News and Reviews: April 18, 2019

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I went to an incredible 148 live music events & gigs in 2018.
This makes the grand total of 6880 gigs seen by me since 1973.
Check out my upcoming news page for my stand out Top dozen gigs of 2018 and previous years.
My interview with TIME OUT magazine in April 2018 is now online.
It features me talking about being the UKs number one gig over 6700 gigs seen...
Includes a mention of the 2000 plus shows i have been to at Hammersmith Odeon/Apollo since 1973,
along with a photo of me outside the venue.
Mentions some Sex Pistols stories and other bits and pieces.
Search for it on google under Ray Morrissey Time Out.
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. their website here for more info.
A tale of drunken debauchery, drug-fueled parties, and groupies. It can only be another biopic about an insane rock band. Arguably the most notorious of them all, Motley Crue’s biopic "The Dirt" is on Netflix.
Fri 19 April---Reading Music Fair....lots of vinyl rarities etc.
Fri 19 April---GZA (Wu-Tang Clan) plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
GZA, the founding member of legendary hip hop crew Wu-Tang Clan, is coming to London for a very rare headline show. Performing his classic debut album, Liquid Swords in full, amongst other Wu-Tang favourites.
Sat 20 April---The Clone Roses, Oasish, The Smiths Ltd play Shepherds Bush Empire.
A triple bill of tribute bands from Madchester.
Sun 21 April---Rufus Wainwright plays The Royal Albert Hall.
During this show, as part of his international All These Poses tour, Wainwright will perform material from both his 1998 release Rufus Wainwright and his 2001 follow-up, Poses.
Wed 24 April + Thurs 25 April + Fri 26 April---Joe Bonamassa plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Joe Bonamassa is an American blues rock guitarist, singer and songwriter. When he was 12 years old, Bonamassa opened for B.B. King. In the last 13 years Bonamassa has put out 15 solo albums through his independent record label J&R Adventures, of which 11 have reached number 1 on the Billboard Blues charts.
Thurs 25 April---Julie Felix live at Uxbridge Folk Club, Hillingdon.
Folk singer from the 1960s and 1970s still touring at the age of 80.
Fri 26 April---Hall & Oates play Wembley Arena.
I have seen them several times since 1980 when they headlined Hammersmith Odeon.
Fri 26 April---Peter Doherty and the Puta Madres will be live in-store at Rough Trade East to perform tracks from their new self titled album, released 26th April on Strap Originals.
You order the album in advance to get a wristband for the short set and signing afterwards.
Only 100 tickets so needless to say it sold out pronto.
Fri 26 April and Sat 27 April---Mott The Hoople play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Mott The Hoople '74
Glam rock icons, Mott The Hoople are regrouping once more, for a performance focused on the 1974 albums, The Hoople and Live, plus the non-album greatest hits.
I first saw Mott The Hoople in Dec 1973 at Hammersmith Odeon...where the support band were Queen.
They were the first of over 2000 shows I have seen at that legendary venue.
Mott The Hoople still feature three original members including vocalist Ian Hunter (he will be 80 in June).
I was at all five of their re-union shows at Hammersmith Apollo in 2009.
Fri 26 April---Sex Pistols Experience play The Half Moon, Putney.
Fri 26 April---Idlewild play The Forum.
Sat 27 April---VIP RECORD FAIR @ Horticultural Halls, 80 Vincent Square, Victoria, London SW1.
Sun 28 April---“Teenage Werewolves”, (Cramps tribute) play The Underworld, Camden.
Tottenham reach the semi-finals of The Champions League for the first time ever.
Champions League 2018/19 semi-finals
Tottenham v Ajax: 30 April & 8 May
Barcelona v Liverpool: 1 & 7 May
Tues 30 April---Jordan in conversation at Rough Trade East to promote her autobiography.
Jordan was there in the the early days of The Sex Pistols.
Kelsey Grammer is one of my fave tv actors and returns to The West End.
Kelsey Grammer and Danielle de Niese to star in Man of La Mancha at London Coliseum from April 26 to June 8.
Also stars Nicholas Lyndhurst.
Featuring the iconic song 'Dream the Impossible Dream'.
It is a good time to see musicals and plays as special offer tickets are on at some theatres...
School of Rock has been extended to 20 October 2019.
Mamma Mia! The Musical is still packing them in.
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.
04 March 2019 update for Only Fools & Horses - The Musical at The Haymarket Theatre.
As expected it has been a huge success and the run has been extended to August 2019.
It has taken over £8 million at the box office and sold over 150,000 tickets so far.
Glen Matlock & The Philistines...Earl Slick will again be on lead guitar...
