News and Reviews: February 23, 2020

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23 September 2019 was gig number 7000 for me since 1973.
MAMMA MIA! THE PARTY - press review - Building 6 at The 02 Arena complex, London.
See my review dated 23 September 2019....it is on until May 2020.
The evening features over 30 Abba songs and show, a four course Greek dinner , drinks and Abba disco.
www.mammamiatheparty.comVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
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Check out my upcoming news page for my stand out Top 20 gigs of 2019.
MY BEST GIGS OF 2019 LIST.
I went to an incredible 172 live music events & gigs in 2019.
This makes the grand total of 7054 gigs seen by me since 1973.
Loads of great gigs not on this list but here are my stand out Top 20 gigs of 2019...
There are are various reasons why a show can be great , it's just my personal choice.
Gun Control - The Rocket Pub, Acton - Gun Control with me on drums played two great gigs in 2019.
People dancing and enjoying our original songs is always pretty special.
Gold Medal...
Best live band of the year - KISS - Birmingham Arena 09 July and 02 Arena 11 July.
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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 7000 gigs seen...
Includes a mention of the 2000 plus shows i have been to at Hammersmith Odeon/Apollo since 1973,
along with a photo of me outside the venue
Mentions some Sex Pistols stories and other bits and pieces.
Search for it on google under Ray Morrissey Time Out.
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Visit the coolest menswear store outside of Central London.
Heroes of Richmond - an independent menswear store - 9 Golden Court,Richmond , Surrey.
Footwear, jackets and accessories from top brands unavailable outside Central London.
www.heroesofrichmond.co.ukVisit their website here for more info.
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From 12 Jan to 01 March---LUZIA at The Royal Albert Hall.
Cirque du Soleil return to London’s Royal Albert Hall in 2020, bringing their dazzling luminous spectacle, LUZIA to Europe for the first time.
The downside to this is no live music shows at this venue until March.
LUZIA takes you to an imaginary Mexico, like in a waking dream, where light (“luz” in Spanish) quenches the spirit and rain (“lluvia”) soothes the soul.
With a surrealistic series of grand visual surprises and breathtaking acrobatic performances, LUZIA cleverly brings to the stage multiple places, faces and sounds of Mexico taken from both tradition and modernity.
Out of the 20 reviews from opening night i saw, 12 of them gave it a nice 4 stars.
www.cirquedusoleil.comVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
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Sun 23 Feb---BABYMETAL + CREEPER play Hammersmith Apollo.
I saw Babymetal headline Wembley Arena in 2016, which has come out as a live DVD.
That show was the first ever headline show at that venue by a Japanese act.
They are promoting their third album "Metal Galaxy" with a world tour.
Babymetal are fronted by three Japanese girls in colourful costumes who are backed by a male metal band.
Lots of quirky dance routines too.
Support comes from Southampton based punk rockers Creeper who are showcasing their second album
"Sex, Death & the Infinite Void".
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Mon 24 Feb to Sat 29 Feb---On Your Feet! is at The Wimbledon New Theatre.
ON YOUR FEET! is the inspiring true love story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan and charts their journey from its origins in Cuba, onto the streets of Miami and finally to international superstardom.
The musical is touring the UK after it's successful West End run.
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Tues 25 Feb---Mick Fleetwood special show to celebrate the music of Peter Green and the early years of Fleetwood Mac.
The concert will take place on February 25 at the London Palladium and will see Fleetwood joined onstage by a raft of musicians including former Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, Johnny Lang, Andy Fairweather Low, John Mayall, Zak Starkey, Bill Wyman and his Fleetwood Mac bandmate Christine McVie.
The house band will feature Mick Fleetwood on drums and Andy Fairweather Low on guitar.
Needless to say the show sold out very quickly.
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Wed 26 Feb and Thurs 27 Feb---The Business Travel Show is at Olympia.
Wed 26 Feb---Boy & Bear play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Australian indie folk-rock in the vein of contemporaries like Fleet Foxes, Bombay Bicycle Club, and Mumford & Sons.
Sex Pistols legend Glen Matlock is playing a UK tour including....
Fri 28 Feb---Glen Matlock Band play The Red Lion Ballroom, Leytonstone.
This recently refurbished venue has a 250 capacity and is a welcome addition to East London live music scene.
Glen's band feature Earl Slick (guitar), Chris Musto (drums) and Jim Lowe (bass).
Sun 01 March---Glen Matlock Band feat Earl Slick play The Purple Turtle, Reading.
Sat 07 March---Glen Matlock Band feat Earl Slick play The 100 Club.
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Sat 29 Feb---Snakerattlers play The George & Dragon Pub, Acton High Street, London W3.
Sat 29 Feb---Cavetown plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
Robin Daniel Skinner [age 22 ) known professionally as Cavetown, is an English singer-songwriter and YouTuber based in Cambridge. His style blends elements of indie rock, indie pop and bedroom pop with mellow, gentle ukulele ballads.
