays and Sundays...
The British LibraryCheck out their website for full info.
1.10pm to 2.10pm
SHARKS - filming - Concourse @ Kings Cross Station,London NW1.
Sharks have commissioned the D2D Dance Company to create a dance routine in the grand tradition of the Twist, the Locomotion and the Hully Gully for the Ya Ya Pop track from their forthcoming Killers of the Deep album.
They will be launching and filming the new dance craze with live performances by the band and 20 dancers in the main concourse of Kings X station.
In addition Chris Spedding and Steve Parsons ( Snips) will perform the title track from Chris's Joyland
album with choreography from D2D and pre-recorded voice over from actor Ian McShane.
A bit of an usual location to say the least as Sharks play before some hardcore fans and passers by.
As stated it was not a proper gig as such but the band including Sex Pistol drummer Paul Cook are playing live.
Next Friday they play their first proper London show in over 40 years at The Borderline.
They play four versions of the track 'Ya Ya Pop' with 20 female dancers in front of the band.
It's a great little tune with hints of The Rolling Stones and with a nifty Chris Spedding guitar riff.
Singer Steve Parsons (Snips) weaves in and out between the dancers for a few seconds.
Each version is filmed so should look good when it comes out.
There is a short break then singer Steve Parsons (Snips) and Chris Spedding playing Chris's recent track
'Joyland' over a rhythm backing track and the dancers again are front of stage.
They played the track three times.
A nice lunchtime event.

Friday 23 September 2016....7.45pm to 1.30am...
ThE RITZ HOTEL 110th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION - The Ritz Hotel,Piccadilly,London SW1.
Famous five star luxury hotel hosts a black tie party.
Most of the 250 guests have paid £350 to be here.
Guests included David Sullivan - the current owner of West Ham football club.
Ex Prime Minister Maggie Thatcher lived here for the last months of her life.
For the reception we had complimentary Laurent Perrier champers along with some
yummy food stations which included lots of seafood including lobster,salmon,oysters etc.
Loads of great stuff fussing over all the guests.
At 9.15pm THE BBC BIG BAND played a 75 mins set in the seated ballroom.
Around 20 musicians on stage with singers Claire Martin and Iain McKenzie sharing vocals.
They played some old classics including Sweet Georgia Brown,Fly Me To The Moon,
Luck be a Lady Tonight,That Old Black Magic,Puttin' On The Ritz ,Come Fly with Me and
The Lady Is A Tramp.
After the band we had dessert food stations and cheese food stations.
Superb cakes and pastries including some amazing pancakes cooked in front of you.
The complimentary bar continued with champers,cocktails,wines and beers.
There was an all girl group singing covers in one room and a male singer singing some Rat Pack covers.
Then some dancing.
An excellent event.
www.theritzlondon.comVisit their website here for more info on The Ritz Hotel.

Fri 23 Sept---Happy Birthday to Bruce Springsteen who is 67 today.
50 years ago on Sept 24th 1966, Jimi Hendrix arrived in London for the first time.

Thursday 22 September 2016.
RICKY MARTIN + dj support live at Hammersmith Apollo,London.
Ricky Martin plays the first of two shows at this venue for the charity AUTISM ROCKS.
These are the only UK shows on his European part of his year long World Tour.
His first English-language album (also titled Ricky Martin), has sold 22 million copies and
is one of the best selling albums of all time.
Ricky Martin has sold over 70 million albums worldwide.
He has had five Top 10 hits in the UK including his massive number one hit 'Livin' la Vida Loco'.
I saw him play The Royal Albert Hall in 2000.
Click on the Hammersmith Apollo link on the right for more info and to buy tickets for Friday.
There are accents and flags here from countries from all over the world.
The dj played 30 mins of dance tunes then 30 mins of Latin tunes which got all
this excited crowd up and dancing before Ricky even came on.
Ricky and his band take the stage at 9.05pm and played for around 1 hour 40 mins.
You can see why there is a dj as support rather than a band as Ricky has a massive stage
production that covers the stage and there is simply no room for support band equipment.
Multi big screens are showing a mix of live footage and pre-recorded images.
Lots of lights along with walkways and podiums.
Ricky is joined by 9 band members and 7 dancers (4 sultry F and 3 M).
A very uptempo high energy show by Ricky and the dancers.
Ricky's voice could have been louder and clearer as the band drowned him out a bit.
A great atmosphere as the crowd are up and dancing and really getting into the Latin vibe.
Ricky tirelessly flirts with both sexes. Sex is the driver of most of the English language songs:
'Livin' la Vida Loca','She Bangs' and 'Shake Your Bon-Bon' are all choreographed to vigorous coital writhing.
During 'Frio', a dominatrix with a whip lassoes him.
Half the set was songs in Spanish to please his Latin fans.
It was visually fantastic to watch and the street-party rhythms got a joyous reaction from the crowd.
Ricky may be seen by some as a bit naff but his show was much better than expected.
AUTISM ROCKS are selling signed music memorabilia from various artists on their website.
www.autismrocks.comSee their website for more info.

