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News and Reviews: October 20, 2016
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Friday 15 July 2016 to Sunday 1 January 2017 - The Bodyguard - theatre production
Beverley Knight stars in the musical version of film made famous by Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner.
Book by playwright Alex Dinelarius, several Whitney Houston classics are included in the score.
Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1.
Also check out Kinky Boots,Motown The Musical,Sunny Afternoon,Beautiful,Jersey Boys and others.
Wed 19 Oct to 27 Nov---Bill Wyman photo exhibition - 'Around The World In 80 Years' - Proud Gallery ,Chelsea.
Thurs 20 Oct---Nickelback play The 02 Arena.
Canadian rockers who always get slagged off by the UK press play their second London show this week.
On one tour they had a full monty stage production which was great then I saw them with a
basic stage production and they were pretty average.
The official video for their worldwide hit 'How You Remind Me' has had 224 million views on YouTube
Thurs 20 Oct---Pretenders play new live music club venue Omeara in SE1 tonight...350 capacity...
Thurs 20 Oct and Fri 21 Oct---Zucchero plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Fri 21 Oct---The Buzzcocks play The Roundhouse...Punk legends on a 40th anniversary UK tour.
Sat 22 Oct---The Buzzcocks play Oxford Academy.
Sat 22 Oct---Australian Pink Floyd play Hammersmith Apollo.
Sun 23 Oct---10cc play The Hexagon,Reading...no London date on this leg of the tour...
Sun 23 Oct---Petula Clark plays The Drury Lane Theatre.
Scroll down this page to 07 Oct 2016 to see my review of her High Wycombe show.
Mon 24 Oct---The Vulz play The Mau Mau Bar,265 Portobello Road. London W11..punky rock n roll...
Tues 25 Oct---ABC play The Royal Festival Hall.
Tues 25 Oct---Jack Bruce tribute show at Shepherds Bush Empire.
The concert on Tuesday 25 October, a date that marks the two year anniversary since the passing of the hugely influential Cream bassist. All proceeds raised will be donated to Nordoff Robbins and Jack’s favourite local charity East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice.
Wed 26 Oct----Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals play Brixton Academy...final date of European Tour...
Thurs 27 Oct---The Four Tops & The Temptations play The 02 Arena.
Fri 28 Oct---Look at all the great gigs on in London tonight---decisions decisions...
Fri 28 Oct---Brian Wilson plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Fri 28 Oct---Bill Wyman 80th Birthday Gala celebration at Indigo @ The 02 Arena complex.
Bill's Rhythm Kings with guest vocalists include Robert Plant ,Bob Geldof and Mick Hucknell.
Fri 28 Oct---Stray play The Borderline.
I saw Stray in 1976 when they supported KISS on their first UK tour and again in 1977 when
they supported Rush on their first UK tour.
Fri 28 Oct---Spring King play Koko.
Fri 28 Oct---Big Country play Under The Bridge @ Chelsea F.C.
Fri 28 Oct---Y & T play The Islington Academy.
Fri 28 Oct---Chas & Dave play The Beck Theatre,Hayes.
Sat 29 Oct---Bad Company + Richie Sambora play The 02 Arena.
Sat 29 Oct---Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul play Indigo @ The 02 Arena complex.
Little Steven plays a one-off European show as part of BluesFest.
Little Steven is not playing any American shows so quite a coup for BluesFest.
American musician, record producer and actor Steven Van Zandt, AKA Little Steven, and guitar player in
Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band plays first London headline show since 1990.
I saw him with this band four times in the 1980s.
Sat 29 Oct---Level 42 play Hammersmith Apollo.
Sun 30 Oct---Heaven 17 and BEF play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Heaven 17 celebrate the 35th anniversary of their seminal debut album, Penthouse and Pavement, by performing a brand new electronic version of the album in full. In the second half of the evening, Heaven 17 magically transforms into British Electric Foundation, presenting a very special set featuring brand new arrangements of unexpected and familiar songs as they tour for the first time.
British Electric Foundation also invite special guest artists to perform their hits including Glen Matlock (The Sex Pistols), Mari Wilson, Peter Hooton (The Farm), and, of course, Glenn Gregory.