He has had multi-million views on all streaming channels.
Skinner released his third studio album, Lemon Boy, in July 2018.
His first album on a major label is released on Sire Records in March 2020.
Sun 01 March---The Carabao Cup final marks the first major domestic silverware opportunity of the season
in English football and the final will take place at Wembley Stadium.
The kick-off time is 4.30pm....Aston Villa play Man City.
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Mon 02 March and Tues 03 March---Lennon Stella plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
20 year old female singer who is best known for the musical drama tv series Nashville (2012–18).
Tues 03 March---charity concert for Royal Marsden Cancer Charity at The 02 Arena.
Performing will be a formidable line-up including Eric Clapton, the legendary Tom Jones, Gary Brooker of Procol Harum plus Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall, John Illsley from Dire Straits, Paul Jones, Mike Rutherford, Rick Wakeman, Yusuf/Cat Stevens and Paul Carrack and Nick Mason and Bonnie Tyler. Paul Young and Zucchero will perform the smash hit duet Senza una Donna. More artists will be announced at a later date.
Gary Brooker, of Procol Harum, is Musical Director of the show and has worked tirelessly to bring together the line-up of the greats playing their hits live onstage, as well as the all-star house band. The house band will include Paul ‘Wix’ Wickens (keyboards), Andy Fairweather Low and Robbie McIntosh (guitars).
From 01 Jan 2020 ALL AREAS within the arena will be cashless.
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Wed 04 March----Alanis Morissette plays Shepherds Bush Empire...sold out in an hour...
Alanis plays one of three acoustic shows in Europe (also Amsterdam and Munich) to celebrate the
25th anniversary of her mega selling album "Jagged Little Pill".
Tour poster says the album has sold 60 million copies, even though other places saying 33 million copies sold.
"Jagged Little Pill" topped the charts in thirteen countries; it is one of the best-selling albums of all time and made Morissette the first Canadian to achieve double diamond sales.Jagged Little Pill was nominated for nine Grammy Awards, winning five, including Album of the Year.
The track "You Oughta Know" is my fave classic from that album.
I have seen Alanis play live several times including her debut London show at Subterania in 1995 where
Taylor Hawkins was her drummer and shortly after he joined The Foo Fighters.
Taylor Hawkins is also playing on the official video for "You Oughta Know".
Thurs 05 March---Franc Moody play Shepherds Bush Empire.
A collective of like-minded musicians led by Ned Franc and Jon Moody unleashed their space-disco joints “Dopamine” and “Super Star Struck” bringing them to the attention of underground party goers. The guys explain the tracks: “We set out to combine the epic intergalactic funk sounds á la George Clinton with stellar bass n’ drum grooves of Sly Stone with some of our disco and electronic idols thrown in. ‘Super Star Struck’s’ title describes the feeling of pure awe and wonder we sometimes get from any number of things, events or moments that are truly mesmerising, hypnotic, and magnetic.”
Fri 06 March---Hoosiers play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Hoosiers have had 4 x Top 40 hits in the UK and are promoting their "Greatest Hits" album.
Their 2007 album "THE TRICK TO LIFE" went to number one in the UK.
Fri 06 March---Rory Gallagher 2CD / 3LP live album out today.
Chess/UMC are proud to be releasing ‘Check Shirt Wizard- Live In ‘77’.
This 20-song, previously unreleased, set is culled from four shows (London, Brighton, Sheffield and Newcastle) during an early 1977 tour across the UK in support of Rory’s then latest album 'Calling Card'. Featuring fantastic live versions of tracks from that album as well as songs from the 1975 'Against The Grain' album and other live favourites.
I was at The Hammersmith Odeon show in Jan 1977 that is featured on this live recording.
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Thu 13 Feb 2020 - 2 Sat Jan 2021 - Pretty Woman : The Musical - Live at Piccadilly Theatre.
The stage adaption of the iconic film with Julia Roberts and Richard Gere arrives in London.
With music and lyrics by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, and a book by Garry Marshall and J. F. Lawton.
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There are always special offers on for West End theatre shows so keep an eye out for them...
Legend of screen and stage DAVID HASSELHOFF joins the London cast of Dolly Parton’s smash-hit 9 to 5 The Musical from 2 December 2019 until 8 February 2020.
Mamma Mia! The Musical is still packing them in.
School Of Rock - The Musical , Gillian Lynne Theatre is on until Sun 05 April.
Mary Poppins is on until May 2020.
The Book of Mormon got rave reviews when it first opened.
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.
Only Fools & Horses - The Musical at The Theatre Royal Haymarket Theatre.
As expected it has been a huge success and the run has been extended to June 2020.
Paul Whitehouse is returning to the show in his Grandpa role from 06 Jan 2020.
The pure quality of Michael Jackson songs will always live on.
The Michael Jackson musical Thriller Live is extending its West End run for another year.