Thursday 22 September 2016.
After the Ricky Martin show i bumped into Sex Pistol Paul Cook and his wife in King Street,Hammersmith.
Reminder - Paul is playing drums with The Sharks at The Borderline on Fri 30 Sept.

Thursday 22 September 2016.
Happy Birthday to David Coverdale who is 65 today.
Happy Birthday to Joan Jett whom is 58 today.

Wednesday 21 September 2016.
BJORK live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
A rare UK show from this very creative and innovative Icelandic singer.
I first saw her play live in 1994 and 1996 but she does not play live that much these days.
Coincides with her Digital exhibition at Somerset House.
Bjork has had a recent album out to promote titled 'Vulnicura' with its companion album 'Vulnicura Strings'.
Also extra show added at Hammersmith Apollo on Sat 24 Sept.
The venue is rammed solid sold out as tonight is a very hot ticket.
As expected Bjork always gets a cool looking crowd.
A few of the girls in the audience are dressed up in wacky Bjork type outfits.
Tonight Bjork is playing with an orchestra of around 25 live band.
Bjork is on stage for 95 mins over two sets of 45 mins and 50 mins.
A minimal light show kept the production simple.
Bjork arrives on stage to massive cheers to a crowd who clearly adore her.
A hardcore respectful crowd who stayed very quiet during songs then burst into huge applause after each track.
The first set was based around tracks from last years album.
Performing in a winged dress and glowing headpiece by James Merry, she revisited last year’s heart-rending
'Vulnicura' album, which chronicled her break-up with artist Matthew Barney.
After an interval, dressed in a fibre-optic lampshade and mask that showed more of her face, she dipped back into her back catalogue, getting wilder and wilder reactions each time a song intro sparked recognition in the audience. In particular two tracks from 1997's Homogenic – “Joga” and, in an encore, “Pluto” – worked brilliantly shorn of the heavy dance music production.
Bjork avoided playing her biggest hits as expected.
Bjork is always one who does what she wants rather than the obvious.
Not much chat apart from during the encore.
The critics love her and the show has got plenty of five and four star reviews.
It was a good show from an artist who takes her craft seriously.
Full setlist played tonight...
History of Touches
Black Lake
Aurora (Tour debut; First time since 2011)
I've Seen It All (Tour debut; First time since 2003)
Jóga (Tour debut)
Pagan Poetry (Tour debut)
Mouth Mantra
The Anchor Song (Tour debut; First time since 2008)
Pluto (Tour debut)

Wednesday 21 September 2016.
Happy Birthday to Leonard Cohen who is 82 today.

Tuesday 20 September 2016...I went to two events tonight...
6pm to 7.15pm
TELEVISION CENTRE - showcase - Wood Lane,Shepherds Bush,London W12.
This used to be the famous BBC Television Centre.
Being born and bred in the area this iconic venue is close to my heart as i went to see
David Cassidy back here in 1974 at the old White City Stadium which is now part of their extended area.
Also I saw a few tv shows here including some Top of The Pops , some Jools Holland and various others.
It is now a massive building project but BBC Worldwide are still here.
The huge signs say 'They called it the home of British television, you can call it home'.
By the end of 2017 it will be one of the capital’s most exciting and creative live-work-play superhubs.
The £8 billion redevelopment includes not just flats and offices but restaurants, a gym, a cinema, a new Soho House, the Imperial College campus and the biggest branch yet of John Lewis in an expanded Westfield shopping centre.
Property developer Stanhope’s Televison Centre project is part of a greater development in the neighbourhood, from Westfield in the south to the new Imperial College campus in the north. In terms of scale it’s a mind-boggling proposition: a city within a city which will have far-reaching effects throughout west London when finished.
There will still be three of the tv recording studios here which will be used anyone that wants to hire them out.
There is a huge model village of their plans set up which looks amazing.
Great location in Zone 2 and a short walk to White City and Wood Lane tube stations.
We had a look at a 1 bed flat - price around £750, expected a bit pricey.
Complimentary presecco,wines and beers for all guests.
www.televisioncentre.comVisit their website for more info.
8pm to 10.30pm
FRENCH DESIGN FORUM - showcase - Cafe Royal Hotel,Regent Street,London W1.
Around 200 folks here in the main room of this luxury hotel...half the crowd are French.
There are 15 French masters of design and craftsmanship showcasing their savior-faire.
A nice vibe so we stayed here until the end.
Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers,wines and canapés for all guests.
www.frenchdesignforum.comVisit their website here.
www.frenchdesigntrail.comVisit their website for French designers in London.

