News and Reviews: August 05, 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.
The evening features over 30 Abba songs and show, a four course Greek dinner , drinks and Abba disco.
Check out my upcoming news page for my stand out Top 20 gigs of 2019.
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.
Works out to around 3 gigs a week seen by me for the last 45 years.
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...see YouTube...
Gold Medal...
Best live band of the year 2019 - KISS - Birmingham Arena 09 July and 02 Arena 11 July.
My interview with TIME OUT magazine in April 2018 is now online.
It features me talking about being the UKs number one gig 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.
Also interviews Ray Morrissey BBC and Ray Morrissey Roundhouse
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.
This book is a must buy - released 10 April 2020.
Worlds End : Sex Pistols / McLaren / Westwood - A Chronology 1971 to 1978
by Mal-One and The Punk Collective.
Retails for £14.99 and is available from Rough Trade stores and online.
www.roughtrade.comVisit their website here to buy it mail order.
It is also available via Ebay and Amazon.
This is a historical document set in Day by Day format with incredible attention to detail over its 344 pages.
There are a few punk-art collages by Mal-One but no band photos as we all know what they look like.
The Year Zero is the early 1970s at McLaren/Westwood store at 430 Kings Road ,Chelsea where
music, film, art ,fashion, youth culture evolved from here to change the music scene forever.
As expected , most of the book centres on the two incredible years of 1976 and 1977.
One thing you do notice throughout the book is the amount of gigs The Sex Pistols had cancelled.
It got even worse after the Bill Grundy incident as they became the most talked about new band
in the country,and everybody wanted to see them play live but nobody could see them as the
GLC, other local councils, promoters and everybody else just pulled the plug on them.
Certainly not easy for Malcolm McLaren to manage them , with all the various problems.
Hard to believe that before their re-union tour in 1996 the biggest crowd in the UK they had played to
in 1976/1977 was around 1000 people, and they were all low key secret gigs.
It was criminal that they could have filled multi-nights at the bigger London venues but were just not allowed.
I would compare it to something like 1994 when Oasis were the hottest new band in the UK.
They had swagger and attitude and swore a bit but imagine nobody was allowed to see them play
classic tracks from their debut album like "Rock 'n' Roll Star", "Live Forever" , "Supersonic"
and "Cigarettes & Alcohol".
Nice to see that i get a mention in the book on page 225 which is related to the "Pretty Vacant " poster
"Dance To The Sex Pistols" which i am in. The stills were taken from Sex Pistols Notre Dame 1976 gig.
A smaller version of the poster is on page 162.
The Sex Pistols are my fave band ever,so i know most of their history and was there for bits of it , but this
book still surprises me with many never before known happenings in their career.
It really is a great five star read.
BEWARE - some venues are still selling tickets for shows that will certainly be postponed or cancelled.
Some gigs booked in for the summer have been postponed already , with some leaving it to the last minute.
Concerts starting up again is still going to be a long way off.
Going out to gigs?, going to the pub?, going out shopping?...will it ever be the same again?
Fans says they will return to live music in sanitised venues - but will the communal gig experience survive
the new rules, including social distancing?
Live music needs a vaccine for COVID-19 and governments to allow public gatherings again.
From Saturday 22 August at Proud Cabaret, 8 Victoria Embankment, London WC2.
Spend an evening with Denise Van Outen and Europe’s best cabaret stars in Proud Embankment's showstopper ‘Cabaret All Stars’, which features burlesque, aerial dancers etc.
General standing tickets or dinner at table tickets are available.
www.proudcabaret.comVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets
29 August - If you live in or near Preston...
Free Entry - Sex Pistols Tribute Pistol Whipped - Ticket Required
FREE EVENT - Riva Showbar. Ticket required to gain entry due to social distancing and numbers.
Limited Tickets first come first served for free tickets, via their Facebook page.
Pistol Whipped the UK’s the country’s leading Sex pistols Tribute act is coming to Riva.
Playing on the biggest stage in Preston.
THE LONDON CONCOURS, presented by Montres Breguet, is a luxurious automotive garden party hosted right in the heart of the City of London from Wednesday 19th – Thursday 20th August. This hugely exciting automobile extravaganza will see 80 of the world’s most precious cars gather in the gardens of the historic and beautiful Honourable Artillery Company Headquarters and will include a ferocious collection of horsepower. their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
The Reading Festival and Notting Hill Carnival are not on this August Bank Holiday but this event
looks a real corker.
THE RUN - SUMMER PARTY (held near to Ascot train station)
More Then just a Rally
Saturday, 29th August 2020 at 3:00pm – Doors open at 3:00pm
The Run Summer Party is the most exclusive party this year where we go beyond your expectations with luxury & opulence with many celebrities in attendance.
Hosted by Rico RiRi with support from Chelsea Singh another 'Surprise Guest DJ'.
What you will get with us:
Champagne Reception
Rolls Royce transfers from Ascot Station
Cigar Bar
Supercar Display
Helicopter Tours
Casino Tables
Exclusive access into the Court Estate
Access into the run enclosure
Open Bar serving Premium Wine & Beers
Good vibes & music all day/night
Surrounded by Luxury Meadows & Lake side access
Luxury Toilets & Changing rooms
Use of the Swimming Pool & Hot Tubs
Concierge Desk
Chill out cocktail garden
VIP tables available with hostess service
Free Car Park on the Estate
Live DJ’s, dancers, electric violinist & saxophone
Due to the open/free bar please drink responsibly
This is a premium event so tickets are £200 plus £9 booking fee.
Just google the event name for the ticket link and more info.
The 2020 CONCOURS OF ELEGANCE will take place from Friday 4 to Sunday 6 September at Hampton Court Palace. The Concours of Elegance began at Windsor Castle in 2012, before moving to St James’s Palace in 2013, Hampton Court Palace in 2014 at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh (Her Majesty The Queen’s official residence in Scotland) in 2015 before returning to Windsor Castle in 2016 and Hampton Court Palace in 2017.