Now in its 11th year and one of the longest-running in West End history. The show is based on Jackson’s solo hits and songs recorded as part of the Jackson Five.
I have seen it three times, it is excellent.
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La traviata at The Royal Opera House...17 December 2019–23 March 2020.
The performance lasts around 3 hours 20 minutes, including two intervals....tickets priced £11–£225.
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The Professionals featuring Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook release three EPs in 2020.
The trio of EPs are called 1, 2, 3 and are available in cd and vinyl form - out Jan , Feb, March
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The Clash - London Calling 40th Anniversary - exhibition at The Museum of London, Barbican.
Free Entry - The exhibition runs until 19 April 2020
I went to it in 2019 and will pop back sometime again before it closes.
The museum’s pulled together over 100 items from the band’s archive relating to the ‘London Calling’ album, including the bass Paul Simonon is smashing on the cover and Joe Strummer’s personal typewriter.
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Mon 09 March---Oh Wonder play Shepherds Bush Empire....show sold out in Feb....
"No One Else Can Wear Your Crown" is the third studio album by London-based alt-pop duo Oh Wonder, released through Island Records on 7 February 2020.It was preceded by the release of the singles "Hallelujah", "Better Now", "I Wish I Never Met You" and "Happy".The duo will embark on a world tour in support of the album in March and April 2020.
On 14 Feb 2020 the album went straight in at number 8 in the UK chart.
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Trafalgar Releasing and Sony Music Entertainment, ‘Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets Live At The Roundhouse’ 2019 show will be coming to cinemas in selected cities worldwide for one night only on 10 March 2020. This theatrical event will also include a pre-recorded cinema exclusive Q&A with Nick Mason and the band where they will answer questions submitted by fans. Tickets are on sale now from NickMasonFilm.com.
I went to both The Roundhouse shows in 2019.
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Wed 11 March---Holy Holy play The Roundhouse.
Band members include Woody Woodmansey, Tony Visconti , Glenn Gregory (vocals),
James Stevenson and Terry Edwards.
Wed 11 March and Fri 13 March---Bryan Ferry plays The Royal Albert Hall.
I have seen Bryan Ferry solo and Roxy Music several times each over the past 45 years.
Fri 13 March---Elvis Costello and The Imposter's play Hammersmith Apollo.
The show sold out in Feb...as part of his UK tour...
I have seen Elvis Costello over 20 times since 1978.
Fri 13 March and Sat 14 March---Jim Davidson plays The Beck Theatre, Hayes.
Sat 14 March---Morrissey plays Wembley Arena.
Morrissey will be promoting his forthcoming new album ‘I Am Not A Dog On A Chain’.
Sat 14 March and Sun 15 March---Steve Martin & Martin Short play The Royal Albert Hall.
Sun 15 March---Lulu plays The Palladium.
Mon 16 March---William Shatner is on stage at Hammersmith Apollo.
Audiences will enjoy a screening of the classic film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan on the big screen, followed by a live conversation with the one and only “Captain James T. Kirk.”
Thurs 26 March---Louise Redknapp plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
Pop singer, Louise, famed for her time in 90s group, Eternal, returns this year with her first album
in 18 years, "Heavy Love".
The album debuted at number 11 on the UK Albums Chart on the issue dated 24 January 2020.
Fri 27 March---Ash play The Roundhouse.
Fri 27 March--The Three Lions' UEFA EURO 2020 preparations are in sight with England set to host Italy at Wembley Stadium on 27 March (kick-off 8pm).
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21 March and 22 March---The London Festival of Railway Modelling at Alexandra Palace.
Aside from the awe-inspiring venue, visitors can enjoy over 40 hand-picked layouts from around the globe.
In excess of 120 exhibitors to browse and purchase from.
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Teenage Cancer Trust 20th anniversary shows at The Royal Albert Hall.
The charity itself is celebrating 30 years this year.
Monday 23rd March - to be confirmed
Tuesday 24th March - comedy evening featuring John Bishop plus others
Wednesday 25th March - Stereophonics plus very special guest Paul Weller (Acoustic)
Thursday 26th March - Groove Armada plus special guests
Friday 27th March - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds plus special guests
Saturday 28th March - The Who with orchestra
Sunday 29th March - Nile Rodgers & Chic
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Legendary singer-songwriter Van Morrison plays six nights at The Palladium - March 20, 21, 22, 24 ,25, 26.
Sat 28 March---SAXON play Hammersmith Apollo with support from
+ Krokus + Girlschool + Diamond Head...a very nice four band package bill.
Vocalist Biff Byford and his Saxon bandmates will play three UK shows which were postponed
from 2019 due to the singer’s heart surgery.
I saw Krokus a few times at Hammersmith Odeon in the 1980s.
I saw Girlschool several times in the 1980s supporting the likes of Motörhead and Black Sabbath.
Also in 1982 when they actually headlined Hammersmith Odeon.