20 Sept / 21 Sept 1976.
40th anniversary of the legendary Punk Rock Festival at The 100 Club.
I was there both days to see The Sex Pistols,Clash,Siouxsie and the Banshess (with Sid Vicious on drums),
Chris Spedding,Vibrators,Damned and Subway Sect etc.
A picture of me front of stage from that gig is hanging at the 100 Club now.
Rare Sex Pistols live in Paris 1976 recording surfaces...
According to YouTube promo , are posting Sex Pistols Chalet Du Lac 3rd Sept 76
concert on 20th September.

Monday 19 September 2016...I went two events tonight...
6.30pm to 9.30pm
THE COMMITMENTS - 25th anniversary edition DVD and BLU-RAY - launch party -
The Borderline, Orange Yard, Off Manette Street, London, W1.
I saw this great music based film when it was first released in the cinema in 1991 and many times after on tv.
It is a funny ,uplifting,gritty film based on Roddy Doyle's book and has a fantastic soundtrack of classic soul tracks.
The cd album of the films soundtrack has sold over a staggering 12 million copies.
I also went to see the musical based on the film a couple of years ago when it was in The West End.
In the Northside of Dublin, Ireland, Jimmy Rabbitte is a young music fanatic who aspires to manage an Irish soul band in the tradition of 1960s African-American recording artists. He places an advert in the local newspaper and holds auditions in his parents' home. After being deluged by scores of disastrous performers, Jimmy decides to put together a band consisting of friends and people he encounters—lead singer Deco Cuffe, guitarist Outspan Foster, pianist Steven Clifford, saxophonist Dean Fay, bassist Derek Scully, drummer Billy Mooney, and female backup singers Bernie McGloughlin, Natalie Murphy and Imelda Quirke. Jimmy then meets Joey "The Lips" Fagan, a veteran musician who offers his services, and has unlikely stories about meeting and working with famous soul musicians. Joey names the band "The Commitments".
They plan to launch the greatest Irish Soul band in the world.
At 8pm The Stars of The Commitments band played a full 80 mins of songs from the film and their two albums.
They do a great job of transporting us back to a sweaty rowdy pub in Dublin around 1991, just like in the film.
They still have the full band with brass section and female backing singers.
We have two or three original cast members from the film on stage tonight.
Lots of the usual fun Irish banter on stage from all the members who are clearly enjoying themselves.
A great show.
Full setlist played tonight...
Show Me
I Can't Stand The Rain
Chain Of Fools
The Happy Song
Hard To Handle
Destination Anywhere
Nowhere To Run
The Dark Side Of The Street
Mustang Sally
Mr Pitiful
Grits Ain't Groceries
Take Me To The River
Try A Little Tenderness
In The Midnight Hour
Bony Moronie
Treat Her Right
All guests enjoyed complimentary beers ( including Guinness of course) ,wines and a hearty buffet from
the folks at MY PIE.
All guests got a nice goodie bag that included a copy of the film,a copy of the first cd, a copy of
Roddy Doyle's book....and a copy of The Irish World newspaper which was a nice touch.
The RRP for the DVD is £19.99 and the RRP for the Blu-ray is £24.99.
It includes bonus features and interviews with the cast and director Alan Parker.
Click on my Amazon link at the top of this page to get it a bit cheaper.
A very enjoyable evening.
9.45pm to 10.45pm
CALL OF DUTY : Infinite Warfare & Modern Warfare Remastered - VIP preview -
The May Fair Hotel, Stratton Street, London, W1.
Very popular gaming series gets the 'remastered ' treatment.
Around 25 gaming consoles are spread around the room with the guests playing them.
Guests included Thomas Turgoose who played the lead role of Shaun in the excellent
Channel 4 tv series 'This Is England'.
Complimentary wines,beers and canapés for all.