The Concours of Elegance will once again bring together a selection of 60 of the rarest cars from around the world – many of which will never have been seen before in the UK. Many of the Concours cars will also take part in a 2 day driving tour in the days running up to the main Concours event. Uniquely, the Concours of Elegance winner isn’t selected by a panel of judges but by the Owners of the cars themselves. Each participant is asked to vote on the other models on display to decide which car is considered to be the ‘Best of Show’. their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
Fri 04 Sept and Sat 05 Sept---The Quireboys Orchestral play The Forum.
Thurs 10 Sept at Hammersmith Apollo.
The Hyundai Mercury Prize recognises the best new British & Irish music, celebrating artistic achievement across an eclectic range of contemporary music genres.
The 2020 Hyundai Mercury Prize Awards Show will be held at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith on Thursday, 10 September 2020 (subject to Government guidelines). The event will celebrate the twelve shortlisted artists & albums - and the evening will culminate in the announcement of the overall winner of the 2020 Hyundai Mercury Prize for Album of the Year. BBC Music will be providing television and radio coverage of the event.
Thurs 10 Sept---Alexander O'Neal plays the first of nine shows at this intimate supper club.
American RnB singer-songwriter Alexander O'Neal has had a music and television career spanning more than 30 years. O'Neal came to prominence in the middle of the 1980s as a solo artist, going on to release 14 singles that entered the UK top 40 during the '80s and '90s, including If You Were Here Tonight, Fake, Criticize, (What Can I Say) To Make You Love Me and Love Makes No Sense.
Two course dinner plus show from £99.50.
Wed 23 Sept---Van Morrison plays the first of six sold out shows at The Palladium.
SALON PRIVE CONCOURS 2020 is held at the stunning Blenheim Palace....Sept 23,24,25,26....
Blenheim Palace sits at the edge of the picturesque town of Woodstock in Oxfordshire.
​It is a luxurious ticket with full hospitality event appealing to discerning guests, collectors, buyers, owners and enthusiasts who prefer a more intimate experience. It is a presentation of the very finest automotive and luxury brands as well as the rarest and most valuable of classic cars and motorcycles.​​
Blenheim Palace is a World Heritage Site with over 300 years of History and home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough.
Now in its 15th year, ‘Salon Privé Week’ is a must-attend series of events for any car enthusiast or aficionado. A Partner Concours to the Peninsula Classics’ Best of the Best’ Award, Salon Privé is now recognised as one of the top events in the world alongside Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. Held annually within the grounds of Blenheim Palace, Salon Privé is firmly established as the UK’s most exclusive Motor Show.
More than 70 years of Ferrari history will be showing at Blenheim Palace.
Salon Privé Week 2020
Wed 23rd September - Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance
Thurs 24th September - Salon Privé Ladies’ Day by Boodles
Fri 25th September - Salon Privé Masters by Pirelli and Lockton
Sat 26th September - Salon Privé Classic & Supercar featuring The Salon Privé Club Trophy
There is a 100% full prompt refund if the event is cancelled to to the coronavirus.
It is a premium event as all food and drinks, including Pommery champagne are included in the ticket price.
Sat 26 Sept is the only day where general admission tickets only are for sale at £36.
www.salonpriveconcours.comVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
October---Boomtown Rats are playing a UK tour, including...
Tues 06 Oct---Palladium
The Boomtown Rats will release their first album since 1984 in 2020 titled ‘Citizens of Boomtown’.
The Boomtown Rats still feature four original members including Bob Geldof.
I saw them live seven times from 1977 before seeing them at that incredible Live Aid all-dayer in 1985.
Sir Bob and Midge Ure organised Live Aid in July 1985.
I saw them five times at Hammersmith Odeon and twice at The Rainbow.
I have also seen them a couple of times since they reformed.
Mon 12 Oct and Tues 13 Oct---Black Crowes play Brixton Academy.
Wed 28 Oct---Ozzy Osbourne + Judas Priest play The 02 Arena.
A very nice pair of classic rock legends are playing a UK tour.
I have seen both these bands many times over the past 45 years.
Ozzy Osbourne revealed he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s – which is a brain disorder that leads to shaking, stiffness, and difficulty with walking, balance, and coordination.
Fri 23 Oct - Newcastle, Utilita Arena, UK
Sun 25 Oct - Glasgow, SSE Hydro, UK
Wed 28 Oct - London, The O2, UK
Sat 31 Oct - Birmingham, Resorts World Arena, UK
Mon 02 Nov - Manchester, Manchester Arena, UK
Thurs 05 Nov - Dublin, 3Arena, Ireland
Sun 08 Nov - Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena, UK
Thurs 29 Oct---Liam Gallagher + Primal Scream play The 02 Arena.
This is a free gig for NHS staff , and all tickets went pronto.
Fri 30 Oct---The Coronas play Shepherds Bush Empire.
The band with the unfortunate name are massive back home in Ireland.
They are touring to promote their sixth album.
Mon 02 Nov and Tues 03 Nov---Patti Smith and her band play The Royal Albert Hall.
Patti Smith is playing a 50th anniversary tour - 1970 to 2020 - Poetry & Music.
I first saw Patti Smith in 1976 at The Roundhouse which was on her debut UK tour.
Wed 11 Nov---Deacon Blue play The Royal Albert Hall.
Mon 16 Nov - Debbie Harry and Chris Stein Q & A at The Palladium.
Sat 21 Nov---Thunder play Wembley Arena.
Fri 04 Dec---The Alarm play The Electric Ballroom.
Mike Peters - Welsh music legend still fronting his great live band.
I have seen The Alarm over 20 times since 1985.
Check out their great YouTube series of "The Big Night In" that was recorded weekly during the lockdown.
Both his wife Jules, and Mike himself , have had struggles with cancer in the past.
Mike Peters was awarded a MBE in the 2019 New Year Honours for services to cancer care.
How in their 39th year, The Alarm have sold over 6 million albums.
Sat 05 Dec---Status Quo play Hammersmith Apollo.
I have seen Status Quo around 50 times since 1974.
Slade featuring Dave Hill are playing their annual Christmas tour.
It was a big shock that original Slade drummer Don Powell has recently left the band.
Fri 04 Dec---Assembly Hall, Islington.
Sun 06 Dec---Sub 89, Reading.
Glam rock legends The Sweet are playing a 50th anniversary UK tour in December.
Guitarist Andy Scott is the only original member as the other three members have sadly all passed away.
The Sweet had 10 x Top 10 hit singles in the UK including a number one with "Blockbuster" in 1973.
Sun 06 Dec--- Assembly Hall, Islington.
Support comes from Thin Lizzy tribute band Limehouse Lizzy.
Tues 15 Dec---Michael Schenker Fest + Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons play Shepherds Bush Empire
Fri 18 Dec---The final farewell show from the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band is at Shepherd's Bush Empire.