Thurs 02 May---The Haunt in Brighton.
Fri 03 May---229 Great Portland Street, London W1.
Sat 04 May---Chinnerys in Southend.
Thurs 02 May---10cc play The Royal Albert Hall.
Fri 03 May---Hot Sauce Pony unleash their debut album, to be released on Brixton Hillbilly Records.
The four piece have been building a buzz around their unique combination of richly textured distorted beauty and gnarly punk rock punch, described as 'pretty special!' by Marc Riley.
Fri 03 May and Sat 04 May---Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets play The Roundhouse.
Nick formed the band to play Pink Floyd's early material.
Sat 04 May---Lee Fields & The Expressions play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Sat 04 May---Richard Ashcroft plays Olympia....I saw his show at The Forum in Dec 2018.
Sat 04 May---Jack & Sally, White Canvas, The Vulz, Swords of Thought at Fiddlers Elbow, Camden £5.
02 / 03/ 04/ 05 / 07 / 08 / 09 / 10 May - Take That play eight shows at The 02 Arena on their massive UK tour.
Take That will have a massive stage production along with costume changes and dancers.
Sat 04 May and Sun 05 May---Dead Can Dance play Hammersmith Apollo.
Sun 05 May---David Sinclair Four play Gunnersbury Triangle Club, Acton, London W3.
Sun 05 May & Mon 06 May-----Portobello Live Festival at several venues in the area.
Including Glen Matlock Band feat Earl Slick, JC - The Members, David Sinclair Four and dj sets from
Don Letts, Rusty Egan and Mark wristband allows access to all the venues.
Mon 06 May---David Sinclair Four play The Mau Mau Bar, 265 Portobello Road, London W11.
Sat 04 May to Mon 06 May---Little Venice Festival.
IWA Canalway Cavalcade is London's biggest, brightest and best waterways festival. Admission is free!
Join us over the early May Bank Holiday weekend. There will be activities for all the family with a boaters’ gathering, a pageant of boats, trade shows and stalls, live music, kids’ activities, competitions, Morris Dancers, a real ale bar, a wide variety of snacks and food.
Thurs 09 May---The Horrors play The Royal Albert Hall.
The Horrors are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their 'Primary Colours' album.
Thurs 09 May---Noel Gallagher & The High Flying Birds + Gaz Coombes play The Palladium.
Fri 10 May---Francis Rossi live at The Beck Theatre, Hayes.
Legendary Status Quo lead singer Francis Rossi will share the extraordinary secrets from more than fifty years in rock’n’roll when he takes to the stage for an intimate evening of chat.
Sat 11 May---The Gloria's play The George & Dragon, Acton High Street, London entry...
Sat 11 May--The 7th Hanwell Hootie Music Festival takes place at various venues in Hanwell, West London.
Bang Bang Romeo are among the headliners...and it's all free.
Sun 12 May---Peter Doherty plays The Roundhouse....last date on his UK tour...
Sun 12 May---The Best of Rock Musicals live at Hammersmith Apollo.
Sir Tim Rice hosts...The Best of… Rock Musicals will include songs from Jesus Christ Superstar, Hair, Evita, Chess, Aida, RENT, Tommy, We Will Rock You, Spring Awakening, The Rocky Horror Show, Next To Normal, The Little Shop of Horrors and Dear Evan Hansen.
Sun 12 May---The Television BAFTAs are held in London.
Amazingly Bros have been nominated for their "Spinal Tap" type documentary in three catogories.
Mon 13 May , Wed 15 May , Thurs 16 May - Eric Clapton plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Eric Clapton announces his return to the Royal Albert Hall for a series of concerts in May 2019.
The three shows will be his only UK performances for 2019. Eric will be accompanied by his band members Chris Stainton, Nathan East, Doyle Bramhall and Sonny Emory.
All three shows sold out by Dec 2018.
Having first performed at the Royal Albert Hall with The Yardbirds in 1964, Eric Clapton has played at the venue more than 200 times including farewell and reunion gigs with Cream and numerous residencies.
I have seen Eric solo over 25 times since 1976 plus all four Cream re-union concerts at The Royal Albert Hall in 2005.
Tues 14 May---Frank Zappa Hologram Show is at The Palladium.
Tues 14 May---An evening with Harry Redknapp at The Royal Albert Hall.
The Specials are playing a full UK tour including three London shows....
Thurs 16 May and Fri 17 May---Brixton Academy and Sat 18 May---The Forum
Feb 2019 update - The Specials who have scored their first Number 1 album with Encore, 39 years to the week that their song ' Too Much Too Young ' topped the Official Singles Chart!