Sunday 18 September 2016.
ILLEGAL EAGLES live at The Richmond Theatre,Surrey.
Although I have seen the real Eagles half a dozen times or so this is the
first time I have seen the UK's number one Eagles tribute act.
They are on a massive UK tour until Christmas.
This venue has a 840 capacity but some dates are twice the size of this cosy all seated theatre.
They are on stage for 1 hour 55 mins over two sets of 50 mins and 65 mins.
They play the best of The Eagles along with the best of the members solo material.
The sound is excellent and the six musicians are top notch with some great guitar playing
and pitch perfect vocal harmonies.
Versions of 'Life's Been Good' and encore 'Hotel California' were stunning.
A very enjoyable show.
They greeted the crowd at the merch stand at the end of the show as they are selling live CDS and T-shirts.
Highlights included...
Take It Easy
Tequila Sunrise
One Of These Nights
Life's Been Good
Love Will Keep Us Alive
Lyin' Eyes
Take It To The Limit
The Heat Is On
Life In The Fast Lane
Heartache Tonight
Encore :
Hotel California
www.illegaleagles.comVisit their website for more info and full tour dates.

Tonight was gig number 6500 for me since 1973.
Saturday 17 September 2016.
PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT live at The Forum,London.
Peter Hook & The Light perform Joy Division's and New Order's legendary Factory Records
compilation albums "Substance" live, sequentially and in their entireties.
Peter Hook was of course the bass player for both bands until he left New Order.
This is their last UK show before a massive tour of North America & South America.
I saw Joy Division a few times as well as New Order a few times.
I saw New Order at this very same venue in 1981 which i think was their first ever London show.
I have seen Peter Hook & The Light playing shorter sets of 60/70 mins but tonight we get the
full monty 'Substance' tour with two full sets of New Order and Joy Division gems.
They were on stage for 2 hours 25 mins over two sets of 85 mins and 60 mins.
Legendary dj Arthur Baker spun some tunes before they came on and during the interval.
Peter Hook is a fantastic bass player with his low slung style and plenty of the riffs in Joy Division
and New Order were bass Joy Division's classic 'She's Lost Control'...
We had gems from New Order including 'Ceremony' and 'Blue Monday'.
We had gems from Joy Division including the final six songs on the bounce 'Transmission',
'She's Lost Control','Incubation','Dead Souls', 'Atmosphere' and 'Love Will Tear Us Apart'.
Lots of dancing in the front stalls standing.
A great show.
FIRST SET : New Order: Substance
Lonesome Tonight
Cries and Whispers
Everything's Gone Green
Blue Monday
Thieves Like Us
The Perfect Kiss
State of the Nation
Bizarre Love Triangle
True Faith
SECOND SET : Joy Division: Substance
No Love Lost
From Safety to Where...?
These Days
Leaders of Men
She's Lost Control
Dead Souls
Love Will Tear Us Apart...(dedicated to Ian Curtis)

Friday 16 September 2016.
Led Zeppelin : 'The Complete BBC Sessions ' is released today.
Disc 2 is all from their Paris Studios recording in London on 01 April 1971.
Paris Studios was in Lower Regent Street and was all seated - around 350 to 400 capacity.
I went to over 30 shows there from 1979 onwards.
The advance tickets were free but many shows were half empty on the night if ticket holders
did not know the band or like the band.
Some of the shows I saw here included...
Simple Minds- 1980
Undertones - 1980
Ultravox - 1981
Gen X - 1981
Stray Cats - 1981
U2 - 1981
Auto Da Fe - 1983 - with Phil Lynott on bass
Sade - 1984
Type in Paris Studios in my venue search to see the full list.