Wednesday 05 August 2020.
A couple of days ago OZZY OSBOURNE gave an interview on Sirius in America.
He still appears far from heathy and along with the coronavirus and him not living in the UK,
i feel that his UK tour planned for late October / early November will again be postponed.

Tuesday 04 August 2020.
As i previously forecast , KISS have now confirmed they will be playing The Download Festival in 2021.
The U.K. installment of the annual Download Festival has confirmed 80 bands for next year's lineup with headlining performances coming from KISS, Biffy Clyro and System of a Down.
This year's event was set to feature Iron Maiden, System of a Down and KISS, but was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. With all eyes on next summer, the fest was able to retain two of those originally scheduled headliners, with only Iron Maiden unable to make the 2021 fest.
Headliners :
Fri 04 June 2021 - KISS
Sat 05 June 2021 - Biffy Clyro
Sun 06 June 2021 - System of a Down
Championship Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium - behind closed doors.
A West London megaclash between Brentford and Fulham.
A massive prize on offer for the winner, which is promotion to The Premier League.
Live on Sky tv and the radio at 7.45pm, along with highlights on Quest tv at 11pm

Monday 03 August 2020.
Happy Birthday to singer TONY BENNETT who hits the grand old age of 94 today.
Happy Birthday to Metallica's JAMES HETFIELD who is 57 today.
Check out this nice 26 mins on YouTube - The Ramones at The Rainbow 31 Dec 1977.
This was the fourth time i had seen the band out of a total of fifteen times.
These are the first six times I saw them.
Flaming Groovies,Ramones,Stranglers Roundhouse, London 04.07.1976 first ever uk show by The Ramones
Ramones,Talking Heads,Saints Roundhouse. London 05.06.1977 fantastic triple band package
Ramones,Talking Heads,Saints Roundhouse. London 06.06.1977 met sid vicious at this show
Ramones,Generation X,Rezillos Rainbow Theatre, London 31.12.1977 fantastic 3 band party night
Ramones,Generation X,Rezillos Rainbow Theatre, London 01.01.1978
Ramones,Snips Hammersmith Odeon, London 02.10.1978
Bruce Springsteen has a nifty trick when he plays live as quite often he opens with a song by a band
from the local area they are playing ie In London it is usually "London Calling " by The Clash.
Check out Bruce Springsteen "Stayin' Alive" Brisbane 2014 where he is joined by a string section and
a brass section and guitarist Tom Morello for a stunning rendition.
The Bee Gees lived near Brisbane in their early recording days.
This government scheme is worth a try...
72,000 restaurants, pubs and cafes across Britain are offering half-price meals to diners from today.
The offer is only available between Mondays and Wednesdays in August when eating in and is capped at £10.
This means two of you consume £20 each on a meal, and you only pay £10 each.
This includes the likes of Wetherspoons and Nandos etc.

Sunday 02 August 2020.
02 August 2008 - 12 years ago i went to this great festival.
SEX PISTOLS + NEW YORK DOLLS + BUZZCOCKS live at The Lokerse Festival , Belgium.
A 15,000 capacity sold out show.
Although New York Dolls had supported Sex Pistols a fortnight before in Greece ,this was the
only time these three legendary bands have played on the same days bill.
See my Facebook page for a poster from the show.

Saturday 01 August 2020.
Sad news that legendary film director SIR ALAN PARKER has passed away aged 76.
Sir Alan Parker, the director behind movies such as Fame, Evita , Bugsy Malone, The Commitments
and Midnight Express, has died aged 76.
The news was announced by a representative, who said he had died on Friday (July 31) “after a lengthy illness.”
Getting Hollywood’s attention with the Jodie Foster-starring children’s musical, he was then hired to direct the Oliver Stone scripted Midnight Express, which earned him an Oscar nomination.
He would go on to helm a string of successful films in the 80s, including performing-arts student musical Fame (1980), Vietnam war drama Birdy (1984), cult thriller Angel Heart (1987), and civil rights thriller Mississippi Burning (1988).
In 1996, Parker directed Madonna in a film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical Evita.
He also directed Pink Floyd – The Wall in 1982, which starred Bob Geldof in a feature film realisation of the hit Pink Floyd album.
Happy Birthday to Def Leppard vocalist JOE ELLIOT who is 61 today.
I have seen Def Leppard over 20 times since 1979 when they supported AC/DC at Hammersmith Odeon.
FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium - behind closed doors.
Live on BBC1 5pm - Arsenal play Chelsea.
Elton John YouTube channel - live at Madison Square Garden 2000.
Marc Almond third YouTube show from Dean Street Studios at 9pm.
BBC1 docu film at midnight - STONE ROSES "Spike Island".

Friday 31 July 2020.
I was lucky to see PRINCE live in concert around 25 times since 1986.
He really was top notch as a live performer.
Even some of his lesser known hits are amazing.
Check out this video on YouTube.
Prince - Gold (Official Music Video)
and while you are there....
Prince - I Would Die 4 U (Live 1984) [Official Video]
PSYCHEDELIC FURS - One of my fave bands from the 1980s are playing a UK tour...
The full dates are:
APRIL 2021
26th Kingston Banquet Records Q & A session
27th London Royal Albert Hall *
28th Nottingham Rock City **
29th Bristol O2 Academy **
MAY 2021
1st Glasgow Barrowland **
2nd Liverpool Academy **
3rd Manchester Academy 2 **
5th Cambridge Junction **
* Jah Wobble & The Invaders of the Heart
** Pauline Murray & The Invisible Girls
Musicians still getting robbed it seems....
Jeff Bezos isn't sure if Twitch pays royalties to artists (it doesn't)
Amazon-owned live streaming platform Twitch doesn't pay music licensing royalties to artists for records played on its service.
ARGOS - more sad publishing news for those of us who can remember its heyday.
The encyclopedia-like catalogues, the basis of many a child's Christmas wishlist, will no longer be regularly printed by the end of January 2021. The catalogue was first launched in 1972 and at its peak was Europe's most widely-printed publication, with only the Bible in more homes across the UK.