Fri 17 May---The Yardbirds "Live and Rare" box set released today looks like a nice item.
It includes four CDs and and a live DVD along with booklets etc.
Fri 17 May and Sat 18 May---Manic Street Preachers play Shepherds Bush Empire....both sold out...
Sat 18 May---FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium....Man City play Watford...
Sat 18 May---Madonna will perform two songs at The Eurovision Song Contest Final.
Sun 19 May---Sting & Shaggy play The Roundhouse.
Following this year's GRAMMY’s, where Sting & Shaggy were awarded Best Reggae Album for their collaborative UK Top Ten hit record 44/876, the pair have announced their return to the UK with The 44/876 Tour.
The setlist will mix tracks from their album as well as from their own classic hits.
Sting has a new Best Of album out on 24 May to coincide with the tour.
Sting has announced My Songs, a new album comprised of the 17-time Grammy Award winner's most celebrated hits from his unparalleled career. Sting says: "My Songs is my life in songs. Some of them reconstructed, some of them refitted, some of them reframed, but all of them with a contemporary focus."
The world famous RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW returns for its annual stint - May 21 to May 25.
GUN CONTROL - My band from the early 80s played a successful comeback gig on 10 Nov 2018.
Our second gig will hopefully be in May.
GUN CONTROL with me on drums are now up on YouTube.
Check out some footage from our little shindig on 10 Nov 2018
Go to google and type in - YouTube Gun Control At The Rocket 10/11/18
Type in exactly as above as there are many Gun Control related videos up.
It's done on a phone so not perfect quality but it gives you an idea how it was.
Two videos - one of 23 mins and one of 3 mins...
Glen Matlock Band featuring Earl Slick on guitar.
Newcastle Cluny Thu, 23/05/19
Edinburgh La Belle Angele Fri, 24/05/19
Norwich UEA Waterfront Studio Thu, 30/05/19
Manchester Rebellion Fri, 31/05/19
Tues 21 May and Wed 22 May---Mark Knopfler plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Mark has sold over 120 million albums across his Dire Straits and solo career.
Mark also plays The 02 Arena on 28 May as part of his UK tour.
Wed 22 May---Jess Glynne plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
A smallish show for Jess as she headlined The 02 Arena in 2018.
Jess has had several number one hit singles in the UK - on her own and with other artists.
Jess Glynne supports The Spice Girls on their UK stadium shows in the summer.
Reports saying Jess Glynne is getting £100k per show for supporting them.
Thurs 23 May and Fri 24 May---Roger Hodgson plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Fri 24 May---Elton John bio-pic Rocketman is in UK cinemas from today.
Actor Taron Egerton has revealed his portrayal of Sir Elton John in musical biopic Rocketman will show the star at his worst - with the singer's blessing.
Egerton said Sir Elton had been "open and candid" with film-makers about his 1980s drug addiction, setting the film apart from other authorised biopics.
Sat 25 May, Sun 26 May, Mon 27 May---Mariah Carey plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Thurs 30 May---Tower of Power play The Royal Albert Hall.
Thurs 30 May---James Walsh plays Bush Hall.
Starsailor frontman James Walsh has a new album, 'Tiger On The Bridge' out on May 31st, and he headlines Bush Hall for a very special headline show on the eve of its release.
Fri 31 May---Mary Black plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
STIFF LITTLE FINGERS | IDLEWILD | THE ORB and many more over the weekend. their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
Sat 01 June and Sun 02 June--BTS play two massive gigs at Wembley Stadium.
They are pretty much the Asian One Direction as they are playing huge stadiums worldwide.
BTS, an acronym of Bangtan Sonyeondan or “Beyond the Scene”, is a South Korean boyband that is capturing the hearts of millions of fans globally.
A meteoric rise to stardom as they were playing free gigs back home for 200 fans just 5 years ago.
How have they become so popular in the UK? & streaming i suppose...
They were the first K-pop act to win a Billboard Music Award and to perform at the American Music Awards. They just released their seventh album, "Map of the Soul: Persona."
Muse play three massive UK shows in the UK in the summer.
London Stadium – Sat 1st June 2019
Bristol Ashton Gate Stadium - Wed 5th June 2019
Manchester Etihad Stadium – Sat 8th June 2019
17 Nov 2018 update - Muse new album' Simulation Theory' straight in at Number 1 on the UK Albums Chart.
Six of Muse’s eight studio albums have now reached the top spot in the UK.
Muse have confirmed that legendary guitarist Tom Morello will support the band on their upcoming UK tour. Morello is best known for his work as co-founder and guitarist of Rage Against The Machine.