Thursday 15 September 2016...I went to four events today...
4pm to 5pm
Afternoon Tea at The Dorchester Hotel,Park Lane,London W1.
This event was to launch The Charitable Bookings App.
Book restaurants ,happy in the knowledge that £1 per diner will be donated by the restaurant
to a charity of your choice at no extra cost.
Over 200 folks standing in the ballroom of this luxury five star hotel.
Complimentary tea,coffee and pastries for all guests.
www.charitablebookings.orgVisit their website for more info.
5.30pm to 7pm
The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years - Leicester Square Odeon,London WC2.
The Fab Fours journey from the early days of the Cavern Club in Liverpool and engagements in Hamburg
to their last public concert in Candlestick Park, San Francisco in 1966.
Director Ron Howard, Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are expected to attend the world premiere.
Event to be broadcast live from Leicester Square to cinemas nationwide.
Expect a good amount of well known musicians to attend.
There will also be a big event tonight in Liverpool.
Steven Van Zandt will be hosting the New York premiere.
The London afterparty is from 9.30pm at The Banqueting House, Whitehall, London SW1.
As expected it is a full blown West End film premiere with barriers and security everywhere.
1000 fans must be here already waiting for the arrivals.
Paul McCartney's main security guy is checking out the crowd.
They are playing clips from the film on the big screens.
Producer of the film RON HOWARD is here...remember him from Happy Days tv show.
I saw some big names attending including ERIC CLAPTON,LIAM GALLAGHER and MADONNA.
Eric Clapton and Liam Gallagher both not interested in posing for official photographers.
Yoko Ono had to be held up by her pr guy to avoid any type of Hilary Clinton type stumble.
Also here were Sir Bob Geldof,Jools Holland,Petula Clark,Ian Broudie from The Lightning Seeds.
Monty Python stars Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam were here.
Actor Simon Pegg was here.
There were probably a few other faces that went in the general entrance and not the VIP entrance.
At 6.43pm PAUL MCCARTNEY and RINGO STARR arrived in two cars with their wives.
Macca rushed half a dozen signings for the tv cameras here.
Fellow Scouser John Bishop interviewed Macca,Ringo and Ron Howard on a podium for a few mins.
7.10pm to 9pm
Mimi's Bar - showcase - 19 Newman Street,London W1.
The epitome of Fitzrovia nightlife, Mimi's, a private members bar and lounge, is a discreet, top-notch basement haunt with a lush cocktail bar. Mimi's bar and lounge is the ideal spot for an after work drink or a night of celebrating with friends.
Mimi's enviable location - a short distance from Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road - is within easy reach of the whole City. Sleek, chic and tasteful, Mimi's is the perfect balance between Soho's edginess and Mayfair's taut sophistication.
Mimi's is also available for private events.
The rear entrance to The 100 Club is 100 yards away.
It is very plush here with nice cosy seating and low level lighting.
We have a female vocalist sing a few songs to a backing track.
Complimentary vodka cocktails,presecco,different spirits including JD n cokes,wines,beers
and lots of yummy sushi.
www.mimisbar.comVisit the Mimi's website here for more info.
At 9.45pm I saw Madonna going in to 100 Wardour restaurant instead of going to The Beatles party.
10pm to 11.30pm
Charlie's - 1st Birthday Party - 15 Berkeley Street,London W1.
This club is inspired by the legendary Charlie Chaplin and there are photos of Charlie on the wall.
This club used to be called Funky Buddha.
It is more of a late night club rather than an evening bar.
The dj is playing some dance tunes.
Complimentary Ciroc vodka cocktails and canapés for all guests.

Thursday 15 September 2016.
Rick Parfitt has been ordered to have a year's rest after his recent near fatal heart attack.
This means he will not be playing on Status Quo's final Electric UK arena tour in December.
The London date is Sunday 11 Dec at The 02 Arena.

Wednesday 14 September 2016.
Happy Birthday to my eldest son Marc who was 28 today.
We had family drinks,cakes and snacks to celebrate indoors.
Eye of a Generation -private view - Proud Gallery,Camden,London.
I was on the guest list for this private view but did not go because of the above.
‘Eye of a Generation’ is a major retrospective from renowned British photographer Michael Putland. This exhibition will celebrate an illustrious career spanning over half a century, offering a unique and candid view into some of the most famous faces and iconic moments in music history. Proud Camden will exhibit the artists that changed popular music from the ‘60s through to the current day including an unseen photograph of Marc Bolan at the height of his fame during a two day shoot at the famous recording studio, Le Château d'Hérouville, in France; a laid-back and loved-up John and Yoko relaxing together in the White Room where the famous ‘Imagine’ video was shot and the iconic moment when Pete Townshend launched his electric guitar six-feet into the air at Madison Square Gardens; David Bowie in a cat suit decorating his home in Haddon Hall and the famous photograph of Bob Marley, Mick Jagger and Peter Tosh captured backstage at the Palladium Theatre, New York in 1978. ‘Eye of a Generation’ will reveal a rare and honest look at the most prominent faces of the 20th century, shot through the lens of one of Britain’s most influential music photographers. the Proud Galleries website for more info.