Sat 28 March---STIFF LITTLE FINGERS play The Roundhouse with support from
+ The Professionals + TV Smith + Neville Staple Band...a very nice four act package bill...
It is months away but a major gig clash already for me.....damn.
Saturday is a major gig clash on as four top notch shows are in London.
I may have to see The Who, SLF and The Alarm elsewhere in their tours as i cannot miss Saxon and Krokus.
Sat 28 March---The Alarm play Electric Ballroom.
Sun 29 March---Prog all-dayer at Shepherds Bush Empire.
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The Who with orchestra are touring the UK to promote their 2019 album release.
MARCH 2020
MON 16 Manchester Arena
WED 18 Dublin 3 Arena
SAT 21 Newcastle Utilita Arena
MON 23 Glasgow SSE Hydro Arena
WED 25 Leeds First Direct Arena
MON 30 Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
APRIL 2020
WED 1 Birmingham Resorts World Arena
FRI 3 Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
MON 6 Liverpool M&S Bank Arena
WED 8 London SSE Wembley Arena
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Wed 01 April---Vive Le Rock Awards live at Shepherds Bush Empire.
The Vive Le Rock Awards are back and this year’s event sees 1980s goth-punk legends, Lords Of The New Church, reform for one night only!
I saw Lords Of The New Church play The Venue, Victoria in 1982.
In mid-1990, their singer Stiv Bators died in Paris after being hit by a car.
Lords Of The New Church will be playing an eight song set.
The band will have Rock legend Michael Monroe on lead vocals joining Brian James , Dave Treganna,
Terry Chimes and Mark Taylor.
Terry Chimes is best known as the original drummer of punk rock group The Clash. He played with them from July 1976 to November 1976, January 1977 to April 1977, and again from May 1982 to February 1983.. He later drummed for Hanoi Rocks in 1985.
Topper Headon was the best known drummer in The Clash - 1977 to 1982.
Ed Tenpole Tudor will be compering the event again.
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Sat 04 April---Seasick Steve plays The Roundhouse.
Tues 07 April---James Blunt plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Wed 08 April---The Bootleg Beatles play The Royal Albert Hall.
Fri 10 April---Bang Bang Romeo play Bush Hall.
This newish band have a great female singer.
Sat 11 April---Barenaked Ladies + KT Tunstall play The Royal Albert Hall.
Sun 12 April---Hollie Cook plays Islington Academy.
Mon 13 April---Rick Astley plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Sun 19 April---Michael Schenker + Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons play Shepherds Bush Empire.
April 20, 21, 23, 24, 25---Dita Von Teese plays five shows at The Palladium.
The worlds most famous burlesque artist headlines along with other burlesque acts and dancers.
Sat 25 April and Sun 26 April---Craig David plays The 02 Arena.
Mon 27 April, Tues 28 April, Wed 29 April---Elbow play Hammersmith Apollo.
Will be great to see them perform their mega track "One Day Like This".
"One Day Like This" is the second single from Elbow's fourth studio album The Seldom Seen Kid, released on 2 June 2008.
On 21 May 2009, the song won the Ivor Novello award for Best Song.
Wed 29 April---Celeste plays Shepherds Bush Empire...sold out in Feb...
In early Jan 2020 , soul singer Celeste won The BBC Sound of 2020.
Winning this award means Celeste performs at The BRIT Awards in Feb 2020.
The singer will play her biggest headline show to date when she arrives at Shepherd’s Bush Empire.
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Thurs 30 April---The Joker is shown at Hammersmith Apollo.
Todd Phillips’ ground-breaking, award-winning film Joker will be screened with the accompaniment of a live orchestra playing composer Hildur Guðnadóttir’s award-winning score for the first time ever, for a limited engagement.
As The Joker Joaquin Phoenix won an Oscar and BAFTA in Feb 2020.
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Fri 01 May---Boomtown Rats play The Palladium.
The Boomtown Rats will release their first album since 1984 in March 2020 titled ‘Citizens of Boomtown’.
The Boomtown Rats still feature four original members including Bob Geldof.
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Sat 02 May---The 2020 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony will be held at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland.
The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame announced that this year’s inductees would be Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, T-Rex, The Doobie Brothers, The Notorious B.I.G. and Whitney Houston....also producer Jon Landau to get a special award..
Really great to see that Marc Bolan & T-Rex will be inducted.
Peter Frampton's acclaimed 1976 live album 'Frampton Comes Alive!' and the Allman Brothers Band’s 1972 record 'Eat A Peach' have both been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame this year.
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Sat 02 May and Sun 03 May---The Mission play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Mon 04 May---Foals play the last of three shows at Olympia.
Foals won Best Live Act at The NME Awards Feb 2020.
Foals won Best British Group at the Feb 2020 BRIT Awards.
Tues 05 May and Wed 06 May---Keith Urban plays Hammersmith Apollo.
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Nick Masons Saucerful of Secrets are playing a UK & European Tour.