Tues 04 June---Styx play The Palladium.
Fri 07 June---Rod Stewart plays Portman Road Stadium, Ipswich.
Sat 08 June---Take That live from Cardiff is beamed into over 600 UK cinemas.
Sat 08 June---Chaka Khan and Bananarama play Brockwell Park.
Bananarama have some interesting facts about how they started.September 1981 when teenagers and childhood friends Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward were living at the YWCA and were about to be made homeless until Paul Cook, who they had become fast friends with after meeting at a club, offered them a place to live above the former Sex Pistols rehearsal room in Denmark Street, Charing Cross.
They made their first ever demo with the help of Paul Cook.
In 1982 Bananarama recorded a version of The Sex Pistols track "No Feelings" for a film soundtrack.
Bananarama had 10 x Top 10 hit singles in the UK.
Later in June they play Glastonbury Festival for the first time.
They are releasing their 11th studio album 'In Stereo' in April.
Sat 08 June---Steve Hillage Band play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Tues 11 June---Lenny Kravitz + Corinne Bailey Rae play The 02 Arena.
Wed 12 June and Thurs 13 June---Stereolab play Shepherds Bush Empire.
10 years on from their hiatus and avant-pop band, Stereolab are returning to the stage to coincide with their seven-album reissue campaign.
Thurs 13 June---Toto play The Royal Hospital, Chelsea.
Toto have announced that they’ll release a new live package this year.
It’s titled 40 Tours Around The Sun and will arrive on DVD, Blu-ray, DVD/2CD, Blu-ray/2CD, 3LP, 2CD and on digital and streaming platforms on March 22 via Eagle Rock.
The performance was captured in front of 18,000 Toto fans at Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome in March 2018 as the band toured in celebration of their 40th anniversary.
Thurs 13 June to Sun 16 June---Isle of Wight Festival weekend.
Thurs 13 June + Fri 14 June + Sat 15 June---The Spice Girls + Jess Glynne play Wembley Stadium.
Sat 15 June---The Dune Rats play Twyford Avenue Sports Club, Acton, London W3.
West London’s premier antipodean mixer, a day of friendly(ish) sporting competition, live music, gourmet food, local and international drinks and all the snacks you’ve missed from home. Don’t let the sporting part fool you, this day starts early, but finishes late and is all about the good times.
www.stoketravel.comVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets for this and their other festivals in Europe.
The Download Festival Weekend will feature many bands over many stages.
Fri 14 June---Def Leppard + Slash + Whitesnake + Tesla
Sat 15 June---Slipknot + Trivium
Sun 16 June---Tool + Smashing Pumpkins
Sun 16 June---Kelly Jones plays Hammersmith Apollo...Stereophonic's singer is playing a UK solo tour...
Sun 16 June + Tues 18 June---Fleetwood Mac + The Pretenders play Wembley Stadium.
Lindsey Buckingham has been replaced by with two new members: Mike Campbell, longtime lead guitarist for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and Crowded House frontman Neil Finn.
Their album "Rumours" is in the Top 20 best selling albums of all time.
Having won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1978, "Rumours" has since sold over 40 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time.
Mon 17 June---Bryan Ferry plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Chris Spedding is on guitar for Bryan's tour.
Thurs 20 June---Nick Lowe plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
Nick Lowe’s Quality Rock & Roll Revue sees the producer, musician and songwriter perform tracks from his fourth EP, Tokyo Bay, as well as inviting instrumental act, Los Straitjackets along for a unique live show.
Thurs 20 June---Metallica play Twickenham Stadium with support from Ghost.
Metallica are on a massive European tour of stadiums.
I have seen Metallica over a dozen times since 1986 when they headlined Hammersmith Odeon.
Fri 21 June---Bon Jovi + Manic Street Preachers play Wembley Stadium.
Fri 21 June---A tribute evening to Pete Shelley at The Royal Albert Hall.
Buzzcocks with guest vocalists + Skids + Penetration.
Sat 22 June---Billy Joel plays Wembley Stadium.
I saw him play Wembley Stadium in 2016.
Despite not recording any new material for over 20 years , Billy Joel has been a very popular live act over just the past decade, he’s grossed nearly $500 million and sold more than 4.2 million tickets, thanks mainly
to stadium shows back home in North America.
Sun 23 June---The Eagles + Sheryl Crow play Wembley Stadium.
Mon 24 June and Tues 25 June---The Beach Boys play The Royal Albert Hall.
Wed 26 June and Thurs 27 June---THE STRAY CATS play Hammersmith Apollo.