Sun 30 Oct---Van Morrison + Jeff Beck play The 02 Arena.
After receiving a knighthood, Van The Man is playing The 02 ,turning 71 years old and the
Northern Irishman has released his 36th studio album called, ‘Keep Me Singing’. Not a bad year...
Sun 30 Oct---The Strypes play Brooklyn Bowl @ The 02 Arena complex.
In October The Roundhouse celebrates it's 50th anniversary.
They will launch a special website to celebrate their history.
I did an audio interview with them in September talking mainly around the 20 plus gigs I saw there
from 1976 to 1978 before it closed down for over 15 years.
These gigs included the first UK shows by Patti Smith and The Ramones in 1976.
Also meeting Sid Vicious at a Ramones gig who told me about The Pistols Jubilee Boat gig in June 1977.
There is a photo of my diary covering 5/6/7 June 1977.
Enter Roundhouse in my venues search menu to get the full list.
UPDATE on 18 Oct 2016.
The 23 mins interview is now up on their website within the 'Birth of Punk' section...6500 gigs and counting,..
Also drill down in the biography to see my recent picture taken with Lionel Richie.
www.roundhouse.org.ukVisit The Roundhouse website here.
The full exhibition of over 350 works will be open to the public in London 1–10 November, Sotheby’s London,
34–35 New Bond Street W1....with the auctions on Nov 10 and Nov 11.
This will include three days of talks and events (4–6 November) with speakers exploring Bowie’s passion for
collecting and his influence on fashion, art and design.
Ivo Van Hove, Michael C Hall, Michael Esper, Sophia Anne Caruso, Jamie Muscato, Richard Hansell, Amy Lennox, directs (Van Hove) and star in London transfer of David Bowie and Walsh's musical inspired by Walter Tevis's 1963 novel The Man Who Fell to Earth. Premiered in New York last year. Runs until January 22.
King's Cross Theatre, Corner of King's Boulevard and Goods Way, London, N1.
GLEN MATLOCK plays a UK acoustic tour in November.
His set will include solo material and classic tracks from his other bands.
01/11 - MANCHESTER // Gorilla
04/11 - GLOUCESTER // Gloucester Guildhall
06/11 - RAMSGATE // Ramsgate Music Hall
07/11 - BRIGHTON // Komedia Brighton
10/11 - WOLVERHAMPTON // Newhampton Arts Centre
11/11 - LEEDS // Brudenell Social Club
12/11 - NEWCASTLE // THINK TANK
13/11 - GLASGOW // Broadcast
17/11 - DERBY // The Hairy Dog
22/11 - BRISTOL // Colston Hall 2
23/11 - FALMOUTH // Pavilions
Sat 05 Nov---Saxon play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Sun 06 Nov at 2 PM - Punk Rock Auction - Fiddler's Elbow - Camden ,London...2pm to 11pm..
Tickets available at £5 each, no guest list and all ticket takings going directly to The National Autistic Society.
e mail email@example.com for ticket application.
Please only apply if you wanna spend some wedge coz this is a fund raising event...says John...
Spizz Energi will be one of the auctioneers.
Mon 07 Nov and Tues 08 Nov---Paul Simon plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Fri 11 Nov---Ian Hunter & The Rant Band play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Ian Hunter still rockin' at the gran old age of 77.
He is promoting his new album 'Fingers Crossed' which includes the great single 'Dandy'
which dedicated to David Bowie who of course wrote 'All The Young Dudes'.
As a fourteen year old I saw his band Mott The Hoople in Dec 1973 at Hammersmith Odeon (now Apollo)
with a support band called Queen...yes that Queen.
This was the first of over 2000 shows i have seen at this legendary venue.
Sat 13 Nov---Ratt play The Islington Academy.
Mon 15 Nov---The Damned play G Live ,Guildford.
Fri 18 Nov---Stray play The Borderline....original line-up to reform for a few songs...
Fri 18 Nov---UK country sensations The Shires open their UK tour at The Oxford Academy.
Sun 20 Nov---Glenn Hughes + Living Color play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Tues 22 Nov ,Fri 25 Nov ,Sat 26 Nov---Rod Stewart plays The 02 Arena.
Sir Roderick back for a full UK arena tour.