Tuesday 13 September 2016...I went to three events today...
4.30pm to 5.30pm
Audio Roundhouse interview at The Roundhouse to celebrate their 50th anniversary.
I went to this iconic venue to chat about the punk gigs I went to there from 1976 to 1978.
The 20 plus gigs I saw here included the first UK shows by Patti Smith and The Ramones in 1976.
I chatted about most shows being on a Sunday ,usually 3 band packages promoted by John Curd.
Also meeting Sid Vicious at a Ramones gig and asking him if the band had any gigs lined up
"Yes we are playing a Jubilee gig on a boat on The River Thames tomorrow " he said.
We went along but got there too late ... so we went to see Queen at Earls Court Arena instead.
The Roundhouse was a different venue then,a bit unloved and shabby but they had some great gigs.
It was closed for over 15 years which included all through the 1980s.
It is very different now with rehearsal rooms for bands and young creatives along one side.
Also more recent shows included the two in one night by Prince here I saw in June 2014.
A fun hour that will be up on their website in October.
6.30pm to 8pm
War Horse at Bonhams - charity auction & party - Bonhams, 101 New Bond Street, London, W1.
Original puppets from the smash-hit play, War Horse – Joey, Topthorn, the Goose and a pair of crows –
are sold at an evening charity auction in aid of the Handspring Trust.
Joey and Topthorn will make a special appearance on the night for guests.
They looked so lifelike it was pretty amazing to see them up close as they were paraded around.
This is the only time a full set of these famous puppets will be made available at auction.
The original Joey was sold here for £35,000.
Around 200 guests enjoyed complimentary Pol Roger champers and canapés.
www.bonhams.comVisit the Bonhams website for more info.
8.05pm to 9pm
Town&Country x Holland & Holland - launch party - Holland & Holland, 33 Bruton Street, London, W1.
Stella Tennant features as the cover star of the Town & Country Autumn issue to celebrate the launch of her glorious new clothing collection for Holland & Holland. Including an in-depth interview and collection of images shot in Scotland.
Writer Nick Foulkes was here in this historic store that sells country clothing and sells shooting guns too.
Around 150 smartly dressed folks enjoying complimentary champers,gin n tonics and canapés.
All guests got a goodie bag on leaving. their website here. their website here.

Tuesday 13 September 2016.
Roy Harper played The Royal Festival Hall last night to celebrate his 75th birthday.
Over his 50-year career, he has collaborated with Pink Floyd and Kate Bush, and even had a Led Zeppelin
song named after him.
As with his previous London shows his good friend Jimmy Page turned up but did not join him on stage.

Monday 12 September 2016...7pm to 9.15pm.
FORTNUM x FRANK - VIP private view - Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, London, W1.
This September, Fortnum & Mason will be opening its doors to one of the most original art events in London when it becomes the temporary home of works from the Frank Cohen Collection, one of the most important collections of Modern British art in private hands.
Fortnum’s X Frank, opening on 13 September 2016, is conceived as a provocative art installation with more than 60 works displayed across the entire store – from the award-winning windows facing the Royal Academy to the wine bar, shop floor and through to the board room.
Every year Frank is in ARTnews magazine’s list of ‘The World’s Top 200 Collectors’ and is often referred to as
the Medici of the North.
Over 200 folks here in their 4th floor restaurant & tea room area.
Most of Londons celebrity photographers are here as Frank Cohen is making a rare appearance in
London away from his Manchester roots.
Key art world figures including Charming Baker, Maggi Hambling, Jake Chapman and Philip Colbert gathered as British entrepreneur Frank Cohen unveiled his art collection - one of the most important collections of Modern British art in private hands - at Fortnum & Mason. GQ's Dylan Jones, restaurateur Mark Hix and politician Paul Myners were also among guests to celebrate the new display of 60 works by artists including Frank Auerbauch, Tracey Emin, Howard Hodgkin and Leon Kossoff. Surrounded by his wife Cheryl Cohen and daughter Georgina Cohen, the art collector took to the stage to present the free pop-up exhibition at the iconic Piccadilly store.
Also here were Alan Yentob,Sir David Tang,Stuart Rose,Viscount David Linley,Sir Norman Rosenthal and
Jean Pigozzi.
Lots of very nice hospitality here as usual for all guests including Fortnum's own champers
and yummy food including a seafood station,a cheese station and canapés and desserts.
All guests got a goodie food filled with Fortnum's food items.
A very nice event.
www.fortnumandmason.comVisit their website here for more info.