Brian Setzer (guitar, vocals), Lee Rocker (bass, vocals) and Slim Jim Phantom (drums, vocals)--original founding members of the iconic and acclaimed American rock and roll trio--are celebrating
their 40th anniversary in 2019 with a new album and a European Tour featuring four UK shows.
I was at their last London show which was in 2008 at The Brixton Academy.
I saw them four times in 1980/1981 when their classic debut album came out.
I saw them play Hammersmith Odeon in 1989 when Lemmy and Robert Plant came on for the encore.
The STRAY CATS have titled the album 40. Marking their first new album in 26 years, it will be released May 24 via Surfdog Records and distributed by Mascot Label Group in Europe and the UK. The song titles alone — including “Cat Fight (Over A Dog Like Me),” “Rock It Off,” “Mean Pickin’ Mama,” and “Devil Train” — are typical Stray Cats.
The Living End will perform in London as special guests of Stray Cats in June.
Sat 29 June---Lynyrd Skynyrd + Status Quo play Wembley Arena.
Earlier this year Southern Rock icons, Lynyrd Skynyrd, announced that, after a career that has spanned more than 40 years and includes a catalogue of more than 60 albums with more than 30 million units sold, they would embark on their Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour.
Other UK shows are....
June 26 – Glasgow, UK - SSE Hydro Arena (w/Status Quo)
June 27 – Manchester, UK - Manchester Arena(w/Status Quo)
June 30 – Birmingham. UK - Resorts World Arena (w/Status Quo)
Sat 29 June and Sun 30 June---Pink plays Wembley Stadium...with support from Bang Bang Romeo.
Sun 30 June---B52s play Hammersmith Apollo...farewell re-union UK tour...
Mon 01 July---Average White Band play The Royal Albert Hall.
Sat 06 July---The Who play Wembley Stadium with special guests Eddie Vedder,Kaiser Chiefs, Imelda May.
The Who will be joined by a symphonic orchestra.
This is their only show in Europe between their two North American tour legs.
Roger Daltrey was 75 on 01 March 2019.
Sat 06 July---Rammstein play Milton Keynes Stadium...only UK show on their European Tour.
Sat 06 July---Stevie Wonder + Lionel Richie play Hyde Park.
A big decision for Sat 06 July as three major gigs on that day.
Sun 07 July---Barbra Streisand plays Hyde Park.
KISS 'End of the Road' final World Tour hits Europe in the summer.
KISS start their farewell European Tour in Germany on 27 May and arrive in the UK in July.
KISS vocalist and guitarist Paul Stanley said: “This is going to be our last tour. It will be the most explosive,
biggest show we have ever put on".
09 Jul 2019 Birmingham Birmingham Arena
11 Jul 2019 London O2 Arena
12 Jul 2019 Manchester Manchester Arena
14 Jul 2019 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
16 Jul 2019 Glasgow SSE Hydro Arena
This very nice KISS item is released as a multi-coloured double vinyl album on 29 March 2019.
KISSWORLD brings together 20 of their best-loved tracks together on one album. Iconic fan faves such as “I Was Made For Lovin’ You”, “Rock And Roll All Nite” and “God Gave Rock ‘N’ Roll To You II” alongside top 10 U.S. chart hits “Beth” and “Detroit Rock City” on one huge collection.
Fri 12 July---Bob Dylan and Neil Young will appear as co-headliners British Summer Time Hyde Park.
11 March 2019 update - this unique pairing of legends is now sold out...65,000 tickets sold...
I have seen Bob Dylan over 20 times since i saw him headline Earls Court Arena in 1978.
I have seen Neil Young over a dozen times since i saw him headline Hammersmith Odeon in 1976.
Fri 12 July---ZZ Top + Jimmy Barnes play Wembley Arena...last night of ZZ Top European Tour...
It is months away but already gig clashes are occurring.
Sun 14 July---Robbie Williams + Black Eyed Peas play Hyde Park.
Sat 20 July---Marc Almond plays Hammersmith Apollo.
Sun 21 July---Slade + Sweet plus many more play Garon Park, Southend.

Wednesday 17 April 2019.
ALFIE BOE + HATTIE BRIGGS live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
Alfie Boe (now aged 45 ) is an English tenor and actor, best known for performing in musical theatre.
He is best known for his performances as Jean Valjean in the musical Les Misérables at the Queen's Theatre in London, the Les Misérables: 25th Anniversary Concert in October 2010, and in the Broadway revival. He played the lead role in Finding Neverland on Broadway beginning 29 March 2016.As well, Boe shared a Tony Award with the other members of the ensemble cast of Baz Luhrmann's 2002 revival of La bohème in 2003.He has sold over one million albums in the UK.