Thurs 07 May---The Royal Albert Hall.
Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets have revealed they’ll release the album Live At The Roundhouse later this year.
The package will launch on 2LP, 2CD/DVD and Blu-ray on April 17 through Sony Records, with the concert recorded at the iconic London venue in May 2019 ( I was at both his Roundhouse concerts in May 2019).
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Thurs 14 May---Psychedelic Furs + Jah Wobble & Invaders of the Heart play The Royal Albert Hall.
The Furs play a special show to launch their recently released album.
On 01 May The Psychedelic Furs released their first album in almost 30 years.
It’s titled Made Of Rain and it will launch through Cooking Vinyl – and is their first record since 1991’s World Outside.
Fri 15 May---Peter Hook & The Light play Joy Division at Brixton Academy.
Tues 19 May---Gregory Porter plays the first of four shows at The Royal Albert Hall.
Tuesday 26 May and Wed 27 May---Jeff Beck plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Thurs 28 May---Pet Shop Boys play The 02 Arena.
They always put on s stunning live show with loads of costume changes and dancers.
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Guns N Roses play their only English shows on their European Tour.
Friday, 29th May and Saturday 30th May - Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London.
These will be the first ever concerts held at Spurs new football stadium.
Reminder that the stadium is a cashless stadium - card only is needed to pay for everything.
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Sun 31 May---Peter Frampton plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Legendary guitarist Peter Frampton has confirmed UK dates on the Peter Frampton Finale - The Farewell Tour.
Peter has been around since the 1960s and was a massive worldwide act in the 1970s.
I saw him headline Wembley Arena in 1976 when his double live album sold millions.
Frampton, has recently been diagnosed with a degenerative muscle disease called inclusion body myositis, also known as I.B.M. The condition causes muscles to weaken over time but usually does not affect life expectancy.
Another big gig decision for me as it clashes with Whitesnake at The 02 Arena.
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WHITESNAKE, FOREIGNER & EUROPE 2020 UK TOUR
A great rock package as i have seen all three bands many times over the past 40 years.
Sunday 31 May – London, The O2 Arena.
Monday 01 June – Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena.
Wednesday 03 June – Birmingham, Arena Birmingham.
Thursday 04 June – Glasgow, SSE Hydro.
Saturday 06 June – Newcastle, Utilita Arena.
Monday 08 June – Manchester, Manchester Arena.
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Fri 05 June and Sat 06 June---The Killers + Sam Fender play Emirates Stadium, North London.
I have seen The Killers play live a few times...they are a great live band.
Queen + Adam Lambert at The O2 Arena - five shows - 2 Jun - 3 Jun, 5 Jun - 6 Jun, 9 June
Now TEN shows as five extra dates added: 8, 17, 18, 20 and 21 June for The 02 Arena.
They will head up north for shows at Manchester Arena on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th June.
They’ll also play two nights at the Birmingham Arena on June 14 and 15.
I saw Queen 12 times with Freddie Mercury when he was alive...also line-ups with Paul Rodgers and Adam Lambert.
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Download Festival 2020 headliners have been confirmed...
Fri 12 June---KISS + Deftones
This looks like being KISS only UK show on their European Tour.
Before this show, KISS play indoors at Accor Hotels Arena, Paris on Tues 09 June.
David Lee Roth is supporting KISS throughout their North American so it is a shame that
he is not on the bill at Download as he has not played the UK for over a decade.
Sat 13 June---Iron Maiden + Gojira
Sun 14 June---System of a Down + Korn
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Isle of Wight Festival headliners have been confirmed...
Fri 12 June---Lionel Richie + Lewis Capaldi
Sat 13 June---Snow Patrol + Chemical Brothers
Sun 14 June---Duran Duran + Supergrass + Dido
See the link on the right for more info and to buy tickets.
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Tues 23 June and Wed 24 June---Thom Yorke plays Hammersmith Apollo...both shows sold out in Feb...
Fri 26 June---Green Day, Weezer and Fall Out Boy: The Hella Mega Tour 2020...London Stadium...
Sat 27 June---Paul McCartney headlines Saturday night at Glastonbury Festival.
Glastonbury celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2020.
Aerosmith playing Glasto on the same day...a very nice pairing...
I went to Glasto three times in the 1990s.
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Fri 03 July and Sat 04 July---BTS play massive shows at Twickenham Stadium.
BTS are a seven-member South Korean boy band formed in Seoul in 2013.
I saw them play Wembley Stadium in the summer of 2019.
Sat 04 July and Sun 05 July and Mon 06 July---Crowded House play The Roundhouse....all sold out in Feb.
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The six Hyde Park shows this summer are gradually being confirmed.
Thurs 02 July---Post Malone plays others.
Sat 04 July---Little Mix + Rita Ora plus others.
Sun 05 July---Kendrick Lamar + James Blake plus others.
Fri 10 July---Pearl Jam + Pixies plus others...(Jan 2020 update...65,000 tickets sold out)
Sat 11 July---Taylor Swift plus others.