Thursday 30 July 2020.
Happy Birthday to RAT SCABIES who is 65 today - he was The Damned original drummer.
Happy Birthday to KATE BUSH who is 62 today.
Two music magazines are in stores from this weekend...
After 34 years the final issue of Q magazine...features classic interviews from their history.
VIVE LE ROCK magazine features THE SEX PISTOLS.
10 pages on their Crystal Palace show from July 2002 and their USA tour in 2003.
I was at the Crystal Palace show and the final five shows of their eleven shows played in the USA.

Wednesday 29 July 2020.
Happy Birthday to GEDDY LEE who is 67 today.
Geddy Lee is a Canadian musician, singer, and songwriter. He is best known as the lead vocalist, bassist, and keyboardist for the Canadian rock group Rush.
I have seen Rush around a dozen times which included their debut London show in 1977 - Hammersmith Odeon.
14 years ago this week in 2006 it was a few Guns N Roses shows for me.
This was when vocalist Axl Rose was the only original member.
This was one of the tours when Axl arrived on stage late every night
25 July 2006 - Birmingham NEC - arrived on stage at 9.30pm and finished 11.45pm
27 July 2006 - Nottingham Arena - arrived on stage at 10.10pm and finished at 12.30am
29 July 2006 - Wembley Arena - arrived on stage at 10.40pm and finished at 1.10am
30 July 2006 - Wembley Arena - shorter set of 1 hour 45 mins as Axl felt unwell.
Support act Sebastian Bach was handed the microphone by Axl to sing "Paradise City".
29 July 2006 - after-party gig for this Saturday show at The Cuckoo Club, London W1.
Free booze for around 300 guests in this West End club that has two floors.
Guns N Roses arrived on stage at 4.15am for a 75 mins semi-acoustic set.
We came out of the venue at 6.30am when it was daylight.

Tuesday 28 July 2020.
This is good news as they have shown lots of exclusive gigs in the past.
SKY ARTS will be free for everyone to watch from September.
It is currently only available to view as part of a paid for subscription.
Sky Arts, Britain’s only television channel dedicated solely to arts and culture, will be made free for everyone in the UK to watch from September.

Monday 27 July 2020.
Restaurant Press Launch - London Bridge - 7pm to 9.30pm
TAVOLINO - bar & restaurant - Unit 1 , 2 More London, London Bridge Riverside, London SE1.
This Italian eaterie has a massive space over two floors down by The River Thames.
It is situated by HMS Belfast along with a stunning view of Tower Bridge.
Obviously it is a strange time to open a new restaurant but you have to remember they probably
bought it a year ago before all the coronavirus situation kicked off.
Hand sanitation and track and trace info taken before we enter inside the venue.
Louis Korovilas – the ex Head Chef of Michelin-renowned fresh pasta joint Bancone – opens a new,
ingredients-led Italian joint in London Bridge.
It’s a modern, but homely, cream and terracota-styled space, over-looking the river. Guests can enjoy freshly baked bread, pasta, and stone-baked pizzas, made on-site every day. Although the main draw will be Tavolino’s approach to produce.
Lots of enthusiastic Italian staff fussing over all the customers on the two floors here.
We shared three starters including pizza.
For mains I had lamb and my guest had steak and we shared three sides.
We had a dessert each.
Prosecco throughout the evening as well.
Very enjoyable and great to be in a restaurant again , my first since lockdown. their website here for more info.

Monday 27 July 2020.
THE SEX PISTOLS live at Crystal Palace Sports Centre. London.
27 July 2002 - it was 18 years ago that I went to this great day out.
Thanks to me old mucker Glen Matlock for arranging the AAA pass before and after the show.
After the Party at The Palace i went to John Lydon party at a club in Wandsworth.
See my Facebook page for my nice signed poster from the show.

Sunday 26 July 2020.
Happy Birthday to MICK JAGGER who is 77 today.
Happy Birthday to Queen drummer ROGER TAYLOR who is 71 today.
Today is the last day of the current Premier League season.
The new season starts on Saturday 12 Sept 2020.

Saturday 25 July 2020.
Sad news that FLEETWOOD MAC co-founder Peter Green has died aged 73.
The London-born blues guitarist famously wrote some of the band's biggest hits including "Oh Well",
"Albatross" and "Black Magic Woman" during their Blues period in the late 1960s.
Reports say that he died peacefully in his sleep.
John Mayalls Bluesbreakers + Peter Greens Splinter Group Royal Albert Hall , London 02.06.2000 double bill of 1960s British Blues .Peter Green did a good 80 mins set .John Mayall did a 1 hour 40 mins set with John playing some great keyboards and his Texan guitarist playing some awesome blues guitar.
SEX PISTOLS - 25 July 1977.
This day 43 years ago i phoned Virgin Records.
I politely asked them , that as my face was in the poster "Dance To The Sex Pistols" that was used to
promote their third single "Pretty Vacant", was there any chance they could send me a poster of it.
They kindly sent me that poster along with three other different Sex Pistols posters.
I still have value of the four is around £2000.
Elton John fans will have the fourth instalment in four weeks when he streams his 1995 Rio concert this weekend.
Every weekend for seven days only, Elton John has been streaming a complete classic concert. “Our fourth instalment is Live at Estadio do Flamengo, Rio, Brasil 1995,” he posts.

Friday 24 July 2020.
24 July 1980 - my band GUN CONTROL played our first gig today 40 years ago.
We played over 30 gigs between 1980 to 1982 , with most in the West London area.
We made a few live tapes , but sadly never got around to recording a 7" inch vinyl or two.
It was great to see our band name in gig listings in NME, Sounds and Melody Maker music papers.
Go to the search on my website and type in Gun Control to see the list of our gigs played.
Check my Facebook page for a photo and a gig flyer from 40 years ago.
We hope to play a 40th anniversary gig later this year.
PRODIGY are putting up a 10th anniversary gig on their YouTube channel.
Prodigy live at Milton Keynes Bowl 2010....they were a superb live band...
It will be up at 9pm, for 48 hours only.

Thursday 23 July 2020.
Facebook at 7pm - THE PROFESSIONALS play a free gig on their page on Thursday.
Happy Birthday to DAVID ESSEX who is 73 today.
I have seen him around 20 times since 1975 , which included 4 shows at
Hammersmith Odeon in 1975 during his heyday period in the 1970s.
His set included his two number one hit singles "Gonna Make You A Star" (1974) and "Hold Me Close" (1975).