We have a full house for the final night of Alfie's 21 date UK tour.
HATTIE BRIGGS arrived on stage at 7.30pm and was on for 25 mins.
Hattie told us the amazing story of how she got to be on this tour.
Alfie Boe saw her busking at Paddington train station last year and they kept in touch.
And hey presto , Alfie got her on the tour.
Hattie is a singer-songwriter with a great voice.
Her set included a cover of Stings "Fields of Gold".
ALFIE BOE arrived on stage at 9.20pm and was on for 2 hours 5 mins.
Alfie is of those musical theatre singers with a powerful voice that is crossing over to rock & pop.
There were only a couple of original songs but it is mainly all cover versions.
"As Time Goes By" is the tenth studio album by English tenor Alfie Boe. It was released on 23 November 2018 by Decca Records. The album mainly features recordings of songs from the 1930s. Boe has said of the album: "I knew from day one that I wanted it to be a New Orleans-style album with the vibe of the city".
There were a few tracks played from that album and more recent cover versions including jazzy versions of
Led Zep and Guns N Roses classics along with a final song of a Snow Patrol classic.
A stunning version of "Bring Him Home" from Les Mis is the song that rocketed his career.
A five man brass section was used on several tracks, who sounded great.
Alfie has a friendly patter of on stage banter
He had a couple of special guests join him.
British Comedian BEN MILLER joined Alfie for a song.
American tv legend KELSEY GRAMMER joined Alfie for a song.
Kelsey is in London rehearsing for his musical that opens in a fortnight.
The crowd were up and dancing for the last 30 mins.
An enjoyable show.
Full Alfie Boe setlist played tonight...
Sing Sing Sing
Stompin' at the Savoy
La Vie En Rose
My Funny Valentine
Someone to Watch Over Me
Keep Me in Your Heart
Bring Him Home
Ain't Misbehavin'
Bring Me Sunshine (with Rays of Sunshine children's choir)
Misty Mountain
The Way You Look Tonight
Soul Medley - Stand By Me / (Sittin on) The Dock Of The Bay / In The Midnight Hour / Gimme Some Lovin'
Mood Indigo
Wagon Wheel (with Ben Miller and Hattie Briggs)
Corinne Corinna'
Whole Lotta Love / Sweet Child 'o Mine
Minnie the Moocher (with Kelsey Grammar)
Mardi Gras Day
As Time Goes By

Tuesday 16 April 2019.
ABC with Southbank Sinfonia Orchestra live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
Performing their classic debut album ‘The Lexicon Of Love’ in its entirety in the second half of the show.
The album spawned the hits - Poison Arrow, The Look Of Love, Tears Are Not Enough, and All Of My Heart.
I have seen ABC over a dozen times since 1982 which was their debut UK tour.
ABC tonight is not sold out but is it pretty much over 90% sold.
ABC are on stage for 1 hour 50 mins over two sets of 55 mins.
With band and orchestra added together there are over 50 musicians on stage.
The orchestra was conducted by Anne Dudley.
In 1982 Dudley made significant contributions to the Horn-produced 'The Lexicon of Love' album by ABC.
She went from fleshing-out keyboard parts to scoring the album's orchestration.
Martin Fry arrives on stage in a trademark lame jacket.
The first set was a mix of hits from other albums and tracks from their comeback album.
The second set was all of their classic Number 1 album "The Lexicon of Love".
Their debut album (and masterpiece) "The Lexicon of Love", made singer Martin Fry the Bryan Ferry of his generation.
The orchestra sounded fantastic and the lush strings really added to the sound.
The crowd danced more in the second half as the big hits kicked in.
Highlights included mega versions of "The Look of Love" and "All Of My Heart".
A great show.
Full ABC setlist played tonight...
When Smokey Sings
Viva Love
The Flames Of Desire
(How to Be a) Millionaire
The Love Inside the Love
Be Near Me
Ten Below Zero
One Better World
Ocean Blue
The Night You Murdered Love
SECOND SET - The Lexicon Of Love album played in full.
Show Me
Poison Arrow
Many Happy Returns
Tears Are Not Enough
Valentine's Day
The Look of Love, Part One
Date Stamp
4 Ever 2 Gether
All of My Heart
The Look of Love, Part Four
The Look of Love, Part One (reprise)

Monday 15 April 2019...7.15pm to 11.15pm...
TERRENCE HIGGINS TRUST 'The Auction' at Christies, King Street, St James's, London SW1.
This charity auction is in support of people living with HIV.