Sat 26 Nov---The Damned play Brixton Academy.
Punk legends are a playing a 40th anniversary UK tour.
On the upcoming UK tour, The Damned will perform their debut album 'Damned Damned Damned' in full,
plus a career-spanning retrospective set.
Tues 29 Nov---Richie Ramone plays The Underworld,Camden.
Ex Ramones drummer from 1983 to 1987 plays a UK tour.
Richie, the only Ramones drummer to be credited as the sole composer and writer of six Ramones songs, on drums and lead vocals is joined by guitarist Ronnie Simmons and bassist Clare Misstake, the latter previously of UK punk band Anti-Product.
Thurs 01 Dec,Fri 02 Dec,Sat 03 Dec---The Cure play Wembley Arena.
The Cure play the last dates on their two month long European Tour.
Fri 02 Dec---The Rolling Stones release their new album 'Blue & Lonesome' today.
The Rolling Stones release their first studio LP in over a decade, via Polydor.
According to a press release, the 12-track album was recorded in just three days at British Grove Studios
and sees the band return to "their roots and the passion for blues music".
The British Grove Studios is in Chiswick,West London and is owned by Mark Knopfler.
Mon 05 Dec,Tues 06 Dec and Sun 18 Dec---Red Hot Chili Peppers play The 02 Arena.
RHCP are on a massive four month European Tour that started at Reading/Leeds Festivals.
Fri 09 Dec---Richard Ashcroft plays The 02 Arena...with an orchestra.
Fri 09 Dec and Sat 10 Dec---Kylie Minogue plays The Royal Albert Hall.
I saw Kylie play here last year at her one off UK Christmas show.
Sat 10 Dec---Madness play The 02 Arena.
Sat 10 Dec---Bob Dylan is due to pick up his Nobel Prize Award tonight
The Nobel Prize team is still unable to contact singer/songwriter Bob Dylan, having announced he's the winner of this year's Nobel Prize in literature. Dylan has made no comment since the Swedish Academy announced the honour and judges say they've had 'no joy' making contact and still do not know whether Dylan will travel to Stockholm.
Sun 11 Dec---Status Quo + Reo Speedwagon play The 02 Arena.
Due to his recent heart attack guitarist Rick Parfitt will be sitting out the upcoming
Last Night Of The Electrics tour, which would see the band hanging up their electric guitars after
their final performance in Liverpool's Echo Arena on Friday 23rd December.
Sun 11 Dec---The Shires play Shepherds Bush Empire....last date of their UK tour...
Tues 13 Dec---Blossoms play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Wed 14 Dec---Culture Club play The 02 Arena.
Wed 14 Dec---Bay City Rollers + Sweet play Hammersmith Apollo.
BCR return to this venue after the success of their 2015 Christmas show here that i attended.
A rare London show by Sweet who are on a farewell tour.
I saw Sweet play The Rainbow in 1974 when 'Teenage Rampage' was their new single.
Over 55 million records sold worldwide.
"Without The Sweet there would not have been a KISS" - Gene Simmons.
"We wanted to be The Sweet" - Nikki Sixx - Mötley Crüe.
"This is the band I wish I had been in" - Joe Elliot - Def Leppard.
Thurs 15 Dec---Primal Scream play Brixton Academy.
Thurs 15 Dec---Placebo play Wembley Arena---20th anniversary tour....
Placebo play the last date on their two month long European Tour.
Fri 16 Dec---Korn & Limp Bizkit co-headline at Wembley Arena.
Fri 16 Dec---Sham 69 feat Jimmy Pursey play The Forum...with support from UK Subs.
Sat 17 Dec---Fat Boy Slim plays The 02 Arena.
Sun 18 Dec---The Darkness play Indigo @ The 02 Arena complex.
Fri 23 Dec---Chic featuring Nile Rodgers play Hammersmith Apollo.
Musicians bringing out autobiographies in time for Christmas...
Bruce Springsteen’s 'Born to Run' has sprinted to the top of the UK’s book charts in its first week on sale in Oct.
Phil Collins 'Not Dead Yet'...released 20 Oct 2016...
Steve Jones (Sex Pistols) 'Lonely Boy'...released 17 Nov 2016...