Wednesday 22 July 2020.
Happy Birthday to DON HENLEY who is 73 today.
Don Henley is a singer- songwriter, record producer and founding member of the Eagles. He was the drummer and co-lead vocalist for the Eagles from 1971 until the band broke up in 1980, and has reprised those duties for the group's reunions since 1994. Henley sang the lead vocals on Eagles hits such as "Witchy Woman", "Desperado", "Best of My Love", "One of These Nights", "Hotel California", "Life in the Fast Lane", "The Long Run" and "Get Over It".
The UK government is rolling out stage four of its five-stage roadmap to bringing back performing arts in the country. Come Aug. 1, audiences will be allowed back inside the UK’s venues but under the new regime, audiences, performers and venues are expected to maintain a mandated distance at all times.
Q MAG is closing but here is a nice publishing story.
Ten-year-old punk publisher's surprise success.
Ten-year-old Arlo Lipiatt's lockdown project was creating a music fanzine.
He parents would take him to gigs as it was cheaper than getting a babysitter.
After getting interviews with the likes of Manic Street Preachers and Super Furry Animals, he's selling out of copies of Pint-Sized Punk.
With orders coming from as far afield as America and Australia, bands are even contacting him to be in it.
He will also be involved with curating a night at the new Rough Trade store in Bristol.
Live on Pick tv at 8pm tonight...Liverpool play Chelsea.
Liverpool get presented with The Premier League Trophy when the game finishes.

Tuesday 21 July 2020.
I mentioned the rumours of this closure a couple of months ago but now it has sadly been confirmed.
Music publication Q Magazine is set to close after 34 years. Editor Ted Kessler blamed the decision on the coronavirus pandemic as he announced the move on Twitter. The final edition of the magazine will be published later this month. Kessler said he would like to apologise “profusely” for the magazine's closure.
Without wishing to sound melodramatic, its closure seems to signal the final passing of the music press as we once knew it. What’s left are specialist titles, small operations surviving on small circulations and magazines that concentrate largely on the past. The latter suggests that the only people who still buy music titles in quantity are old enough to remember the music press at its height.
Shame as for the past decade or so i went to most of their great annual Q Awards show every October.
For the last few years it was held at The Roundhouse, before that was Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane.
Happy Birthday to CAT STEVENS who is 72 today.
Yusuf Islam, commonly known by his stage name Cat Stevens, and later Yusuf, is a British singer-songwriter.
It was 20 years ago this week that I attended these two massive shows by OASIS...
Oasis + Happy Mondays Wembley Stadium , London 21.07.2000 mega celebration shows to confirm Oasis are as popular as ever .This was the night when Noel and Liam kept moaning at each other on stage.
Oasis + Happy Mondays Wembley Stadium , London 22.07.2000 Happy Mondays did a good hour set that started slow but got much better .Oasis on both nights did a greatest hits set lasting 1 hour 40 mins set .Both nights i got into front stage pit area .Fantastic rowdy , footie atmosphere.

Monday 20 July 2020.
Happy Birthday to SEX PISTOLS drummer PAUL COOK who is 64 today.
Paul is currently with The Professionals and they are supporting SLF on tour next year.
Paul and Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones went to the same secondary school as me.
They were three years above me.
Happy Birthday to CARLOS SANTANA who is 73 today.
I have seen Santana play live around a dozen times since 1976.
KISS have announced dates for their 2021 European Tour.
No UK date yet , but they have space on June 4, 5, 6 to play Download Festival.
Seems likely they will be there as they were due to play Download Festival in 2020.
CAROLE KING one-off UK show is now up on YouTube for this week only.
Carole King - Live at Hyde Park 2016

Sunday 19 July 2020.
Happy Birthday to Queen guitar legend BRIAN MAY who is 73 today.
See my Facebook page for a nice photo of us together.
19 July 1995 - 25 years ago today i attended this mega gig...THE ROLLING STONES at Brixton Academy...
Me and a workmate (Noel Fieldings dad) took the morning off work the day before the show to queue up
for two hours at Virgin Megastore to pay £25 for our prized wristbands.
A stunning 2 hours 10 mins show where we were just a few feet away from the stage.
It was a week after i had seen them with Black Crowes supporting at Wembley Stadium.
I have seen The Stones at least once on every tour since Earls Court 1975 , but this was their best for me.
Some high quality videos were uploaded recently on youtube:
Dead Flowers - Brixton 1995
Love In Vain - Brixton 1995
Like A Rolling Stone - Brixton 1995
Sweet Virginia - Brixton 1995
and there's more!
On Facebook today is the full two hour show - ELTON JOHN 1989 live at The Verona Arena, Italy.
Will be worth it just to see the stunning venue, that is certainly on my "to do" list.
The Verona Arena is a Roman amphitheatre in Piazza Bra in Verona, Italy built in the first century. It is still in use today and is internationally famous for the large-scale opera performances given there. It is one of the best preserved ancient structures of its kind....KISS and many other big names have played there....

Saturday 18 July 2020.
18 July 1980 - JOY DIVISION second and final album "Closer" was released 40 years ago today.
Tonight on BBC4 tv at 9.15pm....(the first of a nice double bill on BBC4 tonight).
The world premiere broadcast of the film – ROCKFIELD : The Studio On The Farm – will take place tonight.
It was where Queen recorded Bohemian Rhapsody, the place Black Sabbath invented heavy metal and the studio where Coldplay wrote the song that sent them stratospheric.
Nestled away in the Welsh countryside, Rockfield was the world’s first independent residential studio and home to everyone from Ozzy Osbourne to Robert Plant, Queen to The Stone Roses, Bowie and Iggy Pop to Oasis. Now for the first time, a new documentary lifts the lid on this iconic rock destination.
Followed on BBC4 tv at 10.45pm - ROBERT PLANT documentary "By Myself".

Friday 17 July 2020.
Rocked This Town: From LA to London is the upcoming live album by The Stray Cats. Available September 11 via Surfdog Records and distributed by Mascot Label Group (CD, vinyl, digital), this collection of 23 tracks recorded during the band’s critically acclaimed 40th Anniversary Tour in 2020 combines their unparalleled virtuosity and red-hot rock & roll spirit, all raw and completely live--the way it was played on sweaty stages around the world.