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Tues 07 July---Euro 2020 Football First Semi-Final at Wembley Stadium.
Wed 08 July---Euro 2020 Football Second Semi-Final at Wembley Stadium.
Sun 12 July---Euro 2020 Football Final at Wembley Stadium.
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Aerosmith are playing the UK as part of their shows in Europe....
Wed 15 July---02 Arena, London...with support from Rival Sons.
Sat 18 July---Manchester Arena
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Organisers of the UK’s Ramblin’ Man Fair have confirmed that Lynyrd Skynyrd will headline next year’s event.
Lynyrd Skynyrd will top the Planet Rock Stage on the Saturday – the band’s only UK show of 2020.
Mote Park, Maidstone, Kent....the venue is around an hour by train from London...
Fri 17 July---Clutch + Monster Truck + Massive Wagons plus others.
Sat 18 July---Lynyrd Skynyrd + Black Star Riders + Cinderella plus others.
Sun 19 July---Rival Sons + Quireboys + Hawkwind plus others.
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Sat 29 Aug and Sun 30 Aug---The Eagles play Wembley Stadium.
In what’ll be their only European shows of 2020, the rock icons will play their seminal 1976 album ‘Hotel California’ in full before following it with a greatest hits set....they will be joined by an orchestra...
I have seen them a few times before and i saw them play Wembley Stadium in June 2019.
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Sept 17,18,19,21,22---Sting plays The Palladium.
It's part of his My Songs Tour and in support of the album of the same name.
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John Lydon will be all over the UK in Sept/Oct/Nov 2020 for a massive 54-date spoken word tour.
John Lydon will talk about Sex Pistols and Public Image Limited, his art, life story and more during 2020 run.
www.johnlydon.comVisit the John Lydon website here for a full list of the tour dates.
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Mon 05 Oct and Tues 06 Oct---Jeff Lynne's ELO play The 02 Arena as part of another UK tout.
Jeff Lynne back again to charge ridiculous ticket prices...£250 for front block seats in the stalls...
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Mon 02 Nov and Tues 03 Nov---Patti Smith and her band play The Royal Albert Hall.
50th anniversary tour - 1970 to 2020 - Poetry & Music.
Nov/Dec---Elton John brings his Farewell Tour to arenas around the UK.
I have seen Elton John play live around 35 times since 1974.
On 01 Jan 2020 , Sir Elton John received the highest acknowledgement in a new year honours list.
The singer and songwriter was awarded the Companion of Honour for a remarkable career spanning more than five decades, in which he has sold more than 300m records worldwide, and used his fame to promote the work of 23 charities, including his own Aids foundation. He becomes one of only 64 people apart from the monarch who can hold the honour at any one time.
Elton has had 31 x Top 10 hits in the UK including 7 x Number ones.
His classic debut hit single "Your Song" was released 50 years ago in 1970.




Saturday 22 February 2020...3.30pm to 5.30pm...
THE LONDON CLASSIC CAR SHOW - Olympia, West Kensington, London.
For the first time, the London Classic Car Show takes place at Olympia London, with what claims to be one of the UK's widest collections of classic cars on show. Over 500 motors are there for the ogling, plus there's a special Car Stories stage hosted by motoring expert Max Girardo.
www.thelondonclassiccarshow.co.ukVisit their website here for more info and buy tickets from £25.
It is on from Thurs 20 Feb to Sun 23 Feb.
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Loads of stunning cars from the big names here including Aston Martin, Jaguar, Ferrari, Porsche,
Rolls Royce,Bentley, Maserati, Lotus, McLaren , Lamborghini etc which are all in immaculate condition.
I love looking at the restoration projects where they have before and after photos on display.
It is clear some car owners really love their cars like i love live music.
There was a rusty old 1968 Mini Cooper for sale as a project for £8,000.
It was found rotting away in a shed and still had the last tax disc on its windscreen dated 1979.
There was a nice talk on Aston Martin cars used in James Bond films.
Aston Martin are to bring out 25 special edition Janes Bond cars complete with guns in indicators,
revolving number plates, smoke machine in the rear...but sadly no injector seat.
There are classic cars whose engines have been converted to electric.
Upstairs was a full range of car accessories including vintage car posters and Corgi Model Cars.
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The belt returns to the UK.
"The Gypsy King" TYSON FURY is Heavyweight Champion of the World.
An incredible boxing display from the 6 ft 9 inches giant.
The fight was live on pay per view but there are good highlights now up on YouTube.




Friday 21 February 2020.
PALAYE ROYALE live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
Fashion Art Rock band from North America will play tracks from their two albums.
Palaye Royale has opened for Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson all over North America
on the Twins of Evil Tour during the summer of 2019.
In 2019 they got good reviews from UK shows at Download /Reading / Leeds Festivals.