Wednesday 19 October 2016....I went to two restaurant launches today...
1pm to 4pm
PISQU - press review - 23 Rathbone Place,London W1.
This cosy Peruvian restaurant is located two minutes from Oxford Street between
Oxford Circus and Tottenham Court Road tube station on the Northern side.
PISQU brings to London a Peruvian gastronomic experience showcasing mouth-watering flavours of modern day Lima.
Located at a corner position of a charming period building in Fitzrovia and steps from Theatreland and Soho.
Huge glass windows are good for people watching as workers walk past.
Pisqu is a Peruvian restaurant dishing up cuisine native to its capital city, Lima.
Boasting Japanese, Spanish and Chinese influences, Pisqu’s menu is a tribute to natural ingredients indigenous to the Andes and Amazon. There’ll be aji peppers, yuca, Peruvian potatoes and a whole host of South American herbs we’ve barely even heard of - camu and cedron, or maca and achiote anyone?
Signature dishes at Pisqu will include its chicharron - confit pork belly with sweet potato and rocoto pepper sauce, or lomo a la parilla steak served with corn grain cake. Nab one of the counter seats and watch your chef plate up their warm ceviche in spicy yellow aji. Pisco sour in hand, naturally.
Some really tasty food here with our faves being...
Hot Ceviche mixto...sea bass,cod,mussels,prawns,yuyu seaweed,yellow aji tiger's milk...£12
Seafood Chicharron...crispy battered seafood with grilled cassava,aji carretillero sauce...£11
Confit pork belly with sweet potato ,rococo sauce...£9
Lomo Saltado...Peruvian beer stir fry with rice & chips...£9
For desserts we each had PISQU chocolate mousse with Matcha ice cream...£7
Needless to say we had to have a couple of their very yummy PISQU Sour Clasico and
Chicha PISQU cocktails.
We had a lovely relaxed time here and our waitress Alexandria was excellent.
A nice classic rock soundtrack was played in the background.
They have a lower ground opening space opening soon.
Well worth a visit when you up The West End.
OPENING LUNCHTIME OFFER - set menu 2 courses for £9 and 3 courses for £12.
www.PisquLondon.comVisit the PISQU London website for more info.
7pm to 11pm
MANITOBA TIGELLA - launch party - 82 New Oxford Street,London WC1.
Italian kitchen & bar opens just two minutes from Tottenham Court Road tube station.
Manitoba Tigella brings about a brand new culinary experience.
The first Tigella Kitchen Bar in London is individualised by a welcoming environment with a unique identity where Italian tradition and innovation blend perfectly to present you with an extraordinary gastronomic experience.
“Tigella”, which is undoubtedly the main attraction of our kitchen, is a traditional stuffed bread from the regional countryside, whose exact origin has been lost in time, which is to be enjoyed, today just as it was long ago, with the best cheese and salami from its place of birth: Emilia Romagna. Fully prepared in accordance with rural customs, but also with reviewed with a modern light with the creation of a gourmet line thanks to the suggestions of chef Lionello Cera. The offer is complete with imaginative and innovative dishes that are, at the same time, simple and traditional.
TIgella is the size of a wagon wheel and served as a kind of small toastie.
We had a female singer and dj who took it in turns to play some tunes.
Complimentary drinks and food here including different Tigella and other tasty Italian canapés.
Also presecco,wines and beers.
After the speeches at 7.45pm we could have any of the 20 plus cocktails they serve so some
smokey whiskey sours and espresso martinis went down a treat.
Some very generous Italian hospitality ended up with an event that was due to finish at 9pm
continuing with us being part of the last ones to leave at 11pm.
A very nice event.
OPENING OFFER - Two Tigella's and a cocktail for only £8.50...Tuesday's only...
www.manitobatigella.comVisit the MANITOBA TIGELLA website for more info.
Tuesday 18 October 2016...6.45pm to 9.15pm...
TOM PARKER BOWLES The Cook Book - launch party - Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, London, W1.
A bigger event than usual for Fortnum's as they have laid out the red carpet at the front of the store.
That is because Duchess Camilla Parker Bowles (Prince Charles wife ) is arriving to support her son.