Last year the online and live auctions combined raised over £200,000. Over its history, the event has raised over £4 million to make a difference to the lives of people living with and affected by HIV.
I have been to this event a few times before and it is always a great evening.
Around 500 guests here with maybe 75% gay men & women....with most paying £150 for their ticket.
A few well known faces are here including GRAHAM NORTON and WAYNE SLEEP.
From 8.15pm to 9pm we are seated in the main auction room as bidding for world-renowned artwork,
luxury travel lots and exciting luxury experiences takes place.
Around 19 lots are live in the room and another 52 lots are in the silent auction.
After the auction we had a standing quartet band roaming the room playing cover versions.
Lots of complimentary drinks and food for all guests throughout including Nicolas Courtin champers,
two different Gin cocktails along with different canapés and pastries. their website here for more info.

Sunday 14 April 2019.
This news is pretty unbelievable as i was at both the UFO last ever UK shows just over a week ago.
On those nights PAUL RAYMOND looked in pretty good shape for a 73 year old.
Paul Raymond, guitarist and keyboard player with UFO, has died at the age of 73. The news comes just eight days after UFO played their final UK show at London's Forum.
Raymond's death was confirmed by his life partner, Sandra, who posted the news on Facebook, writing "With a desperate and broken heart, fully in tears and pains that feel like they will kill me I have to tell you that my most beautiful and beloved darling Paul Raymond has passed away today"...... (due to a heart attack)
Happy Birthday to guitar legend RICHIE BLACKMORE who is 74 today.

Sunday 14 April 2019.
WillNE and Stephen Tries Presents This Week On The Internet Live - Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
For the first time ever, YouTube personalities and friends (sort of) WillNE and Stephen Tries are going on a tour of the UK.
Comedians and commentators of the internet, sit back and enjoy a show from two of YouTube’s funniest (looking) men. Between the two of them, Will and Stephen’s videos have amassed more than 3 million subscribers and 355 million views, making them two of the fastest-growing channels in the UK.
So, come and see Stephen and Will live, and ultimately have a laugh at one another’s expense.
The venue is stalls seated and it is a full house of over 1200.
Lots of teenagers here with their parents.
Mainstream comedians from the tv can play massive arena tours so it is no surprise that a
show by these "available on their internet channel only" pair can sell out this venue.
The Geordie duo were on stage for 80 mins over two sets of 40 mins which seemed a bit short.
Their production was a couch, a desk, a big screen and a third person on stage.
Their show mixed video clips along with on stage routines.
The first 20 mins was them taking the piss out of fellow big name YouTubers videos.
In the second half they had a mock game show called "Friendly Fortunes".
The Geordie accent seemed to help them to bounce off each other nicely.
At the end they kicked out some inflatable footballs.
There were enough funny bits to make it an enjoyable show.

Saturday 13 April 2019.
ELVANA + HAGGARD CAT live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
Say hello to the world’s finest Elvis-fronted tribute to Nirvana. Rock & roll meets grunge as Elvana tear through Nirvana’s catalogue, whilst splicing in sections of the King’s finest moments, culminating in a mash-up of overdrive and old school rockabilly.
Level 3 is closed tonight but there must be at least 1200 folks here for this Nirvana tribute act.
HAGGARD CAT are on at 8pm and play for 40 mins.
They are a male rock duo of guitar/vocals and drums.
They play a loud racket, with some impressive aggressive drumming.
They played some decent rockin' tracks from their album.
ELVANA are on at 9.10pm and play for 1 hour 50 mins.
I would say the crowd is over 90% Nirvana fans rather than Elvis fans.
The singer comes on dressed as Elvis in a bright pink stage suit.
He would change into two others later in the show.
He is a proper showman with plenty of entertaining stage banter.
During the show he gave out flowers and for the encore he pushed out a dozen large yellow balloons.
During the encore he sung a couple of songs from upstairs in Level 1.
There are two female backing vocals.
A lively atmosphere as lots of moshing stage front and the throwing of beers in the air.
All the classic Nirvana songs were played and most had some snippets of an Elvis gem in them.
A nice touch was to get the two backing singers on lead vocals for "Celebrity Skin" by Hole.
The encore section was a highlight...
A very enjoyable show
Encore :
Celebrity Skin (Hole cover)
Heart-Shaped Box (Nirvana cover)
Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana cover)
Come As You Are (Nirvana cover)
Been a Son (Nirvana cover)
The Man Who Sold The World (David Bowie cover)

Friday 12 April 2019...6.15pm to 12.30am...
The 9th ASIAN AWARDS at The Grovenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London W1.
Always nice to be at this famous five star hotel.