Sunday 11 September. 2016....1.30pm to 10pm...
BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park - The Festival In A Day.
Elton John, Madness, Status Quo (Aquostic set), Gregory Porter, LeAnn Rimes, Jamie Lawson, Andreya Triana and Travis performed live on BBC Radio 2 and in vision via BBC Red Button, BBC iPlayer and the Radio 2 website.
Rick Parfitt will not be playing with Status Quo due to ill health.
I have seen Elton John over 30 times since 1974.
I have seen Madness over 20 times since 1979.
I have seen Status Quo over 50 times since 1974.
A lovely full day of sunshine today for this massive 55,000 capacity annual event.
Always sells out pronto as the bill is always top notch and tickets are priced at only £42.
Most folks arrive early as the first band on is always well known.
Very handy for me to have vip/press wristbands for the backstage area with loads off seating,
a covered area,their own big screen and the all important luxury loos with no queues.
Most of the artists stay in the portacabin area but a few venture out.
I see LeAnn Rimes and Suggs close up in the press tent as they do interviews between bands.
Others that were seen included Gregory Porter,Lulu,Status Quo bass player all the BBC Radio 2 djs
here today introducing the bands including Jo Whiley,Johnnie Walker,Bob Harris,Vanessa Felz and more.
Also John Inverdale,Murray Chalmers (Elton John pr) and Neil Warnock (Status Quo and others booking agent)
TRAVIS arrive on stage and 1.30pm and play for around 35 mins.
I saw them a couple of months ago at The Hard Rock Cafe for Absolute Radio.
A mix of hits and new tracks in their enjoyable set.
Alfie Boe joined them for a song.
Full setlist played tonight...
Paralysed (with Alfie Boe)
Idlewild (with Josephine)
Play Video
Flowers in the Window (Acoustic)
Magnificent Time
Why Does It Always Rain on Me?
ANDREYA TRIANA arrived on stage at 2.25pm and played for around 30 mins.
Never heard of her before but was nicely surprised as the songs were cool mixes of
pop,soul and funk with great vocals that were really good.
We had a tribute to Sir Terry Wogan who was of course a Radio 2 presenter.
JAMIE LAWSON arrived on stage and played for around 25 mins.
Jamie Lawson is a British singer-songwriter who was the first artist to be signed by Ed Sheeran's new record label, Gingerbread Man Records.Lawson is best known for his hit single, "Wasn't Expecting That", and
his self-titled album which peaked at number one on the UK Albums Chart in 2015.
A decent enough set.
LEANN RIMES arrived on stage at 4.10pm and played for around 30 mins.
She is a massive Country star who has has sold over 20 million albums worldwide which has included
two greatest hits albums.Her slender frame glides across the stage.
She was joined by David Gray on piano for a song....a good set...
GREGORY PORTER arrives on stage at 5pm and played for around 30 mins.
Gregory has had a successful past two years and his voice is just soul/jazz voice is great.
His set included 'Holding On','Liquid Spirit','Take Me To The Alley' and 'Hey Laura'.
Video tribute to David Bowie as they play 'Starman' from TOTP in 1972.
STATUS QUO arrived on stage at 6pm and played for around 50 mins.
Very odd not to see Rick Parfitt playing on stage with them.
Tonight was Quo semi-acoustic with a full 16 musicians on stage which included a mini orchestra,
female backing vocals,drums ,bass,acoustic guitars but no electric guitars.
The opening track 'Pictures Of Matchstick Men' was fantastic as the string section really suited the song.
Lots of classic oldies mixed in with a couple of new tracks.
Enjoyable show but Quo electric will always be better for me.
Full setlist played tonight...
Pictures of Matchstick Men
Paper Plane
What You're Proposing
That's a Fact
Hold You Back
Rollin' Home
Down Down
Whatever You Want
Rockin' All Over the World (John Fogerty cover)
Burning Bridges
Time to brave the crowds as i went down the front of stage for the final two acts.
MADNESS arrived on stage at 7.10pm and played for 60 mins.
It was only two weeks ago I saw Madness play their own headline show in Clapham Common.
Tonight was even better than that as they got rid of the average tracks and tonight they were superb.
So many great songs on the trot really got the crowd singing and dancing.
They played a song in tribute to Prince Buster who died a couple of days ago.
Suggs was on top form ,both his singing and his on stage fun banter.
As usual for the last song of the main set there was a stage invasion from family and friends and singer
David Gray also had an energetic bop around.
A really fantastic set.
Full setlist played tonight...
One Step Beyond (Prince Buster cover)
The Prince
Life Has Just Begun
My Girl
Can't Touch Us Now
Wings of a Dove
House of Fun
Baggy Trousers
Our House
Madness (Prince Buster cover)
Night Boat to Cairo
Encore :
Mr. Apples
It Must Be Love (Labi Siffre cover)
ELTON JOHN arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played for 90 mins.
His band still feature two original members and legendary percussionist Ray Cooper is back with him.
Elton has had so many superb singles and albums since 1970 in his incredible career.
Sir Elton John now aged 69,has sold more than 300 million records, making him one of the best-selling
music artists in the world.
In a sparkly jacket he played a fantastic set that the crowd loved.
A couple of new album tracks were played but otherwise loads of his classics.
An excellent show and a great finale to a great day of music.
Full setlist played tonight...
The Bitch Is Back
Bennie and the Jets
I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues
Philadelphia Freedom
A Good Heart
Rocket Man
Tiny Dancer
Your Song
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Sad Songs (Say So Much)
Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me
I'm Still Standing
Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting
Crocodile Rock