Wednesday 15 July 2020.
LIANNE LA HAVAS is headlining a special concert at The Roundhouse to launch her new album.
She'll perform a multi-camera live stream to fans across the globe on July 15 in support of her
upcoming album.
The self-titled LP is due for release on Friday July 17 and marks her third album overall.
It features singles 'Bittersweet', 'Can't Fight' and 'Paper Thin' and sees her reunite with long time collaborator Matt Hales.
As well as new material, the singer-songwriter will also perform tracks from her first two albums.
This includes her Mercury Prize nominated 'Is Your Love Big Enough?' and Grammy nominated 'Blood', which feature singles 'Forget', 'Lost & Found' and 'What You Don't Do'.
Tickets for the show are priced at £12 or fans can purchase a ticket alongside the album for £22-£29.
All of Lianne's proceeds from the show will go to Black Lives Matter.
It will be a behind closed doors show with no fans there, but there will be some press folks attending.
Lianne will also be promoting the album on Channel 4 tv Sunday Brunch on Sunday 19 July.
Needless to say this was a very interesting show to attend considering the current situation.
I would guess at 40 production staff here along with 20 guests /press / staff.
Pretty much everyone is wearing face coverings.
It was an "in the round" show on the floor of The Roundhouse.
Oddly the usual Roundhouse stage is not here at all (maybe it was because it was an in the round show).
It was good to see the 24 inside columns of the venue fully exposed.
There are black curtains all around the circle and the rear of the stalls.
LIANNE LA HAVAS ran through most of her songs from 6.15pm to 7.15pm and there was a bit of stop
and start as she communicated with the production team during the rehearsal.
There are 200 fairy lights above Lianne and musicians to give it a nice intimate feel.
The main event started at 8pm and LIANNE LA HAVAS performed for 60 mins.
Lianne has a great voice and the gentle guitar based songs are very quietly played.
There was no clapping at the end of each song , but folks clapped at the very end when cameras off.
The show ticked along nicely.
I would imagine that it will come out on DVD for Christmas.
Promoters LIVE NATION have cancelled their "Drive-in" shows on the outskirts of
12 UK major cities during mid July to mid September, due to local lockdown fears.

Tuesday 14 July 2020.
All good things must come to an end...
The Premier League is to end the bonanza of live televised matches for the 2020-21 season.
Since the restart, free to view live games have been available to watch on BBC tv and Pick tv
to make up for fans being banned from the stadiums.
The Premier League will 'revert back to normal' next season with only select matches broadcast live.
But despite there being no set date for allowing fans back into grounds, broadcasters are set to revert back to broadcasting select games, say The Athletic.
The report states Sky and BT subscription channels will carry on as they have for years, broadcasting select games.
The BBC will be revert back to just showing highlights in the evening.
Tonight BBC 2 at 11.30pm - Live Aid documentary part 2 of 2.
14 July 1980 - On this day 40 years ago , Ruts lead singer MALCOLM OWEN sadly passed away.
I was lucky to have seen these West London punk rockers with him three times.
Adam And The Ants, Satellites,Ruts Acton White Hart, London W.3 30.08.1978
Pete Townshend Band,Misty,Ruts Rainbow Theatre, London 13.07.1979
Skids,Ruts DC,Books Hammersmith Odeon, London 21.10.1980
I have also seen them a couple of times since they reformed as Ruts DC.

Monday 13 July 2020.
13 July 1985 - It was 35 years ago today that i went to this mega gig.
LIVE AID at Wembley Stadium.
I have seen over 7000 gigs since 1973 which has included many great bands but this was the greatest day of live music.
Lots of top notch acts playing short sets over 11 hours ,along with an incredible crowd atmosphere.
It was one of the largest-scale satellite link-ups and television broadcasts of all time; an estimated audience of 1.9 billion, across 150 nations, watched the live broadcast,nearly 40% of the world population.
In a triumph of technology and good will, the event raised more than £100 million in famine relief for Africa.
Richard Skinner famous introduction - "It's twelve noon in London, seven AM in Philadelphia, and around the world it's time for Live Aid".
We were pitch standing around 20 yards from the stage and not eating or drinking much to limit toilet visits.
Paul McCartney,Queen,U2,The Who,David Bowie,Status Quo,Boomtown Rats,Style Council,Adam Ant,Bryan Ferry,Spandau Ballet,Howard Jones,Phil Collins,Sting,Elton John,Kiki Dee,Wham,Dire Straits,Paul Young,Alison Moyet,Ultravox,Elvis Costello,Nik Kershaw,Sade, George Michael.
Tonight BBC2 at 11.30pm - Live Aid documentary part 1 of 2.

Sunday 12 July 2020.
Happy Birthday to FLEETWOOD MAC singer-songwriter Christine McVie who is 77 today.
Check out my FaceBook page to see a nice photo of us together.
Happy Birthday to WILKO JOHNSON who is 73 today.
I am looking to go to Slovenia in September and came across this nice YouTube footage.
Type in - Interview with Steve Jones (Sex Pistols) in Ljubljana (Slovenia) before the concert, 09.07.1996
14 mins long including gig footage and Steve Jones interview.

Saturday 11 July 2020.
Very sad news that football legend JACK CHARLTON has passed away.
England World Cup winner and Leeds legend dies, aged 85. World Cup 1966 winning England defender and former Republic of Ireland manager Jack Charlton has died, aged 85. Charlton had been diagnosed with lymphoma in the last year and was also battling dementia.
Congratulations to PAUL WELLER, whose new album On Sunset lands straight in at Number 1 on this week’s Official Albums Chart and claims a rarely seen chart feat.
Celebrating the news, Weller told "I’m very proud of On Sunset so to have it go in at Number 1 is brilliant. Massive thanks to the team at Polydor for all their hard work."
The entry earns the musician his fifth chart-topper as a soloist and seventh overall when including his Number 1 records with The Jam and The Style Council.
It means Weller claims the impressive feat of reaching Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart across five consecutive decades. They are:
1982: The Gift – The Jam
1985: Our Favourite Shop – The Style Council
1995: Stanley Road – Paul Weller
2002: Illumination – Paul Weller
2008: 22 Dreams – Paul Weller
2012: Sonik Kicks – Paul Weller
2020: On Sunset – Paul Weller
Top selling vinyl albums in the UK in the first six months of 2020.
The three classic albums in the Top 10 actually lead the year's overall biggest sellers so far. Staple records in any collection, Fleetwood Mac's Rumours is the best seller of 2020 so far, trailed by Amy Winehouse's Back To Black and Nirvana's Nevermind in the Top 3.
JC CARROLL from The Members plays another "pub gig from home" at 10pm via his FaceBook page.
Some good news...
In what Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden called “an important milestone for performing artists”, he said live outdoor music and theatre events will be allowed to take place from 11 July.
No details were given regarding the timeline for the reopening of indoor music venues but Dowden revealed that the Government is working with public health experts to “carefully pilot a number of indoor performances”.