A very lavish event as most of the 700 guests here are paying £500 for their tickets.
Most men in black tie and lots of women wearing stunning dresses.
A dozen celebs are here including...
Sanjeev Bhaskar (The Kumars actor etc) was the host for the awards
Beverley Knight ( soul singer)
Devon Malcolm (cricket legend)
Mushtaq Ahmed (cricket legend)
Naughty Boy (dj / music producer)
Manish Bhasin (BBC tv sports presenter)
Nitin Ganatra (Eastenders actor etc)
Nitin Sawhney (music composer)
Dr Ranj Singh (tv personality)
Dr Zoe Williams (tv personality)
Dominic Keating (actor)
Helen Lederer ( comedian / tv personality)
Lots of complimentary food and drink here including Perrier Jouet champers , different cocktails, wines, beers
all through the evening along with Indian canapés during the reception then a three course sit down dinner.
Starters - Sea Bass in curry sauce.
Mains - Tandori Chicken with sides.
Dessert - Chocolate & Caramel mousse and coffee.
At 10.15pm there was a very entertaining auction hosted by Jonny Gold.
The awards were on from 11pm to 12pm then it was the party after upstairs with a dj.
All guests got a nice goodie bag on departure that had a dozen items inside.
An excellent evening.

Thursday 11 April 2019...I went to three events tonight...
6.15pm to 7pm
MAL-ONE - private view and single release party - Westbank Gallery, 3-5 Thorpe Close, London W10.
MAL-ONE is showcasing his punk art mixed media show of Decollages, Collages & Prints.
Punk fans would recognise the images related to The Sex Pistols, The Clash, Buzzcocks, Damned etc.
His Record Store Day single "Punk Times" is in stores this Saturday.
We are in ' The Clash' heartland of under The Westway.
Lots of great prints with affordable prices.
Lots of punk rock chums here i know.
A dj is playing great punk rock tunes.
Complimentary Peroni beers for all guests.
Would have liked to stay a bit longer here but i had a tube journey to Moorgate to do.
It is on until 29 April - 11am to 8pm - closed Sunday & Monday - nearest tube is Ladbroke Grove.
7.45pm to 9.15pm
HARLEM SOUL - launch party - 205 City Road, Hoxton, London EC1.
New York-influenced restaurant and bar Harlem Soul opens after a complete overhaul of the site.
The site at 205 City Road, just off Old Street roundabout, will offer “American urban cuisine” – serving dishes drawing on soul food, Mexican and Korean styles. It replaces Boondocks, also operated by the brand, which served “American home cooking”.
Around 150 guests here and it is nice and buzzy.
The walls of the venue are covered in New York style graffiti and there is funky soul tunes being played.
Lots of complimentary tasty food and drinks for the guests....and staff are making sure the food is non-stop.
Prosecco, wines and beers.
Blackened Cajun Popcorn Shrimp
Gem Heart Dippers
Mac & Cheese Balls
Sassy Ajax Taco
BBQ Wings
Hot Harlem Sassy Wings
House Nachos
Classic Cheese Burgers
From Friday 12 April they have 50% off food until 18 April.
9.30pm to 10.30pm
Q - launch party - McQueen, 55-61 Tabernacle Street, London EC2.
Q is the new name for the refurbished basement floor of this trendy bar.
Around 150 guests here including Nick Ede and Jodie Harsh.
They have a couple of pool tables and casino tables.
A female dj is playing some good dance tunes and there is a cool buzzy vibe.
Complimentary prosecco and a choice of three cocktails for all guests.

Wednesday 10 April 2019.
Happy Birthday to BRIAN SETZER of The Stray Cats who is 60 today.
I am looking forward to seeing The Stray Cats in the summer when they play the UK.

Monday 08 April 2019.
Happy Birthday to Fashion Icon Dame Vivienne Westwood who is 78 today.

Monday 08 April 2019.
Very sad news that well known security guy JERRY JUDGE has passed away.
Jerry was Johnny Depp's longtime personal security guy for 22 years.
Jerry was by his side as Johnny toured Europe last summer with his band The Hollywood Vampires.
As well as the Pirates of the Caribbean star he also guarded Paul McCartney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Antonio Banderas and Julia Roberts.
Judge also had cameos in several of Depp’s films including “Sweeney Todd" and appeared several episodes of “Dr. Who” between 1979 and 1984.
The bodyguard was the managing director of Music & Arts Security Ltd.
Music & Arts looked after most of The West End film premieres up until a couple of years ago when a couple
of staff left to set up their own company called Pace & Prestige which has taken over many of the contracts.
Jerry currently worked for Noble Protection.