Saturday 10 September 2016.
BILLY JOEL live at Wembley Stadium,London.
Billy Joel now aged 67 plays a massive outdoor show at Wembley Stadium.
Only two shows in Europe---this one at Wembley and the week before in Frankfurt,Germany.
He has a current contract to play one show a month for three years at Madison Square Garden....36 shows...
He has sold over 150 million records.
He has not produced any new music for over 20 years.
Is Billy Joel still popular enough to play a massive show at Wembley Stadium?.
Ticket update...the day before the show The Standard had a full page ad saying the show was SOLD OUT.
It was raining on the way to the show but thankfully no rain at the venue while he played.
Amazingly it is like the promoters said, a full house tonight.
This weekend is pretty much the last of the outdoor shows season so at 8pm
it was pretty dark from the start of the show so that helped the light show.
Billy Joel and his band arrive on stage just after 8pm and play for 2 hours 30 mins.
The stage is circular with no part of it in front of the PA system.
He has three big screens that come in handy tonight as for all the show except four songs
he is sitting at the piano (two songs in the middle and the first two songs of the encores).
He has had his hips replaced so he is no Mick Jagger running around stage all night.
Lots of on stage banter from Billy between songs.
In a recent interview Billy said 'I get fed up with gold chain guys down the front so I send my road crew
out to the cheap seats and find the cutest girls to bring down the front'.
The film cameras certainly focused on these girls tonight whenever they could.
He played all his greatest hits which were really great.
Other tracks seemed a bit average and there were a couple of cover versions too.
For a few songs he got the audience to vote for their fave of the two song choice.
It was not a typical all bells and whistles Wembley Stadium show and the production was more suited
to Madison Square Garden indoors than here so maybe he should have played three or four nights at The 02.
Or maybe he could played in the middle of the pitch on his circular stage.
A very enjoyable show overall.
Full setlist played...
Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)
Prelude/Angry Young Man
Just the Way You Are (Audience vote over The Stranger )
The Entertainer
Zanzibar (Audience vote over Big Man On Mulberry Street)
My Life (with "Ode to Joy" and "Rule Britannia")
Vienna (Audience vote over Summer Highland Falls)
The Longest Time (Audience vote over Say Goodbye to Hollywood and "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" snippet)
Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)
Leningrad (Audience vote over And So It Goes)
New York State of Mind
With a Little Help From My Friends (The Beatles cover)
Don't Ask Me Why
Sometimes a Fantasy
Highway to Hell (AC/DC cover) (sung by a road crew member)
We Didn't Start the Fire
She's Always a Woman
Keeping the Faith
The River of Dreams / A Hard Day's Night
Nessun dorma (Giacomo Puccini cover) (sung by a guest opera vocalist)
Scenes From an Italian Restaurant
Piano Man
Uptown Girl
It's Still Rock and Roll to Me
Only the Good Die Young
You May Be Right