Friday 10 July 2020.
Check out this nice 53 mins interview where Joe Bonamassa meets KISS legend PAUL STANLEY.
You can view it via the link on the right of this page.
First we had Drive-In Cinema, then Drive-In Comedy, then Drive-In Gigs and now we have....
Drive-In Football.

Thursday 09 July 2020.
Happy Birthday to MARC ALMOND who is 63 today.
I have seen Marc over a dozen times live with Soft Cell and solo.
Happy Birthday to JIM KERR who is 61 today.
I have seen Simple Minds over a dozen times since 1980.
Happy Birthday to JACK WHITE who is 45 today.
I have seen The White Stripes a few times over the past 20 years.
Three years ago today in 2017 i saw TOM PETTY & The Heartbreakers play Hyde Park.
It was to be his last show in Europe before his sudden death.

Wednesday 08 July 2020
Showtime Documentary Films today announced a new feature documentary from Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese that profiles DAVID JOHANSEN , the celebrated frontman of the NEW YORK DOLLS. Emmy nominee David Tedeschi will co-direct with Scorsese, and Scorsese and Sikelia Productions will executive produce with Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Imagine Documentaries. The announcement was made by Vinnie Malhotra, executive vice president, nonfiction programming, Showtime Networks Inc.
"I've known David Johansen for decades, and his music has been a touchstone ever since I listened to the DOLLS when I was making 'Mean Streets'," said Scorsese. "Then and now, David's music captures the energy and excitement of New York City. I often see him perform, and over the years I've gotten to know the depth of his musical inspirations. After seeing his show last year at the Café Carlyle, I knew I had to film it because it was so extraordinary to see the evolution of his life and his musical talent in such an intimate setting. For me, the show captured the true emotional potential of a live musical experience."
The film will reveal the many faces of Johansen in an extraordinarily intimate feature documentary. Growing up on Staten Island, Johansen landed in New York's East Village in the late 1960s; a 16-year-old dropped into the epicenter of the counter-cultural revolution in music, theatre, fashion, art, writing, and social change — a seismic moment that still reverberates today. Johansen's musical career started in the 1970s as lead singer for the punk/glam pioneers the NEW YORK DOLLS, continued as he helped to usher in the swing revival as Buster Poindexter in the 1980s and dug deep into the blues with the HARRY SMITHS in the 1990s.
I have seen David Johansen play solo shows in the 1980s and Harry Smiths shows in the 1990s and several
New York Dolls shows when they reformed.
David has never brought his Buster Poindexter show to the UK.
ELTON JOHN is the latest act to postpone his 2020 World Tour to 2021.
This includes his massive run of dates in the UK that was booked in for Nov and Dec.

Tuesday 07 July 2020.
Happy Birthday to RINGO STARR who is 80 today.
Ringo Starr will celebrate his 80th birthday with a special show that will air on his YouTube channel. The legend will be joined, most prominently, by Paul McCartney. Others announced for the July 7 event include Starr’s brother-in-law Joe Walsh, plus Sheryl Crow, Gary Clark, Jr., Sheila E and Ben Harper. The news was announced on June 30.
The virtual event, dubbed “Ringo’s Big Birthday Show,”.
Fans are encouraged to make a donation to various causes (shown in the graphic on this page).
While Starr won’t be gathering with family, friends and fans at Capitol Records this year, he continues his “Peace and Love” initiative by encouraging his fans to “think, say or post #PeaceAndLove” at Noon that day, wherever they are.
Fact of the day...
How many of you knew that Ringo Starr was older than Cliff Richard?
Surprise news that Kasabian vocalist TOM MEIGHAN is leaving the band.
“Tom Meighan is stepping down from Kasabian by mutual consent,” the statement read.

Monday 06 July 2020.
I was going to see some great gigs this week 44 years ago, when i was aged 17.
Flamin' Groovies,Ramones,Stranglers Roundhouse, London 04.07.1976 first ever uk show by The Ramones
AC/DC Lyceum Theatre, London 07.07.1976 everytime I saw them they were great
Eddie And The Hot Rods Marquee Club, London 09.07.1976 Rods and AC/DC loved the Marquee in 1976
Sex Pistols ( venue was later called Astoria 2) Sundown Club, London 10.07.1976 first time I saw the Sex Pistols
Sad news that ENNIO MORRICONE has died.
Italian composer Ennio Morricone has passed away in Rome. He was 91. The Oscar-winning musician is reported to have died due to complications from a fall.
He composed the scores for more than 500 movies and television programs. He is well known for composing the scores to Western movies, particularly Spaghetti Westerns. In 2007 he received the Honorary Academy Award for his many great movie scores. In his career, the composer sold over 50 million records worldwide.

Sunday 05 July 2020.
It was 23 years ago today that I went to this great event - 05 July 1997.
KISS + Rage Against The Machine + Skunk Anansie + Thunder live at Finsbury Park, London.
BBC2 at 10pm - Rhys Thomas interviews Gary and Martin Kemp about their lives and careers following Spandau Ballet’s 40th anniversary celebrations in this spoof documentary.
A very nice new HD version of this show I went to is now up on YouTube.
PINK FLOYD at Hyde Park in July 2005.
Type in search - Pink Floyd - Hyde Park, London, ENG 02.07.05 (Concert) (HD)

Saturday 04 July 2020.
Today we are allowed out of the cave and into the light for the first time, Britons will be returning to pubs, restaurants, hotels, hairdressers, churches and cinemas....still no guidelines about indoor gigs or theatre.
It was eight years ago today that i went to a special one-off show by KISS.
KISS live at The Forum, London 04 July 2012...just 2000 folks there and very hot inside the venue...
I went to the aftershow party at The Playboy Club, Mayfair for some free drinks.
Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons did not attend buy the other two band members did.
The Derby Horse Race is held this afternoon behind closed doors but live on ITV.
Youtube/Website - The Alarm / Mike Peters "Big Night In "....the final episode of series 1.