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It is a near sell out tonight, maybe 1800 tickets out of 2000 sold.
The crowd is on the mainly young side , who probably read Kerrang.
There is a large amount of goth/ emo/ indie girls screaming for all three bands.
CHARMING LIARS arrived on stage at 7.30pm for their 30 mins set.
They played a decent set of rock tunes.
COUNTERFEIT arrived on stage at 8.30pm for their 30 mins set.
They played a good set of rock tunes, with a singer full of angst and passion.
The crowd seem to know a few of their songs and the stalls standing fans bounce along to them.
PALAYE ROYALE arrived on stage at 9.30pm and played for 70 mins.
The band arrive on stage and all look like proper rock stars, with the guitarists in 1970s retro attire.
You can even forgive the singer for looking like Julian Clary , with his studded dog collar around his neck.
There must be at least 15 photographers in the photo pit.
The music is non-stop uptempo rock that was really good.
The band members do not keep still as the energy is 100% full tilt.
Every rock pose cliche is used as the band make use of the two podiums either side of the microphone.
The crowd are bouncing throughout the show.
The singer jumps into the crowd during the main set , then went up to Level 1 during the final encore.
The band have to stop the show a couple of times as girls are fainting.
For the encore the singer is just wearing a tartan skirt.
A great live band who will surely be at Brixton Academy or Hammersmith Apollo next time.
Full setlist played by Palaye Royale tonight...
Fucking With My Head
You'll Be Fine
Death Dance
Don't Feel Quite Right
Teenage Heartbreak Queen
Dying in a Hot Tub
Hang On To Yourself
Massacre, the New American Dream
Warhol
Ma Chérie
How Do You Do? (with ticket- tape cannons)
Encore:
Mr. Doctor Man
Get Higher ( the singer goes up to Level 1 to sing in the crowd)



Thursday 20 February 2020.
Happy Birthday to football legend JIMMY GREAVES who is 80 today.
Football legend Jimmy Greaves has been told by doctors he will never walk again.
The former England and Spurs icon is coming to terms with spending the rest of his life in a wheelchair – after a stroke nearly killed him.
Doctors gave the star the heartbreaking prognosis after hundreds of bouts of ­intensive private rehab treatment left him still unable to move his legs.



Wednesday 19 February 2020.
MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE - press/vip night - The Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, Holborn, London WC2.
Choreography by Kate Prince, based on the songs of Sting.
Combining hip hop and contemporary dance with breath-taking athleticism from 3 time Olivier nominated choreographer Kate Prince, Message In A Bottle is set to the iconic hits of 17-time Grammy Award-winning artist Sting, including Every Breath You Take, Roxanne, Walking On The Moon, Fields Of Gold, Englishman In New York and Shape Of My Heart.
Once upon a time in another land there was a family – a father, a mother and their three teenage children. War breaks out and they are faced with an impossible choice: stay and try to survive or leave their country in search of safety.
Message In A Bottle is a story of loss, resilience, unexpected possibilities and hope.
The show features new vocals from Sting with new arrangements by Alex Lacamoire (Hamilton, The Greatest Showman), with guest vocals from Beverly Knight MBE and Lynval Golding (The Specials).
www.sadlerswells.comVisit the website for more info and to buy tickets.
6 Feb - 21 Mar 2020...Tickets from £14...ticket office 020 7863 8222
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The show is on for around 90 mins over two sets.
Most of the time there are around 15 dancers on stage combining hip hop and contemporary dance moves.
Sting and hip hop dance in the same show may seem an odd pairing at first but it's a perfect partnership.
The lyrics of Sting ( including solo and The Police) have been re-worked and the sound system here is fantastic.
A very enjoyable show to watch and listen too.
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9.45pm to 11.15pm - after-party at Sway Bar, 61-65 Great Queen Street, London WC2.
Around 250 guests at this venue just five minutes from where the theatre show was.
All the cast were here along with...
Stings wife Trudie Styler
Robert Lindsay (actor)
Sarah Hadland (actress best known for playing Stevie in tv show Miranda)
Lynval Golding (The Specials )
A few celebs including Bananarama and members of The Pussycats Dolls attended the show but not the party.
At 11pm there were a couple of speeches.
Sting was not here as he is currently on tour overseas.
Complimentary prosecco, wines, beers along with hot & cold canapés.
I stuck to soft drinks as my stomach was still feeling delicate from the Brits Party.





Tuesday 18 February 2020....11.30pm to 4am...
WARNER MUSIC BRITS AFTER-PARTY - The Chiltern Firehouse, Marylebone , London.
Around 300 guests here at one of Londons coolest venues.
Guests here included Stormzy (with a huge personal security guy) ,Lizzo, Eve, Mahalia, Naomi Campbell,
Winnie Harlow, Adwoa Aboah, Courtney Love, Jack Whitehall, Laura Whitmore and Charli XCX.
Noel Gallagher arrived late as he popped into the Sony Music party first.