Also here was her ex husband Andrew Parker Bowles.
Tom Parker Bowles has put the book together and is signing copies of it later in the evening.
The book features 300 years of the store's most delicious recipes and secrets.
Around 200 folks are here in the 4th floor restaurant & tea room.
Other guests included Dylan Jones,Hugh Bonneville,Nick Ferrari,Claudia Winkleman,
Tess Daly,Lisa Snowdon and model Amanda Cronin.
Top chefs here included Pierre Hoffmann and Fergus Henderson.
At 7.45pm we had speeches from Fortnum's CEO Ewan Venters then by Tom Parker Bowles.
Then we had a five piece band mingling up close with the guests who were good fun.
Complimentary Fortnum & Masons champers,a choice of three different cocktails,wine,beer
and lots of delicious bowls of food and canapés and desserts from Fortnum's kitchen.
All guests got a nice goodie with Fortnum's food items and a Fortnum's tea towel.
A funny sight was Camilla making sure she got a goodie bag on her departure.
The book retails for £30 but you can get it cheaper on Amazon etc.
A very nice event.
Tuesday 18 October 2016.
Happy Birthday to Chuck Berry who reaches the grand old age of 90 today.
Monday 17 October 2016.
TONY HADLEY + DAMIAN WILSON live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
Spandau Ballet singer mixes solo material,cover versions and Spandau hits.
He will be backed by his band and The Southbank Sinfonia Orchestra.
I saw him here three years ago with the orchestra and it was really good.
DAMIAN WILSON is an English musician, songwriter and vocalist that has appeared on over 70 separate album releases. Damian is mostly known in the progressive metal genre, as the lead singer of Threshold, Headspace and (formerly) Landmarq. He also sang and toured with bands and projects such as for Star One, Ayreon, Praying Mantis and with Rick Wakeman's English Rock Ensemble. As a solo artist he has released 4 solo albums and a live DVD.
Doubt if anyone in the crowd knew the background of this long haired Prog rock vocalist.
Damien was on stage for 30 mins and his powerful voice won the crowd over.
He even went for a walkabout for one song on the floor arena as he was singing and shaking hands.
I have a close-up view left of stage in this venues great swivel seats in the tiered stalls.
TONY HADLEY played a nice long 2 hours 25 mins on stage over two sets of 65 mins and 80 mins.
The first set was solo material and some cover versions.
The second set was all Spandau gems apart from the final song.
Lots of middle aged folks here with the females still swooning over Tony who still looks good for age 56.
Tony still has a strong powerful voice and a 'your mate down the pub' personality.
Between songs he sips his Jack Daniels like a Rat Pack member.
Around 40 musicians on stage with the lush orchestra sounding great.
20 violins playing on many songs sounded incredible.
FIRST SET included a few cover versions...
Life On Mars---David Bowie
Somebody Told Me---The Killers
Time In A Bottle---Jim Croce
New York Minute---Don Henley
Do It For Love (with Shane Richie) (first time performance of their upcoming Children In Need single)
Bridge Over Troubled Water---Simon & Garfunkel
To Cut A Long Story Short
Only When You Leave
Round and Round
I'll Fly For You
Through The Barricades
Chant No 1 (I Don't Need This Pressure On)
Fight for Ourselves
My Way (Frank Sinatra cover)
Tony told a nice story how he met his hero Frank Sinatra at this venue in the early 1980s and told
Frank that he was a singer and one day he hoped to play The Royal Albert Hall which eventually
happened a few years later when 'True' went to number one.
He also mentioned that when 'True' went to number one drummer John Keeble went from driving a MK 2
Cortina to driving a Lotus.
A great show.
Sunday 16 October 2016.
The Live Music Business Awards were held earlier this week in London.
Congratulations to John Giddings who accepted awards for
Outstanding Contribution to Live Music
(Agent for Iggy Pop,U2,Madonna,Blondie,Genesis,Celine Dion and many more)
Best Large Festival 40,000 plus capacity - Isle Of Wight Festival (John is the promoter)
Congratulations to Steve Zapp from ITB who received Agent Of The Year.
(Biffy Clyro,Editors, Courteeners and others)
www.livemusicawards.co.ukCheck their website for the full list of winners.
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