Friday 03 July 2020.
THE MOUSETRAP — will be the first play to reopen in the West End. ... 'We will open on October 23,' say the
ELTON JOHN has announced details of his classic concert series which will be broadcast exclusively on his YouTube channel over the course of the next six weeks.
Elton has picked live footage from his archives, with the first episode set to go live this coming Friday (July 3) at 5pm BST, when Live At The Playhouse Theatre will be shown – a set from the Edinburgh venue from 1976.
Featuring over a dozen acts "at home" from the 1980s - 80sLockdownFest2 - on their Facebook page.
BBC4 11pm - Marc Bolan documentary "Cosmic Dancer".

Thursday 02 July 2020.
Fashion legend PIERRE CARDIN reaches the grand old age of 98 today.
Pierre Cardin is an Italian-born naturalised-French fashion designer.
BERNIE ECCLESTONE has become a father for the fourth time at age 89, yes 89.
His wife Fabiana Flosi, 44, has given birth to a baby boy named Ace.
The former Formula One boss confirmed the news to Blick, saying: "We have a son named Ace. I am so proud."
The Brazilian beauty is Bernie's third wife, with them tying the knot in 2012.
Bernie is already dad to Deborah, 65, Tamara, 36, and Petra, 31.
That means a 65 year gap between his oldest and youngest child.

Wednesday 01 July 2020.
SEX PISTOLS classic third single "Pretty Vacant " was released this day in 1977.
My face is in the poster "Dance To The Sex Pistols" which promoted the single at the time.
It was taken from a still from their Notre Dame Hall, London show in Nov 1976.
It was also used for the cover to "Pretty Vacant" for the New Zealand release.
Happy Birthday to DEBBIE HARRY who is 75 today.
I have seen Blondie live around a dozen times since 1977 when they were a support act.
It was 15 years ago today in 2005 that i was in Hyde Park for these two great days.
01 July 2005...5pm to 10pm...
LIVE 8 rehearsals and soundcheck at Hyde Park, London.
Just 300 guests and staff are here to watch this.
Paul McCartney - 45 mins (Honey Hush + Coming Out + Drive My Car with George Michael +
The Long and Winding Road.
Sting - 30 mins
Madonna - 90 mins (just three songs played but rehearsed three or four times each).
Final act to rehearse - Pink Floyd - 30 mins (exactly the same songs and order as the following night)
Funny sight seeing Pink Floyd members behind us tutting away and patiently waiting for Madonna to
finish her allotted time as she overrun , as she not 100% happy with her band and massive choir.
02 July 2005.
LIVE 8 at Hyde Park, London...2pm to 12pm...
Paul McCartney + Pink Floyd + The Who + Robbie Williams + Mariah Carey + Sting +
Velvet Revolver + Scissor Sisters + Joss Stone + The Killers + Snow Patrol + Madonna +
Razorlight + Boomtown Rats + Snoop Dogg + UB4O + Annie Lennox + Travis + Keane +
Ms Dynamite + REM + Stereophonics + Dido + Elton John + Coldplay + U2.
Each act played up to four or five songs each.
A few of the main acts came on early as they had their own headline gigs later that evening.
U2 played Vienna, Coldplay played Glasgow, Elton John played Dublin.

Tuesday 30 June 2020.
Happy Birthday to The Sweets ANDY SCOTT who is 71 today.
40 years ago this week in 1980 i was going to these gigs.
Styx,Saga Hammersmith Odeon, London 21.06.1980 2nd of 3 shows here by Styx.
Whitesnake,Gary Moores G Force Hammersmith Odeon, London 23.06.1980
Van Halen,Lucifers Friend Rainbow Theatre , London 24.06.1980
X Nashville Pub, London 26.06.1980
Cuddly Toys Music Machine , London 30.06.1980
David Essex Dominion Theatre , London 05.07.1980 david played a week of shows here
6 years ago this week i was in Clapham Common for a couple of good gigs.
28 June 2014 - Aerosmith
29 June 2014 - Stevie Wonder
The coronavirus has really hit theatre giants CIRQUE DU SOLEIL.
In an announcement Monday, the Montreal-based company blamed its bankruptcy on the "immense disruption and forced show closures as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic" and is aiming to restructure its debt with assistance from the Canadian government and private equity firms.
The filing comes three months after it temporarily suspended production of its shows, including six in Las Vegas. It also has about 10 shows on tour across the world, including "O," "Michael Jackson One," and "The Beatles LOVE."

Monday 29 June 2020.
Next year's BRIT Awards have been moved back three months to 11th May following the coronavirus pandemic.
The 2021 BRIT Awards will take place three months later than usual on 11th May 2021 at The O2 London.
Organisers have moved the awards back due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which has affected music releases.
Many acts have delayed the release of new music this year and the move is set to "give a fairer opportunity to all artists."
A statement from The BRITs read: "Next year's BRIT Awards will be taking place on Tuesday 11 May instead of its usual date in February and will be broadcast live on ITV."

Sunday 28 June 2020.
It was 10 years ago today that BILL AUCION passed away.
Credited with discovering Kiss, Aucoin managed the group for nearly a decade. He was fired in 1982 due to a dispute about the band's appearance plus his drug abuse,but later worked with the band on various projects.
Bill Aucoin, who, as Kiss’s manager, helped four scruffy New York City kids with big, weird dreams formulate their flamboyant act; got them their first record contract; and ferociously marketed their merchandise, including a Kiss comic book, a Kiss pinball machine and, of course, Kiss makeup.
He even got their outlandishly painted faces copyrighted.
Mr. Aucoin (pronounced oh-COIN) died in Florida at age 66.
The cause was complications of prostate cancer.
Sunday BBC2 9.30pm to 11.30pm
The BBC said that they are expecting the DAVID BOWIE show from 2000 to get the highest viewing
figures of all the Glastonbury shows they are showing over this weekend.
I was there , check out who else i saw that day....25.06.2000
David Bowie + Muse + Dandy Warhols + Willie Nelson + David Gray + Jools Holland ---- Glastonbury Festival.