A full complimentary bar all night including Ruinart champers , different cocktails and anything you wanted.
Also fresh pizza throughout the night.
Djs playing dance tunes in different rooms.
An excellent party.



Tuesday 18 February 2020.
Happy Birthday to YOKO ONO who is 87 today.
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Sad news that DJ and producer Andrew Weatherall has died aged 56 after a pulmonary embolism.
The famed producer - responsible for Primal Scream's iconic Screamadelica - was being treated in Whipps Cross Hospital, London, but then tragically died when the blood clot reached his heart.



Monday 17 February 2020.
ERIC CLAPTON & FRIENDS : 'A Tribute to Ginger Baker’ live at Hammersmith Apollo, London.
The setlist for the concert will look to honour Baker’s lifetime in music and will, of course, include Clapton and Baker’s work together in Cream and Blind Faith.
The show sold out in a couple of hours.
I have seen Eric Clapton play live around 25 times since 1976.
I saw all four Cream reunion shows - Royal Albert Hall London May 2-3-5-6, 2005.
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The venue is totally rammed solid sold out , both upstairs and stalls standing.
Balcony standing at the sides and back packed just like the old days at this venue.
ERIC CLAPTON & FRIENDS arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 1 hour 45 mins.
Some of the crowd were a bit bemused that the show was all over by 10pm.
They should know Eric Clapton never plays long shows.
Lots of equipment on stage including FOUR drum kits.
For some songs there were two or three drummers playing at the same time and for the encore,
all FOUR drummers were playing together.
A nice big screen showing live footage that worked best when Kofi Baker superb drumming
was mixed in with videos of his dad playing the same in sync.
Eric is on stage throughout and the guests including Ronnie Wood, Roger Waters , Nile Rodgers,
Steve Winwood, Kofi Baker, Paul Carrack, Kenney Jones and others come and go.
Two female backing singers were used.
A great evening.
Full setlist played tonight...
Intro - video highlights on the big screen of Ginger Baker playing with Cream
Sunshine of Your Love (Cream song) (with Roger Waters)
Strange Brew (Cream song) (with Roger Waters)
White Room (Cream song) (with Roger Waters) (also with Ronnie Wood and Kenney Jones )
I Feel Free (Cream song) (with Nile Rodgers) (also with Paul Carrack on organ & vocals)
Tales of Brave Ulysses (Cream song) (with Nile Rodgers)
Sweet Wine (Cream song) (with Paul Carrack on organ & vocals, & Will Johns on guitar)
Blue Condition (Cream song)
Badge (Cream song) (with Ron Wood) (also with Henry Spinetti on 3rd drumkit)
Pressed Rat and Wart Hog (Cream song) (with Kofi Baker on drums & vocals)
Had to Cry Today (Blind Faith song) (with Steve Winwood) (also with Nile Rodgers on guitar & Kofi Baker on drums)
Presence of The Lord (Blind Faith song) (with Nile Rodgers) (also with Steve Winwood on organ & vocals, & Kofi Baker on drums)
Can't Find My Way Home (Blind Faith song) (with Kofi Baker) (also with Steve Winwood on organ & vocals, & Nile Rodgers on guitar)
Well All Right (Buddy Holly cover) (with Nile Rodgers) (also with Steve Winwood on guitar & vocals)
Do What You Like / Toad (Blind Faith song) (with Steve Winwood) (also with Ronnie Wood, Nile Rodgers, & including drum solo by Kofi Baker)
Encore:
Cross Road Blues (Robert Johnson cover) (With everyone on stage and Roger Waters on cowbell for the last half)
All four drum kits used for the above song.
Nile Rodgers instrumental jam outro on his own
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Aftershow in the balcony bar...
Around 200 guests and it is a pay bar.
Kofi Baker, Henry Spinetti and Paul Carrack turned up but that was it from those that were on stage.
Henry Spinetti is a Welsh session drummer whose playing has featured on many prominent rock and pop albums.
Oddly i was front balcony and did not see any well known musicians watching the show from the guest area.





Monday 17 February 2020.
It was 40 years ago this week that I attended these very nice gigs...
Madness,Modettes Hammersmith Odeon, London 16.02.1980 11am start Saturday morning special
Clash,Joe Ely Electric Ballroom, London 16.02.1980 the clash played 3 venues in 3 days
Clash,Joe Ely Lyceum Theatre, London 17.02.1980
Clash,Joe Ely Lewisham Odeon, London 18.02.1980 all 3 nights were incredible
Athletico Spizz Marquee Club, London 19.02.1980
Joy Division,Killing Joke,Certain Ratio Town Hall , High Wycombe 20.02.1980 well worth the drive up the A40/M40
Ramones,Boys,Ten Pole Tudor Electric Ballroom, London 22.02.1980
Only Ones,Simple Minds,Martha And The Muffins Lyceum Theatre, London 24.02.1980




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